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Global stock markets sink slammed by tech lossesGlobal stock markets sink slammed by tech losses

first_imgSEOUL, South Korea – Shares fell in Europe and Asia on Wednesday as tech stocks extended losses following sell-offs of their U.S. peers overnight. Investors are selling technology-related shares on concern governments might tighten scrutiny over Facebook after it was revealed that users’ data was shared with a consulting firm affiliated with President Donald Trump.KEEPING SCORE: Britain’s FTSE 100 dropped 1 per cent to 6,930.51. France’s CAC 40 slid 1.4 per cent to 5,043.96 and Germany’s DAX lost 1.6 per cent to 11,784.17. Futures augured weak starts on Wall Street. Dow futures fell 0.3 per cent while S&P futures also retreated 0.3 per cent.ASIA’S DAY: Japan’s Nikkei 225 sank 1.3 per cent to 21,031.31 and South Korea’s Kospi slid 1.3 per cent to 2,419.29. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index sank 2.5 per cent to 30,022.53 while China’s Shanghai Composite Index dropped 1.4 per cent to 3,122.29. Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 retreated 0.7 per cent to 5,789.50. Stocks in Taiwan, Singapore and other Southeast Asian countries also fell.BAD DAY FOR TECH: Investors cut their holdings of Asian tech stocks after a series of incidents sent their U.S. peers lower again. One of those cases is a report that authorities will investigate a fatal crash that involved a Tesla electric SUV equipped with a semi-autonomous control system. In Asia, Samsung Electronics Co. fell 2.6 per cent and Sony Corp. lost 1.1 per cent. Softbank Group Corp. slumped 4 per cent. Tencent Holdings Ltd. was down 4.6 per cent.ANALYST VIEWPOINT: “So what spooked markets? Well, it looks like the rearing of the (ugly) Facebook privacy infringement was a convenient excuse to sell-off ahead of the long weekend,” Mizuho Bank said in a commentary.OIL: Benchmark U.S. crude lost 68 cents to $64.57 per barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract declined 30 cents to settle at $65.25 a barrel on Tuesday. Brent crude, used to price international oils, fell 52 cents to $68.94 per barrel in London.CURRENCIES: The dollar rose to 105.64 yen from 105.34 yen. The euro fell to $1.2386 from $1.2404.last_img read more

King Mohammed VI Named Personality of the Year for Family CohesionKing Mohammed VI Named Personality of the Year for Family Cohesion

Rabat- King Mohammed VI of Morocco was named “personality of the year for family cohesion” by the Arab Family Award.The award was bestowed on the Moroccan monarch in “recognition of his efforts and initiatives for boosting family security and safety and promoting social justice” in Morocco.“The choice of King Mohammed VI, King of the Kingdom of Morocco, Personality of the Year for Family Coherence in its third session, is in recognition of his constructive efforts and initiatives in the arena of family, his interest in the maintenance of security and family safety in Morocco, the establishment of community justice throughout the Kingdom of Morocco, as well as his tireless efforts to achieve social balance,” Jamal bin Obaid Al Bah, Chairman of AFO said. “King Mohammed VI is a reference in the Arab world for his venerable initiatives and humanitarian services,” he added. read more

Afghanistan Senior UN humanitarian official visits Kandahar ahead of appeal launchAfghanistan Senior UN humanitarian official visits Kandahar ahead of appeal launch

She held meetings with the governor of Kandahar, government officials, United States military officials, the Provincial Reconstruction Team and the representatives from the humanitarian community in the country.Instability and conflict continue in the southern Afghanistan amid deteriorating humanitarian conditions. The number of war casualties at Mirwais Regional Hospital in Kandahar, which is supported by the International Committee of the Red Cross, is at record high, with almost twice as many new patients showing up with war-related injuries in August and September this year as during the same period in 2009.“The civilian population, particularly in southern Afghanistan, is trapped in the middle and suffer disproportionately,” said Ms. Bragg, who is also the Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs.“Threats or attacks on the UN and humanitarian community only compound this desperate situation further by limiting assistance and civilian protection,” she added.In addition to ongoing conflict, humanitarian groups in Kandahar also stressed the impact of natural disasters on the population, including drought, heavy snowfall, and flash floods, which have further reduced access to economic opportunity and increased vulnerability.In Ms. Bragg’s meetings with US military officials and Canadian representatives in the Provincial Reconstruction Team, she urged respect for the Geneva Conventions and the right of the affected population to receive humanitarian assistance.“I urge all parties to the conflict to allow and ensure safe and sustained humanitarian access to civilian populations in need,” said Ms. Bragg. 4 December 2010The United Nations deputy emergency relief coordinator, Catherine Bragg, today visited Afghanistan’s southern city of Kandahar as part of her mission to the country ahead of tomorrow’s launch the humanitarian appeal for the South Asian nation. read more

