zoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license Monaco-based dry bulk shipping company Scorpio Bulkers has reached a financing agreement with an unaffiliated third party related to one of its Kamsarmax vessels.Under the deal, the company would dispose of a 2015-built Kamsarmax bulker SBI Samba for a consideration of USD 21.4 million.The vessel would subsequently be leased back from the buyer through a five-year bareboat charter agreement at a rate of USD 6,850 per day.Scorpio Bulkers said that the transaction also provides the company with the option to repurchase the vessel beginning on the third anniversary of the sale until the end of the bareboat charter contract.“This transaction increases the company’s liquidity by approximately USD 6.9 million after repayment of the vessel’s existing loan,” Scorpio Bulkers concluded.
Manipur man detects WhatsApp bug enters FB Hall of FameManipur man detects WhatsApp bug enters FB Hall of Fame
October 20, 2019October 20, 2019
Imphal: Facebook has honoured a Manipuri man for discovering a WhatsApp bug that violated the privacy of a user. Zonel Sougaijam, a 22-year-old civil engineer, said that the social media giant awarded USD 5000 to him and also included him in the ‘Facebook Hall of Fame 2019’, for detecting the WhatsApp bug. Sougaijam’s name is currently at the 16th position in a list of 94 people, in the ‘Facebook Hall of Fame’ for this year. “During a voice call through WhatsApp, the bug used to allow the caller to upgrade it to a video call without the authorisation and knowledge of the receiver. The caller was then able to see what the other person was doing, violating the privacy of the receiver,” Sougaijam told PTI. Also Read – Dussehra with a ‘green’ twist After discovering the bug, Sougaijam said, he had reported the matter to the Bug Bounty Program of the Facebook, which deals with violation of privacy matters, in March. He said his report was acknowledged by the Facebook Security team the very next day and its technical department fixed the bug within 15-20 days. “After reviewing this issue, we have decided to award you a bounty of $5000,” Facebook said in an e-mail sent to Sougaijam. The man said he found his name in the Facebook ‘ Hall of Fame’ page this month. Facebook, owned by Mark Zuckerberg, purchased the messaging service WhatsApp for a staggerring 19 billion USD in February 2014.
Sri Lanka court gives mayor 5year jail term for threatening MPsSri Lanka court gives mayor 5year jail term for threatening MPs
October 18, 2019October 18, 2019
Colombo: A Sri Lankan court on Friday sentenced Hambantota Mayor Eraj Ravindra Fernando to five years in jail for threatening to physically harm a group of parliamentarians in 2014. Along with Fernando, the first accused in the case Premasiri Paranamana was also sentenced five years in jail, according to news portal Hiru News. Both have been ordered to a pay a fine of Rs 60,000. In 2014, Fernando, holding a pistol, threatened to physically harm a group of Opposition MPs who had gone to Hambantota to inspect Chinese investment projects. He had chased the MPs out of the project site. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USLater, Fernando, who was an ally of the then president Mahinda Rajapaksa, claimed it was a toy pistol. However, the MPs filed a case against Fernando for intimidation and attempted assault. Hambantota is the home turf of Rajapaksa. Fernando is now a supporter of President Maithripala Sirisena. He was re-elected as the mayor of Hambantota in 2018. Earlier, Fernando had been granted bail after being arrested in two other cases of violence. The Chinese built USD 1.9 billion port in Hambantota has court political controversy. In 2017, Sri Lanka had leased the Hambantota Port to China for 99 years as a means of paying back its loans for a new investment park there. India is set to enter into a management contract with Sri Lanka to run the Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport, the other Chinese infrastructure project located in the district.
