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Toyota executive Tariffs will raise costs drive up pricesToyota executive Tariffs will raise costs drive up prices

first_imgDETROIT — Chris Reynolds was promoted by Toyota late last year to one of the toughest jobs in the U.S. auto industry. He’s in charge of North American manufacturing, as well as human resources, legal, finance and communications.It’s manufacturing that will present the biggest challenge for Reynolds, who must navigate uncertain U.S. trade policies including tariff threats and possible replacement of the North American Free Trade Agreement with Canada and Mexico. Toyota produces vehicles in both countries for sale in the U.S.Also, U.S. auto sales are expected to decline slightly in 2019, and sales of traditional sedans, once staples in Toyota’s U.S. model lineup, are falling.Reynolds, the son of a Ford factory worker who grew up in Detroit, spoke with The Associated Press after his duties were expanded by the company. The interview has been edited for length and clarity.Q: The U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, which replaces the North American Free Trade Agreement, is still up in the air. Twenty-five per cent tariffs on imported vehicles and parts also are on the table. How does the new agreement affect Toyota, and would you be able to bring production from Japan to Alabama or some other U.S. plant if tariffs go into effect?A: We think that the recently negotiated USMCA, if it’s approved, and we’re optimistic that it will be, will actually allow us to flex our production in order to build as much as we can here. We’re looking to do that regardless of the tariff situation. We can’t make moves simply because of the tariff situation. So while tariffs are problematic, they’re essentially a tax on the consumer. Obviously we are not in favour of them. The real litmus test for us in terms of local investment is can we be competitive in building what we sell here? That’s the lens through which we would view whether we would open up a new plant or not, or what kinds of additional investments we might make in our existing plant infrastructure.Q: President Trump has threatened to pull out of NAFTA if Congress doesn’t approve its replacement. What would that do to Toyota?A: When you assemble a vehicle in one state, but the parts can literally crisscross the border five or six times before it actually gets assembled to the vehicle, it’s very challenging to think of an outcome where the border actually becomes a barrier to our whole assembly process, our whole supply chain. That’s not just true of Toyota, it’s true of every automaker. So there’s common industry interest in making sure that there are as few barriers as possible. That’s why I’m optimistic that the Trump administration’s moves on USMCA will bear some fruit. We’re OK with where the USMCA landed.Q: What percentage of vehicles that Toyota sells in the U.S. are built in North America and in the U.S.?A: Roughly 74 per cent. Fifty per cent is U.S. only, and that’s growing. We were on that track before this sort of spasm on trade and tariffs.Q: If the U.S. imposes 25 per cent tariffs on imported vehicles and parts, Toyota has said there would be significant price increases for vehicles built in the U.S. The price of the Camry midsize car, which has among the highest U.S. parts content, would rise by $1,800. Why would the Camry price go up?A: There’s no 100 per cent U.S.-made product. Every vehicle from every manufacturer has some amount of componentry that comes from somewhere else. We’ve got to be able to absorb those costs. And where we can’t absorb them, what tariffs do to you is they compel us and every other manufacturer to pass those costs on. Let’s not forget the steel and aluminum tariffs. They also have an impact, and not a positive one. So that’s why you’re seeing the risk on price even for a vehicle like a Camry.Q: Auto sales in the U.S. are expected to slow, especially of cars. Yet Toyota and Mazda are jointly building a new factory in Alabama that would build cars. Why do you need more factory capacity in a declining market?A: Our view of the market goes beyond the normal cycle. We’ve got to be able to plan beyond that and anticipate where the market will be not just next year but over the next decade or so. We think there’s a future in passenger cars. We think there will always be a need for that. We’re actually excited about the fact that some of our competitors might be exiting that segment. We view it as an opportunity in the medium term to long term.Tom Krisher, The Associated Presslast_img read more

Senior UN officials head to Sudan for talks on helping African UnionSenior UN officials head to Sudan for talks on helping African Union

Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Adviser Lakhdar Brahimi and the Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Jean-Marie Guéhenno tomorrow will begin weeklong visits to Africa’s largest country.Mr. Brahimi, who has been in close contact with the AU on the scope and nature of UN support to the Union’s mission in Darfur, will be following up on those contacts during his visit, which will focus on the war-riven region in Sudan’s west.The purpose of Mr. Guéhenno’s fact-finding mission is to gain the best possible understanding of the situation in wider Sudan, as well as the UN response.

SinoForest defrauded investors and misled investigators OSC rulesSinoForest defrauded investors and misled investigators OSC rules

