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  • UN expert urges fair trial of those responsible for attempt to abduct

    An independent United Nations human rights expert today urged a full investigation of the recent alleged attempt to abduct children from Chad and fly them to France, and called for a fair trial for those responsible.The Special Rapporteur on the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography, Juan Miguel Petit, issued a statement in Geneva voicing concern about the recent incidents in Abeché, eastern Chad leading to the arrest of some members of a non-governmental organization (NGO) called “Arche de Zoé/Child Rescue” following its alleged attempt to abduct and transfer 103 children to France for alleged adoption.“I call upon both Chadian and French authorities to fully investigate and shed light about the circumstances surrounding the capture of the children. Those found responsible for violations of the rights of the child must be brought to justice and tried in accordance with international fair trial standards,” he said.“I also call upon all parties to take steps to prevent further abuses, always bearing in mind the best interests of children and to respect the relevant international instruments,” he added, citing various treaties including the Hague Agreement on the Protection and Cooperation in respect of Inter-country Adoption.Mr. Petit also commended the efforts of international humanitarian and national agencies on the ground “which are deploying remarkable efforts to ensure the protection of the children involved, including the immediate provision of basic humanitarian assistance.” 6 November 2007An independent United Nations human rights expert today urged a full investigation of the recent alleged attempt to abduct children from Chad and fly them to France, and called for a fair trial for those responsible. read more

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  • BlackBerry Ltds QNX envisions world where potholes and broken elevators get fixed

    TORONTO — Finally, someone might fix those potholes littering your neighbourhood.At least that’s the hope of developers at Ottawa-based QNX Software Systems, who foresee equipping cars with sensors that automatically send data on road conditions — such as potholes — to city officials.“If a car is hitting a crazy bump at a similar GPS location and other cars are doing the same, (the vehicle) can actually share that information with the municipality . . . Wouldn’t it be nice if you could actually prioritize the problems?” asks Derek Kuhn, vice-president of sales and marketing for QNX.QNX, which was acquired by BlackBerry four years ago, wants to lift the veil of mystery how machines can provide detailed information about everyday life.We are able to share things so there can be efficienciesBroken elevators are an annoyance for most people, but QNX sees them as an opportunity. Kuhn says the company’s technology can use sensors inside the elevator to help mechanics determine the problem before they step inside the building and give them the chance to have replacement parts at the ready.“We are able to share things so there can be efficiencies,” Kuhn says.The initiative is the backbone of Project Ion, a development underway at BlackBerry that’s intended provide analytics data for various industries. It’s part of the “Internet of Things” movement, a buzzy phrase used to describe the technology which connects various objects to one network.“It’s the things that we don’t think have any kind of computing brain,” Kuhn says.Still in its infancy, it’s widely expected that more devices used throughout our daily lives — from automobiles to fridges — will be linked on a network which allows remote access and control of information.BlackBerry believes its handsets, QNX’s software, and the security infrastructure between them, can play a major role in building out the next stage in the digital evolution.QNX developed the smartphone operating system that became the platform for BlackBerry 10 phones, but a growing part of its business relies on partnerships with automakers for dashboard “infotainment” systems and what will ultimately be a vehicle that’s connected to the outside world.The company’s software is also frequently used in medical devices to help manufacturers develop some defibrillators as well as patient monitoring and blood analysis systems.Pinpoint accuracy that’s built into QNX software allows variations of the technology to be used in everything from laser eye surgery equipment to autonomous forklifts.Despite its presence in so many different technologies, QNX is still a widely misunderstood company that hasn’t mainstream recognition.“We’re not prone to being a household brand,” Kuhn said. “We’ve just always been behind things that are cool.” read more

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  • Enbridge posts higher secondquarter profits books 40M in Alberta spill costs

    Enbridge posts higher second-quarter profits, books $40M in Alberta spill costs AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Lauren Krugel, The Canadian Press Posted Aug 1, 2013 10:36 am MDT CALGARY – Enbridge Inc. has posted higher second-quarter profits as new pipelines in the oilsands region of northeastern Alberta came into service and the Seaway pipeline to the U.S. Gulf Coast contributed higher earnings.The Calgary-based company (TSX:ENB) said adjusted earnings — which strip out the effects of one-time or unusual items — were $306 million, or 38 cents per share, up from $274 million, or 36 cents per share.Net earnings were $42 million, or five cents per share, up from $8 million, or a penny per share, a year earlier.The net earnings included $40 million in after-tax, pre insurance-recovery costs related to an oil spill from its Line 37 pipeline in northern Alberta this spring, when the province was experiencing historic flooding.In late June, about 750 barrels of crude leaked from the line, which carries oil from the Long Lake oilsands project to its Cheecham Terminal.“Our highest priority is the safety and protection of people and the environment. The conditions that led to this incident resulted from a one-in-100 year water-level event, which made site access and remediation very challenging,” said CEO Al Monaco in a release.“We are proud of the Enbridge team and contractors and appreciate the rapid, professional and safe response to the incident. We also worked closely with our customers to mitigate impacts to their operations to the extent possible.”The spill cleanup is mostly complete and all surrounding pipelines that had been shut down as a precaution have been returned to full service.Enbridge is Canada’s dominant oil shipper with a vast network connecting markets across North America. It also has a natural gas distribution business and a growing renewable energy portfolio.Enbridge is looking to connect western crude to refineries in the East by reversing the flow of its existing Line 9 pipeline.Line 9 currently ships imported crude from Montreal to a refinery in southwestern Ontario. The reversal would provide less expensive domestic supplies of crude to refineries such as Suncor’s (TSX:SU) in Montreal, which could be retooled to handle heavier crudes.Pipeline rival TransCanada Corp. (TSX:TRP) announced Wednesday that its Energy East pipeline, which is also geared toward linking western crude to eastern markets, is a-go. TransCanada plans to spend $12 billion to ship up to 1.1 million barrels of crude to refineries as far as Saint John, N.B.A regulatory decision is expected later this year on Enbridge’s Northern Gateway pipeline, a controversial proposal to ship 550,000 barrels per day of oilsands crude across British Columbia to the West Coast port of Kitimat, B.C.The $6-billion project faces significant obstacles, including vehement opposition from First Nations along the proposed route and skepticism from B.C. Premier Christy Clark over the safety of the project.Northern Gateway would enable landlocked Canadian crude to fetch a higher prices in lucrative Asian markets. read more

