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Australian Sport Online – February


first_imgThe official e-newsletter of the Australian Sports Commission (ASC) Not a member? Subscribe now Pacific Islander recognised as Sport Coordinator by ASC It is with much excitement that I inform you of two highly significant developments for Australian sport. On Friday the 11 February, the Commonwealth and State and Territory Ministers for Sport and Recreation unanimously endorsed the first National Sport and Active Recreation Policy Framework (the Framework), and also endorsed a proposed National Institute System Intergovernmental Agreement (the Agreement) to guide high performance sport. Call for Australian sport organisations to tell their story In this edition Connect with us on Don’t miss out on any upcoming events. Check our events calendar Team Buller Skiing awarded $10 000 grant View articles about: A message from the CEO Outstanding success for Paralympic athletes at world championships What did you think of the articles? Please send us your feedback to improve the newsletter. Australian Paralympians win eight gold and silver, and seven bronze in 2012 Paralympic qualifiers PARTICIPATING IN SPORT AUSTRALIAN INSTITUTE OF SPORT Green and Gold project funds Olympic sports Queensland AASC staff raced to be ready for 2011 school year February 2011  |  ausport.gov.au  |  Subscribe now Australian Institute of Sport  |  Supporting Sport  |  Participating in Sport Queensland children return to school with support from AASC Triple gold to Australia in snowboard world championships Golden run for Nathan Johnstone, Holly Crawford and Alex Pullin Participant to leader: providing sport for development opportunities in the Pacific Green and Gold project funds Olympic sports Read the full message Australian Institute of Sport marks 30 years as world leader Leadership grant to help more young women hit the slopes We value your feedback ASC research identifies ethical issues facing grassroots sport Australian Institute of Sport marks 30 years as world leader SUPPORTING SPORT ASC research to guide sports integrity strategy Government announces $2.5m for top Olympic sports and athletes ASC research to guide sports integrity strategy What did you think of the articles? Please send us your feedback to improve the newsletter. Minister for Sport Mark Arbib celebrates AIS’s successes on 30th anniversary The ASC invites sports to contribute to ASO email newsletter Subscribe now What did you think of the articles? We value your feedback Call for Australian sport organisations to tell their storylast_img read more


