Legalization of recreational weed unlikely to kill pot black market right away

first_imgTORONTO – From texting a local dealer to dropping into a neighbourhood dispensary or ordering online, Canada’s black market for recreational marijuana has seen significant changes in recent years and, no doubt, will see more as the country hurtles toward a new world of legalization next summer.What does seem clear, however, is that the illegal market is unlikely to disappear in a puff of smoke come legalization day.“There’s a huge, complex system out there operating in the world that has been delivering excellent product to people at reasonable prices for 40 years now,” says Donald MacPherson, the executive director of the Canadian Drug Policy Coalition, an organization based out of Simon Fraser University that advocates for evidence-based policy-making and harm-reduction strategies.“It’s really the degree to which the regulated system can, over a period of years, encroach on as much of that pre-existing market as possible — that is the key question.”Talking to users quickly reveals three major strands that make up the current system, starting with the traditional approach: knowing a guy who knows a guy who gets you your pot. It’s familiar, it’s trusted, it feels safe.More recently, street-level dispensaries have offered a somewhat normal retail store-front experience, though some offer only delivery, but perhaps the biggest change has been in what appears to be a very Canadian phenomenon: the burst of website-based mail-order marijuana suppliers, or MOMs as they are known.A plethora of websites now feature different cannabis products along with prices and, in some cases, testimonials, contests, specials, and freebies. Most ask for proof of age in the form of an uploaded ID document — 18 or 19 is generally minimum — and payment takes place via Interac. The vacuum-packed product is shipped to the buyer via Canada Post or courier.Francois, 34, an IT professional in Quebec City, says he now buys exclusively online.“The convenience factor is what brought me there,” says Francois, who like other users interviewed for this article only wants his first name used. “It’s delivered to your doorstep. It’s super easy, it’s super discreet.”Marie-Helene, 26, a journalist in Montreal who smokes recreationally most evenings and weekends, says she doesn’t expect much will change for her post legalization. She plans to stick with buying from a guy she knows who sells medical grade weed. She trusts him, she says, and she enjoys the personal touch — he knows what strains she likes — and what she calls their “professional-business relationship.”“It doesn’t feel super shady,” she says. “It probably sounds silly (but) it’s the same thing as people who enjoy buying stuff in stores — because it’s customer experience.”Robert, 55, an IT professional based in St. Catharines, Ont., a recreational user for decades, says he now has a medical prescription and can avoid a black market he believes was tied to organized crime. The illegal market is doomed over time, he says, because every gram sold legally is a gram the black market won’t need to grow.“Most of my friends can’t wait to purchase legally and are quite jealous that I am currently able to do that,” Robert says. “Friends who have more libertarian leanings swear they will never buy from the Ontario government (but) I bet that changes. People are lazy and follow the path of least resistance, so if they can buy a couple grams in the same shopping plaza that they are grocery shopping, they are going to do that.”Statistics Canada data indicate about 12 per cent of Canadians aged 15 and older — or 3.6 million of us — reported in 2015 having used cannabis in the previous year, with 840,000 saying they used it most every day.Robert, however, says he thinks governments have hugely underestimated the prevalence of use and the Ontario government’s plan, for example, to start out with 40 retail outlets is laughable.“People don’t honestly answer surveys about sex and drugs, so nobody really understands how big the market will be,” Robert says. “I predict massive lines for legal weed next year.”Whether the black market shrinks and how quickly, observers say, will depend on what the legal market ends up looking like. It’s far from clear. Each province is charting its own course, with some tending toward maximum restrictions in terms of retail outlets, while others talk of stiff criminal sanctions for selling product to underage buyers or near schools.“These new laws are going to make the black market thrive,” says Chad, 40, who produces edible cannabis products in Toronto. “The black market is really vast. It’s really huge, right now, the competition.”The advent of dispensaries, he says, forced the black market to up its game in terms of quality and price. While the recent police crackdown on storefronts in Toronto has just pushed them underground, it has not dented what is a plentiful supply, he says. What Chad does believe is that many online sellers will go dark post-legalization.“Being online is just a way to get caught,” he says.The challenge facing federal and provincial governments, says MacPherson of the Canadian Drug Policy Coalition, is the fact that the current system is so large, diverse and filled with expertise — in other words, it is mature.Across Canada, hundreds if not thousands of small-scale growers along with some large grow-ops supply a seemingly ravenous consumer cohort that includes younger Canadians who have some of the highest usage rates in the world, according to various surveys.Canada’s police services, however, have expressed concern they won’t be ready to enforce the new laws by next summer. They told a Commons committee earlier this year that among other things, they would need more time to train officers and increase the ranks of those certified to do roadside drug-impaired driving testing.OPP Deputy Commissioner Rick Barnum warned that organized crime will flourish.“Policing will not be ready to go Aug. 1,” Barnum told the committee. “The damage that can be done between the time of new legislation and police officers ready to enforce the law in six months or a year can make it very, very hard to ever regain that foothold.”Enforcement is unlikely to make the illegal market go away, MacPherson says, but legalization does afford governments an opportunity to deploy policing resources elsewhere, and to make reliable public health information readily available as cannabis use becomes normalized in the way a glass of wine or beer already is.Most importantly, he says, displacing well entrenched networks now used for selling and buying good quality pot from people users know will require hassle-free access.“It’s a really interesting and complex thing that the government is trying to do,” MacPherson says. “It’s trying to take a very robust, complex pre-existing market and basically put it out of business by coming up with a better robust market.”last_img read more

