Former Texas police officer found guilty of murder in death of teenager Jordan Edwards

first_imgmoodboard/Thinkstock(DALLAS) — A former Texas police officer has been found guilty of murder in the 2017 shooting of an unarmed African-American teenager.A Dallas County jury convicted Roy Oliver, who is white and a former officer for the Balch Springs, Texas, Police Department, of murdering Jordan Edwards when he fired into a car the 15-year-old was in that was driving away from him.This is a breaking news story. Please check back for updates. Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img

SA, Vietnam sign rhino action plan

first_img7 May 2013 South Africa and Vietnam have signed an action plan to set in motion the biodiversity conservation and protection agreement signed by the two countries in December, aimed at curbing wildlife crimes, in particular rhino poaching. “The implementation plan, effective until 2017, gives further impetus to the fight against wildlife crimes, particularly rhino poaching,” the Department of Environmental Affairs said in a statement. South Africa’s Deputy Environmental Affairs Minister Rejoice Mabudafhasi and Vietnam’s Deputy Agriculture and Rural Development Minister Ha Cong Tuan signed the follow-up implementation plan in Hanoi on Monday. “The signing of the action plan is the culmination of intensive negotiations and discussions between the two governments,” the department said following the signing. The memorandum of understanding on biodiversity conservation and protection was introduced to promote cooperation between the two countries in law enforcement and compliance with legislation such as the Convention of International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).‘Joint efforts to conserve biodiversity’ “Put into action is the development of joint legislative efforts to conserve biodiversity, build capacity and promote participation of international organisations and non-governmental organisations in the process,” the department said. Priority cooperation areas also include the use, transfer and development of technology, natural resource and protected areas management, wildlife trade and community development. “The two countries will, in the next six months, share information on each country’s legislation in regards to the management of sport hunting for trophies of rhino and other wildlife with the aim of improving the management of imports of hunted specimens to Vietnam,” the department said. “Awareness and education campaigns on biodiversity management, compliance with international regulations and legislation, forestry, skills development, sustainable utilisation and the improvement of livelihoods while conserving the environment and related matters, will also be conducted to ensure wildlife-related crimes are reduced.” Further development of wildlife monitoring systems, including the introduction of a gene bank and training courses in wildlife forensic analysis and DNA sample techniques, also form part of the implementation plan to combat levels of wildlife crime. “The two countries will share experiences on a regular basis, resulting in recommendations to enhance biodiversity, management, conservation and protection,” the department said. SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Books on Insulation and Energy-Efficient Building

first_img Start Free Trial Already a member? Log in This article is only available to GBA Prime Members Two new books that might interest green builders recently caught my eye: The BuildingGreen Guide to Insulation Products and Practices by Alex Wilson and The JLC Guide to Energy Efficiency by the editors of The Journal of Light Construction.Full disclosure: I was a minor participant in the creation of both books. At Wilson’s request, I reviewed portions of his manuscript before publication and provided feedback. I also wrote several of the articles appearing in the JLC book.Alex Wilson’s book, Insulation: The BuildingGreen Guide to Insulation Products and Practices, is a short (83-page) electronic book that sells for $129. (BuildingGreen members can purchase the book at a $30 discount.)Wilson’s downloadable report seems aimed at designers and architects rather than at builders or insulation contractors. The book includes no installation tips.Wilson provides basic background information on the three modes of heat transfer, as well as solid information on R-value, U-factor, and air leakage. The guide also includes separate articles on many types of insulation, including batts, rigid foam boards, and spray foam products.Much of the information in this guide is written for those who are interested in green construction; for example, there is detailed information on the possible environmental effects of phenol formaldehyde and halogenated flame retardants.A few quotes will provide a sense of the topics featured in this guide:Wilson doesn’t just describe the insulation products on the U.S. market; he also provides guidance. Readers of Environmental Building News are probably already aware of Wilson’s fascination with FoamGlas, also known as cellular glass insulation. In a table listing material recommendations, FoamGlas is BuildingGreen’s “top pick” for insulating slabs and the exterior of foundation walls. Since an R-19 layer of this rarely used insulation has an installed cost of $6.20 to $7.50 per square foot,… center_img Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details.last_img read more

