Monthly ArchiveJuly 2019

A Labour shadow minister is to travel the country

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first_imgA Labour shadow minister is to travel the country to ask disabled people for their help in designing a 21st-century social security system.Debbie Abrahams, the shadow minister for disabled people, launched her “disability equality roadshow” last week at a parliamentary event held to mark the international day of persons with disabilities.She said the roadshow would “allow disabled people across the UK to voice their opinions about how, as a society, we should be supporting them in the most effective and appropriate ways and to define what a social security system for disabled people, fit for the 21st century, should look like”.Abrahams said the government had treated disabled people “appallingly”, from “the £23.8 billion cuts in support to 3.7 million disabled people to the dehumanising and ineffective work capability assessments (WCA) for working-age disabled people”. She said the government had “refused to listen” to doctors, academics and disability organisations that have raised concerns about the adverse impact of the WCA on claimants’ mental health, but promised that Labour “will listen”.She said: “The views and experiences of disabled people have to be right at the heart of, not just the overhaul of the WCA, but other aspects of social security policy too. “Labour wants disabled people to be able to play a central role in both the development and monitoring of this.” Her roadshow announcement comes only 18 months after Labour gave a cool welcome to the report of its own disability and poverty taskforce.The taskforce, led by Sir Bert Massie (pictured), called for a greater contribution from the state towards the extra costs of disability.It also called on a future Labour government to replace the work capability assessment, introduce a personalised system of employment support, invest in accessible housing and transport, launch a major drive to improve the skills of disabled people, and ensure a new focus on the barriers to employment faced by disabled people.Sir Bert, former chair of the Disability Rights Commission, heard Abrahams speak at a seminar held at Leeds University on 4 December – the day after she launched the roadshow – in memory of the disability rights campaigner Caroline Gooding, who died last year.Sir Bert, who was chairing the seminar, said: “Debbie was terribly good telling us what the Tories were doing wrong, but she didn’t say anything about what she would do right.“I don’t know what her policies are, I really don’t. There was no commitment, no vision of where Labour would go.”He said a roadshow would be likely to produce “lots of good ideas” but not necessarily new policies.He said: “I wonder if you will get more new ideas from going on a roadshow than you will talking to people who actually know what they are doing, people who know the system inside out.”He added: “I cannot think of a public consultation of this type which has actually led anywhere. If it’s activity for the sake of activity, that would be my first question.“These consultation meetings are fine as far as they go, but at some point some serious people need to sit down and work out what is going to happen.“If you go round the meetings, what you will hear is how awful it is… it might help politicians understand the angst out there, the frustration, in some cases the desperation and the futility of some of the contacts you have with DWP.“That might all come out, but it doesn’t constitute a policy.“Going round to meetings is fine, but you end up with a pile of ideas. They have to be knocked into shape.”Sir Bert said he would like to see a new disability rights taskforce, following the one set up by the new Labour government, which reported in December 1999, but with a wider brief that would look at the whole range of disability policy, including social care and possibly even the right-to-die debate.He said: “All the support mechanisms built up from the 1970s are slowly being dismantled. We need another taskforce to really look at the whole of disability policy.”Bob Williams-Findlay, a former chair of the British Council of Disabled People, said he had been impressed by Abrahams at the seminar, and said that the roadshow “was not a bad idea”, but he warned that “the devil will be in the detail”.He said that a taskforce set up by Labour “would make sense with the right remit and personnel”, for example with co-chairs such as Professor Mike Oliver and Baroness [Jane] Campbell.Debbie Jolly, a co-founder of Disabled People Against Cuts, who also attended the seminar, said there was no need for a new taskforce, but she backed the idea of a roadshow.She said: “Top-down approaches are dated and untrusted – why we should need yet another set of well-paid disability elites and charities sitting around tables having exclusive closed meetings is unclear in 2015.“The proposed equality roadshow by Debbie Abrahams is a route that allows everyone to give their views and experiences on policy, on what’s working and what’s not working at the grassroots level – these are the types of things we need to ensure the many, not the few, feed-in to change from the perspective of their own day-to-day life experiences.“The test for Labour, of course, will be what they do with that information.”last_img read more

Filmmakers Offer Rides to Strangers Willing to Delete Uber

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first_img“This created an opportunity to talk about it and to talk about sexism in the tech industry. It gave them that last nudge to follow through,” said Yee.One woman who hopped into Morgenstern’s backseat said she’s had friends in tech who were harassed at the workplace and told to “brush it off.” Another man the pair picked up at 22nd and Mission streets  said that he would rather support “companies that I can stand behind.”Yee said that as a member of the tech industry he often feels that his values are not represented.“I just think we need to hold my industry to a higher standard as a member of this industry I’m not happy with a lot of the typical behavior that we see in it,” he said.Morgenstern said he briefly wondered if the action would hurt his ability to retain commercial clients, but then decided that speaking out against inequality took precedence.“I want to make videos for people who are acting responsibly,” he said.Both Yee and Morgenstern said they are hoping that their action will inspire others to not only discontinue using the service, but that given the political climate, it will serve to remind their community members of their personal power to make a change.“I think its important for us to be using that power to protect the rights of people who don’t have them,” said Morgenstern, adding in reference to the #DeleteUber social media campaign:  “I think this stuff works if we actually do it. That was the point of our video, to say, ‘Lets not just talk about holding companies accountable, let’s actually do it.’” With laminated posters that read #Women’sRights and #Worker’sRights plastered in the rear windows of Morgenstern’s car, their impromptu cabbing began in the Mission and took them all around the city.Despite an admitted initial “awkwardness” in asking complete strangers to take a stand against sexism by giving up what is for some a daily convenience, the pair’s advocacy was met with general support.“It started some pretty great conversations. At first I was nervous about asking strangers if they wanted a ride, it felt a little awkward,” said Yee. “The people we actually picked up who deleted their accounts in front of us were people who were already thinking about deleting Uber, who were not too happy with [the company].” In light of the recent sexual harassment claims against the rideshare company Uber by former employee Susan Fowler, two local activists offered free rides to users who agreed to delete their Uber accounts.Thousands of riders uninstalled the app and publicly encouraged others to do the same under the #DeleteUber campaign that went viral earlier this month following news of Uber’s ties to the Trump administration.On President’s Day, Michael Morgenstern, a filmmaker who shoots commercials for tech companies and Ka-Ping Yee, a software engineer, took the hashtag to the streets of the Mission District and beyond by offering free rides to strangers who, like them, were willing to delete the app off their phones for good.“We decided it was the exact same as posting on Facebook, ‘I deleted Uber. You should delete Uber too.’ We wanted to show that we really meant it,” said Morgenstern. 0% Tags: tech • video Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img read more

