Dennis WardAPTN NewsA damning report alleging sexual abuse and racism at the hands of Manitoba Hydro workers has sparked calls for the province to immediately send trauma counselling to First Nations communities.The report, which documents allegations of abuse of Indigenous women by hydro development workers from decades ago, has reopened old wounds.And as Dennis Ward reports, an independent investigative unit is also looking into the matter.
BEIJING — An encrypted messaging app said Thursday that it was hit by a powerful cyberattack from China as a major protest unfolded in Hong Kong.The attack on the Telegram app, which slowed connectivity but did not compromise user data, came as thousands surrounded Hong Kong government headquarters on Wednesday to protest legislation that would allow people to be extradited to mainland China to stand trial. They protesters were forcibly dispersed by police using tear gas, pepper spray and rubber bulletsTelegram CEO Pavel Durov tweeted that most of the attackers had IP addresses from China.“Historically, all state actor-sized (attacks) we experienced coincided in time with protests in Hong Kong,” Durov said. “This case was not an exception.”Activists in both Hong Kong and mainland China often use Telegram to organize protests in hopes the encryption will allow them to evade the government surveillance of Chinese social networking apps such as WeChat.Whereas WeChat users reported this week that photos of the protests could not be viewed, apps like Telegram offer more privacy and independence. Telegram is blocked in mainland China, but users can access it using software to circumvent the firewall, which also blocks apps and websites ranging from Facebook to The New York Times.Encrypted messaging apps such as Telegram say that messages sent on their systems cannot be intercepted by third parties during the delivery from sender to recipient. “We can ensure that no single government or block of like-minded countries can intrude on people’s privacy and freedom of expression,” Telegram says on its website.Telegram said that the latest attack was a distributed denial of service in which “your servers get GADZILLIONS of garbage requests which stop them from processing legitimate requests.”The messaging app said on Wednesday evening that the system had stabilized.The protest in Hong Kong forced the legislature to cancel its sessions Wednesday and Thursday, putting off debate on the extradition legislation.Opponents say the bill would severely compromise their freedoms and erode Hong Kong’s legal independence. Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam maintains the legislation is necessary and would have safeguards to ensure human rights are protected.Hong Kong, a semi-autonomous Chinese territory, enjoys greater freedoms than mainland China under a “one country, two systems” framework put in place when the former British colony was returned to China in 1997. Hong Kong residents can freely surf the Internet and participate in public protests, unlike in the mainland.The U.S. government has complained for years about data breaches by China to steal high-tech information and other trade secrets — a key factor in the current trade dispute between China and the United States. Pentagon leaders told a congressional committee this month that cyberattacks from China are increasingly sophisticated..Yanan Wang, The Associated Press
1 December 2008The United Nations envoy tasked with helping to resolve the conflict behind the recent fighting that has engulfed the east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has completed his second round of consultations with leaders in the African Great Lakes region. Olusegun Obasanjo, the Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for the eastern DRC held talks – along with his co-facilitator, former Tanzanian president Benjamin Mkapa – starting late last week with President Denis Sassou Nguesso of the Republic of the Congo, DRC President Joseph Kabila and the country’s Foreign Minister Alexis Thambwe Mwamba.On Saturday, the facilitators also held talks with renegade general Laurent Nkunda, who heads the rebel militia known as the National Congress in Defense of the People (CNDP) that has been fighting Congolese armed forces (FARDC) in North Kivu province.“The Special Envoy intends to remain closely engaged with the principals and other actors in the region,” UN spokesperson Marie Okabe said today, adding that he is looking ahead to a second summit of the region’s leaders tentatively scheduled for next month.Escalating conflict between the FARDC and the CNDP has uprooted an estimated 250,000 people in the past three months, mainly in North Kivu, which borders Rwanda. Other armed groups, including the Mayi Mayi, have also been involved in deadly clashes, some of which have been along ethnic lines.Last month, during his first round of consultations, Mr. Obasanjo held talks with Mr. Kabila, Mr. Nkunda and other regional leaders.“All of them support the effort we are making now, but they also underlined the need to maintain the momentum,” he told reporters in New York last week, characterizing the first round of diplomatic efforts as “fairly good.”In a related development, the Geneva-based Human Rights Council today adopted a resolution condemning the violence, human rights violations and abuses taking place in North Kivu.The resolution was adopted by consensus, which came at the end of a special session on the human rights situation in the eastern DRC and noted the sexual violence and recruitment of child soldiers by militias.It also urged the international community to address the root causes of the conflict and to continue helping the Government promote peace and stability.In her address at the start of the session last week, Navi Pillay, the High Commissioner for Human Rights, said that outbreaks of bloodshed will continue to occur in the area unless impunity is ended for those guilty of the worst violations.“The DRC runs the risk of becoming a case study in how peace processes can go awry without the will to make justice and accountability an integral part of these processes,” she said.“The prevailing culture of impunity contributes to this wide range of serious human rights violations,” Ms. Pillay told the 47-member body, adding that “unparalleled violence” against women continues, with rape being a particular concern.Meanwhile, the Council’s Working Group for the Universal Periodic Review, a mechanism to examine the record of all 192 Member States created by the General Assembly in 2006, began its third session in Geneva today. The Group assessed the fulfilment of rights obligations by Botswana and the Bahamas.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Kristen Wyatt, The Associated Press Posted May 1, 2014 12:09 pm MDT With banks wary of pot, Colorado mulls marijuana bank DENVER – A Colorado plan to set up the world’s first financial system for marijuana survived less than 24 hours before state lawmakers changed course Thursday night and shelved the idea.The proposal would have allowed state-licensed marijuana businesses to create a financial co-op, sort of an uninsured credit union.The measure was introduced late Wednesday and cleared a House committee on Thursday. But a few hours later, another House committee gutted the plan by amending the bill to say that Colorado will continue studying the problem of marijuana businesses having a hard time accessing banking services.Lawmakers from both parties expressed reservations about whether the financial-services plan would work.