TORONTO – Two Toronto police constables who were recorded mocking a 29-year-old woman with Down syndrome last year have learned a “valuable yet shameful lesson,” a police prosecutor told a disciplinary hearing Tuesday as the officers pleaded guilty to misconduct.Const. Sasa Sljivo and Const. Matthew Saris have taken responsibility for their actions and apologized in writing to Francie Munoz and her relatives, Insp. Domenic Sinopoli told a room packed with the family’s supporters.And while the Munoz family had requested a public, in-person apology, “the act of contrition need not be a public spectacle of shame,” Sinopoli said.“No penalty you administer will be greater than the shame they have suffered,” he told the officer presiding over the hearing. “I see very little need to make an example of these two officers to deter others from doing the same.”The prosecution and defence jointly proposed that Sljivo, who was the senior officer and the one who made the comments, face five days of unpaid work, and Saris two. Both officers would have to volunteer at least 20 hours with the Special Olympics and undergo an extra hour of sensitivity training.The hearing officer reserved his decision and no date has been set for its release.Munoz’s mother Pamela, who filed the complaint against the officers, said the family was disappointed but not surprised by the proposed penalty.“It’s the police policing the police,” she said.What’s more, she said, the officers had another opportunity to apologize face-to-face but chose not to do so.Sljivo pleaded guilty to misconduct related to the use of profane, abusive or insulting language, while Saris pleaded guilty to misconduct related to the failure to report Sljivo’s comments, which contravened the Ontario Human Rights Code.Neither officer spoke after entering their pleas Tuesday, opting instead to have their lawyer Gary Clewley apologize on their behalf.“These gentlemen are genuinely sorry,” Clewley said. “This is a regrettable incident. I can tell you it won’t happen again.”The charges under the Police Services Act stem from an incident that took place in November of last year, and which the officers have called a “lapse in judgment” in a written apology.An agreed statement of facts said the comments were made inside a police cruiser after the officers pulled over Pamela Munoz and her two daughters. The statements were captured by the vehicle’s dashboard camera and the officers’ microphones, which they believed they had turned off, it said.The Munoz family only learned of the comments because they decided to fight the ticket issued at the time and requested the evidence against them.Sljivo can be heard describing Francie Munoz as “disfigured” and a “half-person,” while Saris is heard laughing and agreeing.In their interviews with investigators this summer, both officers expressed remorse and embarrassment at their behaviour, the hearing was told.“There is no doubt this incident has placed our service and our members in a bad light,” and led some to lose their trust in police, Sinopoli said.But he said the officers show potential for rehabilitation, and expressed hope that the Munoz family would recognize that.“We may have to simply accept that there is no ‘why’, that it was a momentary lapse in judgment — and we’ve all had those,” he said. “Quite frankly I don’t know what more these officers could have done to show … that they are sorry for their actions.”Munoz has also filed a complaint with the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario, arguing the officers’ behaviour amounts to discrimination.The family’s lawyer, Brendon Pooran, said they are focusing their efforts on that process, since the human rights tribunal has the authority to make orders in the public interest.“It’s abundantly clear that the (police) tribunal’s not set up to address systemic issues,” he said outside the hearing. “There appears to be a tolerance for this type of behaviour within the workforce so we’re hoping this can be addressed.”
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Rabat – Moroccan authorities dismantled on Friday a criminal network composed of four people in the cities of Tangiers (north) and Oujda (east), the Interior ministry said.A member of this network is wanted for international drug trafficking while two others are formers convicts in terrorism-related cases, the ministry said in a statement, adding that one of these former detainees had links with extremist fighters abroad while the second one fought in Iraq and Syria in the ranks of an extremist group which had planned terrorist attacks in the Kingdom.The fourth member of this network had been transferred from Belgium to Morocco in 2014 after serving a prison sentence for kidnapping, murder and drug trafficking. The members of this network abducted and held captive an individual in Tangier after having taken possession of his car that they intended to sell in the city of Oujda, before it was seized by security services. This security operation provides information on close links between terrorist organizations and organized crime networks, which are one of the main sources of terrorist funding, the statement said. The members of this network will be brought to justice pending the completion of the investigation led under the supervision of the competent public prosecutor’s office.
