In the news today Feb 12

first_imgFour stories in the news for Tuesday, Feb. 12———BISSONNETTE SENTENCE TOO HARSH: PARENTSThe parents of a man behind the deadly Quebec City mosque attack have issued an open letter questioning the severity of the minimum 40-year sentence handed down to their son last week. Alexandre Bissonnette, 29, received his sentence Friday for killing six men and injuring six others at the Islamic Cultural Centre mosque on Jan. 29, 2017. His parents, Raymond Bissonnette and Manon Marchand, say in the letter released Monday that the sentence is the harshest imposed in Quebec since the death penalty was abolished in 1976.———TRUDEAU WELCOMES ETHICS INVESTIGATIONPrime Minister Justin Trudeau welcomed Monday an investigation by the federal ethics commissioner into an allegation that his office pressured former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould to help SNC-Lavalin avoid criminal prosecution. And while she has fuelled the controversy by refusing to comment on the allegation, Trudeau said he continues to have “full confidence” in Wilson-Raybould, whom he moved to the veterans affairs portfolio in January. He said Wilson-Raybould “confirmed for me a conversation we had this fall where I told her directly that any decisions on matters involving the director of public prosecutions were hers alone.”———FIRMS FEAR HIT FROM CARBON TAX: POLLA large proportion of small- and medium-sized businesses soon to be subjected to Ottawa’s carbon tax worry they’ll be unable to pass along the bulk of the extra costs to their customers, suggests a new survey being released today. The online survey was completed by 3,527 members of the Canadian Federation of Independent Business in the four provinces — Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario and New Brunswick — that will have to follow the Trudeau government’s carbon-pricing system as of April 1. The lobby group has strongly opposed the federal carbon-tax plan out of concern it will pile on too many costs for smaller companies. In fact, more than two-thirds of the business owners that it polled don’t support any kind of carbon pricing program at all.———B.C. LEGISLATURE RESUMES WITH THRONE SPEECHMembers of the British Columbia legislature return to the house today for a throne speech that sets the political agenda for the coming months as allegations from a spending scandal have all three parties searching for answers. The two top officials at the legislature remain suspended amid a police investigation and a report by Speaker Darryl Plecas that details allegations of spending abuses. NDP house leader Mike Farnworth said the government will work to develop tighter checks on all officials at the legislature to ensure strict spending and reporting rules.———ALSO IN THE NEWS:— Federal Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer will host a meeting with Atlantic party members to discuss policy.— Federal Environment Minister Catherine McKenna will hold a media availability Nanaimo Mayor Leonard Krog following a tour of the B.C. city’s climate action initiatives. — The Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. will release its latest Housing Market Insight on the ownership structure of residential property and vacant land in B.C., Ontario and Nova Scotia.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Khashoggi trial in Saudi Arabia falls short of independent international probe needed

Speaking to journalists in Geneva, Ravina Shamdasani from the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), confirmed that her office was aware that the trial was under way.“We, as you know, have been pressing for justice in the Khashoggi case for months now. We have been calling for an investigation, an independent investigation, with international involvement, and this has not happened yet.”According to reports, 11 defendants went on trial in the Saudi capital, Riyadh, on Thursday.Five suspects face the death penalty if convicted of the murder of Mr Khashoggi, who was a critic of the Kingdom and has not been seen since he visited his country’s consulate in Istanbul, on the afternoon of 2 October.Ms Shamdasani confirmed that the High Commissioner’s office had spoken “several times” to the Saudi authorities about the Khashoggi case, before underlining her office’s stance on the Saudi Public Prosecutor’s call for the death penalty.“Now while we are aware that a trial has taken place in Saudi Arabia, this is not sufficient, first of all”, she said. “Second of all, we are against the imposition of the death penalty in all circumstances.”The OHCHR spokesperson noted that her office had no official representation in the Gulf Kingdom.“We are not present in Saudi Arabia to be able to assess these trials, so we can’t give an assessment of the trials ourselves,” she said. read more

