Accused Winnipeg serial killer responds to family seeking information on murdered teen

first_imgAPTN National NewsA family hoping to find who is responsible for the murder of a loved one has reached out to an unlikely source: accused serial killer Shawn Cameron Lamb.Calray Bruyere wants to know if Lamb killed her cousin Fonessa.APTN National News reporter Meagan Fiddler has this story.last_img

MoneySense ranks Fort St John as the best place to live in

first_imgThe magazine also cites the average annual household income in Fort St. John of $124,000, saying that it takes just 3.1 years of the average resident’s household income to buy an average home in Fort St. John, valued at $386,000.The magazine said that the city had an unemployment rate in March of 5.7 percent thanks to its oil, natural gas, forestry and agriculture industries.The two Sea-to-Sky Country cities of Squamish and Whistler ranked 2nd and 3rd on this year’s list respectively, saying that the two communities have a large number of recreation attractions, along with fairly high average earnings.Delta and North Vancouver rounded out the Top 5 in B.C.The magazine ranked Oakville, Ontario as the best place in Canada to live, while Lacombe, Alberta has ranked the best place in Western Canada, and 5th overall.The full rankings can be found here: https://www.moneysense.ca/canadas-best-places-to-live-2018-create-your-own-ranking/#. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – MoneySense magazine has ranked Fort St. John as the best place to live in B.C. and the three Canadian territories, and 15th best place to live in Canada.The magazine, which is owned by Rogers Publishing Ltd., cites the city’s low taxes, relative affordability of housing, and amenities as reasons for ranking the Energetic City at the top of the list.The magazine’s Best Places to Live edition ranked 415 cities across Canada for this year’s list, looking at everything from transit access, arts and community, demographics, health, and crime rates, among a host of others.last_img read more

Urgent action needed to assist over 1 million Central Africans – UN

“It’s not like any other humanitarian situation I’ve run across,” Catherine Bragg, Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator, told reporters in New York.Ms. Bragg, who visited the country in late July, said the number of people affected directly or indirectly by the effect of conflict in CAR is estimated by the humanitarian community to be more than 1 million people – out of a population of 4 million. She added that the CAR is one of the most impoverished countries in the world – second only to Sierra Leone by one measure – and remains beset by violence and widespread displacement in the north. This is in spite of some progress made last year with the Government embarking on a national dialogue and the signing of a peace agreement with rebel groups. Most of the 1 million people in need of assistance are concentrated in the northern part of the country and amongst the affected population are 125,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) and 137,000 Central African refugees in Chad and Cameroon. A major concern is the lack of funding for humanitarian work, she stressed, noting that funding has decreased significantly in 2009, compared to previous years. Current requirements amount to $97 million, of which $48 million remains outstanding. “Urgent action from the international community is required to support the efforts of humanitarian organizations,” stated Ms. Bragg.The international community should also be encouraged to support the efforts of the Government to develop a legal framework to assist IDPs, she added. “I was actually struck by the lack of international pressure on the Government in terms of its responsibility to provide both humanitarian assistance and protection to displaced populations.”Another major concern, she said, is lack of access to those in need, not just because of a lack of physical infrastructure, but because many people have fled their villages into the bush, sometimes just a few kilometres from their villages, and they are dispersed. “This is a very traumatized population. Some of them have been displaced repeatedly in the past years,” said Ms. Bragg. “They live in fear of both the Government forces and any armed groups, and they live in totally deplorable conditions in the bush with very little basic necessities – no water, no food, no sanitation, no medical services [and] hardly anything to sustain themselves.”Access is also hindered by the “unpredictable and volatile” security environment and, more recently, outright denial of humanitarian access by the national authorities, which she said were accusing some of the non-governmental organizations (NGOs) of supporting the rebels through humanitarian activities. More recently, she added, humanitarian needs have increased due to attacks by the Ugandan rebel Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) in the south-east and a rise in malnutrition in the south-western part of the country. The Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator met with some of the IDPs during her visit, which took her to the capital, Bangui, as well as the towns of Birao, Kabo and Paoua. She also met with President François Bozizé and Prime Minister Faustin-Archange Touadera, and members of UN agencies, international and local NGOs and the diplomatic community. 10 August 2009Urgent action by the international community is needed to assist humanitarian efforts in the Central African Republic (CAR), where conflict has left one-quarter of the population in need of assistance, a senior United Nations relief official said today. read more

