Can We Fix The Problem Of Unreasonable Tech Searches At The Border?

first_imgIt happened on the border.In May 2010, Pascal Abidor, an Islamic studies doctoral candidate at McGill University, was traveling from Montreal to New York City when he was stopped in the tiny border town of Champlain, New York, by U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents. Abidor, who is of dual American and French citizenship, and is not a Muslim, triggered agents’ worst fears. When they turned on Abidor’s computer, they found pictures of Hamas rallies; thumbing through his passport, agents saw stamps from past trips to Jordan and Lebanon.The pictures were part of Abidor’s doctoral dissertation, the travel part of his research. But that didn’t matter to the agents. Abidor says he was handcuffed, taken off the train, and detained in a cell while agents interrogated him about his belongings and his interest in Islam. Hours later he was freed. But his laptop remained in custody for 11 days. When it was returned, Abidor later reported, there was evidence that his personal research files, and even photos and chats with his girlfriend, had all been opened. In September of 2010, the American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit on his behalf. Now Abidor is suing the U.S. government on grounds of civil rights violations in a case that has become the face of defending the right to digital privacy and due process at America’s borders. “The government asserts that when it comes to electronic devices, people who cross the border have no rights,” Abidor’s lawyer Catherine Crump said in a 2010 interview. Now more than two years later, the Federal District Court opinion could have a lasting impact on the how and why border agents search electronic devices – especially when there is no suspicion of illegal activity. What’s At Stake In the wake of 9/11, the government has touted national security as a means to wield extremely broad border search power (here is the Department of Homeland Security’s official search policy). Although the Fourth Amendment prohibits unreasonable search and seizure, U.S. courts have been clear that its protections simply don’t apply at the border. In the name of national security and fighting terrorism and crime, border agents operate pretty much carte blanche.Apart from the hassles and humiliations, here’s the problem: American citizens are losing their civil liberties in the name of national security. Travelers keep detailed personal and business data on their devices (which would otherwise require a warrant to search), and letting agents paw through potentially confidential and sensitive info is a real concern to legitimate travelers and the companies for which they work. A prime example is another case the ACLU is arguing, House v. Napolitano, wherein computer programer David House’s laptop, camera and USB drive were confiscated for 49 days because of his association with the Bradley Manning Support Network (Manning allegedly leaked thousands of military and diplomatic documents to WikiLeaks).The feds tried to have the case thrown out, but a judge in the Massachussetts Federal District Court said that the government’s border search power did not supersede House’s First Amendment rights, a ruling that could set the stage for courts limiting how the government administers border searches.Playing The NumbersFrom October 2011 to the end of August, 2012, nearly 12 million travelers endured secondary security screenings after entering the U.S., according to the Department of Homeland Security. The ACLU contends that between October 2008 and June 2010, more than 6,600 people had their electronic devices searched as they crossed U.S. borders.The United States Customs and Border Protection says 36,000 people are pulled aside for secondary searches every day; of that number about a dozen are screened for their technology. That adds up to some 5,000 electronic device screenings a year, with nosy agents pilfering through travelers’ personal information. And while border crossing violations typically elicit thoughts of criminals and drug trafficking, that’s not usually at issue in electronic searches. “Why do you lose all your rights if you step in an airport (or over a border),” asks Matthew Tollin, a Harvard-trained attorney and founder of wireLawyer. “The current setup doesn’t make any sense.” There needs to be a reasonable suspicion to check someone’s laptop or smartphone, says Tollin, a designation he characterizes as “much lower than probable cause,” but a lot different “than not needing any basis at all.”Fixing The ProblemUpcoming court decisions in the Abidor and House cases are the most likely way to limit digital searces by border agents. But privacy advocates are looking at other avenues as well.One approach is to raise awareness of the issue, says Tollin. This means setting up websites, lodging complaints with groups like the ACLU, creating grassroots campaigns and hounding representatives and lawmakers. If Congress gets enough pressure from constituents, it’s possible that it could draft bills to change U.S. policy. But it’s hard to imagine passage of any laws that could be construed as soft on national security and terrorism.Another longshot possibility would be an executive order from the President. Obama could create an executive order to set clearer precedents for search and seizure at the border. “It’s a simple matter of tweaking the standard,” Tollin said, noting that the Obama is committed to peeling back some of the civil liberty abuses of prior administrations. But unless it becomes a priority, Presidential action remains unlikely.“It’s a tough change,” Tollin admits. “Everybody understands screening laptops for C-4 explosives. Everybody understands it’s a safety matter getting on a plane. The question here is when you turn the computer on and start reading somebody’s personal files, snooping around for stuff you don’t have the right to do, it’s a huge invasion of privacy. There’s plenty of things they can have that are not criminal, that are not terrorist, that they just don’t want the government to know.”That’s one reason many travelers now choose to store sensitive files not on their devices, but on cloud-based systems. That way, the data is as needed but not available for review by border agents or anyone else who has access to your device. Even if a device is confiscated, travelers can still access their secure data.Photo courtesy Shutterstock. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… adam popescu Related Posts Tags:#privacy#security center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Watch Out CNN: New Twitter Search Capabilities Will Rule Breaking News

