first_img(A rocket launch by the European Space Agency in October 2017. The ESA ignored concerns of Inuit and sent the rocket into space)The Canadian PressAn international Inuit group is angry they weren’t informed that a rocket stage likely containing highly toxic fuel is set to splash down in waters they routinely hunt for food on Wednesday.Okalik Eegeesiak, of the Inuit Circumpolar Commission, said both the federal government and the European Space Agency again failed to inform Inuit in Canada and Greenland about the falling debris.“Again, we had no knowledge of this and were not included in what is happening in our areas. Our communities are hearing through the media about what is happening.”See: European Space Agency ignores Inuit concerns, launches hydrazine loaded rocketThe second stage of the rocket is expected to fall into the waters of Baffin Bay, outside Canada’s territorial waters but within its exclusive economic zone as well as the purview of the Arctic Waters Pollution Prevention Act.The rocket is a repurposed Soviet-era SS-19 ballistic missile, fuelled by hydrazine. Hydrazine is highly carcinogenic and so toxic nearly every space program in the world has moved away from it.However, the old SS-19s are economically attractive, said Michael Byers, a professor of international law who has studied the issue.“These are leftover from the Cold War,” he said. “They’re free as a result.”The second stage of an SS-19 could have as much as a tonne of leftover hydrazine when it hits the waves.Officials with the agency say the fuel burns up before it hits the Earth. But studies at Russian launch sites have reached different conclusions.Eegeesiak points out the stage will fall into the North Water Polynya, the most productive and biodiverse place in the Arctic seas.Whales, seals, polar bears and walrus are found there in large numbers and Inuit from both Canada and Greenland hunt frequently there.“When the weather is clear, they go out for the chance of coming back with lunch and dinner,” she said. “(We’ve) been very concerned about cumulative impacts these launches will have on our communities and food sources.”There have been 11 such splashdowns over the past 15 years and Inuit have protested them before. That Wednesday’s launch was again scheduled without letting local people know mocks federal promises of Indigenous consultation, Eegeesiak said.“We don’t see it here,” she said. “Protection of marine waters is also not evident here.”Canada is an associate member of the European Space Agency and routinely contributes more than $20 million a year to its budget. That, say federal documents, “allows Canada to be part of the (agency’s) decision-making process.”Eegeesiak said she doesn’t see any evidence Canada was using that influence to protect Inuit interests.“We are expressing our frustration,” she said.The splashdown waters are so important that Inuit from Canada and Greenland have been meeting to develop a joint plan for the area.“We’d like to lead the management of the area,” said Eegeesiak. “We’d like to work with our respective governments to push for no rocket launches into the area.”The federal government did not reply to a request for comment.last_img read more

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first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, January 20, 2018 – Nassau – Officials of the Economic Development and Planning Unit of the Office of the Prime Minister, along with their partners from the Department of Environmental Health Services and the Bahamas Public Parks and Public Beaches Authority, Wednesday launched the Over-the-Hill Clean-up Campaign aspect of the Over-the-Hill Community Development Partnership Initiative with a press conference in the Board Room, Office of the Prime Minister, Cecil V. Wallace-Whitfield Centre, West Bay Street.Officials later presented Prime Minister, Dr. the Hon. Hubert A. Minnis (third right) with the first Tee-Shirt commemorating the launch of the clean-up campaign which will take place January 19-21 (2018) in the Bain and Grants Town and Centreville Communities.Photo shows (from left): Mr. Sean Adderley, Director, Bahamas Public Parks and Public Beaches Authority; Ms. SallyAnn Chisolm, Chief Health Inspector, Department of Environmental Health Services; Dr. Nicola Virgill-Rolle, PhD., Director, Economic Development and Planning Unit, Office of the Prime Minister; Prime Minister Minnis; Ms. Melanie McKenzie, Director, Department of Environmental Health Services and Mr. Kemie Jones, Project Manager, Economic Development and Planning Unit, Office of the Prime Minister.(BIS Photo/Peter Ramsay) Related Items:last_img read more

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first_img Share Coalition for the HomelessLaminated maps used for surveying the area’s homeless population in 2016 lay on a table.When advocates went out to count the members of Houston’s homeless population, they found 18 percent of the unsheltered population was homeless due to Hurricane Harvey. The annual Houston Coalition for the Homeless count, held in January, shows the unsheltered population in Harris, Fort Bend, and Montgomery counties rising for the first time since 2011. The group found there were 1614 people unsheltered between January 23 and 25, up nearly 500 people from around the same time last year.“We weren’t particularly surprised to see the number up and quite frankly we’re glad it wasn’t higher than it was given the devastation of hurricane Harvey,” said Marilyn Brown, chief executive with Coalition for the Homeless. Many people the group found who were made homeless by Harvey were also homeless for the first time, she said.In total, volunteers with the Coalition found 4,143 people both in shelters and on the street. Brown said the Coalition is looking towards how it can better locate shelters and beds closer to people and encampments in order to help people move into more permanent housing.last_img read more

