Police investigate shots fired on Hamilton Mountain

Hamilton police continue to investigate the motive behind a shooting on the Hamilton mountain this weekend.Multiple shots were fired outside a residence  on Queenslea Drive near the area of Upper Ottawa Street and Stone Church Road East shortly after 1:30 a.m. on Saturday.No injuries were suffered as a result of the shooting but the property was damaged.No charges have been laid at this time.

Bahrain minister focuses UN Assembly address on terrorism illegal occupation

Terrorist groups “thrive in our region with greater savagery and callousness,” Sheikh Khalid Bin Ahmed Bin Mohammed Al Khalifa told the 69th high-level debate. “These terrorism groups destroy Islamic values under the pretext of Islam, to which they are totally alien,” he added, calling on Muslim clerics and scholars to counteract the “misguided thought” of groups such as Al Qaida, Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and Hizbollah.Combating these groups requires the international community to work together along the security and military, ideological and financial axis. The Foreign Minister also spoke out against attempts to interfere in the internal affairs of States in a matter that is “archaic.” Among forms of interference is the use of media, notably satellite television channels and social media, to “distort facts and cause instability.”He also called for an end to illegal occupation of other States’ territories, such as the targeting of the Palestinian people, and welcomed the announcement that the Governments of Egypt and Norway will host next month an international conference on the reconstruction of Gaza.As part of the high-level General Assembly debate, representatives of the UN Member States and observers are addressing the theme, “Delivering on and Implementing a Transformative Post-2015 Development Agenda” as well as urgent crises ranging from the ongoing conflicts in Syria, Iraq, Ukraine and South Sudan. read more

Students invited to participate in honour societys leadership summit

A golden networking opportunity awaits Brock students in Niagara Falls.Brock’s Golden Key chapter has been chosen to host the international honour society’s National CANCON Leadership Summit, which will welcome visitors from across Canada and around the world.Though Golden Key is accessible to the top 15 per cent of students in each Faculty, the Brock chapter’s president, Daislyn Vidal, hopes other students from the University will also consider attending CANCON from Friday, Feb. 22 to Sunday Feb. 24.“It’s a chance to meet people and listen to two keynote speakers,” said the fourth-year Biological Sciences student at Brock. “They’ll learn about different career fields and also interact with other people in a professional setting. It’s a great way to develop as a university student who is getting ready to go out into the workplace.”Keynote speakers include Brock alumna and two-time Paralympian Jessica Lewis (BRLS ’18), who will talk to those in attendance about finding, fulfilling and achieving their purpose and dreams, and One More Story Games CEO Jean Leggett, who will speak about the Games’ startup journey, joy, mindfulness and her experience as a hard-of-hearing child in a deaf family.As the world’s largest post-secondary honour society, Golden Key currently has 19 active Canadian chapters and more than 400 chapters worldwide.Vidal says the Brock chapter is honoured to host this year’s CANCON event, which includes nine workshops to take part in and a diverse group of participants from across the country and around the globe.“We will be involved in every aspect,” she said. “Our executive will be introducing the different speakers and we are ready for any requests or other contingencies that take place.”Having taken care of all of the necessary preparation, Vidal is eager to interact with those in attendance.“I can’t wait to network with other high-achieving students and form great connections,” she said. “You never know who might be able to help you out in the future.”To learn more about the event and register, visit the Golden Key CANCON website. read more

