Criminal involved in over 65 cases arrested

first_imgNEW DELHI: Delhi Police’s special cell arrested a 31-year-old man involved in over 65 criminal cases including an attempt to murder, robbery and intimidation. Dhananjay alias Barood, from Phulwaria village in Muzaffarpur in Bihar, is associated with the notorious Shakeel-Satte gang based in Delhi’s trans-Yamuna area for the last seven years.During interrogation, he told the police that he shifted to Delhi’s Nand Nagri area 15 years ago. Police had also announced a reward of Rs 50,000 for any information that could lead to his arrest in three cases of robbery in Delhi’s Laxmi Nagar, Shakarpur and Badarpur areas. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder”On August 13, police received specific inputs that Dhananjay would come near Shriram Dharamkanta in Lal Kuan area of Ghaziabad between 8-9 pm to meet one of his contacts. Acting on the inputs, a trap was laid and Dhananjay was arrested,” DCP Special Cell, Pramod Singh Kushwaha said. Dhananjay entered crime about 13 years ago with small thefts and small robberies in Delhi. “The accused revealed that he is involved in more than 65 criminal cases including two cases of attempt to murder, 30 cases of dacoity and robbery, 12 cases of snatching, five cases of theft, five cases under arms act and various other cases of assault and intimidation across the national capital,” said Kushwaha. “Dhananjay was earlier arrested along with Shakeel in 2014. Shakeel was again arrested two months ago,” the police officer said.last_img read more

94yearold woman dies in suspicious blaze at seniors residence near Montreal

first_imgTERREBONNE, Que. – A neighbour who rushed to the scene of a deadly fire in a Quebec seniors’ residence on Sunday said he could hear trapped residents calling out before he turned the corner and saw the building in flames.“There were police officers running, firefighters too, the house was in flames,” Terrebonne resident Nicolas Martel said in a phone interview.“There were two balconies and there was one person on each balcony who were trapped and who couldn’t get out through their doorways because of the fire.”Martel said the rescue went quickly as police and firefighters ran in and out of the Oasis seniors’ residence, carrying some residents and using ladders to reach those who were trapped on balconies.A 94-year-old woman died after being taken to hospital in serious condition.Police say the fire, which broke out around 1:30 a.m. at the facility northeast of Montreal, could be criminal in nature.Quebec’s minister responsible for seniors said the residence was in the process of installing a sprinkler system but could not say whether it had been activated during the fire.“We were a few days from doing the first water tests at the level of the residence,” Francine Charbonneau told The Canadian Press in a phone interview.Forty-three people were rescued from the home, and twelve were hospitalized for smoke inhalation.Two people remained in hospital on Sunday afternoon with injuries that were not considered life-threatening, according to a spokesman for the regional health centre.The surviving victims will be transferred to other residences or long-term care facilities in the area.The issue of sprinklers has previously come up in the province following another deadly seniors’ home fire in 2014.A coroners’ report into the fire recommended that all certified seniors’ homes in the province should be equipped with automatic sprinkler systems after 32 died in the blaze in L’Isle Verte.On Sunday in Terrebonne, Martel said most residents remained calm despite the flames shooting into the night sky behind them and the sparks flying from nearby electrical wires.“They knew the firefighters were there, (so) they were agitated but they knew they weren’t about to die,” he said.He said part of the building later collapsed, although the facade was relatively untouched.Police said preliminary information provided by firefighters suggests the fire may have been deliberately set.An investigation is underway to determine the exact causes of the blaze.According to information on the residence that is listed on a Quebec government website, the residence had smoke detectors and alarms but no sprinkler system when the information was last updated in April, 2016.At that time, all but five of the home’s 32 residents were aged 75 and over.About 70 firefighters fought the blaze, which appeared to be under control by around 6 a.m.— By Morgan Lowrie and Vicky Fragasso-Marquis in Montreallast_img read more

Kenney meets caucus says election win already rippling through Alberta economy

first_imgEDMONTON, A.B. – Alberta’s incoming premier, Jason Kenney, met with his caucus Friday and told members that their United Conservative election win is already starting to ripple through the economy.“All week long, I’ve been receiving calls from CEOs from major corporations across Canada and around the world who want to invest in Alberta now,” Kenney said in a speech Friday bookended by standing ovations at Edmonton’s Federal Building.“People are making real, tangible life decisions _ buying new houses, investing, unfreezing business decisions _ because of the decision that Albertans made on election day.” She noted that before gaining power in 2015, the NDP caucus had just four members in the house.“I know without question that this much larger group is going to be a historic force in this legislature,” she said. “And we are going to be the strongest Opposition that this province has ever seen.”Kenney takes the rudder of a fragile economy, with unemployment rates in Calgary and Edmonton above seven per cent, due to a multi-year slump in oil prices.Kenney won on a promise to slash taxes, cut red tape and reduce minimum wage for youth to embolden entrepreneurs and create jobs. Kenney and his cabinet will be sworn in Tuesday.His United Conservatives won 63 seats and 55 per cent of the vote in last week’s election, defeating Premier Rachel Notley’s NDP.The NDP took the remaining 24 seats _ all but four of them in and around Edmonton. The party will become the official Opposition when the legislature resumes sitting in the third week of May.Notley met with her caucus members later Friday in their first get together since the election loss.Notley worked her way around the room, hugging and chatting with her MLAs _ many of them soon-to-be former cabinet ministers _ before making a speech and taking questions from reporters.“Obviously, no one likes losing and I wish that we had not,” Notley said. “But we also know, and I think all of us know, that it’s really about how you move forward that matters. And every one of us here is looking forward.”center_img He also promised to take on all foes of Alberta’s oil and gas sector, with an energy war room to counter misleading stories on the industry.There will also be lawsuits against the federal carbon tax and on Bill C-69, which is proposed federal legislation to revamp energy project approvals. Kenney has called the bill an unconstitutional encroachment on provincial jurisdiction.He has also promised to immediately proclaim Bill 12, which was passed by the legislature under Notley, but never formally made into law. The bill allows Alberta to reduce oil and gas shipments to British Columbia as leverage against the province’s opposition to the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project.B.C. has already challenged Bill 12 in court, but saw its case tossed out because _ given the bill hadn’t been proclaimed _ there was no law to challenge.Notley said Kenny, by proclaiming Bill 12, gains no strategic advantage by reopening that debate.“The proclamation of Bill 12 next week is simply political posturing and bluster,” she said. “It amounts to blowing up your biggest weapon on the launch pad ,and Albertans deserve better.”The Trans Mountain project would double the existing line from Alberta to Burnaby, B.C. It would allow Alberta to ship more oil at a better price, but has become a symbol of the debate over growing the national economy versus pursuing a greener energy future.Ottawa approved the project in late 2016, but it has since been stymied by legal challenges and a Federal Court decision last year mandating more consultations.last_img read more

