Victoria set to tighten limits on number of dogs in area parks

first_imgVICTORIA – Victoria-area politicians are considering putting limits on the number of dogs people can walk and charging a fee for dog-walking businesses who use regional parks amid complaints about packs of wandering animals.Capital Regional District politicians are poised to approve a bylaw next month that would cap the number of dogs walked at one time to three for individuals and eight for professional walkers.Mayor David Screech of the suburban community of View Royal said in an interview that people regularly tell him they encounter dogs numbering nine or more animals while on hikes in area parks.“It was certainly prompted by public concerns,” said Screech, adding he receives emails and calls from people concerned about large numbers of dogs in Thetis Lake Regional Park in his community.The 833-hectare park includes a series of woodland trails and is a favourite hiking area for people, with or without their dogs.“We’ve been getting more and more complaints from people, especially in Thetis Lake Park about large groups of dogs, as many as nine, 10, 11 and 12 under the jurisdiction of one owner,” Screech said. “What it comes down to is the basic issue of how many dogs can one person control.”But Pam Delaney, who was at a Victoria off-leash dog park Thursday, said she’s happy to see large groups of dogs in area parks.“They behave better, it seems, in a pack,” she said. “Dog owners used to keep their dogs away from each other, not realizing they are social animals who love getting together, which is so obvious here.”About a dozen dogs were in the park’s open area chasing after each other.Sarah Spindler, who was walking her two border collie-cross dogs, Cedar and Salty, said she felt the bylaw was unnecessary.“It kind of seems to me it’s one of those rules that they make to make a rule,” she said.Spindler said she understands why some people might be concerned about large groups of dogs, but those people should choose to stay out of the parks.“A whole pack of dogs coming at you could be a little overwhelming,” she said. “To me it’s a known dog walking area, so you know what you are going to run into.”Screech, who’s on the district’s park’s committee, said it recommended approval of the bylaw after hearing complaints from people that too many animals are under the control of one person.He said the bylaw will go before the entire regional district board next month, and if approved, will set out a code of conduct for owners and charge a $320 licence fee for professional dog-walking businesses.“I do think everybody has the right to feel comfortable when using a park,” said Screech. “There needs to be a balance that works for everybody and that’s what we’re attempting to strike.”If approved, the new dog limit rules would be in place by May 1, 2018.last_img read more

Protests and marches sparked by RCMP arrest at BC pipeline protest camp

first_imgHOUSTON, B.C. – The arrest of 14 people at an Indigenous blockade in a remote area of northern British Columbia became a flash point Tuesday that sparked protests across the country.Protesters delayed Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s speech in Ottawa, stopped traffic in Vancouver and Victoria and prompted a counter protest in front of the headquarters of the company building the pipeline at the centre of the dispute.RCMP made the arrests Monday at a blockade southwest of Houston, B.C., where some members of the Gidimt’en clan of the Wet’suwet’en First Nation had set up a camp to control access to a pipeline project across their territory. Police concerns about a protest in Ottawa forced Trudeau to move to another building close to Parliament Hill to give a speech at a forum.The national chief of the Assembly of First Nations said the use of police force against people peacefully protesting the construction of the pipeline is a violation of their human and Aboriginal rights.“Building consensus under duress will make the resolution of the situation in northern British Columbia very difficult,” Perry Bellegarde said in a statement Tuesday. “Real consensus will be built when the parties, with very different views, come together in meaningful and productive dialogue. And I am confident that they can do this.”Bellegarde said the Canadian and B.C. governments have promised to implement UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples but in northern B.C. they are imposing their laws over those of the Wet’suwet’en.Gidimt’en member Jen Wickham said hereditary chiefs had gathered near the site of the B.C. camp Tuesday and expected further RCMP action.Wickham was in Prince George where she said 13 people arrested for violating the court order, including her sister Molly Wickham, were scheduled to appear in court. She said an elder arrested on Monday had already been released.The Gidimt’en set up a gate in December in support of an anti-pipeline camp that members of the Unist’ot’en, another Wet’suwet’en clan, established years ago.Wickham, who has fielded calls from India and the United Kingdom about the pipeline resistance, said it’s been “surreal” to see the international response.She said she believes the issue is gaining attention now because the Gidimt’en have dispelled the myth that it’s only individuals from one clan opposing the project.“I think now that the Gidimt’en have stepped up and said, ‘No, this is a nation-based issue, this is about sovereignty,’ it’s really sinking in,” she said.New Democrat MP Nathan Cullen, who represents the area, said the protest he witnessed on Monday was “determined” but “peaceful. He estimated about 200 police officers were used to enforce the court injunction.Cpl. Madonna Saunderson would not say how many RCMP officers were involved in the operation.The Mounties placed exclusion areas and road closures near the Morice River Bridge where the blockade was located that prevented Coastal GasLink from getting access to its pipeline right of way.The company said it has signed agreements with all First Nations along the route for LNG Canada’s $40 billion liquefied natural gas project in Kitimat, but demonstrators argue Wet’suwet’en house chiefs, who are hereditary rather than elected, have not given consent.LNG Canada announced in October that it was moving ahead with its plans for the Kitimat export facility. Construction on the 670-kilometre natural gas pipeline is scheduled to begin this month.In Halifax, about 150 protesters gathered on the steps of Halifax Regional Police headquarters, where the RCMP has a significant presence.“I’m here to stand in solidarity with the folks on the front lines of Wet’suwet’en that are protecting their unceded territory and to express to the RCMP,” Halifax resident Sadie Beaton said before the protest started with a sweetgrass ceremony.Protesters marched through downtown Toronto, chanting “TransCanada has got to go” and brought afternoon traffic to a halt.About 500 people gathered at the B.C. legislature in Victoria chanting and carrying placards.Shelagh Bell-Irving attended the protest in support of the First Nation blockade.“This is wrong and we have to stop it. We need to shut down Canada now and let the government know we the people are running the show and not them.”_ With files from Dan Healing in Calgary, Dirk Meissner in Victoria, Mike MacDonald in Halifax, Kristy Kirkup in Ottawa, Hina Alam in Vancouver and Paola Loriggio in Toronto. Police were enforcing a B.C. Supreme Court injunction granted to TransCanada Corp. subsidiary Coastal GasLink. It ordered the removal of obstructions in Wet’suwet’en territory as work gets underway on a $6.2-billion pipeline carrying natural gas from the Dawson Creek area to Kitimat.. @UBCIC Grand Chief Stewart Phillip and Rueben George of the Tsleil-Waututh Nation speak in Vancouvet for #Indigenous rights at rally to support #Unistoten #Wetsuweten #undrip #cdnpoli #environment photos: @mike_ruffolo pic.twitter.com/lAlIo4e14n— National Observer (@NatObserver) January 8, 2019Grand Chief Stewart Phillip of the Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs told a crowd at Victory Square in Vancouver that it would be a watershed year for Indigenous people in the fight against pipelines crossing their lands.“We’re starting off 2019 with a bang,” he said to cheers and applause. “I want to say to Prime Minister Trudeau: Welcome to battle ground British Columbia.”About 60 people attended the rally in support of the First Nation outside the headquarters of TransCanada Corp. in downtown Calgary. They were greeted by about the same number of pipeline supporters who were encouraged to come out by Canada Action, a Calgary-based lobby group.Chants of “Build that Pipe” drowned out the blockade supporters initially but the anti-pipeline group found its voice and were soon matching the volume with their own chant of “Consent. Sovereignty!”center_img There were no physical confrontations but angry words and hand gestures flew back and forth as at least a dozen Calgary police officers used their bodies and bicycles to separate the groups.Stephen Buffalo, CEO of the Indian Resource Council of Canada, which represents oil and gas producing First Nations, took part in the pro-pipeline part of the rally.“The big thing is we’ve got to be able to support our communities that said yes to this (project) because it’s their community that needs that financial benefit,” he said.“It’s about getting out of poverty and finding a way for our people.”last_img read more

