first_imgAPTN National NewsAn Ontario First Nation was in court Tuesday.The Chippewas of the Thames launched a legal challenge against Enbridge.The First Nation is appealing the National Energy Board’s approval of Enbridge’s  Line 9 pipeline.APTN’s Delaney Windigo has that story.last_img

first_imgMelbourne: Former captain Ricky Ponting feels constant scrutiny on Steve Smith and David Warner following their comeback could be “unsettling” for the Australian team during the World Cup in the United Kingdom. Ponting, who will be part of Australia’s support staff during the mega event, said Smith and Warner will have to be prepared for constant criticism from the UK crowd. Their two-year ban for ball-tampering ends later this month and they will feature in the IPL beginning March 23. Also Read – Dhoni, Paes spotted playing football together”I don’t think it is much of a challenge internally around the players. You’d like to think that those guys are having conversations now, so they’re not leaving it to the last minute and just be exposed to this thing that could be derailing to a team,” Ponting told cricket.com.au. “I’m sure this would have been talked about at a higher level for a long time – how do we integrate them back in? How do they fit in? How is it all going to be seamless? But the hardest part for those guys is going to be the public perception of us, especially in England,” said the two-time World Cup winning captain. Also Read – Andy Murray to make Grand Slam return at Australian OpenConstant attention on Smith and Warner could affect the team during the World Cup, said Ponting. They’re coming back into a World Cup in the UK – they shouldn’t be expecting too many pats on the back over there. They’re going to cop it everywhere they go. They’ve got to know that, they’ve got to accept that and understand that. “The team needs to as well, because that could also be something that could be unsettling for a team.” Australia go into the World Cup as defending champions but this time, they don’t go enter the tournament as outright favourites. Ponting feels things could get a lot easier for Warner and Smith if they are amongst the runs. “I think they are well equipped (to handle the scrutiny), but I think it could be a shock for them by the same token when they come back. They have to expect the absolute worst and then anything better than that is going to be a bonus for them. That would be the way I would approach it if I was them.last_img read more

NEW YORK — Leonard A. Lauder, chairman emeritus of the Estee Lauder Companies, is working on a memoir about the cosmetics company that his mother founded and he helped build into an international empire.HarperCollins Publishers announced Thursday that Lauder’s book will come out next year. It’s currently untitled.Leonard Lauder, 86, joined the family business in 1958 and later served as president, CEO and chairman before stepping down in 2009. He also helped found the Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation and serves as chairman emeritus of the Whitney Museum of American Art. In 2013, he donated dozens of Picassos and other Cubist works to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. His collection had been regarded as among the world’s finest.According to HarperCollins, Lauder will share “lively stories, sharp observations and practical lessons.”The Associated Press read more

MONTREAL — SNC-Lavalin Inc. is eliminating about 100 positions in Canada at the same time as the Quebec engineering firm is being described by political leaders as being vulnerable to a foreign takeover.The Montreal-based firm says the workforce reduction is attributable to the completion of various projects across the country.“We are hiring employees based on the needs of our current projects and adjusting when they come to an end. This strategy is crucial to remain competitive,” said spokesman Nicolas Ryan.SNC-Lavalin ‘vulnerable’ to hostile takeover, warns Quebec premierIs there value amid the uncertainty facing SNC-Lavalin?SNC-Lavalin falls most in 6 years as prosecutors rule out negotiated deal on graft chargesThe eliminated positions represent a fraction of the 8,700 Canadian workforce.SNC-Lavalin is preparing to open a new office next year in London, the former headquarters of WS Atkins, acquired in 2017 for $3.5 billion. Ryan said no positions from the Montreal head office would be transferred to the British capital.Quebec Premier Francois Legault told a Montreal radio station Thursday that the government’s investment agency may have to get involved to protect the company from a foreign takeover.“In the future, when it comes time to protect head offices, I would like the leader to be Investissement Quebec,” he said in an interview.Montreal’s La Presse reported this week that the Caisse de depot et placement du Quebec — which was already SNC-Lavalin’s largest shareholder — had increased its stake since the spring to about 20 per cent, valued at about $1.6 billion.SNC-Lavalin’s share price has dropped about 10 per cent since October, when federal prosecutors refused to set aside criminal charges against the company by approving a deferred prosecution agreement.The RCMP charged the company in 2015 with fraud and corruption for alleged actions in Libya. It has pleaded not guilty but could be excluded from federal tenders for up to 10 years if convicted.Some analysts have suggested that the current situation could result in the sale of some company assets or make it vulnerable to a takeover offer.“It puts the company in a difficult situation,” said Legault. “There is no controlling shareholder.”He added that other investors could be approached to ensure that any outside offer is blocked. read more

