BC daycare operator defends youngsters from attempted abduction

first_imgPRINCE GEORGE, B.C. – Martial arts training might not be the first thing a daycare worker would list on a resume, but six youngsters in central British Columbia are safe because the operator of their pre-school used those skills this week.Chelsi Sabbe, the owner of a licensed daycare in Prince George, says she reacted Tuesday when a man allegedly tried to grab two children in her care.Sabbe said in an interview Thursday she was concerned when she saw a man approaching two children playing in a park. When a four-year-old boy was snatched, she began screaming and leaped on the man’s back to try to pull the child away.“I wasn’t letting him get away with one of those kids,” said Sabbe, whose father was a kickboxing and mixed martial arts instructor.“As a child I did judo and karate and kickboxing,” she added.Sabbe said she managed to free the boy and urged him and the other children to safety, but the man then grasped the arm of a second boy. He punched her as she rushed forward again, she said.Sabbe said she ordered the children, all under six, to take shelter in a nearby house.She said she pulled the man by the hair, kneed him in the face and then held him in a headlock until she was certain the children were safe.The fight caught the attention of a neighbour who called police.The RCMP said when they arrived a man fled through a baseball field where he was arrested.Shortly after the arrest, police received a report of an earlier abduction attempt just a few blocks away. A man had tried to grab a boy who was with his mother, but the woman managed to get her son back and returned home, police said.The suspect fit the same description of the man police had just arrested, they said in a news release on Tuesday.A 35-year-old man from Prince George has been charged with two counts of kidnapping, and one count each of assault and obstructing a peace officer.Sabbe brushed off her actions as something that just came naturally.“I love my daycare children like I love my own children and if somebody is trying to harm them and you are given no other (option), that is my own defence mechanism,” she said.“I got a few punches to the head and I’ve got bruises on my arm, but other than that, I’m OK.”She said she had to take a few days off to help with the investigation and other issues, but the children will be back in her care on Friday and there will be a revised safety plan.Sabbe will now carry her cellphone in a pouch around her waist after losing her mobile during the first scuffle.All of the children were unharmed and Sabbe said they are doing well.“They’ve got some stories I’m sure. I’m looking forward to seeing them all. I miss them.”— By Beth Leighton in Vancouverlast_img read more

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Lone woman says fellow councillors shut her out when she pushes for

first_imgFREDERICTON — The only woman on Fredericton city council says she feels shut out when trying to advocate for change.Kate Rogers said Wednesday she has decided to speak out publicly because her private efforts weren’t working.“It’s a problem that there is such limited female representation on council. It really affects the decisions that we make, it affects how we make those decisions and how we converse over those decisions,” she said.“It’s not healthy to have a monoculture,” said Rogers, who is also executive director of the Fredericton Community Foundation.  Rogers was one of three women elected to city council seven years ago, but the only one to win election in 2016.The city often appoints members of the public to various committees, but Rogers said too often there are few or no women appointed. She said that when she asks why, she’s told there were no good women to appoint.“That has been frustrating,” she said.Rogers said it’s up to city hall to create a space where all feel welcome and where there is shared gender representation, but recently she’s feeling less and less a part of the team.“If I don’t speak out and just go along, everyone is perfectly friendly. But when I begin to really air my views and share my values about why we should move in a certain direction, that’s when I begin to feel excluded,” she said.Leanne Fitch, the city’s former police chief, offered support of Rogers on Twitter, saying “Accountability for misogyny @CityFredGov is long over due. I’ve seen it, felt it, experienced it.”Fitch added: “All levels of government have a fundamental responsibility to ensure diversity, respect, fairness and inclusion. Not only in political realms, but as politicians they set the tone for senior staff who carry out the work and influence workplaces.”Rogers said speaking to the media about the issue probably won’t help her, but she is hopeful it will result in greater public support for gender diversity at city hall.“For me …I don’t know that it could be a lot worse, to be honest. I’ve tried for seven years to try to do this in closed settings in our meetings, in private conversations, I’ve made a lot of effort without going public. We need to make changes, and the only way I see now is if the public puts pressure on council,” she said.Mayor Mike O’Brien did not immediately respond to a request for comment.Rogers said O’Brien has said to her that more women need to run for city council. She said for that to happen, City Hall has to become a more inviting space for women.The next council elections will be held in 2020, but Rogers said she has not decided if she will seek re-election.Kevin Bissett, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Comedian Charlie Demers tackles fascism and fatherhood with new album

first_img Facebook Login/Register With: Joking about about Nazis and fatherhood during the same set is no easy task, yet Charlie Demers has found a way on his new album Fatherland.Toddlers are yelling in the background when the Georgia Straight calls Demers, just as he is dropping his child off at daycare.Demers has been a professional comedian for quite some time, starting in 2004. After trying his luck at the infamous Urban Well, Demers was told by well-known Vancouver comedian Sean Proudlove that “the Well” was not really the starting-off point for a comedian. Not leaving empty-handed, Demers was given a list of one-nighters around town and ended up at El Cocal on Commercial Drive, which had a comedy night run by Graham Clark. Demers was unsure how to get on the show, so he showed up with a group of friends (always helpful to bring a bit of a crowd with you) and asked Graham for some time. Clark gave him four minutes, which is pretty standard for a first-timer. Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Demers had to follow a comedian who had been poking fun at local antiwar rally where Noam Chomsky had spoken. “He was making fun of the way the guy who introduced Chomsky, and that had been me who had introduced Chomsky,” Demers says. “It was a nice little entree that I could use as my opener. It was a lot of fun.”Since the first night went well, the obvious question is: at what point of his career did he know standup was something he should pursue full-time? Demers chuckles and says, “I think that feeling is rarely permanent.” He says, “Sometimes on-stage it feels so good and it will be going so well and you just think that this is the thing I was born to do. And then you’ll have a sober moment, even the next day, where you think that there is nowhere to go in this country for a comedian. And so it’s one of those things that has all kinds of existential malaise bound up in it, where I do find myself wondering how much longer I can make standup my main focus of my creative life.”READ MORE Twitterlast_img read more

