Just Because You Can

<!-- Begin :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt --><div class="ecae" style=""><p><img src="http://c68.29626262.net/wp-shlf1314/C2068/IMG18354.jpg" alt="first_img" /> Get the Free eBook! Want to master cold calling? Download my free eBook! Many would have you believe that cold calling is dead, but the successful have no fear of the phone; they use it to outproduce their competitors. Download Now Just because you can do something does not mean that you should do that thing.Because you can automate sales letters doesn’t mean that you should do what may be “efficient.” It is not the same thing as actually nurturing the relationships you need. The fact that you are doing something that is ineffective is prima facie evidence that it is not efficient.The fact that you have enough inbound leads to work is no reason to stop prospecting. There is nothing about inbound leads that eliminates your need to choose strategic targets and pursue them. Waiting for your dream client to find and pursue you is a poor strategy.You can easily take advantage of a prospective client who doesn’t know enough to recognize they are paying far more than they should is no reason to do so. Taking advantage of someone’s inexperience to extract money makes you a person of poor character, and that will destroy you in the long run.Because you can make your number with the existing clients you have does not mean that that is what is right for you and your company. Complacency is dangerous. Given a long enough timeline, you will lose most of your clients, even if for reasons outside of your control. The time to dig your well is before you are thirsty.So you can count things like calls, and emails, and clicks. That doesn’t mean that everything easy to count is worth counting. Quantitative measurements aren’t inherently better than qualitative measures, even though they’re easier to capture.You can demand that something is done. But the fact that you have the formal power to demand something doesn’t mean that you can take that shortcut and avoid the hard work of winning hearts and minds. Influence is always more effective than force.Because you can doesn’t mean you should.<img src="http://c68.29626262.net/wp-shlf1314/C2068/IMG6686.jpg" alt="last_img" /><span class="ecae-button none" style="text-align:left" > <a class="ecae-link" href="http://hztzcj.com/kferm8229"><span>read more</span></a></span></p></div><!-- End :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt -->

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Perasol not putting too much pressure on prized recruit Gozum

<!-- Begin :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt --><div class="ecae" style=""><p><img src="http://image1.29626262.net/wp-shlf1314/B2047/IMG17771.jpg" alt="first_img" />Read Next 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises View comments League-leader Magnolia escapes Blackwater for 5th straight win LATEST STORIES Peraso, though, knows the the arrival of blue chip recruits adds puts more pressure on the Fighting Maroons to make it to the Final Four for the first time since 1997, but the incoming third year mentor welcomed that challenge.“The natural progression of our performance should be to make it to the Final Four this season,” he said. “A better team will give us better chances to make it. Pressure is good and we embrace it.” Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netAll eyes will be on  NCAA Season 93 Juniors Most Valuable Player Will Gozum, who has committed to return to  University of the Philippines, but coach Bo Perasol doesn’t want to put too much pressure on the new recruit.“I don’t want to put unnecessary pressure on him,” the approachable mentor said on Friday. “For as long as he does what’s expected of him, which is to get the rebounds and play defense, that’s fine by me.”ADVERTISEMENT Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH MOST READ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Pressure is inevitable, though, as Gozum’s arrival adds more excitment for the title-thirsty UP, which has also tapped Nigerian big man Bright Akhuetie to join holdovers Paul Desiderio, Jun Manzo, Javi Gomez de Liaño and Season 80 Rookie of the Year Juan Gomez de Liaño.READ: NCAA jrs MVP Will Gozum commits to UPFEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutPerasol, however, will be treating the former Mapua Red Robin with kid gloves in the hopes of helping the 6-foot-6 big man reach his peak and match the hype.“If he lives up to his potential, he will be a great asset to the program,” he said. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. AFP official booed out of forum<img src="http://image1.29626262.net/wp-shlf1314/B2047/IMG140.jpg" alt="last_img" /><span class="ecae-button none" style="text-align:left" > <a class="ecae-link" href="http://hztzcj.com/kferm8218"><span>read more</span></a></span></p></div><!-- End :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt -->

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Closer Closes Deal, Awaits MLB Verdict

<!-- Begin :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt --><div class="ecae" style=""><p><img src="http://B46.29626262.net/wp-shlf1314/B2046/IMG18075.jpg" alt="first_img" />NEW YORK — Closer Aroldis Chapman and the New York Yankees agreed Friday to a one-year contract worth $11,325,000, avoiding salary arbitration.Acquired from Cincinnati in December, Chapman had asked for $13.1 million and had been offered $9 million when the sides exchanged figures last month. The agreement was $275,000 above the midpoint.Chapman threw the 62 fastest pitches in the major leagues last season, ranging from 103.92 to 102.36 mph. He was 4-4 with a 1.63 ERA and 33 saves in 36 chances, striking out 116 and walking 33 in 66 1-3 innings. He made $8,075,000.Major League Baseball is investigating Chapman under the sport’s new domestic abuse policy following a disturbance in Florida on Oct. 30 involving his girlfriend. Prosecutors decided not to file charges.Players have won three of four cases decided this year. Just two players remain scheduled for arbitration hearings next week: Colorado second baseman DJ LeMahieu and Houston designated hitter Evan Gattis.TweetPinShare0 Shares<img src="http://a36.29626262.net/wp-shlf1314/A2036/IMG17820.jpg" alt="last_img" /><span class="ecae-button none" style="text-align:left" > <a class="ecae-link" href="http://hztzcj.com/kferm8153"><span>read more</span></a></span></p></div><!-- End :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt -->

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ADI: 44 GHz SPDT silicon switches in LGA package

