Instacart to expand Toronto office into tech hub hire 200 people

first_imgCanada’s major grocery chains looking to boost their e-commerce offerings to stave off the impact of Amazon’s entrance into the crowded industry are partnering with companies to give shoppers the option of home delivery.Companies offering a range of home delivery solutions are now expanding across Canada, building robotics-filled warehouses, adding hundreds of jobs and hoping to prove their method is the best at serving a vast country with a relatively small population.“There’s no shortage of headlines. Every day, there’s a new company making a new announcement,” said Sarah Joyce, senior vice-president of e-commerce at Sobeys Inc., who has been in the newly created position for about three months.Instacart, a California-based online grocery app company founded by a Canadian, announced Tuesday it will transform its Toronto office into a tech hub and add 200 employees over the next several years. The office is set to open sometime next year and will be the company’s second location to focus on research and development, with the first in San Francisco.Last week, Food-X Urban Delivery Inc., a subsidiary of Vancouver-based Spud, announced it partnered with Walmart Canada to deliver groceries to customers in the Vancouver area. The big box store is Food-X’s first major partner for its new warehouse designed to reduce the environmental impact of delivering groceries by reducing food waste and minimizing truck trips.Sobeys, for its part, revealed earlier this year a partnership with the British Ocado Group to build a customer fulfillment centre in the Toronto area filled with robotics that can pick and pack customer orders. The centre will start delivering customer orders in the spring of 2020.The influx of announcements came after Amazon acquired Whole Foods Market, which now has 14 Canadian locations, last year. The move sparked speculation the company would bring its checkout-free store concept and AmazonFresh grocery delivery service to Canada.That pushed the country’s major grocers to introduce or ramp up delivery services of their own, with many choosing to partner with companies already operating in this niche rather than build expensive in-house services.“That says a lot about where we are at as an industry and about this new era of strategic partnerships,” said Daryl Porter, vice-president of omni-channel operations and online grocery at Walmart.The company has opted for two different partners in different cities, a conscious decision that Porter said comes down to what value proposition providers offer customers.Walmart’s participating in a one-hour delivery pilot with Instacart in Toronto and soon-to-be in Winnipeg. Meanwhile, in Vancouver, it opted for a next-day delivery method with Food-X.“This is models, right,” said Peter van Stalk, Food-X founder.He’s convinced the company’s strategy, which includes people picking the food items to fulfil orders and focuses on reducing the environmental impact, can win more big-name partners. Food-X’s technology can withstand Canada’s cold winters, he added, and can service low density areas.But Sobeys believes it’s better to wait a little longer to launch, but offer a mostly automated experience.Sobeys anticipates having up to four such warehouses in the country, which could cover about 75 per cent of Canadian households.Both Joyce and van Stalk admit their models don’t offer one-hour delivery, but could do that or close to it in the future.Quick delivery windows are Instacart’s advantage and the company’s partnered with Walmart and Loblaw to offer one-hour timeframes already.“(Customers) don’t want to plan too far ahead for when they’re going to have their groceries delivered,” said Nilam Ganenthiran, Instacart’s chief business officer.Before Instacart, “groceries really lagged the rest of e-commerce,” he said, but “the magic of Instacart” allowed people to open their fridge door, see what’s missing and order online rather than rush to the store.It’s unclear which model will dominate Canada’s online grocery industry, but for now retailers seem content to leverage the experience of the niche operators.“We can learn from them,” said Walmart’s Porter, “and we are learning from them.”Follow @AleksSagan on Twitter.Companies in this story (TSX:EMP.A) (TSX:L)last_img read more

