WINNIPEG – A man previously convicted of killing his girlfriend in Thailand has been arrested in Manitoba on a Canada-wide warrant.Michael Karas, 61, was wanted in three bank robberies in Toronto between November 2017 and August of this year. On Thursday, police arrested him at a Winnipeg hotel.Karas previously was charged with the 1996 murder of a Thai woman whose body was found dismembered at a resort community in the south-Asian country.Court documents from his extradition case in Canada show Karas was in a relationship with Suwannee Ratanaprakorn. They were living together at a hotel in Pattaya on the east coast of the Gulf of Thailand.The documents say Karas allegedly cut the woman’s body into pieces before dumping it in a swampy area not far from the hotel. The woman’s head, arms and legs were recovered, but her torso was never found.The records show he left Thailand almost immediately after the killing and returned to Canada, where he was arrested and held in custody on other charges.Karas was flown back to Thailand in 2011 to face a trial after Thai authorities had called for his return for more than a decade.During an interview with the Toronto Sun in 2016 while he was still behind bars in Thailand, Karas said he had been repatriated under a foreign inmate transfer and was coming back to Canada.He said he was wrongfully convicted of murder because he thought he was pleading guilty to manslaughter.“She came at me and I snapped her neck,” the Sun quoted him as saying.There is no word on when he arrived back in Canada or when he was released.
OTTAWA — Canadian patients and groups that advocate on their behalf are sounding the alarm about the federal government’s recent changes to the way it regulates the cost of patented medicines.Toronto lawyer and longtime Liberal supporter Chris MacLeod, who lives with cystic fibrosis, says it pains him to speak out against the government but he fears lives could be on the line as a result of the changes.Health Canada recently finalized long-awaited amendments, which include providing the Patented Medicines Prices Review Board with the market price of medicines rather than an inflated list price.The department says the board can then consider whether the drug price actually reflects the value it has for patients.MacLeod, however, fears the regulations will ultimately drive the list prices down to the point where drug companies will not seek to bring new, game-changing medicines to Canada.The Canadian Organization for Rare Disorders shares MacLeod’s concern, adding that while everyone wants to have access to medications at affordable prices, it risks making new therapies less available.The Canadian Press
TORONTO — Canada’s largest mental health hospital is developing a specialized form of psychotherapy catered toward Canadians of South Asian origin to help members of that community overcome stigma around mental illness and seek treatment.The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto says it hopes to have a culturally adapted manual on the targeted form of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy — or CBT — as well as a therapist training package ready by November.CAMH psychiatrist Dr. Farooq Naeem said he will be consulting with patients, caregivers, mental health professionals and community leaders as he adapts an existing CBT manual to meet the specific cultural needs of South Asian patients.“The evidence shows that CBT is as good as medications to treat depression and anxiety, as well as to prevent relapse,” said Naeem.“But we also have a lot of data that shows that CBT does not work as well with people from non-western cultural backgrounds. When we adapt it for other cultural contexts — as we’ve done for other racialized communities — it becomes far more effective.”Naeem said he hopes the culturally-adapted CBT, which can be offered outside hospitals, will help reduce the stigma surrounding mental illness for South Asians and encourage members of the community to seek treatment when needed. A $1 million grant from Health Canada is helping to fund the CAMH project.The specialized therapy manual and training package being developed could serve as a model for other types of culturally-adapted CBT programs across Canada in the future, Naeem added.Canada is home to 1.6 million people of South Asian origin, one of the largest racialized groups in the country. CAMH said there were higher rates of anxiety and mood disorders for the population compared to immigrants from other parts of the world largely due to cultural and socio-economic factors.The hospital said people of South Asian origin also have the highest perceived barriers to mental health treatment and are 85 per cent less likely to seek treatment for mental illness than those who identify as white.Shreya Kumar, who was born in India and now lives in Ontario, knows first-hand how hard it can be for South Asians to seek treatment for mental illness.The 26-year-old said she had her first major depressive episode at the age of 17 while living in Kuwait. Getting treatment for mental illness was unheard of in her community, she said, and it took her five years to get help. “There is a culture-wide disdain for weakness among South Asians. If you’re anxious, you’re weak. If you’re depressed, you can’t cope and none of that is seen as a clinical thing, said Kumar, who works as a freelance graphic designer. “There is no language around mental health and mental wellness, there isn’t really a tendency to talk about your feelings either. If you’re faced with a challenge, you should be able to cope with it and if you’re not, you’re doing something wrong.”Kumar, who has now been benefiting from CBT for years, said she used to blame herself for her mental state.“The illusion of being alone in the problem was what was the most debilitating thing for me,” she said. “When a culturally adept service is available and advertised well enough and people know about it, hopefully it encourages help-seeking behaviour and early intervention.”Dr. Saunia Ahmad, the director of the Toronto Psychology Clinic, said there are a variety of barriers to South Asians that prevent them from seeking treatment, including cultural elements like arranged marriage, religion and language.CBT, as it was originally developed, was created from a western point of view that assumes a white model of what healthy, human behaviour looks like, she said.“A lot of people don’t even know what a psychologist is in South Asia. It’s a concept that you derive from North American values,” said Ahmad, who is also of South Asian descent. “It’s really important for us as therapists to recognize that where they’re coming from is also culturally circumscribed.”With more adaptive programs, Ahmad said South Asian people will begin to feel recognized.“They’ll start to feel like there’s a focus on them and understanding them,” she said.Emerald Bensadoun, The Canadian Press
