The country’s top relocation service provider is expanding in Halifax. Brookfield Global Relocation Services plans to create up to 150 new jobs in Nova Scotia over the next five years. The province, through Nova Scotia Business Inc. (NSBI), is supporting this growth with a five-year payroll rebate of up to $900,900. “Brookfield has operations throughout the world and has chosen Nova Scotia for its expansion,” said Percy Paris, Minister of Economic and Rural Development. “I am pleased to welcome this company to the province.” Brookfield Global Relocation Services provides cost-effective domestic and international relocation services to private and public-sector clients. It has operations in Asia, Europe and North America. “Nova Scotia is known for its incredibly talented workforce, and we look forward to expanding our business in this and other areas,” said Rick Schwartz, president of Brookfield Global Relocation Services. “We have a solid footprint in the province already, and we’re looking forward to our further growth here.” “Brookfield is an excellent example of a leading company that recognizes the benefits of locating and growing in Nova Scotia,” said Stephen Lund, president and CEO of NSBI. Formerly known as Royal LePage Relocation Services, Brookfield Global Relocation Services has a team of more than 900 professionals who manage 50,000 relocations per year in more than 120 countries. Brookfield Global Relocation Services is a leading, full-service outsourcing partner of end-to-end employee relocation, assignment management and mobility consulting services for multinational organizations worldwide. The company serves corporations throughout the world and manages more than $2 billion in relocation-related transactions. For more information, visit www.brookfieldgrs.com . Nova Scotia Business Inc. is Nova Scotia’s private-sector-led business development agency. NSBI is the investment-attraction arm of the province and helps businesses in Nova Scotia meet growth potential through advisory services, trade development, financing and venture capital. For more information, visit www.nsbi.ca .
The long wait is coming to an end for Nova Scotia anglers with the sportfishing season starting Monday, April 1. “Sportfishing is a popular recreational activity that also plays an important role in Nova Scotia’s economy,” said Fisheries and Aquaculture Minister Sterling Belliveau. “We are fortunate to live in a province with an abundance of fishing opportunities.” Mr. Belliveau said anglers should become familiar with the new regulations for the 2013 season. These changes include new fish possession regulations, management measures, season changes and bag limits to conserve and enhance Nova Scotia’s sport fishery. Regulations are included in the 2013 Angler’s Handbook and Summary of Regulations which comes with fishing licences. More than 100,000 anglers enjoy fishing every year, including taking part in free fishing weekends each winter and summer, fishing derbies and tournaments, the Learn to Fish program for youth and outdoor skill programs like Families United with Nature and Becoming an Outdoors Woman. Nova Scotia residents can purchase a seasonal licence for $26.73, taxes included. For non-residents, a seasonal licence is $61.73 and a seven-day licence is $33.72. Seniors’ fishing licences are available for $6.57. One-day licences, for residents and non-residents, are $12.71. All anglers 16 or older must purchase a general fishing licence. Licences can be purchased from many gas retailers, hardware, convenience and sporting goods stores, or at any Access Nova Scotia location. They are valid until March 31, 2014. Anglers must return the licence stub at the end of the season, when they will be eligible for a prize. A licence is not required to fish in tidal or saltwater in Nova Scotia, but season and bag limits apply. More information on angling and a list of special regulations by recreational fishing area can be found at www.gov.ns.ca/fish/sportfishing .
Kingston: Hanuma Vihari has credited his success in the second Test against the West Indies here to Ravi Shastri, saying the India head coach’s advice not to stay upright but flex the knee while batting helped him notch up his maiden century. Vihari (53 not out and 111) was adjudged the Man of the Match in India’s 257-run win over the hosts in the second Test on Monday. Asked what did Shastri tell him after his first innings, Vihari said: “He (Shastri) was talking about flexing my knees a little bit, I was a little upright in the first innings, so flexing my knees meant I could move my foot both on front and back foot. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh “It worked out very well and a lot of credit should go to him,” Vihari told India fielding coach R Sridhar during an interview, the video of which was posted by BCCI on its website. The 25-year-old emerged as India’s top run-getter against the West Indies in the two-match Test series with 289 runs. “I relish batting under pressure because that is the challenge you have to accept as a batsman and these situations brings the best out of me,” said the Andhra batsman, who had scored a 93 in the first Test in North Sound. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later “I feel I try to focus on what the situation is, and have a certain game plan and I was fortunate enough to have good partnerships with Jinx (Ajinkya Rahane). He batted beautifully as well.” Vihari said he was confident of a good outing during the two-match Test series against the West Indies as he had spent enough time on these pitches during the last two months with the India A team. “I was in really good space. I have been in Caribbean for last two months, I have been practicing and playing matches on this wicket,” he said. “So I was really confident and I think I played well in the practice match and it gave me that extra boost. I was looking forward to this series and I am happy it went well.” In his first year in international cricket, Vihari has played six Tests but he seemed to have lost a bit of hair, got married and has also scored 6000 plus first class runs despite being just 25 years of age. “I started my first class cricket quite early and that’s why I could score 6000 runs. I don’t know about the hair, may be too much batting from childhood,” he said with a laugh. “… That experience will count, batting for nine years in first class cricket, and it helped me in pressure situation.”
