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Nick Leeson Im not a motivational speaker THIS GUY is


first_imgI OFTEN GET asked what I do for a living. The question is usually followed by an awkward pause. How best to answer it? Do they mean what did I used to do or what am I doing now?I suppose there is no right or wrong answer. Perhaps the two are inextricably entwined as the way that I derive the majority of my income is through talking about my experiences at the bank many years ago and those since in recovering and rebuilding.Over the years, since my return, I have become a competent after dinner and keynote speaker. I hate to use the words accomplished or good as that is not for me to decide. I speak around the world and have shared the stage with some very famous people and, equally, so many ‘normal’ people who have had fascinating experiences.The words motivational and inspirational are often used when describing a speaker; I am neither. There are many business gurus who are included in this genre, I’ve spoken with and to them and to be honest I just don’t get it. Yes, they’ve had fantastic success and are business people to be admired but most have the personality of a dead fish. I just don’t get how they inspire and motivate.There was a speaker recently though that I did find truly inspirational. I may have had some difficulties in my time but nothing compared to what this man had to endure and eventually overcome.His name meant nothing to me before I met him, although it should have. Our paths would never have crossed other than both being in Gothenburg in Sweden to talk at a conference last month. We were introduced on the 50th floor restaurant of a fairly palatial hotel in the City. He was quiet, very unassuming but the first thing that you notice is that part of his right arm is missing.“The subject of the movie 127 Hours”I suppose that’s not totally unusual but the circumstances in which he lost his arm most definitely are. The gentleman’s name was Aron Ralston; author of the book Between a Rock and a Hard Place and also the subject of the movie 127 Hours. I’d seen the movie. I watched it with my wife but as she persevered I had to give up half way through. I am a complete wimp when it comes to watching movies; I think the PG certification on movies was introduced solely for me. I don’t watch anything that’s scary, has too much suspense or is overly squeamish. This movie had me beat well within the first 30 minutes. I joked with Aron that at least now I might be able to finish the story, listening to him the following day as he addressed the audience.Aron is a fantastic story teller; he graphically recounts how when he was out hiking and descending a slot canyon, a suspended boulder got dislodged, crushing his right hand and pinning him to the wall. As he hadn’t told anybody about his hiking plans he was painfully aware that nobody would be searching for him.As he tells the story, he relives every single moment of it; the pain is clearly etched on his face. There wasn’t a dry eye in the house as he recalled the thought processes that he went through, wondering how he would survive on the small amount of water and food that he had on him that day.As he runs out of water on the fifth day he has to start drinking his own urine and use that same urine to soften up the last remaining morsel of burrito that was his only nourishment. He tried and failed to amputate his arm on a number of occasions. He made videos of himself saying goodbye to his family and apologising for things that he had done in the past.On the fifth day, he realised that he may succeed in breaking his radius and ulna bones and continuing the amputation from there. His description of cutting through the nerves in his arm will never leave me. This gruesome act performed, Aron still needed to rappel down a 65-foot sheer wall, one-handed and hike out of the canyon in the hot midday sun before he was truly saved.“This reminds me a lot of the Irish nation”Aron Ralston is a truly inspirational man. In my own way before I have described how we all have the power to survive. Aron is far more proof than I will ever be. As a number of people fainted in the audience I was struck at how easily he moves from the obvious pain that he remembers from those times to how his wit and humour could have people laughing in the aisles.Laughter and humour are very important coping strategies and this reminds me a lot of the Irish nation. With many difficulties to face and the situation getting tougher, I think of the oft-quoted phrase ‘It’ll be grand’.In 2009, Aron got married and his wife gave birth to their first child in February 2010. If you ever have the chance to meet Aron, you will see that the love and affection that he has for his family and especially for that young boy is completely overpowering. I don’t shed a tear often but there are times when we should, this was one of those.Read other columns by Nick Leeson>last_img read more


Forty years later Gay Switchboard Ireland is still needed


first_imgGAY SWITCHBOARD IRELAND is now in its 4oth year of operation and a new website has been launched to mark the anniversary.The phoneline, which began as Tel-A-Friend in 1974, offers support and a listening ear to members of the LGBT community.Gay Switchboard Ireland say that LGBT people regularly face stigma and isolation and point to a 2013 study by the Royal College of Surgeons which said that they are more than seven times more likely to have experienced suicidal ideation.They also say that a recent UK report showed that over 40 per cent of young gay people have considered suicide.Minister for Communications Pat Rabbittee will tomorrow visit the Outhouse LGBT Community Centre on Capel Street in Dublin to launch the new website.“The fact that Gay Switchboard has existed for 40 years demonstrates a need that clearly remains valid today,” Rabbitte said after meeting staff of the phoneline in Leinster House this afternoon.The service runs seven days a week and the volunteers who staff it answer about 2,700 calls each year.Director of Gay Switchboard Tony Cooney said that they have recently expanded their service with a weekly face-to-face drop-in service.“We will shortly commence a series of personal development courses for gay and bisexual men in partnership with the Gay Health Network,” he added.Gay Switchboard Ireland is open seven days a week on 01-872 1055 -and provides confidential listening and support service for the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community as well as their friends and family. Read: ‘Legal clarity for surrogate and LGBT parents by year end’ – Shatter >Read: ‘Gay marriage caused floods’ councillor suspended in Britain >last_img read more


