US considers Native Canadian groups as possible terror threats embassy cables

first_imgBy Jorge BarreraAPTN National NewsOTTAWA-The U.S. has been keeping regular intelligence on potential security threats in Canada, including the activities of unnamed First Nations groups, according to two cables sent by the U.S. embassy in Ottawa and obtained by APTN National News.The cables, labelled “secret,” were given to APTN by whistleblower website WikiLeaks. They were in a batch of about 800 cables that were not part of this week’s larger release of U.S. State Department cables originating in Canada.They were embargoed until 9 p.m. ET Friday.The cables, sent from the U.S. embassy in Ottawa, and titled, Security Environmental Profile Response For Mission Canada, appear to be part of regular updates on the situation in the country.The U.S. identified the involvement of Aboriginal groups in anti-U.S. demonstrations and as possible terror threats in a Feb. 27, 2009 cable.In a Feb. 16, 2005 cable, Aboriginal groups are only identified as possible terror threats.The copy of the cables obtained by APTN, however, only include a “partial extract of the original cable,” according to the documents.The cables are structured as answers to a list of questions not contained in the documents.Under the subheading “Demonstrations,” the information details the size, type and frequency of demonstrations, highlighting those targeting the U.S. and its domestic and foreign policies.“Human rights groups, small political protest/grass roots organizations and Canadian Aboriginal groups are prone to carrying out demonstrations aimed at the host government and sponsor anti-U.S. demonstrations,” reads the cable from 2009.The same cable then describes the types of issues that have triggered demonstrations and the size.“Peaceful demonstrations and marches occur near the embassy on a frequent basis and involve between 20 to 100 persons. Police support including notification and monitoring is excellent,” said the cable. “Ongoing U.S. Foreign Policy initiatives and military actions as well as U.S domestic issues related to the U.S. Canada border have triggered Anti-American demonstrations(sic).”The cable also noted Toronto and Vancouver see the largest demonstrations.The 2005 cable said there was an increase in demonstrations throughout the country as a result of the Iraq war.The cables also list potential terrorist threats in Canada. Under the heading “Indigenous Terrorism,” the cables outline several subgroups of interest, including Anti-American Terrorist Groups and Other Indigenous Terror Groups.Both cable lists indicate there are no known Anti-American terrorist groups or formally named home-grown terror groups in Canada. The cables, however, include Aboriginal groups under the heading of “Other Indigenous Terror Groups” which also named the so-called Toronto 18, who were arrested in 2006 for planning attacks against Canadian targets.“These ‘homegrown terrorists’ are first generation Canadian citizens, primarily of Pakistani descent, and they were allegedly plotting to attack the CN Tower in Toronto as well as the Parliament building in Ottawa,” the 2009 cable said. “Native Canadian (Aboriginal) groups have on occasion, had confrontations with Canadian police.”The 2005 cable lists only Aboriginal groups under the same heading.“Native Canadian (Aboriginal) Groups have, on occasion, had confrontations with Canadian government security and military personnel,” the cable said.The 2009 cable also notes that the RCMP arrested a “suspected terrorist” believed to be plotting attacks in Austria.The same cable also notes that “almost every known Islamic extremist group has either a presence or sympathizers in Canada.”jbarrera@aptn.caThe cablesDownload (PDF, Unknown)Download (PDF, Unknown)last_img read more

A Cirque du Soleil performers fall from a great height

first_imgAPTN National NewsCirque du Soleil is one of the world’s premier acts.To be part of Cirque you compete with performers across the globe.APTN National News reporter Donna Smith offers up a glimpse into the life of a Cirque du Soleil performer from an Albert First Nation and his fall from a great height.last_img

A look at the numbers behind Ottawas tariff reprisal against Trump

first_imgOTTAWA – The sweeping Canadian retaliation against Donald Trump’s steel and aluminum tariffs has been carefully crafted in hopes of hitting the U.S. president where it hurts.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s counter-tariffs will take effect Sunday — a month after the Trump administration slapped duties on U.S. steel and aluminum imports from Canada and other allies.Canada’s response is set to include imposing tariffs on selected consumer products that come from a wide range of sectors — from hair lacquers, to ballpoint pens, to maple syrup.Ottawa released its finalized lineup Friday of items that will be hit by Canadian tariffs.Here’s a rundown of some of the states and products in the crosshairs of the retaliatory measures using Canadian government numbers. The figures are based on 2017 data from Statistics Canada and the U.S. Census Bureau.—Some of the states set to be hit hardest by Canada’s tariffs, based on how much of the targeted consumer products they shipped north in 2017:Ohio — $1.15 billionNew York — $1.12 billionWisconsin — $820 millionIllinois — $780 millionPennsylvania — $646 millionWashington — $629 millionCalifornia — $529 millionTennessee — $453 millionMichigan — $432 million—Value of 2017 imports from U.S. for some of the products targeted by Canada’s preliminary tariffs:Herbicides — $1.13 billionMotorboats, rowboats, canoes and other pleasure boats — $646 millionCoffee, roasted — $525 millionMayonnaise, salad dressing, mixed condiments — $522 millionFungicides — $418 millionKetchup and other tomato sauces — $264 millionOrganic facewash — $229 millionSoups and broths — $204 millionWhiskey — $62 millionMaple sugar and maple syrup — $17 millionBallpoint pens — $3.5 millionlast_img read more

