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Amendments to Pipeline Regulations Approved

first_imgWait times for residential gas hookups will be shortened, thanksto new amendments to pipeline regulations. “The amendments will allow customers to get access to natural gasin a more timely manner, without compromising public safety,” said Energy Minister Cecil Clarke. “As well, they will put NovaScotia regulations in line with current federal regulations.” The amendments clarify the testing and inspection provisionsrequired for newly constructed pipelines, bringing them in linewith current federal regulations, such as the Canadian SafetyAssociation Code and National Energy Board Onshore PipelineRegulations. The changes were approved on Aug. 27. The regulations distinguish between transmission and distributionlines (the larger lines that bring gas to an area or street) andservice lines (the smaller lines that would bring gas to anindividual residence). Under the amended regulations, acontractor that constructs a service line to a home can now hirean independent contractor to inspect the line, reducing costs andwait times for residential gas hook ups. The Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board supports the amendments,which had been sent for stakeholder consultation and posted onthe Department of Energy’s website for public consultation fromJuly 13 to Aug. 3.last_img read more

Funding to Help Grow Mineral Sector

first_imgGovernment is advancing the provincial natural resources strategy, growing the economy and making it easier for prospectors and exploration companies to make new discoveries. Minister of Natural Resources Charlie Parker announced today, July 13, a grant program to attract new mineral exploration investment and help bring new projects closer to development. The program will fund exploration activities and provide training and business development to support industry. “This mineral incentive program will make our province more competitive with neighbouring provinces in attracting investments from a global industry and is expected to lead to new mineral discoveries and new mines and that means job creation in rural Nova Scotia,” said Mr. Parker. “With this announcement, we are ticking off yet another commitment met to move the natural resources strategy forward.” Grants of up to $100,000 will be available for advanced exploration projects, with program funding to be matched by the company or prospector. Grants of up to $15,000 will be available to eligible prospectors for preliminary mineral exploration activities. This year $700,000 has been budgeted for the program. Prospectors will also be eligible for funding to support introductory and continuing training on exploration techniques, safety, regulations and business development. “The new mineral incentive program could help prospectors andsmall exploration companies to discover and develop potential economic mineral deposits,” said Pat Mills, president the Mining Association of Nova Scotia. “We are very appreciative of government’s decision to implement this program which will assist in the earlier establishment of jobs and economic activity in rural Nova Scotia. This program will assist Nova Scotians to participate in the exploration and mining boom and resulting prosperity that is being experienced elsewhere in Canada.” Details and applications for funds are available at www.gov.ns.ca/natr/meb/nsmip/nsmip.asp .last_img read more

Minister Takes Provinces Energy Plan for Lowest Fairest Electricity Rates to Antigonish

first_imgEnergy Minister Charlie Parker was in Antigonish today, Feb. 21, to share details of government’s energy plan for the lowest, fairest electricity rates for Nova Scotians at an event sponsored by the Antigonish Chamber of Commerce. This is his second stop on a tour across the province to discuss the energy plan for addressing electricity rates, which he said can be summed up in five words: local, reliable, green, tax-free and efficient. “It is great to be able to speak to Nova Scotians in their communities about issues that are foremost in their minds and ways to address them,” said Mr. Parker. “At the event in Bridgewater yesterday, we heard from a lot of people who, like all Nova Scotians, are concerned about electricity rates.” “We have a realistic, forward-thinking, innovative, competitive, made-in Nova Scotia plan to ensure Nova Scotians pay the lowest, fairest electricity rates possible, now and in the future, and that is what we are talking to Nova Scotians about.” Nova Scotia’s energy plan for lowest fairest rates is already working and being felt across the province, including the benefit to homeowners of the removal of the provincial portion of the HST on home heating. Energy-related projects in the Antigonish region include several Communities Feed-in Tariff (COMFIT) Projects in the Guysborough area: Each megawatt of energy produced through COMFIT results in $2 million to $3 million of economic activity in the local community. Warden Lloyd Hines of the Municipality of the District of Guysborough said that COMFIT has helped create the right conditions in his community to generate their own clean electricity while creating jobs and helping the environment. “From a rural community perspective, we must take every opportunity to generate local investment opportunities through renewable energy projects and programs such as COMFIT,” said Mr. Hines. “Our community is very committed to generating our own clean electricity that will also help the environment and create local jobs.” Guysborough will see more wind energy development in the future. The Municipality of the District of Guysborough is leading the development of the 13.8-megawatt Sable Wind Project located near Canso, one of three large wind energy projects in the province. In total, the three projects are expected to result in $200 million of new investment. Mr. Parker and Energy deputy minister Murray Coolican also provided information and an overview of the Muskrat Falls/Maritime Link project. “This project is an important part of our energy plan for the lowest fairest rates for Nova Scotians,” said Mr. Parker. “It provides price stability on that block of power for 35 years and it gives us two connections to the North American grid, which improves reliability and promotes competition. “It will create jobs and economic development, and it enables further Atlantic energy co-operation. It is the best and lowest long-term cost option for the province to meet federal environmental requirements.” five 50-kilowatt turbines operated by the Municipality of the District of Guysborough – three in Middle Melford and two in Goldboro three turbines operated by Celtic Current in Mulgrave – two 50 kilowatt and one 2.3 megawatt a 50-kilowatt turbine operated by the Town of Mulgrave.last_img read more