UN agency concerned about reported abuse as thousands continue to flee Myanmar

Several waves of clashes between ethnic Rakhine Buddhists and Rohingya Muslims, the first of which occurred in June 2012, have affected hundreds of thousands of families in the country’s western region.The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) estimates that more than 86,000 people have left on boats since the violence began two years ago, including nearly 15,000 from January to April this year. “The majority are Rohingya, although anecdotally the proportion of Bangladeshis has grown this year,” UNHCR spokesperson Adrian Edwards told reporters in Geneva. Across the region, the agency continues to advocate for temporary stay arrangements for the Rohingya until the situation stabilizes sufficiently in Rakhine state for them to return. “These arrangements involve acquiring the documented right to remain in the host country for the designated period, protection against arbitrary detention, respect for family unity, guarantees of shelter as well as access to services and lawful work opportunities,” said Mr. Edwards.Some of those who have reached Thailand speak of being taken to smugglers’ camps in the jungles or hills near the Thailand-Malaysia border. There they were kept for months in overcrowded camps and sometimes even cages until their families could pay for their release, according to UNHCR. The Thai authorities have conducted several raids on these camps, rescuing hundreds of people, including some 500 Rohingya earlier this year. UNHCR is providing relief and advocating for a more clearly defined temporary protection regime during their stay in Thailand that would include, for example, access to education for the children and enhanced freedom of movement. “Most immediately, to facilitate recovery and improve conditions of stay from the current immigration detention centres, we have offered to support rehabilitation centres where families can stay together and basic community activities can be organized while longer-term solutions are sought. The most vulnerable cases are submitted for consideration by resettlement countries,” Mr. Edwards said.In Malaysia, where UNHCR has registered more than 35,000 Rohingya over the years, there have been increased reports of smuggling and trafficking from Thailand of people from Myanmar. Reliable reports indicate these groups frequently face abuse, ill-treatment, exploitation and extortion by smuggling gangs. An increasing number are in poor physical and emotional health – malnourished and unable to walk. “UNHCR is advocating for the prompt release from detention of any detained Rohingya and others of concern,” said Mr. Edwards. “We also believe that improved access to health and other support services, including lawful employment opportunities, will allow refugees to be self-reliant.” In Indonesia, the Rohingya now number more than 1,200 people. Registration numbers peaked during the second half of 2013 with 474 new arrivals after several boats arrived from Thailand; others also crossed over from Malaysia. This year the trend of arrivals has dropped to only 56 people up to May. Meanwhile, in Bangladesh, which has hosted Rohingya refugees for more than two decades, there have been several positive developments in the last year. Education was extended to middle school level in the two official camps hosting more than 30,000 Rohingya refugees.“We have also enhanced efforts to address gender-based violence in the camps, including by facilitating the deployment of policewomen,” said Mr. Edwards. “In addition, the Government has also agreed to the improvement of services in the camps including shelter and livelihood opportunities.UNHCR has welcomed the Bangladeshi Government’s initiative to “list” an estimated 200,000 to 500,000 unregistered Rohingya in Bangladesh.The agency also noted that some 140,000 people remain displaced in Rakhine – the majority of them Rohingya, with smaller numbers of Rakhine, Kaman and other ethnicities. Aid workers have resumed humanitarian assistance following attacks on UN and non-governmental organization premises in Sittwe in late March. “While UNHCR remains committed to providing temporary shelters, coordinating camp management and addressing a difficult protection situation, we are wary of activities that could entrench segregation and protracted displacement. The challenge is to move from an emergency phase towards durable solutions,” Mr. Edwards stated. read more

Horse euthanised after being found with two broken legs in Wicklow estate

first_imgA HORSE WAS discovered yesterday in the Hillview estate, Ballyguile in Wicklow with two broken legs which is believed to be as a result of animal abuse.The horse was discovered at about 4pm yesterday but had to be euthanised by a vet. There are conflicting reports circulating that the horse was beaten by a group of people, while other reports suggest the horse refused to leave the horse box, and when a group of men accelerated the vehicle to force him out, the horse tumbled out of the trailer and sustained the injuries.AppealGardaí said they are currently investigating the incident and are asking anyone with any information to come forward. They confirmed that the horse did receive two serious injuries to two of its legs and had to be put down as a result of the injuries.Speaking to TheJournal.ie Wicklow Town Councillor Garrett O’Reilly said it was “simply not acceptable,” adding that these occurrences were becoming more and more common and that he thought people were afraid to come forward with information.He said people could come to him with any information about the death of the horse and he would pass it on to the authorities. He said he felt the council had to look at a long term solution for the management of horses in Wicklow.Horses“Last week, 63 horses were rounded up by the council, in an operation that involved more than 20 gardaí. The sheer cost of an operation like that is just not sustainable,” he said.He said he believed the majority of those horses that are brought to a pound are later put down. “There is enough council land or land that is in NAMA that could be used by these horses. We need a long term solution for these horses, so that cruelty like this can’t happen again,” he said.Eight horses remain in Hillview estate and have received care from the Irish Horse Welfare Trust.Well-known vet Pete Wedderburn said on his Facebook Page today: More animal cruelty, this time in Wicklow Town, involving a horse which was euthanised by a vet yesterday after being found in trouble. We all need to act together, gathering evidence for prosecutions, to stop episodes like this in the future.Read: Donkey suffers hypothermia after spending night stuck in Dublin canal>Read: Animal charity to report to gardaí after puppy found shot in Athlone>last_img read more

Cyprus Wine Festival kicks off

first_imgThe Cyprus Wine Festival, which takes place every year in the southern coastal town of Limassol, will open its gates today, Thursday 25 August and run until 4 September.Attracting thousands of locals and tourists alike, the event is held at the grounds of the Municipal Gardens. The Festival’s mascot ‘Vrakas’, representing a Cypriot man dressed in traditional Cypriot men’s baggy trousers (called vraka in Greek), will be placed at the entrance of the gardens to welcome all visitors to the festival.Major wineries as well as regional ones will be participating, offering visitors a great variety of wines. Stands with traditional food, delicacies and souvenirs will also be on offer.The Wine Festival features dozens of other events such as traditional dances, concerts, theatre performances, storytelling, and magic shows.As well as circulating the festival’s program in both Greek and English, this year it will also be available in Russian to cater to the increase of Russian tourism.Given the rise in the number of tourists visiting Cyprus this summer, the Municipality of Limassol expects more visitors at this year’s Wine Festival.Officially kicking off the event will be Minister of Energy, Commerce, Industry and Tourism Yiorgos Lakkotrypis, followed by a varied cultural program. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

