Thief Sentenced to Prison in Pepper Spray Robberies

first_imgA string of store robberies with a knife and pepper spray will send a Cedar Falls, Iowa, man to prison for up to 50 years. Because of mandatory minimums, Carlos Roig Gonzalez, 34, will have to serve at least 35 years behind bars before he is eligible for parole.Prosecutors had asked 60 years, noting Roig, armed with a knife, didn’t have to deploy the pepper spray or hold knives to employees’ throats, but he did when he robbed Kay Jewelers and Dollar Tree in Cedar Falls and Sally Beauty Supply in Waterloo… The Courier Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img

Wikileaks Data Spurs App Development

first_imgTags:#Analysis#cloud Why CouchDB?CouchDB is a post-relational document database. Unlike the strict schemas in relational databases, CouchDB is more flexible, storing data in a semi-structured fashion and using a JavaScript-based view model for generating report results. This flexibility allows users to make queries on demand, rather than being, in the words of CouchDB creator Damien Katz, restricted to “however somebody else cooked the database up.” You can do more with the data in CouchDB argues Katz, as you can write queries, including full-text engine ones.But it’s not just the flexibility of CouchDB that makes it an interesting choice for a Wikileaks database. CouchDB is a peer-based distributed database system. In other words, any number of CouchDB hosts – both servers and offline clients – can have independent replica copies of the same database. These copies can be fully interactive with the ability to query, add, edit, and delete, and changes to the database can be replicated across the mirror copies in near real-time. For businesses using CouchDB, the ability to reliably synchronize databases between multiple machines can better provide redundancy and aid load balancing. And in the case of the Afghan War Diary CouchDB app, it means these mirrored copies make it impossible to shut Wikileaks down. Currently the app is hosted on the CouchDB server and while copies have been replicated, neither Katz nor Chesneau know of any other publicly available copies.Katz calls CouchDB the “information dissemination platform of the future.” Touting its security, its scalability, and its flexibility, as well as its rigorous security features, Katz thinks the entire Wikileaks site, not just this app, should move to CouchDB. As the US military demands Wikileaks “return all documents” and some call for the organization’s Swedish ISP to shut the site down, who knows what sorts of technical steps Wikileaks will take.Tech Tools for a Data-Driven FutureAs with any large dataset, the Wikileaks documents provide raw data rich for building analytical and visualization tools. But the Wikileaks data – its content, the means by which it was secured and disseminated – remains highly controversial. Noting the risks involved with “possessing” the Wikileaks documents, PhD candidate Drew Conway still chose to move forward with his analysis of the data, arguing that “with the proper analytical tools, this data may reveal insights to the predicates of conflict in ways that previous aggregate-level data could not.” That desire to analyze, visualize, and disseminate information seems to be the motive behind several of the new Wikileaks tools, including the CouchApp. But that desire – as well as the need – should encourage the development of new tech tools, crucial if we are to make sense of “the coming data explosion.” A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts audrey watters 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting While politicians, pundits, military, and journalists assess and debate the fallout from Wikileaks’ release of the “Afghan War Diary” – the legality and ethics of Wikileaks, its impact on the war efforts, the rise of the “world’s first stateless news organization” – a number of developers are diving right into the 91,000 some odd classified documents and seeing what they can do with the data.And it’s a substantial chunk of data. The documents dated from 2004 to 2010 are available in HTML, CSV, or SQL formats, as well as several KML files. But even in the HTML format, reading through the Afghan War Diary is no easy task. This is no Stephen Ambrose-presentation of history. It’s raw data, with the following queries available: type, category, region, affiliation, date, severity. Analyzing the Wikileaks Data DumpDer Spiegel, the Guardian, and the New York Times received the data a month before Wikileaks took it public, and their researchers and journalists have sifted through the information to present their “news” narratives. The Guardian also offers its readers some interactive online tools to help them understand the documents. But now that the information is publicly accessible, the research and analysis of the data is distributed. On his blog Zero Intelligence Agents, NYU Politics Department grad student Drew Conway has started undertaking a statistical analysis of the data, for example. His scripts join the other projects like it that are being built and shared by developers.Building the Wikileaks CouchAppOne such project is the Wikileaks CouchApp, created by CouchDB community member Benoit Chesneau. The app was built using a number of open source tools including CouchDB 1.0, GeoCouch, jQuery, Simile Timeline, and OpenLayer and is integrated with Google Maps. These tools allow for the Wikileaks documents, imported to CouchDB from the CSV file, to be categorized and queried with geospatial and temporal data. Scrolling through the Wikileaks CouchApp’s timeline allows you to browse the reports by date and plots them in a map below. Clicking on the map point displays a popup, where you can read some information about the report or click through to read it in its entirety.last_img read more

