Security agencies warn industry of foreign espionage threat to networks

first_imgOTTAWA — Canadian companies should watch out when they use technology supplied by state-owned companies from countries that want to steal corporate secrets, the country’s security agencies have warned them.The RCMP organized two workshops last March — one in Calgary, the other in Toronto — to raise awareness about threats to critical systems, including espionage and foreign interference, cyberattacks, terrorism and sabotage, newly disclosed documents show.Canadian Security Intelligence Service materials prepared for the workshops advise that “non-likeminded countries,” state-owned enterprises and affiliated companies are engaged in a global pursuit of technology and know-how driven by economic and military ambitions.The materials were released to The Canadian Press in response to an access-to-information request.The heavily censored records do not go into detail about specific countries. But the presentation does include a passage from a 2017 U.S. government report saying competitors such as China steal American intellectual property valued at hundreds of billions of dollars every year.In addition, CSIS openly warned in 2016 that Russia and China were targeting Canada’s classified information and advanced technology, as well as government officials and systems.The presentations to industry dissected techniques used by adversaries and offered advice on protecting confidential information and assets. The intelligence community’s concerns emerge as Canada considers allowing Chinese firm Huawei Technologies to take part in developing a 5G telecommunications network.Former security officials in Canada and two members of the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence have warned against such a move, saying the company’s ties to Beijing could compromise the security of Canada and its closest allies. Huawei has denied engaging in intelligence work on behalf of any government.The workshops led by the RCMP’s critical infrastructure team highlighted the problem of “supply chain vulnerability” — a back-door tactic to infiltrate systems.The RCMP did not respond to questions about the sessions. CSIS spokesman John Townsend said the concerns stem from cases where equipment and related computerized control systems and services are manufactured and installed by companies controlled by or affiliated with a foreign government.“These foreign governments may pursue not only profitable commercial objectives but may also try to advance their own broader and potentially adverse strategic and economic interests,” he said.The tactics could include gaining influence and leverage over the host country, espionage, technology theft and malicious cyberactivities, Townsend added.The security presentations also warned of “spear-phishing” attempts by hostile forces to gain access to computer systems through emails that fool employees into giving up passwords or other sensitive data.The agencies encouraged companies working on leading-edge research to take stock of protective measures and develop a corporate security plan to manage risks. For instance, scientists should consult corporate security about precautions when outside delegations visit.“If you detect suspicious activity, contact authorities,” the presentation materials say. “All infrastructure sectors should remain engaged with RCMP and CSIS to share security intelligence.” Patrick Smyth, vice-president of performance at the Canadian Energy Pipeline Association, said security is “top of mind” for member companies, which share information and help each other ensure they are prepared for emerging hazards and threats.Cyberattacks are an evolving threat, but not a new one for pipeline operators, he said in an interview.“They’ve been looking at it for a number of years and tracking the evolution around the sophistication of bad actors who might wish to find entry points into individual companies, and take over control of certain elements of the infrastructure and cause damage,” he said.If a state-owned enterprise is looking to acquire an asset, “these companies have programs, checks and balances in place to address that.”Pipeline operators receive intelligence from the RCMP, CSIS, the federal natural-resources and public-safety departments and U.S. agencies, Smyth added. However, he sees a place for the awareness workshops, saying any “additional source of information and intelligence is helpful.”— Follow @JimBronskill on TwitterJim Bronskill , The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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first_imgOTTAWA — Canadian companies should watch out when they use technology supplied by state-owned companies from countries that want to steal corporate secrets, the country’s security agencies have warned them.The RCMP organized two workshops last March — one in Calgary, the other in Toronto — to raise awareness about threats to critical systems, including espionage and foreign interference, cyberattacks, terrorism and sabotage, newly disclosed documents show.Canadian Security Intelligence Service materials prepared for the workshops advise that “non-likeminded countries,” state-owned enterprises and affiliated companies are engaged in a global pursuit of technology and know-how driven by economic and military ambitions.The materials were released to The Canadian Press in response to an access-to-information request.The heavily censored records do not go into detail about specific countries. But the presentation does include a passage from a 2017 U.S. government report saying competitors such as China steal American intellectual property valued at hundreds of billions of dollars every year.In addition, CSIS openly warned in 2016 that Russia and China were targeting Canada’s classified information and advanced technology, as well as government officials and systems.The presentations to industry dissected techniques used by adversaries and offered advice on protecting confidential information and assets. The intelligence community’s concerns emerge as Canada considers allowing Chinese firm Huawei Technologies to take part in developing a 5G telecommunications network.Former security officials in Canada and two members of the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence have warned against such a move, saying the company’s ties to Beijing could compromise the security of Canada and its closest allies. Huawei has denied engaging in intelligence work on behalf of any government.The workshops led by the RCMP’s critical infrastructure team highlighted the problem of “supply chain vulnerability” — a back-door tactic to infiltrate systems.The RCMP did not respond to questions about the sessions. CSIS spokesman John Townsend said the concerns stem from cases where equipment and related computerized control systems and services are manufactured and installed by companies controlled by or affiliated with a foreign government.“These foreign governments may pursue not only profitable commercial objectives but may also try to advance their own broader and potentially adverse strategic and economic interests,” he said.The tactics could include gaining influence and leverage over the host country, espionage, technology theft and malicious cyberactivities, Townsend added.The security presentations also warned of “spear-phishing” attempts by hostile forces to gain access to computer systems through emails that fool employees into giving up passwords or other sensitive data.The agencies encouraged companies working on leading-edge research to take stock of protective measures and develop a corporate security plan to manage risks. For instance, scientists should consult corporate security about precautions when outside delegations visit.“If you detect suspicious activity, contact authorities,” the presentation materials say. “All infrastructure sectors should remain engaged with RCMP and CSIS to share security intelligence.” Patrick Smyth, vice-president of performance at the Canadian Energy Pipeline Association, said security is “top of mind” for member companies, which share information and help each other ensure they are prepared for emerging hazards and threats.Cyberattacks are an evolving threat, but not a new one for pipeline operators, he said in an interview.“They’ve been looking at it for a number of years and tracking the evolution around the sophistication of bad actors who might wish to find entry points into individual companies, and take over control of certain elements of the infrastructure and cause damage,” he said.If a state-owned enterprise is looking to acquire an asset, “these companies have programs, checks and balances in place to address that.”Pipeline operators receive intelligence from the RCMP, CSIS, the federal natural-resources and public-safety departments and U.S. agencies, Smyth added. However, he sees a place for the awareness workshops, saying any “additional source of information and intelligence is helpful.”— Follow @JimBronskill on TwitterJim Bronskill , The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Police conduct seizures in bikerlinked drug network in Quebec New Brunswick

first_imgMONTREAL — Police conducted raids linked to the Hells Angels and drug trafficking in several regions of Quebec and New Brunswick Wednesday.Quebec provincial police said 150 police officers took part in 35 seizures in homes, vehicles, and businesses.Sgt. Ann Mathieu said operations were conducted in various cities in the province as well as in Edmundston and Sainte-Anne-de-Madawaska in New Brunswick, where the RCMP assisted them.She said the organized-crime network targeted was primarily active in eastern Quebec — the Lower St. Lawrence, Gaspe and Iles-de-la-Madeleine — and was allegedly linked to influential members of the Hells Angels.Mathieu said the raids were aimed at gathering evidence and no arrests were immediately expected.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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first_imgMONTREAL — Police conducted raids linked to the Hells Angels and drug trafficking in several regions of Quebec and New Brunswick Wednesday.Quebec provincial police said 150 police officers took part in 35 seizures in homes, vehicles, and businesses.Sgt. Ann Mathieu said operations were conducted in various cities in the province as well as in Edmundston and Sainte-Anne-de-Madawaska in New Brunswick, where the RCMP assisted them.She said the organized-crime network targeted was primarily active in eastern Quebec — the Lower St. Lawrence, Gaspe and Iles-de-la-Madeleine — and was allegedly linked to influential members of the Hells Angels.Mathieu said the raids were aimed at gathering evidence and no arrests were immediately expected.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Moroccans react to Algerias decision to severe its diplomatic ties with

first_imgRabat- There has been still no official reaction from the Moroccan government to the Algeria’s decision to freeze its diplomatic relations with Morocco. But some Moroccan officials said that the decision made the Algerian government translate their disarray and disorientation because of Morocco’s diplomatic success regarding the Sahara dispute over the past two months. “The Diplomatic offensives carried out by Morocco in 2013 have dealt a blow to Algeria, which finds itself disoriented by these successes to the point that the Algerian spokesman of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs expressed this Sunday his country’s decision to severe its ties with the kingdom,” a Moroccan official was quoted by Moroccan French language portal Le 360.ma as saying.  The Algerian government justified its decision by what it called the “scandalous” sentence handed by the Casablanca tribunal to the Moroccan man who tore the Algerian flag. But Moroccans say that this event is used by Algeria just an excuse that translates its frustration to see Morocco achieving diplomatic successes on multiples fronts, including in Africa. “It is clear that the Algerians react in this manner after their failure to push the European Parliament to refuse the signing of a fishing agreement with Morocco, and Morocco’s successful attempt to play a pivotal role in stabilizing Mali,” Dr. Mohamed Chtatou, Professor at University Mohammed V in Rabat, told MWN. “In addition to that, the Algerians are annoyed by the successful visit of King Mohammed VI to the United States and his meeting with President Barack Obama, after which the American head of State pledged his support to a mutually agreed-upon and political solution to the Sahara conflict,” he added. For her part Karima Rhanem, a Moroccan Researcher in Governance & Public Policy, expressed her disbelief to see that the Algerian government decided to freeze its ties with Morocco using the excuse of the verdict of the Casablanca tribunal against the Moroccan who tore the Algerian flag. “I am very surprised to hear this decision. I am even surprised it was a reaction to the Moroccan court verdict regarding the Moroccan who took down the Algerian flag. Neither the Moroccan government nor another foreign entity could interfere in the court decision and this should be clear to our neighbors,” she said. “Right after this incident, we saw several Algerians setting fire on the Moroccan flag. Yet, the Moroccan government didn’t freeze its relations,” she noted. Karima, who has traveled several times to the Maghreb region and works to reinforce the cultural, economic and fraternal ties that binds the countries of the Maghreb, called on Algerian officials to “rethink their strategies before dragging the two countries and the region into a useless cold war.”“Regardless of the current tension between the two countries, intellectuals from Morocco and Algeria are calling for reinforcing these ties and ending this artificial conflict. I call on the Algerian Government to hold back this unprecedented decision before leading both countries into a useless cold war,” she said.“The Algerian and Moroccan people’s will to sustain partnership and friendship ties should not be undermined by this decision. People of the two countries need more economic prosperity, need cultural partnership, employment opportunities, social justice, a unified Maghreb rather than an endless conflict,” she concluded. © Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or or redistributelast_img read more

