Chiefs rally around Attawapiskat as call issued for oil pipeline blockade in

first_img(Main page photo: Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence speaks to an RCMP officer sent to remove chiefs and supporters from steps of Parliament Hill’s Centre Block, home to the House of Commons APTN/Photo)APTN National NewsOTTAWA–Some Manitoba chiefs called for “action” against existing oil pipelines on a day of heated words at a special chiefs assembly in Ottawa that heard from embattled Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence and saw an impromptu march to the doors of Parliament Hill that ended with police intervention.Terry Nelson, who is no longer officially chief of Roseau River, told the assembled chiefs that the only way to escape from Attawapiskat-like situations was to seize a portion of the resource wealth flowing from their lands.Nelson, who was given the microphone by Waywayseecappo First Nation Chief Murray Clearsky, said there were plans to launch actions against existing oil pipelines in Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta, along with several U.S. states.He said the only way First Nations can deal with the nagging funding problems plaguing their communities was to seize a share of the resources flowing from their territories.“The chiefs in Manitoba have been listening and they hear very clearly we have to take action,” said Nelson. “In June, we are going to have continuous, ongoing demonstration action on the pipelines, from Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, northern Minnesota, Wisconsin, North and South Dakota, to sit on those pipelines until this government comes to their goddamn senses.”Nelson said separately that the action could result in blocking access routes to pipeline stations.Manitoba chiefs planned to submit a resolution for debate calling on the Assembly of First Nations to back the oil pipeline action and also create a planning committee to deal with media relations, legal advice, safety and security.The resolution may not be debated until Thursday.The ongoing crisis in Attawapiskat seems to have galvanized some of the delegates, triggering a call from one chief to block the airstrip used to deliver supplies to the De Beers diamond mine, which is about 90 kilometres west of the community.Spence, who is battling Aboriginal Affairs Minister John Duncan over his decision to impose a third-party manager to handle the band’s finances, told the assembly it was time to take a stronger stand against the federal government.Chiefs passed a resolution calling on Duncan to reverse his decision to impose a third-party manager on Attawapiskat and instead work with the existing chief and council to find a solution to the housing crisis that has seen families living in shacks with no running water and using the bathroom in pails.The resolution also called on the AFN to ask the UN to appoint a special agent to monitor Canada’s response to the housing and infrastructure woes on First Nations and “hold Canada” to its responsibility under treaties and international covenants.The resolution also calls on the AFN to back Attawapiskat’s chief and council.“It is time to be really aggressive toward the government. We have been talking about our concerns. They are not listening, they just keep plugging their ears,” said Spence.The Attawapiskat chief also urged chiefs to get a plan in place for their upcoming Jan. 24 meeting with Prime Minister Stephen Harper.“We should have a plan in place, even an agreement with a time frame and if they don’t want to meet this time-frame, we need to do an action. Our grandfathers did action, they demonstrated courage and we need to do this for our youth, we need to build up their future,” she said.The talk in response to Spence’s speech featured strong words from chiefs.Six Nations Chief Bill Montour suggested blocking the airstrip De Beers uses to fly in its supplies and Mohawk Elder Billy Two Rivers said First Nations should take corporations “hostage” until they get their share of resource wealth.Batchewana Chief Dean Sayers called on chiefs to act immediately and the led an impromptu march to Parliament Hill from the Ottawa Congress Centre, which is only a couple of blocks away. Sayers and about 50 marchers blocked one side of the downtown street that crosses in front of Parliament Hill. They waved down buses, a dump truck and cars, to clear the road for their march.Sayers, whose community is in Ontario, walked up the stairs to the door of Parliament Hill’s Centre Block, which houses the House of Commons, and told a security guard at the door he wanted to see the prime minister.“Tell him I am here,” Sayers told the Hill security guard.Sayers then said he wanted the world to see how Canada treats Indigenous people.“We shouldn’t have to settle for the crumbs that fall off the table, we own the table…Things are not as rosy as they think with Indigenous nations in the northern hemisphere of Turtle Island,” said Sayers. “We can’t continue on the current course…The genocidal policies will see the elimination of this beautiful red people.”Mushkegowuk Council Grand Chief Stan Louttit also addressed the crowd which chanted “shame on Canada” in the background.“We are saying no to these governments who want to come to us and put us aside just like we are animals, just like we are nothing,” said Louttit. “Chief Spence is struggling, her people are slowly dying while this is going on.”The RCMP showed up shortly before Spence was about to speak.“This is our land,” Sayers told one RCMP officer.“I understand, but this is Canadian land right now,” said the officer.The scene unfolded in front of Timmins-James Bay NDP MP Charlie Angus.“This is only the beginning, only the beginning, this is a warning to the government that we are going to be more aggressive, that we are going to do it together,” said Spence.After a meeting between the RCMP, Hill security, Angus and Louttit, the chiefs and their supporters decided to leave the stairs.“With that principle of respect that our elders have taught us, I guess we should honour that,” said Louttit. “Let’s respect their House and continue our talk a little bit down there.”Everyone then walked down the steps and away from Parliament Hill.last_img read more

