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Govt wont pursue talking car mandate

first_imgWASHINGTON – The Trump administration has quietly set aside plans to require new cars to be able to wirelessly talk to each other, auto industry officials said, jeopardizing one of the most promising technologies for preventing traffic deaths.The Obama administration proposed last December that all new cars and light trucks come equipped with technology known as vehicle-to-vehicle communications, or V2V. It would enable vehicles to transmit their location, speed, direction and other information 10 times per second. That lets cars detect, for example, when another vehicle is about to run a red light or coming around a blind turn in time to prevent a crash.The administration has decided not to pursue a final V2V mandate, said two auto industry officials who have spoken with White House and Transportation Department officials and two others whose organizations have spoken to the administration. The industry officials spoke on condition of anonymity so as not to jeopardize their relations with the administration.The White House declined to comment, but the proposal has been dropped from the White House Office of Management and Budget’s list of regulations actively under consideration and instead has been relegated to its long-term agenda.Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao’s office forwarded a statement from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration which said the agency is still reviewing more than 460 comments on the proposed mandate before deciding its next step and that no final decision has been made. Industry officials said decisions on the matter are being made at higher levels of the administration.Administration officials indicated their decision was based on several factors, including general wariness of imposing costly mandates on industry, even though most automakers support requiring V2V, industry officials said. President Donald Trump has made reducing government regulations, which he sees as a drain on the economy, a guiding principle of his administration.The Transportation Department estimates the technology has the potential to prevent or reduce the severity of up to 80 per cent of collisions that don’t involve alcohol or drugs. V2V was also expected to provide an extra layer of safety for self-driving cars since it can detect even vehicles hidden by buildings or beyond the range of the sensors and cameras of autonomous vehicles. And it was expected to ease traffic congestion since vehicles could communicate with traffic signals, turning them green to prevent needless waiting, save fuel and reduce emissions.V2V is one of the “most important tools” for reducing traffic fatalities, but the Trump administration “is locking it in the trunk if they’re not going to put out the mandate,” said Deborah Hersman, president of the National Safety Council, a congressionally chartered advocacy group. “The only way you’re going to get it adopted and deployed in a widespread manner is by having a mandate.”The Obama administration shares some of the blame because it waited years to propose the mandate, she said.Traffic fatalities have surged over the past two years to 37,461 deaths in 2016, up nearly 5,000 deaths from 2014. It’s the largest two-year increase since the early 1960s.Another reason administration officials are allowing the V2V proposal to languish is strong opposition from the cable and tech industries, auto industry officials said.The government set aside the 5.9 GHz spectrum band for transportation technologies in 1999. It went unused while the government and automakers spent over a decade and more than $1 billion developing and testing V2V.Spectrum is finite and in short supply. Cable and tech companies have been seeking permission to use the 5.9 GHz spectrum for additional wireless bandwidth. Automakers say they need the entire 5.9 GHz spectrum for V2V and other safety uses.The Federal Communications Commission has been conducting tests to see if the spectrum can be shared without interfering with the safety signals. The first test results are expected to be released soon.Automakers wanted the mandate partly because it would establish V2V protocols to ensure that Fords could talk to Toyotas which could talk to Volkswagens, and so on.The mandate was also intended to get the technology onto roads faster. It called for half of new vehicles to have V2V within two years after a final rule was issued, and all new vehicles within four years. The more vehicles equipped with V2V, the more collisions that could be avoided. It would still take many years before there were enough vehicles with V2V to reap the technology’s full promise. That might be accelerated by after-market devices that would bring V2V to older vehicles.Automakers can put V2V in vehicles without a mandate. General Motors has put the technology in its Cadillac CTS sedans. Toyota has put V2V in vehicles in Japan and Volkswagen plans to put it in cars in Europe starting in 2019. But it will be more difficult for automakers to protect the 5.9 GHz spectrum and deployment will be far slower without a mandate, industry officials said.Some European manufacturers say they want V2V, but it might be better to wait super-fast 5G cellular technology to achieve it instead of currently available technology. But 5G is still being developed. Years of testing would be required after it’s ready before it could go into cars.“The longer we wait, the more people die,” said Kirk Steudle, director of the Michigan Department of Transportation. “We need to move forward with it.”___Follow Joan Lowy on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/AP_Joan_Lowy___This story has been corrected to reflect that General Motors has put the V2V technology in Cadillac CTS sedans, not CT6 sedans.last_img read more

