BC mayor apologizes for repeating urban myth about teens fatal overdose

first_imgLIONS BAY, B.C. – A politician in British Columbia is apologizing for spreading a false story about a teenage boy who supposedly died from a drug overdose.Lions Bay Mayor Karl Buhr said in a council meeting last month that his 14-year-old son’s friend dropped dead after inhaling “vape juice” laced with the highly potent opioid fentanyl.Buhr said in an interview on Tuesday that he’s since been informed much of the story was an urban myth.“Unfortunately, I reported an incorrect rumour,” he said.The mayor for the village located midway between Vancouver and Whistler said he originally shared the story with his council colleagues to illustrate that the provincial opioid overdose crisis is getting closer to home.The BC Coroners Service released data last week showing that 1,422 people across the province died from illicit drug overdoses last year.Buhr said he wanted his colleagues to think about what, if anything, council could do about the issue.Now he’s apologizing publicly for recounting the tall tale and says doing so probably hurt his reputation.“It probably has damaged my credibility,” Buhr said. “I don’t think people look to me as their mayor to be the all-seeing, all-knowing national trend-setter. I deliver things that people care about — new water pipes, low taxes, stuff like that. I am a small-town, local politician.”He added that he doesn’t want the incident detracting from the issue of fatal drug overdoses.“I don’t want my ham-fistedness to detract from the real message, which is: these things are everywhere,” Buhr said.“This particular incident wasn’t as reported, but there are 10 stories like this a day and they are real, so what are we doing about it?”Several teens in Lions Bay have died from overdoses over the past few years, Buhr said, adding that he’s spoken with many people who believe the idyllic village is isolated from the problem.“I think a lot of people are in denial. I still hear a lot of people saying ‘That’s never going to happen here.’ That gets my goat.”last_img read more

Neither court nor CoA but elected bodies should run cricket

first_imgNew Delhi: Supreme Court appointed amicus curiae P S Narsimha is confident that BCCI is moving towards forming a democratically elected body which should actually govern the game rather than the court or its appointed bodies. Narsimha recently submitted a report in apex court after meeting representatives of various state associations and having made some headway where stakeholders are now getting ready for an election. In another pertinent point, the former Additional Solicitor General (ASG) of India made it clear that composition of nine-member apex council was never in Lodha Committee’s mandate. “Ultimately, it is for the organisers (officials) of cricket to take care of the game. It is not for courts to take care of the game. It is not for the lawyers to take care of the game. It is not for the Court appointed committees to continue to take care of the game,” Narsimha said during an exclusive interview. “It is for the cricket organisers to do it and these organisers are the elected bodies. Now the reforms require that they associate cricketers also. They take care of the game that’s all. I think things are moving positively. The process of reforms commenced long back has taken time. Now it is time for implementation,” Narsimha said. The amicus said that his near “135 hours of mediation” with the state units have been “fruitful” as the matter is now nearing a “good conclusion”. “It seems to be near to that good conclusion we are thinking of to the litigation. So I think this mediation has resulted in some kind of a gateway of holding elections and putting in place a democratically elected BCCI,” Narsimha sounded confident.last_img read more

SecretaryGeneral sounds alarm as Israeli forces enter Gaza

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has voiced his deep concern over Israel’s launch of a ground operation into Gaza today, with the Security Council calling an emergency meeting to discuss the situation. Mr. Ban expressed his extreme disappointment to Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert.“He is convinced and alarmed that this escalation will inevitably increase the already heavy suffering of the affected civilian populations,” according to a statement issued by the Secretary-General”s spokesperson. “He called for an immediate end to the ground operation, and asked that Israel do all possible to ensure the protection of civilians and that humanitarian assistance is able to reach those in need.” Mr. Ban underscored that today’s developments thwart efforts to bring peace to the region by the so-called Quartet – comprising the United Nations, the European Union (EU), Russia and the United States – and others. He repeated his appeal for an urgent end to the clashes, and “urges regional and international partners to exert all possible influence to bring about an immediate end to the bloodshed and suffering.” Israel has cited rocket and other attacks by militants in Gaza against Israeli civilians as the reason for its military offensive and closing crossings into Gaza for much of the previous two months. Following the Security Council’s closed meeting this evening, Ambassador Jean-Maurice Ripert of France, which holds the Council Presidency this month, said that while there was “no formal agreement” among the 15 members, he witnessed “strong convergences” to express concern over the stepped up violence and the humanitarian situation in Gaza. “There was also strong convergence to express full support to the regional and international diplomatic efforts which are underway to resolve the crisis and to call all parties to resume peace talks,” he told reporters. According to the Ministry of Health in Gaza, more than 400 people have been killed since Israeli military operations began on 27 December, and the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said today that the distribution of food to the most vulnerable has been impeded by the insecurity. The UN World Food Programme (WFP) has only been able to deliver a fraction of the more than 1,000 metric tons of supplies available, while the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) was able to resume distributions on 1 January that it had suspended in mid-December. The Kerem Shalom crossing was closed today, but three truckloads of medical supplies reached Gaza today through the Rafah crossing. According to OCHA, fuel to restart the Gaza Power Plant which has been shut down since 30 December, flour and cash are urgently needed in Gaza. 3 January 2009Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has voiced his deep concern over Israel’s launch of a ground operation into Gaza today, with the Security Council holding an emergency meeting this evening to discuss the situation. read more

