Weekly Traffic Advisories

first_imgNEW WORK: HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 118-Wright Avenue Interchange Highway 118 will be closed on Sunday, Jan. 15, from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. from Exit 4 at Highway 111 to Exit 13 at Highway 107. The road closure is for installation of girders. Local Area Office: 902-533-2771 Fax: 902-533-4352 Local Area Office: 902-542-6344 Fax: 902-543-6342 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Wyse Road Bridge Wyse Road Bridge in Middle Musquodoboit will be closed to truck traffic while the bridge is being repaired. Trucks will detour via Route 356 and Route 213 until further notice. Traffic control consists of signs. Local Area Office: 902-485-5254 Fax: 902-485-7047 KINGS COUNTY: Old Baxters Mill Bridge Open The Old Baxters Mill Bridge, near Baxters Harbour in Kings County, is open to one-lane traffic. There is a weight restriction for vehicles weighing more than 5,000 kilograms. Local Area Office: 902-424-2213 Fax: 902-424-7116 Local Area Office: 902-742-0587 Fax: 902-742-6000 Local Area Office: 902-679-4308 Fax: 902-679-6124 Local Area Office: 902-667-2972 Fax: 902-667-3424 CONTINUING WORK COLCHESTER COUNTY: Lilyvale Bridge Lilyvale Bridge on the Lilyvale Road is closed for repairs until further notice. Traffic control consists of signs. A detour is available on Camden Road and Riversdale Road. Local Area Office: 902-863-3420 Fax: 902-863-7365 Local Area Office: 902-424-4409 Fax: 902-424-0568 PICTOU COUNTY: Carmichael Road Toney River Bridge on Carmichael Road is closed until further notice. Traffic control consists of signs. A detour is available on Popular Hill Road and Meadowville Station Road. HALIFAX COUNTY: Highway 118-Wright Avenue Interchange Highway 118, from intersection at Highway 111 northerly (toward the airport) will have intermittent lane closures in both directions during interchange construction. Traffic control consists of cones, barrels and jersey barriers. For information call 902-424-6144 between 8 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-543-8169 Fax: 902-543-0686 KINGS COUNTY: Intersection of Prospect Road and Kentville Connector Traffic signals will be installed at the intersection of Prospect Road and the Kentville connector, with work being conducted until Wednesday, Jan. 18. A single-lane closure will be in effect during the installation. The traffic signals will be set to flash mode for the first six days of operation and then will begin normal activation. Local Area Office: 902-893-5797 Fax: 902-896-2259 LUNENBURG COUNTY: Sperry Bridge No. 2 Sperry Bridge No. 2 on Petite Riviere Road is closed until further notice. Detours are posted. CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Mount Whatley Road Bridge The bridge on Mount Whatley Road at the Nova Scotia-New Brunswick border will be closed until further notice. GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Molasses Harbour Bridge Molasses Harbour Bridge on Route 316 in Port Felix is reduced to one lane for repairs until further notice. Temporary traffic signals are in place. Local Area Office: 902-424-0054 Fax: 902-424-7116 PICTOU COUNTY: West River East Side Road The West River East Side Road near Salt Springs is reduced to one lane for repairs until further notice. Traffic control consists of traffic signals. Local Area Office: 902-755-7060 Fax: 902-755-7049 YARMOUTH COUNTY: East Kempt Bridge The East Kempt Bridge on Route 203 will be closed for bridge replacement until Wednesday, Feb. 15. Traffic control consists of detour signs. A detour is available on the North Kempt Road and the Gray Road. GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Antigonish-Guysborough Road The Antigonish-Guysborough Road, from the Antigonish-Guysborough County line easterly to Doyle Branch Road, will have intermittent lane closures for upgrading and gravelling until Tuesday, Jan. 31. Work takes place from 6:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. -30-last_img read more

Hells Angels arrive near Montreal for weekend national meeting

first_imgSAINT-CHARLES-SUR-RICHELIEU, – Authorities ramped up checkpoints and their overall presence east of Montreal on Friday as members of the Hells Angels and their sympathizers continued to arrive for a weekend gathering.The Canada Run — the Hells’ annual get-together — is being held this year in St-Charles-sur-Richelieu, 50 kilometres from Montreal.Police said some 500 full-patch Hells members and up to 200 sympathizers were expected to attend.Authorities set up checkpoints to pull over bikers to check their ID.The gathering is being held in Quebec for the first time since 2008.The mandatory meeting for full-patch members is described by authorities as a show of force by the gang, with rivals and police the target audience.Police say the 500-odd full-patch members across the country include 80 in Quebec, where the gang is stronger than ever and controls between 95 and 98 of the drug trafficking market.last_img read more

