Robinhood may have stored your password in plaintext

first_img Equifax breach: You can now file a claim for your share of the $700M settlement John McAfee ‘released from confinement’ How to become a privacy ninja: Use these journalist tools NSA aims to up its cybersecurity game Now playing: Watch this: Annette Riedl/picture alliance via Getty Images Robinhood warned its customers in an email Wednesday that their passwords may have been stored in plaintext. The stock trading service said it discovered the issue on Monday night, when it found “some user credentials” stored in readable formats on its internal systems.”Your Robinhood password may have been included,” Robinhood said in the email. “We resolved this issue, and after thorough review, found no evidence that this information was accessed by anyone outside of our response team.”Still, it recommends changing your password.A Robinhood spokesperson told CNET sister site ZDNet via phone that not all users were impacted, but did not say how many were. Passwords are now being hashed using the Bcrypt algorithm, according to a help page, ZDNet added. Share your voice Inside a password-free future Tags 2:46 Security on CNET null Computers Security 0last_img read more

BHU student shot dead inside campus by bikeborne assailants police arrests four

first_imgGaurav had been suspended by the university administration last year for his alleged role in the violence that singed the campus in 2017 over the issue of safety of students. He was accused of helping to burn down a bus in the violence, reported NDTV.The police have accessed the CCTV footages to apprehend the accused. “We have arrested four people in this matter. It was a case of personal enmity,” Anil Kumar Singh, Circle Officer, Varanasi Cantonment told a news agency. Gaurav was shot at by unidentified motorcycle-borne miscreants who opened fire at him and fled the spot.FacebookA Banaras Hindu University (BHU) student was shot at outside the gates of his hostel inside the university campus on Tuesday evening. The student, Gaurav Singh, succumbed to his injuries early on Wednesday morning.The incident happened in Uttar Pradesh’s Varanasi. Gaurav was shot at by unidentified motorcycle-borne miscreants who opened fire at him and fled the spot. The BHU student was pursuing his masters and resided in Lal Bahadur Shastri Hostel on the university campus. He was standing outside his hostel and talking to his friends when the mishap occurred. Although he was rushed to the trauma centre of the BHU’s Institute of Medical Sciences after sustaining bullet injuries, his life could not be saved. Rakesh Singh, Gaurav’s father, reportedly works at BHU.last_img read more

Can India top Vietnam in mobile phone exports to US as China

first_img Close Samsung Galaxy Note 10 smartphone. Vietnam has been successful in luring the manufacturers fleeing China fearing more US sanctions over the trade war.TwitterIndia is confident of luring mobile phone makers leaving China for Vietnam fearing the US sanctions as President Donald Trump threatens to escalate a trade war with the Asian giant. A panel led by NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant is firming up a strategy that could ease the process for the mobile phone manufacturers to set up production centres in India, media reports suggest. The panel’s task is to prepare a blueprint to snatch back the initiative from Vietnam, which surged ahead of India after trailing it for some time.The Kant panel whose recommendations are expected soon boost electronic items’ export in general and mobile phones in particular, a report in the financial Express website said. The government set up the committee in the context of the failure of India’s phased manufacturing programme (PMP) for mobiles under Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s the Make in India initiative while production of mobile handsets grew but imports outpaced it.Indian authorities reckon that higher unit production cost is the reason that the manufacturers fleeing China to escape the US trade sanctions are shunning India for Vietnam. The Kant panel will suggest a programme to ensure that the production cost in India remains competitive.India had headstartIndia’s apparent headstart by producing 140 million handsets compared with 38 million in Vietnam, gradually disappeared with smartphone sales rocketing, the report says. While both the countries produced a similar number of phones in 2017, Vietnam went way ahead following the closure of the Nokia factory in Chennai. Indian exports plummeted from the peak $4 billion, the report says. Last year saw a mild recovery to $2.7 billion. Vietnamese exports, however, have surged from $2.3 billion in 2010 to $49 billion in 2018. A Vietnam street. Vietnam is fast catching up with China in electronics exports.HOANG DINH NAM/AFP/Getty ImagesFact is Vietnam is pacing ahead of India on several other electronic products. Trade statistics show that while India’s exports of electronic goods other than mobile phones have been flat around $5 billion since the beginning of the decade, Vietnam’s exports rose about 10 times, from $3.6 billion in 2010 to $34.5 billion last year, reports show.Industry experts say India may have to match Vietnam in providing a better industrial environment to find success in luring some of the manufacturers eyeing Vietnam. The tax breaks that corporate houses enjoy in Vietnam are termed to have a lot of attraction for large manufacturers.New world economic order  Though nowhere near China’s dominance over global exports at 60 per cent, Vietnam is said to be an emerging powerhouse with already 10 per cent of the export market. Big players like Samsung have moved to Vietnam to hedge their investment in case of a long standoff between Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping.The report quotes Counterpoint research associate director Tarun Pathak as saying, “Vietnam has a competitive edge over China in terms of labour and manufacturing costs, though China still dominates in terms of skill set, infrastructure and overall manufacturing efficiency.” India is not limiting its focus on electronics while anticipating a new world economic order. The Commerce Ministry under Piyush Goyal reckons that India can boost exports of some 350 products such as chemicals and granite to both US and China. A study by the Ministry officials says there are more than 150 products whose exports to China will gain traction because of the trade war. It has also identified that more than 200 Indian goods from rubber to graphite electrodes can substitute Chinese products. Trump: China Tariffs Are Not Being Paid For By Our Peoplecenter_img IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:00/1:05Loaded: 0%0:01Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-1:05?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading …last_img read more

