first_imgGavel GamutBy Jim Redwinewww.jamesmredwine.com(Week of 2 September 2019)“IF YOU GOT ’EM, SMOKE ’EM”I understand the irresistible control nicotine can have. The desire to smoke even though the smoker knows tobacco is responsible for thousands of deaths every year may be incomprehensible to those who have never been cursed with it. But I was not shocked by that smoker in Berhman’s Tavern in St. Louis, Missouri who on Wednesday, August 28, 2019 chose to light up a cigarette as a would-be armed robber threatened to kill him if he did not lie down on the tavern floor. Even immediate death from a pistol was not as frightening as dying without a last cigarette. Perhaps the bar patron was envisioning all those old black and white movies where the condemned prisoner is afforded a final smoke before the firing squad does its grisly work.As for me, a one-time smoker who now would need a gun to my head to make me smoke, I recalled what a death grip nicotine had on me years ago. When I joined the United States Air Force and was ordered to Basic Training at Lackland Air Force Base near San Antonio, Texas in the sweltering summer heat of 1963 what my country required of me was a rude awakening; no girls, no beer and, cruelest of all, no cigarettes except when allowed by our TI’s (Training Instructors).We had three TI’s for our flight of 85 men. Each one tried his best to make us feel like Luke in Cool Hand Luke. They left no doubt in our young minds that all of America’s problems were caused by our “Failure to communicate”, that is, to simply already know what the TI’s meant by various shouts and grunts. One such shout was that we had better not even think of smoking without permission. At the same time we were told the time might come when we would be allowed to smoke but if we did not have any cigarettes available at that time, “Too bad!”. Of course, since the TI’s inspected our pockets every day the sadistic sergeants thought we would be unable to smoke even when given the chance. However, my habit was such I stuffed a full pack of Lucky Strikes with two wooden matches down into my left sock and prayed for when relief would come. One 100 degree day it did. At a break in the fun the TI’s were having running us through some nonsense drill one TI suddenly yelled, “If you got ’em, smoke ’em!”. Well, to the TI’s chagrin, I had ’em and passed one out to each member of my 18-man squad and had each one light the next man’s from his. I was a hero to my guys. Unfortunately, my reward from the TI’s was KP for two days. It was worth it even though I almost keeled over due to the heat and the long period without nicotine from those stale, sweat-stained cancer causers.Anyway, that was then and this is now and while I understand the St. Louis smoker’s Hobson’s choice between going smokeless or maybe getting shot, except for the occasional celebratory cigar, I’ll now voluntarily stick with what the Air Force tried to do for me in 1963.For more Gavel Gamut articles go to www.jamesmredwine.comOr “Like” us on Facebook at JPegRanchBooks&KnittingFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Indiana has a lack of school nurses ready for the coming school year

first_img Facebook By Tommie Lee – June 29, 2020 0 449 Google+ There’s concern that some schools around Indiana planning to reopen this fall will be without a full-time nurse.The lack of nurses predates the COVID-19 pandemic, but the presence of the virus has made the lack of nurses an obvious concern. Indiana Chalkbeat reports that the state only requires each district have at least one nurse, even if that means they cover multiple buildings.Some advocates say many districts in the state don’t meet the nationally recommended ratio of one nurse for every 750 students. More than 1,100 nurses were reportedly working in 400 districts and charter schools in the state last year. Twitter Google+ WhatsApp Twitter Facebook Pinterest Pinterest Indiana has a lack of school nurses ready for the coming school year CoronavirusIndianaLocalNewsSouth Bend Market WhatsApp Previous articleFace mask ordinance extended until September 7 in St. Joseph CountyNext articleSouth Bend Cubs to host movie night July 10th Tommie Leelast_img read more


