Former Kalahandi king Udit Pratap Deo dies

first_imgBhubaneswar: Udit Pratap Deo, former king of the erstwhile princely state of Kalahandi, has breathed his last at a private hospital here, family sources said. He was 71. Deo was a former lawmaker from Junagarh Assembly segment in Odisha from 1974 to 1977. He is survived by wife, a son and a daughter. Deo and his queen Padma Manjari Devi had joined the Bharatiya Janata Party. BJP state president Basant Kumar Panda and party’s senior leader KV Singhdeo expressed grief over the demise of Deo on Monday.last_img

Its tragic Authorities believe they found both snowmobilers missing since November

first_imgAshley BrandsonAPTN NewsMembers of a volunteer dive team recovered the body of a female authorities believe is one of two snowmobilers who have been missing since November 20.This is the second recovery of a body in the past 48 hours after the Hutterain Emergency Aquatic Response Team (HEART) pulled a male from the Winnipeg River on Wednesday.HEART began a search of the area of the river on Sunday.On Nov. 20, two people, a man and a woman, on a snowmobile went through the ice while trying to cross the river at Sagkeeng First Nation.Authorities have been searching since then – but have not released many details of the male who was found.“A body was recovered yesterday (Wednesday) around 2:30 p.m. by volunteer divers,” said Manitoba RCMP Spokesperson Tara Seel.“We do not have a positive identification.”Sagkeeng First Nation is 130 km northeast of Winnipeg along the Winnipeg River.“It’s tragic right.  Anytime you hear something like this it doesn’t matter if it’s youth, elders, young people, you know when you lost a member in the community – the whole community’s affected right,” said Sagkeeng First Nation Chief Derrick Henderson.HEART located the remains in the murky, fast moving river using an underwater remote controlled camera called a rover.(Members of HEART search the waters near Sagkeeng First Nation. Photo: Ashley Brandson/APTN)Henderson said he contacted the family to tell them a body was found.“We did a prayer,” he said. “The Catholic Minister came down here and did a prayer uh for the body that was retrieved.”The discoveries come days after HEART located the snowmobile also using an underwater camera.“It’s more of a relief right, because they knew that the body was there but it’s a matter of us retrieving it and then having closure now, right”The RCMP said an autopsy is being scheduled but a date has not been confirmed.abrandson@aptn.ca@ashleybrandsonlast_img read more

UN agency stepping up operations to feed millions of hungry people in

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today said it is boosting the delivery of aid to Niger, where up to eight million people are experiencing severe food shortages as a result of a prolonged drought that has caused crop failure and livestock deaths, leaving communities destitute.The announcement comes as aid groups in Niger launched a revised emergency humanitarian action plan requesting over $371 million to respond to the worsening situation, almost doubling the earlier requirement of $190 million.With over $142 million received or committed, more than $229 million is still required to tackle the crisis, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), which said today that the immediate priority is to provide food assistance until the next harvests in October. “The drought in Niger is an unfolding catastrophe for millions of people and we are struggling against time to scale up quickly enough to reach the escalating number of hungry,” said WFP Executive Director, Josette Sheeran, who arrived in the West African country today on a fact-finding mission.“I want to see for myself the scale of the needs in Niger and the challenges in WFP’s huge ramp-up of hunger operations – especially those targeting vulnerable young children,” she said.The food and nutritional crisis in Niger has worsened since the last harvest in September 2009. Results of a national nutrition and child survival survey released in June showed that young children are under particular threat from malnutrition.“We are massively scaling up special nutritional help for children under two years of age, whose brains and bodies face permanent damage from acute malnutrition,” Ms. Sheeran added.WFP has been working with the Government and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to expand its operations aiming to feed 7.9 million people until the end of this year. Rations being delivered to Niger include highly nutritious food supplements such as enhanced corn-soya blend and Plumpy’doz – a paste made of peanuts, oil, sugar and milk fortified with vitamins and minerals to help meet the nutritional needs of young children.“For young children in Niger, the food we are providing is literally a life-saver,” Ms. Sheeran said. “But we are also taking measures to provide for the wider families so that nobody goes short, and the special nutritionally enhanced products we are providing for the very young can pack the optimum nutritional punch,” she added.WFP needs $213 million for the scaled up operation in Niger, but only about half of the funds are available. While some food supplies can be purchased from neighbouring countries, the normal lead time to deliver food that is procured further afield is between two and three months, according to the agency.“To meet the needs of the people of Niger, we are looking for urgent and immediate cash contributions from our donors,” Ms. Sheeran said. “The months of August and September are critical, and I am urging our supporters to help us mobilize the resources we need to feed the millions of hungry in Niger,” she said. 20 July 2010The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today said it is boosting the delivery of aid to Niger, where up to eight million people are experiencing severe food shortages as a result of a prolonged drought that has caused crop failure and livestock deaths, leaving communities destitute. read more

