ACTRA says its expediting sexual harassment complaints processes

first_imgActor and filmmaker Nicole Stamp moderated the discussion “Confronting Sexual Harassment in the Industry” at the TIFF Bell Lightbox in Toronto on Friday, December 1, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Christopher Katsarov At a panel discussion on sexual harassment hosted Friday by the organization behind the Toronto International Film Festival, ACTRA Toronto president Theresa Tova outlined a number of immediate steps the union is taking as it also works with other industry stakeholders on longer-term strategies. TORONTO — The union for Canada’s TV and film performers says it’s expediting its discipline processes for sexual harassment and assault complaints. Advertisement “In film time, if you get assaulted on Monday, you’re back on set on Tuesday and it might be a really intense day where you can’t call in sick,” said Stamp. Stamp said she felt “it was a really productive discussion” in which the panellists were speaking candidly and “were comfortable being a little bit vulnerable in explaining some of the process.” “We will announce it to the world. I’ve said to a few producers, ‘Are you afraid that you will lose business?’ and they go, ‘Absolutely not. We need to do this.’ I think we’ll gain business because people know when they come to Canada, you’re protected.”Victoria Ahearn – The Canadian Press Advertisement Having a hotline that results in immediate action is crucial given that victims of sexual harassment and assault have often had to work with their abusers while a complaint was investigated, noted actor/filmmaker Nicole Stamp, who moderated the panel chat. Many on the panel said the industry is at a “watershed moment” in which organizations are working together to change the entire culture. That includes having zero tolerance, ending complicity, achieving parity, diversifying the power structure, and creating a future in which abuse is less likely to happen. “What I find really heartening about this discussion is the extent to which we’re all on the same page and we’re all adopting the same near-term, tangible tools and practices that can lead to real change on the issue,” said Marguerite Pigott, vice-president of outreach and strategic initiatives at the CMPA. Twitter “It goes directly to a counsellor, a company that does this for us, and/or it goes straight to our executive director or our staff, and people are there with you, immediately,” Tova said in an interview. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Friday’s talk also included representatives from the Directors Guild of Canada and the Canadian Media Producers Association, who met with ACTRA and other industry stakeholders last week about how to work together to end sexual harassment. Audience members included filmmakers Sarah Polley and Jennifer Baichwal. Also on the panel were filmmakers Patricia Rozema and Melanie Chung, Alix Herber of the Labour and Employment Law Group, and producer Martin Katz of Prospero Pictures. Tova said ACTRA has also hired a lawyer — a human rights specialist who has worked in the industry — to be their in-house adviser and guide complainants on what their choices are, how they can proceed and what they can do. “Many, many, many are calling us now about situations they’ve never reported before, ever,” she said, adding they have “some cases that are now going forward.” “Canada will be the leader in anti-harassment,” added Tova. Among the immediate steps is a plan to “investigate and get things happening” on serious allegations of sexual misconduct within 48 hours, she said. “That’s a big part of it — protecting our members going forward,” said Tova. “You just have to call us. We’re committed 100 per cent. We are there for you.” Advertisement “It’s more difficult than in many workplaces where you might be able to get a little bit of time away from the person that abused you. On a film set, you might be right back in with them the next day.” Login/Register With: Facebook ACTRA has also rebranded its after-hours, anonymous emergency reporting system as the Sexual Harassment and Emergency Hotline and is “plastering it everywhere,” encouraging members to call if they have had an experience they’d like to share.last_img read more