Data scandal threatens Zuckerberg vision for Facebook


Citation: Data scandal threatens Zuckerberg vision for Facebook (2018, March 20) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-03-scandal-threatens-zuckerberg-vision-facebook.html “If the business model is predicated on selling user data, it can seem as democratic as you want but it’s serving a surveillance function that undermines democratic values,” Young said. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is seen in 2013 explaining his mission “to make the world more open and connected” Mark Zuckerberg’s ambitious vision for Facebook spawned one of the world’s most powerful companies, but he now faces a moment of reckoning as it becomes clear the social network has been hijacked and manipulated for very different ends.Snowballing revelations on the misuse of the Facebook platform to spread disinformation, and to harvest personal data in ways users had never imagined, risks undermining the very business model underpinning the social media giant.Zuckerberg took an idea hatched in his Harvard dormitory and created a network connecting more than two billion people, crushing competing social networks while imagining new ways to connect friends to each other—and for marketers to reach users.The rise of social media fuelled a wave of optimism about empowering ordinary people, notably following the Arab Spring uprisings starting in 2010.”I had the feeling in 2011 that digital technologies were inherently democratic and would fuel democratic revolutions around the globe,” said Dannagal Young, a University of Delaware professor who studies social media.Young said these networks did indeed help propel the Arab Spring, as well as social movements like Black Lives Matter or #MeToo—but that the public had failed to grasp their darker side.”People use these platforms and do not understand the economic model,” Young said.”They don’t understand what is being commodified, as is everything they do and everything they share.”Eliminating gatekeepersWhile social networks appear to empower individuals by doing away with “gatekeepers”—such as the traditional mass media, or political authorities—the selling of user data can have the opposite effect. First it was “move fast and break things.” Then it was “connecting the world” and “building a global community.” Facebook’s reputation has been tarnished ever since 2016, following disclosures of Russian-led efforts to influence the US election—notably by spreading “fake news” and other forms of disinformation on social media.But things got markedly worse following weekend revelations that data on 50 million users was culled by a British-based political firm working on Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, prompting calls for investigations on both sides of the Atlantic.Zuckerberg, who began touring the United States after the presidential election, sparking speculation he might run for top office, last year offered his vision of a “global community” as more people become disillusioned with troubled political institutions.”The world feels anxious and divided, and Facebook has a lot of work to do,” the 33-year-old wrote.But first of all, Zuckerberg will need to focus on the more immediate mission he set himself earlier this year: to “fix” his embattled social network.’Polluted by bad actors’Roger Kay, a technology analyst and consultant for Endpoint Technologies Associates, noted that Facebook is just one of many online firms that make use of detailed digital records on its users’ activities, which can rarely be expunged.”Facebook adds to this, but it’s not the cause of the problem,” Kay said. “The problem is your long-term digital footprint.”Young, of the University of Delaware, voiced optimism that users can regain better control over their Facebook data—as more people learn about online privacy and how to determine what is shared about them.”We as users have a lot more control than we think,” she said. Explore further “If enough users go in and change their settings Facebook will be forced to respond. I do think there is a fix but it requires a whole lot of learning.”Then comes the issue of disinformation—which Facebook has been under mounting pressure to combat.Emily Vraga, a George Mason University professor of communication, said Facebook has taken positive steps in ferreting out false information in recent months.”But I would like to see even more of that,” she said.One way, she said, would be making Facebook’s algorithm available.”I do think the public should be more aware” of how the network operates, she said.For Young, both Facebook and Zuckerberg appear to have assumed that “when you crowdsource things the truth will come out”—a belief that appears naive in light of the “fake news” phenomenon.”It could be that 98 percent of people on Facebook do it in good faith,” she said, but “it doesn’t take a lot to undermine that system.”Kay also voiced doubt over Facebook’s ultimate ability to eliminate all malicious content without examining every item on its platform—an impossible task.”They can’t curate something with two billion users, there aren’t enough editors out there,” he said. “And if they held up the content, the users would go away.”He also notes that Facebook is not the first digital firm to be manipulated in such a way.”Social networks have come and gone,” Kay said. “They are first seen as an amazing way to connect people and then they become polluted by bad actors.” UK lawmaker: Facebook misled Parliament over data leak risk Mark Zuckerberg said this year his mission is to “fix” the problems of the social network © 2018 AFP Facebook “likes” are part of data profiles which can be scraped by marketers and others 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. read more


