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Hillary Clinton To Be Honored At 8th Annual Elly Awards Hosted By

first_imgThe Women’s Forum of New York will present the 8th Annual Elly Awards Luncheon benefiting The Education Fund of the Women’s Forum on Monday, June 18th at The Plaza Hotel in New York City.The awards, named for the Women’s Forum founder Elinor Guggenheimer, will honor outstanding women leaders. This year marks the 31th anniversary of the Education Fund of the Women’s Forum, which has helped over 220 women age 35 and over, whose lives have been disrupted by extreme adversity, complete their college degrees.The 2018 Elly Award Recipients will be:· Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton, Former First Lady, U.S. Senator, U.S. Secretary of State, and presidential candidate.· Sheila C. Johnson, Founder and CEO of Salamander Hotels & Resorts.· Deirdre Quinn, CEO and Co-Founder of Lafayette 148 New York.Paula Zahn, nine-time Emmy Award winning host and executive producer of “On the Case with Paula Zahn,” will moderate a conversation on leadership with honorees Sheila C. Johnson and Deirdre Quinn following the presentation of the awards.“The Women’s Forum of New York is comprised of the most accomplished and successful women in the city from every professional sector. We know from our own success how critical education is, so our Education Fund is one way we ‘give back’ – helping women age 35 and over whose lives have been disrupted by extreme adversity complete their education and get their lives back on track. We hope we inspire them, because their dreams, drive, and determination certainly inspire us.” – Linda A. Willett, President of the Women’s Forum of New York.“Thirty-one years ago, the Education Fund embarked on a mission to help women who had overcome devastating hardships in their lives realize their dream of a college education. Since then, we are proud to have given over $1.43 million in financial awards to over 220 women to help them return to school, earn their degree, and take their place in the professional work world. Our financial awards have transformed their lives, influenced their families, and improved communities.” – Ilene Wachs, President, The Education Fund of the Women’s Forum.Marcy Syms, Former Chairman and CEO of Syms Corporation, is Chair of the 2018 Elly Awards. Donna Shalala, former Secretary of Health and Human Services, will present the Elly Award to Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton. Kay Unger, President of Kay Unger Design, & CEO of the Kay Unger Family Foundation will present the Elly Award to Sheila C. Johnson. Joyce Brown, President of the Fashion Institute of Technology, will present the Elly Award to Deirdre Quinn.About The 2018 Elly Honorees:Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton, has spent four decades in public service as an advocate, attorney, First Lady, U.S. Senator, U.S. Secretary of State, and presidential candidate.Hillary Clinton was born in Chicago, Illinois on October 26, 1947. After graduating from Wellesley College and Yale Law School, she began her life-long work on behalf of children and families by joining the Children’s Defense Fund. In 1974, she moved to Arkansas, where she married Bill Clinton and became a successful attorney while also raising their daughter, Chelsea.As First Lady of the United States, from 1993 to 2001, Hillary Clinton championed health care for all Americans and led successful bipartisan efforts to improve the adoption and foster care systems, reduce teen pregnancy, and create the Children’s Health Insurance Program.In 2000, Clinton made history as the first First Lady elected to the United States Senate, and the first woman elected to statewide office in New York. As Senator, she worked across party lines to expand economic opportunity and access to quality, affordable health care. After September 11, 2001, she helped to rebuild New York and provide health care for first responders.In 2007, she began her historic campaign for president, winning 18 million votes and becoming the first woman to ever win a presidential primary or caucus state.In her four years as America’s chief diplomat and the President’s principal foreign policy adviser, Clinton led the effort to restore America’s leadership in the world. She negotiated a cease-fire in Gaza that defended Israel’s security and headed off another war in the Middle East, mobilized an international coalition to impose crippling sanctions against Iran, and championed human rights around the world, as she has her entire career.In 2016, Clinton made history again by becoming the first woman nominated for president by a major U.S. political party. As the Democratic candidate for president, she campaigned on a vision of America that is “stronger together” and an agenda to make our economy work for everyone, not just those at the top, earning the support of nearly 66 million Americans.Hillary Rodham Clinton is the author of seven best-selling books. What Happened – released in September of 2017 – spent 16 weeks on the New York Times Bestseller List.She and President Clinton reside in New York, have one daughter, Chelsea, and are the proud grandparents of Charlotte and Aidan.Sheila C. Johnson, Founder and CEO of Salamander Hotels & Resorts, a growing collection of luxury properties including the equestrian-inspired Salamander Resort & Spa in Middleburg, Virginia, and three of Florida’s top golf resorts—Hammock Beach in Palm Coast, Reunion in Orlando and Innisbrook in Tampa Bay, as well as the new Henderson Beach Resort in Destin.As Vice Chairman of Monumental Sports & Entertainment, Ms. Johnson is the only African-American woman to have ownership in three professional sports teams: the NBA’s Washington Wizards, the NHL’s Washington Capitals, and the WNBA’s Washington Mystics, for which she serves as President and Managing Partner. She also served five years on the Executive Committee of the United States Golf Association.Ms. Johnson has long been a powerful influence in the entertainment industry, starting with her work as founding partner of Black Entertainment Television and serving as executive producer of four documentary films. In 2016, she co-founded WE Capital, a venture capital consortium to support female-led enterprises that can advance transformational social change. She also serves on the board of the Greater Washington Partnership, which seeks to strengthen the region’s global position as a center for commerce and innovation.Ms. Johnson is a member of the Leadership Council at Harvard Kennedy School’s Center for Public Leadership, and founder of the Sheila C. Johnson Leadership Fellowship, which supports emerging leaders who share a commitment to reducing disparities in African-American communities. A lifelong supporter of the arts, she also founded and chairs the Middleburg Film Festival, an annual celebration of independent film that opened to sell-out crowds in 2013.Deirdre Quinn is the CEO and Co-Founder of Lafayette 148 New York, a New York-based women’s fashion brand named after the address in Soho where it was founded. Created in 1996, Lafayette 148 is known for sophisticated, minimalist designs that fuse luxurious fabrics, outstanding craftsmanship, and a modern sensibility inspired by the dynamism of New York City. With its own workshop and production facility in Shantou China, Lafayette 148 New York is one of the rare vertically-integrated fashion brands.Deirdre’s early love of craft led her to a degree in fashion design. Before founding Lafayette 148, her passion for fashion production and merchandizing led her to executive positions with Donna Karan, Escada, and Liz Claiborne, where her work took her to over seventy countries.Deirdre is a strong believer in giving back and enriching the world through education. Among her many charitable endeavors, she serves on the board of the School of Dreams, an elementary school funded by Lafayette 148 New York that provides a completely free private education to the children of Shantou.Appointed to the Board of Trustees of the Fashion Institute of Technology in 2010, Deirdre also serves as an Associate Partner with the Partnership for NYC and is a member of C200. She has been the recipient of numerous honors and awards, including the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award, which recognized her leadership of Lafayette 148, mentorship and contributions to the global community and is a proud member of the Women’s Forum of New York.About The Women’s Forum of New York:The Women’s Forum of New York is the city’s premier organization of women leaders. The invitation only membership of more than 500 women represents the highest levels of achievement across all professional sectors from finance to fine arts. Started in 1974, the Women’s Forum of New York is the founding flagship of the International Women’s Forum, a global organization of 6,500 dynamic women leaders in 33 countries and 74 Forums around the world.The Women’s Forum of New York is dedicated to the advancement of women’s leadership through programs which enrich members lives personally and professionally, through the Education Fund which enables talented women whose potential has been derailed by extreme adversity to resume their education, and through the Corporate Board Initiative which extends and expands the contribution of women leaders through board participation.About The Education Fund:The Education Fund is the educational and charitable arm of The Women’s Forum of New York, established under a separate corporate governance as a 501c3 tax deductible organization. Since 1987, the Fund has provided financial awards to women 35 and over who have demonstrated high potential and faced extreme adversity which has disrupted their education and derailed their futures. These women fall outside the scope of most traditional scholarship programs and these awards help them complete their education and get their careers and lives back on track. Funding is provided by member donation and an annual fundraising event, The Elly Awards Luncheon, which honors outstanding women leaders. Over the past 31 years, awards totaling over $1.43 million have helped over 220 women overcome adversity and lift themselves and their children up the economic ladder.To purchase tickets to the 8th Annual Elly Awards, click here.last_img read more