Friends of man accused in Edmonton crowbar attack get restraining orderFriends of man accused in Edmonton crowbar attack get restraining order
October 17, 2019October 17, 2019
EDMONTON – Friends of a man accused of breaking a woman’s arms with a crowbar in an alleged act of road rage have been granted a restraining order against him, saying they fear for their lives.Jared Matthew Eliasson, 28, was charged in March with attempted murder, possession of a dangerous weapon and aggravated assault in what Edmonton police called a road rage attack.Police say the 34-year-old woman was driving to her home and honked her horn while passing a car that was stopped on a street. When she got out of her car outside her home, a man ran up and struck her on both arms with a crowbar.Eliasson was himself a victim of a violent crime in 2014 when he and a friend, Christopher Northam, were stabbed while walking down a street.Northam, his wife Samantha Massey and her parents sought a restraining order against Eliasson after reading about the March crowbar attack. They were fearful he would get bail.In their affidavit, they said they had growing concerns about their friend, including a text message to Northam that said “I am going to kill you.”“Given his escalating, extremely violent behaviour, we are all afraid for our lives,” Samantha Massey wrote in the affidavit.A Court of Queen’s Bench judge granted the restraining order last month. None of the allegations have been proven in court.Eliasson has been denied bail and is to appear in court for election and plea on May 25.In the affidavit, Massey said she and Northam had been friends with Eliasson for about five years and saw each other regularly.She said Eliasson used to act weird at times and say strange things, but they weren’t concerned about his behaviour until the last few years.Massey said in the affidavit Eliasson blamed her husband for his break-up with her cousin. Someone threw a rock through her cousin’s window with her name on it and set a car with her apartment number spray painted on it on fire.Last spring, she said they started receiving the disturbing text messages.Massey said in the affidavit they suspected it was Eliasson and called police, who advised them to no longer communicate with him.Someone then smashed a window of their home, she said in the document.Massey said her parents’ neighbours in Leduc, Alta., reported that someone wearing a balaclava was throwing rocks at her parents’ home.“When the neighbours drove up to him, he grabbed a crowbar and smashed one of the windows in their car,” she said in the affidavit.Last December, someone smashed a window of their home and threw a puzzle inside. She said the puzzle was a Christmas gift they had given Eliasson.The same day, someone tried to pry open their back door and slashed the tires of her car.Massey said about a week before the woman’s arms were broken with a crowbar, a man wearing a balaclava confronted her father as he was leaving for work.“The driver brandished a hunting knife, and made threatening gestures, including a throat slash gesture,” she wrote in the affidavit.None of the allegations in the affidavit has been tested in court and Eliasson was not present when the restraining order was granted. Eliasson’s lawyer Zack Elias was not immediately available to respond to requests for comment.
Bell Rogers and Quebecor win round in court battle with operator ofBell Rogers and Quebecor win round in court battle with operator of
October 13, 2019October 13, 2019
OTTAWA – Bell, Rogers and Quebecor have won a round in their court battle with the operator of the TVAddons website — which they allege violates their commercial rights under the Copyright Act.A panel of three Federal Court of Appeal judges has ruled unanimously that Federal Court Judge Richard Bell should not have disallowed a court order that permitted a search of the Montreal home of the website’s operator, Adam Lackman.The panel also ruled that the companies’ request for an injunction against Lackman should have been granted by Judge Bell while the Federal Court deals with the plaintiffs’ allegations. The panel awarded the companies $50,000 in court costs.The case against TVAddons can now proceed to trial at the Federal Court’s trial division.Lackman posted an online statement Wednesday that asked supporters to help fund the legal battle and noted the Federal Court has yet to test any of the claims brought forward by the companies.He has argued that the primary purpose of TVAddons is to provide software add-ons for the KODI media player, which can play various types of video, music and other multimedia content from the internet.The plaintiffs allege content that they own can be accessed by KODI users with some of the add-ons on the website.The appeal was sought by Bell Media Inc. and other companies in the BCE group of companies, Rogers Media Inc. and its parent company and two companies within the Quebecor group — Videotron and Group TVA Inc.All three media groups are part of the FairPlay Canada coalition, which is proposing the creation of a new anti-piracy unit within the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission.Companies in this story: (TSX:BCE, TSX:RCI.B, TSX:QBR.B)Note to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version said the case would go to the Federal Court of Appeal.
October 7, 2019October 7, 2019
A male driver has died as the result of a single-vehicle accident west of Scotland, Ontario late Tuesday evening.County of Brant OPP say the vehicle was travelling westbound on Burford-Delhi Town Line Road at about 11 p.m. when it left the roadway at McDougal Road.The lone occupant was pronounced dead at the scene, but police are withholding his identity until next of kin have been notified.Traffic Collision Investigators with the OPP assisted with the investigation, and anyone who may have information about this incident is asked to call the County of Brant OPP detachment at 1-888-310-1122.