Call for calm after 86 die in farmer herder clashes

first_imgMuhammadu BuhariNigeria’s president called for calm on Sunday after at least 86 people died in clashes between farmers and semi-nomadic herders over the weekend.Authorities imposed a dusk-to-dawn curfew in central Plateau state after the fighting, part of an escalation of clashes that have raged for years, often over dwindling fertile land.A total of 86 people had died by late Sunday, state police spokesman Terna Tyopev said, raising the local government’s earlier estimate of 70.The violence in Nigeria’s diverse Middle Belt states has now killed more people than the Islamist insurgency in Nigeria’s northeast, according to Reuters calculations.Insecurity has become a major electoral problem for president Muhammadu Buhari, who plans to seek re-election in February and who won power on pledges to deliver peace and stability.In a statement on the president’s official Twitter account late on Sunday, Buhari appealed for calm, adding that “no efforts will be spared to bring the perpetrators to justice, and prevent a recurrence.”But senior lawmakers lamented the state of Nigeria’s law enforcement systems.“This further strengthens my constant call for an overhaul of the entire security apparatus of this country,” Yakubu Dogara, the leader of Nigeria’s lower house of parliament, said in a statement on Sunday.Buhari’s party rejects criticism that his administration is soft-peddling justice for the herders, who belong to the same Fulani ethnic group as the president.last_img read more

Friendly colleagues at job your gateway to better health

first_imgYour colleagues at work – and not your spouse or kids – decide how healthy you will be as you age, as you are likely to spend an average of one third of your day on the job. According to the researchers, health at work is determined to a large extent by our social relationships in workplace – and, more particularly, the social groups we form there. In a new meta-analysis covering 58 studies and more than 19,000 people across the globe, psychologists found out that how strongly we identify with the people or organisation where we work is associated with better health and lower burnout. “This study is the first large-scale analysis showing that organisational identification is related to better health,” said lead researcher Dr Niklas Steffens from University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf“The results show that both performance and health are enhanced to the extent that workplaces provide people with a sense of ‘we’ and ‘us’,” Steffens added. The team reviewed 58 studies covering people in a variety of occupations, from service and health to sales and military work, in 15 countries. “Social identification contributes to both psychological and physiological health, but the health benefits are stronger for psychological health,” said Steffens. The positive psychological benefit may stem from the support provided by the work group but also the meaning and purpose that people derive from membership in social groups. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive“We are less burnt out and have greater well-being when our team and our organisation provide us with a sense of belonging and community – when it gives us a sense of ‘we-ness’,” Steffens pointed out. The authors also found that the health benefits of identifying with the workplace are strongest when there are similar levels of identification within a group – that is, when identification is shared.So if you identify strongly with your organisation, then you get more health benefits if everyone else identifies strongly with the organisation too. The team was surprised to find that more the women present in a sample, the weaker the identification-health relationship grew. “This was a finding that we had not predicted and, in the absence of any prior theorising, we can only guess what gives rise to this effect,” said Steffens in a paper appeared in the journal Personality and Social Psychology Review.  One of the reasons may relate to the fact that there are still many workplaces that have somewhat “masculine” cultures. This mean that even when female employees identify with their team or organisation, they still feel somewhat more marginal within their team or organisation. The team also recommends exploring the role of leadership: how leaders manage teams and groups has a strong influence on the social identification-health connection.last_img read more

AMResorts unveils new South Asian wedding package to meet increasing demand

first_imgTags: AMResorts, Romance & Weddings << Previous PostNext Post >> Share MIAMI — AMResorts has launched a new wedding package specially designed for South Asian couples in search of fully personalized nuptials in Mexico and the Caribbean.According to the company, the rate of Indian weddings is growing 25% annually. With this in mind, the new ‘Dulha & Dulhan’ package – available at select properties – was launched to meet this increasing demand, featuring elements that include a one-hour Welcome Cocktail Party with a bar and hors d’oeuvres station, and a 1.5-hour Wedding Ceremony, complete with an elegant ‘Mandap’, beverage station and shoe check station for ceremonies held on the beach.Couples will also receive a four-hour ‘Sangeet & Mehndi’ private event, which includes an intimate stage area with coloured draping, food stations and tables, a ‘baraat’ (groom’s wedding procession), and a four-hour Dinner Reception featuring a stage area for the couple, buffet and dessert station, and a private bar with bartender.In addition to the private wedding events, couples booking the package will receive additional perks including: a dedicated on-site wedding coordinator who’s been certified in South Asian weddings; sparkling wine and fresh fruit for the wedding couple and their parents in suite (up to three rooms); and romantic turndown service the evening of the wedding.More news:  A new low for no-frills flying: easyJet assigns backless seat to passengerPlus, wedding couples are given a complimentary return stay on anniversary nights at Secrets, Dreams, and Now Resorts & Spas. Couples who stay five or more paid nights over their first anniversary date will receive two additional nights free.The ‘Dulha & Dulhan’ is priced at US$7,500, inclusive of four events for up to 50 guests. For more details go to SecretsResorts.com, BreathlessResorts.com, DreamsResorts.com and NowResorts.com. Posted bycenter_img AMResorts unveils new South Asian wedding package to meet increasing demand Travelweek Group Monday, March 13, 2017 last_img read more

