This fossil is one of the worlds earliest animals according to fat

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Country By Gretchen VogelSep. 20, 2018 , 2:00 PM Country * Afghanistan Aland Islands Albania Algeria Andorra Angola Anguilla Antarctica Antigua and Barbuda Argentina Armenia Aruba Australia Austria Azerbaijan Bahamas Bahrain Bangladesh Barbados Belarus Belgium Belize Benin Bermuda Bhutan Bolivia, Plurinational State of Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba Bosnia and Herzegovina Botswana Bouvet Island Brazil British Indian Ocean Territory Brunei Darussalam Bulgaria Burkina Faso Burundi Cambodia Cameroon Canada Cape Verde Cayman Islands Central African Republic Chad Chile China Christmas Island Cocos (Keeling) Islands Colombia Comoros Congo Congo, the Democratic Republic of the Cook Islands Costa Rica Cote d’Ivoire Croatia Cuba Curaçao Cyprus Czech Republic Denmark Djibouti Dominica Dominican Republic Ecuador Egypt El Salvador Equatorial Guinea Eritrea Estonia Ethiopia Falkland Islands (Malvinas) Faroe Islands Fiji Finland France French Guiana French Polynesia French Southern Territories Gabon Gambia Georgia Germany Ghana Gibraltar Greece Greenland Grenada Guadeloupe Guatemala Guernsey Guinea Guinea-Bissau Guyana Haiti Heard Island and McDonald Islands Holy See (Vatican City State) Honduras Hungary Iceland India Indonesia Iran, Islamic Republic of Iraq Ireland Isle of Man Israel Italy Jamaica Japan Jersey Jordan Kazakhstan Kenya Kiribati Korea, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Republic of Kuwait Kyrgyzstan Lao People’s Democratic Republic Latvia Lebanon Lesotho Liberia Libyan Arab Jamahiriya Liechtenstein Lithuania Luxembourg Macao Macedonia, the former Yugoslav Republic of Madagascar Malawi Malaysia Maldives Mali Malta Martinique Mauritania Mauritius Mayotte Mexico Moldova, Republic of Monaco Mongolia Montenegro Montserrat Morocco Mozambique Myanmar Namibia Nauru Nepal Netherlands New Caledonia New Zealand Nicaragua Niger Nigeria Niue Norfolk Island Norway Oman Pakistan Palestine Panama Papua New Guinea Paraguay Peru Philippines Pitcairn Poland Portugal Qatar Reunion Romania Russian Federation Rwanda Saint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha Saint Kitts and Nevis Saint Lucia Saint Martin (French part) Saint Pierre and Miquelon Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Samoa San Marino Sao Tome and Principe Saudi Arabia Senegal Serbia Seychelles Sierra Leone Singapore Sint Maarten (Dutch part) Slovakia Slovenia Solomon Islands Somalia South Africa South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands South Sudan Spain Sri Lanka Sudan Suriname Svalbard and Jan Mayen Swaziland Sweden Switzerland Syrian Arab Republic Taiwan Tajikistan Tanzania, United Republic of Thailand Timor-Leste Togo Tokelau Tonga Trinidad and Tobago Tunisia Turkey Turkmenistan Turks and Caicos Islands Tuvalu Uganda Ukraine United Arab Emirates United Kingdom United States Uruguay Uzbekistan Vanuatu Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of Vietnam Virgin Islands, British Wallis and Futuna Western Sahara Yemen Zambia Zimbabwe Ilya Bobrovskiy/Australian National University Dickinsonia lived in the oceans more than 540 million years ago. A film of organic matter from an unusual ancient fossil This fossil is one of the world’s earliest animals, according to fat molecules preserved for a half-billion years There are some clues. Evidence suggests some Ediacara moved, and studies of the way they seemed to grow have suggested at least some of the creatures were animals, including Dickinsonia. Others were probably colonies of bacteria or algae.Ilya Bobrovskiy, a geologist who now works at the Australian National University (ANU) in Canberra, wondered whether he might be able to get clues from some exceptional fossils that still preserve a film of what looks like organic material. These fossils come from a cliff on the shore of the White Sea in northwestern Russia, where for 550 million years, the rocks have escaped the heat and pressure that can obliterate molecular traces. “They are some of the least cooked rocks of this age that anyone has found,” Erwin says. Ilya Bobrovskiy/Australian National University Email For more than 70 years, scientists have puzzled over the bewildering shapes of half-a-billion-year-old fossils that don’t look like any other organisms that have ever lived on Earth. Paleontologists haven’t even been able to tell whether many of these oddly shaped fossils from ancient oceans represent plants, animals, or some other life form. Now, traces of cholesterol—a signature of animal life—from a set of incredibly well-preserved fossils confirm that a creature called Dickinsonia, which looks a bit like a quilted bath mat, was in fact a strange animal.These chemical traces “are giving us a completely different way of understanding what is happening” in very ancient ecosystems, says paleontologist Douglas Erwin of the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C.The life forms that lived on Earth half a billion years ago left behind some of the oddest fossils known. Called Ediacarans—named for Australia’s Ediacara Hills, where some of the first ones were found—they lived in the oceans between 570 million and 541 million years ago, just before the Cambrian explosion, when the first recognizable animals emerged. Up to nearly a meter long, some of the 200 described Ediacaran species have fractal-shaped fronds. Others, like Dickinsonia, look like they had fluid-filled modules that gave them a “quilted” appearance. Theories about what they were abound: giant protists? Lichens? Algae? Some sort of sponge? Or some other form of life that has since disappeared? Click to view the privacy policy. Required fields are indicated by an asterisk (*) Bobrovskiy contacted Jochen Brocks, an expert in ancient biomolecules at ANU, to ask whether he thought the film might still contain molecules that could reveal clues to the organism. “Jochen said I was completely insane,” Bobrovskiy says. (Brocks’s version of the story: “I said, ‘Right. That’s the most stupid idea I’ve ever heard.’ But I told him he should find out for himself.”)Bobrovskiy moved from Russia to Australia to join Brocks’s lab. There, he first tested his idea on a collection of small round Ediacaran fossils called Beltanelliformis. The researchers removed the film from the rock, dissolved it, and used gas chromatography and mass spectrometry to look for preserved organic molecules. They found high levels of hopanes, a molecule that suggested the Beltanelliformis were colonies of cyanobacteria, the researchers reported earlier this year.Buoyed by that result, the researchers had the nerve to try the technique with the much larger Dickinsonia fossils. (“They would have brought $30,000 on eBay,” Brocks says. “But we sliced them up and dissolved them.”) The results, reported today in Science, were striking. In the Dickinsonia fossil, 93% of the organic molecules had 27 carbon molecules; that makes them members of a family called cholesteroids, which includes cholesterol and is a signature of animal cells. Samples from immediately above and below the Dickinsonia fossil had a different mix of steroids: Only 11% were cholesteroids and more than 70% were stigmasteroids, molecules with 29 carbon atoms, which are a signature of green algae.“It’s a very unusual style of organic preservation,” says Gordon Love, a geochemist at the University of California (UC), Riverside. “We don’t usually expect to find these organic films, so there are a few quirky features that require more evaluation.” Still, he says, the conclusion that Dickinsonia produced cholesterol—and was therefore an animal—“is the most parsimonious explanation at this stage. I would say it’s plausible.”“If this were the only evidence we had, it wouldn’t be enough,” says Mary Droser, a paleontologist and expert on Ediacarans at UC Riverside. “But along with the other evidence, it’s great.” She says it’s especially satisfying that the biochemical evidence came from Dickinsonia. “I won’t say it’s the [Tyrannosaurus] rex of the Ediacarans—it’s not a predator. But it has that sort of standing,” she says, as an iconic representative of its ecosystem. “It is a special one, and it’s wonderful to have evidence from the geochemical world that it was an animal.”last_img read more

