Councilors’ vote to pull fluoride from Fort St. John’s water supply

first_imgCouncilor Larry Evans agrees. He says fluoride might have been slightly beneficial 40 years ago, but he says nowadays, the cons outweigh the pros.[asset|aid=1646|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=c87c094164288aa102eec09a3e9913bf-Evans- fluoride 1_1_Pub.mp3]On the June 24th meeting, concerned resident Dorothy Folk presented a report to Council, detailing the negative effects of fluoride in drinking water. She also provided 1200 signatures from residents who wanted the issue revisted. The last referendum on fluoride happened in the 1970’s.Now, the City doesn’t have to go towards a referendum because of a change to the Community Charter. However, the City will seek ministerial approval before it impliments a ban.Advertisement Photo: Dorothy Folk presents a report on fluoride at the June 24th City Council Meeting – Christine Rumleskie/Energeticcity.caFort St. John’s drinking water might soon be free of fluoride.- Advertisement -At Monday night’s City Council Meeting, councilors agreed to remove the chemical from the City’s water supply.Director of Infrastructure Victor Shopland, says the current amount of fluroide in the drinking water sits at .7 parts per million. Which, he says can be beneficial if a leak occurs.[asset|aid=1645|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=c87c094164288aa102eec09a3e9913bf-Shopland – fluoride 1_1_Pub.mp3]Mayor Bruce Lantz says he would rather see the chemical banned, than decrease it by a small margin.Advertisementlast_img read more

Jamaica Continues to Promote Technical and Economic Co-operation

first_imgMinister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator the Hon. A.J. Nicholson, says Jamaica will continue to promote technical and economic co-operation with developing countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean. He also pledged to maintain healthy ties with traditional partners such as Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, Japan and the European Union. In relation to Africa, he said Jamaica has recognised that the potential exists to deepen the trade and investment relationship with the continent and to promote African Union/African Diaspora engagement, among other areas of co-operation. The Minister was addressing members of the Diplomatic Corps at Jamaica House, on February 5, as part of activities to observe Diplomatic Week. “I am pleased too, that this year, we hope to embark on new areas of co-operation with Botswana, including the inauguration of the Jamaica/Botswana Joint Commission, thus expanding our co-operation in Southern Africa,” Senator Nicholson noted. In the meantime, the Minister said the conclusion of multilateral discussions surrounding the Arms Trade Treaty is of major importance to Jamaica, as the country continues to work towards curbing violence and strengthening national security. Senator Nicholson said the need to control the use of conventional weapons, most notably, small arms and light weapons, is of critical importance to Jamaica. “Recent tragic experiences both at home and broad, have graphically reminded us of the need to curb gun violence. We are conscious that this is a sensitive issue for many countries requiring a judicious balance between constitutional, national security and ethical considerations,” he said. Senator Nicholson said he believes the moment is opportune for the international community to take the bold and decisive step to agree on an Arms Trade Treaty. “We owe no less to the peoples of the world, especially those beset by armed violence,” the Minister emphasized. Diplomatic Week 2013 is being celebrated from February 3 to February 8. The week’s activities began with a Service of Thanksgiving at the Swallowfield Chapel, in Kingston, on Sunday, February 3, while on Monday, February 4, Jamaica’s cultural heritage was highlighted at a special cultural evening held at the Courtleigh Auditorium in New Kingston. On Wednesday, February 6, the diplomats will be addressed by Ministers of Finance and Planning; National Security; Tourism and Entertainment – Dr. the Hon. Peter Phillips, Hon. Peter Bunting, and Dr. Hon. Wykeham McNeill, respectively. The highlight of the week will be the black tie reception and diplomatic dinner hosted by their Excellencies, Sir Patrick Allen and Lady Allen on Thursday, February 7, at King’s House. The week culminates on Friday, February 8, with a tour of the National Gallery in downtown Kingston.last_img read more