UN agencies respond to deadly outbreak of cholera in northwestern Kenya

More than 200 cases of cholera have now been reported in the outbreak, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said today, with most deaths occurring in relatively remote and inaccessible areas.The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has provided hygiene and sanitation supplies and begun working with authorities in Turkana East district to finalize a joint response plan to the outbreak.OCHA reported that it has also conducted a joint assessment mission to two affected areas with officials from Kenya’s National Disaster Operation Centre and its Ministry of Public Health and Sanitation.Cholera is an acute intestinal infection picked up through contaminated food or water, and results in diarrhoea that can lead to severe dehydration and death unless there is prompt treatment.OCHA said the probability of contaminated water sources has increased in north-western Kenya because of the prolonged drought in the region, which has forced villagers and farmers to rely on water wells that are shared with both livestock and wild animals. 17 December 2009United Nations humanitarian agencies are providing emergency supplies and other forms of assistance to Kenyan Government officials as they respond to an outbreak of cholera in the northwest of the country that has left at least 26 people dead. read more

Ban mourns death of deputy head of UN peacekeeping mission in TimorLeste

The Secretary-General’s Deputy Special Representative for Security Sector Support and Rule of Law, Takahisa Kawakami, a Japanese national, died of natural causes overnight at his home in the capital, Dili, where he was serving with the UN peacekeeping mission, known as UNMIT.“As part of the UNMIT leadership since September 2008, he demonstrated his steadfast commitment to the people of Timor-Leste by working in close partnership with national counterparts and United Nations partners to support the strengthening of the national police service and rule of law institutions,” according to a statement issued by Mr. Ban’s spokesperson.Mr. Kawakami had extensive experience with Timor-Leste, having played a key role in the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) in setting up the UN Transitional Administration in East Timor (UNTAET), set up to assist the region during the transition to independence in 1999.As a diplomat, Mr. Kawakami was posted to the Permanent Mission of Japan to the UN in New York from 1987 to 1991 and again from 2003 to 2007. While his country was on the Security Council in 2005 and 2006, he acted as its Coordinator on Timor-Leste.“Mr. Kawakami demonstrated his unwavering commitment to the people of Timor-Leste and to the wider efforts of the United Nations by working in partnership with his Timorese counterparts to support the development of the national police and continued peace, security and stability in Timor-Leste,” UNMIT said in a press release.He also worked in Afghanistan as Chief of Staff for the UN Assistance Mission in the country (UNAMA) from 2007 to 2008, in Cambodia with the UN Transitional Authority in Cambodia (UNTAC) from 1992 to 1993 and with the UN Advance Mission in Cambodia (UNAMIC) from 1991 to 1992.“His dedication and integrity will serve as an example for international public service,” the Secretary-General said.Mr. Kawakami is survived by his wife, Chieko, and his daughter, Mao. 15 March 2010Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today mourned the death of his deputy envoy in Timor-Leste who passed away last night, paying tribute to his dedication to helping the people of the fledgling nation consolidate sustainable peace and stability. read more

Stay order on dissolution of Parliament extended till Monday

Yesterday the Supreme Court extended the stay order till tomorrow.A seven member bench is hearing the case. (Colombo Gazette) An stay order issued on the dissolution of Parliament has been extended till Monday, December 10thThe order was extended by the Supreme Court when it continued hearings into the petitions filed against the dissolution of Parliament today.