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first_imgKolkata: Tension was sparked in the area after the body of a person was found hanging inside an under-construction building located near Nawabpur in New Town on Monday night.It was initially suspected that the person, who was later identified as Kuntal Ghosh (36), had been murdered. But after preliminary investigation, sleuths suspect that Ghosh had committed suicide due to unknown reasons. According to sources, on Monday night at around 7.30 pm, locals felt a foul smell coming from the under-construction building near Nawabpur. When some of them went to look into the matter, they saw Ghosh’s body hanging from the ceiling in a decomposed state. Immediately, the New Town police station was informed. Later, police recovered the body and sent it for autopsy examination. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseAfter his identity was established, Ghosh’s family members were informed. Sources have claimed that he used to stay at his in-laws’ house located at Tiljala area under Kasba police station’s jurisdiction, with his wife and 8-year-old daughter. He used to work as a non-teaching staff in a private university located in New Town. Later, he had started a business. Though it has not been confirmed, sleuths suspect that Ghosh might have been depressed due to some family dispute. Police are waiting for the autopsy report to Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamatadetermine the exact cause of death. Apart from New Town, a student of National Institute of Homeopathy located at Salt Lake was found hanging inside a bathroom of a Paying Guest (PG) facility where she used to stay. The deceased, identified as Lisha Lisham (22), was from Manipur. Sources have informed that she was suffering from depression due to some personal reasons. Lisham was rushed to Bidhannagar Sub-Divisional Hospital, where doctors declared her brought dead. In another incident, on Monday at around 6.45 pm, one Loknath Pal (50) of Rabindra Nagar in South 24-Parganas was found hanging at the stair area on the 32nd floor of the DLF building, tower 5 in New Town. He was immediately rushed to a private hospital where doctors declared him brought dead. Preliminary investigation has revealed that Pal used to work as help desk executive in the building and had been suffering from mental depression for the last few days.last_img read more

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first_img Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 5 min read This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. You may be in the same position at the same place you’ve worked for years. But the economy, technology and demographics are transforming how you get your job done.Out: commuting, 9-to-5 schedules and standard-issue office computers. In: telecommuting, more flexible hours and using your own laptop or smartphone for work.Here’s more on those and other changes that could be coming to your workplace this year:Related: 5 traits of Successful Freelancers1. Mobile devices.More employees are using their own iPhones, iPads and other portable electronics for work instead of company-issued computers or laptops, a trend sometimes called “bring your own device” or BYOD. Some companies worry about how they’ll keep confidential information safe and workers on task and not on Facebook or playing Words With Friends. But that won’t stop the move toward fewer restrictions, not just on what devices employees use but also on how, when and where they use them, according to workplace experts.2. Telecommuting.Companies are offering telecommuting as a way to give employees more flexible schedules and in some cases make up for not offering bigger raises, but also to curb office space expenses. Among the biggest telecommuting advocates are boomers, says Kate Lister, a telecommuting researcher at the San Diego-based Telework Research Network. “The majority of boomers are at or near the highest rung of the corporate ladder they’re likely to achieve,” she says. “The raises, promotions and accolades that once motivated them have been replaced with thoughts of retirement, aging parents, mortality and ‘What do I really want out of life?’ AARP research shows 70 percent want to continue to work, but they want to do it on their terms.”Related: 12 tips for Trading Places3. Open office spaces.With fewer employees coming into the office, companies are reconfiguring floor plans to devote more square footage to communal areas and less to traditional, walled work spaces. Some have remodeled entire floors to include shared workstations and group areas for impromptu brainstorming or conference sessions. Employees who aren’t around every day may get lockers to stash personal items during office hours.4. Instant communication.Employees increasingly view email as an inefficient form of communication that moves at a snail’s pace compared to text messages, social networks and other alternatives. “Email is quickly going the way of the fax machine,” says Robin Richards, CEO and chairman of TweetMyJobs, a Twitter-based job service. “Just watch your [city’s] mayor. I’m watching every week, and more and more mayors are beginning to communicate via social networks and texting. It’s the only way their employees communicate with each other.”5. Online collaboration tools.More companies are using web-based software, rather than email, to communicate with telecommuters and mobile workers. Some companies now use programs such as Yammer, Chatter and Jive to create private, Facebook-style networks that managers and employees can use to exchange messages or documents. Video- and web-based conferencing is here to stay too, workplace experts say. Employees need to know how to use it all, regardless of where they work.6. Web-based software.Employers are following consumers by using more web-based or “cloud” computing, including not just collaboration tools but also other web-based software in day-to-day operations. Those applications include: web-based portals employees can use to check on their health insurance or 401(k) investments, and recruiting apps that let employees share job openings with friends on Facebook, LinkedIn or Twitter. Similar apps let companies post open positions directly on social networks where job hunters can find them.7. Reverse mentoring.Along with traditional mentoring programs, some businesses are establishing reverse mentoring arrangements where younger workers do the teaching, helping older workers master software, social media and other modern workplace skills.8. Independent contractors.It’s the age of the free agent, and not just in sports. More people are working as independent contractors, not because they can’t find permanent full-time corporate positions but because they want to. OpenDesks, a startup service that matches co-working facilities with companies and individuals, has only a handful of full-time employees, and also contracts with workers in Montreal, New York, and Sydney, Australia. “We tried to recruit one of our part-time team members to a full-time equity position. She wants to be part of the team but remain independent,” says OpenDesks CEO Chris DiFonzo. “The organization has fundamentally changed. I’m not certain what this means for management and hiring long term, but I’m 100 percent convinced this is a permanent change.”9. Co-working spaces.Whether they’re independent contractors or full-time employees, more home-based workers are checking out co-working spaces, where they can find a desk for a few hours, often at minimal expense, plus conference rooms, internet connections and other standard office amenities. Worldwide, the number of co-working spaces is mushrooming. DiFonzo says OpenDesks expects to have 1,500 locations in 750 cities and 100 countries in its database by the end of January. One side benefit of sharing: The person you sit next to could become a sounding board for product ideas, or better yet, a business partner, supplier or investor, DiFonzo says.Related: Best Second Act Comeback: Entrepreneur Brad Gruno10. Corporate culture initiatives.A decent salary and benefits are no longer enough to attract or keep valuable employees. For that, companies are investing in initiatives that speak to the passions and practices of workers of all ages. Those initiatives include going green or producing products in a more socially responsible manner to allowing employees time off to perform community service work. Comcast, for example, participates in Facebook charity fundraising drives and sponsors an annual community service day where tens of thousands of employees and their families plant gardens and perform other volunteer work at locations around the country. Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now February 4, 2012 Enroll Now for Freelast_img read more

