Archive for February 5th, 2020

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February 5th, 2020

Researchers can ‘steal’ data by tracking a PC monitor’s brightness – Engadget

February 5th, 2020

Fuel haulers to rally downtown over union barricades at Co-op Refinery Complex – CTV News

February 5th, 2020

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Truck drivers who haul fuel for Federated Co-operatives Limited and the Co-op Refinery Complex held a protest in Regina’s downtown on Thursday over barricades in place at the refinery.

The Regina Police Service says it was not made aware of the protest beforehand, but is working to learn more about the plan.

“Our expectation is that, as professional drivers, they will obey the rules of the road, obey traffic signals and not impede other traffic,” RPS said.

C.S. Day Transportation Ltd. followed up saying that it did make RPS Chief Evan Bray aware of the protest plans.

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“We did email Evan Bray last night with a copy of the press release, the route map, and a copy of the instructions given to our drivers. We care as much about safety as RPS,” Heather Day of C.S. Day Transportation said in an email.

The Independent Lease Operators met at City Hall before staging “protest laps” around downtown, including the police station.

The group is demanding the barricades at the refinery be removed and that truck access be restored.

“While the Lease Operators respect Unifor’s right to peacefully picket, the illegal barricades do not represent peaceful protest in any way and need to come down,” a release sent by the group reads. “With the blockades stretching to nearly three weeks, the transportation companies are now facing the possibility of severe financial hardship, potential employee layoffs and some are even at risk of closing their doors permanently.”

The barricade was taken down and trucks were allowed in last week as Co-op and Unifor returned to the bargaining table, but was restored after talks broke down between the two sides.

Refinery workers have now been on the picket lines for over 60 days.

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Well, that was fast: Barnes & Noble has already pulled its “diverse” covers for classic books – The A.V. Club

February 5th, 2020

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Today, in “You could have saved yourselves a whole hell of a lot of trouble by asking, like, a middle school-age child if this was a good idea” news: Barnes & Noble has announced that, on second thought, maybe it won’t be launching a new promotion featuring classic novels with “Diverse Edition” covers attached to them. Launched right at the start of Black History Month, the books—including The Wizard Of Oz, Frankenstein, Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland, The Secret Garden, and a whole host of other “classic” novels written by various white authors of a bygone era—kept the words of the works intact, but added covers showing the characters as people of color. The end result has been described as “literary blackface” by multiple prominent authors and commentators; even those vaguely sympathetic to the projects’ stated aims have pointed out that the energy that went into creating and promoting the covers could have been put into promoting the literary works of actual Black and other diverse authors instead.


As noted by ABC News, the initiative—launched as a partnership between B&N and Penguin—comes less than two weeks after the controversy that erupted around Jeanine Cummins’ American Dirt, which was accused of appropriation and trafficking in stereotypes for its tale (written by a white writer with a Puerto Rican grandmother) of a Mexican woman fleeing across the U.S. border. The conversation around the book has put renewed focus on the industry’s tendency to push, and pay, white writers with far more vigor than their contemporaries.

Somewhat bafflingly, the organizers of the Diverse Edition promotion have stated that they chose the books they did specifically because the texts in question never specify the characters ‘race; the assumption presumably being that there’s no evidence against the idea of a revenge-obsessed whaler in 18th century New England, or a small girl living in an upper-class English estate in the 1860s, being a person of color, so hey, why not go with it? None of which addresses the fact that every author surveyed for the project was white (or that the books in question are all in the public domain, which almost certainly contributed to the decision to promote them without having to pay any pesky authors at all).

In any case: Barnes & Noble has formally apologized, stating that it was “not a substitute for black voices or writers of color, whose work and voices deserve to be heard. The booksellers who championed this initiative did so convinced it would help drive engagement with these classic titles. It was a project inspired by our work with schools and was created in part to raise awareness and discussion during Black History Month, in which Barnes & Noble stores nationally will continue to highlight a wide selection of books to celebrate black history and great literature from writers of color.”


Jameela Jamil Joins Organization In Fight Against “Sizeism” In Entertainment – Deadline

February 5th, 2020

Jameela Jamil has joined with Women of Color Unite (WOCU) to combat sizeism in the entertainment business.

Jamil, who wrapped up her role in The Good Place last week and has been cast in HBO Max’s ballroom vogue competition, Legendary, is the founder of I Weigh, a platform that explores social issues, including the representation of marginalized groups.

The two groups will host a panel on Sizeism, to be held in early May at Soho House, West Hollywood. The panel will focus on the unfair treatment of women in entertainment based on their size. The discussion will unwrap the impact of sizeism, and what actions must be taken to combat the issue.

Women of Color Unite (WOCU), is a 501c3 non-profit founded by producer and advocate, Cheryl L. Bedford. Comprised of over 1k women of color, the organization advocates against discrimination based on gender, race, age, size, sexual orientation or disability. It is a social action organization focused on fair access, fair treatment and fair pay for women of color in all aspects of the entertainment and media industries.



Fargo doctor says a strain of coronavirus is in the Valley, not the “novel coronavirus” – Valley News Live

February 5th, 2020

FARGO, ND (Valley News Live) – The coronavirus continues to spread, abroad and in the U.S. with a case confirmed in Wisconsin.

