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Government Supports Sustainable Transportation in BridgewaterGovernment Supports Sustainable Transportation in Bridgewater

first_imgBridgewater residents will be better connected to community hubs with support from the province’s sustainable transportation grant program, Connect2. Justice Minister Mark Furey, on behalf of Energy Minister Geoff MacLellan, announced today, Aug. 18, $18,000 for the Town of Bridgewater to extend two existing paths to Glen Allan Drive and Generations Active Park. “Projects like this improve our neighbourhoods and help us reduce emissions by encouraging sustainable transportation,” said Mr. Furey. “This will create the opportunity for residents to walk or cycle from place to place, without having to get in their cars.” The path extensions will make it easier to walk or cycle to the South Shore Regional Hospital, as well as to the dog park, sports centre, and a growing residential area. “The new connector will help us take another step towards achieving our vision of making active transportation part of the culture of our community,” said Bridgewater Mayor David Mitchell. “This link will inspire walking and cycling, connect people to nature, and promote an environmentally friendly lifestyle.” Connect2 aims to create and promote active transportation options for trips of two kilometers or less between community hubs in rural and urban parts of the province. This year Connect2 will support about 22 projects across the province. More projects will be announced in the coming weeks, and all will be completed by the end of March 2018. For more information about Connect2, visit novascotia.ca/sustainabletransportation.last_img read more

Being overweight doubles BP risk in kidsBeing overweight doubles BP risk in kids

first_imgOverweight four-year-olds have a doubled risk of high blood pressure by age six, raising the hazard of future heart attack and stroke, a study has found. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), childhood obesity is one of the most serious public health challenges of the 21st century. The problem is global and the prevalence has increased at an alarming rate. In 2016, more than 41 million children under the age of five were overweight. “The myth that excess weight in children has no consequences hampers the prevention and control of this health problem,” said Inaki Galan, of Carlos III Health Institute in Spain. “Parents need to be more physically active with young children and provide a healthy diet,” Galan said. A recently published study examined the link between excess weight and high blood pressure in 1,796 four-year-olds who were followed up two years later. Blood pressure was measured at both time points, as was body mass index and waist circumference. Compared to children maintaining a healthy weight between ages four and six, those with new or persistent excess weight according to BMI had 2.49 and 2.54 higher risks of high blood pressure, respectively. In those with new or persistent abdominal obesity, the risks for high blood pressure were 2.81 and 3.42 greater, respectively. Children who lost weight did not have an increased risk of high blood pressure. The findings applied to all children regardless of sex or socioeconomic status. “There is a chain of risk, whereby overweight and obesity lead to high blood pressure, which heightens the chance of cardiovascular disease if allowed to track into adulthood,” said Galan. The best way to maintain a healthy weight and lose excess kilos is to exercise and eat a healthy diet, said Galan. In addition to the central role of parents, the school curriculum needs to include three to four hours of physical activity every week. Teachers should supervise activities during breaks, while schools can offer games and sports after classes and provide nutritionally balanced meals and snacks. Doctors should routinely assess BMI and waist circumference at early ages, said Galan. “Some paediatricians think the harms of overweight and obesity begin in adolescence but our study shows they are mistaken. We need to detect excess weight as soon as possible so the damaging impact on blood pressure can be reversed,” he said. Overweight children should have their blood pressure measured. Three consecutive elevated readings constitute high blood pressure. In young children, the most common cause is excess weight, but doctors will rule out other reasons such as heart defects, kidney disease, genetic conditions, and hormonal disorders. If the cause is overweight, more activity and dietary improvements will be advised. If lifestyle changes do not help, blood pressure lowering medication may be prescribed. Galan noted that overweight in children is most accurately assessed using both BMI and waist circumference. In the study, using either measurement alone would have missed 15 per cent to 20 per cent of cases.last_img read more

Nepal protester shot dead after boy dies in mining pitNepal protester shot dead after boy dies in mining pit

first_imgKathmandu: One person was killed in Nepal when police opened fire on protesters after a 12-year-old boy drowned to death in a sand mining pit, officials said Monday. Angry crowds blocked the highway holding the young boy’s body in the southern district of Sarlahi on Sunday, demanding the government stop rampant sand mining of rivers which they say is putting local communities at risk. They were also demanding compensation for the family of the victim. Also Read – Turkey preparations for Syria offensive ‘completed’Local police chief Gopal Chandra Bhattarai said that a 26-year-old man was killed “in firing to contain agitated locals”. “Police was compelled to fire after nearly two dozen police personnel were injured by stones pelted by the protesters. Unfortunately, one person died in the firing,” Bhattarai told AFP. The boy fell and drowned in the deep pit Saturday when he had gone for a dip in the river as the temperature rose to 35 degrees Celsius (95 degrees Fahrenheit) in the area. Also Read – Imran Khan arrives in China, to meet Prez Xi JinpingHis body was recovered on Sunday with help of local authorities. A construction boom has created a high demand for stones and pebbles, depleting the Himalayan country’s river resources at an alarming rate. “We were there to demand an end to rampant sand mining. Today, one child has died, tomorrow we might lose another one,” said Ramkaran Mahato, who was standing next to the victim when the bullet hit. In recent months, Nepal has seen several protests against the communist government but police have usually resorted to water guns, tear gas or batons to control crowds. In August last year, a protestor was killed in western Nepal when police fired at crowds demanding action for rape and murder of a teenage girl.last_img read more

