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Joel Klatt Releases A Bold College Football Preseason Top 25

first_imgAdrian Martinez warms up for Nebraska.LINCOLN, NE – SEPTEMBER 15: Quarterback Adrian Martinez #2 of the Nebraska Cornhuskers warms up before the game against the Troy Trojans at Memorial Stadium on September 15, 2018 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)FOX Sports college football analyst Joel Klatt released his preseason top 25 poll on Saturday afternoon. It’s a bold one.Klatt is extremely high on Nebraska, ranking the Huskers at No. 13 heading into the season, despite the fact that Scott Frost’s team is coming off a 4-8 season.The FOX Sports analyst is also really high on another Big Ten team: Michigan State.Klatt has the Spartans right ahead of the Huskers at No. 12 in the country. Here’s his entire top 25:My Top 2525 Army24 Northwestern23 Stanford22 Iowa21 Miss St20 Auburn19 Iowa St18 Miami17 Washington16 TCU15 Oregon14 A&M13 Nebraska12 Michigan St11 Florida10 Utah9 LSU8 Notre Dame7 Ohio St6 Texas5 Michigan4 Oklahoma3 Georgia2 Bama1 Clemson https://t.co/6lW3Ch7UQs— Joel Klatt (@joelklatt) August 24, 2019One of these top 25 teams has already suffered a loss, as his No. 18 team, Miami, fell in an ugly game to Florida on Saturday evening.The entire college football slate kicks off next weekend.The new Associated Press and Coaches’ Poll top 25s will be updated on Tuesday, Sept. 3.last_img read more

Contracts Signed for Upgrading of Santa Cruz Health Centre

first_imgWork to develop the Santa Cruz Health Centre in St. Elizabeth into one of four Centres of Excellence across the island, is to get underway soon, following Tuesday’s (January 15) contract signing for phase one of the project. Health Minister, Hon. Dr. Fenton Ferguson; representatives of the National Health Fund (NHF), which is financing the project; the Southern Regional Health Authority (SRHA), and the contractors, Bajad Limited and CP Specialists Limited, signed a contract valued at $25 million at a ceremony held at the Percy Junor Hospital in Spaldings, Clarendon. The initial phase of the Santa Cruz development will entail, among other things, the provision of furnishing and equipment as well as reconstruction of the roof, and is slated for completion by April. The second phase will focus on improving diagnostics services; the child and maternal section; and dental service provisions. It is expected to be completed within the 2013/14 fiscal year.Other facilities earmarked to be developed as Centres of Excellence are: the Isaac Barrant Health Centre, St. Thomas; Claremont Health Centre, St. Ann; and Darliston Health Centre, Westmoreland.Dr. Ferguson said that the centres will provide a range of provisions, including diagnostic services. He said the administration is focused on primary health renewal to ease the burden on the hospitals.He noted that more persons are seeking medical care at secondary and tertiary health institutions for conditions, which can be easily and readily addressed at primary facilities. This, he contended, placed significant pressure on the larger institutions to deal with matters requiring their intervention.“We believe that… it is a strategy that will help to ease the pressure on our secondary care institutions. These Centres of Excellence (are expected to) become a part of the process that will allow persons to experience, at the primary level, what you would want, ideally, to take place and what they believe, many of them, is taking place at the secondary level. That is why they, oftentimes, crowd the hospitals for treatment; and so we have to encourage this as a strategy…going forward,” he stated.last_img read more

StarStudded Rally Behind Nations Veterans

first_imgParalyzed Veterans of America, the Coalition to Salute America’s Heroes, Disabled American Veterans, the Military Order of the Purple Heart and the Academy of United States Veterans are proud to host The Vettys Presidential Inaugural Ball on January 20, 2017 at Washington D.C.’s historic Hay-Adams Hotel.The unprecedented and unparalleled event celebrates a monumental night in honor of the 45th President of the United States.Find out more about the event here.Today, the 2017 Vettys Presidential Inaugural Ball and Awards proudly and excitedly announces its outstanding Honorary Host Committee members. The admirable two-time Academy Award and three-time Golden Globe winner, actor and producer Michael Douglas is a member of the Honorary Host Committee in support of this worthy cause. Among the refined committee members is Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Actor, Adam Driver, who is also a former Marine, Combat Veteran and the founder of Arts in the Armed Forces. Actor, Director, Producer, and Co-Chair of the Artists’ Committee for the Innocence Project, Tony Goldwyn; Actor and Director Scott Foley; Actress, Singer, and Producer Bellamy Young and Film and Stage Actor, Joshua Malina are also among the esteemed committee members. The Vettys Presidential Inaugural Ball is also privileged to have Senior Director for Justice for Vets and West Wing’s Melissa Fitzgerald and Private Practice and Grey’s Anatomy’s Kate Walsh joining the Honorary Host Committee.This night of honor, elegance and prestige will bring together service men and women in unity. VIPs will walk down a black carpet in honor of America’s fallen heroes. The most influential and patriotic members of the American society from the Nation’s Capital and around the country will gather in this nonpartisan celebration to salute their next Commander in Chief.Paralyzed Veterans of America is a veterans service organization representing veterans with spinal cord injury and/or disease and advocating for the civil rights of all disabled persons for 70 years. PVA is serving in a host-advisory capacity with representation on the Inaugural Ball Planning Committee.last_img read more

