a month agoEx-Liverpool star Sturridge could face another betting ban

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Ex-Liverpool star Sturridge could face another betting banby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Liverpool star Daniel Sturridge is in even more trouble regarding betting offences.The Englishman, who is now in Turkey with Trabzonspor, could be facing another ban.Per The Sun, the Football Association is appealing the decision that saw Sturridge get a fine and a six-week ban for breaching betting rules.If The FA are successful, it is possible that Sturridge will get an even lengthier ban.The Association believes that Sturridge should be made an example to ensure that players do not even think about placing bets related to games or transfers that involve themselves.Sturridge told his brother Leon to bet on him signing for Sevilla in the January 2018 transfer window. last_img read more

Robotassisted surgery for thoracic and abdominal indications provides few advantages despite high

first_imgMay 28 2019Clinical studies on robot-assisted surgery for indications in the thorax and abdomen have so far shown few advantages for this cost-intensive surgical method. This is the result of a recent analysis by the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Health Technology Assessment, which examined relevant international clinical studies. In fact, the data situation is currently very unsatisfactory, as there are few larger, high-quality studies available.Robot-assisted surgery allows minimally invasive interventions with high precision. One might therefore expect advantages for patients in the course of surgery and subsequent recovery, compared to other procedures such as laparoscopy or open surgery. A comprehensive study by the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Health Technology Assessment (LBI-HTA) has now investigated whether this is actually the case for indications in the thorax and abdomen. A total of 28 relevant controlled clinical studies with at least 10 patients each were included in the HTA study. The results have now been published as part of the European Network for Health Technology Assessment (EUnetHTA).Hardly any advantages – weak data In summary, it can be said that for the indications analyzed there are few indications of clear advantages for the efficacy and safety of this new surgical technique.”Priv. Doz. Dr. Claudia Wild, Director of the LBI-HTA This result is particularly difficult because robot-assisted operation systems are expensive, tend to require longer operation times and require intensive training and frequent practice. Differences in surgeons’ experience, the study authors emphasize, contributes to difficulties in comparing different studies. The studies provide little systematic information on the extent to which experience and frequent practice can have an influence on the patient outcome.Related StoriesCommon cold virus strain could be a breakthrough in bladder cancer treatmentBordeaux University Hospital uses 3D printing to improve kidney tumor removal surgeryTen-fold rise in tongue-tie surgery for newborns ‘without any real strong data’For nine of the 13 procedures examined in thoracic and abdominal indications, no sufficient evidence could be found from comparative clinical studies that would have made it possible to determine the benefit of robot-assisted surgery compared to other methods.Complications possibly reducedFor a small number of procedures, certain advantages could be identified, albeit with a high degree of uncertainty, even if only for some and not all outcomes. For example, robot-assisted oesophagectomy (removal of the oesophagus) probably reduces postoperative complications and improve patients’ postoperative quality of life compared to open surgery. When used in gastrectomy, robot-assisted surgery may improve postoperative complications compared to laparoscopic surgery. Robot-assisted surgery may also lead to fewer or milder complications during and after surgery compared to other methods for gall bladder removal. A robot-assisted rectal resection (partial removal of the rectum) may improve sexual function and reduce postoperative complications, but may increase intraoperative complications and worsen sleep function.As this study shows, the evidence for the advantages of such surgical techniques is often not convincing. With regard to robot-assisted surgery in the thorax and abdomen the evidence situation is expected to improve significantly over the next five years. Another result reported is that numerous studies are already underway on this topic, involving up to 5.000 patients.center_img Source:Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Health Technology Assessmentlast_img read more

