Crude steel output up 17 to 92 MT in July

first_imgNew Delhi: India’s crude steel output increased by 1.7 per cent to 9.215 million tonne in July 2019, according to World Steel Association’s report. The country had produced 9.059 MT of crude steel during the same month a year ago, the global steel industry body said in its latest report. Global steel production for the 64 countries reporting to the association stood at 156.697 MT in July 2019, registering 1.7 per cent increase over 154.009 MT in July last year, the report said. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalChina’s production for July 2019 was at 85.223 MT, as against 81.180 MT in the year-ago-month. “India produced 9.215 MT of crude steel in July 2019, an increase of 1.7 per cent compared to 9.059 MT in July 2018,” the report said. It said, in July 2019 Japan produced 8.387 MT of the metal as compared to 8.420 MT during same month previous year. South Korea produced 6.041 MT in July 2019, followed by the US 7.514 MT, Brazil 2.449 MT, Turkey 2.925 MT and Ukraine 1.784 MT. World Steel Association (worldsteel) is one of the largest industry associations in the world, with members in every major steel-producing country. It represents steel producers, national and regional industry associations, and research institutes. Its members represent around 85 per cent of global steel production.last_img read more

On land acknowledgments some Indigenous advocates are ambivalent

first_imgCanada’s growing embrace of Indigenous land acknowledgments appears to have left some First Nations advocates ambivalent about whether they are a form of reconciliation — or institutional hypocrisy.The remarks, recognizing the relationship between Indigenous Peoples and their traditional territories, have become increasingly ubiquitous at the start of school days, conferences, ceremonies, and other events.At classical music concerts in Halifax, for example, audience members are told: “Symphony Nova Scotia would like to acknowledge that we are in Mi’kma’ki, the ancestral and unceded territory of the Mi’kmaq People.”For some, it signals a seismic cultural shift. But others say the scripts can be disingenuous token gestures, a symbolic way for settlers to appease First Nations without taking meaningful action.“It’s become meaningless and patronizing,” says Lynn Gehl, an Algonquin Anishinaabe-kwe from the Ottawa River Valley.“It’s like an apology but your behaviour stays the same,” she says. “We want action, we don’t just want beautiful, lovely rhetoric.”Still, Gehl has written her own Algonquin Anishinaabe land acknowledgment for use before an event in Algonquin territory and says the formal statements still have benefits.“It’s meaningless to me, but it may not be meaningless to someone else,” she says. “I do think it serves a purpose in terms of education.”It’s a dilemma facing many Aboriginal advocates, who worry the statements have become perfunctory and yet still see value to them.In a small way, advocates say such acknowledgments — rooted in a traditional Aboriginal practice going back generations — show respect for the Indigenous Peoples who first inhabited the land and help educate people about the historical and ongoing impact of colonization.“They’re getting people to think about how for over 150 years, Indigenous Peoples have been marginalized and pushed to the corners of society, prevented from engaging in their own traditional subsistence activities or benefiting from the wealth that many Canadians have gotten off these lands,” says Naiomi Metallic, a Dalhousie University law professor and Chancellor’s Chair in Aboriginal Law and Policy.“It’s simply a recognition of facts,” she adds, saying that especially in areas without land cession treaties, it should be a “relatively uncontentious” statement.  However, there’s also debate about how they could be interpreted, with some suggesting land acknowledgments could be used by Indigenous Peoples to assert a legal right to the land.Critics have suggested that admitting land is unceded could be interpreted to mean Indigenous Peoples own the land, and could take it back at any time.It’s a concern dismissed by Metallic, who grew up in a Mi’kmaq community on Quebec’s Gaspe Peninsula.“A court in Canada is never going to say, ‘OK, it’s Aboriginal title and all the people of European descent have to go somewhere else,” says Metallic.But Frances Widdowson says this reality — that the lands will never be handed back to Indigenous Peoples — is why she calls land acknowledgments “smoke and mirrors.”“Although Indigenous people might think it means the land doesn’t belong to the settlers, and it belongs to them, that’s not the reality,” says the professor at Mount Royal University in Calgary.“This is playing a very dangerous game, because it’s building up expectations that do not correspond with reality.”Widdowson argues the disconnect will lead to mounting frustration and eventually a reckoning when Indigenous Peoples realize “they’ve been lied to.”“Instead of trying to pacify the Indigenous population with these nonsensical platitudes,” she says governments and institutions should address the “terrible conditions” on reserves across the country.  But Metallic still argues that land acknowledgments have value, and that First Nations leaders “are not talking about throwing people out of Nova Scotia or pushing people off private property.“They are talking about a fair share of land and resources.”Territorial acknowledgments haven’t always been so commonplace.In 2015, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission said the statements could help promote reconciliation. Then under Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, the statements became standard at the start of federal announcements and events.They have become commonplace in recent years — the Winnipeg Jets, for example, announce that they play hockey on land formerly used by the Anishinaabe, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota, and Dene peoples, and the Metis Nation.“It’s becoming a habit for many institutions across the country — and I believe it’s a good thing,” says Ovide Mercredi, a former national chief of the Assembly of First Nations.“It keeps the awareness alive that there’s a pre-existing burden on Canadian sovereignty.”The flip side, he says, is that territorial acknowledgments can be said without a commitment to addressing land claims.“Reconciliation requires more than just an expression,” Mercredi says. “Now that you acknowledge this is our territory, what’s the next step … what are you prepared to do for us to become land owners — not landless in our homeland.”It’s a grievance shared by other First Nations leaders.“There’s often no substance behind it,” says Roger Augustine, the Assembly of the First Nations regional chief for New Brunswick and P.E.I.Still, he says territorial acknowledgments can be a meaningful way to educate people about the country’s colonial past, and can lead to change if people — particularly governments —are held accountable.Federal Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett says territorial land acknowledgments are about respect. “It’s explaining that history happened here,” she says. “It’s also an acknowledgment that unless you’re an Indigenous person, you have come from somewhere else.”As for criticism that land acknowledgments risk being meaningless, she admitted they are the “bare minimum.”“This is the first step,” she says. “This is a beginning … the least we can do is acknowledge that we’re on the land of the First Peoples.”Bennett says the government is committed to “accelerating the path to self-determination” for Indigenous Peoples, including “sharing the land fairly and dealing nation to nation.”“We are on this journey of reconciliation … land acknowledgments are a commitment to build upon.”Brett Bundale, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