Columbia council votes to ban conversion therapy

first_imgThe Columbia City Council on Monday night voted to ban the practice of conversion therapy on juveniles.Mizzou Dr. Aaron Sapp said during the public hearing the discredited technique tries to change someone’s sexual orientation to heterosexual.“Because of the twin daggers of no evidence in favor of it, and distinct evidence of harm from these efforts, numerous organizations have policies preventing their members from practicing this.”The ban had unanimous support from the council and everyone who spoke at Monday night’s meeting.“If Columbia’s going to be a medical destination for the state, I think this council needs to send a strong message, not just to our health care providers but to our families, that we only practice competent care here,” Mayor Brian Treece says.last_img read more

Southern Africa’s AIDS epidemic takes nosedive

first_imgUntil now, the most authoritative estimates of HIV infection rates, or incidence, and prevalence have come from the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) in Geneva, Switzerland. Those are based on mathematical models that largely extrapolate from clinics and nonrandomized surveys conducted by countries. The more rigorous PHIA approach “largely confirms” the UNAIDS estimates, says epidemiologist Peter Ghys, who directs strategic information and evaluation there. The most notable exception is PHIA found an incidence of 0.45 in Zimbabwe in 2016, which is almost half the 0.88 reported by UNAIDS in 2015. (The PHIA assessed adults between 15 and 64 years of age, whereas UNAIDS estimates are for 15- to 49-year-olds.)More important, PEPFAR’s Birx notes that PEPFAR’s own data from sites it supports led them to believe that more than 20% of the people who started treatment were not sticking with it. “We were misled at the program level about retention,” Birx says. The PHIA data’s high level of viral suppression—which UNAIDS does not track—suggests that instead, “people were moving from one clinic to another and it looked like they were lost to follow-up.” She says this suggests that people adhere to treatment more than previously thought. “These programs and the people implementing them have done an extraordinary job of working with the community and the individual clients,” Birx says.The PHIA also has regional data that will enable countries to better target interventions in places where they are not working well. “We know which regions have viral suppression and how many positive people were aware of their status, so the countries will now know where to test more people and where they have to achieve better viral suppression,” ICAP’s El-Sadr says. “The level of interest in the ministries of health is profound.”On a grander scale, the new data show that each of these three countries is approaching the UNAIDS goal to control HIV/AIDS epidemics, which is known as 90-90-90. UNAIDS modeling shows that epidemics will peter out if 90% of infected people know their HIV status, 90% of that group receive antiretrovirals, and 90% on treatment have undetectable viral levels. This translates to 73% of HIV-infected people in a population with undetectable viral levels—including those who don’t know their status and have uncontrolled infections. In the United States, only about 30% of HIV-infected people have achieved this. The PHIA found that Malawi already is at 67.6%, Zimbabwe is 60.4%, and Zambia is 59.8%. “We’re getting very close to the number that shuts down epidemics,” Birx says. Today is World AIDS Day, and three neighboring countries in southern Africa that have been hard-hit by HIV received remarkably good news.As part of a massive, first-of-its-kind survey, researchers randomly visited households in Malawi, Zambia, and Zimbabwe and tested about 80,000 people for HIV. In each country, more than 86% of the people receiving antiretroviral treatment had fully suppressed HIV, which means viral levels are so low they are not detectable on standard blood tests. This not only staves off AIDS, but makes it highly unlikely that they will infect others. The rate of new infections has also plummeted by more than 50% in the region since 2003. “We were amazed when we saw this,” says Wafaa El-Sadr, an epidemiologist who heads an international health-strengthening program called ICAP at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, which led the survey. “It’s really a credit to these countries—and they’re not the world’s richest places.”The three countries since 2004 collectively have received nearly $4 billion from the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), which gave ICAP $125 million to conduct what are known as population-based HIV impact assessments (PHIAs) in 12 sub-Saharan African countries and Haiti. The aim is to help the countries and PEPFAR better target prevention and treatment efforts. The preliminary findings announced today are the first data reported from these assessments. “It’s pretty doggone amazing,” says Deborah Birx, who heads PEPFAR in Washington, D.C. “This really shows us why it’s so important to get community level survey data.”Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)last_img read more

