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first_imgBy HLundgaard (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia CommonsWith the recent news of credit card fraud, the mobile phone industry has made a big push to get behind mobile payment. Mobile payment has been touted as a way to reduce credit card fraud because the cashier doesn’t have access to a physical card that would contain an individual’s name, credit card number or security code.If you are thinking about beginning to get in to the mobile payment system, but still concerned about security and fraud, here’s what you need to know.The two major smartphone platforms, Apple (Apple Pay) and Google (Google Wallet) have implemented their solutions in order to address credit card fraud. Apples system launched in 2014 while Google’s launched in 2011. Following are the details of how each addresses security and fraud.Apple Pay implementation of mobile payment security is to combine near-field communications (NFC) technology for payment processing and the iPhone Touch ID fingerprint reader or passcode for security. Your bank payment network creates a unique device account number specifically tied to the phone and to the credit card added. In the event of theft or a lost phone, you can place your phone in lost mode to suspend Apple Pay transaction. Apple Pay is reactivated once you unlock your phone with your pin code.Google Wallet implementation of mobile payments also uses NFC technology for payment processing but instead of a fingerprint reader like the Apple Pay’s implementation, you use a PIN that only you know. Google stores your credit card information on its server and transmit the encrypted data using secure socket layer technology. Google Wallet Fraud Protection covers 100 percent of all transactions. In the event of theft or a lost phone, you can go to the Google Wallet website and remotely disable your phone.Both Apple and Google offer similarities in how they address credit card fraud. They both use NFC which means that the phone and the receiver have to be very close to each other in order to begin the financial process transaction. They also implement security on the phone through the use of either fingerprint reader and/or passcodes. Both companies utilize tokenization which allows the credit card number to be unique and transaction specific. With the mobile payment industry expected to account for up to 50 percent of all U. S. digital commerce by 2017, these companies are aggressively promoting their platform as a way to provide consumer confidence in mobile payments as a measure in increasing security and preventing fraud.Author: Terrence Wolfork (+Terrence Wolfork,@trwolfork )This post was published on the Military Families Learning Network blog on April 30, 2015. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License.last_img read more

first_imgClose on the heels of Supreme Court questioning the tardy pace of trial in a case involving self-styled godman Asaram Bapu, the district administration has bolstered the security of the rape victim here.“Two more security personnel have been deployed at the residence of the rape victim and now half a dozen police personnel, including a lady constable, will remain on duty,” Superintendent of Police K.B. Singh said.last_img

first_imgViolence broke out in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kishtwar town on Wednesday as angry mourners clashed with police during the funeral procession of the senior Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) functionary killed in Tuesday’s terror attack along with his PSO, prompting the Army to stage flag march in the area. No one was injured in the clashes, officials said. Curfew remained imposed for the second day in the communally-sensitive district following the killing of Chanderkant Sharma and constable Rajinder Kumar, even as police intensified search to nab the assailant. According to eyewitnesses, a large number of people came out of their houses to take part in the funeral procession of Sharma. In Dak Banglow area, an irate crowd held protests and raised slogans against Pakistan and militants. The group soon turned violent and pelted stones on police personnel deployed there. Police resorted to cane-charge and tear gas shelling to disperse the protesters and brought the situation under control. The slain RSS leader was cremated at Chowgan ground in a ceremony attended by Sangh leaders including its J&K chief Suchet Singh, BJP State president Ravinder Raina and former Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh. SP office attackedAfter the cremation, the crowd turned violent again and stormed the office of the Superintendent of Police. The protesters ransacked some furniture and pelted stones. The Army conducted flag march in the city after the incidents. “There were incidents of violent protests (at two places). Some protesters entered the SP office and ransacked some furniture item. But the situation has been brought under control and curfew imposed,” SSP Kishtwar Shakti Pathak said.last_img read more

