Daily Report: A Net Neutrality Setback for Facebook in India
In the United States, the social media giant has been an advocate of equal treatment of all Internet content. In India, regulators who share that belief have effectively blocked a free Facebook service.
Twitter is bringing back the reverse-chronological feed
It’s been two years since Twitterintroduced the algorithmic feed which would show Twitter users the “top tweets” before mangling the rest of your feed’s content. That change didn’t go over well at the time, but Twitter stuck to its guns and we’ve had to live with it ever since. But! Times [...]
Fitbit OS 3.0 update adds apps and improved dashboard
Fitbit OS 3.0 is here and it’s bringing a whole host of improvements and plenty of new apps. First up is a new dashboard for the Fitbit Ionic (+ Ionic: adidas edition) and Fitbit Versa that will allow you to see more information at a glance. This data includes [...]
Believe it or not, HTC is still kicking and just released a new smartphone. That being said, it’s not anything to write home about. The HTC Desire 12s is a budget device being launched in Taiwan. Its specs are modest, including the Snapdragon 435 processor, which is now three years old. The Desire [...]
Huawei Nova 4 official with punch-hole display, 48-megapixel camera
Following in the footsteps of its sub-brand, Honor, Huawei has announced the Nova 4, a mid-range version of the Honor View 20. Notably, the Nova 4 features a punch-hole front camera cutout, allowing the display to creep further up the top of the phone without a notch. It does, [...]
Top 5 most popular Android apps from last week: Absolute Drift, Google Fit
Every week we cover new Android apps with Fresh Meat on Wednesday, followed by Android Gaming on Thursday and Top 10 App Updates on Friday. When Monday rolls around, we look back to see which apps were the most appealing to our audience. Read on for the five most popular Android apps from last week. These apps are ones [...]
Facebook bug exposed unposted photos of 6.8 million users
Facebook is in hot water again. That is, if it’s even left hot water in recent memory. The company has had a myriad of struggles and now, it’s notifying users and developing users that a bug exposed unposted photos of 6.8 million users to third-party apps. These unposted photos came from users who [...]
Hot Deal: Google Home Hub and two Home Minis for $129
Looking to fully connect your home? Google is hoping you are. The company is offering a sick deal that includes a Google Home Hub and two Google Home Minis for just $129. The Google Home Hub regularly retails for $149, meaning that you’re saving $20 on the device, plus getting two [...]
ChipMOS looks to COF packaging, automootive electronics for 2019 growth
Chip-on-film (COF) packaging demand for panel-use driver ICs, demand for memory chips including niche-market DRAM and automotive NOR flash, and demand for automotive touch and display driver integration (TDDI) chips will boost revenues at ChipMOS Technologies in 2019, according to SJ Cheng, chairman for the backend company.
China PCB firms may see 5G opportunities affected by trade war
China-based PCB makers are eyeing bright business prospects for 2019, bolstered by numerous 5G base stations actively under construction in the country and their close partnerships with leading telecom equipment suppliers Huawei and ZTE, but the opportunities may be undermined by uncertain fallouts of the US-China trade war, according to industry sources.
SEMI cuts fab equipment spending growth forecast for 2019 to negative
Total fab equipment spending in 2019 is projected to drop 8%, a sharp reversal from the previously forecast increase of 7% as fab investment growth has been revised downward for 2018 to 10% from the 14% predicted in August, according to SEMI.
ASE highlights Industry 5.0 production safety management concept
As the growing adoption of smart manufacturing solutions at global electronics makers is driving Industry 4.0 to advance to 5.0, leading backend service specialist ASE Technology Holding is promoting to its global peers a machine-centric safety management concept that integrates the three aspects of "man, machine and environment" involved in smart production.
TSMC joins forces with academia to develop quantum computer
Taiwan's Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) is aggressively promoting the development of next-generation quantum computer technologies through cooperating with IBM and subsidizing research projects by academic and industrial sectors, with TSMC now being the only industrial player in the projects.
Offshore wind farm developers caught off guard by Taiwan policy U-turn
Taiwan has set a tentative feed-in tariff (FIT) of NT$5.106 (US$0.166)/kWh for offshore wind farm development projects with PPA (power purchase agreements) to be signed in 2019, decreasing 12.71% from the 2018 rate.
US, EU, India low in PV module self-sufficiency, says CCCME
The combined output in the EU, US and India for PV modules is short of annual demand by an estimated 45GWp, according to China Chamber of Commerce for Import and Export of Machinery and Electric Products (CCCME).