Nest Builds More Security Flexibility Into Smart Home Products

first_imgThe Hello doorbell is available at Best Buy, Home Depot and Lowe’s, as well as on Nest’s website, priced at US$229.The Nest x Yale Lock is available for $279 bundled with Nest Connect, which links it to a home’s WiFi system.The Temperature Sensor is priced at $39, and a three-pack is available for preorder at $99. It is scheduled to ship next month. The Nest Hello video doorbell and the Nest x Yale Lock became available last week, and the company announced its new Nest Temperature Sensor as the latest addition to its smart home lineup.Owners of the Hello video doorbell can use the Nest app for iOS or Android to see and converse with people without opening their door. The x Yale Lock — a tamper-proof, key-free deadbolt — also connects with the Nest app, allowing users to lock and unlock their door from anywhere. The Temperature Sensor works with Nest’s smart thermostats to control the temperature of the area in the device’s vicinity. Nest Hello, which boasts 1600 x 1200 resolution, requires 800-2,000 Kbps of upload bandwidth while streaming video.With a Nest Aware subscription, video is streamed to the cloud for secure offsite storage. Each Nest Hello can upload up to 600 GB per month.”If you’re going to use any HD video surveillance system, it would be wise to upgrade to a level that will exceed what that system requires,” remarked Enderle. “Otherwise, its capability may become compromised when you most need it to work.” Bandwidth Requirements Not Home? Answer the Door Anyway Building Nest Nest Hello’s main competition likely will come from Amazon, which recently inked a deal to acquire Ring, suggested Rob Enderle, principal analyst at the Enderle Group.The Ring solution “has the option of battery power so it’s more likely to be able to function during a power outage if the network has a UPS, and it will install in places where there isn’t doorbell button wiring,” he told TechNewsWorld.Further, “Ring should eventually better integrate with Amazon’s secure delivery solution and Amazon Echo once the acquisition settles,” Enderle said. The link to Echo would let people automatically see from inside the house who’s at the door. These products have the potential to revive Nest’s fortunes. The company has been around for seven years, but there have been serious doubts as to its viability.”It’s been a bit chaotic at Nest since its acquisition by Google,” noted Ray Wang, principal analyst at Constellation Research.”It’s taken them some time to iron out the culture issues and get new product out faster,” he told TechNewsWorld.The global home automation market is forecast to be worth $55 billion by 2022, based on Constellation Research estimates.The delay means Nest has “fallen behind on brand awareness, but Google Home has the better algorithms and APIs, and so it’s well worth the wait,” Wang said.Overall, however, Nest may find the market tough.”There are other smart lock applications and devices,” noted Michael Jude, research manager at Stratecast/Frost & Sullivan.”ADT has some particularly nice options,” he told TechNewsWorld.Still, other options are less integrated, Jude added. The Nest x Yale Lock can hold up to 250 passcodes that owners can hand out instead of a key. Homeowners can create passcodes and schedules for guests and anyone else who requires limited access. They can set the device to lock automatically when they’re away from home, and they can monitor who enters through the door and when.Owners use the Nest app to lock or unlock a door remotely, or to check if a door equipped with the lock is open.However, the Nest x Yale Lock “was built to Google’s specs and doesn’t appear to work with any other system,” Enderle pointed out. “Alternatives from Schlage and Kwikset are standards-based and work with ADT, Amazon and others.” Amazon Is in the House Limited Compatibility Nest Hello owners subscribing to Nest Aware will get familiar face alerts, but that raises some privacy questions.The face-alert feature is unavailable in Illinois, because of pending biometric legislation there, noted Steve Wilson, principal analyst at Constellation Research.There also could be privacy issues with Nest Hello, he told TechNewsWorld, because “consumers want to know where their facial scans are being stored and processed. Are they being sold to third parties?”Nest’s privacy policy so far doesn’t mention biometrics or face recognition, Wilson noted. The Nest Hello has an HD camera with a 160-degree field of view, a 4:3 aspect ratio, HDR imaging and night vision.Its HD Talk and Listen feature lets owners respond even when they’re not at home, and echo cancellation provides improved sound quality.The doorbell also has built-in prerecorded responses.It sends owners an alert even when visitors don’t ring the bell, and it is always on.Nest Hello uses WiFi 802.11. For security, it uses 128-bit AES encryption with TLS/SSL, plus two-step authentication.Subscribing to Nest Aware enables 24/7 continuous recording for up to 30 days. Owners can scan through their entire video history.Nest Hello works with Google Home devices to announce if someone is at the door. It requires a wired doorbell, chime, and the right transformer. Nest recommends professional installation. Privacy Issues Richard Adhikari has been an ECT News Network reporter since 2008. His areas of focus include cybersecurity, mobile technologies, CRM, databases, software development, mainframe and mid-range computing, and application development. He has written and edited for numerous publications, including Information Week and Computerworld. He is the author of two books on client/server technology. Email Richard.last_img read more

BlackBerry Makes Autonomous Vehicle Play

first_imgSecurity Demands A connected infrastructure could trulybring smart cities and autonomous vehicles together and hence increasesafety. However, security would become even more important, given that anyweak point in the system could open the door to hackers.”Credentials are about security, not operation,” said Rob Enderle, principal analyst at the Enderle Group.”Once you connect up a smart city you can lower operating costs, lowertraffic, provide better police protection through better dispatch –larger area fewer people — and generally make the citizens happier,”he told TechNewsWorld.”But if the system is vulnerable to hack, suddenly these advantagespale in the face of potential life-threatening risks, and trafficlights, utilities and police are disrupted — or, worse, turned intoweapons,” Enderle added.”The BlackBerry SCMS is designed to ensure the benefits of the formerwithout incurring the risks of the latter,” he explained. “It is tomake sure these systems are always used for rather than against usby a hostile outside entity.” Security between vehicles will become increasingly important, as connectedvehicles use various applications to exchange information, according to the United States Department of Transportation, such as information about roadway infrastructure, traffic management, and other data that onboard sensors can’t always detect.SCMS, which is based on BlackBerry’s Certicom technology,is designed to offer a secure and reliable hosted Public KeyInfrastructure (PKI) that can manage certificates on behalf of anorganization or even an entire ecosystem.The system also is designed to scale in order to support national as well astransnational deployments, BlackBerry said, which could allow OEMs as well as publicofficials to take advantage of what the company described as a turnkeycloud-based service for vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2X) certificateissuance and lifecycle management.”The future of autonomous vehicles cannot be realized untilintelligent transportation systems are put in place,” said BlackBerry CEO John Chen.”By removing barriers such as security, privacy and cost, we believeour SCMS service will help accelerate the many smart city andconnected vehicle pilot programs taking place around the world,” he added. From Ottawa and Beyond Through BlackBerry’s partnership with Invest Ottawa, the first pilot program will take place in the aforementioned private AV test track beginning early next year.The test tracks will utilize emerging technologies, including 5Gnetworks, with existing city infrastructure — such as traffic lightsand pedestrian walkways.”Our integrated public and private AV test tracks are equipped withGPS, DSRC, WiFi, 4G/LTE and 5G, making this the first AV testenvironment of its kind in North America,” said Kelly Daize, directorof the CAV Program at Invest Ottawa.”We look forward to leveraging the world-class security and analyticcapabilities of BlackBerry,” Daize added, “and making them available to innovators,firms, and regions to accelerate the secure deployment of AVs,Intelligent Transportation Systems, and smart cities.”From this first pilot program, BlackBerry hopes to encourage othercompanies and communities to take advantage of the free SCMS service.”What we’re doing today is expanding the market for connected vehiclepilots,” said Jim Alfred, head of Certicom for BlackBerry.The goal is to encourage smart cities, as well as OEMs to work withBlackBerry, he added. The Importance of Connectivity Secure V2V Communication Even if the automakers remained focused on vehicle sensors, machinelearning, and AI to handle the daily grind of driving, the connectivitywith smart cities should help autonomous vehicles come to fruition sooner.”Now as far as the need for the vehicles to talk to the city as wellas each other, this is necessary to optimize the system,” said Enderle. “No matter how good the system in the car is, it’s limited by what itcan see and operate — same as a human.”In addition to making driving safer, handing management to a connectednetwork of systems also could reduce congestion on the roads.”If it is networked, then the car becomes a component of the whole, andoverall traffic can be rerouted dynamically and coupled with trafficlight timing. Congestion can be massively reduced, and wait times atlights all but eliminated,” Enderle explained.This approach could be tailored to first responders, who could bedirected accordingly, so that police, fire and medical responsiveness would beincreased. The system also could be used to surround and slowescaping criminals or terrorists.”In other words, the cars could be used in concert to address issues,”said Enderle. “For instance, say the city needed to evacuate an areaquickly. Cars not in use in other parts of the city could be rerouted to the scene — with the prior approval of their owners — and coordinated electronically. That would optimize the evacuation, shifting lane use dynamically to maximize the speed of initial inbound help and then outbound escape, and safely overriding traffic speed laws for theduration of the problem.”This understanding of what a connected infrastructure could mean reinforces the importance of keeping it secure. Hackers literally could bring cities to a standstill or worse!center_img BlackBerry clearly aims to be an early pioneer in the developmentof back-end technology related to smart cities, but given that vehicle deployment is still in the very early stages, and few communities have expressed interest in smartening up, is the company jumping the gun?”There are differing perspectives on how soon we will see thisinfrastructure deployed,” said Egil Juliussen, Ph.D., director ofresearch at IHS Automotive Technology.”There is no question that the connectivity between smart cities andvehicles would help, but so far we’ve seen that the automakers aren’trelying on the smart cities to be developed,” he toldTechNewsWorld. “However, at the same time the smart cities are still the most likelyto be the first places where will see autonomous vehicles head to, asit will be easy to test and try out early versions.”For those reason it does make sense for BlackBerry to get involvedwith smart cities at this time.”They want to be an important player in the space, and it is a shrewdmove for them to offer this technology for free,” said Juliussen. “Itpositions them well for volume when the time comes, and this will helpthem become established as a leading vendor.” Peter Suciu has been an ECT News Network reporter since 2012. His areas of focus include cybersecurity, mobile phones, displays, streaming media, pay TV and autonomous vehicles. He has written and edited for numerous publications and websites, including Newsweek, Wired and Peter. BlackBerry’s Strong Backend BlackBerry this week introduced its new Security CredentialManagement System.SCMS — a free service for the public and privatesectors — could encourage efforts to develop autonomous andconnected vehicle pilot programs.Waterloo, Ontario-based BlackBerry, which in recent years has pivoted from its past business built around mobile handsets, undertook development of this technologyto provide the critical infrastructure for vehicles and traffic lightsto exchange information securely.The service will see its first use in conjunction with Invest Ottawa,where it will be used in a 16-kilometer vehicle test track that ismeant to resemble a miniature city, complete with pavementmarkings, traffic lights, stop signs and pedestrian crosswalks.BlackBerry said it will waive any service fees for this new product. The company likely hopes to gain the trust of automakers, as well as local governments that are involved in the development of smart city infrastructure.”Vehicles need to be able to securely communicate with other vehicles,infrastructure and a plethora of smart devices,” said Mark Wilson,chief marketing officer at BlackBerry, during a press call on Monday.The future of autonomous vehicles will relyon a connected infrastructure that will also require security, BlackBerry emphasized.Security is one area in which the company has excelled, even as its share ofthe mobile device market diminished.”We’re focused on securing every connected thing, whether it is a caror an entire city,” added Wilson, “BlackBerry’s footprint intransportation has never been stronger.” Just as BlackBerry established itself as the market leader forsecure communications in the business communications space, SCMS couldfill a similar role. Given that there isn’t an Apple- orGoogle-powered device to displace it this time around, BlackBerry couldremain dominant — unless, of course, other companies release competingtechnology to secure the back end in the V2X space.”There is always some risk in that, but eventually the software willbe able to move beyond platforms,” said IHS Automotive Technology’sJuliussen. “With autonomous systems, cybersecurity is one of thetoughest problems, so BlackBerry getting involved now shows that theyhave strong cybersecurity platforms.” Smarter Cities or Carslast_img read more

