OTTAWA – A budding cross-border data exchange with the United States is quietly helping Canada crack down on immigration violators.The federal government has flagged more than 1,000 possible cases of people overstaying their visas or committing other immigration infractions based on information provided by the United States, newly obtained memos show.Under a 2011 continental security pact, Canada and the United States agreed to set up co-ordinated systems to track the entry and exit information of travellers.The effort involves exchanging entry information collected from people at the land border — so that data on entry to one country serves as a record of exit from the other.Canada says the information will be helpful in everything from tracking known fugitives to responding more effectively to missing-child alerts.The federal NDP and privacy advocates are watching closely, however, out of concern the data could be used to build invasive personal profiles with little accountability.The data includes the traveller’s name, nationality, date of birth and gender, the country that issued their travel document and the time, date and location of their crossing.The first two phases of the program were limited to foreign nationals and permanent residents of Canada and the U.S., but not citizens of either country.Canada’s border agency has begun sharing information with U.S. Homeland Security about the thousands of American citizens who cross into Canada each day. Legislation being debated in Parliament would allow Ottawa to collect similar information about Canadians entering the U.S.But the newly disclosed memos say the preliminary phases are already helping Canada zero in on people who may be running afoul of immigration laws.Between June 2013 and October 2015, Canada received nine million exit records from the U.S., resulting in over 1,000 cases being referred to immigration officials. Such data is helpful in identifying visitors who stay in Canada longer than their visa allows.It can also establish that someone has left Canada, leading to cancellation of 26 immigration warrants and 69 removal orders during the period.The Canadian Press used the Access to Information Act to obtain the figures from the Canada Border Services Agency, a process that took 18 months. A complaint to the federal information commissioner helped dislodge the pages.The number of immigration enforcement actions is almost certainly larger than 1,000, given that the figures do not cover the most recent two years. However, the border agency was unable to provide updated numbers.Once the legislation is passed, information-sharing on all travellers crossing the land border will take place.Canada also plans to begin collecting information on people leaving by plane — something the United States already does — by requiring airlines to submit passenger manifest data for outbound international flights. This information would not be shared with the U.S.The border agency says the fuller data streams will improve monitoring of visa compliance.Canada also intends to use the information to track high-risk travellers such as fugitives, suspected terrorists, registered sex offenders, smugglers and exporters of illegal goods.In addition, the data will help verify whether people have complied with residency requirements and determine their entitlement to social benefits, which may require a presence in Canada.The NDP is skeptical of the need to expand information-sharing with the U.S. and wary of the implications for Canadians in the era of “false positives” that can land people in trouble or deny them entitlements, said Matthew Dube, the party’s public safety critic.“Mistakes can be very costly in those circumstances for people.”The program’s scope underscores the need for strong, clear rules concerning use of the data and steps to ensure its accuracy, said Tim McSorley, national co-ordinator of the Ottawa-based International Civil Liberties Monitoring Group.McSorley wonders whether the Canadian Security Intelligence Service would be permitted to sift through the files to try to discern travel patterns, given the spy service’s interest in datasets. “And then what are the protections that would be afforded there?”He would also like assurances that Canadians will be able to request and see copies of the travel data in order to correct any discrepancies.— Follow @JimBronskill on Twitter
B-to-b publisher Source Media has acquired London-based CB.Net, a reference data provider for the global banking community. Source said CB.net will become a wholly-owned subsidiary of its Accuity business, a database provider of payment routing data and anti-money laundering screening software.Financial terms were not disclosed.According to Accuity president Hugh M. Jones, the acquisition bolsters the company’s existing client base. “As one company, Accuity and CB.Net offer the best single source of payments data, more solutions and greater flexibility to the marketplace,” he said.Owned by Investcorp, Source Media publishes magazines that serve the banking, capital markets, technology and professional services sectors. Its magazines include American Banker, the Bond Buyer and Origination News.
