Spending Caps Limit Funding for Facility Needs Officials Say

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR All three military departments are accepting risks to their facilities in their fiscal 2017 budget requests by postponing needed sustainment and restoration projects, the Pentagon’s top installation officials told lawmakers Thursday.Insufficient investment in recent years has resulted in the degradation of many Navy installations’ piers, runways and other facilities, Steven Iselin, principal deputy assistant secretary for energy, installations and environment, told the Senate Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Subcommittee.The Air Force included funding in its budget proposal for only 30 construction projects out of 500 requested by major commands, said Miranda Ballentine, assistant secretary for installations, environment and energy, reported Military Times. She said she expects the backlog of degrading facilities to grow.About 15 percent of DOD facilities are in “failing” condition and about 12 percent are in “poor” condition, Pete Potochney, acting assistant secretary of defense for energy, installations and environment, told the panel.Officials “are doing the best we can in making sure dollars are spent wisely and to compete for those resources in this budget environment,” Potochney said. “Facilities degrade more slowly than readiness, and in a constrained budget environment, it is responsible to take risk in facilities first,” he said.The witnesses’ written testimony and a webcast of the hearing can be found on the committee website.last_img read more

Audi can help you catch the next traffic light in four new

first_img 26 Photos 1 Audi 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better More From Roadshow Commentcenter_img Audi E-Tron GT concept on the streets of Los Angeles Since debuting its Traffic Light Information system way back in 2016, Audi has been slowly establishing partnerships with local municipalities to bring it to more intersections in more places. Today, Audi is announcing another four cities in the US, effectively doubling the number of traffic lights that it can monitor here. The TLI system relies on vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) communications to wirelessly send the timing of a municipality’s traffic lights directly to the car using its integrated LTE connectivity. The car then uses that information to say, if you’re waiting at a red light, how much longer it will stay red. Or, if you’re approaching a “stale” green light that’s about to change, the car can tell you that you’re not going to make it, meaning you might as well just coast to a stop and save both some gas and your brakes. The timers and instructions appear on both Audi’s Virtual Cockpit system and on the heads-up display, if equipped, letting drivers know whether they have time to queue up another playlist before the light turns green, or if they should stop rocking and get ready to roll. The four new cities going live today are Denver, Colorado; White Plains, New York; Gainesville, Florida and Orlando, Florida. That’s a total of 13 cities in the US where the service works, or some 4,700 intersections. If you find yourself commuting through one of those 13, then lucky you, but you will need to pay for the privilege of receiving that sweet metadata. TLI is part of Audi’s Connect Prime services package, which costs $199 for six months or $499 for 18 months. You do, at least, get the first six months free.  Share your voice Tags Auto Tech Audilast_img read more

Ctg worlds cheapest place to scrap ships but its people who pay

first_imgShipbreakers cut up a beached vessel for scrap in Chittagong, Bangladesh. Photo: The Guardian Mohamed Edris’s life as he knew it in the Bangladeshi ship recycling yards ended at 11.30am on Saturday 11 April 2015. The 38-year-old metal cutter had been working with 100 others on the 19,600-tonne container ship Eurus London at the Ferdous Steel Corporation shipyard in Chittagong when catastrophe struck.His task had been to cut away the huge 40-tonne propeller with a blow torch. Alarm bells rang, he said, when he saw that a large metal platform had been placed below the propeller to stop it falling into the mud on the beach.“I told the supervisor and two others that it was dangerous because it could bounce back when the propeller fell. I told them I could not do it, but they insisted that I did,” he said. He obeyed and nearly died. The propeller broke free, hit the metal plate and sprung back as he predicted. It sliced off his left leg below the knee, blinded him in one eye and nearly broke his back, says The Guardian in an article published on 2 December.The yard paid for his hospital treatment, gave him Tk 125,000 (£1,142) compensation and Tk 460 (£4.32) a week for nine months. Now he, and the seven family members he supported, rely on handouts from friends. But in a legal test case Zodiac Maritime, the London-based shipping company that managed the Eurus London until it was sold for scrap, could be held responsible, the article adds.In a case that could see British, American and European shipowners and managers being made liable for the many deaths and accidents that take place every year in Bangladeshi, Indian and Pakistani shipbreaking yards, UK law firm Leigh Day is suing Zodiac for negligence on behalf of Edris. It claims that Zodiac, which manages about 150 large ships and is owned by Eyal Ofer, son of the late Israeli shipping magnate Sammy Ofer, should have known how dangerous the Chittagong breaking yards were when the vessel was sold for scrap to GMS, a US-based “cash buyer” or middle man.“Zodiac knew, or ought to have known, that there was a foreseeable risk of physical harm to workers when they allowed their vessel to be sold to a Chittagong yard through a cash buyer,” says Martyn Day, a director of Leigh Day.New legal action is needed, say environmentalists and unions, because of the steady number of deaths and injuries to workers. On one level, shipbreaking is one of the world’s “greenest” industries, with every nut, bolt and sheet of metal on a ship being recycled. It also employs hundreds of thousands of people in some of the world’s poorest countries. But, say critics, owners knowingly cause suffering to workers by sending their ships to be recycled on Asian beaches. British-based companies have sent 28 ships to be beached in the past two years, including six to Chittagong. Two vessels waiting to be dismantled in that yard last week were managed by Zodiac.“Shipowners shield themselves from responsibility through the use of cash buyers. These scrap dealers sell off the ships for the highest price offered,” says Ingvild Jenssen, director of Shipbreaking Platform, a Brussels-based coalition of environmental, human rights and labour groups. “All ships that end up on the beaches of Bangladesh, Pakistan or India pass through cash buyers, and all sales to cash buyers are clearly scrap deals where the higher price paid indicates that the vessel will be beached.”Shipbreaker Mohamed Edris has lost his left leg and blinded in one eye by the accident. Photo: The GuardianMore than 800 large ships are broken up each year, the vast majority on Asian beaches. Owners can earn an extra $1m to $4m (£740,000 to £2.96m) per ship when selling to Asian yards via cash buyers, instead of opting for recycling yards with higher standards, says Jenssen. “No one forces the industry to send ships to be dismantled there. They choose to send them,” she says.Edris, who came to Chittagong aged 14 and who, until his accident, worked six 14-hour shifts a week, earning £3.20 a day, is one of thousands of workers who have been injured in the yards since they appeared in the 1960s. There are no official statistics but labour groups say that in the past 10 years there have been more than 125 deaths, according to The Guardian.Chittagong is now the world’s largest shipbreaking centre, last year recycling 230 ships and generating 10m tonnes of steel – up to 60% of all the steel used in Bangladesh. Most of the workers migrate from rural areas. Hired out in gangs, they live in overcrowded shacks close to the yards. The Ferdous yard is like many others. Hidden behind high metal gates, it slopes down to the Bay of Bengal. It can take months for young men, wielding only sledgehammers and metal cutters, to dismantle a large vessel.“Chittagong is the cheapest place to scrap ships but the price is suffering. Nine men have died here this year. Nobody feels responsible for these men’s lives,” says Muhammed Ali Shahin, Bangladesh coordinator of Shipbreaking Platform. The law offers little protection, he says. “EU laws stop EU-flagged ships being broken up on Asian beaches, but because owners can easily ‘reflag’ ships it has little strength.”Pressed by labour groups, the UN’s International Maritime Organisation passed the Hong Kong Convention (HKC) in 2009. This demands that ship owners and states do not pose a risk to human health, safety and the environment. But, says Shipbreaking Platform, it does not stop the beaching of vessels, which is blamed for most accidents, and it is unlikely to come into force for years because it requires 15 states, and 40% of world merchant shipping, to have signed up.“The industry is moving to adopt Hong Kong standards,” says Nikos Mikelis, a non-executive director of GMS. “There is a good likelihood of the convention entering into force within the next five to seven years. Ratifying and reaching the HKC targets will not be too difficult.” He argues that groups such as Shipbreaking Platform are naive and, by demanding the end of beaching, are endangering the livelihoods of workers in some of the world’s poorest countries.He does see progress. “Japan and India are investing $100m in upgrades. Forty-one yards out of 120 in Alang, India, now meet HKC standards and 15 others are moving towards safer and cleaner work. But in Bangladesh only one yard [PHP Shipbreaking] meets international standards.”Mikelis says the major shipping companies such as Maersk now have arrangements with individual yards. “The industry wants improvement but it needs to invest to improve,” he says.In the case of Zodiac, Martyn Day argues that the company knew the methods involved in dismantling vessels in Chittagong, yet it sold the Eurus London on in the full knowledge that it would be broken up in unsafe conditions. “They had a duty not to sell vessels to Bangladesh shipyards via their contractors or cash buyers,” he says. “Zodiac sold it to a cash buyer in the knowledge it would be dismantled in unsafe conditions.”In a statement to the Observer, Zodiac said the accident occurred four months after the ship had been sold to a third-party buyer. As a result, it said: “We deny any liability for the injuries suffered by Edris and we dispute the claim.”It added: “The yard where Edris was employed was not Zodiac’s contractor and Zodiac did not select the yard used to dismantle the vessel. Zodiac has no control over the working practices at shipbreaking yards. The claim seeks to extend the law of negligence beyond any recognised boundaries. It is the law of Bangladesh which applies to this case.”The impact of an injury on workers’ families is immense. “Edris provided for seven people,” said one man who knows him. “He has no savings. He is angry. He is now wholly reliant on the generosity of friends and family. His children have become scared of him because he cries a lot and screams in pain.”Edris said: “I feel like a dead man. I have no hope. I will never be able to go back to work. I have steel plates in my body and I can only walk on sticks, I am in constant pain. I want to open a shop, but that needs 500,000 Bdt.“I have seen many men killed and injured. It is very dangerous work. I tell people not to work there.”last_img read more