World Cup 2018: FIFA warns Croatia’s Vida over political gimmick

first_imgFIFA’s Disciplinary Committee has warned Croatia defender Domagoj Vida over a video that shows him praising Ukraine after his side’s victory over Russia in the quarter-finals.Vida scored an extra-time goal and then took a successful spot kick in the shootout as Croatia beat Russia 4-3 on penalties.In the video posted by former Croatian footballer Ognjen Vukojevic, Vida could be seen shouting “glory to Ukraine.”The video led to criticism from Russian politicians as relations between Ukraine and World Cup hosts Russia remain fraught after Russia’s 2014 annexation of the Crimean peninsula and its backing for a pro-Russian uprising in the east of the country.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGEThe 29-year-old Vida previously played for Ukrainian club Dynamo Kiev along with Croatian coaching staff member Vukojevic.”We can confirm that FIFA’s disciplinary committee has sent a warning to the player Domagoj Vida due to his video statement following the 2018 FIFA World Cup match between Russia and Croatia,” FIFA said in a statement.Vida, however, on Sunday said the video was not a political message.”I regret that some media representatives have interpreted our communication in such a manner. It was definitely no political message, but a simple thank you for all the support from Ukraine, where Vukojevic and I spent a number of years,” Vida said in a statement released by the Croatian Football Federation (HNS).Watch: England fans destroy Swedish furniture store after quarterfinal win”Our intention was not to offend anyone. Throughout my career, I have had team mates from many countries and I respect them all, and just as I have many friends in Ukraine, I have a number of them in Russia – and I am proud of all of them.advertisement”I sincerely hope that this message will not be understood as anything else but an expression of gratitude to our friends in Ukraine for their support – not in the match against Russia, but during the entire World Cup,” Vida added.The HNS said it had asked Vida and Vukojevic and all the Croatia players “to refrain from any messages that could be politically interpreted in the future”.Croatia face England in the semi-finals in Moscow on Wednesday.(With Reuters inputs)last_img read more

a month agoFiorentina midfielder Franck Ribery delighted with first months in Florence

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Fiorentina midfielder Franck Ribery delighted with first months in Florenceby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveFiorentina midfielder Franck Ribery is delighted with his first months in Florence.The 36 year-old veteran arrived in the summer from Bayern Munich.He told L’Equipe: “We all had a great feeling. Florence is not very big but there is everything: international schools for my children, the sea is not far (90 km), the Tuscan countryside is beautiful and there is a lot to do with this open air. “In addition, I love Italian food! The dressing room is also fantastic. Some players saw me arrive with big eyes. But they soon saw that I was someone very simple, affordable and who loved to joke. They all played an important role in my arrival.” last_img read more

11 days agoReal Sociedad midfielder Odegaard: Real Madrid Castilla a difficult time

