Amazon under scrutiny over alleged child privacy violations

first_imgA coalition of child rights and privacy protection advocates have filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) urging the federal agency to investigate Amazon for violating children’s privacy via its smart speaker for kids – the Amazon Echo Dot Kids.In a 96-page long complaint, a coalition of 19 child’s right and privacy advocates led by the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood (CCFC) and the Center for Digital Democracy (CDD), have alleged that Amazon collects sensitive personal information generated during children’s interactions with the Echo Dot Kids and stores it indefinitely violating US’ Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), which places certain restrictions on websites and online services that are directed towards children below 13 years of age.The two organisations in their joint investigation also found out that the Seattle headquartered tech giant reportedly retained children’s data even after parents had deleted it. In addition to this, the coalition in its complaint to the FTC has also alleged that Amazon’s parental parental consent mechanism does not verify that the person giving consent for recording conversations with Alexa via the Echo Dot Kids is an adult or more specifically a parent of the child and that the company’s consent mechanism can be “bypassed by a kid with a disposable debit gift card”.Amazon unveiled the Amazon Echo Dot Kids Edition almost a year back in April 2018. The smart speaker, which is essentially a peppy variant of its old Echo Dot, aside from sporting the features of a standard Echo Dot comes with the FreeTime Unlimited service, which gives access to more than 300 kids audiobooks, kid-friendly radio stations from iHeartRadio Family and third-party Alexa skills from Disney and Nickelodeon among others, and the basic FreeTime service, which blocks certain Alexa featuresand third-party skills. It also allows parents to place a time limit on Alexa usage.advertisement”Amazon markets Echo Dot Kids as a device to educate and entertain kids, but the real purpose is to amass a treasure trove of sensitive data that it refuses to relinquish even when directed to by parents,” executive director of CCFC, Josh Golin wrote in a statement.Amazon on its part has denied that its devices – the Amazon Echo Dot Kids in this case – are violating the laws. “FreeTime on Alexa and Echo Dot Kids Edition are compliant with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA),” an Amazon spokesperson told the US-based media channels.Notably, the complaint comes just weeks after an investigative report by Bloomberg detailed that Amazon’s Alexa reviewers have access to users’ exact location and that they can use the coordinates available to them to point out the exact location of an Amazon Echo user’s home. Th report noted that some Amazon employees who review Alexa recordings have access to a tool that displays device information, which includes the location of an Echo device. The report also noted that this information may not be always accurate as Echo devices ask users permission to use their location.ALSO READ: | Amazon’s Alexa team knows where you liveALSO READ: | Not just Alexa, thousands of Amazon workers too are listening to your conversationsALSO READ: | Amazon Echo Show (2018) review: Alexa gets a bigger screenlast_img read more

What happened last time India met Sri Lanka in World Cup?

first_imgIndia take on Sri Lanka in Leeds on Saturday in their final group-stage match. India will be hoping to collect 2 points and keep their chances of topping the table alive. Australia, with 14 points from 8 matches, are a point ahead of 2nd-placed India on the 10-team table. On the other hand, Sri Lanka are already out of contention for the last-4 and will be hoping to bow out on a high with a win against their neighbours.The last time these two teams met in a World Cup was 8 years ago during that fateful final of the 2011 edition. While every Indian cricket fan remembers the iconic image of MS Dhoni finishing the game with a six, the match itself is one of the most memorable finals in World Cup history.But when Sri Lanka won the toss and opted to bat first at Wankhede, the onus was upon India to deal with the pressure of chasing in such a high stakes game. Memories of India buckling under similar pressure during the 2003 World Cup final were still fresh in the minds of the country’s cricket followers. But MS Dhoni and his men had other ideas.Riding on a magnificent unbeaten 103 from Mahela Jayawardene, Sri Lanka posted a formidable total of 274/6 at the end of 50 overs. Their total was boosted by some lusty lower order hitting from Chamara Kapugedera and Thisara Perera who scored a quickfire 22 from just 9 deliveries.In reply, India were rocked by Lasith Malinga on just the 2nd ball of their innings when he removed Virender Sehwag for a duck. And when Malinga got Sachin Tendulkar caught behind the wickets in the 7th over with India’s score a mere 31 runs, memories of 2003 started to bother the country’s fans. But that’s when current captain Virat Kohli joined his Delhi senior Gautam Gambhir at the crease.advertisementThe duo took India past the 100-run mark while also keeping up with the required run-rate. Though Kohli soon got out after a well-made 35 at India’s score of 114. The dismissal prompted arguably one of the most famous batting reshuffles in World Cup history as then-skipper MS Dhoni promoted himself up the order and joined Gambhir to take India’s chase forward.Dhoni initially played the role of an anchor, rotating strike well and milking ones and twos while Gambhir played with aggression, never letting Sri Lanka come on top. Their 109-run partnership pulled India out of trouble and on-course of their 2nd World Cup title. Just when Gambhir looked well set for a deserved century, he was bowled by Perera while trying to charge out of the crease and hit a boundary.But Yuvraj Singh and Dhoni ensured that there were no more hiccups as they continued India’s march towards the 275-run target. The Wankhede came to a standstill on the 2nd ball of the 49th over when with 4 runs needed for a win, Dhoni’s eyes lit up as he saw Nuwan Kulasekara bowl a delivery in the slot and with a swing of his arms, he launched the ball into the stands behind long-on sending the crowd into a frenzy. His teammates ran from the pavilion to mob him and Yuvraj as days-long celebrations started in Mumbai and across the country.Also Read | World Cup 2019 semi-finalists: Australia, India, England, New ZealandAlso Read | India vs Sri Lanka World Cup 2019: Ravindra Jadeja likely to play at Leedslast_img read more

a month agoJagielka explains leaving Everton for Sheffield United

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Jagielka explains leaving Everton for Sheffield Unitedby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the lovePhil Jagielka has explained his decision to leave Everton for Sheffield United.He made 385 appearances over the course of 12 years at Goodison Park and won 40 England caps.”I was at home when I got the phone call from Marcel (Brands, Everton’s director of football),” he told the Daily Mail.”So I just texted Tony Sage, the kitman, to chuck all my stuff in a bin bag and I went to meet him at the front of the entrance at Finch Farm. I didn’t want to go in. It just didn’t feel right to go in.”What do you expect me to get? A Louis Vuitton bag? It was fine. I just had a few pairs of boots, some socks and stuff. I knew I may never go back there. It was all ready to go from A to B.”I was just happy there was no abuse from (veteran kitman) Jimmy Martin – though I’ll probably get that on Saturday!” last_img read more

