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Armed Deputy Does Not Intervene in Florida School Shooting

(Newswire.net — February 23, 2018) —

More news arrive about the Florida Marjory Stoneman Douglas High school shooting.

Apparently there was an armed officer at the scene who just stood outside the school building for a full four minutes while the massacre was taking place.

The school’s resource officer, Scot Peterson arrived at the building where the shooting was taking place about 90 seconds after the initial shots had been fired.

According to Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel there is video footage that shows the 54-year-old Deputy Peterson standing outside of building twelve.

“I think he remained outside for upwards of four minutes,” said Sheriff Israel in a news conference.

When asked about what the armed officer should have done the Sheriff replied “Went in. Addressed the killer. Killed the killer.”

Scot Peterson was initially suspended, but he later resigned. He has declined to give statements about the incident. It is currently unclear whether he will be facing charges.

President Trump commented on the situation, criticizing Peterson’s failure to act.

“When it came time to get in there and do something he didn’t have the courage, or something happened, but he certainly did a poor job.”

“But that’s a case where somebody was outside, they’re trained, they didn’t react properly under pressure or they were a coward,” President Trump added.

Recently both President Trump and the NRA have mentioned the possibility of arming teachers. The President explained his views in a discussion on school safety on Thursday, “Shooters won’t walk into a school if 20% of people have guns.”

Florida Gov. Rick Scott’s communications director delivered a statement that the governor wants a “complete investigation” regarding Peterson’s failure to act, and he added “The governor believes the students and the families who lost loved ones deserve to know exactly what happened.”

The governor also called for “active shooter training” and said that he plans to raise Florida’s required age to purchase guns to 21.

Scot Peterson was Marjory Stoneman Douglas High’s school resource officer. He has held that position since 2009, and has worked for the sheriff’s office since 1985. Resource officers are sworn law enforcement officers who are assigned to schools in order to maintain safety and handle crime prevention.

Source: http://newswire.net/newsroom/news/00100270-armed-deputy-does-not-intervene-in-florida-school-shooting.html

Elevate Addiction Services: Our Research Suggests the Opioid Crisis Might be Deepening

(Newswire.net — February 22, 2018) — For the second year, life expectancy in American has declined. The reason might surprise you. The National Center for Health Statistics reported 63,600 Americans killed from drug overdoses in 2016.

The last time the US faced a decline in life expectancy was during the 1960s at the height of tobacco use and during a severe flu outbreak. Now, life expectancy is again seeing a dip, this time due to an opioid crisis that is only deepening.

While heroin and fentanyl are part of the drugs used in the overdoses reported, 66 percent of the overdoses came from legal medications. For example, oxycodone and hydrocodone can both be obtained through prescriptions.

How do drug overdoses happen? When it comes to opioid overdoses, it can start off simply enough.

According to Elevate Addiction Services, “Opioid and heroin addiction are complex issues, and many new heroin users report starting their use of the drug after taking prescription opioid painkillers. Once refills are no longer available and addiction has set in, heroin becomes an affordable, accessible and attractive alternative.”

Should painkillers and other pain medications be looked at as gateway drugs? “While opioid painkillers are extremely effective in managing pain, they are also highly addictive. Most people naturally assume that medications prescribed by doctors are safe to take and do not account for the high risk of addiction these medications carry,” says Dan Manson, CEO of Elevate Addiction Services.

Repercussions of opioid dependency on US economy

It is difficult to get an accurate number of how many people are addicted versus those who are taking medication for legitimate reasons. However, in a report published by Bloomberg, employers have begun citing that it could be reducing the pool of active workers. In a paper by Alan Krueger, a Princeton economist, almost 50 percent of men not working were found to be taking pain medications.

And in late October of 2017, Trump declared the opioid crisis a public health emergency. The annual cost of the crisis was last estimated to be at $78.5 billion and the US Surgeon General says it is now claiming lives every 19 minutes.

Opioid abuse has long been a concern. But experts suggest the recent crisis is exacerbated by doctors prescribing stronger painkillers.

The way out for those dependent on opioids

Most experts warn that using opioids or pain management medication for any length of time will eventually cause a dependency.