Lyft prices IPO at 72 a share valuing company at 24B

SAN FRANCISCO — Lyft set the price for its stock at $72 per share late Thursday, setting the stage for the ride-hailing pioneer’s hotly anticipated stock market debut.The price is at the high end of revision Lyft made after high investor demand prompted the company to increase its initial goal of fetching $62 to $68 for each of the nearly 31 million shares sold in the IPO. The price sets Lyft’s market value at $24 billion, which will quickly change Friday after the shares start trading on the Nasdaq exchange.Investors embraced Lyft despite racking up $3 billion in debt since its 2012 inception on the premise that its growing popularity will pay off in the long run.Lyft is trying to catch up to Uber, which is expected to go public later this spring.The Associated Press read more

Appalling acts still persist 60 years on from pledge to prevent genocide

9 December 2008Sixty years ago to the day after the United Nations adopted the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned that the world has continued to witness appalling acts that violate human dignity. “And all too often the international response has been inadequate,” he told the Jewish community organization B’nai B’rith International at its annual UN Conference in a message delivered by Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs B. Lynn Pascoe.“The Convention was a direct outcome of the attempted extermination of the Jewish people during the Holocaust, and ever since has embodied the aspiration of the United Nations to prevent such a horror from occurring again. Let me assure you of my strong commitment to this work,” he added.He noted that 60 years ago tomorrow, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was adopted. “This document, too, was drafted amid the utter destruction and destitution following the Holocaust and the Second World War. And here, too, there is a great distance to travel if we are to bring this vision to life for everyone, everywhere,” he said.“We will continue to need your voice in our efforts to ensure human dignity and an end to bigotry, including anti-Semitism.”He reiterated his regret that the goal of reaching an Israeli-Palestinian peace treaty by the end of this year, first articulated in the 2007 Annapolis conference, appeared unlikely to be achieved. But he noted that recent months had been a crucial time in setting the stage for peace, with the parties engaging in direct, intensive negotiations and creating trust and a framework where none existed only two years ago. “At the same time, recent developments underscore the large gap between the political tracks and the situation on the ground,” he said. “Continued rocket fire against southern Israel and other disruptions to the period of ‘calm’ agreed in June, along with settlement activity and violent acts by settlers in the West Bank, a humanitarian emergency in the Gaza Strip, and the ongoing split between Palestinian factions, pose considerable obstacles.“If people are to have faith in the political process, there is a need for tangible improvements in living conditions and security,” he added, also stressing that the global financial crisis, a development emergency, food insecurity and accelerating climate change are inextricably linked.“Solutions to each must be solutions to all. States, too, are more interdependent than ever, and cannot protect their interests or advance the well-being of their people without the partnership of the rest,” he concluded. read more

