Bombardier to lay off half the 1100 workers at Thunder Bay Ont

THUNDER BAY, Ont. — Bombardier Inc. is laying off half of the 1,100 workers at its Thunder Bay, Ont. railway car plant, according to a federal government source.Two major contracts in Ontario — for the Toronto Transit Commission streetcars and Metrolinx GO Transit rail cars — are slated to halt by the end of the year.Local union president Dominic Pasqualino says he fears more job losses are on the horizon beyond the initial 550 as the contracts wind down.He says part of the blame for a lack of new contracts lies with the Trump administration, which has backed Buy America-like clauses requiring a minimum threshold of local content.Last month, Kenora-Rainy River MPP Greg Rickford said Ontario’s regional transportation agency, Metrolinx, extended an offer for 36 additional rail cars to Bombardier, but Pasqualino says the plant needs 10 times that amount to sustain employment.The regional transit agency has also given Bombardier the option to slow down production of the 63 remaining rail cars slated for completion by year’s end.A Bombardier spokeswoman declined to comment.Companies in this story: (TSX:BBD.B) read more

Peyton Manning Isnt Finished

As a late-1990s fan of the Miami Dolphins, I’m offended — Simmons mocks my pain. With Dan Marino putting up some of the worst statistics of his career, the Dolphins won as many as 10 games only once in his final five years. Manning has won as few as 10 games only once in more than a decade.Granted, in Denver’s 24-13 loss to Indianapolis last weekend, Manning had an epically bad day, throwing for only 211 yards on 46 passes. His 4.6 yards per attempt were the second fewest in a postseason game of his career.And this put an exclamation point on what many perceived as a late-season decline, which has led to much speculation as to what happened — some charitable (Manning was playing while injured!), some less so (Manning’s arm strength has regressed!).As far as passing stats go, the perceived decline looks legitimate. At midseason, Manning looked like a possible MVP, with 24 touchdowns and only five interceptions through eight games. But since then, he had looked more average, with 15 TDs and 10 interceptions in the second half of the season.Using ESPN’s Total Quarterback Rating (QBR), we can see this decline in action. Here are Manning’s game-by-game QBRs, including the playoff loss to the Colts:His eight-game rolling average has dropped by more than 20 points. Terrible, right? Manning must be too old to handle the grueling NFL season!But there’s a problem with that: Before the playoff debacle, the Broncos went 6-2 in the second half of the season; that’s the same record they had in the first half. “Wins” are a much-maligned stat in sports analytics, largely because they can fail to capture a lot of what goes on in a game: A QB can play terribly and be rescued by his team’s defense, or a team can just get lucky. But other stats have their blind spots as well. For example, passing stats, no matter how advanced, will generally always miss the potentially considerable effect that a quarterback can have on other aspects of his team’s offense.Something like that may be going on with the Broncos this year. Let’s look at a similar chart, except instead of QBR, let’s look at Denver’s overall points scored per drive:In the first half of the season, Denver was fifth in the league in points scored per drive (with 2.38 points per drive). In the second half, Denver was fifth in the league in points scored per drive (with a slightly smaller 2.25 points per drive).People noticed that Denver could still move the ball despite Manning’s declining stats, but they tended to attribute that to the running game. The Broncos gained nearly 130 yards per game and 4.4 yards per rushing attempt in the second half vs. 95 yards per game and 3.7 yards per attempt in the first.But I think this argument — that the running game compensated for Manning — is actually a pretty good example of how narratives based on short-term statistical fluctuations can be off-base. Whether and how much credit a QB should get for his team’s running game can be difficult to determine because we don’t know who’s responsible for what. We’re generally willing to give Adrian Peterson credit for Minnesota’s running game, but much more difficult cases abound: Mike Shanahan’s Denver squads had six different thousand-yard rushers in nine years (between 1998 and 2006).But here we have a 6-2 team maintaining a similar offensive efficiency, leading to a similar 6-2 record, despite a decrease in its quarterback’s QBR. Is it plausible that this known quantity at quarterback suddenly got a lot worse while his running game suddenly got a lot better?If the two were independent, maybe. But they’re not. Both offenses and defenses can divert resources to focus on one thing or another, and the results don’t always show up in the stats the same way. For example, defenses may key in on the passing game, thus hurting a quarterback’s stats but opening up the running game. Punishing a QB for letting running backs do the heavy-lifting is as silly as criticizing a point guard like Chris Paul for getting a bunch of assists instead of a bunch of points. Or sometimes it’s just dumb luck: You try a few short-yardage runs and a few short-yardage passes — even if they’re equally effective, sometimes you’ll just run better one way than the other.This isn’t to say that Manning’s later-season QB stats are irrelevant. They’re just as relevant as his early-season stats. The salient point is that, with fairly consistent performance from Denver’s offense, there’s little reason to think that anything changed, such that the bottom line couldn’t be trusted. And here’s the bottom line:Peyton Manning is still an amazing quarterback. Peyton Manning had another bad postseason, losing 24-13 to the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday and going “one and done” for a record ninth time among quarterbacks. The mystery of his seeming underperformance in the playoffs remains, but I’ll leave that for another article. For now, let’s focus on a more pressing question: Is Manning finished?Many respectable people seem to think so. Manning demurred when asked about whether he’d play next year, and my colleague Bill Simmons tweeted this: read more