The body builds a tolerance to the opioid being administered and higher doses are needed for the user to find relief. Even when the body is healed, and pain should no longer be an issue, the body begins to crave the feeling provided when on the drug. And withdrawal symptoms occur when the drug is not administered.

What often occurs is that a patient will take a low dose but find that to be insufficient and will experiment with higher dosage levels.

Doctors recommend that those who take opioid medication after surgery start with a strong dose. And then work to get off the medication as quickly as possible. Once pain management medication is no longer needed, doctors advise that you get rid of unused medication immediately. This will prevent it from being used without doctor oversight. It should be noted that opioid medications should only be used for short-term severe pain. If the pain lasts for longer than two weeks, alternative methods and a change of lifestyle should be explored.

Finding a pain medication treatment that won’t cause addiction has been the mission of researchers for the last decade.

In the meantime, how can those with legitimate pain issues cope without putting themselves at risk?

A more holistic approach might be needed where communication and nutrition become the primary tools to combat addiction. Treatment centers, like Elevate, are becoming the first line of defense in the battle against opioid addiction.

When used correctly, opioids and pain management medicine are a necessary part of the healing process. Pain can often keep a patient from sleeping, thus preventing vital healing processes that only take place during sleep. Thus, supervised use of opioids has its place in recovery. However, without strict oversight and careful use, opioid dependency can occur.

If a person suspects that he or she or a loved one might be developing a dependency, get help immediately. Check in with a doctor to see what limits are in place to prevent an addiction. And seek professional help if advised to do so.

Source: http://newswire.net/newsroom/news/00100252-elevate-addiction-services-our-research-suggests-the-opioid-crisis-might-be-deepening.html

US Born Hungarian Skier Delivers Viral Performance at the Olympics

(Newswire.net — February 22, 2018) —

Olympic athletes are usually considered to be the very pinnacle of human skill. Apparently not all of them have the same amount of talent and raw ability, some just have perseverance.

A 33-year-old American woman named Elizabeth Swaney started freestyle skiing back in 2013 with the desire to compete in the Olympics. The journey she took to get there is rather amazing.

Freestyle skiing is a discipline where competitors perform flips and tricks in order to gain a better score from the judges. Elizabeth was competing in the female halfpipe discipline where she scored last – without performing a single trick.

Swaney initially competed for Venezuela, where her mother is from. She later switched to competing for Hungary in 2016 since that is where her grandparents originate from. Swaney was eligible to represent Hungary, becoming their first Olympic freestyle skier after qualifying through the quota system.

In order to make it to the South Korean Olympic Games she needed to finish in the top 30 at World Cup events, which she managed to do in 13 career halfpipe contests.

Elizabeth mostly attended low key events, tried to remain upright and to always record a score. She would mostly finish last or within a couple of places from last. Most of the events she attended featured less than 30 participants. Also, other skiers would fall and not get scored or would get injured, but Elizabeth persisted, she was consistent and didn’t tumble.

Her best placement was finishing 13th out of 15 in a Chinese event held in December, while at the time most high profile skiers were competing in Colorado.

Swaney managed to raise funds to attend events through online donations.

Another factor that contributed to her making the Hungarian team is that there is also a limit to how many skiers a country can have per event and reallocation rules within the Hungarian ski federation that tried to balance men’s and women’s representation.

A Hungarian team spokesman told Reuters “We, the Hungarian Olympic Committee, have to learn the lessons from this case, and we must consider rethinking our nomination procedures.”

On the other hand, Canadian skier Cassie Sharp who won women’s gold medal in the halfpipe final was supportive of Swaney’s efforts stating “If you are going to put in the time and effort to be here, then you deserve to be here as much as I do.”

Swaney maintained an optimistic outlook, “I want to inspire others in Hungary and the world to become involved in freestyle skiing.”

She has been practicing tricks in water and has stated that she has been trying “to incorporate those into the halfpipe. I’m just not comfortable landing the water tricks on snow yet.”

Source: http://newswire.net/newsroom/news/00100242-us-born-hungarian-skier-delivers-viral-performance-at-the-olympics.html

Parkland Massacre Prompts Violent Video Gaming Issue

(Newswire.net— February 21, 2018) —

The shooter that killed 17 and wounded a dozen more students at Parkland’s high school, Nikolas Cruz, allegedly played violent video games for 15 hours straight.