UN meeting on sustainable development making vital progress chairman says

9 May 2011Participants at the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development have made important progress on key issues such as mining, transport and waste management and a successful outcome is within reach, the commission’s chairman said today. László Borbély, Romania’s Minister for Environment and Forests, told journalists that a draft outcome document should be ready in time for the commission’s high-level segment, which starts on Wednesday.“There are many competing ideas that countries still have to iron out,” he said. “I think most important, however, is that there is a good negotiating atmosphere that can help us reach a successful outcome.”Government ministers from about 50 countries are expected to attend the high-level segment, which is designed to give impetus to preparations for the Fourth UN Conference on Sustainable Development, or Rio+20, which will be held in the Brazilian city in June 2012.Mr. Borbély said five main issues were still under consideration by delegates to the commission, which began on 2 May and is expected to wrap up this Friday – mining, sustainable consumption and development, transport, chemical use, and waste management.“Of genuine concern to all countries are the measures that each country must undertake, and the resources that will be available to developing countries to realistically implement progressive solutions based on the commission’s decisions.”Sha Zukang, Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs, stressed that the commission is trying to find “concrete ways” to use the world’s existing resources more efficiently.“We want to produce and consume more, but with fewer resources,” he said. “The goal is to make our limited natural resources go farther and support more people… particularly the more than one billion poor of the world.” read more

Piliyandala police surrounded by monks

However the police released him on bail today and arrested two people who had provided the information to the monks about the man and his alleged involvement in unethical conversions. The monks protested over the arrest of the two people and demanded their release. The monks blocked traffic and protested outside the police station. A tense situation has developed in Pilliyandala as a group of monks surrounded the Piliyandala police station over an incident involving alleged unethical conversions.The police had yesterday arrested a man after the monks representing the Bodu Bala Sena handed him over to the police over allegations he was involved in unethical conversions. The police later said that the two people will be freed this afternoon.Report by Indika Sri Aravinda

Norfolk OPP save womans life twice in one day

A 35-year-old Simcoe woman is lucky be alive after overdosing on opioids twice in less than 24 hours.Norfolk OPP were called to a Simcoe address just before 1 a.m. Saturday after receiving a report of a woman in distress.Upon arrival, police found a woman who was unresponsive and appeared to have overdosed on an opioid. Police administered the anti-overdose drug naloxone and the woman was then transferred to Simcoe’s Norfolk General Hospital, where she was treated and released, said Const. Ed Sanchuk.At about 8 p.m. Saturday, Norfolk OPP were sent to the same address to investigate a report of a woman in distress.Police arrived to discover the same 35-year-old woman has again overdosed on opioids. She was unconscious, wasn’t breathing and had no heart beat.Police again administered naloxone and the woman was taken to NGH, where she became alert and was able to speak to doctors and medical staff.“When you put an opioid into your body you’re really rolling the dice and there is a good chance that you won’t come back,” Sanchuk said. “You could die.“In this case, officers were twice able to administer naloxone and twice saved this woman’s life.”Sanchuk urged people you know someone who is addicted to opioids to reach out and try to get them help.“Officers attending this address were able to quickly identify an opioid overdose and saved this women’s life by administering naloxone,” said Insp. Joe Varga, detachment commander of the Norfolk OPP.“When someone is overdosing, minutes can make the difference between life and death. The naloxone kits are an additional tool which OPP officers utilize to keep our communities safe.” .Vball@postmedia.comtwitter.com/EXPVBall read more