<!-- Begin :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt --><div class="ecae" style=""><p><img src="http://b44.29626262.net/wp-shlf1314/B2044/IMG11403.jpg" alt="first_img" /> Continue Reading Previous MicroSys: smart control on ARM based industrial system-on-modulesNext ARBOR upgrades LYNC-712 and LYNC-715 IPPCs with Intel Apollo Lake processor Analog Devices releases 44 GHz single-pole, double-throw (SPDT) switches, the ADRF5024 and ADRF5025 in advanced Silicon-on-Insulator technology. The two new switches are broadband, with the ADRF5024 yielding flat frequency response from 100 MHz to 44 GHz, while the ADRF5025 from 9 kHz to 44 GHz, with repeatable characteristics better than 1.7 dB insertion loss and 35 dB channel to channel isolation. Both parts support 27 dBm power handling for both through and hot-switching conditions. The new switches come in a compact, highly reliable, 2.25 x 2.25 mm surface-mount-technology compatible package, exhibiting electrical performance beyond incumbent solutions, which will benefit radio frequency and microwave design experts, saving bias power, eliminating peripheral components and achieving higher integration in systems such as phased arrays, portable instrumentation, high resolution body scanners and next generation millimeter-wave communication infrastructure for emerging 5G and high-constellation satellite networks.The ADRF5024 and ADRF5025 employ inherent reflective architecture and are characterized for operating temperature range of –40 to 105°C. All pins incorporate robust ESD protection. The devices are nominally powered by ±3.3 V, drawing low supply current of less than 120 µA typical.  The devices use standard positive logic control voltages, simplifying the interface design.The ADRF5024 and ADRF5025 are ideal replacements for PIN diode-based counterparts, as no external components are necessary for bias generation or matching, and signal pins are internally biased at ground reference to eliminate the need for direct-current blocking capacitors.The ADRF5024 is optimized for fast switching applications with speeds less than 10 ns and edge rates at 2 ns. Whereas the ADRF5025 is optimized for ultrawideband applications with good low frequency characteristics down to 9 kHz. The other characteristics are the same, so the parts are drop-in alternative to each other and can be used interchangeably on the same printed circuit board footprint.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components <img src="http://b58.29626262.net/wp-shlf1314/C2058/IMG12972.jpg" alt="last_img" /><span class="ecae-button none" style="text-align:left" > <a class="ecae-link" href="http://hztzcj.com/kferm8148"><span>read more</span></a></span></p></div><!-- End :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt -->

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Fredericton police bolster front line emergency response after deadly shooting

<!-- Begin :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt --><div class="ecae" style=""><p><img src="http://c61.29626262.net/wp-shlf1314/C2061/IMG10623.jpg" alt="first_img" />FREDERICTON – The Fredericton Police Force is bolstering its front line emergency response capabilities in the wake of a deadly summer shooting that claimed the lives of four people, including two police officers.Chief Leanne Fitch said in a statement Monday that although the pain of the loss is still very fresh, the force has to adjust the way it delivers services to adapt to a “post-August 10” reality.“Seven short weeks ago, our police force and our community suffered a grave tragedy, something we never imagined could have happened,” she said.“The senseless loss of Donnie Robichaud, Bobbie Lee Wright, and our cherished officers, Cst. Sara Burns and Cst. Robb Costello, is still resonating throughout our great city, and in the hearts and minds of loved ones and colleagues.”Although the force is continuing to mourn the deaths, Fitch said the force must also “adapt to the realities we have faced.”A number of officers have been transferred to the force’s primary response team patrols, a move that Fitch said will impact staffing levels in other areas such as police station tours and public presentations.The change will also curb the force’s ability to roll out specialized traffic tools, such as portable electronic speed signs.In response, the city of Fredericton has committed to hiring 16 new officers in the coming months — 10 more than previously approved — to strengthen the front lines, restore community services and provide some flexibility for officers who require time off for vacation or personal reasons, the chief said.Offering a glimpse at how deeply the tragedy impacted the force, Fitch said the shooting has placed a strain on officers — with some not yet able to return to full duties.“As you can well imagine, the Fredericton Police Force is feeling this loss acutely,” she said. “The pain of the loss is still very fresh for us, and it will continue to be as we face reminders in the coming weeks and months.”Matthew Vincent Raymond is facing four counts of murder in the Aug. 10 deaths outside an apartment complex in the New Brunswick capital.Court documents say the incident ended after police shot the alleged gunman in the abdomen.During Raymond’s first court appearance, his lawyer said they were unable to proceed with the case because the defence was still awaiting disclosure — or release of the findings of the police investigation.Lawyer Nathan Gorham has said he eventually expects a plea of not guilty and a request for a preliminary hearing.<img src="http://a24.29626262.net/wp-shlf1314/2024/IMG13312.jpg" alt="last_img" /><span class="ecae-button none" style="text-align:left" > <a class="ecae-link" href="http://hztzcj.com/kferm8032"><span>read more</span></a></span></p></div><!-- End :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt -->

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Indigenous hereditary law at stake in energy legal battle lawyer

