26 June 2009Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot leaders have agreed to open a new crossing point linking the two communities on the Mediterranean island, the United Nations envoy to the country announced today. “The two leaders decided to proceed with the opening of the Yesilirmak/Limnitis crossing point under normal rules of existing crossings,” Tayé-Brook Zerihoun, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Cyprus, said in a statement read out after today’s meeting between Greek Cypriot leader Dimitris Christofias and Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat. Mr. Zerihoun said that the crossing of persons wishing to visit Erenköy/Kokkina will take place with the escort of the UN Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP), which has been in place on the island since 1964, after the outbreak of inter-communal violence. The visits will be made by minibuses every Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday. Humanitarian issues, including travel by ambulances, fire engines and water tanks, were also agreed on during the talks. In May 2008, the leaders of the two communities committed themselves to working towards “a bicommunal, bizonal federation with political equality, as defined by relevant Security Council resolutions.” The partnership will comprise a Federal Government with a single international personality, along with a Turkish Cypriot Constituent State and a Greek Cypriot Constituent State, which will be of equal status.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW ORLEANS – An advocacy group has filed a federal lawsuit seeking to force insurance companies in Louisiana to take payments from a federal program that helps HIV and AIDS patients.Lambda Legal filed the suit in a Baton Rouge federal court Thursday saying at least one insurance company is violating the Affordable Care Act by refusing to take premium payments from the federal Ryan White HIV/AIDS program.Lambda Legal earlier filed complaints with federal agencies after Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana said it would stop taking payments March 1 from unrelated third parties such as the White program.The Louisiana Health Cooperative said it also would stop taking such payments and a third company, Vantage Health Plan, says it’s considering doing so.Spokesman John Maginnis says Blue Cross/Blue Shield has not seen the lawsuit. by Janet McConnaughey, The Associated Press Posted Feb 20, 2014 7:14 pm MDT Group sues to make La. insurers keep taking payments from federal AIDS program
The case was heard at Southwark Crown CourtCredit:AFP Southwark Crown Court was told that the alleged schemes involved trading carbon credits through removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, for example by planting trees in an area where they had been cut down.This was a “suitable” plan as it meant lots of money would be spent at the outset before any returns were made.The example was given of a banker who had been paid a £1 million bonus. By parting with around £230,000 the banker would “loan” the rest of the cash from a lender connected to the scheme.As a result he would only pay out the £230,000 rather than the £400,000 he would usually pay in tax as he had “lost” £1million in investment, the prosecutor outlined.Mr Christopher said: “No doubt the clients believed when they made use of the schemes that they were entitled to make claims.”But he claimed that “nothing like” the amount said to have been being used on environmental research was actually spent. Swingland denies cheating the public revenue and conspiracy to commit fraud by false representationCredit:Ed Willcox/Central News The prosecution allege that each of these five defendants knew that the tax advantages were dependent on a false account being givenJulian Christopher QC, prosecutor Swingland is alleged to have given his support to the schemes involving environmental research even though he “must have realised” they depended on lies.Julian Christopher QC, prosecuting, said: “The prosecution allegation is that the tax advantages were entirely dependent on a false account being given to HMRC and the prosecution allege that each of these five defendants knew that the tax advantages were dependent on a false account being given.”The alleged total amount of tax avoided was said to be “over £60 million”, supposedly through “sideways tax relief”, whereby losses from one business are offset against profit from another, resulting in what appears to be less profit being made.“For it to work and be legitimate the loss has to be made in the course of trade which is being carried out commercially and with a view to making a profit,” Mr Christopher explained. The scam allegedly ran between 2005 and 2008.Swingland, of Canterbury, Kent, denies cheating the public revenue and conspiracy to commit fraud by false representation.Andrew Bascombe, 58, and John Banyard, 67, each deny two counts of cheating the public revenue.Anthony Blakey, 65, and Martin King, 54, deny two counts of cheating the public revenue and one of conspiracy to commit fraud by false representation.The trial, expected to last three months, continues 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. A renowned conservationist who was awarded an honour for his work took part in a £60m tax-dodging scheme which used climate change projects, a court heard.Professor Ian Swingland OBE, 69, allegedly took part in a three-year scam which helped wealthy investors avoid tax on £170m worth of income.Swingland founded the Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology in 1989 at the University of Kent, a world-leading research facility into biodiversity, communities and sustainable development.He is accused alongside four others of being involved in “the promotion of a series of dishonest tax schemes” which sheltered people with high income from paying the highest rate of tax.
