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Oct
18

Saif could make a good director Neeraj Ghaywan

first_imgMumbai: Neeraj Ghawyan, the National Award-winning filmmaker of “Masaan”, has co-directed the upcoming second season of the Netflix original series “Sacred Games”. According to him, actor Saif Ali Khan, who plays Inspector Sartaj Singh on the show, should try his hand at film direction. “He (Saif) is an absolute delight to work with. He has an infectious energy and his sense of humour is on point. At the same time, he is one of those actors who ask many questions — of course, intelligent ones. I like working with such actors. He is dedicated and gets involved with the scene before the camera rolls. I would say that Saif should get into direction because as an actor, the kind of questions he asks and the way he gets involved (prove that) he not only thinks like a performer (but) he also like a director. He has the chops to direct, really,” Ghaywan told IANS. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: Priyanka The first season of “Sacred Games” released on July 6 last year and received wide appreciation. Vikramaditya Motwane and Anurag Kashyap had directed season one. However, this year Motwane is working as showrunner while Ghaywan has come on board to co-direct. Being a independent filmmaker, what does feel like to deliver a show for an international platform? “I have directed an indie film such as ‘Masaan’ on a slim budget. The visual language was different from what we have on ‘Sacred Games’. So Anurag (Kashyap) and Vikramaditya (Motwane) being my mentor, as the director in this season, I am left with no opinion but to deliver my best. I have to match the expectation because we know that the audience is looking forward to a great show.” Also Read – Salman Khan remembers actor Vinod Khanna Before shooting, Ghaywan had a session with both Kashyap and Motwane to get an understanding of the thought and the tone that they set through the first season of the show. “When it came to the visual language of the show, Swapnil (Sonaware), director of photography of the series, was around in this season, oo. That made my work a little easy. Nevertheless, it was tough emotionally. Since we shot across multiple locations and with more characters being introduced (in season two), the narrative is going to get complex,” Ghaywan said. “Honestly, I am enjoying the challenge and the pressure because this is a much bigger canvas,” he added. The new season of “Sacred Games” is will also feature Pankaj Tripathi, Kalki Koechlin, Luke Kenny, Ranvir Shorey and Shobita Dhulipala, and it has been shot in several parts of South Africa and other locations abroad, apart from Mumbai. ” I think in the first season we were setting up the story, so we sow more of the vulnerability and disturbed mindset of Sartaj. This season they are heading to deal with an attack. A storm is coming, so Sartaj has to tackle his vulnerability and deal with the troublesome situation before him. I got a chance to explore an interesting element about the character Sartaj,” revealed the director. Making his feature film debut in Bollywood with the 2015 film, “Masaan”, Ghaywan is yet to direct his second film, although his 2017 short film, “Juice”, was widely acclaimed. “I think I have to develop the skill of multitasking because I am so focused and singleminded, that for last so many days, I am only living, breathing, thinking and putting all my energy only into ‘Sacred Games 2’. I forget about the people around me, including my family. I am just into this show. Perhaps that is why I am not thinking about what is coming up next,” he concluded. ‘Sacred Games 2’ premieres on August 15.last_img read more

Oct
18

EOW arrests 2 officials of Amrapali builders

first_imgNew Delhi: The Economic and Offences Wing (EOW) of Delhi Police has arrested two prominent officers of Amrapali Builders in case of cheating.Additional Commissioner of Police (EOW) Suvashis Choudhary said that the accused identified as Chander Prakash Wadhwa ( CFO) and Anil Mittal (statutory auditor) of Amrapali group companies have been arrested last evening from Delhi. Additional CP further said that the accused were nabbed for being instrumental in creating large no of bogus companies for the purpose of diversion of funds of home buyers by employing their known persons and relatives as director/ key management posts in those companies and other offences. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe case was registered under sections 406/409/420/120 B IPC in 2017. “Today they were produced before the Ld CMM Karkardooma courts and five days police custody obtained. Further investigation is in progress,” said Addl CP. He further added that three directors of Amrapali viz Anil Kumar Sharma, Shiv Priya and Ajay Kumar are already in judicial custody. The complainant in the case told police that the company had advertised for booking flats in the year Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchings2010. He booked three BHK flat and paid money but company failed to give possession of the property in January 2015 and construction work has been stopped since last six month for unknown reason. Recently in July EOW registered two cases against Amrapali for cheating. One of the cases which was registered on Monday. EOW said that the complainant had booked a three BHK and three toilets and servant. The booking amount was taken and the builder-buyer agreement was executed. Later on, he came to know that requisite approval is not accorded to the project.last_img read more

Oct
14

Man who killed First Nations woman in Saskatchewan only charged with lying

first_imgAPTN National NewsA First Nations family from Northern Saskatchewan says they’re in shock after the man responsible for killing their daughter was only found guilty of one charge: Lying to the policeAPTN’s Larissa Burnoff has this story.last_img

Oct
7

USS makes shutdown official

00:00:00 | 00:00:00::Projekktor V1.3.09 U.S. Steel management made it official Tuesday; the blast furnace at the Hamilton Works won’t be fired up again. It will cost the company $225-million to write down the operation this quarter, but it is part of the new strategy for U.S. Steel going forward.One of the most iconic parts of the Hamilton skyline will never be the same. And while the decision is not altogether unexpected, it has still shaken a city that built its identity on steel. Tonight, city officials are now demanding a face-to-face meeting with U.S. Steel executives in Pittsburgh. Elise Copps has that story. read more

