Facebook broke Canadas privacy laws watchdogs say

first_imgThe federal commissioner says he will be bringing this Facebook matter to federal court #cdnpoli— Cormac Mac Sweeney (@cmaconthehill) April 25, 2019The report released today says about 300,000 Facebook users worldwide added the app, leading to the potential disclosure of the personal information of approximately 87 million others, including more than 600,000 Canadians.The investigation took a year to conduct.The federal commissioner says his office is ending its presence on facebook because he doesn’t want to have an association with a company that he has found to be irresponsible with user information #cdnpoli— Cormac Mac Sweeney (@cmaconthehill) April 25, 2019In a statement, Facebook says it is disappointed by the findings, there is no evidence Canadians’ data was shared with Cambridge Analytica, and the company has made dramatic improvements to protect people’s personal information. OTTAWA (NEWS 1130) – Facebook is facing more heat for failing to safeguard your privacy.The federal and B.C. privacy commissioners say the social media giant broke the law, exposing the personal information of hundreds of thousands of Canadians.Here is the full statement from the federal and BC privacy commissioners. First line “Facebook committed serious contraventions of Canadian privacy laws”1 of 2… #cdnpoli pic.twitter.com/rTWFdkYOxM— Cormac Mac Sweeney (@cmaconthehill) April 25, 2019This bombshell report finds that Facebook failed to protect users’ personal information, leading to unauthorized access on data that was later used for political purposes.The report finds major shortcomings in Facebook’s practices, and highlights the need for legislative reform to protect Canadians.The complaint that prompted the probe followed reports that Facebook had let an outside organization use an app to access users’ personal information, and that some of the data was then shared with others, including the firm Cambridge Analytica, which was involved in U.S. political campaigns.The app, at one point known as “This is Your Digital Life,” encouraged users to complete a personality quiz.It collected much more information about users who installed the app as well as data about their Facebook friends.Federal Privacy Commissioner Daniel Therrien says he is concerned that not only does facebook deny it broke the law, but it is refusing to follow recommendations to fix the problem.“My office plans to take the matter to federal court to force Facebook to correct its privacy practices,” he added. “Its refusal to address the serious problems that we have identified or even acknowledge that it broke the law”last_img read more

Moroccan official recommends grating basic healthcare to sex workers

first_imgCasablanca- The Economic, Social and Environmental Council (CESE) released yesterday the results of a study on the Moroccan healthcare sector. Ostensibly, the results are far from being comforting. The study sheds light on the “deteriorating” health of mothers and children. “50% of newborns from teen mothers risk death,” Hakima Himmich, CESE said according to the Moroccan daily Akhabr Al Youm.The Council described RAMED (the Medical Assistance Plan) as “a failure,” for it does not benefit certain social groups including the homeless and sex workers. The head of the Council, Nizar Baraka, recommends that the government to abolish the marriage of minors and confer RAMED to sex workers.According to the same study, 50,000 teenagers gave birth in 2012. Faced with this alarming situation, the CESE “recommends that the government ban Article 20 of the Mudawana, which grants judges the legitimacy to authorize the marriage of minors.”For its part, daily Al Khabar pinpoints the weaknesses of Morocco’s health sector, among which is the lack of nursing staff. The newspaper also notes that 143 health centers have been closed “due to lack of medical expertise.” For daily Assabah, “the health sector is at an impasse.” According to the same source, the main reasons are “the inability to train enough doctors and nurses, the budget shortage and the emigration of doctors and nurses, especially to Europe.”As to the private sector, the CESE notes “a steady progress.” The sector encompasses nearly 50% of physicians, 90% of pharmacists and dentists and nearly 10% of paramedics. However, cities are where this sector is predominantly present.CESE’s study on the health sector in Morocco rings alarm bells in the kingdom. Its publication comes at a critical phase in Benkirane’s freshly reshuffled government. The Executive has been subject to harsh criticism for “his unstudied measures and lack of vision concerning the management of social projects.The results unveiled by CESE shook the dust off a vital sector that is on the edge of oblivion in Morocco. The results have now been imputed on the government’s current strategies and plans in the realm of healthcare, which seemingly hasten its deterioration rather than decelerate it.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or or redistributelast_img read more

India-Africa Summit: Morocco Calls for Close Cooperation Between India and Africa

New Delhi – Morocco called, Tuesday in New Delhi, upon participants in the third summit of India-Africa forum 2015 to join hands and work together to undertake integrated and inclusive cooperation actions for economic development and sustainable human development.“It is up to us to pool efforts and undertake integrated and inclusive cooperation actions for economic development and sustainable human development, as underlined by HM King Mohammed VI’s speech during his visit to Côte d’Ivoire in 2014,” said Foreign Minister Salaheddine Mezouar in a speech at the foreign affairs ministers’ meeting of the Summit of India-Africa forum 2015.Mezouar said that the development taking place in Africa and in the Indian subcontinent offers an opportunity “we should seize especially in a global economic context marked by a slowdown in developed countries’ growth.” Mezouar recalled the political, security, economic and environmental challenges facing India and Africa.“Our projects and decisions will continue to echo in case States’ peace, security and stability remain precarious and suffer from the devastating impact of armed movements, terrorist groups and all kinds of trafficking which hamper all efforts to establish democracy and undermine all initiatives of sustainable human development,” he said.Loyal to its pan-African historical legacy, the Kingdom of Morocco put Africa at the heart of its concerns and strategic choices by developing a voluntary-based south-south cooperation, which is innovative, mutually beneficial and solidarity-based, said the minister.With MAP read more

UN human rights chief hails Swiss approval of torture pact enabling greater

Under the rules governing international treaties, the Swiss ratification of the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture triggers a significant expansion of an expert committee that monitors States’ compliance with the treaty.The number of independent experts serving on the subcommittee can now rise from the 10 members at present to 25 in the future. “The Subcommittee is now in a position to broaden its range of activities which include making unannounced visits to places of detention and providing technical advice to States on the establishment of national independent preventive bodies,” said UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay.Ms. Pillay stressed that the increase in the number of experts “marks a substantial step forward in the battle to eradicate the hideous practice of torture.”The Convention Against Torture – the parent treaty to which the Optional Protocol is attached – was adopted in 1984 and has currently been ratified by 146 States.“I urge all States that have signed the Convention to now sign up to its Optional Protocol as well, and the quarter of the world’s States that have not ratified either to do so without further delay,” Ms. Pillay said. “Torture has no place in a civilized society.”In related news, the UN Office of Legal Affairs (OLA) reported that 24 States have signed the new Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, which opened for signature yesterday.OLA also noted that 17 Member States put their names to a convention modernizing the current regime governing the carriage of goods by sea. The Convention on Contracts for the International Carriage of Goods Wholly or Partly by Sea – also known as the Rotterdam Rules – opened for signature on Wednesday. 25 September 2009The top United Nations human rights official today welcomed a milestone on the road to end torture after Switzerland became the 50th State to ratify a key global treaty into law. read more