“Let’s take some time to have this properly vetted,” said Rep. Kevin Priola, R-Henderson, who sponsored the amendment to study the matter.The measure would have allowed state-licensed marijuana businesses to create a financial co-op, sort of an uninsured credit union. The U.S. Federal Reserve would still have to grant permission for the co-ops to provide banking services like checking and credit.Sponsors acknowledged the plan was a long-shot attempt to again try to move the marijuana away from its cash-only roots without running afoul of federal law. Colorado has struggled for years to find ways to help its pot industry access banks.“I don’t know whether this will take an act of Congress or an act of God at this point,” joked Rep. Jonathan Singer, D-Longmont and sponsor of the bill.Banking groups testified that Colorado’s co-op attempt was destined for failure. State lawmakers tried but failed two years ago to set up a state-chartered bank for the marijuana industry.“We really do not believe that that will work,” said Don Childers, head of the Colorado Bankers Association.“It is flatly illegal to deal in any illegal substance or any proceeds therefrom,” said Childers, who testified that the banking guidance issued in February only made banks less likely to accept risky marijuana clients.Colorado’s new marijuana co-ordinator, an office within the executive branch, signed on to the plan, saying it can’t hurt even if it doesn’t work.“It’s the next logical step forward,” Andrew Freedman said.But lawmakers weren’t persuaded.“It seems like we’re throwing spaghetti noodles against the wall to see if they stick,” said Rep. Chris Holbert, R-Parker.___Online:House Bill 1398: http://bit.ly/R5seJf
The New Year will break 43-year-old Odessa Dublin behind bars after she was remanded to prison by Magistrate Leron Daly on a narcotics trafficking charge.She denied the charge which stated that on December 29, 2018, while at her Regent Street home, she had 520 grams of cannabis in her possession for the purpose of trafficking.Police Prosecutor Sanj Singh informed the court that on the day in question, police ranks visited the home of the defendant where they conducted a search during which a concealed parcel which contained several zip lock bags with leaves and stems suspected to be cannabis were unearthed.Following the discovery, the woman admitted ownership. As a result, she was arrested, charged and arraigned. She is expected to make her next court appearance on January 21, 2019. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedWoman remanded to prison – after found with 120 grams of ‘ganja’August 10, 2016In “Court”Mahdia woman remanded for cannabis traffickingJune 11, 2019In “Court”Pensioner remanded to prison on trafficking chargeFebruary 19, 2018In “Court”
Opinion: My generation has only known peace on this island, but I’m afraid that’s about to change Brexit and the possibility of a resurrected border loom over us like a hammer ready to crush our fragile peace – and we aren’t prepared for the consequences., writes Emily Duffy. 24 Comments Share239 Tweet Email1 Emily Duffy Mar 17th 2019, 1:01 PM As the clock ticks down, get all the best Brexit news and analysis in your inbox: Short URL 24,145 Views By Emily Duffy DESPITE GROWING UP just 10 minutes drive from the border with Northern Ireland, I never felt its influence on my life in any major way.As a millennial kid growing up in Monaghan, my big concerns were the same as most other teenagers in a hopeful ‘Celtic Tiger’ Ireland.Unlike my folks, I could expect to go to college, get a decent job and travel freely without the expectation of violence or injustice.I didn’t care who was Protestant or who was Catholic or whether someone was from the North or the South and I never needed to.The ‘border’, in my mind wasn’t much more than an arbitrary line we drove over on our way to pick up cheaper heating oil, booze or clothes from Topshop.I’d notice the signs turning from green to white, kilometres to miles, green and orange to red and blue – and then back again without much fuss.I had just a few vague memories of trips to Newry or Armagh town as a kid before the Good Friday Agreement; the barbed wire and soldiers with guns leaning in the window of the car, my mother and grandad falling silent as we went through the checkpoint, the feeling of tension and oppression, the violence and anger in the air.These aren’t pleasant memories, but they aren’t particularly traumatic ones either.The traumatic stories were ones I heard from family; memories of the Monaghan bombing, friends killed and wounded, beatings, shops refusing to serve Catholics, raids at border checkpoints and many near misses with often merciless soldiers.But mostly, the tales of ‘The Troubles’ my family told were laced with hints of nostalgia. Humour would be carefully woven through what were objectively miserable stories.I’d feel grateful for the sacrifices that were made for the peaceful world I got to live in, never really connecting with the deep trauma that lay just beneath the surface of the people I loved.It’s that sense of naive nostalgia felt by many young people along the border that frightens me now.Brexit and the possibility of a resurrected border loom over us like a hammer ready to crush our fragile peace – and we aren’t prepared for the consequences.The young people who are at Brexit’s mercy, have no living memory of the war or the violence and trauma that came before us. We don’t fully understand how precarious and precious our peace is or how high a price our parents and grandparents paid for it. But if the hard border comes, we’ll see armed police and maybe even soldiers on windy country back roads that we used to pass through freely.Our cars will be searched, we’ll lose employment opportunities as trading routes are cut off and our town will once again dwindle into economic despair.The border that was for so long invisible, will once again cast a long shadow over our lives.The freedom to decide our own futures and to escape outdated identities like ‘Nationalist’ or ‘Unionist’, ‘Southerner’ or ‘Northerner’ will be taken from us. We will once again have to decide what side of the line we stand on.Without the living memory of the trauma of war to immunise us, many will be sucked into a renewed violence that’s bred from despair, disempowerment, mistrust and paranoia.We need to do everything in our power to stop any kind of border being erected because it is going to create the conditions for violence and division to flourish.We’ve already seen letter bombs sent to London and car bombs in Derry in response to the mere threat of a hard border.The values we’ve held dear since the Good Friday Agreement can only hold strong if the foundations are in place to bend us towards reconciliation, forgiveness, trust and faith in a shared and flourishing future.Violence is only made possible when oppressive structures are sanctioned and upheld by those in power, but peace can blossom when we build the right structures to nurture and strengthen it.As the people who’ll suffer through Brexit’s consequences, it’s time for us to make ourselves heard by decision makers in Ireland, north and south, the UK and the EU.Our peace is not a bargaining chip and our freedom and hope for our future are not up for negotiation.Already more than 73,000 people across the UK and Ireland have signed an open letter telling Theresa May to take our peace process off the negotiating table.Will you add your name to our petition and publicly stand up for an Ireland of peace and hope rather than one of violence? Emily Duffy is the Deputy Director of Uplift, a people-powered campaigning community with more than 200,000 members across the island of Ireland. Sunday 17 Mar 2019, 1:00 PM https://jrnl.ie/4536794 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