Kyle Dubas to help send off grads

Kyle Dubas will attend the inaugural Grad Send-Off on March 30 at Issac’s. The Brock University Alumni Association (BUAA) invites the graduating class of 2015 to the inaugural Grad send-off at Isaac’s Pub on March 30.This expo style event will highlight the benefits of being a Brock graduate, including alumni discounts, career services and how to expand your network by thousands upon graduation. You will also have the opportunity to have professional LinkedIn profile headshots taken, photos with your friends and Boomer, and samples of wine from the BUAA wine reserve. This is a chance for new graduates to network with Brock University alumni.The BUAA will present Kyle Dubas with an Outstanding Young Alumni Award. Dubas (BSM ’07) is the assistant general manager to the Toronto Maple Leafs and will be available for a meet and greet after the presentation. Dubas says his degree in sport management undoubtedly helped him with his career success.“When I graduated I found that I stepped off the campus and was immediately on the race of life. I wanted success and results to just happen right away,” Dubas recalls. “By doing that, I really didn’t value the process or the ride. When I started valuing the process is when I really felt myself find my footing and my own unique way in the world.“Enjoy the process, ride the wave and ride it well,” he advises.Those who pre-register for the event will receive a complimentary barbecue dinner between 4-5:30 p.m. and be entered in to a draw for a chance to win Toronto Maple Leafs tickets, an iPad mini, and a Blackberry Playbook. Access to the event is restricted to the graduating class and alumni from 4-5:30 p.m. and will open to the public at 5:30 p.m.Register for the event read more

Merkel to meet UK prime minister soon to discuss Brexit

BERLIN — A German government spokesman says Chancellor Angela Merkel is likely to meet British Prime Minister Boris Johnson soon to discuss Brexit and bilateral issues.Asked about reports of a possible meeting, Steffen Seibert told reporters that “indeed, a meeting is planned in the very near future.”Seibert said it “makes sense” to discuss Brexit, the issue that has dominated Britain’s relationship with other European Union countries in recent years.Johnson wants to renegotiate the agreement his predecessor Theresa May reached with negotiators from the remaining 27 EU countries.The Associated Press

Starstudded event kicks off UN Women global gender solidarity campaign

“Over the years, men have supported the women’s movement. But for the most part, it was just that: a women’s movement – when in fact gender equality is the responsibility of all people,” the Secretary-General said in opening remarks at the launch of the UN Women HeForShe campaign. Moderated by renowned CNN Anchor Wolf Blitzer, the HeForShe event aimed to put men at the center of activism and dialogue to end persistent inequalities faced by women and girls around the world. Over the next 12 months, the campaign intends to mobilize one billion men and boys as advocates and agents of change for gender equality. “States have an obligation to address violence against women. But we also need to change attitudes,” said Mr. Ban, noting that one in three women is a victim of violence – but this is a men’s issue. “Men are responsible for most of the threats and violence against women. Often, these men are close to the victims – fathers, husbands, boyfriends or supervisors, said the UN chief, declaring: “We need to say to men and boys: Do not raise your hands in violence – raise your voices to stop it – and to support human rights for all.” In a highlight of the event, the Secretary-General capped his remarks by activating the HeForShe map – a real-time map with a geo locator to capture men’s engagement with the initiative worldwide over the next 12 months and keep a tally towards the campaign’s one billion target. The top UN official, through his map activation, was counted as the “number one man”. Mr. Blitzer became “number two”, by activating the map next.In her remarks, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka said HeForShe is for every man, every boy, every individual, wherever they are. Despite the dire and very real statistics about the ongoing scourges of violence against women and gender inequality, “men and boys can change the course of history,” she said. Urging male politicians, artists, actors and sportsmen to “stand up” so that through them, young men and boys could see role models willing to help change society’s failures, she said people from all walks of life were invited to work towards creating a world of equal justice and equal opportunity, without discrimination. “I am reaching out to you because we need your help. We want to end gender inequality and to that we need everyone involved,” said Ms. Watson in her remarks, stressing the HeForShe campaign was more than talk; it was about achieving tangible results. Referring to her most iconic film role as Hermione in the “Harry Potter” film series, Ms. Watson said many in the audience might ask: “Who is this ‘Harry Potter’ girl and what is she doing speaking at the UN?” While admitting that she had asked herself the same question since being named UN Women Goodwill Ambassador, she said, “all I know is that I care about this problem and want to make it better. I feel it is my responsibility to say and do something.” To those present who might have similar doubts, she highlighted some start facts about the price of inaction. “The reality is, that if we do nothing, it will take 75 years before women can expect to be paid the same as men for the same work…and at the current rate, it will 2086 before all rural African girls can have a secondary education.” “I want men to take up this mantle. So their daughters, sisters and mothers can be free from prejudice, but also so that their sons have permission to be vulnerable and human too – reclaim those parts of themselves they abandoned and in doing so be a more true and complete version of themselves,” Ms. Watson said. Along with Sam Kutesa, President of the UN General Assembly, the brought together renowned personalities, including senior UN officials such as UN Population Fund (UNFPA) Executive Director Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, and UN Educational, Scientif and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Director-General, Irina Bokova, along with actor Kiefer Sutherland and civil society representatives to discuss the central role men and boys can play in the achievement of gender equality. read more