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedMother of siblings saved from fire in custodyFebruary 7, 2018In “Crime”Mother of siblings saved in fire charged with neglect, granted $500,000 bailFebruary 8, 2018In “Court”3-year-old perishes in early morning fireDecember 30, 2016In “latest news” …Police seeking motherQuick thinking by a 7-year-old girl on Monday evening resulted in her saving herself as well as her 4-year-old brother from their burning home in Glasgow New Housing Scheme, East Bank Berbice.Police “B” Division Commander, Lyndon Alves told INews that details surrounding the fire remains sketchy but it appears as though the children’s mother abandoned them.“We’re still looking for the mother. It seems like she abandoned them since yesterday morning,” he said.This online publication understands that the two children were asleep in their two storey concrete home, when the older sibling awoke to the smell of smoke.Upon realising that the home was on fire, the child reportedly wrapped her younger brother in a blanket and eased him out of the house through the front window.She then made her way out of the burning building, sustaining a fractured arm in the process.Nevertheless, the child raised an alarm in the neighbourhood and the Guyana Fire Service was contacted resulting in majority of the concrete structure being saved.The 7-year-old was treated for her injured arm and they were placed in the custody of their aunt.Residents in the area reportedly told police that the children’s mother would often leave them alone for lengthy periods.Investigations are ongoing.
Columbus McKinnon Corp has released its “new ultimate rigging resource”: the CM Chain and Rigging Attachments Catalog. This catalogue is filled with information on the proper selection, use and care of rigging products as well as insight on application and industry requirements. It also provides detailed information on the company’s extensive rigging product offering, ranging from chain and shackles to overhead lifting hooks and load binders.Material handling customers need and want information on the proper selection, use and care of rigging products, as well as insight on application and industry requirements – now this information is available to them.“This catalogue was a major collaborative effort between our product, application, industry and training teams with feedback from a number of our Channel Partners and end-users,” said Steve Vitello, Executive Director of Sales and Marketing – Hoists & Rigging, North America. “The result is a one-of-a-kind rigging resource.”“In addition to the new catalogue, this year we have expanded our In-Stock Guarantee to include more than 275 hoists, chain and rigging products guaranteed to ship in three days or less,” said Vitello. “We have also made a number of significant product improvements, such as our enhanced product markings, as well as major financial investments in equipment, facilities and warehouses to support the rigging market.”Columbus McKinnon offers comprehensive rigging training, including rigging gear and sling inspection as well as Qualified Rigger Workshops. These professional training programs are designed to promote the safe and proper use of rigging and overhead lifting equipment.Columbus McKinnon is a leading worldwide designer, manufacturer and marketer of material handling products, systems and services, which efficiently and ergonomically move, lift, position and secure materials. Key products include hoists, cranes, actuators and rigging tools. The company is focused on commercial and industrial applications that require the safety and quality provided by its superior design and engineering knowhow.
Jurgen Klopp said Liverpool are still involved in a marathon and will not be complacent with their Premier League title chances.Klopp’s men surged nine points clear at the top of the table with a 5-1 mauling of Arsenal on Saturday.Rivals Man City could reduce the gap to seven points if they win at Southampton before they host Liverpool on Thursday.Asked about Liverpool’s nine-point cushion over Tottenham, who lost to Wolves earlier in the day, Klopp said via Sky: “I would really love that we switch and you all come here and I come there.Mo Salah laughs off Sadio Mane incident with a brilliant video Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Mohamed Salah laughed off his little spat with Liverpool team-mate Sadio Mane by posting a brilliant video showing they’ve made up.“In our case, by the way, tomorrow it will be seven and when we play against Man City it could be four. It’s possible.“I’m not the smartest person in the world but I’m really not an idiot – not always, at least. It’s absolutely not important how many points you are ahead in December, even in the end of December.”Klopp also said knowing Tottenham had lost made no difference to their approach against Arsenal.“Before the game we heard because it was on all the screens about the result of Tottenham. Did you think the party started already?” he added. “I didn’t see a smile on any faces in the dressing room. Just see it [the result] and then go on.
Brazilian midfielder Raffael is understood to be edging closer to signing a contract extension at Borussia MonchengladbachThe 33-year-old will be out of the contract come to the end of the season and, due to recurring injury problems, his long-term future at Borussia-Park had been in doubt.Raffael’s long absences in the first half of this season have restricted him to just seven appearances in the Bundesliga.But the Brazilian remains committed to Gladbach and is allegedly prepared to take a pay cut in order to extend his stay.Merson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“My heart is attached to Gladbach, and my family also feels well here. That’s why. There is no reason for a change,” Raffael told Kicker.After starting out his European football career in Switzerland with FC Chiasso, Raffael has also played for FC Zürich, Hertha BSC, Dynamo Kyiv and Schalke 04.The veteran Brazilian has been at Gladbach since 2013.
