Exclusive Victoria Justice Talks Charity With Look To The Stars

first_imgTeen star Victoria Justice is supporting AT&T’s new It Can Wait campaign, which encourages people not to text and drive. LookToTheStars.org recently sat down and talked to the actress about her charity work.Victoria Justice Fronts PSAWhat attracted you to support AT&T’s It Can Wait campaign?Texting while driving is the number one cause of death among teens.I was completely, utterly shocked and horrified by that statistic. I wanted to tell all the people following me that there is a way that we can lower the statistic, and stay safe. Just really remind that no text is no risk.It’s not worth risking your life and anybody else’s. Pledge on ItCanWait.com.The free AT&T app DriveMode is really cool, too. It automatically sends a personalized text message back to the caller, letting them know you’ll text them back, as soon as you arrive safely.The Red-light Story. If most people are not texting and driving, they text at a red light. Safe?It’s still a distraction.You are still in the car and you’re driving — unless you are in Park, on the side of the road, and safely at your destination. You should really put your phone in the glove compartment, somewhere you know you won’t be tempted. Or just turn it off. Because it’s really not worth it.You’re 19. No license! How awesome do you feel!?I feel pretty awesome [giggles] — I do, though! It makes me feel comfortable. It makes me feel safe.I think that’s important because I haven’t been ready to take my big Driving Test to get my license. I’ve been working so much that I haven’t had the time to really practice being on the road.Do you have any family or friends who got in trouble; or were affected by texting and driving?Knock on wood, none of my friends have gotten in serious accidents. You hear stories of friends of friends, and people who you know: and that’s just as devastating.But, I definitely have been in cars with friends, and have seen them get distracted while texting, or looking for the next playlist on their phone. I’m like, “Oh my god. Keep your eyes on the road. I don’t feel comfortable right now you doing this.”It is also important for me to spread this word, and get people to take this pledge, like I have, because I have a younger sister who is 16. She’s going to be on the road soon. And, of course, like a big sister, all I care about is her safety.I want her to grow up with this mentality about not texting and driving.In your famous song Best Friend’s Brother, you are seen texting in a parked car. What are your thoughts on Issue Placement?Issue placement definitely could be effective used in music videos and TV shows — there are a lot of eyeballs on that type of programming.Ford and Audi recently added Internet to their cars, instigating a new industry-wide trend. Thoughts?Wow — that’s really intense! Technology is taking over the world and our lives [Victoria’s alien voice].Technology really is such an incredible thing, and has changed our world in so many positive ways. With those types of features, you just have to be really mindful of not being distracted: using it wisely, and being responsible.And if you are driving—and you have something you desperately have to tweet—then have the person next to you do it for you.Google has almost perfected its cars that can drive themselves. Is the company indirectly encouraging texting and driving?It’s on a whole other level. I can’t even begin to fathom cars that can drive themselves. That’s really crazy. I don’t know how that works, and how they operate.Just curious: Very few actresses in Hollywood represent the influential, election-sweeping Latino community in America. How empowered do you feel as a half Puerto Rican?I’m proud to be Puerto Rican.I’m proud to represent this minority in America. But, Latinos aren’t really so much of a minority anymore because there are so, so many of us here now. So, I think it’s pretty cool that I’m pretty sure I’m the first lead of a television show on Nickelodeon to be Latina.So, that’s something I’m really proud of.I think it’s nice that young Latina girls are able to identify themselves with me, and see someone in the entertainment industry like them—to inspire them, and give validation to their hopes and dreams.Do you try to incorporate Latino-specific issues in your work?I did write a song for Girl Up, an organization I work with which was started by the United Nations Foundation.I traveled to Guatemala last year. I was able to see first-hand and meet these girls, and see the programs that have been funded through Girl Up. It was really an amazing experience and opportunity.It was so inspiring. So, I came back home and worked with this amazing producer Toby Gad. We decided to write a song together, Girl Up. It has a very powerful message. And the lyrics are very honest and real. Hopefully they inspire other people to get involved, and to give back in general.So, I would definitely be interested in incorporating Latino-specific issues in my work. For sure.For example, there are a lot if immigrants who come to this country, and they are not able to raise their children with English. So, I think it’s important to have programs early on, where they have kids who are taught how to read and write in English: So, they have a head start before elementary school. That’s really important.This new generation of celebrities—you, Demi Lovato, Selena Gomez, Justin Bieber — is socially conscious. What do you think that means for the world?It’s so important to spread a message of giving back to your community, and to the world.Especially nowadays with this generation, having access to so much social media — Twitter, Facebook — there are so many ways to reach people: and spread awareness for whatever charity or cause you are passionate about.There are so many ways you can really make a difference.Specifically about your question, it definitely is easier for us to influence societal change. We can reach more people. In today’s world, everything’s in real time. You can really access people so much quicker and easier.LookToTheStars.org thanks Victoria Justice for taking the time to talk to us.Copyright ©2012Look to the Starslast_img read more