Mark Zuckerberg Comic Hits Shelves


first_imgIf you didn’t get enough Zuck in the The Social Network, don’t worry, there’s more Zuck where that came from. The Zuckerberg biography comic book “Mark Zuckerberg: Creator of Facebook” should be hitting shelves today.Bluewater Productions, claims the comic shows a “more balanced portrayal” of Zuckerberg than The Social Network. Jerome Maida, the author, says he tried to give context to a complex figure. Expect more Zuckerberg drama about his bad reputation, aloof public persona, and the people he left hurt on his way to stardom.This 48-page giant-sized has even been optioned for an animated film, so be on the look out for that next. Check out you local comic book stores and online for your very own Zuckerberg comic book for $6.99. By the way, Bluewater Productions also recently created the graphic novel “Fame: Justin Bieber,” but you can only get it at Walmart.AdChoices广告last_img read more


Raspberry Pi available February 20 check out the datasheet now


first_imgIf you were looking forward to getting your Raspberry Pi $25 (or $35) PC soon, it looks like you have a little bit longer to wait. The Raspberry Pi Foundation has just announced that the production of their boards has hit a slight delay and that the first set of units will not be ready until February 20th. Once they are done they will be shipped (via air transit) to the UK where they will undergo the final stages before being sold and shipped out. Details about the delay were sparse, but the announcement noted that the quartz crystal package the Raspberry Pi board uses has been replaced by a different model in China — where the RasPi is produced — so inventory for that specific part is low. The good news is that while there was a delay new inventory has been found and production has resumed (or at least will resume). That wasn’t the only announcement from the Foundation today — they also have presented followers of the project with Broadcom’s datasheet for the BCM2835 SoC. This is, as you’ll recall, the heart of the Raspberry Pi board and the part that allows it to do all the great feats we’ve seen it do so far, like play CD-quality audio, run Quake III, and playback HD video. The BCM2835’s datasheet (PDF) is quite dense, so don’t expect to hop right in unless you are IEEE-certified. This abbreviated datasheet is 205 pages long, so while it probably has a lot of great information in it, it’s a bit hard to parse. (We’ll report back if we see anything notable!)via Raspberry Pilast_img read more


The Pixar Game or Hot Takes 101


first_imgStay on target The first Incredibles is far and away my favorite Pixar movie, one of my favorite superhero movies period. So suffice it to say I’m pretty bummed to hear from our own MovieBob that the sequel doesn’t live up to those high standards. But I can’t say I’m surprised. It’s not like we still live in a world in which famous ode to Nascar Cars is the only mediocre outlier (if super profitable) in a lineup of otherwise impeccable Pixar films.Remember that world, though? Remember that run from 1995 to 2010 when literally every Pixar movie besides Cars was a masterpiece? They were all so good disliking even one of them could get you labeled as some kind of monster. And in a film school full of students developing sophisticated opinions on cinema, Pixar formed the basis of our favorite way to get mad at parties. This is The Pixar Game, or, Hot Takes 101.Recent, less-than-stellar movies have complicated the rules somewhat, but the gist of The Pixar Game is this. Out of the good Pixar movies (Toy Story, A Bug’s Life, Toy Story 2, Monsters, Inc., Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, Ratatouille, WALL-E, Up, Toy Story 3, and Inside Out) players explain which one is their least favorite and why. Beginners tend to hedge their bets by saying something like “Oh I still love Monsters, Inc., it’s just not my absolute favorite.” But the real goal is to elicit a needling response like “Finding Nemo is Actually Bad because I don’t care about fish.” That’s my go-to answer by the way. Revel in being a dream-crushing jerk.The beauty of The Pixar Game is that with enough players, any answer is bound to totally piss somebody off or make someone else feel like they’re not alone for having the ostracizing opinion they have. For example, I’ve learned that some of my friends are idiots who somehow don’t like The Incredibles. Meanwhile, other friends have also realized the truth that after the opening, Up is kind of eh.But more importantly, by encouraging people to develop and defend short, blunt, intense, bizarre, hardline, and contrarian opinions out of nowhere, The Pixar Game is the perfect gateway drug to the concept of “Hot Takes,” the new lingua franca online. If you can understand how somehow can explain why Toy Story 2 sucks, you can understand how someone could tweet about cats causing white genocide.Also, when the contrarian arguments are genuinely well-constructed, you could be exposed to critical opinions that you may have never considered. This is why the game appeals to me as a critic and why we liked playing it while learning how to thoroughly analyze films at college. It the same reason why reviews, reviews you agree with or especially ones you don’t, are valuable to you as one who appreciates art. Anything that gets you thinking more about why you like or dislike art can only be a good thing. Go watch Ratatouille again.Pixar movies work well for this game because they’re great, most people have seen them and have opinions on them, and the idea of randomly hating on delightful and harmless children’s cartoons is funny. But feel free to adapt The Pixar Game to whatever topics work for you and your friends. Turn it into the Marvel Cinematic Universe Game (The Avengers is Bad) or the Nintendo First Party Franchise Game (Stop whining about Metroid: Other M). From food to music to the weather to the merits of Shakespeare in school, there’s literally no topic too meaningless to have a hot take on.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Disney Soundtracks Now Live in Special Spotify HubWatch These Movies Before ‘Toy Story 4’ last_img read more