See All Mar 7 • New Peugeot 208 debuts i-Cockpit with 3D HUD Combo dashboard Apr 17 • The 2020 Jaguar XE gets its first major visual refresh Post a comment Mar 7 • The Ferrari F8 Tributo is the last of the nonhybrid V8s Mar 8 • VW is still ‘100 percent’ investigating a pickup truck for the US Enlarge ImageThe Viziv Adrenaline previews Subaru’s new “Bolder” design language. Andrew Hoyle/Roadshow Subaru has yet another installment in its range of Viziv concept cars, this time called the Adrenaline — and not to be confused with Ford’s Adrenalin treatment. But rather than previewing a totally new model — even if it does look like a dead ringer for a next-generation Crosstrek — Subaru says the Adrenaline instead shows the company’s new design language, dubbed “Bolder.””Through the new ‘Bolder’ design philosophy, Subaru aims to broaden the brand’s outlook, define the characteristics of Subaru vehicles more prominently and create more enjoyment for all passengers,” the company said in a statement at the Geneva Motor Show.It’s definitely a Subaru alright — definitely not what we’d call pretty, but purposeful and kind of rugged-cute. The gray cladding on the front fender seems to follow the headlight design in a weird way, but we dig the rounded-off rump. Subaru says the Adrenaline’s roof design actually uses parts that reinforce the body structure, and that overall, the styling is meant to “express the toughness and agility” of this concept car.Because this is a design-focused concept, Subaru doesn’t have any information about what kind of powertrain might be under the hood, and it’s not apparent that the car has an interior, either. Still, look for design elements from this concept to show up on future Subarus. Tags 2020 Toyota Supra review: A solid sports car that’s rife with controversy 2019 Subaru Ascent review Geneva Motor Show 2019 • More From Roadshow Geneva Motor Show 2019 Subaru reading • Subaru Viziv Adrenaline Concept looks like a Crosstrek from the future Share your voice Concept Cars 0 38 Photos 2018 Subaru Crosstrek: Just as good as before, only better Subaru Subaru Viziv Adrenaline concept hints at bolder future models
Chief Justice of India Ranjan GogoiIANSIn a shocking development, a 35-year-old woman has raised the complaint that the Supreme Court of India Chief Justice, Ranjan Gogoi, sexually harassed her. The woman, a former junior court assistant, wrote a letter to 22 judges of the apex court levelling the charges. She alleged that Gogoi made sexual passes at her twice during October last year. Meanwhile, the Secretary General of the Supreme Court of India denied the allegations, saying it was “completely and absolutely false and scurrilous”.”Its is also very possible that there are mischevious forces behind all this, with an intention to malign the institution,” the office said in a email in reply to queries on the issue, the Scroll reported.Narrating her ordeal, the woman says in her complaint that she was transferred from the CJI’s residence office after the sexual harassment incident. In a shocking turn of events, the employee was dismissed from service on December 1 on grounds that she had taken a single-day casual leave without approval. If the statements in the woman’s sworn affidavit are to be believed, the events that ensued after the top judge’s alleged misbehaviour were predatory. After the woman was dismissed, her husband, a head constable with the Delhi police, was suspended from service on December 28. His brother, also a head constable with the Delhi police, was suspended as well, the complaint says. The victim, who worked as a junior court assistant, detailed the harassment in an affidavit sent to all judges of the supreme court on April 19.The supreme court Secretary General’s office, in a written reply to media queries, however, narrated a different account of the happenings. One pertinent paragraph goes thus:”The motive behind these false and scurrilous allegations is obviously mischevious. As referred to in your letter, there is a criminal case pending against her, where very serious allegation have been made, of her having taken a bribe to assure employment in the Supreme Court of India. It has been learnt that there is an application for the cancellation of bail earlier granted to her, which is listed for hearing on 20.04.2019 on acoount of her having made threats to the complainant of the said case.”The victim’s own account, which the 22 judges of the supreme court are reviewing, differs drastically and offers a blow by blow account of the events from her point of view. The woman says her work had earned the praise of the chief justice and she was given invitations to high-profile functions. She says everything changed when she rebuffed the physical advances of Gogoi in October.The Caravan has reported that the woman has also submitted evidence including video recordings as part of her complaint. This pertains to the incident in which a police official accompanied her to the CJI’s residence after she was fired from the service. She says that she was made to apologise to the CJI’s wife at this point. The Secreatry General’s letter says that there have been “complaints made against her by the secretariat of the Chief Justice of India, to the Secretary General on account of her inappropriate behavior,”. It says this resulted in her transfer out of the home office of the CJI. “Apart from the misconduct formally recorded in the complaint by the secretariat, there were other counts of misconduct on her part.”However, the letter doesn’t give details of her alleged misdeeds. “It appears that these false allegations are being made asa pressure tactics to somehow come out of the various proceedings which have been initiated in law, against her and her family, for their on wrong doings. Its is also very possible that there are mischevious forces behind all this, with an intention to malign the institution,” the letter says.The woman says in her complaint that her last resort was writing to the supreme court judges. “It is only when the victimisation has reached unbearable proportions when me and my family were taken into police custody and tortured, and now there is imminent danger to my life that I am compelled to speak the whole truth, in order to save myself and my family,” she says.”I have been victimised for resisting and refusing the unwanted sexual advances of the CJI and my entire family has also been victimised and harassed due to that.”
