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Cannabis NB changes images on its website after concerns were raised

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first_imgFREDERICTON – Cannabis NB has made some changes to its website after concerns were raised by Health Canada last week.The Crown agency came under scrutiny for its product descriptions and pictures of people smiling, posing for selfies and holding yoga poses — images that may violate federal regulations.In a statement, Health Canada spokesman Andre Gagnon said the department is trying to raise awareness about the Cannabis Act and its restrictions on promotion.“In a few cases, Health Canada has reached out to … licence holders to bring concerns to their attention, or to collect information and gain a better understanding of some of the facts pertaining to their promotional activities,” he said.Cannabis NB has removed the original pictures and replaced them with images of chairs, a book and painting supplies.Spokeswoman Marie-Andree Bolduc says the agency did not receive any specific direction from Health Canada.“But based on this conversation and discussion, we made adjustments to some images on the website,” she said. “We will be generally reviewing the website and likely be making a few adjustments in the language as well.”In Ottawa, Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor said her department is working with the province to make sure the website meets federal standards.“There are a number of changes that have already been made,” she said in French when asked about the snafu. “Changes have already been made, and we continue to do this work together to ensure that they understand the regulations.”The website includes categories such as “Connect,” “Refresh” and “Discover,” which the agency has described as educational tools for customers.According to figures released Wednesday, Cannabis NB recorded roughly $950,000 dollars in sales during its first 48 hours in business, and more than $71,000 of that revenue was generated by online sales.Cannabis NB President Brian Harriman says the sales figures were in line with expectations.He said the agency sold out of some products, but he said other provinces had the same problem.“Retail stores in communities bordering other provinces, such as Sackville and Campbellton, have seen higher-than-expected demand because of customers coming from other provinces,” Harriman said. “Cannabis NB will continue to closely monitor inventory throughout our stores and work with suppliers to get inventory to normal levels.”last_img read more

More rallies held to support pipelines speaker says convoy coming to Ottawa

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first_imgNumerous rallies and truck convoys have been held across Alberta and Saskatchewan in recent weeks to protest against federal actions that critics say will make building pipelines more difficult. Those include Bill C-69 to revamp the National Energy Board and Bill C-48, which would ban oil tanker traffic on British Columbia’s northern coast.A convoy in Medicine Hat, Alta., last weekend attracted 650 vehicles, according to police, and groups are planning one in February that will travel from Western Canada to Ottawa.“Today, I say to Ottawa, can you hear us yet?” Miller asked the crowd during Saturday’s rally.“Don’t worry, you’ll see us in February when we convoy to Ottawa!”A truck convoy was also held Saturday in Lloydminster, which straddles the Alberta-Saskatchewan boundary.Earlier this month the federal government announced it would spend $1.6 billion to help energy companies struggling due to plunging oil prices. The page stresses that the event is not connected to the so-called yellow vest campaign, which also advocates for pipelines but is associated with opposition to Canada signing the United Nations migration pact.“To be clear, we take issue with bad policies put forward by Justin Trudeau’s government, but we do not favour any political party. This movement is about supporting our families,” the Facebook post states. But Jason Nixon, who represents Rocky Mountain House in the provincial legislature, said what Alberta really wants is pipelines.“Trudeau, we don’t want your money. We want you to get out of the way,” Nixon said to the crowd in Rocky Mountain House.The groups Rally 4 Resources and Canada Action say in a Facebook event post that the convoy to Ottawa is intended to end Feb. 20 on Parliament Hill. The post says letters voicing support for the industry, as well as individual and family photos, will be delivered to the Senate.center_img ROCKY MOUNTAIN HOUSE, A.B. – Speakers at another pro-pipeline rally in Alberta continued their attacks on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Saturday, saying if leaders in Ottawa don’t hear their message now, they will when a planned convoy arrives there in 2019.Chad Miller with the group Oilfield Dads told the crowd gathered in Rocky Mountain House that the province is suffering its “worst recession turned depression” in a generation due to weakened oil prices, exacerbated by a lack of pipeline capacity.“Even those that put away for the rainy days and then some have had to use their savings, and more, to try to weather this never-ending hard times scenario,” Miller said.last_img read more

Russian President Putin challenges Washington in Venezuela power play

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first_imgMoscow: Russia emerged as a crucial power broker in the crisis in far-away Venezuela this week when Washington accused Moscow of convincing President Nicolas Maduro not to flee to Cuba. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Maduro had a plane on the tarmac ready to fly to Havana when “the Russians indicated that he should stay”. Moscow hit back, dismissing the claim as fake and accusing Washington of supporting a coup “that has nothing to do with democracy” by backing opposition leader Juan Guaido. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: ReportMoscow has its reasons for standing behind Maduro — he’s a rare ally in Latin America and Russia has poured billions into the Venezuelan economy. But analysts say Russian President Vladimir Putin is also playing the long game, hoping to use Venezuela as leverage in his global tug-of-war with Washington. “Russia is seeking to translate its influence over Maduro — which is in fact not absolute — into an opportunity to have dialogue with the United States,” Tatyana Stanovaya, head of R.Politik, a Paris-based analysis firm, told AFP. Also Read – Iraq military admits ‘excessive force’ used in deadly protests”Maduro is a bargaining chip.” Tensions in Venezuela have soared since Guaido declared himself acting president in January, claiming Maduro’s re-election last year was illegitimate. More than 50 countries led by the United States lined up behind the 35-year-old head of the National Assembly, but Russia and China have backed Maduro. Reeling from Western sanctions, Moscow has quickly sensed an opportunity, even if it meant locking horns with the United States in Latin America, Washington’s traditional sphere of influence. In a highly publicised move in March, Moscow sent two planes with around 100 soldiers and equipment to Caracas, where Russian mercenaries are also believed to be operating. Ties between Russia and the West plummeted over Moscow’s annexation of Crimea in 2014, its backing for separatists in eastern Ukraine and military support for President Bashar al-Assad in Syria. But the audacity with which the Kremlin inserted itself into the Venezuela crisis has drawn gasps in Washington. “Russia is making the next play in our hemisphere,” Frederick Kempe, president of the Atlantic Council, wrote last month. “Vladimir Putin may be laying the ground for making Venezuela the defining foreign policy debacle for President Trump in the same way Syria became that for the Obama administration.” Russia and Venezuela enjoy a long history of ties and Maduro’s predecessor Hugo Chavez, known for his passionate tirades against the United States, was a welcome guest at the Kremlin. After Chavez’s death in 2013 the relationship with a country that boasts the world’s largest proven oil reserves has continued to thrive. Russia is the second largest lender to Caracas after China, with Moscow heavily investing in Venezuela’s oil resources and Caracas acquiring Russian arms worth billions of dollars. However that also means, analysts say, that Russia has a lot to lose from a change in leadership. But what it stands to gain from a possible deal with Washington may be more important for the Kremlin.last_img read more

