Cybersecurity in the World of Artificial Intelligence

first_imgArtificial Intelligence (AI) is coming. It could contribute to a more secure and rational world or it may unravel our trust in technology. AI holds a strong promise of changing our world and extending compute functions to a more dominant role of directly manipulating physical world activities. This is a momentous step where we relinquish some level of control for the safety of ourselves, family, and prosperity. With the capabilities of AI, machines can be given vastly more responsibility. Driving our vehicles, operating planes, managing financial markets, controlling asset transactions, diagnosing and treating ailments, and running vast electrical, fuel, and transportation networks are all within reach of AI. With such power, comes not only responsibility, but risks from those seeking to abuse that power. Responsibility without trust can be dangerous. Where will cybersecurity play in our world where learning algorithms profoundly change and control key aspects of our future?Technology is a ToolAI, for all its science fiction undertones, is about finding patterns, learning from mistakes, breaking down problems, and adapting to achieve specific goals. AI is a series of incredible logic tools that allow methodological progression in data processing. It sounds complex, but when distilled to its base components, it becomes simple to grasp. In practice, it could be finding the most optimal route to a location, matching biometrics to profiles, interpreting the lines of the road to keep a vehicle in the proper lane, distilling research data to identify markers for diseases, or detecting brewing volatility situations in markets or people. Vast amounts of data are processed in specific ways to distill progressively better answers and models.The real importance is not in how AI can find patterns and optimal solutions, but rather what the world can do with those capabilities. Artificial Intelligence will play a crucial role in a new wave of technology that will revolutionize the world.Every day we get closer to autonomous cars that can: transport people across town or the continent, accelerate research for cures to diseases, locate hidden reserves of energy and minerals, predict human conditions like crime, heart attacks, and social upheaval. AI systems are expected to improve the lives of billions of people and the condition of the planet in many different ways, including detecting leaks in pipes to reduce waste and avoid environment disasters, optimizing crop yields to reduce starvation, configuring manufacturing lines for efficient automation, and identifying threats to people’s health and safety.Learning machines will contribute to computing performing actions more efficiently and accurately than humans. This will foster trust and lend to more autonomy. It is not just cars. Think medical diagnosis and treatment, financial systems, governmental functions, national defense, and hospitality services. The usages are mind boggling and near limitless. The new ways we use these capabilities will themselves create even more innovative opportunities to use AI. The next generation may focus on the monitoring, management, control, provisioning, improvement, audit, and communication between other lesser capable AI systems. Computers watching computers. The cycle will reinforce and feed itself as complexity increases and humans become incapable of keeping pace.As wondrous as it is, AI is still just a technology. It is a tool, albeit a very powerful and adaptable one. Here is the problem. Tools can be wielded for good or for malice. This has always been the case and we just cannot change the ways of the world. As powerful as AI is, there is a direct relationship to the amount of risk which is accompanied with the benefits. When value is created, attackers are attracted and it becomes a target. It might be a hacker, online criminal, nation state, hacktivist, or any other type of threat agent. Those who can steal, copy, control, or destroy something of value, have power. AI will be a very desirable target for those who seek power.From Data Processing to Control of the Physical WorldComputers are masters of data. They can do calculations, storage, and all manner of processing extraordinarily well. For a very long time the data and information generated by computers were largely for humans to be better informed, to make decisions. There are other reasons of course, entertainment, communications, etc. But the point is there have been specific limits. Computers outputs were mostly to a screen, printer, or to another computer. To control things in the physical world takes quite a sizable amount of thinking, in order to do it right. In many cases, we simply don’t trust computers to deal with unexpected and complex situations.Modern airliners have automatic settings which can fly the plane. But we all feel much more comfortable with a human in the cockpit, even if they don’t do much but enjoy the ride. They are our fail safe. One which has an irreplaceable stake, just like the passengers, to arrive safely to the destination. Humans, although slow compared to computers, fallible in judgement, and prone to unpredictability in performance, still have a trusted reputation to keep people safe and rise when needed to adapt to changing conditions. They simply are better at critical oversight of incredibly complex, ambiguous, and unpredictable situations, especially when self-interests are involved. AI may challenge that very concept.It will likely be proven on the roads first. Autonomous systems will be designed to reduce traffic congestion, avoid accidents, and deliver passengers by the most efficient route possible. Drivers are notoriously bad around the world. Sure, a vast majority of trips end in expected success, but many do not. Tremendous resources of time, fuel, and patience are wasted with inefficient driving. Autonomous vehicles, powered by various AI systems, will eventually statistically prove to be significantly better at driving. So much so, it could revolutionize the insurance industry and create a class system on the roadways. Autonomous vehicles can travel in close chevrons at high speed, while human drivers will be greatly limited in speed and efficiency.Such cases will open the world to computers which will be allowed, even preferred, to control and manipulate the physical world around and for us. It could be as simple as a smart device to mow the lawn. An AI enhanced autonomous lawnmower could efficiently cut the grass, avoid sprinklers, not come near the household pets, detour around newly planted flowers, be respectful of pedestrians, and turn off when children approach or their toys get too close. Such a device will also monitor its performance and act on maintenance needs by proactively ordering needed parts and connecting itself to the power grid when it needs to recharge. It may also find the best place to park itself in the tool shed or garage, and only return when it determines the biological grass again requires upkeep by a smart technological overseer. The trust that AI brings, in reliably making smart decisions, will allow digital devices to manipulate, interact, and control aspects of the physical world.Malice in UtopiaThe same sensors, actuators, and embedded intelligence could also be a recipe for disaster. Errors in faulty, damaged, or obscured sensors might feed incorrect data to the AI brain, leading to unintended results. Even worse, malicious actors could alter inputs, manipulate AI outputs, or otherwise tinker with how the device responds to legitimate commands. Such acts could lead to runaway mowers, chopping down the neighbors prized petunias, or pursuing pets with messy consequences. A single act could end badly. But what if a truly malevolent actor went so far as to hijack an entire neighborhood of these devices. Like a botnet, under the control of an aggressive actor. Still, the rise of suburban lawnmowers scenario seems a bit silly.What if we aren’t talking about lawnmowers? What if, instead it was autonomous cars, buses, and trains that could be controlled by hackers? Perhaps medical devices in emergency rooms or those implanted in people such as defibrillators, insulin pumps, and pacemakers. Smart medical devices could save lives with newfound insights to patient needs, but also could put people at risk if they make a mistake or are controlled maliciously. What if hostile nations were to manipulate AI systems that are controlling valves on pipelines, electrical switches in substations, pressure regulators in refineries, dam control gates, and emergency vents managing the safety of power generation facilities, chemical plants, and water treatment centers? In the future, artificial intelligence will greatly benefit the operation, efficiency, and quality of these and other infrastructure critical to daily life. But where there is value, there is always risk.The Silver LiningWhat can be broken, can also be protected with AI. We live in a world full of risks. It does not make sense to eliminate all of them, but rather manage them to an acceptable level. Technology provides a myriad of benefits and opportunities. It also brings new challenges to manage risks. The goal is to find the right balance of controls to mitigate the risks to an acceptable level where it makes sense. Costs and usability are factors as well. The optimal balance is when benefits from the opportunities are realized while the risks are kept at an acceptable level. These goals and the enormous amounts of data required to understand them, represent perfect conditions for AI to thrive and find optimal solutions.Intelligent systems could lead in new capabilities to detect insiders and disgruntled employees, identify stealthy malware, dynamically reconfigure network traffic to avoid attacks, scrub software to close vulnerabilities before they are exploited, and mitigate large scale complex cyber attacks with great precision. AI could be the next great equalizer for defensive capabilities to support technology growth and innovation.The Unanswered QuestionsThis is not the end of the discussion, rather it is the beginning of a journey. AI is still in its infancy, as are the technologies and usages which will incorporate it to deliver enhancements to systems and services. There are many roads ahead. Some more dangerous than others. We will need a guide to understand how to assess the risks of AI development and evolution, how to protect AI systems, and most importantly methods to secure the downstream use-cases it enables.Some questions we must ponder:What risks are present when the integrity of AI systems are undermined, results are manipulated, data exposed, or availability is denied?Who is liable if AI makes poor decisions and someone gets injured?How will regulations for privacy and IP protection apply to processed and aggregated data?What level of transparency and oversight should be instituted as best practices?How should input data, AI engines, and outputs be secured?Should architectures be designed to resist replay and reverse engineering attacks, at what cost?What fail-over states and capabilities are desirable against denial-of-service attacks?How do we measure risks and describe attacks against AI systems?What usages of AI will be targeted first by cyber attackers, organized criminals, hacktivists, and nation states?How AI can be used to protect itself and interconnected computer systems from malicious and accidental attacks?Will competition in AI systems drive security to an afterthought or will market leaders choose to proactively invest in making digital protections, physical safety, and personal privacy a priority? Dawn of a New Day…It is time the cybersecurity community begins discussing the risks and opportunities that Artificial Intelligence holds for the future. It could bring tremendous benefits and at the same time unknowingly become a Pandora’s box for malicious attackers. We may see innovators wield AI in incredible new ways to protect people, assets, and new technologies. Governments may be compelled to step in and begin regulating the usage, protections, transparency, and oversight of AI systems. Standards bodies will also likely be involved in setting guidelines and establishing acceptable architectural models. There will likely be thought leading organizations begin to incorporate forward thinking cybersecurity controls which protect digital security of systems, the physical safety of users, and the personal privacy of people.I plan on exploring the intersection of cybersecurity and Artificial Intelligence in upcoming blogs. It is a worthy topic we all should be contemplating and discussing. This topic is virgin territory and will take the collective ideas and collaboration of technologists, users, and security professionals to properly mature. Follow me to keep updated and add your thoughts to the conversation.Right now, the future is unclear. Those with insights will have an advantage. Now is the right moment to begin discussing how we want to safely architect, integrate, and extend trust to intelligent technologies, before unexpected outcomes run rampant. It is time for leaders to emerge and establish best practices for a secure cyber world that benefits from AI.Interested in more? Follow me on LinkedIn, Twitter (@Matt_Rosenquist), Information Security Strategy, and Steemit to hear insights and what is going on in cybersecurity.last_img read more

