Elder Stephen Augustine standing behind NDP leader Tom MulcairTrina Roache APTN National NewsElder Stephen Augustine says he’s not against the NDP but he doesn’t like the fact the party used his image in a brochure outlining the party’s Indigenous platform. “My image is spread all across Canada and what impact is that going to have on indigenous people?” said Augustine. “It sends a message that I’m a big supporter.”The first photo shows Augustine standing behind NDP leader Tom Mulcair, who is sitting talking to Mohawk Elder Billy Two Rivers.It was taken by the publicity team for the NDP at the Assembly of First Nations AGA in July, 2014.Augustine said he wants them removed.“It’s a matter of the privacy of the voting privileges in Canada,” said Augustine. “Nobody is supposed to know where my vote is and here it a wide open assumption that I’m voting NDP by appearing in their platform.”Augustine with his back to the camera, talks with Tom Mulcair in Halifax, 2014Augustine said he never posed for that picture and that he doesn’t recall meeting Mulcair. He said he was never asked by the NDP for permission to use the photo.He only found out late Thursday when he attended an event and was asked about his support for the NDP.Augustine is “troubled” and “embarrassed” by the use of his image during an election campaign.“I’ve never been asked,” said Augustine. “I feel I’m being used in a sense, that I’m being displayed as a big supporter as the NDP…I still feel I have badly misrepresented here.”He said as a hereditary Mi’kmaw Chief and elder and Dean of Unama’ki College at Cape Breton University, Augustine worries it could sway indigenous voters.Mohawk elder Billy Two Rivers recalled sitting with Mulcair and knew his picture was taken. But he too was unaware that it was used in the NDP platform.“I don’t go around asking to have my picture taken with them,” said Two Rivers. “Someone took a picture of us sitting down. But there was one picture taken there and someone had asked me, are you aware of it? Well, I’ve seen it. They said, do you mind if we use it? I said, I do mind. I’m Mohawk, I don’t vote.”Two Rivers said governments come and go and assimilation policies still prevail, no matter which party is elected.He doesn’t support any of them. And he actively encourages other indigenous people not to vote.“I think it’s an underhanded political allurement to vote,” said Two Rivers. “People will say, hey, Billy likes the NDP. If he likes the NDP, let’s vote for them. So it’s a misrepresentation.”Ontario Regional Chief Isadore Day is also pictured in the NDP brochure, though he doesn’t have a problem with it.Though he did ask the Liberals to remove a photo of Trudeau shaking his hand from its website during this election campaign.“The Liberal pic was placed up front and could have been perceived as a cameo verifying support,” wrote Day in a statement to APTN National News. “The NDP pic was incidental to a key dialogue session that is essential to this election.”Ontario regional chief Isadore Day seated on the far right at a table with NDP leader Tom MulcairDay added, “pictures with federal leaders seeking to shape a government to government agenda doesn’t mean I will drop a ballot in the box. As the Ontario Regional Chief, I remain non-partisan and neutral with my sole purpose being to raise issues for all First Nations.”NDP media spokesperson, Emilie Grenier said while the NDP legally have a right to use photos they’ve taken at public events, they do use consent forms when possible.Grenier said the NDP did send out drafts of the platform to the Assembly of First Nations and before it was unveiled on October 7.Most of the photos were taken at AFN events. Grenier said the AFN gave the draft the thumbs up, though an email to AFN has said there was no advance look or image approval.Grenier said out of respect, the NDP will remove the photos of Stephen Augustine and in an email have offered an apology, adding “…we are sorry for any confusion.”Augustine isn’t sure yet if he’ll accept it.The NDP have removed it from the digital brochure and say only ten hard copies were printed. The NDP did not put the photo of Augustine on Twitter.Though image has already been shared on Facebook, tagging Augustine in a post that celebrates what is assumed to be his support for the NDP.“At least they should advise the people that they’re going to use the image for their platform,” said Augustine. “[The NDP] should be more responsible.”firstname.lastname@example.org
Tunis — Tunisian forces have killed nine “terrorists” and seized two tonnes of explosives in the north of the country where policemen died this week in a jihadist attack, officials said on Saturday.The suspected “terrorists” were killed in the Mount Taouyer area of the Beja region, 70 kilometres (40 miles) west of Tunis, defence ministry spokesman Taoufik Rahmouni was quoted as saying by the official TAP news agency.Another spokesman said troops had captured a member of the group during the military operation to hunt down a cell of some 20 suspected jihadists blamed for Thursday’s killing of the policemen. The report did not provide further information about the explosives, and the ministry could not immediately be reached for comment.Rahmouni said the operation launched Thursday was still underway on Saturday with the aid of reconnaissance