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first_imgAPTN National NewsIf you live in Nunavut you almost always have to fly to travel between communities in the territory.A report from Baffin Island involving pilots, the RCMP and a vital transportation lifeline is creating concern.APTN National News reporter Kent Driscoll has this story from Iqaluit.last_img

Rabat – In what is being called a “stunning embarrassment to the FBI,” recently unsealed federal court records are revealing a marriage between one of its agents and an ISIS fighter in Syria. Former FBI interpreter, Daniela Greene, met and pursued an intimate Skype relationship with Denis Cupert, a German national and wanna-be rapper who performed under the name Deso Dog.Already married, Greene told her husband she was travelling to Germany to visit her parents. Instead, she made her way to Syria to marry Cupert, who changed his name to Abu Talha al-Almani in Syria. Friends suspected nothing and noticed no unusual behaviour in Greene before she left. At the time, Cupert was functioning as a recruiter of young, vulnerable Germans for ISIS. Video of him released online shows Cupert standing in a battlefield, threatening former US President Barack Obama.After only a short time in Syria with her new husband, Greene suddenly realized she had made a mistake and began reaching out to contacts in the US to come up with an exit strategy.After returning home in August of 2014 she was promptly arrested and sentenced to two years in prison. It is known that she tipped Cupert off to the fact that he was being investigated by the FBI.A federal court decided to seal her case records to avoid contaminating the investigation by involving media. Once prosecutors were convinced that Greene’s cooperation had ended, they asked for the records to be unsealed.Former State Department official, John Kirby, acknowledges that “It’s a stunning embarrassment for the FBI, no doubt about it.” He also acknowledges that most westerners attempting to do what Greene did usually end up “getting their heads cut off.”On the other hand, he concedes that her adventure took no small amount of planning. “… for her to get in as an American, as a woman, as an FBI employee and to be able to take up residence with a known ISIS leader, that all had to be coordinated.”Greene has since been released from prison and now works as a hostess in a hotel lounge, a far cry from her position with the FBI. read more

MONTREAL — Bombardier says it has strengthened its balance sheet and is on track to turn its finances around, nearly two years after it teetered on the verge of bankruptcy.The manufacturer of aircraft and trains, which keeps its books in U.S. dollars, said Friday it lost $296 million or 13 cents per share in its second quarter, an improvement from its loss of $490 million or 24 cents per share in the same period a year ago.In adjusted profits, it earned $39 million or two cents per share, its highest in two years.“We had a very strong first half of the year,” CEO Alain Bellemare said during a conference call. “We’re confident that we will be able to deliver on all of our commitments.”Revenue for the quarter ended June 30 slipped to $4.09 billion from nearly $4.31 billion a year ago as a result of lower production of business aircraft.Shares in Bombardier (TSX:BBD.B) increased by 6.2 per cent, gaining 15 cents at C$2.56 in midday trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange.The results, which beat analyst expectations, came as the company said it expects to hit the high end of its full-year guidance, which is now between $580 million and $630 million in earnings before interest and taxes.Bombardier has implemented a cost-cutting plan that has resulted in thousands of layoffs around the world. It has also secured funding from the federal and Quebec governments, as well as an investment from Quebec’s pension fund manager, for its CSeries passenger jet program.During the quarter, Bombardier delivered six CSeries planes, raising the total number in service to 16. It expects to ship about 30 of the aircraft for the year.Bellemare said CSeries sales have been held back. He said that’s because airlines are examining how the 100- to 150-seat planes can be used on routes that best accommodate that number of passengers versus smaller regional jets or larger Boeing 737s or Airbus A320s.The earnings come as Bombardier is in a trade dispute with Boeing. The Chicago-based rival has petitioned the U.S. International Trade Commission alleging that the Montreal company has been selling CSeries planes in the U.S. below cost because of subsidies that violate trade rules. Bombardier has denied the accusations.If Boeing is successful, that would have a “material adverse impact” on the CSeries program, Bombardier warned in its results. But Bellemare said there is no effect so far on discussions with potential customers.“People understand that these are long processes,” he said.The company also announced that former auditor general Sheila Fraser has resigned from the board of directors for personal reasons. read more

Dog dies in Delhi crash

October 7, 2019 | aazfmwrl | No Comments

A dog was killed in  a single-vehicle crash in Delhi on the weekend.Police report a 60-year-old man from Marathon was southbound on Swimming Pool Road around 8:30 p.m. Sunday when his vehicle left the highway and plummeted 20 feet into a ravine full of water. Police say the vehicle was submerged.The driver was able to make it to safety but Norfolk OPP found the family dog deceased when they pulled the vehicle out of the water.The driver was transported by paramedics to local hospital before being transferred to a Hamilton hospital for treatment of serious injuries, said police.“The investigation is ongoing and charges are pending,” said Const. Ed Sanchuk, spokesperson for the Norfolk OPP, said in a posting on social media. “Impairment by drugs is considered a contributing factor.”Driver escapes/family dog deceased after vehicle plummets 20 feet into water on Swimming Pool Rd @NorfolkCountyCA. Impaired driving by drug is being considered as a contributing factor. Investigation continuing. @NorfolkCoFire @NorfolkEMS #NorfolkOPP ^es https://t.co/ckN7yCeP32— OPP West (@OPP_WR) August 19, 2019 read more