Lawyer names Pryor Posey as players he warned Tressel aboutLawyer names Pryor Posey as players he warned Tressel about
September 28, 2019September 28, 2019
Terrelle Pryor and DeVier Posey reportedly are the Ohio State football players who were mentioned in e-mails to coach Jim Tressel regarding his players’ association with a Columbus tattoo shop owner who is under a federal drug trafficking investigation. In an interview with ESPN’s “Outside the Lines,” Columbus lawyer Christopher Cicero confirmed he mentioned Pryor and Posey while informing Tressel of his players’ involvement with Eddie Rife, the owner of Fine Line Ink tattoo parlor. Pryor and Posey, along with Dan Herron, Mike Adams, Solomon Thomas and Jordan Whiting, were suspended for the start of the 2011 season for selling memorabilia and receiving improper benefits from Rife. Tressel exchanged eight e-mails about the players’ involvement with Rife from April 2, 2010, through June 6, 2010. Earlier this week, OSU released the e-mail conversation between Cicero and Tressel OSU representatives on Friday declined to confirm the names of the football players Cicero mentioned. University spokesman Jim Lynch said the university is required by law to redact information that is specific to individual students. “The Federal Education Rights & Privacy Act requires us to redact any information that can lead to the identity of students, especially a student’s name,” Lynch said in an e-mail to The Lantern. “As caretaker of these documents, we still cannot reveal the student names in the document.” Athletic department spokeswoman Shelly Poe also declined to confirm ESPN’s report, saying in an e-mail to The Lantern, “We will not have any more comments until the NCAA makes its ruling.” Tressel said he did not report the actions of his players because of confidentiality issues. OSU’s investigation of the matter also resulted in suspending Tressel for the first two games of 2011 for failing to properly report the possible infraction to the university after Cicero brought it to his attention. Tressel was fined $250,000 to cover the costs of OSU’s self-imposed investigation. Cicero, a former OSU linebacker and letterman during the 1983 season, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Child 14 accidentally left behind on school trip to London while theChild 14 accidentally left behind on school trip to London while the
September 25, 2019September 25, 2019
The Newcastle city centre school is for pupils aged 13-19 and specialises in science, technology, engineering and maths. There is no excuse for what was a serious error on our behalfPrincipal Gareth Rowe A headteacher has apologised after a teenager was left alone in London following a school trip as the rest of the group headed back to Newcastle on the train.The Discovery School has said there was “no excuse” for the serious error and that it will change its policies to make sure it does not happen again.The pupil immediately alerted station staff at King’s Cross and was put on the next service north, accompanied by train staff in First Class, and was met by a teacher in York. According to reports, four teachers were accompanying the pupils on the field trip to the capital.Principal Gareth Rowe said: “He was never in any danger as he had the presence of mind to immediately let station personnel know what had happened.”He was put on the next train and looked after by the guards in first class until he could be reunited with his teacher in York.”However, there is no excuse for what was a serious error on our behalf.”Our first priority is always the safety of our pupils and obviously this incident highlights a failure in our processes which will now be reviewed and amended so this can never ever happen again.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
IHF Super Globe 2015 Barca won third place Al Sadd at theIHF Super Globe 2015 Barca won third place Al Sadd at the
September 22, 2019September 22, 2019
FC Barcelona Lasso ← Previous Story Veszprem and Fuchse Berlin for glory and 400.000 USD Next Story → Fuchse Berlin win IHF Super Globe 2015! FC Barcelona Lasso finished easily the job at the IHF Super Globe 2015 two days after their surprising defeat against Fuchse Berlin in the semi-final. The reigning EHF Champions League winners beat Sydney University 30:20 (15:10) in the battle for the third place at the world’s club championship.STATISTICSThe TOP scorers were Nodesbo, Tomas, Arino and Gurbindo with four goals each for the winning team.The fifth place won Egyptian Al Ahly against Brazilian Taubate 28:24, while the seventh earned Tunisian Africans by beating domestic Al Sadd 26:20 (9:8).
IMF and UN staff among dead in Kabul restaurant attackIMF and UN staff among dead in Kabul restaurant attack
September 22, 2019September 22, 2019
A TOTAL OF 21 people, including 13 foreigners, have been killed in a Taliban suicide assault on a popular restaurant in central Kabul, according to Afghan police.Desperate customers tried to hide under tables as one attacker detonated his suicide vest at the fortified entrance to the Taverna du Liban and two other militants stormed inside and opened fire.Among the dead were two Americans, two British citizens, two Canadians, a senior International Monetary Fund (IMF) official from Lebanon, and the restaurant’s Lebanese owner, who reportedly died after he tried to fire back at the attackers.A Danish member of the European police mission in Afghanistan and a Russian UN political officer also died in the Friday evening massacre, which was the deadliest attack on foreign civilians since the Taliban were ousted in 2001.The United Nations said that four of its staff had died, though it did not release their nationalities.