Canola group demands Ottawa ‘consider all available options’ in China seed dispute

The Canola Council of Canada is calling on the federal government to “consider all available options” amid a trade dispute with China that has resulted in suspended seed shipments from two exporters.China suspended the licenses of Richardson International Ltd. and Viterra Inc., citing concerns about pests, and Chinese companies stopped buying seed from Canadian producers in recent months.The council’s president Jim Everson says in a statement that the group has seen little sign that China wants to engage in a science-based discussion and it needs Ottawa to consider all available options.It recommends Canada appoint an ambassador to China as soon as possible, and review diplomatic, technical and legal tools to engage Chinese officials in resuming trade, among other things.The seed dispute comes after Canadian authorities arrested Chinese tech executive, Meng Wanzhou, in Vancouver in December at the behest of the U.S.The council says China’s been a major market for Canadian canola and accounts for about 40 per cent of all seed, oil and meal exports.The Canadian Press read more

Moroccan Government Backtracks on Right to Strike Bill amid Widespread Criticism

Rabat – After receiving a pile of written protestations against an “undemocratic” and “unilateral” government-sponsored draft bill on the right to strike, the Moroccan government, through its ministry of employment and vocational training, has backtracked and announced that the bill would go through some amendments before adoption by parliament.According to Moroccan outlet Al Akhbar, the series of “international criticism” the bill received in recent weeks “have given new ideas to the government,” especially to the Minister of Employment and Vocational Training Mohamed Yatim.Himself a former trade union representative, Yatim has allegedly replied to some of the disapproving messages his department recently received. The minister has reportedly promised to do his best to include some of the missing elements that critics have pointed out in the different protest letters and emails.The draft bill had already been introduced to the parliament and was awaiting the stamp of approval from the two parliamentary chambers.The document was widely expected to successfully pass parliamentary scrutiny, as most of the bills introduced by the government tend to be adopted.However, in his response to international trade unions, Minister Yatim reassured that the draft has not yet been formally discussed at the parliament, meaning that it can still be amended before it is reintroduced for parliamentary voting.Among the criticism facing the draft bill is the lack of inclusive dialogue with all the stakeholders on labor-related legislation.The criticism is rooted in the Social Dialogue Agreement.Signed in April of this year, the agreement states that any labor-related legislation should be the object of thorough consultation between the government, labor and trade unions, and the General Confederation of Enterprises of Morocco (CGEM).Labor union representatives have mainly criticized the government for “contravening the spirit of the 2011 Constitution” which guarantees workers’ right to strike or express dissent in the forms of “freedoms of assembly, peaceful demonstration, association, and union and political affiliation.”The draft law prohibits strike in some sectors.At the same time, even in instances where it authorizes striking, it discourages workers from actually expressing dissent by “imposing fines and penalties,” according to Moroccan trade unions. Meanwhile, Article 14 of the draft stipulates that, when striking, workers “cannot be paid for the duration of the strike.”The American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO), one of the many international labor unions to have stood in solidarity with their Moroccan counterparts, recently lamented the “unilateral” nature of the draft law, describing it as “a violation of the most fundamental and constitutional rights.”But not all government departments are happy with the Minister of Employment and Vocational Training’s decision to heed the criticism and make changes accordingly. Al Akhbar noted in its report that a number of “discordant voices” within the government have lashed out at the minister’s move.They reportedly argued that, for a draft bill that boasted unanimous support from the government, backtracking because of criticism from international labor unions sends an encouraging message to others who may resort to the same method in the future when trying “to police” the behavior or stance of the Moroccan government on some issues. read more