Beware the fax machine some hackers target old gadgets

first_imgWhat could be less threatening than the old office fax machine? Nothing. That’s precisely why it’s used as a backdoor for hackers to get into an organization’s network. Credit: CC0 Public Domain Check Point, a cyber security firm in Israel, said Sunday that their research discovered security flaws in tens of millions of fax machines.The hack works by sending an image file through the phone line—or a file that the fax machine thinks is an image file—and that is coded to contain malicious software. When a company receives the photo, the image is decoded and uploaded into the fax-printer’s memory, allowing the hackers to take over the device and spreading the malicious code through the network.”Many companies may not even be aware they have a fax machine connected to their network, but fax capability is built into many multifunction office and home printers,” said Yaniv Balmas, group manager of security research at Check Point.The researchers focused on Hewlett Packard’s OfficeJet Pro all-in-one fax printers—the global market leader for fax machines. Hewlett Packard quickly fixed the issue—a patch is available on their support page—but the same vulnerabilities are present in most fax machines, including those by Canon and Epson.Many machines are too old to even update. That means it will be difficult for companies to stop hackers from entering their system.Globally, businesses use an estimated 45 million fax machines. Faxes are still widely used in healthcare, banking, and law, sectors in which highly sensitive data is stored. In the U.S. medical sector, 75 percent of all communications are sent by fax.To prevent organizations’ networks from becoming compromised, experts recommend that companies check if their fax machines can be updated, or place fax devices on a secure network that is separate from the networks that carry sensitive information. © 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. Security flaw could have let hackers turn on smart ovenscenter_img Citation: Beware the fax machine: some hackers target old gadgets (2018, August 13) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-08-beware-machine-hackers-gadgets.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Explore furtherlast_img read more

Humor is both a hurdle and a gauge to improve AI human

first_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Ask any smart virtual assistant to tell you a joke and the response is, well, lackluster. A flat, robotic voice drones out some simplistic humor. No laughter, no tone and no concern if you are even listening. Explore further Provided by Purdue University Credit: Shaw Nielsencenter_img AI-based research toward autonomous robots and drones Today’s technology has reached a level where interaction between humans and computers is vital in everyday life. Unfortunately, natural communication between both sides has lagged far behind many other advances.Julia Rayz is conducting artificial intelligence research involving humor, among other areas, to determine what is necessary through computational algorithms to create computer-human interaction that rivals a common conversation between people.”I don’t try to teach computers to tell funny jokes; I want to use artificial intelligence to get computers to a point where they understand why we think something is funny or not,” said Rayz, an associate professor in Purdue University’s Department of Computer and Information Technology.That goal, however, is easier said than done. Current artificial intelligence systems perform well at working “inside the box,” finding the correct rules and relationships in decision-making when the logic involved is pretty black and white.”But when there are no clear rules – and there are no clear rules in human communication – what are we going to tell the computer to do, find rules that don’t exist?” Rayz said. “Whenever the box doesn’t have clear outlines, it’s turning into a royal mess. You can’t find enough examples that are going to describe every possible communication scenario.”Advances allowing artificial intelligence to communicate in a natural way with humans can help people work better, increasing potential performance in the business world and allowing for human-computer collaborations that take on more complex challenges and devices.Rayz’ research involves trying to provide artificial intelligence with understandings of what makes a joke a joke, looking at facets such as delivery, context and emotion. To reach comprehension, the computer also needs to have a lot of background knowledge about the situation that the joke describes.Finally, the artificial intelligence must have a perfect understanding of every single meaning that is used in that joke and be able combine it together and interpret the meaning behind what is being said.The work is second nature for people, but a huge hurdle for artificial intelligence to overcome.The research isn’t confined to computers, with linguistics, psychology, sociology and anthropology experts also taking on the task.Rayz has humor comprehension projects ongoing as part of Purdue’s Applied Knowledge Representation and Natural Language Understanding Lab, which she directs. But, she said, research doesn’t have to focus on just humor in order to make progress toward humor processing.However, the facets involved in humor make it a perfect litmus test for computer-human interaction. If the system can identify a joke, it can understand the nuances that accompany other text and conversation, such as sarcasm and irony.”Artificial intelligence should be able to handle more natural conversation and understand when you are joking and when you are serious,” she said. “If you are giving a command in a sarcastic manner, the computer needs to know it does not need to follow that command.Not all of Rayz’ research is in the lab. She truly appreciates a good joke and is always thinking about how she can make the transition to artificial intelligence.”You can just sit at a café with coffee and observe people and their reactions and modify your algorithms in your mind,” she said. “There are some types of humor I hear and think, ‘Really? You can do better than that.’ But, in conversations especially, you hear a response or hear someone say something, you think ‘Oh wow, that’s complex. I need to incorporate that.’ Citation: Humor is both a hurdle and a gauge to improve AI, human interaction (2019, February 26) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-02-humor-hurdle-gauge-ai-human.htmllast_img read more