A draft optional protocol to the world’s major anti-torture pact aimed at allowing experts to visit prisons has been endorsed by the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) following two rounds of voting on the matter. On Wednesday afternoon, the Council recommended that the General Assembly adopt the draft optional protocol to the Convention against Torture as a means of establishing a system of regular visits by independent bodies to centres where people are deprived of their liberty, in order to prevent torture and other cruel punishment.Eight countries – Australia, China, Cuba, Egypt, Japan, Libya, Nigeria and the Sudan – voted against the draft text, while ten – Bhutan, Cameroon, Ethiopia, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Qatar, the Russian Federation, the United States and Zimbabwe – abstained on the measure, which passed after 35 countries cast their ballots in favour. The vote was taken after ECOSOC members defeated an amendment proposed by the United States that would have re-opened negotiations on the text of the draft protocol. That proposed amendment was defeated by a vote of 15 in favour to 29 against, with 8 abstentions. Following the decision, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Mary Robinson, issued a statement in Geneva welcoming the Council’s endorsement as “an important step towards the establishment of a new international mechanism to prevent torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.” She voiced hope that the General Assembly would make the concept a reality. In another action on Wednesday, ECOSOC voted 46 in favour to one against (United States), with one abstention (Australia), to adopt a resolution demanding that that Israel comply fully with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. read more

Same song, different verse.The San Antonio Spurs — after defeating the Miami Heat in Game 4 of the NBA Finals on Thursday night — are one win away from a title. The score wasn’t close, 107-86 — the second game in a row that San Antonio dismantled Miami. But in Game 3, it was the Spurs’ offense overwhelming the Heat’s defense with a cascading set of inside-outside and side-to-side actions. In Game 4, the Spurs’ offense continued to perform at a high level, but it also tightened the screws defensively.The Heat scored at a rate of 99.1 points per 100 possessions in Game 4, more than 13 points lower than Miami’s playoff average. The Spurs controlled the middle of the floor, a factor that manifested in several ways.According to the NBA’s SportVU Player Tracking Box Score, San Antonio had an enormous rebounding advantage, not just in actual rebounds — 44 to 27 — but also in rebound chances (defined as any time a player is within 3.5 feetof a rebound), 68 to 46. The Spurs were consistently the aggressor around the basket.That aggressiveness also showed in Game 4’s shot-contesting stats. The Heat were 15 of 34 (44 percent) on shots in the paint. Coming into the game, the Heat had made 64 percent of their shots in the paint, by far the best mark of any team in the playoffs. The Heat — athletic and loaded with finishers — can score in the paint even when a defender is there to challenge a shot. But the Spurs have gotten more aggressive, and it is bothering the Heat in traffic.Miami’s Shooting WoesSan Antonio contested a slightly lower percentage of Miami’s shots in Game 4, but the Spurs were extremely effective, especially around the basket. The Heat couldn’t get shots to fall.The Heat have turned the ball over on 18.7 percent of their possessions in the finals, well above the 15.8 percent they had averaged in the regular season. Many of the steals the Spurs are generating have come close to the basket, stripping the ball from a shooter as he heads for the rim. On San Antonio, Danny Green and Kawhi Leonard have been particularly active in this regard, combining for 15 steals and seven blocks in the finals so far.The Spurs have strung together two of the best performances of the playoffs — one offensive and one defensive. It will take massive changes from Miami to push this series toward a competitive finish. read more

Almost 1300 visitors of Handball-Planet.com voted on our Poll question – “Who has to organize Men’s World Championship 2019?” and the majority of the fans want to see the most important handball event at the end of decade in Hungary and Slovakia! Over 53% of all voters think that two Central European countries have perfect conditions to organize the event after Spain, Qatar 2015 and France 2017.Not much less support has Polish candidature for the WCh 2019 with 36% of your votes.At the third place is joined Danish-German candidature with about 8% of votes, while Sweden and Norway obviously aren’t in category “perfect place” for a majority of handball fans worldwide.Decision about the host nation will be made next weekend during IHF Congress 2013 in Doha, Qatar (25 to 28th of October).Which country is the perfect place for WCh 2019?HUNGARY AND SLOVAKIA (53%, 662 Votes)POLAND (36%, 447 Votes)GERMANY AND DENMARK (8%, 94 Votes)SWEDEN (2%, 27 Votes)NORWAY (1%, 21 Votes) hungary and slovakia handballihf men’s world championship 2019 ← Previous Story EHF CUP (Round 3): Hannover VS Kadetten – Montpellier, Berlin and Skjern clear favorites Next Story → Darko Stanic suspended by Metalurg! read more