New members – January 2019

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Brockdeveloped app taps into lucrative sport tourism industry

Researchers at Brock have developed an app to help with sporting event management. It’s called Sport on the Go.Hosting sports events is a substantial burden, even for the most seasoned volunteer Moms and Dads.There’s the logistics of registering kids for events. Event times and locations must be communicated to hundreds of people. Hosts might want to advise families coming to an event from afar where to eat and sleep during their visit.“Knowing that Canada’s sport tourism industry is worth $3.6 billion annually doesn’t really help the hardy volunteers that organize the thousands of tournaments, bonspiels, triathlons, or races that are integral to the lives of millions of Canadians,” says sport management researcher Laura Cousens. “Sport event organizing is hard work.”To ease the burden on volunteers hosting sports events, Cousens and fellow scholars at Brock University conducted research that led to the creation of the Sport on the Go, a free mobile application for the iPhone. It not only profiles sport events, it provides comprehensive destination information to ease the travel burden for event-goers.Swipe to the right of the app to find your sport event. Swipe left on the app, and find information about local restaurants, attractions, retailers, medial services, cultural and scenic attractions, and more. “Each event has its own page on the app – everything travelling athletes and families need to know at their fingertips,” she says.Sports managers can tailor their event page by choosing relevant information on event dates and location, sponsors, contact information, real-time updates, schedules, athlete profiles, media releases and instant messaging.Sport managers can also send out messages to volunteers and parents about developments, such as updated scores, game delays, schedule changes, weather delays or even traffic congestion en route to the event.The app is linked to social media, and enables event organizers and spectators to upload team scores, photos and messages to their Facebook or Twitter pages instantly.For inspiration, Cousens looked to the leagues, eventually approaching the sporting company The app was created following intense research that involved focus groups with provincial sport organizations, sport event hosts, tourism businesses, destination marketing agencies, parents and athletes.“Our goal was for people to find their event within three clicks on the app, regardless of where they lived in Canada,” Cousens says.But that’s not all.“Our thought is that if you’re in Welland for a sports event, you might want to visit Niagara Falls if you had an extra night, so swipe left on the app to view information about hotels, attractions, restaurants, retailers, and more,” Cousens explains.“But you want to go to a Tim Horton’s near the game, you can find locations near to the event using the GPS navigation that is integrated into the app,” she adds, pointing to her phone.Watch the videoThe list even includes a “Be Active” section, complete with GPS, which lists facilities and locations where families can go hiking, biking, swimming and other activities.Tourism businesses and other local retail or medical services can advertise on the app for free. Cousens says the longer-term plan is to offer businesses additional ways to profile their establishments, such as being listed first, or offering coupons to customers.In the coming months, Cousens says Sport On The Go will partner with Arizona-based to provide sport event managers with services, such as a free website, web-based event registration with online payment, ticketing, apparel sales and more.“This application will allow community members to be able to view more of the events that are going on inside their community,” says Chad Theriaul, president. “It’s going to give them more visibility into the different types of events that happen. It will allow people to volunteer for events that they might not even know about.”Funding for Sport on the Go’s development comes from FedDev Ontario, which invested $100,000 into the project.“The Sport on the Go app is a wonderful example of how applied research reaches out to the wider community,” says John Wilson, Brock’s innovation and commercialization director.“Sport on the Go gathers large, cumulative amounts of data on sport consumer behaviour and spending during sports events, which could be of value to advertisers, local governments and tourism industry professionals.”Sport on the Go is currently being piloted in the Niagara Region. Cousens says a database has already been developed for Ontario, with the team expecting to expand to other locations across Canada by next year. read more

ATT gives aways 3G MicroCells to poor coverage subscribers

first_imgAT&T has been plagued by customer complaints of poor coverage and dropped calls in certain areas. Now that the company is getting some competition from Verizon Wireless when the carrier launches their own iPhone, it seems that AT&T is thinking outside of the box.To retain customers it is improving coverage one area at a time through the use of 3G MicroCell technology. MicroCell technology is like a mini cell phone tower which can be installed in the home or office which improves signal strength for voice and data calls through the utilization of a broadband connection. AT&T’s 3G MicroCells can improve coverage for up to four simultaneous users in an area of up to 5,000 square feet.MicroCell stations are something which a subscriber typically has to shell out money for, but AT&T has decided to assist what it calls its top 7.5% of customers that are likely to experience poor in-building coverage by giving them a free MicroCell.Though customers won’t have to shell out any cash for the equipment they do need to commit to continuing their AT&T service for at least the next 12 months. If a customer who receives a MicroCell cancels early and does not return the equipment, they will be billed up to $199.99 taken at a rate of $16.67 per month. If you’re lucky enough to be selected to pick up one of these free MicroCells, keep in mind there is only one per account and the device is non-transferable.Read more at Endgadget and AT&Tlast_img read more

