ScienceShot: Female Bats Dictate the Spread of White-Nose Syndrome

Posted On Dec 3 2019 by

first_imgWhite-nose syndrome, a fungus that has decimated bat populations across eastern North America, may be spread primarily by female bats. That’s the conclusion of a new study from Pennsylvania, which tracked the genetics of little brown bats (Myotis lucifugus, pictured above), a species hit particularly hard by the disease. The plague began sweeping through eastern Pennsylvania in January 2009, but western corners of the state remained disease-free for another 2 years. It has spread hundreds of kilometers from this pocket in the northeast Appalachian Mountains, while some parts of nearby western Pennsylvania remain untouched even today. The scientists examined eastern hibernating colonies positive for white-nose syndrome in 2009 and western habitats that were negative through 2011 to 2012, according to a report published in the May-June issue of the Journal of Heredity. By comparing mitochondrial genes, which are maternally inherited, versus nuclear genes passed by both parents, the team could assess how both sexes traveled through Pennsylvania. Traits in the nuclear DNA did not significantly vary, suggesting males freely move and mate across the state. Maternal traits, in contrast, segregated between eastern and western sites. The researchers were surprised that female movements also paralleled the intensity of how white-nose syndrome coursed through the state. Studies show that female little brown bats tend toward philopatry—sticking around their place of birth. But if they do leave home, the results suggest that they follow geographical landmarks, such as the Ridge-and-Valley Appalachians. Maternal traits flowed along the state’s eastern mountains into an additional colony in West Virginia, but receded at the Appalachian Plateau in western Pennsylvania. The results don’t peg female bats as the primary carriers of white-nose syndrome, but simply suggest they influence the timing and pattern of spread, given the disease map matched that of maternal traits. 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US-India-Nepal Alliance: Countering China

Posted On Dec 2 2019 by

first_imgThe policy of ‘non-alignment’ has no value now- so, where Nepal wants to incline for its betterment is a burning question. Related Itemslast_img

After poor finals stint last year, Ravena makes presence felt for Ateneo this time

Posted On Nov 30 2019 by

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThirdy Ravena had a UAAP Finals to forget in Season 79 when he crumbled in Ateneo’s Game 2 loss to De La Salle missing all 10 of his field goal attempts for three points and seven rebounds.The Blue Eagle vowed to put on a better performance in Season 80 but his first quarter was almost reminiscent of his struggles the year before.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa View comments CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. MOST READ Mike Nieto steps up after twin bro Matt goes down in Game 1 Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Ravena made just one field goal and one free throw in the opening period against the Green Archers and he knew he wasn’t himself at that moment.“I wasn’t exactly nervous but I think I went out of focus but I’ll make sure I’ll be better in Game 2,” said Ravena after the Blue Eagles’ 76-70 Game 1 win Saturday at Mall of Asia Arena.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutRavena, though, bounced back and finished with a team-high 12 points with six rebounds and four assists.And his final assist led to Isaac Go’s game-sealing basket with 10.4 seconds left. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 “Isaac was open, I just had to do what I had to do and good thing he’s a good finisher,” said Ravena.last_img read more