first_imgDavid Goffin defeated Marin Cilic 7-6 (4), 6-4 on Thursday to reach the semifinals of the BNP Paribas Open, the best result so far of the Belgian’s career.Cilic was the second higher-seeded player to lose to 15th-seeded Goffin, who upset No. 3 Stan Wawrinka in the fourth round. Cilic lost to Goffin nearly two weeks ago on clay in Belgium during first-round Davis Cup play.Goffin needed a third-set tiebreaker to beat Wawrinka after the 25-year-old Belgian served for the match at 5-3 in the second and third sets. The 10th-seeded Cilic fell to 0-8 in quarterfinals at Masters 1000 events.Goffin, a slender 5-foot-11, withstood the power of Cilic, who is 6-6 and outweighs Goffin by 46 pounds.”I knew that on my serve I had to battle to win every service game because sometimes he can serve bombs and in 10 seconds can win his games,” said Goffin, who fell down at 5-4 in the first set.”It was just bad for me, but at the end I stayed focused in the tiebreak. It was the key of the match to win the first set and be more relaxed in the second to play much better.”Another bigger and taller opponent awaits Goffin in the semis, Milos Raonic, who is 6-5. Raonic served and volleyed his way to a 7-5, 6-3 victory over Gael Monfils.”It’s good in tennis that you don’t have to be big or a tall guy to be good. Otherwise I had no chance to get in the top 20,” said Goffin, ranked 18th. “Maybe I’m quicker. I can take the ball earlier than a big guy. Of course I don’t have a big serve. I have other weapons. That’s why tennis is a nice sport.”advertisementVictoria Azarenka shut out Magdalena Rybarikova 6-0, 6-0 in 67 minutes to reach the women’s semifinals. She will play Karolina Pliskova, who beat 18-year-old Russian Daria Kasatkina 6-3, 6-2 in an hour.Azarenka broke Rybarikova six times and connected on 60 percent of her first serves. Rybarikova had 25 unforced errors and just nine winners. After losing the first set, she took a medical timeout to have her upper thigh taped heavily.Azarenka has dropped one set in four matches so far; when she won Indian Wells in 2012, she also dropped just one set. She has won 11 of 12 matches this year.”Confidence for me this year comes from being very well prepared and feeling healthy,” she said. “What I want to do on the court is apply things I have been working on on the practice court and bring it to the matches because I feel that was going to push me to get better results.”Pliskova had 30 winners and 10 unforced errors. She fired nine aces and won all six of her points at net.About an hour later, Pliskova teamed with Julia Goerges to reach the doubles final, defeating Sara Errani and Oksana Kalashnikova 6-4, 6-3.”(I’m) happy also for the doubles (win), because it’s one of the biggest tournaments in the world,” Pliskova said. “It’s my first biggest final in the doubles, and especially happy to be there with my partner Julia.”Pliskova ended last year at a career-high No. 11 in the WTA rankings. Her semifinal singles showing here is her first at a Premier Mandatory event.”I played some good tennis this week, and especially there is Miami (next week),” she said, “and so I have chances to go and improve the ranking and get close to top 10 again.”last_img read more

first_imgLucknow, Apr 21 (PTI) Uttar Pradesh continued to reel under scorching heat as dry spell continued giving no respite to the people from sweltering heat even as mercury level touched 45.3 degrees in Allahabad.According to Met office, heat wave prevailed at isolated places in the state and Allahabad was the hottest place.Temperatures were above normal in Gorakhpur, Varanasi, Allahabad, Lucknow, Bareilly, Faizabad, Moradabad, Jhansi, Agra, Meerut and Kanpur divisions.The MeT department has forecast that heat wave is likely to continue at isolated places over the state along with duststorms. PTI SAB RCB RG RCBlast_img read more

first_imgThird seed Stan Wawrinka rose to the occasion once again to beat top-seeded defending champion Novak Djokovic 6-7(1), 6-4, 7-5, 6-3 and win the U.S. Open on Sunday for the third grand slam title of his career. (Mattek-Sands and Safarova win US Open women’s doubles title)The 31-year-old Swiss, who defeated Djokovic on his way to winning the 2014 Australian Open and 2015 French Open, denied the world number one a third grand slam title this year following the Serb’s wins in Australia and France.Wawrinka, who does his best work with titles on the line, set up his championship point with an easy volley after sending a fatigued Djokovic deep into the backhand corner. (Angelique Kerber wins US Open for second major title of breakthrough year)A Djokovic backhand that sailed long ended the nearly four-hour slugfest at Arthur Ashe Stadium.”This is amazing,” Wawrinka said at the trophy ceremony. “I came here without the goal to win it, but every time I step on the court I tried my best to win every match. (Murray-Soares sweep to US Open men’s doubles title)”I think I played quite a lot of tennis these two weeks, I am completely empty. I had to bring everything I had today against Novak. It was so much emotion.”It was another Flushing Meadows disappointment for Djokovic, who in seven trips to the U.S. Open final has twice won the title and finished runner-up five times. (All my dreams have come true, says new world No. 1 Angelique Kerber)advertisement”He is a great champion and deserves to win this title,” the 12-times slam winning Serb said in congratulating Wawrinka.”We played almost four hours and we both felt it. We both felt the demanding match we played today physically but he came out on top. In the decisive moments he was a better player, he was tougher mentally.”Djokovic who won the first set tiebreak 7-1 by running off the last five points, saluted Wawrinka as a “big match” player. The Swiss has won three of their seven grand slam encounters.”He loves to play in the big matches,” Djokovic said. “He comes up with his best game. He’s so solid from both corners. He’s got a good slice and amazing one-handed backhand, all corners. Big serve. Moves well. He’s a very complete player.”It was a gruelling, groundstroke battle that featured captivating rallies and brilliant shot-making from the familiar foes.Wawrinka trailed Djokovic 19-4 in their career meetings, but the hard-working Swiss saves his best for the big stage and he came through with a superlative performance that extended his remarkable streak to 11 straight wins in tournament finals.As the match wore on, Wawrinka proved stronger and appeared to have Djokovic on the ropes early in the fourth set, the Serbian breathing heavily after some rallies and clutching at his leg in discomfort after being broken to trail 0-2.Djokovic was granted a medical timeout after holding serve for 1-3.Djokovic, who had injury questions entering the slam and benefitted from an easy ride that included a walkover and two retirements, took off both shoes and had some toes taped.The six-minute interruption did little to stem the victory charge by Wawrinka, who built his winning edge by being better on the most important points.The Swiss led Djokovic by the narrowest of margins, 144 to 143 in total points.Wawrinka cashed in on six of 10 break point opportunities, and frustrated Djokovic by saving 14 of 17 break points against him to become the oldest U.S. Open winner since Australian Ken Rosewall (35) in 1970.The victory was worth $3.5 million for Wawrinka, who is only missing a Wimbledon victory to complete the coveted career grand slam.He is a perfect three-for-three in grand slam finals.last_img read more

