Price, Del Norte too much for Tigers

first_imgArcata High lost to Del Norte 45-12 Friday night at the Redwood Bowl.“We’re gonna go back to work tomorrow and we’re gonna start game planning,” Arcata head coach Jamal Jones said. “We look at these mistakes and we get better from them.”Arcata started strong when Paul Lauermann beat his man and caught a 46 yard completion down the sideline from quarterback Matthew Robinson. Arcata then moved into the Del Norte redzone. Arcata was unable to capitalize on their big play as they were stuffed on …last_img read more

Anti-Racism Week: recommitting to non-racialism

first_imgAhead of Anti-Racism Week, starting on 14 March, struggle stalwart Ahmed Kathrada reflects on the reasons South Africa should come out in support of the initiative. He said the movement was not only needed, but also long overdue. Ahmed Kathrada with students of Crawford College. (Image: Supplied)• Multimedia: South Africa, the United Nations and apartheid• Robert Sobukwe: South Africa’s non-racial Africanist• How our African neighbours helped end apartheid• South Africans championing human rights• Ginwala helped shape South Africa’s history Ahmed KathradaA few days ago, I was invited to speak at a Gauteng school ahead of Anti-Racism Week.As I walked on stage, I could not help but marvel at what I saw: a gathering of young people of all races, attending the same school, sitting next to each other on the same floor, attentively listening to talks about racism, discrimination and human rights. For me, this was a snapshot of what South African society is capable of practically achieving through the bridging of racial divides.I remarked, that these young people could teach their parents a thing or two about non-racialism!The visit to the school formed part of activities for national Anti-Racism Week, which officially runs from 14 to 21 March. The campaign is being launched by the Anti-Racism Network South Africa (ARNSA), which comprises some 80 organisations and is driven by the Ahmed Kathrada and Nelson Mandela Foundations.Anti-Racism Week is something new for South Africa, and comes at a time of heightened racial tension in the country. The initiative is not only needed, but is long overdue.I am inspired by the key message of this campaign, which challenges people to #TakeOnRacism. Ahmed Kathrada comes out in support of Anti-Racism week, taking place from 14 to 21 March 2016. (Image: Supplied)It calls on all sectors of society – sport, arts and culture, business, schools and universities, government, civil society, professionals, faith based institutes and media – to unite to challenge this scourge. Very much like the United Democratic Front of the 1980s, ARNSA aims to mobilise the broadest section of society to address a common cause. Back then, it was about crippling the apartheid state. Now, it is about tackling the racism that never really left after 1994.My wish is that every South African supports Anti-Racism Week and gets involved in, or hosts, activities aimed at addressing the issue of race. I would want to see this campaign empowering individuals, organisations and communities to learn and talk about, and speak out and act against all forms of racism – be it personal, institutional, structural or cyber-racism.Combatting racism is not the job of one organisation, a few people or government alone. It is incumbent upon all individuals and institutions. It is not only about securing one’s own rights, but about entrenching the collective dignity of our people.Racism squanders human potential. For us to prosper, we all have to deal with this problem, now.Two years ago, I addressed a special sitting of the United Nations. In my speech, I called for an alternative vision to the global resurgence of racism. At the time, I wondered about the possibilities of the equivalent of the “Greenpeace of anti-racism” – a global civil society movement against discrimination. I added that “the ideal would be to strive towards creating a global anti-racism network to focus on anti-racism education training in all schools across the world. It is the youth that we must educate to prevent them from repeating the foolishness of their parents.”I believe that the formation of ARNSA and the Anti-Racism Week initiative is a step in the right direction. It may not be international as yet. However, it has the hallmarks of a campaign that can be rooted locally, but can also take on global significance.For me, this initiative is a vehicle that drives us ever closer to the horizon of a truly non-racial future – a future where all children, of all races have the same access to opportunities, and where the colour of their skin is not a defining or dividing factor in their lives. When we support Anti-Racism Week, this is the vision that we commit to.For more information on how to participate in Anti-Racism Week, visit www.arnsa.org.zalast_img read more

The Wonder of Wheat

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Emily UnglesbeeDTN Staff ReporterROCKVILLE, Md. (DTN) — It was another record-setting year for the National Wheat Yield Contest, which announced its 2019 winners Tuesday. Three winners topped 200 bushels per acre (bpa), with Rick Pearson of Buhl, Idaho, gleaning top yield honors with a 211.59-bpa irrigated winter wheat entry.Close behind him was Marc Arnusch of Keenesburg, Colorado, whose irrigated winter wheat field reached 210.52 bpa, and Phillip Gross, whose irrigated winter wheat field in Warden, Washington, hit 200.48 bpa.DTN/Progressive Farmer is the official media outlet of the contest, which is sponsored by the National Wheat Foundation.This year, the results of the annual competition cast a spotlight on the widely varying wheat-growing regions of the U.S.First, there is Pearson, who, from the rich, river-fed soils of his southern Idaho farm, grew a field of densely packed, soft white winter wheat bursting with nearly 212 bushels per acre.Then there is Shawn Kimbrell, who coaxed 70.93 bushels per acre from a hard red winter wheat variety on his dryland soils in the semi-arid High Plains of Texas, where wheat is more often forage for livestock than award-winning grain.Two completely different yields, yet two wheat contest winners.Pearson won the contest’s Bin Buster Award for irrigated wheat this year, which recognizes the highest-yielding irrigated wheat entry. Kimbrell won first place in the dryland winter wheat category for the highest above-average wheat entry — his field was 373% above his county’s five-year average of 15 bpa.Wheat has long been an everyman’s crop. It has the reputation of growing wherever you put it, with whatever you give it. The National Wheat Foundation’s annual wheat yield contest wants to recognize that, while also pushing growers to ask more of the tough, versatile grain crop.“My concern has long been that wheat genetics are outstripping the management ability of the average wheat farmer,” said Steve Joehl, director of the wheat contest. “But not these winners. They get it — they understand wheat’s potential.”For the first time, the contest now recognizes two tiers of winners — high-yield winners and winners who produce the highest above-average yields for their region. It also recognizes two overall winners for the highest-yielding irrigated and dryland wheat, called Bin Buster awards. Here are 2019’s Bin Buster and First Place winners:— BIN BUSTER IRRIGATED WINNER: Rick Pearson, Buhl, Idaho: 211.59 bpa, AgriPro SY Ovation.— BIN BUSTER DRYLAND WINNER: Tom Duyck, Forest Grove, Oregon: 191.66 bpa, OSU Rosalyn.— FIRST PLACE, HIGH YIELD, IRRIGATED WINTER WHEAT: Marc Arnusch, Keenesburg, Colorado: 210.52 bpa, WB 4418.— FIRST PLACE, HIGH YIELD, DRYLAND WINTER WHEAT: Doug Stout, Genesee, Idaho: 181.93 bpa, WB Keldin.— FIRST PLACE, HIGH YIELD, IRRIGATED SPRING WHEAT: Derek Friehe, Moses Lake, Washington: 180.77 bpa, WB 9668.— FIRST PLACE, HIGH YIELD, DRYLAND SPRING WHEAT: Trevor Stout, Genesee, Idaho: 111.13, WB 9668.— FIRST PLACE, ABOVE-AVERAGE YIELD, DRYLAND WINTER WHEAT: Shawn Kimbrell, Sunray, Texas: 70.93 bpa (372.87% above county avg), WB Winterhawk.— FIRST PLACE ABOVE-AVERAGE YIELD, DRYLAND SPRING WHEAT: Derrick Enos, Baker, Montana: 94.95 bpa (239.11% above county avg), LCS Trigger.See full details on the winners here: https://wheatfoundation.org/….This year, the contest received 397 initial entries, up 25% from last year. The contest finished with 154 final harvested samples, down slightly from last year and a sign of the historically challenging environmental conditions of 2019, Joehl said.“It tells you as the season progressed, the year got very hard in some wheat-production areas and farmers didn’t follow through with harvesting the plot entry,” he said. “Especially in the Northern Plains — it was just so wet. There are some farmers still trying to harvest spring wheat there.”Those final harvested samples were run through a laboratory analysis as part of the contest’s quality component, first introduced in 2018. Only Grade 1 and Grade 2 wheat samples are eligible to place in the contest, which trimmed the final competitors down by 11 to 143. The lab also tests other quality factors like protein, test weight, falling weight and hardness.The contest’s three yields over 200 bpa come just one year after Washington grower Gross first breached that barrier in the 2018 contest with a 202-bpa yield. Joehl is hopeful that these yield gains prove the contest is pushing growers to compete their way into optimum wheat production systems.“There’s a systems gap between the average-yield-producing farmers and these top-end-yielding contest winners,” he said. “That’s the information we have to spread. If you want to make wheat productive, you have to manage it as intensively as corn — maybe more intensively.”While geography and resources vary widely among the contest winners, certain management factors emerge as integral: water availability, fertilizer applications (calibrated just right for each field’s yield potential), carefully timed pesticide applications and scouting — lots of scouting.“I never go a day that I don’t see my farm,” said Texas’ Kimbrell. “I heard a quote once — ‘The best fertilizer you can put on a crop is a farmer’s shadow’ — and I thought that was perfect. If you don’t go out and see your fields every week, you can’t provide what it needs in a timely manner.”Arnusch, whose irrigated soft white winter wheat field in Colorado yielded 210.52 bpa, pulls tissue samples throughout the growing season, trying to create an on-farm database showing how nutrient levels affect the growth, development and quality of the wheat.Pearson’s top-yielding field in Idaho went in behind a potato crop, so the soil was brimming with leftover fertility, he noted. But in the springtime, it got another dose of nitrogen, herbicides, fungicides and a plant growth regulator that thickened the stalk and helped it stay standing until harvest.The result of this intensive management isn’t just high-yielding wheat, it’s also high-quality wheat, Joehl noted. Protein levels in hard red winter wheat entries were consistently high, with most ranging from 11% to 13%, despite towering yields. Most of the hard red spring wheat entries yielded protein levels ranging between 13% and 17%.“We need to start changing our thought process toward growing more high-quality wheat and — even more importantly — understanding what that quality is and being able to communicate it to the end user,” said Arnusch. His farm has recently started adding value to their wheat operation by growing some wheat acres to supply Colorado’s celebrated craft beer industry.Above all else, wheat must be profitable. With low commodity prices, a global glut of wheat and record-low wheat acreage in the Great Plains, profit margins are a top concern — even among contest winners.Pearson treats his wheat acres the same, contest entries and all. In fact, his winning contest entry lay within 65 acres that averaged an overall yield of 191 bpa. “It was some of our best ground,” he notes. “I drove by it every day, but I never dreamed it was that good.”The only input Arnusch’s winning wheat field received that his other acres didn’t was the addition of ultra-filtered liquid manure from a nearby dairy. But all his other wheat fields get the same careful nutrient application, pesticides, scouting and sampling treatment, he noted.For growers in less-fertile climes, less is more. Kimbrell believes the most influential and profitable practice on his no-till Texas operation is letting each acre rest one out of every three years. Each growing season, one-third of his fields grow wheat, one-third grow cotton, and another third lay fallow. “Everybody talks about wheat not being profitable, but I disagree,” he said. “I’ll make more money off growing wheat on one-third of my acres than I would farming the whole thing every year.”The contest is building a valuable database for the industry, as wheat yields and quality results are gathered along with the contestants’ wide range of management practices each year, Joehl noted. He hopes that, someday, this trove of agronomic insights will push generations of wheat growers to discover new and more profitable ways to grow high-quality wheat.For some, the contest is already doing that.“Our approach to this wheat yield contest isn’t one of coffee-shop bragging rights,” explained Arnusch. “It’s putting our management style up against the very best in the industry and learning from it. I’ve drawn a lot of good information and thought processes from other winners in past years. It helps me try to think about the crop differently than I ever have before.”Read more about the contest here: https://wheatfoundation.org/….Emily Unglesbee can be reached at Emily.unglesbee@dtn.comFollow her on Twitter @Emily_Unglesbee(PS/AG/CZ)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Yahoo! Launches Android Apps, Plus Web Apps for iPhone

first_imgThe Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology sarah perez Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement In what can only be touted as “better late than never” news, Internet giant Yahoo! is today, at long last, launching its first ever applications designed for Android-based smartphones. There are now a trio of new apps available in the Android Market: a Yahoo! Mail app, Yahoo! Messenger app and a Yahoo! Search widget. Each of these applications have been built “from the ground up” for the Android platform, a company blog post proclaims, and they work on any Android phone running OS version 2.0 or higher. Alongside the launch of these new Android apps, the company is also announcing the arrival of revamped Yahoo! Mail and Yahoo! News mobile Web apps, designed with iPhone and iPhone Touch users in mind. Yahoo’s Android AppsYahoo! says that the new Android applications have been optimized for three particular Android phones: the Motorola Droid, HTC Incredible and the Google Nexus One, however they will run on any Android device with OS 2.0 or higher. The Mail application functions as a standalone inbox for Yahoo Mail users, and features several integrations with the device’s software itself, including the ability to send emails from the native address book, upload photos as attachments directly from the camera or photo gallery and support for push notifications of new email messages. It also includes attachment viewing capabilities, emoticons, search by sender, recipient, subject and keywords, folder management and spam tools and multi-tasking support. Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Tags:#Apple#Google#mobile#news#Product Reviews#web Related Posts The app is available in 8 languages across more than 200 countries but is an opt-in experience only while in beta testing. To sign up, visit http://y.ahoo.it/mailbeta from your iPhone or iPod Touch’s Web browser.The Yahoo! News Web app has also been redesigned with a new layout, animated visual effects and touch-based navigation capabilities. You can learn more about all the launches here on YouTube. What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … iPhone “Web Apps”The other new applications arriving today are not native iPhone applications, but rather Web apps supporting the latest standards-based technology, HTML 5. Yahoo! claims that its new Mail for the mobile Web is the “most advanced mobile web-app” it has ever created, as it makes use of new HTML 5 features like client-side databases and advanced caching capabilities which helps it provide offline access. This makes it seem more like a native application than mobile Web site to end users. The app also supports full search, message and attachment previews as well as attachment viewing. The new Messenger app, as you may expect, connects you to friends for real-time instant messaging. It, too, runs in the background and alerts you to new messages using push notifications. In select countries, the app will also allow you to send text messages to friends which appear as a part of your IM conversation. (SMS supported in Canada, Indonesia, India, Kuwait, Malaysia, Philippines, Pakistan, Thailand, United States and Vietnam). The Android search widget is only available in the U.S. for now with localized versions launching at a later date. It sits on your Android’s home screen allowing you to either type in or speak your search query. It offers auto-suggest capabilities and brief summaries for breaking news information (for example, a “World Cup” query presents current scores) as well as links to other news, articles and Web pages. last_img read more