LeBron James Move to LA Increases Expectations of On

Executive producer LeBron James attends a premiere for “The Carter Effect” on day 3 of the Toronto International Film Festival at the Princess of Wales Theatre, in Toronto.  (Photo by Arthur Mola/Invision/AP, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — “Space Jam 2?” A whole new “House Party” franchise?Will LA Mean LeBron Behind the Scenes and on the Big Screen?With the leadership of LeBron James, anything is possible.As James comes from Cleveland to Los Angeles looking to take the Lakers to more championships with a blockbuster $154 million contract announced this week, he could also push those two 1990s properties closer to reality and go from part-time presence to major player in Hollywood.James hasn’t yet spoken about his plans for Los Angeles. But if he wants to, he’s already shown he can act, and not just in that good-for-an-athlete way.His one real film role, playing himself in the 2015 Amy Schumer film “Trainwreck,” directed by Judd Apatow, won big raves.The Associated Press’ Lindsey Bahr called him “a comedic revelation.” Ann Hornaday of The Washington Post said he showed “expert, deadpan timing.”James’ co-stars agreed.“He was really good. Like everything with him it was very effortless,” said Bill Hader, who played the movie’s male lead with James as his sidekick and previously acted with James when he hosted “Saturday Night Live.” ”He’s always listening. I know actors that don’t listen, they’re just waiting to say their line. He listened.”Hader said there was a frequent improvisation on “Trainwreck,” and LeBron easily kept up with the sketch comedy pros like Hader.“You’ll never believe this, but he was super confident,” Hader told the AP with a laugh by phone from the Toronto set of the film “It 2.”“But not cocky,” Hader added.“I remember Chris Rock was on set and rattled off a line suggestion really fast for LeBron, and LeBron said it back during the scene verbatim,” Hader said. “I remember thinking, “I can’t do that.”He wouldn’t be the first Laker to try acting. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Shaquille O’Neal had their share of famous, and infamous roles. And Kobe Bryant ended up with an unlikely Academy Award for an animated short based on a poem he wrote about basketball.Whether or not he appears on screen, James has already begun a major media career that can only get a boost from LA.Gone are the days when athletes had to be in a major market to make it in film and television, as James himself has shown through his years building his brand in Cleveland.But there’s nothing like face-time for becoming a force in Hollywood.James and his business partner Maverick Carter have a production company, SpringHill Entertainment, that has a deal with Warner Bros. and office space on the legendary movie company’s lot, where he could become a regular.“Certainly the proximity will make it easier for LeBron personally to be part of future projects,” said David Schwab, an executive vice president at Octagon, a global sports and entertainment marketing and management firm. “The advantage of a market like New York, Los Angeles and Golden State is the ability to have coffee, lunch or dinner daily” with key decision makers. “In a smaller market you don’t get those consistent opportunities,” he said.Schwab said James’ partners at Warner Bros. and elsewhere are most likely “excited that he’s in Los Angeles as they could possibly use LeBron personally to close business deals with future partners of their own.”James, via SpringHill and his digital film company Uninterrupted has already brought some projects to big and small screens, with many more in the works. Here are some highlights:— “Space Jam 2.” The idea of James reviving the 1996 movie starring another candidate for greatest basketball player of all time, Michael Jordan, has been in circulation for several years. The movie with Jordan battling animated aliens alongside Bugs Bunny and his Warner Bros. cartoon buddies brought mixed reviews and eyerolls at the time, but has become a cult classic. Justin Lin of the “Fast & Furious” films has been attached as director.— “House Party.” Stephen Glover and Jamal Olori of “Atlanta” are writing a script that James and SpringHill hope will revive the franchise that starred Kid n’ Play and spawned three big-screen sequels from 1990 to 1994.— “Smallfoot.” James will have another chance to show off his comic chops as the voice of a skeptical yeti in Warner Bros’ animated film.— “Now We’re Talking.” A digital comedy series on Uninterrupted that features two rival professional football quarterbacks who become broadcasters and frequent pro athlete cameos is about to enter its second season.— SpringHill is also producing several more television projects including the game shows “The Wall” and “Do or Dare” and “Rise Up,” a documentary about the civil rights movement for the History Channel. read more

EYEWITNESS Hypocrites…

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedEYEWITNESS: Constitutional…July 28, 2018In “EYEWITNESS”EYEWITNESS: Time compression…May 17, 2017In “EYEWITNESS”EYEWITNESS: Decisions…June 28, 2018In “EYEWITNESS” …and PhariseesRemember the American saying – meant to epitomise their democracy – “anybody can become President”?? They proved it by electing Trump!! Well, we can’t say the same for Guyana. With the CCJ’s decision on the Richardson case, nary a soul – save one dissenting Justice – spared a thought about the thousands of Guyanese citizens who’re now barred from running for the presidency of Guyana.The mandarins of the CCJ decided that removing these Guyanese from offering themselves to the supposedly SOVEREIGN populace doesn’t crimp our democracy!! But then again, when Burnham was rigging elections for 28 years that also didn’t affect our “democracy”!! Like old people say, some see what they WANT to see.But all the Opposition can talk about – and mostly gloat – is that Bharrat Jagdeo, General Secretary of the PPP, is barred from being their Presidential Candidate forever. But this in itself tells a story – a story of how petrified the Opposition is of facing Jagdeo at the polls.Jagdeo is the single, most popular leader of the PPP – just beaten by a whisker – by a coalition of the PNC and five parties forming APNU and then with the AFC!! Your Eyewitness won’t even speculate on the foreign “influences” in the mix!! Talk about “double banking”!!But there’s got to be more than just Jagdeo being a formidable electoral foe: the bitterness underlying their glee has to spring from some deep wells of hatred in the Opposition’s collective psyche.Where did this come from? We don’t have to look very far…just remind yourself what happened when Jagdeo became President. Firstly, he was leapfrogged by one of the founders of the PPP – Janet Jagan – over several old guards, who she would’ve known very well.These dinosaurs in the PPP were the first wave of haters – because of what the choice said about them!! A big chunk of these haters are now in the Opposition – like Nagamootoo and Ramjattan – and their bitterness has spiralled out of control.Then of course, there’s the PNCites. They originally figured the very youthful Jagdeo wouldn’t be able to stand up to what the PNC knows best – brute force and ignorance!! Hoyte launched his “slow fyaah; mo fyaah” strategy and was confident that Jagdeo would fold.He didn’t…and there was hysterical weeping and wailing and gnashing of teeth in the PNC camp. They upped the ante with an armed frontal attack by “Freedom Fighters” based in Buxton…but Jagdeo still didn’t buckle.He’d taken an oath to defend Guyana by any means necessary – and he didn’t flinch from keeping his work.And that’s why the Opposition’s so ecstatic they don’t have to deal with Jagdeo anymore!!…and sugar workersThe PNC-led Government showed its true colours when they arbitrarily fired 5700 sugar workers. The latter had long been a thorn in the PNC’s side as faithful supporters of the PPP and the PNC went for the jugular. Two years down the road, there has been a frenetic public relations effort to show they’re “taking care” of sugar workers through five initiatives. The sad and pathetic bottom line, however, is that not even 100 jobs have been created – especially as had been promised by leasing land to the fired workers and facilitating their transition into cash crop farmers.But what brought home the callous attitude of the PNC towards sugar workers is the announcement that GAWU has had to resort to the courts to demand that GuySuCo and their Government owners, pay the remainder of the 50 per cent still owed to the fired workers. At the time, the Government said its coffers were empty.But what do they say now that it’s revealed they paid $265 million for a bottom house warehouse??…on NGSAEveryone will be oohing and aahing over the top one per cent of the NGSA cohort. But why not spare a thought to the more than 50 per cent who can’t add or subtract.Is this deliberate to prevent future generations from checking the PNC’s profligacy? read more