first_imgDonegal protestors at a previous march. Pic by Northwest Newspix.Right2Water Donegal are organizing a protest at the Donegal County Council Chambers in Lifford on Monday April 13th assembling at 9.30am.The council will be meeting that morning to take care of any unfinished business from the previous Council meeting.The purpose of the protest is to register , once again, our opposition to Water Charges, by having reps. from Right2Water across the county hand back , bin or dispose of Water bills outside the seat of local government. The local Right2Water group will also present a letter to the County Councillors and the County Manager.Owen Curran from Right2Water West Donegal said; ‘ This letter will contain the concerns of people whom we are in regular contact with through our campaign, for example- Why did the County Manager proceed to hand over the details of Council tenants to Irish Water , despite a direction from Councillors not to do so?’It has also been widely noted that on November 14th last year the Donegal County Council voted in favour of a motion calling on the government to abolish water charges, they also voted in favour of holding a referendum on water ownership. All the councillors present voted in favour and one abstained. Philip Mc Fadden of Right2Water Inishowen said- ‘What people are asking us is, what work ,if any has been done by the councillors on these issues since?’.Another area of concern that people have raised is around the water metering programme being rolled out across the county at the moment. Right2Water will also be questioning why there is no proper monitoring of the work being carried out by installers ,especially around issues of health and safety and quality of re-instatement of footpaths for example. Owen Curran said ‘ We realise the time of the protest is quite early , however we picked this time to make sure we could distribute this letter to as many councillors on the day as possible. We know this is due to be a shorter meeting. We ask all those who are standing against water charges and who have decided not to pay to come and join us’. RIGHT2WATER TO STAGE PROTEST OUTSIDE COUNCIL OFFICES was last modified: April 7th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalprotestRight2Waterlast_img read more

Ding dong battle in Donegal could go into tomorrow!

first_imgIt’s going to be a fascinating battle between outgoing councillors Niamh Kennedy (IND) and Noel Jordan (SF) to see who tops the poll in the six-seater Donegal Municipal District.However, with 19 candidates and a major battle for the final two seats, the count in the John Bosco Centre could run into Monday.It’s safe to say that Kennedy and Jordan are almost home and dry. And the next two seats look set to be filled by the outgoing Michael Naughton (FF) and Barry Sweeney (FG).But, there’s going to be a fierce battle between the outgoing Tom Conaghan (IND), John McNulty (FG), Michael McMahon (SF), Billy Grimes (IND) and outgoing Seamus Maguire (IND) for the final two seats.On the fourth count, just 100 votes separate them. McNulty, however, is not transferring well and admits he’s in a battle.Ding dong battle in Donegal could go into tomorrow! was last modified: May 26th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Photos: Former 49ers receiver selling San Jose penthouse

first_imgFormer San Francisco 49ers receiver Pierre Garcon is selling his penthouse at the Axis in downtown San Jose for $1.788 million, reports Realtor.com.Click here if viewing from a mobile device.An 11-year veteran, Garcon was plagued by injuries in his last two seasons with the 49ers, and is currently a free agent.He’s selling a 1,262 square foot two-bedroom, two-bath penthouse on the 22nd floor. It features a 32-foot long balcony, floor-to-ceiling windows, an executive wardrobe system and …last_img read more

Bigger roles ahead for Brian Heruela, David Semerad at TNT

first_imgLOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño View comments Brian Heruela. Photo by Mark Giongco/INQUIRER.netAfter spending most their time riding the San Miguel Beer bench for the past several seasons, Brian Heruela and David Semerad are looking forward to playing a more significant role with their new squad TNT.Heruela and Semerad were part of the deal that sent embattled guard Terrence Romeo to the Beermen last month.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ “They’ll definitely get more of a chance here there’s no doubt about that. They fit in really well here with what we’re trying to do,” TNT consultant Mark Dickel said after Monday’s practice at Moro Lorenzo Sports Center inside Ateneo de Manila University campus in Quezon City.Heruela and Semerad are eager to show what they’re capable of something that they weren’t able to do during their time with the Beermen, who relied heavily on their star-studded core of June Mar Fajardo, Arwind Santos, Marcio Lassiter, Alex Cabagnot and Chris Ross, due to their lack of playing time.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsThe 29-year-old Heruela was a third round pick by Blackwater in 2014 but he emerged as one of the Elite’s top players before he was surprisingly traded to the Beermen.“I learned a lot coming from SMB. I’ve matured. To be honest, whether or not it’s a big role, my mindset is to just be physically and mentally ready,” Heruela said. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Far from satisfied, Team Lakay aims to continue success in 2019 Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krausscenter_img The 6-foot-4 Semerad has yet to get his break in the pros but his collegiate career at San Beda where he won four championships speaks for himself.“I’m a hustle player. I work hard on defense. I’m working on pick and rolls with the team so I fit in well here,” said Semerad, who joins his twin brother Anthony at TNT.The Semerad twins are teammates for the first time since their collegiate days.The two, along with fellow new acquisition Michael Miranda get their chance to prove themselves on opening day with TNT taking on Barangay Ginebra to usher in the PBA’s 44th Season on Sunday at Philippine Arena.“Whatever it is that I can do to help the team, I’m more than willing to do that,” said much-improved big man Michael Miranda, who blossomed into a dependable role player under Yeng Guiao at NLEX.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? LATEST STORIES Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games openinglast_img read more