Tampa Bay to get its first fivestar hotel

first_imgTampa Bay to get its first five-star hotel CLEARWATER BEACH — It looks like all systems are a go for a brand new JW Marriott in Clearwater Beach, Tampa Bay’s first ever five-star hotel.The 166-room, 15-storey property, which will be managed by Marriott, will boast an infinity pool, outdoor decks and a Spa by JW. Other features include two restaurants, a 300-foot private beach as well as 36 fully furnished JW Marriott Residences – the first of their kind in the United States – on the four upper floors.Early last year, hotelier Uday Lele, whose DreamView Resort will be replaced by the US$120 million project, was in initial talks with Marriott International about the new property. At the time, Marriott could not confirm specific plans for Tampa Bay.That all changed on Monday when the company confirmed it had given Lele the green light to launch sales of the condos under the JW Marriott Name. The one-, two- and three-bedroom units will be priced from $550,000 to $1.3 million and, when rented out, will serve as suites for the hotel.More news:  Hotel charges Bollywood star $8.50 for two bananas and the Internet has thoughtsConstruction could start as early as this fall after the existing hotel is razed, and will take approximately two years to complete.The new $100 million JM Marriott comes at a time of unprecedented hotel development in the Tampa Bay area. It recently welcomed two large resorts – Opal Sands and they Wyndham – in addition to 27 other bay area hotels that are under construction, adding a total of 4,000 rooms. Posted by Tuesday, April 11, 2017 << Previous PostNext Post >>center_img Travelweek Group Share Tags: Marriott Interntaionallast_img read more

Books open on NCLs new 2020 itineraries

first_img Thursday, June 27, 2019 Posted by MIAMI — Bookings are now open for a number of port-intensive cruises aboard Norwegian Cruise Line ships, including the Norwegian Jade, Norwegian Spirit and Norwegian Sun.The cruise line has announced four new ports, including the new homeport of Athens for its 2020 season. Here are the highlights:NORWEGIAN SPIRITFollowing a multi-million-dollar, bow-to-stern revitalization in January 2020, Norwegian Spirit will return to Asia for a series of itineraries.From May 9 through Dec. 21, 2020, it will sail a mix of nine- to 15-day voyages that include four new ports of call for the brand. These include Beppu, Kumamoto, Niigata and Nagoya, Japan. The ship will also overnight in Tokyo and Kyoto (Osaka), Japan; Shanghai, China; and Hong Kong.NORWEGIAN SUNFollowing a three-year hiatus in the region, Norwegian Sun will return to Alaska on May 21, 2020, joining Norwegian Bliss, Joy and Jewel. It will offer the brand’s most extensive itineraries in the area with nine- to 12-day voyages from Seattle with calls to Sitka, Glacier Bay, Hubbard Glacier, Holkham Bay, Juneau and Ketchikan, Alaska, as well as a stop in Victoria, B.C. Guests can also spend a full day exploring Icy Strait Point.More news:  Honolulu authorities investigate arsons at 3 Waikiki hotels; no injuries reportedNorwegian Sun is fresh off a bow-to-stern renovation in April 2018 that included refreshed staterooms and public spaces, as well as three new venues: Los Lobos Cantina, Bliss Ultra Lounge and Spinnaker Lounge.NORWEGIAN JADEBeginning Sept. 8, 2020, Norwegian Jade will offer a variety of one-way, 10- to 11-day Greek Isles, Italy and Mediterranean cruises departing or returning from Barcelona, Venice and Athens, where the company will homeport for the first time. Calls include Monte Carlo, Florence/Pisa, Rome, Naples and Messina in Italy, and Olympia, Santorini, Rhodes and Mykonos in Greece, as well as Kusadasi, Turkey. Share Books open on NCL’s new 2020 itinerariescenter_img Travelweek Group << Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: Norwegian Cruise Linelast_img read more

Afendoulis opens Lansing office announces contact information

first_img06Jan Afendoulis opens Lansing office, announces contact information Categories: Afendoulis News State Rep. Chris Afendoulis announced the opening of his Lansing office, along with important contact information for residents to reach out to him.Afendoulis will continue to utilize former Rep. MacGregor’s toll free phone number at 1-855-347-8073 to ensure a smooth transition for residents in the 73rd District. He can also be reached at his Lansing office at (517) 373-0218, via email at ChrisAfendoulis@house.mi.gov, and by mail at P.O. Box 30014, Lansing, MI 48909-7514.“It is important to me that the hard-working taxpayers who sent me to Lansing know I’m here to serve them,” said Afendoulis, R-Grand Rapids Township. “I encourage people to reach out to my office with their thoughts and concerns so that my staff and I can be of assistance at any time.”Legislative staffers Ben Greene and Trevor TenBrink will join Afendoulis in his Lansing office. Greene was previously employed by Rep. MacGregor and has served in the House since 2012. TenBrink is a graduate of Grand Valley State University and has experience interning in U.S. Rep. Bill Huizenga’s office.Rep. Afendoulis’ office is located at 124 N. Capitol Ave., Room 1092, Lansing, MI 48933. The office is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.###last_img read more

