Chandamama From mythology tales to Swiss bank stash

first_imgNew Delhi: It enthralled children with stories of Indian mythology for decades while narrating virtues of good deeds, but the ‘Chandamama’ magazine’s new owners are now in the dock for allegedly stashing illicit funds in Swiss banks. Mumbai-based Geodesic Ltd, which acquired the iconic magazine in 2007, and its three directors are being probed by the Indian authorities for alleged money laundering and other financial irregularities and Switzerland has agreed to provide “administrative assistance” regarding their accounts in Swiss banks, which broadly means sharing of information with India. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in SepSwitzerland was widely known as an alleged safe haven for black money before it bowed down before the global pressure and agreed to bring down the famed secrecy walls that had historically surrounded the Swiss banks, provided the requesting country gave proof for financial irregularities done by the concerned person or the company. Along with several other countries, India has also been making use of this change in stance of Switzerland by seeking details of suspected black money hoarders in Swiss banks and it has already got back information in a large number of cases in the last few years. Also Read – Ensure strict implementation on ban of import of e-cigarettes: revenue to CustomsIn a decision dated March 5, Switzerland’s Federal Tax Administration (FTA) has decided to grant “administrative assistance to India in respect of Geodesic Ltd and its three directors — Prashant Sharad Mulekar, Pankajkumar Onkar Srivastava and Kiran Kulkarni, according to the official documents. As per the Swiss law, the FTA decision can be appealed within 30 days, provided the appellant is able to give sufficient ground to challenge it. Earlier on October 30, 2018, also, the FTA had decided to provide the administrative assistance in respect of Geodesic Ltd and the three individuals. While that decision is appeared to have been challenged, the FTA has again decided to share the details with the Indian authorities, indicating that the earlier appeal could not sustain. In a similar case, the FTA also decided on March 5 to provide administrative assistance’ to India in case of a Chennai-based entity, Aadhi Enterprises Pvt Ltd. This decision can also be appealed within 30 days. An earlier decision was taken by the FTA on October 16 to assist Indian authorities in this case, but now a fresh notification has been issued for providing administrative assistance to India in case of this real estate firm which saw a meteoric rise soon after being incorporated in November 2014 and is said to have got significant political links. Geodesic, on the other hand, used to be a publicly-listed entity and has already faced the wrath of capital markets regulator Sebi for multiple violations. Its shares have not been trading since August 2014 when its share price had dipped to as low as Rs 1.50 apiece. While the Swiss government documents did not disclose specific details related to the information and assistance sought by the Indian authorities regarding the two companies and the three individuals, such an ‘administrative assistance’ follows submission of proof about financial and tax-related wrongdoings and typically involves sharing of information relating to bank account details and other financial data. Repeated attempts to contact the two companies and the three individuals for their comments failed to yield any result. In the past, they have denied any wrongdoing. The 1982-incorporated Geodesic, once known as a fast-growing company with cutting-edge technology solutions, does not have a functional website anymore and is also no longer a listed entity as trading in its shares has been suspended by stock exchanges for “procedural reasons”. The company and its directors have faced regulatory action by Sebi as well as other authorities like the Enforcement Directorate and the Economic Offence Wing of the Mumbai Police. Aadhi Enterprises had reportedly landed in trouble due to alleged links to tainted politicians and for allegedly indulging in money laundering. According to reports, the Income Tax Department has conducted multiple raids on properties of the company’s promoters. While Switzerland has always denied being a safe haven for black money, it has begun sharing details for last few years with several countries including India after submission of evidence about financial and tax-related wrongdoings of the clients of Swiss banks. Besides, a new framework of automatic information exchange has been now put in place and the details can be accessed under the new system from this year.last_img read more

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Petition Calls on Morocco to Investigate Rape of Moroccan Boy by

Rabat – A petition addressed to the Embassy of Morocco in London, calls for an investigation into the alleged rape and sexual abuse of a Moroccan teenager by a former British MP.The petition, which was sent Morocco World News on Saturday, was also addressed the Moroccan Minister of Justice Ramid, the British Embassy in Rabat, the British Consulate General in Casablanca and the British Honorary Consulate in Agadir.It calls for an investigation into a case of alleged rape and sexual abuse against a Moroccan boy by a former Member of the British Parliament Keith Harvey Proctor. The incident dates back to 1987 when the British MP was in the city of Agadir. He was caught in room 101 of what is now known as the Odyssey Park hotel but  was then called the Ali Baba hotel, with a naked 15-year-old Moroccan boy.The petition indicates that the incident in Morocco is not the only scandal the 69-year-old British MP was implicated in. “Two separate victims have stated that they saw Mr. Proctor take part in child sexual abuse gatherings in the United Kingdom.”Referring to the incident in Agadir, the petition also uses an excerpt from the Daily Mail that states:“The [Daily] Mail goes back to the hotel where 28 years ago, Harvey Proctor was found with an underage boy in his hotel room whilst on holiday in Morocco. Inside room 101, at what is now the Odyssey Park Hotel but was [then] the Ali Baba in Agadir, Morocco. This is the room where Proctor was found with the underage boy. The picture was taken with the permission of the hotel.”The petition concludes with a request to “respectfully call on” Moroccan authorities to conduct an investigation in to the subject matter against the alleged rapist. read more