Sevenyearold amputee proudly shows off new prosthetic leg to her schoolfriends

first_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. In the same incident Mrs Hope, who is married to Christopher Hope, was badly injured and her mother Elizabeth was killed. Before, prosthetic legs on the NHS only allowed amputees to walk.A portion of the funding – £500,000 – was ring fenced to fund new sports prosthetics for 500 children, to allow them to run and swim.BBC Midlands Today reported that Anu is one of these, and she is very happy with her new blade.Anu’s family have been supported by the West Midlands Rehabilitation Centre for the treatment.The money was found because of a campaign by the family of Telegraph journalist Christopher Hope, whose child Pollyanna lost her right leg below the knee when a bus hit her on a pavement in south London in 2007 when she was two years old. Mr Osborne said when the funding was announced: “I have been very moved by Sarah Hope’s campaign. She got in touch with me and explained her family’s story and the problems Polyanna and too many children like her had experienced.“I am determined that we do all we can to ensure children who have lost a limb experience full and active lives. So through the NHS, we are going to give £1.5million for new prosthetic to help amputee children run and jump when otherwise they have not been able to and build on the 2012 Paralympics legacy,”This will mean a £500,000 fund to make sure 500 children get special sports prosthetics on the NHS, because too many aren’t currently being offered what they need, like running blades or aqua limbs for swimming.” When seven-year-old Anu showed off her new sports blade to her friends at school, she got a lovely response.”Is that your new pink leg?” asked one friend as Anu, from Birmingham, proudly walked on her new leg.”Wow!” another exclaimed, as a small girl went up to her and hugged her.Anu had her leg amputated shortly after she was born.She is happy now as her new pink sports blade allows her to play, jump, run and dance.This blade was made possible because of a £1.5m funding injection given to the NHS last year. This money allowed research into the  blades, which allow amputees to run and play properly.last_img read more

5th grader plays with nitroglycerin model discovers new molecule in science class

first_imgThere aren’t many people in the world that can claim to have been published in a scientific paper, let alone those that have done so before their 11th birthday. 5th grader Clara Lazen can however, as she has been officially listed as the co-author of a published study on tetranitratoxycarbon, a molecule that she discovered during her chemistry class one day in a Kansas City public school.During a class assignment where the students were studying a nitroglycerin molecule, Lazen decided to play around with some different configurations using the stick and ball modeling tools she had been given to use. The result of her experimentation was a model that not only looked feasible, but also brand-new. When she brought the model up to her teacher, Kenneth Boehr, he was deeply intrigued. The two talked a bit about the model, during which he snapped a photograph and sent it off to one of his friends at Humboldt State University in California. Robert Zoellner, the friend in question, confirmed that the model was a new discovery, something that has never been seen before.From there, the new molecule received the easy to pronounce name tetranitratoxycarbon, was written up by Lazen and Boehr, then published in Computational and Theoretical Chemistry. Certainly not a bad thing to bring home to your parents at report card time!There has been some debate that Lazen stumbled upon the new model, she herself has said that the model she created “looked better and seemed more stable.” Right now, the co-authors are waiting to see if a lab will be successful in synthesizing tetranitratoxycarbon as it doesn’t appear naturally in the world. Experts have stated that if it can be successfully made that there is potential for it to be able to store energy, or cause a very large explosion. The total possibilities of the molecule will be unknown until it can actually be made.As for Lazen? She is already dreaming about monetizing her find, in a report on the local news she states that she could sell it to the US military. Way to go kid!Read more, via the Escapist.last_img read more