Denmark: Kappel Agreement Secures Access to Major Market

first_img此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定 Man Diesel Turbo, October 7, 2013 Print  Close zoom On 30 August 2013 MAN Diesel & Turbo signed an agreement regarding the production of its Kappel propeller portfolio with Dalian Marine Propeller Co., Ltd (DMMP) – part of the China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation (CSIC) Group – at its facility in Frederikshavn, Denmark. The deal allows DMMP to produce and sell MAN Alpha Kappel design propellers in China.Representing DMMP, Executive Vice President Chen Baoqi said: “Entering into this agreement with MAN Diesel & Turbo, ensures and strengthens DMMP’s leading position in the market place and delivers the most efficient and environmentally friendly propeller solutions to our shipowners.” Torben Johansen, Head of Propeller & Aft Ship, MAN Diesel & Turbo, said: “This agreement will greatly help us to penetrate the FP propeller market with our highly efficient Kappel design principle as DMMP is among the major suppliers of large-scale propellers for Chinese shipbuilding.” New orderMAN Diesel & Turbo subsequently announced that DMMP has signed a Kappel design propeller contract with Xiamen Shipbuilding Industry Co. Ltd for three + 8500 ceu PCTC (Pure Car/Truck Carrier) car carriers, the largest of their kind in the world. The shipowner is Höegh Autoliners, the leading global provider of Ro/Ro vehicle transportation services. Frederikshavn reports that tank tests on different propeller configurations displayed the Kappel design’s superior efficiency compared to other propellers.DMMPDMMP is the largest plant specializing in the manufacture of marine propellers in China and has nearly fifty years of production experience. The company delivers about two hundred propellers annually to a broad range of global shipowners. My locationlast_img read more

Port of Koper to Increase Maximum Permissible Draft to …

first_img此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定 My location Port of Koper, February 20, 2014 Print  Close zoom Wednesday, the 19th February 2014, saw the commencement of dredging operations to deepen Basin I at the Port of Koper. This long-awaited project, which will fulfil Luka Koper’s commitment to ship owners, is of crucial importance in the future development of the company through enhancing the port’s competitiveness.Dredging work is being carried out by the Italian company Costruzioni Generali Xodo s.r.l using the vessel San Luca Primo. The first stage of deepening the harbour waters, which is to be completed by 21st February 2014, will increase the maximum permissible draft of vessels using the Container Terminal to 13 metres. In addition, necessary works for the construction and filling of the silt disposal sites are also underway.These works complement the company’s plans for the extension of Pier I, which were endorsed by the Supervisory Board in spring 2013. These investments will increase the annual capacity of the Container Terminal by an additional 230,000 TEUs – to 980,000 TEUs per annum. Further to seabed dredging, the project includes the construction of an additional 100 metres of operational quayside with all pertaining infrastructure, machinery and equipment. The project, which has an estimated price tag of 78 million euros, shall be executed in several stages and is due for completion in 2018.As has been pointed out on several occasions by Luka Koper’s Management Board President Mr Gašpar Gašpar Mišič, 2014 is to be a year of investments essential to enhancing the port’s competitiveness through the creation of much needed extra capacities. Today’s commencement of works testifies to the fact that Luka Koper is on the right track.last_img read more

Weekly Traffic Advisories

first_img Local Area Office: 902-424-6144 Fax: 902-424-7116 Local Area Office: 902-543-8169 Fax: 902-543-0686 NEW WORK HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 118-Wright Avenue Interchange Highway 118 will be closed from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, March 19 between Exit 13 and Exit 4 at Highway 111 for the removal of the temporary panel bridge at the Wright Avenue interchange. Detour signs will be posted. Motorists are asked to proceed with caution and follow all safety instructions. For information call 902-424-6144 between 8 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-543-4733 Fax: 902-543-5596 CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Mount Whatley Road BridgeThe bridge on Mount Whatley Road at the Nova Scotia-New Brunswick border will be closed until further notice. PICTOU COUNTY: West River East Side RoadThe West River East Side Road near Salt Springs is reduced to one lane for repairs until further notice. Traffic control consists of traffic signals. Local Area Office: 902-667-2972 Fax: 902-667-3424 Local Area Office: 902-485-5254 Fax: 902-485-7047 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Wyse Road BridgeWyse Road Bridge in Middle Musquodoboit will be closed to truck traffic while the bridge is being repaired. Trucks will detour via Route 356 and Route 213 until further notice. Traffic control consists of signs. Local Area Office: 902-424-6144 Fax: 902-424-7116 GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Molasses Harbour BridgeMolasses Harbour Bridge on Route 316 in Port Felix is reduced to one lane for repairs until further notice. Temporary traffic signals are in place. Local Area Office: 902-424-4409 Fax: 902-424-0568 -30- CONTINUING WORK COLCHESTER COUNTY: Lilyvale BridgeLilyvale Bridge on the Lilyvale Road is closed for repairs until further notice. Traffic control consists of signs. A detour is available on Camden Road and Riversdale Road. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Sperry Bridge No. 2Sperry Bridge No. 2 on Petite Riviere Road is closed until further notice. Detours are posted. PICTOU COUNTY: Carmichael RoadToney River Bridge on Carmichael Road is closed until further notice. Traffic control consists of signs. A detour is available on Poplar Hill Road and Meadowville Station Road. Local Area Office: 902-893-5797 Fax: 902-896-2259 Local Area Office: 902-755-7060 Fax: 902-755-7049 Local Area Office: 902-863-3420 Fax: 902-863-7365 Local Area Office: 902-679-4308 Fax: 902-679-6124 SHELBURNE COUNTY: Port Clyde Bridge Port Clyde Bridge on Route 309 will be closed until Monday, May 15, while a new bridge is being built. Motorists are advised to use the Clyde River Bridge on Highway 103. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 118-Wright Avenue Interchange Highway 118, from the intersection at Highway 111 northerly, toward the airport, will have intermittent lane closures in both directions during interchange construction. Traffic control consists of cones, barrels and jersey barriers. For information call 902-424-6144 between 8 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. KINGS COUNTY: Old Baxters Mill Bridge OpenThe Old Baxters Mill Bridge, near Baxters Harbour in Kings County, is open to one-lane traffic. Vehicles weighing more than 5,000 kilograms are restricted from using the bridge.last_img read more