Rabat – The new Netflix original show, “Huge in France,” tells the semi-autobiographical story of Moroccan-French comedian Gad Elmaleh. In the show, the French comedian wants to reconnect with his son in Los Angeles, but when he moves to the United States he must deal with culture shock, co-parenting, and dating.“Huge in France” premiered its first season on Netflix on April 12, 2019. The eight-episode season has since received mixed reviews. Sophie Gilbert of the Atlantic calls the show “unconvincing” and criticizes it as a lost opportunity “to say something meaningful about fame.” Read Also: Moroccan-French Comedians Gad Elmaleh and Jamel Debbouze Among France’s Favorite PersonalitiesAccording to Joel Keller, a critic for Decider, “Huge In France isn’t a laugh riot, but it has an appealing mix of comedy and sincere emotion, and Gad Elmaleh is a compelling lead.” Criticisms of the show stem from the bland nature of the episodes and repetitive jokes.Throughout the first season, Elmaleh’s character struggles making the transition from being a star in the French comedy scene to a nobody in the American comedy scene. However, this storyline is similar to many other comedies.“Huge in France” is the third Netflix show for the Moroccan-French stand-up comedian. His first two specials on Netflix, “Gad Gone Wild” and “American Dream,” were largely successful. “Gad Gone Wild” was performed in French to a crowd in Montreal and “American Dream” was his first Netflix show in English.In his Netflix special, “American Dream,” Elmaleh jokes, “I’m sure you’ve heard this story so many times about the man who moved to America with one dollar in his pocket, and he worked so hard and he made a fortune. I moved here with a fortune. Same story guys, I just did it backwards.”Elmaleh was born in Casablanca to a Jewish family and attended high school in Quebec. At the age of 21, Elmaleh moved to Paris to pursue his dream of acting. The 47-year-old comedian performed comedy in France for over 23 years and gained wide fame there.The stand-up comedian and actor has starred in several feature films, including “Coco” (2008), “Priceless” (2006), and “La Doublure” (2005). He was voted the “funniest person” in France, and France’s Minister of Culture named him knight of the Order of Arts and Letters . Elmaleh also became a knight of the National Order of Quebec.
13 February 2007Some 45 million people living along the coasts of Europe will benefit from a new life-saving United Nations-backed project to provide early warnings of an impending tsunami, the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) reported today. “The risk of tsunamis in this region might be relatively low, but if one occurred and we weren’t prepared the damage will be extensive,” Peter Koltermann, the head of the UNESCO Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission Tsunami co-ordination Unit, said, noting that 10 per cent of all observed tsunamis in the world occur in the Mediterranean Sea. The new project consists of an Italian initiative to provide non-stop processing and coverage of seismic data in the seas around Europe. This data, which is essential for detecting earthquakes that potentially generate tsunamis, could significantly boost protection of Europe’s heavily developed and populated coastlines. The Italian plan was presented to the 3rd Meeting of the Intergovernmental Co-ordination Group for the North-East Atlantic, the Mediterranean and Connected Seas Tsunami Warning and Mitigation System, organized by UNESCO in Bonn, Germany, last week. The data will be provided by one of Europe’s largest research institutions in the field of geophysics, seismology and vulcanology, the Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia, which will thus serve as the system’s first hub for immediate data delivery and dissemination. An initial detection system is expected to be ready by the end of this year, with the full system covering all coasts from the Black Sea to the Mediterranean and the North-Eastern Atlantic available by 2011. This system will be based largely on existing national seismic and sea level monitoring activities, which although extensive, need to be integrated to function as an effective regional system. UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission is leading the effort to establish a global tsunami warning system. After the devastating 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, which killed more than 200,000 people, it coordinated the establishment of a tsunami warning system there and is also working towards a similar system for the Caribbean Sea. Experts say scores of thousands of those killed by the 2004 tsunami could have been saved if early warning systems had existed and allowed them to escape to higher ground in the hours between the earthquake that triggered the giant waves and their landfall.
16 September 2008The United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), eight anti-poverty targets agreed upon by world leaders in 2000, are still on course to be achieved by their 2015 deadline, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today. The United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), eight anti-poverty targets agreed upon by world leaders in 2000, are still on course to be achieved by their 2015 deadline, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today.“If we are united in mobilizing political will and necessary resources, I think we can achieve these Goals by 2015,” Mr. Ban told UN Radio and the News Centre.Mr. Ban pointed to a report entitled Millennium Development Goals Report 2008 he issued last week, which notes that progress has been made in some areas such as education, with primary school enrolment rising in most areas, while gaps remain in others such as sub-Saharan Africa where the number of people living on less than $1 may not be halved.Characterizing the targets as the “blueprint for the 21st century,” the Secretary-General said the sole purpose of the 25 September high-level conference on the MDGs is so “galvanize political will and [to] try to mobilize the necessary resources with the strong help from governments, the business community and the civil community.”At the event, he said he would urge leaders to “recommit their political will and recharge energy and resources” towards achieving the Goals.Those efforts, Mr. Ban said, should be spearheaded by rich countries, which have the technology, the funding needed and the knowledge to assist their less wealthy counterparts.“All the countries in the world, particularly those developing countries, should be able to get on board” with steps towards realizing the MDGs, he added.
