Police identify 26yearold mother killed in Mira Mesa collision

first_img KUSI Newsroom Posted: March 31, 2018 Updated: 10:45 AM Police identify 26-year-old mother killed in Mira Mesa collision KUSI Newsroom, center_img March 31, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News, Traffic & Accidents FacebookTwitter MIRA MESA (KUSI) — Authorities Saturday identified the motorist killed in a collision while pulling onto a Mira Mesa street Friday.Judy Suong Tuyet Bui, 26, suffered fatal injuries when her Acura TL was broadsided by a Honda Accord while she was making a left turn out of an apartment complex parking lot, according to the San Diego County Medical Examiner’s Office.The crash happened in the 7200 block of Calle Cristobal on Mira Mesa.Medics took her 4-year-old son, who had been riding in a child safety seat, to Rady Children’s Hospital for treatment of life-threatening injuries, including a fractured skull, a broken pelvis, a fractured knee and broken ribs.The 26-year-old driver of the Honda complained of pain to his lower back, San Diego Police Department Officer Tony Martinez said at the time.Police said it was unclear who was at fault in the accident. last_img read more

Read More

San Diego Fleet to host donation drive for Alpha Project and blood

first_img KUSI Newsroom San Diego Fleet to host donation drive for Alpha Project and blood, food banks SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Alliance of American Football team the San Diego Fleet will host a community drive Monday to collect donations of food, blood and necessities like clothes and soap.The event is the Fleet’s first-ever donation drive since beginning play in the AAF in February. Donations made at the event will benefit the San Diego Blood Bank, the Alpha Project and the San Diego Food Bank. Residents who make a donation at the event will receive two free tickets to the team’s last regular-season home game April 14.“Donations are critical to the San Diego Food Bank since we are currently feeding 350,000 people per month in communities throughout San Diego County,” said James Floros, president and CEO of the San Diego Food Bank. “On behalf of the food bank’s staff and family of volunteers, we thank the San Diego Fleet for giving back to the community and helping our fellow San Diegans in need.”The Alpha Project is accepting donations of clothing, blankets, soap and shampoo. The food bank is seeking canned and non-perishable goods like soup, beans, peanut butter, rice and baby formula.The community drive is scheduled to begin at noon at SDCCU Stadium at 9449 Friars Road. Posted: April 1, 2019 April 1, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Local San Diego News, Sports FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Read More

Conrad Prebys Performing Arts Center The Conrad opens

first_img KUSI Newsroom Conrad Prebys Performing Arts Center “The Conrad” opens KUSI Newsroom, Posted: April 5, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter April 5, 2019 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Tonight was the grand opening of the Conrad Prebys Performing Arts Center. “The Conrad” is set to host a variety of events from music to theater.La Jolla Music Society is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year and they are the parent organization sponsoring the building of The Conrad, which received $82 million in public funding.The Conrad is the permanent home of La Jolla Music Society and will host world-class performances as well as other San Diego arts presenters, according to LJMS.KUSI’s Dave Scott was there for all the opening day festivities. last_img read more

Read More

DOD Leads Way as Federal Government Cuts Energy Use

first_imgEnergy consumption by the federal government fell to its lowest level since it began collecting data 40 years ago, the Energy Information Administration said Monday.Cuts in jet fuel consumption by the military accounted for most of the decline. Overall, the federal government in fiscal 2014 consumed 0.94 quadrillion British thermal units, extending a steady decline since 2010. Energy use steadily rose in the first half of the 2000s and then leveled off, following a steep drop in the previous decade.Energy consumption by DOD made up 78 percent of total federal energy use in FY 2014. The U.S. Postal Service, the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of Energy accounted for the next highest shares of total federal energy use at 5 percent, 3 percent and 3 percent, respectively. Renewable sources supplied 6.1 percent of the government’s facility energy consumption in FY 2014. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