RJD releases manifesto, promises reservation

first_imgPatna: The RJD on Monday released its manifesto, titled ‘Pratibadhta Patra’, promising reservation for SCs, STs, EBC and OBCs in proportion of their population in the private sector and the higher judiciary. The ceiling – a 50 per cent cap – had been broken after giving 10 per cent quota to the weaker sections among the general category so the people belonging to these categories (SCs, STs, EBC and OBCs) should be given reservation on the basis of their population, party leader Tejashwi Yadav said while releasing the manifesto here. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ The apex court had fixed a cap of 50 per cent on total reservation and the Centre last month justified in Supreme Court its recent law granting 10-per cent quota for Economically Weaker Sections (EWSs), saying it was brought in to promote “social equality”. Advocating extension of quota for them in higher judiciary and the private sector, the manifesto also vowed to carry out caste-based census in 2020-21. Pointing out that the RJD, also agrees with the Congress manifesto, it said, the party “completely endorses” the ‘Nyay’ scheme of the Congress, which would be beneficial to states like Bihar. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K Tejashwi Yadav was accompanied by Rajya Sabha member and party’s national spokesman Manoj Jha, Bihar RJD chief Ram Chandra Purve and others at the release of the party’s manifesto. The RJD also demanded from the Centre to make public the Socio Economic Caste Census (SECC) data, carried out by the UPA government. Releasing the manifesto, Tejashwi Prasad Yadav, also the leader of the opposition in the state, said that “it is not the manifesto of RJD, rather it is a ‘pratibadhta patra’ (commitment document) of the party”. A helpline number would be launched and a help centre set up in major cities of the country for the people of Bihar living outside the state, the manifesto said. The party would ensure that six per cent of gross domestic product be spent on education and four per cent on health, he said. “If our (party’s) government is formed in Bihar, then we will remove the ‘illegal’ tag on toddy and make it ‘legal’….The move to make toddy illegal has rendered many belonging to economically weaker sections jobless. “My father Lalu Prasad, when he was the chief minister, had abolished tax on toddy,” the RJD leader said. Replying to a query on his elder brother Tej Pratap Yadav’s recent activities, Tejashwi evaded a direct reply, saying “the press conference has been organized for releasing the manifesto today”. According to the seat-sharing formula for the 40 Lok Sabha seats in Bihar announced by the opposition ‘Mahagathbandhan’, 20 seats will be fought by the RJD and nine by the Congress. Of the 20 constituencies, the RJD has left the Ara seat to the CPI(ML) Liberation. Upendra Kushwaha’s Rashtriya Lok Samta Party (RLSP) and Mukesh Sahni’s Vikasheel Insan Party (VIP) will field candidates on five and three seats respectively. Former chief minister Jitan Ram Manjhi’s Hindustan Awam Morcha (HAM) has been given three seats. The seven-phase election in Bihar is scheduled from April 11 to May 19.last_img read more

Crude oil hits 5month low near 93 a barrel amid expected rise

Crude oil hits 5-month low near $93 a barrel amid expected rise in US supplies by The Associated Press Posted Nov 12, 2013 1:39 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – The price of oil sank two per cent Tuesday, hitting a five-month low, as the market anticipated another increase in domestic supplies.Benchmark West Texas Intermediate crude for December delivery fell $2.10, or 2.2 per cent, to close at US$93.04 a barrel in on the New York Mercantile Exchange. Oil has dropped about nine per cent in the past month.Expectations for another increase in U.S. crude supplies weighed on prices.Data for the week ended Nov. 8 is expected to show an increase of 1.8 million in crude oil stocks, according to a survey of analysts by Platts, the energy information arm of McGraw-Hill Cos. That would mark the eighth straight weekly increase.Markets also digested reports from the International Energy Agency and the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries.The Paris-based IEA said China and India would turn Asia into the world’s main driver of energy demand in coming years, while the United States is expected to be able to meet its energy needs from domestic sources by 2035.OPEC, headquartered in Vienna and representing some of the world’s largest oil exporters, including Saudi Arabia, Venezuela and Nigeria, kept forecasts for demand for its crude this year and next unchanged from a month ago but warned there were still risks to growth.“Although the global economy continues to improve, the pace of growth remains sluggish and near-term developments will need close monitoring,” OPEC said in its monthly report.Brent crude, the international benchmark, slipped 64 cents to US$105.54 a barrel on the ICE exchange in London.In other energy futures trading on Nymex, wholesale gasoline lost one cent to US$2.59 a U.S. gallon (3.79 litres), heating oil slipped four cents to US$2.85 a gallon and natural gas advanced four cents to US$3.62 per 1,000 cubic feet.(TSX:ECA), (TSX:IMO), (TSX:SU), (TSX:HSE), (NYSE:BP), (NYSE:COP), (NYSE:XOM), (NYSE:CVX), (TSX:CNQ), (TSX:TLM), (TSX:COS), (TSX:CVE) read more