Sino-Forest defrauded investors and misled investigators, OSC rules by The Canadian Press Posted Jul 14, 2017 7:18 am MDT Last Updated Jul 14, 2017 at 12:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – Timber company Sino-Forest and several of its top executives defrauded investors, misled investigators and “engaged in deceitful or dishonest conduct,” the Ontario Securities Commission ruled in one of Canada’s largest corporate fraud cases.In a nearly 300-page decision released Friday, the regulator said the company and former CEO Allen Chan, as well as Albert Ip, Alfred Hung and George Ho defrauded investors by overstating the now defunct company’s timber assets and revenue.Allegations of fraud against Simon Yeung were dismissed, but the regulator concluded he misled staff during their investigation.The investigation into Sino-Forest was triggered in 2011 when short seller Carson Block of Muddy Waters Research published a scathing report accusing the company of exaggerating its assets and fabricating sales transactions in what amounted to “a multibillion-dollar Ponzi scheme.”“We applaud the OSC for persisting through an undoubtedly complex investigation and hearing to see that justice is served,” Block wrote in an email Friday.“It’s important to remember that our report was initially quite controversial and met with a good deal of hostility — at a time when the freedom of speech is under threat, this outcome is a reminder of the value of critical voices and freedom of expression.”The former executives now face the possibility of being permanently banned from Canada’s capital markets, or fined up to $1 million for each failure to comply with Ontario securities law.A separate hearing on sanctions and costs has not been set.Chan’s lawyer, Emily Cole, said her client was disappointed and would be going over the decision. Stephen Wortley, a lawyer for Ip, Hung, Ho and Yeung, said he was also reviewing the decision and declined further comment.Sino-Forest, which was established in 1994, was once the most valuable forestry company listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange. Although it was based in Ontario, the company conducted most of its business in China until it collapsed in 2012.The decision by the OSC follows the settlement of several lawsuits by investors in connection with the case.In 2015, several Canadian banks and other financial institutions that helped the company raise millions on the financial markets agreed to a $32.5-million settlement in a class-action lawsuit filed by investors who lost money.David Horsley, former chief financial officer of Sino-Forest, also agreed to pay $6.3 million to the OSC and to settle class-action lawsuits in 2014, while Sino-Forest’s former auditor, Ernst & Young, agreed to a $117-million class-action settlement with investors in 2013.The case against Sino-Forest and its former executives was one of the most complicated cases in the Ontario Securities Commission’s history.“Today’s decision on the merits is an important milestone in a complex, multi-jurisdictional case that spanned close to 200 hearing days and involved over 2,000 exhibits,” the commission said in a statement.The hearing heard testimony from several witnesses from China over video conferencing and with the assistance of translators. There were more than 170 hearing days, 22 witnesses and over 22,000 pages of transcripts.Defence lawyers for the executives had argued that what the OSC called fraud were simply mistakes made by a fast-growing company. They also said that behaviours that may seem strange in a Canadian context were typical business customs in China.But the commission said Sino-Forest was listed on the TSX, was an Ontario reporting issuer, raised US$3 billion from investors, and was required to issue financial statements prepared in accordance with Canadian standards.“Ontario securities law is paramount and overrides any explanations for illegal conduct being excusable in the name of guanxi, however it is defined,” the commission said in its decision, using a Chinese term that refers to a network of influential relationships that help facilitate business dealings.— By Craig Wong in Ottawa read more

Downton Abbey writer hits out at inheritance laws after barons daughter losesDownton Abbey writer hits out at inheritance laws after barons daughter loses

first_imgMs Newman inherits the estate under the terms of the 7th Baron’s will, made before he died in 1941. It stated that if any Lord Braybrooke failed to produce a male heir, the estate should revert to his line. She is his granddaughter. “It seems rather hard on Amanda. She’s lived and worked there all her adult life,” Julian Fellowes told the Sunday Times. Mrs Murray has previously said the law is “discriminatory” and that she was already “doing a man’s job” in running the estate. “It boils down to this,” she said. “If I was a boy, I would be sitting pretty. In Downton Abbey, cousin Matthew Crawley becomes the heir to the estate of the Earl of GranthamCredit:NICK BRIGGS/ITV The creator of Downton Abbey has criticised inheritance laws after a baron’s daughter lost her father’s title and land. Lord Fellowes of West Stafford said that Amanda Murray, 55, daughter of Baron Braybrooke, had been unfairly penalised by laws in the peerage which prioritise male heirs.  Robin Neville, the 10th Baron Braybrooke, died last week, leaving seven daughters – but none of them will inherit his title or the 6,000-acre Audley End estate in Essex.Instead, the title goes to a distant cousin, Richard Neville, 40, director of Bring a Bottle, a price comparison site for alcohol, and the estate to Louise Newman, 56, an art historian. Lord Braybrooke outside Audley End House “My poor father had no son; just lots of daughters. In this day and age, with supposed equality, why am I not allowed to inherit my father’s estate?” In Downton, cousin Matthew Crawley becomes the heir to the estate of the Earl of Grantham The situation was dubbed the “real-life Downton” because of its similarities to a storyline in the TV show Downton Abbey, in which a distant male cousin becomes the heir to an Earl who has three daughters but no sons. The Royal laws of succession were changed in 2013 ahead of the birth of Prince George, and are now gender-neutral. But Fellowes said changing the peerage rules to match was not an easy fix.“Simply making the peerage…the equivalent of the royal family would create a great chaos for many families…whose sons have for 30, 40, 50 years made the assumption of inheriting. One can’t just brush them aside,” he said. Fellowes has previously said it was “outrageous” that his wife, Emma, a descendant of Earl Kitchener, the famous First World War field marshal, had no right to inherit the title when the third Earl, who was childless, died in 2011. Lord Braybrooke outside Audley End House 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.last_img read more

