CAC Secures $14 Million in Redress for Consumers

first_imgThe Consumer Affairs Commission (CAC) secured over $14 million on behalf of aggrieved consumers during the 2012/13 financial year, Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Dolsie Allen, has disclosed.In an interview with JIS News, Mrs. Allen said that the sum was for the settlement of 1,607 of 1,782 complaints received, representing a 90 per cent resolution rate.She noted that the most frequent complaints filed were in the categories of electrical equipment and appliances, accounting for 30 per cent of the total and utilities, representing close to 11 per cent.As it relates to electrical equipment and appliances, the CEO urged persons to be mindful of illegitimate vendors selling substandard products.“One of the problems is that persons buy from vendors that are not really established and there is a challenge in terms of getting redress…so we are encouraging persons that whenever possible, check the appliance before you leave the store or point of purchase to ensure that the item is working and if possible, get somebody to go with you who might be knowledgeable about these items,” Mrs. Allen advised.She added that consumers need to ask relevant questions especially as it relates to the warranty, exchange and return policies of vendors, which are all critical when consumers seek some form of redress.“Once you are purchasing items especially electrical appliances and gadgets or any high value product, you must ensure that you have your warranty document in place. If it is not given to you, ask for it and ensure to get it in writing, whether it is noted on your receipt or a separate document,” Mrs. Allen advised.She noted that if this is not provided, the CAC, through the Consumer Protection Act, can impose a six-month warranty period.According to Mrs. Allen, the purchase of motor vehicles is another category, which continues to be of great concern to the CAC, with over 80 complaints still outstanding for the past financial year.“We are encouraging persons that whenever you are purchasing a motor vehicle, you do all the due diligence and try to get all the information you possibly can, including the model and year of the vehicle,” she stated.The CEO urged consumers to be more responsible in their purchasing decisions, especially on high value investments such as motor vehicles and stressed the need for a certified or experienced mechanic to be present during the time of transaction and/or purchase, to assess the vehicle and identify any existing problems or defects.In terms of outreach and public education initiatives, the CAC was involved in some 314 activities islandwide, directly reaching over 74,000 persons for the period under review.The CAC has pledged its commitment to keep consumers informed about their rights and responsibilities and assist them in obtaining redress when necessary.The CAC is the national agency responsible for consumer advocacy. It was established to promote fair and honest business practices, by investigating alleged violations of consumer protection laws, taking legal action to stop unfair or deceptive practices in the marketplace, and educating consumers and businesses regarding their respective rights and obligations.For further information on consumer-related issues or queries, persons may contact the CAC at 978-4998, or visit their website: www.cac.gov.jm or facebook page, www.facebook.com/cac.gov.jm.Contact: Kadian Brownlast_img read more

WSM to Manage Turquoise FSRU for Pardus Energy

first_imgWilhelmsen Ship Management, a Wilhelmsen group company, said it will be providing ship management services for the new Floating Storage and Regasification Unit (FSRU) named Turquoise, owned by Ireland-based Pardus Energy.Pardus Energy is a new entrant into the FSRU market, which aims to further expand its market presence.The FSRU is a 170,000 CBM gas processing vessel, built at Hyundai Heavy Industry, South Korea. The FSRU will be managed by Wilhelmsen Ship Management Malaysia.“This win further solidifies our position in the gas market and we expect further growth driven by the positive sentiment in this segment,” says Carl Schou, CEO and President of Wilhelmsen Ship Management.WSM’s portfolio of managed vessels includes more than 450 vessels, including LNG/LPG, Ro-Ro and PCC/PCTC, container, cruise, bulk, and offshore.Image Courtesy: Wilhelmsen Ship Managementlast_img read more

Conservation Officers Ask Nova Scotians to Help Protect Recreational Fishery

first_img To report a violation regarding overfishing in lakes, rivers and streams, call 1-800-565-2224 and provide as much information as possible. You can also complete an online form at https://www.novascotia.ca/nse/conservation-enforcement/fillout-form.asp Provincial conservation officers remind Nova Scotians there is a daily limit on the number of trout that can be caught in most regions. Naturally low productivity in much of the province’s waters limits the number of trout that can be harvested sustainably. Overfishing can reduce the number of spawning trout in the fall and the number of small trout the following year. “The regulations help protect the opportunity for anglers today and for future generations,” said Environment Minister Margaret Miller. “Our enforcement staff are very committed to protecting the sport fishery and will go the extra mile to make sure people follow the law.” Five people were convicted in June for poaching and exceeding the bag limit for trout after fishing in Hunting Lake in the Liscomb Game Sanctuary, Guysborough County, part of Alder Grounds Wilderness Area. They had caught 80 speckled trout in total, 55 over the limit and were fined $1,300 each. During last year’s fishing season, there were 364 charges for violations under the Maritime Provinces Fishery Regulations. Regulations regarding size, seasons, and bag and possession limits vary throughout the province. The 2016 Angler’s Handbook, that outlines the rules, is online at novascotia.ca/fish/documents/Anglers_Handbook_2016.pdflast_img read more