Facebook Lifts Curtain on News Feed Algorithm

first_imgStay on target Facebook’s News Feed just got personal. (Well, more personal.)The company on Sunday introduced “Why am I seeing this post?”—a new tool that provides more details about and control over the social media experience.Simply tap the three dots in the top right corner of a post to find the feature (which appears to be rolling out slowly across the platform).The drop-down menu explains how past interactions impact the ranking of content in your feed.That includes why you’re seeing a certain post (if it’s from a friend you made, Group you joined, or Page you followed) and what has the largest influence over order of material (how often you interact with people/Groups/Pages and their videos, photos, or links; the popularity of posts shared by those you follow).“Why am I seeing this post?” helps users understand and control what they see from friends, Pages, and Groups in the News Feed (via Facebook)You’ll also find access to controls like See First, Unfollow, News Feed Preferences, and Privacy Shortcuts to help personalize your site.“This is the first time that we’ve built information on how ranking works directly into the app,” Facebook Product Manager Ramya Sethuraman wrote in a blog announcement.“People wanted to be able to take action,” she added. “So we’ve made it easy to manage what you see in News Feed right from this feature.”Long-time Facebookers may recognize the new function as the sibling of “Why am I seeing this ad?”, which launched in 2014 and is also getting an upgrade.Facebook now includes details about the ads users see when information on an advertiser’s list matches their profile (via Facebook)In addition to learning how factors like basic demographic details, interests, and website visits contribute to your online advertising, users can find out what personal info matches sponsors’ lists.That’s probably for the best, considering a majority of people are clueless about how their private details are used for targeted advertising.A recent Pew Research Center survey found that 74 percent of U.S. adult Facebook users were unaware the site maintains a list of interests and traits—viewable via the “Your ad preferences” page.Both updates are part of the social network’s “ongoing investment” to give folks “more context and control” across the site.“We will continue to listen to your feedback and evolve these features over time,” Sethuraman said.More on Charged With Housing DiscriminationFacebook Cracks Down on White Nationalism, White SeparatismStudy: Social Media Sites Can Predict Behavior Even If You Don’t Use Them Podcasts Are TV Shows Now With ‘Limetown’ Trailer7 Icebreakers for Facebook’s New Dating Service last_img read more

Silva says Everton can be stronger in the future

first_imgThe Everton manager Marco Silva spoke at the club’s general meeting to reveal how the English Premier League team can become better.Marco Silva joined Everton in the summer, and as his six first months with the club passed, he talked to the club’s general meeting today.“Everyone is working with me at Finch Farm every day,” said Silva to the club’s official website.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“I’ve had a lot of help at the Club. Everyone has welcomed me and we’ve all been working together since the first day.”“We believe we can be stronger in the future and give everyone the better things they want to see,” he commented.“We are still fighting for what we want, which is to do better than last season, and give the fans what they want – building a connection with the team. We want more.”last_img read more

Melco Resorts completes acquisition of 75 stake in Cyprus casino firm from

first_imgMelco Resorts & Entertainment has completed its acquisition of a 75% stake in ICR Cyprus – the operating entity of under construction Cyprus integrated resort City of Dreams Mediterranean – from parent company Melco International Development Limited.Melco International announced late Wednesday that the transaction had been completed earlier in the day, with Melco Resorts taking control of the Cyprus development in exchange for 55.5 million ordinary shares, equivalent to 4.0% of its outstanding share capital and valued at US$375 million. 70% of Macau gaming market driven by 400,000 premium players: brokerage As a result, Melco International’s stake in Melco Resorts now sits at 55.80%.Melco Resorts had previously announced that the transaction would contain “certain commercial and financial arrangements” including the provision by Melco of corporate-level management services to the ICR Group for a fixed amount of €2 million per annum and the right to receive an allotment of preference shares in the gaming license-holding subsidiary of ICR Cyprus.ICR Cyprus, which is 25% owned by local firm Cyprus Phassouri Ltd (CPZ), has already opened its temporary Cyprus casino facility plus three satellite casinos in Nicosia, Larnaca and Ayia Napa, with one more satellite due to open in Paphos this year.The €500 million City of Dreams Mediterranean is scheduled for launch by the end of 2021. RelatedPosts Load More 10,000 Chinese citizens flee Sihanoukville in days after Cambodian online gaming directive: report Sihanoukville authorities threaten legal action against 10 building owners over demolition orderslast_img read more