MONTREAL — Bombardier’s fourth-quarter results aren’t expected to be particularly strong, but industry analysts believe the transportation giant is headed for at least two years of upswing primarily from a rebound in its aerospace division.David Tyerman of Canaccord Genuity forecasts that the company will post “much improved operating earnings in 2013 and especially after 2014 from a rebound in aerospace demand.”Montreal-based Bombarder is expected to cap 2012 by announcing this week that it earned 10 cents per share in adjusted profits on US$5.04-billion of revenue in the final quarter of the fiscal year, according to analysts polled by Thomson Reuters.That compares to 12 cents per share on US$4.3-billion of revenues in the prior year.The manufacturer will also issue its 2013 guidance Thursday.It’s expected to project strong aircraft sales due to a stronger backlog and higher margins for its aerospace and transportation divisions.The business jet industry is starting to enjoy a cyclical recovery, even though deliveries remain below previous peak levels. And regional airlines are expected to place new orders from increasing the size of their planes or ordering fuel-efficient turboprops.Bombardier’s new CSeries, whose first test flight has been delayed until June, could deliver six planes in 2014, predicts Cameron Doerksen of National Bank Financial.He sees potential of Bombardier’s shares to increase in the second half of this year if the development of the 110 to 149-seat aircraft isn’t further delayed and if the first flight triggers additional orders.The analyst increased his one-year share price target to $4.25 from $4 despite lowering his 2013 earnings forecast by nine per cent to 39 cents per share. He also introduced a 45 cents per share profit in 2014.Bombardier shares rose nearly 1% to close at $4.11 on the Toronto Stock Exchange.
A group of monks visited the United Nations (UN) office in Colombo today and sought an investigation into recent incidents in Sri Lanka.The monks, including the Sinhala Ravaya, also sought UN invention to release several suspects arrested when the state of emergency was in force following the violence in Kandy. (Colombo Gazette) Report by Indika Sri Aravinda
Five firms have been short-listed to be the architect/prime consultant on the downtown St. Catharines arts complex.The Joint Executive Committee (JEC) overseeing the development of the Academic and Cultural Arts Complex has short-listed the following companies as the result of a Request for Expression of Interest (RFEI) process:Saucier + Perrotte Architectes/Stantec (Montreal)Moriyama & Teshima Architects (Toronto)/Pfeiffer Partners Architects PC (Los Angeles)Kuwabara Payne McKenna Blumberg Architects (Toronto)Diller Scofidio + Renfro/RDH Architects Inc. (New York)Diamond & Schmitt Architects Incorporated (Toronto)The complex is a co-operative enterprise between Brock and the City of St. Catharines. Brock will make the site the new home of its Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts. The city will build a civic performing arts centre adjacent to the school.Expressions of interest were received from 34 firms, which were then reviewed by the JEC’s selection committee. The short-listed firms will now each receive a Request for Proposal (RFP), expected to be issued in early November. The JEC hopes to recommend an architect recommended by December. That recommendation will go to city council and the Brock Board of Trustees in early 2011.
FBI head suggests agency paid more than $1M to access iPhone WASHINGTON – FBI Director James Comey has hinted that the FBI paid more than $1 million to break into the locked iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino attackers.At an Aspen Security Forum event in London on Thursday, Comey said the FBI had paid an unidentified third-party more money than he’ll earn in his remaining seven years as FBI director.He did not reveal the precise amount.The Justice Department last month revealed that an outside entity had approached it with a method that could hack into the phone used by Syed Farook, who along with his wife killed 14 people in the December attacks before dying in a police shootout.Federal officials have said that the method was successful, though they haven’t revealed what it was. by The Associated Press Posted Apr 21, 2016 1:46 pm MDT Last Updated Apr 21, 2016 at 3:13 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
by The Canadian Press Posted Dec 7, 2016 12:01 pm MDT Last Updated Dec 7, 2016 at 1:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – DH Corp. (TSX:DH) says it has formed a special committee of independent directors to review expressions of interest from third parties to acquire the company.The company says a formal offer has not been received, but the committee has hired Credit Suisse and RBC Capital Markets as its financial advisers and Stikeman Elliott LLP as a legal adviser.DH says there are no assurances a transaction will result from the process.It says it will not make any further comment unless a deal is reached or unless otherwise required by law.DH — formerly known as Davis + Henderson — was at one time primarily a supplier of cheques, but has since diversified into a technology provider for the financial services industry. DH Corp. forms special committee of board to review expressions of interest
