Carleton University offers indigenous languages

first_imgAPTN National NewsThis year Carleton University is offering something new.Old indigenous languages, in danger of being lost.This is part of the Department of Linguistics program ‘Languages less commonly taught’.Officials say that these languages hold a great deal of traditional knowledge and cannot be allowed to disappear.APTN National News reporter Candace Maracle has more.last_img

Amnesty uses World Water Day to highlight environmental racism in Canada

first_imgThe United Nations’ ____ has called for Canada to halt construction of the Site C dam pending a First Nations legal challenge to the project. File photo.Justin BrakeAPTN NewsSeamus O’Regan is marking World Water Day with a tip of the hat to the Liberals’ work on eliminating long-term boil water advisories in First Nations communities.“Everyone should have access to safe, clean, and reliable drinking water,” the Indigenous Services minister said in a statement released Friday. “Today, on World Water Day, we reflect on the progress that has been made toward that goal, both in Canada and around the world, and acknowledge the important work still ahead.”The Trudeau government has pledged more than $2 billion to lift all long-term drinking water advisories on reserves. To date, 81 of those advisories have been lifted, while 59 remain.But while the government is noting its achievements this March 22, a leading human rights organization is using the occasion to highlight federal government policies and resource development projects that harm Indigenous communities’ water and contribute to environmental racism in Canada.“Far too often, governments in Canada have demonstrated that they place little value on the health and well-being of Indigenous peoples and the revitalization of their cultures and traditions,” Tara Scurr, business and human rights campaigner with Amnesty International Canada, said in a statement Thursday.“That’s why we are marking World Water Day by renewing our commitment to support the Indigenous water defenders leading these crucial and inspiring human rights struggles.”Amnesty says the 2014 Mount Polley mine disaster in British Columbia, the ongoing harmful impacts of industrial pollution at Grassy Narrows, and the construction of the Site C dam in B.C.’s Peace Valley all represent instances of environmental racism and threats to fresh water.In August 2014 the collapse of a tailings pond at Imperial Metals’ Mount Polley copper and gold mine sent roughly 25 million cubic metres of water and toxic mining waste into Quesnel Lake and other nearby waterways, where Amnesty says up to 25 percent of salmon in B.C. return to spawn each year.The long-term and full impacts of the 2014 Mount Polley mining disaster in Secwepemc territory is not yet known. File photo.On unneeded Secwepemc territory, the event represented the worst mining disaster in Canada’s history.“The loss of the salmon, for us as Secwepemc, is a matter of life or death for our culture,” Secwepemc Elder Jean Williams has said.Almost five years later, charges have yet to be laid and locals are still fighting a discharge permit that allows Imperial Metals to dump 10 million cubic metres of treated mining effluent into Quesnel Lake, even though the impacts of the 2014 disaster are not yet fully known.“We have already lost access to our land, traditional foods and medicines,” says former Xat’sull First Nation Chief Bev Sellars, who fight and lost a case against Imperial Metals subsidiary Mount Polley Mining Corporation, which operates the mine.“We can’t afford to sit back and watch more toxic waste being dumped into our sacred waterways.”Meanwhile, several hundred kilometres north, First Nations say the Site C hydroelectric dam threatens fresh water, fish and their communities’ livelihoods in the Peace Valley.In December the United Nations’ Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (UNCERD) wrote a letter to Canada’s ambassador to the U.N., Rosemary McCarney, calling on the federal government to halt work on the controversial dam pending the outcome of a First Nations-led legal challenge to the project.“The Committee is concerned about the alleged lack of measures taken to ensure the right to consultation and free, prior and informed consent with regard to the Site C dam, considering its impact on indigenous peoples control and use of their lands and natural resources,” CERD Chair Noureddine Amir wrote in the Dec. 14, 2018 letter.The Prophet River and West Moberly First Nations launched a treaty rights challenge against the project in January 2018.The two Treaty 8 Dane-zaa Nations also applied for an injunction to stop work on the project in order to protect 13 site of cultural importance, but were rejected by a B.C. Supreme Court judge last October.Justice Warren Milman said in his ruling, however, that the treaty challenge trial be concluded by 2023, prior to the earliest possible date for reservoir flooding on the Peace River.West Moberly Chief Roland Willson has called Site C’s impacts cultural genocide.In Thursday’s Amnesty release he says his people are already “living with the harm caused by previous dams on the Peace River and now the B.C. government wants to take away some of the most critical cultural and ecological areas that are left for us.“There’s a good reason that this project has been condemned by the UN’s top anti-racism body. The only question now is whether the federal and provincial governments will listen and act.”CERD has given the provincial and federal governments until April 9 to show what it’s doing to halt construction of the $10.7 billion project.“It is the responsibility of resource development companies to respect human rights – and for our governments to swiftly act when they do not,” Amnesty said in its statement Thursday.Amnesty calls Site C a “planned disaster,” the Mount Polley mine disaster a “preventable disaster,” and the mercury poisoning in Grassy Narrows “a disaster ignored.”A health study released last year links the effluent dumped by the operators of a mill in Dryden, Ont. into the English and Wabigoon river systems in the 1960s and ‘70s to a multitude of physical and mental health illnesses and conditions.“Despite the impacts on our community of decades of mercury poisoning, our incredible children and youth have demonstrated their resilience by drawing so much public attention to our struggle,” Grassy Narrows First Nation Chief Rudy Turtle says in Thursday’s release.“We need Prime Minister Trudeau to do everything in his power to join us in preventing more generations from bearing the brunt of this environmental crisis.”“It’s no coincidence that three of our highest priority human rights cases in Canada all revolve around contamination and threats to the rivers and lakes on which Indigenous peoples depend for their livelihoods and ways of life,” Scurr says.Amnesty says “it is the responsibility of resource development companies to respect human rights – and for our governments to swiftly act when they do not.”jbrake@aptn.ca@JustinBrakeNewslast_img read more