Plan daction pour augmenter lactivité physique en NouvelleÉcosse

first_img Appuyer les lieux de travail pour permettre au personnel de faire plus d’activité physique afin d’augmenter la productivité et de réduire le taux d’absentéisme Lancer un projet pilote de prise en charge avant et après le programme de prématernelle Appuyer les municipalités et les communautés mi’kmaw pour répondre à leurs besoins uniques par du financement et de la formation supplémentaires Éliminer les obstacles et offrir de nouvelles possibilités en créant des environnements plus accueillants et plus inculsifs pour les groupes sous-représentés Le gouvernement a lancé un plan d’action quinquennal visant à faire bouger davantage les gens de la Nouvelle-Écosse et à les inciter à ne pas rester assis trop longtemps. Le plan « Soyons actifs en Nouvelle-Écosse » contribuera à une population plus active, plus inclusive et en meilleure santé à l’échelle de la province grâce à des programmes d’éducation, à un accès amélioré à du financement et à des partenariats avec les secteurs public et privé. Un fonds pour des collectivités actives sera également créé afin de faciliter le processus de demande de financement pour l’activité physique par l’intégration de certains programmes existants au fonds, par exemple le programme parascolaire « After the Bell » et le programme d’accès aux installations. Les demandes à ce nouveau programme de subventions seront acceptées à compter du printemps. « Nous marquons le début d’une ère nouvelle de vie active qui mettra l’accent sur l’augmentation de l’activité physique dans tous les aspects de la vie des Néo-Écossais de tous âges et de tous niveaux d’aptitude », affirme Leo Glavine, ministre des Communautés, de la Culture et du Patrimoine. « Pour permettre aux gens d’être plus actifs dans leur vie quotidienne, il faut leur offrir davantage de possibilités d’être actifs dans leur collectivité, au travail et à l’école. Nous reconnaissons les avantages d’une vie saine et active et les liens à l’amélioration de la qualité de vie, de la santé et du dynamisme de nos communautés. » Le plan d’action prévoit une approche coordonnée visant à joindre les gens là où ils passent la majorité de leur temps, soit où ils vivent, travaillent, apprennent et s’amusent.Le plan « Soyons actifs en Nouvelle-Écosse » abordera l’inactivité et la sédentarité en misant sur les réseaux, les partenaires, les initiatives et les installations qui appuient déjà l’activité physique. Le plan d’action abordera aussi les lacunes et améliorera les investissements actuels en appuyant les stratégies et les engagements qui sont déjà en place. Les mesures qui seront prises au cours de la première année incluent : « L’intégration de l’activité physique au quotidien est d’une importance fondamentale pour notre santé physique et mentale », souligne le Dr Robert Strang, médecin hygiéniste en chef. « En créant des environnements favorables à l’activité physique, ce plan d’action offrira aux Néo-Écossais plus d’occasions de bouger, de ne pas rester assis trop longtemps et d’être en meilleure santé. » Des partenariats seront établis avec la Commission des accidents du travail et la Commission de la fonction publique de la Nouvelle-Écosse pour promouvoir un lieu de travail plus actif afin d’améliorer la productivité, de mobiliser les employés et de réduire le taux d’absentéisme. « Nous sommes ravis d’appuyer cette initiative, affirme Stuart MacLean, directeur général de la Commission. Nous passons tous de nombreuses heures au travail, et il est important de demeurer actifs pendant ces heures afin d’assurer une bonne santé au travail. À la maison, au travail et ailleurs, si nous sommes actifs, nous sommes en bonne santé. Il s’agit de bonnes nouvelles pour tout le monde. » Le plan d’action s’aligne sur le document directeur du gouvernement fédéral lancé en mai 2018 intitulé « Une Vision commune pour favoriser l’activité physique et réduire la sédentarité au Canada : Soyons actifs ». La Nouvelle-Écosse est la première province à publier un plan d’action en réaction à la Vision commune. Des renseignements supplémentaires sur le plan d’action « Soyons actifs en Nouvelle-Écosse » se trouvent au novascotia.ca/letsgetmoving/fr.last_img read more

Toronto restaurant Early Mercy accused of copying an artists work

first_img“People seem to like the project. That’s nice to see,” said Shimoni, who has licensed his work for use by companies all over the world. “But it’s impossible to control. That means sometimes you find it where you don’t want to.” Login/Register With: Osheroff may be an ocean away in Tel Aviv but very much concerned with what’s happening here. Reviews of Early Mercy referenced Shimoni’s works as a decor feature. “The paintings of hipsterized world leaders will provide conversation fodder (and an easy way to test your date’s IQ),” went a review in Toronto Life. None of the stories mention Shimoni.More than that, PD Lab, the design firm that worked on the interiors, credits the work to a Toronto tattoo artist named Zimmo Lu. Advertisement Amit Simoni’s “Hipstory” series of portraits, in which the Tel Aviv-based artist recasts historical figures as contemporary hipsters. The images were repurposed by the Toronto bar Early Mercy without Shimoni’s permission. Here, a portrait of Cuban revolutionary Che Guevara.   (Courtesy Amit Shimoni)   She thought they looked familiar, Noa Osheroff did, when she stopped in for a drink at Early Mercy, a newish bar on King St. W.In town from New York for the Hot Docs Film Festival in May, she knew a quick way to confirm. After an iPhone snapshot-and-send to her brother, Yair Osheroff, her guess seemed a good one: that the stylized portraits of world leaders lining the wall of the bar above the lengthy banquette were unauthorized copies of “Hipstory,” a series of works by Amit Shimoni, an Israeli artist Yair represented.“It’s not like it’s a common image that people know,” Yair said recently. “It’s a unique work by an artist and he cares about it.” Facebookcenter_img Advertisement Advertisement Initially, Osheroff was open to negotiating a deal. “We can accept it if they pay for it,” he said. But after failing to come to terms with Early Mercy on a licensing fee for continued use of Shimoni’s images, Osheroff has engaged a local lawyer and is preparing to sue. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitterlast_img read more