Kota (Rajasthan): Sleuths of the anti-corruption bureau (ACB) here recovered unaccounted cash of Rs 10.67 lakh from two officials posted with the Water Resources Department in Atru of Baran district in Rajasthan, police said Saturday. The amount was recovered during a checking on the Baran Kota highway near Nohar Thursday night, police said. “The two officials have not been arrested or booked for corruption as investigation is underway,” police maintained. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra Singh According to ASP (ACB) Chandrasheel Thakur, they had got a tip-off that assistant engineer Mohan Lal Sharma had collected a huge amount as commission from contractors and was returning to Kota by a government vehicle. “The ACB sleuths stopped the government vehicle, in which Mohan Lal Sharma and executive engineer Satyendra Kumar Pareek were travelling along with another official of the department,” the officer said. During checking of the vehicle, a bag belonging to Sharma and containing Rs 10 lakh in cash was recovered, the officer said, adding that Sharma failed to give a satisfactory reply about the amount. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroad “Similarly, Rs 66,940 was recovered from executive engineer Pareek, who, too, failed to give a satisfactory reply. They were brought to the ACB office for questioning, he said. Mohal Lal Sharma, however, contended that the amount recovered from him had been borrowed from a contractor from Baran, but when the contractor was contacted for verification, he refused to have lent the amount to Sharma, said police. “During a search operation at Sharma’s residence in Kota, a large number of documents pertaining to several plots and bank accounts were recovered,” ASP Thakur said. Investigation into the case was underway and the officials would be arrested for corruption once it was completed, he said.
DH Corp. defends accounting practices, calls hedge fund report ‘misleading’ by Alexandra Posadzki, The Canadian Press Posted Oct 27, 2015 11:43 am MDT Last Updated Oct 27, 2015 at 2:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – Financial technology company DH Corp. is defending itself against what it calls a “false and misleading” report from a hedge fund that casts doubts on its growth prospects and past performance.The report by Lawton Park Capital Management alleges the Toronto-based company (TSX:DH) is making “desperate” acquisitions and playing “accounting games” in order to obscure its dwindling performance.The report takes issue with DH’s approach to accounting for its revenue and alleges that “numerous” insiders of the company have been selling their shares, which could indicate trouble brewing that the public isn’t aware of.DH released its quarterly earnings report earlier than planned and bumped up its conference call to discuss its results, originally slated for Wednesday, to Tuesday morning in order to address the allegations.The company, formerly known as Davis + Henderson in the days when it was primarily known for printing and supplying paper cheques for Canada’s big banks, says investors should rely on its public filings and not the analyst report.DH’s chief financial officer Karen Weaver said the company follows “disciplined accounting practices” that are in accordance with the International Financial Reporting Standards.Chief executive Gerrard Schmid called reports that company insiders have been dumping their shares “categorically untrue” and “highly misleading,” noting that while there have been a number of “individual, one-off transactions,” on a net basis insiders have accumulated more shares over the past three years.Schmid said that during the second quarter of 2015, company insiders — including board members and senior management — held roughly 580,000 shares, up from 215,000 shares in the second quarter of 2012.Lawton Park Management declined comment.In their earnings news release issued Tuesday, DH called Lawton Park’s allegations “self-interested attacks” and said it believes the hedge fund in question is engaged in short-selling its shares — an investment technique that depends on a stock value falling rather than rising.“We are deeply disturbed by the false and misleading allegations contained in the report, and intend to vigorously defend ourselves and D+H against these assertions,” Schmid said during the company’s third quarter earnings call.“D+H recommends that investors review its public filings as providing accurate information regarding the company and its performance, and not to rely on this report which contains misrepresentations and which may have purposes other than giving investors accurate information and impartial analysis.”The hedge fund report also alleges that a U.S. regulatory order imposed on Fundtech — a payment services firm that DH acquired for $1.25 billion earlier this year — has been hurting the segment’s ability to grow its business and retain existing customers.However, DH says it was aware of the regulatory order, which requires Fundtech to beef up its risk-management practices, before it made the acquisition and has been working to remedy the issue.“Our view is that the consent order has had no material impact on our ability to grow the Fundtech business, both within the United States and abroad,” said Schmid.Faced with the gradual decline of cheque usage, DH has been working over the past decade to transform itself into a technology business serving financial institutions, with cheques now comprising only 20 per cent of its revenue.The company reported net income of $30.7 million for the three months ended Sept. 30, down from $32.2 million a year ago, while adjusted net income was $65.2 million, up from $50.6 million.DH says revenue for the quarter was $415.1 million, up from $289.2 million during the same period last year. Adjusted revenue was $418.8 million, up from $292 million a year ago.The Fundtech acquisition, which has been rebranded as DH’s global transaction banking solution business, comprised a significant portion of the revenue increase. DH says the segment accounted for $87.9 million of its revenue in the third quarter, or $90.4 million on an adjusted based, compared with none last year.Follow @alexposadzki on Twitter.