ExPeru president arrested in California drunkenness case

first_imgSan Francisco: Former Peruvian President Alejandro Toledo, wanted in his home country in connection with Latin America’s biggest graft scandal, was arrested in California on suspicion of public intoxication and spent the night in jail before he was released Monday morning, authorities have said. Alejandro Toledo, 72, was arrested Sunday night at a restaurant near the San Francisco Bay Area city of Menlo Park, said San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Rosemerry Blankswade on Monday. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USToledo was released without charges Monday morning, which Blankswade said is routine for most public drunkenness arrests. Toledo was Peru’s president from 2001 to 2006 and moved to Northern California shortly after leaving office to work and study at Stanford University in Palo Alto, according to a 2007 San Francisco Chronicle report. Toledo earned a doctoral degree in education and two master’s degrees from Stanford, where he delivered the commencement speech to the school’s graduating class of 2003 while still in office. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsHe has held a variety of fellowships and visiting scholar positions at Stanford until 2017, according to university announcements. In 2017, the same year Peruvian officials announced they were seeking to arrest Toledo, Stanford spokeswoman Brooke Donald told a Latin American media outlet that the college was severing its ties with Toledo, who she said was an unpaid “volunteer” who didn’t teach. Stanford officials didn’t respond to email and phone inquiries Monday. Toledo is wanted in Peru where authorities have offered a 30,000 reward for his capture. Peruvian prosecutors accuse him with of taking 20 million in bribes from Brazilian construction firm Odebrecht while he served as president. He has denied wrongdoing.last_img read more

On Day to Combat Desertification UN calls for action to restore land

Many children can no longer go to school because they are forced to look for water. To escape the heat, they begin their search at night usually coming home the next day in the sfternoon. Photo/UNICEF “The livelihoods and well-being of hundreds of millions of people are at stake,” the Secretary-General said in his message to mark the World Day to Combat Desertification, whose theme this year is ‘Protect Earth. Restore land. Engage people.’ “Over the next 25 years, land degradation could reduce global food productivity by as much as 12 per cent, leading to a 30 per cent increase in world food prices,” he added. Ranking among the greatest environmental challenges of our time, desertification is a phenomenon that refers to the persistent degradation of dryland ecosystems by human activities – including unsustainable farming, mining, overgazing and clear-cutting of land – and by climate change. The Day – which is observed annually on 17 June – is intended to promote public awareness of the issues of desertification and drought, and the implementation of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) in those countries experiencing serious drought and/or desertification. The drought in the province of Jowzjan, north of Afghanistan, became unproductive land. UNHCR/ V.Tan In his message, the Secretary-General emphasized that more than 50 per cent of agricultural land is moderately or severely degraded, with 12 million hectares lost to production each year. “Desertification, land degradation, drought and climate change are interconnected. As a result of land degradation and climate change, the severity and frequency of droughts have been increasing, along with floods and extreme temperatures,” he said. The Secretary-General emphasized that without a long-term solution, desertification and land degradation will not only affect food supply but lead to increased migration and threaten the stability of many nations and regions. “This is why world leaders made land degradation neutrality one of the targets of the Sustainable Development Goals [SDGs]. That means rehabilitating at least 12 million hectares of degraded land a year,” he said. One important approach towards achieving that goal is sustainable, climate-smart agriculture, Mr. Ban said. That will help communities build resilience to climate change, while also supporting mitigation by taking carbon from the atmosphere and putting it back in the soil. “The transition to sustainable agriculture will also alleviate poverty and generate employment, especially among the world’s poorest. By 2050, it could create some 200 million jobs across the entire food production system,” the UN chief said. “On this Day, I urge cooperation among all actors to help achieve land degradation neutrality as part of a broader effort to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals and build a future of dignity and opportunity for all,” he added. In another message to mark the Day, Irina Bokova, the Director-General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), underscored that desertification is a threat to both arid and non-arid regions, where land over-exploitation, including intensive farming, forest exploitation for fuel and timber and overgrazing have turned fertile soils into sterile land. “Extreme weather events – like droughts, winds, floods and climate disruptions – are amplifying the effects and adding new causes to the degradation cycle,” said Ms. Bokova. “The stakes are high – this is why the goal of achieving land degradation neutrality is so important. This is set out in Target 15.3 of the new Sustainable Development Goals, to maintain and even improve the amount of healthy and productive land resources,” she added. The Director-General highlighted that the UNESCO Man and the Biosphere Programme, International Hydrological Programme and Global Action Programme on Education for Sustainable Development are working to engage people in sustainable land management practices and agro-forestry, in developing green economies, in consuming responsibly, and in restoring ecosystems. “Desertification is not always irreversible. Land restoration is the ultimate tool, and UNESCO is determined to do everything to restore our ecosystems, as was featured during the World Congress of Biosphere Reserves, held in Lima, in March 2016,” Ms. Bokova said. “Desertification is a global threat that requires global action – this must start with each of us, with our deeper engagement to protecting our planet for all to share,” she added. For her part, UNCCD Executive Secretary Monique Barbut emphasized that land degradation neutrality should be a top policy goal for every nation that values freedom and choice. “Conserving land and restoring that which is degraded back to health is not a benefit that only flows to the billions of people who eke out a living directly from the land,” Ms. Barbut said. “It is a vote to safeguard our own freedoms of choice, and those of our children. It is also a moral standard against which we may well be judged by history,” she added. The Executive Secretary also noted that the inclination to degrade new land instead of fixing and re-using the land that is already degraded means that future generations cannot benefit from the same resources. “The rights we claim to enjoy these land resources come with a heavy moral obligation to manage them well. More so, as we may be, literally, the last generation that can significantly slow down the accelerated loss of the land resources left,” Ms. Barbut said. “This generation – our generation – has the time, human, knowledge and financial means to reverse these trends, and restore a vast amount of the degraded lands. But we must work together,” she stressed. read more

