Sidewalk Labs unveils draft data and privacy plans for hightech Toronto project

first_imgTORONTO – Sidewalks Labs has submitted a draft proposal detailing how it will handle data and privacy issues stemming from a high-tech community it hopes to build in Toronto.The Alphabet Inc.-backed organization said in the proposal released Monday that Sidewalk Labs does not plan on owning data the company gathers in public places.Instead, it’s proposing that an independent organization called the Civic Data Trust will control the data, set the rules around its use and make it open and accessible to people while offering privacy protection.“The Civic Data Trust would be guided by a charter ensuring that urban data is collected and used in a way that is beneficial to the community, protects privacy, and spurs innovation and investment,” said Alyssa Harvey Dawson, head of data governance at Sidewalk Labs in a blog post.Anyone wanting to collect and access the data will have to seek approval from the Trust, and Sidewalk Labs will not receive any special status or rights, she said.The goal is to allow the publicly gathered data to eventually be available for free to help with future urban designs and improvements.“We believe that, as a default matter, de-identified urban data should be made freely and publicly available,” said Dawson.The Trust would govern data collected without consent, such as pedestrian counters and street-facing cameras, though it would be wiped of personal information. Data collected with consent, however, such as through websites and mobile apps, wouldn’t be subject to control of the Trust.Some critics of the data collection have raised concerns about it being stored in other countries, but Sidewalk Labs has rejected calls to keep storage local.“Data localization presents a number of challenges, including that it runs counter to the way information travels across the internet and creates higher barriers to entry for startups,” said Dawson.Instead, legal protection can be best achieved through contractual requirements and technical mechanisms, she said.Sidewalk Labs’ proposal will next head to Waterfront Toronto and the public to review and incorporate into the draft master plan for that project that they are due to release next year.Since the project was announced, it has been marred with concerns around privacy and how data will be collected, kept, accessed and protected.last_img read more

Microsoft unveils new Xbox all-digital edition

first_imgSan Francisco: Microsoft has unveiled its Xbox One S All-Digital Edition for $249 which would be available starting May 7. This is a new model that will be sold alongside the original Xbox One S and the more powerful Xbox One X. “A disc-free, completely digital Xbox One is no longer just a rumoured pipe dream for cord cutters and the current generation of Fortnite fanatics who’ve never had to set foot inside of a GameStop. “The Xbox One S All-Digital Edition will hit retailers on May 7 for $250 (that’s $50 less than the Xbox One S) and it’s available for pre-order today,” Engadget reported on Tuesday. Also Read – Swiggy now in 500 Indian cities, targets 100 more this year The new console comes with three popular Microsoft-owned titles, namely Sea of Thieves, Forza Horizon 3 and Minecraft. “The Xbox One S All-Digital Edition is $50 less than Xbox One S and we expect to maintain at least this price difference between the two consoles,” Jeff Gattis, General Manager of Platform and Devices Marketing at Microsoft was quoted as saying by The Verge. There’s also a special offer on Xbox Game Pass, the monthly subscription service that includes access to more than 100 games.last_img read more

UN urges Group of 77 nations to champion development agenda

11 January 2012Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the President of the General Assembly Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser today urged the bloc of developing countries known as the Group of 77 and China to ensure that concrete and actionable measures are adopted at the forthcoming United Nations conference on sustainable development in the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro. “Safeguarding the environment is a fundamental priority of the Rio process,” Mr. Ban said at a ceremony at UN Headquarters where Argentina handed over the chairmanship of the Group of 77 to Algeria. Ambassador Jorge Argüello of Argentina handed over the G-77 chairmanship to Ambassador Mourad Benmehidi of Algeria.The international community will gather at the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) in Rio de Janeiro in June to chart a course towards a more sustainable and equitable world. The Conference will focus on two themes – a green economy in the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication; and an institutional framework for sustainable development.“Promoting balanced and stable economic growth and ensuring social equity are essential,” said Mr. Ban. “Yet the challenges loom large. The debt crisis continues in Europe and elsewhere. Markets are volatile. Budgets are getting squeezed. Unemployment is unacceptably high.“The United Nations, with the full commitment of its membership, must act resolutely and decisively. Once again, the role of the G-77 is an important part of the global effort to mobilize political will to achieve sustainable development,” he added.The Group, established in 1964 by 77 States, now includes more than 130 countries, some two thirds of the UN membership, and over 60 per cent of the world’s population.Mr. Al-Nasser stressed the need for coordinated action by G-77 and China to ensure successful outcome of Rio+20.“I am convinced that under the strong leadership of Algeria Rio+20 negotiations will lead to a successful outcome and will be an opportunity to give effect to a new vision,” Mr. Al-Nasser said in a speech delivered on his behalf by his chef de cabinet, Mutlaq al Qahtani.“This is a vision based on a concrete programme of action for addressing gaps in means of implementation in the sustainable development agenda, as well as on efforts to address new and emerging challenges.”On the achievement of the global poverty reduction blueprint known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the Secretary-General also urged the Group of 77 and China to strive to ensure that the targets are attained by the 2015 deadline.“We must also begin thinking about the next steps beyond 2015. I invite the G-77 and China to be active in the dialogue regarding the post-2015 international development agenda. In the coming year and beyond, we have a historic opportunity to reshape the way we think about development,” said Mr. Ban.Mr. Al-Nasser also pledged full support got Group of 77’s joint efforts to surmount the challenges and obstacles in the advancement of the UN development agenda.“Together, we must ensure that programmes and activities established to address the needs of the developing countries are accorded the appropriate resources.“As the date set for the achievement of the MDGs rapidly approaches, we must work together to secure the progress achieved so far and build upon hard-won economic and development gains,” he said. read more