Read More

House Lawmakers Would Authorize Partial F15EX Funding

first_img ADC AUTHOR A draft of the House Armed Services Committee’s fiscal 2020 defense policy bill will only authorize the Air Force to buy two of its requested eight F-15EX fighter aircraft unless the service meets several specific demands, Defense News reported Tuesday.The committee’s NDAA draft states that fiscal 2020 funding for the remaining six fighters would be based on the Air Force submitting further specific details on the service’s development, acquisition and fielding plans for the fourth-generation F-15 aircraft, according to Air Force Magazine.The Air Force originally requested $1.1 billion for eight F-15EX aircraft and initial startup costs in its fiscal 2020 budget.Details about the version of the F-15 the Air Force would purchase have not been determined, and House appropriators are seeking more details before committing to the full purchase.Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class JaNae Capunolast_img read more

Read More

STATE REP RACE Tewksbury Firefighters Union Endorses Mark Kratman

first_imgTEWKSBURY, MA — Tewksbury Firefighters Local 1647 announced its endorsement of State Representative candidate Mark Kratman in a Facebook post on Wednesday night.“Mark has shown to be a strong supporter of public safety, and we believe if elected he will continue that support at the State House,” reads the endorsement.Kratman has also previously announced endorsements from Tewksbury’s State Senator Barbara L’Italien, as well as Tewksbury Town Moderator Jayne Miller and the entire Tewksbury Planning Board.Kratman, an administrator with the Massachusetts Highway Department, is currently serving his fourth year on the Tewksbury Board of Selectmen, having been elected to his second term this past April. He serves as Chair of the Town’s Economic Development Committee.Kratman is also a member of the Tewksbury Patriotic Activities Committee (Vice Chair), the Board of Directors for the Wilmington-Tewksbury Chamber of Commerce, the Tewksbury Knights of Columbus, the Tewksbury Lions Club, and the Tewksbury-Wilmington Elks.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSTATE REP RACE: Massachusetts AFL-CIO Endorses Mark KratmanIn “Government”STATE REP RACE: Committee To Elect Mark Kratman Expresses Disappointment With Robertson Campaign’s TacticsIn “Government”STATE REP RACE: Massachusetts Teachers Association Endorses Mark KratmanIn “Government”last_img read more

Read More

ARREST LOG Wilmington Police Make 1 Arrest Issue 2 Summonses

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — According to Wilmington Police Logs, Wilmington Police issued the following arrests and summonses between April 4, 2019 and April 10, 2019.Thursday, April 4NoneFriday, April 5NoneSaturday, April 6Robert John Clough (40, Wilmington) was arrested for OUI Drugs (2nd Offense); Marked Lanes Violation; Negligent Operation Of Motor Vehicle; and Possession of Class B Drug (Subsequent Offense). (3:09pm)Sunday, April 7NoneMonday, April 8NoneTuesday, April 9NoneWednesday, April 10Carol A. Sugalski (55, Marlborough) was issued a summons for Operating A Motor Vehicle With A Revoked Registration; Uninsured Motor Vehicle; and Speeding. (9:40am)Tore A. Lynne (42, Salem) was issued a summons for Operating A Motor Vehicle With A Revoked Registration and Uninsured Motor Vehicle. (10:30am)(DISCLAIMER: This information is public information.  An arrest does not constitute a conviction.  Any arrested person is innocent until proven guilty.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedARREST LOG: Wilmington Police Make 3 Arrests & Issue 4 SummonsesIn “Police Log”ARREST LOG: Wilmington Police Make 4 Arrests & Issues 3 SummonsesIn “Police Log”ARREST LOG: Wilmington Police Make 1 Arrest & Issue 2 SummonsesIn “Police Log”last_img read more

Read More

NEIGHBOR NEWS Whats Making Headlines In Tewksbury

first_imgYour Tewksbury Today is Tewksbury’s premiere online hyperlocal news source. Follow YTT on Facebook and Twitter.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedNEIGHBOR NEWS: What’s Making Headlines In Tewksbury?In “Community”NEIGHBOR NEWS: What’s Making Headlines In Tewksbury?In “Community”NEIGHBOR NEWS: What’s Making Headlines In Tewksbury?In “Community” TEWKSBURY, MA — Ever wonder what’s making news next door in Tewksbury? Bill Gilman, editor of Your Tewksbury Today, has the answer!Below is a collection of top Tewksbury stories, primarily written by Gilman, that were recently published on his popular website.Top Tewksbury Stories (July 28, 2019 to August 5, 2019)BREAKING: TPD Chief Timothy Sheehan A Finalist For Florida JobAfter Nearly Three Years, Suspects To Stand Trial In Death Of Ethan CostelloTRAFFIC ALERT: Section Of Main Street To Be Shut Down To One Lane For A WeekAt Your Library: Summer Reading Wrap Up Partylast_img read more