Frequent shooting incidents at Puruni Landing leave residents in fear

Residents of Puruni, Mazaruni (Region Seven) remain fearful for their safety as gun-related activities at a bar in the area continue to terrorise them.The bar, located at Puruni Landing and owned by a Brazilian national named “Junior” (only name given), has again come into focus after two sets of gunshots were heard during a 20-minute period in which loud quarrelling and sporadic fist-fighting took place among patrons there. The incident occurred at some time around 01:30h on Saturday.According to one eyewitness, persons within the vicinity were seen scurrying away from the bar during the first gunfire, running into nearby areas for their safety.Neighbouring business owners have related that when they heard the gunshots, they also became afraid for their safety, resulting in them taking cover by throwing themselves flat onto the ground for a lengthy period throughout the night.One of the proprietors, who at about 02:00h, managed to get a look at the commotion nearby, recalled observing a man with his back bloodied. He said that throughout the remainder of the night there was loud quarrelling and fighting around the bar area.Another businessperson stated that around the said time, they also witnessed six males chasing after an Amerindian man, who literally ran through a nearby zinc fence to make good his escape.The second gunshots were heard just after 02:00h in another direction away from the bar.This is not the first time that such indiscriminate gunfire had being heard around the Puruni Landing late in the night, the residents complain.Reports also indicate that the foster son of a popular dredge owner in the area was seen firing off gunshots indiscriminately around the Puruni Landing area.The ‘Junior Bar’ is said to be the hub of all night time activities on the Puruni Landing, especially since it normally houses “Spanish-speaking ladies of the night” a resident said.“Whenever they get wind of a likely visit by authorities, these ‘Spanish ladies of the Night’ at this bar on the Puruni Landing would normally be seen scurrying around and away from the area to keep out of sight of authorities during their visit,” this publication was told.In light of these events, which have driven fear amongst residents and the business community of Puruni Landing, calls are being made for the permanent presence of Police to ensure law and order is maintained in the area. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedPolice investigating Puruni Landing murder of porknockerNovember 12, 2018In “Crime”Police arrest 1 following shootout in LodgeJune 10, 2017In “Crime”GGDMA calls for CoI into miner’s deathAugust 15, 2018In “Business” read more

Hay drive begins to help save deluge of dumped horses

first_imgIn 2013, the ISPCA received and responded to 1,933 equine distress calls related to cruelty, neglect or abuse to horses, ponies, foals and donkeys.He said that the ISPCA is regularly stretched beyond capacity, which is why it needs the help to continue its work.In addition to its Hay Drive, the ISPCA said it is continuing to call for strong enforcement of regulations governing identification of equines and the registration of premises where they are housed “in order to promote responsible equine ownership”.The ISPCA is asking people who want to donate to text Hay to 50300 to donate €4 or make a monthly gift of €4 through its website. They say the money will buy a bale of hay and feed a neglected horse.Read: Nine dogs saved from death>Read: Dog welfare group say Christmas dumping of dogs has already started> THE ISPCA IS warning that many equines will starve this winter due to neglect – and that their owners may have abandoned them or not provided adequate feed and shelter during the harsh winter months.It is launching its hay drive today in order to raise essential funds to help the ISPCA “cope with the distressing deluge of horses, ponies, donkeys and foals that have been dumped or left to die”.ISPCA Chief Inspector Conor Dowling said that last year the ISPCA saw a dramatic increase in the number of starving animals requiring the assistance of its inspectors.“The number of equines admitted to our rehabilitation centres increased by over 100 per cent compared with the previous year,” he explained.last_img read more

Scientists to Clone Wooly Mammoth

first_imgNo word on plans for an amusement park built around the cloned extinct animals. Hey, just in time for scary worldwide climate change, comes the wooly mammoth. Sounds familiar, right? A team of Japanese, Russian, and American scientists based out of Japan’s Kyoto University is working to clone a big hairy beast from the Earth’s last ice age. The scientists hope to clone a baby mammoth within the next six years by extracting DNA from the body of a preserved mammoth. The DNA will then be injected into the cells of an African elephant. Scientist Akira Iritani, the head of the team is working with techniques used to clone a mouse from frozen cells. Once cloned, the scientists plan to study the mammoth to learn more about its species. Says Iritani,If a cloned embryo can be created, we need to discuss, before transplanting it into the womb, how to breed [the mammoth] and whether to display it to the public. After the mammoth is born, we’ll examine its ecology and genes to study why the species became extinct and other factors.last_img read more