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  • 11 years later Sony PlayStation 2 is still the king

    first_imgWhen it comes to consoles, eleven years is forever. Nintendo managed to put out three different consoles in a eleven year span — the NES, SNES and N64. Once the N64 rolled around, Nintendo wasn’t even producing the NES anymore, letting alone selling any of them.You know what’s still selling in droves eleven years in now though> The Sony PlayStation 2. Despite the fact that the PlayStation 3 has been on the market for five years now, the PS2 not only still sells… it sells well. Sometimes even well enough to outsell the PlayStation Portable.How well is the PS2 doing? According to Sony’s latest numbers, they will have sold six million PlayStation 2’s by the end of the fiscal year, which is next quarter. That’s simply incredible for an eleven year old console… and is enough to make the PS2 the most successful console in history, with over $152 million sold. Even the NES never managed those kinds of numbers.How has Sony managed to keep the PS2 such a success after so many years? My guess it there’s a lot of factors at play here. For one thing, if you want backwards compatibility with your vintage PS2 game library, you pretty much need to buy a $99 PS2 these days… and the quality of that library is extensive. In fact, the PS2 game library to this day might be the best game library of any console ever. Additionally, the PS2 isn’t old enough for the graphics to look ridiculously behind the times, and especially on an SDTV, the benefits of paying more for a next-gen console are limited. The PS2 hardware is cheap and excellent, as are the games. At the end of the day, the sales are a result of that quality. Why be surprised?Read more at Kotakulast_img read more

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  • Ubuntu 1304 named Raring Ringtail

    first_imgToday sees the launch of Ubuntu 12.10, which is called Quantic Quetzal. And while users will be scrambling to download and try out the new operating system, Canonical will be working towards the next release: 13.04. That also means it needs a new name.Canonical CEO Mark Shuttleworth has been quick to react and this morning posted the winner. Ubuntu 13.04 will be called Raring Ringtail.The Ringtail part refers to a Ring-tailed raccoon, which is native to North America. It’s typically dark brown with a distinctive balck and white striped tail, has large purple eyes, and is smaller than your typical housecat. It is very agile though, with an ankle that can rotate 180 degrees making it a great climber.That agility and flexibility is maybe what made Canonical select it for the name as Ubuntu 13.04 is aiming to be just that. Shuttleworth’s blog post is mostly full of “r”-heavy words that don’t give much away, but he does point to the next release of the OS leading to a ” leaner, sharper, more mobile world.” He also mentions looking at cutting memory footprint, fewer running processes, using battery life as a key metric, and polishing the rough edges. It sounds like Raring Ringtail is all about optimization.Development on Raring Ringtail gets going on October 25 with the features being frozen on November 22 and Alpha 1 landing on December 6. Alpha 2 arrives on February 7, Beta 1 is March 7, and Beta 2 is March 28. If everything goes to plan we’ll be downloading the final release of Ubuntu 13.04 on April 25 next year.Read more at Mark Shuttleworth’s blog and Ubuntu Release Schedulelast_img read more

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  • Dora support for Gaza

    first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Greece wants to play a key role in encouraging peace in the Middle East and strongly supports a two-state solution, Foreign Minister Dora Bakoyannis said in an interview with Egyptian newspaper Al-Ahram last week. Bakoyannis was at an international aid conference to raise funds for  Gaza. Greece is already offering 25 million euros aid to Gaza and committed to an additional $5 million euros to assist with the reconstruction of Gaza as well as food and medical aid.last_img read more

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  • Des chercheurs identifient deux nouveaux dinosaures