FN Caring Society takes Human Rights Tribunal to court over controversial child

first_imgAPTN National NewsOTTAWA-A First Nations organization that advocates on child welfare issues is asking the Federal Court to overturn a decision by the Human Rights Tribunal to dismiss a discrimination claim against Indian Affairs over its funding for First Nations child and welfare services.The First Nations Child and Family Caring society submitted their Federal Court application Wednesday arguing that the tribunal misinterpreted the Human Rights Act when it decided to dismiss the complaint.The society claims Indian Affairs discriminates against First Nations children by failing to fund First Nations child welfare services to the same level as the provinces.The Tribunal ruled last month First Nations on-reserve child welfare services could not be compared to provincial child welfare services could not be compared.“The tribunal unfairly and incorrectly dismissed the complaint on the sole basis that the discriminatory funding provided by the federal government for child welfare services, since off-reserve funding is provided by provincial or territorial governments,” the society argues in their application to the court. “The tribunal…effectively precluded First Nations people, who receive more services from the federal government than other Canadians because of their…constitutional status, from raising human rights complaints in respect of such services regardless of the discriminatory way in which they may be provided.”The Tribunal’s decision handed a victory to the federal government which had been vigorously fighting the complaint.The society is backed by the Assembly of Firs Nations, Amnesty International, the Chiefs of Ontario and the Human Rights Commission.last_img read more

Most actively traded companies on the TSX

first_imgSome of the most active companies traded Friday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (16,353.46, up 68.99 points)Aurora Cannabis Inc. (TSX:ACB). Health care. Up 51 cents, or 3.93 per cent, to $13.48 on 15.5 million shares.ProMIS Neurosciences Inc. (TSX:PMN). Medical diagnostics and research. Up 11 cents, or 45.83 per cent, to 35 cents on 8.5 million shares.Royal Nickel Corp. (TSX:RNX). Miner. Up 4.5 cents, or 16.07 per cent, to 32.5 cents on 7.5 million shares.Belo Sun Mining Corp. (TSX:BSX). Miner. Up 2.5 cents, or 7.35 per cent, to 36.5 cents on 6.9 million shares.Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Aerospace, rail equipment. Down one cent, or 0.32 per cent, to $3.13 on 6.6 million shares.Crescent Point Energy (TSX:CPG). Oil and gas. Down 20 cents, or 1.85 per cent, to $10.59 on 5.1 million shares.Companies reporting major news:Loblaw Companies Ltd. (TSX:L). Grocer. Down 40 cents, or 0.58 per cent, to $68.80 on 753,998 shares. Pharmacy-chain subsidiary Shoppers Drug Mart announced Friday that it has signed a deal with B.C.-based licensed marijuana producer Tilray Canada Ltd. to supply branded medical cannabis products. Shoppers signed similar deals last year with Aphria Inc. (TSX:APH) and MedReleaf (TSX:LEAF). Health Canada has yet to approve Shoppers’ application to dispense medical marijuana.last_img read more

Four Suspects Involved in Murder of Scandinavian Tourists Near Mount Toubkal

Rabat – An official source told Morocco World News (MWN) that four suspects are involved in the murder of the two girls from Norway and Denmark. The source also confirmed to MWN that the tragedy was an act of terrorism.Morocco’s Central Bureau of Judicial Investigation (BCIJ) confirmed the arrest of one of the suspects, who is still under custody for investigation. Morocco’s public prosecutor at Rabat’s Court of Appeal has announced in a statement that authorities are investigating whether the video truly belongs to the incident. Read Also: Murder of 2 Scandinavian Tourists in Morocco, Act of Terror: SourceAccording to the statement, the arrested suspect is part of a “radicalized” group. The prosecutor’s office added that the other suspects were identified. The BCIJ is now looking for three other suspects.The counterterrorism bureau said that all the Moroccan security services will spare no efforts to arrest all suspects involved in the cell involved in the crime committed against the two European citizens.Photos of three of the suspects are going viral on social media. The suspects appear to be in their thirties.A graphic video, allegedly related to the murder, has also circulated social media, eliciting shocked reactions. The bodies of 24-year-old, Louisa Vesterager Jespersen, from Denmark and 28-year-old, Maren Ueland, from Norway were recovered on Monday, December 17 in the unsupervised, mountainous area. read more

