It’s a relatively secretive piece of technology. So secretive, that authorities don’t even like to admit they use it. But the police are now using it to gather data from cellphones in Canadian cities. What can they do with that data? Depends on who you ask. Should you be worried? They say no, and privacy experts disagree—so in other words, it’s another story about what we should expect when we walk around in public.What are they collecting? How does it help solve crimes? What rights does the public have to their smartphones data signature? What’s the logical extension of increased use of this technology? And, for the crimes it’s supposed to solve, does it work?GUEST: Kate Allen, Science and Technology reporter, Toronto StarAudio Playerhttp://media.blubrry.com/thebigstory/s/radio.pmd.rogersdigitalmedia.com/podcasts/thebigstory/tbs_03292019.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.You can subscribe to The Big Story podcast on iTunes or Google Play.You can also find it at thebigstorypodcast.ca.
Columbus, Ga., leaders are pursuing an online campaign to persuade Congress to undo stringent budget cuts forcing the Army to shrink to levels that could jeopardize the nation’s security interests.The campaign is a response to the Army’s latest round of restructuring, which will trim its active-duty end strength from 490,000 to 450,000 soldiers by the end of fiscal 2018. Fort Benning is slated to suffer a net loss of 3,402 soldiers, more than any other post under the second round of cuts imposed by the Army since 2013.“We can tell our story and make sure everyone understands that the size of our military is not being designed by strategy,” said Gary Jones, executive vice president of military affairs for the Greater Columbus Chamber of Commerce. “The military is being designed by budget, not a national defense strategy,” he told the Ledger-Enquirer.The Columbus Chattahoochee Coalition, which is now separate from the chamber, hopes to collect 25,000 signatures that would be submitted to the Alabama and Georgia congressional delegations. So far the group has collected 4,000 signatures. The coalition is publicizing the effort on four billboards throughout Columbus and on public service announcements.“We have a very active campaign doing presentations to business organizations, social organizations and to churches,” Jones said.Jones acknowledged the effort won’t prevent the Army from carrying out the latest round of cuts, but rather the coalition is hoping to convince federal lawmakers to erase the 2011 Budget Control Act spending caps.Jones said he is confident the campaign will meet its goal of attaining 25,000 online signatures. “If we don’t stop sequestration, more tough, tough times are coming,” he told the paper.Meanwhile, the region’s rental housing market is bracing for an uptick in vacancies as the population of Fort Benning drops. Already, the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division — which will convert to a maneuver battalion task force by FY 2017 as a result of the latest realignments — has shrunk by 150 soldiers.Managers at Greystone Properties, which owns almost a dozen complexes in the region, are expecting a two to three percent lower occupancy rate once downsizing is complete, reported WTVM. About 28 percent of those buildings’ tenants are military families. Dan Cohen AUTHOR
Dan Cohen AUTHOR The city of Fayetteville, N.C., will use a $300,000 grant from DOD’s Office of Economic Adjustment to assess the economic impact of downsizing at Fort Bragg as the Army shrinks its active-duty end strength from 490,000 to 450,000 soldiers by the end of fiscal 2018.Fort Bragg — home to more than 53,000 personnel — is slated to experience a net loss of 842 soldiers as a result of the Army’s latest round of restructuring.The study will look at the economic impact of troop losses on Fayetteville and Cumberland, Harnett and Hoke counties, Rochelle Small-Toney, a deputy city manager, told the Fayetteville Observer. The grant does not require a match of city funds. The city plans to hire a temporary project manager and a consultant who would work through its Economic and Business Development Department, Small-Toney said.The project is scheduled to be completed by March 2017.