Atishi moves EC for second time seeks FIR against Gambhir

first_imgNEW DELHI: AAP’s East Delhi candidate Atishi again wrote to the Election Commission on Monday seeking registration of FIR against her BJP rival Gautam Gambhir over violation of Model Code of Conduct by distributing pamphlets without details such as printer’s name. She has also challenged Gambhir for an open debate on five points which are on the development of East Delhi.”What has BJP done for the East Delhi and they should also say their work on women safety,” said Atishi describing the first two points out of the five points. She also asked BJP to talk about their performance of the affordable housing scheme in East Delhi. “I want to ask Gambhir to please tell us why BJP did not work to stop sealing because traders were highly affected. Lastly, I want to ask him what did BJP do to stop garbage dumping at Ghazipur landfill site,” Also Read – Odd-Even: CM seeks transport dept’s views on exemption to women, two wheelers, CNG vehiclesasked Atishi. Last week, Atishi began facing diatribes allegedly involving her religion after she restored her surname Marlena in her affidavit and nomination paper to the Election Commission. She had dropped her surname last year, fearing its misuse by political adversaries. Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia came to the rescue of the AAP candidate amid the latest onslaught on her by former Okhla Congress MLA Asif Khan, who, in a message on social media, has been allegedly dubbing Atishi as a Jew and asking Muslims not to vote for her. “I am sad that the BJP and Congress together are spreading lies about the religion of our East Delhi candidate,” said Manish Sisodia in a tweet. On Sunday, Atishi had written to the EC seeking a 72-hour ban on campaigning for violating the model code of conduct for holding a rally without permission. On Monday, Atishi again wrote to the EC, saying he is distributing pamphlets without details such as printer’s name which is a violation of the model code of conduct.last_img read more

Russia Knew Syria Chemical Attack Was Coming

Rabat – That is the allegation being leveled against Russia by anonymous senior US officials.The US is basing its conclusion on the presence of a Russian-operated drone seen flying over a hospital in Khan Sheikhoun last Tuesday. According to a report in the Associated Press, intelligence clearly shows people rushing into the hospital seeking treatment, presumably as a result of the chemical attack. Hours later a Russian forces jet appeared and bombed the hospital.US officials are drawing a straight line from these activities to Russian complicity in the chemical attack. The appearance of a Russian drone followed shortly thereafter by a Russian jet on a bombing mission smacks of an attempt to obliterate evidence and is a very unlikely coincidence according to the officials. They spoke only under a guarantee of anonymity as they have no authority to speak publicly about US intelligence.  They could provide no proof of their allegations and would not give details as to the source of the intelligence they used to form their conclusions.Russia has routinely worked with the Syrian military at the Al-Shayrat airbase, where it is believed the chemical attacked originated from and where stockpiles of the chemical weapons used are believed to have been stored. US officials believe it is reasonable to assume that Russia knew about and was possibly complicit in the chemical attack. Officials still cannot say for sure who was operating the aircraft that perpetrated the chemical attack as Syrians routinely fly the Russia-made aircraft.According to the Daily News, local activists in the area released pictures of the al-Rahma hospital in Khan Sheikhoun, claiming it was the bombed hospital in question. In their words, the damage incurred was caused when “Russian forces shelled” it.On Monday, Colonel James J. Thomas confirmed that the US military has stepped up defense precautions for its personnel in Syria in preparation for a possible Syrian retaliation. read more

KFC dedicates China restaurant to memory of Communist hero

BEIJING — Fast food chain KFC is memorializing a popular Chinese Communist hero with restaurant decor extolling his deeds in a rare matching of an iconic American brand with Communist propaganda.The official Xinhua News Agency says the company launched its first “Lei Feng Spirit” restaurant in Lei’s home province of Hunan on Tuesday, the official remembrance day for the soldier who died in 1962 at the age of 21.Lei’s example of selfless service to the Communist Party and his comrades was popularized in 1963 by former leader Mao Zedong and remains a rallying point for party unity and public service.The KFC restaurant in the provincial capital of Changsha is decorated with Lei’s writings and image. The company did not immediately respond to requests for comment.The Associated Press read more

The NFC East Could Produce A 610 Playoff Team

AFC West12.90000 PROBABILITY OF WINNER HAVING THIS RECORD OR WORSE NFC North1520875346 AFC South9.1692010 NFC South14971336253 AFC West15321455352 NFC East7.99877292 AFC East153611663%61% ELO RATINGNON-DIVISION RECORD AFC East13.10000 NFC West12.70000 AFC South14141113537 What’s striking about the NFC East, though, is just how bunched together the teams are. Through 13 weeks of the season, the standard deviation of its teams’ Elo ratings is the fifth-lowest of any division since the NFL expanded to eight divisions in 2002. Translation: This year’s NFC East is unique in that every team is almost exactly the same amount of meh as the others. That parity in available talent is a major reason why every NFC East team is within a game of each other in terms of their records within the division.If the NFC East champion does end up assuming a place alongside the worst division winners of all time, it will be an undeniably great thing for the NFL’s schadenfreudist fan base. But it’s also worth noting the unusual confluence of intra-divisional parity and plain bad luck outside the division that will have helped the NFC East make history.Check out our NFL predictions for each team’s chances of advancing to the playoffs and winning Super Bowl 50. NFC South15.20%0%0%0% AFC North12.50000 AFC North15151434755 If there’s one thing that can unite a diverse group of NFL fans, it’s ridiculing awful divisions. I think it’s a kind of defense mechanism: We know divisions are at root arbitrary and buck at the notion of a sub-.500 squad making the playoffs (and hosting a game!) while the superior runners-up of other divisions sit at home (which is stupid).That brings us to this year’s Division of Shame, the NFC East. No team in the division is over .500. None has an Elo rating1A measure of team strength that updates with the outcome of every game. better than the league average, and the division’s best team by Elo (Philadelphia) has only a 37 percent chance of winning the division, meaning that an even weaker team could very well represent it in the playoffs. Dallas would have to win Monday night’s game against Washington by 20 or more to reach a league-average Elo rating; Washington has no chance of hitting average, no matter their scoring margin tonight. The division is thoroughly devoid of excellence, and there’s a good chance that will hold true through the end of the regular season.In our NFL predictions module, we use Elo ratings to simulate the remainder of the 2015 schedule 20,000 times, and we can track how often those simulations call for the winner of each division to end up with any given record. According to Elo, the eventual NFC East winner has a 77 percent probability of finishing 8-8 or worse, with a 29 percent chance of at best matching the 2010 Seattle Seahawks for the worst record by a playoff team in NFL history at 7-9: And it could get worse. Before the season, USA Today’s Chris Chase speculated about the worst record a playoff team could ever realistically have, short of technically possible but practically impossible scenarios, such as no team in a division beating a non-divisional opponent and all intra-division games ending in ties. He settled on 6-10 as the most remote practical possibility. Fast forward nearly four months, and our Elo simulations say there’s roughly a 2 percent chance that the NFC East winner will end up with exactly that record, thereby setting a new — and perhaps unbreakable — achievement in the field of “getting in by default.”Should that happen, the 2015 NFC East would be the subject of undying scorn. Yet there’s also evidence that it hasn’t been nearly as bad as some of the NFL’s other “worst division of all-time” candidates. The NFC East’s collective winning percentage in non-division games is 33 percent, which currently ranks 17th-worst in history, but its members have also gotten a bit unlucky in close games outside the division. The division’s Pythagorean winning percentage — i.e., the win rate we’d expect based on points scored and allowed, which is traditionally a better predictor of future outcomes than raw winning percentage — in those games is 42 percent, a mark that doesn’t even rank in the bottom fifth of all divisions since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger.In fact, that number isn’t the worst of 2015 — the AFC South’s Pythagorean percentage outside the division is 37 percent. And the average NFC East team’s Elo rating isn’t the lowest of any division in football right now, either: NFC West15541455354 DIVISIONAVERAGESTANDARD DEVIATIONWIN%PYTHAG% NFC North10.92000 NFC East1471323342 DIVISIONAVERAGE WINS9-78-87-96-10 read more