A 27-year-old man was executed on 6 August in Hanoi by lethal injection. The execution is the first in the last 18 months in the country.“We are dismayed by the resumption of the death penalty by Viet Nam,” the spokesperson for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), Cécile Pouilly, told journalists in Geneva. Ms. Pouilly added that the office is also “deeply concerned” for the lives of some 116 death row prisoners in the country who have exhausted their appeals are now facing imminent execution.“We urge the Government not to carry out further executions and to join the growing number of Member States that have established a moratorium on the death penalty or abolished this practice altogether,” Ms. Pouilly said, noting that 19 States in the Asia-Pacific region have stepped away from the practice.“We also call upon the Government to declassify the data on the use of the death penalty as a state secret, recalling the importance of transparent and effective public debate on the subject ensuring that the public has access to balanced and accurate information,” she added.Speaking on the subject in June, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed particular concern that the application of the death penalty in countries where it is still practiced “is often cloaked in secrecy,” and that a lack of data on the number of executions or individuals on death row impedes an informed national debate on the issue.He urged Member States to stop the use of “this inhumane practice,” particularly in countries that have resumed executions after a moratorium.Since 2007, the UN General Assembly has adopted four resolutions calling on States to establish a moratorium on the use of the death penalty with a view to abolition. About 150 of the UN’s 193 Member States have either abolished the death penalty or no longer practice it.Last month, High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay wrote to Prime Minister Nguyen Tan advocating for the abolition of the death penalty in Viet Nam. According to her spokesperson, Ms. Pillay noted that Viet Nam still retains the death penalty for several offences that do not meet the threshold of most serious crimes.
Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Older physicians bring invaluable richness of knowledge and depth of experience, yet their clinical skills may begin to lag behind over timeProfessor Anupam Jena, Harvard University But the new study, published in the British Medical Journal, indicates that doctors who are earlier in their career, and who have undergone training more recently, make safer decisions.The results of the Harvard University research found that for every 77 patients treated by a 60-plus medic, one fewer patient would die within 30 days had those same patients been cared for by a doctor aged less than 40.The research team said the difference in likelihood of death was comparable to that of a patient with severe heart disease not taking crucial medication compared to one with the same condition who does.“Older physicians bring invaluable richness of knowledge and depth of experience, yet their clinical skills may begin to lag behind over time,” said Professor Anupam Jena, the senior author.“The results of our study suggest the critical importance of continuing medical education throughout a doctor’s entire career, regardless of age and experience.”Mortality ratings for individual doctors, which have been in place for NHS surgeons since 2014, have been the subject of controversy, with critics arguing they do not accurately reflect a doctor’s true ability because the most skilled practitioners tend to be assigned the hardest cases.However, the new study took the severity of the patient’s condition into account, and still found a higher chance of death with doctors aged 60 or above.After adjusting for patient, physician, and hospital characteristics that could have affected the results, patients’ 30 day mortality rates were 10.8% for physicians aged less than 40, 11.1% for physicians aged 40 to 49, 11.3% for physicians aged 50 to 59, and 12.1% for physicians aged 60 or over.However the effect was not noticeable in hospitals which dealt with high volumes of patients. Older doctors are more likely to kill their patients because their medical skills have fallen out of date, a new study suggests.A survey of nearly three quarters of a million patients found that those treated in hospital by a doctor aged 60 or over had a noticeably higher chance of dying within a month than those who saw a doctor younger than 40.It has long been assumed by many that older doctors provide better care than their younger colleagues because of their superior clinical experience.