Robber wanted in half dozen cases in Delhi and UP heldRobber wanted in half dozen cases in Delhi and UP held

first_imgNEW DELHI: A team of Special Cell has apprehended one robber identified as Mohit, age 24 years, resident of District Baghpat (UP).He was wanted in Delhi and UP in half a dozen cases. A loaded .32 bore pistol has also been recovered from his possession. On July 26, Mohit along with his 3 associates entered a godown of Pan Masala for looting cash from the godown and one of his associates remained outside the godown. Seven employees including godown owner were present at that time. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderIn a bid to scare the victims and force them to hand over the cash, these criminals opened fire. However, one fired bullet got ricocheted from the Iron Gate and hurt the shooter Mohit. Due to injury to one of their associate, all the criminals panicked and retreated in a hurry after assaulting and hurting two persons. Four accused persons namely Aakash, Pankaj, Sumit and Monu were arrested in this case. Despite best efforts accused Mohit could not be arrested as he shifted his base from his village and remained evasive. “The team started searching accused Mohit, a police team spotted him at Indraprastha Park, near Sarai Kale Khan, Delhi The team acted swiftly and apprehended accused Mohit. On his search, one .32 bore loaded pistol with two live cartridges was found from his possession,” said DCP Special Cell PS Kushwah.last_img read more

Christian militants attack Muslim suburb in BanguiChristian militants attack Muslim suburb in Bangui

first_imgBANGUI – Rounds of heaving gunfire have been heard in a predominantly Muslim neighborhood of Bangui, the capital of the Central African Republic (CAR) amid reports of an attack on the area by the self-styled Christian militia known as anti-balaka.“The anti-balaka attacked our area last evening and they continued the offensive throughout the night until this morning,” Hajji Yunus, a local resident and businessman, told Anadolu Agency on phone.“We are currently indoors.” African Union peacekeepers were reportedly in the area.The commander of the AU peacekeeping force in the area declined to comment when contacted for a comment.last_img read more

Experts attempt to identify remains found in Mannar graveExperts attempt to identify remains found in Mannar grave

There is more ground still to excavate and he says more skeletons could be found. The remains unearthed by his team include the skeletons of at least six children.Who the victims were – and who killed them and when – remains unclear. The town of Mannar is dominated by ethnic minority Tamils.Local police guard the site so no-one can tamper with it and the forensic archaeologists can painstakingly remove skulls and other bones from the dirt without being disturbed. They use brushes and small chisels so the remains are not damaged. No clothes or other items have been found in the grave that could help identify the victims. A court ordered detailed excavations at the site – a former co-operative wholesale depot near the main bus terminus – after human remains were found by workers digging foundations for a new building earlier this year.“The entire area can be divided into two parts. In one segment we have a proper cemetery. In the second part, you have a collection of human skeletons which have been deposited in an informal way,” said Professor Raj Somadeva, a forensic archaeologist from the University of Kelaniya near Colombo, who is leading a team of experts at the site. The 26-year war between troops and separatist Tamil rebels left at least 100,000 people dead, and many missing. The mass grave is the second biggest found in the north since the end of the conflict in 2009. Experts in northern Sri Lanka are trying to identify the remains of dozens of bodies in a mass grave in the country’s former war zone.So far the skeletal remains of more than 90 people have been unearthed in the north-western town of Mannar. While Mannar town remained mostly under army control during the civil war, Tamil Tiger rebels dominated its surrounding areas and many other parts of the district. The military captured the entire district after ferocious battles, which ended almost 10 years ago.The way the bodies are arranged inside the mass grave has puzzled the experts.“We are concerned about the line position. [It is] completely chaotic – you have two layers of skeletons roughly,” said Prof Somadeva. As his team uncovers the human remains, they transfer them to the custody of the court in Mannar, which will decide the future course of action once the excavation is complete.Prof Somadeva and his colleagues are also yet to determine how the victims died. The age of the bodies will be analysed later.So far no one has been blamed for the killings.A number of mass graves have been unearthed in Sri Lanka’s former war zone since the conflict ended.None found so far has contained more bodies than a site in another part of Mannar – adjacent to Thiruketheeswaram, a prominent Hindu temple – where the remains of 96 people were discovered in 2014.But four years on there’s still no clarity in this case either, about who was killed and by whom.Rights groups allege that both the military and the Tamil Tigers inflicted widespread civilian casualties. At least 20,000 people disappeared during the conflict.But the government has always denied its forces had anything to do with civilian deaths or disappearances.After years of international pressure, the government set up an independent body, the Office of the Missing Persons (OMP), earlier this year to investigate the disappearances. The OMP has provided partial funding for the excavation in Mannar.OMP chairman Saliya Pieris insists that a detailed investigation at the latest grave found in Mannar is important.“The primary task of the OMP is tracing the disappeared and informing the relatives about the circumstances of their disappearances.“One of the aspects of this tracing would be naturally [to find out] if there are mass graves and there are people who have been disappeared, who have been buried in mass graves.”But given the failure of the authorities to investigate the remains unearthed from previous mass graves, there is scepticism among Tamils over what the new inquiry might achieve.“Hundreds of people disappeared in Mannar district during the conflict while moving from uncontrolled areas to controlled areas,” said Victor Sosai, vicar general of the Catholic Diocese of Mannar.“There have been allegations that several Tamils who were trying to flee the conflict to India on boats were also intercepted and their fate is unknown.”He visited the site of the latest mass grave along with the Bishop of Mannar, Emmanuel Fernando, during the initial stages of the excavation.“We understand that they have found skeletons of children and adults, we need to really find out more about who these people are and how they died and who was responsible,” Rev Sosai says.The Tamil Tigers were accused of ruthlessly eliminating fighters and supporters of rival Tamil militant groups. They were also accused of executing Sri Lankan soldiers captured in battle.Soon after the end of the conflict, some Tamils accused the rebels of firing at fleeing civilians on the beaches of north-eastern Mullaitivu district during the final days of the war. The military is also accused of widespread atrocities.But the army dismisses any suggestion that soldiers are connected with the bodies found in the mass grave in Mannar.“Definitely there is no link between this grave and the army. No one has accused the army so far,” said army spokesman Brig Sumith Atapattu.But many in the minority Tamil community say if Sri Lanka really wants to come to terms with its past, then it has to sincerely address the issue of the disappeared by investigating mass graves.Only then might the families affected be able to properly grieve and try to move on. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Hiring slowdown in April may signal caution about US economyHiring slowdown in April may signal caution about US economy