International Mountain Day new UN study reveals disturbing hunger trends in highland

“That means that one in three mountain people, both urban and rural, in developing countries faced hunger and malnutrition, compared to one out of nine people globally,” FAO said.The UN General Assembly designated 11 December International Mountain Day and as of 2003, it has been observed every year to create awareness about the importance of mountains to life, to highlight the opportunities and constraints in mountain development and to build alliances that will bring positive change to mountain peoples and environments around the world.This year, FAO, together with Mountain Partnership, mapped the vulnerability of highland peoples to food insecurity and found that the number of food insecure people living in mountain regions in developing countries grew to nearly 329 million in 2012, up from 253 million in 2000, even though the overall population of the world’s mountain peoples increased only by 16 per cent.Mountain zones cover 22 per cent of the earth’s land surface and are home to 13 per cent of the human population, according to FAO.“The living conditions of mountain peoples have deteriorated and their vulnerability to hunger has increased. Harsh climates and the difficult, often inaccessible terrain, combined with political and social marginality certainly contribute to making mountain peoples particularly vulnerable to food shortages,” said FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva.The study showed that the growing profile of hunger is not the only challenge that mountain-dwellers face, reporting that 90 per cent of them live in developing countries where most are dependent on subsistence agriculture, working in fragile ecosystems that are easily affected by climate change.Almost 59 million mountain people in Africa were identified as vulnerable to food insecurity in 2000, a number that increased 46 per cent to 86 million by 2012, according to the study. The majority of vulnerable people are located in eastern Africa.In Latin America and the Caribbean, the total number of vulnerable mountain people increased by 22 per cent from more than 39 million in 2000 to nearly 48 million in 2012. However, the proportion of vulnerable mountain populations remained quite stable, it said.Mountain populations of Asia are particularly prone to vulnerability, the study showed.Results of the study show that more than 192 million people were considered vulnerable to food insecurity in 2012, an increase of over 40 million people, or 26 per cent, from 2000.In mountain areas, where family farming and smallholder agriculture, forestry and animal husbandry are the prevailing farming systems, investments and technical support are needed to diversify and boost mountain production systems through, for example, integrating indigenous knowledge and traditions with modern techniques.Promoting mountain products is the theme chosen for this year’s celebration of Mountain Day, according to FAO, which said globalization offers opportunities for mountain producers to market their high quality mountain products, such as coffee, cocoa, honey, herbs, spices and handicrafts. read more

Microsoft 2010 was the biggest year in Xbox history

first_imgIt’s hard to believe that a decade ago Microsoft launched the original Xbox and Xbox LIVE services. Whilst the successor has had a troublesome past, the new slimmer console and Kinect system has been a big success and Microsoft’s Steve Ballmer recently confirmed that 2010 was a big year for Xbox.Microsoft predicted that by the end of the holiday period (last year) they would sell 5 million Kinect sensors and yet this total was surpassed with sales of 8 million units worldwide within the first 60 days of launch. The new slimmer console also helped the cause too, with the console staying six consecutive months as the best-selling console in North America (selling 1.9 million units in December alone).To date, more than 50 million Xbox 360 consoles have been sold worldwide – which is double the amount of the previous generation Xbox. The Xbox LIVE community also continues to grow, with more that 30 million active Xbox LIVE members. In fact, according to Microsoft there is a new member that joins Xbox LIVE every two seconds.On a similar topic we also managed to uncover news that Microsoft is soon to release an update for the Kinect that brings your Avatar to life. Its called Avatar Kinect and will allow you to control your Avatar’s movements and facial expressions. Avatar Kinect will be available this Spring for free to Xbox LIVE Gold members.Read more at the official Microsoft Bloglast_img read more