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Canada formally joins TPP trade bloc to participate in December negotiations

by The Canadian Press Posted Oct 9, 2012 4:38 pm MDT Canada formally joins TPP trade bloc, to participate in December negotiations AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email OTTAWA – Canada has formally joined the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade bloc and will be at the table for the next full round in December.The invitation to join the club of now 11 Pacific nations was first announced in July, but all governments needed to ratify the inclusion.The U.S. completed its 90-day Congressional consultation on Monday, the last hurdle in the process.Canada, along with Mexico, has come late to talks that are already well underway, and will likely be expected to adopt decisions already reached by the other members — Australia, Brunei, Chile, Malaysia, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, the United States and Vietnam.While that has raised issues among critics, trade lawyer Lawrence Herman of Cassels Brock says the situation is not as severe as some suppose.“As a practical matter, Canada would probably have to accept any deals already done,” he said.“But the TPP has a long, long way to go and once Canada gets into the game in December we’ll have as much influence as any of the others in the remaining issues … and there are many still on the table.”The talks, like other trade negotiations, have been conducted behind closed doors, although some of the sensitive issues for Canada will seem familiar to free trade watchers, including intellectual property and Canada’s protectionist agricultural practices.Trade Minister Ed Fast, who is travelling in the Middle East this week, said in a news release issued in Ottawa that joining the TPP would be good for the economy.“Opening new markets and increasing Canadian exports to fast-growing markets throughout the Asia-Pacific region is a key part of our government’s plan to create jobs, growth and long-term prosperity,” he said.The government is currently pursuing a host of big trade agreements, including free trade arrangements with the European Union, Japan and India.The TPP market encompasses more than 658 million people and has a combined gross domestic product of about $20.5 trillion, larger than that of the U.S. and Europe. read more

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Canadian dollar takes small gains as housing data shows signs of cooling

by David Friend, The Canadian Press Posted Mar 15, 2013 9:27 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Canadian dollar takes small gains as housing data shows signs of cooling TORONTO – The Canadian dollar moved ahead Friday, but was off the three-week high it reached earlier in the session, as the latest Canadian housing data showed signs of a cool down.The loonie finished the final session of the week up 0.29 of a cent at 98.11 cents US, backing away from the high of 98.22.The Canadian Real Estate Association reported that home and condo resales fell 2.1 per cent in February from the previous month, when they logged a small gain.On a year-over-year basis, last month’s activity was down 15.8 per cent.Meanwhile in the United States, a spike in gasoline prices was cited as the major reason for an increase in consumer prices last month. The Labour Department says consumer prices increased a seasonally adjusted 0.7 per cent in February compared with January, the biggest rise since June 2009. Three-fourths of the increase reflected a 9.1 per cent surge in gas prices.And Statistics Canada said the amount of household credit market debt to disposable income held steady at almost 165 per cent in the last three months of 2012, while household net worth rose 1.4 per cent.Overall, the national net worth — the sum of the net worth of persons and unincorporated business as well as corporate and government sectors — increased to $6.9 trillion in the fourth quarter, up one per cent from the third quarter of 2012.In commodities, the April crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange added 42 cents to US$93.45 a barrel, while the TSX energy sector gained 1.1 per cent.Gold stocks were up 0.3 per cent as April bullion rose $3.70 to US$1,594.40 an ounce. May copper lost 1.5 cents to US$3.52 to pound. read more

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Key eyewitness says she saw young woman acting suspiciously on night Madeleine

first_imgMs Murat said she told detectives at the time but the information is now thought to be a significant part of the investigation. She said she also saw a brown car speeding towards the McCann’s apartment  that night going the wrong way down a one-way street. “It was a small rental car,” she told the BBC.  People walk past a church in Praia da Luz where a memorial mass for Madeleine McCann will be celebrated on May 3, 2017, on the 10th anniversary of her disappearanceCredit:AFP At the time, her parents Kate and Gerry were eating dinner with friends at a restaurant around 40 yards away.  Ms Murat told the BBC she remembered driving passed the McCann’s apartment that night and seeing a young woman acting suspiciously right outside. “She looked like she was trying to hide from me. I do remember she was wearing a plum coloured top,” she told the BBC.  A key eyewitness in the hunt for Madeleine McCann has revealed she saw a young woman standing right outside the family’s apartment acting suspiciously. Jenny Murat, a British expat who lives a few minutes from the McCann’s holiday home in Portugal’s Praia da Luz, said she is still haunted by what happened. Speaking publicly for the first time, the 81-year-old described what she saw on the night – now reported to be a significant part of the investigation. Wednesday marked a decade since three-year-old Madeleine went missing from the family’s apartment, where she was sleeping with her siblings twins Amelie and Sean. People walk past a church in Praia da Luz where a memorial mass for Madeleine McCann will be celebrated on May 3, 2017, on the 10th anniversary of her disappearance “I saw the driver, both of us looked at each other. He had a very British look about him.”center_img  Robert Murat was a suspect in McCann case Credit:Geoff Pugh   Robert Murrat was a suspect in McCann case  Her son Robert, 43, was investigated and then ruled out as an official suspect by Portuguese police. He has also spoken publicly on the anniversary of Madeleine’s disappearance, saying he would like to know “the truth” and why he was a suspect.”It didn’t only leave to me being destroyed, it was my whole family,” he told BBC News. 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.last_img read more

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Antonio Rama to overtake BM Granollers next summer

Legendary Spanish team BM Granollers Fraikin presented new coach for the next season – Antonio Rama Garcia. The 34-years old coach is more than two decades linked with the traditional team – EHF Cup winner from the past. He was a player and youth coach for many years.BM Granollers Fraikin are currently on the fourth place in ASOBAL. ← Previous Story Raul Gonzales close to promotion in Macedonian NT head-coach Next Story → Draw for Women’s EHF EURO 2018 qualifications on April 21 in Paris read more

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WWE Smackdown Live Preview NXT Superstar makes debut Styles vs Nakamura Carmella

first_imgFacebook WWE Smackdown will be taped from London, England and air tonight at its original time 8 p.m. ET tonight. Here are is a preview of things to look for:AJ Styles vs Shinsuke Nakamura, where the winner gets to choose the stipulation of their WWE title match at Money in the Bank.NXT superstar, Andrade “Cien” Almas is scheduled to make his Smackdown debut tonight.The New Day and The Bar will clash in a qualifying Money in the Bank match.Carmella is set to throw a Roy “Mellabration” tonight in London England on Smackdown.Wrestleview.com will have the Smackdown Spoilers later on today. Roy Nemer will still be providing coverage of WWE Smackdown here on Wrestleview starting at 8pm ET. Pinterest Google+ WhatsApp Twitter Wrestleview.com Stafflast_img read more

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PDM announced a rebrand of the party in blue

Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 06 May 2015 – The PDM party will rebrand itself ahead of the 2016 General Elections according to leader of the Party, they plan to bring a younger feel to the People’s Democratic Movement.“We intend to have a rebranding of the party with the youth playing a greater part in doing that. Whilst we stand on our record, we have a very good record, a very good track record from our first leader through, we know that we have a number of persons who cannot connect, even with our past but the one thing that is consistent is the representation. That we will certainly not be re-branding but we will be presenting in a ‘youthier’ way.”Media questioned the Opposition on what it feels is its biggest challenge. “Our biggest challenge is that people believe that we are the government and they have been calling on us to govern when in fact we do not have the power or the authority to do so. I quoted (earlier) a former Premier who said ‘the Opposition will have its say and the Government will have its way’ and that is the truth because the Opposition can only speak to issues because the executive authority is vested in the government and so that is certainly the biggest challenge for this team and that they’ve been calling on the Opposition to do more.”As for whether they suspect a date elections will be called and if the PDM feels ready for an election whenever it is called there was this. “Is our machinery getting ready? Well yes. Our machinery has to stay in a readies position, and there are things that we will do to make ourselves even more ready but we are anticipating… let’s put it this way, whenever elections is called we will be ready.”Leader of the PDM, Hon Sharlene Robinson also explained that there will be some new faces when a full slate of candidates for the PDM is announced in 2016. Related Items:general elections, Pdm, people’s democratic movement, rebranding, sharlene cartwright-robinson Recommended for you Only Doug and Ralph and Ruth can fit, that’s why TCI Premier blasts Opposition side for “slop” information, sets it straight in HOA TCI Country Leaders condemn vicious memes Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp read more

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PNP Government to cut back over a million in projects

first_img Related Items:appropriations committee, island fish fry, pnp, sean astwood Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 17 Nov 2015 – The Appropriations Committee met today in the Capital, Grand Turk and there it was revealed that the PNP Administration is pulling some $1.2 million dollars in funding from major projects. At least one member of that Committee accuses the government of abandoning their own plans for national development. Hon Sean Astwood calls the items which have been scraped this financial year, much needed projects which will now see severe cuts in resources and in most cases, it will mean these proposed items will not see the light of day. Among them, Magnetic Media has learned: Island Fish Fry which was touted to be moving to its own specially constructed location in Providenciales will no longer shift to that new spot near the Culture Market in the Bight. Astwood points to the House of Assembly at the NJS Francis Building in Grand Turk and shared that it is falling apart. The air condition continues to work sporadically and he exposed that the office of the Leader of the Opposition has had no air conditioning for the past three years. Hon Astwood did confirm that while the House Speaker now finds he has a cooler office, his air conditioning is unreliable as is the AC running into the main chamber of the House. The notion of a credit union, which was heavily promoted and pitched by the Finance Minister, Hon Washington Misick will no longer happen this fiscal year due to the cut back and the National Physical Development Plan is set aside also, due to funding being re-routed. Another idea of government’s which will not happen because of the multi-million dollar cut back, the Public and Environmental Health Laboratory. Opposition Leader responds to Throne Speech  11 days later; says PDM Govt plan puts TCI in ‘deep doo doo’ Olive branch extended by Opposition Leader, says it is time for Turks and Caicos leaders to unite TCI Country Leaders condemn vicious memes Recommended for youlast_img read more

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Car flips on side tot found walking in street

first_imgRescuers arrived to a one-vehicle car crash in the Shumway neighborhood Thursday to find the car on its side, a woman trapped inside and a toddler wandering in the street.The strange crash at East 33rd and F streets was reported about 1:18 p.m., said Firefighter-spokesman Joe Spatz with the Vancouver Fire Department.It appeared the woman had been driving east when, for an unknown reason, she veered right, hit a sign and then lurched onto the steel guide cables that hold up a utility pole.“That apparently acted like a ramp and it flipped her car over,” Spatz said.AMR Northwest ambulance paramedics scooped up the little boy, who was not believed seriously hurt.The Lexus sedan’s trunk door came open, with newspaper sections and Lego toys spilled onto the pavement.Firefighters used a set of Rescue 42-brand struts to hold the car in place. The device, fairly recently acquired, has telescoping struts that are held in place by a bottom strap that forms a triangle and prevented the car from rolling, Spatz said.The driver, a woman in her 30s, was found lying on the passenger-side front door. She wasn’t belted in, but it’s possible she unbuckled herself after the crash.Firefighters used a Glas-Master-brand saw to cut through the windshield and remove it in less than a minute, Spatz said. They then moved the woman out the windshield opening and into an ambulance.last_img read more

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Miami Mayor commissioners unveil new Miami community center

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – Mayor of Miami Tomás Regalado, Miami Commissioner Francis Suarez and other elected officials proudly presented a new community center at West End Park in the City of Miami, Monday afternoon.The elected officials welcomed their community to the new, multipurpose facility during a ribbon cutting ceremony at West End Park.“It’s just one of those happy days as an elected official, when you get to cut the ribbon to inaugurate a brand new facility for residents,” said Suarez. “I have had the pleasure and the honor of being able to construct one in every single park of my district since I became commissioner, and this has been a dream come true for me.”The new center includes a multipurpose room, offices, a fitness center, a computer room and even a classroom.Thanks to the new facility, there will be more programs added, such as fitness classes, youth programs and summer camps.For more information, visit www.miamigov.com/parks/park_westend.html.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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Purch Makes Third Acquisition In Two Years with AnandTech

first_img “AnandTech has grown by leaps and bounds over the past several years, but we were nearing what’s possible as an independent company,” Smith says in a statement. “The challenge has always been that there are very few players in the publishing space these days who value deep, high-quality content. We wanted a partner that understood our values, had a sound business model to ensure AnandTech’s legacy would continue for years to come, and would allow us to grow and expand our readership without compromising the quality that made us who were are today. Purch provides all of these things.” Terms of the deal will not be disclosed a spokesperson tells FOLIO:. Purch will retain the company’s staff, including Ryan Smith, who replaced Shimpi as editor-in-chief. Smith indicates that the acquisition will enable AnandTech to scale the brand further. The deal gives Purch an even greater foothold in the content-to-commerce tech space. Its portfolio already includes LAPTOP, Tom’s Hardware and Top Ten Reviews, amongst others. According to comScore, AndTech reaches over 1.3 million unique monthly visitors-less than 1 percent of Purch’s aggregate–brand reach, which is reportedly over 100 million each month.center_img Purch announced on Dec. 17 that it’s acquired AnandTech, publisher of computing and IT analysis and reviews. That marks its second acquisition this year, and the third in two years for the company, which rebranded from TechMedia Network back in April. Anand Shimpi founded AnandTech in 1997 at the age of 14. Shimpi stepped down as editor-in-chief in August to join Apple. In a release he says, “AnandTech represents much of my life’s work over the past 18 years. I am happy to see it end up with a partner committed to taking good care of the brand and its readers. I wouldn’t have had it any other way.”last_img read more