MIAMI BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – A Miami Beach police officer has been cleared of charges stemming from the fatal shooting of a suspected bank robber.The Florida State Attorney’s Office decided not to file criminal charges against Fabio Cabrera.Officials determined the officer was justified in using deadly force against suspected bank robber 51-year-old David Winesette.Winesette, armed with a straight razor, was stunned with a Taser and shot after, police said, he claimed he had a bomb while attemping to rob a South Beach bank in 2015.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
65 Amazon Facial recognition James Martin/CNET On a Saturday afternoon in late November 2017, a woman walked into a Wilco Farm store in Oregon, stuffed a $130 pair of Georgia Boots in her purse and walked out. About 24 hours later, she turned herself in to the Washington County jail. This is part of a CNET special report exploring the benefits and pitfalls of facial recognition. CNET Her about-face didn’t come from a revelatory change of heart or divine intervention — it was facial recognition, the same kind of technology that lets you unlock your iPhone XS. The speedy investigation was made possible by Amazon’s Rekognition, facial recognition software that let the Washington County Sheriff’s Office create its own searchable database of county jail mugshots. A WCSO deputy watched a surveillance recording of the woman pilfering the boots, grabbed pictures of her face from the footage and imported them into the sheriff’s office’s new tool. He quickly got back a digital lineup of mugshots and found a possible match. When the deputy spoke to the woman the next day, she admitted to the crime and was charged with second-degree theft. Facial recognition represents a watershed in policing tactics, sometimes letting authorities like the WCSO solve investigations in hours instead of days. Agencies including the Federal Bureau of Investigation now use facial recognition databases, while other police forces are looking into the technology, raising the prospect of broader adoption in law enforcement. Facial recognition: Get to know the tech that gets to… Security Smart Home Tags Share your voice 5:11 Now playing: Watch this: The company has highlighted Rekognition’s use by nonprofits, including Thorn, the International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children and Marinus Analytics, to find potential leads on missing children and human trafficking victims.”New technology should not be banned or condemned because of its potential misuse,” Michael Punke, Amazon Web Services’ vice president of global public policy, said in a blog post last month. “Instead, there should be open, honest and earnest dialogue among all parties involved to ensure that the technology is applied appropriately and is continuously enhanced.” That’s not O.J. Simpson Rekognition, which Amazon introduced in late 2016, works by mapping out a person’s face and analyzing how many of its features match those of other faces in a database. The same kind of technology is used by Apple’s Face ID, by Facebook to find people in photos and by US Customs and Border Protection to check people’s identities at airport kiosks. One of the biggest benefits of this technology is that it’s not fooled by a new haircut or a different pair of glasses, things that might throw off the naked eye. For Washington County, Talbot said, the tech gives deputies an advantage in finding potential suspects they may have missed otherwise. Several agencies, including the FBI and Maryland’s Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services, use facial recognition databases that search driver’s license photos and mugshots. In one high-profile incident last year, Maryland authorities used their database to identify the suspect in a mass shooting in Annapolis after the man refused to identify himself when captured.Makers of police body cameras have also looked into using facial recognition, which could be deployed for real-time identification of people on livestreaming video. With little legislation guiding facial recognition in policing, both Google and Microsoft have held off on providing their versions of the technology to authorities. Amazon, meanwhile, has decided to work with law enforcement, which includes a pilot program with police in Orlando, Florida, and marketing of Rekognition to US Immigration and Customs Enforcement. WCSO, which has about 600 employees and patrols parts of a 606,000-person county just west of Portland, has also found itself at the center of the brewing controversy over facial recognition because of its relationship with Amazon. Before Washington County started using Rekognition, Talbot said, hours and sometimes days were taken up trying to identify pictures of potential suspects. Deputies would send internal emails to colleagues, provide bulletins to other local departments and post faces on social media and a Can You ID Me? website. They’d also manually review mountains of mugshots.Wilco Farm store shopliftin… by on ScribdIn the cases of suspects who refused to give their names when arrested, using their fingerprints to get a match could add hours to an investigation — assuming they’re in the state system. These methods are still being used, but Chris Adzima, a senior information systems analyst at the sheriff’s office, embraced Rekognition. He placed an archive of 300,000 mugshots from the Washington County jail management system on an Amazon Web Services cloud server. Adzima then connected those mugshots to Rekognition to create a tool on the sheriff’s office’s internal web service, allowing deputies to submit pictures and find potential matches in less than a minute. Adzima described the system as “an extraordinary bargain,” costing $400 to set up and $6 a month for web services, according to emails the ACLU published last year from its own public records requests on Rekognition. Illustrating the popularity of the new tool, 152 unique users made 1,004 facial recognition queries using WCSO’s system last year, according to the agency’s annual audit of its Rekognition system. WCSO’s system, though, is far from perfect. A slide in a Washington County training presentation pointed that out by showing a 93.5 percent match between O.J. Simpson and a mugshot of a white male with a mustache. It’s erroneous matches like these that alarm civil liberties groups, who say police may use information like this to make false arrests or unfairly target minority communities. To highlight that point, the ACLU released a study last year that found that Rekognition incorrectly matched 28 US Congress members with mugshots of criminals.An image from WCSO’s training presentation, which reminds deputies of the importance of human decision-making when using facial recognition. WCSO Talbot said the ACLU study mischaracterized how Washington County uses Rekognition, saying the tool is used only as a digital lineup to gain potential leads in an investigation, not a form of evidence. That’s why WCSO policy doesn’t allow deputies to arrest someone based solely a Rekognition