Bahamas breeze Jon Rahm wins Hero World Challenge

NASSAU, Bahamas — Jon Rahm turned a potential shootout into a Bahamas breeze Sunday, closing with a 7-under 65 for a four-shot victory in the Hero World Challenge.Starting the final round in a three-way tie with Tony Finau and Henrik Stenson, Rahm took the lead when Finau made bogey on the par-3 eighth hole, and the 24-year-old Spaniard never trailed the rest of the day at Albany Golf Club.Finau was the last challenger until the 14th hole, when he went from a sandy area to a bunker and over the green, leading to double bogey. Rahm made birdie on the hole, and suddenly had a five-shot lead without much trouble to get in the way.Rahm ends his year with three victories, just like in 2017, his first full year as a pro.And in some respects, it was a fitting end.Even with his individual trophies, no moment for Rahm will top facing Woods in the Sunday singles at the Ryder Cup and beating him on the 17th hole, putting the first point on the board for Europe that day. And then Rahm ended his year with Woods handing him the trophy from his holiday event.“That Sunday with Tiger is still the most emotionally, most important moment of my golf career,” Rahm said. “It means so much to play against Tiger. A couple months later, to win his event, it’s really special.”Justin Rose, needing to finish in a three-way tie for second to return to No. 1 in the world, closed with a 65 and was in position to go back to the top of the ranking until Finau rolled in a 10-foot birdie putt for a 69 to finish alone in second. Brooks Koepka, who did not play this week, remains No. 1. Rose has one more event left in two weeks at the Indonesia Masters.Finau, meanwhile, cracked the top 10 for the first time in his career at No. 9.The tournament host was never in the picture until it was time to hand out the trophy. Woods got off to another rough start, rallied on the back nine and had to settle for a 1-over 73 to finish 17th against the 18-man field. He finished 19 shots behind, the biggest gap this year from the winner over 72 holes.PGA TOUR AUSTRALASIAGOLD COAST, Australia (AP) — Cameron Smith overcame a slow start and closed with a 2-under 70 to successfully defend his title in the Australian PGA Championship with a two-stroke victory over Marc Leishman.Smith became the first player since Robert Allenby in 2001 to win the Australian PGA in successive years. Greg Norman (1984-85) also won back-to-back, while Kel Nagle and Norman von Nida were among to successfully defend when it was match play.Smith finished at 16-under 272. Leishman, trying to win on home soil for the first time, shot 69.Next up for Smith is trying to get a victory on the PGA Tour and continue his rise in the world ranking. The victory Sunday enables him to crack the top 30.“I would love to get into the top 20 by the end of next year, it’s definitely the next goal,” Smith said. “That’s the next big step for myself, to get myself in there and get myself in a lot of situations where I can win golf tournaments. That’s what I want to do.”ASIAN TOURBEAU CHAMP, Mauritius (AP) — Kurt Kitayama won his first European Tour title in only his third start by closing with a 4-under 68 for a two-shot victory in the AfrAsia Bank Muritius Open.The tournament is sanctioned by the Asian Tour, European Tour and Sunshine Tour.Kitayama, a 25-year-old American who went to UNLV, missed a par putt from 6 feet on the 16th hole as his lead was reduced to one shot. But he holed a 20-foot birdie putt on the next hole and closed with a par to finish at 20-under 268.S Chikkarangappa of India and Matthieu Pavon of France each shot 67 and tied for second.Justin Harding of South Africa was going for his fifth title this year (two on the Sunshine Tour, two on the Asian Tour). He was tied for the lead going into the final round and shot 71 to finish alone in fourth.OTHER TOURSSatoshi Kodaira closed with a 6-under 64 and defeated Ryo Ishikawa and Jung-Gon Hwang in a sudden-death playoff to win the season-ending Golf Nippon Series JT Cup on the Japan Golf Tour. Kodaira moves back into the top 50 in the world, though he already was eligible for the Masters from winning the RBC Heritage at Hilton Head on the PGA Tour. Shugo Imahira won the Order of Merit with his tie for eighth. … Paul Streeter closed with a 5-under 67 and defeated Miguel Angel Jimenez with a birdie on the first playoff hole to win the Costa Blanca Benidorm Senior Golf Masters on the Staysure Tour. … Michael Buttacavoli won the PGA Tour Latinoamerica’s Shell Championship at Trump National Doral, birdieing the final hole for a 5-under 67 and a one-stroke victory over Evan Harmeling.The Associated Press read more

Success for Massey and proximity safety alarm

first_imgRecently Massey Energy joined other companies and a federal agency in the demonstration of a technological breakthrough in mine safety that promises to save dozens of lives in the industry. The new technology is a ‘proximity detection system’ developed for use on continuous mining machines. The system detects the presence of coal miners and automatically shuts down continuous mining machines when coal miners are too close to the machines and in danger of being pinned or crushed. There have been at least 29 fatal accidents caused by miners being too close to continuous mining machines since the 1980s. Massey Energy began exploring the concept of proximity detection in the 1990s at the direction of Don L. Blankenship, Massey Energy Chairman and CEO. Initially, the project encountered technological obstacles, but over the last four years Massey Energy COO Chris Adkins led an effort to push the technology into completion. “We were pleased to spearhead this effort,” said Blankenship. “Massey Energy has long been a recognized leader in safety innovation and we have developed that reputation by developing pragmatic solutions to identifiable problems. The proximity detection system exemplifies our philosophy and we are very proud of it.” “We are grateful to the others involved in helping to move this technology forward,” said Adkins. “Nautilus International, Joy Manufacturing and numerous federal safety agency personnel embraced the project and provided a great deal of expertise and assistance. It will be impossible to measure the number of lives this technology will save, but we know our efforts will make a dramatic impact on mine safety.” The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) has approved the proximity detection system for use and Massey Energy plans to use it on its continuous mining machines.last_img read more