Patrick Mahomes And The Chiefs Are RedHot For Once They Might Stay

2Tom Brady20113471.694010.271510 5Phil Simms19842966.059410.270477 CLE1.91.4NYJ22.48.09.41378 NYJ61NYJ61MIA 20, NYJ 12-1.2– HOU7.63.6NYG4.52.86.41386 Team ACurrentAvg. Chg*Team BCurrentAvg. Chg*Total ChangeGame Quality The best two-game QB starts to a season since 1970Most yards above backup quarterback (YABQ) for passers in the first two games of an NFL season, 1970-2018 KC85.05.1SF28.37.112.21542 DAL41.912.3SEA25.810.222.51523 LAR74LAR82LAR 34, ARI 0+1.9– PICKWIN PROB.PICKWIN PROB.ResultREADERS’ NET PTS MIN60MIN56GB 29, MIN 29+0.0 QuarterbackYEARAgeComp%Pass YDSNet Y/ATDIntYABQ IND17.44.7PHI75.05.810.41522 Age is as of Dec. 31 of the season in question.Source: Pro-Football-Reference.com GB30.411.5WSH20.78.620.21473 ARI8.44.5CHI23.810.014.51445 CIN50BAL55CIN 34, BAL 23-7.7– DEN63DEN63DEN 20, OAK 19-2.2– OUR PREDICTION (ELO)READERS’ PREDICTION And unlike the names above him on the list, each of whom were seasoned veterans, Mahomes is just 23 this season1And his first two games came before he actually turned 23 on Sept. 17. — and he had just one game started under his belt before this season. Although he probably won’t stay on this record-breaking pace all season, Mahomes’s early career performance doesn’t look like a fluke. Since 1970, only two QBs (Hall of Famer Kurt Warner and Pro Bowler Jeff Blake) had more YABQ through their first three NFL games as a primary passer2Meaning he led the team in dropbacks — i.e., pass attempts plus sacks — in a game. than Mahomes. Of course, not every hot three-game start presaged a path to Canton; for every Warner or Dan Marino near the top of the list, there’s also Eric Hipple, Scott Mitchell and Ty Detmer. But even if Mahomes’s career develops more like that of, say, Daunte Culpepper — whose stats at the same age are strikingly similar to Mahomes’s 16-game pace over his career to date — it would surely validate the Chiefs’ decision to jettison successful longtime starter Alex Smith in favor of his rifle-armed young successor.We can already see how the Chiefs’ offense has changed with Mahomes at the helm. According to ESPN’s Stats & Info Group, his air yards per pass — which measures the distance the ball traveled downfield before being caught (or hitting the ground) — is 11.5 this season, which ranks first among all qualified passers. Smith’s number last season was 7.4, which ranked 23rd. Mahomes has faced more blitzes (and more pressure in general) than Smith, but he’s handled the heat much more capably — his Raw Total Quarterback Rating against pressure has been 74.0 (the league average is about 50 on all passes and 20 versus pressure), compared with Smith’s 31.3 mark last year. And for a team that went an entire season without a TD pass to a wide receiver a few years ago, Kansas City now ranks third in touchdown passes to receivers and eighth in passing yards to wideouts, with Tyreek Hill on track to surpass his 1,183 receiving yards from a year ago.Kansas City is hoping this newfound offensive attack can prevent another midseason letdown like the one the team suffered last year. The 2017 Chiefs also got off to a blazing start, winning their first five games behind a dominating offense. Then they promptly lost six of seven at midseason to bring their record to 6-6, requiring a four-game end-of-season winning streak just to make the playoffs. That wasn’t exactly rare for K.C. under Andy Reid: The Chiefs finished the 2014 season on a 2-4 stretch after starting 7-3, and they went 2-5 down the stretch in 2013 after a 9-0 start. So Chiefs fans would be forgiven for tempering their optimism at the moment. But the versatility of this year’s attack — made possible in part by Mahomes’s unique arm strength and comfort level in a spread system — might be the missing ingredient that makes this hot start more sustainable than the ones that fizzled in years past.In light of all this Mahomes mania, the 49ers are an especially interesting foil for the Chiefs this weekend. Niners starter Jimmy Garoppolo captured the NFL’s attention late last season with a five-game run that rivaled what Mahomes has done thus far. (Jimmy G. averaged 131.4 YABQ per game in his best two starts of that stretch, compared with Mahomes’s 243.9 per game this season.) But Garoppolo’s 2018 also illustrates the reversion that is sure to come for Mahomes sooner or later: San Francisco’s highly paid QB has seen his QBR drop from 82.7 in 2017 to 22.7 this season. He’ll almost certainly improve on that in the near future — perhaps substantially so against a K.C. defense that currently ranks a distant last in the NFL in defensive expected points added. But Mahomes can learn from his counterpart how quickly a QB can go from acclaim to adversity once opposing defenses study enough of his tape.Until then, though, Mahomes and the Chiefs are riding high, with the league’s best projected record and playoff chances according to our model, plus a status as co-Super Bowl favorites (with the Eagles). It’s hard to imagine a better way for a young QB to begin his career as an NFL