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Man charged in the Aamjiwnaang blockade looks to turn tables on judge

first_imgBy Kenneth JacksonAPTN National NewsA man charged with defying a judge’s order to shutdown the Aamjiwnaang First Nation rail blockade in the throes of Idle No More movement is considering filing a complaint against the judge with the Canadian Judicial Council for alleged conflict of interest.Justice David Brown issued two court injunctions against Aamjiwnaang in late December and another in a separate blockade in Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory Jan. 5.Both were at the request of CN Rail but the question at hand is whether Justice Brown should have been the one to sign the court injunctions.Brown had served as a lawyer for CN when he was practicing law, as well as acted as a witness for CN in regulatory matters in the United States, as previously reported by APTN National News.“I find it a matter of concern that warrants further investigation,” said Peter Rosenthal, one of several lawyers defending Ron Plain who is charged with contempt of court for defying Brown’s court orders in Aamjiwnaang.Plain is scheduled to go to court May 24 on the contempt charge. Aamjiwnaang sits within the city limits of Sarnia.No one else is charged for allegedly being part of the blockade that shutdown a CN spur line in Aamjiwnaang territory from Dec. 21 to Jan. 2.Rosenthal didn’t want to get into what route they may take but said a complaint with the CJC, who investigates alleged impropriety of judges, is one avenue.“I’m not sure how that is going to play out on May 24,” he said.Rosenthal said he hasn’t been approached by Tyendinaga Mohawks to be part of any action against Justice Brown, who was appointed to the bench in 2006 by Prime Minister Stephen Harper.Norman Sabourin, executive director of CJC, said he couldn’t comment on a specific case but pointed out all judges were lawyers at one point.“It’s not an usual occurrence. In terms of conflicts of interest there are two big factors. One of them is the passage of time and the second is the closeness of possible relationships,” said Sabourin in a recent interview APTN.He said if it’s been many years since a judge has been a lawyer than the passage of time reduces appearance of conflict.“For a party to go before the media and say ‘boy, I really think that judge didn’t act in my way’ well go raise it before the courts. That’s what the courts are there for. That is a legal issue that has to be addressed before the courts,” said Sabourin. “Essentially, conflict of interest issues are legal issues.”He said if there is an allegation that a judge willfully failed to do their duty “than that is a very serious matter and it is something the (CJC) would review very seriously and very thoroughly.”From the onset, Plain was offered a deal by CN to pay a $5,000 charitable donation. He refused.“I’ll run this up the flag pole,” he said then.Plain said he was offered another deal earlier this year that included him agreeing to never block another railway again.He refused that one too.There’s been other discussions but Plain is refusing to accept a plea agreement.“Because that is still admitting I am in contempt. That is still admitting I did something wrong,” said Plain Thursday.Plain the reason why he didn’t do anything wrong is simple. He was acting a spokesman for the blockade.“In everything done on the blockade I am referred to as the spokesperson. I served a role. I liaised between different organizations and the media and the blockade. In every piece on it that is how I am referred,” he said and if the Sarnia chief of police, the mayor or even a reporter isn’t charged for serving “roles” than he shouldn’t be either.Plain said his lawyers will call witnesses to confirm this.In that, he thinks it can be easily defeated. But that leaves a question of what to do with Justice Brown.Plain said he was never informed of Justice Brown’s past with CN.“In this case, I don’t know if he let CN know he had this affiliation but he obviously didn’t let me know,” said Plain.kjackson@aptn.caTwitter: @afixedaddresslast_img read more

Harper government sets sights on TransCanadas Energy East pipeline approval

first_imgBUDGET 2014APTN National News OTTAWA–The Harper government is now setting its sights on the approval of TransCanada’s Energy East pipeline which could pump up to 1.1 million barrels of Alberta tar sands bitumen to refineries in Quebec and New Brunswick if built.The federal 2014-15 budget unveiled Tuesday commits $28 million for the National Energy Board to review the pipeline’s application process.  Part of the money will be used to enhance the Participant Funding Program and “provide timeline certainty,” the budget document said.The money will be refunded by industry, the budget document said.The budget, however, is silent on any new funding to improve the consultation process with First Nations whose territory lie in the path of pipelines like Energy East and Enbridge’s Northern Gateway Pipeline, which is awaiting cabinet approval.The budget document, however, said Ottawa would be responding to recommendations made by Doug Eyford, who was appointed last year by Prime Minister Stephen Harper to canvass First Nation communities in Alberta and British Columbia on looming energy projects.The budget provided no hint of a timeline on Ottawa’s response to Eyford’s report which recommended ways to build trust, foster inclusion and reconciliation with First Nations to pave the way for energy projects.The budget document also said Ottawa would soon be responding to recommendations made by the Tanker Safety Expert Panel, which was announced on March 18, 2013, to study the issue. Some of the opposition to the Northern Gateway pipeline stems from First Nation communities along the British Columbia coast who worry that increased tanker traffic triggered by the pipeline could lead to an environmental disaster.No timeline was given as to when the federal government would respond to those recommendations.It’s clear from the budget document that the Harper government sees Canada’s natural resource wealth as the main driver for the country’s economy and acknowledges, to a degree, the need for buy-in from First Nation communities.“The government will continue to consult with Aboriginal partners on maximizing opportunities related to resource projects,” said the budget document.Roughly 30,000 indigenous people worked in the energy, mining and forestry industry throughout Canada in 2012, according to the budget document.“Innovative partnerships are being formed between Aboriginal communities, governments and the private sectors to capitalize on the potential social and economic benefits offered by natural resource development,” said the budget document.The budget, however, provides no details on how or if there are plans to improve the consultation process with First Nations.Because natural resources fall under provincial jurisdiction, the federal government has for the most part left it up to the provinces to deal with the issue even though First Nations fall under the federal government’s mandate.While the budget doesn’t use the word Northern Gateway anywhere in the document, its looming approval is telegraphed within its pages.The need get Alberta mined bitumen and natural gas to the world market is seen as “essential for Canada’s future prosperity and security.”The budget document estimates that Canada will be pumping about 5.8 million barrels a day of oil by 2035 and 86 per cent of the total will be coming from Alberta’s tar sands. The tar sands currently account for about 57 per cent of Canadian oil production.The budget document said 98 per cent of Canada’s crude oil goes to the U.S. along with all of its natural gas exports.“Exporting only to the U.S. market has resulted in significantly lower Canadian crude oil prices relative to global benchmarks in recent years,” said the budget document. “This is significantly reducing the value of Canadian exports and gross domestic product.”news@aptn.ca@APTNNewslast_img read more