UN wellplaced to help in fight against terrorism experts tell Vienna symposium

The symposium, organized with the support of the Austrian Government, also sought to look at how the expertise of the Vienna-based UN Office for Drug Control and Crime Prevention (ODCCP) in the fields of transnational organized crime, drug trafficking and money laundering can be used by the international community in fighting terrorism.Addressing participants, the Austrian Foreign Minister, Benita Ferrero-Waldner, announced that her Government would contribute $1 million to support the ODCCP’s Centre for International Crime Prevention.Ambassador Jeremy Greenstock of the United Kingdom, who chairs the Security Council Counter-Terrorism Committee, described its work in recent months to implement a landmark Council resolution – 1373 – which was adopted in the wake of the 11 September attacks.He also outlined proposals for focusing the work of the UN Terrorism Prevention Branch. “Good guidance is crucial for States with less experience of terrorism who are trying to upgrade their capacity,” he said, urging the Branch to help States to quickly ratify the Convention for the Suppression of Terrorist Financing. Similarly, the UN should work to help countries join the 11 other international anti-terror pacts, he said. “The whole point of 1373 and its implementation programme is this: we need practical programmes, and collective action now,” he said. “Vienna’s UN institutions have a specific contribution to make, within the unique role which the UN as a whole has to play to make the eradication of terrorism a global reality.”Shashi Tharoor, the UN Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information, called for international steps against terrorist groups themselves, and said terrorists must be denied sanctuary and legitimacy. Thanks to its universal membership and moral authority, the UN was the best venue for strengthening mechanisms to keep weapons out of the hands of terrorists and to freeze their financial assets, he added.The UN had long been at the forefront of efforts to promote democracy, good governance and human rights, Mr. Tharoor noted. “We must place these core values even higher on our international agenda, and reduce our tolerance for autocratic and arbitrary regimes even further,” he said. “Just as we make the world a smaller and less secure place for terrorism’s pyromaniacs, we must make it a less friendly and less receptive place for those regimes that repress their citizens, and thereby fuel the fire.” read more

UN agency concerned fighting in Colombia forcing civilians to neighbouring countries

As fighting between various groups continues in Colombia, the United Nations refugee agency today voiced concern that more civilians would forced to flee to neighbouring countries.A spokesman for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) told journalists in Geneva there has been heavy fighting in recent months in some provinces bordering Ecuador, Panama and Venezuela.“Although displacement in border areas remains mostly internal, the intensification of the armed conflict in the bordering departments of Colombia has provoked an increase in cross-border movements, particularly towards Ecuador,” Kris Janowski said.Last month some 1,200 persons requested asylum in Ecuador, the highest monthly figure registered since UNHCR opened its office in the country in January 2000, the spokesman said. Most asylum seekers in Ecuador told the agency they had been forced to flee Colombia due to fighting between regular forces and guerrillas, as well as between paramilitaries and guerrillas, or after receiving threats from one or more of the irregular armed groups. Some also expressed fear of being forcibly recruited by these groups.Meanwhile border areas in Venezuela have become increasingly affected by the worsening of the armed conflict in the Colombian provinces of Arauca, Cesar and Norte de Santander, according to Mr. Janowski. Attacks and selective killings attributed to irregular armed groups from Colombia are on the increase in Venezuelan cities such as San Antonio de Tachira, Santa Ana, Ureña and other border locations. The Venezuelan Government has responded to this situation by reinforcing security safeguards to prevent irregular groups from gaining admission to its territory.“Although UNHCR endorses all efforts to strengthen border security in the region, [the agency] is concerned that bona fide asylum seekers may be victimized as a result and that carefully built refugee protection standards may be eroded,” Mr. Janowski said. “Any discussion of security safeguards should start from the assumption that most asylum seekers are themselves escaping persecution and violence, and are not themselves the perpetrators of such acts.” read more