Plymouth startup creates One Spot app to streamline work of property managers


For apartment building owners, Google Fiber can be a tough sell Explore further Citation: Plymouth startup creates One Spot app to streamline work of property managers (2018, April 27) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-04-plymouth-startup-app-property.html Whether it’s the condition of the HVAC system or the locations of the utility meters, his team would jot down details on paper and take photos before the findings were cut and pasted together to form a report, a process that could take several weeks.But with the help of new Twin Cities property management software One Spot, Jackson’s team can complete their assessments in a fraction of the time and save a large chunk of money.”It takes an enormous amount of time to put these together. … Now, we can turn and burn these things,” said Jackson, vice president of Engineering and Property Services at the Twin Cities office of real estate company Colliers International.One Spot had its full commercial launch last month as a tool for property inspectors, tenants and primarily property managers who oversee the day-to-day maintenance of commercial properties like office buildings, industrial warehouses and retail strip malls.The Plymouth startup allows users to report on property repairs and assets in real-time. The mobile app lets property managers and tenants take photos of areas around their property that need repair and upload their geolocation points (the software is integrated with Google Maps). The points can be tagged with different categories and comments before they are e-mailed out for bids for contractors or pushed to internal team members. Tenants can also report issues and can see when a problem is fixed as well.”The commercial property manager, they are operating with things that are 10 years old. … Everything is so disorganized,” said Keith Pelatowski, chief executive of One Spot.Technology is better used in residential management of large apartment complexes than in commercial property management, Pelatowski said.Many times, property managers communicate with tenants and contractors through a mix of Snapchat, text, e-mail, and phone calls. But some communication can often fall through the cracks, Pelatowski said, with managers sometimes not hearing from tenants about issues, work being executed without managers and tenants knowing it was completed, and fees not being collected for work done. Before a client buys a commercial building, Tim Jackson’s team of maintenance technicians has to walk the property to check for any potential issues. 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. ©2018 Star Tribune (Minneapolis) Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC. One Spot is supposed to help streamline communication and improve the workflow, Pelatowski said.One Spot was the brainchild of Rich Byrne and Steve Bartz, co-owners of Twin City Outdoor Services, or TCOS, a concrete-replacement and snow-management company. Several years ago, TCOS created an internal digital platform to keep track of bid work more efficiently. The clients liked what they saw, which led Bartz and Byrne to invest in a platform that could serve a range of users. After about two years of development, One Spot was piloted last year by 30 property-management companies in the Twin Cities.”What is really exciting is the ‘user-centered design’ approach, which means our customers can directly shape the future of the software based on their input and needs—in order to solve their problems,” Byrne said in a statement.Colliers’ engineering and property services division helped to test the One Spot program and became an official client at the beginning of this year. According to a case study, One Spot on average reduced Colliers’ time spent on a property condition assessment report from 40 hours to six hours and the cost to complete the report from $769 to just $115.Utilizing One Spot has also had a beneficial impact on Colliers later winning more business to continue to provide maintenance for a property, Jackson said. While there are other technology services that Colliers could use, they normally cost more and have longer contracts, Jackson said.”The (One Spot) program and the economics fit well for us,” he said.Colliers’ property management division also piloted the program last year with some of its portfolio. After recently reviewing some of the program’s updates, the department is considering becoming an official client, said Brett Greenfield, portfolio manager at Colliers.”I think that it is a fantastic app and I think that it definitely can improve the lives of our property managers in certain situations,” he said.There are other improvements that the One Spot team is already planning. Future development could include augmented-reality technology and possibly 360 degree views to better service the inside of multilevel buildings and give One Spot “a bit of a competitive advantage,” Pelatowski said. The company plans to also expand its focus to include the property management of residential complexes. read more


Researchers find flaw in WhatsApp


first_img © 2018 AFP Researchers at Israeli cybersecurity firm said Wednesday they had found a flaw in WhatsApp that could allow hackers to modify and send fake messages in the popular social messaging app. CheckPoint said the vulnerability gives a hacker the possibility “to intercept and manipulate messages sent by those in a group or private conversation” as well as “create and spread misinformation”.The report of the flaw comes as the Facebook-owned is coming under increasing scrutiny as a means of spreading misinformation due to its popularity and convenience for forwarding messages to groups.Last month, the app announced limits of forwarding messages following threats by the Indian government to take action after more than 20 people were butchered by crazed mobs after being accused of child kidnapping and other crimes in viral messages circulated wildly on WhatsApp.WhatsApp said in a statement: “We carefully reviewed this issue and it’s the equivalent of altering an email to make it look like something a person never wrote.”However, WhatsApps said: “This claim has nothing to do with the security of end-to-end encryption, which ensures only the sender and recipient can read messages sent on WhatsApp.”The app noted it recently placed a limit on forwarding content, added a label to forwarded messages, and made a series of changes to group chats in order to tackle the challenge of misinformation.Founded in 2009 and purchased by Facebook in 2014, WhatsApp said that at the beginning of the year it had more than 1.5 billion users who exchanged 65 billion messages per day. Explore further WhatsApp curbs India service after lynchingscenter_img Social messaging app WhatsApp has more than 1.5 billion users who exchange some 65 billion messages per day Citation: Researchers find flaw in WhatsApp (2018, August 8) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-08-flaw-whatsapp.html 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