Stocks pull back bringing the Dow Jones industrial average back near 17000

Stocks pull back, bringing the Dow Jones industrial average back near 17,000; Airlines fall NEW YORK, N.Y. – After pushing stocks to records last week, investors turned cautious on Monday ahead of a batch of corporate earnings reports.The Dow Jones industrial average ended almost 50 points lower after closing above 17,000 for the first time last week. Investors moved money into stocks traditionally thought of as safer than broader market: utilities, telecommunication companies and consumer staples.Stocks that depend the most on a growing economy were among the biggest decliners, including small companies, consumer discretionary names, materials and industrial stocks.“All eyes have turned to earnings,” said Joe Tanious, global market strategist with J.P. Morgan Funds.There’s a lot riding on this quarter’s earnings season. Investors largely believe the weather had an unusually large impact on the U.S. economy in the first three months of year, and that economic activity rebounded in the second three months of this year. Many companies blamed the weather for their disappointing first quarter results.Secondly, stocks are trading at all-time highs and investors will need Corporate America to deliver on profits in order to justify these record-high prices.“As we’ve emphasized in recent weeks, stocks are not cheap, but we believe they can climb modestly higher in the second half (of the year) amid continued economic improvement,” said Russ Koesterich, global chief investment strategist at BlackRock, in a note to investors.The Dow Jones industrial average lost 44.05 points, or 0.3 per cent, to 17,024.21. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index lost 7.79 points, or 0.4 per cent, to 1,977.65 and the Nasdaq composite fell 34.40 points, or 0.8 per cent, to 4,451.53.The Dow reached a record and a new 1,000-point milestone last Thursday by closing above 17,000 for the first time. That followed a strong U.S. jobs report. U.S. markets were closed Friday for the Independence Day holiday.The Russell 2000 index, which is made up primarily of small-company stocks, fell more than the rest of the market. The index lost 1.7 per cent, versus the 0.4 per cent decline in the S&P 500, which is made up of large companies.Another sign that investors were hesitant to place big bets ahead of corporate earnings reports could be seen in Monday’s low trading volume. Roughly 2.6 billion shares traded hands on the New York Stock Exchange, well below the 3.2 billion shares that moves on an average trading day.Aluminum mining giant Alcoa reports its latest results on Tuesday and Wells Fargo, the No. 1 U.S. mortgage lender, reports on Friday. Investors are expecting second quarter profits to be up 4.9 per cent from a year ago, according to FactSet.“I think we’re going to exceed expectations,” Tanious said. “Companies were able to post 6 per cent earnings growth in the first quarter, even with the U.S. economy contracting. Now that we’ve seen a rebound in economic activity, I think we’re looking at a pretty good earnings season.”Major airlines stocks fell after the Transportation Security Administration announced new security measures that would impact international flights into the United States. The TSA said that all electronic devices would need to have power in order to travel, including tablet computers and cellphones, which could impact the number of passengers able to travel.United Continental fell $1.26, or 3 per cent, to $38.62, Delta fell $1.70, or 4.5 per cent, to $36.90 and American Airlines fell $1.52, or 4 per cent, to $40.10. Domestic U.S. airlines fell as well, but the declines were tamer. JetBlue fell 27 cents, or 2.5 per cent, to $10.62 and Southwest fell 54 cents, or 2 per cent, to $27.17.Investors also tried to reduce their exposure to risk by buying U.S. government bonds. The yield on the U.S. 10-year note fell to 2.62 per cent from 2.64 per cent late Thursday.In other company news:— Archer Daniels Midland rose 73 cents, or 2 per cent, to $46.50 after the company announced it was buying Swiss food flavourings company Wild Flavours for $3 billion in cash. Wild Flavors makes flavours and oils that are used in processed foods.— BioDelivery Sciences International was up 9 per cent after the drug developer said its treatment for severe pain fared better than a placebo in another late-stage study. The company said the trial triggered another $10 million payment from Endo International Plc, which has a licensing agreement with BioDelivery. BioDelivery’s stock rose $1.07 to $13.06. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Ken Sweet, The Associated Press Posted Jul 7, 2014 2:28 pm MDT read more

Canadas unemployment rate falls to 7 in July

Canada’s unemployment rate fell to 7.0 per cent in July, from 7.1 per cent the previous month, Statistics Canada said on Friday.However, the agency said a mere 200 jobs were created during the month.Employment increased in Newfoundland and Labrador and Manitoba, while it fell in New Brunswick.Statistics Canada said employment in educational services and in information, culture and recreation rose in July.The agency also said there were fewer people working in construction, health care and social assistance.Most of the employment gains were concentrated among people between the ages of 15 and 24, Statistics Canada said, while there were losses among people aged 55 and older.(The Canadian Press) by News Staff Posted Aug 8, 2014 6:56 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Canada’s unemployment rate falls to 7% in July read more