Path set for Kings’ reign

first_imgKammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa San Miguel sports director Alfrancis Chua also likewise thanked the fans who trooped to the games and endlessly supported the crowd favorites.“This celebration is for all of you, for the ka-barangay,” the Ginebra team governor said as he led the ceremonial toast. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:08Ginebra planning for long series vs San Miguel01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion SMC president Ramon S. Ang and San Miguel sports director Alfrancis Chua hold the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup title during Ginebra’s victory party. Photo by Randolph B. Leongson/ INQUIRER.netCoach Tim Cone said Barangay Ginebra isn’t done yet collecting championship trophies. The man on top had something to say about how the pursuit for more glory should be done.“I hope with this win, we’ll be humble and nice to everybody,” said San Miguel Corp. president and COO Ramon S. Ang in Filipino during the celebration of the team’s successful defense of the PBA Governors’ Cup Monday night at the SMC head office in Ortigas.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Read Next Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA “Ginebra waited for a championship for eight years. [Then] we won last year. And this year, even up to the final minute, we didn’t know if we could repeat. But we’re thankful that we were able to win back-to-back,” he said.In the basketball sense, Cone also has ideas as to how the Kings plan to add to their trophy case.On top of his list: Maximize the strengths of Greg Slaughter and minimize the negative impact brought about by teams running small lineups against the 7-footer.“I feel like I haven’t exploited him yet,” Cone explained.Barangay Ginebra also managed to snare a promising talent in the draft by tabbing former UP gunner Jett Manuel with the 12th pick overall. The Kings hope Manuel can be groomed into a replacement for Jayjay Helterbrand, who announced his retirement.ADVERTISEMENT Ateneo issues clarification: Bundit stays as Lady Eagles coach The Kings captured the season-ending crown in dramatic fashion, holding off a tough-fighting Meralco Bolts in an epic Game 7 at Philippine Arena—a coronation witnessed by a record 54,086-strong audience.Moments after that thrilling 101-96 victory that capped a 4-3 series win, Cone made a promise to the fans of the country’s most popular basketball team.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“We’re not going to stop here, we have more championships to win,” he said.San Miguel’s top honcho reminded the Kings to make sure they pursue their goal the right way. Ang is also thankful that after nearly a decade of drought, Cone was able to lead Ginebra to back-to-back titles against a worthy adversary in Meralco. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

TNT blasts Gins, up 2-0; Pivotal Game 3 duel for San Miguel, Star

first_imgPBA IMAGESRarely do coaches say that they have resorted to prayers to ask for help during games.Nash Racela was man enough to admit that and Anthony Semerad rose from among TNT KaTropa’s superstars with four fourth quarter triples that propelled the Texters to a 107-103 win and a 2-0 lead over Barangay Ginebra in their PBA Commissioner’s Cup Final Four series at Mall of Asia Arena.ADVERTISEMENT The last time the TNT franchise had Ginebra buried in a hole this deep didn’t end well for the Texters, as they eventually walked out in Game 4 of the 2010 Philippine Cup’s quarterfinal stage before losing the rubber match.The Final Four series between San Miguel Beer and Star goes into its third game on Wednesday, also at 7 p.m.The Beermen and the Hotshots slugged it out in the lowest-scoring playoff game here on Monday and San Miguel was lucky to escape with the win, by coach Leo Austria’s admission, as Paul Lee barely missed a running jumper in the waning seconds.“Star knows our weaknesses and strengths,” Austria said. ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. What ‘missteps’? 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chickencenter_img LATEST STORIES “To be honest, I don’t know which part of the fourth period, when the referees were calling consecutive fouls on us and we were about to lose focus as a team, I just prayed on the sidelines,” Racela said after the gut-wrenching triumph that put him on the cusp of a first title series appearance.And Semerad, never known to be an offensive player, was the answer to his prayers.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe last of Semerad’s treys gave the Texters a 105-103 lead, before Joshua Smith sealed the deal with a putback of a Jayson Castro airball as the series many saw will go the distance could have an ending on Thursday when Game 3 is played at Smart Araneta Coliseum.“We need to guard against complacency,” Racela said. WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage Bali Pure sets aside distractions after car trouble to forge Finals decider MOST READ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games View commentslast_img read more

23 days agoChelsea keeping tabs on Monaco defender Benoit Badiashile

first_imgChelsea keeping tabs on Monaco defender Benoit Badiashileby Paul Vegas23 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea are keeping tabs on AS Monaco defender Benoit Badiashile.Le 10 Sport says Chelsea have the 18 year-old high on their shopping list.While they’re banned from working the market in January, Chelsea are actively drawing up plans for the 2020 summer transfer window.Chelsea have been watching Badiashile since he was 15 years of age.Badiashile is a first team regular with ASM this season. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

20 days agoDyche hails Burnley players and staff as they reach fourth

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Dyche hails Burnley players and staff as they reach fourthby Paul Vegas20 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBurnley boss Sean Dyche hailed his players and staff as Jeff Hendrick’s winner sent them fourth in the Premier League.A set play from the training ground worked a treat as Hendrick, back in his favoured central midfield role, smashed home a deep Ashley Westwood corner at the far post to win a tight Turf Moor tussle against the 10-man Toffees.Seamus Coleman saw red for the visitors early in the second half following a barge on Dwight McNeil, which followed an accidental, but reckless first half challenge that ultimately forced Erik Pieters out of the game.“I don’t get too carried away with league table. I’m more interested in the one at the end of the season,” laughed Dyche.“Don’t get me wrong, it’s to be enjoyed for Burnley Football Club and the fans, but for me it’s about focusing on every game and on where we are at the end of the season.“But within that, there are still moments to be enjoyed and you take in these performances and where we are now, compared to a year ago.“We are in a good place because the players have earned the right. They have come back with a real edge to them and I’ll remind you, I was just as proud of them this time last season, when we didn’t have as many points behind us.”Dyche, who celebrates seven years at Turf Moor later this month, added: “One of my many obsessions is finding different ways to win and today was a really tight, tough game.“They are a really good side and I know they’ve had a tough run, but they have quality all over the pitch.“But I thought we contained them well and the red card probably changes the feel of it.” last_img read more

Nurses Support Review of No-User Fees Policy

first_imgThe Nurses Association of Jamaica (NAJ) supporting the Government’s move to review the abolition of user fees in the public health care system. The 2012/2013 LASCO/NAJ Nurse of the Year, Victoria Melhado, made the declaration at a public education forum staged by the NAJ on November 23, at Emancipation Park in New Kingston. Health Minister, Hon. Dr. Fenton Ferguson, informed earlier this year, that two studies are to be undertaken to identify gaps in the system, in areas such as human resource, finance, and the provision of medical, nursing, pharmacy, allied health and auxiliary health services. He said the review process is in keeping with Government’s thrust to strengthen primary health care, and to raise the bar as it relates to the services provided in secondary and tertiary health care facilities. The Health Minister, at the time, stated that while Government wants to offer free health care, it cannot afford to adequately fund quality care across the system. He said that the aim is to come up with a workable alternative, and assured that whatever solution is arrived at, no one would be denied access to health care. Nurse Melhado, in stating her association’s approval of the review, stated that persons in first world countries pay to receive and experience quality health care and so too should Jamaicans. “This is the Nurses Association of Jamaica stance, and a general consensus amongst health care workers, especially those of us who are working at the bedsides of patients each day,” she stated. She said the association is of the opinion that special arrangements can be made for the most vulnerable in the society, such as children and the elderly, but “other persons should acknowledge some amount of social responsibility.” The education forum, under the theme: ‘Against Child Abuse, Incest and Child Trafficking: Let’s Protect Our Children!’, was held in collaboration with the non- government organisation, Be Inspired International, which Nurse Melhado heads. The event sought to bring attention to various issues affecting children and to examine measures in place, and strategies being implemented,to safeguard their rights, in terms of prevention, protection and prosecution.  The event formed part of activities to mark Youth and Parent Month, as well as International Day for the Prevention of Child Abuse, in November.last_img read more

Oil manufacturers lobby urges Senate to kill off environmental assessment bill

first_imgOTTAWA — A coalition of oil and gas industry groups, chambers of commerce and manufacturers associations say there is no room to fix the government’s environmental assessment legislation.The Save Canadian Jobs coalition is changing their slogan from “Fix Bill C-69” to “Stop Bill C-69” after the government rejected most of the changes proposed last week by the Senate.Environment Minister Catherine McKenna said she would accept 99 Senate amendments but rejected those which she says would have made it optional to take into account the impact of projects on Indigenous rights and climate change.The legislation overhauls Canada’s assessment of major national project proposals for their environmental, economic, health and social impacts.The Senate now has to decide whether to pass the bill without all of its proposed amendments or kill it off entirely, leaving it to the next Parliament to fix the environmental assessment process.That vote is expected later this week; on Tuesday, the federal cabinet will decide whether the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion will be approved for a second time.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

TIFF16s top five most tweeted films

first_img Facebook Twitter Login/Register With: “(Teller and Eckhart) were very candid about why they thought it was an important story,” Lynch says. “Their conversations really helped drive (Twitter mentions).” It doesn’t hurt that Teller has a fanatical fanbase from his work in the Divergent series and The Fault In Our Stars.Snowden Advertisement Advertisementcenter_img Part of the biopic’s appeal was driven by its imminent Sept. 16 release (even though it went on to bomb at the box office). But director Oliver Stone’s politically charged statements about the U.S. election and government surveillance drove Twitter conversation as well. Stone was also the fifth most tweeted about celebrity of the festival, beating out his young actors Joseph Gordon Levitt and Shailene Woodley for mentions. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Natalie Portman dazzled as Jackie, tears were shed at Lion and the Sing soundtrack might finally get Frozen dropped from the family playlist. But while critics and filmmakers applauded the quality work onscreen at TIFF 2016, the internet’s town square, Twitter, had its own list of favourites. The social app’s Canadian entertainment lead Lindsay Lynch explains why these five movies were the most-mentioned on Twitter during the festival.Bleed for ThisAnd the Matthew McConaughey Award for Film with the Most Shocking Physical Transformations goes to … Bleed For This! The biopic of boxer Vinny Pazienza’s comeback following a near fatal car crash fuelled chatter around star Miles Teller’s super fit look as the boxer and co-star Aaron Eckhart’s all-natural paunch as his coach.last_img read more

