Rogers wireless customers across Canada are reporting a massive outage Monday for both voice and data services. The outage reports are largely stemming from Ontario, but it’s also impacting provinces from B.C to Prince Edward Island. Rogers apologized for the service interruptions, saying their team is “quickly working to restore services as soon as possible.” “We know how important it is to stay connected and are working hard to restore services for customers who are experiencing interruptions with wireless voice and data – residential and business wireline internet services are not impacted,” the telecommunications giant said in an emailed statement to Global News. “We sincerely apologize and thank our customers for their patience.” The communications company said the outage is also affecting Fido customers. There is still no word on when Rogers’ service will be restored. Some police in Ontario issued a warning saying if people call 911 they should not hang up because their communicators cannot call back.
Scientists from India and Russia have created edible food wrap for packaging produce, bakery, poultry, meat, and seafood. Designed to replace one of the most un-recycled materials on the planet, the wrap consists of natural ingredients that are safe for the environment and humans. The research, which was published in the Journal of Food Engineering, describes three types of food films based on the well-known naturally occurring seaweed biopolymer sodium alginate—a compound found within the cell walls of brown algae. “Its molecules have film-forming properties,” said Rammohan Aluru, senior researcher at the organic synthesis laboratory at Ural Federal University, and co-author of the paper. “The greatest advantage of sodium alginate is that it performs as liquid-gel in an aqueous medium.” Alginate molecules were cross-linked with a natural antioxidant ferulic acid (a derivative of cinnamic acid), and the delicious combination makes the film not only strong, but also homogeneous, more rigid, prolonging the life of the products, say the scientists.
The Chinese Communist Party’s Ministry of Science and Technology announced the country is constructing three additional biosafety level-4 labs and 88 biosafety level-3 labs. “China inaugurated the Biosecurity Law on Thursday, which is expected to further fortify the legal shield for the establishment and safe operation of more bio labs as China attaches greater importance to biosecurity as part of national security,” state-run outlet Global Times spun the new law. Global Times also quoted Wuhan University’s Deputy Director of Pathogen Biology, who described the law as “timely” and “provid[ing] a legal shield for scientific projects on biosafety, including infectious diseases. Deputy Minister of Science and Technology Xiang Libin revealed approval for the construction of three biosafety level-4 labs, or P4 labs, and 88 biosafety level-3 labs, or P3 labs. In April 2020, China had just two P4 labs in operation and 81 P3 labs in operation or approved to be built. These new projects represent an increase of over 100 percent in China’s existing P3 and P4 labs.
Conservative Party leader Erin O’Toole became the subject of controversy on Thursday after announcing his climate change plan which, among other things, involves a “consumer price on carbon.” The plan was immediately criticized by conservatives, who argue that the plan is essentially a carbon tax with some modifications. Rather than the government offering a rebate for taxes paid on carbon, Canadians would be contributing to a “carbon savings account” which allows them to save credits to purchase green items with a low carbon footprint. The move was especially controversial given O’Toole’s prior stance against the carbon tax, promising to abolish it after becoming Prime Minister if elected. In June of 2020, less than one year ago, O’Toole signed a pledge with the Canadian Taxpayers Federation promising to repeal and not replace the Trudeau carbon tax. “I, Erin O’Toole, promise that, if elected Prime Minister, I will: Immediately repeal the Trudeau carbon tax; and, Reject any future national carbon tax or cap-and-trade scheme.” The CTF slammed O’Toole for breaking his pledge after the Tories revealed their climate plan.
A Uighur woman exiled from the Chinese region of Xinjiang and now living in Turkey has given a chilling account of mass sterilizations committed against women of the ethnic minority from her own personal experience as a doctor. What the Chinese government has been extensively accused of doing with the Turkik Uighur population in the region is a modern-day genocide, easily comparable to the treatment of Jews in Nazi Germany. According to the overwhelming evidence, Uighurs are being detained in camps, tortured, sterilized and even killed en masse — to the point of decimating their population, according to some of the horrific reports. Chinese Communist Party officials claim they are merely seeking to combat terrorism, yet what they’re engaging in by every definition violates the U.N. Genocide Convention, of which China is a signatory. The Trump State Department notably classified the treatment of the Muslim minority as genocide, while the Biden State Department has been accused of going too soft on the authoritarian regime in the manner it has sought to address these atrocities.
Anyone born before the turn of the century has witnessed the world’s most recent revolution — a technological one, embedded in a virtual reality, but no less real. Many of us watched the rise and fall of dial-up internet, the replacement of the floppy disk and CD-ROM with digital downloads, and we saw our archaic Nokia and flip phones replaced by smart devices. With all of these developments in a brief 25 years, we can only wonder what happens next, right? Elon Musk‘s Neuralink Corp. released a three-minute video on April 8, revealing a 9-year-old macaque monkey playing video games via two of the company’s implantable brain chips, possibly answering that question with: brain-computer interfaces. A Neuralink voice-over explained that the company “records from more than 2000 electrodes implanted in the regions of the monkey’s motor cortex that coordinate hand and arm movements,” Reuters reported. “Using these data, we calibrate the decoder by mathematically modelling the relationship between patterns of neural activity and the different joystick movements they produce.