Gnanasara Thero found guilty and sentenced to jail

The General Secretary of the Bodu Bala Sena (BBS), the Venerable Galagoda Atte Gnanasara Thero, was today sentenced to 19 years of rigorous imprisonment, to be completed within 6 years, after being found guilty in a contempt of court case.The Attorney General’s Department had filed the case against the controversial monk. The Appeal Court delivered the verdict on the monk who had earlier been sentenced to six months in jail for threatening Sandya Ekneligoda, the wife of missing journalist Prageeth Eknaligoda within the Homagama court premises.Lawyers have appealed against the ruling. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Protesters riot police scuffle during ban on demonstrations for German president visit

by The Associated Press Posted Mar 6, 2014 3:37 am MDT Protesters, riot police scuffle during ban on demonstrations for German president visit Protesters affiliated to the Communist Party shout slogans as riot policemen block them during a demonstration against austerity measures in Athens, on Thursday March 6, 2014. Riot police have used tear gas and pepper spray during scuffles with union members protesting austerity measures, during a ban on demonstrations in parts of central Athens due to a visit by German President Joachim Gauck. Scuffles broke out when a group of several dozen demonstrators attempted to break through a police cordon on a major avenue in an effort to march to the Finance Ministry. (AP Photo/Kostas Tsironis) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email ATHENS, Greece – Greek riot police used tear gas, pepper spray and batons in scuffles Thursday with anti-austerity protesters who took to the streets despite a partial ban on demonstrations in the capital during a visit by German President Joachim Gauck.The scuffles in central Athens broke out when a group of several dozen demonstrators attempted to break through a police cordon set up on a major avenue as they headed toward the Finance Ministry.The demonstrations by hundreds of union members were about job cuts and the government’s ongoing austerity measures, and were unrelated to Gauck’s visit. The German president met with his Greek counterpart earlier Thursday, a day ahead of a visit to the site of a World War II Nazi massacre in northwestern Greece.Citing security concerns, authorities banned all demonstrations from 8 a.m. to 7p.m. local time in parts of central Athens. Several austerity-related protests, however, had already been scheduled.Greece has been hammered by a vicious financial crisis since late 2009 that has developed into an economic depression. The country’s economy has shrunk by around a quarter while unemployment has soared. Seasonally adjusted figures released by the statistics authority Thursday showed the jobless rate dipped marginally in December 2013 to 27.5 per cent from 27.6 per cent the previous month.Since May 2010, Greece has been dependent on billions of euros in rescue loans from the other European Union countries that use the euro, and from the International Monetary Fund. In return, successive Greek governments have had to slash spending, increase taxes and enact wide-ranging economic reforms.Germany is the largest single contributor to Greece’s bailout, and one of the strongest proponents of the austerity agenda. Germany’s stance has often been criticized in Greece has overly harsh, and has led to increasing resentment.Gauck’s three-day visit, which will include laying a wreath at the site of the World War II massacre in the village of Ligiades and a meeting with the Jewish community in the nearby town of Ioannina, has been seen as an attempt to dampen down on anti-German sentiment. read more