Landmark Montrose Hotel to be converted to highspec student housingLandmark Montrose Hotel to be converted to highspec student housing

first_imgThe Montrose Hotel — soon to be reopened as the ‘Montrose Student Residence’ THE MONTROSE HOTEL, a well-known Dublin 4 landmark just across the road from UCD and a short walk from RTÉ’s Donnybrook campus, is to be redeveloped for student accommodation.Third level and graduate students “Dublin-wide” will be targetted for the development through the academic year, and it’s planned the property will be used for international language students during summer months.The revamped ‘Montrose Student Residence’ will open for business in September.The plan — being helmed by Ziggurat Student Living — will see the hotel redeveloped to offer 192 bedroom units, arranged “in a choice of five to eight bedroom ‘cluster flats’ each with communal living, kitchen and dining areas”.It’s planned the residence will also offer round-the-clock security, on site laundry and car parking spaces. Utilities, broadband internet and contents insurance are all included in the room rental, according to the developers, and it’s projected rent will start from €175 per week, based on a 42 week term.The €22.5 million project is the first Irish development by the firm, which says it plans to create over 1,000 student bed spaces in the city over the next five years.According to the company:Privately owned and managed bespoke student accommodation, as an alternative to on-campus housing, is an increasingly attractive option for students and their families.Ziggurat is currently working on similar projects in Edinburgh and Newcastle, and says it’s also making efforts to launch a second scheme in Dublin.Image: Google MapsRead: Dublin seen as hot property in Europe’s real estate marketRead: Relics of the boom: What now for the banking sector’s landmark real estate sites?last_img read more

Sida nouvel espoir de traitement grâce à des chercheurs israéliensSida nouvel espoir de traitement grâce à des chercheurs israéliens

first_imgSida : nouvel espoir de traitement grâce à des chercheurs israéliensIsraël – Quatre chercheurs de l’université hébraïque de Jérusalem ont décrit le 19 août dernier  la façon dont ils ont provoqué, en laboratoire, l’autodestruction de cellules infectées par le virus de l’immunodéficience humaine (VIH). Des résultats prometteurs, décrits dans la revue médicale AIDS Research and Therapy.Alternative aux méthodes développées jusqu’à présent, visant à détruire le VIH à l’intérieur des cellules infectées, la technique proposée par l’équipe d’Abraham Loyter consiste à induire l’autodestruction des cellules hôtes du virus sans affecter les cellules saines.À lire aussiSIDA : 10 symptômes qui doivent alerterUtilisant des peptides (polymères d’acides aminés), le procédé éviterait notamment les risques de regain de l’infection en cas d’arrêt du traitement et le développement d’une immunité  par le virus, deux problèmes rencontrés avec les autres thérapies.  Les auteurs estiment  que leurs travaux “peuvent éventuellement aboutir à une nouvelle thérapie générale”. Un nouvel espoir pour les malades, alors même qu’en juillet, des chercheurs américains annonçaient la découverte en laboratoire de deux anticorps efficaces contre la plupart des souches de VIH, prometteurs en termes de vaccination contre le sida.Le 6 septembre 2010 à 16:16 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Morning Press ACLU sues PeaceHealth Jollies closes pier appearsMorning Press ACLU sues PeaceHealth Jollies closes pier appears

first_imgFind out what it might be like outside this week with our local weather coverage.Here are some of the stories that grabbed our readers’ attention this weekend.ACLU sues Vancouver-based PeaceHealthA longtime worker for a Catholic health care system in the Northwest sued the organization Thursday, saying its employee insurance plan refused to cover gender-reassignment surgery for her teenage son.The American Civil Liberties Union of Washington filed the discrimination lawsuit against PeaceHealth in federal court on behalf of Cheryl Enstad of Bellingham and her son, Paxton Enstad, 17. She said she and her husband eventually took out a second mortgage and dipped into Paxton’s college fund to pay more than $10,000 for his surgery last fall.“PeaceHealth was telling me my son was undeserving of medical care simply because he’s transgender,” Cheryl Enstad told a news conference Thursday. “It’s heartbreaking. It is not fair.”Woman in critical condition after fall from horse in RidgefieldParamedics rushed a woman to the hospital in critical condition after her neighbors found her on the ground unconscious after an apparent fall from her horse Thursday.Clark County Fire & Rescue spokesman Tim Dawdy said firefighters were called to in the 25000 block of Northeast 18th Court in Ridgefield around 2:15 p.m.last_img read more

VW is working on ways to prevent nausea in selfdriving carsVW is working on ways to prevent nausea in selfdriving cars

