Ban urges Sri Lanka to normalize conditions around UN office in Colombo

9 July 2010Following his decision yesterday to recall the top United Nations official in Colombo and close the UN office there, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called again on the Sri Lankan Government to take urgent action to normalize conditions around the office so the world body can continue its vital work. The UN office in the Sri Lankan capital has been the scene of recent protests against the panel set up last month by the Secretary-General to advise him on accountability issues relating to alleged violations of international human rights and humanitarian law during the final stages of the conflict that ended last year between the Government and the rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). The UN has repeatedly clarified that the three-member panel is not tasked with investigating individual allegations of misconduct. Rather, it is a follow-up to the Joint Statement issued by the Secretary-General and Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa after the UN chief visited the island country in May 2009.“The Secretary-General believes the strong reaction to his establishment of a Panel of Experts on accountability in Sri Lanka is not warranted,” his spokesperson said in a statement.The statement added that the panel has been set up to take forward the objectives of the Joint Statement, including the further fostering of reconciliation and related issues as well as reflecting the commitment by Sri Lanka to the promotion and protection of human rights and the importance of accountability in order to continue the strengthening of peace and development in that country. Yesterday, Mr. Ban announced he is recalling the UN Resident Coordinator in Sri Lanka, Neil Buhne, to New York for consultations, and closing the Regional Centre in Colombo of the UN Development Programme (UNDP) in light of the evolving situation on the ground. read more

Retail giants face pressure to change chemicalcoated receipt paper

TORONTO — Some of Canada’s biggest retailers say they’ve started testing alternatives to receipt paper that’s coated in potentially dangerous chemicals, as pressure mounts for them to phase it out by the end of this year.A conglomerate of health, labour and environmental groups has sent a letter to 13 retailers, including major grocers and fast-food chains, asking them to take immediate steps toward eliminating their use of bisphenol-coated receipts and other paper products in the country.Bisphenol A (BPA) is an industrial chemical that is used in making polycarbonate, a type of plastic, and epoxy resins.The Canadian government assessed BPA’s possible health and environmental risks in a chemical risk assessment, and has made it illegal to manufacture, import, advertise or sell baby bottles with the chemical.The groups say some retailers removed BPA-coated receipt paper after that, but replaced it with other bisphenol substances, like BPS, and that these coatings pose a risk to retail workers and consumers.A Loblaw Companies Ltd. spokesperson says the grocer eliminated BPA receipts in 2012 and plans to stop using any bisphenol-coated receipts in the future.A Retail Council of Canada spokesperson says many retailers switched to BPA-free receipts and others intend to transition out of bisphenol-coated ones.The Canadian Press read more

Think before you click

Cyber attacks such as those that have recently targeted an Ontario corporation can happen close to home.The University encourages students, staff and faculty to stay vigilant of any suspicious activity that may be happening on their computer or mobile device.The Information and Technology Services department has launched Hacked, a Cyber Security Awareness campaign providing tips on how to keep your device and your information safe.How do I know that I was hacked?Your Antivirus program has triggered an alertYour browser home page changed and now you have new search engine toolbarsThere are new accounts and programs on your computerYour computer is running slowly and crashingYou are getting alerts from your local firewallYou realize that there are a lot of outgoing emails in your send folderYour friends are calling you about your social media postsYour passwords no longer workWhat should I do if I’ve been hacked?Reset your passwordOnce it has been reset, verify account details like password recovery options, security questions and answers, address information or mobile phone numberDisconnect your computer from the InternetCheck your computer: You can run offline antivirus and malware scansVerify others that your account was compromisedReview your social network posts for any activity that you didn’t doNotify ITS by calling helpdesk at x4357 or email itsecurity@brocku.caFor more information, visit read more

Amedeo Della Valle to leave Ohio State pursue professional basketball career in

Sophomore guard Amedeo Della Valle (33) attempts a lay up during a game against Iowa Jan. 12 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU lost, 84-74.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorAmedeo Della Valle’s days in the Scarlet and Gray are finished.The Ohio State sophomore guard sent a message from his personal Twitter account Saturday afternoon announcing his intentions to head back to Europe to pursue a career in professional basketball.“I wouldn’t trade this experience with anything else, B1G Champions, the run to the Elite 8, the 12-0 year, man that was special,” a screenshotted message from Della Valle’s account, @Ame_DV_33, read. “First of all mom, dad thank you for being on my side. I would like to thank not only my teammates but also the coaching staff that really helped me improve, you know without all the hard work I wouldn’t have been able to win the Mvp in the europe and compete in the B1G. To my friends THANK YOU, you guys made it special for me and will always have you for the rest of my life. I want to thank the best fans in the land. It is now time for me to begin new experiences as I decided to head back to Europe to continue to play PRO basketball.”An OSU athletic spokesman confirmed via email Della Valle’s departure to The Lantern Saturday.OSU coach Thad Matta said Della Valle informed Matta and the rest of the staff Saturday afternoon, according to an OSU press release.“Amedeo is passionate about the game of basketball and wants to return to Europe to pursue a professional career,” Matta said. “We appreciate all the work he put in to make our team better over the last two years. We wish him well.”Della Valle averaged 4.0 points per game this season off the bench, missing two of OSU’s 35 games because of a knee injury. A supposed three-point specialist from Alba, Italy, Della Valle shot just 32.4 percent (24/74) from beyond the arc this season.He averaged only 11.9 minutes per game this season for the Buckeyes (25-10, 12-9), who bowed out to Dayton in the second round of the NCAA Tournament Thursday, 60-59.After averaging 13 points per game at the U20 Euro Championships in summer 2013, Della Valle earned Most Valuable Player honors.With his departure, including the graduation of senior guard Aaron Craft and Lenzelle Smith Jr., OSU is set to have just 11 scholarship players on roster with the four players — guard D’Angelo Russell, forwards Keita Bates-Diop and Jae’Sean Tate and center David Bell — and that number could be smaller if junior forward LaQuinton Ross declares for the NBA Draft. Ross said after the Dayton loss he’d make a decision on his future “in the next few weeks.”Programs are allowed 13 scholarship players per season in college basketball.Della Valle did not immediately respond to The Lantern‘s request for comment Saturday. read more