Alamos Gold makes 780million stockandcash takeover play for Aurizon Mines

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Canadian Press Posted Jan 14, 2013 4:27 pm MDT Alamos Gold makes $780-million stock-and-cash takeover play for Aurizon Mines TORONTO – Aurizon Mines Ltd. (TSX:ARZ) stock jumped more than 30 per cent Monday after Alamos Gold Inc. (TSX:AGI) made a stock and cash takeover bid that valued the junior mining company at $780 million.Toronto-based Alamos is offering $4.65 in cash or 0.2801 of an Alamos share for each Aurizon share with the cash portion capped at a maximum of $305 million and the stock portion limited to 23.5 million Alamos shares.Aurizon shares rose $1.14 to $4.55 as nearly 16 million traded hands, making it one of the highest-volume issues on the Toronto Stock Exchange. Alamos shares were down $2.02 or nearly 12 per cent at $14.90 with about 2.5 million traded.Alamos said the combined company would create a leading intermediate-sized gold miner that would be more attractive to the international investor community and give enhanced access to North American capital markets.“We believe that our offer presents an attractive alternative for Aurizon shareholders,” Alamos president and chief executive John McCluskey said in a statement.“We believe the combined companies will form one of the strongest and lowest-risk production and growth profiles in the gold sector today.”Aurizon said it was working with advisers to review the offer.“We will make recommendations on this proposal that we believe are in the best interest of Aurizon shareholders,” the company said in a brief statement.Alamos already owns about 26.5 million Aurizon shares, or about 16 per cent of its issued stock. Most of those shares were acquired recently from other Aurizon shareholders and announced Monday by Alamos along with the takeover bid.Aurizon has eight properties in Quebec including the Casa Berardi gold mine as well as several development and exploration projects.The company earned $5.5 million or three cents per share on $49.8 million in revenue for the quarter ended Sept. 30. That compared with a profit of $12.7 million or eight cents per share on $68.1 million in revenue a year earlier.Aurizon produced 29,913 ounces of gold in the third quarter at an average cash cost of $759 per ounce. That compared with 44,457 ounces at a cash cost of $497 per ounce in the third quarter of 2011.Alamos has operations in Mexico, including the Mulatos gold mine, and Turkey where it has two advanced-stage gold projects. read more

United Airlines flight makes emergency landing at Shannon Airport

first_img Image: PA Wire/PA Images Monday 24 Oct 2016, 8:32 PM Full praise to staff on UA076 from Belfast to Newark. Scary at times but thankfully all good in the end. Hats off to the crew & captain!— Lesley-Anne McKeown (@LAMcbelfast) October 24, 2016 Oct 24th 2016, 8:32 PM File Photo 26 Comments By Cliodhna Russell http://jrnl.ie/3044321 File Photo Image: PA Wire/PA Images A UNITED AIRLINES flight made an emergency landing at Shannon Airport this afternoon.It happened at around 2.30pm, and made a safe landing.The flight was travelling from Belfast to Newark Airport in New York. It took off from Belfast at 11am and was due to arrive in New York at around 2pm local time.However, it’s understood that the plane was flying over county Clare for some time before landing to burn off fuel.In a statement Shannon Airport confirmed to TheJournal.ie that:United Airlines flight (UA-76) en route from Belfast International Airport to Newark which diverting to Shannon Airport having declared an emergency landed safely at Shannon Airport at 14:28.center_img Read: ‘Show some backbone’ – new report harshly criticises Ireland’s culture of media ownership> Source: Lesley-Anne McKeown/Twitter Short URL 25,301 Views Share10 Tweet Email Source: Jack O’Shea/YouTubePress Association reporter Lesley-Anne McKeown was on board the flight and has thanked the captain and crew through social media. United Airlines flight makes emergency landing at Shannon Airport The flight was travelling from Belfast to Newark Airport in New York Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