first_img 10 Photos VW will build Sedric, this self-driving concept pod Volkswagen Autonomous Vehicles Car Industry Auto Tech Post a comment Share your voice News • 2019 Volkswagen Arteon is pricey, starting from $36,840 Self-driving cars Join us for a ride in Ford’s prototype self-driving car Now playing: Watch this: 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better 2019 Lamborghini Urus review: Part SUV, part supercar 0 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Preview • 2019 Volkswagen Arteon first drive: Flagship fastback feels familiar Tags More about 2019 Volkswagen Arteon 5:57 Review • 2019 Volkswagen Arteon review: VW’s CC followup is more than just a carbon copy More From Roadshow Enlarge ImageI’d probably feel carsick, too, if I was getting driven around with that thing on my head. Volkswagen It took me years to condition myself to be able to look at my phone from the passenger seat of a moving vehicle without getting nauseous, and there are countless others still trying to make that happen for themselves. When self-driving cars begin to litter the landscape, occupants might be rightfully worried about how the cars will drive and whether or not they might make people sick. Thankfully, Volkswagen is trying to figure out ways around that.Volkswagen last week published a release chronicling the ways that the automaker is attempting to mitigate car sickness for passengers of autonomous vehicles. The OEM is looking at two specific things: What makes a person sick in a car, and how to mitigate that in the future.To figure this out, Volkswagen is putting people in cars and making them sick (really). In its release, it mentions a specific scenario: A volunteer wears sensors and cameras to measure various things like pulse and body temperature. That person is taken around a test track, following behind a semiautonomous vehicle operating “in a stop-start motion,” mimicking traffic. The volunteer must watch a video displayed on a dashboard-mounted tablet the whole time the test is running. The test passenger mentioned in the release said she doesn’t normally get carsick, but in this test, she did.VW is trying to figure out ways to mitigate this onset of nausea. The automaker mentioned the idea of movable seats that could physically react to changes in vehicle physics, as well as a set of LED light strips that tell users when the car is braking or accelerating, hopefully syncing up the brain and inner ear with the motions experienced through the vehicle. VW claims that there has been “some initial success,” but it’s still working to ensure that whatever countermeasures it devises will be useful for those in the real world.It doesn’t take a self-driving car to make you nauseous as a passenger, obviously. I felt under the weather trying to operate a trunk-mounted camera while riding shotgun around a track, and it took fewer than three laps to start feeling unwell. Taking my eyes off the screen and focusing solely on the horizon did help, but when it comes to autonomous cars, one of their perceived benefits is the ability to get some work done on a commute, and immediately getting carsick would negate that. VW’s smart to try and get ahead of this, lest we find a whole subset of civilization unsuited for AVs from a gastrointestinal standpoint.last_img read more

HUL net profit falls 22 in Q3 stock hits 52week lowHUL net profit falls 22 in Q3 stock hits 52week low

first_imgHindustan Unilever reported disappointing earnings for the quarter ended 31 December, 2015. Net profit fell sharply by 22.4% year-on-year to Rs 971 crore, while revenues grew at a modest 2.7% to Rs 7,981 crore from Rs 7,774 crore in the corresponding period in fiscal 2015.The overall volume growth was 6%.”The growth in the quarter continued to be impacted by the phasing out of excise cuty incentives and price de-growth, as the benefit of lower commodity costs was passed on to consumers,” the company said in a statement.”Net Profit at Rs.971 crores was impacted by the exceptional income from the sale of properties in the base quarter and provisions for restructuring & select contested matters,” it added.”In an environment of moderating growth and benign input costs, we remain focused on innovation and market development to drive volumes competitively whilst improving operating margins,” said Harish Manwani, Chairman, Hindustan Unilever, in his statement.Its soaps and detergents business grew by just 1%, which was attributed to price deflation due to falling input costs, which was passed on to consumers.Personal products grew by 5% while growth in the beverages segment remained unchanged at 7%.Falling crude oil prices benefitted the company during the quarter under review, with cost of material dropping to Rs 2,689.39 crore, down 7.4% from Rs 2,860.63 crore in the corresponding quarter ended 31 December, 2014.On Friday, shares of Hindustan Unilever hit a new 52-week low of Rs 776.60 on the BSE before closing at Rs 804.15, down 2.7% from its previous close.The company’s advertisement expenses fell marginally to Rs 1,137.79 crore during the third quarter ended December 2015, though the company’s brands continue to figure in the list of leading brands advertised on television. For the week ended 8 January, 2016, three of the company’s brands were on the list of top 10 brands, according to Broadcast Audience Research Council, India.The company’s rival, Proctor & Gamble Hygiene & Healthcare, will be declaring its results on 6 February, 2016.last_img read more

Infosys gains Wipro goes exbonus from Tuesday Biocon up on lower GSTInfosys gains Wipro goes exbonus from Tuesday Biocon up on lower GST