Karannagoda appears before the CID for a second dayKarannagoda appears before the CID for a second day

The Supreme Court then issued an order preventing his arrest but ordering that he appear before the CID to record a statement.The 11 youth had been abducted in Colombo and the suburbs between 2008 and 2009. (Colombo Gazette) He was questioned for over 8 hours by the CID on Monday. Former Navy Commander Retired Admiral Wasantha Karannagoda appeared before the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) today, for a second day this week, to make a statement related to the case on the abduction of 11 youth.Karannagoda was ordered by court to appear before the CID this week. However the Supreme Court issued an order preventing the CID from arresting him. Earlier, Karannagoda had filed a Fundamental Rights petition in court against moves to arrest him. read more

Football Ohio State won a conference championship on the back of itsFootball Ohio State won a conference championship on the back of its

Ohio State senior safety Damon Webb (7) celebrates a pass break-up in the third quarter of the B1G Championship game against Wisconsin on Dec. 2 in Lucas Oil Stadium. Ohio State won 27-21. Credit: James King II | Sports DirectorINDIANAPOLIS — “Defense wins championships” is the most overused phrase in sports. It will be used one million times or more in the coming weeks as four teams prepare for a shot at a national title.Saturday, the phrase was gospel.No. 8 Ohio State made two momentous defensive stops in the final five minutes against No. 4 Wisconsin to win its first Big Ten title since 2014, and more importantly for the Buckeyes, they have a realistic shot at earning the final spot in the College Football Playoff just vacated by the Badgers.“Their preparation this week, I don’t think I’ve ever seen a college football team prepare the way these kids did,” Ohio State defensive coordinator Greg Schiano said. “I think that gave them great confidence to go execute.”Ohio State elected to kick a field goal on a fourth-and-1 with 5:20 remaining, which extended the lead to 27-21. That’s a spot where head coach Urban Meyer is notorious for rolling the dice and winning a football game by winning that 1 yard. He said after the game that it was his decision to kick the field goal and go against his traditional action of attempting the conversion.The truth was that the defense was playing too well not to have faith that it could get a stop. It did. And after another three-and-out by the Ohio State offense, the defense made the game-ending stop.Wisconsin quarterback Alex Hornibrooke threw his second interception of the game on fourth-and-20 to Damon Webb with less than two minutes left in the game.“I just thought our defense was playing so good,” Meyer said. Let’s let that quarterback and let our defensive line do what they do best and get after that quarterback. But that was one of the toughest calls of the day.”Hornibrooke’s has the worst touchdown to interception ratio of any Power 5 conference quarterback at 21 to 15. But he wasn’t what concerned Ohio State’s defense. Big Ten freshman of the year Jonathan Taylor, who averaged more than 150 rushing yards per game entering the contest, was the main focus on defense.In response, the defensive line played one of its best games of the year by continually penetrating Wisconsin’s vaunted offensive line and stopping Taylor before he got any momentum.The running back had 15 carries for 41 yards, his lowest total in one game this season.The defense answered any challenged thrown at them, most especially when the offense failed to put away Wisconsin.Ohio State had four three-and-outs, two field goals and an interception in the second half. There was no touchdown to decisively split the Badgers from the playoff field and the ranks of the unbeaten. The defense had to do that.“I think we were super confident the whole game,” sophomore defensive end Nick Bosa said. “I don’t think there was a moment we thought we were going to lose at all.”Wisconsin could have been the team that was on the podium celebrating as the Buckeyes walked off the field without any detection and with their heads held low, for everyone’s eyes would be on the team with the shiny football and hardware hoisted in the air. Everyone in attendance would watch the players and coaches pack themselves onto a makeshift stage that looks like it should be in a town parade rather than on a football field.Instead, Ohio State celebrated. A dominant offense at times that then went cold late couldn’t put the game on ice. To win the game, it had to be done on defense.An opportunity was there for the Badgers. Ohio State left the door open after each missed chance to deliver a decisive blow, but the defense seized it when the Badgers couldn’t. That’s why Ohio State is the Big Ten champion. read more