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How Cuba taught Venezuela to quash military dissent

first_imgVenezuelan President Hugo Chavez talks with Cuban President Fidel Castro at the port of Pampatar on Margarita Island. Photo: ReutersIn December 2007, Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez suffered his first defeat at the polls.Although still wildly popular among the working class that had propelled him to power nearly a decade earlier, voters rejected a referendum that would have enabled him to run for re-election repeatedly.Stung, Chavez turned to a close confidant, according to three former advisors: Fidel Castro. The aging Cuban leader had mentored Chavez years before the Venezuelan became president, when he was still best known for leading a failed coup.Now, deepening economic ties were making Cuba ever more reliant on oil-rich Venezuela, and Castro was eager to help Chavez stay in power, these advisors say. Castro’s advice: Ensure absolute control of the military.Easier said than done.Venezuela’s military had a history of uprisings, sometimes leading to coups of the sort that Chavez, when a lieutenant colonel in the army, had staged in 1992. A decade later, rivals waged a short-lived putsch against Chavez himself.But if Chavez took the right steps, the Cuban instructed, he could hang on as long as Castro himself had, the advisors recalled. Cuba’s military, with Castro’s brother at the helm, controlled everything from security to key sectors of the economy.Within months, the countries drew up two agreements, recently reviewed by Reuters, that gave Cuba deep access to Venezuela’s military – and wide latitude to spy on it and revamp it.The agreements, specifics of which are reported here for the first time, led to the imposing of strict surveillance of Venezuelan troops through a Venezuelan intelligence service now known as the Directorate General of Military Counterintelligence, or DGCIM.Under Cuban military advisors, Venezuela refashioned the intelligence unit into a service that spies on its own armed forces, instilling fear and paranoia and quashing dissent.Now known for its repressive tactics, the DGCIM is accused by soldiers, opposition lawmakers, human rights groups and many foreign governments of abuses including torture and the recent death of a detained Navy captain.According to the documents reviewed by Reuters, the agreements, signed in May 2008, allowed Cuba’s armed forces to: Train soldiers in Venezuela, review and restructure parts of the Venezuelan military and train Venezuelan intelligence agents in HavanaAnd change the intelligence service’s mission from spying on foreign rivals to surveilling the country’s own soldiers, officers, and even senior commanders.The first agreement, according to the documents, would prepare Venezuelan intelligence agents to “discover and confront the subversive work of the enemy.” The second agreement authorized Cuban officials to oversee the “assimilation” and “modernization” of Venezuela’s military.The presence of Cuban officials within Venezuela’s military has been known for years. President Nicolas Maduro, Chavez’s disciple and increasingly beleaguered successor, said in a 2017 speech: “We are grateful to Cuba’s revolutionary armed forces. We salute them and will always welcome them.”But neither country has ever acknowledged details of the agreements or the extent of Cuba’s involvement.In March, after US vice president Mike Pence denounced Havana’s “malign influence” on Caracas, Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez downplayed the relationship. “I strongly reject repeated and false accusations,” he tweeted, “of Cuban military ‘training,’ ‘controlling’ or ‘intimidating’ in Venezuela.”Neither Venezuela’s defense ministry nor its Information Ministry, responsible for government communications including those of Maduro, responded to emails and phone calls for this article. Cuban officials didn’t respond to requests from Reuters for comment.Eleven years after they were forged, the military agreements have proven crucial for Maduro’s survival as president, according to security experts, people familiar with the administration and opposition politicians.With Cuba’s help and training, the military has stood by Maduro and helped him weather an economic meltdown, widespread hunger and crime, and the emigration of more than 4 million people – more than 10 percent of Venezuela’s population in recent years.In June, Reuters explained how a reshuffling of the armed forces, and proliferation of senior officers, has kept military leadership beholden to Maduro.Now, the documents laying out Venezuela’s agreements with Cuba – and interviews with dozens of current and former members of the armed services, government officials and people familiar with the relationship between Caracas and Havana – show how instrumental Castro’s help has been as well.The transformation of the DGCIM, these people say, has been particularly effective. “The most important mission for the intelligence service once was to neutralize any threat to democracy,” said Raul Salazar, a former defense minister under Chavez who opposes Maduro. “Now, with Cuba in charge, the government uses it to stay in power.”Once Cuba began training DGCIM personnel, the intelligence service embedded agents, often dressed in black fatigues, within barracks. There, they would compile dossiers on perceived troublemakers and report any signs of disloyalty, according to more than 20 former Venezuelan military and intelligence officials.The DGCIM also began tapping the phones of officers, including senior military commanders, to listen for conspiracies.The crackdown has led to hundreds of arrests. At least 200 military officials are currently detained, according to the opposition-led National Assembly. Citizen Control, a Venezuelan organization that studies the armed forces, says the number is over 300. Venezuela`s President Nicolas Maduro gestures during a meeting with soldiers at a military base in Caracas. Photo: ReutersIn a June 2017 report, reviewed by Reuters, the DGCIM accused a soldier, who enrolled in a university considered to be aligned with the opposition, of “ideological and political subversion.” Speaking out for the first time, the former lieutenant recounted how he was handcuffed to a chair in a continuously lit room and beaten until two vertebrae broke.”Those days had no end,” he recalled. He revealed his story to Reuters on the condition that the news agency use only his first name, Daniel, and not disclose his age.Since its remaking, the DGCIM’s ranks have swelled – from a few hundred agents early in the Chavez administration to at least 1,500 now, according to former military officials.A recent United Nations report accused the DGCIM of torture – including electric shocks, suffocation, waterboarding, sexual violence, and water and food deprivation. Under Maduro, DGCIM officers have been promoted to senior positions, including the command of his personal security detail.The repression, opposition leaders say, has cowed the armed forces. Juan Guaido, head of the National Assembly, early this year denounced Maduro’s 2018 re-election as a sham and declared, with the support of most Western democracies, that he was Venezuela’s rightful leader.But opposition pleas for a military rebellion have gone unheeded. “We have failed,” said a senior opposition official involved in attempts to broker talks with military leaders. “We have nothing to offer to convince them.””A BASTION OF LATIN AMERICAN DIGNITY”For Chavez, the changes foreseen by the two agreements resonated on a personal level.Castro, whom he had long admired, was the first international leader to embrace Chavez as a rising politician in the 1990s.Venezuela’s military intelligence unit, meanwhile, was run by officers allied with the conservative elite and opposed to Chavez’s vision of transforming a country which, despite boasting the world’s biggest oil reserves, suffered rampant poverty.When Chavez’s 1992 coup failed, officers from the unit, then known as the Directorate of Military Intelligence, or DIM, were the ones tasked with arresting him. They initially jailed him in one of the same underground cells at the DIM’s Caracas headquarters where Chavez would later detain some of his own political opponents, according to several former officials.Months after his release from prison because of a presidential pardon, Chavez in 1994 flew to Havana, where Castro, in their first in-person meeting, greeted him at the airport.In Chavez, Castro saw a like-minded leftist leader of the sort that had become rare since the end of the Cold War. In Venezuela’s vast oil wealth, Castro saw potential nourishment for a Cuban economy starved by the collapse of its former sponsor, the Soviet Union.With Castro looking on, Chavez in a speech at the University of Havana called Cuba, then in its fourth decade of authoritarian rule, “a bastion of Latin American dignity.” He vowed to cure the capitalist “gangrene” afflicting Venezuela.After the visit, the two men began to speak regularly, former advisors said.By the late 1990s, high inflation, low economic growth and increased poverty made Chavez’s Socialist message attractive to a growing number of Venezuelans. In 1998, he was elected president. Almost immediately, he deepened formal links with Cuba.In October 2000, Castro travelled to Caracas to sign a series of economic agreements. Venezuela would give Cuba enough oil to meet half its energy needs.Since then, Venezuela has sent at least 55,000 barrels per day to the island, or more than $21 billion worth of oil, according to government figures and average prices over the period. In exchange, Cuba sent thousands of doctors, teachers and agricultural specialists to help diversify Venezuela’s grass-roots economy.By 2002, many of Venezuela’s elite had tired of Chavez. That April, conservative opposition leaders teamed up with military chieftains, including senior DIM officials, and detained him. But the coup, after a massive popular uprising on his behalf, failed within two days.Back in power, and