Guests enjoy a sumptuous threecourse meal premat

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first_imgGuests enjoy a sumptuous three-course meal pre-match with direct access to premium seats that allow you to watch the game in style.The Package Includes:Premium padded match seats in the South Stand close to the half way lineDelicious pre-match three-course meal plus a tasting plate with complimentary tea & coffee at half-timePrivate cash barProfessional & vastly experienced lounge compère – Pete EmmettPre-match interviews with Saints’ squad players and legendsPost-match interview with Saints Man of the MatchComplimentary Match Programme for each guest10% merchandise discount for Saints Superstore (located at the Totally Wicked Stadium) on Matchday, just show your match ticket in store to qualifyOur Lounge magician, John Holt will visit your table and entertain your groupSky Sports live game will be shown in the Lounge.Post-match Quiz with the prize of a round of drinks for your table courtesy of our partners, Robinsons BreweryCar Parking (for parties of four or more – subject to availability.Prices are £55 (adult) and £30 (junior) for non members whereas 2018 Members can upgrade for £45 and £25.If you would like more information or you would like to book, please call us on 01744 455 053,  email sales@saintsrlfc.com, or book here.last_img read more

Exclusive interview with Gov Cooper on veto of bill addressing GenX

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first_img “These emerging chemical compounds are not only a problem in North Carolina, but across the country,” Governor Roy Cooper said.In response to GenX, Republican lawmakers included GenX in House Bill 56 allocating $435,000 to UNCW and CFPUA to test the water for GenX and test its impact on the public’s health, but Gov. Cooper was not impressed. That is why he announced plans to veto the bill this morning. “Zero money to the agencies that really matter,” Cooper said.Related Article: Hundreds to attend North Carolina summit on opioid epidemicCooper said the department of environmental quality and the department of health and human services requested $2.6 million for experts to address the genx problem.“They need more help to do the job right to protect our waterways, not legislation that gives them zero funding attached to a bad environmental bill,” Cooper said. “That shows me that they’re not serious and that concerns me.”Republicans have their own concerns.“I am troubled the the governor would place politics ahead of public safety, and prioritize bureaucracy over results,” Sen. Michael Lee said in a statement. “He is now on record for rejecting the only proposal that will actually help clean our drinking water in the lower Cape Fear region.”Cooper said he hopes GenX does not become a partisan issue.“I need to send a strong veto back to say we all need to get serious about this,” Cooper said. “We need to sit down and talk. This is not a partisan issue. This is not a place for political posturing or hollow solutions. It’s a place where we have to come together to make sure the water is protected in Wilmington and across North Carolina.”Cooper said all he wants is a bill that gives money to state agencies.“It wouldn’t take but a couple of sentences,” Cooper said.Senator Lee said the General Assembly will reconvene on october 4 and he says an overide on the governor’s veto is a possibility. 00:00 00:00 html5: Video file not foundhttps://cdn.field59.com/WWAY/1506044245-ff7bae93b73d80b35f7c2f0a774f7315f8eadf07_fl9-720p.mp4 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave Settings RALEIGH, NC (WWAY) — A bill addressing concerns about GenX is getting a veto from the governor.GenX and clean drinking water are concerns that have been circulating in the Cape Fear among residents, homeowners, parents, and politicians since June.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Wilmington man files federal lawsuit against Chemours

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first_img00:00 00:00 html5: Video file not foundhttps://cdn.field59.com/WWAY/1507153745-b1043cc3855d2c6c09c739e16c00fdd8c9a6521b_fl9-720p.mp4 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave Settings WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A Wilmington man has filed a class action lawsuit against Chemours, DuPont, and the site and environmental managers at the two companies over the discharge of PFAS and PFECAs from the Fayetteville Works site.According to the suit filed in federal court, the plaintiffs seek compensatory and punitive damages related to the release of these compounds.- Advertisement – The damages include “the loss in value and marketability of properties owned by Plaintiff and Class Members, the cost of remediating the properties owned by Plaintiff and Class Members from the toxic chemicals released from the Fayetteville Works Site, the cost of mitigating the contaminated water, and/or the cost of alternative water sources. Plaintiff’s and Class Members’ damages also include loss of use of their properties they own, loss of use and enjoyment of those properties, annoyance, discomfort and inconvenience.”The plaintiffs also ask for damages associated with the cost of diagnostic testing for the early detection of illness, disease, and disease process caused by the exposure to these compounds released from the Fayetteville Works Site.The suit alleges Dupont manufactures and disposed of perflourinated chemicals, including perfluoroalkyl substances, which are known to be highly toxic to humans. The suit brings up Parkersburg, West Virginia, where a facility there relased PFOAs into the Ohio River. The suit claims DuPont has studied the health effects of PFOA in laboratory animals, so they knew that their manufacturing process, and releasing it into the environments resulted in exposure of toxic chemicals to people living as its neighbors.Related Article: FDA food sampling finds ‘substantial’ PFAS contaminationThe suit claims that DuPont also did not disclose health studies or environmental data on PFAS when they applied to renew their National Pollutant Discharge Elimination Permit, nor did the defendants have a permit to discharge chemicals, including GenX, into the Cape Fear River.The plaintiffs are asking for a jury trial and an award of punitive damages.Nix v Chemours Lawsuitlast_img read more