Fourth Session of the Sixtyfirst General Assembly to Open March 29

first_imgThe fourth session of the 61st general assembly will open at 2 p.m., Thursday, March 29, with the Lieutenant-Governor of Nova Scotia reading the Speech from the Throne. The third session will be prorogued earlier in the day at 11 a.m. It is necessary to prorogue the existing session in order to open a new session of the general assembly. -30-last_img

Quebec woman among 12 killed in bus crash in Mexico

first_imgThe Canadian who was among 12 people killed in a bus crash in eastern Mexico has been identified by her family as Stephanie Horwood of Gatineau, Que.Carole Pommet Reinthaler tells The Canadian Press that her daughter-in-law was in Mexico with her husband and their two daughters aged nine and 11.All three were injured.Pommet Reinthaler says there will be two funeral services — one in Horwood’s native St. John’s, N.L., and the other in Gatineau.She says it was her son who called from Mexico to break the news of the tragedy.Horwood would have turned 42 next week.last_img read more

New UK rules over rape victims’ digital data spark criticism

first_imgLondon: Police are asking rape and sexual assault victims for access to their digital devices under new guidelines published on Monday that prompted criticism from women’s rights campaigners in Britain. Officers now present victims with consent forms to view messages, photographs, emails and social media accounts, with police warning that prosecutions may not go ahead without the permissions. The change follows a disclosure scandal in the legal system which saw a series of rape and sexual assault cases collapse in recent years after crucial evidence emerged at the last minute. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: ReportAssistant commissioner Nick Ephgrave, of the National Police Chiefs’ Council, said the new “informed consent” forms would be used “proportionately and consistently”. He added police were working with victim groups and others to ensure the approach had “the necessary balance”. “We would never want victims to feel that they can’t report crimes because of ‘intrusion’ in their data,” Ephgrave said in a statement. But women’s advocates as well as privacy campaigners have hit out at the consent forms as overly intrusive and argue they could deter people from reporting crimes. Also Read – Iraq military admits ‘excessive force’ used in deadly protests”We seem to be going back to the bad old days when victims of rape are being treated as suspects,” said Harriet Wistrich, director of the Centre for Women’s Justice. The organisation said it was preparing a legal challenge to the policy alongside privacy advocates Big Brother Watch, which has dubbed the measures “digital strip searches”. Prime Minister Theresa May’s spokesman said Monday that the issue was “complex” and police would conduct impact assessments on the forms. “While disclosure is an important component of the criminal justice system… the police have acknowledged that the use of personal data in criminal investigations is a source of anxiety,” he said. “We want victims to have the confidence to come forward.” The forms are part of a wholesale review of disclosure processes within the legal system in England and Wales.last_img read more

Two suspects arrested over shooting in Nallur

Two suspects were arrested over the shooting incident in Nallur in Jaffna, the Police said today.A policeman who was injured during the shooting incident targeting a prominent judge in Jaffna yesterday, succumbed to his injuries in hospital. High Court judge N. Illancheliyan was shot at by gunmen in Nallur, Jaffna while he was in his vehicle. The judge involved in the murder case of Sivaloganathan Vithya was shot at in Jaffna last evening. The judge was unhurt but a policeman who was giving security to the judge was injured.The High Court judge is part of a trial-at-bar hearing the case on the rape and murder of the school girl. (Colombo Gazette) read more

OPP help with attempted murder probe

An attempted murder investigation has been launched into a Jan. 12 shooting that sent a man to hospital with head injuries.The Haldimand OPP major crime unit, under the direction of Det. Insp. Randy Gaynor, is helping Six Nations police with the investigation, the OPP announced Wednesday.The investigation began when Six Nations police were called at about 4:15 a.m.. on Jan. 12 and told a 22-year-old man who had been dropped off at a Sixth Line Road home was bleeding and was being driven to hospital.Police later stopped a vehicle carrying the man, who appeared to have slash wounds to his head. He was conscious but appeared intoxicated and confused, Six Nations police said in a Jan. 14 news release.The man was taken by ambulance to Hamilton General Hospital, where he regained consciousness and was listed in stable condition.Doctors determined the man had been shot in the head, police said.At that time, investigators believed the victim had been involved in an altercation outside of Brando’s Bar in Brantford.OPP Const. Ed Sanchuk said the man had been seen in multiple locations in the Brantford prior to the incident.“We believe someone knows something that could help our investigation and we’re hoping that they’ll come forward.”Anyone with information is asked to call Six Nations police at 519-445-2811 or OPP at 1-888-310-1122.To remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477. read more