Wrestling Ohio State dominates Missouri in top5 dual

OSU freshman Luke Fletcher celebrates his first varsity victory over Missouri’s Zach Synon. Credit: Sam Janicki. Courtesy of OSU AthleticsThe dual-meet between Ohio State and Missouri, featuring two 2016 Olympians and recognizing last season’s championships won by sophomore Myles Martin and junior Kyle Snyder, the No. 4 Buckeyes dominated the No. 5 Tigers 30-9.Redshirt juniors Nathan Tomasello and Bo Jordan, Snyder and Martin all won in landslide decisions.“You see these four guys, four of the 10 were a critical part of our first national championship,” OSU coach Tom Ryan said.At 133 pounds, Tomasello faced off against Missouri’s Jaydin Eierman, in a match that turned controversial after Tomasello finished a slam out of bounds after a blown whistle.“I didn’t hear any whistle and then as the whistle blew, I already had him in the air,” Tomasello said.  “I wanted to finish my tag.  I think it was kind of good to get the crowd more involved after that.”Tomasello won the match 11-2. Since beginning the season with an injury, he has lived up to the hype of a championship contender in the few weeks of competition.“Patience, patience is important,” Tomasello said.  “Having support from the training staff and from coach Ryan and all the guys like Kyle (Snyder) has helped me to continue to push hard and come back even better than I was last year.”A point of anticipation in Thursday’s match was the debut of OSU freshman Luke Pletcher at 141 pounds, who had his redshirt pulled earlier this week.  Down early in the first period, Pletcher rebounded by scoring a late takedown, ultimately prevailing 6-3.“I remember him staying in the fight,” Ryan said.  “I remember him scoring late in the periods.  You want to be the guy that scores the last points in the period.”Coach Ryan praised Pletcher’s ability to handle the stress and pressure that comes with short turnarounds and tough competition.  “We felt pretty good about Luke going in. On a daily basis, he does the things necessary to have a performance like that.”OSU’s Kollin Moore, redshirt freshman at 197 lbs., wrestled the tightest match of the night, taking on Olympic bronze medalist and top-ranked J’den Cox of Missouri.  Moore fell behind 0-2 early, but kept close the entire match.  Two crucial takedowns in the third period brought Moore within a point of Cox, but his effort fell short, as Cox prevailed 6-4.Bo Jordan and brother Micah won their matches by a combined score of 37-13. Martin scored six takedowns, winning 21-5. Snyder pinned his opponent in the heavyweight division. read more

Commentary 2022 World Cup in Qatar an obvious mistake by FIFA

The FIFA Executive Committee convened in Zurich Dec. 2, 2010 to decide which country would get to host the 2022 World Cup.After eliminating bids from Australia, South Korea and Japan, it was down to the U.S. and Qatar in the decision for who would play host.In the end, Qatar won.Almost immediately after the announcement, an uproar began in the international soccer community. The World Cup takes place during June and July every four years. During those months in Doha, Qatar, the average high temperature is more than 107 degrees Fahrenheit. If player safety is a concern, that temperature is too high.FIFA has since aimed to fix the problem of high temperatures by attempting to move the World Cup to the winter months, as air conditioning the stadiums enough to make play safer would cost unrealistic amounts of money.Instead of absolving the issue, this created as much, if not more, controversy.The English Premier League, the Spanish La Liga, the Italian Serie A, the German Bundesliga and other leagues across Europe are in the heart of their seasons in the middle of winter and would struggle to change their long-standing schedules to accommodate such a lengthy event as the World Cup.The Premier League in particular has been vocal about having to change its yearly schedule for the World Cup. Chief Executive Richard Scudamore said FIFA has the power to select the venue, but that the time is a very different decision, as it would interfere too much with previously planned schedules.“Those are two very different things,” Scudamore said. “The sporting calendar across the world is affected.”On top of all that, The Guardian reported Sept. 25 that  at least 44 Nepalese laborers have died in Qatar of heart attacks, heart failure or workplace accidents, which brings up a human rights issue for laborers in Qatar.Despite the backlash, FIFA remains adamant in its stance that the World Cup will take place in Qatar in 2022.The association’s president, Sepp Blatter, said Oct. 4 the venue would not change.“The 2022 World Cup will be played in Qatar — that’s it,” Blatter said. “We don’t know if it’s winter or summer. I do not know what will be the outcome.”It’s pretty clear to me, though, what needs to happen. FIFA needs to admit its mistake and award the bid to the U.S. — or Japan, or South Korea or Australia. Really, they just need to pull it out of Qatar.I respect what FIFA was trying to do in bringing international soccer to the Middle East, which has not had much success in the tournament historically, but putting it there was a mistake from the start.The leagues already are forced to work around the World Cup qualifying schedule in the years leading up to the event, taking time off to allow the players to return to their home countries to play in matches.Not only would two months worth of games be taken away from them, but you have to add in the time that it would take for players to train with their countrymen beforehand, and likely give them time off afterward.That’s four months off  the leagues would essentially be forced to give for the players, something that would in turn be a financial and logistical nightmare.If FIFA is smart, it will move the World Cup.I’m a homer, so I may be a little biased by the fact that I would love to watch the final in the Rose Bowl stadium in Los Angeles, but the controversy kicked up by the Qatar decision is not worth the effort.No one, it seems, outside of FIFA and Qatar, is pleased with the situation and willing to make a change.It seems as if representatives from FIFA are just stubbornly sticking to their guns because they are not willing to come out and say they were wrong. Personally, I don’t think they will.Blatter and the rest of FIFA have made it clear that they want the World Cup in Qatar, so the likelihood of making a change is very small.Allowing the U.S. to host in 2022, the second time the country would host after 1994, would fix the issue of high temperatures as the average temperature in Los Angeles is 83 degrees Fahrenheit in June and 84 in July, and allow the competition to be played in the traditional summer months.Do the right thing FIFA, give the World Cup to the good ol’ U.S. of A. read more

World Cup will not impact Benitezs transfer plans

first_imgNewcastle manager Rafael Benitez has insisted that the performances of the players at the World Cup will not have an effect on his summer transfer plansThe Spaniard, who is currently facing an uncertain future at St James’ Park, has confirmed that he has begun making his plans with managing director Lee Charnley.But the former Liverpool manager has refused to judge players based on their performances in the upcoming World Cup this summer in Russia.“I don’t think so. We have people going around but now you can see a lot of players and you don’t have to be there.” said Benitez, according to Chronicle Live.“Also I am not a fan of the Euros and World Cup in terms of signing players from there because when they go there, what do they have? Something you don’t have for ten months, it’s not guaranteed for ten months.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“When you go to the Euros and the World Cup, everybody wants to go and they are motivated. This motivation for one or two weeks, for some players it is enough to make a name and then go to a top side.“But after for ten months, maybe they don’t reach the level. I am not impressed with the World Cup or Euros in terms of signing players because they do well there.”After a difficult start in their return to the Premier League this season, there has been a notable upturn in form for Newcastle since the beginning of the new year and Benitez’s side have climbed to an unexpected 10th place in the standings.Yet the 57 year-old has previously stated that he will not be satisfied until they reach his 40 point target with Newcastle just two points shy.last_img read more

Benitez frustrated about having to replay FA Cup match

first_imgNewcastle United and Blackburn tied 1-1 yesterday in the FA Cup Third Round, and according to the Magpies manager, this was the worst case scenario for the team.Bradley Dack scored for Blackburn yesterday in the FA Cup Third Round match.But Newcastle United was saved from a defeat thanks to a penalty goal scored by Matt Ritchie.In the end, both clubs drew, which means they need to play again to decide a winner.And for the Magpies boss Rafa Benitez, this is the worst case scenario.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“Yes, in terms of another game, another situation that you have to manage with more minutes, more players, more risk,” he told Football 365.“I am not happy with another game – I would prefer to win this game and that’s it. But if you cannot, at least you have another chance and then try to win the next one.”“Some young players playing, some players who have not been playing having 90 minutes under their belts, the reaction of the team after we conceded and (Florian) Lejeune coming back after four and a half months with a serious injury,” he explained.“Those are positives.”last_img read more

Federal Wildlife Officers Investigating Poached Black Bear Near Skilak Loop

first_imgAccording to a post from the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, the report came in on Thursday, May 17, at approximately 9:30 a.m. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Federal Wildlife Officers (FWO) received a report of a Black Bear that had been poached near the East entrance of Skilak Loop approximately 1/2 mile from Jim’s Landing. Officer Rob Barto and Wildlife Canine Rex responded to the scene and documented a large pool of blood in the middle of the road as well as drags marks from the scene into the woods and drag marks from the woods back to the road where the bear was loaded into a vehicle and transported from the area. According to the post from KNWR, witnesses describe the black bear as weighing approximately 100 pounds and no fear of vehicles or people. FWOs are asking anyone with information regarding this incident to please contact FWO Barto at 907.262.7021. All information will remain confidential. The area the bear was reportedly shot is closed to hunting. Witnesses describe seeing a blue hatch back, similar to a Subaru Outback, as being the vehicle driven by the person who shot the bear as it stood in the middle of the road.last_img read more

Fords 2020 Shelby GT500 is a 760horsepower trackready certified thicc boi

first_img Tags Ford 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 is a friendlier brawler More From Roadshow 2020 Ford Mustang GT500: See and hear the 700+ hp track-ready… 3 98 Photos Share your voice 2019 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 first drive: A more approachable track star 1:28 Now playing: Watch this: Ford Comments 2016 Ford Explorer review: Go road-tripping in Ford’s updated, EcoBoost-powered SUV 2019 Chevy Camaro ZL1 Convertible review: A topless thrill ride Enlarge ImageThe forthcoming 2020 GT500 is by far the most powerful thing Ford has produced for public consumption, but with great power apparently comes great weight. Ford We’ve known for a little while that the 2020 Ford Shelby GT500 was going to make big power, but we’re just now finding out — thanks to a leaked Ford sales document published on Wednesday by the Mustang6g forum and picked up on by Autoblog — that its horsepower number isn’t the only big thing about it.What do we mean? Well, according to Ford’s internal eSourceBook (PDF), a document intended to educate sales staff on new models, we now know that the GT500 will tip the scales at 4,225 pounds. Just for comparison, that’s a little less than two Mazda MX-5 Miatas, and only around 211 pounds lighter than the notoriously “chonky” Dodge Challenger Hellcat Redeye. Where does all that weight come from? Lots of places, but as you’d suspect, that big ol’ 5.2-liter V8 engine and its massive supercharger account for a lot of it. Add in all of the extra cooling necessary on a vehicle that makes 760 horsepower — that includes engine cooling, transmission cooling, differential cooling, etc. — and that hefty curb weight makes more sense.Curb weight is also measured with the car full of fluids, which might not sound significant, but the eSourceBook tells us that the 5.2-liter engine holds 11 quarts of oil and almost 18 quarts of coolant. The GT500 is bound to be a thirsty car, so of course, it has a decently sized fuel tank — 16 gallons to be exact — and since gasoline weighs around 6.15 lbs per gallon (depending on temperature), that works out to 98.4 lbs if the tank is full.One glimmer of hope is that Ford’s eSourceBook lists the 4,225 lbs figure as “base” so maybe the options list will help us save a few pounds. We know that there will be a carbon track package that will include the Shelby GT350R’s featherweight carbon fiber wheels, which should net a decent amount of weight savings over the standard forged aluminum units.Still, at the end of the day, the GT500 makes enough power and torque to tow a small celestial body out of orbit, so you’re probably not going to notice or feel like complaining about how heavy it is when your foot is all the way to the floor and you’re holding on for dear life, now, are you?Ford didn’t immediately respond to Roadshow’s request for comment. Performance Cars Car Industrylast_img read more

Aung San Suu Kyi breaks silence on Rohingya crisis

first_img Aung San Suu Kyi breaks silence on Rohingya crisis IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:01/0:27Loaded: 0%0:01Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-0:26?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … Closecenter_img In an televised address Aung San Suu Kyi condemned all human rights violations in regards to the violent clashes in the Rakhine state that has seen over 400,000 minority Rohingya flee to Bangladesh. The defacto leader had previously been criticised for not speaking out. She stated she did not fear international scrutiny and wanted to find out why the Rohingya were leaving. Suu Kyi said she was committed to the restoration of peace and stability and the rule of law.last_img read more

Digital security law to guillotine democratic dissent CSOs

first_imgDigital security law to guillotine democratic dissent. Prothom Alo File PhotoIn Bangladesh’s current political climate of narrow avenues for free debate and legitimate democratic dissent, the proposed ‘Digital Security Bill 2018’, if passed as law, will severely undermine freedom of expression and freedom of the press.Ten international civil society organisations engaged on human rights and sustainable development issues in Bangladesh expressed the concern in an “Open letter on Digital Media Security Bill” to president Abdul Hamid and chairman of the National Human Rights Commission Kazi Reazul Hoque.The proposed law, especially article 32 that equates certain journalistic pursuits with spying, has drawn widespread criticism from media activists and rights groups at home and abroad.The 10 organisations pointed out that the proposed bill “fails to protect the right of the media, civil society and members of the general public to freely express their opinions on policies and actions of decision makers.”The signatories are Asian Federation Against Involuntary Disappearances (AFAD), Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA), Asian Human Rights Commission, CIVICUS, FIDH – International Federation for Human Rights, Human Rights Watch, Odhikar, People’s Watch, Robert F Kennedy Human Rights, and World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT).They observed that the digital security bill’s provisions would affect the people’s constitutional rights and Bangladesh’s commitments under international law. “In the present situation we recommend that the bill’s provisions are carefully considered from a constitutional and international law standpoint,” they added.The organisations referred to UN ‘Special Rapporteur on Promotion and Protection of the Right to Freedom of Opinion and Expression’ David Kaye for his extensive work on the exercise of the freedom of expression in the digital age.”We believe that the government would greatly benefit from engagement with Mr. Kaye, who could advise on the permissible limits on the freedom of expression under international law,” they said.The rights organisations also have called for Dhaka’s constructive engagement with UN human rights experts for strengthening the country’s “democracy and commitment to human rights and sustainable development” “in the interests of the people of Bangladesh”.In this context, the signatories regretted that an official visit to Bangladesh by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid bin Ra’ad Al Hussein has been postponed. They also requested authorities to facilitate such a visit at the earliest opportunity.last_img read more