first_imgLeander Paes and his German partner Andre Begemann were beaten 6-4, 3-6, 10-12 in the St. Petersburg Open tennis tournament final against top seeds Henri Kontinen and Dominic Inglot here on Sunday.The match was keenly fought, with fortunes oscillating to and fro. The Indo-German pair lost the match to Finnish-British opponents in one hour and 19 minutes at the indoor hard courts.It was Paes’s second loss in a final of a tournament this year, after the loss in the Winston-Salem Open last month. (Also read: Did Sania Mirza call Leander Paes a ‘toxic’ person?)Paes is yet to win a men’s doubles title this year, with his last tour title being the Heineken Open in January, 2015.They beat the Russian pair of Mikhail Elgin and Alexander Kudryavtsev 6-3, 7-6 in the semi-finals here.Paes and Begemann will next take part in the Chengdu Open in China which begins on Tuesday.last_img read more

first_imgMADRID (AP) — With an equalizer in stoppage time, Spain earned the point it needed against Sweden to qualify for the 2020 European Championship on Tuesday, while Ireland missed its chance to seal a spot in next year’s tournament by losing to Switzerland.Already qualified Italy routed Liechtenstein 5-0 for a record-equaling ninth straight win.After conceding a late equalizer against Norway on Saturday to miss an opportunity to qualify in advance, Spain salvaged a 1-1 draw in its visit to Sweden with a goal by Rodrigo two minutes into injury time at Friends Arena.“If we don’t win every match people will start saying that we are not playing well, but things don’t always go your way in football,” Rodrigo said. “The important thing is that we have qualified. Now we have time to try to improve.”Coach Robert Moreno dedicated the spot at Euro 2020 to former Spain manager Luis Enrique, who resigned in June to be with his ill daughter.Sweden remained second in Group F, five points behind Spain and one point in front of third-place Romania, which squandered a chance to move past Sweden after conceding a stoppage-time equalizer in a 1-1 draw against Norway at home. The Norwegians stayed alive after their second consecutive last-gasp draw. Romania and Sweden will meet in the next round.Switzerland’s forward Haris Seferovic, celebrates after scoring the first goal of the game against Republic of Ireland, during their Euro 2020 qualifying Group D soccer match at the Stade de Geneve, in Geneva, Switzerland, Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019. (Jean-Christophe Bott/Keystone via AP)Marcus Berg scored early in the second half to give Sweden the lead, but Rodrigo’s late goal from close range kept Spain from losing its first qualifying match — for either the European Championship or the World Cup — since 2014. It also extended Spain’s record streak of scoring at least a goal to 38 consecutive matches.Spain was without captain Sergio Ramos because of a yellow-card suspension. The central defender on Saturday played his 168th match with the national team, surpassing the record previously set by Iker Casillas.Spain goalkeeper David de Gea had to be substituted in the 60th minute because of a muscle injury.IRELAND’S MISSED CHANCEA win would have secured Ireland a berth at Euro 2020, but a 2-0 loss to Switzerland means it will need to beat Denmark in its final match to guarantee a place in next year’s tournament.Switzerland regained control of its qualifying destiny with the home victory in the tight Group D, moving one point behind group leaders Ireland and Denmark.Sweden’s Mikael Lustig, left, and Spain’s Thiago Alcantara during their Euro 2020 Group F qualification soccer match between Sweden and Spain at Friends Arena in Solna, Stockholm, Sweden, on Tuesday Oct. 15, 2019.(Anders Wiklund / TT via AP)The Swiss and Denmark both have two games next month — including against last-place minnow Gibraltar — while Ireland has only the must-win home clash with the Danes.“If we get the points we need against Georgia and Gibraltar we can turn our attentions to Euro 2020,” Switzerland coach Vladimir Petkovic said.Ireland played a man down from the 76th as captain Seamus Coleman was shown a second yellow card for a handball.PERFECT ITALYAn inexperienced Italy side cruised to victory over Liechtenstein to equal the record number of consecutive wins the Azzurri set between 1938-39.Andrea Belotti scored twice while Federico Bernardeschi, Alessio Romagnoli and Stephan El Shaarawy added a goal apiece to help Italy to its eighth straight win in qualifying for Euro 2020.Having already qualified with Saturday’s 2-0 victory over Greece, Italy made 10 changes to its team on Tuesday.Bosnia’s Adnan Kovacevic controls the ball during the Euro 2020 group J qualifying soccer match between Greece and Bosnia-Herzegovina at the Olympic stadium of Athens, Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)“It was not easy as we changed several players and the group playing tonight had not played together many times,” Italy coach Roberto Mancini said. “We struggled to score the second but once we did, everything became easier. I’m happy with the response of my players.”ARMENIA FALLSArmenia’s hopes of qualifying for a major tournament for the first time as an independent nation took a hit after a 3-0 loss at Finland.A win could have allowed the Armenians, who played without the injured Henrikh Mkhitaryan, to leapfrog Finland for second place in Group J. It can still qualify, but only with victories in its last two games against Greece and at Italy.Finland is guaranteed at least a playoff place because it won its group in the UEFA Nations League, as is Bosnia and Herzegovina, which lost 2-1 at already eliminated Greece but also remains with chances of qualifying directly for Euro 2020.___By TALES AZZONI AP Sports WriterMore AP soccer: https://apnews.com/tag/apf-Soccer and https://twitter.com/AP_SportsSweden’s Marcus Berg scores the opening goal during the Euro 2020 Group F qualification soccer match between Sweden and Spain at Friends Arena in Solna, Stockholm, Sweden, on Tuesday Oct. 15, 2019. (Anders Wiklund/ TT via AP)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