Oregon fines Vancouver contractor 1125

first_imgPortland — The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality has levied a $1,125 penalty against Vancouver-based Minority Abatement Contractors Inc. for failing to notify the DEQ before it began an asbestos abatement project in downtown Portland.All licensed absestos abatement contractors are responsible for making sure the state receives all required notification forms and fees in a timely manner, the agency said Wednesday. Without this notification, DEQ is unable to inspect these projects to ensure they are done safely and in compliance with regulations.Minority Abatement Contractors paid the penalty in full in March, according to DEQ.last_img read more

Live chat transcript Vancouver City Council candidate Anne McEnernyOgle

first_imgVancouver City Council candidate Anne McEnerny-Ogle took some time on Monday to field questions from users. Her opponent, Bill Turlay, declined to participate in the chat.The chat touched on a variety of topics, including the Columbia River Crossing, annexation, collaboration between city and county government, and how the city can help small businesses. Here’s a transcript that’s been edited for clarity.The full transcript is also available at Tucker:Let’s get started! First, Anne, can you tell us a bit about yourself? Why are you running for City Council?Anne McEnerny-Ogle: Good afternoon, Libby.I’m a retired mathematics teacher and Terry and I have lived in Vancouver for 32 years. Our son, John, attended Vancouver public schools and is in college.I believe I can help our citizens determine where they want to go, what they want to be, and how to get where they want to go … to achieve their vision for the future.I am passionate about our potential and our future. I believe our diverse community can fulfill its vision by working together. I’ve studied and worked for more than 30 years with our citizens and businesses and find that they share many of the same livability goals.last_img read more

The best deals from Amazons oneday storage sale

first_img Storage Review • SanDisk Ultra SSD Sarah Tew/CNET Are you kidding me? This tiny drive can be left in your laptop full-time, making this an awfully cheap way to add a ton of storage. SanDisk Ultra SSD SanDisk 128GB Ultra Fit USB 3.1 drive: $18.39 (save $19.60) See at Amazon Sarah Tew/CNET Got storage? Today’s the day to get some, as Amazon is holding a one-day sale on a variety of storage products. It includes everything from microSD cards to solid-state drives to wireless flash storage.See it at AmazonSales like this aren’t uncommon, but products do tend to sell out quickly when they happen. Everything is in stock as of this writing, so if you’re in the market for drive deals, grab these while you can.Here are my top picks from the big sale: Any other drive(s) catch your eye? Hit the comments to tell me which deal you’re jumping on and why.Originally published Oct. 24, 2018.Update, Feb. 27: New sale, new products and prices.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on PCs, phones, gadgets and much more. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page. Find more great buys on the CNET Deals page and follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter! The Cheapskate See at Amazon Can’t fit all your songs, movies and other media on your phone or tablet? Plug the iXpand directly into the Lightning port for instant expansion. It’s not a perfect solution, but it’s a solution. Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR.center_img Comments It looks like a fairly typical flash drive, but slide the lever and a USB Type-C connector pops out one end or a USB Type-A connector out the other. In other words, this will work with older and newer PCs alike. Amazon Tags SanDisk iXpand Flash Drive 64GB for iPhone and iPad: $29.99 (save $50) Share your voice SanDisk 10 SanDisk 256GB Ultra Dual Drive: $40.70 (save $15.29) SanDisk See at Amazonlast_img read more