Terex Mining innovations to help drillers and those around the machines

first_imgTerex Mining has introduced some major innovations to two additional options for its R20T hydraulic track drill-the carousel rod changer and single rod changer options. The SKF rotary blasthole drill has also benefitted from a carousel innovation, allowing a quick change from rotray to DTH drilling. And, in Australia, a specially adapted SKF is now a very quiet drill.Designed as a field-serviceable, high-production drill with, what Terex describes as “the largest drill pattern available” (36 m2), the R20T further expands its capabilities with these options. Both ease maintenance requirements with features such as corrosion-resistant, self-lubricating coatings on normal wear parts and pivot pins, which eliminate the need for lubrication. This provides long life and is one less area for customers to maintain.The carousel rod changer will hold five rods in the carousel and one 6.1 m in the feed for a total of six rods. The carousel can change either 3.7 m or 4.3 m steel. The single rod changer will hold a 3.7 m or 4.3 m rod in the magazine and a 6.1 m starter steel in the feed.The unique carousel and single rod changer gate design aims to reduce maintenance requirements by eliminating parts and reducing rod change time. “Competitive drills require an added step of opening the gate before they can move the drill steel, but with the R20T’s carousel and single rod changer, this step is unnecessary,” Terex reports.Addressing the time-consuming effort formerly required to change the size of the steel in a rod changer, the rod gripper design accommodates 38 mm, 45 mm and 51 mm drill steel. This design allows for minimal part change, and reduced changeover time and cost in the field. Other time- and money-saving features found on the carousel and single rod changer include:Weight and number of parts is reduced due to a new hose-tensioner design incorporated into the upper carousel mount; also neatly routes hoses and ensures proper alignment, helping increase hose life; the single rod changer has a similar tensioner that offers the same benefitsImproved rod-change time as a result of the powerful dual rod grippersMore efficient dust collection from a multi-position, pre-cleaner mountProper rod position is assured and vibration-prone sensor failures are eliminated on the carousel rod changer due to the integrated carousel indexing and locking; also reduces component part complexity and count (the single rod changer uses a hydraulic cylinder to swing the rod in or out)Components weigh less, providing for a full complement of steel in the carousel (six steels and one in the feed) and single rod changer to maximize hole depth.When Osvaldo Pires, Product Manager-Rock Drills and Application Manager-Drills, arrived at a mine in Brazil to oversee the delivery of two SKF drills, he had no idea the visit would be a catalyst for him to design an entirely new Terex product. After the drills were delivered in August 2006, the customer stated he needed the drills to perform a certain function, and Pires took it upon himself to make it happen.Because of differences in rock consistency-soft, intermediate-soft and hard, the customer needed a drill that could quickly switch between tricone drilling for softer rock and down-the-hole (DTH) drilling for very hard rock. With the drills’ existing setup, it would take two to three hours, sometimes as much as half a shift, and the use of heavy equipment to convert the drills between the two types of drilling methods.“I talked to a few people and asked them in detail what they needed the machine to do,” Pires recalls. Viewing this as an opportunity to engineer a completely new innovation that would help Terex customers, Pires worked with two draftsmen at a local dealer. In the end, he says, “We had to manufacture four pieces and modify one piece, and we were able to produce this modification exactly as the customer wanted.”A job that would normally take up almost a half-shift of time, manpower and equipment now takes less than five minutes and is performed by the operator inside the cab, making this switchover extremely safe. “Everything is set up in the carousel the way the customer wants so they just have to switch over and start drilling the other way,” Pires says. “There is no lost time.”“The modification started to generate a lot of interest, so I contacted our engineering department and suggested we patent this device,” Pires says of his invention, which hasn’t needed any adjustments since it was originally designed. It is now offered as a Hammer-Tricone Pipe Rack for the Terex SKF and SKS drills and will be available on the SKL in the near future. Terex says it “is the first drill manufacturer to offer this feature to the industry.”Xstrata Coal needed a sound-suppressed drill for its Glendell mine in Australia to meet environmental standards when operating within close proximity to residential areas. It was required that the sound level be no more than 114 dBA, with an in-cab rating of 75 dBA or less. However, its Terex SKF drill was rated at a sound power level of 121 dBA at source with a standard cab rating of 78 dBA.Working with an external acoustic engineering firm, Terex Mining developed a sound-suppression package that encapsulated the power train (including gearboxes, engines, compressors and coolers), achieving a of 111 dBA at source. A new modified cab achieved an in-cab rating of 65 dBA. To ensure these alterations did not affect the SKF’s ease of maintenance, all panels, mechanisms, etc., were either hinged or lightweight for easy removal and access.Terex also manufactured an oversized muffler that not only reduced noise but was also in keeping with environmental emission standards. Further noise-reduction adjustments were made to the dry dust suppression system, which uses fans spinning at 2,500 rpm that caused a spike in the noise readings.Xstrata quickly put the modified drill to work at Glendell from where Tony Israel, the mine’s Operations Manager, commented, “At Glendell, we have an absolute commitment to our environment and community. By working closely with us, Terex has delivered sound-suppression levels on our SKF drills that exceeded our expectations. This aligns with our goal of ‘beyond compliance.’”last_img read more