Japanese economy grows at 59 per cent rate on rush to buy

In this Wednesday, May 14, 2014 photo, a man carries carton boxes with a cart in front of a construction site in Tokyo. Preliminary data show Japan’s economy grew at a 5.9 percent annualized rate in the January-March quarter as companies and consumers stepped up buying ahead of an increase in the sales tax. The growth figures for the world’s third-largest economy released Thursday, May 15 were in line with expectations a pre-tax hike rush. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Japanese economy grows at 5.9 per cent rate on rush to buy ahead of sales tax hike by Elaine Kurtenbach, The Associated Press Posted May 14, 2014 7:06 pm MDT TOKYO – Japan’s economy grew at a 5.9 per cent annualized rate in the first quarter, the fastest in nearly three years, as companies and consumers brought forward spending to beat a sales tax increase that is expected to cause a contraction in the current quarter.The growth figures for the world’s third-largest economy released Thursday were in line with expectations. Strong private consumption, residential investment and corporate spending were the biggest contributors to growth, while public spending fell slightly.Since taking office in late 2012, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has sought to get Japan’s growth back on track through a combination of heavy government spending, ultra-loose monetary policy and economic reforms.Although the economy was already recovering when Abe took office, his “Abenomics” formula is credited with boosting corporate profits and helping Japan escape from a longtime deflationary rut. Sustaining growth will require major reforms to boost competitiveness and unlock bottlenecks inhibiting growth, economists say.Abe is due to present in June his latest explanation of reform plans, which so far have made little headway. Haruhiko Kuroda, who as governor of the Bank of Japan is the most influential ally of the “Abenomics” strategy, describes the reforms as the “final and most important element in addressing Japan’s challenges.”Labour policy reforms, such as increased participation of women in the workforce and better use of foreign labour, are needed to help improve Japan’s lagging productivity and improve public finances, Kuroda told a conference Thursday.“This will be a golden opportunity to resolve the medium- to long-term challenges facing Japan’s economy,” Kuroda said.Kuroda reiterated his belief that the economy is moving toward sustained growth, with price increases moving toward the official target for 2 per cent inflation.Wages have not kept pace with inflation, even with minor increases for the fraction of workers who are represented by unions during spring labour negotiations. But Kuroda said he believes tightening employment conditions will lead to the improved incomes needed to support growth in the long run, he said.Japan’s quarter-to-quarter growth in January-March, adjusted for inflation, was 1.5 per cent, the fastest rate since the rebound from the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami. It was the sixth straight quarter of expansion.The increase in the sales tax to 8 per cent from 5 per cent on April 1 is expected to cause a contraction in GDP in the current quarter. But the latest data suggest growth may be buoyant enough to rebound relatively quickly.The recovery in the U.S. and Europe may help Japan increase exports, so far an area that has lagged expectations as soaring import costs for energy, food and industrial components have outpaced increases in demand for Japanese products overseas.However, corporate spending has also been slow to pick up, as companies with fattened balance sheets have opted to expand operations and acquisitions offshore rather than beefing up their factories in Japan, where growth is expected to remain slow due to the aging and shrinking of the population.“The evidence shows Abenomics has given a big boost to the economy so far, but it’s mainly stimulus driven. The challenge is to shift to private sector demand,” said Romain Duval, Asia-Pacific division chief at the International Monetary Fund. read more

ExBuckeye carries on basketball tradition

When Brandon Fuss-Cheatham graduated from Ohio State, he wasn’t sure if he’d ever feel as attached to the tradition at his alma mater.“One thing that I didn’t realize while being in school is, when you graduate and move on into the real world it is very surprising how deep and strong the alumni base is across the county.”Fuss-Cheatham, a major part of an OSU men’s basketball team that faced plenty of ups and downs, played in 113 games for the Bucks from 2001-2005. “I miss the pure joy of being around my teammates and coaches,” he said. “Most of your time in college was being around your teammates and staff.”In his freshman season, Fuss-Cheatham played in 29 games, as the Bucks fell to Missouri in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. A year later, he saw action in 22 games as OSU took a step back, losing in the opening round of the NIT.Fuss-Cheatham started the majority of his junior season at point guard for the Buckeyes, who ended the season 14-16. In his senior campaign, he started 20 games, playing a central role on the team that tainted Illinois’ undefeated record in the final game of the regular season.The Buckeyes finished the ’04-’05 season at 20-12, but were banned from postseason play because of NCAA violations stemming from actions of former coach Jim O’Brien.After his eligibility ran out, Fuss-Cheatham remained in school to finish obtaining his degree, turning down several opportunities to play basketball overseas.At first, his love for basketball overshadowed his desire to put his marketing degree to use. Fuss-Cheatham ran an AAU basketball program and then a 24-hour basketball fitness program in Orange County, Calif. He strived to keep basketball in his life any way he could, he said.“Being able to travel, practice and of course play with OSU on your shirt with the people you worked so hard with was awesome,” he said. “Also playing in front of such loyal fans made you feel like you were a part of something special. The entire city was behind their sports.”Eventually, he felt it was time to quell his passion for the game, and allow his marketing skills to pay off. He has been working for California law firms since spring.While basketball doesn’t maintain the same presence in his life that it once did, the camaraderie and tradition of Ohio State has reappeared.“I live in Orange County, Calif., and I meet people every week from OSU,” he said. “There are parties for football and basketball games with over 200-300 people, all alumni. It is a great feeling to be a part of the OSU tradition.” read more