Animal lover killed a heron to save a duckling by ripping open

first_imgOffice day today filing all of the investigations we have completed. One involved a male who was cautioned for killing a heron.He had witnessed it eating a newly born duckling so decided to kill the heron in order to rescue the duckling from its stomach.#bizarre— RuralCrimeTeam™ (@NWPRuralCrime) March 26, 2018 “Strangely he actually did rescue the duckling alive from the dead heron’s stomach. But obviously he was then left with a dead heron. You couldn’t make this up!” As the expression ‘nature red in tooth and claw’ suggests there is an cruel inevitability to life and death in the animal world. So quite what a Welsh animal lover was thinking when he tried to rescue a tiny duckling which had just been eaten by a heron is open to question.More puzzling still is the fact that in order to save it from its natural fate he cut open the heron and pulled the terrified duckling from its stomach.The effect was, rather predictable, to kill the heron, although the duckling survived relatively unscathed.The elderly man was arrested by North Wales police, but later released with a caution.North Wales Police’s Rural Crime Unit described the man as “vulnerable and elderly” on Twitter, without revealing the name of the culprit or when and where it took place.Officers said it “involved a male who was cautioned for killing a heron”, adding: “He had witnessed it eating a newly born duckling so decided to kill the heron in order to rescue the duckling from its stomach. Some people responded to the Tweet by criticising the police decision to let the man off with a caution.The heron is a protected species under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981, with fines or prison sentences available for anyone killing or attempting to kill one.Lee Dingain, a conservationist and trustee with the Wader Quest shorebird charity, said: “Utterly ridiculous! Not too elderly to kill an apparently ‘protected’ and not to mention formidable bird. The heron is the vulnerable one! Decisions like this are a major part of the reason why wildlife crime is not taken seriously. If he had stabbed someone he would be prosecuted.”Jane Kennedy, who describes herself on Twitter as “passionate about wildlife”, added: “Clearly a protected bird has been illegally killed on this occasion, so a crime has been committed.”North Wales Police said: “These decisions are never taken lightly and a number of factors are addressed. This was a vulnerable elderly man, who confessed voluntarily to the action with no previous convictions.” 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.last_img read more

8bit Halo demake Pixel Force Halo now available

first_imgEric Ruth is a well known indie developer renowned for his one-man de-makes of popular games. Most recently he has released Pixel Force: Left 4 Dead and Pixel Force: DJ Hero, but today there’s another game in the series ready for download.Pixel Force: Halo is an 8-bit de-make of Bungie’s popular Xbox game Halo: Combat Evolved. It remains true to the 8-bit rules of development meaning this game would happily run on a NES with one exception. Ruth has more going on in this Halo de-make in terms of number of sprites moving around than the NES hardware could of handled, but we forgive him for that.The video above has Ruth talking about the game and what he has planned for the future. Below is a preview video released for the game late last year.The good news is Pixel Force: Halo is free to download and runs on Windows. You can download it now by visiting the Eric Ruth Games website. The download page it leads to on Piki Geek also has an interview with Ruth.Read more at Kotakulast_img read more

Europeans quash Grexit talk parties tackle new issues

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram As some European officials sought to dampen talk of a possible Greek exit from the euro, New Democracy and SYRIZA on Tuesday broadened the scope of the debate ahead of the January 25 elections.Several officials in Brussels rejected mounting speculation about Greece leaving the single currency if SYRIZA is elected to government later this month. “The euro is here to stay,” said European Commission spokeswoman Annika Breidthardt when questioned about the subject on Monday.“There is absolutely no reason to discuss this subject,” said European Parliament President Martin Schulz in an interview with German TV station ZDF. “Greece is a member of the eurozone and I believe it will remain one.” The German social democrat added that if SYRIZA wins the election it will have to govern with other parties and be forced to water down its demands of the eurozone.“Instead of talking about a possible Grexit, we should focus on solving the investment problem Greece and other countries are facing,” Guy Verhofstadt, the head of the Liberal group in the European Parliament, told the New York Times.In Greece, meanwhile, SYRIZA hit back at New Democracy’s claims that a leftist government would force depositors to buy Greek T-bills by submitting 11 questions to the government referencing recent measures that have damaged depositors’ interests.On Monday, Prime Minister Antonis Samaras visited the Greek-Turkish border in Evros and accused SYRIZA of having a soft stance on immigration issues. The comments provoked an angry reaction from coalition partner PASOK, which said that Greece had a “legal and moral” obligation to provide asylum to refugees.Source: Kathimerinilast_img read more