Simon Armitage is unveiled as the UKs new Poet Laureate

“A lot of my passion lies in that direction and I think it is a subject matter fit for our age.”The post also comes with a supply of sherry, which Armitage said he will probably give away as prizes: “I can’t see myself getting through 700 bottles of sherry at home. If I do the work might take a little bit of a dip.” Simon Armitage has been unveiled as the UK’s new Poet Laureate, joining an esteemed line that includes Lord Tennyson, William Wordsworth and Ted Hughes.But if you are eager to read his first poem, the wait may be long.In an interview marking his announcement, Armitage said he may not be able to write anything.“I simply don’t know what I’m going to produce, when I’m going to produce it or if I’m going to produce anything at all. The role of Laureate is not necessarily about writing. It’s more about advocacy and and initiatives and projects,” he said.Asked to define what a Poet Laureate does, the 55-year-old Yorkshireman said it is “an ambassadorial role, a ceremonial role, where you get the opportunity to endorse poetry and speak up on behalf of it.”In the public imagination, the Poet Laureate produces work to mark royal occasions. Ted Hughes, the last lifetime holder, took his relationship with the Crown seriously.Carol Ann Duffy, who Armitage succeeds, was accused of being a reluctant chronicler of royal events, preferring to write odes to gas meters and David Beckham’s torn Achilles, but did commemorate the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. However, there is no requirement to cover royal events, a fact reinforced by Theresa May when she telephoned Armitage on Wednesday to bestow the position upon him.“It is not in the job spec – there is absolutely no obligation to do that, and the Prime Minister made that clear to me as well,” said Armitage, who until recently was Oxford University’s Professor of Poetry.“It is still a royal appointment… but I think it’s become a much more everyday, commonplace, domestic activity now in the workspace of poetry and not just something that’s seen as it was in the old days as a duty or a requirement or an invitation to write about royal occasions.”There will be no poem marking the arrival of baby Archie – “No, I think I might have missed that boat” – but Armitage has no antipathy towards the Royal family.“I’ve been made CBE, been given the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry, so I’m hardly a rampant republican,” he said.Whether or not he writes any poems as Laureate will depend on when the inspiration takes hold of him. “If I knew where to get these poems I’d go down there with a shopping trolley and get a load of them tomorrow,” he joked. “Being a poet is sometimes a little bit like being lost on the moor in fog – you just look for the next landmark, head to it, and hope that it’s a poem.“What I am absolutely confident about is that I’m not going to hand over anything to anybody that I’m not pleased with. In my view there is no worse gift to anybody than a bad poem.”Other poets, including Wendy Cope and Benjamin Zephaniah, have said they would never take the job.“I think it’s sometimes a human defence mechanism to say you don’t want something you’re not going to be offered. Get you retaliation in early,” Armitage said.From my own point of view, I’ve always seen this as the high point of the kind of writing that I do. In some ways I’ve been an apprentice to a kind of public poetry for three decades now.“To that extent it seems to be that the role suits me in the way it might not suit other people.”He plans to use the £5,750 honorarium to fund a prize or event promoting poetry on climate change, and is looking for financial backers.“I just think it’s incredibly important that, like all art forms, poetry reacts to this situation. It is unignorable. We do have people who are writing climate change poetry and nature poetry, and I would like to try and orchestrate something that makes that more official and recognises it. read more

Mandatory retirement has lead to more 65yearolds on the dole than at

first_img http://jrnl.ie/3100802 Friday 25 Nov 2016, 6:12 AM “MANDATORY RETIREMENT IS simply age discrimination, forcing someone out of a job because they’ve reached some arbitrary age set by their employer.”Justin Moran is head of advocacy and communications at Age Action. The advocacy organisation for older people is calling for mandatory retirement clauses that force people out of their work because of their age to be abolished.“People retiring today are expected, on average, to live 20 years or more. The number of people aged over 65 is going to almost treble in the next thirty years.If someone wants to work and can do the job, why should they be forced out because they turn 65?A bill to abolish mandatory retirement drew all-party support in the Oireachtas last year but has been stalled since the General Election.It was referred to the Select Committee on Justice, Defence and Equality, it held hearings on the Bill and a report was published expressing unanimous support for the legislation.However, earlier this year the Government published its Fuller Working Lives report in which it committed to another review of the current situation, but did not abolish mandatory retirement ages.In a new briefing paper published this morning Age Action is urging TDs and senators of all parties to work together to bring the legislation forward.Financial hardshipEU employment law forbids discrimination on the basis of age, but a loophole allows member states to treat workers differently if justified by a ‘legitimate aim’. Moran said,Courts have found that examples of a ‘legitimate aim’ can include forcing older workers onto the dole to make room for younger unemployed even though the evidence shows this does not lead to increased employment for younger people.“Those countries with high rates of employment for older workers are also typically those with similar rates for young people.”Recent changes to the Irish pension system means that many victims of mandatory retirement clauses are not just losing their salaries, they’re losing out in state supports.Justin Moran explained: “The Government raised the State Pension age from 65 to 66 and abolished the transition pension.This means a worker forced into retirement at the age of 65, the most common age chosen by employers, has no choice but to go on the dole for 12 months while waiting to receive their pension.“This is why there are more 65-year-olds on Jobseeker’s Benefit than at any other age and it means these newly unemployed workers are getting almost €50 a week less than they would if they were entitled to a State Pension.”While there is no single fixed retirement age for employees, most employment contracts stipulate a retirement age of 65 which leaves many people with a ‘pension gap’ before the contributory state pension kicks in.The compulsory retirement age in the public sector for people who joined it before 1 April 2004 is 65 years.However, the minimum retirement age for people who joined the public service after 1 April 2004 is 65. Some occupations such as the gardaí, firefighters and the Defence Forces have provisions for much earlier retirement.Read: Government criticised for refusing to close the ‘pension gap’ for older workers> By Cliodhna Russell Mandatory retirement has lead to more 65-year-olds on the dole than at any other age Age Action is calling for mandatory retirement clauses that force people out of their work because of their age to be abolished. Image: Shutterstock/Kinga Image: Shutterstock/Kinga 32 Comments Share274 Tweet Email Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URL Nov 25th 2016, 6:12 AM 14,276 Views last_img read more

