Three people slain in Ryerson Township were shot police say

first_imgOntario provincial police say post mortems confirm that three people who were found dead in a Ryerson Township home last Friday, and the man suspected of killing them, all died from gunshot wounds.The bodies of Ulla Theoret, 55, Paul Theoret, 28 and Raija Turunen, 88 were found at their rural home about 300 kilometres north of Toronto along with the suspected shooter, 58-year-old Mark Jones.Police had earlier said they found a handgun and a long gun in the Theorets’ house but have not yet indicated why they were killed.Thomas Theoret, who lost his mother, brother and grandmother, said Monday that his loved ones were killed by a neighbour who had been “stalking” his parent.Theoret said Jones and his mother had known each other for a while before their relationship soured.Theoret said one of his other brothers, who lives in another Ontario community, eventually told Jones to leave the family alone.“My mom didn’t really date (Jones) but I think they were just friends for a couple months,” he told The Canadian Press. “Then he started acting kind of strange and kind of stalking her.”The bodies of Theoret’s family members and Jones were found by a friend who stopped by the home for a pre-arranged visit around 7:30 p.m. on Friday, police have said, noting that the deaths took place sometime between Wednesday evening and the time of the discovery.last_img read more

Business Highlights

first_img___UK’s May wins vote to keep job, Brexit chaosLONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Theresa May’s government has survived a no-confidence vote called after May’s Brexit deal was overwhelmingly rejected by lawmakers. The House of Commons expressed confidence in the government by 325 votes to 306, meaning May can remain in office. Had the government lost, Britain would have faced an election within weeks while preparing to leave the European Union on March 29.___Sears staves off liquidation, stores to remain openNEW YORK (AP) — Sears will live on— at least for now. The company’s chairman and largest shareholder won a bankruptcy auction for Sears in New York, averting liquidation of the iconic chain, according to a source familiar with the negotiations. The move, which still needs the approval of a bankruptcy judge, would allow Eddie Lampert to keep open roughly 400 stores and preserve tens of thousands of jobs that come with them.___From travel to IPOs, how shutdown is upsetting US economyWASHINGTON (AP) — Ian Shepherdson, chief economist at Pantheon Macroeconomics, projects that after growing for nearly 10 years, the economy might contract in this year’s first quarter if the shutdown lasts through March. Other forecasts are less dire. Mark Zandi, chief economist at Moody’s Analytics, thinks that if the shutdown extends that long, the economy would slow by 0.5 percentage point but would remain on solid footing.___Fed survey finds businesses worried by political uncertaintyWASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve said Wednesday business contacts in many regions of the country are expressing less optimism amid a host of adverse developments, from plunging stock prices to uncertainty about a widening trade war. In its latest report on economic conditions around the country, the Fed said that eight of its 12 regions reported the economy was expanding at a moderate pace as the new year began.___John Bogle, Vanguard founder, dies at 89VALLEY FORGE, Pa. (AP) — John Bogle, investing pioneer and founder of Vanguard Group, who brought index funds to millions of investors, dies at age 89, the company says. Bogle simplified investing for the masses by introducing the first index mutual fund for individual investors in 1976. Vanguard also shook up the industry by ending the company’s reliance on outside brokers by directly marketing its funds to investors without charging upfront fees known as sales loads.___Hyundai, Kia recall vehicles due to increased fire riskDETROIT (AP) — Despite a government shutdown, Hyundai and Kia are moving ahead with a recall of about 168,000 vehicles to fix a fuel pipe problem that can cause engine fires. The problem stems from improper repairs during previous recalls for engine failures. In addition, each automaker also will do a “product improvement campaign” covering a total of 3.7 million vehicles to install software that will alert drivers of possible engine failures.___Sinclair debuts streaming service for its local TV stationsNEW YORK (AP) — Sinclair Broadcast, the nation’s largest owner of television stations, is launching a free, ad-supported streaming service. It will draw on local news, sports and other programs from the 191 TV stations it owns in 89 U.S. markets. The service will also have separate digital channels for movies, sports and even poker and NASA TV. The company joins an ever-growing list of streaming service players, including Netflix, Amazon and upcoming offerings from Disney and NBCUniversal.___Study: Top US firms are diversifying their boards fasterNEW YORK (AP) — A study has found that America’s largest companies added women and minorities to their boards of directors at a faster pace over the past two years, a period when sexual harassment scandals thrust workplace equality into the spotlight. African-American and Asian women made the biggest gains, though their overall numbers remain small. That’s according to the 2018 Board Diversity Census, released Wednesday by the Alliance for Board Diversity and the consulting firm Deloitte.___Big bank rally helps US stocks finish higher; Goldman soarsNEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks finish higher after Goldman Sachs had its best day in 10 years and Bank of America rose the most in seven years as banks and other financial companies report strong fourth-quarter results. Stocks were on track for larger gains before the Wall Street Journal reported that the U.S. government may bring criminal charges against Chinese tech company Huawei, adding to U.S.-China trade tensions. U.K. stocks ticked lower after Parliament rejected Prime Minister May’s Brexit deal.___The S&P 500 index gained 5.80 points, or 0.2 per cent, to 2,616.10. The Dow Jones Industrial Average added 141.57 points, or 0.6 per cent, to 24,207.16. The Nasdaq composite rose 10.86 points, or 0.2 per cent, to 7,034.69. The Russell 2000 index rose 9.48 points, or 0.7 per cent, to 1,454.70.Benchmark U.S. crude added 0.4 per cent to $52.31 per barrel in New York. Brent crude, the international standard, rose 0.1 per cent to $61.37 a barrel in London. Wholesale gasoline edged up 0.3 per cent to $1.42 a gallon and heating oil rose 1.2 per cent to $1.89 a gallon. Natural gas fell 3.3 per cent to $3.38 per 1,000 cubic feet.The Associated Presslast_img read more