Calling for better police body cam design

Challenges reported by both police and the public surrounding usability issues with the vast array of body cams and recording functionality prompted a study by human factors/ergonomics (HF/E) researchers from Wichita State University. In their just-published Ergonomics in Design article, “Design Considerations in the Proliferation of Police Body-Worn Cameras,” Joel Suss and colleagues identify limitations and provide some guidelines for designers. Citation: Calling for better police body cam design (2018, April 12) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-04-police-body-cam.html “Usability issues have received relatively little attention” from the media, the public, or researchers, the authors report. In the article, they summarize some of the issues with existing cameras, including positioning on the body, stability of mounts, camera visibility and activation, data transfer, and interpretability of footage. Body cam usability, they feel, is ripe for examination by other HF/E researchers and particularly by designers, which could lead to better systems.Working with the Wichita (Kansas) Police Department, Suss et al. equipped officers of various heights, weights, and body types with cameras mounted in different locations on the body to determine which locations were the most effective. The officers performed 35 different live-fire drills while wearing the cameras. Initial analysis showed that cameras mounted on the head (glasses, baseball cap) offered the most complete view of the target compared with cameras worn on the torso (e.g., shoulders, chest).In addition, the authors believe their video data “can serve as training stimuli for artificial intelligence systems that are being developed to automatically analyze, categorize, and redact body-worn camera footage.”Suss notes, “By understanding the advantages and disadvantages of different camera-mounting locations, law enforcement agencies can provide guidance to officers that will help maximize the quality of body-worn camera footage. Not only will this benefit the public and the criminal justice system, but such footage can also serve as the basis for developing cognitive training designed to enhance officers’ safety and decision-making performance under stress.” Body cameras, now gun cameras? Some police trying them out More information: Joel Suss et al, Design Considerations in the Proliferation of Police Body-Worn Cameras, Ergonomics in Design: The Quarterly of Human Factors Applications (2018). DOI: 10.1177/1064804618757686 Explore further 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. Provided by Human Factors and Ergonomics Society read more

UK MPs pressure Zuckerberg to testify on Facebook data breach

British MPs threatened Tuesday to issue a formal summons to Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg for him to testify over a major privacy row, after he declined to appear. Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg was grilled by the US Congress last month but sent one of his executives to answer questions posed by the House of Commons culture and media committee Zuckerberg was grilled by the US Congress last month but sent one of his executives to answer questions posed by the House of Commons culture and media committee.MPs are investigating the use of Facebook data by a British political consultancy, Cambridge Analytica, as well as the phenomenon of “fake news” and Russia’s involvement in spreading misinformation online.In a letter to Facebook, committee chairman Damian Collins cited unconfirmed reports that Zuckerberg would testify to the European Parliament in May and asked him to come to London during the same trip.”We would like the session here to take place by 24 May,” he wrote.”It is worth noting that, while Mr Zuckerberg does not normally come under the jurisdiction of the UK parliament, he will do so the next time he enters the country.”We hope that he will respond positively to our request, but if not the committee will resolve to issue a formal summons for him to appear when he is next in the UK.”Ignoring a formal summons could invite action by the House of Commons, although in the past, the threat has usually been enough to make a witness appear.Facebook has admitted that up to 87 million users may have had their data hijacked by Cambridge Analytica, which worked for US President Donald Trump during his 2016 campaign.Collins noted that there are more than 40 million Facebook users in Britain “and they deserve to hear accurate answers” from Zuckerberg.A spokesman for the European Parliament said last week that an invitation had been sent to Zuckerberg to appear before MEPs “but we still wait for an answer… nothing has been decided yet”. 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. UK MPs ask Facebook’s Zuckerberg to testify on data row Citation: UK MPs pressure Zuckerberg to testify on Facebook data breach (2018, May 1) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-05-uk-mps-pressure-zuckerberg-testify.html Explore further © 2018 AFP read more