with Castro’s blessing, Chavez placed Cuban advisors within his inner circle to tighten security, according to his former advisors and several former military officials. He began a purge of the intelligence service and other top ranks of the military.He appointed Hugo Carvajal, a lieutenant colonel who had joined Chavez’s 1992 coup effort and later headed the DIM’s investigations division, to be its subdirector. Within two years, Carvajal became its director general.Carvajal began modernizing the DIM. In an email to Reuters, Carvajal said Venezuela’s central bank provided millions of U.S. dollars in cash to the DIM for new technology, including surveillance equipment and a database to centralize intelligence.The intelligence boss would lead the service for nearly a decade. Now out of office, he has been sanctioned by the United States Treasury Department for allegedly helping Colombian guerrillas. Last April he was arrested in Spain and remains detained in response to a U.S. warrant for alleged drug trafficking.In the email, sent through his lawyer in Spain, Carvajal denied the accusations.In July 2007, Chavez named Gustavo Rangel, a loyalist who headed the army reserves, as defense minister.At his swearing-in, Rangel spoke of the need for “new Venezuelan military thinking” to counter the “real enemy.” The “empire,” he said, using common Caracas shorthand for the United States, was sponsoring “subversive groups” bent on destroying the revolution.Reuters was unable to reach Rangel, now retired, for comment.That December, Chavez lost the referendum on term limits. On television, he vowed a “new offensive” to pursue the goal.Venezuela`s Defense Minister, Commander in Chief Gustavo Rangel Briceno speaks during a news conference in Caracas. Photo: ReutersDefense talks with Cuba began. At a meeting in Caracas on May 26, 2008, Rangel and General Alvaro Lopez, Cuba’s vice minister of defense, signed the two agreements.Under the first agreement, Cuba’s defense ministry would oversee a restructuring of the DIM and advise on creating “new units” inside the service. The DIM would also send groups of as many as 40 officers to Havana for up to three months of espionage training.According to the documents, Venezuela would send resumes of training candidates for Cuba to vet. Courses included how to handle “secret collaborators,” how to conduct criminal investigations and how to select new intelligence agents.Most of the training, according to the documents, took place at the Comandante Arides Estevez Sanchez Military Academy in western Havana. At the academy, a cluster of white four-story buildings and parade grounds, Cuban instructors told DIM agents their mission henceforth would be to infiltrate and control the military, according to five people familiar with the courses.The second agreement created a committee known as the Coordination and Liaison Group of the Republic of Cuba, or GRUCE. The GRUCE, comprising eight Cuban “military experts,” would send Cuban advisors to Venezuela to inspect military units and train soldiers.One former Venezuelan intelligence official recalled training he received by Cuban instructors on a farm in the eastern Venezuelan state of Anzoategui. Instructors, he told Reuters, drilled students with questions about their political beliefs. The DIM, they said, must be the “tip of the spear” in the fight against “traitors.”Chavez, fortified by increases in government spending that boosted his popularity, won a new referendum to end term limits.In 2011, he changed the DIM’s name to include the term “counterintelligence,” reflecting its mission to thwart sabotage from within. By then, the new DGCIM was several hundred agents stronger, former officials said.Fresh from Cuban training, the new agents began infiltrating barracks. “We lived and trained with the troops to monitor them, keeping the bosses informed,” another former DGCIM officer told Reuters. “We had an iron grip.”Some agents pretended to be regular soldiers. Others donned their DGCIM uniforms and regularly encouraged soldiers to report on each other. They came to be known as “the men in black,” according to several former soldiers.”I’ll hand you to the DGCIM,” a battalion commander warned would-be rebels, one soldier recalled. Stories of detentions and torture by DGCIM agents, sometimes wearing skeleton masks and balaclavas, spread through the ranks.”YOU CAN’T FIGHT THE STATE”Chavez, following four surgeries in Cuba, died in 2013. Castro in a newspaper column called him “the best friend the Cuban people had in their history.” Voters elected Maduro to succeeded him.In 2014, oil prices plummeted.Maduro’s effort to spur the economy failed.Hunger and shortages hit even the armed forces. A military doctor told Reuters recently that many enlisted soldiers are underweight, subsisting primarily on pasta and lentils.As growing numbers of troops sought to desert, the DGCIM grew more aggressive. It expanded surveillance, wiretapping senior officers.On the top floor of its headquarters, some 40 agents in its Operational Communications Division used a platform called Genesi, according to a former member of the team.The system, designed by Italian telecommunications firm IPS SpA, allows users to “intercept, monitor and analyze every kind of information source,” according to the company’s web site.IPS didn’t respond to calls, emails or a letter seeking comment at its Rome headquarters. Reuters couldn’t identify an IPS office or personnel working in Venezuela.In July 2017, Daniel, the Army lieutenant in Caracas, was summoned to his battalion commander’s office. Once a Chavez supporter, Daniel had joined the army in 2004 but under Maduro lost enthusiasm and told superiors he planned to leave. He had enrolled in law classes at a local university while still in the military and taken part in some opposition marches.Daniel’s behavior, according to the intelligence report reviewed by Reuters, was “counter-revolutionary.” The report described the university, whose name Daniel asked Reuters not to disclose, as a school for the opposition.Upon reporting to the commander’s office, Daniel said, three uniformed counterintelligence agents confiscated his phone and said he was needed for an “interview” at DGCIM headquarters.Daniel said agents transferred him to an underground cell and handcuffed him to a chair. Each day, a man entered and punched him repeatedly. The beatings broke two vertebrae, according to a physician’s report reviewed by Reuters. The cell was lit all hours, causing Daniel to lose track of time.After 20 days, a military court charged him with treason, rebellion and violating military decorum. Pending a trial, he was transferred to another prison. Six months later, after entering a guilty plea, the court released Daniel on condition he remain in the country. He was expelled from the Army.Daniel returned to law classes, but regrets pleading guilty. “I’m not sure it was the right thing to do,” he said, but noted that many who don’t enter a plea remain detained indefinitely. “You can’t fight the state.”The surveillance has hurt even senior officers.One case sparked national outrage, forcing the government to recognize DGCIM abuse. Rafael Acosta, a 50-year-old Navy captain, died in DGCIM custody on June 29, eight days after agents arrested him.Tarek Saab, Venezuela’s chief prosecutor, said Acosta was detained for participating in an unspecified “right wing” plot. Acosta’s wife, Waleswka Perez, said the accusations were untrue and accused the DGCIM of torture.On July 1, Saab said the government had charged two DGCIM agents with homicide. He gave neither a cause of death nor the circumstances in which it occurred. The charges, Saab said in a statement, followed an “impartial” investigation into the “unfortunate event.”Venezuela`s President Nicolas Maduro speaks during a meeting with military high command members in Caracas.Photo: ReutersMost DGCIM handiwork never comes to light.In March 2018, five DGCIM agents summoned Lieutenant Colonel Igbert Marin, commander of the 302nd mechanized Army brigade, in Caracas. Marin, now 40 and the father of two young children, for most of his career was a rising star who had excelled at Venezuela’s top military academy.His wife, Yoselyn Carrizales, told Reuters the agents took Marin to the Defense Ministry, where he was met by officials including Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino and Ivan Hernandez, the current head of the DGCIM.The officials accused Marin of scheming against the government, said Carrizales, who is acting as one of Marin’s attorneys. They said they had video evidence of Marin and eight other officers conspiring, she added, but didn’t show him the video.Marin denied the allegation, saying that the meeting in question had been merely a gathering of old academy classmates. Indignant, he told the defense minister that such accusations were counterproductive, especially at a time when most of the military was suffering from shortages of food, pay and equipment.The minister should “leave his office, open his eyes and see how soldiers actually feel,” Marin told Padrino, according to Carrizales. Another lawyer defending Marin, Alonso Medina Roa, confirmed her account.Neither Padrino nor Hernandez could be reached for comment.The agents took Marin and the eight other officers to DGCIM headquarters. Marin later told his attorneys that agents handcuffed him to a chair, placed a bag over his head and filled it with tear gas. His lawyers detailed the alleged abuse to Reuters.A week later, at a hearing Carrizales attended, a military court charged Marin with treason, instigating rebellion and violating decorum. Agents then took Marin away. He remained incommunicado for 78 days.”I didn’t know if he was alive or dead,” said Carrizales.Marin remains detained, and his wife continues to work for his release. Venezuelan officials haven’t publicly commented on the case or shown Marin’s lawyers the alleged video. No trial date has been set.”They fear him,” Carrizales said. “He is an obvious leader within the armed forces. That’s why they arrested him.”last_img