Although they are not usually targeted, FAO pointed out that sharks and certain groups of sponges and cold-water corals can be impacted by boats trawling for fish in deep-sea fisheries. In most cases, the survival rate of these deep-sea bycatch species after being released back into the sea is low. A lack of detailed information on deep-sea bycatch makes is difficult to understand the effects these fisheries are having on vulnerable marine ecosystems, the agency added.“There is a large variety of weird and wonderful species down there that play an important role in deep-sea ecosystems,” said Johanne Fischer of FAO’s FishFinder Programme. “But scientists and fishers alike can have trouble identifying them as there are few identification tools available. Instead they tend to lump species together as ‘deep-sea sharks’ when they report their catches.” In general, catch reporting on cartilaginous fish – sharks, rays, skates and chimaeras, all of which have skeletons made of cartilage rather than bone – is poor compared to those on bony fish. According to FAO, only 36 per cent of global cartilaginous fish catches were identified at species or genus level in 2011, compared to more than 75 per cent for bony fish. “We need a clearer picture of what’s happening, and this is especially true for the deep seas,” said FAO Fishery Analyst Jessica Sanders. “The new FAO deep-sea guides will help fishers provide more detailed information, and as a result countries will be in a better position to implement FAO’s International Guidelines for the Management of Deep-sea Fisheries in the High Seas, which set out recommendations for the conservation and management of vulnerable ecosystems.” FAO is supporting the implementation of sustainable fisheries management practices outlined in the International Guidelines through a full-scale programme on deep-sea fisheries, which includes improving data reporting by developing identification guides and training programmes.Deep seas are the largest habitat on earth, covering 53 per cent of the sea’s surface, and fishers have increasingly been exploiting their resources in recent decades, FAO noted, adding that the sustainable management of the world’s deep-sea fisheries is “complex.” The first guide in the FAO series on deep-sea vulnerable species focuses on the Indian Ocean, one of the most diverse and poorly known regions with regard to deep-sea cartilaginous fish. In total, the Indian Ocean is home to about 36 per cent of the world’s deep-sea cartilaginous species: 117 deep-sea sharks, 61 skates and rays, and 17 chimaeras – shark-like fish also known as ghost sharks. Species include the half-metre-long cookiecutter shark, known for gouging cookie-cutter shaped mouthfuls out of larger animals, as well as the bignose shark, the false catshark and the deep-water stingray, all of which can grow to around three metres. The guide is laminated for use at sea and includes colour illustrations for the sharks most difficult to identify or most commonly caught, as well as entries for other species that are often misidentified, said FAO.The series will eventually include sponges and corals and cover all of the world’s most important deep-sea fishing areas.
Dunstan Low and Natasha Dobosz outside the raffled homeCredit:Charlotte Graham/Guzelian Paypal, the online payments company, recently stopped people from buying house raffle tickets because the schemes present “unusual challenges”.“We have seen an increase in the number of people setting up house prize draws in recent years, as homeowners seek new ways of disposing of their property in a challenging housing market.“They are difficult to carry out successfully and carry considerable risks, such as the possibility that the property is not accurately described; or that the draw is not conducted fairly; or that entries are made from countries where such prize draws are unlawful.Sarah Gardner, the commission’s executive director, said: “Sometimes what might seem like a competition could be a lottery in law, and that may mean you are operating an illegal lottery. Our advice to people thinking of doing this is to ensure they are compliant with the law and seek legal advice if in any doubt.”For Lucian Cook, head of residential research at the property consultancy Savills, the prospect of these raffles becoming commonplace remains unlikely.“We would consider these so-called raffles to be the last option. I think people will continue to rely on the normal routes to market, a well-established process that works.” British gambling authorities have become so concerned by the rise in popularity of house raffles that they have issued a warning to prevent people facing a year in jail.The has Gambling Commission highlighted how those who flout strict betting rules to try to raise hundreds of thousand of pounds by offering their home as a prize could face 51 weeks in jail and a fine of up to £5,000.Because lotteries, tombolas and raffles are based entirely on luck they can only be held to raise money for charity. The recent spate of so-called “house raffles” are only legal if they require an element of skill, often with a multiple choice question, and a way to enter for free. Even then, the complexities surrounding tax, stamp duty and legal disputes mean lawyers are drawing up complicated terms and conditions. “It’s basically like crowdfunding,” he said. “If you don’t raise the target, you revert to a cash prize. So many people have got in touch to say that the top end of the market is stagnant and this technique is a way to get round a difficult housing market.”He is just one of a number of entrepreneurs hoping to set up an online company to help people market their home for a draw and avoid the legal pitfall.James Oakes, director at Zeal Investments which specialises in online lottery businesses, said he is considering ploughing money into a “real estate raffles” company.“We’ve been approached by a number of people looking to develop this. Some see it as a way to disrupt the real estate market. Business start ups work when they solve a problem. There’s certainly a problem where so many people can’t get on the housing ladder.“Psychologically a home – rather than a cash prize – offers a tangible dream. People can see themselves living a lifestyle.“To work, the house needs to be attractive to generate excitement, and that’s why it applies to the higher end homes. If it’s done right you can get some very impressive results.” After Dunstan Low successfully raffled his £845,000 Lancashire mansion last week, he has been inundated with requests to help market a castle, an entire terrace of houses, luxury apartments and even a private island.Mr Low, 37, sold 500,000 raffle tickets costing £2 each and received 12,000 free entries. Each entrant had to identify the architectural period the home was built, the element of skill required. Once he had raised his £1 million target he put the winning entries into a raffle. 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.