Magnitude 45 earthquake felt throughout the BC Peace

first_imgNancy Ragan posted on the Energeticcity.ca Facebook page “Felt it here a peace island park! House shaking like crazy and pictures falling down”.Vivian Clarke said the quake shook her entire house. “Very strong shook my whole house and set the chandeler swinging.”Members of the School District 60 felt the quake just as their band concert started at the North Peace Cultural Centre.We had an earth shaking start to the Beginning Band Concert but the show went on! #yxj #sd60 #fortstjohn pic.twitter.com/DtAEyUNcIF— School District 60 (@sd60) November 30, 2018 UPDATE – Natural Resources Canada Seismologist John Cassidy says the cause is under investigation.  “There have been alot of induced earthquakes in the area, along with natural quakes.  The Oil and Gas Commission has been notified and will investigate. They will be looking into the depth of the quake and recent activity in the area.  It could take a few days to determine the exact size and cause of the quake”.Cassidy went on to confirm at least two aftershocks were felt in the region.  The first happened at around 7:06 p.m. and measured approximately 3.3.  The second was stronger at 4.0 at around 7:15 p.m.Natural Resources Canada says the quake measured 4.5, while the US Geological Survey said the quake was 4.2.  Cassidy says Natural Resource Canada has equipment in the area, while the USGS’s equipment is located farther away from the quake.  Seismologists will look at all the data and determine the exact size and location of the quake in the coming days. Residents are encouraged to share what they felt during the quake to Natural Resources Canada.  You can do that by clicking here.ORIGINAL STORYFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – A 4.2 or 4.5 magnitude earthquake was felt all around the B.C. Peace Thursday at around 6:27 p.m.The US Geological Survey says the quake happend 22 km east southeast of Fort St. John and was 4.2 in size.  Earthquakes Canada says it was a 4.5 magnitued quake 16 km from Fort St. John.Many residents reported at least three aftershocks in the region.  The PRRD says there has been no movement in the area of the Old Fort landslide. “The Ministry of Transportation has checked their monitoring equipment and there is no movement at this time.”Aftershocks could occur – take precautionary actions and drop, cover & hold on whenever you feel one. https://t.co/zOI9AnwLmO— Emergency Info BC (@EmergencyInfoBC) November 30, 2018center_img Eyewitnesses report feeling the ground shake as far away as Chetwynd, Tumbler Ridge and Dawson Creek.  At this point there are no reports of any damage caused by the quake.Click here to read more information about the quake from the US Geological Survey.USGS reports 4.2 magnitude #earthquake 22 km east southeast of Fort. St. John. Reports of it being felt in the area. More info: https://t.co/kHfw5Yrv9y— Emergency Info BC (@EmergencyInfoBC) November 30, 2018last_img read more

Fed survey Economic growth picks up across most of the United States

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WASHINGTON – A Federal Reserve survey shows economic growth picking up across most of the United States over the past two months as bitter winter weather subsided.Ten of the Fed’s 12 regions reported an increase in economic activity, according to the Beige Book survey released Wednesday. In most places, the Fed described the improvement as “modest or moderate.” Only Cleveland and St. Louis reported slower growth.In March and early April, consumers took advantage of better weather to go shopping. Manufacturing expanded across most of the country. Ports and highways were busier. Across most of the country, home prices rose modestly and homebuilding picked up. Tourism was “generally positive.” In several districts, ski resorts reported record years.The Beige Book is based on anecdotal reports from businesses and will be considered along with other data when Fed policymakers meet April 29-30. Confident that the economy is improving, the Fed has been scaling back bond purchases meant to push long-term interest rates down, encourage consumer and business spending and spur economic growth.Economists are hoping that growth will pick up as the weather gets warmer. Despite a slow, chilly start this year, the economy is expected to grow 3 per cent this year, the fastest pace since 2005, two years before the Great Recession hit.“Beneath all the snow and ice — and there was still some in March — the economy is coming back,” says John Canally, economist at LPL Financial. “Overall, (the Beige Book) says the economy is poised to reaccelerate.”The job market has steadily recovered. Employers added a healthy 192,000 jobs in March and 197,000 in February. The economy has now regained all the private sector jobs it lost during the Great Recession. On Wednesday, the Fed also reported that U.S. factory output rose further last month, extending strong growth from February after harsh weather had caused production to tumble in January.Still, the news is not all good. A government report on housing construction Wednesday was weaker than economists had hoped for. And the outlook for homebuilding was clouded by a drop last month in applications for building permits. Fed survey: Economic growth picks up across most of the United States as harsh winter recedes by Paul Wiseman, The Associated Press Posted Apr 16, 2014 12:05 pm MDT read more

UN chief condemns deadly terrorist attack in southern Iraq

In a statement from his spokesperson, the Secretary-General expressed “his sincere condolences to the families of the victims and to the Government and people of Iraq.” Terrorists attacked the Thi-Qar province on 14 September, reportedly killing or wounding dozens of people. In the statement, Mr. Guterres reiterated UN support to the Government and people of Iraq in fighting terrorism and violent extremism.