EHF EURO 2016 Qual 10 teams with 100 after Round 2

EHF EURO 2016handball teams Many interesting matches have been played during the weekend in the Round 2 of the Men’s EHF EURO 2016 Qualification. Exactly ten teams stayed with 100% after two matches in their first weekend in the battle for the tournament in Poland.EHF EURO 2016 qualification – Round 2:GROUP 1 (Sunday)The Netherlands – Norway 22:30Turkey – Croatia 22:32STANDINGS:Croatia 4Norway 4The Netherlands 0Turkey 0GROUP 2 (Sunday)Lithuania – Belarus 28:30Bosnia and Herzegovina – Denmark 23:25STANDINGS:Denmark 4Belarus 3BIH 1Lithuania 0GROUP 3 ( Saturday)Latvia – Slovenia 28:39Slovakia – Sweden 23:33STANDINGS:Slovenia 4Sweden 4Slovakia 0Latvia 0GROUP 4 (Sunday)Montenegro – Iceland 25:24Israel – Serbia 22:26STANDINGS:Serbia 4Iceland 2Montenegro 2Israel 0GROUP 5 (Sunday)Portugal – Russia 29:34Ukraine – Hungary 20:33STANDINGS:Hungary 4Russia 2 (one match less)Portugal 0Ukraine 0GROUP 6 (Sunday)Czech Republic – Macedonia 27:27Switzerland – France 24:33STANDINGS:France 4Macedonia 3Czech Republic 1Switzerland 0GROUP 7Finland – Spain 27:34Austria – Germany 24:28STANDINGS:Germany 4Spain 4Austria 0Finland 0 ← Previous Story BALKAN GIRL – Allison Pineau from Skopje to Ljubljana! Next Story → Montenegro shock Iceland read more

Chadian army claims mastermind of Algerian gas plant attack killed in Mali

first_imgCHAD HAS SAID its troops in northern Mali have killed Mokhtar Belmokhtar, Islamist leader who masterminded an assault on an Algerian gas plant in January that left 37 foreign hostages dead.The announcement came amid continued fighting in the mountains of northern Mali, where France today said a third French soldier had been killed since it launched operations against Islamist rebels in mid-January.The reported death of Belmokhtar was the second time Chad said it had killed a leading Islamist militant in Mali in recent days – after the reported death of Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) commander Abdelhamid Abou Zeid.There has been no confirmation of the deaths from other governments or Islamist sources.If the killings are confirmed, the French-led military coalition fighting in northern Mali will have eliminated the Sahel region’s two historical Al-Qaeda leaders and decapitated the Islamist insurgency in Mali.“If this information is confirmed it’s a very important blow by France, because these were the two men who ran the (Islamist) organisation in the Sahel,” said Anne Giudicelli, a specialist on Islamic militant groups.French troops in MaliFrance meanwhile said a soldier from the First Parachute Chasseur Regiment was killed in fighting in Mali’s northern mountains last night.The army said he was killed during an operation that also “neutralised” at least 15 Islamist rebels.France has so far suffered relatively few casualties during its operations in Mali, launched on January 11 to back up Malian forces against Islamist rebels who seized control of the country’s vast desert north last year.A legionnaire with the 2nd Foreign Parachute Regiment was killed amid heavy clashes on February 19 and a helicopter pilot died at the very start of the operation.The Chadian army, whose troops have been at the forefront of the hunt for Al-Qaeda-linked fighters hiding in northern Mali, said Belmokhtar was killed during an operation in the Ifoghas mountains yesterday.Belmokhtar, an Algerian national and Afghanistan veteran, had broken away from AQIM weeks ago to form a group called Signatories in Blood.“The Chadian forces in Mali completely destroyed the main jihadist base in Adrar of the Ifoghas mountains” at 1200 GMT, an army statement said, adding that several militants were killed “including leader Mokhtar Belmokhtar”.Belmokhtar, 40, was seen several times in the main northern Malian cities of Timbuktu and Gao after AQIM and its allies took over northern Mali in April 2012.He quit AQIM last year and in December the creation of his new group was announced.Algerian gas plantIn January, days after France’s surprise decision to send in fighter jets and troops to help the Malian government reconquer the north, Belmokhtar claimed the attack on the In Amenas gas plant in southern Algeria.The spectacular assault on the isolated facility, which was jointly operated by British, US and Norwegian oil companies, ended in a bloodbath, with 38 hostages killed by the time an Algerian raid ended the crisis.Among the victims were 37 foreigners, from nations including Britain, Norway and Japan.The report of the death of the man branded “The Uncatchable” came after Chadian President Idriss Deby Itno announced Friday that his forces had killed Abou Zeid, the top AQIM commander in Mali.Deby said his troops killed Abou Zeid during a major battle on February 22 that also left 26 Chadian soldiers dead.But the private Mauritanian news agency Sahara Medias had a different story. It said Abou Zeid, 46, one of the most wanted men in Africa, was killed “four days ago” in a French air strike during a clash between a unit he was leading and the Chadian platoon that had suffered the 26 losses days earlier.Sahara Medias said the strike occurred in the mountainous region of Tigharghar near the border with Algeria and added that “extremely well-informed sources” had confirmed Abou Zeid’s killing.Algeria’s El Khabar newspaper said Saturday that Algerian security services, who were the first to report Abou Zeid’s death, had found his personal weapon and examined a body believed to be his.“Confirmation of Abou Zeid’s death remains linked to the results of DNA tests done on Thursday by Algeria on two members of his family,” it said.Abou Zeid was believed to be holding a number of Western hostages, including four French citizens kidnapped in Niger in 2010.He and Belmokhtar were directly involved in most of the kidnappings of foreigners that have plagued the region in recent years.- © AFP 2013.Related: Al-Qaeda’s top leader in Mali killed in fighting>Explainer: What is happening in Mali?>last_img read more

George Souris sings the praise of Australian films

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Three Australian-made films are reaping box office success and critical acclaim around the world, and the Minister for Arts, George Souris couldn’t be more pleased. He believes strong partnerships with the NSW government will foster more and more productions The minister says “lovers of Australian cinema have great times ahead with films from NSW filmmakers such as Mental, The Railway Man, Dead Europe and Lore to be released over the coming months”. Filming at the moment in Australia is the new Wolverine movie staring Hugh Jackman, and the new Lego animated film.last_img

