BJP Congress slam Kejriwal over free travel scheme for women

first_imgNEW DELHI: The BJP’s Delhi unit Chief Manoj Tiwari on Monday alleged that the AAP government’s proposal to make metro and bus travel free for women is a “desperate bid to buy votes”.The BJP leader said Kejriwal is making such announcements because he’s fast losing ground in Delhi . “It seems he’s lost his mind… ‘ghoshna mantri’ (announcement minister) has made another announcement to make people laugh… he made 70 promises and all are lies,” he told reporters. Also Read – Cylinder blast kills mother and daughter in Karawal Nagar”After the tight slap of defeat, he started the process for implementing 10 per cent reservation for economically weaker sections. He’s making such announcements to hold onto his ground in Delhi . It’s a desperate bid to buy votes,” Tiwari said. The BJP leader, however, made it clear that he’s not against giving free rides to women in buses and the Delhi Metro. “We are not against the idea. There is no problem in giving free rides to women, but where are the buses? The AAPis befooling people,” he alleged. Also Read – Two persons arrested for killing manager of Muthoot FinanceThe BJP’s Delhi unit has plans for free rides to all in government buses, but we will not make any tall promises, Tiwari said. Attacking the Kejriwal government over insufficient number of buses in the city, he said, “Around one crore women in the city will need 20,000 buses, but we have just 3,500-3,800. Where will they sit?” On the other hand, the Delhi Congress dubbed Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s announcement to provide free travel to women in public transport buses and Metro trains as a “publicity stunt” made in view of the coming Assembly elections here. Reacting to the decision, Delhi Congress spokesperson Jitender Kochar said the state government should also provide free travel to students and senior citizens in buses and Metro trains. “Kejriwal often makes announcements which he either does not fulfil or which do not come under his jurisdiction. The Assembly elections in Delhi are due in the next few months and he should stop publicity stunt by making such announcements,” Kochar said. Stating that the AAP lost all the seven Lok Sabha seats in recent polls and was pushed to the third spot on majority of the seats, he said that was why the party was making “populist” announcements for political gains in Assembly elections due early next year. Both Congress and AAP were routed and the BJP won all the Lok Sabha seats in Delhi with a huge majority. The AAP was pushed to the third place in five of the seven constituencies by the Congress. Former Delhi Congress MLA Mukesh Sharma said that Delhi people can no longer be “fooled” by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.last_img read more

Sri Lanka names controversial field commander as Army chief

first_imgColombo: A controversial Sri Lankan field commander, accused of grave human rights abuses during the country’s 26-year civil war, was on Monday appointed the new Army Commander, a decision which evoked “deep concern” from the United States. President Maithripala Sirisena’s office on Monday announced that Lt Gen Shavendra Silva has been named as the new army commander. Silva, 55, will take charge as incumbent Army chief Lt Gen Mahesh Senanayake’s service was not extended. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USSilva headed the Army’s 58th Division in the final battle against the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) rebels in the final stages of the civil war in 2009. His brigade was accused of attacking civilians, hospitals and stopping humanitarian supplies to trapped Tamil civilians. Silva’s name was mentioned in the resolution passed by the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in 2013, alleging rights abuses by the Sri Lankan Army. The Sri Lanka Army has denied the alleged rights abuses. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsCritics say Silva’s appointment as the Army chief may strain Sri Lanka’s cooperation in UN Peacekeeping operations and the defence cooperation between the US and Sri Lanka. The United States expressed deep concern by Silva’s appointment, said the US Embassy here in a statement. “The allegations of gross human rights violations against him, documented by the United Nations and other organizations, are serious and credible. “This appointment undermines Sri Lanka’s international reputation and its commitments to promote justice and accountability, especially at a time when the need for reconciliation and social unity is paramount,” the embassy said. After the brutal civil war ended, Silva served in New York as Sri Lanka’s Deputy Permanent Representative at the UN Mission. According to a United Nations report, some 45,000 Tamil civilians were killed in the last months of the war alone. The United Nations and human rights groups have urged the Sri Lankan government to establish a war crimes tribunal to investigate the allegations of crimes against humanity, both by the military and the Tamil militant groups. Successive Sri Lankan governments have resisted attempts to establish an international probe, saying it is an internal issue of the island nation.last_img read more

Christopher Ross Refuses to Meet with Sahrawi Protesters in Tindouf Camps

first_imgCasablanca – In his recent visit to the to the Tindouf camps and the Sahara, Christopher Ross, the Personal Envoy of the UN Secretary-General, is reported to have refused to meet with Sahrawi protesters, who had been demonstrating against the Polisario Front before the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (HCR).On Sunday, MWN received a statement from the Forum of Support for the Autonomists of Tindouf (FORSATIN), which said that “Tindouf camps in Algerian territory are being impacted by protests and mass demonstrations led directly by the population” against the Polisario, who allegedly violated the refugees’ rights.Protesters in the Tindouf Camps had been demonstrating before the HCR while awaiting the arrival of the UN’s Personal Envoy, who was expected to begin negotiations with the Polisario leadership after his meeting with the Algerian Prime Minister last Tuesday January 21, to address the situation in the region. However, upon his arrival, Mr. Ross refused all requests for meetings with the Sahrawi protesters, who have been calling for the improvement of their living condition in the camps.According to Le Forum de Soutien au Autonomistes de Tindouf (Forum of support for the autonomists in Tindouf), knowsn by its French acronym as FORSATIN, the protesters had expelled the chief of the Polisario militias, who is said to be a relative of the Polisario leader, Mohamed Abdelaziz.According to news portal Yabiladi, the group of protesters against Polisario Front also included high-ranking officials, one of whom is Abderrahman Zeidou, who is in charge of the Secretariat of Public Service. Zidou has allegedly submitted his resignation to Mohamed Abdelaziz earlier last week.In the same context, Mustapha Salma, a former commander of the Polisario Front, had sent a personal letter to Christopher Ross, in an attempt to seek relief for his family. Mustapha Salma was separated from his family by the Polisario Front for speaking in favor of the Moroccan autonomy plan.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributedlast_img read more