Told you that you were getting good sleep, says Fitbit

first_imgRyan Matthew Pierson Tags:#featured#Fitbit#Internet of Things#IoT#top#wearables Fitbit has sponsored a study that it says validates the ability of several of its fitness wearables to accurately track different stages of sleep. This study, which involved the Fitbit Alta HR, Blaze, and Charge 2 devices, was independently scored by polysomnography technicians.“With our sleep tracking tools, Fitbit has transformed what people can learn about their sleep habits by taking the ability to track sleep stages out of a lab and putting it on the wrist,” Conor Heneghan, lead sleep research scientist at Fitbit, said in a statement.Understanding the stages of sleepThe study focused on these devices’ ability to accurately track the three main stages of sleep: light, deep, and REM (rapid eye movement). Understanding how much of each stage someone is receiving is an important part of understanding the quality of sleep they are receiving.Sleep Stages, a new feature introduced this April, is available with Alta HR, Blaze, and Charge 2. It uses heart rate variability to estimate the amount of time spent in light, deep and REM sleep. It also detects when someone is awake in order to accurately log sleep patterns and duration.It does this by measuring changes in your heart rate, pairing variations to the different levels of sleep and awake states in order to determine how much of what type of sleep you’re getting. Early Fitbit sleep detection relied on your body’s movements to determine how restful or restless your sleep was.Fitbit’s growing sleep databaseWhen you look at a company with such a large, diverse user base, it’s hard to ignore the sheer volume of data these wearables generate. Since 2010, Fitbit has logged over 4 billion nights of sleep from its users. This gives it a data pool of over 23 million hours of slumber in order to better understand and improve on its tracker’s ability to accurately log sleep patterns.Among the the findings of this study, Fitbit determined that Gen Z (age 13-22) sleeps the most, averaging 6 hours and 57 minutes of sleep a night. Baby Boomers (age 52-71) sleep the least, with 6 hours and 33 minutes per night.Dr. Conor Heneghan, lead sleep research scientist at Fitbit, will present the findings of the study, “Estimation of Sleep Stages Using Cardiac and Accelerometer Data from a Wrist-Worn Device,” at SLEEP 2017, the joint conference of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and the Sleep Research Society, in Boston from June 3-6. Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You… Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfacescenter_img Follow the Puck Related Posts How Myia Health’s Partnership with Mercy Virtua…last_img read more

NAB 2019: LaCie Drops Their New 8TB Rugged RAID Shuttle Drive

first_imgAt NAB 2019, we just learned that LaCie’s new 8TB drive Rugged RAID Shuttle drive is a force in every way, offering insane storage and protection.Picture this: you awaken to find yourself in a post-apocalyptic wasteland. The sky is yellow, and it basically looks like you’re living in the latest Fallout game. Everything is ash and dust. Your car is gone. Your house is rubble. But in the middle of all this soot and dirt lies a neon orange glow. It’s the LaCie Rugged RAID Shuttle Drive, and it has kept all your favorite memories and horrible short films perfectly safe and sound.LaCie brought their new eight terabyte drive to Las Vegas to show us all what’s up. The new drive is the size of an iPad Pro, and it can take a beating like a champ, apparently. It also seems to be a flawlessly designed drive that keeps all of your data safe and secure by using Seagate Secure Hardware Encryption with password protection. I dig it.The drive is universally compatible with Thunderbolt 3, USB-C, and USB 3.0.Up to 250 MB/s file transfers in RAID 0 — okay, let’s do this.LaCie also claims the new drive is shock, dust, and water resistant. It’s also resistant to Acme bricks and sledgehammers.Release: May 2019Price: $529.99Let me know what you think. Are you impressed? Are you bored? Is NAB week over yet?Images via LaCie.NAB 2019: Aputure’s New Gear — The 300d II, LEKO Attachment, and MoreNAB 2019: LiteMat Spectrum Shakes up the Light Panel GameNAB 2019: First Looks at the Sharp 8K Micro Four Thirds CameraNAB 2019: Deity Finally Releases Their New 2.4Ghz Wireless SystemNAB 2019: What We Saw at the Blackmagic Design Boothlast_img read more