Kazakh and Lankan Presidents have talks

Within the meeting the Kazakh President expressed confidence that this meeting would give a new impetus to the cooperation between two countries in the spheres of economics, politics and culture. Sri Lanka’s President has expressed hope that specific areas of cooperation between the two countries would be determined within the visit.“Official visit of Sri Lanka’s President will create a platform for the open exchange of the views on a wide range of regional and global issues and the basis for further cooperation,” the press-service said. Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev and his Sri Lanka’s counterpart Mahinda Rajapaksa have discussed the issues of trade-economic cooperation in Astana, the Kazakh presidential press-service reported on Tuesday.“During the meeting, the parties have discussed the issues of political cooperation and the intensification of trade-economic, scientific-technical and cultural-humanitarian partnership,” the press-service reported.Mahinda Rajapaksa is on his official visit to Kazakhstan. His visit is timed to the 20th anniversary of establishing the diplomatic relations between the two countries. read more

IGP says discussions ongoing to revamp police media unit

Inspector General of Police (IGP) Pujith Jayasundara says discussions are ongoing to revamp the police media unit and relaunch it.The unit which sends details on law and order related incidents to the media, was suspended by the IGP yesterday. Pujith Jayasundara told reporters in Kandy today that there was a need to revamp the police media unit and it is for this reason that it was suspended temporarily.He said that discussions are now underway with top police officers to revamp the police media unit and the unit will recommence operations soon. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Maldives votes for change opposition candidate wins Presidential polls

Solih secured 58.3 percent of the votes while Yameen secured 41.7 percent of the votes.The Maldives media noted that throughout Sunday, Solih maintained a healthy lead but pulled well clear as Yameen lost key electorates despite significant pledges of development in the next five years. The Maldives voted for change as opposition candidate Ibrahim Mohamed Solih won the Presidential elections beating incumbent President Abdulla Yaameen Abdul Gayoom.Yameen lost most of his key electorates to the joint opposition candidate at the election. “We have won this election with a comfortable majority,” said Solih. “I called on President Abdulla Yameen to respect the citizen’s vote and immediately work on smooth transfer of power, release all jailed leaders,” he said in a statement. The Elections Commission is expected to announce official preliminary results later Monday. (Colombo Gazette) Following the win Solih urged incumbent president Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom to ensure a smooth transfer of power and also urged him to free jailed political leaders jailed in the Maldives. read more

New research looks to AI for exploration indicators in Canadas North

first_imgA Natural Resources Canada-backed research project is looking to devise remote predictive mapping (RPM) methods aiding exploration in the north of the country.The Vancouver Island University (VIU) research project will, the university says, “provide a unique opportunity to examine the glacial landscape of Canada’s North”, resulting in new mapping methods to help identify sources of sand, gravel or minerals.“Canada’s North is rich in natural resources and a major driver of economic growth in the region,” VIU said, adding that large mineral deposits could include diamonds, gold, silver, copper and other base metals.VIU Professors Dr Jerome Lesemann (Earth Science Department) and Dr Brad Maguire (Geography Department), with the help of Yiqing Luo, a VIU Master of Geographic Information Systems Applications student, are being funded by NRC’s Earth Sciences Sector to assist with developing these RPM methods.Mapping of surficial materials is an integral component of development in northern Canada, but traditional methods involve time-consuming and expensive aerial photographs and field verification, according to Maguire.Lesemann and Maguire’s research project aims to develop a methodology for computerised detection of the sediment components of eskers, ridges of gravel and sand that occur in formerly glaciated regions of northern Canada.Lesemann said: “Eskers are ubiquitous glacial landforms, formed in ice tunnels made by water flowing under the ice sheets. The long-winding ridges of stratified sand and gravel are some of the most abundant and accessible sources of aggregates for infrastructure growth needed for road building in northern regions. And they are prime sampling targets for commodities like diamonds.”Currently, RPM is a promising avenue of semi-automated mapping using widely available digital datasets like multispectral satellite imagery, according to VIU. “However, there are gaps in the methodology,” Lesemann said. “Part of the problem is that the type of imagery used to date gives us information about spectral characteristics of the surface, which reflects mostly the type of material on the surface, like bedrock or sand and gravel. The imagery does not contain information about the 3D shapes of landforms.”Using newly available digital terrain models, landforms like eskers can be identified and mapped in great detail, according to VIU. The team is developing a methodology to automatically detect and map these landforms, and proposes to develop an esker element detection methodology based on deep machine learning (a form of artificial intelligence) supported by a convoluted neural network (CNN). CNN uses computer algorithms to try and replicate complex cognitive processes of the human brain.Maguire said: “We will be using CNN to identify eskers from newly available, high-resolution digital elevation models of the Canadian Arctic.”The aim is to train a computer to recognise patterns, similar to the way a person, through experience, knows that when it looks at a dog, it know it’s a dog and not a cat even though they share some similarities but also key differences.“The form and structure of eskers are complex and if we can teach a computer to learn what an esker looks like, we may then be able to identify other eskers automatically,” Maguire said.“This approach is needed because there are millions of square kilometres of Canada where the landforms have not been mapped in sufficient detail to identify them properly.”The project is funded by a C$35,000 ($26,376) research grant provided by the NRCAN Geo-Mapping for Energy and Minerals programme, a 12-year initiative to significantly advance and modernise geological knowledge in the North to support increased exploration of natural resources and inform decisions on land use and responsible resource development.last_img read more