match; they are required to investigate further to verify a suspect’s identity.He confirmed that most cases solved using Rekognition are property crimes, in which video surveillance at a store or home is available. The second most common use is identifying people that refuse to provide their names, he said. Most major crimes don’t include video footage and aren’t typically stranger-on-stranger incidents, he said, reducing the need for Rekognition in those cases. While Rekognition has been used primarily for lower-level crimes so far, Talbot noted that crimes are rarely isolated, so an arrested suspect in one of these lesser cases may have an outstanding warrant or has been arrested for a similar crime in the past. He disagreed that Washington County’s use of the technology would lead to blanket surveillance, saying that an internal tool to speed police work is nothing close to the dystopian scenario civil liberties groups are portraying it could become. Addressing concerns of mass surveillance, he said: “We’re not, we never have and we never will.” Shoplifting, bike theft and trespassingDuring an incident last April, Washington County authorities were called to an apartment complex at 1:33 a.m. by the apartment manager, who complained about a man banging on a door. Deputies warned the man repeatedly that he’d be arrested if he didn’t leave, but he refused. Soon after, he was arrested and put in handcuffs. The police report continued: “I asked the male what his name was but he still would not answer. I could not get the male to answer any of my questions, at times he would reply with an insult or tell me to shut up. I took a picture of the male and ran it through the Facial Recognition program, which identified him as [name].” The man was charged with second-degree trespassing, a misdemeanor. Deputies spoke to the woman who lived at the apartment. She told them she had slept with the suspect a few times but stopped wanting to see him. She didn’t want to press charges. Trespassing report, 2018 by on ScribdThe case highlights two arguments over the technology. On the one hand, some may conclude that deputies could’ve just asked the woman in the apartment who the suspect was without relying on a sophisticated facial recognition database. On the other, some may see authorities’ ability to quickly identify a potentially dangerous suspect as a major benefit — a takeaway from the Annapolis shooting. Also, Talbot said some suspects refuse to identify themselves because there are warrants out for their arrest.The arrest was one of five CNET reviewed that involved suspects who wouldn’t identify themselves. None of those cases were for major crimes. In another report, a deputy used facial recognition to identify a man who wouldn’t give his name after he was caught stealing a bicycle intentionally left outside by police as bait.A shoplifting case in March helped highlight the value of facial recognition in solving crimes, though the incident was far from significant. A worker at an Ace Hardware store reported that an unidentified woman had stolen a $12 tank of gas. The employee provided surveillance footage of the theft, which deputies used to identify a suspect. A few months later, the deputy on the case saw the suspect driving in the same car reportedly used in the theft, confirmed her identity using her driver’s license and got her to admit to stealing the gas tank. She was charged with third-degree theft. CNET reviewed two additional police reports that used the technology but didn’t result in a match. In one case, a man attempted to obtain a credit card at a local Walmart using a forged driver’s license. No results came back from the facial recognition software and the case was suspended. In another incident, a car dealership said a man used someone else’s identity to buy a $55,800 Dodge Ram truck. Facial recognition used on video surveillance came up empty. The suspect and vehicle were found instead by turning on the GPS tracker in the truck. Both those cases show that facial recognition is no cure-all against criminals, though there are efforts to make the tech more powerful. Facing the future Several police agencies have contacted the WCSO to learn about its use of facial recognition, according to emails disclosed in public records requests from both CNET and the ACLU. In one example, the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office, which neighbors Washington County, had extensive conversations with WCSO officials about facial recognition and started testing its own tool. But pressure from the ACLU and others has certainly gotten law enforcement’s attention. In one email CNET reviewed, a Clackamas County official wrote last May: “I did hear about the ACLU and others challenging Wash Co’s use of the technology and the sheriff’s response. If CCSO were to use this technology, it should expect to be subject to the same type of criticism.” Ace Hardware shoplifting, 2018 by on ScribdA new frontier for facial recognition is paring the technology with real-time surveillance. That concept is already being used in China to track the public. In a tamer usage, Orlando police teamed up with Amazon to pilot use of Rekognition in surveillance cameras. For now, the program is only being used to track a few volunteer officers.In its policy guidelines for using facial recognition, Washington County lays out one potential use for real-time surveillance. If deputies have probable cause that a felony suspect they already identified will be at a specific place at a specific time, or they believe an identified suspect is about to engage in a terrorist act, they can use Rekognition in real time. WCSO’s Adzima cautioned that this capability isn’t actually possible yet, since it would require setting up a network of security cameras. But the ACLU’s Cagle noted that this policy is “a case study in mission creep,” showing how quickly facial recognition tools can turn into public surveillance. “One only need to look at their policy to see how this database can be expanded and abused,” Cagle said. “That policy suggests there are bigger plans afoot for this program.” Want to learn more about facial recognition? Read all about it at CNET’s Facial Recognition 101. Editor’s note: CNET has removed the names and other personal details of civilians cited in police reports and images to protect their identities.Originally published March 18, 5 a.m. PT.Update, March 19: Adds information on ACLU study. But the use of such sophisticated technology — able to rapidly analyze millions of images using computer vision and deep learning — on such a petty crime raises questions about its application. Are police officers bringing a laser gun to a knife fight? There are also fears of Big Brother-style mass surveillance of the public, which is why civil liberties groups are working to stop police from using the technology. This clash of community safety versus personal privacy has quickly turned facial recognition into a controversial issue. Mundane crimes But behind this debate, WCSO officials confirmed they’ve mostly trained this sophisticated and controversial tool