Drama series The Night Manager topped the list of

first_imgDrama series The Night Manager topped the list of programme requests for BBC iPlayer in March, with 2.013 million requests for episode three. Night Manager episodes took five of the top 10 most requested programmes for the month, with drama Thirteen taking four of the top 10 slots.March was a strong month for both BBC iPlayer and BBC iPlayer Radio, with total figures up 3% compared to FebruaryMonth-on-month increases were seen across both TV and Radio, despite an estimated undercount of eight million TV requests from Android and Xbox devices, with Android devices undercounted by an estimated eight million requests and Xbox requests also being undercounted.In terms of requests to the BBC’s on-demand TV service by device types, TV platform distribution has been edging up, accounting for 16% of requests n March and 20% of TV requests. TV connected devices as a whole now account for 26% of all requests, and 32% of TV requests.Separately, the BBC has reached a record weekly audience of 348 million people worldwide, a 13% increase on last year, according to new figures released by the broadcaster.The BBC Global Audience Measure represents the combined measured reach of international content, both news and entertainment, for the year 2015/16.The latest statistics show that the BBC’s weekly global news audience has increased by 38 million people, or 13%, to a total of 320 million.For the second year running, television, with a reach of 162 million, is a bigger platform than radio, with 147 million, for the BBC’s international news services. All platforms have grown since last year, including digital, with a reach of 80 million.last_img read more

Verizon FiOS regained its position as the fastest

first_imgVerizon FiOS regained its position as the fastest internet service provider in the US in June, according to Netflix’s latest ISP Speed Index.According to the monthly report, Verizon replaced Bright House as the top US provider with an average monthly speed of 3.61 Mbps in June, compared to second place Bright House’s 3.60 Mbps.In the US, the third and fourth place operators also switched places in June with Cablevision – Optimium offering an average speed of 3.56 Mbps and Cox a 3.55 Mbps average.In Netflix’s other global markets, notable movement also occurred in Germany, where Unitymedia continued its climb back up the index, rising two spots to number two with an average monthly speed of 3.82 Mbps. This was just 0.01 Mbps behind first place Kabel Deutschland and was up from 3.59 Mbps in May.Meanwhile, in Austria UPC increased its speed by 0.68 Mbps in June, climbing to fourth place with an average monthly speed of 3.75 Mbps.The Netflix ISP Speed Index is a measure of prime time Netflix performance on a particular ISP and not a measure of overall performance for other services or data that may travel across the specific ISP network.Faster Netflix performance generally means better picture quality, quicker start times and fewer interruptions, according to the company.last_img read more

Viewing of eSports rose by 19 to account for six

first_imgViewing of eSports rose by 19% to account for six billion hours of viewing across the globe last year, and the eSports video market is expected to deliver US$1 billion (€900 million) in advertising revenues by 2020, according to IHS Markit.According to the research outfit’s eSports and the Future of TV report, online video remains the key driver of the eSports video market.China is the largest market for eSports video, accounting for 57% of all viewing last year. The number of video streams delivered in China totalled 11.1 billion in 2016, compared with North America, the second-largest market, with 2.7 billion video streams.Esports advertising revenue was about US$280 million globally in 2016, but eSports is expected to become a US$1 billion industry by 2021. The growth will be primarily driven by video, influencer marketing and sponsorship, according to IHS Markit.“The rapid growth of eSports audiences has attracted some of the industry’s largest media and technology companies to the genre, with the likes of Amazon and MTG acquiring key assets,” said Ted Hall, research director for IHS Markit and the report’s lead author. “Some of these acquisitions are initiating shifts in eSports business dynamics, with players such as China’s Tencent seeking to control assets across the value chain, and publishers moving into league operation. Investment in eSports will pay off for its big-name backers, as the genre expands both within its target demographic and outside it, with increasing exposure on linear TV set to bring in casual and new fans.”While online still accounts for the majority of eSports video viewing, the global reach of the activity and the fact that publishers of eSports content are using video to drive other businesses holds important lessons for TV companies, according to the research group.“The rise of esports provides some valuable lessons for channels and programmers more broadly. In particular, it demonstrates the value of aggregating audiences globally, rather than the more country-specific approach that defined much of the traditional TV business,” said Dan Cryan, senior director, IHS Markit and a co-author of the report.He said that “an emerging class of new entrants [is competing] for audiences driven by objectives and business models that are orthogonal to traditional TV”, with publishers delivering eSports video “because it helps their other commercial interests rather than having content monetisation as their primary focus. This sort of competitive diversification is set to become more common and spread to other genres with time.”last_img read more