Les HautsdeSeine veulent protéger la saison des amours des crapauds

first_imgLes Hauts-de-Seine veulent protéger la saison des amours des crapauds Les Hauts-de-Seine ont mis en place de nombreux dispositifs pour protéger la saison des amours des crapauds et assurer la biodiversité dans ce département. Pendant cette période, les batraciens vont de bois en étangs pour se reproduire et doivent souvent traverser les routes, au risque de se faire écraser.La route forestière des étangs, dans la forêt de Meudon a été fermée du 17 février au 16 mars et une tranchée de 200 mètres remplies de seaux d’eau a été creusée à Ormoy-la-Rivière, près d’Etampes. Mais si l’on croit que ces mesures sont liées à un évènement particulier ou des travaux, on est bien loin du compte. Car tout ceci n’a qu’un seul but : sécuriser la migration des crapauds Bufo bufo et les protéger durant la saison des amours. À lire aussiLa migration de millions de crabes rouges filmée sur l’île de ChristmasLe crapaud commun est considéré comme “à surveiller” dans la liste rouge des espèces menacées en France. “Ce n’est pas une reproduction très rapide”, explique Marianne de Brito, responsable de l’unité territoriale de Versailles, à l’Office National des Forêts. “Il arrive qu’un couple en plein ébats reste plusieurs heures sur la chaussée”. Avant que l’on décide de fermer la route, plus d’une dizaine d’animaux se faisaient écraser chaque jour”, souligne-t-elle citée par Le Parisien. Avec la tranchée installée à Ormoy-la-Rivière, les bénévoles de diverses associations espèrent ainsi récupérer les crapauds dans les seaux et les aider à traverser la route. L’an dernier, 3.500 crapauds avaient été sauvés grâce à leur travail. Dans les Hauts-de-Seine, ce sont trois projets du conseil général pour “sauvegarder la biodiversité en France” qui viennent d’être récompensés par le ministère de l’Ecologie. Ces projets reçoivent une aide de l’Etat de l’ordre de 200.000 euros, la moitié de leur financement. Le 20 février 2012 à 17:04 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Vancouver approves sale of parking garage

first_imgThe Vancouver City Council on Monday approved the sale of a downtown parking garage which has been operating at a net loss for years.The council declared the 207-spot parking garage, 1111 Main St., as surplus property in December to pave the way for its sale for $1.1 million but decided to hold off and get a second appraisal. The council on Monday approved a sale price of $1.26 million.The buyer is Main Place of Vancouver, a company which owns the adjacent Main Place office building. The company approached the city last year about buying the garage, which the city built in 1991 to attract commercial economic development downtown.Since building the garage, however, the city’s policy on public parking services has changed from attracting businesses to attracting patrons to “shop, dine, recreate and be entertained.”The Main Place Garage, according to a staff report by City Manager Eric Holmes, “almost exclusively serves” the employees who work in Main Place and other nearby businesses. “Main Place Garage loses money each year and is almost exclusively operated as a commuter facility. Despite the fact that there has been no net income generated on this facility since the initial investment, it has fulfilled an economic development goal established in 1991,” Holmes wrote.last_img read more

Malware that can steal your passwords spikes 60 security firm warns

first_img Post a comment Share your voice Now playing: Watch this: 1:06 0 Computers Securitycenter_img More than 940,000 consumers were targeted by password-stealing malware this year.  James Martin/CNET Malicious software that wants to steal your passwords is on the rise, according to new research from Kaspersky. Fewer than 600,000 consumers were targeted by password-stealing malware in the first half of 2018, according to a release Tuesday from the security firm. During the same period in 2019, that number rose to over 940,000 — a 60% increase. The culprits are stealer trojans or password stealing ware that target sensitive data such as credit card numbers and autofill information via web-browser vulnerabilities, according to the report. Of those users who encountered this type of malware, 25 percent were infected with Azorult, one of the most commonly bought and sold password-stealers in Russian forums, according to Kaspersky. The most pervasive malware targets user desktops. Why? According to the report, “the fact is that files most needed by the user are commonly stored there. And among them may well be a text file containing frequently used passwords.”One way to avoid browser-based password theft is to decline your browser’s automatic password-saving features when prompted and instead use a password manager. CNET’s run-down on password managers can get you up to speed. For Firefox users, a suite of content-blocking options are available to secure your data.The full Kaspersky report is available on its Securelist website. Tags WhatsApp update fights malware that infects devices with… Malwarelast_img read more