CoucheTard fielding calls for European deals after Statoil acquisition

by News Staff Posted Jun 21, 2012 6:18 pm MDT MONTREAL – Alimentation Couche-Tard says the $2.7-billion acquisition of Statoil Fuel & Retail’s hasn’t satiated the company’s appetite for growth, either in North America or in Europe where big oil brands are looking to sell their retail operations.Chief executive Alain Bouchard said Norwegian-based Statoil Retail had been restricted from doing business with other oil companies while it was tied to majority owner Statoil. But with that bond broken, Couche-Tard has been receiving calls from players who didn’t even know it’s name before.“Now, with this big start in Europe, everybody notices who we are and we got calls,” Bouchard said during a news conference Thursday from Oslo.The Quebec-based retailer has taken control of Scandinavia’s leading fuel and convenience store chain, which has 2,300 outlets and operations in central and eastern Europe.Couche-Tard said 94.1 per cent of Statoil Fuel & Retail shareholders have tendered to its offer. It has also bought an additional 2.7 per cent stake in the market, raising its ownership to 96.7 per cent.The remaining shares will be added over the next couple of months, but SFR will be incorporated into Couche-Tard’s results in the next quarter.Bouchard said Statoil Fuel & Retail will consider adding new markets outside of its base. The company has previously expressed an interest in Germany.He added that Couche-Tard’s (TSX:ATD.B) entry into Europe would not reduce the pace of acquisitions in North America.Acquisitions can take six to 12 months to finalize, so the company will use the time to reduce its leverage while maintaining its investment grade credit rating, said chief financial officer Raymond Pare.“We will manage (leverage) as we did when we did the Circle K acquisition when we did execute a deleveraging plan right after the acquisition in order to regain the flexibility that we need in order to face opportunities.”Statoil Fuel & Retail CEO Jacob Schram called the acquisition another milestone in the company’s long history.“We are looking forward to further develop the business that we are proud of and do that together with our new 100 per cent owner that will support us in growing the European base,” Schram said.Although Statoil Fuel & Retail is the market leader in Sweden and Norway, Schram said there is room for expansion in Denmark and Poland where it has just five per cent market share.The European market is in a restructuring phase as big oil companies consider selling their retail operations.“The market in general in the areas where we are operating is absolutely exciting moving forward,” Schram told analysts and journalists.Economic problems in Europe are a concern, but Statoil is geographically diversified to withstand regional problems, much like Couche-Tard is in North America, Bouchard added.Analyst Michael Van Aelst of TD Securities raised his share price target to $60, up 11 per cent or $6, on the addition of Statoil to Couche-Tard’s operations.“We see the potential for this to occur again, though possibly not to similar peaks as investors’ comfort with Europe is believed to be even less than what was the case with the U.S. a decade ago,” he wrote in a research note.Still, Van Aelst said the shares could be volatile over the next few year as disappointing results from Europe, even if temporary, will likely lead to some questioning the company’s strategy.That’s what happened when Circle K’s initial results were disappointing because of lower fuel margins.“But few are questioning management’s ability to add value in the U.S. any longer,” he added.On the Toronto Stock Exchange, Couche-Tard shares closed down 42 cents at C$44.83 on Thursday. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Couche-Tard fielding calls for European deals after Statoil acquisition read more

Facebooks untapped potential Instagram video and other services

SAN FRANCISCO – If you’re starting to notice more ads on Instagram, it’s all part of Facebook’s plan.Facebook, the world’s largest social network, has steadily built its advertising business to become the world’s second-largest digital ad platform after Google. Now it’s looking at ways to make more money from video ads and from newer services like Instagram, the mobile photo-sharing app that it bought for $1 billion in 2012.Instagram recently announced it has over 400 million monthly users, surpassing the 300 million who use the rival social networking site Twitter. While Facebook has been introducing Instagram ads slowly — to avoid irritating users by overloading them with commercial messages — the company said in September that it would allow more kinds of ads, including longer video spots, on the photo-sharing service.With those new formats, Instagram could produce more than $250 million in revenue for the current quarter, Evercore ISI analyst Ken Sena estimates. Businesses will spend about $600 million on Instagram ads this year — and nearly $1.5 billion in 2016, according to research firm eMarketer.“When we talk to advertisers and ad agencies, they’re very interested in Instagram,” said eMarketer analyst Debra Aho Williamson.One reason: In recent years, there’s been a debate over whether teens and young adults are forsaking Facebook in favour of newer, trendier online services. But Williamson said young adults are “very visually focused and pretty heavy users of Instagram.”Facebook doesn’t disclose how much of its revenue comes from Instagram. The company beat Wall Street estimates on Wednesday by reporting third-quarter net income of $891 million, on revenue of $4.5 billion. Profit was up 11 per cent, while revenue grew 40 per cent from the same period a year earlier.More than 1.55 billion people now visit Facebook at least once a month, up 14 per cent from a year ago. Daily users increased by 17 per cent, to 1.1 billion. As in previous quarters, Facebook said a majority of users are visiting Facebook on mobile devices, and mobile ads contributed 78 per cent of the company’s ad revenue.Those results drove Facebook’s stock up more than 3.5 per cent in late trading, after shares closed Wednesday at $103.94.Facebook has seen continued growth in revenue and users over the last three years, but the company is growing more slowly as it gets bigger. That’s led it to consider new ways of showing advertising.Facebook is also increasingly introducing new ways for its users to share and watch video on the social network, positioning itself against Google’s popular YouTube service. CEO Mark Zuckerberg told analysts Wednesday that Facebook users are now watching more than 8 billion video clips a day on the site, up from 4 billion in April. (Facebook counts any clip played for at least 3 seconds as a “view.”)Analysts say Facebook has huge, untapped potential in both video and its growing stable of apps and services, many of which operate separately from the main social network. That includes Instagram, the WhatsApp messaging app and Oculus VR, which makes virtual reality gear.More than 800 million people are now using WhatsApp, the messaging app Facebook bought for $19 billion in 2014, and another 700 million people use the Messenger service that Facebook developed internally.While the company hasn’t spelled out plans to make money from those apps, chief financial officer David Wehner told analysts Wednesday that he’s confident “there are going to be opportunities” in the future.Zuckerberg also cautioned that it will take time for virtual reality technology to gain wide adoption. But chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg stressed Instagram’s more immediate potential during the company’s quarterly earnings call.For advertisers, she boasted, Facebook and Instagram are the “two most important mobile platforms out there.” Instagram offers advertisers the same targeting and measurement capabilities they can get with ads on Facebook, she added.Facebook still handles less advertising than Google, its biggest rival, but its share of global spending on digital ads is growing, according to eMarketer. The firm estimates Facebook’s share will be 9.6 per cent this year, up from 8 per cent last year, while Google’s will drop from 32 per cent last year to 30.4 per cent this year.Experts caution that Facebook must be careful as it introduces new kinds of advertising, so it doesn’t overwhelm or annoy users. The company worked closely with advertisers to make sure the first ads on Instagram “met a high bar” for esthetics and creativity, Williamson said. Still, she said she’s recently seen “a couple of duds.”Sandberg acknowledged that concern, telling analysts the company is monitoring the quality of ads closely. by Brandon Bailey, The Associated Press Posted Nov 5, 2015 7:11 am MDT Last Updated Nov 5, 2015 at 8:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Facebook’s untapped potential: Instagram, video and other services FILE – In this March 25, 2015, file photo, Mark Zuckerberg talks about the Messenger app during the Facebook F8 Developer Conference in San Francisco. Facebook reports quarterly financial results on Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File) read more