Exclusive Interview Labor leader Bill Shorten shares his vision for Australia with

first_img“Ever since I was a little boy, I have been incensed by injustice. I remember being five years old and seeing a family of 12 who lived across the road thrown out onto the street. I remember thinking, even then, that it was unfair, that you should be able to have a family of at least 18 before you were thrown out onto the street. I guess that’s when my passion for cautious incremental change was really ignited,” said Bill Shorten when asked why he wants to be in charge of Australia. And it is exactly this notion, his and his party’s perceptions of fairness that are the centrepiece of his pledge to the Australian voters. If they pass the test next Saturday, and most of the polls say they will, he will be Australia’s 31st Prime Minister. If not, his future in the leadership of the Labor party is questionable.In an election campaign that has been characterised by many as a presidential one, Shorten knew from the start that he had to do a lot more than his political opponent in order to win this contest. With his approval rates considerably lower than Scott Morrison’s, he had to sell not only his ‘fairness viewpoint’ and the policies culminating from this ideological stand point, but to also display his prime-ministerial qualities and win over those who surmised he’s not up to their standards.If you believe what the polls say, days before judgement day for his political future, Shorten has managed to make inroads on a personal level with his approval rating reaching his best high of 40 per cent last weekend, while at the same time losing some voters on Labor’s policy level, with the gap between Labor and the Coalition closing from six percentage points at the start of the election campaign to four, on a two party preferred basis.The theme that cuts through his political program is the one of change. Shorten’s Labor is not for… ‘Business as usual’. His party’s decision to end the cash refunds on franking credits or the abolition of negative gearing, is one of those make or break policies for Labor. Shorten knows that it could potentially kill Labor’s prospects to win government. He avoids Neos Kosmos’ question on the issue of franking credits cash refunds and concentrates on other measures to ease the daily life of retirees.READ MORE: Shorten tells the Greek community that they are the essence of Australian valuesHe knows that the change he is advocating for, challenges one of the most uncertain elements of any election contest, which is the one of fear. He also knows that Labor’s policies have to be the least, marginally agreeable for the Greens or other senate dwellers entering the parliament after 18 May, if he wants to implement Labor’s political program. He needs the numbers in the Senate after all, and the chances for Labor to secure a majority in the Upper House are very slim.It was just minutes before boarding another plane that Shorten spoke to Neos Kosmos over the phone. The conversation started with a common theme in recent election contests, how much for the Greek Community of Melbourne.“We will match the $5 million announced at the government’s budget for the Greek Centre hub in Melbourne and the establishment of a Hellenic Chair in Global Diasporas at Melbourne University. I also announced a $500,000 grant for the Cypriot Community of Melbourne. Also, as promised the Shorten Labor Government will invest an extra $8 million in community language schools, so more Australian children get the chance to learn other languages including Greek.”Pensioners and a please explain attempt for franking credits“First of all we are going to look after all of the pensioners in the Greek Community by providing, for the first time, dental care. Secondly, this government has spent five years trying to raise the pension age to 70. We won’t do that. What we are going to do for pensioners is give them $1,000 every two years for their dental care. It is a permanent payment. Also both sides of politics are offering the indexation of pension. We think this is a good way to help the pensioners and we are the only party offering this amount to help them with their dental care.READ MORE: Putting the budget to the crash test – what’s in it for you?“What we will do to relieve them from specialists costs is that we are going to provide $2.4 billion in extra cancer support. So we are hoping to practically put the specialist bills to zero for many people who are battling and had been diagnosed with cancer. Cancer is pretty big, it affects one in two Australians.“The other thing of course that we have opposed apart from raising the pension age to 70, is this government’s rules [which] make it harder for Greek Australian pensioners to go back to Greece, where they require for people to come back after six weeks. We are going to change this so the pensioners can visit their motherland for more than six weeks without losing part of their pension. We are the only party who are going to do that.”Death tax“We have no plans at all for a death tax. It is just a lie of the government to scare people. What they are trying to do is to cover up that they are doing nothing to help the pensioners.”Multiculturalism“Multiculturalism should be part of what we do in Australia and we will give it a focus of a cabinet minister as part of a broader portfolio.”Are we going to be taxed more from Labor?“What we are not going to do is give unfunded tax cuts to the top tier income earners in the future if it means cutting funds from schools, hospitals and aged care. What the government has done is offering tax cuts in the future, after the next two elections but they haven’t explained how they are going to pay for it. What we are not going to do is make a promise that is unfunded. I am not promising tax cuts that we can not fund.“The government is turning around saying that Labor means more taxes because we are not promising unfunded tax cuts and somehow this is a new tax. They are making a promise that they have no ability to pay for. And how are they going to pay? By cutting funding to schools, hospitals and aged care. Those on the higher income brackets will not pay more tax. They are promising an illusionary tax reduction and because we are not playing the make believe fantasy game they are playing, they are calling it a tax rise.”Negative gearing“Let me explain that no one who currently negative gears a property is going to be affected by our change. In other words, it is a future change. So if you’ve got a couple of investment properties nothing will change. Our changes are not retrospective at all. What we are saying going forward is that this country can’t afford to give away $35 billion to property investors, who might buying these properties in the future, instead we’ll use that money to look after the pensioners, to look after medical and look after the schools and all the other very important things which make Australia one of the best countries in the world. So it is a future change and it does not affect anyone who owns a negatively geared property. And indeed, in the future if you buy a building off the plan or an apartment that hasn’t been constructed, you will be able to negative gear it. The only thing that will change in the future is that as of 1st of January 2020, if you are to buy a new property you cannot claim a subsidy from the government because of loss of this investment.”Final statement“I believe every Australian deserves the chance to fulfil their potential and I know that as a society and an economy we are always stronger when everyone experiences the fair go.” Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Programmer Finds ATM Flaw That Let Him Withdraw 1 Million in Cash