Morocco Dismisses Imam Who Attributed Recent Earthquakes to Divine Wrath

Rabat – The Moroccan Ministry of Endowments and Islamic Affairs dismissed a Moroccan imam following controversial comments on the earthquake that hit Morocco recently.Amid widespread uproar among Moroccans following Imam Yahya El Mdaghri’s sermon last Friday, the Ministry of Endowments and Islamic Affairs has reportedly decided to dismiss the imam, according to news website Qushq.The imam, who was affiliated with the Hamza Mosque in Salé, Rabat twin’s city, was relieved of his duties after he made controversial comments attributing the recent series of earthquakes in Nador and Al Hoceima in northeast Morocco to divine wrath in his latest sermon. His firing has been jointly endorsed by the Ministry of Endowments and Islamic Affairs and Salé’s Local Scientific Council after a nearly ten-minute audio clip was leaked. In the video, the imam described northern Morocco as “mired in drug trafficking” and asserted that its inhabitants deserved the disasters.The audio clip caused a wave of indignation among northern Morocco’s inhabitants who filed a lawsuit against the imam, calling his recent statements offensive to Morocco’s northern region.They also described El Mdaghri as “ISIS-like” because of his latest sermon, which has been described by many Moroccan social media users as “nonsense” and not aligned with the true principles of Islam, which call for standing in solidarity with those in need.Edited by Kelsey Fish read more

More than 50000 returning Afghan refugees benefit from UN shelter programme

This represents about 25 per cent of the more than 4.3 million Afghans assisted home by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) since the United States-led ouster of the Taliban regime at the end of 2001 – 3.4 million from Pakistan and over 865,000 from Iran.Of the more than 8,000 shelters planned in 2009, some 7,000 beneficiary families have been selected and construction is continuing, UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) spokesman Aleem Siddique told a news conference in Kabul, the capital, today.“As in previous years, UNHCR shelters in 2009 are implemented in provinces of high return and for those who are the most vulnerable among returnees and internally displaced persons (IDPs),” he said. “Getting shelter is one of the most pressing needs of returning refugees, along with land, jobs and security. Recognizing this, UNHCR has allocated a significant part of its budget to its shelter programme.”UNHCR’s re-integration programme will continue for the next two years, especially in the shelter sector. It will also continue supporting the Government-led programme to allocate land to landless returnees. 26 October 2009The United Nations refugee agency has nearly completed its shelter programme for more than 50,000 of the most vulnerable Afghan returnees this year, bringing to some 1.2 million those who have benefited since the re-integration project started in 2002. read more

Loan to Value ratio on financing vehicle purchase revised

Duty on locally assembled vehicle will remain as 30% and not 40 percent as announced in the budget on November 09 Accordingly, individuals who have already opened Letters of Credit in their names to import vehicles prior to November 09 will be allowed to clear those vehicles at the rate of the duty that prevailed before the budget. However, these vehicles should be cleared before April 30th 2018. VAT liability on sale of Condominium Housing UnitsThe sale of Condominium housing unit will be liable for VAT from 01.04.2018. However, sale under a sales agreement entered in to, before 01.04.2018 will not be liable for VAT. 90% of the value                     –          for Electric Cars The Loan to Value Ratio will be revised and the Finance facilities could be provided by banks up to :-50% of the value                     –          for  Petrol and Diesel Motor Cars70% of the value                    –          for Hybrid Cars Further, the tax concession announced in the budget-2018 for the imported brand new electric car will be extended to cover the used electric cars, which are not more than one year old. According to a Gazette notification issued by the Minister of Finance and Mass Media Mangala Samaraweera, the duty of the  used electric cars that are not more than one year old will be reduced by around Rs One million. Consequently, the duty rate applicable to electric vehicles (Less Than One year old ) will be Rs 12,500.00 per KW power of the motor of the electric car which is less than 100 KW power.In the budget-2018 the Finance Minister had introduced an appropriate incentive structure to promote importation of vehicles powered by non-fossil fuel. He had introduced a new formula for import taxes on vehicles to be levied based on the engine capacity instead of the ad-valorem rate (CIF Value of the vehicle) rationalizing the tax base on vehicle. In addition, the Loan to Value (LTV) ratio for motor cars which is 50:50 at present will be further relaxed for Hybrid vehicles. Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera, while further relaxing the policies announced in the Budget – 2018 on the importation of vehicles, has also revised the policy on Loan to Value (LTV) ratio on the financing for purchase of vehicles under lease basis.Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera making the winding up speech in the second reading of the Budget -2018 debate also announced details on the procedure for collecting VAT on the sale of Condominium housing units and the removal of restrictions on the foreign ownership on the shipping and the freight forwarding agencies. read more

