Poverty is the most serious and widespread human rights abuse UN official

Ms. Arbour, who’s remarks were delivered in a statement to the Human Rights Council in Geneva, spotlighted concerns in specific countries, ranging from reports of “dire conditions in labour camps” in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea to refusal by Uzbekistan to allow the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) to investigate last year’s killings in Andijan in the east of the country.“Poverty continues to be the most serious, invidious and widespread human rights violation that we must confront,” she said. “For it is poverty and underdevelopment – both in cause and effect – that exacerbate abuse, neglect and discrimination, denying millions the enjoyment of their civil, cultural, economic, political and social rights, and ultimately their right to development.”Discrimination is also another “widespread source of disempowerment,” she said, warning that in some parts of the world certain instances of this may be on the rise.“Racial discrimination is also ever present, and in some regions may even be growing, fuelled by fear of terrorism, or anxiety over competition for employment. Those fears are easily manipulated with results often difficult to predict or control.”Contemporary terrorism has raised many questions, Ms. Arbour said, including whether States are losing their monopoly over the use of overwhelming force and if so, whether existing laws must “yield to this new reality,” but she stressed it was crucial for the authorities to put the law at the forefront of their anti-terror efforts.“It is vital that at all times governments anchor in law their response to terrorism,” she said, voicing particular concern about the “increasing challenge to the absolute prohibition on torture that has emerged in the context of counter-terrorism activities.”“International law requires that the prohibition of torture be ensured by active measures: in addition to not engaging in acts of torture themselves, States have a positive obligation to protect individuals from exposure to torture,” she said. “No cogent argument, whether normative or empirical, has been advanced to support a departure from the torture prohibition in the fight against terrorism.”In her report to the Council, which started its inaugural session on Monday, Ms. Arbour also highlighted that OHCHR’s presence in the field was a “vital part” of its mandate, adding that the willingness of governments to include the Office in their human rights efforts, showed their “serious commitment to the realization of rights.” In this regard, she mentioned OHCHR’s presence in Nepal, Uganda, Guatemala, Cambodia and Colombia.Equally important said Ms. Arbour was the access granted to experts and other “special procedures mandate holders,” because she said their monitoring, investigating and reporting were the “trusted eyes and ears of the international human rights community.”In contrast to this, “closed door policies” by governments were a source of “grave concern” because “without proper assessment and cooperation, the international community’s ability to render effective assistance is dramatically curtailed and human rights violations remain unaddressed,” she said.In this context, she voiced regret that her Office was unable to assess the facts related to “the killings of possibly several hundred persons” in May 2005 by Uzbek military and security forces in the city of Andijan, in eastern Uzbekistan. She noted that the Government refused to allow access to the country and also monitoring of the trials of those it arrested.She raised similar access constraints regarding the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, highlighting reports from refugees, who have escaped the country, describing “dire conditions in labour camps, grave food shortages and a lack of the most basic freedoms, such as freedom of expression, religion and assembly.”Turning to Iraq, Ms. Arbour said she hoped the newly appointed Government would take the “necessary measures to ensure the protection of human rights and full respect for the rule of law.”In Myanmar, she said the “marked worsening of the humanitarian situation” was a cause for “mounting international concern” and she called attention to the situation in the east of the country, where intensified military operations in recent months have led to the “forcible eviction and mass displacement of thousands of civilians.”She spoke too of the “unspeakable suffering and loss of life” in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, and said only a political solution would stop the bloodshed.Regarding Africa, Ms. Arbour urged the Government of Sudan to seek the assistance of UN peacekeepers to help halt the killings in the troubled Darfur region, and she said that Somalia “can no longer remain the neglected crisis” where violence, displacement and chaos were exposing civilians to “massive suffering.”After delivering her comprehensive report to the Council, representatives from various Member States and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) held discussions on it involving the High Commissioner. read more