Updated 7.36 pmTHE TWO IRISHMEN killed in an accident on one of Europe’s highest mountains have been named as Peter Britton and Colm Ennis.The two climbers are believed to have fallen from a section of the Mont Blanc mountain range in France known as Dent du Geant yesterday.The two men, who had many years climbing experience, had gone out together yesterday afternoon and fell at around 4pm local time.They were spotted falling from some distance and the alarm was raised. Charmonix mountain rescue were dispatched within minutes, arriving on scene in a rescue helicopter.However, both men had died instantly from the fall and were pronounced dead on the scene by a doctor on board the helicopter.The family of Peter Britton have this evening said that they are “shocked and saddened by the tragic accident”.In a statement released through the Department of Foreign Affairs, the family say that the accident happened when the men were making the descent from the summit of Mont Blanc:Our thoughts are also with the family of his climbing partner, Colm Ennis. Peter and Colm were firm friends and had many years experience as an Alpine climbing team, and their loss is an unspeakable tragedy. Peter’s family would be grateful for privacy in dealing with the loss of a loving husband and father.- Additional reporting by Rónán Duffy
In the build up to the release of the Chris Nolan movie Inception there were a few concerns about whether everyone would “get it.” On seeing it at the theater I have to admit I saw a few confused and bored faces walking out of the darkened room, thankfully, I wasn’t one of them and it is a fantastic film that now forms part of my Blu-ray collection.But ever since its release there have been guides and explanations appearing on the Web attempting to help everyone make sense of it all. The video above is one of the simplest attempts yet at achieving that.AdChoices广告If you were one of the people stumped by Inception, and are a regular Mac user, then maybe, just maybe having it explained with Mac OS X Finder is your way in. Watch the video, then go watch the movie again. It may just all start to click into place.If that’s still not enough to open your eyes to the plot, then I think you’re just going to have to wait for the video game Chris Nolan really wants to make. However, there’s no guarantee it won’t just cause more confusion.via kottke.org
Short URL http://jrnl.ie/3250709 18,003 Views Feb 26th 2017, 12:05 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article And when I talk about that I’m talking about the corridors of power, the access to legislation, the huge amount of money for lawyers and so on and so forth. This is our weapon, it’s the weapon of ordinary working class people to redress the power imbalance between a working people and those who attack our rights on a day-to-day basis.“It’s not a criminal offence to protest and that’s the whole point,” Rose Sinclar Doyle tells TheJournal.ie, adding that she would not let her fears after the Jobstown demonstration deter her.“I’m not giving up my right to protest – you should protest even moreso now to protect your liberal rights as a citizen.”Comments are closed on this piece due to active court proceedings.Read: Convicted Jobstown teen to take appeal to High Court>Watch: Several hundred cyclists just held a LOUD protest at Dáil Éireann calling for more funding> Rose Sinclair Doyle at her home in Jobstown, south Dublin. Source: Niall Carson/PAWHEN GARDAÍ BEGAN their dawn raids in Jobstown to arrest people who had taken part in a November 2014 protest involving the then-Tánaiste Joan Burton, local woman Rose Sinclair Doyle was “waiting on the knock on the door”.“I was terrified, because if I got arrested and got a criminal offence I can’t teach and that’s what I’m working towards. By Michelle Hennessy There is a class dimension to this as well. With direct action protests to highlight poverty or discrimination, especially in less affluent areas, they’re going to be treated more severely than posh south Dublin protesters – that’s always been the case.‘This is our weapon’There are also concerns among trade unionists about the impact any criminalisation of protesters could have on their movement and on action they take to highlight breaches of workers’ rights. Members of the Unite trade union at a work stoppage outside Irish Life headquarters in 2015. Source: Leah Farrell/RollingNews.ieTom Fitzgerald, regional officer for Unite, says the fundamental role of both the trade union movement and community activists is to “utilise the ability to effectively protest”.“Why is that so important? Because it is sometimes the only tool we have in redressing the power imbalance between the haves and, in lots of cases, the have-nots,” he said. If I was stopped in the car by police, I’d be panic stations. I’m not a person who would come from a criminal background or anything like that. I’d be very nervous if I saw police at my front door.Sinclair Doyle took part in the anti-water charges demonstration – in fact, she sat on the ground next to Anti-Austerity Alliance TD Paul Murphy behind the Tánaiste’s car. It was important for her to be there, she says, because she felt the Labour TD was “completely out of touch with what was going on in society”. A protest outside the Children’s Court last year during the trial of a 17-year-old who was found guilty of false imprisonment. Source: Sam Boal/RollingNews.ieA 17-year-old boy, just 15 at the time, was last year found guilty of false imprisonment in relation to his actions during the three-hour standoff. He was released on a conditional discharge after his trial in October.