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Facebook drone set for test flights
Facebook says it will begin test
flights later this year of a solar-
powered drone with the wingspan
of a Boeing 737, which is part of
the next stage of its campaign to
deliver internet ser vice to remote
parts of the world.
Engineers working for the global
social network giant say they have
constructed a drone with a 40m
wingspan but which weighs less
It will use lasers to send internet
signals to stations on the ground.
The project is part of a broader
effort by Facebook that also
contemplates using satellites and
other high-tech gear to deliver
internet connectivity to hundreds
of millions of people living in
regions too remote for conventional
Facebook rival Google is
experimenting with high-altitude
balloons and satellites in a
programme that has similar goals.
Aquila, a drone with a 40m wingspan built by social media company Facebook.
Zimbabwe wildlife authorities have
dismissed rumours that a second lion,
known as Jericho, had been slain after
the killing last month of Cecil the lion
by an American trophy hunter caused a
“The lion known as Jericho is still alive
and being monitored by Brent Stapelias
of the Lion Research Project,” Zimbabwe
Parks and Wildlife Management
Authority said in a statement.
“ It is also important to note that Jericho
is a ‘coalition’ partner to Cecil and not a
blood related sibling,” it said.
The conser vation group Zimbabwe
Conser vation Task Force had said at
the weekend it had been “ informed” of
the death of Jericho, described as Cecil’s
The announcement was swiftly picked
up by global media, causing consternation
among animal lovers who were outraged
by Walter Palmer’s killing of Zimbabwe’s
best-known lion, renowned for its black
mane, outside Hwange park.
But the Friends of Hwange Trust
urged the public to treat the ZCTF’s
announcement about Jericho with caution,
saying the reports “appear to be untrue”.
Palmer, a wealthy Minnesota dentist,
shot Cecil with a crossbow and arrow
earlier this month during a hunt that
cost him $55,000.
His guide, Theo Bronkhorst, has denied
allegations that they spent the next 40
hours tracking the wounded animal
before finishing him off with a gun,
instead saying they found the lion early
the next morning and killed it with the
Palmer has apologised and said he was
misled by Bronkhorst.
But Bronkhorst said on Friday that they
had “shot an old male lion that I believed
was past his breeding age. I don’t think
that I’ve done anything wrong”.
Bronkhorst, who was charged last week
with “failing to prevent an illegal hunt ”,
claimed both he and Palmer had been
“devastated” when they realised Cecil
was wearing a collar.
Cecil was a popular tourist draw at the
park and was being monitored for an
Oxford University research project.
extradition as worldwide outrage over
the shooting swelled. US authorities
have opened a probe into the killing.
A giant picture of Cecil was among
images projected on to the Empire State
Building in New York on Saturday, as
Palmer was branded by US talk show
host Jimmy Kimmel as “the most hated
man in America”.
The cyber security issues that led
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV to
recall 1.4 million vehicles this month
could pose a problem for cars and
trucks from other car makers, the
top United States car safety regulator
said at the weekend.
Mark Rosekind, who heads the
National Highway Traffic Safety
Administration, said his watchdog
agency is trying to determine how
many car makers have received radios
from the company that supplied Fiat
“The supplier did not supply radios
to just Chrysler but to a lot of other
manufacturers,” Rosekind said. “A lot
of our work now is trying to find out
how broad the vulnerability could
Rosekind did not identify the radio
supplier. Charlie Miller, one of two
hacking experts who uncovered
the problem, said the radio was a
Uconnect system from Harman
International Industries Inc. Harman
officials were not available for
The potential raises the possibility
of more car maker recalls over
hacking vulnerabilities, an issue
that has grabbed the attention
of regulators, lawmakers and the
public. On Thursday, a researcher
warned that hackers could exploit
a security flaw in a mobile app for
General Motors Co’s On Star vehicle
In the first action of its kind for the
auto industry, Fiat Chrysler last week
announced the recall of 1.4 million
US vehicles to install software to
prevent hackers from gaining remote
control of the engine, steering and
The announcement by FCA US
LLC, formerly Chrysler Group
cybersecurity researchers had used
a wireless connection to turn off a
Jeep Cherokee’s engine as it drove,
increasing concerns about the safety
of internet-enabled vehicles.
Chrysler’s telematics system to
break into a volunteer’s Cherokee
being driven on the highway and
issue commands to the engine,
steering and brakes.
“This is the shot across the bow.
Everybody’s been saying ‘cyber
security’. Now you’ve got to step up,”
“ You’ve got to see the entire
industry proactively dealing with
NHTSA has already been in contact
with the Jeep Cherokee researchers
and hopes to learn more not only
about their work but how serious a
reaction they have seen from the auto
“ It’s not just about the hack. It ’s
what the response from the industry
has been to see whether or not their
issues have been acknowledged and
what they ’re planning. That ’s the
part we have to see going for ward,”
Rosekind said NHTSA is also
potential issues involving GM’s On
Star, but has not begun a formal
investigation. — Reuters
Car computer hacking risk may exceed Chrysler
Donald Trump has said
he tries to pay as little
tax as possible, and kept
Americans in suspense as
to whether he will release
his tax returns.
That disclosure is a staple
for American presidential
Clinton did so on Friday,
making public the returns of her and
husband Bill for the past seven years.
Over the years the duo have released
their tax returns going back to the 1970s.
Trump, the brash, trash-talking real
estate mogul leading the crowded pack
of Republican hopefuls as they prepare
for their first debate this week, did the
rounds of United States morning talk
shows again yesterday. He was on three
Among other things, he said President
Barack Obama, the nation’s first
African-American president, has done
little for blacks in America.