“It was kill, kill, kill, blow up something, and kill some more, all day,” is what Cruz’s neighbor told Miami Herald.

Amid the Majory Stoneman Douglas High School attack, videogame critics once again pointed to violent video games as a possible cause for the shooting. According to the critics, games numb teenagers to the point that they can’t differentiate fiction from reality.

According to Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin, the “nation’s cultural fabric” has been ripped and violent video games are to blame. Gov. Bevin also blamed TV shows and music which “celebrate the culture of death.”

Other voices can be heard blaming videogames for inciting violence among teenagers and some researchers have cited desensitization to violence as the causing factor of aggression that derives from violent videogames. However, the results showed no apparent relationship between videogames and violent behavior.

“All we can really say for sure is that there does not appear to be a link at this time between violent video games and school shootings,” said Villanova University psychologist and researcher Patrick Markey.

Debunking allegations that there is a correlation between videogames and violence Markey stressed that “if there is a link, it goes in the opposite direction.”

Few studies indeed showed that playing violent videogames makes players temporarily more aggressive, but not to the point that they would actually grab a gun and shoot random people.

Other research has shown that countries that spend the most per-capita on video games have lower gun-related murder rates than the USA, which has a gun-related murder rate of about 20 times larger than the average statistics for virtually every other nation.

Other nations, however, have strict gun and rifle sales laws and no country in the world has a cult of weaponry so developed as in the US. Blaming videogames for violent behavior of teenagers instead of the fact that there is a variety of weapons available to them, including rapid fire assault machineguns is the peak of hypocrisy, according to gun control advocates.

In the wake of the Florida school shooting, President Donald Trump has signed a memo directing the Justice Department to outlaw bump stock devices on guns. The device enables more rapid but less accurate firing of the weapon. Such a device has been found in the shooter’s apartment.

 

Source: http://newswire.net/newsroom/news/00100232-parkland-massacre-prompt-violent-video-gaming-issue.html

Florida Governor Calls FBI Director to Resign Over Missed Tip-Off on Shooter

(Newswire.net— February 17, 2018) — Florida Governor Rick Scott (R) called for the resignation of the director of the FBI, Christopher Wray, because the agency failed to prevent the killing of 17 students at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

The revelation that the FBI was warned about the shooter a week before he commenced the attack surfaced causing people to accuse the bureau failing to do their job.

“The FBI’s failure to take action against this killer is unacceptable….The FBI Director needs to resign,” governor Scott said in a statement.

Just five days prior to St Valentine day, the FBI was called by a person close to the shooter Nikolas Cruz, to warn about the 19-year-old’s desire to kill people. The FBI said in a statement that the tip line caller warned about Cruz’s, erratic behavior, disturbing social media posts and bragging about becoming a “professional school shooter.”

The FBI, however, did not follow the proper protocol according to their own admission. “The information was not provided to the Miami field office, and no further investigation was conducted at that time,” the FBI said in a statement on Friday.

Nikolas Cruz, 19, reportedly confessed to opening fire on students and teachers on Wednesday, killing 17 and wounding 14 people.

The revelation that the killer was part of a marksmanship team in 2016 that was sponsored by the National Rifle Association of America (NRA) sparked public outrage and once again divided Americans on those who oppose the free sale of guns and rifles and those who see nothing wrong in it.

The investigation revealed that the killer was a member of an NRA-sponsored school program. He was among the four top ranking marksmen in a school shooting team awarded with at least $10.000 by NRA.

The US president Donald Trump and the First lady visited Parkland on Friday, to “to pay their respects and thank the medical professionals for their life-saving assistance” in response to the aid they provided in the aftermath of the shooting, the White House stated. The visit, however, sparked negative comments because Trump is a strong promoter of free gun and rifle trade.

“Him coming here, to me, is absurd. Him coming here is absolutely absurd, and he’s a hypocrite,” Democrat Mark Bogen told CNN, “How can you come here and talk about how horrible it is, when you support these laws?,” Bogen said.

The local law enforcement investigation found no ties between the shooter and the white nationalists or other terrorist organizations.