With UN help number of democracies nearly doubled in past decade Annan

Noting that the UN has played an important role in supporting this trend through its multifaceted programmes and activities, the Secretary-General stresses that there can be no single prescribed form of democracy.”To be sustainable, the democratic order of a State must be authentic and reflect the culture, history and political experience of its citizens,” Mr. Annan writes in his report on the UN’s support to promote or consolidate new or restored democracies. Furthermore, “democracy must be seen as a process that requires much more than the conduct of elections;” it should also provide opportunities for people to participate fully in all aspects of society.Meanwhile, the Secretary-General says the benchmark for a sustainable democracy is the extent to which a State acts in accordance with universal and indivisible human rights: the civil and political rights, as well as the economic, social and cultural rights defined in international human rights law. “The current state of international human rights law clearly shows that democracy is not only a universally recognized ideal and a goal, but also a fundamental right of citizens,” Mr. Annan writes.The Secretary-General also welcomes the “growing international trend to condemn unconstitutional removals of Governments or attempts at outright subversion of democracy” and notes that the root of many armed conflicts is the issue of the State and who controls its power and how it is used.For that reason, Mr. Annan says, the promotion of democratic governance should also be considered as one of the most promising long-term strategies for the prevention of armed conflict. “Experience shows that peace and security are essential preconditions for a healthy and vibrant democracy,” he says. read more

Sigourney Weaver talks reprising Alien role for new video game

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Sigourney Weaver talks reprising ‘Alien’ role for new video game by Derrik J. Lang, The Associated Press Posted Jul 9, 2014 6:17 am MDT BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. – Sigourney Weaver and the cast of “Alien” are virtually returning to the starship Nostromo.The actress who portrayed unflappable officer Ellen Ripley in the “Alien” film franchise is reprising her role in “Alien: Isolation,” an upcoming video game set after the events of the original 1979 film. Weaver, who recorded new dialogue for the game, says she picked up right where she left off as tough-as-nails Ripley in filmmaker Ridley Scott’s sci-fi horror masterpiece.“It was eerie how quickly it happened,” Weaver told The Associated Press during a recent interview. “Honestly. I had to start with this sort of sign-off, ‘This is Lieutenant Ripley of the starship Nostromo.’ You know, that paragraph. I felt like no time had passed. It was really strange, actually. If anything, it was more affecting to me to read it again 35 years later.”The bonus “Crew Expendable” and “Last Survivor” levels, which will be available to those who pre-order the game, will allow players to portray Nostromo crew members Ripley, Dallas (Tom Skerritt) or Parker (Yaphet Kotto) as they explore the doomed ship and co-ordinate their efforts with Lambert (Veronica Cartwright) and Ash (Ian Holm) to lure the menacing alien into the airlock.“We always hoped that somewhere down the line while working on this game that this reunion would happen,” said Alistar Hope, the game’s creative lead. “From working with Sigourney on the recordings, I really got a sense of how important this character is to her. The way that she worked on the lines and improvised unquestionably made them significantly better.”The central story of “Isolation” focuses on Ripley’s daughter Amanda, who was briefly mentioned in a scene from the 1986 sequel “Aliens.” In the game, created by British developer Creative Assembly, Amanda travels to a remote space station to find the Nostromo’s flight recorder and encounters a creature similar to the one that terrorized her mother.“I feel like they followed through,” Weaver said of the game’s plot. “Emotionally, what would Amanda want? She’d want to find her mother. She’s drawn to the same line of work. There are a lot of things that were arresting to me. I have no idea what the game is like. I hope it’s creepy and suspenseful and engaging in a way that other games are not — an experience.”“Isolation” follows a long line of games based on the “Alien franchise, but it’s the only title that Weaver has signed on to participate in and marks the first time she’s reprised the part since 1997’s “Alien Resurrection,” the fourth film in the series that ended with a clone of Ripley arriving on Earth. (The original Ripley sacrificed herself at the conclusion of 1992’s “Aliens 3.”)“I thought it was an interesting idea,” said Weaver. “The ones I turned down — I remember one of them, anyway — was shoot the alien, shoot the marine, shoot anything that didn’t move. That didn’t make any sense for my character. Ripley was more interested in protecting life than annihilating it. It just didn’t make any sense for me to be part of that.”Before the Oct. 7 release of “Isolation” and an anniversary edition Blu-ray of “Alien,” which will include the 1979 graphic novelization of the film, Weaver is expected to reunite with “Aliens” filmmaker James Cameron to begin work on his three “Avatar” sequels. Weaver’s character met her demise on the mythical planet of Pandora in the 2009 sci-fi blockbuster.“It’s a lot of cool work for me to do, so I’m excited,” said Weaver, who wouldn’t elaborate on her role. “I think it’s going to be intense. He’s going to share with the world other worlds within Pandora. I know he has a very powerful vision for the environmental message of these three films that he hopes will make a difference around the world.”___Online:http://www.alienisolation.com___Follow AP Entertainment Writer Derrik J. Lang on Twitter at read more

