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Traffic Advisory Pictou County

first_imgPICTOU COUNTY: Route 245, Shore Road Route 245 will be closed east of Civic No. 1076 Shore Rd., Merigomish, for cross-culvert replacement from Thursday, Sept. 15 until Wednesday, Sept. 21. Traffic traveling east of Civic No. 1076 will have to follow the detour route at Exit 27 of the Trans-Canada Highway 104, via, Trunk 4, via Piedmont Valley Road, via Brown’s Mill Road to Route 245. Motorists are advised to use caution through the construction zone. Local Area Office: 902-752-6224 -30-last_img read more

Moroccan Boy Caught Hiding Under Bus in Attempt to Enter Spain

Rabat – A young Moroccan boy was found under a bus as it crossed into the city of Tarifa, southern Spain, Spanish media reported.The Moroccan boy was found by Spanish border police at the port of Tarifa on Tuesday, while squeezed into a false compartment under the bus.A press release by the Civil Guard said that the young boy was found in “very bad physical condition.” He was immediately transferred to the Red Cross for necessary medical attention. This is not the first time in which an immigrant has attempted the perilous journey to Spain. Last month, a migrant from Guinea was found under the hood of a BMW as it crossed into the city of Ceuta.In a similar incident last month, a Moroccan man died while trying to smuggle himself into Spain in the trunk of a car. The 27-year-old man was stowed inside a suitcase on a five-hour ferry crossing from Melilla to the Spanish city of Almeria.In May, an eight-year-old boy from Ivory Coast was found hidden inside a Moroccan woman’s suitcase as she tried to smuggle him into Spain. Customs officials spotted the child when the luggage passed through an X-ray machine. read more

LGs Optimus Pad is 3D in name only

first_imgLG isn’t just bringing 3D to Android with their new Optimus smartphone. Since tablets are the new big thing in mobile, they’re also taking the same hardware and same guts and blowing it up for the LG Optimus Pad.The Optimus Pad boasts an unorthodox 8.9-inch display boasting a 1280 x 768 resolution that, obviously, is capable of displaying 3D video and still images. A dual-core Tegra 2 chip makes up the silicon guts, along with 32GB of storage, WiFi and 3G, a 2MP front-facing camera and boasting Android 3.0 Honeycomb. The 3D is something of a disappointment. While handhelds like the Optimus and the Nintendo 3DS achieve glasses-free 3D thanks to a special display, you’ll need stereoscopic specs to see 3D on the Optimus Pad. It’s actually pretty embarrassing, because 3D content shot on the Optimus Pad will be displayed with your standard red and blue anagryph… something any color display can manage.The Optimus Pad’s titular 3D, then, is accurate only in regards to the dual cameras installed in the tablet’s back. These cameras can be used to capture 3D video and stills, which can then be pumped through an HDMI-put port to a larger display.To be honest, the Optimus Pad, despite the 3D gimmick, seems like an also-ran to the likes of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 or the iPad. It runs Honeycomb and is doing something interesting with the display — we’ve never seen an 8.9-inch tablet before — but other than that, this looks like the sort of tablet you’ll hear about once or twice before release, then quickly forget ever existed at all.Read more at Gadget Lablast_img read more