Oct
4

Hackers may have accessed 250000 Twitter accounts Washington Post confirms attack from

by Terry Collins And Anne D’Innocenzio, The Associated Press Posted Feb 2, 2013 6:21 pm MDT NEW YORK, N.Y. – Social media giant Twitter is among the latest U.S. companies to report that it is among a growing list of victims of Internet security attacks, saying that hackers may have gained access to information on 250,000 of its more than 200 million active users. And now, The Washington Post is joining the chorus, revealing the discovery of a sophisticated cyberattack in 2011.Twitter said in a blog post on Friday it detected attempts to gain access to its user data earlier in the week. It shut down one attack moments after it was detected.But Twitter discovered that the attackers may have stolen user names, email addresses and encrypted passwords belonging to 250,000 users they describe as “a very small percentage of our users.” The company reset the pilfered passwords and sent emails advising the affected users.The Twitter attack comes on the heels of recent hacks into the computer systems of U.S. companies, including The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. Both newspapers reported this week that their computer systems had been infiltrated by China-based hackers, likely to monitor media coverage the Chinese government deems important.On Friday, The Washington Post disclosed in an article published on its website that it was also the target of a sophisticated cyberattack, which was discovered in 2011 and was first reported by an independent cybersecurity blog. Washington Post spokeswoman, Kris Coratti, didn’t offer any details including the duration of the attack or the origins. But according to sources that the newspaper quoted, who it said spoke on condition of anonymity, the intruders gained access as early as 2008 or 2009. According to the sources, Chinese hackers are also suspected.Coratti couldn’t be reached immediately for comment by The Associated Press. According to her comments made to the newspaper, the company worked with security company Mandiant to “detect, investigate and remediate the situation promptly at the end of 2011.”China has been accused of mounting a widespread, aggressive cyber-spying campaign for several years, trying to steal classified information and corporate secrets and to intimidate critics. The Chinese foreign ministry could not be reached for comment Saturday, but the Chinese government has said those accusations are baseless and that China itself is a victim of cyberattacks.Twitter didn’t provide any clues as to whether it believes that China was behind its hack. However, the blog post by the company’s director of information security, Bob Lord, made clear that the hackers knew what they were doing. Lord said in the blog that the attack “was not the work of amateurs, and we do not believe it was an isolated incident.”“The attackers were extremely sophisticated, and we believe other companies and organizations have also been recently similarly attacked,” Lord said. “For that reason we felt that it was important to publicize this attack while we still gather information, and we are helping government and federal law enforcement in their effort to find and prosecute these attackers to make the Internet safer for all users.”Reached on Saturday, Twitter spokesman Jim Prosser had no further comment.Based on the few details released about the Twitter and Washington Post attacks it’s hard to say whether Chinese hackers were involved, said Rich Mogull, CEO of Securosis, an independent security research and advisory firm. There are certain pieces of malicious software that are characteristic to Chinese hackers, he said, but “the problem is not enough has been made public.”One theory is that the Twitter hack happened after an employee’s home or work computer was compromised through vulnerabilities in Java, a commonly used computing language whose weaknesses have been well publicized. Independent privacy and security researcher Ashkan Soltani said such a move would give attackers “a toehold” in Twitter’s internal network, potentially allowing them either to sniff out user information as it travelled across the company’s system or break into specific areas, such as the authentication servers that process users’ passwords.The relatively small number of users affected suggests that attackers weren’t on the network long or that they were only able to compromise a subset of the company’s servers, Soltani said.Twitter is generally used to broadcast messages to the public, so the hack might not immediately have yielded any important secrets. But the stolen credentials could be used to eavesdrop on private messages or track which Internet address a user is posting from.That might be useful, for example, for an authoritarian regime trying to keep tabs on a journalist’s movements.“More realistically, someone could use that as an entry point into another service,” Soltani said, noting that since few people bother using different passwords for different services, a password stolen from Twitter might be just as handy for reading a journalist’s emails.___AP reporters Raphael Satter in London and Didi Tang in Beijing contributed to this report. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Hackers may have accessed 250,000 Twitter accounts; Washington Post confirms attack from 2011 read more

Oct
2

Sharkeys stat line leads Samford past Purdue Fort Wayne

FORT WAYNE, Ind. — Josh Sharkey tied a career-high with 25 points, had seven steals with six rebounds and six assists and Samford beat Purdue Fort Wayne 74-66 on Friday night.John Konchar’s 3-pointer with 2:48 to play brought the Mastodons within 68-66 but Purdue Fort Wayne missed it last seven shot attempts. Sharkey scored Samford’s last 10 points including all six of his free throws.Samford entered the contest holding opponents to 36.6 per cent shooting and continued that defensive pressure limiting Purdue Fort Wayne to 37 per cent (23 of 62) from the field. The Bulldogs (6-1) meanwhile shot 27 of 52 (52 per cent). Ruben Guerrero added 15 points and six rebounds and Myron Gordon scored 11 points.Konchar led the Mastodons (3-4) with 24 points and nine rebounds and Kason Harrell scored 14.It was the first-ever meeting between the two schools.The Associated Press read more

Sep
25

David Beckham changed date of Unicef Downing Street visit for tax purposes

first_imgBritish expatriates can legally avoid paying tax as long as they visit Britain for no more than 90 days each tax year. Beckham allegedly discussed the invitation from Unicef, for whom he is a global ambassador, with his aide Dave Gardner.  “Obviously we cannot tell them the real reason,” Mr Gardner reportedly wrote. David Beckham reportedly put off a visit to Downing Street as part of a Unicef delegation “for tax reasons”.The former England football captain, who was living in the US at the time, was asked in 2012 by the UN children’s charity to meet the then Prime Minister David Cameron with a group of youngsters.”The problem for this one is that I cannot go home,” he allegedly wrote, according to a leaked email.The correspondence is part of a trove of hacked emails that have been released.  A source close to Beckham said: “These emails are out of date, out of context and have been doctored in some cases.”Beckham, who was playing for LA Galaxy in 2012, was domiciled in the US for tax purposes and if he travelled to the UK it could mean paying more to HM Revenue and Customs, the Daily Mail reported. Show more Simon Oliveira, Beckham’s his long-time publicist, said the footballer would stay in the US “for important personal reasons”, according to the leaked emails, published by a number of European news websites.Among them was the France-based Mediapart website, which claimed: “Beckham does not want to honour the invitation for tax reasons.” David Beckham with his wife Victoria after receiving the OBECredit:PA David Beckham with his wife Victoria after receiving the OBE A Unicef spokesman confirmed the engagement went ahead after it was rearranged to a more convenient date. “David Beckham went to Downing Street on July 26, 2012, to call for more action to help children affected by malnutrition around the world,” he told the Daily Mail. A source close to Beckham told the newspaper: ‘David is now domiciled in the UK for tax, but he wasn’t when he worked overseas. For periods of time, he was based outside the UK. He just couldn’t travel to the UK on that particular date. “But the Unicef event did go ahead, at a later date, so it would be wrong to say he let them down. Really it’s a situation in which an event moved by a month – around a guy who was abroad with his team role and donating huge amounts of money to charity at the time. “One of the periods David was living abroad, he was donating his entire salary to Unicef when in Paris, so it’s a bit rich to suggest that him being overseas was bad for the charity.”Beckham’s advisers are trying to repair his reputation after the publication of emails between him and Mr Oliveira, which have led to suggestions his charity work as a Unicef ambassador was part of a ploy to earn a knighthood.Fearing further damaging material from his private emails may become public, he is considering hiring a private investigator to find the person who tried to blackmail his publicist for £1 million. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Sep
22