Moffitt researcher awarded World Molecular Imaging Societys highest honor

first_imgReviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Sep 27 2018Robert Gillies, Ph.D., chair of the Department of Cancer Physiology and vice chair of Radiology Research at Moffitt Cancer Center, was awarded the World Molecular Imaging Society’s highest honor. The 2018 Gold Medal Award recognizes his contributions to the field of molecular imaging. The award was presented to Gillies earlier this month at the World Molecular Imaging Congress in Seattle.Related StoriesMultispectral imaging system for rapid assessment of uniform and non-homogeneous samplesMathematical model helps quantify metastatic cell behaviorCUIMC selects MILabs for upgrades to its molecular imaging capabilitiesGillies’ career successes have led to new understandings of the development and progression of cancer, as well as new cancer treatment options. His research approach focuses on one theme — understanding cancers as complex, heterogeneous and dynamic systems. This has allowed him and his team to investigate cancer through multiple approaches including radiomics and cellular biology.His most recent work, published in Nature Communications, provides insight on how the metabolism and pH environments inside and outside of cancer cells contribute to disease growth. Further study in this area, including lowering the pH inside cells, could lead to new therapeutic approaches.Gillies joined Moffitt in 2008. He has received numerous awards, including Moffitt’s Researcher of the Year in 2012. He is a past president of the World Molecular Imaging Society and founding member and chair of the Molecular Imaging study section at the National Institutes of Health.​ Source: read more

Microsoft Hardens Latest Windows Version Against Hackers

first_imgWhile Microsoft is making good progress in hardening the Windows kernel, it could improve the operating system’s security in other areas, too. One of those areas is third-party applications and components.”While it’s trying to ensure that its operating system is secure, it still depends on Flash, Java and other pieces of software. At the end of the day, the security of the system is going to depend on all the pieces, not just what Microsoft ships,” Malwarebytes’ Segura observed.”You can have an OS that’s safe, but if you have an outdated Flash plug-in, you can still get infected,” he pointed out.Hackers also are exploiting Microsoft Office documents.”Microsoft needs to tighten up legacy code like macros — either disable it or sandbox it,” Segura said. Nevertheless, the security improvements in the new Windows 10 Anniversary Update are worthwhile for consumers.”This is great news for users,” said Jerome Segura, a senior security researcher for Malwarebytes.”Microsoft is addressing zero days and exploits in general by sandboxing a lot of the components in the operating system,” he told TechNewsWorld.Sandboxing is a technique used to isolate activity in a space where it can be observed without affecting its surroundings. If it behaves badly in the sandbox, then it won’t be allowed to play with the other parts of a system.Sandbox techniques were used in Windows 10 to neutralize an exploit that used corrupt fonts to gain escalated privileges on a system, Microsoft’s Oh and Florio explained. Escalated privileges allow an intruder greater freedom to roam and access data on a network. For the most effective post-breach protection, customers should sign up for Windows Defender ATP, Oh and Florio suggested, a service that is available only to users of Windows Enterprise E5.That appears to be a departure from how Windows security was treated in the past, observed Michael Cherry, an analyst with Directions on Microsoft.When Microsoft launched its Trustworthy Computing initiative in 2002, there was a commitment to making all versions of Windows equally secure, he recalled.”Now, what Microsoft is saying in a subtle way,” Cherry told TechNewsWorld, is that “to be the most secure on Windows, you should be using Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection — but we’re saving that for our best customers, our customers willing to pay for the enterprise edition. That’s a big change that’s happening in Windows security.” What Users Get Microsoft has fortified the latest version of Windows to make it more secure than previous editions, but the strongest protections will be available only to those willing to pay a steep price for them.Windows 10 Anniversary Update has introduced many mitigation techniques in core Windows components and the Microsoft Edge browser, helping protect customers from entire classes of exploits for very recent and even undisclosed vulnerabilities, Matt Oh and Elia Florio of Microsoft’s Windows Defender ATP Research Team wrote in an online post last week.Countering unidentified vulnerabilities — also known as “zero day” vulnerabilities — is particularly important because they are a powerful tool used to penetrate systems and steal data by attackers, especially those working for nation-states.Rather than focus on a single vulnerability, Microsoft is focusing on mitigation techniques that counter classes of exploits, Oh and Florio explained.”As a result, these mitigation techniques are significantly reducing attack surfaces that would have been available to future Zero-Day exploits,” they wrote. Paying for Protectioncenter_img As Windows security improves, will it threaten the security ecosystem that has grown up around the OS?”Ultimately, Microsoft’s new anti-exploit features in Windows calls into question the value of legacy antivirus protections,” said Simon Crosby, CTO of Bromium.”However, it is important to note that relatively few enterprises use Windows 10 yet, so any Microsoft mitigation in Windows 10 that fails to address the legacy Windows installed base cannot address threats targeting [the security ecosystem],” he told TechNewsWorld.Windows users still need to use antivirus programs, added Jack E. Gold, founder and principal analyst with J.Gold Associates.”Microsoft is pushing its antivirus program,” he told TechNewsWorld, “so it’s not saying you don’t need antivirus anymore.” Room for Improvement Threat to Security Vendors? John Mello is a freelance technology writer and contributor to Chief Security Officer magazine. You can connect with him on Google+.last_img read more