    first_imgDes chercheurs identifient deux nouveaux dinosauresUne équipe de scientifiques canadiens viennent d’identifier deux nouvelles espèces de dinosaures à partir de fossiles découverts dans les fameux “Badlands” au sud d’Alberta au Canada. Ce site est l’un des cimetières de dinosaures les plus riches du monde. Les fossiles, l’un issu d’un site près de la frontière entre Alberta et Montana et l’autre du Dinosaur Provincial Park à l’est de Calgary, ont été découverts il y a déjà plusieurs années. Mais ce n’est que maintenant que les chercheurs, menés par Michael Ryan, ont pu les identifier. Une équipe de scientifiques canadiens qui comprend aussi le paléontologue David Evans du Royal Ontario Museum, Philip Currie, le légendaire chasseur de dragons, Caleb Brown de l’Université de Toronto et Don Brinkman du Royal Tyrrell Museum of Paleontology.L’un des deux fossiles semble être celui d’une famille de dinosaures de petite taille qui vivaient en Amérique du Nord. L’autre semble plutôt appartenir à une famille d’herbivores, cousins des Tricératops. Néanmoins, les nouveaux dinosaures semblent tout deux appartenir à la famille des leptoceratopsidés, connus pour s’être développée au Canada et en Asie. Grâce aux fossiles, l’équipe a pu déterminer que le premier spécimen, le Gryphoceraops morrisoni, mesurait environ deux mètres de long pour 90 kilogrammes, et aurait vécu il y a un peu plus de 83 millions d’années, faisant de lui l’un des plus vieux de son espèce. Ceci indiquerait que les leptoceratopsidés se sont développés et diversifiés durant l’ère du Crétacé. Découvert en 1995 par Philip Currie au Dinosaur Provinciel Park, la mâchoire fossilisée du deuxième spécimen a récemment été identifié et a permis de le baptiser Unescoceratops koppelhusae. L’herbivore mesurait moins de deux mètres de long et pesait également autour de 90 kilos. Il aurait vécu il y a environ 75 millions d’années. Comme l’explique Michael Ryan, du musée d’Histoire naturelle de Cleveland, “cette découverte remplit de nombreux blancs dans l’histoire de l’évolution des petits dinosaures à cornes, qui ne possèdent pourtant pas les grandes cornes de leurs cousins, les tricératops”, rapporte le National Post. D’autres espèces de dinosaures déjà découvertes À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Selon lui, “bien que les dinosaures à cornes soient originaires d’Asie, les leptoceratopsidés se sont rapidement développés en Amérique du Nord”. “D’habitude, on trouve peu de fossiles de dinosaures de petite taille. C’est pourquoi, une telle découverte représente une avancée énorme dans notre compréhension de l’écologie et de l’évolution des dinosaures”, précise David Evans. Son co-équipier, Michael Ryan, rajoute : “depuis huit ans, nous travaillons avec nos étudiants afin de découvrir de nouvelles informations sur l’environnement qui pourrait avoir vu le jour et s’être terminé avec le Tyrannosaurus rex”.Ainsi, Michael Ryan a contribué à la découverte de plusieurs espèces de dinosaures au cours des dernières années. En mai 2010, il a mené l’équipe de recherche qui a baptisé une autre espèce de dinosaure à cornes, le Medusaceratops lokii. En décembre dernier, ce spécialiste et six autres confrères ont également identifié une autre espèce de dinosaure, le Spinops sternbergorum, à partir d’un fossile découvert en 1916.Découvrez ces deux nouvelles espèces de dinosaures en images sur Maxisciences Le 16 mars 2012 à 13:32 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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  • 5 Things You Can Expect From the Symbiote Infused Venom Film

    first_imgStay on target Jake Gyllenhaal Avoids Questions About Mysterio in Sinister SixSony Pictures CEO Says ‘Door Is Closed’ for Now on Spider-Man Split Like the famous black symbiotic goo that patiently hides in the shadows; attacking its vulnerable host out of nowhere, a Venom film was slated for release last today.Earlier this evening, the ERC Box Office first reported that Sony has a Venom standalone film in the works. The villainous anti-hero film is slated to release in theaters on October 5, 2018. Director of this year’s remake of The Mummy, Alex Kurtzman is lined up to direct.It has been a while since we have heard anything on the project. The last bit of information involving the film was in early 2016. Edge of Tomorrow‘s Dante Harper was hired on to write a draft for the movie.Sony has wanted to put out a solo Venom film for a long time now. So much so that it jeopardized the original Spider-Man film franchise as a whole. This time around it looks like Sony is taking their time with this one by keeping the Venom saga separate from the (soon to be released) Tom Holland Spider-Man films.So what can we expect from a stand alone VENOM film?ViolenceAfter Fox’s success with Deadpool and Logan in the box office, I think it’s safe to say that mature and violent superhero movies are not going away for some time. I’d even put money down and say the reason the Venom film has instantly been given a release date is a knee jerk reaction from Sony after Logan brought in more than $163,000,000 this month.Eddie BrockEven though Sam Rami’s third installment in the original Spider-Man franchise included Peter Parker’s journalist rival at the Daily Bugle, I think we can all agree that Topher Grace was the wrong choice to portray the “large” hot headed symbiote wielder. Technically the host can be anyone. But if Sony wants to buy back fans of the jagged-toothed villain, they need to take a page out of Fox’s Deadpool book and make us forget about their first adaptation of the character entirely and stick to what we know. Then have fun with different hosts in the sequels/tie-ins.Spider-ManI don’t care what the studio is saying right now. If you are going to do a Venom film, you have to incorporate Peter Parker and his universe in some way. I think Sony is playing it safe at the moment by saying it will not be connected for many reasons. The big one is their negotiations with Disney and sharing the Spider-Man character. Fox could go as dark as they wanted to with Logan because they are in control of the X-Men/Mutant license. It would not look good on Sony’s part to release an all ages Spider-Man: Homecoming, only to then tie it into an R-rated side story to that franchise. Sony has their ducks in a row and is strategically playing them one by one. Besides, what kind of fun is it if you give away a tie-in before the film’s release? Let audiences want the web-slinger.HorrorThe symbiote story arcs were always aimed for the more mature readers of the Marvel Universe, (the supervillain was co-created by Todd McFarlane after all.) Lots of Innocent lives were lost when Venom showed his face around. In Venom’s original story line, Eddie Brock is searching for a serial killer and tries to expose his true identity. That is until Peter Parker exposes the real serial killer’s identity, leaving Brock embarrassed and enraged. The symbiotic goo almost echoes the classic tale of The Wolfman. Taking all that emotion and anger that is deep inside and forcing it front and center, transforming the suitor into an all-powerful killing machine. If Sony is not going to connect this story to any other superhero films, do something different like Fox did with Logan. Make me borderline terrified of Venom! Create a stylistic suspense thriller involving hunting down serial killers and make the new kind of monster film Hollywood has yet to see.More Symbiote HostsYou didn’t think I could get through this post without mentioning Carnage at all did you? No matter what happens in this stand alone Venom film, the comic reading audience will want more iterations of who the symbiote will take a host of next. Sure, many characters over the years have been powerful enough to control the galactic sludge. But it was serial killer Cletus Kasady who rivaled Venom, not just in popularity, but power. Kasady was a natural born killer. Possibly the perfect host for the symbiote to take control of. This is where we pull our fallen hero back to the light side to fight something even darker than himself. Now obviously this would be a movie or two later, but I would not be surprised to start already seeing hints of Kasady in the first film, or even something after the credits to keep the ravaging symbiotic freaks wanting more!Overall I am honestly really excited about this announcement. Probably because I still envision the animated Castlevania series producer Adi Shankar’s take on Venom as the possible overall look and feel of this future film (One can only dream I guess.) The early 90’s kid in me is just hoping we receive a proper treatment to one of Spider-Man’s best villains of all time, in hopes that we can leave that last incarnation in the past. I’d be completely content with a vicious and dark symbiotic trilogy of terror!View as: One Page Slides1. Venom Candy Bowl HolderBuy Me Now2. Venom Grin Graphic TeeBuy Me Now3. Venom by Rick Remender: The Complete Collection Volume 1Buy Me Now4. Funko Venom Exclusive Bobble HeadBuy Me Now5. Venom Bust BankBuy Me Nowlast_img read more