Was IS claim for Las Vegas attack fake news

first_imgCrime scene tape surrounds the Mandalay Hotel (background with shooters window damage top right) after a gunman killed at least 58 people and wounded more than 500 others when he opened fire on a country music concert in Las Vegas, Nevada on 2 October, 2017. Photo: AFPClaims of responsibility for terror attacks by the Islamic State group were once seen as credible, but in the wake of the Las Vegas atrocity, experts stress that the retreating jihadists are increasingly spreading fake news.Via its propaganda news agency Amaq, IS has twice said that the Las Vegas shooter, a 64-year-old retired accountant, was a “soldier” of the group.On Monday, it put out a second statement claiming serial gambler Stephen Paddock had recently converted to Islam and was known by the nom de guerre Abu Abdel Bar al-Amriki.American investigators are scrambling to understand the motive for the worst shooting in living memory on US soil, but IS experts are sceptical that Paddock was linked to the terror group.The FBI said Monday it had so far found “no connection” between him and any international terrorist group.”ISIS in recent months has made a number of demonstrably false claims for attacks and incidents that had no jihadi terror nexus,” Paul Cruickshank from the US-based Combating Terrorism Center said.One theory is that, as the extremists face military defeat on the territory they once held in Iraq and Syria, they are seeking to generate publicity to show they are still a force to their supporters.”ISIS, desperate for attention, will claim just about anything these days knowing their supporters won’t believe the government or media,” Cruickshank added.French Interior Minister Gerard Collomb made the same point on Tuesday, saying the group “tended to claim every attack” in order to “maintain a presence in the media space.”- Dubious claims -Discerning who is ultimately responsible for attacks is an inexact science.The gunmen and suicide bombers behind the carnage in Paris in November 2015 for example are believed by investigators to have carried out an attack which was planned in part from the fanatics’ base in Syria.But other killings have been perpetrated by people seemingly inspired by the group’s murderous ideology, but without necessarily having been in contact. Some have left flags or a video message to indicate their allegiance.Last week, IS released a recording of what it said was its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi urging followers to use any weapon at their disposal to strike the West.”If the guy is a convert and made contact with ISIS, someone would have to know,” Islamic State specialist Shiraz Maher wrote on Twitter, referring to the Las Vegas shooter.”Friends, family, law enforcement will shed light on that,” added the researcher and author from King’s College London university.The problem, like all fake news, is that once a story spreads on social media or elsewhere on the internet it is very difficult to correct it.Farhad Khosrokhavar, an expert on Islam from the School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences in Paris (EHESS), used the example of a truck attack in Nice in July 2016 that left 86 people dead.IS claimed Mohamed Lahouaiej-Bouhlel, a drug-taking Tunisian with no religious education, was one of its “soldiers” following the attack, but there remains no evidence tying him to the group.”This massacre had nothing to do with jihadism, the perpetrator had huge psychological problems,” Khosrokhavar told AFP. “But no one listens. There are moments when societies are blind and they then fall into the Islamic State’s trap.”last_img read more

Luxembourg joins nerve attack row recalls ambassador to Moscow

first_imgBags containing protective clothing are seen after Inspectors from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons left after visiting the scene of the nerve agent attack on former Russian agent Sergei Skripal, in Salisbury. ReutersLuxembourg is recalling its ambassador to Moscow for consultations in the latest show of solidarity from EU states to Britain over the poisoning of an ex-spy, the government said in a statement on Wednesday.The move comes just a day after the tiny but wealthy grand duchy said it would not follow the lead of 18 other EU states that have so far expelled Russian diplomats over the nerve agent attack in the English city of Salisbury.“In the context of the Salisbury attack, the government of Luxembourg stands in full solidarity with Britain, faced by this grave challenge to our common security,” said a foreign ministry statement.Noting that Luxembourg shared Britain’s assessment that it was highly likely Russia was responsible, it added that “Foreign and European affairs minister Jean Asselborn has decided to recall Luxembourg’s ambassador to Moscow for consultations”.Asselborn had been quoted by broadcaster RTL on Tuesday as saying that Luxembourg would not expel any Russian diplomats.“As far as Luxembourg is concerned, we have a very limited number of Russian diplomats here and, despite all our efforts, we have been unable to prove that any spy or person is working against Luxembourg’s interests,” he said at the time.Luxembourg is one of the EU’s smallest states but is disproportionately influential due to its status as one of the union’s founding countries and the site of several of its key institutions.Bulgaria, which currently holds the EU’s rotating presidency, has taken a similar step by saying it will recall its ambassador for consultations but not expel any Russian diplomats.Austria is one of the key states that has said it will not take any action, saying it wants to be a bridge between east and west.Greece, Cyprus, Malta, Slovenia, Slovakia and Portugal have also not taken any action so far.last_img read more

SC stays HC proceedings in Jaha Alam cases

first_imgAn ACC case kept the innocent jute mill worker Jaha Alam behind bars for nearly three years. File photo of Jaha AlamThe Appellate Division on Tuesday stayed until 13 May the hearing of a High Court rule and other proceedings regarding Jaha Alam, who languished in jail in place of the real accused in corruption cases, reports UNB.Chamber judge justice Md Nuruzzaman passed the order after hearing an appeal filed by the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) challenging the authority of the HC bench which had issued the rule.ACC lawyer Khurshid Alam Khan said the HC bench which issued the rule has no jurisdiction to issue the rule as the HC has special benches for hearing cases related to the ACC.The chamber judge also fixed 13 May for hearing the matter with the full bench of the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court, he said.On 17 April, the HC bench of justice FRM Nazmul Ahasan and justice KM Kamrul Kader asked the ACC to submit their internal probe report on Jaha Alam by 2 May.The court said they will look into who is responsible for the imprisonment of Jaha Alam.On 6 March, the court asked for detailed documents of the 33 cases, in which Jaha Alam was incarcerated, and bank statements as affidavits within 10 April.On 10 April, the court fixed 17 April following a time petition of the ACC lawyer.Jaha Alam was freed from jail on 4 February after the High Court acquitted him in 26 cases in which charges had been pressed.The jute mill worker had been behind the bars since February 2016 in ACC cases for misappropriating Sonali Bank money. The real accused, Abu Salek, is absconding.Jaha Alam was released after the High Court issued a suo moto order and asked the ACC to submit case documents in the form of affidavits.last_img read more

Film News Roundup Disney Developing Flora and Ulysses for Streaming Service EXCLUSIVE

first_imgIn today’s film news roundup, Disney is developing “Flora and Ulysses” for its streaming service, Luke Wilson’s “The S—heads” gets distribution and Taika Waititi’s “Jojo Rabbit” rounds out its cast.FAMILY DRAMADisney is in early development of a family drama based on Kate DiCamillo’s novel “Flora and Ulysses” for its upcoming Disney DTC (direct-to-consumer) service, Variety has learned exclusively.“Flora and Ulysses” centers on a cynical girl who spends her time reading comic books and a squirrel who is run over by the neighbor’s vacuum cleaner. The squirrel’s brush with death causes him to develop superpowers.The book won the John Newbery Medal from the Association for Library Service to Children. Gil Netter is producing and Lena Khan will direct from a Brad Copeland adapted script. Sam Dickerman is the Disney exec. Popular on Variety The Disney-branded DTC streaming service will launch in the latter part of 2019, streaming the latest Disney, Pixar, Marvel, and Star Wars feature films. The studio will produce four to five feature films a year exclusively for the service.Disney is also planning to produce a number of original series for the new service, including a series based on Pixar’s Monsters franchise, a “High School Musical” series, a series from Marvel Television, and a live-action “Star Wars” series that Jon Favreau will executive produce.DISTRIBUTION DEALSlate Entertainment Group has acquired worldwide distribution rights to Macon Blair’s road comedy “The S—heads,” starring Luke Wilson and Ron Funches, for its blockchain video on demand platform Binge.Danny McBride, David Gordon Green, and Jody Hill’s Rough House Pictures, Alex Orr, and Filmscience will produce alongside Jeremy Saulnier, Blair’s Bonneville Films and XYZ Films. SEG is fully financing the project with production to commence at the beginning of 2019.Although it’s a global streaming platform, SEG said Thursday that it is committed to supporting the theatrical experience and will give selected films on the Binge platform theatrical windows.Blair is directing from his own script, which follows a pair of deeply unqualified bozos who’ve been hired to transport a troubled teenage millionaire to rehab. XYZ Films, an SEG strategic partner, will oversee production on behalf of SEG and brokered the deal with CAA Media Finance, which also packaged and arranged financing for the film.PRODUCTION STARTFox Searchlight Pictures has launched production on the satire “Jojo Rabbit” in the Czech Republic with “Thor: Ragnarok” director Taika Waititi helming.Previously announced cast include Scarlett Johansson, Sam Rockwell and Rebel Wilson. The studio announced Thursday that New Zealand actress Thomasin McKenzie (“Leave No Trace”) has joined the movie along with newcomer Roman Griffin Davis as Jojo. Producers are Waititi, Carthew Neal and Chelsea Winstanley with Kevan Van Thompson serving as executive producer.“I’m stoked to begin shooting my anti-war satire,” Waititi said. “We’ve assembled an incredible cast and I couldn’t be more excited to finally ridicule Nazis and their beliefs. This film is going to piss off a lot of racists and that makes me very happy.” ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 The story follows an awkward young German boy, played by Griffin, raised by a single mother (Johansson). His only ally is his imaginary friend Hitler, played by Waititi. His naïve patriotism is tested when he meets a young girl, played by McKenzie, who upends his world views.last_img read more

WB entertainment industry gets new BJPbacked organisation

first_imgKolkata: Aiming to make the Bengali film and television industry an organised sector and ensuring equal rights for all, a new Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-backed organisation has been launched here. The Eastern India Motion Pictures and Cultural Confederation (EIMPCC) was launched on Saturday evening in the presence of West Bengal BJP President and Vice President Dilip Ghosh and Jaiprakash Majumdaar, respuectively. However, eminent designer Agnimitra Paul, who recently joined the BJP and was appointed as the President of the newly formed body, stressed on the apolitical nature of the organisation. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamata “This platform belongs to everyone working in the cultural fields including films, television, theatre and so on. There will be no interference and be assured that all problems in the entertainment industry will be dealt with. If needed, the matters will be taken to Delhi,” Ghosh said before a gathering of hundreds of artists and technicians. Stressing on the EIMPCC’s focus on genuine talents, Paul said: “Talented artists are not getting work till they are becoming ‘yes-men’ while many are getting opportunities due to political connections. But our organisation is completely apolitical. We won’t give work to people, but will stand by them in times of need”. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in state Without naming the Trinamool Congress, she said currently “there wass a lot of interference from a political party” and on many occasions filmmakers are instructed to take particular artists they recommend. Paul condemned the current practices of the industry where “there is no liberty”. She mentioned that she will see to the issues of non-payment, shutting down of single screens and so on. “I repeat that we have no colour and many political parties have endorsed our work, seeing our honesty and integrity towards our work.” It is the organisation’s aim to see that the members of the industry get benefits like health insurance, extra payment for over time and provident fund, Paul added. Director Sanghamitra Chaudhuri, who is the vice Chairperson of EIMPCC, said it should be a collective fight against corrupt practices. Actor George Baker, one of the two nominated Anglo-Indian members of the Lok Sabha, became nostalgic while vouching for unity among the artists and technicians. He said everyone working in front and behind the camera should get their due respect. Trinamool leaders Aroop Biswas and his brother Swarup Biswas hold key positions in existing bodies Eastern India Motion Pictures Association (EIMPA) and the Federation of Cine Technicians and Workers of Eastern India (FCTWEI). Speaking on the occasion, Jaiprakash Majumdaar said their party wants a change and bring back the halycon days of the Bengali film industry which has been enriched by the creations of legendary directors like Mrinal Sen and Satyajit Ray. He said that they will see to end of the dominance of Biswas brothers. Negating Trinamool’s allegations against the BJP for politicising the entertainment industry, Paul said: “We are trying to break the existing political practices here and BJP leaders like Dilip Ghosh, Jaiprakash Majumdaar have endorsed us and rendered their support.”last_img read more