Italy avalanche toll at 15

first_imgThe hearse leaves San Nicola Vescovo church after the funeral service for Alessandro Giancaterino on 24 January, 2017 in Farindola. Photo: AFPThe death toll from an avalanche that swamped an Italian mountain hotel rose to 15 Tuesday, with 14 still missing, as a nearby helicopter crash left six people dead and dealt another blow to a region reeling from earthquakes and the heaviest snowfall in decades.The emergency response helicopter came down in thick fog near Campo Felice, a popular ski resort 120 kilometres (75 miles) east of Rome, during the evacuation of an injured skier.There were reports of a loud explosion being heard.“Rescue teams have reached the wreck of the helicopter and they found the bodies of the six deceased in the snow,” a police spokesman told AFP.Campo Felice, located at 710 metres (2,330 feet) altitude but with pistes up to just over 2,000 metres, is close to the epicentres of earthquakes that struck the region last Wednesday and were followed by the killer avalanche.Police said there was no apparent link between the crash and the seismic activity or the avalanche.But it came as firefighters and mountain police grappled with their aftermath.A team of first responders who had been helping the rescue effort at the Hotel Rigopiano was dispatched to the helicopter crash site but would not have been able to get there before news of the deaths came.The tally of bodies found in the ruins of the Rigopiano rose to 15 on the sixth day of an increasingly forlorn search through the snow-covered wreckage.Eleven staff and guests survived the disaster, two men who we outside when the avalanche struck and nine people, including four children, who were found on Friday.Rescuers have refused to give up hope of finding more people alive with morale amongst the exhausted rescuers having been boosted on Monday when three puppies were retrieved alive from under the rubble.Italian authorities are investigating the chain of events leading to the avalanche to see if the tragedy could or should have been avoided.A preliminary manslaughter investigation has been opened with the prosecutor in charge looking into whether environmental risks were properly taken into account during the construction and subsequent renovation of the hotel.Events on the day of the disaster itself, when guests were unable to leave because of snow-blocked access roads, are also in the spotlight.Tunnelling into wreckage -The local council had only one functioning road-clearance vehicle and had deployed it to reach isolated hamlets with elderly residents rather than clearing the road to the hotel.A second snow plough had broken down earlier in the month and staff were awaiting authorisation to get a 25,000-euro ($26,800) repair done.The hotel, a four-star spa facility where George Clooney once stayed, was built into a hillside at 1,200 metres altitude on the eastern slopes of Monte Gran Sasso. Campo Felice is on the other side of the near 3,000-metre peak that dominates the region.The survivors pulled from the ruins on Friday were all treated for mild hypothermia, suggesting anyone still alive nearly four days later would have had to have found some way of keeping warm.Rescuers have not ruled that out because they believe some rooms they are trying to reach by tunnelling through thick stone walls may be almost intact.New routes have been dug into the rubble but progress remained painfully slow with the first responders often digging with their bare hands because of fears of masonry or snow slides.The avalanche occurred three hours after the last of four magnitude five earthquakes shook the region in the space of four hours.Police have calculated the force of the impact on the three-storey stone and wood structure as being equivalent to it being hit by 4,000 fully-loaded trucks.The first funerals for the victims were held Tuesday.last_img read more