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first_imgRabat- There has been still no official reaction from the Moroccan government to the Algeria’s decision to freeze its diplomatic relations with Morocco. But some Moroccan officials said that the decision made the Algerian government translate their disarray and disorientation because of Morocco’s diplomatic success regarding the Sahara dispute over the past two months. “The Diplomatic offensives carried out by Morocco in 2013 have dealt a blow to Algeria, which finds itself disoriented by these successes to the point that the Algerian spokesman of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs expressed this Sunday his country’s decision to severe its ties with the kingdom,” a Moroccan official was quoted by Moroccan French language portal Le 360.ma as saying.  The Algerian government justified its decision by what it called the “scandalous” sentence handed by the Casablanca tribunal to the Moroccan man who tore the Algerian flag. But Moroccans say that this event is used by Algeria just an excuse that translates its frustration to see Morocco achieving diplomatic successes on multiples fronts, including in Africa. “It is clear that the Algerians react in this manner after their failure to push the European Parliament to refuse the signing of a fishing agreement with Morocco, and Morocco’s successful attempt to play a pivotal role in stabilizing Mali,” Dr. Mohamed Chtatou, Professor at University Mohammed V in Rabat, told MWN. “In addition to that, the Algerians are annoyed by the successful visit of King Mohammed VI to the United States and his meeting with President Barack Obama, after which the American head of State pledged his support to a mutually agreed-upon and political solution to the Sahara conflict,” he added. For her part Karima Rhanem, a Moroccan Researcher in Governance & Public Policy, expressed her disbelief to see that the Algerian government decided to freeze its ties with Morocco using the excuse of the verdict of the Casablanca tribunal against the Moroccan who tore the Algerian flag. “I am very surprised to hear this decision. I am even surprised it was a reaction to the Moroccan court verdict regarding the Moroccan who took down the Algerian flag. Neither the Moroccan government nor another foreign entity could interfere in the court decision and this should be clear to our neighbors,” she said. “Right after this incident, we saw several Algerians setting fire on the Moroccan flag. Yet, the Moroccan government didn’t freeze its relations,” she noted. Karima, who has traveled several times to the Maghreb region and works to reinforce the cultural, economic and fraternal ties that binds the countries of the Maghreb, called on Algerian officials to “rethink their strategies before dragging the two countries and the region into a useless cold war.”“Regardless of the current tension between the two countries, intellectuals from Morocco and Algeria are calling for reinforcing these ties and ending this artificial conflict. I call on the Algerian Government to hold back this unprecedented decision before leading both countries into a useless cold war,” she said.“The Algerian and Moroccan people’s will to sustain partnership and friendship ties should not be undermined by this decision. People of the two countries need more economic prosperity, need cultural partnership, employment opportunities, social justice, a unified Maghreb rather than an endless conflict,” she concluded. © Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or or redistributelast_img read more

UN agency encourages Rwandan refugees to return after goandsee visits

Exploratory visits to their homeland have calmed the fears of potential Rwandan returnees who have been taking refuge since the 1994 genocide in other African countries, the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) said today. In the years following the genocide, some 3.2 million Rwandan refugees have gone home, and UNHCR is actively promoting the repatriation of 48,000 others living in 14 African countries. Josephine, for example, was 19 when she left her village in the southern province of Butare in May 1994, shortly after the start of the genocide in which some 800,000 people were killed in just 100 days.She settled in the Luwani Refugee Camp in Malawi, which is still home to some 3,400 Rwandan refugees. After a visit to her village earlier this month with four other Rwandan refugees, she came back to Malawi to help her fellow refugees decide whether or not to go back to Rwanda for good.According to UNHCR, some refugees remain unconvinced that Rwanda is now a safe country. In addition, some say the establishment of traditional local courts, known as gacaca – which are meant to identify and try lower-level perpetrators of the 1994 genocide – has caused them to hesitate about coming home. During her time in her village, Josephine made a point of talking to the mayor of Gikonko district, as well as the gacaca coordinator in the area, so she could return to Malawi with a better understanding of these issues.“I do not have a bad impression of the functioning of the gacacas, and this is what I am going to say to other refugees back in Malawi,” she told UNHCR. “Rwanda now seems a peaceful country, and I see no reason for not coming back home.” read more

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Exploratory visits to their homeland have calmed the fears of potential Rwandan returnees who have been taking refuge since the 1994 genocide in other African countries, the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) said today. In the years following the genocide, some 3.2 million Rwandan refugees have gone home, and UNHCR is actively promoting the repatriation of 48,000 others living in 14 African countries. Josephine, for example, was 19 when she left her village in the southern province of Butare in May 1994, shortly after the start of the genocide in which some 800,000 people were killed in just 100 days.She settled in the Luwani Refugee Camp in Malawi, which is still home to some 3,400 Rwandan refugees. After a visit to her village earlier this month with four other Rwandan refugees, she came back to Malawi to help her fellow refugees decide whether or not to go back to Rwanda for good.According to UNHCR, some refugees remain unconvinced that Rwanda is now a safe country. In addition, some say the establishment of traditional local courts, known as gacaca – which are meant to identify and try lower-level perpetrators of the 1994 genocide – has caused them to hesitate about coming home. During her time in her village, Josephine made a point of talking to the mayor of Gikonko district, as well as the gacaca coordinator in the area, so she could return to Malawi with a better understanding of these issues.“I do not have a bad impression of the functioning of the gacacas, and this is what I am going to say to other refugees back in Malawi,” she told UNHCR. “Rwanda now seems a peaceful country, and I see no reason for not coming back home.” read more

Are The Giants Sneaking Up On Us Again

It’s easy to dismiss the success of the 7-3 New York Giants. The team ranks 23rd in scoring, tied with the 49ers, and is 11th in points allowed; overall, the Giants have outscored opponents by only 4 points all year. In fact, the Giants haven’t won a single game by more than 7 points. Meanwhile, they rank 20th in yards per game and 16th in yards allowed per game and have benefited from a favorable schedule: The team has played only three true road games this year.1The Giants have played six games at home; they also played one game in London, against the Rams.Ahead of Week 11’s games, the Giants ranked 16th in both ESPN’s NFL Power Rankings and Football Outsiders’ Defense-adjusted Value Over Average, and their 6-point home win against a bad Bears team is unlikely to move those needles. And even after Sunday’s win, the Giants rank only 17th in FiveThirtyEight’s NFL Elo ratings.So the Giants are just an average team that has lucked into a good record, right? That’s an easy conclusion, but the Giants have a history of sneaking up on the rest of the NFL, as they did in 2007 and 2011:In 2007, New York was 7-3 through 10 games but imploded in the team’s 11th game. Against Minnesota, Eli Manning threw three pick sixes (he would finish the year with 20 picks, tied for the league lead).In 2011, the Giants through 10 games had scored 228 points and allowed 228 points, leading to a 6-4 record.At the time, neither of those teams seemed very noteworthy, and they finished with 10-6 and 9-7 records, respectively. Our current simulations have this year’s Giants finishing with 9.9 wins, which would put them right in line with those other good but not great Giants teams.Of course, both of those Giants teams wound up winning the Super Bowl. Is there any reason to think this year’s team could similarly surprise in the playoffs? To find out, let’s use expected points added to measure how the Giants have fared in every season (through 10 games) going back to 2006.2The first year for which we have EPA data. And while EPA does not adjust for era, we have adjusted those numbers on a per-play basis to account for those differences. I took an average of the per-play EPA for passing and rushing plays from 2006 to 2016 and then adjusted each season of team EPA data based on how the per-play average in a given season differed from the per-play average overall.Pass offense The 2007 and 2011 Giants were both strong against the run, but this year’s squad is even stronger. The Giants currently rank eighth in rushing yards allowed per game and fifth in yards per carry allowed. The additions of Harrison and Vernon have transformed the defensive line, after the defense ranked in the bottom half of the league in most rushing categories last year.ConclusionThe defense is the clear strength of this year’s Giants team, and it’s in a better position through 10 games than the defenses were during those Super Bowl-winning seasons. That’s a good thing, because unlike in those championship seasons, Eli Manning and the Giants offense are playing at or below league average — not exactly in position to carry a team on a late-season winning streak. So if the Giants make a run for the Super Bowl, it may be less likely to resemble Eli Manning’s two Super Bowl teams and more likely to resemble Eli’s brother’s team last year.Check out our latest NFL predictions. In 2007, the Giants’ offense was centered around Brandon Jacobs and Derrick Ward, with spot appearances by Reuben Droughns and rookie Ahmad Bradshaw. The ground game ranked fourth in yards and yards per carry.But even though the Earth, Wind and Fire Giants carried over their rushing success into 2008, the running game has been more of a weakness than a strength in more recent years. In 2011, the Giants finished dead last in both yards and yards per carry. And once again, the Giants can’t seem to piece together a running game. This season, New York ranks 31st in yards and 30th in yards per carry, with the underwhelming Rashad Jennings the leader in an unimpressive committee. The veteran back is averaging an anemic 3.40 yards per carry, 38th out of 43 qualifying rushers.With this year’s Giants featuring a mediocre passing game and a bad running game, you’ve probably figured out that it’s not the offense carrying the team.Pass defense In 2007, the Giants’ passing attack through 10 games wasn’t very good (and it would only get worse: The team finished the regular season at 22nd in adjusted net yards per attempt and 24th in passer rating). The running game (more on this in a minute) is what powered the team. But Eli Manning had some of his best games in the playoffs, particularly in the first two games.In 2011, the Giants were defined by the passing offense: Manning had one of his best seasons, teaming with wide receivers Victor Cruz and Hakeem Nicks. Manning again played better in the postseason, particularly in the early rounds.This year? Despite highlights from Manning and Odell Beckham Jr. and the success of rookie Sterling Shepard, the Giants have had a mediocre passing attack. They rank 19th in passing EPA and 16th in ANY/A. There’s obvious upside with Manning and Beckham, but if the Giants go on a Super Bowl run, the data suggests that the passing offense won’t be behind it.Rushing offense The most enduring image of the 2007 Giants is likely the beating that the team gave Tom Brady and the undefeated New England Patriots, but it’s easy to forget that through 10 games, that team was below average against the pass. Same goes for the 2011 version, which was among the worst teams in the league at defending the pass until it got its act together down the stretch.Last year, the pass defense was the Giants’ downfall — the team ranked 28th in EPA and 29th in ANY/A allowed, factors that led to the team finishing 30th in points allowed and last in yards allowed. The Giants finished 6-10, with opposing quarterbacks leading five fourth-quarter comebacks against them and a sixth loss involving another blown lead in the final minute.In the offseason, the Giants spent a ton of money to improve the defense. The team re-signed Jason Pierre-Paul; added Olivier Vernon, Janoris Jenkins and Damon Harrison; and drafted cornerback Eli Apple in the first round. Those additions have paid dividends, and safety Landon Collins, selected 33rd overall last year, has been a huge part of the team’s turnaround. This year, the Giants rank eighth in pass EPA and fifth in ANY/A allowed, and the pass defense is the strength of the team in a way it hasn’t been in years.Rush defense read more