The One Man Who Could Save Intel

first_imgWrapping Up: The CEO Who Could Save Intel Sometimes I wonder if boards think CEO is a throwaway job. Considering that boards used to have a ton of ex-CEOs on them, and given the historic bad choices that have badly hurt or destroyed companies, you’d think someone would have developed a decent process to pick a good CEO.IBM, which just reported impressively good earnings, might be a good place to start if you were looking for one, given that it has done this, largely successfully, for a century. It identified candidates early, and you can see the impressive results from its training in Lisa Su’s execution at AMD.You’d think that firms at least would learn from their mistakes. Old HP picked Carly Fiorina, who was a train wreck for the firm, then went to Mark Hurd who (before being fired) showcased that relevant skills were critical, and then followed him with Leo Apotheker and Meg Whitman — neither of whom had the requisite skills. (Ironically, when HP was spun out from HPE, Dion Weisler, Whitman’s pick, turned out to be excellent.)Yahoo went from disaster CEO to disaster CEO and finally was sold for a small fraction of what it was worth.Intel now seems to have the second bad CEO since founder Andy Grove left the company, and I can’t imagine what the heck Andy Bryant (Intel’s chairman), was thinking in selecting and keeping Brian Krzanich at the helm.In addition to Andy Bryant, there are three people on Intel’s board who should know better: Aneel Bhusri, who runs an HR firm; Reed E. Hundt, who provides strategic advice; and Gregory D. Smith, CFO and EVP for performance and strategy at Boeing. I wonder if they think they won’t be held accountable if Intel fails?Sqoop sent me an alert on Krzanich’s SEC 4 filing for his problematic US$25M stock sale confirming he massively changed the amount of stock he was going to sell after he knew of the huge Intel security problem but before it was disclosed to the rest of us.With an increasing number of folks suggesting Brian Krzanich should step down, I think it’s likely he will be gone by mid-year, and I have a suggestion for who should replace him.I’ll close with my product of the week: a new (to me) tool that helped me write this piece: Sqoop. In an era of fake news, it is a reliable public data search and alerting service. Intel is a mess, but it got there largely due to bad CEO choices. What I think is particularly sad is that Paul Otellini, Brian’s predecessor, was a far better CEO for Intel than Brian Krzanich is. Sadly, like many CEOs forced out of their jobs, Paul died last year. Something else that should concern us more is the number of CEOs who decline rapidly after they leave that job.Intel needs its heart back. The last few years have seen a massive purge of loyal Intel employees and executives, the destruction of much of Intel’s support structure, and an excessive focus on litigation over execution (Qualcomm and threatened against Microsoft).Intel needs someone who can come in and restore the company’s ability to execute without further disruption.There is only one person who has both the experience and the pedigree to do this. That person is Pat Gelsinger, whom I’ve often thought of as the heart of old Intel.Gelsinger was Intel’s first CTO. He drove much of the initial wave of cool PCs, and developed one of Intel’s iconic processors. I know him, and he is both one of the most capable and conscientious executives I’ve ever met.Currently he is running VMware, and given how he was treated at Intel I have my doubts whether his wife would support his returning — but I know Pat still cares about the company, and he has both the experience and compassion to get Intel back to becoming a firm that can execute rather than one that is being destroyed from within.I can almost hear every existing and past Intel employee chanting, “Help us Pat Gelsinger, you are our only hope.” Rob Enderle has been an ECT News Network columnist since 2003. His areas of interest include AI, autonomous driving, drones, personal technology, emerging technology, regulation, litigation, M&E, and technology in politics. He has undergrad degrees in merchandising and manpower management, and an MBA in human resources, marketing and computer science. He is also a certified management accountant. Enderle currently is president and principal analyst of the Enderle Group. He formerly served as a senior research fellow at Giga Information Group and Forrester. Email Rob. There has been a high correlation between folks who become CEOs and a mental deficiency termed “psychopath.” The incidence rate is around 4x the general population. (As a group, CEOs have more than any other job title.)Psychopaths lack the behavior controls and tender feelings the rest of us take for granted. This behavioral problem actually can be an asset if the firm is on the ropes and large numbers of folks have to be laid off in order for it to survive. The guilt could cripple a normal CEO.However, if the firm isn’t in distress, this behavioral problem can put the firm in distress. The problematic CEO can focus excessively on personal benefits, elimination of perceived rivals, and cost cutting until the firm fails.Because of this, I think executives with this behavioral problem should be weeded out of the executive pool, as they’ll likely do their firms more damage than good over the course of their careers.Empathy is critical to any effective manager, and layoffs should be hard. Doing a lot of them can crush a company culture and destroy the firm’s ability to execute.Psychopaths tend to revel in being cruel and often are defined by angry outbursts that are triggered if anyone questions their status. Natural rule-breakers, they often get in trouble with affairs, are caught doing insider trading or misappropriating company assets, and tend to be scandal magnets. They are known to cover up past indiscretions and inflate their accomplishments.What is problematic is that when they become CEOs, they often think that whatever controls they used early in their careers no longer apply, and they go off the rails.Sadly, this means that their psychopathic behavior may not be that obvious while they are working up in the organization but can be incredibly obvious once they are in the job of CEO.You’d think that boards would have a process to weed out psychopaths from their CEO pools so that rather than being 4x the norm, psychopaths would be even less common in CEO ranks than in the general population.However, psychopaths are good at getting rid of the CEOs above them and eliminating any competition for the job. Finally, they are extremely good at dodging blame. Wherever the buck stops, it never stops at their desk — particularly when the problem is their fault. While there are psychopath tests (by the way, if you just look at this test you can see the kind of mindset that quickly identifies as a psychopath), it is doubtful you’ll be able to get a candidate to take one honestly rather than game it. You can game psychiatrists as well, so that isn’t a reliable measure (though I sure would use one just to protect my own butt were I on Intel’s board).Red flags include things like an open marriage, no kids or a lack of connection to their children, history of infidelity or multiple marriages, a lack of loyalty to their current employer, a willingness to break rules to get the job, excessive focus on compensation, and a near psychic ability to tell you what you wanted to hear. You might also look to see if they mentored subordinates or protected superiors.Once in the job, if you get a CEO who was hired to take the firm to smartphones and diversify, but instead kills the related efforts (smartphones, wearables, makers etc.) and then sells every share of stock he has in a sequence that looks both like insider trading and total lack of confidence in the company he is running, then it is time for a new CEO. Just saying.center_img Given how many top executives have been losing their jobs due to sexual abuse, often related to filed law suits, just the litigation coverage alone is incredibly helpful and can lead to a better story or better protected investment.Today, more than ever, we need good sources for real facts, not fake news. That’s what Sqoop is, and that makes it my product of the week. We are surrounded by fake news. For a lot of us who write and invest, fake news can get us in a ton of trouble.When I was thinking about what to write this week, I got an alert from Sqoop that provided the actual Form 4 disclosures for Brian Krzanich that showcase what may be insider trading. (I’m an ex-internal auditor, and things like this really torque me off).Once you set up your profile, Sqoop emails you alerts on litigation, stock filings, and other documented information on the companies you cover or invest in. Avoiding the Psychopath CEO Warning Signslast_img read more