JT Barrett cited for driving while intoxicated suspended

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OSU redshirt sophomore quarterback J.T. Barrett (16) prepares to throw the ball during a game against Northern Illinois on Sept. 19 at Ohio Stadium. OSU won 20-13. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead / Photo EditorOhio State redshirt sophomore quarterback J.T. Barrett was arrested by Columbus police early Saturday morning near campus for operating a motor vehicle while impaired.The 20-year-old was cited with a misdemeanor OVI and released Saturday morning. Shortly after, OSU coach Urban Meyer announced Barrett would be banned from OSU’s next game, a Nov. 7 meeting at home against Minnesota.The arrest came a week after Barrett made his first start of the season in a 49-7 win at Rutgers. Against Minnesota, the keys to the offense will be handed back to redshirt sophomore Cardale Jones.According to multiple reports, Barrett’s suspension is for one game — not the mandatory two outlined in OSU’s student-athlete drug and alcohol policy when the student is underage — because the citation was for a misdemeanor.OSU athletic director Gene Smith told various outlets that the one-game suspension was fully at Meyer’s discretion.Kickoff is scheduled for the Buckeyes’ meeting against Minnesota for 8 p.m. at Ohio Stadium. read more

DFB furious with Ozil Gundogan

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first_imgThe head of Germany’s football federation (DFB) is furious that their own players  Mesut Ozil and Ilkay Gundogan were seen posing for pictures alongside Turkey’s president Recep Tayyip ErdoganThe midfielders are both of Turkish descent but chose to represent their birth country Germany at international level instead.Ozil and Gundogan posed for photos in London on Sunday with Erdogan and have left the DFB chief Reinhard Grindel unhappy with their actions.“The DFB, of course, respects the special situation for our players with migrant backgrounds, but football and the DFB stand for values that Mr. Erdogan does not sufficiently respect,” read a statement from Grindel, as reported on ESPN.Top 5 Bundesliga players to watch during the weekend Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 11, 2019 With the international activity cooling down for the next month, we go back to the Bundesliga’s Top 5 players to watch next weekend.The German…“Therefore, it is not a good thing that our internationals have let themselves be exploited for his election campaign stunt. It certainly hasn’t helped the DFB’s integration efforts.”Germany team coordinator Oliver Bierhoff was also unhappy over their actions and intends to speak with them at some point in the near future.“I still have absolutely no doubts about Mesut and Ilkay’s commitment to playing for the Germany national team and how much they identify with our values. They were unaware of the symbolism of these pictures, but we cannot endorse it, and we will discuss the matter with the players,” he said.last_img read more

Mendy Foxes geared up for Anfield battle

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first_imgPapy Mendy says Leicester City make the advantage of their short break count when they lock horns with Liverpool on Wednesday night.The Foxes’ bowed to the last gasp goal against Wolverhampton Wanderers, in their agonising 4-3 reverse at Molineux Stadium.But the French midfielder who has been consistent for the Foxes this season has called for his side to give their all at Anfield.“We have to stay concentrated,” Mendy told the club’s website prior to the trip to Merseyside. “We can work well, and we can think about Liverpool, we can prepare well to fight.“It is good to have a little break because I think we need it for our minds. The last three or four games were not easy.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.“It is never easy when we lose but we are professional and that is football. Sometimes we win, sometimes we lose. We do the maximum to get the maximum result.”The 26-year-old believes City must put their defeat to Wolves behind them as they aim to cause an upset against the league leaders on Wednesday evening.“It was frustrating because we came back after 2-0 and we lost in the last minute,” Mendy continued. “It was not easy. We didn’t start well at the beginning and we have to correct this.“That is our problem this season. We have a desire to correct this every time in training and we must correct this problem.“We play together and we have to fight together and yes, the Premier League is very difficult because every weekend we play against a tough team. It is a good challenge to get a good result at Liverpool.”last_img read more

MakeMyTrip to buy Ibibo Groups India travel business in allstock deal

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first_imgIndia’s travel website operator MakeMyTrip Ltd on Monday announced it will buy its rival, Ibibo Group. Once the deal is completed, this will create India’s biggest company in the online travel booking market.Although the value of the all-stock deal was not announced, sources aware of the deal told Mint that the deal value is estimated to be pegged at $720 million.The combination is expected to bring together consumer travel brands, which includes MakeMyTrip, Goibibo, RedBus, Ryde and Rightstay. Together Ibibo and MakeMyTrip processed 34.1 million transactions in the financial year 2015-16, MakeMyTrip said in a statement.The transaction is expected to close by the end of December 2016.Also read: MakeMyTrip under scanner for service tax evasion of Rs 75 croreDeep Kalra, founder of MakeMyTrip (MMT) will remain the group chief executive and chairman of MakeMyTrip Group. Rajesh Magow, co-founder of the travel portal will retain his role of chief executive of MakeMyTrip’s India business. Ashish Kashyap, founder of Ibibo Group will join MMT’s executive team as a Co-founder and President of the organisation.Ibibo owners, Naspers and Tencent hold 91 percent stake and nine percent stake in the company respectively. Once the deal is closed, MakeMyTrip will own 100 percent of Ibibo Group. Naspers and Tencent will become the single largest shareholder in MMT.”We expect this deal to create an even more scalable business with the expertise to transform the booking experience for Indian travellers,” Deep Kalra, Chairman and Group CEO of MakeMyTrip said in the statement.According to a report in Reuters, MakeMyTrip had a market capitalization of about $861.3 million as of Monday’s close.The online travel agency competes with Cox & Kings, Expedia, Thomas Cook (India) and new entrant OYO rooms in its hotels booking business.”India is a key market for Naspers, and this deal reinforces our commitment to the country,” Bob van Dijk, CEO Naspers said.Morgan Stanley is acting as exclusive financial advisor to MMT. Goldman Sachs is acting as exclusive financial advisor to Ibibo and Naspers.last_img read more

Kuwait army chief praises Bangladesh army for Sreemangal rescue operation

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first_imgChief of Staff of Kuwait Armed Forces Lt Gen Mohammad Khaled Al Khadher on Thursday highly appreciated Bangladesh Army personnel for their quick rescue operation after the emergency landing of Bangladesh Air Force helicopter carrying him and 15 others in Sreemangal on Wednesday, reports UNB.“The capability of the Bangladesh Army personnel in the rescue is highly appreciable… they came for the rescue in just five minutes’ time after the emergency landing,” he said.The visiting Kuwait Armed Forces chief came up with the remark when he met prime minister Sheikh Hasina at her official residence Ganobhaban.PM’s press secretary Ihsanul Karim briefed reporters after the meeting.Lt Gen Mohammad Khaled Al Khadher said Bangladesh and Kuwait have a strong relation and he has come to Bangladesh to strengthen it further.He mentioned that more than 6000 Bangladeshi armed forces members are working in Kuwait and they are highly professional and dedicated ones.Talking about the Rohingya issue, Khaled Al Khadher appreciated the move of Bangladesh.Regarding the ongoing joint training between Bangladesh and Kuwait army personnel, he said this has created a new opportunity in providing joint training.Welcoming him to Bangladesh, prime minister Sheikh Hasina said Bangladesh has given shelter to the Myanmar Rohingyas on humanitarian ground temporarily.She said the Bangladesh government is looking after their medical needs and education in addition to providing other facilities.The Bangladesh prime minister greeted Kuwait Amir and prime minister through its army chief.last_img read more