ICE Futures Canada Friday Canola prices mixed barley unchanged

WINNIPEG — ICE Futures Canada closing prices:Canola: Nov. ’17 $0.50 higher $489.10; Jan. ’18 $0.70 higher $495.70; March ’18 $0.20 higher $501.50; May ’18 $0.50 higher $505.70; July ’18 $0.60 higher $507.50; Nov. ’18 $2.00 lower $482.00; Jan. ’19 $2.00 lower $483.70; March ’19 $2.00 lower $486.40; May ’19 $2.00 lower $486.40; July ’19 $2.00 lower $486.40; Nov. ’19 $2.00 lower $486.40.Barley (Western): Oct. ’17 unchanged $145.00; Dec. ’17 unchanged $148.00; March ’18 unchanged $151.00; May ’18 unchanged $151.00; July ’18 unchanged $151.00; Oct. ’18 unchanged $151.00; Dec. ’18 unchanged $151.00; March ’19 unchanged $151.00; May ’19 unchanged $151.00; July ’19 unchanged $151.00; Oct. ’19 unchanged $151.00.Friday’s estimated volume of trade: 326,140 tonnes of canola; 0 tonnes of barley (Western Barley). Total: 326,140. read more

Pryor lights up Indiana defense with career day

A week after suffering a quadriceps strain that caused him to miss playing time, quarterback Terrelle Pryor put up career-high passing numbers against Indiana. Pryor threw for 334 yards, topping a previous career high of 266 yards against Oregon. “Obviously it means something, I’m human,” he said. “We all have statistics we want to get.” Pryor reached the milestone in less than three quarters of work, as he exited the game when the Buckeyes led 38-0. Despite its significance, Pryor was more concerned with adding to the number in the win column than piling up yardage, he said. The team was quick to share the praise. “I think the combination between the (offensive) line protecting well, Terrelle making his reads and knowing his coverages and the receivers running great routes, it’s all going well,” center Mike Brewster said. Coach Jim Tressel agreed it wasn’t all Pryor’s doing. “The key to the passing game is protection,” he said. “I thought our guys up front did well. I thought our blitz pickup was good.” The leg injury to Pryor, the team’s leading rusher entering the game, might have factored in to the gaudy passing numbers. “I wasn’t comfortable running at all. I really wanted to stand in (the pocket),” he said. “I threw some good balls.” The team did not call any designed runs for Pryor and encouraged him not to scramble. “We did talk a little bit more this week in some film session about hanging on (to the ball longer) … because we did feel like we could protect,” Tressel said. The extra time allowed Pryor to complete 24 of his 30 passing attempts. “He was putting the balls on the money,” running back Brandon Saine said. “I think he was going through his progressions and doing what he knew how to do.” Preparation was also important. “From the film, it looked like we would get a lot of zone coverage from them and not a lot of man coverage,” wide receiver Dane Sanzenbacher said. “We knew what was coming and how to prepare.” That film study allowed OSU to take what the defense was giving them en route to three touchdowns through the air. “The pass was working well, so we felt like we were (going to) pass it more,” Brewster said. That won’t always be the case. “We can have that success throwing the ball anytime, but that’s not the style of play we always want to play,” Pryor said. When the Buckeyes do play that style, teammates trust their quarterback. “When Terrelle is passing as good as he’s passing,” lineman Justin Boren said, “we’ve got a Heisman trophy candidate in the back field.” read more