PGE bankruptcy could mean price hikes unpaid fire lawsuits

first_imgSACRAMENTO, Calif. — Pacific Gas & Electric Co. said this week it will file for bankruptcy, raising concern that rates for electricity and gas will rise and victims of California wildfires who are suing the nation’s largest utility won’t get all the money they may be owed.Here are some key things to know about the impact of the company’s financial situation:WHAT DOES BANKRUPTCY MEAN?PG&E says it can’t afford at least $30 billion in expected costs related to California’s deadly 2017 and 2018 wildfires. Filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy will allow the company to hold off creditors and keep providing electricity and natural gas service while it gets its finances in order.Richard Kelly, chairman of PG&E’s board of directors, said the reorganization allowed under Chapter 11 is “the only viable option to address the company’s responsibilities to its stakeholders.”While the filing wouldn’t make the lawsuits against PG&E disappear, it would consolidate them into a single proceeding before a bankruptcy judge, not a jury. That could buy the company time and prevent excessive jury verdicts.Bankruptcy also makes it easier for a company to take out new loans and sell off assets. PG&E, which also went through bankruptcy early 20 years ago, has been considering splitting off its gas division.WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?The utility’s Monday announcement kicks off a 15-day period before the official filing, which is expected on or before Jan. 29.California Gov. Gavin Newsom said he wants to keep the bankruptcy from going through, but that it might not be possible. He’s put his chief of staff in charge of looking for solutions, with help from financial and bankruptcy experts.Lawmakers may not be so eager to prevent the bankruptcy, but they have other questions to answer, such as how to keep electricity rates from rising or ensure wildfire victims who win lawsuits against PG&E get paid.WHO ARE PG&E’S CUSTOMERS?San Francisco-based PG&E is the nation’s largest utility based on customers and revenue. It serves more than 16 million people with electric or gas service.It also serves an area with roughly three-quarters of the California land most vulnerable to wildfire, Newsom said, putting the utility in a unique position compared with Southern California Edison and San Diego Gas and Electric, two of California’s other largest utilities.PG&E customers could bear some of the cost from the bankruptcy as a charge on their power bills. PG&E customers still have a charge on their monthly bills from the utility’s 2001 bankruptcy.The bankruptcy judge will determine what happens to parties owed money by PG&E, but state regulators will still decide what rates customers are charged.WILL THE POWER GO OUT?Newsom stressed Monday that the situation is not the same as PG&E’s bankruptcy in 2001, when the state faced an energy crisis that led to rolling blackouts.“We are not in a position where we’re worried about the lights turning out,” he said.The earlier bankruptcy stemmed from rising electricity costs during a shortage caused by the state’s attempts at deregulating the power industry.Now, the company is filing for bankruptcy because of crushing wildfire liability costs. California officials have determined PG&E’s equipment caused multiple 2017 fires.State investigators have not yet determined what caused a blaze that swept through Santa Rosa in 2017 or the fire that destroyed the town of Paradise and killed more than 40 people last November. But PG&E already faces lawsuits because it reported equipment issues around the time and place where last year’s fire sparked.PG&E is on the hook for major wildfire costs because California law makes utilities entirely liable for fires sparked by their equipment, even if the company didn’t act negligently.WHAT CAN LAWMAKERS DO?They tried to prevent a PG&E bankruptcy last year by approving a law allowing the utility to pass on some costs of the 2017 wildfires to ratepayers. It didn’t include a similar provision for 2018, which was a deadlier and more destructive wildfire season.State Sen. Bill Dodd, a Napa Democrat who wrote the law, said lawmakers didn’t want to give PG&E incentives to stop focusing on safety.But now lawmakers are forced to confront a bankruptcy. State Sen. Jerry Hill, a PG&E critic, said it might be a good thing because PG&E as it exists does not have a record of safety.Kathleen Ronayne, The Associated Presslast_img read more