first_img SteelSeries Arctis 1 Is World’s First USB-C Wireless Gaming HeadsetGeek Pick: Shure MV88+ Is An Excellent, On the Go Microphone Kit Stay on target A Chinese bank programmer was jailed after he withdrew over 7 million yuan (around $1,000,000) by using an ATM loophole.In 2016, Qin Qisheng, a 43-year-old man who worked at Huaxia Bank’s technology development center in Beijing, discovered a flaw in the bank’s main operating system, the South China Morning Post reported. Due to the loophole, cash withdrawals made around 12 a.m. weren’t recorded, enabling Qisheng to play around with the bank’s system and take out cash without activating an alert.From 2016 to 2018, Qisheng withdrew between 5,000 yuan and 20,000 yuan ($740 to $2,965) from a mock account the bank used for testing. By the beginning of last year, Qisheng had collected over $1,000,000, added it to his personal bank account, and didn’t tell his supervisors about the loophole.Last year, a subsidiary branch in Cangzhou, China, discovered the strange activity in the dummy account and notified authorities. Once Qisheng was caught, the bank surprisingly didn’t want to keep pressing charges: It accepted that Qisheng was trying to investigate the ATM flaw and they requested police to drop the case if he gave back the money.Even though Qisheng returned the money, it still wasn’t enough to make up for his actions: He was found guilty of theft, sentenced to 10 and a half years in jail, and fined 11,000 yuan ($16,000). Huaxia Bank also fixed the ATM loophole to prevent future internal theft incidents.More on Chrome Extension Warns of Password BreachesFacebook Messenger Will Now Let You Delete MessagesThis Futuristic Mini Yacht Fits 12 People and Travels Up to 70 MPHlast_img read more

Agent Buffon just as important to PSG as Neymar

first_imgThe agent of Gianluigi Buffon insists that he is considered to be just as important as Neymar at Paris Saint-GermainThe legendary Italian goalkeeper opted to continue his playing career at PSG for at least another two seasons after leaving Juventus in June.And things got off to a bright start for Buffon in this newest chapter of his career by winning the Trophee des Champions at the weekend in his first ever competitive match for PSG after they thrashed AS Monaco 4-0 at Shenzhen in China.“Starting well is always a good thing in football. Anything can happen, but PSG are a great club for him,” Silvano Martina told RMC Sport, via Football-Italia.“They’re a very good team and they deserved to win the cup, which is always good for your CV.“I went for a coffee with him once and he told me he was happy to retire, before adding that he could’ve done well at another big club for a couple more years.”PSG, Neymar, Ligue 1PSG ultras sent a warning letter to Neymar Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Brazilian superstar Neymar might play today his first game of the season for Paris Saint-Germain and the team’s ultras have warned him.After 17 years at Juventus, Buffon made the surprise decision to play his club football outside of Italy for the first time in his career at the age of 40.“How did PSG come about? I have a friend there, I sent him a message and he told me to go there right away,” said Martina.“For them, it was as important a deal as that for Neymar. Buffon felt the desire of the French club to have him in their team and he’s very fired up.“It’s as if he’s 10 years younger. They offered a two-year contract, while he only wanted to sign for a year: this proves their honesty. PSG had already wanted him in 2009.”Buffon will get his first taste of Ligue 1 this Sunday in PSG’s first game of the league campaign against Caen at the Parc Des Princes.last_img read more

Dyche talks about penalty drama in Burnley match

first_imgThe manager was shocked that the referee didn’t award his team a penalty kick after a first half four over Ashley Barnes.In the first half of the Burnley-Southampton match, Saints goalkeeper Alex McCarthy fouled Ashley Barnes.But the referee didn’t see it like that and booked Barnes for simulation.Then in the second half, Nathan Redmon gave Southampton the lead, until Barnes was given the chance to take a penalty kick in the last play of the game to even things out 1-1.“I have absolutely no idea, whatsoever, why that penalty wasn’t awarded,” Burnley coach Sean Dyche told the team’s official website.“I’ll just reiterate that when players fall naturally, I don’t think they are getting penalties.”This is the team’s first penalty in 68 English Premier League matches.“I think I’ve been honest enough to speak about that this season, when results have gone against us, such as when Harry Kane should have had one and West Ham should have been awarded one, and I just don’t know where the game is going,” the manager continued.“Dives get given as penalties and real falls are not getting given and just because Ashley hasn’t thrown his arms in the air and rolled around 10 times, he gets nothing.”Solskjaer slams Man United’s draw: “We should have won” Andrew Smyth – August 31, 2019 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was left to rue another missed opportunity as Manchester United were held to a 1-1 draw against 10-man Southampton.“The keeper comes out trying to do his job. the center forward gets there first and toes it past him, and the keeper brings him down,” he tried to explain the penalty.“It is impossible, in my opinion, that that is not a penalty and I just don’t understand it.”Burnley FC is currently sitting in the 17th position of the standings with just 24 points after 25 matches.The team has only won six games, drawing another six and losing 13.Their next match is on Saturday, February 9th against Brighton and Hove Albion.REACTION | Gaffer gives his thoughts on the two penalty incidents…WATCH MORE ➡️— Burnley FC (@BurnleyOfficial) February 2, 2019last_img read more

Top 10 most read stories this week

first_imgThe top 10 most read stories on between 6 and 12 October 2016 were:British Gas Court of Appeal decision confirms inclusion of commission in holiday payEXCLUSIVE: Central government to launch online benefits platformFollow the action at Employee Benefits Live 2016Government to develop single body for pensions and debt guidanceCould the smell of technology enhance the employee experience?33% feel comfortable talking to their employer about mental health issues65% would take a pay cut for a better work-life balance81% who experience mental health issues see adverse impact on physical healthOrganisations should embrace transparency to reinforce employer brandSiemens builds family-friendly culture through promotion of shared parental leavelast_img read more