Review Matias Laptop Pro Bluetooth mechanical keyboard for Mac

first_imgAt the same time that so many people tell themselves typing on a touchscreen isn’t too bad, another set of users is shifting back to mechanical keyboards. Logitech, Razer, and a number of other companies are making aggressive moves with mechanicals, while long-time manufacturers are strengthening their lineups. One such company is Matias, who has long been known for their mechanical keyboards, especially those built for use on Apple’s computers.The latest from Matias is the Laptop Pro Bluetooth keyboard. This is the rare keyboard that is both wireless and mechanical, taking advantage of Bluetooth and Matia’s “Quiet Click”  switches. This is, for some small section of buyers, a killer combination as there are relatively few wireless mechanical keyboards (OK, very few — I can’t think of any aside from the XArmor U9W).The downside of the niche nature of Laptop Pro Bluetooth for Mac is that it keyboard sells for $170. If you can live without the Bluetooth and you don’t need a Mac layout, then Matias’ Mini Quiet Pro sells for a more palatable $130.There is a lot to like about the Matias. First off, the Quiet Click mechanical switches are very pleasant to type on, all while being quiet enough to use in an office setting. The Bluetooth connection worked perfectly, even when being utilized from 25 (or so) feet away, and it had no problem pairing with my MacBook Pro. The rechargeable 1600mAh battery is good for 6-12 months of life and is powered using USB, which is never hard to find. And the keyboard has two USB ports, so you can share that USB connection when it’s plugged in.On the downside, they Laptop Pro isn’t that portable — at over two pounds and about 13 x 6.5 x 1.4 inches it’s not something that you’re going to take back and forth to work or that you’ll carry around with your iPad (unless you are a serious keyboard geek). Also, while $170 is far from unheard of for a mechanical keyboard, you can get a model that uses Cherry’s switches for less (this wired Leopold keyboard is $99). The Matias a well-built device with a nice layout that should outlast your next four computers, but it’s still not cheap.While typing on the Laptop Pro I had very few complaints about its performance. The Cherry Browns are my switch of choice these days, but I was instantly at home using Matias’ “Alps-inspired” switches. After a few minutes of adjustment, I was typing away like a champ, and really enjoying the combination of mechanical switches and OS X.From design standpoint, I was less impressed. I understand that if you want a good typing experience you need a stiff keyboard with no flex, sufficient height for the key travel and the physical size of the switch, and enough width to encompass a standard layout. This means that the keyboard inherently can’t be too light, thin, or small. Even so, I would have liked to see this laptop keyboard trimmed down so it was a bit less bulky. I would have taken a 3-month battery life and dropped the extra USB ports if it could have meant a few ounces shaved off. Also, the characters printed on the switches makes for a very busy look, with multiple alternate functions on almost every key. Finally, the glossy silver kind of fits in with the MacBook Pro, but I’d have rather seen a nice matte silver or black.Overall, the Matias Laptop Pro Bluetooth keyboard for Mac is a product that’s hard to complain about. I enjoyed typing on it, Matias’ keyboards are know for their quality and longevity, the mechanical switches are a proven, popular choice, and it’s great to see a wireless mechanical keyboard. If $170 is the price of admission, I could see more than a few people spending the money and picking up an input device that will last them for multiple years of typing.last_img read more

Taoiseach It is not going to be a case of everything being

first_img Mar 16th 2019, 3:26 PM Image: PA Wire/PA Images Saturday 16 Mar 2019, 7:00 PM Share90 Tweet Email Image: PA Wire/PA Images By Christina Finn Taoiseach: ‘It is not going to be a case of everything being alright. Brexit is bad news’ The DUP is set to resume discussions with the British government on Monday ahead of an expected third Westminster vote.center_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article As the clock ticks down, get all the best Brexit news and analysis in your inbox: Updated Mar 16th 2019, 7:00 PM Christina Finn reporting from ChicagoTAOISEACH LEO VARADKAR has said the Irish government will press on with a suite of support measures for businesses and farmers as Brexit day edges close. Speaking to reporters in Chicago, where he was marching in the St Patrick’s Day parade alongside MMA fighter Conor McGregor, the Taoiseach said he had a busy week ahead. President of the European Council Donald Tusk is going to be in Dublin for talks with the Taoiseach on Tuesday.Varadkar said the weekly Cabinet meeting will be held on Wednesday.“On Wednesday at the Cabinet meeting, we will be in a position to sign off on a package of support for business, for farmers, for the agri-food sector, for exporters, for anyone who may be adversely affected by a no-deal Brexit. We are hoping the deal will be ratified“Obviously we are hoping that the deal will be ratified by the House of Commons before then but if its not we are ready. We have already passed the legislation to provide for a no-deal Brexit,” he said. The Taoiseach reiterated that the government is ready to deal with whatever may happen, but added that it won’t just be business as usual after Brexit. “We’ve protected the common travel area and this package will be there to supports incomes, to support jobs. It is not going to be a case of everything being alright. Brexit is bad news and a no-deal Brexit would be very bad news.“But the package of supports that we will put in place for hundreds of millions of euros and will support and protect incomes and jobs in those most exposed sectors, particularly in the agri-food sector and will also help other businesses and other exporters to be orientated away from the UK markets to other markets. And the country is in a good space to deal with this if we have to,” said Varadkar. DUP and the dealA question mark now hangs over the DUP and what they are minded to do next week.Varadkar has said he believes the DUP do not want Britain to crash out of the EU.“I had a chance actually to meet with Arlene Foster yesterday in Washington DC so I got to hear her perspective and she heard mine,” he said.Varadkar and Foster both attended the Ireland Funds dinner on Wednesday evening in Washington. While Foster was seated on the table next to Varadkar, she was seen moving tables at the end of the evening and sitting next to the Taoiseach.She was also present for the St Patrick’s Day celebrations at the White House, as well as the Speakers lunch on Capitol Hill.“I certainly have the sense that the DUP would like the UK to leave the European Union with a deal, that they don’t want no deal either so at the moment they’re in discussions with the British government about how they might approach the next vote but they’re discussions that I’m not party to,” said Varadkar.The DUP is set to resume discussions with the British government on Monday ahead of an expected third Westminster vote on Theresa May’s Brexit deal next week.It is understood that a team led by deputy leader Nigel Dodds yesterday met a range of high-ranking Tories about the withdrawal agreement, with the discussions described as “constructive”.Varadkar has said that Ireland has always been open to an extension of Article 50, which push out the date for Brexit, but he told the media in Washington this week that an extension would have to have a “purpose”. Tánaiste Simon Coveney told France 24 news channel that he also does not want to see “rolling” deadlines for Brexit.He added that the Irish government “won’t be an obstacle” to an extension to the Brexit process, which Theresa May is expected to request next week at a meeting of EU leaders.  46 Comments 23,342 Views Short URLlast_img read more