North Carolina agency says Chemours lied about discharging GenX

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first_imgRALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina should tackle an emerging problem of water and air pollution from little-studied industrial chemicals by beefing up the state’s health and environmental agencies, Gov. Roy Cooper said Tuesday.Cooper proposed spending $14.5 million to help improve the ability of the Department of Environmental Quality and Department of Health and Human Services to protect the water and environment.- Advertisement – Legislators have resisted increasing agency budgets for the past year despite rising concern over the presence of little-studied industrial chemicals in water supplies. Lawmakers failed in February to agree on an extra $2.3 million for the environmental agency.State regulators said in new court documents this week that the operators of a chemical plant near Fayetteville have lied for years about discharging compounds that have gotten into drinking water supplies as much as 100 miles (160 kilometers) away in Wilmington.Spokesmen for Wilmington, Delaware-based Chemours Company did not respond Tuesday to a request to comment.Related Article: Murder suspect sues jail, claims GenX in water makes him sickA months-long investigation by DEQ found Chemours contaminated the state’s air, surface water, and groundwater through its release of the chemical nicknamed GenX, attorneys for the environmental agency said in an updated lawsuit filed Monday. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the state health agency have recognized GenX “may present an unreasonable risk of injury to human health and the environment,” the court filing said.The agency said that Chemours and its predecessor DuPont have lied about discharging GenX for decades into the Cape Fear River. DuPont spun off Chemours in 2015.“Despite knowledge of health risks associated with GenX, Chemours failed to disclose the presence of GenX in its process wastewater, and even made statements that misled DEQ as to the presence of GenX,” the environmental agency said in the lawsuit. The suit was filed last fall in Bladen County, where the plant is located.The agency said it continues to detect concentrations of GenX in the water being discharged by the Fayetteville-area factory that employs about 900 workers. The chemical “has also caused significant and widespread groundwater contamination,” and falls to the ground in rainwater miles away from the plant “at levels that far exceed emission rates previously reported to DEQ,” the court filing said.GenX has been used since 2009. It replaced perfluorooctanoic acid — or PFOA — a chemical that was shown to stay in the body longer and which was blamed for increased cancer risks. Both compounds were used in making non-stick Teflon and other materials.Studies point to GenX and related chemicals as having toxic effects in animals, but its effects in humans aren’t known. There are no federal health standards for GenX and the U. classifies it as an “emerging contaminant” to be studied.last_img read more

Boat capsizes in Carolina Beach Inlet good Samaritan answers the call

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first_img The boaters are reportedly fine and none of the needed medical treatment. They were taken to Carolina Beach State Park where authorities interviewed them. This remains an ongoing investigation according to authorities as to how the boat was flipped over. CAROLINA BEACH, NC (WWAY) – The Coast Guard Command Center in Wilmington reports a good Samaritan rescued a trio of boaters whose boat was capsized in the Intracoastal Waterway along the Carolina Beach Inlet Sunday.The Coast Guard reports the boaters say a motor yacht’s wake caused their boat to capsize. The boat was an 18 foot vessel. Coast Guard stationed in Wilmington put out a beacon for aid around the area and a good Samaritan answered the call according to the Coast Guard.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Get nautical at YachtVenture 2018 this weekend

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first_img Heather Bowman of the Children’s Museum says the silent auction is “one of the most popular events of the night with many amazing items and experiences up for grabs.”  You can preview the items by clicking here.  Proceeds from the auction will benefit CMoW outreach programs (currently serving 700 public school children), discount admissions for underprivileged families and children, and museum initiatives throughout the year. ​Bowman also says “the boats this year are amazing and include some really large ones.”Make sure you don’t forget to buy your raffle ticket! Only 200 tickets are sold. One lucky winner will have their choice of all inclusive luxury vacations.Related Article: Putt-Putt for a cause at the 7th annual Pizza Putt​Get your tickets by clicking here. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The 8th Annual YachtVenture is The Children’s Museum of Wilmington’s primary fundraiser and it’s happening Saturday night.Hundreds will gather at Bradley Creek Marina to celebrate the successes of the museum while viewing some of the area’s finest yachts. This year the museum will be celebrating its 21st anniversary. It is the perfect coastal showcase of everything that makes our corner of the world so special. Dinner provided by Sawmill Catering Company. Open bar. 21 and up to enter.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Tabor City Police searching for suspect in early morning breakins