Alaska News Nightly August 7 2014

first_imgIndividual news stories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at and on Twitter @aprn.Listen now:Eielson A Frontrunner to House F-35 FightersLiz Ruskin, APRN – Washington, D.C.There’s good news for the Fairbanks business community today. The secretary of the Air Force called Alaska’s congressional delegation this morning to announce that Eielson Air Force Base is the only candidate selected to house two squadrons of F-35 fighter planes. The final decision won’t be until the fall of 2015, after a study of the environmental Impact, but Sen. Lisa Murkowski says she’s confident.Mat-Su Asked to Return $12.3M in Federal Grants for Ferry ProjectEllen Lockyer, KSKA – AnchorageThe federal government wants the Matanuska Susitna Borough to pay back $12.3 million in grants related to the ferry MV Susitna. Mat Su Borough manager John Moosey made the announcement Thursday at a press conference in Palmer.Mud-Slinging Ratchets Up In U.S. Senate Republican PrimaryLiz Ruskin, APRN – Washington, D.C.The two leading Republican U.S. Senate candidates are increasingly turning on each other. Last week, Dan Sullivan sent 50,000 mailers to Alaska voters alleging Mead Treadwell benefited financially from the Obama stimulus package, a bill he denounces on the campaign trail. This week Treadwell is fighting back, and he’s taking aim at the Ohio paint conglomerate Sullivan’s family runs.Murkowski Demands Begich Stop Using Her Image in Campaign AdsLiz Ruskin, APRN – Washington, D.C.A lawyer hired by Sen. Lisa Murkowski‘s re-election committee today sent a cease-and-desist letter to the campaign of Sen. Mark Begich. She is demanding that he quit using her name and image in his political ads.Teen Who Allegedly Struck, Killed Anchorage Cyclist Will Be Tried As An AdultAnne Hilleman, KSKA – AnchorageThe 17-year-old who hit and killed bicyclist Jeffery Dusenbury in July is being charged with manslaughter, a class A felony. Alexandra Anne Ellis is being tried as an adult. She’s also charged with driving under the influence and leaving the scene without rendering assistance to Dusenbury. She will be arraigned Friday. Dusenbury was biking up 84th Avenue on Saturday, July 19 when he was struck by Ellis as she was backing up her pickup truck. He died shortly after. Neighbors witnessed the event.Anchorage Candidate Stares Down Residency DisputeAlexandra Gutierrez, APRN – AnchorageLast election cycle, state legislator Mia Costello’s opponents falsely alleged that she didn’t actually live in the Sand Lake neighborhood of Anchorage that she represents. Now, similar charges are being levied in the same district — but against a new candidate.Alaska Entrepreneurs Host Pitch Slam Aboard A Moving TrainAnne Hilleman, KSKA – AnchorageLocal Alaskan organizations are trying to promote entrepreneurship to diversify the economy. Last week, the Anchorage Economic Development Corporation hosted the second annual Pitch-on-a-Train competition. Five different Alaskan start-ups tried to convince a panel of judges that their ideas could make money.New Geotags May Shed Light on Auklet MigrationAnnie Ropiek, KUCB – UnalaskaEvery summer, thousands of tiny auklets flock to the Aleutian Islands to nest. But scientists don’t know where the seabirds go in the winter. That’s about to change, thanks to a group of researchers who’ve just returned from Buldir Island, east of Attu, and Gareloi, near Adak. They’ve been camped on the uninhabited islands since late May, outfitting crested and parakeet auklets with tracking tags for the first time.Juneau Whale Watching Captain Arrested for Allegedly Driving Boat IntoxicatedLisa Phu, KTOO – JuneauA text message from a whale watching boat in Juneau has led to the arrest of the captain on board. Lawrence Dupler, 67, was arrested today for allegedly driving a 52-foot tour boat while intoxicated. A breath sample revealed his blood alcohol level to be .115 percent, about 45 percent over the legal limit.last_img read more

Facebook confesses to storing 600 million users passwords in plain text for

first_img Facebook Crashes And People Are Freaking Out (Representational Image)JOEL SAGET/AFP/Getty ImagesAdding to the series of problems of security in Facebook, the social media platform on March 21, Thursday, admitted that millions of users’ passwords were stored in plain text for years and could have been read by anyone working in the company.The bug was unearthed during a security review in January and was reported by Brian Krebs, a cybersecurity writer. Facebook, in a blog post, explained the situation and said that they have fixed the bug. They also said that they will notify those whose passwords were stored in plain text. Around 600 million passwords were stored this way. This is almost one-fifth of the total 2.7 billion users on the social networking platform. “To be clear, these passwords were never visible to anyone outside of Facebook and we have found no evidence to date that anyone internally abused or improperly accessed them. We estimate that we will notify hundreds of millions of Facebook Lite users, tens of millions of other Facebook users, and tens of thousands of Instagram users. Facebook Lite is a version of Facebook predominantly used by people in regions with lower connectivity,” Pedro Canahuati, VP Engineering, Security and Privacy, said in the blog on Wednesday.Canahuati added that while the passwords did not go public, over 2,000 engineers and developers had access to the data. He assured that Facebook would notify the Lite users, who were ones majorly at risk in the situation. Tens of thousands of Instagram users will also be notified. However, Facebook did not say how the bug managed to enter their system.Usually, passwords stored on the databases will not be stored in plain text and can’t be read. Facebook and other companies would salt and hash the passwords to scramble them. According to Techcrunch, this will help with the company to verify the password without knowing them. Facebook CEO Mark ZuckerbergReuters”In line with security best practices, Facebook masks people’s passwords when they create an account so that no one at the company can see them. In security terms, we “hash” and “salt” the passwords, including using a function called “scrypt” as well as a cryptographic key that lets us irreversibly replace your actual password with a random set of characters. With this technique, we can validate that a person is logging in with the correct password without actually having to store the password in plain text,” Canahuati said.Facebook listed the ways in which they have made various signals which will help detect any suspicious activity. Canahuati explained “For example, even if a password is entered correctly, we will treat it differently if we detect that it is being entered from an unrecognized device or from an unusual location. When we see a suspicious login attempt, we’ll ask an additional verification question to prove that the person is the real account owner.” Closecenter_img IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:05/1:00Loaded: 0%0:05Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-0:55?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading …last_img read more

