Jon Favreau already working on The Mandalorian season 2

first_imgLos Angeles: Jon Favreau has revealed he has already started writing the second season of “The Mandalorian”, which is set to premiere on Disney+. Led by Pedro Pascal, the upcoming live-action “Star Wars” series is heading to the streaming platform by Disney studio. Favreau, who serves as writer and executive producer on the project, said the team has finished work on the debut installment. “We’re done with the first season. I’m actually writing part of the second season now. So I’m having a blast,” he told Jimmy Kimmel on the host’s late-night show on Thursday. The cast also includes Gina Carano, Carl Weathers, Giancarlo Esposito, Werner Herzog, Nick Nolte, Emily Swallow, and Omid Abtahi. Disney and Lucasfilm are yet officially announce a sophomore season of the series. EW has reached out to the studio for comment. “The Mandalorian” premieres November 12 on Disney+.last_img read more

Timeline in the case of Toronto serial killer Bruce McArthur

first_imgA timeline of key events in the case of Toronto serial killer Bruce McArthur based on information released by police:September 2010 — Skandaraj Navaratnam, 40, disappears from Toronto’s gay village.Dec. 29, 2010 — Abdulbasir Faizi, 42, is reported missing to Peel Regional Police, west of Toronto. He was last seen in Toronto’s gay village.October 2012 — Majeed Kayhan, 58, of Toronto, is reported missing.November 2012 — Police launch Project Houston to investigate the disappearances of Faizi, Navaratnam and Kayhan.April 2014 — Police close Project Houston, saying none of their findings would classify anyone as a suspect of a criminal offence.August 2015 — Soroush Mahmudi, 50, of Toronto, is reported missing.May 2016 – July 2017 — Police believe Dean Lisowick, 43 or 44, of no fixed address, was killed by McArthur during this time span.April 14, 2017 — Selim Esen, 44, is reported missing.June 26, 2017 — Andrew Kinsman, 49, is reported missing.August 2017 — Police launch Project Prism to investigate the disappearances of Esen and Kinsman.September 2017 — Project Prism officers identify McArthur “as someone to be included or excluded as being involved in the disappearance of Andrew Kinsman.”Dec. 8, 2017 — Police Chief Mark Saunders says the force will review its practices in missing persons investigations. He says there’s no evidence to suggest a serial killer is walking the streets of Toronto.Jan. 17, 2018 — Police uncover evidence suggesting McArthur was responsible for both Kinsman and Esen’s deaths, along with the deaths of other unidentified people.Jan. 18, 2018 — McArthur is arrested and charged with first-degree murder in the deaths of Esen and Kinsman. Police say McArthur is believed to be responsible for other deaths.Jan. 19, 2018 — McArthur has his first court appearance.Jan. 29, 2018 — McArthur is charged with first-degree murder in the deaths of Mahmudi, Kayhan and Lisowick. Police say more victims may be identified.Feb. 8, 2018 — Police say they’ve recovered the remains of six people from planters at a house where McArthur worked as a landscaper, and say they expect more charges.Feb. 13, 2018 — Police say excavation at the home’s backyard turned up no human remains, but suggest they may “revisit the scene” when the weather warms up.Feb. 23, 2018 — Police lay a sixth charge of first-degree murder against McArthur, identify Navaratnam as one of the alleged victims whose remains were found in the planters.March 5, 2018 — Police say they’ve recovered the remains of a seventh person linked to McArthur.April 11, 2018 — Police lay a seventh murder charge against McArthur in Faizi’s death.April 16, 2018 — Police lay an eighth murder charge against McArthur in the death of Kirushna Kumar Kanagaratnam, who came to Canada from Sri Lanka.Jan. 29, 2019 — McArthur pleads guilty to all eight charges of first-degree murder.Feb. 8, 2019 — Sixty-seven-year-old McArthur is sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole for 25 years.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

InFocus The inquiry into the death of Phoenix Sinclair

first_imgInFocus on APTN National NewsLast week the final report on Phoenix Sinclair’s death was released in Winnipeg.This time we again put the child welfare services InFocus.Phoenix had a short and tragic life.She was just five years old when she died.Her mother and step father were convicted in her murder.SCO Grand Chief Terrance Nelson comments on the inquiry and its findings.  In the second half, we hear from Phoenix’s former caregiver, Kim Edwards.last_img

Toronto gallery honours Indigenous artist and her years of work

first_imgAPTN National NewsShe is a leader in the Aboriginal art community.Daphne Odjig had tirelessly advocated for the recognition of Aboriginal art in the mainstream.Odjig recently celebrated her 95th birthday.One Toronto art gallery in Toronto honoured her with an exhibit dedicated to five decades of her work.APTN’s Delaney Windigo has that story.last_img