Canadian grocery smartphone app SnapSaves sells to deals site Groupon

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – Daily deals website Groupon says it has purchased SnapSaves, a Canadian-made couponing app that launched last year.While the details of the transaction weren’t revealed, including the price of the acquisition, it marks a sign of the growing popularity of smartphone apps in the grocery industry.SnapSaves was created by Toronto-based company Buytopia, which has a deal-of-the-day business model similar to Groupon.Shoppers can snap a picture of their grocery receipt using the app and receive money back on selected items that range from diapers and cereal to fresh produce and wine.Once the redemptions cross a threshold, the user can request a cheque in the mail for the money they’ve saved.The SnapSaves acquisition was completed on June 13, Groupon spokesman Bill Roberts said in an email on Monday.“We’re excited that SnapSaves is joining the Groupon family,” he added.SnapSaves says the deal will increase the variety of offers available, and expand its reach to Groupon’s 52 million active customers across North America.Other similar money-saving apps have been growing in popularity including Checkout 51, a startup founded in Toronto two years ago.Groupon is bulking up its mobile offerings after unveiling an app version of its website last fall. Since its debut, the app has spiked in popularity and amounted to more than half of the company’s transactions during the first quarter, the company said.Earlier this month, Groupon expanded its Freebies digital coupon feature onto smartphones in the United States.Freebies lets users access more than 30,000 digital coupons, promotions and samples at major retailers like Target, Sears, Bath & Body Works and J. Crew through Apple’s iPhone.Groupon has plans to make Freebies available outside the U.S. by the end of the year.Follow @dj_friend on Twitter. Canadian grocery smartphone app SnapSaves sells to deals site Groupon by David Friend, The Canadian Press Posted Jun 23, 2014 8:46 am MDT read more

Chris Christie lets casinos racetracks offer sports betting in New Jersey defying

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. – Gov. Chris Christie’s administration issued a directive Monday allowing the state’s casinos and racetracks to offer sports betting, a move likely to be challenged in court by sports leagues.The governor said he took his cue from previous federal court rulings that found that nothing in New Jersey law prohibits the casinos and horse racing tracks from offering sports betting, so long as it’s not sponsored or licensed by the state. Besides issuing the directive, he asked a federal court to approve it.His action, through the state attorney general’s office, is likely to be challenged by the professional and collegiate sports leagues that fought New Jersey’s efforts to overturn a ban on sports betting in all but four states. That effort ended with the U.S. Supreme Court declining to hear the case.Christie suggested casinos and tracks could start offering betting immediately, but it’s not clear that will happen. Rachel Ryan, a spokeswoman for the Meadowlands Racetrack said Monday that the track has no plans to offer sports betting now. Several casino executives ether said they have no immediate plans to offer it or declined to comment.The professional football, baseball, basketball and hockey leagues, as well as the National Collegiate Athletic Association, all opposed New Jersey’s effort to legalize sports betting, saying it could give the appearance that the integrity of the games has been compromised. An NFL spokesman declined comment; the other leagues and the NCAA did not immediately return messages Monday.In addition to the directive, Christie also had the state file a motion in federal court asking a judge to clarify or modify a February 2013 ruling that blocks a licensing program New Jersey had passed for sports betting in the state.The governor says sports betting is legal under previous federal rulings as long as wagers don’t involve a collegiate game played in New Jersey or a New Jersey college team elsewhere in the country.“Victory at last!” said state Sen. Raymond Lesniak, one of the legislature’s strongest supporters of sports betting. “People should book their hotel rooms in Atlantic City for the Super Bowl now because there won’t be any available in February.”Lesniak said he expects the leagues to challenge the move, but predicted: “They don’t have any arguments left to make. This is all over but the shouting.”Lloyd D. Levenson, an Atlantic City lawyer whose firm works for casinos in New Jersey and elsewhere, said he expects the casinos to wait for a further court ruling before they launch sports betting but that they’ll begin setting up an infrastructure for it now.The move is a turnaround for Christie, who supported allowing sports gambling previously. But he initially seemed resigned to defeat once the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear New Jersey’s appeal in June, saying, “You know, that’s the way it goes.”A month ago, Christie vetoed a bill that would have pushed New Jersey to circumvent the federal ban on gambling on professional and college sports.Later Monday, Christie convened a closed-door summit on the future of Atlantic City. The seaside resort has already lost three of the 12 casinos with which it began this year, and a fourth one is due to shut its doors next week; about 8,000 casino workers will have lost their jobs since January.“It is never easy to go through the type of displacement we’re going through now,” he told the panel, which included executives from the Tropicana, Golden Nugget, Resorts and Borgata casinos.Voters in New Jersey overwhelmingly endorsed legal sports betting in a nonbinding referendum in 2011. State lawmakers soon enacted a law to allow for betting at tracks and in casinos. But those actions ran up against the 1992 Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act, enacted by Congress to restrict betting on sports to a few states. Nevada has allowed betting on sports for more than 60 years, and Delaware, Montana and Oregon have at times permitted more limited betting. New Jersey missed a 1991 deadline in the law that would have allowed sports betting in Atlantic City.___Wayne Parry can be reached at http://twitter.com/WayneParryAC___Associated Press writer Geoff Mulvihill in Trenton contributed to this report. Chris Christie lets casinos, racetracks offer sports betting in New Jersey, defying US law by Wayne Parry, The Associated Press Posted Sep 8, 2014 11:24 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Mens soccer OSU loses season finale at Wisconsin earns sixth seed in