first_imgA Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Tags:#twitter jon mitchell Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videoscenter_img Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Related Posts Twitter Tuesday announced new search capabilities that give it the upper hand as a breaking news destination over basically every other news organization on the planet, from newspapers to cable networks to websites and everything in between. When a new search begins to trend on Twitter, Twitter’s new API will send the query to Amazon’s Mechanical Turk service, where humans will categorize it to help make it more relevant to readers. Then Twitter can populate its Discover section with live, topical streams of news.If they want to keep up, other organizations that exist to break news need some new ideas, and fast.This development fills the one gap that Twitter can’t cover with algorithms alone: context. Twitter already knows what terms and searches are popular, but it doesn’t know what they mean. Why is “Big Bird” trending? Is there a good episode of Sesame Street airing right now? Did someone who created the show die? Or was the giant puppet used as an absurd example in a political debate? The answer to those questions determines where information about “Big Bird” should go, whether it’s “television,” “politics,” or, I don’t know, “death.”Twitter Is The NewsThis contextual step is critical for making a news destination relevant. And if Twitter itself can master relevance, what’s the point of other news sites? They’re slower, and they have less information about what’s happening and what’s interesting to people. News organizations had better start thinking about how they can continue to matter in a world where Twitter is the destination, not just a pipe for sending links.As of right now, it still takes a lot of manual labor to get meaningful news out of Twitter. Journalists like me spend a lot of time sifting through Twitter and stringing the news together into a story that makes sense. That’s why you go to a “news” site to read the news.But Twitter is increasingly where breaking news emerges. That’s just a fact. The instant something happens in the world, if there’s a computer with an Internet connection nearby, someone is posting it on Twitter, and then the news industry reacts.So if Twitter can now assemble the raw materials of breaking news into a meaningful place to see and understand what’s happening anywhere in the world, on just about any topic, the instant it starts to matter to people, why would anyone get breaking news from another source?How News Sites Can Stay RelevantI already find my news exclusively on Twitter, but I’m an edge case as a journalist. I click links all the time, sure, but I don’t care what site the links go to. I care only that they seem relevant to what I see happening on Twitter. These new Mechanical Turk-driven search topics will make relevance much easier to determine for the legions of people who don’t mow their Twitter lawns as obsessively as I do.What can news organizations do other than write for what’s trending on Twitter and hope for clicks?Well, I’ll tell you what I’m going to do. I’m going to write only about ideas that rise from connections that are hard for computers to make. The story has to get its meaning from the complexities and eccentricities of people. If there’s nothing more to the story than the news itself, people are going to get it from Twitter.Lead image courtesy of Shutterstock.last_img read more

Why Every Project Needs a Production Designer

first_imgProduction designers are essential for successful film and video projects. Find out how you can improve your workflow with these talented filmmakers.Cover image via the Netherlands Film Academy.I love visual arts — I wish I could draw and paint better, and I wish I were a Photoshop expert. In short, I admire production designers. They do all of these things, and they do them well.Concept painting from Rise of the Planet of the Apes.What cinematographers have in common with production designers is an acute sense of light and space and how to capture it through a lens. Their combined efforts advance the story visually. Words become light, color, texture and setting. And if production designers can’t build what they need, they’ll find a good location that is both camera- and production-friendly.The production designer works for weeks on a project before the cinematographer even begins to prep. While cinematographers buy in on the initial design of the film, they begin their real work when plans, sketches, and concept art have already laid out the look of the film. In most cases, the production designer can’t wait for the arrival the director of photography to get started.Image via The Pacific (HBO).Since DPs illuminate and frame the drama, a production designer needs to know which lenses a cameraman plans to use, the lighting design, expected camera movements, and the tone the DP wants to create photographically. This is when cinematographers and production designers really forge their working bond. Their work blends three-dimensional reality with the two-dimensional photography. This is a quiet but exciting relationship that relies on imagination, creation, and promotion — until the realities of the production rein them in.Production Designer William Sandell had to build the ship’s ballroom right-side up and upside down on Poseidon.Virtually every physical detail of a production gets reviewed in prep:Add a window here. Make this wall ‘wild.’ Go with wallpaper instead of paint. Don’t use chrome. Not so many mirrors please. I’ll need a ceiling piece for the bedroom set. Can a dolly fit through that door? Make these light switches practical. We’ll use backings instead of a green screen for the big window in the living room …Directors are a part of this process, too. They might have particular colors they like or locations they prefer, but if the DP and the PD present a unified case for something, directors will usually go along.It’s important to resolve as many issues as possible during prep because once the shooting starts, the whole mindset of the team changes. It’s not unusual for set construction to be taking place during principal photography. When time permits, I’ll always walk over and check on the progress of the new set and start thinking about camera and lighting.Image via the Netherlands Film Academy.Throughout photography, the DP and the production designer continue to talk about the daily work and what’s ahead. The PD will watch dailies to get a sense of how the DP is shooting the picture — including what you can what you can’t see. This may help the PD shift efforts between background and foreground props and set decorations. He or she might not worry about the deep background as much since it’s being kept dark in the lighting scheme. The PD might also urge the DP to shoot slightly wider establishing shots to highlight the sets a bit more. It’s a fair request, too – the art and construction departments work very hard to build great sets on a tight budget with limited time.From early on, the production designer and the DP work very closely to plan everything the audience will see in the film. All that’s missing are the actors, and they’ll weigh in on their new world soon enough.For more information on production design, check out this article by Jonathan Paul.Do you have tips for production designers? Let us know in the comments.last_img read more

