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Township to Conduct Testing before Accepting Warminster Housing Parcel

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR The Navy has approved the transfer of a 50-acre site at the former Naval Air Warfare Center Warminster to the township of Warminster, even as efforts to remove contaminants from the Philadelphia-area installation continue.Before accepting the Shenandoah Woods parcel, the township has hired an environmental consultant, who will review the Navy’s findings and conduct independent testing.“We’re doing our own due diligence … and of course our concern is that the land is suitable for transfer,” Steven Wiesner, Warminster’s interim manager, told the Bucks County Courier Times.The parcel is slated to be turned into a residential neighborhood with 113 single and semi-detached homes. Currently, 199 vacant homes occupy the site. The lion’s share of the former installation has been transferred and turned into Warminster Community Park.Meanwhile, the Navy has been treating groundwater at the site contaminated with three volatile organic compounds — trichloroethylene, tetrachloroethylene and carbon tetrachloride — for decades. To date, the Navy’s cleanup effort has been successful, said Tim Hagey, executive director of the Warminster Municipal Authority.More recently, the discovery of perfluorinated compounds PFOA and PFOS in the groundwater has led to new investigations by the Navy to determine the extent of the contamination. That work is ongoing, according to the story.last_img read more

House Blocked Again on Second Disaster Aid Approval Vote

first_img ADC AUTHOR House lawmakers again attempted to approve a $19.1 billion disaster aid package Tuesday but for a second time a Republican representative blocked the chamber from clearing the bill, Roll Call reported.Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Ky.) objected to a second unanimous consent vote for the aid bill that would provide much-needed recovery funding for states recovering from natural disasters. It also includes repair funding for several military installations struggling to recover from major natural disasters, as On Base has reported.“If Speaker Pelosi considered this must-pass legislation, why did she send everybody home on recess for 10 days without voting on it? To pass a $19 billion bill like this, without a recorded vote, is legislative malpractice,” Massie said prior to blocking the unanimous consent vote.On Friday, Rep. Chip Roy (R-Texas), a member of the House Freedom Caucus, blocked the first unanimous consent vote to approve the package during the chamber’s weeklong Memorial Day recess.Roy’s objections included concerns about the approval process as well the lack of billions the Trump administration sought for handling a surge of migrants arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border.House and Senate negotiators agreed on the disaster bill last Thursday after border funding provisions were dropped from the measure.The next and final unanimous consent opportunity is expected Thursday afternoon, according to House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (D-Md.).last_img read more

The Wilmington Insider For April 27 2018

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below is a round-up of what’s going on in Wilmington on Friday, April 27, 2018:Happening Today:Weather: Rain, mainly after 3pm. High near 61. Calm wind becoming southeast 5 to 8 mph in the morning. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.In The Community: State Rep. Jim Miceli’s funeral mass will take place at 10:30am at St. Thomas Church (126 Middlesex Avenue). Read Rep. Miceli’s obituary HERE.In The Community: Meet sports celebrities at Rich Altman’s Sports Card & Memorabilia Boston Show, held on Friday, April 27 (noon to 7pm), Saturday, April 28 (9am to 5pm), and Sunday, April 29 (10am-4pm) at the Shriners Auditorium (99 Fordham Road) in Wilmington.  General admission tickets cost $10.  Children under 8 are FREE.  Tickets must be purchased at the door. Tickets to autograph lines, however, can be purchased in advance on the event’s website HERE.  Please carefully read the varying appearance times, pricing and restrictions for each sports celebrity.  Appearances are subject to change. Learn more HERE.At The Library: Needleworkers meet at 10am. Drop-In Story Time at 10am.  [Learn more and register HERE.]At The Senior Center: Video Exercise at 10am. Sewing Class at 10am. Special Exercise at 11am. Bingo at 1pm. Cards at 1:30pm. [Learn more HERE.]Go Wildcats!: Two Wilmington High School teams are in action today. See the complete schedule HERE.Live Music: Pacific Grove (211 Lowell Street) is hosting karaoke with Winnell Entertainment beginning at 8pm.(NOTE: What did I miss? Let me know by commenting below, commenting on the Facebook page, or emailing wilmingtonapple@gmail.com. I may be able to update this post.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedThe Wilmington Insider For April 29, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”The Wilmington Insider For April 28, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”The Wilmington Insider For April 21, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”last_img read more

Wilmington Police Warn Of Imposters Posing As Water Department Employees

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington Police Department recently had an incident of two individuals gaining access to a home posing as Water Department Employees. Several other area towns have had similar incidents. A Wilmington resident called 911 after two men came to the residence posing as contractors for the Water Department. They told the resident that they needed to do an emergency check of the water for lead contamination. In other cases, the males approach the resident and said that there was a water break in the area and that the resident’s water meter needed to be reset. These individuals will work together to attempt to distract the resident so the group may split up and gain access to the rest of the home.The Town of Wilmington Water Department employees operate town owned, clearly marked vehicles. If an individual approaches your residence or stops to ask questions regarding any utilities or permits, please ask for official town issued identification or call the Wilmington Police Department to verify whether the person is affiliated with the town. You may also contact the Wilmington Department of Public Works at 978-658-4481 during normal business hours. In almost all cases, the Town of Wilmington will notify residents if Water Department employees need to gain access to a residence prior to the visit.Elderly residents are most often the targets of these types of scams. We want to ask our residents to take a moment to speak with elderly parents and neighbors so they are on the alert for this type of unscrupulous activity.(NOTE: The above press release is from the Wilmington Police Department.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington Police Officers Recognized By US Attorney’s OfficeIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for May 23: Police Arrest 4 Individuals; Shoplifting At Market Basket Leads To Drug ArrestsIn “Police Log”SELECTMEN NEWS: Board Supports Fire & Police Substation In North Wilmington; Town To Vote On Project In April 2020?In “Government”last_img read more