Read More

Chinese brands like Xiaomi are threatening Indian smartphone companies existence

first_img Close Sacked without notice, workers of Chinese smartphone Unit go on rampage IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:04/1:00Loaded: 0%0:04Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-0:56?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading …center_img The growing dominance of Chinese smartphone brands in India is becoming a concerning factor for domestic brands, who find it hard to compete and generate revenue and profits. According to the latest report, the biggest Indian smartphone brands have recorded record fall in revenue as compared to their Chinese rivals, who continue to flourish in India.Veratech Intelligence reported that Micromax, Intex and Lava witnessed a steep 22 percent fall in combined revenue in FY18, whereas their Chinese rivals such as Xiaomi, Oppo and Vivo almost doubled compared to the previous financial year as their sales to reach Rs 46,120 crore. The Indian mobile phone companies took a major hit in revenue and profits as a result of aggressive competition from Chinese rivals.Chinese smartphone brands like Xiaomi have competitive pricing in the budget and mid-range segment, attracting the masses with great value-for-money specs and features. India has become a key playground for mobile phone companies to drive sales and up their global ranking – after all, it is the second largest and one of the fastest growing markets in the world. Xiaomi logo displayed on the screen ahead of the product showcase event in New Delhi.KVN Rohit/IBTimes IndiaIf the current trend continues, Indian phone companies’ revenue will continue to decline in the next financial year as well. Subhash Chandra, MD of one of the leading mobile phone retail chains in south India – Sangeetha Mobiles, said the Indian phone brands are sandwiched between Xiaomi in the smartphone category and Reliance Jio in the feature phones category, the Economic Times reported.Even though the top three Chinese smartphone companies witnessed record sales in India during FY2018, it is Xiaomi that emerged profitable with Rs 293 crore in its pocket while Oppo and Vivo reported a net loss of Rs 358 crore and Rs 120 crore, respectively.In the case of Indian brands, top three phone companies reported massive losses in the revenue. Micromax posted Rs 4,345 crore revenue – a 22 percent dip compared to the previous year. The profits took a 72 percent plunge to Rs 103 crore for the leading Indian-origin smartphone brand. A Sri Lankan model shows an Indian-made mobile phone launched in Colombo during a late night ceremony May 26, 2010.Lakruwan Wanniarachchi/AFP/Getty ImagesLava’s revenue dipped 10 percent to Rs 3,290 crore with net profit declining 46 percent to Rs 71 crore. Finally, Intex reported Rs 2,862 crore revenue in FY18, a 32 percent dip, but the company’s profits plunged 90 percent to Rs 13 crore.”The trend of Indian smartphone brands losing their market share due to strong competition from Chinese brands will continue in 2019. Still, Micromax and Lava are the only brands which can do well in the entry-level smartphone segment. Reliance Jio is another local brand to keep a close eye on,” ET quoted Karn Chauhan, an analyst with Hong Kong-based Counterpoint Technology Market Research, as saying.last_img read more