flights, and that artillery strikes had been carried out in the region.Since the 2011 uprising that sparked the Arab Spring, Tunisia has seen a rise in attacks by jihadist groups suppressed by former dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali.Some 15 soldiers and police have been killed since December as they track militants allegedly linked to Al-Qaeda along the border with Algeria, but Saturday’s operation was the first of its kind in Beja, which is much closer to the capital.The defence ministry has said it lacks the resources to combat militant groups and has struggled to contain them.On Friday, in a sign of rising frustration over the costly fight against jihadists, protesting security forces drove Prime Minister Ali Larayedh and President Moncef Marzouki away from a memorial service for the policemen killed in Beja.Tunisia has been locked in a political crisis since July, when prominent opposition lawmaker Mohamed Brahmi was shot dead by suspected jihadists, in circumstances similar to the murder of another opposition MP, Chokri Belaid, six months earlier.The opposition accuses the ruling Ennahda party — a moderate Islamist group that swept the country’s first post-revolutionary elections — of failing to combat the rise in jihadist militancy, and the government has been paralysed for the last three months.The two sides said Saturday they will launch a repeatedly delayed national dialogue on Wednesday in a bid to resolve the dispute.The announcement came two weeks after Ennahda agreed to stand down by late October as part of a roadmap to form a government of independents.The roadmap is also aimed at introducing a new constitution, electoral laws and setting a timetable for fresh parliamentary and presidential elections to end the political deadlock.
Executives from Google and Facebook are facing Congress Tuesday to answer questions about their role in the spread of hate crimes and the rise of white nationalism in the U.S.Neil Potts, Facebook’s director of public policy and Alexandria Walden, counsel for free expression and human rights at Google, will speak to the House Judiciary Committee along with leaders of the Anti-Defamation League, the Equal Justice Society and others.The hearing was prompted by the March shootings in Christchurch, New Zealand, when a gunman killed 50 people at two mosques and livestreamed the attacks on Facebook.The suspected shooter also published a lengthy post online that espoused white supremacist views.But controversy over white nationalism and hate speech has dogged online platforms such as Facebook and Google’s YouTube for years. The companies long extolled the value of free speech while trying to avoid acting as content editors, then were forced to deal with a resulting torrent of abuse directed at their users. In 2017, following the deadly demonstrations in Charlottesville, Virginia, tech giants began banishing extremist groups and individuals espousing white supremacist views and support for violence.In March, Facebook extended its ban on hate speech to include white nationalists in addition to just white supremacists — a distinction civil rights groups had long called meaningless.Despite the ban, accounts such as one with the name “Aryan Pride” were still visible as of late Monday. This account’s self-description read, in part, “IF YOUR NOT WHITE friend ur own kind cause Im not ur friend.”In addition, on Wednesday a Senate subcommittee will hold a hearing titled “Stifling Free Speech: Technological Censorship and the Public Discourse.” This hearing will address the claim of perceived bias against conservatives by tech companies such as Facebook, Google and Twitter.The companies have denied any such bias. While political figures from President Donald Trump on down keep levying the accusation, none have yet presented evidence of an anti-conservative or any other political tilt.Barbara Ortutay, The Associated Press
30 June 2008The inhabitants of developing nations will find out whether they have been infected with multi-drug resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) in two days, not the standard two to three months, thanks to two new United Nations-backed initiatives. Currently, it is estimated that only 2 per cent of cases of MDR-TB – which does not respond to first-line drugs – are being properly diagnosed and treated, and 400,000 new cases are reported every year, according to the UN.The new schemes – launched today by the UN World Health Organization (WHO), the Stop TB Partnership, the international drug purchase facility UNITAID and the Foundation for Innovative New Diagnostics (FIND) – hope to boost that proportion to over 15 per cent over the next four years.In poorer countries, most TB patients are tested for MDR-TB only after it is found they do not respond to standard treatments, but do not receive crucial second-line drugs until their diagnosis is confirmed two months or more later.One of the two projects announced today is a rapid molecular method, known as line probe assays, to detect the strain in less than two days, and it will be employed in 16 countries, including Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Myanmar and Uzbekistan.The second entails increasing the supply of drugs to treat MDR-TB in 54 countries, and seeks to slash by 20 per cent the price of second-line drugs by 2010.