Out at Home! Rays Beat Yanks, 4-3

Posted On Nov 18 2019 by

first_imgNEW YORK  — After watching Stephen Drew get called out even though Tampa Bay catcher Ryan Hanigan blocked the plate, Joe Girardi has new instructions for his baserunners.“Run him over,” the New York Yankees Manager said. “Bottom line: Run him over.”Left fielder Matt Joyce threw out Drew in the fifth inning to preserve a one-run lead, and the Rays held on to beat the fading Yankees 4-3 the night of Sept. 9.Just hours after Major League Baseball gave teams and umpires new guidelines on what catchers can do under this year’s experimental rule designed to avoid collisions, the latest instructions were put to a test.Drew was on second when Jacoby Ellsbury singled sharply to left, and third base coach Rob Thomson waved Drew around. Joyce threw home, and Hanigan gave Drew no lane to the plate as he awaited the throw, which arrived in plenty of time.Hanigan tagged the sliding runner, and Drew was called out by plate umpire Vic Carapazza.Girardi asked for a replay review, and the call was upheld after a delay of 1 minute, 19 seconds. Girardi discussed the ruling with first base umpire Larry Vanover, the crew chief, and Derek Jeter then lined into an inning-ending double play.“I don’t know how I’m supposed to catch that ball besides the way I caught it,” Hanigan said. “As the throw came in, it came to the middle of the plate. If you call him safe right there, it’s ridiculous. If he hits me, I’ve got no problem with that. I think the play was called correctly.”The new rule, announced in February, says a catcher can’t block the plate without the ball. The guidelines sent to teams Sept. 9 say the catcher’s positioning shouldn’t change the call when the throw clearly arrives ahead of the runner.“I think on Sunday, he would have been safe,” Girardi said,Vanover said he had not yet read the new guidelines, which Major League Baseball sent to umpires by email. He also said the replay umpire in the Manhattan control room gave a decision without explanation.Drew felt he had “nowhere to go.”“The old-school way is to try to take him out,” he said. “If I had to do it again, I’d probably do it the other way.”Rays Manager Joe Maddon agreed that trying to knock over the catcher might have been the best option. “Joe had every reason to go out and argue,” he said. “Conversely, if that play is overturned, it’s a travesty.”Girardi, a former catcher, sounded exasperated. “If I’m the baserunner, I’m going to run him over there,” he said. “I’m going to lower my shoulder, and I’m going to run him over.”As for the rest of the game, Chris Archer (9-8) allowed three runs and seven hits in 6 1-3 innings for the win. Pitching with old-fashioned stirrups that had horizontal stripes, he improved to 5-0 with a 1.93 ERA in six starts against the Yankees.Dominating with a 95 mph fastball, Archer retired his first nine batters before Ellsbury’s leadoff homer in the fourth. The Yankees scored their other runs in the fifth.“The hardest-hit ball that inning was the double play,” Archer said.Jake McGee, Tampa Bay’s fourth pitcher, got three outs for his 17th save in 19 chances.McGee, who hasn’t allowed a home run this year, retired Brian McCann on a flyout to the right-field warning track leading off the ninth and allowed Carlos Beltran to hit a drive about 10 feet to the foul side of the left field pole. Beltran then flied out, and Mark Teixeira hit a game-ending comebacker.New York fell 5½ games back for the second AL wild card with 20 remaining, and the loss dropped the Yankees to 3-4 on their next-to-last homestand.The game drew 31,188, the smallest crowd at new Yankee Stadium and New York’s home low since Sept. 23, 2004, according to STATS.James Loney’s solo homer in the second off Hiroki Kuroda (10-9) put the Rays ahead, and Tampa Bay opened a 3-0 lead in the third on RBI singles by Evan Longoria and Loney. Ben Zobrist’s run-scoring single in the fourth chased Kuroda.Archer hit Chase Headley near his elbow with a pitch to start the fifth, and singles by Ichiro Suzuki and Drew loaded the bases. Chris Young, making his first big league start since Aug. 5 for the Mets, singled in two runs.Then came the play at the plate and the video review. “I was thinking in that moment,” Archer said, “that that run had scored.”The play stood, and so did the lead.(RONALD BLUM, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Kentucky Top Seed For NCAA Hoops