Main parties campaign on health care jobs at start of Week 2

Main parties campaign on health care, jobs at start of Week 2 of B.C. election NDP Leader John Horgan arrives at a house for a campaign stop in Burnaby, B.C., on Monday, April 17, 2017. A provincial election will be held on May 9. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck by Laura Kane, The Canadian Press Posted Apr 17, 2017 11:47 am MDT Last Updated Apr 17, 2017 at 5:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email BURNABY, B.C. – New Democrat Leader John Horgan took aim on Monday at the Liberals’ failed pledge to match every British Columbian with a family doctor by promoting his party’s strategy to build team-based urgent care centres.The centres would be open evenings and weekends and would allow patients to see the care provider that fits their needs, whether it’s a doctor, nurse practitioner or counsellor, Horgan said at a campaign stop ahead of the May 9 election.Horgan said Christy Clark’s Liberals are letting down patients, who are waiting for hours at walk-in clinics or emergency rooms. The NDP said 700,000 people don’t have a family doctor, with 200,000 still looking for one.“It’s a fundamental right in Canada to access our public health care system. I will defend that to my last breath,” Horgan said.The NDP leader made the promise in Burnaby, flanked by two local residents who can’t find a family doctor. Sky Belt said her friend visited walk-in clinics several times for pain and was told she had anxiety before she was finally diagnosed with cancer.“Those months that she spent not having a family doctor have made her situation very critical,” Belt said.The Liberals estimated in 2013 that 200,000 British Columbians didn’t have a family doctor. They campaigned in 2010 and 2013 on providing a family doctor to every resident who wanted one by 2015, but conceded two years ago they would not meet their target.The website for the “GP For Me” program says 178,000 people who did not have a family doctor were able to get one by 2016. But B.C.’s population also grew by 162,600 between 2013 and 2016.The Liberal platform includes $2.7 billion for new hospitals, 500 additional long-term care beds and 5,500 more hip and knee surgeries.Campaigning in Campbell River, Clark highlighted her government’s record on helping business, such as phasing out the provincial sales tax on electricity that she said would save businesses $160 million a year, including pulp and paper companies on north Vancouver Island.Vancouver Island has been a stronghold for the NDP but Clark said the island has a successful economic record because of Liberal policies. She said the unemployment rate on the north island is half what it was under the last NDP government.“More people are working and our jobs plan has worked for British Columbia,” she said.“We’ve supported the private sector in creating thousands of jobs here and I don’t think people, whether in the south island, the mid-island or the north island, want to give up that prosperity. We want to keep this going.”Horgan’s promise was short on details, with no specific number of urgent-care centres an NDP government would build or a cost estimate. He said the party would shift priorities to make room in the existing health budget.“We want to assemble those teams in a cost-effective way,” he said.Later, Horgan visited Coquitlam’s Riverview Hospital, a shuttered mental-health institution, where he has promised to reopen some residential care facilities. The NDP would also establish a Ministry of Mental Health and Addictions to help people get timely and effective treatment.Green party Leader Andrew Weaver, who is campaigning on a promise to “do politics differently,” unveiled his party’s platform on democratic reform in Victoria.He said his party would establish a public watchdog to oversee government advertising and communications, block cabinet ministers from engaging in partisan fundraising, ban corporate, union and out-of-province donations, and place limits on individual contributions that would be in line with current federal limits.The Liberals, and to a lesser extent the NDP, have faced intense scrutiny over lavish fundraisers and unlimited donations. The NDP has promised to ban corporate and union donations if elected, while the Liberals would convene a panel to make recommendations. The Greens banned corporate and union donations in September.Weaver also promised to introduce proportional representation.“British Columbians have lost trust in their government — and rightfully so,” he said in a statement. “We have a duty to regain that trust and to demonstrate through action that the government is there to serve British Columbians — not politicians.”— Follow @ellekane on Twitter. read more

Brock community rolls up its sleeves

Karen Belfry, a first-year Biomedical Sciences student, chats with Joe Kenny, Brock’s head athletic therapist, at the blood donor clinic on Nov. 5.Faculty, staff and students rolled up their sleeves on Nov. 5 for Brock’s first on-campus blood donor clinic in a decade.Donors at a clinic in the Ian Beddis Gymnasium contributed to Brock’s goal of collecting 100 units of blood this year. The goal is part of a student-led blood drive offered in partnership with Canadian Blood Services.In recent years, there has been a problem finding space to hold an on-campus blood clinic, said Kristen Smith, manager of Student Life and Community Experience.But blood drive volunteers are used to being mobile. On the first Wednesday of every month, a shuttle transports students to the local Canadian Blood Services office to give blood. The shuttle leaves at 10 a.m., 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Participants can sign up at the Welcome Desk in the Schmon Tower. As always, potential donors can always call 1-888-2-DONATE.Regular faculty, staff and student blood donors who give outside of the drive are asked to tell Canadian Blood Services that they are from Brock so their donation will contribute to the university’s total.Canadian Blood Services recognized Brock’s efforts at the annual Honouring Our Lifeblood recognition ceremony in May.Sam Shannon, a first-year Psychology student, gives blood. read more

Cold case sexual assault unit expanding with 14 million federal rant

In 2018, the office hired a victim advocate, investigator, prosecutor and a SAKI coordinator and established a Cold Case Unit after receipt of a nearly $3 million grant. The original funds also allowed for the testing of an additional 1,424 SAFE kits not previously identified, the hiring of a cold case investigator for Kentucky State Police (KSP), a University of Louisville backlog research project and the formation of a SAKI task force.With the new grant funds, they will hire another investigator, permanently detailed to the Louisville Metro Police Department (LMPD), and a crime analyst for the Cold Case Unit. In an effort to assist in the identification of a suspect in the cases in which a DNA profile has been developed but there is no identified perpetrator, funding will support specialized DNA testing for up to 50 kits. The funding will also support overtime for KSP lab personnel working to crack these cases. Related Article: Harrison County awarded $340,000 for pavement improvementsKentucky is only one of the few states that has tested every backlogged SAFE kit. Grants Image via MGN Online FRANKFORT, KY. (WTVQ) – Attorney Generals Office has been awarded a $1.4 million federal grant to expand its Sexual Assault Cold Case Unit and further investigate and prosecute sexual assault cold cases, many of which resulted from the state’s Sexual Assault Forensic Exam (SAFE) kit backlog discovered in 2015.They say the three-year Sexual Assault Kit Initiative (SAKI) grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Justice is the second grant they have received.- Advertisement – read more