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  • CDC will run out of money for Zika

    first_imgThe federal agency leading the public health response to the Zika threat in the United States will run out of funding to combat the mosquito-borne virus by late September, its director said Monday.“The cupboard is bare,” said Tom Frieden, who heads the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “Basically, we’re out of money, and we need Congress to act to allow us to respond effectively.”Of the $222 million that the CDC allocated for domestic Zika response this year, about $200 million has been committed, Frieden said during a media roundtable in Washington. “The rest will be gone by the end of September.”The timing further raises the threat for high-risk states along the Gulf Coast, particularly if Congress again fails to act on the Obama administration’s emergency funding request when lawmakers return to Washington next month.“We’re in peak mosquito season” — which typically lasts through October in the United States — and if transmission starts occurring more broadly, CDC “might not have the resources” to respond and send teams to support local and state officials, Frieden said.last_img read more

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  • Messi is better than Ronaldo Lineker

    first_imgThe former Barcelona striker says there’s no debate on how good the Argentinean player is in the world of football.The eternal debate of who is better between Barcelona’s Lionel Messi and Juventus’ Cristiano Ronaldo is still on the table.But for former Barcelona striker Gary Lineker, the answer is very simple: Argentina’s Lionel Messi.“He’s just phenomenal. He’s 31 now and he’s still going strong,” he told talkSPORT.“He plays the game in a way the rest of us are not familiar with.”“I watch a lot of football, and people pine on this whole Messi vs Ronaldo debate; there’s no comparison for me,” he explained.“They watch a bit of English football and they think La Liga is a walk in the park.”“But they actually win most competitions going, domestically and in Europe,” he added.Romelu Lukaku, Inter MilanLukaku backed to beat Ronaldo in Serie A scoring charts Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Former Inter Milan star Andy van der Meyde is confident Romelu Lukaku will outscore Cristiano Ronaldo in this season’s Serie A.“Messi is on a different level to everybody else, it’s as simple as that.”“People say to me what about Ronaldo’s goalscoring record and so forth,” Lineker continued talking.“But I say to them have you seen Messi pass a football? Have you seen him dribble towards the goal?”“The all-around joy he brings to football is what I love about him.”“Even on his off-days he’ll do three or four things that take your breath away,” he said.“He also scores goals as well – I think some people forget that! He’s such a great team player, too.”Messi was part of today’s 0-0 draw between Spanish La Liga side Barcelona and French Ligue 1 club Lyon.The game was part of the UEFA Champions League Round of 16.last_img read more

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  • In 4 hours 40 crashes reported in NW Ore

    first_imgPORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon State Police reports that between 6 a.m. and 10 a.m. Thursday, the agency fielded more than 40 reports of car crashes in northwest Oregon as icy condition plagued roads.Temperatures dropped to below freezing in Oregon and the Pacific Northwest on Thursday, creating conditions for ‘black ice’ on roadways. Two of the crashes involved Oregon State Police cars.In one crash, an Oregon State Police trooper lost control of his patrol car near Salem and struck another vehicle while responding to a call of another crash. The other Oregon State Patrol crash happened near Timber Junction when a car that lost control on an icy road struck a parked patrol car at the scene of another crash. The trooper had to jump out of the way to avoid being struck.With temperatures again low Friday, Oregon State Police is encouraging drivers to be more vigilant, slow down and maintain safe distances between cars.last_img read more

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  • Over 13 million in drugs intercepted near Puerto Rico

    first_imgSAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (WSVN) — The Coast Guard made a big drug bust while at sea near Puerto Rico.Over $13 million worth of cocaine and heroin were intercepted near Puerto Rico, Tuesday.The Coast Guard worked with the DEA and other agencies and stopped a vessel in the Caribbean with the drugs on board.Two suspected smugglers have since been arrested.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