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It’s easy to dismiss the success of the 7-3 New York Giants. The team ranks 23rd in scoring, tied with the 49ers, and is 11th in points allowed; overall, the Giants have outscored opponents by only 4 points all year. In fact, the Giants haven’t won a single game by more than 7 points. Meanwhile, they rank 20th in yards per game and 16th in yards allowed per game and have benefited from a favorable schedule: The team has played only three true road games this year.1The Giants have played six games at home; they also played one game in London, against the Rams.Ahead of Week 11’s games, the Giants ranked 16th in both ESPN’s NFL Power Rankings and Football Outsiders’ Defense-adjusted Value Over Average, and their 6-point home win against a bad Bears team is unlikely to move those needles. And even after Sunday’s win, the Giants rank only 17th in FiveThirtyEight’s NFL Elo ratings.So the Giants are just an average team that has lucked into a good record, right? That’s an easy conclusion, but the Giants have a history of sneaking up on the rest of the NFL, as they did in 2007 and 2011:In 2007, New York was 7-3 through 10 games but imploded in the team’s 11th game. Against Minnesota, Eli Manning threw three pick sixes (he would finish the year with 20 picks, tied for the league lead).In 2011, the Giants through 10 games had scored 228 points and allowed 228 points, leading to a 6-4 record.At the time, neither of those teams seemed very noteworthy, and they finished with 10-6 and 9-7 records, respectively. Our current simulations have this year’s Giants finishing with 9.9 wins, which would put them right in line with those other good but not great Giants teams.Of course, both of those Giants teams wound up winning the Super Bowl. Is there any reason to think this year’s team could similarly surprise in the playoffs? To find out, let’s use expected points added to measure how the Giants have fared in every season (through 10 games) going back to 2006.2The first year for which we have EPA data. And while EPA does not adjust for era, we have adjusted those numbers on a per-play basis to account for those differences. I took an average of the per-play EPA for passing and rushing plays from 2006 to 2016 and then adjusted each season of team EPA data based on how the per-play average in a given season differed from the per-play average overall.Pass offense The 2007 and 2011 Giants were both strong against the run, but this year’s squad is even stronger. The Giants currently rank eighth in rushing yards allowed per game and fifth in yards per carry allowed. The additions of Harrison and Vernon have transformed the defensive line, after the defense ranked in the bottom half of the league in most rushing categories last year.ConclusionThe defense is the clear strength of this year’s Giants team, and it’s in a better position through 10 games than the defenses were during those Super Bowl-winning seasons. That’s a good thing, because unlike in those championship seasons, Eli Manning and the Giants offense are playing at or below league average — not exactly in position to carry a team on a late-season winning streak. So if the Giants make a run for the Super Bowl, it may be less likely to resemble Eli Manning’s two Super Bowl teams and more likely to resemble Eli’s brother’s team last year.Check out our latest NFL predictions. In 2007, the Giants’ offense was centered around Brandon Jacobs and Derrick Ward, with spot appearances by Reuben Droughns and rookie Ahmad Bradshaw. The ground game ranked fourth in yards and yards per carry.But even though the Earth, Wind and Fire Giants carried over their rushing success into 2008, the running game has been more of a weakness than a strength in more recent years. In 2011, the Giants finished dead last in both yards and yards per carry. And once again, the Giants can’t seem to piece together a running game. This season, New York ranks 31st in yards and 30th in yards per carry, with the underwhelming Rashad Jennings the leader in an unimpressive committee. The veteran back is averaging an anemic 3.40 yards per carry, 38th out of 43 qualifying rushers.With this year’s Giants featuring a mediocre passing game and a bad running game, you’ve probably figured out that it’s not the offense carrying the team.Pass defense In 2007, the Giants’ passing attack through 10 games wasn’t very good (and it would only get worse: The team finished the regular season at 22nd in adjusted net yards per attempt and 24th in passer rating). The running game (more on this in a minute) is what powered the team. But Eli Manning had some of his best games in the playoffs, particularly in the first two games.In 2011, the Giants were defined by the passing offense: Manning had one of his best seasons, teaming with wide receivers Victor Cruz and Hakeem Nicks. Manning again played better in the postseason, particularly in the early rounds.This year? Despite highlights from Manning and Odell Beckham Jr. and the success of rookie Sterling Shepard, the Giants have had a mediocre passing attack. They rank 19th in passing EPA and 16th in ANY/A. There’s obvious upside with Manning and Beckham, but if the Giants go on a Super Bowl run, the data suggests that the passing offense won’t be behind it.Rushing offense The most enduring image of the 2007 Giants is likely the beating that the team gave Tom Brady and the undefeated New England Patriots, but it’s easy to forget that through 10 games, that team was below average against the pass. Same goes for the 2011 version, which was among the worst teams in the league at defending the pass until it got its act together down the stretch.Last year, the pass defense was the Giants’ downfall — the team ranked 28th in EPA and 29th in ANY/A allowed, factors that led to the team finishing 30th in points allowed and last in yards allowed. The Giants finished 6-10, with opposing quarterbacks leading five fourth-quarter comebacks against them and a sixth loss involving another blown lead in the final minute.In the offseason, the Giants spent a ton of money to improve the defense. The team re-signed Jason Pierre-Paul; added Olivier Vernon, Janoris Jenkins and Damon Harrison; and drafted cornerback Eli Apple in the first round. Those additions have paid dividends, and safety Landon Collins, selected 33rd overall last year, has been a huge part of the team’s turnaround. This year, the Giants rank eighth in pass EPA and fifth in ANY/A allowed, and the pass defense is the strength of the team in a way it hasn’t been in years.Rush defense read more

Football Urban Meyer prepares for Ohio States trip to the Rose Bowl

Ohio State redshirt senior wide receiver Terry McLaurin (83) celebrates with Urban Meyer after he scored a touchdown in the first half of the B1G Championship Game vs. Northwestern on Dec. 1. Ohio State won 45-24. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorComing into Sunday’s College Football Playoff selection, it was expected that Ohio State would be left on the outside, even after winning the Big Ten, finishing off a 12-1 season with a 45-24 win against then-No. 21 Northwestern.Those expectations became reality, as the Buckeyes finished No. 6, behind both No. 4 Oklahoma and No. 5 Georgia in the final College Football Playoff poll, giving Ohio State a trip to Pasadena, California for the Rose Bowl against No. 9 Washington, the Pac-12 champion.Meyer said, unlike in 2017, he was not that surprised to see his team outside of the top four.“Those are three really good teams,” Meyer said. “The last thing we’re going to do is stand up here and criticize the committee. We’re not going to do that.”Since the creation of the College Football Playoff in 2014, Ohio State has been ranked within the top seven spots in every final ranking released. Even with missing by three spots or less in any given year, Meyer said he is not calling for an eight-team playoff because it would “change the entire model of college football.”But being on the outside of the playoff does not change what Meyer thinks of the team he has this season.“I don’t want to devalue what we just did,” Meyer said. “We just won the Big Ten Championship.”Looking back at the season, Meyer sees a turning point in the year as something that occurred before he was even eligible to coach this season.During Ryan Day’s three-game tenure as acting head coach, junior defensive end Nick Bosa went down with an injury in the third quarter against TCU. The injury would end up costing Bosa his season, as he moved his efforts toward the 2019 NFL Draft.“When Nick Bosa went down, that changed our team,” Meyer said. “He was a great player, but he was so much more than that.”Many saw Oklahoma’s 12-point win against then-No. 14 Texas as the nail in the coffin for Ohio State’s playoff hopes, regardless of the events of the Alabama-Georgia matchup.Meyer agreed, saying he was worried about the Buckeyes’ playoff hopes after the Sooners came out with a victory.Even with the Sooners being placed at No. 4 as expected, the Bulldogs coming in ahead of Ohio State after a loss to the Crimson Tide came as a surprise to Meyer.Still, Meyer called Georgia a “heck of a team,” and is looking forward to the matchup against Washington on Jan. 1.As far as Meyer’s thoughts on his Heisman hopeful, redshirt sophomore quarterback Dwayne Haskins, who through for 499 yards and five touchdowns on Saturday, he left no doubts.“Oh he’ll be in New York,” Meyer said. “He’s going one way or another. I’ll fly him there myself.” read more

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Ohio State redshirt senior wide receiver Terry McLaurin (83) celebrates with Urban Meyer after he scored a touchdown in the first half of the B1G Championship Game vs. Northwestern on Dec. 1. Ohio State won 45-24. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorComing into Sunday’s College Football Playoff selection, it was expected that Ohio State would be left on the outside, even after winning the Big Ten, finishing off a 12-1 season with a 45-24 win against then-No. 21 Northwestern.Those expectations became reality, as the Buckeyes finished No. 6, behind both No. 4 Oklahoma and No. 5 Georgia in the final College Football Playoff poll, giving Ohio State a trip to Pasadena, California for the Rose Bowl against No. 9 Washington, the Pac-12 champion.Meyer said, unlike in 2017, he was not that surprised to see his team outside of the top four.“Those are three really good teams,” Meyer said. “The last thing we’re going to do is stand up here and criticize the committee. We’re not going to do that.”Since the creation of the College Football Playoff in 2014, Ohio State has been ranked within the top seven spots in every final ranking released. Even with missing by three spots or less in any given year, Meyer said he is not calling for an eight-team playoff because it would “change the entire model of college football.”But being on the outside of the playoff does not change what Meyer thinks of the team he has this season.“I don’t want to devalue what we just did,” Meyer said. “We just won the Big Ten Championship.”Looking back at the season, Meyer sees a turning point in the year as something that occurred before he was even eligible to coach this season.During Ryan Day’s three-game tenure as acting head coach, junior defensive end Nick Bosa went down with an injury in the third quarter against TCU. The injury would end up costing Bosa his season, as he moved his efforts toward the 2019 NFL Draft.“When Nick Bosa went down, that changed our team,” Meyer said. “He was a great player, but he was so much more than that.”Many saw Oklahoma’s 12-point win against then-No. 14 Texas as the nail in the coffin for Ohio State’s playoff hopes, regardless of the events of the Alabama-Georgia matchup.Meyer agreed, saying he was worried about the Buckeyes’ playoff hopes after the Sooners came out with a victory.Even with the Sooners being placed at No. 4 as expected, the Bulldogs coming in ahead of Ohio State after a loss to the Crimson Tide came as a surprise to Meyer.Still, Meyer called Georgia a “heck of a team,” and is looking forward to the matchup against Washington on Jan. 1.As far as Meyer’s thoughts on his Heisman hopeful, redshirt sophomore quarterback Dwayne Haskins, who through for 499 yards and five touchdowns on Saturday, he left no doubts.“Oh he’ll be in New York,” Meyer said. “He’s going one way or another. I’ll fly him there myself.” read more