GALLERY Tours showcase Brocks science stores and shops

Members of Brock’s Senior Administrative Council (SAC) got a peek behind the scenes of the University’s technical shops and science stores Tuesday, taking tours that may soon be available to the wider Brock community.Organized by the Faculty of Mathematics and Science, the Oct. 16 tours showcased the often-unseen services of Brock’s science stores, and electronics, machine and glassblowing shops.The shops have been a part of the Faculty since 1966 and were originally created to service existing scientific equipment, develop new and innovative equipment for both teaching and research labs, and to provide technical expertise, scientific supplies and materials for Math and Science.As the University has grown, the services have expanded to include the Faculties of Social Sciences and Applied Health Sciences while also providing support to non-academic offices and local outreach programs.For Mathematics and Science Dean Ejaz Ahmed, the tours offer a chance for participants to take in the array of services first-hand, while also hearing from the professionals who staff the shops and stores each day.“I would like people to learn more about our Faculty and the services we provide,” he said. “Each shop has its own expertise in its specialized area; however, they often combine their resources and skills to provide technical support for experiential learning, teaching, transformative and cutting-edge research as well as external venture initiatives.”Though the initial morning tours were for a limited audience, Ahmed hopes they will be soon be expanded to include others.“We felt the best way to advertise to the SAC group was to provide guided tours and we have plans to offer these tours to other members of the Brock community as well,” he said.  “This is hopefully the first of many.” read more

Conditions in British prisons worst in a generation

first_imgWriting in the Observer, prisons minister Rory Stewart said prison “remains a deeply disturbing place”, citing the prevalence of sophisticated criminal gangs behind bars, drug use and “horrifying rates of self-harm”.He added: “But my instinct is that with focus and pragmatism, we can begin to make a real difference to the lives of those inside, and ultimately to protecting the public outside the prison walls.” “There has been a complete breakdown in recognising the fact that serious action is needed, and recognising that the only way to do it is to have a long-term plan, with somebody in charge of it throughout the term.” A former lord chief justice of England and Wales said he feared conditions in British prisons were among the worst in a generation – and compared it to the state of jails before the notorious Manchester Strangeways riot of 1990.Lord Woolf, speaking to the Observer, referenced the longest prison riot in British history, which began on April 1 and lasted until April 25, resulting in deaths of two people and scores were injured.Lord Woolf, who led the inquiry into the riot, was speaking after a scathing report by HM Inspectorate of Prisons found drugs were readily available, communal areas were in a “decrepit” state and there was a significant problem with cockroaches and rats at Liverpool jail.He told the newspaper: “[If] you ask me whether we have gone back to where we were pre-Strangeways, I think we are there in that sort of territory.”It is not confined to one of our prison establishments. It is across the board. The Observer said analysis of 118 prisons inspection reports found more than two-thirds (68%) provided unsatisfactory standards in at least one respect, with two in five jails deemed to be unacceptably unsafe, according to the newspaper.center_img Show more Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Kerry Group to create 800 jobs over next three years

first_imgKERRY GROUP HAS announced that it is to create 800 new jobs over the next three years as well as 400 jobs in the construction industry next year as it builds a new campus in Kildare.Speaking at this mornings announcement – which had seen Enterprise Ireland competing with both London and Amsterdam – An Taoiseach Enda Kenny said that government was ‘most encouraged and delighted by the jobs announcement’. While we were making those mistakes Kerry was continuing to consolidate its progress. We now have to follow that journey.- with reporting from Paul Hyland By 2016 we can realise and demonstrate that we are the best small country in the world in which to do business.The food company, which supplies consumer foods, food ingredients and flavours internationally, said in a joint announcement with the Department of Jobs today that a global technology and innovation centre is to be set up in Naas, Co Kildare.The CEO of the Kerry Group, Stan McCarthy, said that the centre would also accommodate business services and support functions, believing that it would be a differentiator in the market.The centre will be a “key focal point” for the company’s customer engagement activities, catering to Europe, Africa, the Middle-East and beyond.Welcoming the announcement was Minister for Agriculture, Marine and Food Simon Coveney, who said that ‘there’s never been a Cork man that loves Kerry as much as I do this morning.’This is a phenomenal announcement for Ireland. This is a once in a decade announcement for an economy, but it is probably the most significant announcement ever for the Irish agri-food industry, and that is not an exaggeration.Kerry Group will invest €100 million in the construction of the centre on a 28-acre site in the Millennium Business Park with the new campus accommodating 800 people in 2015 and rising to 900 in 2016.It is believed that between 100-150 of these jobs will be graduate positions, with Minister Coveney saying that the last three years had seen a 100 per cent increase in the uptake of food science and related courses.Around 400 construction jobs will be created next year with the €100 million investment part-funded by the Department of Jobs. The Department of Agriculture has also been involved in supporting the investment.The centre will provide “strategic customers with access to the Group’s complete breadth and depth of technologies, scientific research, innovation and applications expertise across food, beverage and pharmaceutical markets,” a statement said.Jobs Minister Richard Bruton said that the announcement had shown that ‘Ireland had travelled and Kerry had excelled’.It is part of a difficult transformation that we are now having to make from mistakes that were made throughout the course of the last decade that took us down the wrong path.last_img read more