Fire breaks out in 22storey building in Bangladesh several feared trapped

first_imgDhaka: Several people were feared trapped in a 22-storey building which caught fire in Dhaka’s Banani area on Thursday in the latest blaze to hit the Bangladeshi capital. The incident happened on Thursday afternoon in the building that houses several garment shops and internet service providers. The actual number of people inside the building when the fire broke out was not known. “The fire broke out at FR Tower around 12:52 pm on Thursday,”Ataur Rahman, an officer of the Dhaka Fire Service Central Control Room, was quoted as saying by the Dhaka Tribune. “Twenty one firefighting units of the Dhaka Fire Service and Civil Defence are trying to douse the fire,” he said . Apart from the fire tenders, Bangladesh Air force helicopters and Navy commandos have been sent to the spot to douse the blaze. The blaze was such that over half a dozen people jumped off from various floors of the high-rise, while the ambulances on the ground immediately rushed them to the hospital, other senior officials at the spot said. While the actual reason behind the blaze was not known, eye witnesses and a government officer at the spot said that the fire broke out on the eight floor of the building and later spread to the other parts. However, fire service did not comment on what caused the fire. “Three units of Bangladesh Navy are working to tame the blaze. We have brought around 50 per cent of the fire under control,”Siraj, a Navy officer, said. Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Director Abdullah Ibn Zaid said that three Bangladesh Air Force helicopters are aiding the search and rescue operations, along with teams from the Bangladesh Army and Navy. “Many have taken shelter on the roof, and some are asking for rescue through windows, the paper quoted him as saying. The officials concerned have reported that several groups of people have already been rescued from the burning building. Last month at least 70 people were killed and over 50 injured when a fast-moving fire swept through an apartment buildings and chemical warehouses in Dhaka’s congested Chawkbazar area.last_img read more

AAP govt has no interest in development Puri

first_imgNEW DELHI: Had the ruling Aam Aadmi Party worked diligently in Delhi, it would not have been so much willing to firm up an alliance with the Congress, Union minister Hareep Singh Puri has said. The Union minister also rejected the AAP government’s claims of good work in the education sector, saying it has not opened any school since it came to power.Puri, who is the Housing and Urban Affairs Minister in the Modi government, sought to know the track record of the Arvind Kejriwal government in the national Capital. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder”They (AAP) do not have any interest in development. They have different approach… Had they worked in Delhi diligently, they would not have been so much willing to firm up an alliance with the Congress,” Puri said. On Friday, AAP leader Gopal Rai said the Aam Aadmi Party is capable of defeating both the BJP and the Congress in Delhi and an alliance is possible with the Congress only when it will be done on 33 Lok Sabha seats. The Congress announced that it will fight the Lok Sabha polls in Delhi alone, but maintained that it is still willing to have an alliance with the Aam Aadmi Party provided that the tie-up is restricted only to the national Capital. Puri also charged the Arvind Kejriwal with creating impediments whenever his ministry has sent any proposal, be it RRTS projects and Metro Phase-IV.last_img read more

Brock grad to represent Canada at creativity festival in Cannes

A Brock University graduate is headed to Cannes, France after winning a prestigious national marketing contest.Christian Di Vincenzo, a graduate of Brock’s Goodman School of Business (BBA ’13), won the Young Marketers division of The Globe and Mail’s national Young Lions and Young Marketers competition, putting him on an international stage next month at the prestigious Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity held annually in Cannes.The competition showcases the best of the best in marketing and advertising. Only those marketers who win first place in their national divisions make it to Cannes. The three-round Canadian competition was held over the past few weeks.Di Vincenzo works as a digital marketing consultant at Lexus Canada, where he leads the brand’s national digital marketing strategy while managing an internal team and external agency partners.Along with his Lexus colleague Olena Sapojnikova, Di Vincenzo developed and designed a pitch for the competition, answering a call to young marketers in Canada to create a marketing campaign that incorporated their companies’ brands and David Suzuki Foundation’s Superhero Challenge, an initiative to encourage children to enjoy the outdoors and maintain healthy lifestyle habits.Di Vincenzo credits his success to his time at Brock, where he was actively involved in co-curricular activities.“Four key things from my Goodman experience have helped me in my career so far: co-op, international exchange, business competitions and Monster Pitch,” he said.Di Vincenzo was on winning teams at both the Monster Pitch competition and Nicol Business Plan Competition, competed at the prestigious Royal Roads University International Undergraduate Case Competition and went on an international exchange at the University of South Australia.“Co-op and competitions taught me how to think on my feet and come up with creative ideas,” he said. “Going on exchange and having these experiences has helped me learn to connect with people, which is ultimately the most important thing in marketing.“You have to understand how to connect with individuals and speak to their emotions, which is essentially what advertising is all about and what we do as marketers.”Working with their mentor, Mark Childs, chief brand officer of Samsung Canada, Di Vincenzo and Sapojnikova are now preparing for the final round of the competition. Nearly 15,000 delegates will gather in Cannes, where the coveted golden lion statue will be handed out to the contest winner. read more

NCAA reinstates Ohio State footballs Brown Hall and Howard

The NCAA on Tuesday reinstated Ohio State football defensive back Corey Brown, junior running back Jordan Hall and junior defensive back Travis Howard, according to an athletic department release. The release said that the NCAA student-athlete reinstatement staff decided the players can play after repaying $200 to a charity. Brown, Hall and Howard received white envelopes containing $200 from a university booster at Feb. 19 charity event in Cleveland. “The university appreciates the NCAA’s expeditious response in reinstating these three student athletes,” OSU athletics director Gene Smith said in the release. The release, sent by OSU spokesman Dan Wallenberg, also said: “Reinstatement decisions are independent of the NCAA enforcement process and typically are made once the facts of the student-athlete’s involvement are determined. This is typically well in advance of infractions decisions. The enforcement investigation into the Ohio State University is ongoing.” With Brown, Hall and Howard sidelined by suspension, the Buckeyes began their 2011 season with a 42-0 victory against Akron in the Sept. 3 season opener, as well as a 27-22 win against Toledo on Saturday. Dan Herron, DeVier Posey, Mike Adams and Solomon Thomas, who each sold OSU football memorabilia and received improper benefits in the form of tattoos, will remain suspended until the team’s Oct. 8 game at Nebraska. The Buckeyes will next travel to Miami for a Saturday game against the Miami Hurricanes (0-1) at Sun Life Stadium. The 7:30 p.m. game will be televised nationally on ESPN. read more