 

Source: http://newswire.net/newsroom/news/00100163-florida-governor-calls-fbi-director-to-resign-over-missed-tip-off-on-shooter.html

Chinese Police are Using Facial Recognition Sunglasses

(Newswire.net — February 15, 2018) —
The Chinese new year begins on February 16.

Many have made plans to celebrate and travel to China, and there is an estimate of 3 billion trips taking place during the Lunar New Year Festivities.

It would be an understatement to say that the Chinese government is unrepaired.

Police officers are being issued glasses that are capable of facial recognition.

Zhengzhou East Railway Station in the central Henan Province is being used as a testing site, since almost four million people are estimated to pass through the station during the holiday season.

The glasses have already proved themselves effective and have led to the identification and subsequent arrests of several dozen people, many of them traveling with false travel documentation.

The company behind the glasses is LLVision Tech from Beijing, and they have been working with Chinese police for more than a year on the development of the new technology.

LLV Tech CEO Wu Fei claims that the software can process 100,000 faces a second. This is possible due to the fact that the glasses are connected to an offline device that stores a database of images, rather than having to connect to an online cloud.

Another advantage of the glasses compared to regular CCTV cameras is that the location of a regular monitoring camera is static, while a police officer can follow targets and check anywhere. Wu Fei stated “By making wearable glasses, with AI on the front end, you get instant and accurate feedback.”

Even without this new technology China is already considered a surveillance state.

The Xinjiang region in western China has a Muslim-majority population. There has been a major increase in the number of police officers in the region, and almost 5 percent of the adult population has already been to, or is attending political re-educational centers, that are more akin to prisons.

In 2017 China had an already impressive 176 million CCTV cameras being used for surveillance, making it the world’s largest monitoring network. They plan to increase the number of cameras to 626 million by 2020.

China has also been putting together a biometric database of its citizens.

The goal of these measures is to produce a surveillance network that is capable of identifying and locating any citizen within a matter of seconds.

Source: http://newswire.net/newsroom/news/00100126-chinese-police-are-using-facial-recognition-sunglasses.html

Top 10 Richest Footballers in The World

(Newswire.net — February 15, 2018) — If you are reading our post then probably you want to know who the richest footballer in the world is so far. We have prepared for you the compilation of the football players with the highest income basing on the rating created by the magazine Forbes (the American edition).

10 top richest football players in the world according to Forbes

We have prepared the list in reversed order, so be patient to learn the name of the richest soccer player in the world.

Cesc Fàbregas Soler

The former midfielder of Chelsea who has signed a new contract with the London club will open our list of the richest players. Cesc who is thirty years old in 2016 has become richer for 16 million Euros (salary in Chelsea). A Spaniard also has signed very profitable advertising contracts with such sponsors as Beats by Dr. Dre. and Puma and added 5 million Euros more to his net worth.

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Eden Hazard

The Belgian forward is team partner of Cesc Fàbregas Soler in Chelsea. He has enriched his account for 22 million Euros. 18 million Euros from this amount are salary and bonuses and the rest 4 million is the interest from advertisement deals. Eden Hazard has signed contracts with many sponsors including Sina Sports, Topps, Nike, and Lotus Bakeries.

Luís Suárez

The next rich sportsman on our list is the forward of Barcelona who also plays for the national team of Uruguay. His income as informed by Forbes is 23 million Euros. As you have already understood the tendency, the biggest part of this money (18 million) is salary and different bonuses and the rest (5 million) is income from advertising contracts with sponsors (Pepsi, Adidas, Abitab).

Sergio Aguero

The forward of Manchester City is also on our list and he as well earns much, not as much as Messi, but still, the sum impress. For the year Sergio Aguero managed to earn 17 million Euros as salary and bonuses and 7 million Euros from deals with sponsors. In total, his revenue is 24 million Euros. Such well-known companies as EA Sports, Puma, and Pepsi have signed contracts with the 29-year-old footballer.

Wayne Rooney

One more representative of the famous club Manchester is on our list with the revenue of 26 million Euros.  The club has paid him 20 million Euros and six more million came to his pocket from sponsors. Such companies as Harper Collins and Nike have chosen him to represent their names on the field.