Snuffing it out Tobacco has not run out of breath yet

first_imgCreative CommonsSmoking is bad for you, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be fun, argued smokers down the ages, both the famous and the infamous. “For me an object is something living. This cigarette or this box of matches contains a secret life much more intense than that of certain human beings,” wrote Spanish artist and sculptor Joan Miro.The intensity of Miro’s “secret life” — played out within the ephemeral walls of cigarette fumes enveloping him in his supernal happiness of the moment — has seared the sensibilities of non-smoker majorities and sparked deeply polarised debates across borders. These have dwelt on early death and the agonies paving the tortuous roads leading to it, those momentary lapses of reason, meaning pitted against impulse, groundlessness contrasted to shared vice; even the economic benefits created by tobacco jobs for the living. Or, the government profiting from its share of smoker money.While the interests of cigarette smokers and regulators rarely align, a full-blown divide worries the industry not least because of profits being affected. The industry, has withstood the regulatory onslaught pretty well down the years as it argued that absolute majority of opinion did not mean absolute truth.This month, as India joined a select group of nations to ban ENDS (Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems or electronic cigarettes), it witnessed new arguments being reincarnated by the industry in the same old packs. Successive waves of bans have rarely elicited the cries of protest which greeted the ENDS ban, a revenue-hungry government’s next crusade.After the steep hike in cigarette prices, the ENDS ban raised alarms in tobacco industry circles. The irony can’t be missed for an industry which has not seen negative growth in sales in the last 15 years, save 2015. The tobacco lobby, long used to taking smoking proscriptions and bans on the singular vice without much murmur, raised its hands in collective dissent.The Tobacco Institute of India (TII) protested this week that a ban on electronic cigarettes would disregard the rapid growth of these products and the huge IPR and technological advancement being made globally in making e-cigarettes a safer alternative to the real thing. Euromonitor projects the world market value of ENDS in excess of $60 billion by 2030.ENDS, not justifiable An e-cigarette is a battery-operated device that uses liquid nicotine, propylene glycol, water, glycerin and flavour to give the user the sense of smoking a real cigarette.TII’s rationale does not cover any emerging threat to its captive cigarette market. It simply airs overblown fears of e-cigarette IPR being monopolised by overseas intents. Indeed, TII stencils into its protestations a familiar argument which it earlier applied while opposing cesses on cigarettes. It says that in view of the growing global acceptance of electronic cigarettes, a ban in India will pose a serious threat of these products being smuggled into the country.While TII’s call for a balanced regulatory approach is timely, hardly 5 million e-cigarette smokers (or ‘vapers’) exist in India at the moment, and the possibility of illegal trading catering to such a minuscule portion of the market seems far from tenable.Canada and New Zealand which had earlier prohibited ENDS have reversed their decision and allowed these products to be made available in their respective countries. But both countries have successfully restricted their smoker populations to less than three-fourths their total people count. A national survey in 2015 found that the smoking rate among Canadians is at an all-time low, at 15 per cent of the population, from 19.9 percent in 2011.In India, the percentage of women smokers alone increased from 5.3 million in 1980 to 12.7 million in 2012. That matched the combined populations of Austria and Denmark that year.Kicked by the habitTobacco products giant ITC Ltd’s June quarter results were a slap in the face of a government cess imposed last month. Sales of the company, which holds a 76 percent market share of the organised cigarette market in the country, rose 6.6 percent from a year ago, while segmental profit rose 9 percent. This was in a period when destocking by dealers led to most consumer companies reporting lower than expected sales growth. In the June quarter, 93 percent of the increase in the segment profit over a year ago was contributed by the cigarettes business.Scroll down for video ReutersIndia is home to 117.37 million smokers. Its organised cigarette market has survived and thrived the ravages of a plethora of price bump-ups and bans, ranging from individual states banning public smoking, blackouts of surrogate cigarette advertising in print, online, television and outdoors, and statutory warning coverage on cigarette packets stipulated at as high as 90 percent.The social stigma of being seen with a glowing stick of cured tobacco arbitrated between the pointer and middle fingers does not make habitual nicotine sippers shrink away in the grip of an epiphany. Enlightenment makes no sense when the medium has long subdued the message.The tobacco industry has throughout voiced restrained though genuine concern over the cumulative impacts of steep taxation and intense regulatory pressures. It believes that illegal tobacco trade continues to grow resulting in significant revenue loss to the exchequer. The vast underbelly of the illegal trade caters largely to a vast majority of India’s tobacco users over 18 years of age. This age group relies on gutkha (chewing tobacco), bidis and smuggled cigarettes, according to a study by research firm GlobalData Plc titled ‘Cigarettes in India, 2017’ published this month.The introduction of e-cigarettes in the tobacco industry over the past decade has increased their use by many vapers — a reference to the evaporation technology used by them to ingest nicotine in limited doses. India’s e-cigarette market is pegged to grow at a CAGR of 63.38 percent over the 2013-2018 period.Those wanting to quit smoking tobacco preferred to vape and get a feel of satisfying smoke without apparently damaging their lungs. But criticism against e-cigarettes intensified after teenagers and school children went about vaping with a will.Where’s me smokes?Researchers went to the extent of concluding that vaping is as harmful as cigarettes, which the e-cigarette industry took pains to deny. Call it a bad case of brand carryover or sheer prejudice, it was obvious that e-cigarettes would not easily erase the prevailing scepticism regarding their use. Neither would they be fully accepted as alternatives to real cigarettes — when the brutally amplified health implications of what they sought to replace were imprinted stubbornly in the minds of non-smokers, health professionals and regulators.Use of e-cigarettes by teenagers and middle-school children has riled critics of e-cigarettes globally. However, the market is expected to witness huge growth driven by people working in the IT sector in cities such as Bangalore, Hyderabad and New Delhi, and celebrities, because of changes in their preferences. That worries governments, small or big, despite conventional cigarettes and their electronic counterparts, though rooted in the same vice, being vastly different beasts. But, why do smokers still do it? Not the vaping types, but the never-say-die ones who ingest tar-sodden nicotine from tobacco wrapped inside paper treated with carcinogenic chemicals. Why would they willingly disregard sensible counsel to forego pain and suffering, ignore their guilt pangs to indulge in fetishist nee rebellious self-gratification, and wilfully succumb to the wrong kind of cool?As Gregor Hens, an accomplished author and translator writes, “Every cigarette that I’ve ever smoked served a purpose — they were a signal, medication, a stimulant or a sedative, they were a plaything, an accessory, a fetish object, something to help pass the time, a memory aid, a communication tool or an object of meditation. Sometimes… all at once.”If it is a deeper urge to connect more with oneself at the cost of health, wealth and future happiness, smokers may have a point. The government will disagree, and with good reason. Scientists talk of the deepest justification for smoking as the smoker’s relationship to a very close friend or parent. Giving up smoking means severing the relationship, or a part of oneself. Essentially, ceasing to be oneself. That’s why kicking the butt is not Mission Hard, but Mission Impossible.Disclaimer: The video and photographic material used in this article are part of and relevant to the subject matter of the article and are in no way intended to promote or encourage the vice of smoking.last_img read more