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Death Toll of Explosions in Sri Lanka Rises to at Least

Rabat – Sri Lanka lived a nightmare Sunday during Easter celebrations as bomb blasts rocked three churches and three hotels, killing at least 207 people.The explosions resulted in the injuries of more than 500 others.The explosions hit churches in the cities of of Colombo, Negombo, and Batticaloa. The blasts also hit the Shangri-La, Cinnamon Grand and Kingsbury hotels in Colombo.International news outlets said that authorities have arrested seven suspects in connection with the attacks.The country’s Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe denounced the attacks, calling on people to remain united and strong.“I strongly condemn the cowardly attacks on our people today. I call upon all Sri Lankans during this tragic time to remain united and strong,” he said.“The government is taking immediate steps to contain this situation,” he added.After visiting the Shangri-La and St. Anthony’s Church, Sri Lanka’s Minister of Economic Reforms and Public Distribution, Harsha de Silva, commented on the attacks via Twitter saying, , “Horrible scenes. I saw many body parts strewn all over. Emergency crews are at all locations in full force.We took multiple casualties to hospital. Hopefully saved many lives.”He added that several foreigners were among the victims of the explosions.All Easter services and celebrations have been cancelled due to the explosions. read more

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US finds LTTE financial network still operational ban remains

Although the Sri Lankan Government maintained a comprehensive counterterrorism stance, counterterrorism cooperation and training with the United States in 2015 was limited.The report further noted that Sri Lanka continued to operate a one-year long rehabilitation program for former alleged LTTE combatants, participation in which was mandatory for a majority of the prisoners formerly held under the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) who were released on bail. (Colombo Gazette) The US State Department, in its annual country reports on terrorism, said that there have been no known attacks in Sri Lanka that could verifiably be attributed to the LTTE since the end of the war, but a total of 13 LTTE supporters, several of whom had allegedly planned attacks against U.S. and Israeli diplomatic facilities in India, were arrested in Malaysia in 2014. Additional LTTE members were arrested in Malaysia and India in 2015, one of whom was accused of exhorting other Sri Lankans to fund and revive the LTTE. The US report noted that in 2015, the Sri Lankan Government maintained a strong military presence in post-conflict areas and continued to voice concern about the possible reemergence of LTTE sympathizers, but the new, democratically-elected Government of President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe emphasized its commitment to seek political reconciliation with the Tamil community, including through talks with the Tamil diaspora.The report also said that the security services’ focus on a possible LTTE resurgence affected the government’s attention to emerging threats, such as reports of Sri Lankan foreign terrorist fighters joining the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). The United States has found that the LTTE’s financial network of support continued operations in 2015 and so the ban on the outfit in the US will remain.The LTTE, in the past used its international contacts and the large Tamil diaspora in North America, Europe, and Asia to procure weapons, communications, funds, and other needed supplies. The group employed charities as fronts to collect and divert funds for its activities. read more

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Counterfeit money being used in Niagara Region police investigate

(Stock photo: U.S currency)Businesses in Niagara Region are being warned to be extra vigilant when accepting U.S currency after “multiple incidents” of counterfeit money have been reported. Police launched an investigation after a woman used fake $20 and $50 U.S bills to make a purchase at the Walmart on Geneva St. in St. Catharines. The woman then fled to a waiting grey Honda Civic with an Ontario license plate being driven by a male. Investigators believe the suspect also used fake money to purchase high-end electronic and gaming items as well as expensive clothing at The Bay on Glendale Ave. and a second Walmart location on Oakwood Dr. in Niagara Falls. Police describe the woman as black, five-foot-one to five-foot-three in height, between 150-170 lbs and 20 to 30 years of age. She was wearing a tight black dress, white sandals, a gold chain necklace, with a red or maroon purse.The man is described by police as black, 20 to 30 years of age, with a piercing in his left ear.Anyone having information regarding the suspects or motor vehicle in this matter is asked to call police at (905) 688-4111. read more

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Annan asks Congressional Black Caucus to raise voices on fair trade for