Housing was a big election issue in NWT so APTN spoke to

first_imgAPTN National NewsNortherners asked for change and they got it.After 10 years of NDP leadership the Northwest Territories went Liberal red.Lack of housing was one of the big issues so APTN’s Iman Kassam met up with people without one.last_img

Laura Ingraham joins Fox News evening lineup

first_imgNEW YORK, N.Y. – Conservative commentator Laura Ingraham is joining Fox News Channel’s prime-time lineup with a program that pushes Sean Hannity into a direct competition with MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow.Her show, “The Ingraham Angle,” will air weekdays at 10 p.m. ET starting Oct. 30. The radio talk show host is no stranger to Fox viewers since she’s been a commentator on the network for a decade, and her ascension to a regular show has been an open secret since earlier this summer.Fox said her show would “focus on every day, hard-working Americans who serve as the backbone of the nation” and highlight the importance of faith. Ingraham did not immediately return a message seeking comment on Monday.She’s also the founder of the political and cultural website Lifezette. While she will continue to be listed as an editor there, she will have no daily role, Fox said.Meanwhile, Hannity will return to the 9 p.m. time slot he occupied for several years starting next week. With the departures of Bill O’Reilly and Megyn Kelly over the past year, the vociferous backer of President Donald Trump has become Fox’s most popular personality.The panel show “The Five,” a weak link in the ratings for Fox, returns to the late afternoon time slot it occupied for several years.Hannity takes on cable news’ hottest performer, Maddow, in a competition that is likely to have little overlap in viewers.Ingraham had been rumoured to be under consideration earlier this year for a role in President Donald Trump’s White House. But she’s not a “no questions asked” supporter, and was critical last week of Trump’s discussions with the Democrats about immigration reform.She also said earlier this year that she was considering a 2018 challenge to Democrat Tim Kaine for a U.S. Senate seat representing Virginia, an avenue that would be cut off from her with a nightly program on Fox.___This story has been corrected to show that “The Ingraham Angle” starts next month.last_img read more

Photo of the Day King Mohammed VI Shops for Parisian Jeans

Rabat – King Mohammed VI has appeared in another photograph, this time in the jeans shop Notify, in the sixth district of the French capital.This photo is the latest of many public photos of King Mohammed VI that have been recently circulating on social media, following the King’s successful heart surgery in Paris.Since the surgery, the sovereign has been frequently posing with admirers, including local and international fans who have publicly expressed their joy at meeting and taking pictures with the King. read more

BCIJ Chief El Khiame Morocco Shares Counterterrorism Expertise with European Partners

Rabat – Head of Morocco’s Central Bureau of Judicial Investigation  (BCIJ) Abdelhak El Khiame has again called for a shared responsibility and joint efforts to fight terrorism in the region.El Khiame reiterated in an interview with Italian news agency LaPressa that the war against terrorism will take a long time. “The fight against terrorism will take a long time, but if we work together with serenity and responsibility we can overcome the courge.” This is not the first time that Al Khiame has acknowledged that the issue of terrorism requires  joint work from all concerned parties.In December 2018,  El Khiame said that  terrorism threats, including that of the ISSI had not ended.He explained that social media helps terrorists to spread their ideologies easily.El Khiame also said that Morocco always offers to share its strategy in the area with European partners. He says  this has helped them to foil “several attacks in several countries, including France, Spain, Italy, Denmark, and Belgium.”“This professionalism has given more value to the Moroccan security services that are still receiving requests from their European counterparts.”Read Also: Abdelhak Khiame Explains Morocco’s Anti-Terrorism Strategy2El Khiame also denied that terrorism is linked to a specific nationality or religion.“Terrorism has no religion or nationality.”El Khiame recalled that Morocco is currently co-chairing the World Forum against Terrorism with the Netherlands.He added that Morocco, under the leadership of King Mohammed VI, has  adopted a multidimensional policy which integrates religious and socio-economic aspects to modernize security institutions.“We realized that security alone is not enough to protect young people against the risk of radicalization, and that it is necessary to fight against the factors that lead to their radicalization,” El Khiame said.The BCIJ chief referred to the“moussalaha” (reconciliation) program launched in 2018. The program  aims to reintegrate prisoners into society.Morocco’s government has eminent trust on the reconciliation program. Morocco,at the request of King Mohammed VI,  offered royal pardon to numerous defendants convicted of terror related crimes. Many former terror suspects applied to join the program.Morocco introduced the BCIJ in 2015. The bureau has monitored security threats across the country and assisted foreign security agencies in combating terrorism.El Khiame added that Morocco have been making  great efforts in the religious field through the Higher Council of Ulemas and the training of imams. This is in addition to initiatives to combat poverty and to strengthen the process of  economic development.During his interview, El Khiame recalled that Italy is among the countries with which Morocco  shared security information and experiences in this area. read more