first_imgIRISH CHARITY GOAL says the Government’s response to the disaster in the Philippines has not been “proportionate to the scale of the disaster”.The NGO is calling on Foreign Affairs Minister Eamon Gilmore to announce an increase to the €1 million already committed.According to CEO Barry Andrews: “Although the full extent of the damage is still unfolding, it is clear at this stage that there is an enormous amount of destruction spread across a very wide area.“People are in desperate need of water, food and shelter and the time is right for a strong message of solidarity.Andrews, who is a former government minister, said Ireland should maintain its “reputation for generosity in similar circumstances,” particularly in the context of the large Filipino community living and working in Ireland.He told TheJournal.ie that it was likely the case that the initial amount of €1 million was based on guesswork, but that another announcement now would be “timely” given the extent of the unfolding tragedy.The UN estimates more than 11.3 million people have been affected, with 673,000 made homeless, since Haiyan smashed into the nation’s central islands on Friday. Some 10,000 people may have died in the city of Tacloban alone.Ireland is also providing tents, blankets and other emergency supplies to the Philippines as part of a coordinated international relief effort. The first airlift of supplies, valued at around €510,000, is currently en route from Dubai and is due to land at 6pm Irish time.Speaking yesterday, Tánaiste and Foreign Affairs Minister Eamon Gilmore said the country would play its play its “full part” the response to the disaster.Taoiseach Enda Kenny said that Ireland had a well-regarded record in responding to international tragedies, and would contribute “how it can” but that the country didn’t have ”endless resources” that it could make available.Related: 100 tonnes of Irish aid due to arrive in PhilippinesAlso: Eight killed as mob storms Philippine rice storeRead: Filipino ambassador warned about typhoon devastation – last yearlast_img read more

first_imgNIGERIAN AUTHORITIES HAVE confirmed a second case of Ebola in Africa’s most populous country, an alarming setback as officials across the region battle to stop the spread of a disease that has killed more than 700 people.Nigerian Health Minister Onyebuchi Chukwu also said test samples were pending for three other people who had shown symptoms of Ebola.The confirmed second case is a doctor who had helped treat Patrick Sawyer, the Liberian-American man who died July 25 days after arriving in Nigeria amid the unprecedented outbreak in West Africa.“Three others who participated in that treatment who are currently symptomatic have had their samples taken and hopefully by the end of today we should have the results of their own test,” Chukwu said.The emergence of a second case raises serious concerns about the infection control practices that were used while Sawyer was in Nigeria, and also raise the specter that more cases could emerge. It can take up to 21 days after exposure to the virus for symptoms to appear. They include fever, sore throat, muscle pains and headaches. Often nausea, vomiting and diarrhea follow, along with bleeding.Sawyer, who was traveling to Nigeria on business, became ill while aboard a flight and Nigerian authorities immediately took him into isolation. They did not quarantine his fellow passengers, and have insisted that the risk of additional cases was minimal.Nigeria is the fourth country to report Ebola cases and at least 728 other people have died in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia.Nigerian authorities said a total of 70 people are under surveillance and that they hoped to have eight people in quarantine by the end of Monday in an isolation ward in Lagos.LondonMeanwhile, it was confirmed that tests for the virus on a woman in her 70s who died having flown from Gambia to Gatwick were negative.Video: What exactly is the Ebola virus?Read: Ebola patient arrives in US and brought to state-of-the-art isolation unitlast_img read more

first_imgRIM recently announced that BlackBerry 10 and new hardware — the L-series and N-series — would be pushed back until early 2013. Now, a leaked slide has appeared that sheds additional light on what RIM has in their product pipeline — and when you can expect to see it on store shelves.First up is the long-absent 4G BlackBerry PlayBook. Spotted in the wild as far back as April, RIM confirmed in May that it would arrive “by the end of the year.” Based on its listing in the Q4 2012 block, they’re waiting until the holiday season to get the updated model to carriers. It’s another delay that isn’t going to help RIM gain ground, and at this point you’ve got to wonder if anyone is really waiting for the 4G PlayBook. Quarterly sales of the original models have slowed to a crawl — just 200,000 moved in Q2 2012.The previously-leaked L and N-series devices lead off 2013. It’s expected that they’ll launch first in Europe due to a more receptive (and slightly less critical) market and then make their way to North America about three weeks later. RIM is likely hoping that the staggered launch will help build excitement before what surely must be their most critical U.S. product launch ever. There’s also some good news for owners of the first-generation PlayBook: you’re slated to receive the upgrade to BlackBerry 10 early in 2013, too.Toward the end of 2013, RIM plans on releasing a follow-up to the PlayBook. Codenamed Blackforest, it looks like the new model will be larger (perhaps 9 or 10 inches) and may feature up to 128GB of internal storage. Two other devices are noted: Nashville and Naples, which would seem to indicate that they’re N-series phones.With Nashville pinned between Q2 and Q3, that means the high-end Nevada will be the only QWERTY BlackBerry 10 device available until summertime. For folks interested in a low-end or mid-range BlackBerry Curve running the new OS, it’ll be almost a year before you can buy the device you’re waiting for.More at BlackBerry OSlast_img read more