“The time has come for all sides to put short-term politics aside and to get involved, to talk openly, frankly, passionately and constructively about the concrete issues and make the changes which we all recognize are needed,” said Søren Jessen-Petersen, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative, as he opened a two-day conference in Pristina on the “Future Status of Kosovo.” The meeting was organized by the Helsinki Committee for Human Rights in Serbia. He said the conference was bringing together Serbs and Albanians to discuss security, standards, local government reform, ethnic reconciliation and the resolution of Kosovo’s status, in light of the comprehensive review of progress requested by Secretary-General Kofi Annan and endorsed by the UN Security Council. The Helsinki Committee says it hopes the conference fully mobilizes local leaders to make far-reaching decisions for Albanians and Serbs and to take it upon themselves to carry those decisions through. The conference, the committee says, is part of a larger project, called “Belgrade-Pristina: Steps to Build Confidence and Understanding,” realized with the support of the United States Institute of Peace. read more

As world leaders gathered today at the United Nations Headquarters in New York to focus on laying the groundwork for a new sustainable development agenda, the President of Zambia highlighted the importance of building global partnerships to address issues of poverty and development.In his statement today to the opening of the General Assembly’s General Debate, President Michael Chilufya Sata said that the importance of the intergovernmental processes on sustainable development “is critical and cannot be overemphasized.”Mr. Sata and the other General Assembly participants are due tomorrow to discuss ways to accelerate progress towards the eight anti-poverty targets known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), and to “set the stage” for a development agenda after the 2015 deadline. Ahead of those discussions, he stressed the need for a single set of universally agreed goals reflecting sustainable development priorities which are “actionable, concise and whose implementation will resonate with different development and economic levels of Member States.”He emphasized the need for such goals to be “prudently balanced” and “effectively integrate the economic, social and environmental” aspects of development.“To this effect,” Mr. Sata said, “it is necessary to build global partnerships that are supported by commitments towards regional and international cooperation, anchored with mutual accountability, enhanced local private sector and public private partnerships.”Turning to Zambia’s progress on the MDGs, he noted that the country has made “tremendous progress” on Goal 4, which calls for reducing by two-thirds the percentage of under-five mortality rates, and Goal 5, which calls for reducing by three-quarters maternal mortality ratios. The national MDG report also indicated that while the challenges are still immense, Zambia has made great strides in its fight against HIV and AIDS, and ensuring that people who are living with the virus receive the best of care and access to social protection services.The country faces challenges, however, in lowering levels of poverty and unemployment. “My Government has taken an unprecedented painful step of curtailing subsidies on fuel and maize,” Mr. Sata said, thereby releasing “much needed resources” for programmes that specifically target poverty alleviation.Mr. Sata is among the scores of leaders to speak at the annual General Assembly session at which heads of State and Government and other high-level officials will present their views and comments on issues of individual national and international relevance. read more

In the email written by Johnny Mercer, a former Army captain and Conservative MP for Plymouth Moor View, he complains… The MPs are understood to have met on Tuesday night to discuss ways for protecting troops facing historic allegations of murder and manslaughter during the Troubles. An email seen by the Telegraph and circulated among senior Conservative MPs criticises the prime minister for failing to introduce a statute of limitations for former soldiers under criminal investigation. Theresa May has been accused by her own backbench MP of “not getting it” over her Government’s refusal to offer an amnesty for Army veterans facing prosecution over killings in Northern Ireland up to 50 years ago.

July Ends With a Rare Black Moon

September 19, 2019 | aazfmwrl | No Comments

first_img Rare Harvest Moon Will Light Up Night Sky on Friday the 13thIndia Finds Lost Vikram Lander on Moon’s Surface Stay on target A rare black moon will make an appearance on either July 31 or Aug. 1, depending on your global location. However, this strange celestial event might be hard to watch, since the moon will be almost invisible in the night sky.Black moons, which typically take place roughly once every 32 months, are very unusual and sometimes only occur in particular time zones, Space.com noted. A black moon is the second new moon of the month and it also refers to a month where there are no new moons at all, CNN reported.The moon is also going to be a supermoon, meaning that it will look larger than usual, so technically, you can call it a rare black supermoon. The weird part about the black moon is that skywatchers won’t get a bright lunar view, since it will blend in with the night sky.Here’s where it gets a bit tricky: The black moon has a different schedule in the Western Hemisphere and the Eastern Hemisphere (Asia, Africa, Australia, Europe).A new moon in the night sky. (Photo Credit: NASA Goddard)If you live in the Western Hemisphere, the new moon occurring on July 31 at 11:13 p.m. EDT will be a black moon. Eastern Hemisphere skywatchers have to wait a bit: This new moon will go into effect after 12 a.m. on Aug. 1. This new moon is not the second one of the month, so it won’t be considered a black moon. Don’t worry though, you’ll have a second chance to “spot” the black moon at the end of the month.On Aug. 30, the next new moon will be visible in all other parts of the world, except for California, Washington, and other states along the U.S. West Coast, where it will occur on Aug. 29 at 11:37 p.m. PDT. Every global vicinity that didn’t get to see a black moon in July will be able to on Aug. 30.For more information on upcoming skywatching opportunities, visit NASA’s website.More on Geek.com:Study: Moon Is 100M Years Older Than We ThoughtIndia’s Chandrayaan-2 Space Mission Launches to Moon’s SurfaceNASA Spacecraft Ready for Artemis 1 Lunar Missionlast_img read more

