Immigration round ups in Bahamas condemned by activist group calls for desist

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, November 24, 2017 – Nassau – Immigration Department officials continue to deny that they know anything about a report where a Haitian mother and child fell off the back of a truck in Andros during an immigration raid.    Rights Bahamas claims the incident is real and is calling on The Bahamas Government to cease the crackdown citing that it has migrants running scared, even to the point of hurting themselves.The woman was said to have been trying to evade arrest when she fell off the back of the truck, a photo of a bruised child had been circulated on social media but no one is authenticating the image as true – at least no one other than the activist group.In a media release, Rights Bahamas said:   “This behaviour on the part of the immigration officers was totally illegal.   Frightened by the aggressive and illegal action of the officers, the driver sought to escape, resulting in a mother and her young child falling from the truck and sustaining injuries, the severity of which remain unknown. They were taken to a local clinic where, according to witnesses, they were detained by the Immigration officers.”Reaction to the call for a cease and desist by Rights Bahamas is outright rejected as Bahamians reacting to the report say it is the mother who put the child at risk and that anyone helping people to break the law should also be prosecuted.#MagneticMediaNews#activistcondemnimmigrationraidsphoto credit: Save the Bays Related Items:#activistcondemnimmigrationraids, #magneticmedianewslast_img read more

Mourinho Man City are untouchable

first_imgManchester United boss Jose Mourinho reluctantly admitted he feels Manchester City are “untouchable” on the business of football, amid allegations of breaching the FFP rulesMourinho’s side will face off against City at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday hoping to extend their three-game winning run after Thursday’s shock comeback victory at Juventus.But the excitement that the Manchester derby usually brings has been somewhat clouded by revelations made by German news magazine Der Spiegel.The media outlet claims City and their sponsors manipulated contracts to avoid UEFA’s Financial Fair Play (FFP) rules.Der Spiegel revealed they have seen leaked documents proving how City board members planned to erase a £9.9m shortfall in 2013.Club owner Sheikh Mansour is also accused of using Abu Dhabi-based sponsors to leak more money into City.norwich city, manchester city, premier leagueReport: City are stunned by Norwich George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Manchester City was stunned by Norwich City in todays Premier League clash.Much has been made in recent days of the potential impact of Aymeric…While keen to discuss matters on the field, Mourinho did give reporters his account on City’s business dealings.“It’s difficult for me to answer because I focus on my job,” said Mourinho in a press conference on the club website.“I focus on the four lines, focus on football, so if you want to speak about their football potential we can speak, and football potential starts with investment.“After that, of course, there is a quality of the work, of the organisation, I think that is untouchable.“But what is behind, I cannot say. But in this moment I have only to think about football, and to think about football is to think about Manchester City as a football team there.”last_img read more

Questions Linger over Emergency Border Funding

first_imgThe Pentagon still has not announced what military construction money it will move around to fund the border wall, which President Trump declared a national emergency to build.Here’s the latest:The Pentagon has asked the Department of Homeland Security to explain how the border wall would help military “effectiveness” before it determines which priorities should go unfunded to pay for the construction, Military TimesDOD will have to ask Congress for authority to move money from various accounts to the counterdrug account so that the counterdrug account can then be used to build the border barrier, CQ reported. Defense authorizers and appropriators in both chambers would have to sign off on that, which is unlikely, further complicating the search for defense dollars to spend on the emergency.House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is backing a resolution to disapprove of the emergency declaration, which is expected to pass the House, according to Politico. That would automatically trigger a Senate vote within 18 days.If four Republican Senators joined all Democrats, the resolution would pass there, too. Politico published a list of the Republicans who have been critical of the declaration.Court challenges continue to pop up. El Paso County, a border community in West Texas, joined the Border Network for Human Rights Thursday in a joint lawsuit asking a judge to rule the national emergency declaration to be unconstitutional, according to Time. ADC AUTHOR Customs and Border Protection photo by Nicholas Robbslast_img read more

TRP Chart Luck starts favouring Kapil Sharma again show takes a massive

first_imgThe Kapil Sharma Show: Akshay Kumar, Bharti Singh, Kiku ShardaSony TVThe TRP chart of the top ten shows of the week is finally here. After Khatron Ke Khiladi, which maintained its top spot from its premiere episode till the finale, it was interesting to see which show would jump up the ladder. Not only do we have few surprising entries this week but, also a new topper. Take a look.Shaheer Sheikh – Rhea Sharma’s Yeh Rishtey Hain Pyaar Ke, which came on air just last week, has topped the charts this week with 2.5 ratings. Naagin 3 has continued to maintain its second spot this week too with 2.4 ratings. Kumkum Bhagya, which is another fixture in the list has bagged the third spot this week.The Kapil Sharma show has taken a massive lead and jumped from the seventh spot to the fourth spot this week. After a fabulous start towards the end of last year, the show has just been embroiled in constant controversies which has not allowed it to grab a fixed spot in the TRP chart. From moving down the order, exiting the top 10 to bouncing back and bagging a spot in the top five, the show has seen it all. With constant good content and healthy entertainer, we just hope the show continues to climb up the ladder.Kundali Bhagya has bagged the fifth spot with 2.3 ratings. Kasautii Zindagii Kay has bagged the sixth spot with 2.3 ratings. Shilpa Shetty, Anurag Basu and Geeta Kapoor starrer dance reality show – Super Dancer – has bagged the seventh spot with 2.3 ratings followed by Kullfi Kumarr Bajewala at the eighth spot.Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata has bagged the ninth spot with 2.2 ratings and Tujhse Hai Raabta has bagged the tenth spot with 2.2 ratings.last_img read more

