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Mexicos new president fuel theft an inside job

first_imgMEXICO CITY — The theft of $3 billion in fuel every year from Mexico’s state-run fuel depots and pipelines is an inside job, the country’s new president said Thursday.President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said thieves didn’t just drill taps into government pipelines. He said company employees stole fuel and distributed it, or helped thieves by ensuring fuel continued to run through pipelines.The country’s top prosecutor said criminal investigations have been opened against three employees of the state-owned oil company Pemex for their alleged involvement in the scam.While thieves drill an average of about 42 illegal taps per day, Lopez Obrador said that represents only about 20 per cent of losses. The rest was presumably stolen from distribution centres aboard tanker trucks.“There is a hypothesis that of all the (fuel) thefts, only about 20 per cent is done by illegal pipeline taps,” Lopez Obrador said. “It’s a kind of smoke-screen, and the majority is done through a scheme that involves the complicity of authorities and a distribution network.”Lopez Obrador suggested much of the stolen fuel left distribution centres aboard about 600 tanker trucks every day carrying fuel worth about $10 million per day.Authorities have long suspected Pemex employees of complicity in the thefts, since drilling illegal taps and extracting fuel without causing an explosion requires inside knowledge.But an even bigger mystery has been how that much stolen fuel gets sold; simply selling it on roadsides to passing truckers could never account for the vast amount of stolen gasoline and diesel.A few dozen gasoline stations have been implicated in selling stolen fuel, but that also wouldn’t account for enough sales volume.“If we’re talking about 600 tanker trucks per day, we’re not just talking about “huachicol” pipeline thefts,” Lopez Obrador said. “We are talking about a scheme that has involvement inside the governments and has a fuel distribution system, because it is not easy to distribute and sell 600 tanker trucks per day.”Officials say that by targeting corrupt employees and monitoring fuel shipments they have already managed to reduce the thefts since Lopez Obrador took office on Dec. 1.Military personnel are participating in a new plan to monitor distribution depots.Still, the problem remains strikingly widespread; authorities found 12,581 illegal pipeline taps in first 10 months of year, equivalent to about 42 per day. Fuel theft gangs also have brought extreme violence to previously peaceful states in central Mexico, and the gangs frequently recruit entire neighbourhoods to block police raids and acts as lookouts.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Hawaii tourism industry keeps Pearl Harbor centre open

first_imgHONOLULU — Hawaii tour companies, hotels and airlines are pitching in more than $50,000 to keep the USS Arizona Memorial visitors’ centre open during the federal government shutdown.The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports the money will keep the National Park Service facility staffed, its bathrooms open and its programs running for at least another week.Pacific Historic Parks CEO Aileen Utterdyke called the gesture “excellent.”She runs a non-profit organization that supports the operations of the memorial and the Park Service.Earlier during the shutdown, Pearl Harbor nonprofits and Hawaii’s state tourism agency provided funds to keep the visitors centre open.Tourism industry officials worry travellers will cancel their Hawaii vacations if the Pearl Harbor visitors’ centre closes.Utterdyke says that would affect airlines and hotels and have a trickle-down effect.The Associated Presslast_img read more

RCMP looking for people involved after eyewitness reports alleged abduction

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John RCMP are looking for information after an eyewitness broke up what appeared to be an attempt to abduct a child on Saturday.The RCMP responded to a call on May 12, after an eyewitness confronted a male who was allegedly trying to take a child from his mother.  The details are limited, but the RCMP are looking to speak with both the woman and the male involved in the incident.According to an eyewitness, a male was allegedly seen taking a 4 to 5-year-old child in the Subway parking lot at 100 street and 97 avenue between 10:30 a.m. and 11 a.m.  The child began screaming as did the mother, which alerted a nearby witness. The witness allegedly confronted the male and instructed him to put down the child. The male put down the child and left the scene heading on foot towards the North Peace Leisure Pool.  The mother and child also left on foot, heading westbound, towards 102 street.All three are described as being of South Asian or Middle Eastern descent.The alleged male suspect is described as being between 25 and 33-years-old, having a five o’clock shadow, with a thick neck and white button-up shirt with black shoes.The female is described as wearing a full purple burqa, with purple bands and between the age of 25 and 30 with a height of 5’4” and 170 pounds.  The child is described as wearing a white shirt with a blue collar and having black medium length hair.Police would like to confirm the wellbeing of the woman and child and would like to speak to anyone involved in this incident as well as anyone having information as to the identity of these persons.Please contact Cst PERDUE at 250-787-8100 with any information. If you wish to remain anonymous, you may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477. Crime Stoppers tipsters do not have to provide their name, address or telephone number and may be eligible for a cash reward of up to $2000 for information leading to an arrest and charge.last_img read more

