Irani promises all possible help to kin of retired armyman beaten to

first_imgAmethi: Union minister and local MP Smriti Irani on Monday spoke over phone to the kin of a retired Army captain who was beaten to death by unidentified assailants here, and assured all possible help to the bereaved family.BJP’s Amethi district chief Durgesh Tripathi visited retired Captain Amanullah’s home on the directions of Irani, and facilitated the conversation between the bereaved family members and the union minister. “The MP assured every possible help to the members of the family. The police have also been instructed nab the culprits at the earliest,” he said. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Additional superintendent of police Daya Ram Monday told PTI, “It is not a case of mob lynching. Some people have been detained for questioning.” The 64-year-old retired Army captain Amanullah and his wife were attacked by a group of unidentified people with sticks who barged into their house on Saturday night in Godiyan ka Purva village. Amanullah died on the spot. Amanuallah’s wife told police that some people were trying to steal from a shop adjoining their house and when her husband objected and warned the perpetrators that he will inform police, they entered the house and beat him up. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KCongress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Sunday night hit out at the BJP government in the state alleging that it was not able to curb rising crimes. “The law-and-order situation in Uttar Pradesh is not in the control of the state government. While crimes are on the rise, the state government is busy covering them up,” she tweeted in Hindi. “This is an incident in my home Amethi. Will the BJP government in Uttar Pradesh find a solution to this problem or will it continue to sleep and cover up,” the Congress leader said. The Amethi Lok Sabha constituency was a pocket borough of the Congress party for many years. However, in the 2019 general election, BJP leader Smriti Irani defeated Priyanka Gandhi’s brother and Congress leader Rahul Gandhi by a considerable margin.last_img read more

Jane Goodall Inspires Laurel Springs School Students

first_imgTo kick off the school year, students at Laurel Springs School – an accredited online private school – received an inspirational presentation from Dr. Jane Goodall, founder of the Jane Goodall Institute and UN Messenger of Peace.Jane Goodall presenting to Laurel Springs studentsCredit/Copyright: Jane Goodall InstituteThe world-renowned conservationist spoke with students about her life’s work, including her global environmental and humanitarian youth program, Roots & Shoots, which comprises hundreds of thousands of young people inspired to help Dr. Goodall make the world a better place for all living things. This presentation is a part of an online symposia for Laurel Springs School students called “Meetings with Remarkable Men and Women.”“Dr. Jane Goodall is an inspiration to people across the globe, and we are so very grateful to have had her discuss her life’s work and demonstrate how our students can be instrumental – no matter how small a role they play – in working to improve the environment and our world,” commented Head of School, Darby Carr. “Our symposia aims to inspire, enlighten and educate our students by hearing from great leaders in a wide range of industries. Dr. Goodall’s global activism and work to inspire and empower youth across the world was the perfect fit for our symposia and had a tremendous impact on our student body.”Laurel Springs School’s “Meetings with Remarkable Men and Women” is an exclusive offering for students featuring inspiring stories from celebrated leaders in their respective fields. Previous speakers have included Ted Turner, philanthropist and businessman; Dr. Dumitru-Dorin Prunariu, who served as the first Romanian astronaut; and Marion Stoddart, a community leader committed to positive social and environmental change.last_img read more

Wife of former IAF Wing Commander found murdered in Dwarka

first_imgNEW DELHI: Meenu Jain, the 52-year-old wife of a former IAF wing commander Vinod Kumar Jain, was found murdered at her house in Dwarka on Saturday. Vinod Kumar Jain who works as a commercial pilot with Indigo was in the flight when the murder was reported.The father of the deceased called her on Friday evening, but she did not receive the phone. After that, her father and brother came to see her but noticed that the gate of the house was locked from outside. The duo then entered the house from her neighbour’s side and saw Meenu Jain lying on the floor unconscious. They called the police and rushed the woman to a nearby hospital where she was declared brought dead. Two mobile phones, some cash and jewellery were found missing from the house, following which a case for murder and robbery has been registered by Delhi Police.last_img read more

