a flashlight with extra batteries; a portable, battery-operated radio with extra batteries; emergency food and bottled water; a first aid kit; an extra supply of any medications; blankets or sleeping bags for warmth; cash and credit cards; a change of clothes and shoes. Medical alert bracelets or tags should be worn at all times soemergency personnel have correct information about any medicalconditions. Persons with a hearing, sight, speech or languagedisability should discuss with their team other ways tocommunicate during emergency situations. Alternate ways tocommunicate could include a writing pad and pencils and using aflashlight to signal a location. Whistles, bells and hanging abrightly coloured sheet outside can also be used as signals. Anyone with a seeing or hearing guide dog should include extrafood, water and supplies for the animal as part of the emergencykit. It’s also valuable to provide a member of the team with ahouse key and have someone check in if the phone lines go down. Family and friends should be aware of any special medicalequipment, how it operates and who to contact if there areproblems. If access to special medical facilities will benecessary, find out about alternate locations and include thisinformation in the kit. Craig MacLaughlan, executive director of the Nova ScotiaEmergency Measures Organization, says a support network ofneighbours is something all Nova Scotians can establish.”Everyone should put together a plan that is easy to follow andensures your basic safety needs are met,” said Mr. MacLaughlan.”Offer assistance to others in your area. They may need help withtransportation to a shelter and may be reluctant to ask for help.Neighbours helping neighbours is what it’s all about.” Prepare Now! Learn How! is the theme of Emergency PreparednessWeek, which takes place across the country May 1-7. For more information on emergency preparedness, visit the NovaScotia Emergency Measures Organization’s website atwww.gov.ns.ca/emo -30- Creating a network of friends, neighbours and family that can becalled upon to help in an emergency is one way people who may bevulnerable can prepare before an emergency strikes. Knowing there are people to rely on can reduce anxiety. Those whomay be in more vulnerable situations should discuss concerns withfriends and co-workers and explain that extra assistance may beneeded during an emergency. It’s important to have a team inplace at both work and home. Joanne Lawlor, manager of community development for the NovaScotia Red Cross, recommends that people who may be vulnerableduring an emergency have a support system they can tap into. “Howcan you help yourself is a question everyone should ask.Depending on the situation, emergency personnel may not beavailable immediately. During an emergency situation, the RedCross appeals to everyone to check on their neighbours,” said Ms.Lawlor. “If you are asked to evacuate, it’s comforting to knowthat someone will be there to help.” There are a number of organizations that become involved in anemergency response. However, many may not able to provide one-on-one assistance immediately. That’s why it’s vital that everyonehave an emergency plan in place and ready to go. The plan should include a kit of emergency supplies, an emergencycontact list including names, addresses and telephone numbers ofdoctors, along with a detailed description of currentmedications. This kit should contain supplies such as:
TORONTO — Sarah Bradley, the CEO of the Nova Scotia Securities Commission, has been chosen to head the Ombudsman for Banking Services and Investments, a national organization that resolves disputes between consumers and their banks and investment firms.OBSI serves as an alternative to costly legal battles and can recommend that firms compensate clients up to $350,000 when it has determined that a customer complaint has merit.But the organization has faced push back in recent years, with a number of companies refusing to abide by the ombudsman’s recommendations.Until late 2012, a firm had only refused the ombudsman’s recommendations once in the over 17 years since OBSI’s predecessor, the Canadian Banking Ombudsman, was formed.Longtime OBSI head Doug Melville stepping down at end of MayIn OBSI’s ‘name and shame’ campaign, about 30% of compensation withheld from investorsSince then it has faced more than a dozen refusals, although the organization says more than 99 per cent of cases are still successfully resolved.In its most recent annual report released in February, OBSI said the global financial crisis of 2008 and 2009 magnified losses faced by investors and led to a deluge of complaints.That in turn made complaint resolution more difficult as it “hardened firms’ positions,” OBSI says in the 2014 annual report.Some banks even elected to leave the organization. Royal Bank of Canada pulled out of OBSI in 2008, while TD Bank ditched the organization in 2011. Both banks now use the ADR Chambers Banking Ombuds Office to handle disputes.Longtime ombudsman Douglas Melville stepped down at the end of May to take up a new role as principal ombudsman and chief executive for the Channel Islands Financial Ombudsman.Bradley, who is also the chairwoman of the Nova Scotia Securities Commission, will take over her role as OBSI’s ombudsman and CEO on Sept. 14. In a statement, Bradley said she is excited to join the organization.“OBSI is widely recognized as Canada’s trusted, impartial and effective provider of financial sector dispute-resolution services, with a staff team that is the best in the business,” she said.The Canadian Press
He served in the former Soviet Union (Russia) from 1990 to 1992 as Third Secretary (Political) and Second Secretary (Commercial). Following the breakup of the Soviet Union, he was sent to open a new Embassy in Ukraine. He served as Head of Political and Administration in Embassy from 1992 to 1994. Taranjit Singh Sandhu will be the next Indian High Commissioner in Sri Lanka succeeding Y.K.Sinha who has completed his term, the New Indian Express reported.An old Sri Lanka hand, Sandhu was Political Counselor in the Indian High Commission in Colombo between 2000 and 2004, which covered the 2002-2004 Norway-brokered peace process in Sri Lanka. Born on January 23, 1963, he did his schooling at The Lawrence School, Sanawar, and graduated with History Honors from St. Stephens’ college, Delhi. He then took a post graduate degree in International Relations at Jawaharlal Nehru University and joined the Indian Foreign Service in 1988. In July 2005, Sandhu joined Permanent Mission of India to United Nations, New York, where he was India’s delegate to UN Committee on Peacekeeping; UN Committee on Information; UN Committee on Decolonization and Fourth Committee of UN General Assembly. He returned to Headquarters in Delhi in March 2009 and held charge of Joint Secretary (United Nations) and later as Joint Secretary (Administration) heading the Human Resource Department Division of Ministry of External Affairs till August 2011.He was Consul General of India in Frankfurt from September 2011 to July 2013. He assumed his new assignment as Deputy Chief of Mission at the Embassy of India, Washington D.C on July 29, 2013. Mr. Sandhu is married to Reenat Sandhu, also an IFS officer, and has two children. On his return to India, Sandhu served as OSD (Press Relations), Ministry of External Affairs from 1994 to March 1997. He was responsible for liaison with the foreign media in India. In April 1997, he joined the Embassy of India, Washington, as First Secretary (Political) responsible for liaison with the US Congress. He spearheaded India’s successful efforts to obtain Congressional waiver of sanctions imposed on India in 1998 following nuclear tests.He served as Counselor (Political) in the High Commission of India, Colombo from December 2000 to September 2004. He was Director (BSM) from September 2004 to July 2005 looking after Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Maldives and Myanmar in Ministry of External Affairs in New Delhi.