Stem cell patch allows wordblind patients to read again

first_imgDouglas Waters, Prof Lydon da Cruz, Freda Waters, and Odysseas GeorgiadisCredit:Matt Thackray  Embryonic stem cells have the ability to become any cell in the body in the right environment Douglas Waters who can read again after becoming the first person in the world to have a stem cell eye patch implanted  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Embryonic stem cells have the ability to become any cell in the body in the right environment Douglas Waters, Prof Lydon da Cruz, Freda Waters, and Odysseas Georgiadis “They represent another step forward in materializing our hopes of clinical implementation of  human embryonic stem cell based treatment of age-related macular degeneration in the not so distant future.”The trial results were published in the journal Nature Biotechnology. Experts said the treatment offered ‘real hope’ to people suffering from AMD.Professor Lyndon da Cruz, consultant ophthalmologist at Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust said: “The patients who received the treatment had very severe AMD, and their improved vision will go some way to enhance their quality of life.“We recognise that this is a small group of patients, but we hope that what we have learned from this study will benefit many more in the future.“The results suggest that this new therapeutic approach is safe and provides good visual outcomes.”The patch was grown on a thin plastic scaffold from human embryonic stem cells. Rather than replacing the damaged light-sensitive cells themselves, the sheet comprises of a single layer of retinal pigment epithelium, a specialist tissue which provides support for the light cells, keeping them healthy and promoting regeneration.Previously stem cells have been used to help AMD sufferers, but it is the first time a patch has been grown and transplanted. In a two hour operation, specialists inserted the patch under the retina of each patient, who were then monitored for a year. Both went from not being able to read at all, to reading up to 80 words-a-minute using normal reading glasses.Douglas Waters, 86, from Croydon, London, was one of two people who had received the treatment at Moorfields Eye Hospital. He developed severe wet AMD in July 2015 and received the treatment three months later in his right eye. Scans show new darker cells growing around hte patch after a year Credit:UCL/Moorfields Eye Hospital Dr Dusko Ilic, Reader in Stem Cell Science, King’s College London  added: “Even though still in the experimental stage, encouraging results from the da Cruz team are reducing further safety concerns with the human embryonic stem cell based therapies. Douglas Waters who can read again after becoming the first person in the world to have a stem cell eye patch implanted Credit:Matt Thackray Scans show new darker cells growing around hte patch after a year  It is the first time an engineered piece of tissue has been successfully used to treat people with sudden severe sight loss. The new therapy will need to go through larger trials and then be passed by regulators, but researchers believe it could be available in eye clinics in as little as five years. Two patients suffering the most common form of sight loss in Britain can read again after a groundbreaking stem cell patch was transplanted into their eyes.An 86-year-old man, and a woman in her 60s, had both been diagnosed with wet age-related macular degeneration (AMD), a condition which causes loss of central vision.AMD affects more than 600,000 people in Britain and occurs when the specialised light-sensitive cells at the very centre of the retina – a region called the macular – become damaged.  Currently the only treatments available are injections into the eye, or laser surgery, which both slow the growth of blood vessels which harm the macular. However they only partially restores sight and do not work for everyone.Now scientists at University College London (UCL) and Moorfields Eye Hospital in London have shown sight can be restored using a patch of stem-cells which replenishes the damaged area. “I was struggling to see things clearly, even when up-close,” he said. “After the surgery my eyesight improved to the point where I can now read the newspaper and help my wife out with the gardening.“It’s brilliant what the team have done and I feel so lucky to have been given my sight back.” Professor Pete Coffey from the UCL Institute of Ophthalmology said: “This study represents real progress in regenerative medicine and opens the door on new treatment options for people with age-related macular degeneration. “We hope this will lead to an affordable ‘off-the-shelf’ therapy that could be made available to NHS patients within the next five years.”Commenting on the research Dr Carmel Toomes, Associate Professor, Leeds Institutes of Molecular Medicine, said: These results give the many patients out there who suffer from AMD and other retinal degenerations real hope that stem cells replacement therapy may be a reality in the near future.“While this is only a very early clinical trial, the results are positive and show that the technology is moving along in the right direction.”last_img read more