Direction is next logical step for Tisca Chopra

first_imgMumbai: Actress Tisca Chopra, who is making her directorial debut with a yet untitled thriller film, says direction was the next logical step forward for her after acting in films over 26 years. Tisca was interacting with the media at a special screening of Oscar-winning film “Free Solo” here on Tuesday. The actress, who had earlier acted in and co-written the acclaimed short film “Chutney”, will now be helming a “twisted, dark and bitingly funny” movie. Revealing the genre of the film, Tisca said: “It’s a thriller film.” Asked if she feels under pressure as it is her first film as a director, she said: “I don’t know. I am just doing my work and I am not thinking about the pressure right now. I guess it is the next logical step forward for me after acting. So I am feeling really happy and excited about it.” “Free Solo” won the Best Documentary at both the Oscars and the BAFTAs. It will release across theatres on Friday across key metros such as New Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Chennai, Ahmedabad and Chandigarh. Tisca said that as someone living in India, she gets to see such films usually when she travels abroad or courtesy film festivals and a platform like National Geographic, which has brought “Free Solo” here. “There are so many people who want to watch stuff. We can watch a lot of content on Netflix and Amazon Prime Video, but it’s a different experience to watch it in a theatre with proper picture quality, sound and people. It’s a very collective experience and I love that.” “Free Solo” is a portrait of the free soloist climber Alex Honnold as he prepares to achieve his lifelong dream — climbing the face of the world’s most famous rock. Would Tisca like to feature in an adventure-thriller film? She said: “I would love do an adventure film. There was one film which used to be my favourite was ‘Crocodile Dundee’, where they go all through these jungles and stuff. I am a very big white water rafting enthusiast and I am a motor sport enthusiast. I also took part in Himalayan car rally. So yeah, if anything comes up on these lines, I definitely want to be a part of it.” Tisca will also appear in the romantic comedy “Good News”, where she will co-star with Akshay Kumar, Kareena Kapoor Khan, Diljit Dosanjh and Kiara Advani. She has finished shooting for the film.last_img read more

UNHCR Praises Morocco for Accepting 5126 Refugees

Rabat – Jean Paul Cavaliéri, a representative of United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), has praised Morocco for its humanitarian policy on immigration and asylum.Cavaliéri told MAP on June 20 that out of the 7,048 people under the mandate of the UNHCR in Morocco, there are 5,126 refugees and 1,922 asylum seekers.3,478 refugees are Syrian, making up over half the number of refugees. Yemen is the second most common country of origin, with 519 refugees. 293 refugees come from Côte D’Ivoire, 210 from Central African Republic (CAR), 169 from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), and 146 from Iraq. Of the 1,922 asylum seekers, 386 are from Cameroon, 299 from Guinea, 277 from Côte D’Ivoire, 197 from DRC, 119 from Mali, and 43 from CAR. As of June 20, over 3,500 applications had been filed by the UNHCR.UNHCR’s Morocco Representative said that the country’s strategy for accepting refugees by developing a legal framework to organise asylum was in line with the 1951 Geneva Convention on Refugees. This document highlights the rights of displaced people and the legal requirement of their protection by states. On the UNHCR website, the organization states that “the core principle is non-refoulement, which asserts that a refugee should not be returned to a country where they face serious threats to their life or freedom.”Cavaliéri added that the countries who had such a legal framework best guaranteed basic protection for refugees and awarded refugee status.The representative concluded that the UNHCR was working with Moroccan authorities to register the claims and process them in order to determine who should be granted refugee status and receive support.Over 65 million people across the world have been forced to flee their homes because of persecution and violence. read more

Former Prisons Commissioner and IP further remanded

Emil Ranjan and Neomal Rangajeewa had been arrested over the 2012 Welikada Prison clashes in which several inmates were killed.Investigators are attempting to uncover who gave orders to kill the inmates during the riot. (Colombo Gazette) Former Prisons Commissioner Emil Ranjan Lamahewa and Inspector of Police (IP) Neomal Rangajeewa were today ordered to be further remanded in connection to the Welikada prison riot.Emil Ranjan and Neomal Rangajeewa were produced before the Colombo Magistrate’s Court who ordered that they be further remanded until May 8.

