La science cachée de PierreFeuilleCiseaux révélée

first_imgLa science cachée de Pierre-Feuille-Ciseaux révéléePierre-Feuille-Ciseaux. Combien de fois avez-vous joué à ce jeu avec vos amis ? Et surtout, combien de fois avez-vous perdu ? Car, selon une étude récente, les joueurs les plus chanceux auraient tendance à garder la même action, contrairement aux perdants. Et les statistiques estiment que cette tactique est payante, une fois sur trois. Pierre-Feuille-Ciseaux serait utilisé depuis plus de 2.000 ans, partout dans le monde. Pourtant, personne n’a jamais trouvé une stratégie pour gagner à coup sûr. Du moins, jusqu’à aujourd’hui.Des chercheurs de l’Université Zhejiang, en Chine, ont découvert que la plupart des joueurs utilise une stratégie qui semble due au hasard.En réalité, elle consiste en une suite d’actions pouvant être devinée par son adversaire. Cette formule a notamment été repérée lors d’un tournoi géant de pierre-feuille-ciseaux, organisée par l’université chinoise.Tournoi infernalPour déterminer la combinaison gagnante, les scientifiques ont sélectionné 360 étudiants, qu’ils ont séparé en groupes de six. Leur objectif ? Mettre au défi les autres membres de leur groupe pour 300 parties de pierre-feuille-ciseaux. À titre de récompense, les étudiants recevaient une certaine somme d’argent, calculée en fonction du nombre de victoires.La théorie de jeux suggère que, pour gagner, les joueurs doivent effectuer des actions totalement aléatoires afin de rester imprévisibles pour leur adversaire. Cette stratégie, où les trois actions sont choisies avec la même probabilité à chaque tour, est appelée l’équilibre de Nash.Au cours du tournoi, en moyenne, chaque joueur, dans tous les groupes, a choisi chaque action environ une fois sur trois. Jusque-là, rien de surprenant si leurs choix sont aléatoires. Toutefois, en regardant de plus près, les scientifiques ont décelé un modèle de comportement. Selon eux, lorsque les joueurs gagnent une partie, ils répètent leur action gagnante, pierre, feuille ou ciseaux, plus souvent, explique BBC News.Stratégie gagnanteDe leur côté, les perdants ont plutôt tendance à changer d’action à chaque fois, et ce, dans l’ordre du nom du jeu : pierre puis feuille puis ciseaux. Par exemple, après avoir perdu avec une pierre, le joueur sera plus susceptible de tenter le coup avec une feuille au prochain tour.Cette stratégie de “gagne-garde perd-change” est connue, dans la théorie des jeux, comme une probabilité conditionnelle. Et celle-ci serait liée aux fonctions cérébrales, ajoutent les chercheurs. Anticiper un tel comportement, et par conséquent prendre l’avantage sur votre adversaire, “permettraient à chaque joueur de faire monter ses gains”, précisent-ils. À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?”Le jeu de pierre-feuille-ciseaux montre des actions collectives cycliques qui ne peuvent pas être comprises comme un équilibre de Nash. Savoir si la probabilité conditionnelle est un mécanisme de prise de décision basique du cerveau humain ou bien une conséquence de mécanismes neuraux plus fondamentaux sera un défi pour les prochaines études”, concluent les scientifiques. Bien que très simple, le jeu pierre-feuille-ciseaux est un modèle particulièrement utilisé afin d’étudier les comportements compétitifs chez les hommes.Le 2 mai 2014 à 12:37 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Hospitality union rallies for further extension for Haitian immigrants