Shortage of certain spare parts of AN32 jet due to strain in

first_img Next Press Trust of India New DelhiJuly 16, 2019UPDATED: July 16, 2019 00:21 IST More than half of Indian Air Force’s AN-32 aircraft have been upgraded with structural upgrade, Minister of State for Defence Shripad Naik said. (File Photo)There is shortage of certain Russian-origin spare parts of AN-32 transport aircraft due to strained relations between Russia and Ukraine, the government said Monday.In a written response to a question in the Rajya Sabha, Minister of State for Defence Shripad Naik said the Indian Air Force (IAF) has 98 AN-32 aircraft and none has outlived its operational life.”More than half of Indian Air Force’s AN-32 aircraft have been upgraded with structural upgrade as well as installation of advanced avionics such as radar, radio sets, navigation system etc and the remaining are under upgradation in a phased manner. The serviceability of the fleet has been at par with other fleets,” he said.”There is shortage of certain spares of Russian origin due to strained relations between Russia and Ukraine,” Naik added.Russia had annexed Crimea from Ukraine in 2014 following which the ties between the two nations strained.In response to another question, he said 500 terrorists were killed in counter terrorist (CT), counter infiltration (CI) and terrorist initiated incidents (TII) in 2017 and 2018.In a written response to a question in the Rajya Sabha, Naik said 235 and 265 terrorists were killed in 2017 and 2018 respectively.Eighty-five Army personnel died in “battle casualties” in 2017 and 2018, he said.Jammu and Kashmir saw 131 terrorists initiated incidents in 2017 and 318 in 2018, he added.Replying to another query on transportation along the China border, he said the development of strategic infrastructure along border areas is undertaken in a holistic and comprehensive manner to include construction of roads, strategic railway lines, tunnels to ensure all weather connectivity and to enhance defence preparedness along the border.Accordingly, a revised ‘Long Term Roll on Works Plan’ of Border Roads Organisation for five years (2018-19 to 2022-23) has been formulated for construction/improvement of 272 roads of length 14,545 kilometres.”Out of these 272 roads, 61 roads of length 3323.57 kilometres have been identified as strategic. Work has been completed on 2304.65 kilometres and work on balance stretches is in progress.”Further, in addition to meeting the operational requirement, the above mentioned roads on completion, would also enhance accessibility to border areas where the border infrastructure and forward connectivity is lacking,” he said.ALSO READ | No replacement, AN-32 aircraft will fly in mountainous areas: IAF chiefALSO WATCH | Wreckage of missing An-32 aircraft found in Arunachal Pradesh after 8 daysFor the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for World Cup news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySnigdha Choudhury Shortage of certain spare parts of AN-32 jet due to strain in Russia-Ukraine tiesIn a written response to a question in the Rajya Sabha, Minister of State for Defence Shripad Naik said the Indian Air Force (IAF) has 98 AN-32 aircraft and none has outlived its operational life.advertisementlast_img read more

INS Viraat changeover into museumhotel given inprinciple nod Sitharaman

first_imgCOMMENTS INS Viraat, a decommissioned aircraft carrier, in Mumbai. (file photo) SHARE SHARE EMAIL The Centre has given ‘in-principle’ approval to the Maharashtra government’s proposal for converting decommissioned warship INS Viraat into a museum or hotel, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said on Monday.In a written response to a question in the Rajya Sabha on whether the Maharashtra government has put forth the said proposal before the defence ministry, Sitharaman replied in the affirmative.“Proposal of Government of Maharashtra regarding conversion of INS Viraat, post decommissioning, as a museum/hotel has been approved in-principle,” she said.INS Viraat was decommissioned last year after 30 years with the Indian Navy.The aircraft carrier, in its earlier avatar, had won the Falklands War against Argentina in 1982 for the Royal British Navy.It weighs about 27,800 tonnes and served in the British Navy as HMS Hermes from November 1959 to April 1984. After refurbishment, it was commissioned into the Indian Navy, which purchased it at the cost of $65 million. It was recommissioned on May 12, 1987.Responding to a question on allowances to non-commissioned officers, Sitharaman said the 7th Central Pay Commission (CPC) had considered all aspects with regard to applicability of military service pay (MSP), including the rates while making its recommendations.“The 7th CPC has consciously decided not to create additional categories of personnel for the grant of Military Service Pay or to disturb the slab rates for the four categories for which it is being paid up to the level of Brigadiers. The government, after carefully considering the recommendations of the 7th CPC in respect of MSP, has accepted and notified the same,” she said. COMMENTcenter_img SHARE Published on December 31, 2018last_img read more