Arctique une expédition de 500 km à ski pour étudier lacidification des

first_imgArctique : une expédition de 500 km à ski pour étudier l’acidification des océansArctique – Trois explorateurs britanniques ont entamé le 15 mars une expédition de 500 kilomètres sur la banquise de l’océan Arctique. C’est à ski qu’ils effectueront ce périple afin d’étudier l’acidification des océans.Baptisée “Catlin Arctic Survey 2010”, cette mission a pour but de récolter un maximum de données sur les conséquences de la hausse des émissions de dioxyde de carbone sur le pH des océans. Les impacts de cette acidification sur la biodiversité et les récifs coralliens sont au cœur des préoccupations. Les scientifiques devront affronter des vents très forts et des températures pouvant descendre à moins 45°C, mais comme l’a souligné Ann Daniels, le chef de la mission, cette expédition censée durer 55 jours “consiste à récolter des données que les scientifiques ne pourraient pas obtenir autrement”.Une autre équipe établira une base sur l’île Ellef Ringnes dans la province du Nunavut, au nord du Canada. Des scientifiques du laboratoire marin de Plymouth, au Royaume-Uni, et du laboratoire d’océanographie de Villefranche, en France, y effectueront des prélèvements d’eau et divers tests.Depuis le début de la révolution industrielle, l’acidité des océans qui réduit la présence de carbonate de calcium utilisé par les organismes marins pour former leur carapace, aurait augmenté de 30%. D’après les experts, si les émissions de CO2 engendrées par l’activité humaine ne sont pas sensiblement réduites, elle sera multipliée par trois à la fin du siècle. D’ici à 2050, le pH des océans pourrait atteindre des niveaux jamais vus depuis 20 millions d’années estiment certains scientifiques. Le 20 mars 2010 à 11:52 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

IBM rachète WorkLight un spécialiste du développement mobile

first_imgIBM rachète WorkLight, un spécialiste du développement mobileLa stratégie mobile d’IBM se renforce avec cette acquisition de WorkLight, un spécialiste des applications hybrides HTML5/base native.La petite société privée israélienne, fondée en 2006, explique sur son site que sa technologie est utilisée “par une institution financière majeure, l’une des plus grosses compagnies d’assurance, un fournisseur important dans le domaine des Télécoms ou encore un commerçant mondialement reconnu”. Leur logiciel est une solution pour faire chuter les temps et les coûts de développement d’applications multiplateformes. C’est-à-dire qu’une banque peut ainsi créer une application pour que ses clients puissent consulter leurs comptes quel que soit l’appareil utilisé. À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?WorkLight rejoint donc la division Software d’IBM, alias International Business Machines, fondé en 1911 ! La transaction est évaluée à 70 millions de dollars (53 millions d’euros) et devrait être finalisée à la fin du premier trimestre, si l’on en croit Israeli publication Calcalist (lien non disponible). C’est la seconde acquisition d’IBM cette année. Dans une récente étude commanditée par IBM, près de 75 % des 3.000 entreprises sondées auraient identifié les solutions mobiles comme étant l’une de leurs principales priorités d’investissement.       Le 3 février 2012 à 15:00 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Cécité des cellules souches pour redonner la vue aux aveugles

first_imgCécité : des cellules souches pour redonner la vue aux aveuglesDes chercheurs sont parvenus à créer des photorécepteurs fonctionnels à partir de cellules souches embryonnaires de souris. Une prouesse qui redonne espoir à de nombreux malades atteints de cécité.Des scientifiques britanniques ont réussi à créer des photorécepteurs à partir de cellules souches embryonnaires de souris. Une fois implantés chez des rongeurs aveugles, ces cellules  se sont correctement positionnées dans la rétine et sont entrées en contact avec le cerveau. Des travaux qui constitue une formidable avancée.En effet, les chercheurs de l’University College de Londres, dirigés par Robin Ali, ne se sont pas contentés de remplacer les cellules de soutien de l’œil mais bel et bien des photorécepteurs qui se sont montrés tout à fait fonctionnels. Dans leur publication publiée par la revue Nature Biotechnology, les chercheurs soulignent ainsi, qu’une fois transplantées chez l’animal, ces cellules ont semblé occuper leur position sans difficulté et fonctionner, rapporte Pour obtenir un tel résultat, les scientifiques ont réalisé une culture en trois dimensions de cellules souches embryonnaires (CSE) de souris de façon à les pousser à devenir des photorécepteurs. Environ 200.000 d’entre eux ont ensuite été transplantés dans la rétine de souris aveugles. Trois semaines plus tard seulement, les cellules avaient migré et s’étaient positionnées dans l’œil sous forme de cellules en bâtonnet normales. Des connexions neuronales ont également pu être observées. Une prouesse suffisant pour redonner la vue ? À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?L’étude ne précise pas si les souris ont retrouvé au moins une partie de leur vision. Néanmoins, selon Robin Ali, si seulement 20.000 des 200.000 cellules transplantées prennent correctement, cela devrait être suffisant pour redonner la vue. Pour l’heure, la technique reste à perfectionner pour augmenter le nombre de cellules correctement implantées et totalement fonctionnelles et donc améliorer le traitement. Cependant, les premiers résultats restent prometteurs. D’ici cinq ans, le chercheur espère pouvoir procéder à des essais cliniques chez l’Homme, après avoir ajusté le protocole et obtenu les accords nécessaires. Si cette approche fonctionne, elle pourrait aider des personnes atteintes de maladies oculaires dégénératives, telles que la rétinite pigmentaire, la DMLA ou les pertes de la vue dues à des pathologies comme le diabète de type 2.Le 29 juillet 2013 à 10:07 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

