Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, November 15, 2017 – Providenciales – Traffic Officers of the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force are investigating a fatal accident that occurred last night (Tuesday 14th November 2017) around 6:18 pm on South Dock Road, Providenciales where a 23-year-old female lone passenger of a Silver Nissan Murano succumbed to injuries after the vehicle collided into a wall.Investigations are ongoing to determine the circumstances that caused the accident and the exact cause of the death.The RT&CIPF are appealing for any witnesses to this accident to contact them.ArrestsDetectives of the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force are continuing investigations into a number of reports and have successfully arrested and charged numerous persons.As a result of investigations, On Thursday 5th October 2017, an 18-year-old male of Providenciales was arrested and charged with two counts of Possession of Cannabis, Handling Stolen Goods, Burglary and Taking Motor Vehicle without Authority. He was taken to court and is remanded to Her Majesty’s Prison (HMP).Also on Friday 20th October, a 40 year old male of Grand Turk was arrested and given 30 charges (10 counts of Forgery, 10 counts of Theft of a Chose in action and 10 counts of Uttering Forged document) in connection with reports made on Tuesday 10th October and Thursday 19th October 2017 by two different complainants. He was taken to court and given bail.On Tuesday 7th November 2017, two males of Providenciales, ages 17 and 22 years old were arrested and charged with Possession of Controlled Drugs namely Cannabis. Both were taken to court and given bail.A 25-year-old male of Providenciales was arrested and charged with Burglary in connection with a report made on Friday 13th October 2017. He was taken to court and also given bail.Two (2) males of Providenciales, ages 22 and 26 years old were arrested for numerous serious offences after a report was made on Tuesday 18th July 2017. On Monday 6th November, The twenty-two year old was arrested and later charged with three (3) counts of kidnapping, two (2) counts of Robbery, three (3) counts of rape, three (3) counts of possession of imitation firearm with intent to cause fear and taking motor vehicle without authority. He was taken to court and later remanded to Her Majesty’s Prison. The twenty-six year old was arrested on Thursday 9th October 2017 on suspicion of Robbery, Kidnapping and rape. He is remanded in police custody for fourteen (14 days) orders of the court.Also, a 34-year-old male of Providenciales is presently in Police custody after he was arrested on Tuesday 14th November 2017 on suspicion of Robbery and Attempted Murder in connection with a report made on 11th October 2010.On Friday 10th November 2017, Financial Crimes Detectives arrested a male of Nassau Bahamas for Uttering Forged in connection with a report made on the 4th August 2017. He is presently on $50,000 police bail.Press Release: RT&CIPf Related Items:
Game of ThronesGame of Thrones Official FacebookSo, the final season of Game of Thrones is right around the corner and fans are losing their minds in anticipation.There are a whole bunch of theories out there that are starting to get some credibility ahead of the final season’s premiere.And it seems that HBO is adding to the hype by dropping hints about who could actually end up on the Iron Throne.Be warned. Spoilers abound. Emilia Clarke as Daenerys TargaryenHBOReportedly HBO posted a photo of the inky black throne, and if you didn’t look close enough, you might have missed that the throne is actually the head of Daenerys Targaryen’s dragon Drogon. Danerys Targaryen’s dragon resplendent or at the very least adorning the throne could mean two things, either Daenerys won or somebody else did and took Drogon as a trophy.But it seems that Daenerys Targaryen may not make it after all, as signs point to her dying in the White Walker war. And this theory seems more credible as Daenerys is a fan favourite character and Game of Thrones is known for killing off its fan-favourite characters.The final season of Game of Thrones will air in April and will have six episodes. So, fans can expect every moment of every episode to be packed with epic moments. And apparently, the cast and crew have been saying their goodbyes while also teasing the end of the series to their friends and loved ones. Sophie Turner recently confessed to revealing the ending to her friends. It seems that everyone wants to know who will end up on the Iron Throne. We can’t wait for the final season of Game of Thrones. You can check out the video here:
Small toy figures are seen between displayed US flag and Linkedin logo in this illustration picture on 30 August. Photo: ReutersThe United States’ top spy catcher said Chinese espionage agencies are using fake LinkedIn accounts to try to recruit Americans with access to government and commercial secrets, and the company should shut them down.William Evanina, the US counter-intelligence chief, told Reuters in an interview that intelligence and law enforcement officials have told LinkedIn, owned by Microsoft Corp, about China’s “super aggressive” efforts on the site.He said the Chinese campaign includes contacting thousands of LinkedIn members at a time, but he declined to say how many fake accounts US intelligence had discovered, how many Americans may have been contacted and how much success China has had in the recruitment drive.German and British authorities have previously warned their citizens that Beijing is using LinkedIn to try to recruit them as spies. But this is the first time a US official has publicly discussed the challenge in the United States and indicated it is a bigger problem than previously known.Evanina said LinkedIn should look at copying the response of Twitter, Google and Facebook, which have all purged fake accounts allegedly linked to Iranian and Russian intelligence agencies.