Easy job for Barca in Montpellier

6. Montpellier HB11317293:320(-27)7 7. IFK Kristianstad11218319:347(-28)5 ← Previous Story EHF CL: Flensburg demolish Kiel! Next Story → Women’s EHF CL: Budućnost beat Gyor in biggest EURO derby! 1. FC Barcelona Lassa11812336:303(33)17 4. Rhein-Neckar Löwen11713298:279(19)15 8. KIF Kolding Kobenhavn111010280:349(-69)2 5. HC Vardar11605313:282(31)12 3. KS Vive Tauron Kielce11632338:319(19)15 2. MOL-Pick Szeged11713324:302(22)15 FC Barcelona FC Barcelona celebrated another away win which put Spanish champions ahead of the rivals in the race for the first place in Preliminary Round and direct place to the VELUX EHF Champions League quarter-finals. French Montpellier were too weak to endanger reigning EHF CL champion 31:23 (15:11).Kiril Lazarov was the first shooter on the match with nine goals in the winning squad.23 – Montpellier Handball (11+12): Gerard (Siffert, m.14 a 45); Gajic (8,1p), Villeminot (3), Gaber (4), Simonet (2), Fábregas (1), Borges (1), Dolenec (1) Esteki (-), Anquetil (-), Toumí (2) y Kavticnik (1).31 – FC Barcelona (15+16): Saric (Pérez de Vargas); Gurbindo (-), Lazarov (9,1p), Syprzak (2), Sarmiento (1), Jallouz (2), Sigurdsson (4), Viran Morros (-), Sorhaindo (-), Víctor Tomás (5), Raúl Entrerríos (3), Noddesbo (4) y Ariño (1).STANDINGS: read more

This Weeks Best YouTube Videos Nuclear Boy Black Friday First Person Mario

first_imgRebecca Black’s music video to “Friday,” a song that she selected – not wrote – has been on YouTube since February 10th. It had racked up maybe a thousand views in that time, but in the past week, it’s rocketed to close to 17 million. Why? She was featured on a couple of Web sites and variety shows that made fun of her for her admittedly not-great singing voice and the heavy use of autotune and other vocal effects in the video. That’s right – she went from 1,000 views to nearly 17 million because the Internet descended to take part in a huge collective beatdown of one girl whose singing isn’t great, but it’s not the worst I’ve heard. We’re such an upstanding bunch. Rebecca Black – Friday (Official Video) YouTube superstar FreddieW churned out another hit this week. This video answered the question: what if Super Mario Bros. was a first person game instead of a 2D side-scroller? Would those Goombas bearing down on you and the complete inability to move in more than 2 directions terrify you more? Now let’s toss in some classic FPS elements: rank, achievements, and kill counters. The result is a whole new game that’s hilarious and interesting – and that looks like fun to play. Emerson – Mommy’s Nose is Scary! (Original) Driver Films Moment His Car is Engulfed By Tsunami Earthquakes, tsunamis, and now a nuclear crisis and on-going humanitarian effort are all still clear and present in our minds: Japan has a long way to go before everything is normal again, and for thousands of people whose lives and livelihoods have been changed, things will never be “normal.” Even so, most of the attention of the past week has been centered on the nuclear issues at the Fukushima Daiichi plant on the Northeastern coast. Experts are talking about it at length on television, and people all over the world have weighed in with their opinions and interpretations. If you’re not a scientist, you want a way to understand the situation, or even better, want a way to describe the situation to young people who are paying attention to the news, Nuclear Boy – an adorable animated primer to the whole situation and the issue of nuclear power and safety–is a must-watch. You’ll understand quite a bit more after you’re done. The first thing to know about this clip is that the driver escaped, lived to tell the tale and share the video, and is doing well, although he’s minus one perfectly good car. Now that’s out of the way however, put yourself in his shoes: imagine how terrifying it must have been to just be driving in your car and see a massive wall of water come up over the embankment and sweep over your vehicle. Honestly scary, isn’t it? Now: go do your part to help relief efforts in Japan, and give some thought to disaster preparedness in your own home.  When other people near us are sick or ill and start to blow their nose, we usually notice in passing, but most people can’t really say they’ve been outright terrified of someone else’s nose-blowing. This baby, however, bears the face of sheer terror every time his mother blows her nose. Admittedly, when she stops, he’s all smiles and laughter, but when she starts again? That face right there is the face of pure fear. Oh, and you should all know how hard it was to not ditch the original video and go with the Emerson/Inception trailer instead. (Subbed) Nuclear Boy First Person Mario Have you ever wondered what Super Mario Bros. would look like as a first person shooter? Maybe you’ve watched coverage of last week’s earthquake and the ensuing tsunami in Japan and wondered exactly how terrifying it would be to be there? Maybe you’re not quite sure about the ongoing nuclear crisis in Japan, and could use a primer. There are videos for all of those questions and topics in this week’s YouTube roundup.An adorable animation that describes the nuclear issue in Japan so clearly that a child could understand it (and that probably needs to be run on major news networks here in the US,) an amazing video from a driver’s dashboard camera as the tsunami comes up over the seawall next to his vehicle and engulfs him (he manages to escape,) a baby who is honestly terrified of his mother’s nose, and a video of some lady singing that no one really noticed until the Internet converged to make fun of her. Stay classy, Internet.last_img read more