Tamil Nadu Opposition parties slam budget point to rising debt burdenTamil Nadu

first_imgCOMMENTS No new taxes in TN Budget for 2019-20 Edappadi K Palaniswami RELATED COMMENT Published on February 08, 2019 SHARE SHARE EMAIL Opposition parties in Tamil Nadu, on Friday, launched a scathing attack on the AIADMK government over aspects such as rising debt burden and fiscal deficit in the budget.“The budget has no use for the poor and common people and the government is not bothered about farmers,” DMK president M K Stalin said. Rather than being growth oriented, the financial statement was focused on debt servicing, he told reporters.Dubbing the budget as “shadow,” and not real, he said it was disappointing that there was “no announcement to generate employment opportunities,” when there were one crore unemployed graduates who have registered themselves in exployment exchanges.“Approximately there is a debt of abour Rs 4 lakh crore. There is, however, no announcement for revenue generation,” the DMK chief said. The fiscal management scenario was tantamount to facing a bad failure in view of the mounting government debt, revenue and fiscal deficits, he said.During Chief Minsiter K Palaniswami’s rule alone loans to the tune of Rs 1,45,064 has been secured pushing the fiscal situation to an “emergency” and putting Tamil Nadu’s economic growth clock behind by 25 years, he alleged.CPI (M) State Secretary K Balakrishnan alleged the budget showed that the state economy has become “bankrupt.” The Marxist party leader said the budget was shorn of vision and schemes for growth. “The budget is a mere compilation of words…it offers no solution for shrinking job opportunities and farm distress.” The allocations made for poverty alleviation, upgrading urban infrastructure, electricity and irrigation only appeared to be eyewash, he claimed.No new relief measures have been announced for those hit by cyclone Gaja, and no answers for problems faced by farmers. Not disclosing the government’s action on key issues like Hydrocarbon extraction proposals in Cauvery delta region and Mekedatur dam is a “betrayal” of Tamil Nadu people, Balakrishnan said.CPI State Secretary R Mutharasan said the budget did not reflect any of the expectations of the people,adding it was not aimed at either welfare or growth of the people. There was no debt relief for farmers and no plan to ensure the rehabilitation of people affected by cyclone Gaja. While the “debt touched Rs 4 lakh crore…the government has not clarified as to how it is going to tackle the revene deficit of Rs 44,176 crore.” PMK founder leader S Ramadoss said some projects like the Athikadavu Avinasi for which fund allocation has been made were welcome while the rest were contrary to the people’s expectations and hence disappointing.AIADMK’s rival and Amma Makkal Munnetra Kazhagam leader TTV Dhinakaran hit out at the government for its alleged administrative inefficiency. “Now, the government’s debt has jumped to Rs 3,97,000 crore for which the interest alone is over Rs 30,000 crore per annum. The increasing debt and skyrocketing interest is an indicator of administrative inefficiency,” Dhinakaran, who is also an MLA representing RK Nagar here, said.MDMK chief Vaiko wondered how the budget will lead the State towards growth when allocation for key sectors have been downsized. Manithaneya Makkal Katchi said the allocation of Rs 10,559 crore for agriculture was grossly inadequate and claimed that the budget had no utility for the poor and common people. SHARE Three-pillared plan for TN in budgetlast_img read more