on mundane crimes, including one in which a woman stole a $12 gas tank from an Ace Hardware store, a CNET investigation into WCSO police reports found. That revelation from one of Amazon’s only known Rekognition law enforcement partners could undermine the company’s promotion of the software for solving major crimes, like finding missing children. It raises questions about the value of facial recognition for everyday policing. Plus, it highlights how minimal legislation on the technology lets police use facial recognition for just about any case they want.An example of WCSO’s facial recognition tool. WCSO Via public records requests, CNET reviewed seven sheriff’s office reports that showed facial recognition being put to use in making an arrest. According to those reports, Rekognition played a role in five cases in identifying suspects who refused to give their names when approached by deputies. In those cases, suspects were arrested for crimes that included trespassing and theft of a bicycle. In two other reports, facial recognition helped solve shoplifting cases: one for the pair of $130 boots and another for that $12 gas tank. Matt Cagle, a lawyer for the American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California, has called for an end to facial recognition in policing. He said these police reports prove that the use of this tech is “unnecessary.” “The investigation of petty crimes does not justify the creation of a massive facial recognition database like this one,” he said. Deputy Jeff Talbot, Washington County’s public information officer, said WCSO has made arrests on “crimes on multiple levels” using Rekognition, not just minor offenses. He added that the office has developed internal policies to account for the use of facial recognition and properly trains deputies who use the tool. Those policies, he said, have been shared with several elected officials and are available to the public. Talbot said that the software has made deputies far more efficient and that his office’s work could serve as a model for the responsible use of facial recognition by police. “Are we solving 500 crimes a year using this technology? Absolutely not,” Talbot said. “But do we think this is an important piece of technology that we should be utilizing while doing it responsibly? Absolutely.” Amazon declined to comment for this story. The investigation of petty crimes does not justify the creation of a massive facial recognition database like this one. Matt Cagle, ACLU Comments
Bose says the Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 are “much more than a product refresh.” And that’s not surprising given that it’s dropped the QuietComfort brand name and completely redesigned the headphones.”After years of development, we’re thrilled to introduce Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700,” its website states. “They’re much more than a product refresh — they’re a defining moment in headphone evolution. Smarter and more capable than anything we’ve ever done before, you’re about to see how Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 will become an indispensable tool for surviving our ever-increasingly hypermobile world.”Read more: Best headphones for 2019The upcoming Earbuds 500, currently slated for release in late 2019. Bose The company says the headphones are “packed with evolved noise-canceling functionality, an unrivaled microphone system and intuitive touch controls.” They’re also enabled with Bose AR, the the company’s audio-augmented reality platform. Both the Noise Cancelling Earbuds 500 and 700 will also support Bose AR. (Both new true wireless models appear to be more compact than the company’s current SoundSport Free true wireless earphones.)For now, Bose will leave the QuietComfort 35 II in its headphone lineup. Late last year it updated that model with a chip to support Bose AR (any QuietComfort 35 II manufactured after December 2018 is AR-enabled). But I suspect we may see a price drop on the QC35 II, which lists for $350. While $400 is certainly expensive for a headphone — some might argue too expensive — most people would seemingly prefer to pay $50 more for the latest and greatest from Bose and ignore the old model unless it was priced significantly lower.Read more: Bose Earbuds 500 true wireless early hands-onHere’s a quick look at the Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 key specs, according to Bose. They do charge via USB-C like the Sony WH-1000XM3 and other new premium noise-canceling headphones. While they’re scheduled to ship on June 30, I should be getting some hands-on time with them next week and will add my early impressions once I give them a try.Weight: 254gOver-ear designNew acoustic and electronics package with new digital signal processingNew eight-microphone system11 levels of noise cancellationBuilt-In Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa (one-touch access)Active EQ Sound ManagementControls on ear cupsBluetooth range: Up to 33 ft. (10m)Battery charging time: Up to 2.5 hoursQuick charge time: 15 min for 3.5 hoursBattery life: Up to 20 hoursUSB-C chargingPrice: $400Shipping date: June 30Enlarge ImageRendering of the Noise Cancelling Earbuds 700, which aren’t due out till 2020. Bose Originally published May 29. Bose Sony 17 Photos New Bose noise-canceling headphones coming soon Tags Comments Enlarge Image Bose The long-awaited successor to the popular Bose QuietComfort 35 II has finally been unveiled: The Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 will cost $400 or £350 and arrive June 30. They’re available for preorder now. Australian pricing isn’t yet available but the UK price converts to about AU$640.The updated headphones were one of 3 new models that appeared when Bose quietly updated its website on Wednesday, May 29. There are also two new sets of totally wireless earphones: Noise Cancelling Earbuds 700 and the Earbuds 500 (no noise-canceling). The latter are listed as “anticipated” to launch in late 2019 while the Noise Cancelling Earbuds 700 are slated for a 2020 launch.Note: I got some hands-on time with the new Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 on June 5. Read my early impressions of the Noise Cancelling Headphones 700’s sound quality and features. 25 Mobile Accessories Headphones Share your voice
Alaska Gov. Bill Walker says refugees seeking to come to the U.S. must go through a “stringent” process.His office says Walker was among the governors who participated in a briefing with officials from the White House, FBI and State Department on the refugee process.Since Friday’s terror attacks in Paris, some governors have questioned U.S. plans to accept more Syrian refugees, concerned that terrorists might use the refugees as cover to sneak across borders.In a release, Walker acknowledged the federal government controls resettlement programs. He says he’ll remain focused on ensuring the vetting process the governors were briefed on “remains the most stringent refugee vetting process in the world.”Walker spokeswoman Katie Marquette says the governor wants to be kept apprised of refugee relocations in Alaska.