During a forum called “Africa Matters” at the 35th annual legislative conference of the Caucus in Washington, he told the 43-member group and their guests: “I thank you for your efforts, especially in calling for an end to agricultural subsidies and trade barriers that actually impoverish African farmers and producers. But I think you will agree that we still need to do more, especially when it comes to trade.”In that regard, the target had to be the WTO’s so-called Doha round of trade talks in Hong Kong in December, Mr. Annan said. “You can count on me to raise my voice for an outcome that helps developing countries participate fully and fairly in the global economy. I will count on you to raise yours.”The Doha Round was launched in 2001 in an effort to stimulate economic growth in poor nations by lowering import tariffs on their goods. Developing countries also proposed that rich countries cut subsidies on their exports.”At a time when African States are addressing their problems with new energy and determination, we must work with them and invest in them to build the better future that can be theirs,” the Secretary-General said.His list of issues on which the UN had advocated for Africa, as had the Congressional Black Caucus, included decolonization, the fight against apartheid and other forms of racism, and the struggle for democracy.”And today when Africans ask for a fair chance to compete in the global economy, the United Nations is their ally,” he said.Mr. Annan said much of the UN’s work on disaster relief could not be done without US assistance and he voiced once more his sympathy for those who had suffered from Hurricane Katrina late last month.He pointed out that among the humanitarian assistance the UN had provided were two planeloads of UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) education and recreation kits and the UN World Health Organization’s (WHO) aid in tracking support to displaced people; as well as help in coordinating international contributions.Offers of assistance had come in from more than half of the 191 UN Member States, he said. “Even those with little to give felt compelled to offer what they could.”While in Washington, the Secretary-General was scheduled to meet with US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. He was to return to New York in the afternoon. read more

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Number of Syrian refugees seeking safety in Jordan doubles and expected to

The number of refugees fleeing the violence in Syria and seeking humanitarian aid in northern Jordan has more than doubled in the past week alone, the United Nations refugee agency said today, warning that a much larger influx of refugees could be expected in the coming days. According to the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the amount of registered refugees seeking shelter at the Za’atri camp, in the north of Jordan, has surged to 10,200 people for the seven day period spanning 21 – 27 August, compared to just 4,500 in the previous week. “Refugees say many thousands more are waiting to cross amid violence around Daraa and we believe this could be the start of a much larger influx,” a UNHCR spokesperson, Melissa Fleming, told a media briefing in Geneva today. Syria has been wracked by violence, with more than 17,000 people, mostly civilians, killed since the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad began some 17 months ago. Over the past month, there have been reports of an escalation in violence in many towns and villages, as well as the country’s two biggest cities, Damascus and Aleppo. In addition, the conflict has displaced many people, both inside the country and into neighbouring countries. In her news briefing, Ms. Fleming further noted that some of the Syrian refugees who had made it over the border in recent days reported being targeted by aerial strafing and bombing operations, as well as by shelling and mortars. “Typically, refugees cross the border at night and are taken straight to the camp by IOM [International Organization for Migration] and the Jordanian army,” she said. “But 1,147 refugees arrived yesterday morning and were followed by another 1,400 overnight and early this morning.” Pointing to the surge in children as refugees, Ms. Fleming noted that the UN agency had also received an increased number of unaccompanied minors to its camps over the past week. “Some children report that their parents have died, or are staying behind in Syria to look after relatives, or are working in other countries,” she added. “Some children, who did not have passports, said they were sent ahead of their parents who will follow later.” In its recent report on the condition of child refugees fleeing the Syrian conflict, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) confirmed that half of the refugees sheltered at Za’atri were, in fact, children. “The fast pace of arrivals has affected our efforts to improve conditions for the existing population, but work on this continues,” Ms. Fleming said, adding that UNHCR was urgently pitching more tents and expanding the camp. The refugee agency spokesperson also drew attention to the dramatic increase in the number of Syrians crossing into Turkey, swelling from an initial daily estimate of 400-500 new arrivals to 5,000 people arriving at the Syrian-Turkish border every day over the past two weeks. “In the past 24 hours, over 3,000 Syrians are reported to have crossed into Turkey, with a further 7,000 expected to cross in the coming days,” she stated, urging an increase in international support to back Turkey’s efforts assisting the refugees as the country prepares to open an additional five or six camps for a total overall capacity of up to 150,000 people. In the meantime, while UNHCR said that there was no registered increment in the flow of refugees to Lebanon and Iraq, it voiced concern that a new front had been opened in the refugees’ migratory pattern, following reports that seven Syrians had died when the fishing boat transporting them sank off the north coast of Cyprus last week. The boat was carrying four men, one woman, and two children, according to the Cypriot coastguard. read more