Couple reveal they are raising child gender neutral and havent even told

However their decision has sparked some controversy. Rosa Freedman, Professor of law conflict and global development at the University of Reading, said: “While this is an individual case the worry would be that in the unlikely event many parents took up this way of parenting, that the NHS,  government, and service providers would not know what to plan for in the future as they would not know how many boys or girls exist.”“Parents concerned about gendered social construct would do better to fight patriarchy, homophobia and transphobia rather and try to virtue signal to their friends and communities so they can get praise.”The couple have said that the reaction to their decision has been mixed. However Mr England-Johns said: “But over a year in, it’s clear that we are serious and gradually people have got used to it. “Although, that still doesn’t stop some pretty confused looks from old ladies in the park when they come up to us and ask if they’re a boy or a girl. It can take a bit of explaining.“We are quite good now at holding space for people’s discomfort in us going, ‘Oh well, actually we don’t tell anyone, we’re not telling anyone for now.” After taking the decision to bring up Anoush as gender-neutral, Jake England-Johns and Hobbit Humphrey refer to their 17-month-old as “they”, rather than “him” or “her”. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. A couple have decided to keep their baby’s sex a secret from close relatives in a bid to avoid gender bias.  Hobbit Humphrey, 38, and Jake England-Johns, 35, refer to their 17-month-old child, Anoush, with the pronoun, “they”, and dress them in both girls’ and boys’ clothing.The married couple, who are members of the climate action group, Extinction Rebellion, have been accused of “virtue signalling”. However, they are keen to let their child, Anoush, choose their own gender identity when they are old enough, because they wish for them to “grow into their own person”. Close family members have not been told the child’s sex and grandmother, Camille, only found out when she changed a nappy.  The couple, who live on a houseboat in  Keynsham, Somerset, discussed the ways in which they could challenge gender bias after discovering Ms Humphrey was pregnant.  After taking the decision to bring up Anoush as gender-neutral, Jake England-Johns and Hobbit Humphrey refer to their 17-month-old as “they”, rather than “him” or “her”.Credit:./. Mr England-Johns told the BBC’s Inside Out: “The neutral in gender neutral refers to us trying to behave neutrally towards our child rather than trying to make them neutral.” “Eventually, we decided that we wouldn’t tell people whether they were a boy or a girl … in order to create this little bubble for our baby to be who they are,” Ms Humphrey said.  read more

Monarques likely to use RailVeyor at Wasamac

first_imgMonarques Gold Corp has presented the initial parameters today for the feasibility study to be carried out on its Wasamac gold property by BBA. The study, to be completed in December 2018, will include assessment, design, engineering and costing for the mine, the processing plant, the tailings management facility and all the related services and infrastructure required to develop and mine the Wasamac deposit.•The feasibility study will indicate that the Wasamac deposit will be mined using a top-down rather than a bottom-up sequence•The initial parameters include a planned production rate of 6,000 t/d, access to the deposit via twin ramps and the use of the Rail-Veyor transport system•The project includes many large intersections that were drilled by Richmont Mines in 2011-2012 and that were part of the resource estimate done in October 2017 (see NI 43-101 report from Roscoe Postle Associates)•The goal of the study is to put the Wasamac gold deposit into production at the lowest possible cost.Monarques is taking a different approach to the project than Wasamac’s previous owner. It will harness the latest technology and use a top-down rather than a bottom-up mining method in its attempt to put the Wasamac deposit into production at the best possible cost. Furthermore, it is opting for twin ramps and the use of the Rail-Veyor system underground to haul the mineralized material close to the railway, which will eliminate the hefty capital expenditures associated with building a shaft. The Rail-Veyor system is a promising new technology currently in use at Agnico Eagle’s Goldex project in Val-d’Or.The study also assumes a production rate of 6,000 t/d. In addition, the land acquired for the mill and tailings facility provides major advantages as it lies alongside the Ontario Northland railway track, on the other side of the Trans-Canada Highway, farther away from the local communities.“We are working hard to make Wasamac a success, both economically and for the local communities,” said Jean-Marc Lacoste, President and Chief Executive Officer of Monarques. “We want this project to fulfil the economic and environmental criteria and meet the local communities’ requirements, and we are confident that with BBA’s help, we can achieve that goal. We are also keeping open the option of custom milling the ore at one of the sites identified by BBA’s previous study.”Monarques is an emerging gold mining company focused on pursuing growth through its large portfolio of high-quality projects in the Abitibi mining camp in Quebec, Canada. The corporation currently owns close to 300 km² of gold properties, including the Wasamac deposit (M&I Resource of 2.6 Moz of gold), the Beaufor mine, the Croinor Gold, McKenzie Break and Swanson advanced projects and the Camflo and Beacon mills, as well as five promising exploration projects. It also offers custom milling services out of its 1,600 t/d Camflo mill.last_img read more