“It should be alarming to people that a 17-year-old has already been found guilty of false imprisonment because the judge said he was sitting in front of Joan Burton’s car, because he encouraged other people to sit down, because he used a megaphone and because he momentarily stood in her way,” Murphy told reporters this week.It’s shocking that a [then] 15-year-old, being politically active and engaged, goes to a protest and ends up being found guilty of one of the most serious criminal charges in the State.A new campaignIn nine weeks, the first adult trial of Jobstown protesters will begin. The seven accused – including the left-wing TD – are charged with the false imprisonment of Burton and her assistant Karen O’Connell. If convicted of an offence of false imprisonment under the Non-Fatal Offences Against the Person Act, 1997, a person can be imprisoned for any term up to life.Ahead of the trial, Murphy and supporters of the defendants have launched a campaign encouraging Irish citizens to stand up for and protect the Constitutional right to protest. They claim treatment of demonstrators by the State in recent years (across a number of issues) is threatening the very concept of the protest in Ireland.More than 40 people were arrested in the aftermath of the Jobstown incident, which saw Burton delayed for about three hours after a graduation event on 15 November 2014. There are 13 people in total facing prosecution for false imprisonment and a further five accused of violent disorder.Among those supporting this new campaign are people who were jailed for breaching a High Court order in relation to demonstrations against the Shell pipeline project in Rossport, Co Mayo. Vincent Murphy at the campaign launch in Dublin on Monday. Source: Leah Farrell/RollingNews.ie“In theory, we have the right to protest under the Constitution. When you go to exercise those rights, and put your head above the parapet, and especially when you take on big business and the State, then you can find that you’re in a very cold place indeed,” says Vincent McGrath, one of five men jailed for 94 days for contempt of court after their refusal to obey an order forbidding them to interfere with work on the pipeline. ‘This is our weapon’ – Is the future of the protest in Ireland under threat? Ahead of the trial of a number of Jobstown protesters, activists have urged members of the public to stand up for their right to demonstrate. Share Tweet Email Sunday 26 Feb 2017, 12:05 AM And you get everything thrown at you – and I mean everything.“All we were trying to do is protect our homes and our families,” Willie Corduff, another one of the ‘Rossport 5′ adds.Public order arrestsAlso supporting Jobstown protesters is Greyhound worker Ray Reilly, who believes he and his colleagues know “exactly what they went through”. No Comments “It shouldn’t happen…”He pointed out that he and other aggrieved workers had regularly blocked trucks from entering and leaving sites, but they had not been arrested. Independent Dublin councillor Cieran Perry was, however, arrested at one of these protests in September 2014. He faced two public order charges that were later struck out as the judge ruled there was not sufficient evidence.Similarly, in February last year, TD Joan Collins and 10 co-defendants went on trial on public order charges arising out of a protest over water charges in Dublin. They had been accused of failing to comply with a garda’s direction to leave the area. Joan Collins at a demonstration in Dublin last year. Source: Sam BoalThe case against Collins was dismissed as the judge ruled the State had not provided sufficient evidence to support the charges.In May, two protesters in Bray, Co Wicklow, were remanded in custody as they refused to comply with the terms of bail conditions that required them to refrain from impeding the work of Irish Water employees.Sean Doyle and Eamon McGrath, both in their 70s, were released after 16 days in Cloverhill Prison when their public order charges were struck out. Source: rockcd09/YouTubeDoyle said he is still facing charges in relation to a number of other protests in Wicklow and he is due back in court next month.“I believe myself that activism is something that all the different [political] parties are going to have to come on board with because this is coming from the people themselves. They’re not waiting for leaders, they’re initiating these things themselves.”Former MEP Patricia McKenna warns the jailing of protesters sends a message to people: “Stay home or you’re going to be levelled with a serious criminal offence that you’ll be charged with.”“I have been involved in protests all my life and I never in my wildest dreams believed I could be charged with such a serious offence.”McKenna said criminal legislation, which is designed to protect citizens, should not be used to “oppress protesters”.‘Batoned off the streets’ According to historian Diarmaid Ferriter the Irish State has “always been heavy-handed when it comes to protests”. However, he said the authorities took stricter action against activists back in the 1950s, when the protest was a relatively new concept in Ireland.Most of the demonstrations were held then by unemployed protest committees who he said were “batoned off the streets”.“They held a number of protests in the city centre and were dealt with very harshly,” he told TheJournal.ie. “It was regarded then as a new challenge, this was a kind of novelty”.He also referenced an iconic photo from 1962 of Dr Noel Browne being attacked by a police dog outside the US Embassy in Dublin, where he was expressing his opposition to the Vietnam war.Comparisons have been made between the Jobstown protest and a demonstration in University College Dublin in 1989, during which students sat down on the road and blocked the then-Taoiseach Charles Haughey’s car from leaving.Asked about the students’ actions, Haughey had later joked: “We did it better in my day.”Ferriter says: “I remember when I was a student, there would have been students trying to organise protests when visiting ministers came to the campus. There were no huge repercussions for students, they were called into the registrar or in serious cases to the president for a dressing down.”Though he said the State has often been reluctant to take criminal action against activists to avoid further highlighting their causes, in some circumstances “that has changed a lot”.
Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share98 Tweet Email http://jrnl.ie/3440563 24 Comments HENRY SHEFFLIN EXPECTS a slagging from former teammates over a new portrait of him in the National Gallery of Ireland.The oil-on-canvas painting of the Kilkenny hurling legend was unveiled today, and from Thursday will be available for the public to view as part of the national portrait collection in the newly refurbished gallery.Gerry Davis – winner of the Hennessy Portrait Prize – put extensive research into the painting by spending time with Shefflin himself and in his hometown of Ballyhale, as well as studying as many as 300 photos.Shefflin was pleased with the painting – “I’m thrilled with it.”Watch more in the video above.Video by Andrew Roberts. Additional reporting by Nicky Ryan.PICTURES: With hurling royalty looking on, Prince Charles tried his hand at the game > 27,076 Views Subscribe for more videos By TheJournal.ie Team Source: TheJournal.ie/YouTube Short URL Monday 12 Jun 2017, 7:06 PM Jun 12th 2017, 7:06 PM ‘My old teammates will be slagging me on WhatsApp’: Portrait of Henry Shefflin unveiled King Henry has been immortalised.
Over the years I have tried to kick my habit of waking up and instantly reaching for my phone, but on Thursday morning I was thankful I had yet to succeed.My social media feed prepared me for the large, dark black plume of smoke I would be confronted with at the end of my street on my morning walk.Residents of Melbourne’s inner western suburbs had awoken to the sounds of crackling, which they would soon come to discover was the sound of a warehouse containing asbestos burning in a raging fire that had broken out at 5.00 am in West Footscray.Chaos ensued online with my fellow Westies posting to find out what was happening; Was it safe to send their children to school? To walk down the street? To leave their pets outside? To have their heating on?Despite Melbourne’s west being a highly industrial area, over the past decade people have awoken to its close proximity to the CBD, resulting in house prices sky rocketing and more people calling it home. Having lived in the vicinity myself over 28 years, when people turned up their noses with toxic waste jokes, it hadn’t phased me one bit – until now. Being surrounded by factories and warehouses, the contents unknown and largely unregulated, had resulted in Emergency Victoria issuing warnings on Thursday for residents to close all doors and windows, keep heating off, ensure pets were kept indoors, and shockingly, “if you are away from home do not return”.Living seven kilometres north of the fire, I was concerned, but went about my day as usual, all the while monitoring updates. Things took a turn, however, when, at midday, the warning in place for 11 suburbs grew to include an additional eight, mine included. Leaving work early to heed the emergency service’s advice, I realised the full scale of the fire. As my train reached West Footscray station, a large black cloud of smoke billowed at what was a much closer proximity than I had anticipated, especially nine hours after the fire had broken out.Somerville and Paramount Roads were closed until further notice, businesses sent workers home closing their doors for the day, and 50 schools and childcare centres remained closed for the day, parents advised to keep their children home, the warnings particularly heightened for those with respiratory problems.Over 140 firefighters had attended to the blaze by Friday morning, taking over 17 hours to finally get the fire under control, which is expected to continue burning for up to four days according to Emergency Management Commissioner Andrew Crisp.While the exact cause is yet to be confirmed, it is believed recycled canisters of flammable paint and aerosols caused the fire and the ongoing explosions, which resulted in an inferno that was reportedly half the size of the MCG. Meanwhile the presence of asbestos and highly flammable acetone, commonly found in nail polish remover, and oxy-acetylene have sparked health fears as toxic fumes continue to impact the area, with local waterways impacted by water run-off due to chemicals and firefighting foam residue, with the public advised to stay clear and to keep their pets on a lead.But what’s most concerning as a local resident, is the Environment Protection Authority (EPA) stating that the air quality in the area on Friday was no worse than normal. Makes you wonder.To stay up-to-date, visit https://emergency.vic.gov.auPlease note anyone in the area experiencing wheezing, chest tightness or difficulty breathing should call 000. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
The Southwest Washington’s path to creating jobs in the renewable energy sector will be built on a series of thoughtful decisions it should start making now, according to Dick Sheehy, an expert in choosing sites for renewable energy facilities.Sheehy spoke on Wednesday to more than 60 attendees of an event held by the Columbia River Economic Development Council at the Heathman Lodge in Vancouver.The region must acknowledge the decline of oil and gas as cheap sources of energy, model successful government incentive programs and sell itself to solar and wind manufacturers in a targeted way.Sheehy, director of advance planning in the Portland office of the global engineering and construction firm CH2M Hill, said the world economy will demand renewables as supplies of oil and gas are overtaken by demand, and as the price of both fossil fuels rises. “We are on the downward curve as far as hydrocarbons,” Sheehy said. “We will run out of hydrocarbons.”Unless we want to go back to a “wood and steam economy,” Sheehy said, we need to encourage manufacturers of solar and wind power to expand by providing successful incentives. Governments in Oregon, Ontario, Canada, and Germany have done this for years.