Nine staff members killed in Algiers two found alive confirms UN official

Two car bombs exploded in the Algerian capital on Tuesday morning. The first caused the collapse of the UN Development Programme (UNDP) office, which also housed staff from a number of other UN agencies, and damaged the office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), located across the street. The second exploded near the country’s Constitutional Court.The UN released a list of the nine staff members confirmed to have died and whose families have been notified. They include Hanniche Abel-Rahim of Algeria (International Labour Organization); Nabil Slimani of Algeria (UNHCR); Gene Luna of the Philippines (World Food Programme); Adnane Souilah and Kamel Sait, both of Algeria (UN Population Fund); and Babacar Ndiaye of Senegal (Department of Safety and Security). In addition, Hind Boukroufa and Djamel Rezzoug of Algeria and Steven Olejas of Denmark, all of whom worked for UNDP, were also killed. Rescue efforts yesterday helped to remove two UN staff alive from the rubble, and both are now receiving medical treatment, UN spokesperson Marie Okabe told reporters in New York.“There are a number of people who remain missing,” Ms. Okabe added, while noting that “at this point, hopes for finding any more survivors in the rubble have dimmed, and the local authorities have started to use heavy machinery to clear the site.”According to figures released yesterday, the UN has a total of 40 international staff in Algeria, including 19 international staff based there and an additional 21 that are there temporarily, as well as about 115 local UN staff in the capital.Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon earlier today paid tribute to the victims, stressing that “their sacrifice cannot and shall not be forgotten… This was a despicable strike against individuals serving humanity’s highest ideals under the UN banner.”Mr. Ban has sent UNDP Administrator Kemal Dervis, as well as top officials from his Executive Office and DSS, to Algiers to determine how best to aid those injured in the attack and the families of the victims. In a statement issued today, Mr. Dervis said that “the situation in Algiers remains fluid and it is possible that additional UNDP staff remain unaccounted for.“I do hope that beyond the words of condemnation, the international community and Member States will realize that concrete actions of support for the United Nations and for development and humanitarian workers are of the utmost importance,” he added. Two stress counsellors are also arriving in the country today to assist those who have been traumatized by the bombing, Ms. Okabe said. 12 December 2007Nine United Nations staff members are among the dozens killed in yesterday’s twin bomb attacks in Algiers, a spokesperson for the world body confirmed today, adding that two others were found alive and removed from the debris, and several others remain missing. read more

Five things to watch for in the Canadian business world in the

TORONTO — Five things to watch for in the Canadian business world in the coming week:Sold Below Asking? The Canadian Real Estate Association releases its latest monthly home sales data on Tuesday. Sellers, buyers and industry observers will be anxious to know whether the recent slide in sales is continuing. In June, home sales posted their largest monthly drop in seven years, brought down by plummeting activity in the Greater Toronto Area.Talking Beef: Members of Canada’s beef cattle sector will get together beginning Tuesday in Calgary for an annual three-day conference. The supply chain and new technology are among the issues that will be discussed, but overshadowing all of that will be trade. Read on.Round One: To hear U.S. President Donald Trump tell it, NAFTA is “the worst trade deal maybe ever signed anywhere.” Or maybe it just needs a “tweaking.” We should get a better idea of where the goal posts lie when the first round of talks to renegotiate the 23-year-old trade pact start Wednesday in Washington. The discussions could have profound consequences for Canada’s economy.The Price We Pay: Inflation has been crawling further away from the Bank of Canada’s target of two per cent. That may be the one factor that gives the central bank pause before pulling the trigger on another interest rate hike. On Friday, Statistics Canada will release the latest consumer price index figures. The annual pace of inflation was one per cent in June.Sabre Rattling: Hovering in the background of all of this is the escalating standoff between the U.S. and North Korea. The leaders of both countries have exchanged threats of military action and that has reverberated on the global markets. Traders and investors will be keeping a close watch. read more