Ohio State forward Yaw Amankwa (23) sends a ball past Maryland defender Chris Odoi-Atsem (28) during a game at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium on Oct. 31, 2015. Credit: Lantern File PhotoThe Ohio State men’s soccer team faced off against No. 24 Wisconsin in its last game of the regular season on Sunday in Madison, Wisconsin. There was a lot at stake for both teams, as the game would determine the final Big Ten standings and seeding in the Big Ten tournament.In the end, the Badgers proved to be too much for the Buckeyes, defeating the Scarlet and Gray 2-1 in Madison.Wisconsin applied a ton of pressure early on in the match, earning the majority of chances and forcing the Buckeyes to spend most of the time in their own defensive zone.In the 16th minute, Wisconsin redshirt freshman defender Elan Koenig corralled a rebound off a save from OSU keeper Parker Siegfried and finished it off to put the Badgers up 1-0.Wisconsin would add to its lead in the 44th minute, again on a rebound opportunity. This time, it was redshirt sophomore forward Isaac Schlenker who buried the ball after a save from Siegfried, extending the Badger lead to 2-0.Wisconsin held a 15-3 shot advantage through the opening period, but the Buckeyes did not go quietly into the night.Late in the second period, OSU senior forward Yaw Amankwa launched a shot from 30 yards out that was able to beat the Badger keeper and find the back of the net, cutting the deficit to 2-1.The Buckeyes desperately battled back throughout the second stanza, outshooting the Badgers 12-4 in the period. However, they would be unable to find the equalizer, and the score remained at 2-1 as time expired.Sophomore forward Abdi Mohamed did not play in the match. Senior forward Danny Jensen played 58 minutes in his return from injury after a five-game absence.The Buckeyes finish the season with a 5-12-1 record (3-4-1 B1G).The loss gives OSU a sixth seed in the Big Ten tournament, where they will rematch Wisconsin in Madison this Sunday, Nov. 6. read more

Metso demonstrates the sustainability of its products in Brazil

first_imgDuring M&T Expo 2009, Metso presented solutions in portable crushing, crushing control systems, automation, pulp pump (slurry), belt conveyors, ESI (energy saving idlers), scrapers, rubber and polyurethane screens, Trellex Poly-Cer idlers, idler of Skega metallic mill and Polymet rubber and steel idler and process technology. During the event the company reported that being a global engineering and technology company it has a clear objective to increase to a maximum its customer competitiveness. Having this in mind, it is strongly investing in sustainable solutions that offer quality to the industrial processes of the mining market.  In 2008, approximately 60% of Metso net sales derived from environmentally correct solutions – according to the OCED (Organization for Cooperation and Economic Development).  The Metso solution portfolio consists of products and services that reduce environmental impact and at the same time improve the quality of customer operations. The environmental solutions Metso offers are related to renewable energy, energy consumption reduction, recycling, raw material selection, water maintenance, dust reduction, noise, adequate water treatment, carbon dioxide and particle emission and process technology.  Research and development  is focussed on environmental technology related to services and the development of intelligent solutions.  This research and development is done in co-operation with customers, third parties and is supported by renowned research organisations and universities. Sustainable technology for the mining and construction markets has the objective of developing correct eco-efficient environmental solutions. The main focus relies on performance improvement and on the process of technological integration, as well as automation of already existing processes.  In addition to fixed crushing plants Metso offers portable crushing plants that reduce dust emission and improve safety when compared to fixed units. In 2008, for example, it launched the LT7150 Lokotrack, a portable crushing plant equipped with one Barmac VSI Vertical Impactor that complies with the most severe laws regarding emission, has automatic systems and low-cost wear parts.  Process technology has shown positive results with proven operating gains in comminution, classification and flotation. By means of analyses it allows the assured selection of equipment that aims to maximise energy consumption efficiency, minimise water consumption and reduce greenhouse effects.Metso promotes and encourages environmental management in its installations and invests in projects and actions aimed at environmental preservation. The activities developed by the Company aim at the control, prevention and reduction of environmental impacts:   Environmental Education: periodically Metso promotes educational campaigns aiming at raising consciousness and changing attitudes. This work is done through lectures, informative bulletins, Environment Week, planting trees, and other activitiesWaste Management: encourages the reuse of residues derived from Metso’s own operations, as well as byproducts of other processes, such as plastic, paper, cardboard and woodResource Management: actions within production operations in order to balance or reduce the consumption of mineral, energy, water resources, etc. An important environmental improvement in the Metso facilities was the plan for substitution of the conventional painting system for the Armix system, which consists of pulverisation with paint heating system. This system provided several benefits, such as: eliminating solvent use, VOC and lower emission of particulate matter, noise reduction (since the system does not use compressed air), reduced energy and paint consumption reduction, among others. The dust collection system, installed in 2007, was another relevant example. Metso invested approximately 3 million Reais in the project that contributed to better air quality in the state of São Paulo.last_img read more