Mandatory skirt rule unfair: Indian shuttlers

first_imgA new rule which makes wearing skirts on court mandatory for female shuttlers has created a furore in India with former and current players saying such an “unfair” move could discourage girls from taking up the sport.The Badminton World Federation (BWF) has introduced a new dress code, which requires all female shuttlers to wear skirts from May 1. Players may continue to wear shorts if they wish to but it has to be underneath a skirt.India’s most successful doubles player Jwala Gutta and her doubles partner Ashwini Ponnappa and a few like them prefer wearing skirts on court but even they feel it should not be made compulsory.BWF’s new rule is a step to glamourise badminton like tennis and Jwala said though she is all for boosting the glamour quotient, wearing skirts should not be mandatory as it might affect a player’s freedom.”I have always been comfortable in skirts but forcing players to wear them is not right. A player can wear a skirt if she is comfortable but making it mandatory is not right,” Jwala told PTI.”Players come from different background and different countries, some of the countries are pretty conservative and have different culture, so some players might not like the idea.”There can be other ways to make the game attractive. In badminton, the sponsors such as Yonex and Li Ning can come out with designer on-court outfits,” she added.Ashwini, who won the Commonwealth Games gold medal partnering Jwala, said personally she doesn’t have a problem but feels it would be unfair to force it on players.advertisement”I personally feel happy about it because I am quite comfortable wearing it. But I know a lot of girls would not be comfortable with it. It is quite interesting for those who like it,” Ashwini Ponnappa said.”A lot of Indian girls like wearing shorts as they have always played with shorts but even in skirts, you can wear shorts underneath it, so it would take a little time for them to get used to it,” she added.Former shuttler Madhumita Bisht, who became the national sub-junior champion in 1977 and went on to became eight-time national singles champion and nine-time doubles winner, said it should not be compulsory and might discourage girls from joining the sport.”It should not be made compulsory as a lot of girls are not comfortable wearing skirts and it is not only in India. Even top players from China, they wear skirts. European countries will have no objection but then think about Iran, Pakistan and such other countries,” said Madhumita, who was awarded Padma Shri for her outstanding performances in Sports by the Government of India in the year 2006.”During the Commonwealth Games, Pakistani shuttlers were wearing track suits. In 2005 Asian Satellite, two Iranian shuttlers were wearing track suit and white scarf. So such a mandatory rule, actually we discourage girls from coming to badminton. So it is a request to BWF to reconsider their decision,” added the 12-time mixed doubles nation champion.Aparna Popat, who won the women’s singles in the French Open in 1998 and a silver at the Commonwealth Games at Kuala Lumpur in the same year, also endorsed Madumita’s views.”I don’t think it would be fair to force it on players, especially since many players are not comfortable. As long as the attire is decent, there should not be a problem and players should be allowed to wear what they want. Skirts are not unwelcome but then should not be mandatory,” said Aparna, who a bronze at the Manchester Commonwealth Games in 2002.World number three Saina Nehwal, who starts as the top seed at the Indian Open next week, is one of the many Indian shuttlers who prefers wearing shorts on court but the 21-year-old said she has no problems wearing skirts.”I think I love it, I enjoyed my days when I wore shorts and I would enjoy my skirts too. No problems,” Saina had said when she was asked about the new BWF rule after the first round of the All England Super Series.The new rule was BWF’s bid to boost the sport’s profile among viewers and sponsors but not every one is happy with the changes.last_img read more