IGP to be questioned over failure to follow NPC decisions

Inspector General of Police Pujith Jayasundara is to be questioned by the Constitutional Council over his failure to follow decisions taken by the National Police Commission (NPC).Chairman of the Constitutional Council, Speaker Karu Jayasuriya has decided to summon the NPC and the IGP to the Constitutional Council meeting next week. (Colombo Gazette)

Grant to help rid Myanmar of poppy cultivation UN antidrug office says

Japan’s grant will help fund the Drug Control and Development Project in the Wa Region of the Shan State in Myanmar, a key component of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime’s (UNODC) overall “alternative development” project, which has substantially reduced the number of poppy cultivating areas throughout Myanmar. UN efforts in the Region will include training in the construction of an irrigation system, building community capacity to manage and monitor the system, developing flat paddy fields, and introducing double cropping of rice.”The Myanmar experience offers the evidence that alternative development, along with eradication and law-enforcement efforts, represents a vital part of the effective drug supply reduction strategy,” UNODC Executive Director, Antonio Maria Costa, said following the announcement of the grant in Vienna today.According to the UNODC 2002 Annual Opium Poppy Survey, with an estimated production of 828 tons in 2002 – although 25 per cent less than the previous year – Myanmar is the second largest producer of opium in the world. The first is Afghanistan with an estimated 3,400 tons in 2002.The UNODC alternative development project in Myanmar – launched in 1998 with an $11.6 million budget – aims at establishing sustainable, community-based development, in order to provide farmers an alternative to growing opium. In 2001, Japan contributed $200,000 for the implementation of a health-related component of the project. read more

Vale celebrates 70 years of iron ore and starts work on biggest

first_imgThe latest issue of International Mining Project News, out today, has reports from the past two weeks on 15 prefeasibility studies, 11 feasibility studies, 39 projects in development, two new mines that have gone into production, six existing mines that are expanding, three merger and acquisition announcements and many new appointments to new positions. This week’s reports covers 23 gold projects, 11iron ore and copper projects, three projects each in coal, manganese and rare earth elements, three projects each on molybdenum, uranium, zinc and potash, two niobium, vanadium, titanium, and iron sands projects, one project each for tantalum, zirconium, magnesium, graphite, phosphate, lithium, silver, fluorspar, lead, anthracite, ferro alloys, cobalt, tungsten and mineral sands and one polymetallic project. In each case there are full project and contact details.Vale celebrated its 70th anniversary on June 1, 2012. At the same time it achieved the extraordinary milestone of five billion tonnes of iron ore production accumulated since the company’s incorporation (iron ore production accumulated from June 1, 1942 to June 1, 2012, totalled 5,007,783,000 t). The volume of iron ore produced by Vale during these seven decades is sufficient to feed more than two years of global crude steel output at the current pace of 1.5 billion t/y. In this context, on June 27, 2012, Vale obtained the preliminary environmental license (LP) to develop the Carajás S11D iron ore project. Located in the Southern Range of Carajás, state of Pará, Brazil, S11D has a nominal capacity to deliver 90 Mt/y, with an average Fe content of 66.48% and low concentration of impurities. Vale says “S11D is the largest project not only in Vale’s history but also in the entire iron ore industry, being our major lever for production growth and maintenance of Vale’s undisputed leadership in the global market in terms of volume, mining costs and quality.”Codelco has submitted an environmental permit request to go ahead with its $12.8 million expansion project for El Teniente copper mine, the company’s most profitable division, according to the newspaper La Tercera. This will extend mine life for another 50 years, maintaining current copper output levels and also generating long-term growth. Under the project, El Teniente will mine 2,500 Mt from reserves located at a deeper level in the mine at with an average 4% Cu grade.This fortnightly project watch is a great way of keeping up to date with your peers – other mining companies, other consultants or other engineering companies. These issues build into a global mine project overview. If you are a supplier – it is full of potential sales leads. Contact for subscription details, or hit the button on this page.last_img read more