Read More

Haren Pandya murder case 12 convicted for killing exGujarat Home Minister

first_imgAccording to the CBI, Pandya, who was a minister in the then Narendra Modi-led state government in Gujarat, was murdered to avenge the 2002 communal riots in the state.Twitter12 men accused of killing former Gujarat Home Minister Haren Pandya in 2003 were convicted by the Supreme Court on Friday, July 5. The court dismissed the PIL filed by the Centre for Public Interest Litigation (CPIL), which sought fresh court-monitored probe into the killing.Imposing a ban of Rs 50,000 on CPIL for filing the PIL, a bench, headed by Justice Arun Mishra, said that no further petition would be entertained in the case.The court allowed the appeals of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and the Gujarat government questioning the Gujarat High Court order, which absolved the convicts of murder charges in the case. The CBI had termed the acquittal, dated August 29, 2011, as being erroneous.According to the CBI, Pandya, who was a minister in the then Narendra Modi-led state government in Gujarat, was murdered to avenge the 2002 communal riots in the state. He was shot dead on March 26, 2003, in Ahmedabad near Law Garden during his morning walk.The SC had admitted the appeal filed by the CBI and state on January 5, 2012.last_img read more

Read More

Siri records private moments sends them to Apple contractors and theres nothing

first_img Close 5 Highlights From 2019 Apple Event IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:01/2:55Loaded: 0%0:02Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-2:54?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading …center_img First Amazon, then Google and now Apple. The unethical practice of listening to people’s private moments is a far bigger problem these major corporations let on. Apple, like its rivals, has outsourced the task of listening to Siri recordings and the contractors are to grade the responses by Apple’s voice assistant based on various parameters.While the idea is to improve Siri and let the virtual assistant understand you better and recognise what you say without having to go at it many times, it is still a privacy breach as actual people are listening to countless private moments. What makes it worse is the fact that Siri is recording people’s conversations even when it is not addressed to.Siri’s accidental activations problem is very real and the human oversight of the digital voice assistant is a breach in people’s trust in Apple. The Cupertino-based tech titan hasn’t denied the practice, but assured that the contractors are bound to “strict confidentiality requirements.””A small portion of Siri requests are analysed to improve Siri and dictation. User requests are not associated with the user’s Apple ID. Siri responses are analysed in secure facilities and all reviewers are under the obligation to adhere to Apple’s strict confidentiality requirements,” Apple told the Guardian. Siri is not as innocent as you thinkReutersBut that didn’t stop an Apple contractor and whistleblower from revealing Apple’s dirty secrets in front of the world. The anonymous contractor working for the firm expressed concerns about Apple keeping this practice a secret, especially considering how regular Siri’s accidental activations are and the kind of content it picks up.”There have been countless instances of recordings featuring private discussions between doctors and patients, business deals, seemingly criminal dealings, sexual encounters and so on. These recordings are accompanied by user data showing location, contact details, and app data,” the contractor told the paper.According to the contractor, Apple only gives the staff an option to report accidental activations as technical glitches and nothing more. There’s no way to report sensitive recordings and anyone with a motive can easily identify who’s in those recordings using the accompanying data such as location, contact details and app data. Apple HomePod Siri interactionApple Press KitThese sensitive recordings are picked up by Siri when it thinks it hears the “wake word.” According to the Guardian, Siri can mistake the sound of a zip as a trigger to wake up and in case of an Apple Watch, raising and then hearing speech can be considered a command to wake up and start recording.Apple isn’t alone in this practice as recent revelations showed Google and Amazon analysing audio recordings from respective digital assistants. But there’s a huge difference between Siri and other two digital assistants. In the case of Google Assistant and Alexa, users can opt-out of some uses of their recordings, but Apple doesn’t let its users disable Siri.The only way Apple product users can do is be careful of what they say around Siri-activated iDevices like iPhone, HomePod and Apple Watch. The irony of the situation isn’t lost entirely. For a company that is built on the reputation of putting users’ privacy first, Apple isn’t gaining any brownie points here.last_img read more