Quaders heart working fine without artificial support

first_imgAwami League general secretary and road transport and bridges minister Obaidul Quader. File PhotoThe Intra-Aortic Balloon Pump (IABP) machine, which was set up in the heart of ailing road transport minister and bridges minister Obaidul Quader, was removed on Thursday morning as his condition is improving gradually, reports news agency UNB.“His heart is working fine without any artificial support,” Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) director Abu Naser Rizvi, who was accompanying the minister, informed media referring to the statement of cardiologist Philip Koh of Mount Elizabeth Hospital at noon.The kidneys of the minister have been functioning better than before and the quantity of sedative has also been reduced, said Rizvi.”The minister is also responding to doctors’ call,” he added.He further said many of his infections are under control.His wife Isratunnesa Quader and Md Mustafizur Rahman, Bangladesh High Commissioner in Singapore were also present at the briefing.Quader, also general secretary to ruling Bangladesh Awami League (AL), was flown to Singapore on Monday for better treatment as per advice of renowned Indian cardiologist Devi Shetty.The minister was admitted to the BSMMU on Sunday morning following breathing complications. Later, physicians conducted an angiogram and found three blockages in his coronary arteries.last_img read more

Things to keep in mind while booking hotel

first_imgPlanning to go for a family vacation? From managing the needs of all of your family members, to ensuring that the hotel fits in your budget – there are lots of things to consider before booking the place, say experts. Here are a few things that one needs to keep in mind while booking a hotel for a family vacation:Location of the hotel: One should select the hotel by checking out its location over the map or the areas nearby. It should be located at a safe area or within walking distance to the major attractions you plan to visit. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfFamily-friendly room features and amenities: The hotel should be well equipped with all the basic and some add-on amenities like larger rooms, separate bathroom with pocket door, laundry service, room wifi, parking and take away service.Select hotel with multiple dining options: Always look out for hotels which offer various in house restaurants like fine-dine and coffee shop which makes your trip more interesting and allows you to relish more food options. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveSize of the rooms: If you are looking to accommodate the entire family (upto four people) in one room, please make sure the size of the room is spacious enough for the entire family, do the hotel have an extra bed facility in case you need one.Special facilities for children: Do check in advance if the hotel provides separate pools for children with life guards around during the swimming hours.Research about the hotel: Last but not the least, do read the reviews on the hotel before making the final payment.last_img read more

OTT video services on connected TVs will represent

first_imgOTT video services on connected TVs will represent 17% of the total OTT market by 2016, according to research by French group IDATE.The OTT video market on connected TVs will be worth €2.4 billion by 2016, with the majority of revenues coming from premium services rather than advertising. According to IDATE’s World Connected TV Market Insights report, developed European markets still show growth potential for pay TV services and the pricing levels will limit the impact of competition on linear TV offers from OTT services. But in central and eastern European countries, there is a higher growth potential from OTT on connected TVs.“Managed network players – cable and IPTV providers, for instance – are holding one of the key drivers for the connected TV market development,” said Jacques Bajon, head of distribution video practice at IDATE’s. “They can continue their strategy of service distribution or open massively their networks to over-the-top services giving a boost to their commercial offers.”last_img read more

Sales of virtual and augmented reality headsets an

first_imgSales of virtual and augmented reality headsets and glasses will decline year-on-year in 2018 before returning to growth in 2019, according to a new forecast by CCS Insight.The research firm said that there is still “significant work” to be done to improve the user experience, software platforms and content availability of VR and AR, despite early enthusiasm for the technology.CCS Insight expects that slightly less than 8 million AR and VR devices will be sold in 2018, down from 10 million in 2017. However, it projects sales will grow to 14 million in 2019 and reach 52 million in 2022, with the technology still holding significant long-term potential.“We continue to believe that content is the key to unlocking adoption of VR,” said CCS Insight’s chief of research, Ben Wood. “Although some games companies and adult content creators have embraced VR technology, much more needs to happen to persuade consumers that VR devices are a must-have item.”The research report notes that smartphone VR headsets sales have “collapsed” but claims that standalone devices like the Oculus Go hold great promise, as they overcome the inconvenience of being attached to a PC, smartphone or games console.CCS Insight expects standalone devices to be “the key driver” of VR adoption in the next few years. Its forecast shows demand will grow more than 16-fold between 2018 and 2022 when 29 million standalone VR headsets are expected to be sold.By comparison, it predicts five million tethered VR headsets will be sold in 2019, growing to 18 million in 2022, driven by dedicated gamers who want a ‘best-in-class’ experience. CCS doesn’t expect cumulative sales of AR devices to exceed one million worldwide before 2021.“The first wave of [VR] consumers used basic cardboard viewers, which helped them understand the potential of the media, but the limited experience meant most people quickly lost interest. We don’t even include such devices in our forecast anymore,” said Wood. “We expect the next wave of adoption to come from dedicated devices that offer a more compelling, wire-free experience.”Discussing AR he added: “We are seeing a rising number of companies committing to deployments of tens or hundreds of augmented reality glasses as they start to see the clear benefits of head-worn technology in the workplace. Despite this gathering momentum we still think it will take time for the AR device market to grow.”last_img read more

From left Derry Girls creator Lisa McGee and cas

first_img From left: Derry Girls’ creator Lisa McGee and cast members Nicola Coughlan, Siobhan McSweeney, Dylan Llewellyn, Saoirse-Monica Jackson and Louisa HarlandDERRY Girls star Saoirse-Monica Jackson said she knew the comedy was going to be special the first time the cast read through the script.The show, about a group of friends growing up in Derry in the early Nineties at the time of the IRA and loyalist ceasefires, has been a huge hit, and broadcaster Channel 4 has commissioned a third series. Speaking at London’s BFI & Radio Times Television Festival, she said: “Our first read-through was something really special.“When we all first sat down together and we heard the full script being read aloud it was a special moment, because we knew that it was a unique show and definitely we thought it was going to be something successful at home.“I don’t think we could ever have imagined the success over here, but that moment in the read-through was one to remember.”I knew Derry Girls would be a hit, says star at television festival was last modified: April 17th, 2019 by John2John2 Tags: ShareTweetcenter_img CHANNEL 4DerryI knew Derry Girls would be a hitLISA MCGEESaoirse-Monica Jacksonsays star at television festivallast_img read more