first_imgEmployees of Infosys Technologies Limited walk in the campus of the company’s headquarters in Bangalore on April 13, 2017.MANJUNATH KIRAN/AFP/Getty ImagesUpdate at 3.17 PM: Wipro recovered from its lows to trade at Rs 525.75, down 2.05 percent while Infosys was trading 1.47 percent higher at Rs 962.60, while Biocon gained 1.26 percent to trade at Rs 1,033 after the GST Council reduced the tax rate on insulin from 12 percent to 5 percent.The BSE Sensex was down 166 points to 31,095, dragged by Tata Motors, L&T, Wipro and ICICI Bank. Wipro shares go ex-bonus from Tuesday (June 13) while the record date for the 1:1 bonus shares is June 14, 2017.Update at 10.50 AM: Wipro shares crashed almost 3 percent to hit an intraday low of Rs 521.40 in response to the company flagging off Donald Trump’s victory in the US presidential elections as a factor affecting growth. Infosy was also down 0.81 percent to Rs 941.”On November 8, 2016, Donald J Trump was elected the next President of the United States. As a candidate, Trump expressed support for policies impacting existing trade agreements, like North America Free Trade Agreement. He also proposed trade agreements, thus, promoting greater restrictions on free trade generally and significant increases tariffs on goods imported into the United States,” Wipro said in a regulatory filing with the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).”Social, political, regulatory and economic conditions or in laws and policies governing foreign trade, manufacturing, development and investment in the territories and countries where we currently operate could adversely affect our business,” the company added. Original story:Political uncertainty in Europe, especially in the UK after election results threw a hung parliament, led to weak opening on Asian stocks markets on Monday, impacting India. The BSE Sensex opened about 150 points lower to hit 31,106 but partially recovered later to trade at 31,140, down 122 points, at around 9.45 am. Top losers were Wipro (down 2.6 percent to Rs 522), TCS and Adani Ports while stocks bucking the trend included Sun Pharma, Maruti Suzuki India and GAIL (India).The bearish opening for Indian stock market was on predicted lines. “Indian markets are likely to open flat and may trade in positive zone tracking the SGX Nifty and Asian markets,” brokerage Angel Broking said in a note on Monday morning.The government will be releasing May retail inflation data and April factory output (IIP) after markets close for the day on Monday. Finance minister Arun Jaitley will be meeting chiefs of public sector banks to discuss a slew of developments and initiatives, including NPAs.Brokerage Nirmal Bang Institutional Equities has forecast retail (CPI) inflation to come at 2.3 percent, lower than the record low of 2.99 percent posted for April.”May 2017 Consumer Price Index or CPI inflation is likely to come in at 2.3 percent, lower than the 3 percent reading for the previous month,” Teresa John, economist at brokerage Nirmal Bang Institutional Equities, said in a note on Friday.”The decline in CPI inflation can be attributed to the fall in food inflation, particularly continuous disinflation in pulses, and soft vegetable prices combined with the base effect,” she added.GST updateAfter tweaking tax rates on 66 items such as cinema tickets, cashew, insulin, incense sticks and computer printers, at its meeting on Sunday, the Goods and Services Tax (GST) Council will be meeting on June 18 to review its preparedness for rolling out the GST rates from July 1 2017.Petrol, diesel prices for Monday, June 12(The daily price mechanism currently valid in five cities will be extended to the entire country from June 16). A car enters an Indian Oil fuel station in New Delhi, August 29, 2016.Reuters filelast_img read more

Road crashes kill 4Road crashes kill 4

first_imgFour people were killed in separate road accidents in Dhamrai, Savar, Narail’s Kalia upazila and Munshiganj on Saturday.Police identified the deceased as Md Ali Arshaf, a retired army officer from Barishal, Md Mosharraf Hossain, son of Munayem Gazi of Patuakhali, Ekramul Sheikh, son of Rizzak Sheikh of Narail and Md Mostofa of Bhola.Ashulia police sub-inspector Jaminur Rahman said Arshaf was killed after being run over by a speeding bus on Dhaka-Aricha Highway in Nabinagar in the morning.In a separate accident, Mosharraf was killed and four others were injured after the microbus they were travelling in overturned at Dhamrai, said sub-inspector Promoj of Dhamrai police station.Meanwhile, Anwar Hossain, in-charge of Kalia police station, said peddled-van driver Ekramul was killed and two others were injured after a brick-laden vehicle ran them over at Chowrasta area around 11:00am.The injured – Minhaj Gazi and Razina Khanam – were admitted to Khulna Medical College Hospital in critical condition, the OC added.Mostofa was killed when a brick crushing machine fell into ditch at Pauldia area, said dub-inspector Niranjan Ray of Sirajdikhan police station.last_img read more

A Houston Newcomers Guide To Hurricanes And Storm PrepA Houston Newcomers Guide To Hurricanes And Storm Prep