HC Qatar Doha signs EHF CL player

← Previous Story Manuel Strlek next two months out! Next Story → Cristina Neagu six months out! Doha handballPetar ZujovicQatar handball One of the most important defensive player of the Serbian champion RK Partizan, Petar Zujovic (31) has signed contract with HC Qatar Doha and won’t be able to help his team-mates in the rest of the matches in the VELUX EHF Champions League this February. Zujovic spent only six months in Belgrade, where he came back after almost a decade abroad. He started to play handball in RK Partizan, after which his proffesional way brought him to Cyprus,. Greece, Tunisia, etc… read more

Jan Sobol stays in Polish Azoty Pulawy

Experienced Czech right wing, Jan Sobol (29) secured his proffesional future by signing new two years contract with fourth team of Polish Championship, Azoty Pulawy. Ambitious team wants to stay in the upper part of Polish handball and on that way the help of former Tatran Presov, French Montpellier and RK Vardar Skopje member is more than welcome. Sobol has also a huge experience of playing for Czech Republic NT. azoty-pulawyJan Sobol ← Previous Story Elezovic stays, Mirkovic joins Serbian champion RK Vojvodina Next Story → Spain (W) beats Macedonia again and qualifies for the World Championship read more

Government focus turns to state staff unions

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram With pressure mounting from international creditors for a series of so-called prior actions to be implemented, Prime Minister Antonis Samaras is expected to focus on streamlining the bloated civil service sector as well as containing strike action on various fronts.According to sources, the troika is keen for the government to press ahead with a plan to put 25,000 civil servants into a so-called mobility scheme which would see most of them dismissed and a minority being transferred to understaffed sections of the public service. Sources at the Maximos Mansion said Monday that a recent wave of early retirements would likely satisfy creditors’ demands for cutbacks in the state sector. The troika has pushed for layoffs however.It is expected that authorities will focus on the dismissal of employees found to have seriously breached the code of conduct.Another thorn in Samaras’s side is the labor unions. Labor Ministry sources on Monday refuted reports that the government is considering making changes to labor regulations that would make it more difficult for unions to call strikes. Two of the three coalition partners, PASOK and Democratic Left, voiced objections following a report in Sunday’s To Vima newspaper that suggested Labor Minister Yiannis Vroutsis of New Democracy wants to make changes that would require strikes to need the support of the majority of union members, while giving management the right to enforce a lockout if employees do not return to work.The government has been heavy-handed against strikers, issuing civil mobilization orders against Athens metro workers and seamen, but it has taken a softer stance against farmers who are seeking concessions.In a bid to force the government’s hand, farmers, who have gathered at road junctions across Greece, said on Monday that they would hold one-hour protest marches every day. Source: Kathimerinilast_img read more

Global PC shipments grew 15 in second quarter Gartner says

first_img $169 See It null See It $145 HP, Lenovo and Dell top the list of PC vendors in Q2 2019, according to Gartner. Sarah Tew/CNET Worldwide shipments of PCs grew 1.5% in the second quarter of 2019 after two quarters of decline, according to a preliminary Thursday report from Gartner. Sixty-three million units shipped in Q2 2019, compared with 62 million units the same time last year, the report says.That growth was “driven by demand from the Windows 10 refresh in the business market” in the second quarter, said Mikako Kitagawa, Gartner senior principal analyst. “Desktop PC growth was strong, which offset a decline in mobile PC shipments.”Lenovo, HP and Dell were the top three vendors and made up just over 64% of global PC shipments, according to the report. They made up 60.7% of shipments in the second quarter of 2018. In the US, 14 million PCs were shipped in Q2, down 0.4% from the same time last year, Gartner says. HP and Dell remained in the No. 1 and No. 2 spots for shipments, respectively. PC shipments in Asia/Pacific dropped 1% compared with last year, largely due to a weak market in China, Gartner says.But ongoing trade disputes and the threat of tariffs lend some uncertainty to PC demand in the near future, Gartner says. “While the U.S.-China trade war did not impact the PC market in the second quarter of 2019, the nextphase of tariffs could have significant impact,” Kitagawa said. “Most laptops and tablets are currently manufactured in China and sales of these devices in the U.S. could face significant price increases if the punitive tariffs are imposed and vendors do not take quick action to respond.”  $143 See It Best Buy 0 $179 Mentioned Above Microsoft Windows 10 Pro (OEM)center_img Amazon Tags Dell HP Lenovo Review • Windows 10 review: Microsoft gets it right See it Computers Share your voice CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Microsoft Windows 10 Abt Electronicslast_img read more

Chopper scam Court reserves order for August 6 on Ratul Puris

first_imgNEW DELHI: A Delhi court Friday reserved the order for August 6 on anticipatory bail plea of Ratul Puri, nephew of Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath, in connection with a money laundering case related to the VVIP chopper scam. Special Judge Arvind Kumar also extended the interim protection from arrest to Puri till August 6. Meanwhile, a man claiming to be a witness appeared before the court saying the Enforcement Directorate (ED) had recorded his statement forcefully and urged the court to intervene. Also Read – Trinamool, BJP activists scuffle at Dilip Ghosh’s event Advertise With Us The court will take up this application tomorrow. Puri, chairman of Hindustan Powerprojects Pvt Ltd, had on July 27 approached the court seeking anticipatory bail in the case, saying he feared arrest in the case. The court had on Saturday granted the interim protection till Monday, which was extended time to time since then. Puri recently appeared before the Enforcement Directorate for questioning in the case pertaining to the now-scrapped Rs 3,600 crore chopper deal with AgustaWestland.last_img read more