TSX higher despite signs of economic weakness

Canadian stocks were higher on Tuesday as traders largely brushed off data showing weakness in the Canadian and Chinese economies.The S&P/TSX composite index gained 57.25 points to 15,034.17 after a string of losses has led to the main Toronto index heading for its first monthly decline in four months.The Canadian dollar was down 0.24 of a cent to a fresh, six-month low of 89.42 cents US.Statistics Canada reported that gross domestic product was flat during July following a 0.3 per cent rise in June. Economists had expected a gain of 0.2 per cent. The agency says there were notable decreases in mining and oil and gas extraction during July.U.S. indexes were higher amid other data showing deteriorating consumer confidence. The New York-based Conference Board’s index fell to 86 during September from 93.4 in August.The Dow Jones industrials were up 56.35 points to 17,127.57, the Nasdaq rose 10.12 points to 4,515.98 while the S&P 500 index climbed 5.39 points to 1,983.19.HSBC Corp.’s monthly purchasing managers’ index showed that China’s manufacturing activity in September held steady at the previous month’s low level, indicating the world’s second-largest economy faces risks to growth. The index came in at 50.2. Anything below 50 indicates contraction.Other Chinese data this month reported declining industrial production, lower property prices, weaker imports and pressure on factory prices, all of which added to concerns that outside of the U.S., global growth is faltering badly.“Without a doubt, we have slowing global economies and part of that is a deterioration in the rate of growth in China,” said Tim Caulfield, co-lead manager of the Franklin Bissett Canadian Equity Fund. “And we have seen that weigh heavily on energy and materials equities in September.”Traders have also been concerned that an improving American economy could persuade the U.S. Federal Reserve to move on raising interest rates sooner than expected next year.Positive U.S. economic data and Fed speculation have also helped strengthen the U.S. currency, which in turn have depressed commodity prices during September.A stronger greenback makes it more expensive for holders of other currencies to buy oil and metals, which are U.S.-dollar-denominated.The TSX is down about four per cent for September but still up around 10 per cent for the year. Caulfield observed that the TSX has registered gains in 11 of the past 12 months.“So when we do see a pullback, it’s not entirely surprising given the extent of the advance that we have seen in the current bull market,” he said.The industrials sector was ahead one per cent with shares in Canadian Pacific Railway (TSX:CP) ahead $3.83 to $232.41 after the company received approval to more than double the amount of stock it can purchase under its 2014-15 share buyback program, having reached the maximum available under the initial plan.November crude in New York declined $1.30 to US$93.27 and the energy sector turned up 0.65 per cent.The base metals sector on the TSX was up 0.35 per cent while December copper gave back four cents to US$3.02 a pound.The gold sector moved down 0.25 per cent as December gold faded $5.70 to US$1,213.10 an ounce.In other corporate news, Enbridge Inc. (TSX:ENB) CEO Al Monaco says the company is looking to diversify beyond its core North American oil pipeline business, eyeing opportunities to grow its presence in natural gas pipelines, power generation and internationally. Its shares climbed 28 cents to $54.09. read more

Puzzi kicks winning FG for Colgate as time runs out

HAMILTON, N.Y. — Chris Puzzi kicked a 38-yard field goal as time ran out to give Colgate a 23-20 win over James Madison on Saturday and send the No. 8-seeded Raiders to the FCS playoff quarterfinals.Puzzi’s winning kick, his third field goal of the game, went inside the right upright and came after James Madison came up short on a fake punt on fourth-and 5, giving the Raiders the ball at their 39-yard line with 2:46 left.The Dukes (9-4), who have won two national championships and were making their 15th playoff appearance and fifth straight, tied the game at 20-all on Ben DiNucci’s 7-yard run with 8:22 left in the fourth quarter.Trailing 13-6 at halftime, Colgate (10-1), hosting its first FCS playoff game in 15 years, got touchdowns on Grant Breneman’s 32-yard run and his 14-yard pass to Owen Rockett in the third quarter to lead 20-13. Rockett finished with 104 yards receiving on five catches.James Madison scored first on Cardon Johnson’s 2-yard run and Ethan Ratke kicked two field goals. But DiNucci was intercepted five times, two by Tyler Castillo.The Associated Press read more

Ministry of Defence facing hundreds of millions in hidden costs for new

first_imgA computer generated image shows an F-35B Lightning II jet landing vertically on the Royal Navy’s new aircraft carrier HMS Queen ElizabethCredit:PA 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. An MoD spokesman said: “The F-35B Lightning II aircraft is the world’s most advanced fighter jet.“Whether operating from land or with the Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carriers as a central component of the UK’s carrier strike capability, they will ensure a formidable fighting force.“We are committed to the F-35 programme, which is on time, within costs and offers the best capability for our armed forces.” The Ministry of Defence is facing hundreds of millions of pounds in “hidden costs” for the RAF’s new generation warplane that will be unable to fly properly due to defence cuts, it has been reported.The Times said that it had carried out an investigation which had identified a catalogue of problems with the US-built F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter.Manufacturer Lockheed Martin has said the aircraft will cost the UK between £77 million and £100 million each.However, The Times said the true cost of the jets delivered this year will be more than £150 million each to cover “extras” such as software upgrades and spare parts. An F-35B Lightning II makes the first vertical landing on a flight deck at sea aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp  It said the programme remained “wholly with its cost approval” and that it did not recognise the £150 million cost figure cited by The Times. An F-35B Lightning II makes the first vertical landing on a flight deck at sea aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp Credit:Getty Among the problems which the paper said it had identified were::: An inability by the “stealth” F-35 to transmit data to British ships and older aircraft without revealing its position;:: The aircraft’s software system is vulnerable to cyber attack and cannot be tested independently by the UK;:: Weak broadband on the Royal Navy’s principal aircraft carrier is hampering the jet’s abilities;:: The department responsible for the computer networks essential to the aircraft’s operation needs to find savings of £400 million this year.The Ministry of Defence (MoD) said that all the issues raised had been reported in the past and were under “active management” by the Joint Strike Fighter joint programme office and the MoD. A computer generated image shows an F-35B Lightning II jet landing vertically on the Royal Navy's new aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabethlast_img read more

CARICOM SG calls for full CSME implementation at COTED meeting

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedGuyana hosts 44th COTED meetingMay 12, 2017In “latest news”Member States need to inform their citizens of the benefits of CARICOM- LaRocqueJuly 4, 2017In “latest news”CSME implementation deficit not Secretariat’s fault – GoldingJune 11, 2018In “Regional” As the Forty-Sixth Meeting of the Council for Trade and Economic Development (COTED) was opened today in Guyana, the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretary General (SG), Ambassador Irwin LaRocque outlined that while there has been significant progress in advancing the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME) much more needs to be done.(L) Secretary-General addresses the meeting while Chairman Chet Green and ASG Joseph Cox listen attentivelyLaRocque reminded that the main task of COTED is overseeing the functioning of the CARICOM CSME, as well as promoting and developing the external trade relations of the Community.The CARICOM SG said at the core of the issue with the proliferation of the Single Market Economy is the lack of implementation by member states.He touched on the review conducted on CSME last year and to which the Heads of Government approved an Implementation Plan for outstanding issues as it relates to previous decisions, commitments and timelines.According to LaRocque, “The Plan is to be published shortly. But for it to be meaningful, Member States must provide up-to-date information on their compliance. Among other things, the Review showed that the lack of an effective consultative system at the national and regional levels has negatively affected decision making and implementation.”Outlining that a stakeholders consultation is expected to be held soon to examine the CSME and its implementation, with a view of identifying what is necessary to make it more effective, the CARICOM SG expounded that the success of the CSME will “largely be judged on the basis of our full implementation of the measures that allow Member States, CARICOM nationals and businesses to benefit.”“From time to time, various challenges will arise which may not only have a direct impact on businesses but also on individuals within the Community. Such matters require effective and timely resolution.This will ensure that the rights and benefits conferred under our integration arrangements are not only protected, but are allowed to flourish. This, however, can only be achieved if we move expeditiously and decisively to resolve our differences, particularly those which have risen to the level of disputes.” The CARICOM SG said “that there are issues which remain on our agenda for far too long. For example, we have been grappling with both Government Procurement and Contingent Rights for more than a decade, going back and forth with seemingly endless consultation.”According LaRocque “Politics, it is said, is the art of the possible. Let us make it possible to complete these outstanding matters. When officials seem not to be able to conclude on a matter, I dare say, it is the duty of the Ministers to ensure that it is done.”He also noted that the Council is also being requested to provide the necessary guidance on the steps to take in fully operationalizing the dispute settlement mechanisms under Chapter Nine of the Revised Treaty.“This is not only intended to address matters related to disputes arising from Member States’ non-compliance with their obligations under the Treaty, but also the enforcement of decisions of the COTED, in order to further advance the implementation of the CSME” he said. read more