Unemployment rate fell to 132 in October but its still unacceptably high

first_imgUpdated 22:47FIGURES PUBLISHED EARLIER today by the Central Statistics Office (CSO) shows that the number of people signing on to the Live Register fell by 3,700 in October.On a seasonally adjusted basis, there are currently 409,900 on the Live Register.This is the first month since May 2009 that the unadjusted Live Register total has been below 400,000.Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton welcomed the news but said that unemployment is still “unacceptably high”.She told RTÉ’s News at One that unemployment is “not falling as quickly as we would like for the people affected and their families, but [employment] is growing, at last, in the right direction”.UnemploymentThe standardised unemployment rate in October 2013 was 13.2 per cent, down from 13.3 per cent in September 2013.In a breakdown of the figures, that CSO states that on a seasonally adjusted basis the Live Register showed a monthly decrease of 2,900 males in October 2013, while females decreased by 700 over the same period.The number of male claimants decreased by 21,792 to 246,753 over the year while female claimants decreased by 1,868 to 149,759.Burton acknowledged that employment for women is “beginning to pick up again, but it’s not as rapid as it is for men”.ClaimsLooking at October 2012, the decrease in the number of claimants fell by just 9,050 to 268,545, while there was a decrease of 1,210 to 151,627 for females.The Live Register includes part-time workers – those who work up to three days a week, seasonal and casual workers.There were 81,319 casual and part-time workers on the Live Register in October 2013, which represents 20.5 per cent of the total Live Register. This compares with 20.4 per cent one year earlier when there were 85,663 casual and part-time workers on the Live Register.AgeIn the year to October 2013 the number of persons aged 25 and over on the Live Register decreased by 16,324, and the number of persons aged under 25 decreased by 7,336.Annual decreases in persons aged under 25 have occurred in all months since July 2010, while the number of persons aged 25 and over have fallen annually in all months since July 2012.Burton said that while emigration remains a worry the number of people “closing off their claim” on the Register is down by about 4,000.There were 33,173 new registrants on the Live Register in October 2013. Males accounted for 56.6 per cent and females 43.4 per cent of all new registrants.Burton also said there have been increases in employment in the areas of financial services and construction. She said she hoped there would be opportunities for workers facing redundancy at Danske Bank.- additional reporting Hugh O’Connell First published 1.09pm Irish man considers joining British army to pull family out of poverty EXCLUSIVE>Former Mountjoy governor: Dole cuts likely to push young people into criminality>last_img read more

Sep
21

Into the thick of Ebola

first_imgAs the world anxiously awaits news of the spread of the Ebola virus, one Greek Australian man is heading into the thick of it. When the UN turns up in a crisis zone, that says something to the people suffering there, that the world hasn’t forgotten them, that it stand by them and will do what it can to end that suffering – Ari GaitanisUN spokesperson Ari Gaitanis arrived in West Africa this week to see through the first ever UN emergency health mission. The UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response has witnessed 8,376 cases and 4,024 deaths from Ebola based on information provided by the Ministries of Health of Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone.Ari has been dispatched from his post as the UN deputy director and spokesperson for the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan and been sent on a rapid deployment to West Africa.He’s says the outbreak is “unprecedented” and implores the international community to step up and “meet this challenge head on”.“There are concerns that the steps implemented by the international community are not nearly enough to halt the advance of the fatal disease,” he tells Neos Kosmos.“With every day that passes, the number of sick people increases – the virus’ spread is either stopped now or we face an entirely unprecedented situation.”For the suffering people of Africa, the spread of Ebola has been shouldered by them alone for a long time. They’ve witnessed the international response remain reactionary, with coverage of the topic making it onto people’s screens only after the threat of the virus reaches their shores. For Ari, he feels the UN’s response will finally give the frightened people of Africa the sense that the international world is listening to their calls for help.“When the UN turns up in a crisis zone, that says something to the people suffering there, that the world hasn’t forgotten them, that it stand by them and will do what it can to end that suffering,” he says.The fight to contain the Ebola virus is not just about getting those sick safely contained and treated, but also getting people diagnosed as quickly as possible.That can be helped by creating more laboratories in the surrounding communities of the outbreak, helping those who start to feel sick a chance to immediately seek help.Ari says there’s a need for more funding to help the efforts.“There’s a need for an increase in the number of diagnostic laboratories, transport support, and funding to help with operation logistics which would help aid the UN response to this crisis,” he says.The virus has also created a new threat. The threat of social exclusion and fear, as many survivors, victims and their children are being spurned by their local communities. Ebola survivors, as medical professionals have frequently reiterated, are no longer capable of contracting the virus. The virus itself is not airborne, and only be transmitted through bodily fluids of an actively ill patient.The UN will also seek to address the stigma and discrimination facing Ebola survivors as such challenges undermines their recovery.The five aims of the UN response is to stop the outbreak, teat the infected, ensure essential services, preserve stability and prevent further outbreaks. For Ari, the trip brings with it new fears and troubles.At least two UN volunteers and staff members have died in the effort to help fight Ebola, with one volunteer losing their battle while seeking treatment in Germany this week.Ari says he can’t afford to be paralysed by fear, something he’s taken on board with him every time he’s been deployed.“It’s not something you’d want to over-think as you wouldn’t want to be paralysed by that,” he says. “You need to be professional, stay sharp and frosty with a clear mind in order to be able to do whatever it is that needs doing.”It’s not the first time he’s been deployed to Africa. Ari travelled to Somalia during the famine when Al Shabab still had say over large parts of the country in 2011 and was in Sudan during the peace process to end its civil war in 2005.For the past 20 months he’s been stationed in Kabul overseeing Afghanistan’s first democratic transition of power in the country’s history. He’s definitely no stranger to conflict. As the previous editor of the UN News Centre, the deputy spokesperson at the UN Interim Force in Lebanon, the public information officer for the UN Assistance to the Khmer Rouge Trials in Cambodia, Ari has travelled the world trying to uphold peace and make sure the world knows what’s going on. Born in Emerald in central Queensland and growing up in a Greek Australian family in Brisbane, it must be hard for his mother to deal with his dangerous roles. “My mother does worry, but at the same time, she’s also been a rock throughout my life and work,” he says.“When I’ve been deployed to hotspots, despite her worry and concern she’s been supportive all the way.”As a young boy, Ari was buoyed by the pursuit of truth and innately curious about the world. That pushed him into a career in journalism.From selling newspaper outside Brisbane’s Princess Alexandra Hospital and getting 3.5 cents for each newspaper sold, to eventually working for the ABC and moving around the world for his job, journalism fed his need to be a good storyteller and a campaigner for what’s right.“It’s one of the best ways to learn about people, society, life,” he says.“I think most journalists have inside them a strong sense of idealism, of speaking truth to power, of keeping people informed of important issues, of doing some good for society.“There’s this innate desire to help make the world a better place.”That made the switch to the UN a natural step, he says.His first job at the UN was working under the then Secretary General, Kofi Annan in New York. While he’s still based there, Ari has never stayed there for too long, always being transported to places in need.Entering warzones, countries ravaged by famine and disease, the job is never easy.In January this year, he saw four of his fellow UN employees die after a suicide bomb attack in Kabul. Seeing such atrocities, living in warzones and seeing the worst of bad and unfair leadership has given him a unique view on the world and the need for peace.“I’ve seen too much of what conflict can do to people and society to ever think it necessary for the greater good, for any greater good,” he says.“I really do believe that any differences or contentious issues between people can be resolved through a mix of reasonableness, goodwill and compromise.” Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Sep
20