A newly formed group of over 100 academics from British universities last month raised their concerns about “the suppression of proper academic analysis and discussion of the social phenomenon of transgenderism”.They said that members of their group have experienced campus protests, calls for dismissal in the press, harassment, foiled plots to bring about dismissal, no-platforming, and attempts to censor academic research and publications. Francesca Minerva, a bio-ethicist at the University of Ghent in Belgium, approached Prof McMahan about setting up The Journal of Controversial Ideas after she received death threats due to her academic research.She had to seek police protection following the publication of an article she co-authored in the Journal of Medical Ethics which defended the permissibility of early infanticide in a certain range of cases. Prof McMahan said that the new cross-disciplinary publication, which is due to launch next year, will be fully peer-reviewed in line with normal academic standards.He said that he and Peter Singer, the prominent Australian philosopher, are assembling an editorial board that is made up of academics and people distinguished in their fields from across the political and religious spectrum. “The idea is to make sure the journal is not seen as in any way partisan, but to facilitate academic freedom,” he said. A “controversial ideas” journal where researchers can publish articles under pseudonyms will be launched next year by an Oxford University academic. The new journal is a response to a rise in researchers being criticised and silenced by those who disagree with them, according to Jeff McMahan, a professor of moral philosophy at Oxford.“There is an increasing tendency that I see within academia and outside for people to try to suppress views they don’t like and treat them as wicked and unspeakable, rather than confront those views and refute them,” he said.While controversial research has always attracted criticism, Prof McMahan told how the attack on intellectual discussion and fear of self-censorship has become more acute in recent years.–– ADVERTISEMENT ––The phenomenon of attempting to shut down views you disagree with has become “very pronounced” among young people and those on the Left, he told The Daily Telegraph. “Occasionally the fear of reaction is from the right and other times it is from the left”, Prof McMahan said, adding that academics also fear being censured by their own university administrations too. He cited the example of a fellow Oxford academic, Professor Nigel Biggar, being “targeted” after he suggested that people should have “pride” about aspects of their imperialist past. Over 50 professors, lecturers and researchers signed an open letter expressing their “firm rejection” of his views. Prof Biggar later revealed that young academics are afraid of damaging their careers if they are seen with him.Another example he gave was when the Oxford Students For Life group invited speakers to discuss proposals to legalise abortion in Ireland.“The members are entirely reasonable decent people, I disagree with them totally, but they tried to put on an event a year or so ago with discussion of abortion. But they were shouted down by a feminist group and unable to proceed,” Prof McMahan said. Prof McMahan told how the attack on intellectual discussion and fear of self-censorship has become more acute in recent years Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
If you’ve been watching the App Store for the past few years it’s clear to see more of the big publishers are producing games for the iPhone. You can find games carrying well-known names such as Final Fantasy, Street Fighter, and Rage. What you won’t find is World of Warcraft, and it looks as though that will remain the case even though Blizzard would love to get the game on portable devices.According to John Lagrave, senior producer on World of Warcraft, the issue isn’t the team not spending any time doing a port, it’s the fact there are some problems that need to be overcome. The main issue is figuring out how to get the full game of WoW working on a touchscreen with controls that work for the diminutive display. That’s not an easy task, and one that Lagrave says will take “an epiphany” before it is solved.For now, WoW players can access the game on their phones, but only to check auctions and look at the armory. Anything more than that just isn’t going to happen until the interaction issues have been solved.We know that getting the MMO to run on a touchscreen device won’t be an issue. OnLive and Gaikai have already demonstrated it can run pretty much any game in the cloud and stream it to a tablet or phone. But Blizzard obviously want to keep control, port the game so it runs natively on the platform, and overcome the challenges faced in the process.If a full implementation of World of Warcraft does ever appear on the App Store, don’t expect to sit there playing it for hours every day. Even if the data transfers for the connection are minimal, the game will soon eat through your monthly data allowance. With that in mind, maybe it’s actually a good thing Blizzard haven’t managed to figure out the issues.Read more at Eurogamer.net
Former Rangers footballer Derek Johnstone says Scottish FA were right not to take any action against Rangers striker Alfredo Morelos.The forward was involved with Celtic defenders during the last fixture of 2018 played on Saturday at Ibrox and referee John Beaton decided against all expectations not to send him off.Derek Johnstone in his column with Evening times explained why Scottish FA will back the referees decision despite public uproar.The article read:“John Beaton was the man that was on the pitch and in the heat of the battle at Ibrox on Saturday. So, if he sees all of the incidents involving Alfredo Morelos and deems them not to be worthy of any action, then the Scottish FA have to back their man.“We have seen some refereeing decisions -penalties given, players sent off and goals ruled out – this season that I can’t believe.“But if Beaton says that he saw all three incidents with Celtic trio Scott Brown, Anthony Ralston and Ryan Christie and that is satisfied how he dealt with them, fine.Rangers is still behind Celtic: John Hartson Manuel R. Medina – September 3, 2019 According to the former Celtic player, there’s still a massive gap between his ex-club and Rangers in the Scottish Premier League.“The non-Rangers fans won’t like it, as always, and they will think ‘there are Rangers getting away with it’.“But there have been plenty of times this season already where we didn’t get away with it and we have been on the other side of it.“We have had our fair share against us this season. The supporters, and the manager, will be delighted that this one has gone for Rangers and that Alfredo won’t face any action.“John Beaton will be pilloried by non-Rangers fans but he has deemed that Morelos wasn’t deserving of a red card. You can argue as much as you like, but the man that matters most is the one in black.“When you watch the Old Firm game back, you can see niggles all over the place but, because it is Morelos and with this reputation people have given him, the incidents involving him seem to get highlighted more.“There were late challenges and bad tackles and things happening all over the place but the referee allowed play to go on so many times when he could have stopped it. It made it a better game, a more entertaining game, because it was flowing more.“It certainly wasn’t Morelos that was causing all the trouble. There were several players that were at it at Ibrox but they were fighting hard and that is what you expect in an Old Firm game.”