More Snowden revelations NSA collected almost 200 million texts a day

first_imgTHE US NATIONAL Security Agency has collected almost 200 million mobile phone text messages a day from around the world in the latest revelations from the Edward Snowden files.The Guardian newspaper and Channel 4 News reported that the NSA used the messages to extract data on the location, contact networks and credit card details of mobile users.British spies were given access by the NSA to search the collected “metadata”,  information about the text messages but not the actual contents, of British citizens, according to the report.The secret files say the programme, codenamed Dishfire, collects “pretty much everything it can”, the Guardian and Channel 4 News reported.Dishfire works by collecting and analysing automated text messages such as missed call alerts or texts sent to inform users about international roaming charges, the news organisations said.It was also able to work out phone users’ credit card numbers using texts from banks.They cited an internal NSA presentation from 2011 on the programme and papers from Britain’s electronic eavesdropping facility GCHQ.There was no immediate reaction from the NSA while GCHQ said it worked within British law.“All of GCHQ’s work is carried out in accordance with the strict legal and policy framework which ensures that our activities are authorised, necessary and proportionate and that there is rigorous oversight,” it said in a statement.The report comes a day before US President Barack Obama is due to give a long-awaited speech proposing curbs on NSA phone and Internet data dragnets exposed by fugitive intelligence contractor Snowden.Snowden remains in exile in Russia, where he has been granted temporary asylum.The president discussed the details of Friday’s speech during a telephone call with British Prime Minister David Cameron on Thursday, according to Cameron’s Downing Street office.During the discussion, the two leaders “welcomed the unique intelligence sharing relationship between their two countries,” according to the statement.© – AFP 2014Read: FBI director says he is baffled that Snowden is called a hero >Read: ‘Privacy matters’: Here’s Edward Snowden’s Alternative Christmas Message >last_img read more

GSOC investigating car crash in which two men died in Louth

first_img Mar 19th 2019, 7:28 AM Short URL Image: Eamonn Farrell/RollingNews.ie Share16 Tweet Email2 THE GARDA OMBUDSMAN Commission (GSOC) is investigating a fatal road collision in Co Louth in which two men died.The crash happened on the R173 near Carlingford just after 12.30am yesterday.The men, named locally as Shane McAnallen and Martin Patterson from Co Down, were pronounced dead at the scene. They were both aged in their 20s.No one else was injured in the single-vehicle collision. Both men were taken to Louth County Hospital in Dundalk for post-mortem examinations.It is believed gardaí had attempted to stop the vehicle prior to the crash. GSOC and An Garda Síochánda have both appealed for witnesses to come forward.A spokesperson said GSOC would particularly like to hear from motorists who may have dashcam footage from the Carlingford or Omeath area between midnight and 1am yesterday.“GSOC is currently investigating the incident and would like to speak to anyone who may have seen a black Lexus with a Northern Ireland registration in the area on the evening of Sunday 17 March or early hours of 18 March,” they said.Potential witnesses and those who have dashcams and were in the area at the time in question have been asked to ring the GSOC witness appeal line on 1890 600 800.People can also contact Carlingford Garda Station on 042 937 3102, the Garda Confidential Telephone Line on 1800 666 111 or any garda station. GSOC investigating car crash in which two men died in Louth It is believed gardaí had attempted to stop the vehicle prior to the collision. 15 Comments By Órla Ryancenter_img File photo Image: Eamonn Farrell/RollingNews.ie File photo Tuesday 19 Mar 2019, 7:28 AM https://jrnl.ie/4549239 25,574 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Greek Australian arrested during raid

first_imgDuring a raid across Melbourne’s west this week, Yarraville resident Theo Kosmidis, 25, was charged with two counts of possessing a drug of dependence, three counts of prohibited person posses firearm, two counts of possess ammunition and two counts of possess prohibited weapon.Detectives from the Drug Taskforce arrested a number of men following a series of warrants that were executed in Melbourne’s western suburbs on Thursday.Doug Manevski, 55-years-old from Werribee, was charged with prohibited person possess firearm, possess handgun and possess ammunition.Stephen Manevski, 24-years-old from Wyndham Vale, was charged with two counts of possessing a drug of dependence, two counts of posses firearm, two counts of possess ammunition and two counts of possess prohibited weapon.All three men were remanded in custody to appear at the Melbourne Magistrates Court later today. Detectives also interviewed a 35-year-old Werribee man and a 41-year-old Yarraville man in relation to firearms offences.They have been bailed to appear at the Sunshine Magistrate’s Court at a later data. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

The best planet names in No Mans Sky so far

first_img <> You’ve probably heard by now that No Man’s Sky has a lot of planets. We mean A LOT of planets. So many that you could spend your entire life exploring the universe and never see them all. But the best part about it is that the planets you do explore, you can name, and after the game launched late last night a whole bunch of great names have been chosen already.When a name has been chosen in No Man’s Sky, that’s it. There can only be one in the entire galaxy, so there’s a bit of an arms race for the coolest names going on right now. Fortunately PC and PS4 gamers are on separate servers, so PC gamers still have a chance to claim some of the more popular titles when the game hits that platform in a few days.Here are some of our favorite planets currently out there. Good luck finding them! 1/17″Don’t Go Here” is the perfect name for a planet full of deadly alien beasts. Anyone who visits this deserves what they get. 1/17There may be quintillions of planets in this universe but a good percentage of these are named Harambe, the gorilla that was shot by zoo workers a few months ago. 1/17The No Man’s Sky creators keeps tabs on all the planet names being chosen, and they pointed out that one of the first ones that reviewers went for was Poopland. “Journalists ¯\_(シ)_/¯” 1/17Got the time to explore this planet and be among the living? Planet Anthrax may be for you. 1/17Planet Fourtwenty. Because when you reach a planet whose weather is “Baked” , what else can you call it? 1/17Planet No New Friends. The loneliest planet in the galaxy. 1/17A Doctor Who fan named their first planet Gallifrey after the Time Lords’ home world. 1/17This orange mess of a planet is named Trump. “Nuke it from orbit, it’s the only way to be sure.” 1/17When the No Man’s Sky devs stopped by the Colbert Show, he got to name his own planet and universe. Hopefully he’s jumped back online to claim them again after the wipe! 1/17In case anyone needed a second inhabitable frozen world to reside in, here’s Alaska 2. 1/17Planet Smurf isn’t quite as blue as we expected, but it no doubt has plenty of little creatures running around it. 1/17Again, if you hand journalists a game they will do everything they can to make it silly. Welcome to Big Buttistan. 1/17Not sure if Purge Planet means that everything kills one another one day a year, or that they’re always throwing up. Probably the latter, from the look of things. 1/17If you were thinking of naming your homeworld “Planet McPlanetyface”, you’re not alone in the universe. The devs have pointed out they were up to Planet McPlanetyface 5 before the wipe. 1/17While the majority of gamers seem to be concerned with thinking up silly names, at least one thoughtful player named a planet in honor of his mother who had recently passed away. 1/17Planet ^$#%@*^(*!! Try to name a planet with curse words and you’ll get this message instead. Keep it clean out there! 1/17Planet Hell’s Gate is the perfect name for anything this hot. Sheesh. last_img read more