first_img Editors’ Recommendations When Scott Gabrielson launched lifestyle brand Oliver Cabell in August 2016, the focus was clean-cut accessories folded into a minimalist style aesthetic.His initial product run had a wait list thanks to a small, die-hard following and sold out almost immediately. At the time, though, footwear was nowhere to be found in the house of Cabell. Fast forward 18 months and the growing brand (that now boasts an email list over 200,000 strong) has announced its first shoe releases: the Low 1 low-top and Rennes sneakers.“It’s more business-centric than anything for us,” Gabrielson says, implying that footwear is a hot property this season. “It also just translates to what our team is inspired by.”Both designs are built from three-ounce, full-grain, calfskin leather from Veneto, Italy, and sport Italian rubber soles. Each follows old-school lasts (shoe forms) that Gabrielson and his team also found in Italy, but where the Italian connection ends is in the production. Both shoe styles are hand-stitched and lasted in Spain. Stirred or Shaken? How to Make a Perfect Vodka Martini The Best Food Shows on Netflix to Binge Right Now Legent Bourbon Teams Up with Tokyo Butcher Kentaro Nakahara 14 Scandinavian Clothing Brands You Need to Know 14 Best Outdoor Stores in the United States Gabrielson wants to create a reputation for long-lasting, fairly-priced footwear and others are taking notice. His company recently closed a $1.2 million round of funding to help fuel inventory growth.Much of that sum went towards Gabrielson’s ambitious plans to release a new shoe every week as their “Drop of the Week.” Releases will range from collaborations to experimentation with no end in sight. Among them will be a Chelsea boot made from the same suede Prada and Saint Laurent use. “We spent eight months getting to know the highest-end suppliers,” he says. Another future shoe will use the same leather that Hermes sources.Oliver Cabell’s direct-to-consumer approach means these shoes are more accessible than their luxury counterparts too. The Low 1 comes in at $178 and the Rennes is just $10 more. The forthcoming Chelsea boot will be priced below $200, which puts that forthcoming version on the less-expensive end of the Chelsea boot market.You can learn more about Oliver Cabell’s other gear or get your own pair of kicks here. The Low 1 (pictured above) comes in four colorways following a pretty simple, yet timeless approach: alloy, white, black, and nude. The Rennes trainer (pictured below) follows the same color lineup.last_img read more