Ontario shipyard accuses feds of unfairly stacking deck in Davies favour

OTTAWA — An Ontario shipyard is accusing the federal government of trying to unfairly award Quebec’s Davie Shipbuilding potentially billions of dollars worth of work without a competition.The allegation is contained in a complaint filed by Hamilton-based Heddle Marine to the Canadian International Trade Tribunal this week.Last month, the government asked interested candidates to apply to be the third shipyard in its national shipbuilding strategy.That third shipyard is to be tasked with building six new icebreakers for the Canadian Coast Guard.However, Heddle says in order to qualify, Ottawa has imposed a number of unreasonable and illegitimate conditions that will disqualify virtually every yard except Davie.Davie has been awarded several federal contracts without a competition in recent years and is located in an area of the country many expect to be hotly contested in the coming federal election.The Canadian Press read more

Attacks in Liberia put thousands of civilians at risk UN relief official

UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Kenzo Oshima condemned the attacks in Gbarpolu County and expressed alarm at the deteriorating humanitarian situation in Liberia, a UN spokesman in New York said.According to the spokesman, the displacement of 1,413 people by these attacks has nearly doubled the population of the Bopulu camp for internally displaced persons, straining its already inadequate resources and creating serious security and health risks for all those seeking refuge there.

Annan heads to Geneva to kick off 5nation European visit

Mr. Annan’s meeting tomorrow with Presidents Olusegun Obasanjo of Nigeria and Paul Biya of Cameroon comes on the heels of last month’s ICJ ruling that essentially awarded Cameroon sovereignty over Bakassi.In a position paper issued on 24 October, Nigeria said the judgment did not consider “fundamental facts” about the Nigerian inhabitants of the territory, whose “ancestral homes” the ICJ has now adjudged to be in Cameroonian territory.The Secretary-General last met with the two leaders in Paris on 5 September, when they agreed to respect and implement whatever decision the ICJ might render on the case, which Cameroon brought before the Court in 1994.From Geneva, the Secretary-General is scheduled to head to the Balkans, arriving on Sunday in Sarajevo. While in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Mr. Annan will hold meetings with UN officials and staff, as well as the country’s authorities. He is then expected to proceed to Kosovo, the rest of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia and Croatia, before heading to the Netherlands and France.Yesterday, while in Washington, D.C., the Secretary-General went to the White House to meet with President George W. Bush. Vice-President Dick Cheney, National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice, and Secretary of State Colin Powell, among others, were also present during the discussion, which covered the current changing of the guard in China, the new Security Council resolution on Iraq, peace efforts in the Middle East and a range of African and Latin American issues, a UN spokesperson said.The talks also focused on the Secretary-General’s recent initiative on Cyprus, Afghanistan, international terror, Chechnya, and the UN’s Capital Master Plan for revamping the Headquarters building.At a press encounter after the meeting, a journalist asked Mr. Annan a question about US involvement in the Cyprus issue, to which the Secretary-General replied, “I do expect the President to help. I am sure the President will do everything he can to help us find a settlement on Cyprus – and so have other leaders indicated. And I think we really have a chance.” read more