AI Uses Goodreads to Predict Amazon Best Sellers

first_imgLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. There are no shortage of instructions for propelling your book to the top of the Amazon charts.Use keywords, create an attractive cover, choose the right category. Have it professionally edited and properly formatted. Write a good description, price it right, get positive reviews.Or, stick your story into an algorithm that can predict whether a book will become a best seller on Amazon within 15 days of its publication.AdChoices广告Researchers at Northwestern University, Microsoft Research India, and the Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur developed a model that does just that: by studying reading behavior on online database Goodreads.“We have been working on analyzing the popularity dynamics of various social media entities, such as hashtags in Twitter, topics in Quora, etc.,” Animesh Mukherjee, associate professor of computer science at IIT Kharagpur, told TechXplore. “We felt that a similar approach could be taken to analyze the popularity of books and we found Goodreads to be ideal for this investigation.”The social cataloging website—acquired by Amazon in 2013—allows users to search for books, annotations, and reviews and generate library catalogs and reading lists, among other functions.Much to authors’ chagrin, there is no magic spell you can cast over a book to ensure chart-topping success. Popularity can be measured using several parameters—but in this case, researchers focused on how book reading characteristics influence its favor.The team analyzed the collective reading behavior of Goodreads consumers, and studied characteristics of Amazon best sellers in terms of the site’s entities—books, authors, shelves, genres, user status posts.They then developed a machine learning-based model using these unique features to predict whether a book will hit No. 1 in two weeks of its launch.“We observed that the ratings and reviews received by a book on Goodreads are not as effective in predicting the best sellers as the reading status post patterns of the users,” according to Mukherjee.One of my favorite aspects of the site is the ability to post updates about what page I’m on and how much of a book I’ve read (I’m a slow reader, so sue me). Folks can also post comments about their experience with the novel, memoir, cookbook, comic, whatever.“We find these features to be very effective in predicting whether the book is going to be a bestseller in the future,” Mukherjee said.The AI boasts an average accuracy of 88.72 percent in predicting imminent chart-toppers. That’s a 16.4 percent improvement over baseline methods that use traditional popularity factors like ratings or reviews.“One of the most important insights that we obtain from this study is that … a large majority of [Amazon bestsellers] have reader status post patterns that strongly distinguish them from the rest of the books,” Mukherjee said.The study is available to read online via the Cornell University Library.Artificial intelligence is getting smarter every day: It recently detected more mysterious cosmic radio bursts, learned to create drugs from scratch, and helped map developing brains. Read more about algorithms and books on Geek.com. McDonald’s Plans to Serve AI Voice Technology at Drive ThruCIMON Returns to Earth After 14 Months on ISS center_img Stay on targetlast_img read more

Solskjaer wary of Liverpools threat as he seeks Fergies support

first_imgOle Gunnar Solskjaer has opened the door to Sir Alex Ferguson to give Manchester United’s team talk before they face bitter rivals Liverpool at Old Trafford on Sunday.Solskjaer who understands the magnitude and importance of the clash wants his team to have a grasp of what it means to the fans.And the interim manager believes Fergie is the right man for the job despite admitting they cannot be caught up in the emotion of the occasion.🤣During the press conference this morning, Ole Gunnar Solskjær joked that Sir Alex Ferguson will take the Manchester United team talk against Liverpool!😬Who would like to see this happen?! #MUFC #MUNLIV pic.twitter.com/GEcmShOqPu— Betfred (@Betfred) February 22, 2019“He would be welcome to have his talk to the players because we know how much it means for him to overtake Liverpool,’ said Solskjaer of his former manager who took such delight in ‘knocking Liverpool off their f***ing perch’ during his 26 years at Old Trafford.“I played in a few of these myself and know the magnitude of it for the fans and everyone who works here. He told the Daily Mail.“The staff there have been making comments that this is the big one, then it’s our job to be focusing and channelling all that energy into performance mode when we start the game on Sunday.“It’s not about emotions. I understand emotion can be brought into it but we have to stay focused and controlled with some fight in us as well.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.Solskjaer went to explain the need to win the game in what could be pivotal to securing a Champions League spot“For them, it’s a big game, we want to be in the top four and we’re playing Liverpool. We know how big that game is for Manchester United, the staff and supporters.“We’re just looking forward to another challenge for this team. We want to build this team to be worthy of Manchester United’s history.”Asked if he would prefer Tottenham to win what he sees a three-horse title race, a smiling Solskjaer replied: ‘Maybe!’”Whoever we play against, we want to win the game.”The Reds are well aware of the threat #MUFC will pose but head to Old Trafford with designs only on bringing the three points back to Anfield, @MoSalah insists…https://t.co/htDH5OILxV— Liverpool FC (@LFC) February 22, 2019Solskjaer believes the clash with their arch-rivals will be somewhat similar to the PSG tie. He, however, feels his players are ready to show they have learned from that experience.“We have to perform better than we did against PSG because it’s a big game and a big team,’ he said. ‘Suddenly we’re not underdogs anymore.“We know we’re in for a very tough game. Liverpool have been fantastic and will know to come to Old Trafford it should be a difficult one. They pay us respect and we’ll pay them respect.”last_img read more

People on the Move

first_imgThe Cut editorial director Stella Bugbee has announced that Linda Wells will join the Cut as beauty editor-at-large. Wells will write weekly on a range of topics related to beauty, fashion, wellness, and health. Time Inc. has named Alwar Rajagopalan president of Time Inc. India. Rajagopalan, a finance and accounting veteran, is the former VP of business process services of Tata Consultancy Services Ltd.  Surface Media has announced the appointment of Stephen Pulvirent as executive digital director. Pulvirent joins Surface from Bloomberg, where he influenced the direction of Bloomberg Pursuits as associate editor. Cosmopolitan.com has named its new parenting editor, Maressa Brown. Brown was previously lifestyle editor at CafeMom’s The Stir. David Saabye has begun his new role as chief digital officer of ALM. Prior to joining ALM, Saabye held several management positions at the Associated Press, including head of sales and marketing for the iCircular division. Raphael Poplock joins The Players’ Tribune as EVP of partnerships and business development. Prior to joining The Players’ Tribune, Poplock served as VP of partnerships for ESPN, where he led the global partnerships and cross-platform games businesses. Here are the rest of this week’s people on the move:center_img Christopher Cormier has been named associate publisher at InStyle. He had been associate publisher at Details. The Cut launched in 2012 as New York magazine’s stand-alone fashion and lifestyle website, and has contributed coverage to the print magazine since 2014. The Cut has 6.3 million unique visitors per month, and has 3.2 million social media followers across Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and Instagram. “We’ve long admired her wit, her style and her ability to get at exactly what readers want to know about. I can’t wait for her to bring her sharp, funny takes on everything from eyeliner to outdated beauty standards and which runway trends matter,” says Bugbee. Wells joins a beauty lineup that already includes senior beauty editor Kathleen Hou, and associate beauty editor Ashley Weatherford. She founded Allure magazine in 1991, where she served as editor-in-chief until 2015. Wells started her career as an editor at Vogue and later served as the beauty and food editor at The New York Times Magazine. Condé Nast has appointed Evan Adlman head of programmatic for the company. Most recently, Adlman served as VP, publisher development, Americas at PubMatic, where he led the teams responsible for implementing programmatic technology and strategies for the top 100 comScore publishers. last_img read more