Gladue principles are failing in courts how will they work in correctional

first_imgNation to NationThe number of Indigenous people being incarcerated in this country keeps rising.That’s a phrase heard year after year.Now Indigenous people represent 29 per cent of offenders in the correctional system, a jump of two per cent over a year ago.Female offenders have kept pace, jumping from just under 38 per cent to 40.“We’re talking about a system that is, frankly, profiting off of incarcerating Indigenous people. You know, it’s rife in all steps of the way, systemic racism,” said NDP MP Nikki Ashton on Nation to Nation Thursday. “And we need to counter this. Like these numbers aren’t acceptable.”One way the Trudeau government is proposing to fight the growing trend is to “enshrine” Gladue principles to the correctional system in the hopes of lowering the number of Indigenous people in custody.They want to do so through proposed changes to the Corrections and Conditional Release Act, or Bill C-83.“But now it will be actually enshrined in law that Indigenous histories and backgrounds and characteristics need to be take into account in the custodial, transfer and treatment decisions made by the Correctional Service of Canada,” Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale this week at the Public Safety and National Security committee.Those same principles are supposed to be applied before Indigenous people ever end up behind bars, also to curb incarcerations rates.But numbers have continued to rise since the Supreme Court of Canada first ordered lower courts to apply the principles in 1999 (Gladue) and again in 2012 (Ipeelee).The Supreme Court said courts needed to take into account the impacts of residential schools and the generational impacts they continue to have.In most jurisdictions they are applied in court through what’s known as Gladue reports that detail an Indigenous person’s history and provide alternatives to jail, such as treatment programs.“I refer to them as sacred stories,” said Mark Marsolais-Nahwegahbow, a Gladue report writer, on Nation to Nation.“When you look at reports themselves it’s a report from when they were really young … generational and systemic problems, right through to where they are today and how they became involved in the justice system.”Marsolais-Nahwegahbow said the Gladue system is failing, particuarly as incarceration rates rise, and if the federal government really wanted to lower incarceration rates it would properly fund the Gladue report system on the outside.That means long before someone is facing a jail sentence, as the reports are almost always applied when someone has already been found guilty.And in some cases an Indigenous person could have gone years, with multiple convictions, before a report is ever written.That’s the case in Ontario, which is seen as a leader in Gladue, as Legal Aid Ontario provides funding to Aboriginal Legal Services to do most of the reports in the province. That legal firm provides reports to people facing a jail term of at least 90 days.“Let’s be truthful. These (Gladue) reports need to be presented in an individual’s life right from when they are young and involved, even as a young offender or they need to be involved right in their first entry to the justice system,” said Marsolais-Nahwegahbow.“Right now the way legal aid (in Ontario) has it they have loss of liberty 90 days before they are even entitled to having a report. That’s not right.”N2N@aptn.calast_img read more

King Mohammed VI to Perform Eid alAdha Prayers in Rabat

Rabat – King Mohammed VI will perform salat el Eid (Eid prayers) on Wednesday, August 22, at the Ahl Fez Mosque in Rabat.The Ministry of the Royal Household, Protocol, and Chancellery announced the news today.Local television and radio channels will broadcast the prayer starting 10:30 a.m. Eid al-Adha falls in Dhu al-Hijjah, a sacred month in the Islamic calendar in which the Hajj pilgrimage takes place.Eid al-Adha, which is the second of two Islamic holidays celebrated by Muslims worldwide, commemorates the day that the prophet Abraham prepared to sacrifice his son, but God intervened by providing a ram as a sacrifice.In the morning of Eid al-Adha, thousands of Muslim men across the globe dress up in white traditional clothes, especially djellabas. Men then head to mosques to perform the Eid prayers.After the prayers, the family gathers to experience the joy of Eid as the father or the oldest brother slaughters a sheep or goat. Sometimes families also sacrifice a cow or even a camel. Part of the meat is donated to needy and poor people. read more

