After FLL shooting Florida senator supports concealed guns in airports

first_imgSARASOTA, Fla. (WSVN) — In the wake of Friday’s deadly shooting at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, a Florida lawmaker said more guns are the answer.The politician from Sarasota told CNN, he thinks responsible gun owners with a conceal-carry permit should be allowed to tote guns in places where they’re not currently allowed.State Senator Greg Steube is working on a bill to allow guns in airports. He said legally owned and concealed guns are needed now more than ever. “What my bill does is allow for people that have a conceal carry permit in the state of Florida to on the non-secure side of that airport, which is where the shooting occurred, to carry their firearm just like they carry in other parts of our state,” he said.Steube believes law-abiding firearm carriers could be better protected and even stop somebody from committing mass murder. “The Pulse nightclub, where other shootings have occurred have been in gun-free zones,” he said. “In that airport, no conceal permit carry holder was legally able to carry at that airport because currently they’re restricted from carrying.”When asked if he thought the tragedy could have been minimized had people in that area of the airport had guns with them, Steube said, “Certainly could have. I as a conceal carry holder have the right to defend myself.”The Senator, however, never addressed the chaos, confusion and fear that came well after the terminal shooting at the airport in Fort Lauderdale. “No licensed, conceal carry permit holder legally could carry in that airport, and that didn’t stop an individual from coming and shooting and killing individuals,” he said. “So why would repealing that, giving law abiding citizens like myself and others, who have the training and ability to protect themselves, why wouldn’t we want to give them that ability just like we have in any other places in our state.”Senator Steube also wants to change Florida law to repeal gun-free zones on college campuses. Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

NASA telescope spies unusual galaxies from dawn of the universe

first_img Share your voice Spitzer’s deep-field view of the sky awash with galaxies. Circled in red are incredibly faint, distant galaxies that the telescope observed for over 200 hours.  NASA/JPL-Caltech/ESA/Spitzer/P. Oesch/S. De Barros/I.Labbe Astronomers surveying the sky with NASA’s Spitzer space telescope have been able to peer back to the early universe, 13 billion years in the past, and find some of the very first galaxies. They look like tiny, orange dots aglow in a sea of darkness — not too dissimilar to the famed first image of a black hole — but the miniscule lights imaged by Spitzer contain a host of young stars, composed mostly of hydrogen and helium. The discovery of these unexpectedly-bright galaxies could provide new clues about one of the most important cosmic events in history: the “Epoch of Reionization.”The new research, published in the journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society in April, required Spitzer to stare into the same region of sky for over 200 hours, studying the ancient cosmos as part of a campaign known as the GOODS Re-ionization Era wide-Area Treasury from Spitzer (GREATS). Another great, the Hubble Space Telescope, also contributed to the data. Post a comment More space news Tags NASA Space With Spitzer trained on a region of the sky for so long, it was able to gather light that had traveled across the universe to reach us. In what amounts to a cosmic staring contest, Spitzer didn’t blink. The telescope detected faint infrared signals from 135 distant galaxies, produced by high levels of ionizing radiation. It’s a particularly important finding, because ionizing radiation is believed to have contributed to the Epoch of Reionization in the early universe — a cosmic transformation that shaped the universe as we know it today. Astronomers are still stumped as to what exactly caused these changes, but the early galaxies detected by Spitzer may provide some clues.”Our latest Spitzer result reveals how different these early galaxies are to those at later times and pinpoints our sample as a key set for providing insights into how galaxies so efficiently reionized the universe,” said Garth Illingworth, a co-author on the new study. The results were surprising for Michael Werner, project scientist with Spitzer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.”We did not expect that Spitzer, with a mirror no larger than a Hula-Hoop, would be capable of seeing galaxies so close to the dawn of time,” he said in a statement. “But nature is full of surprises, and the unexpected brightness of these early galaxies, together with Spitzer’s superb performance, puts them within range of our small but powerful observatory.”  Spitzer, launched in 2003, is an infrared observatory in an Earth-trailing orbit operated by NASA and the California Institute of Technology. It carries three instruments that allow it to “see” across the wavelengths of infrared light, providing spectacular views of the gaseous, dusty distant cosmos.center_img Sci-Tech 0 Your wedding ring came from a neutron star explosion, 4.6 billion years ago Scientists just observed a crash between two neutron stars Gravitational wave detectors upgraded to hunt for ‘extreme cosmic events’ NASA Spitzer telescope celebrates 15 years of astounding images 15 Photoslast_img read more

Air India Looks to Raise ₹1200 crore from Real Estate Sales to

first_imgDebt-ridden Air India Ltd has planned on selling some of its real estate assets in the country as well as abroad. This move is expected to help the struggling government-owned carrier to raise around ₹1,200 crore in the next two years, said sources close to the matter.Air India has also obtained the approval of the ministry of civil aviation to sell its properties in Chennai, Coimbatore, and Mumbai.”Selling real estate properties is one among three plans suggested by the government to turn around the airline. Real estate monetization is critical as it would save at least ₹300 crore in terms of interest as the airline has plans to use these proceeds to settle a part of high-cost loans,” a source said, according to Live Mint.Experts say that Air India’s attempt to monetise real estate assets to trim debt and reduce interest costs may prove difficult.The country’s third largest airline is struggling with a huge debt of around ₹40,000 crore as of 31 March and is expected to see a turnaround by 2018-19.It appears that the company is planning to “raise some rupee bonds” and sell a part of its fleet to reduce debt, besides selling properties in the three cities.The state-owned airline actually planned to sell properties amounting to ₹5,000 crore by March next year, but did not get through because of delays in approval from the concerned authorities.In January 2013, Air India roped in real estate consultant DTZ International Property Advisors Pvt Ltd to assist it in disposing of some of real estate properties.”In the last two to three years, a number of corporates who haven’t got adequate cash flows from their core businesses have divested real estate assets to raise capital,” said Rajeev Bairathi, executive director, capital transactions group, at property advisory Knight Frank India.The domestic airline is also considering selling its properties in New Delhi, which include office and reservation building, and housing quarters for staff in Vasant Vihar. It is also looking to sell staff housing quarters in Navi Mumbai and Chennai.”It may not be easy for Air India to sell its assets because they have a mixed bag of assets, including apartments, and not all are clear land parcels. While there is demand for clean titled land parcels, there may not be many takers for other kinds of properties in a slowdown scenario,” said property consultant familiar with the matter.Air India is planning to sell properties present in other countries such as Hong Kong, Nairobi, Mauritius, London, and Tokyo.”Air India is expecting to get at least ₹88 crore for Sterling Apartments in Mumbai, while the Anna Salai plot in Chennai is likely to fetch ₹108 crore. Our Coimbatore plot should fetch ₹20 crore. The majority of money should come from overseas properties,” the source added.last_img read more