first_img5th Race: The Artwork Plate (DIV -11). Dist 1200 Mts. 5th Race: The Artwork Plate (DIV -11). Dist 1200 Mts. Leopard Creek (Mr. Dilip Thomas rep.Rajagiri Rubber & Produce Co Ltd) 60 Imran Chisty First. Fabienne 53.5 P.S.Chouhan Second. Go Govinda 55 Carr 56 Afzal Khan Third. Power of Freedom 54 Carr 54.5 Shezad Khan Fourth. All Ran. Won by: 1-3/4, 8 and 3/4. Time: 1 Min 13.203 Sec. Tote: Rs 47 for win, Rs 18, Rs 11 and Rs 66 for places. FC: Rs 76. Shp: Rs 37. Tanala: Rs 999. Favourite: Fabienne. Winner trained by: B Singh. — More PTI COR PS ATlast_img

Two widowed, handicapped people in their 90s met for a blind date

first_imgWhat can easily qualify as the most adorable thing we’ve laid our eyes on in a long time, an elderly set of widowed singletons met for the cutest blind date of the century.Miriam Steiner, 93, and Harold Sharlin, 90 met at Washington DC’s  Politics & Prose Bookstore with a little help from Sharlin’s granddaughter, Jenny, who in turn waited at a restaurant during the good, old-fashioned meet between the two.In a picture posted through the Facebook page of Politics & Prose Bookstore, which happens to be Sharlin’s favourite haunt, the two can be seen sporting wide grins as they happily pose for the photo.Also Read: They can’t hear the music they dance to, but they’re better dancers than most of us “We’re not crying. We just have something in our eye. :’)Harold and Miriam, both in their nineties, met for a blind first date at the bookstore on Sunday,” the Facebook post by the bookstore read.TODAY News quotes Sharlin saying, “My Jenny was so impressed with Miriam’s pep and vigour that she said, ‘You’d make a great date for my grandfather.'”The report also went on to say that Steiner was extremely “hesitant to date after her husband’s death in 1999″, but when Sharlin came along, she decided to go ahead and see him.Also Read: Things got really emotional when this autistic child’s dream of attending a Coldplay concert finally came true Both Sharlin and Steiner admitted that the couldn’t have been any better.”We’re both in our 90s. We’re both handicapped. Neither of us drive. It’s not easy, making connections as a senior. But we need it, ” said Steiner. advertisementlast_img read more

Vettel fastest in shortened final Canada GP practice

first_imgFerrari’s Sebastian Vettel was fastest in final practice for the Canadian Formula One Grand Prix on Saturday, with the session cut short after Renault’s Kevin Magnussen crashed into the wall.Magnussen lost control at turn seven and skidded along the wall before stopping with the car’s left-side badly damaged. The Danish driver told the team ‘I’m OK’ over the radio.The session was red flagged with 13 minutes of the hour remaining, with race officials then deciding it would not be restarted.Four times world champion Vettel, yet to win a race this season, was 0.239 seconds faster than the Red Bull of 18-year-old Dutch driver Max Verstappen.Championship leader Nico Rosberg was third quickest for Mercedes with his triple champion team mate Lewis Hamilton, who had dominated both Friday sessions, 0.415 seconds slower than Vettel in fifth.The duo were separated by Kimi Raikkonen in the other Ferrari, which has an upgraded turbocharger at this race as the Italian team try to bridge the gap to Mercedes.Qualifying for Sunday’s race will take place later.last_img read more

Former India skipper Anup Kumar retires from Kabaddi

first_imgPanchkula (Haryana), Dec 19 (IANS) India’s former World Cup winning captain Anup Kumar on Wednesday announced his retirement from Kabaddi, ending a 15-year iconic career.Anup announced his retirement ahead of a Pro Kabaddi League (PKL) season 6 match, where he represents the Jaipur Pink Panthers.A veteran in his sport, Arjuna Awardee, Anup began his international career in 2006 at the South Asian Games in Sri Lanka. He was part of the national team that won gold medals in 2010 and 2014. Thereafter, he captained the national team in 2014 and it was during his tenure that the team won 2 gold medals at the Incheon Asian Games in 2014 and the Kabaddi World Cup in 2016. In season 2 of the Pro Kabaddi League, Anup captained U Mumba and led the team to victory.Announcing his retirement, Anup said: “I started playing kabaddi because I liked it and it was a great hobby, over the years a hobby became the most important part of my life.””The day I took to playing kabaddi professionally, I had one dream, to represent my country and bring back a gold medal, I am one of the few lucky people who had the opportunity to accomplish the most important dream of my life.””Today, with the PKL, the magnitude of the sport has grown leaps and bounds and I could not be happier than to watch and grow and be a part of this journey. This platform is an extremely important aspect of my life and that is why today I use the platform to make this announcement,” an emotional Anup added.Anup further said that he will aim to be associated with the sport even after he hangs his boots.”Coincidentally, today is also the 10th birthday of my son, and that makes this date even more memorable. Going forward, if there is anything I am confident about, it is knowing that I will always want to be connected to the sport,” he said.Reacting to the announcement, PKL League Commissioner Anupam Goswami said: “This is a great decision by a great player from a great stage of kabaddi. It is also for the first time a senior player has announced his retirement of his playing career during an ongoing season of Pro Kabaddi.””Just shows the importance kabaddi players attach to a league like Pro Kabaddi. Anup of course has been a senior player and a role model athlete for this sport. We totally respect his decision,” Goswami added.–IANStri/sedadvertisementlast_img read more