by Christopher S. Rugaber, The Associated Press Posted May 6, 2016 6:33 am MDT Last Updated May 6, 2016 at 3:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Hiring slowdown in April may signal caution about US economy WASHINGTON – American employers signalled their caution about a sluggish economy by slowing their pace of hiring in April after months of robust job growth.At the same time, companies raised pay, and their employees worked more hours — a combination that lifted income and, if sustained, could quicken the U.S. expansion.As a whole, the government’s report Friday pointed to an American job market that continues to generate steady hiring, though at a rate that may be starting to slow. Employers added 160,000 jobs in April, well below the average gain of 243,000 in the prior six months. But the unemployment rate remained a low 5 per cent, roughly where it’s been since last fall.“Employment was never going to continue rising at more than 200,000 a month indefinitely,” said Paul Ashworth, an economist at Capital Economics, a consulting firm. “Those monthly gains are simply unsustainable” at a time of tepid economic growth.Over the past six months, the economy has expanded at an annual pace of just 1 per cent. Anecdotal evidence suggests that some employers have become concerned that sluggish growth could weaken customer demand and limit the need for more employees.Still, most economists said they were not worried about the weaker hiring in April. In large part, it reflected declines in retail and construction hiring, an expected pullback after hiring in those areas surged in the first quarter of 2016.And job gains have slipped before — most recently in January — without signalling any persistent slump.“The figures are a yellow light, not a red flag,” said Andrew Chamberlain, chief economist at Glassdoor, an employment website.April’s hiring slowdown may also reflect a long-expected shift to a more sustainable pace of job creation. The job market has added 200,000-plus jobs a month for more than three years. That’s harder to achieve once unemployment falls to 5 per cent, consistent with a nearly recovered economy.“The good news is that more people were employed, they worked longer hours and got paid more for it,” said Robert Dye, chief economist at Comerica Bank.The slowdown in economies in the United States and overseas has led to volatility in financial markets and complicated the Federal Reserve’s plans to gradually raise interest rates.Many analysts had expected the Fed to raise the short-term rate it controls as early as June. But Friday’s figures may make that less likely. Market-based measures suggest that the Fed will raise rates just once this year. Its first hike in nine years occurred in December.Jon Cooper, president of Spectronics, a maker of fluorescent dyes and ultraviolet equipment based in Westbury, New York, says weakness in China and Europe has posed problems for his business.The company makes ultraviolet lights used in counterfeit detection and crime-scene investigations. Its dyes are used by automotive and industrial companies to detect leaks. Half of its sales are overseas.“There’s certainly headwinds blowing at us as the global economy slows,” he said.But the company still wants to hire more engineers, machinists and customer-service workers because newer products are offsetting losses overseas.Most of the economy’s new jobs require higher education or skilled training. In April, workers without college degrees suffered job losses.The unemployment rate for college graduates is now just 2.4 per cent, less than half the national average. Employers have hired 2.3 million college graduates in the past 12 months while letting go of 425,000 workers with a high school diploma or less.Despite last month’s pullback, hiring at April’s pace should over time be enough to keep up with population growth and lower the unemployment rate, economists said.It should also help heal some underlying scars from the Great Recession in part by encouraging people who had stopped looking for work to resume their job hunts, Chamberlain said.For four straight months, strong hiring increased the proportion of adults who either had a job or were looking for one. That was an encouraging sign because it meant Americans were more optimistic about their prospects. But that figure dipped to 62.8 per cent last month from 63 per cent in March.Higher-paying industries led the way in job growth in April. Professional and business services, which includes engineers, accountants and management consultants, added 65,000 jobs. Financial services added 20,000.That helped boost incomes: Average hourly pay rose 2.5 per cent in April from a year earlier, above the sluggish 2 per cent annual pace that has been typical for the past six years.Iric Wexler, an executive at The Cleaning Authority in Columbia, Maryland, said lower unemployment has forced his company to raise pay to attract and keep workers. So far, the company has managed to raise prices to offset the costs.In the meantime, the U.S. job market is outperforming most of its counterparts overseas. The overall unemployment rate in the 19 European nations that share the euro currency, for example, is 10.3 per cent.Japan’s economy contracted in the final quarter of last year, though its jobless rate is also below that of the United States. China’s growth slowed last year, but has shown signs of levelling off in 2016.___AP economics writers Josh Boak and Paul Wiseman contributed to this report. read more