Hier soir un gros météore a traversé le ciel français et nous

first_imgHier soir, un gros météore a traversé le ciel français et nous l’avons vu !Vendredi soir aux alentours de 21H, un mystérieux objet a traversé le ciel illuminant la nuit d’une forte lumière. Depuis, de nombreux témoins se sont précipités sur le net pour raconter ce qu’ils ont vu, parmi lesquels… Maxisciences qui a eu la chance d’assister au phénomène. “J’étais dans mon jardin vers 21H05 et j’ai d’abord vu une simple étoile filante ; un point lumineux assez classique, qui s’est ensuite transformée en une boule plus grosse et brillante avec une traînée assez longue. Je m’attendais à ce que cette “étoile filante” disparaisse au milieu du ciel comme on peut en voir souvent, mais vraisemblablement il y avait plus de matière à venir brûler dans l’atmosphère !”. Ceci est l’un des témoignages publiés sur le forum de Futura Sciences où depuis hier soir de plus en plus de personnes viennent décrire ce qu’elles ont vu. À lire aussiSpaceX : un satellite d’Elon Musk manque d’entrer en collision avec un satellite de l’ESAEn effet, hier soir vers 21H00, une boule de feu a traversé le ciel et a surpris de nombreux habitants, notamment de région parisienne, qui se sont mis à scruter la nuit particulièrement étoilée pour voir passer le phénomène. De multiples témoins dont fait partie Maxisciences qui a totalement par hasard pu assister au passage du mystérieux objet. Dans la région du Mans, à environ 21h04, une sorte d’étoile particulièrement brillante est apparue dans le ciel. Mais l’objet semblait trop gros pour être une simple étoile et se déplaçait à grande vitesse. Très rapidement, l’objet s’est ainsi rapproché de plus en plus puis une trainée a surgi, transformant le phénomène en une véritable boule de feu orangée. Alors que l’engin poursuivait sa course, la “flamme” s’est faite de plus en plus grosse et celui-ci s’est soudainement séparé en plusieurs fragments qui se sont isolés avant de disparaitre définitivement. Un spectacle véritablement extraordinaire qui n’a pas été si rare ces derniers mois, notamment avec la météorite observée en Bretagne. Pour l’heure, si les descriptions se multiplient, on ignore encore tout du mystérieux objet : s’agissait-il de la combustion d’une grosse météorite ou était-ce déjà un morceau du satellite ROSAT qui doit retomber ce week-end ? Le recroisement des témoignages et l’étude des photographies potentielles devraient permettre d’en savoir plus dans les jours prochains. Le 22 octobre 2011 à 14:38 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Sep
20

Worlds Most Popular Coffee Species Are Going Extinct Study Says

first_img Coffee lovers, here’s one more reason to savor that morning cup o’ joe. Research shows 60 percent of coffee species found in the wild could soon go extinct.In a new study published in the journal Science Advances on Wednesday, researchers at Kew Royal Botanic Gardens say factors putting the future of coffee at risk include climate change, deforestation, droughts, and plant diseases.According to the study, a collaboration between scientists from the UK and Ethiopia, out of 124 types of wild coffee, 75 are at risk of extinction. About 35 of the 124 species grow in areas with no conservation protections.“The important thing to remember is that coffee requires a forest habitat for its survival,” Aaron P. Davis, head of coffee research at Kew, who co-led the work, told CNN. “With so much deforestation going on around the world, wild coffee species are being impacted at an alarming rate.”Aerial view of a coffee farm in Shishinda, Ethiopia on October 27, 2018. (Photo Credit: Eric Lafforgue/Art in All of Us/Corbis via Getty Images)The future looks especially grim for arabica, one of the most popular kinds of coffee for commercial production. Previous research has shown that wild Arabica could be extinct by 2080. The arabicas grown in the world’s coffee plantations are from very limited genetic stock and are unlikely to have the flexibility required to cope with climate change and other threats, such as pests and diseases.Davis said targeted action is urgently needed in specific tropical countries, particularly in Africa and particular in forested areas which are being hit hard by climate change.The study urges governments and commercial producers to increase protections for coffee species and stockpile more seeds.Another recommendation for ensuring a brighter future for coffee involves more focus on the the less common types of coffee. Preserving a diverse crop of wild coffee plants is useful for developing commercial coffee that’s resistant to changing climates and pests, according to the study. To create genetically modified plants, researchers need to preserve diverse coffee genes.Women dry coffee beans in a farm in Shishinda, Ethiopia on October 27, 2018. (Photo Credit: Eric Lafforgue/Art in All of Us/Corbis via Getty Images)The study’s findings are not just important for coffee drinkers. “There are many countries which depend on coffee for the … bulk of their export earnings,” Davis told Reuters. “It’s estimated there are 100 million people producing coffee in farms around the world.”Ethiopia, for example, is the natural birthplace of wild Arabica coffee and Africa’s largest coffee exporter. Around 15 million Ethiopians work in coffee production and annual exports have an estimated value of a $1 billion, according to Reuters.The country has taken steps to preserve biodiversity through maintaining forest-based coffee farming systems and minimize coffee farmers’ vulnerability to climate change by launching initiatives such as the Yayu Forest Coffee Project, which encourages farmers to plant coffee inside forests, creating a cash crop while protecting precious woodlands.More on Geek.com:These Vegan Shoes Are Made From Recycled Coffee GroundsIBM Coffee Drone Wakes You Up Whether You Like It or NotLondon Buses, Like People, Fuel Up on Coffee Stay on target Researchers Use Rats to Find Out Why Coffee Makes Us PoopStarbucks Will Test ‘Greener,’ Recyclable Cups in Stores Soon last_img read more