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Georgetown, Guyana June 7, 2017 – The Caribbean Community (Caricom) has reaffirmed its support of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change following the US decision to withdraw from the accord. US President Donald Trump announced the withdrawal last Thursday saying that a renegotiation of terms was in the works. The US is one of only three countries not to sign the agreement which seeks to reduce greenhouse gas emissions globally. The decision is unpopular both within and outside of the US. Individual US states are working to comply with the accord outside of the federal government.In a statement, Caricom Chairman and Guyana President David Granger said although Caricom was disappointed by the withdrawal, the region remained encouraged by the many nations who have signed the agreement. “The need for global action to combat this phenomenon is past urgent…Our own commitment will never waiver. Our existence is at stake,” he said.  Granger added that Climate Change is an “existential threat” to the Caribbean which is made up of Small Island and Low-Lying Development States or SIDS. He also noted that the Paris Agreement on Climate Change was “more than just another international agreement on another complex international issue.” According to Granger, “it reflects the acknowledgment and acceptance that climate change is a global issue requiring global solutions.”Individual nation states have also denounced the decision. The Bahamas Ministry of Foreign Affairs said the withdrawal was a cause for concern and pledged to continue working towards ending Climate Change.#MagneticMediaNews#ParisAgreement #ClimateChange Bahamas to take 15-member delegation to CARICOM meeting set in Mo’Bay, Jamaica Recommended for you CARICOM Inter-Sessional Meeting discussions conclude on high notecenter_img Related Items:#magneticmedianews, CARICOM, climate change, donald trump, Paris Agreement Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp UN SG is Special Guest at Opening Ceremony for CARICOM Heads Meeting Wednesdaylast_img read more

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, December 28, 2017 – Providenciales – The overarching theme when the Progressive National Opposition party met with media in their one year review of the PDM Administration was that there was no change, little to nothing done in the first 12 months of office, that they were a disappointment to voters and that now, the grace period is over so the public should expect a more vocal and active PNP.   Former Education, Youth and Sports Minister, Akierra Missick gave a scathing observation about a lack of policy, transparency, funding and care for the youngest citizens and residents.“Twelve months in office, several sessions of Parliament, no development of a Sport Commission, which they criticized our administration on not being able to deliver during our term.  For they would say, Rome was not built in a day.   Well this is such a low hanging truth, that if it was a priority, if sport was a priority of this government, this should have been the first thing that was done, but instead, they had a little dispute in Cabinet and they fired a minister.  Did this set the ministry back, I think the ministry was further set back by the changing of the technical support officers, including the Permanent Secretary and Deputy Secretary in the Ministry, thus creating a vacuum of knowledge, knowledge that may not have been transferred in a timely manner.  We have the most precious resource in this country, that is our children.  They cannot wallow in delay after delay and delay in their development.”The Leeward Member asked her constituents for understanding as she is now pledged to champion the children in her new approach to dealing with the PDM as Government.“We will get our park done without the government, because they have decided that by spiting me, they are actually going to spite the children of Leeward and Long Bay.   And the residents of Long Bay that still do not have access to city water, no fault of my own, budgeted, was told by the minister, it wasn’t his government’s priority.  I bet you they will come to you just before the election, saying that they will promise you water.   But not to fear, I will keep it to the forefront of their mind, even if it is not a priority of theirs, it is a priority of mine.”Porsha Smith graded the PDM on the one year anniversary of winning office at the polls; she said The Bight is the only thing that’s right as member from that district and former Tourism and Culture Minister Porsha Smith. Smith took to grading on a letter scale how good and bad the PDM performed in their first semester in office.“F, F, F, marketing to foreign countries and sending pictures back home to persons who actually are not interested in patronizing us and prefer to go to another country not to far from us, for less money, because they can’t handle the superiorness of this destination.  I need the money, that’s an F, put the money where it will be used.  Trust the marketing professionals that you have employed.Smith was livid by so called cutbacks in marketing, reportedly excessive travelling by the Premier and death to plans which had taken shape under the former PNP Government.“Put it in The Bight where you have your number one hotels, your luxury brand hotels who are winning several awards, where people can walk to it, where the residents of Turks and Caicos can also be a part of highlighting and displaying your culture and heritage here in the Turks and Caicos.   People don’t just come to a country just for a beach, they want to be able to have the exposure and the experience of your country.   And you are going to not cut the ground for a world class Amphitheater, oh, The Bight still right, you need to bring that.  I give y’all an F for not shoveling.”#MagneticMediaNews#OppositiongradesPDM Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #OppositiongradesPDMlast_img read more

first_imgFormer Manchester United defender Gary Neville insists Liverpool are streets ahead of his old club following their 3-1 loss to the Reds at Anfield.The loss to Jurgen Klopp’s side has left the Red Devils, who are currently in sixth place, a huge 19 points off the top of the Premier League table, while they remain 11 points behind fourth placed Chelsea, who occupy the final UEFA Champions League spot.Neville hit out at his former club after the North-West derby in Merseyside, claiming the team do not have a central midfielder who is capable of picking a pass in the opposition’s half.divock origi, liverpoolReport: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…“Liverpool are streets ahead. Streets. Not one of the United midfielders can pass a football. Not one of them,” Neville said, according to Sports Mole.“I find it staggering. United were awful. They were hanging in there for a bit but the only real team who were going to win the game was Liverpool. It’s not good enough.”United have won just seven of their 17 games in the league so far this season, and travel to Wales next weekend to face Cardiff City looking to return to winning ways.last_img read more

first_imgShortly after his flight arrived at FLL, just before 4 p.m., Ali spoke to the media. “They said that, ‘In order for you to get on the flight, I have to talk to security,’” he said. “I said, ‘What would I have to talk to security for? I mean, why y’all bothering me?’”Ali said that airport employees told him he had to talk to government officials. “They said, “Well, I can’t let you board the flight until you talk to Homeland Security,” he said.“Felt like I was being very harassed, and I felt abused, actually,” Ali added. “I think it has a lot to do with the ban on Muslims and Trump being in office and just this crazy mess.”Wasserman Schultz said she’s worried the government is retaliating against Ali Jr. for his testimony. “This is just, there’s no question that this is religious profiling,” she said. “And also I’m concerned that this is retaliation for his testimony in Washington.Ali said that terrorists are not really Muslims. “I mean, terrorists are not Muslims. Terrorists are not Christians,” he said. “Terrorists really don’t have a belief. To do something wrong, you can’t believe in anything to do something wrong. You can believe in the devil, but you know, all religions are peaceful.”The circumstances surrounding the detainment are not yet clear.Ali is happy that Washington state will sue over the new travel ban in federal account. The old travel ban was blocked after Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson sued. FORT LAUDERDALE-HOLLYWOOD INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, FLA. (WSVN) – Muhammad Ali Jr. was detained by the Department of Homeland Security on Friday, weeks after he was detained at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz tweeted out, Friday.Wasserman Schultz’s tweet read, “On way home on DOMESTIC FLIGHT Muhammad Ali Jr. detained AGAIN by @DHSgov. Religiously profiling son of ‘The Greatest’ will not make us safe.”“His record was brought up by the gate agent, the counter agent. Apparently, they said, ‘Well, hold on. I have to call somebody,’” Wasserman Schultz said. On way home on DOMESTIC FLIGHT Muhammad Ali Jr. detained AGAIN by @DHSgov. Religiously profiling son of ‘The Greatest’ will not make us safe pic.twitter.com/KO3IVnRFax— D Wasserman Schultz (@DWStweets) March 10, 2017Ali and his mother traveled to Washington, D.C. to testify about the treatment they received at FLL after they were detained because, they say, they identify as Muslim. On the return flight to Miami, Ali Jr. was stopped again as he was boarding his flight.The TSA released a statement that reads, “Upon arriving at the airline check-in counter, a call was made to confirm Mr. Ali’s identity with TSA officials. When Mr. Ali arrived at the checkpoint, his large jewelry alarmed the checkpoint scanner. He received a targeted pat-down in the area of his jewelry to clear the alarm and was cleared to catch his flight.” center_img “In our view, this new executive order contains many of the same legal weaknesses as the first and reinstates some of the identical policies as the original,” said Ferguson.Trump has insisted it’s not a Muslim ban. The order won’t impact those with visas or American citizens like Ali.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