As Cardinal DiNardo Leads A Crucial Meeting Of Bishops Survivor Advocates Demand

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first_img Share Patrick Semansky/AP FileIn this Nov. 12, 2018, file photo, Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, listens to a reporter’s question during a news conference at the USCCB’s annual fall meeting in Baltimore.As Cardinal Daniel DiNardo prepares to lead a crucial meeting of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops on how to deal with abuse cases, a survivor advocacy group is asking for his resignation over the alleged mishandling of several cases that have occurred in the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston.Members of the Houston chapter of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) plan to hold a rally at the Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in downtown Houston, to demand that DiNardo steps down as head of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.Alvaro ‘Al’ Ortiz/Houston Public MediaMichael Norris, leader of the Houston chapter of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP).In an interview with Houston Matters, Michael Norris, who leads SNAP in Houston, said DiNardo “doesn’t have the leadership” to head the USCCB and he lacks the “moral authority” because of several alleged local cases of sex abuse in which, according to the advocacy group, he has shown leniency toward accused priests.Norris talked about the alleged abuse cases by Manuel La Rosa-Lopez a former priest at Conroe’s Sacred Heart Church, and other cases involving Reverend John T. Keller at Prince of Peace Catholic Community in northwest Houston and Father Jesus Suarez, who worked at Houston’s St. Philip of Jesus Catholic Church. Suarez also served at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Conroe.Latest accusationNorris also pointed at the latest allegation against DiNardo. It was made last week by Laura Pontikes, a Houston construction executive. She says the cardinal allowed Monsignor Frank Rossi, who for a time was second in command at the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, to move to another parish after she reported that he lured her into a sexual relationship. “He’s part of the problem, he’s not part of the solution,” Norris said. “It’s time for him to step down and allow someone to get in there who can actually take care of the problem.”The archdiocese has said it acted proactively in these cases by suspending the priests and ordering them to undergo therapy, and is cooperating with law enforcement.Archdiocese respondsOn Monday afternoon, the archdiocese sent out a statement saying DiNardo “will not resign from anything” and, instead, “will continue working with like-minded reformers at all levels of the Church to fight the evil of abuse in all its forms.”The statement added that, as president of the USCCB, the cardinal has shown an “aggressive leadership” that has helped lay the foundation for a recent decree by Pope Francis making bishops directly accountable either for acts of sexual abuse or efforts to cover such behavior up.“Here at home,” the archdiocese added, “Cardinal DiNardo has also acted swiftly and justly in removing priests from active ministry each time he was presented with credible evidence of sexual abuse or inappropriate behavior.”Baltimore meetingThe meeting of the Catholic Bishops will take place in Baltimore starting Tuesday. The bishops will be guided by the groundbreaking new law issued by Pope Francis on May 9 that the archdiocese’s statement referenced. It requires priests and nuns worldwide to report clergy sexual abuse and cover-ups by their superiors to church authorities. It also calls for any claim of sexual misconduct or cover-up against a bishop to be reported to the Vatican and a supervisory bishop in the U.S.SNAP said the pope’s edict was a step forward, but urged the U.S. bishops to go further by requiring that church staff report their suspicions to police and prosecutors in addition to reporting internally. SNAP also said the bishops should turn over any files and records related to sex abuse to their state attorneys general for investigation, and it urged the bishops to ensure that all U.S. dioceses release lists of priests, nuns and other church staff alleged to have committed sexual abuse.Beyond the pope’s edict, the bishops will consider creating an independent, third-party reporting system to which allegations of abuse could be filed.last_img read more