No improvement in heart failure death rates since 1990s

first_imgBoth the incidence and prevalence of heart failure increase steeply with age, with the average age at first diagnosis being 76 and numbers are expected to increase as the population ages.The study was the first to provide survival rate estimates for heart failure in the UK based on the medical records of 54,313 heart failure patients.It found found 81.3 per cent survived for one year, 51.5 per cent survived for five years, and 29.5 per cent survived for 10 years, following diagnosis.Dr Clare Taylor, a primary care researcher said: “Getting an accurate estimate of heart failure prognosis is vital for those who commission healthcare services, so resources can be allocated appropriately.”Perhaps more importantly this allows patients to make more informed choices about treatments and possible end-of-life care.”While the survival rates were better than other studies, we disappointingly didn’t see any improvement over time.”We plan to do more work to examine why this might be the case and find ways to improve the outlook for patients with heart failure in the future.”While the study did not look at the effect of medication following heart failure on survival rates, it found that survival rate estimates vary depending on a person’s age, gender, other health conditions and blood pressure.These are all factors doctors should take into consideration when discussing heart failure with their patients.Professor Sir Nilesh Samani, Medical Director at the British Heart Foundation, said: “This is a slightly surprising finding as other similar studies have shown some improvement in the prognosis of patients with heart failure as new evidence-based treatments such as ACE inhibitors and beta-blockers and in selected patients used of defibrillators and pacemakers have become standard practice.“Nonetheless, the study shows how devastating a condition heart failure is, with a prognosis that is still worse than many cancers, and that much more research is needed to improve its outcome.”The BHF are funding major initiatives in this area including its regenerative medicine centres, but we urgently need the public’s support in order to find new ways to treat this devastating condition.”The study was published in the journal Family Practice. By contrast cancer survival rates have doubled in the past 40 years.Heart failure has a poor prognosis and will kill a fifth of those diagnosed within a year, half within two years and two thirds within 10 years.It is a common long-term condition affecting around 900,000 Britons and the second highest cost to the NHS for any disease after stroke.It happens when the heart is unable to pump blood around the body properly with a heart attack, high blood pressure or cardiomyopathy, diseases of the heart muscle, the most common causes.Other triggers are heart valve problems, alcohol or drugs, uncontrolled irregular heart rhythm, congenital heart conditions, a viral infection affecting the heart muscleand some cancer treatments.The condition is incurable and treatment aims to control symptoms for as long as possible and slow down progressionDrugs are prescribed to control blood pressure and help the heart pump while sufferers told to eat healthy, exercise and stop smoking and drinking.Others will be given a pacemaker or ICD. Heart failure still kills the same number of middle-aged Britons as it did nearly two decades ago, a new study warned.While medical advances has slashed the number of Britons dying from cancer, the same has not happened for those suffering from heart failure.The University of Oxford led study found between 1998 and 2012, survival rates for people aged over 45 with heart failure showed no improvement. Survival of heart attacks has improvedCredit:Alamy Cartoon of man with blood We disappointingly didn’t see any improvement over timeDr Clare Taylor, Oxford University Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