Liam Plunkett puts England back into ascendancy in World Cup final

first_imgTwitter/Cricket World CupJust when New Zealand started looking dangerously assured of posting a big first-innings score, their middle-overs specialist Liam Plunkett pulled them back by delivering two big blows. First, he dismissed the captain and best batsman in Kiwi side Kane Williamson who was looking in good form and striking the ball nicely. What worked for Plunkett against the Black Caps captain was a cross seam delivery that bounced a bit extra and got the outside edge of Williamson’s wicket as the latter tried to play a drive. Then, Plunkett added to the woes of New Zealand by picking up the wicket of well-set Henry Nicholls. He had just completed his fifty and was also looking on his way to a good score but a fullish delivery took the inside-edge and clipped the leg-stump. Williamson was out for 30 and Nicholls got 55. New Zealand now are 123/3 after 29 overs. The responsibility to take the Kiwis to a good score lies on the shoulders of Ross Taylor and Tom Latham. While the former has a lot of experience, the latter is also a very capable batsman.last_img read more

Maryland Program Looks to Increase Baltimore Homeownership

first_imgThe DHCD MMP website says “In addition, eligible borrowers can layer the Maryland Grand Slam in Baltimore City with Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake’s Baltimore Homeownership Incentive Program​ (B-HiP) for buying a home in Baltimore City.” Qualifying incentive programs include:Vacants to Value Booster Program ($10,000)Live Near Your Work (city/employer matching funds)Baltimore City Employee Homeownership Program ($5,000),Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Homeownership Assistance Program ($5,000)Buying Into BaltimoreCity Living Starts Here ($5,000) According to the site, Maryland State employees may qualify for up to an additional $2,500 from the “Baltimore City Live Near Your Work” program.​David Pridgen, SRES, CDPE of Realty Executives Premier Group, said “I believe the Maryland Grand Slam homebuyer initiative will be a great boost to help Baltimore homebuyers who may not have the available funds for down payment when purchasing, which is the biggest hurdle for many buyers. We have to keep these programs available on a consistent basis and make sure that the public is informed and educated to know this type of funding is available.”The program is modeled after a similar initiative which was debuted last year by DHCD called the “MMP TriplePlay Initiative in Prince George’s County”. That program sold out in only a few months after it was launched and they are expecting similar interest in this version.Maryland Grand Slam in Baltimore City will run through Dec. 31, or until its down payment assistance funds run dry. For more information visit Lt. Governor Boyd Rutherford, Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and DHCD Secretary Kenneth C. Holt announce the “Maryland Grand Slam in Baltimore City” initiative at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on Sept. 2. (Photo DHCD)On Sept. 2 Lt. Governor Boyd Rutherford along with Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) Secretary Kenneth C. Holt announced the “Maryland Grand Slam in Baltimore City” initiative at Oriole Park at Camden Yards.“Maryland Grand Slam will help us change Maryland for the better by giving hardworking families the extra boost they need to get into the home of their dreams,” Governor Larry Hogan said in a statement. “A strong housing market is key to a strong economy. This initiative will help more families become homeowners and will improve our economy.”Maryland Grand Slam is a $3 million program, funded by both the City and the State, aimed at building stronger communities in Baltimore City through homeownership. According to the DHCD Maryland Mortgage Program (MMP) website, the program ” will help an estimated 400 homebuyers increase their purchasing power through the Maryland Mortgage Program, the state’s premier home loan product.” Per the website the “Maryland Grand Slam in Baltimore City” comes with four major benefits to homebuyers:An interest rate 0.25% below the regular Maryland Mortgage Program Rate.$5,000 for down payment assistance in the form of an outright grant from the state. (The Hogan administration has allocated $2 million from Maryland’s rainy day fund for this initiative.)$2,500 grant for down payment and closing cost assistance from the City of Baltimore. (Baltimore’s Board of Estimates approved $1 million for this initiative.)A federal tax credit through the Maryland HomeCredit program that can save the homeowner tens of thousands of dollars over the life of the loan. In addition, Maryland is waiving its usual fee for a savings of as much as $450.last_img read more