Tumbler Ridge Museum reopens

first_imgDr. Tom Perry, a Vancouver medical specialist who led the pledge drive at the 3D Medical Conference, said he was excited that visitors to Tumbler Ridge helped raise a substantial contribution toward keeping the museum open.“The Peace River Palaeontology Research Centre and Tumbler Ridge Museum are not just provincial, but national treasures,” said Dr. Perry. “I think that the doctors, pharmacists and other health professionals attending our course recognized the tremendous value of this resource for science and education, and want to see it thrive over the long term.”Dr. Helm said that the Foundation’s long-term goal remains to work with municipal and regional governments to secure stable funding from the Province. TUMBLER RIDGE, B.C. – Officials with the Tumbler Ridge Museum Foundation say that after being closed since March due to financial difficulties, the Tumbler Ridge Museum was able to reopen its doors last weekend.Foundation spokesperson Dr. Charles Helm said that the Museum was able to reopen on June 14th after the Foundation was able to secure additional funding in the past couple of months. In early May, the District of Tumbler Ridge, which had denied the Museum’s application for $200,000 in grant funding earlier this year, offered the Foundation $50,000 to open five days a week during the summer tourist season. This followed a ‘challenge grant’ of $50,000 from The Dalglish Family Foundation, challenging government and other funding sources to contribute funds, with the Foundation’s goal to raise $150,000.Dr. Helm said that over $20,000 was pledged by the attendees of the Drugs, Dinos and Dinner Medical Conference held in Tumbler Ridge earlier this month. Kelly McManus and Roachelle LaPrairie pledged a substantial personal donation, supported by sizeable contributions from LaPrairie Crane and Northland Fleet. The Lions Club of Tumbler Ridge then came forward with a further major contribution. Coupled with a contribution from the District of Tumbler Ridge, Dr. Helm said that the goal had been reached.last_img read more

Buckeyes fall in straight sets to Penn State

The Ohio State women’s volleyball team lost in straight sets to 9th-ranked Penn State Wednesday night at St. John Arena (25-22, 25-21, 25-18). The match featured 22 ties and nine lead changes, but OSU couldn’t seem to get in a serving rhythm. “Our serving just wasn’t great tonight,” OSU coach Geoff Carlston said. “We’ve got to go back and we’ll work on that tomorrow.” The much bigger Penn State team created problems for the Buckeyes all night on the front lines. “They changed their blocking strategy. They committed on their middles,” senior outside hitter Anna Szerszen said. “We weren’t able to adapt fast enough.” Sophomore outside hitter Emily Danks led the Buckeyes with nine points, including six kills. Reigning Big Ten Player of the Week Kelli Barhorst was held to three points as Penn State adjusted to defend her early. “We were setting the same ball to her and they we’re defending it well,” Carlston said. Sophomore setter Amanda Peterson was productive off the bench for the Buckeyes. “Amanda Peterson came in and did a nice job of changing up the flow,” Carlston said. The Buckeyes look to improve their defense as they move farther into Big Ten play. “Our defense needs to perform better on the block,” senior setter Betsy Hone said. “We need to crash in, put our helmets on and play some defense.” With the loss, OSU drops to 16-6 on the season and 4-5 in Big Ten play. They travel to Evanston, Ill., to take on 22nd-ranked Northwestern Friday night at 7 p.m. read more

Zaha signs new deal with Crystal Palace

first_imgThe Cote d’Ivoire midfielder has signed a new five-year deal with the Premier League clubAfter many rumors about being transferred to other clubs, midfielder Wilfried Zaha has signed a new contract with Crystal Palace.The Cote d’Ivoire international footballer has put his signature on a five-year deal with the English Premier Club.Zaha has 23 goals and 23 assists in 130 league matches for Palace, as reported by NBC.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedSolskjaer praises Harry Maguire after Man United’s 1-0 win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer singled out Harry Maguire for praise after helping Manchester United keep a clean sheet in their 1-0 win over Leicester City.After his signature was written on the new contract, Palace’s chairman Steve Parish spoke to the media.“Wilf grew up a stone’s throw from Selhurst Park from the age of four, and has been with the club since he was 12,” he said.“This agreement is yet another example of his lifelong commitment to the club and our commitment to him.”“This is an amazing day for everyone here at Palace, our supporters and of course Wilf – and is richly deserved,” he added.last_img read more