Poll Will you be watching the Winter Olympics

first_imgI plan to boycott the games too.The policies are wrong, but I’m watching anyway.Politics shouldn’t come into it. I’ll be tuning in.I’ve no interest whatsoever in the games.Vote Politics shouldn’t come into it. I’ll be tuning in. (863) The policies are wrong, but I’m watching anyway. (734) Poll Results: I plan to boycott the games too. (400) I’ve no interest whatsoever in the games. (1062) THE OPENING CEREMONY of the Winter Olympics takes places tomorrow.The Sochi games have been mired in controversy, in the wake of Russia’s introduction of harsh new legislation surrounding the issue of homosexuality.A recent US poll conducted by YouGov found that 11 per cent of Americans plan to boycott TV coverage of the event on the basis of Vladimir Putin’s policies.What do you think? last_img read more

Teenager spent 14 days in adult psychiatric ward room barely bigger than

first_img Saturday 17 Jun 2017, 12:05 AM A TEENAGER SPENT at least two weeks in an adult psychiatric ward in a room barely bigger than their bed, according to a letter sent to An Taoiseach’s office.A HSE staff member said that the child had been sent to the adult psychiatric ward in the Department of Psychiatry of Waterford Regional Hospital for “fourteen nights and fourteen days”.The staff member, consultant paediatric psychiatrist Kieran Moore, said that the patient’s room was “barely bigger than his/her bed” and that they have been “specialised 24-hours a day by a nurse who is sitting on a chair in the room or at the doorway”.The letter, released to under the Freedom of Information Act (FOI), continues: Image: Shutterstock/Tammada 13,219 Views 19 Comments By Gráinne Ní Aodha Share73 Tweet Email1 center_img Short URL Jun 17th 2017, 12:05 AM Image: Shutterstock/Tammada Teenager spent 14 days in adult psychiatric ward room ‘barely bigger than the bed’ The case was brought to the attention of the Minister for Mental Health and the Taoiseach’s office. The patient has no access to education. He/she has not been outside the hospital grounds for 14 days, there is no therapy occurring, no occupational therapy, no psychological intervention, no speech and language therapy, and no peer support or therapy.Moore told that this wasn’t the first such case at the psychiatric ward.“There’s no clinical governance structure in terms of what’s safe,” he said, suggesting that a look at the management structure – and the possible appointment of a ‘bed manager’ as one solution.The psychiatrist’s letter was received by the Minister of State for Defence Paul Kehoe (who represents Wexford), and it was brought it to the attention of the Minister for Health and Older People Helen McEntee on the 17 January of this year.Also on the letter’s mailing list was the Taoiseach’s office.In her reply, also released in an FOI and dated 16 February, the Minister McEntee said that the admission of children to adult psychiatric wards does happen on occasion.She said that Éist Linn, the child and adolescent unit in Cork City, accepts referrals for patients throughout Cork, Kerry and the South East.“The HSE has indicated, that a bed became available in Éist Linn Monday 6 February and that the patient was transferred to that facility.”The Psychiatric Nurses Association has said previously that there is only half the number of required staff at Waterford Regional Hospital’s Department of Psychiatry.A lack of staff, and a shortage of beds have resulted in patients being placed on chairs and beds in corridors of the department due to a lack of capacity.Earlier this year, it was revealed that a 16-year-old girl spent the night in a chair at the adult unit of Waterford Regional Hospital’s Department of Psychiatry as there were no beds available in either acute ward.Although the department is only licensed to care for 44 patients, the unit is often over that number because of increased demand and referrals from the A&E unit at the main hospital.The HSE has referred queries in relation to Waterford Regional Hospital’s Department of Psychiatry to the hospital. is awaiting a reply.Read: 16-year-old patient spent the night on a chair at adult psychiatric unitRead: Patients placed on chairs and beds in corridors of Waterford psychiatric unit Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Reception to be held for outgoing Clark County councilors

first_imgThe Clark County Council will host an open house from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Dec. 18 at the Public Service Center to honor council Chair Marc Boldt and Councilor Jeanne E. Stewart for their service.Boldt, a former Republican legislator and county commissioner, lost in the August primary. Stewart was elected as a Republican county commissioner in 2014 on a countywide vote. Since then, the commission was changed to a district-based council. Stewart lost in November to Democrat Temple Lentz. Previously, Stewart served on the Vancouver City Council.The gathering will be in the sixth-floor hearing room in the Public Service Center, 1300 Franklin St.last_img