Hospitality union rallies for further extension for Haitian immigrants

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – Members of Florida’s hospitality union gathered in Miami to rally for a longer extension for Haitian immigrants living in the United States.The hospitality union, Unite Here, met at the Notre Dame D’Haiti Catholic Church, Tuesday night, to continue the push for a longer extension to the Temporary Protected Status for Haitian immigrants in South Florida.The Department of Homeland Security announced a six-month extension of the TPS for over 50,000 Haitian immigrants, but the union said that isn’t enough time for the island nation to prepare for the tens of thousands who may have to return.The Trump administration will decide if they should grant a further extension in November.The TPS was granted by the Obama administration in the wake of the 2010 earthquake, which claimed hundreds of thousands of lives in the Caribbean country. It allows Haitians to live and work freely in the U.S.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Virat Kohli says I realised Kane Williamsons potential in 2007 as déjà

first_imgVirat Kohli and Kane Williamson are among the best batsmen in the world currently.Getty ImagesOn Tuesday, July 9, Kane Williamson and Virat Kohli are going to face off as captains of their respective teams in the first semi-final of the ICC 2019 World Cup. This may generate in both men a sense of déjà vu as 11 years ago also, they led their country’s team in a cricket World Cup semi-final against each other.This was the 2008 ICC under-19 World Cup played in Kuala Lumpur which India went on to win. In the semi-final of that event, the Indian colts were led by a young and fiery Kohli while Williamson was at the helm of the New Zealand side. Interestingly, Kane was just 17 at the time while Kohli was 19.New Zealand won the toss and elected to bat first in that game. However, they could only score 205/8 in their innings with Williamson contributing 37 opening the innings. India had a revised target of 191 in 43 overs due to rains and they got there with seven wickets down in 41.3 overs. Kohli, batting at no. 4, scored 43. Williamson has been in great form during the World CupTwitter/Cricket World CupAt the pre-match press conference, a journalist from New Zealand asked the India captain whether he could see the potential Williamson had when he faced him at the Under-19 World Cup. Kohli revealed that the massive talent possessed by his Kiwi counterpart became clear to him even before their meeting in Kuala Lumpur. The two cricketers had played against each other in 2007 also in an India under-19 tour of New Zealand. It was there that the India skipper realised that Williamson is a special player.”It wasn’t even 2008, I remember going to New Zealand in 2007. We were playing an under-19 Test and he played a shot off the backfoot against one of our fastest bowlers. I remember standing at slip and telling a teammate that I have never seen anyone playing a shot like that,” Virat recalled. This match was part of Indian under-19 team’s tour of New Zealand in January-February 2007.Since that time, the two men have turned from talented boys to great men in cricket. When they walk out to bat at Old Trafford, they will do so with their whole country hoping for a big score from them.last_img read more

ICC Hall of Fame Heres why Dravid and Kumble were inducted ahead

first_imgSachin at the Hall of Fame ceremonyTwitterArguably the best batsman India has produced, Sachin Tendulkar was inducted into the ICC Hall of fame on Thursday, July 19. The Master Blaster received the honour alongside legendary South African fast bowler Allan Donald and Australian women’s cricket great Cathryn Fitzpatrick.While this event has been welcomed by fans around the cricketing world, there are some who are wondering why it took cricket’s governing body this long to bring the great man into the elite club of the best cricketers in World Cup history.This question becomes even more relevant when one considers the fact that his former teammates Rahul Dravid and Anil Kumble were inducted before him. But the reasons for the apparent delay in Tendulkar’s arrival in the Hall of Fame are quite simple. Sachin with wife Anjali before the Hall of Fame ceremonyTwitterAs per the rules of ICC, a player can only be brought into this esteemed congregation after five years after have elapsed since his retirement. As Anil Kumble had retired way back in 2008 and Rahul Dravid called it a day in 2012, they became eligible well before the Little Master. Since, Sachin’s retirement had taken place in late 2013, he became eligible only late last year.If we compare the amount of time the ICC took to induct all three players into this revered list of greats, it turns out that Sachin’s arrival was expedited rather than being kept on hold. It took the man with 100 international hundreds just over 5 years to have his name put in the exalted category.Compared to that, Kumble had to wait 10 years and The Wall six for getting admitted to this grouping. The Council understood the value of Sachin Tendulkar even after his retirement. They know that no cricketer would garner as much attention as the Master Blaster when gracing the Hall with his presence. Certainly, the reaction of the fans suggests that the fan following for the legendary cricketer from Mumbai is still intact.last_img read more