IRANIAN NEGOTIATOR ABBAS Araqchi said “two or three” differences remain with the major powers as nuclear talks go into a fourth day in Geneva today.“We still have two or three points of difference. However, the two sides are getting close to an agreement,” Araqchi, a deputy foreign minister, told Fars news agency shortly before the talks resumed.We should see whether we can resolve those differences.World powersUS Secretary of State John Kerry and his counterparts from other world powers gathered in Geneva today hoping to put the finishing touches to a landmark nuclear deal with Iran.It was their second attempt in the same Swiss city in two weeks to nail down a deal curbing Iran’s disputed nuclear programme in exchange for limited sanctions relief.Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s election in June has created big hopes that the standoff over Iran’s nuclear work can be resolved after a decade of failed diplomatic initiatives and rising tensions.The risks posed by failure are high: further nuclear expansion by Iran, more painful sanctions and the possibility of Israeli and even US military action.Kerry decided to go back “in light of the progress being made” after three days of negotiations in Geneva and “with the hope that an agreement will be reached”, State Department spokesperson Marie Harf said Friday.Due to join Kerry in Switzerland were Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi as well as Britain’s and Germany’s envoys William Hague and Guido Westerwelle. France’s Laurent Fabius arrived early Saturday and Russia’s Sergei Lavrov on Friday.Representing Iran was Foreign Minister Mohammad Jarad Zarif. The talks are chaired by EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, who held talks with different parties until the early hours of Saturday morning.The Chinese foreign ministry said the talks were “entering their final phase.” A French diplomatic source said: “It’s the homestretch but preceding negotiations have taught us prudence.”Lavrov said that “for the first time in many years” there was a “real opportunity” for a deal, a Russian statement said after he and Zarif met late Friday.The talks involve the permanent five UN Security Council members – the United States, Russia, China, Britain and France – plus Germany.Iran says its nuclear programme is peaceful but many in the international community suspect it is aimed at acquiring nuclear weapons.The six powers want Iran to stop spinning, for six months initially, some of its many thousand centrifuges enriching uranium to levels close to weapons-grade.They also want Tehran to stop construction work at Arak and to grant the International Atomic Energy Agency more intrusive inspection rights.In return they are offering Iran minor and reversible relief from painful sanctions including unlocking several billion dollars in oil revenues and easing some trade restrictions.This “first phase” deal would build trust and ease tensions while negotiators push on for a final accord that ends once and for all fears that Tehran will acquire an atomic bomb.A major sticking point however has been Iran’s demand for recognition of its “right” to enrich uranium.Narrowing of differencesFriday’s third day of talks in Geneva saw a narrowing of differences as Zarif met with Ashton.The US-educated Zarif said that there was “room for optimism”.Both sides say they want a deal but getting an accord palatable to hardliners both in the United States and in the Islamic republic – as well as Israel – is tough.Many in Israel, widely assumed to have a formidable nuclear arsenal itself, are alarmed about the mooted deal, with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu campaigning vigorously against it.Netanyahu wants all of Iran’s nuclear infrastructure dismantled, not parts of it frozen, believing that the P5+1 will leave Iran with an ability to develop nuclear weapons.In the United States meanwhile there is a push by lawmakers to ignore President Barack Obama’s pleas and pass yet more sanctions on Iran if there is no deal – or one seen as too soft.Rouhani meanwhile is under pressure to show Khamenei the first fruits of his “charm offensive”, and it is unclear whether the sanctions relief on offer is enough.- © AFP, 2013Read: David Cameron calls Iranian President Hassan Rouhani>Read: Iran hits back at US over nuclear talks failure>
Image: AP Photo/John Raoux SPACEX BLASTED OFF a secretive US government payload, known only as NROL-76, marking the first military launch for the California-based aerospace company headed by billionaire tycoon Elon Musk.The payload for the National Reconnaissance Office, which makes and operates spy satellites for the United States, soared into the sky atop a Falcon 9 rocket this morning, local time.About 10 minutes after launch, the scorched first stage of the rocket came back to Earth and landed upright at Cape Canaveral, marking the fourth successful solid ground landing for SpaceX.“And we have touchdown,” a SpaceX commentator said on the live webcast of the event as cheers broke out at mission control.The first stage has landed back at Landing Zone 1. Another good day for us at SpaceX. A beautiful sight to see.Live video of the launch showed the first and second stages of the rocket separating about two and a half minutes into the flight. Source: Tech Insider/YouTubeThe larger, first stage, made a gentle arc and powered its nitrogen thrusters to guide it back to Earth.The rocket then set itself down, gently and steadily, in the center of the 300-foot (91-meter) circular landing zone.Musk is leading an effort in the rocket industry to re-use costly parts rather than jettison them into the ocean after each launch.SpaceX has already made multiple successful landings, some on floating platforms — known as drone ships — in the ocean.Secretive payloadThe launch was initially planned for yesterday, but was postponed in the last seconds before liftoff due to a sensor issue with the rocket, SpaceX said.The sensor in question was replaced ahead of today’s attempt. Little was known about the payload due to its classified nature.