Unaccompanied learners Over 1600 cars impounded since December last year

first_img Share122 Tweet Email6 Image: Eamonn Farrell/ Monday 26 Aug 2019, 3:52 PM Short URL By Dominic McGrath 28,509 Views 107 Comments OVER 1,600 CARS have been impounded by Gardaí from unaccompanied learner drivers since December 2018. New legislation introduced last December means that a vehicle driven by an unaccompanied learner driver can be detained by Gardaí and face charges to recover it. Figures released today by the Road Safety Authority (RSA) and the Gardaí reveal that the number of people detected without ‘L’ plates so far in 2019 is 2,311. “Learner permit holders need to get the message that the learner permit is not a full licence and that they must be accompanied while driving by a fully qualified driver,” Chief Superintendent of the Garda National Roads Policing Bureau, Paul Cleary, said in a statement. The RSA has launched a new campaign to encourage those still in possession of learner permits to sit a driving test. The figures show that there are 41,316 people on their fourth or more learner permit – while this represents an 11% drop on last year, officials are warning that it still poses a significant danger. Of those, 8,663 people are on their 10th or more learner permits. “The practice of people continuing to drive on learner permits without ever taking a test is unacceptable and unnecessary in today’s circumstances, where the national average waiting time to take a test is just over six weeks,” said the head of the RSA, Moyagh Murdock.  An increase in the cost of learner permits, a decrease in the duration of a permit and a requirement to take mandatory lessons are all being considered by the RSA and the Department of Transport as ways to address the issue. “If the owner of a vehicle has knowingly allowed a learner permit holder to drive unaccompanied those owners may also face prosecution,” Cleary warned. The RSA said that the average waiting time for a driving test is now just over six weeks.According to figures released to last year by the RSA, Kilrush in Co Clare had the lowest pass rate in the country. center_img Aug 26th 2019, 3:52 PM Unaccompanied learners: Over 1,600 cars impounded since December last year The RSA and Gardaí are calling on long-term learner permit holders to take their driving test. More than 1,600 vehicles from unaccompanied learner permit holders have been impounded since December 2018. Image: Eamonn Farrell/ More than 1,600 vehicles from unaccompanied learner permit holders have been impounded since December 2018. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Virus H7N9 des mesures de surveillance contre la dissémination de la grippe

first_imgVirus H7N9 : des mesures de surveillance contre la dissémination de la grippe aviaire ?Selon certains experts, la dissémination du virus H7N9 de la grippe aviaire est à craindre. Ils demandent ainsi à ce que soient “renforcées les mesures de surveillance” de ce virus difficile à identifier.Alors que le bilan des victimes s’élève maintenant à 20 morts en Chine, le virus H7N9 suscite de plus en plus inquiétudes. Et si les autorités sanitaires se veulent rassurantes, les experts eux, demandent à renforcer les mesures de surveillance contre le micro-organisme. Un avis partagé par Vincent Martin, expert de l’ONU pour l’agriculture et l’alimentation (FAO) où il dirige le programme de prévention des crises de santé animale. Interrogé par l’AFP, ce spécialiste rappelle que les virus H5N1 et H7N9 de la grippe aviaire font leur apparition en Chine, et en Asie en général (Vietnam et Thaïlande, notamment), en raison d’une combinaison de facteurs parmi lesquels le développement rapide et massif des productions avicoles et porcines associé à de fortes densités de population rurale. En effet, les élevages en plein air sont en contacts fréquents avec les oiseaux sauvages puis sont commercialisés vivants sur des marchés où la propagation des infections est maximale. C’est pourquoi les zones d’émergence et de persistance du virus sont clairement identifiées dans les pays asiatiques comme la Chine.Mais ce spécialiste indique redouter que ne se produise une extension du virus H7N9 aux pays voisins de la Chine, où il a fait son apparition. Cela est d’autant plus à craindre que ce virus est “bassement pathogène”. Cela signifie qu’il n’entraîne aucune mortalité ou baisse de production chez les volailles domestiques ce qui le rend donc très difficile à détecter. Selon lui, le seul moyen de le contrer consiste donc à “mettre en place des mesures de surveillance actives et ciblées au niveau des marchés et des élevages : à savoir des campagnes de prélèvements testés ensuite en laboratoires”, souligne M. Martin toujours cité par l’AFP. Surveiller d’autres espèces que les volaillesÀ lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Mais ces mesures ne concernent pas que la Chine. Le spécialiste ajoute ainsi que, bien entendu, “les pays voisins doivent faire de même et renforcer leurs mesures de surveillance pour s’assurer que le virus n’est pas présent et pouvoir réagir rapidement si tel devait être le cas”. Pour ce qui est de la transmission entre humains en revanche, le problème ne se pose pas actuellement précise M. Martin. “Le virus se transmet déjà à l’homme, mais à ce stade les mammifères représentent des “cul-de-sacs épidémiologiques”, c’est-à-dire que la transmission ne va pas plus loin”, explique t-il.Néanmoins il faut, selon l’expert, continuer à surveiller d’autres espèces comme le porc et vérifier sa capacité à les infecter. D’autant que les virus influenza sont capables d’évoluer rapidement et de muter pour devenir hautement pathogènes. “Mais jusqu’à présent, la gestion de la crise en Chine a été spectaculaire, par sa réactivité et sa transparence. C’est important de le souligner”, ajoute l’expert.  Le 22 avril 2013 à 15:40 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Pomeroy Farms Pumpkin Lane delights telling stories