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1st Trial in Freddie Gray Case Set for Nov 30

first_imgFreddie GrayBALTIMORE (AP) — The first trial in the case against six Baltimore police officers charged in the arrest and death of Freddie Gray will be held Nov. 30, and the other trials are set for early next year.Judge Barry Williams decided Tuesday that Officer William Porter, one of three officers to check on Gray after he was put in a police van, will stand trial first. Porter is accused of failing to provide or request medical care for Gray and not securing him safely in a van.Porter faces charges of manslaughter, assault, reckless endangerment and misconduct in office in the death of Gray, a Black man who died a week after he was handcuffed, shackled and put in the van.Prosecutors have said they intend to call Porter as a witness against at least two other officers, including the van driver and sergeant who checked on Gray after he was put inside the van.The judge ruled earlier this month that each officer will get his or her own trial and that they will be held in the city. Five of the six officers appeared in court Tuesday for the first time in their case. Only Porter did not attend.Gray’s death led to protests and rioting in Baltimore, and became a symbol for the treatment of Black men by police in America. It also shed light on long-standing and systemic disenfranchisement of African-Americans in the city.Attorneys for the six officers asked Williams to move the trials outside of Baltimore, citing pre-trial media coverage they say could prejudice a jury. The judge rejected their request earlier this month, but kept the door open to re-evaluate his decision should the state and defense run into problems seating a jury.Prosecutors suggested in a letter to the judge that the state intends to call Porter to testify against Sgt. Alicia White, who faces the same charges he does, and Officer Caesar Goodson, who faces an additional “depraved-heart” murder charge.Goodson, the van driver, will be tried Jan. 6 and White’s trial will begin Jan. 25.Officers Garrett Miller and Edward Nero face misdemeanor assault, misconduct in office and reckless endangerment charges, as does Lt. Brian Rice, who also faces a manslaughter charge. Their trials will be held in February and March.Prosecutors asked that Miller and Nero be tried before Rice, suggesting that they could call the officers to testify against each other.It isn’t clear what the officers will say in their testimonies, or how the state plans to use them as witnesses.Officers arrested Gray on April 12 in West Baltimore after he ran from officers. Police say he was carrying an illegal switchblade; prosecutors have said the knife was legal.Gray was not restrained with a seatbelt inside the transport van, although policy called for officers to belt him in. Roughly 45 minutes after his arrest, Gray arrived at the Western District stationhouse, where he was unresponsive.Although each officer will get his or her own trial, the order in which the officers will be tried is significant. Porter, Goodson and White were primarily involved in Gray’s transport. According to charging documents, they failed to render aid to Gray once he’d been placed into the police transport van.The van made several stops during which White, Porter and Goodson checked on Gray, but did not call a medic, according to charging documents.Miller, Nero and Rice were the officers who had initial contact with Gray, spotting him near the Gilmor Homes, chasing him and ultimately putting him in handcuffs and leg restraints before placing him inside the transport van.last_img read more