Jeremy Corbyn filmed sitting on floor of train for three hour journeyJeremy Corbyn filmed sitting on floor of train for three hour journey

first_imgThe incident happened on the same day that Mr Corbyn set out his plans for a new transport strategy as he pledged to bring the nation’s railways back into public ownership.He said a Labour government would “rebuild and transform” the UK’s transport network.He insisted public ownership of the railways could raise enough money to cut rail fares by as much as 10 per cent.He also promised to give all councils the power to set up publicly run municipal bus companies. It is a sight familiar to frustrated commuters the length and breadth of the country: no seat on a packed train, forced into the space in-between carriages, sitting down outside the lavatory, trying to drink your coffee.What is less common, though, is to look up from your lowly train position and see The Leader of Her Majesty’s Most Loyal Opposition crouched on the floor opposite you.But that was the case for passengers on the London to Newcastle on Tuesday: Jeremy Corbyn, known for his rigid principles, squashed in the corner on the floor of the train reading Private Eye with a brown paper bag and a coffee.He was on his way to Gateshead for the Labour leadership hustings with Owen Smith.In the footage, filmed by Yannis Mendez for the Guardian, Mr Corbyn explains that if he had taken the option of upgrading to first class, he would be spending his fellow passenger’s money.“Is it fair that I should upgrade my ticket whilst others who might not be able to afford such a luxury should have to sit on the floor? It’s their money I would be spending after all,” he said.“This is a problem that many passengers face every day, commuters and long-distance travellers. Today this train is completely ram-packed. The staff are absolutely brilliant, working really hard to help everybody.“The reality is there are not enough trains, we need more of them – and they’re also incredibly expensive. Isn’t that a good case for public ownership?” Some comments on social media suggested the incident could have been a stunt: Others compared the incident to George Osborne, the former Chancellor, upgrading to first class during a 2012 journey because of a busy train: Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.center_img Just 2 pics on a train, but enough to describe the difference between @jeremycorbyn & the UK political class #JC4PM pic.twitter.com/rGTp0yPH0s— Urban Shepherd (@HassunElZafar) August 16, 2016 Just as well a cameraman was there to film Jeremy Corbyn on the train floor, or we might never had known it had happened.— Kevin Schofield (@PolhomeEditor) August 16, 2016last_img read more

Mo Farahs brother faces being deported from Britain to SomaliaMo Farahs brother faces being deported from Britain to Somalia

first_imgAhmed is no longer in contact with his brother Mo Farah, picturedCredit: WPA Pool He told The Sunday Mirror: “I can’t go back to where Mo and I were born – it is too dangerous. I’m scared I would end up dead. I feel there’s no hope for me.”He added: “I’m afraid for my life. I know I’m not going to survive out there. Everything is different. I can’t even fathom how it’s going to be. I can’t cover up my history. I’m going to be an outcast. People would attack me.”Speaking about the raid which landed him in jail, he added: “I wasn’t a horrible person. I made a hell of a mistake and now I’m paying with my life. My lifestyle was bad.”Ahmed, who lives in a flat in west London, said he was no longer in touch with his brother but said he was “proud” of what the athlete had achieved. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Ahmed said he is no longer in contact with his brother I can’t go back to where Mo and I were born – it is too dangerousAhmed His younger brother Mahad called on the athlete, who became estranged from some family members after his aunt took him in, to help.He claimed he wouldn’t “have a life any more” if Ahmed was deported and added: “I don’t even want to think about life without this guy.”Mo Farah has made history after winning the “double double” – gold medals in both the 5,000m and 10,000m – at two consecutive Olympics.Fans have since called for him to be knighted. The runner will compete at the World Athletics Championships in London next year.A spokesman for the Home Office said it does not comment on individual cases.But he added: “This Government puts the rights of the British public before those of criminals, and foreign nationals who abuse our hospitality by committing crimes in the UK should be in no doubt of our determination to deport them.” Mo Farah’s brother says he faces being deported from Britain to war-torn Somalia and fears he will be killed if he is forced to return.Ahmed Farah, 27, was just two years old when he was brought to Britain 25 years ago with the Olympic athlete, who was then aged eight.He has spoken about the possibility of being deported after serving a four-and-a-half year prison sentence for false imprisonment during a knife raid. Legal hearings are thought to have currently been delayed.last_img read more