More than 850000 people face acute food insecurity in Somalia UN foodMore than 850000 people face acute food insecurity in Somalia UN food

“The levels of food insecurity and malnutrition are critical,” said UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Somalia, Peter de Clercq. “Humanitarian actors and donors have prevented the situation being a lot worse than it is, but we all need to do more.”“The situation among internally displaced people is particularly worrying,” Mr. de Clercq said.In 2011, Somalia experienced a devastating famine, according to the UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). Things have since improved, but humanitarian needs remain vast and the number of people in need of humanitarian assistance continues to fluctuate around 3 million. The ability to absorb shocks – whether conflict or natural disasters – is very limited.According to the Food Security and Nutrition Assessment for Somalia managed by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), “widespread acute malnutrition persists across Somalia and large numbers of people will be acutely food insecure through December 2015.”The results of assessment presented today in the Somali capital of Mogadishu “indicate that the country’s humanitarian situation remains alarming,” OCHA said.The latest findings from the joint countrywide seasonal assessment reveal that some 855,000 people across Somalia will be in ‘crisis and emergency’ through December 2015. “This figure represents a 17 per cent increase over the estimate for February to June 2015,” according to the assessment, while the number of those in food-stressed situations remained at 2.3 million.More than two thirds, or 68 per cent, of the people who are in crisis and emergency are internally displaced and nearly 215,000 children aged under five are acutely malnourished, of whom almost 40,000 are severely malnourished and face a high risk of disease and death.“We must continue investing in saving lives. We cannot allow a reversal in the important steps forward made on the humanitarian and development fronts,” Mr. de Clercq said, “We must simultaneously address the underlying causes of the country’s predicament, and work on durable solutions that will mitigate suffering while also building a more resilient Somalia.” read more

Could the iPhone 5 be coming to TMobileCould the iPhone 5 be coming to TMobile

first_imgJust two days ago we heard news from the Wall Street Journal that Apple will be releasing both an iPhone 4 and the upcoming iPhone 5 on Sprint. Up until February of this year, AT&T was the only carrier that had the privilege of selling the iPhone. Then, Verizon came into the mix with its CDMA version. That left T-Mobile and Sprint customers looking longingly at the iPhones of their AT&T and Verizon friends.With the news that Sprint will also be getting the iPhone in the upcoming weeks, the only carrier left out of the party is T-Mobile. However, MacTrast is reporting that T-Mobile may also be getting the iPhone which is rumored to be available in mid-October. Of course, AT&T still intends to acquire T-Mobile, so having T-Mobile sell a phone that is one of the most popular for AT&T only makes sense. According to a “contact within T-Mobile” who has been briefed with the matter, the iPhone 5 will be coming to T-Mobile and will operate at 3G speeds.Also, current unlocked iPhone 4 phones can only operate at 2G “EDGE” speeds and won’t have certain network-dependent features like Visual Voicemail. Of course, T-Mobile hasn’t confirmed anything, but it said earlier this year that it already has 1 million unlocked iPhones running on its network. Apple and AT&T have also been rumored to be testing iPhone prototypes that are compatible with T-Mobile’s 3G network.The informant also said the T-Mobile phone would launch in mid-October, which goes along with the other mid-October rumors we’ve been hearing. So, is Apple actually releasing an unlocked iPhone 5 that will be able to run on all four carriers? It would definitely cut shipping and distribution costs if there is only one version of the iPhone 5.via MacTrastlast_img read more