Womens Health Research at Yale calls on government committee to revise its

first_img Source: Reviewed by Kate Anderton, B.Sc. (Editor)Jan 6 2019Women’s Health Research at Yale (WHRY) is calling on a government committee to revise its report on a coordinated response to the opioid epidemic so that it reflects the unique needs of women.In a commentary published in the peer-reviewed journal Biology of Sex Differences, WHRY Director Carolyn M. Mazure, Ph.D., and Jill Becker, Ph.D., chair of the Biopsychology Area of the University of Michigan Psychology Department, detailed the laboratory, clinical, and epidemiological evidence showing the need for the report to endorse and encourage the research of sex and gender differences. They argued such data is necessary to generate gender-based interventions that more fully address the opioid epidemic.Related StoriesAMSBIO offers new, best-in-class CAR-T cell range for research and immunotherapyPDFNJ campaign emphasizes the hazards of prescription opioidsResearch sheds light on sun-induced DNA damage and repair”All data must be reported by sex and gender so that gender-specific treatment and prevention strategies derived from this research are provided to practitioners and the public,” the authors said. “We encourage biomedical researchers and clinical care providers, as well as the public, to insist that a successful response to the opioid crisis should highlight the importance of understanding sex and gender differences in the current opioid epidemic.”Mazure and Becker noted that the draft report of the White House National Science and Technology Council’s Fast-Track Action Committee (FTAC) created to respond to the opioid crisis does include important concerns about maternal and neonatal exposure to opioids. But they said the draft, released in October, overlooks significant and growing data on sex and gender differences in opioid use disorder (OUD). For example, they wrote that women are more likely than men to be prescribed and use opioid analgesics and that females and males experience pain and the effects of opioids differently.In addition, women more quickly develop addictions after first using addictive substances, and women are more likely than men to relapse after a quit attempt.The authors also described how women with opioid addiction are more likely than men to have experienced early trauma and have been diagnosed with depression. And women with opioid addiction suffer greater functional impairment in their lives, impacting their ability to work, secure steady housing, and — because women are more often family caretakers — avoid negative effects on children.”Our experimental models will not begin to yield the desired information until they employ appropriate models that include both females and males, and our clinical and epidemiological investigations will not uncover needed data until both women and men are studied,” the authors said. “A successful response to the opioid crisis will only be found when scientists, practitioners and the public incorporate the essential importance of understanding sex and gender differences into the solution for OUD.”last_img read more

PFAS chemicals pass through the placenta to fetal tissues throughout pregnancy

first_imgReviewed by Alina Shrourou, B.Sc. (Editor)Jan 30 2019In a study published in Environment International researchers at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden show how PFAS industrial chemicals, which are used in many consumer products, pass through the placenta throughout pregnancy to accumulate in fetal tissue. Further research is now needed to ascertain the effect that highly persistent PFAS chemicals have on the fetus.The PFAS (perfluoroalkyl substances) group comprises thousands of human-made chemicals, which, thanks to their water- and grease-resistant properties, are used in everything from frying pans and food packaging to clothes, cleaning agents and firefighting foams.”We’ve focused on six of these PFAS substances and found that all appear to the same extent in fetal tissue as in the placenta,” says Richelle Duque Björvang, doctoral student at the Department of Clinical Science, Intervention and Technology, Karolinska Institutet. “So when the baby is born, it already has a build-up of these chemicals in the lungs, liver, brain, and elsewhere in the body.”Related StoriesExercise during pregnancy can promote bone health of both mother and childPregnant women with migraine more often have complications during pregnancy and childbirthMaternal obesity may negatively affect children’s lung developmentPFAS levels were highest in the lung and liver tissue, in some cases as high as in adults, and lowest in the brain. The study included tissue samples from 78 embryos and fetuses aged 7 to 42 weeks, sourced from biobanks in Sweden and Denmark.Amongst the six PFAS substances studied were PFOS and PFOA, which are the best known. PFOS was banned by the EU in 2008, and at the start of the year the European Food Safety Authority sharpened its appraisal of PFOS and PFOA and lowered the tolerable daily intake thousandfold.”This shows how important it is for more research to be done on the health effects of different chemicals, especially in the longer term,” says Pauliina Damdimopoulou, senior researcher at the Department of Clinical Science, Intervention and Technology. “Today’s threshold values are based on an adult population rather than fetuses, which are much more susceptible.”The accumulation of PFAS substances was also higher in male fetuses than female.”We know that there are slight differences in the function of the placenta depending on the sex of the fetus, which is something we need to do more studies on in relation to impact on fetal chemical exposures,” says Dr Damdimopoulou. “We also need to find out what effects these substances have on different fetal organs.”PFAS substances have been used since the early 1900s and are ubiquitous in our environment.”The main source of PFAS substances today is food, in the form of fish, milk, meat and eggs, or in the drinking water, if you happen to live in a polluted area,” continues Dr Damdimopoulou. “We ingest them as a cocktail of substances that can also interact with each other. It would be in line with the precautionary principle in the restriction of chemical substances to make sure that all PFAS substances disappear from our society.” Source: read more

Study Measles outbreaks may become more frequent if vaccination rates continue to

first_imgReviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Apr 19 2019WHAT: In 2000, measles was declared to be eliminated in the United States, when no sustained transmission of the virus was seen in this country for more than 12 months. Today, however, the United States and many other countries that had also eliminated the disease are experiencing concerning outbreaks of measles because of declines in measles vaccine coverage. Without renewed focus on measles vaccination efforts, the disease may rebound in full force, according to a new commentary in the New England Journal of Medicine by infectious diseases experts at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health, and the Penn State University College of Medicine’s Milton S. Hershey Medical Center.Measles is an extremely contagious illness transmitted through respiratory droplets and aerosolized particles that can remain in the air for up to two hours. Most often seen in young children, the disease is characterized by fever, malaise, nasal congestion, conjunctivitis, cough and a red, splotchy rash. Most people with measles recover without complications within a week. However, for infants, people with immune deficiencies, and other vulnerable populations, the consequences of a measles infection can be severe. Rare complications can occur, including pneumonia, encephalitis, other secondary infections, blindness and even death. Before the measles vaccine was developed, the disease killed between two and three million people annually worldwide. Today, measles still causes more than 100,000 deaths globally each year.Measles can be prevented with a vaccine that is both highly effective and safe. Each complication and death related to measles is a “preventable tragedy that could have been avoided through vaccination,” the authors write. Some people are reluctant to vaccinate their children based on widespread misinformation about the vaccine. For example, they may fear that the vaccine raises their child’s risk of autism, a falsehood based on a debunked and fraudulent claim. A very small number of people have valid medical contraindications to the measles vaccine, such as certain immunodeficiencies, but almost everyone can be safely vaccinated.Related StoriesHow measles detectives work to contain an outbreakExperts Suggest Compulsory Measles Vaccination in Children Could Prevent EpidemicNew statement lays down recommendations to combat fall in vaccination ratesWhen levels of vaccine coverage fall, the weakened umbrella of protection provided by herd immunity–indirect protection that results when a sufficiently high percentage of the community is immune to the disease–places unvaccinated young children and immunocompromised people at greater risk. This can have disastrous consequences with measles. The authors describe a case in which a single child with measles infected 23 other children in a pediatric oncology clinic, with a fatality rate of 21 percent.If vaccination rates continue to decline, measles outbreaks may become even more frequent, a prospect the authors describe as “alarming.” This is particularly confounding, they note, since measles is one of the most easily prevented contagious illnesses. In fact, it is possible to eliminate and even eradicate the disease. However, they say, achieving this goal will require collective action on the part of parents and healthcare practitioners alike. Source: read more