Govt fails to convince Russia China over Rohingya crisis BNP

first_imgBangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) on Friday alleged that the government failed to convince the United Nations Security Council’s permanent members Russia and China to support Bangladesh resolve Rohingya crisis.Speaking at a press conference at the party’s Naya Paltan central office, BNP senior joint secretary general Rahul Kabir Rizvi also alleged that the UN Security Council’s discussion on Rohingya issue ended without any decision due to the government’s diplomatic failure.”The open debate at the UN Security Council on Rohingya crisis concluded without any specific decision or resolution.Even, the UN yesterday (Thursday) voiced doubt whether Myanmar would take back Rohingyas or not. The main reason behind any positive step to resolve Rohingya crisis is the government’s absolute diplomatic failure,” he said.The BNP leader also alleged that though the entire world is vocal over Rohingya issue, the Bangladesh government is still playing a subservient role in this regard.”The foreign ministry was silent at the initial stage. Had the government intensified its diplomatic efforts from the initial stage to raise the issue at the Security Council, more international support would have found to solve the crisis,” he observed.Rizvi said the government has also failed to bring the influential neighbouring countries to its side.”China and Russia are our very friendly countries while our tie with India is very deep, but the government couldn’t convince them through talks. The Rohingya crisis turned critical due to the government’s failure. The government has failed entirely to deal with the issue properly.”Rizvi said the Myanmar security forces would have to be forced to stop its drive against Rohingyas had the government carried out active diplomatic efforts to do it since the very beginning of the problem.last_img read more

Elizabeth Warren Proposes Plan to Break Up Big Tech

first_imgDemocrats have long enjoyed lopsided support from the tech industry. According to the Center for Responsive Politics, almost 80% of contributions from employees of internet companies went to federal Democratic candidates and committees in 2018.Warren, however, is not taking PAC money, and she recently announced that she would not attend high-dollar fundraisers with major donors. Popular on Variety WASHINGTON — Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) proposed a sweeping plan to break up tech giants like Facebook, Google, and Amazon, and to impose rules preventing platforms from engaging in discriminatory practices.“America has a long tradition of breaking up companies when they have become too big and dominant — even if they are generally providing good service at a reasonable price,” Warren wrote in a Medium post on Friday.Her proposals include legislation to designate tech giants as “platform utilities,” meaning that companies could not both own the platform and be a participant on it. As an example, she wrote, Google’s ad exchange and businesses on the exchange would be split apart, and Google search would have to be spun off. Companies with an annual global revenue of $25 billion or more that offer an online marketplace or a third-party exchange, like Amazon Marketplace and Google’s ad exchange, would be designated as utilities. The companies would also be prohibited from discrimination in dealing with users, applying some of the name net neutrality standards that have been aimed at internet providers like Comcast and AT&T. The platform utilities would not be allowed to transfer or share data with third parties, a provision designed to address growing concerns about the privacy of personal information provided by consumers.Smaller companies, or those with global revenue between $90 million and $25 billion, would also be prohibited from discriminatory conduct, the would not be required to make the same divestitures as the larger platforms.Warren also said she would appoint regulators to undo existing mergers, and she specifically cited Amazon’s ownership of Whole Foods and Zappos, Facebook from WhatsApp and Instagram, and Google from Waze, Nest, and DoubleClick.She wrote that the proposals will give small businesses a “fair shot to sell their products on Amazon without the fear of Amazon pushing them out of business. Google couldn’t smother competitors from demoting their products on Google Search. Facebook would face real pressure from Instagram and WhatsApp to improve the user experience and protect our privacy.”Federal regulators, state attorneys general or private parties would get the right to sue a platform utility for violating the regulations, with the ability to collect “ill-gotten gains,” losses and damages. A company also would be fined 5% of annual revenue if found in violation.Her proposals go farther than other Democratic presidential candidates in prescribing solutions to the marketplace dominance and political power of major platforms.While other candidates aren’t proposing as sweeping of measures to rein in the power of big business, there has been a shift in how they are talking about big tech. In recent presidential cycles presidential contenders treated Silicon Valley tech giants as shining examples of the economy. Now they are targets, as politicians express concerns over privacy, data collection and antitrust.center_img Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), one of Warren’s rivals for the nomination who is the ranking member of the Senate Judiciary antitrust subcommittee, said this week that it is her goal to “make antitrust cool again.” She has unveiled a set of proposals that includes shifting the burden to companies to prove that their mega mergers do not harm competition.Warren put her proposal in the context of the trust-busting that followed the Gilded Age, when Standard Oil, JPMorgan and AT&T controlled vast sectors of the economy. She noted that reformers in both parties sought to break up the conglomerates.Some of her ideas actually have some buy in on the right. When he was still in the White House, Steve Bannon floated the idea of regulating Google and Facebook as utilities. President Trump has at times railed against big tech and suggested that they have antitrust problems, although he also believes that the platforms have been unfair to conservatives and conservative content.At a Senate hearing this week called “Does America Have a Monopoly Problem?,” she was joined by Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) in expressing “great concern” over the increasing concentration across the economy, not just in tech.He said his concern was the “drowning out of small and individual voices” and also “the ability of these behemoth corporations to extract favors from government and to leverage their economic power into political power. That results in cronyism and insider dealing, and in the manipulation of our free market into something that is decidedly not free and that is rigged.”Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah), the chairman of the antitrust subcommittee, urged “some humility in how we approach this work, about our understanding, about how our markets function, particularly before we condemn activity that appears to benefit consumers.”NetChoice, an eCommerce trade group, said Warren’s proposals were misguided. Carl Szabo, its VP and general counsel, said in a statement that it would “increase prices for consumers, make search and maps less useful, and raise costs to small businesses that advertise online.” He argued that “never before have consumers and workers had more access to goods, services, and opportunities online.” ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