Candlelight vigil honors people who died on the streets of Anchorage

first_imgCommunity members listen to the St. Anthony Samoan Choir sing during a candlelight vigil. Hillman/KSKASunday night about 70 community members gathered on the Park Strip in Anchorage to honor the seven people who died while living outside on the streets this summer. The candle light vigil was held on the same spot where people gathered 32 years ago to demand an emergency shelter for people without housing.Download Audio“Hold out your candle for all to see it,” sand the St. Anthony Samoan Choir. “Take your candle and go light your world.”Tina Mafuao, with the St. Anthony Choir, said they chose to sing at the ceremony to teach their youth about helping others and to send a message to people in Anchorage.“One candle each time would make a difference anywhere, in any dark place,” she said in reference to the song. “So I hope the city of Anchorage will rise up to the call of our brothers and our sisters who are less fortunate.”Community activist Samuel John told the crowd part of the solution is changing how people who are experiencing homelessness view themselves.“What I feel that everyone of us should do is not just give them our change, not just give them our leftovers. What we really should do is sit down and think about how we are going to give them pride in themselves.”Governor Bill Walker addressed the community during a candlelight vigil for people who died while living outside over the summer. Hillman/KSKAMayor Ethan Berkowitz says that means acknowledging people without homes as people.“And when you stop and you talk and you get to know them as individuals and you hear their stories – of a veteran who served his country, of a victim who was subject to the most horrific kind of abuse, as someone who’s fleeing, as someone who’s dealing with mental illness. Calling those people just ‘homeless’ does an injustice,” he said.After the ceremony, community member Christina Mensoff approached the mayor and the governor, who also spoke, with her concerns and asked for solutions. She says she’s as she bikes through town she sits and speaks with many people who live in the camps.She told the officials that part of the solution is “setting up a place where they can be safe, so they don’t have all of these homeless camps everywhere, and giving them the mental health they need in that area.”Berkowitz says the municipality is working on solutions, like helping open the housing project Safe Harbor at Merrill Field and providing scattered site housing around the city.last_img read more

Coalition Of Activists Demands Changes In Harris Countys Criminal Justice System

first_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /01:25 Al OrtizTarsha Jackson (second from the right) – director of the Texas Organizing Project, TOP, in Harris County — led a press conference held at TOP’s headquarters in Houston to launch the ‘Right 2 Justice’ campaign.A coalition of activist groups is asking Houston and Harris County authorities to reform the criminal justice system, which they argue is unfair to certain segments of the population, such as low-income defendants.Texas Organizing Project, TOP; the American Civil Liberties Union of Texas, ACLU; and the Houston chapter of Black Lives Matter are some of the groups that form the coalition.They have launched a campaign called ‘Right 2 Justice’ with goals such as reforming the bail system and offering treatment, instead of incarceration, to persons who are charged with low level drug offenses.They also want the Harris County District Attorney’s office to have an independent prosecutor for cases of police misconduct.“Someone who will be able to view these cases in an impartial and objective fashion to ensure that, if wrongdoing occurs within the context of these shootings, of these killings, that people are held accountable, whether they wear the blue uniform or not,” is how Biko Mandela Gray, with the group Truth 2 Power, defined what the coalition wants in an independent prosecutor.Several of the goals set by the activists, such as lowering bails and offering more diversion programs, are already part of a comprehensive reform plan by the Harris County Criminal Justice Coordinating Council, according to a spokesperson for the Harris County DA’s office.However, for Geoffrey Corn, a professor at the Houston College of Law, the coalition’s campaign is not a redundancy.“The fact that this coalition is seeking to raise awareness of aspects of our process that are worthy of inquiry and, maybe, modification is a good thing,” says Corn.The activists also want the Harris County Sheriff’s Office to end its collaboration with immigration authorities through the 287(g) program, which notifies Immigration and Customs Enforcement, ICE, when undocumented immigrants with a criminal history are booked in the county jail. Listen Share Xlast_img read more

Oculus Rift now lets you recreate the Death Star trench run

first_imgWhen you find yourself faced with a head tracking face mask that offers to transport the most important of your senses to anywhere you want, is your first thought the cockpit of a X-Wing? Good news, you’re not alone.The cool thing about watching as Oculus Rift developers try new things right now is that there seem to be no limit to their creativity. The addition of head tracking to any visual interface immediately makes everything seem more real Being able to turn your head around in a virtual world and see more of that virtual world is an incredibly powerful concept, and right now developers are just scratching the surface for using this to their advantage.Oculus Rift adds a complex and exciting layer to any game, because the developer has to account for where you might be looking at any given time and act accordingly. Arguably one of the most interesting ways to demonstrate this is in the cockpit of a flying vehicle, where there’s always something going on all around you. This particular demonstration shows of the Rift’s capabilities add some extra geek cred as you fly down the infamous Death Star trench, taking out any of the turrets you come across.Far detached from the terrible mistakes of trying to be a Jedi in your living room with the help of a Kinect sensor is this exciting virtual trip through the single most iconic Star Wars moment ever. The user turns their head and shows your R2 unit ready to help in any way possible, with the occasional glance around to remind the pilot that there’s a ton of activity going on all around. As they pilot the trench, gently dodging massive pillars and various electronics sticking out of the metallic hull, you occasionally are peppered by the turrets stationed all over the trench in front of you. Fortunately, your trusty gamepad is in your hands to help take them out.It’s still to early to tell how successful Rift is going to be or how many games will be optimized for the experience, but it feels like ever day we see something even cooler than the day before to excite us further.last_img read more