Deeplearning model better predicts survival outcomes for lung cancer

first_img Source: Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Apr 22 2019Bottom Line: A deep-learning model developed using serial image scans of tumors from patients with non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) predicted treatment response and survival outcomes better than standard clinical parameters.Journal in Which the Study was Published: Clinical Cancer Research, a journal of the American Association for Cancer ResearchAuthor: Hugo Aerts, PhD, director of the Computational and Bioinformatics Laboratory at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and an associate professor at Harvard University.Background: “Our research demonstrates that deep-learning models integrating routine imaging scans obtained at multiple time points can improve predictions of survival and cancer-specific outcomes for lung cancer,” said Aerts. “By comparison, a standard clinical model relying on stage, gender, age, tumor grade, performance, smoking status, and tumor size could not reliably predict two-year survival or treatment response.”Lung cancer is the most common cancer and the leading cause of cancer death worldwide. NSCLC accounts for about 85 percent of all lung cancers. The standard assessment for diagnosis and response to therapy for these patients relies heavily on the measurement of maximum tumor diameter, which is susceptible to variations in interpretation between observers and over time.How the Study Was Conducted: To see if they could extract more predictive insights as cancers evolve, Aerts and colleagues built deep-learning models. They transferred learning from ImageNet, a neural network created by researchers at Princeton University and Stanford University that identifies a wide range of ordinary objects from the most relevant features, and trained their models using serial CT scans of 179 patients with stage 3 NSCLC who had been treated with chemoradiation. They included up to four images per patient obtained routinely before treatment and at one, three, and six months after treatment for a total of 581 images.Related StoriesSugary drinks linked to cancer finds studySpecial blood test may predict relapse risk for breast cancer patientsStudy: Nearly a quarter of low-risk thyroid cancer patients receive more treatment than necessaryThe investigators analyzed the model’s ability to make significant cancer outcome predictions with two datasets: the training dataset of 581 images and an independent validation dataset of 178 images from 89 patients with non-small cell lung cancer who had been treated with chemoradiation and surgery.Results: The models’ performance improved with the addition of each follow-up scan. The area under the curve, a meaure of the model’s accuracy, for predicting two-year survival based on pretreatment scans alone was 0.58, which improved significantly to 0.74 after adding all available follow-up scans. Patients classed as having low risk for mortality by the model had six-fold improved overall survival compared with those classed as having high risk.Compared with the clinical model that utilizes parameters of stage, gender, age, tumor grade, performance, smoking status, and clinical tumor size, the deep-learning model was more efficient in predicting distant metastasis, progression, and local regional recurrence.Author’s Comments: “Radiology scans are captured routinely from lung cancer patients during follow-up examinations and are already digitized data forms, making them ideal for artificial intelligence applications,” said Aerts. “Deep-learning models that quantitatively track changes in lesions over time may help clinicians tailor treatment plans for individual patients and help stratify patients into different risk groups for clinical trials.”Study Limitations: The main limitation of this proof-of-principle research is that it needs to be expanded with more data and evaluated in prospective clinical trials, said Aerts.last_img read more

Asias diabetes epidemic increases risk of death among women middleaged people

first_imgReviewed by Alina Shrourou, B.Sc. (Editor)Apr 22 2019Diabetes has reached epidemic proportions in Asia and has dramatically increased the risk of premature death, especially among women and middle-aged people, a multinational study led by Vanderbilt University researchers has found.There is an urgent need to implement diabetes management programs tailored to Asian populations, the researchers reported today april 19 in JAMA Network Open, a journal of the American Medical Association.”We found that patients with diabetes are at a substantially elevated risk of premature death, and the risk associated with diabetes is much higher than that reported by most previous studies conducted in the United States and Europe,” said the study’s corresponding author, Wei Zheng, MD, MPH, PhD, director of the Vanderbilt Epidemiology Center.China and India have the highest diabetes burdens in the world. Throughout Asia, more than 230 million people are living with diabetes. Given the increased prevalence of obesity and rapid adoption of a Westernized lifestyle in Asia, that figure is expected to exceed 355 million by 2040.The Vanderbilt-led research team pooled 22 prospective cohort studies in multiple countries from mainland China to Bangladesh that participate in the Asia Cohort Consortium. More than 1 million individuals were followed for an average of 12.6 years.The study, conducted by researchers from across Asia and the United States, is the largest prospective investigation of the impact of diabetes on all-cause and cause-specific mortality among Asian populations.Diabetes was associated with a nearly twofold increase in the risk of death from all causes. The highest relative risk of death was due to diabetes itself, followed by kidney disease, coronary heart disease and ischemic stroke.Related StoriesResearchers highlight need to intensify diabetes screening among older patients with HIVIntermittent fasting may protect against type 2 diabetesNew biomaterial could encapsulate and protect implanted insulin-producing cellsThe diabetes-related risk of death from all causes was particularly high for women and patients who were diagnosed with diabetes when they were middle-aged adults. Surprisingly, the relative risk of death due to diabetes itself was much stronger among underweight people than among those who were overweight.This result is particularly relevant for certain racial and ethnic groups in the United States, including Asian Americans, who are more susceptible to insulin resistance and are at higher risk of developing diabetes at a relatively lower obesity level than are people of European ancestry.Whether this may increase their risk of premature death once they develop diabetes has not yet been determined, said Zheng, the Anne Potter Wilson Professor of Medicine in the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine.Lack of access to diabetes care in Asia may contribute to the unusually higher risk of premature death among diabetes patients in the study, the researchers added.Many Asian patients, especially women and underweight patients, may not be able to achieve good blood glucose control due to a lack of access to insulin and other anti-diabetic medications, health care services or education in managing their disease, they concluded.This is also a problem in the United States. “Even in developed Western countries,” the researchers said, “a substantial fraction of diabetes patients, particularly those from underserved populations, do not receive optimal care or adhere to recommended treatment.” Source: read more

Nigerian ISPs configuration error disrupted Google services

first_img Prior to MainOne’s explanation Tuesday, there was speculation that Monday’s 74-minute data hijacking might have been intentional. Google’s search, cloud hosting and collaborative business tools were among services disrupted.”Everyone is pretty confident that nothing untoward took place,” MainOne spokeman Tayo Ashiru said.The type of traffic misdirection involved can knock essential services offline and facilitate espionage and financial theft. They can also be used to block access to information by sending data into internet black holes. Experts say China, in particular, has systematically hijacked and diverted U.S. internet traffic.But the problem can also result from human error. That’s what Ashiru said happened to MainOne, a major west African ISP. He said engineers mistakenly forwarded to China Telecom addresses for Google services that were supposed to be local. The Chinese company, in turn, sent along the bad data to Russia’s TransTelecom, a major internet presence. Ashiru said MainOne did not yet understand why China Telecom did that, as the state-run company normally doesn’t allow Google traffic on its network.The traffic diversion into China created a detour with a dead end, preventing users from accessing the affected Google services, said Alex Henthorn-Iwane, an executive at the network-intelligence company ThousandEyes.He said Monday’s incident offered yet another lesson in the internet’s susceptibility to “unpredictable and destabilizing events. If this could happen to a company with the scale and resources available that Google has, realize it could happen to anyone.”The diversion, known as gateway protocol hijacking, is built into the internet, which was designed for collaboration by trusted parties—not competition by hostile nation-states. Experts say it is fixable but that would require investments in encrypted routers that the industry has resisted .ThousandEyes said the diversion at minimum made Google’s search and business collaboration tools difficult or impossible to reach and “put valuable Google traffic in the hands of ISPs in countries with a long history of Internet surveillance.”However, most network traffic to Google services—94 percent as of Oct. 27—is encrypted, which shields it from prying eyes even if diverted. Google said in a statement that “access to some Google services was impacted” but did not further quantify the disruption.Google said it had no reason to believe the traffic hijacking was malicious.Indeed, the phenomenon has occurred before. Google was briefly afflicted in 2015 when an Indian provider stumbled. In perhaps the best-known case, Pakistan Telecom inadvertently hijacked YouTube’s global traffic in 2008 for a few hours when it was trying to enforce a domestic ban. It sent all YouTube traffic into a virtual ditch in Pakistan.In two recent cases, such rerouting has affected financial sites. In April 2017, one affected MasterCard and Visa among other sites. This past April, another hijacking enabled cryptocurrency theft . A Nigerian internet service provider said Tuesday that a configuration error it made during a network upgrade caused a disruption of key Google services, routing traffic to China and Russia. In this Monday, Nov. 5, 2018, photo, a woman carries a fire extinguisher past the logo for Google at the China International Import Expo in Shanghai. Internet traffic hijacking disrupted several Google services Monday, Nov. 12, 2018, including search and cloud-hosting services. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan) Explore further Internet traffic hijack disrupts Google servicescenter_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Citation: Nigerian ISP’s configuration error disrupted Google services (2018, November 13) retrieved 17 July 2019 from © 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.last_img read more