<!-- Begin :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt --><div class="ecae" style=""><p><img src="http://b44.29626262.net/wp-shlf1314/B2044/IMG426.jpg" alt="first_img" />kmartens@aptn.ca@katmarte A view behind the locked gate across the Morice River (APTN/Kathleen Martens photo).Kathleen MartensAPTN NewsA subsidiary of TransCanada Corp. says it’s poised to lose “billions of dollars” if it can’t start work on a natural gas pipeline being blocked by an Indigenous clan.The drama playing out in a remote part of northwestern B.C. is scheduled to be heard in a Prince George courtroom Thursday.“It’s been a bit under the radar with so much else going on in B.C.,” said First Nation lawyer Merle Alexander of Victoria.“If (defendants are) successful it will be a substantial win for hereditary leaders.”Members of the Indigenous community occupy and operate the Unist’ot’en Camp – a healing centre – on their traditional territory south of Houston, B.C.They are part of the Wet’suwet’en, which also has an elected band council.That council – along with 19 others along the proposed 670-kilometre route – signed an agreement in support of the Coastal TransLink project.The project would see the company pipe fracked natural gas to a coastal port in Kitimat, B.C., to be liquified at a new export facility before being shipped to Asia.The company said in court documents construction work is valued at $2.8 billion and would create about 2,500 jobs.But despite having “all the necessary permits and authorizations“ it can’t get past a locked gate on the Morice River Bridge the camp controls.“As a result of the defendants’ actions, Coastal GasLink and others have suffered and continue to suffer irreparable harm,” the company alleges in a civil claim it has served on camp spokesperson Freda Huson and her partner Warner Naziel.The company said the project is stalled – possibly for good – unless a judge grants the injunction it has filed to prevent the “blockaders” from continuing.First Nation lawyer Merle Alexander (submitted photo).Alexander said the case pits elected Aboriginal government against Indigenous hereditary systems because Naziel – one of five Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs – claims to have a legal right to be there.“His individual response is that he’s not there in his personal capacity; he’s there on behalf of his clan.”Alexander said this is different from the landmark Delgamuukw case, which helped establish Indigenous rights and title.“The Canadian legal system has not had a lot of opportunity to recognize how hereditary legal systems interact with elected chiefs and council,” he said in an interview Wednesday.Meanwhile, Naziel said he and Huson are having trouble finding a lawyer to represent them.He said the couple tried to delay the court date for that reason and because his mother is in palliative care but the company wouldn’t agree.“They’re being very unreasonable,” Naziel said in an interview.Warner Naziel at the bedside of his ill mother (Facebook photo).“We are trying to find out if we can attend (the hearing in Prince George) by phone.”Alexander said most members of the Aboriginal bar in B.C. work with elected councils, which would put them in a conflict of interest.As well, many worked with bands along the pipeline corridor.“I represented a number of First Nations on this particular project,” he added.Naziel said the couple also lack the financial resources to attend court and have started a defence fund on the camp’s Facebook page.They run a wellness centre that practices the philosophy of healing the land by healing the people.“We reject the greed and colonialism involved in resource development,” Naziel said.However, a recent Facebook post suggests they are worried about what might happen.“The safety and wellbeing of Uni’stot’en territory is under threat from TransCanada’s injunction application, which asks police to force a fracked gas pipeline through our home.”But the company told APTN News it won’t tear down any buildings.“It’s important to understand that Coastal GasLink is only looking for access across that public bridge and road,” a spokesperson said.“Camp infrastructure will remain in place as it is, with those located at the camp welcome to stay.”The company said the pipeline would be located about one kilometre south of the bridge and not cross through camp.“We only need to safely gain access to the pipeline right of way to carry out some preliminary work and road assessments before construction activities begin, which will take place approximately one kilometre away.”The company noted it tried for years to get the Uni’stot’en to the negotiating table.Something Alexander said a judge would appreciate, while at the same time question why the company went ahead without hereditary approval.“It was a known risk to try and advance their project knowing they were negotiating only with elected councils,” he said. “It’s one of the largest unanswered legal questions in Aboriginal law right now – how do we reconcile hereditary legal systems with elected council.“Who is the actual proper decision maker?”<img src="http://a38.29626262.net/wp-shlf1314/A2038/IMG17648.jpg" alt="last_img" /><span class="ecae-button none" style="text-align:left" > <a class="ecae-link" href="http://hztzcj.com/kferm8005"><span>read more</span></a></span></p></div><!-- End :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt -->

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Typhoon victims eat cats dogs to survive

<!-- Begin :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt --><div class="ecae" style=""><p><img src="http://a42.29626262.net/wp-shlf1314/A2042/IMG4850.jpg" alt="first_img" />TACLOBAN – Victims of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines are struggling to survive after the devastating disaster, with survivors in Tacloban city especially facing difficulty in finding food and clean water. Hospicio Doldolea, a disaster victim, said, “some people in rural areas started eating cats and dogs to survive.”Victims suffering from hunger plead for immediate help from the international community.Meanwhile, as corpses which have remained in the streets for days are expected to be buried in a mass grave tonight, they will be lined up in bags waiting to be taken to burial sites, according to officials.  Typhoon Haiyan swept through the islands of the Philippines on November 8, leaving at least 4,400 people dead and thousands displaced.<img src="http://a42.29626262.net/wp-shlf1314/A2042/IMG1833.jpg" alt="last_img" /><span class="ecae-button none" style="text-align:left" > <a class="ecae-link" href="http://hztzcj.com/kferm7991"><span>read more</span></a></span></p></div><!-- End :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt -->

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Mandate of UN mission in Western Sahara extended for one more year

<!-- Begin :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt --><div class="ecae" style=""><p>The 15-member Council established the UN Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO) in 1991. In a resolution adopted unanimously today, it decided to extend the mission’s mandate until 30 April 2014. The UN has been involved in efforts to find a settlement in Western Sahara since 1976, when fighting broke out between Morocco and the Frente Polisario after the Spanish colonial administration of the territory ended.Numerous rounds of UN-backed informal talks, facilitated by Christopher Ross, the Secretary-General’s Personal Envoy for Western Sahara, have taken place in the past few years involving delegations from the parties – Morocco and the Frente Polisario – and the neighbouring countries of Algeria and Mauritania.In today’s resolution, the Council welcomed the parties’ commitment to continue the process of preparation for a fifth round of negotiations aimed at achieving “a just, lasting and mutually acceptable political solution.”It also called on them to continue to “show political will and work in an atmosphere propitious for dialogue” in order to enter into a more intensive and substantive phase of negotiations.The Council “affirms its strong support for the commitment of the Secretary-General and his Personal Envoy towards a solution to the question of Western Sahara in this context and calls for renewed meetings and strengthening of contacts.”<span class="ecae-button none" style="text-align:left" > <a class="ecae-link" href="http://hztzcj.com/kferm7910"><span>read more</span></a></span></p></div><!-- End :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt -->

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We will triumph over terrorism Nigerian President tells UN Assembly

<!-- Begin :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt --><div class="ecae" style=""><p>Even though the United Nations Charter underlines the imperative to “save succeeding generations from the scourge of war”, Goodluck Jonathan, President of Nigeria told the General Assembly today that the world continued to witness the ravages of war and human suffering, at times manifested as a “vicious and aimless” insurgency with “agonizing consequences.”Mr. Jonathan, addressing the Assembly’s annual general debate, said the involvement of foreign fighters has remained a common feature of terrorist groups, whether Al Qaida in the Maghreb, Al Shabaab in Somalia, Boko Haram in Nigeria, or the newly emerging Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).“The new dimension introduced by (ISIL) to conquer territory and establish its destructive ideology, is a major challenge that must be collectively halted before it becomes the norm,” he declared, adding that such actions also refocus attention on the need to review present tools for UN peacekeeping operations.As for Nigeria, Mr. Jonathan said the violent and criminal activities of Boko Haram have continued to pose a potent challenge to his Government and people. “Through a wave of terror, assassinations, bombings, and now abductions and kidnappings predominantly in the northeast of the country, Boko Haram is attempting to truncate development, by murder and mayhem,” he said, lamenting that in April, “our innocent daughters” were abducted from a Secondary School in Chibok. Thanking all the countries and organizations that expressed solidarity with Nigeria, and which had continued to support its determined efforts to free the girls, he said that although it has been over three months since they were abducted, “we have never relented in our efforts to set them safely free. Together with our partners, we are working assiduously to free our daughters and reunite them with their families.”“We shall not waiver until we end this mindless war on the innocent, and bring all the perpetrators to justice. We will triumph over terrorism.”Mr. Jonathan went on to say that while Africa, and in particular, West Africa, battles conflicts and terrorism, with progressive results, the region is now being devastated by the outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus. “While Nigeria was able to respond effectively to control the spread of the disease, the situation in Liberia and Sierra Leone requires sustainable, collective global action to contain,” he said, underscoring that the indulging in “isolationist and discriminatory tendencies will only worsen an already critical situation.”<span class="ecae-button none" style="text-align:left" > <a class="ecae-link" href="http://hztzcj.com/kferm7907"><span>read more</span></a></span></p></div><!-- End :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt -->