Prominent Bollywood producers express great interest in filming in Greece

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The buzz is high around Indian-Greek relations for the future of Bollywood cinema in Greece after producers from the Bollywood industry expressed “great interest” for filming in Greece. The positive sentiments follow the Greek National Tourism Organisation’s (GNTO) participation in Travel Mart, considered the largest and most international gathering of travel trade buyers and professionals in Mumbai, India.This was the second year the GNTO attended in the hopes of attracting the attention of Bollywood productions to Greece. “India is a country of great interest to Greece as the people of both countries have deep cultural roots and shared historical references,” the GNTO said in an announcement, reported by Greek City Times.India is said to already film footage in Greece for both music video clips and popular Indian movies including the 2017 film Die Tomorrow featuring former Miss India Kashmera Shah which was filmed in Kavala, Northern Greece. According to the Indo-Hellenic Society for Culture and Development (ISHCD), a clip of the song Swag Se Swagat from the movie Tiger Zind Hai which was filmed in Naxos last year, surpassed 245 million viewers on YouTube. This is the second year that the GNTO has participated in India’s largest tourist exhibition.Outbound Travel Mart and is said to be “within the framework of the national tourism policy for the global promotion of Greece as a top destination for 365 days a year, as well as the attraction of Indian cinema productions,” IHSCD said. last_img read more

Greece to receive extra €180 million in migrant aid

first_imgGreece is set to receive an extra €180 million (AU$288.3 million) in migrant aid from the European Commission for aid projects.Announced on Monday, the funds will be put towards the Emergency Support to Integration & Accommodation (ESTIA) programme, which will support an estimated 45,000 refugees and migrants currently residing in Greece.“Greece bore the weight of responsibility at the height of the Mediterranean refugee and migrant crisis,” acknowledged the European Commission, and it continues to do so, with Greece still seeing daily arrivals of migrants and refugees.On Monday alone, Greece’s coast guard rescued a boat carrying over 30 migrants off the coast of Samos.Meanwhile a lack of adequate facilities on the Aegean islands to deal with the staggering numbers has led to overcrowding in camps, which is expected to worsen as the cold weather subsides and more people start making the trek across the waters.The extra funding is a step in the right direction.Launched by the European Union in July 2017, ESTIA has assisted thousands of refugees and migrants to find urban accommodation.“Our humanitarian programmes for refugees in Greece are a clear and loud signal of European solidarity,” said Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management, Christos Stylianides.“We continue to deliver on our strong commitment to help refugees in Greece live more secure, normal and dignified lives, and facilitate their integration into the local economy and society.“Our ESTIA programme is achieving real results to change people’s lives for the better. I pay special tribute to the Greek citizens and mayors who have welcomed refugees in their municipalities with great empathy and care.” Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

USFWS quietly allows land survey in Izembek Enviros call foul

first_imgKing Cove. Photo: Aleutians East Borough.Conservation groups say the Interior Department has gone behind the public’s back and conducted a land survey in the Izembek National Wildlife Refuge, in the area of the proposed King Cove road.Listen nowA memo from the Fish and Wildlife Service said the work would involve 80 helicopter landings over two days, to drive 122 metal survey markers into the ground. A spokeswoman for the Fish and Wildlife Service confirmed the survey work in the refuge was completed this week.“We have concerns that they violated the Wilderness Act, and we will be looking into this further,” Nicole Whittington-Evans of The Wilderness Society said. The group is one of several that filed a lawsuit in January to block the proposed road.Map via GoogleMapsThe fight over the proposed road has existed for 20 years or more. The community of King Cove wants the road to get to Cold Bay, which they say would save lives in medical emergencies. Bad weather often prevents planes from landing in King Cove, and Cold Bay has a 10,000-foot runway.But the road would have to go through about 10 miles of the refuge, which includes land categorized as “wilderness.” That’s the federal land designation of maximum protection.Conservation groups are fiercely opposed to the road. They say it would damage an area of worldwide significance to waterfowl, bears and other wildlife.In January, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke signed a land trade agreement to swap the proposed land corridor for private land owned by the King Cove Corporation. The agreement calls for a survey, to determine the value of the land.In a July 12 memo, the regional chief of the refuge system for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Mitch Ellis, wrote that the land trade agreement requires a survey, so they didn’t go through the regular management review process as they would for proposed work.If a full environmental review had been deemed necessary, the public would have had a chance to weigh in.The memo says government officials decided to do the work with helicopters so that the duration of disturbance would be limited to two days. If surveyors went in on foot, the memo says, they would have had to haze bears for a longer period.Brook Brisson is an attorney at Trustees for Alaska, a law firm that filed a legal challenge to the land trade on behalf of several environmental groups.“The Wilderness Act is a very protective statute, and it prohibits things like helicopters and installations in wilderness,” Brisson said. “And Izembek is wilderness. So we are looking very closely at the legality of those survey activities and we are evaluating next steps with our clients.”The groups’ lawsuit claims the land exchange agreement is not legal, though they have not obtained a court order that would have prevented the survey work.Neither the Service nor the Interior Department responded to questions about the legality of the work by our deadline.last_img read more