Navy Bases Falling behind Growing Maintenance Workload Senior Officials Say

first_imgNavy installations are experiencing a growing backlog of maintenance needs as budget constraints over the past several years have forced the service to allocate funding to higher priorities, officials told the House Armed Services’ Readiness Subcommittee on Friday.Critical requirements are being funded, but other jobs are being deferred, Vice Adm. Dixon Smith, commander of Navy Installations Command, told the panel.“Where we are today is holding,” Smith said, reported the Daily Press.Capt. Louis Schager, commanding officer at Naval Air Station Oceana, described a litany of deferred maintenance tasks at the Navy’s East Coast master jet base in Virginia Beach, Va.All hangars “have issues and challenges,” he said. “A lot of roofs are leaking. We have some fire protection challenges.”Ten of the installation’s 13 barracks are rated as substandard, but the Navy only has funding approved to renovate five barracks. A newly constructed barracks, however, is scheduled to be completed in March.An aging building at the base’s Dam Neck Annex has interfered with training for information specialists, due to a combination of leaks, odors and sensor problems that have resulted in an average of one call a week to the fire department during the past fiscal year.“Each time that call goes out, you have to have all these students leave the building,” Schager said. “It’s disrupting their training.”Officials have approved spending a couple of hundred thousand dollars on a temporary fix. “But it’s a $12 million unfunded project to really, truly fix the problem,” he said.Schager thanked Congress, however, for freeing up $100 million to replace a 1950s-era lighting system for the base’s airfield.The two officers stressed the need for an assured and sustainable funding stream to address long-term maintenance needs so that installations can avoid playing catch-up with their repairs. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

NASAs Hubble Space Telescope is back in action after hardware problem

first_imgNASA turns 60: The space agency has taken humanity farther than anyone else, and it has plans to go further.  CES 2019: See all of CNET’s coverage of the year’s biggest tech show. 13 Photos Sci-Tech NASA’s Hubble telescope delivers stunning new space pictures Wide Field Camera 3 was brought back to full operational status and completed its first science observations just after noon EST today.  For more info: https://t.co/ETEDYPwDtd— Hubble (@NASAHubble) January 17, 2019 Investigating the error from Jan. 8, NASA concluded that voltage levels had jumped outside their safe values, causing the suspension of operations. Further evaluations noted that voltage levels were OK, but telemetry circuits — which help NASA collect data from the Telescope — “were not accurate”. A router-like reset had those telemetry circuits brought back to operations.Wide Field Camera 3 is just one of Hubble’s suite of instruments and while NASA worked to get it back to collecting science images, Hubble’s other instruments continued to operate as normal. NASA says that Hubble should hang on beyond 2025, which would mean it has been investigating space for a solid 35 years. In that time, it has captured smiling faces in the cosmos and provided new ways to see dark matter. Recently, it took an unbelievable 1.6GB image of the Triangulum Galaxy you could basically fly through on your PC screen. Operated by both NASA and the European Space Agency, the Hubble Space Telescope was on a 15-year mission when it launched on April 25, 1990. The Wide Field Camera 3 was a Hubble upgrade, installed in May 2009 during its last servicing mission, which planned to extend Hubble’s mission to 20 years. It’s now in its 29th year of life. Share your voicecenter_img 1 Comment Tags STS-82 Crew/STScI/NASA On Jan. 8, the Wide Field Camera 3 on NASA’s journeyman telescope Hubble went out of action. A hardware problem had caused the instrument to suspend operations.The latest update from NASA is all good news though: Hubble’s Wide Field Camera 3 resumed science observations, snapping photos of the distant universe, just after midday, Jan. 17.  NASAlast_img read more

A day before Oh Babys release Naga Shaurya starts shooting for his

first_imgNaga Shaurya with Mehreen Pirzada at his film launchTwitterYoung Telugu actor Naga Shaurya is yet to recover from his leg injury, but he is back on the sets to shoot for his upcoming movie a day before the release of his Oh Baby, which is set to hit screens on July 5.Naga Shaurya will be seen playing Samantha Akkineni’s love interest in director Nandini Reddy’s Oh Baby. After wrapping it up, the actor has started shooting for his next movie, which was launched on May 11. But his leg got hurt while filming an action scene of the movie and this injury forced him to take a break. However, he has decided to come back on the sets, even before the recovery.Eluru Seenu, the publicist for the untitled film‏ tweeted, “@IamNagashaurya is back to shoot for Ira Production No 3. He was forced to take a break as his leg got injured during the shoot of an action sequence in Vizag! Clashes with the dates of Co-actors,he started the shoot though he is not completely recovered!”This yet-to-be-titled movie is directed by debutant Ramana Teja and produced by Usha Mulpuri under the banner Ira Creations. Naga Shaurya will be seen romancing actress Mehreen Pirzada of F2 – Fun and Frustration fame in the movie, which happens to be the third production of the actor’s home banner.After its launch, Naga Shaurya tweeted some photos on May 11 and wrote, “Very happy to announce my next project in my home production @ira_creations. Lead Actress @Mehreenpirzada, Produced by Usha Mulpuri garu, Introducing debutant director #RamanaTeja, Music composed by @SricharanPakala and Editor #Garry #IRA3 #ProdNo3.”Several celebs from the film industry attended its opening ceremony. Later, Naga Shaurya added, “My sincere thanks to Shri. @Ragavendraraoba Garu, @sharrath_marar Garu, #Nandinireddy Garu, @ParasuramPetla Garu & @BvsRavi Garu for gracing the event and extending their warm wishes and blessings. #IRA3 #ProdNo3.”last_img read more