first_imgÀ la suite des pannes d’électricité possibles causées par la tempête tropicale Kyle, le Bureau de gestion des urgences (BGU) et les autorités provinciales souhaitent rappeler aux Néo-Écossais de faire preuve de prudence à l’intérieur et à l’extérieur de leur maison. Environnement Canada a émis un avis d’ouragan pour les comtés de Shelburne, Yarmouth et Digby, avec une possibilité de vents soutenus de 80 kilomètres à l’heure et des rafales de vents de la force d’un ouragan de 130 km/h. Un avis de tempête tropicale a été émis pour les comtés de Lunenburg, Queens et Annapolis, avec des vents pouvant atteindre 100 km/h. « En raison des vents de la force d’un ouragan, nous prévoyons des pannes de courant causées par des branches d’arbre brisées dans les régions touchées, » a dit Carolyn Bolivar-Getson, ministre de la Gestion des urgences. « Nous encourageons les gens à faire preuve de prudence à l’intérieur et à l’extérieur de leur maison. » On rappelle aux gens de faire attention aux situations dangereuses associées aux détecteurs électriques de fumée et de monoxyde de carbone, qui ne fonctionneront pas pendant une panne d’électricité. Le commissaire des incendies suggère les conseils de sécurité suivants : Comme toujours, composez le 911 en cas d’urgence. Pour plus d’information sur les pannes d’électricité dans un quartier précis, composez le 428-6004 ou le 1-877-428-6004. N’oubliez pas qu’un grand nombre de personnes composent ce numéro pour obtenir des renseignements. Ne raccrochez pas, car les appels sont acheminés selon l’ordre dans lequel ils sont reçus. Assurez-vous que les détecteurs et les alarmes à piles contiennent des piles neuves et qu’ils fonctionnent bien. Utilisez le combustible approprié dans les appareils portatifs tels que les réchauds Coleman ou les lampes à l’huile. Il est extrêmement dangereux d’utiliser un autre type de combustible. Les réchauds au propane ou de camping ne doivent être utilisés qu’à l’extérieur. Les appareils de chauffage autonomes créent du monoxyde de carbone. Assurez-vous qu’ils sont utilisés dans des pièces bien aérées et qu’ils sont installés sur une surface plane et dure afin de les empêcher de basculer. Ne laissez pas ces appareils sans surveillance.last_img read more

first_imgOTTAWA — The new year brings with it tax changes at the federal level that will affect just about every Canadian, as well as small businesses.One of the first changes workers will see is an increase in Canada Pension Plan premiums coming off their paycheques — the first of five years of hikes to pay for enhancements to the pension plan.Employment Insurance premiums, on the other hand, will drop by four cents for every $100 of insurable earnings.Meanwhile, the small business tax rate is going down from 10 to nine per cent. But changes to how much so-called passive income a small business can hold are also coming into effect, which is expected to push some businesses into paying a much higher corporate tax rate.Also in 2019, low income workers can qualify for an increase in the Canada Workers Benefit. But they will have to wait until 2020 to receive the extra money.The federal government’s new carbon pricing system will also come into effect in provinces that don’t have carbon pricing mechanisms of their own, resulting in higher costs for fossil fuels by April, and direct rebates to partly offset the increased costs.Conservative Opposition Leader Andrew Scheer is already gearing up to make it an issue leading to the October federal election, calling 2019 the year of the carbon tax.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: Chinese top seeds Chen Yufei and Shi Yuqi Sunday pulled out of the India Open on medical grounds, taking some sheen off the $350,000 World Tour Super 500 tournament beginning on Tuesday. Chen recently broke a five-year title draught for China at the All England Championship and Shi Yuqi is the defending champion. With the top seeds withdrawing, India’s P V Sindhu will receive the top billing and is firm favourite to lift the trophy for the second time after claiming the crown in 2017 and reaching the finals in the last edition. China will be fielding its biggest contingent at the India Open this season with as many as 25 shuttlers competing in the tournament, which concludes on March 31. World No. 7 He Bingjiao will now lead the Chinese challenge in women’s singles and she is looking forward to some exciting duel with Olympic silver medallist Sindhu. “A lot of elite Indian players are playing around the world and they got good results. The likes of Saina and Sindhu are quality players. I need to prepare well against them,” Bingjiao said through an interpreter. “PV Sindhu has a very good level and when I play against her, I sometimes win and sometimes lose. The experience of playing Sindhu is very exciting.” Talking about her targets this season, Bingjiao said: There are three targets this year. First one is Sudirman Cup, I want to help my team members win the Sudirman Cup. “Last year I beat Tai Tzu Ying at World Championship, so this year I want to move forward and improve my position at the event. “I also want to join the Olympic team. This is a dream for every athlete. The only thing I can do is work hard and train hard,” he added.last_img read more