Papandreou cabinet a breath of fresh air

first_imgThe Cabinet announced by newly elected Greek Prime Minister, George Papandreou on Tuesday combined new faces in politics with experience of working in international and European insititutions as well as experienced members of PASOK. who have been Ministers in previous PASOk governments A notable highlight is the appointment of 9 women to ministerial positions in cabinetPapandreou fulfilled his promise for “a lean and effective government”  by cutting back to 14 the number of ministries. The sweeping restructuring of government announced on Tuesday included two Ministries to deal with issues of the economy and finance.His Pasok party’s finance spokeswoman, Louka Katseli, was named to take on the economy ministry.Katseli is a 57-year-old economics professor who taught at Yale University in the United States and worked at the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development.He also named Georges Papakonstantinou, a 49-year-old graduate of the London School of Economics, to the finance ministry.Apart from the expanded economics ministry, Papandreou announced the creation of a new Ministry for Citizens’ Protection with responsibility for the police, fire department and civil protection. He appointed Michalis Chryssohoidis to the post, who previously served as minister for public order from 1999 to 2003 and is credited with catching and dismantling Greece’s deadliest urban terrorist group, November 17, during his term in office. The upgraded citizen’s protection ministry comes into effect to improve policing and fire prevention after two massive wildfire disasters in the space of two years.Likewise, Papandreou created an independent environment, energy and climate change ministry, splitting in two the previous cabinet position that combined environmental policy with public works. The public works ministry, in turn, has been combined with the previous transport ministry to create a super-Ministry of Infrastructure, Transport and Networks. Greece’s other big earner, tourism, was placed under the culture ministry, which oversees archaeological sites and museums and put under Pavlos Geroulanos, a member of the prime minister’s inner circle and a close advisor.The prime minister named Evangelos Venizelos in the defence portfolio and put his old confidant, Yannis Ragoussis in charge of the interior ministry.Ragousis, a 43-year-old economist and former mayor of the island of Paros, has served as minister in several earlier governments and is a senior party member.The Ministerial ListThe Ministerial list is as follows:Prime Minister: George PapandreouDeputy Prime Minister: Theodore PangalosInterior, Decentralization and Electronic Governance Minister: Yiannis RagoussisFinance: George PapaconstantinouForeign Affairs: George PapandreouDefence: Evangelos VenizelosEconomy, Competitiveness and Shipping: Louka KatseliEnvironment, Energy and Climate Change: Tina BirbiliEducation and Religious Affairs: Anna DiamantopoulouInfrastructure, Transport and Networks: Dimitris ReppasLabor and Social Security: Andreas LoverdosHealth and Social Solidarity: Mariliza XenogiannakopoulouAgriculture and Food: Katerina BatzeliJustice, Transparency and Human Rights: Haris KastanidisCitizen’s Protection: Michalis ChryssohoidisCulture and Tourism: Pavlos GeroulanosState Minister: Haris Pamboukis Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

LAutorité de régulation financière américaine enquête sur Facebook

first_imgL’Autorité de régulation financière américaine enquête sur FacebookLa Sec, Securities and Exchange Commission, aurait envoyé des lettres à plusieurs personnes détenant des actions de Facebook et Twitter, pour obtenir des informations, a révélé le Wall Street Journal. Les négociations de titres de sociétés comme Facebook ou Twitter, qui engrangent des milliards, font l’objet d’un véritable marché fantôme. Un marché qui permet à ces entreprises de prospérer et qui passe par des plateformes en ligne comme SharesPost ou SecondMarket, indique EasyBourse.com.Ce que souhaite alors la Sec, l’autorité de régulation financière américaine, c’est vérifier qu’une règle précise soit bien respectée par ces compagnies : chaque société privée ne doit pas avoir plus de 500 actionnaires. Si cette règle n’est pas respectée, Facebook, Twitter et autres ont pour obligation de rendre publiques des informations financières importantes. Une action qui les pousserait alors à s’introduire en bourse, comme l’ont fait Microsoft et Google.Le Wall Street Journal révèle que Facebook, qui pèse aujourd’hui 42,37 milliards de dollars (31,6 milliards d’euros), a une politique de transaction en interne. Ses salariés ne peuvent pas vendre des actions. Ainsi le nombre d’actionnaires est limité. Ceux qui peuvent les revendre sont donc les anciens employés, qui n’ont plus à suivre cette contrainte.La Sec craint aujourd’hui un principal écueil : que se passerait-il si une entité réalisait un investissement, et représentait en réalité plusieurs investisseurs ? Combien d’actionnaires seraient alors pris en compte ? Un, ou bien le nombre d’investisseurs sous-jacents ?Pour l’instant, l’enquête de la SEC ne fait que débuter. La direction de l’Autorité de régulation américaine n’a pas souhaité faire de commentaire. Le 31 décembre 2010 à 12:17 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Scientists MalwareInfused DNA Not Present Threat