Modi stole employment from KarnatakaModi stole employment from Karnataka

first_imgMarch 18, 2019 Published on Rahul Gandhi said Narendra Modi has been lying that the coalition government failed to waive the loans of farmers in Karnataka SHARE SHARE EMAIL During an interaction with entrepreneurs and start-up founders here, Congress president Rahul Gandhi said that he was never keen on becoming a techie nor an entrepreneur.“I was not good enough to be a techie nor dreamt to be an entrepreneur,” came the honest reply to a question from the audience.“You entrepreneurs carry huge expectation for creating jobs. I am with you highly qualified enterprising people but I am humble. I want to be with those who are suffering,” said Gandhi.“We are here to deal with each other. I mean all communities with due respect. But now the country is divided and angry. We don’t want a country where people fight among themselves. If it is so, the country cannot go forward. Let’s go back to where we were, to those days of harmonious living,” he added.Earlier on Monday, the Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) requested Rahul Gandhi to contest the Lok Sabha polls from Karnataka. In a letter to Gandhi, presented ahead of his rally in Kalaburagi, KPCCI President Dinesh Gundu Rao wrote, “Your candidature from Karnataka will boost the party’s rank and file in entire South India. We take pride to invite you to kindly contest from Karnataka in the coming Lok Sabha election.”‘Modi is lying’Rahul Gandhi said Narendra Modi has been lying that the coalition government failed to waive the loans of farmers in Karnataka. Addressing a Parivarthana rally in Kalaburagi in Hyderabad-Karnataka region, the Congress president said: “In Karnataka, both coalition partners have delivered on loan waiver. Modi has not done well and instead he has been lying in front of you.”Taking a dig at Modi, Gandhi said “The CBI director wanted to launch an enquiry into the Rafale deal but the chowkidhar (watchman) removed him in the middle of the night. The CBI director was once again removed after the Supreme Court had asked him to be reinstated within hours.” Gandhi alleged that Modi stole employment from the youth of Karnataka by not giving HAL a chance to make Rafale. “Karnataka’s youth ask Modi for employment but he stole employment from you. Aircraft had to be made by HAL, and you’d have got jobs, but chowkidaar wanted to give it to Anil Ambani, who hasn’t produced aircraft ever,” he said.Gandhi alleged that Modi did not increase the MSP every year, which the Congress did when it was in power. He promised to bring GST that will not have five layers of taxation, if voted to power at the Centre. “He (Modi) brought in the Gabbar Singh Tax. Lakhs of small business were affected. I am telling you that as soon as our government comes to power we will give you the true GST that doesn’t have five layers. We can’t do anything about the loss you’ve already faced but we assure you that in the future you won’t have to face this,” he said. COMMENTS national elections state politics COMMENT SHARE Congress president Rahul Gandhi with senior party leader s during a rally in Kalaburagi on Monday   –  PTIlast_img read more

MoF RM925mil of funds related to 1MDB has been returned

first_img 1MDB , 1MDB KUALA LUMPUR: A total of RM925.1 million of 1MDB-related money has been returned to the government to-date, said Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng.In a statement today, he said the funds recovered were in various currencies of different denominations.Lim said RM805.8 million of the funds were returned from the United States, of which RM567.8 million were from the Park Lane Hotel, Manhattan and RM238 million from Red Granite Pictures.He added that RM92.3 million of the funds recovered were from Singapore and RM27 million were recovered locally, of which RM6.1 million were from the 1MDB Foundation and RM20.9 million from the company itself. Tags / Keywords: “This is the result of the efforts made by the authorities, including the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission, the Royal Malaysia Police, the Attorney-General’s Chambers and the cooperation with foreign authorities.“Efforts to recover the funds will continue to repay 1MDB’s debts amounting to RM51 billion,” he said, adding that the amount included future interest payments guaranteed by the Federal government. – Bernama Related News Nation 07 May 2019 AG: RM236.5mil returned so far to Malaysia in 1MDB recoverycenter_img World 09 Jul 2019 U.S. Attorney General Barr won’t recuse himself from New York case against Epstein-official Business News 11 Jul 2019 US investigating Deutsche Bank’s dealings with Malaysian fund 1MDB Related News {{category}} {{time}} {{title}}last_img read more