VIDEO: Susan Page explains how MINUJUSTH will help the Government of Haiti protect its population, improving its justice, police and human right systems. “Once they have a baseline of what the people are looking for, what they need knowledge about, we hope that this bottom-up and top-down approach will help Haiti to strengthen its own institutions with a bit of push from us,” she explained.Ms. Page sees this new approach as a possible new peacekeeping model, commenting that with the aim of doing more with less, “one of the ways we can reach people is by being more flexible and being more mobile.”On the groundTurning to the situation on the ground, Ms. Page noted that while Haiti’s political system had been less than stable, “now, all of that is settled.” “Now that Haiti has its elected officials at all levels, including at the lowest levels in the communes, we have something to work with,” she said.“The police will continue to work with the Haitian National Police on their strategic development plan, but they also have a programme that is strengthening the mid-level to upper level cadres of the National Police,” she addedAs for the ongoing combat against cholera in the country, Ms. Page expressed hope to get to zero transmission. “One of the ways we continue to work is through the country team,” she said, mentioning the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), and the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), which are working to strengthen sanitation and water systems. “It’s really a whole of UN approach; and with the Government’s strategic vision and roadmap of how they intend to get there. And we can help them with that,” she said reassuringly. Describing what is unique about the mission, the Special Representative and Head of MINUJUSTH, Susan Page, underscored that it focusses “exclusively on the rule of law.” “The new mandate by the [UN] Security Council is to work with the Government of Haiti to strengthen its rule of law intuitions. It’s also to continue to support the HNP, the Haitian National Police, and to work on justice and human rights – and that includes human rights reporting, monitoring and analysis,” she told UN News.MINUJUSTH is also unique in that its mandate calls for a benchmarking exit strategy. “Within two years, we can figure out how we [will exit the country] but with benchmarks for progress that can be measured,” she stressed.The mission head stated that the country team created a framework with a focus on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which, along with SDG 16 – to promote just, peaceful and inclusive societies – is working in conjunction with the Haitian Government. “This is a way of bringing the entire country team together, along with the peacekeeping mission, to attain those goals,” she continued, adding that the Government “has already signed up to be a partner in trying to accomplish this for its own development.” Mobile team approachMs. Page explained that while MINUJUSTH is almost exclusively based in the capital, Port-au-Prince, it will also have a ‘mobile approach’ that will take teams into the field – reaching the greatest number of people.The mission chief told UN News that the teams will focus on peace, justice and rule of law, to help the people figure out their needs, and then connect them with top-level political figures to see how the UN can help the Government address those needs.
Buckeyes’ senior midfielder Megan McGillis handles the ball in their 13-9 win over Vermont. Credit: James King | Lantern reporterThe Ohio State women’s lacrosse team won their season opener against Vermont 13-9, led by a second half surge by freshman midfielder Liza Hernandez, who scored three goals and picked up an assist. The win moved OSU to 1-0 and dropped Vermont to 0-2.In the first matchup between the Buckeyes and the Catamounts in the history of the program, Hernandez was able to spark a stagnant second half OSU team to claim a victory.Both teams went on extended goal streaks — the Buckeyes closed out the first half with seven straight goals giving them a 9-4 lead at the break, while Vermont began the second half with four consecutive goals narrowing OSU’s lead to just one. OSU would then come back with four successive scores, ending Vermont’s hopes for a comeback.“I thought we showed resiliency,” coach Alexis Venechanos said. “This game was a game of runs, we had a good nice run that first half and in the second half we couldn’t buy a goal. But I’m glad we stepped up and converted when we needed to.”The scoring was initially broken open by Buckeye midfielder Bailey Parrott when her free position shot found the back of the net, her first of two. Vermont was able to respond with a goal of their own by midfielder Molly Little before OSU’s senior midfielder Morgan Fee added another, putting them up 2-1.Vermont would then go on to score twice within the next three minutes off of unassisted goals from senior midfielder Brynne Yarranton — her first of two — and junior attack Becca Olsen giving them a 3-2 lead over the Buckeyes.From that point OSU would begin to fill up the net and take an overwhelming 9-3 lead with second goals from Fee and Parrott, along with goals from Hernandez, two from junior attack Molly Wood, one from freshman attack Alex Vander Molen and a final first half goal from sophomore midfielder Mackenzie Maring.During the first half, OSU was able to force nine Vermont turnovers, allowing them to dominate the ball throughout. Little was able to tally on one more goal for the Catamounts, dropping the Buckeyes’ lead to five and sending them into the halftime break up 9-4.Vermont come out firing in the second half, striking twice early. The first on a free position goal from attacker Meredith Moore and the second coming from attacker Elena McWright, cutting OSU’s lead to just three.The Buckeyes continued to struggle late into the second half, giving up another two free position goals to Vermont’s Yarrington and midfielder Courtney Cole. OSU’s lead would be nearly completely erased, leading 9-8 with 12:42 minutes remaining in the game.OSU’s offense was nonexistent in the early parts of the second half, turning the ball over nine times — one less than the 10 shots they took during that time.