Its indirect attack on Bangladesh

first_imgAbul Maal Abdul Muhith. File PhotoFinance minister Abul Maal Abdul Muhith on Monday described the massive exodus of Rohingays fleeing persecution by Myanmarese security forces in Rakhine State as their indirect attack on Bangladesh.”Yes, it’s an attack on Bangladesh. It’s Burma’s indirect attack on Bangladesh, and it’ll have to be resisted,” he said.Muhith was responding to queries from reporters on the Rohingya issue after attending a meeting of Sylhet MAG Osmani Medical College Hospital managing committee.He, however, called it his personal opinion.The minister said the government is dealing with the Rohingya issue following its policy. “The government is giving shelter to the Rohingya refugees on one hand and demanding establishment of a safe zone in Myanmar for them on the other.”He also said the international community will have to think what steps should be taken against the atrocities unleashed by the Myanmar government against its citizens in Rakhine.last_img read more

British queen marks 100 years of Royal Air Force

first_imgBritain`s Queen Elizabeth, prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall wait in Westminster Abbey for a service to mark the centenary of the Royal Air Force (RAF), in central London, Britain on 10 July 2018. Photo: ReutersBritish queen Elizabeth and senior members of her family were attending celebrations to mark the 100th anniversary of Britain’s Royal Air Force on Tuesday, ahead of a flypast of almost 100 aircraft over Buckingham Palace in central London.World War Two Spitfires will be joined by the country’s newest stealth fighter, the Lightning F-35, along with helicopters and spy planes in London’s skies at 1200 GMT.The tribute to the RAF, which became the world’s first independent air force when it was founded as a separate entity from the British Army and Royal Navy in 1918, began with a service at Westminster Abbey.Some 1,300 serving RAF men and women were then due to parade down The Mall, the main approach to Buckingham Palace, before the Queen and heir to the throne Prince Charles host a ceremony to present the RAF with a new Queen’s Colour.The flypast planes were gathering off the coast of eastern England. After cruising towards London and flying over the Olympic Park and the capital’s financial centre, they will roar past the royal family, who will be watching from the palace balcony.Prince Charles and his elder son Prince William both served as RAF pilots.Later on Tuesday, Charles, his wife Camilla, William, and brother Prince Harry and his wife Meghan, will host a reception at Buckingham Palace for RAF servicemen and women.last_img