first_img Culture Tech Industry Security 1:54 Share your voice On Wednesday, House Democrats unveiled a new border security plan that contains no money for physical barriers along the southern US border.”We’ve seen that walls can and will be tunneled under, cut through or scaled,” Rep. Pete Aguilar, from California, told The Washington Post. “We cannot focus on archaic solutions in order to address this very modern problem. Technology works for securing the border.”So what are we talking about? Smart wall systems could comprise technologies ranging from infrared and laser-enhanced cameras, drones, sensors and radar to artificial intelligence. There’s also imaging technology that scans vehicles for drugs as they pass through official border crossings. But these approaches could too easily violate our privacy, security and civil liberties, according to tech companies and the American Civil Liberties Union. The ACLU described security technologies as “ineffective” and warned that “programs intended for border security purposes have had a tendency to expand toward the rest of the country.” Here are the most likely technologies that could be used on the border in place of, or in addition to, a wall.SensorsSensor technology is now small enough to embed in a car, allowing it to power self-driving test vehicles. Advocates say today’s sensors could be used on the border.One company, Quanergy, says one of its products relies on lidar, which uses pulsed light to measure distances and generate detailed images, to scan for movements. Quanergy says its products can tell the difference between a person and an animal.Given that the border stretches 1,950 miles, the project might require more than 15,000 sensors. At an estimated $250 per sensor, the price tag could amount to $3.7 million, or less than 1 percent of Trump’s border wall ask.Then there’s Anduril, a 2-year-old startup that’s building sensor-packed towers filled with radar, laser-enhanced cameras and communications antennas. Together, the sensors, cameras and antennas can detect objects from two miles away and identify the difference between people and animals, the company says.Anduril is headed by Palmer Luckey, the 26-year-old co-founder of Oculus VR who was forced out of Facebook. Now in his second act, Luckey said he’s hoping to “rebuild the bridge between the tech and defense communities.”His technology, called Lattice, is already being tested by US Customs and Border Protection (CBP). In a 10-week span, it helped agents catch 55 unauthorized border crossers and seize 982 pounds of marijuana, according to a 2018 Wired profile of the company.Anduril’s and Quanergy’s technologies could potentially augment an existing program created by Elbit Systems, an Israeli company that’s reportedly built 43 towers in Arizona carrying radar as well as daylight and infrared cameras that can capture images from 7.5 miles away, according to a report by Bloomberg. The contract, awarded in 2014 for $145 million, has been called a key piece of technology by CBP. DronesDrones can use combinations of cameras, lasers and heat sensors. They’ve also been tested in war zones by the US military and by firefighters battling last year’s wildfire blazes in California.A Predator drone used by the US Customs and Border Protection agency for surveillance flights near the Mexican border.The US Customs and Border Protection agency uses drones like this Predator for surveillance flights near the Mexican border. John Moore / Getty Images CBP operates a fleet of at least nine drones, according to a 2018 report from the Cato Institute, a libertarian think tank in Washington. “The biggest difficulty with drones is positioning them to surveil the border,” Cato’s report said, noting that issues such as bad weather, crashes and operation costs have plagued the program.Though CBP spent $255 million buying and operating drones between 2013 and 2016, apprehensions have risen by less than 1 percent, Cato estimates, at a cost of $32,000 per capture. Captures not involving drones cost an average of $9,000, according to Cato.CBP didn’t respond to a request for comment.Artificial intelligenceThe tech industry’s buzziest buzzword is already being used to help identify people in your photographs, recommend new beauty products and weed out bad behavior on the internet. And there are companies who say AI can help secure the border as well.Cogniac offers camera software that identifies people and objects. The company is backed by Google parent Alphabet and says its technology can work in real time with security cameras, cameras mounted on drones or even smartphones. So where is facial recognition in all this, you might ask?That technology has two potential issues. First, it would be mostly practical in places like border crossings, where lots of people stream by cameras. Second, such systems aren’t foolproof, and they carry a very real risk of abuse. “When combined with ubiquitous cameras and massive computing power and storage in the cloud, a government could use facial recognition technology to enable continuous surveillance of specific individuals,” Microsoft President Brad Smith wrote in an official Microsoft blog last year. “We must ensure that the year 2024 doesn’t look like a page from the novel ‘1984.’”Taking It to Extremes: Mix insane situations — erupting volcanoes, nuclear meltdowns, 30-foot waves — with everyday tech. Here’s what happens.CNET Magazine: Check out a sample of the stories in CNET’s newsstand edition. Drones Microsoft Donald Trump 39 Now playing: Watch this: Comments Tags US agents patrol the border between Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, and Santa Teresa, New Mexico. Herika Martinez/Getty Images Since 2015, President Donald Trump has promised to build a “big, beautiful wall” along the 1,950-mile US border with Mexico: a 20- to 30-foot high concrete wall/steel fence he says will stem illegal immigration, keep out illicit drugs and stop terrorists from entering the country.Critics say a physical barrier is unnecessary and ineffective, and they argue that modern tech could do the job instead at a lower cost. Which is how we got to the recent 35-day shutdown, the longest in US government history. Trump insists on Congress budgeting $5.7 billion for a wall, while Democrats push for high-tech border protections. “The positive, shall we say, almost technological wall that can be built is what we should be doing,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said during a press conference in January. She’s proposed spending “hundreds of millions of dollars” for tech to scan for drugs and weapons and detect people attempting to cross the border. Pelosi’s office didn’t respond to a request for an interview. Neither she nor her Democratic allies have specified which technologies they’d like to fund. Border security: Tech options that could replace a walllast_img read more