Female Dolphins Have Weaponized Their Vaginas to Protect ThemselvesFemale Dolphins Have Weaponized Their Vaginas to Protect Themselves

first_img Watch: Dolphin Leaps Feet Away From Unsuspecting SurferNASA Says 2 Asteroids Will Safely Fly By Earth This Weekend Stay on target In nature, it’s common for males and females to attempt to one-up one another with different reproductive strategies, but female dolphins might well have one of the most advanced systems around for protecting themselves from unwanted males.During mating, male bottlenose dolphins will form small groups that will surround a female, isolating her. Generally, she’ll mate with all of them, but this isn’t great for her. One, she doesn’t have much choice in the matter, and the psyche of the dolphin has been shown to be complex enough that I’m fairly certain this would be traumatic.Regardless, female bottlenose dolphins have evolved a type of defense. Their vaginas are extremely complex with many folds that may allow them to isolate their preferred partner and only allow that one’s sperm to fertilize her eggs. Ducks, for example, use a similar system to protect themselves from “forced copulation,” to use the eerily detached scientific term.Scientists only learned all this recently, though. Dolphin penises had been well studied in dolphins and their parent group, cetaceans (these include whales, porpoises, and other intelligent marine mammals), but female genitalia had been rarely studied.Dara Orbach of Dalhousie University in Canada wanted to fill in those gaps. To do this, they created silicone molds of various cetaceans to study their anatomy and see what there was to learn.“There’s this unparalleled level of vaginal diversity that we had no idea existed before,” Orbach told New Scientist. Because ducks are one of the only other species with such complex features, Orbach wanted to test if cetaceans were using their specialized genital anatomy to control fertilization like ducks.To do this, they gathered parts from several specimens that had died of natural causes. Then, they’d inflate penises with a saline solution and compare them against the vaginal samples of that species. Both common dolphins and seals evolved to make sex easy and straightforward. But porpoises and bottlenose dolphins had much more diverse vaginal folds and structures.“She may not choose who she mates with, but might be able to choose which male or, more precisely, which sperm, fertilizes her egg,” Janet Mann of Georgetown University told New Scientist.All of them also required very precise positioning for penetration to work at all. Both Orbach and Mann, matched up their study of the anatomical molds with mating patterns that the two had observed in the wild. But, the fact that the folds are complex and that the positioning required is so precise, the two researchers suggest, the female may be able to make subtle movements during sex to prevent fertilization.“It might appear behaviorally that females are very passive,” Orbach said. “But looking at the reproductive anatomy, we’re learning that they have all sorts of cryptic ways to control paternity.”Either way, this whole situation seems just a bit messed up. Dolphins, like we said, are more than complex enough to know what trauma is. They mourn their dead, and have complex, nuanced relationships. The idea that ducks would, essentially, sexually assault one another is a little weird, but can kinda be dismissed on the basis of their relative simplicity. Dolphins though? They’re just messed up. Then again they also commit genocide, so clearly they aren’t the best moral role models around.Well, at least the females have one more to tools to protect themselves.last_img read more

Amazon Admits It Keeps Alexa Voice Recordings IndefinitelyAmazon Admits It Keeps Alexa Voice Recordings Indefinitely

first_imgStay on target Amazon Employees Join Sept. 20 Global Climate WalkoutGeek Pick: Amazon Smart Plug Puts Alexa in Your Walls Amazon last week confirmed that it keeps transcripts of interactions with Alexa, even after users have deleted the voice recordings.Based on reports that Amazon retains text records of what users ask Alexa, Sen. Chris Coons in May sent a letter to CEO Jeff Bezos, demanding answers.The Democrat from Delaware asked Amazon to provide answers on how long it stores transcripts, whether users can delete them, why it collects them and how they are used, and whether the company anonymizes customer identity.“While I am encouraged that Amazon allows users to delete audio recordings linked to their accounts,” Coons, a member of the judiciary committee, wrote in his letter, “I am very concerned by reports that suggest that text transcriptions of these audio records are preserved indefinitely on Amazon’s servers, and users are not given the option to delete these text transcripts.”In response, Amazon Vice President of Public Policy Brian Huseman revealed that the tech titan keeps transcripts and voice recordings indefinitely, removing them only when “the customer chooses to delete them.”“When a customer deletes a voice recording, we delete the transcripts associated with the customer’s account of both … the customer’s request and Alexa’s response,” Huseman wrote in a June 28 memo. “We already delete those transcripts from all of Alexa’s primary storage systems, and we have an ongoing effort to ensure those transcripts do not remain in any of Alexa’s other storage systems.“We do not store the audio of Alexa’s response,” he continued. “However, we may still retain other records of customers’ Alexa interactions, including records of actions Alexa took in response to the customer’s request.”Transcripts are stored, according to Amazon, to help improve the digital assistant and “provide transparency” about what Alexa thought she heard and how she responded.If she makes a mistake—like setting a timer for one minute instead of the four I asked for—the Voice History feature allows users to see and hear how Alexa may have misunderstood a word or phrase.“Providing customers with the transcript also allows [them] to understand and inspect exactly what Alexa is, and is not, recording,” Huseman added.Interacting with an Alexa skill, meanwhile, is a whole new ballgame, in which the skill developer may retain records of interactions.As for other types of requests—recurring alarms, annual reminders, calendar events, texts—customers “would not want or expect deletion of the voice recording to delete the underlying data or prevent Alexa from performing the requested task,” the letter said.These answers, however, do little to inspire confidence in the company 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 told CNET. “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.”California lawmakers earlier this year introduced a bill that would limit how manufacturers of smart speakers and digital assistants collect recordings.The Anti-Eavesdropping Act prohibits saving, storing, or sharing of audio recordings without explicit consent from the user.Should the legislation pass, it would severely handicap services like Amazon’s Alexa, Siri from Apple, and Google Assistant (among a handful of others).The Golden State is not the first to try to limit digital eavesdropping: Illinois previously attempted to pass a similar law, which Google and Amazon lobbied against.Bloomberg recently shocked no one with the news that thousands of Amazon employees around the world listen in on Echo owners’ conversations (allegedly to improve the technology).More troubling is the fact that workers can also access location information of Alexa users and look up their home or office address.More on Geek.com:A Smart Speaker Could Save You From Cardiac ArrestAlexa Guard Keeps U.S. Homes Safe From Fire, IntrudersStop Ignoring Your Smart Speaker’s Privacy Functions9 Times Your Smart Speaker Got Weirdlast_img read more