Pollution much like wealth is not distributed eq

first_imgPollution, much like wealth, is not distributed equally in the United States. Scientists and policymakers have long known that black and Hispanic Americans tend to live in neighborhoods with more pollution of all kinds, than white Americans. And because pollution exposure can cause a range of health problems, this inequity could be a driver of unequal health outcomes across the U.S.A study published Monday in the journal PNAS adds a new twist to the pollution problem by looking at consumption. While we tend to think of factories or power plants as the source of pollution, those polluters wouldn’t exist without consumer demand for their products. The researchers found that air pollution is disproportionately caused by white Americans’ consumption of goods and services, but disproportionately inhaled by black and Hispanic Americans. “This paper is exciting and really quite novel,” says Anjum Hajat, an epidemiologist at the University of Washington who was not involved in the study. “Inequity in exposure to air pollution is well documented, but this study brings in the consumption angle.” Hajat says the study reveals an inherent unfairness: “If you’re contributing less to the problem, why do you have to suffer more from it?”The study, led by engineering professor Jason Hill at the University of Minnesota, took over six years to complete. According to the paper’s first author Christopher Tessum, a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Washington, the idea stemmed from a question at a conference.Tessum presented earlier research on how blacks and Hispanics are often more exposed to air pollutants than whites. After he finished, someone asked “if it would be possible to connect exposure to air pollution to who is doing the actual consuming,” says Tessum. According to Tessum, no one had ever tried to answer that question. It’s a big, complicated issue, but studying it could address a fundamental question: Are those who produce pollution, through their consumption of goods and services, fairly sharing in the costs?What kind of data could even answer such a multifaceted question? Let’s break it down:For any given area in the U.S., the researchers would need to know how polluted the air was, what communities were exposed to pollution, and the health effects of that level of exposure.Then, for the same area the researchers would need to identify the sources of that exposure (coal plants, factories, agriculture to name a few), and get a sense of what goods and services stem from those emissions (electricity, transportation, food).Finally, whose consumption of goods and services drives those sectors of the economy? “The different kinds of data, by themselves, aren’t that complicated,” says Tessum. “It’s linking them where things get a little trickier.” The most relevant air pollutant metric for human health is “particulate matter 2.5” or PM2.5. It represents the largest environmental health risk factor in the United States with higher levels linked to more cardiovascular problems, respiratory illness, diabetes and even birth defects. PM2.5 pollution is mostly caused by human activities, like burning fossil fuels or agriculture.The EPA collects these data through the National Emissions Inventory, which collates emissions from specific emitters, like coal plants or factories, measures of mobile polluters like cars or planes, and natural events like wildfires, painting a detailed picture of pollution across the U.S.The researchers generated maps of where different emitters, like agriculture or construction, caused PM2.5 pollution. Coal plants produced pockets of pollution in West Virginia and Pennsylvania, while agricultural emissions were concentrated in the Midwest and California’s central valley. “We then tied in census data to understand where different racial-ethnic groups live to understand exposure patterns,” says Hill. Tessum then used previous research on the health effects of different exposure levels to estimate how many premature deaths per year (out of an estimated 102,000 from domestic human-caused emissions) could be linked to each emitter. “We wanted to take this study further by ascribing responsibility of these premature deaths to different sectors [of the economy], and ultimately to the consumers, and maybe consumers of different racial and ethnic groups,” says Hill.To do that, the researchers actually worked backwards, following consumer spending to different sectors of the economy, and then ultimately to the main emitters of air pollution. Consider one major contributor to emissions: agriculture. Consumer expenditure surveys from the Bureau of Labor Statistics provide detailed data on how much money households spend in various sectors of the economy, including food.These data gave the researchers an idea of how much blacks, Hispanics, and whites spend on food per year. Other expenditures, like energy or entertainment, are also measured. Taken together these data represent the consumption patterns of the three groups.To translate dollars spent on food into air pollution levels, the researchers traced money through the economy. Using data from the Bureau of Economic Analysis, the researchers can estimate, for example, how much grocery stores or restaurants spend on food. Eventually, these dollars are linked back to the primary emitters — the farms growing the food or the fuel that farmers buy to run their tractors. The researchers have now completed the causal chain, from dollars spent at the grocery story, to the amount of pollution emitted into the atmosphere. Completing this chain for each source of pollution revealed whose consumption drives air pollution, and who suffers from it.After accounting for population size differences, whites experience about 17 percent less air pollution than they produce, through consumption, while blacks and Hispanics bear 56 and 63 percent more air pollution, respectively, than they cause by their consumption, according to the study. “These patterns didn’t seem to be driven by different kinds of consumption,” says Tessum, “but different overall levels.” In other words, whites were just consuming disproportionately more of the same kinds of goods and services resulting in air pollution than minority communities.”These results, as striking as they are, aren’t really surprising,” says Ana Diez Roux, an epidemiologist at Drexel University who was not involved in the study. “But it’s really interesting to see consumption patterns rigorously documented suggesting that minority communities are exposed to pollution that they bear less responsibility for.”Diez Roux thinks this is a good first step. “They certainly make assumptions in their analysis that might be questioned down the line, but I doubt that the overall pattern they found will change,” she says.Tessum points to some hopeful results from the study. PM2.5 exposure by all groups has fallen by about 50 percent from 2002 to 2015, driven in part by regulation and population movement away from polluted areas. But the inequity remains mostly unchanged.While more research is needed to fully understand these differences, the results of this study raise questions about how to address these inequities.Tessum stresses that “we’re not saying that we should take away white people’s money, or that people shouldn’t be able to spend money.” He suggests continuing to strive to make economic activity and consumption less polluting could be a way to manage and lessen the inequities.Diez Roux thinks that stronger measures may be necessary. “If want to ameliorate this inequity, we may need to rethink how we build our cities and how they grow, our dependence on automobile transportation,” says Diez Roux. “These are hard things we have to consider.”Jonathan Lambert is an intern on NPR’s Science Desk. You can follow him on Twitter: @evolambert Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org.last_img read more