Heat advisory issued high temps could reach mid to upper 90s

first_imgThe region will get an early taste of summer this week, with hot afternoon temperatures and warm evenings through Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service.Forecasters have issued a heat advisory from noon today until 9 p.m. Wednesday, predicting daytime high temperatures of 91 to 97 degrees, with the hottest temperatures in the urban areas in the late afternoon and early evening.Evening isn’t expected to provide fast relief, with slow cooling and overnight lows of 60 to 67 degrees tonight and the coolest temperatures coming around 5 a.m. Wednesday.Forecasters warmed that hot temperatures and limited overnight relief will increase the chance for heat related illnesses, especially for those sensitive to heat. People most vulnerable include those who spend a lot of time outdoors, those without air conditioning, young children and the elderly. Heat stress is also possible for livestock and outdoor pets.The reason for the mini heat wave is a high pressure system aloft and a thermal trough that is expected to hold position until late Wednesday, when changing conditions will bring an onshore flow of cooler air into the region. Temperatures will be seasonal on Thursday, with warmer weather expected this weekend.last_img read more

Lightning strikes reported in Vancouver

first_imgScattered lightning strikes are being reported in Clark County this afternoon, with one small power outage and one fire reported thus far.The power outage was affecting 83 customers in east Hazel Dell, near Northeast 78th Street and west of Northeast St. Johns Road. The outage was reported at 12:48 p.m. and its cause was blamed on lightning. Nearly all customers had power restored by 2:30 p.m.At 1:18 p.m. lightning struck power lines at a large luxury home at 15703 N.W. Fair Acres Drive in Salmon Creek. It sparked a small fire which was contained to the exterior of the home, though light smoke was reported inside, according to emergency radio traffic monitored at The Columbian. Clark County Fire District 6 put the fire out and checked inside to make sure it hadn’t extended into the attic or crawl space.The National Weather Service is forecasting scattered thunder showers for this afternoon before hot weather returns Monday.last_img read more

Grounded boat spills fuel into Neva Strait

first_imgA 38-foot fishing vessel, the F/V Yankee, ran aground in the Northside of Neva Strait, last Tuesday night, Jan. 12, spilling 150 gallons of diesel fuel into the water.The troller’s three passengers donned survival suits and made it ashore safely. They were then picked up by a Good Samaritan vessel, the Western Mariner.The Coast Guard’s Marine Safety Detachment is mitigating – and investigating — the incident, supervisor Mike Wortman says.The Coast Guard surrounded the vessel with sorbent boom to maintain the fuel. Wortman says there is “no active oil sheen.” The Coast Guard is working with contractors to remove remaining oil aboard the vessel.The boat remains where it ran aground. He says it doesn’t pose a hazard to navigation.The cause of the crash is being investigated.The F/V Yankee in Neva Strait. (Photo by Richard Guhl)last_img read more

100 grams dry ganja seized from a peddler in Charminar Excise

first_imgHyderabad: The Prohibition and Excise sleuths of Charminar station on Tuesday night caught one ganja seller by name Syed Mouzam Ali (78) of Ghousenagar and seized 100 grams of dry ganja from his possession. On tip of information the sleuths raided on his house, arrested him and produced before the court and remanded into judicial custody. The accused was planning to sell the ganja to addicts by packing it in sachets of 10 grams each.last_img