Indigenous inclusion at UN tokenistic as Amazon chief denied access to climate

first_imgOn Saturday youth from around the world gathered at the U.N. for the first-ever Youth Climate Summit ahead of Monday’s event.They said they were segregated from the day’s events, which featured youth proposing solutions to address the climate crisis.“There wasn’t really much dialogue at all about incorporating Indigenous peoples or even having us represent ourselves at this forum,” said Julia Faye Munoz, who is Chimorio from Guam and the Greater Mariana Islands.Indigenous youth were excluded from sessions Saturday, but given their own event, which was poorly attended, Munoz explained.Makasa Looking Horse was invited to open the youth summit with a blessing.The 25-year-old leader is Lakota and Mohawk from Six Nations. She is the daughter of Chief Arvol Looking Horse, the 19th generation keeper of the Sacred White Buffalo Calf Woman pipe.“I did not come here to play, or this isn’t for show,” she said, holding the pipe ahead of her prayer.Looking Horse told youth delegates that the White Buffalo Calf Woman “declared we treat all of creation with respect to honour our mother,” adding “she warned my people of the time we are in today, and that she would return to help us as a white buffalo calf.”She said that prophesy has begun.“I will honour her today for asking, honour her today for her blessing to guide us, the seventh generation.”Beyond the blessing, the Indigenous youth felt excluded from the summit and left feeling dejected, they said.“They need to provide space and get Indigenous people there in those spaces to truly make a difference, I think, because we already have the knowledge, we already know what we’re doing. We know what we want,” Looking Horse told APTN.“There was a disconnect,” she said, adding the global youth and Indigenous youth were “both talking about the same thing, and we’re in two different rooms. And I think that speaks volumes about how this topic is treated regarding Indigenous people.”Global Indigenous Youth Caucus Co-chair Victor Lopez-Carmen said many Indigenous youth “lack hope, because they can’t see a future for themselves in their traditional lands.“They feel their culture’s being ripped from them by settler states…who don’t care about the land or the Earth. And that’s really tough for Indigenous youth. But we have the strength of our elders and our ancestors pushing us, and we know that with their guidance we’ll be able to carry this fight forward.”Liberal leader Justin Trudeau did not attend the summit due to Canada’s election period being underway.But on Monday Green Party leader Elizabeth May issued a statement condemning Canada’s absence, saying she proposed during an emergency climate change debate in the House of Commons in June that the federal party leaders attend together and strengthen Canada’s commitment to cutting carbon emissions.“It would be unprecedented,” she said, “but this crisis demands that we move beyond the status quo.”May said none of the party leaders responded to her proposal.Global Affairs Canada confirmed Monday that Canada’s Ambassador for Climate Change, Patricia Fuller, attended the summit on Monday, but a spokesperson told APTN they “politely decline your request for [an] interview at this time.”On Monday morning Swedish youth climate activist Greta Thunberg addressed leaders, scolding them for their inadequate responses to the crisis.“You have stolen my dreams and my childhood with your empty words,” she said in a powerful speech. “And yet I’m one of the lucky ones. People are suffering. People are dying. Entire ecosystems are collapsing. We are in the beginning of a mass extinction, and all you can talk about is money and fairy tales of eternal economic growth. How dare you.”U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres, who convened the summit ahead of December’s global climate summit in Chile, also reprimanded world leaders.“Nature is angry,” he said. “And we fool ourselves if we think we can fool nature, because nature always strikes back, and around the world nature is striking back with fury.”The #FridaysForFuture school strike started by Thunberg last year in Sweden has grown into a worldwide movement.Last Friday students in towns and cities across Canada and around the world skipped school to protest their governments’ inaction.On Sept. 27 Thunberg will join students in Montreal for another school strike global day of action.Looking Horse said she valued the time she was given to open the youth summit with a blessing, but said knowledge like the teachings of the White Buffalo Calf Woman pipe will not be heard if Indigenous peoples aren’t meaningfully included in plans for climate action.“The message that the White Buffalo Calf Woman gave us was to always work in unity and keep praying together with our bundles, our pipes, because that’s the only way that we will get through the tough times that are coming,” she said.jbrake@aptn.ca@justinbrakenews Justin BrakeAPTN NewsDays after millions took to the streets to demand political action on climate change, world leaders met at the United Nations in New York City to ramp up efforts to meet strict carbon reduction targets laid out by climate scientists.But the holders of ancient knowledge many regard as a fundamental piece to a global solution on climate change were largely absent.Just one Indigenous leader was permitted to speak at the summit Monday, and he was only given two minutes.Tuntiak Katan from the Shuar people of Ecuador told world leaders Indigenous peoples around the world would make three commitments to addressing the climate emergency.Those included leading “the implementation of holistic plans to protect biocultural diversity,” developing actions to secure Indigenous peoples’ “rights to lands, territories and resources, self-determination and free, prior and informed consent (FPIC),” and to “access the development of renewable energies” in accordance with self-determination and FPIC,” Katan told world leaders Monday.Indigenous delegates who attended the summit said Indigenous peoples were not meaningfully engaged or included, despite stewarding the vast majority of the world’s biodiversity in their traditional territories, and despite having unique solutions rooted in ancient knowledge.Eriel Deranger of Indigenous Climate Action said the U.N.’s limited inclusion of Indigenous leadership is “tokenistic,” and that there has been no “substantive Indigenous rights integration or Indigenous peoples integrated into the systems.”At one point on Monday Chief Raoni Metuktire of the Kayapo people in the Brazilian Amazon—a revered leader—showed up at the summit but was turned away by security.Leila Salazar-Lopez of Amazon Watch saw Metuktire be denied access.“The forests and the lives, and the rights and the territories of Indigenous peoples are under attack. And it is not an exaggeration to say there is a genocide being committed on Indigenous peoples right now,” she told APTN News.last_img read more