Startup creates printer that makes customized medicines for pets


first_imgA startup is using Purdue University-patented technology to produce precise, customized medicine for pets. Arun Giridhar is one of the co-founders of Pinpoint Pharma, a precision compounding pharmacy for veterinarians. Pinpoint Pharma has created a printer that is faster than traditional methods of making customized medicine that is tailored to each individual animal’s needs. Credit: Purdue Research Foundation image/Oren Darling Provided by Purdue University Pinpoint Pharma has created a device similar to an inkjet printer that can precisely dispense pharmaceuticals to meet a growing need for customized medication for pets. Credit: Purdue Research Foundation image/Oren Darling While it can take more than an hour to produce a batch of 100 to 300 capsules, Pinpoint Pharma’s printer cuts the total time per patient to 10 minutes, including cleanup, and is flexible on the product form suited to the individual pet.”We can make about one dose every second, or even faster,” Giridhar said. The printer also is more precise, using a tracking mechanism to record how many drops of medicine are dispensed in each dose and the volume of each drop, in real time. Typically making a batch of pills can have variances in potency between doses, Giridhar said.The printer also helps make potent medications that have a narrow therapeutic index, where small differences in dose concentration can lead to serious therapeutic failures or adverse drug reactions.”In such cases, it becomes important to dose very precisely,” Giridhar said.Giridhar said what sets Pinpoint Pharma apart is that the team has more experience in this field and the company has worked with a wide variety of medications.Earlier this year, the startup was chosen by gener8tor, a nationally ranked accelerator based in Milwaukee, for its gBETA program, a seven-week accelerator for early-stage companies with local roots. Pinpoint Pharma was one of five startups selected from 52 applicants for the inaugural Indiana cohort; gener8tor also operates programs in Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio and Minnesota. The program provides mentors, advice on business models and suggestions on ways to grow. It also gives the startups office space and up to $1 million in deals and perks from vendors.”Our experience with gBETA has helped Pinpoint Pharma move forward with our business model and develop new relationships with customers, mentors and investors,” Giridhar said. Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Researchers commercialize drug dosage printer to improve personalized medicine production, cut side effects Pinpoint Pharma has created a printer that is faster than traditional methods of making customized medicine. The company is among three startups receiving assistance from the Purdue Foundry and eight startups from Indiana that will be featured Sept. 5-7 at the TechCrunch Disrupt SF Conference in San Francisco.Pinpoint Pharma is a precision compounding pharmacy for veterinarians, ensuring that the medicine tailored to each individual animal’s needs is easier for pet owners to give and for pets to take, which optimizes clinical outcomes.Arun Giridhar, Pinpoint Pharma’s chief executive officer, and three faculty members of Purdue’s Department of Industrial and Physical Pharmacy and Davidson School of Chemical Engineering founded Pinpoint Pharma two years ago, and have been joined recently by Angela Demaree, a nationally known veterinarian, who received her DVM from Purdue. The goal was to create a device like an inkjet printer that could precisely dispense pharmaceuticals to meet a growing need for customized medication for pets instead of a one-size-fits-all approach generally taken.”When a pet has a specific requirement as determined by their vet, we can dispense the exact amounts and ratios of active ingredients needed for a pill, in a form and flavor that the specific pet will love,” Giridhar said.For pets, the one-size-fits-all method doesn’t always work.”Our medicine printer allows veterinarians to be very precise in serving an animal as an individual rather than as the average of a population.”Giridhar said Pinpoint Pharma’s medicine printer has two advantages over other methods used to make customized drug products: it is faster and more precise. Citation: Startup creates printer that makes customized medicines for pets (2018, September 5) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-09-startup-printer-customized-medicines-pets.htmllast_img read more