“As a matter of policy and because of classification, NRO does not provide information about our contracts,” a spokeswoman said.Until now, the US military has spent billions per year exclusively with United Launch Alliance, a joint operation of aerospace giants Boeing and Lockheed Martin, to launch government satellites.SpaceX in 2014 protested the US Air Force’s practice of using only ULA, saying it unfairly awarded billions of dollars to a single company for national security launches.SpaceX to was selected to launch NROL-76 “after a competition”, said the NRO spokeswoman.She said she did not know when the contract was awarded. The contract was first announced last year.SpaceX regularly launches unmanned cargo ships to the International Space Station, and is working on a crew capsule that could carry humans into orbit as early as next year.Sign up to our newsletter to receive a regular digest of Fora’s top articles delivered to your inbox.Written by AFP and posted on Fora.ie Share Tweet Email Monday 1 May 2017, 4:15 PM Get Fora’s NEW daily digest of the morning’s key business news: Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By Fora Staff Read: Billionaire Elon Musk’s company to launch first space rocket using recycled partsRead: Puffy faces and a constant need to pee: Moon tourists may be in for a rough ride Take me to Fora Image: AP Photo/John Raoux 29 Comments Watch Elon Musk’s SpaceX launch and then land its first rocket for the US military It was carrying a payload for the US agency that makes spy satellites. May 1st 2017, 4:15 PM 15,010 Views Short URL http://jrnl.ie/3367881
Additional responsibilities have also been added to the plates of Erik Moreno and Jaison Blair. Moreno who was EVP, business development, will now hold the title of EVP and president, corporate development, new ventures & investments. Blair, whose title was SVP, investor relations and corporation communications, will now hold the title of SVP investor relations, finance & corporate development. Moreno will report to Battista, and Blair will report to D’Emic. One of the last remaining Time Inc. c-level executives who began 2016 with the company is now moving on, too. Today, CEO Rich Battista announced that EVP and CFO Jeff Bairstow will step down next month after three years on the job. “Jeff has led many of our key initiatives, beginning with our separation from Time Warner and securing financing from the investment community, to the monetization of real estate assets, driving key acquisitions and divestitures, growing our India operation to an industry-leading center of excellence and working closely with Marcus Rich to drive the successful turnaround of Time Inc. UK,” Battista says in a statement. Jeff Bairstow Replacing Bairstow will be Sue D’Emic, who has been serving as SVP, controller since 2013. This latest leadership change rounds out a reboot at the top of the company. Battista, of course, replaced Joe Ripp last month. Other changes this this year have included CTO Colin Bodell, who was let go back in May during a major restructuring. He was replaced by president of digital Jen Wong, who was later named to the newly-created COO position. Norm Pearlstine stepped down as chief content officer in July, and is now vice chairman. He was replaced by Allan Murray. The summer also saw the departure of several other executives, including EVP Evelyn Webster. “Sue brings more than two decades of public company finance and operations expertise and a deep understanding of our industry and company,” Battista says about her in the same statement. “I am confident that she will be a strong financial and strategic partner as we continue to aggressively execute on our transformation.” Sue D’Emic Battista also announced the appointment of a new c-level title. Greg Giangrande, EVP and chief human resources officer, will add chief communications officer to his business card. He will continue to report to Battista.
Dan Cohen AUTHOR San Antonio is cultivating the largest military and civilian federal cybersecurity hub outside the Washington metro region, marked by growth in the number of companies serving the market and highly-rated university programs, according to the San Antonio Economic Development Foundation.The military components of the city’s cybersecurity cluster are anchored by the 24th and 25th Air Force at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, and the National Security Agency Texas. The 24th Air Force safeguards key components of DOD’s information networks and employs more than 1,300 people. U.S. Cyber Command officials last year said up to 1,000 additional personnel will be coming to San Antonio in the next three years to support the department’s cybersecurity mission.“The strength of San Antonio’s cybersecurity industry is evident in the community’s commitment to grow and foster a sector for which it is ideally suited,” said John Dickson, principal at the San Antonio-based Denim Group. “Locally based companies are continuing to grow at a rate of 30 percent per year and innovative technologies are the result,” Dickson said.The city’s cybersecurity cluster is supported by more than 200 companies, including all major defense contractors and 100 local cybersecurity firms. San Antonio’s established military operations, along with academic programs at area universities, and talent and business incubators are helping the cybersecurity industry flourish in San Antonio. “San Antonio is a breeding ground for cybersecurity resources, a place where technologies are being developed and enhanced to defend the nation, and a work force is being built to support the cybersecurity technology industry — the fastest growing area of advanced technology investment in the world,” said Mario Hernandez, president of the foundation.