Qatar crush Russia – Polish Eagles beat Czech Republic

handball friendly matchesPolandQatar 2015qatar vs russia handball In the last match of the tournament in Doha, Qatar beat Russi 33:22, taking the winning trophy after both teams beat Serbia in the previous two days…Macedonia beat Israel 42:32 in the second friendly match which was close for the media purpose.Poland overplayed Czech Republic 29:22, while Slovakia beat Hungary 27:26 in the second day of Christmas Cup. ← Previous Story Latvia wins Riga Council Cup 2014 Next Story → Luc Abalo in doubt for WCh 2015 read more

Top Movie and TV Trailers You Might Have Missed This Week

first_img TGIF. While you’re planning for the long weekend ahead, we’ve rounded up the top movie and TV trailers that you might have missed during the week.Doctor Sleep continues a terrifying storyline involving The Shining, while Batman’s butler hustles to fight criminals in EPIX’s Pennyworth. From 20th Century Fox’s driver comedy Stuber to Hulu’s dark series Veronica Mars, here are the top movies and TV shows to keep on your radar.Doctor SleepDoctor Sleep, which follows the strange adulthood of Danny Torrance from The Shining, will give you the creeps: When Torrance (Ewan McGregor) connects with a supernaturally-gifted teen (Kyliegh Curran), they have to battle sinister paranormal forces to protect each other. Doctor Sleep hits theaters on Nov. 8.BatwomanKate Kane (Ruby Rose) has to protect Gotham City and fight off the haters when Bruce Wayne disappears in the series Batwoman. The superhero show will air on The CW this fall.Escape Plan: The ExtractorsSylvester Stallone stars in Escape Plan: The Extractors, a action thriller about Ray Breslin, a security expert who is hired to rescue the kidnapped daughter of a Hong Kong tech professional and other hostages. The movie, which also stars Dave Bautista and Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, will be available to buy on Digital 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray DVD, and Digital July 2.PennyworthAlfred Pennyworth, also known as Batman’s butler, had an interesting past of cracking criminal conspiracies, as shown in Pennyworth. The series, which stars Jack Bannon, Paloma Faith, and Ben Aldridge, is coming July 28 to EPIX.Above the ShadowsA young woman becomes mysteriously invisible to everyone after her mother’s death in the fantasy flick Above the Shadows. However, when she finds one man who can see her, she must get him to help her before she vanishes forever. Above the Shadows stars Megan Fox, Olivia Thirlby, and Alan Ritchson and hits theaters on July 19.Veronica MarsMars Investigations is back: Veronica Mars Season 4 is coming to Hulu on July 26, and this time, Veronica Mars (Kristen Bell) is back in Neptune, California to solve mysterious murders of young spring breakers. When it seems like the hub’s wealthy elites would rather keep visitors out, Veronica Mars must stop the criminal activity before it escalates.The Banana Splits MovieKid’s shows can be completely horrifying, as shown in The Banana Splits Movie. The eerie film, which follows a show of cute,  animal characters who put people in dangerous situations and kill them. The Banana Splits Movie is coming to SYFY later this year.StuberAn Uber driver gets involved in some shady activity in Stuber, an action comedy that stars Kumail Nanjiani and Dave Bautista. The movie, which premieres in theaters on July 12, takes the duo on a crazy adventure to find a brutal killer.More on Geek.com:‘Doctor Sleep’ Trailer Revives the Terror of ‘The Shining’ Batman’s Alfred Is a Suave Spy in New ‘Pennyworth’ Series Teaser ‘The Boondocks’ Reboot Already Sounds Radical Top Movie and TV Trailers You Might Have Missed This WeekWatch These Movies Before ‘Hustlers’ Stay on targetlast_img read more