Kat Theophanous in the bid to reclaim Northcote seat

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram One of the rare points of unanimous agreement when it comes to politics is that it takes a thick skin to survive.For Kat Theophanous, this is something she has learnt, being only a toddler when her father, former Victorian Labor minister Theo Theophanous was first elected.“Growing up in a political family, it has never been an option to just sit back and commentate on what’s wrong …you’ve got to stand up and get things done,” she tells Neos Kosmos.With the upcoming state elections approaching, the 31-year-old endorsed Labor candidate for Northcote is set to prove whether she is up for the challenge.She says Northcote is a “complex electorate” and wants to tackle a range of pressing issues if elected, among them improving tailored support for ageing migrant communities, supporting local businesses and creating sustainable energy policy.Her main rival, Greens MP Lidia Thorpe, won Northcote in last year’s by-election, a Labor-held seat for the last 90 years or so.Housing affordability has featured prominently in policy announcements by both parties, and remains a hot topic.One contentious issue is the redeveloping of public housing estates. Some residents see the Andrews government’s Public Housing Renewal Program as a sell-off of public land that only benefits developers.In Northcote, protesters have been opposed to the demolition of Walker Street estate.According to Ms Theophanous, the debate on this issue has been littered with “scaremongering” and “misinformation”.“It is disappointing that some would rather leave people to live in these rundown and unsafe homes than see their redevelopment with additional capacity to help give more people a roof over their heads.”Most recently, Ms Theophanous worked with the former Minister for Women and Minister for the Prevention of Family Violence on the family violence Royal Commission and the state’s first Gender Equality Strategy.“I saw firsthand working alongside Fiona Richardson just how hard it is to get good policy up – and how much we can achieve when we have governments that are serious about driving change.”Giving Ms Theophanous the opportunity to translate her words into actions is now up to Northcote residents at the November state election.last_img read more

Report Juventus under investigation by UEFA for signing Ronaldo

first_imgJuventus are reportedly set to be investigated by the UEFA over their €112m signing of Cristiano Ronaldo from Real MadridThe Bianconeri spent over €250m in new signings during the last transfer window with the likes of Bayern Munich loanee Douglas Costa and Joao Cancelo from Valencia also joining for substantial fees.But Italian news outlet Calcio Mercato reports that the signing that has caught the attention of the UEFA is five-time Ballon d’Or winner Ronaldo.The Portuguese forward was signed by Juventus in July for a staggering €112m, which club president Andrea Agnelli defended by stating that it was too good an opportunity to turn down.Cristiano Ronaldo, Nemanja Vidic, Manchester UnitedVidic: “Ronaldo is the most professional footballer I’ve seen” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Nemanja Vidic opened up on how a 21-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo’s professionalism left him stunned at Manchester United.However, the UEFA are set to hold an investigation to make sure that Juventus complied with their Financial Fair Play (FFP) regulations.After three league games without a goal, Ronaldo turned things around on Sunday to score a brace and hand all three points in their 2-1 win over Sassuolo.The 33-year-old is expected to make his Champions League debut for the Old Lady away to Valencia at 21:00 (GMT +2).last_img read more