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Football Rotating an experienced defensive line key for the Buckeyes in 2017

<!-- Begin :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt --><div class="ecae" style=""><p>OSU redshirt junior defensive end Tyquan Lewis leads the Buckeyes into Ohio Stadium as coach Urban Meyer greets each player before the Buckeyes’ 30-27 victory over Michigan on Nov. 26. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorLast season, the Ohio State football team relied heavily on its secondary — namely, safety Malik Hooker and cornerbacks Marshon Lattimore, and  Gareon Conley — to be the playmakers and backbone on the Buckeyes’ defense.With the departure of this athletic trio for the NFL draft, however, the “Silver Bullets” will now lean on an experienced defensive line to lead the way for defensive coordinator Greg Schiano in his first full season at the helm of the defense.As spring practice began this week, Schiano said the team has some lofty challenges ahead of it after losing a handful of key components on the roster. However, Schiano said he is looking forward to working with the abilities and skill he has upfront on defense.“That’s a heck of a group and I think we got really elite defensive lineman, and I think we have the best defensive line coach (Larry Johnson) in America,” Schiano said. “So, when you put those two things together, it’s fun to work with those guys and I’m excited to see how it all comes together.”Among those upfront, redshirt senior defensive end Tyquan Lewis returned for his final year of eligibility after the devastating, shutout loss to Clemson in the Fiesta Bowl. Following OSU’s exit out of the College Football Playoff, Lewis said he substantially thought about his plans for the future, but collectively, said he is satisfied with his decision to come back.“After the game, I had a talk with my family, coach (Larry) Johnson, and I had to evaluate some things,” Lewis said. “There was a lot going into it, I had a lot to consider — the pros and cons and everything. I had to make the right decision, so I chose to come back and I feel that, that was what was best for me.”Schiano said that as challenging as it will be, he will need to find a way to get Lewis and a talented group of linemen on the field at the same time. With that, Schiano added that improvements can be made to the rotation of redshirt junior Sam Hubbard, senior Jalyn Holmes and sophomore Nick Bosa on the edges, and redshirt sophomore Dre’Mont Jones and redshirt senior Michael Hill at defensive tackle already implemented into the Buckeyes’ scheme.“Our plan is a very solid and great plan. It keeps everybody fresh. Nobody is playing, like, 70 plays and that’s a good thing,” Lewis said. “Nobody should have to put their bodies through that all the time, and the type of caliber players we have here, you win games like that — with great players.”Despite being the reigning Big Ten Defensive Lineman of the Year, Lewis said that he still has improvements to make as a pass rusher in his technique with his hands and hips. Lewis also said that when it comes to being recognized for his performance on the field, his main focus is on being the top player at his position.“I mean, I just want to be the best. I just want to go out and play hard for my teammates, that’s the main thing,” he said. “Whatever else comes with all the accolades, I mean, I don’t really get into things like that. I just accept them.”<span class="ecae-button none" style="text-align:left" > <a class="ecae-link" href="http://hztzcj.com/kferm7883"><span>read more</span></a></span></p></div><!-- End :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt -->

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OS X Lion confirmed for tomorrow

<!-- Begin :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt --><div class="ecae" style=""><p><img src="http://b51.29626262.net/wp-shlf1314/B2051/IMG7421.jpg" alt="first_img" />The release of next version of Apple’s OS X, 10.7, has been confirmed for tomorrow. The rumors we heard today were confirmed on a company earnings call this afternoon when Apple CFO Peter Oppenheimer noted that OS X Lion would officially land Wednesday July 20th.Lion ships with what Apple says to be over 250 new features, some of which will be significant changes to the OS (like Safari-only booting, LaunchPad, and Resume to name a few). Apple has previously said that the update will sell for $29.99 and that it will be available for download through the Mac Apple Store on computers that are running the latest version of OS X.AdChoices广告Once Lion has been released the hope is that we will see some new computers from Apple, and sources seem to be fairly confident that a MacBook Air refresh is pending. No new hardware has been confirmed yet, but all signs seem to be pointing towards a few refreshed models.OS X Lion should be viewable/usable in Apple stores tomorrow morning. And barring a mass server meltdown Mac owners should be able to download the update then as well.<img src="http://b51.29626262.net/wp-shlf1314/B2051/IMG9524.jpg" alt="last_img" /><span class="ecae-button none" style="text-align:left" > <a class="ecae-link" href="http://hztzcj.com/kferm7840"><span>read more</span></a></span></p></div><!-- End :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt -->

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Kinahan cartels 24hr surveillance system to protect David Byrnes grave