Le retour fictif de lexpérience Mars500 prévu pour le 4 novembre

first_imgLe retour fictif de l’expérience Mars-500 prévu pour le 4 novembre L’équipage de six astronautes enfermé depuis presque un an et demi au centre spatial de Moscou pour simuler un vol aller-retour vers Mars achèvera l’expérience Mars-500 le 4 novembre prochain.Après 499 jours aujourd’hui, les six astronautes participant à l’expérience Mars-500 simulant un aller-retour vers Mars verront prochainement (le 4 novembre, dans trois semaines) leur périple prendre fin. “Partis” le 3 juin 2010, les six volontaires que sont le Français Romain Charles, l’Italo-Colombien Diego Urbina, les Russes Soukhrob Kamolov, Alexeï Sitev et Alexandre Smolevski et le Chinois Wang Yue, sont âgés de 26 à 38 ans.Ces hommes (trois ingénieurs, un médecin, un chirurgien et un physicien) auront donc vécu isolés du reste du monde pendant près d’un an et demi, restant enfermés dans des modules reproduisant la quasi-totalité des aspects d’un vol spatial, exceptés l’apesanteur, les radiations cosmiques et un réel voyage interplanétaire. Cependant, pour coller le plus possible à une situation réelle, rien n’a été négligé : plusieurs sorties ont eu lieu au cours de l’expérience, notamment certaines simulées sur le sol martien, et les cobayes ont dû affronter la monotonie, s’accommoder des délais dans les télécommunications et de l’absence totale de lumière du jour dans leur habitat dépourvu de toute ouverture.Aucune expédition avant 20 ou 30 ansÀ lire aussiSpaceX : un satellite d’Elon Musk manque d’entrer en collision avec un satellite de l’ESA”Les participants achèvent les expériences scientifiques qu’ils ont effectuées en allant sur Mars et sur le chemin du retour, et ils vont bientôt commencer à préparer leurs affaires”, a indiqué un responsable de l’Institut russe des problèmes médicaux-biologiques (IBMP), cité par l’agence Interfax. “Ils sont en bonne santé. Aucun problème n’a été constaté sur le plan psychologique et médical. Les participants ont déjà pu parler à leurs proches et amis par vidéoconférence”, ajoute le responsable.Grâce à Mars-500, l’IBMP et l’Agence spatiale européenne, coorganisateurs de l’expérience, veulent étudier les effets sur les hommes de l’isolement, de l’absence de lumière du jour et d’air frais, ainsi que la restriction des contacts humains. Cela permettra de préparer au mieux un éventuel voyage vers Mars, même si aucune expédition de ce type n’est prévue avant 20 ou 30 ans.Le 14 octobre 2011 à 12:08 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

SHOCKER Smith lawyer to put US on the stand

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp David Smith returns to court in January; heads back to HMP in Grand Turk TCI Residents not affected by US ESTA Notice Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 09 Apr 2015 – David Smith’s Lawyer says he wants to ‘cross examine’ the United States before they try to extradite the former Olint boss, who is convicted in the US of running a Ponzi Scheme. In a surprise move and likely a last ditch effort, Smith’s legal team is trying to block an extradition order by challenging the US courts affidavit. During proceedings Wednesday, Magnetic Media learned that the document will expose detailed information on Smith’s crime, arrest, charges, conviction, sentencing and even his plea deal with American authorities. Oliver Smith, attorney for David Smith was reminded that his client is already convicted; sentenced to 30-years for bilking over six thousand investors of a reported $220 million. Soon after David Smith had completed his sentence in the Turks and Caicos for the same charges, he was re-arrested and picked up by TCI Police. The US reportedly did not present the correct documents to extradite David Smith immediately after serving six years in HMP; the matter was taken to local court and the US was given about a month to make a proper representation. Oliver Smith will get his chance to question American authorities on the so called validity of the Extradition Order; proceedings were to resume today, but the hearing was adjourned. Recommended for you Related Items:David smith, olint, US Missick & Co Defendants and David Smith all in Court this Weeklast_img read more

Vancouver man dies in singlevehicle crash in Lynnwood

first_imgA 43-year-old Vancouver man died in a crash on Interstate 5 in Lynnwood early this morning, according to the Washington State Patrol.Vernon C. Strand was driving a 2002 Ford pickup south on the I-5 offramp for Interstate 405 when witnesses say the vehicle drifted off the roadway into the grass shoulder, hit a sign and rolled multiple times down an embankment, Trooper Mark Francis said.The driver was wearing a seat belt but was partially ejected, Francis said. He was pronounced dead at the scene.The crash was reported at 2:14 a.m., and the offramp was closed for about three hours.Francis said that there is no indication that drugs or alcohol were a factor, but that the cause of the crash is still under investigation.last_img read more