Uber drivers to ferry elderly patients home from hospital in attempt to

first_imgFinding a carer can be a nightmare, the founders of the new service sayCredit:Alamy 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. Stressed person Elderly person David Mowat, the minister for care and support, said: “This is an interesting and innovative proposal which will help raise awareness of the challenges faced by the vulnerable elderly, ‎and those with specific conditions that are becoming increasingly common in our society. I look forward to hearing more about the results in due course.”Cera already offers a venture which guarantees a carer to a patient’s front door or hospital bed within four hours in some parts of the country.The start-up, which says it has just completed the largest ever seed round in European healthcare history,  is backed by the heads of Just Eat and a former director of the World Economic Forum. Uber drivers will be trained to ferry the elderly home from hospital in an attempt to tackle record levels of NHS bedblocking.Ministers hailed the deal as an “interesting and innovative” response to the challenges faced by Britain’s ageing population.The partnership between Uber and the company, Cera, means drivers will be given special training in disabilities, with access to cars which can take wheelchairs.And Cera will join forces with the country’s largest NHS trust and with three local health groups to deliver home care for patients, including those with dementia and cancer.The NHS scheme could also result in Uber drivers being used to transport patients home from hospital, or to send carers out to customers.Dr Ben Maruthappu, Cera’s co-founder, said the new plans would “revolutionise” closer working between care and transport services – improving the lives of families.“Older people and those with disabilities will now have access to the highest quality drivers, while carers will be able to efficiently travel to ensure they can provide services in the right place at the right time,” he said.“These partnerships tackle major challenges in the NHS, cracking down on bed-blocking and delayed discharges, while providing high-quality and efficient care, said Dr Maruthappu, a junior doctor.  The service run by the health start-up already allows families to book a carer online, and monitor the help given to their loved ones. Woman pill  Individual consumers will also be able to request specially trained Uber drivers to deliver paid-for care by the private care company, for those living in London.Jo Bertram, regional general manager at Uber, said the plans would improve mobility for some of society’s most vulnerable people.“Uber’s mission is for everybody to have access to reliable, safe and affordable transportation and this partnership brings us a step closer to making that a reality.“Simply by tapping a button on our app carers will be able to get to people quickly and efficiently, while those with mobility needs will have the freedom to get out and about,” she said. The NHS schemes cover a population of five million people across north London, as well as five hospitals run by Barts Health NHS Trust. The number of people who need help but do not receive it has risen by almost a fifth in a year, a report by Age UK showsCredit:PA  Families will be guaranteed a visit from a carer within four hours, once the scheme is rolled out nationally Credit:Alamylast_img read more

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first_imgFinding a carer can be a nightmare, the founders of the new service sayCredit:Alamy 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. Stressed person Elderly person David Mowat, the minister for care and support, said: “This is an interesting and innovative proposal which will help raise awareness of the challenges faced by the vulnerable elderly, ‎and those with specific conditions that are becoming increasingly common in our society. I look forward to hearing more about the results in due course.”Cera already offers a venture which guarantees a carer to a patient’s front door or hospital bed within four hours in some parts of the country.The start-up, which says it has just completed the largest ever seed round in European healthcare history,  is backed by the heads of Just Eat and a former director of the World Economic Forum. Uber drivers will be trained to ferry the elderly home from hospital in an attempt to tackle record levels of NHS bedblocking.Ministers hailed the deal as an “interesting and innovative” response to the challenges faced by Britain’s ageing population.The partnership between Uber and the company, Cera, means drivers will be given special training in disabilities, with access to cars which can take wheelchairs.And Cera will join forces with the country’s largest NHS trust and with three local health groups to deliver home care for patients, including those with dementia and cancer.The NHS scheme could also result in Uber drivers being used to transport patients home from hospital, or to send carers out to customers.Dr Ben Maruthappu, Cera’s co-founder, said the new plans would “revolutionise” closer working between care and transport services – improving the lives of families.“Older people and those with disabilities will now have access to the highest quality drivers, while carers will be able to efficiently travel to ensure they can provide services in the right place at the right time,” he said.“These partnerships tackle major challenges in the NHS, cracking down on bed-blocking and delayed discharges, while providing high-quality and efficient care, said Dr Maruthappu, a junior doctor.  The service run by the health start-up already allows families to book a carer online, and monitor the help given to their loved ones. Woman pill  Individual consumers will also be able to request specially trained Uber drivers to deliver paid-for care by the private care company, for those living in London.Jo Bertram, regional general manager at Uber, said the plans would improve mobility for some of society’s most vulnerable people.“Uber’s mission is for everybody to have access to reliable, safe and affordable transportation and this partnership brings us a step closer to making that a reality.“Simply by tapping a button on our app carers will be able to get to people quickly and efficiently, while those with mobility needs will have the freedom to get out and about,” she said. The NHS schemes cover a population of five million people across north London, as well as five hospitals run by Barts Health NHS Trust. The number of people who need help but do not receive it has risen by almost a fifth in a year, a report by Age UK showsCredit:PA  Families will be guaranteed a visit from a carer within four hours, once the scheme is rolled out nationally Credit:Alamylast_img read more

Teenage girl fails to get grandfathers conviction for sexually abusing her overturned

A grandfather jailed for sexually abusing his granddaughter will not have his conviction quashed despite the 17-year-old now claiming that she invented the allegations.The man, who is 68, must continue to serve his 12-year prison sentence even though the girl, who was the main witness in the case against him, has said that she lied at his trial.Senior judges in the Court of Appeal heard how she invented the abuse as a way to gain attention from family members and friends but that after seeing her grandfather go to prison she realised she had to “do the right thing”. However the judges ruled that her original evidence at the trial in January last year at Snaresbrook crown court in London remained believable. In a ruling handed down on Friday the judges ruled that the girl, who was described as a “fragile and troubled teenager”, seemed motivated by regret that her grandfather had been imprisoned.The girl, known as M is proceedings as she cannot be named, first made the allegations about her relative to a counsellor in 2016, when she was 14. M told the counsellor that she realised that her grandfather’s behaviour was wrong only after attending sex education classes at school when she was in year eight. The counsellor reported the conversation to the police, who interviewed M the following day. Three months after the allegations were raised he faced charged of abusing the girl on several occasions when she was three or four, six or seven and eight or nine years old.The girl’s mother, M’s counsellor and a police officer all gave evidence in the trial. The man was convicted in February last year by a majority verdict of 11 to 1. The appeal was launched on the ground that the granddaughTer had given false evidence during the trial. M has now produced a 14-paragraph statement retracting the allegations against her relative. The statement says she wished to “withdraw my allegations as the alleged incidents did not in fact take place”.She says that she was “not informed of the consequences that would follow if the allegations I made were believed until after the proceedings had commenced, by which time I was too scared to say that I had lied. I now fully understand the severity of my allegations and the consequences of my actions.She went on to say that she had not liked the way her grandfather had treated her mother and “this gave me the idea” to make false allegations against him. The teenager went on to say: “I now realise the severity of my actions and sincerely regret them. After my grandfather went to prison, I knew I had to do the right thing and tell the truth. “I am making this statement because it is the right thing to do and I want to tell the truth. I am truly sorry for what I have done.”The retraction was supported by her mother, who during the trial was forced to deny that she had prompted her daughter to make the allegations because of her own dislike of her father-in-law.Concluding the trial it was ruled that there was “no proper basis for rejecting M’s original evidence”, adding: “We reject the veracity and reliability of her subsequent retraction statement, put in after sentence was announced.” 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. read more

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A grandfather jailed for sexually abusing his granddaughter will not have his conviction quashed despite the 17-year-old now claiming that she invented the allegations.The man, who is 68, must continue to serve his 12-year prison sentence even though the girl, who was the main witness in the case against him, has said that she lied at his trial.Senior judges in the Court of Appeal heard how she invented the abuse as a way to gain attention from family members and friends but that after seeing her grandfather go to prison she realised she had to “do the right thing”. However the judges ruled that her original evidence at the trial in January last year at Snaresbrook crown court in London remained believable. In a ruling handed down on Friday the judges ruled that the girl, who was described as a “fragile and troubled teenager”, seemed motivated by regret that her grandfather had been imprisoned.The girl, known as M is proceedings as she cannot be named, first made the allegations about her relative to a counsellor in 2016, when she was 14. M told the counsellor that she realised that her grandfather’s behaviour was wrong only after attending sex education classes at school when she was in year eight. The counsellor reported the conversation to the police, who interviewed M the following day. Three months after the allegations were raised he faced charged of abusing the girl on several occasions when she was three or four, six or seven and eight or nine years old.The girl’s mother, M’s counsellor and a police officer all gave evidence in the trial. The man was convicted in February last year by a majority verdict of 11 to 1. The appeal was launched on the ground that the granddaughTer had given false evidence during the trial. M has now produced a 14-paragraph statement retracting the allegations against her relative. The statement says she wished to “withdraw my allegations as the alleged incidents did not in fact take place”.She says that she was “not informed of the consequences that would follow if the allegations I made were believed until after the proceedings had commenced, by which time I was too scared to say that I had lied. I now fully understand the severity of my allegations and the consequences of my actions.She went on to say that she had not liked the way her grandfather had treated her mother and “this gave me the idea” to make false allegations against him. The teenager went on to say: “I now realise the severity of my actions and sincerely regret them. After my grandfather went to prison, I knew I had to do the right thing and tell the truth. “I am making this statement because it is the right thing to do and I want to tell the truth. I am truly sorry for what I have done.”The retraction was supported by her mother, who during the trial was forced to deny that she had prompted her daughter to make the allegations because of her own dislike of her father-in-law.Concluding the trial it was ruled that there was “no proper basis for rejecting M’s original evidence”, adding: “We reject the veracity and reliability of her subsequent retraction statement, put in after sentence was announced.” 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. read more

Filip Jicha will be assistant coach in THW Kiel

Filip Jicha is successor of Alfred Gislason in THW Kiel. The legend of “Zebras” where he played between 2007 and 2015, left the club in tears as he wanted cheaper life and easier League in Barcelona, but his body couldn’t cope more with TOP handball, so the 35-years old Czech star ended his career in October 2017.Now, he will go back to Kiel starting from next summer. Jicha signed three-years contract. He will work as assistant of Alfred Gislason and then obviously overtake position of the first coach at the end of Icelander’s era in summer 2019. Filip JichaTHW Kiel ← Previous Story Helle Thomsen sacked from CSM Bucuresti Next Story → Orlen Wisla Plock sack Piotr Przybecki read more

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Filip Jicha is successor of Alfred Gislason in THW Kiel. The legend of “Zebras” where he played between 2007 and 2015, left the club in tears as he wanted cheaper life and easier League in Barcelona, but his body couldn’t cope more with TOP handball, so the 35-years old Czech star ended his career in October 2017.Now, he will go back to Kiel starting from next summer. Jicha signed three-years contract. He will work as assistant of Alfred Gislason and then obviously overtake position of the first coach at the end of Icelander’s era in summer 2019. Filip JichaTHW Kiel ← Previous Story Helle Thomsen sacked from CSM Bucuresti Next Story → Orlen Wisla Plock sack Piotr Przybecki read more