“I think we lost our way for a little bit there,” Wood said. “But I was so happy with the mental toughness we showed all over the field to not let their run scare us at all.”And with 11:22 left in the game the flood gates were reopened for the Buckeyes. Hernandez would add her second and third goals of the game within 30 seconds of one another, stretching OSU’s lead back to three and energizing her side for the remainder of the game.“I knew something had to change,” Hernandez said. “I knew we had to pick up the momentum. So Coach [Venechanos] drew up a play and I told myself, ‘This is it, you need to change the game around and really push it,’ so I did.”Maring and senior defender Shannon Rosati would go on to add their first goals of the season, giving OSU a commanding 13-8 lead with just 4:31 remaining. The Catamounts tried to fight back when Moore scored her second goal with 2:31 left in the game, but the Buckeyes proved to be too much, holding on to win 13-9.In a game where freshmen accounted for four goals and freshman goalie Jill Rizzo was able to get seven saves in a win, Hernandez proved to be the catalyst that OSU needed to get back on track.“[Hernandez] has been doing a great job for us in the preseason and this game we thought she had a good matchup,” Venechanos said. “We wanted to keep putting the ball in her hands, she makes good decisions. […] Liza did great, great first game and we’re going to need a lot more of that.”The Buckeyes will be headed to Florida to take on Jacksonville University in their next contest. The game is set for a 1 p.m. face off on Sunday.
Members of Ohio State women’s volleyball team celebrate a point scored against No. 2 Penn State on Oct. 6. The Buckeyes lost 3-2. Credit: Rebecca Farage | Lantern ReporterThe Ohio State women’s volleyball team (10-7, 3-3 Big Ten) will hope to find better success this weekend when it travels for a pair of games in Illinois against No. 6 Illinois Friday and Northwestern Saturday after dropping its last two matches to Penn State and Rutgers.Last season, the Buckeyes beat Northwestern both games in their home-and-home series. Ohio State defeated the Wildcats in a 3-0 sweep at St. John Arena and beat them again in a 3-1 match in Evanston, Illinois.The Buckeyes have won two of the last three contests between the two teams, but lost to the Illini 3-1 last season. Illinois leads the all-time series with a 41-38 record with games between both teams taking place since 1974.Ohio State has been more successful against Northwestern as it has defeated the Wildcats in the last fives matches.Ohio State associate head coach Susan Halverson-Maloney has been practicing with the Buckeyes, focusing on their serve-and-pass as they prepare to go up against two teams she knows play a strong defense and serving game.“Both teams are similar to us in that they’re battling in the Big Ten right now. [They have] a lot of matches going long, a lot of sets going long,” Halverson-Maloney said. “For us it’s about staying in each point, refocusing after each point, winning the long rallies.”Halverson-Maloney believes that the key to having a successful weekend is to find consistency and maintain the same level of play with every game.“[We are] just looking to our leadership to keep us consistent on both sides of the ball, offensively and defensively, trying to find our edge and our push in tight moments,” Halverson-Maloney said.Last weekend was one of sophomore outside hitter Bia Franklin’s most impressive performances as she hit 10 kills and nine digs in Friday night’s game against No. 2 Penn State. Both numbers were career-highs for Franklin.“I just did what the team needed and they helped me,” Franklin said. “It was really nice and natural, I didn’t really think about it.”With some of the players facing continuous injuries, Halverson-Maloney said the Buckeyes have collectively tried to step up their performance. “They’ve been flexible, they’ve been competitive, willing to do anything for the team,” Halverson-Maloney said. “We’ve had great response from every position. They’re enjoying the newness of the lineup and trying to work out and problem-solve together.”
Lodsys has had a rough time of it lately, not that anyone’s particularly feeling sorry for them. They surprised independent iOS developers with legal threats over ambiguous patent infringement claims, purposefully avoiding bigger targets that could fight back, including Apple itself, who they admit is licensed to use their patents. Then Apple stepped in on behalf of iOS developers and demanded that Lodsys stop harassing iOS developers, saying they would protect their developers in court if necessary. Now, Lodsys has turned to a new target: Android developers.It’s unclear whether Lodsys sees the writing on the wall and knows that they won’t be able to squeeze iOS developers any longer now that Apple has weighed in on the matter, or whether this was part of their plan all along.AdChoices广告Regardless, Android developers may be a more attractive target for Lodsys, since Google is on shakier legal ground with regard to patents in Android. Google hasn’t commented on Lodsys’s latest moves, but it’s almost certain that they will soon. After all, the last thing Google wants is a disincentive against developers building Android apps.The entire patent issue boils down to the issue of in-app purchases and upgrades. Lodsys claims that the capability to perform in-app purchases and upgrades is their technology. They acknowledge that they have licensing agreements with mobile OS providers like Google and Apple to license their technology, but they don’t feel that app developers inherit that license when they agree to develop for Apple or Google. Apple, for its part, clearly disagrees, and is willing to stand behind the fact.Lodsys has said essentially that they’re not satisfied with the economic return by licensing to a large company like Apple or Google, and they want a cut from each developer that implements in-app purchases as well. That’s right: they’re looking for more money. Some analysts have labeled this behavior “patent trolling,” but to Lodsys it’s a matter of revenue, and the technique that will generate the most income for the company.Legally, it’s a difficult argument for Lodsys to make: that they essentially deserve to be paid twice for functionality used once. They’re making the claim that the technology is being used by two parties, so it should be paid twice, but it’ll be difficult for them to convince a court of the fact, especially against companies like Apple or Google.Read more at MacRumors via Android Community and SlashGear