Minister to Discuss Social Services at National Meeting

first_imgCommunity Services Minister Joanne Bernard will join her colleagues from across Canada for a meeting of Provincial-Territorial Ministers Responsible for Social Services on Thursday, Sept. 11, to discuss common issues and areas for collaboration. The agenda will focus on three shared issues: Aboriginal children in care, services for persons with disabilities, and how social services departments across Canada can better share information and best practices to improve services to their clients. “I am looking forward to my first social services ministers conference and how the discussions can benefit Nova Scotians,” said Ms. Bernard. “For example, at the recent premiers meeting, Premier Stephen McNeil and his counterparts discussed the large and disproportionate number of Aboriginal children in care, and how they can work with their local Aboriginal communities to develop solutions to address the many complex social and economic factors that contribute to this situation. “I look forward to now expanding this dialogue with my counterparts across the country.” Alberta will host the meeting. This is the first meeting of social services ministers since 2006.last_img read more

Budget watchdog says a national basic income would cost 76 billion

first_imgOTTAWA – Federal coffers would have to dole out more than $76 billion a year to provide every low-income household with a guaranteed minimum income if the government ever embarked on such a radical overhaul of the social safety net, Parliament’s budget watchdog said Tuesday.In a new report, the parliamentary budget officer estimated the federal government would have to find about $43.1 billion to cover the full cost of the program to top up the $32.9 billion Ottawa already spends on support to low-income Canadians.A guaranteed minimum income often means different things to different people, but at its core it can be described as a no-strings-attached benefit that governments provide to citizens instead of various targeted social benefits. It can be delivered as a universal payment, or as a means-tested benefit that declines in value as incomes rise.Spending $76 billion would affect more than 7.5 million people, who would receive on average $9,421 a year, with the maximum amount reaching $16,989 for individuals and $24,027 for couples, before deductions for any income earned.A government determined to institute the idea would have to decide what benefit programs to replace, the value of the benefit itself, and how to address some of the non-financial factors that affect poverty, said Mostafa Askari, the deputy parliamentary budget officer.“If politicians were to implement this, then they would have to really decide about the structure of this program,” he said.The federal Liberals have been lukewarm to the idea at a national level, arguing the Canada Child Benefit, among other measures, amounts to a guaranteed minimum income.A recurring theme in the government’s work on a poverty reduction strategy has been the need to modernize the social safety net and the 61 federal income support programs involving eight departments.The Liberals are unlikely to trade those programs for a basic income that, given equally to working age Canadians and seniors could leave the latter group with less money than they get now, said David Macdonald, a senior economist at the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives.“There is a temptation to just clear away the table and re-setup your own basic income that treats everyone the same across the board, but the danger in doing that is you end up with losers,” Macdonald said.Macdonald, who has studied basic incomes, said the concept isn’t a silver bullet to poverty eradication, but it can be part of the solution.Ontario is testing the idea and federal officials are keeping on a eye on the pilot project, the parameters of which formed the basis for the budget officer’s report released Tuesday.Hugh Segal, a former senator who helped design the Ontario pilot, said the numbers in the budget officer’s report suggest a federal program wouldn’t break the bank.The cost of a basic income system is a key concern from critics, as is worry that the money would act as a disincentive to work.Conservative finance critic Pierre Poilievre, who requested the budget estimates, tweeted that the report doesn’t eliminate that concern: “The welfare state apparatus remains & the financial penalties for working grow — the opposite of what basic income was supposed to do.”Segal, a former Conservative senator, said a basic income should receive all-party support if the Ontario test yields positive work outcomes and helps reduce government spending on health care, even from Tories who believe “people should get a step up and not a hand out.”“A step up is a base that then encourages them to work,” Segal said.“That’s what this is designed to do.”— Follow @jpress on Twitter.last_img read more