100 Sub-Saharan Immigrants Rescued off Spanish Coast

Rabat – The Spanish maritime rescue team has rescued 100 immigrants who departed from Morocco, including 14 women and four children. They were plucked from the Alboran sea on Sunday. The rescue team received a call from Morocco signaling the possibility of a boat departing from west of Melilla. The boat, which carried 46 immigrants of sub-Saharan origin, including ten women and two children, was eventually found by the ferry, Vronskiy, operating between Algeciras and Tangier-Med port.While the team was in the process of rescuing these passengers, it received a second call from Morocco informing them of the departure of another boat from the coast of Beni Boughafer in province of Nador. The latter carried 54 people of sub-Saharan descent, including four women and two children. They were moved to a port in southern Spain along with the passengers of the first boat. The Mediterranean has become a cemetery for migrants dreaming of reaching Europe.According to the International Organization for Migration (IOM), more than 521 immigrants were found dead in the Mediterranean between January 1 and March 5, 2017. read more

Tim Hortons opens first Chinese location, offering salted egg yolk timbit

The Canadian Press TORONTO — Tim Hortons has opened its first restaurant in China, in the People’s Square in Shanghai.The Canadian restaurant chain expects there will be 1,500 locations opened across China over the next 10 years.The Shanghai Tim Hortons is the first in China under an exclusive master franchise joint agreement signed last year with the Cartesian Capital Group.The new location will serve many of the chain’s traditional offerings as well as some new food and drink options unique to the Chinese market.In addition to different tea flavours and new hot espresso drinks, Tim Hortons will offer a new salted egg yolk timbit. Companies in this story: (TSX:QSR) read more

Annan seeks Assembly approval for extending Mary Robinsons appointment

“The Secretary-General trusts that the General Assembly will approve this extension,” a UN spokesman told the press today in New York. Mr. Annan’s recommendation was made in a note to the General Assembly, which was released today.The proposal follows Mr. Annan’s announcement on 2 April that he had “prevailed on [Ms. Robinson], subject to approval by the General Assembly, to stay on for one more year.” In mid-March, the High Commissioner had announced that she would not seek another term beyond the expiration of her current term of office this September. Ms. Robinson, a former President of Ireland, is the second person to serve in the position of High Commissioner. José Ayala-Lasso of Ecuador was the first official to occupy the post, which was established by the General Assembly in 1993. read more