This Embraer Shark Plane Has No Dreaded Middle Seats

first_img Watch: Plane Lands on Highway, Gets ‘Pulled Over’ in WashingtonWatch: Wild Turbulence Throws Flight Attendant Into Cabin Ceiling Stay on target It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s a great white shark.Brazilian aircraft manufacturer Embraer is turning heads with its new E190-E2 plane, painted up in a special great white shark livery.The jet, nicknamed the “Shark Profit Hunter” has been touring the world, making appearances at various airshows, including at Airshow China 2018, held earlier this month in Zhuhai in Guangdong Province. It’s the show plane for Boeing and Embraer’s E2 family of regional jets, which encompasses the E175-E2, E190-E2, and E195-E2.Embraer’s “Shark Profit Hunter” has been making appearances at air shows, including at Airshow China 2018 in Zhuhai, China. (Photo Credit: VCG via Getty Images)The E190-E2 boasts a 2-2 seating configuration, getting rid of the dreaded middle seats. It also features re-designed, larger windows to make the cabin brighter, overhead bins that are 40 percent larger and able to fit standard carry-on luggage wheels-first, and no under-seat support rails to impede legroom.“Preserving passenger personal space is the goal,” Rodrigo Silva e Souza, vice-president of marketing for Embraer Commercial Aviation, told CNN Travel.The shark-themed E190-E2 aircraft arrives at the Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport in Chengdu, China. (Photo Credit: VCG via Getty Images)The aircraft can carry up to 150 passengers, and is the world’s “quietest, cleanest and most efficient new generation single-aisle aircraft in the segment,” according to an Embraer press release. The jet is said to burn 17 per cent less fuel than its predecessor, the E190. It’s main rival is the new Airbus A220 plane.The E190-E2 is currently in commercial operation with Norway’s Widerøe, since April of this year, and Embraer forecasts 2,820 commercial aircraft up to 150 seats to be delivered over the next 20 years to European operators.The cabin is a max capacity 114 seat at 29” pitch and 2-degrees of recline. Comfortable enough for a one to two hour flight, but two-two seating is a spacious standard for the E2 (like the E1). #E190E2 pic.twitter.com/OsO91vCyBC— Jon Ostrower (@jonostrower) April 3, 2018Embraer has highlighted Alaska Airlines, Spirit Airlines and United Airlines as US carriers that would most benefit from operating E2 jets, FlightGlobal reported. However, the first E175-E2 orders are not scheduled for delivery until 2021In the meantime, look out for a shark on the runway.More on Geek.com:Watch: Scary Cockpit Footage of Plane Landing in ThunderstormReach for the Sky in New ‘Toy Story’-Themed PlaneRussian Cargo Plane Drops Precious Metals Onto Runwaylast_img read more