L’Europe pourrait être menacée par les particules radioactives du JaponAprès le violent séisme survenu le vendredi 11 mars, tous les regards sont aujourd’hui tournés vers les centrales nucléaires japonaises, qui ont connu des dégâts considérables. Des fuites radioactives auraient des conséquences sur l’ensemble de la Terre.La menace nucléaire est à son comble. Les violentes répliques qui ont frappé le territoire nippon ne cessent d’ébranler la centrale de Fukushima dont les systèmes de refroidissement sont tombés en pannes dans trois de ses six réacteurs. La menace d’une fuite radioactive provoque maintenant la crainte du monde entier même si la possibilité qu’elle se produise a été jugée “faible” par les autorités. À lire aussiLa fusion nucléaire pourrait bien devenir prochainement une réalitéSi les Japonais sont les plus concernés par la menace, l’Europe n’est pas en reste. Cyril Honoré, directeur adjoint de la prévision Météo-France explique au Point.fr dans d’une interview, que les particules pourraient être acheminées vers le reste du monde par les vents. Il souligne: “De façon générale, les vents dans l’hémisphère Nord circulent d’ouest en est. Donc les particules seront d’abord entraînées vers le Pacifique. Mais les vents ne s’arrêtent jamais ; leur vocation est de faire un trajet circulaire et continu autour du globe”.Une fois dans l’atmosphère, ces particules radioactives ont la capacité de contaminer des éléments comme la vapeur d’eau. Lors de précipitations, elles retombent dans la terre et contaminent les sols. Le danger réside alors dans la contamination par l’exposition externe (par irradiation) ou interne (par ingestion) de ces particules. Pour l’heure, les autorités restent en alerte. “L’IRSN, Institut de radioprotection et de sûreté nucléaire, surveille les taux présents dans notre environnement”, explique Cyril Honoré.Le 14 mars 2011 à 17:16 • Emmanuel Perrin
Email Facebook In these times of struggle, Lovato’s personal journey includes reaching out where help is neededPhilip MerrillGRAMMYs Sep 8, 2017 – 6:28 pm Music’s stars have been making a difference for the Hurricane Harvey recovery, but Hurricane Irma is now approaching Florida. In both Florida and eastern Texas, DACA Dreamers must struggle to cope with losing their status at the same time. Dreamers have already lost their lives in Texas helping others.GRAMMY nominee and performer Demi Lovato has joined the chorus of voices now raised together as our nation struggles to address the unprecedented hurricane damage and the requirement for DACA recipients to prepare for deportation.While Demi Lovato’s new album Tell Me You Love Me is scheduled for release in three weeks, and its hit “Sorry Not Sorry” has passed 100 million views on YouTube, the star’s heart is with people in need. Born in New Mexico and raised in Dallas to a Mexican father and a mother who worked as a cheerleader for the Dallas Cowboys, the challenges barreling down on fellow Americans feel personal.”Weeks are going to pass by, people are going to forget about it and it’s important that we don’t forget about it, that we continue to help volunteer,” she said in a wide-ranging interview covering her outreach to the Houston Food Bank and Voto Latino.Many of her fans remember a decade of watching her mature from Disney Channel ingénue to a force in popular culture. As her tunes climb the charts, we can also remember this dedication amidst tragedy to help others in urgent need.See Demi Lovato reveal how she celebrated her first GRAMMY nominationRead more Demi Lovato: Making A Difference For Those In Need demi-lovato-making-difference-people-need Twitter News Demi Lovato: Making A Difference For People In Need
Violent clashes continued in India on Sunday between supporters of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Hindu nationalist party and a regional party in the politically volatile eastern state of West Bengal, officials said.Rival supporters regularly engaged in pitched battles across the state during the bitterly fought elections that saw Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) clinch a massive victory both in the state and nationwide.A BJP supporter was shot dead late Friday in the capital Kolkata, where massive clashes broke out and fires were lit on the eve of polling day on 19 May.Police said thousands of supporters of the regional Trinamool Congress party — which has its stronghold in West Bengal — and the BJP, threw rocks and attacked each other with sticks in several locations.Rock-throwing mobs also attacked a car carrying a state minister from Trinamool Congress in northern Coochbehar district, smashing its windscreen.Minister Binoy Krishna Burman accused BJP supporters of carrying out the attack and blamed them for ransacking the party’s office in the district.Authorities called on armed paramilitary forces to bring the situation under control.More than 20 people have been detained over the violence, police said.BJP campaigned aggressively in the state and won 18 seats, well up from the two it won in 2014.Modi’s party won a record 303 seats in the national parliament, increasing their previous tally of 282 seats in 2014.The rightwing party has been aggressively pushing to expand its reach in eastern India, where it traditionally lacks support.Meanwhile, police in northern Uttar Pradesh state’s Amethi were investigating the murder of a political activist of BJP.Surendra Singh believed to be a close aide of BJP minister Smriti Irani, was shot dead late Saturday by unidentified gunmen. Police said they were investigating all angles including a “political murder”.Irani won the Amethi seat in the election defeating Congress party chief Rahul Gandhi in his home bastion by more than 50,000 votes.