In El Chapos home state Mexicans bemoan his punishment far from home


first_imgCULIACAN, Mexico (Reuters) – Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman is never going back home to Sinaloa. A view of the “Saint Jesus Malverde” chapel in Culiacan, in Mexico’s state of Sinaloa, Mexico July 17, 2019. REUTERS/Jesus BustamanteThe Mexican drug lord will instead spend the rest of his days in lock-up thousands of miles away in the United States, after a judge on Wednesday sentenced Guzman to life in prison, plus 30 years. In Culiacan, the capital in Mexico’s northwestern state of Sinaloa, locals lamented that Mexicans were deprived of the chance to see the notorious capo tried, convicted and punished on his native soil. “He doesn’t stop being Mexican… He should be paying for his sins here in Mexico,” said Victor Estrada, who was at a public plaza in Culiacan. After an 11-week trial, a U.S. jury in February found Guzman guilty of trafficking tons of cocaine, heroin and marijuana and engaging in murder conspiracies as a leader of the Sinaloa Cartel, one of Mexico’s most treacherous drug trafficking groups. U.S. District Judge Brian Cogan has ordered Guzman to forfeit $12.6 billion. He also said Guzman deserved the harshest sentence possible because any potentially redeeming qualities were overshadowed by “overwhelming evil.” Nevertheless, many in Sinaloa treat Guzman as a Robin Hood figure who helped the poor mountain village where he grew up and neighbouring communities. At a Culiacan chapel dedicated to the folk saint of drug smugglers, Jesus Malverde, vendors sell figurines of a mustachioed Guzman wielding a rifle and grenades as well as framed photos of the drug lord, right alongside colourful rosaries and images of Jesus Christ. “He’s had his bad side, but for me he was a good person,” said Rafael Morales. “He helped Culiacan a lot… many people love him.” If he had been sent to prison in Mexico, at least his family would be able to visit, noted Karla Arellano, who called the sentencing unjust. “Whatever he may have done, he helped,” she said. Guzman was extradited in 2018 following two break-outs from Mexican jails – one purportedly in a laundry cart, the other through a mile-long tunnel. Given that record, Guzman will likely be sent to a Supermax prison in Florence, Colorado reserved for dangerous criminals. Brianda Lopez said the sentence was fair – and just as harsh as she expected – but agreed with others that Mexico should have had a role in his judgement. “It’s sad that a person who causes so much harm in his country has to be judged in another, and not his own,” she said. She added that although Guzman is behind bars, the drug trade’s cycle of violence and killing persists. Slideshow (6 Images)“We see crime everyday, every minute. We all know someone that was killed or a cousin of a friend that’s involved in drug trafficking,” she said. “He already has a successor; it doesn’t change anything.” Ismael “El Mayo” Zambada, Guzman’s long-time partner, is believed to have taken over Sinaloa Cartel operations since Guzman’s capture in 2016 and consolidated power for the cartel, which is the biggest drug distributor on U.S. streets. Miguel Soto, who left a candle at the Jesus Malverde chapel, said it was for the best that Guzman will be jailed far from home. “Here, it’s easier for him to escape than in the United States,” he said. Reporting by Jesus Bustamante, Writing by Daina Beth Solomon; Editing by Cynthia OstermanOur Standards:The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.last_img read more