A costcutting council is set to introduce new pol

first_imgA cost-cutting council is set to introduce new policies that will force disabled people with high-cost support packages out of their own homes and into residential and nursing institutions.Labour-run Southampton city council wants to cut its adult social care budget by £1.5 million in 2016-17.As part of those cuts, it wants to increase the use of telecare – such as personal alarms and sensors – so that it can reduce the need for visits from care workers and routine “wellbeing” checks, while also increasing care charges.But it also plans to review the personal budgets of every disabled person with a package of more than £500 a week, and consider if it would be cheaper to fund them for extra care housing, or nursing or residential care.A new council consultation – which ends on 31 January, or 14 January via an online survey – points out that 212 people in the city have care packages of more than £500 per week, which is “much higher” than the standard rate for residential care of £369 per week.If the proposals go ahead, the council would consider if extra care housing, residential or nursing care would be a more “cost effective” way to meet these individuals’ needs.The consultation document says: “If this is the case, we would typically set the personal budget at a level which would fund the identified extra care housing scheme, or appropriate residential or nursing placement.“The service user can then choose to either enter residential or nursing care, or to use their personal budget towards the cost of receiving care and support at home or in an alternative placement.”Ian Loynes (pictured), chief executive of Spectrum Centre for Independent Living, a user-led organisation which campaigns and provides services in Southampton, said the proposals were “deeply concerning” and “pretty bleak”.He said: “We need to fight this assault on people’s liberty and independence.“It’s pretty bleak already, but any prospect of moving people living independently in the community into residential care – it is impossible to see how that would be effectively meeting their needs.”Loynes said that disabled people in Southampton would be unlikely to have any extra resources they could use to top-up the council funding because the council’s charging policy meant that it already takes 100 per cent of their disposable income.He added: “Southampton have a very poor record of consulting and changing anything.“Their results of consultation normally change nothing in the way of policy.”Meanwhile, local media have reported that the council plans to build a £12 million “super care home”, with accommodation for up to 95 disabled people.Linda Burnip, co-founder of Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC)*, said: “This is particularly worrying because Southampton have spent so much money building their new ‘super care home’ and it is also against all the principles of independent living to impose an illegal ceiling on the amount of funding people are allowed to have.“We are obviously concerned that if Southampton are able to do this then other local authorities will do the same.”Cllr David Shields, the council’s cabinet member for health and adult social care, said: “It is very important to remember that no decision on this issue has been made.“The council is engaged in an open and meaningful consultation exercise and consequently welcomes all views on the proposal to inform its decision.”But a council spokesman said it was faced with “difficult decisions” in meeting a budget shortfall of £39 million next year and £90 million by 2020-21, while the measure would affect less than five per cent of adults receiving council-funded care, and the council would “consider individual circumstances on a case by case basis”.He added: “The council has to balance an individual’s preferences with its requirement to use its fixed budget to support everyone in Southampton who has eligible adult social care needs and we consider the proposed approach to be more equitable.”He denied that the policy would breach article 19 of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, which says governments should ensure that disabled people have “the opportunity to choose their place of residence and where and with whom they live on an equal basis with others and are not obliged to live in a particular living arrangement”.And he said that the development described by local media as a “super care home” would in fact provide “extra care housing” and so was not a care or residential home, and would allow individuals “the independence of living in their own flat, but with the reassurance of on-site support and 24 hour care”.He said: “This is consistent with the council’s policy of exploring whether an individual’s needs can be met in appropriate extra care housing before residential or nursing care is considered.”*Anyone from Southampton who thinks they might be affected by the changes and would like to take action to prevent the policy being carried out can email DPAC at: mail@dpac.uk.netlast_img read more

Oculus Ordered to Pay 500 Million to ZeniMax

first_img Oculus Ordered to Pay $500 Million to ZeniMax This story originally appeared on PCMag Add to Queue 2 min read Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Next Article Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business –shares Reportercenter_img The spat dates back to 2014 when ZeniMax sued the virtual reality firm for misappropriating trade secrets. Register Now » February 2, 2017 Oculus VR Facebook-owned virtual reality company Oculus has been ordered to pay $500 million in damages to video game publisher ZeniMax Media for failing to comply with a non-disclosure agreement.The decision came back Wednesday after the Dallas jury deliberated for two and a half days on a verdict, according to Polygon. They also said Oculus did not misappropriate ZeniMax trade secrets, as the publisher had claimed.”The heart of this case was about whether Oculus stole ZeniMax’s trade secrets, and the jury found decisively in our favor,” an Oculus spokesperson told PCMag. “We’re obviously disappointed by a few other aspects of today’s verdict, but we are undeterred. Oculus products are built with Oculus technology. Our commitment to the long-term success of VR remains the same, and the entire team will continue the work they’ve done since day one — developing VR technology that will transform the way people interact and communicate. We look forward to filing our appeal and eventually putting this litigation behind us.”The spat dates back to 2014 when ZeniMax sued the virtual reality firm for misappropriating trade secrets, breach of contract, unjust enrichment and unfair competition. According to the complaint, former employee John Carmack started corresponding with Oculus VR founder Palmer Luckey in April 2012, when the Oculus Rift was “a crude prototype.”Luckey gave Carmack an early version of the Rift “and Carmack and other ZeniMax personnel added numerous improvements to the prototype,” the complaint said. “Together, those ZeniMax employees literally transformed the Rift by adding physical hardware components and developing specialized software for its operation.”Oculus later hired Carmack as its CTO, which ZeniMax claimed put its intellectual property — “including trade secrets, copyrighted computer code and technical know-how relating to virtual reality technology that was developed by ZeniMax after years of research and investment” — at risk.Despite the victory, ZeniMax was seeking a lot more: in closing arguments, the company’s lawyer said it should win $4 billion in compensation and punitive damages, Polygon notes. Oculus’s attorney said ZeniMax was just embarrassed and jealous.Facebook and ZeniMax did not immediately respond to requests for comment. Image credit: Shutterstock.com Angela Moscaritololast_img read more