SSKM gets clearance for heart transplants awaits lung transplant licence

SSKM gets clearance for heart transplants awaits lung transplant licence

first_imgKolkata: SSKM Hospital has received the Health department’s nod to conduct heart transplants and is awaiting the same for lung transplants.According to sources in the Health department, the hospital is expected to get the lung transplant licence as well within the next couple of weeks and will be the first government-run hospital in the state to get clearance for lung transplants. A senior official of SSKM said: “We have witnessed heart transplants in a government hospital but the idea of lung transplants is not only new in the city but also in the entire Eastern region.” Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedIt may be mentioned that Calcutta Medical College and Hospital (CMCH) is the first state-run hospital in the state to obtain clearance to perform heart transplants. SSKM comes second in this case. But in case of lung transplants, SSKM will be the first. CMCH has already conducted two heart transplants. But no government hospital has the permission for lung transplants. “Infrastructure has been built up at the Cardiothoracic Vascular Surgery (CTVS) department in SSKM. All the pre-requisite parameters have been fulfilled. A separate post operative room has been set up as well. The idea of lung transplants is at a very early stage in the country. Some acute COPD patients often need to undergo lung transplants. Children with Cystic fibrosis also require lung transplants,” a senior official of the SSKM Hospital on Monday said. It was learnt that SSKM had applied for both heart and lung transplant licences in August 2018 and submitted a detailed project report to Swasthya Bhawan. A survey was carried out in this regard considering various aspects. Senior officials of the state Health department visited the hospital for assessing the infrastructure of the hospital.last_img read more