Witnesses Display Injustices to Councilmembers Regarding the Police

first_imgHoward University Business School in Northwest D.C. was where complaints were presented to District council members Oct. 8. In the school’s auditorium, many citizens vented their views regarding negative incidents with police while others listened to their stories.Council member Tommy Wells (D-Ward 6).Council member Tommy Wells (D-Ward 6), chair of the Committee on the Judiciary and Public Safety, organized the public oversight hearing to hear complaints entitled “The Metropolitan Police Department: Stop and Contact Policies and Procedures.”“Before the Council broke for recess, I committed to an oversight hearing to review Metropolitan Police Department practices, specifically the methods law enforcement uses to stop and detain people in D.C.,”Wells said in a statement. “All residents should be able to expect and trust that law enforcement will protect and treat us all equally, safely, and fairly.”Hearing topics included stop and frisk, jump outs, traffic stops, and use of SWAT-like teams.Councilmembers Anita Bonds, David Grosso (At-Large members) and Kenyan McDuffie (D-Ward5) shared the panel with Wells. The NAACP, the Urban League, the American Civil Liberties Union and District citizens, gave testimonies.Kymone Freeman, a black male, demanded council members have a legitimate citizens’ review board to oversee complaints regarding police conduct. require a significant number of police live in the communities they watch, and have any officer who shoots an unarmed person indicted, arrested, and convicted.Freeman said he was tired of “dead bodies over and over again,” then candidly shared his experiences with the police.Jamal Mohammad of We Act Radio said social media displayed what has been happening for decades. “We have different realities from the world (speaking of Black men in particular) with different consequences,” Mohammad said.The topic of the 1974 Stop and Frisk Law was raised but no indication was given as to what it was based on or if it was a District law for police.“The 1974 laws do not work today in modern society,” Bonds said.  She read data from the police department and concluded it may be different for citizens. Bonds later remarked when the hearing was over, “Some of the things my son has said to me, I was horrified.” She was open to suggestions on how to improve the relationship between citizens and the police.“We need more transparency,” McDuffie added. “People may be used to what’s going on and it becomes a way of life.” He encouraged citizens to file a complaint and gave a negative experience he encountered with police.Another hearing on the police department will convene 11:30 am. Oct. 27 at the John A. Wilson Building with Police Chief Cathy Lanier.last_img read more

What Every Online Business Needs to Know About the Childrens Online Privacy

first_img Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now May 9, 2013 3 min read When setting up an online business, there are a lot of elements that you need need to consider. For example, websites designed for children under age 13 or sites that know they’re collecting information from children under 13 are subject to rules concerning child online privacy. Failure to comply with these rules can lead to steep government fines. Congress enacted the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) in 1998. The law allows parents to control the information collected by businesses and websites from children. Since that time, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has monitored businesses to ensure they’re in compliance with COPPA. With the first changes to the rules coming July 1, 2013, we reviewed new COPPA guidelines to find answers to the most important questions you may have about this law.Related: Customer Privacy Policy EssentialsDoes COPPA apply to my business?COPPA applies to any commercial website or online service (including mobile apps and social networking sites) targeting kids under 13 that collects, uses, or discloses personal information from children. The law also applies to general audience websites or online services that are knowingly collecting, using or disclosing personal information from children under 13. Personal information is defined as a screen name, or a “persistent identifier” such as IP address, or traditional information including phone number, social security number, photographs, video, and more.What does my business need to do to comply with COPPA?If your app or website fits the criteria above, you are required under COPPA to post privacy policies, provide notice to parents, and obtain verifiable parental consent before collecting personal information from children. You can get parental consent by offering a mail-in consent form, a toll-free number or videoconference for parents to contact your staff.In the case of a purchase made by a parent on the site, use of a credit card that provides notice of the sale to the account holder may suffice. The guidelines state, however, that use of a parent’s app store account password is not sufficient to comply with the parental consent requirement. Some exceptions to the prior parental consent rule may apply, check the FTC website for more information. Are there penalties for not complying with COPPA?Yes. The FTC may file a complaint and a court may hold a site operator liable for up to $16,000 for each child your business unlawfully collects information about. States may also bring COPPA enforcement actions against businesses, such as issuing a court order for your company to comply with COPPA.What if the child lies about his/her age on a general audience website?The website owner isn’t required to investigate the age of visitors to the site. However, if you have knowledge that a child is using your site (for example, you are notified by a concerned parent), then you could be responsible for gathering information from a child.Lastly, if your website is subject to COPPA, you may want to contact an expert to ensure your site is in compliance. The FTC published a set of guidelines and Frequently Asked Questions to answer questions about COPPA and the rule revisions. Related: A Seven-Step Guide to Protecting Customer Privacy This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Enroll Now for Freelast_img read more

Will FHA Further Cut MI Premiums

first_img Share It has been two years since the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) lowered its mortgage insurance premiums by 50 basis points down to 0.85 percent.The move two years ago was designed to make homeownership more affordable for first-time homebuyers trying to enter the market. The FHA estimated at the time of the move that it would save homeowners approximately $900 annually.Reducing the MI premium two years ago drew praise from some, but at the same time was a highly controversial move—at the time, the Mutual Mortgage Insurance (MMI) fund’s capital ratio was at 0.41 percent, less than a quarter of the 2 percent threshold required by Congress. Critics of the move accused the FHA of cutting off a potential revenue stream when the capital ratio was so far below the Congressionally-mandated level.Since then, the MMI fund’s capital ratio has increased up to 2.32 percent to a value of $27.8 billion as of the end of FY2016. In fact, it was above 2 percent at the end of FY2015, which fueled speculation of future mortgage insurance premium cuts by the FHA. Some in the industry openly called for further reduction to the MI premium, such as the National Association of Realtors last April.Critics of the reduction say a further reduction would exposed taxpayers to more risk. FHA was forced to take a $1.7 billion taxpayer-funded bailout in 2013 to cover the losses it suffered in the aftermath of the financial crisis.Rumors of another reduction to the FHA’s MI premium have been further driven by the fact that the Obama Administration is nearing its conclusion. Would Obama make a move with only two weeks left in office?Tobias Peter and Stephen Oliner of the American Enterprise Institute for International Housing Risk recently said a further MI premium cut by the FHA would be a “serious mistake,” particularly with the substantial increase to mortgage interest rates over the last two months. Peter and Oliner maintain that a further reduction to the MI premium would not help affordability, but would have the opposite effect.“The higher mortgage rate, combined with house prices that have continued to rise briskly in many markets, will crimp affordability for first-time buyers,” Peter and Oliner wrote. “In addition, FHA announced in November that the capital position of its insurance fund stood above the congressionally mandated minimum level for the second year in a row, allowing the administration to argue that it has ample financial room to address a worsening affordability problem.”FHA estimated two years ago at the time of the MI premium reduction that the move would allow approximately 250,000 new homebuyers to enter the market over the next three years. AEI estimates that only approximately 35,000 first-time homebuyers entered the market in 2015 after the premium reduction who could not have afforded to buy a house without the MI premium cut, which is less than half of the 83,000 per year (one-third of 250,000) FHA predicted. in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, Government, News FHA Mortgage Insurance Premiums 2017-01-05 Seth Welborncenter_img January 5, 2017 631 Views Will FHA Further Cut MI Premiums?last_img read more