UCSD fraternity suspended following sexual assault allegationsUCSD fraternity suspended following sexual assault allegations

first_img Categories: Local San Diego News, Trending FacebookTwitter June 5, 2019 Sasha Foo, UCSD fraternity suspended following sexual assault allegations Updated: 10:42 AMcenter_img Posted: June 5, 2019 Sasha Foo 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) – The University of California San Diego has placed a fraternity on suspension following allegations that members of the Sigma Chi fraternity drugged and sexually assaulted at least four women, all sorority members, during Sigma Chi events that occurred over the last academic year.The allegations Initially came to light last week when the presidents of the university’s 12 sororities received details of the alleged assaults. Some of the women who said they were attacked had written accounts which were read aloud to the members of some sororities.While the university conducts an investigation, UCSD has suspended the fraternity. Sigma Chi’s international organization has also placed the chapter on temporary suspension.In the meantime, the university’s sororities have “blacklisted” the fraternity and barred Sigma Chi from participating in their activities.Under the federal law known as Title IX, all colleges and universities must investigate allegations of sexual assault.The fraternity released a formal statement that read in part, “We’re committed to justice and accountability and we absolutely do not tolerate sexual misconduct of any kind.”The student newspaper, The Guardian reported that none of the fraternity members accused of the assaults has been expelled from the fraternity. last_img read more

Start of winter brings snow ice warm weatherStart of winter brings snow ice warm weather

first_imgCONCORD, N.H. — The first full day of winter brought a wild mix of weather across the U.S. on Sunday: ice and high wind in the Great Lakes and New England areas, flooding in the South, snow in the Midwest and record-shattering temperatures in the 60s and 70s along the mid-Atlantic.Snow and ice knocked out power to 440,000 homes and businesses in Michigan, upstate New York and northern New England, and also left more than 400,000 people without electricity in eastern Canada. It could be days before the lights are back on everywhere.At least six deaths were blamed on the storm, including five people killed in flooding in Kentucky and a woman who died after a tornado with winds of 130 mph struck in Arkansas.The icy weather was expected to make roads hazardous through at least today from the upper Midwest to northern New England during one of the busiest travel times of the year.As of midafternoon, more than 700 airline flights had been canceled and more than 11,000 delayed, according to aviation tracking website FlightAware.com.High-temperature records for the date fell for the second straight day in the mid-Atlantic states because of a mass of hot, muggy air from the South.last_img read more

Building Strength With A Hashtag Breast Cancer Community Unites To Raise AwarenessBuilding Strength With A Hashtag Breast Cancer Community Unites To Raise Awareness