Mbappe on winning the Ballon dOr I couldnt care less

first_imgUnlike Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, the young rising star in Kylian Mbappe “couldn’t care less” about the Ballon d’Or award following a brilliant World Cup campaignThe 19-year-old is being tipped as a dark horse to put an end to Ronaldo and Messi’s dominance of the highly-coveted award this year and may well in with a shot, depending on the final outcome of France’s World Cup campaign.Mbappe’s meteoric rise in the football world has been undeniable following his standout performances at Russia, which even left a five-time Ballon d’Or winner in Messi in the shadows after the Paris Saint-Germain inspired France to a 4-3 over Argentina in the last-16.While many had expected his illustrious PSG teammate Neymar to be the one to end Ronaldo and Messi’s decade-long dominance of the Ballon d’Or, it appears that it could be Mbappe instead.But it winning the historic award, that has been awarded to greats like Michel Platini and Marco van Basten since it was introduced in 1958, is something that doesn’t seem so appealing to the young man.Franck Ribery, FiorentinaFiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.“I couldn’t care less about that,” he told TF1, via Express.“I want the World Cup. I want to sleep with it.“I wasn’t born in 1998, so I have never seen people on the Champs-Elysees celebrating.Mbappe has been linked with a move to Real Madrid to replace Ronaldo after his exit to Juventus on Tuesday.last_img read more

GAME SUMMARY Wilmington Little Leagues AAA AllStar Game

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Wilmington Little League’s annual AAA All-Star Game took place on Saturday June 23rd at Rotary Park. Team White included four players each from the Braves, Astros, and Rays plus two from the Cardinals while Team Blue had four each from the Giants, Royals, and Pirates plus two others from the Cardinals. White prevailed over Blue 15-7 in a very well-played affair.Team White’s Will Poyant held Blue scoreless in the first, striking out one and giving up only a single to Ronin Uftring. Poyant was helped by some stellar defense by Tommy Pereira, Jake Banda, and Joe Gronemeyer.White got off to a fast start in their half of the first with four runs. Tim Watson, Henry Santini, Jonathan Stokes, and Gronemeyer all singled and scored as Kenny Branley ripped a double to clear the bases.Team Blue’s Noah Titterington got their only hit in the second off of Team White’s Luke Cushing who kept Blue off the board again. Blue’s Mikey Ware, Riley Morell, and Conner Lynch did hit the ball well but some more excellent glove work by White’s Braedon Almas, Cam O’Connell, Cushing, and Watson kept them off the bases.Team White was held to one run in the second by Team Blue’s Gavin Poirior. Pereira made solid contact but Team Blue’s solid fielding kept him off the bases. Eric Banda then hit a shot to Ryan Gray at second but a great play by Gray resulted in the second out. Luke Kitanov then walked and scored and Poyant drew a walk as well.Team Blue finally did some major damage in the top of the third scoring five runs. Jake Driscoll and Ryan Gray both singled and scored as Ronny Jordan walked and Chase Kennedy was hit by a ptich driving in a run. Gray scored as Will Biscan singled and Poirier doubled scoring Biscan. Uftring singled and Andrew Almeda ripped a ball to short but Gronemeyer made a good play firing to Pereira at first for the final out.Team White then got most of them back in their half of the third as Watson singled again, O’Connell and Santini walked, and Stokes singled. All of them scored as Gronemeyer blasted a double to finish the action.Team Blue stormed right back in the fourth as Ware (double) and Morell (walk) scored. Titterington singled and Connor Lynch was hit by a pitch but Team White’s Branley, who was pitching, made a great play at home as catcher Theo Bryson flipped him the ball to nail the runner at the plate trying to score. Branley then struck out the next batter and induced a ground out to Almas at short to end the threat.In the bottom of the fourth, Team White returned serve again as Bryson singled, Pereira walked, and Eric Banda singled. All three scored as hard hits by Kitanov and Poyant cleared the bases. Jake Banda doubled but was unable to advance.In the top of the fifth, Team Blue’s Jordan was hit by a pitch while Gray, Charlie Roy, and Kennedy hit the ball hard but pitcher Almas kept them from scoring with a nice play at the mound and some other fielding help from O’Connell, Santini, and Jake Banda.The game was still close thanks to the defense of Team Blue’s Jackson Hegarty and Almeda among others but the bottom of the inning saw Team White’s relentless bats get right back in gear. Watson doubled and O’Connell drove him in. Santini singled and Stokes doubled to drive him in. Gronemeyer’s single plated Stokes.Biscan led off the top of the sixth with a single off of closer Gronemeyer but two strikeouts and a great short-hop pickup by Kitanov at first ended the game.Team White’s manager Stew Pruslin remarked, “I was not only proud of my four Astros players for representing our team so well, but I was impressed with everyone on both teams. It was exciting to coach such a high-level collection of players from different teams who came together for a common goal.”BLUE TEAM: Front row: Jake Driscoll and Riley MorellSecond row: JR Hegerty, Ronin Uftring, Ronny Jordan, Noah Titterington, Ryan Gray, Chase KennedyThird Row: Coach Phil Gray, Andrew Almeda, Mikey Ware, Charlie Roy, Will Biscan, Connor Lynch, Gavin Porier, Coach Bill Almeida, Manager Mike HegertyWHITE TEAM: Front Row: Jake Banda, Will PoyantSecond Row: Jonathan Stokes, Luke Cushing, Tommy Pereira, Henry SantiniThird Row: Cam O’Connell, Luke Kitnov, Manager Stew Pruslin, Tim Watson, Braden Almas, Joe Gronemeyer, Kenny Branley, Theo Bryson, Eric Banda, Coach Brian Burke(NOTE: The above game summary was provided by Wilmington Little League.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington Little League’s Latest Game SummariesIn “Sports”Wilmington Little League’s Latest Game SummariesIn “Sports”Wilmington Little League’s Latest Game SummariesIn “Sports”last_img read more