Is SpiderMan Far From Home star Tom Holland dating Zendaya

first_imgSpider-Man: Far From Home co-star Tom Holland and ZendayaTom Holland (@tomholland2013/instagram)Tom Holland and Zendaya’s Spider-Man: Far From Home movie is slated to release on July 12. Ahead of the next Marvel Cinematic Universe movie, there are several reports that have surfaced online suggesting Holland reportedly dating his co-star Zendaya.Tom Holland, however, has reportedly denied these rumors during his conversation with Elle and stated that he is currently focusing on work only. “I’m not the fleeting type at all; it’s not my way of life,” he added.Alleged reports of Tom Holland and Zendaya accelerated after the former shared a photo of the two along with Jacob Batalon and mistakenly tagged Zendaya in the most NSFW place possible. Following which, Spider-Man fans started to speculate if Tom and Zendaya will date each other in real life as well.In addition to this, Zendaya had also clarified these rumors after Spider-Man: Homecoming released worldwide in 2017. During one of her earlier interviews, she called Tom a “great dude” and added that he is her “one of [my] best friends.””This past how many months we’ve had to do press tours together. There are very few people that will understand what that’s like at 20-years-old.” Will Spider-Man appear in Venom movie?Twitter/ BossLogic/ Spider-Man: HomecomingMeanwhile, there were several reports in the recent week that suggested that Spider-Man will have a vital role in the upcoming Tom Hardy’s Venom 2 movie. Fans have been waiting for a very long time to see Peter Parker fighting alongside the Venom in the superhero movie. In a recent conversation with CinemaBlend, Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige stated that a Spider-Man/Venom movie crossover is possible but in the end, it all depends upon Sony to materialize this thought.”I think probably it’s up to Sony. Sony has both those characters and, has Venom in their world. I don’t know what their plans are for another Venom or if they’re doing that. But it seems likely at some point,” he stated.After Avengers: Endgame phenomenal success, Marvel is likely going to use all of their big guns for future movies. Fans will jump from excitement if in future we get to see Tom Holland and Tom Hardy starring in a Spider-Man/Venom crossover movie.last_img read more

Should we worry if WhatsApp shared payments data with Facebook

first_imgFacebook’s access to WhatsApp user data is causing concern for government authorities in India, which is the largest market for the chat platform.REUTERSPrime Minister Narendra Modi’s government thinks there is genuine cause for concern that Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook will get around the server location norms by sharing user data among its associate entities. The social media platform Facebook-owned chat platform WhatsApp and photo-sharing app Instagram are prime suspects for this kind of manipulation, according to government sources. Sharing of data between the entities could constitute a breach of security, privacy and commercial information guidelines, media reports say.The government has asked the National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) to examine the matter and ensure that user data collected through payment services such are not shared. In this matter, the authorities have specifically flagged WhatsApp and Google Pay, the payment service that Google owners Alphabet Inc acquired by taking over Tez, a report on the Economic Times website said citing unnamed top officials. NPCI operates the country’s retail payment and settlement systems.WhatsApp has proposed to launch a payment service in a short while. It will be based on the Unified Payments Interface (UPI), a system that enables the real-time transfer of funds between bank accounts “WhatsApp so far has said that Facebook and its non-WhatsApp subsidiaries do not use WhatsApp UPI transaction data for any commercial purposes,” the report quotes an unidentified official as saying.However, the worry is that because of WhatsApp’s sharing of Facebook’s cloud service, there is always a chance of data leak. Officials say that when the country is debating the Personal Data Protection Bill, it is important that even “non-commercial information” or information about a user collected on the WhatsApp payment platform must not be shared with Facebook or its other subsidiaries without the users’ consent. Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaks to Mark Zuckerberg, chairman and chief executive officer of Facebook Inc. Indian authorities are worried that the sharing of the cloud platform among Facebook and associates like WhatsApp and Instagram could endanger data security and privacy of users. Facebook IndiaWill Cathcart, WhatsApp’s global head, said on his maiden India visit that the popular chat app plans to roll out its payment service in the country by the year-end. Cathcart’s itinerary includes meetings with top officials of the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) and telecom and IT minister Ravi Shankar Prasad. The government will raise the privacy concerns at these meetings, the officials said. WhatsApp claims to have developed a system to store payment-related data in India to comply with the server location policy. While the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) and NPCI have mandated local storage of commercial data, India is also looking to protect and secure personal data through the PDP Bill, which will shortly be introduced in Parliament, the report says.India is WhatsApp’s largest market, with an estimated user base of about 400 million. Its payment service would pit it against Paytm, PhonePe and Google Pay in a market that grew 51 per cent to 31.34 billion digital transactions in FY19 and is expected to touch 40 billion by FY20 end, the report says. The WhatsApp management expects the user base to surge further with the payment service launch.The authorities are worried that data from the online purchase of payment service may automatically go to Facebook and even Instagram without users knowing it, according to another official. If the two companies keep using the data collected by WhatsApp payment, that is a violation of the individual’s privacy and must not be allowed, the official said.last_img read more