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PencilSized AI Device to Protect Wildlife From Poachers

first_imgStay on target Nonprofit Resolve and Intel teamed up to create TrailGuard AI, an artificially intelligent camera that detects poachers in near real time.The system can spot hunters entering Africa’s wildlife reserves, and alert park rangers in near real time.“By pairing AI technology with human decision-makers, we can solve some of our greatest challenges, including illegal poaching of endangered animals,” Anna Bethke, leader of AI for Social Good at Intel, said in a statement.“With TrailGuard AI,” she explained, “Intel’s Movidius technology enables the camera to capture suspected poacher images and alerts park rangers, who will ultimately decide the most appropriate response.”Deep neural network algorithms allow the updated device to recognize humans and vehicles with “a high degree of accuracy,” Intel boasted; no more mass panic at shifting cloud cover, birds, or passing creatures.Designed to perform in the wild for up to 1.5 years without battery replacement, TrailGuard AI is about the size of a pencil—easy to hide and camouflage from hunters and animals.Intel’s Movidius Myriad 2 chip uses artificial intelligence to identify potential poachers (via Walden Kirsch/Intel Corporation)According to Resolve, a D.C.-based public policy dispute resolution organization, an elephant is killed every 15 minutes by a poacher, at a rate of approximately 35,000 pachyderms per year.Experts predict elephants will be extinct within a decade.Other large animals like rhinos, gorillas, and tigers are also in danger, as well as giraffes, antelopes, and wildebeest, which can get caught in poachers’ snares.TrailGuard AI will initially deploy in 100 African reserves through the year—starting with Serengeti and Garamba; manufacturers plan to expand into Southeast Asia and South America in the future.The University of Southern California Center for Artificial Intelligence in Society has long applied AI to protect wildlife.Analysts initially used artificial intelligence and game theory to anticipate poachers’ haunts. Now they have the technology to stop them in their tracks (so to speak).Last year, USC applied deep learning to spot hunters in near real time, turning poachers into prey.More on Geek.com:Intel Falcon 8+ Drones Find New Calling as Bridge InspectorsMachine Learning May Predict How Well You’ll AgeGenetic Mutations Could Wipe Out Eastern Lowland Gorillas McDonald’s Plans to Serve AI Voice Technology at Drive ThruCIMON Returns to Earth After 14 Months on ISS last_img read more

Democrats Wont Stop Fighting for Net Neutrality

first_img Democrats this week introduced a new bill aimed at restoring net neutrality rules repealed in 2017.Backed by an army of House and Senate Democrats, Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced the “Save the Internet Act of 2019.” Here’s the Save The Internet Act of 2019 that nearly every Senate Democrat joined me in introducing today. 3 pages that will restore #NetNeutrality. Let’s pass it and make the internet free and open again. #SaveTheNet pic.twitter.com/BCYtcmcMe3— Ed Markey (@SenMarkey) March 6, 2019The Federal Communications Commission, meanwhile, believes its “bipartisan, light-touch approach” to regulating the Internet has been a success.“This time-tested framework has preserved the free and open Internet,” Tina Pelkey, spokeswoman for FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, said in a statement. “It has proven wrong the many hysterical predictions of doom from 2017, most notably the fantasy that market-based regulation would bring about ‘the end of the Internet as we know it.’ The Internet in America today is free and vibrant, and the main thing it needs to be saved from is heavy-handed regulation from the 1930s.”Two months after net neutrality officially ended in June 2018, attorneys general from 22 states and the District of Columbia filed suit, alleging the FCC overstepped its authority to ban states from passing their own regulations.In an impassioned speech, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) on Wednesday explained that “there are so many reasons that we need net neutrality.”“We don’t let electric companies … say you can charge this house one rate and the same house next door another rate,” he said. “We don’t let our highways … say you can charge this car one rate, you can charge that car another.“We need the same rules on the Internet,” Schumer urged. “It’s gotta be open and free and fair. It’s gotta give the average person a break.”And he’s not alone. FCC Commissioners Geoffrey Starks and Jessica Rosenworcel released statements censuring the agency and its “deeply unpopular decision.”“I’ll keep raising a ruckus to support net neutrality and I’m glad so many others are, too,” Rosenworcel said.“I am hopeful that the bill introduced [Wednesday] will energize folks across the country that care about net neutrality and lead to restoration of the common-sense protections needed to keep the Internet open,” Starks added.In her speech, Pelosi reported that 86 percent of Americans opposed President Trump’s assault on net neutrality—including 82 percent of Republicans. The Save the Internet Act, she said, honors “the will of the people,” big and small.“Supporting this bill means supporting our democracy, ensuring that the voices of the public are heard, their will is respected, and the Internet remains free and open to all,” Pelosi urged.More on Geek.com:Montana Gives FCC the Finger Via Statewide Net Neutrality RulesBurger King Fries FCC in ‘Whopper Neutrality’ AdJohn Oliver Delivers the Best Net Neutrality Explainer Ever Stay on target Burger King Fries FCC in ‘Whopper Neutrality’ AdMontana Gives FCC the Finger Via Statewide Net Neutrality Rules House & Senate Democrats are coming together to send a clear message: we need to #SaveTheNet! https://t.co/4JNxKTFdVR— Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) March 6, 2019Barely two-and-a-half pages long, the legislation calls for the renewal of rules that prohibit Internet service providers (ISPs) from valuing certain kinds of traffic over others.Amazon, for instance, can’t pay for its website to load faster than Newegg, Best Buy, or a mom-and-pop e-commerce site. At least, it couldn’t for a couple of years.After endless debate (and a touch of fraud), the FCC in December 2017 voted 3-to-2 to repeal the Obama-era standards, which reclassified broadband as a telecom service rather than an information service.“A free and open Internet is a pillar,” Pelosi said during this week’s press conference. “A pillar of so many things: our democracy, our economic possibilities, entrepreneurship … creating opportunities and empowering communities.”By reviving net neutrality, Democrats could “stop unjust discriminatory practices by ISPs that try to throttle the public’s browsing speed, block your Internet access, and increase your costs,” according to Pelosi.The bill is being lead-sponsored by Massachusetts Sen. Edward Markey in the Senate and Pennsylvania Rep. Mike Doyle in the House.Markey tweeted a copy of the act, what he called “three pages that will restore net neutrality.”last_img read more