Opposition flogging a dead horse BJP


first_imgManohar Parrikar had allayed fears on PMO’s role in Rafale deal: Nirmala Sitharaman SHARE SHARE EMAIL COMMENT Nirmala Sitharaman, Defence Minister   –  File photo Rafale jets to join IAF fleet soon: President Kovind February 08, 2019 RELATED Responding to The Hindu’s expose on the Rafale deal, the Centre and the BJP said both the newspaper and opposition parties are flogging a dead horse. The BJP fielded Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and HRD Minister Prakash Javdekar to defend Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his office, as the Opposition said the report made it clear that the Centre has something to hide.Sitharaman said in Lok Sabha that the report should have also carried the reply of the then Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar. “If the newspaper wanted to bring the truth out, I would have thought that it was incumbent upon that newspaper to put the reply of the then Raksha Mantri also on record,” she said. “The then Raksha Mantri, Parrikar, had very clearly said… in response to the file noting of the then Defence Secretary… ‘remain calm, there is nothing to worry, things are going all right’,” she added.She said that the PMO’s enquiries about the progress of any work cannot be construed as an interference and added that every question on Rafale is over and done with. “The newspaper and the opposition parties are flogging a dead horse. In other words, they are like what the PM said yesterday (Thursday)… playing into the hands of multi-national corporations and with vested interests keeping the issue alive,” she claimed. “They are not interested in the Indian Air Force getting powerful. They are not interested in the Indian Air Force becoming empowered. They are working to the tunes of multi-national corporate warfare ,” she said. Javadekar said the “lie-manufacturing factory” of Rahul Gandhi continues to operate and “he has served us yet another lie”. “We absolutely reject his allegations,” Javadekar told reporters. “Rahul Gandhi and the Congress are working to get the Rafale deal scrapped. They are playing into the hands of foreign forces and companies with vested interests,” he added. He reiterated the BJP’s allegation that the UPA government had finalised the Rafale deal in 2011 but did not go ahead with it because it had not got any commission. “There cannot be a deal in a Congress government without any commission,” said Javadekar. “The Supreme Court has said there is no scam in the Rafale deal. Gandhi does not accept it. Repeating a lie would not make it true,” he added. politics SHARE COMMENTS Defence Secretary’s note on Rafale strong evidence against Modi: Rahul PM has stolen people’s money: Rahul Rahul leads barrage on Modi, Govt; Parliament rocked Published onlast_img read more


Auditing Muslim cemeteries in KL


first_imgThe new double-storey office for the Jalan Ampang Muslim Cemetery. Nor Hisham signing a plaque to offically open the new office and surau at the Jalan Ampang Muslim Cemetery as Fawziah Holdings director Datuk Fawziah Abdul Karim looks on. {{category}} {{time}} {{title}} World 11 Jul 2019 At Vatican, empty tombs add new twist to missing girl mystery Central Region Tags / Keywords: Over the past three years, Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) had hired contractors to upkeep some Muslim cemeteries. Improvements will range from facility and infrastructure upgrades such as new signage, walkways, gazebos and fencing. Related News Nation 30 Apr 2019 PBS denies slamming Wong’s clean-up of Muslim cemetery AN AUDIT committee will be set up soon to decide on much-needed upgrades of Muslim cemeteries in the city.Kuala Lumpur mayor Datuk Nor Hisham Ahmad Dahlan said the committee would identify cemeteries that need upgrading.The committee will comprise representatives from the Federal Territories Religious Department (Jawi) and Federal Territories Islamic Religious Council.Nor Hisham said some cemeteries under the supervision of mosques were in bad condition due to financial constraints. Related News Nation 22 Jun 2019 DBKL has planted 600,000 trees in Kuala Lumpur since 2010 “I will ensure DBKL takes action. By early next month, a minimum of two cemeteries will get new signage,” said Nor Hisham during the official opening of a new office and surau at the Jalan Ampang Muslim Cemetery.The cemetery is the first of 29 in Kuala Lumpur to be reconditioned with a new office, surau, workers’ rest room, toilets, rubbish collection room and repaved roads at a cost of RM900,000. The two-year project was completed in May.Nor Hisham also received contributions from Fawziah Holdings in the form of nine gazebos costing RM50,000. The gazebos were built in various parts of the cemetery to shelter visitors and workers.Meanwhile, DBKL Health and Environment Department assistant administrator Mohd Syamsul Qamar Sabaruddin said the cemetery only had 300 vacant burial plots.He added that the Jalan Kuari Cheras Muslim Cemetery had run out of burial plots.The cemeteries in Jalan Ampang and Jalan Kuari are the only ones under the responsibility of the Kuala Lumpur mayor’s office while six are managed by Jawi and another 21 by mosques supervised by Jawi.last_img read more