“I recently saw that Twitter is cancelling, I don’t know, millions of fake accounts, and our request would be maybe LinkedIn could go ahead and be part of that,” said Evanina, who heads the US National Counter-Intelligence and Security Centre.It is highly unusual for a senior US intelligence official to single out an American-owned company by name and publicly recommend it take action. LinkedIn boasts 562 million users in more than 200 counties and territories, including 149 million US members.Evanina did not, however, say whether he was frustrated by LinkedIn’s response or whether he believes it has done enough.LinkedIn’s head of trust and safety, Paul Rockwell, confirmed the company had been talking to US law enforcement agencies about Chinese espionage efforts. Earlier this month, LinkedIn said it had taken down “less than 40” fake accounts whose users were attempting to contact LinkedIn members associated with unidentified political organizations. Rockwell did not say whether those were Chinese accounts.“We are doing everything we can to identify and stop this activity,” Rockwell told Reuters. “We’ve never waited for requests to act and actively identify bad actors and remove bad accounts using information we uncover and intelligence from a variety of sources including government agencies.”Rockwell declined to provide numbers of fake accounts associated with Chinese intelligence agencies. He said the company takes “very prompt action to restrict accounts and mitigate and stop any essential damage that can happen” but gave no details.LinkedIn “is a victim here,” Evanina said. “I think the cautionary tale … is, ‘You are going to be like Facebook. Do you want to be where Facebook was this past spring with congressional testimony, right?’” he said, referring to lawmakers’ questioning of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Russia’s use of Facebook to meddle in the 2016 US elections.China’s foreign ministry disputed Evanina’s allegations.“We do not know what evidence the relevant US officials you cite have to reach this conclusion. What they say is complete nonsense and has ulterior motives,” the ministry said in a statement.Ex-Cia Officer EnsnaredEvanina said he was speaking out in part because of the case of Kevin Mallory, a retired CIA officer convicted in June of conspiring to commit espionage for China.A fluent Mandarin speaker, Mallory was struggling financially when he was contacted via a LinkedIn message in February 2017 by a Chinese national posing as a headhunter, according to court records and trial evidence.The individual, using the name Richard Yang, arranged a telephone call between Mallory and a man claiming to work at a Shanghai think tank.During two subsequent trips to Shanghai, Mallory agreed to sell US defence secrets – sent over a special cellular device he was given – even though he assessed his Chinese contacts to be intelligence officers, according to the US government’s case against him. He is due to be sentenced in September and could face life in prison.While Russia, Iran, North Korea and other nations also use LinkedIn and other platforms to identify recruitment targets, the US intelligence officials said China is the most prolific and poses the biggest threat.US officials said China’s Ministry of State Security has “co-optees” – individuals who are not employed by intelligence agencies but work with them – set up fake accounts to approach potential recruits.They said the targets include experts in fields such as supercomputing, nuclear energy, nanotechnology, semi-conductors, stealth technology, health care, hybrid grains, seeds and green energy.Chinese intelligence uses bribery or phony business propositions in its recruitment efforts. Academics and scientists, for example, are offered payment for scholarly or professional papers and, in some cases, are later asked or pressured to pass on US government or commercial secrets.Some of those who set up fake accounts have been linked to IP addresses associated with Chinese intelligence agencies, while others have been set up by bogus companies, including some that purport to be in the executive recruiting business, said a senior US intelligence official, who requested anonymity in order to discuss the matter.The official said “some correlation” has been found between Americans targeted through LinkedIn and data hacked from the Office of Personnel Management, a US government agency, in attacks in 2014 and 2015.The hackers stole sensitive private information, such as addresses, financial and medical records, employment history and fingerprints, of more than 22 million Americans who had undergone background checks for security clearances.The United States identified China as the leading suspect in the massive hacking, an assertion China’s foreign ministry at the time dismissed as ‘absurd logic.‘Unparalleled Spying EffortAbout 70 per cent of China’s overall espionage is aimed at the US private sector, rather than the government, said Joshua Skule, the head of the FBI’s intelligence division, which is charged with countering foreign espionage in the United States.“They are conducting economic espionage at a rate that is unparalleled in our history,” he said.Evanina said five current and former US officials – including Mallory – have been charged with or convicted of spying for China in the past two and a half years.He indicated that additional cases of suspected espionage for China by US citizens are being investigated, but declined to provide details.US intelligence services are alerting current and former officials to the threat and telling them what security measures they can take to protect themselves.Some current and former officials post significant details about their government work history online – even sometimes naming classified intelligence units that the government does not publicly acknowledge.LinkedIn “is a very good site,” Evanina said. “But it makes for a great venue for foreign adversaries to target not only individuals in the government, formers, former CIA folks, but academics, scientists, engineers, anything they want. It’s the ultimate playground for collection.”