MPA President and CEO Nina Link Stepping Down End of 2012

first_imgThe MPA announced today that its president and CEO, Nina Link, will be stepping down at the end of the year. Link has held the position for 13 years, longer than any MPA president in the organization’s 93-year history.Prior to joining MPA in late 1999, Link served as group president, publishing and interactive for Sesame Workshop, formerly Children’s Television Workshop. Link also headed her own consultancy, The Link Group, Inc.Under Link’s leadership, in 2010, the association changed its name from the Magazine Publishers of America to simply MPA, adding the new tagline, “The Association of Magazine Media,” to reflect the industry’s shift toward a multi-platform, brand-based focus. This year, Link created a coalition of senior magazine executives to establish voluntary tablet guidelines to increase transparency in audience measurement on the platform. In 2008, she led an initiative to speed up the reporting of audience data, for magazine brands to better compete with TV and Web.Link currently serves on the boards of the Ad Council, New York University’s Center for Publishing and International Federation of Periodical Press (FIPP).MPA has retained executive recruiting firm Blinkhorn, LLC to conduct a search for Link’s successor, according to Michael Clinton, chairman of the MPA Board of Directors and president, marketing and publishing director for Hearst Magazines.Further details available here.More on this topic MPA Changes Name, Tagline to Reflect Multi-Platform Publishing MPA Announces New Measurement Initiative to Compete with TV, Web Michael A. Clinton Named Chairman of the Board of Directors of MPA MPA To Launch Recycling Campaign (posted 3/6/07) Folio Top Women: Mary Berner Pashby Leaves MPAJust In BabyCenter Sold to Ziff Davis Parent J2 Media | News & Notes This Just In: Magazines Are Not TV Networks Shanker Out, Litterick In as CEO of EnsembleIQ The Atlantic Names New Global Marketing Head | People on the Move PE Firm Acquires Majority Stake in Industry Dive Meredith Corp. Makes Digital-Side Promotions | People on the MovePowered bylast_img read more

Mayor Chief Pitch Community Policing At South Fairbanks Meeting

first_imgFairbanks’s mayor and police chief rolled out a new approach to law enforcement last night. The community policing program is getting started in crime-plagued South Fairbanks.Download AudioMayor John Eberhart told about 100 people who packed the meeting room at the J.P. Jones Community Center that the new policing policy represents a departure from the way law enforcement officers have traditionally operated.“It’s a different philosophy,” Eberhart said. “It’s a different way of forming closer relationships with your community.”Chief Randall Aragon says that old approach involves a routine response after a crime has been committed: “Call the police. Send a car. Make an arrest.”Fairbanks Police Officer Richard Sweet, left, and Chief Randall Aragon explain community policing at Tuesday night’s meeting at the J.P. Jones Community Center in South Fairbanks. (Credit Tim Ellis/KUAC)Aragon says the old approach is reactive, and largely ineffective, because police get reports of crimes after the fact, the suspect is long gone in about 75 percent of the cases. And he says there’s typically only about a 5 percent chance that police will be able to arrest a suspect. The chief says a different approach is needed, especially for troubled areas like Fairbanks’s south side.“We’re writing an excellent police report,” Aragon said. “But that bicycle from that neighborhood, they continuously get stolen, no one’s working on how to solve the problem. Community policing is trying to prevent it from happening in the first place.”Aragon says community policing is intended to help residents both protect themselves from becoming crime victims and help police prevent crimes in their neighborhoods. That requires the police to get out into the community, and build trust with its residents.To get the dialogue going, Aragon polled residents on their major crime and law-enforcement issues. They came up with a list of 17. The top three were drug activity, speeding – and a lack of respect shown by police.A couple of residents raised concerns over what they thought might become an overly intrusive police policy. But most of those in attendance, like the Rev. Joe Blackburn, seemed comfortable with it.“Well, I think it’s a wonderful idea,” Blackburn said. “I think it’s headed in the right direction. It shows concern….”Blackburn, the pastor of Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church, says he’s hopeful that community policing will build the trust needed to encourage residents to interact with police and overcome concerns that some have about law enforcement.“Just feeling comfortable, and not feeling that every time you see a policeman that he’s there to arrest you or serve you a warrant or something,” he said.Officer Richard Sweet has been heading up the community policing program on much of the south side for about a month now. He says he hopes it’ll help residents understand that fighting crime is something most everyone can agree on.“The hope is that it’s not an us-them proposition between the police and the community,” Sweet said. “Everybody’s together.”Aragon says he’ll convene another meeting on April 30th at the J.P. Jones Center to check back on how community policing is working. He says the program will be phased in citywide in the coming months.last_img read more