Kenai Peninsula CASA progam seeks volunteers

first_img(Image via CASA for Children)The Kenai Peninsula CASA program is recruiting volunteers. CASA stands for Court Appointed Special Advocate. The program assigns CASA’s to speak for children caught in the middle of cases often dealing with neglect and abuse. Jessica Crump is the Program Assistant for the program.“The cases can go anywhere from one year to two years. CASA’s are generally with that child from the time the case starts to the time the case closes. On top of that we like our volunteers to make contact with the kids at least two hours a month and [have] at least two hours of contact with the kids,” said Crump.It’s a time consuming job and finding new recruits is always a challenge. To swell their ranks the CASA program is holding information meetings to teach people what it means to be a CASA.“What a CASA does, what a CASA isn’t and what somebody can expect while they are a CASA,” said Crump.Crump says there will be information sessions every month until March. There will be a longer more in depth training in March for people who pass background checks.Crump is hoping to have at least five people graduate into the March training session. She asks anyone interested in the program to come out to their monthly meetings.“If they have the compassion the heart and the time and the motivation to do this they can always just give me a call and we can go from there,” said Crump.At the moment Crump is in contact with five people interested in learning about becoming a CASA. Only one person attended the program’s latest information session held on Wednesday.If you’d like to learn more about the CASA program contact Jessica Crump at 907-335-7218 or email JCrump@kenaitze.org.last_img read more

TPCC terms budget disappointing

first_imgHyderabad: Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee on Friday described the budget presented by Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman was disappointing and there was nothing to cheer about. Speaking to the media in Delhi, Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee president N Uttam Kumar Reddy said the hopes nursed by the unemployed, farmers, and the industry were dashed. Also Read – Hyderabad: Cloth bags, anyone? Advertise With Us He criticised the Centre for failing to come to the rescue of the farmers who have been committing suicide. He said the Congress is opposed to disinvestment of the public sector. Parliament member A Revanth Reddy said the budget was corporate friendly and contain nothing for the common people. He said that while the Centre was getting huge revenue from the southern States, they were not provided with enough investments. Also Read – Patancheru: Locals irked over overflowing nalas Advertise With Us He said due to the failure of State government no allocations had been made for Telangana State. He said no mention of the IT sector has disappointed the southern States. Another MP K Venkat Reddy said the budget had ignored the promises being made in the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act. He said the budget was an anti-Telangana one. He said that the budget meted out injustice to the State due to the failure of Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao. He said the Chief Minister was engaged in praising the Prime Minister for the past five years. Advertise With Us He said that no funds to the AIIMS, Kaleshwaram and Tribal University hade disappointed the State. He alleged that the Chief Minister could not bring pressure on the Prime Minister because of personal reasons. TPCC Working president Ponnam Prabhakar said there was no clarity in the Union budget. He said though the BJP said that its government would create two crore jobs every year, no steps have been announced in the budget. Kisan Cell national vice-chairman M Kodanda Reddy said the the Prime Minister Fasal Bima Yojana has helped the private companies and not the farmers. He said that though Rs 1.25 lakh crore has been collected as premium from the farmers, the insurance paid to them was meagre. He said that several schemes had been named after the Prime Minister. The budget had failed to create confidence among the youth and farmers. He said that no steps had been announced to create jobs. He alleged that the doors had been opened for the foreign investors. No steps had been taken to double the income of the farmers. The Centre has announced hike of just Rs 65 MSP per quintal for the paddy.last_img read more

