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Poverty Is Bigger Bar to Higher Study Than Gender

Friday

UN Focus Misses Problem of Low Access Among Poor, Cambridge Experts Warn When the United Nations began its push to improve access to higher education in the world's poorest countries last year, it was hailed as a historic moment by many education experts. Never before had the UN set itself targets to increase participation in tertiary-level education. Instead, it had focused almost exclusively on making sure that children around the world had the chance to gain



Feds: Fiat Chrysler Cheated On Emissions

Friday

WASHINGTON - The U.S. government accused Fiat Chrysler on Thursday of failing to disclose software in some of its pickups and SUVs with diesel engines that allows them to emit more pollution than allowed under the Clean Air Act. The Environmental Protection Agency issued a "notice of violation" to the company that covers about 104,000 vehicles including the 2014 through 2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee and Ram pickups, all with 3-liter diesel engines. The California Air



At Wells Fargo, Rebuilding Customer Trust May Outweigh Revenue Gains

Friday

Despite the fake-accounts scandal that tainted Wells Fargo's brand and prompted the departure of its CEO, the bank ended 2016 with a small gain in its stock and -- analysts expect -- some revenue growth. That doesn't mean the San Francisco-based lender's troubles are over. Its top-line performance in the last three months of 2016 may prove less relevant to investors over the coming year than efforts to win back the trust of customers. "Our concern



IBM Unveils All-Flash Storage for Cognitive Workloads

Friday

Solid-State Storage Specifically Designed for High-End Applications Requiring High Availability, Continuous Uptime and High Performance at All Times Purpose-built servers, applications, mobile devices, networks—even uninterruptible backup power supplies—are commonplace in the IT business. But it isn't often that one hears about genre-specific storage. Data is data, storage is storage, no matter what the use case. Right? Perhaps, but IBM is thinking along different lines. On Jan. 12, Big Blue launched new, all-flash storage packages for



Region's Air Is Cleaner in 2016

Friday

State Data Show a Big Reduction in Deadly Particle Pollution in Southern California Southern Californians may be breathing a bit easier. Particle pollution in the region's ocean-to-mountains air basin exceeded the federal health standard on 16 days in 2016 - less than half the number of violations recorded in each of the previous three years, according to data from the California Air Resources Board. Regional air quality officials in charge of our smog cleanup efforts are encouraged



Kedarnath IT Project Claims E-Governance Award

Thursday

Rudrapayag district has brought laurels to the state as its most talked about Shri Kedarnath Yatra IT Project, installed and commissioned with an objective to providing assistance to pilgrims visiting Kedarnath after the 2013 natural disaster, claimed the 20th National Conference on E-governance held at Vishakapatnam in Andhra Pradesh on January 9 and 10. Project head Dr Raghav Langer, IAS, District Magistrate and Chairman, District Disaster Management Authority, Rudraprayag, received the award for the installation



Al-Emadi Hospital Wins Top Canadian Accreditation

Thursday

Al-Emadi Hospital has been accredited with Platinum level by Accreditation Canada International (ACI) following a comprehensive survey in December, 2016. An ACI survey team visited the hospital and conducted tracers of different processes related to quality and patient safety and assessed compliance with ACI standards and required organizational practices. During the survey, the ACI team looked into different qualitative indices, including the physical layout of the hospital, scope of services, maintenance and provision of a safe



World Bank Supports Quality Control of Environmental Services in Peru

Thursday

The World Bank issued the following news release: The World Bank Board of Directors approved a US$40 million loan today to improve environmental control in Peru. The financing will seek to enhance and expand environmental quality services, including environmental monitoring and the dissemination of information regarding its benefits. Environmental degradation disproportionately affects the health and productivity of the poorest, most vulnerable population and impedes sustainable development. Currently, environmental quality control in Peru has few standards and



Samsung Addresses Galaxy Note 7 Debacle, Avoids Discussing Other Recalls

Thursday

About those Samsung Galaxy Note 7 phones that burst into flames: Yes, a top U.S. Samsung executive addressed the recalls that cost it billions as he began his remarks before a packed group of journalists at CES Wednesday. Tim Baxter, president and COO of Samsung Electronics America, acknowledged that 2016 was a "challenging year" and said Samsung would very soon reveal the root cause behind the phablet phones that led to two separate recalls before



US Charges Volkswagen Exec with Fraud Over Emissions Scandal

Thursday

Volkswagen AG suffered a new setback on Monday when an executive was charged with conspiracy to defraud the United States over the company's diesel emissions cheating and the automaker was accused of concealing the cheating from regulators. Oliver Schmidt, who was general manager in charge of VW's environmental and engineering office in Michigan, did not enter a plea at an initial appearance in U.S. District Court in Miami on Monday and was ordered held pending