Winnipeg financial firm facing federal probe over potential inappropriate payments to First

first_imgJorge Barrera APTN National NewsAn ongoing federal financial probe of a Manitoba First Nation’s use of land claim settlement dollars extends into the community’s dealings with Winnipeg-based financial firm Usand Group, according to a document obtained by APTN News.Indigenous Affairs contracted auditing firm Deloitte LLP in early 2016 to conduct a financial review of Peguis First Nations’ use of money from a trust fund created by a multi-million dollar land settlement agreement. The financial probe is focusing on $22 million from the trust fund used in a joint venture to redevelop a horse race track in Winnipeg, according to a document outlining the terms of reference for the financial review.However, Indigenous Affairs also wanted auditors to examine dealings between the First Nation and a financial firm currently under a separate Indigenous Affairs investigation related to allegations around the use of financial incentives to secure deals, according to the document.The terms of reference directed Deloitte to review “potential inappropriate payments by Usand Group” to Peguis Fist Nation “or its representatives.”The document does not provide any details about these potential payments.Under the terms of reference, Deloitte’s investigators were required to glean information on Usand’s interaction with Peguis by reviewing paper and electronic documents, including emails, collected from the First Nation, along with interviews of connected individuals.Usand president Sean McCoshen issued a statement to APTN saying he has not been contacted by the department about any probe.“As far as I am aware, The Usand Group is not under investigation by INAC. I am not aware of any basis that INAC would have to investigate The Usand Group. Neither I nor The Usand Group have been contacted by INAC in respect of an investigation or any complaints regarding me or The Usand Group,” said McCoshen in an emailed statement to APTN. “We are proud of the work that The Usand Group has done in First Nations communities across Canada. We are especially proud that, working together with (Peguis First Nation), we succeeded in moving multiple economic and social development programs forward that have had a direct and positive impact on the community.”Usand has filed court action against APTN over previous stories on kickback allegations against the firm and McCoshen’s link to a failed plan to establish a Cayman Island’s-based trust fund targeting First Nation dollars.“The Usand Group and I have commenced litigation against you, the APTN and others in respect of previous articles published about us containing statements and other claims which we allege are defamatory and malicious,” said McCoshen, in his statement.Winnipeg financial firm offered ‘kickbacks’ to chiefs to land business dealsOwner of firm under INAC ‘kickback’ probe linked to Cayman Islands investment fund which targeted First Nation dollarsWinnipeg financial firm denies CEO floated “financial contribution” to ex-FN chief to obtain retraction on ‘kickback’ claimIndigenous Affairs previously revealed in 2016 it had launched a separate probe of Usand following an APTN investigation into the firm’s alleged use of “kickbacks” to secure financing deals with First Nations. This probe is ongoing, according to a May 23 emailed statement from Valerie Hache, a spokesperson for Indigenous Affairs.“The investigation regarding allegations from various First Nations elected officials related to the Usand Group is still ongoing. No further information is available at this time,” said Hache, in the statement.Usand CEO Sean McCoshen. Website imageBarry Kennedy, a former chief of Carry the Kettle First Nation in Saskatchewan, filed a police complaint against Usand which is now in the hands of the RCMP in Manitoba. Kennedy recorded a phone conversation with a Usand official who offered him money.APTN also obtained an internal Usand document that identified the use of “kickbacks” as a tactic in securing customers for the company. In a letter from the financial firm’s lawyer, Usand claims the internal document was a draft never seen by McCoshen.Morris Shannacappo, a former chief of Rolling River First Nation, also alleged McCoshen offered him an incentive to retract a claim the Usand president offered him $100,000 to secure a business deal with his community.McCoshen, through his lawyer, has denied both allegations.The recent revelation that Usand is also part of the wider Peguis First Nation financial review means the Winnipeg financial firm is now the subject of two separate department probes.However, Deloitte’s Usand examination is only one branch of the wider Peguis financial review.The main focus of the financial review is focused on the $22 million used from the trust fund created by the settlement dollars for a joint venture to redevelop Winnipeg’s Assiniboia Downs horse race track.“(Indigenous Affairs) received allegations that the previous chief invested approximately $22 million from the First Nation trust fund into a questionable business venture,” said the terms of reference. “More specifically, the funds were to be used for a land purchase. However, the First Nation has not received title to any property.”The complaint was filed by Cindy Spence while she was chief of Peguis First Nation. She questioned the actions of her predecessor Glen Hudson, who was chief from 2007 to 2015.Hudson recently regained his post after beating Spence in an election this past March.APTN also provided the terms of reference to Hudson’s lawyer Jamie Kagan who responded with a statement.“You have provided an unsigned document that calls for an inquiry into something that can be achieved in a title search which takes two minutes,” said Kagan, in the statement. “This document calls for a draft report to be prepared by August of 2016. I do not see any evidence of an active inquiry into the Peguis First Nation. We can again confirm we have no request for information from anyone doing any so-called audit.”The RCMP in Manitoba has an open investigation into related allegations related to the use of Peguis First Nation’s land settlement trust fund. The RCMP investigation, triggered by a complaint from a Peguis First Nation band member, is currently on hold pending the completion of Deloitte’s financial review.The time frames for the allegations sent to the RCMP and Indigenous Affairs correspond with Hudson’s previous terms as chief for Peguis.Usand recently partnered with famed Indigenous architect Douglas Cardinal to create the Douglas Cardinal Housing Corporation.Cardinal’s lawyer Michael Swinwood told APTN the architect is currently unware of any allegations concerning Usand.jbarrera@aptn.ca@JorgeBarreralast_img read more