“This is a life and death situation for millions of Venezuelans,” UNHCR Special Envoy Angelia Jolie told journalists at a press conference in Maicao, Colombia, wrapping up a two-day visit during which she met with refugees, returnees and Government officials to assess the human impact of a mounting exodus.”We need humanity more than ever, and rational thinking from people who are unafraid to take responsibility and show leadership.”~ UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie’s appeal near the Colombia-Venezuela border 👉 https://t.co/rJGmyZUKj9 pic.twitter.com/8wIA8XIKhi— UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency (@Refugees) June 9, 2019 Saying it was not possible to put a value on the support that Colombia and Peru and Ecuador are giving to the people of Venezuela, “because it is the core of what it is to be human,” the Academy Award-winning actress said that in the world today, “we need that humanity more than ever, and rational thinking from people who are unafraid to take responsibility and show leadership.”Ms. Jolie spoke to journalists less than ten kilometres from the border, at the Integrated Assistance Centre, which is hosting Venezuelans for stays of up to 30 days. It was opened in March by UNHCR and the Colombian Government and currently provides 350 highly vulnerable people with shelter and food as well as legal assistance, activities for children, medical assessments and psychosocial support.Plans to expand the centre’s capacity to 1,400 people have stalled due to a 79 per cent funding shortfall that has slowed the humanitarian response throughout the entire region, putting millions at risk, according to UNHCR.At the centre, Ms. Jolie met one young family who crossed the border in April. Maria, a 41-year-old single mother with six children, spoke of how she sold the metal roof over her family’s heads back in Venezuela and spent the money to clothe her children and put shoes on their feet for the journey to Colombia.“Your children will think back on this time as the time that you really saved them,” the UNHCR Special Envoy told her.Ms. Jolie also visited Brisas del Norte, an informal settlement that is home to hundreds of Colombian and Venezuelan families. UNHCR says the Colombians are former refugees who returned to their country to escape the political and economic crisis in Venezuela, the same conditions that forced the Venezuelans to seek refuge here.Linda Lopez, a 60-year-old Venezuelan woman who arrived one month ago, approached Jolie as she walked through the community and described the dangers she faced back home. “People are dying of hunger,” Ms. Lopez said, breaking into tears. “My whole family fled.”Earlier on Saturday, the Special Envoy met with Colombian President Iván Duque in Cartagena. She expressed her gratitude to the government and people of Colombia for responding to the Venezuela crisis with what she called “truly remarkable generosity” – particularly as it works to implement a peace plan following five decades of bloodshed within its borders. read more

UK new car market declines in October – down -2.9% to 153,599 units.Hybrid and plug-in registrations up +30.7% but, as grant is cut, new forecast data suggests outlook lags behind government ambitions.Overall market down -7.2% YTD, with gap hoped to narrow slightly as supply issues resulting from regulatory changes ease.SEE CAR REGISTRATIONS BY BRANDDOWNLOAD THE PRESS RELEASE AND DATAThe UK new car market declined again in October, with 153,599 vehicles registered, according to figures released today by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). Deliveries fell by -2.9% in the month, as model changes and backlogs at test houses conducting tough new WLTP emissions certification continued to cause shortages across some brands.Declines were seen in both private and fleet sectors, with registrations down -1.0% and -5.2% respectively. Meanwhile, continuing uncertainty over government policy on diesel saw demand for these new, low emission vehicles fall by a further -21.3%. Registrations of petrol cars rose +7.1%, while the market for alternatively fuelled vehicles (AFVs) once again showed strong growth, up +30.7%, supported by new models.Zero emission battery electric vehicles saw particularly impressive growth, up +86.9%, as 584 more people drove one home than in the same month last year. Hybrid and plug-in hybrid vehicles, which make up the majority of AFV sales due to their greater flexibility, also enjoyed strong uplifts, growing +31.0% and +19.1% respectively. However, this is not surprising given the announcement that the Plug-in Car Grant was to be cut for pure electric cars and withdrawn completely for plug-in hybrids – although, due to lead times, the full impact may not be seen for several months.The figures come as SMMT publishes new industry forecasts for AFV demand, with registrations expected to grow +82.5% from 2017 levels by 2020. Similar growth (+88.3%) is projected for plug-in electric cars, with 92,620 new plug-in hybrid and battery electric cars expected to be sold in the same year – taking market share to around 4.0%. This is at the lower end of government’s 3-7% stated ambition, with cuts to the Grant further undermining industry’s ability to deliver this ambition.In the year to date, the overall new car sector remains down -7.2% on the same period last year, albeit with more than two million new cars registered in the first 10 months of 2018. Pending no further market disruption, some pull-back is hoped for during the remainder of the year as current supply issues ease, enabling manufacturers to cater for pent up demand on certain models.Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, saidVED upheaval, regulatory changes and confusion over diesel have all made their mark on the market this year so it’s good to see plug-in registrations buck the trend. Demand is still far from the levels needed to offset losses elsewhere, however, and is making government’s decision to remove purchase incentives even more baffling.We’ve always said that world-class ambitions require world-class incentives and, even before the cuts to the grant, those ambitions were challenging. We need policies that encourage rather than confuse. Government’s forthcoming review of WLTP’s impact on taxation must ensure that buyers of the latest, cleanest cars are not unfairly penalised else we will see older, more polluting cars remain on the road for longer.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Significant Digits For Friday Jan 30 2015