60day ban on burning in Brazil following global outcry over Amazon fires

first_img Photo taken on 26 August shows a fire consuming trees in Manicore, the state of Amazonas, Brazil Source: Xinhua News Agency/PA ImagesA 60-DAY BAN on burning in Brazil has taken effect following a global outcry over fires raging in the Amazon.The decree issued by President Jair Bolsonaro comes after escalating international pressure over the worst fires in the Amazon in years, which have ignited a diplomatic spat between Brazil and Europe.However, activists have doused hopes that the ban would work.“The people who burn without a license are not going to obey,” said Rodrigo Junqueira of the Socio-Environmental Institute. Three people were arrested yesterday for burning more than 5,000 hectares in a conservation area in Para state. Thousands of troops and firefighters have been deployed since the weekend to combat the fires.Two C-130 Hercules and other aircraft have also been dumping water over affected areas in the country’s north.More than 1,600 new fires were ignited between Tuesday and Wednesday of this week, taking this year’s total to almost 85,000 – the highest number since 2010, official data shows.Around half of them are in the vast Amazon basin.Bolsonaro, however, claimed in a live broadcast on Facebook that “this year’s fires are below the average of recent years”. Fire consumes an area in Altamira, Brazil Source: Leo Correa via PA ImagesUN chief Antonio Guterres yesterday mooted a meeting of key countries to drum up support to tackle the fires.“We are strongly appealing for the mobilisation of resources and we have been in contact with countries to see whether, during the high-level session of the General Assembly, there could be a meeting devoted to the mobilisation of support to the Amazon,” Guterres told reporters.Brazil’s foreign ministry said it was not aware of the proposal. It urged “foreign authorities” to learn more about the country’s environmental policies, the situation in the Amazon and measures taken to combat the fires “before proposing new initiatives”.Ban ‘not useful’International offers of help for combating the fires is a hot-button issue in Brazil, with Bolsonaro and others insisting on the country’s sovereign rights over the Amazon.Bolsonaro on Wednesday accused France and Germany of “buying” Brazil’s sovereignty after the G7 offered $20 million in Amazon fire aid.Vice President Hamilton Mourao – widely considered a moderate voice in Bolsonaro’s government – also weighed in publicly for the first time on Wednesday, insisting in an opinion piece that “our Amazon will continue to be Brazilian”.The governors of several states in the Amazon told Bolsonaro in a meeting on Tuesday that international help was needed.Their plea came after Norway and Germany halted around $70 million in Amazon protection subsidies earlier this month. The United States is ready to help Brazil fight forest fires in the Amazon, President Donald Trump said on Wednesday, criticising the G7 for failing to consult Bolsonaro over its initiative. New Yorkers gathered at Bryant Park on 24 August for a rally in Defense of the Amazon Source: SIPA USA/PA ImagesDoubtEven as Bolsonaro’s decree was published, there were already doubts over how Brazil would enforce the two-month ban on burning in the remote region where deforestation has surged this year as agencies tasked with monitoring illegal activities were weakened.Environmental group WWF said Brazil already had laws and tools to detect illegal deforestation and burning, but it lacked enforcement.“The certainty of impunity is the great spark that starts the fires,” WWF said. Experts say increased land clearing during the months-long dry season to make way for crops or grazing has aggravated the recurring problem of fires.The defense ministry says the fires are under control and that the number of blazes is falling, helped by recent rain in the affected areas.Includes reporting by – © AFP 2019 Short URL https://jrnl.ie/4788538 6,591 Views 8 Comments Friday 30 Aug 2019, 9:34 AM Aug 30th 2019, 9:34 AM By Hayley Halpin 60-day ban on burning in Brazil following global outcry over Amazon fires However, activists have doused hopes that the ban would work. Share15 Tweet Email Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Cancer du sein une mortalité en baisse mais encore trop élevée en