VIDEO Conor McGregors UFC 229 opponent Khabib Nurmagomedov wrestled bears as a

first_imgConor McGregor will attempt to regain his UFC light heavyweight title at UFC 229 against Khabib Nurmagomedov, and while everyone knows McGregor, Khabib is relatively unknown beyond hardcore UFC fans.Aside from being the guy who was injured during Conor’s MSG meltdown bus attack, Khabib 26-0 in UFC, and grew up training under the guidance of his ex-Russian military father, who made him wrestle actual bears as a kid. The public money will likely be coming in heavy on McGregor, but it’s hard to think a guy who fought freakin’ bears as a child will be intimidated.Here’s the video. In the States we call this child abuse, in Russia it’s called Tuesday.last_img read more

Barco Showcases Advanced Multimodality Imaging Solutions at SIIM 2016

first_img IBM collected a dataset of 52,936 images from 13,234 women who underwent at least one mammogram between 2013 and 2017, and who had health records for at least one year prior to the mammogram. The algorithm was trained on 9,611 mammograms. Image courtesy of Radiology. Video Player is loading.Building the Right Team for Enterprise Imaging Success – Part 1Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 8:44Loaded: 1.86%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -8:44 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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Related Content News | Flat Panel Displays | July 01, 2016 Barco Showcases Advanced Multi-modality Imaging Solutions at SIIM 2016 Highlights include Coronis Uniti for dual screen reading, multimodality Coronis Fusion, Nio Color for home reading stations Videos | Enterprise Imaging | July 08, 2019 VIDEO: Building the Right Team for Enterprise Imaging Success — Part 1 ITN Associate Editor Jeff Zagoudis speaks with Don Dennison read more Nio Color 2MP LEDJuly 1, 2016 — Healthcare imaging specialist Barco announced it will be displaying its latest advanced diagnostic display systems at the 2016 Society of Imaging Informatics in Medicine (SIIM) annual meeting, June 29-July 1 in Portland, Ore.The Coronis Uniti display system enables clinicians to read both picture archiving and communication system (PACS) and mammography images on the same display. Radiologists can view perfect color and grayscale, 2-D and 3-D, static and dynamic images on a single 12 MP screen. They can bring multiple types of breast images together, efficiently viewing all exams on one display to make a better diagnosis. This also reduces the complexity and cost of the workstation footprint and eliminates the need for changing displays and/or reading both of these images at separate locations. Proprietary intuitive workflow features help boost diagnostic accuracy and reduce occupational stress.The Coronis Fusion 6MP display system, Barco’s multimodality workhorse, offers new features that increase radiologist productivity to help hospitals achieve higher return on investment (ROI) in their reading rooms. The recent update significantly increases luminance — delivering 50 percent more light (600 cd/m2) to reveal 10 percent more just noticeable differences (JNDs) — enabling radiologists to see clinical details more quickly to make a more certain diagnosis. The full suite of intuitive workflow tools is also included.The Nio Color 2MP LED is designed for radiologists’ home reading stations, as more and more they are working from home. However, this requires that they be able to report from home and verify reports on PACS. According to Barco, the Nio Color 2MP LED offers excellent image consistency based on superior color accuracy, brightness and contrast.Clinicians at SIIM 2016 are invited to visit the Radiology Workspace Hands-On Learning Laboratory in the Science and Innovation Pavilion to provide feedback on how to improve the radiology reading workspace and reduce “burnout.” This demonstration models a study conducted at the University of Maryland and Saint Vincent Hospital, which is investigating how recent advances in software, monitors and ergonomics can re-invent the radiologist workspace to improve comfort and productivity.For more information: FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Feature | Artificial Intelligence | July 19, 2019 | Michal Chorev AI Models Predict Breast Cancer With Radiologist-level Accuracy Breast cancer is the global leading cause of cancer-related deaths in women, and the most commonly diagnosed cancer… read more Video Player is loading.Building the Right Team for Success in the Consolidated Enterprise – Part 2Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 9:52Loaded: 1.65%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -9:52 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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Setting up a Raspberry Pi for a robot – Headless by Default