Uber Driverless Cars Return to the Road After Fatal Arizona Crash

first_img SteelSeries Arctis 1 Is World’s First USB-C Wireless Gaming HeadsetGeek Pick: Shure MV88+ Is An Excellent, On the Go Microphone Kit Uber’s driverless cars are back on the road again after a fatal crash in Tempe, Arizona earlier this year.On Thursday, Uber in a blog post announced that it’s resuming on-road testing of its self-driving vehicles in Pittsburgh. This move follows months of vehicle testing on Uber’s test track and manual driving in Pittsburgh, in addition to approval by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.“Developing self-driving technology is one of the biggest technical challenges of our time. If successful, these vehicles have the potential to make our roads safer and transportation more affordable for everyone,” Uber wrote in the blog post. “With these big challenges and possibilities come an even greater responsibility: that of deploying a safe, reliable, and trustworthy self-driving system.”Following a deadly car accident earlier this year, Uber has stepped up its safety regulations for its self-driving system. From July to November, Uber introduced its first set of safeguards, completed internal and external safety reviews, and published its safety report. Cars must also pass a series of more than 70 scenarios on Uber’s test track, including mock pedestrians, vehicles, and buses.Photo Credit: Uber Advanced Technologies Group/YouTubeUber’s safety and operational changes were divided into three core categories: operational changes, technical changes, and organizational changes.For operational changes, Uber raised technical competency requirements, including adding a commercial driver’s license-medical qualification and drug testing. Operator staffing was also revised, reducing the amount of hours operators were behind the wheel. Plus, a driver monitoring system was added to each vehicle, which detects distracted driving, sounds an alert for the passenger, and sends a notification to a remote team for review.On the technical side, Uber reduced system latency, improved detection and tracking of cyclists and pedestrians in traffic environments, and heightened automated emergency breaking for each vehicle. Uber also added an excess speed warning feature for manual driving.To improve organization operations, Uber relocated operational safety responsibilities to occur at the same time as the independent system safety team. Additionally, Uber published a Voluntary Self-Assessment, which was created in line with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s regulations.Following the revamp of its safety and performance regulations, Uber will also resume manual driving in other North American cities, including San Francisco and Toronto. The manual driving will give Uber insight on new scenarios, so the company can test them on their self-driving track for future vehicles.More on Geek.com:Fully Driverless Grocery Deliveries Have Started in ArizonaAmazon Accidentally Sent 1,700 Alexa Recordings to a Random PersonWater-Resistant iPhone Saves Tourists’ Lives After Boat Overturns Stay on targetlast_img read more

Fords Sweaty Robot Butt Tests Car Seat Durability

first_imgStay on target SteelSeries Arctis 1 Is World’s First USB-C Wireless Gaming HeadsetGeek Pick: Shure MV88+ Is An Excellent, On the Go Microphone Kit Ford is prioritizing your bum for vehicle comfort and quality: The company just created a sweaty robot butt that can test car seat durability.In a YouTube video, Ford Europe unveiled its Sweaty Robutt, a robot butt that replicates a person sitting in a car after working out. The Sweaty Robutt can help Ford determine if its car seats are built to last, and make durability adjustments to future car models.Here’s how Ford’s ultimate “rear end” test works: First, a dummy bottom is connected to a Kuka robot. Next, the butt is heated to approximate human body temperature. According to Ford, the average person can generate up to 1.4 liters of sweat per hour when they workout. To replicate this scenario, Ford fed about half a liter of water through the dummy for a sweat-like texture. After these initial steps, the car seat is tested for durability.Ford created the Sweaty Robutt to ensure that car seats don’t break down from perspiration. During testing, the Sweaty Robutt sits on the seat 7,500 times, representing 10 years of car seat use. The test takes three days to complete, but it’s interesting to see how sweaty bottoms might impact a car seat’s appearance over time.More on Geek.com:Cadillac Teases Photos of Its First Fully Electric VehicleYandex’s Self-Driving Car Is a High-Tech RideHyundai Unveils ‘Walking Car’ That Could Be Future of Disaster Responselast_img read more

Judge Navy SEAL who killed ISIS prisoner remains in custody

first_img KUSI Newsroom, SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A decorated Navy SEAL facing a court-martial for allegedly stabbing a teenage ISIS prisoner to death in Iraq and shooting at Iraqi civilians will remain in custody at the brig at Miramar during his trial, a judge ruled today.Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher — a 19-year Navy veteran –is charged with premeditated murder and aggravated assault. He faces life in prison if convicted at a trial set to begin on Feb. 19.Gallagher’s defense team asked a judge last week to release the defendant from pretrial confinement, but that request was denied today, according to Navy spokesman Brian O’Rourke.During an Article 32 hearing in November, Navy prosecutors accused Gallagher of killing an injured ISIS fighter who they estimate was about 15 years old. The fatal stabbing happened in Mosul. Iraq, in May 2017.Rear Adm. Yancey Lindsey, commander of Navy Region Southwest, reviewed the evidence presented at the Article 32 hearing and determined that Gallagher should face court-martial.Prosecutors also presented evidence that they said shows Gallagher tried to bribe fellow SEALs not to talk about the incident to NCIS investigators.Gallagher’s attorney, Phil Stackhouse, said his client should be judged by a military jury of his peers because of the nature of the allegations in a combat zone.Disgruntled SEALs made the allegations against Gallagher, his attorney said. January 10, 2019 Judge: Navy SEAL who killed ISIS prisoner remains in custody Updated: 10:28 PMcenter_img Posted: January 10, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom last_img read more