Czech DTH operator Skylink has added Sonys males

first_imgCzech DTH operator Skylink has added Sony’s male-skewed channel AXN to its line-up.The channel, which airs programmes including CSI: New York and NCIS, is available in Skylink’s Mini, Multi, Kombi, Multi HD, Komplet and Flexi 7 packages.The operator has also added music channel Retro Music Television to its Digital package. The channel broadcasts music from the 1960s to the 1990s.last_img

Total payments for health care longterm care an

first_img Total payments for health care, long-term care, and hospice for people with Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia are projected to increase from $203 billion in 2013 to $1.2 trillion in 2050. (Source: Alzheimer’s Association, 2012 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures, Alzheimer’s & Dementia, Volume 8, Issue 2.) Right now, about 5.2 million Americans suffer from Alzheimer’s—already a large number—but in just 26 years that number will have more than doubled, to 11 million. Here’s just a glimpse at the monstrous healthcare costs we’re facing: In 2013, the direct costs of caring for those with Alzheimer’s to American society totaled an estimated $203 billion, of which $142 billion came from taxpayers through Medicare and Medicaid. It’s hardly a state secret that we Americans are getting old. Both in raw numbers and as a percentage of the overall population, the 65+ cohort is growing rapidly as the baby boomers slide into retirement. On the plus side, these data confirm that more Americans are living to a ripe old age than ever before—many of them in good health well into their seventies and eighties. But all too often, with age comes susceptibility to ever more serious ailments and a diminishing quality of life—especially if you contract a disease that obliterates your innate sense of self and destroys everything that makes life worth living. That’s what Alzheimer’s disease does. This most common type of dementia was first described by the German physician Dr. Alois Alzheimer more than a century ago… but to this day science isn’t sure what exactly it is and what causes it. It is also increasing in incidence, as would be expected with an aging population:center_img This dramatic rise includes a 500% increase in combined Medicare and Medicaid spending. It’s a serious healthcare crisis in the making—significant today, and on its way to astronomical levels in short order—putting an ever greater amount of stress on a medical establishment that is already coming apart at the seams. What About a Cure? As I’ve mentioned before, despite decades of research, until recently scientists knew precious little about the specifics and causes of Alzheimer’s. Their best guess was that it involved a combination of genetic, environmental, and lifestyle factors. But there was no reliable biomarker that would help indicate who would be affected, let alone a sure pathway to a treatment. The best the pharmaceutical industry managed to come up with were treatments that slowed down, rather than stopped, the progression of the disease—and even then only for a short period of time. In fact, to this day there are just five FDA-approved drugs to treat Alzheimer’s at all, and none is particularly effective. According to a stark appraisal from Consumer Reports Health, “When compared to a placebo, most people who take one will not experience a meaningful benefit.” The Alzheimer’s Association reports that on average, the five approved AD drugs show some efficacy for only about six to twelve months, but only in approximately half of the individuals who take them. Nevertheless, despite their lack of efficacy, these drugs posted some impressive sales figures before cheaper generics became available. A real breakthrough in the treatment of Alzheimer’s, the scientific world agrees, would be a game-changer for modern medicine. And that breakthrough may just be on the way. Right now, there’s a small company that looks like it may beat its competitors to the finish line. Metallic Catalysts Alzheimer’s disease diminishes the ability of neurons in the brain to communicate with one another. That ultimately leads to neuronal death and, over time, destroys memory and thinking skills. Although scientists have yet to pinpoint a single cause for the disease, they’re getting far closer to understanding the disease than ever before. Beta-amyloid plaques, for example—the infamous “plaques” that form in the brain as part of the disease’s development—show links with chronic and persistent infections, such as gingivitis. Also, the interaction of these amyloid plaques and biological metals (zinc, iron, copper, etc.) seems to result in deterioration of brain cells. It was once thought that beta-amyloid plaques were the primary cause of the damage to neurons seen in AD, because they’re the most visible when the brain of a deceased AD patient is dissected. But now a growing number of researchers believe that the small, still-soluble beta-amyloid oligomers may be the main culprits because they’re often found in the spaces between neurons (synapses), where they are believed to disrupt communication by interacting with the metals and creating a short circuit. With nothing firing across the synapses, information is no longer transmitted from one neuron to another, and the cells start to die off from lack of use. One small biotech startup has been moving forward with the development of compounds to render these biological metals inactive, preventing this short circuit and allowing the brain to resume normal function or even heal. Today, that company sits on the cusp of what may prove to be the single most important data readout on the subject since its inception—a trial that should prove whether this technique shows as much efficacy in a large group of human patients as it has shown in animal testing and in anecdotal evidence from early human trials. In the months since we started following this small company, many investors have caught on to its potential. Once a tiny company with a $30 million market cap, news of its successes, including positive readouts from a study of the much smaller but related Huntington’s disease, have driven the stock up nearly 400% in the last year. While that might sound like much of the good news has been priced in, we beg to differ. Global investment firm Deutsche Bank, for instance, recently pegged the global Alzheimer’s drug market at $20 billion per year. With no real competition in the market, the company could easily capture 20% of that market—or about $4 billion annually. Even if this small company can only realize a quarter of that revenue after working through big pharmaceutical partners to manufacture and distribute the treatment, it could see $1 billion in annual revenues. If we compare this company to other companies with similar revenues in the same industry, it means that in the long run, its shares could be worth 10x what they trade at today, even after the recent run-up—and that’s with many very conservative assumptions along the way. A real breakthrough treatment could make these numbers seem ridiculously small. But you won’t have to wait that long to make money. Positive trial results, which are due in March, could easily double the share price as the company moves steadily closer to market. Of course, there aren’t any guarantees, but the company doesn’t even have to provide groundbreaking news at this point. If early trial results can simply be repeated, the potential is enormous. If you want to get into this exciting biotech play before the next big news is due out, try Casey Extraordinary Technology risk-free for 3 months. If in that time you haven’t made any money from our picks or aren’t satisfied for whatever reason, just call or email us and cancel for a full refund of every penny you paid. That way, you don’t have to miss out on this potential windfall that could happen just weeks from now. Click here for more details on this amazing Alzheimer’s breakthrough, or go directly to the order form to get started.last_img read more