Bioshock Infinite on PC requires 14GB download

first_imgFew things in the gaming world can be as frustrating as holding a physical copy of the game in your hand and still have an obstacle between you and playing it. For Bioshock Infinite PC DVD copies, you may find yourself waiting quite awhile after installation before it’s ready to play.One of the crowning achievements of the creation process that has been revealed in the latest Bioshock game is the variety of machines it can be played on. The Xbox 360 and PS3 ports of the game each offer a trip to the sky city of Columbia in as high a quality as they can muster, but the PC version of the game consumes a whopping 17GB of space on your hard drive.The reason for the bulk of that, as has been explained by Irrational Games, comes in the form of incredibly high resolution graphics you get if you play the game with Ultra settings. If you purchased a DVD copy of the game, you’ll find yourself with three discs in your pack for the installation. For some reason, once you authenticate the game with Steam, it starts downloading instead of pulling data from those DVDs.Several Bioshock Infinite hopefuls found that their physical copy of the game was asking them to download 14GB of data after about 25 minutes of installation from the physical media. Since authenticating with Steam is a requirement with Bioshock Infinite, the service must be on during the who installation process. After the first DVD is finished, Steam hijacks the install and begins downloading the rest of the content instead of asking for the next disc in the series. The extra 14GB of content is being pulled from Steam on launch day, which must be very bandwidth intensive for Valve. As a result, your game is going to take quite a bit longer to finish installing than it would have had the included discs been used.On any other day, this probably wouldn’t be an issue for most. Unfortunately, not only is it launch day but users with less than optimal internet connections will find this process excruciating. The install, which should have taken less than an hour, could be magnified to several hours as a result of Steam deciding that you’d rather download the game from them.Many users already purchase from Steam by default, and on launch days rely on the pre-install method provided to them to make sure there’s no problems. The rest of us, regardless of why, aren’t going to have a great experience at the hands of Steam with Bioshock Infinite, unless of course this issue gets rectified.last_img read more

Scientists Found Something Weird But Its Not Aliens

first_img Tune In As Brad Pitt Speaks With NASA Astronaut on ISSNASA Says 2 Asteroids Will Safely Fly By Earth This Weekend Stay on target “It’s never aliens,” the saying goes. It’s a symbol of resignation in astronomy: we may see weirdly patterned readings from time to time, we may discover new, bizarre phenomena. But it is never, ever aliens. Of course, the excitement comes the fact that, if aliens exist are common enough for us to reasonably find them, then the saying should be: “it’s never aliens until it is.” But, eager ET greeters will have to wait a bit longer. Because we found something new, and it’s not aliens.Arecibo Observatory (i.e. that giant dish that was in that one James Bond movie) picked up some unusual signals coming from a nearby star. Ross 128 is, by all other measures, a fairly typical red dwarf. But in May, somewhat periodic signals were detected from that region of the sky. But, that’s just it — as with many of these sorts of “zomg, it’s aliens” stories, this could be explained by any number of things.The astronomers at Arecibo said as much in a blog post addressing some of their findings as well as likely causes. The bottom line? Scanning regions of the sky can be imprecise, but that’s no reason to jump to little green men.Professor Abel Mendez, who works at Arecibo wrote, “We do not know the origin of these signals, but there are three main possible explanations. They could be (1) emissions from Ross 128 similar to Type II solar flares, (2) emissions from another object in the field of view of Ross 128, or just (3) burst from a high orbit satellite since low orbit satellites are quick to move out of the field of view.”Aliens are still on the possible list of explanations, but they’re “at the bottom of many other, better explanations.”That said, each of the ideas posited, Mendez admits, has some problems. Type II solar flares, he notes, usually aren’t quite so energetic. But, space is really weird. And big. And there’s a lot we don’t know.When astronomers first discovered pulsars, they were so weird, so regular, and so obviously bizarre, scientists turned to calling them Little Green Men (LGMs) in jest. Obviously they weren’t aliens, either. We just needed more data.Don’t worry, eventually, if aliens are there, and we haven’t nuked or polluted ourselves into oblivion, we may one day find them. But unless you hear someone from NASA or an equivalent agency say, “Yeah, we found aliens,” then it’s not aliens.(And, to those astute readers who remember my story on Tabby’s star, I did call NASA/SETI to ask about it, got direct quotes from experts, and cited a paper by astrophysicists saying there was no known stellar phenomenon that would produce those signals. Even that signal still probably isn’t aliens, but it’s a lot more plausible there than just about anywhere else.)Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Andres Iniesta pleased to have David Villa at Vissel Kobe