Sep
19

Update on the status of NWA Champion Rob Conway

first_img Kickoff Show match set for No Mercy, Look back at Sting vs. Seth Rollins Facebook Twitter Julio Jones Becomes NFL’s Highest Paid Wide Receiver Now Playing Up Next Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest WhatsApp U.S. Open champ picks Jennifer Lawrence to play her Now Playing Up Next WWE Hall of Famer Harley Race suffers broken legs after a fallcenter_img Google+ Prince Harry’s Big Heart And The Invictus Games NWA World Champion Rob Conway, who underwent emergency appendectomy surgery yesterday, is currently recovering and awaiting word from doctors’ clearance for him to begin working out again according to a report by Mike Johnson. It is unknown how long Conway will be out of action as of this writing. Source: PWInsider.comRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipJulio Jones Becomes NFL’s Highest Paid Wide ReceiverVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 1:16/Current Time 0:02Loaded: 83.84%0:02Remaining Time -1:14 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Celebrity Closeup: Edgar Ramirez Man Paramotors Right By A Cable Car Now Playing Up Next Match announced for next week’s 205 Live, 8-Man Elimination from TLC PPV in 2015 Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Nextlast_img read more

Sep
15

OneBlood asks community to donate blood for Vegas shooting victims

first_imgLAS VEGAS (WSVN) — The call has gone out for the community to donate blood, and people are responding to help.Long lines wrapped around hospitals and blood banks in Las Vegas hospitals, Monday, as people rushed to help.Officials are asking anyone who is healthy enough to roll up their sleeves and donate blood.“What we asked for is blood. That’s the main thing right now, is that, if people want to do something and they are healthy, then please donate blood,” said Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman. “We’ll have plenty of banks available. Always call a hospital if you’re unsure where to go.”Hospitals said their stocks are in good condition for now, but with more than 500 shooting victims, in addition to the regular day-to-day trauma patients, the supply could take a hit.“We are in the process of preparing a shipment of blood and platelets to be sent to them as soon as possible and remain on standby to assist further if needed,” nonprofit organization OneBlood said in a statement.For more information about blood drives and donation centers near you, go to OneBlood.org. Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Sep
15

Officials installing 60inch water main in SW MiamiDade urge residents to use

first_imgSOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – Miami-Dade Water and Sewer crews are working on a new a 60-inch water main in Southwest Miami-Dade.Residents who live west of Southwest 117th Avenue, between Southwest Eighth Street and 136th streets, are expected to experience low water pressure for about a week.Officials ask that residents use less water during early morning and evening hours in order to lower demand on the system.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Sep
10

Amazons Fire TV Cube gets closer to being a fully functioning Alexa

first_img Amazon Fire TV Cube Related links Share your voice • Now playing: Watch this: Alexa Amazon All of Amazon’s Alexa smart speakers Smart Speakers & Displays Media Streamers Tags Aug 31 • The best coffee grinders you can buy right now Aug 30 • Battling bot vacs: iRobot Roomba S9+ vs Neato Botvac D7 Connected $117 Aug 31 • Alexa can tell you if someone breaks into your house Preview • Now Alexa turns on your TV CNET Smart Home 3:06 See Allcenter_img See it 15 Photos Amazon’s Fire TV Cube gives you and Alexa hands-free… Why wait for Prime Day? Amazon Fire TV devices are on sale now Alexa turns on your TV, and it feels like magic Which Amazon Echo speaker should you buy? Comment CNET may get a commission from retail offers. reading • Amazon’s Fire TV Cube gets closer to being a fully functioning Alexa speaker Review • Amazon Fire TV Cube review: Alexa TV control feels like magic To manage these new voice control features, select your Fire TV Cube from your list of devices in the Alexa app. From there, you can enable and disable the Alexa Communications and Drop In functions. Drop In, which lets you create a network of intercoms in your home with various Amazon smart speakers, is disabled in the Alexa app by default.  1 Amazon’s Fire TV Cube gains some new Alexa smarts. Sarah Tew/CNET Amazon today added Alexa features to the Fire TV Cube. You should now be able to call, send voice messages and Drop In on other Alexa devices straight from your Fire TV Cube. These features are already available on Amazon smart speakers and displays. The Fire TV Cube is a $120 media player with a built-in Alexa speaker. Use voice commands just like you would with a regular Amazon Echo speaker or smart display using the wake word “Alexa.” Ask Alexa via the Fire TV Cube to turn on your TV, play your favorite Netflix show and more — there’s no need to enlist a remote like you would with a Fire TV Stick (although you can also use the Fire TV Cube remote, if you want).  CNET Smart Home The ability to make and receive calls, send voice messages and use Drop In to speak via other Alexa devices follows support for the new Apple Music skill, which was added to the Fire TV Cube in March. Features like Alexa Announcements, multiroom audio and Follow-Up Mode were also added to the Fire TV Cube recently. While Fire TV Cube support for calling, voice messaging and Drop In launched today, Amazon says it will take “several weeks” for it to reach every compatible device. Mentioned Above Amazon Fire TV Cube Aug 31 • Best smart light bulbs for 2019 (plus switches, light strips, accessories and more)last_img read more