first_imgUnder the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act of 1971, more than 200 village corporations were promised land in and around their communities. At a meeting of the Alaska Native Village CEOs Association in Anchorage this week, participants described the problems they’re encountering with the contaminated lands that were conveyed to them.Download Audiolast_img

first_imgNew Zealand skipper Kane Williamson won the crucial toss and despite overcast conditions and some help for bowlers from the pitch, decided to bat first. The Black Caps have gone into the match with the same team as the semi-finals. There was rain in the morning and the pitch has a bit of grass which means that bowlers will have assitance early on. As a result, Martin Guptill and Henry Nicholls will have the big responsibility to avoid early damage from Chris Woakes and Jofra Archer, both of whom were in good form in this tournament. England captain Eoin Morgan didn’t show any disappointment and said it would have been a 50-50 decision for him if he had won the toss. He added that the team that plays better would win and hence, no great disappointment as batting second. New Zealand had batted first in the 2015 World Cup final also but could only post a modest score which was chased down easily by Australia. They would look to make amends for it today.last_img read more

first_img Share – / 3Harris County Attorney Vince Ryan sued Arkema, Inc., over chemical fires that broke out at the plant located in Crosby when it was flooded by Hurricane Harvey.The suit alleges the company violated Texas air and water pollution laws when the chemicals burned and wastewater tanks overflowed because of the flooding.The suit also claims the company doesn’t have floodplain permits it’s supposed to have for multiple structures at the plant. The county said air tests detected volatile organic compounds, which can cause cancer, more than 1 mile (1.61 kilometers) outside a 1.5-mile (2.41-kilometer) evacuation zone created before fires began.After flooding shut off power in August, the plant couldn’t cool and stabilize its organic peroxides.Arkema lawyer Rusty Hardin issued a written statement saying the sides had been discussing a resolution and “suing a victim is never the right solution to a natural disaster.”County Pollution Control Services Department claiming VOC detected far outside the 1.5 mile evacuation zone. First time a government source is claiming this.https://t.co/4VJnAAnI2B— Matt Dempsey (@mizzousundevil) November 16, 2017Read related coverage:WATCH: Investigators Say Harvey Chemical Plant Fires Should Be Wake-Up Call For IndustryAgency: Texas Chemical Plant Unprepared For Hurricane HarveyAfter Chemical Fires, Texans Worry About Toxic EffectsHere’s What Happened In The Hours After Hurricane Harvey Hit A Chemical Plant, According To A Staff Loglast_img read more