Gareth Bale

The next footballer on our list is the richest player in Wales and plays for the national team of his native country. Gareth Bale has managed to enrich his bank account for 34 million Euros for the previous year. 24 million of this amount is salary and bonuses and 10 more million from advertising deals with Sony Xperia, Adidas, Ziptel, BT Sport.

Neymar

Critics and some teammates of Neymar believe that for the Brazilian forward his personal interests are more important than the interests of his team. Even if it sounds like the truth, Neymar made his best to be included to the Forbes list of the wealthiest football players in the world. His income for the last year is estimated to be 36 million Euros. In this particular case, the player managed to get from sponsors more than the club paid as a salary and bonuses. So, Neymar got 22 million Euros from such companies as Panasonic, Rexona, Nike, and Clear and 14 million, respectively, from Barcelona football club.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Smoothly we have come to three leaders of our rating. On the third place, we have the forward of Sweden national team. The year 2016, has brought to his account 37 million Euros. From this amount, 30 million was paid by the Paris Club as salary and bonuses and the rest 7 million came to his pocket from advertisement contracts. He represented Vitamin Well, Nike, and Volvo.

Lionel Messi

On the second and first place are two footballers with household names. These two are always compared and breathe down each other’s neck. As you have already understood, Leo Messi is the second richest player on the Forbes list. Despite the second position on the list of the richest, Messi is considered by experts and fans as the best player in the football history.

If to return to the question of Messi’s revenue in 2016, he earned a huge sum amounting to 77 million Euros. Barcelona has paid its star 51 million as salary and bonuses, also Messi managed to make 26 million on advertising deals with Lays, Turkish Airlines, EA Sports, Gatorade, and Adidas.

We are sure you will not be surprised to see the name of the next football star as the leader of our rating. Of course, it is Cristiano Ronaldo. He holds this position this year as well. In 2016, he received for 5 million more than Messi and this makes him the richest. Cristiano’s salary and bonuses in Real have brought him 53 million Euros and contracts with sponsors (Pestana Hotel Group and Capital, Herbalife, Clear For Men, Tag Heuer, and Nike) enriched his bank account for 29 million.

Source: http://newswire.net/newsroom/news/00100125-top-10-richest-footballers-in-the-world.html

Russian Scientists Arrested for Using Supercomputer for Crypto-Mining

(Newswire.net — February 14, 2018) –Mining is one way to obtain crypto currency but in order to have decent results one would need a strong computer that can calculate a huge amount of data in a reasonable amount of time.

Home build computer farms can do the trick if you have enough patience and wait for years. It also requires a lot of energy so when the electricity bill arrives, it is questionable if the whole endeavor was worthwhile.

The process would be much more efficient, however, if you have access to a supercomputer with an unlimited power supply. But that could be a bad idea especially if you are in Russia.

Scientists from one of the best guarded nuclear centers in Russia have been arrested by the state police, BBC cited the Russian news agency.

The scientists have been accused of using computers designed for research to mine crypto-currencies.

The incident took place in the Federal Nuclear Center in Sarov, one of several that are completely closed off to the public, which serve exclusively for nuclear research, and they were created at the time of the Soviet Union alliance.
This site does not exist on any Russian map, and it is not expected that any such incidents occur in installations of such a covert profile, especially not activities related to crypto-mining.
It was announced that mining was stopped on time, and that the scientists conducting the mining have been handed over to the authorities to prosecute them. Some reports state that crypto-criminals allegedly used a super-computer center to mine Bitcoin, since mining requires a significant processing power, which such a device can certainly provide.
Using a supercomputer from one of the most heavily guarded cites in the world to turn a profit is a bold move, but the way the scientists though they could get away with it and have no one notice is surprisingly stupid for guys that are supposed to be among the smartest people on the planet.

The abused device was in offline mode in order to be protected from hacking attacks. When the scientists tried to connect it to the Internet to start mining the supercomputer alarmed the security team, who then called on the Russian Federal Service.
The forbidden city of Sarov is one of the top secret scientific cities of the Soviet era specially designed only for scientists and their families. Its nuclear research facility is surrounded by a tightly guarded no-man’s-land, with barbed wire fences to keep the curious away. The facility’s supercomputer has a capacity of 1 petaflop, the equivalent of 1,000 trillion calculations per second, Russian news agencies reported.