A New York county which declared a state of emergency over a measles outbreak is on the “right path” after administering hundreds of vaccinations in two days, the chief of the US district said on Friday.Under the emergency, Rockland County banned non-vaccinated minors from public places in a bid to prevent the once-eliminated disease from spreading.Planned for 30 days from midnight Wednesday, the emergency comes during a US surge in measles cases, linked to an anti-vaccination movement.”We have already seen over 500 (new vaccinations) in the last couple of days,” Rockland County Executive Ed Day said on CNBC TV.”People simply understand now that we are serious about this,” added Day, whose district is 25 miles (40 kilometers) north of downtown New York.”We believe we are on a right path now to get at least a 93 percent immunization rate with the first shot,” close to the level considered necessary to end the outbreak.Although measles was declared officially eliminated from the United States in 2000, outbreaks have occurred in five states this year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).The outbreaks are linked to travellers who brought the illness back from other countries, and the majority of people who got measles were unvaccinated, the CDC said.The World Health Organization has warned that the growing anti-vaccine movement in richer nations constitutes a top-10 global health threat.The phenomenon has adherents in several Western nations, including Britain and France, but is particularly high profile in the US.Between 1 January and 21 March, there were 314 cases of measles in the United States, the CDC said.Rockland County, with a population of more than 300,000, had registered 157 cases as of Friday.Despite major vaccination campaigns since the outbreak began in October, around 27 per cent of minors aged one to 18 in the county remained unvaccinated, Day said earlier in the week.The worst affected neighborhoods are those with a high ultra-Orthodox Jewish population, where many oppose vaccines on religious grounds.Many vaccines are theoretically mandatory for children to attend school in the United States. But 47 out of 50 states allow exemptions on religious, moral, or personal grounds.Washington state, in the country’s northwest, in January declared a state of emergency over an outbreak of measles, an airborne infection causing fever, coughing and rashes that can be deadly in rare cases.Day on Friday called for a tightening of the school vaccination legislation and said a draft law to that effect was being discussed at the state level.
Explore further The biggest advantage of ultracapacitors is that they can fully recharge in less than a minute, unlike lithium-ion batteries which can take several hours. The downside of ultracapacitors is that they currently have a very short range, providing a distance of only a few miles, due to the fact that ultracapacitors can store only about 5% of the energy that lithium-ion batteries can hold. Although their short range makes ultracapacitors impractical for cars, city buses have to stop frequently anyway. By quickly recharging at bus stops, buses could take advantage of ultracapacitors’ other benefits: a bus with ultracapacitors uses 40% less electricity compared to an electric bus with lithium-ion batteries, and requires just one-tenth the energy cost of a typical diesel-fueled bus, which would save about $200,000 during the life of the vehicle. Plus, the buses are environmentally friendly: “Even if you use the dirtiest coal plant on the planet, it generates a third of the carbon dioxide of diesel when used to charge an ultracapacitor,” said Dan Ye of Sinautec.Today’s demonstration will take place at American University in Washington, DC, where an 11-seat minibus powered by ultracapacitors will be shuttling people around campus. At designated charging stations, which double as bus stops, the bus recharges by raising a collector on top of the bus a few feet to touch an overhead electric charging line, which recharges ultracapacitor banks stored under the bus seats. The two companies hope that this is just the beginning for ultracapacitor buses. The company that makes the Shanghai buses, Foton America Bus Co, based in Tennessee, plans to deliver another 60 buses to the Chinese city in early 2010. The new buses will have ultracapacitors manufactured by Shanghai Aowei that supply 10-watt hours per kilogram, compared with the current ultracapacitors that have an energy density of six watt-hours per kilogram. Other US cities, including New York City, Chicago, and some towns in Florida, have also expressed interest in trialing the buses. The companies expect that the ultracapacitors will continue to achieve higher energy densities in the future, which would allow them to hold a charge for longer. This improvement could increase the driving range from a few miles to 20 miles or more, helping to decrease the number of charging stations required on a route and make the technology practical for many more cities and bus routes. More information: Sinautecvia: Technology Review© 2009 PhysOrg.com (PhysOrg.com) — A fleet of 17 buses near Shanghai has been running on ultracapacitors for the past three years, and today that technology is coming to the Washington, DC, for a one-day demonstration. Chinese company Shanghai Aowei Technology Development Company, along with its US partner Sinautec Automobile Technologies, predict that this approach will provide an inexpensive and energy efficient way to power city buses in the near future. Hybrid Bus in the City: A Prototype with a Future Citation: Ultracapacitors Make City Buses Cheaper, Greener (2009, October 21) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2009-10-ultracapacitors-city-buses-cheaper-greener.html Buses with ultracapacitors stop at recharging stations, which double as bus stops, to recharge in less than a minute. Image credit: Sinautec. 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.