Posted On Nov 18 2019 by

first_imgThe Kentucky Wildcats ended up where everyone expected them on Selection Sunday: seeded No. 1 on their quest to become the first undefeated team since 1976.Oh, but there were surprises when the NCAA Tournament bracket came out, too. Big-conference UCLA and Texas made it. Colorado State and Temple did not.Wisconsin is a No. 1 seed for the first time in program history. But the Badgers must play in the West Region, where second-seeded Arizona is certain to draw more fans.As for those play-in games that start March 17 in Dayton. Well, one of the teams playing is Dayton — a No. 11 seed that will have a distinct home-court advantage March 18 against Boise State.Generally, that’s not allowed during the tournament, but there’s an exception because the committee said the Flyers were the last team in the 68-team field, and thus, had to play in the opening-round game.“It falls within our policies and procedures,” selection committee Chairman Scott Barnes said. “It’s obviously a home-court advantage but we didn’t waver from that decision.”Fans have a few days to fill out their brackets (Sorry, no billion-dollar prize available for a perfect one this year), then the action starts in full on March 19, when Kentucky headlines the slate against the winner of a play-in game between No. 16 seeds Manhattan and Hampton. A ‘1’ has never lost to a ’16.’The other No. 1 seeds were Villanova in the East and Duke in the South. Those were pretty easy picks.And then there was the total no-brainer — placing Kentucky at the top of the Midwest Region, and at the very top of the bracket. The Wildcats defeated Arkansas 78-63 on March 15 to improve to 34-0. If they win six more, they’ll become the first team since then 1975-76 Indiana Hoosiers to go undefeated.“I think I have the best team and the best players,” said coach John Calipari, trying to lead the program to its ninth national title. “Does that mean we’ll win? No, it doesn’t.”The Wildcats are even-money picks in Las Vegas to win it all, and at least one coach, Bill Self of Kansas, thinks that might be a bargain.“I shouldn’t be talking about Vegas, but my point is, I think they’re a pretty heavy favorite,” said Self, whose Jayhawks are seeded No. 2 in the Midwest. Other No. 2 seeds are Gonzaga in the South and Virginia in the East.Barnes said Arizona and Virginia were the other teams in the mix for the top seed. He defended placing Duke there, saying the Blue Devils’ road wins over Virginia, North Carolina and Louisville carried more weight than their lack of a conference title.“Those strong, very elite wins, wins on the road — and let’s not forget the eye test with Duke — all were considerations,” he said.Barnes called placing UCLA in the bracket as a No. 11 seed “one of the tougher decisions we had to make.” But he defended putting the Bruins (20-13) in with an RPI of 48, which is 18 spots lower than Colorado State and 14 below Temple.“We felt they were gaining steam,” Barnes said. “They did have a good strength-of-schedule, they were playing better against tough competition. An example is the last game against Arizona (a 70-64 loss in the Pac-12 title game). I think the ‘eye test’ was also a plus in putting them in the field.”The Big Ten and Big 12 led the way with seven teams each in the bracket.Other teams that just missed were Old Dominion and Richmond, which lost out to teams like Ole Miss and Texas that have stronger schedules baked into the cake because they play in major conferences.As is custom, Barnes was short on specifics, though he said Wyoming’s surprise victory in the Mountain West Conference stole away an at-large bid that would’ve gone to Temple — the last team out.The next team out was Colorado State. Rams coach Larry Eutaschy broke away from his team’s “viewing party” to make a brief statement. “They are devastated, and they should be, because they are certainly an NCAA Tournament team,” Eustachy said.The bracket includes its usual share of quirks and tear-jerkers.—UCLA’s first game is against SMU, coached by Larry Brown, the 74-year-old turnaround artist who is taking his third team to the NCAA Tournament. The first team? UCLA, of course.—Harvard, coached by former Duke star Tommy Amaker, faces his old rival, North Carolina, in the first round.—Georgia State coach Ron Hunter watched the bracket unveiling with his left foot in a cast. He tore his Achilles’ tendon while celebrating his program’s first trip to the tournament since 2001. The 14th-seeded Panthers open against Baylor.—Also seeded No. 14 is Albany, which made the tournament on a 3-pointer with 1 second left by Peter Hooley, whose mother died six weeks ago from colon cancer. No. 14 Albany opens against Oklahoma.—Wichita State is in the same region with Kansas, an in-state program that won’t schedule the Shockers, and Kentucky, which ended Wichita State’s undefeated season last year in the second round.This year, it’s Kentucky that comes in with a ‘0’ in that loss column. “Everyone is zero-and-zero now,” Calipari said. “That’s the key to this. It’s a one-game shot. It’s not best-of-5.”(EDDIE PELLS, AP National Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Malaika Arora’s hourglass figure will make you want to hit gym right now. See pics

Posted On Nov 16 2019 by

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Posted On Nov 16 2019 by

first_imgLe Mars Police are investigating two cases of counterfeit money that turned up at local businesses.Police Chief Kevin Vande Vegte says a fake $50 dollar bill was detected February 12th at a local bank and then last Friday a fake $100 bill was given as payment at a Le Mars business.The chief believes the two incidents are not connected and says the $100 bill was false currency that is used for movie productions:Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……….prop for movies. ;20The $100 bill was clearly marked as motion picture money.Besides Le Mars, the “Hollywood” money has also turned up in Spencer, Storm Lake, and Graettinger.The Le Mars Police Chief says unfortunately, the movie currency looks realistic and is readily available through the internet.last_img read more

I felt annoyed and ridiculous

Posted On Oct 18 2019 by

first_imgToronto: Taika Waititi’s version of Adolf Hitler in satirical comedy Jojo Rabbit is nowhere close to the real-life German dictator, but the actor-director said he felt “annoyed and ridiculous” when he dressed up as the character. The Thor: Ragnarok helmer said he never wanted to portray Hitler in an “authentic” way. “I was not prepared to go that deep. Also, because he’s an imaginary friend, he’s conjured by the mind of a 10-year-old boy, so he is a 10-year-old. The thing that struck me the most is that, as he’s putting on that costume and looking in the mirror and realising how childish and immature a lot of how they built their world was. If you look at the details on the uniforms, there’s lightning bolts on the belt buckles, a skull and crossbones on their hats. So it was like this make-believe type of thing, which is a boy’s fantasy when they were creating all that stuff. (But) It annoyed me a lot catching my reflection in the mirror and seeing myself. I felt so ridiculous,” Waititi said.last_img read more