 

Source: http://newswire.net/newsroom/news/00100116-russian-scientists-arrested-for-using-supercomputer-for-crypto-mining.html

Trump Plans to Privatize the International Space Station

(Newswire.net — February 13, 2018) –NASA plans to cancel funding of the International Space Station, the Washington Post reports.

The paper refers to the NASA document that transferring the ISS into the corporative hands should be ready by 2024. It is not disclosed, however, which corporation is interested to by the space station, but question remains is the ISS US’s to sell?

Although the US is the larger financial contributor the International Space Station is developed and maintained by Russia, Japan, Canada and many EU countries summed up under the term the European Partner.

The White House reported last year that the International Space Station cost the US tax payers around $4 billion a year and the government is going to stop funding it.

Claiming it would be better for the US if the ISS is handed to a corporation, the Trump’s administration, however, don’t want to cut ties with this space program. It rather looks for a partner in private sector to pay a bill for “certain elements or capabilities”.

“The decision to end direct federal support for the ISS in 2025 does not imply that the platform itself will be deorbited at that time – it is possible that industry could continue to operate certain elements or capabilities of the ISS as part of a future commercial platform,” the document reads.

The US has spent nearly $100 billion building and operating the ISS since it was established. The funding of ISS was extended by NASA and its Russian counterpart, Roscosmos, who stated that if US pull the plug funding the ISS it would detach its modules from the space station.

The Russian Federation also offered a plan to introduce China as a partner to maintain the ISS as it is.

On the other side, the Trump’s administration is looking to sell the ISS to the highest bidder and some of the richest corporations in the world are not from the US.

The legal owners of the ISIS, however, might say something about it. According the International document signed in 1995, the ownership over the ISS is shared between the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and each co-operating Space Agency: European Space Agency (ESA), Canadian Space Agency (CSA), Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos), and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA).

The conclusion is that if the US stop funding the ISS the China may cut in, but the US has no legal right to decide the future of the Space Station without it’s partners.

Source: http://newswire.net/newsroom/news/00100081-trump-plans-to-privatize-the-international-space-station.html

Uma Thurman Spoke about Weinstein’s Attack

(Newswire.net — February 10, 2018) –At the end of last year, Uma Thurman revealed she also has a Harvey Weinstein story, but she is still too angry to share it with the world.

The actress told The New York Times, she didn’t really want to talk about it, however, she did share unpleasant memories with the newspaper.

“The complicated feeling I have about Harvey is how bad I feel about all the women that were attacked after I was,” she told reporter Maureen Dowd.

After the success of “Pulp Fiction”, the actress worked with Weinstein on other big films like the hugely successful “Kill Bill”. She met with Weinstein alone in numerous occasions when he was complimenting her work as an actress. She once even followed him to the steam room of a Parisian hotel as she was told, but she missed the signs and found herself in her boots and a leather outfit in a sauna with Weinstein in spa robe.  When she naively asked about what’s going on, he madly stormed out, the actress told Dowd.

“This is ridiculous, what are you doing?’ And he was getting very flustered and mad and he jumped up and ran out,” she remembers the incident.

An attack, however, came not long after their Paris incident in Weinstein’s suite at the Savoy Hotel in London.

“It was such a bat to the head. He pushed me down. He tried to shove himself on me. He tried to expose himself. He did all kinds of unpleasant things,” the actress said explaining how she tried “wriggling away, like a lizard,” to avoid rape.

Uma Thurman said Weinstein started sending flowers but never apologized. She avoided him as much as she could, but Weinstein was an executive producer of Tarantino’s Kill Bill movie so she had to meet him again. The actress agreed to meet with the producer in the Savoy bar, to talk about the project. Weinstein’s assistant however told her it was a misunderstanding and that the producer is waiting for her in his apartment in the hotel.

The actress did learn her lesson, however, but also had courage to face the predator. She knew what would happen next. The assistant “vanished” leaving her alone with the Hollywood Monster as newspaper later dubbed Weinstein.

Thurman then warned the producer, “If you do what you did to me to other people you will lose your career, your reputation and your family, I promise you.”

Later, the actress said Weinstein threatened to derail her carrier.

 

Source: http://newswire.net/newsroom/news/00100027-uma-thurman-spoke-about-weinstein-s-attack.html