Anonymous données personnelles de policiers dévoilées

first_imgAnonymous : données personnelles de policiers dévoilées ?Au lendemain de leur manifestation dans l’hexagone et quelques jours après leur message aux médias, les anonymous refont parler d’eux. D’après le site du Parisien.fr, les données de 541 policiers auraient été diffusées sur Internet.La lutte des Anonymous ne semble pas avoir de répis. Après une manifstation organisée un peu partout en France (environ 150 participants à Montpellier, d’après BFM TV, 300 à 400 personnes à Paris), en réaction contre les lois Acta européenne, et Pipa-SOPA américaine, le collectif masqué se serait attaqué au syndicat de police Unité-Police SGP-FO.En réaction à l’arrestation de Triskel,vendredi dernier, les anonymous auraient diffusé les données personnelles de 541 policiers membres du premier syndicat des gardiens de la Paix SGP-PO. Sur une liste de noms, des informations comme les noms,prénoms, numéros de portable,mots de passe et adresses e-mail seraient directement et facilement téléchargeables sur le Net.Cette liste aurait été diffusée par le site DataSecurityBreach avec un message : “À l’heure où nous écrivons ces mots, le monde sombre dans la censure. (…) Actuellement, Internet est une plate-forme mondiale pour le peuple et la liberté d’expression : il est inconcevable que cet outil soit muselé.”À lire aussiAntiSec : le FBI conteste les accusationsMais ce n’est pas tout ! Les responsables de cette fuite auraient également indiqué qu’il ne s’agirait là que d’une partie de la liste de personnes dont ils détiennent des informations. Selon le communiqué, les auteurs indiqueraient “Notez bien que ce n’est qu’une portion de ce que nous avons et que nous nous réservons le droit d’en diffuser un plus grand nombre”.Pour l’heure, aucune information n’émane du ministère de l’Intérieur ou de la Hadopi, en mesure face à ces attaques, mais nul doute que l’affaire n’en restera pas là.Quant aux anonymous, ils ont d’ores et déjà donné rendez-vous en mars à leurs membres et sympatisants pour ré-organiser une manifestation dans les grandes villes de France.Le 29 janvier 2012 à 13:05 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Homeless housing studios approved in Meadow Homes

first_imgMeriwether Place, a three-story building designed to offer 30 studio apartments and ground-level commercial space, has cleared a hurdle in its development with the city of Vancouver.The city issued a determination Wednesday of non-significance, saying the development would not create “significant adverse environmental impacts” if it is built.If built, the project would be 24,670 square feet at 6221 N.E. Fourth Plain Blvd., in the Meadow Homes neighborhood. According to a November 2015 article in The Columbian, the project will serve homeless people with mental health challenges. The ground floor would house providers of mental health services, the application said.The city will accept public comments on the proposal through March 14.For more information, contact Kristian Corbin at 360-487-7818.last_img read more

Jupp Heynckes named German coach of the year

first_imgBayern Munich’s recently retired coach Jupp Heynckes has been voted the best manager in GermanyThe 73-year-old replaced the fired Carlo Ancelotti on an interim basis in October last year following a disastrous start to their campaign and his arrival was largely credited for their success with Bayern going on to secure a sixth successive Bundesliga crown and finishing 21 points ahead of their nearest rivals.Heynckes was named as the German coach of the year last weekend after his 91 votes edged out the 89 votes that Schalke’s young manager Dominico Tedesco had won.New Bayern boss Niko Kovac came third with 77 votes following an impressive campaign with Eintracht Frankfurt.Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“It’s particularly nice to see an older coach win the vote in times marked by a certain obsession with youth,” said Bayern president Uli Hoeneß on the club website.“Jupp Heynckes has absolutely earned this award because it is so unusual for a man to be introduced to such a tricky situation, completely turn it around from day one and see it through to the end.”Heynckes has now won the award four times throughout his managerial career following previous triumphs in 1981, 1986 and 2013.last_img read more