first_imgTo help create awareness of metastatic breast cancer, Jewel Crawford Ajibade is encouraging women to participate in a nationwide photo-sharing campaign.(NAPSI)—Jewel Crawford Ajibade, Linda Carey and Priscilla Dzurich Ribera are just three of the estimated 173,000 women in the United States who are living with metastatic breast cancer. Managing an incurable disease is challenging for them, but each takes a unique approach to living with the condition.“There is no right way to battle metastatic breast cancer— just your way,” says Ajibade, who was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer (the most advanced stage) in 2006 and lost her mother to the disease.Since her diagnosis, Ajibade has become an advocate for women living with metastatic breast cancer through Living Beyond Breast Cancer (LBBC) and a passionate believer in the power of sharing one’s story—a method that has helped her cope with her own reality.“I have connected with stories from several women throughout my journey, and I want to share that sense of community with others,” says Ajibade. “You never know how many lives you’ll impact by speaking up.”To help create awareness of metastatic breast cancer, Ajibade is encouraging women to participate in the nationwide #MBCStrength photo-sharing campaign. Women with metastatic breast cancer can post their photos on Twitter using the hashtag #MBCStrength to illustrate the word that unites each of them in their journey: strength. Photos posted on Twitter with #MBCStrength will be considered for a display in Times Square on October 13, 2014, Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness Day.“People often wonder what it’s like to live with metastatic breast cancer. By participating in this campaign, we have the opportunity to showcase not just our challenges but also the love and support that guide us through our journeys,” says Ajibade.Ajibade’s personal account is also featured at www. MyMBCStory.com, an educational website tailored for women with metastatic breast cancer developed by AstraZeneca with input from breast cancer advocacy organizations LBBC and Metastatic Breast Cancer Network. Her story is featured alongside that of Carey, who draws strength from expression through art and involvement in The Tutu Project, and Dzurich Ribera, whose personal source of inspiration is her family.“It’s important to not hold in your feelings. You have to find some avenue to express them,” says Carey, who was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer in 2006.Carey and her husband, Bob, created The Tutu Project—a collection of photos in which he wears a pink tutu—as a form of self-therapy. The project has resonated with many people around the globe and, 11 years later, the couple continues to raise funds for women with breast cancer and receive expressions of gratitude for the laughter their photos bring.Following her metastatic breast cancer diagnosis, Dzurich Ribera feared that others would define her by her condition. While having her blood drawn one day, she shared this concern with another woman in treatment at the facility.“I was desperately looking for a role model—someone who was doing well in spite of living with metastatic breast cancer,” says Dzurich Ribera. “I shared that feeling with her and she replied, ‘You have to be your own positive story.’ I know she was right and, through the ups and downs, that has always stuck with me.”Ajibade, Carey and Dzurich Ribera are connected in their determination to help redefine what it means to live with metastatic breast cancer. Having helped many women through her advocacy work, Ajibade advises, “Each person living with metastatic breast cancer will find her own methods of coping, but one of the first steps we can take in this journey is to open up and share our stories.”last_img read more

Psyko Audio unveils Carbon and Krypton gaming headsetsPsyko Audio unveils Carbon and Krypton gaming headsets

first_imgPsyko Audio prides itself on rich, loud, and immersive gaming audio. One of their headsets, the Psyko 5.1, featured speaker elements all over the headset itself, including the band that rests on the top of your head, for a fully immersive experience. Now, the spiritual successors to the 5.1 have arrived in the form of the Psyko Carbon and the Psyko Krypton: two high-end gaming headsets that look sharp and hopefully sound sharper.The Psyko Carbon and Krypton will replace the Psyko 5.1 Gaming Headset, which was initially released back in 2009. Both headsets feature the company’s trademark PsykoWave technology, which adds rich, directional audio and immersive feel by adding speakers to the headphones and giving the user additional audio controls to tweak and personalize their audio experience.In fact, with most traditional headsets, you have two speakers: one over each ear. In the Psyko Carbon and Krypton, you have two subwoofers over each ear in the earcups, and the band across the top of your head has all of the speakers in it, including the center channel that rests directly over the top of your head, and the front and rear channels for each side moving out towards your ears from there.The Krypton is really the true successor to the original Psyko 5.1 Gaming Headset: it features 5.1 channel audio, a removable boom microphone, in-line audio controls so you can change the volume and toggle your microphone on or off quickly, and an external amplifier that powers the headset and gives you volume, processing, and EQ controls. The Carbon is the premium version, which offers the same features but trades the gunmetal and red design for a sleek black and red look and gold-plated audio connector cables.Both models are available to pre-order now. The Krypton is available for $149.99 and the Carbon for $199.99.Read more at Psyko Audiolast_img read more

Netflix Sued by Detective Over Making a Murderer DocuseriesNetflix Sued by Detective Over Making a Murderer Docuseries

first_img A former detective has sued Netflix and the directors of Making a Murderer for defamation.On Monday, Andrew Colborn, a former Mantiowoc County Sheriff’s (MTSO) detective, filed a lawsuit against Netflix and Making a Murderer directors Moira Demos and Laura Ricciardi, and claimed that the popular docuseries defamed his reputation, reported Deadline.The lawsuit, which was filed in Wisconsin Circuit Court on Dec. 17, claimed that the docuseries was edited to make it look like that Colborn and other officers planted evidence to frame Steven Avery and his nephew, Brendan Dassey, for the murder of photographer Teresa Halbach on October 31, 2005.“Defendants omitted, distorted, and falsified material and significant facts in an effort to portray plaintiff as a corrupt police officer who planted evidence to frame an innocent man,” said the court filing. “Defendants did so with actual malice and in order to make the film more profitable and more successful in the eyes of their peers, sacrificing and defaming the plaintiff’s character and reputation in the process.”The lawsuit follows the debut of Making a Murderer: Part 2, which hit Netflix on October 19, 2018. The second season expands on the plot of Making a Murderer, and highlights Avery’s conviction and the emotional toll of the process on Avery and his family.Netflix, Demos, and Ricciardi have not commented on the case.More on Geek.com:Netflix, WB Settle Satanic Lawsuit Over ‘Chilling Adventures of Sabrina’ Here’s Everything Coming to Netflix in January 2019Netflix Reveals First Look, Voice Cast of ‘The Dark Crystal’ Series Stay on target What to Stream on Netflix This Weekend11 Other Old-School Nick Shows That Should Get Netflix Movies last_img read more