Newcastle has equaled their worst EPL start

first_imgCoach Rafa Benitez believes the Magpies have had a very bad start because of the difficult schedule the team was drawn onNewcastle United lost 2-1 against Arsenal and now have equaled their worst start in English Premier League history.The Magpies have yet to win a single match after 5 Weeks of the 2018-2019 season.They have lost four and tied one game, leaving them at the bottom of the standings.“The fans, they can see from the beginning the fixtures and say, ‘Hmmm…’. I remember reading your comments, ‘Hopefully, we can win against Cardiff because it’s an (important) game’,” Benitez told The Chronicle Live.“We drew against Cardiff, we could have won.”Cristiano Ronaldo, Nemanja Vidic, Manchester UnitedVidic: “Ronaldo is the most professional footballer I’ve seen” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Nemanja Vidic opened up on how a 21-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo’s professionalism left him stunned at Manchester United.“But to lose against the top sides and to lose by this margin is something that everybody could have expected. But still, we are not happy with that, for sure.”“It’s something that we have to manage now and be sure that we keep the confidence and we keep working like we did in the first half,” he added.“I will not talk about just possession because it’s not an issue.”“For us, it’s to be sure that you can be there, you can create chances and if you miss the last pass in the final third or this kind of situation, fine, but at least you are there and we were there,” he continued.“That is the main thing for me and the positive for the future, to try to manage the games and approach the games like we did in the first half.”“The second half, like I have said so many times, as soon as you make mistakes against the top sides, if you are a little bit wide, they can kill you on the counter-attack,” he concluded.last_img read more

Grand Turk remains popular clean up ongoing post Joaquin

first_img Recommended for you Related Items:grand turk, popular, ralph higgs Premier attends town hall meetings Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 05 Nov 2015 – Grand Turk tourism is cleaner again following battering by category four Hurricane Joaquin. Magnetic Media spoke to Ralph Higgs, the TCI Tourist Board director who assured that the country’s cruise and dive capital is fine. “So in time, Grand Turk as I said will be restored and people will continue, particularly our cruise passengers, will continue to patronize Grand Turk. Grand Turk is still one of the most popular cruise destinations…” Cruise figures forecast to drop, says Tourism Director Minister of Works puts government buildings reconstruction post hurricanes at $8.6m Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

POLICE LOG for April 10 2 Drivers Issued Summonses Septic Tank Overflows

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Here are highlights of the Wilmington Police Log for Wednesday, April 10, 2019:Carol A. Sugalski (55, Marlborough) was issued a summons for Operating A Motor Vehicle With A Revoked Registration; Uninsured Motor Vehicle; and Speeding. Sugalski was pulled over on Shawsheen Avenue. (9:40am)Tore A. Lynne (42, Salem) was issued a summons for Operating A Motor Vehicle With A Revoked Registration and Uninsured Motor Vehicle. Lynne’s vehicle had been abandoned in the a parking lot on Jewel Drive for months. (10:30am)The Boutwell Early Childhood Center had a fire drill. (12:35pm)A dump truck towing a trailer stopped prior to crossing Butters Row Bridge. Vehicle was able to turn around and is on his way. (5:29pm)A new homeowner on Lincoln Street reports their septic tank overflowed into their yard. Police notified the Health Inspector. (8:07pm)(DISCLAIMER: This information is public information.  An arrest does not constitute a conviction.  Any arrested person is innocent until proven guilty.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedPOLICE LOG for August 15: Wilmington Man Arrested; Driver Issued Summonses; Teens Bullying At Plaza?In “Police Log”ARREST LOG: Wilmington Police Make 3 Arrests & Issue 4 SummonsesIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for July 9: Police Issue 2 Summonses To Drivers; Windows Kicked In At BusinessIn “Police Log”last_img read more