20 January 2009In the darkest hours of Israel’s offensive against Hamas in Gaza, when his own headquarters was shelled and went up in flames, when children were dying or being horrifically injured, the top United Nations official on the ground drew inner strength from the bravery of his own staff – and from a vision from his own homeland, Ireland, of reconciliation between implacable foes. “I drew it from the staff around me,” Gaza Director of Operations of the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) John Ging told the UN News Centre in a Newsmaker interview.“I always look at the ambulance driver who races out the gates and into the front lines to rescue people. There were two sides to the conflict – the humanity and courage from ordinary people to do a phenomenal job to help their fellow human beings. And then you witness the consequences of inhumanity – that’s the negative side. My colleagues here, both the international and national staff around me, are emblems of humanity and courage.”Mr. Ging, who became the public face of the UN at ground zero with his daily video-linked briefings during the three weeks of the offensive Israel launched with the stated aim of ending Hamas rocket attacks, is no stranger to conflict and violence.He served with UN peacekeeping forces in Lebanon in the 1980s and worked for the Irish non-governmental organization GOAL in Rwanda for two years during the genocide and its aftermath, and later spent nine years during the Balkan conflicts in Bosnia and Kosovo.It was his experiences in Rwanda that really brought home to him that humanitarian work was a categorical imperative in his choice of vocation. “It was from then on that I was convinced that this was the kind of work that I would prefer to do – when I hope to look back on my life, I want to measure my life’s worth in terms of the difference you can make to the lives of ordinary people,” he said.“It’s not about the accumulation of wealth, the rank you achieve or the position you hold. It’s really the difference you make to the lives of ordinary people, that’s what I value most – and it’s a privilege to have the opportunity to do that. There go any of us but for our good fortune that we are not in that predicament ourselves.”Mr. Ging, who oversees a staff of 10,000 who provide aid for some 750,000 Palestinian refugees in Gaza, half the total population, says the vast majority of Gazans want to live in peace with Israel, adding that he has had nothing but positive experiences in his interactions with all Israeli officials at every level, with civil society and the business community.“My experience with civil society, and I don’t have that much experience with the Israeli side, other than those I deal with, but here in Gaza, the people want a stable, secure and peaceful relationship with their neighbours. They want the issues of the conflict resolved within a political process,” he said. “I am always humbled by the fact that they are deeply civilized in their understanding of the dynamics of this conflict and are not anti-Israeli. Time and again this is proven when I go out there and I talk to so many people. They are able to rationalize what is happening and the dynamic behind all of this, as they hope the Israeli people can also do likewise. They don’t label them for the actions of a few.“So civil society here do not support the firing of rockets into Israel terrorizing the people there and they hope the people of Israel appreciate that, just as they don’t blame the people of Israel for the actions of their military,” he added.And what about the future given the apparently irreconcilable positions of Israel and Hamas?“The bottom line is I grew up on this,” Mr. Ging said, referring to the decades-long conflict in Northern Ireland. The image that sticks in his mind in recent periods is (pro-British Protestant) Ian Paisley and (pro-unified Ireland Catholic) Martin McGuinness as First Minister and Deputy at a press conference in Brussels in 2008. “I grew up listening to them sending a message to their respective supporters that was very intolerant. Ian led the campaign against the peace agreement when 90 per cent were in favour of it. Yet in a period of ten years, he came around to sharing power with the adversaries that he claimed he never would.“It was a bitter conflict in Northern Ireland, two human beings who were extremely intolerant of each other for decades and inspired others to be the same. They resolved differences through the political process and came around to being a poster image of what was possible. They were genuinely smiling side-by-side at Brussels.” And a final bottom line? “You must remember it was the people who demanded an end to the conflict in Northern Ireland,” he replied. “It all depends on the mindset and orientation of the people. I actually draw a lot of hope from my experience, limited as it is, with the Israeli side but which has been so positive. Also here in Gaza, the foundation is already in place – a good and decent people, civilized and politically sophisticated.”