Read More

Former Norwegian PM held in US over Iran visa

first_imgKjell Magne BondevikA former Norwegian prime minister said he was held at a Washington airport for one hour because of an Iranian visa in his passport, an incident he described as “provocative”.“There is no reason to be afraid of a former head of government who has been on official visits several times to this country, including in the White House,” Kjell Magne Bondevik, 69, told Norwegian broadcaster TV2 on Thursday.Bondevik, who served as prime minister twice between 1997 and 2005, said immigration authorities held him on Tuesday for an hour and questioned him over an Iranian visa in his diplomatic passport.Iran is one of seven Muslim-majority countries whose nationals are temporarily banned from entering US territory in accordance with a controversial decree signed by Trump.The head of human rights organisation Oslo Centre, Bondevik flew to the US on Tuesday to attend a yearly event in Washington DC called the “National Prayer Breakfast”. US President Donald Trump also attended the event.“It seems that if the name of this country or other countries appears, you stick out,” Bondevik said, referring to Iran.“It’s a totally unjustified suspicion. I think it was pretty provocative,” Bondevik added.The former Christian Democrat leader returned to Norway on Friday.last_img read more

Read More

UN finds systemic failures in its Rohingya response

first_imgThe United Nations experienced “systemic failures” in its handling of the situation in Myanmar leading up to the 2017 mass exodus of Rohingya, a UN report said on Monday.The finding came after UN secretary-general Antonio Guterres in February ordered the internal review of the world body’s operations in Myanmar after its officials in the country were accused of ignoring warning signs of the attacks against the Rohingya, a Muslim minority.Today some 740,000 Rohingya are living in camps in Bangladesh after fleeing Myanmar’s northern Rakhine state during a 2017 military campaign the UN has described as ethnic cleansing.The report says that while “it is difficult to assign responsibility for systemic failures,” there is a shared responsibility “on the part of all parties involved” in not “conveying more forcefully the United Nations’ principled concerns regarding grave human rights violations.”Some of the criticism of the UN has focused on allegations that the world body’s then-resident coordinator, Renata Lok-Dessallien, downplayed concerns about worsening abuses against the Rohingya in favor of prioritizing economic cooperation with Myanmar’s government.The UN has denied those claims.But the 36-page report authored by veteran Guatemalan diplomat Gert Rosenthal and shared with UN member states denounces a “dynamic of divisions rather than cohesion within the UN system”, “the absence of a clear and unified strategy” and shortcomings of “systematic and unified analysis from the field.”‘Unease’ over rightsRosenthal wrote that the UN “needs to improve, systematise and share the gathering of data, information and analysis of events on the ground in real time,” and if there are “diverse interpretations coming from different quarters,” they should be shared and efforts made to understand them.Among the causes of the UN’s failures, the diplomat notes “the initial fascination on the part of the international community with the political transition, based in no small part on the almost legendary status that Aung San Suu Kyi had reached,” referring to the country’s civilian leader.He said then-United Nations high commissioner for human rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein most consistently called out the rights violations taking place but this led to “some unease among those in the UN who favoured the ‘quiet diplomacy’ approach.”Asked Monday about the report, UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric said Guterres has accepted the recommendations “and is committed to implementing them so as to improve the performance of the United Nations system.”But Louis Charbonneau, United Nations director at Human Rights Watch, said the UN needs to hold accountable “UN officials most responsible for ignoring ethnic cleansing in Myanmar.””UN ‘lessons-learned’ reports about its failure to act in the face of mass atrocities have become almost routine,” he said.last_img read more