Your opinion EHF CL TOP16 Kiel to overrun Medvedi – Metalurg slightYour opinion EHF CL TOP16 Kiel to overrun Medvedi – Metalurg slight

ChekhovKielmetalurgminskvelux ehf cl top 16 Handball-Planet.com asked visitors to give their opinion about winners in upcoming matches of the VELUX EHF CL TOP 16 phase. Here are the results for the first two clashes which will be played on Thursday:CHEKHOVSKIE MEDVEDI – THW KIEL 9% – 91% Metalurg progress – 1:1 wins (more goals) (33%, 71 Votes)Minsk progress – 1:1 wins (more goals) (33%, 70 Votes)Metalurg wins both matches – cum. advantage less than +10 (16%, 34 Votes)Metalurg wins both matches – cumulative advantage over +10 (9%, 20 Votes)Minsk wins both matches – cumulative advantage over +10 (5%, 10 Votes)Minsk wins both matches – cum. advantage less than +10 (4%, 9 Votes)Total Voters: 214VOTE FOR OTHER MATCHES KIEL wins both matches – cum. advantage less than +10 (39%, 90 Votes)KIEL wins both matches – cumulative advantage over +10 (37%, 87 Votes)KIEL progress – 1:1 wins (more goals) (15%, 35 Votes)MEDVEDI progress – 1:1 wins (more goals) (6%, 15 Votes)MEDVEDI wins both matches – cum. advantage less than +10 (2%, 4 Votes)MEDVEDI wins both matches – cumulative advantage over +10 (1%, 2 Votes)Total Voters: 233METALURG – DINAMO MINSK 58% – 42% ← Previous Story Jean-Luc Le Gall extends contract with Selestat until 2015 Next Story → Kinga Byzdra to Buducnost Podgorica! read more

I dont like seeing people getting ganged up on Woman who stoodI dont like seeing people getting ganged up on Woman who stood

first_img Source: TwitterAccording to the BBC’s report, the EDL has claimed a minute’s silence they were holding for terror attack victims at their event was interrupted.“I wasn’t scared in the slightest,” Khan told the Mail.I stay pretty calm in these situations. I knew they were trying to provoke me, but I wasn’t going to be provoked.She added:I have lost my anonymity because of the picture, but on balance it was worth it. Source: PA Wire/PA ImagesSpeaking to her local paper the Birmingham Mail, she said:Nothing was really happening until a woman in a headscarf started shouting ‘racist’. I waited two or three minutes and but the police did nothing, so I decided to go and try and get her out of there. Short URL 39,959 Views 134 Comments Share1344 Tweet Email Monday 10 Apr 2017, 7:53 AM By Daragh Brophy About 20 to 25 EDL people ran over and surrounded her. She looked absolutely terrified. I still hung back and waited for the police to sort it out. It all happened very quickly. She left, but then I was identified as anti-fascist. The group turned on me. ‘I don’t like seeing people getting ganged up on’: Woman who stood up to far-right EDL protesters Saffiyah Khan said she intervened after she saw another woman being surrounded by a large group of men. Apr 10th 2017, 7:53 AM THIS IMAGE OF a Birmingham woman standing up to a protester from the right-wing English Defence League has been going viral in recent days.Saffiyah Khan said she intervened after she saw another woman being surrounded by a large group of men at the rally, which took place on Saturday.The young woman told the BBC that she had not been part of the organised counter-protest and had been “quite surprised” at the response to the photo.“I don’t like seeing people getting ganged up on in my town,” she told the broadcaster. Saturday’s protest. Source: PA Wire/PA ImagesA photo of the scene between Khan and the EDL member, by Press Association photographer Joe Giddens, has been shared thousands of times since Saturday.Read: ‘Serious mistake’: Le Pen under fire after saying French state did not round up Jews during WW2 >Read: Bus Éireann strike: ‘All sides committed to conclusion in next 24 hours’ > http://jrnl.ie/3332421 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Microsoft fait sa promo en se moquant de GmailMicrosoft fait sa promo en se moquant de Gmail