Opinion What standard of living do people want What is required to

first_img Wednesday 19 Apr 2017, 6:30 AM By Dr Seán Healy Short URL https://jrnl.ie/3345226 592 Views Opinion: ‘What standard of living do people want? What is required to deliver this?’ Now is the perfect opportunity to develop a new and radical social contract for Ireland’s second century, writes Dr Seán Healy. 65 Comments Dr Seán Healy center_img access to meaningful workprotection from poverty at times where paid employment is not accessiblea minimum floor in times of old age, disability or infirmityan education system that is relevant, accessible and high in qualitya guarantee that their needs will be met at times of ill-healththe regulation and protection of the environment for the good of all citizens andensured participation in civic life and in shaping the decisions that affect them.All democracies are founded on a social contractThe strength of a democracy is defined by the strength of its social contract and the quality of life and wellbeing of its citizens. A new and progressive social contract is where government works in the best interest of all, where the economy is nurtured for the benefit of society, where people have access the decent services and infrastructure.A progressive social contract would mean that the benefits from things like technological development, economic growth and societal advancement are shared.A new social contract must delivera vibrant economy which works for the benefit of societydecent services and infrastructure which are accessible to alla fair taxation system to support our social and economic infrastructuregood governance which facilitates everyone having a say in decisions that affect themsustainability – meaning that development is balanced across the regions and progress is measured in terms of social cohesion and the common good.To come to a consensus on the standard of living that people want and agree on, and, how this is to be delivered requires dialogue, with input from all sectors of society.Choices must be made and agreement reached on how the social contract is to be delivered. A real republic will stand for social justice and for equality.Social Justice Ireland calls on leadership from all sectors of Irish society to become part of a debate on a new social contract for a new century.Dr Seán Healy is Director of Social Justice Ireland.Zero-hour contracts: ‘Clare has to live with her parents and can’t afford to go to the doctor”>Big Little Lies: ‘No woman just lets domestic violence happen. But maybe we do’> Director, Social Justice Ireland Apr 19th 2017, 6:30 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article OUR SOCIAL CONTRACT is broken and now is the perfect opportunity to develop a new and radical social contract for Ireland’s second century.The social contract is how the standard of living that everyone expects and agrees on is implemented and delivered. Put simply, the key questions are: what standard of living do people want and expect, and what infrastructure, services and resources are required to deliver this?Expectations and responsibilitiesSo the social contract sets out the expectations, the rights and the responsibilities of all parts of society – individuals, institutions and government.It means that everyone contributes to the common good – economically, socially or culturally – on the assumption that the State will provide a minimum standard of living, essential social services and infrastructure, and the protection of basic rights.There is a balance of rights and responsibilities between citizens, communities, institutions and government.A key part of the social contract is solidarity between generationsAt different points in our lives, all of us will either be net beneficiaries from, or net contributors to society. This differs, depending on whether we are children, adults of working age or pensioners.It depends on whether we are in full-time education, engaged in caring work, in paid employment or volunteering in the community. At all times we are contributing to and benefiting from the social contract in different ways.Why is the social contract broken? The legitimate expectations of citizens are not being met. This is most obvious in areas such as housing and homelessness, a two-tier healthcare system and an ongoing failure to provide rural broadband.People expect a well-run economy, good governance, a State that acts in the interests of its people and they expect to have a say on the issues that affect them.As part of the social contract in a modern democratic society, citizens may reasonably expect: Share Tweet Email1 last_img read more

Rhinocéros la vente des cornes légalisée en Afrique du Sud

first_imgRhinocéros : la vente des cornes légalisée en Afrique du Sud ?Afin de lutter contre le braconnage qui décime les rhinocéros du pays, l’Afrique du Sud envisage de légaliser la vente des cornes de ces animaux menacées d’extinction. Combattre le marché noir pour enrayer le braconnage qui l’alimente pourrait être une stratégie efficace face au massacre de plus en plus violent et organisé des rhinocéros.En juillet dernier, le WWF dressait le terrible bilan du braconnage qui décime les rhinocéros d’Afrique du Sud. En six mois, quelque 200 animaux ont été abattus pour leurs cornes, dans les réserves nationales et privées du pays qui doit faire face à un braconnage de plus en plus organisé et armé. En septembre, ils étaient au moins 287 à avoir été tués.À lire aussiVoilà à quoi ressemblent les cris de petits rhinocérosAfin de lutter contre ce massacre, l’Afrique du Sud envisage toutes les solutions. Après avoir mobilisé l’armée, et songé à décorner les rhinocéros pour leur éviter d’être tués (voir notre article), les autorités pourraient légaliser la vente des cornes, rapporte l’AFP. Le ministère de l’Environnement entend combattre le marché noir sur lequel sont vendues les cornes des rhinocéros abattus par les braconniers. La faisabilité de ce projet est donc en cours d’examen. “Le cahier des charges a été publié et un fournisseur doit être nommé prochainement”, a déclaré le porte-parole du ministère Albi Modise, cité par The Star.Sur le marché asiatique, le prix des cornes peut atteindre 500.000 dollars (375.000 euros) par unité. Au Vietnam comme en Chine, des vertus aphrodisiaques et médicales leurs sont attribuées. Une croyance vieille de plus de mille ans, qu’il est très difficile de combattre. “Cela ne va pas changer en un jour. Nous devons convaincre les gens à travers nos recherches que la corne ne sert à rien”, souligne Nguyen Truy Kien, un conseiller du gouvernement vietnamien cité par le magazine Mail&Guardian.Mais si le massacre des rhinocéros n’est pas rapidement enrayé, le maintien de la population de l’espèce sera menacé dans moins de deux ans, alertent les défenseurs de l’environnement.Le 3 octobre 2011 à 15:55 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Lorigine des lémuriens remise en question par la découverte dun fossile