Non-governmental partners working with the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) estimate that up to 20,000 people have been taking refuge in the small town of Al Butwen, east of Ajdabiya for over two weeks, while some 5,000 people are displaced in the coastal town of Derna.The agency has sent two convoys with medical supplies to the rebel-held city of Benghazi through the Egyptian Red Crescent and the Libyan Red Crescent, as well as thousands of blankets, sleeping mats and other relief items. However, UNHCR does not currently have access to deliver humanitarian aid into other parts of Libya, spokesperson Melissa Fleming told a news conference in Geneva.Colonel Muammar Al-Qadhafi has waged a fierce military crackdown in response to the protests that erupted in Libya last month as part of a wider movement calling for reform across North Africa and the Middle East. As of 23 March, more than 350,000 people have fled the violence in Libya, with most of them going to neighbouring Egypt and Tunisia, said UNHCR. It added that the numbers of those fleeing have remained steady over the past few days. Yesterday Mr. Ban reported to the Security Council that although the Libyan authorities have repeatedly claimed to have instituted a ceasefire, there has been no evidence of that. “To the contrary, fierce battles have continued in or around the cities of Ajdabiya, Misratah and Zitan, among others. In short, there is no evidence that Libyan authorities have taken steps to carry out their obligations under Resolutions 1970 or 1973,” he said, referring to last week’s resolution and an earlier one calling for a ceasefire and full protection of civilians. In a related development, the head of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Irina Bokova, today condemned the killing of Libyan journalist Mohammed al-Nabbous on 19 March and called for all journalists detained in the country to be freed.According to the International Press Institute, the 28-year-old founder of online channel Libya Al-Hurra, or Free Libya, was killed by snipers in Benghazi during an attack on the city by pro-Qadhafi forces.“His tragic death, along with numerous reports of journalists being detained in the country, indicates just how dangerous Libya has become for media workers,” Ms. Bokova stated in a news release. “In keeping with the Geneva Conventions to which Libya is a State party, it is essential that all those in positions of power in the country respect the right of journalists to do their work unhindered,” she added. Mr. al-Nabbous is the second journalist to be killed in Libya within the past two weeks, said UNESCO. Ali Hassan al-Jaber, a cameraman with Al Jazeera, was killed in an apparent ambush last week. 25 March 2011The United Nations refugee agency said it is receiving reports of increased displacement in Libya, while the numbers of people fleeing the North African nation amid what Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called “the brutal campaign of violence by the Libyan regime against its own people” have remained steady.
WASHINGTON — U.S. President Donald Trump said on Sunday he would likely wait until after Israel’s Sept. 17 elections to release a peace plan for the region that was designed by White House senior adviser Jared Kushner.Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law, is the main architect of a proposed $50 billion economic development plan for the Palestinians, Jordan, Egypt and Lebanon that is designed to create peace in the region. (Reporting by Ginger Gibson; Editing by Peter Cooney)
In a news release, the agency’s Australia office urged Peter Dutton, Australia’s Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, to seriously consider resettlement options in credible third countries which are equipped to respond to the complex issues facing the refugees and their families. “[The refugees] became adults under the some of the harshest conditions imaginable,” said Nicole Breeze, Director of Policy and Advocacy, UNICEF Australia in the press release. Many of the now grown men arrived on the island as boys, without their parents or families, and have grown up in an unsafe, institutionalized setting surrounded by highly distressed adults, she added. She further said that Australia’s offshore processing regime has created conditions in which already vulnerable people have been at risk of greater harm and that severe violence and self-harm have been frequently reported. “It’s what happens next that matters for this group […] Pressuring them to move into the Papua New Guinea community or shifting them to Nauru would only relocate the crisis,” she added. The news release further noted that over the last three years, UNICEF Australia has expressed serious concerns regarding the safety of the unaccompanied children who were held in the Regional Processing Centre on Manus Island. Noting that the agency has an appreciation of the challenges facing both refugees and the Governments seeking to assist them, Ms. Breeze said that it looks forward to a continued constructive partnership with Government that seeks to find the best possible outcome for children and families on Manus Island and Nauru. “The Australian Government has an opportunity to fully consider sustainable options that properly prioritise the well-being of this group,” she added.
According to Dr. Paul Brennan from IARC, the International Agency for Research on Cancer, around 70 genes have been identified for the first time that could explain this behaviour. IARC is a World Health Organization (WHO) agency, mandated to conduct research on the causes of cancer, and its prevention.The study, which is being published on Thursday in the British Medical Journal, and funded by Cancer Research UK, found that increased body mass index (BMI), body fat percentage and even waist circumference, were associated with “a higher risk of being a smoker, and with greater smoking intensity, measured by the number of cigarettes smoked per day”.“Based on genetic markers of obesity, the study allows us to better understand the complex relationship between obesity and important smoking habits,” said Dr. Brennan, a genetic epidemiology expert with IARC, and one of the authors of the study.He added that the study showing the relationship between body mass and smoking, also suggested that there was possibly a “common biological basis for addictive behaviours, such as nicotine addiction and higher energy intake”.Dr. Brennan also noted that in understanding the link better, it could also be useful as a tool in helping people to stop smoking — a habit that kills more than 7 million people each year, according to WHO.It is well established that smokers have a lower body weight on average than non-smokers, possibly due to reduced appetite, but that many gain weight after they stop smoking.“However, among smokers, those who smoke more intensively, tend to weigh more,” said IARC.IARC Director, Dr. Christopher Wild, said that “prevention of smoking is key to reducing the global burden of cancer and other chronic diseases, such as cardiovascular disease and diabetes”.He added that obesity was among the most important preventable causes of those chronic illnesses. “These new results provide intriguing insights into the potential benefits of jointly addressing these risk factors.”