California Gov Brown orders inquiry averts major strike by Bay Area Rapid

by Mihir Zaveri And Shaya Tayefe Mohajer, The Associated Press Posted Aug 5, 2013 5:38 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email California Gov. Brown orders inquiry, averts major strike by Bay Area Rapid Transit workers SAN FRANCISCO – Hundreds of thousands of San Francisco Bay Area commuters got a temporary reprieve from a massive transit strike when Gov. Jerry Brown intervened in a labour contract dispute, but the clock began ticking again with the potential for another strike in less than a week.Sunday night’s eleventh hour order averted the walkout and left the morning commute to proceed normally, without the widespread travel congestion that a strike involving Bay Area Rapid Transit, the nation’s fifth-largest rail line, would have created.Brown named a board of investigators for a seven-day inquiry into the contract dispute that had labour unions poised to walk off the job at midnight Sunday.The board called for a public hearing Wednesday in Oakland for both sides to present their arguments.Brown’s order was issued under a decades-old law that allows the state to intervene if a strike will significantly disrupt public transportation services and endanger public health.It came after BART Board President Tom Radulovich sent a letter to the governor requesting his intervention and a cooling-off period of 60 days, BART spokesman Rick Rice said in a statement.“For the sake of the people of the Bay Area, I urge — in the strongest terms possible — the parties to meet quickly and as long as necessary to get this dispute resolved,” Brown said in the order.The board will report its findings to the governor, who can then petition a court to call a 60-day cooling-off period, said Evan Westrup, a spokesman for Brown. The report will explain BART and the unions’ positions, but will not find fault or issue a recommendation.Meanwhile, commuters who rely on BART breathed a sigh of relief. Matthew Purpura, 25, commutes from San Francisco to Oakland, where he works as a coffee roaster. He said he would have borrowed his friend’s car to get to work, but the commute would have been a “nightmare.”Alexis Braren, 33, commutes on BART within San Francisco, and walked three miles to her workplace when BART workers went on strike in July. BART service was shut down for four days during that strike, leading to clogged roadways and long lines for buses and ferries. Unions later agreed to call off the strike and extend their contracts until Sunday while negotiations continued.“It made my life easier, that’s for sure,” Braren said about BART trains running on Monday.Big differences remain on key issues including wages, pensions, worker safety and health care costs.Employees with BART’s two largest labour unions average about $71,000 in base salary and $11,000 in overtime annually. They pay nothing toward their pensions and a $92-a-month flat fee for health insurance, according to BART.Brown named to the board his senior adviser Jacob Appelsmith, director of the state Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control. He also named Micki Callahan, San Francisco’s director of human resources, and Robert Balgenorth, president emeritus of the State Building and Construction Trades Council of California, both who have union backgrounds.The board will be working under the threat of a potential strike involving another Bay Area transit agency, as a union representing about 1,800 Alameda-Contra Costa Transit District bus operators, mechanics, dispatchers, and other employees gave notice of a strike Monday.___Mohajer reported from Los Angeles. read more

Venezuela UN rights chief calls for immediate release of opposition leader politicians

“The prolonged and arbitrary detention of political opponents and protestors in Venezuela is causing more and more concern internationally,” UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein said in a press release. “It is only exacerbating the tensions in the country.”According to information received by the United Nations Human Rights Office (OHCHR), over 3,300 people, including minors, were detained for brief periods between February and June, and more than 150 cases of ill-treatment, many of them torture, were reported. At least 43 people were killed during the protests, including one public prosecutor and nine members of the security forces. Journalists and human rights defenders have also reported threats, attacks and intimidation. Last month, the UN Working Group on arbitrary detention stated its opinion that the detention of Leopoldo López, as well as that of former mayor of San Cristobal Daniel Ceballos, was arbitrary. “I call on the Venezuelan authorities to act on the opinions of the Working Group and immediately release Mr. López and Mr. Ceballos, as well as all those detained for exercising their legitimate right to express themselves and protest peacefully,” Mr. Zeid said.He also urged the Venezuelan authorities to ensure that due process was followed during all trials, in accordance with international standards. The High Commissioner met Mr. López’s wife, Lilian Tintori, in Geneva on Friday, and discussed the situation of all the detainees and their families. He deplored the continued reports of threats and intimidation directed at people working to defend human rights in Venezuela, and urged that they be allowed to pursue their work and speak up without fear for their safety. “My office is extremely concerned about the current situation, and we will continue to monitor it very closely,” he added. read more