Sep
5

Cricket world to have a new world champion on July 14 Its

first_imgJason Roy played a huge role in England’s victoryTwitter/ICCOn coming Sunday, July 14, at the home of cricket, Lord’s, there will be a new world champion in ODI cricket. Two teams, who have never won the ultimate title in 50-over cricket will lock horns to emerge victorious and get their hands on the trophy.While the Kiwis surprised everyone by defeating India and earning a title shot in their second successive World Cup, the pre-tournament favourites finally showed that ruthless streak that had made them the no. 1 ranked side, coming into this tournament, and thumped Australia by 8 wickets to enter the World Cup final for the fourth time.First, it was the pair of Chris Woakes and Jofra Archer that did the damage early on in Australia’s innings. While Archer dismissed Aaron Finch, the Aussie captain, for a first-ball duck, Woakes showed his quality by getting rid of David Warner and Peter Handscomb. It was the indefatigable Steve Smith that battled like only he can and kept the innings from sinking. But wickets kept falling at the other end, eventually leading to the Aussies being bowled out for 223 despite Smith’s brilliant 85.England were made to once again realise what a key player Jason Roy is and how much he was missed by the team when the opener got his team to a strong start in the first ten overs. While Bairstow held one end up, Roy ensured there was a continuous flow of boundaries from the other. England were 50/0 in 10 overs but things were only going to get better for them as Roy launched an all-out attack on the Aussies and knocked them out of the game. The first wicket fell at the score of 124 but it was too late for the defending champions. Even the wicket of Roy at the score of 147 didn’t stop England as their captain Eoin Morgan and Test captain Joe Root kept the momentum and took their team home with 8 wickets and nearly 18 overs remaining. A more comprehensive win couldn’t have been imagined.So, will England win their first World Cup in their fourth appearance at the final? Or will the Kiwis go one better? One thing is for sure – a new nation will join the group of World Cup winners.last_img read more

Aug
31

Study of alligator dental regeneration process may lead to tooth regeneration in

first_img More information: Specialized stem cell niche enables repetitive renewal of alligator teeth, PNAS, Published online before print May 13, 2013, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1213202110 AbstractReptiles and fish have robust regenerative powers for tooth renewal. However, extant mammals can either renew their teeth one time (diphyodont dentition) or not at all (monophyodont dentition). Humans replace their milk teeth with permanent teeth and then lose their ability for tooth renewal. Here, we study tooth renewal in a crocodilian model, the American alligator, which has well-organized teeth similar to mammals but can still undergo life-long renewal. Each alligator tooth is a complex family unit composed of the functional tooth, successional tooth, and dental lamina. Using multiple mitotic labeling, we map putative stem cells to the distal enlarged bulge of the dental lamina that contains quiescent odontogenic progenitors that can be activated during physiological exfoliation or artificial extraction. Tooth cycle initiation correlates with β-catenin activation and soluble frizzled-related protein 1 disappearance in the bulge. The dermal niche adjacent to the dermal lamina dynamically expresses neural cell adhesion molecule, tenascin-C, and other molecules. Furthermore, in development, asymmetric β-catenin localization leads to the formation of a heterochronous and complex tooth family unit configuration. Understanding how these signaling molecules interact in tooth development in this model may help us to learn how to stimulate growth of adult teeth in mammals.Press release Citation: Study of alligator dental regeneration process may lead to tooth regeneration in humans (2013, May 14) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-05-alligator-dental-regeneration-tooth-humans.html Biological tooth replacement—a step closer 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. Alligator teeth are arranged in tooth family units with 3 members at each position, enabling repetitive replacement. Credit: PNAS, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1213202110center_img (Phys.org) —A team of researchers from the U.S., Taiwan and China analyzing tooth regeneration in alligators reports that a similar process might possibly be instigated in humans through artificial means. In their paper published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the team describes how they uncovered the tooth regeneration process in alligators and why it might apply to human dentistry. © 2013 Phys.org Scientists have long known that tooth regeneration occurs in alligators, but until now, most believed the process followed a schedule—like snakes shedding their skin or birds molting. This new research indicates that the process is actually an on-demand system—when a tooth is lost, a new tooth re-grows in its place. This is an exciting development because alligator tooth structure is very similar to human tooth structure.To find out what actually occurs with alligator tooth replacement, the research team used a variety of techniques (x-rays, tissue analysis, etc.) to study the tooth structure of embryonic, hatchling and three year old alligators. They found that the structure was made up of three parts: a mature tooth, an immature replacement tooth-in-waiting and tissue with stem cells in it. By extracting teeth from a juvenile they were able to watch the tooth replacement process in action. They found that upon loss of a tooth, the tooth-in-waiting began to mature and the tissue with stem cells in it formed a bulge that over time caused the development of a new tooth-in-waiting. The process in alligators is so effective, the researchers found, that all of their 80 teeth are replaced an average of 50 times over their lifetime.The researchers note that because of tooth structure similarity between humans and alligators, it might be possible one day to coax new teeth to grow to replace those that are lost. This is because other studies have shown that humans also have stem cell tissue beneath their teeth. It’s responsible for replacing baby teeth with adult teeth and in rare cases for a condition known as supernumerary teeth—where people grow extra teeth. In humans, the stem cells are believed to shut off after doing their job just once. If a way could be found to turn them back on again, the researchers suggest, it might be possible to cause new teeth to grow when old ones are lost. Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Scienceslast_img read more