Cancer : éviter son apparition grâce à des mesures simplesD’après l’Organisation mondiale de la santé, qui organise ce jeudi une journée mondiale de lutte contre le cancer, 40% des cancers pourraient être évités grâce à un mode de vie plus sain. Ces derniers restent pourtant la première cause de mortalité dans le monde.Certains jugeront ces mesures de précaution radicales, pourtant ces simples habitudes de vie permettraient de diminuer considérablement le risque d’être atteint d’un cancer : tabac, alcool, exposition répétée au soleil, mais également infections, susceptibles de faire évoluer un cancer sont autant de facteurs de risque qu’il vaut mieux éviter de cumuler. L’OMS recommande également, en parallèle, d’allier une alimentation saine à une activité sportive régulière. Chaque année, on recense 12 millions de nouveaux cas et 7,6 millions de décès d’après l’Union internationale de lutte contre le cancer. En raison du vieillissement et de l’augmentation de la population, le nombre de décès devrait franchir la barre des 11,5 millions en 2030, soit une hausse de 45% par rapport à 2007. Les infections virales ou bactériennes, telles que le papillomavirus qui provoque le cancer de l’utérus, seraient la cause de 20% des cancers diagnostiqués chaque année. Les pays à faibles revenus sont plus sujets aux cancers liés aux infections que les pays riches (26% contre 8%). 80% des décès liés au cancer du col de l’utérus interviennent dans les pays en développement. Ces pays comptent également plus de la moitié des nouveaux cas détectés chaque année et plus de 60% des décès dus au cancer, à cause du manque d’accès aux soins et de la prévention très limitée. Jeudi, une plate-forme ouvrira le site www.questions-chercheurs.com où durant 2 mois, internautes et chercheurs pourront communiquer. Cette initiative vise à informer le grand public des différents travaux en cours et des pistes exploitables. Vendredi, la ligue contre le cancer du sein organise à son tour un colloque à Marseille consacré à la recherche. Différents thèmes comme l’immunité innée, le cancer du pancréas ou les différents facteurs de risque des enfants seront abordés pour permettre à tous de se prémunir contre ce fléau mondial. Le 4 février 2010 à 09:03 • Emmanuel Perrin
Les 8 actus sciences que vous devez connaître ce 24 marsUne guêpe en proie avec une araignée, des cerisiers japonais en danger et le secret d’un mystérieux squelette, voici votre concentré d’actualités scientifiques pour ce 24 mars. – C’est l’heure du changement d’heure ! La nuit prochaine, il sera temps de passer à l’heure d’été. A 2H, il faudra ainsi avancer les pendules pour passer à 3H. Une pratique censée permettre des économies d’énergie mais dont l’efficacité est régulièrement remise en question.- En Australie, un habitant a surpris une guêpe tirer une araignée bien plus grosse qu’elle. Une scène impressionnante mais pas si rare. Chasser les araignées est en effet la spécialité de certaines guêpes. Elles utilisent ensuite leurs proies pour nourrir leur future progéniture. – On sait peut-être enfin comment les allergènes déclenchent des crises d’asthme. Des chercheurs français ont identifié une protéine capable de réagir avec divers allergènes dans les voies respiratoires. Son nom : l’interleukine 33. C’est cette protéine qui, en se changeant en fragments hyperactifs, conduirait aux crises d’asthme.- Les cerisiers japonais pourraient être en danger. Ces arbres emblématiques sont aujourd’hui menacés par un coléoptère étranger. L’envahisseur, Aromia bungii, colonise les cerisiers pour les dépouiller de leur écorce et en absorber l’eau. Repéré pour la première fois en 2012, le coléoptère fait désormais officiellement partie des espèces reconnues comme invasive au Japon. – Les cornes des tricératops ne leur servaient pas simplement de décoration. Selon une nouvelle étude, elles constituaient de vraies armes de séduction pour attirer un partenaire. En revanche, les chercheurs ont exclu les théories suggérant que les cornes servaient à se défendre contre les prédateurs, à se différencier ou à réguler la température corporelle. À lire aussiInfection, gaspillage et Facebook, les actus sciences que vous devez connaître ce 29 août- Un groupe de 150 globicéphales s’est échoué vendredi sur une plage australienne. Si l’alerte a été donnée tôt le matin, 135 d’entre eux n’ont malheureusement pas survécu. Les secours s’acharnent depuis à tenter de repousser les survivants vers le large. L’origine de l’échouage reste inconnue.- Ce soir, le WWF lancera une nouvelle édition de l’Earth Hour. Cette opération menée à travers le monde encourage le public à éteindre toutes les lumières pendant une heure à partir de 20H30. L’objectif est de promouvoir l’économie d’électricité et la lutte contre le changement climatique. Cette année, une nouvelle cause s’ajoute à la liste : la sauvegarde de la nature.- Un mystérieux squelette découvert au Chili il y a plus de dix ans a révélé ses secrets. Surnommé Ata, ce squelette de 15 cm a des allures d’extraterrestre. Mais il appartient bien à un humain. Il s’agirait en réalité d’une fille, probablement un foetus, d’après une nouvelle étude. Son aspect étrange s’expliquerait par des mutations génétiques ayant affecté le développement de ses os.Le 24 mars 2018 à 00:15 • Maxime Lambert
There is another Facebook event that might take over the viral “Storm Area 51” internet craze and it involves one of the most mysterious areas in world—the Bermuda Triangle.The rival Facebook event, which was created on July 12, has attracted thousands of people who are interested or say they’ll actually go to the spooky oceanic region, which has been responsible for many airplane and ship disappearances due to unexplainable circumstances, Fox 5 NY reported.Anthony Dominick Carnovale, who created the event on Facebook, told Fox 5 NY that the event isn’t actually a joke gathering. Carnovale said once the concept of breaching the Bermuda Triangle reached 25,000, he decided to create a GoFundMe to raise funds for an actual party in Florida.“Storm the Bermuda Triangle, It Can’t Swallow All of Us” GoFundMe page. (Photo Credit: Anthony Dominick Carnovale / GoFundMe)The event, which has the catch phrase “it can’t swallow all of us,” will take place on Oct. 1 at 8:00 a.m. EDT and requires all attendees to “dress as SpongeBob SquarePants or pirates.” There will be food and drinks to buy as well. Any additional funds raised and unused will also be donated to cancer research, in memory of Carnovale’s grandfather, who passed away in 2017, Fox News noted.“I’m contractually obligated to only use the money for the event,” Carnovale added. “If I somehow can’t, I have to give everyone their money back.”Carnovale also created the event because he was concerned that people will actually go to the “Storm Area 51” event, even though it was made clear that it was a hoax gathering on Facebook.“The Area 51 event is dangerous,” Carnovale explained. “I honestly just don’t want people to attend the Area 51 event because I don’t want people getting shot or arrested.”Instead of going to the top secret military area, Carnovale said a giant party with live entertainment would be a safer option, even if no one actually tries to find missing boats and planes in the Bermuda Triangle.“Live music, entertainment, beach party,” Carnovale added. “Why not come to the Bermuda Triangle Festival?”More on Geek.com:Lil Nas X Rescues Aliens in Animated ‘Old Town Road’ Area 51 Video Free Area 51 Aliens ‘Training’ Video Takes Over InstagramNearly 300K Alien Fans Sign Up to ‘Raid Area 51’ for Joke Facebook Event Stay on target PewDiePie Pulls $50,000 Pledge to Anti-Hate Group After Fan BacklashPolice Arrest Dutch YouTubers for Trespassing Area 51 Site