POLICE LOG for June 30 Ten Mailboxes Damaged Street Signs Missing

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Here are highlights of the Wilmington Police Log for Sunday, June 30, 2019:Police were off with a group of juveniles at Town Hall. They check OK. Parents were aware. Kids were heading to CVS. (2:06am)Police reported 10 mailboxes damaged and/or on the ground on Lawrence Street. (2:11am)Police notified DPW of two street signs missing on New Hampshire Road. (2:46am)During a check of Town Hall, a resident notified police of a silver Mongoose bike that was on site for nearly month. Police notified DPW for pick-up. (8:58am)(DISCLAIMER: This information is public information.  An arrest does not constitute a conviction.  Any arrested person is innocent until proven guilty.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedPOLICE LOG for September 2: Beer Cans Found At Town Park; Spray Paint At Palmer Park; Sinkhole WorseningIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for July 14: Unlocked Vehicles Entered Overnight; Trouble At Group Home; Street Sign & Mailbox VandalizedIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for June 26: 2-Year-Old Locks Family Out; Co-Workers Get In Fight; Don’t Watch YouTube While DrivingIn “Police Log”last_img read more

50 PERSONNEL CHANGES Who Joined Who Left Wilmington Public Schools Over The Summer

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington School Committee recently received its August personnel report, recapping the changes to the school system’s staff over the summer recess.“Even within the last 24 hours, we’re contending with very last minute resignations. I doubt we’re unique compared to other districts. There’s lot of volatility right now,” noted School Superintendent Dr. Glenn Brand.Andrea Stern Armstrong, the district’s Director of Human Resources, told Committee members she is working diligently to get all positions filled as soon as possible. Her biggest priority is filling the six open educational assistant positions.In response to a question from School Committee member David Ragsdale, Armstrong believes there’s a variety of reasons why staff members are leaving the district, including salary, career advancement, family, and relocation. She noted many Educational Assistants are currently in school studying to become teachers. Once they graduate, they’ll pursue teacher positions and eventually resign as educational assistants.Below is a recap of changes documented by Armstrong. This information was provided on August 28, 2019, so many of the vacancies are likely now filled.Wilmington Middle School  SPED Inclusion Teacher Jennifer Grandbois was hired to a new position.SPED Strides Program Teacher Hannah Laviolette resigned and was replaced by Lauren Kulakowski.Tech Ed/STEM Teacher Dennis Fitzgerald resigned and was replaced by Charles Ronchetti.SPED Inclusion Teacher Kristine Benning resigned and was replaced by Neil MacDonald.STEM Teacher Kevin Welch was transferred to the Shawsheen to become its 1-year Interim Assistant Principal. Welch was replaced by Edward Kaizer. Welch’s interim principalship ended with the hiring of Alexander Phillips.LPN/Ed Assistant Amanda Madigan resigned and was replaced by Carissa Carrier.SPED Teacher Susan Mann retired and was replaced by Justine Palermo.Reading Specialist Marianne Oshiro retired and was replaced by Kristen Romano.Reading Teacher Kristen Romano became a Reading Specialist at the Middle School. She was replaced by Amy Glavin.Math Strategies Teacher Bethany Lloyd resigned her position, which is still open.Woburn Street Elementary School  Ed Assistant Erin Brugger resigned and was replaced by Kara Pereira.Principal Jeff Strasnick retired and was replaced by Suzanne Sullivan.Admin Assistant Justine Palermo transfered to the Middle School and was replaced by Karen O’Reilly.Admin Assistant Karen O’Reilly resigned her position, which is still open.Ed Assistant Conor Bailey resigned his position, which is still open.Shared Ed Assistant Taylor Perella resigned her position, which is still open.Ed Assistant Ryan MacIver resigned his position, which is still open.Assistant Frank Ferriero retired and was replaced by Shelia Burke.Boutwell Early Childhood CenterKindergarten Teacher Sharon Tildsley retired and was replaced by Arlene Poeck.District LevelSchool Psychologist Andrew Paschal resigned and was replaced by Jacqueline Dami.Physical Therapist Eileen Lee retired and was replaced by Kelly Ayers.Kenneth Lord became Director of Technology, which was previously unfilled.SPL Assistant Deryn Blaney resigned his position, which is still open.North Intermediate SchoolReading Specialist Nikki Sutton is taking a leave of absence and was replaced by Jennifer Rizzari.Ed Assistant Nicole McKenna resigned and was replaced by Joanne Vultaggio.Shawsheen Elementary SchoolSPED Teacher Ryan Cunningham resigned and was replaced by Mary Vardner.Ed Assistant for Pathways Eric Lozzi resigned his position, which is still open.Admin Assistant Karen O’Reilly was transferred and was replaced by Jennifer Sirois.Ed Assistant Joanne Vultaggio was transferred and replaced by Elizabeth Pellegrino.Ed Assistant Susan Pelletier was transferred and her position was not filled.Ed Assistant Mary Moran resigned and was replaced by Ashley Jones.Ed Assistant Meaghan Ashley resigned and was replaced by McKayla Hersom.Assistant Principal Erin Burke resigned and was replaced by Kevin Welch.Student Support ServicesAdmin Assistant Margaret Magee retired and was replaced by Lynn Neville & Kathy Fuller in a reshuffling. Neville and Fuller were replaced by Kristina Barbacano.Leanne Ebert became Coordinator of Special Education, a new position.West Intermediate SchoolGrade 4 Teacher Shelia Burke became Asst. Principal at the Woburn Street and was replaced by Renee Descheme.SPED Teacher Margaret Bolt resigned and her position remains open.School Psychologist Bethany Dionne and was replaced by Meghan St. Denis.Ed Assistant for Stepping Stones Avery Woodbury resigned and was replaced by Adrianna Kippenberger.Wilmington High SchoolStrides ABA Teacher Danielle France resigned and was replaced by Ashely Rokobauer.Athletics Director Tim Alberts resigned and was replaced by Ed Harrison.Physical Education & Health Teacher Lois Nardo retired and was replaced by Savannah Dupeyrat.Guidance Admin Assistant Vanessa French retired and was replaced by Sharon Eldered.Guidance Counselor Timothy McCarthy resigned and was replaced by Ashley LeBlanc.Math Teacher Caitlin Enright resigned and was replaced by Jessica Craft.Athletic Department Admin Assistant Cheryl Tavares resigned and was replaced by Heather Paonessa.Mollie Dickerson became the Guidance CTL. She had been serving in the position on an interim basis.Wildwood Early Childhood Center Ed Assistant Conor Bailey transfered from Wildwood to Woburn StreetEd Assistant Emily Weidlin resigned her position, which is still open.Kindergarten Teacher Marion Valeri retired and was replaced by Isabella Gallant. Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSCHOOL COMMITTEE To Discuss New School Year, New Administrators & New Goals At August 28 MeetingIn “Education”NEW ROLES FOR 3 FAMILIAR EDUCATORS: Shelia Burke, Leanne Ebert & Kevin Welch Named To Leadership PositionsIn “Education”Superintendent Brand Announces His TEN Goals For The 2019-2020 School YearIn “Education”last_img read more