Virat Kohli stops crowd from booing Steve Smith gesture wins hearts Watch

first_imgThere were plenty of talking points from India’s comprehensive victory over Australia, but the biggest moment of the day came when Indian captain Virat Kohli walked across towards the crowd and asked them to stop booing Steve Smith. Instead, he even gesticulated to them to clap for the former Australian skipper.Addressing media after the match, Kohli said that he sympathised with Steven Smith and even apologised on behalf of the crowd after the former Australia captain was not only booed but also heckled by the India dominated crowd at the Oval.’I didn’t want them to set a bad example’ Virat KohliGetty ImagesThe Indian captain was batting when Smith ran across towards the boundary to the field. The crowd started chanting, “Cheater!” repeatedly but Kohli, in the middle, gestured to the India insignia on his helmet, pointed towards the crowd and asked them to quit all the negative chanting.”Just because there are so many Indian fans here, I just didn’t want them to set a bad example, to be honest because he didn’t do anything to be booed in my opinion,” Kohli said.With India fans giving Steve Smith a tough time fielding in the deep, @imVkohli suggested they applaud the Australian instead.Absolute class ? #SpiritOfCricket #ViratKohli— ICC (@ICC) June 9, 2019″He’s just playing cricket. He was just standing there, and I felt bad because if I was in a position where something had happened with me and I had apologised, I accepted it and I came back and still I would get booed, I wouldn’t like it, either,” he further added.Kohli also said that he apologised on behalf of the crowd as he felt really bad. He also added that he had seen similar kind of behaviour in the early games and according to him, it was not acceptable. File image of Steve SmithReutersBoth Steve Smith and David Warner have been booed and heckled repeatedly on the field ever since they have made their comeback after serving their respective bans over the ball-tampering scandal at Newlands last year.”Even in the IPL I saw him, it’s not good to see someone down like that, to be honest. We’ve had issues in the past. We’ve had a few arguments on the field. But you don’t want to see a guy feeling that heat every time he goes out to play,” the Indian captain further added.Glenn Maxwell, who came to know about Kohli’s gesture after the match, said he was not surprised with the Indian captain as he is aware of the person behind the aggressive Kohli on the field when he lets his emotions pour out in the heat of the battle.last_img read more

Policing in the Age of Black Lives Matter

first_imgThe high-profile deaths of unarmed Blacks have put the law enforcement profession on the defensive. Their leaders recently responded with a forum explaining their practices and procedures.On Oct. 12, the Office of The U.S. Attorney of the District of Columbia sponsored a forum, “Police and Community: Building a Bridge of Trust” that took place at the Shiloh Baptist Church in Northwest D.C. The purpose of the forum was to allow law enforcement leaders to explain their duties and responsibilities to advisory neighborhood commissioners, civic association officers, and community activists.Morgan C. Kaine is the First District commander for the D.C. police department. (AFRO File Photo)“We are out there every day,” said Morgan C. Kaine, commander of the D.C. Metropolitan Police Department’s First District. “Many police officers spend hours in the community on their own time. We sponsor events like ‘Shop with a Cop’ and activities like that.”Kaine said that District residents can get involved in police activities through its junior cadet program for teenagers and the Community Engagement Academy that teaches people what police officers deal with. She encouraged members of the audience to ride along with an officer. “You get to see what police officers have to go through every day,” she said.Kaine said people should remember one critical thing as they observe police officers doing their jobs. “We are human. Our goal is to keep you safe,” she said.Unlike other municipalities, the District has several police agencies operating within its borders because of the city’s federal presence. Lt. James Murphy works for the U.S. Park Service Police Department that is responsible for all national parks in the D.C., New York, and San Francisco metropolitan areas.Murphy said that many residents and visitors don’t understand the jurisdictional lines between the D.C. police department and his agency. “For example, we patrol Lafayette Park across from the White House but when you step outside of it, in front of the White House, you are in D.C. police jurisdiction,” Murphy said. “If you misbehave on national parks lands, we have the same arrest powers as the D.C. police.”Assistant U.S. Attorney Jonathan Malis explained what his office entails and whom they work with and report to. The District of Columbia doesn’t have a local prosecutor therefore the U.S. Attorneys’ Office serves in that capacity. “My boss, Channing Phillips, reports to U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch,” Malis said, inferring that he doesn’t answer to D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser (D). “Keep in mind that we don’t report to MPD but we work with them on cases.”When it comes to an officer accused of wrongdoing, Malis said the case is prosecuted as fairly and independently as any other case. “That independence is important,” he said.Malis said prosecuting an officer for killing a resident consists of getting an autopsy and gathering evidence to determine whether that officer should be charged on the “reasonable officer” standard. “We look at the facts and determine whether the police officer acted reasonably during the course of action,” he said. “That is a standard set up by the U.S. Supreme Court and we abide by it.”Even though the forum occurred after a recent officer involved-shooting of an unarmed man, Terrence Sterling, in the District, William Miller, a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s office told the AFRO that the shooting did not spark the need for police to explain their tactics.Many people want to file a complaint against an officer but are afraid to because they think it is difficult and there will be retaliation by the police department. “Not so,” says Mike Tobin, the executive director of the District’s Office of Police Complaints.“You can file a complaint with an officer by going to the station, going online or mobile phone, going to our web site or by fax, asking an officer for a form and there are also community groups who can help someone start the complaint process,” Tobin said. “When we get that complaint, we do a thorough investigation and through that we have access to all police reports and camera material. If there is a problem with an officer or his behavior, we recommend mediation.”According to an annual report from the District of Columbia Office of Police Complaints, there were 407 complaints against D.C. police officers in 2015. Of the number, 71.6 percent of the complainants were from Black residents and 20.6 percent were from White residents. The report states that more Black officers received complaints, totaling 51.3 percent, while White officers only received 37.3 percent.last_img read more