first_img We Now Know the DNA of GuacamoleDNA From Tooth Solves Shark Bite Mystery, 25 Years Later Scientists have successfully infected a computer with malicious code stored on a strand of DNA.What sounds like the plot of an upcoming sci-fi blockbuster is actually the latest findings from the University of Washington’s Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering.“We wanted to understand what new computer security risks are possible in the interaction between biomolecular information and the computer systems that analyze it,” according to the multidisciplinary team.Troubled by basic weaknesses in open-source software, researchers Peter Ney, Karl Koscher, and Lee Organick took an unconventional route to demonstrate found vulnerabilities.The group designed a malware-infused synthetic DNA strand, which, when sequenced by the compromised computer, gave remote control of the program.“We were able to remotely exploit and gain full control over a computer using adversarial synthetic DNA,” a news release said.Researchers (left to right): Lee Organick, Karl Koscher, Peter Ney (via Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering, University of Washington)Don’t start sounding the Doomsday alarms just yet: There is no evidence that DNA data is under attack.(Honestly, who is going to spend the time synthesizing malicious strands and hunting out relevant vulnerabilities, anyway?)These results, “while scientifically interesting,” the researchers said, are merely a “first step” toward better understanding computer security in this ecosystem.We shouldn’t ignore its implications for the future, though.In conversation with TechCrunch, Organick said a doctored biological sample “could indeed be used as a vector for malicious DNA to get processed.” But the procedure is so convoluted, with too many technical challenges, to even be considered right now, she added.“We do want scientists thinking about this so they can hold the DNA analysis software they write to the appropriate security standards so that this never makes sense to become a potential attack vector in the first place,” the doctoral student told TechCrunch.Everyday humans, especially, should not panic: This exploit applies only to specifically designed deoxyribonucleic acid used to affect computer programs—not living organisms.Learn more in the official paper, which will be presented at next week’s USENIX Security Symposium in Vancouver.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on targetlast_img read more

Save an Extra 15 Percent Off on the WWE Slam Crate

first_imgWWE Slam Crate: 3-Month Subscription (US Only) – $75.98See Deal Stay on target Sonic Soak Is the Tiny Washing Machine That Goes AnywhereThis $500 SEO Tool Is Only $24 Today center_img If you’ve got a WWE fan on your shopping list, get them a gift they’ll appreciate for months. Save 33 percent on a three-month subscription to the WWE Slam Crate and pay just $75.98 — Plus save an extra 15% when you use the code MERRY15 at check out.The WWE Slam Crate isn’t just another work-a-day gift. In wrestling terms, it’s like going to the turnbuckle, climbing to the top rope, and landing a body slam for an easy three count. Every month, subscribers will receive a box in the mail that contains anywhere from four to six collectible WWE items that have a combined value of at least $60. That means, over the course of the entire three-month subscription, you’ll get a minimum of $180 worth of merchandise.The fun part of the WWE Slam Crate is that you never know what you are going to get from month to month. It’s like having a Christmas morning every four weeks. Past crates have contained things like exclusive t-shirts, action figures, pins, drinks coasters, and even a lunch bag so, chances are, there’ll be at least a few things in each crate that your WWE fan will enjoy.This is truly something that every pro wrestling fan needs to have. Use the code MERRY15 to save an extra 15 percent off our already discounted price of $75.98 on a three-month subscription to the WWE Slam Crate today.last_img read more

LBT loses Long Island third most votes

first_img Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, May 11, 2017 – Nassau – Former Free National Movement (FNM) leader in Parliament and Long Island MP Loretta Butler-Turner has lost her constituency following yesterday’s general election.   Butler-Turner ran as an independent candidate after a coup that saw Minnis removed as leader of the Opposition in the HOA.   In a message on her Facebook page after the announcement of results, Butler-Turner congratulated MP-Elect, FNM candidate Adrian Gibson who garnered 831 votes from nine polling divisions in the Long Island Constituency.   Butler-Turner received 193 votes while Progressive Liberal Party candidate Glendon Rolle received 489 votes.  It is not clear if this is the end of Butler-Turner’s political career. In her concession message she said, “I have fought a good fight. I have finished my course.” Butler-Turner also thanked those who voted for her and supported the campaign saying that it was an honour and privilege to serve as MP. #MagneticMediaNews#LorettaButlerTurner#LBTlosesLongIsland Related Items:#LBTlosesLongIsland, #LorettaButlerTurner, #magneticmedianews Loretta Butler-Turner leaving politics for goodlast_img read more