first_imgRIP: CANADIAN FOLK VISIONARY MITCH PODOLAKThe father and inspiration behind many of Canada’s annual folk festivals, Mitch Podolak died late Sunday night at St. Boniface hospital in Winnipeg, son Leonard Podolak confirmed on his Facebook page. He was 71 and is reported to have died died from complications related to septic shock.Podolak was a legend in the community he helped foster and build, having spent 55 years in the folk music business. A co-founder of the Winnipeg Folk Festival, he was also a formative figure in helping launch festivals in Edmonton, Calgary, Vancouver, and to the east in Canso, NS, and Owen Sound, ON. He also helped create the Winnipeg International Children’s Festival, Winnipeg’s West End Cultural Centre and other staples in the music community. READ MOREMitch Podolak, founder of the Winnipeg Folk Festival, has died, his family says. (Sandra Thacker/CBC) Login/Register With: MAN OF THE PEOPLEMitch Podolak attended his final music workshop Sunday.The 71-year-old, whose legacy includes co-founding the Winnipeg Folk Festival and the West End Cultural Centre, died of complications from septic shock after witnessing one more jam by local musicians and family members in his hospital room.“We played some songs for him. It was Bright Morning Star I learned from (British folk act) the Oysterband. I sang him that and he was gone,” said his son Leonard Podolak. READ MORE‘A TRUE VISIONARY’: CO-FOUNDER OF WINNIPEG FOLK FESTIVAL DIESThe Winnipeg music community is mourning the death of Mitch Podolak. Podolak was a co-founder of the Winnipeg Folk Festival and founder of the West End Cultural Centre.Facebook was flooded with stories Sunday evening of the impact he had on the community.Winnipeg Folk Festival wrote: ‘Words cannot express how much he will be missed. More than one of our founders, he was a father, a friend, a leader, a mentor, a true visionary. We owe so much of who we are to him.” READ MORE Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment MITCH PODOLAK, FOUNDER OF WINNIPEG FOLK FESTIVAL AND WEST END CULTURAL CENTRE, DIESManitoba’s music scene is mourning a legend after the death of Mitch Podolak. Tributes to the founding artistic director of the Winnipeg Folk Festival and founder of Winnipeg’s West End Cultural Centre have poured in after word began to spread that he died on Sunday.“It’s been amazing to watch the tributes come in,” Leonard Podolak, Mitch’s son, told Marcy Markusa, host of CBC Manitoba’s morning radio show Information Radio on Monday. READ MOREFYI Music News LogoJAY AYMAR’S PERSONAL REFLECTION ON MITCH PODOLAK’S LEGACYSinger, songwriter and guitarist Jay Aymar pens a touching eulogy for his friend Mitch Podolak who died Sunday in Winnipeg. Mitch Podolak (Photo by Rodney Smith)center_img Advertisement Facebook Advertisement Twitter The world lost one of its premiere folk music ambassadors this weekend: Mitch Podolak. Imagine Mt. Rushmore without Lincoln.  This is a huge loss.Personally, I’ve lost a spiritual advisor, intellectual jouster, artistic curator, employment counselor, employer, breaded veal cutlet impresario and eventually – a friend.I’ve just put the finishing touches on my first political album entitled A War for Love. The second song, Songs of Peace and Freedom, was inspired by one of our conversations. READ MORE CANADIAN MUSIC SCENE ICON, WINNIPEG FOLK FEST FOUNDER MITCH PODOLAK DIESA giant in the local Winnipeg and Canadian music scene has died. The West End Cultural Centre and Winnipeg Folk Fest have both confirmed that their founder, Mitch Podolak, has died.“It is with profound sadness that we share of the passing of the founder of the West End Cultural Centre, Mitch Podolak,” the WECC posted on social media. READ MORElast_img read more

Burberry to drop real fur stop destroying unsold goods

first_imgLONDON – British luxury fashion brand Burberry said Thursday it will stop using real fur in its products and also stop destroying products that it cannot sell.The company said there will be no real fur in its London Fashion Week catwalk show later this month. It will also phase out existing real fur products.Burberry said it has made only limited use of real fur in recent years with clothing incorporating fur from rabbit, fox, mink and Asiatic racoon. Those will now be eliminated, along with use of angora.The fashion house, which produces clothing, leather goods and beauty products, also said it will no longer dispose of unwanted and unsold stock by destroying it after the practice was criticized by environmental activists this summer.The company said in an earlier report that it destroyed more than 28 million pounds ($36 million) worth of luxury goods including beauty products in the last year to protect the brand’s image and keep its goods from being sold cheaply.It said Thursday it plans to expand efforts to “re-use, repair, donate or recycle unsaleable products.”“Our responsibility goals cover the entire footprint of our operations and extend to the communities around us,” said chief executive Marco Gobbetti. “Modern luxury means being socially and environmentally responsible.”Burberry’s Sept. 17 runway show will mark the debut collection for new creative chief Riccardo Tisci, who replaced Christopher Bailey at the helm.The Burberry show is typically one of the highlights of London Fashion Week, which begins Sept. 14. The company will share the spotlight with Victoria Beckham, Roland Mouret and others.last_img read more