Greek grandparents amongst family conflict

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram A structured course for all Greek speaking grandparents to participate will be hosted by the Australian Greek Welfare Society (AGWS) in collaboration with Family Mediation Centre & Life Works.The seminar, supported by the Department of Social Services, is aimed to inform grandparents affected by the separation or divorce of an adult child, as well as around their grandchildren’s rights to contact and visit them. The course will also cover the topics of stress management and family conflict resolution, effective communication, looking after yourself and relaxation techniques (cofacilitated with Carers Victoria), and will discuss the AGWS services and other supports available. The course will be held on Monday 28 April; Monday 5, 12, 19, 26 May and Monday 2 June 2014, from 10.00 am to 12.30 pm, at Family Relationship Centre, 41 Stamford Road, Oakleigh.Entry is free. Light refreshments will be provided. To attend the seminar, it is essential to make a booking and commit to attending all six sessions. For more information and RSVP please contact AGWS on (03) 9388 9998 by Thursday 24 April 2014.last_img read more

Patrons abuzz over library districts energy meters

first_imgWhen Megan Dugan first brought home an energy meter last month, she didn’t test every gadget in her house. She didn’t need to.“I tested like four or five things,” Dugan said. “And then I started unplugging everything.”Dugan used the meter to measure the energy usage — and cost — of mostly idle, plugged-in household items: her toaster, coffee maker, phone chargers and the like. Every one of them added to the electric bill just by remaining plugged in, even if not in use.What she found wasn’t exactly surprising, Dugan said. But it was enough to change the family’s behavior.“I thought, ‘When you’re not even using it, why would you leave it plugged in?’” Dugan said.The Fort Vancouver Regional Library District in November began allowing patrons to check out the meters — dubbed “Kill A Watt” readers — after they were donated by a local Wells Fargo call center. Dugan, a Vancouver resident and circulation services coordinator for the library district, received one to test out early on.The devices have been in high demand since. The library received 26 meters, but the waiting list to check one out topped 80 people earlier this month, Dugan said.The meters are available to patrons at all 13 libraries in the Fort Vancouver district, which stretches from Clark County to as far east as Goldendale. Wells Fargo donated the devices following a similar arrangement with Oregon’s Multnomah County Library system.last_img read more

Former hospital patients promote EKG screenings

first_imgSOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – Some former patients at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital reunited to raise awareness for EKG screenings.Those who participated in the heartfelt reunion promoted the importance of EKG screenings to detect heart conditions that could lead to sudden cardiac death.“About one in a thousand times we are going to find something important,” said Dr. Anthony Rossi, of Nicklaus Children’s Hospital, “and when we find that one patient, one in 1,000. We can save them, and we can prevent terrible things from happening, and preventing more tragedy is what this is all about.”The hospital has screened nearly 14,500 children for heart conditions since the program began in 2011.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

iPhone owners cant access the Brexit residency app

first_img 0 Now playing: Watch this: 25:56 Tags Blinded By The Light filmmakers talk Bruce Springsteen… EU nationals are having trouble with the government’s app to help them stay in Britain.  Matthew Horwood / Getty Images Brexit is a source of continuing tension and conflict that extends beyond Britain’s borders. Problems now have arisen from a government app designed to help European Union nationals residing in Britain apply to stay in the country. But the app is only available for Android and not iPhone, The Financial Times reported Monday.EU nationals living in the UK can apply for “settled status” through the EU Settlement Scheme, which would allow them to remain. The application process requires scanning documents as proof of identity. The instructions direct users to the EU Exit: ID Document Check app for Android. If you don’t have an Android device, the instructions say you can “use someone else’s Android phone,” visit one of the organization offices in person (where you might have to pay a fee) or send your documents by post. The government site says the ID Document Check app for iPhone will be available by the end of 2019, but the Home Office, Britain’s ministerial department for immigration, told The Financial Times that the deadline to apply for settlement status is Dec. 31. If there’s no Brexit deal by Oct. 31, the British government reportedly said that it would end freedom of movement for EU nationals immediately. Neither Apple nor the EU immediately responded to a request for comment.  Share your voice Post a comment Mobile Apps Software Mobile Politicslast_img read more