Diet drinks and food actually trigger weight gain and diabetes says new

first_imgThe scientists say it could help explain previous studies that have suggested that artificial sweeteners can increase blood sugar levels and possibly trigger diabetes.“A calorie is not a calorie,” said senior author Dana Small, Professor of Psychiatry at Yale University School of Medicine.“The assumption that more calories trigger greater metabolic and brain response is wrong. Calories are only half of the equation; sweet taste perception is the other half.“Our bodies evolved to efficiently use the energy sources available in nature. Our modern food environment is characterized by energy sources our bodies have never seen before.“When sweet taste and energy are not matched less energy is metabolized and weaker, or inaccurate, signals are sent to the brain.  Either one of these effects may affect metabolic health.” The brain needs sweetness to start burning calories Credit:Anthony Devlin PA  For the new study, scientists scanned the brains of 15 people when they were drinking diet drinks, and compared them to regular beverages. They also monitored how much energy was burned by the body.  They found when there was a ‘mismatch’ between sweetness and calories – as is often the case with diet drinks or foods because they are not as sugary – the calories fail to trigger the body’s metabolism. Reward circuits in the brain also did not register that calories had been consumed, which could lead to eating more.Commenting on the paper, Dominic Dwyer, Professor of Psychology at Cardiff University, said: “What the paper does imply, correctly in my view, is that mismatches between calories and sweetness interfere with metabolism of calories in a way that could have negative impact on weight gain, diabetes, heart disease etc. but that determining the link between the unprocessed calories and metabolic health needs future work.“The most important implication is namely the fate of calories consumed in the mismatch conditions.“These are not efficiently metabolised at the time of ingestion and thus processed later and/or stored either of which could drive weight gain and interfere with metabolism.”Tam Fry, of the National Obesity Forum, added: “This research should be enough to convince you that artificial ingredients, whether they be in food or drink, can screw up your system even though they may sound healthy. “They may be free of calories but not of consequences and diabetes is only one of them. ” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Diet drinks or foods may actually promote weight gain and trigger diabetes because the brain misreads the number of calories present and reduces metabolism, a new study suggests.Researchers at Yale University in the US discovered that the body stops burning energy from food if there is a ‘mismatch’ between food sweetness and calories.In nature, sweetness signals energy and the greater the sweetness the more calories are available, so the brain has evolved to expect the two to come together. When they do not, the brain can become confused, thinking there are fewer calories to burn. The brain needs sweetness to start burning calories center_img Experts said if people were worried they should stick to drinking water  Experts said if people were worried they should stick to drinking water Credit:Dominic Lipinski PA  However other British experts were more skeptical about the findings and warned people to stick to drinking water if they were concerned about artificially sweetened drinks.Naveed Sattar, Professor of Metabolic Medicine at Glasgow University, said: “There is currently no strong evidence that diet drinks are necessarily bad for you whereas there is stronger and consistent evidence for sugar sweetened drinks being linked to higher diabetes risk.   “Overall, my advice to people drinking sugar-rich drinks would be to replace with water but that if this is not possible, diet drinks are still a better choice to prevent tooth decay.  “Whether diet drinks also help weight loss or other benefits is uncertain and requires proper long term trials which are currently lacking.”Tom Sanders, Professor emeritus of Nutrition and Dietetics, at King’s College London, added: “The statement that a calorie is not a calorie is gobbledegook. Calories are a measure of the energy value of food. The remark is as stupid as saying a pound of feathers is lighter than a pound of lead.“The claim is not supported by the observational evidence on people who are long-term consumers of artificial sweeteners.  “Furthermore, an analysis of trials of replacing sugar sweetened drinks with artificially flavoured drinks show that there is some weight loss. Weight gain is certainly is not caused by drinking artificial sweeteners.”The research was published in the journal Current Biology. This research should be enough to convince you that artificial ingredients, whether they be in food or drink, can screw up your systemTam Fry, National Obesity Forumlast_img read more