“We were in the kitchen, and suddenly we heard a big bang and everywhere was dark,” Atiqullah, 27, an assistant chef, told AFP by telephone as he attended a funeral for three colleagues. Afghan security forces work at the site of the suicide attack [Image: AP Photo/Rahmat Gul]The Taverna has been a regular dining spot for foreign diplomats, aid workers and Afghan officials and businessmen, and was busy with customers when the attack took place.Like many restaurants in Kabul it ran strict security checks, with diners patted down by armed guards and passing through at least two steel doors before gaining entry.This morning, the Taverna’s battered sign was still in place, hanging over the ruined remains of the entrance door. Several badly damaged cars also remained at the scene.“Our latest figure is 21 killed, including 13 foreigners and eight Afghans,” Kabul police chief Mohammad Zahir told AFP.“Five women were among the dead and about five people were injured.”President Hamid Karzai condemned the attack and called on US-led NATO forces fighting in Afghanistan “to target terrorism” in the country.UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon also denounced the killings, which his spokesman said were “completely unacceptable and are in flagrant breach of international humanitarian law”. “We used a backdoor to go to the second floor. Our manager went downstairs to see what was happening. We heard some gunshots and later found out that he had been shot dead.“Afterwards, the police took us back into the restaurant to identify victims. We identified three guards who were killed.“There was blood everywhere, on tables, on chairs, apparently the attackers had shot people from a very close range.” Afghan security forces investigate the aftermath of the suicide attack and shooting [Rahmat Gul/AP/Press Association Images]The assault was claimed by Taliban militants fighting against the Afghan government and NATO forces.A Taliban spokesman said the attack was to avenge a US airstrike in Parwan province on Tuesday night that Karzai said killed seven children and one woman.“These invading forces launched a brutal bombardment on civilians… and they have martyred and wounded 30 civilians. This was a revenge attack and we did it well, and we will continue to do so,” Zabihullah Mujahid said.The insurgents regularly make exaggerated claims about death tolls after attacks.- © AFP 2014Read: Two students shot in Philadelphia school, shooter now in custodyRead: Putin says gay people at Olympics must ‘leave children alone’
The webs founder celebrates its 25th birthday by calling for net neutralityThe webs founder celebrates its 25th birthday by calling for net neutrality
September 22, 2019September 22, 2019
These issues have crept up on us… Our rights are being infringed more and more on every side, and the danger is that we get used to it. So I want to use the 25th anniversary for us all to do that, to take the web back into our own hands and define the web we want for the next 25 years. (Video: Web25/Vimeo)Read: The web is 25 today. Here are the moments that helped define it >Read: 25 years on from the invention of the web, this infographic shows some of us still aren’t convinced… > TWENTY-FIVE YEARS after submitting his proposal for the world wide web, Sir Tim Berners-Lee has called out for the web to remain free and not be influenced by governments or organisations.In a guest post on Google’s official blog, Berners-Lee asked for web users everywhere to press for the development of a digital bill of rights, which he says “would advance a free and open web for everyone.”While he says that today is a day of celebration, he warned that web users should be thinking about what happens next and act as “key decisions on the governance and future of the internet are looming.”Berners-Lee’s wish is part of Web at 25, a grassroots campaign designed to keep the web neutral for everyone. Both it and the Web We Want campaign are pushing for all countries to adapt a bill of rights which would protect the web from government and corporate interference.Berners-Lee has been critical of surveillance by both US and UK spy agencies, a hot topic since details of PRISM emerged back in June, In an interview with The Guardian, he said how this should be a time for everyone to consider what the web really is and ensure it stays free and open for everyone.
Every time you pull on a Leinster jersey you are expected toEvery time you pull on a Leinster jersey you are expected to
September 21, 2019September 21, 2019
Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By Ryan Bailey Apr 27th 2019, 7:01 AM Share Tweet Email Subscribe Source: The42 Rugby Weekly/SoundCloudSubscribe to our new podcast, The42 Rugby Weekly, here: https://the42.ie/4608054 Saturday 27 Apr 2019, 7:00 AM 18,419 Views 13 Comments ‘Every time you pull on a Leinster jersey, you are expected to win’ Ross Byrne captains his province for the first time this evening as Leo Cullen’s men bid to win their first Pro14 game in four. Short URL ANY ATTEMPTS TO dress this up as anything other than a dead-rubber were severely undermined when both Dan McFarland and Leo Cullen named their teams yesterday, but for those players involved on both sides, there will be no shortage of motivation.It is a pity neither Ulster or Leinster have anything tangible on the line in this inter-pro [KO 5.15pm, eir Sport/Premier Sports], with both provinces already assured of places in the Guinness Pro14 play-offs and thus keeping their powder dry for bigger games to come. Ross Byrne captains Leinster this evening. Source: Laszlo Geczo/INPHOIt all amounts to something of an underwhelming, if not anti-climactic, conclusion to the Pro14 regular season as Ulster and Leinster send out their ‘B’ teams for