Corruption in railway recruitment again

first_imgA quarter close to the railway minister is making millions over the recruitment of 865 cleaners to the Bangladesh Railway (BR), alleged Railway Sramik Karmachari Sangram Parishad, a platform of BR staffs backed by the ruling Awami League. The general manager (GM) of the BR’s East Zone on 27 December told a recent operational review meeting that he had been facing pressure from the AL leaders, including ministers and parliamentarians, to recruit people loyal to them. The railway minister, however, was not present at the meeting attended by all the top officers of the organisation, with director general Md Amzad Hossain in the chair. The cleaners, known as khalasis, are government employees of the 20th grade, the last tier. Their basic pay is Tk 8,250. The recruitment test’s viva voce was held in 2015, but the procedure was stalled due to an ongoing case. railwayGM Abdul Hye in that meeting told the DG that he could not even appoint a family member of a recently deceased railway staff because of the minister’s non-cooperation, according to four officers present at the meeting who all sought anonymity. The DG, however, did not make any comment on the issue. Md Mizanur Rahman, chief mechanical engineer of the railway’s west zone, is the convener of the recruitment committee. He, too, did not want to give further details about the problem. Speaking to Prothom Alo at his office on 3 January, Abdul Hye said he was against appointing anyone by taking bribes, adding that the applicants mostly come from lower class families.Referring to the arrest of former railway GM Yusuf Ali Mridha and Omar Faruq, personal secretary to the former rail minister Suranjit Sen Gupta, with Tk 7 million allegedly made from rail recruitment business on 9 April in 2012, Abdul Hye said it was time the railway rectified its reputation. Speaking to Prothom Alo on 31 Decmeber, rail minister M Mujibul Haque said, “I don’t know what the GM said on 27 December. A number of journalists, ministers, MPs, political leader and leaders of different cultural organisations made recommendations for the appointments. You can also recommend. The appointments, however, will be done following the policy.”The Railway Shramik Karmachari Sangram Parishad held a press conference at the Chittagong Press Club on 31 December protesting the irregularities regarding the appointment of the cleaners. Its convener Mokhlesur Rahman alleged that a syndicate close to the rail minister was finalising the appointment list in exchange of bribes.Replying to the accusations, the rail minister said the people questioning the recruitment process were ‘Jamaat and BNP supporters’. He also said he wanted to end the recruitment process as soon as possible.The railway authorities, meanwhile, cancelled the allotment of residence to Mokhlesur Rahman’s son, a junior auditor, on 1 January, the day after the press conference.Mokhlesur claimed the cancelation was an act of vengeance.*This report, originally published in Prothom Alo print edition, has been rewritten in English by Quamrul Hasan.last_img read more