Pedro wants a swift Chelsea reaction


first_imgChelsea midfielder Pedro Rodriguez feels the club may be in crisis if they fail to recover from their recent run of bad results.The Blues were eliminated from the FA Cup on Monday night after a 2-0 loss on their patch to rivals United, which didn’t go down well with a section of fans in the club.Swedish side Malmo is next on the line in the second leg of their Europa League round-of-32 tie on Thursday, before Sunday’s Carabao Cup final against Manchester City.And former Barca winger Pedro admits the club needs to return to winning ways.“There is an important game in the Europa League for us, and after the final against City,” Pedro told Chelsea’s official website.“The most important thing now is to stay calm, train really hard and recover our best football and our best feeling, because if not we are in trouble.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.’The most important thing now is to stay calm, train really hard and recover our best football and our best feeling.’ – @_Pedro17_ https://t.co/spshoYl2bX— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) February 19, 2019“It was a very bad day for us, for all the team (against United). It’s a difficult situation. In the first half we played very well, we created chances to score one goal, but they had two situations and scored two goals.“The most important thing was to do a good job creating chances with the ball in the second half, but we couldn’t do it and for this reason, it was so difficult for us to come back.”last_img read more


Rescued olive ridley sea turtle transported to SeaWorld San Diego


first_imgRescued olive ridley sea turtle transported to SeaWorld San Diego January 26, 2018 Posted: January 26, 2018 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — A rescued, endangered olive ridley sea turtle was flown into San Diego Friday afternoon after it was found stranded on an Oregon beach last October.Coral was transported to San Diego by the U.S. Coast Guard and she’ll be receiving long-term rehabilitative care at SeaWorld. Since her rescue more than three months ago, Coral has been provided expert critical care by the Seattle Aquarium.The mature female sea turtle was flown on a C-130 Hercules transport aircraft to Naval Base Coronado (Naval Air Station North Island) where she was received by the SeaWorld Rescue Team and taken to the park’s Animal Health and Rescue Center where she will continue her rehabilitation.Coral weighs about 75 pounds and is estimated to be between 18 and 25 years old. She was found stranded Oct. 20, 2017 by a member of the public on a beach near Salishan on the Oregon coast.When rescued, she was emaciated, weak and suffering from hypothermia. She was transported to the Seattle Aquarium, Washington state’s only sea turtle rehabilitation facility, arriving in critical condition.  The Aquarium’s zoological staff immediately began lifesaving medical treatment including addressing serious bacterial infections.Over the past three months, Coral has been gradually recovering and is ready to begin her next phase of rehabilitation at SeaWorld San Diego.  It is hoped that she can be returned to the ocean in late summer or early fall when the ocean temperature off the Southern California coast is stable around 70 degrees. Olive ridley turtles are protected under the Endangered Species Act. They are found throughout the Pacific Ocean, although they mostly occur in the tropical and subtropical areas.They generally venture no further north than Southern California on the eastern Pacific coast, but they do occasionally occur in temperate regions including the relatively cold waters of Oregon and Washington coasts. KUSI Newsroom, center_img Updated: 5:16 PM KUSI Newsroom Categories: Local San Diego News Tags: SeaWorld San Diego FacebookTwitterlast_img read more


46 DUI arrests on New Years weekend fatalities down this year


first_img46 DUI arrests on New Years’ weekend, fatalities down this year Posted: January 1, 2019 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – In final statistics released by the California Highway Patrol for the New Year’s holiday from 6 p.m. Friday to noon today, driving-under-the-influence arrests and traffic fatalities were both down countywide compared to a year ago.Fatalities were down statewide, but DUI arrests were up. There were 936 DUI arrests statewide in 2017 compared with 1,053 in 2018. There were 40 fatalities reported in California in 2017, seven more than the 33 reported in 2018.In San Diego County, there were 59 DUI arrests over the holiday weekend last year compared to 46 this year. Fatalities dipped from six in 2017 to four in 2018.DUI arrest figures represent only those made by CHP officers. Fatality figures were reported from all law enforcement agencies.Of 29 vehicle occupants killed statewide in the CHP jurisdiction this year, 14 victims were not wearing seat belts, the CHP said.There were also two pedestrians killed statewide in the CHP jurisdiction over the holiday weekend. The CHP investigates all crashes on freeways, and on all unincorporated roads. January 1, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom last_img read more


UPDATE Entrepreneur Hires Editor


first_imgEntrepreneur has been on the block since April and is said to want $200 million. A source told FOLIO: last month that morale has been low as the staff remains in the dark on the sale process. However, the company’s president Neil Perlman told FOLIO: that morale was not low and that the company was performing strongly, with first-quarter ad revenue growing by 15 percent over the same period in 2007. Entrepreneur Media has appointed Amy Cosper to be its new vice president and editor-in-chief, overseeing content and partnerships for the company’s magazine and online properties, Entrepreneur.com and WomenEntrepreneur.com. Most recently, Cosper was vice president of business development at WiesnerMedia. Before that, she was publisher and editor-in-chief of Primedia’s Satellite Broadband magazine. Cosper replaces long-time editorial director Rieva Lesonsky, who recently left the company.Entrepreneur has also hired Charles Muselli, formerly a senior business development manager at Sony Connect and consultant, to be director of business development, replacing Chuck Fuller who also left the company.last_img read more


Time Warner Condé Nast Invest in Ad Tech Co


first_imgOn that front, iSocket also announced that Kevin McCabe, a former ad exchange exec at Microsoft, was joining the company as VP of business development. He’ll be tasked with finding new partners for the firm.According to research collected by eMarketer, programmatic direct advertising currently accounts for more than a quarter of digital display spending in the U.S. It could take as much as a third of the digital ad dollars by next year before leveling off. Time Warner, parent (for now) of Time Inc., and Condé Nast have joined in on in a $5 million round of funding for programmatic ad developer, iSocket, the firm announced Monday.iSocket provides platforms specifically for programmatic direct sales. R&R Venture Partners and Vivo Nevo were also named as investors in the round.”Condé Nast is pleased to support a platform that helps our premium advertising partners seamlessly enter the world of programmatic buying,” says Alanna Gombert, general manager of Condé Nast’s programmatic buying group CatalystDesk, in a statement. iSocket’s CEO, Richard Jalichandra, says the new funds will be used to polish its publisher- and advertiser-facing tools, and to expand partnerships.last_img read more