first_imgMicrosoft fait sa promo en se moquant de GmailPour promouvoir sa nouvelle messagerie Office 365, Microsoft a diffusé à ses employés une vidéo critiquant les méthodes de Google et de son service Gmail. Un clip qui n’était pas censé atterrir sur la Toile…Afin d’assurer une promotion efficace de son service de messagerie Office 365 en interne, Microsoft s’en est pris ouvertement à Gmail. Seul problème : sur la Toile, la moindre fuite se transforme rapidement en gigantesque buzz. Car Zdnet a réussi à se procurer la vidéo…À lire aussiÉquinoxe du Printemps : pourquoi tombe-t-il le 20 mars ?Celle-ci met en scène un Gmail Man, facteur intrusif à souhait, scrutant le contenu des messages pour proposer des publicités adaptées à chacun. Les personnages qui croisent le facteur sont offusqués par ces méthodes et la messagerie de Microsoft se présente comme le parfait opposé des services “diaboliques” de Google. Et comme l’explique Memoclic, les termes employés sont explicites : “scrutant chaque phrase et toute votre ponctuation (…) je regarde chacun de vos mails (…) et une publicité est née (…) je ne suis pas un facteur mais “Gmail man” (…) le business de la publicité ciblée pour chaque chose que vous (g)mailez”.Cette publicité vidéo conçue sur le ton de la plaisanterie se termine avec la mention grinçante : “Votre courrier est votre affaire, Google en a fait la sienne”. Voilà donc une publicité qui va faire rire (jaune) en attendant l’accueil et surtout la réaction du géant américain qui ne devrait sûrement pas tarder à répliquer. Découvrez la vidéo de Gmail man conçue par Microsoft en cliquant ci-dessous :https://www.maxisciences.com/microsoft/microsoft-regle-ses-comptes-avec-gmail-pour-faire-sa-promo_art16078.html  Le 1 août 2011 à 18:18 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Virgin Galactic qui décrochera le premier clip musical tourné dans lespaceVirgin Galactic qui décrochera le premier clip musical tourné dans lespace

first_imgVirgin Galactic : qui décrochera le premier clip musical tourné dans l’espace ?Richard Branson, patron de Virgin Galactic, veut employer sa navette pour… tourner un clip vidéo musical dans l’espace. Plusieurs artistes figureraient déjà sur la liste des candidats. Comme l’explique le journal britannique The Sun, Richard Branson, patron du Virgin Galactic aurait décidé de donner un nouvel usage à sa navette déjà au coeur d’un projet de tourisme spatial. Une nouvelle utilité qui aurait bien fait parler d’elle. En effet, le Virgin Galactic pourrait être utilisé pour tourner le tout premier clip vidéo musical dans l’espace. À lire aussiSpaceX : un satellite d’Elon Musk manque d’entrer en collision avec un satellite de l’ESAUne idée qui pourrait donner un caractère inédit aux vidéos musicales et qui aurait d’ores et déjà interpellé plusieurs artistes parmi lesquels, Matthew Bellamy, leader du groupe Muse. D’après les informations du quotidien, ce dernier aurait décidé de tout mettre en œuvre pour que son groupe soit le premier à utiliser des vues de l’espace voire même à donner un concert depuis l’espace. Mais Muse fait face à une concurrence redoutable incarnée par le couple Beyoncé et Jay-Z.Les deux artistes seraient décidés à voler la vedette au groupe Muse dans cette affaire de voyage spatial. Mais on ignore encore tout de l’affaire, notamment si le rappeur Jay-Z et la chanteuse Beyoncé enregistreraient séparément ou ensemble. La lutte pour le premier clip spatial promet donc d’être passionnée et il faudra encore patienter pour savoir qui l’emportera finalement… et surtout à quel prix !Le 16 janvier 2012 à 12:43 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Cameras to remedy observer problems in AlaskaCameras to remedy observer problems in Alaska