NASA drops spacecraft into orbit around potentially hazardous asteroid Bennu

first_img NASA 5:24 NASA’s on a mission to collect space dirt from a potentially… NASA InSight lander rocks its journey to Mars: A view in pictures 22 Photos NASA turns 60: The space agency has taken humanity farther than anyone else, and it has plans to go further.Taking It to Extremes: Mix insane situations — erupting volcanoes, nuclear meltdowns, 30-foot waves — with everyday tech. Here’s what happens. NASA also released a GIF of the various surveys Osiris-Rex carried out after arriving at Bennu in early December The series of images, captured between Nov. 30 and Dec. 31, helped the team more accurately determine Bennu’s mass, which ensured that the orbital insertion would proceed smoothly. You can see the GIF, captured by Osiris-Rex’s black-and-white NavCam, below:Enlarge ImageOsiris-Rex surveyed 101955 Bennu before slipping into orbit on December 31.  NASA/Goddard/University of Arizona/Lockheed Martin Space The orbital period, lasting until mid-February, is expected to provide additional details about Bennu’s gravity, orientation and spin, along with a better understanding of its mass. All those observations should lead to completing one of the chief objectives for Osiris-Rex: retrieve a sample from Bennu’s surface and fly it back to Earth. In 2020, the spacecraft will extend a specially designed arm, called Tagsam, for a brief high-five with the asteroid. The arm will blow nitrogen gas onto the surface of Bennu, kicking up handfuls of dirt, which the spacecraft will fly back to Earth in 2023.A successful pickpocketing will give scientists a more detailed look at the kind of compounds that make up the potentially hazardous object.Bennu is the near-Earth object that’s second most likely to collide with our planet, only outranked by an asteroid known as 1950 DA on NASA’s Palermo Technical Impact Hazard Scale. Though they’re ranked as hazardous, the actual likelihood they would ever collide with Earth is incredibly low — Bennu could smack into Earth between 2169 and 2199. 1950 DA shouldn’t trouble you at all. If it were to hit, that impact wouldn’t occur until 2880. Sci-Techcenter_img Comments Now playing: Watch this: 2 Fly, Osiris-Rex! Fly! NASA/Goddard Visiting a distant, icy world that looks like a snowman certainly had space enthusiasts enraptured in the first days of 2019, but some other historic NASA news slipped through in the final hours of 2018 — and it might reveal just as much about our solar system.The asteroid-chasing Osiris-Rex (Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security, Regolith Explorer) performed its own historic maneuver on New Year’s Eve. An eight-second thruster burn on Dec. 31 placed the spacecraft in orbit around 101955 Bennu, which drifts through the solar system’s asteroid belt between the Earth and Mars.By inserting itself into orbit around Bennu, Osiris-Rex will survey the asteroid from a distance of only about 1 mile (1.75 kilometers) from its center. Bennu’s small size creates an incredibly tiny gravitational force, so maintaining that orbit will require lots of little adjustments, made by NASA and its collaborating organizations. “The gravity of Bennu is so small, forces like solar radiation and thermal pressure from Bennu’s surface become much more relevant and can push the spacecraft around in its orbit much more than if it were orbiting around Earth or Mars, where gravity is by far the most dominant force,” said Dan Wibben, maneuver and trajectory design lead. Tags Share your voicelast_img read more