Stories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @aprnListen nowPebble Mine loses funding from First Quantum MineralsAvery Lill, KDLG – DillinghamA major business deal has fallen through for the proposed Pebble Mine. A Canadian mining company, First Quantum Minerals, will no longer back the controversial project.EPA administrator Pruitt pledges to combat PFAS groundwater contaminationDan Bross, KUAC – FairbanksEnvironmental Protection Agency administrator Scott Pruitt has pledged action to address PFAS ground water contamination.Judge orders higher-calorie meals for Alaska Muslim inmatesAssociated PressA U.S. judge has ordered Alaska corrections officials to provide Muslim inmates with nutritionally sufficient, pork-free meals when they break their Ramadan fasts at night.Indictment adds charges for ex-trooper accused of attempted sex abuseCasey Grove, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageFormer Alaska State Trooper Vance Peronto, 57, was charged with attempted sexual abuse of a juvenile. A grand jury has now also indicted Peronto for alleged exploitation of a minor and possession of child pornography.Wasilla teen dead after canoe capsizesEmily Russell, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageA little after 6 a.m. Friday the body of Bryce Adams, 19 of Wasilla, was found. An initial investigation found that neither boater was wearing a life jacket and alcohol does appear to be a factor.Army officer charged with fraudulent insurance claimsAssociated PressA 40-year-old Army officer assigned to Alaska has been charged with making false insurance claims and pocketing nearly $400,000.SEARHC looking to pay between $25 to $40 million for new Wrangell hospitalJune Leffler, KSTK – WrangellSoutheast Alaska Regional Health Consortium is continuing forward in acquiring Wrangell’s hospital. The Native nonprofit plans to build and operate a new hospital in the island town within the next three years.CVRF distributed record amount of heating oil this winterGabe Colombo, KNOM – NomeThe nonprofit distributed about a third more heating oil than last year to over 2,000 households in the Kuskokwim Delta.Alaska police chief: War on weed a ‘waste of time’Associated PressThe police chief recently named to the board that regulates Alaska’s legal marijuana industry says the fight that has long been waged against pot in this country has been a “waste of time” and law enforcement resources.Essential oils company drops support for SeaveyZachariah Hughes, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageThough an animal rights’ group says the change is the result of a campaign against musher, the company says it made the decision prior to being contacted.AK: Sublime summer rafting down the Klehini RiverDaysha Eaton, KHNS – HainesThe Klehini River near Haines is about 42 miles long, from its source in British Columbia to its mouth at the Chilkat River, of which it is the largest tributary. It is also one of the most accessible and sublime summer rafting experiences to be had in Southeast Alaska.49 Voices: Nancy Murphy of AnchorageKrysti Shallenberger, Alaska’s Energy Desk – BethelThis week we’re hearing from Nancy Murphy in Anchorage. Murphy’s husband is in the Coast Guard, so she’s lived all over. She is a local jazzercise instructor.
Losses for budget carrier AirAsia India nearly doubled in the December quarter due to an increase in operating costs, even as other domestic airlines posted increased profits in the quarter led by falling fuel costs.AirAsia’s net loss increased to Rs 38.2 crore in the October-December quarter from Rs 20.4 crore in the same quarter a year ago, according to a regulatory filing by AirAsia Berhad.However, its revenue tripled to Rs 208.46 crore as the carrier saw a two-fold increase in passenger traffic. During the quarter, the airline doubled its fleet to six planes.While AirAsia Berhad holds 49 percent stake in the airline, Tata Sons own 41 percent. The remaining stake is held by Arun Bhatia of Telestra Tradeplace.AirAsia’s global CEO Tony Fernandes had said the Indian carrier would turn profitable in December, The Economic Times reported.”There is only one profit in my mind and that is net profit,” he had said.Even though there is clarity on its performance in the month of December last year, AirAsia India’s fuel costs more-than-doubled to Rs 73.41 crore during the quarter.”In India, the forward loads remain buoyant with a forecast load factor of 82 percent in quarter one of 2016. For the remaining quarters of 2016, AirAsia India will remain focused on building a footprint in the Indian domestic market with the introduction of new routes and frequency increases,” AirAsia Berhad said in the filing.Meanwhile, other domestic carriers have reported a sharp increase in profit for the third quarter in the current fiscal year.SpiceJet posted a net profit of Rs 238.40 crore in the quarter, as against a loss of Rs 275 crore in the corresponding quarter a year earlier.