The secrets of cheap gasoline

first_img Now playing: Watch this: 5:20 The dirty little secrets of cheap gasoline 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Car Culture 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous The brand on the gas pump doesn’t mean as much as many drivers think. Luckily, that’s often good news when it comes to gasoline quality.I’ve had a few emails about the quality of gas at Kroger, Costco or Walmart. Those companies, obviously, don’t have refineries and buy their fuel from large suppliers that also supply name-brand stations.  Cooley On Cars 10 More From Roadshow The supply matrixThe world of pump gas is composed of refiners who create it, jobbers who often distribute it and retailers who sell it to you. That matrix makes a complicated path from refiner to pump, especially when you consider that the local gas station exists as much to capture minimart sales and branded gas card transactions as to sell what comes out of the pump. The list of California’s biggest refineries isn’t even close to a match for every brand of gas station out there: A few refiners supply a lot of stations.The list of major refiners in California clearly doesn’t map neatly to the brands of gas stations seen on the corner. A complicated shell game lies between the two. CA Energy Commission Tesoro is a huge supplier with some branded stations, but it also supplies gas to Shell, ARCO, USA Gasoline and ExxonMobil, which you may be surprised to see has no refinery on the CA Energy list. And Chevron is absolutely huge in California, so how much do you want to bet there’s Chevron gas in some non-Chevron pumps?Pick a solid retailerBack in the ’80s, 60 Minutes blew the lid off the leaking gas station story, uncovering a huge number of seeping underground storage tanks at local gas stations around the country that were polluting groundwater while introducing water and sediment into your car’s fuel system. As a result, the EPA was given new legal authority and gas stations got dug up. In 1990 there were 67,000 known leaking gas station tanks around the country, a number that was reduced to just 7,300 25 years later. Still, there are about 620,000 gas station tanks around the country today and recent numbers from the state of Georgia show that 63 percent of its stations had some kind of UST leak and that the top contamination was water found in gasoline.If you’ve noticed a local station was shut down recently for a tank replacement dig, that’s a good sign they are now selling gas without water and dirt contamination.vlcsnap-2018-12-04-16h57m59s716Where fuel is injected into an engine can make a difference in how much it needs really good gas. This example of port injection has given way to direct injection that is called the culprit in some recent engine fouling trends. Brian Cooley/Roadshow Top TierA lot of vendors sell gas that adheres to the Top Tier certification, which AAA has found to be of meaningfully better quality, not just a marketing program.Top Tier has a higher level of detergents than what the EPA requires, regardless of fuel grade. Detergent claims have been gasoline marketing B.S. forever, but they are arguably more important today as direct injection technology has lead to a more reports of engine valve fouling. Comments 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value Share your voice Tagslast_img read more

Alaska News Nightly Friday April 28 2017

first_imgStories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at and on Twitter @aprnListen nowTrump lifts ban on Arctic offshore drillingLiz Ruskin, Alaska Public Media – Washington D.C.The president has signed an order lifting a ban Obama imposed on drilling off Alaska’s Arctic shores. Environmental groups say the ban is permanent. Expect a lawsuit.Secretary Tillerson to attend Arctic Council meeting in FairbanksRobert Hannon, KUAC – FairbanksUnited States Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will be in Fairbanks next month during the Week of the Arctic. Fairbanks Borough Mayor Special Assistant Jeff Stepp broke the news at a Borough Assembly meeting Thursday night.Oil prices shrink budget gap, but lawmakers remain far apartAndrew Kitchenman, KTOO – JuneauThe state’s budget problem is shrinking, but it may not be enough to resolve differences between the Senate and House.Mat-Su Borough Assembly asked for more school fundingPhillip Manning, KTNA – TalkeetnaOn Thursday night, the Mat-Su Borough Assembly held it’s third and final public hearing on its annual budget at a special meeting in Willow.Salmon fishing predictions look bleak for Alaska inletAssociated PressThe Alaska Department of Fish and Game’s commercial sockeye salmon outlook this year is predicting Upper Cook Inlet fishermen will have their lowest harvest in the past 15 years.Southeast Alaska tribal government moves into defense contractsEd Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska – JuneauSoutheast Alaska’s regional tribal government is developing its business side.Century old mystery unlocked from Antarctic glacierDan Bross, KUAC – FairbanksScientists from the University of Alaska Fairbanks and Colorado College have unraveled the mystery of a red waterfall in Antarctica. The research unveils mechanisms potentially at work in other polar glaciers.AK: From tree to cream; how birch syrup makes its way to dessert bowlsDaysha Eaton, APRN – AnchorageThe chartreuse leaves of the birch tree are one of the first signs of spring in Southcentral Alaska. But for a few weeks before the leaves unfurl the trees offer a sweet treat –a watery liquid that when tapped and boiled down turns into a rich, nutty syrup. Birch syrup is becoming a favorite flavor in the state’s budding local food scene.49 Voices: Taylor Holman of UnalaskaLaura Kraegel, KUCB – UnalaskaThis week we’re hearing from Taylor Holman in Unalaska. Holman is a high school senior and placed first place in Alaska’s Russian Language competition this year.last_img read more

