In the news today May 7

first_imgFive stories in the news for Tuesday, May 7———UN REPORT HAS MESSAGE FOR CANADA: CO-AUTHORA UN report that concludes a million species are threatened with extinction and that “fundamental, structural change” is required to halt a steep decline in the natural environment has lessons for Canada, says one of its authors. Kai Chan, a University of British Columbia professor, says the current fight that Canada is having between provinces and the feds around oilsands, pipelines, climate change and local environmental impacts “is not actually a fight that we should be having.” Chan helped write the report from the International Panel on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services. That report was released Monday after a three-year effort by hundreds of scientists from 50 countries.———CLIMATE CHANGE EXAM QUESTION ANGERS STUDENTSA Quebec high school French exam question that asked students about adapting to climate change has drawn a torrent of online criticism, as teens used memes and videos to denounce what they see as government inaction on climate issues. The question on last week’s ministry exam for Grade 11 students asked: “Can we adapt to climate change?” It quickly drew the ire of students like 17-year-old Francis Claude, who feels the way the question was phrased suggests the government has accepted climate change.———HUMAN SOUND NOTED AS THREAT TO WHALE SPECIESCanadian scientists say human-made sounds in the ocean are a key factor contributing to the threatened status of three types of whales off the east coast. The Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada released its findings today on the sei whale, fin whale and Sowerby’s beaked whale following a gathering of 43 scientists in St. John’s, N.L., over the weekend. Researchers who study marine mammal populations say that the continuing low numbers of the sei whale in the aftermath of decades of whaling led them to ask for an endangered designation. They also found that the fin whales and the Sowerby’s beaked whales should continue to be designated as species “of special concern.”———CANADA WELCOMES U.S. HELP ON CHINA: MINISTERA Nova Scotia cabinet minister says the federal government would welcome any help the United States could offer in helping Canada in its ongoing dispute with China. Rural Economic Development Minister Bernadette Jordan tells The Canadian Press that American influence could make a difference as tensions between the countries escalate. China has suspended Canadian imports of pork and canola from two Canadian companies each, following the December arrest of Huawei Technologies executive Meng Wanzhou on a U.S. warrant alleging she committed fraud. A senior Canadian official, speaking on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly on the issue, said Canada is working with all allies, including the U.S., to pressure China.———QUESTIONS ABOUND WITH BIRTH OF ROYAL BABYThe much-anticipated child of Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, has arrived, igniting a flurry of baby fever and speculation on all manner of royal gossip. Questions abound for crown watchers and celebrity fiends: When will we see pictures of the baby? Who will his godparents be? What country will the new family visit first? Will Meghan ever get to enjoy Mother’s Day with her son’s birthday so close to her special day? Does England even celebrate Mother’s Day? For some of these and other pressing matters, The Canadian Press turned to monarchy experts to weigh in.———ALSO IN THE NEWS:— International Trade Minister Jim Carr discusses Canada’s global trade agenda and World Trade Organization reform at the 49th Washington Conference on the Americas hosted by the Council of the Americas.— Five cabinet ministers — Joyce Murray, Jean-Yves Duclos, Ahmed Hussen, Ralph Goodale, and Diane Lebouthillier — respond to various chapters of the auditor general spring reports and answer questions from the media.— Prime Minister Justin Trudeau attends the National Holocaust Remembrance Day Ceremony and delivers remarks.— Environment and Climate Change Canada research scientist Chris Derksen presents highlights from the recently released Canada’s Changing Climate Report, and answers questions from the media.———The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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NEED TO GET OR RENEW YOUR PASSPORT Wilmington Library Boston Passport Agency

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Need a new passport? Visit the Passport Day Event at the Wilmington Memorial Library (175 Middlesex Avenue) on Saturday, November 10, 2018, from 9am to 1pm.Presented by the Boston Passport Agency and the Library, the event is open to everyone. Walk-ins are welcome, but to schedule an appointment in advance, email your name and phone number to apply for a U.S. Passport Book and/or card, attendees must bring a completed U.S. Passport Application or U.S. Password Renewal Application (which can be found at, Citizenship Evidence, Photocopy of Citizenship Evidence, Identification, Photocopy of Identification, Passport Photo, and Check or Money Order For Payment. Please see the flyer below for specifics as to what exactly to bring. 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 this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedNEED TO GET OR RENEW YOUR PASSPORT? Wilmington Library & Boston Passport Agency To Hold Passport Event On May 12In “Community”The Wilmington Insider For May 12, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”Wilmington Memorial Library Receives $7,500 Federal Grant To Provide Programs On Healthy AgingIn “Community”last_img read more