Southeast Slaying Suspect Arrested After Googling Crimes

first_imgDerek B. Turner, arrested and charged last week for the murder of Andrew McPhatter in March in Southeast Washington D.C., was so obsessed with his alleged exploits he scoured the Internet for articles about the shooting for more than a week after the victim’s death, court records show.Turner, 26, a Ward 8 resident, was arrested Sept. 6 and charged with first-degree murder while armed in the slaying of McPhatter, 28. Members of department’s fugitive unit arrested Turner on a warrant they secured after the March 1 shooting.Andrew McPhatter killed in Southeast D.C. (Courtesy Photo)Turner, known as “Fats” locally, is being held without bond, according to a document from the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. Turner’s next court date is Sept. 28.The Washington Post reported that Turner’s public defender might introduce self-defense as a defense. He faces at least 30 years in prison if convicted of first-degree murder.Mary Cuthbert, chairwoman of the Advisory Neighborhood Commission in Ward 8, which includes Congress Heights where the shooting took place, said she’s comforted that police arrested Turner, but lamented the conditions she says are responsible for the senseless violence.“The parents have to wake up and you’ve got to get a hold of your child when they’re little – they have to take charge,” Cuthbert told the AFRO. “We have to support them and help them move forward, but it has to start in the home.”McPhatter, a father of four, was shot March 1 at 10:49 a.m. while sitting inside his green Buick Regal at Wheeler Road and Upsal Street, court documents said. McPhatter was armed with a .40 caliber gun in his waistband at the time of the shooting. The Post reported that McPhatter’s mother, Jessica Johnson, said her son was paranoid in the days before his murder, rarely left home, and had started carrying a gun for protection.D.C. Fire and EMS personnel rushed McPhatter to a nearby hospital in Maryland in critical condition after the shooting. He was pronounced dead four days later.The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Maryland determined McPhatter sustained five gunshot injuries, and ruled McPhatter’s death a homicide. Police say Turner allegedly shot eight bullets into the car and hit McPhatter in the head and body.Court records show that on the same day McPhatter was shot, Turner searched the Washington Post website with the terms “three shootings in an hour on Wednesday in D.C.” That search took place at 8:47 p.m., less than 12 hours after McPhatter was shot.On March 6 and 7, days after McPhatter succumbed to his injuries, Turner allegedly ran multiple searches on the Internet for a shooting on Wheeler Road Southeast and clicked on several related links, including the D.C. police department’s Facebook page and spotcrime.com. Searches continued through March 11.Between Feb. 16 and March 1, McPhatter and his friends were targets of several shootings in and near the Trenton Park neighborhood, police said. On March 9, police recovered a loaded 10 mm Glock 29 from the glove compartment of Turner’s Lexus while investigating a drive-by shooting that targeted Turner and his car.Turner was arrested March 10 and charged with unlawful possession of a firearm. He was charged with murder last week after police connected the gun to other shootings.Police are investigating whether the other shootings in the neighborhood were linked as well. The McPhatter shooting remains under investigation.last_img read more