$50John Kerry, the United States secretary of state, owes the city of Boston a $50 fine for failing to shovel his sidewalk. Kerry was in Saudi Arabia — a nation not known for its snow-clearance legislation — as a blizzard struck New England this week. [The Boston Globe]63.9 percentThe home ownership rate is now at its lowest level since 1994, down to 63.9 percent in the final quarter of 2014. [Los Angeles Times]96 tonsAmount of dog poop generated in New York City each day. [FiveThirtyEight]98 percent of scientistsAbout 98 percent scientists say the public’s lack of knowledge about science is a problem, so why don’t you guys go learn a book or something, geez. [Re/code]3,000 storiesI thought I was safe in journalism — I’d picked a good field, one that couldn’t be automated. I was wrong. The Associated Press is already automatically generating 3,000 stories each quarter. Right now, those stories are about companies’ quarterly earnings, but who knows when the robots will move on to the dog poop beat. [The Verge]$1.3 billionNew York City cultural institutions spent $1.3 billion on new construction over the past five years on projects including the expansion of the Queens Museum and the renovation of the fountains at the Met. In 2014, construction expenditures were up 46 percent from 2013 to $208 million. [Crain’s New York] One more plea for the newsletter: Sign up for it now and be the first to learn about the numbers behind the news. And, as always, if you see a significant digit in the wild, tweet it to me @WaltHickey. You’re reading Significant Digits, a daily digest of the telling numbers tucked inside the news. To receive this newsletter in your inbox, subscribe.9 communications majors It shouldn’t come as too much of a shock that the notoriously taciturn Seattle running back Marshawn Lynch is not among the nine communications majors taking the field in Super Bowl XLIX. Playboy broke down the college majors of every player in this year’s game, and communications came out as the most popular course of study, with nine players, followed by sociology and general studies, with seven players each. [Playboy]11.8 percentAccording to the NFL, concussions decreased by 11.8 percent this season compared to last year, to 202 from 229. [The New York Times]14 percent riseThe average American office worker spends nine hours each week in meetings or thinking about meetings, up 14 percent from four years ago. [NPR]25 megabits per secondThe Federal Communications Commission raised the bar on the download speeds for “broadband” Internet to 25 megabits per second (Mbps) from 4 Mbps. Under the previous standard, 6.3 percent of households didn’t have broadband. Now 19.4 percent don’t. [Ubergizmo] read more

first_imgTéléchargement illégal : la riposte graduée mise en place en IrlandeIrlande –  Le fournisseur d’accès internet (FAI) irlandais Eircom a annoncé l’entrée en vigueur d’un système de riposte graduée dès ce lundi. Comme le prévoit la loi française contre le téléchargement illégal, cette riposte pourra aboutir à la coupure de la connexion internet de l’utilisateur pirate.Le FAI avait été accusé par l’Irma, l’organisme irlandais chargé de la gestion et de la protection des œuvres musicales, de rester inactif face au téléchargement illégal mettant en péril l’industrie du disque. Mais pour éviter un procès pour responsabilité par complicité passive, Eircom a accepté de conclure un accord à l’amiable.Via cet accord, le FAI s’est engagé à traiter une cinquantaine d’adresses IP par semaine. Dans un premier temps, il avertira les internautes accusés de téléchargement illégal. Au second avertissement, Eircom coupera la connexion des internautes pour une semaine, puis pour un an après le troisième signalement.Cet accord a été conclu l’année dernière, et c’est ce lundi 25 mai que la riposte graduée est devenue effective. Le système n’ayant pas été imposé par la loi, contrairement à Hadopi, les droits de la défense et la présomption d’innocence n’auront pas à être respectés par le FAI irlandais.Alors qu’Eircom craint de voir ses clients fuir vers la concurrence, le cablo-opérateur UPC, l’un de ses principaux concurrents, refuse catégoriquement de participer à ce dispositif, affirmant n’avoir aucune raison de surveiller ses abonnés. Poursuivi par l’Irma, son procès s’ouvrira le mois prochain.Le 25 mai 2010 à 16:17 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

WWE 2K19 cover athlete announced on Monday Mauro Ranallo covering WWE UK

first_img WhatsApp Pinterest Wrestleview Live #65: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Twitter Facebook WWE issued the following on Thursday, revealing that they will be announcing who will be on the cover of the WWE 2K19 video game this Monday (6/18) at 11:00 AM ET.2K to Announce WWE 2K19 Cover Superstar During Virtual Press Conference on June 18th2K today announced that it will host a virtual press conference on Monday, June 18 to unveil the cover Superstar for WWE 2K19, the forthcoming release in the flagship WWE video game franchise. In addition to delivering remarks, the WWE 2K19cover Superstar will reveal groundbreaking news about the new video game before hosting a Q&A session.Cover selection for the WWE 2K franchise is a highly coveted honor, with past cover Superstars including Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, John Cena, Stone Cold Steve Austin, current WWE Universal Champion Brock Lesnar and, most recently, current WWE Intercontinental Champion Seth Rollins.Details surrounding the WWE 2K19 Press Conference are as follows:WHEN: Monday, June 18, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. EDT / 8:00 a.m. PDT;WHERE: WWE.2K.com and WWE 2K Channels on Twitch, YouTube and Facebook.Developed collaboratively by Yuke’s and Visual Concepts, a 2K studio, WWE 2K19 is not yet rated by the ESRB. WWE 2K19is currently scheduled for worldwide release in Fall 2018. For more information on WWE 2K19 and 2K, visit wwe.2k.com, become a fan on Facebook, follow the game on Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #WWE2K19 or subscribe on YouTube.Mauro Ranallo covering WWE UK TournamentWWE issued the following on Twitter on Thursday night, announcing that Mauro Ranallo will be doing commentary on the WWE UK tournaments that will air on a one-week tape delay on June 25 and June 26 on Royal Albert Hall on WWE Network.It is going to be a THRILL for @mauroranallo and @McGuinnessNigel to be on the call for the @WWEUK Championship Tournament! #WWEUKCT pic.twitter.com/8XvKVRK5sA— WWE (@WWE) June 15, 2018center_img Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+ Live Podcast: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte WWE Clash of Champions Results – 9/15/19 (Rollins vs. Strowman, Kingston vs. Orton)last_img read more