first_imgSuspect stealing packages from homes in Santee under arrest June 12, 2018 Posted: June 12, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwittercenter_img 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 SettingsThe woman accused of stealing packages off the front porches of several Santee homes is in police custody and it’s all thanks to an alert KUSI viewer who recognized her at a local fast food restaurant.KUSI’s Dani Ruberti was LIVE with the follow-up story.Related Story: Santee package thief caught on camera , last_img read more

first_imgMultinational law firm Ashurst is revamping its bonus structure to enable all staff to be eligible for bonus payments.The firm’s existing bonus structure only awards its lawyers and non-legal business services staff who are at manager level or above, however the new changes will allow all global employees, including secretaries and non-managerial staff, to be eligible to receive bonuses.In addition, Ashurst will amend the criteria that decides lawyers’ bonus pay. Here, the focus will move from using billable hours as a metric to instead concentrate on performance.Although the changes have been approved at a high-level basis, the exact details of how the bonus scheme eligibility will work moving forwards have yet to be set. Once decided, this will need to be approved by the firm’s executive team.The bonus scheme eligibility changes follow on from Ashurst publishing its gender pay gap data this month in line with the government’s gender pay gap reporting regulations and ahead of the private sector submission deadline of 4 April 2018.The law firm reported a mean gender pay gap of 24.8% for fixed hourly pay, and a median gender pay gap of 32.7%. Its mean gender pay gap for bonuses paid during the reporting period is 64.4%, and the median gender pay gap for bonus pay is 60.2%. In this time frame, 34.1% of female employees were awarded a bonus compared to 44.3% of male employees.Less than half (44%) of employees in the highest pay quartile at Ashurst are female, compared to 62% in the second quartile, 61% in the third quartile and 81% in the lowest pay quartile.Claire Townshend, head of HR, Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) and US, said: “Driving and recognising high performance is critical to our business. We have responded to staff feedback and taken on board comments in reviewing our bonus structure. In consequence, eligibility for an annual bonus will be extended to all staff globally and for fee-earners, there will be a real focus on the wider role of the lawyer, not just chargeable hours. This will improve both performance and overall engagement in the business.”last_img read more

first_imgSpecialist recruitment organisation Robert Walters Group is preparing to launch a global employee wellbeing initiative for 4,000 staff, in order to improve individual wellbeing and encourage peers to support each other.The #BreakTheCycle campaign has been created in response to Robert Walters Group’s recent research, The importance of mental health strategies in attracting top talent, published in January 2019, which found that 76% of UK employees feel uncomfortable discussing mental health in the workplace, with 82% citing anxiety over how they may be perceived by colleagues as a key barrier to open communication.Stephen Edwards, chief marketing officer at Robert Walters Group, said: “We are in the business of helping [organisations] recruit and retain valued employees and so it only feels right to address this issue at home first.“The onus is really on the employer to introduce initiatives that encourage wellbeing; this includes raising awareness of the role employees play in each other’s wellbeing and encouraging staff to connect with and check in on their fellow colleagues.”The initiative, which will run for a year, challenges staff to #BreakTheCycle by doing something fun, active, meaningful and inclusive with colleagues, centred on the number 60; this could refer to 60 seconds, 60 minutes, 60km or 60 attempts, for example. The number 60 was chosen to reflect the statistic that 60 men die by suicide each hour.To launch the campaign, cyclists the Hairy Handlebars will complete a 6,000-mile bike ride from Robert Walters Group’s London headquarters to its operating site in Tokyo, in aid of men’s health charity Movember. The Hairy Handlebars, whose cycle ride is being sponsored by Robert Walters Group, will depart from Covent Garden on Thursday 21 March 2019.Edwards said: “The issue of male mental health and wellbeing has gone under the radar for far too long, and we want to remove any last stigma attached to this. Working with Movember and sponsoring the Hairy Handlebars is only the first step in us championing positive mental health in the workplace. We look forward to seeing the Hairy Handlebars stop off at some of our offices around the globe and showcasing what it means to #BreakTheCycle.”George Cullen, one of the Hairy Handlebars, said: “The [organisation’s] commitment to giving back to local communities and investing in their own employees means they reflect the message we are trying to spread by cycling from London to Tokyo.“Men’s health, particularly mental health, is something that is not addressed enough and the #BreakTheCycle campaign is an amazing initiative aimed at bringing people together to help each other out in the workplace.”last_img read more

first_imgThis image grab from a self-shot video that was streamed on Facebook Live on March 15, 2019 by the man who was involved in two mosque shootings in Christchurch shows the man reaching for guns from the boot of his car before he enters the Masjid al Noor mosque. Photo: AFPThe mother of a Swedish girl killed in a 2017 jihadist attack expressed her horror at Friday’s New Zealand mosque gun rampage, committed by a man who claimed to want to avenge the child’s death.The gunman, who killed 49 worshippers at two mosques in the quiet New Zealand city of Christchurch, published a racist manifesto on Twitter, saying he wanted “to take revenge for Ebba Akerlund”. He also wrote her name on the weapon he used.The Swedish 11-year-old was the youngest of five victims killed in an April 2017 Stockholm truck attack, when a rejected Uzbek asylum seeker ploughed through pedestrians on a busy shopping street with a stolen beer lorry.Friday’s attack in Christchurch, thought to be the deadliest against Muslims in the West in modern times, “goes against everything Ebba stood for”, Jeanette Akerlund told Swedish public television SVT.Ebba Akerlund was the youngest of five victims killed in an April 2017 Stockholm truck attack. Photo: AFP”She spread love and caring, not hate. I feel the pain of the families affected by this. I condemn any form of violence,” she added.”It’s deeply tragic that Ebba’s name is abused in the name of political propaganda,” she told daily Aftonbladet.Ebba’s death shook Sweden.That Friday afternoon, she was on her way to meet her mother after school and had texted her to ask if they could buy ice cream together on the way home.She had just stepped off a city bus when she was mown down by the truck.The attacker, Rakhmat Akilov, was sentenced to life in prison for terrorism in June 2018.last_img read more