first_imgYACOLT — On an unseasonably warm October morning, the Hokanson family’s three children ooh-ed and aah-ed at the painted pumpkins scattered around the grounds at Pomeroy Farm.Gwen, 6, perched atop a hay bale in a trailer being dragged behind a tractor Saturday, where she called out the familiar characters these “Pumpkin people” are dressed to imitate.“It’s Charlie Brown! It’s Snow White! It’s a wedding!”Then, in awe, she yelled, “They’re telling stories! They’re actually telling stories!”The Hokansons joined dozens of other families at Pumpkin Lane at the historical north county farm Saturday, seeking a quiet but fun family activity.“It’s more low-key,” than other pumpkin patches, father Mike Hokanson said.And that’s part of the point, according to fifth-generation Pomeroy family member, Maura Todd. They’re not going for spooky or high energy at Pumpkin Lane, an annual pumpkin patch and fall festival running every weekend in October. This is a wholesome, family-friendly event in a historical setting, featuring yard games, a small hay-bale maze and the eponymous Pumpkin Lane, a mile-long hay ride featuring more than 90 pumpkins dressed as characters.“We are a lot of people’s fall tradition,” Todd said.As a nonprofit organization, Pomeroy Farm also uses this annual event as a major fundraiser, Todd said. Children from schools across the Vancouver-Portland metro area visit this working farm, meeting animals, churning their own butter and learning what it means to live off the land.last_img read more

World Soy Foundations Acre Challenge Campaign Recognizes Top Supporting States

first_imgThe World Soy Foundation (WSF), the charitable arm of the American Soybean Association (ASA), recognizes the top three supporting states of the Acre Challenge Campaign since early February. These states are helping the WSF to continue reducing malnutrition through the power of soy in the new year. The Acre Challenge, a fundraising campaign started by farmers FOR farmers, is a way they can help alleviate hunger and malnutrition around the world by donating the value of an acre of soybeans. The campaign begins Oct. 1 and runs all year. Just one acre of soybeans can make a life-changing difference. Did you know that one acre can be used to make over 43,000 servings of soymilk? That’s enough to feed over 100 children every day for an entire year!And, without further ado, the number one supporting state so far in this year’s WSF Acre Challenge is…Iowa! In the past four months, Iowa farmers have given over $10,800 in support of the WSF’s mission. Roy Bardole, an Iowa farmer and WSF supporter says:“A child starved of protein will grow up to be less than they could be. It’s my responsibility as a producer to contribute to a better tomorrow with a generation that can think and reason better. By donating the value of just an acre of soybeans, I can make a difference.”Coming in second for top Acre Challenge supporters are the farmers of Illinois, raising just over $5,400. Farmers from Illinois know their crop can be a part of the solution to global malnutrition, and have a history of strong support for the Acre Challenge Campaign.Finally, coming in a close third is North Dakota—raising nearly $5,000 so far. It is because of the support of great states like Iowa, Illinois and North Dakota that the WSF had record fundraising totals for the month of January! This support allows the Foundation to continue doing even more great work in the future to reduce malnutrition through the power of soy.The Acre Challenge isn’t finished yet, though! To continue helping the Foundation, and get your state to the top of the list, simply calculate the value of an acre of soybeans in your operation (yield multiplied by price) and give the gift of protein today!Make your donation by visiting or sending your check to: World Soy Foundation; 12125 Woodcrest Executive Drive, Suite 100; St. Louis, MO 63141.The World Soy Foundation is a 501c3 charitable organization. Your gift is tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.last_img read more

Your identity for sale online

first_imgo For an extensive look at the underground world of selling stolen credit-card numbers online, visit When doing business on a web page, perhaps to buy something, watch the page’s URL address. On the page where you would enter your personal information, the URL should change from ‘http’ to ‘https,’ meaning it’s secure, says the U.S. Postal Inspection Service.o An expert-recommended website service for jobseekers is, which helps and protects them.When it comes to identity theft, experts say many of us have no idea of the Internet Goliath we’re facing.Sure, we knew there’s an underworld of thieves out there who, hunkered over their computers, hack into ours — or those of major corporate or government data systems — and steal folks’ personal information, sometimes in big chunks.But thieves also sell those lists of our stolen credit numbers, by the thousands and millions, to other thieves on crooked members-only websites, a panel of experts said earlier this month.The online black markets, called carding sites, deal in big batches of folks’ Visa-card numbers, PIN numbers and more, Kerry Tomlinson, an investigative reporter with KATU TV News, told an audience on Nov. 4 during Scam Jam 2010, organized by the Better Business Bureau and held at Jantzen Beach Center.last_img read more

2 AL men stabbed dead in 2 districts

first_imgJubo League activist Md Masud. Photo: UNBTwo leaders and activists of ruling Bangladesh Awami League and its youth wing, Jubo League, were stabbed to death in Mymensingh and Chattogram districts on Friday night, reports news agency UNB.In Mymensingh, unidentified miscreants stabbed local AL leader Morshed Ali, 55, to death in Moazzempur village of Nandail upazila around 10:30pm.Kamrul Islam Mia, officer-in-charge of Nandail police station, said that miscreants intercepted the rickshaw on which Morshed, president of Moazzempur union Awami League, was returning home from a local market and stabbed him indiscriminately, leaving him severely injured.He succumbed to his injuries on the way to hospital, said the OC.In Chattogram, an activist of Jubo League was stabbed to death by unknown miscreants in Akbar Shah.Deceased Md Masud was a member of the city’s ward no. 9 (Pahartali) unit of Jubo League and son of Abul Bashar of Jorarganj in Mirsharai upazila.The cictim’s relatives said some party leaders and activists stabbed Masud, taking him to the party office in Railway Housing Society area around 8:30pm, leaving him critically injured.The injured was taken to Chittagong Medical College Hospital (CMCH) where physicians declared him dead, said Jahurul Islam, in-charge of CMCH police camp.last_img read more