Protect Your Business The 7 Cybersecurity Tools You Need as an Entrepreneur

first_img Hear from business owners and CEOs who went through a crippling business problem and came out the other side bigger and stronger. December 20, 2017 Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Problem Solvers with Jason Feifer If you aren’t taking active steps to secure your business’s digital assets, pure and simple, you’re putting yourself at risk. Approximately 43 percent of all cyberattacks, according to Symantec, focus on small businesses — in part because they’re a big enough target to be valuable, but also small enough to be vulnerable.Related: Cybercriminals Are Targeting Small Businesses That Don’t Take Cybersecurity SeriouslyAs if that weren’t enough, according to the National Cyber Security Alliance, as many as 60 percent of small- to medium-sized businesses that have been hacked go out of business within six months of the attack.Now, you could describe an intuitive correlation here: Businesses that don’t invest enough in their cybersecurity probably aren’t investing enough in other areas of their business.But the statistic is still worrying, so if you want to protect your business, you need to make the investments and upgrades necessary to keep it secure.The problem is that, to an inexperienced entrepreneur, or a business without a formal IT department, the cybersecurity world is confusing and intimidating. Fortunately, you don’t need to be a tech expert to make wise investment and protection decisions. In fact, there are a handful of tools that can keep you safe from the vast majority of potential attacks.The most important security toolsThese are some of the most important security tools you’ll need for your business:Password tools. Your passwords are one of the biggest points of vulnerability in your business, with 90 percent of passwords, according to Deloitte, weak enough to be vulnerable to hacking. Choosing strong passwords, managing them effectively and changing them often are some of the best ways to prevent any cybercrime. The problem is that it’s tough to keep everything organized in a business. That’s why a security tool like 1Password can help ; it gives you a centralized, secure location to manage all your passwords, and update them to keep them safe.Related: Here’s How Taking Cybersecurity Very Seriously Enhances Your BrandA VPN. You should also employ a virtual private network (VPN), which can encrypt all your network traffic so you don’t have to worry about outside forces spying on your work. A single network vulnerability is all it takes for a cybercriminal to gain access to all your data, so invest in a tool like SaferVPN, which is ideal if you have multiple users on multiple devices.Antivirus software. You should also invest in some antivirus software for your devices. Antivirus software isn’t a surefire bet to protect you from hackers, but it will keep you alert if your computer is infected with malware and will scan email attachments to ensure they aren’t scams. AVG Technologies offers free antivirus software for individual users and special packages for businesses. There are also McAfee and tother options on the market.A firewall. Next, you’ll want to invest in a firewall, which will monitor incoming and outgoing traffic, filter out certain threats and even block some sites altogether. A strong firewall alone won’t  protect you from all the threats on the internet, but it’s an added layer of insurance you shouldn’t be without.Better hardware. Older computers, servers and other pieces of hardware may be less expensive, but they pose much bigger security risks. They tend to run older software and have security holes that have been known and exploited for years. Make sure you upgrade your hardware routinely, every few years.Better software (for everything). You’ll also need to pay careful attention to what type of software and applications you use for tasks like data storage, communication and project management. Each individual platform has its own strengths and weaknesses, so choose vendors you trust, with a long history of protecting customers’ data.Education. Finally, invest in educational tools you can use to train and update your employees. Most hacks are attributable to human error, so the more educated your employees are on the best practices for cybersecurity, the less vulnerable you’re going to be. Set aside time every month to go over new updates, and remind your employees about the importance of habits like regularly changing passwords and avoiding suspicious links.Related: 4 Vital Cyber Security Measures Every Safety-Conscious Entrepreneur Needs to TakeStaying vigilantOver 14 million businesses were “hacked” in 2016, but your business doesn’t have to be next in line. As long as you make wise investments, routinely monitor and improve the habits of your employees and commit to staying abreast of the latest digital threats, you’ll minimize your vulnerabilities significantly. Even non-techies have the power to protect their businesses from cyber threats. 5 min read Listen Nowlast_img read more

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Coop ceases being a bank after giving up licence

first_imgThe Central Bank of Cyprus said on Wednesday that the European Central Bank (ECB) has now revoked the Cyprus Co-operative Bank’s banking licence which allowed it to operate as a credit institution, after the state-owned bank gave it up voluntarily.“The withdrawal came into effect on September 3, 2018, the date on which the agreement between Cyprus Co-operative Bank and Hellenic Bank Public Limited for the transfer of certain targeted perimeter of assets and liabilities to Hellenic was concluded,” the Cypriot bank supervisor said in a statement.The Frankfurt-based ECB decided to revoke the Co-op’s licence after it “voluntarily surrendered its authorisation as a credit institution”, following the completion of the transfer of its operations to Hellenic. The Co-op retained no deposits or other funds repayable to its former clientele, the central bank said.The Co-op was one of the four Cypriot banks jointly supervised by the Central Bank of Cyprus and the ECB’s Single Supervisory Mechanism (SSM). The other three are Bank of Cyprus, Hellenic Bank and RCB Bank.The Co-op “would no longer meet the definition of a credit institution” under the European law, it continued adding that it will also strike off the Co-op from the list of supervised entities.You May LikeStart Up InvestorRobert Herjavec: “All Americans Can No Invest Like A Shark With $50″Start Up InvestorUndoInnovative ProductsInnovative Products Portal celebrates Mother’s day with this great give-a-way – Available while quantities lastInnovative ProductsUndoMilitary BudRetire In Style For Less In These 20+ CountriesMilitary BudUndo Data is the new oil so watch out for mass mining – Netflix filmUndoKorkolis brings magic to the stageUndoClear winner in first round of Kition bishop voteUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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