Aug
27

Siemens Healthineers Introduces Two Education and Workforce Solutions

first_img Feature | Radiology Imaging | July 29, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr Imaging Market in U.S. Could Rise In Coming Years The coming years may be good for the medical imaging community in the United States. But they will not be easy. read more Related Content Feature | Radiology Business | July 18, 2019 | By Stefanie Manack and Judy Zakutny Finding A Common Data Language for Radiology Approximately 30 percent of a hospital or health system’s profit comes from imaging according, to… read more Videos | AAPM | July 23, 2019 VIDEO: Bridging Diversity in Medical Physics to Improve Patient Care Cynthia McColl… read more 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 | Radiology Business | August 01, 2019 Philips Completes Acquisition of Carestream Health’s HCIS Business … 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 Demand for ultrasound scans at U.S. outpatient centers could grow by double digits over the next five years, according to a speaker at AHRA 2019. A variety of factors, however, could cause projections for this and other modalities to change. Graphic courtesy of Pixabay Image by rawpixel from Pixabay  Siemens Healthineers debuted the FlexForce Coach performance consulting and FlexForce Tech staffing solutions, which are designed to educate and improve the workflow of radiologic and laboratory technologists. FlexForce Coach and FlexForce Tech can help a health care organization transform its delivery of care and improve the patient experience.With FlexForce Coach, a Siemens Healthineers performance consultant works with the health care organization to standardize and optimize the care protocols of its imaging systems across multiple technologist work shifts and geographic locations, while also ensuring that those technologists are fully trained on – and confident with – the equipment and its advanced applications. The goal of FlexForce Coach is for technologists at the organization’s main campus and satellite locations to follow the same set of operational protocols when creating images for radiologists, thereby optimizing clinical outcomes for patients and operational outcomes for the organization.The FlexForce Tech staffing solution addresses workforce shortages and helps to drive increased organizational efficiency by providing licensed, fully vetted, vendor-trained radiologic and laboratory technologists. These technologists have access to ongoing clinical and professional training from Siemens Healthineers to maintain industry relevance.“Siemens Healthineers proudly introduces FlexForce Coach and FlexForce Tech as part of its expanding portfolio of education and workflow solutions,” said Nanci Wozniak, Vice President of Education and Workforce Solutions at Siemens Healthineers. “FlexForce Coach enables customers to get the most out of their imaging systems by helping to increase system performance and drive outcomes-based improvements across the organization. FlexForce Tech delivers best-in-class radiologic and laboratory technologists who are armed with the skills and training necessary to hit the ground running, avoiding prolonged ramp-up periods and better ensuring their ability to meet performance expectations.”FlexForce Coach and FlexForce Tech contracts range from three months to several years.For more information: https://usa.healthcare.siemens.com/education/workforce-planning/flexforce-coach FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 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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Photo by Greg Freiherr Feature | Radiology Business | July 22, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr Payment Models Seek Traction in Transition from Volume Efforts to reform healthcare are booming, b read more Body language expert Traci Brown spoke at the AHRA 2019 meeting on how to identify when a person is not being honest by their body language. She said medical imaging department administrators can use this knowledge to help in hiring decisions and managing staff.  News | Radiology Imaging | July 22, 2019 AHRA and Canon Medical Systems Support the 12th Annual Putting Patients First Program For the past twelve years, Canon Medical Systems USA, Inc. has partnered with read more News | Radiation Oncology | July 17, 2019 CMS Proposes New Alternative Payment Model for Radiation Oncology The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a proposal for an advanced alternative payment model (APM)… read morelast_img read more

Aug
19

Save water ban golf courses says Costa Rican lawmaker

first_imgRelated posts:Costa Rica passes 2nd ‘popular initiative’ bill, which declares water access a fundamental right City officials finally promise relief to Cartago residents facing ongoing water shortages Drought: As tourism season approaches, Tamarindo needs a good shower San José to face water rationing for at least six more weeks Broad Front Party legislator Suray Carrillo Guevara is drafting a water conservation bill that would ban golf courses in Costa Rica — both existing ones and those that are yet to be built.The bill aims at solving water shortages affecting most of the country, but especially the Pacific provinces of Guanacaste and Puntarenas, which are facing severe drought.Carrillo, a Guanacaste representative, said her home province is not the best place for building golf courses because it is the area facing the biggest water supply problems. “There are water supply problems at most provinces but currently there are 125 communities facing daily water shortages in Guanacaste alone,” she said.According to the National Meteorological Institute (IMN), Guanacaste is facing a 65 percent rain deficit for the year.Carrillo would not comment on the full contents of her proposal but she said it will include restrictions for tourism-related businesses, public agencies and citizens.“My initiative is a law to enforce water-saving measures and includes proposals to eliminate water waste. The ban on golf courses is just one of them,” Carrillo said.Drought: As tourism season approaches, Tamarindo needs a good showerThe legislator said many tourism megaprojects in Guanacaste have gardens filled with exotic plants brought from other continents that require large amounts of water to survive in Costa Rica’s climate. “That’s outrageous,” she said. “We have an enormous variety of beautiful plants here.”Her bill also proposes measures to demand more citizen responsibility for conservation, as well as stricter requirements for granting building permits in watersheds.“Municipalities are largely responsible for causing water shortages as they easily grant permits to companies without requiring from them any measures to protect natural resources,” Carrillo said.The legislator said her initiative has the support of several community groups, mainly from Guanacaste, where she has publicly spoken about the idea.Carrillo said she is still evaluating options for enforcing the proposed measures and all possible legal scenarios around the bill. She expects the first draft of the bill to be ready in two weeks for analysis by a special Legislative Committee that evaluates issues affecting Guanacaste.“My proposal will be subject to discussion by all sectors involved in order to negotiate and seek agreements,” Carrillo said Wednesday, stressing that ultimately her goal is to reach an agreement to resolve the lack of water. “We have real water problems and the only important thing here is to decide what are we going to do about it,” she said.Critic calls idea ‘dangerously polarizing’ between rich and poorAlthough the drafting of the bill is still a work in progress, several sectors have already voiced their opposition to Carrillo’s initiative and scoffed at what they say is a typical manifestation of her party’s left-leaning ideology.Costa Rican Hotels Chamber President Gustavo Araya Carvajal said these kinds of proposals “are dangerously polarizing the country between rich and poor, left and right, yes and no, and undoubtedly they will end up affecting the whole country.”According to chamber data, golf courses create jobs for more than 2,000 families in Costa Rica and generate revenue of $260 million a year. Araya says hotels with golf courses have better water management practices than those required by public agencies.“We strongly encourage lawmakers to invest their time — time that we all pay for with taxes — to draft bills supported by logical, scientific, economic or mathematical foundations,” the chamber said in a public statement.National Tourism Chamber (CANATUR) President Pablo Abarca concurred, saying Carrillo’s proposal is based on ideological rather than technical grounds. “It is unnecessary to propose extreme measures such as banning golf courses,” Abarca said. “That will not solve water scarcity, as this is mostly a public infrastructure issue.”According to research from CANATUR, 10 percent of tourists to Costa Rica play golf here.“That 10 percent represents more than the increase in visitors recorded in the past two years. You can image the losses such a decision [banning courses] would bring,” Abarca said.The Costa Rican Tourism Board reported earlier this year that Costa Rica recorded 2,5 million international arrivals in 2014 — a 4.1 percent increase over 2013. Revenues from the travel sector last year totaled $2.6 billion — an 8.3 percent increase over the $2.4 billion registered in 2013, according to figures from the Central Bank.Guanacaste lawmakers Juan Marín Quirós, from the National Liberation Party and Johnny Leiva Badilla of the Social Christian Unity Party said this week that they will not support a bill that bans golf courses.“These proposals to limit and prohibit businesses are irrational and they might affect the country’s image among both domestic and foreign investors,” Leiva said.Marín believes banning golf courses would not help solve water shortages as long as thousands of people keep wasting water in their homes every day. “Most people do not practice any water-saving habits when they shower, do their laundry or any other domestic chores. The solution requires a broader perspective,” he said.Costa Rica currently has 15 golf courses and the National Golf Association (ANAGOLF) hosts some 40 tournaments annually. About 60 additional competitions are organized by other groups and companies.ANAGOLF Vice President Rodrigo Cordero Campos declined to comment directly on the initiative, saying the group’s board is currently gathering information on Carrillo’s proposal.Cordero did say he personally believes such initiatives should take into account golf’s economic contribution to the tourism sector and the important social contributions that charity golf tournaments make.“Golf is one of the sports that contributes the most to social causes in Costa Rica,” he said.ANAGOLF hosts annual tournaments that raise funds for the National Children’s Hospital and its burn center, Cordero said, and for several associations that help disabled people. Another ANAGOLF tournament raises funds to donate a house to a poor family each year.Cordero believes a ban on golf courses couldn’t be enforced and that lawmakers should take into consideration all the people and businesses linked to this sector.“I have no doubt that lawmaker Carrillo has good intentions, but it seems that her motivations are beyond just the water scarcity issue. It seems that she is using golf as an excuse,” he said.Lawmaker: Big tourism projects ‘do very little or nothing’ for communitiesCarrillo defends her proposal and says her fight is not something new and that it’s not based on ideology. The lawmaker said she has been a community leader for many years and that she has been part of various iniciatives to demand the government to protect populations’ access to potable water since 1999.“That was the time when the big tourism and agricultural projects boomed in the Pacific region. These are projects that are benefitting only their owners and do very little or nothing for the communities where they operate,” she said.Carrillo said her assertion is confirmed by State of the Nation Program reports. “Annual reports from those years clearly noted that these projects lacked productive chains that benefitted the population,” she said.This year, Guanacaste registered the biggest deficit in rainfall since the IMN began keeping records in 1937. The ongoing dry conditions have surpassed previous records registered in 1977.Local meteorologists have stated that current conditions are influenced by an El Niño weather phenomenon and that its effects on temperatures will peak in December. Temperatures then will gradually begin to decline through approximately mid-2016, according to IMN forecasts. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Aug
18