For Decades Relievers Pitched Better Than Starters Not Anymore

Over the years, bullpens have eroded the workloads of starting pitchers. This season, relievers have accounted for the greatest share of pitching workload in Major League Baseball history: They have completed 41.1 percent of total innings through Wednesday, up from last year’s record of 40 percent. There are a variety of reasons for this trend, including teams becoming more aware of how starting pitchers tend to do worse each time through the opposing lineup and the increasing specialization of the sport.For more than 40 years, relievers had outperformed starters on a per-inning basis. But this season, through Wednesday, starters’ ERA is 0.02 points lower than that of relievers. Starters have not posted an ERA superior to that of relievers since 1973, but that gap has shrunk rapidly, and this year it could be potentially erased. As recently as 2012, the overall ERA of relievers was half a run better than that of starting pitchers.Perhaps this suggests that the sport has reached the limits of bullpenning and specialization — there are too many relievers employed. Through Tuesday, 492 different pitchers who primarily serve in relief have appeared in games this season.1At least 90 percent of games pitched as relievers. That already breaks the record set last season (488) and is up from 381 relievers in 2010 and 297 in 1998, the first season that MLB had 30 teams.This change in personnel may explain relievers’ decline in performance the first time through opposing lineups, relative to starting pitchers, a trend that Ben Clemens at FanGraphs documented in May and has continued into the summer. For the first time this century, starters have been better than relievers in their first time through the order in back-to-back seasons. Craig Edwards, also of FanGraphs, found there have been more low-leverage innings this year and poorer performance within them,2According to Leverage Index (LI), which is a measure of the relative “pressure” a player has faced. speaking to less meaningful baseball and more poor teams. Those innings have presumably been pitched by lesser relievers, diluting the group’s overall performance. There have been fewer meaningful innings this season — and also a greater volume of lesser-skilled relievers.A key decision for managers in today’s game is deciding whether to stick with a starter a third time through the lineup or to use the bullpen. And the gap between starters in that position and relievers has shrunk to its lowest level since 2005, as relievers have an advantage of only 49 points of opponent OPS this season compared with a 64-point edge last season and a century-high, 88-point difference in 2007, according to Baseball-Reference.com.Another reason for the convergence between starters and relievers is that starting pitchers are gaining relative skill. For the first time in the pitch-tracking era, which dates to 2007, the average fastball velocity of starting pitchers (93.3 mph) is less than 1 mph (0.8 mph) slower than that of relievers (94.1 mph). In 2012, relievers’ average fastballs were 1.7 mph faster than those of starters, and the difference has generally been shrinking since. Relievers’ overall fastball velocity has even declined this season, for the first time since 2008. Moreover, starters so far in 2019 have posted a higher difference between their strikeout rate and walk rate (14.5 percentage points) than relievers (13.9 percentage points). This is the first time starters have had a greater difference than relievers in the two rates since 1986.New technology is also allowing pitchers to improve the efficiency of their pitches. Starting pitchers also generally have a greater variety of pitches — and better command — than relievers, which is arguably one reason why they are starting pitchers and not relievers. If starters close the velocity gap, where relievers have traditionally held an advantage, they are closing a significant portion of the performance divide.Perhaps the game has swung too far in favor of relievers. Managers might want to wait a little longer on that call to the bullpen, or at least consider whom they are calling upon.Check out our latest MLB predictions. read more

Samsungs solarpowered netbook boasts 14hour battery life

first_imgSolar panels are still not efficient enough to produce adequate power to keep a laptop running indefinitely, but Samsung thinks they are good enough to at least help charge a netbook.The Samsung NC215S netbook will be the first to test out this theory by embedding a large solar panel in the lid of the 10.1 inch device. Samsung claim that for every two hours you leave the NC215S in the sun (turned off), you will get one hour of battery life. When you consider there’s a standard battery and charger as well, that’s a nice freebie to have.AdChoices广告The spec of the netbook is very typical. Alongside the 10.1-inch display running a resolution of 1024 x 600 there’s 1GB of RAM, and a 1.66GHz N570 dual-core Atom. Open the lid and you’ll find a chiclet keyboard and a decent sized touchpad considering the overall size of the device.The most impressive feature of this netbook has to be the battery life which Samsung claims is 14 hours. What we don’t know is whether that includes you sitting in the sun and getting a drip-feed of solar power while you surf the web or write some emails. All Samsung say is that 14 hours is based on usage in “ideal conditions”.Samsung intends to bring the NC215S to the U.S., Russia, and Africa on July 3rd for $399. That’s quite a premium when you consider the almost equivalent Samsung NF310 offers up a higher screen resolution and 9 hour battery life for $359.Read more at LiliputingMatthew’s OpinionUsing solar panels on a netbook is a little strange. It’s not typically a device you want to leave in the sun, but doing so will get you more free juice. I also wonder how hot that lid is going to get from having the sun beat down on it for a few hours. You can argue it will charge in normal lighting conditions, but that won’t get you the one hour battery life for every two charging.As well as needing good light to get a charge any owner has to keep the lid spotless so as not to block the light in any way. Finger marks, scratches, or general dust build-up will all have a negative impact on the laptop’s ability to get a decent amount of free energy. You also have to wonder how quickly the panel degardes in terms of its ability to produce a consistent level of power over the coming months and years.If the price was lower then I’d say this was worth checking out, but it carries a premium over Samsung’s other netbooks that have better features and still very good battery life. Maybe in a few months when the pricing equlizes it will be worth looking at, but for now it’s an expensive gimmick.last_img read more