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Is Alcohol A Problem Online Tool Helps Assess Risk And Find Help

first_img Share Kristen Uroda for NPRTreatment for alcohol problems isn’t a one-size-fits-all approach. The NIH has launched a treatment navigator website to connect people to resources and a wide variety of treatment options.The thinking about problem drinking and alcoholism has changed. It’s no longer considered a black-and-white, you have it or you don’t condition.“We now know that there’s a full spectrum in alcohol use disorder,” says George Koob, the director of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcohohlism, part of the National Institutes of Health. You can have a mild, moderate or severe problem.And there’s not a one-size-fits-all approach to getting help. There is a wide range of options — from residential “detox” programs to cognitive behavioral therapy, to medications such as naltrexone that can help people drink less, or acamprosate, which can help people stay dry. But many people who might need help don’t know these options exist. It’s a big obstacle to treatment.“A lot of people struggling with alcohol problems do not know where to turn,” Koob says. “Ninety percent of adults in the U.S. with an alcohol use disorder don’t get any treatment whatsoever.”That’s a lot of people, given that an estimated 17 million adults have alcohol use disorder.To help solve this problem, the NIH has launched an online Alcohol Treatment Navigator. It’s a website that helps people explore all the evidence-based options.The site is user-friendly. A list of questions helps determine the best treatment choices. A brief survey helps to determine the range or severity of a problem. The site also connects people to directories of providers. You can type in your ZIP code to find options in your community.For instance, there’s a link to a directory of licensed professional counselors, licensed clinical social workers, clinical psychologists, psychiatrists and other therapists maintained by Psychology Today. There’s also a directory of treatment programs, including residential rehab and outpatient options, which is maintained by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, a federal agency. The NIH does not endorse any providers, it’s simply connecting people to the options. The navigator site also has information about costs and insurance.Research suggests that most people with an alcohol problem can benefit from treatment. According to the NIAAA, about one-third of people who get treatment for an alcohol use disorder are better one year after treatment. “Many others substantially reduce their drinking and report fewer alcohol-related problems,” according to this NIAAA explainer.The new navigator site comes at a time when drinking is on the rise among women, minorities and older adults in the U.S. Dietary guidelines recommend that women should not drink more than one drink per day, and men should not exceed two drinks per day. But a recent study estimates that nearly 32 million adults in the U.S. drink at least occasionally at dangerously high levels.Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit read more

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Malware Attacks On Olympics Could Have Come From Russia And North Korea

first_img Share Natacha Pisarenko/APSpectators watch the mixed doubles bronze medal curling match between Russian athletes and Norway at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung, South Korea, on Tuesday.Cybersecurity experts are confirming that a computer malware attack dubbed “Olympic Destroyer” hit select networks and Wi-Fi systems at the Winter Games in Pyeongchang on Friday, but they would not say for sure whether Russia or North Korea are to blame.Users with a email address were targeted in the attack, which lasted less than an hour on Friday night, experts said.The Pyeongchang Organizing Committee for the 2018 Olympic & Paralympic Games (POCOG) confirmed the cyberattack caused a malfunction of Internet protocol televisions (IPTVs) at the Main Press Center, according to South Korea’s Yonhap News.Yonhap reports that POCOG was forced to “shut down the servers to prevent further damage, leading to the closure of the Pyeongchang 2018 website.”“Due to the shutdown of the website, spectators who purchased tickets to 2018 Winter Games events were unable to print their reservations,” Yonhap says.According to Wired, though “neither Olympics organizers nor security firms are ready to point the finger at the Kremlin, the hackers seem to have at least left behind some calling cards that look rather Russian.”The magazine writes that Cisco’s Talos division, which deals with cyberthreats, “points out that Olympic Destroyer’s disruptive tactics and spreading methods resemble NotPetya and BadRabbit, two pieces of Ukraine-targeting malware seen in the last year that the Ukrainian government, the CIA, and other security firms have all tied to Russian hackers.”Some have speculated that Russian hackers may have targeted the Olympics because the country’s athletes were barred from competing under the Russian Federation flag due to a doping scandal that dates to the 2014 games in Sochi.The malware “turns off all the services, the boot information is nuked, and the machine is disabled,” Talos research director Craig Williams was quoted by Wired as saying.However, the malware deliberately pulls its punches. The software designed to wipe computer files “intentionally holds back from inflicting maximum damage. Instead of deleting all the files on a computer, it only deleted those related to booting up, meaning an average tech could fix it with relative ease. Researchers have never seen that sort of restraint before from that kind of malware,” according to Talos, BuzzFeed writes.A separate hacking operation, dubbed Operation GoldDragon, has attempted to infect target computers belonging to South Korean Olympics-related organizations with three separate malicious tools, according to the computer security firm McAfee Inc. The spyware “would enable hackers to deeply scour the compromised computers’ contents. McAfee identifies those malicious tools by the names GoldDragon, BravePrince, and GHOST419.”McAfee traced the phishing scheme that provided entry for the spyware “to a remote server in the Czech Republic, registered with fake credentials to a South Korean government ministry. And they found publicly accessible logs on that remote server that showed victim machines were in fact connecting to it from South Korea, a sign of actual infections,” Wired reports.Although McAfee won’t say for sure, the company’s chief scientist, Raj Samani, says his working theory is that the spyware attack is a North Korean operation.“It is clear attacks are ongoing and are likely to continue throughout the duration of the games. What is yet to be determined is if actors are working simply to gain disruption, or if their motives are greater,” McAfee Advanced Threat Research senior analyst Ryan Sherstobitoff says, according to ZdNet.Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit read more