School to be built with obscured ground floor windows to prevent paedophiles

Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The school will also have no ground-floor classrooms and windows will be obscured up to a height of 2m (6.5ft).An entrance for the primary school, will be moved down the road to avoid the probation centre and provide a safe space for parents to hand over to staff.The plans emerged as local residents and the police expressed their concerns about having convicted child sex offenders so close to children.John Green, the Dorset Police crime prevention officer, said: “Issues with the probation centre having service users who have to report to the building that could place them in breach of court and probation orders by being so close to a school have been raised. The enhanced risk of having a pool of young people quite so close to people known to offend with children is, I believe, a great concern to the probation and police.”Terry Fry, a neighbour, said he was worried about its “proximity to … convicted paedophiles having to pass the school to sign the sex register”.The school will also be close to a police station and concerns have been raised about children being struck by speeding emergency response cars.So far, officials have stalled on whether to grant the school planning permission over fears for child welfare. The Probation centre opposite the proposed Academy site.Credit:BNPS They include an 8ft-high fence with gates that will only open for an hour in the morning and 45 minutes in the evenings to allow children to come and go.The main entrance will be overseen by reception staff who will keep a watchful eye through glazed windows.The school will also have CCTV cameras at all perimeter entrances and at the exits of the academy buildings.Playgrounds will be built within the perimeter of the school, hidden by the building, making it impossible for outsiders to view children while they play.In a bid to further obscure the activities of children, planting and landscaping will act as a physical barrier. The school will be run by the Aspirations Academies Trust (AAT), which said: “Following discussions, it has been agreed that the location of the school and the proximity of the probation centre and police station can be managed appropriately.”In a joint statement submitted with the planning application, Dorset Police, the National Probation Service, the DoE and AAT said a meeting would be set up later in the year to further discuss management and safeguarding.Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council will decide next week whether to grant planning permission.A DoE spokesman said: “All necessary safety features proposed for this school were already incorporated into its design and no further alterations were required.” The Probation centre opposite the proposed Academy site. A school will be built with obscured ground-floor windows to prevent paedophiles from looking at the children, plans have revealed.Concerns have been raised over the opening of a large school next door to a probation centre frequented by convicted paedophiles.The new Livingstone Academy will take over a closed magistrates’ court building in Bournemouth, Dorset.But the site is just a short walk from a probation office that is used by “people known to offend with children”.The Department for Education (DoE), which is behind the 1,500-pupil school, insists it has incorporated “all necessary safety features” into its plans.  read more

Eldorado Gold to spend 520 million on Kisladag mill in Turkey

first_imgThe board of directors of Eldorado Gold have given the go ahead to build a mill at the Kisladag gold mine in Turkey, as the operation transitions away from its heap leaching roots.The Mill Project is expected to cost $520 million, including $384 million for the mill, $75 million for pre-stripping, and $61 million in contingency and growth allowance.Reserves of 3 Moz grading 0.81 g/t Au, accounting for depletion over the first four months of 2018, support a nine-year mine life with average annual production of 270,000 oz of gold at an all in sustaining cost of $793/oz, according to Eldorado.Production at the Kisladag heap leach operation came in at 34,070 oz in the September quarter, marginally lower year-on-year. No additional ore has been placed on the heap leach pad since April 2018.The project comes with an estimated after-tax net present value (5% discount rate) of $392 million and a payback period of 3.9 years, all at an assumed gold price of $1,300/oz.The mill is expected to begin commissioning activities in late 2020, with production expected in the first half of 2021.last_img read more