first_imgAndres Iniesta is pleased to have his former Barcelona team-mate David Villa by his side at Vissel Kobe as they to chase silverware next seasonThe former Spain striker became the latest high-profile footballer to move to Japan after agreeing to join J-League side Vissel Kobe this month.Villa will reunite with Iniesta at the Japanese top-flight club after once his contract with MLS side New York City expires this month.The pair won the 2008 European Championships and 2010 World Cup for Spain along with three La Liga titles and one Champions League at Barcelona.Now Iniesta, who has returned to Barcelona for a holiday, gave his views on Villa’s surprise switch to Japan.“He wanted a change,” Iniesta told Mundo Deportivo on Villa’s decision.David Villa, SpainQuiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.“He knows there’s me, but he knows more people and he knows he will be at ease.“This year we’re going to start from scratch. He will contribute goals and his quality will be a plus for the team.”The 34-year-old, who arrived in Japan in the summer, is thrilled to have a familiar face at Vissel Kobe.“It’s clear that right now I am new to them and they to me,” said Iniesta.“There is an adaptation process and having a player I know by my side and with whom I’ve played many matches is a guarantee for me and the team and will allow us to fight for important things.”Villa scored 80 goals in 124 appearances for New York after arriving from Atletico Madrid in 2014.last_img read more

Adoptive parents value sibling bonds

first_imgLife for Trina and Forest Anders used to be so quiet. Their adult children were grown and gone, their youngest daughter was well behaved and mellow.Then a friend sized up their love of parenting and their generally steady demeanor, and told them they ought to give foster parenting a try. That was about eight years ago.“We’re not too uptight. We don’t take things personally. We’re pretty even-keeled,” said Trina, taking a breather at her kitchen table — while a little mountain climber started scaling the cabinet behind her. “Not that we don’t stress and scream sometimes,” she added.Today the Anders home on Northeast 50th Avenue in Vancouver is a something like a carnival of kids — from preschoolers to older teenagers. Some are wards of the state who are staying here temporarily while their parents earn back the right to keep them; one is on his way to a legal adoption just ahead of legal adulthood; and four are children whom Trina and Forest have already adopted as their own.They include 12-year-old René, 10-year-old Uriel and 7-year-old Eddie. The Anders family welcomed the three brothers as a group.“I really like getting sibling groups,” Forest Anders said. “The last thing we want is to see these kids split up. Keeping them together is so important.last_img read more