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Commissioner Davis on the Devastating DOJ Report

first_imgA couple of weeks ago Baltimore City Police Commissioner Kevin Davis said on my radio show “First Edition,” a little more than a year after the uprising and the (premature) conclusion of the trials of six police officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray, morale within the rank and file of the police department is, “in a better place.” However, Davis also described morale as, “sometimes a house of cards.”Sean YoesWell, given last week’s release of the Department of Justice’s devastating pattern of practice report on the already beleaguered BCPD, the socalled house of cards symbolic of the rank and file’s morale has come tumbling down once again. There might even be a few cards missing from the deck too.Some have called the DOJ’s 163 page report the longest and the worst indictment of a major city law enforcement agency in memory.Yet, Davis, seemingly unflappable, remains confident he can lead the way in dragging his besieged department through hell to that better place, where it is, in his words, “the model for this nation.”“When you give DOJ unfettered access into your organization and allow them to look under every rock, you’re more than likely going to provide more information, that they’ll be able to, in our case, criticize,” Davis said on Aug. 15’s “First Edition.” “And it is devastating. It’s devastating to read the words, `bias based discriminatory policing, based on ethnicity, disproportionately impacting African American communities, disproportionately impacting young people, dehumanizing people with strip searches, in front of their girlfriends.’ That’s tough to read, but it strengthens my resolve,” Davis added.The DOJ report specifically outlines the myriad of problems with training the men and women of the BCPD.“In our profession, 18,000 police departments, just under a million cops in America, the least progressive discipline within most police departments, the least progressive, ironically is training,” Davis explained.“In fact, until recently in Baltimore the only types of interactions that we train police officers in with the community is how do you interact with a suspect, how do you interact with a victim, a witness, a confidential informant or a reporting person. And it was just recently that we developed an academic curriculum that teaches people how to communicate with people and that’s something unfortunately that’s all too new to our profession and is really behind a lot of our problems,” Davis added.Yet, thousands of Baltimore residents, mostly Black, mostly poor men, women and children who have been victimized, brutalized and some killed due to misconduct within the BCPD were imperiled disproportionately because of the so-called, “zero tolerance,” policing policy implemented by former Baltimore mayor, former Maryland governor Martin O’Malley in the late 1990’s. And while zero tolerance was officially abandoned during the administration of Sheila Dixon (around 2008 or 2009) the DOJ report makes it plain the nefarious impact of zero tolerance still persists.“I think we have to have a conversation both inside and outside of the organization,” Davis said.“As we train our organization to police in a constitutional way, where we’re talking to people more and doing…less of those stop, question and frisk encounters… We also have to tell our community, that hey, we have to have a different conversation about some of the issues and solutions to the issues in your neighborhoods,” Davis added.Still, Davis contends simply treating the citizens the BCPD is sworn to serve and protect with the humanity they deserve is foundational to the department becoming viable for all going forward.“I told this to my command staff: If we want to start in one place, out of those 163 pages, if you want to pick one thing to tell your people, it’s how you speak to other people, your tone, your words, your inflection,” Davis said. “Let’s just start with how we speak to people. And then let’s get better from there,” he added.“Maybe excited is the wrong word, but I’m determined to jump into this with everything I’ve got and help move this city forward. Is it going to take decades? Absolutely not. Within three or four years the residents of Baltimore will see a different police department.”Sean Yoes is a senior contributor for the AFRO and host and executive producer of First Edition, which airs Monday through Friday, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on WEAA 88.9.last_img

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Research paper publishing sting reveals lax standards of many openaccess journals

first_imgPeer review reviewed. Few journals did substantial review that identified the paper’s flaws. Credit: ‘Who’s Afraid of Peer Review?’ by John Bohannon, Science 4 October 2013: Vol. 342 no. 6154 pp. 60-65 DOI: 10.1126/science.342.6154.60 © 2013 Phys.org More information: ‘Who’s Afraid of Peer Review?’ by John Bohannon, Science 4 October 2013: Vol. 342 no. 6154 pp. 60-65 DOI: 10.1126/science.342.6154.60See also: Flawed sting operation singles out open access journals Explore further (Phys.org) —John Bohannon, contributing news correspondent for Science, the highly respected peer-reviewed journal has conducted what he calls a “sting operation” that reveals problems with open-access publishing journals. The results of his operation have been published in a Science News piece. Citation: Research paper publishing sting reveals lax standards of many open-access journals (2013, October 4) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-10-paper-publishing-reveals-lax-standards.htmlcenter_img Journal information: Science University of California adopts open-access policy for research papers This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Over the past several years, a debate has arisen in the academic and research community. Should papers written by researchers be published as open-access (free for readers) or behind closed pay-walls? Some suggest papers written by researchers that use public funds should always be available for anyone to read without having to pay. Others insist that the only way to ensure quality and integrity is to have well respected journals accept only those papers worthy of publication and then to vet them via a peer review process. In his sting operation, Bohannon offers evidence of major flaws in the open-access publishing system.The overall purpose of his sting operation was to reveal whether open-access journals were truly peer-reviewing articles as they were claiming. To find out, he wrote a bogus research paper in which he claimed to have found a lichen-based wonder drug that showed cancer fighting capabilities. But, he of course didn’t do any research, instead he made everything up. As part of doing so, he wrote his paper in a way that was certain to be rejected by any real peer-review process—it was full of technical errors, and even went so far as to suggest bypassing clinical trials. Bohannon even had the paper reviewed by some experts in the field to ensure that the errors he introduced were so blatant that no respected peer group could miss them. Once the paper was ready, he used a computer program to create hundreds of slightly different versions of the paper (with different author names, etc.) and then sent them to 304 open-access journals asking for the paper to be considered for publishing. Sadly, nearly half of the targets accepted the bogus paper indicating that they had not peer-reviewed the paper or their reviewers were very low quality. In all he reports that 157 journals accepted the paper while 98 rejected it outright and only 36 responded back to him with comments suggesting they had actually read what he’d sent them. Furthermore he found that many of the journals that presented themselves as western based, were actually operating in India and other eastern countries.Bohannon doesn’t offer any real analysis of his sting operation, preferring apparently to let the results stand on their own with the clear implication that because of unscrupulous operators, open-source publishing is seriously flawed and in many cases should not be taken seriously by those wishing to publish research papers.last_img read more