115 Magazine and Media Predictions for 2010

first_imgSEE ALSO: 115, And Counting …Put on your seat belts, folks. The roller coaster of a year that was 2009 is grinding to a halt and 2010 is getting ready to blast off.We saw bankruptcies. Layoffs. Shuttered magazines. Shattered dreams. But it’s nearly 2010, dammit. That’s all behind us now. Right? Well, maybe not.Keeping with tradition, FOLIO: has reached out yet again to a wide selection of magazine/media industry professionals—publishers, editors, chief executives, dealmakers, bloggers—to channel their inner Nostradamus and work up some predictions for 2010. Which magazines will survive? Which won’t? Which technologies will propel the industry next year? What are the keys to staying in business while hopefully making a profit in the process?Some responses were humorous. Most, understandably, were serious. Whether or not 2010 proves to be as grim and depressing as 2009, one thing seems clear: next year should shape up to be just as volatile in terms of technology and evolving business models, if not more so, than 2009.So, here you have it—115 (give or take) magazine and media predictions for 2010, mostly unedited and in no particular order:NAME: Alison TocciTITLE: president and group publisher, Time Out New YorkPREDICTION(S): Throughout 2010, we’ll see two types of media people: those who embrace change and reinvent, and those who dig in and try to wait out the recession hoping for a return to “normal.” Both will have to fight through a flat year, but the former will ultimately survive and thrive. All the old, institutionalized ways of doing things will continue to break down in 2010 and 2011, and be restructured on more reasonable, sustainable foundations. The big guys who are all running around repeating the mantra of ‘local’ will find out how much they don’t know. Scores of old media professionals will reinvent themselves using all their media savvy—in other lines of work. Scores more of bright young kids with a passion for journalism will reinvent the meaning of media and how to get paid for it.NAME: Jim SpanfellerTITLE: president and CEO, The Spanfeller Group (formerly CEO of Forbes.com)PREDICTION(S):  Here are six:1. Magazines will see a modest (very modest) rebound in 2010 as the economy improves2. Digital media will continue to grow share.3. Video online will begin to move to center stage.4. Offline media brands will lose value as current brand stewards continue to miss the boat online.5. Web 2.0 ideas will give way to Web 3.0 which is fundamentally the joining of content with social tools.6. The e-reader consortium lead by Time Inc. will not get traction.NAME: Paul ArmstrongTITLE: director of social media, Kinderedagency.com, @themediaisdyingPREDICTION(S): He who enables in 2010 will win. The tablet wars of 2010 will well and truly be won by Apple and Google. Those that charge will wither, not die, but wither. Those that remove themselves from Google will survive but see more men in white coats buzzing around. Pay walls will continue to rise, rise, rise and traffic will fall, fall, fall. More trade pubs will adopt as will those with established bases but those without will continue free and see surges in traffic.  Twitter will finally get paid and provide more options to users which savvy publishers will exploit and create networks to distribute their content.  Overall, the media will still continue to die, shrivel, morph, whatever—it no longer matters. The problems are now much larger than simply less quality/content—it’s fast becoming a question of access and that means democracy and that’s a whole different kettle of fish. Regardless I think the amount of deaths will lower in comparison to the last two years. Magazines that will die: Entertainment Weekly, Ebony and Jet—surely their luck runneth out?NAME: Tony SilberTITLE: general manager, FOLIO: and Audience DevelopmentPREDICTION(S):  I have seven. Here goes:1. The industry will remain flat overall for 2010. I wish it were different, but right now, I don’t see an upswing, certainly not in the first half. 2. The industry will continue to transform itself, and more print magazine companies will become Web centric, meaning that they have the Web at the strategic core, even with print as a critical element. 3. Many companies will find new ways to monetize their markets beyond advertising. These will include enhanced market education, membership-based resource centers, research and market intelligence, lead generation services and e-media products with multimedia features and measurability 4. E-media advertising rates will rebound faster than print advertising rates. 5. Staff sizes will rebound as managers realize that staffs designed for print can’t do print and a whole host of new initiatives on top of that, at least not effectively. 6. E-readers will revolutionize the magazine business in the next two years. 7. Print magazines will always be a great reading experience and will not go away.NAME: Harry McCrackenTITLE: founder and editor, Technologizer.comPREDICTION(S): The economy will improve. Ad budgets will get healthier. But magazines will hardly benefit at all. More layoffs are ahead, and more significant titles will fold in 2010 than did in 2009. Cutting to the bone won’t prove to be a very effective response—we’ll see circulation declines based on the products in question simply having frittered away their value to readers.Despite this, strong magazine brands will continue to have value. Expect to see some of them change hands in 2010, including acquisitions by Web companies and other nontraditional buyers.On the Web, media moguls will continue to grumble about Google poaching their business—and some will continue to grumble without doing much to respond. Some pay walls will go up, however. They won’t do much to help revenue and will make the sites within them less relevant, and some will start to crumble even before 2010 is over.Apple will release a tablet, and it’ll be a hit—maybe not an iPhone-level hit, but a much bigger deal than the Kindle or Nook. At year’s end, publishers will still be experimenting with how to leverage it (and other tablets) and won’t be making much money, but everyone involved will agree that the potential is enormous.NAME: Don PazourTITLE: CEO, Access IntelligencePREDICTION(S): More b-to-b publishers will realize the value of their content and find innovative ways of charging the reader for it.M&A will remain flat for the first three quarters and as revenues start to climb, M&A activity will pick up abruptly in the fourth quarter with multiples rising quickly and credit becoming plentiful (despite the naysayers, six plus times EBITDA credit will again be available).Only one or two magazines for most major vertical markets will survive.There will be many changes at the top of editorial mastheads with more e-community management skills supplementing traditional journalistic skills for the winners.Print will become richer, better paper will be used, graphics will improve, quality of content will improve and distribution/circulation numbers will drop.Magazines will drop audits or the audit bureaus will devise better ways to track interaction with online, in-person, and print consumer customers.B-to-b marketing dollars will come into the market in the second half at an unprecedented rate, but marketers will spend more with fewer publishers and spend on large integrated multi-faceted programs integrating all media.Video and social networking as revenue drivers will still be trying to find their way, but mobile will catch on and provide lots of new ad dollars for publishers who have made the conversion.NAME: Warren BimblickTITLE: SVP of strategy and business development, Penton MediaPREDICTION(S): Someone will actually develop tools to figure out what I really DO want to buy online rather than doing lousy profiling of me so that I am assured 300 offers per day that are geared toward people who look like me (me?  55 and recently married—not looking to start saving for a baby’s retirement fund). E-mail offer received while writing this, “Dear Warren, Ring in 2010 with the right tools to drive new opportunities.”  — WHO WRITES THIS CORN?Audience data will actually become audience metrics, but the plethora of firms that “dot.do.this” will shake out and usefulness will become important. Marketers, advertising agencies and media companies will actually begin to work together to develop standard metrics. BPA Worldwide will increasingly become the place where the “conversation” is being had (The Algonquin Roundtable for measurement?).Someone will introduce a Purple Paper or a Puce Paper—I am so sick of White Papers!Apple will launch a reader in the second quarter that will change life as we know it.NAME: Keith KellyTITLE: “Media Ink” columnist, New York PostPREDICTION(S): The ad market very slowly climbs out of its hole or at least stops the erosion of the past two years, but anyone not in a one or two position is doomed. Magazines will still close, but not quite at the same devastating rate as 2009.The problem with digital media remains. Advertisers are pumping money into it because they are afraid of being left behind. Deep in their ad marketing hearts, they really don’t believe it works. If they truly believed in it, the ad prices in new media would be skyrocketing as advertisers bid up prices for new media outlets that worked—you know the ones that sent customers stampeding to buy their clients products.But it is not happening.  Look at it this way, new media advertising went up even in the past year, and the economy tanked. I rest my case.  One hopeful breakthrough: the four color e-reader. It will be really helpful. Some of the big publications will probably get a few hundred thousand digital e-reader subscribers paying anywhere from $10 to $50. This will bring in anywhere from $3 million to $15 million in subscriber revenue. Unfortunately, some of those same magazines have seen their ad revs drop by $100 million. Get the picture.It may be 10 years before we see a return to the pre-recession ad paging of say 2007. The one bright spot: magazines are leaner and smarter than before so if the erosion stops in 2010, profits will be up. But nobody is going to try spending it foolishly.  