Food Scientist Visits Myanmar to Talk Soy Drinks

first_imgDr. Zach Liu meets with the Europe and Asia Commercial (EAC) staff.Dr. Zach Liu, a food scientist with the Northern Crops Institute (NCI) in Fargo, N.D., spent a week in Myanmar (sometimes called Burma) meeting with food manufacturers and the trade industry to discuss using soy in beverages.Liu met with the two companies that received soybean variety samples, provided by four Red River Valley exporters, suitable for manufacturing soymilk.While in Myanmar, Liu presented on soy beverages at a Food Science and Technology Association (FOSTA) of Myanmar seminar. The seminar was organized by the American Soybean Association/World Initiative for Soy in Human Health (ASA/WISHH) and attended by 22 FOSTA members.During his trip, Liu answered numerous questions on the concept of identity-preserved soybeans, proper soybean storage, processing methods and the required equipment to manufacture soy beverages.The North Dakota Soybean Council provided the funding for Liu’s trip.last_img read more

Officials Florida man says cocaine on his nose is not his

first_imgAs deputies were arresting him, he insisted that the cocaine on his nose was not his.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. TAMPA, FLA. (WSVN) – A Florida man tried to convince authorities that the cocaine found on his nose did not belong to him, deputies said.Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office took to Facebook to share the traffic stop, Monday morning.The post says deputies pulled over a car in which 20-year-old Fabricio Jimenez was a passenger.One of the deputies noticed a white powdery substance on his nose and recognized it as powder cocaine.“Jimenez’s nose was swabbed and a test yielded positive results for cocaine content,” the post read.During a search of his backpack, deputies found 250 grams of marijuana and 13 Xanax pills. last_img read more

Haines Brewing moves to new bigger location

first_imgDownload AudioThe Haines Brewing Company has started pouring its Dalton Trail Pale Ale and Lookout Stout at a new, much bigger location. The brewery opened the doors last week at its new Main Street facility.last_img

Union Budget 2015 Jaitley Seeks to Boost Investment Ensure People Benefit

first_imgFinance Minister Arun Jaitley on Saturday announced a budget aimed at high growth, saying the pace of cutting the fiscal deficit would slow as he seeks to boost investment and ensure that ordinary people benefit.Jaitley, delivering his first full-year budget since Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s landslide election victory last May, said growth would accelerate to between 8 and 8.5 percent in the fiscal year starting in April. A pace of 7.4 percent is expected for the current year.”India is about to take off,” Jaitley, 62, said early in his speech to lawmakers. “The world is predicting that this is India’s chance to fly.”He forecast inflation at 5 percent by the end of the fiscal year ending March 2016, undershooting the Reserve Bank of India’s 6 percent target and creating room to cut interest rates. Annual inflation was 5.1 percent in January.Jaitley said he would stand by the fiscal deficit target for the 2014/15 fiscal year, which ends March 31, of 4.1 percent of gross domestic product.But he pushed back by a year, to 2017/18, a deadline for cutting the deficit to 3 percent of GDP. In 2015/16, the deficit will be 3.9 percent of GDP, above the 3.6 percent target inherited from the last government.The Nifty was up 0.2 percent at 0625 GMT in a special Saturday trading session, paring earlier gains of as much as 1 percent after Jaitley’s deficit announcement.”The 3.9 percent number will be negative for the markets,” said Ananth Narayan, regional head of global markets at Standard Chartered in Mumbai.For full coverage click hereROAD AND RAILIndia’s budget concentrates a year’s economic policymaking into a single speech, and the range of measures Jaitley announced included a monetary policy overhaul, a bankruptcy code and the creation of a public debt management agency.Jaitley, who underwent surgery last year to treat his diabetes, sat down around 20 minutes into his speech and continued to deliver his address from the government’s front bench.Reaping the benefits of low global prices for oil, India’s main import, Modi’s nationalist government says it is in a sweet spot with spare cash to modernize roads and railways without busting fiscal deficit and inflation targets.Jaitley announced an increase of 700 billion Indian rupees ($11.4 billion) in road and rail investments next year and announced that the government would commission five “ultra-mega” generation projects to end chronic power shortages.The government would seek to boost the efficiency of a rural job creation scheme that is India’s costliest welfare programme. It would also boost direct welfare payments into bank accounts, and gradually replace benefits in kind.An overhaul of economic data has propelled India to the top of the league of fast-growing major economies, and the current account deficit is projected to fall below 1 percent next year, which would help stabilize the rupee and build up reserves.But expectations for a further shift in expenditure from subsidies to infrastructure are sky high among investors who made India the best performing stock market in Asia after China last year on hopes Modi’s government brings sweeping reforms to labour, tax and land laws.”The settings are just right for Finance Minister Arun Jaitley to shun gradualism and go for broke,” the Hindustan Times wrote in an editorial.last_img read more