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  • Facebook sues two app developers for ad fraud

    first_img Share your voice Facebook is cracking down on advertising fraud.  Angela Lang/CNET Facebook said Tuesday it’s suing two app developers in Asia for making money from advertising fraud, highlighting how the social network is cracking down on abuse on the platform.The app developers LionMobi in Hong Kong and JediMobi in Singapore released apps on the Google Play Store that infected a user’s phone with malware to make it appear as if they clicked on Facebook ads when they didn’t, Facebook alleges. That generated fake user clicks on Facebook ads in what the social network calls “click injection fraud.”LionMobi denied the allegations. The company said it removed third-party software development kits that were integrated in its products and that may have violated Facebook’s rules.”LionMobi has long adhered to the Facebook advertising policy and has never obtained any illegal income by so-called click injection fraud on the Facebook platform,” the company said in a statement.LionMobi released the app “Power Clean – Antivirus and Phone Cleaner App” and JediMobi created a calculator app called “Calculator Plus” for Android devices. Both developers used their apps to install malware on people’s phones last year that generated fake clicks on ads, according to a lawsuit filed Tuesday in the US District Court for the Northern District of California. The Power Clean app has more than 100 million downloads and the Calculator Plus app has been downloaded more than 5 million times, according to the Google Play Store. Facebook offers a product known as the Audience Network that lets advertisers show their ads to people on apps and websites that aren’t developed by Facebook. App developers get a slice of the money generated from these Facebook ads and that amount depends on how many people clicked on the ads. The lawsuit doesn’t say how much money these developers made from their alleged scheme. The companies also targeted Google for ad dollars, according to the lawsuit. Facebook alleges that the developers breached a contract with the company and harmed Facebook’s image, which has already been tarnished by a series of privacy and security scandals. The companies also violated a federal and state law against fraud, according to the lawsuit. “Facebook detected this fraud as part of our continuous efforts to investigate and stop abuse by app developers and any abuse of our advertising products,” Jessica Romero, Facebook’s director of platform enforcement and litigation, said in a blog post. CNET reached out to Facebook about how many people and advertisers were affected. Facebook said it didn’t have anything else to add beyond what’s in the lawsuit and its blog post. The social network refunded advertisers in March and disabled the developers’ Facebook accounts. JediMobi didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.Originally published Aug. 6, 2:59 p.m. PT.Updates, 3:48 p.m.: Includes more information from lawsuit; Aug. 7: Adds statement from LionMobi. 1 Tags Mobile Tech Industry Facebook Commentlast_img read more

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  • Rohingya crisis presents economic opportunity

    first_imgIn this photo taken on 13 August, 2018, a Rohingya worker transports sacks of dried fish from a barge at Teknaf port near Cox`s Bazar. Photo: AFPCaptain Min Min, a Buddhist from Myanmar, looks on as a stream of Muslim Rohingya labourers zig-zag up narrow gangplanks hauling sacks of ginger from his boat onto Bangladeshi soil-one of many seizing the economic opportunities presented by a refugee crisis.“I don’t worry about conflict… everything is just business,” the ethnic Rakhine skipper says, offering whiskey, cigarettes and big betel nut-stained smiles as he waits for his nine-tonne cargo to be unloaded.The Bangladeshi district of Cox’s Bazar now hosts around one million Rohingya from Myanmar, the vast majority of whom fled their country a year ago, driven out by the army and mobs of ethnic Rakhine, who falsely brand the Muslim minority as “Bengali” intruders.The makeshift Rohingya camps have now congealed into tent cities spread out across hills and farmland.They contain new and dynamic economies, pump-primed by donor money and driven by a captive market of hundreds of thousands in need of food, shelter, work and-for those who can afford it-consumer goods.For generations trade has diluted ethnic and religious rivalries among the Rakhine, Rohingya and Bangladeshis who flit between the two countries.Commerce was barely interrupted as scores of Rohingya villages were torched in August last year, sparking an exodus of around 700,000 people by land and sea into Bangladesh.The skies were heavy with smoke, but Min Min says he carried on delivering his ‘Made in Myanmar’ cargo to Teknaf port-rice, ginger, make-up, noodles and the “ainshi” chestnuts ubiquitous at Rohingya snack stalls.The refugee influx has been good for business, adds his friend Thoin Line, an ethnic Rakhine importer from the Bangladesh side of the border.“The Rohingya are tough… they work night and day,” he says, adding, “and their wages are not too high.”Below, a line of drenched, wiry workers emerge from the hull of the boat, each shouldering two 30-kilogramme (66-pound) sacks of ginger imported from Myanmar.They will earn between 300-500 taka ($3-6) a day for their back-breaking efforts-a decent wage of sorts for labourers officially barred from working in Bangladesh and thus compelled to pay a share of their earnings to camp leaders who cherry-pick the workforce.Most refugees are either jobless or stuck at the bottom of the labour ladder, a place they have occupied since Myanmar first began expelling its Rohingya in 1978.Praying for rainAt the Kutupalong megacamp Bangladeshi entrepreneur Kamal Hussein, 24, is praying for rain.His income comes from a row of nearly 50 mobile phone charging points secured by bamboo struts.“Business is slow… it is sunny and most people have solar panels so they don’t need our shop,” he says.Business is better when it rains because then “the solar panels don’t work”, he adds.Consumer goods like mobile phones are in hot demand as refugees settle in, spending salaries and remittances from relatives overseas.Salesman Kaiser Ahmed says before last August’s crisis he sold five or six phones a week at the existing camps.“Now it is around 300,” he explains.Like many other Bangladeshis, Kaiser’s income has surged in step with the crisis.Stores to repair and pawn Rohingya jewellery, stalls selling gaudy saris and shops charging refugees 30 US cents to watch live English Premier League football matches on their TVs have sprung up around the camp fringes over the past year.NGO influxFurthermore, the non-profits which work in the camps are big buyers of local bamboo, tarpaulins, concrete, pots, pans and blankets and employ thousands of Bangladeshi and Rohingya staff.Bangladeshi Mohammad Jashan, 26, whose home is just outside Kutupalong, says he has climbed up the value chain in each of the three jobs he has held in foreign organisations in the last 12 months.He now earns $300 a month for a British charity-several times higher than the national average.“My next salary will be higher as I have more skills,” he says, beaming proudly.But pinch points are emerging.Poorer Bangladeshis say the Rohingya influx has collapsed wages.Crime, drugs and prostitution are rising, while the foreign NGO influx has warped prices-making owners of apartments, cars, hotels and restaurants richer, but sharpening the poverty of the locals with nothing to offer them.Even among the Rohingya resentments are emerging.“After the new refugees came the NGOs put all the focus into them,” says Setara Begum, who was born in Kutupalong and is one of the roughly quarter million refugees to have lived in Bangladesh for years.“We only get basic rations now,” the 18-year-old said.Keeping the peaceIn June the World Bank moved to head off angst between the Rohingya and their Bangladeshi hosts, offering nearly half a billion dollars in grants for refugee health, education and sanitation.The aim is to help ease Dhaka’s burden and establish services that will also be used-and staffed by-Bangladeshis.With refugees unlikely to be repatriated any time soon, cash and jobs are the best route to keeping the peace.At a beach outside the Shamlapur camp, Rohingya fisherman Mohammad Hossain says he worked his way up over two decades from crew to become the co-owner of two of the distinctive crescent-shaped boats that dot the coastline.It is a dangerous job in the high monsoon seas.But there is no shortage of willing crew so the number of boats braving the waves has increased along with the catch, as money is spun from desperation.“Bangladeshis are scared of the sea. But Rohingya live on the coast… we are used to the water,” the 30-year-old says.“It’s risky but the Rohingya here can’t do anything else.”last_img