Xbox Game Pass for PC Everything We Know So Far

first_imgXbox Game Pass for PC PriceBy itself, Game Pass for PC costs a rather affordable $9.99 per month, which is the same price for the original Xbox Game Pass. However, if you happen to own an Xbox (or three like me), you’ll want to consider the $14.99 Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, which not only grants access to O.G. Game Pass and Game Pass PC, you also get Xbox Live GoldAdvertisement That’s a serious value, as a 12-month Gold membership typically runs you $59.99. Throw in a $19.98 subscription for both Game Pass and Game Pass PC and that’s $299.75 a year, which is a lot more than the $179.88 you’ll pay with Ultimate.MORE: Xbox E3 News: Project Scarlett Console, Halo Infinite and MoreGamesGame Pass for PC already has a library of over 100 games. During its E3 2019 press conference, Xbox announced several more big-ticket titles, such as  Shadow of the Tomb Raider, Metro: Exodus, Forza Horizon 4, Ark: Survival Evolved and Sea of Thieves: Anniversary Edition. Upcoming games include Ori and the Will of the Wisps, Gears 5 and Halo: The Master Chief Collection. Titles released from Xbox Game Studios are launched on Game Pass PC the same day they launch on console. And Xbox has been on an acquiring frenzy since E3 2018 where the company announced Ninja Theory, InXile and Obsidian Entertainment. This year, Xbox added another heavy-hitter to its arsenal with the acquisition of Double Fine Studios, makers of such cult classics as Psychonauts and Brutal Legend. The acquisition comes just as the studio is prepping the highly anticipated Psychonauts 2.And Xbox isn’t leaving those of us with Steam accounts out in the cold. The last three Age of Empires titles will be listed on Steam as will Halo: The Master Chief Collection and Gears 5.The Major ConRemember when we called the service the Netflix of Games? Just like the movie service, games will come and go out of the library. So there’s no real guarantee outside of purchasing a game outright that it will be there from month to month. ConclusionXbox Game Pass for PC is a great way for PC gamers to get access to a growing library of games for the affordable price of $9.99. However, gamers that own an Xbox might also want to take a look at Game Pass Ultimate, which for $14.99 gives you the console and PC versions of Game Pass in addition to Xbox Live Gold. The only thing to watch out for is a rotating library of games, which if you don’t own the games could see your favorite title out of commission at any given time. Be sure to follow our E3 2019 news hub all week long for the biggest reveals and impressions out of Los Angeles.The Future of Xbox is Named ScarlettXbox E3 Recap: Halo Infinite, Gears 5 and Cyberpunk 2077Best Gaming Laptops by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeVikings: Free Online GameIf you’re over 40 – this game is a must!Vikings: Free Online GameUndoKelley Blue Book5 Mid-engine Corvettes That Weren’tKelley Blue BookUndoGrepolis – Free Online GameGamers Around the World Have Been Waiting for this GameGrepolis – Free Online GameUndoAncestryStart your journey with AncestryDNA®- now $59. Ends 8/26.AncestryUndoVerizon WirelessThis new phone will blow your mind.Verizon WirelessUndoTODAYPolice Identify Girl Licking Ice Cream Tub In Viral VideoTODAYUndoAdvertisement LOS ANGELES, CA – In the weeks leading up to E3 2019, Microsoft announced its Xbox Game Pass for PC program. Essentially a Netflix-for-games subscription service, the PC version brings its all-you-can-play gaming service model from console to Windows 10 (sorry Win 7 and 8 users!).The service is currently in open beta for $9.99, which garners access to over 100 PC games, including a serious cache of AAA titles. Still on the fence about the service? Here’s everything we know so far about Xbox Game Pass for PC.last_img read more

Body discovered off shores of Cancun at Isla Blanca

first_imgCancún, Q. R. — The body of a man was discovered Thursday morning floating in the sea just off the shores of Cancun.Bound and with traces of torture, the body of an executed man was found on Isla Blanca by passing fishermen who called Emergency 911. They said they saw the body around 9:15 a.m. at the edge of the lagoon near the cocktail bar, Acapulquito.Workers from the bar said the body was put there sometime in the morning and at first, was thought to be floating garbage until the fishermen arrived and discovered it was a man.Municipal, state and federal police were called in where on arrival, they found the body of a man who was bound hands and feet with tape. Police suspect the man was shot then thrown into the water.He has not been identified. Experts of the State Attorney General’s Office took charge lifting the body for the Forensic Medical Service where an autopsy will be preformed.Isla Blanca, where the body was found, is part of the Isla Mujeres continental mainland zone.The secretary of State Public Safety, Rodolfo del Angel Campos says that due to the increased criminal activity in the area, an additional 20 state police have been assigned to provide more patrols.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Hollande Syrian general who defected is in Paris

first_img 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finishes Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family How men can have a healthy 2019 Syria is caught up in a civil war brought about after President Bashar Assad violently cracked down on a popular uprising that began 16 months ago. Activists say the conflict has killed more than 17,000 people.Tlass was a confidant of Assad and son of a former defense minister. His defection buoyed Western powers and anti-regime activists, who expressed hope that other high-ranking defections would follow.Last week, Syria’s ambassador to Iraq, Nawaf Fares, followed suit and defected, announcing that he was joining the revolution.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Sponsored Stories More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements New high school in Mesa lets students pick career pathscenter_img Comments   Share   5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Center PARIS (AP) – French President Francois Hollande confirmed on Tuesday that Brig. Gen. Manaf Tlass, one of the highest ranking officials to defect from the Syrian regime, is in Paris.Tlass was reported to have fled Damascus earlier this month, but it’s the first time his presence in France has been confirmed by authorities.Hollande nodded when asked if Tlass was in the French capital during a press conference with Tunisian President Moncef Marzouki, but he did not specify where in Paris he was staying. Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Top Stories last_img read more

Israeli company to unveil laser defense

first_img How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generation Once deployed, Iron Beam would add another element of protection to Israel’s multilayered missile defense system.Israel is developing a new generation of its “Arrow” system to intercept long-range ballistic missiles in space. It also is developing a system to intercept medium-range missiles and has deployed “Iron Dome,” which shoots down short-range rockets.(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Comments   Share   Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober JERUSALEM (AP) – A state-owned Israeli arms company says it will unveil a new laser-defense system next month that will be capable of shooting down short-range rockets and mortar fire.Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd. says the “Iron Beam” system will use a “directed high energy laser beam” to intercept incoming projectiles fired from short distances. The system is to be displayed at the Singapore Air Show next month and is expected to be operational next year. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facilitycenter_img Top Stories New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies The vital role family plays in society Sponsored Stories 5 ways to recognize low testosteronelast_img read more