Armed and wild Myanmar military goes shopping

first_imgIn this file photo taken on 21 January 2019 Myanmar military tanks manoeuvre in a field during combined exercise by Myanmar army and air force near Magway. Photo: AFPMyanmar’s military has lavished tens of millions of dollars on the latest lethal hardware, leaning on allies as part of a strategy to become a first-class fighting force.The spending spree comes despite enduring EU and US arms embargos and calls earlier this month from a UN fact-finding mission for the international community to sever financial ties to Myanmar’s military.Senior generals already face sanctions for a scorched earth campaign that drove more than 740,000 Rohingya Muslims into Bangladesh.And allegations of fresh abuses are mounting as it now tackles ethnic Rakhine rebels, who are Buddhist, in the same area, according to an Amnesty International report Wednesday.But the army has continued spending, offered discounts by governments with a stake in its strategic location and an eye on a major arms market.Here are a few which it has turned to for arms, equipment or training.ChinaDespite easing economic sanctions, the US still does not sell weapons to Myanmar.China has no such qualms.Beijing has provided diplomatic cover for Myanmar at the UN. It has also been its main source of weapons, according to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), which estimates that from 2013-17 China accounted for 68 per cent of Myanmar arms imports.That includes armoured vehicles, surface-to-air missile technology, radar, and unarmed drones, said Siemon Wezeman, SIPRI senior researcher for the Asia-Pacific.He added Myanmar also placed orders for Sino-Pakistani manufactured JF-17 Thunder fighter jets valued at $25 million each — seen in action in late 2018 at a Myanmar Air Force display.”Name it and the Chinese supply it,” Wezeman told AFP.And the price is often right.”The price of arms sales is usually discounted,” said Yun Sun, an expert on China-Myanmar relations at the Stimson Center.RussiaRussia has emerged as one of Myanmar’s most enthusiastic friends on the world stage.Last month it pulled out all stops for army chief Min Aung Hlaing.The senior general inspected a helicopter plant, was flown on an Mi 171 over the Siberian city of Ulan Ude, and “enjoyed the scenery” around freshwater Lake Baikal, Myanmar state mouthpiece Global New Light of Myanmar reported.Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu came to Myanmar in January 2018, met with the commander-in-chief and inked a deal for Myanmar to buy six Su-30 fighters jets, Russian state media TASS reported.The cost is estimated at $200 million.The jets are meant to become “the main fighter aircraft of Myanmar’s air force”, the deputy defence minister said.The US State Department said the deal could aggravate the Rohingya crisis, but a Russian government spokesperson said it “cannot pay attention” to the accusations.IndiaIn an attempt to counterbalance Chinese influence over its shared neighbour, India has stepped up defence ties and pointedly avoided criticism over the Rohingya issue.But it is still playing catch-up with China.According to security analyst Anthony Davis, India has tended to focus its efforts on Myanmar’s Navy where it stands to offer more in terms of specialised equipment and joint exercises.”The Indians have basically been looking to move in on Tatmadaw naval modernisation, which has been moving forward at a pretty remarkable rate,” Davis said, using the Burmese word for the military.Min Aung Hlaing has also made several trips to India in recent years.As the crackdown against the Rohingya intensified in September 2017, India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi met with civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi in Myanmar and agreed to deepen defence ties.IsraelIsrael has had a longstanding relationship with Myanmar, one of the Jewish state’s early allies in Asia.In 2018, the country donated water purification systems to the government body set up in the aftermath of the Rohingya crisis.Min Aung Hlaing visited Israel in 2015, where he toured the Holocaust museum and defence suppliers.In April 2017 the Myanmar Navy posted pictures on Facebook of Israeli-made Super Dvora Mk 3 patrol boats.”She is moving forward with 45 knots on Myanmar Waters. Welcome to Myanmar Navy!!!” the caption said.But the relationship has sparked controversy for Israel at home, prompting an apparent halt in sales in 2017.The Israel embassy in Yangon confirmed “there is no change in Israel’s decision not to sell arms to Myanmar.”last_img read more

How Texas Educators Train before Arming Themselves at School

first_img Share Photo via The Texas TribuneAn educator partakes in a simulated shooting as part of a training for school marshals. School marshals are school staff trained and armed to take out a threat to their campus.A gaggle of reporters clustered last week near shelves of picture books and signs marked “Love” and “Read” in the Windermere Elementary School library.Then shots rang. The reporters jolted back, their iPhones shaking in surprise. A gunman ran through the hallway until he was shot down by a masked educator.The Texas Commission on Law Enforcement was hosting one of its trainings last week for school marshals — designated school teachers, administrators and maintenance staff who are licensed to carry firearms in case of an active shooter on campus. The marshal program, which began in 2014, has grown considerably since the May shooting at Santa Fe High School south of Houston. Before this summer, TCOLE had hosted nine school marshal trainings in four years, said Gretchen Grigsby, the commission’s director of government relations. But by the end of this summer, the commission will have hosted six more.Lawmakers, including Republican Gov. Greg Abbott, want to boost funding for the program soon so even more school personnel can sign up.At the Pflugerville elementary school, 20 trainees from around the state wore face masks and neck guards as they got into their roles. When the shots were fired, a cascade of trainees posing as panicked school children screamed and ran down the hall with their hands held up. Two other marshals-in-training ran toward the crowd with their guns drawn, looking to see whom they needed to shoot. Finally, an instructor wielding his own gun emerged behind the screaming students. The marshals shot and took him down. The whole thing took about 20 seconds.Friday’s demonstration came toward the end of an eight-day training session that educators must undergo to become school marshals. Trainees receive classroom instruction, live firearm training at a shooting range and training in simulated shootings such as the demonstration in Pflugerville. The simulation featured “simunition” — paintball-esque bullets shot from blue Glock 17s.Marshals range from janitors to school board members, and many of them didn’t have experience in law enforcement, though they all must have a license to carry before they can enroll in the course. Kim Vickers, executive director of TCOLE, said the fast pace and panicked frenzy reflects a real school shooting, where as many as nine people can die every second a shooter is active. One of the hardest decisions in the moment is knowing when to shoot, especially when the mass shooter is a student, he said.“They’ve got to cross that idea of, ‘Can I pull that trigger if I need to pull that trigger?’” Vickers said “And you really never know that — you really won’t until the situation happens — but you’ll come closer to resolving that in your mind when you’re put in that situation where you’re very keyed up and the adrenaline’s pumping.”Ever wonder what school marshal training looks like? They’re using training glock 17s akin to a paintball gun pic.twitter.com/h6lZEoRN75— Matthew Choi (@matthewchoi2018) August 10, 2018And if you’re wondering, yes, the fake bullets hurt.“If you’re about to be shot with one of these, it really puts some pressure on you because one of these things, it stings pretty well,” Vickers said.The school marshal program remains controversial. Many educators and activists argue that arming school staff increases access to guns for troubled students. But many Republican lawmakers have rallied around the program since the shooting in Santa Fe. Abbott included it in a series of recommendations to address school violence. In June, a special state Senate committee discussedways to expand its funding. None of the committee’s members spoke against arming teachers at the time.But many of the educators who attended the Senate hearing were fiercely opposed.“My job is to nurture and teach,” Mitzi McEwen, a retired principal from Friendswood Independent School District, said at the hearing. “You can’t take a teacher that has that love of their students and make them look at their kid and shoot them.”Vickers, who also testified at the hearing, said a threat can always fall through the cracks and manifest in school violence. It’s always better to be prepared just in case, he said, and school districts are increasingly requesting marshal training for designated staffers. Trainees must also go through regular psychological screenings and retrain every two years. When marshals are teaching in a classroom, they have to keep their gun in a lockbox.Rachel Zein for The Texas TribuneEducators take part in active shooter training in Pflugerville on August 10, 2018.Reporters were invited to Friday’s training under the condition that they not identify any of the trainees. TCOLE says it doesn’t publicize which school districts have marshals because it doesn’t want to advertise the “soft targets” — schools that don’t.One of the trainees, who would not identify himself other than as “an educator from Southeast Texas,” said he had had experience working with firearms as a hunter, but the marshal training took his understanding of active shooter situations to a “new level.” Standing in the hallway with arms crossed over his chest, the trainee said his role is to educate first. Being a marshal is merely one way to protect his students, he said.“Our biggest fear is actually having to use our training,” he said.last_img read more