Journal information: Proceedings of the Royal Society B Study in bats and rodents offers insights on how viruses spread across species Explore further Big eared townsend bat (Corynorhinus townsendii) Credit: Public Domain This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. More information: Eran Amichai et al. Calling louder and longer: how bats use biosonar under severe acoustic interference from other bats, Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences (2015). DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2015.2064AbstractActive-sensing systems such as echolocation provide animals with distinct advantages in dark environments. For social animals, however, like many bat species, active sensing can present problems as well: when many individuals emit bio-sonar calls simultaneously, detecting and recognizing the faint echoes generated by one’s own calls amid the general cacophony of the group becomes challenging. This problem is often termed ‘jamming’ and bats have been hypothesized to solve it by shifting the spectral content of their calls to decrease the overlap with the jamming signals. We tested bats’ response in situations of extreme interference, mimicking a high density of bats. We played-back bat echolocation calls from multiple speakers, to jam flying Pipistrellus kuhlii bats, simulating a naturally occurring situation of many bats flying in proximity. We examined behavioural and echolocation parameters during search phase and target approach. Under severe interference, bats emitted calls of higher intensity and longer duration, and called more often. Slight spectral shifts were observed but they did not decrease the spectral overlap with jamming signals. We also found that pre-existing inter-individual spectral differences could allow self-call recognition. Results suggest that the bats’ response aimed to increase the signal-to-noise ratio and not to avoid spectral overlap. (Phys.org)—A trio of researchers with Tel-Aviv University has found that bats produce calls that are longer and more intense when among a crowd of others of their own kind as a means to hear themselves among the din. In their paper published in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B, Eran Amichai, Gaddi Blumrosen and Yossi Yovel describe lab experiments they conducted with trained bats to learn more about how bats contend with noise from surrounding bats. © 2015 Phys.org Citation: Bats found to produce longer and more intense calls when crowded by other bats (2015, December 24) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-12-longer-intense-crowded.html Bats famously use echo-location to avoid colliding with objects while flying and to zero in on moving prey such as insects, but how do they recognize their own echoed pings when traveling or hunting with a large group of other bats, all of whom are sending out pings of their own, creating a lot of competing noise? That is what the researchers with this new effort sought to learn. Some have suggested that the bats simply change the frequency of their tone, so that it can be differentiated from other bats, but no one had ever tested this theory.To learn more, the researchers trained several bats to land on a roost on command, and then set up speakers connected to a bat-sound emitting source next to the roost to mimic different numbers of bats in the area. They then listened in as the test bats changed their tones in response to the noise levels they encountered. The researchers found that the bats tended to increase the duration of the calls they made and to make them more intense when there were many competing tones from other bats, which the team termed severe interference. And contrary to conventional theory, they found little evidence of spectral shifts—when they did occur they did not decrease overlap with competing tones. The researchers refer to the noise made by several bats emitting noise at the same time as jamming, because, quite naturally it could lead to problems with individual bats hearing their own tones, which could be problematic during such events as landing—the researchers found that when the bats attempted a landing on a quiet roost, they generally produced short calls to ensure a soft landing. When approaching a noisy roost, on the other hand, they shifted to producing near continuous high intensity calls.