HexBright is the first open source flashlight

first_imgHere’s a new one. We’ve all heard of the term open source which is most commonly applied to software. The reality is that open source is a term applied to anything that can be engineered without any concerns about patent infringement. To that end, Christian Carlberg and Terry Cooke have designed the world’s first open source flashlight using open source mechanical and electrical designs in addition to software.Carlberg is best known for his engineering skills when it comes to building battle robots such as his Minion featuring a 14-inch saw blade. Now, instead of coming up with new ways to shred other robots, Carlberg has put his knowledge toward building a better flashlight. Cooke comes to the project with mechanical and electrical design experience from his work for NASA, as well as designing the 3D camera systems for the movie Avatar. It was Cooke’s expertise that helped put the “bright” into the HexBright according to Carlberg.The flashlight, called the HexBright, is made out of solid aircraft grade aluminum hex-bar stock, features a CREE XM-L super bright LED, will come in four colors and will be offered in two models. The HexBright Prime is 4.75 inches long and features a maximum output of 350 lumens. The flashlight is powered by 2 CR123A batteries and comes with three default modes including hi, low and flash. However, if you are looking for the Cadillac of flashlights then the HexBright Flex may be more up your alley.The HexBright Flex, which is slightly longer than the Prime model at 5.25 inches, offers a light intensity of up to 500 lumens which is five times greater than that of conventional LED flashlights. It is fully rechargeable through its micro-USB port thanks to its 18650 lithium-ion battery which is easily replaced. The Flex will ship with four default modes including hi, medium, low and flash, but one thing that differentiates it from other flashlights, besides its brightness, is that it can be re-programmed via USB. This allows the flashlight’s microprocessor firmware to be re-flashed when connected to a PC.The HexBright Flex will ship with easy interface software to program the flashlight, but the interface’s source code will also be provided. This will encourage the community to develop custom source code for it which will be supplied through the Hexbright.com website to allow users to swap and share lighting code. In regards to whether the HexBright models are waterproof, the Carlberg says that they are, “as waterproof as we can make it”, but he’s is still exploring the possibility of a cap for the Flex that you can screw off for sealing the USB port.Carlberg originally built a prototype of the HexBright Prime, but after conceiving the HexBright Flex he ran out of the money to actually make one. As a result, he turned to Kickstarter to fund the building of it while also using the opportunity to offer both HexBright models to the public. Carlberg had a goal of only $31,000 which would fund the manufacturing of 1000 HexBrights, but has now received pledges as of this week totaling twice that amount. As a result, Carlberg will use the extra money to put both HexBright models through tests to qualify them as “tactical lights.”The consequences of building a business model for a flashlight around open source is dependent upon what type of open source licensing is being used. A GPL license is a reciprocal licensing meaning that there are certain obligations around using it. For example, someone who distributes GPL software with their products would need to open source any of their software they ship with it. That could be the very reason Carlberg is offering the source code to re-flash the Flex since he may be falling into this obligation. A permissive license is less restrictive since there is no obligation to open source any product or application you may have just because you used open source.You can help fund the project, as well as receive one of the HexBright flashlights, by pledging $35 to receive a HexBright Prime or $60 to receive the HexBright Flex. Both pledge amounts include shipping within the USA. An additional $10 is required for shipping to Canada or $15 if shipped internationally. After the funding period is over, those who pledged an amount qualifying them to receive a HexBright will receive an email asking what color flashlight they would like. Carlberg currently estimates that he could possibly ship HexBright flashlights by the end of August.Read more at DeviceGuru and Kickstarter.last_img read more

TCI Caicos Express Airways force to cease operations in Salt Cay

first_img Recommended for you ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDT Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meeting Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, July 7th 2017 – Salt Cay – Caicos Express Airways has announced the suspension of service into Salt Cay effective today. The announcement came via a press release and explained that the airlines’ Aerodrome certificate, which expired on June 26th was not renewed by the Caicos Islands Civil Aviation Authorities.Caicos Express Airways revealed, “The Turks and Caicos Islands Civil Aviation Authority (TCICAA) decision not to renew the certificate is due to long term safety concerns relating to the condition of the runway surface and associate areas.”For years the depreciating condition of the airport’s runway has been of grave concern, yet no repairs were done. There has also been public outcry over allegations of Caicos Express receiving government subsidy despite canceling the route. As a result, the Civil Aviation Authority has made the decision to restrict public transport operation into Salt Cay’s aerodrome.The Turks and Caicos Islands Aviation Authority is yet to make a statement on the issue.Story By: Kay-Marie Fletcher#MagneticMediaNews The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provo Related Items:#magneticmedianewslast_img read more

Malcom Barcelona players support Dembele

first_imgBarcelona forward Malcom revealed that both himself and the team are fully behind the under-fire Ousmane DembeleThe French striker hasn’t started for Barcelona since September and his troubles at Camp Nou have since been brought into the spotlight.Reports claim Dembele skipped a training session before the international break which left manager Ernesto Valverde fuming afterwards.The Spaniard then omitted Dembele from the team which lost 4-3 at home to Real Betis last time out in La Liga.However, Malcom insists that Dembele still retains the support of his team-mates.“[Dembele] is young, but we will support him in all situations to learn,” Malcom told beIN SPORTS. “I am too. We are supporting him from the dressing room.”Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“Nothing is ever easy. Barcelona are the best team in the world,” he said. “It is difficult.“There are many players with quality, many who were at the World Cup, and you have to be patient, keep calm.“And when there are opportunities, you have to take advantage of them.”The Brazilian scored his first goal for Barcelona in their 1-1 draw at Inter Milan in the Champions League earlier this month.“Scoring in the Champions League gave me more confidence, strength and desire to continue,” said Malcom.“You have to work and fight until the end. I will not give up.”last_img read more