Do This to Prevent Cybercrime and Save Your Business from Disaster

first_img Not long ago, I heard FBI Director James Comey say, “There are two kinds of big companies in the United States. There are those who’ve been hacked … and those who don’t know they’ve been hacked.” I took note and quietly patted myself on the back, knowing I’d taken precautions and thinking we were ahead of the game on this one. But then I got the call every CEO dreads. It was a panicked employee who was about to send a screenshot of something they’d just seen on our intern’s computer. “You have 96 hours to pay a ransom or your data will be permanently locked,” the email read. Related: 3 Lessons From Sony Pictures Cautionary TaleFortunately for us, we had a cyber-incident response plan already in place, and I immediately put the plan into motion. As a result, we prevented calamity. Policy, process and practices were what saved us from an embarrassing and debilitating breach.We got lucky. Putting a number to all of those victimized by cybercrime is difficult — if not impossible — but news headlines ranging from the Home Depot, Apple iCloud and Anthem breaches make it clear: This can happen to anyone.Cybercrime trendsThere’s a new risk every day. As quickly as technology grows and changes, so do the threats. Even if you think you’re not at risk because you don’t store consumer data, realize that hackers may target you to access larger businesses you deal with through portals or electronic data exchanges.Threats are not just consumer data or intellectual property. Everything is interconnected. If hackers access the plans to one component, it may be interchangeable and create vulnerabilities in other processes, divisions, intranets or extranets.Threats aren’t limited to consumer data. Foreign powers and those willing to sell to the highest bidder can cause U.S. businesses to lose a competitive advantage on the global stage anytime a breach occurs.Cybercrime prevention is now considered a cost of doing businessCyber attacks are not a matter of “if” but “when.” Cybercrime needs to be viewed as any other business risk, and the investment in cyber security cannot be negligible. According to a 2014 Hewlett Packard study, the average annualized cost incurred per attack was $12.7 million, with a range of $1.6 million to $61 million. For protection, experts suggest developing a cyber-audit committee with a multifunctional and multidisciplinary plan of action.Related: Why Your Password is Hackerbait Responding to an attack will require action from not only the IT department but from public relations, social media and customer service. A company has a very short window of time in which to inform customers of the breach. Do you know yours?Risks aren’t limited to a particular industry or a specific size of business. The profile of a cyber attacker may vary, but can be associated with organized crime, terrorists, nation states, internal threats or disgruntled employees and ransom attacks.For international businesses, the risks are expanded and may change based on region. An outside risk assessment can provide invaluable insights that an internal team may not be able to provide. Even if your business’s internal data isn’t compromised, social media accounts can be hacked and cause serious damage to your reputation.Even if you have a top-notch cyber security plan in place, human error can create some of the greatest risks for exposure — as in our case, with an intern.Protect yourselfUse long passwords. Do not use the same password for all accountsPut policies in place that require strong passwords, and require new passwords that were not previously used at regular intervalsAvoid the temptation of “free” WiFi and hotspots. These networks aren’t secure and your data can be exposedConsider encrypting all emailsDevelop a cyber-incident response plan that includes your board, legal, IT and managementCybercrime is not a problem we’re going to fix or solve. Businesses have to find a balance between the amount of resources they’re willing or able to invest in security while maintaining effectiveness in all other areas.As Bill Gates said: “Treatment without prevention is simply unsustainable.”Related: Obama Heads to Silicon Valley to Discuss Hacking Threats With CEOs March 19, 2015 Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Register Now » Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 4 min read Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box.last_img read more

The best indicator of a chess players form is his

first_imgThe best indicator of a chess player’s form is his ability to sense the climax of the game.–Boris Spassky, World Chess Champion, 1969-1972You’ve likely heard that the German central bank announced it will begin withdrawing part of its massive gold holdings from the United States as well as all its holdings from France. By 2020, Bundesbank says it wants half its gold reserves stored in its own vault in Germany.Why would it want to physically move the metal from New York? It’s not as if US vaults are not secure, and since Germany already owns the gold, does it really matter where it sits?You may recall that Hugo Chávez did the same thing in late 2011, repatriating much of his country’s gold reserves from London. However, this isn’t a third-world dictatorship; Germany is a major ally of the US. So what’s going on?Pawn to A3On the surface, it may seem innocuous for Germany to move some pallets of gold closer to home. Some observers note that since Russia isn’t likely to be invading Germany anytime soon – one of the original reasons Germany had for storing its gold outside the country – the move is only natural and no big deal. But Germany’s gold stash represents roughly 10% of the world’s gold reserves, and the cost of moving it is not trivial, so we see greater import in the move.The Bundesbank said the purpose of the move was to “build trust and confidence domestically, and the ability to exchange gold for foreign currencies at gold-trading centers abroad within a short space of time.” It’s just satisfying the worries of the commoners, in the mainstream view, as well as giving themselves the ability to complete transactions faster. As evidence that it’s nothing more than this, Bundesbank points out that half of Germany’s gold will remain in New York and London (the US portion of reserves will only be reduced from 45% to 37%).Sounds reasonable. But these economists remind me of the analysts who every year claim the price of gold will fall – they can’t see the bigger implications and frequently miss the forest for the trees.CheckWhat your friendly government economist doesn’t reveal and the mainstream journalist doesn’t report (or doesn’t understand) is that in the event of a US bankruptcy, euro implosion, or similar financial catastrophe, access to gold would almost certainly be limited. If Germany were to actually need its gold, regardless of the reason, any request for transfer or sale would be… difficult. There would be, at the very least, delays. At worst such requests could be denied, depending on the circumstances at the time. That’s not just bad – it defeats the purpose of owning gold.But this still doesn’t capture the greater significance of this action. First, it reinforces the growing recognition that gold is money. Physical bullion isn’t just a commodity, a day-trading vehicle, or even an investment. It’s a store of value, a physical hedge against monetary dislocations. In the ultimate extreme, it’s something you can use to pay for goods or services when all other means fail. It is precisely those who don’t recognize this historical fact who stand to lose the most in an adverse monetary event. (Hello, government economist.)Second, here’s the quote that reveals the ultimate, backstop reason for the move: Bundesbank stated it is a “pre-emptive” measure “in case of a currency crisis.”Germany’s central bank thinks a currency crisis is really possible. That’s a very sobering fact.We agree, of course: history is very clear on this. No fiat currency has lasted forever. Eventually they all fail. Whether the dollar goes to zero or merely becomes a second-class currency in the global arena, the root cause for failure is universal and inevitable: continual and perpetual dilution of the currency.Some level of currency crisis is inescapable at this point because absolutely nothing has changed with worldwide debt levels, deficit spending, and currency printing, except that they all continue to increase. While many economists and politicians claim these actions are necessary and are leading us to recovery, it’s clear we have yet to experience the fallout from spending more than we have and printing the difference. There will be serious and painful consequences, sooner or later of an inflationary nature, and the average person’s standard of living will be greatly reduced.And now there are rumblings that the Netherlands and Azerbaijan may move their gold back home. If this trend gathers steam, we could easily see a “gold run” in the same manner history has seen bank runs. Add in high inflation or a major currency event and a very ugly vicious cycle could ignite.CheckmateIf other countries follow Germany’s path or the mistrust between central bankers grows, the next logical step would be to clamp down on gold exports. It would be the beginning of the kind of stringent capital controls Doug Casey and a few others have warned about for years. Think about it: is it really so far-fetched to think politicians wouldn’t somehow restrict the movement of gold if their currencies and/or economies were failing?Remember, India keeps tinkering with ideas like this already.What this means for you and me is that moving gold outside your country – especially if you’re a US citizen – could be banned. Fuel would be added to the fire by blaming gold for the dollar’s ongoing weakness. Don’t think you need to store gold outside your country? The metal you attempt to buy, sell, or trade within your borders could be severely regulated, taxed, tracked, or even frozen in such a crisis environment. You’d have easier access to foreign-held bullion, depending on the country and the specific events.None of this would take place in a vacuum. Transferring dollars internationally would certainly be tightly restricted as well. Moving almost any asset across borders could be declared illegal. Even your movement outside your country could come under increased scrutiny and restriction.The hint that all this is about to take place would be when politicians publicly declare they would do no such a thing. You could quite literally have 24 hours to make a move. If your resources were not already in place, even the most nimble of us would have a very hard time making arrangements.Once the door is closed, attempting to move restricted assets across international borders would come with serious penalties, almost certainly including jail time. In such a tense atmosphere, you could easily be labeled an enemy of the state just for trying to remove yourself from harm’s way.The message is clear: storing some gold outside your country of residence is critical at this point, and the window of time for doing so is getting smaller. Don’t just hope for the best; do something about it while you still can. The minor effort made now could pay major dividends in the future. Besides, you won’t be any worse off for having some precious metals stored elsewhere.The best chess players in the world aren’t that way because they can see the next move. They’re champions because they can see the next 14 moves.You only have to see the government’s next two moves to “win” this game. I suggest learning what countermoves you can take now are, before your government declares checkmate.last_img read more