This Mouse Species Is Blind — Heres How It Survives

first_img Watch: Dolphin Leaps Feet Away From Unsuspecting SurferWatch: Deep-Sea Octopus ‘Billows Like a Circus Tent’ Stay on target In the mountain forests of Vietnam and some parts of China lives the nocturnal and secretive Vietnamese pygmy dormouse, Typhlomys chapensis. It’s a small rodent with large, bat-like ears that spends much of its time climbing trees, scouring branches for fruit and seeds to eat.What is unique about this little critter, though, is that it accomplishes all sorts of arboreal acrobatics — such as jumping from branch to branch while climbing in near darkness — with incredible agility, despite having terribly poor eyesight. In fact, it is nearly blind — it’s name Typhomys actually translates to “the blind mouse.” Its eyes are tiny with folded retinas, which misshape the images projected on its pupils, giving it almost no ability to focus on what is in front of it. All that the eyes can really determine is whether it is light or dark outside — very little else.So how does this blind mouse manage to climb trees, jump from branch to branch and find food — all without falling or running straight into a predator?That’s what Aleksandra Panyutina, a functional morphologist at the Severtsov Institute in Moscow, and her colleagues decided to find out. They filmed some pygmy dormice at the Moscow Zoo climbing branches while in their cages, recorded the sounds that the rodents produced and in doing so, they discovered that the animals were making some very interesting noises while they jumped ran and climbed: ultrasonic squeaks.“The ultrasonic calls of the pygmy dormouse are very similar to the signal of bats,” Panyutina explains, though the calls are fainter than those of the bats, which is why we don’t hear them without special recording equipment. However, like bat ultrasonic calls, they are at high frequency, allowing them to bounce — or echo — off any objects surrounding the mouse.“The reflected echo is then captured by the ears of the animal which, thanks to the huge auricles, allow [it] to determine the exact direction of the incoming reflected sound,” she continues. “As a result, the[ir] brain creates a picture of the surrounding space, similar to what is seen by our eyes, but built [from] sound waves.” This allows the mouse to sense or “see” almost anything in the vicinity even above or behind them, as well as around corners, via echolocation.“Of course, this picture is more primitive and coarser than a visual one,” Panyutina says, but “it has its own advantages.” The echo is received incredibly quickly, allowing the mouse to process information very quickly. The image that they “see” by echolocation is also not dependent on how much light there is, allowing them to thrive as nocturnal creatures. “The animal can navigate in complete darkness, which is impossible to do even with the most perfect visual apparatus,” she adds.The fact that the pygmy dormouse can navigate with echolocation makes it pretty unique among terrestrial mammals. (Photo Credit: Courtesy of Aleksandra Panyutina)The fact that the pygmy dormouse can navigate with echolocation makes it pretty unique among terrestrial mammals. “There has been no reliable evidence so far of the presence of ultrasound echolocation in terrestrial mammals. Only swimming sea mammals [like whales and dolphins] and flying bats use it reliably,” says Panyutina. “So Typhlomys is the first quadrupedal animal [that we know of] that orientates with the help of sound.”Why this dormouse is unique is, of course, still a mystery. “Why does such a beautiful system of navigation in the dark occur so rarely?” wonders Panyutina. “Why do so many night mammals mostly use huge eyes instead of a compact and lightweight auditory apparatus?”For now, she can only speculate, but she thinks it must have something to do with echolocation being costly in terms of energy. Afterall, in order to create a ‘sound picture,’ they have to produce sound signals every time they move. Maybe, she says, that’s why echolocation did not originate in evolution as often as one might expect — “the energy price is too high.”That said, this little rodent is special from an evolutionary point of view because it suggests that perhaps bats developed echolocation abilities before they learned to fly — something scientists have long debated. Up until Panyutina published her study in the Journal of Integrative Zoology, there was no evidence of the existence of any small, bat-like, land-based creature (living or in the fossil record) that used echolocation. So while the debate about bats continues, the pygmy dormouse could be a clue in solving that mystery.More on Geek.com:Why Are Pigeons So Good at Surviving in Cities?Watch: Kangaroo Rat Ninja-Kicks Rattlesnake in Mesmerizing Slo-MoThis Frog Survives Winter By Freezing Two-Thirds of Its Bodylast_img read more

Several Clark County school districts starting late

first_imgA handful of Clark County school districts have delayed the start of start of the school day or put buses on snow routes.Battle Ground School District says its north schools will begin two hours late, and no buses are headed to Cascadia Tech Center.Green Mountain and Washougal school districts also decided to postpone opening. Green Mountain noted that there will be no lunch service and students should bring something to eat.You can find more information about the delays and bus reroutes here.The National Weather Service in Portland has not issued any short-term forecast or advisories for the county.last_img read more

Onam Special Private Bus Mafia Hike BengaluruKerala Ticket Rates During Festive Season

first_imgThe South Indian state Kerala is all decked up to celebrate harvest festival Onam on Friday, 28 August.However, for many Keralites residing in Bengaluru and other metro cities, reaching their hometown during this festive season is troublesome as train and state government bus tickets to major cities like Ernakulam, Thiruvananthapuram and Kottayam are already booked by those who plan their vacations beforehand.Although there are seats available in some private buses, the cost of those tickets are double or three times the actual ticket rate. The private bus “mafia” reportedly increases the ticket rates during festive season.Just a few days ago, the Kerala State Road Transport Corporation (Kerala SRTC) slashed the ticket rates as Onam gift to its customers and the maximum rate comes at Rs 1,281 for AC buses till the capital city, Thiruvananthapuram. Even the tickets rates for Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) is less than Rs 1,200 for AC services. But, for private buses like Kallada, SPS, Shama, Golden Pearl, Atlas among many others, the ticket rates range from Rs 2,000 to 3,000 and the prices are higher for Non-AC services (starting from Rs 1,500).Therefore, for a family consisting of four members, the travel expense will be of around Rs 24,000 for a to-fro journey.In order to spend the holiday season with family members, passengers are now expecting the state transport corportion to arrange special affordable bus services. 1/3 Red Bus – Bangalore to KottayamScreenshotRed Bus – Bangalore to ErnakulamScreenshotRed Bus – Bangalore to ThiruvananthapuramScreenshotPreviousNextlast_img read more