Ford’s emissions certification program is currently under the scrutinizing eye of the federal government.Ford on Friday announced as part of a US Securities and Exchange Commission filing that it’s currently subject to a criminal investigation from the Department of Justice. The investigation is focused on Ford’s emission certifications program, which is used to determine fuel-economy figures and emissions compliance.At the heart of the investigation is the “road load” estimation, which during a dynamometer (dyno) test estimates the force imparted on a vehicle from tire rolling resistance, aerodynamic drag and other factors. In its SEC filing, Ford was quick to stress that this has nothing to do with defeat devices like those found in VW’s diesel vehicles. Defeat devices are intentional pieces of hardware or software meant to skirt testing processes, which is a fancy way of saying “cheating the government.”Enlarge ImageEven inadvertent mistakes can be costly. Ford The Department of Justice declined to comment. In a forwarded statement, Ford said, “Our focus is on completing our investigation and a thorough technical review of this matter and cooperating with government and regulatory agencies.” In its SEC filing, Ford said it is “fully cooperating with all government agencies,” and that the automaker had already notified other state and federal agencies. Ford said in the same filing that it “cannot provide assurance that [the investigation and potential outcome] will not have a material adverse effect” on the company.Ford first announced that it was looking into its own emissions certification processes in February. At that point, a statement from the automaker said that there was “no determination that this affects Ford’s fuel economy labels or emissions certifications.” At the time, Ford hired a third-party firm to investigate its methodologies, which it did after several employees voiced concerns about the tests late last year.Road-load and coastdown estimation have caught automakers in a bad way before. In 2014, Hyundai and Kia paid a $100 million civil fine after bad road-load data led to incorrect fuel-economy ratings on about 1 million vehicles. Mitsubishi admitted in 2016 to administering coastdown tests incorrectly. This year, Porsche said it was looking at data for the 2016-2017 911 after it discovered potential discrepancies with individual coastdown tests.Originally published April 26, 7:46 a.m. PT. Update, 10:11 a.m.: Adds comments from Ford and the DOJ. More From Roadshow 83 Photos Tags 2019 Ford F-150 review: Popular pickup keeps on truckin’ Share your voice Ford Ford 0 Review • 2019 Ford Ranger review: A midsize truck champ News • 2019 Ford Ranger recalled for improperly assembled seatbelts 2016 Ford Explorer review: Go road-tripping in Ford’s updated, EcoBoost-powered SUV Post a comment 2019 Land Rover Range Rover P400e review: A hard hybrid to recommend More about 2019 Ford Ranger Preview • 2019 Ford Ranger: Bad mudder trucker 2020 Ford Escape gears up for city living Car Industry
Shops owned by Muslim in Sri Lanka attacked as tensions remain after Easter Sunday bombingstwitterSri Lanka said on Monday it was temporarily blocking some social media networks and messaging apps, including Facebook and WhatsApp, after mosques and Muslim-owned businesses were attacked in the wake of Easter bombings by Islamist militants.Several dozen people threw stones at mosques and Muslim-owned stores and a man was beaten in the town of Chilaw on the west coast on Sunday in a dispute that started on Facebook, sources told Reuters.Authorities said they arrested the author of a Facebook post, identified as 38-year-old Abdul Hameed Mohamed Hasmar, whose online comment “1 day u will cry” locals said was interpreted as threatening violence.Authorities arrested a group in the nearby areas of Kuliyapitiya and Dummalasuriya later on Sunday and early on Monday for allegedly attacking Muslim-owned businesses, a police source told Reuters.Military spokesman Sumith Atapattu said people in the area then demanded the arrested men be released.”To control the situation, a police curfew was imposed during the night,” Atapattu said.The flare-up in violence came three weeks after Sri Lankan Islamist bombers blew themselves up in four hotels and three churches, killing more than 250 people.Since then, Muslim groups say they have received dozens of complaints from across the country about people being harassed. Other communities say they are fearful that the government, which failed to act on successive warnings about looming Islamist attacks, has not caught all potential militants.Sri Lanka has used temporary bans on social media in an attempt to curb misinformation and rumours.”Social media blocked again as a temporary measure to maintain peace in the country,” Nalaka Kaluwewa, the director general of the Department of Government Information, told Reuters on Monday.A violent clash erupted a week ago in Negombo, where more than 100 people were killed during Easter prayers, between Muslims and Christians after a traffic dispute.The government also imposed a ban on social media after that clash.
Logo of fire IllustrationTwo workers were burned to death while another injured in a gas cylinder blast at an oxygen factory in Nasirabad, Chattogram on Tuesday morning, reports UNB.The deceased are Pabitra Kumar Das, 60, from Barishal and Md Sabed, 30, from Feni.The fire broke out following a cylinder blast at ‘Siraj Anu Oxygen Limited’ owned by Shafiqur Islam Chowdhury around 7:00am, said Md Jasim Uddin, deputy assistant director of Chattogram Fire Service and Civil Defence.On information, four fire-fighting units from Nandankanon, Agrabad, Chandanpura and Bayazid stations rushed to the spot and doused the fire.The firefighters rescued the three workers as burn injured. Among them, one died on the way to hospital while another died at the hospital, said Md Jahirul Islam, in-charge of Chattogram Medical College Hospital police outpost.Injured Nurul Islam is undergoing treatment at the hospital, he added.
X Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /44:42 On Monday’s Houston Matters: There’s a heat advisory in effect today in the Houston area as temperatures are expected to once again hover close to 100 degrees. But what good is a heat advisory if you’re forced to remain in a building without working air conditioning? That’s what had apparently been happening recently at a Beaumont prison until a federal judge intervened. We discuss this latest development in what has been a five-year battle over the conditions in which inmates are held.Also this hour: We explore new laws affecting children across the state with the help of the organization Children at Risk.Plus, local veterinarian Dr. Lori Teller answers listener questions. And Jeff Balke updates us on Houston sports. This article is part of the Houston Matters podcast Share
Naturally, joking serves a purpose — it provides psychological distance from negative feelings like shame or anxiety. A study of 105 wheelchair-bound college students found that humor, especially concerning bladder and bowel problems, was a key method of coping with distress. As one respondent said, “We have to laugh at ourselves to make life easier.” Read the whole story: The New York Times Publicly laughing at your toddler’s distress has somehow become not only acceptable but encouraged. Websites offer “best of”compilations, or canned quips readers can use when posting tantrum photos and videos (“Metallica has a new lead singer”). As psychologists and parents ourselves, we understand the urge to laugh when a child howls because he’s forbidden to eat the packing peanuts from the Amazon box, and we also understand the impulse to make these moments public. The problem is the mockery. What should a parent do when a 2-year-old shrieks inconsolably because her string cheese wrapper tore “the wrong way”? Increasingly, the answer is “snap a photo, add a snarky caption and upload it to Instagram.”
Kolkata: Expressing her displeasure over violence at Kankinara and Bhatpara in North 24-Parganas where two persons were killed, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday instructed the police top brass to restore normalcy in the areas within 72 hours. Tanmay Ray Chaudhuri, Commissioner of Police in Barrackpore Police Commissionerate was removed on Thursday evening with Manoj Kumar Verma replacing him. Verma was posted as IGP, Darjeeling.A senior official in the state Secretariat, on condition of anonymity, said that Banerjee has instructed the police to arrest all those involved in the violence irrespective of their party affiliations. “There are a number of miscreants in the area who are moving scot-free even though their names figure in the wanted list of the police. The Chief Minister raised questions regarding the police’s role in bringing them to book,” the official said. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThe Chief Minister has also questioned the involvement of outsiders in the incident and asked why the police have been unable to prevent their entry. She had instructed police to conduct naka checking both on land and waterways as well. She expressed her displeasure over the police’s failure in the recovery of arms and ammunition as per intelligence inputs. In recent times, there has been more than one occasion when bombs have been hurled and gunshots fired resulting in unprecedented violence in these areas. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateBanerjee chaired a meeting to take stock of the situation and it was under her instruction that DG Virendra went to Bhatpara late on Thursday afternoon. The DG, who was supposed to inaugurate a new police station in Bhatpara in the morning, was compelled to return earlier in the day from the area which was at a stone’s throw distance from the building. Two persons were killed in Bhatpara after a major clash took place between two unidentified groups on Thursday morning. Six police personnel have also been reportedly injured in the incident while the cops had to fire tear gas shells and few rounds of bullet in the air. Authorities have imposed Section 144 in Bhatpara and Jagatdal areas of the North 24-Parganas district following the clashes. Route march has also been carried out in the area. According to sources, hours before the inauguration of the new Bhatpara police station, one Ram Babu Shaw was shot dead within a few hundred metres of the building which triggered massive violence in the area with crude bombs being hurled by miscreants. During the clash, another youth, identified as Dharambir Shaw, and several others were also injured. Later, Dharambir was declared brought dead at the hospital.
This story originally appeared on Reuters Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. 1 min read Jaguar Land Rover launched a technology business on Monday which aims to create apps for services such as car-sharing, the latest automaker to explore ways of tapping demand for cheaper and greener ways of making short journeys.The InMotion venture will begin testing products including car-sharing in North America, Europe and Asia from next month before broader testing by the public.Automakers are trying to appeal to younger consumers in major global cities who are less likely to buy a car and have been attracted by new services such as car club Zipcar and ride-service Uber.Britain-based JLR, owned by India’s Tata Motors, hopes the wholly-owned subsidiary will draw in new customers.”With the development of new apps and on-demand services, InMotion provides us with an opportunity to provide engaging and invaluable experiences to both new and existing customers globally,” Group Strategy Director Adrian Hallmark said.A number of automakers have sought to tap into demand for short-term car use including BMW, which operates its DriveNow car club in a number of cities, and Toyota which has a scheme renting cars from dealerships.(Reporting by Costas Pitas; Editing by Mark Potter) Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals April 11, 2016 Register Now »