Indiana Partnership Adds Post to Support Crane

first_imgAn economic development organization for south central Indiana has created a position to attract defense business investment in the region and raise the profile of Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division locally and nationally.Next week, Matt Craig, who had been a deputy technical director at Crane, will become the director of Crane community support for Radius Indiana, reported Inside Indiana Business.“Crane is vitally important to our local economy, and it is also indispensable to our military and our country. The director of Crane community support will help ensure that the public is well informed on the impact and opportunities the naval installation brings to our area,” said Becky Skillman, CEO of Radius Indiana.Craig, who retired from Crane following a 30-year career, will work with the partnership’s business development staff to increase research opportunities and investment in the region, and collaborate with its defense and national security council, the Southern Indiana Business Alliance and the Indiana Office of Defense Development.“The value of military installations is continually assessed by the Department of Defense, and on a local level it is imperative that we understand how that value is determined and how it can be enhanced,” said Craig. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

60th GRAMMY Awards FirstRound Voting Launches

first_img Email Twitter News Facebook Learn more about the key dates surrounding the 60th GRAMMY Awards voting processTim McPhateGRAMMYs Oct 16, 2017 – 2:45 pm Today, Oct. 16, marked the kick-off of Recording Academy member first-round voting for the 60th GRAMMY Awards.Following the closing of first-round voting on Oct. 29, nominations for the 60th GRAMMY Awards will be announced on Nov. 28.Subsequently, the final-round ballot period will kick off on Dec. 7, closing on Dec. 21. Recipients will then be announced at the 60th GRAMMY Awards, taking place Jan. 28, 2018, at Madison Square Garden in New York.The eligibility period for the 60th GRAMMY Awards was Oct. 1, 2016, through Sept. 30, 2017. For this year’s awards process, the Recording Academy received 22,030 submission entries for GRAMMY consideration, up slightly from last year’s entry total of 21,719 submissions.Earlier this year, the Academy announced a transition to online voting, a move that provides the Recording Academy’s more than 13,000 voting members greater access and flexibility than ever before.GRAMMY 101: More Information On The GRAMMY Awards Voting Process 60th GRAMMY Awards: Voting Process Dates 60th-grammy-awards-first-round-voting-launches 60th GRAMMY Awards: First-Round Voting Launches last_img read more

first_imgSenate Bill 89 would eliminate sanctions on parents removing their children from school if they object to standardized testing or programming related to sexual health.The Legislature has advanced a contentious education bill that would allow parents to opt out of standardized tests and certain school curricula.Download AudioSenate Bill 89 aims to increase the authority of parents in directing a child’s education within Alaska schools. The measure allows parents to opt their children out of standardized tests, and educational programming dealing with sexual health.“Any type of questionnaire, we believe, the school district should get permission from parents before they survey their child,” said Wasilla Republican Mike Dunleavy, the bill’s main sponsor. “It’s our contention that parents should be informed so that they make informed decisions.”The measure also includes provisions limiting what kinds of health-care providers can work with school districts. In response to criticisms raised by the State Affairs Committee’s lone Democrat, Senator Bill Wielechowski of Anchorage, Dunleavy explained that under the bill if a person has “a direct line to an abortion provider” they would not be allowed on a school campus to educate them on matters related to sexual or reproductive health.Opt out provisions put federal school funding in jeopardy when standardized testing falls below a 95% threshold. That is already starting to happen in some parts of Alaska where local school districts have enacted opt out rules of their own. This year, the Haines School District had 12 students whose families objected to standardized tests, putting it below the Federal level. The district is currently waiting to hear what this could mean for its funding.While the state’s 54 school districts currently have local provisions on opting out, SB 89 could result in a massive funding loss for the state as a whole.“The US Department [of Education] concern is that that may mask underperformance of students, therefore not meeting the stated purpose of those title funds,” said Susan McCauley with the state’s Department of Education. If Title requirements are not fulfilled then schools across Alaska stand to lose federal dollars.“The total funding for those programs is $96, 758,000,” McCauley added.SB 89 now moves on to the Senate Rules Committee.KHNS’s Emily Files contributed reporting from Haines.last_img read more