Intels Futurist Well Soon Be Living In Computers

first_imgOctober 29, 2013 With technology changing at a rapid pace, the thought of tomorrow and all the tomorrows after it can be hard to process. Scary, even. For Brian David Johnson, the resident “futurist” at Intel, however, the prospect of what tomorrow will bring is thrilling.”What I tell people is No. 1: they shouldn’t be worried about the future,” Johnson said at The Feast social innovation conference in New York City. “The future is going to be awesome because people build the future. Technology doesn’t get to decide. People get to decide.”Projecting the future, or future-casting, is the work of combining social science, research, technical data, economic trends and, yes, even science fiction, to model a prediction of the future. In his position at Intel, Johnson looks specifically at how humans will interact with technology 10 to 15 years out.Related: In Nanotech’s Small World, Big Opportunities Abound (Video)To hear Johnson tell it, he has always been a futurist, even before landing his gig at Intel 10 years ago. Johnson, whose father was a radar tracking engineer and mother was an IT specialist, was teaching computer courses at a community college in Manassas, Va., by the time he was 10. He worked on interactive television in Scandinavia and the U.K. before the Internet existed, developing technology to give viewers the option to vote and buy things on their television monitors. Johnson has also directed movies, written books and is an acrylic painter. It is his combination of technical expertise and affection for storytelling that make Johnson uniquely qualified to be a futurist.Jimmy the robot being designed and built.Image courtesy: IntelIn Johnson’s vision of the future, humans will be in control, but living in a world drastically changed by new technology. The biggest driver in tech will be the ever-shrinking size of the computer chip, which he predicts will effectively approach zero by 2020. Five years ago, the average computer chip was approximately 22 nanometers across. Now, it is 14 nanometers across on average. By 2020, the computer chip will be 5 nanometers across, projects Johnson. A chip that is 5 nanometers wide is 12 atoms across.Johnson says smaller computer chips means almost anything can be turned into a computer. “We will be surrounded by computational power. So for average people, for average users and consumers, you will be living in a world where you are essentially living in a computer, where you are surrounded by intelligence.”Related: Your Next Cocktail Could Be Concocted By This Robotic BartenderOn the micro side, computers will be inserted in all manner of health-care related devices, says Johnson, dreaming up a Band-Aid that has a computer chip built in. “We can actually monitor our health on an hour-by-hour, minute-by-minute basis,” he says. For instance, if a child has the flu, then a stickable computer embedded into a Band-Aid will allow a parent to monitor a child’s temperature, blood pressure and heart rate.From a macro perspective, Johnson says that the computational powers available a decade from now will allow us to build more sophisticated, nuanced and larger cities – what Johnson calls megacities. “We can actually put computation in the infrastructure of the city so that we can make the city not only greener but more efficient,” he says, referencing innovations that could prevent the waste of electricity and water from cracks in building architecture. “Our cities could become computers and when our cities become computers we can tune them,” he says.As Band-Aids and cities become computers, so too will some of our companions, says Johnson. His favorite technical gadget, in a manner of speaking, is Jimmy, his walking and talking robot. Jimmy is a 3D-printed robot, “born” about a month ago, with open-source code, available for updates, personalization and iteration. There are two other “Jimmys” in various stages of production currently: One in Portland, Ore., and two in Boston. A prototype for a 21st century robot, Jimmy represents a first step toward social robots.Related: How Google, Apple, Facebook and Others Use Your Personal Data (Infographic)  Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Globalcenter_img 4 min read Register Now »last_img read more

Peter Thiels Newest Obsession Nanotechnology

first_img Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global February 20, 2014 Register Now »center_img When Peter Thiel decides to invest in a company, it’s wise to pay attention.After all, Thiel has got a pretty awesome batting average. He was the first outside investor in Facebook and co-founded both the online payment system PayPal and the big data analytics company Palantir. Thiel is seen as something of a harbinger for Silicon Valley.Most recently, Thiel has taken a focus on the very, very tiny. He has agreed to be on the board of directors of Nanotronics Imaging, a Brooklyn, N.Y.-based microscope technology and software company.The nanotech company has also received a $7 million investment from Founders Fund, the San Francisco-based technology investment shop Thiel is a partner in. Founders Fund is a top-tier venture capital firm that has invested in blockbuster success stories like Palantir, SpaceX, Facebook and ZocDoc.Related: 9 Successful Entrepreneurs Moonlighting as ProfessorsNanotronics Imaging develops high-tech software for looking through very, very strong automated microscopes. These microscopes include exceptionally high resolution cameras. The Nanotronics Imaging technology allows a variety of industries ranging from semiconductors to medicine to test and create solutions in the product development phase much faster than with manual microscopic technology.”By combining the very best in microscopy hardware with software that automates processes that can take a human hours to perform, we are hoping to save companies untold amounts of time and money,” says Matthew Putman, one of the founders of Nanotronics, in the statement. Prior to launching Nanotronics, Putman was a professor of materials science and engineering at Columbia University. Related: Peter Thiel on What You Can’t Learn in College 2 min readlast_img read more