first_imgCancer du sein : une mortalité en baisse, mais encore trop élevée en FranceEurope – Une étude publiée dans le British Medical Journal fait de la France l’un des mauvais élèves européens en matière de lutte contre le cancer du sein.Les femmes atteintes d’un cancer du sein sont de plus en plus nombreuses. Néanmoins, entre 1989 et 2006, le taux de mortalité a baissé de 19% en moyenne dans toute l’Europe. En France, cette baisse atteint seulement 11%. On est bien loin du leader européen, l’Islande, qui enregistre une diminution de 45% des décès dus au cancer du sein. Ces résultats ont de quoi surprendre, car la France est appréciée pour son excellent système de soins. Peut-être les résultats du Plan cancer, lancé en 2003, ne sont-ils pas encore visibles. À lire aussiLa France inaugure le premier kilomètre d’autoroute 100% recyclé au mondeLa tendance reste d’ailleurs positive. D’après le Centre international de recherche contre le cancer (Circ), organisme à l’initiative de cette étude, l’amélioration a été rendue possible grâce à la combinaison de deux facteurs : un dépistage précoce et des traitements à la performance croissante.Il est en effet important d’analyser les raisons de cette baisse globale de la mortalité. Leur compréhension pourrait permettre d’arriver aux mêmes améliorations dans les pays qui connaissent une baisse peu significative, voire une stagnation ou une hausse du nombre de décès liés au cancer du sein, comme l’Estonie, la Lettonie, la Roumanie ou la Grèce. Le 16 août 2010 à 10:28 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Chrome adoptera Gamepad et WebRTC début 2012

first_imgChrome adoptera Gamepad et WebRTC début 2012Google semble ouvrir la voie aux jeux vidéo sur son navigateur Chrome.D’après l’organisme de standardisation du World Wide Web (W3C), la nouvelle interface Gamepad permettrait aux développeurs web d’utiliser une manette pour contrôler un jeu en ligne. L’objectif étant d’intégrer directement ces programmations aux moteurs comme Webkit (pour Safari et Chrome) ainsi que Gecko (chez Firefox et SeaMonkey) pour qu’ils soient opérationnels au sein des navigateurs. Google a confirmé que son navigateur Chrome sera équipé de la sorte d’ici peu, ce qui laisse supposé qu’un panel énorme de jeux pourrait très vite suivre. S’ajouterait ensuite la technologie WebRTC, un projet qui inclurait une utilisation directe de la caméra et du microphone (sans passer par des plugins) pour communiquer en temps réel via du JavaScript. Couplé avec les applications Gamepad, cela offrirait de nombreuses possibilités de jeux et de gameplay en ligne.Ces nouveautés devraient donc voir le jour sur Chrome dès le premier trimestre 2012.Le 28 novembre 2011 à 12:00 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Evergreen Public Schools offers community tours

first_imgEvergreen Public Schools will offer a series of community tours over the course of the school year.The district will offer Spanish and Russian interpreters on selected tours. All tours include a visit to Cascadia Tech Academy at 12200 N.E. 28th St. Transportation and lunch are provided.The Honored Citizen Tour on Oct. 12 begins at 8 a.m. at Cascadia Tech Academy. Contact Shelley Bowers at 360-604-4088 for more information.On Nov. 8, Russian interpreters will be available beginning at 9 a.m. for a tour of Evergreen High School and Cascade Middle School.Contact Yelena Kobylnik at 360-604-4028 for more information.There will be additional tours in March and May next year.last_img read more

Manuel Neuer confident over form despite critics

first_imgBayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer has no concerns over his form this season, despite the criticismThe 32-year-old missed the majority of last season with a broken foot and struggled to regain his best form at the World Cup.Neuer struggles from Russia have continued at Bayern this season with the captain only managing to keep two clean sheets in 11 Bundesliga games.14 goals have been conceded in the process with Bayern only fifth in the league table and seven points adrift of leaders Borussia Dortmund.But Neuer remains unconcerned after last Saturday’s 3-2 Der Klassiker defeat to Dortmund.“I’m in good shape; I had a good match against Dortmund. I’m confident,” Neuer told reporters on the DFB website.rb leipzig, bayern munichReport: Bayern are held by Leipzig George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Bayern Munich was held to another draw, this time by RB Leipzig.Bayern Munich finds themselves in the unfamiliar position of sitting third in the…Joachim Low’s side will face Russia in a friendly on Thursday before facing the Netherlands on Monday in a must-win UEFA Nations League game.“We want to bring a rather negative year to an end,” added Neuer.“We want to win both games. We are optimistic that we can put in two good performances.”Meanwhile, Dortmund captain Marco Reus sat out of Tuesday’s training session for Germany with a bruised foot.Julian Draxler will not feature against Russia after Low allowed him to leave the team camp on a compassionate basis.last_img read more