Xiaomi, China’s largest smartphone maker, announced on Monday that its revenue had doubled to $12 billion on account of its phone sales that tripled in 2014.Xiaomi said that its 2014 pre-tax sales were up 135% from 2013 and it sold over 61 million phones in the last 12 months alone, up 227 percent from a year ago. The company managed to surpass its sales target of 60 million phones in 2014, up from its target of just 20 million in 2012.In a post on China’s local social media website Weibo, Xiaomi co-founder and president Bin Lin wrote:”2014 is a year of important milestones for Xiaomi. We came from behind and became market leader in China. Almost all major players in the smartphone industry have conducted microscopic level study of our business model. We have faced, and will continue to face more intense competitions in the industry. However, we are determined to face the competition with the following priorities in mind.”The spectacular success of Xiaomi is worth noting. News of the stellar revenue and figures comes just a week after the company confirmed that it has managed to raise $1.1 billion, pegging its net worth at $45 billion.In August 2014, Xiaomi confirmed that it was valued at $10 billion after a round of fundraising. It, however, did not disclose the amount. That was a significant leap from the $4 billion net worth in 2012.The four-year-old smartphone maker has come a long way since. Xiaomi’s raging success in its latest Asian market, India, has propelled the company to new highs. Investors see great potential in the firm and its valuation could double to $100 billion in the near future.”I don’t think there’s any company that has reached $1 billion in revenue as fast as Xiaomi. In every conceivable benchmark, it’s almost unprecedented in terms of its speed of growth,” Yuri Milner, an investor who put his cash in Facebook and Alibaba when they were just startups, told Bloomberg in a telephone interview.What about Xiaomi’s 2015?Some are worried about its super-fast pace of growth adding that Xiaomi could fall short on huge expectations in 2015 because it was going “too fast, too soon.””I don’t think Xiaomi can repeat this astounding growth of 135 percent, it’s a case of too big, too soon. We’re definitely in wait-and-see mode; investors are not looking to raise their profile on Xiaomi yet. The results are too dramatic and can only go downhill from here,” Cyrus Daruwala, managing director at IDC Financial Insights was quoted by CNBC.On the other hand, some think the company’s revenues will keep expanding not just from its smartphone line but also other electronic devices and diversified businesses, which will mostly sprout from its huge loyal customer base.