A team like Munster coming in for me I was a bit

first_img Share17 Tweet Email1 ‘A team like Munster coming in for me, I was a bit star-struck really’ Welsh-born James McCarthy was recruited by the Munster academy of the start of the season and has made a big impression already for Ireland U20s. 13 Comments http://the42.ie/3858108 By Ryan Bailey Sunday 18 Feb 2018, 7:15 AM Feb 18th 2018, 7:16 AM Short URL IN A QUIET corner of Buccaneers RFC, James McCarthy catches his breath. Takes it all in. His neck is a little sore, the after-effects of being hit by Bundee Aki. But he says he’ll be fine for next week. Just a bang. It’ll take more than that for him to miss Wales. James McCarthy has scored three tries during this year’s U20 Six Nations. Source: Laszlo Geczo/INPHOTall and lean, McCarthy is of athletic build. You can see why he’s a winger. Speed and quick feet are two of his biggest strengths. Just ask France or Italy. He was a decent footballer, too. But rugby is now his priority. That’s why he’s here, away from family and friends.McCarthy has only just turned 19. He looks it. Limerick is now his home, and has been for the last six months. It has been difficult to settle in at times but he has no regrets. His team-mates — both at Munster and Ireland — have helped the process. He knows it was the right move.Less than a year ago, McCarthy received a call. He had only recently scored a brace of tries for Wales U18 Schools against Ireland in what was to be his last appearance for the country of his birth. The IRFU wanted him and a place in the Munster academy was on offer.“I’d never think in a million years they’d be interested in me but I couldn’t really say no,” he tells The42. “A team like Munster coming in for me, I was a bit star-struck really.”McCarthy was highly-rated within the Welsh system. He was their rising star and a member of the Newport Gwent Dragons academy. But when Munster came calling, it was an opportunity too good to turn down. His father is Irish and although he was born and raised in Newport, strong connections with the province have always remained on both sides of the family.A trip over to Limerick confirmed this was what McCarthy wanted. Munster’s high performance base was like nothing he had seen back in Wales and the opportunity to combine rugby and academic studies next door in University of Limerick appealed to both player and parents.“I decided to go for it.”Wales’ loss, Ireland’s gain.Whirlwind is one way of describing what followed. He doesn’t really know how to sum it up, and who could blame him. He hasn’t really thought about it either; how far he has come, or just where he has come from to get to this point. But here he is, fully immersed in the Irish system and rapidly becoming one of the stars of the U20s side. Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHOMcCarthy has just taken it all in his stride. A Six Nations debut ended with the disappointment of defeat but that campaign opener in Bordeaux wasn’t without its positives. His try-scoring performance was one, and he followed it up against Italy at Donnybrook.“It’s been good,” he smiles. “The Six Nations is a good learning curve for me especially because I’ve been able to score a few tries. As a team we’ve got a lot we can improve on but, yeah, it’s been good.”McCarthy was man of the match in the round two win over Italy, thanks in part to his first-half double which set Noel McNamara’s side on their way to a first championship victory of 2018. The second of which was an eye-catching chip, chase and finish in the far corner.It appeared the teenager had overcooked his kick but showed his speed off the mark to make up the ground to take advantage of a fortunate bounce. The leaping finish required athleticism and bravery, and got people talking.“It is a bit weird seeing all the stuff on social media about my performance,” McCarthy admits.“So it’s all a new world for me but I just have to keep my head down and get on with it.”He’s done a pretty good job so far, and certainly is now highly-regarded by Munster, who were extremely keen to bring McCarthy to the club through the IRFU’s Exiles pathway. It seems he’s made a big impression in a short space of time.McCarthy has trained with Johann van Graan’s senior squad in UL regularly and has had discussions with Felix Jones to identify areas of his game where he can improve and work on with the academy coaches.“When I was first asked to train with the seniors, I was nervous. But then just kept telling myself to do the basics right and it’s fine then. Keith Earls has been helping me out, and I’ve doing one on ones with Andrew Conway and Ronan O’Mahony. They’ve been helping me a lot.” Source: Bryan Keane/INPHOA product of Caerleon Comprehensive and Newport High School Old Boys, McCarthy gained a rich rugby education through the Welsh underage system but only took the sport up at the age of 12. Football had occupied his formative years, and at one stage he was even part of the Bristol Rovers academy.“I wasn’t too bad,” he says.It was on a rugby pitch where he truly excelled though. An invite to attend a club session from one of his teachers because he was a ‘quick footballer’ was ultimately the start of this remarkable journey to where he is now, training opposite Joe Schmidt’s Ireland in front of 3,000 fans at Dubarry Park.“Since that day my teacher stuck me on the wing, I’ve loved it.”As a young Welsh winger, Shane Williams was someone McCarthy naturally looked up to and, more recently, Scarlets winger Liam Williams has provided the inspiration.“I just love how he plays. Just get your hands on the ball and run.”Simple.But like all players of that ilk, McCarthy is having to work hard in the gym. He’s been told to bulk up and is drinking a post-session protein shake as we chat. He has put on weight since arriving in Ireland but there is some way to go. He noticed that against Bundee earlier.“It’s a big step-up and I’m still getting used to it. Back in Wales I would have only done one or two days in the gym where here it’s every day and so professional. It’s hard but I can see the benefits already.”His rugby is coming along, too. Training with the senior squads accelerates that development process — see Jordan Larmour’s rise — but McCarthy knows it’s on the U20s stage where he can really stand out. Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHOHe’ll need to get his head right for Friday, though. It’ll be different. It’ll be difficult. He shared the same dressing room with those guys as recently as last April, four of them were in the same club in Newport and another was in McCarthy’s class in school. He would have been in that Welsh team coming to Donnybrook this week had he not been courted by the IRFU’s head of international talent ID, Joe Lydon.“It’ll be good I’m sure, but I’m more focused on my team and us winning. They were all really supportive of my move. They’re all still my friends.”They’re all chasing different dreams now. Schmidt is on the far side of the room briefing print media. The conversation revolves around Wales. That’s where McCarthy wants to get to. Suddenly, it doesn’t feel a million miles away.“It’s always in the back of your mind,” he adds. “It’s hard not to think about playing for Ireland, but obviously just take one step at a time and that’s with the U20s.“If I can shine in this and work hard back with Munster, then who knows what will happen.”McCarthy knows better than anyone that unexpected opportunities can lie around the corner. It just comes down to seizing the right one.The42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us! 36,133 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article ‘It’s really positive for their development’: Cullen and Lowe praise Leinster’s young gunsLansdowne back to winning ways and Garryowen power past UCD Follow us: the42.ielast_img read more