Morocco to Host Upcoming General Assembly of World Tourism Organization in…

Rabat – Morocco will host the upcoming 24th General Assembly of the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) in 2021. The decision was taken on Thursday, September 12, during the 23rd General Assembly of the UNWTO, in Saint Petersburg, Russia.The selection of Morocco as a host came after the 107 delegations participating in the assembly took a vote. Morocco won 76 votes, against 15 for the Philippines, and 13 for Kenya. There were 4 abstentions.Following the election, Moroccan minister of tourism, Mohammed Sajid, told Maghreb Arab Press (MAP) that the vote represents another distinction as to Morocco’s status as a leader in world tourism. “This victory is that of Morocco and the strategy outlined by King Mohammed VI to achieve sustainable and inclusive development in all areas. It also demonstrates the Kingdom’s privileged position in the field of tourism, thanks in particular to its development and stability,” added the minister.He also expressed his thanks to the countries that supported Morocco’s bid, saying that this victory represents a victory for the whole African continent.The UNWTO is the United Nations agency responsible for the promotion of responsible, sustainable and universally accessible tourism. It promotes tourism as a driver of economic growth, inclusive development, and environmental sustainability.A 2019 report about Travel & Tourism Competitiveness, published by the World Economic Forum, ranked Morocco as first in the Maghreb region, and second in North Africa.In the worldwide index, Morocco came 66th with a score of 3,9 exceeding the average in the MENA region, and surpassing the global average. read more

Government insists it has a right to criticise the media

The resolution strongly condemned “the escalating Israeli aggression and illegal measures against… the freedom of worship and Muslims’ access to their holy site al-Aqsa Mosque/al-Ḥaram al-Sharif,” and called on “Israel, the occupying power, to respect the historic status quo and to immediately stop these measures.”It also criticized the “continuous storming of Haram al-Sharif by the Israeli right-wing extremists and uniformed forces.” (Colombo Gazette) He also said that the cancelling of the CSN television broadcasting licence is not an attack on media freedom as the television station was operating on illegally obtained funds.Meanwhile, Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera defended the decision taken by Sri Lanka recently to abstain from voting on a resolution by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) which denounced Israeli violations in and around the al-Haram al-Sharif (also known as the Temple Mount) compound in the occupied Old City of Jerusalem al-Quds. He told reporters today that in a vibrant democracy there needs to be a constructive debate between the media and the Government. The Government today insisted that it has a right to criticise the media just as the media can be critical of the Government.Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera said that Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe was exercising his rights to be critical of some media recently. He said the decision was taken in principle and was not against Palestine.Twenty-four countries, including Algeria, Brazil, China, Iran, Russia and South Africa, voted in favor of the UNESCO resolution on Thursday, while the six countries of the United States, Britain, Germany, the Netherlands, Lithuania and Estonia opposed it, Press TV reported.A total of 26 countries, including Albania, Argentina, France, Greece, Japan, South Korea, Spain and Sweden abstained from the vote. Serbia and Turkmenistan were absent. However he insisted that unlike in the past the Government has not threatened any media or sent “white vans” behind journalists. read more

Public lecture will examine costs of health care

George MarchildonOne of Canada’s leading experts on health care policy will give a public talk at Brock next week on the cost drivers of health care.Gregory P. Marchildon, Canada Research Chair in Public Policy and Economic History at the University of Regina, will deliver a lecture entitled “Cost Drivers in Health Care: What is Really Going On?” The talk will be Tuesday, Jan. 24 at 11 a.m. in room 600 of the Plaza Building.This is a free event and everyone is welcome to attend.Marchildon is the author of Health Systems in Transition: Canada, a book that provides an objective description and analysis of the public, private and mixed components that make up health care in Canada today. It was co-published in 2006 by the World Health Organization (WHO) on behalf on the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies and the University of Toronto Press.Marchildon is a former Deputy Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs in the Saskatchewan government, as well as former Cabinet Secretary and Deputy Minister to the Premier. In 2001, he became the executive director of the Commission on the Future of Health Care in Canada (the Romanow Commission), a federal royal commission examining the future of public healthcare in Canada. He was the lead drafter of the Commission’s final report Building on Values: The Future of Health Care in Canada released in November 2002.Marchildon has acted as a health system consultant for various organizations and governments from the WHO to the government of Nunavut. He is also the University of Regina’s site director for the Western Regional Training Centre for Health Services Research funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.This talk is sponsored by Community Health Sciences, the Niagara Community Observatory, the Department of Political Science, and the Office of the Provost and Vice-President, Academic. read more