Jeffrey Epsteins Criminal Case Closed Af

first_img Scott Heins by NPR News Colin Dwyer 8.29.19 4:30pm Less than three weeks after Jeffrey Epstein’s apparent suicide in prison, a federal judge has formally closed the sex trafficking case against the wealthy financier. On Thursday, Judge Richard Berman of the Southern District of New York approved a request filed by prosecutors to dismiss the charges.”Because Jeffrey Epstein, the defendant, died while this case was pending, and therefore before a final judgment was issued, the Indictment must be dismissed under rule of abatement,” Berman wrote, referring to the rule under which, if a defendant dies midway through a case, their indictment is wiped clean.The decision brings an unsatisfying end to a criminal case that captured the attention of the country — but it does not close the door on future legal matters involving his estate or his associates. Several of Epstein’s accusers have filed major lawsuits against his estate since he was discovered unresponsive in his cell earlier this month, and federal authorities have repeatedly vowed to pursue the co-conspirators who supported his alleged operation.Prosecutors and accusers say that from at least the early 2000s, Epstein and his network of friends recruited girls as young as 14 years old, misled them, and forced them to have sex with him and other prominent men. Though suspicions long lingered around the financier, he eluded attempts to get him to stand trial — including in 2008, when he accepted a lenient plea deal that meant only about a year in jail for the sex crime he admitted.The deal was so lenient, in fact, that after its details surfaced, the controversy led to the resignation of Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta, who negotiated the agreement back when he was a U.S. attorney in Florida.This time around, Epstein’s accusers at least got the opportunity to tell their stories in an unusual hearing on Tuesday. At that hearing, more than a dozen women came forward to tell stories of how Epstein tricked, coerced and sexually assaulted them, often when they were still underage.”Jeffrey Epstein ruined me. His recruiter ruined me,” said one accuser, who signed her statement “Jane Doe” and released it through her attorney, Lisa Bloom. “The far reaching consequences of that day [that I was recruited] ruined my family’s lives.”Another accuser, Teala Davies, succinctly summed up the hearing for reporters outside the Manhattan courthouse afterward: “All I’m going to say is today was a day of power and strength.”It was also a day of disappointment. Many of the women in the courtroom expressed just how devastated they were to receive the news that he had taken his own life and once more avoided trial.But it’s not over. At the hearing Tuesday, prosecutors vowed that the dismissal of charges “in no way lessens the government’s resolve to stand up for the victims in this case.” The next day, the FBI released a new call for his alleged victims to contact the agency with their stories.Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit NPR. Jeffrey Epstein’s Criminal Case Closed After His Death… last_img read more

Bengal to push for GST exemption up to Rs 50 lakh Mitra

first_imgKolkata: West Bengal would try to prevail upon the GST Council for giving exemption to businesses having an annual turnover of up to Rs 50 lakh, the state’s Finance Minister Amit Mitra said today. At present, the exemption limit for GST is for businesses having an annual turnover of Rs 20 lakh or less. “Let the GST stabilise first. It has not yet stabilised as matching of invoices with vouchers was being done manually,” Mitra said at a meeting of garment manufacturers and traders here. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killed He said the implementation of the new tax regime was done in a hurry, and the GST network had not been able to upload the GSTR2 form online yet for matching vouchers with invoices done through the GSTR1 (already uploaded online). “The exemption limit can be raised gradually,” he said. Mitra also announced that requirement of e-way bills for workers within the state was no longer needed. This, he said, would apply to the garment manufacturers in West Bengal. Also Read – Naihati: 10 councillors return to TMC from BJP “The state government will help the industry (garment) to get more organised so that better margins are realised,” the minister said. Mitra said the state had already formed a JV with the National Institute of Design (NID) of Ahmedabad for a design centre in West Bengal, and efforts would be made for designing of textiles as well. He stressed upon the need for upgradation of the quality of garments and refrain from using ‘azo-dyes’, which bar the manufacturers from exporting to European countries.last_img read more