Firefox Update security audit results published

first_imgFirefox Update security audit results published by Martin Brinkmann on October 10, 2018 in Firefox – Last Update: October 12, 2018 – 41 commentsOne of the core components of the Firefox web browser is the integrated updating system. Designed to check for new updates regularly and download & install new updates automatically, it is a core component of the browser.Mozilla hired German security company X41 D-SEC GMBH to audit the Application Update Service (AUS) that powers automatic Firefox updates. The company’s security researchers analyzed the update component in the Firefox client as well as backend services designed to deliver updates and provide Mozilla staff with management functionality (called Balrog).The researchers analyzed the source code of the components and used “various methods of penetration testing to assess the integrity of the infrastructure, web applications, and updater clients”.No critical issuesNo critical issues were discovered by the researchers. The researchers did find three vulnerabilities that they rated high, seven that they rated medium, and four that they rated low. In addition, they discovered 21 additional issues “without a direct security impact”.All vulnerabilities rated with a severity rating of high were found in the management console Balrog which is only accessible on Mozilla’s internal network.The most serious vulnerability discovered was a Cross-Site Request Forgery (CSRF) vulnerability in the administration web application interface, which might allow attackers to trigger unintended administrative actions under certain conditions.Other vulnerabilities identified were memory corruption issues, insecure handling of untrusted data, and stability issues (Denial of Service (DoS)).  Most of these issues were constrained by the requirement to bypass cryptographic signatures.No issues were identified in the handling of cryptographic signatures for update files. There were no cryptographic signatures on the XML files describing the update files’ location and other metadata. The files were downloaded via HTTPS, but the server certificates or public keys were not pinned.The three vulnerabilities rated high are:BLRG-PT-18-002: Use of Insecure JavaScript LibrariesWith Known VulnerabilitiesBLRG-PT-18-010: CSRF Token not ValidatedBLRG-PT-18-011: Cookies Without the Secure FlagMozilla fixed some of the issues already and is working actively on fixing the remaining issues. The full auditt has been published on Google Drive. It contains detailed information about each of the detected vulnerabilities and further documentation.ConclusionA third-party security audit of Firefox’s updating components both in the client and on the backend concluded that security was good. No critical issues were found during the audit and all issues rated high were found in the administrative console only accessible on Mozilla’s internal network.SummaryArticle NameFirefox Update security audit results publishedDescriptionA third-party security audit of Firefox’s updating components both in the client and on the backend concluded that security was good. Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

Guy Fieris new Disney restaurant has an awesome name – and awesome

first_imgGuy Fieri’s new Disney restaurant has an awesome name – and awesome prices Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: Disney Travelweek Group center_img Share Wednesday, August 1, 2018 ORLANDO — Only parents of toddlers are aware of a secret sixth food group: chicken fingers.These deliciously crispy, lightly fried, breadcrumb-coated, tender strips of chicken can be considered a food group all on its own, what with the massive amount that’s eaten each year by picky North American kids. We currently don’t have any stats on exactly how much is consumed, but we’re guessing somewhere in the range of a gazillion pounds each year.With this super-accurate figure in mind, Disney is banking on the fact that its newest eatery, headed up by none other than celebrity chef and Food Network host Guy Fieri, will be an instant hit with both parents and kids alike. Called ‘Chicken Guy!’ (yes, the name comes with an exclamation mark) and located at Disney Springs, the new “fast-casual” restaurant will specialize in everything chicken, specifically chicken fingers (or chicken tenders, if you prefer the fancier moniker).More news:  Apply now for AQSC’s agent cruise ratesBut that’s not what will make parents running to its counter – it’s the fact that almost everything on the menu will be less than US$8.Photo courtesy of Walt Disney World NewsAs parents are all too aware, dining at Disney for anything less than a gazillion dollars (okay, we may be exaggerating) is hard to do. So Chicken Guy!, which is set to open its doors in August, will be a welcome addition to the Disney World experience.Other selling points? There’ll be 22, yes, 22 different sauces, plus a “sauce slinger” who’ll walk around with a holster full of condiments. In addition to chicken tenders, menu items will include SMC (Super Melty Cheese) Fries, the Mac Daddy Mac ‘n’ Cheese, fried pickles, and soft-serve ice cream topped with Cinnamon Toast Crunch and Apple Jacks cereals.But it’s the tenders that will most certainly be the go-to item for kids. According to Disney, they’ll be antibiotic-free, pounded by hand, tenderized in a brine of lemon juice, pickle juice and buttermilk before they’re grilled or breaded and deep fried, and will be served on their own, skewered, atop salads or within sandwiches.More news:  A new low for no-frills flying: easyJet assigns backless seat to passengerAs for décor? Look out for the selfie wall featuring a life-size image of Fieri (we wouldn’t expect anything less from the high-energy and ultra-charismatic TV host). And another fun perk? Employees will be instructed to greet customers with Fieri’s signature fist bump.last_img read more