first_imgThe Holmes Brothers, from left to right: Sherman Holmes, Wendell Holmes, and Popsy Dixon. (Photo by Stefan Falke)The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) has selected two DMV area music groups for the prestigious National Heritage Fellowship. The Holmes Brothers, whose members reside in Maryland and Virginia, and the Singing & Praying Bands of Maryland and Delaware are both among this year’s fellows.Each year, the NEA awards fellowships to musicians who have played an important role in preserving and furthering folk and other traditional forms of American music. This year’s recipients were honored at an awards ceremony on Sept. 17, at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., according to an NEA spokesperson. A concert made up of this year’s honorees was also held on Sept. 19, at the Lisner Auditorium on the campus of George Washington University. The concert will be live streamed on the NEA website (www.arts.gov).The Holmes Brothers have been playing together since 1970, incorporating a number of African-American musical traditions, including blues, country, a healthy dollop of gospel, and rhythm and blues, according to Wendell Holmes, one of the band’s three members and a resident of Rosedale, MD.The Singing & Praying Bands of Maryland and Delaware. (Photo by Edwin Remsberg, courtesy of Maryland State Arts Council)Holmes told the AFRO in an exclusive interview that one of the group’s early influences was Jimmy Reed, and cited Reed’s unique approach to the blues.“I find that in music the main ingredient is to be unique,” said Holmes. “It’s not how fast you play a lick, or how much schooling you’ve had, you just have to be you. If you only play ‘Mary Had a Little Lamb’ and play it your way, you’re better off.”Of being recognized as an NEA fellow along with his brother Sherman Holmes and band mate Popsy Dixon, Wendell Holmes said, “It feels good. It’s a great honor, a great blessing, but it’s like any other thing, we take it in stride and see it as a blessing.”The Singing & Praying Bands of Maryland and Delaware are a 50 member strong ensemble that practices a style of African-American Christian worship that predates the Civil War. Singing and praying as a group while lined up on either side of a long bench known as the mourner’s bench, the ensemble begins to walk around the bench as the worship progresses. Today, this unique style of worship, with West African influences, is only practiced in tidewater Maryland and Delaware.“Among these recipients of NEA National Heritage Fellowships there is a recurring theme.” said NEAchairman Jane Chu. “These artists’ passion for their art can be seen both in their long and dedicated careers and their willingness to share their knowledge with new audiences.”ralejandro@afro.comlast_img read more