Fort St John RCMP cautioning residents about phony American currency

first_imgBack of the “phony 50” Sorry, Does it say White house??????— Fort St John RCMP (@FortStJohnRCMP) August 3, 2018 Phony US Fifties: Several of these have been passed in town in the last 2 days. Can you see why they are fake and not Counterfeit?— Fort St John RCMP (@FortStJohnRCMP) August 2, 2018 FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Mounties in Fort St. John are advising residents to use caution when dealing with American currency after several phony bills were reported to be circulating in town this week.On Thursday afternoon, the RCMP tweeted a photo of one of the fake bills that had been brought to their attention. Phony Fifties: here is the image of a real bill— Fort St John RCMP (@FortStJohnRCMP) August 2, 2018Sergeant Dave Tyreman with the RCMP said that the U.S. $50 bill is clearly a fake, as opposed to a counterfeit bill, due to a number of discrepancies from a real American $50 bill.Among the discrepancies, the bill’s serial number is written in Cyrillic characters, with the word translating from Russian as “souvenir.”In addition, the word under President Ulysses S. Grant is actually “Mercury,” while the U.S. Capitol building on the bill’s reverse side has been rebranded as “Nina’s House.” Sgt. Tyreman said that residents should always scrutinize any cash they receive, especially foreign currency.Anyone with information about the identity of individuals passing around fake currency is asked to call the Fort St. John RCMP at (250) 787-8100, or Crime Stoppers at 1 (800) 222-8477 (TIPS).last_img read more

Belgian Court Sentences MoroccanDutch Footballer to 46 months in Prison

Rabat – The 23-year-old was prosecuted for carrying out five armed robberies near Turnhout, Belgium, on December 31, 2017, New Year’s Eve, and on January 6, 2018.H’Maidat and his accomplice stole cash from betting shops, a supermarket, and a gas station. He must  serve at least 20 months before he is eligible for parole.Read also: A Moroccan-Dutch Dies in Score-settling Incident in SpainOn March 13,  police arrested him through tracing CCTV footage, license plate recognition, and a search of phone records. H’Maidat begin his senior football career with Anderlecht in 2014 before heading to Italy to sign with Brescia the following year and then with Roma in 2016.Since this time, he was transferred  to two Italian clubs while on loan before joining Portuguese club Olhanense.The footballer has been a notorious  troublemaker. His latest club, Westerlo, fired him in January 2018 for outrageous behavior off the pitch.The midfielder reportedly earns £9,000 a month, and was transferred to Roma for £3.5 million in 2016.H’Maidat made his first international appearance with Morocco’s national football team in 2016, with a friendly 4-0 win over Canada in October of the same year. read more

Thesis defences — Oct 11

MSc in Kinesiology — David AllisonDavid Allison will defend his thesis on Thursday, Oct. 13 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in WC284. Title: “The Acute Effects of Systemic Cytokines on Peripheral Nerve Function in Humans.” Supervisor: David Ditor; advisory committee: David Gabriel and Brian Roy, and Greig Inglis; external examiner: Brian Timmons, McMaster University; chair: Sandra Peters. Space limit: 10.MSc in Health Science — Val Andrew FajardoVal Andrew Fajardo will defend his thesis on Friday, Oct. 14 from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. in WC204B. Title: “Sarcolemmal lipid analysis from mechanically skinned rodent EDL Muscle Fibres.” Supervisor: Paul LeBlanc; advisory committee: Brian Roy and Thad Harroun; external examiner: Robert Grange, Virginia Tech.; chair: Deborah O’Leary. (Videoconference)

Inside Epstein network layer upon layer to protect the boss

NEW YORK — Police and court records and victim accounts in the Jeffrey Epstein case describe a sex-trafficking ring designed to protect Epstein from investigators.The jet-setting financier is due in court Monday on a bail hearing on federal charges in New York that accuse him of overseeing an operation that recruited vulnerable teenage girls for sex. He has pleaded not guilty.The case against Epstein could hinge on testimony from some of his longtime employees. They’re not charged but they are accused of recruiting underage girls for him and making the arrangements for them to give him massages that led to sex acts.The allegations describe encounters with girls brought to Epstein’s mansions in Manhattan and Palm Beach, Florida, along with his New Mexico ranch and his private Caribbean island.Jim Mustian, Michael R. Sisak And Jennifer Peltz, The Associated Press