New record low sea ice extent forces Navy camp evacuation

first_imgA camp constructed by the U.S. Navy on a sea ice floe in the Arctic was evacuated last week. The camp’s early closure coincided with a new record low sea ice extent in the Arctic.Download AudioIce Camp Sargo, located in the Arctic Circle, served as the main stage for Ice Exercise (ICEX) 2016. (Photo courtesy of Specialist 2nd Class Tyler Thompson/U.S. Navy via Flickr Creativ Commons)Located about 200 miles off the coast of Prudhoe Bay, the camp was host to American sailors and scientists from around the world.The Navy has held its Ice Exercise, or ICEX for short, to test military readiness and conduct scientific research in the far north every few years since 1960.Commander Tommy Crosby is the Public Affairs Officer for the Navy’s submarine forces.“The camp itself is a temporary camp that is built on an ice floe that is moving,” explained Crosby. “With currents and wind direction and ice rubbing up against each other and moving, cracks do form and refreeze.”The Navy’s exercise was scheduled to wrap up at the end of this week, but Crosby said changes in sea ice caused the camp to close early.“We had a crack that got close to camp,” Crosby said, so “for the safety of everyone… we demobilize[d] a little early.”The crack shouldn’t come as a big surprise. Last week, the National Snow & Ice Data Center reported the lowest maximum sea ice extent in the Arctic in satellite history.Ted Scambos is the NSIDC’s lead scientist. He says warmer than normal temperatures in the region led to the record low.“It was unusually warm near the North Pole, up to 6 degrees centigrade,” Scambos explained. “When you’re averaging, over three months, something like an 11 or 12 degree above average mean temperature, [it’s] a huge deal.”Scambos said the warmer temperatures didn’t just affect the sea ice extent.“Not only did the ice not spread out very far from the Arctic Ocean and out into the Bering [Sea] and North Atlantic, but it’s also probably thinner than it has been in decades past,” explained Scambos.The U.S. Navy should expect thinner ice conditions. This year’s early closure mirrors what happened two years ago almost to the day, when rapidly changing sea ice forced them to pack up ahead of schedule.The camp’s more than two hundred participants were evacuated safely. The two submarines involved in ICEX will continue their operations under the thinning Arctic sea ice through early April.last_img read more

India expects US to grant waiver on S400 deal with Russia

first_imgNEW DELHI: India expects the US administration to grant a waiver from sanctions to its procurement of five S-400 missile defence systems from Russia over which a threat of sanctions is looming large. India is of the firm view that the waiver can be granted by the US government as it meets the requirements prescribed in the American legislation on sanctions. Also Read – Chandrayaan-2 reaches nearer to moon with orbit change Advertise With Us “It is an issue (with the US). There has been some discussion in private with the US government,” diplomatic sources said here on Tuesday, just ahead of the visit of US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo here for talks with External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar in the first high-level contact with the Modi government during its second term.India decided to buy the five S-400 Triumf air defence missile systems from Russia in September 2018 at an estimated cost of $5.43 billion. Also Read – Shia Waqf Board claims right over disputed Ayodhya land Advertise With Us The US wants India to cancel the deal with Russia, failing which sanctions could be imposed. The sources noted that the US has some concerns, which they have articulated. However, India has “long-standing defence relations” with Russia, which “we can’t wish away”, the sources asserted. They said the deal was under discussion for a long time before it was signed in 2018. Advertise With Us The US is well aware of the reasons and the Indian government has explained the rationale behind the deal, the sources said. With regard to sanctions, the sources said, the American legislation is clear about the conditions under which a waiver can be granted by the US administration.India is confident that it meets those requirements, the sources said, adding the US administration can give a waiver, legally. Commenting on the overall relationship between India and the US, the sources said that sometimes the ties face “collateral damage because of Russia and Iran. But there is enough resilience in the Indo-US relationship, they added. In a relationship, there will be give-and-take, they said. On Pompeo’s visit, the sources said that India is not looking at it from the aspect of deliverables. The visit is to establish early connection and to know each other, they said, adding the trip is useful for input on what the two sides are going to do in future. “We are looking beyond the MoUs in the relationship (with the US). We mostly want to see what happens inside the room, rather than what happens outside the room, in terms of MoUs,” the sources underlined. Acknowledging that “issues” are there, they said the “broad trajectory” of the relationship, however, remains very strong. They referred to the recent speech by Pompeo where he talked about convergence. There has been a lot of progress in the five years and more, the sources said. On the strategic side, there is a lot of progress, they said. The economic issues are mostly anticipated, even as bilateral trade has reached 100 billion dollars and investment is increasing, the sources contended. Citing examples, they said there have been concerns on H1B visa issue even though there is no change in the US policy. On data localization issue, there is no decision, the source insisted.last_img read more