Steve Bosh Posted: August 20, 2018 Updated: 8:30 PM August 20, 2018 Categories: California News, Local San Diego News, Politics FacebookTwitter More customers upset, as long DMV wait times persist Steve Bosh, 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsCALIFORNIA (KUSI) – What is the state doing to shorten the excessive wait times at its DMV locations?The response has been to throw more money and people to fix the problem, but you would be hard pressed to find anybody who believes this will work- including DMV employees.KUSI’s Steve Bosh has an update:
Inside Asian Gaming named Lead Media Partner of G2E Asia @ the Philippines IAG will also launch a brand new website this month.“Reaching 5,000 followers represents a significant milestone for IAG, but this is just the beginning,” said O MEDIA CEO Andrew W Scott. “Our continued push into digital publishing will see the IAGLinkedIn account hit 10,000 followers in the months ahead and I expect IAG to increasingly stamp its authority as Asia’s premier gaming and IR industry media brand. I see IAG playing this role for decades to come.”IAG is Asian gaming’s premier B2B media, events and consulting brand, publishing across a variety of media channels and organizing a number of key annual Asian gaming industry events. It is the Lead Media Partner of G2E Asia and co-organizer of the G2E Asia Awards – the official awards of Asia’s biggest industry trade show and exhibition.IAG is also home to the Asian Gaming Power 50 – an annual countdown of the 50 most powerful individuals in the Asian gaming industry over the previous 12 months. Launched in 2008, the Asian Gaming Power 50 will celebrate its 11th anniversary in 2018 with the inaugural Asian Gaming Power 50 gala dinner to be held on 23 November at which this year’s “Power 50” will be announced. Load More Inside Asian Gaming (IAG), is pleased to announce that it has reached 5,000 LinkedIn followers.The surge in followers comes amid a concerted push by IAG into the digital space, spearheaded by the April 2017 launch of daily e-newsletter IAG Breakfast Briefing which has quickly become the leading news resource for the Asian gaming industry. JW Marriott at Galaxy Macau named venue and Galaxy Entertainment Group named Venue Sponsor for 2019 Asian Gaming Power 50 Black Tie Gala Dinner RelatedPosts 300-seat cap revealed for 2019 Asian Gaming Power 50 Gala Dinner at Galaxy Macau
“To maintain a publication’s integrity, I think editorial should take the lead with input from sales + marketing. As a small biz owner + independent publisher, most all departments must have input + play multiple roles for mere survival. But regardless, all need to educate themselves in this area. ‘It’s not my job’ no longer cuts the mustard.””Edit should manage, with input/collaboration with marketing.””Mktg function for sure.””Edit!””Edit and design, with input from sales and marketing.””I think Editorial should play a significant role – if not the lead role – because it’s nice when the posts sound professional and include correct spelling and grammar. Of course, this is coming from an editor! Of course everyone plays a vital role, depending on your message. If you’re incorporating a graphic, for instance, it starts with your designers.””Web editors with help from marketing…communication is key!””You mean those are different departments?””Content marketers. Your silo choices are brick and mortar.” A recent MPA panel debated who should be in control of social media at magazine publishers-edit, sales, marketing or even IT, which may ultimately bear the costs of social media. It’s a similar dispute to the way various magazine departments squabbled over prime Web site territory 10 years ago when they realized that yes, this Internet thing does have legs on the business side.I pulled some of the Facebook responses to FOLIO:’s article about who ultimately should be the gatekeeper of social media, and listed them below. Considering the audience, it’s not surprising that most seem to feel edit should be in charge. However, several people noted that social media can’t belong to just one group, and should be divvied up across the organization (often out of necessity, given the resources in the current publishing climate). Social media is integral for most publishers and everybody needs to be onboard (as one MPA panelist said, “Nobody goes around bragging that they don’t know Microsoft World”). So what do you think? Does edit rule? Should sales and marketing get their say? Or does social media require its own dedicated crop of specialists? Facebook Responses:
A US Army cadet during a cyberdefense exercise. CNET The US military’s Cyber Command has gotten more aggressive than ever against Russia in the past year, placing “potentially crippling malware” in systems that control the country’s electrical grid, says a report. Made possible by little-noticed legal authority granted last summer by Congress, Cyber Command’s strategy shift from a defensive to offensive posture is meant in part as a warning shot, but it’s also designed to enable paralysing cyberattacks in the event of a conflict, The New York Times said Saturday, quoting unnamed officials.The agency’s actions can now be OK’d by the defense secretary without a special presidential thumbs-up, the Times said. And the recent moves appear to have taken place under a military authorization bill Congress passed in 2018 that gives the go-ahead for “clandestine military activity” in cyberspace to “deter, safeguard or defend against attacks or malicious cyberactivities against the United States.”The more-aggressive stance comes amid worries about Russian interference in the 2020 US presidential election, but strategies and concerns around cyberwarfare have been ramping up for some time. Red flags have included Russia’s shutdown of part of Ukraine’s power grid in 2015, as well as reports that a Russian government-sponsored group ID’ed as Dragonfly or Energetic Bear had been able to gain access to the control rooms of US electric utilities in 2017. Cyber Command also received