Third Texas Coal Plant Closes Since Start Of 2018

first_imgDave Fehling The Big Brown Power Plant in Freestone County, TX officially retired on February 12, 2018As of this week, Texas has lost three coal plants since the start of the year.On Monday, Vistra Energy subsidiary Luminant officially retired its Big Brown power plant near Fairfield, Texas. In January, the company shut two other coal-fired plants. The company announced plans to close the plants in October, saying they were having trouble competing against low power prices, cheap natural gas and Texas’ growing wind and solar sector. The fact that electric grid managers allowed the plants to retire means that Texas just didn’t need them.Ches Blevins, head of the Texas Mining and Reclamation Association, is pretty straightforward in explaining what that means.“You know, the bottom line is, it doesn’t bode well for the industry,” he said.Blevins said he expects to see coal production in Texas drop by millions of tons in the coming years, in part because of economics that don’t justify companies going after resources that are still technically recoverable. Blevins said when he talks to coal workers in small Texas towns, he tells them to diversify their skillsets in case their local mine or power plant closes. At the three recently-shuttered Luminant plants, a total of about 850 jobs are being lost. 00:00 /00:38 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X Listen Sharelast_img read more

Earthquake Warning App ShakeAlertLA Debuts in Los Angeles

first_imgDevising an effective early-warning system for earthquake-vulnerable cities has long been a huge public-safety challenge. Seismic waves travel at speeds of kilometers per second. The ubiquity of smartphones offers an opportunity to instantly reach millions of people at once, but even if the app is running smoothly, it’s not a perfect solution: Notifications can’t reach people whose smartphones are turned off, set to silent, or not charged. And those without smartphones are left out entirely.Mexico and Japan adopted earthquake early-warning systems years ago, but they are still imperfect (both have issued false alarms). On September 7, 2017, when an 8.2-magnitude earthquake hit off Mexico’s southern coast, Mexico City residents got about 90 seconds of warning. But a couple of weeks later, on September 19, they did not receive an alert of a 7.1 quake until after the shaking had started, because its epicenter was much closer.American scientists who interviewed Mexico City residents after the deadly September 19 quake found that they nevertheless valued the alerts. The scientists wrote: “[T]here seems to be general acceptance of the technical limitations of the early-warning system in exchange for some measure of peace of mind, for fostering the general awareness of earthquake hazards, and for promoting protective behaviors such as evacuation from buildings that may be prone to collapse.”Last fall, the USGS’s ShakeAlert started testing alerts to commercial and institutional users in California, such as Northridge Hospital Medical Center and BART. The USGS program spans California, Oregon, and Washington, but the Pacific Northwest still lacks public quake alerts, despite the threat posed by the infamous “Really Big One”—aka a “full-margin rupture of the Cascadia subduction zone”—that seismologists warn could devastate the Seattle region in coming years.Asked when an alert system might begin in Washington, Maximilian Dixon, who manages earthquake programs for the Washington Emergency Management Division, told Seattle TV station KIRO 7 in November: “I would like to shoot for the end of 2020, that would be fantastic … It would be great if we could do it tomorrow.” More Great WIRED StoriesWhat is the dark side of the moon?Bitcoin exposed Silicon Valley’s ultimate aimThe elite Intel team still fighting Meltdown and SpectreVW’s mobile chargers could help EVs conquer the worldA wildfire was extra close to home for this photographer👀 Looking for the latest gadgets? Check out our picks, gift guides, and best deals all year round📩 Want more? Sign up for our daily newsletter and never miss our latest and greatest stories This story originally appeared on CityLab and is part of the Climate Desk collaboration.On January 3, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti announced the release of ShakeAlertLA, a new earthquake-warning app for residents of Los Angeles County. The app—the first of its kind in the United States—promises to “save lives by giving precious seconds to you and to your family to take action and to protect yourselves,” Garcetti told reporters at a launch event at City Hall.Available to download in both English and Spanish in the Apple and Google Play stores, ShakeAlertLA is designed to give smartphone users a warning, with sound, of earthquakes of 5.0 magnitude or larger, a few seconds or more before the shaking begins. That’s not a lot of time, but even a brief window can be enough to gather family members and “drop, cover, and hold on,” as earthquake drills instruct.ShakeAlertLAShakeAlertLA was developed by the City of Los Angeles with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), AT&T, and the Annenberg Foundation. It grew out of the USGS’s larger ShakeAlert project for the West Coast, which has been under way since 2006 but delayed by federal funding cuts. Although ShakeAlertLA only works in L.A. County, the technology is open source, so other municipalities and developers can use it to make their own apps. (A separate USGS-partnered app called QuakeAlert, developed by the tech firm Early Warning Labs, is already available in beta.)The new app depends on hundreds of sensors that collect data around geologic faults. When the sensors detect strong enough seismic activity, a notification is pushed out to users’ phones. The farther that app users are from the quake’s epicenter, the more advance warning they are likely to receive. Those very close to the epicenter may not be alerted until the shaking has already begun.ShakeAlertLAThe city described the release as a pilot, and dozens of early users left reviews complaining that the iPhone app crashed. A city representative said on January 4 that the city was working to debug the app and would release updates shortly.last_img read more