first_imgA major health issue that affects thousands of people each year is suicide, according to experts on the medical condition.In 2011, almost 40,000 suicides were reported, making suicide the 10th leading cause of death for Americans, according to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP). “It is the third leading cause of death among African Americans ages 15-24. Even though we are killing ourselves fewer times at a lower rate, it’s a big concern as to why is it happening at younger ages,” he said.Donna Holland Barnes, PhD, project director for the Suicide Prevention Program in the Department of Psychiatry at Howard University, told the AFRO, African American men ages 15-24 are committing suicide more often.According to the U.S. Census, 45 percent of the D.C. African American population is men, with ages 15-24 representing a significant portion of its population.The African American community, overall, demonstrates risky behavior that could lead to suicide, she said.“We have very high rates of suicidal behavior, which can lead to death,” Barnes said. “So we need to be very cognizant of that.”Mental disorders, such as depression, are major risk factors for suicide. Clinical depression is one of the most common mental illnesses, affecting more than 19 million Americans each year, according to Mental Health America, community-based network dedicated to helping all Americans achieve wellness by living mentally healthier lives located in Alexandria, Va.Although, African Americans statistically have more experiences that increase their risks of depression – including oppression and racism – it is often under-diagnosed and misdiagnosed in the African-American community, Donald Grant, a socio-cultural analyst told the AFRO.However, even though there are very high rates of suicidal behavior in the African American community, African-American suicide rates in 2011 were much lower in comparison to other groups at 5.3 percent compared to 14.5 percent of Whites but there are still significant concerns, Grant said.A stigma, however, exists about mental illness that prevents African Americans from seeking help, Kevin Chapman, PhD, licensed clinical psychologist at the OCD Institute of Louisville, told the AFRO.“[M]ental health in the African-American community is often equated with being viewed as ‘crazy,’” Chapman said.“From a Christian perspective, my own experience would suggest that mental health providers who are well versed in Biblical principles, are well received when one’s faith is an important component of mental health treatment,” he said. “Furthermore, the church has historically been a source of support and strength for the African-American community.”Chapman also said it is important that mental health professionals remain culturally sensitive when treating patients.“Mental health treatment is extremely effective when implemented by a culturally proficient, competent mental health provider who is willing to ‘roll up his or her sleeves’ and ‘get real.’”Afiya M. Mbilishaka, PhD, president of the D.C. Chapter of the Association of Black Psychologists, told the AFRO there is a mistrust of medical workers in the African American community.Medical and mental health professionals described how African-American people have been “chronically mistreated and even killed by physicians” through medical experimentations, she said.“To address the stigma, community gatekeepers such as pastors, teachers, barbers, and hair stylists can be trained in mental health screening and evidence-based counseling techniques,” Mbilishaka said.She also said mental illness may appear differently in African Americans than in Whites – through somatic complaints and hypersensitivity. African Americans may display initial lack of self-disclosure.According to  the mental health network, clinical depression is very treatable. More than 80 percent of those who seek treatment show improvement. Depression cannot be self-treated. It has to be treated by a physician or qualified mental health professional through anti-depressants, psychotherapy, or both.Howard University offers a course every second Wednesday of the month on recognizing these signs. The next one is October 8. They also provide a support group called “Survivors Circle” for families who have lost someone to suicide.The National Suicide Hotline, 1-800-273-8255, transfers D.C. residents to the Department of Health and Human Services, where they can receive a list of local resources. To get listings of Black psychologists in Washington, D.C., contact the Association of Black Psychologists, located in Fort Washington, Md., at 301-449-3082 or visit their website at http://www.abpsi.org/.last_img read more

first_imgUPDATE: This has been verified as an authentic WWII hand grenade. The bomb squad removed the grenade without incident and advised it would be disposed of properly. Taco Bell has reopened. https://t.co/o7CnxowRZZ— Ocala Police Dept (@ocalapd) January 26, 2019Magnet fishing, as its name suggests, uses strong magnets to trawl for large debris like discarded bicycles, guns, safes, coins, car tire rims, and the occasional bomb from bodies of water.Many who engage in the hobby—a combination of environmentalism and treasure hunting—are hoping to find rare and valuable items, as well.The pastime is now gaining national attention, thanks to a random guy who got the munchies.Police have, so far, offered no further explanation for the situation. So still the question remains: Why Taco Bell?More on Geek.com:An Astronaut Accidentally Called 911 From SpaceSee the Deadly Beauty of a Grenade Cut in HalfTaco Bell Gets Saucy With New Flavored Tortilla ChipsScientists Create Plants That Can Detect Explosives Have Your Taco and Snap Insta-Worthy Pics, Too, at T-MoBell Pop-UpTaco Bell Gives Sneak Peek of Its Insta-Worthy Palm Springs Hotel Stay on target If your first thought after stumbling upon a hand grenade is to order a Double Cheesy Gordita Crunch, think again.One Florida man made headlines last week when he reportedly found an explosive while magnet fishing, put it in the trunk of his car, and drove to a Taco Bell.It remains unclear whether the magneteer intended to detonate the bomb in or near the restaurant, or whether he was just grabbing a quick bite before calling the authorities.AdChoices广告He was probably just hungry: Around 5 p.m. EST on Saturday, the unnamed man informed Ocala Police Department dispatchers of his find, prompting a local bomb squad to evacuate the East Silver Springs Boulevard restaurant. Taco Bell on E. Silver Springs Blvd. has been evacuated. A man found a hand grenade while magnet fishing in Ocklawaha, put it in his trunk, and drove to Taco Bell prior to calling 911. MCSO bomb squad is currently on scene to ensure everyone’s safety. pic.twitter.com/sgGmXDkAXB— Ocala Police Dept (@ocalapd) January 26, 2019It turned out the device, piled into the car boot with various other rusting finds (including an ax head and what looks like a sledgehammer), was an authentic World War II hand grenade.“The bomb squad removed the grenade without incident and advised it would be disposed of properly,” Ocala PD wrote in a social media update.More importantly, Taco Bell has reopened.last_img read more