By Mark F. Gray, Special to the AFRO, firstname.lastname@example.orgThree investigations were brought to an apparent conclusion when arrests were made over the past week. Although Prince George’s County cases, a homicide suspect and multiple suspects in separate robberies were apprehended in Philadelphia, PA and Montgomery County.Homicide Detectives Make Arrest in District Heights ShootingPrince George’s County Police Homicide Unit detectives charged a suspect in connection with a recent homicide in District Heights. Marquis Gilliard, 28, of the 1600 block of Forest Park Drive in District Heights was charged in the fatal shooting of 30-year-old Ernest Bowman II of Northwest, Washington.Prince George’s County police were faced with a variety of investigations over the past week, including a homicide suspect who was apprehended in Philadelphia and robbery suspects who were arrested in Montgomery County. (Courtesy Photo)On July 15 around 10:30 pm, patrol officers were called to the 8000 block of Ritchboro Road for the report of a shooting. When authorities arrived on the scene, they found Bowman outside suffering from a gunshot wound. He was pronounced dead on the scene.The preliminary investigation found the suspect and victim knew each other. Gilliard allegedly shot and killed Bowman after an argument. Gilliard is charged with first and second degree murder and other related charges. He was taken into custody in Philadelphia July 22 and is in the process of being extradited back to Prince George’s County.Five Teens Arrested for Armed RobberyFive teenagers were arrested after robbing a pharmacy retail store in Clinton at gunpoint then leading police on an automobile chase that ended in Montgomery County. Three of the suspects are reportedly from the District, one is from Alexandria, VA, and the other, who is a girl, is a minor whose information hasn’t been released.The group is believed to have targeted the pharmacy located in the 8000 block of Branch Ave. in Clinton around 1:35 am on July 16. Moments after the robbery, Prince George’s County Police patrol officers found the car and the pursuit began with help from their aviation unit. It ended just after 2 a.m. in Montgomery County. No one was hurt during the pursuit where the suspects crashed their car on the Georgia Avenue exit ramp to the Beltways and all five suspects were apprehended without incident. Those identified suspects are David McKinney,19, and Keondre Reed, 17m of Northeast, D.C. Corey Nelson, 18, of Southeast, D.C. and Rodney Wood, 17, of Alexandria, VA who are being charged as adults. The fifth suspect, a teenage girl, has been charged as a juvenile.Each faces robbery charges in this case.Bank Robber Arrested Within MinutesSaleem Muhammad, of the 4000 block of First Street in Southwest, D.C. was arrested less than five minutes after he allegedly robbed a bank in Oxon Hill on July 15. The Prince George’s County Police Department arrested Muhammad very shortly afterwards around 12:20 pm after patrol officers and Robbery Unit detectives were notified of a bank robbery on Audrey Lane. Responding officers were able to locate and arrest the suspect within minutes later at a fast food restaurant in the vicinity of the bank. Officers recovered evidence from the robbery on Muhammad and he has been charged with robbery, theft and related charges. He is being held without bond.