May to rule out halfin EU deal

first_imgBritish Prime Minister Theresa May speaks during a press conference. Photo: AFPBritish Prime Minister Theresa May on Tuesday is expected to say she favours a clean break from the European Union, dismissing a “half-in, half-out” Brexit deal with Brussels.In a highly-anticipated speech, May is likely to give further signals that Britain is heading to what analysts call a “hard” Brexit.That direction will be cheered by those who want to leave the EU, but dismay those who fear the impact on Britain’s economy.“Not partial membership of the European Union, associate membership of the European Union, or anything that leaves us half-in, half-out,” the prime minister is due to say on Tuesday, according to an extract of her speech circulated in advance to the media by Downing Street.“We do not seek to adopt a model already enjoyed by other countries. We do not seek to hold on to bits of membership as we leave,” she will add.The speech will take place late morning at Lancaster House, a central London mansion that is a showcase for diplomatic functions and major announcements.It will be dissected for every detail about May’s Brexit strategy, after months of uncertainty.May has repeated a “Brexit means Brexit” mantra-on one occasion replaced with her call for a “red, white and blue Brexit”-while claiming outlining the government’s aims in any detail would give Brussels the upper hand in negotiations.But recent indicators suggest Britain is heading towards a full break from the EU which entails leaving the single market in order to have full control over immigration.Downing Street has repeatedly said it wants to secure the best deal for the British economy while allowing for cuts to immigration.But the EU has been clear that single market access is dependent on allowing the free movement of people.The prospect of a “hard” Brexit has hit sterling.In early trading on Monday, the British currency plunged to $1.1986, its lowest level since October’s “flash crash” that had sent it to a 31-year low of $1.1841. It clawed back some of its losses by early afternoon, to $1.2047.Trump and trade dealBritain’s Finance minister Philip Hammond adopted a tough line on Sunday, warning that Britain might undercut the EU economically in order to remain competitive if it faces EU tariffs.Hammond said he wanted Britain to remain a “recognisably European-style economy with European-style taxation systems, European-style regulation systems.”However, London would have to change course “if we are forced”, in order to “regain competitiveness”, he told Germany’s Welt am Sonntag newspaper on Sunday.In recent weeks, May raised the possibility of a transitional deal with Brussels to ease Britain’s departure from the bloc, a position supported by Bank of England governor Mark Carney.Britain’s post-EU prospects were given a verbal boost on Sunday by US President-elect Donald Trump, who said he favoured a quick trade deal with the UK.But a fast-track bilateral deal with Washington will be difficult in practical terms.Under EU rules Britain cannot sign trade deals with third party states until it is formally outside the bloc, a position which does not change despite the UK voting to leave.A two-year negotiating period is foreseen in EU legislation for any country choosing to leave the 28-member bloc, a process which starts by triggering Article 50 of the EU’s Lisbon Treaty.May has promised to formally launch Brexit talks by the end of March and the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier has said there should be an agreement in place ahead of the European Parliament elections in 2019.But even if the prime minister’s plan outlined on Tuesday wins widespread support, legal challenges could still scupper her Brexit timetable.Britain’s Supreme Court is due to rule later this month on whether May must seek parliamentary approval before triggering Article 50, which could delay the start of Brexit negotiations.last_img read more

7 killed in suicide attack near Kabul prison

first_imgA suicide bomber targeting a bus carrying employees of Kabul’s biggest prison killed at least seven people on Wednesday, officials said, in the latest attack in the Afghan capital.Another five were wounded in the blast near the facility, which police spokesman Basir Mujahid said had hit a vehicle that staff of Pul-e-Charkhi prison were travelling in.The attacker was on foot, interior ministry spokesman Najib Danish said.There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the explosion, but the Islamic State group has claimed most suicide attacks in Kabul in recent months.The attack comes days after a suicide bomber blew himself up near the entrance of Afghanistan’s Independent Election Commission in Kabul, killing at least one person and wounding six.last_img