new authority last year from the US president under a still-classified document called National Security Presidential Memoranda 13, the Times said. The agency’s “Russia Small Group” tapped that authority to, among other things, “overwhelm” computers used by the Internet Research Agency, the Russia-backed group indicted by the US Department of Justice for a campaign of fake news and trolling during the 2016 election.The Times said Cyber Command is concerned Russia could trigger selective power outages in key states during the 2020 election and that it needs a way to discourage such attacks. But the agency and the US have to consider their moves carefully in this international game of cyberchess.”The question now is whether placing the equivalent of land mines in a foreign power network is the right way to deter Russia,” the Times report says. “While it parallels Cold War nuclear strategy, it also enshrines power grids as a legitimate target.”Cyber Command didn’t respond to a request for comment.In related news, Bloomberg reported Friday that a Russia-linked hacking group that shut down an oil and gas facility in Saudi Arabia in 2017 has been probing utilities in the US since late last year.Originally published June 15, 11:26 a.m. PT.Update, 11:33 a.m.: Adds mention of Bloomberg report. UN chief seeks international rules for cyberwarfare Comments Tags 8 Related story Share your voice Security Politics Hacking Military
Share Ethan Miller/Getty ImagesProposition bets for Super Bowl LI are displayed at the RaceUpdated 12:22 p.m. ETThe Supreme Court has struck down a 1992 federal law that effectively prevented most states from legalizing sports betting, clearing up a legal gray area and opening a door for state governments to join in what has become a lucrative industry.“Congress can regulate sports gambling directly, but if it elects not to do so, each State is free to act on its own,” the court wrote in a decision released Monday.The law known as the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act, passed in 1992, prohibited sports betting, except in four states where it had already been legalized — Nevada, Delaware, Montana and Oregon. It gave the other states one year to legalize such betting, if they wanted to.It was a busy day at the Supreme Court. It also handed down decisions on two other important cases, dealing with personal rights. They were:Byrd v. US: The court unanimously agreed with the driver of a rental car who said he had his privacy rights violated by police during a traffic stop in Pennsylvania. Police found dozens of bricks of heroin and body armor in his trunk after discovering a warrant for his arrest in New Jersey. The man said he did not consent to a search, but police argued that his consent didn’t matter because his name was not ono the rental agreement. The Supreme Court disagreed and held that the man still maintained a reasonable expectation of privacy. The court however remanded the case to the lower courts to examine whether Byrd had used subterfuge in renting the car and whether that mattered.McCoy v. LA: The court ruled, by a 6-3 margin, in favor of a defendant whose lawyer conceded his guilt to the jury disregarding the explicit instructions of his client. His lawyer wanted him to plead guilty to avoid the death penalty. The court said, “Guaranteeing a defendant the right ‘to have the assistance of counsel for his defense’ is the defendant’s prerogative, not the counsel’s.”History of the sports-gambling law and the potential impact of the court’s rulingThe ban was known as the Bradley Act, after its chief promoter, former basketball great Bill Bradley, who served three terms in the U.S. Senate.Enacted 25 years ago, the law prohibited states from legalizing sports betting sports except where it was already legal.In an NPR interview, Bradley said his motivation was simple, and personal. “Betting on sports was betting on human beings, and I thought that was wrong,” he explained. “It turns players into roulette chips. It makes the game, which is a game of high-level competition and excellence, into slot machines, and I don’t think that should be what we do in this country.”Bradley said there was virtually no congressional opposition to his bill back in 1992, though Bradley added that Donald Trump, with failing investments in Atlantic City casinos at the time, lobbied against it, believing that sports betting was the answer to his financial problems there.After the bill passed, New Jersey did not seek to legalize gambling in its one-year window of opportunity.More recently, it tried to get out of the ban, hoping for increased state revenue, but the state repeatedly lost in the lower court.The Supreme Court’s court decision reversing that outcome will make it easier to open the door to sports betting.But the status quo struck down by the Supreme Court looks almost quaint in light of increased pressure to legalize sports betting across the board.The American Gaming Association estimates that illegal sports betting has grown to $150-billion-a-year market. And cash-starved states are salivating at the thought of raising billions from legalizing and licensing that activity, not to mention taxing the proceeds.New Jersey, home to at least a half dozen shuttered Atlantic City casinos, is a state where Republicans and Democrats since 2011 have been trying to overturn the federal ban or somehow get around it.After oral arguments in December, then-Gov. Chris Christie, R-N.J., said on the Supreme Court steps, “If we’re successful here, we can have bets being taken in New Jersey within two weeks of a decision by the court. We’re like boy scouts; we’re prepared.”What the law did and didn’t doThe law does not itself ban sports betting. Instead it prevents states from legalizing sports betting.Lawyers for New Jersey argued that the law forces state governments to enforce a federal initiative, which the Supreme Court has repeatedly ruled is unconstitutional.Lawyers for the sports leagues said that the federal law is not forcing states to do anything, but rather telling them what not to do, which wouldn’t violate the Constitution.As NPR reported after oral arguments in December, a majority of the justices appeared to have “serious doubts” about the constitutionality of the law.And on Monday, they put those doubts in writing.