Live News traffic and weather updates for North Staffordshire South Cheshire on

first_img Watch again The video will start in 1Cancel Play now Video Loading Video Unavailable We Are Stoke-on-Trent We pay for stories! Send your videos to video@trinitymirror.comWelcome to The Sentinel’s breaking news service bringing you all the latest updates from Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire on Monday April 23. Our team of reporters will be updating this live service with all the latest on the weather, traffic and travel as well as news, sport and entertainment through the day. We’ll be bringing you the very latest updates in our live news feed below. For the latest news and breaking news visit www.thesentinel.co.uk . Get all the big headlines, pictures, analysis, opinion and video on the stories that matter to you. Follow us on Twitter @ SentinelStaffs – the official Sentinel account – real news in real time. We’re also on www.facebook.com/sentinelstaffs – your must-see news, features, videos and pictures throughout Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire & South Cheshire.Key EventsPolice officer sentenced for computer misuse17:0220:05A50 reopensThe A50 is now back open in Cheshire19:57Issues on the M6 One lane closed due to broken down vehicle on M6 Northbound between J13 A449 (Stafford South) and J14 A34 / A5013 / A5013 Creswell Grove (Stafford North). Traffic is coping well.Lane one (of three) is closed. 19:24Busy in TunstallA527 Brownhills Road Westbound busy but moving between Pinnox Street and A500 Queensway / Longbridge Hayes Road (Porthill Bank). 18:33Lamppost fallen down on A50 in Rode HeathA50 Street Lane in both directions closed due to lamp post falling between Townsend Lane and Love Lane.Between Church Lawton and Smallwood. 18:02More heavy traffic in CreweHeavy traffic on A534 Haslington Bypass before the roadworks at A5020 University Way (Crewe Green roundabout). 17:48Overnight closures on M6#M6 junctions 15 – 13 southbound carriageway will have overnight closures in place 22:00 – 05:00 from tonight until 27 April 2018. Make sure you plan your journey. https://t.co/6a6D4nO9mP pic.twitter.com/xvM1PH0wz1— Highways England (@HighwaysWMIDS) April 23, 201817:22Busy in Crewe…Heavy traffic on A534 Crewe Green Road Eastbound before the roadworks at A5020 University Way (Crewe Green roundabout). Travel time is five minutes. 17:02KEY EVENTPolice officer sentenced for computer misusePaedophile hunters believe they have been given the green light by the courts to trap online predators.A serving police officer will have to complete six months of community service after misusing her computer while on duty.PC Michelle Denne, of Staffordshire Police, pleaded guilty earlier this month to six offences under the Computer Misuse Act.Read more here.17:01Track fault near StaffordDelays of up to ten minutes on Virgin Trains West Coast Southbound between Stafford and Lichfield Trent Valley due to track fault. 16:29Accident in GoldenhillReports of slow traffic due to accident on A50 Kidsgrove Road Northbound near Mobberley Road.Accident has been reported near to Goldenhill Working Mens Club. 16:29Slow traffic on M6 Southbound before J16 A500 (Crewe / Stoke-On-Trent). In the roadworks area.Within the smart motorway scheme. 