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Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Greek Australian councillor Kris Pavlidis will be one of the speakers at the Women’s Power Forum titled Local Government: A Leadership and Career Pathway for Multicultural Women. Along with Professor Santina Bertone, Dalal Smiley and Rana Alakus, the women will discuss how they made it to local councils, challenges they were faced with and research findings about immigrants’ employment in local councils. They will also share their personal stories. The forum is presented by the Victorian Immigrant and Refugee Women’s Coalition and will take place on Monday 12 November at Hume Global Learning Centre, 1093 Pascoe Vale Road. RSVP is essential by Friday 10 November by calling Nazia Wasif on 0413 550 335 or the VIRWC office (03) 9654 1243 or email email@example.com
Joey Janela comments on backstage incident with Big Cass at WrestlePro Event Pinterest Facebook Google+ WWE Watch Along to stream live on social media during Clash of Champions PPV Vince McMahon issued the following on Twitter after SummerSlam this past weekend.Thank you to everyone in New York and to all of our WWE fans around the globe for making this year’s #SummerSlam the party of the summer. None of this happens without you. pic.twitter.com/vSu6SiTEpN— Vince McMahon (@VinceMcMahon) August 22, 2018Goldberg has Twitter account hackedTMZ Sports is featuring an article about Bill Goldberg’s Twitter account being hacked.Goldberg’s Twitter started issuing “violent tweets” aimed at President Trump. He reportedly reached out to the Secret Service to inform them of the hack and that they are doing “whatever they can to help authorities catch whoever’s responsible.” Twitter WhatsApp Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Cricket Wireless to host Live Twitter Q and A with Ric and Charlotte Flair September 17
Vammy winners will be determined by tallying the artists who garner the most votes in a nationwide sweepstakes (launching January 12) on their Web site. (The magazine is also giving voters an incentive by entering them into an all-expense paid trip to a Vibe photo shoot.)While the Vammys has the potential to be a dynamic live event, playing it safe with only an online (and print) presence may mute the magazine’s anticipated hype—as well as audience response. We’ll wait and see how online serves Vibe for this lofty claim of “saving” the Grammys. In Vibe’s February issue, writer Sean Fennessey writes about how to “save” the Grammy Awards, a show he says omits key categories (“Best Ringtone,” “Best Hook,” “Best Hook Artist,” among others) and doles out awards to artists not on the top of most true hip-hop lovers’ lists. Piggybacking on this concept, the magazine has planned the first annual Vammy Awards during this year’s Grammys season. While in, uh, headier economic times Vibe might’ve considered making the Vammys a full-blown live music event (music, celebrities and awards are generally a winning formula for a successful live event) it looks like the first annual Vammys will be done online.
WILMINGTON, MA — Here are highlights from the Wilmington Police Log for Thursday, July 5, 2018:A walk-in party reported an Assault & Battery that occurred around 7am. Police issued a summons to Terry L. McKenna (67, Wilmington) for Assault & Battery. (7:14am)Animal Control Officer removed a deceased Calico cat from the Middlesex Avenue and Federal Street area. Cat was chipped. Cat was brought to Best Pets in Tewksbury until owner could be located. (7:56am)A DPW truck was involved in a minor accident with another vehicle on High Street. (11:53am)A caller reported a passenger window on her vehicle was broken in a Main Street parking lot. (12:39pm)Police notified MBTA that a train at North Wilmington station was blocking Middlesex Avenue. (1:00pm) A white 2007 Chevy Silverado struck a pole on West Street at Kilmarnock Street. Vehicle towed. No injuries noted. Police notified RMLD and Verizon. (4:29pm)Police received an accidental 911 call from a Main Street caller. Caller was teaching kids how to dial 911. Police followed up and confirmed. (8:17pm)Fire Department responded to a brush fire on Marion Street. (8:24pm)Police issued a summons to Brendan M. Keane (37, Reading) for Operating A Motor Vehicle With A Suspended Or Revoked License and Speeding. (10:27pm)(DISCLAIMER: This information is public information. An arrest does not constitute a conviction. Any arrested person is innocent until proven guilty.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip?Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedPOLICE LOG for July 26: 2 Missing Teens; OUI Arrest; Main St. Shut Down Due To Crash; Road Rage IncidentIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for August 3: Man Issued Summons For Resisting Arrest; Turkeys Struck In Roadway; Hit & RunIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for August 5: Driver Throws Beer Bottles; Syringe Found; Woburn Man Issued Summons; Texting While DrivingIn “Police Log”