In This Issue   Gold gets taken down again

first_imgIn This Issue. *  Gold gets taken down again. *  Aussie Trade Deficit widens. *  Hildebrand won’t face charges. *  U.S. ISM expands. And, Now, Today’s Pfennig For Your Thoughts! No Jobs Jamboree, Oh My! What Will We Do? Good day.  And a Wonderful Wednesday to you! This will be a little later than usual today, as I’m late to begin with. I spent the morning arguing with myself over whether I was going to go to work today, for my stomach is not cooperating. I finally decided to go, and give it the old college try. So, here I am! Maybe my body is answering my call to lose 50 lbs by Friday! HA! Speaking of losing pounds. Aye, Aye, Aye. Gold really got the snot knocked out of it again yesterday after I sent the letter off for review. There was little in the way of reasons for this plunge downward, but it was eerily familiar.  It looked just like the previous takedowns generated by the price manipulators, for when else would be a good time to buy Gold other than when the U.S. is in shutdown, and the threat of a default is hanging over us like the Sword of Damocles? So, seeing this, the short position holders had to do something quick. Well, at least that’s how I see that it happened. I could be wrong. The first day of the partial Gov’t shutdown was more like a “who cares” trading day. Stocks went up, bonds rallied (albeit a small rally) and the dollar was soft against the fiat currencies, but strong against the hard currencies of Gold, Silver, and other precious metals. So, it’s on to day 2 of the Partial Shutdown, which from here on out I’ll refer to as the “PS”. Like I said yesterday, there’s no reason to go all Chicken Little on this right now. However, should this PS continue to drag on, and we edge closer to the drop dead date of October 17, when the “extraordinary measures” that the Treasury Sec. has used to keep the U.S. debt below the limit, I would think that there will be plenty of time to start screaming the sky is falling, the sky is falling! And again, let me say, that this isn’t just an October 2013 happening. This is what my old boss used to say about the cheese that binds. This is what happens when you build up unsustainable debt for over a decade, and then one day, it’s not so easy to rubber stamp a debt ceiling increase.  And the dollar should be hung out to dry because of this.  Right now, it’s drifting with a bias to sell, but there’s no real impetus to do so right now. I guess that comes when the Chicken Littles begin to hit the streets! And all this stuff with debts and deficit spending reminds me of the Ronald Reagan quote, when someone said that Congress was spending like drunken sailors, to which Reagan responded, “To compare Congress to drunken sailors is an insult to drunken sailors” – Ronald Reagan  The Aussie dollar (A$) has lost about 1/2-cent this morning, after booking an over 1-cent gain yesterday. I would think that some profit taking is to blame, but at the same time, I would also think that enough of the “good will” of the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) performing a vanishing act on their rate cut bias, has been priced into the A$… The next move higher, if there is one in the cards, will have to come from something else. Or someplace else, namely, China. The overnight weakness can be attributed to a Trade Deficit that was much larger than expected. The Aussie Trade Deficit for August was A$ 815 Million (A$ 400 million was expected). This is a two edged sword for the A$… Being an island nation, Australia has to import quite a bit of stuff, but in doing so, they are meeting the consumer demand, which is a good thing for the economy. This is a good economy indicator to watch for Australia. The euro is just a shade lower today than it was yesterday morning. Tomorrow, the European Central Bank (ECB) will meet, and I think the euro will get some relief trading from what comes from that meeting. I totally suspect that ECB President, Draghi, will keep rates unchanged, but keep his rhetoric about having the ability to adjust rates lower should the economy show signs of need. Draghi will need to be very careful that he doesn’t sound like the boy who cried wolf, given the evidence of a cyclical upturn in the Eurozone economy that’s going on right now. You know, the euro fell in value after the last meeting on Sept 5th, but then rallied nicely the past three weeks, so we could see some slippage again in the euro tomorrow, given what Draghi has to say. Another thing hanging over the euro this morning is the threat of the Berlusconi party in Italy becoming unified to vote against the currency Gov’t led by Letta. Yesterday, I told you how there were reports that enough of the Berlusconi Party members would defect and not vote against Letta. But today there are reports that the Berlusconi Party will be unified.  Ok.  stop all this now! Berlusconi. go to jail, do not pass go, do not collect $200! I’ve had it with your shenanigans! I can’t believe that with all the legal problems in your past, that anyone would be associated with your party! Geez Louise! Well, the best performing G-10 currency overnight has been the Japanese yen. Yes, I said the Japanese yen, you know, the currency that has Gov’t debt coming out its ears, the currency that has a Gov’t intent on getting the currency weaker, the currency that has a Gov’t that announced the largest bond buying program, ever, and the currency that has zero interest rates, and a 2 decade long economic funk.  So, why have traders taken the yen higher? Ahhh grasshopper, no matter what the Gov’t wishes for a currency, the markets have deeper pockets. And at least for a while the markets can hold off the weakness the Gov’t wishes for its currency.  And the markets can point to yen still being a “safe haven”.  Safe Haven, Schmafe Haven as far as I’m concerned! Over in Switzerland, the franc is still tied to the euro with a floor of 1.20 on the cross. There continues to be a whispering campaign to widen that floor to 1.30 or 1.35. But for now 1.20 remains in place.  Speaking of the floor that was put in place a couple of years ago. Remember how the wife of then Swiss National Bank (SNB) President, Hildebrand, made all that money on selling francs ahead of the announcement of the floor and eventual devaluation of the franc?  Well. it was announced yesterday, after a two years has passed and most people have forgotten about the whole mess, that Hildebrand won’t face further investigation, as FX transactions aren’t covered by Swiss insider regulations.   Are you kidding me? Have the Swiss taken a page out of the U.S. book that allows price manipulation without regulation?  I’m shaking my head in disgust. So for your listening enjoyment. We have 3 Fed Heads speaking today, including Big Ben Bernanke. Bullard and Rosengren are the other two that will mesmerize their audiences with powerful speeches.  Hey, did I tell you I have some swamp land to sell you?   Seriously though, I doubt we get much from any of these speeches for the subject matters aren’t market moving in themselves. But who know? Maybe somebody asks a question that spurs a market moving response. So.. Just to prove a point that the Currency Wars have tried to point out, and that I’ve pointed out to readers for over 12 years, that countries that need to increase their manufacturing visa-vi increased exports know that they can achieve this by debasing their currency.  Yesterday, the U.S. ISM Manufacturing Index for September, rose even higher than expected to an expansion number of 56.2. In May of this year, manufacturing was contracting with an index number of 49.0.  Since May the index has risen 12%…  Since May the dollar index has fallen 4%…  you need one to fall to have the other gain. Unless, we, as a country, want to start working for a whole lot less, so that our exports can compete even more! The U.S. data cupboard is pretty much shutdown with the PS going on. That probably means there won’t be a Jobs Jamboree this Friday, as previously scheduled. Oh Shoot Rudy! I really look forward to the Jobs Jamboree and the farce that the jobs report has become. NOT!  So, what will the markets do without cooked books to review? Before I head to the Big Finish today, I wanted to thank my friends over at the 5 Minute Forecast.  They thought enough of something I said yesterday, to add it to their great daily letter! My friend Addison Wiggin started the “5”, and it’s now put together each day by Dave Gonigam, and once again I thank them for thinking that what I said was “5-worthy”. For What It’s Worth. I saw this on Ed Steer’s letter this morning that he got from a reader, and thought it played well with all the stuff I’ve been telling you about China over the years. it’s from the website: www.therealasset.co.uk  should you want the whole article, for I only have room to add a snippet. It’s titled: “How China is taking over the world, one gold bar at a time” “The year 2013 in the gold investment market will be remembered as the year of China, so we’ve produced a stunning info graphic detailing China’s great golden rise to power. In just a few months the world’s largest country will overtake India as the biggest consumer of gold and its gold market continues to break records. A country that already mines over 400 tonnes of gold a year, China still demands more physical gold no matter the price. Between January and July this year the Shanghai Gold Exchange delivered more than 1,333 tonnes to gold investors. In the last 100 years China’s gold mine productivity has climbed from just 4 tons of gold in 1949 to an expected 440 tons this year, none of which is exported. Hong Kong imports have been over 600 tonnes this year alone, but still more gold is demanded. Whilst it may appear that China has exploded onto the gold scene this is by no means the case. China’s ancient monetary history is well documented. They are the world’s oldest scientists when it comes to different forms of money, having been the first to experiment with paper money and different metallic standards. Therefore during an international financial crisis one would imagine that the country with the longest and most diverse monetary history would be the place to turn to for direction.” Chuck again. Yes, nothing new to long time Pfennig Readers, just affirmation of all the stuff I’ve been telling you about how China is hoarding Gold. And don’t forget it was I who first put this idea in your head. That China will back the renminbi / yuan with some percentage of Gold when they decide to float and make their currency convertible, which in my opinion will make the renminbi/ yuan the most attractive currency in the world. To recap. Day 2 of the PS begins today. Yesterday saw a huge takedown of Gold once the U.S. traders arrived at their desks. Oh, and with the PS going on, there’s no one to at least appear to be regulating commodities. Aussie Trade Balance goes the wrong way, Berlusconi needs to go away, Hildebrand won’t face charges, and no Jobs Jamboree this Friday are all discussed this morning. Currencies today 10/2/13. American Style: A$ .9345, kiwi .8235, C$ .9670, euro 1.3520, sterling 1.62, Swiss $1.1050, . European Style: rand 10.1240, krone 6.0185, SEK 6.3940, forint 219.55, zloty 3.1230, koruna 18.9370, RUB 32.30, yen 97.40, sing 1.2515, HKD 7.7545, INR 62.46, China 6.1480, pesos 13.19, BRL 2.2155, Dollar Index 80.15, Oil $101.75, 10-year 2.63%, Silver $21.27, Platinum $1,386.80, Palladium $717.64, and Gold. $1,294.00 That’s it for today. NL Playoffs are set, The Cardinals will play the Pirates starting tomorrow afternoon, with the Braves taking on the Dodgers.   Happy Birthday to our newest trade desk member, Dane Moody. A tough day for yours truly yesterday, and today is not starting out like seashells and balloons, but I’ll get through it. I go today to have my “eye shell polished”. Always an interesting hour. I just received an email from who knows where, that has a subject line of: “The “Holy Grail” of Cancer Treatment Revealed”. Of course to find out that that is, I would have to listen to a 40 minute dissertation on why I should listen to this person, and then sign up for their newsletter that costs “X”. What a bunch of dookie! If you know the “holy grail” to cancer treatment shout it out loud! Share it with the rest of the class!  These things just drive me to yelling at the walls!   And with that. I think I had better get this out the door. I hope you have a Wonderful Wednesday! Chuck Butler President EverBank World Markets 1-800-926-4922 1-314-647-3837last_img read more

Childhood cartoons have programmed us to see banke

first_imgChildhood cartoons have programmed us to see bankers as evil, greedy businessmen who delight in preying on the poor. Case in point: Snidely Whiplash.Snidely Whiplash and Nell As children we latched onto stories of the evil banker who held the mortgage on poor Nell’s ranch. Somehow a hero, Dudley Do-Right, emerged in the nick of time to save the day, and the banker was foiled again.Take Your Mortgage to the Grave Snidely Whiplash is at it again in the United Kingdom; only now he has a new scheme to snatch up the property of the poor: lifetime mortgages. It seems that Snidely has been so successful at lending to people who cannot repay their mortgages that he’s overwhelmed the system. But beware of bankers bearing gifts. In the UK, interest-only mortgages allow borrowers to repay only interest during the life of the mortgage, usually twenty-five years. While that keeps month-to-month costs low, borrowers still have to repay the balance at the end of loan’s term… You can see where this is headed. As Dan Hyde, Consumer Affairs Editor of the Telegraph reports, Around 130,000 interest-only mortgages are due to expire every year until 2020, with half facing a shortfall of £71,000 on average, according to the City watchdog. Of the 2.8 million interest-only mortgages in Britain, an estimated 1.3 million are ticking time bombs, so to speak. Banks touted interest-only loans when the industry was booming, but as these notes come due, borrowers are faced with losing their homes.The Poisonous Band-Aid In order to mitigate the crisis, magnanimous bankers are offering lifetime mortgages to borrowers in their 50s and 60s who are coming up short. How do these Band-Aids work? The borrower continues to pay interest and can remain in the home for life. When the borrower dies, the house reverts to the bank. (Sorry kids, no house to inherit.) During boom times, buyers on both sides of the Pond bought homes they could not realistically afford. No money to put down? No problem! Just sign here, move in, and start making the payments. It’s as simple as that.“Don’t worry,” Snidely Whiplash said. “Real estate always increases in value.” Now those notes are coming due, aging borrowers haven’t saved nearly enough to pay the balance, and many if not most of their homes haven’t increased in value. If an interest-only borrower’s home had appreciated 10-20% (providing much-needed equity) during the life of the mortgage, which was the longtime norm, the bank would likely convert the original loan to a conventional mortgage. From the bank’s perspective, why not convert if the home’s value still covers the amount of the loan. And of course, it would pocket origination fees again and receive additional interest income.That’s Not What Happened Sad to say, for the most part banks offering the lifetime-mortgage Band-Aid hold property that is worth far less than the mortgage. The bank is screwed if it forecloses because it will have to sell at a substantial loss. Oh my! Enter Snidely Whiplash, eager to let Grandma and Grandpa stay in their home. All they have to do is keep paying the interest. When they die, he’ll then take the home. Well, any five-year-old can tell you that Dudley Do-Right saves the day, not Snidely Whiplash. So why would he propose such a scheme? It’s pretty simple. If all those borrowers default, the bank is left with unpaid mortgages and homes worth less than the unpaid balances. Homeowners, wake up! This silly scheme will shackle you in poverty. There is a better way.Plan B What if homeowners united, and all 1.3 million dropped their keys off at the bank and moved out? Sell everything—furniture, kitchenware, bathroom cabinets, hot water heaters, you name it. Salvage some cash to start over. Find an inexpensive place to rent; you will be there only a short time. Soon there would be a huge housing glut and house prices would drop radically. The bankers would have to sell the homes at their current value and swallow the losses. How would seniors benefit? Well, wouldn’t you rather rent from an owner who owns the home at a lower price, thereby reducing your monthly payment? Plus you won’t have to worry about taxes, maintenance, or upkeep. And at the same time, you give yourself a second chance at possibly accumulating some wealth. Signing a lifetime mortgage destroys that chance. I have yet to hear of lifetime interest-only mortgages in the US. The closest thing to it stateside is a reverse mortgage. While a reverse mortgage makes sense under very limited circumstances, vigilance is in order. When TV characters like the Fonz earn big bucks to promote reverse mortgages, you know the scheme must be profitable for the banking industry. Remember this universal truth: when a banker is concerned about you, it is for his own benefit, not yours. Come to think of it, give the Fonz a top hat, long twisted mustache and… Oh, never mind!On the Lighter Side Last Saturday the baseball world said good-bye to one of my boyhood heroes, Ernie Banks. He passed on his 84th birthday. Ernie’s accomplishments on the field made him a first ballot member of the Hall of Fame. Off the field he was a true gentleman and ambassador for the game. Congratulations to the Patriots for winning the Super Bowl. Once again, Budweiser gets my vote for the best commercial with their famous Clydesdale horses and puppy. Baseball fans love the Super Bowl because it means baseball season is right around the corner. Pitchers and catchers report for spring training in less than two weeks. And finally… Good friend Toots shared a gem with me, which I wanted to share because it reminded me of Ernie Banks. He always saw the bright side of life. Don’t miss my latest interview on the Financial Survival Network, and follow us on Twitter @millersmoney. Until next week…last_img read more