The Lancet Commission on Obesity has announced tha

first_imgThe Lancet Commission on Obesity has announced that the world is suffering from a “syndemic” of obesity, undernutrition and climate change.But … what, exactly, is a syndemic?The term was first coined in the 1990s to describe the way different diseases interact within the human body. It’s popped up in medical journals for the last two decades, often used to describe the biological interactions in patients who who have AIDS and are substance abusers.Now, a new report by the Lancet Commission is broadening the definition big time, using it make a connection between three of the biggest public health issues of the 21st century.”We just chanced on it — I didn’t know what a syndemic was,” says William Dietz, a co-chair of the commission and director of George Washington University’s Global Center for Prevention and Wellness. But upon diving into the literature, he found it to be “a very convenient, unifying concept.”Looking at these trio of issues in isolation, he says, just isn’t working.The report emphasizes that the issues are indeed linked. Climate change results in severe droughts, which can lead to a scarcity of food as well as higher prices for available fruits and vegetables. That pushes consumers toward processed foods, which are cheaper — and can contribute to a lack of proper nutrition. And farming definitely has a carbon footprint.Dietz is concerned about the lack of progress in addressing each concern. “The climate change silo and the obesity silo haven’t been effective,” he says, noting that global temperatures are on the rise, and no country has been able to successfully reverse its obesity epidemic. Two billion people suffer from a deficiency of vitamins, minerals and other micronutrients, according to the report.If the problems are linked as part of a “global syndemic,” Dietz hopes it will “increase the likelihood” that groups dedicated to one of the three issues will begin to work together.But the man who came up with the term “syndemic” doesn’t think the Lancet’s use is in line with his intentions.In fact, he doesn’t even think they’re using the term “epidemic” correctly.”First of all, they refer to climate change itself as an epidemic, which is a kind of a loose use of terms,” says Merrill Singer, a professor of anthropology at the University of Connecticut.The definition of syndemic relies on diseases interacting within the body, he says. Climate change, undernutrition and obesity, he says, don’t tend to interact on that biological level.”It really isn’t comparable to a syndemic if you adhere to a strict definition guideline,” he says. Nonetheless, he appreciates the commission’s decision to address the interconnected causes of obesity, climate change and undernutrition. “In a big picture way, I clearly support what they’re doing.”Others agree that, whatever you call it, the idea of linking the three problems has potential.Bruce Y. Lee, executive director of John Hopkins Global Obesity Prevention Center, says he is pleased to see the commission tackling obesity as part of a wider net of global dysfunction.”Too often, we think of these problems as separate,” he says. In reality, he often finds that people who are obese are also deprived of crucial nutrients.”We’re seeing a new phenomenon where populations and people are facing undernutrition as well as overnutrition,” he says. “You’re seeing a change in body shape” where people “have very skinny arms and limbs but central obesity.”Much of this, Lee says, is due to the fact that junk food and sugary drinks are cheap — and abundant. The food and beverage industries have spent $22.3 million on lobbying to keep it that way. California lawmakers recently promised a 12-year moratorium on soda taxes after the industry funneled $7 million dollars to try and stop them.”This is a systems problem,” says Lee. With this report, he says, “these systems are starting to get called out.”The report recommends a series of actions that the authors hope could act in concert to address the problems. Chief among them is a worldwide treaty to regulate Big Food like Big Tobacco, limiting the political influence of the food and beverage industry. It would be modeled on the World Health Organization’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, the world’s first public health treaty. The report also suggests a tax on red meat, which is associated with an increased risk of obesity and greenhouse gas emissions.When asked during a press conference what the authors’ dream timeline would be to enact the report’s recommendations, commission members said it was too hard to tell.”Oh my goodness, that’s a very difficult question,” Deitz responded. The report, he says, is meant to act as a conversation starter. But it will be up to businesses and politicians to bring the recommendations to fruition.”We’re under no illusion that this is going to be quick,” says Dietz. “I just hope that it’s quick enough.” Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org.last_img read more

The sixweek abortion ban known as the heartbeat

first_imgThe six-week abortion ban known as the “heartbeat bill” is now law in Ohio. That makes Ohio the sixth state in the nation to attempt to outlaw abortions at the point a fetal heartbeat can be detected.Gov. Mike DeWine signed the bill Thursday afternoon, just one day after it passed the Republican-led General Assembly. The law is slated to take effect in 90 days, unless blocked by a federal judge. Now known as the “Human Rights Protection Act,” SB 23 outlaws abortions as early as five or six weeks into a pregnancy, before many women know they’re pregnant. It is one of the most restrictive abortion laws in the country.The bill does include an exception to save the life of the woman, but no exceptions for cases of rape or incest.”The essential function of government is to protect the most vulnerable among us, those who don’t have a voice,” DeWine said as he signed the bill. “Government’s role should be to protect life from the beginning to the end.”Federal judges in Kentucky and Iowa have blocked the laws or struck them down as unconstitutional. Another bill in Georgia has yet to be signed by the governor.DeWine’s signature will set off a lengthy legal fight. The ACLU of Ohio announced it will sue to stop the law, which the group says “virtually bans all abortion care.””This legislation is blatantly unconstitutional and we will fight to the bitter end to ensure that this bill is permanently blocked,” said ACLU of Ohio legal director Freda Levenson in a statement.The group plans to sue on behalf of Pre-Term Cleveland, Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio, Planned Parenthood of Southwest Ohio and the Women’s Med Center of Dayton.But DeWine and lawmakers said they aren’t dissuaded by the threat of legal action. Since taking office in January, DeWine had said he planned to sign whichever version of the heartbeat bill ended up on his desk.”Will there be a lawsuit? Yeah, we are counting on it,” said state Rep. Ron Hood on Wednesday. “We’re counting on it. We’re excited about it.”Anti-abortion groups such as Ohio Right To Life say they intend the heartbeat bill to trigger a U.S. Supreme Court case striking down the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision. That case legalized abortion up until viability, usually at 22-24 weeks.”If this is what it takes, we will see you at the Supreme Court,” said Planned Parenthood of Ohio President Iris Harvey at a rally Wednesday outside the Statehouse.The Ohio Senate originally passed the bill last month. The Republican-led House Health Committee then made several changes before sending it to the House floor, where it passed by party-line vote.Beyond changing the name, the Ohio House version allows for the use of transvaginal ultrasounds to detect a fetal heartbeat even earlier in a pregnancy.The bill institutes criminal penalties for doctors who violate the law. Doctors who perform abortions after detecting a heartbeat would face a fifth-degree felony and up to a year in prison. The legislation also allows the State Medical Board to take disciplinary actions against doctors found in violation and impose penalties of up to $20,000.After hearing testimony from lawmakers and advocates, the Ohio House passed the bill Wednesday afternoon, 56-40, and the Ohio Senate quickly followed to affirm the changes, 18-12.”Pro-life Ohio thanks Governor DeWine for taking a courageous stand on behalf of unborn children with beating hearts,” said Ohio Right to Life President Mike Gonidakis in a statement.Currently, Ohio prohibits abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy, and lawmakers in 2018 passed a law banning the “dilation and evacuation” method of abortion used most commonly after 12 weeks of pregnancy. The latter was blocked from taking effect by a federal judge in March.The Ohio Senate in March passed another bill requiring the burial or cremation of fetal remains. The bill is now being considered in the Ohio House.Legislators attempted several times before to pass the heartbeat bill, but the legislation was twice vetoed by former Gov. John Kasich, who warned it would prove costly for the state to defend in court. Copyright 2019 WOSU 89.7 NPR News. To see more, visit WOSU 89.7 NPR News.last_img read more