Former Trump adviser Flynn to be sentenced

first_imgFormer US National security adviser Michael Flynn departs after a plea hearing at US District Court, in Washington, US on 1 December. Photo: ReutersA judge will decide on Tuesday whether former national security adviser Michael Flynn should be sent to prison for lying to the FBI in a case stemming from the investigation into possible collusion between president Donald Trump’s campaign team and Russia in the run-up to the 2016 election.US District Judge Emmet Sullivan will sentence Flynn in Washington at 11 am ET (1600 GMT).Special prosecutor Robert Mueller, who is leading the investigation into Russian interference, has asked Sullivan not to imprison Flynn, a former general, because of his military service and because he provided “substantial” cooperation with the probe.Flynn pleaded guilty in December 2017 to lying to FBI agents about his conversations with Sergei Kislyak, Russia ambassador in Washington at the time.Flynn told investigators in January 2017 that he had not discussed US sanctions against Russia with Kislyak, when in fact he had, according to his plea agreement.Lying to the FBI carries a statutory maximum sentence of five years in prison. Flynn’s plea agreement states that he is eligible for a sentence of between zero and six months, however, and can ask the court not to impose a fine.Flynn’s lawyers have asked the court for a probation term of no more than one year, with minimal conditions of supervision, and 200 hours of community service.Flynn also deserves leniency because he was not warned before the meeting with FBI agents that it was a crime to lie to them, his lawyers said in a recent court filing.They also said that then-FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe had told Flynn that the “quickest way” to conduct the interview was without counsel present.Critics of the Mueller probe argue that Flynn, who held the White House job for only 24 days, was set up.Mueller last week countered in a court filing that Flynn had no cause to lie in the interviews and added that a “sitting National Security Adviser, former head of an intelligence agency, retired Lieutenant General, and 33-year veteran of the armed forces knows he should not lie to federal agents.”Flynn is so far the only member of Trump’s administration to plead guilty to a crime uncovered during Mueller’s wide-ranging probe, which has so far ensnared 32 individuals and three Russian firms.Trump denies there was any collusion and has labelled the investigation a “witch hunt.” Russia also denies it meddled in the election, contrary to the conclusion of US intelligence agencies.On Monday, Sullivan ordered the special counsel to release a redacted, five-page FBI account of Flynn’s January 2017 interview, saying it was relevant to his sentencing.last_img read more

Boko Haram killed at least 60 in Nigeria Amnesty

first_imgRann, Nigeria : Map of the city of Rann in Nigeria, destruction detected by satellite images. Photo: AFPBoko Haram killed at least 60 civilians in an attack on the remote town of Rann in northeast Nigeria earlier this week, Amnesty International said on Friday.The human rights group’s Nigeria director Osai Ojigho said “at least 60 people” were killed while satellite imagery showed “mass burning” of structures used by displaced people.”Eleven bodies were found within Rann town, and 49 were found outside,” the group said in an emailed statement, adding that some 50 people were still missing.It quoted one of 10 civilian militia members who travelled to Rann to bury the dead as saying the bodies found outside the town all had gunshot wounds.”This attack on civilians who have already been displaced by the bloody conflict may amount to possible war crime, and those responsible must be brought to justice,” said Ojigho.The death toll made it the “deadliest” by Boko Haram on Rann, she added.In January 2017, a botched Nigerian air strike intended to hit jihadists killed at least 112 people as aid workers distributed food.- Burning buildings -Rann, which is some 175 kilometres (110 miles) northeast of the Borno state capital, Maiduguri, has now been hit four times since March last year.The first attack killed three aid workers and saw three others kidnapped. Two of the three were later executed. The second attack happened in early December.On 14 January, fighters loyal to the Boko Haram faction led by Abubakar Shekau attacked a military position.Some 9,000 people fled across the border into Cameroon but were sent back, as troops from Nigeria’s eastern neighbour were deployed to Rann as reinforcements.Cameroonian forces were withdrawn last Sunday, which the United Nations said forced more than 30,000 people to flee in fear of another attack.AFP has been told the remaining Nigerian soldiers also withdrew because there were not enough of them to fight off Boko Haram if they came in greater numbers.Amnesty’s Ojigho said “environmental sensors detected fires” in and around Rann on Monday and Tuesday, indicating the jihadists returned after the troops pulled out.Analysis of satellite images indicated the two attacks had left most of the town “heavily damaged or destroyed”, and “well over 100” structures had been burned down.Many of the structures destroyed date back to 2017, indicating they had been constructed for those who had fled to Rann in search of refuge from the fighting.- Call to investigate -Rann had been home to some 35,000 internally displaced people (IDPs), according to the International Organization for Migration.Amnesty International said it wanted Nigeria to investigate the withdrawal of troops, as it “may have left tens of thousands of civilians exposed” to attack.On Wednesday, the Norwegian Refugee Council called on Cameroon to keep open its borders to those fleeing Boko Haram attacks.More than 27,000 people have been killed in nearly 10 years of fighting, while some 1.8 million others remain homeless and reliant on aid for food, shelter, healthcare and water.The UN this week said it needed $848 million (741 million euros) to fund projects for affected civilians in Borno state and two other northeast states over the next three years.An additional $135 million was required to help the 228,500 Nigerian refugees who have fled to neighbouring Cameroon, Chad and Niger, it added.last_img read more

Monsoon rains kill 17 in Nepal 6 in India

first_imgA Nepali resident walks through floodwaters after the Balkhu River overflowed following monsoon rains at the Kalanki area of Kathmandu on 12 July, 2019. Photo: AFPAt least 17 people have been killed across Nepal after torrential monsoon rains induced floods and landslides, officials said Friday.In neighbouring north-eastern India the death toll from floods rose to six, with 870,000 people affected, officials said.Heavy rains since Thursday have hit several districts in Nepal, especially in the country’s eastern region and the southern plains.According to figures released by Nepal’s police, 17 people have died, seven are injured and another seven have been reported missing.Three were killed when a wall collapsed in the capital Kathmandu.”Local authorities and our security officials are all working to rescue people and bring them to safety. Helicopters are on standby if needed,” Home Ministry official Umakanta Adhikari told AFP.Indian villagers and goats stand near the portion of a broken bridge connecting nearby villages, carried away by floods, at Taipu village some 25 kms from Siliguri on 12 July, 2019. Photo: AFPNepal’s weather department warned Thursday that heavy rains were expected to continue for two days, and advised people to stay alert.Nearly 150 people died last year in Nepal during the rainy season, which typically begins in late June and lasts until the end of August.In the northeastern Indian state of Assam monsoon floods have now inundated 21 districts, officials said Friday.In Bangladesh aid groups were providing rations to Rohingya refugees in the southeast of the country with the UN World Food Programme saying Friday that two people including a child had died.last_img read more