<!-- Begin :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt --><div class="ecae" style=""><p><img src="http://a37.29626262.net/wp-shlf1314/A2037/IMG6102.jpg" alt="first_img" /> Image: RollingNews.ie Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 46,201 Views Feb 17th 2017, 12:00 AM http://jrnl.ie/3242962 Share Tweet Email Kinahan cartel’s 24hr surveillance system to protect David Byrne’s grave A number of people have been put in charge of scouting the graveside for suspicious behaviour. A STATE OF the art surveillance system is in operation at an inner city cemetery to protect the headstone of murdered Kinahan cartel member David Byrne, TheJournal.ie can reveal.At least two HD cameras with night-vision are recording areas of Mount Jerome cemetery near Harold’s Cross.One camera is located near the small chapel in the cemetery while the other is placed on branches of a tree located near the exit. There are also CCTV cameras which are being used by cemetery security. These are legitimate cameras which have been operational for a number of years and have nothing to do with the cartel.There have been previous incidents between the Kinahans and other warring factions in relation to the defacing of gravestones. There are fears that Byrne’s headstone will be targeted, such was his notoriety within the cartel.While the cameras are a deterrent, the cartel has positioned them so they know exactly who has targeted the grave in the event of an act of vandalism, according to security sources.The two cameras are hooked up to a remote recording device which has the ability to record hours of footage. There are also a number of people keeping watch at the grave on a daily basis such is the fear that it will be targeted.There are also close associates of David Byrne who live nearby and act as makeshift security when suspicion is aroused about anyone at the site.David Byrne was shot dead at the Regency Hotel in Santry last February, a murder which sparked the bloody feud which has claimed over 10 lives.At the time of the shooting, senior gardaí insisted there had been “no specific intelligence” about a potential incident at the boxing weigh-in. The Assistant Commissioner Jack Nolan repeated this comment when he spoke recently to TheJournal.ie, adding that “nobody was really sure what would happen next”.Since the Regency Hotel attack in February, gardaí have:Made 44 arrests in relation to gangland killingsSeized 22 firearmsInvestigated over 8,000 lines of inquiryConducted over 11,500 checkpointsExamined thousands of hours of CCTV footage and mobile phone trafficLast year, gardaí were given an extra €55 million so that additional overtime could be given to officers investigating the criminal underworld.Read: Crack-cocaine and synthetic cannabinoids: Concern over new drug trends in Dublin >Read: Chaos in US shopping centres: Skirmishes   Image: RollingNews.ie By Garreth MacNamee 35 Comments Short URL Friday 17 Feb 2017, 12:00 AM<img src="http://c59.29626262.net/wp-shlf1314/C2059/IMG14382.jpg" alt="last_img" /><span class="ecae-button none" style="text-align:left" > <a class="ecae-link" href="http://hztzcj.com/kferm7835"><span>read more</span></a></span></p></div><!-- End :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt -->

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Gerontopoulos inspects camps used by the diaspora

<!-- Begin :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt --><div class="ecae" style=""><p><img src="http://a38.29626262.net/wp-shlf1314/A2038/IMG12639.jpg" alt="first_img" /> Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Deputy Foreign Minister of Greece, responsible for the Hellenic Diaspora, Akis Gerontopoulos inspecting the camping of the Secretariat for Greeks Abroad at Epanomi, outside Thessaloniki. Thousands of children from the Greek diaspora, including Australia, enjoyed a Greek summer over the past thirty years at Epanomi’s camping.<img src="http://b58.29626262.net/wp-shlf1314/C2058/IMG14329.jpg" alt="last_img" /></p> </div><!-- End :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt -->

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Expostal worker says he got lazy failed to deliver mail

<!-- Begin :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt --><div class="ecae" style=""><p><img src="http://a42.29626262.net/wp-shlf1314/A2042/IMG11568.jpg" alt="first_img" />EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — A former U.S. Postal Service worker who failed to deliver nearly 1,000 pieces of mail has pleaded guilty to misdemeanor mail obstruction and been sentenced to a year of probation.The Register-Guard reports that 27-year-old Alex Douma was also ordered Wednesday to pay a $500 fine. He entered his plea in federal court in Eugene, Oregon.While most of the mail found last summer in two bins on his front porch was junk mail, there were also 27 voter ballots from last May’s primary election and more than 200 items of first-class and standard mail.Douma worked at a post office in Eugene. Court documents say he told investigators that he “just got lazy” and had failed to make his rounds on multiple occasions between late April and early July. He apologized in court and said he set aside the mail because he had “felt pressured for time” while working in a job that required him to sort, scan and deliver mail.<img src="http://a42.29626262.net/wp-shlf1314/A2042/IMG2463.jpg" alt="last_img" /><span class="ecae-button none" style="text-align:left" > <a class="ecae-link" href="http://hztzcj.com/kferm7757"><span>read more</span></a></span></p></div><!-- End :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt -->

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Advertising Trends A Tale of Two Cities

<!-- Begin :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt --><div class="ecae" style=""><p><img src="http://s41.29626262.net/wp-shlf1314/A2041/IMG10047.jpg" alt="first_img" />“The ‘native’ buzzword didn’t event start until last year,” says Howard. “What we really needed to do was fill out a non-banner based premium business.”With native and programmatic overtaking most of the conversation, it’s still worth noting that display advertising continues to grow despite being considered by many as lacking.“Combining display with native can use programmatic to drive attention,” says Wenz, “but brand lift metrics and other capabilities can measure the influence and KPI metrics your advertisers are looking for.”In addition to the native and programmatic talk, video is the latest fast-emerging ad platform to watch out for in 2014.“It’s a huge opportunity [for brands],” says Howard. “We get asked for it all the time and we just can’t provide enough.”Forbes’ approach is self-described as “entrepreneurial” and focused on an archival content strategy.“Each client has a different appetite. We’re rethinking the distribution of the same video content on each platform with tailored needs,” Howard says. “There are no shortage of ad units available to you.”However, not all video tactics best serve the audience, so it is imperative to maintain a strong brand DNA, says Spande.“Our first forays into video were basically bad CNBC,” says Spande. “We’ve largely abandoned previous ideas [and] instead work on stories that need to be seen and heard, rather than read.”For 360i, a lot of video is a creative branded experience.“Video isn’t a direct fit for direct response right now,” says Sanfilippo. “There are partners of ours that are beginning to integrate programmatic tactics with TV, but with our clients on the whole the demand isn’t really there. In the private market place we have more of an appetite.”Gould says that the Huffington Post’s gambit is still to maintain the creative while scaling across all platforms by bundling services for clients and partners in an effort to hit many touch points.”Buying and selling mobile inventory separately devalues it,” Gouldsays. “Brands should make buying decisions based on where the eyeballsare, not based on the pixel size of their banner. Our consumers arecross-screen and thus we take the approach that our native campaignsshould be too.”It may be best to approach this new advertising environment by separating it from the traditional advertising scheme entirely.“We believe that the Web is as different from print as print is from TV,” says Wenz. “We’re starting to understand how brands connect with their customers [and] it’s a tale of two cities. On one side is programmatic and on the other end is a highly customized bespoke system for our clients. That’s what’s keeping me busy.” Between programmatic buying, premium selling, the modernization of the banner ad, new opportunities on video, the explosion of native and a constant need to correctly measure and quantify online site traffic, advertising means and methods are only becoming increasingly complex.At min’s “minsider” Wednesday breakfast, Tessa Gould, director of Huffington Post Partner Studio, and Forbes’ chief revenue officer Mark Howard joined 360i group media director Jessica Sanfilippo, Business Insider chief revenue officer Pete Spande and Paul Wenz, general manger and vice president of sales at RocketFuel, to talk about the specific, actionable takeaways to adapting to the latest methods of cross-platform ad selling.<img src="http://s40.29626262.net/wp-shlf1314/A2040/IMG17514.jpg" alt="last_img" /><span class="ecae-button none" style="text-align:left" > <a class="ecae-link" href="http://hztzcj.com/kferm7738"><span>read more</span></a></span></p></div><!-- End :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt -->