April 1213 Advice on make a home investment

April 12-13: Advice on make a home investment first home|home investment AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by News Staff Posted Apr 11, 2014 9:32 am MDT Buying a first home can be exciting but also financially stressful and scary. A vice-president of retail and investment services at Meridian offers some advice. Reported by business reporter Kris McCusker.Audio Playerhttp://pmd.680news.com/podcasts/news_features/business-feature-home-investment_Kris-McCusker_2014-04-11.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. read more

Ban parents from pulling children out of religious education classes Church of

first_imgParents should be banned from pulling their children out of religious education classes because they are preventing students from learning about Islam, the Church of England has warned. Derek Holloway, the Church’s lead on religious education (RE) policy, said that those with “fundamentalist” religious beliefs are “exploiting” laws which give them the right to withdraw children from the lessons, in order to stop them from learning about the Muslim faith. He said that parents are using a “dubious interpretation of human right legislation” to pull students out of the classes, warning that such actions create a “dangerous” precedent. Mr Holloway, who taught at comprehensive schools in Essex and Wiltshire before taking up his current post in the C of E’s education office, said that the right to withdraw children from RE lessons risks being hijacked by those who want to “incite religious hatred”. Youngsters must learn about other religions and world views, Derek Holloway says  Youngsters must learn about other religions and world views, Derek Holloway says Credit:Chad Ehlers / Stock Connection / Rex Features Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Mr Holloway said that the right to withdraw students from RE lessons “perpetuates the myth” that the classes are in some way linked to collective worshipCredit:vicky kasala / Alamy Stock Photo The Church believes the right for parents to withdraw children from RE should be repealed and a national statement of a child’s entitlement to RE lessons should drawn up. Mr Holloway said that the right to withdraw students from RE lessons “perpetuates the myth” that the classes are in some way linked to collective worship, when in fact they contribute to a “broad and balanced curriculum” by teaching children about a range of faiths and beliefs.”Through RE teacher social media forums and feedback from our RE advisers, I am aware that some parents have sought to exploit the right to withdraw children from RE lessons,” Mr Holloway told the Press Association.”This is seemingly because they do not want their children exposed to other faiths and world views, in particular Islam.”We are concerned that this is denying those pupils the opportunity to develop the skills they need to ‘live well together’ as adults.”This also puts schools in an “impossible position” as they have to show Ofsted inspectors they are preparing pupils for life in modern Britain, Mr Holloway warned.”Anecdotally, there have also been some cases in different parts of the country of parents with fundamentalist religious beliefs also taking a similar course,” he said.”This is not confined to any one particular religion or area of the country. “The Church of England is far from alone in this view and we support the broad consensus across the sector – both from teachers and RE advisers – that the right of withdrawal from RE is being exploited by a minority and should now be reviewed.”Mr Holloway added that the Church does not want to see parents’ rights to withdraw pupils from assemblies reviewed or scrapped. Mr Holloway said that the right to withdraw students from RE lessons “perpetuates the myth” that the classes are in some way linked to collective worship Youngsters must learn about other religions and world views so that they know how to get along with people from different backgrounds and beliefs, Mr Holloway said.RE lessons, along with other school subjects, can help efforts to combat extremism and foster better community relations, he added. Writing in a blog on the Church of England’s Facebook page, he said: “Sadly, and dangerously, the right of withdrawal from RE is now being exploited by a range of ‘interest groups’ often using a dubious interpretation of human rights legislation.“The right of withdrawal form RE now gives comfort to those who are breaking the law and seeking to incite religious hatred”.last_img read more

Rise of the Streetonian Eton pupils swap tails for trackies and Reeboks

But a new generation of wealthy Etonians has decided it is “cool to be common”, according to a former pupil who claims the venerable institution now produces “Streetonians”. It is the school that has become a byword for privilege, producing a future heir to the throne, 19 Prime Ministers and Jacob Rees-Mogg. Hugo Engel, who made headlines in 2016 when he and 10 fellow students were granted a private audience with Vladimir Putin and were pictured larking about at the Kremlin, has written an article for Tatler magazine in which he claims that “Eton has gone street”. The boys style themselves after London street gangs – albeit a very mild version – and favour expensive streetwear over traditional… read more