Advantage Seller Housing Inventory at Historical Lows

first_imgAdvantage Seller: Housing Inventory at “Historical Lows” Share October 29, 2015 639 Views Click here to view the full report. As the housing market continues to improve, more buyers enter the market, and inventory levels decline, favor now rests in sellers’ hands.Pro Teck Valuation Services’ October Home Value Forecast (HVF) reviewed inventory levels and the impact they have in the real estate market.The forecast found that 29 of the core-based statistical areas (CBSAs) the company tracked got their highest inventory score possible, compared to zero last year.Indicating a transition to a sellers’ market, all 29 CBSAs have less than four months of inventory left, Pro Teck noted. In addition to these findings, all areas have seen double-digit increases in active listings, which the company believes won’t change anytime soon.”While new housing units are on the upswing, the numbers are still at historical lows,” said Tom O’Grady, CEO of Pro Teck Valuation Services. “That, combined with approximately 2.5 million single family homes becoming rental units since the crash has left the U.S. with a limited housing supply.”Top 10 Hottest Markets with Their Months of Remaining Inventory:1. Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, North Carolina-South Carolina – 3.962. Punta Gorda, Florida – 3.933. Durham-Chapel Hill, North Carolina – 3.894. Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine, California – 3.835. Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, California – 3.786. Chico, California – 3.727. Medford, Oregon – 3.688. Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, California – 3.669. Salinas, California – 3.6610. Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana – 3.61Pro Teck also ranked the best and worst performing metros based on their market condition ranking model. These lists are determined using a variety of indicators such as: sales/listing activity and prices, months of remaining inventory (MRI), days on market (DOM), sold-to-list price ratio, foreclosure percentage, and REO activity.”There are no communities ranked ‘distressed’ this month, with only Atlantic City and Jacksonville, North Carolina hitting our ‘weak’ level because of the percentage of foreclosure sales. In Midland, TX you can see the swift impact changes in the oil industry can have. With many oil rigs idle, families are moving out. A 169 percent increase in active home listings and 207 percent increase in MRI are just two example of how quickly change can come,” O’Grady said. Home Value Forecast Housing Supply Pro Teck Valuation Services 2015-10-29 Staff Writer in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, Market Studies, News, Technologylast_img read more

Two of those players Gunter and Riddick were not

first_imgTwo of those players, Gunter and Riddick, were not invited the combine. Three of them — Golden, Johnson and Christian — were team captains in college. In fact, 17 of the 23 players drafted since Keim took over as GM served as captains during their college careers.It’s obviously something the team takes into account.“What do they bring to the table, not only on the field, but off the field,” Keim said. “That’s such an important part of the process. Every player faces adversity, and they’re going to face adversity, whether it’s the first day, or the first week, or the first month. How do they respond? “If they’re leaders and if they’re committed, they’re going to answer the bell. It’s the guys that really aren’t leaders and aren’t committed who concern you, and those are the ones I’ve missed on in the past. We’ve all missed on them.”The Cardinals were clearly looking for a certain type of player in the draft, and it did not matter if they had yet to reach their full potential or came from a smaller, lesser-known school. Keim and Arians wanted players with a certain type of skill set, sure, but also the right attitude, clearly placing a premium on mentality. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Comments   Share   “Some of these guys come out of high school now and they’re not a five-star recruit, and they really aren’t, but they grow into one,” Arians said of what makes players from smaller schools so attractive to the team. “Our job as coaches is to find the kids who are the five-star pro prospects and when you go to those small schools, Division II or I-AA, don’t worry about the competition.”If it reminds you too much of the Dave McGinnis era, or even the Arizona Diamondbacks’ “grit”, this is where you look at the last two years and decide if you want to give Cardinals management the benefit of the doubt. As the cliché goes, we’ll know in about three years if this was a good draft or not. That won’t stop people from judging it now, of course, but it will take time to know if the Cardinals’ 2015 Draft class is good, bad or something in between. When it comes to the draft, the best thing a team can do is identify the players it wants, and then take them. Keim said the team is not scared to make a tough decision, and hey, when your jobs depend on putting together the best roster possible, you might as get the players you want. So if that means trading up to take a small-school player like Gunter or passing up on well-known names, that’s fine. A team like the Cardinals, which has won 21 games over the last two seasons, can afford to take some chances. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories TEMPE, Ariz. — The Arizona Cardinals care not for your opinions on their 2015 draft haul.And if any one of their picks disappoints you or some draftnik out there, so be it. They believe in their seven-member haul.“I think, number one, we added several players who are passionate and love the game and who will be great for our locker room,” GM Steve Keim said. “At the same time, we added some guys who a lot of fans probably don’t know a lot about, but we see a tremendous amount of upside. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo “When you see guys that have this type of potential and they have the passion, and then when you watch our coaches get their hands on them, it’s like a piece of clay. They mold it and they put it into the scheme and it’s a great fit,” he said. “On the other side, it’s tough because as our roster is starting to get better, it’s harder to project guys making your football team. That’s one of the fine balances that Coach and I are having to go through. That’s to make sure that these guys can even make the team and they are given a chance. “It’s because we’re getting more depth and we’re getting a little bit better year in and year out.” – / 44 “Coach (Bruce Arians) says all the time, ‘No risk it, no biscuit,’ and I don’t think it’s any secret in this room that I like biscuits.”Seated next to Keim, Arians blurted out, “You’re stealing all my lines, damn! What the hell?”“What the hell?” is something that was probably muttered more than a few times after the Cardinals made each of their seven picks. Grades for their effort are all over the spectrum, as there is very little agreement over what Arizona did Thursday, Friday and Saturday.Here’s what we do know:D.J. Humphries should compete for the starting right tackle job.Markus Golden was productive in college, all while being overshadowed by Shane Ray.David Johnson is big, fast and has great hands.Rodney Gunter has about as much hype going for him now as John Brown did this time a year ago.Shaq Riddick dominated the FCS level before moving on to West Virginia, where he was also no slouch.J.J. Nelson was the fastest player at the NFL Scouting Combine, and was a dynamic kick returner at UAB.Gerald Christian may be “Mr. Irrelevant,” but he has good speed and hands and could find a role as the team’s H-back. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter The top draw cards of