Bugatti La Voiture Noire is a 125M oneoff inspired by the Atlantic

first_img 2020 Porsche 911 Carrera S Cabriolet first drive: The uber-roadster 62 Photos Bugatti spent the lead-up to the Geneva Motor Show talking about its Type 57 SC Atlantic, a car that’s been captivating people for the better part of 80 years. Bugatti is not reviving the Atlantic, but it did lean on that design to create a wild one-off. Bugatti revealed La Voiture Noire (which literally translates to the black car) on Tuesday, a one-of-one creation that is meant to incorporate the idea of grand touring into a car with immense amounts of power and equal amounts of luxury. It also costs an immense amount of money, with the final price tag from Bugatti coming in at a cool 11 million euros ($12.5 million) — before tax. That’s how you make an appearance at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show.It’s not exactly hard to tell who built La Voiture Noire. The car is still quintessentially Bugatti, with a front end that’s closer to the aerodynamic Divo than the O.G. Chiron on which it’s based. However, the nose eschews the hardcore aero of the Divo in favor of some different vent arrangements, more pronounced front lights and dimples (or something) on the hood. Some folks were expecting some sort of wild Atlantic recreation, but it’s clear that Bugatti stayed rooted in modern design for La Voiture Noire.Enlarge ImageTake a good look now, because unless you happen to be the owner, you’ll probably never see this thing in the wild. Andrew Hoyle/Roadshow The dorsal fin, which is a staple of the original Atlantic’s design, lives on here. It starts just above the grille and makes its way to the roof through a centrally-located windshield wiper, continuing down the car’s long body and terminating just ahead of the Bugatti badge. The rear end marks a serious departure from both the Divo and Chiron, with a single lighting element going from side to side. Everything beneath that light is a continuation of the front end’s grille design. There are six tailpipes and, in true 2019 fashion, the Bugatti script out back illuminates.Even though it has more tailpipes than the regular Chiron, the powertrain appears to be the same. Bugatti says that La Voiture Noire sports an 8.0-liter 16-cylinder engine that’s good for a shade under 1,500 horsepower and about 1,180 pound-feet of torque, the same as the Chiron. The car is already sold and is rumored to be going to Ferdinand Piech, Ferdinand Porsche’s grandson and the chairman of VW Group from 1993 to 2002. Bugatti wouldn’t say who the lucky person is, naturally, saying only that the person in question is a “Bugatti enthusiast.” No duh. Will it carry the same cachet in 80 years’ time that the Atlantic does today, though? That’s perhaps the most interesting question of all.Originally published March 5 at 12:10 a.m. PT.Update, at 2:41 a.m. PT: Corrected the pre-tax price, which fell prey to a rounding error. Geneva Motor Show 2019 reading • Bugatti La Voiture Noire is a $12.5M one-off inspired by the Atlantic Mar 8 • VW is still ‘100 percent’ investigating a pickup truck for the US La Voiture Noire is a $12.5M hypercar Preview • 2017 Bugatti Chiron: A velvet rocketship Now playing: Watch this: Apr 17 • The 2020 Jaguar XE gets its first major visual refresh Tags Bugatti La Voiture Noire is ‘the most expensive new car of all time’ Mar 7 • New Peugeot 208 debuts i-Cockpit with 3D HUD Combo dashboard More about 2017 Bugatti Chironcenter_img • See All Exotic Cars Superluxury Cars Performance Cars Coupes Geneva Motor Show 2019 2020 BMW Alpina B7 first drive: Big, bad, Bavarian ‘bahn-burner Comment 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon: Holy hell 1 Share your voice 2:14 Mar 7 • The Ferrari F8 Tributo is the last of the nonhybrid V8s More From Roadshow Bugattilast_img read more

Amazon Alexa transcripts live on even after you delete voice records

first_img“Amazon markets Echo Dot Kids as a device to educate and entertain kids, but the real purpose is to amass a treasure trove of sensitive data that it refuses to relinquish even when directed to by parents,” said Josh Golin, executive director of the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood.In a statement, Amazon said the Echo Dot Kids Edition is compliant with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act.While Facebook has drawn much of the attention for the ways it’s gobbled up our personal data, Amazon has increasingly inserted itself into our lives. The company has sold more than 100 million Alexa devices, and it’s sitting on a massive amount of text data containing details on people’s habits and behaviors that isn’t deleted. Amazon’s smart speakers are also the most popular choice for buyers.Amazon Echo dominates the market with about 70% of the market share, while Google Home has about 24% and the Apple HomePod is next at 6%. Google and Apple said they don’t keep transcript data indefinitely.A Google spokesman said both the audio and text entry is removed when a person deletes that data. For Apple, which uses Siri as a voice assistant, the company said voice recordings are never associated with a person or an account, and are tied to a random identifier that you can delete. “When you turn Siri and Dictation off, Apple will delete the User Data associated with your Siri identifier, and the learning process will start all over again,” Apple said on its website. This retention doesn’t just apply to Amazon’s own smart speakers — any third-party device using Alexa as an assistant would be sending that data to Amazon, and people wouldn’t be able to delete it. That includes voice data sent to Facebook Portal, a smart speaker released by the social network in November. Facebook said it deletes the data and transcribed text for its smart assistant when it’s activated through the wake word “Hey Portal.” But when it comes to interactions with Alexa on the Portal, that’s a different story. “Facebook does not have access to interactions with Alexa on Portal,” a Facebook spokeswoman said in an email.Amazon transcribes your voice data to text through a process it calls Automatic Speech Recognition, which then sends it to another process called the Natural Language Understanding System. The NLU system uses artificial intelligence to figure out what people really mean — so if you’re asking “how is it outside,” the system can infer that you mean to ask about the weather. In a white paper on Alexa privacy and data handling published in July, Amazon said text data was stored “for machine learning purposes.” Amazon doesn’t delete that data until the machine learning training is completed. The company didn’t clarify how long that process is.Amazon also keeps text records when people set reminders — so even when the voice recording is deleted, Alexa is still able to send reminders to people based on the text record. Your order history through Alexa also remains, even if you delete the voice recording, the company said. Beyond the data transcribed from a person’s voice commands to Alexa, Amazon also noted that it stored text data on the smart assistant’s responses. In the same document, Amazon stated: “The response can be used by the Amazon team who built the specific skill to ensure that Alexa is providing relevant answers to queries and that the (Text-to-Speech) system is properly translating the text to speech.” While it’s not your voice or something you’ve said, it’s not hard to figure out what a person asked based on the answer. It doesn’t take much to figure out what the question is from a log of Alexa saying “the weather in New York is cloudy this morning.”   Smart Speakers & Displays “When a customer deletes a voice recording, we also delete the corresponding text transcript associated with their account from our main Alexa systems and many subsystems, and have work underway to delete it from remaining subsystems,” an Amazon spokesperson said in an email. The new finding comes as privacy concerns have reached a boiling point, with people scrutinizing the tech they use more than ever. People want privacy from tech giants, and are finding that the options companies offer are not really doing the trick. In April, Facebook admitted it still tracked people after they deactivated their accounts. “Here’s what I tell all of our business executives and consumers: ‘Delete’ is never really ‘delete,'” said Theresa Payton, a former White House chief information officer and founder of cybersecurity company Fortalice. “Delete just means that you can’t see it anymore.” On Thursday, a group of 19 consumer and public health advocates filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission claiming that the Amazon Echo Dot Kids Edition was retaining children’s data even after parents deleted the voice recordings. The data stored on Alexa’s “Remember” feature wasn’t deleted until the parents called customer service to delete the entire profile. 2:27 Now playing: Watch this: You deleted your Alexa voice recordings, but the text… Comments While you can delete voice recordings for Amazon, the text records stay. Chris Monroe/CNET Amazon doesn’t need to hear your voice recordings to know what you’ve said. It can read them.After Alexa hears its wake word — which can vary from “Echo” to “Alexa” to “computer” — the smart assistant starts listening and transcribes everything it hears. That’s why when you check your Alexa dialogue history, you can see text next to the recordings like “How’s the Weather” and “Set an Alarm.” Amazon lets you delete those voice recordings, giving you a false sense of privacy. But the company still has that data, just not as a sound bite. It keeps the text logs of the transcribed audio on its cloud servers, with no option for you to delete them. Amazon said it erases the text transcripts from Alexa’s “main system,” but is working on removing them from other areas where the data can travel. Share your voice 10 Tagslast_img read more