Contractors demand payments as per new rates

first_imgDharna Chowk: The contractors who are involved in Haritha Haram works such as maintenance, planting and digging and protection of plants have demanded the state government to implement new forest schedule rate. Currently, the state government has been paying them as per the 2013-14 rates. This was stated by the leaders of contractor association at a meeting held here on Tuesday. Also Read – Secunderabad: Major General N Srinivas Rao makes farewell visit to AOC Advertise With Us Speaking on the occasion, the association members said that they have been incurring losses as the government is paying them as per the old rates. Contractors also look after maintenance various parks in Greater Hyderabad, protection of saplings planted in road median, they said. They have raised the issue earlier with principal secretary, GHMC commissioner and additional commissioner. Also Read – Kolkata artists giving final touches to 24 ft clay Ganesh idol Advertise With Us As per the norms, the government has to pay them 7 per cent commission to commission but the government has been collecting 7 per cent from their payments, they lamented. Contractors also alleged that some GHMC officials have been harassing them and demanded the government to take measures to stop harassments. While the new rates were announced on June 13, they were paid as per the old rates, they lamented. Vice president of the contractors’ association P Ramachandra Reddy, members M Sanjeeva Reddy, Madan Lingeshwar Reddy, Ravi Kumar, Santhosh, Brahmam, Ismail Pasha, Rajanikar Reddy, Venkatesh, Ravinder Reddy and others participated in the meeting.last_img read more

Ekushey book fair till 900pm this yr

first_imgArtists give final touch to the stalls as preparations underway for Ekushey book fair. Photo: Masum AliThe Amar Ekushey Book Fair this year will remain open from 3:00pm to 9:00pm on every working day and from 11:00am to 9:00pm on public holidays.Bangla Academy director general Shamsuzzaman Khan confirmed this to newsmen at a press conference at the Bangla Academy on Tuesday.In the previous years, the fair used to be kept open every day from 3:00pm to 8:30pm, except for holidays.The month-long Ekushey book fair will begin on the Bangla Academy premises and at adjoining Suhrawardy Udyan in the capital on Thursday, according to UNB.Prime minister Sheikh Hasina will inaugurate the book fair on the Bangla Academy premises at 3:00pm on the day.Poet Agnes Meadows (UK), Cameroonian poet Joyce Ashuntantang, Ibrahim El Masry (Egypt) and Orne Johnson (Sweden) will be present at the inaugural ceremony as distinguished foreign guests.Cultural affairs minister Asaduzzaman Noor will attend the opening ceremony as a special guest while the Bangla Academy director general Shamsuzzaman will deliver the welcome speech with its president emeritus professor Anisuzzaman in the chair.Bangla Academy disclosed the details of the fair at a press conference at the academy on Tuesday.Member secretary of the Book Fair Committee Jalal Ahmed read out a written statement at the press conference while the Bangla Academy DG replied to questions from newsmen.Shamsuzzaman said, “This time, the fair will be more beautiful and aesthetically rich than the previous years. Indeed, we’ll try to make the fair book-friendly.”Prime minister Sheikh Hasina will distribute the Bangla Academy Shahitya Puraskar while Bangla Academy will present two books titled ‘Alokchitre Bangla Academir Itihash’ and Banghabandhur Sat-e Marcher Bhashon: Bohumatrik Bishleshon’ to the prime minister at the opening ceremony.Twelve personalities have been chosen for the Bangla Academy award for 2017.The recipients are – Mohammad Sadik and Maruful Islam (poetry), Mamun Hossain (fiction), professor Mahbubul Haque (essay), professor Rafiqullah Khan (research), Aminur Rahman Bhuiyan (translation), Kamrul Hasan Bhuiyan and Surma Jahid (literature on liberation war), Shakur Majid (biography and travelogue), Maloy Bhoumik (drama), Moshtak Ahmed (science, technology and environment) and Jharna Dash Purokhayshto (juvenile literature).The winners will receive a cheque of Tk 100,000 this year while the recipients will get Tk 200,000 with the next award.There will be a seminar at the main stage of the fair at 4:00pm every day from 2 to 28 February to followed by cultural events.Like the previous years, the venue of the fair has been extended to nearby Suhrawardy Udyan with some changes.The authorities have allotted a total of 719 units – 136 at the Bangla Academy ground to 92 organisatons and 583 at the Suhrawardy Udyan to 363 organisations.Last year, the authorities allotted a total of 663 units – 114 at the Bangla Academy ground to 80 organisatons and 549 at Suhrawardy Udyan to 329 organisations.Besides, 24 pavilions (15,536 square feet) have been allocated for 24 publishing houses, including Bangla Academy, while last year, 15 pavilions were allocated for 14 publishing houses, including Bangla Academy.There will be strict security arrangements in and around the book fair venue to avert any unpleasant incidents during the fair.Publishers from across the country will exhibit books on different issues while Bangla Academy will exhibit 141 newly printed and reprinted books.Bangla Academy will organise a two-day International Literature Conference on 22-23 February to build a good bonding among the local and foreign writers, poets, novelists as well as to create a platform to exchange their literary works.At least 15 foreign poets from eight different countries will be present at the conference.A newly launched website and application will provide the information about the fair.Awards will be handed over to the publishing houses on the closing day of the month-long ‘Ekushey Boi Mela’. The ‘Chittaranjan Saha Smriti Puruskar’ for the publication of a good number of quality books in the fair while ‘Munier Chowdhury Smriti Puraskar’ will be given for the aesthetic design.The ‘Rokonuzzaman Khan Dadabhai Smriti Puraskar’ will be awarded for publishing excellent books for children while Qayyum Chowdhury Smriti Puraskar will be given for the best interior design of the stalls.last_img read more