Mosquito Control Serving Fairfield and Westchester County ny and ct
We all look forward to summer, especially the cookouts, lazy Saturday afternoons, and other fun under the warm sun right in our own backyard. Just like the song says, Summertime and the living is easy. But if you have mosquitoes, all that easy living isn’t so easy. Red Carpet Mosquito Control can help you get your backyard back so you can get on with your summer fun.
Home mosquito control is one of the toughest outdoor concerns for most homeowners because a mosquito infestation is not only annoying, its also a big health concern. Anyone who has ever been bitten by one of these tiny pests knows the aggravation of the red, itchy skin and knows there are more to come if they don’t do some kind of mosquito control.
Even a few mosquitoes buzzing around the yard are enough to put a damper on those backyard activities.
If you have mosquitoes, there are some basic steps to take until you can get your mosquito squad under control. From removing mosquito habitats to preventing bites, there are things any homeowner can do to minimize the impact until more permanent home mosquito control services can be put in place.
Mosquitoes thrive where there is standing water, their favorite place to lay their eggs.
Getting rid of some of these habitats is a great first step for effective mosquito control.
Clean out those gutters. Gutters that have debris and other obstructions allow water to stand for long periods of time, creating a perfect place for mosquitoes to flourish.
Bird baths, rain barrels, and potted plant trays are other prime locations for water to stand. Emptying these at least once a week will go a long way towards eliminating mosquito habitats.
Any type of swimming pool can be just one huge nursery for all those mosquito eggs, so make sure to keep that water circulating or change out the water in smaller pools.
Toys left out in the yard, old tires, and many other places where water can stand should be drained or dumped. A thorough inspection of your yard should help you find many of these problem areas and will give you a good start on getting things under control.
Mosquito bites are certainly annoying, but also potentially dangerous. Mosquitoes carry Zika, West Nile, Malaria and other viruses that are harmful to the health of humans and animals. A few precautions, though not very summer-like, should minimize the danger until mosquito control services are in place.
Wearing long-sleeved shirts, long pants, and socks go a long way in preventing bites simply because there is a lot less skin for mosquitoes to bite. Tucking your pants into your socks is another step you can take.
Use spray mosquito repellents around the yard, especially in areas you suspect may have, or have had, standing water.
Apply EPA-approved repellents to exposed skin making sure you follow the label directions.
Set up some citronella candles, torches, or similar type repellents for broader home mosquito control around decks and other places where you spend time.
Replace outdoor lights with yellow bulbs wherever possible because they have been shown to be less attractive than regular white lights.
To keep mosquitoes outside where they belong, be sure to have screens on any open windows, and make sure doors stay closed whenever possible.
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"Allowing Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) servers to be directly accessible from the public internet is a terrible idea. The RDP service exposes a very broad attack surface that over the years has been subject to a number of serious vulnerabilities, and is surely harboring more.
Even absent vulnerabilities in the RDP service itself, most RDP servers are configured to allow login using just a username and password. This places a huge burden on users to pick strong passwords that cannot be guessed, something that users are rarely able to do. Since password reuse is unfortunately quite common practice, even if a user's password has good complexity it may be guessable as a result of a breach at some other organization or web site. Certainly it is desirable to enable features to limit the ability of attackers to have many attempts to guess passwords, but this may come at the expense of legitimate users being locked out as a result of password hammering attempts by attackers.
Enabling some kind of second factor to login to the RDP server is desirable. This could be limiting access to a defined set of source IP addresses where users are expected to connect from. Requiring smart card login or using Azure AD's two factor authentication with a mobile app would help too.
Once attackers have managed to compromise a user account on an RDP server, it is relatively easy for them to get long term persistence. One approach might be to put something in the user's profile that runs whenever the user logs in (legitimately or otherwise) and establishes communication with a C&C server. Alternatively, local privilege escalation vulnerabilities are common place and could be exploited to get administrator access on the local system, from where it might be possible to harvest credentials of more privileged domain users.
One interesting approach that has been used by attackers to get persistence is to tamper with Windows' accessibility features (intended to help users with disabilities), which are active even on the login screen. It is possible to interfere with the accessibility system such that if the "sticky keys" feature is invoked by pressing the shift key five times an administrator cmd shell will appear over the top of the login dialogue of the RDP session, providing password-less administrator access!
Reducing the attack surface can be done in a number of ways. In some situations, using Microsoft's Network Level Authentication feature is useful to avoid exposing the login screen, but in the kinds of situations where remote access is required this may not be possible.