starter.FiveThirtyEight vs. the readersIn addition to our NFL Elo prediction interactive, which updates after every game to help you keep tabs on how your team stacks up, we’re also running a prediction game in which you make picks against our model (and your fellow readers). After the dust settles each week, we like to look at where Elo made its best — and worst — picks against the field. Here’s how it did in Week 2: The Chiefs have certainly seen a boost in our ratings with this hot start. Before the season, they ranked seventh in the league, and it wasn’t clear that K.C. was even the best team in its own division. But since the start of the season, Kansas City has risen to third in Elo, adding the third-most rating points of any team in the league (behind only the Buccaneers and Bengals).Mahomes has been leading the Chiefs’ charge. Going into the season, we noted that he would have a ton of weapons to work with in the Chief offense, and that his starting career could get off the ground quickly if he reined in his occasional “gunslinger” tendencies. Two weeks in, it’s worked out almost perfectly. Mahomes is making great decisions with the ball and has thrown plenty of absolute darts downfield. Since the 1970 AFL merger, only three QBs — Peyton Manning in 2013, Tom Brady in 2011 and, yes, Ryan Fitzpatrick this season — have produced more yards above backup QB (YABQ) through the first two games of a season than Mahomes has so far this year: BUF11.54.5MIN73.77.311.91525 3Peyton Manning20133767.17698.590501 Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs are officially the toast of the 2018 NFL season so far, after K.C.’s young quarterback threw an incredible six touchdown passes against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday, bringing his season tally to 10 — and the Chiefs’ record to 2-0.It’s only been two weeks, but the reviews for Mahomes have been nothing short of breathless. The latest opponent that will have to weather the Kansas City onslaught will be the San Francisco 49ers, who travel to Arrowhead on Sunday afternoon. Although the game doesn’t figure to alter the playoff odds too much — according to our NFL Elo predictions — it’s an intriguing showdown that ranks fourth-best of Week 3 in terms of our measure of matchup quality (which uses the harmonic mean of the two teams’ Elo ratings): 10Dan Fouts19813074.064612.541414 DAL76DAL58DAL 20, NYG 13-15.1– PIT58PIT51KC 42, PIT 37+4.9– ATL62ATL58ATL 31, CAR 24-5.2– LAC47.010.6LAR68.19.219.81561 9Steve Young19983760.36667.961415 PHI63PHI67TB 27, PHI 21-7.6– MIA48.411.3OAK8.05.216.51463 JAX75.311.6TEN30.512.323.91529 CAR42.610.9CIN56.610.721.61538 1Ryan Fitzpatrick20183678.7%81912.981585 SF58SF62SF 30, DET 27+1.2– DET12.35.7NE72.09.415.01539 BUF53%LAC69%LAC 31, BUF 20+15.7– 8Lynn Dickey19833480.462310.681423 4Patrick Mahomes20182369.158210.1100488 WSH75WSH68IND 21, WSH 9+8.4– The best matchups of Week 3Week 3 games with the highest average Elo rating, using the harmonic mean, plus the total potential swing for the two teams’ playoff chances, according to FiveThirtyEight’s NFL predictions 6Joe Namath19722947.660913.472466 ATL62.6%+/-13.8NO29.8%+/-12.526.31578 Playoff %Playoff % NE56NE58JAX 31, NE 20-5.1– 7Drew Bledsoe19972564.16079.280428 NO85NO81NO 21, CLE 18-4.0– PIT39.911.7TB52.011.823.51548 BAL44.111.7DEN32.410.722.41503 Home teams are in bold.The scoring system is nonlinear, so readers’ average points don’t necessarily match the number of points that would be given to the average reader prediction. SEA54CHI52CHI 24, SEA 17+3.9– Game quality is the harmonic mean of the Elo ratings for the two teams in a given matchup.*Average change is weighted by the likelihood of a win or loss. (Ties are excluded.)Source: ESPN.com TEN70HOU51TEN 20, HOU 17-20.1– Elo’s dumbest (and smartest) picks of Week 2Average difference between points won by readers and by Elo in Week 2 matchups in FiveThirtyEight’s NFL prediction game After a successful Week 1 performance against FiveThirtyEight readers, I expected Elo to tail off a bit in Week 2. But instead, it did even better! On average, Elo beat the typical reader by 32.2 total points in our game this past week, bringing its overall lead up to 60.5 points on the season. The readers cleaned up in the Bills-Chargers game, taking advantage of Elo’s reluctance to acknowledge that Buffalo is a pit of despair this season. But that was offset by Elo’s confidence in the Cowboys at home against the Giants, and the fact that its seemingly misguided faith in the Titans — who were starting Blaine Gabbert, one of the worst QBs in NFL history, instead of the injured Marcus Mariota — paid off.We’ll see if Elo’s run of luck continues next week. Either way, congrats to reader Alexandre Augusto da Rocha, who led all (identified) users in points for Week 2 — and as a result leads for the season as well. And thanks to everyone who played last week. If you didn’t play, remember that it’s not too late to get in on the game, even if you missed the first couple weeks of the season. Make your picks now!Check out our latest NFL predictions. read more