a derby fixture in Belfast, although the team selections do present a couple of piquant sub-plots.For starters, Ross Byrne will captain his native province for the first time in another endorsement of his growing leadership qualities at out-half, and his capacity to thrive under renewed responsibility.The 24-year-old has rebounded impressively from his omission from Joe Schmidt’s Six Nations squad and, having guided Leinster past tonight’s opponents in their epic Champions Cup quarter-final duel, has developed into much more than Johnny Sexton’s stand-in.Byrne will make his 69th appearance at Kingspan Stadium later and with 368 points to his name, will move above Alan McGowan into seventh in Leinster’s all-time point scorers list if he tacks on five against Ulster.The former St Michael’s College man is one of just four players Leo Cullen has retained from last week’s European semi-final win over Toulouse, with Michael Bent, Max Deegan and Caelan Doris handed starting opportunities here.The prospect of seeing the highly-rated Ryan Baird, who was part of Ireland’s U20 Grand Slam-winning squad, come off the bench for his senior debut is certainly an exciting one for Leinster fans.Having come up through Michael’s, the 19-year-old second row will become the 57th different player Leinster have used this season should he make an appearance, while Ronan Kelleher, Scott Penny and Paddy Patterson are among those also hoping for further exposure.Cullen, of course, has the luxury of wrapping his front-liners up in cotton wool before their Saracens battle on the back of Leinster’s utter dominance of Conference B, although the province have failed to win any of their last three outings in the Pro14.You have to go back to the 2014/15 season for the last time Leinster went four consecutive league games without a win, and no doubt last year’s performance at the Sportsground on the final weekend will have been referenced by Cullen and Stuart Lancaster this week.“Obviously, for individuals, it’s a very important game as they want to put their hand up for selection for the big games at the end of the season. The motivation is there,” Byrne says.“Every time you play for Leinster you’re expected to win, it doesn’t matter who you’re playing or where you’re playing. Every time you pull on a Leinster jersey, you want to win and are expected to win.”On a day of potential farewells, Darren Cave will captain the hosts as the sun begins to set on his 226-cap Ulster career, while Jack McGrath will come up against his future team-mates and Noel Reid and Munster-bound Nick McCarthy are most likely to line out in blue for the final time. Michael Lowry starts for Ulster. Source: Inpho/Billy SticklandAs with Leinster, Dan McFarland’s side already know their fate heading into round 21 on the back of their excellent away win at Edinburgh a fortnight ago and have the buffer of this week to prepare for the visit of Connacht in the quarter-finals next Saturday.Accordingly, it comes as no surprise that McFarland has opted to keep his leading lights — Iain Henderson, Jordi Murphy and John Cooney to name a few — out of the inter-pro firing line and instead give some of his squad players and academy prospects the reins and the opportunity to keep things ticking over.Michael Lowry has another platform to showcase his exciting talent at fullback having started the Champions Cup quarter-final between the sides last month, while David Busby makes his first appearance of the season after injury and Ireland U20 winger Angus Kernohan will win his 17th senior cap.In the pack, Ian Nagle, on loan from Leinster, has been given permission to play against his native province while academy back row Marcus Rea is in line for his debut off the bench. His brother, Matty, starts at six.Ulster’s only defeat in their last seven Pro14 games was the round 19 reversal to Glasgow, while the northern province have lost just once at their Ravenhill home in both the league and Champions Cup since February 2018, when they were beaten by Connacht.“Leinster are obviously top of the league comfortably and no matter what team Leinster put out they’ll challenge any team in the competition which is a credit to them,” Lowry said.“I think they’ve used 57 players or something and not one of them has looked out of place. They’re dangerous no matter what team they put out. It’s going to be a tough task.”Ulster:15. Mike Lowry14. David Busby13. Darren Cave (captain)12. Peter Nelson11. Angus Kernohan10. Johnny McPhillips9. Dave Shanahan1. Andy Warwick2. John Andrew3. Ross Kane4. Ian Nagle5. Alan O’Connor6. Matty Rea7. Clive Ross8. Sean ReidyReplacements:16. Adam McBurney17. Tommy O’Hagan18. Tom O’Toole19. Nick Timoney20. Marcus Rea21. Jonny Stewart22. Jack Owens23. Rob Lyttle.Leinster:15. Jimmy O’Brien14. Fergus McFadden13. Joe Tomane12. Noel Reid11. Dave Kearney10. Ross Byrne (captain)9. Nick McCarthy1. Jack McGrath2. Bryan Byrne3. Michael Bent4. Josh Murphy5. Oisin Dowling6. Max Deegan7. Will Connors8. Caelan Doris.Replacements:16. Ronan Kelleher17. Peter Dooley18. Vakh Abdaladze19. Ryan Baird20. Scott Penny21. Paddy Patterson22. Ciaran Frawley23. Barry Daly. Referee: George Clancy [IRFU].Gavan Casey and Murray Kinsella are joined by Andy Dunne to get stuck into last weekend’s Champions Cup semi-finals.:
Government planning council of wise men to tackle tax evasionGovernment planning council of wise men to tackle tax evasion
September 21, 2019September 21, 2019