Investors will eye cash production in Tesla 1Q earnings

© 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. Then Tesla forecast 10,000 Model 3s per month at the end of the first quarter. As it turned out, just under 9,800 were assembled from January through March, Tesla said in April. The Fremont factory was shut down for four or five days last month to clear production bottlenecks, Tesla said.The Palo Alto, California, company predicted in April that production will climb rapidly through the second quarter and reach about 5,000 vehicles per week—which would return Tesla to its originally promised 20,000 per month rate—around the end of June. It predicted high sales and strong cash flow in the third quarter. “As a result Tesla does not require an equity or debt raise this year, apart from standard credit lines,” the company said.The Model 3 is the most important piece of Tesla’s plan to become a mainstream automaker. At one point it had more than 500,000 potential buyers on a waiting list. But in April the company conceded that some had canceled, although it refused to give numbers. Tesla said reservations “remained stable” through the first quarter.Jeffries analyst Philippe Houchois will be watching for gross orders of the Model 3 to look for growth. “If there is underlying demand, funding and manufacturing issues and therefore (stock) valuation can be addressed,” he wrote in a note to investors.Tesla also has to deal with two federal investigations into crashes of its vehicles, at least one of which was operating on the company’s semi-autonomous “Autopilot” system. In that crash on March 23 near Mountain View, California, the driver was killed when his Model X SUV hit a lane barrier. In the other crash near Los Angeles in January, a Model S sedan hit a parked firetruck on a freeway. The driver wasn’t hurt.Both the National Transportation Safety Board and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration sent investigators to the crashes.Tesla was kicked out of the Mountain View investigation team by the NTSB for making details of the probe public, adding to its troubles.Shares of Tesla have suffered on all of the bad news, falling nearly 16 percent from this year’s peak closing price on Feb. 26 to $300.82 in midday trading Wednesday. They’ll want to see how much cash the company burned during the quarter as well as its free cash flow, which is cash generated minus capital spending. Those numbers could either allay or increase fears that Tesla will run out of money this year and have to borrow more or sell additional stock.In last year’s fourth quarter, Tesla burned through $162 million, or roughly $1,200 per minute, knocking its available cash from $3.53 billion down to $3.37 billion. For the full year, Tesla burned up almost $640 million. Free cash flow in the fourth-quarter was a negative $276.8 million.Moody’s Investor Service downgraded Tesla’s debt into junk territory back in March, warning at the time that Tesla didn’t have cash to cover $3.7 billion for normal operations, capital expenses and debt that come due early next year. At the end of last year the company had a total of $9.5 billion in long-term debt.”The negative outlook reflects the likelihood that Tesla will have to undertake a large, near-term capital raise in order to refund maturing obligations and avoid a liquidity shortfall,” Moody’s wrote in a note to investors.Tesla Inc., which has had only two profitable quarters in its nearly eight years as a public company, is expected to lose millions again in the critical first quarter. Analysts polled by FactSet predict a net loss of $713 million, or $4.04 per share. That would be Tesla’s worst quarterly loss. Excluding one-time items the company should lose $3.54 per share on revenue of $3.28 billion.The key to raising cash to cover expenses is production of the Model 3 mass-market electric car, which starts at $35,000 but can easily top $50,000 with options. Tesla has had trouble ramping up its factory in Fremont, California, near San Francisco—so much so that Musk has tweeted he’s sleeping at the plant and that automation is overrated and more humans are needed to build the cars. More humans would cost more money, increasing the cash burn.The plant has wildly missed Musk’s forecasts. When production started last summer he promised to build 20,000 Model 3s during the month of December. Instead, Tesla made only 2,425 during the entire fourth quarter. Explore further Tesla raises production but falls short of Model 3 goals (Update) Citation: Investors will eye cash, production in Tesla 1Q earnings (2018, May 2) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-05-investors-eye-cash-production-tesla.html When Tesla releases first-quarter earnings after the closing bell on Wednesday, investors will be scrutinizing more than the bottom line. 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. read more