Stay on target ‘Shazam’ Spin-Off ‘Black Adam,’ Starring The Roc…MovieBob Reviews: ‘Shazam!’ This week sees DC once again try to capture its share of the box office with Shazam! taking the hero created by Otto Binder and C.C. Beck into the modern era. Early reviews are solid, stating that a good chunk of the pleasure comes from the character’s central conceit: he’s a kid with the power of a god. Really, six of them —when he says his magic word, Billy Batson transforms into a hulking studmuffin with the abilities of Solomon, Hercules, Atlas, Zeus, Achilles, and Mercury. But he’s still a kid inside, and that dissonance makes for great storytelling. It’s not a unique idea, as a dive through the longboxes will show — here are 11 of the best superheroes who have kids as their secret identities.PrimeMalibu Comics was flush with cash thanks to providing printing services to Image in that company’s Golden Age, so they cashed in with their own line of superheroes called the Ultraverse. Their flagship character was Prime, a grotesquely inflated muscleman with the ability to fly and withstand great damage. But inside those muscles is Kevin Green, a thirteen year old boy who can extrude a “liquid flesh” material that shapes itself around his body. While Prime looks very adult, there’s a boy trapped in the torments of puberty behind every one of those superhuman punches, and he often found himself grappling with problems well beyond his maturity level.AmethystCreated by Dan Mishkin, Gary Cohn and Ernie Colón in 1983, Amethyst has a different take on the concept. When Amy Wheeler is on Earth, she’s an ordinary thirteen year old girl. But when she steps through a portal to the mystical dimension of Gemworld, she’s instantly aged into her adult form and comes to possess her full magical potential. When she comes back to our realm, she’s returned to her original age. The series was a compelling and ambitious fantasy that laid the groundwork for a bunch of DC’s magical mythos, and Amethyst has returned several times over the last few decades.Thunderbolt JaxonThe early days of superheroes saw a lot of writers working way outside of their depths, with often amusing results. Debuting in 1949, young Jack Jaxon was sent to reform school after being framed for a crime he didn’t commit. While there, he was given a belt imbued with the power of the Norse god Thor. When he put it on, he’d transform into an adult… modeled after Greek half-god Hercules. It was a different time. Thunderbolt would be renamed Johnny Samson in the 1960s, and most recently showed up after a convoluted series of company purchases in a DC Comics miniseries.The FlyPretty much everyone tried to cash in on the success of Spider-Man in the 1960s, but Archie’s attempt was uniquely… well, uniquely Archie. Orphan Tommy Troy was hired by the elderly March family to clean out their house, and when he put on a mysterious ring with the insignia of a bug on it, it summoned Turan of the Fly People, an ancient race that ruled the earth in times long past until mystical warfare reduced them to common bugs. When Tommy rubbed the ring and said “I wish I were the Fly,” he’d switch bodies with a fully adult Fly Person to fight crime on the streets.SuperiorMark Millar is notorious for his dark and edgy takes on superhero tropes, so when he turned his eye towards the Shazam concept with Superior most readers feared the worst. Simon Pooni is an embittered 12 year old with multiple sclerosis who idolizes the mighty hero Superior. When an alien monkey gives him a single wish, he uses it to turn into the hero — but the monkey is actually a demon, and if Simon wants to stay in his superhuman form, the price will be his soul. Several twists and turns follow, along with Simon’s worst bully getting superhuman powers too, but the ending is remarkably heartwarming and the art — by Leinil Francis Yu — is dope.ThunderbunnyFirst debuting in 1982, young Bobby Caswell has a bunch of stuff to worry about when he places his hands on a special box given to him by mysterious aliens. Not only does he turn from a boy to a full grown man, but he turns into a fully grown anthropomorphic rabbit. Who knows what kind of wild brainstorming sessions brought Thunderbunny into the world, but the character has jumped between multiple companies, starting out at Charlton before being published by Archie’s Red Circle imprint, WaRP Graphics, and finally Apple Comics. He was last seen in 1987 but this is comics, anybody could come out of limbo at any time.Robby ReedTypically we list these heroes by their costumed name, but for Robby Reed that could take all day. The protagonist of the original Dial H For HERO serial was transformed into a different adult powered identity every time he spun the mystical dial. Some of Robby’s incarnations have included King Coil the anthropomorphic spring, the Human Bullet, Mr. Echo and dozens more. There were several other holders of the HERO Dial in the following decades, including teens Chris King and Vicki Grant, but Robby was the originator and thus gets a spot on the list.BadrockTeenager Thomas John McCall never thought he was destined for great things — that is, until he chugged down a vial of mysterious genetic material (because that’s what teens do) and found himself transformed into a hulking monstrosity of stone drawn by Rob Liefeld in the pages of Youngblood. Although Badrock looks fully grown on the outside, underneath that rock-hard shell is a horny, impulsive teenage boy with all the baggage that entails, and he often found himself mixing it up with other heroes like the Savage Dragon.AbuseGotham City is a tough town for orphans. Colin Wilkes was a ten year old who bounced from foster home to foster home, carrying with him a scrapbook of superhero news clippings. He was kidnapped by the Scarecrow and pumped full of the drug Venom to fight Batman, but once he was freed from the villain’s clutches he discovered that he had been changed by the experience, and with sufficient concentration he could transform into a heavily muscled adult body. Taking the name Abuse and equipping himself with a pair of embossed knuckle-dusters, Colin hit the streets to protect other children.Super Green BeretCreate by Shazam writer Otto Binder, Super Green Beret was a bizarre evolution of the transforming kid theme. When Tod Holton is visited by his uncle Roger, fresh back from Vietnam, he’s given a magical green beret that had been imbued by a Buddhist monk with mysterious powers — powers that let teenage Tod morph into a burly fighting man that could transport himself right to the Vietnamese battlefield and fight for the United States. Confused politics aside, Super Green Beret is a hilariously weird mess of a series that’s worth tracking down in the back issue bins, as it only lasted two issues.BananamanBritain’s comics tradition is a little less superhero-focused than ours, and their takes on the genre are usually a little goofier. Case in point, Bananaman. Schoolboy Max Donora has the ability to transform into a beefy flying adult in a skin-tight leotard whenever he eats a banana. That gives him the strength of twenty men, but if he needs to power up even further he can chow down on even more bananas — but if he eats too many, he balloons up into a rotund goof. Naive, silly and often excessive, Bananaman has been published continually since 1980 and is now found in a webcomic.More on Geek.com:Geeksplainer: ‘Captain Marvel’Stan Lee’s Best CharactersNew ‘Shazam!’ Trailer Teases Hilarious Take on ‘Adult’ Superheroes