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The Mad Hatter brings a little magic to Gotham

<!-- Begin :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt --><div class="ecae" style=""><p><img src="http://s16.29626262.net/wp-shlf1314/2016/IMG9284.jpg" alt="first_img" />Stay on target NYCC 18: The Cast of Gotham On Bane, Batman and Saying GoodbyeDC TV Comes to NYCC, Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker Grin & More DC News After two weeks of middling set-up episodes, Gotham is finally getting back to the exciting, insane parade of villains we’ve come to expect from the series. “Look Into My Eyes” wasted no time introducing a new villain to the show. At the very beginning of the episode, the Mad Hatter stands onstage at Barbara’s club, hypnotizing volunteers in front of an awestruck crowd.He is soon revealed to be much more powerful than your average hypnotist. After making one volunteer perform a dangerous and physics-defying stunt, the Hatter whispers a phrase into his ear before releasing him from the trance. Later that night, the man lets the Hatter into his home, murders his wife and commits suicide. The Hatter, all set up in his new house reveals what brought him to Gotham in the first place: He is looking for his sister, Alice.Benedict Samuel as The Mad Hatter in Gotham (Photo: Screenshot via FOX)Meanwhile, Jim Gordon runs into Lee at the Gotham City Police Department while trying to pick up his bounty check. She has returned to her old job and the pair have about as awkward an exchange as you can imagine occurring between two exes. Gordon leaves the station in a huff and is soon employed by the Mad Hatter to find Alice, who we learn was of Strange’s patients at Indian Hill.As you’ve probably guessed by now, Alice doesn’t want to be found. She’s holed up in a small apartment, having recently lost her job. Her landlord comes in to yell at her for not paying rent and asks if they can “work something out” instead. She refuses and, after a brief struggle, he forces a kiss on her bloody lip. That turns out to have been a terrible idea, and not just for the obvious reasons. He starts gasping in pain, asking what the girl had done to him. There appears to be something in her blood.Gordon finds the bar Alice used to work at only to learn that she had set it on fire after cutting herself and bleeding on the bar. It appears the only way she knew how to ensure no patrons got infected was to send the whole place up in flames. The bar’s owner picks a fight with Gordon for reasons that still aren’t entirely clear. Seriously, WWE fights have less flimsy justifications.Gordon (Ben McKenzie) is patched up by Lee’s fiance, Mario (James Carpinello). (Photo: Screenshot via FOX)The real reason this fight happens is that the story has to somehow get Gordon to the hospital, where the doctor stitching him up is Lee’s new fiance. Gordon states that he’s fine, no really, fine with the new relationship, and warns the doctor that if he ever hurts Lee, he’ll be hunted down and killed. But he’s completely over her, honestly. Truly. Fine!Gordon eventually tracks Alice down to her apartment where he is attacked by her crazed landlord. She shoots the landlord and saves Gordon’s life before making it very clear that she has no interest in being found by her brother. Gordon returns to Barbara’s club to confront The Hatter, but is almost killed when The Hatter hypnotizes him into stepping off the building’s roof. Fortunately, Alice shows up to save him yet again, firing two shots at her brother who flees off into the night. To thank her, Gordon handcuffs Alice and says he’s taking her to GCPD.While all this is going on, things have gotten creepy at Wayne manor. Bruce feels sorry for the boy who has his face and is doing everything he can to take care of him, despite Alfred’s misgivings. We soon learn that the boy feels no pain and has an unnatural fighting ability. He seems friendly enough at first, but his intents become suspicious when he starts practicing Bruce Wayne’s voice in secret. By the end of the episode, he’s cut his hair to look like Bruce, stolen the car and picked up Selena to search for Ivy.The Penguin (Robin Taylor) announces his candidacy for Mayor of Gotham. (Photo: Screenshot via FOX)The pacing of “Look Into My Eyes” was finally at the point where Gotham should have been all season. Every scene moved the story along and the season finally has a clear direction, rather than just a hint at one. Even the twists were surprising without being too out there. We learn that Lee’s fiance is the son of Carmine Falcone, though both claim he is not involved in his family’s organized crime business in any way. Penguin is running for mayor after driving all the “monsters” out of Gotham. He even got Ed Nigma out of Arkham, which should bring some fun chaos to the streets of Gotham. It also does’t hurt that Benedict Samuel’s Mad Hatter is terrifying. This episode was fast, exciting and just a little bit crazy. Gotham is finally back.<img src="http://s31.29626262.net/wp-shlf1314/2031/IMG3565.jpg" alt="last_img" /><span class="ecae-button none" style="text-align:left" > <a class="ecae-link" href="http://hztzcj.com/kferm7626"><span>read more</span></a></span></p></div><!-- End :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt -->

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Talking culture

<!-- Begin :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt --><div class="ecae" style=""><p><img src="http://s43.29626262.net/wp-shlf1314/A2043/IMG13977.jpg" alt="first_img" />Scheduled over four days in the Capital, the Indian Classical Music and Dance Festival 2014 will be hosting numerous big names from the field of music and dance and the celebrations will give the Capital the golden chance to witness the masters in action.The first day, 20 March will have Lakshay Mohan (Sitar) and Aayush Mohan (Sarod) and Tanmoy Bose (Drums of India). 21 March will have Ayesha Thatte (Vocal), Sanjeev and Ashwani Shankar (Shahnai) and Rama Vaidyanathan (Bharatanatyam). 22 March will play host to Radhika Samson (Odissi), Swarnima Gusain (Vocal) and Salil Bhatt (Satwik Veena). The final day, 23 March, will have Namrata Rai (Kathak), Maharajapuram Ramachandran (Carnatic Vocal) and Amita Dalal (Sitar).WHEN: 20–23 March, 6.00 pm onwards (Entry by invitation only, Invites available at the venue)WHERE: The Ravi Shankar Centre, 7, Rizal Marg, Chanakyapuri<img src="http://s43.29626262.net/wp-shlf1314/A2043/IMG16494.jpg" alt="last_img" /><span class="ecae-button none" style="text-align:left" > <a class="ecae-link" href="http://hztzcj.com/kferm7599"><span>read more</span></a></span></p></div><!-- End :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt -->