Holiday Pro Tip Dont Screw Up Your Online Layaway Process

first_img Next Article Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Register Now » Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Add to Queue –shares December 17, 2014 Assistant Editor, Contributed Contentcenter_img Updated at 5:15 p.m. ETIf you made a list (and checked it twice) of holiday gifts that you put on layaway in Kmart’s online system, some or all of those items might not get delivered — even if they’ve been paid for in full.After notifying customers that their online layaway items had to be paid off by Dec. 14 in order to be delivered by Christmas, Kmart began canceling orders because items were “out of stock,” reports Consumerist. Moreover, the refunds for those canceled items were reportedly expected to arrive too late to buy new holiday gifts.Related: 5 Reputation Missteps to Avoid During the HolidaysOutraged customers took to Kmart’s Facebook page to voice complaints. In a statement, Kmart said it is working to remedy the situation by offering affected customers free shipping and no charge for the items in question, or a gift card in cases where the items are no longer available. “We are in the process of contacting our customers and members who have received inadvertent cancellation notices for their online layaway contracts. This issue is specific to online layaway contracts for ship to home and does not impact in store layaways. Here’s what we are doing.  First, we have processed refunds for cancelled items and our customers and members will receive these refunds soon, if they haven’t already.  Second, we are working to find the items that were identified as out of stock – and if we can find them we will provide those items for free and ship at no cost.  If we don’t have those items, we will provide an e-gift card that can be used toward the purchase of items in the amount equal to the items cancelled in their order.We have expressed to our members how deeply sorry we are that this has happened – and we know this is a special time of year for families.  We are working hard to make things right.”Kmart has yet to explain why customers received “inadvertent cancellation notices” for their paid-for orders, but there’s certainly a lesson here for all businesses: you need to have a system of checks and balances in place to help with organization, especially during these hectic holiday times.It looks like a few Kmart executives can expect coal in their stockings this year — unless the sender put it on layaway online.Related: Dr. Dre Inspires Amazing Hanukkah Gift: The Dr. Dreidel Holiday Pro Tip: Don’t Screw Up Your Online Layaway Process Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Carly Okyle Business Mistakes 3 min readlast_img read more

Experts highlight need to address challenge of multimorbidity in the NHS

first_img Source:http://www.bristol.ac.uk/news/2018/october/multimorbidity.html The recommendations can be read in full in the PolicyBristol report ‘How should health policy respond to the growing challenge of multimorbidity?’.The results of the 3D Study were recently published in The Lancet. The trial found that the 3D approach significantly improved patients’ experience of their care but not their health-related quality of life. Promoting patient-centered approaches to the management of multimorbidity in primary care, which requires training, support and changes in incentives. Developing and evaluating new approaches to managing patients with multimorbidity within hospitals. Exploring new models of integration of primary and community care, hospital care and social care which enable better coordination and support for people with multimorbidity, which is likely to require substantial changes in commissioning and funding mechanisms, and a rebalancing of resources. Changes to professional education, training and regulation to prepare professionals to manage patients with multimorbidity in new and more integrated systems. Engaging and enabling people to manage their own health and long-term conditions, requiring co-ordinated action across many aspects of government and public life. More research to understand and improve care for multimorbidity.center_img Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Oct 25 2018The number of people with multiple long-term conditions, known as multimorbidity, is rising internationally, putting increased pressure on health care systems, including the NHS. Researchers from the 3D Study – the largest ever trial of a person-centered approach to caring for patients with multimorbidity in primary care – at the Universities of Bristol, Dundee, Manchester and Glasgow, are hosting a conference today [Thursday 25 October] with the Royal College of General Practitioners to discuss the challenges facing general practice and how the health care system needs to respond.The researchers have also published a report, launched at the conference today, which makes detailed recommendations to policy makers about what that system change should look like.People with multimorbidity – one or more long-term health conditions, such as diabetes, heart disease and dementia – are more likely to experience poor quality of life and poor physical and mental health. They use both general practice and hospital services far more often than the general population. However, healthcare systems around the world are largely designed to manage individual diseases or episodes of illness rather than patients with complex multiple health care needs.Professor Chris Salisbury, a GP and multimorbidity research lead from the Centre for Academic Primary Care who will be speaking at the conference today, argues that a new approach is needed. “Health services, including the NHS, need to adapt to address this challenge”, he said. “We need patient-centered care, with more emphasis on generalist rather than specialist care and better integration between general practice, hospitals and social care. There will need to be a new relationship between patients and health care professionals, which will engage patients more in managing their health conditions themselves.”In the report aimed at policy makers, published at the conference today, Professor Salisbury and co-authors, Professors Bruce Guthrie (University of Dundee), Peter Bower (University of Manchester) and Stewart Mercer (University of Glasgow), said: “People with multimorbidity account for a disproportionately high number of consultations in general practice and their treatment is expensive because they are likely to be prescribed numerous drugs. People with multimorbidity also have high rates of emergency hospital admissions and attendance at out-patient appointments. The economic impact of increasing multimorbidity in the population is therefore substantial. We need to consider new ways of providing health care which more effectively support self-care, reduce inefficiencies and reduce reliance on expensive hospital care.”Related StoriesBordeaux University Hospital uses 3D printing to improve kidney tumor removal surgeryAMSBIO offers new, best-in-class CAR-T cell range for research and immunotherapyResearch sheds light on sun-induced DNA damage and repairThe report makes a series of policy recommendations including:last_img read more