French Renault workers unmoved as CEO Ghosn faces trial in Japan

first_img The then Nissan Motor president Carlos Ghosn speaking to reporters in 2013 Renault board maintains Ghosn as CEO, says pay was legal Explore further “He’s rolling in gold and doesn’t increase pay for his employees,” said Gwenaelle Degenge, an apprentice painter at Renault’s factory in Flins, about an hour’s drive northeast of Paris.”If it’s true that he swindled this money, I’m thinking he could have given some of it to us,” she said.Other employees who spoke with AFP during a midday lunch break and shift change Tuesday said they were just waiting to learn their CEO’s fate.”Personally, I have other things to worry about,” said Betty as she headed out for a sandwich at a shop bearing the French flag alongside that of the Paris-Saint-Germain football club.”It bothered some of my colleagues a bit, we laughed about it for a while but afterwards, we just don’t know” about the claims against Ghosn while he was also running Nissan.The 64-year-old executive told the Tokyo court he had been “wrongly accused” of a range of financial misdeeds, notably suspicions he under-declared some five billion yen ($44 million) from his salary over five years.Detained since his arrest in Tokyo in September, Ghosn appeared much thinner, with his family saying he has lost nearly 20 kilograms (44 pounds).”I don’t think workers will be too upset that Ghosn has lost weight,” said union official Philippe Gommard.”On the contrary, given how employees work in this factory, their working conditions, and given how he is seen as always asking for more while always taking more for himself, I don’t think anyone here will miss him,” he said. Pedestrians pass a screen displaying a sketch of former Nissan chief Carlos Ghosn in the Tokyo courtroom on Tuesday As Renault’s chief executive Carlos Ghosn made his first appearance in a Japanese court Tuesday over salary fraud charges, few of the carmaker’s French workers were rushing to his defence.center_img ‘Just trying to make a living’Despite being stripped of his Nissan chairmanship, Ghosn remains chief of Renault—in which the French state owns a 15 percent stake—though it has named a deputy CEO to oversee daily operations.”Obviously, if this situation continues we’ll have to draw the consequences, but for now there’s a presumption of innocence which must be respected,” French Transport Minister Elisabeth Borne told France Info radio on Tuesday.But with little details emerging so far of the charges against him, and a Japan trial still likely months away, doubts are rising about his potential to remain at the Renault helm.”Even with Ghosn in prison, the company is still doing fine,” said Philippe Gommard, a CGT union official at Flins said.But if he does end up quitting Renault’s board, “employees aren’t going to regret it,” he said.Not everyone agreed: Before heading home for the day, Moustapha Adjaoui said he was “surprised” by the claims against Ghosn, adding that “it’s a shame to see someone in handcuffs, no matter who. For him and his family.””In any case, he did a lot of good here, and he revived Nissan,” he said.Others were just ready to wait and see, hopeful the company would emerge unscathed from the Franco-Japanese turbulence.”I’m just trying to make a living, all the rest isn’t my problem,” said a worker who gave his name only as Said. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Citation: French Renault workers unmoved as CEO Ghosn faces trial in Japan (2019, January 8) retrieved 17 July 2019 from © 2019 AFPlast_img read more

TN Govt starts distribution of sand imported from Malaysia

first_img SHARE SHARE EMAIL SHARE COMMENT October 11, 2018 Tamil Nadu A long queue of trucks had lined up at Kamarajar port in Ennore, waiting to take delivery of imported river sand from Malaysia, which costs less than half the price of locally available sand.The first consignment of 56,750 tonnes imported from Malaysia cost ₹10,350 per unit (of 4.5 tonnes), according to information in the government website. The local sand costs ₹23,460 per tonne, said a builder.Since Monday, 120 trucks of imported sand were despatched out of the port with 100 trucks are booked for tomorrow, said sources in Kamarajar Port Ltd.In the first phase, 12,000 units of sand will be sold to the contractors.The sand can be booked via mobile app (TNsand) and also via website ( TNsand is an initiative of Public Works Department to enable online booking of river sand from mobile and Web. Anyone from the State can use this service to see the progress in the sand quarries and can book any number of loads of sand.The State government had originally planned to auction the imported sand but changed the plan to allow individual builders and contractors apply online. This is to ensure that not a single person or company has control over the entire lot and sells it to others at a higher price, said industry sources.The State government decided to import sand from Malaysia to address acute shortage of sand required for the construction industry.The ship with imported arrived from Pekan port arrived last month was berthed at Chettinad International Bulk Terminal. The sand was imported by IRVS Resources Pvt Ltd for the Public Works Department. The KPL has allotted an open land about 1.5 acres to South India Corporation Pvt Ltd for storage of river sand.In March, the PWD had floated tender seeking interest from private players to import nearly 5 lakh tonnes of sand at a cost of nearly ₹550 crore to tide over the shortage of sand to help the construction industry.center_img Published on Trucks waiting at the Kamarajar port to take delivery of imported natural river sand from Malaysia imports COMMENTSlast_img read more

Jesse Jackson and Jackson Jr Urge Pardon for Blagojevich

first_imgWASHINGTON—The Rev. Jesse Jackson and his oldest son, former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D., Ill.), have urged President Trump to pardon Rod Blagojevich, the former Illinois governor whose arrest on charges of trying to sell a Senate seat ensnared the younger Mr. Jackson. “We stand with his family as they seek a full pardon for a father and husband that has served most of a sentence that was far longer than the offense deserved,” the two said in a letter to the president dated last Friday. Mr. Blagojevich, a Democrat who served…last_img read more

RM925mil of 1MDB funds recovered says Lim

first_img“Efforts to recover the funds will continue to repay 1MDB’s debts amounting to RM51bil,” he said, adding that the amount included future interest payments guaranteed by the Federal Government. — Bernama Related News KUALA LUMPUR: A total of RM925.1mil of money related to 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) has been returned to the government to-date, says Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng.“A total of RM805.8mil was returned from the United States, of which RM567.8mil was from the sale of Park Lane Hotel in Man­hattan, New York, and RM238mil from Red Granite Pictures,” he said in a statement.Lim said RM92.3mil was reco­vered from Singapore and RM27mil was recovered locally, of which RM6.1mil was from the 1MDB Foundation and RM20.9mil from the company itself.“This is the result of the efforts by the authorities, including the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commi­ssion, police, the Attorney General’s Chambers and the cooperation of foreign authorities. Nation 09 Jul 2019 Najib’s 1MDB trial to start on Aug 19 World 09 Jul 2019 U.S. Attorney General Barr won’t recuse himself from New York case against Epstein-officialcenter_img Nation 08 Jul 2019 High Court rejects AG’s application to postpone Najib 1MDB trial, to start on Aug 19 {{category}} {{time}} {{title}} Related Newslast_img read more

Rich Energy shareholders fully committed to Haas F1 team

first_img Motorsport 10 Jul 2019 British Grand Prix secured with new Silverstone deal Motorsport 09 Jul 2019 Silverstone poised for new deal ahead of British Grand Prix Related News Related News Motorsport 11 Jul 2019 Haas F1 title sponsor Rich Energy terminates contractcenter_img The individual was not identified in the statement and nor were the shareholders.The statement said Rich Energy ‘wholeheartedly’ believed in the team, their performance, the organisation as a whole and were also ‘fully committed’ to keeping the current sponsorship agreement in place.Wednesday’s Tweet had declared: “Today @rich_energy terminated our contract with @HaasF1Team for poor performance. We aim to beat @redbullracing & being behind @WilliamsRacing in Austria is unacceptable.”The politics and PC (political correctness) attitude in @F1 is also inhibiting our business. We wish the team well.”Haas team principal Guenther Steiner said the Twitter announcement had come as a surprise but Rich Energy was “currently the title partner” and the branding would be staying on the race cars and transporters this weekend.”I would like to tell you more, I cannot,” he said, citing commercial confidentiality.”There’s a commercial agreement in place and I don’t want to do anything here about it. This is what is happening and we go from there.”Haas are ninth out of the 10 teams, albeit only six points behind sixth-placed Alfa Romeo. Danish driver Kevin Magnussen qualified fifth in Austria, the race before Silverstone, but finished 19th after a grid drop and drive-through penalty.In May Rich Energy lost a court case brought against it by Whyte Bikes for copyright infringement of its stag’s head logo, which has since been removed from the Formula One cars. (Reporting by Alan Baldwin, editing by Christian Radnedge) SILVERSTONE, England (Reuters) – Rich Energy shareholders said on Thursday they remained committed to the title sponsorship of the Haas Formula One team, a day after a post on Twitter had declared the contract terminated.In a statement issued by the U.S.-owned team ahead of Sunday’s British Grand Prix, they said the comments had been made by an unauthorised source.”Clearly the rogue actions of one individual have caused great embarrassment,” they said.”We are in the process of legally removing the individual from all executive responsibilities. They may speak for themselves but their views are not those of the company,” they added. {{category}} {{time}} {{title}}last_img read more