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Firefox Container Tab feature first look

first_imgFirefox Container Tab feature: first look by Martin Brinkmann on June 15, 2016 in Firefox – 26 commentsContainer Tab is a new experimental feature that is available in Firefox 50 Nightly currently that can be best described as profiles lite. We talked about the feature back when it was called Contextual Identities.Firefox supports profiles which you can use to run different copies of the browser that are completely independent from each other.Each profile has its own profile folder with storage, temporary files, extensions, cookies, preferences, and anything else that is either user created or automatically added.Container Tab uses a similar concept. As Mozilla puts it, they allow users to “separate different contexts while browsing the web on Firefox”.One core difference to profiles is that containers are opened under the same profile. So, instead of having to configure Firefox to launch different profiles for various activities using shortcuts, a Firefox user would simply launch one of the available containers instead for that.It is rather interesting that Mozilla choose to use containers this way considering that one reason for blocking the integration of private tabs in Firefox was that having different contexts in the same browser window would confuse users.Note: Container Tab is an experimental feature that may or may not land in Firefox Stable. Additionally, it may change before it is released.Container TabContainers are enabled by default on Firefox 50 Nightly. You can open a new container with a tap on the Alt-key, and the selection of File > New Container Tab from the context menu.There is also a new icon that you may drag and drop on one of Firefox’s toolbars to access the functionality using it instead.The four containers personal, work, banking and shopping are available currently. Each acts separately from the others and the default container.Containers are easily distinguishable by their color in the Firefox tab bar. Mozilla displays the container type on the rightmost side of the address bar on top of that.Container names are suggestions, but they don’t limit what you can do when using them. You can use the banking container to check a second Gmail account, or Shopping for watching YouTube videos without being signed in.Tab Containers versus profilesYou are probably wondering who containers differ from profiles. I already mentioned that containers all work under a single profile.Containers use individual browser storage that is completely separated from the default container and any other container that is open at the same time.Browser storage refers to data such as cookies or localStorage that is saved to the local system by the browser.The following data is separated by containers:CookieslocalStorageindexedDBHTTP data cacheImage CacheAny other areas supported by originAttributesSites that you open in a container have access to that container’s browser storage, but no access to any other browser storage.Containers share data, which is different from profiles where this does not happen. All containers get access to saved passwords, the browsing history, bookmarks, saved form data or security exception.Use casesContainers improve privacy for users when used correctly. You could separate social media sites from your regular browsing session for instance, or avoid ad retargeting by opening shopping sites in their own container.Another handy effect of using containers is that you can open different accounts on the same site at the same time. Open three Gmail accounts in the same Firefox window, or a work and personal Google account.The futureMozilla plans to add custom container options to the feature in the future, and considers site-specific containers as well.Especially the latter seems useful as they could help users in several ways:Restrict a container to a specific site or set of sites.Protecting against phishing if Mozilla implements options to open a site always in a specific container.Protection against clickjacking, CSRF, or other attacks that “rely on the presence of ambient credentials”.Isolate data, and limit tracking.QuestionsThe following questions remain unanswered for now:Will it be possible to clear the data of individual containers / reset them?Will there be a whitelist feature for containers to allow only specific sites?Closing WordsContainer Tabs can be a useful feature, especially for users who sign in to different accounts on the same site using different Firefox profiles or browser extensions.The introduction of site-specific containers should improve privacy and security significantly as well.One question that cannot be answered right now is how regular Firefox users would perceive the feature. It seems complicated to use but I guess that Mozilla could provide automation to some of that in the long run.I’d probably use it only for signing in to different accounts on the same site at once. But what about you?You can follow the progress Mozilla makes on Bugzilla.SummaryArticle NameFirefox Container Tab feature: first lookDescriptionContainer Tab is a new experimental feature that is available in Firefox 50 Nightly currently that can be best described as convenient, lite profiles.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

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Body of missing Albuquerque trans woman found in rubbish bin

first_img‘There are no words to describe my pain! I wish I could turn back the hands of time…..you are my brother/sister and best friend.‘We had some trying moments and pulled it off! I love you my lil boy girl thang!‘Until we meet again sending you all my hugs and kisses! I LOVE YOU ZAKARIA FRY to heaven and back a million times.’Meanwhile, another tribute read: ‘My heart is shattered… Zakaria Fry I’ll love you and remember the times we shared forever.‘I’m so sorry this happened to you. I’m at a loss of words, this hurts so much.’Local police are urging people with any information to contact Crime Stoppers on 505-843-STOP.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . The body of Zakaria Fry was discovered ina rubbish bin on a road in Sante Fe, Albuquerque(Picture: Facebook.com/ ZakariaFry) GAYSTARNEWS- eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Zakaria Fry, 28, and her flatmate and landlord, Eugene Carrell Ray, 70, went missing in January of this year.Their bodies have been discovered on a stretch of road outside Sante Fe, Albuquerque, New Mexico.According to reports, one body was found ‘stuffed into a rubbish bin’, while the other was found further along the same stretch of road.Albuquerque trans woman is the sixth to be murdered in the USPolice have not released information about their deaths.Tributes have been pouring in for the young woman on Facebook, after worried friends were posting messages of concern to her wall.center_img Read the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/body-albuquerque-trans-woman-found/ Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… The body of an Albuquerque trans woman who went missing from her home in the US last month has been found.last_img read more

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