Heres the new Firefox logo for a family of Mozilla apps

first_img Firefox Privacy Mozilla Share your voice 0 Tags Mozilla Mozilla on Tuesday unveiled its new Firefox logo — actually a family of logos — designed to give a unified identity to its broadening suite of products and services.You probably know the Firefox name from Mozilla’s open-source browser. But the new Firefox “master brand” stands for a collection of tools that’ll sport the Firefox name. That includes not just the browser, but also Firefox Send for transferring files, Firefox Lockwise to store and sync passwords, and Firefox Monitor to check if your password was exposed in a data breach.”That’s just the beginning of the new Firefox family,” Mozilla said in a blog post about the new brand. The master brand is a variation of Firefox’s globe-encompassing, flaming fox, but it’s mostly just a stylized flame that opens the door to a broader suite of colors.A master Firefox brand, at top, spawns variations for different Mozilla apps and tools.A master Firefox brand, at top, spawns variations for different Mozilla apps and tools. Mozilla Mozilla is expanding its tools, but the icon for the Firefox browser, used by close to 300 million people each month, is likely to remain the most important one you’ll see on your PC or phone screen for now. As first reported by CNET, the new Firefox browser icon is stylized, simplified, and for the first time faces you. The blue Earth is now purple (the continents vanished in an earlier redesign), and the fox’s legs are gone altogether.The new branding comes during a push to emphasize private browsing that contrasts with the user-tracking priorities of online advertising giants Facebook and Google, maker of the rival Chrome browser. Firefox remains an important browser, but it hasn’t dented Chrome’s dominance. With privacy now in vogue in tech circles — yes, even at Google and Facebook — Mozilla has a new chance to win new loyalists.The new Firefox brand opens the door to some new color schemes. Mozilla likes the gradients.The new Firefox brand opens the door to some new color schemes. Mozilla likes the gradients. Mozilla “Privacy is woven into every Firefox brand experience. With each release, our products will continue to add features that protect you and alert you to risks,” Mozilla said. “Unlike Big Tech companies that claim to offer privacy but still use you and your data, with us you know where you stand.”This month, Firefox began blocking attempts to track your browsing behavior across the web, though the change affects new users only for now and will only be enabled for existing users in coming months. The move followed browsers Safari and Brave. Microsoft is building a similar tool into its Edge browser.Mozilla will distribute the new Firefox browser icon with an update of the software arriving this fall.Originally published June 11, 8:04 a.m. PTUpdate, 1:06 p.m.: Adds schedule for when the Firefox browser will ship with the new icon.center_img Post a comment Computers Security CNET Apps Todaylast_img read more

Alaska News Nightly Friday July 29 2016

first_imgStories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at and on Twitter @aprnListen nowState Democratic officials look to create bipartisan HouseAndrew Kitchenman, KTOO – JuneauState Democratic Party officials are backing challengers to two Democrats who caucus with the Republican-led House majority. The challengers and party officials say this will increase the chances for a bipartisan coalition.Alaska Ocean Acidification Network seeks to inform public of ocean acidityZoe Sobel, Alaka’s Energy Desk – UnalaskaClimate change may get all the attention, but it has a less-talked-about but no less troubling twin: ocean acidification. And a growing chorus of Alaskans, from shellfish growers to fishermen, are fretting about the potential impacts to the state’s waters. Now a new collaboration is aiming to bring ocean acidification into the spotlight – with the hope that better understanding it will better prepare the state to adapt.New atlas maps Alaska’s surfaceRashah McChesney, Alaska’s Energy Desk – JuneauFederal and state researchers teamed up to make it easier for everyone to find out what’s in the dirt in Alaska. For the first time in nearly 40 years, Alaska has an updated atlas of the chemical composition of its earth, rocks and minerals.Anchorage moves forward on downtown road planZachariah Hughes, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageOfficials in Anchorage have taken the first step in what could be a major transformation to a vital piece of the state’s transportation system. The Anchorage Metropolitan Area Transportation Solutions committee, or AMATS, approved a plan yesterday to pay for a comprehensive study of infrastructure affecting the downtown core.Seattle company seeks to build senior housing in JuneauLakeidra Chavis, KTOO – JuneauA Seattle-based company is one step closer to building a 49-unit senior housing facility in Juneau. If successful, it would cater to a region’s housing market that’s been historically difficult for everyone, especially Southeast’s aging population.AK: Sawmill Farm, Tongass farm countryEmily Kwong, KCAW – SitkaThe Tongass Rainforest isn’t what you’d picture as a candidate for farm country. The terrain is rugged, the soil unstable, and it rains over 100 inches a year. The vast majority of Sitkans get their meat and dairy products off a barge, shipped hundreds of miles. But Bobbi Daniels of the Sawmill Farm is determined to change that.49 Voices: Traci George of Eagle RiverLiz Ruskin, Alaska Public Media – Philadelphia, PAThis week we caught up with Traci George at the Democratic National Convention. George lives in Eagle River and went to Philadelphia as a delegate for Bernie Sanders.last_img read more