Special Report Managing sexually violent predators

first_img Posted: March 29, 2018 Sasha Foo Sasha Foo, Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Special Report: Managing sexually violent predatorscenter_img March 29, 2018 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) — Next month, a judge in San Diego will consider the release of a convicted sex offender to the East County community of Jacumba Hot Springs.71-year-old Herman Smith was convicted in 1993 of rape and other crimes involving a minor.In the last U.S. census, the community of Jacumba Hot Springs had a population of fewer than 600 people, but County Supervisor Dianne Jacob said that hasn’t changed her opinion that sexually violent predators like Smith are too dangerous to be set free.“These are individuals at high risk of repeating their offense again. They should be put away for good,” Jacob said.Under the law, any offender who has served their time and has successfully completed treatment can be considered for release.Doctor Glenn Lipson, a forensic psychologist who has evaluated inmates who are petitioning for release said the risk of reoffending is tied to how the inmate is managed once they’re back in the community.“We try to tighten up contact with them, the measures that we feel are going to enable them to succeed because individuals do not want to go back to prison. So, very often they’re amenable to putting in the types of structures and requirements we feel are going to assist them in avoiding reoffending,” Lipson said.In a 2009 meta-analysis, that looked at 23 separate studies, the research found that nearly 11 percent of the treated offenders committed another sexual offense.The rate was significantly higher for those who were not treated, at more than 19 percent.Yet, unlike the County supervisor, the psychologist doesn’t believe that all sex offenders are a bad risk.With proper management and continuing treatment, Dr. Lipson thinks society can achieve a balance between justice and the safety of the community. Updated: 10:36 PMlast_img read more

Witnesses Hollywood SWAT situation comes to peaceful end

first_imgHOLLYWOOD, FLA. (WSVN) – Witnesses have said that a SWAT situation in Hollywood has come to a peaceful end.Police were on the scene of Sheridan Street and North 24th Avenue, just east of Interstate 95, where the SWAT situation came to an end.The situation began around 3 a.m. Saturday. Broward Sheriff’s Office and Hollywood Police responded to the scene. Several blocks were taped off and helicopters also flew over the area.The situation may have been domestic related, however, witnesses said the situation ended peacefully around 6 a.m.A car could be seen being towed from the area.Stay tuned to WSVN 7 News and wsvn.com for updates on this developing story.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Grama Darshini kicks off in Nalgonda

first_imgNarketpally (Nalgonda): District Collector Gaurav Uppal visited Akkenepally village in Narketpall mandal in the district as part of Grama Darshini programme on Friday.As part of the programme, he inspected the Primary Health Centre, Zilla Parishad High School, Anganwadi centre. He interacted with the staff and enquired about the functioning of respective organisations. Later, the Collector conducted a meeting with all mandal-level officers discussed the status of Aasara pension and payments pertaining to employment guarantee scheme. Also Read – With 61 feet high, Khairatabad Ganesh claimed to be tallest idol in India Advertise With Us The Collector also enquired about the drinking water situation in the mandal besides Mission Bhagiratha pipelines to schools, hostels and 2BHK housing sites. He also discussed sanitation situation and the progress of government flagship programme Haritha Haram besides collecting information with regard to construction of Individual Household Latrines. Officials of various departments accompanied the Collector.last_img read more

TS Govt school gets new spacious building

first_imgSantosh Nagar: The students who were crammed in a chock-a-block classrooms till last year have got a new lease of hope this academic year after the entire boysschool at Madannapetwas shifted to a more spacious and modern building. It was earlier housed in asbestos-roofed 50-year old structure.The condition of the school was highlighted by The Hans India in a report ‘Govt boys school cries for attention’ on July 7, 2018. It was reported that the which ran in a rented structure was acutely lacking in infrastructure and facing several other problems. Also Read – Techie strangled to death in Hyderabad Advertise With Us Walls were peelingoff and students faced problems during rainy season as water entered classrooms. Besides this, the school did not have clean washrooms, no light or ceiling fans. With no cleanliness being maintained, the asbestos roofing was covered with dried up leaves and the biggest problem remains lack of security arrangements. Minister Mahmood Ali sanctions MLC funds Also Read – JIH organises Eid Milap for sanitary workers Advertise With Us After learning about the problems being faced by the boys, constituency development fund for MLCs was utilised by Home Minister, Mohammed Mahmood Ali,to build a new structure. The school building was completed a few days back on a government land of 3,600 sqyds. It was inaugurated by the Minister himself along with MLA (Yakutpura) Syed Ahmed Pasha Quadri in the presence of Deputy Mayor Baba Fasiuddin and other leaders. Advertise With Us Serving the students coming from underprivileged backgrounds from localities of Santosh Nagar and Kurmaguda divisions, this school has been running for more than five decades at Madannapet Mandi under a temporary roofing of asbestos. This was started for boys and later it turned out be a school of co-education. According to faculty, the government school owing to lack of space for accommodating about 400 students of Urdu and English media, was running in two shifts. Later, the issue was taken up by the Mahmood Ali who decided to resolve the matter and offered funds at his disposal. The dream of new building for the school finally materialised and school from Madannapet was shifted to Banu Nagar in Santosh Nagar under Yakutpura constituency, within 1 km distance. Speaking about the school, Mahmood Ali said that the government was aiming to extend all the provisions of residential schools to other government schools. “For the betterment of TS, Chief Minister instructed all the public representatives to spend their funds for improving amenities at hospital and schools.” Hence,the Minister decided to focus on this school and out of Rs 5 crore funds, Rs 2.5 crore was spent on construction of groundfloor in 1,400 sqyd land and the remaining money would be be spent on other amenities, which includes playground. For the construction of another floor. remaining amount will be released shortly from funds. In near future, there would also be a junior college in same building, said Mahmood Ali. Staff expresses gratitude Expressing gratitude to Home Minister for the newly constructed school building, the staff said that the school was running in both English and Urdu medium with primary and higher sectionsin just 3classrooms. “It was congested and during rainy season the school remained closed for days, owing to water leakage through walls and ceiling which affected smooth functioning of the school, as water logging was everywhere. In this new building there won’t be any problem as in the past and students can remain there and study the whole day,” said one of the staff members.last_img read more