States must boost efforts to fill capability personnel gaps in peacekeeping UN

In her briefing, Bintou Keita, the Assistant Secretary‑General for Peacekeeping Operations, praised the Council for helping to fulfil current and future gaps by pledging and preparing new capabilities, and providing direct financial and political support to strategic force generation and training efforts. Further, the Council had demonstrated its commitment to strategic force generation by adopting resolution 2378 (2017), she said, calling on it to continue its leadership role by ensuring that mandates were matched with appropriate resources.Turning to the role of police‑ and troop‑contributing countries, she asked that they remain flexible and adaptive in the capabilities they provided. Critical training such as e‑learning programmes on the prevention of sexual exploitation and abuse should be further supported by Member States and included as part of mandatory pre‑deployment training for all uniformed personnel. Member States should continue to invest in more sustained training initiatives, as well as better equipment to maintain United Nations standards and adapt to new operating environments. Cautioning against one‑off training just before deployment, she said it was necessary to focus on all the aspects, including training, equipment and gender balance.She reassured the Council that the Secretariat would further enhance its ongoing work in strategic force generation and targeted training support. Regional and subregional organizations, including the African Union and the European Union, could also play an integral role. “We are working closely with these organizations and their Member States to ensure that United Nations peacekeeping standards were understood and adhered to,” she said. read more

Artificial Intelligence a danger to mankind or the key to a better

In the background, AI is being used in a huge range of settings, from helping to land a plane, to getting a parcel to you more quickly, and deciding whether you get a job interview.But there are growing concerns that these powerful technologies pose equally powerful dangers, even posing an existential threat to humanity itself.Some legislators and technologists are worried that so-called “general AI” – or machine-based intelligence that resembles basic human intelligence – could develop superintelligence capabilities at an exponential rate, escaping human control, with untold consequences for mankind.On 11 September, UNESCO, the UN’s  Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, hosted a roundtable discussion entitled “Artificial Intelligence: Reflection on its Complexity and Impact on Society”, featuring experts from academia and industry.The talk was hosted by Peter-Paul Verbeek, a Philosophy Professor at Twente University in the Netherlands, and a member of UNESCO’s World Commission on the Ethics of Scientific Knowledge and Technology (COMEST). read more

Sadiq Khan accused by rank and file police of aggravating Extinction Rebellion

Sadiq Khan was criticised by policing and business leaders after activists from Extinction Rebellion were able to disrupt major transport routes for a third day. Hundreds of arrested protesters even cited the Mayor’s support for their cause to police in a bid to escape criminal charges, The Telegraph has learned. It came after another chaotic day in which three protesters glued themselves to a train, while Oxford Circus, Waterloo Bridge and Parliament Square were brought to a standstill. The Mayor of London has been accused by rank and file police officers of “aggravating” climate protests as demonstrators brought havoc to the capital. Around half a million people are thought to have been affected… read more

Mladen Bojinovic strikes EHF CL with RK Borac Banja Luka

Mladen BojinoviRK Borac BL One of most important persons in the last decade of French LNH, Serbian playmaker Mladen Dugi Bojinovic decided to come back home to Banja Luka after 21 year! The 38 years old ex-player of Montpelier and PSG Handball will join RK Borac Banja Luka and support their aims to qualify for the VELUX EHF Champions League for the first time.The Bosnian champions and former European handball powerhouse from 70’s, when they won the Champions Cup, will have a big chance to qualify for the VELUX EHF CL as tournament will be held in Banja Luka’s hall  “Borik”.Borac will clash Austrian HC Alpla Hard in semi-final. ← Previous Story SHOW IN KRAKOW: Over 15.000 fans cheer Kielce – PSG draw Next Story → Talant Dujshebaev “in love” with Kielce until 2019! read more