Rio20 Hollande et Poutine confirment leur présence

first_imgRio+20 : Hollande et Poutine confirment leur présenceMercredi, François Hollande, le nouveau président français et Vladimir Poutine, tout juste investi en Russie ont annoncé à la présidente brésilienne Dilma Rousseff qu’ils seraient bien présents au sommet Rio+20 qui se tiendra au mois de juin prochain.La date se rapproche de plus en plus pour le sommet Rio+20. Cette conférence des Nations Unies qui aura pour thème phare le développement durable, se tiendra au Brésil du 20 au 22 juin prochain, soit 20 ans après le sommet de Rio de 1992. Tandis que les conversations autour du sommet ont débuté depuis plusieurs mois déjà, les chefs d’Etat commencent à confirmer leur présence.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Mercredi, ce sont ainsi le président français élu François Hollande ainsi que Vladimir Poutine, son homologue russe, qui ont annoncé qu’ils seront tous deux bien présents au Sommet Rio+20. Selon la présidence brésilienne Dilma Rousseff, François Hollande l’a informé de sa décision lorsqu’elle l’a appelé dimanche pour le féliciter de son élection. La présidente brésilienne a aussi appelé Vladimir Poutine, le félicitant pour son investiture lundi. “Poutine a accepté l’invitation et a confirmé sa participation à Rio+20”, est-il ainsi écrit dans le communiqué de la présidence relayé par l’AFP.A l’inverse, la chancelière allemande Angela Merkel et le Premier ministre britannique David Cameron ont confirmé leur absence à cette réunion internationale, dont l’objectif est de trouver un consensus sur la question d’instaurer une nouvelle économie pour la planète. Une problématique dans laquelle l’Allemagne et le Royaume-Uni jouent pourtant, comme d’autres pays, un rôle clé. Pour sa part, le président des Etats-Unis Barack Obama n’a pas encore confirmé sa présence. Mais des analystes et des ONG pronostiquent plutôt une absence, étant donné que le sommet se déroulera en pleine période de campagne électorale. En outre, le Parlement européen a indiqué que le déplacement d’une délégation de 11 élus à Rio avait été annulé pour dénoncer les prix exorbitants pratiqués par les hôtels sur place.Le 10 mai 2012 à 14:44 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Heres Everything Coming to Netflix in March 2019

first_img Here’s Everything Coming to Amazon Prime Video in March 2019Here’s Everything Coming to Hulu in March 2019 Stay on target We’re still crying over the cancellation of Marvel live-action series Jessica Jones and The Punisher, but at least Netflix is making up for it with a slate of binge-worthy movies and TV shows for March 2019. If you want kick-ass, high-flying action, it’s a good time to revisit Ang Lee’s epic Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (available to stream starting March 1), which features a pre-Crazy Rich Asians Michelle Yeoh.One Netflix Original to watch is The Highwaymen (available to stream starting March 29), starring Woody Harrelson and Kevin Costner as a pair of former Texas Rangers searching for the infamous Bonnie and Clyde. Also look for the raunchy animation anthology series Love Death & Robots (available on March 15) from directors David Fincher (The Social Network) and Tim Miller (Deadpool).Here’s everything coming to Netflix in March 2019.March 1A Clockwork OrangeApollo 13Budapest (France) Netflix FilmCricket Fever: Mumbai Indians Netflix OriginalCrouching Tiger, Hidden DragonDisney’s Saving Mr. BanksEmmaJunebugLarva Island (Season 2) Netflix OriginalLosers Netflix OriginalMusic and LyricsNick and Norah’s Infinite PlaylistNorthern Rescue Netflix OriginalRiver’s Edge (Japan) Netflix FilmStuart LittleSweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet StreetThe Boy Who Harnessed the Wind Netflix FilmThe Hurt LockerThe NotebookTysonWet Hot American SummerWinter’s BoneYour Son (Spain) Netflix FilmMarch 2Romance is a Bonus Book (Korea) Netflix OriginalMarch 3Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj (Volume 2) Netflix OriginalMarch 5Disney’s Christopher RobinMarch 6Secret City: Under the Eagle (Season 2) Netflix OriginalMarch 7DoubtThe Order Netflix OriginalMarch 8After Life Netflix OriginalBangkok Love Stories: Innocence Netflix OriginalBlue Jasmine Formula 1: Drive to Survive Netflix OriginalHunter X Hunter (Seasons 1-3)Immortals Netflix OriginalJuanita Netflix FilmLady J (France) Netflix FilmShadow Netflix OriginalSpy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams The Jane Austen Book ClubWalk. Ride. Rodeo. Netflix FilmMarch 12Jimmy Carr: The Best of Ultimate Gold Greatest Hits Netflix OriginalTerrace House: Opening New Doors (Part 6) Netflix OriginalMarch 13Triple Frontier Netflix FilmMarch 15A Separation Arrested Development (Season 5 B) Netflix OriginalBurn Out (France) Netflix FilmDry Martina (Argentina) Netflix FilmGirl (Belgium) Netflix FilmIf I Hadn’t Met You Netflix OriginalKung Fu Hustle Las muñecas de la mafia (Season 2) Netflix OriginalLove, Death & Robots Netflix OriginalPaskal (Malaysia)  Netflix FilmQueer Eye (Season 3) Netflix OriginalRobozuna (Season 2) Netflix OriginalThe Lives of OthersTurn Up Charlie Netflix OriginalYooHoo to the Rescue Netflix OriginalMarch 16Green Door Netflix OriginalMarch 19Amy Schumer Growing Netflix OriginalMarch 21Antoine Griezmann: The Making of a Legend Netflix OriginalMarch 22Carlo & Malik Netflix OriginalCharlie’s Colorforms City Netflix OriginalDelhi Crime Netflix OriginalHistoria de un crimen: Colosio  Netflix OriginalMirage (Spain) Netflix FilmMost Beautiful Thing Netflix OriginalReMastered: The Miami Showband Massacre  Netflix OriginalSelling Sunset Netflix OriginalThe Dirt Netflix FilmMarch 26Nate Bargatze: The Tennessee Kid Netflix OriginalMarch 28Ainori Love Wagon: Asian Journey (Season 2) Netflix OriginalMarch 2915 August (India) Netflix FilmBayoneta (Mexico) Netflix FilmOsmosis Netflix OriginalSanta Clarita Diet (Season 3) Netflix OriginalThe Highwaymen Netflix FilmThe Legend of Cocaine Island Netflix OriginalTraitors Netflix OriginalTucker and Dale vs. EvilMarch 30How to Get Away with Murder (Season 5)March 31El sabor de las margaritas Netflix OriginalThe Burial of KojoTrailer Park Boys: The Animated Series Netflix OriginalMore on Geek.com:Here’s Everything Coming to Hulu in March 2019Netflix Renews ‘Haunting of Hill House’ as Anthology SeriesNetflix Cancels Marvel’s ‘Jessica Jones’ and ‘The Punisher’last_img read more