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The 9 at 9 Friday

first_imgOver on DailyEdge.ie: A Michael Bublé and Will Ferrell duet? Who’s Chris O’Dowd charming the pants off? And who called Louis Walsh a “pr**k”? It’s The Dredge… EVERY MORNING, TheJournal.ie brings you the nine stories you need to know as you kick off your day.1. #FLOODING: Heavy rain in most parts of the country overnight has led to flooding in many areas. Blackpool in Cork has been the worst hit and was submerged in four feet of water last night. Gardaí and AA Roadwatch have warned motorists to take care as as excess surface water and spot flooding are causing dangerous driving conditions. Met Éireann’s rain warning remains in place for Munster, Connacht and Leinster. Meanwhile, a snow-ice warning is still in place for Cavan, Monaghan and Donegal.2. #CANCELLED: The runway at George Best Belfast City Airport is currently closed due to persistent snowfall. Meanwhile, bad weather has forced the cancellation of all Irish Ferries Jonathan Swift fast craft sailings between Dublin and Holyhead.3. #CYPRUS: The House of Representatives in Cyprus is to vote on nine pieces of legislation prepared to protect the country’s financial services system and avoid a run on banks when they open next week. The crisis discussions come after lawmakers rejected an EU/IMF rescue package worth €10 billion.4. #SYRIA: European foreign ministers are meeting in Dublin over the next two days for informal talks on the Syrian war. The ministers will discuss calls to open up weapons deliveries to Syrian rebels.5. #DRINKING WATER: Around 1.5 million children die every year from diarrhoea because of poor sanitation and hygiene. According to Oxfam Ireland on World Water Day, unsafe water is the main reason for these preventable deaths, with 600 million people in sub-Saharan Africa alone lacking access to safe toilets.6. #SARKOZY: French ex-President Nicolas Sarkozy has been placed under formal investigation over claims he accepted envelopes stuffed with cash from the world’s richest woman to illegally finance his 2007 election campaign. Sarkozy denies the charges and his lawyer said he would immediately appeal.7. #SHOOTING: Three people have died following a shooting at a marine base in Virginia. The Marine Corps Base in Quantico said “an isolated shooting incident” occurred at its Officer Candidate School at around 11pm yesterday.8. #POPE: Pope Francis will wash the feet of 12 prisoners in a youth detention centre in Rome next Thursday at a Mass to celebrate Holy Thursday. It is the first time in living memory that the Mass would break tradition by not being held in St Peter’s basilica or the basilica of St John in Lateran.9. #CÉAD MILE FÁILTE: Ireland is one of the most welcoming countries in the world, as mapped out by The Washington Post. The World Economic Forum gathered the data by asking people in over 140 countries: “How welcome are foreign visitors in your country?”last_img read more

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Knitting on the Late Late Show and Shatters apology The week in

first_imgIT WAS A week in which Justice Minister Alan Shatter faced questions over his encounters with Gardaí and London was shocked by the murder of a British soldier on a street in broad daylight.The Oireachtas finished its second round of lengthy hearings on the proposed abortion legislation and parts of the US state of Oklahoma were left devastated by a tornado that flattened entire neighbourhoods and left 24 people dead.This is the week in quotes:last_img

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When Size Matters Magellans 7InchLCD Navigation System

first_imgSome cars don’t have built-in navigation screens this big. The Magellan RoadMate 9055, $300 list, has a 7-inch diagonal display. It’s ideal for larger vehicles or for drivers who simply want big, legible maps. If your car or SUV has a steeply raked windshield and deep dashboard, the foot-long mounting arm brings the touchscreen display back within reach. The RoadMate 9055 includes spoken street names, free lifetime traffic, and Bluetooth. I found a couple quirks: The Highway Lane (exit) Assist appears onscreen as two highway signs and you’re supposed to follow the sign that’s in lighter green, which isn’t obvious. (Photo left.) Twice when I was approaching a complex junction, the lane assist shut down (went away) a couple hundred feet before the split, leaving me to try to recall if I was supposed to stay left or go right. Also, that long mounting arm, when fully extended, lets the RoadMate 9055 bounce around on rough roads. So mount the unit so it rides a fraction of an inch off the dash and then stick a foam shock pad underneath the display to take up the slack. The Magellan RoadMate 9055 is the portable GPS to recommend for parents and older friends who don’t like complex technology and don’t have the eyesight they used to. Which could be anyone on the high side of 40. Someone who needs but doesn’t wear reading glasses while driving should still be able to navigate just fine. Compared to a portable GPS with a typical 4.3-inch screen, the RoadMate 9055 has twice the screen real estate. See Jame Lendino’s Magellan RoadMate 9055 review in PCMag.com.last_img read more

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Ceiling collapse leaves 9 injured displaced

first_imgWEST PARK, FLA. (WSVN) – Nine people were injured after a ceiling collapsed on them while they were sleeping.It happened at a two-story apartment building, near 52nd Street and Pembroke Road in West Park, late Wednesday night.The building sustained damage during hurricane Irma, that had not yet been repaired, according to the residents.Overnight rain created a gaping hole in the roof, leaving the walls soaked and damaging the paint and floor tile.“It’s wet. There’s water coming down from the bottom, from up,” said Irina Estrati, a resident of the building. “It destroyed our bed — we have mold.”The City of West Park deemed the building unsafe.The Red Cross is helping the residents. Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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Every doorbell company should offer free cloud storage