Grab ecofriendly flags this IDay

first_imgWith the ban on plastic in the national Capital, the manufacturers of Tricolour have created eco-friendly flags in order to celebrate the country’s Independence responsibly. According to traders at Sadar Bazar, the business of small flags is at an all time high as people love to display them on Independence Day.“These flags are made of paper and a layer of varnish has been applied to ensure its shine. These flags can be easily decomposed in soil in a couple of days,” said Chaman Gupta, a flag manufacturer at Sadar Bazar. The flags will fully decompose in soil in two to four days, he said. Also Read – Need to understand why law graduate’s natural choice is not legal profession: CJIUsing Tricolour, the manufacturers have created over hundred items like bands, caps, pens, cross flags, T-shirts, badges, map of India, medal, pen stand, watch and Angrakha.“This year we have seen a big jump in demand. People have realised the importance of the national flag and proudly display it publicly,” added Gupta.“It has now taken the form of fashion. The business this time has increased manifold.  Vendors and shopkeepers earn handsome profits. Besides, we get bulk orders from government offices, schools, children and RWAs for these flags to hold Independence Day functions,” said Anil Gupta, another manufacturer in the area.It is pertinent to mention that the central government had imposed a complete ban on the sale and use of plastic national flags as they pollute the environment and sometimes found under the feet of pedestrians.last_img read more

This 4Part Process Helps One Firm Vet Top Talent

first_img 2 min read Enroll Now for Free May 25, 2016 Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now When firms like Google, Ideo, Airbnb and even Pfizer need a freelance Java expert or UX designer — and they need it, like, yesterday — they call Toptal. The $80 million company has developed a rigorous, four-part screening process: “We get thousands of applicants every month,” says cofounder and CEO Taso du Val, “and we take the top 3 percent.” Here’s how Toptal vets its freelancers.Hurdle One: Soft-Skills Screening“We have to screen for adulthood,” says cofounder and COO Breanden Beneschott. “You need to be able to work across the world and still get stuff done. So, do you have a certain energy level? Are you disciplined? If you’re one minute late to the call — literally 60 seconds late — it’s an automatic fail.” 26.4 percent of original applicants make it to the next round…Hurdle Two: Coding ChallengeApplicants are given 90 minutes to solve three coding problems. Even developers with decades of experience face-plant under the pressure. “And if there’s a hint of cheating, you’re never going to get into Toptal,” says Beneschott.7.4 percent of original applicants make it to the next round…Hurdle Three: Big-Brother-Style ExercisesToptal hopefuls have to share their screens so an evaluator can watch their every keystroke. This is as much about creativity and collaboration as speed and intellect, so candidates are encouraged to talk through their thought process. 3.6 percent of original applicants make it to the next round…Hurdle Four: Faux ProjectTest projects can take 30 or more hours to complete. “People at the very top are so much better than everybody else — they’re endlessly hungry, endlessly talented,” says Beneschott. “It’s hugely valuable to find them.” That’s how 3 percent of original applicants make it into Toptal.Check out more companies on the 2016 Brilliant 100 list.  This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. This story appears in the June 2016 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »last_img read more