Blizzard more excited about new file format than Warlords of Draenor WoW

first_imgIf you’ve been playing World of Warcraft for any length of time you’re probably laser focused on when the beta for the Warlords of Draenor expansion will become available. It’s getting close as Blizzard has just announced the expansion is entering the alpha phase. But it seems the development team’s excitement isn’t focused on gameplay right now. No, they are more excited about a new file format.For as long as World of Warcraft has been available to purchase and play, it has relied on a file format called Mo’PaQ. Players will recognize the .MPQ file extension that represents it. But the aging format is apparently no longer adequate for Blizzard’s and its MMO’s needs. So a change is being made to a new format called CASC.A new file format may on the face of it be nothing to get excited about, but players should be because of the benefits it will bring to their WoW experience. CASC stands for “Content Addressable Storage Container.” It is being used in the Warlords of Draenor alpha before being rolled out to all players in a patch just before the expansion launches. Heroes of the Storm is also using it in its technical alpha.The biggest advantages of the switch to CASC are speed and resilience. CASC allows WoW to locate the assets it needs more quickly, which means a faster loading game as well as faster content streaming. This also has a knock-on effect for patching, which will also be faster and more reliable because of the way data is handled. You also won’t experience file corruption anymore as CASC is self-maintaining. It’s also expandable, meaning if there’s some new tech or feature Blizzard wants to add, it’s now a simple task rather than trying to hack Mo’PaQ to make it work.If you want to be one of the first players to experience the impact CASC has on WoW, then you need to sign up for the Warlords of Draenor beta. This can be done by logging into your Battle.net account, accessing the Beta Profile Settings, and downloading the System Check tool. Submit the results to Blizzard, tick “Warcraft” on the Beta Profile menu, and cross your fingers.last_img read more

TMC to construct temples in West Bengals Hindi heartland

first_imgKolkata: The TMC is mulling construction of 10 sun temples in Asansol area of south Bengal to peddle its “soft Hindutva” brand and take the wind out of the BJP’s sails in the state ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha polls. Senior Trinamool Congress (TMC) leader and Mayor of Asansol Municipal Corporation, Jitendra Kumar Tiwari is at the forefront of construction of the temples in his area which is likely to be completed before next year’s ‘Chhath’ puja. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life In addition to increasing outreach among the majority community members, the TMC’s efforts also appear to be guided by its endeavour to further endear itself with the migrant Hindi speaking population from Bihar and Jharkhand in the region which has five Lok Sabha constituencies “In this area of Durgapur-Asansol, there is a huge Hindi speaking population. Every year, we witness large number of devotees during Chhath Puja. In order to cater to them, we have decided to build 10 sun temples in the area,” Tiwari, who is also the chairman of Chhath Puja Coordination Committee, told PTI. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killed The designs of the temples would be ready by December and the construction will cost around Rs 2 crore, Tiwari, who is also a TMC MLA from the West Burdwan district, said. “We have already started mobilizing funds from the locals for the construction of the temples. We have formed temple committees in different areas to raise funds. The Asansol Municipal Corporation will provide infrastructure support such as roads and electricity,” he said. Asansol-Durgapur belt has been one of the most politically and communally volatile regions in the state since 2014 Lok Sabha polls, which witnessed a surprising victory of BJP’s Babul Supriyo. Earlier, in March-April of this year, Asansol in West Burdwan district witnessed communal riots over Ram Navami celebrations. The TMC’s temple building exercise is being seen as its bid to check the saffron party’s growth, which has made steady inroads in the region since Supriyo’s victory. The decision to construct the temples comes at a time when the BJP has registered phenomenal growth in Bengal politics by championing the cause of Hindus and labelling TMC as a party more “keen on appeasing Muslims”. The BJP, which has fixed a target to win 22 seats in Bengal, is also set to start its three ‘rath yatras’ in Bengal from December 7 covering all the 42 Lok Sabha seats of the state. However, a senior TMC leader and MP, on the condition of anonymity said, the party and the state government works for every caste and religion. “We are aware that 10 sun temples are coming up in Asansol. The allegations of TMC practising soft Hindutva are completely baseless. We respect each and every religion. We don’t believe in communal politics of BJP,” the TMC leader told PTI. Although, TMC sources admitted that the temples would endear the party to the Hindi speaking migrants in the region as Chhath festival– to worship sun god– is close to their hearts. The Asansol-Durgapur belt and parts of Birbhum and Purulia, which share its border with Jharkhand, is known as the Hindi heartland of Bengal due to presence of considerable Hindi speaking population. A majority of the population in the area are migrant labourers from Bihar and Jharkhand who work in factories there. Despite Tiwari maintaining that the temples had nothing to do with elections or politics, TMC insiders said the initiative would have a “positive” impact on the 2019 polls. “BJP has been trying to increase its footprint in the area by trying to pitch themselves as champions of Hindutva and saviours of Hindus. So, we want to reach out to the masses of the area, especially Hindi speaking people, with the message that we respect all religions,” said a senior TMC leader. The construction of temples in the areas will send out a strong message to the majority population in the adjoining districts and also tribal areas, which comprises nearly 5-6 Lok Sabha seats that the BJP is eyeing in next Lok Sabha polls, said another TMC leader. However, the opposition Congress and CPI(M) alleged that the TMC was “peddling soft hindutva” to nullify Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) “pro-Hindu” agenda. From organising ‘purohit sammelan’ (congregation of Hindu priests) to Haunuman Jayanti, Ram Navami celebrations and more recently providing Rs 10,000 each to 28,000 Durga puja pandals across the state, the TMC has been charting a course of “soft Hindutva” to take the wind out of BJP’s sails, said CPI(M) central committee member Sujan Chakraborty. State Congress president Somen Mitra went on to blame TMC’s communal politics as the main reason for the rise of the BJP and its mentor the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) in Bengal. However, the BJP said that it was due to the “fear psychosis” of the saffron party, that the TMC was forced to shift its stance from “Muslim appeasement to temple construction”. “It is really good to see that the TMC has changed its political strategy from minority appeasement to construction of temples due to the fear of BJP. The TMC is doing it with an eye on next year’s Lok Sabha polls,” local MP and Union Minister of State for Heavy Industries, Babul Supriyo said. BJP national secretary Rahul Sinha said if the TMC was so keen on building temples, then it should come out with a clear stand on the issue of construction of Ram Temple in Ayodha.last_img read more