Firstround recap Ohio State ties school record with five firstround draftees in

Former OSU running back Ezekiel Elliott poses after scoring a touchdown in the 2016 Fiesta Bowl. Elliott was one of five Buckeyes selected in the first round on Thursday. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead | Photo EditorWay back when the 2014 Buckeyes won the College Football Playoff national championship, everyone around the team knew the type of talent returning in 2015.As the season played out, it became apparent to the Ohio State faithful that there would be an extensive list of players leaving the program following the final whistle.After months of speculation and hype surrounding the former OSU football players who entered their names in the NFL draft pool, the outgoing Buckeyes lived up to the expectations on Thursday night.With five players selected in the first round, OSU fell just shy of the single-school record of six, held by the University of Miami in 2004. OSU did tie its own school record of first-round picks set in 2006.The first day of the draft was headlined for the Buckeyes by defensive end Joey Bosa and running back Ezekiel Elliott, taken by the San Diego Chargers and the Dallas Cowboys at No. 3 and No. 4 overall, respectively.Eli Apple, Taylor Decker, and Darron Lee also heard their names called by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on Thursday night inside the Auditorium Theater in Chicago.After Bosa and Elliott were quickly taken off the board, most people thought a dozen or so picks would pass by before the next Buckeye was taken. But coming as arguably the biggest surprise pick of the first round, the New York Giants reached a bit to take the cornerback Apple with the 10th pick.Multiple media sources have stated that this is the first time in NFL history that a team has had three selections inside the first 10 picks. However, this has been accomplished 12 times before, with Oklahoma the last team to do so in 2010.It is the first time in program history that three players from the Scarlet and Gray were selected in the first 10 picks of the NFL draft. When Decker and Lee were selected at No. 16 and No. 20, respectively, OSU became just the second school in the history of the draft to have five picks in the top 20. With 11 picks remaining in the first round, many wondered if safety Vonn Bell or wide receiver Michael Thomas would come off the board to tie the mark set by the Hurricanes.In the end, the talented class from the Scarlet and Gray still boasted an impressive first-round showing in Chicago, drawing attention from all over the NFL. With the first round concluded, nine former OSU players remain on most draft boards entering the final two days of the draft. Bell and Thomas are likely to be two of the first Buckeyes selected, along with the possibility of wide receiver Braxton Miller.A pair of offensive players, quarterback Cardale Jones and tight end Nick Vannett, add to the list of potential second and third day picks. Vannett has gained the most attention from NFL teams prior to the draft, but many analysts are predicting Jones to be a late selection.Linebacker Joshua Perry is predicted to go in the middle rounds, while defensive tackle Adolphus Washington is expected to accompany Perry somewhere around the halfway point of the draft. The draft is set to continue on Friday with the second and third rounds, and Saturday with Rounds 4 through 7. By the end of the weekend, OSU will begin to threaten its own NFL draft record of 14 total picks from one school set in 2004. read more

The Greeks would be ashamed of these Games

The year: 776 B.C. The place: Olympia, Greece.Under a banner of truce, the greatest athletes in the land gather together to glorify their deities in contests featuring feats of strength, speed and skill. Coroebus, a cook by trade, from the nearby city-state of Elis, was crowned the first Olympic champion after having won a footrace that spanned 210 yards. He was awarded a crown of olive wreathes.Flash forward to the year 2010 in Vancouver, British Columbia, on the western coast of Canada. American figure skater Johnny Weir takes to the ice wearing an outfit adorned with faux fox fur and enough shiny sequins to guide a mariner back to port on a dark night in choppy waters.To an Athenian warrior displaced in time, these winter Games would seem far removed from the original spirit of the Olympics. In fact, Weir and the rest of his figure-skating and ice-dancing ilk would probably have been the ones the ancient Greeks abandoned at birth to perish from exposure.And lest someone accuse me of ulterior motives in singling out the figure skaters, I assure you that by the end of the page, there will be enough mockery spread around for all. For these 2010 Winter Olympic Games are rife with mockable moments.It starts with the biathlon. While perhaps trying to recapture the martial spirit of the original Olympics, someone somewhere came up with the brilliant idea to simply introduce gunfire to an existing winter sport; namely, cross country skiing. Biathletes ski around the course, pausing at regular intervals to fire off some shots with the rifles they have strapped to their backs. Because skiing without guns is like, I don’t know, grocery shopping without guns.  It doesn’t sound as ludicrous as it actually is until you try to envision Usain Bolt stopping between legs of the 4×400 relay to squeeze off a few rounds at some skeet.There is no shortage of jokes to be made at the expense of frozen shuffleboard, also known as curling. The first time I tried to watch this silly spectacle, I had to spend several moments trying to figure out if it was the German men’s or women’s teams competing. To the eternal sorrow of German men everywhere, it was the women.Then there are the sledding events. Don’t get me wrong, I fondly recall sledding as something fun to do at Blendon Woods when school got canceled. That does not mean that I can envision Leonidas’ mighty 300 clinging tightly to one another, luging their way two-by-two into the Hot Gates of Thermopylae to stave off Xerxes’ mighty Persian hordes.Or that those rugged Spartans would have welcomed into their midst the Olympic snowboarding contingent. It’s tough to imagine a Spartan unit led by Shaun “Flying Tomato” White or Scotty Lago, with their free-wheeling, Red Bull-drinking exploits.I enjoyed a personal moment of mean-spirited mirth Sunday evening when the U.S. Olympic men’s hockey team defeated our 51st state, known in some circles as Canada. I reveled in the absolute devastation on the faces of the Canadian faithful as their “big brothers” to the south beat them down at their own game while mom and dad weren’t looking.Their pained expressions seemed to say, “You already have straight bacon and policemen who don’t look like Ronald McDonald on horseback; can’t we have anything for ourselves? We already gave you Celine Dion and Martin Short.”And I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the interesting dress code for this year’s games. It can be summed up in one word: tacky. It’s bad enough that one of the ice dancers looked like he was actually wearing a dead, black swan for a costume. It was as though his dance partner had shoved him inside the swan to keep him warm from the ravages of the western-Canadian cold, a scene eerily reminiscent of Han Solo shoving Luke Skywalker inside the guts of a Tauntaun on the frozen ice-world of Hoth.But someone actually had to explain to the Russian ice-dancing duo that it might not be in good taste to dress up in fake-Aboriginal costumes with foliage stapled to them.You might be wondering where all the vitriol is coming from and why I don’t get caught up in the nationalistic fervor that generally accompanies the Olympic Games. Well, I’m willing to admit to the fact that my dabbles with winter sports have always ended in humiliation.The first time I was able to successfully ski down Mad River Mountain’s bunny hill, I nearly killed a woman by neglecting to learn how to stop. I once had to be helped from the ice skating rink at the Chiller by a magnanimous 7-year-old.But the fact remains that some of these farcical Olympic “sports” are more like hobbies and less like athletic competition. I remain steadfast in my belief that a small cadre of ancient Greeks could conquer all of the Olympic village.At least until they come to the hockey villas. read more