Trudeau defends pace of peacekeeping deployments as next election looms

Posted On Oct 17 2019 by

first_imgOTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is defending Canada’s pace when it comes to deciding where to send hundreds of promised Canadian peacekeepers — even as the upcoming election could make it harder to fulfil its commitments.The Liberals promised more than two years ago to provide up to 600 Canadian troops to peacekeeping missions as part of a long-standing pledge to re-engage with the United Nations.The prime minister got to see some of those troops in action on Saturday during a whirlwind visit to Mali, where 250 Canadians and eight helicopters have been providing lifesaving medical evacuations and logistical support to UN forces since August.The government has yet to fulfil the rest of its commitment, including providing a transport plane to ferry around troops and equipment as well as deploying a 200-strong rapid reaction force to bolster a specific mission.Trudeau says Canadians expect their government to look at ways to be help in the world, and insists Liberals are looking at ways to fulfil their commitment to the UN.The government has faced pointed criticism from the Conservatives about deploying Canadian troops on a peacekeeping mission.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Human remains found near small coastal community in Labrador RCMP

Posted On Oct 14 2019 by

first_imgThe Canadian PressPolice in Labrador are investigating the discovery of human remains near a coastal community.The RCMP say the remains were found Saturday near Makkovik.The Mounties say the remains have been sent to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner for an autopsy and identification.Makkovik is a mainly Inuit community about 200 kilometres northeast of Happy Valley-Goose Bay.About 360 people live in the community.aptnnews.calast_img

No reason for minorities to hate me says Gota

Posted On Oct 8 2019 by

Rajapaksa is accused of misusing state funds to build the D.A. Rajapaksa Memorial Museum when he was the Defence Secretary.The Permanent High Court at Bar is to convene again next month to hear the case. (Colombo Gazette) He says as a former military officer he feels he has served the country well. Former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa says there is no reason for the minorities to hate him.Speaking to reporters outside the Permanent High Court at Bar, Rajapaksa said that when he was the Defence Secretary the war at the time was against terrorists and not civilians. Meanwhile, the Permanent High Court at Bar today heard the case against Rajapaksa.

Most actively traded companies on the TSX TSX Venture Exchange markets

Posted On Oct 4 2019 by

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Canadian Press Posted Apr 3, 2013 5:33 pm MDT Most actively traded companies on the TSX, TSX Venture Exchange markets TORONTO – Some of the most active companies traded Wednesday on the Toronto Stock Exchange and the TSX Venture Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (12,422.12 down 259.98 points):Kinross Gold Corp. (TSX:K). Miner. Down 44 cents, or 5.81 per cent, at $7.13 on 11.69 million shares. The gold sector led all the subgroups in the red, down 4.70 per cent to 230.35 points. The price of the June bullion contract fell US$22.40 to $94.45 per ounce.Eldorado Gold Corp. (TSX:ELD). Miner. Down 42 cents, or 4.87 per cent, at $8.21 on 10.95 million shares.BlackBerry (TSX:BB). Wireless technology. Down 13 cents, or 0.85 per cents, at $15.21 on 6.01 million shares.B2Gold Corp. (TSX:BTO). Miner. Down nine cents, or 3.05 per cent, at $2.86 on 5.88 million shares.Orbite Aluminae Inc. (TSX:ORT). Mining technology. Down five cents, or 4.39 per cent, at $1.09 on 5.04 million shares. The company filed a shelf prospectus to fund its projects. President and CEO Richard Boudreault said the company is “continuously assessing financing options.” The stock closed at its lowest level since January 2011.Barrick Gold Corp. (TSX:ABX). Miner. Down $1.62, or 5.64 per cent, at $27.09 on 5.02 million shares.Toronto Venture Exchange (1,038.62 down 30.48 points):Goldstream Minerals Inc. (TSXV:GSX). Mine explorer. Up two cents, or 66.67 per cent, at five cents on 5.55 million shares.Nebu Resources Inc. (TSXV:NBU). Gold explorer. Down half a cent, or 50 per cent, at 0.5 of a cent on 4.11 million shares.Companies reporting major news:CAE Inc. (TSX:CAE). Flight simulator. Up seven cents, or 0.71 per cent, at $9.96 on 968,500 shares. The Montreal-based company announced contracts worth a total of $215 million.First Quantum Minerals Ltd. (TSX:FM). Miner. Down 72 cents, or 3.85 per cent, at $17.96 on 3.09 million shares. The miner suspended engineering contracts with SNC-Lavalin (TSX:SNC) Group Inc. and other partners at the massive Cobre Panama copper project. The value of the work SNC-Lavalin was contracted to do was about $120 million. SNC’s stock fell 40 cents, or 0.94 per cent, at $42 on 1.29 million shares.Legacy Oil and Gas Inc. (TSX:LEG). Oil and gas. Down 11 cents, or 2.01 per cent, at $5.36 on 2.2 million shares. The company announced two separate acquisitions totalling $108.6 million. The deals will further expand Legacy’s light oil presence in Saskatchewan and Alberta.Valeant Pharmaceuticals (TSX:VRX). Drug developer. Down $3.57, or 4.67 per cent, at $72.91 on 967,232 shares. The former Biovail Corp. sharply increased its friendly takeover bid for Obagi Medical Products in response to an offer from a German-based rival. read more