Princeton’s first female Ph.D. now nurtures Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center’s retreat

first_imgThere were a handful of people gardening at Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center’s Earth Day celebration Wednesday, and among them was T’Sai-Ying Cheng.The 84-year-old Vancouver resident has crafted a local imprint with her Vancouver plant nursery, TC Gardens, and her volunteer work in Legacy Salmon Creek’s rooftop healing garden.Cheng is the first women ever to earn a Ph.D. at Princeton University, which she received in 1964, but she said her graduate accomplishments don’t stand out much to her. She said she was so focused on graduate studies in genomics that she didn’t think much about being an educational groundbreaker.“The research was interesting,” Cheng said.Cheng did admit that it was hard procuring top-notch research jobs due to her gender, and that she relocated from Brookhaven National Laboratories in New York to the Pacific Northwest because she was offered the opportunity to lead a research project on timber cloning at the Oregon Graduate Institute, which eventually merged with Oregon Health & Science University. She said it was surprising to land a head research position as a woman of color in the 1970s.“I didn’t have a problem finding a job. There was a job waiting for me,” she said. “I didn’t have a problem getting paid money. The only problem I had at that time is that it is very hard for a woman to get a top position, the right position.”last_img read more

Sandu residents decry poor road condition

first_imgBy Kebba JeffangResidents of Sandu district in the northern part of Upper River Region (URR) are complaining about the poor condition of the Laminkoto – Passamas road which they said has been in this state of utter neglect during both the first and second republics.They raised their complaints recently to this reporter who was visiting the area to report on the living conditions of the inhabitants in one of these remote parts of The Gambia.Talking to a young man called Famara, who is a resident of Kuraw Village, he explained how the condition of the road has virtually disconnected them from the rest of the country as it is inaccessible or unmotorable. “It is difficult for us to easily travel within Sami or the bordering districts of Wuli, Sami and Basse as there is bus service because of bad condition of the road,” he said.He said the lack of good roads is seriously affecting the movements of people and goods, especially their agricultural produce which could not be transported to markets such as Basse.“The villagers depend on farming and gardening as the main sources of survival but that they always find it difficult to transport the produce to the weekly lumo and other markets,” he disclosed.Fatou Drammeh from Diabugu Village reiterated the negative impact that the road has on their lives and livelihoods.“We have always been hearing promises from both this government and the one before that they are going to construct the road but to no avail. We’ll only believe them when actual work has started,” she said.Ebrima Danso, a motorist who was passing by, also expressed concern on the state of the road and how it is making life more difficult for them. He said since vehicles are not using the road, the inhabitants, who have the means, are now resorting to motorbikes or bicycles to cover the distances.“Even these motorbikes are not being spared by the bad road as the owners are always forced to be repairing and replacing this or that damaged part,” he lamented.Mr. Danso said as tax payers they are also entitled to good roads in order to facilitate their easy movement within the district and to other parts of the country.An old man who was riding a bicycle said he heard it over the national radio in Basse that the government has now got a loan to construct the road but expressed his hope for this to materialize. “Since I heard this announcement, I have not seen any sign of work being started or anything done yet. I hope this time it will be true so that travelling will be made much easier in this area,” he said.last_img read more

Inquiry into Melco Resorts acquisition to determine whether Crown Resorts still suitable

first_imgThe suitability of Crown Resorts to retain a gaming license for its AU$2.2 billion Crown Sydney is among the key issues to be investigated by an inquiry into Melco Resorts’ acquisition of a 19.99% stake in the Australian casino operatorDetails of the inquiry, originally announced on 8 August, were released by the NSW Independent Liquor and Gaming Authority on Friday with Patricia Bergin SC named to look into a range of issues surrounding the transaction.They include whether Crown remains a suitable person to retain its restricted gaming license for the Barangaroo development, due to open in 2021, and whether the disposal of shares to Melco Resorts constitutes a breach of the license or any other regulatory agreement.In outlining the focus of its inquiry, the Independent Liquor and Gaming Authority confirmed the inquiry was being conducted in response to recent Australian media reports which “raised various allegations into the conduct of Crown Resorts and its alleged associates and business partners and raised questions as to whether the Licensee remains a suitable person to hold a restricted gaming license for the purposes of the Casino Control Act.”Those reports include allegations that Crown Resorts or its agents or affiliates engaged in money-laundering, breached gambling laws and partnered with junket operators with links to drug traffickers, money launderers, human traffickers and organized crime groups. The reports have also questioned Melco’s acquisition of a stake in Crown due to Melco’s Chairman and CEO Lawrence Ho being the son of Macau casino magnate Dr Stanley Ho, with whom Crown is prohibited from conducting business as per a 2014 agreement with the regulator.Referencing what it calls the “Melco Changes”, the regulator said on Friday that the Commissioner is required to inquire into and report upon the “the identity of any person who has or will become a close associate of the Licensee,” whether that person is “of good repute, having regard to character, honesty and integrity” and whether they “have any business association with any person, body or association who is not of good repute, having regard to character, honesty, integrity, or has undesirable or unsatisfactory financial sources.”Melco announced last week announced that it has put its acquisition of the second tranche of Crown Resorts shares on hold until the inquiry is completed, having acquired the first tranche in 6 June.IAG has previously criticized elements of the recent Australian media coverage of Crown Resorts, describing it as over-dramatized and questioning the backgrounds and motivations of some of the sources used in the reporting.last_img read more