Schofield Barracks to Carry out Troop Cuts through July


first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR The 25th Infantry Division, based at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, will begin converting its 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team (BCT) to an infantry BCT in March, with the effort scheduled to finish in July, Maj. Gen. Charles Flynn, the division’s commanding general, told reporters at the Pentagon on Monday.The move — which will result in the loss of 1,214 soldiers — follows the Army’s latest round of restructuring, which is slated to shrink its active-duty end strength from 490,000 to 450,000 soldiers by the end of fiscal 2018.The BCT’s 330 Strykers will be transferred to the Washington National Guard’s 81st Armored BCT, Flynn said. That brigade has subordinate units in Washington, Oregon and California, reported Army Times.As part of the 2nd BCT’s conversion, the unit will deactivate one of its infantry battalions because infantry BCTs outside the United States have two maneuver battalions, compared with the three that make up a Stryker BCT, Flynn said.One challenge the commander is managing is that duty in Hawaii is considered an overseas assignment, requiring soldiers to serve there for three years.“We’re trying to make sure we look after soldiers and families and career paths and not damage any of that,” Flynn said. The goal is to “make sure no one gets lost in the transition of that brigade combat team.”As part of the Army’s five-year aviation restructuring initiative, the 25th Combat Aviation Brigade also will undergo a conversion this year. The brigade’s 2nd Squadron will be swapping its OH-58 Kiowa Warriors for AH-64 Apache helicopters, according to the story.last_img read more


Green sponge discovered in Southeast could treat some cancers


first_imgA green sponge found in the waters near Sitka could hold the key to curing pancreatic and ovarian cancer. (Photo courtesy NOAA Fisheries)A green sponge discovered in 2005 in Southeast Alaska waters has unique properties that could be used to treat certain types of cancer.Listen nowThe National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration hosted a news conference Wednesday morning.Bob Stone is a Juneau-based coral and sponge biologist with NOAA Fisheries, but he works all over Alaska’s oceans. He was in a submersible, conducting habitat surveys off Baranof Island south of Sitka when he saw it.“The second I saw it, I thought I should collect it,” Stone said. “I didn’t know what it was, (and) I like to collect anything I’m not familiar with.”It was a green sponge — unusual for the region, where sponges are more of a brownish color.Stone said it looked like some sponges he had been collecting in the Aleutians for Mark Hamann, a cancer researcher for the Medical University of South Carolina.Those Aleutian sponges contain potentially useful biomedical compounds, and Stone said he suspected this one might, too.“This was an undescribed species of sponge, but in the same genus as the ones from the Aleutian Islands,” Stone said.Sponges don’t move, so to survive, they produce special compounds that help ward off predators. And, according to NOAA, some of those compounds can be developed for human medical treatments.Another cancer researcher, Fred Valeriote of the Detroit-based Henry Ford Cancer Institute said he investigates natural products for potential treatments, and has collaborated with Hamann in the past.Valeriote said Hamann’s lab studied the chemical diversity of that green sponge and then sent an extract to the Detroit lab for them to take a look.“We did that, and we found that this extract and eventually the pure compound that Mark discovered from the extract, had selective activity in our tissue-culture system for both pancreatic cancer and ovarian cancer,” Valeriote said.The extract appears to target and kill tumor cells for those types of cancer, without also hurting normal cells. Those slow-growing cancers don’t typically respond to conventional treatments, such as chemotherapy.Valeriote said he has looked at thousands of sponges and found only one other that contains a molecule with similar effects.The next step is to obtain more of the green sponge’s special cancer-killing molecule.Collecting more sponges is one option, but challenging because of their limited habitat. The sponge’s known range is about 1,000 miles, from Southeast Alaska toward the waters off Washington State.“Not only is the sponge relatively rare, then it turns out that the molecule is actually in very small quantities in the sponge, and at times perhaps not even in detectable quantities,” Hamann said.Hamann is working on synthesizing the molecule in the lab. This discovery is exciting, he said. He’s been doing this kind of research for more than two decades.“We’ve been looking at sponges, plants, marine invertebrates, and bacteria,” Hamann said. “This is certainly, for us, the best and most exciting-looking candidate for the control of pancreatic cancer that we’ve come across in that 20-year period.”The unique molecule likely developed in the sponge in response to its habitat.NOAA Fisheries science director Doug DeMaster said the sponge is found in patches from depths of 230 to 720 feet.“It’s pretty remarkable that while the ocean covers 70 percent of this planet, and nearly half the U.S. population lives within 12 miles of the ocean, less than 5 percent of the ocean has been explored,” DeMaster said during the news conference. “The discovery of this green sponge shows the promise of the untapped potential of the ocean, (and) the possibility that a life-saving medical discovery is within our reach.”But not for at least a dozen years, if at all. The development process takes time.Although it’s looking good, it’ll be a while before we know for sure whether a relatively rare green sponge from Alaska will help save human lives.last_img read more