“Our job is to interpret the law Congress has enacted and decide whether it is consistent with the Constitution,” the court said in its decision. “PASPA is not.”America has seen a cultural shift on the question of sports gambling. NPR’s Uri Berliner reported in 2015 that ESPN has been increasing its coverage of gambling by, for instance, directly referencing the point spread set by oddsmakers.And while the major U.S. pro and college sports leagues have “always sought to distance themselves completely from gambling,” as Berliner put it, NBA Commission Adam Silver came out in favor of legalizing (and regulating) sports betting in 2014.Then there’s the popularity of daily fantasy sports — an industry that has weathered legal challenges of its own. Fantasy sports leagues amount to “thinly veiled gambling,” as ESPN’s Rob King told Berliner, and have helped push sports betting into the mainstream.Meanwhile, the sports betting decision could have implications for a wide range of other state laws — including those legalizing marijuana, Nina noted. Amy Howe, writing for SCOTUSblog, suggests state laws decriminalizing physician-assisted suicide and self-driving cars could also be affected.Copyright 2018 NPR. 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Stay on target Trade In Your Nintendo Switch For a Better Battery (With a Catch)Get Used to ‘Fortnite’s’ Powerful Mech Suits After teasing it earlier this week, EA, BioWare, and director Neill Blomkamp have debuted Conviction, a live-action short film set in the universe of the upcoming game Anthem. See it for yourself, remember that technical montage VFX shorts are really Blomkamp’s bread and butter, and keep reading to imagine what might have been if it was actually Chappie coming to Anthem instead.Not all of Neill Blomkamp’s movie are good. In fact, only one of them, his stunning scrappy 2009 debut District 9, was actually great. We’ve just been hoping for the South African wunderkind to reach those heights ever since. But despite their varying quality, Blomkamp’s films do all share a love of a particularly gritty industrial mech armor aesthetic. From District 9 to Elysium to Chappie to even his Alien 5 pitch, Neill just loves putting people in tough robot suits.So it really shouldn’t surprise you that Blomkamp is now teasing some sort of collaboration with Anthem, BioWare’s upcoming multiplayer loot shooter that’s all about the joy of putting people in tough robot suits.Been working on something new. Really excited to share this soon! #anthemgame pic.twitter.com/5SxlTO6W1i— Neill Blomkamp (@NeillBlomkamp) February 11, 2019Blomkamp tweeted this image of an Anthem armor, called “Javelins” in the game, along with the message “Been working on something new. Really excited to share this soon!” I’m not going to lie. A lot of Javelins in Anthem all kind of look the same to me, in that they all already look like armors from Neill Blomkamp movies. So I can’t immediately tell what I’m seeing here.Is this a new version of the Prawn armor from District 9? Is it Matt Damon’s little exo-suit from Elysium? Could that possibly be a new version of Chappie? Will Anthem fans already know what this is? Is it something entirely new? What if that’s Chappie?It’s actually a live-action short film coming this ThursdayIn any case, all will be revealed in time, if the answer isn’t already obvious to you. You’ll remember too that District 9 rose from the ashes of Peter Jackson and Neill Blomkamp’s abandoned Halo movie. It’s why the sci-fi guns were so great. So Blomkamp working with a video game brings things full circle.If you can figure out its pre-order system (or aren’t too busy playing Apex Legends) Anthem launches on February 22 for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. I just pray that Die Antwoord isn’t in it.
A clown brings joy to a child in La Carpio while he plays the violin for her. Courtesy of Ivannia AlvaradoWhich parts of the country have you visited through photography?Ohhhh. So many. Conte Burica has been the farthest I’ve been to. I went with SERPROJOVEN to document the project they have with indigenous children in the area of Las Vegas. They’re Gnöbes and it was impressive.I’ve also been to Monteverde, Puerto Viejo, Guápiles, Coronado, La Cruz in Guanacaste, Cuajiniquil. Both borders with Nicaragua and Panama. I’ve also traveled in different sources of transportation such as the back part of trucks, buses, strangers’ cars, as well as with people I know. I think that the most important part of photography is what’s behind it to obtain a photograph, even if it includes climbing a tree and falling from it. It’s awesome to be exposed to everything. The process behind the photo is really fun. A young girl from indigenous zone in Conte Burica. Courtesy of Ivannia Alvarado Related posts:A look back at our 5 questions for Costa Rican photographer Ivannia Alvarado 5 question for a Costa Rican photographer 5 questions for a Costa Rican photographer 5 questions for a Costa Rican photographer For this year’s Women’s March, Alvarado photographed a woman with a poster saying “I don’t want to be afraid of traveling alone”. Courtesy of Ivannia AlvaradoWhen you photographed the migrant crisis on the border of Nicaragua, what struck you most about the situation? Migrants play the drums during their stay last year at Costa Rica’s border with Nicaragua. Courtesy of Ivannia AlvaradoThere was a pregnant woman who had a one year-old baby, and she was running away with her brother. Her husband was in the United States and she came from Africa. Her brother was fleeing because he was gay and they wanted to kill him. They had tried to kill him several times because he was gay.It was an entire family fleeing for different reasons. The baby was going to be born in Costa Rica and she was not going