YouTube Kids app draws flak for advertising junk food

first_imgYouTube Kids, an app meant for children under the age of 12, is drawing flak from two advocacy groups for children in the US for carrying advertisements and promotional material for junk food and beverages.According to YouTube Kids policy, paid advertisements of junk food won’t be broadcast on the site. The app is positioned as a space that contains children-appropriate content, but the advocacy groups differ.The Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood (CCFC) and the Centre for Digital Democracy have found ads of Coca-Cola, Hershys, Nestle, etc, on the Google-owned app and have registered a complaint asking the US Federal Trade Commission to investigate YouTube Kids.In the complaint, the groups have included screenshots of the ads, promotional videos, or videos with product placement selling Reese’s peanut butter cups, Crunch bars, Hershey Kisses, Nutella, and Pop Tarts, reports Wired.com.CCFC Executive Director Josh Golin said: “Far from being a safe place for kids to explore, YouTube Kids is awash with food and beverage marketing you won’t find on other media platforms for young children.”A spokeswoman from YouTube responded: “YouTube Kids prohibits paid advertising for all food and beverage brands. We also ask YouTube creators to disclose if their videos contain paid product placement or incentivised endorsements, and we exclude those videos from the YouTube Kids app.”She added: “The app contains a wide range of content, including videos with food-related themes, but these are not paid advertisements.”The groups had registered a complaint in April when they found videos with ads included in the reel of the video as it was profitable for video creators to include advertisements. The advocacy groups argue that children won’t have the discretion to distinguish between a video and an ad, and as kids spend more and more time on the Internet today than watching television, which has some guidelines, it becomes a concerning matter.last_img read more

The Latest Lawmakers Say Flynn Sidestepped Disclosure Rules

first_img Share The Latest on the congressional probe of Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election (all times local):1:20 p.m.An attorney for former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn says that his client told the Defense Intelligence Agency that he would be traveling to Moscow to attend a gala for a Russian state-sponsored television network.Attorney Robert Kelner says Flynn also talked with the Defense Intelligence Agency staff after he returned from the trip and answered any questions they asked.Kelner’s comments came the same day the two top congressmen on a House committee investigating Flynn said that the former lieutenant general may have violated federal law by accepting tens of thousands of dollars in payments as part of the trip. Reps. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, and Elijah Cummings, D-Md., said Flynn could be criminally prosecuted because, as a former Army officer, he was barred from accepting the foreign payments._____11:20 a.m.The senior members of Congress on the House Oversight Committee say classified military documents show that the Trump administration’s former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, did not ask permission or inform the U.S. government about payments he received for appearances before Russian organizations in 2015 and for lobbying that helped Turkey’s government.Flynn’s failure to obtain permission from military authorities for the payments raises concern whether Flynn violated a constitutional ban on foreign payments to retired military officers. That’s according to Republican Rep. Jason Chaffetz and Democratic Rep. Elijah Cummings.The two leaders of the oversight committee said there was no evidence Flynn complied with federal law. They said Flynn could be criminally prosecuted, and they said Flynn should surrender the money he was paid.___10:55 a.m.The White House is refusing to provide lawmakers with information and documents related to President Donald Trump’s first national security adviser’s security clearance and payments from organizations tied to the Russian and Turkish governments.The White House was responding to requests made last month by the House Oversight committee. The committee made six requests, and the White House cited reasons it could not comply with each of them.Trump has said he fired Michael Flynn because of misleading comments he made to the vice president about his discussions with the Russian ambassador during the transition. Flynn is among the Trump associates being investigated by Congress and the FBI for possible ties between the Trump campaign and Russia._____8:45 a.m.Former acting attorney general Sally Yates is scheduled to appear at a congressional hearing next month on Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.Yates is to appear May 8 along with James Clapper, the former director of national intelligence.The hearing before a Senate Judiciary subcommittee was announced Tuesday morning.It will mark her first appearance on Capitol Hill since she was fired in late January after refusing to defend President Donald Trump’s travel ban.last_img read more