Best choice for every baby

first_imgBreastfeeding is an incomparable way of providing ideal food for the healthy growth and development of new-borns and infants; it is also an integral part of the reproductive process with important implications for the health of mothers.The WHO Review of evidence has shown that, on a population basis, exclusive breastfeeding for 6 months is the optimal way of feeding infants. Thereafter, infants should receive complementary foods with continued breastfeeding up to 2 years of age or beyond. In India, breastfeeding is inadequate as only 55% babies are exclusively breastfed 0-6 months and 41% are able to begin breastfeeding within an hour of birth. Also Read – Hyderabad: Intermediate student dies of cardiac arrest in class Advertise With Us To increase breastfeeding, women need to be informed accurately and supported at home, health facilities and workplace and to breastfeed wherever they are. This year’s World Breastfeeding Week theme is to create an enabling environment for women. Annually the first week of August (1-7) is celebrated as World Breastfeeding Week across the world with an aim of raising awareness on the benefits of breastfeeding. Also Read – Hyderabad: Wall collapse in Kukatpally damages four cars Advertise With Us Breast milk is the natural first food for babies. It provides all the energy and nutrients that the infant needs for the first months of life, and it continues to provide up to half or more of a child’s nutritional needs during the second half of the first year, and up to one-third during the second year of life. Breast milk promotes sensory and cognitive development and protects the infant against infectious and chronic diseases. Exclusive breastfeeding reduces infant mortality due to common childhood illnesses such as diarrhoea or pneumonia, and helps a quicker recovery during illness. Advertise With Us Various studies by health organisations have shown that breastfeeding contributes to the health and well-being of mothers; it helps to space children, reduces the risk of ovarian cancer and breast cancer, increases family and national resources, is a secure way of feeding and is safe for the environment Breastfeeding benefits are as follows: Ideal food for health growth of new-borns and infants; Natural first food for babies; Provides all the energy & nutrients infant needs for initial months of life; Reduces common childhood illnesses such as diarrhoea or pneumonia; Helps a quicker recovery during illness; and, Contributes to the health and well-being of mothers (Writer holds MBBS, DGO, DNB (OBGY). She is Consultant Obstetrician & Gynaecologist Laparoscopic & Infertility Specialist at Citizens Specialty Hospital, Nallagandla, Hyderabad)last_img read more

Sheikh Selims soninlaw injured in Sri Lanka blast PM Hasina

first_imgPrime minister Sheikh Hasina. Photo: BSSPrime minister Sheikh Hasina in Dhaka on Sunday strongly condemned the deadly bomb attacks in Sri Lanka, urging all to be vocal against the terrorists.“The terrorists have no race, religion and countries …. they’re terrorists and they destroy the life of the people. So, I call upon all to be vocal against them,” she said.The prime minister was addressing a mass reception accorded to her by Bangladesh community living in Brunei Darussalam at the Indera Samudera Ballroom of the Empire Hotel and County Club here this evening.Sheikh Hasina said many people were killed and injured as bomb attacks were orchestrated at eight places in Sri Lanka. “We strongly condemn the barbaric incident,” she said.In this connection, she said another regretful incident is that Sheikh Fazlul Karim Selim’s daughter’s family became victims of the bomb blasts in Sri Lanka.“Selim’s son-in-law and a grandson were taking food at a restaurant, where a bomb blast took place,” she said, adding the son-in-law was injured in the blast, while the grandson remained traceless till this afternoon.Sheikh Hasina said such terrorist acts happened in New Zealand few weeks ago.The prime minister said her government has not only declared zero tolerance to root out terrorism and militancy, it also has kept intelligence agencies alert.“We’re taking prompt actions against the terrorists when they’re identified,” she said.Sheikh Hasina reiterated that there will be no room for militants, terrorists, corrupts and drug addicts on the soil of the country. “We’re taking measures so that the living standard of the people can be developed”, she added.Referring to the arson attacks of the BNP-Jamaat nexus in 2013, 2014 and 2015, the prime minister said many innocent people were burnt to death and injured due to the heinous acts of BNP-Jamaat.“We notice its impact in the society now as some people are now engaged in such cruel act,” she said.State minister for expatriates welfare and overseas welfare Imran Ahmed and AKM Ahsan Ullah of Brunei University spoke at the function, while Bangladesh High Commissioner to Brunei air vice marshal (retd) Mahmud Hussain presided over it.Agriculture minister Abdur Razzaque, foreign minister AK Abdul Momen, PM’s private industry and investment adviser salman F Rahman, state minister for fisheries and livestock Ali Ashraf Khan Khashru, state minister for cultural affairs KM Khalid and state minister for youth and sports Zahid Ahsan Russell were present on the dais.Earlier, the leaders of Bangladesh community greeted the prime minister by presenting bouquets.last_img read more