Fate Of Pasadena Voting Rights Case Now In Federal Judges Hands

first_img X 00:00 /01:30 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen Attorneys at Houston’s federal courthouse delivered closing arguments Friday in a lawsuit charging the City of Pasadena with discriminating against Latino voters. It’s the first such lawsuit against a local government since the Supreme Court struck down a key portion of the Voting Rights Act three years ago.Attorneys from the civil rights organization MALDEF are representing the plaintiffs. In their closing statement, they argued that Mayor Johnny Isbell deliberately sought to weaken Latino voting strength.Up to 2013, Pasadena’s eight city council members were all elected to represent single-member districts. Latino-backed candidates held four of the eight seats and seemed close to winning a fifth. But one month after the Supreme Court issued its ruling in Shelby County v. Holder, Isbell proposed changing the council’s structure to a mix of six single-member district seats and two at-large seats.The plaintiffs charged that Isbell then forced a ballot measure through the city’s council, over the objections of its Latino-backed members. Voters approved the measure, in an election that broke largely on racial lines.Plaintiffs’ attorneys accused the mayor of using city funds and resources to mobilize Anglo voters on Pasadena’s south side to support the ballot measure. The result, the plaintiffs said, is that in 2015 Latinos lost–by a handful of votes–a council seat they’d previously been favored to win.Attorneys for Pasadena countered that the new districts preserved Latinos’ existing strength: Their candidates held four seats on the city council under the old system, and that’s how many they won in the first election under the new system. He attorneys also argued that Hispanic voting strength is only expected to grow in coming years along with the city’s Latino population.It’s likely to be several weeks before Judge Lee Rosenthal issues a verdict in the bench trial.But there is a hard deadline coming up: Pasadena’s next city council election is in May. The judge plans to rule before the February deadline for candidates to file. Sharelast_img read more

Montgomery County Provides Program To Help Veterans Housed In Its Jail

first_imgListen Share Courtesy of the Montgomery County Sheriff’s OfficeShannon Brown leads a counseling session at the Montgomery County jail as part of the V.E.T.S. program. Courtesy of the Montgomery County Sheriff’s OfficeAdam Wilson leads a counseling session at the Montgomery County jail as part of the V.E.T.S. program.Montgomery County is providing a voluntary program for veterans who are housed in the county jail.The program is called “Veterans Embracing the Tools for Success” (V.E.T.S.).Sheriff Rand Henderson started it at the beginning of May because many of the veterans in his jail don’t know about the resources available to them.Through classes about those resources and other services and also counseling sessions, the goals are easing their re-entry into society after their release and reducing the chances they will go back to jail.“This is a population that we feel that has the capability of rehabilitation so they, you know, can rely on the structure that was provided in the military, they can rekindle that here in the jail,” Henderson tells Houston Public Media.Michael Prevatt is one of 25 veterans who are currently participating in the program.He served for seven years and was deployed in Somalia, the Persian Gulf and Bosnia.Prevatt has been in the county jail since last October for possession of a controlled substance and he says the counseling is healing some old wounds because he is “finding out that these weren’t weaknesses, that they’re human things that we actually went through and that we can still have honor and, and know that… that these are human emotions.”The inmates also learn about how to look for a job and a place to live when they are released and get help with paperwork they have to file with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. X 00:00 /01:16 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:last_img read more

