By The Canadian Press GRAND MANAN, N.B.—A spokesperson for New Brunswick fishermen based on Grand Manan Island says at least 10 Canadian fishing boats have been intercepted by U.S. Border Patrol agents since last week while fishing in the disputed waters around Machias Seal Island. Laurence Cook, chairman of the LFA 38 Lobster Advisory Board, says some Canadian vessels were boarded by agents who asked about possible illegal immigrants. Cook says he’s never before seen border patrol agents in the area, where the U.S. Coast Guard typically patrols. Machias Seal Island, which is about 19 kilometres southwest of Grand Manan Island and east of Maine, is in a disputed area known as the grey zone, where lobster fishermen from both Canada and the United States have long fished side by side. However, both Canada and the United States claim sovereign jurisdiction over the island and the surrounding 700 square kilometres at the mouth of the Bay of Fundy. Article … [Read more...] about U.S. Border Patrol questions crews of at least 10 fishing vessels in Canadian waters
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By John Schwartz The New York Times Sun., June 24, 2018 The Trump administration appears to be planning to shift the mission of one of the most important federal science agencies that works on climate change — away from climate change. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), which is part of the Department of Commerce, operates a constellation of earth-observing satellites. Because of its work on climate science data collection and analysis, it has become one of the most important U.S. agencies for making sense of the warming planet. But that focus may shift, according to a slide presentation at a Department of Commerce meeting by Tim Gallaudet, the acting head of the agency. In the presentation, which included descriptions of the past and present missions for the agency, the past mission listed three items, starting with “to understand and predict changes in climate, weather, oceans and coasts.” In contrast, for the present … [Read more...] about A leading U.S. climate agency may lose its climate focus
By Michael E. Miller Emma Brownm, Aaron C. Davis, The Washington Post Thu., June 14, 2018 BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS — For more than a year, the old Walmart along the Mexican border here has been a mystery to those driving by on the highway. In place of the supercenter’s trademark logo hangs a curious sign: “Casa Padre.” But behind the sliding doors is a bustling city unto itself, equipped with classrooms, recreation centres and medical examination rooms. Casa Padre now houses more than 1,400 immigrant boys, dozens of them forcibly separated from their parents at the border by a new Trump administration “zero-tolerance” policy. On Wednesday, for the first time since that policy was announced, and amid intense national interest after a U.S. senator was turned away, federal authorities allowed a small group of reporters to tour the secretive shelter, the largest of its kind in the nation. Inside, in what used to be a McDonald’s, … [Read more...] about Inside Casa Padre, the converted Walmart where the U.S. is holding nearly 1,500 immigrant children
U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said on Thursday the government has reached a deal with ZTE Corp that reverses a ban on its buying parts from U.S. suppliers, allowing China's No. 2 telecommunications equipment maker to get back into business. Under the deal, ZTE will change its board and management within 30 days, pay a $1 billion fine and put $400 million in escrow. The government will suspend the 10-year ban but it can activate the ban if there are any violations. "We will closely monitor ZTE's behavior," Ross said in a statement. "If they commit any further violations, we would again be able to deny them access to U.S. technology as well as collect the additional $400 million in escrow." ZTE ceased major operations in April after a seven-year ban was imposed on the company for breaking a 2017 agreement that was reached after it was caught illegally shipping goods to Iran and North Korea. Reuters reported exclusively on Tuesday that ZTE had signed a preliminary agreement with the … [Read more...] about News Chinese phone maker ZTE saved from brink after deal with U.S.
By Frank Bajak The Associated Press Wed., April 18, 2018 Russia denied accusations from the United States and Britain that its agents have planted malware on key components of the internet to spy on rivals, steal trade secrets and potentially launch cyberattacks. A Kremlin spokesman on Tuesday called the claim unfounded and “feeble.” In a joint statement Monday, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the FBI and the U.K.’s National Cyber Security Centre said the main targets in the alleged tampering of routers and other networking equipment include “government and private-sector organizations,” as well as providers of “critical infrastructure” and internet service providers. Read more: U.S. can permanently spy on, sabotage foreign computers, Kaspersky Lab report says Article Continued Below Canada developing arsenal of cyber-weapons NATO techies test defences with simulated cyber attacks “Victims were … [Read more...] about Russia denies ‘feeble’ U.S., U.K. charges of internet tampering