Month: December 2019

Mountain lions caught on doorbell camera near Mueller Park

Mountain lions caught on doorbell camera near Mueller Park

BOUNTIFUL — A pair of cougars were spotted near Mueller Park by a doorbell camera.

This video was submitted by the Russell family, who said they were watching the Utah-Oregon game Friday night when they got a notification from their Ring doorbell.

The big cats ran away when another family member pulled into the driveway.

“We decided not to invite them in … figured they must be BYU fans,” said a member of the Russell family.

COUGARS IN BOUNTIFUL

More rainfall to drench Bay Area this weekend

SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) – Another rainstorm is expected to roll through the Bay Area on Saturday until Sunday afternoon.

Parts of the North Bay could expect to see an inch to an inch and a half of rain over the next 24 hours.

A new Flash Flood Watch has been issued for the Kincade Fire burn area from Saturday at 10 a.m. through Sunday at 10 p.m.

This means a flash flood is possible due to heavy rain so it is advised to be prepared.

Severe turbulence warnings have been issued for airports along the west coast due to heavy winds and rain.

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Candian beer company in trouble for “reindeer orgy” beer cans

Sycamore Brewing received a spanking from Canada’s Alcohol Law Enforcement (ALE), which will punish the brewery for making a beer can with cartoon reindeer having sex. 

From Vice:

[T]he label likely violated the agency’s rules prohibiting obscene material, and the brewery didn’t submit it for approval before producing the cans either. As a result, Sycamore will most likely face a fine of between $500 and $1,000.

“We’re in a moment in our country where the president is up for impeachment, there are school shootings, there’s all this horrible stuff going on,” Sycamore co-owner Justin Brigham said. “And you know, seven-and-a-half percent (ABV) beer that tastes like cookies, with pixelated reindeer? That’s a nice reprieve I think.”

Image: Sycamore

Candian beer company in trouble for “reindeer orgy” beer cans

Sycamore Brewing received a spanking from Canada’s Alcohol Law Enforcement (ALE), which will punish the brewery for making a beer can with cartoon reindeer having sex. 

From Vice:

[T]he label likely violated the agency’s rules prohibiting obscene material, and the brewery didn’t submit it for approval before producing the cans either. As a result, Sycamore will most likely face a fine of between $500 and $1,000.

“We’re in a moment in our country where the president is up for impeachment, there are school shootings, there’s all this horrible stuff going on,” Sycamore co-owner Justin Brigham said. “And you know, seven-and-a-half percent (ABV) beer that tastes like cookies, with pixelated reindeer? That’s a nice reprieve I think.”

Image: Sycamore

Seizure monitoring device made in Utah could help people with epilepsy

SALT LAKE CITY – Predicting the exact moment when someone with epilepsy will have a seizure is almost impossible, but that could all change with a new device being made in Utah.

Mark Lehmkuhle, The CEO and CTO of Epitel says, “The holy grail of epilepsy is being able to predict when you’re going to have your next seizure […] and so we want to create an hourly forecast of your probability of having a seizure.”

Lehmkuhle says his company made a fully functional device called Epilog that works alongside an app to read brainwaves.

Epilog is worn on the forehead, just below the hairline, or behind the ear. It connects to a phone or tablet via Bluetooth and sends seizure reports to an app. Doctors can use the data to adjust a patient’s treatment and lifestyle schedule and hopefully improve their day to day life.

While this technology has the potential to change a lot of people’s lives, it does have a few hurdles to overcome first.

Epilog needs to undergo clinical trials and be approved by the FDA before it can be used by anyone.

For now, it’s just being tested at The University of Colorado, Boston Children’s Hospital, and the NYU Langone Medical Center.

Dr. Daniel Freedman, a Professor in the Department of Neurology at the NYU Langone Medical Center, is one of the people testing Epilog.

He says, “One of the biggest problems with epilepsy is predictability. You don’t know if tonight is the night you can go out with your friends because you might have a seizure.”

This is where the Epilog device has the potential to help.

“We want to give people the power of knowing how many seizures they’re having so that they can plan their day with certainty,” says Lehmkuhle.

Potential aside, the people testing it say there’s plenty of room for improvement.

Freedman says, “The nature of the patch is that it has to be applied roughly near where you think the seizures are coming from. That may be known in some patients, but for other patients, you might not know ahead of time what side of the brain the seizures are coming from, and that may lead to patients having to wear more than one patch.”

Freedman says, from his experience, the Epilog devices don’t communicate too well with one another, which is an issue when they want to synchronize the data.

“The Epilog device is a great first step. Obviously like all technology, it would be better if it was smaller, had longer battery life,” says Freedman.

In the current model that’s being tested, the battery lasts about 60 days, but Lehmkuhle says he wants to make it last longer and be able to charge wirelessly.

Freedman says, “If you had a device that told you, ‘looks like you’re all clear for the next several hours’, hopefully, that will give someone a lot more independence and comfort.”

If you’d like to support Epilog, you can donate to their crowdfunding page here.