5 ways artificial intelligence is upgrading software engineering

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first_img47% of digitally mature organizations, or those that have advanced digital practices, said they have a defined AI strategy (Source: Adobe). It is estimated that AI-enabled tools alone will generate $2.9 trillion in business value by 2021. 80% of enterprises are smartly investing in AI. The stats speak for themselves. AI clearly follows the motto “go big or go home”. This explosive growth of AI in different sectors of technology is also beginning to show its colors in software development. Shawn Drost, co-founder and lead instructor of coding boot camp ‘Hack Reactor’ says that AI still has a long way to go and is only impacting the workflow of a small portion of software engineers on a minority of projects right now. AI promises to change how organizations will conduct business and to make applications smarter. It is only logical then that software development, i.e., the way we build apps, will be impacted by AI as well. Forrester Research recently surveyed 25 application development and delivery (AD&D) teams, and respondents said AI will improve planning, development and especially testing. We can expect better software created under traditional environments. 5 areas of Software Engineering AI will transform The 5 major spheres of software development-  Software design, Software testing, GUI testing, strategic decision making, and automated code generation- are all areas where AI can help. A majority of interest in applying AI to software development is already seen in automated testing and bug detection tools. Next in line are the software design precepts, decision-making strategies, and finally automating software deployment pipelines. Let’s take an in-depth look into the areas of high and medium interest of software engineering impacted by AI according to the Forrester Research report. Source: Forbes.com #1 Software design In software engineering, planning a project and designing it from scratch need designers to apply their specialized learning and experience to come up with alternative solutions before settling on a definite solution. A designer begins with a vision of the solution, and after that retracts and forwards investigating plan changes until they reach the desired solution. Settling on the correct plan choices for each stage is a tedious and mistake-prone action for designers. Along this line, a few AI developments have demonstrated the advantages of enhancing traditional methods with intelligent specialists. The catch here is that the operator behaves like an individual partner to the client. This associate should have the capacity to offer opportune direction on the most proficient method to do design projects. For instance, take the example of AIDA- The Artificial Intelligence Design Assistant, deployed by Bookmark (a website building platform). Using AI, AIDA understands a users needs and desires and uses this knowledge to create an appropriate website for the user. It makes selections from millions of combinations to create a website style, focus, image and more that are customized for the user. In about 2 minutes, AIDA designs the first version of the website, and from that point it becomes a drag and drop operation. You can get a detailed overview of this tool on designshack. #2 Software testing Applications interact with each other through countless  APIs. They leverage legacy systems and grow in complexity everyday. Increase in complexity also leads to its fair share of challenges that can be overcome by machine-based intelligence. AI tools can be used to create test information, explore information authenticity, advancement and examination of the scope and also for test management. Artificial intelligence, trained right, can ensure the testing performed is error free. Testers freed from repetitive manual tests thus have more time to create new automated software tests with sophisticated features. Also, if software tests are repeated every time source code is modified, repeating those tests can be not only time-consuming but extremely costly. AI comes to the rescue once again by automating the testing for you! With AI automated testing, one can increase the overall scope of tests leading to an overall improvement of software quality. Take, for instance, the Functionize tool. It enables users to test fast and release faster with AI enabled cloud testing. The users just have to type a test plan in English and it will be automatically get converted into a functional test case. The tool allows one to elastically scale functional, load, and performance tests across every browser and device in the cloud. It also includes Self-healing tests that update autonomously in real-time.SapFix is another AI Hybrid tool deployed by Facebook which can automatically generate fixes for specific bugs identified by ‘Sapienz’. It then proposes these fixes to engineers for approval and deployment to production. #3 GUI testing Graphical User Interfaces (GUI) have become important in interacting with today’s software. They are increasingly being used in critical systems and testing them is necessary to avert failures. With very few tools and techniques available to aid in the testing process, testing GUIs is difficult. Currently used GUI testing methods are ad hoc. They require the test designer to perform humongous tasks like manually developing test cases, identifying the conditions to check during test execution, determining when to check these conditions, and finally evaluate whether the GUI software is adequately tested. Phew! Now that is a lot of work. Also, not forgetting that if the GUI is modified after being tested, the test designer must change the test suite and perform re-testing. As a result, GUI testing today is resource intensive and it is difficult to determine if the testing is adequate. Applitools is a GUI tester tool empowered by AI. The Applitools Eyes SDK automatically tests whether visual code is functioning properly or not. Applitools enables users to test their visual code just as thoroughly as their functional UI code to ensure that the visual look of the application is as you expect it to be. Users can test how their application looks in multiple screen layouts to ensure that they all fit the design. It allows users to keep track of both the web page behaviour, as well as the look of the webpage. Users can test everything they develop from the functional behavior of their application to its visual look. #4 Using Artificial Intelligence in Strategic Decision-Making Normally, developers have to go through a long process to decide what features to include in a product. However, machine learning AI solution trained on business factors and past development projects can analyze the performance of existing applications and help both teams of engineers and business stakeholders like project managers to find solutions to maximize impact and cut risk. Normally, the transformation of business requirements into technology specifications requires a significant timeline for planning. Machine learning can help software development companies to speed up the process, deliver the product in lesser time, and increase revenue within a short span. AI canvas is a well known tool for Strategic Decision making.The canvas helps identify the key questions and feasibility challenges associated with building and deploying machine learning models in the enterprise. The AI Canvas is a simple tool that helps enterprises organize what they need to know into seven categories, namely- Prediction, Judgement, Action, Outcome, Input, Training and feedback. Clarifying these seven factors for each critical decision throughout the organization will help in identifying opportunities for AIs to either reduce costs or enhance performance. #5 Automatic Code generation/Intelligent Programming Assistants Coding a huge project from scratch is often labour intensive and time consuming. An Intelligent AI programming assistant will reduce the workload by a great extent. To combat the issues of time and money constraints, researchers have tried to build systems that can write code before, but the problem is that these methods aren’t that good with ambiguity. Hence, a lot of details are needed about what the target program aims at doing, and writing down these details can be as much work as just writing the code. With AI, the story can be flipped. ”‘Bayou’- an A.I. based application is an Intelligent programming assistant. It began as an initiative aimed at extracting knowledge from online source code repositories like GitHub. Users can try it out at askbayou.com. Bayou follows a method called neural sketch learning. It trains an artificial neural network to recognize high-level patterns in hundreds of thousands of Java programs. It does this by creating a “sketch” for each program it reads and then associates this sketch with the “intent” that lies behind the program. This DARPA initiative aims at making programming easier and less error prone. Sounds intriguing? Now that you know how this tool works, why not try it for yourself on i-programmer.info. Summing it all up Software engineering has seen massive transformation over the past few years. AI and software intelligence tools aim to make software development easier and more reliable. According to a Forrester Research report on AI’s impact on software development, automated testing and bug detection tools use AI the most to improve software development. It will be interesting to see the future developments in software engineering empowered with AI. I’m expecting faster, more efficient, more effective, and less costly software development cycles while engineers and other development personnel focus on bettering their skills to make advanced use of AI in their processes. Read Next Implementing Software Engineering Best Practices and Techniques with Apache MavenIntelligent Edge Analytics: 7 ways machine learning is driving edge computing adoption in 201815 millions jobs in Britain at stake with AI robots set to replace humans at workforcelast_img read more

Content security specialist Nagra has announced su

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first_imgContent security specialist Nagra has announced support for Android TV with an end-to-end user experience ecosystem.Having launched 15 Android device deployments since 2014, delivering OTT and hybrid TV services to more than 10 million consumer devices worldwide, Nagra has now included Android TV into its end-to-end solution portfolio for pay TV service providers.OpenTV Signature Edition, Nagra’s pre-integrated and ready-to-launch OTT solution, now features an Android TV Operator Tier solution.OpenTV Signature Edition delivers a unified user experience across all screens through a user interface that blends traditional and modern navigation paths to linear and on-demand content, according to Nagra.“Operating within an end-to-end TV framework like OpenTV Signature Edition, an Android TV-based solution offers pay-TV operators a compelling TV experience that engages consumers and drives active content monetization,” said Holger Ippach, SVP, user experience product unit for Nagra.“We have been successfully embracing Android for mobile devices and tablets for years, and now with support for Android TV, we can help our customers benefit from everything it has to offer.”Nagra will exhibit at IBC on stand 1.C81.last_img read more

He added The Derry to Belfast route has enjoyed

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first_imgHe added: “The Derry to Belfast route has enjoyed a surge in popularity over the last year.“We want to build on that momentum by ensuring that passengers taking the Derry to Dublin route can avail of affordable and convenient ticketing options. “In order to deliver for Derry we need an ambitious plan for our infrastructure and that includes our railway. “We must deliver a service fit for a modern city and provide more attractive travel options where possible, for people in the North West.”Durkan: Promotional fares planned for Derry to Dublin rail route was last modified: June 10th, 2019 by John2John2 Tags: SDLP Mark H Durkan MLA has appealed to Translink for the provision of promotional fares for the Derry to Dublin railway route, which are currently afforded at other stations throughout the North. In addition, he has called for digital ticketing alternatives for train services, making rail travel more convenient particularly in instances of unmanned stations.The Foyle MLA said: “I recently flagged up apparent restrictions upon the Derry to Dublin rail service and its pricing with Translink, after concerns were raised by local commuters. “Currently if travelling by rail from Belfast, Lisburn, Portadown or Newry, customers can avail of a reduced Enterprise fare to Dublin priced at £10.99. “Outside of these areas, Enterprise fares at ‘add-on’ stations are priced at a slightly higher fee. “However, the Derry Waterside Railway station does not benefit from this cheaper alternative in any form.“I have received assurances from Translink that given the ongoing upgrading of their ticketing system, it is envisaged that promotional fares to Dublin will be available from all stations across the rail network within the next year, in addition to a roll out of barcode ticketing.” Durkan: Promotional fares planned for Derry to Dublin rail routeEnterprise trainFOYLE MLAMark H DurkanSDLPTranslink ShareTweetlast_img read more