ASMI says fish meal included in tariff changes calls for comments

first_imgRock Fish on the Trident Seafoods plant assembly line in Kodiak, Alaska on Saturday May 27, 2018. (Photo by Daysha Eaton / KMXT)A spokesperson for the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute, or ASMI, says the organization recently received clarification about tariff changes that went into effect on July 6, for Alaska seafood products going into the Chinese domestic market. ASMI is a public-private marketing organization that promotes Alaska’s seafood industry.Listen now“We previously thought that fish meal would not be included and we now know that fish meal products will be included in those proposed tariff increases from China,” ASMI Communications Director Jeremy Woodrow said.Woodrow says $69 million in fish meal products were exported to China last year. And it is mostly used in animal feed. Woodrow says one of the largest generators of fishmeal is the Alaska pollock industry. The fishmeal market, he says, is important to Alaska because it ensures full utilization of seafood and helps generate revenue.“The more that you can get out of the fish, the more everybody benefits. That’s right down to the fishermen, to the processors, as well as the communities,” Woodrow said.Many fishing communities rely on a variety of fish taxes.For example, according to the Kodiak Island Borough the borough received more than $2 million in 2017 through three types of fish taxes:$1.6 million dollars in severance tax (a direct production value tax on fish crossing the dock)$14,000 through a landing tax via the state of Alaska$1.1 million via the state through a fisheries business taxWoodrow says some fresh fish and fish oil were excluded from the tariff. He adds that ASMI is asking its members to comment on the latest round of proposed tariffs on goods, including seafood from China, which includes seafood from Alaska that is reprocessed in China then imported back to the U.S.Those tariffs were introduced on July 10. The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative proposed increasing the tariffs last month from 10 to 25 percent.The deadline to submit written comment was originally August 17. That deadline was recently extended to September 6.Seafood is the second largest private industry in the state, after oil and gas, and directly employs more Alaskans than any other industry, according to ASMI, creating $2 billion in income.last_img read more

Sweet tributes to Nutella billionaire

first_imgSweet tributes to Nutella billionaire106 viewsSweet tributes to Nutella billionaire106 views00:00 / 00:00- 00:00:0000:00Sweet tributes to Nutella billionaire106 viewsBusinessHe spent five decades building the Ferrero brand into a global chocolate and confectionary empire. Some called Michele Ferrero a real life Willy Wonka having created Nutella, Kinda Eggs and of courseVentuno Web Player 4.50He spent five decades building the Ferrero brand into a global chocolate and confectionary empire. Some called Michele Ferrero a real life Willy Wonka having created Nutella, Kinda Eggs and of courselast_img