Trump Administration To Declare Opioid Crisis A Public Health Emergency

first_imgSpencer Platt/Getty ImagesHeroin users prepare the drug in New York City’s South Bronx neighborhood.The Trump administration will declare a public health emergency to deal with the opioid epidemic Thursday, freeing up some resources for treatment. More than 140 Americans die every day from an opioid overdose, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.President Trump is also expected to direct agency and department heads to use all appropriate emergency authorities to reduce number of deaths caused by the opioid crisis, according to senior administration officials.The move stops short of declaring the crisis a national emergency, which Trump first said he’d declare in August. He repeated that pledge this week. The White House said it determined that declaring a public health emergency was more appropriate than a national emergency.MORE: What Will Opioid Declaration Mean For Treatment Efforts In Houston?Some in the field, like Dr. Andrew Kolodny, say it’s been frustrating to wait for the administration to respond to a crisis Trump first acknowledged on the campaign trail when he was running for president.Kolodny, who is co-director of the Opioid Policy Research Collaboration at Brandeis University’s Heller School, says he expected immediate action after the president’s August statement. “If you’re calling something an emergency, you expect people to act urgently and respond as if it’s an emergency.”After taking office, President Trump appointed a commission to study the opioid crisis, headed by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. In an interim report, the commission called on the president to declare a national emergency. Doing so would free up funds for treatment, ensure wider access to the anti-overdose drug naloxone and improve monitoring of opioid prescriptions to prevent abuse.In August, days before the president promised to declare a national emergency, Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price said he didn’t think one was necessary. Flash forward two months, though, and Tom Price is gone.Dr. Keith Humphreys, a professor of psychiatry at Stanford University and a former adviser in the Obama administration says that Price was not a friend to addiction treatment programs. “When he was a congressman, he opposed the parity law which required insurers to cover addiction treatment,” Humphreys says. “He was very skeptical of methadone maintenance which is a very good treatment for heroin addiction. So having him out of the way is a potential plus.”In a policy change this week, the director of the Food and Drug Administration told a congressional committee the agency will begin working to promote medication assisted treatment—using methadone, buprenorphine or naltrexone to help addicts in recovery. That’s significant because some states currently won’t pay for some of those treatments. Advocates will be listening for what, if anything, the president says about that.Humphreys says he’s interested in what measures the president proposes as part of an emergency declaration. For example, he could announce he’ll use his authority to negotiate cheaper prices for drugs. Humphreys says the president could say, “In an emergency, we’re going to use our power as a big purchaser to say to naloxone manufacturers that … we want 40 percent off or whatever, to use that leverage which currently we can’t do legally.”But, when the president speaks on the opioid epidemic Thursday, advocates say the key issue will be what he says about funding. Congress is currently spending $500 million a year on addiction treatment programs. Dr. Kolodny says to help the more that 27 million Americans abusing opioids, much more is needed. He puts the price tag at $6 billion each year. “You want that opioid addicted individual to be able to access effective outpatient treatment more easily than they can get pills, heroin, or fentanyl,” Dr. Kolody says.Kolodny criticizes the Obama administration for being slow to acknowledge opioids, a crisis that he says that began in 1996 and which the CDC declared an epidemic in 2011. President Obama’s health secretary Kathleen Sebelius agrees. “Did we do enough? Probably not,” Sebelius says. “Recognizing how widespread this was, what factors were contributing to it, would have been helpful a number of years ago.” And she says, it might have prevented many overdose deaths.Sebelius notes that the Affordable Care Act and the expansion of Medicaid greatly increased coverage for addiction treatment. If President Trump is serious about tackling opioids, she says his first step should be to stop fighting to repeal Obamacare.Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Sharelast_img read more

Harvey Close Calls Building A Third Reservoir

first_imgFlorian MartinPhilip Bedient, director of SSPEED CenterMany local officials and experts agree– in order to reduce the impact of another major flood– a third reservoir must be built.There are currently two, both on the west side:  the Addicks and the Barker. Phil Bedient is the head of the urban flooding and infrastructure program at Rice University.“The only real hope we’ve got is to put a third reservoir up into the Katy prairie area,” he said. “There’s a couple of plans out there to evaluate where they add a reservoir to protect additional floods from feeding into Addicks.”Bedient said he’s optimistic that Hurricane Harvey is providing the momentum for the county and city to push for construction quickly,  compared to what happened after big floods in the past. “And I do believe we are at a turning point,” Bedient said. “Even more so than post Allison.”But he said it comes down to who will pay for it.Harris County Judge Ed Emmett suggests the state. “It would cost about 5 percent of that rainy day fund for the state of Texas to just write a check and do it,” he said. Both Emmett and Bedient agree that building a third reservoir is just one piece of many projects that might mitigate flooding. Share Listen X 00:00 /01:06 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:last_img read more