The life of Mr Bongo Jack Costanzo

first_img Posted: October 1, 2018 Dave Scott Categories: Dave’s World Of Wonder, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter October 1, 2018 RELATED: Dave’s World of Wonder- Legacy of Jack Costanzo KUSI’s Dave Scott was live from the Music Box in Little Italy Monday afternoon. The life of “Mr. Bongo,” Jack Costanzo Dave Scott, 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Today, San Diego celebrates the life of a great musician, Jack “Mr. Bongo” Costanzo.Costanzo was greatly known for introducing the bongos to American jazz music.He sadly passed away in August, but today his loved ones celebrate his life.last_img read more

Huawei P30 Pro quad rear camera and screen specs leaked

first_img How To • Huawei P30 phone announcement: How to watch, what to expect Phones Huawei P20 takes terrific low-light photos Huawei P20 Pro shows off its three cameras with four new standout colors 2 Review • Huawei P30 review: The P30 Pro’s fantastic photos for less 8 Photos Comments News • Huawei P30 Pro in a gorgeous orange finish leaks Now playing: Watch this: See itcenter_img Huawei P30 Last year’s Huawei P20 Pro reportedly had a smaller screen with more resolution than the upcoming P30 Pro. Andrew Hoyle/CNET Over the past weeks, the Huawei P30 Pro has had a number of details leak about its cameras, notch and colors. Most of those leaks have come from the German site WinFuture. Yesterday, the site revealed more purported specs of the Huawei P30 and P30 Pro.Rumors have popped up for awhile that the P30 Pro would have four rear cameras. There is a 40-megapixel rear camera — the same as last year’s P20 Pro. The main camera will have an aperture of f/1.6 which will let in a lot of light. The only phones with a wider aperture camera are the Galaxy S10 series, Note 9 and S9 series which have a main camera with an f/1.5 aperture. Of course, Samsung uses a dual mechanical aperture to switch between wide and narrow whereas Huawei’s cameras have a fixed aperture.A new 20-megapixel camera with an f/2.2 wide-angle lens will also be one of the four on the back. LG has offered a wide angle lens on its cameras for years. Recently, Samsung added an ultra-wide-angle lens to the new Galaxy S10, S10E and S10 Plus.Interestingly enough the P30 Pro will have a 6.47-inch display which is a tad larger the 6.39-inch screen on the P20 Pro. However, bigger is not always better. The P30 Pro screen will have a resolution of 2,340×1080 pixels, which is less than that on the P20 Pro.Huawei is expected to announce the P30 and P30 Pro at its event in Paris on March 26. We’ll have to wait until then to find out what rumors are true and which ones are not. Huawei had no additional comment.Originally published March 15 at 3:07 p.m. PT.Update, March 16: Adds response from Huawei 2:56 Share your voice $534 Mentioned Above Huawei P30 (128GB, black) Tags CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Huawei Samsunglast_img read more

Amazon Alexa keeps your data with no expiration date and shares it

first_img 4 Now playing: Watch this: In a letter to Sen. Chris Coons, Amazon explains who can hold onto records of your conversations with Alexa. Chris Monroe/CNET If you have hangups about Amazon and privacy on its smart assistant, Alexa, you’re not alone. Even after Amazon sent answers to a US senator who had questions about how the tech giant retains voice data and transcripts, the lawmaker remains concerned about Alexa’s privacy practices. Sen. Chris Coons, a Democrat from Delaware, sent a letter to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos in May, demanding answers on Alexa and how long it kept voice recordings and transcripts, as well as what the data gets used for. The letter came after CNET’s report that Amazon kept transcripts of interactions with Alexa, even after people deleted the voice recordings.  The deadline for answers was June 30, and Amazon’s vice president of public policy, Brian Huseman, sent a response on June 28. In the letter, Huseman tells Coons that Amazon keeps transcripts and voice recordings indefinitely, and only removes them if they’re manually deleted by users. Huseman also noted that Amazon had an “ongoing effort to ensure those transcripts do not remain in any of Alexa’s other storage systems.” But there are still records from some conversations with Alexa that Amazon won’t delete, even if people remove the audio, the letter revealed. All of Amazon’s Alexa smart speakers Privacy concerns aren’t just limited to voice assistants, not with smart technology finding its way into more household items like doorbells and locks. And tech companies aren’t always up front about what kind of data they collect or how much control you have over it.  “The American people deserve to understand how their personal data is being used by tech companies, and I will continue to work with both consumers and companies to identify how to best protect Americans’ personal information,” Coons said in a statement. When reached for comment, Amazon referred to the letter for details. In the letter to Coons, Amazon noted that for Alexa requests that involve a transaction, like ordering a pizza or hailing a rideshare, Amazon and the skill’s developers can keep a record of that transaction. That means that there’s a record of nearly every purchase you make on Amazon’s Alexa, which can be considered personal information.  Other requests, including setting reminders and alarms, would also remain saved, Huseman noted, saying that this was a feature customers wanted. “Customers would not want or expect deletion of the voice recording to delete the underlying data or prevent Alexa from performing the requested task,” Huseman said in his letter. Amazon Smart Home Security Politics Tagscenter_img Share your voice Here’s what Amazon revealed about Alexa privacy to a… Comments 1:56 15 Photos That feature raised concerns among privacy advocacy groups, which discovered that Alexa’s “Remember” feature didn’t delete information stored unless people called Amazon’s customer service to delete the entire profile. Amazon said it’s since fixed the issue and called it a bug.   The answers didn’t exactly inspire confidence in Amazon for Coons. “Amazon’s response leaves open the possibility that transcripts of user voice interactions with Alexa are not deleted from all of Amazon’s servers, even after a user has deleted a recording of his or her voice,” the lawmaker said in a statement. “What’s more, the extent to which this data is shared with third parties, and how those third parties use and control that information, is still unclear.”  Amazon said it uses the transcripts for training its voice assistant, and also so customers can know what Alexa thought it heard for voice commands. Those transcripts aren’t anonymized —  Amazon explained that they’re associated with every user’s account. You can read the letter here:  Originally published at 12:54 p.m. PT.  Updated at 2:20 p.m. PT: Adds that Amazon fixed an issue with data retention on the Echo Dot Kids Edition. last_img read more