These Are the Tech Myths That Many People Still Believe in

first_img The folks over at HighSpeedInternet.com took a deep dive on the “mythtakes” (get it?) in tech to see just what the general public really believes. To do so, they created a master list of well-known tech claptrap, as well as some that may have once been grounded in reality but is no longer true.To check them out, it surveyed “hundreds” of people in the U.S. to ask which of the major tech myths we believe. The top picks show just how far we have to go to manage expectations.The most-believed myth: that more megapixels in a digital camera make for an instantly better picture. Eighty-six percent of the respondents went for that one; marketing hype doesn’t help. But what really helps with a better photo is a bigger sensor inside the camera.Next, 52 percent of respondents believe that charging a phone overnight somehow harms the battery. That’s not true, and here are several other battery myths debunked. (Another: Don’t freeze your phone to extend battery life!) We also enlighten the 17 percent of people who think you have to run down your smartphone battery completely before you can charge it. Nope.The third biggest myth: Thirty-one percent believe that an airport X-ray will hurt the stored memory on their phone or laptop. This is a holdover from when people had film cameras, and the X-rays actually could damage the film. But they won’t bother a hard drive. A giant magnet could though, so make sure to keep your phone and PC out of the MRI machine when you’re getting a brain scan.The list goes on, with people thinking you can’t infect a Mac with malware and that overnight shutdown of a PC is a requirement. You should feel pretty superior if you don’t believe any of these.HSI went a little further and checked Google Trends to see what the most-googled tech questions are; and some are on its myth-list. Georgia residents apparently want to know whether baby monitors can be hacked — and that one is very true. But as for falseness, Californians search quite a bit to see whether they can charge their phones in the microwave: That’s a cruel prank gone mythical. Texans want to know whether their phones can listen in on them. Lots of states want to know about putting saturated devices in rice to dry them out — but you’d actually be better off using synthetic silica gel desiccant packets (save all that you get in packages for just such an emergency, or buy a bunch). This story originally appeared on PCMag Enroll Now for Free 3 min read This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now January 24, 2019last_img read more

GE Healthcare Introduces Revolution CT with Whisper Drive

first_imgNews | Computed Tomography (CT) | October 31, 2016 GE Healthcare Introduces Revolution CT with Whisper Drive New Whisper Drive technology allows high-speed scans that allow full imaging of the heart in a single heartbeat 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. 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October 31, 2016 — At the 2016 annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA 2016), GE Healthcare will introduce the Revolution CT (computed tomography) scanner with Whisper Drive technology, designed to take high-speed scans that allow full imaging of the heart in just one heartbeat.This is accomplished via a high-speed X-ray tube, weighing about 100 pounds, that routinely reaches 70 Gs as it circles around patients lying inside the machine’s gantry up to five times per second. This high speed, combined with intelligent motion correction, allows doctors to image the heart in just one heartbeat. But it also makes the spinning part — which includes the X-ray tube, a detector and a high-voltage transformer supplying them with power — accelerate so fast that it weighs the equivalent of 3.5 tons.According to GE, the 80 cm gantry must complete one full rotation around the body in one heartbeat in order to get a clear and detailed image of the heart — the equivalent of five rotations per second. The gantry was constructed from aerospace-grade aluminum and includes a system of springs that absorb the acceleration, ensuring parts like the electronic board inside the detector do not move.GE also included fail-safe design features. The 100-pound box that rotates around the gantry is attached with screws and also a dovetail lock as a double system of safety. In case the screws break, the rail will hold it back.From a power standpoint, GE said the system utilizes contactless transmission (induction) to send power to the machine and collect the imaging signal from it. Older CT scanners used brushes to transmit power, but increasing the speed led to wear and reliability issues, according to the company. A basic CT uses 24 kilowatts and generates eight image slices per second; Revolution CT uses 100 kilowatts or more and generates 512 slices, allowing easier imaging of moving parts like the heart.The design also allows GE to change the energy of the imaging spectrum during a scan. When the images are processed with a special algorithm, this allows users to see the composition of the body.GE said it is currently working to develop the next-generation generator that would allows users to see exactly what they want in terms of the quantity and quality per image, and reduce radiation even more.For more information: www.gehealthcare.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Videos | Radiation Therapy | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: Use of Radiotherapy to Noninvasively Ablate Ventricular Tachycardia Pierre Qian, MBBS, read more Video Player is loading.GE Cardiographe cardiac CT scanner at SCCT19Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:38Loaded: 26.15%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:38 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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