Not missing a beat

first_imgGasping for air, not being able walk more than 100 metres and given just months to live, Michelle Gribilas felt like she was living a life sentence.Her heart was operating at 25 per cent capacity.“For two years I couldn’t move and walk a lot, it was hard during the summer periods,” she tells Neos Kosmos. “Everything was affected.” She was going down the same path as her son, Kosta, who in 2008 was languishing on the heart transplant list in Greece. He was eventually saved after he received the heart of Australian teenager Doujon Zammit, who died in Greece while on holiday.With her son’s dire diagnosis, she, alongside her whole family, underwent a myriad of tests to see if they were vulnerable to the same fate. All the tests came back negative. That is until two years ago.Moving back to Australia in 2011 from Laconia, Greece, Mrs Gribilas was keeping up to date with her tests, being as cautious as she could be to make sure she would be around for her children and grandchildren. At the age of 55, she got the bad news. Her heart was failing. While doctors weren’t able to tell her if her condition is linked to her son’s, all she knew was that she would need the same treatment. A new heart.Three months ago, she got her new heart, but through a very unique procedure. She was transplanted with a technically dead heart. Her new heart was in fact reanimated by doctors to beat again. She was the first recipient in the world to receive a heart in such a way.Doctors at Sydney’s St Vincent’s Hospital were able to transplant a heart that had stopped beating for 20 minutes, resuscitating it by pumping it with fresh blood and injecting it with a preservation serum. The operation was a testament to the joint work of the hospital and the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Centre, who have been working on the theory for 12 years. While Mrs Gribilas knew she was getting the unique transplant, she didn’t realise she was the first person ever to get it. Victor Chang Institute executive director Professor Bob Graham said her transplant had its ups and downs. “The first heart transplant that we did looked very, very poor indeed,” he told the ABC.“It wasn’t beating very well at all.“By the time they brought the heart to St Vincent’s Hospital from where the donor patient had been, the heart was starting to look a lot better.“And by the time they put it into the patient it was looking very good.”Now after three months, the heart is behaving exactly as it should, with no evidence of tissue damage. Two more people have had heart transplants in the same way, showing that there’s huge potential for the method. Previously, only brain dead patients whose hearts were still beating could be considered donors, but now doctors will be able to use patients whose hearts have stopped beating for 20 to 30 minutes. It has also widened the time for the operations, as the heart can be kept warm and beating on the console machine for up to eight hours.The breakthrough could see the number of successful heart transplants rise by 30 per cent, potentially cutting the waiting times down dramatically. Going into hospital every week to get the new heart checked, Mrs Gribilas has been seeing some great results. She can walk for kilometres, even climbing hundreds of stairs in a day.She is also finding her son Kosta a source of invaluable information. ‘Kosta’s a big help, he’s been through it so he helps me out a lot,” she says. “He’s my right hand.” Going through such an ordeal, and seeing how it’s affected her family, Mrs Gribilas says the one thing she’s learnt is how important it is to have the organ donation talk with your family. “It’s one of the marvellous things you can do, because you give someone another chance at life,” she says. ‘My grandson, he’ll be 18 soon, and he wants to be a donor.”Surprisingly, migrant communities are some of the least represented in giving the OK to become organ donors.Confusion, superstition and faith are some of the reasons why Greeks are reluctant to become organ donors. Some are even under the impression that removing organs at the time of death means they won’t be seen by god on their ascent to heaven.The Greek Orthodox Church has clarified their stance on the issue, and said the gift of life is one of the noblest gifts a Christian can give. “Organ and tissue donation transforms the lives of people in need of a transplant,” Archbishop Stylianos says.“It respects the sanctity of life and enables people to give the ultimate gift of life to others.”Mrs Gribilas is a living example of just how important it is to be a donor, while she sees the dire need for more to heed the call. “Because I come to St Vincent’s every week for a check up, I see kids that are 17 or 18 years old and it’s a shame,” she says. In Australia, organ donors remain anonymous, even if the new recipient would like to show their gratitude. While Mrs Gribilas’ son Kosta was able to personally thank the donor’s family, Mrs Gribilas won’t have that chance. “I would like to write them a letter and send them some flowers, but I don’t want to meet them,” she says.“It’s a very delicate topic, you get very close to them, you feel sorry for their loss.”Organ donation is a very precise art. Even if there’s an abundance of organs, the recipient must be deemed a correct match, with blood type and medical history being looked at.Around 1,500 people are on Australian organ transplant waiting lists at any time. In Australia the family of every potential donor will be asked to confirm the donation decision of their loved one before donation can proceed.To find out more about organ and tissue donation and to read information in Greek, visit www.donatelife.gov.au/ Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Doctors of Ctg hospitals call off strike

first_imgMax Hospital fires 2 physicians over Raifa’s death. Photo: UNBDoctors of private hospitals and clinics in Chattogram who went on an indefinite strike on Sunday protesting the drive in different private clinics and hospitals by RAB, called off their strike on Monday.Private medical institutions association president Abul Kashem told the media on Monday noon that they withdrew the strike considering sufferings of patients.Earlier on Sunday, Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) launched separate drives following allegations of irregularities in two private hospitals— Max Hospital at Mehedibagh and Metropolitan Hospital at GEC intersection-in the port city.Following the drive, the owners and physicians at different private clinics and hospitals refrained from providing medical services to patients.RAB started the drive as a government investigation committee formed recently over the death of Raifa Khan, 3, daughter of Rubel Khan, staff reporter of vernacular daily the Daily Samakal, due to wrong treatment at Max hospital on 29 June, found various irregularities at the hospital.Two physicians of the hospital were sacked as a probe committee found their negligence in the treatment of Raifa that caused her death.last_img read more