By far the best approach is to avoid exposing RDP servers directly to the public internet at all, and to put them behind a VPN. Ideally, connecting to the VPN would require more than just a user name and password, perhaps a known source IP or a certificate installed on the connecting machine. For extra security the private key for the certificate could be stored in the Trusted Platform Module (TPM) or a smart card so that it couldn't be removed from the client machine and used elsewhere."
Raytheon developing system that lets artificial intelligence explain itself: DARPA program applies 'trust but verify' to AI
Under the Defense Research Project Agency's (DARPA) Explainable Artificial Intelligence program (XAI), Raytheon (NYSE : RTN ) BBN Technologies is developing a first of its kind neural network that explains itself.
The XAI program aims to create a suite of machine learning techniques that produce more explainable models while maintaining a high level of performance. It also aims to help human users understand, appropriately trust and effectively manage the emerging generation of artificially intelligent partners.
Raytheon BBN's Explainable Question Answering System will allow AI programs to 'show their work,' increasing the human user's confidence in the machine's suggestions. "Our goal is to give the user enough information about how the machine's answer was derived and show that the system considered relevant information so users feel comfortable acting on the system's recommendation," said Bill Ferguson, lead scientist and EQUAS principal investigator at Raytheon BBN.
EQUAS will show users which data mattered most in the AI decision-making process. Using a graphical interface, users can explore the system's recommendations and see why it chose one answer over another. The technology is still in its early phases of development but could potentially be used for a wide-range of applications.
"A fully developed system like EQUAS could help with decision-making not only in DoD operations, but in a range of other applications like campus security, industrial operations and the medical field," said Ferguson. "Say a doctor has an x-ray image of a lung and her AI system says that its cancer. She asks why and the system highlights what it thinks are suspicious shadows, which she had previously disregarded as artifacts of the X-ray process. Now the doctor can make the call – to diagnose, investigate further, or, if she still thinks the system is in error, to let it go."
As the system is enhanced, EQUAS will be able to monitor itself and share factors that limit its ability to make reliable recommendations. This self-monitoring capability will help developers refine AI systems, allowing them to inject additional data or change how data is processed.
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Northrop Grumman, DARPA Set New Standard for Wireless Transmission Speed
Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) have set a new standard for wireless transmission by operating a data link at 100 gigabits per second (Gbps) over a distance of 20 kilometers in a city environment.
The two-way data link, which featured active pointing and tracking, was demonstrated Jan. 19, 2018 in Los Angeles.
The blazing data rate is fast enough to download a 50 Gigabyte blue ray video in four seconds. The demonstration marked the successful completion of Northrop Grumman’s Phase 2 contract for DARPA’s 100 Gbps (100G) RF Backbone program.
The 100G system is capable of rate adaptation on a frame by frame basis from 9 Gbps to 102 Gbps to maximize data rate throughout dynamic channel variations. Extensive link characterization demonstrated short-term error-free performance from 9 to 91 Gbps, and a maximum data rate of 102 Gbps with 1 erroneous bit received per ten thousand bits transmitted.
The successful data link results from the integration of several key technologies. The link operates at millimeter wave frequencies (in this case, 71-76 gigahertz and 81-86 gigahertz) with 5 gigahertz of bandwidth, or data carrying capacity, and uses a bandwidth efficient signal modulation technique to transmit 25 Gbps data streams on each 5 gigahertz channel. To double the rate within the fixed bandwidth, the data link transmits dual orthogonally polarized signals from each antenna. Additionally, the link transmits from two antennas simultaneously (spatial multiplexing) and uses multiple-input-multiple-output (MIMO) signal processing techniques to separate the signals at two receiving antennas, thus again doubling the data rate within the fixed bandwidth.
According to Louis Christen, director, research and technology, Northrop Grumman, “This dramatic improvement in data transmission performance could significantly increase the volume of airborne sensor data that can be gathered and reduce the time needed to exploit sensor data.”
“Next generation sensors such as hyperspectral imagers typically collect data faster, and in larger quantity than most air-to-ground data links can comfortably transmit,” said Christen. “Without such a high data rate link data would need to be reviewed and analyzed after the aircraft lands.”
By contrast, a 100G data link could transmit high-rate data directly from the aircraft to commanders on the ground in near real time, allowing them to respond more quickly to dynamic operations.
The successful 100G ground demonstration sets the stage for the flight test phase of the 100G RF Backbone program. This next phase, which started in June, demonstrates the 100G air-to-ground link up to 100 Gbps over a 100 km range and extended ranges with lower data rates. The 100G hardware will be flown aboard the Proteus demonstration aircraft developed by Northrop Grumman subsidiary Scaled Composites.