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U.K. scientists prepare for impending break with European Union

first_img CREDITS: (Graphic) J. You/Science; (Data) Scopus Partnerships at risk After Brexit, U.K. researchers will likely not have access to EU funds that have promoted collaborations. One bright spot: The research community will have an influential advocate in 2018 after a reorganization of the six research funding councils into UK Research and Innovation. Its director-to-be, Mark Walport, was most recently the chief government science adviser, and will oversee £6.8 billion a year in science and innovation spending. “There is great potential for science to have a greater profile in government and [in] negotiations” with the European Union about the terms of Brexit, says Sarah Main, director of the Campaign for Science and Engineering, a lobbying group in London.Some urge recreating the most cherished aspects of EU funding within the United Kingdom. Grants from the European Research Council (ERC), in particular, are prized for their size and long duration, and because the work does not need to show societal relevance. The United Kingdom has received about £200 million a year in ERC funding—more than any other country. Another hope is to make up for the expected loss of talent from the European Union by easing entry for scientists from the United States, China, and elsewhere. “We’re going to have to recruit from the entire world,” says Venki Ramakrishnan, who heads the Royal Society, which is pushing for immigration reform. Skeptics say any loosening of visa regimes is unlikely when the government has vowed to reduce immigration overall.A related approach is fostering non-EU international collaborations. Efforts are already underway: In 2013, the research councils signed a 5-year agreement with the U.S. National Science Foundation to allow scientists in both countries to submit joint proposals in social sciences. A year later, the United Kingdom launched the Newton Fund, which will spend £735 million over 7 years for research partnerships supporting economic development in China, Brazil, India, and more than a dozen other countries. But details are scarce.Some applied researchers may be celebrating their bonanza, but many other scientists are gloomy. “The next 5 to 10 years are all about damage limitation,” says Stephen Curry, a structural biologist at ICL. “It’s deeply depressing.” The stakes are high for the United Kingdom, which is a scientific powerhouse and a magnet for talent. Between 2007 and 2013, U.K. researchers brought home more than €7 billion in EU research funding, second only to Germany. Cash from Brussels made up nearly 10% of research funding at U.K. universities in 2013, an increase of 68% since 2009. The United Kingdom’s prominence as an international hub was made clear this week when a new analysis of mobility of high-skill professionals, published in the Journal of the Royal Society Interface, found that the country was four times more highly networked than the average for Europe.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)May has said repeatedly that maintaining the United Kingdom’s scientific prowess is a priority, but a more immediate worry to the government is industrial competitiveness, as a “hard” Brexit is likely to mean a departure from the EU common market. To kick-start or boost industries, particularly in biomedicine and technology, the government launched a new Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund in November 2016. It will spend an extra £4.7 billion on applied research, to be delivered in rising sums over the next 4 years, which amounts to a 23% increase in government R&D spending—the biggest since 1979. “I was flabbergasted,” recalls Kieron Flanagan, a science policy expert at the University of Manchester in the United Kingdom.Last week, the first details on spending were revealed. This year’s tranche consists of £270 million for research on robotics, electric vehicle batteries, and drug manufacturing technology. Another £300 million will be spent on fellowships for early- and midcareer scientists, grants to attract foreign scientists, and support for an additional 1000 Ph.D. students in fields relevant to the industrial strategy.In 2020—the year after Brexit presumably will occur—the challenge fund will disburse £2 billion, exceeding the £1.6 billion a year the United Kingdom currently gets from Brussels for R&D. But some scientists fear that blue sky research will get left out. “It would be crazy to simultaneously boost applied research and allow fundamental research to wither on the vine,” says Robert Massey, deputy executive director of the Royal Astronomical Society in London. The future of the Joint European Torus, the world-leading fusion facility near Oxford, U.K., remains uncertain beyond its current contract which ends in 2018. By Erik StokstadMar. 13, 2017 , 5:30 PM CAMBRIDGE, U.K.—For months after the United Kingdom voted last June to leave the European Union, many British scientists clung to hopes of a “soft Brexit,” which would not cut them off from EU funding and collaborators. But Prime Minister Theresa May, who is expected to trigger the 2-year process of exiting the European Union in coming days, has signaled the break will be sharp. U.K. researchers are now facing up to the prospect that they won’t be able to apply for EU funding or easily recruit students and colleagues from the rest of Europe. “People are bracing themselves for a bumpier and more abrupt landing,” says James Wilsdon, a science policy expert at the University of Sheffield in the United Kingdom.To lessen the blow to research, scientists and bureaucrats are already brainstorming about new funding structures and international collaborations that could make up for the lost EU money and brainpower. They are also taking some comfort in a major boost to government R&D funding, detailed last week, aimed at building up research areas that could bolster domestic industries. Yet much uncertainty hangs on what are expected to be rancorous negotiations with the European Union, covering issues such as the right of foreign citizens to remain in the United Kingdom and a possible exit bill from Brussels. “We live in a kind of limbo,” says Giorgio Gilestro, an Italian neuroscientist at Imperial College London (ICL).  EUROfusion U.K. scientists prepare for impending break with European Unionlast_img read more