“I thought he would do a fabulous job
for the African-American citizens of
this country. He has done nothing. They
are worse now than just about ever,”
Trump said on ABC’s This
On national security,
asked if he
would bring back the
practice of interrogating
said he is sure the torture
“ When you see the other
side chopping off heads,
sound very severe,” Trump
On money and taxes, Trump said
on CBS’s Face the Nation that as a
businessman, and like every other
American, he tries to pay as little as
Another reason is that “I hate the way
our government spends our taxes. I hate
the way they waste our money ”.
Trump, who has said he is worth more
than $US10 billion ($15.17 billion), told
CBS he has “no major problem” with
disclosing his tax returns.
Trump will almost certainly be the
centre of attention of at Thursday ’s
televised debate among the top 10
Republican hopefuls in Cleveland,
Ohio. A total of 17 are running for the
nomination. — AFP
Rescuers are searching for 20 villagers
feared killed in a landslide in remote
north-east India, as the death toll from
recent floods elsewhere in the country
On Saturday, the side of a hill collapsed
on to a village in Manipur State close to
the border with Myanmar.
Monsoon downpours in that country
have also triggered landslides and
Local magistrate Memi Mary said
rescuers reached the crushed village
after being flown by helicopter and then
trekking as blocked roads hampered
access to the site, some 80km from State
“So far we have reports of 20 people
killed when a hillock caved and trapped
the villagers,” the magistrate said by
telephone from the nearby town of
Photos showed a bridge washed away
by floodwaters in Manipur after days of
torrential rain, while television stations
showed footage of a house collapsing
and families sleeping in makeshift
In West Bengal, some 42 people have
been killed in the last week from floods,
while some 250,000 homes have been
destroyed, State disaster management
minister Javed Ahmad Khan said.
“The situation is going to worsen. All
rivers are flowing above their danger
marks,” Khan said.
Flooding in West Bengal has spiked
in recent days after the remnants of
Cyclone Komen swept across the State
from the Bay of Bengal.
The national government said late last
night that rescue operations were under
way in the northern State of Rajasthan
where 28 people have died since the
monsoon started in June, and about half
of those in recent days.
Another five people perished in Orissa
State where the ministry said rescue
operations were also under way.
In the far western State of Gujarat,
the death toll from floods has reached
53, after more drownings, electrocutions
and other incidents. — AFP
20 feared dead in landslide
Man bailed for
does a runner
A Victorian man who skipped bail
while on weekend release to attend his
own wedding has a history of absconding.
The runaway groom, who has not
been named, is a violent criminal who
has skipped bail three times in the past,
Victorian police chief commissioner
Graham Ashton says.
Despite police opposition he was
granted bail by County Court judge
Richard Maidment on July 24 after he
argued he would other wise forfeit the
$6000 deposit for his wedding festivities.
It is believed he did a runner while his
new bride was in the shower to avoid
returning to jail.
Mr Ashton said the 33-year-old had
been known to police for some time and
has had previous access to guns.
“Some of the people he’s associating
with seem to connect him to some of the
bikie gang side of things,” he said.
Police had to accept the courts
decisions on granting bail but they had
set up a fugitive taskforce to catch bail
jumpers. — A AP
Teen stabbed at gay
parade in Israel dies
Hundreds of mourners have
gathered at various locations
throughout Israel, lighting candles
and singing songs in memory of a
teen who died of wounds sustained
in a stabbing at Jerusalem’s gay
Doctors at Jerusalem’s Hadassah
Ein Karem hospital worked for
three days to save the life of 16-year-
old Shira Banki, but in vain.
participated in the parade in
support of a friend.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin
tolerance” towards hate crimes.
Just a day after the late Thursday
stabbing of the girl by an ultra-
Orthodox fanatic, suspected Jewish
extremists torched to death a
Palestinian baby in the northern
West Bank early on Friday.
“S hira was murdered because she
courageously supported the idea
that everyone is entitled to live
their lives in dignity and safety,”
Netanyahu said in a message of
“ We are determined to fight
aggressively against the phenomena
of hatred, fanaticism and terrorism
by any side,” he earlier told his
cabinet in Jerusalem.
“O ver the last days, we witnessed
despicable crimes,” he said, promising
to bring their perpetrators to justice.
“O ur policy towards such crimes
is zero tolerance.”
Five others were injured on
Thursday when the stabber, who
had just finished ser ving 10 years
in jail for injuring marchers at the
2005 Jerusalem gay pride parade,
repeated his crime despite a massive
The next day, suspected Jewish
extremists threw a firebomb into
the northern West Bank home
of the Dawabshe family as they
slept, killing 18-month-old Ali and
seriously injuring his parents and
four-year-old brother. The Hebrew
word for revenge and a star of
David were sprayed on a wall.
In the wake of Thursday’s
stabbings and Friday’s arson,
thousands of Israelis took to the
streets late on Saturday in anti-hate
crimes rallies in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem
and elsewhere in the country.
President Reuven Rivlin said
at the Jerusalem rally that Jewish
radicalism was “wreaking havoc” in
Israeli society and he was “ashamed”.
“Every society has extremist
fringes, but today, we have to ask,
what is it in the public atmosphere
which allows extremism and
extremists to walk in confidence in
broad daylight?” Rivlin asked.
Threats against Rivlin have
appeared on his Facebook page,
calling him a “traitor” and a
“president of Arabs” for his
vehement condemnation of the
arson in the northern West Bank.
The fire in Douma near Nablus
sparked clashes in east Jerusalem
and the West Bank. A 17-year-old
Palestinian throwing stones and a
fire bomb was fatally shot on Friday
by Israeli soldiers near Ramallah.
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