ICanFlyy Café serves more than just coffee

ICanFlyy Café serves more than just coffee

first_imgThe brainchild of Minu Budhia (Founder-Director) and her daughter Priyam Budhia, Café ICanFlyy is a one-of-a-kind cafe which is run by special needs individuals with the objective of empowering them, giving them dignity and restoring to them their rightful place in society. Being serviced by trained young adults with special needs, Café ICanFlyy is continuously breaking barriers and myths surrounding the capabilities of special needs individuals. “Don’t imagine it. Do it. Keeping this in mind, I have created a sheltered workplace where special individuals work with dignity and confidence. It is time we gave them the place they deserve in society,” says Minu Budhia. The café ensures that these youngsters not only lead a life that brings them joy but also develop skills that help them become gainful employees and budding entrepreneurs. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfBudhia added, “When my younger daughter Prachi, who is a special child, was growing up, it was my nightmare that what will she do when she grows up?” Adds co-founder Preeyam Budhia, “It is our dream to make their impossibles possible and their unachievables achievable”. She informed that the ICanFlyy Food Factory has been around since the time ICanFlyy started – for producing packaged products. “We also took part in every prominent exhibition. The products would sell out. That was a good starting point. We are also doing small catering orders and home delivery for customized cakes. The kids had really picked it up. That gave us the confidence that we could open a café. This café would really build their social skills. They will take the orders and interact with you. You have to go and pay at the counter and once you are back, they will serve you. Ever since I moved back to India, I have been dying to do something in F&B. A café with a cause is great”, Preeyam explained. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThe main objective of Café ICanFlyy is to give these children the freedom to express themselves, to restore their dignity and send a message to society that special need individuals need to be respected for who they are and what they can do.”The children have been training for the last three to four months. We have six kids working in the café. They are all part of ICanFlyy. We made a list of FAQs. Me, along with the special educators, trained them. It was difficult, but this has been so fulfilling. For the past month, we have had a lot of in-house tasting going on. They were really helpful because, in the first two tastings, it was like ‘is this place going to run?’ We got a lot of critical feedback. Finally, we are more than ready. No one can feel the difference when they come here. There are supervisors to help the six kids. I have employed two of them and started a stipend. I told one of their mothers; see your daughter has started earning. She will have a bank account to handle now” smiles Minu. The students at Café ICanFlyy with an interest in F&B receive training in food preparation, bakery and café service. Working or training at the cafe is not only fun and exciting for the students, but also has multiple benefits ranging from raising confidence and self-esteem to teaching them life and social skills.The café is a cosy, quirky, colourful space with indoor and outdoor seating and free WiFi so that one can catch up with friends, have a quick business lunch, high tea, or unwind after work. The food will tantalise your taste buds while the rich, aromatic coffee serves up the right dose of caffeine. You can also pick up healthy, pocket-friendly snacks from the ICanFlyy Food Factory. Resonating the theme of the café – ‘Freedom of being who you are’, this is a platform for unrecognized talent wherein emerging singers can take part in surprise karaoke evenings, open mics, live music, board games and a clutch of other activities like brand launches. In October for example, events have been planned around Halloween, tea tasting sessions and karaoke evenings. Café food is delivered by Swiggy, Zomato and comes along with snazzy gift vouchers. Says Gowri Mishra, a student at St Xavier’s and a regular, “There’s nothing new in other cafés. I love coming here for the karaoke and other events”.The café is a vital part of ICanFlyy, a vocational and skill building institute for special needs individuals. Children between the ages of six and nine can join the Twinkling Stars programme, children between the ages of 10 and 14 can join the Rising Stars programme and teenagers who are 15 plus can join the Superstar Programme. Currently, our oldest students are in their early mid-thirties.Students at ICanFlyy have some special needs. They receive vocational training and build their skills, but also become a part of a community that is open, non-judgemental, and embraces the idea that being different does not make one less of an individual. The institute began its journey as a unit of Caring Minds on Sarat Bose Road. ICanFlyy is now located on 4B Valmikee Street, Kolkata 700026. Classes are held from Mondays through Fridays. At ICanFlyy, the focus is on four key objectives, developing respect, providing vocational training, creating jobs and most importantly, changing lives. Special educators and experienced industry professionals provide training tailored to the unique needs of each student. On-site job training equips students to work independently in a home set-up or under minimal supervision at various workplaces. Training modules include Café customer service, Bakery prep and Packaging, Data entry and art and craft. The café ICanFlyy, the ICanFlyy Food Factory, the Digital Studio and the Art Studio equip the students to navigate uncharted territory, thereby building their self-confidence and self-worth. ICanFlyy products are stocked at Satyanarayan Bhandar and Krishna in Alipore. Earlier, the crafts were exhibited at CII. At ICanFlyy Digital Studio, the special needs young adults are proficient in Microsoft Word and Excel and can deliver error-free and speedy project completion. These children have done database work of Jalan Distributors, J D Birla, BRM Insurance and so on. At The Food Factory, the young adults get an opportunity to bring out the chef inside them. On offer is a wide variety of sweet and savoury products that are not only delectable but also healthy and FSSAI approved. Customised gift hampers, catering events and doorstep delivery are the services that are provided by those training at the food unit.last_img read more

Apple could announce its gaming subscription service on Monday

Apple could announce its gaming subscription service on Monday

first_imgApple is about to announce some new services on Monday. While everybody expects a video-streaming service as well as a news subscription, a new report from Bloomberg says the company might also mention its gaming subscription.Cheddar first reported back in January that Apple has been working on a gaming subscription. Users could pay a monthly subscription fee to access a library of games. We’re most likely talking about iOS games for the iPhone and iPad here.Games are the most popular category on the App Store, so it makes sense to turn this category into a subscription business. And yet, most of them are free-to-play, ad-supported games. Apple doesn’t necessarily want to target those games in particular.According to Bloomberg, the service will focus on paid games from third-party developers, such as Minecraft, NBA 2K games and the GTA franchise. Users would essentially pay to access this bundle of games. Apple would redistribute revenue to game developers based on how much time users spend within a game in particular.It’s still unclear whether Apple will announce the service or launch it on Monday. The gaming industry is more fragmented than the movie and TV industry, so it makes sense to talk about the service publicly even if it’s not ready just yet.last_img read more