Read More

Kiwi women don headscarves in solidarity

first_imgMembers of the public look on during congregational Friday prayers and two minutes of silence for victims of the twin mosque massacre, at Hagley Park in Christchurch on 22 March, 2019. Photo: AFPWomen across New Zealand wore makeshift hijabs as a statement of peace and solidarity on Friday, a week after a white supremacist killed 50 Muslims at two mosques in the southern city of Christchurch.Rafaela Stoakes, a 32-year-old mother of two, said wearing the Islamic head covering gave her an insight into what it means to stand out and feel part of the minority.On Friday morning she covered all but a few locks of her dark chestnut-coloured hair in a loose red and white scarf, crossed neatly beneath her chin and tucked into a black hiking jacket.She was one of many women embracing #HeadScarfforHarmony, to make a stand against the hate espoused by the Australian man accused of killing dozens of worshippers.Headscarves were also worn as a mark of respect by policewomen and non-Muslim volunteers directing the crowds around the site in Christchurch holding communal prayers on Friday.Many were wearing a headscarf for the first time.”It is amazing how different I felt for the short time I was out this morning,” Stoakes told AFP.”There were a lot of confused looks and some slightly aggressive ones,” she said.”I did feel a sense of pride to honour my Muslim friends, but I also felt very vulnerable and alone as I was the only person wearing one.””It must take a lot of courage to do this on a daily basis.”The gesture caught on nationwide — in offices, schools and on the streets — as well as at the ceremonies held in Christchurch to mark one week since the killings at the hands of a self-avowed white supremacist.Women flooded Twitter, Facebook and other social media — which played a key role in allowing the gunman to spread his message — with their images.Kate Mills Workman, a 19-year-old student from Wellington, posted a selfie on Twitter wearing a green headscarf.”If I could I would be attending the mosque and standing outside to show my support for my Muslim whanau but I’ve got lectures and I can’t really skip them,” she told AFP, using a Maori language term for extended family.”Obviously this is all spurred on by the terrible tragedy in Christchurch, but it’s also a way of showing that any form of harassment or bigotry based on a symbol of religion is never okay,” she added.”As New Zealanders, we have to make a really strong stand.”Although the headscarf has been the subject of contentious debate over gender rights in the Islamic world, for Stoakes the day has been a lesson in how pious Muslim women often do not have the option to melt away into the background when they feel vulnerable.”We can nod and pretend to agree with people who we are afraid of, or plead ignorance if we feel in danger of confrontation,” she said.”But a Muslim is just right out there. Like a bullseye. Their hijabs and clothing speak before they do.”last_img read more

Read More

Metro Considering New Midday Park And Ride Service

first_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen X Gail DelaughterSouthwest Houston commuters spoke to Metro board members at a public hearing on proposed service changes.Every day Ali Rashid takes the 265 West Bellfort bus to travel between southwest Houston and downtown where he works. And he says it can be a big hassle when commuters have to go home during the midday, like when they have a doctor’s appointment. “We’re forced to drive in and driving in is very expensive in downtown,” says Rashid. “Rates can be as high as $30 a day. And with that said, we’ve had to come up with other compromises and carpooling and other ways to kind of get around that situation.”Rashid was one of several people who talked about the problem at a Metro public hearing. U.S. 59 South is currently the only major freeway corridor that doesn’t have midday park and ride service. Metro is now hoping to change that. The agency is proposing midday service to three southwest Houston transit hubs. Those hubs are the Hillcroft Transit Center, the Westwood Park and Ride, and the West Bellfort Park and Ride.  Service Planning Director Jim Archer says there are a growing number of commuters who don’t work nine-to-five. “Some of the individuals that approached us actually come to work later in the day,” explains Archer. “So they were looking to come into town later. Not everybody was looking to go home early but there are several who work for an oil and gas company. And on Fridays they work half-days so they were looking to get home at that time.”  Metro’s board is set to vote on the new route at next month’s meeting. If it’s approved, officials say those midday buses should start running by late August. 00:00 /01:14 Sharelast_img read more

Read More

New Website Lets You Monitor Earthquakes In Texas

first_img Share COURTESY OF UT BUREAU OF ECONOMIC GEOLOGYSeismic-monitoring stations across Texas, like this one near Post, record earthquakes’ strength and depth.A major earthquake-monitoring network is up and running across Texas.Thanks to an interactive website hosted by TexNet, you can now see where quakes are happening and learn about them in real time. The tool could be useful for the growing number of people who’ve felt earthquakes here.Experts say wastewater injection from fracking and oil production is to blame for the increase in earthquakes, but there’s still a lot they’d like to learn.The monitoring system, made up of the 40 permanent and 40 mobile seismic-monitoring stations, provides a new level of detail and sensitivity in recording the earth’s shaking. It’s controlled by UT’s Bureau of Economic Geology and was made possible by funds from the state Legislature.“We want to ultimately be able to look at the geology, the oil and gas activity, and be able to better understand where earthquakes may happen or where we should avoid these activities because there’s more likelihood of these earthquakes,” said Ellen Rathje, a professor of civil, architectural and environmental engineering at UT-Austin.The website shows you where earthquakes have happened, their strength and their depth, along with the locations of TexNet monitors.View the TexNet MapRathje, one of the people in charge of the project, says the network has already provided some interesting information.“We’ve seen an increase in seismicity out in West Texas, near the city of Pecos,” she said. “That’s where we’re focusing our efforts in the near future – trying to understand these events and all the oil and gas activities that are happening out there in the Permian Basin.”Researchers say the data can also inform seismic hazard and risk assessments for parts of Texas. Those risk assessments can influence everything from building codes to insurance costs in some quake-prone areas.last_img read more