Xiaomi launched the Mi Mix 3 earlier this year. Juan Garzon/CNET One of China’s largest phone makers had a glaring security flaw that hackers could pounce on, researchers said. On Thursday, Check Point security researchers disclosed a vulnerability with Xiaomi phones, stemming from its preinstalled Guard Provider app. The app is intended to be a security feature, with three antivirus programs packed inside to detect malware. The antivirus scanners come from Avast, AVL and Tencent.But the security feature introduced a vulnerability, according to Check Point researcher Slava Makkaveev. Guard Provider gets its updates through an unsecured HTTP connection, he said. This means that if an attacker was on the same Wi-Fi network as a potential victim, the hacker could insert malware in those updates through a “man-in-the-middle attack.” That’s when a rogue network is set up to look exactly like the one you’re connected to and tricks the victim’s device into connecting to the fake Wi-Fi. Check Point said it’s disclosed this vulnerability to Xiaomi, and that the phone maker has released a patch to fix the flaw. “Xiaomi is aware of this and [has] already worked with our partner Avast to fix it,” a Xiaomi spokeswoman said in a statement.Xiaomi phones are some of the most popular devices in China, and the company boasts its own foldable phones and high-end gaming phones. The company’s handsets ranked as the fourth most-shipped phones in the world, according to its quarterly earnings report from December. Xiaomi said it sold about 118.7 million phones in 2018. Preventing vulnerabilities on your phone is hard already, with people having to watch out for hundreds of thousands of bad apps every year. When the security flaw comes preinstalled, it creates a new challenge as millions of people are exposed to an attack from the moment they boot up their devices. Phones are also attractive targets for hackers because they carry sensitive information like your location, photos, messages and contacts. Malware is appearing more frequently on phones. And with this vulnerability on Xiaomi devices, an attacker had plenty of options, Check Point said. Using the vulnerability, a hacker could’ve interrupted Guard Provider’s update process and added malware that would steal data, install tracking apps or plant ransomware, Makkaveev said. The attacker would have to time this to when the updates are happening and also know the file name of the update — which is not difficult to figure out because they follow a template, said Yaniv Balmas, Check Point’s head of research. “It’s supposed to secure you, and it does the exact opposite,” Balmas said. “It leaves a backdoor that could completely compromise my phone.”Check Point confirmed that Xiaomi has fixed the issue, but if you’re concerned about vulnerabilities like this, you should be wary of public Wi-Fi networks because an attack requires people to be on the same Wi-Fi network as the hackers.Originally published at 6:00 a.m. PT. Update, 6:21 a.m.: To include more details from Check Point. Share your voice 0 Post a comment Tags Phones Security
Oracle Corp reported a higher-than-expected quarterly profit as its cloud business continued to gain momentum, and the company said it was boosting its stock buyback program by $10 billion.Oracle shares rose about 4 percent in extended trading.Oracle has been investing aggressively in its Internet-based software business over the last few years in a bid to take market share from rivals such as Salesforce.com Inc and Workday Inc.”Our cloud business is now in a hyper-growth phase,” Safra Catz, Oracle’s co-chief executive, said in a statement.Revenue from Oracle’s cloud-computing software and platform service, a closely watched metric, rose 57 percent to $583 million, accounting for about 6 percent of total revenue for the fiscal third quarter ended Feb. 29.Oracle said it added 942 customers for its cloud software service in the quarter, including several who switched from Workday.”Overall, we believe these results highlight how ORCL’s cloud business is reaching an inflection point, after multiple quarters of seemingly ‘kicking the can,'” BTIG analyst Joel Fishbein said in an e-mail.However, Oracle’s higher-margin traditional licensing software business fell 15 percent to $1.68 billion in the quarter.”It’s pretty surprising how quickly the license revenue is falling. There is a lot that Oracle still has to prove,” Wedbush analyst Steve Koenig said.The company is also facing competition from Microsoft Corp, which unveiled a database software that works with a rival to its Windows operating system last week, taking aim at a market Oracle dominated.For the current fourth quarter, Oracle forecast adjusted profit between 82 and 85 cents a share, and estimated total revenue would range from a 2 percent fall to up 1 percent, on a constant currency basis.Analysts on average, were forecasting a profit of 82 cents per share, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.The company said revenue for its cloud-computing software and platform service would grow between 57-61 percent compared with a year earlier.Net income fell 14 percent to $2.14 billion, or 50 cents per share, in the quarter, hurt by a stronger dollar.Excluding items, the company reported a profit of 64 cents per share.Revenue fell 3.4 percent to $9.01 billion.Analysts on average had expected a profit of 62 cents per share on revenue of $9.12 billion, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.Oracle’s shares were trading at $40.29 after the bell.