Why moving from a monolithic architecture to microservices is so hard Gitlabs

first_imgLast week, at the KubeCon+CloudNativeCon North America 2018, Jason Plum, Sr. software engineer, distribution at GitLab spoke about GitLab, Omnibus, and the concept of monolith and its downsides. He spent the last year working on the cloud native helm charts and breaking out a complicated pile of code. This article highlights few insights from Jason Plum’s talk on Monolith to Microservice: Pitchforks Not Included at the KubeCon + CloudNativeCon. Key takeaways “You could not have seen the future that you live in today, learn from what you’ve got in the past, learn what’s available now and work your way to it.” – Jason Plum GitLab’s beginnings as the monolithic project provided the means for focused acceleration and innovation. The need to scale better and faster than the traditional models caused to reflect on our choices, as we needed to grow beyond the current architecture to keep up. New ways of doing things require new ways of looking at them. Be open minded, and remember your correct choices in the past could not see the future you live in. “So the real question people don’t realize is what is GitLab?”- Jason Plum Gitlab is the first single application to have the entire DevOps lifecycle in a single Interface. Omnibus – The journey from a package to a monolith “We had a group of people working on a single product to binding that and then we took that, we bundled that. And we shipped it and we shipped it and we shipped it and we shipped it and all the twenties every month for the entire lifespan of this company we have done that, that’s not been easy. Being a monolith made that something that was simple to do at scale.”- Jason Plum In the beginning it was simple as Ruby on Rails was on a single codebase and users had to deploy it from source. Just one gigantic code was used but that’s not the case these days. Ruby on Rails is still used for the primary application but now a shim proxy called workhorse is used that takes the heavy lifting away from Ruby. It ensures the users and their API’s are are responsive. The team at GitLab started packaging this because doing everything from source was difficult. They created the Omnibus package which eventually became the gigantic monolith. Monoliths make sense because… Adding features is simple It’s easy as everything is one bundle Clear focus for Minimum Viable Product (MVP) Advantages of Omnibus Full-stack bundle provides all components necessary to use every feature of GitLab. Simple to install. Components can be individually enabled/disabled. East to distribute. Highly controlled, version locked components. Guaranteed configuration stability. The downsides of monoliths “The problem is this thing is massive” – Jason Plum The Omnibus package can work on any platform, any cloud and under any distribution. But the question is how many of us would want to manage fleets of VMs? This package has grown so much that it is 1.5 gigabytes and unpacked. It has all the features and is still usable. If a user downloads 500 megabytes as an installation package then it unpacks almost a gigabyte and a half. This package contains everything that is required to run the SaaS but the problem is that this package is massive. “The trick is Git itself is the reason that moving to cloud native was hard.” – Jason Plum While using Git, the users run a couple of commands, they push them and deploy the app. But at the core of that command is how everything is handled and how everything is put together. Git works with snapshots of the entire file. The number of files include, every file the user has and every version the user had. It also involves all the indexes and references and some optimizations. But the problem is the more the files, the harder it gets. “Has anybody ever checked out the Linux tree? You check out that tree, get your coffee, come back check out, any branch I don’t care what it is and then dip that against current master. How many files just got read on the file system?” – Jason Plum When you come back you realize that all the files that are marked as different and between the two of them when you do diff, that information is not stored, it’s not greeting and it is not even cutting it out. It is running differently on all of those files. Imagine how bad that gets when you have 10 million lines of code in a repository that’s 15 years old ? That’s expensive in terms of performance.  – Jason Plum Traditional methods – A big problem “Now let’s actually go and make a branch make some changes and commit them right. Now you push them up to your fork and now you go into add if you on an M R. Now it’s my job to do the thing that was already hard on your laptop, right? Okay cool, that’s one of you, how about 10,000 people a second right do you see where this is going? Suddenly it’s harder but why is this the problem?” – Jason Plum The answer is traditional methods, as they are quite slow. If we have hundreds of things in the fleet, accessing tens of machines that are massive and it still won’t work because the traditional methods are a problem. Is NFS a solution to this problem? NFS (Network File System) works well when there are just 10 or 100 people. But if a user is asked to manage an NFS server for 5,000 people, one might rather choose pitchfork. NFS is capable but it can’t work at such a scale. The Git team now has a mount that has to be on every single node, as the API code and web code and other processes which needs to be functional enough to read the files. The team has previously used Garrett, Lib Git to read the files on the file system. Every time, one reads the file, the whole file used to get pulled. This gave rise to another problem, disk i/o problems. Since, everybody tries to read the disparate set of files, the traffic increases. “Okay so we have definitely found a scaling limit now we can only push the traditional methods of up and out so far before we realize that that’s just not going to work because we don’t have big enough pipes, end of line. So now we’ve got all of this and we’ve just got more of them and more of them and more of them. And all of a sudden we need to add 15 nodes to the fleet and another 15 nodes to the fleet and another 15 nodes to the fleet to keep up with sudden user demand. With every single time we have to double something the choke points do not grow – they get tighter and tighter” – Jason Plum The team decided to take a second look at the problem and started working on a project called Gitaly. They took the API calls that the users would make to live Git. So the Git