By: Yonat Shimron YonatShimron Catholicism Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email TagsArab nations Dubai homepage featured Jewish Community of the Emirates NYU Rabbi Yehuda Sarna United Arab Emirates,You may also like Share This! By: Yonat Shimron YonatShimron By: Yonat Shimron YonatShimron Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,About the authorView All Posts Sowing division, Islamists target Christians in Burkina Faso Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Share This! Yonat Shimron YonatShimron As Amazon burns, Vatican prepares for summit on region’s faith and sustainabilit … August 30, 2019 Instagram apostasy stirs controversy over Christian ‘influencers’ August 30, 2019 Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email News Share This! Yonat Shimron Yonat Shimron is an RNS National Reporter and Senior Editor.,Load Comments,The priest and the ‘Fleabag’ forge mutual faith in Amazon comedy series Photos of the Week August 30, 2019 News • Photos of the Week Share This! Share This! Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,(RNS) — It’s been a maxim for decades: Jewish synagogues in Arab countries are dying, and no new ones are being built.But there’s an exception. A new synagogue formed in the United Arab Emirates a few years ago has persevered without a rabbi. On Tuesday (May 14), at a forum sponsored by the Anti-Defamation League and the UAE government, it was announced it will have a rabbi, too.Rabbi Yehuda Sarna, a Canadian native who has served for 17 years as New York University’s chaplain and executive director of its Hillel chapter, has been named chief rabbi of the Jewish Community of the Emirates.Sarna is not leaving his post at NYU but taking on a new responsibility. He plans to travel to Dubai four times a year and serve as a spokesman for the nascent Jewish community located there.“It’s a very exciting and daunting challenge to try to build the community in such a way that is not only sustainable and enriching for the people who are members of it, but also it serves the function of engaging with the Muslim world in that part of the world,” Sarna said.Rabbi Yehuda Sarna, chaplain at New York University. Photo courtesy of Religion and Ethics NewsWeeklyThe Jewish Community of the Emirates, as it’s known, meets in an unmarked home in a residential location in Dubai so as to attract little attention in this predominantly Muslim country. It draws about 200 Jews, many of them business people from all over the world who have flocked to the UAE to take part in its growing economic power as it shifts from a reliance on oil and trade to technology and artificial intelligence.Services are Orthodox in format, with separate seating for men and women, but Sarna said that in time the synagogue might offer multiple services to include various forms of Jewish worship in the same building.There are, of course, synagogues in other Arab countries: Egypt, Morocco and Tunisia, for example. But those are historic communities that have existed for ages, dating back, in some cases, to pre-biblical times.In 1945, there were an estimated 1 million Jews living in Arab countries; today there are maybe 4,000. Countries such as Syria, Egypt and Iraq once boasted vibrant Jewish communities. Most have been forced to flee, and in some places, like Iraq and Syria, the Jewish population has dropped into the single digits.“Jewish communities have thrived under Muslim rule for hundreds of years,” said David Mednicoff, who chairs the Department of Judaic and Near Eastern Studies at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. “In many ways, this is going back to something that was once normal.”The UAE, a confederation of seven emirates, has touted religious coexistence, appointing a Minister of Tolerance in 2016 and declaring 2019 “the year of tolerance.”In February, the country hosted Pope Francis. It has a minority Christian population of about 1.2 million, many from India and the Philippines.During the pope’s visit, the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi announced plans to construct an Abrahamic House, which will contain a mosque, a church and a synagogue.The United Arab Emirates, red, located in the Middle East. Map courtesy of Creative CommonsDubai, the largest city in the UAE, has been perhaps the most open.“They’ve always been the least conservative and most loose, but in recent years they’ve embraced international businesses and have become a kind of self-contained unit,” said Curtis Ryan, a professor of political science at Appalachian State University in Boone, N.C., who studies the Middle East.Over the past few years, relations between Israel and the UAE have warmed, and diplomats have conducted stealth meetings, despite the two countries’ lack of official ties. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visited the neighboring country of Oman last year, and Israel announced it would take part in the 2020 World Expo in Dubai.The Dubai synagogue is one chapter in this warming trend.“This is a historic moment for interfaith cooperation for religious freedom, and it’s happening in the most complicated part of the world,” said Johnnie Moore, a member of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom who attended the ADL-UAE forum Tuesday.Sarna who also spoke at the forum said he has already visited the synagogue in Dubai at least a dozen times in his role as NYU chaplain because the university has a four-year degree-granting academic center in Abu Dhabi.“You come to a community event and your mind is blown by the eclectic adventurous stories you hear,” Sarna said. The journey people have that brought them to the UAE and the vision of the future they aspire to. It’s an amazing crossroads for many people.”(National reporter Jack Jenkins contributed to this report)
Read more at Esuteru (Japanese) and Kotaku Say “Metal Gear Solid” to most gamers today and they’ll know exactly what you are talking about. The games in the MGS series have been a huge success for Konami and their creator Hideo Kojima. But the path to success nearly didn’t happen as the game was originally rejected.The original 1987 game design called the game Metal Gear (Intruder) and Kojima has posted images via his Twitter account of that original document. The red stamp you see is confirmation that it was rejected.Because Metal Gear was a totally new type of game, Konami’s management had a hard time understanding why a game about war would have the character not fighting. It also didn’t help that Kojima was new to the industry and had no games published making his different ideas a big risk. So they rejected the game at first.Kojima won them round, though, and as the game started to come together all of the development team saw the potential and pushed ahead creating the start of the series.Thanks to Kotaku commenter ClosetOtaku who pointed out there is a documentary on YouTube about Hideo Kojima and how Metal Gear came to be. We’ve included all three parts below for you to watch:
Katie Holmes and Jamie Foxx have reportedly been spending a lot of time together, but it’s nothing serious. Sources don’t expect Holmes to take things to the next level with Foxx, reports people.com. “This is not some intense romance. Jamie and Katie are friends and have been for a long time. They are two adults who are attractive and single, and so apparently conclusions will be drawn.’