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  • EidulAzha date Moon sighting panel meets Friday

    first_imgThe National Moon Sighting Committee will sit in a meeting on Friday to decide the date of Eid-ul-Azha, the second largest religious festival of Muslims, reports UNB.The meeting will be held at the Islamic Foundation’s Baitul Mukarram office at 7:15pm with state minister for religious affairs Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah in the chair, said an Islamic Foundation press release on Thursday.The committee will announce the date of Eid-ul-Azha after reviewing information about the sighting of the Zilhajj moon.People have been requested to inform the committee over the following phone and fax numbers if they see the Zilhajj moon anywhere in Bangladesh sky.The telephone numbers are 9559643, 9555947, 9556407, 9558337 and 9559493 while the fax numbers are 9563397 and 9555951.last_img read more

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  • Harvey Package Grows Likely To Include Debt Ceiling Hike

    first_img Share Jose Luis Magana | APCongress must act by Sept. 29 to increase the United States’ $19.9 trillion debt limit, in order to permit the government to continue borrowing money to pay bills like Social Security and interest payments. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s initial request for a multibillion-dollar down payment for initial Harvey recovery efforts is growing. Republican leaders are already making plans to use the aid package, certain to be overwhelmingly popular, to win speedy approval of a contentious increase in the federal borrowing limit. A senior House Republican, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the deliberations were private, disclosed the approach. It ignores objections from House conservatives who are insisting that disaster money for Harvey should not be paired with the debt limit increase. Other senior GOP aides cautioned that no final decision had been made, and Democrats, whose votes would be needed in the Senate, have not signed off on the approach. A senior GOP source in Washington said Friday evening that Trump’s request to refill rapidly shrinking Federal Emergency Management Agency disaster coffers is going up by about $2 billion, bringing the total for the disaster aid package to about $8 billion. It’s expected to be publicly released late Friday. For GOP lawmakers who support a straightforward increase in the debt limit, pairing it with Harvey money makes the unpopular vote easier to cast. Congress must act by Sept. 29 to increase the United States’ $19.9 trillion debt limit, in order to permit the government to continue borrowing money to pay bills like Social Security and interest payments. Failing to raise the debt limit would risk a market-shattering first-ever U.S. default. “Look, some members are going to vote against the debt ceiling under any circumstances and they want their ‘no’ vote to be as easy as possible,” said Rep. Charlie Dent, R-Pa. “The issue is not making the debt ceiling vote easier for the ‘no’ votes. The issue is making it easier for the ‘yes’ votes.” The government’s cash reserves are running low since the nation’s debt limit has actually already been reached, and the Treasury Department is using various accounting measures to cover expenses. Billions of dollars in Harvey aid are an unexpected cost that at least raises the potential that Congress would have to act earlier than expected to increase the government’s borrowing authority. And despite threats from Trump that he would shut down the government if his U.S.-Mexico border wall is not paid for, lawmakers and aides say the White House has eased off that threat and any fight over the border wall will be delayed until later in the year. “I just don’t think a shutdown is in anyone’s interest or needed for anyone’s interests,” House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., said in an interview Friday with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. The initial package of Harvey aid would replenish Federal Emergency Management Agency disaster funds through Sept. 30. Earlier, the White House had said the request would total $5.5 billion for FEMA and $450 million for the Small Business Administration Disaster Loan Program.But FEMA is spending money at a faster rate, causing the White House to add about $2 billion to the aid package. The sources spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren’t authorized to publicly disclose the information in advance of a formal announcement. The initial aid money would be a down payment for immediate recovery efforts, to be followed by larger packages later. An additional $5 billion to $8 billion for Harvey could be tucked into a catch-all spending bill Congress must pass in the coming weeks to fund the government past Sept. 30, according to the senior House Republican. Ryan said nothing will stop a Harvey aid bill from getting through Congress and he didn’t foresee any problems with it passing, despite opposition to federal aid from some Republicans following Hurricane Sandy. “It’s going to take us time until we know the full scope of it,” Ryan said of Harvey’s toll. He said a storm the size of Harvey is unprecedented, and because of that it “deserves and requires federal response.”last_img read more