Ive convicted the system over and over Joe Higgins is relishing the

first_imgUpdated 3.30pm SOCIALIST PARTY TD Joe Higgins is to replace the independent deputy Stephen Donnelly on the banking inquiry, it was confirmed this afternoon.The Dáil Technical Group of independent and small party TDs voted to nominate Higgins at its weekly meeting in Leinster House just before lunch.It follows Donnelly’s decision to quit the Oireachtas committee on Sunday citing concerns over the government’s control of the inquiry’s terms of reference and overall agenda.Speaking outside Leinster House this afternoon, Higgins said he would seek to expand the remit of the inquiry to cover the “blowing up of the property bubble and the speculation and profiteering that accompanied it”.https://vine.co/v/MIxOM2JUXibHe said that the role of the political authorities, the European Central Bank and the Troika must all be investigated, as should the role of the present government “in continuing the policy of bailout and austerity”.Higgins, who will retire from the Dáil after his current term ends, is a TD for Dublin West and has previously served as an MEP for the capital.Speaking to TheJournal.ie yesterday, he expressed deep reservations about the government’s control of the investigation.However he said there would be a “key benefit” in holding public hearings as it would allow people involved in the bank crisis to be questioned and for the public to make up their own minds.“I think there’s strong merit in that argument,” he said.https://vine.co/v/MIxeqXEL6OMSpeaking today, Higgins said that he respected Stephen Donnelly’s decision to quit the probe but said it would be a “huge dereliction of my duty not to participate” given he was “one of the only voices in Dáil Eireann who constantly excoriated what was happening”.He added: “Now that I would not put myself in the position of being able to ask questions on behalf of the majority of the people out there – when I reflected on that, it wasn’t a choice.”Asked if he was concerned about failing a ‘bias test’ given his criticism of bankers in the past, Higgins responded robustly: “I have convicted the system over and over again that quadrupled the price of a home in ten years at enormous cost to ordinary people.”Asked if he felt that the two government senators who were added to the inquiry last week should be removed, he said it is “immaterial”.He added: “They’re all part of the political establishment and that’s my main problem with the inquiry. I would want a committee of inquiry made of citizens.”Peter Mathews: We should hire the national basketball arena for the banking inquirylast_img read more

Microsoft Kinect Expected to Sell Out in UK The Telegraph

first_imgMicrosoft may have a bona fide hit on its hands with its latest gaming peripheral. The Kinect for Xbox 360 is selling rather briskly, particularly in the UK, where the hands-free motion controller may be in short supply, ahead of the holidays. “We are preparing ourselves for brisk demand for the Kinect, especially with Christmas present-buying now on most people’s minds,” an executive from Best Buy UK told the The Telegraph. “Availability is very limited and on a first-come, first-served basis, but we expect deliveries between now and Christmas.”It still seems a bit early to suggest that the device will sell out entirely in the big box retailer, in spite of The Guardian’s grandiose suggestions. Still, between this and solid Window Phone 7 UK sales, it’s shaping up to be a good holiday for Microsoft in that country.last_img read more

Apple to start repairing iPhone 5 displays in store for 149

first_imgCracking your iPhone 5 display results in an expensive repair and a few days without your handset if you took it to an Apple Store. That’s because Apple currently charges $229 and ships your handset off to be repaired. But that’s apparently set to change before June is over.It’s expected that Apple is planning on introducing in-store iPhone 5 display repairs this month at the reduced cost of $149 (although $199 is also rumored to be the new price point). In so doing, it is thought the company will save in the region of $1 billion a year by dealing with repair requests in-house and on-site. Dropping the price also brings the cost in line with what customers who take out AppleCare+ typically pay ($99 up front and then $49 per device repair).For the consumer, it’s not just the lower cost that’s desirable, it means you should get your smartphone back much quicker and won’t have to cope with using a refurbished unit until it’s ready.As well as introducing in-store display repairs, next month Apple is also expected to introduce camera, sleep/wake button, and even logic board repairs without your handset leaving the store.We could also see the AppleCare service overhauled to become a subscription tied to an individual rather than the devices they own. That makes sense as Apple wants its customers purchasing an iPhone, iPad, iPod, and iMac/MacBook. Linking AppleCare to the customer rather than per device should make it an easier sell and a cheaper option, although I’d still expect subscription tiers based on how many devices you own.last_img read more