Emery Ramsey remains focused at Arsenal

first_imgArsenal manager Unai Emery remains pleased with Aaron Ramsey’s commitment on the pitch and will respect whatever decision he makes over his futureReports emerged earlier today claiming that Ramsey has agreed to join Serie A champions Juventus on a free transfer this summer.Apparently, a pre-contract agreement between Ramsey and Juventus will be sorted out after the Bianconeri’s Coppa Italia game against AC Milan next Wednesday.But Emery refused to shed any light on Ramsey’s future and instead praised the Welsh star’s commitment to Arsenal.“I cannot say more about his situation,” said Emery on Arsenal.com.“The most important thing is that Aaron Ramsey is with us. His future I respect a lot because he has a very private decision but he is with us every day, and I repeat that I am very happy with him.”Franck Ribery, FiorentinaFiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.Ramsey played the full 90 minutes of last Saturday’s FA Cup third round 3-0 win at Blackpool.“In the last match I was very happy with him,” added Emery.“I asked in the last match at Blackpool if he is okay to help us play and he said, ‘Yeah, coach, I want to play’ and he played with a very big behaviour and commitment to us.“After, his future belongs to him, his family and agent. Every day he’s here with us, he’s working very well. I want his behaviour and his focus to be on West Ham on Saturday.”The Spaniard also announced that Arsenal will only be able to do loan signings this month.last_img read more

Kyron Hormans mom sues

first_imgKyron Horman The mother of an Oregon boy who vanished nearly two years ago has filed a lawsuit against his stepmother, the last person known to have seen him.The suit filed Friday afternoon in Multnomah County Circuit Court by Desiree Young asks a judge to order Terri Horman to return Kyron Horman or, if he’s dead, to say where his remains are.June 4 “marks two years of this nightmare, two years since my son went missing,” Young said. “I believe that Terri Horman knows where my son is. I believe that Terri Horman is responsible for where my son is.”Attempts by The Associated Press to contact Terri Horman were unsuccessful on Friday afternoon. Stephen Houze, the lawyer representing her in her divorce from Kyron’s father Kaine Horman, did not immediately return a call seeking comment.Investigators have long focused on Terri Horman, although they have not named her as a suspect or filed criminal charges. The suit accuses Terri Horman of kidnapping Kyron, by herself or with help from others.last_img read more

Shafiul Bari Babu on 7day remand

first_imgArms-wielding plainclothes men detained BNP’s Jatiyatabadi Swechchhasebak Dal president Shafiul Bari Babu at the National Press Club area in Dhaka on Tuesday: Photo: Sazid Hossain/Prothom AloOne day into his arrest, pro-BNP Swechchhasebak Dal president Shafiul Bari Babu was put on a seven-day remand on Wednesday, in a case filed for alleged attempts to create obstacle to law enforcers’ duty. Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate Sabbir Yasin Mahmud Chowdhury passed the order after the police appealed for a 10-day remand in the case filed with Shahbagh police station in the capital.Eleven other leaders of pro-BNP Jatiyatabadi Chattra Dal and Jatiyatabadi Juba Dal were also put on three days remand each in the same case. Jatiyatabadi Swechchhasebak Dal, Jatiyatabadi Chattra Dal and Jatiyatabadi Juba Dal are the three key affiliated organisations of country’s main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP).Earlier on Tuesday arms-wielding plainclothes police detained Swechchhasebak Dal president when BNP formed a human chain in front of the National Press Club in the capital.last_img read more

Death toll from Mexico pipeline blast jumps to 66

first_imgA forensic technician removes a body from the site where a fuel pipeline ruptured by suspected oil thieves exploded, in the municipality of Tlahuelilpan, state of Hidalgo, Mexico 19 January, 2019. Photo: ReutersThe death toll from the explosion of a pipeline ruptured by suspected fuel thieves in central Mexico has risen to 66, the governor of the state of Hidalgo said on Saturday.At a news conference with Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, Hidalgo Governor Omar Fayad said 76 people had also been injured in Friday evening’s explosion, which happened as people tried to fill containers with fuel.Dozens of burned bodies lay in the charred field where the blast occurred in the municipality of Tlahuelilpan as forensic experts inspected and photographed the remains. Soldiers and other military personnel surrounded the cordoned-off area.The field was littered with half-burned shoes and clothes as well as with buckets and drums used by people to collect fuel. Relatives of victims stood huddled together, some crying.Lopez Obrador pledged to step up his government’s drive to stamp out fuel theft, which has cost the country billions of dollars in the last few years.Video footage showed residents scrambling to fill containers from the burst pipe and badly burned victims, raising questions about the management of an issue Lopez Obrador has made a top priority since taking office on Dec. 1.Veteran leftist Lopez Obrador launched a crackdown on fuel theft on Dec. 27 and ordered pipelines to be closed temporarily to stop illegal taps draining billions of dollars from the heavily-indebted state oil firm Petroleos Mexicanos (Pemex).”Far from stopping the fight … against fuel theft, it’s going to become stronger, we’ll continue until we’ve eradicated these practices,” Lopez Obrador said early on Saturday.Military personnel watch as flames engulf an area after a ruptured fuel pipeline exploded, in the municipality of Tlahuelilpan, Hidalgo, Mexico, near the Tula refinery of state oil firm Petroleos Mexicanos (Pemex), on 18 January, 2019 in this handout photo provided by the National Defence Secretary (SEDENA). Photo: ReutersVideo on social media of people filling buckets from the pipeline during daylight hours in the presence of the armed forces prompted questions about why authorities had not acted.The government said soldiers reached the scene after Pemex detected the illegal tap, but could not secure the area in time.”At some point there were too many people there and the army and military personnel withdrew to avoid problems,” Public Security Minister Alfonso Durazo told broadcaster Televisa. “It was just as they were withdrawing that the explosion occurred.”last_img read more