first_img1:53 See All Smart Home Security Cameras reading • More security camera companies should offer free cloud storage Here’s how to install the Ring Door View Cam on your peephole Amazon’s Blink XT2 outdoor security camera survived a heat wave and a rainstorm For a free security camera, look no further than your old phone How to install the Ring Door View Cam Free cloud storage is kind of a big deal The RemoBell S isn’t the first smart doorbell from Remo Plus. Its battery-powered $199 RemoBell has many limitations that make it tough to recommend. Fortunately, the RemoBell S is a significant improvement. I first spied the RemoBell S at CES 2019 and liked its black finish and simple design. It’s hardwired, meaning it can’t be powered by batteries like its predecessor and some of its competitors, such as the $199 Ring Video Doorbell 2. Your RemoBell S purchase includes a Power Kit, which is required for installation with mechanical chimes. This process is pretty straightforward, but be sure to ask a qualified professional if you have questions, or consult Remo Plus’s walkthrough video.  The RemoBell S also supports Alexa and Google Assistant voice commands. Basically, you get access to a lot of the same things without the headache of a monthly subscription plan.  Of course, the RemoBell S isn’t perfect. I don’t like the Remo Plus app. It’s minimal, but somehow manages to look outdated and clunky too. It also has an optional fisheye view on the live feed screen that makes it more difficult to pick out details.  remoapp1At least the fisheye view is optional. Screenshots by Megan Wollerton/CNET Ring still sells its original Video Doorbell for $100 (the closest competitor to the RemoBell S), but Ring charges $3 per month to view any recorded, saved clips captured when it detects motion. No, $3 per month isn’t much to spend, but why pay for a subscription plan when you don’t have to? And most of Ring’s doorbells cost $199; the high-end hardwired Ring Video Doorbell Pro costs a whopping $249. Pricing in the $200 range is pretty standard across the board for DIY smart doorbells. But the RemoBell S is quietly changing things. (Maybe we really will have another Wyze trend on our hands at some point. It’s a little too soon to tell.) Ring did not immediately respond to CNET’s request for comment.  Now playing: Watch this: The RemoBell S has three-day free cloud storage. I like that. Chris Monroe/CNET Earlier this month I wrote about Wyze, a smart home company whose uber-affordable products hold their own alongside Nest and other high-end brands. That trend continues with the RemoBell S from startup Remo Plus. The RemoBell S has all of the regular stuff you get with every live streaming doorbell, like HD resolution and night vision. It also has three-day free cloud storage. In a market dominated by brands with optional subscription services — that are actually quite necessary if you want any access to saved video clips — free cloud storage is a unique offering and kind of a big deal. Factor in its $99 upfront cost and the hardwired RemoBell S is well worth considering. The Remo Plus app is a bit clunky, but it’s a small price to pay for such a great value.  Why pay for a monthly subscription when you can get roughly the same thing for free? (Honestly, I’m asking. Let me know in the comments.) • Aug 30 • Battling bot vacs: iRobot Roomba S9+ vs Neato Botvac D7 Connected Comments Share your voicecenter_img CNET Smart Home CNET Smart Home Aug 30 • iRobot Roomba S9 Plus vs. Neato Botvac D7 Connected Aug 31 • Alexa can tell you if someone breaks into your house 12 smart doorbells to watch over your front stoop Is it better than Ring?  It’s hard to argue with the value of the $99 RemoBell S. Its relatively low upfront cost and generous three-day free cloud storage has a ton of appeal. Add on its decent performance and integration with Alexa and Google Assistant and it’s easy to see why the RemoBell S has replaced the $100 Ring Video Doorbell as the best value for a smart doorbell.  I wish the Remo Plus app were better and I don’t know why Remo Plus gave the live feed a fisheye effect, but the RemoBell S is a strong competitor alongside brands like Ring. Definitely consider the RemoBell S if you’re looking for a hardwired video doorbell with free cloud storage.  Also, I have a plea for companies that don’t currently offer any free cloud storage. Apple is going to make it look like you’re nickle-and-diming when it turns on Secure Video and its 10-day free clip storage requirement for HomeKit cameras when iOS 13 hits in September. Please consider it. Even a few hours of free access makes a difference.  6 Tags Read more Aug 31 • Best smart light bulbs for 2019 (plus switches, light strips, accessories and more) 13 Photoslast_img read more

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Robotic surgery helps in lessening pain fast recovery in