HK club ends SMB-Alab’s 7-game run

first_imgHONGKONG—San Miguel Beer-Alab Pilipinas’ seven-game winning streak came to an end on Wednesday night, but there was no hint of disappointment from coach Jimmy Alapag after the shorthanded Filipino club dropped an 88-83 decision on the road against Hong Kong Eastern in the Asean Basketball League Season 9.Playing without 7-foot-3 center PJ Ramos, who went down due to food poisoning before the game at Southorn Stadium, Alab struggled to contain 7-foot-5 Sam Deguara and 6-foot-11 Mike Holyfield as Eastern finally beat Alab for the first time in four games this season.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes LATEST STORIES Go powers Ateneo to cruising win “I was really really pleased with the effort,” said Alapag, whose team remains on top of the league with an 11-3 record. “In the end, we gave ourselves a chance. I thought we fouled a little bit too much and it’s tough. They put a lot of pressure on Balkman and all the other guys to fight for rebounds.”Deguara had a season-high 31 rebounds to go with 18 points, while Holyfield, who replaced the injured OD Bassett in the lineup, added 19 boards to his 20 points.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesEven with Renaldo Balkman as its only reinforcement, Alab kept the game close up until the end and even led 77-71 on a three from Ray Parks who finished with 29 points. View comments SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

Irish Ferries Ship to Remain Out of Service

first_imgzoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license The technical issue concerning Irish Ferries’ ship Ulysses is more serious than originally anticipated, the company informed. The vessel is expected to be out of service for a further period of one to two weeks, the shipping group added.Operated by Irish Continental Group’s (ICG) subsidiary on the Dublin / Holyhead route, Ulysses reported technical difficulties with its Starboard Controllable Pitch Propeller on June 24. The vessel entered drydock in Belfast on June 28 and the investigation and repairs to the ship were expected to take no longer than five days, allowing it to resume service on July 4.However, the repairs have not been completed yet, according to service engineers.“In advance of her return to service, we will adjust the schedules of our other vessels to minimise the disruption (…) The Dublin / Holyhead route will operate with the Epsilon on the Ulysses schedule alongside the Dublin Swift which will operate additional evening sailings,” Irish Ferries said.“Irish Ferries would like to apologise to all our passenger and freight customers for this technical disruption. Despite our best efforts we can find no replacement tonnage in what is now the peak tourism season. It is the first major disruption on the Ulysses since her deployment on the Dublin Holyhead service in 2001,” the company added.last_img read more