No sighting of Mr Obama… yet

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, July 26, 2017 – Providenciales – No report on a sighting of the man or his lovely ladies, but Magnetic Media is informed that former US President, Barack Obama is vacationing in the Turks and Caicos Islands and is hide out on Parrot Cay.   The news has islanders buzzing, as  the Grammy award winning, Nobel Peace Prize winning, rock star type president is a favorite of many islanders.The Obamas have been enjoying the world since leaving the White House and have even visited a private island, owned by billionaire tycoon, Sir Richard Branson in the British Virgin Islands.The reported visit reminds Magnetic Media of the invitation Barack Obama was extended when he was sitting president and taking questions from students at the University of the West Indies in Jamaica.  Turks and Caicos Islander, Katrina King-Smith asked Mr. Obama to drop into the Turks and Caicos and he promised her then, in 2015, that when he does go island hopping after his tenure as leader of the US, the Turks and Caicos would be one of his stops.We are all still hoping though for a sighting of the man, his wife Michelle, Malia, Sasha and maybe even their pet dog, Bo.#MagneticMediaNews#ObamasvacationingintheTCI Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #ObamasvacationingintheTCI Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Inhofe to Oppose Possible Cut in Defense Spending

first_imgSenate Armed Services Chairman Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) on Wednesday said he would oppose a budget request that trims defense spending by 2.2 percent to $700 billion in fiscal 2020, a figure top administration officials have said President Trump is planning to propose. Inhofe said $733 billion, the spending level for national security originally proposed by the administration, “should be considered a floor, not a ceiling, for funding our troops.” The chairman’s remarks signal a possible showdown with the House Armed Services Committee next year. Rep. Adam Smith (D-Wash.), who is expected to lead the panel in the 116th Congress, has said current defense spending is unsustainable due to the nation’s rising debt levels, reports the Washington Examiner.Inhofe pointed to a new report which concluded the U.S. military has failed to keep pace with its adversaries. “In particular, I am troubled by the commission’s unequivocal assessment that the National Defense Strategy is not adequately resourced, and that our nation is ‘very near the point of strategic insolvency,’” he said. “I agree with the commission’s report that there must be ‘greater urgency and seriousness in funding national defense’ in order to ensure we can undertake essential nuclear and conventional modernization while rectifying readiness shortfalls.”DOD photo by Army Sgt. James McCann Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