Sensex Not Bottomed Out Losses May Extend by Another 1000 Points

first_imgTumbling domestic stock markets are likely to see further losses in the coming days, with the benchmark Sensex estimated to fall by another 1,000 points.Some analysts expect the stock markets to fall by another 3-5% in the near-term, in addition to the nearly 6% decline witnessed on Monday. So, investors have been advised to sell stocks on rallies.”Monday’s fall is the beginning of a larger corrective pattern which should normalise the bull market rally which began in August 2013. We believe that the markets could fall by another 3-4 per cent, but eventually, go sideways at 25000 levels on the Sensex or 7500 levels on the Nifty,” Jimeet Modi, CEO, SAMCO Securities, told The Economic Times.The BSE Sensex index plunged 1,624 points on 24 August, posting its biggest intraday fall in seven years amid a massive sell-off in global markets. The NSE Nifty fell 490.95 points or 5.92% to end the day at 7,809.Foreign institutional investors (FIIs) have offloaded shares worth nearly Rs 9,000 crore in the past four sessions, amid growing concerns over the slowdown in the world’s second largest economy China and fall in commodity prices.”It is impossible to call this as bottom for the market, but an investor should begin staggered purchases in the current markets. For an Investor, things look a lot better at 7700 than at 8600 with a much bigger margin of safety,” he added.Chinese stock markets plunged over 7% for the second consecutive day on Tuesday, after falling by over 8.5% in the previous session.Tracking the fall, the US stock markets ended nearly 4% down on Monday, posting their worst decline in four years. Asian, European markets also tumbled to multi-year lows, as worries grew over slowing economic activity in China.”Coming two-to-three days would be a bit challenging, so don’t hurry for fresh buying or short selling till the dust settles and clarity emerges,” said Rohit Gadia, Founder & CEO, CapitalVia Global Research Ltd.last_img read more

Game of Thrones season 8 breaks viewing records HBO show most popular

first_imgGame of Thrones season 8 episode 1 Bran stark meeting Jaime LannisterGame of Thrones (@gameofthrones/Instagram) The final season of Game of Thrones finally debuted. And as expected the premiere episode of season 8 of the HBO has shattered viewing records.Reportedly the first episode delivered 17.4 million viewers on Sunday evening across multiple airings, including some live streamings. This number makes the GoT season 8 premiere the biggest telecast in HBO’s history and the most-watched scripted entertainment program of the year.Season 8 of Game of Thrones was one of the most anticipated shows of the year, especially after it took a gap of one year between the seasons. However, Season 8 will have a shortened run of six episodes and will be the show’s final season. As such fan anticipation should be high for every episode leading up to and including the finale which will most likely shatter further records.  The premiere’s viewership numbers surpasses the show’s previous overnight record of 16.9 million viewers for the season 7 finale two years ago. These numbers are still strong, especially after it was reported that HBO lost Dish subscribers in a contract dispute last December (which HBO believes impacted the numbers), and certain streaming partners (such as Amazon, Hulu, Roku) not being counted in this first-round number.The cast and crew of Game of Thrones has been on doing the rounds, with Maisie Williams, Sophie Turner, Kit Harington and Emilia Clarke doing their part to promote the show that marks the end of nearly a decade of work. After the end of the final season, it is more than likely that Game of Thrones will go down in history as one of the most popular TV shows in the world.last_img read more

Edmund Shing Microsoft and Amazon lead cloud computing crescendo

first_imgClose In the week of 19 October, Microsoft (US code: MSFT) shares surged 9% on the back on an unexpectedly strong quarterly earnings report, reaching a new 15-year price high of almost $53 per share.All key Microsoft business divisions performed better than expected, with strong contributions from the new Windows 10 operating system, the Office 365 online productivity software suite, and strong uptake of the Xbox One games console and associated Xbox live online subscriptions.But the real star of the show was the 14% constant currency growth in sales from the Intelligent Cloud division, with Microsofts Azure cloud services product doubling revenues over the same period a year ago.This mirrors the very strong performance seen in Amazons quarterly earnings report, with Amazon Web Services posting a very impressive 78% jump in sales over a year ago, driving a surge in Amazons profit growth.So two of US Techs hottest cloud computing giants are hitting new share price highs (Chart 1), joined by the third, the company formerly known as Google, now called Alphabet (US code: GOOGL).Looking at the growth of the cloud computing sector overall, it continues to be very impressive as more and more companies take advantage of Web 2.0 to produce new disruptive business models.Think about the impact that new web-based service businesses have had in taking market share: Uber in taxi services, Airbnb in short hotel stays, Netflix in video on-demand and of course the continued boom in convenient, online shopping at the expense of the traditional High Street.The cloud computing companies that provide the essential web hosting and computing power behind these web-based companies are led by Amazon and Microsoft, but also include IBM, Alphabet (Google) and Salesforce.com (Chart 2).US technology dominates the cloudCloud computing is dominated by US technology behemoths. So if you want to invest in the growth of cloud computing, the most obvious way is via buying shares in US tech companies.You could buy shares in one or a number of these technology giants; however that requires a share account that allows you to trade in US-listed shares, and also requires you to buy these shares in US dollars. This is the approach I take personally, but is perhaps only for the experienced investor who wants to invest regularly in US shares.ETFs and investment trusts: An easier solutionFor investors who do not want to take this more complicated route, a far easier solution lies in exchange-traded funds and investment trusts. These funds, listed on the London Stock Exchange, allow you to buy diversified exposure in US technology companies without needing special overseas share accounts or converting money into US dollars.There are three such listed funds that you can buy via a standard UK share account or a stocks and shares ISA:The Polar Capital Technology Trust (UK code: PCT, 572p as of Friday 23 October). This is an investment trust which invests globally in technology companies, with naturally a heavy bias towards US technology stocks. Its top holdings currently are: Apple, Alphabet, Facebook, Microsoft and Amazon.The Powershares Nasdaq-100 UCITS ETF (UK code: EQQQ, share price £73.67), an ETF which mimics the US technology-heavy Nasdaq 100 index. Top 3 holdings: Apple, Microsoft and Amazon.3. The Source Technology S and P US Select Sector UCITS ETF (UK code; XLKQ, share price £66.85), an ETF which invests in the US technology sector. Top holdings: Apple, Microsoft and Facebook.For pure technology exposure and a fund that holds three of the largest cloud computing providers, I would opt for the Polar Capital Technology Trust right now, although the Powershares Nasdaq 100 comes a close second.UK cloud computing companies: iomartIn the UK, there are few listed cloud computing companies. One smaller UK technology company that is generating strong sales and profit growth from cloud computing is iomart (UK code: IOM, share price 280p), which develops and puts in place cloud computing solutions for companies using, for example Microsofts Azure online software platform.It has performed well over the last year on the back of strong growth, but could be set for further strong growth as cloud computing becomes ever more popular.Edmund Shing is Global Head of Equity Derivative Strategy at BNP Paribas in London. He holds a PhD in Artificial Intelligence.last_img read more