ATT announced highcapacity data tiers up to 50GB and dataonly plans

first_imgUsers may be crying out for the return of unlimited data plans, but unless you’re on Sprint they aren’t coming back anytime soon. For those of you on AT&T with greater than average data needs, new data tiers have been rolled out to offer upwards of 50GB of data every month.US Carriers aren’t looked at in a particularly positive light right now. On top of having to filter through a seemingly endless line of requests for unlimited data to make a comeback, there’s talk of a new cell phone unlocking bill to be introduced soon. As the US mobile broadband situation continues to grow into their new LTE shoes, and users adjust to a world with high speed but limited capacity Internet on there phones, there’s going to be outliers that need to be addressed. Maybe a small business that doesn’t need anything more than a slightly augmented family plan, or a family that has figured out that their LTE connection is faster than the DSL line being offered by the local rural ISP. Whatever the collection of fringe cases may be, AT&T has decided to service them with a new line of higher capacity bandwidth options.The data plans come in at easy to remember price points. Take whatever your cap is, add a zero on the end, and you get your monthly price. It may be hard to swallow the idea of paying $500 every month for 50GB of wireless data, but clearly AT&T thinks that a couple of people will pay it. If you’re choosing these data tiers on a Family Share plan, you’ll still be charged the extra $30 per device you add on. Family accounts still have a 10 device limit, while businesses are offered a scale based on which plan you have. 50GB plans, for example, get you 25 devices. Regardless of which you go for, unlimited voice and text are still included.Perhaps more interesting than AT&T’s new cringe worthy, wallet bruising-mobile plans is the new data-only option for these higher tiers. You can opt for a $335 50GB plan that allows you to make each connected device a hotspot or mobile broadband USB stick. This would allow a small business the ability to grant mobile broadband to an entire team, while fostering a Bring Your Own Device environment for the rest of their needs. It’s certainly not as good as unlimited data, and it wouldn’t be hard for 10 hotspots to hit 50GB in a month, but the plans demonstrate an attempt to offer a reasonably priced service to businesses.last_img read more

Trumps choice for national security advisor turns down job

first_img 21,052 Views By AFP Share Tweet Email 55 Comments A FORMER NAVY admiral reportedly tapped by President Donald Trump to be his national security advisor has declined the post, US media reports.Robert Harward’s rejection of the position leaves the Trump administration without a replacement for Michael Flynn, who was forced to resign earlier this week amid a scandal over pre-inauguration phone conversations he allegedly had with Russian officials.In a statement read on CNN, Harward said he had turned down the job because he “could not make that commitment.”“This job requires 24 hours a day, seven days a week focus and commitment to do it right. I currently could not make that commitment,” the statement read.The rejection capped a riotous day for the 70-year-old US president, who earlier lambasted his critics in the media and in politics in a wide-ranging one hour, 16-minute-long press conference.© – AFP 2017Read: Tony Blair wants Britain to fight against BrexitRead: ‘The leaks are real, the news is fake’ – Trump blasts media again in latest press conference Trump’s choice for national security advisor turns down job “I currently could not make that commitment.” http://jrnl.ie/3244396 In this image provided by the U.S. Marine Corps, Vice Adm. Robert S. Harward, commanding officer of Combined Joint Interagency Task Force 435, speaks to an Afghan official. Image: Sgt. Shawn Coolman/U.S. Marine Corps via APcenter_img Feb 17th 2017, 9:11 AM In this image provided by the U.S. Marine Corps, Vice Adm. Robert S. Harward, commanding officer of Combined Joint Interagency Task Force 435, speaks to an Afghan official. Friday 17 Feb 2017, 9:11 AM Image: Sgt. Shawn Coolman/U.S. Marine Corps via AP Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Google lance un site pour réaliser de plus belles applications Android