Texas produces more carbon dioxide than any other state in the country. That’s a problem because CO2 is a big cause of global climate change. But what if the greenhouse gas could be turned into a carbon-neutral fuel source? A group of researchers say they have done just that.Scientists at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee were looking for a way to convert carbon dioxide into something useful. As a first step they ran it through a process involving water, electricity and tiny spikes of carbon and copper.Scientists intended to use graphene as a catalyst for the reaction, but didn’t have the materials to do so. The material they did have ended up being integral to their discovery. CREDIT OAK RIDGE NATIONAL LABSIt turns out, that’s all they had to do. The CO2 changed to ethanol, a fuel we use today to power our cars.“It was a huge surprise,” said Adam Rondinone, who headed up the team that made the discovery. “It was the sort of thing that makes you glad to be a scientist.”The process could have special applications in a state like Texas that not only produces a lot of CO2, but also produces a lot of wind power. The reason is the way the electric grid works when it’s loaded with intermittently available renewable energy. “When there’s extra electricity on the grid, when the wind turbines are really moving fast, instead of going and turning down the other [power plants] which costs money to do, we could just dump that into ethanol,” Rondinone said. “And, then, the ethanol could be distributed and used.”That approach could overcome two of the major challenges that have plagued scientists and renewable energy advocates for years.First, it would provide a way of capturing power generated by renewables and storing it for later. That’s something that’s been a Holy Grail for researchers as it could allow people to stop relying on fossil fuels for energy. Second, it would be a way of capturing climate-warming CO2. That’s been a second Holy Grail (yes, in this analogy there are two) because it would mitigate the climate damage caused by burning fossil fuels. The idea that these two challenges could be overcome by one discovery has a lot of people pretty excited. Maybe a little too excited.Dan Cohan, associate professor of environmental engineering at Rice University, says some of the media coverage around the discovery has been unrealistic. “It’s very cool science they did, and it could have some niche applications,” Cohan says. “But – sorry to break the bad news – we haven’t solved climate change this week.”Cohan says it remains to be seen whether using excess electricity to create ethanol is a better use for it than simply storing it in batteries. He’s also skeptical that the amount of CO2 that could be used by this process would be enough to slow global warming.“The magnitude of the problem is just far too great to think we can just soak it all up into ethanol fuel,” he says.The team at Oak Ridge agrees there’s a lot more work to do to before the new technology can leave the lab and find real world applications. They plan to team up with other researchers to further measure the energy efficiency and economic viability of their discovery. Copyright 2016 KUT-FM. To see more, visit KUT-FM. Share
Brandon and Jay talk about the race for Texas Ag Commissioner.You can subscribe to the podcast on Apple Podcasts. Tweet us using #PartyPoliticsPod or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Party Politics is produced by Don Geraci, the audio engineer is Todd Hulslander and our digital editor is Giselle Bueno. Marjorie Kamys Cotera: O’Rourke/Robin Jerstad: CruzU.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke, D-El Paso (left), and U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas.On Party Politics this week, co-hosts Jay Aiyer and Brandon Rottinghaus are going to catch you up on the week’s political news:Texas:Trump sends campaign cash boost to six Texans in fight for control of CongressJudge blocks release of blueprints for 3D-printed gunsAustin considers name changeTed Cruz proposes 5 debates with Beto O’Rourke in U.S. Senate raceSD 19 sorta shocker?National: Trump threatens shutdownTrump v KochManfort trialFacebook finds evidence of disinformation campaignBigfoot! 00:00 /32:29 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen This article is part of the Party Politics podcast Share X
There are exactly two kinds of people when it comes to mechanical keyboards, those who own them and those who have to choose whether or not to tolerate the people who own them. The fact is, some people don’t feel at home on a computer unless the keyboard keys push back against them when they type.Unfortunately, there are fewer companies out there making good mechanical keyboards anymore, let alone mechanical keyboards that can keep up with non-mechanical keyboards in terms of features. The Razer BlackWidow Ultimate 2013 edition Best Price at Amazon was designed to offer a backlit mechanical keyboard with all the trimmings, and for the last three weeks this keyboard has replaced my Logitech K800 %displayPrice% at %seller% to see how it stood up against my heavy daily usage.If you’ve never used a mechanical keyboard before, the BlackWidow is huge. Actually, even if you’ve been using mechanical keyboards all your life, this keyboard is pretty big. Aside from being heavy enough at 3.31 pounds that you’ll never need to worry about they keyboard sliding around on you, the keys themselves are raised higher than most keyboards. It almost feels like Razer decided to solve the need for an ergonomic design by making the keys so tall you couldn’t rest your wrists and type at the same time.The actual reason for the taller than average keys comes in how Razer has implemented the individual key press. While you can push the keys all the way down, the Razer keyboard registers the button push at about the half way mark as the key travels down to the base. Razer claims this is so you can press buttons faster, and while I didn’t find that to be the