Oakland Mills Community Association Presents Jazz Concert Series

first_imgThe Oakland Mills Community Association will present The Jazz in the Mills Concert Series Dec. 7 at the Oakland Mills Village Center located at 5851 Robert Oliver Place from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at the village center, $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Tickets can also be purchased at www.brownpapertickets,com/event/569396. For more information, contact Lavenia Nesmith at 301-596-5128 or or Sandy Cederbaum at 410-730-4610 or at read more

Goodwins Personal Stake in DCs Affordable Housing Crisis

first_imgBy Brigette White, Special to the AFROThe District is in the midst of an affordable housing crisis with the median price of a one-bedroom apartment $1,310 per month and a two-bedroom going for $1,520 according to“For many families, rent is a financial burden that adversely affects their economic well-being, which is often tenuous at best, as an unexpected drop in income could easily lead to eviction,” according to an analysis on the Bureau of Labor Statistics web site.Candidate Marcus Goodwin. (Courtesy Photo)Renters are paying more than 30 percent of their income for rent and in some cases more than 50 percent according to an analysis of rental data by Harvard’s Joint Center for Housing Studies.Eviction rates are disproportionately high in Black communities compared to other races. Many of the long standing minority residents can no longer afford to live in the city.Several candidates running for District offices say they have the solution.Among those names on the ballot this primary election is Marcus Goodwin who grew up between the District’s Wards 1 and 8 on Kenyon St NW and Martin Luther King Jr Ave SE.“Growing up in Columbia Heights we saw people coming to my mother’s door every day asking to buy our house for all cash, but below the true value of the property. It’s tempting to accept these offers which were often targeted at minority property owners. This is the reason a lot of Black homeowners have been deprived of their true equity value and the community has gentrified,” said Goodwin.Goodwin, an at-large candidate for the D.C.-council, is geared up for battle against strong incumbents Democrat Anita Bonds and independent Elissa Silverman.The 28-year-old candidate said he is ready for this race because he is accustomed to healthy competition, as he was a student athlete at St. Albans school before pursuing higher education at the University of Pennsylvania and Harvard University.“I was a football player, a wrestler and a track athlete. I played football in college,” Goodwin told the AFRO.Goodwin, an economic development professional with a background in real estate and Wall Street, said he is armed with the ability to attack the District’s housing crisis having served on the Jim Graham campaign during the summer of 2008 and  learned from former D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty, while working in the office of Deputy Mayor Valerie Santos Young before making his bid.“I understand economics, community development, and urban planning,” said Goodwin.Goodwin has already successfully improved housing developments to build apartments with more than the standard amount of affordable units in them.“I’m committed to stopping the wave of displacement that has washed over the city by providing and creating more affordable housing for property owners and renters, as well as proposing tax reform bills that will help people afford to stay in place,” said Goodwin.last_img read more

How to Plan and Shoot YouTube Videos for Business

first_img This is the second in a six-part series on how your business can get started on YouTube. In this installment, we examine how to plan and shoot your videos.To create a YouTube video for your business, you can either hire a professional production company or make your own. For most small businesses, self-production is usually the way to go.With proper planning and the right equipment, you can achieve professional results on a much smaller budget. But it requires more than simply standing in front of a video camera and pressing the record button. Here’s what you need to know to get started:1. Plan your video in advance.To produce polished videos on a shoestring budget, you must know what you’re doing before you do it. You can’t just wing it in front of the camera.For some businesses, planning means writing a full script in advance — and sticking to it when you shoot the video. Your script should include both dialog and shooting instructions, such as camera angles, props and the like. By going the scripted route, you should have the consistency you need to more easily incorporate multiple shots and camera angles. You know the onscreen talent won’t be improvising but will be saying the exact same thing in all the takes, even when you shoot from various camera angles in multiple shots.Related: 10 Questions to Ask When Creating Your Company’s YouTube ChannelWriting a script also helps ensure that you make all the key points you need to convey and use just the right language in your video. This is essential when you’re trying to maintain a brand or product image.Another way to plan your shoot is to create a storyboard. This is a visual guide typically consisting of a rough sketch for each shot in the video. A good storyboard tells you exactly what you need to shoot, where to position the camera and where to place items and people on screen. Just follow the storyboard and you’ll have everything you need to edit together the final video.When shooting video for YouTube, shorter is always better. Sure, you can post videos up to 15 minutes in length, but that doesn’t mean you should. The typical YouTube viewer has a short attention span, so plan your videos to be no more than two or three minutes.2. Get the right equipment. A small investment in a few pieces of equipment can make all the difference between a great looking video and an amateurish one. You don’t need to spend tens of thousands of dollars for professional video gear, but you do need a few key accessories — a one-time expense that should cost you well under $1,000.First, you want to spend a few hundred dollars on a camcorder with a lens that shoots 720p or 1080i high definition (HD) video, such as those sold by Canon, Panasonic and Sony. Avoid shooting with a smartphone or even a digital still camera. Even though they have HD resolution, they’re not designed specifically for video.Next, you’ll want to consider lighting. Shooting in room light will usually result in poor contrast and even worse color. A camera-mounted video light, or even better, a set of two flood lights can help. You can find light sets from companies such as Bescor, Smith-Victor, Westcott, and similar brands at any local camera store. Arrange the floods in front of and to the sides of the subject in a “V” pattern, and you should see an immediate improvement in picture quality.Related: 3 Tips for Maximizing YouTube’s New Layout for Brand ChannelsYou also want to make sure that viewers can clearly hear your video. Your camcorder’s built-in microphone probably won’t do the job, so consider purchasing an external microphone, such as a lavaliere type that clips onto the speaker’s shirt. You’ll get much cleaner sound with less interfering background noise.Finally, for after the shoot, you’ll want a high-quality video-editing program, such as Adobe Premiere Elements, which should cost less than $100.3. Shoot like a pro.To achieve professional results, you have to shoot like a pro. That means lining up your shots in advance, ideally using the storyboard or script you prepared in advance. You also should set up the lighting and microphones for some test shots to make sure you don’t have shadows and that the sound levels are acceptable.You also need to choose your settings carefully. Position your talent in front of a background that doesn’t distract from what’s happening on camera. Camera stores sell rolls of seamless background paper and fabric that can be useful. Also, dress the talent to match your message: suits and other business attire for a very professional look, business casual for a less formal image. Avoid stripes and busy patterns, and try to keep clothing colors as subdued as possible.Next, work with your onscreen talent so that they’re relaxed and project the right amount of energy. Shoot multiple takes to get it right, but avoid going on too long and killing the energy level. You want each take to feel spontaneous, while still including the key words and information you need to impart.If you follow these steps, you should create a video that looks as if it came from a professional video production company. The results can amaze you.Related: How to Create More Engaging Videos That Rank Higher in YouTube Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Hear from Polar Explorers, ultra marathoners, authors, artists and a range of other unique personalities to better understand the traits that make excellence possible. May 8, 2013 Listen Now 5 min read How Success Happenslast_img read more