First Russia and now China US politicians aren

first_imgFirst Russia, and now China. US politicians aren’t doing themselves any favors getting involved in foreign disputes, especially with their track record of failed foreign policy. “Hong Kong affairs fall entirely within China’s internal affairs,” Chinese Embassy spokesman Geng Shuang states. “We hope that some countries and people can be prudent in their words and deeds, refrain from interfering in the internal affairs of Hong Kong in any way, do not support the illegal activities such as the ‘Occupy Central,’ and do not send any wrong signals.” Don’t make any mistake about this official statement: this was China’s way of telling the US politicians to zip it and mind their own business. How did all this start? With US Senator Menendez. New Jersey Democrat Bob Menendez sent a letter to Hong Kong’s Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying asking that he respect the rights of his people (Hong Kong citizens), and condemning the Hong Kong government’s “excessive” use of tear gas under his watch. Tomorrow, US Secretary of State John Kerry meets with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi. With China already having passed along its “butt out” message to the US, it will be interesting to see if Kerry tries to push his country’s misguided agenda, and if the mainstream media pick up on any of it. But what does this all mean? It means the US is being firmly put in its place by the emerging superpowers in the world. First it was President Putin standing up to Obama over Syria in 2013. Then again in early 2014, Putin stood up to the US sanctions. Now China has sent a sharp official message to the US, warning it to stop meddling. It’s hardly a new US tactic to foment dissent in a foreign state. We saw it in the support of anti-Assad rebels in Syria. We saw it again in Ukraine, where the US financed the February coup. With China, Washington will have to resort to words rather than guns, but it would love to see the people rise up against communism. Last Monday, White House spokesman Josh Earnest made that clear when he stated, “The United States supports universal suffrage in Hong Kong in accordance with the Basic Law and we support the aspirations of the Hong Kong people. We have consistently made our position known to Beijing and will continue to do so.” Earnest is just the messenger, of course. That message comes directly from Obama’s Oval Office. China is no backwater nation. It’s a global economic giant. It will stand up to the US on this issue, and not just because of how much it resents outside agitators. The more important reason is that the last thing the government of China needs is a wave of democratic protests across the nation. Remember, China has more than 160 cities with a population over 1 million. Vancouver, BC, Canada, the epicenter of the junior resource sector, doesn’t even have 1 million people (the greater Vancouver region does, but the city core doesn’t even have 750,000 inhabitants). For further perspective, consider that all of Europe only has 35 cities with 1 million people or more. China now has over 160 such cities, and it’s projected that by 2025—just 11 years away—that number will jump almost 40%, to 220! If a wave of protests were to spread across any large percentage of those 160 cities, that would be a disaster for the Chinese economy. And the worse the economy got in China, the worse the protests would become. Things could spiral out of control very quickly, and the government and military would have some serious problems on their hands. Given the dangers, it’s easy to understand why the Chinese government would go to great lengths to suppress any widespread protests. The last thing the government wants is another incident like Tiananmen Square, where hundreds of students were massacred by the authorities in June of 1989. We must bear in mind that what goes on in China may seem mysterious to an outsider who’s been raised on the notion that all the world’s people crave democracy. But for the majority of the Chinese, what they’ve grown up with is completely normal to them. What the governmental authorities feel they need to do to keep order may be repellent to Americans, but that’s their normal. So… how does what happens in China affect you? If you’re an investor, work in the resource sector, and/or have a job that’s involved in international finance, pay attention. All resource investors must realize that whatever happens in China will affect commodities around the world, for good or ill. Napoleon was quoted as saying, “China is a sleeping giant. Let her sleep, for when she wakes she will move the world.” He was right. China is awake, and it has more than shaken the world. There isn’t a better quote to summarize the importance of China today in the resource markets. Whether you’re talking coal, oil, iron ore, or copper, China matters. Take oil, for instance. In the month of September 2014, the US imported an average of 7.47 million barrels of oil a day. Ten years ago, the US imported an average of 9.73 million barrels a day in the month of September. These are data from the US’s Energy Information Administration website. (By the way, we’ve seen many reports from misinformed reporters claiming that the US imports only 5 million barrels of crude oil a day now. That is incorrect information, as the government data show.) How much oil does China import? A little over 6 million barrels of crude per day. China is the world’s second-largest oil importer after the US, which it is expected to pass in 2015. China also has the second-largest refining capacity of nearly 14 million barrels of oil a day, trailing only the US’s total of just under 18 million barrels. Again, China is projected to forge ahead in 2015. This is just one of the many ways in which China matters. So how do we profit from the information we have? History shows that energy stocks move in cycles. We’ve now completed a major analysis of the best oil producers in North America; we believe they’re on the cusp of a tremendous boom. The only way to position your portfolio for a major upswing in the oil sector is to buy before the boom is in full swing—and that is now in my opinion. Readers who want to understand, hedge against, and even profit from the decline of the petrodollar are advised to sign up for my Casey Energy Report. For most readers, this is literally a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Test my newsletter for the next 3 months, and if you don’t like it or don’t make any money, just cancel within that time for a full and prompt refund. Upon signing up, you’ll receive the September issue of the Casey Energy Report, which will provide you with an in-depth analysis of my favorite companies, including dividend-paying and small-cap companies ready to profit from the Russia/US confrontation that I’ve termed “the Colder War.” So if you want to get behind the real winners in the European Energy Renaissance and the Colder War and make some serious money from the inevitable bull market in oil, click here to get started now.last_img read more