Romanian nurse suspended for failing to understand English

first_imgA Romanian nurse hired after being interviewed via Skype put patients’ health at risk because his English was so bad, a tribunal has heard.Jean Ruxanda did not know the difference between various dressings or drug doses and was forced to try and lip read colleagues in the operating theatre in a bid to understand what was being said.Consultants and other colleagues at Yeovil District Hospital raised concerns when they discovered Ruxanda could not understand a word they said.A nurse, identified as Ms 2, told the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) that she met Ruxanda to discuss the problem a month after he began working there, in December 2015.She suggested he listen to the radio or watched television frequently to help improve his English and said he assured her that he had arranged to have English lessons.Ruxanda, a band five nurse, was employed as a scrub theatre practitioner after an interview conducted over Skype following completion of an induction course – normal practice for the hiring of nurses from abroad.He worked at the hospital until January 2016, when his employment was terminated at the end of his probationary period in January 2016 and he was referred to the NMC. New tests for NHS nursesLanguage tests for overseas nurses were introduced in 2007, but until last year, those who came to the UK from EU countries were exempt from them.New rules introduced in January 2016 required nurses and and midwives from Europe to prove they can speak English well enough to practise safely.However, the rules were subsequently relaxed, allowing nurses from overseas to take a set of language exams in two sittings, using the  best scores from each, to achieve a pass.Senior managers and commercial recruitment have recently called for a further weakening of the rules, saying that too many are being turned away for poor English.Regulators are embarking on a “stocktake” of the standards to decide whether to take action.Patients’ groups and the Royal College of Nursing  expressed alarm, warning that any drop in standards could jeopardise safety. 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.center_img The NMC sent Ruxanda seven letters between August 2016 and April 2017 insisting that he complete an English language assessment.However, the regulator received no response. An attempt to contact him by telephone also failed when the number did not connect.Ruxanda was referred to face an NMC tribunal on the grounds that his fitness to practice may have been impaired.He did not attend the hearing having “failed to engage with the NMC” throughout the whole process.The panel concluded he did not have the necessary standard of English to work safely and suspended him for a year.Mary Thomas, for the NMC, said: “The evidence before the panel was that Mr Ruxanda had put patients at a potential risk of harm to his poor handovers and inadequate record keeping.“His working as a nurse whilst being unable to communicate effectively with other staff brought the profession into a disrepute.”“Mr Ruxanda has not engaged with the NMC since August 2016 and therefore there is no evidence before the panel of insight, remorse, or remediation.”If Ruxanda, who is believed to be in his native Romania, wishes to work in the UK again, he will have to complete a English language test, an assessment, and engage fully with the NMC, the panel ruled.last_img read more

Politician and two journalists killed in Finnish shooting

first_imgPolitician and two journalists killed in Finnish shooting The suspect is being interrogated, but investigators say the motive is unclear. 30 Comments Image: File image – Google Streetview By AFP Image: File image – Google Streetview Short URL http://jrnl.ie/3118850 Dec 4th 2016, 1:29 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share Tweet Email A GUNMAN SHOT dead three women, including a council leader, as they were leaving a restaurant in a small Finnish town last night, according to police.Investigators cited by the SST news agency today said the municipal council head and two local journalists were killed in the town of Imatra by a man armed with a shotgun who was later arrested.The suspect is being interrogated but the motive for the attack remains unclear, the investigators told a press conference.Imatra is a small lakeside town in southeastern Finland, just a few kilometres from the Russian border.- © AFP 2016Read: Emergency services at scene of fatal crash in Co Waterford > 14,719 Views Sunday 4 Dec 2016, 1:29 PMlast_img read more

The 9 at 9 Tuesday

first_imgThe 9 at 9: Tuesday Here are the main headlines as we continue the first week of summer. Tuesday 2 May 2017, 9:00 AM Short URL May 2nd 2017, 9:00 AM 10,854 Views EVERY MORNING, TheJournal.ie brings you the stories you need to know as you start your day.1. #HOME SWEET HOME: About five months after homeless activists took over Apollo House, organisers are deciding how best to spend €129,000 of remaining donations.2. #THE DISAPPEARED: A search is taking place near Paris for a man murdered by the INLA over 30 years ago.3. #FEUD: Gardaí have arrested two people in relation to the murder of Noel ‘Duck Egg’ Kirwan in December of last year.4. #MURDER: A man in his late 20s is to appear in court over the murder of 31-year-old Samantha Walsh who was found dead at an apartment in Waterford city.5. #RESCUED: A surfer was rescued off the Belfast coast last night after spending more than 30 hours in the Irish Sea.6. #COP SHOPS: Construction is underway on three of the eight new garda stations due to be finished by 2021. Here’s how the work is going.7. #STUDY NOW, PAY LATER: Irish college graduates could pay a monthly fee of €150-€160 until they reach the age of 33 under a proposed college loan scheme, reports the Irish Times.8. #SAN DIEGO: A man shot seven people at a pool party in San Diego while on the phone to his ex-girlfriend.9. #SUMMER: Ireland is set to bask in good weather this week as temperatures are expected to rise up to 20 degrees. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share Tweet Email 1 Comment By Rónán Duffy Image: SIPA USA/PA Images Image: SIPA USA/PA Images http://jrnl.ie/3368360 last_img read more