first_imgVisakhapatnam: In a move to continue its earnest efforts to bring state-of-the-art technology and advanced treatment methods to treat complex cancers close to the needy people, Mahatma Gandhi Cancer Hospital and Research Institute (MGCHRI) has introduced robotics surgery technology in the name of ‘Sunrise Institute of Robotics Surgery’. In this context, the hospital is organising a two-day State-level conference and ‘live’ workshop on robotics surgery (‘MGOMCOCON-2019), involving experts from different parts of the country in the field of surgical oncology and robotics surgery. Also Read – Telugu Day fete held at DPS Advertise With Us “So far, we have performed 100-plus robotics surgeries with complete minimal invasion and fast recovery of the patients through the facility, the first of its kind in Andhra Pradesh, launched in Visakhapatnam two years back,” said V Murali Krishna, managing director and surgical oncologist of MGCHRI. According to Murali Krishna, advanced robotics technology takes surgery beyond human limitations through enhanced 3-D, high definition vision of operative field with up to 10x magnification, superior visual clarity of tissue and anatomy and to reach deepest parts of surgical location to perform complex surgeries with ease. Also Read – Second batch of banking course begins Advertise With Us “Robotic surgery can be performed for all the FDA approved procedures in oncology, urology, gastrointestinal surgery, gynaecology, bariatric surgery and cardio-thoracic surgeries, among a plenty with minimal invasion,” stated Dr Murali Krishna. Further, he said the patients who undergoes the surgery would benefit in terms of fast recovery, less bleeding and less pain and can return to normal activities in a short span of time. The two-day conference and workshop aim to share the expertise in the field of robotic surgery and disseminate knowledge on the advanced technology to treat patients. The workshop that also includes a mobile van with Da Vinci X robotic surgical system will continue on Sunday till afternoon at Four Points By Sheraton.last_img read more

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first_img Sponsored Content | Case Study | Radiation Dose Management | August 13, 2019 The Challenge of Pediatric Radiation Dose Management Radiation dose management is central to child patient safety. Medical imaging plays an increasing role in the accurate… read more The CT scanner might not come with protocols that are adequate for each hospital situation, so at Phoenix Children’s Hospital they designed their own protocols, said Dianna Bardo, M.D., director of body MR and co-director of the 3D Innovation Lab at Phoenix Children’s. Related Content Technology | October 18, 2012 Dicom Systems Introduces New DICOM Guard Security Software October 18, 2012 — Dicom Systems recently introduced its new product, DICOM Guard. The product is part of the company’s DICOM and HL7 Interface Engine Suite. It uses the company’s proprietary data tagging technology, which allows healthcare enterprises to have full control over security of their patient data.The HIPPA privacy rule recognizes the need for healthcare organizations to share patient data and allows for the release of de-identified data for certain purposes. In order to protect the privacy interests of consumers, personal identifiers, such as name and social security number, are removed from databases containing sensitive information. De-identified patient data is the most valuable tool for the improvement of care, and researchers have been using it to develop modern medicine and healthcare practices for decades.But even thought the data is de-identified, organizations still need to have some safeguards to place around it, especially if the images and patient data are stored off-site. The DICOM tagging technology from Dicom Systems de-identifies the data by removing all real patient identifiers, so that only the owners of the original data and/or legally empowered entities can re-identify the patient. In the event that patient data becomes publicly available, there is no risk that the individual will be identified.When a medical facility retrieves the data from Dicom Systems’ vendor-neutral archive, the DCMSYS router quickly re-identifies the data, using DICOM Supplement 142 and Dicom Systems’ patent-pending tagging technology. No real patient data is stored on any of the devices – the de-identification and re-identification happen on the fly, using a secure key unique to each client to encrypt and decrypt the data.The product is currently in beta testing and will be released for general availability later this year.For more information: www.dcmsys.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Videos | Radiology Business | August 02, 2019 VIDEO: Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019 Association for Medical Imaging Management (AHRA) President … read more News | Artificial Intelligence | August 05, 2019 Montefiore Nyack Hospital Uses Aidoc AI to Spot Urgent Conditions Faster Montefiore Nyack Hospital, an acute care hospital in Rockland County, N.Y., announced it is utilizing artificial… read more Technology | Cybersecurity | August 07, 2019 ScImage Introduces PICOM ModalityGuard for Cybersecurity ScImage Inc. is bridging the gap between security and functionality with the introduction of the PICOM ModalityGuard…. read more News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more News | Artificial Intelligence | August 08, 2019 Half of Hospital Decision Makers Plan to Invest in AI by 2021 August 8, 2019 — A recent study conducted by Olive AI explores how hospital leaders are responding to the imperative read more News | Radiology Business | August 01, 2019 Philips Completes Acquisition of Carestream Health’s HCIS Business … read more News | Electronic Medical Records (EMR) | August 01, 2019 DrChrono Teams With DeepScribe to Automate Medical Note Taking in EHR DrChrono Inc. and DeepScribe announced a partnership so medical practices using DrChrono EHR can use artificial… read more Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 7:33Loaded: 2.15%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -7:33 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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A JIRA misconfiguration exposed employees and project details of NASA Google Yahoo