Benjamin Netanyahu becomes Israels longest serving Prime


first_imgJERUSALEM: Benjamin Netanyahu on Saturday became Israel’s longest-serving Prime Minister, surpassing the record set by the country’s founding father, David Ben Gurion. Netanyahu has led for 13 years and 127 days – one day more than Gurion, Israel’s first prime minister. He has held this role for 4,873 of Israel’s 25,981 days of existence, which represents nearly 19 per cent of the country’s entire history, The Jerusalem Post reported. Also Read – Prominent Hong Kong activists targeted in wave of arrests Advertise With Us He secured his fifth term earlier this year but has called fresh elections after failing to form a government. Netanyahu is currently facing a series of possible corruption charges and calls for him to resign. He has denied any wrongdoing and alleges that the case is politically motivated. He won his first election in 1996, becoming Israel’s youngest-ever prime minister at the age of 46. He is also the first leader born after the creation of the state in 1948. Also Read – Weak European inflation bolsters case for stimulus Advertise With Us As head of the right-wing Likud party, Netanyahu has a reputation as a hardliner on the Israel-Palestinian peace process, the BBC reported. Although he carried out a partial withdrawal from the city of Hebron in the occupied West Bank in 1998 – handing most of it over to the Palestinian authority – he is a staunch opponent of the land-for-peace formula. Advertise With Us He has since declared there will be no more evacuations of Jewish settlers or settlements under his rule, nor the creation of a full-fledged Palestinian state. While Netanyahu remains popular with his party base, he is a divisive figure in Israel, where critics see him as venal and even anti-democratic. He faces a tough challenge from political opponents, including former Prime Minster Ehud Barak and a former military chief-of-staff, who are seeking to topple him in the elections on September 17.last_img read more


Online frauds a headache for Delhi cyber cell


first_imgNew Delhi: Cracking cases of online cheating and cyber frauds are proving to be the biggest challenge for Delhi Police despite advanced software available in the market. More than 75 per cent of cases registered with the cyber cell last year remain unsolved while criminals in the field seem to be making better use of these software to hoodwink cops. Also Read – Subramanian Swamy cross-examined in National Herald case Advertise With Us The data compiled by Delhi Police states that out of 327 cases registered from 2017 to November 30, 2018, the probe was concluded only in 71 (21.7 per cent). Meanwhile, out of the 160-odd cases registered, the cyber cell managed to complete investigations in only 26 cases in 2018. According to the police ‘e-wallet skimming frauds’ and fake customer care cyber frauds whose numbers are on the rise and are currently ruling the charts of all cyber crimes known so far. Also Read – War propaganda delays removal of internet restriction in Jammu and Kashmir Advertise With Us Speaking about the modus operandi of this trending cyber fraud, a senior police officer said: “If a person is posting an advertisement of his product on OLX to sell it, the fraudsters notices it and contacts the buyer and shows interest in purchasing it. Over the phone, the unknown buyer will ask the seller to download a particular e-wallet application and accept the request which he will send from the other end.” Advertise With Us After getting the details of QR code and reference number of the buyer, the sender sends a link which asks for approval and once it is clicked, messages of money withdrawal from the buyer’s e-wallet and bank account start dropping in and the fraud gets executed, said the officer. Most of the e-wallets are linked with credit/debit cards or bank accounts. So once the miscreants get access to the account, it is a piece of cake for him to get away with the money without the victim knowing about it, the officer added. According to a cyber expert, it is very difficult to detect high-tech advance softwares that have accesses and re-routes from multi-countries, but the actual hacker has an ability to hack websites, bank accounts and e-commerce sites just by being a few metres away. It is very difficult to access IP addresses from one country to another countries and catch the accused who stays in the domestic country. Delhi Police officers have put the blame for the delay in investigations on getting information from websites, internet service providers, social media portals and telecom firms. However, sources said the limited technical knowhow of cyber cell members is proving to be an obstacle and resulting in slowing the investigation process. Recently the unit busted various cybercrime modules ranging from Bitcoin cons to illegal Ethereum rigs. However, the criminals are coming up with new means to dupe people. “The criminals are one step ahead of us and are finding new softwares so that it becomes a task for the cyber cell to trace them. However, the unit will soon have has access to some of the latest technology, including retrieving data from a damaged hard disk or mobile phone and they in the process of acquiring more including more sophisticated software for social media analysis,” the senior officer added. Officials also stated that criminals, terrorists and antisocial elements are using social media websites and other public platforms for conversations to plot their activities. At present, Delhi Police do not have any means to extract the content available on the web and convert it into meaningful data to identify criminals or trace their conversations. “The problem which we have been facing is that it takes time to get approvals and access to information from the tech giants such as Facebook and Twitter as the service providers don’t share information easily. Recently, WhatsApp had submitted an affidavit in a city court that their encryption software is such that they can’t share information leading to delay in investigation,” the officer said. The tracking of IP address has also become a task for the police, as there are websites, applications and service providers that provide VoIP numbers and they don’t share information with the police, he added. VoIP is a software which enables people to use Internet as transmission medium wherein the caller can use an Indian number but which will show as an international number. Recently, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal received two threat mails on his official email. However the police have failed to crack or get a break through in that case.last_img read more