Tatiana Khmirova to Vardar SCBT

Posted On Sep 22 2019 by

← Previous Story EHF CUP F4: German clash in semi-final Next Story → Momir Ilic for “With Veszprem to Cologne next season” Ambitious Macedonian team ZRK Vardar SCBT signed another big name for the upcoming season.That is Russian left back Tatiana Khmirova (23), who is coming from domestic champion HC Dinamo Volgograd. Khmirova, who is able to play on all three back position, was voted for the MVP at Youth WCh 2009 in Slovakia. For the Russian senior team she playing from EHF EURO 2008 in Macedonia.Macedonian vice-champion already signed contract with plenty of world-class players… Tatiana KhmirovaZRK Vardar SCBT

Microsoft reports 1 in 4 computers surf the web unprotected

Posted On Sep 21 2019 by

first_imgYou’d think that everyone using a computer today would run some kind of antimalware software. Apparently that’s not the case: almost one in four computers is surfing the web without proper security software.That’s according to Microsoft’s latest Security Intelligence Report. It’s an alarmingly high number, and not just because those machines are five and a half times as likely to pick up an infection as those that are properly protected.Security on the Internet is a group effort. All those inadequately defended systems pose a big security risk to the rest of us because they’re susceptible to today’s craftily-engineered trojans and drive-by downloads. It just takes one errant click and some botmaster has gained another new zombie to add to his or her army. More zombies equal more spam and more damaging DDoS attacks.Fake antivirus apps continue to be a major problem, but Microsoft notes that there have been a few notable successes. Last year, it helped clean up more than 3 million infestations of the Onescan fraudware that spread via poisoned PDF and Word files. Yes, people do really open those bogus shipping invoices that pop up in their inboxes.Another reason folks wind up unprotected is that they think their trial bloatware is still doing its job after the free period has run out. That’s just plain wrong, of course, because the updates stop coming and protection gets watered down like the drinks at a bad all-inclusive resort.The report isn’t all doom-and-gloom, however. There’s good news in Microsoft’s analysis, too. The number of infections spotted on computers in the U.S. dropped from over 12.4 million in the second quarter of 2012 to just under 9 million by the fourth. That’s still a mountain of infected systems, but it’s nice to see that progress is being made.last_img read more