524 WWE Results Binghamton New York Rollins vs Orton

first_imgFacebook Videos Articles Ronda Rousey Twitter Pinterest 5/24 WWE Results: Binghamton, New York* Sheamus def. Dolph Ziggler.* Jimmy Uso def. Brad Maddox.* R-Truth def. Stardust.* The Lucha Dragons def. Los Matadores.* Ryback def. Bray Wyatt.* Roman Reigns def. Big Show in a Steel Cage match.* Emma & Charlotte def. Alicia Fox & Layla.* Randy Orton def. WWE World Heavyweight Champion Seth Rollins via DQ.Source: PWInsider.comRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipWWE Lists The Shields Top 10 WinsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:05Loaded: 100.00%0:06Remaining Time -0:25 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Shawn Michaels WhatsApp Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Seth Rollins Natalya Opens Up About Her Reaction To Roman Reigns’ Cancer Battle Now Playing Up Next Match announced for next week’s 205 Live, 8-Man Elimination from TLC PPV in 2015center_img Videos Articles WrestleMania Could Be Biggest Ever Could The Rock Vs. Roman Reigns Actually Happen? Cesaro Hopeful WWE Will Reunite The Bar Now Playing Up Next WWE Lists The Shields Top 10 Wins Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR 7/7 WWE Live Results: Binghamton, New York (WWE Championship match, Orton returns) Google+ Asuka says she only hit her back and is okay after injury scare at WWE live event last_img read more

Pentagon Lifts Hiring Freeze on Civilian Workers

first_imgThe Defense Department has rescinded a civilian hiring freeze for the office of the secretary of defense (OSD), defense agencies and field activities that applied to all vacant positions.The department lifted the freeze, which went into effect March 20, after all organizations finished transferring their personnel records to a central manpower tracking system that provides officials a clearer picture of staffing levels, reported Defense News. The change was needed as the Pentagon imposes a 25 percent reduction in funding for fiscal years 2017 to 2020 on major DOD headquarters activities.OSD is planning to eliminate 309 positions by FY 2020, said DOD spokesman Eric Badger. Of those positions, 243 currently are filled.“We continue to expect the vast majority of impacted workers, upwards of 96 percent, will be placed in other jobs or take voluntary actions, such as an early retirement or separation incentive payments,” Badger said of those workers. The issue of headquarters reductions should remain on the front burner as Senate Armed Services Chair John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Defense Secretary Ash Carter focus on reforming the department, according to the story. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

Facebook is trying to figure out why conservatives dont trust it

first_imgDoes Facebook have a political bias against conservatives? SOPA Images Facebook on Tuesday released an interim report about potential political bias at the company. One conclusion: Trust is an “elusive goal.” The report — part of an ongoing review process — comes after Republican lawmakers have repeatedly accused the social media company of bias against conservatives.The review has been led by former Sen. Jon Kyl, a Republican from Arizona, and his law firm Covington & Burling. As part of the review, the group interviewed conservative groups, individuals and lawmakers who either use, study or could potentially regulate Facebook. They found that people were concerned that there was bias against their viewpoints resulting in disproportionate enforcement from the social media company. Kyl offered his preliminary findings to Facebook in August 2018, and the social network implemented changes in response. This included the creation of an oversight board made up of different ideological and religious views to hear appeals regarding content that had been removed; more transparency with its news-feed rankings, pages and ads; and hiring more staff to deal with questions and complaints about content decisions. “We believe these and other measures described in our interim report are steps in the right direction,” Kyl said in a Wall Street Journal op-ed Tuesday. “Yet these are complicated issues, some of which involve conflicting opinions even among conservatives. For that reason, restoring trust fully may remain an elusive goal. Conservatives no doubt will, and should, continue to press Facebook to address the concerns that arose in our survey.”Facebook says Kyl and his team will report again in the coming months. “When dealing with such nuanced issues, involving policies that apply to billions of posts, we will inevitably make some bad calls, some of which may appear to strike harder at conservatives,” Nick Clegg, vice present of global affairs and communications, said Tuesday in a statement. “That’s why it is so important that we work to make sure this process is free of bias, intended or not. After all, we can say that we welcome political expression on our platform all we want, but it won’t mean much unless people trust that we craft and apply our rules fairly.”Facebook began its political bias review in May 2018, the same time that it started a civil rights audit. The social media company, along with Twitter and Google, appeared before Congress on July 2018 to discuss how their platforms filter content. All three companies reiterated that there is no political bias in those decisions. The next month, a report from a group of Facebook employees criticized the company’s largely liberal workplace. Advocacy groups who pushed for the civil rights audit criticized the social media giant for agreeing to conduct a report about allegations of political bias.”Claims of anticonservative bias are simply an attempt to distract users and the media from the conservative movement’s attacks against black communities and other marginalized groups,” said Color of Change President Rashad Robinson in a statement.Some US lawmakers raised concerns about how the audit was conducted. Sen. Josh Hawley, a Missouri Republican, said Facebook should give a third party access to its algorithm, key documents and its content moderation guidelines. “Merely asking somebody to listen to conservatives’ concerns isn’t an ‘audit,’ it’s a smokescreen disguised as a solution,” he said.Originally published Aug. 20, 8:30 a.m. PT.Update, 12:40 p.m.: Includes reaction from civil rights groups and lawmakers.  Facebook Mobile Culture Computers Politics Share your voice Tags Comments 26last_img read more