Baltimore County Exec Kevin Kamenetz Announces New WMBE Program

first_imgTowson – Kevin Kamenetz, the Baltimore County, Md. executive, on July 27 announced he would be signing an executive order expanding the scope of the county’s Open for Business initiative, he announced  at a press conference in the County Executive’s Office.The order aims to increase the percentage of dollars appropriated to minority- and women-owned businesses by enabling smaller businesses to secure prime, or direct contracts with the county.Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz (Courtesy Photo/baltimorecountymd.gov)“We’re delighted to do this because it’s the right thing to do and it makes great fiscal sense for the county as well,” Kamenetz said.The executive reasons that expanding the pool of eligible contractors will spur competition thus driving down bids and saving the county dollars while expanding opportunities to underrepresented demographics.Under the previous arrangement for bids, goals have been consistently set and exceeded, the executive said.Early reporting on Women and Minority Business Enterprises (WMBE) targets indicates the county is “on target” to reach a 17 percent rate of participation for the last year, a Baltimore County Executive Office press release stated. “We’re happy that we have been exceeding our goals. We’ve really been averaging almost closer to 19 percent for subcontracting,” Kamenetz said.Despite the statistical successes, Kamenetz says he’s been receiving pressure to do more from contractors.“They would say, ‘Listen,we applaud your great success in achieving and exceeding our goals for WMBE subcontractors, but we also think we need greater participation as a prime contractor,’” Kamenetz said.While Baltimore County is 35 percent non-White and somewhere close to 50 percent female, Keith Dorsey, director of the Department of Budget and Finance told the AFRO the county’s goal was only 17 percent because that was how many businesses were studied and then determined to be “ready and willing.”On the day of the signing,  Kamenetz was also slated to promote the program during a workshop at the George Washington Carver Center for Arts and Technology where 200 registered persons were registered to attend, his office said.Kamenetz said his administration has always been open to expanding the rolls of WMBE prime and subcontractors, but the issue was one of outreach and getting information to contractors that might be discouraged by the previous system.The AFRO asked the executive to explain the benefits of this new arrangement for women and minorities.“We’re a very diverse county,” Kamenetz said. “We’re 35 percent non-White and you want to let everyone have the benefit of the opportunity to participate in doing business with the county. If you don’t open up your doors to those who previously did not have opportunity, then you have complaints of a ‘good ‘ol boy’ network or that the same people tend to get the same jobs all the time. And when that happens, you don’t tend to have any innovation, you don’t tend to have any price competition to the highest degree that you want. So obviously, there’s the side benefit of the equity argument that you’re opening up economic opportunities for all neighborhoods. But those are the primary goals that we would like to achieve and we think that is good public policy.”last_img read more

1st Muslim in Congress Wants to Take on Trump in Court

first_imgBy KYLE POTTER, Associated PressST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Democratic Rep. Keith Ellison, the first Muslim elected to Congress and a top official with the Democratic National Committee, filed to run for Minnesota attorney general Tuesday, saying he wanted to join the legal fight against President Donald Trump.A sixth-term lawmaker widely regarded as among the most liberal members of Congress, Ellison had been eyeing statewide office in Minnesota for months. He considered running for the Senate seat vacated by former Sen. Al Franken before backing Gov. Mark Dayton’s appointee, Sen. Tina Smith. And he weighed a run for attorney general until Lori Swanson, the current officeholder, decided to run for a fourth term this winter.In this Dec. 2, 2016 file photo, U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., listens during a forum on the future of the Democratic Party, in Denver. Ellison, the first Muslim elected to Congress, filed papers Tuesday, June 5, 2018, to run for Minnesota attorney general. Ellison, also the vice chairman of the Democratic National Committee, filed just hours ahead of a deadline. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)But Swanson changed course Monday, launching a late bid for Minnesota governor. Ellison and others pounced, filing for the office on Tuesday.“It was attorneys general who led the fight against the Muslim ban,” Ellison said after filing to run for the office, referring to Trump’s ban on travel to the U.S. by visitors from several Muslim-majority countries. “I want to be a part of that fight.”Among the Democrats rushing to succeed Ellison in his liberal Minneapolis congressional district was state Rep. Ilhan Omar, the first Somali-American Muslim elected to a state legislature in the U.S.Ellison’s first statewide campaign will likely be far more challenging than his congressional runs. He represents a solidly Democratic district in Minneapolis and some surrounding suburbs and has never faced a major challenger since first being elected to Congress in 2006. But outside the cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota is more conservative and could be less receptive to his confrontational approach.Ellison co-chaired the House’s Congressional Progressive Caucus from 2011 to 2017 and recently assumed the charge of pushing to expand a Medicare-for-all, single-payer health care program. He has also served as deputy chairman of the Democratic National Committee since 2017, after losing the race for its top job to Tom Perez. Both Ellison and the DNC said he would keep his spot as deputy chairman.By entering the race for attorney general, Ellison is taking on the state party’s endorsed candidate as well as longtime Democratic state lawmaker and former Minnesota Attorney General Mike Hatch. All filed for the office Tuesday.Several Minnesota Democrats immediately joined the race for the U.S. House seat Ellison holds. State Sen. Patricia Torres Ray, a prominent voice on Hispanic issues, filed less than an hour after Ellison filed for attorney general. Former state House Speaker Margaret Anderson Kelliher also jumped in.Omar was elected in 2016 and said at the time that she considered her election to be a “counter-narrative” to then-President-elect Trump.Omar immigrated to the U.S. when she was 12, after her family fled war-torn Somalia and spent four years in a Kenyan refugee camp. Her story is a familiar one in Minnesota, which is home to the largest Somali population in the United States. While other Somali-Americans have been elected to school boards and the Minneapolis City Council, she was the first to be elected as state lawmaker.Ellison said he wouldn’t endorse a successor.last_img read more