Uber proposes 20M settlement of driver classification lawsuit

first_img 0 Uber Uber’s U-turn: How the new CEO is cleaning house after scandals and lawsuits Uber’s proposed $100M settlement of class action driver lawsuit rejected Uber heads to court over how it classifies its drivers Sarah Tew/CNET Uber has offered to pay $20 million to settle a lawsuit brought by its drivers, according to court documents filed late Monday night. If the judge in the case accepts the proposal, the settlement would bring to a close one of the company’s longest running court battles. It would also maintain Uber’s current classification of its drivers as independent contractors (instead of employees).The ride-hailing company is expected to have an initial public offering this year and has been working to settle many of its legal disputes over the past few months. Resolving these matters — and keeping its current business model with drivers classified as contractors — would help Uber look less risky to potential investors. “Uber has changed a lot since 2013,” an Uber spokesman said in an email. “We’re pleased to reach a settlement on this matter and we’ll continue working hard to improve the quality, security and dignity of independent work.”This is the company’s second attempt to settle the lawsuit, which was first brought against it in 2013 by drivers in California and Massachusetts. Uber’s first offer to settle was in 2016, for $100 million, but US District Judge Edward Chen rejected that proposal as unfair, inadequate and unreasonable. Uber’s current classification of drivers as contractors, sometimes referred to as gig-workers, means it’s not responsible for costs including Social Security, health insurance, paid sick days and overtime. Drivers also supply and maintain their own cars, so Uber doesn’t pay for gas, repairs and other related expenses. Drivers in the lawsuit say they prefer to be classified as employees because under the contractor model they often earn subpar wages.  “We are pleased to have reached this settlement on behalf of the relatively small number of Uber drivers from California and Massachusetts who are not covered by an arbitration clause,” Shannon Liss-Riordan, the attorney representing the drivers, said in an email. “Under this settlement, we estimate these drivers will receive approximately 37 cents per mile for the miles they have driven for Uber.” Share your voice Mobile Tech Industry Roadshowcenter_img Tags Post a comment Related stories Along with the monetary compensation, Uber also agreed to modify some of its business practices in California and Massachusetts. These changes include warning drivers before their accounts are deactivated and creating a formal appeal process for deactivated drivers who qualify. Judge Chen still has to accept Uber’s new settlement offer before it goes into effect.Liss-Riordan has several other pending lawsuits regarding worker classification at tech companies, including at Amazon, GrubHub, Lyft, DoorDash, Postmates and Handy.”This is not the end of the issue of driver classification,” Liss-Riordan said. “We are continuing to pursue many cases against gig economy companies (and others) that are misclassifying their workers as independent contractors in order to save on labor costs and shift the risks and expenses of operating a business to their low wage workers.” Originally published March 12, 10:36 a.m. PT. Updates, 12:23 p.m.: Adds comment from Uber spokesman; 1:29 p.m.: Adds additional background information; 5:19 p.m.: Clarifies that the settlement will maintain Uber’s current driver classification as contractors but isn’t a definitive decision on the issue.last_img read more

Fish and Wildlife consider ban on predator hunting in refuge lands

first_imgThe National Park Service implemented a series of changes at the beginning of this year which ban various types of predator hunting on Park Service land.  The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is considering similar changes for refuge lands across Alaska.Download Audio(Photo courtesy of ADFG)The agencies say the changes are necessary to better align hunting regulations with federal management objectives.  Hunters have countered that there is no biological justification for the restrictions, and that the changes are purely political.Based on the fate of a proposal that passed the Federal Subsistence Board this month, some of the opponents may have found a way to overturn the predator hunting changes in specific areas.It’s a complicated regulatory situation.  But basically, the new regulations would prevent subsistence users and sport hunters alike from doing certain kinds of hunting on federal land – things such as taking a brown bear over bait.The fact that subsistence hunters would be affected by the changes is not immediately obvious, because the changes purportedly apply only to what the agencies call “non-subsistence take.”  But what the agencies are referring to with this label is hunting that happens on refuges, parks, or preserves under state regulations where is no specific, federal subsistence hunting season to authorize the hunt.The new federal predator hunting regulations indicate that the state regs can no longer become the default in this way, when it comes to what the federal agencies call “highly efficient methods and means” for hunting bears, wolves, and coyotes.But what if there is a federally-authorized subsistence predator hunt in a certain area, as approved by the Federal Subsistence Board?  Then the new regulations wouldn’t apply – at least for subsistence hunters.Quite by accident, a proposal from Game Management Units 11 and 12 tested that supposition earlier this month at the Federal Subsistence Board meeting in Anchorage.Submitted by the Wrangell-St. Elias National Park Subsistence Resource Commission, the proposal would allow federally-qualified subsistence users in the communities surrounding the Park and Preserve to hunt brown bears over bait in April, May and June on Park Service land.Wrangell-St. Elias Subsistence Resource Commission member Gloria Stickwan says the proposal was never intended to be a push-back against the new predator hunting rules, but instead give area black bear hunters some protection.“They incidentally took brown bears over black bear bait,” Stickwan said. “This just makes it more legal to brown bears over black bear bait.”The Federal Subsistence Board passed the proposal, along with 33 others on its consent agenda, without a debate.   Commission Chairwoman Karen Linnell wasn’t surprised, even with all the controversy swirling around the issue.“I think it was because the regional advisories committees were in support of it, and then that there really is not a conservation concern at this point,” said Linnell.Given that local subsistence hunters account for only a fraction of the brown bear harvest in the Wrangell-St. Elias area, the biological impact of the proposal was found to be minimal.Though the proposal itself didn’t cause much of a splash when it passed, its success is encouraging to Jack Reakoff, who sits on the commission that helps set subsistence policies for the Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve, in and around the Brooks Range.“It gives an indication that the Park Service is willing to work with the subsistence users on methods and means, to the benefit of subsistence users,” Reakoff said.Further proof of that, Reakoff says, is the proposal that came out of his region to allow the use of artificial light when hunting bears at den sites – another practice that is targeted for elimination, with numerous exceptions, under the new predator hunting restrictions.  But the Federal Subsistence Board passed that one as well.Reakoff is also chairman of the Western Interior Federal Subsistence Regional Advisory Council, which encompasses millions of acres of Fish and Wildlife service-managed land.   If the proposed predator hunting restrictions go into effect on refuges later this year, Reakoff expects that the Western Interior Council will try to reinstate any number of subsistence predator hunts when the Federal Subsistence Board takes up game proposals again in 2018.Based on what the Board did this month, Reakoff says that the path forward has become smoother.“The reality is the rural residents can petition the Federal Subsistence Board to continue to allow the methods and means that the State has provided on the refuges,” said Reakoff.last_img read more