One of the countrys most influential disabled cam

first_imgOne of the country’s most influential disabled campaigners is to take control of BBC Radio’s flagship news programme for its first show of 2016.Baroness [Jane] Campbell (pictured) has been chosen as one of six guest editors who will each take over the Today programme on Radio Four for one day between 28 December and 2 January.For her slot on New Year’s Day, the BBC has said she will examine reform of the House of Lords by asking a new SNP MP to “find out whether working peers can justify their existence”, while also going “head-to-head with Times columnist Matthew Parris on the right to die”.In its announcement of her guest slot, the BBC referred to Baroness Campbell’s background of activism, which helped lead to the Disability Discrimination Act 20 years ago.But Baroness Campbell is also a patron of the National Disability Arts Collection and Archive, and was a co-founder of the National Centre for Independent Living, and has campaigned on independent living issues for most of her adult life, so there are hopes that these subjects could also be aired in the programme.Baroness Campbell told Disability News Service that being a Today guest editor was “a huge privilege and one that carries great responsibility because choosing five or six features, when I have so much to say about the world, was much harder than choosing my Desert Island discs”.She said she could not comment on what issues she had chosen to cover, apart from the two mentioned by the BBC, but added: “I hope listeners (whoever is awake at that time, besides our Labrador, at 6am on New Year’s Day) will appreciate the mix.”Parris has already been interviewed by Baroness Campbell for the 1 January programme about his views, originally expressed in a column in The Spectator, in which he put forward the “Darwinian” argument that “tribes that handicap themselves will not prosper”.He argued in the column in September that “as medical science advances, the cost of prolonging human life way past human usefulness will impose an ever heavier burden on the community for an ever longer proportion of its members’ lives”, and that eventually it will be thought “selfish” to “want to carry on” when life is “fruitless”.Parris wrote about his interview with Baroness Campbell in his Times column this week, admitting that when she asked him if “people like me should be exterminated” his defence was that “we can’t all be in the House of Lords and have vastly expensive help and technology to sustain us”.Other guest editors chosen for the week are cyclist Sir Bradley Wiggins; architect David Adjaye; Lord [John] Browne, former chief executive of BP; actor Michael Sheen; and lawyer Miriam González Durántez.last_img read more

Tesla Stops Selling 35000 Model 3 Online

first_img Senior Editor –shares Matthew Humphries Tesla Tesla Stops Selling $35,000 Model 3 Online 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List Tesla has been streamlining its vehicle options of late in a bid to make things simpler for consumers and optimized for production. More changes happened this week and it’s now no longer possible to buy the $35,000 Model 3 online.We’ve already lost the standard range Model S and the Model 3 Mid Range battery option got dropped. Prices have also gone up. Yesterday, further updates were introduced as detailed on the Tesla blog.Autopilot is now a standard feature on all vehicles, but importantly, it’s being added for a lower cost than the Autopilot option use to command. For example, Autopilot used to cost $3,000 when added to the $37,500 Model 3 Stand Plus, but now it comes as standard for $39,500.As to why Autopilot is now a standard feature, Tesla explains that, “our data strongly indicates that the chance of an accident is much lower when Autopilot is enabled. Autopilot also dramatically improves the quality of the driving experience, especially in heavy traffic, as thousands of our customers frequently describe online”As for the $35,000 Model 3. It can no longer be purchased online, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t available. Tesla explains that the now $39,500 Model 3 Standard Plus “has sold at more than six times the rate of Standard,” so the decision was made to simplify production and focus on the Standard Plus. It means the $35,000 Standard Model 3 will now be sold as a software-limited version of the Standard Plus. Ordering one requires a call or visit to a Tesla store.A software-limited Standard Plus means the range is reduced by 10 percent and onboard music streaming service, navigation with live traffic visualization, and heated seats features are disabled. However, they can be enabled with an upgrade if the owner so wishes. You can also do the opposite and downgrade a Standard Plus to Standard features and receive a refund on the price difference, which is a welcome offer and a nice touch. A call or visit to a Tesla store is also required if you want the Model 3 Long Range Rear-Wheel Drive configuration.Finally, Tesla is introducing leasing for the Model 3 in the US. There will be 10,000, 12,000, and 15,000 annual mileage plans with a “small down payment and competitive monthly payments.” Interestingly, Tesla says anyone who leases a Model 3 won’t be able to purchase the vehicle at the end of the lease because Tesla intends to use them as part of a ride-hailing network when full-autonomy becomes a realistic option. Add to Queue Next Article center_img This story originally appeared on PCMag The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. The vehicle lineup Tesla offers has been given an overhaul. April 12, 2019 3 min read Image credit: via PC Mag Apply Now »last_img read more