Chandrayaan2 Countdown begins

first_imgOther Videos from India 04:39 Mon, 15 Jul, 2019 Assam flood death toll reaches 11, Barpeta worst affected district 04:49 Mon, 15 Jul, 2019 Allahabad HC grants police protection to BJP MLA’s daughter Sakshi Misra 03:26 Mon, 15 Jul, 2019 India hands over dossier to Pakistan on possible attempts to disrupt Kartarpur Sahib pilgrimage 03:01 Mon, 15 Jul, 2019 Solan: 7 dead after building collapses, rescue operation underway 03:23 Mon, 15 Jul, 2019 Navjot Singh Sidhu resigns as Punjab Cabinet minister, writes to Rahul Gandhi 09:38 Mon, 15 Jul, 2019 Chandrayaan 2 moon mission launch called off after technical snag 04:10 Sun, 14 Jul, 2019 India-Pakistan Kartarpur Corridor talks successful, say officials 02:08 Sun, 14 Jul, 2019 Oh to be in BJP right now: Omar Abdullah on Navjot Singh’s resignation Load More Other Video CategoriesIndiaSportsWorldMoviesSo SorryTelevisionlast_img read more

Karnataka crisis Congress MLA Nagaraj hints at reconsidering resignation

first_img Press Trust of India BengaluruJuly 13, 2019UPDATED: July 13, 2019 16:06 IST Nagaraj said he had resigned due to certain “discontentment” and that there was disagreement in every political party. (Photo: ANI)As the Congress intensified efforts to woo back its disgruntled MLAs in Karnataka on Saturday, one of them hinted that he might consider withdrawing his resignation and also said he would try to persuade others.State Housing Minister and Hoskote MLA MTB Nagaraj, one of the 16 rebel Congress-JD(S) MLAs who resigned from the Assembly last week, dealing a blow to the coalition government, said senior Congress leaders, including former chief minister Siddaramiah, met him and asked him to withdraw his resignation.”Siddaramaiah and Dinesh Gundu Rao called me and requested me to withdraw the resignation and stay in the party. I have sought time to mull over it.”I told them I will speak to Chikkaballapura MLA Sudhakar and persuade him to withdraw his resignation. We are planning to stay here only,” Nagaraj told reporters.He was flanked by Deputy Chief Minister G Parameshwara, state Water Resource Minister D K Shivakumar and other Congress leaders.To a query on whether all the differences were sorted out, Nagaraj said he had resigned due to certain “discontentment” and that there was disagreement in every political party.”The party high-command is trying to persuade the MLAs. I will also try my best to help them in their efforts,” he added.Nagaraj then left for state Congress Legislature Party (CLP) leader Siddaramaiah’s residence.A day after Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy made a surprise announcement in the Assembly that he would seek a trust vote in the House, efforts were intensified by the ruling coalition to reach out to the rebel MLAs.Congress’s “troubleshooter” Shivakumar reached Nagaraj’s residence early Saturday morning and camped there for almost four-and-a-half hours, trying to pacify the Hoskote MLA.Subsequently, Parameshwara too reached Nagaraj’s house to convince him to withdraw his resignation.A similar attempt was on to persuade MLAs Ramalinga Reddy, Munirathna, K Sudhakar and R Roshan Baig.Sources in the Janata Dal (Secular) said Kumaraswamy was in direct talks with at least four Congress legislators, who had resigned, and was hopeful that they would withdraw their resignations.Triggering speculation, a group of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders, led by MLA S R Vishwanath and Bengaluru corporator Padmanabha Reddy, met Ramalinga Reddy at his residence.However, Ramalinga Reddy refused to comment on the development, saying he would not speak on politics till July 15 as he had to appear before the Assembly speaker.Meanwhile, his daughter and Congress MLA Sowmya Reddy said she had no information about the meeting.”I am in the Congress and I have not resigned. My father has resigned and all the questions pertaining to his resignation should be asked to him,” she said.In a bid to keep their flocks together ahead of the floor test in the Assembly that is likely to take place in the coming week, both the Congress and the BJP have shifted their MLAs to hotels and resorts.Earlier, commenting on the developments, state BJP president B S Yeddyurappa said these efforts would not yield any result as the fall of the coalition government was “imminent”.”There is confusion in the Congress and the JD(S) due to which the MLAs are fleeing these parties. A systematic conspiracy is going on to bring the MLAs back,” the former Karnataka chief minister told reporters here.”The atmosphere is chaotic and the fall of the government is imminent,” he said.Claiming that the ruling coalition had lost majority in the Assembly, Yeddyurappa said seeking a vote of confidence was “meaningless”.Kumaraswamy made the announcement about seeking a trust vote on the floor of the Assembly after the Supreme Court ordered the speaker on Friday to maintain status quo on the resignations of 10 rebel MLAs of the Congress and the JD(S) till July 16.The coalition government, which has been shaky since its formation last year following a post-poll arrangement in the wake of a hung verdict, is facing a serious crisis now with 16 legislators — 13 of the Congress and three of the JD(S) — resigning from the Assembly.Besides, two Independent MLAs, who were made ministers recently to provide stability to the government, have quit the cabinet and withdrawn their support to the government.The ruling coalition’s strength in the House is 116 (Congress 78, JD(S) 37 and BSP one), besides the speaker.With the support of the two independents, the opposition BJP has 107 MLAs in the 224-member House.If the resignations of the 16 MLAs are accepted, the ruling coalition’s tally will be reduced to 100.The speaker has a vote too.ALSO READ | Rebel Karnataka MLAs take chartered flight for darshan at Shirdi templeALSO WATCH | Nataka in Karnataka: Rahul Gandhi breaks his silence, says BJP using money power to topple govtsFor the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for World Cup news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySnigdha Choudhury Next Karnataka crisis: Congress MLA Nagaraj hints at reconsidering resignationState Housing Minister and Hoskote MLA MTB Nagaraj, one of the 16 rebel Congress-JD(S) MLAs who resigned from the Assembly last week, dealing a blow to the coalition government, said senior Congress leaders, including former chief minister Siddaramiah, met him and asked him to withdraw his resignation.advertisementlast_img read more

Telangana 52 child labourers rescued from bangle factories in Balapur

first_img Next India Today Web Desk New DelhiJuly 13, 2019UPDATED: July 13, 2019 18:59 IST A boy carrying coal at an open cast coal field. (Reuters image used for representation)At least 52 child bonded labourers were on Saturday rescued from a number of bangle factories in Balapur suburb in Ranga Reddy district, Telangana. The children were rescued after Balapur police conducted raids at six locations across the suburb.The child labourers were rescued during a joint operation by Rachakonda ‘Operation Smile’ team and the Balapur police at various factories where bangles were being manufactured.A total of 52 children working as bonded labourers have been rescued.Speaking to news agency ANI, a Balapur police officer said that all the children have been shifted to a rescue home and a case in this regard has been registered. A team has also been deployed to nab the owners of the factories where raids were conducted.The children will be handed over to their parents after the investigation in the case is completed.”The 52 children have been shifted to rescue home and a case is being registered under JJ Act & Child Labour Act in Balapur police station. A team deployed to nab accused. After a complete investigation, the rescued children will be handed over to their parents,” a Balapur police officer said.The 52 child labourers have been rescued just two days after 42 bonded labourers, including 16 children, were rescued from two locations in Tamil Nadu. The labourers were rescued from two wood cutting units in Kancheepuram and Vellore.In June, 26 child labourers were rescued from the plant of popular biscuit brand Parle-G in Raipur.A government task force on child labour had received a tip-off that minors were employed at Parle-G factory in Amasivni area, said Vidhan Sabha Police Station House Officer (SHO) Ashwani Rathore.Also Read | 26 child labourers rescued from Parle-G plant in ChhattisgarhAlso Read | World Day Against Child Labour: 11 child labour laws you need to knowAlso Watch | This man uses art to project the pains of bonded labourFor the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for World Cup news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byChanchal Chauhan Telangana: 52 child labourers rescued from bangle factories in BalapurThe child labourers were rescued during a joint operation by Rachakonda ‘Operation Smile’ team and the Balapur police at various factories where bangles were being manufactured.advertisementlast_img read more