Huge leaps in AI have made facial recognition smarter than your brain

first_imgPropelling the spread of facial recognition systems are huge leaps in artificial intelligence, the technology that seeks to give computers some of the ability, versatility and even creativity of human thinking. The biggest improvements have come through a specific area of AI called neural networks, inspired by the actual workings of human brain cells. Hardware and software improvements enabled an approach called deep learning — multiple layers of digital neurons that provide increasingly refined image analysis. Overall, it’s a profound change. Recognizing and interpreting human faces is so important to us that whole sections of our brains are devoted to it. As we teach computers those skills, our interactions with them become more convenient — less like submitting database commands and more like dealing with the natural world in which we evolved. On the flip side, facial recognition can undercut privacy as our anonymity evaporates. How neural networks work In a training phase, neural networks scrutinize vast numbers of images of faces, learning on their own what’s important in the recognition process. It’s more accurate than the old way, with programmers describing what eyes, noses and mouths look like. “Some layers capture color and texture and gradients,” said Amit Roy-Chowdhury, chair of electrical and computer engineering at the University of California, Riverside. “As you go deeper, they capture the shape of different parts of the object and ultimately the shape of the object itself.” Facial recognition: Your face, your passwordThis is part of a CNET special report exploring the benefits and pitfalls of facial recognition.After training, neural networks create a stripped-down mathematical representation for each face. That representation can be compared rapidly with those of other faces, letting a facial recognition system decide if a person entering an office is on an authorized employee list or raise an alert when a potential shoplifter also appears on police arrest records. To work well, facial recognition systems need images with well-illuminated, clear faces that give a neural network detailed, accurate data. That’s why passport photos require even lighting, plain backgrounds, neutral expressions and subjects facing straight toward the camera. “You try to make your input as consistent as possible so your analysis can be easier,” said Raj Minhas, leader of Xerox’s PARC Interaction and Analytics Lab. Errors in the system Facial recognition systems are getting better, but can still return errors. False positives match a face when no match should exist, such as when a person’s image isn’t in the database. A false negative occurs when the system misses a match it should have made. Top-notch facial recognition systems today are 99.7 percent accurate with good lighting conditions, a 2018 study from the National Institute of Standards and Technology found. One way to reduce errors is to tune the system by pushing some of the data apart to make it clearer for the neural net, reducing the likelihood of a false positive, said Marios Savvides, director of the CyLab Biometrics Center at Carnegie Mellon University. Savvides’ team is also blending modern AI with an older approach called correlation filters that allows neural networks to improve facial recognition accuracy when faces are obscured, poorly lit or facing away from the camera. Overall, Savvides’ team is able to reconstruct faces even when they’re looking away or obscured by breathing masks, he said. “We live in a time where AI can surpass the human brain’s capability,” he said. Another way to improve facial recognition is to pair it with other attributes, such as fingerprints, voice prints and other biometric data, or factors such as passwords. That might not work well when a system is just scanning people walking into a store, but it’s pretty common for controlled situations where people are logging into a network. Artificial intelligence (AI) Laptops Tech Industry Security 16 Share your voice Facial recognition: Get to know the tech that gets to… Comments Now playing: Watch this: Royal Caribbean Cruises has begun using facial recognition systems to speed passengers on their way through security and ID checks. Royal Caribbean Cruises You and your family are at the pier, giddy to board the massive cruise ship docked nearby. Ahead lies a week of sunny beaches, indulgent buffet feasts and lounging around doing absolutely nothing. And then you see the long lines for security, baggage and ID checks. It often takes 75 minutes for passengers to check in, but the Pool Deck looks a lifetime away. Royal Caribbean Cruises thinks it has the answer to getting passengers aboard faster: AI-powered facial recognition. In December, passengers started taking part in a pilot program at a company embarkation point in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Passengers take selfies with the company’s app, then at the port, an AI-powered database matches their faces. After a quick double-check, Royal