Police looking to recruit PSOs

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Victoria Police are looking to recruit 940 Protective Service Officers (PSO) over the next three years to patrol the Victorian rail network. PSOs are employed make people feel safer using public transport. PSOs will be based on the Victorian railway network and will be deployed to support the community and make Victorian railways safer for all users.PSOs will be focused on addressing incidents of anti-social behaviour, alcohol and drug related offences, weapon offences, property damage and crimes against the person. Victoria Police is committed to responding to public safety across the railway network. Other areas of deployment of Protective Services Officers may include: Magistrates Court; Supreme Court; Children’s Court; Civil and Administrative Tribunal; Department of Premier and Cabinet; Southern Cross Building (Department of Justice); Parliament House Victoria; Shrine of Remembrance; Victoria Police Centre; and Victoria Police St Kilda Road Complex. If you are interested visit policecareer.vic.gov.au/last_img read more

Opposition dismisses Brussels deal

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Opposition parties on Wednesday dismissed an agreement reached between Greece’s international creditors to reduce the country’s debt and release crucial rescue loans and poured scorn on the coalition government’s expressions of relief at the outcome. “At a time when the country and society are being demolished, the celebratory tone of the prime minister reveals either ignorance of the risk or hypocrisy,” the main leftist opposition SYRIZA said in a statement issued after a televised address by Prime Minister Antonis Samaras late Wednesday. Earlier in the day, SYRIZA leader Alexis Tsipras claimed that the Eurogroup deal “does not include a viable plan for Greece and so is not a solution” and accused the conservative-led coalition of “following a strategy of subordination and being absent from negotiations.” Communist Party leader Aleka Papariga said the agreement reached in Brussels was a “fragile compromise,” adding that “policy of the memorandum will be permanent through to 2030.” The Communist leader claimed that the new deal would lead to new austerity measures for the working class. The Eurogroup deal was described by a spokesman for the right-wing Independent Greeks, Notis Marias, as an extension of Greece’s austerity drive through to 2040.“Not only does it not secure the viability of Greek debt but it puts at immediate risk the sustainability of Greek society itself,” he said, adding that it also “leaves open the prospect of a new haircut on bonds held by Greek insurance funds.”last_img read more

Grands prématurés deux nouveaunés britanniques naissent 16 semaines avant terme

first_imgGrands prématurés : deux nouveau-nés britanniques naissent 16 semaines avant termeRoyaume-Uni – Des jumeaux prématurés ont survécu après être nés seize semaines avant terme.Les jumeaux sont nés à dix jours d’écart. La première arrivée fut la petite fille, née à 23 semaines et deux jours. Après l’accouchement, elle ne montrait aucun signe de vie mais l’équipe médicale a tout de même tenté de la réanimer. Avec succès. Elle n’avait que 10% de chances de survie, mais est aujourd’hui la plus jeune prématurée britannique à avoir survécu. Le record mondial est pour le moment de 22 semaines. À lire aussiUne femme donne naissance à un bébé cyclope en EgypteLes enfants étaient bien sûr minuscules et n’avaient pas terminé leur développement. Pris en charge à l’hôpital de Portsmouth, ils sont aujourd’hui toujours maintenus en couveuse.Si cette histoire tient du miracle, il est encore trop tôt pour en connaître la fin. En effet, les bébés nés avant 33 semaines peuvent être sourds, aveugles ou encore accuser un retard de développement mental. Quoi qu’il en soit, ces naissances devraient relancer le débat concernant la limite de l’avortement : la petite fille est en effet née avant la fin de la durée légale pour recourir à une IVG outre-Manche.   Le 24 juillet 2010 à 15:13 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Raspberry Pi Used to Steal 500 MB of NASA Data

first_img Turns out, a $35 off-the-shelf computer is all it takes to infiltrate the U.S. government.In April 2018, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory discovered a hacker gained access to one of its “major mission systems” using a Raspberry Pi dev board.The low-cost, bare-bones, fits-in-the-palm-of-your-hand machine went undetected for 10 months, during which the culprit(s) stole 500 MB of data from 23 files, according to the NASA Office of Inspector General.Two of those files contained information related to the Curiosity rover, currently exploring the Red Planet.Founded in the 1930s, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory is owned by NASA and managed by the nearby California Institute of Technology (Caltech).While its primary focus is the construction and operation of planetary robotic spacecraft (like Curiosity), the lab also conducts Earth-orbit and astronomy missions.Over the past decade, JPL has experienced several “notable” cybersecurity incidents, the Office of Inspector General pointed out—many of which have compromised major segments of its IT network.In 2011, cyber intruders gained full access to 18 servers supporting key JPL missions, and stole 87 GB of data. Last year, another 500 MG was swiped.“The April 2018 attack on JPL’s network illustrates how sophisticated attackers can exploit weaknesses within JPL’s system of security controls,” a June audit report said.An investigation into the incident is ongoing; NASA did not immediately respond to a request for comment.JPL has already installed additional monitoring agents on its firewalls, and continues to work with the space agency to review network access agreements for external partners.News of this hack comes on the heels of the new Raspberry Pi 4.The Pi Foundation on Monday unveiled its latest dev board, complete with 1.5GHz quad-core 64-bit ARM Cortex-A72 CPU (for a 300 percent boost in performance), as well as gigabit Ethernet, dual-band 802.11 AC wireless, and Bluetooth 5.0.Add to that four USB ports (two USB 3.0 and two USB 2.0) and a pair of micro HDMI ports (each which can handle a 4K display) and you’ve got a powerful wee machine.The best part: It’s still just $35 (with 1GB of RAM on board).For an extra $10, you can add another gig of memory; $55 gets you the fully loaded model with 4GB.More on Geek.com:Make a DIY Amazon Echo Clone With Raspberry Pi for Under $30Update This Classic Children’s Toy With a Raspberry PiTrack Foosball Scores With Raspberry Pi Hack Stay on target Lyra Is a Handheld Gaming System Powered by a Raspberry PiRaspberry Pi 4 Is the Most Powerful Yet and It’s Still Just $35 last_img read more