EyeLock brings biometric security to your websites

first_img(PhysOrg.com) — Biometric security is always a field of interest for those people who need to keep your data secure. Currently, it is used in a wide variety of high security applications, mostly by large companies with large amounts of customer data to protect. But, in the future you may be able to use a retinal scan to sign into your favorite social networking sites such as Facebook, and your email. More information: www.hoyos.com/Products/ConsumerProducts.aspxvia CNET Tired of Passwords? Replace Them With Your Fingerprint © 2010 PhysOrg.com 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.center_img Explore further Citation: EyeLock brings biometric security to your websites (2011, May 13) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-05-eyelock-biometric-websites.html The company behind this idea is the Hoyos Group which is a New York-based company that was founded in 2005. They have created a new product, called EyeLock, which was first unveiled at the Finovate conference in San Francisco. The device, which is a portable iris-scanner about the size of a business card, is also a USB drive. This allows it to work with a variety of machines. Once the user has installed a special program they can choose which applications to EyeLock. You can give the system software your log in information for those sites. The next time you want to sign into your favorite site all you have to do is hold the scanner in front of your eye. The tool will then automatically log you into your site. Users who wear glasses will be happy to find out that they do not have to remove them in order to complete the scan. This will be the first time that iris scanning technology will be an option for users on the consumer market. Since it will allow for the tracking of multiple log on the devices will no doubt be convenient. Though it may make signing onto your favorite sites more secure users should be aware that if they lose the device they will have a lot of different passwords to change since no device is un-hackable and the passwords are stored on it.last_img read more

Radiological emergency mock drill to be held at NRS and South City

first_imgKolkata: A radiological emergency mock drill will be conducted at two different places in the city on Thursday and Friday to ascertain the preparedness based on the detection, protection and decontamination of radioactive consignments in case of any incident during the movement of hazardous materials.The first mock drill will be carried out at the NRS Medical College and Hospital on Thursday. The process would be conducted for two hours from 2 pm to 4 pm at the radiotherapy department of the hospital. Another mock drill will be undertaken at the South City Mall from 7 am to 9 am on Friday. A press statement issued by the state government says that people should not get panicked as the mock drill is meant to check the preparedness of various agencies and the departments. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThe department of Disaster Management and Civil Defence is organising a mock drill on radiation emergency in collaboration with NDRF, disaster management group of both the city police and Bengal police, Civil Defence and Fire and Emergency Department. Various other agencies and departments such as Kolkata Municipal Corporation, Fire and Emergency Services, State Health department and search and rescue team and observers from concerned agencies are extending their support for making the mock drills a success. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateOne of the main objectives of the exercise is to reinforce the efficiency of the contingency plan of the hospital and the shopping mall and familiarisation of roles and responsibilities of the other stakeholders during any emergency situations. It was learnt from the NRS hospital sources, a scenario might be enacted for this drill both at the hospital and the shopping mall where there is always a possibility of radioactive consignment getting exposed to fire. The mock drill will be conducted at critical zones to address any possible crisis situation. A senior official from the NRS Medical College and Hospital said: “The state government has decided our hospital as the venue for conducting mock drill. We have made necessary arrangements at the radiotherapy department where the mock drill will be done.”last_img read more

Workaholism Is the Threat That Masquerades as Dedication

first_img This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. You can’t miss them — large, white buses with tinted windows shuttling tech professionals both ways between San Francisco and the southern end of Silicon Valley. One day while stuck in traffic, I looked at the buses and thought, “Why can’t these smart companies create an algorithm to avoid sending people in both directions — thereby avoiding pushing them to start their workdays even earlier while en route to the office?”And then it hit me. We don’t need an algorithm to optimize who works from which location — we need to reimagine the workday for knowledge workers.Always-available culture. For most of my career, I’ve worked in tech in Silicon Valley. I remember the first time I got a device that allowed me to read work email away from my desk. It felt liberating. Then, as more people got mobile devices, our always-available culture became an everyone-always-on culture. I never realized how fatiguing it was to be on all the time until I got a chance to turn it off.Related: Working 80 Hours a Week is Not Actually What Leads to SuccessAt too many companies, there is no chance to turn it off. From the moment employees begin their morning commutes until the moment they check their email “just one more time” before closing their eyes at night, connected teams are working. Work seeps into every part of their life — their evenings, weekends and vacations. Even their sleep! And many business owners and leaders fuel this norm by operating the same way themselves.More harm than good.Studies show that this overwork — whether management requires it, encourages it or tacitly accepts it — is detrimental to our teams and our businesses. Is a team that works in always-on mode dedicated and productive — or perpetually on the brink of burnout?The downsides can be very real.Related: 3 Reasons Founders Need to Stop Trying So HardHealth problems result. And health problems lead to more sick days and a revolving door. Studies have shown that people who work more also drink more. They’re more likely to be depressed. They demonstrate a link between overwork and illnesses like diabetes and heart disease. Ailing employees eventually call in sick, and when they can’t take the pace anymore, they quit — and that’s expensive for companies.Tired employees don’t do good work.The difference between working 40 hours per week and working, say 55 or more, shows up in the quality of the work. In the ‘80s, the Whitehall II study in Great Britain highlighted a drop in cognitive function for those working longer schedules. Teams that spend more hours at their desks but get progressively less effective aren’t benefiting the business.Overworking doesn’t create a noticeable difference.We can’t tell the difference between employees who overwork and those who don’t. This was the finding of a Boston University business professor who studied consultants. Do you know whether your star performer is actually working 70 hours a week — or just pretending to in order to impress you? Research shows you probably can’t tell the difference.Related: Those 12-Hour Days Are Killing You Without Helping Your BusinessThese are the things that go through my mind when I see those white buses rolling through Silicon Valley, carrying knowledge workers who are “maximizing their days” by working through long commutes. As their days expand, the value these professionals deliver for their companies actually decreases. Ending this toxic workaholism — and building a healthier workforce and healthier companies — will require a loud, clear, honest call to action from the top. We need to lead by example and say to our teams, “Whatever work is following you into your evenings, weekends and vacations — it can wait.” Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 4 min read October 25, 2016 Enroll Now for Freelast_img read more