Civil Rights Groups Fight to Retain Voting Rights

first_imgFewer than 30 days before Election Day, civil rights groups are ramping up efforts to educate and protect voters’ rights amid a more challenging legal landscape.“[We] are doing everything we can to prepare voters for the first elections since the Supreme Court impaired the Voting Rights Act last year in the infamous Shelby v. Holder case,” said Barbara Arnwine, president and executive director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, in a press call Oct. 7. “New threats to voting rights must be met with fresh and hard-hitting responses. [And], the Lawyers’ Committee and its non-partisan Election Protection partners offer new resources to empower voters before, on and after Election Day.”This app for smartphones can be purchased from iTunes and Google Play.According to Arturo Vargas, executive director of the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) Educational Fund, 7.8 million Latinos are expected to vote this year, an 18 percent increase from 2010. But voter confusion can contract turnout.Research shows that “the lack of reliable and accessible information on the voting process is one of the greatest barriers to Latino electoral participation,” Vargas said.And voter confusion among all demographic groups has increased since the Shelby decision, given the number of states that have passed new voting laws that restrict access to the ballot box and the legal challenges to those laws.“Some people might think erroneously that election protection is a stale issue…that everyone has equal access to the ballot now that the days of poll taxes…are over. We disagree. States like Wisconsin, Ohio, North Carolina and Texas have enacted stringent voter law changes just in the months and weeks before Nov. 4,” Arnwine said.Ohio and North Carolina, for example, have cut early voting by seven days. Any day now, a federal District court in Texas will rule on whether to uphold that state’s voter ID law, the most restrictive in the nation. And, just this week, a federal appeals court on Oct. 6 upheld Wisconsin’s voter ID law, but recent polling shows a significant percentage of Wisconsin voters are unsure whether photo ID is required for voting.“Just from that poll alone we see that numerous eligible Wisconsin voters might become disenfranchised if they aren’t given the right information to protect their right to vote. That’s why our voter empowerment tools are constantly evolving and are so necessary,” Arnwine said.Earlier this year, the Election Protection coalition—which comprises groups representing minority and other vulnerable communities—released voter education toolkits for the faith and civic organizations to distribute to their memberships.The group also newly launched the “I Pledge” campaign, an interactive way of spreading election protection information via social media. Supporters can download the “I pledge” poster, take a picture or video and post to Instagram or Vine with the election protection hashtag to drive people to the www.866OURVOTE.org website, which offers information on recent changes to election laws and other key information.On Oct. 7, the group also introduced a bilingual smartphone app, which allows voters to confirm their registration status, fill out a voter registration form, find their polling place, verify the kind of voting machine they will use, access FAQs (frequently asked questions) and key voting information like the state’s voter ID requirement and e-mail or call Election Protection to report problems or ask questions.Election Protection has also reactivated its 1-866-OUR-VOTE hotline, which is manned by trained volunteers, who are ready to help voters from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. EST, Monday through Friday.And, Arnwine said, beginning on Oct. 18, evening and weekend hours will be added to accommodate an anticipated increase in call volume.Already, this week, the hotline has received numerous calls from voters in Georgia—whose voter registration deadline was Oct. 6—whose registrations were among the 50,000 apparently being held in abeyance.This is extremely problematic to us,” Arnwine said. “We are taking every step necessary to look into the situation to rectify it.”last_img read more