NAME: Dave IannoneTITLE: president/CEO, Go Forward MediaPREDICTION(S): 2010 will finally be the year publishers, editors and sales reps fully realize that their magazine is no longer their brand—it’s just one product within their brand. Likewise, if the magazine is all their brand has, it may be their last year in business.With the right strategy, a brand’s Facebook, Twitter and other social media pages may become their biggest source of traffic to its sites and Web products, offering more targeted traffic than generic search traffic and more robust interaction with the brand’s users.The ‘home page’ of a magazine’s Web site is going to become less and less important … every page will need to comprise elements of the ‘old school’ home page to drive traffic coming from a wide array of sources from one interior page to another within the site.NAME: Bob CohnTITLE: editorial director, theAtlantic.comPREDICTION(S): Two indisputable facts: editors are constrained for resources, while the stories we’re facing—war, recession, terrorism, climate change—are not easy or cheap to cover. I predict that one way magazines will try to resolve this problem is through more frequent collaboration. Journalists have been trained to compete, not cooperate. But pooling resources, whether it’s money or reporters or technology, can make good sense for outfits that want to remain ambitious in lean times. We all still want to beat the other guy, but sometimes the best way to unpack a complex and multi-dimensional story may be to forge ties with like-minded colleagues.As crystal ball-reading, this is a bit of a cheat since at least one such initiative is already under discussion. To cover climate change, enterprises as diverse as Slate, Mother Jones, Wired, ProPublica and the Atlantic, among others, are in the early stages of forming some sort of partnership. Where it will lead, if anywhere, is not clear. But the possibility that magazines will on occasion come together to attack the big stories of the day is exciting. It means readers may get a better understanding of important subjects. And it means journalism may be ready for the kind of experimentation that the new economic realities demand.NAME: Marcus GrimmTITLE: marketing director, Nxtbook MediaPREDICTION(S): I think 2010 will be an exciting year for the industry. After a difficult 2009, I see fewer boiler-plate success stories than ever. Instead, some resilient publishers are getting five- and six-figure digital magazine sponsorships, while others are reaping surprising rewards in mobile. Successes and failures are no longer dependent on your products, but your execution of these emerging technologies.Trends and case studies will mean little to publishers in 2010. Instead, resilient entrepreneurs will look at what one or two other companies have done and will strive to figure out if it will work in their industry. It’s a great year to stay on top of industry news, because it will contain the inspiration for your next success.NAME: Guy LeCharles GonzalezTITLE: director of audience development, F+W MediaPREDICTION(S): Consolidation and debt restructuring will continue apace. More niche brands will focus on ‘communitizing’, with magazines becoming part of a larger ecosystem that will include virtual events and books, both print and electronic. Advertising will finally stabilize, but “growth” will mainly come from search and custom initiatives, including some ill-conceived “conversational marketing” programs that imagine Twitter as a viable hub. Digital magazines and mobile apps will be a bust for all but a few brands as the ROI fails to materialize. The Apple Tablet will be more horse than unicorn, becoming a major player in portable gaming but with minimal impact on publishing.NAME: Anita MalikTITLE: founder, East WestPREDICTION(S): As the economy begins to show subtle signs of recovery, publishers will return to what is the primary force of the media business, the reason we are all here … the content. Content was lost in 2009 to the noise of social media. We won’t compete on the number of tweets anymore, but instead, industry leaders, large and small, will look for new ways to get our paid product in readers’ hands. Times will remain tough but the winners will be those that return to their roots to understand their audiences’ consumption behaviors and tell the stories that set them apart. As a society we’ve been hiding on Facebook and Twitter to weather the economic storm, hoping our solutions would be delivered from our new social communities.  We will now remember the rest of our business, the reason we are here.NAME: Joe PulizziTITLE: founder, Junta42PREDICTION(S): Twitter won’t be the bright, shiny object like it was in 2009. That position will be taken over by Foursquare.A few more well known magazine brands will shutter (not shocking), but some of those will be purchased by non-media brands and used as marketing vehicles.Someone will launch the first online magazine through LinkedIn.2010 will absolutely be the year that smart magazines figure out how to truly offer marketing services to their advertising customers. Those magazine publishers start to realize that they really are marketing experts after all, and never knew it.NAME: Samir “Mr. Magazine” HusniTITLE: director, Magazine Innovation Center, University of MississippiPREDICTION(S): Looking into my crystal ball I see one big word: ‘All.’ It is no longer an era for either or. Magazine companies have to give it their ALL whether in print or on the Web. The business model has to be rewritten and magazines are going to start charging more for their content. The era of ‘Me Too’ is on the way out and now more than ever magazines have to provide a point of difference in their content that will add value to the magazine and that will entice readers to pay a good portion for producing such content. It is nothing short but amazing to hear media companies now wanting to charge for content on line while they still sell printed magazines for $5.00 a year.  As for the survival and death of magazines, I do not think there will be a shortage of good ideas, and technology is going to make it even easier to start printed magazines. The major shift will continue to be in the move from mass to class. Higher cover prices followed by higher subscription prices will be the norm and not the exception. New magazines arriving on the marketplace should have a “Must Have” stamped all over it. The era of “Nice to Have” magazines is gone.Publishers will continue to experiment with digital until one smart creative company will find a way to make money out of digital and turn out products that don’t look like a copy cat of their print cousins. Print will continue in 2010 to be the main source of revenue for most magazine companies, and we may have the same number of new magazine launches as this year: a little bit less than 700 titles.  Not bad for a so called dying industry.And one final note, Bob Sacks will continue to tell us that e-paper is here.  Thank you Bob!NAME: Amanda ErnstTITLE: editor, Mediabistro.com’s FishbowlNYPREDICTION(S): 2010 will be the year of the new revenue stream. We’ll see media companies trying out lots of new ways to earn money, including variations on pay walls and optimizing content for whatever e-reader devices will be on the market next. And there’s room for some really off-the-wall new revenue stream ideas that will make wine of the month clubs and dating services look like good ideas. Think a reality show with eight reporters and editors picked to live in a house on the Jersey Shore.Media companies will also be looking to partner up in order to pool resources and keep costs low. Non-profit journalism organizations and Web sites that rely on citizen journalism are a good place for traditional media to look for partners. But there’s one partnership that we won’t be seeing any time soon: The New York Times and News Corp.NAME: Chris McMurryTITLE: CEO, McMurry Inc.PREDICTION(S): Corporate media will supplant traditional media as the leading information source for consumers. It is entirely possible that this has already occurred, as the process has been under way for many years. It is accelerated by technology because economic downturns reduce the number of traditional mediums and/or render those surviving as less attractive as advertising and marketing vehicles.NAME: Michael AlcamoTITLE: president, M.C. Alcamo & Co., Inc.PREDICTION(S): First, the bad news: Marketing spending has been down; this means that in any four-book category, the fourth, and probably also the third publication, will quietly cease publication. Nothing more can be said about this—it will be very sad for all involved. The good news, however, is in two parts: first, in the last 18 months, publishing groups learned to do more with less. Despite the recession, industries still need to communicate. Manufacturers need to communicate with distributors and with end-users. Telescope companies need to communicate with astronomers and birdwatchers. Art galleries in Santa Fe need to reach collectors in Dallas and New York. Print remains an indispensable vehicle, and we do not foresee that it will be supplanted by digital any time soon.If you’ve watched CPMs for online advertising plummet, you’ll realize that online media is not delivering what it promised. Revenue will return to the print media market in 2010; as it does, it will come back at high margins of 75 percent or better.The second part of the good news is that print businesses spent time developing meetings, events, custom publishing and other programs to diversify their revenue streams. These will also strengthen in parallel, as T&E budgets come back to normal. We should see revenue grow at a balanced rate across differing platforms. We expect 2010 to 2012 to be a very profitable time for the industry.NAME: Amiad SolomonTITLE: CEO and founder, Peer39PREDICTION(S): The online advertising ecosystem will revolve itself around data in 2010. As increasingly similar platforms emerge to facilitate the buying and selling of media, those who will succeed will be those who can leverage many data attributes in real time. Infusing every impression with the most accurate and relevant data ensures maximum advertising value. As publishers sell a shrinking percentage of their media directly to advertisers, and other platforms become part of the process, the critical factor that will separate them will be the quality of their data. The networks, exchanges and DSPs that integrate pertinent data in a seamless way will successfully reap the benefits of a more valuable ecosystem overall, and will have a big year in 2010.This reliance on the power of data is especially crucial when it comes to non-guaranteed inventory—the fastest-growing segment of online advertising. Typically under-monetized, these impressions have potential for high CPMs, and can be moved into what is called the ‘Secondary Premium Market.’ With the expansion and improvement of data attributes, this bucket will continue to grow and show better performance and attract more premium-priced branded campaigns.NAME: Dennis McKennaTITLE: CEO, e.RepublicPREDICTION(S): Leaving the economic predictions to others, a subtle but important trend for media companies in 2010 will be the accelerating competition for audience attention from all kinds of new sources—blogs, social media sites, twitter, iPhone Apps, etc. that deliver more focused content value to readers.This means a media company’s technology infrastructure will grow in importance and become a clear competitive advantage. Firms that make the right investments and build content strategies and tech platforms that are fast to adapt, broadly integrated and able to evolve with developments in technology and audience/advertiser needs will come out ahead. Also, realizing that it is unsustainable to keep adding IT staff, these dynamics will drive all but the largest media firms to cloud-based solutions for everything from content management to audience development and engagement.NAME: Robin AshtonTITLE: publisher, Foodservice Equipment ReportsPREDICTION(S): I think we’ll see stabilization and a gradual improvement for our core print and electronic products as the year moves on. In our very narrow market, foodservice equipment and supplies, manufacturer sales will continue to decline moderately again in 2010. But many of our customers are beginning to return or ramp up, as they see success has become a market-share game. Our biennial chain meeting in February ’10, MUFES, is actually trending ahead of ’08 in terms of end-user attendance and sponsorships. I just think people want to get back to work and get what’s out there. The Great Recession has made our customers more open to new products, especially video, so we’re working at rebuilding our Web site in ’10 to get all the new tools. But for most customers, the downturn has not undercut their acceptance of our core print products. They still see the value of print for building brand equity. We’ll just make sure we have all the ways to get our customers to their biggest buyers.NAME: Carla BlancoTITLE: CEO/publisher, 3Digit Media LLCPREDICTION(S): I’d like to see a more unified network of regional magazines so that can compete for national ad dollars.  Regional magazines tend to reach affluent homes in such a saturated way that most national magazines can’t complete.  This is assuming that luxury brands will begin to advertise again in 2010.Cash will be viewed as king. Debt will be viewed as the joker. Too many losses, bankruptcies, write-offs etc. happened in 2009.last_img read more