13:58Man left with serious burns trying to light chimenea with flammable liquidThe man suffered 25 per cent burns to his face and upper body following the fire in the Westlands. More here.13:27Duchess of Cambridge gives birth to sonThe Royal Baby was born earlier this morning. More here.12:04Three arrested after stolen car stoppedThe vehicle was stopped in Merseyside after being stolen from Rode Heath at around 3am this morning. More here.11:45If you’re wondering why the police helicopter was out earlier, this is why Police seized weapons and arrested two men following the search – while the hunt continues for the third man. More here. 11:13Three months of roadworks begin todayTemporary traffic lights are in place on the A519 Newcastle Road in Eccleshall. More here.10:45Two Highways England Traffic Officers taken to hospital after collision on M6 The accident took place near junction 7 of the M6 in the West Midlands while Traffic Officers dealt with a broken down vehicle on the hard shoulder. More here. 08:52M6 slip road now clearM6 Southbound entry slip road clear, broken down vehicle removed at J18 A54 (Middlewich / Holmes Chapel)..Breakdown had occurred at the end the entry slip. This was as you head from the roundabout down towards the main carriageway. 08:48Slow traffic on the A50 WestboundUsual slow traffic on A50 Westbound from Meir Tunnel towards the A500 D Road (Sideway Roundabout). (Image: Inrix)08:41Traffic is queuing on the A34There is queueing traffic on A34 Stone Road Northbound at A500 D Road (Hanford Interchange). (Image: Inrix)08:35Duchess of Cambridge in labourThe Duchess of Cambridge has been admitted to hospital in labour, Kensington Palace has announced.Kate was taken to the private Lindo wing of St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington, London, as she prepares to give birth to her third child.The baby prince or princess will be fifth in line to the throne, the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh’s sixth great-grandchild and a younger brother or sister for Prince George and Princess Charlotte.Kensington Palace said: “Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge was admitted to St Mary’s Hospital, Paddington, London, earlier this morning in the early stages of labour.“The Duchess travelled by car from Kensington Palace to the Lindo Wing at St. Mary’s Hospital with The Duke of Cambridge.”08:31Heavy traffic coming into HanleyThere is heavy traffic heading into Hanley this morning. Bucknall Road is busy inbound from A52 Leek Road (Lime Kiln Traffic Lights) to Hanley Town centre. (Image: Inrix)08:22Heavy traffic continues on M6 northbound Heavy traffic on M6 Northbound between J17 A534 (Sandbach / Crewe) and J18 A54 (Middlewich / Holmes Chapel). In the roadworks area.There are patches of congestion between this stretch, This is within the smart motorway works. 08:16Television partially blocking A3808:02Usual slow traffic on the A527Usual slow traffic on A527 Brownhills Road Westbound between Pinnox Street and A500 Queensway / Longbridge Hayes Road (Porthill Bank). (Image: Inrix)08:01Congestion A500 in Stoke-on-TrentUsual congestion on A500 Queensway Southbound before A53 Etruria Road (Basford Roundabout). (Image: Inrix)08:00Slip road blocked due to broken down vehicleM6 Southbound entry slip road partially blocked due to broken down vehicle at J18 A54 (Middlewich / Holmes Chapel). In the roadworks area. Traffic is coping well.Breakdown has occurred at the end the entry slip. This is as you head from the roundabout down towards the main carriageway. (Image: Inrix)07:59Heavy traffic continues on M6 northboundHeavy traffic on M6 Northbound between J17 A534 (Sandbach / Crewe) and J19 A556 (Knutsford). In the roadworks area.There are patches of congestion between this stretch, This is within the smart motorway works. 07:28Heavy traffic on the M6 in CheshireThere is heavy traffic on M6 Northbound between J18 A54 (Middlewich / Holmes Chapel) and J19 A556 (Knutsford). In the roadworks area.Within the smart motorway works. (Image: Inrix)07:22Slow traffic on A50 near UttoxeterThere is slow traffic on the A50 Eastbound at the junction with the B5030 Ashbourne Road (Little Chef roundabout) near Uttoxeter. 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Sugar operating system A new OS to enhance GPU acceleration security in

