Zlati Meyer USA TODAY Published 5:23 AM EST Jan 10, 2019 The day after President Trump's televised address about why he wants $5.7 billion to build a security wall along the U.S.'s southern border, the federal government shutdown continues. It is affecting everything from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and airport security to the National Weather Service and business owners who want Small Business Administration loans. While some of those things you can temporarily do without — think trips to national parks — food is vital to life. On day 19 of the partial shutdown, here's a look at how what's going on in Washington, D.C., could impact your dinner. More: McDonald's goes bacon crazy: Cheesy Bacon Fries, Big Mac Bacon and Quarter Pounder Bacon More: Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and wife MacKenzie to divorce after 25 years of marriage More: Ready for 10G? As wireless carriers push 5G, cable industry makes a case to keep … [Read more...] about Government shutdown: How does it impact the food you eat?
How does airport security work
George Hobica Special to USA TODAY Published 5:00 AM EST Dec 18, 2018 Long lines are the bane of the airline passenger’s existence, especially during peak holiday travel. A cascade of them, from check-in to security to boarding, and then through immigration and customs clearance, isn’t just annoying: These lines can make you miss your flight, especially if navigating an unfamiliar airport, and more so if you arrive with little time to spare before takeoff, or if your connection is tight. Even “fast lane” departure and arrival lines, meant for business- and first-class passengers, when and where offered, provide no panacea. Lines are the great leveler, like death. You may have flown to London in first class but end up waiting in the same queue as the poor guy in the middle seat at the back of the plane by the lavatory. Here are some of the ways you can shorten the wait, or even eliminate waiting altogether. Government programs You’ve probably already … [Read more...] about Airport security: Hate lines? Pay to make them go away
There is growing concern over new technology that could be the future of airport security. The TSA has a new pilot program that uses facial recognition technology, instead of boarding passes and driver's licenses, at Los Angeles International Airport. At least two senators called on the Department of Homeland Security to slow down the expansion of the program until privacy and security concerns can be addressed, reports CBS News' Kris Van Cleave. The system compares your face to the picture on your passport stored in a secure government database. It has the potential to speed up the line, as flyers won't need a boarding pass or ID check to go through security, but critics say facial recognition doesn't work the same for everyone. "The passenger experience is enhanced because you don't have to fumble through your belongings to pull out multiple ID documents. You just walk up to the camera, pose for a photo and you're off on your way," said TSA executive adviser Melissa Conley.The TSA … [Read more...] about Facial recognition tech could shorten airport security lines, but is it accurate?
We've all done it. We’ve all played Football Manager, we’ve all done our homework and decided that this player is the one. We’ve scouted him, checked out his stats, worked out our budget and slapped in a bid. We’ve heard his club’s demands, heard the player’s demands, matched both and finalised the deal. Easy. Real life, though, tends to be a little more complex. How, though, are football transfers actually conducted? Former ECHO sports writer Neil Jones has taken a good look at the anatomy of a modern transfer deal. 1. The scouting Probably the most mysterious element, but absolutely crucial. After all, if you want to make sure a transfer is a success, it helps to start by having the right player involved. Football scouting is an evolving industry. The days of the old-school scout, making instinctive judgements from the stands, are not quite over, but they are fading, particularly at the top level. Many clubs now use computer programmes, such as … [Read more...] about How transfer deals really work
The detention and release of anti-corruption campaigner Bill Browder in Spain has again cast an unfavourable spotlight on Russia. Police in Madrid picked up Mr Browder on a warrant issued by Russia before setting him free on the advice of Interpol's secretary general Jurgen Stock in Lyon, France. The former investment fund boss, born in Chicago but of British nationality, believes he was detained by order of the Kremlin on false tax evasion accusations as revenge for his work with US Congress to pass the Magnitsky Act. Read more Putin critic Browder detained in Spain after Russian arrest warrant But what is that law and how does it relate to President Vladimir Putin? The Russia and Modova Jackson-Vanik Repeal and Sergei Magnistsky Rule of Law Accountability Act of 2012 takes its shortened name from Russian lawyer Sergei Magnitsky, who uncovered a tangled web of tax fraud in 2008 involving 23 companies and $230m linked to high-ranking officials … [Read more...] about What is the Magnitsky Act and how does it relate to a British anti-corruption campaigner’s arrest in Spain?