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  • Can HighCapacity SodiumIon Compete With Rechargeable Lithium Batteries

    first_imgStay on target Samsung Breakthrough Will Lead to 100-Watt Fast Charging PhonesNissan’s Recycled EV Batteries Power ‘Off-Grid’ Adventures Lithium-ion batteries are the bane of electronics’ existence: expensive, resource-hogging, and energy intensive, they aren’t very sustainable in the long run.But sodium may be.At least, scientists at the University of Birmingham hope so.Researchers are swapping one element for another, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Chemical Society.Sodium is inexpensive and can be found in seawater, making it “virtually limitless.” On the other hand, it is a larger ion than lithium, and may not fit well into our cherished pocket-sized devices.It can’t, for example, squeeze between the carbon layers of a lithium-ion battery’s graphite anode.So, the team needed to find new materials to help sodium-ion compete with lithium for capacity, charging speed, energy, and power density.In 2016, senior Birmingham fellow Andrew Morris predicted how phosphorus would behave as an electrode. (Spoiler alert: it forms helices at intermediate stages of charging.)Now, in collaboration with Lauren Marbella and Clare Grey from the University of Cambridge, Morris was able to verify and improve on those predictions.Based on their research, sodium provides a volume of charge carriers seven times that of graphite for the same weight—good news for the future of high-capacity sodium-ion anodes.“This is a huge win for computational materials science,” Morris said in a statement. “It’s amazing how powerful combined theory-experimental approaches are.”You’re telling me.A soft, silvery-white, highly reactive metal, sodium is an alkali metal; it is the sixth most abundant element in the Earth’s crust, and exists in numerous minerals like feldspars, sodalite, and rock salt (NaCl).But can it compare to sulfur—the proposed secret to next-generation battery technology?By adding sulfur to lithium, manufacturers can create a power unit that’s cheaper, lighter, more environmentally friendly, and able to hold three to five times the charge of lithium-ion alone.Samsung is already working on “graphene ball” technology for higher capacity and faster charging. Meanwhile, researchers may have found a way to prevent lithium-ion battery fires. Keep up to date on all things battery-related here.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

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  • VIDEO LaVar Ball makes delusional claim that the Lakers would have a

    first_img Per LaVar:“Here’s what everybody is saying: The kids are young. OK, I want the young kids. You give me a bunch of young pros, and my record would be better than this on the fact that I’m 50-something years old and I know the game. But if you got a guy who’s 38, maybe he’s not experienced enough. Maybe stop talking about the players are so young, and maybe it’s the coaching experience that’s young. Yeah, nobody wants to say that but I say it because I’m 50-years-old and I know the game. You give me those guys and I guarantee you they’ll be in a much better position than this, because you’re not playing the guys or you’re not getting the best out of a lot of people.”Magic Johnson’s LaVar Ball headache is increasing to a persistent migraine. This whole thing just doesn’t seem like it’s going to end well. It’s already toxic.If only there were some signs before the draft that this could potentially be a huge problem…….h/t Total Pro Sports Advertisement LaVar Ball fired another salvo in his escalating war of words with the Lakers organization, and head coach Luke Walton, in a situation that is quickly devolving into a dumpster fire.In response to Ball’s  criticism of how the Lakers are playing his son, Walton has said publicly that he’s not concerned with the comments of parents, and in a recent interview Ball fired a return shot.When asked about the Lakers struggles, LaVar made the delusional claim that the team would have a better record if he was the coach, and criticized the 38-year-old, second year coach for using the young roster as an excuse for not winning games. He also called Walton’s credentials into question.last_img read more