first_imgFoods that do not require cooking or refrigerationCan openerPlastic dishwareDry clothes and shoesBlanket/bedding for each personToiletriesVision productsHand sanitizerIf families are not evacuating, Sloan suggests filling bathtubs with water. This water, he said, could be boiled and used for drinking or used to flush toilets in case of a power outage.The Ready Campaign, a national public service campaign for emergencies, also encourages signing up for community warning systems, such as the Emergency Alert System (EAS) and the NOAA warning system, and bookmarking city websites for easy access to storm alerts. In Harris County, the information is available at Ready Harris. There, you can sign up to receive emergency alerts, download a hurricane checklist and access a map with evacuation routes.  You can also find your local Office of Emergency Management, here.  AP Photo/David J. PhillipJoe Rodriguez wades through floodwaters caused by Hurricane Ike as he abandons his stalled truck Saturday, Sept. 13, 2008 in Houston.What should I do during a hurricane?The Ready Campaign’s first tip is to take shelter in a storm-safe area, such as a windowless interior room or hallway on the lowest non-flooding floor.  The campaign also advises people to listen for storm alerts and emergency information.If told to do so, citizens should evacuate. However, the Ready Campaign urges people to follow the “Turn Around, Don’t Drown!” motto, which discourages anyone from walking, swimming, or driving through flood waters.What happens after the storm?Even when the storm is over, challenges still lie ahead. Here are some of the Ready Campaign’s post-storm tips:Wear protective clothing during cleanup in case of any dangerous debris or sharp edgesDon’t wade in flood water, which could also contain storm debrisContact loved ones via text or social media rather than calls, as phone systems are often down or busy right after stormsTake photos of any property damage for insurance purposesContact insurance companiesFor more information on what to do during and after a storm, visit Share Katie Hayes Luke for NPRAfter Hurricane Harvey hit the Texas coast in August 2017, the storm stalled over Houston and dumped as much as 60 inches of rain on some parts of the region.For those who are new to Houston, hurricane and storm preparation can seem intimidating. But even for Houstonians whose family has lived here for generations, it never hurts to have a few new storm tricks up your sleeve. In the midst of hurricane season, here’s what you need to know about handling a hurricane or tropical storm, starting with the basics. What counts as a hurricane?The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) uses the term tropical cyclone to describe a rotating system of clouds and thunderstorms that forms over a large body of water. There are several types of tropical cyclones, ranging from a tropical depression to a hurricane being the most severe.Tropical depressions have winds less than 39 mph. If the maximum sustained winds grow faster than 39 mph, the cyclone becomes a tropical storm. And a hurricane forms when the maximum sustained winds reach 74 mph. Hurricanes are then rated on a 1 to 5 scale, based on wind speed, with a 5 indicating “catastrophic damage will occur.”Hurricane season in the Atlantic runs from June 1 to November 30, as the majority of storms occur during that time period.  What is the difference between a hurricane warning and a hurricane watch?When listening to or reading storm coverage, you might hear the terms “hurricane warning” and “hurricane watch.” These terms, although similar, have certain distinctions. According to NOAA, when a hurricane watch is issued, it means hurricane conditions are possible. This is not as severe as a hurricane warning, which means that meteorologists expect hurricane conditions to occur. David J. Phillip/APA United States flag hangs outside a flooded home in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, Monday, Sept. 4, 2017 in Houston.How can I prepare when I know a storm is approaching?Mark Sloan from the Harris County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management previously told Houston Public Media that he encourages Houstonians to fill their gas tanks before the storm hits.“During hurricane season, if your tank is half full, consider it empty,” Sloan said. Joe Brueggeman/Houston Public MediaA sign at Home Depot urges customers to stock up for potential storms.Sloan also urged Houstonians to put together a storm kit, which he said should last up to seven days. Here are some storm kit essentials, according to Sloan and an emergency packing list from Ready Harris.Radio (preferably hand-cranked so that it can charge other electronic devices as well)Driver’s license/IDInsurance and other important documents (either stored in a resealable waterproof bag, saved on a flash drive, or snapped in pictures on your phone)Water (one gallon per day per person)Non-perishable or canned foodsNote that some canned foods are perishablelast_img read more

Protect Your Privacy With These Strange AntiSurveillance Frocks and FashionsProtect Your Privacy With These Strange AntiSurveillance Frocks and Fashions

first_img It’s not 1984, but Big Brother’s all-seeing eye of surveillance is definitely watching you.The NSA intercepts millions of private images every day for its massive facial-recognition project. Yes, Uncle Sam is snooping on you — your text messages, your emails, your social-media posts and, fittingly, even your Facetime (and other webcam videoconferencing) sessions. All for a myriad of sketchy reasons, not just to snatch pics containing your face and others’.But Big Brother isn’t just in your inbox. His prying eyes are in the sky, too. New insanely high-powered, airplane-mounted surveillance cameras have already spied on countless people from above in Baltimore and Philadelphia, and who knows where else. The city of Compton in California secretly surveilled its citizens by drone.Related: The NSA Is Using Angry Birds to Spy on YouPrivacy? What’s that?    While we can’t do much to escape the ever-sharpening digital eye of surveillance (forget that nose job, even plastic surgery can’t fool some biometrics-based spy systems anymore), we can fight back with a few stealthy and seriously strange countermeasures. Yes, these are for the extreme privacy protectors (slightly paranoid?) among us.Related: Want to Run Faster? This Old-School Concept Might Hold the Answer.From drone camera-thwarting burkas to anti-drone cover-up clothing and shrouding coifs of hair, here are three frocks and fashions that might help you save face and protect your privacy:   1. URME Personal Surveillance Identity Prosthetic 5 min read Image credit: Adam Harvey, Stealth Wear, ahprojects.comTurns out, face-shielding foil-like garments are effective at, yep, foiling heat-seeking spy drones. To address a “growing need to exert control over what we are slowly losing, our privacy,” Brooklyn-based artist Adam Harvey has designed a bulky line of shiny, privacy-protecting burkas, hooded ponchos, scarves and T-shirts. Appropriately, he named the countersurveillance frocks Stealth Wear. Each pricy ($475 to $2,500) thermally reflective real silver-plated fabric garb is lined with silk inside. For paranoid people on a budget, there’s a $40 T-shirt that does all the drone-dodging work without the futuristic flair. All Stealth Wear items, available at The Privacy Gift Shop online, block thermal radiation emitted by the infrared scanners drones use, allowing wearers to go as under the radar as possible.Related: Engineers Are Developing Tech That Could Make Airplanes More HumanNot into metallic burkas? Try Harvey’s CV Dazzle techniques instead. They’re World War I-inspired camo makeup techniques that he claims can fool facial recognition technology. A streak of bright blue face paint under your eye and stripe of white down the bridge of your nose, and your facial features should be harder, or ideally even impossible, for facial detection algorithms to decipher. Harvey’s also come up with a choppy crop of face-obscuring hairstyles.3. REALFACE Glamoflage T-shirt Image credit: URME SurveillanceThis spooky, eye-less photorealistic $200 face mask puts a new face on disappearing into the crowd, namely that of its inventor’s, Chicago artist Leo Selvaggio. Irked by the Windy City’s controversial “Virtual Shield” network of some 3,000 military grade, always-on facial recognition networked cameras, Selvaggio was inspired to develop a freaky way to protect the public from invasive surveillance.   You could say he sacrificed his own round, ruddy face for the greater good, right down to his beard stubble. In his own likeness, Selvaggio created the URME (pronounced “you are me”) mask, a prosthetic decoy for your face, a skin-like pigmented resin 3-D mask that lets you masquerade in public as him. Selvaggio says surveillance cameras will think you’re him, which he’s obviously cool with. That’s kind of the whole point.Related: Why Business Can’t Risk Ignoring Crazy TechnologiesThere’s an equally freakier (but thankfully less expensive) $1 DIY paper cut-out version of the mask available, too.Worth noting, however: Wearing face masks is illegal in some U.S. states, like New York.2. Stealth Wear anti-drone cover-up clothing September 16, 2014center_img Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now Image credit: Simone C. Niquille, of automagically being identified by Facebook’s eerily accurate face-deciphering software? Put on a $68 REALFACE Glamoflage T-shirt by Sandberg Institute design student Simone C. Niquille. Her collage-like shirts are covered in loud, nearly nauseating distorted face mash ups of celebs like Kim Kardashian, Justin Bieber, Miley Cyrus and the late Michael Jackson. Not even “Oarack Bbama (Barack Obama)” was immune.Related: Meet the Algorithm That Can Predict Your Photo’s Popularity Before You Post It Niquille claims her custom-printed tees are graphically wacky enough to trick Facebook’s face-creeping algorithm, just enough to throw it off a bit, though — bummer — they don’t completely stop the world’s biggest and nosiest social network from recognizing your face.Face it, you can run, but sometimes you just can’t hide. Not all the way.What crazy apps, gadgets and tech have you come across lately? Let us know by emailing us at or by telling us in the comments below.Related: Get This: Facial Recognition — For Cats This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Enroll Now for Freelast_img read more