first_imgL’origine des lémuriens remise en question par la découverte d’un fossileUne équipe de chercheurs franco-tunisienne a découvert les fossiles d’un petit primate qui vivait il y a 50 millions d’années : le Djebelemur. Cet animal remet en question plusieurs hypothèses sur l’origine des lémurs de Madagascar, des loris afro-asiatiques et des galagos africains.Les primates à peigne dentaire (ou strepsirhiniens) comprennent deux grands types d’espèces : les Lémuriens et les Lorisiformes, des petits primates parmi lesquels on distingue notamment  les loris et les galagos. Ces animaux possèdent tous des dents antérieures en forme de peigne leur permettant de faire leur toilette et de bien saisir les gommes dont ils se nourrissent.Bien que ces connaissances soient depuis longtemps établies, les primatologues ne sont pas tous d’accord quant à la date d’apparition des strepsirhiniens. Les données génétiques récentes font remonter l’origine des lémurs et des loris au tout début de l’Ère tertiaire, juste après la disparition des dinosaures, il y a soit 65 millions d’années, soit 80 millions d’années selon les experts, explique le CNRS. Pourtant, les informations paléontologiques ne collent pas. Tout d’abord, le plus ancien fossile de lorisiforme connu date d’il y a 37 millions d’années seulement. Par ailleurs, l’Institut des sciences de l’évolution de Montpellier (CNRS/Université Montpellier 2/IRD) et l’Office national des mines de Tunis ont retrouvé en Tunisie de nouveaux fossiles qui ne vont pas non plus dans ce sen. Un lointain parent des strepsirhiniens Les fossiles datés de 50 millions d’années, appartiennent à un petit primate appelé Djebelemur (le lémur du Djebel). Selon les scientifiques, cet animal nocturne de 70 g seulement aurait été un insectivore vivant dans les arbres. Surtout, les fossiles retrouvés donnent à penser que ce Djebelemur est un lointain parent des lémurs, des loris et des galagos. Seule différence notable, il ne possédait pas de peigne dentaire. Néanmoins, il présentait une structure dentaire déjà transformée, une ébauche de la dentition antérieure des strepsirhiniens actuels. Djebelemur serait alors une espèce transitoire se situant avant la divergence Lorisiformes-Lémuriformes et menant à l’apparition de ces primates. Si cela est vrai, les primates à peigne dentaire seraient apparus bien plus récemment que ne l’estimaient les biologistes, c’est à dire il y a moins de 50 millions d’années, l’âge du fossile de Djebelemur. À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Les travaux publiés dans la revue PLoS ONE permettent ainsi de reconstruire un chapitre de l’histoire évolutive de cette lignée. Mais ils pourraient également aider à affiner les modèles issus de la génétique, ajoute le CNRS.(Source photo : PLoS ONE)Le 14 décembre 2013 à 14:59 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Yakima food bank says it was robbed of nearly 1000 pounds of

first_imgYAKIMA — Nearly 1,000 pounds of food was reportedly stolen from Sunrise Outreach’s food bank at Vineyard Church in downtown Yakima over the weekend.Outreach staff on Monday determined that frozen chicken, eight cases of eggs, 11 cases of orange juice and eight cases ?of cereal were stolen from the facility after church services on Sunday.“It is interesting that so much was taken. You expect someone that’s desperate enough to steal food would have a genuine personal interest, but this was someone stealing to sell or redistribute,” executive director Dave Hanson said.Hanson said this is only the second time in the past 12 years that someone has stolen food from the facility, which is located at ?221 E Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.Hanson said no exterior doors were damaged.“It’s good, but it appears somebody was already in the building or had access to the building. We don’t know what that means, but we’ll continue to investigate until we know what happens,” Hanson said.Hanson said he’s confident the stolen food will be recovered but said the food bank is always looking for donations.Sunrise has five food and clothing banks, which serve about 2,000 households in Yakima, Sunnyside and Mabton with weekly allotments each month.In the Yakima food bank alone, that comes out to about 700 households or 2,800 individuals each month, said director of operations Ken Trainer.“It gets discouraging that people would do that to the poor,” he said. “You’re taking food out of kids’ mouths.”last_img read more