Could an artificial intelligence be considered a person under the law

first_img Legal scholar Shawn Bayer has shown that anyone can confer legal personhood on a computer system, by putting it in control of a limited liability corporation in the U.S. If that maneuver is upheld in courts, artificial intelligence systems would be able to own property, sue, hire lawyers and enjoy freedom of speech and other protections under the law. In my view, human rights and dignity would suffer as a result. The corporate loopholeGiving AIs rights similar to humans involves a technical lawyerly maneuver. It starts with one person setting up two limited liability companies and turning over control of each company to a separate autonomous or artificially intelligent system. Then the person would add each company as a member of the other LLC. In the last step, the person would withdraw from both LLCs, leaving each LLC – a corporate entity with legal personhood – governed only by the other’s AI system.That process doesn’t require the computer system to have any particular level of intelligence or capability. It could just be a sequence of “if” statements looking, for example, at the stock market and making decisions to buy and sell based on prices falling or rising. It could even be an algorithm that makes decisions randomly, or an emulation of an amoeba.Reducing human statusGranting human rights to a computer would degrade human dignity. For instance, when Saudi Arabia granted citizenship to a robot called Sophia, human women, including feminist scholars, objected, noting that the robot was given more rights than many Saudi women have. Sophia, a robot granted citizenship in Saudi Arabia. Credit: MSC/wikimedia, CC BY In certain places, some people might have fewer rights than nonintelligent software and robots. In countries that limit citizens’ rights to free speech, free religious practice and expression of sexuality, corporations – potentially including AI-run companies – could have more rights. That would be an enormous indignity. Provided by The Conversation An interview with Sophia, a robot citizen of Saudi Arabia. The risk doesn’t end there: If AI systems became more intelligent than people, humans could be relegated to an inferior role – as workers hired and fired by AI corporate overlords – or even challenged for social dominance.Artificial intelligence systems could be tasked with law enforcement among human populations – acting as judges, jurors, jailers and even executioners. Warrior robots could similarly be assigned to the military and given power to decide on targets and acceptable collateral damage – even in violation of international humanitarian laws. Most legal systems are not set up to punish robots or otherwise hold them accountable for wrongdoing.What about voting?Granting voting rights to systems that can copy themselves would render humans’ votes meaningless. Even without taking that significant step, though, the possibility of AI-controlled corporations with basic human rights poses serious dangers. No current laws would prevent a malevolent AI from operating a corporation that worked to subjugate or exterminate humanity through legal means and political influence. Computer-controlled companies could turn out to be less responsive to public opinion or protests than human-run firms are.Immortal wealthTwo other aspects of corporations make people even more vulnerable to AI systems with human legal rights: They don’t die, and they can give unlimited amounts of money to political candidates and groups. Artificial intelligences could earn money by exploiting workers, using algorithms to price goods and manage investments, and find new ways to automate key business processes. Over long periods of time, that could add up to enormous earnings – which would never be split up among descendants. That wealth could easily be converted into political power. Politicians financially backed by algorithmic entities would be able to take on legislative bodies, impeach presidents and help to get figureheads appointed to the Supreme Court. Those human figureheads could be used to expand corporate rights or even establish new rights specific to artificial intelligence systems – expanding the threats to humanity even more. Explore further Humans aren’t the only people in society – at least according to the law. In the U.S., corporations have been given rights of free speech and religion. Some natural features also have person-like rights. But both of those required changes to the legal system. A new argument has laid a path for artificial intelligence systems to be recognized as people too – without any legislation, court rulings or other revisions to existing law. This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article. Citation: Could an artificial intelligence be considered a person under the law? (2018, October 5) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-10-artificial-intelligence-person-law.html Why technology puts human rights at risk 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.last_img read more

Better policies needed for dealing with workplace cyber abuse

first_imgWhile workplace cyber abuse is a growing challenge for many organisations, most still struggle to deal with it effectively, say researchers from Massey University’s Healthy Work Group. Report co-author Dr Natalia D’Souza. Credit: Massey University Explore further Nurses often cyberbullied by patients and families Citation: Better policies needed for dealing with workplace cyber abuse (2019, May 16) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-05-policies-workplace-cyber-abuse.html More information: Breaking Barriers report: www.massey.ac.nz/shadomx/apps/ … DF-A741-EA3FF18AF4A3 Provided by Massey University In a report funded by NetSafe’s Online Safety Partnership Grant, Dr. Natalia D’Souza, Dr. Kate Blackwood and Dr. Darryl Forsyth analysed data from 205 victims to better understand the barriers to reporting and resolving cases of workplace cyber abuse.Dr. D’Souza says there are some specific features of cyber abuse, which includes cyberbullying, cyber sexual harassment, cyber discrimination and cyber stalking, that make it difficult to deal with.”Cyber abuse has some additional impacts when compared to face-to-face bullying and abuse,” she says. “We found that 66 per cent of the cases our research participants discussed occurred in a public forum, including on social media, and one-third of incidents were perpetrated anonymously.”She says this is an area where processes and procedures have lagged behind technological and social developments.”We really need more research on what can be done when the perpetrator can’t be identified because organisations tend to deal with workplace bullying through mediation. That doesn’t work with anonymous cyber abuse.”People don’t report cyber abuseThe study also found nearly half of participants experienced multiple forms of cyber abuse and nearly 85 per cent of targets experienced repeated cyber abuse, all of which also increases the harm experienced.Dr. D’Souza says the most worrying finding was that more than three-quarters of those surveyed said they did not report the cyber abuse to their organisation. And of those who did report abuse, more than one-fifth found there was no organisational response.”We know that a lot of organisations actually don’t have any policies around these issues, and when they do intervene, it’s often with mediation or counselling, which does not always address the underlying issues.”Survey respondents said being able to block the abuse was the most useful response, while organisational policies and interventions were ranked as the least useful.”That should give organisations some food for thought,” Dr. D’Souza says, “as either there are no cyber abuse policies in place, or employees don’t trust that organisations will be able to do anything about it if they report an incident.” 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.last_img read more