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first_imgPolice seek identity of man suspected of breaking into Tabor City businesses on Monday, December 18 (Photo: Tabor City Police Dept.) TABOR CITY, NC (WWAY) — Tabor City Police hope you can identify the man suspected of breaking into two businesses early Monday morning.The break-ins happened between 1:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m. at Southeastern Insurance Agency and Tabor City laundromat.- Advertisement – Capt. Greg Sibbett says the suspect is around 5’4″, weighs between 125-130 pounds and is his mid to lower 20s.Sibbett says the suspect gave a fraudulent name so now they’re trying to identify him and find him.Tabor City Police are still investigating to determine what was taken from the businesses.Related Article: Texas police identify ice cream licker as juvenile girlIf you can identify the suspect, call the Tabor City Police Department at  (910) 653-3149. Calls will be kept confidential.last_img read more

Maltese Prime Minister wanted shorter Brexit extension

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first_img SharePrint Ritratt: GOVRitratt: GOV Five EU leaders were against the UK being granted the current extension length to Article 50 and Malta’s Prime Minister was one of them.The French newspaper Le Monde reported that according to a source, Prime Minister Joseph Muscat was among five European leaders who were against the United Kingdom being granted an extension until October 31st.Muscat joins French President Emmanuel Macron, Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel, Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez and Luxembourg Prime Minister Xavier Bettel.  The five believed that the UK’s extension should not exceed June 21st.A much longer extension until December 31st was supported by 17 European member states including Germany.  Both Presidents of Commission and Council, Jean Claude Juncker and Donald Tusk also favoured the same option, respectively.The middle ground on the extension was finally found with October 31st being the new extension deadline for the UK’s departure from the EU.  If UK MPs finally agree the withdrawal agreement before the new deadline, they will be allowed to leave sooner and the next stages of negotiation will begin.‘Flextension’The flexibility of the extension to the UK does require them to participate in the upcoming European Elections on May 23rd, should the WA not have been passed by that time.The UK Prime Minister has struggled to pass her Brexit deal through the House of Commons on three separate occasions and options to change the course and add to the existing deal have not garnered much traction among MPs.Updated: Third vote on Brexit deal tomorrow, but only withdrawal partUpdated: Brexit deal defeated, for the second timeMay’s deal thrashed; no confidence motion debated tomorrowTwo sets of indicative votes and amendments have only ensured that MPs did not want a No-Deal but could not agree on the way forward.Updated (3): MPs reject all eight alternatives to May’s Brexit plansUpdate 2: UK MPs reject all options in 2nd round votesIn offering the extension to the UK, the President of Council stressed to the UK, ‘Please do not waste this time.’WhatsApp <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more

Germany Cartel Office Says Google Could Be Regulated As Utilities

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first_imgAdvertisement Germany has not been the biggest fan of tech giants that it believes overreach their influence. Now, a report claims that it is considering a new way to deal with them: regulating them like utilities.The Sunday Times writes that the country’s Federal Cartel Office has prepared a 30-page proposal with suggestions of how to cope with the growing power of Google, along with other tech giants. Treating Google as a utility, one of the proposed suggestions, would mean the state having a stronger hand in how services like advertising on the search engine are priced, without diving into questions of how Google needs to alter its search algorithm.We have contacted both the Federal Cartel Office and Google for comment. – Advertisement – If accurate, it’s worth wondering what other suggestions the Cartel Office has made in addition to the idea of regulating Google and other tech giants. It seems that this is not the first time that the document has been mentioned: it comes up in this Der Spiegel story on Google regulation from July 1, describing that utility-style regulation could be used in an “emergency”, presumably when other routes to ensuring better competition have been exhausted.The Cartel Office has in the past butted heads with other large tech companies like Amazon, and prevailed. In November 2013 the Cartel Office dropped an investigation into Amazon’s pricing after the e-commerce giant agreed to abandon a policy of barring third-party re-seller from offering goods for lower prices on platforms competitive to Amazon.In any case, it seems like the Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy (where the Cartel/Antitrust Office sits) is not the only German government body thinking about utility-style regulation. In an interview at the end of June, the Minister of Justice, Heiko Maas, suggested that the company be “unbundled” to break open its monopoly on search services, if it could be demonstrated that Google has abused its market position.Asked in an interview with Germany’s Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung newspaper if he agreed with his political party’s chairman Sigmar Gabriel about “the destruction of Google”, Maas responded like this (via Google Translate and slightly edited):“Imagine an energy company covering 95 percent of the total market. The antitrust authorities would be quickly on it. Such conditions in a market economy do not make sense, are not healthy. So yes, if Google has abused its dominant market position to exclude competitors systematically, then consideration should be given as a last resort, something like an unbundling.”(No mention of other areas where Google is active such as in cloud-based applications like Gmail, internet browsing via Chrome or in mobile services with Android, which is the most popular smartphone OS in Germany.)The news of how a specific country might take action against Google comes at a key time for the company in Europe and its search ads business.While the most recent Google news concerns how it is implementing the “right to be forgotten” in search results, made in the name of more privacy for individuals, there has been another issue specifically related to search advertising — the same thing that is at issue in these German proposals.The EU has reached an agreement with Google over how it can modify its search ads and results to make way for more competitors from vertical sectors (eg travel) in its popular search portal. But the settlement has been criticised by competitors, who are now hoping that the incoming European Union president, Jean-Claude Juncker, will block the settlement and re-open the investigation. To complicate things, now Yelp has also moved from being an observer to active participant in the debate with its own formal complaint against Google.If the reports about the German proposals are accurate, they are a sign that even without a change in that European ruling, Google could potentially face problems in individual countries.Meanwhile, there are other ways that Google may raise its profile and influence in this part of the world: Last week the company’s investment arm, Google Ventures, confirmed that it would be opening its first office in Europe, in London, with a $100 million fund for startup investments in the region.That’s not the only investment that Google could be making in Europe. In December, Google revealed that it was earmarking some $20-30 billion of its foreign cash to “fund potential acquisitions of foreign targets and foreign technology rights from U.S. targets in 2013 and beyond.”In fact, in 2013, Google said it had already looked “pursued but discontinued a potential buyout of a foreign company, with a valuation estimated in the range of $4 to $5 billion,” although it’s not clear whether that was in Europe or another region outside the U.S.Source Tech Crunchlast_img read more