first_imgLast week, Avinash Jain, a Lead Infrastructure Security Engineer at Grofers, reported that a misconfiguration in JIRA publicly exposed sensitive information about employees and projects of many big companies. These included organizations like NASA, Google, Yahoo, Zendesk, Lenovo, 1password, Informatica, as well as governing bodies across the world. What was the JIRA misconfiguration JIRA is Atlassian’s proprietary product used for bug tracking, issue tracking, and agile project management. When you create a dashboard or filter in JIRA it will set their visibility to “Everyone” and “All users” by default. While these settings seem like you are giving access to everyone in the organization, they are instead shared publicly. JIRA also has a user picker functionality that provides a complete list of every user’s username and email address. This happens because of an authorization misconfiguration in Jira’s Global Permissions settings. These misconfiguration issues in JIRA exposed internal user data including their names, emails, roles via JIRA groups, project details, upcoming milestones through JIRA dashboards/filters. An attacker with good knowledge of search queries just need to have access to find the link and they will have access to this information from anywhere. Jain further explained that he found the link to these dashboards, user pickers, and filters with something called “Google dorks”. He just had to fire a search query in Google and the results showed links to all the companies that had the user picker functionality misconfigured: Credits: Avinash Jain Jain has already contacted the affected companies. “I reported this to various companies, some rewarded me, some fixed it while some are still living with it,” he wrote. It is, however, unclear whether he has reported this vulnerability to Atlassian as there is no reply from the JIRA creator yet. What steps Atlassian and users can take to avoid this vulnerability Jain and many other users also feel that JIRA’s UX is a little bit confusing. He urges Atlassian to be more explicit about what it means by “Everyone” and “All users” and also recommends it should set the visibility to “Private” by default. Explaining the issue, a user on Hacker News said, “This issue arises because, if the site allows any public sharing, the “create filter” UI gives team members the option to share a new filter with “Everyone”, which sounds like an org-local scope but is in fact a public/non-logged-in scope. The org-level scope is called, “Open”, and is not part of this UI. Sigh.” The Hacker News user further recommends, “To prevent this issue as a site admin on Jira cloud, go to: Jira Settings -> System -> General Configuration and disable “Allow users to share dashboards and filters with the public.” This doesn’t affect existing filters, which you have to manually fix. In true Jira fashion, if you try to reassign a filter after flipping this setting, it will deny the operation and ask you to edit the ACL, which there is no convenient admin UI to do.” To know more, you can read Jain’s Medium post about the JIRA misconfiguration. Read Next Atlassian overhauls its Jira software with customizable workflows, new tech stack, and roadmaps tool Atlassian acquires OpsGenie, launches Jira Ops to make incident response more powerful A vulnerability found in Jira Server and Data Center allows attackers to remotely execute code on systemslast_img read more

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Virgin Voyages deactivates Quebec accounts at FirstMates agent portal

first_imgTags: Virgin Voyages MONTREAL — Virgin Voyages’ Scarlet Lady will set sail April 1, 2020 with a Quebec-born captain but so far at least Quebec agents can’t book clients on to the ship.In a story covered by ProfessionVoyages.com, part of the Travelweek Group, all Quebec agent accounts on Virgin Voyages’ travel agent portal, FirstMates.com, had to be de-activated.Travel agent Larissa Lognay, with Passion Voyage in Montreal, received this message from Virgin Voyages:“Unfortunately, I am writing to advise that at this time, Virgin Voyages is unable to do business in Quebec – therefore, your First Mate and Agency Account will be made inactive.“As a French speaking province, there are certain commercial requirements for companies wishing to sell or market a product to meet if they wish to do business in Quebec. At this early stage of our business, we are not equipped to meet those requirements. Our website and all of our materials are in English only and as such, we are focused on selling and marketing proactively in the US, UK and other Canadian provinces for now. We don’t have any idea at this stage when or if this will change. Travel Advisors who work for agencies located outside of Quebec can register to do business with us at FirstMates.com.”More news:  Canada raises travel warning amid escalating protests in Hong KongVirgin Voyages hasn’t closed all the doors on possible business with Quebec in the future, saying that the deactivation of the accounts was a necessary step until a solution can be found.Last June, Stacy Shaw, Vice President of Sales and Business Development at Virgin Voyages, had this to say: “At the moment, we are focusing on collaboration with partners. We just opened our doors in February, so of course we still have a lot of work to do to launch the activity in our main markets, which of course include Canada and Quebec. We obviously view Canada and Quebec as extremely important markets for us, but we currently have no opportunity to sell or market our products in languages other than English at this stage of our business. So, for the moment, we can be more efficient in trying to stimulate business in other Canadian provinces, but we are certainly looking for growth opportunities in Quebec in the future,” said Shaw.More news:  Beep, beep! Transat hits the streets with Cubamania truckWhen the Scarlet Lady launches on April 1, 2020, Captain Wendy Williams, a Quebecker born in Sept-Îles, will be at the helm. Share Virgin Voyages de-activates Quebec accounts at FirstMates agent portal Tuesday, August 6, 2019 center_img Posted by Travelweek Group << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

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New dad Zuckerberg vows to give away Facebook fortune