The truth about 4K TV refresh rates

first_img 87 Share your voice Back up a second: What’s refresh rate? Refresh rate is how often a TV changes the image (also known as a “frame”) onscreen. With traditional televisions, this was 60 times each second, or “60Hz.” Some modern TVs can refresh at double this rate, or 120Hz (120 frames per second). We’ve covered this before, with 1080p HDTVs, and it’s the same idea with 4K TVs. Certain parts of the world have TVs that refresh at 50Hz normally, with some TVs that refresh at 100Hz. That just depends on the electricity in your country.  For the purposes of this article, 50 and 60 work the same, as do 100 and 120. For my own sanity, and ease of reading, I’m going to stick with 60 and 120, but feel free to read that as 50 and 100 if you’re in the UK, Australia or any place that has 50Hz electricity.  So are these higher refresh numbers just another “more is better!” marketing ploy? Not entirely. Higher refresh rates can reduce motion blur in LCDs and OLED TVs (the only two TV technologies on the market).  What’s motion blur? Glad you asked… Your brain on blur All LCD and current OLED models suffer from “motion blur.” This is where anything in motion, either an object on screen or the entire image (like when the camera pans), blurs and looks softer than if it was stationary. dolphinsharpandblur.jpgMotion blur makes images in motion look softer than stationary ones. Geoffrey Morrison/CNET Interestingly, this blur is largely created by your brain. Basically, your brain notices the motion, and makes assumptions as to where that object (or overall image) is going to be in the next fraction of a second. The problem with LCD and current OLED TVs is that they hold that image there for the full 60th of a second, so your brain actually smears the motion, thinking it should be moving, when in fact it’s just a series of still images. It’s actually quite fascinating, but the details are beyond the scope of this article. I recommend checking out BlurBuster’s great article for more info. The motion blur we’re talking about here, despite coming from your brain, is caused by how the television works. This is separate from whatever blur the camera itself creates.  Some people aren’t bothered by motion blur. Some don’t even notice it. Others, like me, do notice it and are bothered by it. Fortunately, it can be minimized.  Antiblurring technologies beyond refresh rate Refresh rate itself is really only part of the solution. Just doubling the same frames doesn’t actually do much for reducing motion blur. Something else is needed. There are two main methods. The first is frame interpolation, where the TV itself creates brand-new frames that are sort of hybrids of the frame that came before, and the one that comes after. This can fool your brain enough that it doesn’t blur the image. Depending how aggressive the interpolation is, however, it can lead to the soap opera effect, which makes movies look like ultra-smooth reality TV shows. Some viewers like the effect, but it’s generally hated by film buffs and others who pay close attention to image quality. There are different levels of this processing, where a little might reduce motion blur some, and not cause undue harm to the quality of the image. Or on the other end of the “dial,” it’s cranked up so that there’s even less motion blur, but the movement is hyper-realistic and for many, distractingly unreal. Some TVs let you choose how much of this processing gets applied to the image, others have just a single setting. More on these settings further down. samsung-unju7100-series-unju657100-09.jpgTV makers use their own terms for antiblurring technology. Sarah Tew/CNET The other alternative is black frame insertion (BFI) or a scanning backlight. This is where all or part of the backlight of the TV turns off (goes black). This effectively means the image doesn’t “hold” in place, so your brain doesn’t blur it. Do it poorly, however, and many people will see the image flicker. The light output of the TV also drops, as it’s not outputting any light for a period of time.  Both of these techniques are what manufacturers use to come up with their “effective refresh rate” numbers. For example, a TV with a 60Hz refresh and a scanning backlight might claim to have an effective refresh rate of 120. A TV with a more elaborate BFI mode, and frame interpolation, might have a claimed effective refresh rate of “540.” There’s no transparency in how companies determine their “effective rate” numbers, but there is at least more consistency than there used to be. It’s also possible these features, when enabled, are bothersome over time. Some people are especially sensitive to a flickering backlight, so you might need to turn these features off. If you’re concerned about that, or notice motion blur, it’s best to find a TV that actually has a 120Hz refresh rate. Bottom line (should you care?) There are two things at play here. The first is simple, and one we’ve said many times before: don’t trust marketing. At least, don’t trust it at face value. Marketing is designed to sell you a product, not give you information about a product. That’s secondary. The second is being able to reduce motion blur. When 120Hz 1080p TVs first hit the market, they offered a noticeable improvement in motion resolution. The technology has only gotten better.  But if you’re sensitive to motion blur, it is worth checking for a true 120Hz TV. It would be a shame to let all that extra 4K resolution go to waste due to blur. It’s also worth checking reviews for measurements and subjective takes on how the TV handles motion — that’s more useful than any manufacturer-supplied spec. Note: This article was originally published in 2015 but was updated in 2019 with current info and links.   Got a question for Geoff? First, check out all the other articles he’s written on topics like why all HDMI cables are the same, TV resolutions explained, LED LCD vs. OLED and more. Still have a question? Tweet at him @TechWriterGeoff, then check out his travel photography on Instagram. He also thinks you should check out his best-selling sci-fi novel and its sequel.  Samsung The Frame UN55LS003AF TVs Tags Four great 4K TVs for every budget Now playing: Watch this: Many midrange TVs like this 60Hz Vizio M-Series Quantum are marketed with higher refresh rate numbers. Sarah Tew/CNET Refresh rate is one of the more confusing aspects of TV technology, and TV makers don’t do much to explain it. In fact, they often double it. Refresh rate is a number that specifies how many times per second the image on your TV changes. With most TVs it’s 60, though it’s rare you’ll ever see a TV with that number listed. Instead, manufacturers use different technologies, such as the soap opera effect and black frame insertion, to claim a higher number. Sometimes those claims are justified, sometimes they aren’t.  Higher refresh rate claims with numbers like 120, 240, and higher are common, but not always accurate. In fact, no matter what number you see listed with a 4K TV, no 4K TV has a native panel refresh rate higher than 120Hz. As we’ll explain, though, a number higher than 120Hz doesn’t necessarily mean the claim is false. Here’s the basics: Refresh rate is the number time times per second (written in hertz, or Hz) a TV refreshes its image.Movies are almost always filmed 24 frames per second, or 24Hz. Live TV shows at 30 or 60.Most TVs refresh at 60, some higher-end models at 120. Some older 1080p LCD TVs refreshed at 240Hz.The point of a higher refresh rate is to reduce the motion blur inherent in all current TV technologies.Motion blur is the softening of the image when an object, or the entire screen, is in motion.TV manufacturers use multiple technologies in addition to refresh rate to come up with an “effective refresh rate.”Effective refresh rate means the TV refreshes its image at a lower rate, but might appear to have similar motion resolution as a TV with an actual higher refresh rate.What TV makers sayLet me start with the terms you’ll see on various TV makers’ marketing materials and web sites. Each one calls the TVs motion handling capability something different, and many don’t even mention the term “refresh rate” or use “Hz” at all.lg-trumotion.jpg LG LG: TruMotion LG now lists their TruMotion number, along with the panel’s native refresh rate, as in “TruMotion 240 (Refresh Rate 120Hz)” or “TruMotion 120 (Native 60Hz).” Samsung: Motion Rate Samsung is more upfront than it used to be about this. Its 4K TVs and 8K TVs feature “Motion Rate.” This is, generally, twice the native refresh rate. So Motion Rate 240 indicates a native refresh of 120Hz. In the least expensive of their TVs, a Motion Rate of 60 means a 60Hz refresh. Sony: MotionFlow XR  For most of its 2019 TVs Sony doesn’t list a number on its website, instead it just says “Motionflow XR.” On others it lists a number along with the native refresh: “Motionflow XR 240 (native 60 Hz)” and “Motionflow XR 1440 (native 120 Hz).” Vizio: Effective Refresh Rate Vizio’s Effective Refresh Rate is just double the native refresh rate. It often includes a “Clear Action” number, too, which is triple the ERR (and so 6x the native refresh rate).TCL: Clear Motion Index TCL’s sets say either “60/120Hz CMI” (for the cheapest 1080p models) or “120Hz CMI,” but all of them are actually 60Hz native refresh. The only exception is the 75-inch 6 series, TCL’s most expensive TV, which is 120Hz native.For the most effective increase in motion resolution, you need a native 120Hz refresh television. That said, it is possible to have some improvement even with a 60Hz TV if it uses some other feature, like backlight scanning or black frame insertion, that improves motion resolution. That’s a lot of technical jargon, so let’s tackle it from the beginning. Comments 2:18 Preview • 4K TVs LG Samsung Sony Viziolast_img read more