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first_imgTitled, “Rain, the Ganga Waterfront along Time Machine”, the India Habitat Centre has been premiering the unique artworks of Manav Gupta. The exhibit, which would be concluding on Tuesday (April 21) projects a pioneering innovation in public art on sustainable development made out of the potter’s produce as a suite of environmental art installations on Ganga — as the river flows along the passage of time. “Made by deploying the quintessentially Indian potter’s produce of clay earthen lamps, “chillums” and earthen cups, it is the first of its kind environmental public art that brings forth consciousness on sustainability by transforming lakhs of inverted earthen lamps to represent the river along ‘Time’,” explained Gupta. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Executed in a public space, the collection raises consciousness on sustainable development intelligently using Ganga as the idiom and the earthen lamp as the metaphor letting it engage with audiences, who can participate in its flow in many ways.While the artiste lures one intelligently within the sensuousness of the ‘Waterfront’, ‘River of clay’, and ‘Rain’ letting you feel the ethereal, emotive content like that of an epic story, he simultaneously explores current issues around the river and earth’s resources. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix“The earthen lamp is woven in the cultural-religious fabric of India from time immemorial. And the chillum represents a means of cheap intoxication to gratify. This humble clay bowl and the local “cigar” have a nondescript existence and only during that momentary use turn into the medium of gratifying the desires of the soul or the senses. Taken for granted; anointed when needed – only revered when in use. Their life is strange like the Ganges. They make one ponder over the usage the earth’s resources, while we live our own lives in this minuscule moment of ‘Time’ in the universe,” the artiste concluded.last_img read more

Delhi gears up for Durga Puja

first_imgAs Durga Puja draws closer, Bengalis and non-Bengali alike are coming together to set up beautiful pandals at various locations in Delhi. Since the lunar calendar determines the dates of Durga Puja, they vary from year to year in the Georgian calendar. This year, more than 400 puja are likely to take place in and around Delhi between September 26 and 30.Durga Puja celebrates the victory of the goddess Durga over the demon Mahishasura. During this festival, families rarely ever eat at home and spend most of their time in the pandals. Durga Puja comes to an end with the idols of Durga being paraded through the streets and then eventually being immersed in the closest water body. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfFor the duration of Durga Puja, the goddess is worshipped in her various forms. One of them is that of a virgin girl. This is the day of the Kumari Puja. On this day, young girls are worshipped as manifestations of the divine female energy. Navmi is the final day of Durga Puja. Celebrations draw to a close with a maha aarti. This year, Navmi is on September 29.September 30 is the day when Durga idols will be immersed. Married women offer sindoor to the goddess and smear themselves with it. The red vermillion powder denotes the marital status of a woman and symbolizes (among other things) fertility. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive For the pandal-hoppers in Delhi, here are some of the better known pujas that regularly feature in the top ten. CR ParkAmong the top 10 Durga puja in Delhi-NCR, four take place in the mini-Bengal of Delhi: B-block, Co-operative ground Durga puja, Mela ground puja samity and the Kali Mandir complex. Turn up in your best traditional attire and enjoy the food and performances by various singers and bands from across the country. What’s more? B-block and Pocket-52 have decided to go eco-friendly by not immersing their idols in Yamuna and instead in private pits and pools. Where: Avoid rush hours and heavy traffic by travelling in the Metro. Get off at either Nehru Place station on violet line or Hauz Khas station on yellow line and you can reach there by walking for 4-5 minutes.Matri Mandir – Safdarjung EnclaveIn their 51st year, Matri Mandir Sarbojanin Durga Puja Samiti has decided to dedicate the theme of this year’s celebration to ‘Women empowerment/Nari Shakti’. “We are of the firm belief that empowering women is the key to building a safe and secure future for our children. We will be showcasing the success stories of legendary Indian women in various fields at our pandal this year. The famous quotes and thoughts of our great leaders quoted above have inspired us to showcase this,” said Debashis Saha, General Secretary of the Durga Puja Samiti.”As an eco-friendly gesture, we have decided to do away with plastic plates this year and have specially ordered cups and plates of betel nuts. We have a daily bhog during the puja that attracts around five thousand people every day,” he further added.The Maha Saptami i.e. September 27 evening would be dedicated to Pancham Da and on the 29th of September on Maha Navami day, an exclusive cultural show at Matri Mandir, Babul Supriyo, a famous name in Bollywood and Kolkata film industry will be performing live for the visitors.Where: A little over two kilometre from the Green Park metro station, it shouldn’t take you more than 10 minutes to reach this pandal that is located in the B-2 block of Safdarjung Enclave.Kali Bari, Mayur ViharThe Mayur Vihar Kali Bari pandal is arguably one of the most popular in the city. They have a permanent Mandapa which is decorated in creative style to bring an exclusive aura. The evening arati with the rhythmic sound of Dhaak makes it truly magical. If you are fond of Bhoga Prasad, you must reach here at mid noon when delicious Bhog is served to the devotees for all three days of the Pujo.Where: Pocket-2 of Mayur Vihar Phase 1; about two kilometres away from the Mayur Vihar Phase 1 metro station.Kashmere Gate Durga PujaThe puja celebration at Kashmere Gate has been happening since 1909. It is the oldest pandal in the city and is the perfect venue for those who fancy a more traditional celebration. For foodies, this place serves amazing biryani and mutton chaap (curry).Where: Opposite Indraprastha College for Women in Civil Lines; civil lines Metro station is the closest to the venue.last_img read more