Shareholder efforts to curb Amazon facial recognition tech fall short

first_img Amazon Privacy Share your voice Tags 1:11 Privacy advocates have issues with Amazon’s facial recognition… Comments Security Internet Now playing: Watch this: Amazon, meanwhile, sells Rekognition to policing agencies, with one sheriff’s office in Oregon already using the software to investigate crimes and make arrests.The company has also joined the call for more legislation and guidelines on facial recognition tech, but made no indication it would stop selling Rekognition to policing agencies.”New technology should not be banned or condemned because of its potential misuse,” Michael Punke, Amazon Web Services’ vice president of global public policy, said in a blog post in February. “Instead, there should be open, honest and earnest dialogue among all parties involved to ensure that the technology is applied appropriately and is continuously enhanced.”That position has brought a growing wave of criticism against Amazon, with civil liberties groups, members of Congress and its own employees calling on the e-commerce and cloud-computing giant to curb its sale of Rekognition to police. Open MIC, which helped organize the vote, said in a statement that this issue would not be going away.”Amazon’s refusal to acknowledge and confront the potential harms of Rekognition is ongoing evidence of corporate arrogance,” Michael Connor, Open MIC’s executive director, said in an email. “Investors have a right to know how Amazon intends to address these material risks to the company and its reputation. As one of the leading technology companies in the world, Amazon can and must do better.” Concerns about Rekognition also came up during public hearings before the New York City Council on Amazon’s failed proposal to build a new campus in the city, with council members repeatedly chastising the company for marketing Rekognition to US Immigration and Customs Enforcement.Amazon on Wednesday said all other shareholder proposals also didn’t pass. Those included a call to study Amazon’s impact on climate change, a request for a report on how Amazon addresses hate speech and offensive products on its platform, and a proposal to elect an independent chairman so Bezos wasn’t both CEO and the head of the board. Originally published at 9:52 a.m. PT.Updated at 9:57 a.m. PT: Adds remarks from the ACLU. At 10:33 a.m. PT: To add responses from Open MIC. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images Two Amazon shareholder proposals about the company’s controversial facial recognition technology failed to pass Wednesday, following a concerted push by civil rights groups and activist investors.One proposal would have banned Amazon from selling its Rekognition technology to government agencies unless it first determines the software doesn’t infringe on civil liberties. The other proposal called for an independent study of the potential privacy and human rights violations caused by Rekognition.Both proposals were presented at Amazon’s annual shareholder meeting in Seattle on Wednesday. The company said it isn’t disclosing the vote tallies until this Friday.”The fact that there needed to be a vote on this is an embarrassment for Amazon’s leadership team. It demonstrates shareholders do not have confidence that company executives are properly understanding or addressing the civil and human rights impacts of its role in facilitating pervasive government surveillance,” Shankar Narayan, the American Civil Liberties Union of Washington’s Technology and Liberty Project director, said in a statement. “While we have yet to see the exact breakdown of the vote, this shareholder intervention should serve as a wake-up call for the company to reckon with the real harms of face surveillance and to change course.”Both proposals, which were non-binding, were long shots to pass, since Amazon’s board said it was against the proposals. Major shareholders typically follow such positions to show support for the board. Also, CEO Jeff Bezos, Amazon’s board chairman, is the company’s biggest shareholder, controlling about 16% of its stock, and wasn’t expected to vote for either proposal.Amazon said it was against the proposals because the technology has proven its value in improving public safety, adding to its view that Rekognition provides “material benefits to both society and organizations” using the software.The decision quickly reached Capital Hill, where lawmakers were holding a hearing looking at facial recognition’s effects on civil liberties.”I just got word that the shareholders did not end up passing a ban on the sale of Rekognition,” Rep. Jimmy Gomez, a Democrat from California, said at the hearing. “That just means that it’s more important that Congress acts.”Despite the failure of the shareholder votes, the groups pushing for changes to Rekognition’s use succeeded in raising awareness about the technology and keeping pressure on Amazon. Organizations like the ACLU have spoken out against face identification’s use, saying it could quickly turn the US into a surveillance state and infringe on people’s privacy.Following the shareholder vote Wednesday, it seems likely activists will continue pushing against Rekognition’s use but find other public venues to do so.Both Google and Microsoft have publicly said they won’t sell their facial recognition tech to law enforcement, instead asking for new laws to guide their use. In less controversial settings, facial recognition tech is also used to unlock Apple iPhones using the Face ID feature and to check travelers’ identities at government kiosks at US airports.”It’s not just our test, it’s other tests that have noted similar problems with Amazon’s software and other face recognition algorithms,” the ACLU’s senior legislative counsel Neema Singh Guliani told Congress members at a hearing on Wednesday.  2 We’re at @Amazon’s shareholder meeting today urging shareholders to take action in response to the company’s failure to address the civil rights impacts of its face surveillance technology.Ironically, Amazon won’t allow cameras into the meeting, so we’ve filmed a short preview: pic.twitter.com/tNN4pkK4tG— ACLU (@ACLU) May 22, 2019last_img read more