ESET Scientists reveal Fancy Bears first documented use of UEFI rootkit targeting

first_imgESET researchers stated that they have found evidence that ‘Fancy Bear’ (Russia-backed hackers group) is using ‘LoJax’ malware to target certain government organizations in Europe. This research was presented on Thursday at the 2018 Microsoft BlueHat conference. This is the first case of a UEFI rootkit recorded as ‘active’ and still in use. The researchers have not explicitly named the governments that have been targeted. They have only stated that the hackers were active in targeting the Balkans and some central and eastern European countries. This attempt to target european governments is another one of Fancy Bears tactics after hacking into the Democratic National Committee. The hackers had previously targeted senators, social media sites, the French presidential elections, and leaked Olympic athletes’ confidential medical files, which demonstrates their hacking abilities. The LoJax UEFI rootkit LoJax is known for its brutal persistence in making it challenging to remove from a system. It embeds itself in the computer’s firmware and launches when the OS boots up. Sitting in a computer’s flash memory,  LoJax consumes time, effort and extreme care to reflash the memory with a new firmware. In May 2018, Arbor Networks suggested that this Russian hacker group was utilizing Absolute Software’s ‘LoJack‘– a legitimate laptop recovery solution- for unscrupulous means. Hackers tampered with the samples of the LoJack software and programmed it to communicate with a command-and-control (C2) server controlled by Fancy Bear, rather than the legitimate Absolute Software server. The modified version was named as LoJax to separate it from Absolute Software’s legitimate solution. LoJax is implemented as a UEFI/BIOS module, to resist operating system wipes or hard drive replacement. This UEFI rootkit was found bundled together with a toolset that was able to patch a victim’s system firmware and install malware at the system’s deepest level. In at least one recorded case, the hackers behind the malware were able to write a malicious UEFI module into a system’s SPI flash memory leading to the execution of malicious code on disk during the boot process. ESET further added that the malicious UEFI module is being bundled into exploit kits which are able to access and patch UEFI/BIOS settings. Alongside the malware, three other tools were found in Fancy Bear’s refreshed kit. A tool that dumps information related to PC settings into a text file A tool to save an image of the system firmware by reading the contents of the SPI flash memory where the UEFI/BIOS is located A tool that adds the malicious UEFI module to the firmware image to write it back to the SPI flash memory. The researchers affirm that the UEFI rootkit has increased the severity of the hacking group. However, there are preventative measures to safeguard your system against this notorious group of hackers. The Fancy Bear’s rootkit isn’t properly signed and hence a computer’s Secure Boot feature could prevent the attack by properly verifying every component in the boot process. This can be switched on at a computer’s pre-boot settings. For more insights on this news, head over to ZDNet. Read Next Microsoft claims it halted Russian spearphishing cyberattacks Russian censorship board threatens to block search giant Yandex due to pirated content UN meetings ended with US & Russia avoiding formal talks to ban AI enabled killer robotslast_img read more

CostSaver now offering adventures in the Americas starting at 163day

first_imgTags: CostSaver, Mexico, Trafalgar Posted by CostSaver now offering adventures in the Americas starting at $163/day Share Travelweek Group center_img Friday, December 2, 2016 TORONTO — CostSaver, operated by Trafalgar, has announced that it is expanding its travel adventures to include the Americas, launching the brand new ‘USA, Canada & Mexico 2017’ program.Featuring both Regional Experiences and Panorama Tours styles of travel, the program showcases 14 different journeys throughout the U.S., Canada and Mexico priced from $163 per day.“The response to the CostSaver Europe and Britain program has been wonderfully positive with our clients who love the value, ease and fun of our tours,” says Wolf Paunic, president of Trafalgar Canada. “For 2017, we are excited to launch our first ever CostSaver USA, Canada and Mexico program because we’ve listened to our guests who wanted Trafalgar to take them to new destinations and who know that with our itineraries everything is taken care of from hand-picked 3 and 4-star hotels and fantastic local meals, all at unbeatable prices.”Among the 14 value tours, clients have the chance to explore some of Mexico’s most memorable treasures on the eight-day ‘Mexico’s Great Copper Canyon’ priced from $235 per day, take in some of Canada’s most scenic views and plan their vacation to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday on the 10-day ‘Wonders of the Canadian Rockies’ journey through Lake Louise, Jasper, Victoria and Vancouver priced from $185 per day, explore the ‘Landscapes of Eastern Canada and USA’ priced from $173 per day, or discover ‘California and the Golden West’ on a 14-day journey.For the month of December, agents can earn $25 gift cards for each client they book on any CostSaver tour. Clients will also receive a special gift of a $50 optional excursion voucher when they book a CostSaver trip.For more details go to costsaver.trafalgar.com. << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Tiny Belize gets ready for its first bigname luxury resort