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11 Ways to Protect Your Business From Cyber Criminals

<!-- Begin :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt --><div class="ecae" style=""><p><img src="http://s42.29626262.net/wp-shlf1314/A2042/IMG7999.jpg" alt="first_img" /> Register Now » October 13, 2014 Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. The “bad guys” need not refer to the gangs roaming around with chains and baseball bats. These days many are geeky little waifs associated with organized cyber crime. These thugs are using their brains to find small businesses to brawl with. They want sensitive data from these companies and yours may be next. Related: Best Practices for Employees to Protect the Company From HackersProtect your business from organized cyber crime rings that may include the following players: Programmers: These skilled tech pros write and code the viruses that infect a business’s computer network.Carders: Specialists distribute and sell stolen credit and debit card data. Sometimes they transfer the data onto blank cards, then put foil on them to create duplicates.Hackers: These intruders break into a company’s PC networks via their vulnerabilities.Social engineers: Such con artists concoct ingenious schemes to trick people into giving up personal information or visit websites that download viruses. These players represent the creative end of the crime ring. Rogue systems providers: They run run scrupulous businesses that provide servers for cyber thieves.Money mules: These individuals purchase things at retailers using stolen credit cards. Some launder money while others ship products.Bosses: The head honchos of a crime ring hire the worker bees but rake in all the money.Cyber criminals want valuable data: Social Security and credit card numbers, bank account information, email addresses, home addresses, birth dates and more. With this loot, they can take over existing accounts or open new ones to make fraudulent charges. After gathering email addresses, they can conduct phishing operations.Hackers seek out weaknesses such as employees who are prone to fall for social-engineering scams and outdated operating systems or browsers.Related: Beware of a New Kind of Business Identity TheftKeeping cyber gangs at bay. The following are tips for small businesses to take to stave off cyber crime.1. Keep your operating systems updated and regularly patched.2. Have a firewall plus software that opposes virus, spyware and phishing attacks.3. Keep your browsers updated at all times with the latest version of the software.4. Keep all system software updated.5. Encrypt your wireless network.6. Restrict software and set up administrative rights so that nothing can be installed on company computers without authorization.7. Use filtering that controls access to data.8. Block access to restricted sites with Internet filters to prevent employees and hackers from uploading data to storage clouds.9. Remove or disable USB ports so that malicious data can’t be downloaded.10. Implement strict password policies.11. Encrypt entire drives, folders and files.Adopting software and hiring professionals. Other security issues can result from scammers working on the inside or employees not being educated about the risks of bringing their own devices to work. Business owners should consult with security professionals.By installing data-loss prevention and risk-assessment software, it’s possible to monitor the entire network’s activities to detect events that could lead to a data breach and detect trespassers before it occurs.White hat hackers will search for weaknesses and try to break through them, using tactics similar to what black hat hackers use. These white hat hackers may use social engineering tricks or screen the physical security of the building for weaknesses, even during business hours. Staged attacks have been proved to succeed elsewhere, so if they work against the company during these experiments, the company will have a rude awakening.If businesses do nothing, assuming a “nothing can happen to us” mentality, then it’s only a matter time before a security hack. Related: 4 Ways a CEO May Be Inviting a Cyber Criminal to Attack  Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 4 min read<img src="http://s42.29626262.net/wp-shlf1314/A2042/IMG14859.jpg" alt="last_img" /><span class="ecae-button none" style="text-align:left" > <a class="ecae-link" href="http://hztzcj.com/kferm7579"><span>read more</span></a></span></p></div><!-- End :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt -->

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<!-- Begin :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt --><div class="ecae" style=""><p><img src="http://s33.29626262.net/wp-shlf1314/2033/IMG9730.jpg" alt="first_img" /> News | Electronic Medical Records (EMR) | August 01, 2019 DrChrono Teams With DeepScribe to Automate Medical Note Taking in EHR DrChrono Inc. and DeepScribe announced a partnership so medical practices using DrChrono EHR can use artificial… read more News | Radiology Business | August 01, 2019 Philips Completes Acquisition of Carestream Health’s HCIS Business … read more Technology | June 07, 2010 Fire Drill Delivers Critical Results to the Referring Physician Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 7:33Loaded: 2.15%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -7:33 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Medical imaging plays an increasing role in the accurate… read more News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more Related Content The CT scanner might not come with protocols that are adequate for each hospital situation, so at Phoenix Children’s Hospital they designed their own protocols, said Dianna Bardo, M.D., director of body MR and co-director of the 3D Innovation Lab at Phoenix Children’s. News | Artificial Intelligence | August 05, 2019 Montefiore Nyack Hospital Uses Aidoc AI to Spot Urgent Conditions Faster Montefiore Nyack Hospital, an acute care hospital in Rockland County, N.Y., announced it is utilizing artificial… read more June 7, 2010 – The trick to critical results reporting is getting people to keep their contact information up-to-date. To meet that basic yet essential need, using a auto-calls for referring clinicians can easily verify their contact information and/or update it. A new communications tool, Fire Drill auto-calls, an added feature in UrgentWorks Critical Results Reporting application, made its debut at the Society of Imaging Informatics in Medicine 2010 Annual Meeting, in Minneapolis, June 3 to 5.UrgentWorks’ Fire Drill includes a tool to schedule the drill and send emails to the users informing them of when to expect the call and the questions that will be asked. It also includes management reports showing which phones numbers were verified or updated, indicated as being wrong, or never answered. As part of the next generation Web-based solutions, UrgentWorks is a browser/AJAX application, enabling updates to critical results and urgent findings to be immediately available across the enterprise. It supports the flagging of urgent findings, critical test results and emergency room (ER) discordance by reporting clinicians, and the immediate communication and on-going tracking of results to the ordering physician. Critical findings and history of the communications can be viewed and updated by all involved users on the browser interface. Reporting clinicians can use UrgentWorks to effectively communicate their findings in accordance to ACR guidelines and Joint Commission initiatives. The application requires no installation of a client or download, not even Flash. For more information: www.brit.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Videos | Radiology Business | August 02, 2019 VIDEO: Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019 Association for Medical Imaging Management (AHRA) President … read more News | PACS | August 08, 2019 NetDirector Launches Cloud-based PDF to DICOM Conversion Service NetDirector, a cloud-based data exchange and integration platform, has diversified their radiology automation options… read more News | Artificial Intelligence | August 08, 2019 Half of Hospital Decision Makers Plan to Invest in AI by 2021 August 8, 2019 — A recent study conducted by Olive AI explores how hospital leaders are responding to the imperative read more Technology | Cybersecurity | August 07, 2019 ScImage Introduces PICOM ModalityGuard for Cybersecurity ScImage Inc. is bridging the gap between security and functionality with the introduction of the PICOM ModalityGuard…. read more Feature | Information Technology | July 31, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr How Smart Devices Can Improve Efficiency Innovation is trending toward improved efficiency — but not at the expense of patient safety, according to… read more<img src="http://s17.29626262.net/wp-shlf1314/2017/IMG18831.jpg" alt="last_img" /><span class="ecae-button none" style="text-align:left" > <a class="ecae-link" href="http://hztzcj.com/kferm7549"><span>read more</span></a></span></p></div><!-- End :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt -->