Commissioners Court Approves 25 Billion Flood Bond Proposal For Ballot

first_imgPhoto: Andrew Schneider | Houston Public MediaThe Harris County Commissioners Court has voted to place a $2.5 billion bond proposal on the August 25 ballot, asking voters to finance a 10- to 15-year program of flood mitigation projects.The Harris County Commissioners Court voted Tuesday to place a $2.5 billion bond proposal on the August 25th ballot, asking voters to finance a 10- to 15-year program of flood mitigation projects that include drainage improvements, upgraded warning systems, infrastructure repairs, home buyouts, and construction of more detention basins.According to a news release from the office of County Judge Ed Emmett, he said that the goal of the bond issue is to speed up a host of projects that ultimately will provide greater protection for county residents and their property.“After a series of catastrophic floods in recent years, Harris County residents rightly expect major improvements in the way we protect our homes and residents from disaster,” Emmett said.The news release detailed that the county’s Budget Management Department has estimated that, if passed, the bond issue would result in an overall tax rate increase of 2-3 cents per $100 assessed valuation – meaning that most homeowners would see an increase of no more than 1.4 percent in their property tax after all bonds were sold.Homeowners with an over-65 or disabled exemption and a home assessed at $200,000 or less would pay no additional taxes. Sharelast_img read more

WiSpy 24x Spectrum Analyzer

first_img Citation: Wi-Spy 2.4x Spectrum Analyzer (2008, September 2) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2008-09-wi-spy-24x-spectrum.html Explore further Wi-Spy 2.4x Spectrum Analyzer This all new version has both its hardware and software upgraded. The Wi-Spy is the world’s smallest 2.4 GHz spectrum analyzer that helps troubleshoot and analyze Wi-Fi networks for interference. A unique experiment to explore black holes The Wi-Spy 2.4 GHz spectrum analyzer is a valuable tool that can be used in setting up a Wi-Fi wireless network in a congested office building or even in your home-office. It’s also a valuable tool in helping isolate and identify sources of interference.The Wi-Spy is about the size of a USB memory stick with an antenna at the end. There is also software component that gets installed on your laptop that displays all the graphs that help you isolate and identify the sources of interference. The software consists of Chanalyzer 3.0 analysis utility that can be installed on a Windows base machine. You can find third party software, on the web, for a Mac and Linux OS.The Chanalyzer 3.0 program provides you with three different views of your data. You have a spectral, planar, and topographic view, all of which can be resized or hidden on your display. Each view provides you with important data that will help you analyze your signal or interference sources.Chanalyzer’s planar view displays the current Wi-Fi signals across each frequency against a backdrop of the maximum and average signal levels. The spectral view shows you the same information plotted historically over time. Both of these views will give you an idea of which channels are the busiest and which ones have little activity. The topographic view is the one that will help you identify a source of interference by displaying signatures of the sources. Interfering sources can be from a W-Fi network, baby monitor, microwave, cordless phone, wireless USB devices and so forth. The Chanalyzer’s Signature Sidebar can help you identify these sources of interference.The Chanalyzer provides other helpful visual aids that can assist you in identifying sources of interference. There is even an inspector tool that will display data about any point on a graph just by moving your mouse over it.The Chanalyzer automatically collects and stores all data that is picked up by the Wi-Spy 2.4x device. You will also find an adjustable timeline that lets you view recorded data and center in on a narrow period of time. All data can be saved for future reference and you can even enter in your own notes. The Wi-Spy 2.4x is sold by MetaGeek for $399 and is a valuable tool for Wi-Fi installations and troubleshooting. MetaGeek also offers a library, on its website, of recordings created by other companies that can help you identify sources of interference. via: Thinkgeek and Practically Networked 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.last_img read more

Inform Bagan drub Salgaocar

first_imgSony Norde and Katsumi Yusa struck one each as Mohun Bagan downed Salgaocar 3-1 in an action-packed second-half to maintain their stronghold atop the table in the I-League football tournament at Vidyasagar Krirangan on Friday.The second-half saw all the four goals as Denson Devadas gave Mohun Bagan the lead (51st) but within a minute the Goans brought the game on an even keel after Augustin Fernandes smashed in from close range from a freekick.The city heavyweights, however, grabbed the lead in the 70th minute when Katsumi Yusa from a Norde corner as the Japanese snatched a loose ball from the rebound off Salgaocar goalkeeper Subrata Paul. Norde then gave Mohun Bagan a commanding lead in the 85th minute when the Haitian recruit cut in from the left leaving two defenders for dead and fired in from just outside the box. The win enabled Mohun Bagan (24 pts) establish a four-point lead over defending champions Bengaluru FC with one match in hand.last_img read more