first_imgGoogle lance un site pour réaliser de plus belles applications AndroidAndroid 4 apporte de gros changements visuels au système de Google. Pour que les applications et le système soient homogènes au niveau du design, Google a lancé jeudi dernier un site (lien non disponible) récapitulant en détail le nouveau design.Le défaut avec un market complètement libre, c’est que l’on y trouve tout et n’importe quoi. Puisque Android 4, alias Ice Cream Sandwich, a été travaillé visuellement, Google n’a pas envie que les applications gâchent tout. Surtout que s’il y a bien un domaine où Apple les nargue de loin, c’est bien le design. Celui d’Android varie d’un appareil à l’autre, certaines tentatives réussissant merveilleusement tandis que d’autres laissent un peu à désirer…À lire aussiÉquinoxe du Printemps : pourquoi tombe-t-il le 20 mars ?Leur site « Android Design (lien non disponible) » vise donc à donner des pistes aux développeurs du monde entier, pour des applications design, efficaces et agréables à l’œil. Au-delà de la qualité pure, les applications sont intuitives si elles partagent leur design (typographie, palette de couleurs, styles, onglets, boutons, listes…) avec l’OS, et le site Android Design veut permettre cette uniformisation. Par exemple, une nouvelle police de caractère nommée Roboto a été créée. Elle vise à être plus lisible sur les différentes résolutions lisibles. Google préférerait qu’on l’utilise, plutôt que de vieilles polices peu claires…Ce cadre vise à assister les professionnels comme les amateurs, sans toutefois les contraindre. Il sera encore enrichi dans les mois à venir de contenus encore plus spécifiques et de nouveaux outils.     Le 18 janvier 2012 à 19:30 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

UK Proposes Stricter Child Safety Rules for Social Media

first_imgThe UK is calling on social media to step up their child safety guidelines.Turning off reaction buttons and limiting data collection are among the 16 recommendations for age-appropriate design, released this week by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO).“There has to be a balancing act: protecting people online while embracing the opportunities that digital innovation brings,” UK Information Commissioner Elizabeth Denham wrote in a blog post.“And when it comes to children, that’s more important than ever,” she continued. “In an age when children learn how to use a tablet before they can ride a bike, making sure they have the freedom to play, learn, and explore in the digital world is of paramount importance.”Some proposed standards seem obvious: limit how children’s personal data is collected, used, and shared; disable geolocation tools and targeted advertising as standard.Others, as recommended by the ICO, may not be:Ensure privacy information and policies are concise, prominent, and easy to understandAlert children if their parent or guardian is monitoring their online activityIntroduce age verification checks or treat all users as if they were childrenAvoid using “nudge” techniques (Snapchat “streaks,” Facebook “likes”) to tease out unnecessary personal data or keep under-18s online longerThis code, as described in a consultation document, is aimed at providers of information society services—i.e. anyone producing apps, programs, websites, games, community environments, connected toys, and devices with or without a screen that are “likely to be accessed by children in the UK.”Companies that do not comply with the new standards could face fines up to €20 million ($22.59 million) or 4 percent of their annual global turnover (about $1.6 billion for Facebook, The Guardian reported).“The answer is not to protect children from the digital world, but to protect them within it,” Denham said (emphasis hers).The code, expected to come into effect before the end of this year, will be the first of its kind, helping to “set an international benchmark,” according to Denham.“It will leave online service providers in no doubt about what is expected of them when it comes to looking after children’s personal data,” she wrote. “It will help create an open, transparent, and protected place for children when they are online.”This isn’t the ICO’s first feud with Facebook.In October, it fined the social network £500,000 ($654,152) for breaches of data protection law. An investigation found that, between 2007 and 2014, Facebook “unfairly” processed users’ personal information by allowing app developers access without informed consent.More on Geek.com:Facebook ‘Likes’ Speak Louder Than WordsStudy: Children, Not Adults, Easily Influenced by RobotsSophia the Robot Has a Cute Little Sister That Teaches Kids to Codelast_img read more