first_imgIs an LHC doomsday scenario a groundless fear or a legitimate concern? Image credit: CERN. But, right or wrong, many people continue to voice their concern about the LHC’s potential to produce a worldwide catastrophe. Some of these concerns clearly go overboard, stemmed by fear and ignorance. In the midst of this extremism, is it possible for someone outside the physics community to analyze the LHC’s risk of producing an Earth-swallowing black hole in a rational way?Eric E. Johnson, an assistant professor of law at the University of North Dakota, has undertaken this task from a legal point of view. He has recently published a paper in the Tennessee Law Review in which he investigates how the courts might handle the LHC case and other future cases of largely unprecedented, potentially dangerous sci-fi-like experiments. The 90-page paper is highly readable for non-scientists, and is available at arxiv.org. Johnson, who admits that he is “unanxious” about a doomsday scenario, has two reasons for writing the paper: first, to present a kind of case study for debate among lawyers; and second, to prepare to solve such a legal case in real life.“I intend to provide a set of analytical and theoretical tools that are usable in the courts for dealing with this case and cases like it,” Johnson writes. “If litigation over the LHC does not put a judge in the position of saving the world, another case soon might. In a technological age of human-induced climate change, genetic engineering, nanotechnology, artificially intelligent machines, and other potential threats, the odds of the courts confronting a real doomsday scenario in the near future are decidedly non-trivial. If the courts are going to be able to play their role in upholding the rule of law in such super-extreme environments, then the courts need analytical methods that will allow for making fair and principled decisions despite the challenges such cases present.”The ScienceIn his paper, Johnson begins with an overview of the background of the LHC, as well as the lab at which it’s located, the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) in Geneva, Switzerland. This overview is followed by a short history of one of the LHC’s predecessors, the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC) at Brookhaven National Laboratory in Upton, New York, and then a brief explanation of alleged dangers such as strangelets, magnetic monopoles, bosenovae, and vacuum transitions. Regarding the safety of these potential disaster scenarios, CERN’s argument is the same for each of them: high-energy cosmic-ray collisions (which are similar to those produced in particle colliders) have been occurring in Earth’s atmosphere throughout the planet’s history – so anything dangerous that the LHC could create would already have been produced by cosmic rays long ago. The fact that the Earth still exists is living evidence of the safety of these scenarios. Stephen Hawking tours the future of particle physics at CERN Explore further The question of the black hole risk came up recently in 1999, inspiring particle physicists at the RHIC to analyze the possibility. They found that the forces created by modern accelerators were insufficient to create a black hole – at least in a four-dimensional world. Shortly after, physicists found that black holes could be produced if there were extra dimensions, a possibility in some theories. In light of these findings, CERN physicists reexamined the safety issue and found that the LHC would likely produce black holes, but that they would rapidly evaporate due to Hawking radiation.While very few particle physicists have challenged the orthodoxy of Hawking radiation, the theory does have a few outside critics. Johnson highlights a few of these critics, including chaos theoretician Otto Rossler, who calculated that “LHC-produced black holes might grow fast enough that the world might end slightly more than five years after the LHC’s first full-energy collisions.” Although CERN physicists didn’t respond directly to Rossler’s shocking argument, media and citizen inquiries regarding the LHC’s safety prompted CERN to set up the LHC Safety Assessment Group (LSAG).In a paper written in 2008, Mangano (a CERN employee) and Giddings (who accepted a future visiting position at CERN) turned to the cosmic ray argument rather than the Hawking radiation argument, which was becoming less persuasive. However, they found that black holes produced by cosmic rays could potentially slip through the Earth, which is made mostly of empty space, while black holes produced by the LHC could remain in the vicinity for a long time, slowly gaining mass. Looking deeper into the universe, the physicists found that a kind of white dwarf star, eight of which have been observed, could likely hold black holes for a long time, and so their continued existence must serve as living evidence that the LHC is safe.Although Giddings and Mangano concluded that there is no risk of “any significance” from black holes produced by the LHC, Johnson notes that CERN’s Scientific Policy Committee (SPC) took an extra step, announcing to the public that the results excluded “any possibility” of risk. When the Giddings and Mangano paper was posted publicly in 2008, astrophysicist Rainer Plaga wrote an unpublished paper arguing that Giddings and Mangano’s paper did not exclude all possibilities of disaster. In one argument, Plaga showed that, if black holes were smaller than the CERN physicists calculated, they could conceivably sail through white dwarfs as well as the Earth, showing that the white dwarf argument isn’t conclusive.Johnson said that, while researching the subject, he was surprised at the legitimate science controversy surrounding the crazy-sounding idea of black holes destroying the Earth.“Many of the physicists quoted in the media on LHC safety issues seem not to have engaged with the literature in any depth,” Johnson told PhysOrg.com. “Physicists speaking to the public about the black-holes question portray it as a simple matter. It really is not. At the end of the day, the LHC may or may not be safe, but most of the arguments you hear in favor of the collider lack robustness.”The LawComplex disagreements such as these lead to great challenges when it comes to analyzing the risks of science experiments in a court of law. First of all, the only people who have the qualifications to understand the physics are the physicists themselves, which creates an obvious conflict of interest. The problem of insider testimony is just one of the unique problems in this kind of unprecedented case, which Johnson describes as a “jurisprudential singularity.” He explains that the legal problems posed by black holes mirror the problems they create for physics.