first_imgSmaller boats in Alaska’s offshore fisheries may no longer have to carry human observers in the future, if a plan to deploy cameras proves feasible.Download Audio:At its Sitka meeting this month, the North Pacific Fishery Management Council gave the green light to an inter-agency effort to develop Electronic Monitoring. The council would like to see cameras in action within three years.Although the headline news out of the council’s contentious June meeting focused on bycatch, there wouldn’t even be a bycatch debate without human observers.Bycatch is what you get when you’re trying to catch something else. Halibut or chinook when you’re trawling for pollock; rockfish when you’re longlining for halibut.Year-round, observers fly to Alaska’s remote ports, board fishing boats, and go out on trips. They monitor the bycatch, sample the harvest, and collect the reams of data needed by organizations like theNorth Pacific Fishery Management Councilto sustainably operate commercial fishing in the Bering Sea and Gulf of Alaska.The EM cameras on the Magia, Steven Rhoads’ 55-foot longliner, are mounted on an outrigger boom. “I would pay to have electronic monitoring every day, rather than be selected to carry a human observer,” Rhoads told the council. (KCAW photo/Robert Woolsey)Expenses for the program top $4-million a year, with about one-quarter of that funding coming from the federal government, and the other three-quarters from fees collected from the fishermen, who also have to feed and house the observers while they’re on board.On a big boat with a large crew, like a factory trawler, an extra person isn’t necessarily a big deal. These ships may carry an observer every single voyage. On small boats, that extra person can be a bit of a wild card.“Our observer was on board. And our observer was seasick for about half the days. Conditions were cramped, and I got to sleep on the galley table,” said Steven Rhoads, who owns a 55-foot longliner based in Sitka. Rhoads explained to the council why he’s one of over a hundred boat-owners in this size range who ask for exemptions when they’re randomly selected to carry an observer.“The observing was not approaching anything I would call complete. It greatly disrupted our regular fishing functions.”This so-called “observer effect” is a concern. If fishing trips are miserable with an extra person on board, or if boats manipulate their normal fishing patterns in order to return to port sooner and shed their observers — how does it affect the quality of the data?Recently the council authorized a research program to test electronic monitoring, and Rhoads was one of eleven boat owners to volunteer to have cameras installed on his deck.“This year every trip, every set, every haul, every hook was observed. It is a wonderful alternative.”Aboard the TammyLin in Sitka’s Crescent Harbor…Hi, George? Robert.Another one of those volunteers was George Eliason. I visited him aboard his 50-foot longliner in Sitka’s Crescent Harbor. The TammyLin has six bunks.“My boat’s big enough that there’d be plenty of room for an observer. I don’t think we’d do anything differently than we do now. I don’t think I would have a problem with that person, unless we have a conflict in personalities. That always happens.”But Eliason has not had to test his patience with a human observer. Because he’s got room for only four people in his life raft, he’s successfully applied for an observer exemption. Instead, he’s had cameras on the Tammylin for two years running.“This wire here goes over to the hauler. Soon as the hauler turns on, it starts the cameras up. Two (seconds) after the hauler goes off, the cameras go off.”Eliason says he was worried at first that the cameras might catch him in a mistake, throwing fish overboard that he ought to have kept. Unlike gulf trawlers, who are prohibited from keeping some species aboard, longliners like Eliason bring their bycatch back to port and sell it. It’s species like yelloweye and demersal shelf rockfish — but if they catch too much it can restrict their ability to target halibut in some areas.Eliason’s fears did not come to pass.“After the person looked at the videos, they said that they could tell what each species was, because what they saw is what they’re going to get.”Unlike salmon, bottom fish species are managed in weight, and not quantity. Accurately converting the video image of fish into weight remains one of the biggest challenges to be solved by electronic monitoring. But the upside is so compelling: Removing human observers from boats — of all sizes — reduces an element of risk, both for the crew and for the observer. Those “personality conflicts” Eliason mentioned can escalate to abuse — even assault — in the high stakes world of commercial fishing.Why not just work out the bugs in electronic monitoring, and go for it?“It’s a challenge. Because federal funds are tight.”Chris Rilling manages the North Pacific Groundfish and Halibut Observer Program. Because of problems with federal funding, he’s scraping bottom just to pay for the human observer program.So, organizations like the Alaska Longline Fishermen’s Association in Sitka are finding money on their own. Just this month they received nearly $500,000 out of a total of $3-million awarded by the National Fish & Wildlife Foundation to develop electronic monitoring. The funding will put cameras on 120 boats in Sitka, Homer, Seward and other ports.All the boats receiving the equipment will be in the 40- to 57-and-a-half foot range, the so-called small boat fleet. But Rilling doesn’t rule out the possibility that electronic monitoring will have applications in bigger classes.“There are a lot of promising applications for EM technology, whether it be accounting for halibut discard on some of the larger vessels, compliance monitoring for retention of species in some of the trawl fisheries, and for catch accounting on some of the smaller boats. There are a variety of ways we could use the technology and we’re exploring all of those.”The council voted unanimously in Sitka to move forward with a pre-implementation design this year, with the hope that electronic monitoring could be integrated into the management of the small-boat fleet by 2018 — when it then could be subsidized by observer fees.At Crescent Harbor…Back on the TammyLin, George Eliason has mixed feelings. He believes electronic monitoring is an important goal, but that doesn’t mean he’s fine with it.“It’s not fine to any one of us. It’s a direct intrusion on our liberties. Nobody likes it, but nobody sees a way out of it.”Relatively speaking, Eliason and skippers like him are a small part of the bycatch problem in the Gulf. But if electronic monitoring becomes viable, they’re hoping to play a big part in the solution.last_img read more