House Readiness Panel Dismisses BRAC Request

first_imgThe House Armed Services’ Readiness Subcommittee once again rejects the Obama administration’s request to hold a BRAC round in 2017, according to its portion of the fiscal 2016 defense authorization bill.The language in the draft bill stating that, “Nothing in this act shall be construed to authorize an additional Base Realignment and Closure round,” affirms the committee’s intent to reject DOD’s request to conduct a BRAC round in 2017, the panel states.  The panel marks up its section of the annual policy bill today. The draft bill also calls for the department to prepare force structure plans and an infrastructure assessment that could be used to determine the level of excess capacity. The language, however, does not directly link the analysis to a justification for a new BRAC round.Last year, the panel requested an analysis of excess infrastructure, but it tied the analysis to a determination of the need for a round of base closures. That provision ultimately was removed from the final version of the FY 2015 authorization bill.The infrastructure assessment included in this year’s policy measure is largely similar, however, and calls for DOD to submit:20-year force structure plans for each of the services;an inventory of worldwide installations;a description of the infrastructure necessary to support the force structure plans;a discussion of categories of excess infrastructure and infrastructure capacity, and the secretary’s objective for the reduction of such excess capacity; andan assessment of the value of retaining certain excess infrastructure to accommodate contingency, mobilization and surge requirements.And similar to language in the House Appropriations Committee’s report accompanying the FY 2016 military construction-veteran affairs spending bill, the readiness panel adds the following special considerations for determining the extent of excess capacity:the anticipated continuing need for and availability of installations outside the United States, taking into account current and  potential future restrictions on their use; andany efficiencies that may be gained from joint tenancy by more than one branch at an installation or by reorganizing two or more installations into a single facility.The readiness subcommittee’s portion of the authorization bill is available on the committee website. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

Pilot to Privatize Commissaries Should Be Postponed Inhofe Says

first_imgA proposal to privatize five commissaries under a two-year pilot program should be stripped from the Senate version of the fiscal 2016 defense authorization bill, according to a commentary by Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) published in Military Times.Congress should complete an evaluation of the feasibility of privatizing military grocery stores before launching a pilot program, writes Inhofe, a senior member of the Armed Services Committee.“Privatizing military commissaries before conducting an assessment of the costs and benefits of such significant reform is irresponsible,” he states. “I want to know the cost and savings as well as the risks and benefits associated with privatization before any action is taken,” Inhofe says.Inhofe and Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) have introduced an amendment to the annual policy bill that would prohibit the privatization pilot until an assessment of the potential impacts of privatization on military families and veterans has been finished.Inhofe said that 22 senators support the amendment, which would need a majority to pass the chamber. At this point, thought, it’s not clear if the provision will secure a floor vote. The Senate has made little progress on the authorization bill since lawmakers began debate June 3. The measure, S. 1376, calls for DOD to develop a plan to privatize the Defense Commissary Agency, wholly or in part. It also directs the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to assess the potential costs and benefits of privatizing the entire network of commissaries and determining whether any barriers exist to privatizing the commissary system. The bill directs DOD to carry out the pilot test of privatization after the GAO study.Inhofe has a lot of support. More than 40 organizations have endorsed the amendment, and the White House has criticized the Senate plan as well.“The administration has concerns with commissary privatization and the willingness of private sector entities to participate in such a project,” the Office of Management and Budget said in its response to the Senate bill before lawmakers began debating on the floor two weeks ago. OMB said it favored waiting for an independent study already under way to determine whether privatization is feasible before making any policy changes.Commissaries offer military families a savings of 30 percent off their groceries on average, and also provide jobs for the families of service members, Inhofe argued.“Together we can halt this policy that has the potential to force thousands of service members and their families to be part of an experiment that will have no congressional review before implementation,” Inhofe concluded. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