The power of photovoice research method the focus of Métis scholar talk

A picture is worth a thousand words — especially if it gives a voice to someone who might not be heard otherwise.Robert Henry, Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Calgary, is speaking at Brock University Monday, Jan. 15 to share his experience of how photography and photovoice methods have shaped his research on Indigenous street gangs.Photovoice is becoming a frequently used research method that engages research participants by having them document their experiences from their own perspectives through photographs.A Métis scholar originally from Prince Albert, Sask., Henry uses photovoice to explore the ways in which Indigenous men and women engage in street lifestyles, where, as he describes it, “the street gang becomes a site of survivance, challenging settler colonialism.”“Photovoice is a grassroots approach to photography that empowers participants to share information and tell their stories through pictures,” says Nicole Goodman, Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science and organizer of the speaker series in which Henry will present.Goodman says there are many benefits to this type of research method, ranging from increased awareness and reflection for participants to possible policy influence and change.“The impacts and benefits are bigger than those that often result from traditional social science research methods, which typically solely benefit the agenda of the researcher,” she says.Henry, whose research areas also include Indigenous masculinities, Indigenous and critical research methodologies, and youth mental health, frequently works closely with community partners. A collection of narratives from his PhD research, Brighter Days Ahead, was published in 2014.“Henry’s use of photovoice in the context of Indigenous gangs is community-based and participatory, treating men and women previously involved in these organizations as equal research partners instead of research subjects,” Goodman says.“Social science can learn a lot from this approach to research.”Henry’s talk, part of the Department of Political Science Speaker Series, is jointly sponsored by the Departments of Political Science, History and Sociology, and McMaster University’s Indigenous Research Institute.What: Re”imagin”ing Indigenous Gang Involvement Using Photovoice MethodsWho: Robert Henry, Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, University of CalgaryWhen: Monday, Jan. 15, 10:30 a.m.Where: Plaza 600F, Brock University read more

Ohio State stays alive at Big Ten tournament with Dawsons 10th inning

OSU junior left fielder Ronnie Dawson walks away from the plate during a game against Rutgers on April 15 at Bill Davis Stadium. Credit: Lantern File PhotoIn its second game on Saturday and fourth game in four days, No. 4 seed Ohio State Buckeyes avoided elimination once again by defeating the No. 7 seed Michigan State Spartans on a game-winning homerun in the 10th inning off the bat of junior outfielder Ronnie Dawson. The Buckeyes’ victory in the Big Ten semifinal forces a second game with MSU on Sunday morning to determine who will play the eighth-seeded Hawkeyes in the one-game Big Ten final.Since OSU’s first game of the Big Ten tournament on Wednesday against Michigan, coach Greg Beals drew the path for his Buckeyes to reach the Big Ten final. A ninth-inning collapse against the Iowa Hawkeyes on Thursday created a detour littered with adversity to reach the championship game, but OSU had stepped up time and time again.Dawson’s home run was his 10th hit of the tournament, leading all Buckeye hitters. He powered OSU to a victory over Big Ten regular season champ Minnesota on an identical home run in the same inning just a week ago. Dawson has become OSU’s leader on the field through its Big Ten tournament run and seems to come through at the most important times.MSU was playing its third game of the tournament, so its pitching staff was rested and ready to go. Out of necessity, Beals had to pencil in senior pitcher Daulton Mosbarger for his first start in his career with the Buckeyes. It was a classic cat-and-mouse game. When OSU scored, the Spartans retaliated. MSU took the lead in the third, OSU came right back to knot things at 2-2 in the top of the fourth. Each team traded blows throughout seven innings. After Mosbarger left in the fifth inning allowing two earned runs on six hits while striking out five, redshirt sophomore Kyle Michalik took the reigns and ended all chances of MSU scoring the go-ahead run.Spartans redshirt sophomore reliever Jake Lowry was equally as impressive out of the bullpen. In the eighth, OSU junior outfielder Ronnie Dawson smacked a leadoff double down the right field line for his ninth hit of the tournament. Lowry came back with two straight strikeouts to end the Buckeye threat.Coming in for Michalik was sophomore pitcher Seth Kinker, who was on the hill when Iowa started its miraculous comeback and devastated the Buckeyes. Beals still had confidence in his pitcher to give his team a chance to survive and advance. Kinker delivered a scoreless eighth inning with a pair of strikeouts, and with the go-ahead run on second base in the ninth inning, Kinker fielded a ground ball back to the mound and alertly caught the MSU runner between base paths which ended up in a double play to clear the bases. Kinker struck out the next batter, which set the stage for Dawson to become the hero.Redshirt sophomore Yianni Pavlopoulos was credited with the save in the 10th, and the Buckeyes advance to the final day of the tournament.The victory improves the Buckeyes record to 41-18-1, likely putting them firmly in the NCAA tournament picture.Austin Woodby will start for OSU against the Spartans on Sunday at 10 a.m. for the right to go to the Big Ten tournament final. read more