Anchorage Nepalese community reacts to quake

first_imgMore than 4,000 people in Nepal have died as a result of Saturday’s magnitude 7.8 earthquake. Much of the capital Katmandu and the surrounding villages were destroyed. Some members of Anchorage’s 80-member Nepalese community were visiting at the time. Jeet Tamang’s wife and nephew were among them. He says it took 10 hours to get through to them because phone services were down. His family members, including his siblings who still live there, all survived, but their homes were severely damaged.“They were physically okay, but they were camping out near by the house in the open area,” Tamang says of his wife and nephew. “Cooking outside and sleeping out there. Which the whole city is going through that.”Tamang says his family members are nervous to be there, and they’re not sure if they’ll be able to come home this week as planned.It’s “kind of scary to walk around. Nobody knows if it’s going to fall down or not. Anything is possible. The worst thing is the aftershocks are really making more damages and scaring people around.”He says so far, no one in Anchorage has reported lost family members. The community is collecting money for the non-profit Helping Hand for Nepal, which runs small-scale aid projects in the country.“Download Audio”last_img read more

April Breaks Rain Record in Petersburg

first_imgThe month of May clearly brought more sunshine to the Petersburg area. It is especially noticeable after April, which broke the record for being the rainiest.A rainy spring made for copious puddles around Petersburg. Photo: KRBD.The average rainfall for the month of April is about six inches but this year it was double that at 12.31 inches. That was enough rain to break the record from 1952 of just over 11 inches.Richard Lam is a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Juneau. He says this April mimicked a fall month.“Normally, in April, usually the weather pattern is not like this so this is more like a fall weather pattern,” Lam says. “Twelve inches of rainfall in the fall for you guys is normal but in April that’s atypical.”So, with April being the rainiest on record will this drier weather continue?Although the Juneau Weather Service doesn’t forecast beyond seven days the Climate Prediction Center in Washington D.C. does. Lam says that data shows May to be warmer than normal but they still don’t know about the rain.“They are calling for May to be more likely to be seeing above normal temperatures so a warmer than normal May,” Lam says, “and precipitation they are calling for equal chances. That means there will be equal chance for above normal or below normal precipitation so it can be anything.”The rainy April follows an exceptionally warm winter season when there was more rain and less snow than normal for Petersburg.last_img read more

Digirad Highlights Appropriate Use Criteria Updates for 2016

first_imgNews | Clinical Decision Support | March 31, 2016 Digirad Highlights Appropriate Use Criteria Updates for 2016 Movement continues toward Jan. 1, 2017 deadline for clinical decision support documentation Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 7:33Loaded: 2.15%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -7:33 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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This… read more March 31, 2016 — Medical diagnostic imaging provider Digirad Corp. posted an article to their website discussing updates to appropriate use criteria (AUC) for clinical decision support (CDS) coming in 2016.Appropriate Use Criteria (AUC) is an evidence-based set of standards that are designed to assist professionals with decisions regarding appropriate treatment for patients with specific conditions. Included with the passage of the Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014 (PAMA) was an appropriate use criteria program that includes advanced diagnostic imaging services (magnetic resonance imaging, computed tomography and nuclear medicine).Under the law, effective Jan. 1, 2017, physicians who order these tests must consult with AUC, and physicians who perform these tests must provide documentation that confirms the ordering physician’s AUC adherence in order to be paid for the service.The CY 2016 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Final Rule identifies the components of the AUC plan as:Establishment of AUC by Nov. 15, 2015;Specification of CDS mechanisms for consultation with AUC by April 1, 2016;AUC consultation by ordering professionals and reporting on AUC consultation by furnishing professionals by Jan. 1, 2017; andAnnual identification of outlier ordering professionals for services furnished after Jan. 1, 2017.Further clarification, and the process by which the CDS mechanisms will be specified, will be released by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) after the CY 2017 final rule. Additional discussion and adopting policies regarding claims-based reporting requirements will also be included in both the CY 2017 and CY 2018 rules, which negatively impacts the likelihood that ordering and furnishing professionals will be expected to meet the program requirements by the Jan. 1, 2017 deadline.The establishment and finalization of AUC will be driven by local provider led-entities (PLE). The process by which a PLE is considered qualified by Medicare will be outlined in the final rule. These organizations will have the ability and the authority to develop, modify or endorse the criteria of other qualified PLEs, effectively lending itself to the creation of a larger, more clinically encompassing library.Effective Jan. 1, 2020, a prior authorization requirement for outlier professionals will be implemented. The final rule did not address this implementation, but CMS did propose to “identify outlier ordering professionals from within priority clinical areas that would be established through subsequent rulemaking.”Considering the recommendation of the Medicare Evidence Development & Coverage Advisory Committee, the proposed list of priority clinical areas will be detailed in the CY 2017 PFS.For more information: FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Videos | Radiology Business | August 02, 2019 VIDEO: Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019 Association for Medical Imaging Management (AHRA) President … read more News | Digital Pathology | July 16, 2019 Paige Announces Clinical-grade Artificial Intelligence in Pathology July 16, 2019 — Computational pathology… read more last_img read more