As he was fleeing, police said, he declared, “I will return.”“I was so scared that I didn’t even go to school,” the victim said.After the attack, police released surveillance footage showing the suspect riding his bike. Shortly after, the department was flooded with tips from the public, and officials said it was thanks to this response that they were able to arrest Walker.The victim’s mother was on hand at Friday’s bond hearing. She said she wanted to be in the courtroom to see Walker start his justice process.When asked whether she felt safer knowing her daughter’s alleged assailant is behind bars, she replied, “Um, yeah, I feel safe for her and any other teenagers out there. I just hope that he does get justice, and he stays behind bars.”Police said the girl did the right thing when she fought off her accused attacker.The victim’s mother had a message for Walker. HOLLYWOOD, FLA. (WSVN) – Police have arrested a man accused of sexually assaulting a teen while she walked home in Hollywood.Officers arrested 23-year-old Matthew James Walker, Thursday evening.The next day, the suspect appeared in bond court, where he was charged with attempted sexual battery on a person under 18, aggravated stalking, burglary and other charges.According to Hollywood Police, Walker followed the victim on his bicycle and made some vulgar comments, at around 7:30 p.m., Monday.Investigators said the suspect approached the teen near Dewey Street and South 29th Avenue and grabbed her.“I got on my grass, and he got off his bike, and I had on a skirt, and he tried to put his hands on my butt, so I slapped his hands, and I tried to run in my house,” the victim said.Police said the girl was able to get away after she kicked him in the groin. “Rot in hell,” she said.The victim said girls who find themselves in her situation need to be mindful to avoid being paralyzed by fear.“I would say don’t be scared, even though you are, but just don’t be scared to the point where you can’t fight him off,” she said. “At least try to fight him off.”Walker is being held on $250,000 bond because he had some prior arrests.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
The Legislative Information Office in downtown Anchorage. (Staff photo)The controversial former Legislative Information Office at 716 West 4th Avenue in downtown Anchorage will have a new tenant: the Anchorage Police Department. The LIO moved out of the location after an expensive and opulent renovation was extensively criticized. The building has been vacant for two years. But now the Anchorage Community Development Authority is buying the building and will lease it to the police department.Listen nowThe Anchorage Community Development Authority announced its plans to buy the building last month.Anchorage Police Chief Justin Doll says that the building will house APD’s headquarters, which is currently on Elmore Drive. That means most of the department will be downtown, including most detectives, some dispatch workers, the crime suppression unit and administration. He says the proximity to downtown allows for more efficiencies in the department.“Think about detectives being right across the street from the courthouse instead of a half-hour drive away,” Doll said. “And so if you need to run to the courthouse to appear in court, or apply for a search warrant, you add an hour onto however long that’s going to take to drive there and back. And now it’s a 30-second walk across the street.”Doll says since the mid-2000s, APD has been trying to find more areas to house evidence, seized property and various other items. Additionally, the police department has almost doubled in size since the 1980s — when the department moved from its original downtown Anchorage location.“These are great problems to have. We have a whole lot of staff and we have them out collecting police reports and collecting evidence,” Doll said. “And so we need space to store that stuff. So, I mean, that’s not a bad problem to have, any part of that. But it can be a difficult problem to solve and a very expensive problem to solve, when you start looking at building new facilities to house all that.”Doll says that rather than buy a storage facility, for an estimated $40 million, leasing the former LIO building and using the old Elmore building for a bulk of the department’s storage was a more fiscally sound plan. He said the department will lease the new building for about $1.5 million a year.Even though the LIO building was designed specifically with the idea of housing the legislature, Doll says moving in doesn’t require many changes.“It’s actually surprisingly easy,” Doll said. “It’s a very unusual layout. I think it would be difficult for another entity to be in there, but for us, the first time I walked through it I realized it’s gonna require almost no modification. We’re basically going to be able to move right in.”Andrew Halcro is the director of the Anchorage Community Development Authority. He says that initially, the state was going to pay $32 million for the LIO building. The ACDA will pay $14 million. Halcro says that ACDA owning the property does more for the city than if the state did.“If legislators were to buy that building, as they proposed two years ago, there would’ve been zero paid to the city,” Halcro said. “They would’ve just basically had a tax-free building, not contributed anything for services because state property taxes, With ACDA buying the building, you still have that property tax revenue churn, you still have fees on gross revenue.”As far as benefits to citizens, Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz says that the new location will help keep Anchorage safe and revitalize downtown Anchorage, making it more appealing for other businesses. He says it isn’t uncommon for major cities to have police headquarters downtown.“There’s a reason why most police headquarters are in the downtowns of their cities,” Berkowitz said. “It’s close to where their partner agencies operate, it’s close to the courthouses and it is close to the center of activity in the community. And as we restore the police department to downtown Anchorage, we’re going to make sure those benefits also happen for Anchorage as well.”Berkowitz also added that simply having an increased police presence in a major area of Anchorage will make the area safer.Halcro says the purchase of the former LIO building should be finalized by early August, and Chief Doll wants to get the department moved in by late summer or early fall.