Mark Zuckerberg says Facebook is evaluating deepfake policy

first_imgFacebook may soon have new rules for “deepfakes.” That’s according to Mark Zuckerberg, who said Wednesday that the company is currently discussing specific policies that would police deepfakes, a term that refers to videos that have been realistically manipulated using artificial intelligence.The issue was recently thrust into the spotlight after a manipulated video of Nancy Pelosi went viral on the platform. The video, which experts said had been slowed down, made the Speaker of the House’s speech sound slurred as if she were drunk. Facebook’s fact checkers eventually marked the video as false, but it had already spread widely before Facebook down-ranked it in users’ News Feeds.Speaking at the Aspen Ideas festival, Mark Zuckerberg called the company’s handling of the Pelosi video a “mistake in execution.” “It took awhile for our systems to flag that and for fact checkers to rate it as false … it got more distribution than our policies should have allowed,” he said.Now, he says Facebook is working on changing its policies so that it might be better able to address deepfakes, but that it first needs to be able to define what a deepfake actually is.I do think that saying deepfakes are different form misinformation is a reasonable perspective. We need to make sure that we define what a deepfake is very clearly. Is it manipulated media using AI that makes someone say something that they didn’t say? I think that that’s probably a pretty reasonable definition, but if it’s any video that’s cut in a way that someone thinks is misleading, then well I know a lot of people who have done TV interviews that have been cut in ways that they didn’t like and that they think change the definition or the meaning of what they were trying to say. And I think you want to make sure that you’re scoping this carefully enough that you’re not giving people the grounds or precedent to argue that the things that they don’t like, that change the meaning somewhat of what they said when they were doing an interview, get taken down.Zuckerberg didn’t indicate what, if any, new rules the company might implement for manipulated videos, but his comments highlight just how thorny the issue has become for Facebook. Besides the Pelosi video, which Pelosi herself slammed the company for, the issue is likely to come up again as the 2020 election approaches and Facebook continues to fend off foreign meddling.The issue has caught the attention of other lawmakers as well. Earlier this month the House Intelligence Committee held a hearing on the issue, which experts have said could pose a national security risk. Facebook is trying to figure out how to handle deepfakes, Mark Zuckerberg said.Image: justin sullivan / Getty ImagesBy Karissa Bell2019-06-27 00:00:04 UTClast_img read more