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Motta wants rugged Genoa

first_img Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/ Thiago Motta has made clear what he wants from his Genoa side ahead of his managerial bow against Brescia. “We must become a tough team to face…” Motta is preparing to take charge of Genoa for the first time tomorrow, the former Italy midfielder having recently replaced Aurelio Andreazzoli as the club’s Coach. The Rossoblu have won just two competitive matches all season and were thrashed 5-1 by Parma last time out. “I already know the team well and I have good feelings about them because I’ve found great willingness on their apart and the lads are doing well, apart from those already injured, to which Pajac’s been added,” he said at a Press conference. “It’ll be a great match, so we have to show we’re a team on the pitch. The past doesn’t matter. Out of respect, I won’t talk about what happened before I got here. “I don’t like to distinguish between psychologist and tactician. It’s important that an idea is transmitted and put into practice. “I want the lads to show that they want to have a great game. We must become a tough team to face in terms of character and how we play. “We all want the best for Genoa, me, the team, the fans and the club. We’ll give everything we have, but we need to be positive.”last_img read more

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Monica Bellucci to attend Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival

first_img(Eds: Additional inputs)Mumbai, Sep 15 (PTI) Hollywood star Monica Bellucci will be attending the upcoming JIO MAMI 19th Mumbai Film Festival.The 52-year-old diva will be honoured at the festival scheduled to happen from October 12 to 18. The festival will also screen Belluccis “On The Milky Road” and “Irreversible” as part of a retrospective.Director and Chairperson of MAMI, Anupama Chopra shared the news on Twitter.”Thrilled to have the amazing #MonicaBellucci @MumbaiFilmFest #JioMAMIWithStar2017″ she wrote.Chopra also posted a statement by Bellucci in which the Italian actor said she is excited about her maiden visit to India.”I am very touched and honoured to receive and award by the Mumbai Film Festival as well as presenting some of my films there. It is very exciting to come to India for the first time. Thank you MAMI for the invitation,” the statement read.The festival will showcase 220 films from 49 countries and in 51 languages. Anurag Kashyaps sports drama “Mukkebaaz” (The Brawler) will open the film festival. The film premiered at Toronto and will play at the London and Busan fests.”Miss Sloane” director, John Madden will head the competition jury, with Indian actor-director Konkona Sen Sharma, Mexican cinematographer Alexis Zabe, Hong Kong- American actress Celina Jade and Argentinian writer-director Santiago Mitre. PTI SHD SHDlast_img read more

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DOWN BUT NOT OUT

first_imgFifteen year old Manly school boy, Mourice Kennedy, was told just two weeks ago he would never play a contact sport again. This week he is in Coffs Harbour at the 18 Years National Touch Championships supporting his identical twin brother, John and watching the New South Wales Combined High School teammates he would love to be playing alongside. Mourice suffered a severe neck injury two weeks ago playing rugby league. A perfectly legal tackle saw Mourice land on his head, before being crushed by his opposition. “It was just an accident, the other guy didn’t me to hurt me,” said Mourice. After spending three days in hospital, the former Under 16 Australian Secondary school team representative was told by doctors that he would never play his beloved game of rugby league again…but there was a tiny glimmer of hope. After two extensive operations, Doctors advised Mourice that if his recovery goes as planned he could be back playing touch in just six months. Although his recovery looks promising, Mourice is disappointed watching his brother play in the team he was also selected in, especially since it would have been their first representative tournament together. He is determined to continue his rapid recovery and eventually one day play rugby league again, but either way touch will still be an avenue he will pursue. “It’s really frustrating watching John and my team play while I’m on the sideline. I’m pretty disappointed, but hopefully I can come back and play again,” said Mourice. Brother John is equally disappointed and was looking forward to having the opportunity to play with his twin. They are both looking forward to the day in six weeks time when Mourice can remove his neck brace and his rehabilitation of physiotherapy can begin. By Lisa Plummerlast_img read more

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Louisville Tight End Has Been Suspended Immediately

first_imgA general view of Louisville's football stadium.LOUISVILLE, KY – NOVEMBER 07: A general view of the stadium during the Louisville Cardinals game against the Syracuse Orange at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium on November 7, 2015 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)Louisville’s football program announced this morning that sophomore tight end Kemari Averett has been suspended immediately.Averett, a former three-star recruit, has been suspended indefinitely pending an investigation. Further details of the suspension are not clear.“He will not have access to our facility or be involved in any team activities during this suspension. We work hard every day to develop a culture of accountability that everyone in the program must live up to. Any conduct that does not meet these expectations will not be tolerated within the Louisville football program,” head coach Bobby Petrino announced.Here’s the full release:Breaking: Louisville tight end Kemari Averett has been suspended per release. pic.twitter.com/BU6vJIIejY— Chris Person (@RivalsChris) October 16, 2018Averett, a 6-foot-6 tight end, had two touchdown catches on the season.Louisville fell to 2-5 with a loss to Boston College on Saturday.last_img read more