Apple Is Bringing Podcasts to the Web

first_imgApple has long played a major role in the distribution of podcasts, but has been getting a lot more competition in this space as of late. Spotify has stepped up its own podcast ambitions with the acquisition of Gimlet Media, hoping to lure users away from Apple podcasts with the help of exclusive content.Pandora has been building out a recommendation engine it calls the Podcast Genome Project. Finally, Apple has also gotten competition from the likes of Google and Amazon, which are making podcasts available through their smart speakers and other assistant-powered devices. In that context, it only makes sense for Apple to lower any barriers of entry, and also stream podcasts directly from the web. Apple has been testing a new web interface for its podcast directory, according to a report by 9to5Mac. The new interface not only lists individual episodes of a show, but actually lets users listen to shows right within the browser as well.Previously, Apple had been listing podcasts and episodes on its website, but still required users to open iTunes to listen. The new interface is apparently being tested right now, with some users reporting that they are still being redirected to Apple’s previous implementation. There is no word when the new version will be available to everyone.News of the web refresh for Apple’s podcast directory comes as the company is apparently looking to launch a dedicated podcast app for its Mac computers, alongside of standalone apps for music, TV shows and movies as well as a revamped books app. These standalone apps could ultimately replace the aging iTunes app, according to 9to5Mac. Popular on Variety center_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

My personal take on the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update

first_imgMy personal take on the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update by Martin Brinkmann on October 17, 2017 in Windows – Last Update: October 17, 2017 – 20 commentsMicrosoft released the Creators Update for Windows 10 six months ago, and will release the Fall Creators Update for the operating system today (on October 17, 2017).The name implies that it is a follow up update of the Creators Update, and likely a scheme that Microsoft will make use of in the coming years to deliver feature updates for Windows 10 devices; a big update in March, and a smaller, refining update in September of the same year. Yes, the months don’t necessarily mean that the feature update will be released in that month.There are not that many creation related features in the Fall Creators Update but Microsoft picked the name probably to make it clear that it is a follow up update of the Creators Update.Anyway, you will see “what is new in the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update” posts and articles on all major tech sites, and probably many news sites as well. While I could do the same thing, it would not be that original to write an article that is more or less identical to any other article out there covering the launch of the upgrade of the Windows 10 operating system.I made the decision to list my highs and lows of the update instead, and a big bullet point list of other features. It is personal obviously, and what I like or dislike is not necessarily something that you agree with.Still, since it lists all major features and many minor changes as well, it should be useful to home users who run Windows 10 on their devices as well as IT admins who deploy it in larger scale.Lets start with what I like about the update:Windows 10 Fall Creators Update: the goodOneDrive Files On DemandOneDrive Files On Demand is not really a new feature, but Microsoft pulled the then-called Smart Files feature some time ago from its Windows 8 operating system and the SkyDrive service. Back then, Microsoft stated that the feature was too confusing for users, and that reliability was another issue.The new OneDrive feature lists all available files on Windows 10 machines, provided that the drive is formatted with NTFS. This means that OneDrive users get an overview of all available files regardless of whether they are available locally or not.It is easy enough to make files available locally, and status icons indicate whether files are stored on a local drive or the cloud. A double-click on individual files for instance that are not available locally yet initiates a file download so that the file becomes available on the local system and can be executed on it.You may change the status of entire folders and file selections as well. Simply right-click on the selection and select “always keep on this device” to do so.  The feature works across the system, so that you get access to all files hosted on OneDrive even if they are not hosted locally as well at that time.This feature makes it a lot easier to work with files that are stored on OneDrive. You don’t need to use the OneDrive client or web service anymore to download files stored remotely only, as you may use Explorer or native applications instead just like you would do if the file would be available locally already.It may take a while to download files though if they are large depending on the device’s Internet speed.You can manage the feature (turn on or off) in the following way:Right-click on the OneDrive icon in the Windows 10 System Tray area. If the icon is not there, open the OneDrive folder using Explorer to bring it up.Select Settings > Settings, and either check or uncheck the “save space and download files as you use them” option on the page.Smaller changes that I likeThe DPI of Win32 can be adjusted in the Fall Creators Update without need to restart or log out / log in.Volume Mixer lists Windows Store applications including Edge.Password recovery of Microsoft account password on login screen.SMB1 protocol won’t be enabled on new Windows 10 installations. Still needs to be disabled manually on existing installations (do it now).Windows Defender Exploit Guard embeds EMET features natively into Windows 10. Also, EMET is deprecated.New anti-ransomware protection module called Controlled Folder Access. This feature is not turned on by default, and you need to turn it on in the Windows Defender Security Center under Virus & Threat protection > Virus & threat protection settings > Controlled Folder Access.New permission prompts for Windows apps when they request access to features such as camera, microphone or calendar.Windows Story Remix to create video slideshows. (comes after the Fall Creators Update)New colors for the Command prompt.Windows 10 Fall Creators Update: the “I don’t need it”The following features are additions to Windows 10 or changes that I don’t find particularly useful. This does not mean that you won’t, so keep that in mind before you write a comment below.My PeopleMicrosoft wanted to launch My People with the Creators Update back in early 2017 but postponed it instead. What the feature does is place up to three contacts on the taskbar so that you can interact with those contacts more easily (and with more that are not shown directly on the Taskbar).Tip: You can hide or show the button by right-clicking on the taskbar and selecting the “show people on taskbar” context menu option.The feature changes how you initiate communication with people that are pinned on the taskbar. To start, click on a contact and select one of the available applications for communication. Windows 10 keeps track of your communication with pinned people and you may access it right from the taskbar.The reason why I don’t use the feature is simple: first, because I don’t find the shortcut particularly useful. I can open Thunderbird or other messaging software, and see an overview of all my communication with all contacts, and I can message anyone, not just those that I pinned to the taskbar. My People furthermore does not pull data from all sources, so that it becomes less usable if you use programs for communication that it does not support.It falls short on usability for me. If you communicate with just one, two or three contacts, you may find this more useful than I do though.Cortana improvementsMicrosoft improved the digital assistant Cortana in all past feature updates, and the same is true for the Fall Creators Update.The feature that I like the most improves Cortana’s web searching capabilities. Instead of just getting search suggestions, you do get results right away when you use the feature. This is handy if you do use the web search capabilities of the Windows 10 Start menu.I don’t, and the reason why I don’t use it is that I have a web browser open all the time. I don’t need to use the start menu to run searches, as I can do so in the web browser right away. I have more control over privacy, search providers, access to the search history and more in the browser.Cortana supports a couple of new commands that let you change the PCs power state. You can lock the PC, have it shut down, or have you signed out using your voice.I don’t see a particular use for digital assistants. Yes, they make things more comfortable in some regard, but they take away control from you at the same time. Call me old fashioned, but I don’t mind shutting down my PC using mouse or keyboard, or running searches in the browser.Windows 10 Fall Creators Update: other changesThis is the list of other changes:This is a big list of other changes that you find in the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update.Microsoft Edge — improvements continue. PDF and EPUB reading functionality improves (PDF table of contents accessible, inking PDF support, EPUB annotating, edit PDF forms), editing of URLS of favorites,  find on page usability improvements, engine updates.Windows Shell — Start usability improvements such as diagonally resizing, shrinking scrollbars, Fluent Design that you see when you open Start or the Action Center for instance.Emoji updates — Fall Creators Update gets support for Emoji 5.0, and you can access the Emoji panel now with the keyboard shortcut Windows+. (that is Windows-key plus Dot-key).Input options — Improvements to the handwriting panel, touch keyboard supports shape writing now.Power Throttling to improve battery on mobile devices by throttling background apps.Settings — Lots of changes.Storage Sense improvements to delete files in the download folder after 30 days, and to clean up the last version of Windows after feature updates to free up disk space.New sidebar with tips and help topics.Updates are listed individually now with progress indicators for each. Also, options to control bandwidth and access the Activity Monitor.Cortana has a settings entry of its own now which gives you control over permissions, history, notifications and more.Linking of Windows 10 with Android or iOS devices is a thing now.Remote Desktop settings.You can set file associations by application now in the Settings application.Microsoft Edge listed under Apps. Displays options to repair or reset the browser, and manage add-ons.Video playback is a new option under Apps to enable or disable auto-enhancing of video content, and to allow videos to play at a lower resolution to save bandwidth.Ease of Access > Magnifier lists new shortcuts and options.Ease of Access > Color & high contrast offers new color filters to help with color blindness.Ease of Access > Other options has a new Eye Control feature to control the PC with eye tracking devices.Accounts > Sign-in options has a new setting to speed up the updating process. (Use my sign-in info to automatically finish setting up my device after an update or restart).Gaming > Broadcasting has a new “per-app audio” option to only broadcast the audio of the game.Game Mode toggle removed from Settings.Gaming > TruePlay is a new feature. Looks to be some kind of anti-cheat technology. System info is shared with games that use TruePlay if it is enabled.Gaming > Xbox Networking is a new troubleshooting page for Xbox connectivity.Display Settings include new HDR and advanced color settings.New Networking settings, for instance to change the IP assignment of network adapters, and to reset data usage that Windows 10 records.New My People listing  under Personalization > Taskbar to control the feature.Support for Mixed Reality headsets.Virtual Machine Gallery for Hyper-V.Share option in Explorer context menus. Old “share with renamed to “Give access to” to avoid confusion.Task Manager tracks GPU performance over time now.Closing WordsIf you run Windows 10 on your machines you may want to consider upgrading to the new version as it comes with new security features that improve the system’s security. As always, it is highly suggested that you create a full backup of the system before you upgrade so that you may restore the previous state if you run into issues during installation or afterwards.Now You: Which features do you like the most, and which don’t you like?SummaryArticle NameMy personal take on the Windows 10 Fall Creators UpdateDescriptionMicrosoft released the Creators Update for Windows 10 six months ago, and will release the Fall Creators Update for the operating system today (on October 17, 2017).Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