Oyesomya Military intelligence wing cautions soldiers over Instagram FB profilesOyesomya Military intelligence wing cautions soldiers over Instagram FB profiles

first_imgRepresentational ImageCreative CommonsThe Indian Army was warned by the intelligence units regarding suspected enemy spies with fake profiles on social media targeting officers and Special Forces, asking them to pass confidential information.Issuing a warning, the Directorate of Military Intelligence showed a profile of an Instagram account, ‘Oyesomya’ (now unavailable) along with the picture of the alleged spy.The Indian military is no stranger to honey trapping of soldiers with officers falling prey to spies online who try to glean confidential information regarding the country.In a similar case earlier in January, a soldier who was part of the Armoured Corp in Jaisalmer district in Rajasthan was arrested for allegedly giving military information to a Pakistani ISI spy. Identified as Sombir, the soldier was honey-trapped on social media by the spy, reports NDTV. However, since Sombir was a junior, he did not have access to important and confidential information and could not convey anything to the ISI spy with whom Sombir was regularly chatting with on Facebook. The spy was talking to Sombir with the name Anika Chopra and got information regarding Sombir’s unit and their movements.The Indian Army closely monitored the ISI activities and the activity of the soldier on social media. The investigation helped the intelligence uncover and track numerous social media accounts of suspected spies.In another case in February 2018, an Air Force officer had allegedly provided information and documents to two Pakistani spies posing as women on Facebook. The accused, Group Captain Arun Marwaha (51), had unknowingly met the spies on Facebook and spoke to them.Between 2015 and 2017, the intelligence reported five cases of honey trapping. The Air Force reported one, the Army reported four while the Navy did not report any case.last_img read more

Watch Chinese ice hockey players beat up members of Hong Kong teamWatch Chinese ice hockey players beat up members of Hong Kong team

first_imgChinese ice hockey team beating up their Hong Kong counterparts.TwitterEven as the Hong Kong protests continue to rankle authorities in mainland China, a video has surfaced showing Chinese ice hockey players beating up their counterparts from Hong Kong mercilessly during a National Youth Games match held in Chengde, northeast of Beijing. The video of the assault has gone viral on social media and Twitterati all over the world have condemned the incident.According to South China Morning Post, the Chinese ice hockey team which have their base in Shenzhen city of Guangdong province were losing the match 11-2 when the fight broke out.In the video, two Kunlun Red Star players can be seen repeatedly punching a player from the Hong Kong’s youth team, whose jersey number was 23. According to reports, the name of the player is Jonathan Wong and he was hit on the head as he tried to shield himself from getting injured.Footage is emerging showing Hong Kong’s youth ice hockey team being brutally attacked by a mainland Chinese ice hockey team from Shenzhen in Beijing. The Chinese Ice Hockey Association described the incident as a ‘collision’. Watch & decide for yourself. pic.twitter.com/giNg5HAjJ6— Jack Hazlewood (@JackHHazlewood) August 1, 2019A woman was also heard in the video screaming and telling them to stop the beating from outside the rink. Finally, two referees had to intervene and stop the assault. Hong Kong’s coach described the assault as “despicable,” “dirty,” and “a violation of sportsmanship,” according to Radio Free Asia.They are just ice hockey players. But I can see they are violence killers. Chinese team boys tried to kill Hong Kong boys… so terrified #香港デモ #FreedomHK #antiELAB https://t.co/XtIMpSmEZk — Maggie O’Dowd (@maki_odowd) August 1, 2019The incident was not well received by people all over the world as the video got viral after it surfaced on social media. Some of the Twitterati termed the Chinese players as killers and condemned the incident. Many resorted to questioning the sportsman spirit of the Chinese players.The Hong Kong Ice Hockey Association stated that the three Chinese players involved in the incident were banned by the organisers for a year. The Chinese Ice Hockey Association assured that incidents like this won’t be repeated, according to South China Morning Post. However, Radio Free Asia reported that the Chinese authorities termed the incident a collision.last_img read more