How Verizon and a BGP Optimizer caused a major internet outage affecting

first_imgYesterday, many parts of the Internet faced an unprecedented outage as Verizon, the popular Internet transit provider accidentally rerouted IP packages after it wrongly accepted a network misconfiguration from a small ISP in Pennsylvania, USA. According to The Register, “systems around the planet were automatically updated, and connections destined for Facebook, Cloudflare, and others, ended up going through DQE and Allegheny, which buckled under the strain, causing traffic to disappear into a black hole”. According to Cloudflare, “What exacerbated the problem today was the involvement of a “BGP Optimizer” product from Noction. This product has a feature that splits up received IP prefixes into smaller, contributing parts (called more-specifics). For example, our own IPv4 route was turned into and”. Many Google users were unable to access the web using the Google browser. Some users say the Google Calendar went down too. Amazon users were also unable to use some services such as Amazon books, as users were unable to reach the site. Source: Downdetector Source:Downdetector Source:Downdetector Also, in another incident, on June 6, more than 70,000 BGP routes were leaked from Swiss colocation company Safe Host to China Telecom in Frankfurt, Germany, which then announced them on the global internet. “This resulted in a massive rerouting of internet traffic via China Telecom systems in Europe, disrupting connectivity for netizens: a lot of data that should have gone to European cellular networks was instead piped to China Telecom-controlled boxes”, The Register reports. BGP caused a lot of blunder in this outage The Internet is made up of networks called Autonomous Systems (AS), and each of these networks has a unique identifier, called an AS number. All these networks are interconnected using a  Border Gateway Protocol (BGP), which joins these networks together and enables traffic to travel from an ISP to a popular website at a far off location, for example. Source: Cloudflare With the help of BGP, networks exchange route information that can either be specific, similar to finding a specific city on your GPS, or very general, like pointing your GPS to a state. DQE Communications with an AS number AS33154, an Internet Service Provider in Pennsylvania was using a BGP optimizer in their network. It announced these specific routes to its customer, Allegheny Technologies Inc (AS396531), a steel company based in Pittsburgh. This entire routing information was sent to Verizon (AS701), who further accepted and passed this information to the world. “Verizon’s lack of filtering turned this into a major incident that affected many Internet services”, Cloudfare mentions. “What this means is that suddenly Verizon, Allegheny, and DQE had to deal with a stampede of Internet users trying to access those services through their network. None of these networks were suitably equipped to deal with this drastic increase in traffic, causing disruption in service” Job Snijders, an internet architect for NTT Communications, wrote in a network operators’ mailing list, “While it is easy to point at the alleged BGP optimizer as the root cause, I do think we now have observed a cascading catastrophic failure both in process and technologies.” Cloudflare’s CTO Graham-Cumming told El Reg’s Richard Speed, “A customer of Verizon in the US started announcing essentially that a very large amount of the internet belonged to them. For reasons that are a bit hard to understand, Verizon decided to pass that on to the rest of the world.” “but normally [a large ISP like Verizon] would filter it out if some small provider said they own the internet”, he further added. “If Verizon had used RPKI, they would have seen that the advertised routes were not valid, and the routes could have been automatically dropped by the router”, Cloudflare said. Rerouting is highly dangerous as criminals, hackers, or government-spies could be lurking around to grab such a free flow of data. However, this creates security distension among users as their data can be used for surveillance, disruption, and financial theft. Cloudflare was majorly affected by this outage, “It is unfortunate that while we tried both e-mail and phone calls to reach out to Verizon, at the time of writing this article (over 8 hours after the incident), we have not heard back from them, nor are we aware of them taking action to resolve the issue”, the company said in their blogpost. One of the users commented, “BGP needs a SERIOUS revamp with Security 101 in mind…..RPKI + ROA’s is 100% needed and the ISPs need to stop being CHEAP. Either build it by Federal Requirement, at least in the Nation States that take their internet traffic as Citizen private data or do it as Internet 3.0 cause 2.0 flaked! Either way, “Path Validation” is another component of BGP that should be looked at but honestly, that is going to slow path selection down and to instrument it at a scale where the internet would benefit = not worth it and won’t happen. SMH largest internet GAP = BGP “accidental” hijacks” Verizon in a statement to The Register said, “There was an intermittent disruption in internet service for some [Verizon] FiOS customers earlier this morning. Our engineers resolved the issue around 9 am ET.” To know more about this news in detail head over to CloudFlare’s blog. Read Next OpenSSH code gets an update to protect against side-channel attacks Red Badger Tech Director Viktor Charypar talks monorepos, lifelong learning, and the challenges facing open source software [Interview] Facebook signs on more than a dozen backers for its GlobalCoin cryptocurrency including Visa, Mastercard, PayPal and Uberlast_img read more

In workshops fields Egyptian children at work

first_imgAssociated PressCAIRO (AP) – It’s early in the morning, and 13-year-old Ezzat is hard at work in one of Cairo’s pottery workshops in an ancient part of the Egyptian capital. He sorts through the day’s production. In the same area of workshops, three barefoot boys under the age of 12 carry clay pieces from inside the factory out into the sun to dry.“I go to school, but I decided not to go today because it is time to paint the clay,” said Ezzat, whose brother runs the workshop. Ezzat refused to give his last name. Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day The Egyptian government estimates that some 1.6 million minors work _ almost 10 percent of population aged 17 or under _ often in arduous conditions. Other experts put the number at nearly twice that, given that so many work in informal sectors and are difficult to track. In 2011, a U.S. Department of Labor report said Egypt had made some efforts to eliminate the worst forms of child labor, but it said the country has not addressed gaps in legal enforcement to protect children.Some child labor activists worry that protections for children could be loosened further under the new constitution still being written. Earlier this month, the Egyptian Coalition for Children’s Rights warned that early drafts of the document did not include as firm prohibitions on child labor as past constitutions.In Cairo’s Tahrir Square, famous as the epicenter of the 2011 revolution that toppled Hosni Mubarak’s one-party rule, children can be seen selling flags, popcorn and tea whenever a demonstration draws a crowd. On calmer days when traffic is flowing through the square boys will try and wipe the city’s dust off the cars stuck in traffic to earn a few coins. Young boys can be found in the more upmarket neighborhoods of Cairo flogging a dozen and a half fresh roses for 10 Egyptian pounds, about $1.6. 4 sleep positions for men and what they mean 0 Comments   Share   A young boy is almost never missing from an Egyptian mechanic’s workshop. Usually covered in grease and grime they fetch the tools, get the dirtiest work and are often physically abused with little or no recourse.A short drive out of Cairo and all along the vast Nile valley children can be found working in the fields as hired farmhands or on family plots. Brick factories along the Nile also employ children who often endure extreme physical exertion in hot weather.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Top Stories Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvementcenter_img Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project 3 international destinations to visit in 2019 Sponsored Stories Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix How men can have a healthy 2019 ErrorOK ErrorOKlast_img read more