Philips Warns of Cybersecurity Vulnerabilities in IntelliSpace and iSite PACS Products

first_img Related Content News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 7:33Loaded: 2.15%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -7:33 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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The company cautioned that while it has received no reports of patient harm, the vulnerabilities in question could impact or potentially compromise patient confidentiality, system integrity and/or system availability.Philips identified the cybersecurity vulnerabilities, predominantly in third-party components, that if fully exploited may allow low-skill attackers remote entry to the applications. Once inside, any attackers could potentially:Provide unexpected input into the applications;Execute arbitrary code;Alter the intended control flow of the system;Access sensitive information; orPotentially cause a system crash.The company said its own analysis does not suggest the vulnerabilities would impact clinical use. This is largely due to the fact that IntelliSpace PACS is operated in a managed service environment that adheres to the latest recommendations of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Industrial Control Systems Cyber Emergency Response Team (ICS-CERT). The company also noted that it uses an automated antivirus solution and offers a monthly recurring patch program for IntelliSpace customers.ICS-CERT released its own advisory that describes the vulnerabilities in further detail. Read the full ICS-CERT advisory here.Philips is offering customers three potential pathways to address the security vulnerabilities:Enrolling in the recurring patch program, which Philips said will remediate 86 percent of all known vulnerabilities;Option 1 plus updating system firmware, which will remediate 87 percent of all known vulnerabilities, including all known critical vulnerabilities;Option 2 plus upgrading to IntelliSpace PACS 4.4.5x with Windows operating system 2012, which addresses product hardening. Philips said this option will remediate 99.9 percent of all the known vulnerabilities, including all critical vulnerabilities.Remediation options are provided at no charge for Philips customers on full service delivery model contracts.For more information: www.usa.philips.com/healthcare News | Electronic Medical Records (EMR) | August 01, 2019 DrChrono Teams With DeepScribe to Automate Medical Note Taking in EHR DrChrono Inc. and DeepScribe announced a partnership so medical practices using DrChrono EHR can use artificial… read more FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Cybersecurity | April 16, 2018 Philips Warns of Cybersecurity Vulnerabilities in IntelliSpace and iSite PACS Products Company says it has not received any reports of patient harm from vulnerabilities, but is offering remediation options for its customerslast_img read more