The intricacies of portraiture are often ignored but then to learn the art of clicking ravishing portraits one can look at beautiful portraits by Davide Cerati- an award winning photographer from Italy who is here in town to showcase his works to the picture enthusiasts.Titled ‘faces e-motion’, the photography exhibition will include his collection of photographs that will be on display from February 11-22 at India International Centre in the national Capital. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Davide says, “portraits of men and women, glances, emotions through the eyes, gestures and motions narrating stories of people, giving the viewer the chance to imagine what the subject’s eyes see and feel. The eyes and the movements of the subject is a door through which the viewer can explore the world of Davide. The Delhi exhibition is a mix of portraits and some research about movement.”Always in parallel with commercial work, Davide spends time in research and artistic projects for which he has received several international awards in Italy, France, and USA. Davide conducts seminars and workshops for professional photographers in Italy and Europe.A professional photographer since 1985, Davide works in advertising photography, on fashion sets, design, food and portraits. His photographs have been published in the best known magazines in Europe.
With an estimated 10 per cent of people worldwide having chronic kidney disease (CKD), and about nine in 10 of them being unaware of their condition, health experts have called for making kidney health a priority in both developed and developing countries.Presenting a new global report – The Global Kidney Health Atlas – presented at this week’s World Congress of Nephrology in Mexico City being held from April 21-25, the researchers highlighted the huge gaps in kidney disease care and prevention, with many countries not prioritising kidney health. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfGlobally, estimated CKD prevalence varies from seven per cent in South Asia and eight per cent in Africa to as high as 11 per cent in North America and 12 per cent in Europe, The Middle East, and East Asia, and Latin America, according to the report.Among high-income countries, Saudi Arabia and Belgium have the highest estimated CKD prevalence (24 per cent), followed by Poland (18 per cent), Germany (17 per cent) and Britain and Singapore (16 per cent). Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveNorway and the Netherlands have the lowest estimates at five per cent, the report, which was also published in the journal JAMA, said. “Our Atlas shows that, across countries of all incomes, many governments are not making kidney disease a priority. This makes no sense, as the costs for treating people with end stage kidney disease are enormous, along with the devastating effect it has on patients and their families,” said Adeera Levin, President of the International Society of Nephrology which produced the Atlas. “A diagnosis of CKD does not mean that you will need dialysis or a transplant, but does signal that you are at risk for many health problems, including heart disease, strokes, and infections,” Levin, who is also a Professor of Medicine at the University of British Colombia in Canada, added. While CKD can affect anyone, people are at higher risk if they have any one or more of a number of risk factors: these include high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity smoking, being aged 60 years or over, having established cardiovascular disease, having a family history of kidney failure, and being from a high-risk ethnic group or having a history of acute kidney injury. Acute kidney injury can be caused by infections, dehydration or damage from medications or ingesting toxic drugs. “A general lack of awareness of CKD, among patients and family doctors alike, and a lack of symptoms in the early stages, means that kidney function is usually hugely reduced by the time symptoms arise,” said Professor David Johnson, co-chair of the Global Kidney Health Atlas, and Professor at the University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia.The kidneys are vital organs in our bodies, removing waste and excess water and controlling the acidity balance of our blood. Chronic kidney disease is the gradual loss of the kidneys’ abilities to perform these essential functions, and can be caused by high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity, smoking and other risk factors.
Advertisement Sotheby’s sold an Apple-1 for $374,500 last year. A few months later in Germany, one sold for $640,000.Apple’s stock price may be well down from its peaks last year, but the market for the company’s oldest computers continues to set records.An Apple-1 computer, made in 1976, sold for a record $671,400 on Saturday at an auction in Germany. That surpassed the $640,000 record for an Apple-1, set last November at a sale at the same auction house in Cologne, Germany. The fall 2012 sale was a sharp rise from the previous record price for an Apple-1 of $374,500, set in June 2012 at an auction at Sotheby’s in New York.The high prices paid for the machines seem to be explained by the combination of scarcity, a fascination with the early history of the computer age, and the mystique of Apple and its founders, Steven P. Jobs and Stephen G. Wozniak. And some irrational exuberance in the prices, for a machine that can do very little and originally sold for $666 (about $2,700 in current dollars). – Advertisement – “This really confirms the value of Apple-1’s,” Uwe Breker, the German auctioneer, said in an interview on Saturday.The buyer, Mr. Breker said, was a wealthy entrepreneur from the Far East, who wishes to remain anonymous.Part of the allure of the earliest Apple machines, Mr. Breker said, is not what they are, but what they represent. “It is a superb symbol of the American dream,” he said. “You have two college dropouts from California who pursued an idea and a dream, and that dream becomes one of the most admired, successful and valuable companies in the world.”The anonymous buyer, who can afford to spend more than $670,000 on an old computer, seems to have enjoyed some version of the entrepreneurial dream come true, as well.Source: NY Times