Give greater focus on academic activities PM

first_imgPrime minister Sheikh HasinaPrime minister Sheikh Hasina on Saturday asked the authorities concerned to give special attention to academic activities in their educational institutions, reports UNB.”Our students are talented ones. We’re giving them all sorts of facilities. Why cannot they pass examinations? So, I think special attention will have to given to all institutions whether academic activities are properly run there,” she said.The prime minister made the remarks while formally inaugurating the free textbook distribution programme and receiving the results of this year’s Primary Education Completion (PEC), Ebtedayee, Junior School Certificate (JSC), Junior Dakhil Certificate (JDC) and equivalent examinations at her official residence Ganabhaban in the city.She opened the free textbook distribution programme by handing over books of primary and secondary level students for the 2018 academic year.Hasina directed the authorities concerned to formulate time-befitting curricula for the students to keep pace with the modern world. “The world is changing fast. So, we’ll have to prepare time-befitting curricula,” she said.The PM said her government has been doing everything necessary for creating educated generation to take the country towards the desired target.Terming education assets, Hasina advised the students to develop themselves as well-educated adding that no one can steal or snatch education.Receiving the results of PEC and Ebtedayee examinations, the prime minister expressed satisfaction at the pass rate. “The pass rate is good… our students are meritorious.”Hasina said students regained their confidence through appearing in the exams, which is very essential.”Bangladesh was almost in the dark age from 2001 to 2008,” Hasina said.”We’ve taken initiatives again after forming the government following the 2008 election. So, the literacy rate now stands at 72 percent according to official statistics. Actually, the rate is higher than it,” she said.The prime minister said the dropout rate has declined and students are becoming attentive to their studies due to the government’s steps.Education minister Nurul Islam Nahid handed over the results of JSC and JDC examinations to the prime minister, while primary and mass education minister Mustafizur Rahman formally handed over the PEC and Ebtedayee results.The chairmen of eight general education boards and madrasa and technical education boards separately handed over the JSC and JDC exam results of their respective board to Sheikh Hasina.last_img read more

Smithsonian Experts Help Harvey Survivors Restore Family Treasures

first_imgThursday, Oct. 5Unit 166 (former Goodwill store)Gateway Shopping Center3871 Stagg DriveBeaumont, TX 7770111 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Co-sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Smithsonian Institution, the Heritage Emergency National Task Force is a partnership of 42 national service organizations and federal agencies. It was created to protect cultural heritage from the damaging effects of natural disasters and other emergencies. Allison LeeSurvivors of Hurricane Harvey can learn how to salvage household treasures damaged by the storm. Smithsonian Institution preservation experts will be at State of Texas/FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers this week.Among the heirlooms that might be salvageable are photos, artwork, quilts, important documents, and other keepsakes. The experts will discuss how to handle, dry, and clean these items.  They will also discuss personal safety during the salvage process, and treatment options.Part of the Heritage Emergency National Task Force, the Smithsonian experts are visiting these locations: Wednesday, Oct. 4263 Greenspoint Mall12300 North FreewayHouston, TX 7706011 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Sharelast_img read more

DC Public School Student Accepted to Five Ivy League Universities

first_imgNext year jitters are a little different for one Black high school student raised in D.C. He was accepted to five Ivy League colleges for the 2014-2015 school year.Avery Coffey grew up in a single-parent home in Ward 8, one of the poorest areas of the city. Now, however, he has a choice of attending Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Brown and the University of Pennsylvania. Four of the universities that accepted him have already offered financial aid packages, however a package from Harvard is still pending.Coffey, 17 attends Benjamin Banneker Academic High School in Northwest and has a 4.3 grade point average. He also plays four sports including baseball, basketball, tennis and soccer. According to Fox News, he wants to major in finance. “I guess probably the CEO of an investment (or management consulting) firm. I guess pretty much overseeing acquisitions or transactions between large companies, hopefully, Fortune 500 companies,” Coffey told Fox.News reports indicate Coffey is still deciding between the universities, but told Fox he is leaning toward Harvard and the University of Pennsylvania.Coffey is coming from one of D.C.’s aspiring academic high schools known for having a rigorous academic curriculum. Banneker’s 439 students are not allowed to bring a cell phone into the school building or go to their lockers during the school day, Fox News said. The school is the only D.C. Public School authorized to offer students the opportunity to earn the prestigious International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB). According to Banneker’s website, the IB Diploma Programme incorporates the best elements of several national educational systems with a focus on academic rigor, an international perspective and the interrelationship of all knowledge.last_img read more