Feds DC Mayor Knew of Illegal Shadow Campaign

first_img(Updated 3/10/2014) WASHINGTON (AP) — District of Columbia Mayor Vincent Gray knew about an off-the-books “shadow campaign” to support his 2010 bid for the office and personally requested the funds from an influential district businessman, federal prosecutors said Monday. Gray, who’s seeking a second term and faces seven challengers in the district’s April 1 Democratic primary, dismissed the allegations as “absolute lies” and said he thought all the fundraising for his campaign was legitimate.The explosive allegations were revealed in court documents detailing the activities of Jeffrey Thompson, the multimillionaire former owner of a well-connected accounting firm who pleaded guilty Monday to two conspiracy charges.According to the documents, Gray met Thompson for dinner at the apartment of another alleged conspirator in August 2010 and presented Thompson with a one-page budget of $425,000 needed for get-out-the-vote efforts. Thompson agreed to pay that amount by funneling it through another company, the documents said.During an earlier meeting, Thompson told Gray he would fund his campaign but that the contributions would not come from him or anyone associated with him, the documents said. Thompson told Gray to say the money came from “Uncle Earl.” After the meeting to discuss the shadow campaign, Gray thanked Thompson and referred to him as “uncle,” the documents said.Gray has not been charged with a crime and has denied any wrongdoing in the 2010 campaign.”With respect to him raising money for my campaign, that I thought was being done in a perfectly legitimate fashion,” Gray told WRC-TV. “I’ve said that from day one, and I maintain that it was, to my knowledge anyway, it was a perfectly legitimate experience. So I maintain these are lies. These are absolute lies.”U.S. Attorney Ronald Machen declined to say whether the mayor would be charged. The investigation is ongoing.”What you learned about today was really only the tip of the iceberg,” he said.In addition to Gray, Thompson admitted funding a $608,000 shadow campaign for Hillary Rodham Clinton’s 2008 presidential bid and other campaigns for seven local district office candidates, prosecutors said in the documents. Clinton was not aware of the campaign, they said.The total value of Thompson’s illicit contributions was $3.3 million, prosecutors said.”Today’s guilty plea pulls back the curtain on years of widespread corruption,” Machen said. “With Mr. Thompson’s cooperation, we have the opportunity to hold many wrongdoers accountable and to usher in a new era of honesty, integrity, and transparency in D.C. politics.”Thompson’s expenditures on Gray’s campaign totaled $668,000, and they were never reported to the city’s campaign-finance office, prosecutors said. The money went toward consultants, supplies and a massive get-out-the-vote operation centered east of the Anacostia River, where Gray defeated then-Mayor Adrian Fenty by huge margins.The most recent race Thompson sought to influence, the documents allege, was that of Vincent Orange, who ran for and won an at-large council seat in 2011, and is now one of the candidates competing with Gray for the mayorship. Orange has acknowledged handing over to federal investigators documents related to the 2011 campaign.Thompson also ran a $278,000 shadow effort for Fenty when he was running for mayor in 2006, the documents allege. In the mayoral primary that year, Fenty defeated Linda Cropp, who prosecutors say also had received contributions from Thompson and his associates.Federal authorities searched Thompson’s home and offices two years ago. Since then, Machen has built a case against Thompson by targeting his associates, five of whom have pleaded guilty to felonies.Two of Gray’s close friends who worked on his 2010 campaign were among those who pleaded guilty. Two others pleaded guilty to making straw contributions to political candidates on Thompson’s behalf, and another acknowledged using illicit funds to help Clinton’s presidential bid in Texas and other primary states.Thompson allegedly created a vast network of donors, including employees, business associates, friends and relatives, many of whom made large donations to his chosen candidates on the same day, campaign finance records show. After the allegations surfaced, several candidates donated the amount they received from Thompson to charity.Thompson, a Jamaican immigrant, founded an African-American-owned accounting firm that received millions of dollars in local and federal government contracts. He was also the sole owner of D.C. Chartered Health Plan, a managed-care provider for district residents that had the single largest contract in city government, worth more than $300 million annually. The managed-care firm went bankrupt amid the investigation, and Thompson left the accounting firm.After Gray’s election, Thompson contacted him through an intermediary and asked the mayor to expedite a settlement that benefited the health care company, according to the documents. The D.C. Council ultimately approved the settlement by a thin margin, and administration officials strongly denied any wrongdoing related to the action.___Follow Ben Nuckols on Twitter at https://twitter.com/APBenNuckolsClick for related articles:“Former Owner of D.C. Chartered Health Plan, Jeffrey Thompson, Charged with Funding Illicit Campaign Activity”last_img read more