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first_img This story originally appeared on PCMag How Success Happens Hear from Polar Explorers, ultra marathoners, authors, artists and a range of other unique personalities to better understand the traits that make excellence possible. March 19, 2019 4 min read How do you keep online trolls in check? Ban them? Require real names?Dr. Srijan Kumar, a post-doctoral research fellow in computer science at Stanford University, is developing an AI that predicts online conflict. His research uses data science and machine learning to promote healthy online interactions and curb deception, misbehavior, and disinformation.His work is currently deployed inside Indian e-commerce platform Flipkart, which uses it to spot fake reviewers. We spoke to Dr. Kumar ahead of a lecture on healthy online interactions at USC.Dr. Kumar, how do you counteract online harassment using data science and machine learning? How does your system identify the trolls? In my research, I build data science and machine learning methods to address online misbehavior, which transpires as false information and malicious users. My methods have a dual purpose: first, to characterize their behavior, and second, to detect them before they damage other users. I have been able to investigate a wide variety of online misbehavior, including fraudulent reviews, hoaxes, online trolling, and multiple account abuse, among others.How are you teaching the AI to spot these patterns? I develop statistical analysis, graph mining, embedding, and deep learning-based methods to characterize what normal behavior looks like, [and] use this to identify abnormal or malicious behavior. Oftentimes, we may also have known examples of malicious behavior, in which case I create supervised learning models where I use these examples as training data to identify similar malicious entities among the rest.Your research is currently being used in Flipkart. What problem were they trying to solve and how are they measuring results? The key problem that I helped address on Flipkart was of identifying fake reviews and fake reviewers on their platform. This is a pervasive problem in all platforms; recent surveys estimate as much as 15 percent of online reviews [are] fake. It is therefore crucial to identify and weed out fake reviews, as our decision as consumers is influenced by them.What’s the method called here? My method, which is called REV2, uses the review graph of user-review-product to identify fraudsters [who] give high scoring ratings to low-quality products or low scoring ratings to high-quality products. REV2 [compares] our recommendations to previously identified cases of fake reviewers.Is it possible for AI to keep an eye inside social networks and raise the alarm when bad behavior is about to arise? Is this purely pattern-based analysis with sentient data crunching or something entirely different? It is possible to proactively predict when something may go wrong by learning from previous such cases. For instance, in my recent research, I showed that it is possible to accurately predict when one community in the Reddit online platform will attack/harass/troll another. This phenomenon is called “brigading,” and I showed that brigades reduce the future engagement in the attacked community. This is detrimental to the users and their interactions, which calls for methods to avoid them. Thus, I created a deep learning-based model that uses the text and community structure to predict, with high accuracy, if a community is going to attack another. Such models are of practical use, as it can alert the community moderators to keep an eye out for an incoming attack.Do you see a logical extrapolation of your work used in “nudges” to prompt users to clean up their act prior to prosecution? Akin to a teacher at the front of the class keeping a wary eye on the troublemakers in the back row before they fall into criminal masterminded gangs? Absolutely! A natural and exciting follow-up work is how to discourage bad actors to do malicious acts and to encourage everyone to be benign. This will help us to create a healthy, collaborative, and more inclusive online ecosystem for everyone. There are many interesting challenges to achieve this goal, requiring new methods of interventions and better prediction models. Enabling better online conversations and nudging people to be their better self is going to be one of my key thrusts going forward.Have you have personal experience with online harassment or was this more of an interesting AI problem to solve for you? One of the major reasons for me to follow this direction of research was seeing some of my friends being harassed by social media trolls. This led to look for non-algorithmic ways to curb this problem. Being a challenging task, it piqued the interest of the scientist inside me and I eventually learned to create data science and machine learning methods to help solve these problems. Listen Nowlast_img read more