Obésité les enfants doivent dormir pour léviter à lâge adulte

first_imgObésité : les enfants doivent dormir pour l’éviter à l’âge adulteMonde – Si l’on savait déjà que le sommeil est très important chez les enfants, une nouvelle conséquence des “petites nuits” vient d’être découverte. En effet, dormir moins de 10 heures quotidiennement durant l’enfance favoriserait l’obésité à l’âge adulte.L’obésité est un mal de plus en plus répandu dans notre société. Elle entraîne de nombreux problèmes de santé et afin de la combattre, beaucoup de scientifiques s’intéressent à ses causes. À lire aussiAmygdalite : chronique, caséeuse, cryptique, de quoi s’agit-il ?De très nombreuses études ont démontré l’existence d’un lien entre le nombre d’heures de sommeil et l’obésité chez l’adulte et l’adolescent, ainsi que sur le développement d’un diabète de type 2. Des scientifiques des universités de Washington et de Californie se sont cette fois intéressés à ce lien chez les tout-petits. Leur conclusion : avant l’âge clé de 5 ans, la quantité de sommeil influerait directement sur le risque d’obésité. Il faudrait donc que les bébés et les petits enfants dorment au moins dix heures par nuit.On peut se demander quel est le mécanisme scientifique qui explique un tel lien. La réponse serait hormonale. En effet, le manque de sommeil causerait un dérèglement des hormones responsables de l’appétit. Ceux qui dorment peu auraient ainsi plus de risques d’avoir faim pendant la journée et d’être tentés par des en-cas.  Le 7 septembre 2010 à 12:55 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Vancouver veteran still on the move at 100

first_img• Harris Dusenbery was a co-winner in 2012 of the Community Foundation’s first-ever Lifetime of Giving Award, honoring years of philanthropic generosity by Dusenbery and his wife, Evelyn, who died in 2008. Another award went to Margaret Colf Hepola, who died in December.• Charles Minot Dole, president of the National Ski Patrol, lobbied Army officials in 1940 to train troops in mountain and winter warfare. His effort led to the creation of what became the 10th Mountain Division.For MoreRead about Dusenbery’s memories of Armistice DayWhen Harris Dusenbery fought for the cause of freedom during World War II, he wanted to remain as free as possible. So he volunteered for the ski troops.“The lowest-ranking person in the 10th Mountain Division had more freedom and less regimentation” than any other soldier, the 100-year-old Vancouver veteran said. “I figured I was going to be drafted within a year, and I heard (the 10th Mountain Division) was going to stop taking volunteers.”To ensure he got his preferred slot, Dusenbery enlisted.He certainly had other options. Born in 1914, Dusenbery graduated from Reed College in 1936 with a degree in political science. He went to work as a Social Security official in 1940 in Portland, where Harris and wife Evelyn started their family. Their son David was already on the way when the U.S. entered the war.last_img read more

Central Ayurveda Research for Drug Development to observe Dhanvantari Divas on November

first_imgKolkata: The Central Ayurveda Research for Drug Development in Salt Lake has taken up a month long programme to observe Dhanvantari Divas on November 5.The institution under the Central Council for Research in Ayurvedic Sciences has been conducting various awareness programmes at its premises in Salt Lake for the past few days where knowledge is being disseminated among people from various walks of life. Public lectures are being conducted to spread awareness on how various ailments can be checked by adopting one of the traditional and oldest methods of treatment. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeDr Achintya Mitra, a research officer of the 50-day countdown programme for celebration of Ayurveda Day 2018 said awareness camps have been conducted at various places where trainings are being provided on a healthy life style. Various herbs and medicinal plants are also being distributed among people at free of cost. Trainings are also being provided on how to identify the medicinal plants. Dhanvantari Divas is also celebrated as the Ayurveda Day. It may be mentioned that according to Hindu mythology, Dhanvantari is an avatar of Vishnu. He appears in the Vedas and Puranas as the physician of the gods and the god Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedof Ayurveda. A marathon would also be organised in Salt Lake on November 5 to aware people about Ayurveda which is one of the oldest forms of treatment in India and how people can prevent various ailments only through a change in the lifestyle and food habit. Dr Sushovan Paul, President of Bengal chapter of the National Ayurveda Students and Youth Association said: “Ayurveda is an integral part of the country’s progress. It is not only a treatment but a philosophy of life as well. Ayurvedic treatment was introduced in Bengal in Gupta Era. Due to the apathy of the government at the Center, Ayurveda could not be promoted on a large scale. We are thankful to the present government for its new initiative.”last_img read more

Google to present browser and search choices to EU Android users

first_imgGoogle to present browser and search choices to EU Android users by Martin Brinkmann on April 18, 2019 in Google Android – Last Update: April 18, 2019 – 11 commentsDeja Vu, anyone? Remember when Microsoft had to include a browser ballot screen in the company’s Windows operating system for users from the European Union?Now it is Google’s turn to provide users from the European Union with similar options on Android. Google just revealed that Android users from the European Union will be presented with options to change the default search engine and browser.The option is rolling out over the coming weeks, but the company has just published screenshots and information on the process.The changes will be implemented in two different locations on existing and new Android devices. Google plans to display the screens that you see above to Android users when they open Google Play after the change has landed on the device.Users get the change to install additional search providers and browsers on the Android device. The screens include installed applications as well as apps that are not installed; the latter are picked based on regional popularity and displayed in random order according to Google.The screenshots above show search apps from DuckDuckGo, Qwant, Seznam.cz and Ecosia, and the browsers Firefox, Opera, Microsoft Edge, and Puffin.Android users may install one or multiple of the offered apps with a tap on the install button. Google Play displays “an additional screen with instructions on how to set up the new app” according to Google.If a search app is downloaded, Google Chrome will display a notification on next start that informs the user that the search engine can be changed. A link to the Settings is provided where that can be done.Google implements these changes as a response to feedback provided by the European Union. The company was hit with a massive 4.34 billion Euro fine last year for unfair advantages over competition on Android. Most Android devices come with Google Chrome and Google Search preinstalled.Closing WordsThe change will certainly push other search engines and browsers on Android devices in the European Union. It is unclear by how much, but if Opera’s experience back in 2010 is anything to go by, it could very well triple downloads easily.Android users who don’t open Google Play won’t get these screens at all. The implementation is different from Microsoft’s implementation almost ten years ago as it is linked to the Play Store and not displayed on first run.Now You: What is your take on the decision and implementation?SummaryArticle NameGoogle to present browser and search choices to EU Android usersDescriptionGoogle will start to display browser and search choice screens to Android users from the European Union in the coming weeks.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