Clark County flu rates climb back up

first_imgEighteen weeks after the local flu season began, the influenza virus is still sickening Clark County residents.After several weeks of declining flu rates — with a low of 15 percent — positive flu tests spiked to 21 percent during the last two weeks. A positivity rate above 10 percent is considered evidence of an active flu season.But health officials caution the jump doesn’t necessarily mean a flu resurgence.“While this may partially reflect a true increase in influenza activity, a recent shortage of influenza tests may also be contributing to this elevated flu positivity,” said Madison Riethman, epidemiologist with Clark County Public Health, in an email.The shortage has prompted health care providers to be more selective of whom they test, such as limiting testing to those most likely to have influenza, which could lead to an increase in the number of positive results, Riethman said.The local flu season began in November and hit a peak in early January, when 44 percent of tests came back positive. That was the highest local positivity rate recorded since Clark County Public Health began tracking detailed data in 2014.This flu season, Clark County Public Health has confirmed 14 influenza deaths — all among people with pre-existing conditions, including chronic lung disease, chronic heart disease, chronic kidney disease, diabetes and asthma. The local deaths include one child — a boy younger than 10 — and nine people 70 and older, according to data from Clark County Public Health.last_img read more

Accused armed jewelry store robber pleads guilty

first_imgWooden was captured by police on Jan. 11, after officers tried to conduct a traffic stop on the vehicle he was driving.“Wooden refused to stop and sideswiped an officer’s vehicle in an attempt to evade capture,” read a release from prosecutors. “Ultimately, Wooden crashed his vehicle and was taken into custody. A search of the vehicle revealed a loaded firearm.”Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. MIAMI (WSVN) – A man has pleaded guilty to armed robbery, months after he struck a Downtown Miami jewelry store.Jessie Wooden admitted to robbing a store in the Seybold Building at gunpoint.He faces up to life in prison.His sentencing is scheduled for on May 25.Surveillance cameras captured him and an accomplice entering the building in October.Prosecutors said Wooden pointed a gun and demanded cash and jewelry while his accomplice tied up the store owner.They made off with 35 watches and over $250,000 in U.S. currency. last_img read more

Fire Rescue saves worker trapped after fall in Aventura

first_imgAVENTURA, FLA. (WSVN) – – Miami-Dade Fire Rescue saved a construction worker who became trapped after falling at a resort in Aventura.Rescue crews responded to a report of a long fall at the Turnberry Isle resort, Tuesday.First responders could be seen rushing to save the trapped worker. It is unclear how far he fell.A technical response team used a harness and a ladder to pull the victim out of the hole, and crews rushed him to the hospital as a trauma alert.The full extent of his injuries remains unknown.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Affirming Clinician GetTogether

first_imgThe D.C.-area’s Affirming Clinician Get-Together is scheduled to be held on Oct. 20 from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at 2440 M Street NW in  suite 200. The event is free and hopes to inspire a collaborative approach about health and wellness services offered in D.C. that cater to the LGBTQIA+ community. One of our goals of the event is to help create an expansive and actively engaged network of clinicians and business allies to further the reach of available services. Wine and snacks will be provided. For more information, visit eventbrite.com.last_img read more

Bill Introduced to Improve Maternal Healthcare

first_imgBy Mark F. Gray, Special to the AFRO, mgray@afro.comExpectant mothers face challenges when seeking quality prenatal care in the District of Columbia.  Economic and transportation barriers contribute to the District’s infant mortality rate which is amongst the worst in the nation. In 2018 there were an average of 36.1 deaths for every 100,000 live births while nationally the rate is 20.7. The D.C. City Council is pondering a bill that pushes for better maternal health care services that would be covered under all forms of insurance in an attempt to provide better prenatal care for expectant mothers in the District.D.C. City Council member Charles Allen wrote a bill in support of expanding maternal health care opportunities to expectant mothers. (Courtesy Photo) Ward 6 Councilmember Charles Allen introduced legislation that proposes expanding the list of medical care provisions for expectant mothers. The Maternal Health Care Improvement and Expansion Act of 2019 would also create a Center for Maternal Wellnessand includes a travel stipend to aid in transportation so patients can reach their preferred health care provider consistently during pregnancy. “We know women need more access to health care during and after a pregnancy,” Allen said in his statement. “We know community-centered health care can improve outcomes.”   However, Black mothers are facing more dangerous outcomes during their pregnancies.  Figures reported by Allen’s office state Black women are dying at a rate that is three to four times higher than White expectant mothers.  Low income mothers are struggling to gain consistent regular preventive, prenatal and postpartum care which is contributing to the D.C.’s high maternal mortality rate also. “Last year, this Council created a Maternal Mortality Review Committee, but we don’t have to wait for results to make improvements,” said Allen. The bill, which was co-sponsored by Councilmember Vincent Gray,  would require private insurers, Medicaid, and the D.C. Healthcare Alliance to add pre and post natal services to it’s benefits.  It would cover at least two postpartum health care visits and home visits for maternal care and fertility preservation services. Currently, Medicaid only includes one postpartum visit after six weeks and ends postpartum medical coverage at 60 days. Allen’s proposal addresses the barriers facing patients who find it difficult when traveling to their health care provider by offering financial assistance for travel to and from prenatal and postpartum visits.  Transportation availability is seen as a vital cog in the hope of improving infant survival rates in D.C.“We know for some women transportation is a barrier,” Allen stated. “That’s why this bill also includes a travel stipend to get to their preferred health care provider. If we can’t get people there, none of these other changes will make a difference.” This bill would extend coverage to one full year for extremely low income residents who are living well below the federal poverty line.  The bill also calls for establishing a Center on Maternal Health and Wellness. Allen wants to build community among women who are pregnant and would consolidate a portion of services to be conveniently available in one location.  The Center would offer childcare onsite while making its services available through telehealth and online. At the Center, a group of maternal care coordinators would advise pregnant mothers on how to navigate through the services available in the District during pregnancy and postpartum.  It will promote maternal support groups and provide health and nutrition counseling, and distribute prenatal vitamins. Group counseling services would also be available for individuals or family members who have been impacted by an infant’s or mother’s death. This is similar to the District’s comprehensive breastfeeding center. “We know a sense of community can help pregnant women and new mothers talk through challenges,” said Allen.last_img read more