This is the 12th case of coronavirus in the U.S. It’s the first in the state of Wisconsin.

Doctors say people in the U.S. are more likely to get sick from the cold or flu rather than the coronavirus.

Dr. Tony Hamilton says there is coronavirus in the Valley, however, it’s not the “novel coronavirus” strand.

“We even have coronavirus here, but it’s not the strain that we are talking about in the press right now,” Hamilton said. “It’s a mild strain. You get runny nose, sore throat, cough, and it goes away.”

Coronaviruses are a group of viruses that can cause a range of symptoms including a runny nose, cough, sore throat and fever. Some are mild, such as the common cold, while others are more severe like pneumonia.

The CDC says there are seven coronaviruses that can infect people. The 2019 novel coronavirus is the new virus identified by Chinese officials.

“Coronavirus is a problem, and a large portion of other people in other counties that are getting coronavirus are getting very ill, but as we saw with Ebola which was another scare when people got to the United States, they got over it because we put them in and we had medicine, and we had fluids, and we have supportive care,” Hamilton said.

Dr. Hamilton says while it might all seem scary, stay aware, follow good-health practices, and realize there is a low risk in the metro.

The CDC says one of the simplest prevention measures a person can take against the coronavirus is proper hand-washing. Household disinfectants are also effective.

To read more about the coronaviruses, click here.


Florida trooper dies in shooting; suspect killed by officer – World News –

February 5th, 2020

A stranded motorist fatally shot a Florida Highway Patrol trooper alongside Interstate 95 on Wednesday before he was killed by a passing police officer, the agency said.

Trooper Joseph Bullock, 42, died in a shooting about 10:15 a.m. near Palm City, about a 45-minute drive north of West Palm Beach, said Col. Gene Spaulding, the agency’s commander. He said a passing police officer from Riviera Beach fatally shot the suspect, whose name has not been released.

Riviera Beach is about 30 miles (48 kilometres) from Palm City. Officials declined to say why the officer was in the area. City officials also declined comment.

The FHP had issued a statement earlier to the South Florida Sun Sentinel saying the suspect had died by suicide.

Spaulding said that Bullock, a 19-year veteran, had been with the shooter for several minutes before the shooting. He released no further information, saying the shooting is under investigation by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

Spaulding said Bullock is the 49th Florida trooper to die in the line of duty since the agency was founded 80 years ago. Trooper Tracy Vickers had been the last, dying in a September traffic crash near Orlando.

“People don’t realize when you approach a car, even a disabled vehicle or a car on a traffic stop, you are worried about not only what is inside that car and what danger is waiting for you, you are also worried about the 80,000-pound (36,000-kilograms) tractor-trailers that are barrelling down the highway behind you,” he said.

The shooting prompted authorities to close Interstate 95 in both directions in the area for hours. It reopened Wednesday night.

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A researcher designed ‘anti-solar’ panels that generate electricity in the dark of night – CNN

February 5th, 2020

B.C. couple living under ‘cabin arrest’ on quarantined cruise ship –

February 5th, 2020

Passengers on a cruise ship quarantined in Japan after a coronavirus outbreak are trying to get used to the idea of being trapped in their small cabins for the next two weeks, waiting for their meals to be delivered to the door, according to a B.C. man on board.

Paul Mirko of Richmond said he and his wife Kayoko are trying to make the best of things after learning that they and thousands of others won’t be allowed to leave their rooms on the Diamond Princess for at least 14 days while Japanese officials try to contain the spread of the disease.

“I’m calling it ‘cabin arrest’ as opposed to house arrest. It’s a three-metre by five-metre room and we can’t leave,” said Mirko, 63.

He considers himself lucky because his room is on the outside of the ship, which means he has a balcony.

“The inside cabins are smaller — it’s a real little cell — and unlike prisoners, we’re not allowed out to exercise,” he said.

A total of 251 Canadians were on board the cruise ship when it was quarantined at Yokohama, near Tokyo, earlier this week. Twenty people in total, including two Canadians, have tested positive for the coronavirus so far.

Paul Mirko and his wife Kayoko are quarantined aboard the ship. (CBC News)

Mirko points out that among the 3,700 people on the ship, there are families with multiple children, who are going to be confined together in a small space for two weeks.

“They’re just going to be bouncing off the walls,” he said.

Meanwhile, Mirko is waiting to see if Japanese health officials will be able to supply him with refills of his prescription medication. He says he thought ahead and brought extra, but only has enough for another four or five days.

The Mirkos have done some laundry in their sink with a bar of soap, and have access to free Wi-Fi to help pass the time.

Meals are delivered to cabin doors by crew members in masks, who won’t step inside the room, Mirko said.

“You change what you can and endure what you can’t. We’re aware we can’t do anything about this except stick it out and try to make the best of it,” Mirko said.

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Possible coronavirus case investigated in Ohio – WSAZ-TV

February 5th, 2020

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WSAZ) — A possible case of coronavirus is under investigation in Ohio, the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) announced Wednesday.

The agency did not say where in the state the case is reported but said it’s possibly the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) strain that has been so deadly in China.

According to the ODH, a local health department is monitoring the person and the people they have been in contact with.

If there happens to be a confirmed case, the ODH says it will update the local health department and the general public to provide information.

No other details are available at this time. Keep checking the WSAZ app for the latest information.