Kothagudem: A 28-year-old married man has allegedly committed suicide at Bungalows Area in Laxmidevipalli mandal in the district on Wednesday. The deceased identified as Vineeth Kumar was working as an attender in Health department. He was found hanging from a ceiling fan at his residence. His family members were away when he took the extreme step. Financial problems suspected behind his suicide. He is survived by wife and a 10-year-old daughter. Laxmidevipalli police registered a case and took up the investigation.
Facebook has contacted some YouTube video editors and producers to promote the company’s video-based advertisement on the social network, the Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday.Facebook and these video content creators are now in talks over integrating advertisements and videos. The social media networking website hopes to undercut the predominance of YouTube online video advertisement market, where Google owns 20% of the market share.The Wall Street Journal said that Walt Disney’s digital episode series is available on Facebook through Walt Disney website’s RSS news feed.Additionally, “The Annoying Orange” — an American comedy online series has a Facebook page with over 12 million followers on social media website. The videos are being delivered to Facebook users via the social network’s news feed and individual accounts.”Our partnerships team regularly has conversations with content creators about how to best utilise all of Facebook’s offerings, video included,” a Facebook spokesperson told the Wall Street Journal.Facebook’s effort reflects the company’s aim to become popular through ad-videos. Currently, video content creators use Facebook to promote their creative videos, but people prefer to watch the videos on YouTube. Much of the video content used through Facebook was YouTube videos posted by individual fans.Facebook has been working on this video push initiative for around six months now, a person familiar with the developments said on condition of anonymity.
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Following a merger proposal of 25 state-run banks into half a dozen banking behemoths, now a high-level bureaucratic panel is reportedly considering the idea to create one major oil conglomerate merging 13 of India’s state-owned oil and gas firms.The Cabinet Secretariat has asked the oil ministry to consider the idea, which can create one huge Indian corporation whose revenue will make global oil giant Chevron appear small fry, and also compete with big U.S. conglomerate like General Electric.The consultation process by the ministry has already begun with key stakeholders, the state firms, sources told the Economic Times.Led by Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC), India’s largest oil producer, others in the pack could include India’s biggest refiner Indian Oil Corporation (IOC), Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd (BPCL), Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Ltd (HPCL), GAIL, Mangalore Refinery and Petrochemicals (MRPL), Chennai Petroleum, Numaligarh Refinery and Oil India. The integration could also involve institutions related to safety, development and analysis in the oil and gas sector, the report said.India’s top six public listed oil firms run by the government have a combined market value of $77 billion. In financial year 2015-2016, they reported Rs. 45,000 crore in profit and Rs. 9.32 lakh crore in revenue. Their total capital expenditure planned for the following financial year is Rs. 87, 600 crore.If the idea materializes, the oil monster will be India’s largest firm in terms of turnover, net profit, capital expenditure and market capitalization. Its market value can be bigger than India’s Reliance Industries. Globally too, the merged entity’s market value and financial powers would challenge that of Russia’s Rosneft and Britain’s BP Plc. that currently have market capitalization of $55 billion and $112 billion, respectively.At present, three Indian oil firms have formed a consortium to buy some stake in Rosneft. With a new merged entity in place, the stake could be further increased in the Russian firm, which produces more oil than Exxon.Both the BJP and the Congress-led coalition governments earlier have tried to give efficiency push to these oil firms by proposing such a merger. In 2005, a government appointed panel had advised against the merger stating that one company monopoly might not be good for an energy deficit country like India. It noted that smaller firms could be more efficient and that mergers globally have added little shareholder value.The other body corporates that could be brought into the fold include Oil Industry Development Board (OIDB), Petroleum Planning and Analysis Cell (PPAC) and Petroleum Conservation Research Association.
