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Swipe left on Big Brother? Tinder adds user-tracking 'panic button,' because there's always a predator somewhere

tinder
© Reuters / Monica Almeida
Dating app Tinder has added a 'panic button' feature that tracks the user through a 'date' and allows them to surreptitiously notify authorities if they're in trouble. The company insists users are fine with the loss of privacy.

The precision location tracking feature lets Tinder users store details about their dates and their planned itinerary so that authorities can be quickly and comprehensively notified at the touch of a button should anything go awry. Triggering the panic button results in a text from Noonlight, the company behind the technology. If the user doesn't respond with reassurance that all is well, the emergency services are alerted.

Mandy Ginsberg, CEO of Tinder parent Match Group, insists users are fine with sacrificing their privacy for a nebulous promise of safety. "You are opting in to make sure people can help you if you are in need," she told the Wall Street Journal on Thursday, denying the location data would be used for marketing "or anything else." However, she also claimed the location data will stay with Noonlight, not Match, absolving the latter from responsibility for its ultimate uses.

Pirates

Two soldiers killed in roadside bomb attack in central Mali

Malian army
© AFP
Soldiers of the Barkhane Force and the Malian army patrol in a street of Menaka, in the region of Liptako, March 21, 2019.
At least two Malian soldiers have been killed and two others wounded by a roadside bomb in the latest wave of violence to hit volatile central Mali.

Mali army colonel Diarran Kone said on Wednesday that the soldiers were travelling to the town of Douentza, in the central region of Mopti, on Tuesday when their vehicle struck the bomb.

"The route we took was mined. My life was saved because I was (sitting) behind," one of the wounded troops told AFP.

Since 2012, Mali has been in a persisting conflict after Takfiri terrorists hijacked an uprising by Tuareg people, a large Berber ethnic confederation living across the Sahara Desert, in the north.

Black Cat

The Gambia, a 'paedo paradise' where British perverts buy African children and toddlers to rape

pedophiles the gambia
© My Story Media
A tourist wades into the sea with a small African child in The Gambia - where child sex abuse is rife
Gambian children are being sold to British paedophiles for as little as £2-a-time by their desperate parents, Sun Online can reveal.

Huge numbers of predators are taking advantage of lax laws in the poverty stricken African country to embark on sick child abuse holidays where they openly target little boys and girls.

Sun Online saw first hand how poor Gambian children can be vulnerable to British paedos when we visited the beach resorts that dot Kololi on the country's picturesque Atlantic coastline.

Our reporter was constantly shocked by the number of unaccompanied African minors he saw being cared for by middle-aged, Western men who did not appear to be their biological fathers.

Star of David

BDS succeeds in foiling Israeli 'whitewashing' medical event

BDS protest
© Unknown
Following pressure from BDS activists, several main speakers have canceled their appearance at the Israeli first-ever herbal-medicine conference, slated to take place in Poriya (which was built on the ruins of emptied Palestinian villages back in 1948) in Tiberias February 9-11.

The president of the American Herbalists Guild (AHG), Bevin Clare, also withdrew from the conference.

Other speakers including 7Song from the US and Danny O'Rawe from Northern Ireland announced that they would not be attending the conference as well.

The event was supposed to host other speakers, including the extremist settler Rebbetzin Chana Bracha Siegelbaum, a native of Denmark, who is a founder and director of Midreshet B'erot Bat Ayin: Holistic Torah for Women on the Land.

Siegelbaum, who is an illegal West Bank settler, has previously expressed extreme views, which claimed that the Palestinian people do not exist, the Palestinian refugees are a "myth", and that the West Bank is just a "major linguistic error" because it is not located exactly on the edge of the Jordan river, which makes it legal for Jews to build settlements there.

Fire

Australian fires claim US crew in firefighting plane crash

Aussie fire authorities
© NSW GOVERNMENT
Australian fire authorities: 'No survivors'
An air tanker has crashed in a fireball while fighting bushfires in Australia, killing the three people on board. Officials lost contact with the C-130 Hercules plane shortly before 13:30 local time (02:30 GMT) on Thursday.

The cause of the crash in the Snowy Mountains in New South Wales (NSW) state is not yet known. The victims were American residents.

More than 80 blazes are raging across the state after hot and windy conditions returned.

The plane crashed in an active fire zone south of Australia's capital, Canberra, said the NSW Rural Fire Service (NSW RFS). "The field reports are that the plane came down, it's crashed and there was a large fireball associated with that crash," said Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons. The last available flight data showed the aircraft - which is owned by a Canadian company - near Cooma. The three crew members have not been identified.