Donald Trump presidency win rocks global markets

first_img Global markets shook at the prospect of a new era of protectionist trade policies after Donald Trump was elected US President. The Republican candidate won key swing states – such as Florida, Ohio and North Carolina – which cleared the way for his Brexit-style upset.Markets react to President Trump live: Buckle up for a bumpy rideFutures contract – judgements on the direction of travel before the markets open in America – point to the Dow Jones Industrial Average plunging by 800 points when it opens later today (9 November).Trump has vowed to cut taxes, deport around 11 million illegal immigrants and rip up existing trade agreements, such as the North American Free Trade Agreement.Economists at the US-based think tank Macroeconomic Advisers estimate his policies could set the US back $2.1tn over the next five years.Nigel Green, founder of financial services consultant deVere, said: Buckle up for a bumpy ride in the global markets.Whether President Trump will, in fact, do what he has said he will do throughout his campaign, or whether it was just soaring rhetoric to whip up his support base, for now, Trump winning is sending shockwaves across the world. As such, enormous volatility can be expected in the markets.Overnight as a win for Trump looked increasingly likely, Asian markets were the first to fall. Tokyos Nikkei 225 Index was 5.4% down, Hong Kongs Hang Seng slipped 2.5%, while Sydneys ASX All Ords was 2% lower.In Europe, the FTSE 100 Index opened 102.8 points down, or 1.5%, to 6740, knocking more than £25bn off the value of blue chip shares. Germanys DAX was up slightly, but the Cac 40 in France plunged by 2.7%.The US dollar was down against a basket of world currencies. The pound was up 0.3% against the dollar at 1.241. The dollar was also lower against the euro and the Japanese yen.Japans central bank holds crisis talksJapans government and its central bank will hold crisis talks today as traders flood into its currency, viewed as a safe haven, sending its value higher.But the Mexican peso plunged by more than 13% against the dollar, an all-time low at less than 20 pesos to the greenback. Trump has pledged to build a wall against its southern neighbour, and deport millions of illegal immigrants back to Mexico.Mexicos central bank also said it will hold a joint news conference with the finance ministry later today to outline how it will respond to the currencys devaluation.Gold, another safe haven for investors in uncertain times, jumped as much as 5% to $1,337.40 an ounce.Eric LonerganMacro fund manager at M and G Investments said: The critical unknown is whether a Trump presidency pursues the policies of Trump the candidate, in particular his anti-trade, anti-China and anti-Mexico policies. But the real concern is that he will do what he says. Donald Trump presidency win rocks global markets Closecenter_img IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPlayMute0:00/0:00Loaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE0:00?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio TrackFullscreenThis is a modal window.The media could not be loaded, either because the server or network failed or because the format is not supported.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading …last_img read more

Sensex rises over 100 pts on firm rupee falling crude prices

first_imgReuters file [Representational Image]The benchmark BSE Sensex advanced over 100 points in early trade Wednesday on gains in bluechips like Maruti Suzuki, SBI, Tata Steel and ITC amid rising rupee and tumbling crude prices.Rising for the seventh straight session, the 30-share index spurted 104.05 points, or 0.29 per cent, to 36,451.13. The barometer had rallied over 1,387 points in the previous six sessions.Led by FMCG, oil and gas, PSU and realty, sectoral indices advanced up to 0.99 per cent. The NSE Nifty saw similar movement, rising up 36.60 points, or 0.34 per cent, to 10,945.30.Brokers said sustained buying by investors and foreign fund inflows, coupled with strengthening rupee against the US dollar and falling global crude oil prices, influenced trading sentiment here.Negative Asian cues on a likely Federal Reserve interest rate hike, limited the gains here, traders said. The rupee breached the 70 mark by surging 50 paise to trade at 69.94 against the dollar in early trade at the interbank forex market.Prominent gainers were Asian Paint, Axis Bank, ITC, Maruti Suzuki, SBI, HDFC, Yes Bank, Bharti Airtel, HUL, Tata Steel, Bajaj Auto, L&T, RIL and HDFC Bank, rising up to 1.70 per cent.However, Infosys emerged worst Sensex performer, falling 1.20 per cent, followed by Vedanta, TCS, Tata Motors and Sun Pharma. Shares of aviation companies rose after crude prices hit a 14-month low. InterGlobe Aviation, SpiceJet and Jet Airways rallied up to 5 per cent.Stocks of oil marketing companies like IOC, HPCL, BPCL and OIL too gained up to 1.43 per cent. Brent crude, an international benchmark, dropped 4.2 per cent lower to USD 57.07 per barrel Tuesday, a 14-month low.Meanwhile, foreign institutional investors (FIIs) bought shares to the tune of Rs 144.76 crore Tuesday, while domestic institutional investors (DIIs) sold shares worth a net of Rs 182.60, provisional data showed. Elsewhere in Asia, Japan’s Nikkei fell 0.43 per cent, Shanghai Composite Index shed 0.25 per cent, while Hong Kong’s Hang Seng rose 0.10 per cent.The US Dow Jones Industrial Average ended 0.35 per cent higher Tuesday.-PTIlast_img read more

Netanyahus India visit Sale of AWACS airtoair missiles on agenda

first_imgIn picture: Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meets Prime Minister Narendra Modi. [File Photo]Press Information BureauIsraeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is scheduled to come to India on an official visit within two weeks. Netanyahu will visit India for a day just a week before Israel goes to repeat polls after he failed to form a government following the April 9 elections.The Israeli PM will meet his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi where the two leaders are expected to discuss issues including the acquisition of two more Airborne Warning and Control Systems (AWACS), extended range air to air Derby missiles by the Indian Air Force and joint projects in agriculture, water, and waste management.Apart from Military discussions, Netanyahu is expected to extend his support to the Indian government’s abrogation of articles 370 and 35A in Kashmir, as an internal matter and support the bilateral resolution of issues between India and Pakistan. Citing Top diplomats, Hindustan Times reported that before his arrival an advanced security liaison team from Israel will come to Delhi on September 2 to prepare grounds. However, the date of Netanyahu’s arrival is yet to be finalised but he is expected to come either on September 7 or 8.Political pundits have argued saying that Netanyahu’s meeting with PM Modi is more symbolic in nature to enhance his image before the general election. Earlier this year in July, Netanyahu became the longest-serving Israeli prime minister, surpassing Israel’s first premier David Ben-Gurion. Notably, his ruling Lukid party is facing a tough challenge with flagging fortunes. Personally, also the Israeli PM is fighting for personal survival ahead of a hearing before the state prosecution on several graft cases. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gestures as he speaks during an event marking “The Appreciation for the Fallen of Israel’s Wars and Victims of Terrorism Day” at the Knesset, Israeli parliament, in JerusalemREUTERS/Ammar AwadIndian is planning to buy $2 billion worth two PHALCON AWACS mounted on Russian A-50 platform for better surveillance in the air. The order is yet to be approved from the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS). India has five AWACS platforms in comparison to Pakistan, which already has seven in its armada. Moreover, Pakistan has ordered three more from China. Pakistan is already operating three SAAB Erieye and four ZDK-03 from China, which were airborne 24X7 after the Balakot airstrike by the Indian Air Force on JeM camps. On the other hand, IAF deployed AWACS for only 12 hours period.Apart from acquiring two AWACS, India also plans to buy extended range Derby air-to-air missiles from Israel. IAF wants to further upgrade Su-30 MKI with integrating the 70-kilometre range Derby missiles on its platform with the latest radar equipped with a data link to engage with Pakistani F-16s in future.last_img read more

Hearing on 3 death sentence appeals in Nov

first_imgATM Azharul Islam, Muhammad Abdus Subhan and Syed Md. KaysarThe Appellate Division has fixed 21 November for the hearing of the case against three leaders who were sentenced to death for committing crimes against humanity.The leaders are ATM Azharul Islam, Muhammad Abdus Subhan and former state minister for agriculture Syed Md. Kaysar.A five-member appeal bench led by acting chief justice Md Abdul Wahhab Miah passed the order on Tuesday morning.The International Crimes Tribunal sentenced Subhan to death on charges of crimes against humanity on 18 February 2015. In the verdict, six allegations out of nine were proven against Subhan. Subhan appealed against the verdict on 18 March. On 20 September 2012, the law enforcers picked up Subhan near Bangabandhu Bridge. On 23 September, he was shown arrested for committing crimes against the humanity. Since then he has been in jail.For committing similar crimes, former state minister for agriculture and Jatiya Party leader Syed Md Kaysar was sentenced to death on 23 December 2014 while ATM Azharul Islam was sentenced to death on 30 December the same year.Kaysar appealed against the death sentence on 19 January 2015 and Azhar on 28 January.Hearing on appeal by Azhar and Kaysar was held on 13 August. The Appellate Division fixed 10 October for the next hearing. After hearing the appeal by Subhan on 16 August, the Appellate Division fixed 16 October for the next hearing.Attorney General Mahbubey Alam sought time for hearing on behalf of the state.Advocate Zainul Abedin was the defence counsel for Azhar and Subhan, and advocate SM Shajahan for Syed Md. Kaysar.last_img read more

Missing man found dead in Comilla

first_img.Police recovered the throat-silt body of a missing fish trader from Panch Pukuria village in Paharpur union of Muradnagar upazila on Saturday night.The deceased was identified as Mostak Mia, 38, son of late Resho Mia Bepary of the village.Since Wednesday noon Mostak went missing after he left home for his fish farm in the same village, said SM Bodiuzzaman, officer-in-charge of Muradnagar police station.On the following day victim’s wife Parveen Akter filed a missing complaint with the police station, he added.Later on Saturday night, the guards of the fish farm spotted the throat-slit body beside the farm and informed police.Police recovered the body and sent it to Comilla Medical Collage Hospital for autopsy.last_img

2 held with 31 gold bars at Dhaka airport

first_imgCustoms intelligence arrested two men along with 31 gold bars weighing 5.8 kilograms from Hazrat Shahjalal International Airporton Thursday evening, reports UNB.Keramat Ali, 58, hailing from Feni, and Lokman, 58, hailing from Kadamtoli in Dhaka landed at the airport from Chittagong by a Regent Airway flight coming from Bangkok, said director general of the Customs Intelligence and Investigation Directorate (CIID) Moinul Khan.After they crossed the domestic flight point, a CIID team challenged them and recovered the gold bars worth 20 concealed in their dresses, shoes and mobile covers.Later, the team detained the duo and handed them over to airport police station.last_img