How to enable twofactor authentication on Instagram

first_imgHow to enable two-factor authentication on Instagram by Martin Brinkmann on March 23, 2017 in Internet – Last Update: March 23, 2017 – No commentsInstagram announced on March 23, 2017 that the company did enable two-factor authentication support for all users of the service.Two-factor authentication adds a security layer to the sign in process on Instagram. What is meant by that is that you are required to complete a second authentication step before you are signed in to your account and can start using the Instagram application.An attacker would have to gain access to the username and password, and also the security code that is sent to the user when a new sign in is initiated. Please note that you are only asked to complete the second authentication step if you sign in from an unknown device according to the “Keeping Instagram Safe” page.Instagram supports two different types of codes that users may use to complete the two-factor authentication process. The first comes via SMS, and it is the primary means of authentication. You get a code via SMS which you need to enter to complete the sign in process.The second is one of several backup codes. These codes are one-use codes that are generated automatically when you setup the new authentication feature on Instagram.How to enable two-factor authentication on InstagramThe only requirement for enabling two-factor authentication on Instagram is that you add a mobile phone number to the user profile.  You can do so during the setup process, and don’t need to add the phone number prior to that.Two-factor authentication is supported on Android and iOS devices.Step 1: Click on the profile icon in the bottom menu bar. Tap on the menu icon that is displayed in the top right corner when the profile page opens.Step 2: Scroll down until you find Two-Factor Authentication listed there, and tap on the option. Toggle “Require Security Code” to enable the security feature for your Instagram account.Instagram displays a prompt when you toggle the security option:Turn this on?Turning on two-factor authentication means we’ll send you a security code to enter every time you log in.Select turn on.Step 3: The next step depends on whether you have added a mobile phone number to Instagram already or not. If you have, you get a six digit code sent to the number which you need to enter. If you have not, you are asked to enter and verify the phone first.Step 4: Backup codes are listed on the next page. These codes can be used as one-time codes to sign in. Can be useful if the SMS don’t arrive on your device for instance for whatever reason.How to turn two-factor authentication off againYou can turn off two-factor authentication again at any point in time, provided that you can access the account.Turning off is simpler. You follow the steps outlined above, but toggle the “require security code” feature to off this time. You need to confirm the turning off of the security feature in the next step when a prompt is displayed to you.Disabling two-factor authentication on Instagram requires no extra confirmation of any kind.Closing WordsSupport for two-factor authentication for all users is an important step in keeping Instagram accounts safe. It is easy enough to setup, but only supports SMS or backup codes for now. Support for other code generation options, through applications for instance, would certainly be a welcome addition.Now You: do you use Instagram?SummaryArticle NameHow to enable two-factor authentication on InstagramDescriptionInstagram announced on March 23, 2017 that the company did enable two-factor authentication support for all users of the service.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

Sailboat with three Canadians rescued off Xcalak reef

first_imgXcalak is a village of approximately 375 people in the municipality of Othón P. Blanco in the southern portion of Quintana Roo in Costa Maya. Xcalak is a designated Mexican national reef park (Parque Nacional Arrecifes de Xcalak) known for its snorkeling, scuba diving and fly fishing. la Secretaría de Marina–Armada de México Chetumal, Q.R. — Members of the Navy of Mexico say they have rescued three Canadian tourists who had run aground on a sailboat on the Xcalak reef in the south of Quintana Roo. It is 60 kilometers (37 mi) south of Mahahual. Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)center_img The rescue came after a call was received from the Captaincy of Puerto de Xcalak who reported that the sailboat Mishtamek had run aground about 0.3 nautical miles NE (half a kilometer) from the Xcalak dock. Naval personnel belonging to the Naval Station of Xcalak headed out to sea to rescue the boat while personnel assigned to the Tenth First Naval Zone provided medical attention to the trio once they made land. There were no reported injuries. last_img read more

GitLab 115 released with group security and operationsfocused dashboard control access to

first_imgYesterday, the team at Gitlab released GitLab 11.5. GitLab, an application for the DevOps lifecycle helps the developer teams work together efficiently to secure their code. Group Security Dashboard and Operations-Focused Dashboard To strengthen security, the security teams need to have access to information about the security status of all their projects. It is important for them to understand what the most important task is to take up next. It is also equally important for directors of security in any organization, as they need to have a high-level view of possible critical issues which might affect the development. GitLab 11.5 introduced a new Group Security Dashboard launched at the group level. This security dashboard gives a summary of all the SAST (Static Application Security testing) vulnerabilities in the projects in a particular group, and also provides a list of actionable entries that could be used for starting a remediation process. This dashboard also has a new look and has new visualizations. The goal is to have a single tool that security teams can use instead of using multiple tools. GitLab 11.5 also comes with a new, operations-focused dashboard, which is responsible for providing a summary of the key operational metrics for each project where a user is interested. This dashboard comes with some interesting features, including, the most recent commit, time since the last deployment, and active alerts. A user can also set this dashboard as their preferred homepage. GitLab 11.5 brings control access to Gitlab Pages GitLab Pages is a feature that helps users to publish static websites directly from a repository in GitLab. GitLab Pages is also used to serve static content on the web easily. GitLab 11.5 brings control access to GitLab Pages. The access control permissions applied to issues and code can now also be applied to static webpages. This way the access can be restricted and given only to those permitted by the user. The users who lack permission will get a 404 when visiting the link for those webpages. Knative is a Kubernetes-based platform used for building, deploying, and managing modern serverless workloads. With GitLab 11.5, users can deploy Knative to their existing Kubernetes cluster by using the GitLab Kubernetes integration. Tasks such as routing and managing traffic, source-to-container builds, and scaling-to-zero have now become easy. GitLab 11.5 comes with improvements to Issue Boards cards Issue Boards is central place of collaboration in GitLab, where teams can organize, and view planned and ongoing work. In GitLab 11.5, issue cards have been redesigned and it now shows relevant information in a simple and organized manner. The issue cards now show the issue title, confidentiality, time-tracking information, due date, labels, weight, and assignee. To read full GitLab updates, check out the official post by GitLab. Read Next GitLab 11.4 is here with merge request reviews and many more features GitLab 11.3 released with support for Maven repositories, protected environments and more GitLab raises $100 million, Alphabet backs it to surpass Microsoft’s GitHublast_img read more