In This Issue… Currencies metals find a bid…

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first_imgIn This Issue… * Currencies & metals find a bid… * Retail Sales disappoint, big time! * BOC to meet today… * And Richard Duncan on this TTT! And, Now, Today’s Pfennig For Your Thoughts! Big Ben Visits Congress… Good day… And A Tom Terrific Tuesday to you! Well… the MRI I had done on my brain last week showed nothing… HAHAHAHAHA! Yes, there was nothing there! Of course my beautiful bride has told me that for years! And then there were the teachers back in the school years that muttered such things… But seriously… the good news is that no sign of lesions in the brain… I got to thinking yesterday about these bouts I’ve had with cancer… they have hit me, much like I used to play golf… left kidney, right femur & hip, left eye, right mandible… they used to call that “Army golf” left, right, left, right… Well, here we go again! Once again, the traders and hedge fund gurus are selling dollars ahead of a Fed event, in hopes that additional stimulus will be announced at the event. Today, it’s Big Ben Bernanke giving his testimony to lawmakers on the economy. You would think that having been disappointed time and time again by the Fed Heads, that going down this road once again would be avoided at all costs… But, as I told you about a month ago… the crown that gets placed on your head forever, when you are the first to call something, holds great value to these traders and hedge fund gurus, so they are always willing to go out on the limb… I would be surprised 6-ways from Sunday if Big Ben even mentioned stimulus today and tomorrow as he speaks to the Senate and House on different days. But that’s not stopping the bias to sell dollars which began yesterday mid-morning, and continued throughout the day and overnight sessions. So… we begin the day today with the euro having moved from playing peek-a-boo with the 1.22 handle to now playing the game with the 1.23 handle… The last time, we went into a Fed event with the traders et.al. selling dollars in hopes of an additional stimulus announcement, the euro got whacked by 2-cents when the disappoint set in… So, the downside risk today is great, folks… be careful… But then if you are one to think that Big Ben will use the testimony on the economy to announce additional stimulus, then you’ll want to jump on the “we got the call right first crowd” bandwagon… I’m skeptical, at best here, folks… I really don’t think Big Ben, even with his, “what you dare to question the great and powerful Oz” mantra, would take this time to announce additional stimulus… Getting on… Remember when I told you that German exports were kicking tail once again with the relatively weaker euro allowing their manufactured goods to be more competitive? Well, if the were doing well when the euro was 1.30, imagine how well they are doing with it around 1.23! it is now thought that the weaker euro will allow Germany’s nominal Trade Surplus to equal 4% of the German GDP… So… German exporters are happy campers with the weaker euro… as they should be! And as long as the euro remains stronger than the dollar, given the problems of the Eurozone, what does that tell one about the dollar? OK… The Bank of Canada (BOC) meets this morning to discuss rates… this will be a non-event, as BOC Gov. Carney, wants to remove monetary policy stimulus, but just can’t pull the trigger with all the problems of the Eurozone and the U.S. right now. The Eurozone is in recession, and the U.S., although I say it never left the depression, but officially came out of recession, is ready to re-enter it, says, PIMCO Bond king, Bill Gross… So, I don’t expect much in the way of movement from the Canadian dollar / loonie, from this non-event BOC meeting… I think everyone knows the hand that the BOC has been dealt at this point. The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) meeting minutes for the July meeting earlier this month, were balanced to slightly hawkish. The RBA once again said that they were comfortable with the current rate cuts made, and will continue to monitor the effects of those rate cuts made earlier this year. These meeting minutes have helped the Aussie dollar (A$) to continue to gain in the $1.02 handle, heading to $1.03… Last night, Japanese Finance Minister, Azumi, tried his hand a jawboning in an attempt to slow down the speculative trading in the Japanese yen. This is typical of how the Japanese do things… the yen is strong, as it briefly went below the 79 handle yesterday (yen is a European priced currency, so the lower the number the more in value it has VS the dollar), and this strength in the yen has been driving Japanese officials crazy… But, as I’ve said before, they can jawbone all they want, the markets are not afraid of the Bank of Japan (BOJ) any longer, for they know all too well that to really move the yen weaker, and cause massive losses for holders of yen, that the BOJ would have to work in coordination with the U.S. and Eurozone… They have other problems work on right now to deal with Japan’s currency strength problem… In China the State Council will meet this week, and from this meeting we could very well see the additional measures that will be adopted by the Chinese Gov’t in an attempt to regenerate the moderating economy. The Chinese renminbi/ yuan posted gains overnight. This is the first time in a week or so that Chinese officials have allowed the renminbi/ yuan to gain. So, maybe, they know something about Big Ben’s visit to the Senate today… And here we go again with Gold, as it nears $1,600 again this morning… The shiny metal has been manipulated so much lately that it’s difficult to get traction. Artur over in our Business FX group told me about a new Gold trading platform that Italy started last week… Good for them! I talked at length about Gold manipulation in the next edition of the Review & Focus, which is sent monthly to EverBank World Markets clients. You’ll want to pick up a copy of that at your nearest newsstand when it comes out! HA! When will the public demand this be stopped? When a much larger percentage of the population owns Gold… that’s when! Well… yesterday’s Retail Sales data here in the U.S. for June was absolutely disappointing, just as I said it would be… June Retail Sales fell -.5% when a +.2% gain was forecast. Not by me! But by the so-called experts… Of course if these experts would just check the BHI (Butler household Index) it has a more consistent indication of what Retail Sales will be… So, Big Ben Bernanke will have this data in his back pocket when he travels to the Senate today… The back side of the financial storm is moving more onto our shores, folks… More and more economic data confirm that, and still no one does a thing about it… We’ll be inundated with economic data today… some of it stupid pet tricks, and some of it worthy of the paper it’s printed on. CPI will print… and so too will Industrial Production and Capacity Utilization… Long time readers know under what category those economic data prints fall under… But when it’s all said and done today… the markets will be moved by Big Ben Bernanke’s testimony or they won’t… the economic data will be “extras” today… Then There Was This… Richard Duncan is an author and analyst that has written at least two books that I have poured myself into over the years… First it was: The Dollar Crisis, that was written about 10 years ago, and then the most recent book, The Corruption of Capitalism… He “gets it”, folks… Always has… and he was interviewed on CNBC yesterday, and decided to tell the world that he believes the risk of a new depression… Here are a couple of snippets from his interview on CNBC Europe yesterday. Richard Duncan – “When we broke the link between money and gold, this removed all constraints on credit creation. This explosion of credit created the world we live in, but it now seems that credit cannot expand any further because the private sector is incapable of repaying the debt it has already, and if credit begins to contract, there’s a very real danger that we will collapse into a new Great Depression. If this credit bubble pops, the depression could be so severe that I don’t think our civilization could survive it.” Chuck again… I have to say that reading that gives me the chills… and would hope that we don’t get to that… Hopefully, spending cuts that would alleviate the need to go to the credit markets will steer us around that problem… But the spending cuts have to come, folks… NOW! In addition, I sent an email to my friend, John Mauldin, yesterday after I saw him on Bloomberg TV, talking about the debt, and how he was optimistic that Congress would do the right thing and begin to cut debt… my email simply said, “John, you are far more optimistic than I regarding Congress and their will to cut the deficit spending and debt… I believe there is no political will to do so, for it does not get them reelected, and with the large number of voters receiving some sort of Gov’t payouts, to cut those payouts would be suicidal for their reelection chances… John replied… “If we don’t, then it is a disaster of Biblical proportions”… I agree with that… but then I’ve been telling people about the disasters that this growing debt were going to cause for over a decade now… To recap… The currencies and metals began to gain mid-morning on Monday, and carried on throughout the overnight sessions. It seems the traders et.al. don’t ever learn a lesson… they are once again selling dollars ahead of a Fed event, in hopes to be the first to take advantage of an announcement of additional stimulus… Chuck thinks they will once again be disappointed by the Fed Heads… The BOC meets today, expect no move, and the RBA meeting minutes had a hawkish bias to them. Currencies today 7/17/12… American Style: A$ $1.0285, kiwi .7980, C$ .9850, euro 1.2285, sterling 1.5635, Swiss $1.0230, … European Style: rand 8.1930, krone 6.0835, SEK 7.0105, forint 233.35, zloty 3.40, koruna 20.6240, RUB 32.43, yen 79.05, sing 1.2625, HKD 7.7560, INR 55.08, China 6.3730, pesos 13.19, BRL 2.0345, Dollar Index 83.08, Oil $88.53, 10-year 1.48%, Silver $27.41, and Gold… $1,593.30 That’s it for today… a great 9th inning rally and win last night by the Cardinals… of course I didn’t see it until this morning! 4th day on my new medicine… so far so good, It just makes me feel a bit off-kilter… but then it’s only been 4-days… in 4 weeks that will be a better judge! This nasty cold bothers me more than the chemo medicine! In fact, it woke me up much earlier than I get up this morning, so I had me a bowl of Cheerios for breakfast! With toddlers always at the house, Everett and Braden, there are always Cheerios! And How about that guy that caught the little girl that fell out of a 3rd story window? WOW! And Happy 50 years of performing, to the Rolling Stones… They celebrated that last milestone last week! Sticky Fingers is still my fave Stones album… And with that… I hope you have a Tom Terrific Tuesday! Chuck Butler President EverBank World Markets 1-800-926-4922 1-314-647-3837 www.everbank.comlast_img read more