first_imgTags: Belize, Hilton, Luxury Travel Wednesday, August 23, 2017 Posted by SAN PEDRO — Belize’s first luxury resort from a global brand, built from the ground up on Ambergris Caye, is set to open this winter.Mahogany Bay Resort & Beach Club, Curio – A Collection By Hilton, will open its doors in December 2017. The island resort is set on 60 acres and geared to guests looking for “relaxed adventure”. In all Mahogany Bay will have 205 cottages and villa-style accommodations with colonial-style detailing, heirloom-quality furnishings and sustainably-harvested local Belizean hardwoods.The resort’s General Manager, Niklaus Leuenberger, says Mahogany Bay “will be a one-of-a-kind, authentic, Belizean resort.” He adds: “Building a new property on an island as striking as Ambergris Caye has been a real labour of love. Every detail of the resort has been meticulously thought out – from the interior design to the selection of amenities, from the guestrooms to the public spaces. Local flavour has been infused throughout the entire resort, and we have worked hard to provide guests with what will be an exceptional product. I know I speak for the entire team, when I say we are eager for guests to experience Mahogany Bay when we officially open our doors at the end of this year.”Mahogany Bay Resort, BelizeMahogany Bay Resort, BelizeMahogany Bay Resort, BelizeLeuenberger has served as General Manager for The Peninsula Hotels in Philippines, Hong Kong, and New York over the course of 19 years. He was also Managing Director of The New York Palace Hotel and most recently held the position as Senior Vice President of Resort Operations of Baha Mar Casino & Hotel in Nassau.More news:  CIE Tours launches first-ever River Cruise CollectionMahogany Bay amenities include the Bay Club with pool and bar and the private, white sand Beach Club, a short boat ride from the on-site marina. The property’s focal point is a 22,000-square foot Great House featuring a signature restaurant and bar, 8,000-square-feet of event space, the largest in Belize, plus a wrap-around covered veranda.The resort’s Director of Sales & Marketing, Edward Donaldson, has 30 years of global leisure and luxury sales experience including a stint as Director of Sales & Marketing for Rosewood Hotels & Resorts’ Tucker’s Point in Bermuda. “We are already receiving exciting feedback about Mahogany Bay Resort & Beach Club within the marketplace, and from my many years of experience, I am confident that the resort will be very well received when we officially open our doors this winter,” said Donaldson.Nightly rates start at US$369 for garden cottage accommodations. See mahoganybayvillage.com. << Previous PostNext Post >> Tiny Belize gets ready for its first big-name luxury resort Travelweek Group last_img read more

Discovery plans more international launches to fol

first_imgDiscovery plans more international launches to follow that of TLC in the Nordic territories. Stuart Thomson talked to Discovery International president and CEO Mark Hollinger.Discovery Communications International is planning further international launches, following the March 4 debut of female lifestyle-oriented channel TLC in Norway on the Canal Digital, GET and Lyse networks. Discovery aims to take the channel to other territories over the next 18 months, with the goal to take it into 100 million homes internationally.Speaking to Digital TV Europe ahead of his keynote speech at February’s Cable Congress, Discovery International president and CEO Mark Hollinger said that the launch of TLC internationally met a need on the part of Discovery for a more balanced international portfolio that has hitherto relied primarily on affiliate revenues rather than advertising sales.“We are still oriented towards affiliate revenue in our international portfolio, so we thought ad revenue was an area to go for,” said Hollinger. “Except for Discovery Kids in Latin America we have not had a strong ad sales story in the international portfolio and the mission was to find that.” Hollinger said that the launch of a female-oriented channel also gave balance to a portfolio that hitherto has been predominantly male-oriented. The launch of TLC also built on the success of the channel in the US over the last two years, which has been accompanied by the creation of a strong programme production base to support it.Hollinger said that TLC could be followed by other international services, possibly including the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) and The Hub, the re-branded kids channel that Discovery is launching in a joint venture with toy maker Hasbro in the US this autumn. The aim, he said, was to have three or four strong ad-supported channels in international markets. “OWN has the potential to be a strong brand in some markets,” he said. “Whether it has broader distribution elsewhere remains to be seen,” he said. In general, Discovery will look to how well a channel is received in the US before launching it internationally.“We are still oriented towards affiliate revenue in our international portfolio, so we thought ad revenue was an area to go for.”Mark Hollinger, Discovery Networks InternationalHollinger said Discovery also had “some international ambitions” for the Hasbro joint venture. “Plans are undefined at this point,” he said. The existing Discovery Kids channel is strong in Latin America, where Discovery stole a march on its competitors, but lack of investment in programming has acted as a brake on its development in the US and elsewhere. “Now with enhanced production investment along with Hasbro, maybe we can add a second channel in Latin America and take a kids channel to other markets,” he said.TLC will be locally versioned for each market. “It’s intended to be a global channel but the strategy will differ in terms of the programming mix, which will be more localised and customised for TLC than it is for the Discovery Channel,” said Hollinger, who added that this was made necessary by the lifestyle-oriented element of the channel’s remit. He said investment in local programming was “a substantial priority”. Discovery will also draw on its programming base for other channels to bolster TLC’s output, including using content from Discovery ID. “In markets where ID doesn’t have distribution we could draw on that rather than launch in parallel,” said Hollinger.Long viewIn the face of something of a sustained global crisis in the advertising market, Hollinger is keen to point out that the broadcaster takes a long view. “Our shareholders are long-term investors – they’re not going to take decisions based on the next quarter,” he said. “The other thing that’s been interesting is that we saw in the US that having a diverse portfolio was a benefit in a downturn.”Discovery’s keenness to derive a greater portion of revenue from advertising also testifies to pressure on affiliate revenues, a point that Hollinger addressed in his keynote address, where he spoke of the critical nature of the dual revenue stream from advertising and carriage fees to pay-TV channels, and highlighted problems in the US, where demands by Fox for what he called a “disproportionate share of licence fees” from  Time Warner Cable has raised a threat  to independent programmers including Discovery. “Collaboration and partnerships between programmers and distributors is more important than ever, but we are seeing much more of a breakdown in that relationship,” he told Digital TV Europe. “Our position is to create a great product that will drive distribution and audiences for pay-TV. In exchange for that we should get our fair share of licence fees and shelf space. That’s what launching TLC is all about. I think relationships with affiliates are tough in a lot of places, but we continue to believe it’s more about partnerships than exercising leverage and we hope that will take us where we want to go.”Further ahead, Discovery is looking to deliver additional value to pay-TV distribution partners by investing in 3D, despite what Hollinger called the “uncertain business model”. The company is currently working on 3D in the US in partnership with Sony and Imax. Hollinger told Cable Congress that Discovery had received strong interest in 3D content and 3D networks from international distributors.last_img read more