See Eminems ThreeSong Medley Performance From SNL

first_imgWatch the full nine-minute performance from this past weekendBrian HaackGRAMMYs Nov 20, 2017 – 11:13 am Eminem continued his triumphant return to the spotlight this past weekend with a fantastic appearance as a musical guest on “Saturday Night Live.”He performed a three-song, nine-minute medley of his new single “Walk On Water,” fan favorite classic “Stan” and the GRAMMY-nominated hit “Love The Way You Lie.” He was joined onstage by Skylar Grey, who stood in for Beyoncé and Dido, respectively, on “Walk …” and “Stan.”Grey also played the haunting piano sections on the former track. The pair was backed by a band complete with a live string section.Eschewing the usual two-performance appearance given by most artists on “SNL,” Eminem’s extended medley set was his only musical appearance on this week’s episode, which was hosted by GRAMMY winner Chance The Rapper.Justin Timberlake, Al Green & Bathtubs: “GRAMMYs Greatest Stories” News See Eminem’s Three-Song Medley Performance From “SNL” Watch: Eminem’s “SNL” Appearance see-eminems-three-song-medley-performance-snl Twitter Facebook Email last_img read more

Prince Harrys Shocking revelation about his proposal to Meghan Markle

first_imgMeghan MarkleGetty ImagesMeghan Markle and Prince Harry have been married for over a year now, they even welcomed a little bundle of joy into their family, baby Archie. But the story of the way Prince Harry proposed to Meghan may have had a few ups and downs.Apparently, Prince Harry did not propose to Meghan Markle the way he wanted as the Duke of Sussex had originally planned to pop the question in a much more exotic setting than Nottingham Cottage, a documentary claims.Meghan and Harry had a whirlwind romance. And it was a romance that started with a meet-cute fit for the silver screen. Reportedly in July 2016, Meghan was strolling around London when she was randomly introduced to Harry by a mutual friend and they both claim to have experienced love at first sight. And in about a year, the pair was engaged. Prince Harry announced the engagement, on November 27, 2017 and the BBC released an interview with the couple revealing how the proposal unfolded.Harry said: “It happened a few weeks ago, earlier this month, here at our cottage; just a standard typical night for us…..We were roasting a chicken, trying to roast a chicken.”  Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of SussexGetty ImageSounds like something out of a fairytale, simple yet so romantic. However, according to 2019 Channel 5 documentary “Meghan Markle: Movies, Marriage and Motherhood”, Prince Harry had actually planned something completely different for the proposal.Royal correspondent Katie Nicholl claimed the now Duke of Sussex wanted to ask Meghan to marry him while they were on holiday in Botswana.”It seems like Prince Harry intended to propose to Meghan Markle under the stars. A truly romantic gesture, but even if Prince Harry’s proposal didn’t go exactly as planned. Meghan still seemed pleased with the proposal, she did agree to marry him after all. The Royal couple welcomed their first child baby Archie on May 6 and are now residing in Frogmore Cottage. You can check out the video here:last_img read more