Read More

Turner Will Promote Houston And Explore Business Opportunities In China

first_img Share Bob Daemmrich for the Texas TribuneHouston Mayor Sylvester Turner is traveling to China to promote Houston as a main economic hub that can connect the Asian country with the United States.Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner and local business leaders are traveling to China on Saturday to promote Houston as a main economic hub that can connect the Asian country with the United States and a city that wants to welcome more Chinese companies.The trade mission is formed by Turner and Council Members Greg Travis and Larry Green, as well as Texas State Representative Gene Wu and 80 businessmen selected by the Greater Houston Partnership.They will travel to China on Saturday, December 2, for a week-long trip that will take them to Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzen.Shenzhen is a Houston sister city and a major financial center with ties to nearby Hong Kong, while Beijing is the nation’s center for government and development and Shanghai is the most populous Chinese city, as well as a major port location.“This trip is an essential mission to enrich all of Houston’s ties with China and explore new business opportunities that will help nurture our local economy with jobs and investments,” the mayor said in a news release.Currently, Houston-based companies and businesses that operate in China –mostly in the energy, law and shipping sectors— and the Chinese firms that operate in our city contribute to the import-export trade which, according to Turner’s office, amounts to $15 billion annually.Oil, plastics products and industrial equipment are some of the commodities Houston exports to China, while the Asian country exports iron, steel and furniture, among other products and commodities, to our city.The Houston delegation will hold meetings and events with its Chinese counterparts to discuss topics such as energy, health care, manufacturing and tourism.last_img read more

Read More

Exorcist Director Makes A New Movie About Exorcism Its A Documentary

first_img Share William FriedkinThe new documentary by William Friedkin (left) centers around footage of an exorcism performed by Rev. Gabriele Amorth (right), who has performed the procedure tens of thousands of times.When The Exorcist, based on the novel by William Blatty, came to theaters in 1973, it captured the public imagination. Or more accurately, the public’s nightmares.Exorcisms aren’t just the stuff of horror movies — hundreds of thousands of Italian Catholics reportedly request them each year. But when William Friedkin directed the movie, he’d never actually seen an exorcism. It would be four more decades before he actually witnessed one.Friedkin tracked down the late Rev. Gabriele Amorth, who was the chief exorcist of the Diocese of Rome, and asked if he could ever watch an exorcism.“Which is never done,” Friedkin says. “It’s not an entertainment, it’s not for show. But he had a wide berth.”Friedkin took a small camera with him, and that scene became the center of his new documentary The Devil And Father Amorth.Interview HighlightsOn Cristina, the woman who had the exorcism performed on herShe was an architect, and a very attractive, intelligent, soft-spoken, wonderful woman. And when she came into the room, I wondered: What is she doing here? What’s this woman doing here? She seems to me to be totally together. And then during the exorcism, she completely unraveled. She spoke in a voice that was completely different from her own. She had what I would say was an unnatural amount of strength for a woman of her size and age. And her entire personality had altered.I was scared, seriously scared. I was two feet away from them … And it was terrifying. Gradually my fear turned into empathy for her. She was in seemingly unnatural and total pain.On what brain surgeons and psychiatrists said about his videoI expected they would debunk it and give me a medical or psychiatric term for it. … The brain surgeons all said they don’t know what this is. Now, these were guys who have done over 5,000 brain surgeries each. So I took it to them, and they all to a person said: We don’t know what this is. It’s not epilepsy; it’s not a lesion in the temporal lobe. We would not know what to remove from her brain to solve this. And the psychiatrists told me, to my astonishment, that psychiatry now recognizes it as something called dissociative identity disorder – demonic possession.The doctor who was the head of the UCLA hospital said to me, in the film: Just because we don’t know about something doesn’t mean it didn’t happen. There are many things, like radioactivity, that we knew nothing about for the longest time. And now it has a name and it’s a field of study. And maybe some day they’ll find some medical or other term for possession. I don’t know.On reconciling The Exorcist and the actual exorcism he witnessedI don’t have to reconcile them. One is a work of fiction; the other is not. It is what I saw. But Blatty’s novel and film is what people think about when they think about an exorcism. There’s no doubt of that. And I don’t know that that ever happened, any time, anywhere, and I tend to doubt it.On why demon possession terrifies people, even for those who don’t believe in itBecause it’s at the height of the supernatural – things we don’t know or understand. We don’t understand anything, really. No matter what your religion or lack of it, we don’t know anything about the eternal truths. Is there an afterlife? Is there a heaven or a hell? People can have faith or belief, but we know nothing. Not the Pope, not Bertrand Russell, or the greatest thinkers really know the answers to these questions.Ian Stewart and Ed McNulty produced and edited this story for broadcast. Patrick Jarenwattananon adapted it for Web.Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