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Avoya Travel Unveils Major Announcements at Innovation-Driven 2016 Annual Conference

first_img Avoya Travel Unveils Major Announcements at Innovation-Driven 2016 Annual Conference Leading travel network shares latest ground-breaking developments in technology, marketing and sales initiatives Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. – May 19, 2016 – Avoya Travel®, one of the world’s leading travel companies, held its Annual Conference on May 2-6, 2016 at Club Med Sandpiper Bay in Port St. Lucie, Florida. The action-packed event attracted Independent Agencies in the Avoya Travel Network, suppliers, industry leaders and for the first time ever, media attendees, from all over the country. Avoya executives took to the stage with major announcements as the company continues to rapidly enhance, evolve and expand its services and network of key partners, premier suppliers and high-earning Independent Agencies. Over 450 attendees experienced one of the most robust and news-driven conferences in Avoya’s history, getting the very first glimpse into the company’s latest revolutionary developments in technology, marketing, professional education and leadership. This year’s conference celebrated 2015 as the highest earning year to date for Avoya and Independent Agencies in the Avoya Network — with repeat customers up by 19% already in Q1 2016, as well as debuting more ground-breaking programs and enhancements to further increase the success of the Avoya Network and provide the best vacation planning experience for its customers. “The 2016 Avoya Travel Conference was a major success thanks to our Avoya team, suppliers, industry partners, media friends and of course, the vast Avoya Network of dedicated and successful Independent Agencies,” says Jeff Anderson, Executive Vice President of Avoya Travel. “Our goal this year was not only to connect, educate and inspire attendees, but to show our steadfast commitment to ensuring the success of Independent Agencies in the Avoya Travel Network and their businesses, which will always remain our utmost priority in everything we do under our over-arching philosophy of Integrity and Professionalism. We are extremely pleased with the positive reaction to the conference news announcements and the eagerness of the Independent Agencies in the Avoya Network to grow, learn and prosper with us in our Shared Success™ model.” As a prominent industry innovator, Avoya disclosed important announcements that keep the company ahead of its competition. Major news included:Partnership with the Priceline Partner Network Avoya announced that it has added the Priceline Partner Network, a business unit of priceline.com, to its already impressive roster of suppliers. Independent Agencies in the Avoya Network will be able to offer their customers air, car and hotel options as part of their services. Independent Agencies will have access to Priceline Partner Network’s vast database to offer the most enjoyable and stress-free vacation planning experience. These Avoya branded bookings will be fully integrated and powered by Avoya’s award-winning and patented agency operating system, Agent Power™. Avoya’s Agency Marketing Platform (AMP)Avoya unveiled a new marketing platform, AMP that will significantly amplify the marketing reach of Independent Agencies in the Avoya Network. Currently in its beta version, AMP will provide advanced marketing capability to Independent Agencies including personalized email, social media, and collateral features. The platform will assist Independent Agencies in driving incremental bookings and revenue with customers they already have. The new platform is slated to roll out in Q3 of this year and will initially be offered at no cost to members in the Avoya Network. Avoya’s Consumer Brand Platform Beyond The Web™Avoya continues to aggressively invest in their consumer-facing brand platform Beyond the Web™ as part of its ongoing effort to introduce consumers to a better way of planning and booking vacations. This includes finding innovative ways of reaching and engaging with consumers through the very latest marketing technologies and advancements. The next chapter for Beyond the Web will expand Avoya’s presence even further through a variety of exciting new strategic initiatives including one-to-one marketing, digital advertising, original content, social media, and industry co-operative partnerships. Agent Power™ 6Avoya’s Agent Power technology is the travel industry’s most comprehensive and cutting-edge operating system with booking engines, agency support resources, calendar, professional development programs and more. This year, Avoya is unveiling Agent Power 6 (AP6) which will include new enhancements to the already robust system, offering a sleeker and more responsive design for easy-to-navigate functionality and a faster user experience across all mobile platforms. Agent Power has been instrumental in the unparalleled success of Independent Agencies in the Avoya Network. The five-day Avoya Travel conference also included a partnership with Florida-based Hunger Fight in the spirit of giving back to the community. The organization donated 75,000 meals (with almost 50,000 packed by conference attendees) to help children and families in need. Avoya team members, Independent Agencies, suppliers, industry leaders and key press closed with the Chairman’s Cocktail Party & Dinner in honor of Avoya’s co-founders, Pat & Pal Anderson, to celebrate the Avoya Travel legacy and its exciting future.  About Avoya TravelAvoya Travel has a long-standing reputation for being one of the world’s largest and most innovative travel companies. As an American Express Travel Representative for more than 25 years, Avoya is deeply committed to Integrity and Professionalism™, service, and value in every aspect of planning cruises and vacations. Through an elite network of independently owned and operated travel agencies, Avoya provides exclusive discounts, amenities, and first-class customer service to travelers worldwide. For this, Avoya has received numerous accolades, including being repeatedly named Travel Partner of the Year, by Norwegian Cruise Line, Royal Caribbean, Celebrity Cruises, Carnival Cruises, American Express, Oceania Cruises, and more. Travel agency owners, travel professionals, and others interested in owning and operating their own travel business should contact Avoya Travel at 800-521-2597 or visit www.JoinAvoya.com. Travelers interested in booking their next vacation with Avoya Travel, should call 800-753-1463 or visit www.AvoyaTravel.com.last_img read more