Explore further ‘Electromagnetic Wormhole’ Possible with Invisibility Technology That is, any object within the tunnel is only visible to EM waves that enter at one of the tunnel’s ends. Conversely, any EM waves emitted by an object in the tunnel can only leave through one of the ends. However, Greenleaf says that it’s important to note that the shape of space has not actually been changed, as does happen for Einstein-Rosen wormholes in general relativity.This effect could have interesting applications. For example, a magnetic dipole (such as a bar magnet) placed near one of the ends would, at the other end, appear to approximate a magnetic monopole, a theoretical particle with only one magnetic pole, i.e. that has magnetic charge. True magnetic monopoles have never been discovered, and the work by Greenleaf and his colleagues does not claim otherwise.The scientists propose other possible applications, such as in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), where a wormhole device could be used to allow doctors to operate on a patient while simultaneously imaging the patient. Doctors could insert metal surgical tools into the tunnel area without disturbing the MRI machine’s magnetic field.Another example is an optical computer, where active components could be placed inside wormholes such as to not interact with each other and cause malfunctions.Metamaterials for invisibility, while still in the very early stages of development, are already being researched. Last year, scientists from Duke University created a device that renders a copper disc invisible to observation by microwaves.Citation: Allan Greenleaf, Yaroslav Kurylev, Matti Lassas, and Gunther Uhlmann “Electromagnetic Wormholes and Virtual Magnetic Monopoles from Metamaterials” Phys. Rev. Lett. 99, 183901 (2007) Copyright 2007 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com. Citation: Wormholes on Earth? (2007, November 14) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2007-11-wormholes-earth.html According to a group of mathematicians, it may be possible to create devices with internal tunnels that are invisible to detection by electromagnetic waves—wormholes, in a sense. The group discusses the idea in a paper published in the October 29 online edition of Physical Review Letters. The scientists say that by custom designing the values of two parameters that describe electromagnetic (EM) materials, the electrical permittivity and magnetic permeability, around and inside a cylinder, a novel optical device could be produced. Essentially, most of the device would be invisible to detection by external EM radiation of a certain frequency, with only the ends of the cylinder being visible and accessible to the EM waves.“The chosen values for the permittivity and permeability would cause the coating to manipulate EM waves in a way that is not seen in nature,” explained University of Rochester mathematician Allan Greenleaf, one of the paper’s authors, to PhysOrg.com.Permittivity is a measure of a material’s readiness to become electrically polarized in response to an applied electric field (how well it “permits” the field). Permeability describes how magnetized a material becomes when a magnetic field is applied. Modern EM materials known as metamaterials allow theoretical designs, such as a wormhole, to be physically constructed, at least in principle.Greenleaf and his colleagues, Yaroslav Kurylev of University College in London, Matti Lassas of the Helsinki University of Technology, and Gunther Uhlmann of the University of Washington, use the word “wormhole” in more of a mathematical sense than physical. That is, the devices would act as wormholes from the viewpoint of Maxwell’s equations, the four fundamental equations that describe the relationship between electric fields, magnetic fields, electric charge, and electric current.For any other frequencies than those for which the permittivity and permeability were designed, the tunnel region would look roughly like a solid cylinder. But for the right frequencies, says Greenleaf, “the tunnel has the effect of changing the topology of space. The electromagnetic waves behave as though they are propagating through a space to which a handle has been attached, in the same way that ants crawling on the door of your refrigerator have two ways to get from one end of the handle to the other: by traveling over the handle or on the flat surface underneath.” 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.
Citation: Scientists Image the ‘Anatomy’ of a Molecule (w/ Video) (2009, August 28) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2009-08-scientists-image-anatomy-molecule-video.html (PhysOrg.com) — For the first time, IBM researchers in Zurich, Switzerland, have taken a 3D image of an individual molecule. Using an atomic force microscope, the researchers constructed a “force map” of pentacene, an organic molecule just 1.4 nanometers long. As the researchers explain, the technique is roughly analogous to how an x-ray machine images bones in the human body by looking through flesh. In this case, the scientists could look through the electron cloud and see the atomic backbone of the molecule. (Top) The force map image of pentacene, and (bottom) a textbook model. Twenty-two carbon atoms (gray balls) form five interconnected hexagonal rings. Fourteen hydrogen atoms (white balls) bind to the carbon atoms. Credit: IBM. 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. Researchers Create Microscope With 100 Million Times Finer Resolution Than Current MRI Explore further To overcome these challenges, the IBM researchers, led by Leo Gross, modified the atomic force microscope technique. The team used a tip with a carbon monoxide molecule, held just 0.4 mm above the molecule, to balance competing forces that occur at this tiny range. While the attractive van der Waals force tries to pull the microscope tip and molecule together, a quantum mechanical effect based on the Pauli exclusion principle repels the electrons around the pentacene and those around the carbon monoxide molecule.By measuring the repulsive force of the tip at each point, the researchers could construct the force map of the molecule. To achieve significant detail, the researchers focused the microscope for 20 hours of data acquisition, operating in an ultrahigh vacuum at very low temperatures (5 Kelvin). As IBM stated in a press release, the results push the exploration of using molecules and atoms at the smallest scale and could greatly impact the field of nanotechnology.”Scanning probe techniques offer amazing potential for prototyping complex functional structures and for tailoring and studying their electronic and chemical properties on the atomic scale,” said IBM researcher Gerhard Meyer.For instance, the technique could open the door to more powerful computers whose components are built with precisely positioned atoms and molecules. Researchers could also gain insight into molecular-level activity, such as the actions of catalysts in reactions, and how molecular geometry changes when changing the charge of a molecule. “These breakthroughs will open new possibilities for investigating how charge transmits through molecules or molecular networks,” IBM stated. “Understanding the charge distribution at the atomic scale is essential for building smaller, faster and more energy-efficient computing components than today’s processors and memory devices.”More information: Leo Gross, Fabian Mohn, Nikolaj Moll, Peter Liljeroth, and Gerhard Meyer. “The Chemical Structure of a Molecule Resolved by Atomic Force Microscopy.” Science, 28 August 2009: Vol. 325. no. 5944, pp. 1110 – 1114. DOI: 10.1126/science.1176210.© 2009 PhysOrg.com To create an image, the atomic force microscope uses a sharp metal tip to measure the tiny forces between the tip and the pentacene molecule. Pentacene is an oblong molecule that consists of 22 carbon atoms and 14 hydrogen atoms, with the carbon atoms spaced just 0.14 nanometers apart. In the image, the five hexagonal shaped carbon rings, the carbon atoms, and the positions of the hydrogen atoms can be seen.Although researchers have previously imaged atoms, imaging molecules is more difficult due to their fragility. While techniques such as transmission electron microscopy can bombard materials with electrons in order to view atoms, the electron bombardment destroys the arrangement of atoms in molecules.