Justice NSA may have to wind down bulk collection this week

first_imgWASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department warned lawmakers that the National Security Agency will have to begin winding down its bulk collection of Americans’ phone records by the end of the week if Congress fails to reauthorize the Patriot Act.Faced with the expiration of the law on June 1 and uncertainty on Capitol Hill, the department circulated a memo on Wednesday that described the powers that will lapse and the actions NSA will have to take in advance to avoid legal challenges. The House overwhelmingly passed a bill to end the bulk collection and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., has said the Senate will act on the issue before beginning a Memorial Day recess scheduled for week’s end.Final congressional approval before the deadline is no certainty, though. Controversy surrounding the issue flared in the Senate when Sen. Rand Paul, a Kentucky Republican and 2016 presidential candidate, plunged into a lengthy speech declaring the Patriot Act unconstitutional and opposing renewal of the program.“I will not let the Patriot Act, the most un-Patriotic of acts, go unchallenged,” Paul said as he commandeered the floor.Officials said it was possible the White House contender would hold sway until midnight or later, but his office offered no word on his plans after he started speaking at 1:18 p.m. EDT. Paul’s campaign sent out a fundraising appeal while his longstanding opposition to bulk collection, a pillar of his campaign, stirred social media.The issue has divided Republicans and Democrats, cutting across party lines and pitting civil libertarians concerned about privacy against more hawkish lawmakers fearful about losing tools to combat terrorism. Comments   Share   Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Sponsored Stories Top Stories ___Associated Press writer Erica Werner contributed to this report.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Check your body, save your life Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Among the other Republicans eyeing the White House, Sens. Marco Rubio of Florida and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina favor extending the program while Ted Cruz of Texas supports a version of the House bill.Last week, the House backed the USA Freedom Act, which would replace bulk collection with a system to search the data held by telephone companies on a case-by-case basis. The vote was 338-88, and House Republican and Democratic leaders have insisted on their bill.But McConnell and several other top Republicans prefer to simply reauthorize the post-Sept. 11 law. McConnell has agreed to allow a vote on the House bill, but has indicated that there may not be enough votes to pass it in the Senate.If Congress fails to act, several key provisions of the law would expire, including the bulk collection; a provision allowing so-called roving wiretaps, which the FBI uses for criminals who frequently switch cellphones; and a third that makes it easier to obtain a warrant to target a “lone wolf” terror suspect who has no provable links to a terrorist organization.The Justice Department said the NSA will have to act within days.“After May 22, 2015, the National Security Agency will need to begin taking steps to wind down the bulk telephone metadata program in anticipation of a possible sunset in order to ensure that it does not engage in any unauthorized collection or use of the metadata,” the department said. Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober The department also said that if Congress allows the law to expire and then passes legislation to reauthorize it when lawmakers return to Washington the week of June 1 it would “be effective in making the authorities operative again, but may expose the government to some litigation risk in the event of legal challenge.”The White House backs the House bill and has pressed for the Senate to approve the legislation and send it to President Barack Obama for his signature.The House bill is the result of outrage among Republicans and Democrats after former NSA contractor Edward Snowden’s revelations about the NSA program.Although Paul called his action a filibuster, it technically fell short of Senate rules since the bill the Senate was considering was trade, not the Patriot Act.Fellow Republicans were not overly concerned by Paul’s move.“I think many of us anticipated that he would probably at some point use the floor on Patriot Act, on FISA, so I guess if he’s going to, doing it now as opposed to doing it on the weekend is maybe preferable,” said Sen. John Thune, R-S.D.Asked whether Paul’s speech met the definition of a filibuster, Thune said: “It’s going to be talking for an extended period of time. Around here I suppose that’s a filibuster.” 3 international destinations to visit in 2019last_img read more