Father son die in Glacier Bay capsizing

first_imgAccording to The National Park Service, a father and son died when a boat capsized at Glacier Bay National Park.Download AudioSpokesperson Tom VandenBerg said 75-year-old Larry Roger McWilliams and 48-year-old Gary Roger McWilliams died late Monday afternoon.Their hometowns were not immediately available. The elder McWilliams carried an Oregon driver’s license, and the younger man was from California.The men were pulled from the water unconscious and could not be revived by CPR.VandenBerg said they don’t know why the boat capsized.Park Service personnel Tuesday planned to attempt to recover the boat.VandenBerg said the agency was alerted to the capsizing because one of the survivors managed to swim to shore and shoot off a flare to alert other vessels.last_img read more

US Fed rate hike Chennai floods ECB easing push Sensex down 2

first_imgThe positive investor sentiment seen in the domestic stock markets last week has faded in the current week, with the benchmark indices ending nearly 2% lower on account of continued selling by foreign investors.While growing fears over the interest rate hike in the US this month is the key factor for the sell-off, floods in Chennai also impacted the market a little. Markets remained flat in the first two session of the week, as the economic data and the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) decision were in line with the market expectations.India’s gross domestic product (GDP) growth for the second quarter this fiscal came in line with the street expectations at 7.4%, and RBI governor Raghuram Rajan maintained a status quo on key policy rates ahead of the US Federal Reserve’s two-day meeting on 15-16 December.But, as the week progressed, concerns over the US central bank’s policy-tightening at this month’s meeting intensified, dragging the markets sharply down. Further, the stock indices remained under selling pressure due to weakness in global markets on the back of less-than-expected monetary easing by the European Central Bank (ECB).”As the week progressed, benchmark indices recorded biggest single-day percentage drop on Wednesday for first time since November 18, 2015, after Fed Chair Janet Yellen signalled at moving ahead with an interest rate hike in its last monetary policy for the year. Even the Indian rupee remained under pressure and further weakened towards 67 per US dollar,” said Amar Ambani, Head of Research, IIFL.Besides, as the India’s fifth-largest city Chennai is hit by one of worst floods in the past several decades, the stocks of the companies having operations in the city came under selling pressure. Auto and IT companies had to suspend operations at their facilities in Chennai.Weighed down by these factors, the BSE S&P Sensex index lost 490 points to end the week at 25,638 points, while the 50-share Nifty ended 160 lower at 7,781 points.”Nifty failed to capitalise on the range breakout of last Friday as inability to cross the hurdle of 50-DMA brought the index below 7,800. It has closed below its 100-WMA. Since August 2013, index has failed to sustain below the same which has resulted into a strong pullback. However, If it violates the support of its 100-WMA and also confirms a close below the neckline of a bearish head & shoulder pattern below 7,730, selling pressure could intensify,” said Ambani.last_img read more