3D nanotube assembly technique for nanoscale electronics

first_img From 2-D to 1-D: atomically quasi ‘1-D’ wires using a carbon nanotube template (PhysOrg.com) — For the past several years, researchers have been trying to take advantage of carbon nanotubes’ good electrical properties for future nanoscale electronics applications. One of the biggest challenges in this area is finding ways to arrange and assemble the nanotubes into 3D configurations for carrying current in nanoscale devices. Most recently, a team of physicists and engineers from the Electronic Materials Research Institute at Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts, has demonstrated a technique for assembling nanotubes using an applied electric field. Using this method, the researchers could assemble single-walled carbon nanotubes into 3D structures by coaxing the nanotubes into deep nanoholes in a porous alumina template. An average of one nanotube per hole was vertically assembled, and, by sweeping the 0.32cm2 area, more than one million holes were filled with nanotubes.“The greatest significance of this technique is that it provides the potential to manufacture, at a high rate and on a large scale, three-dimensional single-wall carbon nanotube electrical interconnects, without the need for high-temperature synthesis,” Srinivas Sridhar, Director of the Electronic Materials Research Institute, told PhysOrg.com.To achieve this nanotube assembly, the researchers attached a positive electrode to the bottom of a silicon template, which the aluminum template went on top of. Then they manually swept a negative electrode over assembly sites, pushing negatively charged nanotubes into the holes in the aluminum template. This process of using an electric field to move charged objects is called electrophoresis. Similarly, a process called dielectrophoresis, in which a non-uniform electric field moves charged or uncharged objects, also assisted in orienting the nanotubes toward the holes.After assembling the nanotubes, the researchers sputtered a 15-nm-thick gold layer on top of the alumina template, touching the tops of the nanotubes. This layer completed an electrical connection between all the nanotubes reaching the surface of the template, with electric current traveling through the nanotubes between the gold and silicon layers. On control samples without nanotubes, no current was observed between the two layers, confirming that the nanotubes had carried the current.By not requiring high temperatures, and providing the ability to cover centimeter-scale areas in a short time, the new assembly technique has useful advantages over other nanotube assembly techniques. The method could also integrate well into existing silicon platforms, which could be used in microelectronics, field emission displays, electronic memory devices and solar cells.“The next step in nanoscale electronics is to integrate the 3D carbon nanotubes architectures with current CMOS technology and create hybrid systems,” Sridhar said. “The holy grail of nanoscale electronics is to completely replace CMOS technology by monolithic carbon nanotubes devices.“Scaling down the nominal feature size makes more space available on a chip to hold more transistors and other types of devices,” he added. “Shrinking process geometries means better performance and lower costs.”More information: Electronic Materials Research InstituteCitation: Gultepe, Evin; Nagesha, Dattatri; Casse, Bernard Didier Frederic; Selvarasah, Selvapraba; Busnaina, Ahmed; and Sridhar, Srinivas. “Large scale 3D vertical assembly of single-wall carbon nanotubes at ambient temperatures.” Nanotechnology 19 (2008) 455309 (5pp). Contact: s.sridhar(at)neu.eduCopyright 2008 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com. Explore further Citation: 3D nanotube assembly technique for nanoscale electronics (2008, October 22) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2008-10-3d-nanotube-technique-nanoscale-electronics.html A cross-sectional view of the assembled carbon nanotubes and gold top layer in yellow (false color), taken by a scanning electron microscope. Image credit : Evin Gultepe, et al. 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.last_img read more

ITARTASS claims Russian cosmonauts have found sea plankton on outside of International

first_img © 2014 Phys.org Finding sea plankton on the outside of the ISS would be remarkable, as the outside of the station is of course exposed to space—a hostile environment, to say the least. NASA officials reported that they were aware that Russian cosmonauts were conducting experiments on the exterior of the space station (primarily on windows known as illuminators), but were unaware of what they entailed. They note that cosmonauts have conducted such experiments as recently as this past week. The same officials report that they have not heard the results of any findings regarding the experiments from the Russian scientists directly, and thus, cannot comment on what the Russians are claiming. One scientist with NASA, Lynn Rothschild, suggested that if the claims turn out to be true, the plankton likely made its way to the ISS aboard a space station module.Reports of the sea plankton findings have come, ITAR-TASS reports, from Vladimir Solovyev, chief of the Russian ISS orbital mission—he’s also reporting that the type of plankton found is not native to the parts of Russia where spacecraft are launched—he theorizes that air currents could have pushed the plankton to the station (plankton is known to make its way into the atmosphere). The findings, he continues, confirm that organisms can live on the outer surface of the space station, something Russian scientists have apparently been studying for over a year—though he didn’t actually come right out and say that the specimens found were still alive. He also reports that the outside of the space station is covered with material from spacecraft engines that is emitted as they come and go. Of concern are the illuminators, which now need to be polished. Explore further The International Space Station is featured in this image photographed by an STS-132 crew member on board the Space Shuttle Atlantis after the station and shuttle began their post-undocking relative separation. Credit: NASA/Crew of STS-132 The Russian news agency ITAR-TASS is claiming that Russian officials have confirmed that Russian cosmonauts have found sea plankton on the outside of the International Space Station. The news agency reports that the cosmonauts have also found traces of other organisms on the outside of the station as well. To date, no other news group has been able to confirm the report and thus far it appears no other agency, including NASA has been able to confirm the claims made by the Russians.center_img Russian cargo craft docks with ISS, science satellite fails Citation: ITAR-TASS claims Russian cosmonauts have found sea plankton on outside of International Space Station (2014, August 21) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2014-08-itar-tass-russian-cosmonauts-sea-plankton.html 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.last_img read more