Caribbean’s staff members direct guests to their cabins. The result: all-time high customer satisfaction. “We wanted to turn what was a cold transaction into a really welcoming moment,” said Jay Schneider, who runs the Miami company’s digital operations. The goal is to get passengers “from car to bar in 10 minutes.” Royal Caribbean Cruises is hardly alone. Facial recognition technology is used to spot friends on Facebook and unlock your iPhone. It’s been rolled out in airports, at cash registers and on home security systems. It may soon be inescapable. We live in a time where AI can surpass the human brain’s capability. Marios Savvides, director of the CyLab Biometrics Center at Carnegie Mellon University 5:11 Tags “We call it irrefutable identity,” said Vishal Gupta, chief technology officer at Unisys, which sells biometric authentication technology to the US Customs and Border Protection agency, among other customers. Unisys’ facial recognition system alone is 99 percent accurate, but with an approach it calls fusion that blends in other biometric factors, the company reaches 99.9 percent or 99.99 percent accuracy. Facial recognition promises convenience, but it isn’t without concerns. Privacy advocates worry it will usher in an era of Big Brother monitoring or companies secretly tracking you. It also raises questions about AI bias; if you train a system using images of mostly white people, a common practice, the system might have difficulty recognizing people of color. Bias can creep into data sets in other ways, too, based on the data sets that are used to train the AI. If the photos used to train an AI show women cooking, the system might automatically conclude that women are likely to be in the kitchen. “There’s no good way to know your data set is biased until you notice it failing,” said Broad Daylight security consultant Nick Merrill. “And by the time a biased algorithm wreaks real-world havoc, it’s too late.” Still, many companies are thinking about how to use facial recognition to enhance the experience of their customers, visitors, patients and guests. They want facial recognition to make interactions easier, not creepy. Hello, hospital Northwell Health, which serves 3.5 million patients and is the largest health care provider in New York, is using a facial recognition program to streamline patient visits, reduce clerical errors and ultimately improve health. Its system, whose hardware and software are made by RightPatient, uses sophisticated cameras that photograph faces and irises of patients. When a patient arrives for a checkup, the receptionist’s computer confirms the patient’s identity and pulls up his or her chart for the doctor. If there’s no record, the patient is enrolled with an ID check. We’re literally putting a face with a name. Laura Semlies, vice president, Northwell Health The system offers a number of advantages besides a smoother arrival in an office with less fumbling for ID. It’s less susceptible to problems of duplicate records for the same patient. If you’re already in the system, it’ll recognize you even if you got married and changed your name. Identity theft — think people trying to snatch prescriptions — is reduced because you can’t fake a face. In emergencies like car accidents, the system would be able to identify an unconscious patient so that nurses and doctors could find medical histories and family contacts. “We’re literally putting a face with a name,” said Laura Semlies, vice president of digital patient experience. “It just makes for a better clinical relationship.” Biometric data is protected with encryption and is subject to the same strict privacy limits as other health data, she said. Only about 12,000 of Northwell’s 3.5 million patients are enrolled so far, but now the network is spreading it more broadly around its facilities. Facial recognition ahoy Royal Caribbean Cruises has twice as many passengers as Northwell has patients, and more of them, too, will see facial recognition as the program expands, project leader Schneider said. After finishing selfie and passport-scanning homework, passengers using the optional system can head to the port. As they arrive, passengers see a live view of themselves captured by cameras arrayed across the entrance. They’re arranged to avoid airport-style bottlenecks. Behind the scenes, a computer matches their faces to the ones on record. Once there’s a match, passengers see a green box around their faces on the screens. A human agent verifies the matches, greets the passengers by name and checks their passports. Royal Caribbean is required to have passenger photos, so the facial recognition system doesn’t significantly add to the data the company has. The company deletes passenger photos when the cruise ends, said Schneider, the cruise company’s digital chief. The result is a system that whisks passengers aboard and gets the holiday started more quickly than before. “Guests didn’t feel like they were on vacation until day 2,” Schneider said. “We wanted to give you that day back.” Originally published at 5:00 a.m. PT.last_img read more