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO, Calif. — Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg on Tuesday announced he had become a father — and pledged to give away his fortune to make the world a “better place” for baby daughter Max and others.In a letter to Max posted on his Facebook page, Zuckerberg and his wife said they were going to give away 99 percent of their company shares — with an estimated value of $45 billion — in an effort to make a happy and healthy world for her and all children.“Max, we love you and feel a great responsibility to leave the world a better place for you and all children. We wish you a life filled with the same love, hope and joy you give us. We can’t wait to see what you bring to this world,” the letter said. Facebook Comments Related posts:Facebook expands reach with $19 bn deal for WhatsApp Will we finally be able to dislike something on Facebook? Snapchat vanishing video viewing hits 6 billion daily Facebook topped $1.5 billion in quarterly profit at end of last yearlast_img read more

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Conversational AI tool launched by holiday company

first_imgAmi is one of the world’s newest and most advanced augmented reality customer service and sales tools that has helped Emirates Holidays improve customer experience and sales results.“Ami has been an incredible addition to our team,” said Niel Alobaidi, MD of Emirates Holidays for the UK and Ireland, which launched in Ireland last year. “She has online conversations with our customers using a natural, non-robotic tone and deals with all but the most complex of their enquiries. If there’s something she can’t answer, she knows who to go to in the company for support, such is her level of intelligence.”Ami was developed by UK online marketing company ActiveOMG, and Emirates Holidays, one of the world’s leading holiday companies, is Ami’s flagship client.She differs from other next-generation AI programmes as she acquires her knowledge by reading the Emirates Holidays website, rather than being programmed with keywords to monitor. She uses verbal reasoning to understand language and independently knows what to say and how to respond to customer queries. Because Ami understands structure, context and slang she doesn’t use stock answers to frequently asked questions and crucially, her GDPR is native.Niel Alobaidi explains; “Like any other team member, Ami is given her objectives and for us, these are to generate sales leads and provide customer support. She then taps into her intelligence to figure out how to optimise sales by asking the right questions at the right time of those browsing the Emirates Holidays website. On a daily basis, she answers questions ranging from the weather forecast in Dubai to the flight times for a trip to Thailand. She helps customers select hotels that best match their requirements and identifies resorts that she thinks will suit their holiday needs. She knows the best restaurants in Sri Lanka and the best value theme parks in Dubai.”Niel explains that Ami has not replaced the role of Emirates Holidays’ call centre staff but has instead unburdened them of the time previously spent providing information that might never result in a sales lead. “Ami frees up a lot of time for our staff, which allows them to focus on their targets of generating more sales, rather than answering questions about the weather. This has proven to be invaluable to our business and instead of fearing Ami as a possible threat, our staff have embraced her as our newest team member.”Emirates Holidays operates across almost 40 markets, but Ami has the ability to understand different vernaculars and content so does not have to be ‘retaught’ or ‘reprogrammed’ to deal with the nuances of language. This works by way of a neural network whereby algorithms are in place to control other algorithms.Ami reduces customer waiting time, is available 24/7 and her accumulated experience drives her success, which means she is constantly learning and improving.“We are really pleased with the contribution Ami has made to our business,” said Niel Alobaidi. “I don’t believe that Ami will take the place of our highly trained staff, but she complements their work and we are excited at the prospect of what’s to come from ActiveOMG, the team behind Ami’s development.”For more information visit www.emiratesholidays.ielast_img read more

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KZN protest crisis spreads to N3

first_imgService delivery protests have now spread to Mooi River, effectively forcing road closures on the N3.Earlier this month, police task teams had their hands full resolving conflicts with protesters who blocked roads with burning tyres and rocks in the Roosboom and Hobsland area.These protests resulted in the closure of the R103 for a full week, with police having to use tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse the angry mob. While Roosboom and Driefontein burned, nothing was done. While the R103 was blocked by protesters, very little was done.However, in the case of Mooi River, police intervention has been swift and decisive after Bruntville residents blockaded the N3 and began stoning passing motorists.Several Ladysmith residents have had narrow escapes at the Mooi River Toll Plaza.Provincial intervention in the crisis: WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite KZN COGTA STEPS IN TO END BLOCKADE OF N3 AT MOOI RIVERThe KZN Department of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) has sent a high-level rapid response team to the Mooi Mpofana Local Municipality to end the protest action that is blocking traffic on the N3 highway near Mooi River.“We are in communication with the disaffected community whose objective appears to be the removal of the local mayor. While we recognise the right of the community to protest, we urge protesters to be considerate to motorists who use the N3 in the vicinity of their town,” said KZN MEC for Cogta Nomusa Dube-Ncube.KZN Cogta has successfully tested its rapid response mechanism in similar crises in other parts of the province and it is confident that its intervention at Mooi Mpofana will resolve the issues behind the current crisis in this municipality.“We believe in dialogue. Unless we engage the disaffected community in talks, there can be no hope of an acceptable solution to the current crisis. Our pledge to the people of Mooi Mpofana is as follows: We are here to listen and to act in your best interest,” said Dube-Ncube.For more information, contact KZN Cogta spokesperson Lennox Mabaso on 082-884-2403.(Featured photograph is that of the Roosboom protests earlier this month)last_img read more

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