first_imgIn this tutorial, you will learn why the Raspberry Pi controller on a robot should be wireless, or headless; what headless means; and why it’s useful in robotics. You will see how to set up a Raspberry Pi as a headless device from the beginning, and how to connect to this Raspberry Pi once on the network, and then send your first instructions to it. This article is an excerpt from a book written by Danny Staple titled Learn Robotics Programming. In this book, you will learn you’ll gain experience of building a next-generation collaboration robot What does headless mean and why? A headless system is a computer designed to be used from another computer via a network, for when keyboard, screen, and mouse access to a device is inconvenient. Headless access is used for server systems and for building robots. Refer to the following diagram: The preceding diagram shows a system with a head where a user can sit in front of the device. You would need to take a screen, keyboard, and mouse with your robot—not very mobile. You may be able to attach/detach them as required, but this is also inconvenient and adds bulk. There are systems designed to dock with Raspberry Pis like this and are portable, but when a robot moves, you’d need to disconnect or move with the robot. I have seen, at some events, a robot with a tiny screen attached and someone using a wireless keyboard and mouse as an option. However, in this article we are going to focus on using a robot as a headless device. Take a look at the following diagram: The Raspberry Pi in the preceding diagram is mounted on a robot as a headless device. This Raspberry Pi is connected to batteries and motors, but not encumbered by a screen and keyboard; those are handled by another computer. The Pi is connected wirelessly to a network, which could be through a laptop. Code, instructions, and information are sent to and from the Raspberry Pi via this wireless network. To interact with it, you use the screen and keyboard on your laptop. However, you would usually expect your robot to function autonomously, so you would only connect to the Pi to modify things or test code. As an alternative to bringing a laptop to control a robot everywhere, it can be more convenient to add a few indicator LEDs so you can start and stop autonomous behaviors, view the robot’s status, or just drive it without needing to hook up the laptop at all. This Raspberry Pi is free from the screen and keyboard. Most of the time, a screen and keyboard are not required. However, it is worth having them around for the few cases in which you lose contact with the Raspberry Pi and it refuses to respond via the network. You can then use a screen and keyboard to connect with it and see what is going on. For our headless access to the Raspberry Pi, we will be using the SSH system, a secure shell. SSH gives you a command line to send instructions to the Pi and a file transfer system to put files onto it. As SSH connects over a network, we need to configure our Raspberry Pi to connect to your own wireless network. Making a Pi headless makes it free to roam around. It keeps a robot light by not needing to carry or power a screen and keyboard. Being headless makes a robot smaller since a screen and keyboard are bulkier. It also encourages you, the maker, to think more about autonomous behavior since you can’t always type commands to the robot. Setting up wireless on the Raspberry Pi and enabling SSH To make your Raspberry Pi headless, we need to set up Wi-Fi. First, you will need to insert a MicroSD card prepared using Raspbian into your computer. To prepare your MicroSD card (at least 16GB) follow these steps: Go to and download the ZIP file of Raspbian Lite. Download Etcher and install it. Connect your MicroSD to your computer and select the downloaded Raspbian Lite file. The flash button will be highlighted, press it and the process should be completed in a few minutes. If you are continuing straight here from Etcher, you should remove the card and reinsert it so that the computer can recognize the new state of the drive. You will see the card shows up as two disk drives. One of the drives is called boot; this is the only one that you can read in Windows. Windows will ask if you want to format one of these disks. Click Cancel when Windows asks you. This is because part of the SD card holds a Linux-specific filesystem that is not readable by Windows. In boot, you’ll need to create two files: ssh: Create this as an empty file with no extension wpa_supplicant.conf: This file will contain your Wi-Fi network configuration It is important that the SSH file has no extension, so it is not ssh.txt or some other variation. Windows will hide extensions by default so you may need to reveal them. On Windows, in File Explorer, go to the View tab, look for the Show/Hide pane, and then tick File name extensions. In general, when working with code, having the extensions displayed is important so I recommend leaving this option ticked. The wpa_supplicant.conf file The first line you must provide in the wpa_supplicant.conf file is a country code. These are known as iso/iec alpha2 country codes and you should find the appropriate country code for the country you are in, by going to This is important, as the Wi-Fi adapter will be disabled by Raspbian if this is not present, to prevent it from operating outside the country’s legal standard, and interfering or being interfered with by other equipment. In my case, I am in Great Britain, so my country code is GB. Let’s take a look at the code: country=GB Then, add the following lines. update_config means that other tools used later are allowed to update the configuration: update_config=1ctrl_interface=/var/run/wpa_supplicant Now, you can define the Wi-Fi network your robot and Raspberry Pi will connect to: network={ ssid=”” psk=””} Please be sure to specify your own network details instead of the placeholders here. The pre-shared key (PSK) is also known as the Wi-Fi password. These should be the same details you use to connect your laptop or computer to your Wi-Fi network. The completed wpa_supplicant.conf file should look like this: country=GBupdate_config=1ctrl_interface=/var/run/wpa_supplicant network={ssid=””psk=””} Ensure you use the menus to eject the MicroSD card so the files are fully written before removing it. Now, with these two files in place, you can use the MicroSD Card to boot the Raspberry Pi. Plug the MicroSD card into the slot on the underside of the Raspberry Pi. The contacts of the MicroSD card should be facing the Raspberry Pi in the slot; it will only fit properly into the slot in the correct orientation. Plug a Micro-USB cable into the side of the Raspberry Pi and connect it to a power supply. As the technical requirements suggested, you should have a power supply able to provide around 2.1 amps. Lights turning on means that it is starting. Finding your Pi on the network Assuming your SSID and PSK are correct, your Raspberry Pi will now have registered on your Wi-Fi network. However, now you need to find it. The Raspberry Pi will use dynamic addresses (DHCP), so every time you connect it to your network, it may get a different address; linking to your router and writing down the IP address can work in the short term, but doing that every time it changes would be quite frustrating. Luckily, the Raspberry Pi uses a technology known as mDNS to tell nearby computers that it is there. mDNS is the Multicast Domain Name System, which just means that the Raspberry Pi sends messages to all nearby computers, if they are listening, to say that its name is raspberrypi.local and giving the address to find it. This is also known as Zeroconf and Bonjour. So, the first thing you’ll need to do is ensure your computer is able to receive this. Apple macOS If you are using an Apple Mac computer, it is already running the Bonjour software, which is already mDNS capable. Microsoft Windows On Windows, you will need the Bonjour software. If you have already installed a recent version of Skype or iTunes, you will already have this software. You can use this guide ( to check that it is already present and enable it. You can check whether it is already working with the following command in a Command Window: C:\Users\danny>ping raspberrypi.local If you see this, you have Bonjour already: PING raspberrypi.local ( 56(84) bytes of data.64 bytes from ( icmp_seq=1 ttl=64 time=0.113 ms64 bytes from ( icmp_seq=2 ttl=64 time=0.079 ms If you see this, you’ll need to install it: Ping request could not find host raspberrypi.local. Please check the name and try again. To do so, browse to the Apple Bonjour For Windows site at and download it, then install Download Bonjour Print Services for Windows. Once this has run, Windows will now be able to ask for mDNS devices by name. Linux Ubuntu and Fedora desktop versions have had mDNS compatibility for a long time. On other Linux desktops, you will need to find their instructions for Zeroconf or Avahi. Many recent ones have this enabled by default. Testing the setup The Raspberry Pi’s green light should have stopped blinking and only a red power light should be visible. In Windows, summon a command line by pressing the Windows key and then CMD. In Linux or macOS, summon a Terminal. From this Terminal, we will try to ping the Raspberry Pi, that is, find the Pi on the network and send a small message to elicit a response: ping raspberrypi.local If everything has gone right, the computer will show that it has connected to the Pi: $ ping raspberrypi.localPING raspberrypi.local ( 56(84) bytes of data.64 bytes from ( icmp_seq=1 ttl=64 time=0.113 ms64 bytes from ( icmp_seq=2 ttl=64 time=0.079 ms64 bytes from ( icmp_seq=3 ttl=64 time=0.060 ms64 bytes from ( icmp_seq=4 ttl=64 time=0.047 ms What if you cannot reach the Raspberry Pi? If the Raspberry Pi does not appear to be responding to the ping operation, these are some initial steps you can take to try to diagnose and remedy the situation. If it works already, skip to the next heading. Refer to the following steps: First, double-check your connections. You should have seen a few blinks of green light and a persistent red light. If not, ensure that the SD card is seated firmly and that the power supply can give 2.1 amps. Use your Wi-Fi access point settings with the Pi booted and see if it has taken an IP address there. This may mean that Zeroconf/Bonjour is not running on your computer correctly. If you have not installed it, please go back and do so. If you have and you are on Windows, the different versions of Bonjour print services, Bonjour from Skype, and Bonjour from iTunes can conflict if installed together. Use the Windows add/remove functions to see if there is more than one and remove all Bonjour instances, then install the official one again. Next, turn the power off, take out the SD card, place this back into your computer, and double check that the wpa_supplicant.conf file is present and has the right Wi-Fi details and country code. The most common errors in this file are the following: Incorrect Wi-Fi details Missing quotes or missing or incorrect punctuation Incorrect or missing country code Parts being in the wrong case The SSH file is removed when the Pi boots, so if you are certain it was there and has been removed, this a good sign that the Pi actually booted. Finally, this is where you may need to boot the Pi with a screen and keyboard connected, and attempt to diagnose the issue. The screen will tell you whether there are other issues with wpa_supplicant.conf or other problems. With these problems, it is important to look at the screen text and use this to search the web for answers. I cannot reproduce all those here, as there are many kinds of problems that could occur here. If you cannot find this, I recommend asking on Twitter using the tag #raspberrypi, on Stack Overflow, or in the Raspberry Pi Forums at In this article, we explored what headless or wireless means for robots and set up the ‘headless’ in Raspberry Pi. To learn more about robotics and connecting, configuring the robot check out the book, Learn Robotics Programming. Read next Introducing Strato Pi: An industrial Raspberry Pi Raspberry Pi launches it last board for the foreseeable future: the Raspberry Pi 3 Model A+ available now at $25 Introducing Raspberry Pi TV HAT, a new addon that lets you stream live TVlast_img read more