Morgan State University and AFROAmerican Newspaper Release Preliminary Results of Maryland AfricanAmerican

first_imgFor Immediate ReleaseOctober 26, 2018Contact: Larry Jones443-885-3022Majority of Black Voters in Maryland Plan to Choose the Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate Despite Approving of the Job Being Done by the Republican Incumbent; Overwhelming Lack of Faith in Current Government and AdministrationWith early voting in the State of Maryland now underway, Morgan State University and the AFRO-American Newspaper have released the results of a statewide poll of African Americans’ opinions about the State’s current governor’s race and national government leadership. More than 600 African-American Marylanders, representing a range of demographics and hailing from cities/counties across the state, participated in the poll, answering up to 30 questions related to the current election cycle. The polling collaboration, which was announced earlier this week, is the first of its kind between the two respected black institutions, which plan to use their polls’ findings to help address and/or interpret issues of importance to the black community.Among the standout findings of the research poll is that many African Americans in Maryland actually support the job that incumbent Gov. Larry Hogan is doing, with 65 percent giving their approval. The poll also revealed that an unexpectedly large percentage of black respondents, 30 percent, were planning to vote for Hogan, increasing the Republican’s chances of winning a second term. However, despite Gov. Hogan’s favorability among potential black voters, the majority, 56.6 percent, still planned to vote for the Democratic candidate, Ben Jealous, who also had high likeability among the African Americans surveyed by the poll.“The poll data show that even though Gov. Hogan enjoys a high approval rate among African-American voters who are likely to vote in Maryland, only 30.3 percent of them indicated that they will vote for him,” said Raymond Winbush, Ph.D., director of the Institute for Urban Research, Morgan’s primary social science research and training arm. “This 34.7-point gap may be attributed to the overwhelming numbers of Maryland’s African Americans’ (84 percent) having a very unfavorable opinion of President Trump and his unfavorability rating causing a ‘drag’ on Gov. Hogan’s support among black voters in Maryland, even though he has distanced himself from the president.”Although the current state leadership is receiving the benefit of the doubt and some support from Maryland African-American voters, the same cannot be said for the nation’s leadership in Congress or the White House: 84 percent of respondents disapprove of the job President Trump is doing, including 89.8 of the women polled. However, paralleling some of the national attitudes toward the president, Trump’s approval was highest among registered voters in the 45–54 age range. His disapproval rating was highest among voters aged 55 and over.Regarding the state of the country and the job the nation’s leaders in Congress are doing, the poll showed black voters in Maryland overwhelmingly disapprove. More than 70 percent (70.7 percent) of respondents said the country is worse than it was two years ago, and 71.3 percent disapprove of the job Congress is doing.The areas of the state with the largest concentrations of African-American residents had the highest response rates to the poll, with Prince George’s County representing the largest group of respondents (33.4 percent), followed by Baltimore City (22.5 percent) and Baltimore County (12.7 percent). While many older adults participated in the poll survey, the response rate was lowest among African Americans aged 18–24 (57 of the total 604 respondents).Researchers from the Institute for Urban Research are still poring over the 52 pages of raw data received from New Jersey-based Braun Research, Incorporated. As more analysis is completed, additional details will become available from this first in a series of collaborative polls between Morgan and the AFRO.The Braun Research network of companies, founded in 1995, engages in data collection via telephone and internet for various survey research firms, government and advertising agencies, local community organizations, local and national business groups, foundations, universities and academic entities, as well as religious organizations. In 23 years, Braun Research has conducted more than 10,000 research projects by telephone, internet and mail worldwide. Nationally known research firms have hired Braun Research, including Gallup, Inc., the Pew Research Center, the Eagleton Poll, Mathematica Policy Research and The Washington Post. Braun Research has worked for the New Jersey Department of Health and Human Services as well as other government agencies, including the U.S. Departments of the Treasury and Defense and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.About the AFRO-American NewspaperWhile the AFRO is honored to be designated by a 2014 Nielsen-Essence survey as the #1 source of news for African-American people, being that source is something it’s been doing for more than 125 years. Since its 1892 founding by John H. Murphy Sr., the AFRO has gathered news from and for black communities throughout the country and beyond. With its own itinerant writers and photographers, the AFRO has sensed value that could or would not be perceived by other journalists and has told every relevant story, recorded every insightful conversation and sent those stories to homes and offices through the hands of paper boys and girls who have grown up to be corporate and entrepreneurial news influencers in their own right. And the work is now expanded through the use of the latest technology and social media, as the AFRO enjoys more than half a million Facebook followers and tweets its news on Twitter and its photos on Instagram.About MorganMorgan State University, founded in 1867, is a Carnegie-classified doctoral research institution offering more than 100 academic programs leading to degrees from the baccalaureate to the doctorate. As Maryland’s Preeminent Public Urban Research University, Morgan serves a multiethnic and multiracial student body and seeks to ensure that the doors of higher education are opened as wide as possible to as many as possible. For more information about Morgan State University, visit www.morgan.edu.last_img read more

New development technique requires less energy to create nanofilms w Video

first_img Play “Crumpled” filter has potential to slash energy consumption in industry. Credit: Imperial College London, Department of Chemical Engineering More information: Science 19 June 2015: Vol. 348 no. 6241 pp. 1347-1351. DOI: 10.1126/science.aaa5058 A trio of researchers working at Imperial College in London has created a new development technique for constructing nanofilms that not only requires less energy but results in a product that is able to stand up to organic solvents. In their paper published in the journal Science, Santanu Karan, Zhiwei Jiang and Andrew Livingston describe their new process and the uses to which it might be put. Viatcheslav Freger of the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, describes the work done by the team in a Perspective piece in the same journal issue, highlighting the two main innovations the team developed. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. The membranes developed by the team were created using a modified version of interfacial polymerization where a sacrificial layer was used to help support the mix and treat the film (one of the innovations they added). They started by synthesizing a membrane of m-phenylenediamine-trimesoyl chloride that had terminal carboxylic acid groups on one side. That material was then layered onto another membrane that had a crumpled texture (their other innovation) which served to increase the surface area. They finished by exposing the film to a swelling solvent to increase its porosity. The result was a 10 nanometers thick membrane (on the same scale as cell membranes) capable of filtering molecules as part of a production process. Testing showed the membrane able to filter 112 liters of solvent per square meter per hour per bar of pressure, which is approximately twice the ability of membranes currently being used.The team believes their new technique could be used in many chemical processes and should result in significant savings for product development. As Freger notes, separating molecules out of materials as part of developing products is an expensive part of product development—oftentimes it requires applying heat as part of an evaporative technique—a cheaper alternative would be filters, but attempts at developing them for many applications has been hindered by harshness of solvents. In this new effort, the researchers describe a technique they have developed that allows for the creation of nanofilms that are twice as permeable as those currently in use and have the added benefit of more surface area and are stronger to boot. Citation: New development technique requires less energy to create nanofilms (w/ Video) (2015, June 19) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-06-technique-requires-energy-nanofilms.html PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQuality0SpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreencenter_img © 2015 Phys.org Plugging up leaky graphene: New technique may enable faster, more durable water filters Sub-10 nm free-standing nanofilm on a wire lasso. Credit: Santanu Karan Journal information: Science Researcher holding sub-10 nm free-standing nanofilm on a wire lasso. Credit: Imperial College London Explore furtherlast_img read more