5 questions for Costa Rican tribal dancer Vanessa Messeguer

first_imgRelated posts:5 questions for a Costa Rican belly dancer 5 questions for Costa Rican pole trainer Elena Hütt 5 questions for a Costa Rican designer 5 questions for a Costa Rican painter Facebook Comments Our “Weekend Arts Spotlight” presents Sunday interviews with artists who are from, working in, or inspired by Costa Rica, ranging from writers and actors to dancers and musicians. Do you know of an artist we should consider, whether a long-time favorite or an up-and-comer? Email us at kstanley@ticotimes.net.center_img Vanessa Messeguer, 33, is a dancer with a dizzying array of styles at her command: she practices Tribal Fusion Style, Improvisation Tribal Style, American Tribal Style, belly dance, pole dancing and fire shows, among many others. At the moment, she is the only certified Improvisation Tribal Style teacher in Central America. She teaches tribal dance at Aidah Manaar Academy, and pole dancing and what she describes as sexy style at Glo Studio Academy, soon to expand to Da Corpo Academy as well. She has also given workshops all around the country, and is producer and artistic director of Circo de La Luna.American Tribal Style is a derivation of belly dancing that, instead of being an individual performance, seeks to make it group performance, a tribe of dancers expressing one common voice. At present, Messeguer is part of a group with three other leaders of the Improvisation Fusion Style in Costa Rica (María Campos, Paula Campos, and Pilar Quesada), who are rehearsing at Tierra Fertil Academy and will debut at the Flower Hips Festival in April.The Tico Times visited Tierra Fertil Academy to talk to Messeguer about her career. Excerpts follow.How did you become a dancer?I have been dancing since I was 3 years old: modern dance and ballet. I graduated from Castella High School. At first, I was studying dance, but then I changed to theater, which actually has helped me a lot with my career. After I finished high school, I started working with an independent [modern dance] group called “Metamorfosis” which is where I fell in love with belly dancing.At time there were very few belly-dancing teachers here [in Costa Rica] and I really wanted to learn. When I found my teacher, Ericka Zayas-Bazan, it was like love at first sight between both of us. I told her I practiced juggling with fire, and she told me she was interested in working with me because she worked with fire too and wanted to make a group of dancers performing with fire. She trained me, for free, for many years. And, it was because of her that I found the American Tribal Style. Once, Caro Dumanni, who is the best performers in tribal, organized a tribal dance festival and invited great dancers, there was where I met my current teacher, Amy Sigil. When I saw Amy dancing, I fall in love with her dancing. Vanessa Messeguer performs American Tribal Style. (Courtesy of Vanessa Messeguer)How could you describe your dancing style?My idea has always been to create my own style. I’ve taken Flamenco classes, tap, belly dancing; at some point what I wanted was to get all those dances together and create my own style. There’s when I found tribal, which actually is the dance that opens those doors to create new styles. When I met Amy Sigil, I saw her tribal style, and it’s really different. She mixes it with hip hop and modern dance, with a strong personality on the stage, and I really liked it. So, I started taking classes with her. Anytime she came to Costa Rica I took every single workshop with her.I really like one of the fusion style branches called Gothic Fusion Style. It is darker: the music, the costumes, movements, makeup. I focus more on the sexy style, like a dark sexy style.What made you fall in love with tribal dance?The concept behind it, the philosophy. A women’s empowerment philosophy. Between women we support each other, we are together, we are sisters, and go along with each other. Besides, the fact that most of the girls have tattoos, dress in black, like all dark, when I saw that I thought, “This is my place.” And, that aspect, women’s empowerment and the power of girls, that made fall in love with it.Dancing has a lot of benefits, any kind of dancing. It helps with coordination, which is amazing, also helps you improve your cardio, blood circulation, lose weight. Belly dancing, specifically, helps you a lot with your femininity. As you move your hips a lot and all the chakras located in that area, it helps improve digestion, femininity, self-esteem, menstrual pain, empowerment. This dance really helps to empower women and make them stronger. That’s what I love and what I always try to transmit with my classes. Nowadays, women are still lagging behind, but, this dance actually empowers us, besides all the other physical benefits. Also, it really helps girls who had been raped. It helps them get over those issues.What does it mean to be a successful dancer? To me, it means to love what you do and that when you express it to people, they can appreciate it. It’s different to be a successful dancer than to be a successful teacher.I’m the only Improvisation Tribal Style teacher in Central America. The only person who can certify a teacher is the inventor of this style, who is Amy Sigil. To apply you have to take the teacher training in the United States, and then present your exam online. She tells you what you need to improve, so you can present your exam again, or if you do it perfectly on the first try then she can certify you. I did the teacher training in May 2015, and got my certification in October.But as a successful dancer, [the main thing is to] really love to be onstage and transmit it. The most important thing is to love the dance. The passion, the devotion, the practice. Because not only the passion will make a good dancer, you have to work hard, train hard. The passion goes hand-in-hand with hard training to really be successful. Vanessa Messeguer at a fire show. (Courtesy of Vanessa Messeguer)How does your circus work?The Circus started in 2007 [with three women]. We started working with fire, belly dancing, aerial silks. When I was part of the group Metamorphosis, people called me to perform at shows, but they also used to ask me to take another artist with me for a different type of performance. So I thought I had to do something because they were [suggesting that I function as] a producer. I thought it would be a good idea for the future, because I won’t be able to dance for the rest of my life, to earn money as a performer.So, that’s why I got more into the production [with the Circus]. I have already worked for really good brands, have worked for many clubs too. I was the director of Dolce Agency, so that opened many doors. I work for Club Vertigo; I do a lot of performances there and create productions for them. I also work for Jogo Production, with Noe Chavarría, Circo Vivo, Rodrigo Piedra.At the beginning I did auditions and had a group of approximately 20 people. I chose people who were good but weren’t professionals; it was really nice group we did amazing projects. Now, most of them are professionals. I do not say it’s all my merit, because it’s not… but I brought them into that world, to start with their performances.I also worked with many street artists, but it didn’t work out. We couldn’t agree on many things, so I stopped having groups and started working with professionals whom I call only when I need them.last_img read more

Pan Pacific Hotels to develop PARKROYAL Parramatta

first_imgTo utilise Parramatta City’s development boom, Pan Pacific Hotels have announced plans for a multi-million dollar extension of PARKROYAL Parramatta in Sydney.The redevelopment will cost AU$25 million, and it will commence in March this year and make PARKROYAL Parramatta the largest hotel in Parramatta, boasting 286 guestrooms by June 2016.With Parramatta City set for an AU$8 billion building investment over the next five years, the city’s skyline will be dramatically reshaped by over 32 new residential, commercial and key public features.PARKROYAL Parramatta’s extension is a timely response to growing business demands in the city, with the 15-month project involving the construction of a new seven-storey tower.The addition of four meeting rooms will bring PARKROYAL Parramatta’s total number of conference and meeting spaces to 12 rooms, making it the largest meetings and events hotel in Parramatta.Pan Pacific Hotels Group area general manager Oceania Craig Bond, said that there has been great reception for all three PARKROYAL properties in Sydney and Melbourne.“The development of PARKROYAL Parramatta is in line with our strategy to grow our brands in key destinations across Asia Pacific. The multi-million dollar investment also highlights PARKROYAL’s contribution to Parramatta City Council’s Economic Development Strategy,” Mr Bond said.Elsewhere in Sydney, Pan Pacific Hotels Group owns and manages PARKROYAL Darling Harbour, Sydney which was named ‘Redeveloped Accommodation Hotel of the Year” at the 2013 Tourism Accommodation Australia NSW Awards for Excellence.Source = ETB Travel News: Lewis Wisemanlast_img read more