Tanu Weds Manu Returns 13Day Box Office Collection Kangana Starrer Set for

first_img#TanuWedsManuReturns should close Week 2 at ₹ 115 cr+ in India. Week 3 should take it ₹ 125 cr. BLOCKBUSTER. — taran adarsh (@taran_adarsh) June 4, 2015Now, trade analysts are waiting to see how the movie is going to perform in the coming weekends, with the release of “Dil Dhadakne Do”.Directed by Zoya Akhtar, the upcoming film has already garnered great response from its special screening and is touted as a complete entertainment package. Moreover, the film has some big names, including Ranveer Singh, Priyanka Chopra, Farhan Akhtar, Anushka Sharma, Rahul Bose, Anil Kapoor and Shefali Shah attached to it. Tanu Weds Manu ReturnsFacebookThe blockbuster hit film, “Tanu Weds Manu Returns”, is continuing its success run at the box office. The movie, which has already become the first Bollywood movie of 2015 to cross the ₹100 crore mark in Indian business, has now emerged as the winner of the box office race.According to trade analyst Taran Adarsh, “Tanu Weds Manu Returns” is expected to close its second week with business of more than ₹115 crore in the Indian market. Moreover, they are now expecting the film to reach ₹125 crore at the domestic box office.The collection of “Tanu Weds Manu Returns’ in week 2 is as follows:Friday: ₹6.65 croreSaturday: ₹9.40 croreSunday: ₹12.25 croreMonday: ₹5.15 croreTuesday: ₹4.65 crore.Wednesday: ₹4.35 croreGrand Total: ₹ 112.52 croreMeanwhile, “Tanu Weds Manu Returns” now ranks fifth after “PK”, “Krrish 3″, Dhoom 3” and “Kick” in the list of the highest second-week grossing movies in India.#TanuWedsManuReturns should close Week 2 at ₹ 115 cr+ in India. Week 3 should take it ₹ 125 cr. BLOCKBUSTER.— taran adarsh (@taran_adarsh) June 4, 2015last_img read more

Full Show Kinder Morgan Wins Texas Eminent Domain Challenge And Wrongful Conviction

first_imgOn Wednesday’s Houston Matters: A Travis County District Court ruled Tuesday that Kinder Morgan Inc. does not need to seek approval from the Texas Railroad Commission to build its proposed $2 billion natural gas pipeline. Landowners had challenged Kinder Morgan’s eminent domain authority. To learn more about eminent domain in Texas, we talk with adjunct professor Justin Hodge from the University of Houston Law Center.And, David Kwok, assistant professor at UH Law Center, discusses why the state comptroller has denied a wrongfully-convicted death row prisoner compensation for his 12 years in jail. Also this hour: Former special counsel, Robert Mueller, has agreed to testify in public before Congress next month. We discuss that and other latest developments in national, state and local politics on our weekly political roundup.Then, we revisit a previous discussion on the concept of reparations, and what other ways exist for all Americans — and Texans especially — to come to terms with our racist past.Plus: Houston Public Media’s Ernie Manouse talks to Seth Andrew Bridges, one of the Musketeers in the Alley Theatre’s production of Ken Ludwig’s The Three Musketeers.We offer a daily podcast here, on iTunes, Stitcher and other podcasting apps. This article is part of the Houston Matters podcast Share 00:00 /44:55 Listen center_img X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:last_img read more