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterThe top draw cards of South America, including Rio de Janeiro, Iguazu Falls, Buenos Aires and the ancient Incan citadel of Machu Picchu, combine with Antarctica to create an exclusive, new cruise tour designed by Cruise Express.Departing Australia on 2 January 2017, the full 36-night ‘Best of South America and Antarctica’ Unique Journey offers travellers a luxury, guided journey to five Latin American countries – Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, Chile and Peru plus the British territory of the Falklands and the pristine wilderness of Antarctica.Including return flights from Australia, flights in South America and extensive sightseeing, the full 36-night ‘Best of South America and Antarctica’ tour is available from $19,480 per person, twin-share. A shorter 31-night itinerary without Peru is available from $14,990 per person, twin-share, and a 26-night option including the cruise via Antarctica and three nights in Buenos Aires is priced from $11,990 per person, twin-share.Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more

Paul Haynes says a routine prostate screening probably saved his life

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Sponsored By Connatix Paul Haynes is back at work as the head coach at Kent State. He revealed Monday that the medically-induced leave of absence he took beginning on Aug. 27 was due to a surgery he underwent on Aug. 28 to treat prostate cancer.“It was found during a regular checkup last summer,” Haynes told the Record-Courier. “There are really no common side effects with prostate cancer, so that checkup probably saved my life. Prostate cancer is most common among African-American men ages 40 and over, so I strongly encourage everyone in that age group to get a PSA screening.”In fact, 1-in-39 men between ages 40 and 59 (Haynes is 48) will contract prostate cancer, and the numbers are significantly higher for black men. From the Prostate Cancer Foundation:African-American men are 73% more likely to develop prostate cancer compared with Caucasian men, and are nearly 2.4 times as likely to die from the disease. It is important to realize though that this does not mean that every African-American man will get prostate cancer or have an aggressive or un-curable prostate cancer. Prostate cancer is most prevalent in men over 65 and not particularly deadly when treated; the American Cancer Society says men with prostate cancer are 96 percent as likely to survive 15 years as men who do not have prostate cancer. However, like Haynes said, prostate cancer does not announce its arrival through recognizable symptoms, which increases the chances it could jump to other areas of the body and become much more deadly. The 5-year survival rate for Stage IV prostate cancer is 29 percent.Get yourselves checked, fellas.last_img read more

Two arrested on suspicion of dealing cocaine

The anti-drug squad found 1.3kg of cocaine in a car in the Larnaca district on Monday afternoon and arrested two people in connection with the case, they said.Officers stopped a car driven by a 48-year-old man at 5.45pm, searched the vehicle and discovered the drugs in a bag on the floor in front of the rear seats, police said.The driver was arrested and later, at around 8.40pm, another person, 39, was detained following testimony against him.The homes of the two suspects were searched and police said they seized various items as evidence, as well as €22,730 from the residence of the 39-year-old and €2,900 from the home of the 48-year-old.They are accused of the illegal possession of drugs with the intent to supply.You May LikeMUAMA Enence Instant TranslatorLife-Changing Innovation: Speak 43 Languages In SecondsMUAMA Enence Instant TranslatorUndoMortgage After LifeChargers QB Philip Rivers Lives With His Partner In This Gorgeous HouseMortgage After LifeUndoDriveZingThe 25 Best Police Cars From Around The WorldDriveZingUndo Russian opposition leader Navalny hospitalised for allergic reactionUndoVerstappen wins crazy German Grand PrixUndoUK plays Brexit hardball with ‘stubborn’ EUUndoby Taboolaby Taboola read more