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Travel companies can unlock hidden revenues says Amadeus

first_imgTravel companies can unlock hidden revenues says AmadeusAs the online channel becomes increasingly dominant in our business and personal lives, the risk of account takeover or identity theft are ever greater. This creates a significant burden for companies: today, cybercrime costs the victim company an average of 2.6 million dollars.The Amadeus white paper, Safeguarding information systems: A lever for revenue growth, also reveals that this threat can actually be turned into a commercial opportunity, allowing companies to protect their sensitive information to improve the customer experience, grow their reputation, reduce risk exposure and ultimately improve the balance sheet.Some of the white paper’s key findings include:Companies can use security initiatives to improve their customers’ experience and drive greater sales on their websites.There is a significant opportunity for airlines to unlock hidden revenues by reducing the number of valid transactions which are blocked by ineffective fraud managementStoring sensitive data as tokens allows travel companies to eliminate sensitive data altogether from their organisations which greatly reduces the burden of meeting regulatory obligations.Automating fraud management controls can not only reduce the level of fraud which a company is exposed to but also reduce the hidden cost of fraud.Celia Pereiro, Head of Travel Payments at Amadeus, said: “The global travel industry is facing complex challenges as a result of the growing risk of account takeover or identity theft. Nonetheless, at Amadeus, we believe this can also be a lever for growing top line revenues.  With Safeguarding information systems: A lever for revenue growth we explore the mindset and initiatives required to realise this opportunity.”A core recommendation of the paper is that companies take holistic approach to data security. Celia Pereiro continued: “To achieve the revenue opportunity, the responsibility for safeguarding data cannot be the domain of a single department but span the whole organization, with conversations across and beyond silos. We have developed this white paper with the explicit aim of driving these conversations between those responsible for assuring the safety of their companies’ data IT heads and commercial executives.”Travelstart, an online travel agency from South Africa, and one of the paper’s key contributors, has leveraged data security technology on their mobile app to vastly improve the payment experience. Stephan Ekbergh, CEO and Founder of Travelstart Group, commented: “It shouldn’t take you as long to book a flight from Cape Town to J’burg as it does to fly there.  With our new Flapp app our customers have gone from over 30 clicks to just 2 to book and pay for this trip, saving them valuable time.” To simplify the payment process in Flapp, Travelstart had to store their customers’ credit card details, which they convert to secure “tokens” with the help of Amadeus.The white paper also includes contributions from specialists including, Hold Security and Frost & Sullivan.Safeguarding information systems: A lever for revenue growth brings together analysis and real world examples on data security, the rising impact of fraud, and the response of the industry.The white paper will be presented by Anna Almqvist, Head of Sales and Commercial Travel Payments, Amadeus, at The Airline & Travel Payments & Fraud Summit (ATPS) in Fort Worth, Texas, USA. Download the White Paper hereSource = Amadeuslast_img read more