Why Alaska Researchers Want To Use Drones To Find Hibernating Bears

first_imgPtarmigan drone designed by UAF in Selfoss, Iceland. (Photo courtesy Steve Kibler)For the first time, Alaska researchers plan to use drones with thermal cameras to detect hibernating polar bears and grizzly bears on the North Slope.Download AudioThe University of Alaska Fairbanks team is working without dedicated funding, but is seeking industry support for the project. For now, they’re relying on UAF resources like the Alaska Center for Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration.Federal law requires oil and gas companies to remain one mile away from polar bear dens and a half mile away from grizzly bear dens from November to April. Otherwise, they risk disturbing their hibernation with noise and vibration from vehicles and other off-road operations. Keith Cunningham is a research assistant professor at UAF and has worked on drone data and applications for various organizations.“On the North Slope right now, there are experts who are trained in chasing off bears that get too close to some of these oil production areas,” says Cunningham. “We call that bear hazing. There might be bean bags or fire crackers that are shot at the bear to scare it away.Cunningham says the drones will use specialized cameras to detect the bears.“These infrared cameras basically spot emitted thermal heat. A sleeping bear is actually burning calories and radiating heat. And you can pick that up with a camera.”The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Alaska Department of Fish and Game have been experimenting with artificial dens for several years. Part of the upcoming UAF research will involve constructing wooden dens and mimicking body heat using a device set to about 60 watts.Weather stations outside the dens will measure conditions like wind speed, wind direction and temperature. Another device will measure snow depth and density. As they run trials, that data should tell the researchers how effective their drone is under different conditions.The goal is to provide this technology and information to oil and gas companies active on the North Slope.Cunningham says the team is interested in both polar bears and grizzly bears in the field.“As we get closer to the foothills of the Brooks Range, we’re also interested in the denning activity of grizzly and brown bears because they’ll dig their dens about the same time as the polar bear. The polar bear is digging his den in the snow while the brown bear is going to dig his den in the dirt, like along a creek.”They will set up their first artificial den on the North Slope in early November. In the first stage, the researchers will test drones only on artificial dens. In the second stage, they’ll test the drones on bears with radio collars that send location data to a satellite.Cunningham and other researchers have experimented with thermal cameras before, but this is the first time they’ll use cameras and drones together to track bears. They’re examining camera options, and they’ve already decided on the drone they’ll use.“The university actually builds its own unmanned aircraft systems,” says Cunningham. “And we have one that is designed specifically for research and development. And we call it the ptarmigan. The ptarmigan is the state bird of Alaska. It’s got six propellers, it flies like a helicopter. It takes off vertically, and it lands vertically.”UAF sent their first drones into Alaska airspace in May with permission from the Federal Aviation Administration. The drone can fly for about 20 minutes before it needs a battery replacement. Cunningham says drones will fly lower and more quietly than manned aircraft.Wildlife biologist Anthony Crupi works for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game and studies brown bears in Southeast. He and his colleagues use a variety of methods to trace large animals, including GPS collars and manned aircraft. While thermal imaging makes sense in the treeless North Slope, Crupi says it’s not a good fit for finding bear dens in Southeast.“They’re such a secretive species that they really stick to the forested environment and I think it would be difficult for us to do things like counts on brown bears in Southeast.”Cunningham says that there is plenty of interest in the bear den project from industry funders. The bear den team hopes to use the drones in the field by 2016. If it’s a success, the researchers will conduct further experimentation to optimize the method.last_img read more

Meet two lady Lok Sabha election officers who are internet sensations

first_imgReena Dwivedi is the latest internet sensation after her picture went viralFacebookThe Lok Sabha election fever is still riding high among the people and the reasons are not entirely political. Two women poll officers Reena Dwivedi and Yogeshwari Gohite posted in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, and Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, respectively have taken the internet by storm with their pictures going viral. Reena and Yogeshwari were seen carrying the Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) wearing a lovely yellow saree and a blue dress on the polling day, which has turned them into overnight sensations.Both the ladies have been flooded with friend requests on Facebook from people who are curious to know about them. Coincidentally, both of them are not only good looking officers serving in various capacities but young daunting mothers too. Reena who reported to work on the day when Lucknow was going to polls flashed her smiles to the camera when a colleague captured her picture with EVMs. Little did she know that her photograph would earn her thousands of admirers from all over the country. The 32-year-old internet sensation who is posted as a junior assistant in the PWD department in Lucknow said that she is enjoying every moment of her new-found fame and doesn’t mind winning admirers.But for her, the biggest compliment came when her son, a class 9 student, had to convince his friends that the lady in the yellow saree carrying an EVM was actually his mother. “I was married at a very young age. And I keep myself physically fit. I have been posted for the election duty before as well in Lok Sabha 2014 and state Assembly 2017 elections,” she told The Times of India.Reena said that she is a firm believer in democracy and would exercise her right to vote in her hometown Deoria along with her husband on May 19, the final phase of elections.Yogeshwari, who works with Canara Bank, also turned into a celebrity with everyone wanting to click a selfie as soon as she caught the cameraperson’s eyes. Soon, the buzz was “who is that girl in the blue dress?” Yogeshwari Gohite, Bhopal based Canara bank officer is the new internet sensation, thanks to the above pictureFacebookYogeshwari even took a day off after the journalists rushed to her residence for interviews and said that in the wake of so many friend requests, she might be forced to make her Facebook profile private.last_img read more