Parole grant reversed again for man who killed San Diego Police Officer

first_img Categories: California News, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom, KUSI Newsroom Governor @GavinNewsomstops parole for @SanDiegoPD Officer Archie Buggs’ killer after District Attorney @SummerStephan urges reversal: https://t.co/9CMdXEelyy pic.twitter.com/eRuRb03HB8— SD District Attorney (@SDDistAtty) January 24, 2019 Updated: 6:08 PMcenter_img Parole grant reversed again for man who killed San Diego Police Officer Posted: January 23, 2019 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) – Gov. Gavin Newsom reversed a decision to grant parole to a gang member who was a teenager when he shot and killed a San Diego police officer in 1978, San Diego County District Attorney Summer Stephan announced Wednesday.Stephan had urged Newsom to reverse the state Parole Board’s decision of last August, saying Jesus Cecena’s parole would jeopardize public safety because he minimized the true execution nature of his killing.SDPD Officer Archie BuggsThen-Gov. Jerry Brown previously reversed Parole Board decisions to grant Cecena parole in 2014, 2016 and 2017.Officer Archie Buggs, 30, was shot four times after he stopped a car driven by Cecena, a gang member in the Skyline neighborhood who was 17 years old at the time. Cecena fired five times at Buggs, then paused, walked toward the fallen officer and fired a final bullet into his head at point-blank range.The officer died in the street, his hand still on his service revolver.“This defendant killed an on-duty police officer in cold blood and in spite of his claims to the contrary, he still lacks honest insight and remorse into this heinous crime,” Stephan said. “We appreciate the governor’s thoughtful analysis and ultimate decision to reverse parole and safeguard the public. Officer Buggs was one of the first African-American police officers in San Diego and he was a hero to his family, his law enforcement colleagues and to the entire San Diego community. We will continue to fight for justice.”In his decision, dated last Friday, Newsom said that Cecena — despite his many years of incarceration — still has not sufficiently explained his “callous actions” on the night of the crime.In 1979, Cecena was convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Because he was underage at the time he killed Buggs, his sentence was reduced to a seven years-to-life term in 1982.Cecena’s next parole hearing is in February 2020. January 23, 2019last_img read more

Report Trump wants to cut off disaster relief to Puerto Rico

first_img(WSVN) – President Donald Trump reportedly wants to cut off financial assistance to millions of Americans in Puerto Rico who are recovering from the devastation left from Hurricane Maria.According to CNN, a congressional leadership aide said White House officials have told congressional leaders that the president does not want any more funding sent to the United States territory.The news was first reported by Axios.The aide said there are no talks to cut funds that have been set aside, but negotiations have been focused on keeping additional relief funds out of a spending bill that would pay for relief efforts in parts of the south that were hit by hurricanes.The aide also said that Puerto Rican officials haven’t yet spent all the money already set aside for the territory, but the administration is moving to stop more money from going to the island “because they don’t need it and will most likely not be able to spend it.”The president has previously accused Puerto Rican officials of mismanagement of funds, saying the money was used for reasons other than hurricane recovery.“The people of Puerto Rico are wonderful but the inept politicians are trying to use the massive and ridiculously high amounts of hurricane/disaster funding to pay off other obligations. The U.S. will NOT bail out long outstanding & unpaid obligations with hurricane relief money!” the president tweeted in October. Almost 3,000 people are estimated to have died as a result of the storm which hit in 2017.In February, Puerto Rico received $16 billion in federal aid under a disaster relief package signed by the president.However, officials estimate that about $94 billion would be needed to rebuild the island.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Two youth killed as bike hits parked DCM

first_imgYadadri- Bhongir: Two youth died in a road accident when the bike on which they were travelling hit a parked DCM. The incident took place at Nagireddypally village in Bhongir mandal in the district on Saturday. The deceased were identified as Madasu Bala Vinay of Valigonda and Pasala Kranthi of Govindapuram of Addaguduru mandal of the district. Also Read – Heavy rains lash erstwhile Khammam district Advertise With Us According to police, the duo had gone to Secundrabad on bike to attend a marriage function and while returning to Valigonda, their bike hit a wrongly parked DCM at Nagireddypally accidentally. In this incident bike rider Kranthi got head injuries and died on the spot, where as pillion rider Vinay who got injuries died on the way to hospital in Bhongir.last_img read more

10 Things To Know For Friday

first_img Share Getty ImagesFILE –President Donald TrumpTRUMP CLAIMS WITCH HUNTThe president denies that his campaign has collaborated with Russia or that he’s tried to kill an FBI probe, contending a newly heightened investigation “hurts our country terribly.”TRUMP EMBARKS ON FIRST TRIP ABROADThe president will carry the baggage of dire troubles at home during his five-stop marathon across the Middle East and Europe.HOW TRUMP’S SUPPORTERS EXPLAIN HIS WOESSome focus on leakers working to undermine the president. Some see a conspiratorial plot, powered by holdovers of the Obama administration.UTAH’S REP. JASON CHAFFETZ EXPECTED TO LEAVE OFFICE BY END OF JUNEHis resignation calls into question the future of the House Oversight Committee’s investigation into Trump and his campaign’s ties with Russia.WHAT ROGER AILES’ LEGACY ISThrough a career spanning a half-century, the Fox News founder mastered the art of media messaging and applied it to politics and broadcasting.CAR MOWS DOWN TIMES SQUARE PEDESTRIANS FOR BLOCKSLaw enforcement officials say the driver, who killed a teenager and then emerged from his vehicle wild-eyed, was hearing voices and thought he was going to die.WHO REFUSES TO STEP DOWN AMID GRAFT ALLEGATIONSBrazilian President Michel Temer rejects calls for his resignation, saying he will fight accusations that he endorsed paying hush money to an ex-lawmaker jailed for corruption.FRANCE’S LE PEN TO RUN FOR PARLIAMENT“I cannot imagine not being at the head of my troops in a battle I consider fundamental,” the far-right leader says.AT CANNES, BOOS CAN CRUSH FILMIt’s the festival’s own version of the Roman gladiator thumbs-up or thumbs-down, and its judgments can be just as harsh.CHELSEA MANNING SHOWS LOOK AS WOMANThe transgender soldier posts on Twitter and Instagram a photograph of her with short-cropped hair, bright red lipstick and a dark outfit with a plunging neckline.last_img read more