“Physicists relate that in the vicinity of a gravitational singularity, equations break down, and the known laws of physics seem to fail,” he writes. “With reference to American law, I discuss three lines of legal doctrine that suffer similarly: preliminary-injunction analysis, expert-testimony gatekeeping, and cost-benefit analysis. Developed for a world of automobile accidents, toxic waste, and teratogenic pharmaceuticals, these doctrines all start to break down when confronted with the extreme facts of the black-hole case.”In order to stop the LHC from operating, a plaintiff would likely seek a preliminary injunction against CERN. As Johnson explains, “under American law, a preliminary injunction is a way for a court to order an immediate halt to a specified activity, without the necessity of going through a full course of discovery and trial.” Preliminary injunction requests are used, for example, to stop impending plans to demolish buildings of historical significance and as restraining orders in domestic violence cases. After a preliminary injunction has been issued, the lawsuit would continue with a more comprehensive trial. Eventually, the defendant would either receive a permanent injunction, or the suit would be dismissed and the preliminary injunction removed.Already, several suits to stop the LHC have been initiated by “a colorful assortment of plaintiffs,” but none has been successful, for various reasons. For example, in a Hawaii lawsuit, the issue was considered one of political policy. Also, CERN has signed treaties with its host states, Switzerland and France, that guarantee CERN immunity from legal processes. As Johnson explains, it would not be difficult to get a preliminary injunction if CERN overtly threatened an illegal action, which of course it has not. On the other hand, getting an injunction against a perceived future risk is rare, aside from specific situations, such as domestic violence. A plaintiff would have to show that the defendant, CERN, has been negligent and not done what a reasonable entity would do to protect others from foreseeable risks. Such cases are rare because usually there are laws that explicitly prohibit negligence of various sorts (such as traffic laws to prevent accidents). In the arena of cutting-edge science research, there are no specific laws that CERN has broken because of the uncharted territory. In addition, by performing a cost-benefit analysis using the Hand formula, Johnson shows that the risk of the LHC destroying the world can be calculated to be either infinite or nothing simply by tweaking the inputs just a tiny bit – just like the singularity of a black hole, to further his analogy. This lack of certainty in risk analysis contributes to the difficulty of getting an injunction.A Judge’s ChallengeWhen deciding whether or not to issue an injunction against CERN, Johnson suggests that a judge should perform a meta-analysis of the case, going beyond the current scientific analysis to look at four issues: errors in the scientific theory on which the safety analysis is based, errors in the calculations or assumptions in the safety analysis itself, cognitive biases such as psychological and cultural biases, and non-innocent errors motivated by self-interest.In the last 20 pages of his paper, Johnson provides several examples of these four issues. For instance, he points out how scientists tend to exercise caution when presenting their research and readily admit to its limitations, yet on the issue of LHC safety, CERN seems to show a sense of absolute confidence. Even a relatively small observational error of the eight white dwarfs could undermine the safety argument, Johnson notes, since these eight objects are all that the ultimate conclusion rests upon. Such errors would not be unprecedented in science, as even scientists are subject to human fallibility. Johnson points out that, in 2003, it was found that the two papers written to address safety concerns about a potential strangelet disaster at the RHIC both contained conceptual math errors that affected their conclusions.“Giddings and Mangano conclude that there is no conceivable risk,” Johnson writes. “But it does not follow that LHC risk is zero: An accurate assessment of risk must include the possibility that Giddings and Mangano themselves are mistaken.”Finally, Johnson suggests that the courts should look at the psychological and sociological issues that contribute to the vulnerability of the scientific process. Stopping the LHC now would destroy the investment of billions of dollars and many physicists’ careers. In this sense, an individual physicist is better off concentrating on the science research than getting involved in safety and legal issues.The CERN culture, which consists of thousands of physicists from around the world working together, is a great international collaboration that has pushed science forward. Yet, as Johnson notes, such a group culture also has the tendency to push dissenters to the fringe, and perhaps artificially inflate the certainty of unanimously enforced views. These sociological factors are difficult to acknowledge, since they are at odds with the field of science itself, which attempts to be as objective as possible. Nevertheless, from a judge’s point of view, all humans are subject to the same human law.Scientists have a responsibility to the rest of the world to ensure that their experiments are safe. While scientists are not above the law, the case of the LHC is obviously a unique situation that deserves special treatment – especially since it may be setting a precedent for future cases as scientists continue to make extraordinary advancements. Without offending the profession, the question is fair to ask: what is the best way to continue to make scientific discoveries without risking human life? Is it possible to agree on an accepted level of risk?Or, as Johnson puts it, “Can human law survive in a realm ‘where physical law ends’?” He argues that the courts have the power to perform an in-depth analysis – involving a thorough review of the evidence and gathering testimony from scientists with no personal stake in the LHC – that could provide answers to these questions.“At the end of the day, whether the LHC represents an intolerable danger is, in my view, an open question,” Johnson concludes. “I have not endeavored to provide a definitive answer. But I think the courts should. … Courts must develop tools to deal meaningfully with such complexity. Otherwise, the wildly expanding sphere of human knowledge will overwhelm the institution of the courts and undo the rule of law – just when we need it most.” (PhysOrg.com) — Just bringing up the topic of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) creating a black hole that destroys the Earth might seem unscientific and out of place on a science news website. After all, the subject is generally considered to be out of place in the particle physics community, since peer-reviewed studies have shown that there is no significant risk of an LHC doomsday scenario.center_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. More information: Eric E. Johnson. “The Black Hole Case: The Injunction Against the End of the World.” 76 Tennessee Law Review 819 (2009). Also available at arxiv.org/ftp/arxiv/papers/0912/0912.5480.pdf Citation: A Lawyer’s View of the Risk of Black Hole Catastrophe at the LHC (2010, January 22) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-01-lawyer-view-black-hole-catastrophe.html Copyright 2010 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com.last_img read more