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first_img News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more News | Artificial Intelligence | August 13, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Could Yield More Accurate Breast Cancer Diagnoses University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) system that… read more News | May 03, 2012 Accuray Launches Study to Compare CyberKnife SBRT to Surgery and IMRT for Treatment of Early-Stage Prostate Cancer New Randomized Study Aims to Provide Comparative Evidence to Support CyberKnife SBRT as Gold Standard Treatment Image courtesy of Imago Systems News | Proton Therapy | August 08, 2019 MD Anderson to Expand Proton Therapy Center The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center unveiled plans to expand its Proton Therapy Center during a… read more Following radiation, the bone marrow shows nearly complete loss of blood cells in mice (left). Mice treated with the PTP-sigma inhibitor displayed rapid recovery of blood cells (purple, right). Credit: UCLA Broad Stem Cell Research Center/Nature Communications Technology | Interventional Radiology | August 16, 2019 Profound Medical Receives U.S. FDA 510(k) Clearance for Tulsa-Pro Profound Medical Corp. announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to… read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD News | Neuro Imaging | August 16, 2019 ADHD Medication May Affect Brain Development in Children A drug used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) appears to affect development of the brain’s… read more center_img Images of regions of interest (colored lines) in the white matter skeleton representation. Data from left and right anterior thalamic radiation (ATR) were averaged. Image courtesy of C. Bouziane et al. News | Pediatric Imaging | August 14, 2019 Ultrasound Guidance Improves First-attempt Success in IV Access in Children August 14, 2019 – Children’s veins read more News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 Mevion and C-RAD Release Integration for Improved Proton Therapy Treatment Quality Mevion Medical Systems and C-RAD announced the integration between the C-RAD Catalyst PT and the Mevion S250i proton… read more News | Mammography | August 14, 2019 Imago Systems Announces Collaboration With Mayo Clinic for Breast Imaging Image visualization company Imago Systems announced it has signed a know-how license with Mayo Clinic. The multi-year… read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 16, 2019 Drug Accelerates Blood System’s Recovery After Radiation, Chemotherapy A drug developed by UCLA physician-scientists and chemists speeds up the regeneration of mouse and human blood stem… read more May 3, 2012 — Accuray Inc. announced the launch of the Prostate Advances in Comparative Evidence (PACE) study, an international multicenter randomized study to compare CyberKnife Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy (SBRT), da Vinci assisted and manual laparoscopic surgery, and conventionally fractionated intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) for the treatment of localized prostate cancer. The PACE study aims to build upon the foundation of published evidence for CyberKnife prostate SBRT by creating comparative evidence to support its future potential as the gold standard in the treatment of organ-confined prostate cancer.Currently there is no clear gold standard for localized prostate cancer treatment. A lack of comparative clinical data has prevented definitive conclusions to be drawn as to which therapy can be considered the preferred treatment for localized prostate cancer. Treatment decisions have often been made based on historical experience, aged comparisons of older treatment techniques or single modality experiences. Physicians and leading industry groups, including The Agency for Healthcare Quality and Research (AHRQ) and the Medicare Evidence Development and Coverage Advisory Committee (MEDCAC), have called for a randomized study comparing the most popular treatment options to bring clarity to the treatment landscape.The PACE study was created by a consortium of leading academic centers in Europe — including Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust in the United Kingdom, Center Oscar Lambret in France, Charite–Universitatsmedizin in Germany, Erasmus MC-Daniel den Hoed Cancer Center in the Netherlands, and Mount Vernon Cancer Centre in the U.K. — and is comprised of two parallel randomized arms:Patients considered candidates for surgery, either by clinician recommendation or patient choice, are randomized to either laparoscopic prostatectomy (performed manually or through robotic assistance using da Vinci) or CyberKnife prostate SBRT.Non-surgical candidates or patients who refuse surgery will be randomized to either CyberKnife prostate SBRT or conventionally fractionated IMRT.The ultimate goal of the study is to compare the outcomes of CyberKnife prostate SBRT, in terms of efficacy, toxicity and quality of life, to da Vinci prostatectomy, manual laparoscopic prostatectomy and conventionally fractionated IMRT for early-stage organ-confined prostate cancer. The study is expected to involve 30-40 centers globally and accrue more than 1,000 patients who will be followed for 10 years. Study leaders anticipate collecting and reporting data outcomes at several interim points including one, two and five years post-treatment.”In light of a lack of definitive, comparative data supporting any one option as the best treatment choice, about 75 percent of low-risk prostate cancer patients in the [United States] receive surgery,” said Nicholas van As, M.D., consultant clinical oncologist at the Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust in London. “The goal of the PACE study is to create the data needed to compare outcomes of treatment with CyberKnife prostate SBRT to surgery and IMRT, which are the accepted standard treatments for organ-confined prostate cancer, to allow informed treatment decisions to be made.””An increasing number of patients are attracted to treatment with the CyberKnife System due to its unique ability to precisely treat the prostate while avoiding surrounding healthy tissue and critical structures, offering an effective treatment for early-stage prostate cancer,” said Euan S. Thomson, Ph.D., president and CEO of Accuray. “The rapidly expanding base of CyberKnife prostate SBRT published studies supports the benefits of this treatment for patients. Accuray believes in taking the lead in supporting studies, such as the PACE study, that will generate clinical data to support the benefits of technical innovation and provide the highest level of comparative evidence for the benefit of prostate cancer patients worldwide.”Since CyberKnife prostate SBRT emerged as a viable treatment option for prostate cancer in 2002, it has quickly gained acceptance due to the combination of favorable clinical outcomes, as well as unique quality-of-life benefits for patients during and post-treatment. To date, 14 peer-reviewed studies involving more than 700 patients have been published showing the long-term efficacy of the non-invasive CyberKnife system in terms of disease-free survival, toxicity and preservation of sexual function. Based on the data, including five-year patient outcomes, most Medicare carriers across the country now provide coverage for prostate cancer patients seeking treatment with the CyberKnife System.For more information about the PACE study: www.clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT01584258For more information about CyberKnife prostate SBRT: www.cyberknifeforprostate.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec. Related Contentlast_img read more