Nehru Cup 2012: Tough test awaits three new coaches

first_imgWhile their teams will be locking horns for supremacy on the turf, the Nehru Cup will also be a test for the national coaches of India, Syria and Nepal.It will be the first assignment for Wim Koevermans (India), Krishna Thapa (Nepal) and Marwan Khouri (Syria), and they would hope to begin their tenure on a high.They have their plans firmly in place, and would watch with curiosity how the players adapt to the changes in style. Koevermans has emphasised on playing possession football. Nepal’s Krishna Thapa has drawn up plans as per the opponents, while Syrian coach Marwan Khouri just wants his young team to give its best.Khouri took over the mantle of the team from French Claude Le Roy two months ago and is optimistic that his team will once again reach the final of the Nehru Cup like they did in the 2007 and 2009 editions.”This is a very young team, which we are preparing for the Asian and the FIFA competitions in the coming days. I hope they will play well and make it to the final on September 2,” Khouri told Mail Today.His Indian counterpart Dutchman Koevermans is concentrating more on bringing in a change in style of play.”I think the style of possession football suits our players. We have started with something which is not rocket science. I have told them to keep the ball on the ground as long as possible,” Koevermans had said in the prematch conference.”This is possible with these players. I have told them to win the ball back for better defending. The team has worked on these areas. But the best test is a match.”advertisementKoevermans is not short of confidence about his team’s chances, though he has spent just three weeks with the players. He has taken over the charge from Savio Medeira at a time when Indian football has reached a new low of 168th in the FIFA rankings.Nepal coach Krishna Thapa is handling a young team and hoping for a good performance. He was appointed the head coach after Graham Roberts, a former Chelsea player, resigned after Nepal’s loss in the AFC Challenge Cup in March. This is not the first time that Thapa has been the national coach, but this time the team has many new faces, eight of them from the under-22 squad.”We will be looking to defeat India and Maldives and hold the other two teams (Cameroon, Syria). That way we can reach the final,” said Thapa.Thapa also opined that rain might make a difference in the tournament. “If it rains during the tournament, as is the weather nowadays here, then the top teams like Cameroon and Syria might lose the advantage. Then everyone will have 50-50 chance,” said Thapa, for whom this is the second visit to India after the 1976 Durand Cup, when he came as a player with the Nepal national team.last_img read more

Stephon Marbury Ordered to Pay Mistress More Than 300000

So, Stephon Marbury had a mistress and wanted to keep it a secret from his wife. To do so, he offered to pay the side chick $900,000 — and he put it in writing. That was Mistake No. 2.After paying Thurayyah Mitchell $600,000 to maintain the secret, Marbury stopped distributing the hush money. Mistake No. 3.Mitchell, once a chef, wanted all they had agreed to, and so she sued Marbury for the remaining $331,584.50, making public their 2006 affair. And so, the intent to keep his transgression a secret was compromised because he did not fully pay to keep his transgression a secret. All this according to TMZ, which got ahold of the suit.So, the question begs that Marbury has not answered: Why in the name of Tiger Woods would the former NBA star put in play a legal, signed document that would reveal his affair? Marbury’s signature on the agreement gave Mitchell the pathway to a lawsuit to collect the remaining agreed-to balance.Marbury still refused, claiming that filing her claim was a breach of the confidentially deal. Did not work.On Feb. 1 a judge sided with Mitchell and ordered Marbury to pay the remaining $331,584.50 he owes plus interest. And so, it is all there for public consumption  — including Marbury’s wife. Seems he defeated the whole purpose in making the deal in the first place, you know? read more

SPPD gives clearer understanding of the new Consumer Price Index

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppThe Strategic Policy & Planning Department has issued a guide to give a clearer understanding of the new Consumer Price Index (CPI). The department says data collected from the CPI will help the government to make more informed decisions on the behalf of the people; like whether the country is experiencing inflation, deflation of stagflation. The brochure also aims to clear foreseen questions. The first batch of data is expected to be released by the end of December. Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img