Robbie GonzalezI Spent the Night With Yelp’s Robot Security Guard, Cobalt If you think the ethics of security robots are murky now, just you wait. Knightscope wants to keep humans in the loop with its robots, but it’s not hard to imagine a day when someone else gets the bright idea to give other security machines a lot more autonomy. Meaning, have AI-powered robots recognize faces and look for patterns in crimes. Patrol this area preferentially at this time of day, for instance, because this suspicious group of people tends to come around.Algorithms are already forming biases. In 2016, an investigation by ProPublica revealed that software used to determine criminal risk was biased against black defendants. Now imagine a security robot loaded with algorithms that profile people. It’s especially troubling considering the engineers developing artificial intelligences don’t necessarily know how the algorithms are learning. “There should be not only a human at the end of the loop, but a human at the beginning, when you’re learning the data,” says computer scientist Michael Anderson of the Machine Ethics program.Really, what robot makers will need are ethicists working alongside engineers as they develop these kinds of systems. “Engineers aren’t necessarily able to see the ramifications of what they’re doing,” says ethicist Susan Anderson, also of Machine Ethics. “They’re so focused on how it can do this, it can do that.”Could a robot at some point help an organization like SPCA? Yeah, maybe. These are early days of human-robot interaction, after all, and humans have as much to learn from the robots as the robots have to learn from us. Maybe there are ways to go about it without rolling over somebody’s toes. More on Security Bots In November, the San Francisco SPCA deployed a 5-foot-tall, 400-pound robot to patrol its campus. Not for muscle, mind you, but for surveillance. The SPCA, a large complex nestled in the northeast corner of the city’s Mission neighborhood, has long dealt with vandalism, break-ins, and discarded needles in its surrounding parking lots. Fearing for the safety of its staff, the SPCA figured the robot could work as a deterrent, a sort of deputy for its human security team.The robot came from a Silicon Valley startup called Knightscope, whose growing family of security machines work as slower, more disciplinarian versions of self-driving cars. SPCA used their K5 robot, which is good for outdoor use. Its scaled-down cousin K3 is meant for the indoors, while the K1 is a stationary pillar that will soon monitor things like building entrances. And the K7, a four-wheeled robot meant for patrolling perimeters of airports and such, is going beta next year. The company is on a mission to take a bite out of crime by augmenting human security guards with machines. The path there, though, is fraught with ethical pitfalls.The K5, along with almost 50 other Knightscope robots across 13 states, sees its world by coating it with lasers, autonomously patrolling its domain while taking 360-degree video. In an on-site control room, a human security guard monitors this feed for anomalies. Knightscope says K5 can read 1,200 license plates a minute to, say, pick out cars that have been parked for an inordinate amount of time. If you get in the robot’s way, it says excuse me. In the event of an emergency, the security guard can speak through the robot to alert nearby humans. The SPCA’s robot patrolled both its campus and the surrounding sidewalks while emitting a futuristic whine, working as a mobile camera to theoretically deter crime.None of these machines are equipped with tasers or flamethrowers or anything like that. “This is not for enforcement,” says William Santana Li, chairman and CEO of Knightscope. “It’s for monitoring and giving an understanding of the situation for those humans to do their jobs much more effectively.” Again, the SPCA’s robot wasn’t meant to replace humans, but supplement them.“Very simply,” Li adds, “if I put a marked law enforcement vehicle in front of your home or your office, criminal behavior changes.”So does other behavior, it turns out. After the SPCA’s Knightscope was set out on its route, homeless residents took it to task. A group of people setting up camp allegedly threw a tarp over the robot and knocked it over and smeared BBQ sauce on its sensors.Now, by this point you probably don’t recoil when you see a security camera and throw rocks at it—for better or worse, we’re all under surveillance in public. But the K5 just feels different—and it elicits different reactions. In a shopping mall, the robot seems unassuming, even vaguely endearing. Kids run up and hug it. But in the outdoors, it’s a roaming embodiment of surveillance, recording video of everything around it. Which is particularly unsettling to people who make the outdoors their home.“Keep in mind, this concept of privacy in a public area is a little bit odd,” says Li. “You have no expectation of privacy in a public area where all these machines are operating.”Still, a camera on a wall is one thing. A giant camera that roams the streets of San Francisco is another. “When you’re living outdoors, the lack of privacy is really dehumanizing after awhile, where the public’s eyes are always on you,” says Jennifer Friedenbach, executive director of San Francisco’s Coalition on Homelessness. “It’s really kind of a relief when nighttime comes, when you can just be without a lot of people around. And then there’s this robot cruising around recording you.”After the San Francisco Business Times published a piece on the SPCA’s foray into security robotics, public outcry grew that the organization was using the robot to roam the sidewalks around its facility to discourage homeless people from settling. The SF SPCA denies its intent was anti-homeless. “The SF SPCA was exploring the use of a robot to prevent additional burglaries at our facility and to deter other crimes that frequently occur on our campus—like car break-ins, harassment, vandalism, and graffiti—not to disrupt homeless people,” said the group’s president, Jennifer Scarlett, in a statement.Nevertheless, the group discontinued its pilot program with Knightscope last week. Deploying robots in a mall is fairly innocuous, but clearly in a more sensitive use case like this, the ethical conundrums of human-robot interaction got out of hand quick. Kim ZetterWhy a Killer Robot Was Likely the Only Option For Dallas Police Cade MetzSecurity Bots Will Battle in Vegas for Darpa’s Hacking Crown
Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus Review: A 6.8-inch BeastThe Galaxy Note 10 Plus sports a gorgeous display, long battery life and new S Pen tricks, but its cameras could be better.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpTCL 5-Series Hands-On00:56OffAutomated Captions – en-USLive00:0005:3005:30 Galaxy Note 10 livestream: Start time and how to watchSamsung’s Unpacked event gets under way today, Aug. 7, at 4PM ET. Samsung will be hosting its Galaxy Note 10 live stream in multiple locations online.Samsung Unpacked Website: You’ll be able to tune in to Samsung.com to watch the entire Unpacked event.Twitter: Samsung already has a #SamsungEvent Twitter page up and running, and on that page you can click a reminder for when event starts. Facebook: Samsung is currently promoting its Samsung.com live stream coverage through Facebook but it’s likely you’ll also be able to watch right on Facebook.Galaxy Watch Active 2 Under Armour Edition, Galaxy Tab S6(Image credit: Tom’s Guide)Samsung has already announced other new products in the past week, including a new Galaxy Watch Active 2 with a built-in run coach, a digital rotating bezel and (upcoming) ECG functionality, just like the Apple Watch Series 4. So we expect this smartwatch to see at least a little bit of stage time, especially since there’s a rumored Galaxy Watch Active 2 Under Armour edition on the way.The other big recent launch was the Galaxy Tab S6, which will have an optional keyboard with a touchpad, an improved DeX desktop interface and a powerful Snapdragon 855 CPU, all of which should help Samsung compete with the iPad Pro.Galaxy HomeSamsung has one other piece of unfinished business from previous launch events. Last year when unveiling the Galaxy Note 8, it also took the wraps off the Galaxy Home, a smart speaker in the vein of similar products from Amazon, Apple and Google. A lot’s happened in the ensuing year, but none of it involves the Galaxy Home ever shipping.In June, Samsung CEO Kim Hyun-suk said that the speaker would finally see the light of day during the third quarter of 2019, which is right about now. Samsung could use the upcoming Unpacked event to finally put a Galaxy Home ship date on the calendar — or at least remind us all what the speaker actually does.Galaxy Book S(Image credit: Evan Blass/@evleaks)Rumors of a new notebook from Samsung first popped up in July, but we’ve now potentially seen what the Galaxy Book S might look like, should it join the Note 10 at Unpacked this week. Tweets posted by Evan Blass show a laptop with thin bezels and a curved lid.The Galaxy Book S is expected to feature a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor, and it will run Windows 10. Whatever else the Galaxy Book S has to offer will be come apparent once Samsung unveils the new laptop — possibly as soon as this week. After months of speculation, leaks and rumors, Samsung is finally about to take the wraps off of the Galaxy Note 10. And it looks like it will have a big brother along for the ride. Based on multiple reports, Samsung will unveil both a 6.3-inch Galaxy Note 10 and 6.8-inch Galaxy Note 10 Plus. And there could be a lot of differences between these flagship phones other than screen. We’re hearing everything from a fourth camera on the Note 10 Plus to a bigger battery, more RAM and more storage.The other big rumor is that Samsung is going to kill the headphone jack on the Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10 Plus and that the regular Note 10 could lose the microSD card slot.Here’s how to watch the Galaxy Note 10 live stream and everything you can expcect, including other new Samsung products.RECOMMENDED VIDEOS FOR YOU…logoCreated with Sketch.
In one respect, the researchers found what you might intuit. People bitch about the weather when the weather’s bad. But then, curiously, they stop. What used to seem extreme starts to seem normal. “If you have a recent history where you have abnormally warm or colder temperatures, that reduces the probability you’ll tweet about the weather,” says Fran Moore, an environmental scientist at UC Davis and lead author of a paper about this in the current Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.It’s not that people get used to that new normal, though. They just get sort of blind to it. Moore and her colleagues ran the non-weather tweets from their Twitter corpus through two different automated systems for sentiment analysis, the Valence Aware Dictionary for sEntiment Reasoning (VADER) and the much less cool-ly initialized Linguistic Inquiry and Word Count. Sentiment analysis is still a field where smart people could disagree on whether it works, but even so, both analyses of the emotional content of these tweetstreams showed the same thing. “People stop tweeting about these unusual temperatures,” Moore says, “but as best we can tell, the temperatures are still making them kind of miserable.” Yes, miserable even for Twitter.It has been about a century since people began pumping greenhouse gases into the atmosphere in earnest. Climate researchers rely on millennia-old data like tree rings and ice cores to show change. But, Moore says, it takes just about five years for people to forget what used to be normal. The cartoonist Randall Munroe had it right in a 2013 XKCD strip: “What used to be normal now feels too cold.” And that worries scientists like Moore, because it might mean that people essentially get amnesia when it comes to climate change. The variation is too subtle for anyone to notice or do anything about—until it’s not, when it’s too late. Which, arguably, is now. Broadly this idea is called “shifting baseline syndrome.” As happens a lot when it comes to ecological disasters, the ocean researchers noticed it first. As commercial fisheries fall apart, what constitutes a “large catch” gets defined downward, as the marine biologist Daniel Pauly wrote in 1995. As the overall climate takes on the quality of non-stationarity—where past performance no longer predicts future events—memory gets shorter and shorter. It’s not historical, nor generational, nor even extending as far back as childhood; all we’re left with is now.Or maybe not. Don’t panic. “It’s an important finding to see what they call the remarkability, the noticeability, of these unusual weather conditions tends to decline over time,” says Peter Howe, a geographer at Utah State University who studies people’s understanding of climate. “The effect they’re finding is real. What it poses are some interesting questions about how that relates to perceptions and opinions.” In Howe’s own work, which uses survey data as opposed to the clever expediency of social media, people in 89 different countries have been able to tell when the overall temperatures were going up.Weirder still, the weather didn’t change people’s minds about climate change as much as the other way ‘round. People who understood that human activities were warming the planet were more likely to perceive weather events as being related to climate change. Those who didn’t, didn’t. And people’s opinion about climate change correlates with nothing so highly as their political affiliation. “Our pre-existing belief about the issue, driven by political factors and other things, shapes what we think we’ve experienced,” Howe says.Yet even that baseline is shifting. Data from surveys conducted by the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication show a marked change over the last five years. Since 2013, the number of Americans who are worried about climate change has gone up 16 percentage points, to nearly 70 percent overall. People who think it’s human-caused has gone up 15, to 62 percent. Those trends hold