Social Services Minister Gives Summary of Ministry

Posted On Sep 17 2019 by

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, June 21, 2017 – Nassau – The Minister of Social Services and Urban Development the Hon. Lanisha Rolle provided an overview of the agencies that fall under her purview in her contribution to the ongoing Budget Debate in the House of Assembly, Thursday, June 15, 2017.Minister Rolle outlined the ministries and services including the Ministry of Social Services proper, the Department of Social Services, the Department of Rehabilitative Services, the Department of Gender and Family Affairs, and the Department of Urban Development.Parliamentarians were also given a summary of the nine divisions managed by the department of Social Services and committed to enhancing delivery of service to reflect respect, courtesy and high performance. The divisions are: Childcare Facilities, Children and Family Services, Community Support Services, Disability Affairs Division, Family Island Division, Health and Social Services Division, School Welfare Division, Senior Citizen’s Division, Community Affairs Division and Department of Rehabilitative Services.The Ministry of Social Services and Urban Development is currently restructuring the operations of Urban Renewal to direct attention to the development of inner-city spaces and the environment under the new “Inner-city Revitalization Project” said Minister Rolle.According to Minister Rolle this is in keeping with the Government’s mandate to strengthen the Ministry’s relationship with governmental and non-governmental agencies, to achieve the goals under Urban Renewal and to advance its projects.“We intend to operate a program that is budget friendly, quality based and people oriented. There will be within this period a transformation of identified inner-city areas, an intensive mass clean-up campaign, entrepreneurial and employment opportunities, as well as the enhancement of special projects such as the Urban Games, Urban Band and Competition and Basketball Tournaments among a few others,” said Hon. Rolle.Consideration is being given to the implementation of the Urban Cadet Corps, a club designed to impart discipline and community consciousness in which youth are prepared to be guardians of the nation’s future.Minister Rolle remarked that the elderly comprise other targeted groups for the Ministry.“It is these individuals who built this country and laid the foundation for our families: it is those grandfathers who engaged contracts on projects abroad in order to send monies back home to take care of families during the troubling economic periods of our development,” said Minister Rolle.“We owe our seniors a debt of gratitude, and Social Services and Urban Development will do its part to pay its portion on behalf of the many Bahamians who can now enjoy the suburbs because of the price and sacrifice of those who paved the way for us and endured the toil and struggles inherent in the urban life.”Moreover, Minister Rolle announced that the Department is reviewing the possibility of carrying out remedial work to assist seniors and the disabled who have suffered roof damage as a result of the passage of Hurricane Matthew.“I think it is incumbent upon this Minister to make it abundantly clear that I did not say we are considering repairing homes, or replacing washrooms, or building additional rooms onto the house, or giving young people who can work, priority in this exercise.“We have a small budget unless or until we receive generous donations; and therefore we are considering patch work to ensure that vulnerable individuals among us are properly protected from the rain especially as we are now in the hurricane season.”She announced plans to secure a facility to house an Urban Library and Research Center to ensure that children of all ages have access to books and information necessary to competently sit national examinations.Consideration is being given to hosting Old Folk Tale Story-telling Time at the centers to assist with cognitive development of the aged and to teach history and social studies to young people.Furthermore, Minister Rolle informed Parliamentarians that if adequate funding is secured, it is the Ministry’s intention to conduct remedial home repairs within this budgetary period; however, she emphasized that the Commission cannot commit to building homes or paying for the clearing of land that individuals clear down and request Urban to pay for.“If Urban did not approve the clearing down and receive financial clearance prior to the clearing down, there is no way and certainly there are no funds in this budget to accommodate such potential misuse of the public’s funds,” said Minister Rolle.In addition to a request for legislation to govern its function, Urban will have a new face, outlook, and organizational structure.#magneticmedianews Related Items:last_img read more

Alaskas only tribal college will waive tuition for Alaska Native students

Posted On Sep 9 2019 by

first_imgA 2005 advertisement for Iḷisaġvik College in Utqiaġvik, Alaska (Courtesy of ulalume)Earlier month, Iḷisaġvik College in Utqiaġvik — the only federally recognized tribal college in Alaska — announced that it will waive tuition for all Alaska Native students, starting next semester. The college offers associate degrees, vocational certificates, and short-term workforce development courses, plus a bachelor’s degree in business administration that just launched this fall.Listen nowOf the 700 or so students enrolled in the college each semester, a large proportion are non-native. In fact, among tribal colleges and universities, Iḷisaġvik has one of the highest non-native enrollments.“We hover between about 55-60% Alaska Native students currently,” Pearl Brower, President of Iḷisaġvik College, said. “And we certainly hope that those numbers are going to grow with this waiver of tuition.”Brower said that students have expressed concern with the price of tuition, which for a full course load runs over $3,000. This is especially hard for distance-education students who take classes online from rural areas where there aren’t a lot of high paying jobs.“More and more we were hearing that funding was a barrier. They were trying to figure out how to go to college when this looming monetary amount was in front of them,” Brower said.The school is planning to cover the cost of the waiver internally, although the price will be defrayed by the Bureau of Indian Education, which gives Iḷisaġvik money for each full course load being taken by Alaska Native or American Indian students.Brower said that the ultimate goal of the waiver program is to encourage more Alaska Native students to finish their associate degrees and go on to get their bachelor’s. She hopes that will translate to more hiring of Alaska Natives in positions that require those degrees, especially in rural schools and businesses across the state.last_img read more