Hollywood designer Gary Goddard on leave amid accu

first_imgHollywood designer Gary Goddard on leave amid accusations by The Associated Press Posted Nov 28, 2017 5:14 am PDT Last Updated Nov 28, 2017 at 6:00 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Hollywood designer Gary Goddard is taking leave from his company amid accusations of sexual misconduct.Goddard Group chief operating officer Barry Kemper announced in a press release late Monday night that Goddard would take “a leave of absence” from the company. Kemper says Goddard’s absence will “allow the company and its employees to continue their projects undistracted by recent allegations made against him.” He says the move is “in the best interest of the company, its employees and clients.”Goddard has denied accusations from actor Anthony Edwards and another actor, who say Goddard molested them when they were children.Goddard has designed several theme park attractions based on Hollywood films. He has worked as a Broadway producer and directed 1987’s “Masters Of The Universe,” a live action film based on the He-Man cartoon.last_img read more

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first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Elana Schor, The Associated Press Posted Apr 9, 2019 6:51 am PDT WASHINGTON — Leaders of a prominent liberal group are urging Democratic presidential contenders who are pitching massive policy changes to also focus on more fundamental “structural reforms” to American democracy.In a book set for publication this fall, Ezra Levin and Leah Greenberg — who founded the activist group Indivisible in 2017 — plan to outline a vision for the future of liberal organizing that goes beyond simply fighting President Donald Trump. In their book “We Are Indivisible,” they aim to zero in on issues such as the overhaul of Senate rules, which they see as necessary to achieve the sort of big policy shifts that Democratic presidential candidates are campaigning on.Indivisible rocketed to prominence thanks to its creators’ manual for grassroots anti-Trump activism, but Levin and Greenberg now hope to shape the next incarnation of the “Resistance.” The subtitle of their book, slated for release in November by Simon & Schuster’s Atria/Signal Press, sums up their goal: “A Blueprint for Democracy After Trump.”The Indivisible duo aims to speak to both the dozen-plus Democratic candidates vying to take on Trump next year and the tens of millions of voters who will choose the party’s nominee. As Democratic White House hopefuls line up behind ambitious policy ideas, Levin and Greenberg want to prod the candidates to explain how they would steer their ideas through a Congress often crippled by partisan stalemates.“I don’t think we can hear from somebody about their plan for climate change or gun violence until we can hear about their plan for making that happen,” Greenberg, 32, told The Associated Press in a joint interview with Levin, 33. “If you’re refusing to take on things about our democracy that make that policy proposal impossible to pass in our system, then that’s not a real proposal.”Levin and Greenberg share more than the executive director title at Indivisible — they’re a married couple who have used their experience as Democratic congressional aides to borrow some tactics from the tea party conservatives who battled former President Barack Obama. The once-scrappy group they formed with a guide to pushing back against Trump has become a political powerhouse, with more than 5,000 local chapters nationwide. The group’s leaders estimate it has more than 1 million members.Indivisible’s influence is already shaking up the Democratic primary. Several presidential candidates have opened the door to ending the 60-vote margin required to get many major bills through the Senate, a top priority for Levin and Greenberg as they encourage their grassroots members to ask how Democrats would accomplish the sweeping plans they’re selling to voters on the campaign trail. Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts is the only candidate to openly call for an end to the filibuster, should Democrats take back the White House and the Senate in 2021, but Indivisible’s co-founders hope more White House contenders will follow suit.Other democracy reform ideas Levin and Greenberg plan to explore in the book, they said, include automatic voter registration, combating the gerrymandering of congressional districts and eliminating the electoral college.Voters recognize the dysfunctionality in Washington, Levin said. But, he added, a “precise prescription for how to fix it isn’t well-understood.”During Indivisible’s early days, some Republicans sought to discount the group as a front for paid protesters, suggesting that liberal financier George Soros was bankrolling its efforts. Levin and Greenberg pushed back forcefully and later adopted a strategy of transparency in notifying its members about its first grant accepted from Soros’ foundation, in the fall of 2017. They say their funding is now about evenly split among grassroots donations, larger contributions and foundation money, with no more than one-fifth of their total budget coming from a single source. Funding from Soros’ foundation comprised less than 4% of their budget during the last fiscal year.“It’s important to us that our single largest source of funds be grassroots support,” Levin said.The pair haven’t yet settled on a plan for how — or if — to back a specific Democratic candidate, beyond the certainty that their decision would come from their members first. The couple is certain, however, of where any profits from their book will go: back into their organizing work.“We’re not just interested in getting rid of Trump,” Levin said. “We’re interested in getting rid of Trumpism.”Elana Schor, The Associated Presscenter_img Dem activists eye a 2020 focus beyond ‘getting rid of Trump’last_img read more

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