Crash coming soon Market falls 4 in 7 sessions

first_imgA man looks at a screen across the road on the facade of the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) building in Mumbai May 16, 2014.Reuters fileThe clock is ticking! The stock markets have been on a downward spiral since August 2 when the Nifty50 hit a high of 10,137 levels in intra-day, since then, the index has tanked nearly 4 percent or around 400 points to 9,737 levels in intra-day on Friday.The benchmark index tanked over 4 percent in 7 sessions is kind of astonishing, more so because 7 sessions back it was it hit a record high.The sharp fall has been triggered by three broad reasons — geopolitical tensions, SEBI move on shell companies and disappointing Q1 earnings. These reasons are forcing investors to move away from Asian stock and invest into less risky assets such as gold, the yen and the U.S. government bonds.Geopolitical tensionsThe war of words between the heads of US and North Korea have made investors jittery about the outlook of the market. Overnight, Wall Street closed sharply lower after US President Donald Trump made another provocative statement against North Korea, saying that his threat to unleash “fire and fury” on the country was not “tough enough”. Taking lead from Wall Street, Asian markets also slumped on Friday. Meanwhile, the standoff between Indian and China continued in Doklam with little signs of de-escalation of military force from either side, reported Business Standard.SEBI’s ban on ‘shell’ companiesMarkets regulator Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) on Monday asked the stock exchanges to take action against the 331 banned shell companies. Out of these 331 shell companies, SEBI had already barred 169 companies from trading, and in its latest order, it asked the bourses to effectively freeze trading in the remaining 162. The move turned investors wary about harsher surveillance by the market regulator on other stocks.Unsatisfactory Q1 earningsWhile, the companies like Infosys, Titan, HDFC Bank and Reliance Industries surprised positively, many more such as TCS, Tata Motors, Bajaj Auto, Dr Reddy’s, Lupin etc disappointed the Street. The net profit of a sample of 600 companies that had declared their results by Sunday, declined 2.8 percent year-on-year (YoY) in the June 2017 quarter, which is the worst in five quarters, a BS analysis revealed.Given such developments, most analysts believe there could be more pain in store for the markets. The market is moving according to the developing geopolitical situation, and the fall is beyond anyone’s control.Since its recent all time high on August 2, investor wealth as measured by market-capitalisation (market-cap) of the Nifty 50 companies till August 10 has dipped by over Rs 1,47,600 crore, ACE Equity data show, BS reported.last_img read more

Gas supply resumes after almost 2 days

first_imgGas crisis file photoGas supply resumed in the capital and its adjacent areas on Sunday morning almost two days after it was partially halted due to a technical glitch at Ashulia gas station of the state-run Gas Transmission Company Ltd (GTCL), reports UNB.”The supply was resumed around 10am on Sunday after replacing a valve of the transmission line in Ashulia,” a general manager of GTCL told UNB.The supply of gas to different areas of the capital, including Mirpur, Mohammadpur, Kalabagan, Shyamoli, Agargaon and some adjacent areas including Dhamrai, Ashulia, Aminbazar, Savar and Manikganj came to a complete or partial halt on Saturday morning as the valve started malfunctioning, according to GTCL officials.Tens of thousands of households, factories and other establishments in the affected areas had experienced untold sufferings due to sudden stoppage of the supply.Titas Gas is responsible for the distribution of gas in Dhaka city, Savar and Manikganj while GTCL is responsible for gas transmission across the country.last_img read more

Deputy Constable Shot Multiple Times Identified As An 11Year Veteran

first_imgUpdate at 8:30 a.m.A deputy constable who was shot four times outside of a Houston convenience store is out of surgery and expected to recover.Officials say Harris County Deputy Constable Alden Clopton underwent several hours of surgery early Thursday.Constable May Walker says Clopton was wearing a protective vest when he was shot Wednesday night in an attack she described as an “ambush.” Clopton was standing next to another deputy constable’s patrol vehicle after assisting with a traffic stop.Walker says the suspect fired six shots, with one going into the car and one toward the ground.She says four bullets hit Clopton. Officials earlier said Clopton had a bullet lodged near his heart, plus abdomen wounds.Walker says Clopton faces a long recovery but should be OK.Investigators have not announced any arrests, but officials have said they are questioning a person who matches the suspect’s description. This is a developing story. Information will be updated as it is verified. A deputy constable who was shot four times outside a Houston convenience store is a father of five who comes from a family of law enforcement officers.Pamela Greenwood is a spokeswoman for the Harris County precinct seven constable’s office. She says Deputy Constable Alden Clopton has three brothers who are law officers.Clopton underwent hours-long surgery and is recovering after being shot four times late Wednesday. Authorities say Clopton’s protective vest likely saved his life.Clopton had assisted a colleague with a traffic stop and was leaning into a patrol vehicle when he was shot from behind. It was not immediately clear from what distance Clopton was shot.A motive for the shooting is unknown. Investigators have not announced any arrests, but officials have said they are questioning a person who matches the suspect’s description. Update at 7:00 a.m. Houston authorities have identified the deputy constable that was shot and is in surgery.Lt. Holland Jones of the Harris County Precinct 7 Constable’s Office told media outlets Thursday morning that Alden Clopton is an 11-year veteran who is married and has children.Clopton was approached from behind and shot six times outside of a convenience store overnight.Houston Police spokesman Kese Smith says Clopton was was standing next to another deputy constable’s vehicle when he was approached from behind at about 11:20 p.m. Wednesday and shot six times outside of a convenience store.Smith says a person matching the suspect’s description went to a nearby fire station and is being questioned, but has not been arrested or charged.Smith said the deputy constable was in surgery Thursday morning and he didn’t know how serious his injuries were. Copyright 2016 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Sharelast_img read more