Bluefruit Software first tech firm to become owned by its employees

One of Cornwall’s largest tech companies has become the first in the sector to become owned by its employees. Bluefruit Software has changed to become an employee owned business with the formation of an Employee Ownership Trust (EOT). Employees are now the principal shareholders in the company, with a 51% stake and a say in governance. The EOT’s board of trustees has two non-director employees on it, who will be working on decisions that affect all their colleagues. Already Truro , St Austell and Exeter law firm Stephens Scown is owned by its employees but Bluefruit is the first tech

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Liberal MP Anthony Rota upsets Regan to become Speaker in minority Parliament

OTTAWA – Liberal MP Anthony Rota has been elected Speaker of the House of Commons, beating out fellow Liberal Geoff Regan, who was Speaker during the last session of Parliament and wanted to continue.

Rota, 58, represents the northern Ontario riding of Nipissing-Timiskaming and was a deputy speaker in the last Parliament.

His election to the top job this time is being billed by some as an early sign of how the official Opposition intends to throw its weight around now that the Liberals have been reduced to a minority.

The Conservatives, with 121 seats, didn’t have the numbers to elect one of their own to the challenging post. But with the Speaker being elected via a preferential ballot, they could try to ensure Rota came out on top.

Two Conservative MPs, Bruce Stanton and Joel Godin, and one New Democrat, Carol Hughes, also put their names on the ballot.

Under preferential balloting, MPs list their first, second and subsequent choices. The votes for the last-place candidate are redistributed to his or her supporters’ second choices, a process that continues until one candidate emerges with more than 50 per cent of the vote.

To place Rota at the top of that list, all of the Conservatives – with support from MPs from other parties – simply had to rank Regan farther down.

The decision to try and unseat Regan as a show of strength was made at the Conservative caucus meeting earlier this week but MPs refused to discuss it publicly citing the confidentiality of caucus proceedings.

As in keeping with tradition, Rota was mock-dragged to his new post by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Opposition Leader Andrew Scheer, a ritual that signifies the harsh fate that can befall someone entrusted with keeping decorum in the House.   

It’s a challenge that could be that much harder in a minority Parliament, and Trudeau said MPs would be looking to Rota for guidance.

“I know that though that every member will strive to ensure constructive and therefore productive debates, there will be times where our differences will get the best of us and have us get carried away,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Thursday in the House.

“And we will then look to you, Mr. Speaker, Parliament’s referee, to keep us in line.”

Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer was Speaker from 2011 to 2015, when MPs used a different voting system that saw them vote repeatedly until a winner was elected. It took him six rounds to win. He noted the neutral black and white colours of the Speaker’s uniform denote Rota’s non-partisan role.

“You will represent the collective rights and responsibilities of members while you are in the chair, but you will also represent our Parliament in several ways around the world,” he said. “And I have great confidence that you will do so with the dignity and professionalism that being the Speaker of a G7 country warrants.”

Rota promised to be fair, non-partisan, and do his best – and he urged MPs to do the same.

“I ask one favour of all members, to just think, every time they get up, and to make sure that our friends, family, children, and parents are all proud of us when we are in this House,” he said.

“That is all I ask.”

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Dec. 5, 2019.

The Canadian Press

‘Mexico, US, Canada trade talks continue in Washington

WASHINGTON – Mexico’s top trade negotiator wrapped up an 11-hour meeting with his U.S. counterpart Friday night, saying they had not finalized a new trade agreement for Mexico, United States and Canada.

As he left the office of U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer Jesus Seade told reporters “we are working on all the issues. It is not easy, but we are working well.”

He added that they might meet again Saturday.

Seade said Canadian Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland participated in the talks, as well as U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in an indirect way.

The United States, Mexico and Canada agreed last year to replace the 25-year-old North American Free Trade Agreement with the new U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement.

It needs approval by legislators in each country, and only Mexico’s Congress has ratified the deal so far.

The Associated Press

Singh reiterates support for Fredericton abortion clinic fighting to stay open

FREDERICTON – NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh visited a Fredericton abortion clinic today that is struggling to remain open because New Brunswick does not cover abortions performed outside hospitals.

Singh voiced his support for the Clinic 554 and met with medical director Adrian Edgar.

In October, Edgar announced that the only clinic in New Brunswick offering out-of-hospital abortions would be put up for sale as a “direct result” of the province’s failure to fund the procedure.

Singh posted on Twitter about the visit, saying safe and accessible abortion rights should be protected and thanking Edgar for his work to save the clinic.

Earlier this week, Singh called on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to intervene and save the clinic, saying the New Brunswick government’s actions contravenes the Canada Health Act.

The provincial Health Department has defended its policy, saying it does not fund private health care services and abortions are still available in hospitals.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Dec. 7, 2019.

The Canadian Press

Reddit security detects likely Russian campaign to leak documents

Yesterday, r/redditsecurity announced that it believes leaked internal secret documents about trade agreement discussions between the United States and the United Kingdom were posted to /r/worldpolitics by Russians:

Earlier this year Facebook discovered a Russian campaign on its platform, which was further analyzed by the Atlantic Council and dubbed “Secondary Infektion.” Suspect accounts on Reddit were recently reported to us, along with indicators from law enforcement, and we were able to confirm that they did indeed show a pattern of coordination. We were then able to use these accounts to identify additional suspect accounts that were part of the campaign on Reddit. This group provides us with important attribution for the recent posting of the leaked UK documents, as well as insights into how adversaries are adapting their tactics.

In late October, an account u/gregoratior posted the leaked documents and later reposted by an additional account u/ostermaxnn. Additionally, we were able to find a pocket of accounts participating in vote manipulation on the original post. All of these accounts have the same shared pattern as the original Secondary Infektion group detected, causing us to believe that this was indeed tied to the original group.

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