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first_img Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. This story originally appeared on PCMag Register Now » Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals 4 min read We finally have a name for AT&T-owned WarnerMedia’s new entrant into the increasingly crowded video streaming market: HBO Max is set to launch in spring 2020 with “10,000 hours of premium content.”Pricing has yet to be announced, but The Wall Street Journal reports that it’ll be slightly more expensive than the $14.99 monthly subscription cost of HBO Now. That’ll put HBO Max at the most expensive end of the subscription video-on-demand (SVOD) spectrum; more expensive than Netflix’s $12.99 Standard plan and more than double the $6.99 monthly cost of Disney+.The HBO Max branding is about as creative as Apple TV+ and Disney+, but both services as well as NBCUniversal’s forthcoming streaming app are coming after Netflix and Amazon with a combination of originals, deep catalogs of existing content, and new licensing deals for your favorite sitcoms. NBCUniversal is taking The Office off Netflix in 2021, and WarnerMedia announced that HBO Max will carry the exlusive rights to Friends starting in 2020. Netflix is taking the news well.The One Where We Have To Say Goodbye.We’re sorry to see Friends go to Warner’s streaming service at the beginning of 2020 (in The US). Thanks for the memories, gang ☕— Netflix US (@netflix) July 9, 2019WarnerMedia is paying heavily for the privilege, with the Friends deal reportedly costing the entertainment conglomerate $425 million for five years. HBO Max also scooped up the exclusive rights to The Fresh Prince of Bel Air and Pretty Little Liars.As for original content, WarnerMedia announced production deals with Reese Witherspoon on at least two films, as well as producer Greg Bertlani, who will produce four initial young adult films as well as hourlong thriller series The Flight Attendant starring The Big Bang Theory’s Kaley Cuocco. HBO Max’s slate of original programming also includes:Dune: The Sisterhood, from director Denis Villeneuve, who’s helming the big-budget film remake for Warner BrosTokyo Vice, a police drama series starring Ansel ElgortLove Life, a 10-episode half-hour romantic comedy anthology series starring Anna KendrickStation Eleven, a postapocalyptic limited series directed by Atlanta’s Hiro MuraiGremlins, an animated series based on the original movieOf course, the crown jewel of WarnerMedia’s streaming service is its namesake; HBO Max will carry HBO’s full library of content. It’ll also serve as the exclusive streaming home for all CW future shows going forward, including Batwoman and Riverdale spin-off Katy Keene. The service will also combine content from a range of other AT&T and Time Warner-owned media properties, including Adult Swim, Cartoon Network, Crunchyroll, CNN, DC Entertainment, TBS, TNT, TruTV, Turner Classic Movies, and more.HBO Max will join a crowded landscape of streaming services all competing with Netflix, Amazon, and Hulu for consumers’ monthly entertainment dollars. Adding Apple TV+, Disney+, NBCUniversal’s service, and HBO Max to the marketplace will spread content across more services, forcing consumers to choose their own personal streaming bundles based on the original and licensed shows and movies they care about.Netflix has spent billions stocking its library with originals to prepare for this eventuality over the past several years, but there’s no balancing the dwindling value proposition for streaming users. There will soon be more to watch in more places than ever, but the days of having all your favorites in one place are officially over.Read our story on the streaming-industrial complex for a deeper dive into this shifting market and what it means for consumers. July 9, 2019last_img read more

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