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Real Sociedad midfielder Odegaard: Real Madrid Castilla a difficult timeby Carlos Volcano11 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Sociedad midfielder Martin Odegaard admits he didn’t enjoy his time with Real Madrid Castilla.Odegaard is on-loan at La Real from Madrid.He told AS: “Yeah, it was a bit difficult my time there in Castilla – training with the first team and playing with the second team. I was a little bit stuck in between and sometimes it was difficult to find my role in the team because when you are not with the team the whole time, it’s different. “Of course it was good to train with the first team, and I think that was important for my development. But it’s never easy when you’re not 100 percent part of the team. It was a bit difficult for me at that time but I also think it helped me a lot to improve and made me stronger mentally.” last_img read more

Photo: A Pig Was Auctioned Off At Halftime Of Tonight’s South Dakota State University Basketball Game

first_imgPig auctioned off during SDSU game.South Dakota State is hosting the University of Denver tonight, a pretty innocuous match-up in the world of Division I men’s college basketball. In fact, the most noteworthy part of this game occurred at halftime, when a pig was auctioned off on the court.Yes, a live pig. Here is the photo to prove it.Halftime entertainment here in Brookings they are auctioning off a pig. pic.twitter.com/CXqdtbUnpz— Denver Men’s Hoops (@DU_MHoops) January 31, 2015What might be more amazing than the fact a pig was auctioned off at halftime? The fact someone paid over two thousand dollars for it during said auction.I believe the winning bid was $2,250 for the pig— Denver Men’s Hoops (@DU_MHoops) January 31, 2015Strange happenings indeed.last_img

Videos: Kyrie Irving Pulls Off An Absurd Behind-The-Back Crossover, Blows By Defender For The Layup

first_imgKyrie Irving smiling in his Cleveland Cavaliers uniform.CLEVELAND, OH – MARCH 25: Kyrie Irving #2 of the Cleveland Cavaliers pauses on the court during the first half against the Washington Wizards at Quicken Loans Arena on March 25, 2017 in Cleveland, Ohio. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)LeBron James is the unquestioned leader of the Cleveland Cavaliers, but point guard Kyrie Irving can make a highlight with the best of them. During tonight’s Eastern Conference Finals game against the Toronto Raptors, the former Duke star pulled one of the nastiest moves you’ll see on a basketball court to blow by Cory Joseph for an easy layup.Kyrie Irving electric handles. https://t.co/xSdNVYjAjW— RealGM (@RealGM) May 18, 2016Baseline view of Kyrie Irving with the behind the back crossover. https://t.co/wNgRTazFMe— RealGM (@RealGM) May 18, 2016The former Duke star has a game-high 18 points on 8-of-11 shooting. His Cavs lead the Raptors 66-44 at halftime.last_img read more

Global warming hits sea creatures hardest

first_imgWashington: Ocean-dwelling species are two times more likely to be wiped out due to global warming than life on land, a study has found. The greater vulnerability of sea creatures may significantly impact human communities that rely on fish and shellfish for food and economic activity, according to researchers from Rutgers University in the US. The research, published in the journal Nature, is the first to compare cold-blooded marine and land species’ sensitivity to warming and their ability to find refuge from the heat while staying in their normal habitats. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USThe researchers combed through worldwide research on nearly 400 species from lizards and fish to spiders. They calculated safe conditions for 88 marine and 294 land species as well as the coolest temperatures available to each species during the hottest parts of the year. “We find that, globally, marine species are being eliminated from their habitats by warming temperatures twice as often as land species,” said Malin Pinsky, an associate professor at Rutgers University. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls”The findings suggest that new conservation efforts will be needed if the ocean is going to continue supporting human well-being, nutrition and economic activity,” said Pinsky. The researchers found that marine species are, on average, more likely to live on the edge of dangerously high temperatures. Additionally, many land animals can hide from the heat in forests, shaded areas or underground, a luxury not open to many sea animals. The loss of a population can deplete the species’ genetic diversity, have cascading impacts on their predators and prey and alter ecosystems that benefit human society. The study notes that ancient extinctions have often been concentrated at specific latitudes and in specific ecosystems when the climate changed rapidly. Future warming is likely to trigger the loss of more marine species from local habitats and more species turnover in the ocean. “Understanding which species and ecosystems will be most severely affected by warming as climate change advances is important for guiding conservation and management,” researchers said.last_img read more