Facebook releases a draft charter introducing a new content review board that

Facebook releases a draft charter introducing a new content review board that

first_imgYesterday, Facebook released a draft charter that mentions the newly formed external board that will be a body of independent experts who will review Facebook’s most challenging content decisions – focusing on important and disputed cases. It will share its decisions transparently and give reasons for them. This charter comes after Mark Zuckerberg wrote about his vision for how content should be governed and enforced on Facebook. The board will also be able to decide on what content goes online or what posts should be removed. Facebook would later accept and implement the board’s decisions. This group will comprise of experts with experience in content, privacy, free expression, human rights, journalism, civil rights, safety, and other relevant disciplines. The list of members will always be public. The draft charter raises certain questions and considerations and also puts forth certain approaches giving a base model for the board’s structure, scope, and authority. “It is a starting point for discussion on how the board should be designed and formed. What the draft does not do is answer every proposed question completely or finally”, the draft states. Nick Clegg, VP of Global Affairs and Communications, in his post mentions, “We’ve also identified key decisions that still need to be made, like the number of members, length of terms and how cases are selected.” Facebook looks forward to attaining answers to these questions over the next six months in various workshops around the world including Singapore, Delhi, Nairobi, Berlin, New York, Mexico City, and many more cities. The workshops will bring together experts and organizations on different issues such as technology, democracy, human rights, and so on. Nick writes, “we don’t want to limit input or feedback to a hand-picked group of experts that we work with frequently. We’re interested in hearing from a wide range of organizations, think tanks, researchers and groups who might have proposals for how we should answer these critical questions.” Kate Klonick, Assistant Professor, St. John’s University School of Law, said, “This would be a rare and fascinating, if narrow, devolution of authority.” Visit the draft charter, to know more about this news. Read Next Facebook plans to integrate Instagram, Whatsapp, and Messenger amidst public pressure to regulation or break up Facebook Biometric Information Privacy Act: It is now illegal for Amazon, Facebook or Apple to collect your biometric data without consent in Illinois Advocacy groups push FTC to fine Facebook and break it up for repeatedly violating the consent order and unfair business practiceslast_img read more