2G mobile internet services restored in five Jammu districts

Posted On Sep 6 2019 by

first_imgSrinagar/Jammu: Low-speed (2G) mobile internet services have been restored in five districts of Jammu region and restrictions relaxed in 35 police stations in the Kashmir Valley, state police chief Dilbag Singh said on Saturday. However, he warned that any misuse of internet facilities will result in legal action. Now there are no restrictions in 10 districts of Jammu with ongoing relaxation at Poonch, Banihal, Kishtwar and Bhaderwah towns for the day, he said. Also Read – Man held for slapping woman employee at Gurgaon toll plaza booth Advertise With Us “Restrictions relaxed in the jurisdiction of 35 police stations in the Kashmir Valley. Shops opened in most of these areas. Landline numbers opened in some parts of each district in Kashmir. Communication opened Jammu region,” Singh said. The 2G mobile internet services have been restored in Jammu, Samba, Kathua, Udhampur and Reasi districts, officials said. They said the high-speed (3G and 4G) mobile internet services will be restored after a fresh assessment of the situation. Also Read – One arrested for firing outside Satna college in Madhya Pradesh Advertise With Us However, the mobile internet services continued to remain suspended in Poonch, Rajouri, Kishtwar, Doda and Ramban districts, the officials said. Meanwhile, a spokesperson of the Jammu and Kashmir government said the administration is closely monitoring the whole situation and so far no untoward incident has been reported from anywhere in the Valley. Plying of public transport normally on the roads is a good sign and there are reports that the same has been noticed in rural areas also, he said. Advertise With Us Schools beginning from primary level shall open and all government offices will start functioning normally from Monday, the spokesperson said. Kashmir was placed under a total clampdown on August 5, hours before the Centre’s move to abrogate provisions of Article 370 that gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir. Telephone line services, including mobile phones and landlines, were also suspended.By Sumir Kaul and Tariq Ahmed Sofilast_img read more

Houston Astros Welcome Officers From Santa Fe ISD Police Department

Posted On Sep 2 2019 by

first_imgHouston Astros FB pageHouston Astros welcomed all 11 officers from the Santa Fe ISD Police Department on the field last night.The AstrosFoundation presented Chief Walter Braun with a 13 thousand dollar donation prior to the game.Santa Fe ISD police officer John Barnes was badly injured in the May 18th school shooting.The last report from UTMB listed Barnes in serious condition, and in the intensive care unit.Barnes is a retired Houston Police Officer. Sharelast_img

Metros Biggest Union Voted to Strike Will They

Posted On Sep 1 2019 by

first_imgBy Micha Green, AFRO Washington, D.C. Editor, mgreen@afro.comMetro workers are fed up, and on July 15 many frontline workers from its largest union voted to allow its leadership to call for a strike– a form of protesting currently illegal to its members.“Thousands of members turned out for the strike authorization vote yesterday meeting in Forestville, Maryland where members voted “yes” in favor of planning a strike by 94%,” a union release said Monday.Jackie Jeter, president of ATU Local 689, is coy about whether or not her union will go on strike. (Courtesy photo)Yet since striking is still illegal for union members, the overwhelming vote for a strike doesn’t mean it will actually happen.The District’s last transit strike was forty years ago.“The last time Local 689 held a strike authorization vote was in 1978 that resulted in a [weeklong] wildcat strike,” the union release said.President Jackie Jeter of Amalgamated Transit Unit (ATU) Local 689, is not spilling any information on if and when a strike will take place.“The union has no plans to make its timeline of events public, but will share developments at the appropriate time,” the release said.According to WAMU, ATU will probably meet this week to discuss next steps.There’s inherent urgency because if workers do, indeed, strike, the transportation system that spans Maryland and D.C. will no longer be available for service.“If we don’t move, this region doesn’t move,” union vice president Carroll Thomas said after Sunday’s vote and meetings.Political leaders, such as Virginia House Republican Speaker Kirk Cox, are asking that the state challenges the strike to “protect the thousands of Virginians who rely on Metro every day, and ensure the Northern Virginia economy does not come to a standstill because of this irresponsible move.”Virginia, along with Maryland and the District signed on to give Metro $500 million in dedicating funding earlier this year.“The ATU’s action threatens not only to cripple the region, but also to do significant damage to the political progress we’ve made over the last year,” Virginia House leadership said in the release. “We will not write a blank check to a dysfunctional organization.”Despite the political concerns and obvious effect on the public, Metro workers say they are tired of being mistreated.“This is not against the public,” Jeter said. “We’re all on the same side and I wish the public would come out and tell management to treat workers right as [Metro] should treat the public right,” the union president said.Jeter and ATU Second Vice President Raymond Jackson, said workers are concerned after changes were made to the sick leave policy, random background checks were instituted and most recently the hiring of non-union contractors to do custodial work.“[Workers] have reached that point where enough is enough,” Jackson said. Further Jackson emphasized that while the strike is a contract violation, General Manager Paul Wiedefeld has also violated the contract many times.“[Thousands] of members don’t show up on a Sunday if there’s not a problem,” Jackson said.Wiedefeld said he is trying to rectify the issues and avoid striking.  He threatened termination for those who strike.“We are prepared to pursue all remedies to protect service for our customers, including seeking relief from the courts and progressive discipline up to, and including, termination,” Wiedefeld wrote to employees on July 13. “To be clear, this is the last thing I want to do, and I am hopeful that no further action is necessary.”Word buzzing in the city is that the union may try to do something major on Tuesday- the day set for the MLB All-Star Game, yet no union member has confirmed or denied the rumor.last_img read more