Famed Costa Rican adventurer explores his home turf

first_imgCross Costa Rica, coast to coast, with only a credit card: that’s the new challenge for Costa Rican athlete Warner Rojas, the star of a new campaign from American Express and Credomatic. The idea, “Amexplorador,” is being rolled out first in Costa Rica, with possible replication in other countries.Rojas, famous for becoming the first Costa Rican to reach the summit of Mt. Everest, told The Tico Times that he hopes to inspire more Costa Ricans to see their own country, and to show that the logistics of travel and payment are getting simpler.“What I want to transmit… is that we [Costa Ricans] can visit the country. Among the places we’ve been, we’ve found more tourists than Costa Ricans,” Rojas said. “We can get to know our country coast to coast, seeing beautiful places, and obviously in this case just by paying with an America Express credit card, which honestly has had pretty good acceptance in the places I’ve gone. It was really surprising that, in Puerto Viejo, I was able to pay with the credit card in a grocery store. We can travel in so many ways, and do it light.”The acceptance of credit and debit cards has risen rapidly in Costa Rica, and the days when a weekend trip required bills for just about every expense are disappearing. Still, a study last year showed that most Costa Ricans still prefer to use cash, and few travelers would head into the countryside with only a card.“With Amexplorador, we seek to show off the beauty and culture of the most emblematic places in Costa Rica, as well as its variety of places to shop,” Facundo Méndez, vice president of the American Express Global Services Network for Latin America, told The Tico Times. “We also want our customers to know that American Express has wide acceptation in small and big stores around the country, in urban zones as well as rural zones, in restaurants, transportation, events, among others.“We chose Warner because he is a clear example of an explorer. I mean, he was the first Costa Rican to ever hike Mt. Everest. I don’t he will find a this a difficult task,” added Méndez. Warner Rojas at the Sloth Sanctuary near Cahuita, Limón. Courtesy of AmexploradorThe 20-day trip kicked off Sept. 17 in the Caribbean coastal town of Puerto Viejo, and will finish in the second week of October at the center of San José. Rojas is now on the third stage of the trip, in Guanacaste, and has visited national parks, nature reserves, and beaches, among other destinations. The entire trip can be followed at the Amexplorador Website.“In Tortuguero we visited the national park, saw the turtles, went through the canals. I had been there, but had never seen the turtles. To go see them at night when they arrived onshore, the nesting – it is really amazing to see these animals, which are huge. That has been the nicest experience so far,” Rojas said. “As for difficulties, I would say the weather. In the Atlantic it has been raining, so the access was more difficult than usual, but nothing big.“I don’t have any idea of what comes next, but it is really fun. I expect to visit really nice places.” Facebook Comments Related posts:Costa Rica hopes Chinese tourists will think pura vida for their next vacation Deep Discounts: Southwest Airlines starts daily service to Costa Rica on March 7 Madrid goalie Keylor Navas named Costa Rica tourism ambassador Uber launches van service in Costa Rica, eyeing tourist trafficlast_img read more