DARPA on the hunt to catch deepfakes with its AI forensic tools

first_imgThe U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency ( DARPA) has come out with AI-based forensic tools to catch deepfakes, first reported by MIT technology review yesterday. According to MIT Technology Review, the development of more tools is currently under progress to expose fake images and revenge porn videos on the web. DARPA’s deepfake mission project was announced earlier this year. Alec Baldwin on Saturday Night Live face swapped with Donald Trump As mentioned in the MediFor blog post, “While many manipulations are benign, performed for fun or for artistic value, others are for adversarial purposes, such as propaganda or misinformation campaigns”. This is one of the major reasons why DARPA Forensics experts are keen on finding methods to detect deepfakes videos and images How did deepfakes originate? Back in December 2017, a Reddit user named “DeepFakes” posted extremely real-looking explicit videos of celebrities. He used deep learning techniques to insert celebrities’ faces into adult movies. Using Deep learning, one can combine and superimpose existing images and videos onto original images or videos to create realistic-seeming fake videos. As per the MIT technology review,“Video forgeries are done using a machine-learning technique — generative modeling — lets a computer learn from real data before producing fake examples that are statistically similar”. Video tampering is done using two neural networks — generative adversarial networks which work in conjunction “to produce ever more convincing fakes”. Why are deepfakes toxic? An app named FakeApp was released earlier this year which helped create deepfakes quite easily. FakeApp uses neural networking tools developed by Google’s AI division. The app trains itself to perform image-recognition tasks using trial and error. Ever since its release, the app has been downloaded more than 120,000 times. In fact, there are tutorials online on how to create deepfakes. Apart from this, there are regular requests on deepfake forums, asking users for help in creating face-swap porn videos of ex-girlfriends, classmates, politicians, celebrities, and teachers. Deepfakes is even be used to create fake news such as world leaders declaring war on a country. The toxic potential of this technology has led to a growing concern as deepfakes have become a powerful tool for harassing people. Once deepfakes found their way on the world wide web, many websites such as Twitter and PornHub, banned them from being posted on their platforms. Reddit also announced a ban on deepfakes, earlier this year, killing The “deepfakes” subreddit which had more than 90,000 subscribers, entirely. MediFor: DARPA’s AI weapon to counter deepfakes DARPA’s Media Forensics group, also known as MediFor, works in a group along with other researchers is set on developing AI tools for deepfakes. It is currently focusing on four techniques to catch the audiovisual discrepancies present in a forged video. This includes analyzing lip sync, detecting speaker inconsistency, scene inconsistency and content insertions. One technique comes from a team led by Professor Siwei Lyu of SUNY Albany. Lyu mentioned that they “generated about 50 fake videos and tried a bunch of traditional forensics methods. They worked on and off, but not very well”. As the deepfakes are created using static images, Lyu noticed that that the faces in deepfakes videos rarely blink and that eye-movement, if present, is quite unnatural. An academic paper titled “In Ictu Oculi: Exposing AI Generated Fake Face Videos by Detecting Eye Blinking,” by Yuezun Li, Ming-Ching Chang and Siwei Lyu explains a method to detect forged videos. It makes use of Long-term Recurrent Convolutional Networks (LRCN). According to the research paper, people, on an average, blink about 17 times a minute or 0.283 times per second. This rate increases with conversation and decreases while reading. There are a lot of other techniques which are used for eye blink detection such as detecting the eye state by computing the vertical distance between eyelids, measuring eye aspect ratio ( EAR ), and using the convolutional neural network (CNN) to detect open and closed eye states. But, Li, Chang, and Lyu use a different approach. They rely on  Long-term Recurrent Convolutional Networks (LRCN) model. They first perform pre-processing to identify facial features and normalize the video frame orientation. Then, they pass cropped eye images into the LRCN for evaluation. This technique is quite effective. It is also better as compared to other approaches, with a reported accuracy of 0.99 (LRCN) compared to 0.98 (CNN) and 0.79 (EAR). However, Lyu says that a skilled video editor can fix the non-blinking deepfakes by using images that shows blinking eyes. But, Lyu’s team has a secret effective technique in the works to fix even that, though he hasn’t divulged any details. Others in DARPA are on the look-out for similar cues such as strange head movements, odd eye color, etc as these little details are leading the team even closer to detection of deepfakes. As mentioned in the MIT Technology review post, “the arrival of these forensics tools may simply signal the beginning of an AI-powered arms race between video forgers and digital sleuths” and how”. Also, MediFor states that “If successful, the MediFor platform will automatically detect manipulations, provide detailed information about how these manipulations were performed, and reason about the overall integrity of visual media to facilitate decisions regarding the use of any questionable image or video”. Deepfakes need to stop and the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency ( DARPA) seems all set to fight against them. Read Next Twitter allegedly deleted 70 million fake accounts in an attempt to curb fake news A new WPA/WPA2 security attack in town: Wi-fi routers watch out! YouTube has a $25 million plan to counter fake news and misinformationlast_img read more

Hitler bunk tendered to draw tourism

first_imgPoland is planning a $2 million upgrade at Adolf Hitler’s Wolfsschanze aka Wolf’s Lair, to draw in young explorers and more history buffs.Located near Ketzryn in north Poland, Polish forestry office senior official told the AFP that it is looking to organise tenders to inspect the dictator’s former 250 hectare command headquarters in a bid to increase the site’s current 180,000 and 200,000 visitors a year by 20 percent. “The new contract will include clauses obliging the management to draw children, as much as history buffs,” he explained to media. “We don’t want tourists to be coming just for a couple of hours.”Originally used to orchestrate the Nazi attack on Soviet Union in between 1941 to 1944, the site now lies in the midst of an overgrown forest.The base served as his command post for the majority of the war and was also the location of a failed bomb plot orchestrated by members of the German military in 1944. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.Jlast_img read more