Excessively noisy Xbox Ones mercifully being replaced by Microsoft

first_imgIf you’re the kind of trooper that stuck with the Xbox One through all of the pre-launch and post-launch nonsense because you knew the console could be great once the drama died down, you might have been rewarded with a very noisy box.After avoiding the initial always-online requirement, and after being able to unplug the Kinect and shove it in a drawer, your rejuvenated Xbox One might be a noisy nuisance. Luckily, rather than a drawn out public relations fiasco as is unfortunately customary for the Xbox One at this point, Microsoft will simply replace your console with a quieter box.Generally, computers make noise — especially when running resource intensive software, such as games. If you actually want to hear a game that you’re playing on a launch PS3, turning up the television’s volume is practically required. According to user reports on the official Xbox forums, this also appears to be the case for certain Xbox Ones. User reports should always be taken with a grain of salt, but Microsoft has given the issue legitimacy by starting a replacement program.The statement given by Microsoft doesn’t exactly confirm the issue — it’s filled with deflective language — but there must be some truth to the matter considering the company will replace your box.Some users on the forums claim that they have been experiencing the noise problem for months, while others say that retailers where the consoles were originally purchased have already made replacements available, but those replacements experienced the same issue.If your Xbox One is too noisy, you can begin the replacement process with Microsoft.last_img read more

MIT Algorithm Reads Your Face to Detect Pain

first_img In one of my favorite Scrubs scenes, J.D. and Elliot refer to an “archaic” chart—illustrated expressions in varying degrees of pain—to gauge a patient’s discomfort.Mr. Peele, whose face looks like he just bit into a lemon, is a seven. Todd, hanging four stories from his banana hammock, is a 10.Sacred Heart Hospital’s rating scale, however, isn’t as antiquated as the fictional doctors believe. According to Medscape, single-dimensional scales, like the one held up by Dr. Reed, are still used to assess acute pain.More complex issues like chronic pain require multi-dimensional scales, which measure intensity, nature, and location of suffering, as well as the impact on a patient’s activity or mood.But these tools often require patients to have good verbal skills and sustained concentration—not always possible when your body is throbbing, convulsing, or cramping.Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are working on a modern solution that takes automatic pain estimation to a new level.In a paper published last month, MIT scientists describe a two-stage hierarchical learning algorithm called DeepFaceLIFT (Learning Important Features).Trained on videos of people with shoulder pain grimacing through range-of-motion exercises, the neural network has learned to detect subtleties in facial micro-expressions.When paired with self-reported pain scores, the algorithm can better estimate the user’s degree of discomfort. Age, sex, and skin complexion personalize the technique for more accurate results.MIT researchers Dianbo Liu, Fengjiao Peng, Andrew Shea, Ognjen Rudovic, and Rosalind Picard may not sound like heroes to you. But the team has developed a system that can help doctors and nurses distinguish between patients in need and those trying to scam prescription painkillers.For now, however, physicians must remain reliant on the face pain chart, while sadistic scientists continue schooling their algorithm in what it means to feel pain.“We plan to derive more advanced statistics that could potentially capture additional information and improve estimates of subjective pain,” according to MIT’s study. “Finally, we hope that these findings will advance applications of pain estimation in clinical settings.”Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target MIT’s AI Knitting System Designs, Creates Woven GarmentsMIT, IBM Train AI to Create and Edit Fake Images last_img read more

Minneapolis Police not allowed to wear uniforms if they march at Pride

first_imgeTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) GAYSTARNEWS- The fallout with police came after the acquittal in 2016 of a St Anthony, Minnesota, police officer who fatally shot a black motorist, Philando Castile.Following the acquittal, organizers asked police not to participate in the 2017 Pride. However, they reversed their decison after the city’s first openly gay police chief, then-Minneapolis Police Chief Janee Harteau, raised objections.Harteau is no longer Chief.Yesterday, serving Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo posted a message to the force’s official Facebook page.‘After thoughtful deliberation and intentional conversations with community members, elected officials and MPD officers, I have decided to not allow MPD officers to march in this year’s Minneapolis PRIDE parade in uniform,’ he says.‘My decision is based in part on the adamant opposition of law enforcement’s participation by some representatives of our local LGBTIQ communities who have stated they feel strongly they do not want any law enforcement officers marching in uniform in the parade.‘Representatives have conveyed to me that there is still a great deal of pain and harm that has occurred in their community, specifically our LGBTIQ communities of color, which has not been completely heard and addressed.’He goes on to say that officers who wish to march: ‘Must be in civilian attire. During the parade, both sworn and civilian members are able to wear MPD rainbow t-shirts with a badge design on the front.’ Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Toronto police force ‘needs to rebuild LGBT community trust’ before marching in PrideToronto police force will not be marching in Pride parade this yearGay policewoman ‘disappointed’ about not being able to march in uniform at this Canadian PrideRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/minneapolis-police-not-allowed-to-wear-uniforms-when-they-march-in-pride-parade/ Minneapolis Police Department has confirmed its officers will not be wearing uniform if marching in this year’s Twin Cities Pride.The event is due to take place on 24 June. The decision has been met with a very mixed response.‘Thank you for listening to the voices of POC,’ commented Jeremy Brezovan. ‘It’s good to see leaders learning and doing better.’However, another, Curt Anderson, comments: ‘How sad for LGBT officers. How sad for PRIDE. Celebrating inclusion while practicing exclusion.’GSN has approached Twin Cities Pride for comment.Toronto PrideThe Minnesota event is not the first Pride to have a difficult relationship with local law enforcement officials. Toronto Pride has been somewhat at loggerheads with Toronto Police over the last couple of years.First, Black Lives Matter halted the Toronto Pride parade in 2016, partly in protest at police participation. This led to the police not having a marching presence on the parade in 2017.They had hoped to resume participation for the 2018 event. However, following the arrest of alleged gay serial killer Bruce McArthur in January, the force faced renewed criticism from the LGBTI community. In April this year, the TPD announced it was withdrawing its application to take part in this year’s Toronto Pride parade onSee alsoWhen is Pride? Check out our international Pride calendar 2018last_img read more