US strikes kill over 80 IS fighters in Libya

first_imgMap locating two US strikes in Libya on Wednesday. AFP More than 80 Islamic State militants, some of whom were believed to be plotting attacks in Europe, died in US air strikes on camps outside the group’s former North African stronghold of Sirte in Libya, the United States said on Thursday.”These strikes were directed against some of ISIL’s external plotters,” US Defense Secretary Ash Carter told a Pentagon briefing, using an acronym for Islamic State, the Syria- and Iraq-based militant group.”They certainly are people who … were actively plotting operations in Europe, and may also have been connected with some attacks that have already occurred in Europe,” Carter said.The U.S. attack on Wednesday night was led by two B-2 bombers, which took off from Whiteman Air Force Base in Missouri to carry out a 30-hour round-trip bombing run. They dropped about 100 precision-guided munitions on the camps.The attack took place 28 miles (45 km) southwest of Sirte, targeting fighters fleeing Libyan forces clearing them from Sirte with support from US air strikes.Libyan forces finished retaking the city in early December after a nearly seven-month battle in a major blow to Islamic State that left the group without any territory in Libya.Still, Libyan officials say hundreds of militants may have escaped before the battle or in its early stages, and local Islamic State leaders have spoken of trying to regroup outside the city.A statement from Libya’s UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) in Tripoli said the strikes were “preemptive steps to foil attempts” by Islamic State to stage new attacks on Sirte as well as other areas of the country.The strikes appeared to be intended to shore up the GNA and protect recent gains in oil production from possible militant attacks, said Geoff Porter, head of North Africa Risk Consulting.The GNA has received strong backing from the outgoing US administration but has struggled to win support inside Libya or reverse the chaos that developed after rebels overthrew Muammar Gaddafi in 2011 with help from NATO.It’s unclear whether Donald Trump, who takes office as US president on Friday, might seek to alter US policy in Libya.The United States carried out nearly 500 air strikes against Islamic State targets in Sirte between August and December. It had previously carried out several isolated strikes against militant targets elsewhere in Libya.The jihadist group took over Sirte in early 2015, turning it into its most important base outside the Middle East and attracting large numbers of foreign fighters to the city. It imposed its ultra-hardline rule on residents and extended its control along about 155 miles (250 km) of Libya’s Mediterranean coastline.last_img read more

Man killed in Bagerhat road crash

first_imgA man was killed and another injured after a bus hit a motorcycle on Khulna-Mongla road in Bagerhat’s Rampal upazila on Friday, reports UNB.The deceased Sanjay Kumar, 35, is of Fotehpur village of sadar upazila.Md Robiul Islam, officer-in-charge of Katakhali highway police, said a Khulna-bound bus collided head-on with a motorcycle around 3:00pm injuring two riders.Physicians pronounced Sanjay dead after he was taken to the hospital.Police seized the bus but its driver and his assistant managed to flee.last_img read more

Germany to impose entry ban on 18 Saudis

first_imgTimeline on Saudi statements relating to the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Photo: AFPGermany will bar 18 Saudis from entering its territory and Europe’s Schengen passport-free zone over their alleged links to the murder of Jamal Khashoggi, foreign minister Heiko Maas said Monday.Berlin has “decided that Germany should impose an entry ban on 18 Saudi citizens, who are presumed to be in connection with this deed, in the Schengen information system,” Maas told reporters.last_img