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  • From Gamer to Gym Rat

    first_img 4 min read Register Now » Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Hansen concurs that the exergaming industry has a lot of room to expand. In 2008, he expects to license XRKades to more than 100 additional gyms and envisions increasingly chasing the adult market as well. “The average video gamer is 30 years old, and 19 percent of the gaming audience is over 50,” says Hansen. “The 13 million baby boomers will affect a lot of the thought and process that goes into what we’re doing.” January 3, 2008 Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Globalcenter_img The more dragons chased and the more Wii boxing and bowling, the better, says fitness guru John Hayley, president of Hayley Fitness Consulting in Chicago. “The competition of the game allows them to get lost in the moment,” he says. “All of the sudden, when the game is over, they find themselves dripping in sweat and can’t believe how hard they worked. It gets people to do something, which is far better than the alternative.” Concerned parents and gym owners would agree. These days, you can easily immerse yourself in a game and forget that you’re not actually boxing, skiing or snowboarding. But the potential for virtual adventures goes far beyond sports. Expresso Fitness, which makes a stationary bike that uses virtual reality, already has released Proving Grounds, a bicycle game in which the rider is cycling through a fantasy world. Cyclists chase dragons, score points and can completely forget that they’re exercising. And because the stationary bikes are linked to the internet, the games can be updated and retooled through downloads. Hansen also has seen interest from executives at large companies, eager to get their employees’ exercise habits up and their health insurance costs down. Besides, adults want just as badly as children to make exercise fun. “Everyone’s so engaged with these games, they don’t realize that their heart rate is going up, and that they’re burning up calories,” says Hansen. Even on the most expensive exercise equipment, despite the lights and gizmos, it’s generally impossible to forget that you’re still sweating, breathing hard and working nearly every muscle in your body. It’s much easier to sit back on the couch and play a video game.That’s why exergaming, which weds video game technology with keeping fit, is poised to become the next gold mine for exercise-minded entrepreneurs. It may not be everywhere yet, but give it time.In homes, people of all ages are exergaming enough that the California Athletic Trainers’ Association recently put out a warning that overdoing it can leave participants with sports-related injuries similar to those experienced by traditional athletes. In gym classes at schools across the nation, stationary bicycles are attached to PlayStation video game consoles, Nintendo Wii game stations are linked to wide-screen TVs, and then there’s Dance Dance Revolution, a popular dance video game, which took off in Japan in 1998 and has spread to the rest of the world.And in some gyms, exergaming equipment isn’t merely an offering; it’s the focus. Hitting the GymMike Hansen, 30, and Kevin Bolden, 37, are two pioneers of the pastime, not to mention competitors. Hansen and his business partner, Lenny Lowenstein, 52, own iTech Fitness, headquartered in Denver, which produces exergaming equipment, such as the XR Board that simulates snowboarding, skateboarding and surfing, and licenses its XRKade name to 24 clubs. The gyms, which are aimed at the tween and teen market, let exergamers track how many goals they can score during Goalie Wars or how many knockouts they can rack up during Power Boxing.Meanwhile, Bolden and his wife, Suzanne, own NexGym, a chain of three fitness centers in Texas, which is also marketing to children. Along with traditional karate and yoga classes, kids can play seven high-tech games, ranging from combat challenges to wall climbing, intended to get them in shape and improve their hand-eye coordination.At a time when parents are more concerned than ever about their children getting enough exercise, this niche is likely to continue growing. “Childhood obesity is a global phenomenon,” says Bolden. “I expect that eventually you will see capabilities in most schools, as well as in convenient locations–malls, shopping centers. Eventually the large fitness facilities will target the same 6-to14-year-old kids [that we target].”last_img read more

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  • Playboy Justin Trudeau Laverne Cox about British LGBT Award winners

    first_imgLifetime Achievement Award: Sandi ToksvigMetro Guilty Pleasures Award: Calum ScottLGBT+ Celebrity: Laverne CoxMTV Music Artist: Jess GlynneVirgin Atlantic Celebrity Ally: John BishopBroadcaster or Journalist: Sue PerkinsMedia Moment: Justin Trudeau apologizes to LGBT+ communityOnline Influencer: Connor FrantaPark Plaza Brand or Marketing Campaign (TIE): Playboy and YouTubeCharity or Community Initiative: Pride in London2CITIES1BREAK Top LGBT+ Destination: Tel AvivMI5 Outstanding Contribution to LGBT+ Life: Susie Green, CEO, MermaidsCorporate Straight Ally: Peter Madden, ArcadisDiversity Champion: Joanna Walker, Virgin MoneyInspirational Leader: Pips Bunce, Credit SuisseCorporate Rising Star: Jonathan Andrews, Reed SmithNetwork Group: KPMG BreatheEmployer or Company: MI5 What it means for Playboy to winGSN spoke to LGBT Awards CEO Sarah Garrett at the ceremony about Playboy’s win.‘That category is voted on by the public,’ Garrett said. ‘Playboy has been trying to change what they’re doing, and they’re global reach is also probably why they got the votes. They’ve done good stuff around changing their image.’ The 2018 British LGBT Awards took place today (11 May) at the Marriott Hotel Grosvenor Square in London. Awards are given to people in recognition of their work to advance LGBT+ rights.Among the winners were Playboy, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, and Laverne Cox.Trudeau won for Media Moment when he apologized to his country’s LGBTQ2 community for ‘unjust treatment’.He recorded his thank you speech and said: ‘In Canada and around the world, pride in who we are, our identity, and who we love, makes us strong. Our diversity grows stronger communities and pushes us toward better futures for everyone.’Sir Richard Branson won the Special Recognition Award for his diverse employment policy and public backing of same-sex marriage.In his acceptance speech, he said: ‘In places like Africa and the Far East, the battle’s far from won. I was recently in Uganda, where gay people are put into prison for life. The important thing is that we all now turn our attention to countries that are prosecuting and imprisoning gay people – and even executing gay people.’GSN’s Jamie Tabberer and Connor Franta | Photo: ProvidedThe full list of winnersSpecial Recognition Award: Sir Richard BransonLoud and Proud Award: Julian Clary Read the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/british-lgbt-award-winners-2018/ Playboy won a big award tonight | Photo: Flickr/Sarah Gerke GAYSTARNEWS- Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us)last_img read more

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