Saudi teen Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun is seen with Thai immigration authorities at a hotel inside Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok, Thailand, on 7 January 2019. — Photo: ReutersAn 18-year-old Saudi woman who fled her family and barricaded herself inside a Bangkok airport hotel to prevent being expelled by Thai authorities has left the airport after talks with the United Nations refugee agency, an official said on Monday.Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun has been at Bangkok’s international airport since Saturday when she arrived from Kuwait, saying she fears her family will kill her if she is forced to return home. Her relatives have not commented on her accusations of abuse and Reuters was not able to reach them.The case has drawn new global attention to Saudi Arabia’s strict social rules, including a requirement that women have the permission of a male “guardian” to travel, which rights groups say can trap women and girls as prisoners of abusive families.It comes at a time when Riyadh is facing unusually intense scrutiny from its Western allies over the killing of a journalist at its consulate in Istanbul in October and over the humanitarian consequences of its war in Yemen.Thai immigration officials had planned to put Qunun on a flight back to Kuwait on Monday, but relented after her online pleas drew international attention.She told Reuters via text and audio messages she had fled Kuwait during a family visit there, and had planned to travel to Australia to seek asylum. She said she was held after leaving her plane in Bangkok and told she would be sent back to Kuwait.“They will kill me,” Qunun told Reuters. “My life is in danger. My family threatens to kill me for the most trivial things.”A representative of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) met Qunun at the airport and also discussed the case with Thai immigration officials. After the meeting, Thailand’s immigration chief said she would not be expelled.“We will take her into Bangkok and provide her with safe shelter under the care of the UNHCR,” immigration chief Surachate Hakparn told reporters on Monday evening.He said the UNHCR would work on processing Qunun’s request for refugee status. Giuseppe de Vincentis, the UNHCR representative in Thailand, said the Thai government had given assurances Qunun would not be expelled to any country where she might be in danger while her case was being processed.“PHYISICAL, EMOTIONAL ABUSE”Qunun posted a video on Twitter on Monday of her barricading her hotel door with a table and a mattress. She said her family was powerful in Saudi society but she did not identify them.Asked why she was seeking refuge in Australia, she told Reuters: “Physical, emotional and verbal abuse and being imprisoned inside the house for months. They threaten to kill me and prevent me from continuing my education.“They won’t let me drive or travel. I am oppressed. I love life and work and I am very ambitious but my family is preventing me from living.”The Saudi foreign ministry said in a tweet that its embassy was in touch with the woman’s father and the Thai government, but its diplomats had not met or communicated with her.New York-based Human Rights Watch said Thailand should not send Qunun back to her family because she says she faces danger.Qunun said she had obtained an Australian visa and booked a flight. She said she had planned to spend a few days in Thailand so she would not spark suspicion when she left Kuwait.Thai immigration chief Surachate, however, said that Qunun did not have a visa for Australia. The Australian Embassy said it had no immediate comment.Contradicting earlier accounts from Thai officials, Surachate said Thai authorities had been contacted by the Saudis before deciding to deny Qunun entry to the country.“The Saudi Arabia embassy contacted the immigration police … and said that the girl had run away from her parents and they fear for her safety,” he said.“We acknowledged this and checked her paperwork. She had a passport but no return ticket, no travel plan, and no destination or hotel reservation in Thailand … so per airport security procedures, immigration denied her entry.”
Wondering what games the Nintendo 3DS will launch with in March? Considering the handheld’s hefty $250 price tag, it’s going to have to launch with some pretty good stuff in order for people to want to toss out their beloved DS Lite/DSi/DSi XLs.The good news is that the release list is looking relatively strong at the moment, with 30+ titles promised for the “launch window” (March 27 – the E3 Expo June). Not all of those will necessarily launch on day one though. Also, this list does not include Virtual Console titles, though we know some (like the GameBoy’s Super Mario Land will be available).First-Party:Pilotwings Resortnintendogs + cats Steel DiverThe Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3DStar Fox 64 3D Kid Icarus: UprisingMario KartAnimal CrossingPaper MarioThird-Party:Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor Overclocked (Atlus)Super Street Fighter IV 3D Edition (Capcom)Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D (Capcom)Madden NFL Football (EA SPORTS)The Sims 3 (Electronic Arts)Pro Evolution Soccer 2011 3D (Konami)LEGO Star Wars III: The Clone Wars (LucasArts)Ridge Racer 3D (Namco Bandai Games America)Dual Pen Sports (Namco Bandai Games America)Super Monkey Ball 3D (Sega)Thor: God of Thunder (Sega)CRUSH 3D (Sega)BUST-A-MOVE UNIVERSE (Square Enix)Samurai Warriors Chronicles (Tecmo Koei America)Dead or Alive Dimensions (Tecmo Koei America)Asphalt 3D (Ubisoft)Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Shadow Wars (Ubisoft)Combat of Giants: Dinosaurs 3D (Ubisoft)Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell 3D (Ubisoft)Rayman 3D (Ubisoft)Rabbids Travel in Time (Ubisoft)That makes for 9 games from Nintendo and 21 from third-party developers, not including any downloadable titles. Again, those are all in the “launch window”.Some other titles we’ve learned about are:DECA SPORTS EXTREME (Hudson) – Sumer 2011Bomberman (Hudson) – Fall 2011Nikoli’s Pencil Puzzle (Hudson) – Fall 2011Pet Zombies in 3D (Majesco) – Fall 2011Face Kart: Photo Finish (Majesco) – Fall 2011That’s everything for now! Hopefully we’ll learn more about the launch dates within the window, so we’ll know for sure which games will actually be available on the 3DS’ March 27th release date.