Northrop Grumman’s 100G industry team includes Raytheon, which developed the millimeter wave antennas and related RF electronics and Silvus Technologies, which provides the key spatial multiplexing and MIMO signal processing technologies.
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HTC is getting back in the game by releasing a new budget smartphone. The HTC Desire 12s looks very similar to the HTC Desire 12, but it comes with a lower price point without giving up too much on the spec sheet.
Alphabet Inc’s Google said it is committed to investing over $1 billion to establish a new campus in New York city, as it expands its current presence in the city’s technology corridor along the Hudson River. The new leased campus, which is over 158,000m² (around 1.7 million square feet) will be the primary location for ...
Turning Off Facebook Location Tracking Doesn't Stop It From Tracking Your Location
Even if you explicitly tell Facebook to not track your location, it says it will still use your IP address to track your location. Kashmir Hill, reporting for Gizmodo: Aleksandra Korolova has turned off Facebook's access to her location in every way that she can. She has turned off location history in the Facebook app and told her iPhone that she "Never" wants the app to get her location. She doesn't "check-in" to places and doesn't list her current city on her profile.
Despite all this, she constantly sees location-based ads on Facebook. She sees ads targeted at "people who live near Santa Monica" (where she lives) and at "people who live or were recently near Los Angeles" (where she works as an assistant professor at the University of Southern California). When she traveled to Glacier National Park, she saw an ad for activities in Montana, and when she went on a work trip to Cambridge, Massachusetts, she saw an ad for a ceramics school there. Facebook was continuing to track Korolova's location for ads despite her signaling in all the ways that she could that she didn't want Facebook doing that.
[...] "There is no way for people to opt out of using location for ads entirely," said a Facebook spokesperson by email. "We use city and zip level location which we collect from IP addresses and other information such as check-ins and current city from your profile to ensure we are providing people with a good service -- from ensuring they see Facebook in the right language, to making sure that they are shown nearby events and ads for businesses that are local to them."
Google Opens Document Editing To Users Without a Google Account
Google has listened to user feedback and is currently testing a feature that will let G Suite users invite non-Google account holders to view, comment, suggest edits, and even directly edit Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides files. From a report: This wasn't possible until now, and G Suite users could only share documents and request feedback from users that owned a Google account. The way this new feature will work is via PINs (Personal Identification Numbers). Google said that G Suite users would be able to invite a non-Google user to view or edit a document via email. The said email would contain a link to the shared document. Non-Google users will be able to access the link and request an PIN that it would be delivered via a second email. Once they enter the PIN code, users can then view or edit the shared file -based on the assigned permissions.
UK Police Are Testing Facial Recognition on Christmas Shoppers in London this Week
London's Metropolitan Police is testing its facial recognition technology in the capital this week. From a report: It's the seventh time the Metropolitan Police, the UK capital's police force, has trialled facial recognition in public. The technology has previously been used at large events, including Notting Hill Carnival in 2016 and 2017, and Remembrance Day services last year. This year, the technology is being used Monday and Tuesday of this week in Soho, Piccadilly Circus, and Leicester Square -- all major shopping areas in the heart of the city.
Cameras are fixed to lampposts or deployed on vans, and use software developed by Japanese firm NEC to measure the structure of passing faces. This scan is then compared to a database of police mugshots. The Met says a match via the software will prompt officers to examine the individual and decide whether or not to stop them. Posters will inform the public they're liable to be scanned while walking in certain areas, and the Met says anyone declining to be scanned "will not be viewed as suspicious."
Oracle's CTO: No Way a 'Normal' Person Would Move To AWS
Amazon may have turned off its Oracle data warehouse in favor of Amazon Web Services database technology, but no one else in their right mind would, Oracle's outspoken co-founder and CTO Larry Ellison says. From a report: "We have a huge technology leadership in database over Amazon," Ellison said on a conference call following the release of Oracle's second quarter financial results. "In terms of technology, there is no way that... any normal person would move from an Oracle database to an Amazon database." During last month's AWS re:Invent conference, AWS CTO Werner Vogels gave an in-the-weeds talk explaining why Amazon turned off its Oracle data warehouse. In a clear jab at Oracle, Vogels wrote off the "90's technology" behind most relational databases. Cloud native databases, he said, are the basis of innovation.