first_img – Right now, junk bonds are hanging in there because most investors aren’t as worried about junk bond defaults as they were last year. But that’s not the only thing holding the junk bond market together. • Inflation doesn’t hurt junk bonds as much as safe bonds… Inflation, as you probably know, measures how quickly prices rise. High inflation is bad for everyday people. It makes the money in their wallet less valuable. It also hurts people who own bonds, especially bonds with low interest rates… Let’s pretend that you own two bonds. One is a government bond that yields 2%. The other is a junk bond that yields 5%. Let’s also assume there’s no inflation (0%) for the first year that you own these bonds. In this case, your “real” return (a bond’s yield minus the rate of inflation) on the government bond would be 2%. Your junk bond would have a real return of 5%. Simple enough. Now, let’s say inflation jumps to 2% in year two. This would drop the government bond’s real return to 0%. You wouldn’t make any money on it. But you’d still make a 3% “real” return on your junk bond. In short, inflation destroys the return on safe (low-yield) bonds quicker than junk (high-yield) bonds. That’s important because most investors expect inflation to rise in the coming months…which is a big reason why Treasurys and other safe bonds have tanked. This rally is on thin ice. After the election, U.S. stocks took off. The S&P 500, Dow Jones Industrial Average, and Nasdaq all hit record highs days after Donald Trump pulled off the unthinkable. But, as you’ve probably noticed, the rally in U.S stocks has petered out. The S&P 500 is trading exactly where it was a month ago. The Dow has fallen six days in a row. These aren’t signs of a healthy rally, and that has a lot of investors nervous. But stocks aren’t the only high-flying asset that could be in trouble. Junk bonds look weak, too. • Junk bonds are bonds issued by companies with poor credit… They’re more dangerous than government bonds or bonds issued by companies in good financial shape. Because they’re riskier, junk bonds pay higher interest rates than “safe” bonds. Lately, junk bonds have been very popular with investors. The iShares iBoxx $ High Yield Corporate Bond ETF (HYG), the largest U.S. junk bond fund, has gained 4% since last June. The iShares iBoxx $ Investment Grade Corporate Bond ETF (LQD), which holds bonds issued by companies with good credit, is down 2% over the same period. The iShares 20+ Year Treasury Bond ETF (TLT), which holds long-term Treasurys, is down 7%. You might find it strange that junk bonds rallied while “safe” bonds fell. But you have to understand a few things about junk bonds. • For one, oil companies make up a big chunk of the junk bond market… A year ago, the oil market was a complete train wreck. The price of oil was down more than 70% from its highs. It was at its lowest level in more than a decade. Low oil prices crushed the oil industry. Many companies were bleeding cash. Some couldn’t pay their bills. At one point, analysts warned that half of all oil and gas junk bonds would go bust. Then, the price of oil bottomed in mid-February. It’s nearly doubled in value since then. • Higher oil prices saved countless oil companies… They gave junk bonds a big boost. In fact, HYG bottomed on the same day that oil bottomed, February 11. It’s since spiked 15%, thanks to higher prices. But, like stocks, the rally in junk bonds started to fizzle out. You can see in the chart below that HYG hasn’t set a new high since October.  Doug Casey Shows You How To Turn Trump’s First 100 Days Into $10,000s Back in ’93, Doug Casey took a $1,875 stake of money, then made one bold move. Exactly two and a half years later, his stake was worth $1.2 million. An extraordinary 64,000% return. Could we see a similar moneymaking opportunity during Trump’s first 100 days? Click here now to learn more from Doug. • If stocks fall, junk bonds should, too… And we have plenty of reasons to be worried about stocks. For one, profits for companies in the S&P 500 stopped growing in 2014. Until profits pick up, we’re going to take a cautious view on stocks. U.S. stocks are also incredibly expensive. Right now, the S&P 500 trades for 26 times earnings. That means U.S. stocks are 63% more expensive than their historic average. • The “Trump Effect” is about the only thing keeping stocks afloat right now… Unlike Obama, Donald Trump brings a wealth of business experience to the White House. Many folks think Trump’s pro-business policies could jumpstart the U.S. economy. But these same people seem to have forgotten that Trump’s inheriting a huge mess. Plus, he’s a total wild card. We have no idea what we’re getting with Trump. Frankly, we wouldn’t be surprised if he broke many of the promises that got him elected. That’s why we’re taking a “wait and see” approach with stocks. • We also encourage you to sit out the rally in junk bonds… They’re too risky AND they’re expensive, as you’ll see in today’s Chart of the Day. We also don’t think you should short junk bonds right now. While it’s lost some momentum, HYG is still in an uptrend. And you should never bet against something that’s got the wind at its back. • If you’re hungry for yield, we encourage you to invest in world-class dividend payers… Unfortunately, most U.S. stocks don’t yield much these days. The S&P 500 yields just 2.0%. That’s less than half of its historical average. The good news is that we can help you find great dividend-paying stocks… Nick Giambruno, editor of Crisis Investing, has developed a proprietary system for finding companies with fat dividends. This same system also helps Nick find world-class companies trading at deep bargains. He calls this system his “Value Radar.” Over the past year, Nick has used this system to generate returns of 103%, 51%, and 40% for his readers. Most investors never make returns this good. That’s because most people don’t have a system. They wing it instead. They buy whatever stock is hot or whatever bond pays the most. • You can’t afford to take those kinds of risks right now… To see why, watch this brand-new presentation. It talks about a financial crisis that’s been quietly brewing for years. According to Casey Research founder Doug Casey, this crisis could cause stocks, bonds, and currencies to plunge. It could also put thousands of companies out of business and millions of people out of work. Most investors aren’t ready for this. They’re still laying out on the beach while a Category 5 hurricane is about to make landfall. The good news is that you don’t have to be a victim. In this FREE video, we’ll show you a simple yet proven way to flip this coming crisis into big gains. Click here to learn more. Chart of the Day Junk bonds aren’t cheap. Today’s chart comes from The Wall Street Journal. It shows the yield spread between junk bonds and U.S. Treasurys over the past 20 years. When the spread is high, it means junk bonds are paying much more than Treasurys. When it’s low, it means junk bonds aren’t paying that much more than Treasurys. Right now, the spread is half of its historical average. In other words, junk bond investors aren’t being compensated for the extra risk they’ve assumed. There’s not much margin of safety in junk bonds today, either. The Wall Street Journal reported last week: Junk bonds have defaulted historically at an average rate of 4.2% a year, according to data from Standard & Poor’s. That is more than the current spread, meaning the extra yield investors hope to capture by owning junk could easily evaporate. Investors tend to forget this, especially during periods of low defaults. In short, this means junk bonds are expensive. Keep this in mind if you’ve been thinking about buying them for their “fat” yields. Recommended Linkscenter_img — Executive Order #0001 Forget the Mexican wall… Or a repeal of Obamacare. Trump’s first executive order could send a tiny $1 stock soaring. • At this point, you might be thinking that junk bonds are a safe place to park your money… But you have to understand that junk bonds behave more like stocks than bonds. That’s because they’re risky like stocks. You can see in the chart below that HYG has basically moved in lockstep with the S&P 500 since the start of 2016. Regards, Justin Spittler Delray Beach, Florida January 19, 2017 We want to hear from you. If you have a question or comment, please send it to feedback@caseyresearch.com. We read every email that comes in, and we’ll publish comments, questions, and answers that we think other readers will find useful.last_img read more

Suicide rates have increased in nearly every state

first_imgSuicide rates have increased in nearly every state over the past two decades, and half of the states have seen suicide rates go up more than 30 percent.Suicide is a major public health issue, accounting for nearly 45,000 deaths in 2016 alone. That is why the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta decided to take a comprehensive look at suicides from 1999 to 2016.”Suicide in this country really is a problem that is impacted by so many factors. It’s not just a mental health concern,” says Deborah Stone, a behavioral scientist at the CDC and the lead author of the new study. “There are many different circumstances and factors that contribute to suicide. And so that’s one of the things that this study really shows us. It points to the need for a comprehensive approach to prevention.”She and her colleagues collected data on suicides from every state. In addition, to better understand the circumstances surrounding suicide, they turned to more detailed information collected by 27 states on suicides that occurred in 2015.The rise in suicide rates was highest in the central, northern region of the U.S., with North Dakota, for example, seeing a 57.6 percent increase since 1999. Nevada was the only state that saw no increase, and Delaware saw the smallest increase which was 5.9 percent.The findings were published in the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.Guns were the most common method used for suicide, accounting for almost half of the people who died.Often, the suicide seemed to happen without warning: 54 percent of the people who killed themselves didn’t have a previously known mental health issue. “Instead, these folks were suffering from other issues, such as relationship problems, substance misuse, physical health problems, job or financial problems, and recent crises or things that were coming up in their lives that they were anticipating,” says Stone.Researchers and advocacy groups who work to prevent suicide say the report shows that much more needs to be done to tackle this growing problem.”None of this is surprising information, which is not to trivialize its importance. I think it captures a lot of trends that we’ve been becoming more and more aware of over recent years,” says psychologist Michael Anestis at the University of Southern Mississippi, who researches suicide and is the author of Guns and Suicide: An American Epidemic.He thinks the general public commonly pictures someone who had been getting treatment for a long period before killing themselves, like fashion designer Kate Spade, who died this week, but that’s often not the case.That means any public health effort to reduce suicides can’t solely focus on those who have reached out for help. It has to be paired with measures that would make suicidal people less likely to die even if they never went to see a doctor.The CDC report cites several different approaches, such as working to stabilize housing and teaching coping and problem-solving skills early in life.The report also cites the need to reduce “access to lethal means” but without explicitly discussing firearms or controversial issues such as gun control legislation. Asked whether that was a deliberate omission, because of the political climate surrounding gun control, Stone said that suicide rates have been increasing across all methods.”So it’s not just about firearms, it’s also about other methods of suicide such as hanging, suffocation, poisoning and the like,” she said. “We are concerned with all aspects of suicide prevention, including access to lethal means, and so we do include that in a comprehensive approach to suicide prevention.”But Anestis believes that it’s important to not beat around the bush when it comes to guns and to talk about the importance of things like setting waiting periods for purchase, and storing guns locked and unloaded.”American suicide is predominantly a firearm issue. Anytime we want to resolve something that involves firearms, we’ve need to talk about firearms explicitly,” he says. “The conversation about firearms and suicide doesn’t have to be a debate about the Second Amendment. It could be a debate about where can we find some common ground that doesn’t simply involve only talking about people with mental illnesses, because as this paper shows, that’s not going to get the job done.”Research shows that the decision to attempt suicide is often made quickly, in an impulsive way, says Robert Gebbia, the head of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.”You may be thinking about it over time, but that moment when you actually make an attempt is a very short window,” he explains. “If you could make it harder to make that attempt by not having access to the means, often what happens is the feelings will pass, it gives people time for someone to intervene and get them help, so that is a really important preventative step that can be done. And there’s good research to support that.”Suicide researchers already know a lot of the information in this new report, says Gebbia, “but the public doesn’t. And so a report like this really draws attention to the fact that we need to do a whole lot more to prevent suicide, to save lives.”He points out, for example, that the nation currently has no federally funded suicide prevention program for adults. “There are some for youth, but they’re very, very tiny,” says Gebbia. “We can’t expect a major public health problem like this to be addressed unless we see the investment.”The CDC said that people can learn about warning signs of suicide to help people at risk. One resource is the website: www.BeThe1to.com. To reach the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, call 1-800-273-TALK (8255). Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

A Tory leadership contender left her job as work a

first_imgA Tory leadership contender left her job as work and pensions secretary without answering key questions from an MP about links between her department and the deaths of benefit claimants, her former department has confirmed.Esther McVey (pictured) resigned her position last November in protest at the prime minister’s Brexit deal.But she left more than three months after receiving a letter from Stephen Lloyd, then a Liberal Democrat and now an independent MP, about claims of a possible cover-up by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).He had written to her after Disability News Service (DNS) reported how DWP was refusing to say if it showed key documents linking the deaths of claimants with the work capability assessment (WCA) to Dr Paul Litchfield, the independent expert the government hired to review the test in 2013 and 2014.He carried out the fourth and fifth reviews of the WCA but has refused to say if he was shown two letters written by coroners and a number of secret DWP “peer reviews”.Litchfield, who was recognised by the prime minister with a CBE in last June’s birthday honours, published his two reviews in December 2013 and November 2014, but neither of his reports mentioned the documents, which all link the WCA with the deaths of claimants.In his letter to McVey, Lloyd said he found it “astonishing” that Litchfield appeared not to have been shown the documents.He added: “In light of Dr Litchfield being awarded a CBE, could you please confirm whether or not he was shown the documents linking the government’s WCA program with the deaths of benefit claimants?”Weeks later, having failed to receive a reply, the MP wrote a follow-up letter to McVey.He never received a reply.This week, DWP claimed it could not comment because McVey was no longer with the department, while McVey’s office claimed it was for DWP to answer any questions about the failure to reply.A DWP spokesperson said: “As his letter was sent to Esther McVey I can’t say why a response wasn’t sent.”But a spokesperson for McVey said: “Although the letter was addressed to Esther, the ministerial correspondence team will have forwarded it to the correct person to respond.“In this case, it would not have been the secretary of state.“I am sorry I am not able to provide further information, it would be a matter for the Department for Work and Pensions to address.”Lloyd said this week: “It’s absolutely deplorable that Esther McVey, when she was secretary of state at the DWP, simply didn’t bother to respond to my letter which was first sent on the 2nd of August last year.“My office even followed her up twice, but still nothing.“This showed a total reluctance by her and the DWP to engage on what were and are shocking allegations.“To think that she’s now trying to become the new Conservative leader and even, god help us, prime minister, beggars belief.”Since DNS revealed the existence of the documents in the years after Litchfield’s final report was published, concerns have grown that senior DWP civil servants and ministers deliberately covered-up evidence showing the fatal impact of the assessment on disabled people.The admission that McVey failed to respond to Lloyd’s letter adds weight to calls in the Justice for Jodey Whiting petition* for an independent inquiry into deaths linked to DWP failings, and for evidence of criminal misconduct by civil servants or government ministers to be passed to the police.It also calls for MPs to recognise that DWP is institutionally disablist and not fit for purpose, and for DWP to “urgently change its policies and administration of social security benefits to make the safety of all claimants a priority”.The cover-up over the benefit deaths documents appeared to be confirmed earlier this month when DNS revealed how DWP had finally admitted failing to send Litchfield’s review team the coroners’ letters and the internal reviews.The admission came in DWP’s response to a complaint lodged by DNS with the Information Commissioner’s Office about the department’s failure to confirm if it passed the information to Litchfield.A senior ICO case officer told DNS: “Consultation with the ex-review team elicited statements that no such information was received from DWP nor were any physical files sent to stores.”The coroner’s letters followed the deaths of two men with mental health conditions in 2010 and 2013; they were sent to DWP in the spring of 2010 and early 2014, each warning of further such deaths if changes were not made to the WCA.Peer reviews – now known as internal process reviews – must be carried out by DWP civil servants into every death “where suicide is associated with DWP activity”, as well as other deaths and serious and complex cases that have been linked to DWP activity.DWP has admitted that at least seven peer reviews written in 2012 mentioned the WCA, and there are almost certainly more that were written by the time Litchfield wrote his final report in late 2014.One of the aims of a peer review is to “determine whether local and national standards have been followed or need to be revised/improved”, so DWP would find it hard to explain why they would not have been shown to Litchfield, whose job it was to review how the WCA was working.But neither of Litchfield’s reviews mentioned either the peer reviews or the coroners’ letters, although the second coroner’s letter was not written until he had begun work on his second review.Professor Malcolm Harrington, who carried out the first three WCA reviews in 2010, 2011 and 2012, has told DNS that he believes he was shown neither the first coroner’s letter nor any WCA-related peer reviews.To sign the Justice for Jodey Whiting petition, click on this link. If you sign the petition, please note that you will need to confirm your signature by clicking on an email you will be sent automatically by the House of Commons petitions committeeA note from the editor:Please consider making a voluntary financial contribution to support the work of DNS and allow it to continue producing independent, carefully-researched news stories that focus on the lives and rights of disabled people and their user-led organisations. Please do not contribute if you cannot afford to do so, and please note that DNS is not a charity. It is run and owned by disabled journalist John Pring and has been from its launch in April 2009. Thank you for anything you can do to support the work of DNS…last_img read more