VIDEO Incredible skate session with blind skateboarder Dan Mancina will blow your

first_img Advertisement Here’s the video. Dan Mancina in the building: Dan Mancina is a professional skateboarder. He’s also blind.Even without his sight, he can still pull pretty much any trick that an able bodied skater can.He uses a sound locating device and a walking stick to identify objects he wants to use in his sessions. He’s not doing wack-ass tricks either, it’s legit. Besides, you couldn’t ollie a matchbox car, so save the technical critiques.For the skeptics that think this must be a hoax, here’s a write-up from Jenkemm, profiling Mancina.last_img read more

Googles New Chrome Extension Lets You Flag Suspicious Websites

first_img Phillip Tracy is a senior writer at Tom’s Guide and Laptop Mag, where he reviews laptops and covers the latest industry news. After graduating with a journalism degree from the University of Texas at Austin, Phillip became a tech reporter at the Daily Dot. There, he wrote reviews for a range of gadgets and covered everything from social media trends to cybersecurity. Prior to that, he wrote for RCR Wireless News and NewBay Media. When he’s not tinkering with devices, you can find Phillip playing video games, reading, listening to indie music or watching soccer. by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeKelley Blue Book5 Mid-engine Corvettes That Weren’tKelley Blue BookUndoVerizon WirelessThis new phone will blow your mind.Verizon WirelessUndoTODAYPolice Identify Girl Licking Ice Cream Tub In Viral VideoTODAYUndoForbes.com100 Women to Look up to Right Now, and WhyForbes.comUndoMy Food and FamilyHealthy, Homemade Drunken Thai Noodles In Just 20 MinutesMy Food and FamilyUndo247 SportsRanking The Highest-Paid NBA Players In 2019247 SportsUndoAdvertisement Phillip Tracy, Google today released a new Chrome extension that lets you flag suspicious websites so they can be added to the Safe Browsing program, which warns users when they’re entering a potentially dangerous webpage.Credit: GoogleMacBook Air vs MacBook Pro: Which 13-inch MacBook Is Right For You?Apple’s entry-level MacBook Air and Pro look pretty similar, but our testing proved they differ in crucial ways.Your Recommended PlaylistVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9接下来播放Which Cheap Tablet Is Best? Amazon Fire 7 vs Walmart Onn02:45关闭选项Automated Captions – en-USAutomated Captions – en-USAutomated Captions – en-US facebook twitter 发邮件 reddit 链接https://www.laptopmag.com/articles/google-chrome-suspicious-site-extension?jwsource=cl已复制直播00:0003:4603:46 The aptly-named Suspicious Site Reporter will show you an orange or red flag icon when you’ve visited a potentially suspicious website and also provide information about why that page may be dangerous. Additionally, you can press the flag to report a site you think is unsafe to visit. Google will then evaluate the page and determine whether it belongs in the Safe Browsing database.MORE: Where are Google Chrome Security Settings? Everything you Need …As Google explains in a blog post, the Safe Browsing feature works by analyzing websites and creating lists of those deemed dangerous and deceptive. When someone tries to visit one of those sites, a scary red full-page warning will urge them to stay away.Credit: GoogleAlong with the new extension, Google will now show you a full-page warning before you enter a risky website. For example, if you misspell google.com and mistakenly typed go0gle.com, a warning will pop up stating, “The link you opened goes to a site you don’t usually visit. It might be trying to confuse you.” You’ll then have the option to click “Ignore” and return to safety or “Continue” to enter the site.Credit: GoogleHow does this feature work? Well, Google compares the URL of the page you’re on to those you have recently visited. If the URL looks similar, but could be trying to confuse you, then the warning page will appear to double-check that you’re entering the desired website.Safe Browsing, which now includes these two new features, is available on Chrome on all platforms. You can install the Suspicious Site Reporter extension today and receive warnings about potentially deceptive sites by updating your browser to the latest Chrome 75 version.How to Stop Google from Tracking Your LocationHow to Use Chrome Browser: Tips, Tutorials and Hacks40 Best Google Chrome Extensionscenter_img Author Bio Phillip Tracy,last_img read more