Most Premier League football clubs have inaccessib

first_imgMost Premier League football clubs have inaccessible websites and fail to provide audio-described commentary for blind and partially-sighted supporters, according to a new survey by a user-led charity.The survey of the 20 Premier League clubs found only four of them provided in-house commentary by experts trained in audio-description.It is just the latest evidence of discrimination at football grounds, particularly those belonging to Premier League clubs that have benefited from millions of pounds in television money.Two months ago, Disability News Service (DNS) revealed that the equality watchdog was to write to Manchester United and the Premier League following concerns passed on by DNS that disabled fans had had their mobility aids confiscated by stewards.The new survey by Level Playing Field (LPF), the user-led organisation that works to improve access to sporting venues, found that two clubs – Liverpool and Southampton – had refused admission to fans with guide dogs, while only one – Arsenal – provided a toilet area for assistance dogs.Three clubs – Bournemouth, Liverpool and Chelsea – provide audio-description that has a 30-second time delay, so blind and partially-sighted fans can only hear the action being described half-a-minute after it has happened and the crowd has already reacted.Another 13 clubs only provide links to local or hospital radio or television commentaries.And at three clubs* – Crystal Palace, Manchester United and Southampton – away fans have to sit with home supporters if they want to listen to the commentary.The survey found that most clubs’ websites were inaccessible to blind and partially-sighted fans, while Arsenal was the only club that offered a full match programme in an audio format, but even that was not available until after matches had taken place.Arsenal fan Wayne Busbridge said some of his worst experiences had been at Manchester United (pictured), because he was forced to sit with home fans to listen to the match commentary.He said: “It’s not pleasant, you can’t celebrate. I have got spat on and been verbally abused, at United and at Tottenham. But when you report it, they don’t do anything.”He has also visited grounds with delayed audio-described commentary, which has meant hearing the crowd celebrating a goal before he can hear the relevant commentary, and then trying to listen to the description of the goal as it is drowned out by the noise of cheering fans.He is also critical of clubs’ websites.He said: “I don’t know how clubs get away without producing an accessible website. The law is quite clear: I should be able to do what everyone else does, and if I can’t there should be a reasonable adjustment.”Some Premier League clubs are friendlier than others for away fans, he said. “Stoke couldn’t have helped more. One of their groundsmen drove me back to the train station in his car.”But he said: “With all the money available to football clubs, it is basically time they pulled their fingers out of their backsides.“When it suits the Premier League, they pretend they don’t have any influence at all. They should be ashamed of themselves.“They should be saying, ‘We are the Premier League, with all this money, and we should be getting this right.’ They should set a minimum standard and make the clubs do it.”Leigh Hutchings, a Watford season-ticket-holder and a Manchester City member, said that buying a ticket for an away match as a blind supporter was so time-consuming that it often “turned into a nightmare”.He said his best experiences as an away fan had been at Arsenal, the Championship side Ipswich Town, and newly-promoted Premier League side Norwich City, whereas the worst had been a match at Wembley, the national football stadium.He said: “Premier League clubs have the money, they have no excuse at all. It’s just apathy. We don’t want sympathy, we just want somebody to understand the problems.”A Premier League spokesman said: “The Premier League is working with clubs to identify scope for improvement of disabled supporter access in their grounds.“This includes digital services and other facilities for blind and partially-sighted fans.“We are keen to ensure that all fans have the best possible experience at the match and will continue to work with clubs to develop best practice in this area.”A Department for Culture, Media and Sport spokeswoman said the government took the problems faced by disabled fans “extremely seriously” and was working with the Equality and Human Rights Commission and sporting bodies to “address accessibility and improve the match day experience” for disabled fans. She said: “It’s clear more work needs to be done in this area. A disability should not be a barrier to attending sporting events. “We’ve sought views of fans with disabilities and will shortly be publishing these findings.”*Contrary to the survey results originally reported by DNS, away fans at Spurs do not have to sit with home fans to listen to commentaries, which are audio-described by two commentators trained by the RNIB Soccer Sight programmePicture: Old Trafford by Wikistadiums.org is licensed under https://creativecommons.org/last_img read more

Infor Helps Organizations Meet Demands of the Emerging Workforce

first_imgInfor CloudSuite CRM for Mobile Devices Now AvailableInfor, a leading provider of industry-specific cloud applications, announced the availability of Infor CloudSuite CRM Mobile for iOS, a new native mobile solution to simplify customer relationship management for busy, on-the-go sales professionals. Designed by Infor’s Manhattan-based in-house design agency Hook&Loop for maximum usability, Infor CloudSuite CRM Mobile aligns with Infor’s goal of anticipating the needs of the emerging workforce. Now, users can now see key information such as events, contacts, notes, and reminders from their mobile device, at anytime, from anywhere, without navigating through pages of data.Part of the Infor Customer Experience suite of solutions, Infor CloudSuite CRM Mobile will help sales professionals seize opportunities in real-time based on insights delivered by the application. It increases active selling time by encouraging sales teams to be proactive, and users are more likely to record outcomes and take action quickly. Hook&Loop’s mobile solution uses native mobile features to reduce distraction and enable more efficiency by offering the most relevant workflows to users. It also reduces the need to sort through different apps for contacts, notes, email, and calendar information. Users have a streamlined resource that leverages the most relevant features of Infor CRM and iOS functionality including contacts, meetings, directions, and analytics from core product and Apple 3D Touch, Apple Maps, and the iOS Quick Look file previewer from iOS.Marketing Technology News: RCN Chooses TiVo’s Next-Gen Platform to Give Subscribers a Superior User Experience“Conducting research and infusing those insights was really important to the Hook&Loop team as we set out to build this application. We wanted to understand what it meant to be a sales specialist in today’s connected world and build a tool to address those needs,” said Elan Nahman-Stouffer, Hook&Loop product lead. “During our research, we discovered that data entry and map directions were two of the most significant hurdles that mobile users faced, especially while on the road traveling from meeting to meeting and balancing many to-dos at once. We examined these user insights and prioritized functions such as voice recognition for notes, driving directions via Apple 3D Touch and Apple Maps, and personalized reminders to help users stay on top of opportunities. Features like these are beneficial for both the user and the business because they encourage more time selling and less time on administrative tasks and data entry.”Marketing Technology News: New Platform from Parabolt Helps Retailers Capture The “Magic Moment” of SalesInfor CRM Mobile is a companion to Infor CloudSuite CRM, a highly configurable sales solution that functions for a range of organizations regardless of size or industry.  It is currently available in the Apple App Store and is planned to be available for Android devices in late 2019.Marketing Technology News: Factual Launches Measurement Intelligence to Track Real-World Conversions and Optimize Campaigns Across New and Emerging Digital Channels Infor Helps Organizations Meet Demands of the Emerging Workforce PRNewswireApril 30, 2019, 5:17 pmApril 30, 2019 CloudSuite CRMcrmcustomer experienceHook&LoopinforMarketing TechnologyNews Previous ArticleAir Malta’s Digital Transformation Journey Takes Off With MuleSoftNext ArticleSAS Features Innovations in Automated Machine Learning, Computer Vision and NLP to Improve Decision Makinglast_img read more