The remarks may have gotten under Ellison's skin. Moving from Oracle databases to AWS "is just incredibly expensive and complicated," he said Monday. "And you've got to be willing to give up tons of reliability, tons of security, tons of performance... Nobody, save maybe Jeff Bezos, gave the command, 'I want to get off the Oracle database." Ellison said that Oracle will not only hold onto its 50 percent relational database market share but will expand it, thanks to the combination of Oracle's new Generation 2 Cloud infrastructure and its autonomoius database technology. "You will see rapid migration of Oracle from on-premise to the Oracle public cloud," he said. "Nobody else is going to go through that forced march to go on to the Amazon database."
Norway is Entering a New Era of Climate-Conscious Architecture
The European Union has a target of making all new buildings zero-energy by 2020, but in Norway, carbon neutrality isn't enough. From a report: A consortium in Oslo made up of architects, engineers, environmentalists, and designers is creating energy-positive buildings in a country with some of the coldest and darkest winters on Earth. "If you can make it in Norway, you can make it anywhere," says Peter Bernhard, a consultant with Asplan Viak, one of the Powerhouse alliance members.
Bernhard says Powerhouse began in 2010 with a question: Is it possible to not only eliminate the carbon footprint of buildings, but to also use them as a climate-crisis solution? It was a lofty goal. According to the European Commission, buildings account for 40 percent of energy usage and 36 percent of carbon-dioxide emissions in the EU. But after undertaking several energy-positive projects -- building a new Montessori school, retrofitting four small office buildings, building a few homes, and breaking ground on two new office buildings -- Powerhouse has found the answer to the 2010 question to be an emphatic "Yes." In 2019, the collective's biggest project to date will open to the public: Powerhouse Brattorkaia, in the central Norwegian city of Trondheim.
California Requires New City Buses To Be Electric by 2029
California has became the first state to mandate a full shift to electric buses on public transit routes, flexing its muscle as the nation's leading environmental regulator and bringing battery-powered, heavy-duty vehicles a step closer to the mainstream. From a report: Starting in 2029, mass transit agencies in California will only be allowed to buy buses that are fully electric under a rule adopted by the state's powerful clean air agency. The agency, the California Air Resources Board, said it expected that municipal bus fleets would be fully electric by 2040. It estimated that the rule would cut emissions of planet-warming greenhouse gases by 19 million metric tons from 2020 to 2050, the equivalent of taking four million cars off the road. Environmental groups said the new regulation was an important step in cutting tailpipe emissions, which are a major contributor to global warming and California's notorious smog.
More than Half of Americans Say They Didn't Get a Pay Raise this Year
Although the economy saw new peaks in 2018, not all Americans report reaping the benefits. An anonymous reader shares a report: The majority of workers say they saw no salary increases this year, according to a new survey. More than 60% of Americans said they didn't get a pay raise at their current job or get a better-paying job in the last 12 months, according to a survey released Wednesday from finance site Bankrate.com. Meanwhile, executives have seen a surge in compensation, according to an August study from the Economic Policy Institute. The average chief executive officer at the 350 largest firms in the U.S. received $18.9 million in compensation in 2017, the study showed, a 17.6% increase over 2016. Despite those disparities, 91% of Americans say they have the same or greater confidence in the job market than they did one year ago, according to Bankrate.com.
Amazon Wants To Curb Selling 'CRaP' Items it Can't Profit On, Like Bottled Water and Snacks: Report
Amazon is rethinking its strategy around some items it sells which it calls internally "Can't realize a profit" -- or "CRaP" for short, according to the Wall Street Journal. From the report: Inside Amazon, the items are known as CRaP, short for "Can't Realize a Profit." Think bottled beverages or snack foods [Editor's note: the link may be paywalled; alternative source]. The products tend to be priced at $15 or less, are sold directly by Amazon, and are heavy or bulky and therefore costly to ship -- characteristics that make for thin or nonexistent margins. Now, as Amazon focuses more on its bottom line in addition to its rapid growth, it is increasingly taking aim at CRaP products, according to major brand executives and people familiar with the company's thinking.
In recent months, it has been eliminating unprofitable items and pressing manufacturers to change their packaging to better sell online, according to brands that sell on Amazon and consultants who work with them. One example: bottled water from Coca-Cola Co. Amazon used to have a $6.99 six-pack of Smartwater as the default order on some of its Dash buttons, a small device that allows for automatic reordering with a single press. But in August, after working with Coca-Cola to change how it ships and sells the water, Amazon notified Dash customers it was changing that default item to a 24-pack for $37.20.