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Manitoba RCMP find two dead males believed to be BC murder suspects

first_imgGILLAM, Mb. (NEWS 1130) – The search for Kam McLeod and Bryer Schmegelsky is over.Mounties in Manitoba have confirmed two bodies believed to belong to the two murder suspects from Port Alberni were found approximately eight kilometres from where a burned SUV was found last month near the small community of Gillam.Assistant Commissioner Kevn Hackett with B.C. RCMP says said the the burned SUV was owned by one of the victims, Leonard Dyck.“Manitoba RCMP has confirmed that the autopsies are being scheduled in Winnipeg to confirm their identities and to determine the cause of death,” says Hackett. “While we’re still waiting for the definitive confirmation of the identities of the two deceased men, we believe that they are, in fact, the individuals that we were searching for.”He says the families of all victims have been contacted by RCMP and been updated.“I’d like to stress that our investigative efforts have not concluded yet. We still need to ensure that our investigative findings –whether it’s statements, evidentiary timelines, physical or digital evidence — continues to confirm our investigative theory and eliminates any other possibilities or suspects,” says Hackett. “Until that is completed, we will not conclude this file.”The search is over.  At 10am this morning, Manitoba RCMP officers located the bodies of two males, believed to be the BC suspects, near the shoreline of the Nelson River (approx 8km from the burnt vehicle). #rcmpmb pic.twitter.com/tZ7EBFsNDr— RCMP Manitoba (@rcmpmb) August 7, 2019The 18-year-old Schmegelsky and 19-year-old McLeod were wanted in connection to three deaths in northern B.C. last month. They were charged with second degree murder in the death of UBC sessional lecturer Leonard Dyck, whose body was found days later near a burned out vehicle not far from Dease Lake.The pair was also suspects in the deaths of two tourists — Australian Lucas Fowler and American Chynna Deese — who were found dead along the Alaska Highway near Liard Hot Springs.RCMP Assistant Commissioner Jane MacLatchy says for over two weeks, officers followed up on every lead, considered all options, and used every available resource.A critical piece of evidence was uncovered on Friday — items directly linked to the suspects were located on the shoreline of the Nelson River, a big focus of the manhunt.“There’s significant evidence that links both crime scenes.” Hackett says no information to suggest dead suspects are wanted for any other crimes committed since national manhunt launched. @NEWS1130 pic.twitter.com/jcWUFsn2y0— Marcella Bernardo (@Bernardo1130) August 7, 2019And this morning, officers located two male bodies in the dense brush within one kilometre from where the items were found.“At this time, we are confident that these are the bodies of the two suspects wanted in connection with the homicides in British Columbia,” says MacLatchy. “An autopsy is being scheduled in Winnipeg to confirm their identities and to determine their cause of death.”The weeks-long manhunt captured international media attention, but few details of the investigation were released by the RCMP, who urged people to refrain from posting unconfirmed information on social media.“This was a search that could not have been successfully achieved without the help from our partners at the Canadian Armed Forces, from RCMP employees who came in from across the country and from multiple private partners,” MacLatchy adds.“Thank you to all Canadians for remaining vigilant, for calling us with information and most importantly, for being our partners.”What happens now?Before the discovery of the bodies, the pair had been charged with one count each of second-degree murder in connection to the death of a UBC lecturer in northern BC last month. So, what happens to those charges and the rest of the investigation, if the two lead suspects are dead?NEW: “The second-degree murder charge against the two accused (McLeod and Schmegelsky) will be abated by the BC Prosecution Service once confirmation is received from the RCMP the accused are deceased. This will end the prosecution and the involvement of the BCPS.” @NEWS1130— Sonia Aslam (@SoniaSAslam) August 7, 2019Legal Analyst Michael Shapray says once the autopsies are done, investigators will reach out to Crown Counsel.“What would happen is the RCMP will ultimately, if these people turn out to be the suspects, will provide death certificates to the Prosecution Office in BC and the [office] will then essentially bring the case to an end at that stage. They would not proceed with a trial or with the matter any further against those two people if they turn out to be deceased.”The office echoes that and tells NEWS 1130 it’s waiting to hear from police.“The second degree murder charge against the two accused McLeod and Schmegelsky will be abated by the BC Prosecution Service once confirmation is received from the RCMP that the accused are deceased. This will end the prosecution and the involvement of the BCPS,” says Dan McLaughlin with Crown Counsel.Big story around the world. #CANADAmanhunt comes to an end with the discovery of two bodies – murder suspects from #PortAlberni pic.twitter.com/JCUQWuLpzv— Bruce Claggett (@BruceClaggett) August 7, 2019However, when it comes to motive or unanswered questions surrounding the investigation, Shapray admits that can be tricky.“If the investigation from the RCMP perspective was complete, in terms of they believed they had their suspects beyond a reasonable doubt and there were no other leads or other possible suspects, then yes, the police investigation would be completed and the case would be closed. In terms of finding out information about why or what the motive was or other aspects of the original investigation into the murders, that would have to come through questioning of the police or if the police decide to reveal any information. I wouldn’t expect there would be any sort of inquiry or there wouldn’t be any public trial if there are no other suspects.”Shapray adds the warrants for their arrest would also be taken off the record and a note would be added to explain why nothing moved ahead with the charges.last_img read more

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UN requests 84 million for silent crisis in Haiti

“The appeal constitutes an urgent effort by the UN system to focus attention on a silent, chronic and forgotten crisis in Haiti,” Adama Guindo, UN Development Programme (UNDP) Resident Representative, said. Haiti, where two-thirds of the population live below the poverty line, is among the poorest countries in the Americas, UNDP said. Only half of adults are literate, and the school dropout rate has accelerated, due in part to the economic crisis. Haiti is also very vulnerable to natural disasters such as hurricanes, and poor roads and communications hinder effective responses to such emergencies. UNDP said it has developed 21 projects totalling nearly $22 million to improve public administration at the community level, create jobs and provide small loans to help the poorest improve their livelihoods. In addition, programmes will also aim to curb the spread of small arms and community violence, and reduce the risks posed by natural disasters. Despite the difficult political situation, Mr. Guindo stated, the initial reaction from some of the main donors looks promising. UNDP and the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) are coordinating the appeal, supported by national and international civil society organizations. read more

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Annan to appoint key adviser on Cyprus as new envoy for Western

Bordered by Morocco, Mauritania and Algeria, the territory was administered by Spain until 1976. The UN has been seeking a peace settlement since the withdrawal of Spain and the ensuing fight between Morocco, which had “reintegrated” the territory, and the Frente Popular para la Liberación de Saguía el-Hamra y del Río de Oro (POLISARIO Front), which seeks self rule.Mr. de Soto would replace William Lacy Swing of the United States as the Secretary-General’s Special Representative and chief of the UN Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO). Prior to this, he had been Mr. Annan’s Special Adviser on Cyprus since 1999. Before his Cyprus assignment, Mr. de Soto was Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs and also spent 13 years in the Secretary-General’s Office serving successively as Special Assistant, Executive Assistant and Senior Political Adviser to the Secretary-General. read more

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Surging Toronto Marlies get four points from Bracco in win over Penguins

TORONTO — Jeremy Bracco had two goals and two assists to propel the Toronto Marlies to a 7-4 win over the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in American Hockey League action on Saturday.Surging Toronto (9-7-2-2) now is on a five-game point streak.Trevor Moore, Chris Mueller, Josh Jooris, Morgan Klimchuk and Pierre Engvall also scored for the Marlies, who went 3-for-4 on the power play.Ethan Prow, Anthony Angello, Linus Olund and Adam Johnson replied for the Penguins (9-10-3-1).The Marlies play host to the Lehigh Valley Phantoms on Sunday.The Canadian Press read more