Grosso Hopes To Reduce Opioid Related Deaths with New Marijuana Legislation

first_imgBy George Kevin Jordan, AFRO Staff WriterCouncil member David Grosso (D- At-large) presented legislation that would give D.C. residents more access to the District’s medical marijuana program. This effort is one of many measures to reduce opioid-related deaths.“We are all concerned with the ongoing tragedy of D.C. residents dying from opioid overdoses and this legislation provides another tool to address that crisis: greater access to the District’s medical marijuana program,” Grosso said in a recent statement.Council member David Grosso (D- At-large) is advocating for a marijuana bill to help reduce opioid related deaths in the District. (Courtesy Photo)Since 2014, over 800 people have died as a result of opioid-related overdoses, according to the D.C. Chief Medical Examiner. Two hundred and seventy-nine of those deaths were reported in 2017 alone, more than triple those reported in 2014.According to the. National Center for Health Statistics at the CDC, opioid deaths rose nationally from 8,048 in 1999 to 47,600 in 2017. Drug overdose deaths involving prescription opioids rose from 3,442 in 1999 to 17,029 in 2017, the report stated.The Medical Marijuana Patient Health and Accessibility Improvement Amendment Act of 2019  lets patients obtain provisional registration and same day access to medical marijuana.The bill disposes of the plant count limit on cultivation centers to address ongoing supply issues, according to the bill. It also sets up employment opportunities for people impacted by the legal system and criminalization of marijuana.Another huge part of the bill is letting dispensaries establish safe use facilities so that patients can consume medical marijuana outside of their home. This assists people who may not have anywhere to consume, the bill stated.“Medical marijuana has been shown to be a viable alternative to the prescription of opioid painkillers, which can set people down the path to addiction,” Grosso said. “While we have made significant improvements to our medical marijuana program here in D.C., we can do more to improve access for patients and reduce opioid reliance and overdose.”The bill was co-sponsored by Council members Vincent Gray (D- Ward 7) and Brianne Nadeau (D- Ward 1).Grosso sited a study in JAMA Internal Medicine that found that medical marijuana programs reduce opioid overdose death rates by as much as 25 percent.  Americans for Safe Access also reported lower prescription rates of painkillers in states with medical marijuana programs.Grosso pointed to the legislation as a key to steering business into D.C. community.“D.C. residents are being diverted from the medical marijuana program to the unregulated, easy to access, underground market,” Grosso said. “That is posing real problems for the small business owners in the medical marijuana community, and our whole medical marijuana system could be in jeopardy if we don’t take action.”Earlier this year Grosso pushed another bill on marijuana that pushed for a defined regulatory and tax system, and legalize marijuana consumption for personal use.Although several states have legalized marijuana, D.C. could not create a tax and regulation plan which left the enterprise recreational marijuana in flux.“This status quo has led to a confusing and problematic state of affairs with residents and businesses unclear on what is legal, what is not, and wondering how it can be that it is legal to possess marijuana but not to buy or sell it. We need to fix this,” Grosso said.last_img read more