Hong Kong International Airport delivers exciting new look

first_imgHong Kong International Airport delivers exciting new lookAirport Authority Hong Kong (AA) welcomes 33 brands, including many new comers, to operate in the West Hall of Terminal 1 at Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA). The AA also introduced the “East to West Food Market” at the West Hall, which offers a broadened variety of gourmet options. The new outlets are expected to begin operating by phases from the end of this year, bringing an entirely new look to HKIA’s West Hall.The newly awarded retail licenses comprise major brand names in fashion, accessories & watches, packaged food, travel accessories & essentials, audio visual & electronics and toys, gifts & souvenirs. New-comers to HKIA include the first Calvin Klein store showcasing its Platinum collection in travel retail, Furla, Kate Spade, Pandora, Paul & Shark, and Koi Kei Bakery from Macau – as well as the first J.S. Trunk & Co. located within the restricted area of an Asian airport, carrying travel accessories brands including American Tourister, Hartmann and Samsonite. In addition, The Magic of Hong Kong Disneyland is introducing its first in-store interactive amusement at its outlet in HKIA’s West Hall.The East to West Food Market, a 1,497-square-metre dining area, will feature a specially selected range of local, regional and international cuisines. Travellers will find Michelin-rated Cantonese cuisine specialist Yung Kee Restaurant, Street Food MIC by Alvin Leung conceptualised by three-Michelin-star chef Alvin Leung, Michelin-recommended Chinese noodles and congee specialist Chee Kei and Japanese ramen outlet Baikohken. Other international dining choices for travellers include O’Learys Bar & Restaurant, Korean-fusion food brand School Food,OldTown White Coffee, Tai Hing Express, Burger King and Mövenpick.“With the new ‘East to West Food Market’ and a wide range of exciting retail brands,  the West Hall, which complements the offerings available in the East Hall of Terminal 1, provides another one-stop shopping and dining zone in a key nodal area of HKIA,” said Cissy Chan, Executive Director, Commercial, Airport Authority Hong Kong. Hong Kong International AirportSource = Hong Kong International Airportlast_img read more


first_img 0 Comments   Share   Arizona Cardinals defensive end Calais Campbell is expected to leave the only NFL team he’s known to play for the Jacksonville Jaguars. After considering Denver, Calais Campbell is going to sign a 4-year, $60 million deal that includes $30M gtd with Jacksonville, per source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 9, 2017Reports Wednesday night said the nine-year veteran would likely become a Jaguar but then his hometown Denver Broncos entered the mix early Thursday. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reported via Twitter that Campbell could take less money to go back to his birthplace of Denver.A tweet from Josina Anderson of ESPN said Campbell wrote in a text, “Chose (Jaguars) because Tom Coughlin is a winner, they brought in two other big free agents and they also have been drafting well the last few years. They are a young and hungry defense that I want to lead.”Campbell won’t be the only loss to the Cardinals’ defensive unit. Safety Tony Jefferson decided to sign with the Baltimore Ravens after four NFL seasons in the desert.Arizona drafted Campbell with its second-round pick (50th overall) in the 2008 NFL Draft, and the defensive end spent the next nine seasons with the Cardinals, twice going to the Pro Bowl (2014-15) and twice earning Second-Team All-Pro honors (2014, 2016).The 30-year-old, approaching what will be his third NFL contract, continued to produce in 2016, making 53 total tackles to go with eight sacks, two forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries and one interception. That production had Pro Football Focus name Campbell as the second highest-graded interior defensive lineman this season.And that ended up setting Campbell up for what looks to be another big payday — one the Cardinals weren’t willing to offer with other priorities in free agency. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Arizona Cardinals defensive end Calais Campbell (93) celebrates a defensive stop against the Green Bay Packers during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 27, 2015, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) Broncos didn’t get in on Calais Campbell until last night, per source. By then he was close to deal with JAX, but nothing final. #9sports— Mike Klis (@MikeKlis) March 9, 2017The Cardinals entered March with safety Tony Jefferson, cornerback Marcus Cooper, safety D.J. Swearinger, tackle Frostee Rucker, and linebackers Alex Okafor, Kevin Minter and Sio Moore as free agents on the defensive side of the ball.Additionally, the team used its franchise tag on linebacker Chandler Jones, a move that they had previously used on Campbell before he signed his last contract in 2012.Campbell’s Cardinals career ends after he recorded 501 tackles, 56.5 sacks, eight forced fumbles, eight fumble recovering and three interceptions in 138 career games with Arizona. Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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