Listen Houston Hospital Offers Laughing Gas For Laboring MomsToBe

first_imgMemorial Hermann To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Pregnant mothers-to-be recently got another option for labor and delivery in Houston: nitrous oxide – better known as laughing gas.“It’s basically an anti-anxiety gas, which also in turn, actually helps with the pain,” said LuAnne Emanuel, a registered nurse at Memorial Hermann. The hospital’s Woodlands location began offering the option this past June.“Basically what it does is it helps you relax through the contraction,” said Emanuel. “They start breathing in the nitrous through the contraction and when the contraction is finished they’ll take it off their face and within one or two breaths, it’s out of your system.”It’s a pretty common practice in parts of Europe. She said the U.S. also offered it — before epidurals became more popular.“It was actually a common practice in the U.S. from about the 1930s to the 60s,” said Emanuel. “As they got better at doing these epidurals, of course the pain management was going to go in that direction, because it provided more effective pain relief. And so, the use of nitrous just kind of dwindled at that point and time.”Today, she said the gas is for pain management — not comparing to the pain relief of anesthesia. About 50 women at Memorial Hermann have opted to try it during labor so far. Nearly all eventually got an epidural.  00:00 /01:19 Xcenter_img Listen Sharelast_img read more

How Would Houston React To Tariffs On Chinese Trade

first_img Share United States Coast Guard, PA2 James DillardHeavy industry on the Houston Ship ChannelPresident Donald Trump is expected to announce new tariffs on products from China later today in response to intellectual property theft.The administration argues that years of negotiations with China have failed to produce results.Jon Taylor, a political scientist at the University of Saint Thomas, who has spent much time in China, said these tariffs would hurt Houston.“It’s not just an impact on Houston financially, although that is an important feature,” Taylor said. “It is more than that. It’s an impact on our culture. It’s an impact on how we interact with the Chinese.”China is Houston’s second largest international trading partner after Mexico.Last year, trade between the Houston region and China was valued at nearly $19 billion.last_img read more

Howard County Museum Celebrates Over 30 Years of Service

first_imgMuseum volunteer Jacqueline Kakembo and owner Doris Ligon in front of a large African mask at the African Art Museum of Maryland. (Photo by Lisa Snowden-McCray)Doris Ligon doesn’t know how she first developed a love for African art – but she is glad she did.“It would be nice if I said one day I just woke up and there was a cloud shaped like Africa and I heard somebody saying ‘Doris, Doris’ but that would not be the truth. I was not positive at all about Africa.”The 79-year-old Baltimore native founded the African Art Museum of Maryland along with her husband Claude, back in 1980. Claude passed away in 2005, but Doris kept the doors of the museum open. Now she and the museum’s Board of Trustees are celebrating their 36th year.Ligon said that when she was growing up, it was rare to find positive reflections of Africa in the media.“Everything that I knew about Africa was a negative thing from the movies, and all of that. So I knew nothing positive about the African continent.”“I don’t know anybody…who was running around talking about ‘Africa my home.’”She said that her interest was piqued when she spotted a book about African art while out shopping one day, and bought it.“Little by little, I remember thinking, if all this stuff I hear about Africa is true, all this negative stuff, how come people keep going and keep coming back unscathed? What is it about Africa?”She grew even closer to the subject while taking an art class at Howard County Community College, where she lives. She said the teacher told the class that they could write about any aspect of art they wanted. Ligon chose the subject of African art on a whim. After that, she volunteered to be a docent at the National Museum of African Art.She said the idea of starting a museum became a nagging thought that wouldn’t go away.“Little by little, I developed this curiosity and I fought it the whole way because my children where grown and I was foot loose and fancy free. I was having luncheons and going on luncheons and having lectures and all that. It was a lot more fun to talk about starting a museum.”Today, the museum is open Wednesday through Saturday 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. They host jazz events, children’s activities, trips to different African countries and go into local schools to educate local children about African art. However, they are a very small establishment.“Right now I am the director, I am the registrar, I am the education department, I am the human relations department and I’m also the maintenance,” Ligon said.The museum was first in Columbia, then later moved to its current home in Fulton, Md. Inside, visitors can see all kinds of art and artifacts – from tiny, elaborately carved pieces of ivory jewelry to a woven mask that is as tall as the room it is housed in.She said that the museum actually owns over 3,000 pieces of art and artifacts – but can only showcase a fraction of that inside the small space.Ligon said it’s not always easy to tell what is an actual African piece, and what is a fake. She relies on her years of experience and her Master’s in Art History from Morgan State University to tell her.“You might want to be a medical doctor. You might have an inspiration to be a medical doctor. But you know just by wanting to be a medical doctor you can’t operate on people. You have to go to school. You’ve got to learn,” she said.Longtime volunteer Jacqueline Kakembo said that she has been helping out with the museum for so long because of all the good work Ligon does – especially the way Ligon reaches out to both African Americans and Africans living in the area.The museum always gets tons of phone calls from people looking to come visit in February for Black history month. The museum does not actually focus on African American art – just African – but Kakembo said that the connection is there because Africa is where African Americans began.“This is a very integral part of our history,” said Kakembo. “I’m so proud of what she does.”Learn more about the museum at africanartmuseum.org.last_img read more