Fires across southern Greece seen abating

first_img Sponsored Stories Comments   Share   New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Four people were to appear in court later Sunday on allegations of accidentally causing the blaze south of Athens while carrying out welding work at a construction site.Separately, an 83-year-old man was arrested on allegations of sparking a fire in the district of Pallini, just east of Athens, while working with an electrical saw at home.A spark that fell on dry grass ignited a fire that threatened, among other buildings, an ice cream factory. The blaze destroyed 14 vehicles parked in the factory’s yard.___Elena Becatoros contributed to this report.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Top Stories The vital role family plays in society More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milk Associated PressATHENS, Greece (AP) – Forest fires raging across southern Greece appeared to be abating Sunday, but high winds spurred occasional flare-ups and the danger was far from over, authorities said.Forest and brush fires are common in the hot, dry summer months in Greece. In 2007, more than 60 people were killed when forest fires scorched the country’s south.Citizens’ Protection Minister Eleftherios Economou said more than 30 fires had broken out across the country on Saturday, but that most were brought under control. The risk of new fires was considered high after several days of hot temperatures followed by strong winds across most of Greece. Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates One major blaze south of Athens has burned some 2,000 hectares (5,500 acres) of brush land and forest, completely destroyed 15 houses and partially damaged more than 100 others, authorities said. Three firefighters were injured battling those flames on Saturday.More than 180 firefighters and soldiers, alongside a number of local volunteers, were using more than 120 vehicles to fight the blaze, which was in a sparsely populated area south of the capital. The fire department said authorities also were using three water-dropping planes and a helicopter.High winds kept producing flare-ups but the fire was no longer advancing on a single, broad front, as it did on Saturday, authorities said.The blazes were being fought as Greeks voted in a national election that could determine whether their financially strapped nation stays in the euro.Economou said Greece had appealed to the European Union for help in battling the blazes. Italy sent two water-dropping planes Sunday morning, he said. Athens was also awaiting a response from France and Croatia.Fire department chief Panagiotis Bonatsos appealed to the public on state NET TV to avoid carrying out any outdoor work that could spark fires. 5 treatments for adult scoliosislast_img read more

Dubais Emirates to restart flights to Tripoli

first_img Sponsored Stories Another UAE carrier, Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways, began flying to Tripoli earlier this year. Alitalia and British Airways are among the other carriers that have resumed Tripoli flights.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements 4 ways to protect your company from cyber breaches 5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Center DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) – The Middle East’s biggest airline plans to restart flights to the Libyan capital, joining a growing number of carriers returning to Tripoli since the end of the country’s civil war.Dubai-based airline Emirates said Monday it would resume Tripoli flights four times a week starting October 29. It stopped flying to Libya in February 2011 because of violence there during the uprising that eventually deposed Moammar Gadhafi. Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, familycenter_img New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths 5 ways to recognize low testosterone Top Stories Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Comments   Share   last_img read more

Polish brown bear crosses borders highway seeking mate

first_img Top Stories Patients with chronic pain give advice Walking through Slovakia to Hungary, he avoided villages and apparently crossed fields at night to avoid people. He crossed a highway in Slovakia and swam across the Ondava River.He turned back in Hungary, where no bears live, and returned to Poland’s Bieszczady region, a bear habitat. To a happy ending?Selva says it will be difficult to confirm whether Iwo found his mate.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Sponsored Stories Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Comments   Share   How men can have a healthy 2019center_img Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A Polish brown bear went a wooing, little knowing that scientists were following all the way.Starting from the Tatra Mountains, the bear crossed borders and a highway as it covered some 380 kilometers (235 miles).Nuria Selva, a researcher with the Polish Academy of Sciences, said Friday she found it fascinating that the 5-year-old bear, collared last year and named Iwo, cleverly avoided danger. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to helplast_img read more

Nobel laureate resigns honorary UK post after sexist remarks

first_img Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Sponsored Stories Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Comments   Share   5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Daycenter_img UCL says it’s the “first university in England to admit women students on equal terms to men” and “this outcome is compatible with our commitment to gender equality.”The 72-year-old Hunt, a biochemist who jointly won the 2001 Nobel for physiology or medicine, said he was just trying to be funny.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility LONDON (AP) — A Nobel Prize-winning British scientist who said there was “trouble with girls” working in laboratories has resigned from his honorary post at University College London.Tim Hunt apologized for his remarks at the World Conference of Science Journalists in South Korea but had stood by his assertion that mixed-gender labs were disruptive. The university said Wednesday he had left his position after “comments he made about women in science.” FILE – A Monday Oct. 8, 2001 photo from files of Dr. Tim Hunt, winner of the Nobel Prize for Medicine, in a laboratory in London. The Nobel Prize-winning British scientist has apologized Wednesday, June 10, 2015, for saying the “trouble with girls” working in science labs is that it leads to romantic entanglements and harms science. Tim Hunt made the comments at the World Conference of Science Journalists in South Korea, according to audience members. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant, File) Top Stories last_img read more