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Joe scores 34 hits 10 3s in Arkansas 12179 rout of FIU

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Isaiah Joe scored 34 points and hit 10 3s, and the Arkansas dominated throughout in a 121-89 victory over Florida International on Saturday.Joe’s impressive performance was the third-most 3s in a game in program history. His 34 points were tied with current Arkansas assistant coach Scottie Thurman for the second-most by a freshman in Razorbacks history, and behind only Bobby Portis’ 35. His efficiency headlined a high-percentage night overall for the Razorbacks (5-1), who hit 13 total 3s at a 52-per cent shooting clip. The Hogs entered the game shooting just over 30 per cent from deep.Daniel Gafford scored 23 points in 23 minutes and registered six of Arkansas’ eight dunks. As usual, he proved to be a problem for his opponent down low, hauling in 12 rebounds and blocking four shots.Mason Jones added 19 points and 10 rebounds, and Adrio Bailey finished with 10 after scoring seven in the first six minutes of action.The last time Arkansas eclipsed the 110-point mark was in a 117-78 victory over Northwestern State in 2015.Despite shooting 12 more 3s than Arkansas, the Panthers couldn’t replicate the Hogs’ long-range success. They were an abysmal 6 for 37 from range. They dropped to 7-2 on the season and snapped a four-game winning streak.Four FIU players scored in double figures, led by Brian Beard’s 21.BIG PICTUREFlorida International: The Panthers’ 7-1 start was the best in program history, but the game against the Razorbacks was their first test against a power-five opponent. With a nice 11-day break before their next game, they’ll have an opportunity to regroup with one more nonconference opponent before they begin conference play.Arkansas: The Razorbacks are on a five-game winning streak after losing their season-opening game to Texas on Nov. 9. The Hogs’ backcourt continues to show its ability to consistently knock down 3s, which puts opponents at a disadvantage when they double team Gafford in the post like they did early in the season.UP NEXTThe Panthers host North Florida on Dec. 13.Arkansas will travel to Fort Collins for a road matchup against Colorado State on Wednesday.Andrew Epperson, The Associated Press read more

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5 things we saw from the Cleveland Cavaliers vs Memphis Grizzlies preseason

Members of the Cleveland Cavaliers huddle before a preseason game on Oct. 12 against the Memphis Grizzlies at the Schottenstein Center. Memphis won 91-81. Credit: Muyao Shen / Asst. Photo Editor The Cleveland Cavaliers made their return to the Schottenstein Center for the third straight year to play host to the Memphis Grizzlies in a preseason contest, which resulted in a 91-81 victory for Memphis.Small forward LeBron James led the way for the Cavs with 14 points, while Grizzlies power forward Zach Randolph matched that number for Memphis.Here are five observations from The Lantern’s sports editors Ryan Cooper and Kevin Stankiewicz after Monday’s exhibition.Experimental lineup combosWith three usual starters in point guard Kyrie Irving, shooting guard J.R. Smith and power forward Kevin Love held out on Monday due to injuries, as well as backup point guard Mo Williams (rest) and power forward Tristan Thompson (contract holdout) absent, Cavs coach David Blatt had to insert some unfamiliar lineups.Joining James and center Timofey Mozgov in the starting five were point guard Matthew Dellavedova, shooting guard Richard Jefferson and power forward Anderson Varejao.Blatt said after the game that the big man pairing of Mozgov and Varejao didn’t show great results, but he finds it an intriguing concept in the future.“It wasn’t as effective tonight as I had hoped, but that doesn’t mean anything,” Blatt said. “They played against two really good players (in the Grizzlies’ Marc Gasol and Randolph) … it wasn’t easy for them, but that doesn’t mean that we won’t use (the combination) going forward.”Other interesting lineup combinations, such as Mozgov and fellow Russian big man Sasha Kaun in the game together, were on display throughout the contest.James said after the game that the preseason is as much about finding what works individually and collectively as mirroring actual game situations.“I think it’s both,” James said. “You want to try to work on you as an individual as well, but in a team aspect of things. If we continue to do that, then we’ll be fine.”Varejao’s impactVarejao started for the Wine and Gold on Monday night and logged a preseason-high 21 minutes, while collecting seven rebounds, six points and four assists.Varejao, who is the only remaining player on the Cavs roster to have been teammates with James during his first tenure in Cleveland, has battled injuries for the past five seasons but is finally back healthy.The energy that has made Varejao a fan favorite throughout his entire 11-year career in Cleveland was on display early on at the Schott.On the game’s first possession, the 33-year-old Brazilian stole an errant pass and embarked on a fast break. Varejao took it the length of the floor before drawing a foul from Memphis’ Marc Gasol. He then stepped to the line and hit both free throws for the game’s first points.With the cloudiness around Thompson’s contract and Love’s health, Varejao looks to see extended minutes early on in the season. His performance on Monday, as well as in the other two preseason games, are positive signs for the Cavalier frontcourt.Roster hopefulsThe preseason stands as an opportunity for several players — the majority of whom will end up on another team, in the D-League or playing overseas.That is no different for the seven training camp invites looking to find a stray spot or two on the bottom of the Cavs’ roster.Of the seven, only two — point guard Quinn Cook and combo guard Jared Cunningham — received minutes in the first three quarters of the game.With the rostered players resting in the fourth, forward Austin Daye got a chance to showcase his abilities and played well with seven points on 2-of-3 shooting in eight minutes.Daye said a player in his position has nothing to do but wait for his moment.“It’s not really frustrating,” he said. “I kind of knew the situation tonight because of lineups and stuff like that.“I’m just being patient, just trying to make an impact right when I get in the game, and I’ve been able to do that, so I just hope they can see that.”Cunningham, who turned heads after scoring 31 points in the Cavs’ previous preseason game, turned heads again on Monday by scoring 13 points and racking up four steals. He electrified the Schottenstein Center with two powerful dunks in the second half.“I think he’s been great,” James said. “He’s been doing everything that coaches have asked of him. He’s been very aggressive, not on the offensive end but more importantly defensively. It’s great to have him around so far.”Cook, the other non-rostered player to find minutes in the game, scored five points and added two assists and two rebounds in 18 minutes.LeBron fires up ColumbusFor the second straight year, James returned to Ohio State — a school he didn’t attend, as he jumped straight from high school to the professional ranks, but has publically supported throughout his career.The Akron native received a huge ovation from the crowd throughout the contest, in which he scored 14 points on 6-of-15 shooting. He also added three assists and three steals, but did not grab a rebound and had four turnovers in 26 minutes.After the game, James said he always enjoys taking his talents to other parts of the state that he has lived his entire life in sans four seasons in Miami from 2010-2014. Before Monday night’s game, the Cavs opened their preseason in Cincinnati.“It was fun. These fans are always great to us,” James said.A belated homecomingOSU’s Homecoming weekend wrapped up on Sunday, but there was one more to be had on Monday.Former OSU star and now Memphis point guard Mike Conley Jr. made his return to Columbus, exactly eight years, seven months and 17 days since his last game at the Schott.In that game, on Feb. 25, 2007, Conley lifted the then-top ranked Buckeyes to a 49-48 victory over Wisconsin when he hit a game-winning runner inside the paint. He finished the game with 11 points, four assists and six boards.Conley, alongside fellow then-freshman Greg Oden, guided OSU to a national title game appearance before falling to the Florida Gators in 2007.On Monday, the former fourth-overall selection tallied just four points, but dished out nine assists and corralled four boards in 26 minutes.Conley said it was a nice feeling to be back in a city he called home for one year, adding that he enjoyed hearing the Cavalier-centered crowd’s cheer when his name was called during the starting lineups.“It felt good just to see the crowd, and when you look down at the court and look at something familiar,” he said. “It was cool to see the response that the crowd gave me during the starting lineup. So, it was just a fun environment.”Memphis was only in Ohio’s capital city for one day, but Conley said he tried to visit old places and faces.“Over the 24 hours I’ve been everywhere and driven around,” he said. “It’s hard to focus but it was a fun experience for me to have my family and my friend and some old teammates.” read more