By Justin Spittler editor Casey Daily Dispatch T

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first_imgBy Justin Spittler, editor, Casey Daily DispatchThe “smart money” is betting big on uranium.Smart money refers to big-time institutional investors. They’re not the kind of people you want to bet against… especially when they’re “backing up the truck” on an asset.And that’s exactly what’s happening in the uranium market.You see, a group of bankers are getting ready to launch a new company with one purpose: to gobble up cheap uranium.The company is called “Yellow Cake,” named after the raw form of the commodity. And its plan is to buy 8.1 million pounds of uranium.The deal is worth $170 million. The uranium will come from Kazakhstan-based Kazatomprom, the world’s largest uranium producer. The deal represents about 25% of the company’s annual production… and about 5% of global marketed production. Did This Classic 80s TV Show Predict America?This financial guru was mocked by the mainstream. But is his strange financial prediction about to come true? — If You Like BIG, FAST Gains, You’re Going to Love ThisThis top analyst is firing off the biggest, fastest gains we’ve ever seen. He’s shown a small group of loyal readers how to make 176% in two weeks, 299% in eight days, 526% in two months, 100% in five days, and even 52% in four hours. If you’d like to see exactly how, click here for full details. — Recommended Link • Uranium appears to be on the verge of a major supply crunch… Here’s what Yellow Cake wrote in a recent press release:A decade of declining uranium prices has seen little investment in uranium mining, resulting in a projected supply deficit absent material increases in the uranium price…Even with a material increase in the uranium price, it may take years before new sources of uranium are ready to be mined, due to delays associated with permitting for exploration and development of uranium mines…The supply gap is currently being covered by secondary supply, largely from enrichment providers underfeeding. However, secondary supplies have declined, and are expected to continue to decline and may not be sufficient to fill the supply deficit while new mines are developed.And just so you know…• The people behind Yellow Cake are the real deal… Peter Bacchus, the mastermind behind the project, has more than two decades of experience as a leading global mergers & acquisitions (M&A) adviser.Currently, he heads Bacchus Capital Advisers, a new independent corporate finance and M&A platform. He also previously served as Global Head of Mining and Metals at Morgan Stanley and European Head of Investment Banking at Jefferies Group.Liebenberg is no slouch, either. He has more than two decades of experience in equity and investment banking. Most recently, he served as Chief Financial Officer of QKR Corporation, a global mining company.In short, these guys are heavyweights in the investment and mining industries. But they’re not the only ones getting ready to bet big on uranium.• Tribeca Investment Partners is preparing to launch a new uranium fund, too…Tribeca is an Australian fund manager. It oversees about $2.5 billion.The new fund is looking to raise $100 million. And according to The Australian Financial Review, Tribeca is doing this because it believes the price of uranium could more than double over the next five years.Again, these people know what they’re talking about. And right now, they’re telling the world that uranium won’t stay cheap for long.This isn’t something you want to ignore as a speculator. So, consider speculating on uranium if you haven’t yet.The safest way to do this is with the Global X Uranium ETF (URA). It allows you to bet on a basket of uranium stocks, which is less risky than buying individual stocks.Just understand that uranium stocks are extremely volatile.Blue-chip uranium stocks can swing 5% or more in day. Junior uranium stocks can move 20% or more.If you can’t handle that volatility, you should stay on the sidelines. And if you’re willing to speculate, don’t bet more money than you can afford to lose. Use stop losses. And you may even want to trim your positions once you’re sitting on big profits.Regards, Justin Spittler Denver, Colorado June 29, 2018P.S. If you want specific uranium stocks to profit from, I highly recommend you check out Crisis Investing editor Nick Giambruno’s model portfolio. Nick is also bullish on the uranium sector today and has narrowed down the top plays to start multiplying your money. You can access these names—and all of Nick’s research—with a subscription to Crisis Investing.Reader MailbagToday, a reader appreciates our recent Conversations with Casey: “Doug Casey on the Space Force”…Doug, you were terrific and as I read this article I laughed like hell when you quoted General Turgidson [G C Scott]—”We cannot allow a mineshaft gap!” I’ve watched it at least 10 times or more. But you hit it on the head. We buy our launch rockets from Russia and we are at a form of war with them now. Maybe that’s why Trump wants a summit with Putin?—RichardIf you have any questions or suggestions for the Dispatch, send them to us right here.In Case You Missed It…We’re on the cusp of an infrastructure buildout for the ages.But I’m not talking about new roads, bridges, or railways. In fact, you likely won’t even notice the work being done…Even so, it’s the most pivotal upgrade to the world’s infrastructure in over 20 years. And investors who position themselves now stand to make a fortune in the years ahead. Learn what it is, and how to profit, right here. Recommended Link • To fund this mammoth purchase, Yellow Cake will hold an initial public offering (IPO)… And the goal will be to raise between $160 million and $200 million. That will make it one of the largest fundraising events to happen in the junior market in years.But that’s just the beginning.Yellow Cake has also negotiated plans to purchase an additional $100 million of uranium each year for the next nine years.In other words, this company plans to buy more than $1 billion worth of uranium over the next decade.This is a big deal… and yet another reason to consider speculating on uranium.In a minute, I’ll show you an easy way to do this. But you should first understand something important.• Yellow Cake has no intention of ever using this uranium…It’s not going to burn it for power. It’s not going to build bombs with it, either.Instead, it’s going to buy this uranium… and sit on it. The people behind Yellow Cake believe uranium is “structurally mispriced.” Here’s a quote from Yellow Cake’s CEO Andre Liebenberg:Due to an exceptional confluence of events, uranium is one of the few commodities yet to recover from the recent commodities bear market.We believe that uranium is fundamentally and structurally mispriced in the current market, and on a historical basis.Regular readers know why Liebenberg thinks this. In short, the price of uranium is down 85% since 2007.It’s so low that about 75% of the world’s uranium is being produced at a loss.But Yellow Cake isn’t just loading up on uranium because it’s absurdly cheap.last_img read more