Smart NID card distribution in 27 dists begins Wednesday

first_imgSmart NID Card. Photo: BSSThe election commission (EC) will start distribution of smart national identity (NID) cards among the citizens of 27 districts of the country from Wednesday.The Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) and other election commissioners will jointly inaugurate the smart card distribution programme at 11:00am through video-conference at Nirbachan Bhaban in the city’s Agargaon area, joint secretary of the EC secretariat SM Asaduzzaman told BSS.Smart NID cards will be distributed at sadar upazilas of Manikganj, Munshiganj, Narsingdi, Sherpur, Jamalpur, Mymensingh, Tangail, Kishoreganj, Brahmanbaria, Lakshmipur, Chandpur, Feni, Natore, Chapainawabganj, Sirajganj, Naogaon, Chuadanga, Magura, Jhenaidah, Satkhira, Kushtia, Jashore, Rajbari, Madaripur, Bhola and Moulvibazar districts and at Bhanga upazila of Faridpur district.The EC started smart NID card distribution at 37 districts simultaneously through a videoconference on 1 December 2017.last_img read more

Russian opposition leader arrested at Moscow protest

first_imgPolice officers detaining Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny during an unauthorised anti-corruption rally in central Moscow. Photo: AFPHundreds of people including top Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny were arrested on Sunday as thousands of Russians defied bans to stage protests across the country against corruption.Navalny had called for the marches after publishing a detailed report this month accusing Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev of controlling a property empire through a shadowy network of nonprofit organisations.The report has been viewed over 11 million times on YouTube, but so far Medvedev has made no comment on the claims.Sunday’s march in Moscow was one of the biggest unauthorised demonstrations in recent years, with police putting turnout at 7,000-8,000 people.Police detained Navalny, who has announced plans to run for president in the 2018 election, as he was walking to the protest, putting him in a police minibus.The crowd briefly tried to block it from driving off, shouting “Shame!” and “Let him out!”“Guys, I am all right, go on along Tverskaya,” Navalny tweeted from the van, referring to Moscow’s main central street.Police said about 500 people had been arrested in Moscow, while OVD-Info, a website that monitors the detention of activists, said at least 933 had been detained, as well as dozens in other cities.The Interfax news agency said 130 people were arrested in Saint Petersburg, where about 4,000 people gathered in the city centre.“We’re tired of the lies, we have to do something,” Sergei Timofeyev, a 23-year-old protester in Saint Petersburg, told AFP.A spokeswoman for Navalny’s Anti-corruption Foundation (FBK) said on Twitter than he would be held overnight before being brought before a judge on Monday.He will face charges of calling a rally that disrupted public order, and could be held for up to 15 days.From his cell, Navalny posted on Twitter that he was “proud” of the protesters and said the mass detentions were “understandable”.“The thieves defend themselves this way. But you cannot arrest everyone who is against corruption. There are millions of us,” he wrote.The United States condemned the arrests as an affront to democracy.“Detaining peaceful protesters, human rights observers, and journalists is an affront to core democratic values,” acting State Department spokesman Mark Toner said in a statement.‘They steal and lie’Thousands of people filled central Pushkin Square, some shouting “Russia without (President Vladimir) Putin”. Some climbed on to lamp posts and the monument to poet Alexander Pushkin, shouting “impeachment!”Dozens of police vans and rows of riot officers were lined up as a police helicopter hovered overhead.“We have all seen the movie, it gives specific examples of corruption, and there has been no reaction,” Nikolai Moisey, a 26-year-old factory worker, said of the claims against Medvedev.“They steal and they lie but still people will be patient to the end. The protest is a first push for people to start acting.”Police officers moved to detain protesters and clear the square, with some using truncheons and pepper spray to disperse the crowd, AFP correspondents said.Police also searched FBK offices over alleged incitement to hatred, and “Everyone was detained and brought to the police,” the organisation’s spokeswoman Kira Iarmych said.‘99 cities’Despite the dramatic scenes in Moscow, state TV did not cover the protests, instead showing soap operas and nature films.“The whole country is tired of corruption on such a scale,” 50-year-old Natalia Demidova said. “Medvedev should be fired once such exposes come to light.”Elsewhere, about 2,000 gathered in the Siberian city of Novosibirsk, carrying signs such as “No to corruption,” according to local news website Sib.fm.Some held up images of yellow rubber ducks, following reports that Medvedev has a special house for a duck on one of his properties.Local media estimated about 1,500 people turned out in each of the Siberian cities of Krasnoyarsk and Omsk.The Russian constitution allows public gatherings, but recent laws have criminalised protests unauthorised by city authorities, who frequently refuse to grant permission for rallies by Kremlin critics.Navalny said on his website that 99 Russian cities planned to protest, but that in 72 of them the local authorities did not give permission, citing reasons such as street cleaning, a bell-ringing concert and rival events by various pro-Kremlin groups.There were also protests in Vladivostok and Yekaterinburg, according to local reports.Navalny, a 40-year-old lawyer by training announced plans to run for the presidency after he won a surprise 27 percent of the vote in the Moscow mayoral election in 2013.But he has been the subject of several legal prosecutions in recent years, and in February he was found guilty of embezzlement and given a five-year suspended sentence which could make him ineligible to run in next year’s vote.last_img read more

ATM Fees Among The Highest In Houston

first_imgPublicDomainPictures.net Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Sharecenter_img X ATM fees have gone up across the county for the past 14 years.In Houston, bank customers are paying on average $5.18 when they’re using other banks’ machines – the third-most nationwide.A survey by Bankrate.com looked at the 10 largest banks in 25 metro areas.Greg McBride, the company’s chief financial officer, said the bank that owns the ATM usually charges around $3.The issue is with what your own bank charges on top of that.“(In) many other parts of the country, we actually saw more accounts and more banks that were allowing their own customers to go outside the network for free,” he said. “You’d still pay the ATM owner but at least you wouldn’t pay your own bank. In Houston, that wasn’t the case.”To avoid costly charges, he said, you should only get cash at your own bank’s ATM or find out if your bank is part of a network that lets you access other machines for free. 00:00 /00:54last_img read more

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Kicks off 2014 – 2018 Community Service Programs

first_imgWreath Laying CeremonyBaltimore Metropolitan area Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority members, including Epsilon Omega President E. Francine Stokes-McElven, the 27th North Atlantic Regional Director Erma W. Barron, and the 18th International President Mattelia Grays took part in a tribute to the organization’s 12th International President Edna Over Gray Campbell during a Wreath Laying Ceremony in Owings Mills, April 2.The event was part of a nationwide wreath-laying ceremonies themed: A Celebration of Remembrance, A Proud Past…A Promising Future. The newly installed international president, Dorothy Buckhanan Wilson’s made this her initial event of her 2014-2018 service programs.  Members of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, through its 265, 000 members in 986 local chapters, will address community needs with programs in five target areas, educational enrichment, health promotion, family strengthening, environmental ownership and global impact during this four year period, focusing many initiatives at the community level.Wreath Laying CeremonyFor example, in keeping with an intense focus on promoting lifelong learning, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority will provide substantial support to students through AKA One Million BackpacksSM. Through this initiative, the next four years will see members donating and distributing one million backpacks and related school supplies to students worldwide.  At the community level, Baltimore City’s Epsilon Omega Chapter will host a back to school fair on Aug. 15, featuring resources for parents and students at 3515 Dolfield Ave.For more information on Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority and its programs, log onto www.aka1908.com.last_img read more