JPMorgan Hack Exposed Data of 83 Million Homes and Small Businesses

first_img October 3, 2014 Data Breach Add to Queue 3 min read Reuters Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Names, addresses, phone numbers and email addresses of the holders of some 83 million households and small business accounts were exposed when computer systems at JPMorgan Chase & Co were recently compromised by hackers, making it one of the biggest data breaches in history.The bank revealed the scope of the previously disclosed breach on Thursday, saying that there was no evidence that account numbers, passwords, user IDs, birth dates or Social Security numbers had been stolen.It added that it has not seen “unusual customer fraud” related to the attack which exposed contact information for 76 million households and 7 million small businesses.The people affected are mostly account holders, but may also include former account holders and others who entered their contact information at the bank’s online and mobile sites, according to a bank spokeswoman.Security experts outside of the bank warned that the breach could result in an increase in crime as scammers will likely attempt to use the stolen information to engage in various types of fraud.The bank’s customers should be on heightened alert for fraud, said Mark Rasch, a former federal cyber crimes prosecutor.”All of this data is useful to hackers and identity thieves,” he said. “The kind of information that was stolen is not sensitive itself, but is frequently used to validate people’s identities.”Tal Klein, vice president with the cybersecurity firm Adallom, said that the breach could undermine confidence in the security of banks and other companies that people assume are well protected from hackers.”Criminals could literally take on the identities of these 83 million businesses and people. That’s the biggest concern,” he said.”Until now the assumption has been that the companies that get breached are the ones that have poor security practices, but we know that JPMorgan had a good security program and that they invest heavily in this area,” he said. “So what we are waking up to is that the fundamental nature of security is broken.”Still, JPMorgan advised customers on its website that it does not believe they need to change their passwords or account information.Company spokeswoman Patricia Wexler said that the bank is not offering credit monitoring to its customers because no financial information, account data or personally identifiable information was compromised.At the end of August, JPMorgan said it was working with U.S. law enforcement authorities to investigate a possible cyber attack. As with home break-ins, it can take victims of data attacks months to discover what, if anything, is missing.(Reporting by Tanya Agrawal in Bangalore, David Henry in New York and Jim Finkle in Boston.; Editing by Ted Kerr and Bernard Orr) JPMorgan Hack Exposed Data of 83 Million Homes and Small Businesses This story originally appeared on Reuters Next Article Register Now » –shares Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel.last_img read more

Staples Office Depot in Advanced Talks to Merge

first_img Add to Queue Office-supply chains Staples Inc and Office Depot Inc are in advanced talks to merge, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing people familiar with the matter.The price and structure of the proposed deal couldn’t be learned and there is no guarantee a deal will be reached, the newspaper reported.Staples has a market value of about $11 billion, while Office Depot has a market value of about $4.1 billion.Last month, activist investor Starboard Value LP called for the two companies to merge, saying a combined entity would lead to greater savings.A merger would help fend off intense competition from online retailers such as Amazon.com Inc and big-box chains such as Wal-Mart Stores Inc that sell the same core office supplies, such as paper and ink toner, for less.The combination of the two would likely get a close look from antitrust regulators, the Journal said.Office Depot and Staples were not immediately available for comment outside regular U.S. business hours.Regulators nixed Staples’ attempt to buy Office Depot in 1997, citing antitrust concerns.The FTC approved Office Depot’s $976 million acquisition of OfficeMax in 2013 without the need to close stores, citing increased competition in the office supply industry.(Reporting by Supriya Kurane in Bengaluru; Editing by Gopakumar Warrier) Reuters –shares Mergers Register Now » Next Article Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business This story originally appeared on Reuters February 3, 2015 Staples, Office Depot in Advanced Talks to Merge 2 min read Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel.last_img read more

Democrats fight back against lawsuit threatening health law

first_imgReviewed by Kate Anderton, B.Sc. (Editor)Jan 4 2019Democrats on Thursday officially launched their pushback against a December federal court decision that declared the Affordable Care Act unconstitutional.A group of 17 Democratic state attorneys general formally appealed the Dec. 14 decision in Texas v. U.S. issued by U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor. In the case filed by 18 Republican state attorneys general and two GOP governors, O’Connor ruled that when Congress in 2017 reduced the tax penalty for not having insurance to zero, the rest of the law became invalidated.”Our coalition of attorneys general has been working around the clock to challenge the decision from the Northern District of Texas that threatens our entire health care system,” said California AG Xavier Becerra, who is leading the Democratic group. “This case could impact children, seniors, women, families and workers who have their own insurance through employers,” he said.The far-reaching impact of invalidating the law cannot be overstated. Even Republican health efforts — including many Trump administration initiatives — would be threatened by the disappearance of the ACA.There was a brief lag between O’Connor’s opinion and the Democrats’ appeal because the judge did not issue last month’s ruling as a formal, final decision, given it didn’t address other aspects of the GOP challenge. At the request of the Democratic attorneys general, on Dec. 30 the judge finalized his findings for this part of the case, and clarified that the law would remain in effect during the appeals process.Separately, the brand-new Democratic majority in the U.S. House voted to support the appeal of the decision on their first day in charge of the chamber.They approved language authorizing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi “to intervene, otherwise appear, or take any other steps in any other cases involving the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act,” better known as the ACA.Related StoriesGender biases are extremely common among health care professionalsFirst smartphone app to detect childhood ear infectionCannabis could help people with opioid addictionHouse Democrats also filed a motion to intervene in the defense of the ACA against the GOP-led lawsuit.Republicans on the House floor were not impressed. “That effort does not preserve preexisting conditions,” Rep. Greg Walden (R-Ore.), now the ranking member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, said on the floor. Walden, who helped lead the GOP’s unsuccessful “repeal-and-replace” effort in the last Congress, suggested that lawmakers should instead pass a law reaffirming the preexisting condition protections.Some backers of the law agreed with Walden. “The House should pass a bill. Send it to the Senate. See what happens,” tweeted University of Michigan law professor Nicholas Bagley.In an op-ed written with fellow Michigan law professor Richard Primus, Bagley said Congress could more effectively remove the legal threat to the law by raising the mandate penalty to a dollar, by repealing the mandate entirely or by clarifying that eliminating the mandate penalty does not require the invalidation of the rest of the law.”Any of these solutions could be accomplished in a one-sentence statute, and any one of them would end the Texas lawsuit,” they wrote.California Healthline’s California politics correspondent Samantha Young contributed to this report. This article was reprinted from khn.org with permission from the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. Kaiser Health News, an editorially independent news service, is a program of the Kaiser Family Foundation, a nonpartisan health care policy research organization unaffiliated with Kaiser Permanente.last_img read more