Read More

Madame Tussands Hosts Third Annual Easter Egg Hunt

first_imgMadame Tussands Hosts Third Annual Easter Egg Hunt In celebration of Easter and a White House tradition started by the 19th President of the United States, Rutherford B. Hayes, The President’s Gallery at Madame Tussauds Washington D.C. is hosting its third annual Easter Egg Hunt by offering a fun and educational “eggs-ploration” through American history on April 19 from 7:30 am – 9:30 am..For those unable to attend the Easter Roll at The White House, tons of eggs will be hidden throughout the Presidents gallery at Madame Tussauds, waiting to be uncovered by guests as they interact with and enjoy wax figures of all 44 US Presidents. Once children have collected all the empty eggs, they can trade them in at the end for an Easter Gift Bag full of fun goodies (one bag per child).Price of admission includes full access to Madame Tussauds Washington, D.C., an Easter egg hunt through the Presidents Gallery, 1 gift bag per child, a meet & greet with the Easter Bunny, access to an onsite petting zoo and Easter storytelling and crafts. Guests may bring their own baskets, however bags will be available. For more information, visit event page http://www.madametussauds.com/Washington/NewsAndEvents/EggHunt3/default.aspx or call 202-942-7300.last_img read more

Read More

New NEC Technology Isolates Viruses At the Core

first_imgNEC Multi-Core CPU Explore further Bacteria live on our eyeballs—and understanding their role could help treat common eye diseases NEC has developed a new technique for running software in separate processes on each core of a multi-core CPU whereby it stops viruses before they spread throughout the Internet-connected device, according to Digital World Tokyo.NEC has not named the new technology that is designed to spot the virus in any of the software processes and immediately isolate and shut down that core. The technology allows the device to continue operating while the infected core is shut down, thus preventing the infection from spreading into the system. Utilizing this method of isolation and disabling the mal-functioning core then allows anti-virus software to tackle the problem. In addition, the technique allows the user to hold the virus in place while anti-virus updates are created and then downloaded from the Internet. The technology can be applied to cell phones, cars, and potentially computers. NEC may be encouraging manufacturers to buy their multi-core chip due to its design with the capability to segregate, isolate and treat sophisticated viruses. As noted by most security companies and software engineers the current and future range of potential harm created by rampant and uncontrollable viruses is a world wide concern. A technology that allows commercial, governmental and private users to stop the virus dead in its tracks without creating a pandemic spread of sophisticated viruses throughout systems is a innovation worth noting. NEC has developed a new technology for spotting, isolating and stopping viruses at the core level of its multi-core CPU. Thus, the system keeps running, while the infected core is disabled while a fix is developed and then downloaded from the Internet. Citation: New NEC Technology Isolates Viruses At the Core (2007, October 9) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2007-10-nec-technology-isolates-viruses-core.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Read More