Using deep learning methods to detect malware in Android Applications

first_imgResearchers from the North China Electric Power University have recently published a paper titled, ‘A Review on The Use of Deep Learning in Android Malware Detection’. Researchers highlight the fact that Android applications can not only be used by application developers, but also by malware developers with criminal intention to design and spread malicious applications that can affect the normal work of Android phones and tablets, steal personal information and credential data, or even worse lock the phone and ask for ransom. In this paper, they have explained how deep learning methods can be used as a countermeasure in Android malware detection to fight back malware. Android Malware Detection Techniques Researchers have said that one critical point of mobile phones is that they are a sensor-based event system, which permits malware to respond to approaching SMS, position changes and so forth, increasing the sophistication of automated malware-analysis techniques. Moreover, the apps can use services and activities and integrate varied programming languages (e.g. Java and C++) in one application. Each application is analyzed in the following stages: Static Analysis The static analysis screens parts of the application without really executing them. This analysis incorporates Signature-based, Permission-based and Component-based analysis. The Signature-based strategy draws features and makes distinctive signs to identify specific malware. Hence, it falls short to recognize the variation or unidentified malware. The Permission-based strategy recognizes permission requests to distinguish malware. The Component-based techniques decompile the APP to draw and inspect the definition and byte code connections of significant components (i.e. activities, services, etc.), to identify the exposures. The principal drawbacks of static analysis are the lack of real execution paths and suitable execution conditions. Dynamic Analysis This technique includes the execution of the application on either a virtual machine or a physical device. This analysis results in a less abstract perspective of application than static analysis. The code paths executed during runtime are a subset of every single accessible path. The principal objective of the analysis is to achieve high code inclusion since every feasible event ought to be activated to watch any possible malicious behavior Hybrid Analysis The hybrid analysis technique includes consolidating static and dynamic features gathered from examining the application and drawing data while the application is running, separately. Nevertheless, it would boost the accuracy of the identification. The principal drawback of hybrid analysis is that it consumes the Android system resources and takes a long time to perform the analysis. Use of deep learning in Android malware detection Currently available machine learning has several weaknesses and some open issues related to the use of DL in Android malware detection include: Deep learning lacks transparency to provide an interpretation of the decision created by its methods. Malware analysts need to understand how the decision was made. There is no assurance that classification models built based on deep learning will perform in different conditions with new data that would not match previous training data. Deep learning studies complex correlations within input and output feature with no innate depiction of causality. Deep learning models are not autonomous and need continual retraining and rigorous parameters adjustments. The DL models in the training phase were subjected to data poisoning attacks, which are merely implemented by manipulating the training and instilling data that make a deep learning model to commit errors. In the testing phase, the models were exposed to several attack types including: Adversarial Attacks are where the DL model inputs are the ones that an adversary has invented deliberately to cause the model to make mistakes Evasion attack: Here, the intruder exploits malevolent instances at test time to have them incorrectly classified as benign by a trained classifier, without having an impact over the training data. This can breach system integrity, either with a targeted or with an indiscriminate attack. Impersonate attack: This attack mimics data instances from targets. The attacker plans to create particular adversarial instances to such an extent that current deep learning-based models mistakenly characterize original instances with different tags from the imitated ones. Inversion attack: This attack uses the APIs allowed by machine learning systems to assemble some fundamental data with respect to the target system models. This kind of attack is divided into two types; Whitebox attack and Blackbox attack. The white-box attack implies that an aggressor can loosely get to and download learning models and other supporting data, while the black-box one points to the way that the aggressor just knows the APIs opened by learning models and some observation after providing input. According to the researchers, hardening deep learning models against different adversarial attacks and detecting, describing and measuring concept drift are vital in future work in Android malware detection. They also mentioned that the limitation of deep learning methods such as lack of transparency and being nonautonomous, is to build more efficient models. To know more about this research in detail, read the research paper. 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Condos available in Tambors Los Delfines Club Golf Condominium For Rent and