Why government and technology companies cant agree on encryption of user data

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first_imgEncryption is growing and the ever watchful eyes of user data. Image Credit: bitcoin Advertisement Your phone is getting better and better at protecting your privacy. But Uncle Sam isn’t totally comfortable with that, because it’s also complicating the work of tracking criminals and potential national-security threats.For decades, tech companies have steadily expanded the use of encryption — a data-scrambling technology that shields information from prying eyes, whether it’s sent over the Internet or stored on phones and computers. For almost as long, police and intelligence agencies have sought to poke holes in the security technology, which can thwart investigators even when they have a legal warrant for, say, possibly incriminating text messages stored on a phone.The authorities haven’t fared well; strong encryption now keeps strangers out of everything from your iMessages to app data stored on the latest Android phones. But in the wake of the Paris attacks, US officials are again pushing for limits on encryption, even though there’s still no evidence the extremists used it to safeguard their communications. – Advertisement – While various experts are exploring ways of resolving the impasse, none are making much headway. For now, the status quo favors civil libertarians and the tech industry, although that could change quickly — for instance, should another attack lead to mass US casualties. Such a scenario could stampede Congress into passing hasty and potentially counterproductive restrictions on encryption.“There are completely reasonable concerns on both sides,” said Yeshiva University law professor Deborah Pearlstein. The aftermath of an attack, however, “is the least practical time to have a rational discussion about these issues.”Encryption plays a little heralded, yet crucial role in the modern economy and daily life. It protects everything from corporate secrets to the credit-card numbers of online shoppers to the communications of democracy advocates fighting totalitarian regimes.At the same time, recent decisions by Apple and Google to encrypt smartphone data by default have rankled law enforcement officials, who complain of growing difficulty in getting access to the data they feel they need to build criminal cases and prevent attacks. For months, the Obama administration — which has steered away from legislative restrictions on encryption — has been in talks with technology companies to brainstorm ways of giving investigators legal access to encrypted information.But technology experts and their allies say there’s no way to grant law enforcement such access without making everyone more vulnerable to cybercriminals and identity thieves. “It would put American bank accounts and their health records, and their phones, at a huge risk to hackers and foreign criminals and spies, while at the same time doing little or nothing to stop terrorists,” Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., said in an interview Monday.Lawmakers on the US Senate Select Committee on Intelligence remain on what they call an “exploratory” search for options that might expand access for law enforcement, although they’re not necessarily looking at new legislation.[related-posts]The FBI and police have other options even if they can’t read encrypted files and messages. So-called metadata — basically, a record of everyone an individual contacts via phone, email or text message — isn’t encrypted, and service providers can make it available when served with subpoenas. Data stored on remote computers in the cloud — for instance, on Apple’s iCloud service or Google’s Drive — is also often available to investigators with search warrants. (Apple and Google encrypt that data, but also hold the keys.)Some security experts suggest that should be enough. Michael Moore, chief technology officer and co-founder of the Baltimore, Maryland-based data security firm Terbium Labs, noted that police have managed to take down online criminals even without bypassing encryption. He pointed to the 2013 take down of Silk Road, a massive online drug bazaar that operated on the “dark Web,” essentially the underworld of the Internet.“The way they figured that out was through good old-fashioned police work, not by breaking cryptography,” Moore said. “I don’t think there’s a shortcut to good police work in that regard.”Others argue that the very notion of “compromise” makes no sense where encryption is concerned. “Encryption fundamentally is about math,” said Mike McNerney, a fellow on the Truman National Security Project and a former cyber policy adviser to the Secretary of Defense. “How do you compromise on math?” He called the idea of backdoors “silly.”Some in law enforcement have compromise ideas of their own. The Manhattan District Attorney’s office, for instance, recently called for a federal law that would require smartphone companies to sell phones they could unlock for government searches — in essence, forcing them to hold the keys to user data.In a report on the subject, the office called its suggestion a “limited proposal” that would only apply to data stored on smartphones and restrict searches to devices that authorities had already seized. Privacy advocates and tech companies aren’t sold, saying it would weaken security for phones that are already too vulnerable to attack.Marcus Thomas, the chief technology officer at Subsentio and former assistant director of the FBI’s operational technology division, argued that it’s too late to turn back the clock on strong encryption, putting law enforcement in a “race against time” to obtain investigatory data whenever and wherever it can. But he urged security experts to find ways to help out investigators as they design next-generation encryption systems.The idea of allowing law enforcement secure access to encrypted information doesn’t faze Nate Cardozo, a staff attorney for the San Francisco-based Electronic Frontier Foundation — provided a warrant is involved. Unfortunately, he says, cryptographers agree that the prospect is a “pure fantasy.”[IBN Live]last_img read more

Spotify now has 100 million total users with 30 million paying subscribers

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first_imgHeadphones are seen in front of a logo of online music streaming service Spotify in this February 18, 2014 illustration picture. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann Advertisement Music streaming service Spotify yesterday revealed that its user base had grown to 100 million, up from 75 million previously, and of these, 30 million are paying subscribers.This means the company has the biggest music streaming service, and the industry’s biggest paid subscriber base.With competition from Apple Music claiming 13 million paid users , 30 million users is a great number, given that the majority still tune in for free with commercial breaks. – Advertisement – News sources indicate that Amazon is also preparing its own standalone service.Last year, Spotify made an operating loss of 184.5 million euros ($209 million), widening from 165.1 million in 2014.last_img read more