AI Wont Replace Us Until It Becomes Much More Like Us

first_img The late Stephen Hawkins worried that AI could end mankind. It seemed reasonable. Elon Musk warned machines that learned to operate without a human telling them what to do could “destroy humanity as a matter of course without even thinking about it” if it “[had] a goal and humanity just happens [to be] in the way.”.But reality has proven that while AI can beat humans at games, it still fails at common tasks an infant can do, such as holding an object. In fact, to solve this problem, researchers from OpenAI used 6144 CPUs and 8 GPUs to collect about one hundred years of experience and trained the AI for 50 hours. As a result, the robotic hand can handle unknown objects — as long as they are “within reason.”Related: Is Artificial Intelligence Replacing Your Intelligence?The fundamental gapAs Antonio Bicchi, a professor of robotics at the Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia said, the research had a number of limitations, such as the hand is always facing up so that the objects always fall in the palm.We can’t tell for certain if another 100 years of training data would make the AI even better, or if it needs a new set of training data. What we can say is that humans are exceptionally good at incremental learning. Once a human learns to play with a ball, they can master any ball game quite easily. Or when we learn a foreign language, learning other languages becomes easier every time.But an AI must learn everything from scratch. AI can’t use “other AIs.” It always starts from zero. AI cannot be “combined” with other AIs to do more complex tasks — at least not yet. So, while AI masters skills at a superhuman level, it only masters one task.Related: Facebook Developing Artificial Intelligence to Flag Offensive Live VideosThe missing pieceRecent developments in AI were boosted with the invention of deep learning algorithms and improved computer powers, which seemed to mimic how the brain operates by simulating perceptrons. But the brain is much more than that.We don’t know how the real brain works and, according to Sam Rodriques, we’ll never know until we drill holes in the human skull and plant probes to study how it really works “behind the scenes” (or bones). But what we do know is that the brain is much less rational than we used to think. Studies prove that we decide first, then we try to find reasons for why we decided the way we did.In fact, people with brain damage who were incapable of developing emotions could perfectly describe what they should be doing in logical terms, yet they found it very difficult to make even simple decisions, such as what to eat. Our choices are arguably always based on emotion.Yet, there is no AI system that works like this. AI can’t reason, which has led to hidden AI bias in many projects. Of course, there is work in progress to solve these cases, but AI was primarily designed as a black box since we did not know how to code it in the first place.In addition, just throwing more power in and building bigger machines is not the way if the machine takes the wrong path, and it can be expensive to know where it is really going since we can’t know what it has learned.Related: These Entrepreneurs Are Taking on Bias in Artificial IntelligenceSuperhuman results and horrible errorsWhat AI has achieved would take unknown time for humans to code. In fact, the coding would become so complex that it became nearly impossible to “teach” the computer what to do. Instead, we let it “learn” by itself by giving it huge amounts of data and lots of time for training. The AI managed to land on incredible results, but in some cases also got the concept totally wrong.Remember the AI that learned to play Atari games and beat them? In some cases, it did not actually learn the logic to win, but rather found a shortcut — a bug that would let it score millions without proceeding to the next level. “Fun” does not matter to AI, just the points.It gets worse when AI was supposed to land a plane on an aircraft carrier with minimum force — instead it learned to apply a huge force. This would overflow the program’s memory and be registered as a very small force and a perfect landing. This would kill the pilot but achieved perfect score.Has AI failed? Definitely not. AI is integrated in our daily lives and has proved its usefulness. We just must not have unrealistic expectations (or fears) and miss on its true potential. It continues to deliver stunning results especially in the fields of computer vision, and recently beat us at Dota 2.But we still have a long way to General AI, and that probably won’t happen until some selfless souls devote their skulls to AI research. On that day, we’ll probably learn how to create that ultimate algorithm — and probably the machine power has also expanded enough to cater for human-level intelligence. Until that day, we must take the cheating path; use humans when AI comes short, or just use AI to fill in our shortcomings. 5 min read October 26, 2018 Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Register Now » Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own.last_img read more

Home Sales Sour

first_img existing home sales report HOUSING mortgage National Association of Realtors 2017-08-24 Nicole Casperson August 24, 2017 556 Views in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, News According to the National Association of Realtors (NAR), sales of existing homes fell 1.3 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.44 million. While sales are 2.1 percent higher than a year ago, purchases are starting to slow as fewer properties are coming onto the market.“The second half of the year got off on a somewhat sour note as existing sales in July inched backward,” said Lawrence Yun, Chief Economist at NAR.Yun noted that not enough inventory to choose from and its pressure on overall affordability put the brakes on what should’ve been a higher sales pace.Total housing inventory has dropped 9 percent over the past year to 1.92 million. The median sales price has risen 6.2 percent to $258,300, according to NAR’s report. Further decreasing inventory is the pace at which homes are sold—improving from 36 days in July 2016 to just 30 days in July 2017.“July was the fourth consecutive month that the typical listing went under contract in under one month,” said Yun. “This speaks to the significant pent-up demand for buying rather than any perceived loss of interest. The frustrating inability for new home construction to pick up means inadequate supply levels will keep markets competitive heading into the fall.”center_img Home Sales Sour Sharelast_img read more

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