first_img info heading info content Province: PuntarenasConstruction: 290m2Land: 685m2Bedrooms: 3Bathrooms: 3.5Parking: 2A/C: YesThe price has been reduced from $370,000 to $350,000 No related posts. https://ticotimes.net/wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/06.jpg Previous Image https://ticotimes.net/wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/05.jpg https://ticotimes.net/wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/3.jpg https://ticotimes.net/wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/01.jpg The houses are located in a sub-condominium called Xanadu (29 house spots, only 10 of them are already built) in Los Delfines Club & Golf Condominium. Located in Tambor, Puntarenas.This property home is nested in a beautiful gated community. The house borders a golf course and is short walking distance to the beach. Totally furnished and ready to be purchase or to be rented.An area of 296 square metersTwo-floor housesThree bedroomsTwo-car garageA yard with a swimming poolBalconies and terracesSell price: $350,000  – Completely furnished. In-house financing available with five to seven years 8.5 percent interest and 25 percent down payment.Rent: Maximum two weeks at a time.Rent price: $320 per night with a maximum of 14 nights, 6 adults, no pets, and no smoking inside of the house. A week during low-season is $1,700 and $2,200 during high-season. Christmas, New Years, and Easter week are not included.Check out all of our offerings in our new real estate section here Facebook Comments Reduced from $370,000 to $350,000 OBOMario SaénzEmail: mario.saenz0@gmail.comPhone: +(506) 8851-8990 https://ticotimes.net/wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/08.jpg Next Image https://ticotimes.net/wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/04.jpglast_img read more

Rep Canfield announces March office hours

first_img16Mar Rep. Canfield announces March office hours State Rep. Edward Canfield, R-Sebewaing, invites residents of the 84th House District to join him March 23 for office hours.“My favorite part of this job are the people I represent and getting to meet with them personally is the best way to ensure I represent them well in Lansing,” Rep. Canfield said. “I urge residents with questions and concerns about state government to please join me.”The event will take place on Monday, March 23, from 5 to 6 p.m. at the Peppermill Restaurant at 685 N. Port Crescent St. in Bad Axe.Anyone unable to attend is encouraged to contact Rep. Canfield’s office by phone at 517-373-0476, or by email at EdwardCanfield@house.mi.gov. Categories: Canfield Newslast_img

Rep Barrett to host lunch forum at Grand Ledge American Legion

first_img Categories: Barrett News State Rep. Tom Barrett is hosting a free lunch forum on pipeline and energy infrastructure, as well as veterans issues, at the American Legion in Grand Ledge at noon on Saturday.Rep. Barrett will be accompanied by Vets4Energy, a non-profit group of volunteer veterans, to discuss how energy security helps America achieve national security.“Energy is vital to the U.S. Armed Forces and our country’s national security, said Barrett, who serves as a helicopter pilot in the Michigan National Guard. “Being a member of the armed forces myself, I realize how the effectiveness of our military depends on energy.”The forum will also discuss the importance of hiring veterans to help fill new energy jobs and how to find more accessible energy at affordable prices to keep the military strong in force.“I strongly encourage any active military personnel and veterans to come out and join the lunch forum,” said Barrett, of Potterville. “There is much to talk about on the Veterans Energy Pipeline, which helps connect veterans with top jobs in the oil and natural gas industry.”### 12Jul Rep. Barrett to host lunch forum at Grand Ledge American Legionlast_img read more

Committee approves Rep Alexander plan to honor fallen Corrections Officers Jack Budd

first_img Categories: Alexander News,Alexander Photos 09May Committee approves Rep. Alexander plan to honor fallen Corrections Officers Jack Budd and Josephine McCallum The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee this week approved legislation authored by state Rep. Julie Alexander to rename a portion of I-94 in Jackson County between the 139 and 141 exits as the Corrections Officers Jack Budd and Josephine McCallum Memorial Highway.State Rep. Julie Alexander with Brent Kowitz (left) and Jeremy Tripp (right) testified before the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.Budd was working at the State Prison of Southern Michigan on Dec. 27, 1987 when he was attacked and murdered by an inmate. He left behind a wife and son.McCallum was found murdered at the bottom of a stairwell in the activities building of the State Prison of Southern Michigan on March 24, 1987. She left behind a son and husband. “These dedicated corrections officers were killed in the line of duty while performing an important job – maintaining public safety,” said Alexander, of Hanover.  “Renaming a portion of I-94 after these correction officers will help us reflect on the sacrifice they made for our community during their time of service.”Brent Kowitz, a member of the Michigan Corrections Organization, Service Employees International Union, and Local 526M testified in support of the bill with Governmental and Political Affairs Director, Jeremy Tripp of the Michigan Corrections Organization in attendance as well.House Bill 5923 moves to the full House for consideration###last_img read more