Beaker

Top Arizona court: Divorced woman can't use frozen embryos

Frozen embryos
A woman can't use her frozen embryos to have a baby over opposition from her ex-husband under terms of the contract they signed with a fertility clinic, the Arizona Supreme Court ruled Thursday.

The high court ruling ends a case that drew support from social conservative groups for the woman, Ruby Torres, who had her eggs fertilized prior to treatment for an aggressive cancer in 2014 that rendered her infertile. After the couple divorced in 2017, her ex-husband didn't want to have children together and asked the courts to order the fertilized eggs donated under terms of the contract.

A trial court ruled that the contract left it up to the courts to determine the fate of the embryos and then sided with the ex-husband, John Terrell, saying his interest in not having children he would be financially responsible for outweighed Torres' right to have a biological child.

The state Court of Appeals overturned that ruling last March, agreeing that the contract allowed courts to decide but saying Torres' rights to have children prevailed over Terrell's right not to become a father.

Ambulance

Coronavirus outbreak - China on edge of chaos: '7 cities, 23 million people under quarantine'

thermal scanners
© Reuters / China Daily
A Hankou Railway Station employee monitors thermal scanners that detect temperatures of passengers at a security check in Wuhan, China
Summary:
  • 7 Chinese cities, around 23 million people, effectively under quarantine
  • Multiple cases across the world - from Scotland to Singapore and USA
  • 634 Infected (according to Chinese officials)
  • 18 Dead (following 1st death outside Wuhan)
  • WHO says "not the time to declare a global health emergency"
"Make no mistake: This is an emergency in China," Tedros said. "But it has not yet become a global health emergency. It may yet become one."

Comment: Researchers have thrown out a few possible sources for the viral outbreak. One is snakes. Another is soup made from bats. The World Health Organization has praised China's swift response to the potential outbreak by quarantining 11mn in Wuhan. China's National Health Commission has provided the latest figures tracking the impact of the dangerous pathogen, with 131 newly confirmed infections bringing the total to 571 across some 25 Chinese provinces.

Beijing has canceled all major public events including Chinese New Year celebrations in response to the outbreak. Unsettling videos and images of the Chinese quarantine flooded social media amid the coronavirus outbreak:






Radar

Russia at least 5-10 years ahead, deploying hypersonic-detecting radars in arctic before US even acquired hypersonic missiles

military installation
© Fort Russ News
After all of the planned ten radars are deployed in the Russian Arctic, the "northeastern missile-defense area will be fully covered by the 'hunters' for hypersonic targets," a Russian military source stated, according to the Russian TASS news agency.

Russia's General Staff has decided to increase the number of latest state-of-the-art Rezonans-N radar stations in the Arctic, each capable of detecting five to ten hypersonic targets, a source in the defense industry told TASS on Monday.

Ambulance

Up to 40 Syrian troops killed, 80 injured as militants stage six attacks in Idlib - Russian military

Syrian Army fighter
© Sputnik / Mikhail Alaeddin
FILE PHOTO
Hundreds of fighters have attempted to break through Syrian Army lines, losing dozens of militants in the process while inflicting heavy casualties on government troops who eventually had to retreat.

Almost 600 fighters staged six attacks on Syrian forces, the Russian military's Reconciliation Center in Syria told the media on Thursday. "In the wake of the offensive, government troops left their positions in the southeastern part of the Idlib de-escalation zone," it said.

The message didn't reveal details of the firefight, but the number of casualties suggests that it was fierce and took a heavy toll on both sides. Up to 40 Syrian soldiers were killed and around 80 were wounded while repelling the attacks. Militants are thought to have lost up to 50 people with 90 injured.

Idlib is the last remaining province still held by rebels affiliated with Al-Qaeda and other Islamist groups. Lying on the Turkish border, it saw an array of ceasefires brokered by Moscow and Ankara over the past year and a half.

Handcuffs

Utah man arrested with $3.7 million worth of drugs found in his car

Drugs found in car
A Utah man was arrested in Arizona when he got caught with nearly $3.7 million worth of drugs in his car, authorities said.

Logan Lewis Pederson, 30, of Sandy had four different substances on him that tested positive for methamphetamine, cocaine, MDMA and THC, according to the Mohave County Sheriff's Office.

Officers found the drugs during a traffic stop on Interstate 15 near Beaver Dam and Littlefield, authorities said.