Rabbitte There must be meaningful engagement with the public over Eirgrid plans

first_imgIn response to Fianna Fáil’s Private Member’s motion tonight on Eirgrid’s proposals for overhead power lines, the Minister for Communications, Energy and Resources Pat Rabbitte said meaningful engagement is needed with the public.The motion called on the Government to initiate an independent, international assessment of the Eirgrid proposals to erect overhead pylons around the country.Rabbitte said he could not accept the motion but said it raised “important issues”.National interestHowever, he said it was the Government’s policy and “in the national interest, not least in current economic circumstances, that infrastructure investment programmes are delivered in the most “cost efficient and timely way possible”.According to the knowledge available to him from an the International Expert Commission “on the case for, and cost of, undergrounding all or part of the Meath-Tyrone line noted that there is no single right solution”.However, he said the Commission estimated that the cost of a high voltage direct voltage underground cable would be three times the cost of a traditional overhead line. He added:But, on the basis of the information available to me, I cannot say for certain that undergrounding other 400kV lines in Grid25 would automatically be 3 times as costly.Fossil fuelsRabbitte said Grid25 will reduce Ireland’s dependency on imported fossil fuels but said he was “aware that many people are concerned about the impact that new transmission lines and other energy infrastructure can have on the landscape, the environment and on local communities”.He added that EirGrid must address and where possible avoid any human, environmental or landscape impact in delivering the best possible engineering solutions for our small and still isolated electricity system, stating that they must adhere to national and international standards.I am however aware that many people are concerned about the impact that new transmission lines and other energy infrastructure can have on the landscape, the environment and on local communities.He pointed out that national and international health and scientific agencies “have reviewed more than 30 years of research into EMF. None of these agencies has concluded that exposure to EMF from power lines or other electrical source is a cause of any long-term adverse effects on human, plant or animal health”.Contrary to recent headlines, Rabbitte said EirGrid is working closely with Fáilte Ireland on Grid25, to ensure they can outline their objectives of protecting key tourism assets and amenities.Minister Rabbitte’s comments come just hours after chairman designate of Eirgrid, John O’Connor told the Oireachtas Committee on Transport and Communications that he personally would not like to live beside an electricity pylon.Read: ‘I wouldn’t like to live close to a pylon, but who would?’ – Incoming Eirgrid chair>last_img read more

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first_imgIn response to Fianna Fáil’s Private Member’s motion tonight on Eirgrid’s proposals for overhead power lines, the Minister for Communications, Energy and Resources Pat Rabbitte said meaningful engagement is needed with the public.The motion called on the Government to initiate an independent, international assessment of the Eirgrid proposals to erect overhead pylons around the country.Rabbitte said he could not accept the motion but said it raised “important issues”.National interestHowever, he said it was the Government’s policy and “in the national interest, not least in current economic circumstances, that infrastructure investment programmes are delivered in the most “cost efficient and timely way possible”.According to the knowledge available to him from an the International Expert Commission “on the case for, and cost of, undergrounding all or part of the Meath-Tyrone line noted that there is no single right solution”.However, he said the Commission estimated that the cost of a high voltage direct voltage underground cable would be three times the cost of a traditional overhead line. He added:But, on the basis of the information available to me, I cannot say for certain that undergrounding other 400kV lines in Grid25 would automatically be 3 times as costly.Fossil fuelsRabbitte said Grid25 will reduce Ireland’s dependency on imported fossil fuels but said he was “aware that many people are concerned about the impact that new transmission lines and other energy infrastructure can have on the landscape, the environment and on local communities”.He added that EirGrid must address and where possible avoid any human, environmental or landscape impact in delivering the best possible engineering solutions for our small and still isolated electricity system, stating that they must adhere to national and international standards.I am however aware that many people are concerned about the impact that new transmission lines and other energy infrastructure can have on the landscape, the environment and on local communities.He pointed out that national and international health and scientific agencies “have reviewed more than 30 years of research into EMF. None of these agencies has concluded that exposure to EMF from power lines or other electrical source is a cause of any long-term adverse effects on human, plant or animal health”.Contrary to recent headlines, Rabbitte said EirGrid is working closely with Fáilte Ireland on Grid25, to ensure they can outline their objectives of protecting key tourism assets and amenities.Minister Rabbitte’s comments come just hours after chairman designate of Eirgrid, John O’Connor told the Oireachtas Committee on Transport and Communications that he personally would not like to live beside an electricity pylon.Read: ‘I wouldn’t like to live close to a pylon, but who would?’ – Incoming Eirgrid chair>last_img read more

Chasse à la baleine deux militants Greenpeace jugés pour vol au Japon

first_imgChasse à la baleine : deux militants Greenpeace jugés pour vol au JaponJapon – Le procès de deux militants de Greenpeace s’est ouvert lundi au Japon. Accusés d’avoir volé 23,5 kilos de chair de baleine en avril 2008, ils plaident non coupable et dénoncent une affaire politique.Junichi Sato et Toru Suzuki, deux militants de Greenpeace qui dénoncent un trafic de viande de cétacé organisé par des pêcheurs, sont accusés d’avoir volé une boîte contenant 23,5 kg de chair de baleine, d’une valeur de près de 2.000 euros. Lundi, à l’ouverture de l’audience au tribunal d’Aomori, ils ont plaidé non coupable.À lire aussiMigaloo la baleine blanche extrêmement rare a de nouveau été filméeLes deux opposants à la pêche à la baleine, qui risquent dix ans de prison, affirment avoir voulu prouver l’existence d’un trafic illégal organisé par des membres d’équipage d’un navire amiral de la flotte baleinière japonaise, le Nisshin Maru. Après avoir subtilisé la boîte de chair de baleine, les militants l’avaient remise comme pièce à conviction à un procureur de Tokyo qui avait alors ouvert une enquête.D’après Greenpeace, une partie de la chair de baleine stockée dans le navire faisait l’objet d’un trafic alors qu’elle n’est normalement vendue qu’à des grossistes, à un prix fixé par l’Institut pour la recherche sur les cétacés. Les deux militants ont tout de même été arrêtés en juin pour entrée illégale sur une propriété privée et vol, tandis que l’enquête sur le trafic soupçonné a été classée sans suite.”Il ne faut pas juger l’engagement courageux pour la défense des baleines devant les tribunaux mais bien plus la corruption et les détournements liés au programme baleinier au Japon” s’insurgeAntje Helms, spécialiste des questions maritimes de Greenpeace. Il y a quelques mois, des experts des droits de l’Homme de l’ONU avaient conclu que les deux militants ont “agi dans l’intérêt public”.Le 18 février 2010 à 10:07 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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first_imgChasse à la baleine : deux militants Greenpeace jugés pour vol au JaponJapon – Le procès de deux militants de Greenpeace s’est ouvert lundi au Japon. Accusés d’avoir volé 23,5 kilos de chair de baleine en avril 2008, ils plaident non coupable et dénoncent une affaire politique.Junichi Sato et Toru Suzuki, deux militants de Greenpeace qui dénoncent un trafic de viande de cétacé organisé par des pêcheurs, sont accusés d’avoir volé une boîte contenant 23,5 kg de chair de baleine, d’une valeur de près de 2.000 euros. Lundi, à l’ouverture de l’audience au tribunal d’Aomori, ils ont plaidé non coupable.À lire aussiMigaloo la baleine blanche extrêmement rare a de nouveau été filméeLes deux opposants à la pêche à la baleine, qui risquent dix ans de prison, affirment avoir voulu prouver l’existence d’un trafic illégal organisé par des membres d’équipage d’un navire amiral de la flotte baleinière japonaise, le Nisshin Maru. Après avoir subtilisé la boîte de chair de baleine, les militants l’avaient remise comme pièce à conviction à un procureur de Tokyo qui avait alors ouvert une enquête.D’après Greenpeace, une partie de la chair de baleine stockée dans le navire faisait l’objet d’un trafic alors qu’elle n’est normalement vendue qu’à des grossistes, à un prix fixé par l’Institut pour la recherche sur les cétacés. Les deux militants ont tout de même été arrêtés en juin pour entrée illégale sur une propriété privée et vol, tandis que l’enquête sur le trafic soupçonné a été classée sans suite.”Il ne faut pas juger l’engagement courageux pour la défense des baleines devant les tribunaux mais bien plus la corruption et les détournements liés au programme baleinier au Japon” s’insurgeAntje Helms, spécialiste des questions maritimes de Greenpeace. Il y a quelques mois, des experts des droits de l’Homme de l’ONU avaient conclu que les deux militants ont “agi dans l’intérêt public”.Le 18 février 2010 à 10:07 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Les dauphins utilisent un double sonar biologique

first_imgLes dauphins utilisent un double sonar biologiquePubliée récemment dans la revue Biology Letters, une étude américano-suédoise montre que les dauphins émettent un double faisceau d’ultrasons pour mieux localiser les objets de leur environnement. Grâce à un dispositif qu’elle a développé elle-même, comportant pas moins de 47  hydrophones (microphones sous-marins), Josefin Starkhammar, physicienne à l’Université de Lund (Suède), en collaboration avec des biologistes de la National Marine Mammal Foundation de San Diego (États-Unis), a pu mettre en évidence, chez le dauphin, l’émission simultanée d’un double faisceau d’ultrasons, chose qu’ignoraient les cétologues, qui étudient pourtant le sonar biologique (ou système d’écholocalisation) de ces animaux depuis les années 1960.À lire aussiDes dauphins surpris en train de faire du ”toboggan” sur des baleines au large d’Hawaï”Les faisceaux ont des fréquences différentes, et peuvent être envoyés dans des directions différentes. L’avantage, pour le dauphin, est probablement de localiser l’objet plus précisément”, explique la chercheuse, qui pense que les émissions pourraient venir des deux différents organes émetteurs de sons de l’animal, organes dont l’existence est bien connue mais dont on pensait qu’un seul était actif.Cependant, une autre explication pourrait être un processus complexe de réflexion des ondes sonores à l’intérieur du crâne, siège de l’émission. Aussi, Josefin Starkhammar insiste sur la nécessité de poursuivre plus avant ces recherches, qui pourraient amener des progrès dans notre technologie des sonars, mais aussi dans la protection des cétacés contre les nuisances sonores.Le 13 juin 2011 à 16:29 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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first_imgLes dauphins utilisent un double sonar biologiquePubliée récemment dans la revue Biology Letters, une étude américano-suédoise montre que les dauphins émettent un double faisceau d’ultrasons pour mieux localiser les objets de leur environnement. Grâce à un dispositif qu’elle a développé elle-même, comportant pas moins de 47  hydrophones (microphones sous-marins), Josefin Starkhammar, physicienne à l’Université de Lund (Suède), en collaboration avec des biologistes de la National Marine Mammal Foundation de San Diego (États-Unis), a pu mettre en évidence, chez le dauphin, l’émission simultanée d’un double faisceau d’ultrasons, chose qu’ignoraient les cétologues, qui étudient pourtant le sonar biologique (ou système d’écholocalisation) de ces animaux depuis les années 1960.À lire aussiDes dauphins surpris en train de faire du ”toboggan” sur des baleines au large d’Hawaï”Les faisceaux ont des fréquences différentes, et peuvent être envoyés dans des directions différentes. L’avantage, pour le dauphin, est probablement de localiser l’objet plus précisément”, explique la chercheuse, qui pense que les émissions pourraient venir des deux différents organes émetteurs de sons de l’animal, organes dont l’existence est bien connue mais dont on pensait qu’un seul était actif.Cependant, une autre explication pourrait être un processus complexe de réflexion des ondes sonores à l’intérieur du crâne, siège de l’émission. Aussi, Josefin Starkhammar insiste sur la nécessité de poursuivre plus avant ces recherches, qui pourraient amener des progrès dans notre technologie des sonars, mais aussi dans la protection des cétacés contre les nuisances sonores.Le 13 juin 2011 à 16:29 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Et Apple présenta Siri