Elon Musk Calls For Global Ban on Killer Robots

first_img Another week, another warning from Elon Musk about the impending robot apocalypse.This time, however, the Tesla and SpaceX CEO (and resident robot pessimist) is taking his crusade global.Alongside DeepMind co-founder Mustafa Suleyman and 116 AI and robotics specialists from 26 countries, Musk is calling for a worldwide ban on lethal autonomous weapons.In an open letter to the UN—set to meet later this year to discuss the robot arms race—Musk & Co. urged the intergovernmental organization to address the challenge of so-called “killer robots” and outlaw their use internationally.Described as the “third revolution in warfare,” after gunpowder and nuclear arms, such weapons include drones, tanks, and automated machine guns.“Killer robot”: Raytheon Phalanx close-in weapon system (via Future of Life Institute)“Once developed, they will permit armed conflict to be fought at a scale greater than ever, and at timescales faster than humans can comprehend,” the letter said. “These can be weapons of terror, weapons that despots and terrorists use against innocent populations, and weapons hacked to behave in undesirable ways.”Heads of worldwide companies—from Australia to the United States, Aldebaran Robotics to—lent their support and expertise to the short memo, which concludes with a plea for the UN to “find a way to protect us all from these dangers.”Released during the weekend’s International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI), the letter has made headlines for its frank analysis of automated armaments, and superstar signatory Elon Musk.“Killer robot”: Milrem THeMIS ADDER unmanned combat vehicle (via Future of Life Institute)This isn’t the first time Musk has lent his name to the cause: In January 2015, he joined Stephen Hawking, Steve Wozniak, Noam Chomsky, and dozens of AI professionals to sign an open letter calling for research on the social impacts of artificial intelligence.“Nearly every technology can be used for good and bad, and artificial intelligence is no different,” Toby Walsh, professor of AI at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, said in a statement.“It can help tackle many of the pressing problems facing society today,” he continued, adding that it can also be used “to industrialize war.”“Killer robot”: Northrop Grumman X-47B unmanned combat air vehicle (via Future of Life Institute)In December, 123 member nations of the UN’s Review Conference of the Convention on Conventional Weapons (try saying that five times fast) unanimously agreed to begin formal discussions on autonomous weapons. Of those, 19 have already called for an outright ban.“Killer robots” are more than a hypothetical scenario, according to Clearpath Robotics founder Ryan Gariepy, the first to sign this year’s letter.“Unless people want to see new weapons of mass destruction—in the form of vast swarms of lethal microdrones—spreading around the world,” Stuart Russell, founder of Bayesian Logic, said, “it’s imperative to step up and support the United Nations’ efforts to create a treaty banning lethal autonomous weapons.“This is vital for national and international security.”Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Get Used to ‘Fortnite’s’ Powerful Mech SuitsRobots to Compete in Underground Challenge in Mining Tunnels Stay on targetlast_img read more

The foodfashion connect

first_imgWe started with the salads and the beet root salad was perfect, just as the chef had promised. They also have an excellent goat cheese salad with pine nuts but that is for food connoisseurs who know their ricotta from their stilton.Cavalli Cafe has a special pizza what is an absolute must try. The crust is wafer thin with a delicate topping off tomato, onion rings, garlic chips, bacon bits and an egg, sunny side up, placed right in the middle. If you thought pizza with egg yolk was a bad idea – you could not have been more mistaken. It is divine. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’While talking to chef Kapil Sethi, we got instantly obsessed with the Chilli Caramel Basa and ordered it right away. And boy are we glad we did. The perfectly cooked fish with the wok tossed noodles and spinach packs the right punch of sweet and chilli. If you go to Cavalli Cafe and not order this – then consider your effort wasted.The Sweet Lobster Linguine was also quite delightful but the Chilli Basa had knocked us over. Try the hot chocolate and rum foam for dessert or the poached fig tart. For the hard-core sweet lovers – go for the second option.They also have a special, uncomplicated menu for the kids so they don’t have to struggle with the finer flavours. That menu includes the old-favourite Mac and Cheese. But for the food lovers who are not 6-years-old, the menu has better surprises  to offer. Try those!Cavalli also has a killer Happy Hour deal and a meal for two costs about Rs 2000 without taxes and alcohol. Quite a deal! Head over – we surely will be, again.last_img read more