across the survey—and across political leanings, as well. So, sure, 95 percent of self-identified liberal Democrats are “very” or “somewhat worried” about global warming. But so are 32 percent of conservative Republicans, up from just 14 percent five years ago. The charts on the left show temperature anomalies—more cold weeks on top, more hot weeks on the bottom. And on the right, the number of tweets overall, in decline after years of exposure to those anomalies.Moore et al./PNASFrom a database of 2.18 billion tweets sent by 12.8 million people in the continental US—stripped of all identifying information except for date and location—a team of climate researchers isolated the ones that talked about the weather. Specifically, they looked for tweets talking about whether it was hot or cold. And then they compared the volume of those tweets to the “reference temperature” for the county where they originated; which is to say, they looked at historical data for whether that county was seeing an unusual number of hot or cold days over time. Every time someone in a position of power (for example) says that a cold snap in winter proves that climate change is not a thing, a dutiful chorus responds with a familiar refrain: Weather is not climate. Weather happens on the scale of days or weeks, over a distance relevant to cities or states. Climate happens over decades, centuries even, to an entire planet.The problem is, guess what timescale and space-scale people live on?The question of what can make human beings understand climate change is literally an existential one. It’s complicated by humans’ pathetically short lifespan and their attention-span, roughly akin to that of a cat in a laser-pointer QA lab. How can anyone expect people to grasp the planetary, millennium-encompassing implications of their half-remembered actions? There’s bad news on that front, and as is customary with bad news, it comes from Twitter. The quinquennial National Climate Assessment and the Worldwide Threat Assessment of the National Intelligence Community emphasized the present, ongoing dangers posed by human-caused climate change, from extreme weather to deaths from heat to disease outbreaks to displaced persons. More than a fifth of all the corn planted in the US is genetically modified to be drought-tolerant, suggesting that no matter what farmers think about climate change, they know the climate is changing. Even petrochemical companies acknowledge in court, on the record, that climate change is real, dangerous, and human-caused (while continuing to pump out of the ground and sell the chemicals that cause it—arguably their fiduciary duty, genocidal though it may be).Despite the mnemonic frame-drag suggested by Moore’s twitter research, most of the country is on board with getting something done about climate change, whether it’s a Green New Deal or some other attack on the problem. As a climate scientist (herself something of a skeptic) observed to Andrew Revkin in National Geographic, the last bastion of disbelief is the White House—which is, let’s be honest, one hell of a bastion.The next step, then, is to figure out what makes people believe humans are changing the climate even as their own baseline shifts. “We’re not trying to say that this result means that no one’s going to believe in climate change, because people’s own experiences of weather are not the dominant piece of information they use,” Moore says. “What you could say is that you can’t expect people’s experience of weather alone is going to passively convince them.” So next she’s going to try to figure out if events other than temperature change might have more of an impact—wildfires, hurricanes, or coastal flooding. 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Today European Commission has issued a formal antitrust investigation to assess whether Amazon’s use of sensitive data from independent retailers who sell on its marketplace is in breach of EU competition rules. Commissioner Margrethe Vestager, in charge of competition policy, said: “European consumers are increasingly shopping online. E-commerce has boosted retail competition and brought more choice and better prices. We need to ensure that large online platforms don’t eliminate these benefits through anti-competitive behaviour. I have therefore decided to take a very close look at Amazon’s business practices and its dual role as marketplace and retailer, to assess its compliance with EU competition rules.” The Commission has noticed that Amazon while providing a marketplace for competitive sellers collects data about the activity on its platform. Based on the preliminary fact-finding, Amazon appears to use competitively sensitive information – about marketplace sellers, their products and transactions on the marketplace. As a part of its in-depth investigation the Commission will look into: the standard agreements between Amazon and marketplace sellers, which allow Amazon’s retail business to analyse and use third party seller data. In particular, the Commission will focus on whether and how the use of accumulated marketplace seller data by Amazon as a retailer affects competition. the role of data in the selection of the winners of the “Buy Box” and the impact of Amazon’s potential use of competitively sensitive marketplace seller information on that selection. The “Buy Box” is displayed prominently on Amazon and allows customers to add items from a specific retailer directly into their shopping carts. Winning the “Buy Box” seems key for marketplace sellers as a vast majority of transactions are done through it. If proven, the practices under investigation may breach the EU competition rules on anticompetitive agreements between the company under Article 101 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU). Source: EU Commission Commissioner Margrethe Vestager hinted for months that she wanted to escalate a preliminary inquiry into how Amazon may be unfairly using sales data to undercut smaller shops on its Marketplace platform. By ramping up the probe, officials can start to build a case that could ultimately lead to fines or an order to change the way the Seattle-based company operates in the EU. “If powerful platforms are found to use data they amass to get an edge over their competitors, both consumers and the market bear the cost,” said Johannes Kleis of BEUC, the European consumer organization in Brussels. The Commission has already informed Amazon about opening the case proceedings. It will open the investigations on priority basis and there is no legal deadline attached to put an end to this case. The current Chief Economist at the EU Commission approached Sen Elizabeth Warren, who wants to break the big tech, to umpire and build a team to lead this case. To know more about this news, you can check out the official EU Commission page. Read Next Elizabeth Warren wants to break up tech giants like Amazon, Google Facebook, and Apple and build strong antitrust laws Amazon is the next target on EU’s antitrust hitlist Amazon workers protest on its Prime day, demand a safe work environment and fair wage