User control and transparency are key to trusting personalized mobile apps

Explore further As concerns about privacy increase for people using mobile apps, users’ trust and engagement may hinge on perceptions about how the app uses their data and whether it seeks user input before delivering personalized services, according to researchers. However, their reactions may also depend on how familiar a user is with technology, they added. In a study of a prototype app for recommending eco-friendly stores, users considered an app more trustworthy and easier to use if they felt they were consulted about the distance and nature of the stores they prefer, a process called overt personalization. Usability of the app was dampened when the personalization was covert, when it recommended stores without first asking their preferences.But, it is not always feasible to consult app users because it would interrupt them and require them to make too many choices, said the researchers. One solution is to make sure that users have a clear understanding of how the app is using their data.According to the researchers, higher perceived transparency—whether users recognize that the app is clearly conveying how and why it is collecting the data—is associated with better product involvement and user engagement. Transparency can also mean lower privacy concerns.”Providing details about how the app is going to do things, such as how it will use your information, how it will store the data and how it’s going to delete that information, may reduce some of the privacy concerns and the feeling of being creeped out by personalized offerings,” said S. Shyam Sundar, distinguished professor of communications and co-director of the Media Effects Research Laboratory.Tsai-Wei Chen, a user experience designer at Optum, who worked with Sundar, said that the perception of control can lead to a series of positive user reactions.”If you give people a perception of control, they trust the app more, and, the more they trust it, the greater their involvement in the app and the more positive attitudes,” said Chen. “Their privacy concerns also went down and they had greater engagement with the app.”The researchers, who presented their findings at the CHI Conference in Montreal, found a connection between a user’s technological savvy and his or her ability to perceive overt personalization and information transparency.”People who were more familiar with using technology—power users—could tell the difference between overt and covert personalization,” said Sundar. “They better recognized the value of information transparency and felt that it made up for perceived lack of overtness in personalization.”The researchers suggest that because users’ familiarity with technology may influence how they experience features, such as privacy controls, developers should have a clear understanding of their customers’ expertise and limitations when designing an app.Developers should also make cues about information usage more obvious for casual tech users, they added.”For users who have some tech expertise, it’s easier to incorporate covert personalization, but make sure the transparency cues are apparent and easy to understand,” said Chen. “For users with lower tech expertise, you need to work hard to convey overt personalization and information transparency, or find other features to increase their trust.”For the study, the researchers recruited 302 participants to use five different versions of an app prototype, called GreenByMe, that recommended local eco-friendly stores. The five versions covered the different conditions of the experiment, including covert personalization, overt personalization, high transparency, low transparency, and a control condition.In the overt condition, the app displayed selection menus. To test transparency, in the high transparency condition, a screen contained an explanation on how the information would be used. Credit: CC0 Public Domain Provided by Pennsylvania State University Privacy top concern as users customize, personalize online experiences Citation: User control and transparency are key to trusting personalized mobile apps (2018, April 24) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-04-user-transparency-key-personalized-mobile.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. read more