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KMC faces difficulties to carry on beautification

first_imgKolkata: The recent central rules barring civic bodies from using MPLAD funds for renovation or beautification of waterbodies have posed difficulties for the Kolkata Municipal Corporation to carry on undertaking such works.A rejuvenation work for a large pond under the Green City project at the confluence of ward 92 and 104 in the city has been stalled because of this restriction.It may be mentioned that Trinamool Congress MP Jogen Chowdhury has recently allocated Rs 60 lakh from his MPLAD funds for renovation of the pond located near Sahid Nagar Bank Plot area. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flights”We had planned to take up renovation of the pond with priority. But the central directive prevented us from doing so. These funds have been diverted to the civil department of the Roads section under the KMC for road repair and similar activities,” said Swapan Samaddar, Member Mayor-in-Council (Environment).He added that the proposal seeking funds from the state government for renovating this pond has been forwarded. “We are hopeful that as this waterbody comes under the Green City project, we will get the requisite funds soon,” Samadder said. It may be mentioned that the KMC has taken up the renovation of as many as 37 waterbodies in the city under the Jal Dharo Jal Bharo project. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedWork for renovation of some of these ponds have already started, while the tender for the remaining ones has already been floated. Under the Green City project, 159 waterbodies in the state will be renovated with a budget of around Rs 45 crore in 5 years. The KMC has started encouraging people, particularly the local unemployed youth to take up fish farming in the ponds that they have already renovated. “Our aim is to rope in the local unemployed youth to take up fish farming in these ponds. We hope that this will help us to bring down the tendency to fill up waterbodies for commercial purposes. It will also help in increasing fish production and supply to the local markets will also keep the price in check,” Samaddar said. It may be mentioned that Mayor Sovan Chatterjee, a few days back at a KMC programme, had expressed his concerns over integration of MPLAD funds in various projects with the Centre directing that MPLAD funds cannot be utilised through clubs or similar organisations even in welfare projects.last_img read more

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Pair the right eyewear with right attire

first_imgThe right kind of eyewear can make or break your entire look. While black rimmed glasses are for the fall season, oversized glasses look great with high waist trousers and polo T-shirt, suggest experts. Ishaan Kataria, Gem Opticians and Salesh Grover, Business Head, OSL luxury, have rolled out tips on how you can amp up your outfits with the perfect glasses:* Formal: The trending black rimmed glasses are meant for the fall season and the formal look. Another easy fit for any formal look is the gradient almost transparent lenses that can add the right amount of suave to your persona. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfFormal wear in classic hues of blue, grey, black should be accessorised with basic frames which do not subdue the simple and suave look.* Casual: Face shape and size is an important determinant to choose the eyewear. The double framed look (frame in frame look) with tinted lenses could make an interesting eyewear option.Pastel colour shirts, T-shirts go well with big framed or double framed glasses. Checkered shirts and a pair of shorts or jeans along with simple gold rimmed aviator also does the trick. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive* Classic: The gold wired metal glasses are a classic and look radically cool. A much less aggressive version of an aviator adds an unusual sense of depth. Also the oversized wired metal glasses harkens back to the 1970’s, minus the weight.For that classic 1970’s look keep your outfit subtle and stylish. Like a pair of high waist trousers, polo T-shirt and oversized sunglasses.last_img read more

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