Second jaguar found dead shot to death

first_imgTulum, Q.R. — A male jaguar has been found shot to death in the municipality of Tulum.On Thursday, members from the Sinai ranch in the municipality of Tulum found the lifeless animal. The Federal Attorney for Environmental Protection (PROFEPA) confirmed that the feline died after being shot eight times.Profepa delegate for Quintana Roo, Javier Castro Jiménez, confirmed that the deceased jaguar was an adult male about 3 years old and in his reproductive stage. The body of the jaguar was taken to Akumal for an autopsy that confirmed he had been shot numerous times in his body, the fatal shot being in the head.This is the second jaguar death in as many months. In February, a female jaguar was found deceased on the side of the road after being hit by a car and left. Castro Jiménez said that PROFEPA will report the case to the Attorney General’s Office (PGR) since it is a federal crime to shoot and kill an endangered species.According to the Federal Criminal Code, a person found guilty of unlawfully damaging, trafficking, possessing, collecting, introducing or extracting an endangered species from the country can face a prison sentence of between one and nine years.Earlier this month, the National Commission of Protected Natural Areas announced that Mexico plans to create a tri-national reserve with Belize and Guatemala to protect the jaguar.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Afghanistan says US strike kills local Islamic State leader

first_img Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Mesa family survives lightning strike to home New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Sponsored Stories How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generation NATO officials declined to immediately comment on the claim, saying they would issue a statement later Saturday. U.S. Army Col. Brian Tribus, a spokesman for U.S. Forces-Afghanistan, confirmed Americans carried out an airstrike in Nangarhar’s Achin District, but declined to comment further.The Afghan government has warned the Islamic State group, rooted in Iraq and Syria, is making inroads into Afghanistan and is active in at least three provinces. The Taliban, at war with the government for nearly 14 years, have warned the Islamic State group to stay out. Both groups want Islamic rule but the Taliban do not recognize the Islamic State group’s self-declared “caliphate.”On Tuesday, Afghan officials said another U.S. airstrike in Nangarhar province killed the second-highest official in the local Islamic State affiliate, Gul Zaman, and six others, including a former Pakistani Taliban spokesman.Meanwhile Saturday, a bomb exploded near a religious school in Kandahar, killing three children and wounding six, said Samim Khpolwak, a spokesman for the provincial governor in Kandahar province.___Associated Press writers Mirwais Khan in Kandahar, Afghanistan, and Eileen Sullivan in Washington contributed to this report. KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghan intelligence officials said Saturday that a U.S. airstrike killed the top leader of a local Islamic State affiliate and more than 30 other militants near the country’s rugged eastern border with Pakistan. U.S. officials confirmed they carried out the strike, but declined to say whether they killed the leader.The strike in Nangarhar province killed Islamic State affiliate leader Hafeez Sayeed and others on Friday, said Abdul Hassib Sediqi, a spokesman for Afghanistan’s National Directorate of Security. Sediqi said Afghan intelligence officials provided information to U.S. forces, who carried out the strike. Men’s health affects baby’s health too Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Comments   Share   Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology Top Stories last_img read more

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