Handson Yubico iPhone Security Key Works with Lightning and USBC

first_imgSamsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus Review: A 6.8-inch BeastThe Galaxy Note 10 Plus sports a gorgeous display, long battery life and new S Pen tricks, but its cameras could be better.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpTCL 5-Series Hands-On00:56OffAutomated Captions – en-USLive00:0005:3005:30 Android owners have been able to use YubiKeys for years to log into 2FA-enabled accounts, thanks to the NFC (near-field-communication) chip built into many YubiKeys. But while iPhones can use NFC for Apple Pay, Apple doesn’t like other companies’ software interacting with NFC on iPhones. Hands-on with the YubiKey We got a YubiKey 5ci in advance and borrowed an iPhone to see how well the two devices play together. Unfortunately, we found that support for the 5ci on iOS was still pretty limited. We had no trouble registering the 5ci to our Google account using the USB-C port on a Windows PC, but when we tried to log into our Gmail account on iOS, the Google Smart Lock app on iOS, required for Google 2FA on iOS, didn’t recognize the security key. That’s actually fine, as the list of online services that supports the YubiKey 5ci on iOS is still pretty small and doesn’t yet include Google. (It doesn’t seem that Apple supports the FIDO2 standard that many websites implement for security keys.)Yubico had told us that GitHub recognized the 5ci on iOS, but we couldn’t get GitHub to recognize the key on a USB-C-enabled Windows PC, even though we were using the Brave web browser as Yubico suggested. We could register an older USB-A YubiKey with GitHub without trouble.A YubiKey 5ci with a MacBook Pro.(Image credit: Yubico)These are probably just teething issues. Yubico says the YubiKey 5ci is already supported by the LastPass and 1Password iOS apps, and many more online services are sure to follow, although each will have to implement its own support for the moment.Other YubiKeys are supported by dozens of online services, including Dashlane, Dropbox, Facebook, Instagram, KeePass, Keeper, Microsoft, Nintendo, Okta, Reddit, Twitter and WordPress. You can even use one to log into your Mac.Yubico isn’t the only manufacturer of security keys. Google offers its Titan key bundle for $50, including a Bluetooth-enabled keyfob for devices that don’t support NFC. The U.S. startup Solo sells a range of keys starting at $20. All these security keys support the FIDO2 open standard, but Yubico adds its own features and supports several more services that shy away from FIDO2, such as LastPass.Security keys are among the most secure forms of two-factor authentication, and have become especially important now that cryptocurrency thieves have been stealing phone numbers to intercept texted 2FA codes and break into accounts. Google employees use security keys for their work accounts, and the company says it hasn’t had a single compromised workplace account since. You’re Probably Doing 2FA Wrong: Here’s the Right WayHere’s the One Gmail Setting You Should Activate NowPasswords Aren’t Dead — You’re Just Using Them Wrong Users of iPhones now can finally catch up to their Android counterparts and use a physical security key as a second factor when logging into mobile accounts that require two-factor authentication (2FA).Security-key maker Yubico today (Aug. 20) debuted the YubiKey 5ci ($70), the first security key to feature an Apple Lightning USB plug to use when logging into an online account for the first time from an iPhone. Of course, you’ve got to have the key registered for the account first.The YubiKey 5ci also has a USB-C plug for use with Macs, Windows PCs and Android phones, making it a one-stop shop for anyone who uses newer Apple devices. The key won’t yet work on iPad Pros with a USB-C port, however.MORE: What Two-Factor Authentication Is — and How to Enable ItRECOMMENDED VIDEOS FOR YOU…logoCreated with Sketch.last_img read more