More Stringent Criteria Set for Pulp, Paper Firms Under Enhanced Green Label Scheme

Wednesday

Copyright 2017 MCN International Pte Ltd. All Rights Reserved Pulp and paper companies will need to meet stricter environmental standards, if they want to be certified under the Singapore Green Label Scheme (SGLS). The Singapore Environment Council (SEC) had revealed last month that it would enhance the scheme but details of the revised criteria were announced on Tuesday (Jan. 10). To be awarded the green label for their products, the company, owner or concessionaire in charge of



Ford Tweaks Its Best-Selling F-150 for 2018

Wednesday

Copyright 2017 Gannett Company, Inc. All Rights Reserved Ford is updating the look of its F-150 pickups -- featuring a redesigned grille -- just a little more than two years after launching an all-new version of its top-selling model. The refresh is evidence that the Dearborn, Mich.-based automaker is committed to continuing to invest heavily to keep its F-Series trucks the most popular in America. The confirmed F-150 mid-cycle refresh for the 2018 model year is largely a



More Stringent Criteria Set for Pulp, Paper Firms Under Enhanced Green Label Scheme

Wednesday

Pulp and paper companies will need to meet stricter environmental standards, if they want to be certified under the Singapore Green Label Scheme (SGLS). The Singapore Environment Council (SEC) had revealed last month that it would enhance the scheme but details of the revised criteria were announced on Tuesday (Jan. 10). To be awarded the green label for their products, the company, owner or concessionaire in charge of the plantation is required to have a zero-burning



More Stringent Criteria Set for Pulp, Paper Firms Under Enhanced Green Label Scheme

Wednesday

Pulp and paper companies will need to meet stricter environmental standards, if they want to be certified under the Singapore Green Label Scheme (SGLS). The Singapore Environment Council (SEC) had revealed last month that it would enhance the scheme but details of the revised criteria were announced on Tuesday (Jan. 10). To be awarded the green label for their products, the company, owner or concessionaire in charge of the plantation is required to have a zero-burning



More Stringent Criteria Set for Pulp, Paper Firms Under Enhanced Green Label Scheme

Wednesday

Pulp and paper companies will need to meet stricter environmental standards, if they want to be certified under the Singapore Green Label Scheme (SGLS). The Singapore Environment Council (SEC) had revealed last month that it would enhance the scheme but details of the revised criteria were announced on Tuesday (Jan. 10). To be awarded the green label for their products, the company, owner or concessionaire in charge of the plantation is required to have a zero-burning



More Stringent Criteria Set for Pulp, Paper Firms Under Enhanced Green Label Scheme

Wednesday

Pulp and paper companies will need to meet stricter environmental standards, if they want to be certified under the Singapore Green Label Scheme (SGLS). The Singapore Environment Council (SEC) had revealed last month that it would enhance the scheme but details of the revised criteria were announced on Tuesday (Jan. 10). To be awarded the green label for their products, the company, owner or concessionaire in charge of the plantation is required to have a zero-burning



Fiat Chrysler Recalls 100K Vehicles to Fix Takata Air Bags

Tuesday

Fiat Chrysler is recalling more than 100,000 older trucks and SUVs worldwide to replace potentially dangerous Takata air bag inflators. The recall includes mainly passenger but some driver air bags in certain 2009 Chrysler Aspen and Dodge Durango SUVs, some 2010 Ram 3500 chassis cabs, and certain 2005-2009 Ram 2500 pickups. Takata uses the chemical ammonium nitrate to cause a small explosion designed to inflate the air bags in a crash. But Takata inflators can explode with



Ignition Interlock Laws Save Lives, Study Says

Tuesday

Since 1993, laws in all 50 states put ignition interlock systems in the cars of some drunken driving offenders. If the device detects alcohol on a driver's breath in excess of the legal limit, the vehicle will not start. Mandatory laws that require every person convicted of a DUI to use an interlock were associated with a 7% decrease in the number of fatal drunken driving crashes, according to a study published Thursday in the American



When Patient Safety Is Prioritized, Shortcuts Aren’t an Option

Monday

Most Central Service (CS) professionals are dedicated to doing what's right to promote patient safety, deliver quality customer service and improve patient outcomes. At times, however, many may find themselves pressured by colleagues and customers to turn instruments around more quickly or otherwise rush a process to keep the schedule on track. They may also spot a fellow technician engaging in a practice that goes against the latest standards, policies and procedures, or manufacturer's Instructions



Value-Based Payment in Healthcare Will Continue, But Who Will Lead the Way?