Bank of Qatar Introduces Biometric Finger Vein Solution For CardLess ATM Authentication

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first_imgImage Credit: kippreport.com Advertisement The regional leader in banking software solutions on Monday announced that Commercial Bank of Qatar, is the first bank in the country and the Middle East to introduce its innovative Biometric solution that enables card-less transactions on ATMs.Implementation of this technology means customers will be able to use this new security feature to access their account at Commercial Bank branches and ATMs with finger vein scanners without need for a bank card or PIN number.The technology maps the internal vein system within a finger, and will only accept a living finger unlike fingerprint scanning. The technology is secure and eliminates fraud as the pattern of blood vessels in fingers are unique to each individual and finger vein patterns cannot be reproduced or forged.From left to right: Mohamed Hikmat (CBQ Senior Project Manager), Ahmed Tawfik (CBQ PMO Head), Munes Freihat (01 Systems Business Development Manager), Samir Sheikh (CBQ COO), Ali Sharif (01 Systems President), Alaa Nofal (01 Systems Sales Director), Nezar Akil (01 Systems Solutions Consulting Manager) and Satoshi Amagai (Mofiria CEO). Image Credit: Business Wire – Advertisement – This technology incorporates finger vein devices from Mofiria Corp., a biometrics hardware manufacturer coupled with 01 Systems highly efficient biometric servers to produce an outstanding identification and authentication solution.In the same context, 01 Systems has also signed an agreement with CBQ for the Business Process Management transformation project. CBQ banking operations will be automated based on 01 Systems BPM system to deliver an unparalleled next generation banking experience.last_img read more

The 9th Annual Nominations For the Young Achievers Awards Are Officially Open

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first_imgVodafone Marketing Director, Progress Chisenga (2nd right) holding and representing the overall Young Achiever Award poses for a picture with (left –right) Founder of the Awards Awel Uwihanganye; Social Entrepreneurship Award winner Muhammed Kisirisa aka Slum Ambassador; Fiona Kayitesi, Vodafone Youth Program Manager; Creative Arts-Fashion Award winner Brian Ahumuza of Abryanz Collection; and Humphrey Nabimanya, the Team Leader & Founder of Reach A Hand Uganda at the prestigious 2017 Young Achievers Awards recently. Advertisement The Young Achievers Awards, an initiative that rewards excellence, hard work and innovation of youth in Uganda – on Tuesday announced their open nomination for its 9th edition. The nomination are open to young people who are impacting society and their communities through unique and creative entrepreneur and businesses and other ways of changing society.“The nominations are officially open and you can send in your nominations or nominate young people you feel have made a mark on your community through their work,” company writes in a press statement.Since its inaugural Awards ceremony, the Young Achievers Awards have recognized and celebrated outstanding youth in the Ugandan Community that have excelled in various realms such as; Arts, Entrepreneurship, Media and Journalism, Philanthropy, Innovation, Sports, to mention a few. – Advertisement – 2017 saw a release of the youngest creative minds up for nominations and the eventual finalists to the 9 categories walked away with accolades and cash prizes. In addition, they also received 5 million UGX support from the government to scale up their ideas and innovations.Broadcasting & media production firm; NBS Uganda, on the other hand, also offered a free platform to all winners to showcase their innovations and help motivate other young people with the help of Vodafone Uganda’s JUMP platform; an interactive and socially managed portal with exciting content that serves to enhance E-learning among the youth.“We can not deny that last year was a very good year for us all and many finalists keep making us more and more proud through their work and it’s positive impact to society,” company said.Interested applicants can (FOLLOW THE LINK) to send in their nominees. There was no mention/comment about the deadline, but the earlier the better.Winners for 2017 include; ZIlla Mary Arach; Co-Founder of Lacel Technologies, Ricky Papa Thompson; Co-Founder of SafeBoda, Gerald Otim; Co-Founder & Chief Operations Officer, Ensibuko, Brian Ahumuza of Abryanz Collection, to mention a few.last_img read more

Free £50 Matched Bet at Cheltenham Preview nights

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first_imgFREE £50 MATCHED BETAll attendees at the Star Sports exclusive Cheltenham Preview events will receive a FREE £50 MATCHED BET !!!It doesn’t matter whether you are a new or existing customer.There are 16 events around the country.Check out our map and diary CLICK HERECHELTENHAM FESTIVAL 2017CHELTENHAM 2017: HOME PAGE CHELTENHAM 2017: OPEN AN ACCOUNT CHELTENHAM 2017: ANTEPOST PRICES CHELTENHAM 2017: VIDEO PREVIEWS CHELTENHAM 2017: PREVIEW NIGHTS CHELTENHAM 2017: PREVIEW NIGHTS TIPS CHELTENHAM 2017: FREE BETS CHELTENHAM 2017: FREE PDF STATS GUIDE CHELTENHAM 2017: LATEST NEWS CHELTENHAM 2017: MARKET MOVERS CHELTENHAM 2017: COUNTDOWN BOOSTSlast_img read more