Do you want to know what the future holds for privacy Its

first_imgAI and machine learning are quickly becoming integral parts of modern society. They’ve become common personal and household objects in this era of the Internet of Things. No longer are they relegated to the inner workings of gigantic global corporations or military entities. AI is taking center stage in our very lives and there’s little we can do about it. Tech giants like Google and Amazon have made it very easy for anyone to get their hands on AI-based technology in the form of AI assistants and a plethora of MLaaS (machine-learning-as-a-service) offerings. These AI-powered devices can do anything like telling you the weather, finding you a recipe for your favorite pasta dish, and even letting you know your friend Brad is at the door- and opening that door for you. What’s more, democratized AI tools make it easy for anyone (even without coding experience) to try their hands on building machine learning based apps. Needless to say, a future filled with AI is a future filled with convenience. If Disney’s film “Wall-e” was any hint, we could spend our whole lives a chair while letting self-learning machines do everything we need to do for us (even raising our kids). However, the AI of today could paint an entirely different picture of the future for our privacy. The price of convenience Today’s AI is hungry for your personal information. Of course, this isn’t really surprising seeing as they were birthed by companies like Google that makes most of its yearly income from ad revenue. In one article written by Gizmodo, a privacy flaw was found in Google’s then newest AI creation. The AI assistant would be built into every Google Pixel phone and would run on their messenger app “Allo”. Users could simply ask the assistant questions like “what’s the weather like tomorrow” or “how do I get to Brad’s house”. Therein lies the problem. In order for an AI assistant to adjust according to your own personal preferences, it has to first learn and remember all of your personal information. Every intimate detail that makes you, you. It does this by raking in all the information stored in your device (like your contacts list, photos, messages, location). This poses a huge privacy issue since it means you’re sharing all your personal information with Google (or whichever company manufactures your AI-driven assistant). In the end, no one will know you better than yourself- except Google. Another problem with this AI is that it can only work if your message is unencrypted. You can either opt for more privacy by choosing to use the built-in end-to-end encrypted mode or opt for more convenience by turning off encrypted mode and letting the AI read/listen to your conversations. There is no middle ground yet. Why is this such a big problem? Two reasons: Companies, like Google, use or sell your private information to third parties to make their money; and Google isn’t exactly the most trustworthy with users’ secrets. If your AI manufacturer behaves like Google, that privacy policy that you’re relying on will mean nothing once the government starts knocking on their door. VPNs vs AI How AI learns from your personal information is just the tip of the iceberg. There’s a deeper privacy threat looming just behind the curtain: bad actors waiting to use AI for their own nefarious purposes. One study compared human hackers with artificial hackers to see who could get more Twitter users to click on malicious phishing links. The results showed that artificial hackers substantially outperformed their human counterparts. The artificial hacker pumped out more spear-phishing tweets that resulted in more conversions. This shows how powerful AI can be once it’s weaponized by hackers. Hackers may already be using AI right now- though it’s still hard to tell. Users are not without means to defend themselves, though. VPNs have long been used as a countermeasure against hackers. The VPN industry has even grown due to the recent problems regarding user data and personal information like the Facebook-Cambridge Analytica scandal and how the EU’s GDPR effectively drove many websites to block IPs from the EU. A VPN (Virtual Private Network) protects your privacy by masking your IP. It also routes your internet traffic through secure tunnels where it is encrypted. Most VPNs on the market currently use military-grade 256-bit AES to encrypt your data along with a multitude of various security features. The problem is that anyone with the time and resources can still break through your VPN’s defense- especially if you’re a high profile target. This can either be done by getting the key through some nefarious means or by exploiting known vulnerabilities to break into the VPN’s encryption. Breaking a VPN’s encryption is no easy task as it will take lots of computation and time- we’re talking years here. However, with the rise of AI, the process of breaking a VPN’s encryption may have become easier. Just 2 years ago, DARPA, the US government agency that commissions research for the US Department of Defense, funded the Cyber Grand Challenge. Here, computers were pitted against each other to find and fix bugs in their systems. The winner, a computer named “Mayhem” created by a team named “ForAllSecure”, took home the $2 million prize. It achieved its goal by not only patching any holes it found in its own system but also by finding and exploiting holes in its opponents’ software before they could be patched. Although the whole point of the challenge was to speed up the development of AI to defend against hackers, it also showed just how powerful an artificial hacker can be. A machine that could quickly process heaps and heaps of data while developing more ways to defend/attack from its own processes is a double-edged sword. This is why some VPN companies have started incorporating AI to defend against hackers- human or otherwise. The future of VPNs is AI augmented “If you can’t beat them, join them.” One VPN that has started using AI as part of their VPN service is Perfect Privacy. Their AI takes the form of Neuro routing (AI-based routing). With this, the AI makes a connection based on where the user is connecting to. The AI chooses the closest server to the destination server and does so separately for all connections. This means that if you’re in Romania but you’re connecting to a website hosted in New York, the VPN will choose a New York-based location as an exit server. This not only reduces latency but also ensures that all traffic remains in the VPN for as long as possible. This also makes the user appear to have different IPs on different sites which only bolsters privacy even more. Also, because the AI is dynamic in its approach, it frequently changes its route to be the shortest route possible. This makes its routes nigh impossible to predict. If you’d like a more detailed look at Perfect Privacy and its AI-based routing, check out this Perfect Privacy review. Some experts believe that someday in the future, we may just let AI handle our security in the Internet of Things for us. Just recently this year, a wireless VPN router called “Fortigis” was released and touted AI-based defenses. The router uses self-learning AI to keep your connection safe by learning from attack attempts made on any Fortigis router. All devices are then updated to defend against such attacks thereby ensuring up-to-date security. It also allows you to control who can connect to your home network, alarms you when someone is connecting and informs you of all the devices connected to your home network. These are just some of the ways the VPN industry is keeping up with the security needs of the times. Who knows what else the future could bring just around the corner. Whatever it is, one thing is for sure: Artificial intelligence will be a big part of it. About Author Dana Jackson, an U.S. expat living in Germany and the founder of PrivacyHub. She loves all things related to security and privacy. She holds a degree in Political Science, and loves to call herself a scientist. Dana also loves morning coffee and her dog Paw. Read Next: 10 great tools to stay completely anonymous online Guide to safe cryptocurrency tradinglast_img read more