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US court denies request to immediately reinstate travel ban

first_img Sunday 5 Feb 2017, 8:30 AM Image: Manuel Balce Ceneta/PA In the evening, he posted: “The judge opens up our country to potential terrorists and others that do not have our best interests at heart. Bad people are very happy!”Speaking to reporters, about the appeal, he said: “We’ll win. For the safety of the country,However, government authorities had already begun complying with the lower court judge’s ruling yesterday, reopening the borders to those with proper travel documents.The State Department told visa holders from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen that they are again allowed to travel as long as the documents had not been “physically cancelled.”The department earlier said up to 60,000 people had their visas revoked as a result of Trump’s order, although a Justice Department lawyer put the number at closer to 100,000.The Department of Homeland Security — which runs border agencies — also said it would cease implementing the order.‘Contemptuous’ The restrictions on all refugees and travellers from the seven countries went into effect a week ago, wreaking havoc at airports across America and leaving travellers trying to reach the United States in limbo.The political backlash for Trump has been equally severe, with the order fueling numerous mass protests and White House infighting.In Washington, hundreds of demonstrators marched from the White House to Capitol Hill, chanting “Donald, Donald, can’t you see — we don’t want you in DC!”About 3,000 people rallied in New York, while an estimated 10,000 people turned out in London, and smaller gatherings took place in Paris, Berlin, Stockholm and Barcelona.Trump was forced to defend a botched rollout of the plan — which called his government’s competence into question — and fired the acting attorney general for refusing to defend the order in court.His approval rating has sunk to the lowest level on record for any new president.His latest rhetorical outburst is only likely to stoke the controversy.Presidents from Thomas Jefferson to Barack Obama have criticized court rulings, but have rarely, if ever, criticized individual judges.“I can’t think of anything like it in the past century and a half at least,” constitutional scholar and Harvard Law professor Laurence Tribe told AFP.“It’s not exactly contempt of court, but it certainly is contemptuous,” said Tribe, who taught two sitting Supreme Court justices as well as Obama — whom he later advised.“It conveys a lack of respect for the independent judiciary that bodes ill for the country’s future as long as Trump occupies the presidency,” Tribe said.- © AFP 2017 with reporting from Associated Press.Read: US State Department reverses visa ban after judge halted Trump’s order> 15,932 Views US court denies request to immediately reinstate travel ban The state of Washington and the Trump administration have been asked to file more legal arguments by tomorrow afternoon. Short URL Updated 9.15amA US COURT has denied the Justice Department’s request for an immediate reinstatement of Donald Trump’s travel ban.On Friday, a federal judge in Washington state put a temporary stay on the measures pending a wider legal review, prompting government agencies and global airlines to cease enforcing the ban.Late last night, the Justice Department filed its motion to appeal. The 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco has now asked both the state of Washington and the Trump administration to file more arguments by tomorrow afternoon.The higher court’s denial of an immediate stay means legal battles over the ban will continue into the coming week at least.Acting Solicitor General Noel Francisco forcefully argued in the government’s brief last night that presidential authority is “largely immune from judicial control” when it comes to deciding who can enter or stay in the United States.‘We will win’Trump responded to the decision yesterday by criticising the “so-called judge”. Feb 5th 2017, 8:30 AM Image: Manuel Balce Ceneta/PAcenter_img Source: Donald J. Trump/Twitter By AFP Interesting that certain Middle-Eastern countries agree with the ban. They know if certain people are allowed in it’s death & destruction!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 4, 2017 Share Tweet Email 58 Comments https://jrnl.ie/3223548 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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Mysterious Deaths and an Alleged Shady Deal

first_img Haitian gov’t official under investigation commits suicide Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 28 Oct 2014 – A set of mysterious deaths and an alleged shady deal of a father and son from Canada are leaving a mess at the morgue in Provo. We are following the fine details of this case, but for now we can confirm that health officials are faced with a badly decayed body which has been housed at the morgue for a year. No member of the family will come and get the body of the man from Canada. Apparently the daughter of this man, who is tied to some sort of money scheme in Canada where reports are he was hiding nearly a million dollars in the TCI, says she cannot afford to get the remains. Procedure would dictate that the family could ask for help from the Canadian High Commission; Magnetic Media is told that has not happened. We are also informed that the family appointed an expat resident to collect monies and other belongings of the deceased. The claim is the dead man had no money. Others believe otherwise. In a suspect coincidence… both father and son; who were tied to this dodgy scheme where money was funneled to the Turks and Caicos died a year apart of each other – one found dead on the beach, the other dead in his room; both in Provo. Autopsies in both cases turned up nothing, according to authorities. At this stage government will have to make provision for burial, but Health Officials are not stating what they will do in this very odd matter. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Related Items:canada high comission, death, money scheme, morgue, provo No medical report yet in Capron death Further investigation warranted in death of Provo manlast_img read more