Researchers discover Spectre like new speculative flaw SPOILER in Intel CPUs

Posted On Aug 26 2019 by

first_imgIntel CPU’s are reportedly vulnerable to a new attack: “SPOILER: Speculative Load Hazards Boost Rowhammer and Cache Attacks”. The vulnerability takes advantage of speculative execution in the Intel CPU’s, and was discovered by computer scientists at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Massachusetts, and the University of Lübeck in Germany. According to the research, the flaw is a “novel microarchitectural leakage which reveals critical information about physical page mappings to user space processes.” The flaw can be exploited by malicious JavaScript within a web browser tab, malware running on the system or any illicit logged in users, to steal sensitive information and other data from running applications. The research paper further states that the leakage can be exploited only by a limited set of instructions, and is visible in all Intel generations starting from the 1st generation Intel Core processors, while being independent of the OS. It also works from within virtual machines and sandboxed environments. The flaw is very similar to the Spectre attacks that were revealed in July, last year. The Spoiler attack also takes advantage of speculative execution- like the Spectre attack- and reveals memory layout data, making it easy for other attacks like Rowhammer, cache attacks, and JavaScript-enabled attacks to be executed. “The root cause of the issue is that the memory operations execute speculatively and the processor resolves the dependency when the full physical address bits are available,” says Ahmad Moghimi, one of the researchers who contributed to the paper. “Physical address bits are security sensitive information and if they are available to user space, it elevates the user to perform other micro architectural attacks.” Intel was informed of the findings in early December, last year. However, they did not immediately respond to the researchers.  An Intel spokesperson has now provided Techradar with the following statement on the Spoiler vulnerability: “Intel received notice of this research, and we expect that software can be protected against such issues by employing side channel safe software development practices. This includes avoiding control flows that are dependent on the data of interest. We likewise expect that DRAM modules mitigated against Rowhammer style attacks remain protected. Protecting our customers and their data continues to be a critical priority for us and we appreciate the efforts of the security community for their ongoing research.” Impact of SPOILER by performing Rowhammer attack in a native user-level environment The research paper defines the Rowhammer attack as : “an attack causing cells of a victim row to leak faster by activating the neighboring rows repeatedly. If the refresh cycle fails to refresh the victim fast enough, that leads to bit flips. Once bit flips are found, they can be exploited by placing any security-critical data structure or code page at that particular location and triggering the bit flip again.” In order to perform a Rowhammer attack, the adversary needs to access DRAM rows that are adjacent to a victim row and ensure that multiple virtual pages co-locate on the same bank. Double-sided Rowhammer attacks cause bit flips faster owing to the extra charge on the nearby cells of the victim row and they further require access to contiguous memory pages. SPOILER can help boosting both single and double-sided Rowhammer attacks by its additional 8-bit physical address information and result in the detection of contiguous memory. The researchers used SPOILER to detect aliased virtual memory addresses where the 20 LSBs of the physical addresses match. These bits were then used by the memory controller for mapping the physical addresses to the DRAM banks. The  majority of the bits are known using SPOILER. Further, “a attacker can directly hammer such aliased addresses to perform a more efficient single-sided Rowhammer attack with a significantly increased probability of hitting the same bank.” The researchers reverse engineered the DRAM mappings for different hardware configurations using the DRAMA tool, and only a few bits of physical address entropy beyond the 20 bits remain unknown. To verify if aliased virtual addresses co-locate on the same bank, they used the row-conflict side channel It is observed that whenever the number of physical address bits used by the memory controller to map data to physical memory is equal to or less than 20,  the researchers always hit the same bank. To summarize their findings, SPOILER drastically improves the efficiency of finding addresses mapping to the same bank without the need of an administrative privilege or a reverse engineering of the memory controller mapping. This approach also works in sandboxed environments such as JavaScript. You can go through the Research paper for more insights on the SPOILER flaw. Read Next Linux 4.20 kernel slower than its previous stable releases, Spectre flaw to be blamed, according to PhoronixIntel releases patches to add Linux Kernel support for upcoming dedicated GPU releasesResearchers prove that Intel SGX and TSX can hide malware from antivirus softwarelast_img read more