Advised not to sing in Hindi Mawkin

first_imgHe has been around the Capital’s music circuit for quite a while and is a name known in a good few circles of music lovers who frequent haunts that belt out unique talent.Meet Nikhil Mawkin. A professional musician for 10 years and counting, Mawkin has been around in the truest sense possible. With no formal training in music, Nikhil took on singing and the guitar when he was taking a break after school. A performance in a restaurant that happened to him by chance changed the game for him. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’He has performed on and off in India and abroad, spending a lot of time in Boston where he says he learned the most about music. Looking back, Nikhil says: ‘I was stereotyped for performing Elvis’ songs for the longest time.’ He used to host Elvis tributes for almost four years and it stuck on. It took Nikhil quite a while to break the mould.‘If you have enough conviction in what you do, you will find the right people,’ says Nikhil talking about the innumerous ups and downs that the last decade has shown him. Right from the time he started in small joints across the Capital to a music project for a theatre embassy from Amsterdam and then his stint in Boston and finally to Red Mawkin. This vocalist, guitarist and drummer has indeed come a long way. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixHe released an album last year and another is due by August this year, he announces. A part of the Red Mawkin project that he is working on, the latest album is made up of songs he defines as groove rock. While his first album was an eclectic mix of different genres, Nikhil says he has finally defined a strain for this album.A bit of drums, jazz, pop-rock and a lot of Indian music influences, Nikhil is also working on what he calls Bolly Jazz. So does he sing mainstream Bollywood songs? Nikhil laughs it off saying, ‘I have been adviced not to sing in Hindi,’ but he collaborates with other singers to produce some soulful jazz renditions of Bollywood songs and he is also not adverse to teaming up for something more commercial. He’ll take it as it comes, he says. While he works with a number of musicians, the team — Shikhar Prasad (Guitar), Clarence Gonsalves (Bass), Nikhil Vasudevan (Drums), Sarthak Mudgal (Percussion), Praachi Kumar (Vocals) and Sayontani Chatterjee (Vocals) — he performed with at Hard Rock Cafe on 14 February is a team that he has worked with for the last six months. Nikhil explains that musicians need to work together for a while to get used to each other, so the teams he gets together stick on for a year or more. Comprising people he has worked with before and new faces as well, Nikhil is on a steady path ahead. And optimism is on a high. If you misssed them on Thursday, keep an eye out for the next performance. It is totally worth it.last_img read more

Microsoft Cloud services DNS outage results in deleting several Microsoft Azure database

first_imgOn January 29, Microsoft Cloud services including Microsoft Azure, Office 365, and Dynamics 365 suffered a major outage. This resulted in customers experiencing intermittent access to Office 365 and also deleting several database records. This comes just after a major outage that prevented Microsoft 365 users from accessing their emails for an entire day in Europe. Users who were already logged into Microsoft services weren’t affected; however, those that were trying to log into new sessions were not able to do so. How did this Microsoft Azure outage happen? According to Microsoft, the preliminary reason behind this outage was a DNS issue with CenturyLink, an external DNS provider. Microsoft Azure’s status page read, “Engineers identified a DNS issue with an external DNS provider”. CenturyLink, in a statement, mentioned that their DNS services experienced disruption due to a software defect, which affected connectivity to a customer’s cloud resources. Along with authentication issues, this outage also caused the deletion of users’ live data stored in Transparent Data Encryption (TDE) databases in Microsoft Azure. TDE databases encrypt information dynamically and decrypt them when customers access it. As the data is stored in encrypted form, it prevents intruders from accessing the database. For encryption, many Azure users store their own encryption keys in Microsoft’s Key Vault encryption key management system. The deletion was triggered by a script that automatically drops TDE database tables when corresponding keys can no longer be accessed in the Key Vault. Microsoft was able to restore the tables from a five-minute snapshot backup. But, those transactions that customers had processed within five minutes of the table drop were expected to raise a support ticket asking for the database copy. Read more about Microsoft’s Azure outage in detail on ZDNet. Read Next Microsoft announces Internet Explorer 10 will reach end-of-life by January 2020 Outage in the Microsoft 365 and Gmail made users unable to log into their accounts Microsoft Office 365 now available on the Mac App Storelast_img read more

TravelBrands gets ready for its 2017 Agent Appreciation road shows

first_imgTags: TravelBrands Posted by TORONTO — TravelBrands’ ‘G’Oh Canada’ Agent Appreciation 2017 road trip events will take place in five locations across Ontario this month and next.“Join us for an evening of food, fun and great information as we celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday,” says the company. Agents will learn about new TravelBrands initiatives and tools, plus all attendees will have a chance to win prizes.Events are taking place at Fort Henry in Kingston on July 25, the Barrie Country Club in Barrie on July 26, Wayne Gretzky Estates Winery in Niagara on the Lake on July 27, Elmhurst Inn and Spa on Aug. 1 and The Lake House in Pickering on Aug. 2.All of the shows are evening events, with registration from 5:30 – 6 p.m. and dinner, presentations and prizes from 6 – 8 p.m.“Space is limited so sign up today,” says TravelBrands. See surveymonkey.com/r/ZVSTVTF for details. Travelweek Group Sharecenter_img TravelBrands gets ready for its 2017 Agent Appreciation road shows Thursday, July 13, 2017 << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Canadian family affected by fatal bus crash in Mexico