Geek deals Halo 4 20 gift card Asus Windows RT Tablet more


first_imgToday is the big day; no, not election day! The long-awaited next chapter of one of the top gaming franchises has arrived: Halo 4. This fourth installment promises to bring lost glory back to the popular franchise.Not only are the graphics updated for 2012, but the game promises many hours of entertainment. The standard single-player experience is there, but where fans will really dig in are the co-op and multiplayer modes. The regular campaign mode can be played cooperatively with either a split-screen player in the same room or up to 3 friends on Xbox Live.There is a separate co-op mode from the main campaign called “Spartan Ops” which promises to deliver a separate story-driven game mode with new content downloaded in different seasons, included free in the game rather than a paid downloadable content option.Then of course there is the wildly popular multiplayer component. Multiplayer characters can be heavily customized and there are numerous opportunities to level up, even outside of direct multiplayer games. You earn “Spartan Points” which allow you to purchase upgrades for your character.Halo 4 will be one of the top gaming releases of 2012-2013 and with this deal you can get it along with a $20 gift card good for anything at Dell.com.Halo 4 + Free $20 gift card for $59.99 + free shipping (ends soon)Our other top deals:ASUS TF600T VivoTab 10.1-inch Windows RT 32GB Tablet for $581.95 + free shipping(normally $599.99 | use instant savings | ends Nov. 8 or sooner)OCZ Agility 4 256GB SATA 6Gb/s 2.5-inch SSD for $129.99 + free shipping(normally $199.99 | use $30 mail-in rebate | ends Nov. 9 or sooner)last_img read more


Sushila Goenka cremated


first_imgKolkata: Sushila Goenka, wife of R P Goenka and mother of Harsh Vardhan and Sanjiv Goenka, was cremated at the Keoratala burning ghat on Monday morning.Senior ministers of the state government, city based industrialists and people from all walks of life were present at the crematorium to pay their respects to the departed soul. She had died in Kolkata on Sunday evening.She was cremated this morning at Keoratala burning ghat in the presence of a large gathering of friends, family members and admirers. Her eldest son Harsh Vardhan Goenka, chairman of the RPG Group and youngest son Sanjiv Goenka, chairman of the RP-Sanjiv Goenka Group, were present along with their children and family members Rama Prasad Goenka’s brothers Jagdish Prasad and Gouri Prasad Goenka.Born in Kolkata, Sushila Goenka, daughter of Ram Sundar Kanoria, was married to Rama Prasad Goenka in 1948. An ardent devotee of Indian tradition and culture, she was well-known for her interest in Indian music and her intimate connection with some of the musical legends of India, including Lata Mangeshkar.last_img read more


Qioptiq Introduces SlimLine for Xray Diagnostics Featuring Spine Mode


first_img Technology | Radiographic Fluoroscopy (RF) | August 09, 2019 Shimadzu Medical Systems Receives FDA 510(k) for FluoroSpeed X1 RF System Shimadzu Medical Systems USA, a subsidiary of Shimadzu Corp., announced they have received U.S. Food and Drug… read more Videos | Artificial Intelligence | July 03, 2019 VIDEO: Artificial Intelligence May Assist in Pediatric Imaging Sudhen Desai, M.D., FSIR, read more Shimadzu FluoroSpeed X1 Walkaround AHRA 2019Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:25Loaded: 11.42%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:25 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button. February 23, 2018 – Qioptiq, an Excelitas Technologies Company, recently introduced SlimLine for X-ray Diagnostics featuring Spine Mode. The new operation mode enables automatic optimization of overexposed images for maximum contrast and visibility of the spine.X-ray images of spines and extremities typically suffer from low contrast because traditional automatic settings are not advanced enough for proper exposure of this specialized case, as the settings are normally selected to properly expose the whole image. In spine mode, SlimLine steadily searches for the interesting part of the picture and optimizes exposure, iris and gain just for these attributes, resulting in maximum visibility of all details of the spine, albeit other parts of the picture are overexposed.The SlimLine system is a complete lens and camera original equipment manufacturer (OEM) solution that has been designed and optimized especially for X-ray diagnostics. The system consists of the SlimLine lens assembly and the QioCam X-ray camera. SlimLine lens assembly offers a high-performance combination of optics (lens elements), mechanics (housing, flange) and electronics (motor control board for Iris communication). The QioCam X-ray camera is based on the high resolution and sensitivity of the latest CMOS technology.SlimLine is offered as a standard product that can also be customized by OEMs to meet specific application requirements.For more information: www.qioptiq.com Feature | Information Technology | June 27, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr Smart Algorithm Extracts Data from Radiology Reports Radiology reports may contain information essential to figuring out a patient’s condition. read more Technology | Digital Radiography (DR) | July 25, 2019 Samsung Announces New iQuia Premium Digital Radiography Platform Samsung has announced iQuia, a new digital radiography (DR) platform of premium products and technologies that improves… read more News | Radiology Business | June 26, 2019 Konica Minolta Healthcare and the Emory Healthcare Innovation Hub Partner to Drive Innovation in Healthcare Konica Minolta Healthcare Americas, Inc. read more Videos | Radiographic Fluoroscopy (RF) | August 09, 2019 VIDEO: Demonstration of the Shimadzu FluoroSpeed X1 Radiographic Fluoroscopy System Shimadzu displayed the FluoroSpeed X1 conventional radiographic fluoroscopy (RF) system at the Association for Medica read more Video Player is loading.Sudhen Desai explains how deep learning might assist pediatric imagingPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 8:21Loaded: 1.95%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -8:21 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button. Advances in long-length digital radiography are creating opportunities for visualization during spinal surgery, as well as pre- and post-operatively. Image courtesy of Fujifilm Medical Systems News | Digital Radiography (DR) | June 28, 2019 Springfield Clinic Deploys 17 Carestream Digital X-ray Systems Springfield Clinic implemented 14 Carestream DRX-Evolu read more News | Radiation Dose Management | July 18, 2019 Low Doses of Radiation Promote Cancer-capable Cells Low doses of radiation equivalent to three computed tomography (CT) scans, which are considered safe, give cancer-… read more News | Digital Radiography (DR) | July 23, 2019 Konica Minolta and Shimadzu to Co-market Dynamic Digital Radiography in the U.S. Konica Minolta Healthcare Americas Inc. along with Shimadzu Medical Systems USA announced a collaborative agreement to… read more Technology | Orthopedic Imaging | February 23, 2018 Qioptiq Introduces SlimLine for X-ray Diagnostics Featuring Spine Mode New operation mode automatically optimizes exposure, iris and gain for improved X-ray imaging of spines Related Content FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Feature | Digital Radiography (DR) | July 19, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr DR Advances Promote Imaging of Whole Spine Recent advances in… read more last_img read more