Heartbeat Bills Get the Science of Fetal Heartbeats All Wrong

first_imgFrom there, the issue is what that “heartbeat” actually is. “At six weeks, the embryo is forming what will eventually develop into mature systems. There’s an immature neurological system, and there’s a very immature cardiovascular system,” says Jennifer Kerns, an ob-gyn at UC San Francisco and director of research in obstetrics and gynecology at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital. The rhythm specified in the six-week abortion bans, she says, “is a group of cells with electrical activity. That’s what the heartbeat is at that stage of gestation … We are in no way talking about any kind of cardiovascular system.” In part because that rhythm is a sign of the health of the developing embryo, scientists have worked to push backward the moment in pregnancy they can detect it. In 1984 they were pretty psyched to pick up fetal cardiac activity at between 41 and 43 days of gestation—six weeks. The researchers described it as a “tiny blinking, flashing, and/or rocking echo with a regular rhythm,” which is how scientists say something has a good beat and you can dance to it. “What’s really happening at that point is that our ultrasound technology has gotten good enough to be able to detect electrical activity in a rudimentary group of cells,” Horvath says.But if you’re thinking about this as something that looks roughly like a person with something that looks roughly like a chest, inside which something that looks roughly like a valentine is going pitter-pat (or lubdub-lubdub), you’re picturing the wrong thing. As the ob-gyn Jen Gunter wrote three years ago, this is, more technically, “fetal pole cardiac activity.” It’s a cluster of pulsing cells. “In the mouse embryo, for example, there is a definite cardiac rhythm in the tiny, little, immature heart at 8.5 days of development, but it is certainly not enough to support viability,” says Janet Rossant, senior scientist and chief of research emeritus at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. “It is just helping to encourage the development of an organized vasculature and circulatory system—a prerequisite for future viability but not sufficient alone.” Yet many state bills use a six-week clock and fetal cardiac activity as a basis for policymaking. “I do think there’s a deliberate conflation of terms going on in legislation in order to try to co-opt the science, or at least the scientific language,” Horvath says. “These bans are really just arbitrarily chosen points in time in a pregnancy that are strictly there because they want a complete ban on abortion care.”This kind of slippery language and shoddy science has consequences. Even if it wasn’t an attempt to put a veneer of scientific finality over a difficult ethical question, it’d still open up the possibility of serious health risks to pregnant women. Some of the legislation under consideration doesn’t acknowledge the possibility of a miscarriage after detection of fetal cardiac activity, meaning women who do miscarry could be subject to prosecution—which could deter them from seeking necessary prenatal medical care. “We absolutely know that when you ban abortion, maternal mortality increases,” Kerns says. “But in addition, it marginalizes poor women and women of color, who are often the ones who can’t then access abortion across state lines, who can’t take days off of work, organize child care, and have the finances. It just exacerbates what’s already an inequitable system.”But the confirmation of Trump nominee Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court tipped the balance of that court toward the right. Abortion opponents see the possibility that the new lineup would vote to overturn Roe v. Wade, the landmark decision that legalized abortion in the United States, if the right case came before it. Aggressive bans like heartbeat bills or any of the other 300 anti-abortion laws passed in the first quarter of 2019 could be it. Fetal cardiac activity’s usefulness as a diagnostic marker might turn out to be less important than the powerful noise it could make in Washington.More Great WIRED StoriesThe hacker group on a supply-chain hijacking spreeMy search for a boyhood friend led to a dark discoveryLA’s plan to reboot its bus system using cell phone dataThe antibiotics business is broken, but there’s a fixMove over, San Andreas: There’s a new fault in town💻 Upgrade your work game with our Gear team’s favorite laptops, keyboards, typing alternatives, and noise-canceling headphones📩 Want more? Sign up for our daily newsletter and never miss our latest and greatest stories That’s the other wobbly term of art here: “viability.” In common parlance, people sometimes use that word to describe a baby far enough along in gestation to survive outside a woman’s womb. In humans, that takes about 24 weeks, give or take (every pregnancy is different, and so are the skill sets of every hospital and every neonatal intensive care unit). But that’s not what clinicians mean. “It means a pregnancy that, at that point in time, looks like it’s normal to continue,” Kerns says.Science doesn’t seem to be a strong point of many states’ anti-abortion bills. You might have read about an additional bill Ohio is considering that would ban most birth control and require the surgical reimplantation of ectopic pregnancies, a dangerous-to-the-mother condition in which an embryo implants somewhere other than the uterus. That’s not something scientists know how to do. (“No. Just never. I mean, never. Never ever,” Kerns says. “Ectopic pregnancies are medical emergencies.”) And indeed, courts have largely judged six weeks to be unreasonably early for pregnant people to realize they’re pregnant and get an abortion. None of the state laws banning abortion at six weeks are in effect; some are too new, some were overturned by courts, and others are under legal challenge.To opponents, the six-week bans’ deployment of science—or at least scientific language—sounds like an attempt to challenge those rulings. “Using the word heartbeat here is an intentional obfuscation,” Kerns says. “Hearing the word heartbeat plays upon people’s emotions … when in fact what it does is effectively ban abortions for many people, because many people don’t even know they’re pregnant at six weeks.” Last week, Georgia governor Brian Kemp—the narrow winner over Stacey Abrams in a contentious, sketchy election last year—signed into law a ban on abortions after more than six weeks of pregnancy. That made Georgia the sixth state to institute such a ban, and the fourth this year (Ohio’s elected officials put theirs in place in April), with seven more states kicking around the idea. It’s not even the most aggressive anti-abortion concept; the Alabama state senate is set to vote today on a bill that, if it became law, would make performing an abortion a crime punishable by up to 99 years in prison. They’re all part of a nationwide push, with more than 300 bills in 2019, to try to make the procedure illegal.The political aim of so-called heartbeat bills is pretty clear. Some Americans would like to ban abortion altogether, but the Supreme Court says that’s unconstitutional. So they advocate for increasingly draconian laws that walk up to that line. Less straightforward, though, is the science. What the bills call a heartbeat—it’s not that.These bills generally say that a “fetal heartbeat” helps predict whether a pregnancy will result in a living baby; the model legislation many states use refers to that fetal cardiac activity as a marker of “an unborn human individual,” defining a moment where alive-ness starts. And, yes, it’s true that detection of cardiac rhythm is a marker for the health of a pregnancy and a good sign that it’ll continue—that, if everything works out, it’ll result in the birth of a living baby. “Detecting a fetal heartbeat can be a sign that there is a pregnancy developing, and that’s a sign we use to reassure people,” says Sarah Horvath, an ob-gyn with the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.But beyond that, the science here needs a lot of unpacking. First, you have to note the use of the phrase “unborn human individual;” this part of the debate over abortion depends on whether you think a 3- to 4-millimeter-long, partially organized blob of cells is a human individual or not. It also depends on whether you think the government or the person in whom those cells reside gets to make that determination.last_img read more