first_img Share Wednesday, December 20, 2017 OTTAWA — Global Affairs Canada says at least one Canadian family has been affected by a bus crash in eastern Mexico that has killed an estimated dozen people.The department says it is providing consular assistance to the family, but could not provide further details about how many Canadians were in the bus and whether they were killed or injured.Authorities in Mexico say of the 31 people on the bus, at least 12 people were killed and 18 were injured Tuesday.The bus was carrying cruise ship passengers to Mayan ruins when it flipped over on a highway.Quintana Roo state Civil Defence spokesman Vicente Martin says seven Americans and two Swedes were among the injured, but says authorities hadn’t yet established the nationalities of the dead.Miami-based Royal Caribbean Cruises says in a statement that passengers from two of its ships, the Celebrity Equinox and Serenade of the Seas, were involved.More news:  Carnival Cruise Line enhances HUB app for families and youthVideo images from the scene show the bus on its side in vegetation off the two-lane highway, with some survivors lying on the pavement and others walking around.Public Security of Quintana Roo state said in a statement that emergency responders took the injured to hospitals in Bacalar, Chetumal and Tulum.The agency says Mexican officials have been in contact with consular offices to assist families of the victims and injured, including citizens of the U.S., Sweden and Brazil. The Canadian Press Canadian family affected by fatal bus crash in Mexico Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Intrepid releases annual Not Hot List in response to overtourism

first_imgIntrepid releases annual ‘Not Hot List’ in response to overtourism Travelweek Group Friday, October 12, 2018 TORONTO — In an effort to raise awareness about overtourism, particularly in Asia where it has become a major issue, Intrepid Travel has released its annual ‘Not Hot List’ that focuses on lesser-known and more sustainable destinations to visit in 2019.Now in its second year, the list was developed in response to concerns about overtourism, and supports the company’s ongoing commitment to responsible tourism.“Recently, we’ve seen a number of Asian countries take a proactive approach to combat overtourism. North Americans are increasingly concerned with overtourism and this is about encouraging them to step away from the familiar to approach this continent in the most ‘intrepid’ way possible,” said Intrepid Travel’s Regional Director for North America, Darshika Jones.Jones added that tourism can be a “potent force for good”, and that Intrepid believes that the broader the travel experience, the better. “As North American’s interest in travelling to Asia continues to grow, the more dispersal to lesser-known regions, the better,” she added.More news:  Sunwing to further boost Mazatlán service with new flights from OttawaHere is the 2019 Not Hot List:The Similan Islands is the new Maya Bay: With Maya Bay no longer a travel option as of summer 2018, clients can still enjoy the warm waters of the Andaman Sea when visiting the Similan Islands. The islands combine rainforests and pristine beaches with a touch of history, having been made a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1982. After being hit by the 2004 tsunami, the island of Khao Lak has since recovered. Intrepid’s ‘Cruising the Thai Islands’ adventure cruise is priced from $2,621 per person.Komodo is the new Ubud: Once considered the adventurous alternative to Seminyak, Ubud in Bali has flourished in popularity, which has put pressure on local infrastructure. Komodo is a viable alternative for clients willing to sail from Bali through the Indonesian archipelago. It’s a place where ancient tribes maintain their traditions in deep rainforest valleys, and where guests can snorkel coral reefs, walk across volcanic beaches and watch for legendary Komodo dragons. Intrepid’s ‘Komodo and Flores’ tour is priced from $1,890 per person.Bukhara is the new Angkor Wat: Uzbekistan’s fifth largest city, Bukhara, is a UNESCO World Heritage site; its entire old city centre has more than 5,000 years of human history. There are over 140 monuments and historical buildings to explore, including Po-i-Kalyan Mosque which, during its 1,300-year history, even survived assault from Genghis Khan. Intrepid’s ‘Uzbekistan Adventure’ is priced from $1,675 per person.Ladakh is the new Everest: While Nepal will always be a must-visit for adventurers, Ladakh, India is rising in popularity for its hiking and Himalayan views. Travellers can break up the hiking with river rafting and visits to remote villages, monasteries and religious sites, and also explore Delhi before or after their treks. Intrepid’s ‘India Himalaya: Bike, Hike and Raft in Ladakh’ tour is priced from $2,070 per person. Tags: Intrepid Group, Intrepid Travelcenter_img << Previous PostNext Post >> Posted by Sharelast_img read more