US drops proposal to force airlines to disclose bag fees in price

US drops proposal to force airlines to disclose bag fees in price

first_img By: Joan LowySource: The Associated Press Friday, December 8, 2017 Share US drops proposal to force airlines to disclose bag fees in price WASHINGTON — An Obama administration proposal that would have required airlines disclose checked and carry-on bag fees at the start of a ticket purchase rather than later is being dropped by the Department of Transportation.The department said in a notice posted online Thursday that it is withdrawing the proposed rule, along with a second, early-stage rulemaking to force airlines to disclose more information about their revenue from fees charged for extra services, because the rules would have been “of limited public benefit.” It also said airlines would incur “significant costs” if required to report their revenue from fees for services like early boarding or extra legroom.Work on the proposals was frozen shortly after President Donald Trump took office.Airlines are already required to disclose bag fees, but critics say the information is often hidden until after consumers have taken several steps toward purchasing a ticket and isn’t always clear.Congressional Democrats and consumer groups decried the withdrawals, saying they would have protected airline passengers by providing greater transparency of airfares and fees.More news:  Carnival Cruise Line enhances HUB app for families and youthSince 2008, when airlines began introducing new and higher “ancillary” fees for services such as checking baggage and making changes to reservations, the true cost of flying has become more opaque, the Consumers Union said in a statement. Shoppers are being denied the basic ability to compare costs as they are shopping, as some airlines withhold critical pricing on fares and fees, both from their own websites and from third-party ticket sellers such as online travel agency sites, the group said.“The administration is turning its back on airline passengers just before families are about to head home for the holidays,” said Sen. Bill Nelson of Florida, the senior Democrat on the Senate committee that oversees the airline industry.Charles Leocha, chairman of Travelers United, said passengers have no one to protect them from unfair airline practices except the Transportation Department, since no other federal or state agency regulates air carriers.More news:  A new low for no-frills flying: easyJet assigns backless seat to passenger“It is a dereliction of duty for the DOT to stop its review of unfair and deceptive pricing of ancillary fees, which make it impossible for consumers to comparison shop for the best costs of airfare,” he said.Besides scuttling the fee transparency proposals, the Transportation Department has also failed to issue regulations mandated by Congress last year to require airlines to refund fees charged for checked bags that are delayed and to ensure families with young children can sit together on planes, Nelson said.Airlines for America, a trade association for the airline industry, didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. Tags: America << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

uThukela make a splash in Mysore Road

uThukela make a splash in Mysore Road

first_imgWith thousands of litres of drinking water pouring down the drain in Mysore Road, uThukela are once again faced with more water leaks than they can handle. This while water restrictions are still in place.With water restrictions meaning that residents can be fined for watering their gardens or washing their cars, residents want to know: “How can uThukela be so lackadaisical about burst pipes?”The flooding along the road angered many passersby.uThukela technicians are on scene attempting to repair the leak. Expect water outages in the area. uThukela bakkie makes a splash as it arrives on scene. WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsitelast_img read more