Scientists Discover Perfectly Preserved Dinosaur Skin in Korea

first_img Study: T-Rexes Had Built-In ‘Air Conditioners’ in Their HeadsWatch: Hilarious T-Rex Race on Horse Track Goes Viral In what is being called a rare find, paleontologists discovered small dinosaur tracks with “perfect” skin traces in South Korea.In a paper published in the journal Scientific Reports, researchers described the dinosaur skin, which came from the tracks of the smallest known theropod, the Minisauripus, as “exquisitely-preserved.”“These are the first tracks ever found where perfect skin impressions cover the entire surface of every track,” Martin Lockley, co-author of the paper and Professor Emeritus of Geology at University of Colorado Denver, said in news release.The footprints are only an inch long, and the scientists were able to find perfectly preserved skin traces on them. This was the 10th discovery of a site with Minisauripus tracks and the first to show skin traces.The tracks, found during large-scale excavations in Jinju City, located in the South Gyeongsang province of South Korea, were actually nearly lost.Kyung-Soo Kim of Chinju National University of Education, who led predevelopment paleontological survey and rescue, was able to stop the excavation when he spotted the first track on a broken slab. With the help of his team, he found four more tracks with perfect skin traces.The dinosaur skin was so well-preserved, thanks to mud.“The tracks were made on a very thin layer of fine mud,” Lockley said, “rather like a coat of fresh paint only a millimeter thick.” When the blackbird-sized dinosaur stepped on this firm, sticky surface, the skin texture of the foot was reproduced perfectly, without slipping or sliding.Evidence shows that, just before the tracks were made, there had been a rain shower leaving water-drop impressions. In one place, the dinosaur had stepped on a fresh rain drop mark, proving rain came first, and the dinosaur step came second. All this delicate evidence was preserved by being gently covered with more fine mud.Details of skin traces from dinosaur tracks. (Photo Credit: Kyung Soo Kim / Scientific Reports)According to the researchers, the texture of the dinosaur skin is the grade of a medium sandpaper, but with the tiny scale traces in perfect arrays, like a well-woven fabric. Each little scale trace is only a third- or a half-millimeter in diameter.The paper reports the skin pattern as similar to examples from much larger, carnivorous theropod dinosaur tracks, in which scales are much larger but never preserved across the whole footprint.The more distantly-related giant brontosaurs had scales that left traces 2-3 centimeters in diameter, the size of a quarter. So the delicate, perfectly-preserved Minisauripus skin texture is like a shrunken version of the skin of a much larger relative, with no shrinkage of the skin traces.“This is the ultimate secret of skin care,” Lockley said.More on Geek.com:Paleontologists Report World’s Largest T.rexMammals Developed Arms Before Dinosaurs ExistedNew Dinosaur Species With Spiny Backbone Discovered in Patagonia Stay on targetlast_img read more

Morning Press White supremacy Value Village Problem house First Citizen Coach resigns

first_imgAre you ready for today’s rain? Check out our complete local forecast.Here are several of the stories that drew our readers’ attention this week.White supremacy bares its ugly heartWhen Larnell Bruce learned about what happened to his son, he had a surreal moment in which he thought he was hearing about an event from the 1960s.Police told him that a white supremacist got behind the wheel of a vehicle and intentionally ran over and killed his son and namesake. Larnell Bruce Jr. was just 19 years old.“I felt like what happened to my son is no less than modern-day lynching,” the 51-year-old Vancouver man said. “I’ve never felt hate on this kind of level in my entire life.”Read the complete story.Value Village to close doors Nov. 12Thrift store Value Village is closing its Vancouver location after property owner Dick Hannah Dealership declined to renew the company’s lease when it expires at the end of the year. The store will become a Dodge Ram truck dealership and is aiming for a February opening.“We knew about it a little while ago,” said store manager Steve Calderon. “The lease actually went through next year, but apparently there was an option to terminate early and the landlord opted to take advantage of that.”last_img read more

Wenger My heart beat much quicker than I expected

first_imgArsene Wenger admitted that Arsenal’s second leg against CSKA Moscow in their Europa League clash proved to be a very nervy encounter with two late goals saving them from a tricky endThe Gunners arrived for their second leg of the quarter-finals against CSKA with a comfortable 4-1 lead from the first leg last week. But after a sloppy start in Moscow, the hosts were deservedly in the lead with both Fedor Chalov and Kirill Nababkin taking advantage of Petr Cech’s mistakes to spark fears of a possible comeback.However it was not to be with Danny Welbeck giving Arsenal a crucial away goal in the 75th minute, in what was their first shot on target. Aaron Ramsey then added a second to seal a 2-2 draw and, critically, a 6-3 aggregate win for Wenger’s side.After the match, Wenger conceded that it proved to be a rather nervous experience for him with the Frenchman crediting the first leg result for the victory.Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“You could see when you have a big difference after the first game it is difficult to turn up with the same urgency than if the difference is very small and that played a part in the first half,” said the Frenchman, according to Sky Sports.“I felt in the two games they played well, especially tonight they made my heart beat much quicker than I expected it to be.“We played against a good team. I knew that after the first game and they showed that again tonight, they gave us many problems.”Joining Arsenal are Atletico Madrid, RB Salzburg and Marseille, for Friday’s draw for the semi-finals of the Europa League.last_img read more