to have time to get to the US. She didn’t what would happen.These are very heavy stories. These are people who have been escaping for eight years. Babies that are born on that path. The hardest part is the children: They grow up everywhere. They don’t have an origin and they’re from the whole world. The hardest part is watching them, because they don’t understand. They only know that people come play with them and treat them great, but the don’t know that their mother is crying or that their mother is going through a very tough thing. They don’t understand what it’s like to be in one place or what having a house is like. Migrants on the Costa Rican-Nicaraguan border enjoyed other people’s company despite their constant struggles. Courtesy of Ivannia AlvaradoWhat’s the most difficult photo you’ve taken?Maybe the ones related with adventure. When you go to the mountain it’s very difficult. One time we went to Guápiles and we wanted to photograph the Río Blanco waterfall. The river rose and we almost drowned [laughs]. Behind photography there are many stories.That day I had never seen so many bruises on my body before. The waterfall photo didn’t come out as well as I expected because it began raining a lot. It was a real adventure because we were 12 peeople and we had to cross six rivers, which had risen, and the last one was the worst one.The hardest part about photography is… the risk you put yourself into by wanting to go where no one has been before for a photo. Respecting nature is very important. Cerro Pelado. Courtesy of Ivannia Alvarado To see more of Alvarado’s photos, visit her Instagram page.Our “Weekend Arts Spotlight” presents Sunday interviews with artists who are from, working in, or inspired by Costa Rica, ranging from writers and actors to dancers and musicians. Do you know of an artist we should consider, whether a long-time favorite or an up-and-comer? Email us at email@example.com. Facebook Comments Capturing emotions through the lens of a camera to provoke a social impact: that’s what drives Costa Rican amateur photographer Ivannia Alvarado.She bought her first camera only two years ago, but her love of communication has been a constant: she studied publicity at the Universidad Hispanoamericana and radio production at the National Training Institute (INA), which led her to writing about music for the site 89decibeles.com as well as working for publicity agencies Double Digit, Garnier, Jotabequ, Thrilled and Publimark.More recently, she has traveled throughout the country to photograph last year’s migrant crisis on the border with Nicaragua, the indigenous zone of Conte Burica near the Panamanian border, and a community festival in La Carpio. Her most recent trip was to both help and photograph the community of Cuajiniquil after the devastating impact of Tropical Storm Nate.“I think that [photography] fulfills a social purpose, fwhich transcends the aesthetic or commercial aspect. Its purpose is to generate a change,” Alvarado told The Tico Times.Today, Alvarado works with varioussocial causes and collectives such as De la mano con la calle, Árboles Mágicos, SERPROJOVEN, TECHO and Proyecto F.On a chilly afternoon at El Steinvorth in downtown San José, The Tico Times sat down and spoke with Alvarado about her passion to document human interactions. Excerpts follow.What got you interested in photography as a hobby?I wanted to stop being the observed person and became the observer. It’s an obsession with being behind what happens.Ever since 89decibeles and the music part, I was into it. Watching how people react to a concert is totally different from being in the concert. For me it was very valuable to photograph or write about it.It’s about trying to get involved with social initiatives such as De la mano con la calle or the refugees and migrants on the borders as well as what happened recently with Nate. It’s about documenting everything that’s happening that somehow the rest of traditional media let go.It’s about narrating all those stories with photography and documenting what other people are not seeing. Alvarado developed an unforeseen love for the capital, San José. Courtesy of Ivannia Alvarado Alvarado also enjoys photographing the country’s landscapes. Courtesy of Ivannia AlvaradoHow do you use photography to communicate?If you don’t communicate something in an aesthetic way, it probably won’t be seen or it’ll lose its value. I realized that photography has power commercially, but also socially.Sometimes if a photo isn’t taken, then it doesn’t exist. If there weren’t people taking photos of indigenous projects in the Southern Zone or in other parts of the country, then we wouldn’t know they exist. For me that’s what’s very important.That’s also why I started taking photos. I felt that there were certain holes, or you somehow feel unsatisfied with what traditional media publish. If someone isn’t doing it, why shouldn’t I do it? I have various friends who think the same way. If it’s not being done, you invent it. You go there, do it and learn. A joryful clown gets ready for work during a festival in La Carpio. Courtesy of Ivannia Alvarado
Comments Share Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation The coaches made it over there in the middle of last week and are expected to return on Wednesday. Top Stories Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away Arizona Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt and other coaches from around the league spent their holiday weekend in the Middle East. The group of coaches — Gary Kubiak, Jim Mora Sr., Jim Mora Jr. and Whisenhunt — are there as part of the NFL-USO Coaches Tour. Whisenhunt talked with The Arizona Republic over the weekend and said he has been getting many questions about the lockout. “I think we’re going to have football,” he said. “Hopefully, that’s something that will work out in the near future.”We, along with the troops, can only hope he’s right and we get to start thinking about training camp later this month. What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke