Student connects technology and social justice

first_imgThe final installment of this school year’s Justice Friday series took place this past Friday. The discussion was led by Saint Mary’s junior Kimberly Orlando and focused on informing students about Apple’s recent involvement with the FBI and the social justice issues that come alongside technological advancement.Orlando started the discussion by explaining a timeline of events surrounding the San Bernardino shooting.She said on June 8 the Information Technology Industry Council and the Software and Information Industry Association wrote a letter to President Obama asking him not to pursue any policies that would weaken the encryption of digital products or servicesOn July 8, FBI director James Comey asked the Senate to consider inserting backdoors into encryption technology, Orlando said.“‘Back doors’ is a figurative term most people are familiar with. If a robber was to break into a house they would go through the back door, so it’s technology used to break into electronic devices,” Orlando said.On December 2, 2015, Syed Rizwan Farook and his wife Tashfeen Malik killed 14 people and wounded 22 in a mass shooting and bombing attempt at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino, California.The next day, the FBI opened a counterterrorism investigation into the couple, Orlando said.“It gets a little controversial because I don’t think they ever proved that he had any part in or had any connections to the Islamic State,” Orlando said, “ … But people go back and forth [about the issue] and the government might have just not wanted to release the information or they might be currently trying to figure it out.”James Comey told a Senate panel in Feburary that FBI investigators are still attempting to unlock Farook’s phone, Orlando said.“Two months had passed with no progress, so that was a little bit suspicious,” she said.Orlando said United States Magistrate Judge Sheri Pym then sent out a mandate that Apple create a software program with the intention of helping the FBI break into the phones of terrorists.“They wanted Apple to write software where the phone’s memory won’t erase and there won’t be an escalating time between trying to guess the passcode so they [the FBI] could try as many combinations as possible,” she said.Orlando said if a phone was locked by a six digit alphanumerical code, even with the desired software, it could still potentially take the government five and a half years to open the phone.“I think one of the biggest issues with this case is why the government would need Apple’s help, this seems like something government should be able to do by themselves,” she said.If Apple complied with this order, the government could have access to a person’s phone content including their photos, contact information or credit card numbers, Orlando said.“One of the issues people have is figuring out how the government can do this,” Orlando said. “There is a piece of legislation written in 1789, when George Washington was still around, where there is a script of command saying if the government finds it so necessary for you to do something, you have to do it. Somehow it hasn’t been nulled in 200 years and so people got pretty riled up about that.”Orlando said the FBI was able to unlock the phone with outside help March 28.“It’s scary because it took the government three months to unlock an older iPhone,” Orlando said.Orlando said any phone with the iOS 8 update is automatically encrypted and access to user information is nearly impossible; even Apple does not have access to their phone user’s information. The only way to access the phone’s information is by physically unlocking the phone.“This is one of the first times we’ve had a secure network and that’s scary,” she said.Orlando said US legislation is nearly 30 years behind technology.“We don’t have any legislation covering technology in the U.S. right now,” she said. “We don’t have anything on the internet or phones, it’s all very vague and so I understand why we had to use this [old] legislation but we shouldn’t have to.”Orlando said technology-based social issues need to be addressed in the future.“Because you can’t break into an iPhone, we are creating a secure network for terrorists,” she said. “Yet is it worth having to downgrade all of your security for these potential risks?”Tags: apple, FBI Investigation, Justice Fridaylast_img read more

Trauma Tuesday: Big Nasty, Black Saturday

first_imgHave you ever heard about the monstrous flood that swept through West Virginia in 1985, killing over 50 people and wiping entire towns off the map? What about the carnage that ensued in the whitewater industry, the day that would come to be known as Black Saturday? No? Well, do yourself a favor, and check out our good friend Jay Young’s two-part series (part 1, part 2) on Dirt Bag Paddler Magazine about “the single most carnage-filled day in American Whitewater.”The story follows the rafting industry down the Cheat River, post flood, on Saturday, April 12, 1986. The following footage Young secured from video boater Paul Marshall, who documented the trips with a Super 8 video camera. Though the flood itself took many lives, it’s incredible to see these helmet-less customers get swept away by the power of this rapid (appropriately named Big Nasty) and know that not a single death or injury was reported.last_img read more

Trail Mix – On The Road With The Apache Relay

first_imgThe Apache Relay plays at The Grey Eagle in Asheville on Saturday, March 28th.Unload the van. Play the show. Load the van. Hit the road.Repeat.Life on the road for a band can be an exhausting undertaking. From the long miles on the highway to sleeping in the van or on couches to the late nights and early mornings, touring has broken many a musician.But if you and your band survive the grind and find that, yes, folks are coming to see you that second time back through town, you just might be on to something.The Apache Relay are definitely on to something. Since coming together in a college dorm room six years ago, The Apache Relay have been on the road continuously, sharing bills with Mumford & Sons and appearing at festivals like Bonnaroo, Newport Folk Festival, and Firefly Music Festival.Having spent much of the last year touring in support of their most recent release, Apache Relay, the band is now in the midst of a significant headlining tour.The Apache Relay – along with some good friends of mine, Folk Soul Revival – will play at The Grey Eagle this Saturday night.I recently caught up with multi-instrumentalist Brett Moore, of The Apache Relay, to chat about life on the road.BRO – Must-have item in the green room?BM – I am a simple man – water and coffee. Hydration and caffeination, and particularly if there is a hot pot of coffee right when we get to the venue. Rare, but always appreciated.BRO – More difficult — playing for ten people or ten thousand people?BM – Definitely ten people. There’s so much more self-awareness in an empty room and the dead silence between songs can be awkward. Playing to bigger crowds holds its challenges, but it’s a little easier to hide behind.BRO – Which member of the band is the best on the road deejay?BM – That’s somewhat of a draw, seeing as after all these years we still don’t have an auxiliary input in our van. We’re usually at the mercy of whatever random discs are in the van. If I had a dollar for every time we’ve listened to Led Zeppelin’s Greatest Hits, we could probably afford to get that aux input installed.BRO – Festival that you played as a band that you really enjoyed as a fan?BM – Newport Folk Festival, without a doubt. For my tastes in music and concert going in general, Newport just really hits the nail on the head. It’s the perfect convergence of amazing artists, beautiful scenery, and just the right size. I think we’re all desperate to get back there as festival goers.BRO – Favorite room to play?BM – There are so many. We’ve had the honor of playing the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville once, and I think we all said that it was our most enjoyable time in a venue. It just sounds so great in there from both audience and performer perspectives.BRO – On the road guilty pleasure food?BM – Not so much a “guilty” pleasure, but in the winter it’s all about curries for me and, in general, Thai food.BRO – Most interesting item ever thrown on stage?BM – I’ll plead the fifth on that one.The Grey Eagle will open its doors at 8 P.M. on March, 28th, for The Apache Relay and special guest Folk Soul Revival and Trail Mix would like to see you at the show. All you have to do is take a shot at the trivia question down below. Email your answer to me at dave@blueridgeoutdoors.com. A winner of two passes to the show will be selected from all of the correct responses received by 5:00 P.M. tomorrow (Thursday).Good luck . . . .Question . . . The Apache Relay was formed on the grounds on what Tennessee university?And remember . . . don’t post answers in the comment section. That just isn’t fun for anyone.last_img read more

Valley Stream Deli Robber Sought

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A man wearing a stocking mask over his face robbed a Valley Stream deli late Friday afternoon, Nassau County police said.Detectives said the man walked into Valley Deli on Elmont Road at 4:35 p.m. pretending he was armed and walked behind the counter where the 35-year-old store clerk was standing.He grabbed an unknown amount of cash, police said, and helped himself to cigars and 15 cartons of Newport cigarettes before throwing them into a blue garbage bag that belonged to the store. The man left the store and was last seen heading east on Oliver Avenue, police said.The store clerk wasn’t injured during the robbery. He described the robber as a black male, 5-feet, 6-inches tall, 30 years of age, wearing white gloves, a camouflage hoodie, an olive colored sweatshirt, gray sweatpants and the stocking mask, police said.Detectives are asking anyone with information regarding the robbery to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-244-TIPS.last_img read more

Balancing member care and operational soundness during COVID-19

first_img continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The unprecedented COVID-19 crisis has shaken the U.S. economy. Credit unions are juggling tough decisions like never before to help members in need, while grappling with market volatility and potential revenue loss. With so many people and businesses in financial turmoil, how can credit unions provide member support while ensuring their own financial position and operations are sound?It’s a difficult task – one that requires credit unions to recalibrate their strategies, methods and tools to work through and recover from the pandemic, and to sustain future success. Particularly for credit card portfolios, a thoughtful series of actions and treatments need consideration as it relates to both member care and ongoing program viability.Maintaining Member Relief and CompassionMember service has always been of paramount importance to credit unions. Members are relying on you perhaps more than ever during this crisis. Many are working reduced hours, have lost their jobs temporarily – or, in some cases, permanently – and are trying to get by on lower incomes. While we don’t know how long the situation will continue, we can expect that it will remain for at least a few months and the recovery will be gradual. Thankfully, credit unions are on strong financial footing and have already been coming to the aid of their members.last_img read more

South Brisbane apartments draw in owner-occupiers

first_imgThe kitchen at the Southpoint apartment.Mr Hatzifotis said 43 groups of people inspected the property, which resulted in multiple offers.“Within the first two weeks we had the first two offers, which were close to what the owners wanted, but it was so early on we knew we could get a little more,” he said.“As the campaign went on, we were able to achieve that high sale price, so they did make a profit from that original sale price when they bought it a few years ago.”More from newsNew apartments released at idyllic retirement community Samford Grove Presented by Parks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus18 hours agoHe said the local buyers, who will live in the apartment, were impressed by the view and the quality of the fit out.“They were actually lived in South Brisbane about 10 years ago and left the area and regretted it ever since and they wanted to come back,” he said.Mr Hatzifotis said there was a lot of confidence surrounding the current South Brisbane apartment market.“People are downsizing, coming into units a lot,” he said. SOLD: 809/289 Grey St, South Brisbane sold for $825,000.THREE South Brisbane apartments were among the top sales this week, ranging in price from $780,000 to $825,000, all well above the apartment median of $572,000.Place Kangaroo Point agent Michael Hatzifotis said apartment 809, in the Southpoint complex on Grey St, which sold for $825,000, sold by private treaty after 58 days on the market. Apartment 809’s bathroom.“We’re getting a lot more owner occupiers, so probably about 80 per cent of the current buyers are locals, so owner occupiers as well.“I think it’s the lifestyle that people are chasing at the moment, so being close to the city, South Bank, restaurants, coffee shops things like that, is a really big draw card, and people are chasing city views.”A search of realestate.com.au on May 15, revealed 193 apartments for sale in South Brisbane, ranging in price from $219,000 to more than $3 million. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 3:17Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -3:17 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels576p576p480p480p256p256p228p228pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.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.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenMichelle Hele’s May market wrap03:17last_img read more

British Steel agrees restructuring deal ‘in principle’ with TPR, PPF

first_imgLesley Titcomb, TPR chief executive, emphasised that there were still “important details to be finalised” before giving the RAA the green light.In a statement, Titcomb said: “Good progress is being made in our discussions with Tata Steel UK and the trustees about the future of the British Steel Pension Scheme.“Pension restructurings which involve an RAA are rare, and we will only approve an RAA where stringent tests are met, so that they are not abused by employers seeking to inappropriately offload their pension liabilities.“We also continue to work with Tata Steel UK and the trustee in respect of the proposal to offer members an option to transfer to a new scheme sponsored by Tata Steel UK, which may occur should the approval to the RAA be granted, or stay in the BSPS and receive PPF compensation. The successor scheme would be subject to qualifying conditions.”Johnston said in a statement on the British Steel scheme’s website: “Although the PPF is an important safeguard for pension schemes generally, the trustee [board] believes that the BSPS has sufficient assets to offer members the potential for better outcomes by enabling them to transfer to another scheme offering modified benefits.“For most scheme members, these modified benefits are expected to be of greater value than those they would otherwise receive by transferring into the PPF.“Tata Steel UK’s willingness in principle to sponsor a new scheme post-RAA, subject to conditions agreed with the BSPS trustees, paves the way to allowing members to make a choice based on their personal circumstances. Discussions are progressing constructively and we expect to be in a position to communicate the final outcome to members soon.”Pensioner members transferring to the PPF would receive benefits in full, but annual increases are capped at 2.5%. Members yet to retire receive 90% of their annual pension income, capped at £34,655.05 a year.A spokesperson for the PPF said: “Members of the scheme can be reassured that we are there to protect them throughout this process and they will be able to receive at least PPF levels of compensation, should they remain in the scheme and BSPS enter the PPF assessment period.” Tata Steel is to pump £550m (€640.8m) into the British Steel Pension Scheme (BSPS) as part of a major restructuring agreed in principle with trustees and the UK regulator.“Discussions are progressing constructively and we expect to be in a position to communicate the final outcome to members soon.”Allan Johnston, chair of trusteesThe deal will also see the pension fund take a 33% equity stake in Tata Steel UK.The restructuring will take the form of a regulated apportionment arrangement (RAA), an option the BSPS trustee board has been advocating since Tata Steel first sought to cut its pension costs. While far from finalised, the RAA signals a landmark moment for UK defined benefit pension schemes, given the high-profile nature of the case.Both the Pensions Regulator (TPR) and the Pension Protection Fund (PPF) said the agreement met their published principles for allowing an RAA.Crucially, this included the two organisations agreeing that Tata Steel UK was facing insolvency if its pension costs were not addressed.However, the arrangement is still subject to a 28-day approval period as the regulator and the PPF analyse the details.As part of the deal, and subject to approvals from TPR, Tata Steel UK will sponsor a new scheme, to be set up using assets from the existing BSPS. No details have been agreed, but BSPS’s trustee board said the new scheme would offer “modified benefits”.BSPS members would be given the option of moving to the new scheme, or remaining with the original scheme, which will transfer to the PPF.This new scheme is subject to qualifying conditions set by TPR. If these are not met, the full £15bn scheme would transfer to the PPF. Allan Johnston, chair of trustees, maintained that “most” members would be better off in the new arrangement.“Pension restructurings which involve an RAA are rare, and we will only approve an RAA where stringent tests are met.”Lesley Titcomb, chief executive, TPRlast_img read more

Govt won’t create new euthanasia laws – John Key

first_imgStuff co.nz 8 June 2015The Government will not put euthanasia on its work programme but will support an inquiry into the issue, the Prime Minister says.But for any law to be passed, a private member’s bill will have to be put before Parliament .Prime Minister John Key’s comments come as debate strengthens over the right to die, following Wellington lawyer Lecretia Seales’ bid for the courts to rule in favour of assisted suicide.Seales died on Friday of natural causes, after a long battle with cancer. Just hours before she died, Seales was made aware of Justice David Collins’ ruling on her case – that Parliament was the only body that could legislate for euthanasia to become legal.At his post-Cabinet press conference on Monday, Key said he was personally sympathetic to her case, but a Government-sponsored bill would not occur, because it would never make it through the National caucus.Nor was it an issue he was prepared to whip caucus support for, but he laid out the process in which a law-change might occur.http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/69210987/Govt-will-back-euthanasia-inquiry-but-won-t-create-new-laws-says-John-Keylast_img read more