Epic Gives Free Games GOG Gives OG Diablo Steam Gives Apology

first_img As we had hoped, the sudden increase in competition in digital PC video game distribution services is forcing everyone involved to try out new things to lure in the biggest audience possible. And that works out great for us customers, with companies catering to our interests instead of the other way around. A couple of recent news stories together paint an interesting picture of what challengers are rising to the occasion and what monopolies are cracking apart.First, the Epic Games Store is continuing to use its Fortnite fortunes to throw everything at the wall to see what gets users to stick. The latest game that just announced surprise Epic Games Store launch exclusivity is Shakedown: Hawaii. I first remember seeing this tropical Vice City-esque 16-bit follow-up to the 8-bit Grand Theft Auto homage Retro City Rampage two years ago as part of the Nintendo Switch indie reveal. But hopefully this news means the long-delayed top-down open-world crime epic is actually committed to its spring 2019 release date.And if that’s not enough the Epic Games Store also continues to hands out free games like it’s nothing. For the next two weeks Slime Rancher, an apparently underrated game about finding and farming different types of goo, will be free on the service. After that, players can get the awesome indie teen horror game Oxenfree for nothing. Oxenfree of charge?AdChoices广告Meanwhile, classic games store Good Old Games just scored a coup of its own. You can now buy famous good old game Diablo on GOG.com for $10. This is the first time Blizzard’s original hellish RPG has been available digitally. You can’t even buy it on Blizzard’s own stores. But thanks to this GOG partnership you can now get loot and kill the devil like it’s 1996.You have to actually because outside of support for modern operating systems, the GOG release of the first Diablo mirrors the original version as closely as possible, including the charming but dated visuals. This isn’t a StarCraft remastered situation. This untouched experience might be exactly what you’re looking for though. Expect similar treatment for the classic Warcraft games Blizzard is also bringing soon to GOG. Hopefully this is the first step of the company’s escape from abusive parent Activision.Finally, in sadder and potentially triggering news (content warning: sexual assault) Valve finally responded to public outcry over the presence of controversial game Rape Day on Steam. And if the title isn’t a clue, this game is “controversial” in that it encourages players to sexually assault virtual women. Or rather it did before Valve removed it from Steam.It’s not sad this game is gone. It’s sad it was ever up for sale in the first place. It’s sad that Valve’s interpretation of “non-judgmental” developer freedom on its platform actually means harmful negligence and lack of oversight or moderation of any kind. In a blog post Valve said “After significant fact-finding and discussion, we think Rape Day poses unknown costs and risks and therefore won’t be on Steam” which is just another cowardly dodge of drawing any kind of ethical line in the sand for acceptable content. Reminds us of Twitter.For more on the ongoing PC games store drama catch up on what happened with Metro: Exodus and the potential censorship of this Taiwanese horror game. Stay on target Trade In Your Nintendo Switch For a Better Battery (With a Catch)Get Used to ‘Fortnite’s’ Powerful Mech Suits last_img read more

Cute new critter found in South American forests

first_imgNo related posts. WASHINGTON, D.C. – A lap-sized critter that looks like a mix between a raccoon and a teddy bear was unveiled Thursday as the first new carnivore in the Western Hemisphere in 35 years.Scientists say the olinguito has actually been around for ages, in zoos, museums and in the forests of Ecuador and Colombia, but was mistaken for its larger cousin, the olingo.A big clue that this tree-crawling animal was something unusual was that it never wanted to breed with the olingo, experts said.The new species, named Bassaricyon neblina, is now understood to be the smallest member of the same family as raccoons, kinkajous and olingos.With wide, round eyes and tiny claws that help it cling to branches, the olinguito can jump between trees. It feasts mainly on fruit but also eats insects.Its discovery, which took a decade of research, is described in the Aug. 15 edition of the journal ZooKeys.As part of the journey, scientists realized that museum specimens of the olinguito had been collected from higher elevations – 5,000 to 9,000 feet (1,500-2,700 meters) above sea level – in the Andes Mountains than olingos were known to inhabit.DNA analysis also was done to differentiate the olinguitos from their cousins.The olinguito was smaller, with a differently shaped head and teeth. Its orange-brown coat was also longer and denser.And when researchers took to the South American forests to see if the creatures were still around in the wild, they were not disappointed.They found plenty of olinguitos in the cloud forests of the western Andes, and noted that the creatures are active at night.The two-pound (one-kilogram) animals also appear to prefer staying in the trees and have one baby at a time instead of several.“The cloud forests of the Andes are a world unto themselves, filled with many species found nowhere else, many of them threatened or endangered,” said Kristofer Helgen, curator of mammals at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History.“We hope that the olinguito can serve as an ambassador species for the cloud forests of Ecuador and Colombia, to bring the world’s attention to these critical habitats.”Helgen and his fellow researchers on the project estimate that 42 percent of historic olinguito habitat has already been converted to agriculture or urban areas.There are four sub-species of the olinguito, and they are not being classified as endangered. Experts believe there must be many thousands of them, possibly even in Venezuela and Peru.At least one olinguito from Colombia was exhibited in several zoos in the United States during the 1960s and 1970s, researchers said.Back in the 1920s, a zoologist in New York was said to have found the olinguito so unusual that he thought it might be a new species, but he did not publish any research to document the discovery.“Proving that a species exists and giving it a name is where everything starts,” said Helgen. “This is a beautiful animal, but we know so little about it. How many countries does it live in? What else can we learn about its behavior? What do we need to do to ensure its conservation?”According to the Smithsonian, the most recent new meat-eating mammal found in the Western Hemisphere was the Colombian weasel in 1978.A mongoose-like carnivorous mammal that is native to Madagascar was found in 2010. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Royalton Luxury Resorts announces new properties in Jamaica and Saint