More Chaos at Baltimore NAACP

first_imgBy Stephen Janis, Special to the AFROThe current president has been removed. Multiple board members have resigned.  And a previous leader who left amid accusations of mismanagement has come forward with a rebuke of how the chapter operates.It is the latest series of conflicts that has long time supporters questioning if the Baltimore branch of the NAACP, a storied organization that has played a critical role in the city’s rich civil rights history, can right itself amid ongoing instability.(L to R) Ronald Flamer, president of the Baltimore NAACP was recently removed from his position by the organization’s national leadership. Flamer replaced Tessa Hill-Aston, who left the organization (some argue she was forced out) in October. Baltimore board member Anthony McCarthy resigned following Flamer’s removal. (Courtesy Photo)“This is a sad, sad time,” former branch president Marvin “Doc” Cheatham told the AFRO.  “We can do better than this.”The chapter’s current president, Ronald Flamer was recently removed by the NAACP’s national leadership.  Flamer said he was let go after his membership was suspended.“I’ve been a life member, I never had a blemish on my record,” Flamer told the AFRO.He says he has no idea why his membership was terminated; the lack of specifics prompted him to retain noted Baltimore civil rights attorney, and AFRO board member, Billy Murphy as counsel and to request a hearing to challenge the suspension.“I just want to restore my good name,” he said.His removal allegedly prompted several board members to resign.  One of them, Anthony McCarthy (a former editor at the AFRO), says Flamer’s departure was the final straw for him and many of his colleagues. McCarthy is a former spokesperson for several Baltimore politicians including mayors Catherine Pugh, Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and Sheila Dixon, as well as Rep. Elijah Cummings.“I could not serve on board after this,” McCarthy said.  “I felt like he (Flamer) was leading us in the right direction.”Tensions between the state and national administrations and the local leadership have been rising since the departure of Flamer’s predecessor, Tessa Hill-Aston, according to Flamer;  particularly as he and other board members have tried to jump start fundraising efforts for the local branch and move forward with other changes.“The state conference is jealous and envious of what we we’re trying to do,” he said.Flamer notes that he received an award earlier this year for managing a successful push to sign up new members.“I’ve never been treated like this before,” he added.The state and national NAACP intervened last fall after previous president Hill-Aston resigned amid accusations of mismanagement.  President for nearly seven years, Hill-Aston’s departure prompted the national NAACP to put an outside administrator in change of the branch.But in a wide-ranging interview with the AFRO, Hill-Aston said the accusations against her were unfounded.“If I could get back all the money I spent for the branch I could go to the Bahamas,” she said. “We paid for contractors to fix the broken toilet, we paid contractors out of our own pockets to fix the heat.”It’s unclear what specific allegations if any were lodged against Alston because national leadership has yet to release details.  But, the picture she painted of the branch was of a volunteer operation reliant upon many hours of work and volunteers coming out of their pockets for expenses.“Nobody can steal money from the NAACP it’s all checks. It goes into the bank and then it goes to national, there is no money to steal,” Hill-Aston said.“We helped people, we fed people and I was stabbed in the back.”State leadership says the removal of Flamer was prompted by concern over local adherence to the bylaws and the constitution of the national organization.“It boiled down to the bylaws,” said NAACP State Conference President Gerald Stansbury.  “We wanted to make sure they were being followed.”He also said there is no ongoing investigation of allegations lodged against Alston.For now, Stansbury said the state officials are working to determine if a special election to select a new president should be held in September, or November.Meanwhile, the state leadership has appointed First Vice-President Sandra Allman Cooper as interim president.“She is doing an excellent job,” Stansbury said.Flamer says local officials clashed with national leadership over ownership of the chapter’s headquarters on East 26th St, in the Charles Village community. The office building is allegedly owned by the local chapter according to Flamer. But, he believes the national leadership has plans for it.“That has been point of contention,” Flamer said.Stansbury contends the Baltimore headquarters and who owns it, has never been discussed.“That has not been issue at all,” Stansbury said.  “We are just trying to get the chapter in shape so it can move forward.”As for who will run in the special election past candidates were non-committal.  The previous election’s second highest vote getter, Revered C.D Witherspoon declined to comment for this story.Past president Cheatham was also non-committal with regards to a future run. For him, rebuilding the chapter quickly outweighed thoughts of a future candidacy.“I will consider serving but I am not interested in running,” Cheatham said.  ”If people feel I am capable I am willing to help.”last_img read more