Scientists have developed an advanced wave forecasting system that can run speedy simulations on a Raspberry Pi.Using deep learning, analysts at IBM Research Ireland, Baylor University, and the University of Notre Dame built a system that far outpaces existing prediction models.Costly and sluggish, traditional platforms require a supercomputer to calculate how tides, winds, and the ocean’s varying depths influence the speed and height of waves.The new deep learning-enhanced framework, however, generates forecasts up to 12,000 percent faster than conventional designs, according to IBM Research member Fearghal O’Donncha, who also tipped “a vastly increased” set of data input.“Accurate forecasts of ocean wave heights and directions are a valuable resource for many marine-based industries,” O’Donncha wrote in a blog post. “Many of these industries operate in harsh environments where power and computing facilities are limited.“A solution to provide highly accurate wave condition forecasts at low computational cost is essential for improved decision making,” he said.Even artificial intelligence needs to learn, though.The team put the time-honored Simulating WAves Nearshore (SWAN) model to work—generating training data (four years of forecasts, from April 2013 to July 2017) for their deep learning network.A roaring success, the AI replicated images of more than 3,000 wave heights and periods with fewer errors than SWAN.“Despite the huge reduction in computational expense, the new approach provides comparable levels of accuracy to the traditional physics-based SWAN model,” O’Donncha boasted.Not yet ready for primetime, the surrogate system is vetted only in Monterey Bay, Calif. To expand the model, researchers must repeat their training with new location-specific data—perhaps in collaboration with The Weather Company.As O’Donncha told ZDNet, the forecasting firm could provide information “from a wide variety of locations,” while IBM creates a suite of trained machines set to specific locations across the U.S. coastline.“These models could then be readily provided based on a set of coordinates to enable exceedingly fast forecasts for any region within this location,” he told the tech new blog.The scientists hope their product will one day serve the likes of shipping companies, which can use “highly accurate forecasts” to determine the best route with the least fuel consumption and voyage time.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target Lyra Is a Handheld Gaming System Powered by a Raspberry PiRaspberry Pi Used to Steal 500 MB of NASA Data
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Turkish Cypriot leader Mustfa Akinci would not be averse to an interim solution to resolve the issue of drilling in Cyprus’ exclusive economic zone (EEZ), it was reported on Sunday.According to Kathimerini, citing CNN Turk, Akinci would like to see a compromise formula in the intermediary, “despite the fact the Greek Cypriot side was not ready for a comprehensive settlement”.If such a compromise formula is not found, he warned, the Turkish Cypriots, along with Turkey would launch its own hydrocarbons exploration in the island’s EEZ “because this wealth is common. It does not belong exclusively to the Greek Cypriot community”.According to Akinci, the starting point for all problems in Cyprus is the perception of the Greek Cypriot side that everything belongs to it. The same is true of the EEZ, he said.The Cyprus Republic was now trying to extend the “limits of its sovereignty” and to take possession of the natural resources of the Eastern Mediterranean, he added.In order to end the current tension in the Cypriot EEZ, the Greek Cypriot side should be forced to give up its intransigent stance. Akinci called on the Greek Cypriot side to contribute to the solution. “What needs to be done is to turn this from an area of controversy to an area of cooperation,” he said, adding that an intermediate solution could be found between the two sides.He said that during Cyprus negotiations, he had repeatedly warned the Greek Cypriot side and had proposed the creation of a bicommunal committee on the issue “to explore together this common wealth”. Piping any gas find through Turkey was the shortest, most practical and cheapest solution.The response of the Greek Cypriot side to this proposal, according to Akinci, was always: “This issue is not negotiable. It is an issue that concerns our own jurisdiction.”According to Akinci, the Greek Cypriot side was currently benefiting from the deterioration of Turkey’s relations with some countries in the region, and in cooperation with Greece, was attempting to conclude EEZ alliances with countries such as Egypt, Israel and Jordan. It was also trying to put Turkey into conflict with the ‘big powers’, which was evident, he said, from the companies they chose to carry out exploration such as France’s Total, Italy’s ENI and US companies such as ExxonMobil and Noble Energy.“By licensing these companies, in a sense, the Greek Cypriots are attempting to place Turkey in confrontation with these states,” said Akinci.For more than a week, a rig chartered by ENI has been at a standstill in Block 3 of the island’s EEZ, unable to reach its target drilling site after Turkish warships set up a blockade around the Saipem 12000 drillship, on the premise of conducting military exercises in the area. The drillship remains immobilised at a distance of some 50km from the site of the drill.You May LikeDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoSecurity SaversWindows Users Advised To Do This TodaySecurity SaversUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboola
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