South Africa responding to largestever Listeria outbreak – UN health agency

AUDIO: WHO Spokesperson in Geneva, Christian Lindmeier, talks about the outbreak of the deadly bacterial disease Listeria across South Africa. Listeriosis is a serious, but preventable and treatable disease caused by the bacterium, Listeria monocytogenes, which is found in soil, water, vegetation and some animal faeces. Animal products, including meat and dairy; seafood; and fresh produce, such as fruits and vegetables, can all be contaminated. “Infants are often a high target of this bacteria,” said Christian Lindmeier, spokesperson for the World Health Organization (WHO), adding that “newborns are about 40 per cent of the infected people.” Having a three-week incubation period makes it difficult to establish the source and thus, tough to prevent. “You wouldn’t know what you ate three weeks ago – maybe the one particular food that made you sick three or four weeks later – this is the big challenge we face in this situation,” the spokesperson elaborated. South Africans are called upon to practice WHO’s ‘Five Keys to Safer Food’ programme that include washing hands before and often during food preparation; separating raw meat, poultry and seafood from other foods; and cooking foods thoroughly, especially meat, poultry, eggs and seafood. Mr. Lindmeier underscored the importance for those with weakened immune systems – including the elderly and people living with HIV and cancer – and pregnant women, “who are 20 times more likely to get Listeriosis than other healthy adults,” to exercise care. Nearly two-thirds of the reported cases have been from the Gauteng province, where Johannesburg and Pretoria are located. “We have a total now of 748 laboratory-confirmed cases, but then again, this is difficult because many cases may not be even reported,” he said, adding that cases have been found in all socio-economic backgrounds since the outbreak was declared on 5 December. The second largest outbreak of Listeriosis was in 2011, when the United States had a total of 147 reported cases. Prior to that, Italy had a large occurrence in 1997. South Africa has implemented some measures to stem Listeriosis, such as making it a notifiable disease, whereby every Listeriosis-diagnosed patient must be reported. “And that’s important because Listeriosis is such a big challenge because it is not just the health sector that is involved, it involves all sectors – the food industry, farming – and to find the source is really difficult simply because the incubation period is so long,” Mr. Lindmeier asserted. read more

PhobosGrunt la sonde tombera le 15 ou le 16 janvier près de

first_imgPhobos-Grunt : la sonde tombera le 15 ou le 16 janvier près de MadagascarD’après les dernières informations de l’Agence fédérale spatiale russe, la sonde Phobos-Grunt retombera sur Terre entre le 15 et le 16 janvier à proximité de Madagascar et du continent africain. Les informations se précisent de jour en jour. Jeudi, l’Agence fédérale spatiale russe a révélé le résultat de ces derniers calculs au sujet de la Phobos-Grunt qui erre en orbite depuis novembre après avoir avoir échoué à rejoindre sa direction vers Mars. “La fenêtre de la chute des fragments de Phobos Grunt se situe entre le 15 et le 16 janvier, avec comme point de référence le 15 janvier à 16h12 (12h12 UTC). La zone possible de la chute se trouve entre 51,4° de latitude nord et 51,4° de latitude sud”, a indiqué Roskosmos cité par RIA Novosti. À lire aussiSpaceX : un satellite d’Elon Musk manque d’entrer en collision avec un satellite de l’ESALe groupe spécial qui suit en permanence l’engin a réussi à établir une carte actualisée chaque jour et publiée sur le site de l’agence. Celle-ci montre que Phobos-Grunt devrait retomber dans l’océan au nord de Madagascar et à l’est des côtes de la Tanzanie et du Kenya. Des informations comparables à celle établies par le Commandement stratégique des États-Unis (STRATCOM).Toutefois, celles-ci pourraient se modifier au fil des jours et des heures. “Un changement du lieu et de l’heure de la chute des fragments de Phobos-Grunt dépend du (rythme) de la baisse de son altitude en orbite, de l’activité solaire et des conditions atmosphériques”, a ainsi souligné Roskosmos. D’après les observations des équipes, la sonde évoluait jeudi sur une orbite elliptique dont l’apogée était à 193,9 kilomètres, le périgée à 163,5 kilomètres, l’inclinaison de 51,45 degrés et sa période de révolution était de 87,9 minutes.  Le 13 janvier 2012 à 10:13 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Its the law Inslee says of state patrol security on campaign trips

first_imgOLYMPIA — Washington law requires the State Patrol to provide security for a governor even when he’s out of state campaigning for president, Gov. Jay Inslee said Monday.Inslee, who leaves Tuesday on a week out of state during which he is primarily on the presidential campaign trail, defended the extra $3.4 million proposed for the upcoming state operating budget to cover the increased personnel for his security detail.“The law doesn’t have exceptions for what activity, whether it’s going to a ballgame or church or a national park,” Inslee said. “That law is being followed.”During the Senate debate over the general operating budget last Thursday, Republicans tried to redirect that $3.4 million with an amendment that would have removed that amount from the State Patrol budget and spent it on breast, cervical and colon cancer screenings.“He should not expect the hardworking taxpayers to shoulder the cost of additional security,” said Sen. Sharon Brown, R-Kennewick, who proposed the amendment.When President Trump attends political events, taxpayers pay for the security, countered Sen. David Frockt, D-Seattle. It’s rare when a politician from Washington rises to the level of prominence to run for president, he added.last_img read more