first_imgEt Apple présenta Siri…Parmi toutes les nouveautés mises en avant par l’équipe d’Apple lors de l’évènement l’IPhone 4S, il y en a une qui rallie les suffrages et fait bondir la reconnaissance vocale dans une nouvelle dimension quotidienne et pratique : Siri. Retour sur un assistant pas comme les autres.Siri. Derrière cet énigmatique prénom se cache l’une des nouveautés Apple la plus remarquable de cette fin d’année. Inclus dans le nouvel Iphone 4S, il permet un nombre d’actions impressionnantes avec une simplicité, elle, déconcertante, comme nous les montrent ces vidéos, disponibles ici et là sur la Toile.À lire aussiiPhone 6 : un smartphone fragile qui se plierait en restant dans une poche ?Siri n’a pas besoin d’occurrences précises pour fonctionner, il suffit de lui parler simplement pour qu’il exécute les tâches à accomplir : “Écrire un message à Pierre… Pierre, je te remercie des fleurs que tu m’as offertes”. Siri reprend la parole “Voulez-vous envoyer le message ?”. “Oui, s’il te plaît”. Et voilà, le tour est joué.Prendre le cours de la Bourse, faire démarrer un minuteur, ou demander un itinéraire… Rien ne semble lui résister. D’ailleurs, Apple ne s’y est pas trompé : l’intégration complète avec l’Iphone 4S fait entrer l’application et l’outil dans une nouvelle ère… Pas si lointaine de celle de Hal de 2001, l’odyssée de l’espace pour les plus méfiants.Siri sera disponible en français dès le lancement de l’Iphone 4S, mais également en Allemand et en Anglais. Découvrez une démonstration de l’étonnant assistant virtuel Siri en vidéo sur Maxisciences Le 5 octobre 2011 à 10:29 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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first_imgEt Apple présenta Siri…Parmi toutes les nouveautés mises en avant par l’équipe d’Apple lors de l’évènement l’IPhone 4S, il y en a une qui rallie les suffrages et fait bondir la reconnaissance vocale dans une nouvelle dimension quotidienne et pratique : Siri. Retour sur un assistant pas comme les autres.Siri. Derrière cet énigmatique prénom se cache l’une des nouveautés Apple la plus remarquable de cette fin d’année. Inclus dans le nouvel Iphone 4S, il permet un nombre d’actions impressionnantes avec une simplicité, elle, déconcertante, comme nous les montrent ces vidéos, disponibles ici et là sur la Toile.À lire aussiiPhone 6 : un smartphone fragile qui se plierait en restant dans une poche ?Siri n’a pas besoin d’occurrences précises pour fonctionner, il suffit de lui parler simplement pour qu’il exécute les tâches à accomplir : “Écrire un message à Pierre… Pierre, je te remercie des fleurs que tu m’as offertes”. Siri reprend la parole “Voulez-vous envoyer le message ?”. “Oui, s’il te plaît”. Et voilà, le tour est joué.Prendre le cours de la Bourse, faire démarrer un minuteur, ou demander un itinéraire… Rien ne semble lui résister. D’ailleurs, Apple ne s’y est pas trompé : l’intégration complète avec l’Iphone 4S fait entrer l’application et l’outil dans une nouvelle ère… Pas si lointaine de celle de Hal de 2001, l’odyssée de l’espace pour les plus méfiants.Siri sera disponible en français dès le lancement de l’Iphone 4S, mais également en Allemand et en Anglais. Découvrez une démonstration de l’étonnant assistant virtuel Siri en vidéo sur Maxisciences Le 5 octobre 2011 à 10:29 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Cabrillo National Monument closed amid partial government shutdown

first_img SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – San Diego’s Cabrillo National Monument was closed Saturday as a result of the partial federal government shutdown that went into effect at midnight when the Senate and House of Representatives failed to reach an agreement on President Donald Trump’s proposed border wall. The monument’s website said it was shuttered Saturday “for the safety of visitors and park resources” due to the lapse in federal funds, and the site wouldn’t be updated during the shutdown. The Cleveland National Forest’s website also said the USDA wouldn’t actively update the site during the shutdown, but there was no information on any portion of the forest being closed.The status of many National Parks is unclear. Workers were to be furloughed, but the parks themselves were expected to remain accessible for the most part. Congress approved funds for about three-quarters of the federal government in September, but the budgets for the remaining portions of the government had a Dec. 21 deadline for funding to pass. The House of Representatives on Thursday passed a stopgap funding bill with $5 billion for a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border. The Senate and House both adjourned Friday night without reaching a spending deal.The Senate again adjourned without a deal Saturday afternoon, ensuring the shutdown will continue at least through Thursday. Many workers were off during the Christmas holiday anyway, meaning the full effects of the shutdown won’t likely be felt unless it goes on longer. The departments of Interior, Homeland Security, State, Agriculture, Housing and Urban Development, Transportation, Commerce and Justice were all affected by the partial shutdown.Workers such as Border Patrol agents and Transportation Security Administration workers were expected to continue working. The U.S. Postal Service was unaffected by the shutdown and will continue to deliver mail. Cabrillo National Monument closed amid partial government shutdown KUSI Newsroom, Posted: December 22, 2018 December 22, 2018 Updated: 3:27 PM Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom last_img read more

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first_img SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – San Diego’s Cabrillo National Monument was closed Saturday as a result of the partial federal government shutdown that went into effect at midnight when the Senate and House of Representatives failed to reach an agreement on President Donald Trump’s proposed border wall. The monument’s website said it was shuttered Saturday “for the safety of visitors and park resources” due to the lapse in federal funds, and the site wouldn’t be updated during the shutdown. The Cleveland National Forest’s website also said the USDA wouldn’t actively update the site during the shutdown, but there was no information on any portion of the forest being closed.The status of many National Parks is unclear. Workers were to be furloughed, but the parks themselves were expected to remain accessible for the most part. Congress approved funds for about three-quarters of the federal government in September, but the budgets for the remaining portions of the government had a Dec. 21 deadline for funding to pass. The House of Representatives on Thursday passed a stopgap funding bill with $5 billion for a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border. The Senate and House both adjourned Friday night without reaching a spending deal.The Senate again adjourned without a deal Saturday afternoon, ensuring the shutdown will continue at least through Thursday. Many workers were off during the Christmas holiday anyway, meaning the full effects of the shutdown won’t likely be felt unless it goes on longer. The departments of Interior, Homeland Security, State, Agriculture, Housing and Urban Development, Transportation, Commerce and Justice were all affected by the partial shutdown.Workers such as Border Patrol agents and Transportation Security Administration workers were expected to continue working. The U.S. Postal Service was unaffected by the shutdown and will continue to deliver mail. Cabrillo National Monument closed amid partial government shutdown KUSI Newsroom, Posted: December 22, 2018 December 22, 2018 Updated: 3:27 PM Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom last_img read more

Mallyas Kingfisher House finds no taker in eauction

first_imgKingfisher House, the Mumbai-based headquarters of the once-celebrated Kingfisher Airlines, was put up for e-auction Thursday, March 17, by its possessor State Bank of India (SBI) to recover the loan given by banks. But the auction ended without a bidder, reports NDTV.The 2,402-square-metre multi-storey property, with a built-up area of 1,580 sq m and located near the Mumbai domestic airport’s Vile Parle area, was expected to generate interest among corporate houses and retailers, said the Mint.Talking on condition of anonymity, a realty consultant had told Mint earlier in the day the “expectation of Rs 150 crore is too high for the property”. There is a slowdown in the real-estate market, he had said, pointing out that demand for commercial properties in prime locations is picking up.A public notice for e-auction of the house had said an outstanding property tax of Rs 67 lakh was yet to be paid on it.An SBI-led consortium of 17 banks had taken possession of the property last year after winning a case in the local court to make up for the Rs 6,963 crore the airline owes its lenders collectively.The house was valued at Rs 150 crore — just a fraction of the entire loan amount — by SBICAP Trustee Securities, an arm of SBI Capital, the investment banking enterprise of SBI. SBICAP had set the base price at Rs 150 crore and fixed the bid increment amount and an earnest deposit at Rs 5 lakh and Rs 15 lakh, respectively, said the public notice.The notice had also mentioned Kingfisher Airlines as the borrower-company and its United Breweries (Holdings) Ltd and Vijay Mallya as its guarantors.It is reported that the consortium led by SBI has also taken over Kingfisher Villa in Goa, worth around Rs 90 crore.last_img read more

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first_imgKingfisher House, the Mumbai-based headquarters of the once-celebrated Kingfisher Airlines, was put up for e-auction Thursday, March 17, by its possessor State Bank of India (SBI) to recover the loan given by banks. But the auction ended without a bidder, reports NDTV.The 2,402-square-metre multi-storey property, with a built-up area of 1,580 sq m and located near the Mumbai domestic airport’s Vile Parle area, was expected to generate interest among corporate houses and retailers, said the Mint.Talking on condition of anonymity, a realty consultant had told Mint earlier in the day the “expectation of Rs 150 crore is too high for the property”. There is a slowdown in the real-estate market, he had said, pointing out that demand for commercial properties in prime locations is picking up.A public notice for e-auction of the house had said an outstanding property tax of Rs 67 lakh was yet to be paid on it.An SBI-led consortium of 17 banks had taken possession of the property last year after winning a case in the local court to make up for the Rs 6,963 crore the airline owes its lenders collectively.The house was valued at Rs 150 crore — just a fraction of the entire loan amount — by SBICAP Trustee Securities, an arm of SBI Capital, the investment banking enterprise of SBI. SBICAP had set the base price at Rs 150 crore and fixed the bid increment amount and an earnest deposit at Rs 5 lakh and Rs 15 lakh, respectively, said the public notice.The notice had also mentioned Kingfisher Airlines as the borrower-company and its United Breweries (Holdings) Ltd and Vijay Mallya as its guarantors.It is reported that the consortium led by SBI has also taken over Kingfisher Villa in Goa, worth around Rs 90 crore.last_img read more