first_imgResearchers at the University of California, Irvine presented Sugar (Secure GPU Acceleration), a new OS solution to enhance the security of GPU acceleration for web apps. Their research paper titled, Sugar: Secure GPU Acceleration in Web Browsers, is a collective effort of Zhihao Yao et al. Recently, GPU based graphics acceleration in web apps has become increasingly popular. WebGL is the key component which provides OpenGL–such as graphics for web apps and is currently used in 53% of the top-100 websites. However, several attack vendors have been demonstrated through WebGL making it vulnerable to security attacks. One such example is the Rowhammer attack which took place in May, this year. Although web browsers have patched the vulnerabilities and have added new runtime security checks, the systems are still vulnerable to zero-day vulnerability exploits, especially given the large size of the Trusted Computing Base of the graphics plane. Sugar OS uses a dedicated virtual graphics plane for a web app by leveraging modern GPU virtualization solutions. It enhances the system security since a virtual graphics plane is fully isolated from the rest of the system. Despite GPU virtualization overhead, Sugar achieves high performance. Unlike current systems, Sugar uses two underlying physical GPUs, when available, to co-render the User Interface (UI), One GPU, to provide virtual graphics planes for web apps The other one to provide the primary graphics plane for the rest of the system. Thus, this design not only provides strong security guarantees but also provides enhanced performance isolation. The two GPU designs in Sugar OS for secured web apps The researchers presented two different designs of Sugar in their paper; a single-GPU and a dual-GPU. In both these designs, web apps use the virtual graphics planes created by the virtualizable GPU. The main difference between the two is the primary graphics plane. Single-GPU Design target: They designed a Single-GPU Sugar for machines with a single virtualizable GPU. The main targets of this design are commodity desktops and laptops using Intel processors that incorporate a virtualizable integrated GPU (all Intel Core processors starting from the 4th generation, i.e., Haswell [99]). Primary Graphics plane, in this design, uses the same underlying virtualizable GPU but has exclusive access to the display connected to it. Dual-GPU Design target: The dual-GPU Sugar is designed for machines with two physical GPUs, one of which is virtualizable. The main targets for this design are high-end desktops and laptops that incorporate a second GPU in addition to the virtualizable integrated Intel GPU. Primary graphics plane, here, uses the other GPU, which is connected to the display. However, Dual-GPU Sugar provides better security than single-GPU Sugar, especially against Denial-of-Service attacks. Moreover, dual-GPU Sugar achieves better graphics performance isolation. The researchers demonstrated that Sugar reduces the Trusted Computing Base (TCB) exposed to web apps and thus eliminates various vulnerabilities already reported in the WebGL framework. They also showed that Sugar’s performance is high, providing similar user-visible performance with existing less secure systems. Read more about Sugar OS in detail in its research paper Read Next Introducing MapD Cloud, the first Analytics Platform with GPU Acceleration on Cloud A new WPA/WPA2 security attack in town: Wi-fi routers watch out! 5 examples of Artificial Intelligence in Web appslast_img read more

Delta is the latest airline to raise checked bag fees

first_imgTags: Baggage, Delta Air Lines Share ATLANTA — Delta Air Lines is joining two rivals in raising fees to check a bag on a flight within the United States.Delta on Wednesday posted new fees of US$30 for checking a first bag and $40 for a second bag, increasing the previous fees by $5 each.The changes match increases recently imposed by United Airlines and JetBlue Airways. By midday, American Airlines had not increased bag fees.Southwest Airlines lets passengers check up to two bags free.Airlines have been pulling in more revenue from extra charges for several years. Last year, U.S. carriers raised $7.4 billion from fees on checked bags and ticket changes, led by American, Delta and United.Last month, both Air Canada and WestJet upped their fees for both the first checked bag (from $25 to $30) and the second checked bag (from $30 to $50). Air Canada’s fee hike kicks in on Oct. 5 while WestJet’s start Oct. 1.More news:  Beep, beep! Transat hits the streets with Cubamania truckWith files from The Associated Press Posted by Delta is the latest airline to raise checked bag feescenter_img Thursday, September 20, 2018 Travelweek Group << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more