Lopetegui wants to write history with Real Madrid

first_imgLos Merengues’ coach will manage his first competitive game since being sacked from the Spain national team on the eve of the 2018 World CupAfter leading Real Madrid to its third consecutive Champions League title in May, Zinedine Zidane quit the team.Los Merengues’ coach left the team with many triumphs.And new Madrid boss Julen Lopetegui knows this will be very hard to overcome, but he wants to write his own story.“Zizou did an extraordinary job and got incredible titles,” Lopetegui said during a news conference as reported by Four Four Two.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“But this is the past, now we are focused to keep on getting them, keep making history and we have to try to be better and better in all aspects.”“And we’ll try to do it, and don’t look back. We have to look forward with confidence and work,” he added.Real Madrid and Lopetegui will play against Atletico Madrid on Wednesday.Both teams will battle for the UEFA Super Cup in Tallin, Estonia.last_img read more

Heat wave Hot horses chill at downtown gas station

first_imgFour trailered show horses dripped sweat and rustled while parked at the downtown Vancouver Chevron station in Sunday afternoon’s heat.A team with the A&T Equestrian Centre from Vancouver, B.C., headed north on Interstate 5 after a show in Philomath, Ore. They traveled nearly 100 miles when they noticed a flat trailer tire at around 2:30 p.m. After exiting the highway and pulling into the busy gas station at 210 E. Mill Plain Blvd., they discovered the tire wouldn’t fill with air.Afternoon temperatures hovered around 90 degrees — higher in the trailer — and relative humidity was around 70 percent, said meteorologist Treena Hartley with the National Weather Service in Portland. Typically, Vancouver’s humidity is in the 30s.Without a breeze, the horses were in danger of overheating. The equestrian team asked gas station attendent Megan Creviston, 22, for some help. She allowed them to park underneath the canopy, helped carry several buckets of water to the horses and sold bags of ice to cool off the horses.“When I had time to go outside, I was checking on them,” Creviston said.The equestrian team ended up unloading the horses into the parking lot, under the shade of the adjacent Block and Olson Glass building. Creviston called a tow truck with Pacific Towing that could pull the 12,000-pound horse trailer.After about two hours, the team and their horses were back on the road, heading home to Canada.Without Creviston’s help, the equestrian team said, their horses might have suffered serious dehydration or died of heat exhaustion.No rain in sight; watch for fireMonday’s high temperature also reached 90 degrees, but the relative humidity had fallen to 42 percent.last_img read more

1 killed 1 injured in Oakland Park shooting

first_imgOAKLAND PARK, FLA. (WSVN) – One person was killed and another was rushed to the hospital after, authorities said, they were shot in Oakland Park, Tuesday afternoon.Broward Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to the scene near West Oakland Park Boulevard and Northwest Sixth Avenue, just before 4 p.m. A SWAT team entered the house, where they found two people shot, one of them dead.That other person was rushed to Broward Health Medical Center in unknown condition.Police had close down Oakland Park Boulevard between Andrews Avenue and Powerline Road as they investigated.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

AC unit stolen from Hialeah commercial building

first_imgHIALEAH, FLA. (WSVN) – Police are searching for a brazen burglar who broke into a commercial building in Hialeah and took off with an air conditioning unit.Surveillance video caught the subject pulling up to the Idaca Medical Imaging Center, near West 49th Street and Palm Avenue, on a Toyota Tacoma pickup truck, Monday.The thief is then seen breaking the lock on the gate and gaining entry.Once inside, police said, the man removed the AC unit and fled the premises.If you have any information on this burglary, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $1,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Homeland Security says its doubling down on 2020 election security efforts