Informatica Unveils AIPowered Product Innovations and Strengthens Industry Partnerships at Informatica World

first_img CLAIRE enginedata management solutionsGoogle Cloud PlatformInformaticaInformatica Intelligent DataMarketing TechnologyNews Previous ArticleMultiVu Launches Digital Marketing SuiteNext ArticleShuttlerock Expands European Presence to Paris Informatica Unveils AI-Powered Product Innovations and Strengthens Industry Partnerships at Informatica World 2019 PRNewswireJune 7, 2019, 3:49 pmJune 7, 2019 The Industry’s Premier Datacentric Conference Celebrates Its 20th Year, Unites Thousands of Customers, Partners, and Industry Luminaries To Advance AI-Driven Data ManagementAt the 20th annual Informatica World global user conference held in Las Vegas from May 20-23, 2019, Informatica announced multiple updates to its product portfolio and go-to-market strategy, including expanded partnerships with AWS, Google Cloud, Microsoft, Tableau, and more. These developments reinforce Informatica’s ability to help the world’s leading organizations deploy AI-powered, enterprise-scale data management solutions to optimize value from data — regardless of where data resides.AI Needs Data – and Data Needs AIThe skyrocketing volume and variety of data, coupled with a surge in the number of people accessing and using data as a strategic business asset, are driving global demand for AI-driven enterprise data management solutions that scale far beyond what humans are capable of handling.It’s common knowledge that AI needs data; however, Informatica asserts that data needs AI too. This is the best way to provide organizations with the accurate, complete, and trusted data that AI needs to produce reliable insights and recommendations.Marketing Technology News: E2open Announces Acquisition of AveretekInformatica is addressing the growing need for AI-driven data management with enhanced solutions that automate data discovery, improve data migration to the cloud, and ensure data quality, security, and governance across all data sources, whether on-premises, in the cloud, or in multi-cloud and hybrid environments.At Informatica World 2019, Informatica showed how it has enabled AI and machine learning across its entire product architecture via its CLAIRE engine, which provides unified, end-to-end metadata intelligence to accelerate and automate core data management and governance processes across the Informatica Intelligent Data Platform.Marketing Technology News: IBM Debuts Self-Service AI-Powered Ad Experience to Enable Conversations Between Brands and ConsumersAdditionally, Informatica announced:An expanded strategic partnership with Google Cloud that provides broader and deeper connectivity across the Informatica Intelligent Data Platform, enabling enterprises to accelerate data-driven digital transformation initiatives on the Google Cloud Platform.A free joint data discovery and cloud migration assessment in collaboration with Amazon Web Services (AWS) to help organizations assess the data they need to migrate to Amazon Redshift, thereby accelerating cloud modernization. Cognizant is available to provide a complete, advanced migration assessment package to help organizations systematically catalog and understand all of their enterprise data assets in order to develop a comprehensive, long-term migration plan.Support for the Microsoft Common Data Model (CDM) for self-service analytics at enterprise scale on Microsoft Azure. This enables organizations to bridge data silos across applications, modernize analytics at scale, and accelerate the transformation of raw data into trusted business intelligence.New Enterprise Data Catalog (EDC) integrations with Microsoft, Tableau, and Databricks to create a “catalog of catalogs” with AI-driven data discovery across multi-cloud and hybrid environments, providing broad metadata connectivity and better understanding of data across the enterprise for analytics modernization.The AI-powered, cloud-native, microservices-based Informatica MDM Reference 360 solution, which leverages Informatica’s CLAIRE engine to automate and simplify reference data management and speed the delivery of actionable insights to improve customer experience programs, marketing and sales operations, omnichannel retailing, supply chain optimization, and governance and compliance efforts.The industry’s most comprehensive hybrid integration platform (HIP) with Informatica Intelligent Cloud Services℠ (IICS), the first enterprise integration platform as a service (EiPaaS) that fulfills all critical requirements for successful data management across multi-cloud and hybrid environments.Informatica’s end-to-end intelligent Data Governance and Privacy Solutions enable organizations to accelerate the shift from focusing on risk management to establishing digital trust and achieving business value from data governance and privacy initiatives.An elite group of industry innovators were honored via three award programs that recognized their achievements in leveraging the transformative power of data.BP was named the Intelligent Disruptor of the Year for its holistic approach to digital transformation and data management, which includes a new enterprise approach to self-service analytics that provides the entire global business (74,000 employees operating across 78 countries) with capabilities to leverage data as an asset. BP has created a revolutionary marketplace and framework for big data environments that is a one-stop, user-friendly portal allowing the rapid discovery of datasets, reports, and analyses across multiple data lakes, cloud platforms, and locations. Informatica’s Big Data Management® (BDM) solution was implemented to allow businesses across BP to ingest data into the data lake from a large number of source systems and technologies. BP believes that digital technology is at the core of revolutionizing the way it does business, to tackle the world’s need for more energy, delivered in more innovative ways for a low-carbon future.Selected by conference attendees as their favorite innovation, GigaSpaces won Informatica’s inaugural AI and Cloud Innovation Zone competition. GigaSpaces showcased a digital integration hub using next-generation big data architecture allowing ingestion of any data type, combined with metadata management, and powered by the GigaSpaces platform for real-time analytics and speed. (video)Capgemini won the Informatica EDC CLAIRE Hackathon with their Smart Data Onboarding solution, a recommender system that identifies data for onboarding new sources into master data management (MDM) models using Informatica EDC’s rich metadata context and relationships, to accelerate the design and implementation of MDM projects.center_img Marketing Technology News: With 87% Surge in Customer Bookings, Episerver Promotes Internally for CMOlast_img read more