Russia marks 60th anniversary of Stalins death


first_img Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day “Stalin has given a new impulse to the development of mankind,” said 58-year old history teacher Aliko Lursmanashvili who heads the Gori branch of Georgia’s Stalin Society uniting the dictator’s admirers.Mixing communist symbols with religious rites, communist participants in the rally went to a local church to light candles to remember Stalin after they had rolled up their red flags.____Misha Dzhindzhikhashvili contributed to this report from Gori, Georgia.(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Roman Fomin, who organized a group laying carnations at the grave, said a leader like Stalin “would definitely be for the good of the country and the country would be developing much better than it is now.”Putin, whose professed ideology draws heavily from Soviet statism, has made efforts to give Stalin a more positive historical evaluation. School history textbooks have been released stressing Stalin’s role as an “effective manager” of the 1930s Soviet industrialization campaign, though historians express far greater skepticism about his supposed economic achievements.Liberal newspaper Vedomosti dismissed “the crazy dichotomy of achievements and losses” in an editorial Tuesday. “You can’t put economic achievements and human losses side by side, but even if you try, you won’t find any justification for the Stalin myth,” it said.Pro-Kremlin lawmakers campaigned this year to rename the city of Volgograd to Stalingrad _ its name from 1925 to 1961 _ in commemoration of the battle against Nazi Germany there, widely considered both World War II’s bloodiest and its turning point. Most Russians, however, oppose the move and see Stalin’s death primarily as the end of an era of political repression, according to a poll by the independent Levada Center published Monday. Stalin led the Soviet Union from 1924 until his death in 1953. Communists and other hardliners credit him with leading the country to victory in World War II and turning it into a nuclear superpower, while critics condemn his repressions. Historians estimate that more than 800,000 people were executed during the purges that peaked during the Great Terror in the late 1930s, and millions more died of harsh labor and cruel treatment in the giant Gulag prison camp system, mass starvation in Ukraine and southern Russia and deportations of ethnic minorities.“Those repressions touched every city, town, and village,” Mikhail Fedotov, chairman of the presidential human rights council, said on Tuesday. “We can never forget this.”The liberal Moskovskie Novosti’s cover Tuesday read “Stalin. Farewell” with the dictator’s face scribbled over with childish graffiti, while staunch Communist daily Sovetskaya Rossiya ran a cover story on Stalin headlined “His time will come.”An opinion survey commissioned by the Carnegie Endowment found Stalin has remained widely admired in Russia and other ex-Soviet nations despite his repressions. Its authors noted that public attitudes to the dictator have improved during Russian President Vladimir Putin’s 13-year rule, as the Kremlin has found Stalin’s image useful in its efforts to tighten control. “Russian society is living through a period of crisis of historical consciousness and, in my view, the only remedy for this ailment is creating an archive describing” the Stalin era, said Andrei Sorokin, Director of the Russian Archive of Socio-Political History.In 1989, at the peak of Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev’s efforts to liberalize the country and expose Stalinist crimes, only 12 percent of Russians polled described Stalin as one of the most prominent historical figures, while in the Carnegie poll last year, 42 percent of Russian respondents did so.The poll revealed that the dictator also has continued to enjoy wide popularity in his native Georgia, where 45 percent of respondents expressed a positive view of him. Efforts to shed the nation’s Soviet legacy by Georgia’s pro-Western President Mikhail Saakashvili have failed to change public perceptions of Stalin.Georgian communists, who flocked to Stalin’s hometown of Gori for the anniversary on Tuesday, hope that the government of Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili, whose bloc defeated Saakashvili’s party in parliamentary elections last fall, will restore the Stalin monument torn down on Saakashvili’s orders. Top Stories 4 sleep positions for men and what they mean Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finishescenter_img Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Opposition politicians have criticized the government for failing to clearly condemn Stalin’s repressions. Grigory Yavlinsky, a liberal former presidential candidate, demanded Tuesday that the government “recognize what happened as a crime” and compensate Gulag prisoners who built some of Russia’s biggest industrial enterprises, including metals giant Norilsk Nickel.Much of the resurgence in Stalin’s popularity owes itself to nostalgic perceptions of him as a strong leader in line with Russian traditions, rather than a longing to reinstate Communist dictatorship. One old woman made the sign of the cross after laying flowers at his grave; another carried a drawing of him in the style of Russian Orthodox Christian icons.A surprisingly large number of Russians even believe that Stalin had mystical powers. As recently as 2003, about 750,000 people voted for a party that aimed to continue what it said was Stalin’s attempt to battle the ancient Egyptian priesthood of Ra, which supposedly runs the world from its base in Switzerland. Zavtra, a newspaper run by a popular novelist and columnist, frequently runs pieces like one from about the same time predicting that Stalin would return from the dead and saying that “if you put your ear to the Volga steppe outside Stalingrad you can hear his footsteps.” MOSCOW (AP) – Devotees of Soviet dictator Josef Stalin, whose brutal purges killed millions of innocent citizens and made his name a byword for totalitarian terror, flocked to the Kremlin to praise him for making his country a world power Tuesday, while experts and politicians puzzled and despaired over his enduring popularity.Communist Party chief Gennady Zyuganov led some 1,000 zealots who laid carnations at Stalin’s grave by the Kremlin wall in Moscow, praising him as a symbol of the nation’s “great victories” and saying that Russia needs to rely on this “unique experience” to overcome its problems. Comments   Share   Men’s health affects baby’s health too Sponsored Stories Former Arizona Rep. 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Arizona Cardinals running back Andre Ellington Ph