Windows Bounty Program Offers Up to 250000 Per Bug

first_img Next Article Add to Queue 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List Microsoft –shares Apply Now » July 27, 2017 Image credit: Microsoft via PC Mag Bug bounty programs are a very efficient way of getting the wider security community involved in helping to protect a piece of software. In return for spending time trying to break through the security of any given system, you can earn some cash and a little bit of fame.This week, Microsoft announced the Windows Bounty Program, challenging “friends, hackers and researchers” to break into any and all parts of Windows 10 and Windows Server.Microsoft isn’t new to the bug bounty game. Mitigation Bypass Bounty and Bounty for Defense programs have been running since 2013, and a Microsoft Edge bounty has been in place since August 2016. The latest bounties are really more of an expansion of what’s already in place and includes the Windows Insider Preview, Windows Defender Application Guard and Microsoft Hyper-V.Rewards range anywhere from $500 right up to $250,000 for the most serious Hyper-V bugs. Hyper-V is Microsoft’s solution for running virtual machines and helps power the Azure cloud computing service, so you can see why Microsoft would like to identify and fix any vulnerabilities there quickly. In order to earn $250,000 you need to identify a vulnerability that qualifies as Remote Code Execution, Information Disclosure or a Denial of Service.A nice additional feature of this bounty program is the 10 percent reward. If a bug is reported that Microsoft already discovered internally, the first finder will still receive 10 percent of the qualifying reward. So if they found a vulnerability worth $250,000, which Microsoft already knows about internally, they’ll still receive $25,000.Taken as a whole, Microsoft is clearly very keen to ensure its core products of Windows 10, Windows Server, the Edge browser and Windows Defender are as secure as possible. And with the rate at which new threats appear, it would be almost impossible to keep up relying solely on an internal security team at Microsoft.center_img In a bid to make Windows 10 and Windows Server more secure, Microsoft turns to the wider security community and tempts them with very healthy cash rewards. The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. This story originally appeared on PCMag Matthew Humphries Senior Editor 2 min read Windows Bounty Program Offers Up to $250,000 Per Buglast_img read more

Creator of Doomed Fyre Festival Gets 6Year Prison Sentence

first_img Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand Add to Queue Next Article Billy McFarland defrauded investors of tens of millions of dollars. Image credit: Variety via engadget Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful. Creator of Doomed Fyre Festival Gets 6-Year Prison Sentence 2 min read This story originally appeared on Engadget Edgar Alvarez prison Billy McFarland, the founder of the disastrous Fyre Festival from 2017, has been sentenced to six years in a federal prison, The New York Times reports. The 26-year-old was found guilty of defrauding investors, an act he admitted to earlier this year.McFarland told prosecutors then that Fyre Media got $26 million from lenders by lying and forging documents, for what was then billed as “the cultural experience of the decade.” As we know now, though, Fyre Festival ended up being the completely opposite of that, leaving attendees stranded at airports and eating sad cheese sandwiches instead of the five-star meals McFarland and his group promised them.Bands like Blink 182, which were supposedly set to perform at the event, never even showed up to the Bahamas, where the Fyre Festival was taking place. “The organizers assured us that all measures were taken to ensure a safe and successful event,” the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism said in a statement in 2017, “but clearly they did not have the capacity to execute an event of this scale.” Thousands of people also bought tickets thinking they’d be hanging out with supermodels such as Kendall Jenner, but that was obviously just another lie.”The defendant is a serial fraudster,” Manhattan federal judge Naomi Reice Buchwald said on Thursday, according to ABC News. “Mr. McFarland is a fraudster and not simply a misguided young man. Bad intent was longstanding.” –shares October 12, 2018 Enroll Now for $5last_img read more

Influencer Marketing Is Maturing Heres What You Need to Know

first_imgInfluencer Marketing Is Maturing: Here’s What You Need to Know PRNewswireJune 15, 2019, 7:00 pmJune 14, 2019 Julius, a leading influencer marketing platform, recently published its State of Influencers Report 2019 in coordination with New York public relations and digital marketing agency, Lippe Taylor. For the report, Julius conducted an in-depth survey of 300 influencers, asking about their motivations, how they leverage social media, and their preferences when working with brands.“Influencers are motivated more by the opportunity to be creative or share their passions and expertise than they are by financial drivers,” says Amy Nutt, VP of Marketing, Julius. “Overall, they’re thoughtful about opportunities and looking to build long-term relationships with brands that align with their audiences and content.” The survey also explored influencers’ approach to authenticity, regulations, management, and compensation. Despite media reports to the contrary, influencers have a keen sense of what behaviors are fraudulent or unethical, and fewer than 20 percent of influencers report seeing such behaviors frequently. In fact, 80 percent consider it very important to be a fan of a brand to create sponsored content for that brand, and 84 percent follow the FTC guidelines for influencer marketing, using #ad, #sponsored, or #brandpartner in sponsored posts.Marketing Technology News: VidMob Closes $25 Million In Series B Financing To Fuel Global Expansion Of Creative Technology Platform, Agile Creative Studio“As marketers have become more sophisticated in their use and application of influencer marketing, so have the influencers,” said Amy. “More than a third of our respondents consider being an influencer a full-time job or are transitioning to full-time soon, and 18 percent of full-time influencers earn more than $100,000 annually as an influencer. It’s becoming a viable career path, and influencers are invested in keeping the industry honest and authentic.”Marketing Technology News: Oracle Moat to Measure Viewability for Samsung AdsBeyond quantitative results, the survey also included the open-ended question: What’s the one piece of advice you’d give marketers who are looking to partner with influencers? Respecting influencer creativity, negotiating fairly, communicating clearly, and being a good partner were all popular responses.Marketing Technology News: VidMob Closes $25 Million In Series B Financing To Fuel Global Expansion Of Creative Technology Platform, Agile Creative Studiocenter_img Digital Marketing AgencyInfluencer marketingJuliusMarketing TechnologyNewsState of Influencers Report Previous ArticleTallwave Earns Key Industry Awards from the American Marketing Association; Also Claims Spot as a Top Company to Work for in ArizonaNext ArticleThe Age of AI and Wall Streetlast_img read more

Boeing dealing with second software problem on troubled jet

first_imgBoeing has found another software issue that needs fixing on its 737 Max jets, and the discovery explains why the aircraft maker is delaying its schedule for getting the planes back in the air. A Boeing spokesman on Friday called it a “relatively minor issue” and said the plane maker already has a fix in the works.The spokesman, Charles Bickers, said the latest issue is not part of flight-control software that Boeing has been working to upgrade for months.That software, known by its acronym MCAS, is suspected in two recent deadly crashes in Indonesia and Ethiopia that led regulators to ground the plane worldwide last month. © 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. Credit: CC0 Public Domain Explore furthercenter_img Boeing: 737 MAX certification followed US rules Citation: Boeing dealing with second software problem on troubled jet (2019, April 5) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-04-boeing-software-problem-jet.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

HC convicts one in British teenager Scarlett Keeling death case

first_img Next Press Trust of India PanajiJuly 17, 2019UPDATED: July 17, 2019 19:40 IST Scarlett Keeling was found dead with bruises on her body at Anjuna beach in Goa in February 2008. (File Photo)The Bombay High Court’s Goa bench on Wednesday convicted a person in the 2008 British teenager Scarlett Eden Keeling death case, overturning his acquittal by the trial court.Scarlett was found dead with bruises on her body at Anjuna beach in Goa on February 18, 2008. Two locals, Samson D’Souza and Placido Carvalho, were accused of leaving her to die after drugging and sexually abusing her.The Goa Children’s Court had acquitted both last year.On appeal, the high court convicted D’Souza under IPC sections 328 (for administrating drugs), 354 (outraging woman’s modesty), 304 (culpable homicide not amounting murder), and 201 (causing disappearance of evidence) and for child abuse under section 8(2) of the Goa Children’s Act.The arguments on quantum of sentence would be heard on July 19.The high court, however, upheld the acquittal of Placido Carvalho.The case, initially investigated by Goa Police, was handed over to the CBI by the state government after Scarlett’s mother, Fiona Mackeown, raised doubts about the investigations.ALSO READ | All you need to know about infamous Scarlett Keeling rape and murderALSO WATCH | 28-year-old Irish woman found dead in Goa beach, suspect detainedFor the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for World Cup news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byPrakriti Sharma HC convicts one in British teenager Scarlett Keeling death caseThe Bombay High Court’s Goa bench on Wednesday convicted a person in the 2008 British teenager Scarlett Eden Keeling death case, overturning his acquittal by the trial court.advertisementlast_img read more

Amid the hype and din campaign for 91 Lok Sabha seats ends

first_imgSHARE After farmers, fluorosis victims to contest against Modi, Rahul SHARE SHARE EMAIL RELATED AIMIM reigns supreme in Hyderabad After a fortnight of high-decibel electioneering marked by release of manifestos that were loaded with competitively populist schemes, campaigning for the first phase of the general elections came to an end on Tuesday.Though the campaign was largely peaceful, Naxalites attacked a convoy in Dantewada district of Chattisgarh on Tuesday, killing BJP MLA from the State Bheema Mandavi and four security personnel.In the first of the seven-phased electoral exercise, touted to be the world’s biggest, polling will be held in 91 Lok Sabha constituencies spread across 20 States and Union Territories on April 11. The important States that go to polls in this phase are Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Andhra Pradesh, West Bengal, Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh and Telangana.Simultaneously, elections for the legislative assemblies will be held in Andhra Pradesh, Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh and Odisha (28/147) on the same day. Till the end of polling, the ban on public meetings, all sorts of election-related processions, media advertisements and promotions will continue.While the BJP’s campaign focused on national security, tensions between India and Pakistan and populist schemes — with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP President Amit Shah leading the charge — the Congress came up with the NYAY scheme, promising ₹72,000 per family/year. The latter also harped on jobs, the Rafale fighter jet deal and the government’s “failures”.In the North-East, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, regional issues also found resonance.The battle was fought as aggressively on the cyber space as it was across these constituencies, with parties making full use of the social media, YouTube and other digital platforms. Are national parties irrelevant in AP, TS? political campaigns Workers removing mic sets of a campaign vehicle and pack up as the election campaign for assembly and parliamentary constituencies ended across the state, in Vijayawada on Tuesday. Photo: V Raju   –  The Hindu April 09, 2019center_img As campaign concludes in AP, Jagan Reddy’s remarks on Amaravati leave voters in doubt national elections poll campaign Elections 2019 First phase of polls to be held on April 11 COMMENTS Published on COMMENTlast_img read more

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