Offseason Grades Have the Los Angeles Lakers built a legitimate title contender

first_imgThe goal this offseason was to ensure that Year 2 of LeBron James in LA would go nothing like the first, a season in which the team missed the playoffs after going 37-45 as a result of a myriad of injuries and misfortune.Going from a lottery team to a title contender is no easy task, but the Lakers have attempted to do just that with an offseason overhaul.Have they succeeded? Let’s take a look back at how their offseason has gone.OFFSEASON GRADES: Toronto RaptorsA New Head Coach (NBA Getty Images) Danny Green, DeMarcus Cousins, Avery Bradley https://images.performgroup.com/di/library/NBA_Global_CMS_image_storage/2/48/getimageashx-12jpeg_e8ntopmjcslazsocmux1xcte.jpeg?t=-671980973&w=500&quality=80With just James, Kuzma, Davis and second-round pick Talen Horton-Tucker under contract, the Lakers had freed up over $30 million in cap space.The front office had two options: Fill out the roster with a number of role players based on need or use its max slot to sign a superstar.LA opted for the latter with superstar Kawhi Leonard in mind; the team aggressively pursued the reigning Finals MVP and on multiple occasions, it appeared he would sign with the storied franchise. While Leonard took his time with his decision, a number of high-quality free agents agreed to deals elsewhere around the league.As Kawhi would ultimately choose the LA Clippers, the Lakers were forced to quickly pick up the pieces to fill out the roster with the best remaining free agents, and they did so rapidly.MORE: How the Lakers signings fit with LeBron and ADFirst, LA signed reigning NBA champion Danny Green to a two-year, $30 million deal, adding perimeter defence and an elite-level 3-point shooter. In the 2018-19 season, Green narrowly missed earning a selection to an All-Defensive team while shooting a career-high 45.5% from beyond the arc.Almost immediately after, the Lakers reached agreements to re-sign centre JaVale McGee and guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, who both averaged over double figures last season. Later on that day, the team would also reach an agreement to bring back point guard Rajon Rondo, who averaged 9.2 points, 8.0 assists and 5.3 rebounds in the 46 games in which he appeared last season. Few teams have had an offseason as busy as the Los Angeles Lakers. Anthony Davis and LeBron James https://images.performgroup.com/di/library/NBA_Global_CMS_image_storage/98/79/anthony-davis-lebron-james_1t25wmfbl02yj1ln03a5ln1wgw.jpg?t=-73904909&w=500&quality=80In a now duo-driven NBA, the Lakers have paired two of the league’s best players in LeBron and AD. Missing out on Kawhi didn’t end up being as detrimental as it could have been for the Lakers, who were still able to satisfy a number of needs with their available cap space. While waiting on the two-time Finals MVP caused LA to miss the opportunity to sign a number of players, the team was still able to check the boxes of defence, shooting, playmaking and size with the 10 signings it did make.Whether or not the pieces will mesh well together remains to be seen. (NBA Getty Images) https://images.performgroup.com/di/library/NBA_Global_CMS_image_storage/b4/ff/davis_tirdi4e2k39g1gd1038uxp0zb.jpg?t=-201814973&w=500&quality=80It wouldn’t become official for weeks, but the trajectory of the Lakers’ future took a shift for the better midway through June, when reports surfaced that the team would acquire six-time All-Star Anthony Davis from the New Orleans Pelicans.The trade sent Lonzo Ball, Josh Hart, Brandon Ingram along with the No. 4 overall to New Orleans while Moe Wagner, Isaac Bonga and Jemerrio Jones were sent to the Washington Wizards.It was a steep price that completely gutted the Lakers roster, but when you have a chance to acquire a player of Davis’ calibre, you absolutely have to do it.MORE: How AD fits with LeBron and the LakersIn addition to bringing Davis in, the agreed-upon trade package ensured that Kyle Kuzma would remain on the Lakers roster, meaning that as they built moving forward, he would be a key member of the team’s core alongside James and its newly-acquired superstar.Now, after failing to acquire a superstar to complement James in the offseason of 2018, they added the 26-year-old Davis, who is coming off of a season in which he averaged 25.9 points, 12.0 rebounds and 3.9 assists over 56 games.Just like that, the Lakers brought in the most talented player to play alongside LeBron during his 17-year career.Phase 2 complete.Free Agency (NBA Getty Images)center_img Frank Vogel https://images.performgroup.com/di/library/NBA_Global_CMS_image_storage/ae/75/vogel_ka7zqu51968c1i4h0asensr8k.jpg?t=-146020589&w=500&quality=80After parting ways with Luke Walton at the end of the 2018-19 season, the Los Angeles Lakers announced the hiring of Frank Vogel as the franchise’s next head coach in mid May.While he wasn’t who many assumed would get the job, Vogel looks to be a solid hire for the Lakers – in 7.5 seasons as head coach of the Indiana Pacers and Orlando Magic, he compiled a record of 304-291.Vogel led the Pacers to back-to-back Central Division Championships in 2013 and 2014 as the team boasted the league’s top defence in each year. He brings a defensive mindset to the team while assistant coaching hires Jason Kidd, Lionel Hollins and Phil Handy bring years of experience and expertise.The Lakers finished last season with the league’s 12th-ranked defence but with Vogel at the helm, could very well reach into plenty of untapped potential on the defensive end to become a top-five defence, which is essentially a prerequisite of becoming a championship team.The Trade After a coaching change, a blockbuster trade and the addition of seven new players, this team will look vastly different than it did on the final day of the 2018-19 regular season. The Lakers have championship DNA present on their roster – of the six members on the team that have played in the NBA Finals, five have won a combined nine NBA titles. With a defensive-minded coach at the helm and two superstars leading the way, LA successfully followed the formula of building a team that can contend for a championship.Grade: A-The views on this page do not necessarily reflect the views of the NBA or its clubs. (NBA Getty Images) (NBA Getty Images) Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, JaVale McGee, Rajon Rondo and LeBron James https://images.performgroup.com/di/library/NBA_Global_CMS_image_storage/5b/55/caldwell-pope-mcgee-rondo-james_1nshecxk8ksd111qcvu2ji8fva.jpg?t=-73904909&w=500&quality=80Perhaps the biggest splash the team made came at the most cost-effective price, as the Lakers added four-time All-Star DeMarcus Cousins, who has plenty to prove after a postseason injury derailed his re-emergence in his lone season with the Golden State Warriors. In adding the big man, the Lakers reunited the trio of Rondo, Cousins and Davis, who spent a fruitful season as teammates in New Orleans.The Lakers used the bulk of their remaining cap space to add veteran guard Avery Bradley, who is also looking to prove himself after nagging injuries put a damper on his past two seasons. Bradley is only 28-years-old and in 14 games with the Grizzlies last season posted averages of 16.6 points and 4.0 assists while shooting 38.4% from deep. At his best, he can provide more perimeter defence and shooting.Adding DepthIt happened throughout the free agency period, but the Lakers made a number of solid signings to sure up the depth of their roster and satisfy a number of needs.First, it was two veterans in Jared Dudley and Troy Daniels.Dudley, who is entering his 13th season, brings veteran leadership, poise and headiness that was on full display this year as he averaged over 20 minutes in four postseason games with the Brooklyn Nets. The 28-year-old Daniels brings elite perimeter shooting as well – through his first six NBA seasons, he’s shooting 40.0% from beyond the arc.LA rounded out its roster by re-signing third-year guard Alex Caruso and adding Quinn Cook, who is entering his fourth NBA season.Caruso showed flashes last season, averaging 9.2 points and 3.1 assists in 25 games as he saw an increased role due to the Lakers dealing with an abundance of injuries. While his role will likely be reduced again, he has shown he is more than capable of filling in when needed.Cook, a career 41.8% 3-point shooter, adds shooting as well as two years of NBA Finals experience. Coming from Golden State, he knows how to fit alongside star calibre talent and produce when needed in a variety of roles.Outlooklast_img read more