ADAM KIRBY Curragh Sunday

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first_imgDown the road to Chelmsford on Saturday for six booked rides, then I’m flying over to Ireland on Sunday for two rides on their card.SATURDAYCHELMSFORDDAPHINIA (1.40pm)Will hopefully get the weekend off to the perfect start as she looks to hold a great chance on the formbook. She made a winning debut at Wolverhampton in April and then showed real class when chasing home Signora Cabello in a Listed race at York. She then struggled in the Queen Mary at Royal Ascot but is back after a break and this is a much more realistic level for another win. We know she handles the all-weather, so hopefully it will be all systems go.CHAGATAI (2.15pm)He bounced back from a disappointing run at Goodwood to win a handicap for me at Kempton last time out and he’s up 4lb for that success. This is a really competitive race though and he’s meeting stiffer opposition than at Kempton but can hopefully run another big race.EQUIDAE (2.50pm)He did seem to struggle on his handicap debut at Kempton so you question whether he’s on a tough mark. Drops back in trip which I think is a positive together with the fact he is lightly raced and there might be some further improvement there.RUFUS KING (3.25pm)Really competitive class two handicap which has brought together a strong field. My fella was still in contention before getting hampered over course and distance last time out and is probably value for much more than the formbook would suggest. He previously was a winner over the mile trip here and I’m hopeful he can play a big part again today.FAYEZ (4.35pm)Tops the weights but hasn’t shown much sparkle in his recent races. Hopefully the first time cheekpieces will rekindle his interest. Global Art, a recent course winner, might be one of the biggest dangers.KONIGIN (5.10pm)I’m riding the filly for the first time for Luca Cumani. She shaped well here last time out when third to Artarmon over 1m 6f. She’s still lightly raced and hopefully capable of further improvement.SUNDAYCURRAGHAL QAHWA (2.00pm)An absolute cavalry charge to start Sunday’s card and Al Qahwa is back for more after his superb second to Ice Age in this last year. He appreciated give in the ground 12 months ago, which we’ll hopefully get again. Ice Age is back for more so we have to worry about him….. and the other 23 !!GETCHAGETCHAGETCHA (5.25pm)I won this last year on Snazzy Jazzy. It’s a really valuable sales race for connections and Getchagetchagetcha should hopefully run a big race. He’s only had the four starts this season. After making a winning debut at Ascot he has been mixing it at the top level, finishing 11th in the Coventry at Royal Ascot before an excellent fourth to Dark Vision in the Vintage Stakes at Glorious Goodwood. Andrew Balding’s Flashcard in unbeaten in two starts at Salisbury and is another British raider that should go well.Good luckADAMYOUR SAYIf you have a question for Adam drop us a line at content@www.starsportsbet.co.uk and we’ll try and include in the next blog…last_img read more

Rice Universitys Campbell Lecture Series March 1820 to feature HGOs Patrick Summers

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first_imgShareMEDIA ADVISORYDavid Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduJeff Falk713-348-6775jfalk@rice.edu Rice University’s Campbell Lecture Series March 18-20 to feature HGO’s Patrick SummersNoted conductor will discuss his role as cultural leader and teacherHOUSTON – (Feb. 27, 2013) –Patrick Summers, artistic and music director of Houston Grand Opera (HGO), will discuss a conductor’s role as a cultural leader and teacher in the community as part of Rice University’s Campbell Lecture Series March 18-20.Who: Patrick Summer, artistic and music director of Houston Grand Opera.What: 2013 Campbell Lecture Series on “Thinking Music: The Artistic Life of a Conductor as a Cultural Leader and Teacher.”When: March 18, 19 and 20 at 6 p.m.Where: Rice University, Rice Memorial Chapel, 6100 Main St.The lectures will cover three aspects of the title theme: “Prelude and Fuge: Life in Music” (March 18); “Themes and Variations: Life from Music” (March 19); and “The Sonata of Life” (March 20).Summers was named artistic and music director of HGO in 2011 after serving as the company’s music director since 1998. He has been responsible for many of HGO’s important artistic advances, including the development of the Houston Grand Opera Orchestra, regularly praised by critics as a world-class ensemble. At HGO, he has conducted world premieres (André Previn’s “Brief Encounter,” Christopher Theofanidis’ “The Refuge,” Jake Heggie’s “The End of the Affair” and “Three Decembers,” and Carlisle Floyd’s “Cold Sassy Tree”) and works that span the operatic canon, including Verdi’s “Don Carlos,” “La Traviata,” “Nabucco,” “Rigoletto,” “Il Trovatore,” “Simon Boccanegra,” “Falstaff” and “A Masked Ball”; Puccini’s “La Bohème,” “Madame Butterfly,” “Manon Lescaut” and “Tosca”; Mozart’s “Così fan Tutte,” “The Marriage of Figaro,” “Don Giovanni,” “The Abduction from the Seraglio” and “Idomeneo”; Donizetti’s “Mary Stuart,” “The Elixir of Love,” “Lucia di Lammermoor” and “Don Pasquale”; Lehár’s “The Merry Widow”; Handel’s “Julius Caesar”; Rossini’s “The Barber of Seville”; Strauss’ “Ariadne auf Naxos”; Britten’s “Billy Budd,” “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” “The Turn of the Screw” and “Peter Grimes”; and Wagner’s “Lohengrin.” He has enjoyed longstanding relationships with the Metropolitan Opera, where he has conducted regularly since 1998; with San Francisco Opera, where he has been principal guest conductor since 1999; and with Opera Australia.The Campbell Lecture Series was made possible by a $1 million contribution from Rice alumnus T.C. Campbell, who wanted to further the study of literature and the humanities with a 20-year annual series of public lectures. Through special arrangements with the University of Chicago Press, each lecture series is later published as a book. Previous Campbell lecturers include Robert Pinsky (2005), Ha Jin (2006), Alix Ohlin (2007), Stephen Greenblatt (2008), James Cuno (2009), Zadie Smith (2010) and Stanley Fish (2012).Hosted by Rice’s School of Humanities, the lecture series is free and open to the public. Seating is limited and RSVPs are requested to campbell.lecture@rice.edu. For a Rice University map and parking information, visit rice.edu/parking. For more information, visit the Campbell Lecture Series website at http://campbell.rice.edu.Members of the news media who want to attend should RSVP to Jeff Falk, associate director of national media relations at Rice, at jfalk@rice.edu or 713-348-6775.-30-Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNews.Located on a 300-acre forested campus in Houston, Rice University is consistently ranked among the nation’s top 20 universities by U.S. News & World Report. Rice has highly respected schools of Architecture, Business, Continuing Studies, Engineering, Humanities, Music, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences and is home to the Baker Institute for Public Policy. With 3,708 undergraduates and 2,374 graduate students, Rice’s undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is 6-to-1. Its residential college system builds close-knit communities and lifelong friendships, just one reason why Rice has been ranked No. 1 for best quality of life multiple times by the Princeton Review and No. 2 for “best value” among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. To read “What they’re saying about Rice,” go to http://tinyurl.com/AboutRiceU.  AddThislast_img read more