Political Roundup Texas Supreme Court Appointment And State Of The County Address

first_img 00:00 /21:34 Share It’s time again for the Houston Matters weekly political roundup with analysis of national, state, and local political stories with an eye for how it all might affect Houston and Texas.This week, our topics of discussion include Gov. Greg Abbott’s appointment of Jimmy Blacklock to the Texas Supreme Court, Harris County Judge Ed Emmett’s State of the County address, and the challenges that lie ahead for the GOP before the end of the year.This week, our panel includes: Brandon Rottinghaus from the University of Houston and co-host of Houston Public Media’s Party Politics podcast; Dr. David Branham, professor of political science at the University of Houston-Downtown; and Jay Aiyer, from Texas Southern University and co-host of Houston Public Media’s Party Politics podcast. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen Xlast_img read more

Narendrapur couple were hit on head Autopsy report

first_imgKolkata: The couple murdered at Narendrapur in South 24-Parganas were strangulated to death.On Wednesday, the autopsy surgeon opined that the duo was hit on their heads with some heavy object and then strangled. During the investigation, police questioned the neighbours of the couple identified as Pradip Biswas (55) and Alpana Biswas (45) and the owners of the house and land where the couple used to live as caretakers. From sources police came to know that recently there were a plan to set up a factory in the vacant land. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataIt is suspected that there might be some conflict with the proposed factory owners and the deceased persons which resulted in killings. On Wednesday experts from Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL) visited the murder spot and collected samples such as pieces of cloth, a pillow, scissors and blood stains inside the house. It is suspected that 4-5 persons are connected with the murders. Also on Wednesday police found an envelope of a mobile phone SIM card. The police are trying to find out the owner of the SIM card. Also, the lost mobile phones of Pradip and Alpana are yet to be traced. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateIt is suspected that the couple has been murdered by professional killers as the style of murder was gruesome. On Tuesday police, stated that only a TV was missing from the house which is suspected to be a trick by the murderers in order to make the situation complex for the investigators. On Tuesday, and bodies of Pradip and Alpana were found stuffed inside two suitcases in the washroom of the house where they were working as caretakers since 1997. One of the relatives of the couple went to the house as he was unable to contact the duo killed since Monday morning. It is suspected that Pradip and Alpana have been killed on Sunday night.last_img read more

Naomi Watts binge watched Game of Thrones

first_imgNaomi Watts says she had not seen ‘Game of Thrones’ before she gave a nod to starring in its spin-off, but finished the HBO series in three months after she was “hooked” to it. The actor, who is set to headline the much-anticipated prequel of the epic fantasy show, said her brother, photographer Ben Watts egged her on to watch it. “I didn’t start watching until I was approached about this job. But my brother, who is heavily into it, told me, ‘Under no circumstances are you going to turn this down’,” Watts told Net-A-Porter’s PorterEdit magazine. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfShe added that as soon as she started watching ‘GOT’, she “was in – hook, line and sinker”. The 50-year-old actor said she now has a better understanding of the show’s fandom and has an idea on how important her stint in the spin-off could have on her career. “I still have fears about that. I don’t really know what to prepare for,” she added. According to HBO, the new show will be set thousands of years before the events of “GOT”. It will chronicle the world’s descent from the golden Age of Heroes into its darkest hour. From the horrifying secrets of Westeros’s history to the true origin of the White Walkers, the mysteries of the East to the Starks of legend, the official logline of the show read.last_img read more

Intel discloses four new vulnerabilities labeled MDS attacks affecting Intel chips