Worlds first singlepassenger drone being tested by Chinese company

first_imgThe world’s first passenger drone, the Ehang 184, capable of autonomously carrying a person in the air for 23 minutes has received necessary approval from Nevada’s governor’s office needed to develop and be tested at the state’s Federal Aviation Administration-approved drone test site.The Chinese firm Ehang, which unveiled the electric Ehang 184 passenger drone at CES in Las Vegas in January, says the Ehang 184 Autonomous Aerial Vehicle is a 142-horsepower “Personal flying vehicle” that can transport a single human being from Point A to Point B at an altitude of more than 11,000 feet.The southern China’s Guangzhou-based company has partnered with the Nevada Institute for Autonomous Systems and the Governor’s Office of Economic Development to put the drone through testing and regulatory approval.“I look forward to the day when drone taxis are part of Nevada’s transportation system,” said Wilczek, Goed’s aerospace, and defense specialist.The Ehang 184 has a span of 18 feet when fully unfolded, weighs 440 lbs, and can carry a passenger weighing up to 264 pounds. Sourcelast_img read more

Introducing QuickJS a small and easily embeddable JavaScript engine

first_imgOn Tuesday, Fabrice Bellard, the creator of FFmpeg and QEMU and Charlie Gordon, a C expert, announced the first public release of QuickJS. Released under MIT license, it is a “small but complete JavaScript engine” that comes with support for the latest ES2019 language specification. Features in QuickJS JavaScript engine Small and easily embeddable: The engine is formed by a few C files and does not have any external dependency. Fast interpreter: The interpreter shows impressive speed by running 56,000 tests from the ECMAScript Test Suite1 in just 100 seconds, and that too on a single-core CPU. A runtime instance completes its life cycle in less than 300 microseconds. ES2019 support: The support for ES2019 specification is almost complete including modules, asynchronous generators, and full Annex B support (legacy web compatibility). Currently, it does not has support for realms and tail calls. No external dependency: It can compile JavaScript source to executables without the need for any external dependency. Command-line interpreter: The command-line interpreter comes with contextual colorization and completion implemented in Javascript. Garbage collection: It uses reference counting with cycle removal to free objects automatically and deterministically. This reduces memory usage and ensures deterministic behavior of the JavaScript engine. Mathematical extensions: You can find all the mathematical extensions in the ‘qjsbn’ version, which are fully-backward compatible with standard Javascript. It supports big integers (BigInt), big floating-point numbers (BigFloat), operator overloading, and also comes with ‘bigint’ and ‘math’ mode. This news struck a discussion on Hacker News, where developers were all praises for Bellard’s and Gordon’s outstanding work on this project. A developer commented, “Wow. The core is a single 1.5MB file that’s very readable, it supports nearly all of the latest standard, and Bellard even added his own extensions on top of that. It has compile-time options for either a NaN-boxing or traditional tagged union object representation, so he didn’t just go for a single minimal implementation (unlike e.g. OTCC) but even had the time and energy to explore a bit. I like the fact that it’s not C99 but appears to be basic C89, meaning very high portability. Despite my general distaste for JS largely due to websites tending to abuse it more than anything, this project is still immensely impressive and very inspiring, and one wonders whether there is still “space at the bottom” for even smaller but functionality competitive implementations.” Another wrote, “I can’t wait to mess around with this, it looks super cool. I love the minimalist approach. If it’s truly spec compliant, I’ll be using this to compile down a bunch of CLI scripts I’ve written that currently use node. I tend to stick with the ECMAScript core whenever I can and avoid using packages from NPM, especially ones with binary components. A lot of the time that slows me down a bit because I’m rewriting parts of libraries, but here everything should just work with a little bit of translation for the OS interaction layer which is very exciting.” To know more about QuickJS, check out Fabrice Bellard’s official website. Read Next Firefox 67 will come with faster and reliable JavaScript debugging tools Introducing Node.js 12 with V8 JavaScript engine, improved worker threads, and much more React Native 0.59 is now out with React Hooks, updated JavaScriptCore, and more!last_img read more