first_imgMatthew McConaughey rose to fame as super chill former, car lovin’, ganja burning, ex-high school football player David Wooderson in the Texas based cult classic Dazed and Confused. In real life, McConaughey is a huge University of Texas sports fan so when he was invited to give the Longhorn baseball team a pep-talk ahead of their postseason regional matchup earlier this week, he jumped at it faster than Wooderson on a redhead at the Moon Tower.Not surprisingly, the speech was a super chill bro down and Matt got philosophical with the guys to get them going. Dropping some gems like, “It’s ding, ding. It’s go time.” “It’s liiiiive. Take one.”Texas baseball. Matthew McCounaughey gets older, but they stay the same age.We had a special guest and very familiar face stop by the clubhouse this morning. Preciate you, @McConaughey! #HookEm 🤘 pic.twitter.com/vPMsljsYqi— Texas Baseball (@TexasBaseball) May 28, 2018last_img read more

About Baidu Search Update in Firefox

August 29, 2019 | aazfmwrl | No Comments

first_imgAbout Baidu Search Update in Firefox by Martin Brinkmann on May 07, 2019 in Firefox – 42 commentsSome Firefox users spotted a new feature listing in the browser recently called Baidu Search Update. You can verify if the feature is installed in your version of Firefox by loading about:support and checking the “Firefox Features” section.If you see Baidu Search Update listed, it is installed. Features are being pushed by Mozilla, usually in form of native extensions.What makes the Baidu Search Update listing puzzling is that its ID lists mozillaonline.com and not mozilla.org.Name: Baidu Search UpdateVersion: 2.66ID: baidu-code-update@mozillaonline.comThe feature is installed even if you don’t use Baidu as a search engine in Firefox, even if Baidu is not even installed as a search engine.Some users suspected that it could be malicious based on the information (different domain and Baidu not being installed in Firefox); that is not the case.Mozilla dropped Yahoo as the main search provider in 2017 for a number of reasons. The organization changed its search strategy from a global one to one that would seek out local partners in some regions, and Baidu happens to be one of the partners.Firefox users may install other search engines and even custom ones in the browser.Firefox sends information with each request to partner search engines, and it appears that this code needed to be updated.Bug 1541316 on Bugzilla@Mozilla highlights the process. Mozilla decided to ship the change to all users and not just users from China and users who would use a Chinese locale.Filtering by locale would be “extremely difficult” and “potentially buggy” according to one entry, and that is probably the main reason why Baidu Search Update was shipped to all users.Mozilla was well aware that this could lead to some concerns as some users would certainly spot the feature under Firefox Features on about:support. The organization expected that most users would not notice as the update would not be listed on about:addons. The feature will ship to Firefox ESR installations as well.Note: you may control features, also known as system add-ons in Firefox. Blocking system add-ons may lead to some issues should Mozilla decided to push updates to Firefox that correct issues in the browser.Closing WordsGood news is that the new feature is not malicious. From an outsider’s perspective, it would have been better if Mozilla would have just updated the search engine code in new Firefox releases as this would have avoided any confusion in this regard.SummaryArticle NameAbout Baidu Search Update in FirefoxDescriptionSome Firefox users spotted a new feature listing in the browser recently called Baidu Search Update on about:support. Here is what this is all about.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

IDS Announces New Promotions

August 15, 2019 | aazfmwrl | No Comments

first_img Clint SalisburyMortgage document preparation vendor International Document Services, Inc. (IDS), announced that it has promoted two employees to provide additional support in mission-critical areas of the organization. Clint Salisbury, Former Manager of Implementation has moved to the Sales and Marketing team, and Travis Carroll, who previously worked on IDS’ Integrations team, has moved into Salisbury’s role as Head of the implementation department.“Clint and Travis are two of the finest that IDS has to offer,” said Mark Mackey VP and General Manager IDS. “As IDS begins to set the stage for the exciting changes to come in 2019, shifting these two valuable assets makes use of their unique talents to better meet prospect and client needs in the year to come while continuing to maintain the stellar level of customer service that has been our organization’s trademark from day one.” Salisbury originally joined IDS in 2008 as in-house counsel on the Compliance team. In October 2015, Salisbury assumed responsibilities for the implementation team, which he had helped establish. Carroll started at IDS in October 2014 as a business analyst on the integrations team, having previously worked in product and implementation management at Docutech. “I look forward to working with all of the great people on our sales and marketing team and I am grateful for the opportunity to inform players in the mortgage industry about all of the great things the idsDoc system can do for them,” said Salisbury.“I’m excited for the opportunity to lead our client onboarding efforts,” said Carroll. “With our knowledgeable team of specialists and the robust features that are built into the idsDoc platform, the implementation cycle is very fluid. As more mortgage lenders join the IDS family, it will be my pleasure to share in their success.” in Headlines, Media, News, Origination November 16, 2018 565 Views Clint Salisbury DocuTech HOUSING International Document Services Mark Mackey mortgage Travis Carroll 2018-11-16 Donna Josephcenter_img IDS Announces New Promotions Sharelast_img read more

first_imgBangkok, Thailand – Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazineThe Siam, Bangkok’s newest luxury urban retreat is nestled among the city’s historical palaces, temples and museums in the royal Dusit district. Inspired by its surroundings, the 39-suite riverfront property offers ample places to savor gourmet dining at leisure, drawing on centuries of Thai life and culture.The Siam’s signature Thai restaurant, Chon, is set within a cluster of three traditional teakwood houses. Once part of Thai socialite Connie Mangksau’s home, the venue allows guests to enjoy home-cooked Thai cuisine in the same space that once entertained Jackie Kennedy, John Rockefeller and Henry Ford. Specialty dishes include Tom Yum Goong, a curry soup flavored with chili, lime, and lemongrass, and Phad Krapaow Gai, a chicken dish mixed with garlic, holy basil, and oyster sauce.Chon is also home to a cooking school where guests can master the art of Thai cuisine through private classes with Executive Chef Blair Mathieson. The exclusive lessons include trips to the local market followed by culinary instruction, teaching guests to prepare three of their favorite Thai dishes. At night, Chon offers an intimate Chef’s Table where guests can enjoy an indulgent dinner with their closest friends, prepared privately by one of the resort’s chefs.The Siam’s soul and history continue in its Deco Bar and Bistro, which evokes the timeless atmosphere of Thailand’s Art Deco period with snappy black and white interiors and a dazzling display of wall-mounted brass instruments. This casual chic venue is open all day, offering international comfort food and bistro cuisine with a jazzy ambiance.For the jet-set social crowd, The Siam’s Café Cha patisserie offers the perfect place to sit and watch the world go by. Freshly baked treats, coffee, tea, and exotic infusions can be enjoyed with views of the Chao Praya river, or in the hotel’s spacious courtyard, complete with intimate Poetry & Book Readings.Of course guests can also enjoy 24-hour room service, presented in Thai Bento Boxes, in the privacy of their suite, or nosh poolside at the hotel’s Bather’s Bar.Chef Mathieson, who overseas The Siam’s four main restaurants, brings a global cooking sensibility encompassing many different styles and techniques from the Mediterranean, Europe, Middle East and Asia. A true master of his craft, his creations pay homage to traditional dishes and styles of cooking that have evolved since the beginning of time while using only top quality fresh market produce and ingredients. www. thesiamhotel.comlast_img read more