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first_imgOpera Max’s new Privacy Mode by Martin Brinkmann on October 10, 2016 in Opera – 7 commentsOpera Software has started the roll out of a new Privacy Mode feature for the data compression application Opera Max for Android.Privacy Mode goes hand in hand with Opera Max’s data compression functionality. As you may know, all traffic is tunneled through Opera servers using Opera Max. This is done primarily to reduce data usage, and was first introduced back in 2013 as a standalone version of Opera’s Off-Road mode.Opera Software improved Opera Max several times since then. New functionality included options to block apps from using WiFi or Data connections, Netflix video stream savings, and music streaming savings.Private ModeThe new Private Mode feature falls in line with Opera’s strategy to bolster security and privacy in its browsers and applications.The company launched an ad-blocker not long ago in the Opera browser for instance.The new version of Opera Max ships with a privacy timeline designed to make the data usage of applications more transparent to the user.One of the big issues that privacy conscious Android users phase is that it is difficult to find out which applications invade privacy, and which don’t.Opera Max keeps track of that using the popular EasyPrivacy filter list. Basically, what happens is that Opera Max checks if an application tries to connect to any of the servers listed on the filter list, and if it does, records that activity.The timeline lists  those activities in chronological order, and provides information about the number of total requests.Opera Max rates each request as a high, medium, or low risk for each app individually when you tap on an app name in the timeline.To see real-time privacy alerts, we encourage you to scroll up and down the privacy mode timeline regularly and also tap on individual timeline cards to see the “privacy breakdown” of what an app did in a particular session. This is a useful tool to let you know when your apps put your private data at risk.The new version of Opera Max features an encryption option on top of that. Opera does not reveal a lot about it, only that you may activate it in the new version with the tap of the button to protect traffic while connected to a public Wi-Fi network.Now, with privacy mode in the new version of Opera Max, you can encrypt your app data and browsing traffic on Wi-Fi with a tap of a button. This offers you an additional layer of privacy and security so that you can have peace of mind when connecting your phone to public Wi-Fi networks.The new update rolls out currently with no word on when it is available for all Android devices.One downside to using Opera Max is that the app collects quite a bit of data itself as outlined in the privacy policy. This includes among other things unique identifiers, installed software, device characteristics, location and mobile carrier information, and URLs you visit.Closing WordsUsers of Opera Max will certainly find the new features useful as they provide information on the application’s that connect to tracking servers, and may provide extra security when connected to public or unsecure networks.Now You: Do you use Opera Max or another data compression / privacy information service?SummaryArticle NameOpera Max’s new Privacy ModeDescriptionOpera Software has started the roll out of a new Privacy Mode feature for the data compression application Opera Max for Android.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