Kothagudem SFI demands clean water in social welfare hostels

first_imgKothagudem: A team of activists of Student Federation of India (SFI) on Thursday met Social Welfare Officer Salma Bhanu in her office and appealed to solve students’ issues. The team consisting Federation leaders Siva, Sai Ram, Raju and Ramesh submitted a memorandum to the officer.Later speaking to media persons, they said the students were facing many problems in Social Welfare Hostels, especially lack of proper drinking water due to which they were falling sick. They also appealed to the officials to carryout repairs to the damaging walls and roofs of the hostels. The Social Welfare Officer on the occasion promised to solve their issues as early as possible.last_img

Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation  announced on 3 Au

first_imgMitsubishi Aircraft Corporation  announced on 3 August 2015 the opening and  full operation of the Seattle Engineering Centre (SEC) in Seattle, Washington, an engineering arm of its subsidiary, Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation America, Inc.The opening of a development centre in Seattle, the global hub of the aviation industry, enables Mitsubishi Aircraft to tap professional expertise on aircraft development and to accelerate the development of the MRJ (Mitsubishi Regional Jet).Mitsubishi Aircraft held an opening ceremony to celebrate the opening of the Centre. The ceremony was attended by numerous distinguished guests, including Jay Inslee, Washington State Governor; Masahiro Omura, Consul General of Japan in Seattle and Lee Human, President, Aerospace Testing Engineering & Certification L.L.C. (AeroTEC), one of the partner companies of Mitsubishi Aircraft. Present from Mitsubishi Aircraft were Hiromichi Morimoto, President and Kenichiro Honda, Vice President, SEC, Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation America.SEC will work with AeroTEC to accelerate the MRJ’s conformity activities and provide prompt support for flight tests in the U.S. that are scheduled to start in the second quarter of 2016 based at the Grant County International Airport at Moses Lake in Washington.SEC will be operated with approximately 150 members, including about 100 engineers recruited mainly in Seattle and about 50 engineers from Japan.“Washington is honoured to play a supporting role in the development of the Mitsubishi Regional Jet,” said Governor Jay Inslee. “With more than 100 years of history designing and building the greatest commercial airplanes in the world, Washington is the global leader in aerospace. We are thankful to the Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation for its investment in our state and are proud of the assistance we can provide in bringing this important aircraft to the worldwide market.”“From the components that are being provided by our suppliers to the team that will be in the air and on the ground in Moses Lake once flight testing begins to the scores of engineers working in this new Seattle office, the MRJ will have a profound impact on the economy of Washington State,” Inslee added. “We look forward to continuing our support for the MRJ and seeing how our relationship with Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation can grow even further.”last_img read more