Economic climate crises raise risks WEF

first_imgNo related posts. GENEVA – With rising economic strains on one side and ever more environmental concerns on the other, the world could soon find itself in “the perfect global storm,” the World Economic Forum warned in a report on Tuesday.“The world is more at risk as persistent economic weakness saps our ability to tackle environmental challenges,” warned the WEF, which each year hosts a massive get-together of decision makers and activists at the Swiss mountain resort in Davos.In its Global Risks 2013 report, based on a survey of more than 1,000 experts from industry, government, academia and civil society, WEF pointed out that crises and austerity measures were severely testing the global economic system.At the same time, it stressed, the world faced rising global temperatures and more extreme weather like catastrophic flooding in China and Hurricane Sandy, which slammed into the East Coast of the United States in late October.The acute social and economic difficulties are making the world more reluctant to address more long-term threats like climate change, while natural disasters wreak serious havoc on many economies, the report cautioned.“Two storms – environmental and economic – are on a collision course,” warned John Drzik, the head of Oliver Wyman Group and one of the experts surveyed for the report.The experts, who were asked to rate 50 global risks, suggested the risk of growing wealth gaps was the most likely to materialize, followed by unsustainable government debt and rising greenhouse gas emissions.They deemed, however, that major systemic financial failure would have the biggest impact if it happened, followed by a major water supply crisis and chronic fiscal imbalances.The list of global risks “are essentially a health warning regarding our most critical systems,” said WEF managing director Lee Howell, who edited the report.“National resilience to global risks needs to be a priority so that critical systems continue to function despite a major disturbance,” he added in the statement.In addition to the economic and environmental risks, the WEF report also identified so-called “digital wildfires” as a top risk category.“While in many ways a force for good, the democratization of information can also have volatile and unpredictable consequences,” it cautioned.One example, it said, was the September riots provoked by the crudely made anti-Islam film “The Innocence of Muslims.”“As  the  media’s  traditional  role  as gatekeeper   is   eroded,”   the   world   needs to find ways to put out such blazes, WEF said.The third and final risk category in the 2013 report was linked to what the WEF described as dangerous complacency towards health concerns like rising resistance to antibiotics.The risks highlighted in the report will be the focus of a special session at the WEF’s annual meeting in Davos at the end of January. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

US India move forward on joint military research projects

first_imgCarter acknowledged the difficulties on both sides in breaking through the red tape to achieve more development cooperation, but said things are moving forward.“There is a legacy and historical burden of bureaucracy in both countries, and it’s a constant exercise in stripping that away,” he told reporters traveling with him. “It’s the burden that we carry forward from the fact that we were two separated industrial systems for so long during the Cold War. It just takes time to get the two of them together.”The latest, more tangible progress in the development projects, include two $1 million research ventures. While small, defense officials say the two-year projects will set the groundwork for future collaboration.“Some of the projects that we’re launching just now are, in part, intended to blaze a trail for things to come,” Carter said.One of the projects moving forward is the development of a high-tech mobile power source for the Marine Corps that would work on solar energy, be smaller, more portable and efficient, and could be used in remote outposts.The other is a protective suit for the Army that would be more lightweight and effective when used in chemical and biological hazard incidents. Other possibilities down the road include collaboration on some aircraft carrier and jet engine technology. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home U.S. leaders have long hoped to partner more with India as it modernizes its military, but Indian leaders have been more interested in co-development opportunities than in simply buying American-made weapons.India has also been courting a strong business relationship with China. Beijing sees India as a market for its increasingly high-tech goods, from high-speed trains to nuclear power plants, while India wants to attract Chinese investment in manufacturing and infrastructure.At the same time, however, India has been concerned about China’s quest for greater influence and increased military activities in the Indian Ocean.One theme of Carter’s trip here was greater maritime cooperation, and to underscore that he began his visit Tuesday with a stop at India’s Eastern Naval Command in the port city of Vizag. He toured a navy ship, the INS Sahyadri, before flying on to New Delhi.Carter’s visit comes on the heels of stops in Singapore and Vietnam, where strains with China and its land reclamation and other operations in the South China Sea were key topics of discussion. And he repeatedly stressed that the U.S. military will continue to partner with Asia Pacific nations and have a strong presence in the region.. NEW DELHI (AP) — After several years of bureaucratic delays, the U.S. and India are moving ahead with two joint research projects for the military that officials hope will set the stage for greater defense cooperation in the years ahead.Defense Secretary Ash Carter and Indian Defense Minister Manohar Parrikar signed a defense agreement Wednesday, as part of a broader U.S. effort to improve what has been a rocky relationship between the two countries. The U.S. views India as a key ally in the Asia Pacific, in part as a countermeasure to China and a lynchpin in America’s effort to deepen military and diplomatic ties with countries at Beijing’s doorstep. Sponsored Stories U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter inspects a Guard of Honor during his ceremonial welcome in New Delhi, India, Wednesday, June 3, 2015. Carter is in India on a three-day visit where he is expected to sign a ten-year defense pact. (AP Photo/ Saurabh Das) 0 Comments   Share   Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement The U.S. effort to do joint projects with India got a boost through the efforts of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is seen as more eager to work with America and wants his country to play a larger role on the world stage.Then, earlier this year, during a visit by President Barack Obama, the two leaders formally announced the agreement to pursue four projects under the Defense technology and Trade Initiative.The initiative was launched in 2012, and was led by Carter, who then was the deputy defense secretary. But progress was slow.Last August, then-Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel in a visit to India, urged more defense cooperation, saying that government red tape and other problems should not stymie progress between the two.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Top holiday drink recipes Patients with chronic pain give advice Top Stories last_img read more