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As Ukraine erects defenses critics fear expensive failure

<!-- Begin :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt --><div class="ecae" style=""><p><img src="http://s31.29626262.net/wp-shlf1314/2031/IMG447.jpg" alt="first_img" /> HOPTIVKA, Ukraine (AP) — The flimsy, razor wire-topped fences popping up along bare expanses of Ukraine’s eastern frontier are the first line of defense against a much-feared Russian invasion. Trenches fortified by timber have been hollowed out for soldiers to take up positions. And bulky, metallic obstacles looped together with more barbed wire are laid across the fields to halt advancing tanks and infantry. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility A little more than a year and-a-half ago, the very idea of creating such fortifications — reminiscent of World War I trench warfare — would have struck many as perverse. But the project was announced with fanfare in summer as fighting against Moscow-backed separatists reached peak intensity. In December, Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk said that the program, dubbed “Project Wall,” would cost almost $520 million and take four years to complete.Now doubts are creeping in.With much of eastern Ukraine in the hands of Russian-backed separatists, large swaths of the border remain impossible to secure — meaning enemy troops can just sneak in through areas under rebel control. And cash-strapped authorities have already had to revise budgets downward, so there’s little money for building defenses.The project is for now centered on the Kharkiv region, which lies north of the conflict zone and shares a 315-kilometer border with Russia. To insulate that region from any separatist offensive, another layer of protection is being built on the frontier with areas under rebel control.Views are mixed among residents in the city of Kharkiv, the regional capital, about the wisdom of building defenses. Sponsored Stories Quick workouts for men Some in the economic powerhouse of 1.4 million people embrace the idea, and look with distress to the fate that befell the neighboring, mainly Russian-speaking Donetsk and Luhansk regions. More than 6,000 people have died to date as a result of fighting between government and rebel forces.“We need to protect ourselves somehow,” said Sergei Kotlyar, 46. “But, of course, this won’t give us 100 percent guarantees, even if it holds back the enemy for a little time.”Others believe investing in fences and trenches is a waste of money, noting that anti-tank defenses will be of limited use against the rocket launchers widely deployed over the course of the war.“Who is it going to stop?” said 22-year old Kharkiv resident Anatasia Duda. “A country like Russia definitely has the means to deal with slabs of metal. And what’s the use of that wall when the border with Donetsk isn’t even under control?”In earlier times, lines separating the republics of the Soviet Union were viewed as little more than a formality, so families and communities straddled inconspicuously across borders. On paper, that changed with the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991. In this photo taken on Saturday, April 18, 2015, a Ukrainian national flag is attached to the fence on the Ukrainian-Russian border near Hoptivka, Kharkiv region, eastern Ukraine. The flimsy, razor wire-topped fences popping up along bare expanses of Ukraine’s eastern frontier are the first line of defense against a much-feared Russian invasion. (AP Photo/Inna Varenytsia) Comments   Share   With the government forced to cut costs across the board as the economy struggles under the weight of war, the budget for the project has been reduced twofold.But Raynin insists the project is still sound.“This has been done in such a way that the quality of the wall will not suffer adversely,” he said.___Peter Leonard contributed from Kiev, Ukraine.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Top Stories But scant security along the 2,300-kilometer (1,400-mile) demarcation between Russia and Ukraine has for two decades ensured a smuggler’s dream. Farmers and their livestock blithely crisscrossed in areas where it has never quite been entirely clear which country one was in.Separatist fighters in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions have exploited the porous borders, moving about with ease. Ukraine accuses Russia of pouring its own army’s equipment and manpower across the border to assist rebel offensives. Moscow dismisses all satellite imagery and anecdotal evidence underpinning those claims.Ukrainian border guards fought bitterly to keep the frontier sealed against overwhelming odds.“We know from the experience of fighting in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions that fire comes from the neighboring state (of Russia) without them having to cross the border,” said Oleksandr Kruk, head of the Kharkiv regional division of the border service.On top of creating physical barriers, Ukraine is also fortifying obstacles of red tape to deter the numerous Russian citizens known to have voluntarily joined forces with local separatists.Rules for crossing official frontier points have been stiffened. In Hoptivka, people stand impatiently in crowded and slow-moving lines to get into Russia for work or to visit relatives. How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generation New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Russian citizens can only enter Ukraine on their international travel passports, whereas they could formerly sail through with their national ID cards. Closer checks by border guards have also slowed things down.Fifty kilometers (30 miles) of fences have already gone up, but not without complications. The exact coordinates for the location of the fence are hard to fix since the process of demarcating borders after the collapse of the Soviet Union was never properly completed.Rather than wait around for a laboriously negotiated agreement, Ukraine’s security leadership last June unilaterally marked out what it sees as the country’s eastern limits.Although it is illegal to own property within 50 meters (yards) of the border, people near the new fences have been granted control over the land all the same, said Kharkiv regional government Igor Raynin.“We are not prepared to tell people that this was not done properly and to confiscate land through the courts,” Raynin said.The fortifications under construction go further back than the immediate line with Russia itself. Trenches, shelters and parking areas for armored vehicles have been built along highways running southward from Russia past Kharkiv, a hive of Soviet-built industry. 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