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. © 2016 Phys.org (Phys.org)—An international team of astronomers led by Joel Hartman of Princeton University has detected two new “hot Jupiter” exoplanets, less massive than our solar system’s biggest planet, but with a radius larger than they should have. The findings are reported in a paper published Sept. 9 on arXiv.org. Explore further The newly found exoworlds, designated HAT-P-65b and HAT-P-66b, were classified as “hot Jupiters” as they are gas giant planets similar in characteristics to Jupiter, with orbital periods of less than 10 days. They have high surface temperatures as they orbit their host stars very closely. However, the new alien worlds are much larger in diameter than expected, which led astronomers to conclude that these planets must have undergone an inflation process.HAT-P-65b and HAT-P-66b were detected by the Hungarian-made Automated Telescope Network (HATNet). The team also conducted follow-up spectrographic and photometric observations to determine physical characteristics of these planets.According to the research, the exoplanets orbit two distant, moderately evolved stars named HAT-P-65 and HAT-P-66 that are approaching the end of their main sequence lifetimes. HAT-P-65 is 5.46 billion years old, while HAT-P-66’s estimated age is 4.66 billion years. They are located some 2,750 and 3,000 light years away respectively. Both stars are similar in size, having radii of about 1.87 solar radii and mass of approximately 1.25 solar masses.The newly discovered planets are less massive than Jupiter—HAT-P-65b has only half the mass of Jupiter, while HAT-P-66b about 78 percent the mass of our gas giant. The orbital period of this two worlds equals 2.60 and 2.97 days correspondingly.What is the most intriguing about these two extrasolar planets is that they are larger than they should be when compared to typical gas giants. HAT-P-65b has a radius of nearly 1.9 Jupiter radii and HAT-P-66b is about 1.6 the size of Jupiter in diameter. This suggests that the two exoplanets are inflated gas giants.However, further investigations and new detections are still needed to determine precisely what causes the inflation process in gas giant planets. Currently, possible explanations could be assigned to two different theories—scientists believe that the inflation is caused by deposition of energy from the host star or inhibited cooling of the planet.”One way to make further progress on this problem is to build up a larger sample of inflated planets to identify patterns in their properties that may be used to discriminate between different theories,” the researcher wrote in the paper.The discovery of HAT-P-65b and HAT-P-66b, complemented by previous studies reporting the detection of inflated planets, allowed the team to find an important correlation between planetary radii and the fractional ages of parent stars, which makes the theory regarding the deposition of energy more plausible.”The planets are both around moderately evolved stars, which we find to be a general trend—highly inflated planets with a radius larger than about 1.5 Jupiter radii have been preferentially found around moderately evolved stars compared to smaller-radius planets. (…) We conclude that, after contracting during the pre-main-sequence, close-in giant planets are re-inflated over time as their host stars evolve. This provides evidence that the mechanism responsible for this inflation deposits energy deep within the planetary interiors,” the paper reads. More information: HAT-P-65b and HAT-P-66b: Two Transiting Inflated Hot Jupiters and Observational Evidence for the Re-Inflation of Close-In Giant Planets, arXiv:1609.02767 [astro-ph.EP] arxiv.org/abs/1609.02767AbstractWe present the discovery of the transiting exoplanets HAT-P-65b and HAT-P-66b, with orbital periods of 2.6055 d and 2.9721 d, masses of 0.527±0.083 MJ and 0.783±0.057 MJ and inflated radii of 1.89±0.13 RJ and 1.59+0.16−0.10 RJ, respectively. They orbit moderately bright (V=13.145±0.029, and V=12.993±0.052) stars of mass 1.212±0.050 M⊙ and 1.255+0.107−0.054 M⊙. The stars are at the main sequence turnoff. While it is well known that the radii of close-in giant planets are correlated with their equilibrium temperatures, whether or not the radii of planets increase in time as their hosts evolve and become more luminous is an open question. Looking at the broader sample of well-characterized close-in transiting giant planets, we find that there is a statistically significant correlation between planetary radii and the fractional ages of their host stars, with a false alarm probability of only 0.0041%. We find that the correlation between the radii of planets and the fractional ages of their hosts is fully explained by the known correlation between planetary radii and their present day equilibrium temperatures, however if the zero-age main sequence equilibrium temperature is used in place of the present day equilibrium temperature then a correlation with age must also be included to explain the planetary radii. This suggests that, after contracting during the pre-main-sequence, close-in giant planets are re-inflated over time due to the increasing level of irradiation received from their host stars. Prior theoretical work indicates that such a dynamic response to irradiation requires a significant fraction of the incident energy to be deposited deep within the planetary interiors. Left: Unbinned transit light curves for HAT-P-65. The light curves have been filtered of systematic trends, which were fit simultaneously with the transit model. The dates of the events, filters and instruments used are indicated. Light curves following the first are displaced vertically for clarity. Right: The residuals from the best-fit model are shown in the same order as the original light curves. The error bars represent the photon and background shot noise, plus the readout noise. Credit: Hartman et al., 2016. Two inflated ‘hot-Jupiter’ planets discovered around distant stars Citation: Astronomers discover two new inflated ‘hot Jupiters’ (2016, September 13) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-09-astronomers-inflated-hot-jupiters.html
The potential payoff is high. Cementing a predictive coding model for working memory won’t just enable a better understanding of how the brain works and what might go wrong in neurological diseases. It also has critical implications for what we mean by “intelligence”—and even selfhood, according to Friston. As a start, having a better grasp of what the brain’s feedback connections are doing could lead to big steps in artificial intelligence research, which currently focuses more on feedforward signals and classification algorithms. “But sometimes a system might need to make a decision not about what it sees but based on what it remembers,” Pinotsis said.Original story reprinted with permission from Quanta Magazine, an editorially independent publication of the Simons Foundation whose mission is to enhance public understanding of science by covering research developments and trends in mathematics and the physical and life sciences. So they returned to a working memory test that Miller’s lab had performed a few years earlier, in which the researchers showed monkeys a series of screens: first, a set of colored squares, followed briefly by a blank screen, and then the initial screen once more, this time with the color of one square changed. The animals had to detect the difference between the screens. Sometimes the number of squares fell below their working memory capacity, sometimes above. Electrodes placed deep in the monkeys’ brains recorded the timing and frequency of brain waves produced by various populations of neurons as they completed each task.These waves are essentially the coordinated rhythms of millions of neurons that become active and go quiet simultaneously. When brain areas exhibit matching oscillations, both in time and in frequency, they’re said to be synchronized. “It’s like they’re humming together,” Miller said. “And the neurons that hum together are talking.” He likens it to a traffic system: The brain’s physical connections act like roads and highways, while the patterns of resonance created by these oscillating brain waves “humming” together are the traffic lights that actually direct the flow of traffic. This setup, researchers hypothesize, somehow