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first_img News | Radiation Oncology | July 31, 2019 Laura Dawson, M.D., FASTRO, Chosen as ASTRO President-elect The members of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) elected four new officers to ASTRO’s Board of… read more News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more Related Content Following radiation, the bone marrow shows nearly complete loss of blood cells in mice (left). Mice treated with the PTP-sigma inhibitor displayed rapid recovery of blood cells (purple, right). Credit: UCLA Broad Stem Cell Research Center/Nature Communications News | Radiation Therapy | August 02, 2019 Varian Showcases Cancer Care Systems and Software at AAPM 2019 Varian showcased systems and software from its cancer care portfolio, including the Identify Guidance System, at the… read more News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 Mevion and C-RAD Release Integration for Improved Proton Therapy Treatment Quality Mevion Medical Systems and C-RAD announced the integration between the C-RAD Catalyst PT and the Mevion S250i proton… read more Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD Technology | August 02, 2011 ROS Offers New Packaged Radiation Therapy System News | Proton Therapy | August 08, 2019 MD Anderson to Expand Proton Therapy Center The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center unveiled plans to expand its Proton Therapy Center during a… read more News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 07, 2019 Qfix kVue One Proton Couch Top Validated by Mevion Medical Systems Qfix and Mevion Medical Systems announced that a special version of the kVue One Proton couch top is now both validated… read more Feature | August 05, 2019 | Dave Fornell, Editor Most Popular Radiology and Radiotherapy Topics in July 2019 August 5, 2019 — Here is the list of the most popular content on the Imaging Technology New (ITN) magazine website fr read more The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec. News | Proton Therapy | August 06, 2019 IBA Signs Contract to Install Proton Therapy Center in Kansas IBA (Ion Beam Applications S.A.) recently signed a contract and received the first payment for a Proteus One solution… read more The top piece of content in July was a video interview explaining how Princess Margaret Cancer Center is using machine learning to create automated treatment plans. This was a hot topic at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting in July.  August 2, 2011 – Radiology Oncology Systems Inc., a reseller of radiation oncology and diagnostic imaging equipment, unveiled a new “Total Solution Package” at the 2011 joint meeting of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) and the Canadian Organization of Medical Physicists (COMP) this week.“The Total Solution Package” is a combination of a linear accelerator system, a treatment planning system and an oncology information system, all key elements for treating cancer with radiation therapy. The package is being offered in combination with Acceletronics Inc. and Prowess Inc. throughout North and South America, Europe and Asia.For more information:,, FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 16, 2019 Drug Accelerates Blood System’s Recovery After Radiation, Chemotherapy A drug developed by UCLA physician-scientists and chemists speeds up the regeneration of mouse and human blood stem… read more last_img read more

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first_img Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day 0 Comments   Share   The Foreign Ministry’s statement condemns the attack in Benghazi, Libya, that killed the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans. It says violence against diplomats is not justified “anywhere, or under any circumstances.”(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Top Stories Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvementcenter_img Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of Sponsored Stories Men’s health affects baby’s health too HAVANA (AP) – Cuba has condemned a deadly attack on a U.S. diplomatic mission in Libya.The Foreign Ministry statement is a rare show of solidarity with the island’s Cold War enemy to the north, particularly concerning a part of the world where their differences could not be greater.Cuban President Raul Castro and his brother, Fidel, were staunch allies of Libyan strongman Moammar Gadhafi and deplored the NATO-supported uprising that toppled him. 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologistlast_img read more

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first_img by The Associated Press Posted May 7, 2018 8:34 am PDT Last Updated May 7, 2018 at 2:20 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email This David Korins rendering provided by Margie Korshak Inc. shows one of the exhibits in “Hamilton: The Exhibition” that will debut on Chicago’s Northerly Island beginning Nov. 17, 2018. Lin-Manuel Miranda and the producers of the hit Broadway musical “Hamilton” are bringing the immersive and interactive exhibit U.S. Founding Father to Chicago. The experience will be located in a temporary structure the size of a football field and tell the story of Alexander Hamilton and the founding of the U.S. (David Korins/Margie Korshak Inc. via AP) ‘Hamilton’ exhibit to debut in Chicago this fallcenter_img CHICAGO – Lin-Manuel Miranda and the producers of his hit Broadway musical “Hamilton” are bringing an exhibit to Chicago about the musical’s Founding Father namesake.“Hamilton: The Exhibition” will be an immersive, interactive exhibit about Alexander Hamilton and the founding of the United States, The Chicago Tribune reports . The exhibit will start Nov. 17 in a temporary structure the size of a football field on Northerly Island, a peninsula on Chicago’s lakefront.Miranda created and starred in the original “Hamilton” production. He’ll provide a voice narration for the tour and be featured in video form.“People want to learn more,” Miranda said. “It seems that two hours and 45 minutes of a musical were just not enough for them.”The project will be directed creatively by David Korins, who designed the set for the musical. The exhibit will feature a series of rooms and scenes that will recreate important moments in Hamilton’s life, starting with his childhood in the Caribbean Island of St. Croix to his death in New Jersey during a duel.“In the theatre,” Miranda said, “I had to take a lot of liberties with history to get you out of there before 11 o’clock. Now we can have a theatrical experience with historical rigour.”The exhibit will address questions that the musical doesn’t have time to address, said Jeffrey Seller, a Broadway producer who’s in charge of the project overall.Chicago was chosen in part because of its support of the musical, Seller said. It’s had a sold-out run since opening in Chicago in October 2016.The exhibit will likely stay for about six months before moving to other cities, Seller said. Ticket prices have yet to be finalized, but would likely be about $25 for children and $35 for adults, he said.___Information from: Chicago Tribune, http://www.chicagotribune.comlast_img read more

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