R2D2 actor Kenny Baker has died

first_imgGoodbye #KennyBaker A lifelong loyal friend-I loved his optimism & determination He WAS the droid I was looking for! pic.twitter.com/rd94OEYaHi— Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) August 13, 2016 English actor Kenny Baker, best known as R2-D2 from the first six Star Wars films, has died at the age of 81.The 3’8″ tall actor hadn’t been in good health for quite a while, having had to decline a trip to the Los Angeles premiere of Star Wars: The Force Awakens last December due to lung issues. He did manage to attend the film’s London premiere and meet up with George Lucas soon after.The sad news was first reported by his niece, Abigail Shield, who talked about his legacy.“It was expected, but it’s sad nonetheless,” said Shield. “He had a very long and fulfilled life. He brought lots of happiness to people and we’ll be celebrating the fact that he was well loved throughout the world. We’re all very proud of what he achieved in his lifetime.”Born in Birmingham in 1934, Baker was told that he probably wouldn’t survive past puberty since little people didn’t have much in the way of life expectancy back then. Fortunately he was cared for by a group named The Shaftesbury Society, which helped him overcome his stature and realize his goal of becoming a performer. At the age of 16 he achieved his goal by joining “Burton Lester’s Midgets,” going on to join the circus as a clown and shadow Ringmaster. He eventually ended up touring the country doing pantomime and ice shows, even meeting the Queen over the course of it.Besides his iconic turn as the most beloved, loyal, and brave character in the entire Star Wars universe, Baker had a long career acting in sci-fi and fantasy films. Perhaps his most notable role was as Fidgit in Terry Gilliam’s masterpiece Time Bandits. (We only hope you will all be watching that in honor of him this week.) He performed roles in such classics as Flash Gordon, Amadeus, The Elephant Man, and Labyrinth. In Return of the Jedi he also played Paploo, the gutsy Ewok who takes a joyride on a speeder bike.Baker last acted as consultant for R2-D2 on Star Wars: The Force Awakens. His presence will be missed in future installments and, indeed, by the whole world. So sorry to hear about this. It was lovely working with Kenny. Kenny Baker, Star Wars R2-D2 actor, dies aged 81 https://t.co/9HW6f3MWZl— Ewan McGregor (@mcgregor_ewan) August 13, 2016Image courtesy of StarWars.comlast_img read more

Authors explore security threat of covert acoustical mesh networks in air

first_img(Phys.org) —”If we want to exploit a rigorously hardened and tested type of computing system or networks of this type of computing system, we have to break new ground. Covert channels are communication channels utilizing means for communications that have not been designed for communication at all.” So begins a bracing paper published last month in the Journal of Communications. Titled “On Covert Acoustical Mesh Networks in Air,” the paper discusses devices that can support stealthy communication preventing immediate detection of the covert channels. The authors, Michael Hanspach and Michael Goetz, are research associates at the Fraunhofer Institute for Communication, Information Processing and Ergonomy (FKIE), in Wachtberg, Germany. Explore further More information: Research paper: On Covert Acoustical Mesh Networks in Air, www.jocm.us/index.php?a=show&catid=124&id=600 The authors warned that “Acoustical networking as a covert communication technology is a considerable threat to computer security and might even break the security goals of high assurance computing systems based on formally verified micro kernels that did not consider acoustical networking in their security concept.” Researchers in the past have described acoustic wave propagation used in underwater setups but the authors in their research did something different. “The underlying network stack is based on a communication system that was originally designed for robust underwater communication. We adapt the communication system to implement covert and stealthy communications by utilizing the near ultrasonic frequency range. We further demonstrate how the scenario of covert acoustical communication over the air medium can be extended to multi-hop communications and even to wireless mesh networks.”The authors showed that establishing covert acoustical mesh networks in air is feasible in setups with commonly available business laptops. (The authors noted that a covert acoustical mesh network can be conceived as a botnet or malnet that is accessible via nearfield audio communications.) For their experimental setup, they used five laptops as the mesh network participants. They installed Debian 7.1 on each laptop. Commenting on their work, Dan Goodin of Ars Technica said the new research shows that “high-frequency networking is easily within the grasp of today’s malware.” In an email, Hanspach said that commonly available laptops can communicate over their internal speakers and microphones, and form a covert acoustical mesh network. Over that network, “information can travel over multiple hops of infected nodes, connecting completely isolated computing systems and networks (e.g., the internet) to each other.”The authors, in their paper, also discussed countermeasures against covert acoustical mesh networks. These include the use of lowpass filtering in computing systems and a host-based intrusion detection system for analyzing audio input and output to detect irregularities. 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. Scenario for a multi-hop acoustical keylogger. Credit: Michael Hanspach and Michael Goetz Research finds new channels to trigger mobile malware Citation: Authors explore security threat of covert acoustical mesh networks in air (2013, December 3) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-12-authors-explore-threat-covert-acoustical.html © 2013 Phys.orglast_img read more