4 Companies Profiting From Trumps Unpopularity

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first_img Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Next Article You can send tiny gloves to the president. Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand In light of the recent political climate, many individuals and solopreneurs are working hard towards making a strong statement about their views on the current president. With Trump’s growing unpopularity, entrepreneurs are taking it upon themselves to resist in their own ways, and many are doing so in a way they know best — online businesses.Related: Politically Charged Boycotts Explained, From Uber to Under ArmourThe following four companies in particular are playing to a predominantly liberal audience and, as a result, are striking gold.1. Lingua Franca.Lingua Franca is a New York City-based fashion retailer that sells cashmere sweaters with embroidered script. Their sweaters typically sell to retailers like Saks and Net-a-Porter. Their clothing has been seen being worn by celebrities like Leonardo DiCaprio and Christy Turlington. Although the founder was making a decent living from her business, the income was nowhere near formidable. But with the recent election of Donald Trump, the business has seen a massive increase in sales.The founder, Rachelle Hruska MacPherson, has more than 30 immigrants employees, and after the president’s recent call to ban immigration from several muslim countries, MacPherson decided to launch a series of sweaters with political phrases.2. Tiny Trump Gloves.A new company beginning to grow is Tiny Trump Gloves. Unlike the more common political retailers, Tiny Trump Gloves actually sells tiny blue gloves which they then ship off to the Trump Tower penthouse in New York City, addressed to Trump himself.Each glove that is purchased is accompanied by a postcard addressed to the “President with the tiniest hands.” You can choose to purchase the gloves and send them anonymously to the president, or let him know directly who is sending the pair.Related: 5 Content Marketing Lessons From SNL in the Age of Trump But these entrepreneurs are not all about making a profit. In fact, a portion of the proceeds from each pair sent to the president are being donated to refugees from the seven countries on Trump’s travel ban list.The goal is to send the message that immigration is integral to innovation. So if you’re looking to troll the Trump while also donating to a good cause, be sure to check out this new business.3. Politiclothes.Politiclothes is an online retailer that sells a wide range of political clothing. Recently they added an anti-Trump line. They sell everything from t-shirts, hats and stickers, to pet apparel and Christmas ornaments.But don’t fret! If you are someone who is a proud Trump supporter, they have a line of clothing just for the right-winged Americans as well. Although not as popular, there is something for everyone.4. Not This White Woman.Another retailer that is choosing to make a political stance using t-shirts is Not This White Woman. After the elections, many were surprised to learn that 53 percent of white women voted for Trump.But what about the other white women who voted for Hillary? Michelle Hirschberg and Karen Land Short, were both devastated following the election result and were deeply disappointed that the majority of white women voted against having a female president.In an attempt to get the message across that some women did in fact prefer Hillary as a candidate, they launched a line of clothing that allows white women to boldly state that they were not among that 53 percent.Much like Tiny Trump Gloves, 100 percent of proceeds from shirts sold will go towards Planned Parenthood, an organization which has been defunded by the Trump administration, resulting in health concerns for many underprivileged women.Related: How 10 Brands Thoughtfully Chimed In on President Trump’s InaugurationConclusion.With the continuous drop in approval in such a short time, it’s not surprising that many entrepreneurs, particularly immigrant entrepreneurs, are acting out in their own way to protest their distaste for the current presidential administration. No doubt more of these organizations will rise up in the near future. Turns out Trump is creating more jobs for Americans afterall. 4 min read Image credit: Action Sports Photography | Shutterstock Nadya Khoja Entrepreneurs Director of Marketing for Venngage infographicscenter_img Donald Trump March 1, 2017 Guest Writer Add to Queue Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful. Enroll Now for $5 –shares 4 Companies Profiting From Trump’s Unpopularitylast_img read more

Smartphones camera could help perform nonclinical diagnostic testing in rural areas

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first_imgA smartphone’s camera can distinguish up to 16-million colors. We’re taking advantage of this capability to do the same kind of diagnostic testing that a microplate reader does in a laboratory — except we’re using an everyday phone.”Zhendong Cao, who recently graduated with a master’s degree in applied sciences Related StoriesOlympus launches next-generation X Line objectives for clinical, research applicationsScientists develop universal FACS-based approach to heterogenous cell sorting, propelling organoid researchAMSBIO offers new, best-in-class CAR-T cell range for research and immunotherapyTypically, researchers perform diagnostic tests in a laboratory that is equipped with a microplate reader. Microplate readers can cost thousands of dollars and weigh more than 50 pounds. Cao’s device is part of a system that, when completed, will allow researchers to carry out those same laboratory tests anywhere in the world.To develop his technology, Cao modified the software inside a smartphone’s camera to analyze the amount of colored pixels and UV light in a photo of a biological sample.The colors in the photo’s pixels correspond to a known “signature” produced by a substance — for example, estrogen — that the researcher or health-care provider is investigating. The way light is absorbed or emitted can indicate a sample’s concentration, such as how much estrogen is present in saliva. In addition to estrogen, the researcher or clinician could test other indicators of women’s reproductive health and stress levels, which could affect her ability to get pregnant.To improve the accuracy and efficiency of the tests, Cao also created a light-blocking container the size of a cookie tin that houses multiple samples for testing. The container shields against interference from ambient light and helps the smartphone capture a more precise image. Altogether, Cao demonstrated that the result of the smartphone’s tests were comparable to the original microplate reader technology.Cao’s innovation could enable high-quality lab testing to become hand-held, supporting faster research in the short term, or perhaps one day, more rapid access to reproductive health information and diagnoses in rural areas.Though Cao’s innovation is not yet commercialized, the team hopes to test it for Nepomnaschy’s field studies in rural areas in the future. Source:Simon Fraser University Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Jun 27 2019A Simon Fraser University researcher is hoping to help women in rural areas access information about their reproductive health using a common tool in their pockets: a smartphone.Zhendong Cao has developed a unique way to take advantage of a smartphone’s camera so that it could eventually help perform non-clinical diagnostic testing, with initial applications that can help women with family planning and reproductive health monitoring.Cao’s thesis project was co-supervised by engineering science professor Ash Parameswaran and health sciences professor Pablo Nepomnaschy. The research addresses a key challenge for Nepomnaschy’s field studies in Guatemala.last_img read more