first_imgRoyalton Luxury Resorts announces new properties in Jamaica and Saint LuciaRoyalton Luxury Resorts is proud to announce four brand new modern and luxurious all-inclusive resorts in two of the Caribbean’s most sought-after vacation destinations.  Royalton Luxury Resorts for discerning travelers of all ages and Hideaway at Royalton, an adults-only oasis within a resort, will open on the world-famous Seven Mile Beach in Negril, Jamaica and in a private cove on the coast of Cap Cana, Saint Lucia, as of February 1, 2017.This award-winning hotel brand began welcoming guests of all ages to discover signature All-in Luxury®amenities and extras only a few years ago. In this time, Royalton Luxury Resorts has been able to identify and refine its signature offerings and create the next generation of all-inclusive hotels, from the ground up.  This expansion of Royalton has led to a two-fold increase in Jamaica by 573 rooms (with 166 in Hideaway atRoyalton Negril) and has created the opportunity to offer 455 luxurious suites in Saint Lucia (with 94 inHideaway at Royalton Saint Lucia).“As Royalton Luxury Resorts is becoming an established and successful brand, we now have the ability to build these resorts from the ground up and consider every part of our guest’s experience,” said Jordi Pelfort, Managing Director, Blue Diamond Resorts. “We have created signature touches that guests of Royalton and Hideaway can come to expect.”Each Royalton Luxury Resort promises elegant accommodations where guests rest peacefully between high thread count sheets atop DreamBeds™ designed exclusively for Royalton, and discover the luxury of signature rain showers or in-suite Jacuzzis.Families will enjoy the supervised kids club and age-appropriate teen’s lounge, on-site splash parks for refreshing fun and plenty of daily activities. For a premium vacation experience, a Diamond Club™ upgrade offers butler service, private beach and pool areas, an exclusive Diamond Club™ Lounge and more. To further enhance the experience, Royalton Negril and Royalton Saint Lucia feature The Royal Spa, a world class health facility committed to improving the wellness of guests.Hideaway at Royalton Luxury Resorts offers adult guests the All-in Luxury® freedom of spontaneity with the perfect mix of daily water sports, fitness programs, yoga on the beach, or mixology classes beside the pool. The vacation oasis of Hideaway at Royalton Negril and Hideaway at Royalton Saint Lucia both offer privacy and exclusivity found at an adults only retreat with the option to enjoy the adjacent Royalton Luxury Resort’s facilities.Additionally, guests are offered a concierge service, a custom Hideaway beach bag, in-suite aromatherapy, poolside Shiatsu/Thai massages, and the privilege of an exclusive adults only beachfront, pool, bar and restaurant. Royalton Luxury ResortsSource = Royalton Luxury Resortslast_img read more

Tanzania Tourism Ministry hosts Urithi Festival Celebrating Our Heritage

first_imgTanzania’s cultural treasures play a significant role in country’s prosperity and development. The Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism, in collaboration with the Private Sector and NGOs’ has earmarked September each year exclusively for heritage celebrations and these celebrations are branded as ‘Urithi Festival: Celebrating Our Heritage’.The objectives of the Urithi Festival is to promote national identity, national symbols, pride, unity and patriotism; celebrate Tanzania’s rich and diversified cultural heritage; encourage to recognise, preserve and promote cultural values; and develop and promote cultural heritage assets as tourist products.The Urithi Festival was launched by H.E. Dr John Pombe Magufuli, President of the United Republic of Tanzania and Samia Suluhu Hassai, Vice President of the United Republic of Tanzania will close the Urithi Festival on September 29.Urithi Festival is an opportunity for all citizens, residents, diasporas, visitors and tourists to celebrate and cherish Tanzania’s rich and diversified cultural heritage. The festival is also a chance for entrepreneurs, tourism stakeholders, artists, corporate and other interested stakeholders to showcase their products and services.With an aim to boost the country’s tourism, the government has established an initiative named ‘Tanzania Unforgettable’.Natural Resources and Tourism Minister Hamisi Kigwangalla said, “Tanzania has huge tourist potential. Its tourist attractions can earn the country foreign currency. Doubling of efforts is crucial to promote tourism in efforts to attract both domestic and foreign visitors.”last_img read more