Master Chief Lands on Nintendo Switch via MinecraftMaster Chief Lands on Nintendo Switch via Minecraft

first_imgStay on target Tom Holland’s ‘Uncharted’ Coming in 2020‘Minecraft Earth’ Is The Next ‘Pokemon Go’ Halo‘s Master Chief is (finally?) heading to a Nintendo system. No, the Switch is not getting a port of a Halo game. Instead, the Xbox’s beloved mascot is coming to everyone’s favorite handheld/console hybrid by way of Minecraft. The “Halo mashup pack” will soon be available on Switch and every other edition of Minecraft (minus the PlayStation version, of course).Master Chief isn’t the only Xbox character making his way to Switch. Expect to see pixelated versions of characters from Fable, Gears of War, and Banjo Kazooie. The inclusion of Banjo characters is interesting given how the franchise originally started on the Nintendo 64. The Switch is Nintendo’s main console these days, but if you own Minecraft on Wii U, you’ll also have access to these characters when you download the new skin pack. Master Chief is simply too big for one single Nintendo console to hold.As EuroGamer points out, the Halo mashup pack has been available on Xbox for a number of years now. Microsoft’s systems (in this case the Xbox 360 and Xbox One) used to have the Minecraft: Xbox Edition, but this version was discontinued sometime ago. It was replaced by the current edition of Minecraft, which is available across many platforms. Interestingly enough, the now-defunct Minecraft: Xbox Edition recently got a new skin pack based on the Disney film, Moana. Because… why not?Master Chief’s Nintendo sojourn can be seen as the only way to play a “new” Halo game. Microsoft hasn’t said anything regarding when a new entry in their most well-known series will release. Given the lukewarm reception to Halo 5, it’s possible 343 Industries (the current developers of Halo) are taking extra time to ensure the next game is everything fans of the franchise want. Perhaps we’ll get some type of Halo announcement during this year’s E3. For now, Halo fans will simply have to make do with this low-res version of Master Chief to tide them over.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Highly skilled women pay largest motherhood penaltyHighly skilled women pay largest motherhood penalty

first_imgMothers who leave work to raise children often sacrifice more than the pay for their time off as when they come back their wages reflect lost raises, researchers said. Researchers from New York University in the US examined data from a survey that tracked 4,658 women from 1976, when they were 14- to 21-year-olds, to 2010, when they were largely past their child rearing years at ages 45 to 52.“In the case of highly skilled white women with high wages, what is striking is that they have the highest penalties despite the fact that they have the most continuous work experience of any group of women, which, other things being equal, would reduce their penalties,” said Paula England, professor at New York University.  Also Read – Add new books to your shelf“Their high returns to experience and tenure mean that loss of every year of work caused by motherhood is much more costly for their future wages, even in proportionate terms, than it is for other groups of women,” said England.England studied how motherhood penalised white and black women and how this varied by their skill and wage level. She found that highly skilled, highly paid white women lose an average of 10 per cent in their wage per child. However, those with lower skills and/or lower wages lose significantly less, between four and seven per cent of their wage per child. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThe penalties were lower for black women than for white women; however, unlike the white women, the penalties for black women did not differ significantly by skill or wage, said England. “Women with the highest total motherhood penalties are in an advantaged group with high skills and high wages; even after they become mothers and suffer the steepest penalty, they are typically affluent because their own earnings are still relatively high, and many of them are married to high-earning men,” said England. “Given their relative privilege, we might still want to give priority to policies, such as child care subsidies, that help low-income women,” she said. “However, in an era when there are still few women CEOs and we have yet to elect a woman president, it is important to understand how much motherhood affects the careers of women at the top and to consider how this can be changed,” she said.The study was published in the journal American Sociological Review.last_img read more

VIDEO Camp goes nuts when elderly man beats Mavs Devin Harris inVIDEO Camp goes nuts when elderly man beats Mavs Devin Harris in

first_imgAt an NBA basketball camp, the NBA players are usually the unquestioned stars of the show. Not today.At a Dallas Mavericks youth basketball camp in Rowlett, Texas Mavericks guard Devin Harris took an L in a game of knockout to an elderly counselor on a half court heave. Take that whipper snapper.The winning shot sent the camp into a frenzy and turned the older gentleman into the star of the camp.The greatest generation isn’t done just yet.BREAKING NEWS: An elderly gentleman just beat Devin Harris in a game of Knockout at the Mavs Hoop Camp in Rowlett. pic.twitter.com/zIJychAUgJ— Dwain Price (@DwainPrice) June 15, 2017Image via @DwainPricelast_img read more