first_img A rack of trophies are seen backstage at the 2017 Canadian Screen Awards in Toronto on Sunday, March 12, 2017. Homegrown comedy will be front and centre as the Canadian Screen Awards air Sunday without a host. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young Hostless Canadian Screen Awards to air Sunday by Victoria Ahearn, The Canadian Press Posted Mar 29, 2019 10:53 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Homegrown comedy will be front and centre as the Canadian Screen Awards air Sunday without a host.Earlier this year, the academy behind the annual gala announced it would forgo an MC for the 2019 gala, not out of necessity but as a way to experiment with the awards show format.Beth Janson, CEO of the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television, said it was a creative decision in an era of changing viewer habits and declining ratings.The show will be filled out with comedy bits.“I’m excited about it all,” Janson said in an interview. “Most excited as I’ve been since I’ve had this position.”The academy made the decision before the Oscars aired last month without a host, a move that followed comedian Kevin Hart backing out of the role. The ratings ended up being slightly higher compared to last year.Canadian actor Andrew Phung of the CBC family comedy “Kim’s Convenience” is among those who support the host-free format.“It’s not that we don’t have a host — we get to have, like, 30 hosts now,” he said in an interview at a press conference announcing this year’s nominees.“We get to have all these comedic ensembles and pairings that are like our dream pairings, so I think it’s really cool that we take the pressure off of these two people or this one person and we share the spotlight. And what a Canadian thing to do, to give the spotlight to many people.”Comedy star Aisha Alfa of CTV’s “The Beaverton” is also in favour of the change.“I think just saying who wins and who’s nominated and honouring those people is going to be great,” she said. But filmmaker Barry Avrich, who produced the show from 2015 to 2017, feels the show would benefit from an MC.“You still need a ringmaster to keep things moving along,” he said.Avrich said he’s in favour of experimenting with the show, noting the Canadian Screen Awards are only in their seventh year, making them fairly young on the awards circuit.“We’ve got a huge opportunity to do some fun and crazy things with it,” he added.He suggested capping the show at 90 minutes and moving it from Toronto’s Sony Centre for the Performing Arts to a more intimate setting.“This should be done Golden Globes-style in a hotel room — looser, more reflective of our Canadian sense of humour and style than in a bloated hall,” Avrich said.“It should be a dinner. It should be the exact same thing as the Golden Globes and would be a third of the cost.”The Canadian Screen Awards have a total of 135 categories in film, television and digital media.The bulk of those awards were handed out this week, with the rest to be issued at a morning gala on Sunday and the evening broadcast on CBC and its Gem streaming service.Between the crop of nominees and the presenters set for the show, this year’s Canadian Screen Awards signify “a huge moment happening in Canada right now around comedy,” said Janson.Many in the industry echo her thoughts.“I spend a lot of time in L.A. and our comedies, specifically our CBC comedies, are the talk of the town,” said actor Simu Liu of “Kim’s Convenience.”“You have shows like ‘Schitt’s Creek’ getting love on ‘Ellen’ and major late-night talk shows. And ‘Kim’s Convenience,’ which recently released worldwide on Netflix as well.“I think our stories are transcending our borders and giving us something to be proud of as Canadians.”“Baroness von Sketch Show” cast member Jennifer Whalen also feels there’s a “resurgence of Canadian comedy.”“It does come in cycles, and there seem to be one-hour drama cycles, and now comedy is coming back.”Victoria Ahearn, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Dust levels high across the island

August 9, 2019 | aazfmwrl | No Comments

first_imgDust has spread to all areas of the island on Friday morning, prompting the labour inspection department to issue more health warnings.In Nicosia, where the average hourly concentrations of respirable particulate matter with a diameter smaller than 10mm (PM 10) in the atmosphere was 103.5 μg/m³ on Thursday afternoon, levels were 572,1 μg/m³ by Friday morning, and in Limassol, where 93.4 μg/m³ were measured a day ago this increased to reach 484.1 μg/m³. The safe limit is considered to be 50 μg/m³. Levels in Larnaca and Paralimni remain dangerously high.According to the Met office, dust levels will be roughly the same at least until Sunday morning, as winds from the south will bring more dust during Friday and Saturday.The labour inspection department warned the public to stay indoors as much as possible and to avoid physical exercise.People with respiratory problems, heart disease, kidney patients, immunodeficiencies, children and the elderly need to be particularly careful.In the event of symptoms of the respiratory systems such as cough, shortness of breath or eye irritation they should see a doctor or visit a hospital.Persons with chronic respiratory diseases may need to increase the dose of their medication if advised to do so by their doctor.The department also recommends the use of protective masks.Updated information on the dust levels is available at www.airquality.gov.cy.You May LikeThrone: Free Online GamesIf You’re Over 40 And Own A Computer, This Game Is A Must!Throne: Free Online GamesUndoYahoo SearchThe Early Signs Of Type 2 Diabetes. Search Type 2 Diabetes TreatmentsYahoo SearchUndoSecurity SaversWindows Users Advised To Do This TodaySecurity SaversUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more