Villa on the up after win

first_img Benteke broke the deadlock from the penalty spot with his 15th goal of the campaign and N’Zogbia made the points safe with a superb free-kick. Ashley Westwood’s late own-goal could not prevent Villa’s first win in nine league games and ended a run of four successive home league defeats. Press Association Villa started brightly and Andreas Weimann missed a golden opportunity to put them ahead after less than two minutes. Hammers keeper Jussi Jaaskelainen failed to hold a dipping shot from Benteke and the rebound fell to Weimann unmarked six yards out, but the Austrian placed the ball wide of the far post with the goal at his mercy. Andy Carroll, fresh from his winner against Swansea last weekend, was only just too high with a first-time lob which landed on the top of the net and left Villa keeper Brad Guzan back-pedalling. Carroll and Villa defender Nathan Baker both needed lengthy treatment after a clash of heads when attacking the ball from N’Zogbia’s corner. West Ham were forced into a change after 24 minutes with right-back Joey O’Brien suffering a leg injury and replaced by Guy Demel. Villa skipper Ron Vlaar shot just over at the near post after attacking a Westwood corner but play struggled to move out of second gear during the opening 45 minutes. West Ham dominated the early stages of the second period possession-wise and appealed in vain for a penalty after a challenge by Vlaar on Carroll. Ciaran Clark made a crucial clearance from a Mohamed Diame ball into the danger area after Guzan had failed to make a clean punch on his attempted clearance. Villa boss Paul Lambert made a double change after 63 minutes with Darren Bent and January loan signing Simon Dawkins replacing Jordan Bowery and Weimann respectively. N’Zogbia curled a shot just past the far post after being teed up by Benteke. After 74 minutes, though, Villa were celebrating as they broke the deadlock. Referee Mark Clattenburg awarded a penalty when Mark Noble had brought down N’Zogbia, and up stepped Benteke to send Jaaskelainen the wrong way with his spot-kick. With 11 minutes left N’Zogbia doubled Villa’s lead with a superb free-kick after Tomkins brought down Bent. Westwood unintentionally set up a tense finale when he headed the ball past Guzan from a Joe Cole cross. Then in injury-time Guzan blocked a shot from Kevin Nolan and turned aside a Carlton Cole header but Villa survived. center_img Aston Villa moved out of the Barclays Premier League bottom three as second-half goals from Christian Benteke and Charles N’Zogbia earned them a 2-1 victory over West Ham at Villa Park.last_img read more

Gerrard influence pleases Rodgers

first_imgLiverpool manager Brendan Rodgers insists captain Steven Gerrard can continue to influence matches and is far from finished as a pivotal player for the club. “At this moment in time I know Steven Gerrard,” said Rodgers, who restored his captain to the side after resting him against Stoke at the weekend. “If I can manage his training and games he can still have real impact for this team. “Even though he is approaching 35 at the end of this year he still has fantastic qualities but like every other player, no matter how good they are, the wheels are out and they are ready to land – but he is not ready to land yet. “At this stage of his career it is about the level of the game and he is a very important player for us. “He is not 24 any more. You have to do that (manage workloads) with players at this part of their career so it is about mapping out the rest of the season for him. “I think you saw the energy in his legs tonight and his influence in the game, especially as it wore on. It was an outstanding performance from Steven and an excellent goal.” Gerrard appears in no rush to make a decision on his future. “I’ll decide when I’m ready. There’s nothing to say on the contract at the moment,” he told BT Sport. The Reds midfielder, who is delaying making a decision on the offer of a new contract – believed to be a one-year deal – to extend his stay beyond the summer, scored the crucial second in a 3-1 win at Leicester. It helped Liverpool come from behind after Simon Mignolet’s unfortunate own goal had been cancelled out by Adam Lallana’s 50th career league goal and, after Wes Morgan was sent off, Gerrard even had a hand in his side’s third for Jordan Henderson. “When there is, the fans have known me long enough, I’ll come out and say what I need to say.” Gerrard’s demotion to the bench on Saturday, having been a high-profile substitute in the Bernabeu against Real Madrid in the Champions League last month, sparked rumours of a rift between him and his manager. Rodgers insists nothing could be further from the truth but he did admit Gerrard and the team may be benefiting from the recent move to switch him to a more advanced role behind the striker. “We spoke again yesterday just to confirm that we hadn’t fallen out with each other!” added the Reds boss. “As a coach you look at the players you have in order to get the best out of them. “He has a natural instinct to get forward and join in and his combinations with Raheem (Sterling) and Rickie (Lambert) were very good and he arrived in that spot when the ball was cut back for a great finish. “He was outstanding tonight but it is something that I have always known.” Leicester manager Nigel Pearson, whose side have now lost six and drawn two since beating Manchester United in October, had a row with a disgruntled fan after another defeat. “I had a spat with a fan towards the end. I don’t know what they are looking at at times,” he told BT Sport. “If they cannot see the players are having a proper go maybe they need to stay at home. “The players are giving everything. I will always look for the positives. It is very easy for people to look at what we are not good at. “I don’t like the commitment of my players being questioned. If they honestly think they are not committed, they are very wrong. Maybe that is why I stay in the stand.” Press Associationlast_img read more