first_imgYesterday, Intel and a group of microarchitecture security researchers disclosed four new hackable vulnerabilities in Intel’s chips. These vulnerabilities expose extremely sensitive data and processes from a victim’s CPU to the attacker. Intel has grouped these vulnerabilities together and labeled them as Microarchitectural Data Sampling or MDS attacks. MDS is a sub-class of previously disclosed speculative execution side channel vulnerabilities and is comprised of four closely related CVEs. These vulnerabilities were first identified by Intel’s internal researchers and partners and independently reported to Intel by external researchers. These include: Microarchitectural Load Port Data Sampling (MLPDS) – CVE-2018-12127 Fallout: Microarchitectural Store Buffer Data Sampling (MSBDS) – CVE-2018-12126 ZombieLoad or RIDL: Microarchitectural Fill Buffer Data Sampling (MFBDS) – CVE-2018-12130 Microarchitectural Data Sampling Uncacheable Sampling (MDSUM) – CVE-2019-11091 Researchers have named few of these vulnerabilities as ZombieLoad, Fallout, and RIDL, or Rogue In-Flight Data Load, with ZombieLoad being the most dangerous as it can scrape more data than the rest. Intel said that the ARM and AMD are not likely vulnerable to these MDS attacks. Also, some models released last month include a fix for this problem. However, all of Intel’s chips that the researchers tested, going back as early as 2008, were affected. According to a report by ZDNet, “The good news is that Intel had more than a year to get this patched, and the company worked with various OS and software vendors to coordinate patches at both the hardware and software level. Both the hardware (Intel CPU microcode updates) and software (OS security updates) protections must be installed at the same time to fully mitigate MDS attacks. If patches aren’t available yet, disabling the Simultaneous Multi-Threading (SMT) feature on Intel CPUs will significantly reduce the impact of all MDS attacks.” In these new cases, researchers found that they could use speculative execution to trick Intel’s processors into grabbing sensitive data that’s moving from one component of a chip to another. Unlike Meltdown, which used speculative execution to grab sensitive data sitting in memory, MDS attacks focus on the buffers that sit between a chip’s components, such as between a processor and its cache, the small portion of memory allocated to the processor to keep frequently accessed data close at hand. Cristiano Giuffrida, one of the researchers in the VUSec group at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam who discovered the MDS attack said, “It’s kind of like we treat the CPU as a network of components, and we basically eavesdrop on the traffic between them. We hear anything that these components exchange.” Zombieload side-channel attack Zombieload, a side-channel attack, is the leading attack among the new vulnerabilities and also falls in the same category as Meltdown, Spectre, and Foreshadow. It is exploited by taking advantage of the speculative execution process, which is an optimization technique that Intel added to its CPUs to improve data processing speeds and performance. Read Also: Seven new Spectre and Meltdown attacks found ZombieLoad gets its name from a “zombie load,” an amount of data that the processor can’t understand or properly process, forcing the processor to ask for help from the processor’s microcode to prevent a crash. Apps are usually only able to see their own data, but this bug allows that data to bleed across those boundary walls. ZombieLoad will leak any data currently loaded by the processor’s core, the researchers said. Intel said patches to the microcode will help clear the processor’s buffers, preventing data from being read. “Like Meltdown and Spectre, it’s not just PCs and laptops affected by ZombieLoad — the cloud is also vulnerable. ZombieLoad can be triggered in virtual machines, which are meant to be isolated from other virtual systems and their host device”, the TechCrunch reports. Daniel Gruss, one of the researchers who discovered the latest round of chip flaws, said it works “just like” it does on PCs and can read data off the processor. That’s potentially a major problem in cloud environments where different customers’ virtual machines run on the same server hardware. Although no attacks have been publicly reported, the researchers couldn’t rule them out nor would any attack necessarily leave a trace, they said. Gruss said it was “easier than Spectre” but “more difficult than Meltdown” to exploit — and both required a specific set of skills and effort to use in an attack. But if exploit code was compiled in an app or delivered as malware, “we can run an attack,” he said. Intel has released microcode to patch vulnerable processors. Apple, Microsoft, and Google have also released patches, with other companies expected to follow. “In a call with TechCrunch, Intel said the microcode updates, like previous patches, would have an impact on processor performance. An Intel spokesperson told TechCrunch that most patched consumer devices could take a 3 percent performance hit at worst, and as much as 9 percent in a datacenter environment. But, the spokesperson said, it was unlikely to be noticeable in most scenarios. And neither Intel nor Gruss and his team have released exploit code, so there’s no direct and immediate threat to the average user”, TechCrunch reports. Is Zombieload a security threat for Linux system? As a defense against Zombieload, a ZDNet report suggests, “To defend yourself, your processor must be updated, your operating system must be patched, and for the most protection, Hyper-Threading disabled.” Red Hat rated CVE-2018-12130(Zombieload) as a severity impact of “important,” while the others have moderate severity. Greg Kroah-Hartman, the stable Linux kernel maintainer, in an announcement email wrote, “I’m announcing the release of the 5.1.2 kernel. All users of the 5.1 kernel series must upgrade. Well, kind of, let me rephrase that…All users of Intel processors made since 2011 must upgrade.” “Red Hat noted all its Linux distributions from Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 5 on up to the new RHEL 8 are affected. Platforms based on these Linux distros, such as Red Hat Virtualization and Red Hat OpenStack, are also vulnerable”, ZDNet reports. Chris Robinson, Red Hat’s product security assurance manager, explained: “These vulnerabilities represent an access restriction bypass flaw that impacts many Intel CPU’s and many of the operating systems that enable that hardware. Working with other industry leaders, Red Hat has developed kernel security updates for products in our portfolio to address these vulnerabilities. We are working with our customers and partners to make these updates available, along with the information our customers need to quickly protect their physical systems, virtual images, and container-based deployments.” According to a Wired post, “VUSec’s Giuffrida notes that his team was paid $100,000 by Intel for their work as part of the company’s “bug bounty” program that rewards researchers who warn the company about critical flaws. That’s hardly the kind of money paid out for trivial issues, he points out. But he also says that Intel at one point offered VUSec only a $40,000 bug bounty, accompanied by a $80,000 “gift”—which Giuffrida saw as an attempt to reduce the bounty amount cited publicly and thus the perceived severity of the MDS flaws. VUSec refused the offer of more total money in favor of a bounty that better reflected the severity of its findings, and it threatened to opt out of a bug bounty in protest. Intel changed its offer to the full $100,000.” To know more about this news, read Intel’s official blog post. Read Next A WhatsApp vulnerability enabled attackers to inject Israeli spyware on user’s phones ChaCha20-Poly1305 vulnerability issue affects OpenSSL 1.1.1 and 1.1.0 Drupal releases security advisory for ‘serious’ Remote Code Execution vulnerabilitylast_img read more