first_imgArizona Cardinals running back Andre Ellington (Photo by Adam Green/ArizonaSports) “I have a lot to prove,” he said.  “My first year is over with, that’s two years ago.  I’m a new and improved player now, and I’m going to be ready to go out there and show them what I can do.”Ellington wouldn’t bite when asked how he had improved — “we’ll see Game 1,” he said — but the additions along the offensive line, for one, has him excited for the season.“We’re going to try to do way better than we did last year running the ball,” he said, “and hopefully we can be top five when the season is over.”That would be quite the story.A year ago, the Cardinals rushed for 81.7 yards a game, next-to-last in the NFL.Arians would like his offense to be more balanced — “you would always like to stay somewhere in the 50-50 range and then let the fourth quarter dictate whether you’re ahead or behind,” he said — and may get his wish depending not only on the health of Ellington, but the ability of third-round pick David Johnson, who received high marks this offseason.Though he’s OK sharing the backfield this season, Ellington wouldn’t mind being the featured back yet again.“Yeah, of course, because I know what I can do when the ball is in my hands.  That’s what I work hard for every day, just to become that guy,” he said, before adding, “but it’s a team sport.  I have great players surrounding me and those guys can get the job done as well. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Fast forward to this season.Arians still wants Ellington heavily involved — “somewhere in the neighborhood of 20 touches a game whether it’s run or pass,” he said Sunday — but perhaps not the main focus, a credit to the depth among the skill position players.Ellington, the team’s sixth-round pick in 2013, is coming off a season in which he rushed for a team-best 660 yards, barely above (eight yards, to be exact) what he produced as a rookie.  However, Ellington rushed 83 more times (201), which severely hurt his per carry average.Ellington went from averaging 5.5 yards per carry to 3.3.“I wasn’t able to be myself,” he explained.  “I had those injuries in the back of my mind and it kind of slowed me down a little bit.  But, I’m out here feeling good.  I’m getting better every day.”Now, does the 26-year-old former Clemson Tiger believe he is all the way back?“Yeah, I do for the most part,” he said, smiling.  “I feel good.  I feel like I got all my explosion back and I’m just moving well.  I’m in sync with the offense, so it feels good.”A healthy Ellington is one of the many reasons expectations are so high for the Cardinals entering 2015. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Comments   Share   GLENDALE, Ariz. — The comment raised some eyebrows a year ago: Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians wanted to get running back Andre Ellington 25-30 touches a game.But then Ellington hurt his foot; and though he played through the injury — starting the first 12 games before being placed on injured reserve with a sports hernia — his limitation in practice during the week limited what Arians was able to do offensively on Sundays. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories “Whatever (Arians) wants me to do I’m willing to do it.” – / 23last_img read more


The 5 Takeaways from the Coyotes introduction of


first_img The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Top Stories Atlanta Falcons’ Derrick Coleman (40) controls the football as he is taken down by Carolina Panthers’ Luke Kuechly (59) during the second half of an NFL football game in Charlotte, N.C., Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017. The Panthers won 20-17. (AP Photo/Bob Leverone) The new head coach has emphasized that the Cardinals will lean more upon a running game led by starting running back David Johnson.Related LinksKnocks on QB Josh Rosen bothered his UCLA coach, Jim MoraCardinals cut safety Harlan Miller, defensive tackle Peli AnauJohn Gambadoro of 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station added that the Cardinals worked Coleman out on Wednesday.Coleman will join the 6-foot-2, 234-pound Elijhaa Penny and undrafted rookie fullback Austin Ramesh as the bulkier options in the backfield.Prior to his stint in Atlanta, Coleman appeared in 31 games for the Seattle Seahawks from 2013-15. He only carried the ball 10 times and received 11 targets as a receiver in that span, taking two catches for touchdowns.With the Seahawks, Coleman became the first legally deaf offensive player to play in NFL history.He entered the league as a Minnesota Vikings camp invitee after he went undrafted out of UCLA.Coleman faced legal trouble for a 2015 hit-and-run incident. He pled guilty and was forced to undergo community service. 4 Comments   Share   Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The Arizona Cardinals signed fullback Derrick Coleman to a one-year contract and released running back Bronson Hill, the team announced Thursday.The 27-year-old Coleman spent 2017 with the Atlanta Falcons, where he appeared in all 16 regular-season games and took just two carries for eight yards, primarily acting as a blocker. He also had two receptions for 20 yards.Arizona did not utilize a traditional fullback under former head coach Bruce Arians over the past five seasons, but ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Wednesday that the 6-foot, 233-pound back is expected to be the starting fullback for first-year coach Steve Wilks. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more