Big prizes for Bergville Marathon

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite The marathon, organised by the Ladysmith Athletics Club, will take place on Saturday, 11 April. This 52km race is largely run through open country, farm areas and a forest. It offers an ideal opportunity for runners to test their fitness levels. Some challenging sections can be expected at 12km and 18km with another testing pull at the 45km mark. The race finishes with a downhill meander to the Ladysmith Indoor Sports Centre.Pre-race and after-race reporting will be available on the Ladysmith Gazette site with up to the minute updates on Twitter and FacebookApart from the main 52km ultra marathon, the N3TC 21km Half Marathon will take place on the same day and for those who want take it really easy, the 5km Khanyisile Trust Fun Run is also planned for Friday 10 April before the two big races.This fun/run walk benefits the Khanyisile Community Trust which supports twelve schools in the Van Reenen district through a number of programmes for children including education development initiatives, safe transport, eco-training, waste recycling, nutrition, health and sanitation. R10 from every entry in any of the N3TC Arthur Cresswell Memorial Marathon races will be donated to Khanyisile.Pre-entries and more information are available from:www.enteronline.co.za or www.ladysmithathleticclub.co.zaEntries close on Friday, 20 March.For more information contact: 076 536 7070 or lacracesecretary@gmail.com.Follow us on Twitter: @ArthurCresswell or share your experience on @N3Route Runners only have a few days left to enter the N3TC Arthur Cresswell Memorial Marathon. Only pre-race entries are accepted for this Comrades qualifier.To mark this milestone, N3TC is offering a course record incentive of R10 000 to first man and first woman to break the respective 52km course records at this year’s event.Entries close on 20 March 2015.“This is the 5th year that N3 Toll Concession (N3TC) will be hosting the race. We are looking forward to celebrating 50 years of the successful hosting of this quirky marathon. As far as we know, this is the only marathon in South Africa that had its origins in a pub.The plan to host the Arthur Creswell Memorial Marathon got hatched in Ladysmith’s Old Country Club Pub when the late Dave Gardner and Dart Bousefield had the idea to commemorate their runner-friend, Arthur Cresswell, with an ultra-marathon. It is now one of South Africa’s oldest marathons and a favorite of many runners preparing for the Comrades Marathon,” explains N3TC Marketing Manager, Andy Visser.N3TC is responsible for the management of the N3 Toll Route between Heidelberg and Cedara.Well-known marathon athletes have completed this race in the past including Bruce Fordyce, Shaun Meikeljohn, Frith van der Merwe and Nadine Harris, to name a few. Manie Khun became the inaugural winner of the Arthur Cresswell Marathon clocking a good time of 03:42:20 for 52km.center_img Last chance to enter the 50th N3TC Arthur Cresswell Memorial Marathon between Bergville and Ladysmith last_img read more

Norwegian tells about his captivity in Sudan

first_img New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Soerboe said in Oslo that the four had identified themselves as U.N. workers when they were arrested on April 29 in the Heglig border region by Sudanese soldiers firing weapons nto the air. Violence between Sudanese and South Sudanese forces had spiked in that area.“We introduced ourselves and told them we are on a mission for the United Nations. They asked us if we cleared the mines they had put out, and we acknowledged,” Soerboe said in a statement released by his agency. “So we were blindfolded and we got hit in the head.”Soerboe said he was working with Briton Chris Fielding from the United Nations, Peter Monyluak of the South Sudan Mine Action Authority, and Thabo Siave of the South African demining organization Mechem.Britain’s Foreign Office has confirmed that Fielding was freed on Monday, and Foreign Office Minister David Lidington said the Briton was “healthy and was well treated by the Sudanese while he was in detention.”On Twitter, Norwegian Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Stoere said Friday that he has met with Soerboe who is “in a good shape, high spirits. He’s a good man.”Soerboe said the Sudanese authorities thought they were spies or mercenaries who had entered Sudan illegally. Top Stories Top holiday drink recipes Men’s health affects baby’s health too (Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) OSLO, Norway (AP) – Four foreigners who were arrested by Sudanese authorities and held for three weeks were on a U.N. mine clearing mission along the disputed border with South Sudan, a relief agency said Friday.The Norwegian, Briton, South African and South Sudanese soldier were all freed in Sudan on Sunday. John Soerboe, a 50-year-old relief worker for Norwegian People’s Aid, returned home Friday.African Union mediator Thabo Mbeki facilitated their release, said the Norwegian People’s Aid and Britain’s Foreign Office. Patients with chronic pain give advice Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Sponsored Stories More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Comments   Share   last_img read more

Update One dead in N11 crash

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite The collision that took place on the N11 just before Modelkloof left one dead, one slightly injured and one in shock.The accident involved an Opel Corsa bakkie and a BMW X5.According to eyewitnesses, the deceased was sitting on the back of the bakkie and was flung off the vehicle.Sharaj and EMRS paramedics responded to the scene and treated both drivers. They were then transported to hospital.The deceased is an African male in his early 30s.Public Safety was on scene to control traffic, and both lanes were closed while the SAPS forensic unit carried out investigations.Towing services also responded to the scene.last_img read more

LHS hosts choir evening

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite The community was entertained by a mass schools choir evening at Ladysmith High School (LHS) last night (Tuesday). Local primary schools were invited to take part in the choir evening, which was enjoyed by family and friends alike. Junior and senior choirs performed different genres of music, including traditional Zulu songs. Hamilton’s Marimba Band also took the stage. The night ended with all the school choirs forming one mass choir to perform for the appreciative audience. The schools that took part were Egerton, Monument, Hamilton and of course the hosts, LHS.last_img read more