Novel process for surface hardening of stainless steel

Citation: Novel process for surface hardening of stainless steel (2018, April 11) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-04-surface-hardening-stainless-steel.html Most heat treatment methods cannot be easily applied to stainless steels to improve its properties. In particular, surface hardening of stainless steel by nitriding and nitrocarburising in the conventional temperature range of 500 to 1000 °C is highly detrimental to its corrosion properties. A possible solution is implementing processes that enable lower-temperature surface hardening of stainless steel. The EU-funded project PLASSTEEL has developed an advanced process for low-temperature surface hardening of stainless steel that allows accurate tailoring of the material properties. The new heat treatment process can be applied to all ferritic, martensitic, austenitic and duplex grades, imparting the material with unparalleled levels of wear, fatigue and corrosion resistance. Increasing hardness at lower temperaturesBased on more than 40 years of experience, IONITECH LTD has developed a plasma nitriding/nitrocarburising furnace achieving excellent temperature uniformity on the whole working area. “The novel plasma nitriding furnace also eliminates the possibility for the ‘hollow-cathode’ effect. This local overheating might lead to temperatures above those needed for the PLASSTEEL process that will in turn lead to chromium carbide and chromium nitride precipitations on the grain boundaries of the steel. These areas will have higher surface hardness but will also be susceptible to intergranular corrosion,” says leading research and development specialist Alexander Varhoshkov. The PLASSTEEL process is based on plasma technology and composed of a solution nitriding and nitrocarburisation process at temperatures below 500°C that enriches the surface layer of a workpiece with nitrogen and carbon. The carbon-containing gas added in nitrocarburisation can be methane, propane or natural gas. Its content varies from 2 to 10 % in the gas mixture. The treatment step can last from several minutes up to 20 hours, depending on the workpiece material and the requirements regarding the layer depth. Throughout the project, several types of stainless steels were processed and tested. Depending on the percentage of the alloying elements in these steels as well as other properties, results slightly varied. “Some of the alloying elements made diffusion of the carbon atoms harder and slower, thus leading to small differences in the diffusion layer and surface hardness. Nevertheless, in any case, the goal was to improve the wear properties of all types of stainless steel, while also retaining their corrosion properties,” says Dr. Varhoshkov.A process as true as steelMost surface-hardening techniques diminish the original corrosion resistance of stainless steels. IONITECH’s advanced new process and plasma nitriding furnace show that this is no longer the norm. “This shortcoming is successfully circumvented by this excellent plasma nitriding furnace that provides precise control over the material properties,” continues Dr. Varhoshkov. Working at low temperatures provided a remedy for dissolving nitrogen or carbon into stainless steel without the formation of chromium nitrides or carbides. Project partners succeeded not only in increasing the surface hardness of the parts by 4 times, but also in improving adhesive and abrasive wear, and the tribological properties of the metal as well. Explore further Antibacterial stainless steel created Stainless steel is the material of choice in various industries where corrosion resistance is of utmost importance, take for instance parts that are exposed to harsh environments. However, this highly favourable property does not always go hand in hand with high surface hardness, wear resistance and fatigue strength. Provided by CORDIS Credit: Alexander Varhoshkov This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. read more

Poll Younger Americans less apt to use unique passwords

Poll: For many online Americans, Facebook is a habit Explore further This June 19, 2017, file photo shows fingers on laptop keyboard in North Andover, Mass. Americans appear to be heeding expert advice for keeping their passwords and accounts safe. A new poll by The Associated Press and the NORC Center for Public Affairs Research finds that 41 percent of Americans use unique passwords for most or all online services. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File) Start with the now-familiar advice to avoid reusing the same password across important accounts such as email, banking and social media. A new poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research finds that 41 percent of Americans say they use unique passwords for most or all online services. Just a third of adults under age 45 do so, however, compared to about half their elders.Anyone who reuses a password increases their chances of falling victim to data theft—a serious risk given such major breaches as the hacks that compromised three billion Yahoo accounts in 2013. Hackers often test big batches of passwords stolen in one breach against other potentially sensitive accounts, a practice called “credential stuffing.”Older Americans are also more likely to commit their passwords to paper, the poll found. Fifty-six percent of people aged 60 and older do so, compared to 20 percent of the under-30 crowd. If kept away from prying eyes, written passwords are generally considered a good idea.”I don’t use the same password for any two sites,” said Stephanie Harris, a 61-year-old retired warehouse manager in Sacramento, California. She shops and banks on the internet and chooses her passwords from “things I like to do, things I like to eat. Never anybody’s name because I’m not into that. If I see something really cool, then I’ll make it a password.”Harris said she changes her passwords often and uses from eight to 12 characters, sometimes including numbers and symbols.The AP-NORC poll found 32 percent of 1,047 respondents use a single password most of the time. That was a bit less than the 39 percent who told the Pew Research Center last year that most of their passwords were the same or similar.Inadequate attention to password security has helped fuel an epidemic of cybercrime. A Verizon report published last year on hacking-related data breaches said 81 percent involved weak, reused or stolen credentials—up from 63 percent the previous year.It doesn’t help that the experts themselves haven’t been consistent with their advice.The National Institute of Standards and Technology revised its best password practices last year. The new guidelines run counter to the information-security gospel that persists in much of the corporate world—namely, that that passwords should change frequently and must contain both uppercase and lowercase letters with required symbols and numbers.NIST said such requirements often yield less secure passwords. The author of the original recommendations now regrets them.Password managers—programs that can store your passwords securely, generate new random passwords and often even fill them in on login pages—are also gradually becoming more popular. Thirteen percent of respondents to the AP-NORC poll said they use them.Mike Rodriguez of Port St. Lucie, Florida, is not one of them.”I don’t trust them,” said the 50-year-old maintenance engineer, who says he only has four online accounts he uses regularly, including Facebook and banking. Rodriguez said he never saves credit card or other financial information to any online business.Rodriguez was one of 18 percent of respondents who said they use unique passwords for all their online accounts. He uses a simple method for creating them, which he didn’t appear to mind sharing with a reporter.Suffice to say it involves demographic details of various people he’s known.—-The AP-NORC poll was conducted April 11-16 using a sample drawn from NORC’s probability-based AmeriSpeak Panel, which is designed to be representative of the U.S. population. The margin of sampling error for all respondents is plus or minus 4 percentage points The number of online accounts compromised by hackers is now in the trillions—enough, perhaps, to make even technophobes think hard about the security of their passwords. Indeed, many are—especially older Americans, a new survey shows. © 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. 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. Citation: Poll: Younger Americans less apt to use unique passwords (2018, April 25) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-04-poll-younger-americans-apt-unique.html More information: AP-NORC Center: www.apnorc.org/ read more