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Carestream Exhibits OnSight 3D Extremity System at American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons

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March 9, 2017 — Carestream will demonstrate its OnSight 3-D Extremity System that uses cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) technology to capture high-quality, low-dose 3-D extremity exams at the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) annual meeting and exhibit, March 14-18 in San Diego.Carestream is shipping its OnSight 3-D Extremity System in the United States, Europe and other countries.Unlike traditional CT systems, the CBCT system has a large-area detector that can capture a 3-D image of the patient in a single rotation, which takes only 25 seconds. The compact OnSight system can be plugged into an electrical outlet in an exam room.Resurgens Orthopaedics, Atlanta, evaluated several extremity CT systems, according to John R. Gleason, M.D., the company’s co-president. “We were looking for an extremity imaging system that offered a large field size, excellent image quality and the ability to perform weight-bearing exams. After testing Carestream’sOnSight 3-D Extremity System for several months, we verified that Carestream excelled in all these areas and purchased the system,” Gleason reported.Capturing 3-D images onsite allows specialists to review the exam and conduct a patient consultation in a single visit, according to Lisa Hecht, X-ray manager at Resurgens Orthopaedics, which has 21 sites and almost 100 physicians.“This streamlined process maximizes productivity for our orthopedic specialists and offers greater convenience for patients by eliminating the need to travel to another facility for a 3-D imaging exam,” Hecht reported. “Even more importantly, radiologists and orthopedists are extremely impressed with the image quality offered by this system.”For more information: www.carestream.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Video Player is loading.Arthur Agatston explains the history of CT calcium scoring Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 9:54Loaded: 1.67%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -9:54 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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