Northwestern Professor to Appear in California Court on Murder Charge

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first_imgA wanted poster distributed by the Chicago Police Department shows suspects Wyndham Lathem, 42, an associate professor of microbiology and immunology, and Andrew Warren, 56, a financial employee at Britain’s Oxford University, in this image released in Chicago, Illinois, U.S. on August 3, 2017. (Courtesy Chicago Police Department/Handout via Reuters) Show Discussion Northwestern Professor to Appear in California Court on Murder Charge By Reuters August 7, 2017 Updated: August 7, 2017 Share this article  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   center_img Crime and Incidents Share A university professor charged with stabbing a Chicago man to death in July will be arraigned in a California court on Monday, three days after he surrendered to authorities, ending a weeklong manhunt.The murder, whose motive has not been disclosed, attracted international attention as police searched for the main suspect, who they said apologized in a video and may have made a mysterious donation to a library in the victim’s name.Wyndham Lathem, an associate professor of microbiology and immunology at Chicago’s Northwestern University, will appear in Alameda County Superior Court in Dublin, California, on Monday morning, according to jail records.He and Andrew Warren, an employee of Oxford University in Britain, were arrested on Friday for the July 27 fatal stabbing of Trenton Cornell Duranleau. Chicago authorities have described the crime as domestic in nature but have not offered a motive.Warren, a senior treasury assistant at Oxford’s Somerville College, is being held in a San Francisco jail.Records there did not list an upcoming court date, but a San Francisco Sheriff’s Department official said Warren would probably be arraigned on Monday in the city’s Superior Court. It was not clear if he had a lawyer. Adam Sheppard, one of Lathem’s lawyers, said his client would waive extradition and agree to return to Chicago to face charges there.“We’re encouraging everybody not to have a rush to judgment on this case,” he said, although he declined to comment on the specific allegations. He said Lathem had received a flood of letters of support from colleagues, friends and family.Lathem, 42, sent family and friends a video apologizing for the crime, according to police. He surrendered in Oakland on Friday after his family and a lawyer helped negotiate with authorities, while Warren was taken into custody in San Francisco.Duranleau, 26, was found dead in Lathem’s Chicago apartment with stab wounds to his back, and investigators discovered one knife with a broken blade in the kitchen trash can and another near the sink, the Tribune reported, citing unnamed law enforcement sources.The case had previously taken investigators to the Wisconsin resort community of Lake Geneva, where a man who police believe may have been Lathem made a $1,000 donation to a local library in Duranleau’s name.By Joseph Ax last_img read more

Five People Arrested for Stealing From Cars of California Wildfire Evacuees

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first_imgPolice car. (Nick Starichenko/Shutterstock) US News Share Five People Arrested for Stealing From Cars of California Wildfire Evacuees By Janita Kan December 21, 2017 Updated: December 21, 2017 Police have arrested five people accused of stealing from cars belonging to California wildfire evacuees and taking over $75,000 worth of property, according to a police statement.The burglary occurred on Dec. 5 at Oxnard when the Thomas fire was ripping through Ventura County. The owners of the two cars that were broken into had recently evacuated from their residence and were staying at a friend’s house for the night at Oxnard.The family had placed a large number of their personal belongings in their car including jewelry, a guitar, clothing, electronics, and personal papers, which were all taken.The police were able to track down the suspects from $10,000 in charges made to a credit card, authorities said.Jasmine Zavala, 29, Maryann Zuniga, 29, and Juan Carrillo, 44 were all arrested on Dec. 10 for possession of stolen property among other charges after investigators executed a search warrant at an inn they were staying at and found property belonging to the victims. 29-year-old Jasmine Zavala (Oxnard Police Department) 29-year-old Maryann Zuniga. (Oxnard Police Department) 44-year-old Juan Carrillo. (Oxnard Police Department)Police arrested David Rosales, 28, about a week later on unrelated charges, however, during his arrest police found property belonging to the burglary victims allegedly in his possession. More property was recovered at Rosales’ residence in Camarillo. 28-year-old David Rosales. (Oxnard Police Department)During police investigations, Lisette Topete, 28, was also arrested in connection with the burglary, namely, receiving stolen property and possession of stolen credit cards, among other crimes. 28-year-old Lisette Topete. (Oxnard Police Department)Oxnard Police Department is urging the public to provide any further information in relation to the burglary.From NTD.tv Follow Janita on Twitter: @janitakan center_img  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Share this article Show Discussionlast_img read more