Check Out the 4 Original Shows YouTube Is Launching

first_img Register Now » 2 min read Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box.center_img February 10, 2016 YouTube announced today that it’s launching four original shows — and from the looks of it, there’s a little something for everyone.In one show, video-game happy YouTube superstar PewDiePie is put in positions that scare him out of his wits. In another, an unlikely team of men is tasked with saving humanity from an alien battle suit.All of the shows will be behind YouTube’s $9.99-a-month ad-free streaming service, YouTube Red. The new content puts YouTube squarely in competition with online streaming service Netflix, which has its own hit shows including Orange is the New Black, House of Cards and Narcos.Related: Fans React Angrily After Popular YouTubers File to Trademark ‘React’To get a feel for what YouTube’s new original content will feel like, have a look at the four previews, embedded below. Unsurprisingly, the online content prominently features YouTube creator stars.1. A Trip to Unicorn Island This series is an inside look at what it’s like for YouTube celebrity Lilly Singh, who calls herself ‘Superwoman,’ to go on a 26-city world tour. 2. Lazer Team In this feature-length action-comedy movie, four small-town ‘losers’ have to save the world from an alien spaceship.3. Scare PewDiePieWatch video-game playing YouTube celebrity Felix Arvid Ulf Kjellberg, better known as PewDiePie, take his video game adventures to “real life” in this series.4. Dance CampIn this feature-length movie, cool kid Hunter, played by Nadji Jeter, gets sent away to dance camp where he expects to be bored to tears. Spoiler alert! He’s not.Related: YouTube’s Biggest Star Is Getting His Own Network From Disneylast_img read more

Agnitio control Windows with your voice

first_imgAgnitio: control Windows with your voice by Martin Brinkmann on March 26, 2017 in Software – Last Update: May 09, 2017 – 4 commentsAgnitio is a free software program for Microsoft Windows computer systems that adds voice commands to the operating system.If you compare the voice controlled computers of science fiction franchises such as Star Wars or Star Trek with what is possible today, you will notice that voice control has a long way to go to reach those levels of interaction.Microsoft did launch the voice controlled assistant Cortana with Windows 10, but it is fairly limited when it comes to what you can use Cortana for. The same is true for other voice controlled devices such as Amazon’s Alexa, Google’s personal assistant, or Apple’s Siri.AgnitioAgnitio is a third-party program for Windows that accepts voice commands. The program’s focus is the launching of programs, and the opening of system tools.Good news is that it is not nearly as data hungry as the personal assistants mentioned above as it won’t communicate with Internet servers or transfer your command history to a remote server somewhere on the Internet.Agnitio lists all available commands in five groups in its interface on start.Web Browsers — Launch Microsoft Edge, Firefox, Internet Explorer, Google Chrome or Opera.System — Open Notepad, Command Prompt, Services, Disk Cleanup, Event Viewer, System Information, Firewall, or shut down, restart, or log off.Websites — Further divided into email providers — Yahoo, Gmail, Outlook, Mail — and video streaming services — YouTube, Vimeo and Twitch.Search Engines — Open Google, DuckDuckGo, Yahoo Search or Bing.Extra — Run a Google Search, get current weather information, show, or hide.You need a microphone to make use of the voice commands that Agnitio enables on the system when it runs. To use it, simply say what you want to do, e.g. open Twitch to have the command executed by Agnitio.One downside to using Agnitio is that you cannot add custom commands to the program. This means that you cannot change the search engines or supported browsers for instance, or add custom commands to the application at this point in time.Considering that it is still in beta state, future versions may support that functionality. For now, all you get is what the program ships with.The program runs in training mode after installation. You can disable training mode in the settings. There you find other options, for instance to switch from a female voice to a male voice, or from a dark  to a light theme.You may also enable the “run at system startup” option. This is useful if you use the program regularly, and don’t want to start it manually each time you plan on using it.The program is created by the developer of Win.Privacy, a popular privacy program for Windows 10. Please note that it requires the Microsoft .NET Framework to run.The program uses about 15 Megabytes of memory when it runs in the background.Closing WordsAgnitio is a beta program, and it may improve over time. The functionality that it provides right now may work for some users, but it is too limiting for my taste. This is not just a problem of Agnitio, but most voice-based solutions out there right now.Now You: voice controlled computing yay or nay?SummaryArticle NameAgnitio: control Windows with your voiceDescriptionAgnitio is a free software program for Microsoft Windows computer systems that adds voice commands to the operating system.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