Navras 2018 Paying tribute to the maestros

first_imgTo enthrall the music lovers, Ministry of Culture and Kalpana Verma of Kalahetu presented a soulful evening titled Navras 2018. The event was hosted in the loving memory of Late Praveen Gangani, the legendary Kathak dancer and Ustad Anis Khan Saheb of Delhi Gharana, who left us and the music world suddenly.”The changing moods of nature affect the psyche of the human mind and Saawan season is famous for its romantic ethos giving rise to different emotions and moods of Navaras. Keeping that in mind we have organized this soulful music and dance evening,” said Kalpana Verma, founder Kalahetu. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe evening started with the condolence ceremony of brilliant artists, Ustad Anis Khan and Praveen Gangani. Mukesh Gangani, son of the legendary Praveen Gangani showcased his father’s last choreography. The beautiful evening was then followed by a vocal recital by Ustad Iqbal Ahmed Khan Saheb Doyen and Khalifa Dilli Gharana. After this, the audience enjoyed an exhilarating presentation of Navras 2018.Navras 2018 with four major Rasas has been artfully conceptualized by Kalpana Verma with music by Pt. Jaikishen Maharaj. In the production of Navras, Kalahetu has roped in young and talented choreographers each handling a different rasa. Shringar Ras was choreographed by Vidushi Mamta Maharaj and beautifully performed by Vishal Krishna and Ragini Maharaj (Granddaughter of Pt. Birju Maharaj). Karun Rasa was beautifully performed by Vidushi Mamta Maharaj, (Daughter of Pt. Birju Maharaj).Adbhuta Rasa- a Kalpana Verma’s choreography was an imaginative depiction of the creation that never fails to amaze the artist. It was a gripping presentation by female dancers, Yamika, Geeta, Komal, Harshdeep, Deeksha, Sonali, Samadrita and male dancers including Rohit Pawa, Siddhant, Vivek, Anmol, Bhavdeep, and Montu.last_img read more

Add colours to boring white walls

first_imgIf you want to decorate a small house, your options get limited due to the lack of space. Still, you can make the interiors of your small house look perfectly placed. This is through the large open space you have – the walls. There are plenty of creative ideas you can apply to make your wall speak for you.Anjali Jain, an artist and founder of Kala Drishti (NGO) share some ideas to revamp our bland wall:Choose the right colour for your wallIt is a crucial decision and at the same time very difficult to choose the right colour for the walls. The colour should blend with the lighting and furniture in the room. To make any room look good without taking much risk, keep darker colours for floor, moderate colours for the walls and light colours for the ceiling. Also, we should keep in mind for whom the room is being decorated. For instance, if the room is for young kids, then they would prefer bright colours, whereas for aged people light colours are preferable. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfCreate a collage on the wallThere is nothing that adds personality and colour to the room as a gallery wall does. Putting up a great piece of wall art in a space that instantly draws attention, gives a sense of satisfaction. You can display a collection of art, photographs, wall hangings to make a collage on the wall. It is advisable to opt for simple, cohesive framesIf in doubt use wallpapersWallpapers have come a long way since the days of our grandparents. If you cannot paint the walls, then opt for wallpapers. You can select the design or pattern of your choice and liven up your room(s). You can either cover all the four walls or just use a bold and coloured wallpaper on one wall. To create a subtle yet a striking feature, opt for simple designs instead of a hectic pattern.Fabric is the new trendInduce some originality to your living space using fabrics. This idea is simple and inexpensive at the same time. These are easy to put and even more easy to remove. You can use starch to attach the fabric to the wall. With this method, the wall will not get damaged and the fabric can be removed whenever required.last_img read more

The world in 1988 when Suu Kyi last in Europe

first_img Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generation Sponsored Stories Top Stories Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology Comments   Share   center_img New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements _ Prozac was introduced to the U.S. market and quickly became a leading treatment for depression._ Ben Johnson won the 100m gold at the Seoul Summer Olympics and was later disqualified for taking a steroid._ The Oscar for best picture went to “The Last Emperor,” directed by Bernardo Bertolucci._ George Michael’s song “Faith” was the No. 1 song on Billboard’s year-end chart._ President Ronald Reagan was ending a second term and George H.W. Bush was elected to the White House._ The Iran-Iraq War _ also known as the First Persian Gulf War _ ended after eight years._ The first trans-Atlantic fiber optic cable was laid with capacity to carry 40,000 telephone calls simultaneously._ A Libyan terrorist attack on Pan Am Flight 103 killed 270 people over Lockerbie, Scotland._ There were about 2 million cellphone subscribers in the U.S. Last year there were more than 330 million _ more cellphones than people.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) (AP) – The world was a different place the last time Aung San Suu Kyi was in Europe in 1988. The Berlin Wall and the Soviet Union still existed.Elsewhere that year:_ The Morris worm became, if not the first computer virus, the first to get widespread attention. It crippled about 6,000 computer systems, which at the time was about one-tenth of the Internet._ Panama leader Gen. Manuel Antonio Noriega was indicted in the United States on drug smuggling charges. 4 ways to protect your company from cyber breacheslast_img read more