mechanics was sent over a GRPC and then Gitaly was put on the actual file servers. Further the users were asked to call for a diff on whatever they want and then Gitaly was asked for the response. There is no need of NFS now. “I can send a 1k packet get a 4k response instead of NFS and reading 10,000 files. We centralized everything across and this gives us the ability to actually meet throughput because that pipe that’s not getting any bigger suddenly has 1/10 of the traffic going through it.” – Jason Plum This leaves more space for users to easily get to the file servers and further removes the need of NFS mounts for everything. Incase one node is lost then half of the fleet is not lost in an instant. How is Gitaly useful? With Gitaly the throughput requirement significantly reduced. The service nodes no more need disk access. It provides optimization for specific problems. How to solve Git’s performance related issue? For better optimization and performance it is important to treat it like a service or like a database. The file system is still in use and all of the accesses to the files are on the node where we have the best performance and best caching and there is no issue with regards to the network. “To take the monolith and rip a chunk out make it something else and literally prop the thing up, but how long are we going to be able to do this?” – Jason Plum If a user plans to upload something then he/she has to use a file system and which means that NFS hasn’t gone away. Do we really need to have NFS because somebody uploaded a cat picture? Come on guys we can do better than that right?- Jason Plum The next solution was to take everything as a traditional file that does not get and move into object store as an option. This matters because there is no need to have a file system locally. The files can be handed over to a service that works well. And it could run on Prem in a cloud and can be handled by any number of men and service providers. Pets cattle is a popular term by CERN which means anything that can be replaced easily is cattle and anything that you have to care and feed for on a regular basis is a pet. The pet could be the stateful information, for example, database. The problem can be better explained with configuring the Omnibus at scale. If there are  hundreds of the VM’s and they are getting installed, further which the entire package is getting installed. So now there are 20 gigabytes per VM. The package needs to be downloaded for all the VM’s which means almost 500 megabytes. All the individual components can be configured out of the Omnibus. But even the load gets spreaded, it will still remain this big. And each of the nodes will at least take two minutes to come up from. So to speed up this process, the massive stack needs to be broken down into chunks and containers so they can be treated as individualized services. Also, there is no need of NFS as the components are no longer bound to the NFS disk. And this process would now take just five seconds instead of two minutes. A problem called legacy debt, a shared file system expectation which was a bugger. If there are separate containers and there is no shared disk then it could again give rise to a problem. “I can’t do a shared disk because if we do shared disk through rewrite many. What’s the major provider that will do that for us on every platform, anybody remember another three-letter problem.” – Jason Plum Then there came an interesting problem called workhorse, a smart proxy that talks to the UNIX sockets and not TCP. Though this problem got fixed. Time constraints – another problem “We can’t break existing users and we can’t have hiccups we have to think about everything ahead of time plan well and execute.” – Jason Plum Time constraints is a serious problem for a project’s developers, the development resources milestones, roadmaps deliverables. The new features would keep on coming into the project. The project would keep on functioning in the background but the existing users can’t be kept waiting. Is it possible to define individual component requirements? “Do you know how much CPU you need when idle versus when there’s 10 people versus literally some guy clicking around and if files because he’s one to look at what the kernel would like in 2 6 2 ?”- Jason Plum Monitoring helps to understand the component requirements. Metrics and performance data are few of the key elements for getting the exact component requirements. Other parameters like network, throughput, load balance, services etc also play an important role. But the problem is how to deal with throughput? How to balance the services? How to ensure that those services are always up? Then the other question comes up regarding the providers and load balancers as everyone doesn’t want to use the same load balancers or the same services. The system must support all the load balancers from all the major cloud providers and which is difficult. Issues with scaling “Maybe 50 percent for the thing that needs a lot of memory is a bad idea. I thought 50 percent was okay because when I ran a QA test against it, it didn’t ever use more than 50 percent of one CPU. Apparently when I ran three more it now used 115 percent and I had 16 pounds and it fell over again.” – Jason Plum It’s important to know what things needs to be scaled horizontally and which ones needs to be scaled vertically. To go automated or manual is also a crucial question. Also, it is equally important to understand which things should be configurable and how to tweak them as the use cases may vary from project to project. So, one should know how to go about a test and how to document a test. Issues with resilience “What happens to the application when a node, a whole node disappears off the cluster? Do you know how that behaves?” – Jason Plum It is important to understand which things shouldn’t be on the same nodes. But the problem is how to recover it. These things are not known and by the time one understands the problem and the solution, it is too late. We need new ways of examining these issues and for planning the solution. Jason’s insightful talk on Monolith to Microservice gives a perfect end to the KubeCon + CloudNativeCon and is a must watch for everyone. Read Next Kelsey Hightower on Serverless and Security on Kubernetes at KubeCon + CloudNative RedHat contributes etcd, a distributed key-value store project, to the Cloud Native Computing Foundation at KubeCon + CloudNativeCon Oracle introduces Oracle Cloud Native Framework at KubeCon+CloudNativeCon 2018last_img read more

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