Heres how hackers are making your Tesla GM and Chrysler less vulnerable

first_img Explore further (c)2019 U.S. TodayDistributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC. 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. Tesla fixes security in Model S after Chinese hack In March, a Tesla Model 3 was hacked.center_img Citation: Here’s how hackers are making your Tesla, GM and Chrysler less vulnerable to attack (2019, July 5) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-07-hackers-tesla-gm-chrysler-vulnerable.html Bug bounty programsTesla’s approach toward plugging access holes began with its bug bounty program in 2014, however, it’s not the only automaker that invites hackers to test systems.Fiat Chrysler has had a bug bounty program in place since 2016 and it pays hackers up to $1,500 each time they discover a previously unknown vulnerability. GM officially rolled out its bug bounty program in 2018 after establishing what it calls the Security Vulnerability Disclosure Program in 2016.More than 500 researchers have participated in GM’s program to identify and resolve more than 700 vulnerabilities.Ford announced in January that it’s selecting top researchers to participate in future special hacking projects.In order to thwart hackers, automakers and their suppliers are taking multiple approaches to protect cars from all sides, according to Asaf Ashkenazi, chief strategy officer at Verimatrix, a security and analytics software firm.He said that cars today are in the beginning stages of what he called a three-prong approach to smart car security.”They are filtering away the obvious attacks from the outside by trying to create firewalls between subsystems,” he said. “If one is compromised, the hacker can’t move to other systems.”This approach was shown during the Tesla hack as the Palo Alto-based company managed to contain the damage to just the browser while protecting all other vehicle functions.Remote updatesThe next level of protection from automakers is the ability to upgrade and fix issues via the airwaves, Ashkenazi said.Legacy car companies have lagged behind Tesla’s ability to send these smartphone-style refreshes to its customers. The Palo Alto-based company uses the feature to update everything from semi-autonomous driving modes to cheeky Easter eggs or hidden gems.When responding to bugs, the company has fixed issues through software updates within a few days of discovering vulnerabilities.Alongside Tesla, some of Ford and General Motor’s 2020 models will allow over-the-air updates that can upgrade a vehicle with new features and remotely fix problematic software. GM’s 2020 Cadillac CT5 will come with a new “digital nerve system” that makes the updates possible.In May, GM announced that most of its global models will be capable of over-the-air software upgrades by 2023.Constant monitoringThe third level of consumer vehicle protection involves having AI detect that a car is behaving differently. That gives automakers a better chance to identify attacks early on, Ashkenazi said.Third-party software companies like Argus Cyber Security are stepping in help car companies develop and bake-in these types of remote diagnostics capabilities during the production process.”Even if you have real-time protection inside the vehicle, you still need to know that one of your cars is being targeted,” said Monique Lance, director of marketing at Argus Cyber Security.That’s where monitoring technology steps in, allowing auto companies to perform cross data analysis and identify suspicious behavior that could otherwise be missed.”You need the ability to have visibility of your entire fleet because there may be other affected vehicles,” Lance said. “It’s paramount that you know what’s happening within the network. It’s much cheaper for automakers to be able to prevent attacks than to respond to them once they’ve happened so that service is vital.”Worst case scenarioLance said without a layered approach to security, catastrophes await.One example of what this could look like happened in 2015 when data security researchers successfully took remote control of a Jeep Cherokee. Fiat Chrysler responded by recalling 1.4 million cars and trucks and sending UBS sticks with software patches to owners.That same year, another hacker revealed that he placed a small electronic box on a car to steal information from GM’s OnStar system so he could open doors and start the vehicle. GM said the hack was isolated to one car and it has since closed the loopholes.A fleet-wide vehicle hacking that results in death and destruction has yet to happen but as Tesla CEO Elon Musk said in 2017, it’s “one of the biggest risks for autonomous vehicles.” He added that a fleetwide hack of Tesla is “basically impossible.”PartnershipsAutomakers are collaborating to prevent these types of scenarios from happening.Established in 2015, the industry’s information-sharing and analysis group called Auto ISAC is dedicated to research and creating best practices for cybersecurity. Mitsubishi Electric, PACCAR, Volvo Group North America and American Trucking Associations joined the pact in 2018.The non-profit says that 98% of vehicles on the road in the United States are represented by member companies. A collaborative approach is a step in the right direction, Ashkenazi, the cybersecurity expert, said.”But forming groups and creating guidelines may not necessarily work in all situations, to all cars. Getting to that point is very difficult and will take a long time.” The duo responsible for uncovering the vulnerability accessed the car’s web browser, executed code on its firmware and displayed a message on the infotainment system before making off with the Model 3 and $375,000.The hackers didn’t remotely take total control of the car or wreak havoc on its door locks or brakes while an innocent driver sat inside. In fact, they weren’t able to break into any other systems in the electric vehicle, and the cash they collected came in the form of a check from Tesla.It was all part of a three-day cybersecurity contest called Pwn2Own, an event where Tesla pays top dollar to anyone masterful enough to find previously unknown bugs. Correcting any weakness helps the electric car company protect the people who drive its vehicles, it hopes.As an increasing number of cars become hi-tech computers on wheels, experts say that vehicles—like everything else that connects to the internet—are inherently hackable. That means every smart car could theoretically be broken into and controlled on some level by savvy hackers, criminals or worse.While unrealized threats exist, automakers’ efforts to protect motorists are extending beyond hiring experienced internal security teams.For companies like Tesla, that means entering cars in rigorous third-party testing competitions or implementing other so-called “bug bounty programs” to encourage security researchers to actively locate and report any hot spots on the company’s hardware.At face value, encouraging outsiders to search for flaws may appear counter-intuitive. However, not only does the move give skilled hackers a chance to flex their muscle, but it also helps companies like Tesla, GM and others strengthen car security.”We believe that in order to design and build inherently secure systems, manufacturers must work closely with the security research community to benefit from their collective expertise,” Tesla said in a statement to U.S. TODAY.Tesla used a software update to fix the vulnerability found by the “white hat,” or ethical, hackers, which is a benefit as drivers don’t have to visit a repair shop or pay fees to get an car’s software updated.last_img read more