seems to help “bind” active networks into a firmer representation of an experience.In their recent work, Miller and his colleagues mined the oscillation data they’d collected from the monkeys for information about how this three-part memory network functions. They built a detailed mechanistic model that incorporated assumptions about the network’s structure and activity, based on previous research: the locations and behaviors (say, excitatory or inhibitory) of specific neural populations, for example, or the frequencies of certain oscillations. The researchers then generated several competing hypotheses for how the different brain areas might be “talking” to one another—including the direction and strength of that dialogue—as the monkeys had to remember more and more items. They compared those computations to their experimental data to determine which of the scenarios was most likely.Lucy Reading-Ikkanda/Quanta magazineTheir modeling confirmed that the three brain regions act like jugglers engaged in a complex game of catch. The prefrontal cortex seems to help construct an internal model of the world, sending so-called “top-down,” or feedback, signals that convey this model to lower-level brain areas. Meanwhile, the superficial frontal eye fields and lateral intraparietal area send raw sensory input to the deeper areas in the prefrontal cortex, in the form of bottom-up or feedforward signals. Differences between the top-down model and the bottom-up sensory information allow the brain to figure out what it’s experiencing, and to tweak its internal models accordingly. Miller’s lab and others are working to carve out a more important role for the interplay between brain waves in scientists’ model of working memory, which traditionally places most of the emphasis on the firing activity of individual neurons. They’re also currently investigating why the upper bound on working memory hovers around four or five items, and not some other number. Miller thinks the brain is juggling the items being held in working memory one at a time, in alternation. “That means all the information has to fit into one brain wave,” he said. “When you exceed the capacity of that one brain wave, you’ve reached the limit on working memory.”“The question now is where all this is going to take us,” said Rufin VanRullen, a researcher at the French National Center for Scientific Research who finds the team’s modeling and conclusions “powerful,” pending further experimental confirmation. “We need to actually go inside the brain and find more direct evidence for these connections.” Many neuroscientists believe that the brain relies heavily on such “predictive coding” of sensory data to perform its routine cognitive and command functions. But Miller and his colleagues theorize that when the quantity of items placed in working memory gets too large, the number of possible predictions for those items cannot easily be encoded into the feedback signal. As a result, the feedback fails and the overloaded working memory system collapses. In 1956, the renowned cognitive psychologist George Miller published one of the field’s most widely cited papers, “The Magical Number Seven, Plus or Minus Two.” In it, he argued that although the brain can store a whole lifetime of knowledge in its trillions of connections, the number of items that humans can actively hold in their conscious awareness at once is limited, on average, to seven.Those items might be a series of digits, a handful of objects scattered around a room, words in a list, or overlapping sounds. Whatever they are, Miller wrote, only seven of them can fit in what’s called working memory, where they are available for our focused attention and other cognitive processes. Their retention in working memory is short-lived and bounded: When they’re no longer actively being thought about, they’re stored elsewhere or forgotten.Since Miller’s time, neuroscientists and psychologists have continued to study working memory and its surprisingly strict limitations. They have found that the limit may really be closer to four or five items than seven. And they have studied the ways in which people work around this constraint: We can remember all the digits of a phone number by “chunking” digits (remembering 1, then 4, as the single item 14, for instance), or develop mnemonic devices for shuffling random digits of pi out of longer-term storage.But the explanation for why working memory starts to falter at such a seemingly low threshold has been elusive. Scientists can see that any attempt to exceed that limit causes the information to degrade: Neuronal representations get “thinner,” brain rhythms change and memories break down. This seems to occur with an even smaller number of items in patients who have been diagnosed with neurological disorders, such as schizophrenia.The mechanism causing these failures, however, has remained unknown until recently. Miller and his colleagues found that when the number of items to be remembered exceeded the capacity of the monkeys’ working memory, the top-down feedback connection from the prefrontal cortex to the other two regions broke down. The feedforward connections, on the other hand, remained just fine.The weakening of the feedback signals, according to the group’s models, led to a loss of synchrony between the brain areas. Without the prediction-oriented communications from the prefrontal cortex, the working memory network fell out of sync.Updating the ModelBut why is the top-down feedback so vulnerable to an increase in the number of items to be remembered? The researchers’ hypothesis is that the modeled information coming from the prefrontal cortex essentially represents a set of predictions about what the brain will perceive in the world—in this case, the contents of the items being held in working memory. “For example, as you are reading this sentence, you will have expectations about the current word, phrase and sentence,” Karl Friston, a neuroscientist at University College London who was not involved with the study, wrote in an email. “Having a representation or expectation about the current sentence means you have an implicit representation of the past and future.” In a paper published in Cerebral Cortex in March, three scientists found that a significant weakening in “feedback” signals between different parts of the brain is responsible for the breakdown. The work not only provides insights into memory function and dysfunction, but also offers further evidence for a burgeoning theory of how the brain processes information.Synchronized Humming in the BrainEarl Miller, a neuroscientist at the Picower Institute for Learning and Memory at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Dimitris Pinotsis, a research affiliate in his lab; and Timothy Buschman, an assistant professor at Princeton University, wanted to know what sets the capacity limit of working memory so low.They already knew that a network involving three brain regions—the prefrontal cortex, the frontal eye fields and the lateral intraparietal area—is active in working memory. But they had yet to observe a change in neural activity that corresponded to the steep transition between remembering and not remembering that comes with exceeding the working memory limit.
Cancun, Q.R. — Four people have been arrested in what police say, are suspects in the murder of a Cancun businessman found Monday evening.The body of the 50-year-old businessman, who has not been identified, was discovered by passersby Monday at 6:20 p.m. in a green area of Region 205 in Cancun.Federal police managed to located the stolen vehicle of the deceased man. They found his missing Ford Ranger in the subdivision of La Joya in Cancun. During their operation, police found the vehicle being driven. When stopped, they found five people inside, four men and one woman.After a search, they discovered bloodstains, three weapons, two AR-15s and one AK-47, along with half a kilo of marijuana. All four of the men were arrested.The detainees, weapons and drugs were transferred to the Narco-Government Prosecutor’s Office where they will be made available to the ministerial authorities. They will also face the Attorney General’s Office for firearm charges.The four men are alleged to be linked to the murder of the businessman whose remains were found inside three garbage bags.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)