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Two injured in Hockinson crash

first_imgTwo people were injured Wednesday evening in a two-vehicle collision in Hockinson.Mark Elston, 56, was driving his 1995 Honda Del Sol west on Northeast 159th Street when the car in front of him slowed to turn left onto Northeast Parkinen Road, near Hockinson High School. Elston realized this too late and swerved into oncoming traffic to avoid rear-ending the car in front of him, said Clark County Sheriff’s Sgt. Tony Barnes. Elston’s vehicle collided with an eastbound 2005 Pontiac Vibe driven by Paula Rauch, 60. The crash was reported at 5:33 p.m. A crew with Fire District 3 extricated and treated the drivers, who were the sole occupants of each vehicle. Elston was transported to a local hospital with a chest injury, while Rauch was also sent to the hospital with a leg injury, Barnes said. Their conditions were not available.The roadway was blocked for about half an hour.last_img read more

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Man held minutes after stealing police patrol bike in Hyderabad

first_imgForty minutes after stealing a police patrol bike parked outside Chaderghat police station, the man was caught by the Rachakonda police. Kanaka Madhu, a native of Suryapet spotted the bike with keys and made away with the vehicle late on Tuesday. However, the police who realised the theft traced the vehicle using GPRS tracking system attached to the vehicle and informed Rachakonda police as the thief travelling towards their direction. Also Read – JIH organises Eid Milap for sanitary workers Advertise With Us The traffic police intercepted the accused who was coming from Uppal and handed over to the police. Madhu said that he was headed to Khammam. The two-member police patrol team forgot the keys and left it in the bike while going inside the police station to quench thirst. The incident came to light on Wednesday after the Rachakonda police commissioner Mahesh Bhagwat rewarded three policemen who nabbed the accused.last_img read more

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2332 committed suicide in 7yrs in Jhenaidah

first_imgA total of 2,332 people committed suicide in Jhenaidah district in the last seven years till 2016, according to the Society for Voluntary Activities (SOVA), reports UNB.SOVA, which has been working on suicide in Jhenidah for over 10 years, collected the data from the local police super’s office and Sadar hospital.As per the data, 776 suicide cases were reported in Sadar upazila while 443 in Shailakupa, 292 in Harinakundu, 322 in Kaliganj, 182 in Kotchandpur and 317 in Moheshpur upazila during the period.Of the victims, 1,457 were females and 875 males, the data shows.Around 20 people in every 1 lakh people killed themselves in the district from 2010 to 2016.Besides, as many as 17,697 people made suicide attempts during the period.Mentioning that suicide is preventable, SOVA executive director Zahidul Islam said counselling and motivation to the vulnerable people are the best way to do so.He also said publicity, open discussion, seminar, drama, folksong, press conference, rally, human chain, column writing in local, regional and national newspapers and highlighting the negative aspects of suicide on websites will also be effective measures to prevent the menace.Zahidul stressed the importance of taking different preventive measures by the government.last_img read more

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Winamp2js is a webbased version of audio player Winamp

first_imgWinamp2-js is a web-based version of audio player Winamp by Martin Brinkmann on February 08, 2018 in Music and Video – Last Update: September 16, 2018 – 25 commentsWinamp2-js is a web-based version of audio player Winamp which you can access directly or host locally or on your own web space to play audio files using it.Winamp is still a popular audio player even though its development stopped a long time ago. While Winamp fans hope for a revival of the player, the player has changed companies more frequently than it has been released in an updated version.AOL sold Winamp to Radionomy back in 2014, and Vivendi became a major Radionomy stakeholder at the end of 2015. The “more info soon” page has not changed in that time and while there has been a rumor of a Winamp Beta version in 2016, nothing has been released since then.Winamp2-jsWinamp2-js is a web-based reimplementation of Winamp 2.9 using HTML and JavaScript. You can open a demo page here to check out the interface and player.The core functionality is included but it is pretty much a work in progress. You can drag and drop music files to the playlist area and play these audio files using the interface. The add buttons work as well in the interface so that you may use these instead to load files into the playlist.It may not be obvious right away, but you can drag the player interface around on the screen, and even double it in size with the shortcut Ctrl-D. This separates the playback controls from the equalizer and the playlist so that you may move each around individually.The web-based version supports other features. The equalizer, volume and balance, and bar/line mode visualization modules work already, and you can even load skins to change the design of the player.Other features of Winamp don’t work yet, however. You cannot use the player to play URLs (so no Internet radio), or load playlists.One interesting option that you have is to save the web page to load it locally instead, or upload it to a web server for to access it from there instead.You find the source on gitHub.Closing WordsWinamp2-js is not the first implementation of Winamp on the Web but it is one that gets a lot of things right. It looks like an exact copy of the classic audio player and may appeal to users because of that.As far as use is concerned, the only use case I can think of is to use it in environments that are locked down so that you may not use software audio players at all. It still requires that you have access to local audio files though. (via Deskmodder).Now You: Which audio player do you use mostly nowadays?How to backup and restore WinampInstalling Winamp Plugins In AIMPResonic audio player reviewWhat’s the best Winamp alternative now that it is shutting down?Winamp takes to the Cloud in latest betaSummaryArticle NameWinamp2-js is a web-based version of audio player WinampDescriptionWinamp2-js is a web-based version of audio player Winamp which you can access directly or host locally or on your own web space to play audio files using it.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

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Vending machines that spit out short stories make their way to London

first_img Travelweek Group Share Vending machines that spit out short stories make their way to London Posted by Tags: Funny, Londoncenter_img LONDON — Few of us have the time to curl up with a good book. To help bookworms get in some much-needed reading time, London has unveiled vending machines that spit out free fiction for commuters.Available in the neighbourhood of Canary Wharf, these Short Story Stations by tech company Short Edition came about after research from the Canary Wharf Group, which found that over a third of all Brits have failed to finish a book in the last year due to lack of time, reports the Telegraph.Vending isn’t just about snacks and drinks, in this case its about stimulating the mind on the commute . #shortstory #vending #carevending #london https://t.co/Ml55RH6UAc— carevending (@CareVending) April 2, 2019But the research also showed that 70% of Brits would rather pick up a book than scroll on social media – there’s hope for humankind yet!The machines include thousands of titles ranging from modern crime and romance to condensed versions of classics, and take anywhere from one to five minutes to read. Stories are printed on eco-friendly papyrus paper, which makes reading them a guilt-free pleasure!More news:  Apply now for AQSC’s agent cruise ratesIf the idea sounds familiar, it’s because the dispensers have already made their way to the Lyon-Saint-Exupéry Airport in France, as well as Canada’s own Edmonton International Airport, where it launched in January 2018.Here’s hoping they become a worldwide phenomenon! Monday, April 8, 2019 << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

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