Sprint: LG G Flex Will Launch Online on January 31 for $299 on Contract
Starting today, Sprint customers can pre-order the unique LG G Flex smartphone for $299 online with a two year contract. By pre-ordering between now and January 31st, customers will receive a complimentary Quickwindow Folio Case, which is valued at $60. Sprint…
Motorola Announces Moto X Launch in UK, France, and Germany on February 1
Certain European consumers interested in the Moto X smartphone from Motorola will soon have their chance to purchase the excellent handset. Expected to launch on February 1st, Motorola will sell its iconic Moto X device in Black or White in…
Ofcom: More spectrum for all the good boys and girls. Except you, EE. You've had your fill
UK mobile networks had better open their wallets
Ofcom has revealed plans to offer more of the airwaves to mobile networks, increasing capacity by around 22 per cent overall, and by 62 per cent in the more attractive sub-1GHz portion of the spectrum.…
Visual Studio Code's Python extension goes to Jupyter
A preview of next year's .NET Framework also emitted
The hardworking elves toiling in the corridors of Redmond loaded up Santa's sled with two more developer treats in the form of Python updates for Visual Studio Code and a fresh preview of the venerable .NET Framework.…
Influential cypherpunk and crypto-anarchist Tim May dies aged 67
One-time Intel boffin
Obit Friends of Timothy May have confirmed that the former Intel engineer and co-founder of the Cypherpunks mailing list died of natural causes at his home in California on Friday. He was 67. Bitcoin and blockchain, WikiLeaks, P2P software and information markets all owe a debt to the list.…
Recent abuses of St Kitts-Nevis citizenship programme raised in Parliament
By Caribbean News Now contributor BASSETERRE, St Kitts — In his budget presentation in parliament last week, St Kitts and Nevis Prime Minister Dr Timothy Harris touched upon the abuses recently uncovered in the country’s citizenship by investment programme (CIP), including allegations of forgery and fraud, but offered no substantive detail and, predictably, blamed unnamed […]
CSEF VI highlights transformative role clean energy can play in CARICOM
PLACENCIA, Belize — Clean energy in the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) has to be further developed to play a transformative role in economic development, poverty alleviation, and building resilience to deal with climate change. Electricity and fuel sector regulations also must be right-sized to suit the needs of member states, and stakeholders must find innovative forms […]
IDB lends further support to CDB’s investments in regional energy security
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados — The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) in partnership with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), has mobilised more than US$85 million to increase the region’s energy security through geothermal energy development. On Thursday, CDB’s board of directors approved acceptance of further financing under the Sustainable Energy Facility (SEF) for the Eastern Caribbean from IDB, […]
CDB approves US$5.9 million to Belize to improve road safety efforts
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados — Road traffic accidents are the seventh leading cause of death in Belize, with approximately 21 deaths per 100,000 persons. This is the highest fatality rate among CDB’s 19 borrowing member countries (BMCs). In response to this challenge, the board of directors of the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) has approved funding of US$5.9 […]
Antigua-Barbuda PM invites Scotiabank to early meeting to discuss purchase of Antigua holdings
ST JOHN’S, Antigua — Prime Minister Gaston Browne has invited the competent authorities of the Bank of Nova Scotia to a meeting by January 7, 2019, to discuss the purchase of the bank’s branch holdings in Antigua and Barbuda. The invitation is contained in a letter sent on December 13 by the prime minister to […]
By Ray Chickrie Caribbean News Now contributor PARAMARIBO, Suriname — Thirty-year old Nisha Madaran, an artist from Suriname, who began singing at age 16 in her family band, made history last week by becoming the first Surinamese, and perhaps first in the Caribbean diaspora to sign a Bollywood playback singing contract. Madaran signed the contract […]
Three suspected smugglers apprehended in the Eastern Caribbean with $30 million in cocaine
ST THOMAS, USVI — The crew of the US Coast Guard Cutter Joseph Tezanos offloaded 2,606 pounds of cocaine and transferred custody of three suspected smugglers on Friday to US Drug Enforcement Administration special agents in St Thomas US Virgin Islands. Coast Guard and Caribbean Border Interagency Group (CBIG) law enforcement authorities seized the $30 […]
Dominican Republic to scale up efforts in improving learning
WASHINGTON, USA — The World Bank has approved an additional financing of US$100 million to help the government improve the quality of education and learning in the Dominican Republic. “This additional support from the World Bank will boost the most profound education reform led by President Danilo Medina and contribute to help produce better educational […]