The government is planning the creation of a “committee of wise men” to crack down on widespread tax evasion, which continues to thwart Greece’s efforts to emerge from its debt crisis.The former head of National Bank, Vassilis Rapanos, is slated to head the new body, Kathimerini understands. According to sources, Rapanos, who nearly assumed the post of Finance Minister in June before health problems prompted him to bow out, has been offered the post but has yet to give his response. The aim of the committee would be to overhaul the country’s tax administration to more efficiently target tax evasion. Both Prime Minister Antonis Samaras and Finance Minister Yannis Stournaras stressed the importance of curbing tax evasion on the sidelines of a European Union leaders’ summit in Brussels at the end of last week where a decision was made to approve the release of some 50 billion euros in rescue loans to Greece. At the same time, ministry officials in Athens submitted to Parliament the first of two tax bills aimed at boosting much-needed revenue. The second bill, to be unveiled early next year, is expected to bring a more radical overhaul of the tax system as well as substituting suspended sentences for large-scale tax evaders with immediate jail terms. Addressing a health sector conference on Saturday, Stournaras described this second bill as “the heavy tax law,” adding that despite the progress made by authorities so far “the road ahead remains long and steep.” Representatives of Greece’s troika of foreign creditors – the European Commission, European Central Bank and International Monetary Fund – are reportedly aware that there is little scope for further tax hikes on austerity-weary Greeks and have emphasized the importance of the authorities finally launching an effective crackdown on tax evasion.According to sources, German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble told Stournaras in Brussels “do something about tax administration reform and tax evasion.” In an interview with Kathimerini, the European Commissioner overseeing taxation issues, Algirdas Semeta, said Greece could boost annual revenue by around 10 billion euros if it limited tax evasion to the EU average. Samaras, whose shaky coalition government appears to have been buoyed by last week’s loan decision, is now turning his attention to tackling two of the fundamental sources of the crisis – tax evasion and a lack of growth. He is expected to discuss both issues, along with efforts to push forward stalled privatizations, in scheduled talks tomorrow with his coalition partners, Evangelos Venizelos of PASOK and Fotis Kouvelis of Democratic Left. The provisions of a tax bill that was submitted to Parliament last week and is expected to be voted on after the holidays will also be on the agenda of talks, as well as general political upheaval. There are fears that support for the parties in the coalition will plummet in opinion polls early next year when fresh cuts to salaries and pensions are felt. The main leftwing opposition SYRIZA, which opposes the terms of Greece’s bailouts, is currently leading in polls. Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Tom Davies should seize his opportunity Michael BallTom Davies should seize his opportunity Michael Ball
September 18, 2019September 18, 2019
Michael Ball believes Tom Davies needs to grasp his chance with both hands when called upon by Marco Silva.After a fantastic breakthrough during the 2016/17 campaign, Tom Davies struggled a little bit more last term as Everton finished eighth last season.“It’s a very big year for Tom Davies,” Ball told the ECHO.“He burst onto the scene and got all our hopes up, and it’s difficult coming through as a local lad and a young kid with this expectation on your shoulders.Marco Silva hails Everton’s strong personality after Wolves win Andrew Smyth – September 1, 2019 Everton manager Marco Silva praised his team’s strong personality after scrapping a hard-fought 3-2 victory over Wolves on Sunday.“I just think there’s an opportunity for him earlier than he might have thought, thanks to the injury to Morgan Schneiderlin, to show the manager what he can do.“He’s got that chance, and he probably needs a run of games to get himself going, because it is difficult when you’re in and out the side.“But this season, while the manager is getting to know all his new players, any small opportunity you’ve got to grab to prove to the boss that you should be part of his XI week in, week out.”
September 16, 2019September 16, 2019
The National Labor Relations Board has found merit to claims of unfair labor practices filed by the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and United Grain Corp. against each other as part of a larger contract dispute between Northwest grain terminal operators and union dockworkers.In separate complaints, obtained by The Columbian on Wednesday, the NLRB levels multiple allegations at both parties, orders them to respond by March 14 and schedules hearings before an administrative law judge in June and July in Portland. No rulings have been made.The complaints, filed Feb. 28, underscore the intensity of a long-running conflict that saw another large protest by the ILWU on Wednesday at which two religious leaders called on United Grain to repent for numerous sins, including greed and wrath “in hiring a paramilitary anti-union security force.”In a complaint favorable to the union, United Grain’s decision to lock out up to 44 Longshore workers in February 2013 was illegal, in part, because the action was intended to “discourage employees” from engaging in protected union activities, according to a Feb. 28 complaint issued by Ron Hooks, a Seattle-based regional director for the NLRB.In January and early February 2013, before it locked out workers on Feb. 27, United Grain also illegally fired nine ILWU workers, Hooks alleged. Five of those workers had raised “safety complaints with management,” according to Hooks, and had refused to operate equipment “that they honestly believed was unsafe.”