Emirates Awards Top NSW Cargo Agents

first_imgThe Emirates SkyCargo team with this year’s winners (L to R): Justin Campbell & Mike Pattinson – Air Menzies International;  Goran Panovski – Federal Express (FEDEX) Australia;  Scott O’Keeffe – Panalpina World Transport Pty Ltd;  Front row –  John Contos — DHL Global Forwarding;  back row –  Scott Higgins & Wade Bollard – C.T. Freight Pty Ltd;   Terence Yong & Brad Bouch –  DHL Express (Australia) Pty Ltd;   Mark Kari  – Emirates  NSW Cargo Sales Executive; Greg Johnson  –  Emirates Cargo Manager Australia;  Alex Barkway – Emirates  Cargo Manager NSW. Source = Emirates / Emirates SkyCargo Emirates SkyCargo’s top cargo agents in NSW have been recognised in style at the carrier’s annual awards luncheon in Sydney.This year’s event was held at the Sofitel Wentworth in central Sydney at the Captain’s Table, and hosted by Emirates SkyCargo’s National Cargo Manager, Greg Johnson; Cargo Manager NSW, Alex Barkway; and NSW Cargo Sales Executive, Mark Kari.Those agents recognised for their substantial contribution to Emirates SkyCargo’s business in 2011 were John Contos, DHL Global Forwarding; Brad Bouch and Terence Yong, DHL Express; Wade Bollard and Scott Higgins C.T. Freight; Scott O’Keeffe, Panalpina; Justin Campbell and Mike Pattinson, Air Menzies International; and Goran Panovski, Fedex.“These awards recognise those NSW agents who have provided outstanding support to Emirates SkyCargo during the 2010/2011 financial year – it is with their support that we have once again achieved record results in a challenging business climate,” said Greg Johnson, Emirates SkyCargo National Cargo Manager.“We place a huge value on our agent relationships as Emirates SkyCargo continues to grow its available capacity in the market – starting with the re-commencement of the airline’s third-daily Sydney flight in October 2011.  This service, operated by a Boeing 777-300ER aircraft, will depart Sydney early morning daily and enable same day travel to 16 destinations in the Middle East, Europe and Africa,” added Mr Johnson.Emirates currently operates 63 flights per week to Dubai from Brisbane, Perth, Melbourne and Sydney, and 28 weekly trans-Tasman services.  The airline’s fleet of 157 wide-bodied aircraft includes nine freighters and is among the youngest in the skies, with an average age of 74 months. last_img read more

Homebuyers Were Cautious About Purchasing Homes in December

first_img Consumers Fannie Mae Homebuyers HOUSING HPSI Jobs monthly indicators National Housing Survey Sellers 2018-01-09 Staff Writer Share in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, News Is it a good time to buy? Many Americans don’t think so, according to the Fannie Mae House Purchase Sentiment Index (HPSI) released recently. As consumers remained cautious about the housing outlook at the end of 2017 on the back of tax reforms discussions, The HPSI, which is one of the monthly indicators for Fannie Mae’s National Housing Survey, fell two points in December to 85.8 due to a decrease is four of the six HPSI components that make up this index. The HPSI is constructed from answers to six National Housing Survey (NHS) questions that  include whether they think it is a good or bad time to buy or sell a house, what direction they expect home prices and mortgage rates to move, how concerned they are about losing their jobs, and whether their incomes are higher than they were a year earlier.In December, the net share of respondents who said now was a good time to buy a home decreased 5 percentage points to 24 percent compared to November and was down 8 percentage points compared to the same period last year. Meanwhile, the net share who reported that now was a good time to sell a home remained flat at 34 percent and was up 21 percentage points year-over-year. The net share who said home prices would go up in the next 12 months decreased 2 percentage points to 44 percent in December, while Americans also expressed a weakened sense of job security, with the net share who said they are not concerned about losing their job decreasing 6 percentage points to 68 percent. Finally, the net share of consumers who said mortgage rates would go down over the next 12 months fell 1 percentage point in December to 52 percent, while the net share reporting that their income was significantly higher than it was 12 months ago rose 2 percentage points to 16 percent.“Entering 2018, housing affordability remains a persistent challenge, particularly in rental markets, where consumer expectations for price increases over the next 12 months reached a new survey high,” said Doug Duncan, senior vice president and chief economist at Fannie Mae. center_img January 9, 2018 550 Views Homebuyers Were Cautious About Purchasing Homes in Decemberlast_img read more