Netflix Axes ‘The OA’ Sci-Fi Series After 2 Seasons‘Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy’ Becomes Mostly Harm… Science fiction has a habit of turning into science fact. Usually, that’s because a good sci-fi writer has some level of scientific knowledge, or at least interest. They can look at where the world is now and extrapolate. That way, they end up with a pretty good guess that turns out to be true. You see this a lot in classic sci-fi novels, many of which prioritized the concepts over things like story and character. (I love Isaac Asimov and Arthur C. Clarke, but man is their early writing dry.)Other times, fantasy becomes a reality despite the original work not having too firm a scientific basis. Someone had an idea, they put it on paper or film, and it ended up happening. You see this a lot in movies and TV, even when that work’s use of technology is basically a stand-in for magic. Usually, that happens because whoever write the thing thought the idea was cool. Then, somebody else with knowledge, money or both saw it and agreed that it was cool. So, they threw everything they had at it and figured out a way to make it happen. We’re going to guess that’s what happened with most of these movies that inspired real tech.Star Trek: The Motion Picture: SmartwatchesStar Trek already predicted a future where we’d carry around the means to communicate with each other in our pocket. The show even predicted the flip-open designs we all had in the early 2000s. Don’t lie, you fliped that thing open like Kirk more than once. So it shouldn’t be a surprise that a couple of short decades later, those functions would be contained in a watch. Star Trek: The Motion Picture had the crew of the Enterprise swap out their handheld communicators for Snazzy wrist versions. Just like we’ve done with products like the Apple Watch, Samsung Gear, Pixel Watch, etc. Turns out we like the idea of talking to our wrist. Yes, I guess the idea was popularized by Dick Tracy comics long before this, but we’re talking about movies here. Besides, when the technology first came out, you probably weren’t thinking of an old-timey detective comic strip. You wanted to be a Starfleet captain.Total Recall: Self-Driving CarsThe technology is here, and just around the corner from widespread release. In the 1990 Arnold Schwarzenegger sci-fi/action flick, Douglas Quaid hops into a Johnny Cab, which offered to drive him wherever he wanted to go. That’s exactly what Lyft and Uber intend to do. Once the technology is tested enough, they’ll add autonomous taxis to their fleet. Car companies like Ford and Chevy are also preparing for a future where people don’t buy cars, instead relying on automated taxi services to get them where they’re going. They may not have a creepy-looking dummy in the driver’s seat, but a robot will still drive you around. Also in the movie, Quaid meets a real human cab driver who says he needs to feed his family, unlike the Johnny cabs. So the movie also predicted the horrific jobs crisis this tech would bring too.2001: A Space Odyssey: Video Calls, Tablets, and Digital AssistantsWatching this movie now, it’s wild that it came out in 1968. We may not be casually sending manned space missions to Jupiter yet, but it got a few things right about our modern world. I guess that’s what happens when you work with Arthur C. Clarke. You might argue that video calling was something everyone could have predicted. Phones had been around for a while, and television had become a mainstay in American homes. It would only be a matter of time before we combined the two somehow. In the movie, Dr. Heywood Floyd makes a call to his daughter in a video phone booth. Though they use smartphones to do the job, that is exactly how parents talk to their kids when they’re away on business now.Though the movie failed to predict smartphones, it did have everyone reading and working on tablets. In the same scene where Dr. Floyd makes a video call, he passes by a table full of people, each with their noses buried in tablets. Whether they’re reading, looking over important documents or just messing around, that’s a common site at any airport these days. Stanley Kubrick and Clarke had an idea for how people might read and interact in the future. Tech companies looked at that and said, “actually, yeah, let’s make that.”The same can definitely be said for HAL, the artificial intelligence the astronauts rely on to run different aspects of the ship. The way the humans interact with it, and the way it talks back definitely reminds us of Siri, Google Assistant, Alexa and sure, Cortana too. There’s no way you can tell me those weren’t based at least in part on HAL. The only difference is, none of them will try to kill you. Probably.Minority Report: Touch- and Motion-based InterfacesHave you been frustrated by desktop UI designed for a touch screen you don’t have? Or maybe you do have one, but are annoyed by how many taps and swipes it takes to get to the setting you want. Or you just wondered why Microsoft tried so hard to make the Kinect happen. You can blame Minority Report. Everyone saw the way Tom Cruise swiped around data and icons in the air and said, “I want one of those!” And so UI designers have been trying to give us one of those ever since. Even when, in the case of the Kinect especially, it wasn’t nearly as fluid as the tech in the movie. Which was kind of the whole point.The movie itself might not have been all that great, but the tech in it was impressively spot-on. We have retinal scanners, touch/gesture-based UI, and targeted advertising, all of which made appearances in the film. Of all the dystopian hellscapes in sci-fi Minority Report’s is the one we’re most likely to end up living.Never Say Never Again: Laser WatchMan, humans really love shoving things into watches. James Bond was always known for his gadgets, and he had a number of different watch functions over the years. Never Say Never Again, the non-Eon adaptation of Ian Fleming’s