Michelle Cracknell A new approach is required to help people plan forMichelle Cracknell A new approach is required to help people plan for
September 15, 2019September 15, 2019
The pension landscape has undertaken a massive rebuild in order to be sustainable in our ageing society. The topping-out ceremony was the pension freedoms introduced from April 2015. Now, we need to make the new pensions infrastructure habitable for members so they can properly plan for retirement, making informed choices on their options.Previously members were helped through workplace presentations, retirement meetings with in-house pensions managers, newsletters, payslip inserts and posters. The irony is that these channels have become less relevant or available when members need more support. So what are the new support structures that need to be put in place?The employer-employee relationship has changed, becoming more transactional as individuals are more likely to have multiple jobs during their career. The pension scheme is no longer an HR tool that manages retention and redundancy exercises. The question is what motivation does the employer have to offer support, but also is the employee receptive to listening? The ability for employees to take control of their retirement plan sits at the heart of a healthy workforce, where employees work because they want to, not because they have to keep on earning. Nevertheless, the cost-benefit analysis of providing workplace support is harder to prove.This is compounded by workplace changes. Less people ‘go to work’, instead working from home or remotely. The workplace seminar and noticeboard is less applicable, as is the ability to normalise contacting the pensions manager. For some years, information about employment has been put online. But do people use it? Is it tailored to be relevant and capture the imagination?Providing pensions support needs a makeover to fit the new infrastructure. Here are three things to consider:First, make it about people not pensions; target life events, explaining the pension implications rather than featuring pensions within a list of what-if scenarios.Second, make the information shorter; our concentration is measured in seconds not minutes, people have much greater capability to follow it up than in the past.Finally, make use of public services such as The Pensions Advisory Service. People receiving personalised guidance about their situation, including all of their pension arrangements, is more appropriate being delivered by an independent provider, because it’s not natural for the employer or employee to receive or share so much detail.Helping staff needs to move from the traditional layout of ‘two-up, two-down’ to ‘open-plan living’.Michelle Cracknell is chief executive of The Pensions Advisory Service
September 13, 2019September 13, 2019
TexAmericas Center, the reuse authority responsible for redeveloping the former Lone Star Army Ammunition Plant in northeastern Texas and surplus property at the neighboring Red River Army Depot, has completely filled its 765-acre Central Campus with new tenants and has started attracting companies to the newly opened East campus.“The fact that we have gotten this far with just Central campus shows we are doing something right,” Scott Norton, executive director and CEO of TexAmericas, told the Texarkana Gazette.“Each organization in the same business we are has all unique challenges,” Norton said. “We just happen to have a good set of advantages which has been bringing us a steady line of businesses ready to go to work.”The industrial park’s Central campus is home to energy companies and firms that support the Army depot’s logistics mission. Texarkana College opened up a campus there which initially focused on providing training to support the workforce at the depot.Several tenants have moved to the newly opened East campus, including an Army contractor and a company that stores and refurbishes railcars. Expal USA, an American subsidiary of a Spanish arms company, is the largest tenant, according to the story.TexAmericas’ West Campus is not yet ready for new tenants, “but it offers plenty of potential when the time comes,” Norton said. The park now is planning to develop about 100,000 to 200,000 square feet of warehouse space to enhance the offerings for prospective tenants.“Planning has gotten us to where we are now,” Norton said. “We’ve experienced more and faster success than we initially anticipated, but we don’t want to slow down.”Most of the surplus property TexAmericas is redeveloping stems from the 2005 BRAC round, when Lone Star was closed and Red River was realigned. The depot previously was realigned following the 1995 round. Dan Cohen AUTHOR
Khaleda returning today minister warns of legal actionKhaleda returning today minister warns of legal action
September 3, 2019September 3, 2019
Khaleda Zia .File photoBNP chairperson Khaleda Zia, facing arrest warrants in three cases, returns home on Wednesday completing her over a three-month visit to the United Kingdom, reports news agency UNB.Khaleda is scheduled to leave London’s Heathrow Airport for Bangladesh around 2:00am (BST) on Tuesday night by an Emirates Airlines flight, her media wing member Sayrul Kabir Khan.The flight is expected to land at Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka around 5:20pm on Wednesday, he said.Sayrul said BNP leaders and activists will gather in the airport area to receive Khaleda.However, BNP has no scheduled programme to accord her a reception at the airport.Meanwhile, a court in Comilla and two others here issued warrants for Khaleda Zia’s arrest last week in three separate cases.Speaking at a programme today, home minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal said lawful action will be taken against BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia after her return from London.”Legal action will be taken against her (Khaleda) as there’ve are warrants for her arrest. We’ll take action as per law when the documents of the warrants reach us,” he said. At a discussion programme, BNP senior leader Moudud Ahmed said the government is unlikely to make a blunder by arresting their chairperson Khaleda Zia.He said Khaleda is returning home keeping her some treatment incomplete only to show respect for the law and court. “Our leader (Khaleda) will go to the court on the following day of her homecoming.Khaleda Zia on 15 July went to London for receiving medical treatment and spending time with her family members there.The BNP chief on 8 August underwent a successful eye surgery at a hospital in London. She also celebrated Eid-ul Azha with her family members there.