Hope and despair Key moments in hunt for MH370

first_imgThe disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, and the enormous hunt that followed, has captured global attention since the jet vanished off radar screens in 2014.The disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, and the enormous hunt that followed, has captured global attention since the jet vanished off radar screens in 2014.Here’s a timeline of key events in the search for the Boeing 777:‘Goodnight Malaysian 370’On March 8, 2014, Flight 370 departs Kuala Lumpur at 12:42 am, bound for Beijing with 239 people-mostly from China-on board.It vanishes from Malaysian civilian radar at 1:30 am but continues to blip on military radar for another 45 minutes before disappearing entirely.The final words from the cockpit are: “Goodnight Malaysian Three Seven Zero.”Where in the world is MH370?Chaos and confusion reign in the first weeks. Initial radar data sends searchers looking for the plane in the Gulf of Thailand, the South China Sea, the Straits of Malacca and the Andaman Sea.Available clues to locate the plane are limited.Those searching for the jet are forced to use transmissions between it and satellites as well as calculations about how much fuel is on board to try to pinpoint where the aircraft could have crashed.Malaysia’s air force chief initially says the plane may have turned back towards Kuala Lumpur for no apparent reason, citing radar data.A week later, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak announces that the plane appears to have flown for hours, veering sharply off-route at roughly the same time that its communications system and transponder were manually switched off.Indian Ocean huntAnalysis of satellite communications with the aircraft shows the flight ended somewhere in the southern Indian Ocean off Australia.Australia takes charge of the what is to become the biggest search in aviation history, which is to involve more than dozen countries.A US-supplied “black box” detector begins scanning the suspected crash zone but no signals are detected within the locator beacons’ one-month battery life.Australia expands the search area and the focus shifts for several months to mapping the uncharted seafloor before searching can resume.In January 2015, Malaysia’s government declares MH370’s passengers and crew “presumed dead”, angering next of kin who demand proof.In April, more than a year after the plane goes missing, Malaysia, Australia and China say the oceanic search area for MH370 will double in size to 120,000 square kilometres (46,000 square miles).Search teams from Dutch outfit Fugro rely mainly on towed drones, which collect data as they are dragged along the ocean floor.Several leads, including floating debris and oil slicks, raise hopes but all turn out to be not from the plane.Debris off AfricaOn July 29, 2015, a piece of aircraft debris is found by a beachcomber on the shores of the French island of Reunion in the Indian Ocean.It is sent to France for analysis and the two-metre wing part, known as a flaperon, is later confirmed to be from MH370.In September 2016, Malaysia confirms another piece of aircraft found off Tanzania is from MH370, and a separate piece of wing from the plane is later found off Mauritius.Other pieces of debris that turn up on various Indian Ocean shorelines off eastern Africa are also believed to have come from the aircraft.Search suspended, then new hopeOn January 17, 2017, the Australian-led search is suspended, nearly three years after the plane vanished.Scientists, however, identify an area of about 25,000 square kilometres in the Indian Ocean, north of the original search zone, that they now believe is the most likely crash site.On January 10, 2018, Malaysia enters into a deal with a US-based private seabed exploration firm, Ocean Infinity.The firm agrees to lead a new hunt lasting for 90 days and will only be paid if they find the jet’s wreckage or black boxes.Their search covers an area of 112,000 square kilometres-including the new area identified by scientists-but turns up nothing.Ocean Infinity announced Tuesday that its hunt will end within days.last_img read more

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first_imgThe disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, and the enormous hunt that followed, has captured global attention since the jet vanished off radar screens in 2014.The disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, and the enormous hunt that followed, has captured global attention since the jet vanished off radar screens in 2014.Here’s a timeline of key events in the search for the Boeing 777:‘Goodnight Malaysian 370’On March 8, 2014, Flight 370 departs Kuala Lumpur at 12:42 am, bound for Beijing with 239 people-mostly from China-on board.It vanishes from Malaysian civilian radar at 1:30 am but continues to blip on military radar for another 45 minutes before disappearing entirely.The final words from the cockpit are: “Goodnight Malaysian Three Seven Zero.”Where in the world is MH370?Chaos and confusion reign in the first weeks. Initial radar data sends searchers looking for the plane in the Gulf of Thailand, the South China Sea, the Straits of Malacca and the Andaman Sea.Available clues to locate the plane are limited.Those searching for the jet are forced to use transmissions between it and satellites as well as calculations about how much fuel is on board to try to pinpoint where the aircraft could have crashed.Malaysia’s air force chief initially says the plane may have turned back towards Kuala Lumpur for no apparent reason, citing radar data.A week later, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak announces that the plane appears to have flown for hours, veering sharply off-route at roughly the same time that its communications system and transponder were manually switched off.Indian Ocean huntAnalysis of satellite communications with the aircraft shows the flight ended somewhere in the southern Indian Ocean off Australia.Australia takes charge of the what is to become the biggest search in aviation history, which is to involve more than dozen countries.A US-supplied “black box” detector begins scanning the suspected crash zone but no signals are detected within the locator beacons’ one-month battery life.Australia expands the search area and the focus shifts for several months to mapping the uncharted seafloor before searching can resume.In January 2015, Malaysia’s government declares MH370’s passengers and crew “presumed dead”, angering next of kin who demand proof.In April, more than a year after the plane goes missing, Malaysia, Australia and China say the oceanic search area for MH370 will double in size to 120,000 square kilometres (46,000 square miles).Search teams from Dutch outfit Fugro rely mainly on towed drones, which collect data as they are dragged along the ocean floor.Several leads, including floating debris and oil slicks, raise hopes but all turn out to be not from the plane.Debris off AfricaOn July 29, 2015, a piece of aircraft debris is found by a beachcomber on the shores of the French island of Reunion in the Indian Ocean.It is sent to France for analysis and the two-metre wing part, known as a flaperon, is later confirmed to be from MH370.In September 2016, Malaysia confirms another piece of aircraft found off Tanzania is from MH370, and a separate piece of wing from the plane is later found off Mauritius.Other pieces of debris that turn up on various Indian Ocean shorelines off eastern Africa are also believed to have come from the aircraft.Search suspended, then new hopeOn January 17, 2017, the Australian-led search is suspended, nearly three years after the plane vanished.Scientists, however, identify an area of about 25,000 square kilometres in the Indian Ocean, north of the original search zone, that they now believe is the most likely crash site.On January 10, 2018, Malaysia enters into a deal with a US-based private seabed exploration firm, Ocean Infinity.The firm agrees to lead a new hunt lasting for 90 days and will only be paid if they find the jet’s wreckage or black boxes.Their search covers an area of 112,000 square kilometres-including the new area identified by scientists-but turns up nothing.Ocean Infinity announced Tuesday that its hunt will end within days.last_img read more

Examining positive and negative dimensions of social media

first_imgIndia International Centre will present the launch of Quarterly Winter 2018 – Spring 2019 on April 27, 6.30pm in Multiprpose Hall, Kamaladevi block. Titled ‘Social Media in a Networked World’, it is edited by Omita Goyal and Pratik Kanjilal, the quaterly will be released by Dr Karan Singh, followed by a discussion.This issue of the IIC Quarterly focuses on Internet in a crisis of confidence, as the very technology that was hailed as a force of freedom, progress and transparency eight years ago, when Arab Spring broke out, was revealed to have been used to vacuum up psychological and behavioural data on tens of millions of social media users, which was allegedly used to influence elections and a referendum in two of the world’s most important democracies. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfAbout the time this issue was planned, in response to privacy concerns, the Supreme Court restricted the use of Aadhaar data to welfare delivery. As the journal went to press, Brexit loomed, without the stakeholders having any idea of the extent to which the referendum in the UK had been influenced by overseas entities. A decade ago, there was public concern that harvested data was being used to condition individual consumer choices. Now, we know that aggregate choice can be tinkered with to delegitimise elections, the very basis of democracy. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveIn the last few years, concerted social media campaigns have been used to mislead voters and subvert elections, to undermine the institutions on which democracy stands, including educational institutions, and to demonise minority communities and vocal dissenters. These essays examine some aspects of this field, both the positive and negative dimensions of social media. With contributions by Amber Sinha, Amit Sen, Andreas Mattsson, Apar Gupta, Bedavyasa Mohanty, Debajani Mohanty, Govindraj Ethiraj, Harsh Raman Singh Paul, Jyoti Panday, Kiran S Karnik, Mahima Kaul, Osama Manzar, Prabir Purkayastha, Samir Saran, Shashi Shekhar Vempati, Tobby Simon, Udita Chaturvedi, Vibodh Parthasarathi, Vinton G Cerf; and Vrinda Bhandarilast_img read more

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first_imgIndia International Centre will present the launch of Quarterly Winter 2018 – Spring 2019 on April 27, 6.30pm in Multiprpose Hall, Kamaladevi block. Titled ‘Social Media in a Networked World’, it is edited by Omita Goyal and Pratik Kanjilal, the quaterly will be released by Dr Karan Singh, followed by a discussion.This issue of the IIC Quarterly focuses on Internet in a crisis of confidence, as the very technology that was hailed as a force of freedom, progress and transparency eight years ago, when Arab Spring broke out, was revealed to have been used to vacuum up psychological and behavioural data on tens of millions of social media users, which was allegedly used to influence elections and a referendum in two of the world’s most important democracies. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfAbout the time this issue was planned, in response to privacy concerns, the Supreme Court restricted the use of Aadhaar data to welfare delivery. As the journal went to press, Brexit loomed, without the stakeholders having any idea of the extent to which the referendum in the UK had been influenced by overseas entities. A decade ago, there was public concern that harvested data was being used to condition individual consumer choices. Now, we know that aggregate choice can be tinkered with to delegitimise elections, the very basis of democracy. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveIn the last few years, concerted social media campaigns have been used to mislead voters and subvert elections, to undermine the institutions on which democracy stands, including educational institutions, and to demonise minority communities and vocal dissenters. These essays examine some aspects of this field, both the positive and negative dimensions of social media. With contributions by Amber Sinha, Amit Sen, Andreas Mattsson, Apar Gupta, Bedavyasa Mohanty, Debajani Mohanty, Govindraj Ethiraj, Harsh Raman Singh Paul, Jyoti Panday, Kiran S Karnik, Mahima Kaul, Osama Manzar, Prabir Purkayastha, Samir Saran, Shashi Shekhar Vempati, Tobby Simon, Udita Chaturvedi, Vibodh Parthasarathi, Vinton G Cerf; and Vrinda Bhandarilast_img read more

Global Flower Vending Machine Market 2019 Outlook Growth By Top

first_imgDirect: +1-971-202-1575 The report includes six parts, dealing with: 1.) Basic Information; 2.) Asia Flower Vending Machine Market; 3.) North American Flower Vending Machine Market; 4.) European Flower Vending Machine Market; 5.) Market Entry and Investment Feasibility; 6.) Report Conclusion. Get a discount on this research report @ https://www.bigmarketresearch.com/request-for-discount/3082521#utm_source=htn&utm_medium=ab Toll Free: +1-800-910-6452 Get Sample Copy of this Report @ https://www.bigmarketresearch.com/request-sample/3082521#utm_source=htn&utm_medium=ab Flower Vending Machine  Market Report by Material, Application, and Geography – Global Forecast to 2023 is a professional and in-depth research report on the world’s major regional market conditions, focusing on the main regions (North America, Europe and Asia-Pacific) and the main countries (United States, Germany, united Kingdom, Japan, South Korea and China). The report firstly introduced the Flower Vending Machine basics: definitions, classifications, applications and market overview; product specifications; manufacturing processes; cost structures, raw materials and so on. Then it analyzed the world’s main region market conditions, including the product price, profit, capacity, production, supply, demand and market growth rate and forecast etc. In the end, the report introduced new project SWOT analysis, investment feasibility analysis, and investment return analysis.center_img Table of Contents ​Part I Flower Vending Machine Industry Overview Part II Asia Flower Vending Machine Industry (The Report Company Including the Below Listed But Not All) Part III North American Flower Vending Machine Industry (The Report Company Including the Below Listed But Not All) Part IV Europe Flower Vending Machine Industry Analysis (The Report Company Including the Below Listed But Not All) Part V Flower Vending Machine Marketing Channels and Investment Feasibility Contact Us: Mr. Abhishek Paliwal Big Market Research 5933 NE Win Sivers Drive, #205, Portland, OR 97220 United States About Us: Big Market Research has a range of research reports from various publishers across the world. Our database of reports of various market categories and sub-categories would help to find the exact report you may be looking for. E-mail help@bigmarketresearch.comlast_img read more