case, I did notice that the keys respond very well to several levels of pressure.The BlackWidow Ultimate’s long braided cable looks like a single wire, but is actually multiple cables woven together. The cable carries with it a headphone and microphons cable, as well as a USB passthrough cable. The USB, microphone, and headphone port on the right hand side of the keyboard make a nice addition for easy access, and allow users to sit further back from their tower, and can forego extension cables for a pair of headphones, for example. The cable itself is very rigid, allowing you to create smooth bends that are retained for weaving it around obstacles on your desk.It wouldn’t be a Razer keyboard if it weren’t chock full of fun gamer-specific toys. Every button on the keyboard is individually backlit, and the whole keyboard glows with 20 different levels of intensity. You have to set the brightness manually, but the keyboard is capable of glowing even when in direct sunlight, and in a dark room the keys themselves are incredibly distracting at the maximum brightness.The left hand side of the keyboard sports five fully programmable keys, either through the macro recording function on the keyboard or using Synapse 2.0. The “gaming mode” function on the keyboard ensures that you can roll over on 10 keys at once, allowing you to deliver a killer combo or to achieve even greater typing speed if you’re the type to need it.There was a software problem in previous generations of this keyboard where keys would become unusable until you disconnected the board, effectively rebooting the keyboard. During the three weeks that I have been using this keyboard, I have not experienced this particular issue. Being a mechanical keyboard, however, the BlackWidow is inescapably loud. If you regularly find yourself on the phone or in a video chat while using the keyboard, expect there to be commentary on how incredibly lour your keyboard is.Razer has done a solid job with the 2013 edition of the BlackWidow Ultimate. My experience has been incredible, and being able to use Synapse 2.0 to import and adjust macros on the fly makes for an incredible experience if you find yourself using multiple computers on a regular basis. For $125, this keyboard is well worth it for anyone who finds themselves in need of a good backlit mechanical keyboard.
What to Stream on Netflix This Weekend11 Other Old-School Nick Shows That Should Get Netflix Movies UPDATE: Netflix responded, statement attached below.Wasn’t the whole point of paying for Netflix that we didn’t have to deal with ads anymore? That we could binge entire seasons of TV with no more interruption than a mildly disapproving black screen asking if we’re still watching? (Yes Netflix, I am still watching Supernatural, and I will continue until Jared Padalecki stops looking so damn pretty!) Now, the streaming service is “experimenting” with advertising. For some users, it will occasionally interrupt your shameful binge to show you a trailer for a Netflix original series it thinks you might like. Subscribers who ran into this new… feature were understandably miffed.This wasn’t part of the deal. We pay the money, we don’t have to watch commercials. For many of us, that was the entire reason we subscribed in the first place. With Hulu, at least you can justify it. They get new episodes the day after they air. We expect there to be some compromise in the form of ads. (Though if I hear that QuickChek Summer Subs jingle one more time, I’m going to murder somebody.) Plus, there’s an option to pay more and remove the ads altogether. On Netflix, we’re already paying a premium for an ad-free experience and now we’re going to get ads anyway. Fortunately, there’s an easy way to opt out. For now.The whole process should only take a few seconds. You just need to have access to the desktop version of the site. You can’t do it through your streaming device or smart TV app. First, go to netflix.com. (Man, remember when we only watch streaming movies on our laptops like this? Simpler times.) Then, click on your profile icon in the top right corner. Select “Account” from the drop-down menu. Scroll down to the “Settings” section, and click on “Test Participation.”Photo: Screenshot via NetflixThat will take you to a page that looks like this.Screenshot via NetflixClick that switch into the “Off” position, hit “Done,” and that’s it. No more ads. If enough of us do this, hopefully Netflix will get the message that this is an awful, terrible idea.UPDATE: After this article ran, Netflix reached out with a statement clarifying the feature they are testing out. Specifically, video recommendations of series. They especially wanted to point out that even if you don’t turn the feature off using the steps outlined here, users are able to skip any of these previews. Statement from Netflix follows: Stay on target In this particular case, we are testing whether surfacing recommendations between episodes helps members discover stories they will enjoy faster. It is important to note that a member is able to skip a video preview at anytime if they are not interested. At Netflix, we conduct hundreds of tests every year so we can better understand what helps members more easily find something great to watch. A couple of years ago, we introduced video previews to the TV experience, because we saw that it significantly cut the time members spend browsing and helped them find something they would enjoy watching even faster. Since then, we have been experimenting even more with video based on personalized recommendations for shows and movies on the service or coming shortly, and continue to learn from our members. If Netflix isn’t doing to for you anymore try the 11 Niche Video Streaming Services You Should Subscribe To. But we can also walk you through that choice with a Simple Guide to Streaming Services. If you need purchasing help see our complete review of the Best Streaming Media Device. Follow all things Netflix here.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.