Pirated Game of Thrones Episodes Are Top TV Target for Hacker VirusesPirated Game of Thrones Episodes Are Top TV Target for Hacker Viruses
September 1, 2019September 1, 2019
Warning: Downloading “Game of Thrones” on illegal piracy networks could potentially open the door for cybercriminals to hijack your computer.Piggybacking on pirated content is a tactic long employed by the internet’s underworld. But hackers are increasingly are turning to pirated episodes of popular TV shows as a vehicle to deliver malicious software, according to new research released Sept. 26 from antivirus vendor Kapersky Lab and U.K.-based website BestVPN.com.Malicious executable files can easily be binded with or disguised as video files. With such surreptitiously planted malware, a user only needs to launch the video file for their computer to become infected, the researchers noted.HBO’s “Game of Thrones” is the top TV show worldwide hackers have turned to for distributing embedded malicious code, according to the study. Over the last 12 months, more than 170,000 infection attempts were detected from illegal downloads of “Game of Thrones” episodes affecting about 50,000 users, Kapersky and BestVPN.com found. Popular on Variety The next most popular show for hackers was AMC’s “The Walking Dead,” with around 100,000 infection attempts detected on nearly 20,000 computers around the world. Researchers found far fewer malware attacks for other TV shows: Pirated copies of Netflix’s “Stranger Things” resulted in 13,257 attack notifications affecting 4,600 users; HBO’s “Westworld” episodes had 5,300 infection attempts on 2,063 computers; and Netflix’s “Orange Is the New Black” pirated copies showed 3,348 attempted attacks on 1,334 PCs.The fact that hackers are huge fans of “Game of Thrones” for delivering malware payloads isn’t surprising: The HBO epic fantasy series, based on the novels of George R.R. Martin, historically has been the No. 1 pirated television show worldwide. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15
Waymo One Autonomous Car Service Rolls Out to PublicWaymo One Autonomous Car Service Rolls Out to Public
September 1, 2019September 1, 2019
Waymo’s self-driving service is officially open to the public.Early riders from the company’s Phoenix-based trial get first dibs, before the program, dubbed Waymo One, rolls out to more people and places.The fleet of self-driving vehicles—available 24 hours a day, seven days a week—currently operates across several Metro Phoenix areas, including Chandler, Tempe, Mesa, and Gilbert.AdChoices广告“Whether it’s for a fun night out or just to get a break from driving, our riders get the same clean vehicles every time and our Waymo driver with over 10 million miles of experience on public roads,” according to a blog announcement.Users can simply download the application (which doesn’t appear in my searches of the iTunes and Google Play stores), then get started by confirming your pickup and drop-off locations. Accept by pressing the “Request Ride” button.Up to three adults and a child can ride at once.As the novelty of self-driving transportation has yet to wear off (and likely won’t for another decade), most first-timers have a lot of questions and concerns about their autonomous commute.So Waymo put support front and center with in-car consoles and screens, as well as the mobile app.“Self-driving technology is new to many, so we’re proceeding carefully with te comfort and convenience of our riders in mind,” Waymo CEO John Krafcik said in a separate blog post.Initially, trained drivers will supervise all Waymo One vehicles for users’ comfort and convenience. Eventually, the firm will transition to fully driverless rides.“We’re never done learning,” Krafcik said, announcing an extension of the early rider program, in which select participants will continue testing new features.“There’s a long journey ahead,” he added. “But we believe that Waymo One will make the roads safer and easier for everyone to navigate.”More coverage on Geek.com:Waymo, GM Lead Self-Driving Car RacePeople Prefer Driverless Cars Hit Animals, the ElderlyNHTSA Curbs Autonomous School Bus Plans in Florida Researchers Teach Autonomous Cars to Predict Pedestrian MovementAutonomous Bar Will Drive Up And Mix You Drinks Stay on target