US Senator Says Wireless Carriers Helping Trump Build Surveillance State

first_imgLAS VEGAS — In a barn-burner of a speech at the DEF CON hacker conference here Friday (Aug. 9), Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Oregon, accused the major U.S. wireless carriers of selling out the privacy of the American people and willingly helping the U.S. government spy on its own people. Wyden said wireless carriers can’t resist government pressure to cooperate because they, unlike Apple or Google, rely upon FCC licenses to be able to use the airwaves. The wireless carriers and their predecessors have been at the core of government eavesdropping for decades, he said, and are complicit in secret government programs today.”This issue is fundamentally about more than just privacy,” Wyden said. “These programs are the building blocks that Donald Trump and his allies will use to increase the surveillance state and use it against their enemies.”(Image credit: United States Senate)He also told the thousands of hackers in the room that they were true patriots.RECOMMENDED VIDEOS FOR YOU…logoCreated with Sketch. TCL 8-Series Lighting TestMore VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpAmazon Kindle Oasis 2019 Dunk Tank Test03:37OffAutomated Captions – en-USAutomated Captions – en-USLive00:0001:1001:10 “White-hat hackers do our country an enormous service,” Wyden said. “Hackers also make it harder for the government to hide when it spies on Ameicans or collects their information.”The strength of our hacker community makes America stronger and Americans safer. Thrilled to have the opportunity to speak at #defcon today about the importance of privacy, backdoor-free encryption, and overseeing our intelligence community. Thank you for having me! pic.twitter.com/VK2NeTqn9gAugust 10, 2019The history of peacetime mass surveillancePeacetime government mass surveillance on communications dates back to the era after World War I, Wyden explained, when the “Black Chamber” was set up by the U.S. Army and the State Department to read other countries’ diplomatic cables, willingly passed along by American telegraph companies. The program was shut down in 1929 by incoming Secretary of State Henry L. Stimson, who later summed up his decision as, “Gentlemen do not read each other’s mail.”Wyden said that was followed in 1945 by Shamrock, a program that analyzed all telegraphic communications into and out of the United States, civilian, military or diplomatic. It ran for 30 years in complete secrecy until Congress began investigating the program in 1975.After the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, the NSA once again began surveilling Americans, Wyden said, until the program (called StellarWind) was revealed. Congress passed legislation in 2007 granting the telephone companies retroactive immunity for cooperating with the NSA on StellarWind.”You can’t do dragnet surveillance without the private sector being willing,” Wyden said.But the NSA continued conducting surveillance on American citizens after 2007, Wyden said, using a secret interpretation of Section 215 of the Patriot Act to justify the practice. From DEF CON to Edward SnowdenAs a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Wyden knew of the Section 215 program, but he was sworn to secrecy and couldn’t reveal it. Ironically, Wyden said, it was DEF CON that “played a pivotal role” in exposing the program.”Seven years ago, NSA Director Keith Alexander spoke here  and looked you in the eye and said that allegations that the NSA spied on Americans were absolutely false,” Wyden said. “I knew it was one of the most untruthful statements ever uttered.” Because Alexander had made that statement in public, however, it gave Wyden the right to publicly question other intelligence officials about what Alexander had said. “At the next public intelligence oversight [committee] hearing, I asked [then-Director of National Intelligence] James clapper if Alexander was telling the truth,” Wyden said. “Clapper said the U.S. was ‘not willingly’ collecting data on U.S. citizens. That was also a lie. “A few months later, Edward Snowden revealed the collection of phone records,” Wyden said. “Snowden later said he’d seen Clapper’s testimony.” (In fact, Snowden said Clapper’s testimony was his “breaking point.” )Spying may still be going onBut even today, Wyden said, secret government mass surveillance continues. “Earlier this year, the U.S. Inspector General revealed that the DEA had operated an illegal bulk spying program for 20 years,” Wyden said. “This was one of the most illegal dragnet surveillance programs ever. “Who signed off on it? [Current U.S. Attorney General] William Barr, when he was Attorney General in 1992,” the senator added. “The total number of countries targeted has been hidden, but it’s known that the program involved billions of phone calls.””Not a single phone company ever pushed back” against the participating in the program, Wyden said. “In fact, they all got paid.”The wireless carriers also got paid for selling real-time location data of cellular customers to private data brokers, Wyden said, a practice that was documented in a series of investigative stories in Vice Motherboard. The location data was then sold on to other private entities, including bounty hunters who used the data to track fugitives.”AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile all sold data,” Wyden said. “The data was available to anyone who could pay. It was clear they were doing business with bounty hunters after they said they stopped. I’m not giving them any benefit of the doubt, and neither should you.”What you can do about government surveillanceBut Americans shouldn’t despair, Wyden said. Instead, they should act. Section 215 of the Patriot Act will expire at the end of this year unless the Senate votes to re-authorize it. “As sure as night follows day, the Senate will wait until very last minute, when you all have your Christmas trees up,” he said. “I am goign to push very hard to see if we can put a stake in this program and kill it once and for all.”But to do that, Wyden said, he needs citizens to write, email and call their senators and ask them to not renew Section 215. And he thanked all those who have exposed secret programs.”Whistleblowers and white-hat hackers are our last line of defense against government surveillance,” Wyden said. “Congress only acts when the American people speak out. Please, let’s join together and make sure that we mobilize from sea to shining sea against unfair surveillance.”15 Best Google Chrome Privacy ExtensionsFormer Facebook Security Chief: Increased Privacy Complicates SafetyKaspersky Helped NSA Catch Spyware Leaker (Report)last_img read more