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first_img This undated photo provided by Juan Carlos Arévalo shows Katherine Verdery, an American anthropologist and professor. Verdery’s memoir “My Life as a Spy: Investigations in a Secret Police File” recounts her experiences doing research in Romania during the Cold War. Years later, she discovered the Romanian government believed she was a spy. The government’s file on her was nearly 3,000 pages long, and included images shot by secret cameras and information provided by ordinary people she’d thought of as friends. (Juan Carlos Arévalo via AP) BUCHAREST, Romania – Romanian secret police agents eavesdropped on her, persuaded friends to snoop on her and filmed her when she was in her underwear.Some 70 informants and spies kept tabs on Katherine Verdery, now an anthropology professor at The Graduate Center of the City University of New York, when she visited communist Romania in the ’70s and ’80s as a postgraduate doing research on an anthropology thesis on Romanian village life.No other U.S. citizen was so closely scrutinized by the Securitate secret police of communist leader Nicolae Ceausescu.After the collapse of communism in 1989, Verdery obtained her 2,781-page dossier and transformed the material into a 344-page book, “My Life as a Spy.”The book was recently translated into Romanian, opening old wounds, but also challenging Romanians to confront a dark chapter in their history.AN AMERICAN SPY?A young and naive American academic by her own admission, Verdery didn’t comprehend what her questions and attempts to fit in looked like in Eastern Europe.In the Cold War, Romania considered U.S. students sent to Romania on grants to be Western agents, and Verdery did nothing to dispel this assumption when she inadvertently drove her motorcycle onto a military base in the 1970s, although the officer in charge of spying on her at that period finally concluded she wasn’t involved in espionage activities.Discovering later that she was erroneously considered a U.S. spy, potentially with Hungarian sympathies, Verdery was initially “appalled, I was absolutely stunned. … I couldn’t believe my eyes, the level of surveillance was so much greater than anything I had anticipated or imagined.”Romanian Securitate agents reported on her movements, sometimes 16 hours a day. Hotel receptionists reported her whereabouts, others broke into her suitcase to access her notes, surreptitiously filmed and bugged the places where she went and asked — or twisted the arm — of friends and acquaintances to report on her.They feared she would paint Romania in an unfavourable light or could negatively impact Romania’s most favoured nation status with her reports.Officers gave Verdery a variety of code names: “Vera,” ”Vanesa” and “Folklorista.”TRYING TO RECONCILE AND UNDERSTANDFurious and depressed, Verdery set about trying to understand and record on paper why she had been a target, unwittingly inhabiting a cloak-and-dagger world of betrayals and invisible surveillance.“The default assumption was that I was a spy,” she told The Associated Press by telephone from Massachusetts. “Finding out my friends were involved working with the secret police … was an unwelcome surprise.”In her mission to make sense of what had happened to her and gain an anthropological perspective, Verdery embarked on the laborious and fraught task of returning to Romania where she sought out, met, discussed and eventually forgave former close friends and colleagues.Some flatly denied keeping tabs on her. Others had died. One woman turned the tables, chiding Verdery for making her become an informer. Only one person apologized.“The concept of spying is a cultural concept,” Verdery believes, saying she began to realize why people could have thought of her as a spy: she kept duplicate sets of notes that she locked in a suitcase and then sent back to the United States in a diplomatic pouch.Verdery doesn’t name her informers, but pages from her file that have appeared in Romanian media reveal two former ministers among her informants.THE GHOST OF THE SECURITATEUnlike other former communist countries, Romania hasn’t reconciled the shadowy and corrosive effect the Securitate had on society when informers kept tabs on citizens and stifled dissent with informers infiltrated into every walk of life.Observers say the old Securitate network continues to function. “The Securitate is in business, active in politics and in the press; it’s as alive as it was before, and we haven’t healed yet,” said Armand Gosu, a political science teacher at the University of Bucharest.But the publication of “My Life as a Spy” in Romanian last month appears to be having a cathartic affect, although some have criticized her for not being “sufficiently judgmental.” The book, which has already sold out, opened old wounds and challenged Romanians to confront a difficult chapter in their past: the pervasive presence of the Securitate secret police.Publishing house Vremea is run by Silvia Colfescu, one of a few friends who didn’t inform on her.“She was a foreign researcher from America, of course they had their eyes on her,” Colfescu told The Associated Press. “All foreigners were naive, all of them,” she said. “We had foreign friends and I told them.”They used cunning psychological tactics to recruit informers. “There were subtle threats; your children won’t get into university, your wife won’t get cancer treatment,” Colfescu said.“When we spoke (at home) we put a pillow on the phone, we whispered and had the radio on full volume.”Gosu calls the book “sensational.”“It is fascinating how a foreigner understands better what happened here under Nicolae Ceausescu than many Romanians,” Gosu says.OLD WOUNDSFor others, the book picks at raw wounds. Andreea Chiru, who is in her late 30s and works at Vremea, tears up several times when describing the book’s impact on her.“I was told not to say things at school and kindergarten; our parents were afraid and didn’t speak in front of us,” she said. “It’s almost 30 years after communism ended, and people still think they can get into trouble. Romanians lived with a trauma that you can’t trust anyone and people still haven’t got over this yet.”___Corrects Verdery’s Graduate Center affiliation. by Alison Mutler, The Associated Press Posted Aug 1, 2018 8:07 am PDT Last Updated Aug 1, 2018 at 9:40 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emailcenter_img My Life as a Spy – under surveillance in communist Romanialast_img read more

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