Scientists create new material for nuclear reactors

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More information: V.D. Borisevich et al. Cascade design for isotopically modified molybdenum as an alternative to zirconium alloys, Chemical Engineering Research and Design (2017). DOI: 10.1016/j.cherd.2017.10.018 Citation: Scientists create new material for nuclear reactors (2018, January 30) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-01-scientists-material-nuclear-reactors.html Researchers from the National Research Nuclear University MEPhI (Russia) have conducted a study on the use of isotopically modified molybdenum as an alternative to zirconium alloys from which nuclear fuel-element casings are created. They have proved that this can enhance the safety of nuclear reactors. The study is published in the scientific journal Chemical Engineering Research and Design. Today, zirconium alloys are the main material used in the fuel-element casings containing uranium oxide pellets. The material features high erosion and corrosion resistance in water, along with a low thermal neutron capture cross-section (the property characterizing the probability of chemical interaction between neutron particles and the atom nucleus).However, zirconium alloys are also known to have several drawbacks, including the generation of heat in water and the production of hydrogen, which accelerates the degradation of the fuel-element casings. This occurs during zirconium-steam reactions, which take place when temperatures reach above 700 degrees Celsius, which can be very dangerous in emergency situations at water-cooled nuclear power stations. A zirconium-steam reaction is believed to have been one of the causes of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster in 2011.Nuclear physicists around the world have long discussed the possibility of replacing zirconium alloys with a refractory molybdenum alloy casing, which, like zirconium, has high corrosion resistance, but also higher thermal conductivity. The main drawback to the material has traditionally been its expense, which requires an increase in the degree of the uranium’s enrichment, and thus makes the technological process much more expensive.However, Russian scientists believe they may have found a solution – change the natural composition of molybdenum isotopes, using centrifugal separation technology. Moreover it allows to create an alloy with thermal neutron capture cross-section figures similar to or even smaller than that of zirconium.Valentin Borisevich, professor at MEPHI’s Department of molecular physics, told that the university’s study has provided researchers with “all the information necessary for the design of a separation system for the large-scale production of isotopically modified molybdenum on the basis of existing Russian technology for the separation of non-uranium isotopes in gas centrifuges.”If introduced, the technology could lead to substantial increases in nuclear power plant safety.The university’s study was made possible thanks to support from the Russian Foundation for Basic Research, and in cooperation with the department of engineering physics at the Tsinghua University in Beijing, China. Provided by National Research Nuclear University Coatings for nuclear fuel to prevent explosions in reactors Valentin Borisevich, professor at MEPHI’s Department of molecular physics Credit: National Research Nuclear University MEPhI 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. Explore further read more

Japan startup Mercari soars in first day of Tokyo trade

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first_img Citation: Japan start-up Mercari soars in first day of Tokyo trade (2018, June 19) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-06-japan-start-up-mercari-soars-day.html The company initially priced its stock at 3,000 yen ($27.30) a share, at the top of a prospective range.But that price was quickly surpassed on Tuesday, with shares trading at around 5,300 yen at the close, valuing the firm at over 700 billion yen ($6.37 billion).”Mercari got off to a flying start” with investors impressed by its successful business model, Shinichi Yamamoto, a broker at Okasan Securities, told AFP.The online marketplace, started in 2013, allows users to buy and sell everything from clothes and electronic goods to event tickets.Payment is not validated until the purchased item is received by the buyer, which has reassured users wary of buying second-hand goods online.Mercari has attracted international attention for its steady growth. It says it has around one million products on sale on any given day and generates $100 million a month in transactions globally.”We felt it was the right moment to go public,” founder Shintaro Yamada said at a press conference on Tuesday afternoon.The app has tapped into a relatively new but vibrant market in Japan for second-hand goods, which has also seen success for bricks-and-mortar stores specialising in used books and electronics.Yamada has said the idea for the app came to him as he travelled abroad and saw the appetite for used goods and the power of mobile shopping.”Things that don’t have value for oneself have a lot for others and our goal is to become an international marketplace,” Yamada added Tuesday.”We’ll feel that we succeeded when the platform is not only a success in the United States but at an global level.”Mercari has already begun expanding overseas, launching in the United States in 2014 and in Britain in 2017, and is expected to plough some of the funds raised by its share offering into further international expansion. Flea market app Mercari soared Tuesday as it debuted on the Tokyo Stock Exchange, a major success for a rare Japanese “unicorn”—a start-up valued over $1 billion. Japanese messaging app Line raises over $1.1 billion in IPO Chairman Shintaro Yamada (front 3rd L) and president Fumiaki Koizumi (front 3rd R) of Mercari, a Japanese flea market app, pose with other officers at the Tokyo Stock Exchange to celebrate their company’s debutcenter_img © 2018 AFP Explore further 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

Supreme Court judges to contribute to Kerala flood relief fundSupreme Court judges

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first_imgKerala flood relief and aid organisation The judges of the Supreme Court will contribute to the Kerala flood relief fund, Chief Justice Dipak Misra said today. A bench comprising CJI and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud made the observation during the hearing of a PIL that had sought barring of lawmakers from practising in courts across the country.“We are also making some contribution. Judges of this court are also making contribution for the flood relief fund,” the bench said. The observation came after Attorney General K K Venugopal referred to the “grave tragedy” that has struck Kerala rendering 10 million people homeless. The AG had earlier donated Rs one crore to the flood relief fund.Many other senior lawyers have also contributed significant amounts towards the relief fund. The south Indian state is facing its worst flood in 100 years with 80 dams opened and all rivers in spate. A body blow has been dealt to the state known for its scenic natural beauty, with its infrastructure, standing crops and tourism facilities getting severely hit.As per official records yesterday, 7,24,649 lakh people were housed in 5,645 relief camps across the state. The deadly monsoon rains have so far claimed 210 lives since August 8. Published on August 20, 2018 COMMENT File Photo of Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra.   –  PTI SHARE SHARE SHARE EMAIL COMMENTSlast_img read more

OET to organise healthcare communication event in KochiOET to organise healthcare communication

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first_imgNovember 21, 2018 COMMENT The Occupational English Test (OET), the English language test for healthcare professionals, is organising its first-ever Healthcare Communication Forum in India on November 30.Since Kerala is well-known world-wide for advancements in healthcare, the inaugural Forum is being conducted in Kochi. Healthcare professionals, hospital administrators, employers, educators and academics may participate in this Forum with prior registration.Those who would like to attend the forum should register online via https://www.occupationalenglishtest.org/events/healthcare-communication-forum-2018/. Attendance is complementary and the last date for registration is November 25.OET is recognised as proof of English language proficiency for registration purposes by major healthcare boards and Councils in the UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Dubai, Singapore, Namibia and Ukraine. It is also accepted in Australia and New Zealand for visa and immigration purposes.The Healthcare Communication Forum brings together leading researchers, healthcare communication experts, English language specialists, healthcare regulators, employers and educators to discuss the latest research, trends and updates in healthcare communication.Experts from India and speakers from various countries will take centre stage to share their knowledge at the forum. Published on Kochi events COMMENTS SHARE SHARE EMAIL healthcare industry language SHARElast_img read more