Police 9 killed in bomb blast in the Somali capital

first_img Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to help Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home Witnesses described chaotic scenes as civilians fled through nearby alleys while soldiers fired in the air to prevent a crowd from gathering. Civilians carried wounded victims to nearby hospitals.“We die like insects every day,” said Ahmed Mohamed, whose wife was wounded in the attack.There was no immediate claim of responsibility, but the attack bore the hallmarks of al-Shabab, the Somali Islamic extremist group that has vowed to step up attacks against the government and African Union forces during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.The militants, who have ties with al-Qaida, have been pushed out of much of the territory they once controlled across the Horn of Africa nation, including Mogadishu. But they remain a lethal threat, carrying out guerrilla attacks on government and civilian targets.On Sunday al-Shabab militants tried to attack a training compound used by intelligence officials in Mogadishu. One government soldier and four militants were killed in that attack.____Associated Press writer Aya Batrawy contributed to this report from Dubai.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Sponsored Stories 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finishes Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sobercenter_img Top Stories Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Comments   Share   MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — Nine people were killed Wednesday after a suicide bomber tried to ram his explosives-laden car into a convoy of vehicles transporting Emirati diplomats in the Somali capital of Mogadishu, a police official said.The diplomats from the United Arab Emirates were unharmed and most of the victims were Somali civilians caught up in the blast, said Capt. Mohamed Hussein.Anwar Gargash, the UAE minister of state for foreign affairs, confirmed that the targets of the attack were unharmed and safe, and he extended his sorrow at the loss of Somali lives in the incident, adding that the “cowardly terrorist attack” will not deter UAE support to Somalia.last_img read more

A getaway to the sun can be yours from only £59 re

first_imgA getaway to the sun can be yours from only £59 return!Tenerife from £82In many ways the classic winter sun getaway, this Canary Island attracts millions of tourists per year to its sunny beaches and comfortable resorts. For something a bit different, why not visit the island’s volcano, El Teide, which is the third largest in the world from its base. Find flights to TenerifeCyprus from £79The largest of the Greek islands sits in the very east of the Mediterranean, close to Turkey and the Asian continent. Rich with natural beauty, Cyprus has nearly 650km of stunning coastline across its many towns and villages. Find flights to CyprusAlicante from £59The benefits of visiting a popular resort out of season are best illustrated in Alicante – a huge range of beaches and hotels are available sometimes at a fraction of the cost of the summer season, and the temperature is still nicely up near 30C. Find flights to AlicanteReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedWhere to go on holiday for short-haul late summer sun in 2017While we’re getting ready for autumn, summer is still in full swing during September and October in many European destinations, including Tenerife, Cyprus and Spain. So don’t panic if you’ve not had your dose of vitamin D yet, a late summer sun holiday is only a short flight away.Bargain of the week: Tenerife | Fuerteventura | PaphosBargain of the week: Tenerife | Fuerteventura | PaphosWhere to go on holiday for early summer sun in 2019Looking for a summer holiday but don’t want to travel during peak season when prices go through the roof? Check out these short-haul destinations perfect for early summer and bag a cheap flight while the kids are still at school…last_img read more

Larnaca marina and port plans on track

first_imgThe procedures to invite tenders for the development of Larnaca’s marina and port are on track, the transport ministry said on Thursday.It was responding to news reports claiming further delays.In a statement, the ministry said that the cabinet earlier this week approved the release of the final tender documents to the project suitors.The tender documents would be delivered on Friday as scheduled, it added.The ministry also rebutted claims that the mooted project is beset by legal complications.It said that a legal opinion, delivered by the attorney-general’s office on August 13, cleared the way for the project.Additionally, the ministry had received the opinions of the Commissioner for State Aid Control and the Commission for the Protection of Competition.It’s understood that the project’s suitors are having reservations about a clause that places a cap on the volume of cargo to be processed at Larnaca port.A ceiling of 900,000 tonnes per annum has been placed. The clause had been inserted in the agreement for the development of the new Limassol port and terminal, inaugurated in May this year.Initially three suitors had expressed an interest in the Larnaca project. Two subsequently withdrew, leaving only Ampa Ltd & Israel Shipyards Ltd in the running.You May LikeHealthy ChameleonSee What Happens To Your Body if You Try these Convenient BreakfastsHealthy ChameleonUndoPersonal Injury Lawyer | Search Ads5 Star General Contractor? Check Out Unlimited Home Services LLC!Personal Injury Lawyer | Search AdsUndoWomenTales.comThese Sisters took the Same Photo Every YearWomenTales.comUndo UK plays Brexit hardball with ‘stubborn’ EUUndoCypriot ambassadors gather in Nicosia for annual briefingUndo‘Ordinary hero’ says EU cooperation succeeded in combating human traffickingUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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600 on classes and mandatory fees every year. and flight paramedic Miles Weske, He explained that even in some surrounding communities of Doron Baga, President Muhammadu Buhari. read more