Thunderball starring an older Sean Connery, was the first to outfit him with a laser watch. Well, an inventor named Patrick Priebe saw that scene and decided to make one of his own. The thing actually works, too. And it does more than just put a red dot on the wall for your cat to play with. In fact, keep this thing away from any cat. It’s one of those high-powered blue lasers that can cut tape and burn things. As he says on the site, the watch is too small to hold a battery that can charge this thing for any usable length of time. But hey, this is a piece of technology that only exists because a guy saw it in a movie.Back to the Future Part II: Power Laces and Wearable TechBack to the Future Part II inspired a lot of inventions by having a wild future that wasn’t all that far away from when the movie was made. By the time 2015 actually did come around, people were wondering why the world didn’t look like the one this movie promised. Flying cars were still just out of reach, but why not some of the smaller inventions. We got so desperate, we started calling those exploding plastic toys “hoverboards,” despite the fact that they had wheels and did not hover at all. But we did get those sweet power laces. They aren’t as ubiquitous as the movie would imply, but Nike did start developing them once 2015 came around. They went on sale in select Nike stores in November 2016 (so, about a year late), for $720. No wonder they never caught on.Later, we see the McFly family sit down to dinner in the future. We never got the dehydrated pizza (thankfully) or a fax machine in every room, but we did kind of get those glasses Marty’s kids wear. Through those glasses, they talk to friends and consume garbage entertainment. In real life, we got Google Glass, which allowed you to do all the same stuff. Again, it didn’t catch on the way Back to the Future: Part II thought it would, but this tech actually exists. The one thing the movie got wrong: wearing the glasses made you look way more punchable in real life.Blade Runner: Video BillboardsWe’re only a year away from the setting of Blade Runner, and there’s a lot in the movie we don’t have yet. Of course, the one invention we do have is the one that sells you stuff. That’s just where our priorities lie. The opening of Ridley Scott’s sci-fi classic is filled with shots of a futuristic Los Angeles. One image that stuck in people’s minds is the giant video billboard of a woman dressed as a geisha eating candy. We may not have gotten that particular advertisement, but giant animated ads are everywhere now. Along highways, on city streets, hell, brave Times Square during tourist season and you’ll find tons of people taking selfies with the biggest, most expensive video billboards in the world. Blade Runner may tell a story of oppression and humanity, but it also inspired one more way to bombard you with ads. Isn’t the future great?Short Circuit: Military RobotsThis 80s family comedy follows Steve Guttenberg and a racist caricature of an Indian person as they interact with a wacky military robot. The robot gets struck by lightning and starts cracking wise all over the place. This is not a movie that has aged well. One aspect that did though: The U.S. military totally does work with robots. Robots that roll along the ground on treads much like Johnny 5’s. And just like in the movie, the real-life robots can kill you. Take the MAARS robot, for example. There are some differences, though not as many as you might think. Sure, the Short Circuit robots, the ones who weren’t given sentience by a lightning bolt, use lasers to kill you while MAARS uses regular bullets. But MAARS is equipped with a laser too. Don’t worry though, it’ll just blind you. So in that respect, it’s kind of a friendly robot. Give it a funny voice and cute eyes and we might have something here.Smart House: Smart HomesWho would have thought a Disney Channel movie would be so prescient? Smart House was one of the Disney Channel’s earlier originals, and its ideas seemed pretty far-fetched at the time. A family wins the chance to live in a futuristic house where everything is controlled by a learning A.I. She’ll clean, cook, and set the lights and temperature just how you want them. She’ll also fly into an overprotective, jealous rage and prevent you from leaving. Yeah, some of these early DCOMs were straight up horror movies. But look how much we can automate our homes now. Your lights can be smart, you’re air conditioner can be smart. And if you don’t have a robot vacuuming your house at this point, what are you even doing? A whole generation of kids watched this cautionary tale and jumped at the first chance to model their own homes after it. The only difference is, our smart devices won’t actively hold us hostage. They’ll just sell all our personal information and usage habits to whoever’s buying. Much better.Woman in the Moon: Multi-Stage Rocket LaunchThe first silent film to show man going to the moon was Georges Méliès’ 1902 movie A Trip to the Moon. It wasn’t the most scientific depiction. The vessel was shot to the moon by a cannon. That’s… not how we do it. Nearly three decades later, and 40 years before we’d actually make the trip, one silent film got it basically right. Fritz Lang’s Woman in the Moon showed a multi-stage launch that looks remarkably like what NASA would later do in real life. It helps that Lang worked with real rocket scientists to make sure the science in the movie was as accurate as possible. It even included elements of human space travel that would actually be put into practice. Like foot straps to keep astronauts in place in zero-gravity. Or horizontal seats to compensate for g-forces. Or a pool of water beneath the rocket to dissipate heat and noise. It really is amazing how right this movie got it. Woman in the Moon showed audiences for the first time what human spaceflight would look like, decades before anyone would do it for real. Stay on target Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.