Monday

Value-based payment is likely to survive under the Trump administration, though who leads these initiatives and how they are structured may change. "Healthcare systems will still want to think about that transition from volume to value," said Derek Feeley, CEO of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement. What's less clear is who will take on developing, testing and implementing alternative payment models given the possibility that Republicans will move to eliminate or limit the authority of the CMS



Samsung's Vertical Integration Challenge

Monday

When companies attempt to generate explosive sales, they never mean it quite as literally as what Samsung accomplished this fall. Just a month after releasing its most advanced smartphone to date, the Galaxy Note 7, the world's largest smartphone manufacturer recalled its new flagship product after dozens of reports of spontaneous explosion. Scrambling-and, by all accounts, failing- to conclusively diagnose the problem, Samsung blamed defective batteries produced by its subsidiary, Samsung SDI, initiated a recall of



Recalls Hit 11 Million Units in China in 2016

Monday

Over 11 million vehicles were recalled in China in 2016 due to issues of quality. The Chinese General Administration for Quality Supervision, Inspection, and Quarantine (AQSIQ) issued recall notices for 11.32 million 'faulty' cars in China as of 25 December 2016, reports the China Daily, quoting the Xinhua news service. Of these over 75% of the recalls were prompted by the AQSIQ. The main reasons for the recalls in 2016 were issues with airbags and seat



Continental Working on 3-D Flash Lidar, Central Control Unit for Autonomous Driving

Monday

German automotive tier-1 supplier Continental is developing advanced technologies for self-driving capability such as 3-D Flash Lidar and central control unit for autonomous driving, according to a company statement. The company said that the high resolution 3-D Flash Lidar surrounding sensor enables real-time 3-D machine vision without mechanically moving components. Series production of 3-D Flash Lidar is scheduled to start in 2020. "In order for the system to acquire this information step-by-step, a range of



Samsung Addresses Galaxy Note 7 Debacle

Friday

But company avoids talk of its other recall for washing machines About those Samsung Galaxy Note 7 phones that burst into flames: Yes, a top U.S. Samsung executive addressed the recalls that cost it billions as he began his remarks before a packed group of journalists at CES Wednesday. Tim Baxter, president and COO of Samsung Electronics America, acknowledged that 2016 was a "challenging year" and said Samsung would very soon reveal the root cause behind the



Ottawa Testing ‘Predictive Analytics’ System for Immigration Requests

Friday

Ottawa is quietly working on a plan to use computers to assess immigration applications and make some of the decisions currently made by immigration officers, the Star has learned. Since 2014, the Immigration Department has been developing what's known as a "predictive analytics" system, which would evaluate applications in a way that's similar to work performed by officials today. The plan—part of the government's modernization of a system plagued by backlogs and delays—is to use the technology



Smart Glove Helps Stroke Patients Rehabilitate

Friday

After his father and two uncles suffered strokes, Hoyoung Ban decided to develop a device to help people regain control of their hands. Called the Rapael Smart Glove from Neofect, the white glove wraps around a patient's hand and has movement and position sensors on the fingers and wrists. An Android app that connects via Bluetooth takes users through games and activities that strengthen the muscles in the hands and arms. Hospitals and rehab centers in Europe,



Auto Supplier Rethinking the User Cockpit Experience

Friday

Just-Auto spoke to Visteon’s chief marketing officer, Tim Yerdon, In explaining how the car’s cockpit is expanding from being a physical space to an interface, he highlighted the trend for larger, curved displays, opportunities for augmented reality-HUDs and improving user experiences for automated driving and car sharing. “There’s a lot of cool technology out there,” says Yerdon, “but our job is to make it work and survive in the automotive environment.” To what extent are you



2016's Biggest Achievements in Medicine

Friday

It was a year of exciting developments and discoveries. Medicine, science and technology took huge steps forward in 2016. Many of the devices and treatments that were developed this past year were once only found in science fiction movies. The dedication and hard work of medical researchers have allowed those with chronic diseases and debilitating illnesses to have hope for a better life as we move into 2017. 1. Wireless/"Leadless" Pacemakers Pacemakers are essential to restore slow heart



FDA Workshop to Examine Exploding E-Cigarettes

Thursday

From 2009 to January 2016, the Food and Drug Administration identified 134 U.S. incidents of e-cigarette batteries overheating, catching on fire or exploding. In April, the FDA will host a public workshop to "gather information and stimulate discussion" about e-cigarette battery safety concerns. The FDA's Center for Tobacco Products plans to host scientific and medical experts, manufacturers, distributors, retailers, government agencies, academic researchers and public health organizations. "We remain concerned about the adverse events associated with the use



Debunking Nagging Myths About AI and Customer Experience

Thursday

For many people, hearing the term "artificial intelligence" generates a wide range of reactions, ranging from enthusiasm to hysteria about machines taking over the world. Actually, the latter has been an unwarranted worry for most of the last century. Imagination runs wild as to how AI actually will affect our future, and it's interesting to dream about what it means by watching AI advancements in research centers. But commonly held beliefs in AI are usually more science