Leaving for New York Anastasiades interview raises political firestorm

first_imgAS President Nicos Anastasiades prepares to depart for New York on Sunday to attend the United Nations General Assembly, during which some feel there could be a small window to the resumption of stalled talks for a settlement of the Cyprus problem, an interview to state broadcaster CyBC on Friday caused a political stir at home.Flanked by Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides and government spokesman Nicos Christodoulides, Anastasiades will hold bilateral meetings with world leaders before addressing the general assembly on Thursday and meeting with UN secretary-general Antonio Guterres on Friday.This meeting, along with Guterres’ meeting with Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci, is expected to determine whether a resumption of talks, which came to a halt after a failure to strike a deal at Crans Montana, Switzerland, last July, could be in the cards.Following separate meetings with both leaders on Friday, Guterres’ special representative in Cyprus Elizabeth Spehar said the secretary-general wants to hear “concrete ideas on the way forward” from the two leaders.Meanwhile, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu repeated on Friday that the effort for a comprehensive settlement of the Cyprus problem, which started in 2008, ended at Crans Montana in July.At the conference in Switzerland, Cavusoglu said, Turkey “showed the required will to achieve a solution based on bizonality, bicommunality, and political equality for the two sides”, but the “Greek and Greek Cypriot duo did not respond to the extent necessary”.“The conference had no result and was closed,” he said.“Thus, the process of substantive talks that started in 2008 has ended.”Against this backdrop, Anastasiades opted to give a televised interview that raised a political firestorm.He repeated that the Greek Cypriot side “is ready to negotiate within the framework laid down by the secretary-general”, provided it will be an “inter-connected set”.“There cannot be a separate deal on internal issues while the issues of guarantees, intervention rights, and the presence of guarantees remain outstanding,” he said.Any new conference, Anastasiades warned, must be well prepared, arguing against a Crans Montana-type make-or-break dinner.“You can’t expect a final deal at a dinner, without any preparation,” he said.“In the end, due to this lack of preparation, we saw an effort to build on impressions formed – which proved false, a misdirection relative to the true intentions. There should have been better preparation.”He was referring to Cavusoglu’s alleged pledge to Guterres at Crans Montana, during their bilateral meeting, to meet Anastasiades’ demands on security and guarantees, which he reportedly denied at the dinner, when he was asked to put it in writing.“This, in itself, is proof that, if Turkey meant what it supposedly pledged to, it would have stated its readiness to resume talks based on the secretary-general’s parameters,” he said.“The view [Turkey and Akinci] will present to the secretary-general [at their meeting on the sidelines of the general assembly] will be the real test. Without Turkey’s contribution, the Cyprus problem cannot be solved.”On criticism that he offered rotating presidency despite earlier pledges that he would not accept it, Anastasiades hit back by citing former President Tassos Papadopoulos.“We accepted the rotating presidency clause 20 years ago,” he said.“On April 12, 2005, while we [at the National Council] were discussing with the late Tassos Papadopoulos the changes we would propose to the Annan Plan, he said he would not raise the issue of rotating presidency because that would shift the balance of the plan.”What he had pledged to do, Anastasiades claimed, was “not give rotating presidency unless I have made sure we are finally becoming an independent state”.The interview sparked the reaction of various political parties.“Vague statements for public consumption will not convince the secretary-general to involve himself with the Cyprus problem,” Akel spokesman Stefanos Stefanou said.“The secretary-general is expecting to hear how the Greek Cypriot side approaches the latest developments on the Cyprus problem. What will Mr Anastasiades tell him?”In turn, this prompted a response by ruling Disy, in which spokesman Prodromos Prodromou claimed Akel continues to criticize our side, even in the face of Turkey’s stated intent to seek a solution “outside UN parameters”.“As [Anastasiades] has said, he will express the Greek Cypriot side’s readiness to resume negotiations to the UN secretary-general in writing,” Prodromou said.“What else, we wonder, does Akel want?”In a particularly harshly-worded statement, the Solidarity movement lambasted Anastasiades’ defence of his agreement to acknowledge rights to some users of properties owned by Greek Cypriots displaced in 1974, in which he pointed to the rulings of the European Court of Human Rights.“No refugee has authorized you to hand over his property to the user-usurper, and every refugee maintains his inalienable right to resort to justice himself to reclaim his violently seized property by your interlocutors and friends, the Turkish invaders, since the official state is capitulating without a fight,” Solidarity said.You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementAdd This One Thing To Your Dog’s Food To Help Them Be HealthierUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementUndoGundry MDHow To Make Your Dark Spots Fade (Effortless 2 Minute Routine)Gundry MDUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoOur View: Argaka mukhtar should not act as if he owns the beachUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Three to face charges in goalie medical test case

first_imgAuthorities will be pressing charges against a doctor and a married couple in connection with forgery relating to the health card of a first division footballer who had taken part in a game in February without being eligible prompting the punishment of his team, police said on Wednesday.Famagusta side Anorthosis had been docked nine points after it fielded Nigerian goalkeeper Francis Uzoho in a game against Apollonas, which Anorthosis won 1-0.Following the game on February 2, Apollonas disputed his eligibility and even reported possible forgery to the police.The Limassol side said he had only arrived in Cyprus around 4pm on the afternoon before the game, and questioned how he could have had his health card issued about an hour after the sports organisation’s (KOA) offices closed for the day at 2.30pm.KOA cancelled the medical card on February 9, as reports suggested Uzoho had told police he was on the plane on his way to Cyprus when the card was issued.During the investigation, police arrested Anorthosis’ doctor, 43, a 41-year-old woman who works for KOA and her husband, 46.The three face charges relating to forgery, circulation of a forged document, conspiracy to defraud, and perverting the course of justice.The doctor has since resigned his post at Anorthosis. You May LikeDr. Marty3 Warning Signs Your Dog Is Crying For HelpDr. MartyUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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