How to skip the queue and install the Windows 10 Fall Creators

first_imgHow to skip the queue and install the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update today by Martin Brinkmann on October 17, 2017 in Windows – 36 commentsMicrosoft will release the Fall Creators Update for Windows 10 later today in a staged roll out. If past roll outs are an indicator, it may take months before the update is offered to all devices running the Windows 10 operating system.Microsoft will make the update available to newer devices running Windows 10 that pass compatibility checks. It will lower the bar gradually over the course of weeks and months to offer it to older devices as well.Luckily, there are ways to skip the queue to download and install the Fall Creators Update right away.I do recommend that you wait a bit before you install the update unless you really, really need the new functionality that it includes. The main reason for a bit of delay is that you may want to wait and see how the update is received from a reliability point of view. Does it cause blue screens, lag, crashes, or other issues?Microsoft will release the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update today at 10 a.m. P.T.Install the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update todayYou have two core options when it comes to installing the Fall Creators Update for Windows 10. First, through Windows Update and the Update Assistant, and second, by using the Media Creation Tool.The easiest option that you have is to check Windows Update to see if the update is offered to you already.Tap on the Windows-key, type Windows Update, and hit the Enter-key to open the Update section of the Settings application on the Windows 10 device.Click on the “Check for Updates” button to see if the update is offered to your device already.If the update is not offered yet, you have two other options to grab the update early.Update AssistantThe Update Assistant helps you update systems directly. It is a small program that you can download from the Microsoft website.Note that Microsoft needs to unlock the program’s capabilities so that it enables the installation of the Fall Creators Update. The version that is offered at the time of writing is still for the Creators Update.This will change once Microsoft releases the Fall Creators Update officially.Media Creation ToolThe Media Creation Tool may be used as well. You do need to wait for the official release before you may use the program. The program lets you create ISO images or USB Flash drives, handy if you need to update multiple devices or want to have a copy available locally if things don’t turn out well. Also handy if you want to do a clean install.Download the program from the Microsoft website and run it afterwards.You are asked to accept the Terms of Service.Select “create installation media” or “upgrade this PC now”. The first creates an ISO image or copies the operating system files to a Flash drive, the second will run the upgrade directly without creating installation media.Tip: you can download the Windows 10 Version 1709 ISO image using Adguard’s service as well. Downloads are from Microsoft servers.SummaryArticle NameHow to skip the queue and install the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update todayDescriptionFind out how to install the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update today regardless of your machine’s position in the official update queue.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

TravCorp ME to WE mark World Tourism Day with new Kenya Amazon

first_img Travelweek Group Share Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >> TravCorp, ME to WE mark World Tourism Day with new Kenya, Amazon, India tripscenter_img Tuesday, September 27, 2016 Tags: The Travel Corporation TORONTO — Seven brands under The Travel Corporation’s umbrella – Trafalgar, Contiki Holidays, Insight Vacations, Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection, Lion World Travel, African Travel, Adventure World – along with TravCorp’s TreadRight Foundation have a new partnership with ME to WE that includes immersive volunteer trips to India, the Ecuadorian Amazon and Kenya.Guests can book ME to WE Immersive Volunteer Trip extensions on upcoming set departure dates or as a requested custom trip.As part of the culturally immersive experience, travellers will stay among local communities in comfortable lodges, fully owned and operated by ME to WE. All meals, ground transfers, transportation and local sightseeing excursions hosted by an expert facilitator are included.“Through our not-for-profit TreadRight Foundation, we have been working to create a positive impact to promote sustainable tourism worldwide, with carefully selected partners and projects and some of the numerous local communities we visit,” said The Travel Corporation’s CEO, Brett Tollman. “Many of our travellers are open to experiencing meaningful travel with unforgettable, moving experiences. We are therefore very excited to be supporting ME to WE’s outstanding immersive volunteer trips, which we will help promote with our 10,000 team members across the globe and with the involvement of our loyal travel partners globally.”More news:  Direct Travel names Smith as Senior VP, Leisure Marketing, North AmericaEach ME to WE Trip takes place in a community where ME to WE’s charitable partner puts its 20-year history of holistic, sustainable development to work through its WE Villages program. Half of ME to WE’s net profits are donated to its charitable partner. The other half is reinvested to grow the enterprise and its social mission.On a journey to Ecuador, travellers will have the chance to help local women collect water for their families, learn to make chapatti bread or build a classroom for future generations. In Kenya, guests will stay at Bogani Cottages and Tented Camp in the Maasai Mara. They will join the women of the Maasai and Kispigis communities to learn the craft of beading, a tradition passed down through generations that empowers local women to earn a sustainable income to provide for their families.For more details about these Travel Corporation trips read more

Chanels new antiaging serum contains Costa Rican green coffee

first_img Facebook Comments Cosmetic giantChanel has developed a new anti-aging product with ingredients including green coffee from Costa Rica’s Nicoya Peninsula.The northwestern Pacific region, in the province of Guanacaste, is known as one of the world’s Blue Zones: regions with the highest concentrations of people over 100 years of age.The Chanel website states that research for its serum sourced three longevity ingredients from the diet of the Blue Zones’ populations. These include Nicoya green coffee; Bosana olives from Sardinia, Italy; and the wild herb lentisk from Ikaria, Greece.Tico coffee producers in Nicoya are using a special extraction process that results in “an ultra-pure, ultra-powerful ingredient containing 70 times more antioxidant active molecules than are found in regular coffee beans,” Chanel stated.The company says that a clinical evaluation of 44 women showed that after four weeks of use, skin appears 26 percent firmer and 37 percent more even, with a 35 percent reduction in the appearance of wrinkles,The green coffee used in the product is produced by a small cooperative in Nandayure, in the middle of the peninsula. Online stores are already displaying bottles of 1 fluid ounce costing between $110 and $165.Chanel also made a two-week visit to Guanacaste to shoot a spot for the product. Check it out below. Related posts:Hurricane Otto caused $15 million in losses for Costa Rican coffee sector Costa Rica’s best coffee was grown by a newbie farmer Route 32 expansion project receives environmental permits Mexico takes Costa Rica ban on avocados to World Trade Organizationlast_img read more