Lobbying in Capitals corridors

first_imgAs per recent surveys, Delhi is among the biggest five cities of the world. The ancient city of Delhi has been transformed from a sleepy government town to a megacity in under three decades. This has completely changed the ethos of the city. Once a town dominated by courteous government officials and small-scale businessmen, Delhi today has changed into a power centre.Once a city becomes a megacity, its residents must adapt themselves in order to survive. Every megacity has its own rules. A resident must know how to abide by these rules. These places are melting pots for regional or global immigrants. Hence ambitions rule supreme. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Hail the rise of the ‘lobbyist’. In Delhi, your connections really count. Whether it is securing a government contract or getting a loan sanctioned, it is imperative to get an influential lobbyist.The original word for these people is ‘broker’. However in recent times this word has been relegated to petty people who stand outside courts or government offices. The term ‘lobbyist’ now refers to those with direct connections to the high and mighty.    Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixAs they are in direct communication with the people who matter, your appointment will be fixed instantly. The lobbyist will ensure that no odd questions are asked. In Delhi, there are many types of lobbyists. There are political lobbyists, corporate lobbyists, export lobbyists etc. You meet them in high-profile marriages of politicians or industrialists, at embassy parties, corporate dos or at a chamber of commerce.The usual fashion statement for a political lobbyist is a stark white churidar kurta worn with a black high collar sleeveless jacket, with matching footwear. They may be wearing an expensive watch that will be the cost of a sedan. They will carry three to five expensive phones. Their car however may cost less than their watch, to avoid attention. Most corporate or export lobbyists may opt for Westernwear. They may be extremely pleasant, in well-cut business suits, driving expensive cars to choice social soirees…but they are much harder to spot.last_img read more

Sept exports fall 2433 in 10th straight monthly dip

first_imgContracting for the 10th month in a row, India’s merchandise exports dipped 24.33 per cent in September to $21.84 billion, mainly due to steep fall in shipments of petroleum products, iron ore, and engineering goods amid tepid global demand.The imports too shrank 25.42 per cent to $32.32 billion in September on yearly basis, thus narrowing the trade gap to $10.47 billion from $14.47 billion recorded in the same month of 2014. Exports in September 2014 were valued at $28.86 billion. The cumulative exports during the first half of 2015-16 have been valued at $132.93 billion versus $161.39 billion in the same period of last year. Exports were down 17.36 per cent yera-on-year in the first half of 2015-16. Also Read – Punjab & Sind Bank cuts MCLR by up to 20 basis pointsAs per the data released by the Commerce Ministry, the trade gap or trade deficit during April-September 2015-16 has narrowed to $67.99 billion as against $72.69 billion in the same period last fiscal. The data further showed that oil imports during September were valued at $6.62 billion, down 54.53 per cent year-on – year. Oil imports during April-September stood at $48.128 billion which were 41.58 per cent lower than that of $82.378 billion in the corresponding period last year.  On export front, shipments of petroleum products shrank 60.35 per cent to $2.44 billion while that of iron ore declined by 40.37 per cent to 9.47 million. A sharp decline in exports of engineering products was also witnessed in September. The shipments declined by 22.81 per cent to $5 billion from $6.5 billion in the year ago period.  Also Read – ‘The great gold bull market has begun’The decline in exports in September is the steepest since March 2015 when the shipments shrunk by 21.06 per cent. Expressing disappointment over the September numbers, Federation of Indian Export Organisations (FIEO) President S C Ralhan said the decline of 17.6 per cent in first six months of the fiscal will put enormous pressure even in realising the export figure which India achieved in 2014-15. “As against seven sectors which were in positive out of 30 for which disaggregated data is available for August, the number of sectors has further compressed to six only for the month of September,” he said.Ralhan however, expressed the hope that export numbers in coming months would be better following cut in interest rate by the RBI and encouraging IIP and manufacturing data of August. The data showed that non-oil imports during September were estimated at $25.697 billion which were 10.68 per cent lower than $28.76 billion in the same month of 2014.last_img read more

Off like a shot

first_imgRelated posts:Are you ready for some fútbol? Osa acrobatics When you shop in Costa Rica, take a friend Recreating the last moments of a Costa Rican president Facebook Comments Left to right, the Netherlands’ Eefje Boons, Costa Rica’s Andrea Vargas,   Greece’s Elisavet Pesiridou, Austria’s Stephanie Bendrat, Italy’s Veronica Borsi, Finland’s Nooralotta Neziri and the United States’ Sharika Nelvis, compete in the women’s 60 m hurdles round 1 event at the 2018 IAAF World Indoor Athletics Championships at the Arena in Birmingham, England, on March 2, 2018.Would you like to submit a photo to our #TTPicOfTheDay series – the view from your home or favorite Costa Rican spot, or any other image you care to share? Please send horizontal photos at least 1100 pixels wide to kstanley@ticotimes.net. We’d love to see the sights with you.center_img Three’s companylast_img read more

Great deals on packages to the South Africa Wor

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