Storytelling Offers Early Ed Teachers Students Way to Heal from Harvey

first_img Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Early education teachers who are gearing up for back-to-school are also getting prepared for students to have lingering anxiety and other emotions from Hurricane Harvey.“When the rain starts, children ask, ‘Is Harvey coming again?’” said Karen Capo with Rice University. “So we’re almost a year out, but those fears are still there.”She and other experts with Rice and the nonprofit Save the Children held a workshop recently, so that teachers can learn tools and strategies to help young students affected by Harvey process their feelings and any trauma. 00:00 /00:53center_img X One strategy: a different kind of play center.At a traditional play center, toddlers and young children often find blocks, some dolls, maybe a miniature kitchen.“You wouldn’t normally see things like sponges, or rubber gloves or hammers, things that represented rebuilding,” said Capo, who directs the School Literacy and Culture program at Rice’s Glasscock School of Continuing Studies.But, Capo explained, if children see those kinds of props, they may evoke memories and stories of Harvey. Then children as young as three years old can tell their own stories on their own terms — instead of being prodded with often blunt questions.Another strategy is to use books that deal with themes of rain, coming together and healing.Capo said that Rice and Save the Children plan to hold another training for early education teachers who were personally affected by Harvey or whose students were impacted in September. Sharelast_img read more

Bios Incube resurrects deceased loved ones as an appmonitored tree

first_imgWhat better way to honor the passing of someone you care about than to immortalize them in nature. While some are content to just have their ashes strewn across a valley or into the ocean, the modern marvels of technology have found a way to combine a dead relative’s ashes with a plant – to allow them to grow and live on forever, or until global warming dooms us all.Bios is one such company that will handle all the necessary ashes-to-dirt details for you. And with the help of Kickstarter, they’ve one-upped themselves and have created the Bios Incube. Now you can monitor, water, and keep an eye on Uncle Bob-tree from the convenience of your smartphone. It’s like turning your loved one into a Tamagotchi.The Bios Incube, the next step in the Bios line of “Life After Life,” puts the growing experience right into your hands. The Incube is basically a streamlined, all white, fancy planter. You place your Urn in it, as opposed to somewhere randomly in your yard for the dog to dig up, and then the sensor goes on top of the Urn. And that’s where the techno-magic begins.The sensor itself is a microprocessor, which also monitors the electro-conductivity of what’s happening in the soil and to your sapling. With the sensor, and an app on your phone, you can now keep track of the moisture levels in the soil and the air, the temperature, humidity, even the sunlight exposure. It can get dark and lonely, and you wouldn’t want your dearly departed to go through the afterlife neglected, now would you?Head not included.Based on the data, it will determine if your seed needs to be watered and will pull from the reserves in the tank and adjust the amount of moisture levels in the soil specifically around the tree as needed.  Or, if it’s too warm or cold outside, the sensor will alert you so you can make all the necessary adjustments of lugging your Urn to a more convenient spot.Saying goodbye is never easy, and now you wont have to. Bios has given us a way to honor, cherish and to make sure you never stop taking care of your loved one after they have passed.last_img read more