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first_img December 29, 2014 — Manufacturers have introduced hybrid imaging systems that combine positron emission tomography (PET) with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). The purported benefit is improved detail in organ and soft-tissue images without the ionizing radiation inherent with systems that combine PET with computed tomography (CT), the gold-standard hybrid imaging modality.Utilization is affected by the uncertain reimbursement environment for integrated PET/MRI scans. Some private, third-party payers (Aetna, Anthem, Humana) deny coverage for the hybrid imaging exams. Clinical trials comparing PET/MRI to PET/CT imaging have generally not demonstrated a substantial difference in diagnostic accuracy between PET/MRI and PET/CT, affecting anticipated utilization.ECRI Institute’s expert panel thought that the possible development of new PET radiotracers targeting brain structures and soft tissue tumors might increase PET/MRI utilization for certain indications, especially if evidence demonstrates a benefit in diagnostic accuracy and if reimbursement becomes available.Potential Health ImpactMost clinical trials of PET/MRI underway are comparing it with PET/CT. Heusch et al. (2014) found no significant differences in tumor detection between the two modalities. Quick et al. (2013) reported that PET/MRI detected more tumors than PET/CT. However, other trials (Chandarana et al. 2013, Gaertner et al. 2013, Wiesmuller et al. 2013) found that PET/MRI detected most tumors identified by PET/CT. Afshar-Oromieh et al. (2014) and Beiderwellen et al. (2013) concluded that PET/MRI may have better contrast and tumor conspicuity than PET/CT, but Gaertner et al. (2013) found better tumor conspicuity with PET/CT.Potential Financial ImpactHospitals face substantial costs to acquire integrated PET/MRI technology, including construction or renovation required to accommodate the combined system’s physical requirements and to install MRI-compatible (nonmagnetic) ancillary medical equipment needed during imaging procedures. 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An IoT worm Silex developed by a 14 year old resulted in

first_imgThis week, an IoT worm called Silex that targets a Unix-like system took down around 2,000 devices, ZDNet reports. This malware attacks by attempting a login with default credentials and after gaining access. Larry Cashdollar, an Akamai researcher, the first one to spot the malware, told ZDNet in a statement, “It’s using known default credentials for IoT devices to log in and kill the system.” He added, “It’s doing this by writing random data from /dev/random to any mounted storage it finds. I see in the binary it’s calling fdisk -l which will list all disk partitions.” He added, “It then writes random data from /dev/random to any partitions it discovers.” It deletes the devices’ firewall rules and then removes its network config and triggers a restart, this way the devices get bricked. Victims are advised to manually reinstall the device’s firmware for recovering. This malware attack might remind you of the BrickerBot malware that ended up destroying millions of devices in 2017. Cashdollar told ZDNet in a statement, “It’s targeting any Unix-like system with default login credentials.” He further added, “The binary I captured targets ARM devices. I noticed it also had a Bash shell version available to download which would target any architecture running a Unix like OS.” This also means that this malware might affect Linux servers if they have Telnet ports open and in case they are secured with poor or widely-used credentials. Also, as per the ZDNet report, the attacks were carried out from a VPS server that was owned by a company operating out of Iran. Cashdollar said, “It appears the IP address that targeted my honeypot is hosted on a VPS server owned by novinvps.com, which is operated out of Iran.” With the help of NewSky Security researcher Ankit Anubhav, ZDNet managed to reach out to the Silex malware author who goes by the pseudonym Light Leafon. According to Anubhav, Light Leafon, is a 14-year-old teenager responsible for this malware. In a statement to Anubhav and ZDNet, he said, “The project started as a joke but has now developed into a full-time project, and has abandoned the old HITO botnet for Silex.” Light also said that he has plans for developing the Silex malware further and will add even more destructive functions. In a statement to Anubhav and ZDNet, he said, “It will be reworked to have the original BrickerBot functionality.” He is also planning to add the ability to log into devices via SSH apart from the current Telnet hijacking capability. He plans to give the malware the ability to use vulnerabilities for breaking into devices, which is quite similar to most of the IoT botnets. Light said, “My friend Skiddy and I are going to rework the whole bot.” He further added, “It is going to target every single publicly known exploit that Mirai or Qbot load.” Light didn’t give any justification for his actions neither have put across any manifesto as the author of BrickerBot (goes with the pseudonym-Janit0r) did post before the BrickerBot attacks. Janit0r motivated the 2017 attacks to protest against owners of smart devices that were constantly getting infected with the Mirai DDoS malware. In a statement to ZDNet, Anubhav described the teenager as “one of the most prominent and talented IoT threat actors at the moment.” He further added, “Its impressive and at the same time sad that Light, being a minor, is utilizing his talent in an illegal way.” People are surprised how a 14-year-old managed to work this out and are equally worried about the consequences the kid might undergo. A user commented on Reddit, “He’s a 14-year old kid who is a bit misguided in his ways and can easily be found. He admits to DDoSing Wix, Omegle, and Twitter for lols and then also selling a few spots on the net. Dude needs to calm down before it goes bad. Luckily he’s under 18 so really the worst that would happen in the EU is a slap on the wrist.” Another user commented, “It’s funny how those guys are like “what a skid lol” but like … it’s a 14-year-old kid lol. What is it people say about the special olympics…” Few others said that developers need to be more vigilant and take security seriously. Another comment reads, “Hopefully manufacturers might start taking security seriously instead of churning out these vulnerable pieces of shit like it’s going out of fashion (which it is).” To know more about this news, check out the report by ZDNet. Read Next WannaCry hero, Marcus Hutchins pleads guilty to malware charges; may face upto 10 years in prison FireEye reports infrastructure-crippling Triton malware linked to Russian government tech institute ASUS servers hijacked; pushed backdoor malware via software updates potentially affecting over a million userslast_img read more