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first_imgDirect: +1-971-202-1575 The report includes six parts, dealing with: 1.) Basic Information; 2.) Asia Flower Vending Machine Market; 3.) North American Flower Vending Machine Market; 4.) European Flower Vending Machine Market; 5.) Market Entry and Investment Feasibility; 6.) Report Conclusion. Get a discount on this research report @ https://www.bigmarketresearch.com/request-for-discount/3082521#utm_source=htn&utm_medium=ab Toll Free: +1-800-910-6452 Get Sample Copy of this Report @ https://www.bigmarketresearch.com/request-sample/3082521#utm_source=htn&utm_medium=ab Flower Vending Machine  Market Report by Material, Application, and Geography – Global Forecast to 2023 is a professional and in-depth research report on the world’s major regional market conditions, focusing on the main regions (North America, Europe and Asia-Pacific) and the main countries (United States, Germany, united Kingdom, Japan, South Korea and China). The report firstly introduced the Flower Vending Machine basics: definitions, classifications, applications and market overview; product specifications; manufacturing processes; cost structures, raw materials and so on. Then it analyzed the world’s main region market conditions, including the product price, profit, capacity, production, supply, demand and market growth rate and forecast etc. In the end, the report introduced new project SWOT analysis, investment feasibility analysis, and investment return analysis.center_img Table of Contents ​Part I Flower Vending Machine Industry Overview Part II Asia Flower Vending Machine Industry (The Report Company Including the Below Listed But Not All) Part III North American Flower Vending Machine Industry (The Report Company Including the Below Listed But Not All) Part IV Europe Flower Vending Machine Industry Analysis (The Report Company Including the Below Listed But Not All) Part V Flower Vending Machine Marketing Channels and Investment Feasibility Contact Us: Mr. Abhishek Paliwal Big Market Research 5933 NE Win Sivers Drive, #205, Portland, OR 97220 United States About Us: Big Market Research has a range of research reports from various publishers across the world. Our database of reports of various market categories and sub-categories would help to find the exact report you may be looking for. E-mail help@bigmarketresearch.comlast_img read more

Watch Gus Kenworthys boyfriend tell him how loved he is

first_imgGus Kenworthy’s roots and journey to Olympics caught in sweet filmGus Kenworthy’s boyfriend, Matt Wilkas, stars in controversial video with porn starGus Kenworthy’s funny ‘leave me alone Adam Rippon’ tweet upset peopleRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/watch-gus-kenworthy-boyfriend-tell-loved/ The touching video documented Gus’ communication with boyfriend Matt Wilkas on the road to PyeongChang (Photo: Samsung/YouTube.com)‘You all let me be myself’The series of films, directed by Michel Clarke, explore the freestyle skier’s journey to the Olympics and the personal challenges he faced along the way.Captioning the video on his YouTube channel on Friday 2 March, Gus explained how he was grateful for being able ‘to be himself’.‘This became so much bigger than skiing. You all let me be myself and that’s all I’ve ever wanted.‘Thank you to my partner Samsung for helping share my story.’And in other unrelated news, Kenworrhty also told Elite Daily more about his training regime for the games. What’s his go-to song to get his adrenalin flowing before a ski run? Gimme More by Britney Spears!Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Team USA’s Gus Kenworthy came out of the Winter Olympics as one of the true heroes of the 2018 Games. The out-freestyle skier made history at the Olympics when he kissed boyfriend Matt Wilkas live during an NBC broadcast.And now, in the second part of a video series produced by sponsor Samsung, Gus is revealing how letters from Matt kept him going while he was on the road to PyeongChang.Gus Kenworthy’s road to PyeongChang[embedded content]In the video, Gus receives a video message from Matt, who tells him how much he misses him.‘I am so happy for you. I am so proud of you. Because I know how hard you have worked to get here.‘You are loved by so many people Gus,’ continues Matt, before he sends video messages from well-wishers. GAYSTARNEWS-center_img Gus Kenworthy in the second part of a film series by his sponsor Samsung (Photo: Samsung/YouTube.com) Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us)last_img read more

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first_imgGus Kenworthy’s roots and journey to Olympics caught in sweet filmGus Kenworthy’s boyfriend, Matt Wilkas, stars in controversial video with porn starGus Kenworthy’s funny ‘leave me alone Adam Rippon’ tweet upset peopleRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/watch-gus-kenworthy-boyfriend-tell-loved/ The touching video documented Gus’ communication with boyfriend Matt Wilkas on the road to PyeongChang (Photo: Samsung/YouTube.com)‘You all let me be myself’The series of films, directed by Michel Clarke, explore the freestyle skier’s journey to the Olympics and the personal challenges he faced along the way.Captioning the video on his YouTube channel on Friday 2 March, Gus explained how he was grateful for being able ‘to be himself’.‘This became so much bigger than skiing. You all let me be myself and that’s all I’ve ever wanted.‘Thank you to my partner Samsung for helping share my story.’And in other unrelated news, Kenworrhty also told Elite Daily more about his training regime for the games. What’s his go-to song to get his adrenalin flowing before a ski run? Gimme More by Britney Spears!Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Team USA’s Gus Kenworthy came out of the Winter Olympics as one of the true heroes of the 2018 Games. The out-freestyle skier made history at the Olympics when he kissed boyfriend Matt Wilkas live during an NBC broadcast.And now, in the second part of a video series produced by sponsor Samsung, Gus is revealing how letters from Matt kept him going while he was on the road to PyeongChang.Gus Kenworthy’s road to PyeongChang[embedded content]In the video, Gus receives a video message from Matt, who tells him how much he misses him.‘I am so happy for you. I am so proud of you. Because I know how hard you have worked to get here.‘You are loved by so many people Gus,’ continues Matt, before he sends video messages from well-wishers. GAYSTARNEWS-center_img Gus Kenworthy in the second part of a film series by his sponsor Samsung (Photo: Samsung/YouTube.com) Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us)last_img read more

Walter Investment Reports Unadjusted Loss for Q2

first_img August 12, 2014 479 Views 2014-08-12 Seth Welborn Walter Investment Reports Unadjusted Loss for Q2 Walter Investment Management Corp., a Tampa, Florida based services business that offers solutions to owners of subprime and other asset-light mortgage platforms, announced in its quarterly financial report released Monday that the company experienced a net loss of $12.9 million for Q2 2014.”Walter Investment delivered strong operating results for the quarter as we focused on executing against our strategic plan” said Mark J. O’Brien, Walter Investment’s chairman and CEO. “Our Servicing segment boarded 289,000 accounts while continuing to enhance the performance of our existing portfolios, lowering delinquencies on our first-lien mortgage portfolios by 28% as compared to the prior year quarter.  Additionally we provided more than 14,000 modifications to consumers driving positive outcomes for both consumers and investors.”The company’s net income was $45.0 million after adjustments made for goodwill impairment charges in the reverse mortgage segment and reductions in the company’s servicing rights’ fair value, regarding chances in valuation inputs. The net income of $45.0 million is down from the $88.6 million reported for Q2 2013. Walter Investment reported an adjusted pre-tax earnings rate (previously known as core earnings) from Q2 2014 of $70.1 million after taxes, which was a 43 percent decrease from Q2 2013.Those were not the only areas where Walter Investment experienced a loss, however. The company’s total revenue for Q2 2014 was $413.7 million, down 31 percent from Q2 2013. That figure includes a decrease of $116.3 million in servicing revenue and fees, fueled by a decrease of $136.7 million from variation inputs changes – offset by $31.3 million in increased servicing revenue and fees and a decrease of $91.3 million in net gains on sales of loans in originations.All the company’s other revenues experienced a $25.4 million increase impacted by a performance fee of $34.2 million the Investment Management business earned.The 2014 Q2 report states that the near-term profitability of Walter Investment and the reverse mortgage sector as a whole were greatly affected by new regulations implemented in the last 12 months, but the company believes the changes will benefit the business in the long term.”We believe the combination of strong execution against our strategic plan coupled with ensuring each of our businesses embraces and drives a culture of compliance and positive consumer experience will provide benefits to each of our core constituencies: consumers; clients; our stakeholders; and regulators,” O’Brien continued.center_img in Daily Dose, Headlines, News, Origination, Servicing Sharelast_img read more

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first_img August 12, 2014 479 Views 2014-08-12 Seth Welborn Walter Investment Reports Unadjusted Loss for Q2 Walter Investment Management Corp., a Tampa, Florida based services business that offers solutions to owners of subprime and other asset-light mortgage platforms, announced in its quarterly financial report released Monday that the company experienced a net loss of $12.9 million for Q2 2014.”Walter Investment delivered strong operating results for the quarter as we focused on executing against our strategic plan” said Mark J. O’Brien, Walter Investment’s chairman and CEO. “Our Servicing segment boarded 289,000 accounts while continuing to enhance the performance of our existing portfolios, lowering delinquencies on our first-lien mortgage portfolios by 28% as compared to the prior year quarter.  Additionally we provided more than 14,000 modifications to consumers driving positive outcomes for both consumers and investors.”The company’s net income was $45.0 million after adjustments made for goodwill impairment charges in the reverse mortgage segment and reductions in the company’s servicing rights’ fair value, regarding chances in valuation inputs. The net income of $45.0 million is down from the $88.6 million reported for Q2 2013. Walter Investment reported an adjusted pre-tax earnings rate (previously known as core earnings) from Q2 2014 of $70.1 million after taxes, which was a 43 percent decrease from Q2 2013.Those were not the only areas where Walter Investment experienced a loss, however. The company’s total revenue for Q2 2014 was $413.7 million, down 31 percent from Q2 2013. That figure includes a decrease of $116.3 million in servicing revenue and fees, fueled by a decrease of $136.7 million from variation inputs changes – offset by $31.3 million in increased servicing revenue and fees and a decrease of $91.3 million in net gains on sales of loans in originations.All the company’s other revenues experienced a $25.4 million increase impacted by a performance fee of $34.2 million the Investment Management business earned.The 2014 Q2 report states that the near-term profitability of Walter Investment and the reverse mortgage sector as a whole were greatly affected by new regulations implemented in the last 12 months, but the company believes the changes will benefit the business in the long term.”We believe the combination of strong execution against our strategic plan coupled with ensuring each of our businesses embraces and drives a culture of compliance and positive consumer experience will provide benefits to each of our core constituencies: consumers; clients; our stakeholders; and regulators,” O’Brien continued.center_img in Daily Dose, Headlines, News, Origination, Servicing Sharelast_img read more