Former Goldman Sachs Exec Predicts Doom for Housing Forecast Goldman Sachs Home Prices White House 2014-09-18 Scott_Morgan Share in Daily Dose, Data, Headlines, News Former Goldman Sachs executive Joshua Pollard on Wednesday sent a sobering 18-page report to the White House warning of a potential nosedive in home prices that could put the country back into a recession before the ripples of the previous one settle.According to Pollard, the former head of the Goldman’s housing research team, home price appreciation is outpacing income, and the United States is on the brink of a 15 percent decline in home prices over the next three years. Rising interest rates and values will cause already overvalued homes (Pollard says values are 12 percent higher than they should be) to be even further out of sync with reality and generate an unnatural surplus that will itself lead to a slowdown in investor purchases.Flipped homes have declined 50 percent in the last year, and home flippers are losing money outright in New York City, San Francisco, and Las Vegas according to the report.If Pollard is correct, the impact on the U.S. economy would be seismic. Overvalued homes, according to his report to President Obama, make up $23 trillion of consumer asset value and “serve as the psychological linchpin” for $17 trillion of invested capital.Put together, that 15 percent decline translates to a $3.4 trillion cut to consumers’ net worth.”As an economist, statistician and housing expert, I am lamentably confident that home prices will fall,” he wrote. “Home price devaluation will expose a major financial imbalance that could lower an entire generation’s esteem for the American dream.”Student debt and a 45 percent underemployment rate for recent college grads has handicapped millennial buyers already, Pollard wrote.Pollard outlined three distinct stages of the decline—the first of which, the “hot-to-cool” stage, is already underway. This is where home price growth slows and turns negative in large markets across the country. Investors slow their purchases, homebuilders lose pricing power as absorption rates decline, and press outlets shift their market pieces from positive to mixed.In Stage II, the “demand-to-supply” phase, new negative shocks cause investors to shift from raising prices in an effort to outbid competition to reducing prices to beat future declines. In Stage III, the “deflation and response” phase, consumers come to the decision that now is a bad time to buy a home. Fewer people seek mortgages and banks become less willing to lend. Consequently, deflation hits, taking jobs with it and triggering calls for new policy.In other words, Pollard fears the recent past will be prologue. His report squarely targets public finance and housing officials and calls upon the White House to devise “forward-looking monetary policy that balances the risk of raising interest rates,” create a skilled trade externship program for laborers whose jobs are most at risk whenever housing investments drop, and “forcefully rebalance number of homes to the number of households” by reducing the number of new builds as well as the number homes that can force prices down—particularly those that are already vacant, unsafe, and expensive to rehabilitate, the report states.”The shift from a good market to a bad market occurs quickly, exaggerated by the circular currents of confidence from consumers, investors and lenders in Unison,” Pollard wrote. “When unnatural levels of demand or supply impact the market, prices are pushed in lockstep.” September 18, 2014 2,654 Views
in Daily Dose, Data, News Construction Job Openings Hit Post-Recession High Bureau of Labor Statistics Construction Jobs National Association of Home Builders 2016-04-05 Staff Writer Share April 5, 2016 687 Views Unfilled jobs in the construction sector (on a seasonally adjusted basis) rose to 193,000 in February from a downwardly revised estimate of 157,000 in January.According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey (JOLTS) and National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) analysis, the February data surpassed the cycle high of 177,000 unfilled positions set in May 2015 and is the highest monthly count of job openings since July 2007.”The overall trend for open construction jobs has been an increasing since the end of the Great Recession,” said Robert Dietz, Ph.D., is Chief Economist and SVP for Economics and Housing Policy for NAHB. “This is consistent with survey data indicating that access to labor remains a top business challenge for builders.”According to the BLS, the open position rate also reached a cycle high at 2.8 percent in February. On a three-month moving average basis, the open position rate for the construction sector increased to 2.3 percent for February, the NAHB reported.The hiring rate on a three-month moving average basis decrease to 4.8 percent, while the quits rate for construction rose to 1.5 percent for February, the Bureau found.Recent employment data for March 2016 shows that total residential construction employment grew by 13,400 in March, the NAHB noted.Although the pace of hiring for the residential construction industry slowed throughout 2015, the recent uptick now places the six-month average of monthly employment growth at 21,200.NAHB noted that residential construction employment now stands at 2.598 million, made up of 717,700 builders and 1.88 million residential specialty trade contractors.”Rising job openings for the overall economy are affecting many business sectors as the unemployment rate has fallen, with employers wanting new workers but holding greater numbers of unfilled positions,” Dietz explained. “This could bode well for future hiring, but it might also signal that scarcity for labor is becoming a more general concern.”
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