Nintendo No 3DS game should absolutely require 3D to play

first_imgIt’s pretty obvious what the Nintendo 3DS’s defining feature is: 3D. It’s the one thing that truly sets it apart from all the competition out there: the iPhone, the PSP, the Xbox 360, even the Wii. There simply aren’t any other 3D game consoles out there, and that’s a huge strength.Unfortunately, it’s also a weakness. While the Nintendo 3DS’s glasses-free 3D is undeniably impressive, there’s a sizable portion of gamers who can’t actually see it because of eye problems. There’s also a chunk of gamers who think it’s a gimmick. Finally, there’s the battery life costs of 3D, which have meant that the 3DS only gets between three to five hours of gaming per charge…. usually closer to 3 with the 3D on.Nintendo seems to be aware that a lot of people just aren’t going to want to play 3DS games in 3D. Nintendo’s Hideki Konno, who is one of Nintendo’s veteran producers, has just said that they’ve made it clear to developers that all games should be playable in 2D… and that no game should require 3D as part of its gameplay mechanics.In other words, Nintendo’s wimping out. It’s disappointing, actually: it’s as if Nintendo came along after they debuted the DS and said that no game should require using both screens. Think about how different, how boring, how completely gimped of the platform’s possibilities the DS gaming library would have looked like if they’d done that.There’s no difference here. Sure, 3D’s not going to work with everyone, but by not embracing the one truly distinct thing the console can do and telling gameplay developers to build their games around it, Nintendo’s hobbling their handheld’s potential. That might have been okay a few years ago, but with Apple soundly taking over Nintendo’s marketshare, Nintendo needs to be bold if it’s not going to go extinct.Read more at Wiredlast_img read more

Guy hacks app to score free beers

first_imgWouldn’t it be nice if you could treat yourself to a nice, cold beer after a hard day of work without actually paying for it? It turns out you can: just hack a loyalty app!Kuba Gretzky is a security researcher who enjoys drinking beer as much as anybody. So when he heard about a new app that offered its users a way to earn free rounds at their favorite hangouts, a thought popped into his head: How much time had they spent on security?Gretzky doesn’t ever name the app, by the way. He refers to it simply as “EatApp,” and it appears as though its makers didn’t spend quite enough time securing it against hackers. The works in conjunction with a hardware beacon — and that’s where Gretzky turned his attention.The Bluetooth beacons sit around an establishment broadcasting data loudly enough that it can be detected up to 70 meters away. That allowed him to fire up Fiddler and do a bit of traffic inspection and surprise, surprise, he discovered that EatApp was transmitting reward PINs in plain text.He didn’t need to know the numbers, though. He just had to use Fiddler to swap out the PIN (which gets used by servers to authorize points when a patron’s phone doesn’t detect the beacon) with the code broadcast by the beacon. That allowed Gretzky to spoof transactions and rack up points at whatever restaurant or bar he chose.Pretty sweet, right? It’s all in the name of security, of course — Gretzky freely offered up his research to help EatApps’ devs — and developers of similar apps (Glassify maybe?) — improve their security. Virtue is its own reward, but the free beer probably tasted better.last_img read more