first_img Tags Share your voice 0 Post a commentcenter_img Politics Security Christopher Krebs, a senior DHS official and director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, says the feds are doubling down on election security for 2020.  Drew Angerer / Getty Images Protecting the 2020 election from hackers and foreign influence campaigns is a top priority for the Department of Homeland Security, the agency said Thursday. Christopher Krebs, director of the DHS’ Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, held a press briefing to detail the DHS’ efforts on election security. The briefing came a day after the Daily Beast reported that the agency was cutting two task forces dedicated to preventing foreign election interference. The story raised concerns that the DHS was not providing resources to adequately protect the election. Krebs denied the report on Thursday, and said the agency plans to expand its election security efforts for 2020. He noted that the DHS’ funding for election security increased from $26 million in 2018 to $33 million this year.  “Despite what some of the reporting might be, election security and countering foreign influence efforts aren’t going anywhere, and we’re doubling down for 2020,” Krebs said. The agency has made significant efforts to keep elections secure after Russian hackers and disinformation interfered in the 2016 US presidential election. During the 2018 midterm elections, the DHS briefed officials in all 50 states, calling it “the most secure election we’ve ever had.” While the midterm elections were not plagued by cyberattacks, all eyes are on 2020, when President Trump comes up for re-election. Several Democrats have already announced plans to run against him, including Sen. Kamala Harris, a Democrat from California, and Sen. Elizabeth Warren, a Democrat from Massachusetts.As part of its 2018 election security efforts, the DHS created multiple task forces to deal with issues like campaign security and disinformation on social media. These task forces would pull in staffers from across agencies, sometimes for as long as 18 months, Krebs said.Krebs explained that while some groups fighting election interference aren’t returning, they weren’t supposed to be permanent in the first place. “When we established these task forces, the goal was to bring together a broad set of resources — including temporary detailees from other parts of DHS — to quickly address a specific, emerging threat,” Krebs said in a statement. “We knew that development of a long-term effort would follow, so it should come as no surprise that is exactly what we are building up now.” The agency plans to hire full-time staffers dedicated to election security as the temporary task forces get phasedout, Krebs said.last_img read more

Sony Teaches Old AIBO RoboDog New Tricks

first_img Robot’s best friend is coming out of retirement.Sony this week unveiled a new version of AIBO—more than a decade after we last saw the domesticated bot.The company introduced its AIBO prototype in 1998, and launched the first consumer model in 1999. New configurations were released every year until 2005.AdChoices广告Marketed as “entertainment robots,” AIBOs (which translates from the Japanese to mean “pal” or “partner”) were popular with educators and researchers, and have featured as futuristic pets in movies, music videos, and advertising campaigns.In early 2006, Sony announced plans to discontinue the product line, gradually withdrawing customer support through 2013.He speaks, he sits, he wags his tail. But he doesn’t poop (via Sony)But even the multinational conglomerate couldn’t resist those digitally enhanced puppy-dog eyes and that mechanical tail wag.Built with a “natural curiosity,” the brown-and-white pup can form an emotional bond with people, “providing them with love, affection, and the joy of nurturing and raising a companion,” according to Sony.Plus, you don’t have to clean up its poop.Despite its cold, polished body and rigid extremities, AIBO is undeniably cute; the way it moves along 22 axes to shake its head or scratch its ear is oddly compelling.The robo-dog can also detect words of praise, smiles, petting, and other human interactions, and will become aware of its environment to the point where it can walk around with confidence and respond to situations.Fun for the whole family (via Sony)“This adaptable behavior is made possible through Sony’s well-cultivated deep learning technology, in the form of inbuilt sensors that can detect and analyze sounds and images,” the company boasted.AIBO also comes with two fish-eye cameras (one in its nose), mapping technology, and a slew of sensors, all powered by a 64-bit quad-core CPU processor.Oh, and an exclusive “aibone” toy to “spice up your life with AIBO.”If Nintendo has shown us anything, it’s that nostalgia sells.Online pre-orders of the ¥198,000 ($1,735) AIBO sold out in a day, leaving sentimental customers and a new generation of fans in the dust. Folks can keep an eye on the Sony store for more details, or sign up to receive an email with sales information. Stay on target Robot Dog Astro Can Sit, Lie Down, and Save LivesYou Can’t Squish This Cockroach-Inspired Robot center_img Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more