What Is AI Anyway Know Your Stuff With This GoTo Guide

first_img Register Now » 7 min read Scenario: You’re a startup office. People in hoodies and graphic tees are throwing the term “AI” around like confetti. You nod and try to play along, managing to churn out a brief mention of Elon Musk and Tesla as you look up the definition of “artificial intelligence” on your phone. You try to translate it into plain English. No luck. Relatable?Never fear: Our trusty guide is here, no prior knowledge required. Let’s talk about what it is — in layman’s terms — and how it could affect your life.What AI isAI is the advancement of computer systems to perform tasks usually limited to humans. Translation: Some things you used to have to do yourself — or call someone about, or visit a physical location for help with — can now be done by a computer.The difference between AI and “machine learning”Chances are, if you’ve heard the term AI ballooning over the last few years, you’ve also heard “machine learning” as a buzzword. Here’s what it means: Advanced machines use large data sets to “learn” and create patterns — then, they use what they’ve learned to recognize more of the unknown.AI and machine learning have a similar relationship to rectangles and squares. Just as all squares are rectangles, but not all rectangles are squares; machine learning is one application of AI, but AI is a broader concept that has other uses, too.What AI isn’tSome say AI doesn’t even truly exist yet — that it will only be possible when computers become more similar to sentient beings. People using that definition would say most companies claiming to use “AI” are incorrect. They’d also usually view “machine learning” not as a subset of AI, since it works largely based on pattern recognition and not a more advanced system.But the late John McCarthy, the American computer scientist recognized as having coined the term “artificial intelligence,” did consider pattern recognition to be a branch of AI. He said it had many branches, some of which haven’t even been discovered yet — and that some were much more advanced than others.All this to say: As McCarthy wrote, AI encompasses “the science and engineering of making intelligent machines, especially intelligent computer programs.”How AI affects your lifeThe idea of AI may sound futuristic and scary. That’s because it is futuristic, and it can be scary — at least in terms of the amount of personal data in play. But AI can also save people considerable time, money and error margins. And it’s likely already a much larger part of your life than you realize.Exhibit A: Worried you’re not saving enough money? Personal finance apps can now analyze your spending patterns, then sock away small amounts of money on your behalf that they deem you won’t notice.Exhibit B: Many hospitals around the country already incorporate AI in an advisor capacity for medical professionals. Since new breakthroughs and research are relatively constant, AI tools help doctors stay up to date on the latest findings, gauge the impact of certain symptoms and make decisions regarding diagnoses.Exhibit C: Whenever you use a traffic or GPS app to navigate your way to work or a friend’s house, AI has a hand in the route it suggests, using an extensive amount of data from smartphones about speed, routes and traffic incidents. And when you’re using a rideshare app, AI helps determine the price of your ride, which route the driver will take and which other passengers will be picked up when.Key playersTesla CEO Elon Musk, who incorporates AI into his company’s autonomous cars, fears for what the technology could mean for the future of humanity. “If you’re not concerned about AI safety, you should be,” he tweeted in August 2017. “Vastly more risk than North Korea.” He also encouraged the government to regulate the technology before it becomes too advanced. “Nobody likes being regulated, but everything (cars, planes, food, drugs, etc) that’s a danger to the public is regulated,” he wrote on Twitter. “AI should be too.”Mark Zuckerberg, on the other hand, seems to disagree wholeheartedly. The Facebook CEO hosted a 2017 Facebook live in which he called his views on AI “really optimistic” and mentioned that those who “drum up doomsday scenarios” about AI are “negative” and, in some ways, “really irresponsible.” People naturally pointed to Elon Musk, who later tweeted, “I’ve talked to Mark about this. His understanding of the subject is limited.”Key figures at Amazon lean more towards Zuckerberg’s view of the subject, saying the benefits of AI outweigh the risk. “We believe it is the wrong approach to impose a ban on promising new technologies because they might be used by bad actors for nefarious purposes in the future,” wrote Dr. Matt Wood, general manager of AI at AWS. “The world would be a very different place if we had restricted people from buying computers because it was possible to use that computer to do harm.” The company recently sold its Rekognition facial recognition software — which identifies and tracks faces in real time, including those of “people of interest” — to police departments and government agencies. Critics argued it could easily be misused and harm marginalized people.Sundar Pichai, CEO of Google, recently released new guidelines surrounding the company’s future with AI. His views are more in line with regulation, even if it’s self-regulation, of the company’s use of AI. “We recognize that such powerful technology raises equally powerful questions about its use,” he wrote in a June blog post. “How AI is developed and used will have a significant impact on society for many years to come. … We feel a deep responsibility to get this right.” He clarified that where there’s a material risk of harm, the company will proceed only when it believes the benefits substantially outweigh the risk. The company also said it won’t collaborate on weapons or “other technologies whose principal purpose or implementation is to cause or directly facilitate injury to people.”Related: What’s Behind the Employee Revolts at Amazon, Microsoft and Google?Potential for biasAI has an intrinsic potential for bias in terms of the data used to train each algorithm to do what it’s supposed to. For example, Google Photos came under fire for tagging African American users as gorillas in 2015, and in 2017, the developers of FaceApp “beautified” faces by lightening skin tones. That’s why it’s vital for AI companies to look at the data they’re using and make sure it’s engineered to reduce bias.What’s nextAI is on the rise in industries across the board. In fact, 30 percent of businesses are predicted to incorporate it before 2019, and that’s up from just 13 percent last year, according to Spiceworks, an information technology company. Google, IBM, Amazon, Microsoft, Apple and many more companies are making AI a priority. July 9, 2018center_img Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Globallast_img read more