Indranil Sen TMC workers reclaim party office at Chandannagar

first_imgKolkata: Trinamool Congress workers under the leadership of Indranil Sen, local MLA and Minister of State for Information and Cultural Affairs, took possession of the party office which was forcibly taken over by the BJP at Chandannagar.Sen, along with TMC leaders and workers, went to the party office situated in Ward 6 and put up the party flags. The leaders chanted “Jal Hind” and “Jai Bangla” slogans and put up the party flags on Saturday morning. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataIt may be recalled that TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee had instructed the leaders to reclaim all the party offices that have been forcibly taken over by the BJP supporters. In Cooch Behar, a Trinamool Congress party worker was beaten up after he refused to say “Jai Sri Ram”. Meanwhile, trouble broke out at Kanchrapara in North 24-Parganas following a scuffle between the police and BJP workers after the former tried to chase away those who had gathered outside the Trinamool Congress office when a meeting of the Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateparty was going on. Trinamool leaders including Jyotipriya Mallick, state Minister for Food and North 24-Parganas of the party, Sujit Bose, Minister of State for Fire and Emergency Services (Independent charge) and Madan Mitra were holding a meeting to analyse the post-poll scenario in North 24-Parganas with the local leaders. When the meeting was on, some BJP supporters gathered outside the party office and shouted ‘Jai Sri Ram’ slogan. They tried to provoke Trinamool supporters who were present outside the office. Mallick said the BJP leaders were trying to provoke Trinamool Congress workers in the entire North 24-Parganas. It may be recalled that Mamata Banerjee had alleged that by showing trouble on the television, BJP would try to bring in President’s Rule in Bengal.last_img read more

Password Manager study highlights potential leak issues

first_imgPassword Manager study highlights potential leak issues by Martin Brinkmann on February 20, 2019 in Security – 13 commentsWhat would the result be if you analyze how popular password managers protect sensitive information such as the master password or stored passwords; that’s what Independent Security Evaluators tried to find out in their analysis of five popular password managers running on Microsoft’s Windows 10 platform.The paper Password Managers: Under the Hood of Secrets Management looked at how the password managers 1Password, Dashlane, KeePass and LastPass handle secrets, and if it is possible to retrieve sensitive information.The researchers analyzed the three states “not running”, “unlocked state”, and “locked state”. Main conclusions were that all password managers protected data just fine in not running state.Not running refers specifically to a session in which the installed password manager was not launched or terminated by the user after launch.Locked state describes a state in which the master password has not been entered yet or in which the password manager was locked by the user or automatically.The researchers discovered that all password managers leaked data in unlocked and locked state under certain circumstances. The password managers 1Password and LastPass leaked the Master Password in unlocked and locked state, Dashlane all stored records, and KeePass passwords and other sensitive information the user interacted with.The researchers noted that all password managers were susceptible to keylogging or clipboard sniffing attacks.How severe are the issues?The discovered issues in the password managers sound very severe on first glance. The leaking of sensitive data is certainly an issue and some companies could certainly do better when it comes to that.Good news is that the attacks require local access or access to a a compromised system to exploit the issue. It is additionally necessary to target the issue specifically which would only make sense for targeted attacks or if password usage increases to a point where it is lucrative enough to exploit the issue.In the case of KeePass, the user would have to have interacted with password entries for them to be exposed in system memory.The author of KeePass noted some time ago that the Windows operating system may create copies in memory that KeePass has no control over.Windows and .NET may make copies of the data (in the process memory) that cannot be erased by KeePass.ProtectionKeePass users can furthermore protect their data against attacks by making changes to the application’s preferences.Go to Tools > Options > Security.Check “Lock workspace after KeePass inactivity” and set it to the desired period, e.g. 300 seconds.Check “Lock workspace after global user inactivity (seconds)”, and set it to a desired period, e.g. 300 seconds.Make sure “Clipboard auto-clear time (seconds, main entry list)” is checked.Check the “Always exit instead of locking the workspace” option. The option terminates KeePass instead of locking it.These settings close KeePass automatically on inactivity and protect all data from unauthorized memory snooping. The downside to that is that you need to restart the program when you require it again.Check out my guide on improving KeePass security here.KeePass users could also consider running KeePass in a sandbox, e.g. using Sandboxie, or virtual environment.I don’t use the other password managers and cannot say whether they offer similar functionality.Now You: Which password manager do you use?SummaryArticle NamePassword Manager study highlights potential leak issuesDescriptionSecurity researchers analyzed how popular password managers, 1Password, Dashlane, KeePass and LastPass, handle secrets.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

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