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Annie Lennox Launches Auction On World AIDS Day

first_img 9 individualy signed baubles (available in various colours)You can access the auction here. Annie Lennox has launched the annual SING Campaign eBay Auction for World AIDS Day.Video: ANNIE LENNOX SING CAMPAIGN EBAY AUCTION 2013This year’s auction items include: 25 individual Christmas cards signed by Annie (custom made for this auction) 5 individual hand written lyrics for: Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This), There Must Be An Angel, Sisters (Are Doin It For Themselves), Here Comes The Rain Again and Whylast_img read more

Want to buy a piece of a Drake song Tracks rights sold

first_imgSteve Stewart, Vezt’s co-founding CEO and former manager of the Stone Temple Pilots, says it’s a win-win situation for both parties: the creator gets to dictate the terms of the transaction and generate immediate money, and the buyer winds up owning a piece of an artistic creation, which could have deep sentimental value to that person.READ MORE Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment In this June 26, 2017 file photo, Canadian rapper Drake arrives at the NBA Awards in New York. (EVAN AGOSTINI / EVAN AGOSTINI/INVISION/AP) For a man who is at the top of his game, Drake can’t seem to stop making money — even when it’s for other people.Only this time, it’s a different kind of money, one that could have far-reaching implications as the music industry pushes further into the realms of cryptocurrency, the speculative digital money that is secured through cryptography and recorded by blockchain technology.In a pilot project of sorts, and in the hope of creating a direct and transparent marketplace for creators and rights holders, Los Angeles-based blockchain outfit Vezt just completed its “ISO” — initial song offering — in late November: a chance for 100 non-U.S. residents to purchase up to 10 per cent of the copyright of a Drake song. Advertisementcenter_img Login/Register With: Facebook Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

Development not a privilege but a right for all says Ban Kimoon

11 January 2008Addressing the largest bloc of developing countries at the United Nations, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today stressed that development should not be “a privilege of the few, but a right for all.” “That right has been made clear over the past two decades, as the world agreed on a set of ambitious, but achievable, development goals,” Mr. Ban told the Group of 77 developing countries and China – commonly known as the “G77” – at a ceremony at which the group’s chairmanship was handed over from Pakistan to Antigua and Barbuda. Mr. Ban added that these objectives have been captured in the UN Development Agenda, including the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the pledges made by world leaders to slash poverty, hunger, disease and illiteracy by 2015. He noted that strong economic growth in recent years has put many developing countries in a better position to achieve the MDGs by the target date of 2015. “But it is clear that growth alone is far from sufficient to meet the Goals,” the Secretary-General stressed, adding that “much more needs to be done in the next seven years if we are to win our race to the Goals on time.” While extreme poverty is declining at the global level, millions of people are still trapped in structural poverty and go hungry every day, he said. In addition, the number of people living on less than $1 a day in many parts of sub-Saharan Africa continues to rise. Mr. Ban called for moving from “rhetoric to reality” to expand the level of international commitment to reduce poverty and eliminate social exclusion. “Countries must work hard to ensure that their most vulnerable citizens attain a stronger voice and better quality of life.” At the global level, the international system must become more responsive to the needs of developing countries, particularly in the areas of trade, finance, technology transfer and migration, he noted. It is also important to improve and strengthen the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), responsible for coordinating work in these fields. “We must be bold if we are to better serve Member States and meet the needs of humanity,” he stressed. For his part, Mr. Ban said he will continue efforts to “put the UN on a new track” so that it can better meet the daunting challenges ahead, including by moving forward with reform, by delivering more effectively on development, and by taking action on climate change and on the other issues on the world body’s agenda. read more

As refugees pour into Chad from Sudan UN announces plans for safer

“If ever there were an ‘invisible’ emergency, this is it,” UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) spokesman Ron Redmond said of the influx which saw 25,000 new arrivals this month alone.The refugees, who are scattered along a 600-kilometre stretch of the remote and volatile border between Chad and Sudan, have received little international help. “Many are in poor health,” Mr. Redmond told the press in Geneva, “making it all the more urgent that they be moved further inland.”Since April, 91,000 people have arrived, most of them living in makeshift camps along the Chad-Sudan frontier, where cross-border incursions are common.Mr. Redmond said UNHCR was sending an eight-member emergency team to eastern Chad next week to prepare the transfer of thousands of refugees to Farachana, about 55 kilometres from the border. The site will need water wells and a basic road network before it can be ready for an initial group of 10,000 refugees in mid-January.UNHCR is also looking at other possible sites for relocation. Meanwhile, it has distributed emergency aid to more than 10,000 vulnerable refugees along the border. Some estimates place the number of internally displaced Sudanese in the Darfur region at over 600,000. This displacement is only the latest in 20 years of civil conflicts that have uprooted more than 4 million people inside Sudan, and driven another 570,000 into neighbouring countries. read more

TimorLeste restoring public security is absolute necessity UN officials say

“The United Nations Integrated Mission in Timor-Leste (UNMIT) believes very firmly that impunity must end, that crimes and acts of violence should not go unchecked,” Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Acting Special Representative Finn Reske-Nielsen told a news conference in Dili, capital of the small South East Asian nation that was torn by fighting earlier this year.“The need to restore public security in Timor-Leste is evident to all,” he added. “This is necessary so that people feel safe to return to their homes. It is necessary for rule of law and to prevent impunity. It is also necessary so that elections next year will be safe and fair.”The Security Council created the expanded UNMIT in August to help restore order in the country that it shepherded to independence from Indonesia just four years ago, after a crisis attributed to differences between eastern and western regions erupted in April with the firing of 600 striking soldiers, a third of the armed forces.Ensuing violence claimed at least 37 lives and drove 155,000 people, 15 per cent of the total population, from their homes.“While the United Nations police has an interim responsibility for public security throughout Timor-Leste, the goal is to actually ensure that this country will possess an effective and trustworthy (national) police service in the future,” UNMIT Acting Police Commissioner Antero Lopes told the news conference. The national police force disintegrated in May and its members are currently undergoing a rigorous screening process. Once cleared, they will be reactivated to work in tandem with UN Police (UNPol) officers. When the whole screening process is completed, the combined total of UNPol and national police will be 5,000, a ratio of five officers to every 1,000 citizens, which Mr. Lopes said is one of the highest in the world.“In a matter of weeks, we should have the full establishment throughout greater Dili and we should start expanding to the districts throughout Timor-Leste,” he added, noting that the international Joint Task Force made of troops from Australia, Malaysia and New Zealand has been providing back up support to UNPol when necessary. Colonel Malcolm Rerden from the Joint Task Force, referring to concerns over weapons handed out to civilians during the crisis, said an audit by the international police and military had confirmed the location and security of nearly 94 per cent of the missing arms. Of nearly 3,000 weapons, less than 230 remain unaccounted for, posing no significant threat, he said. UNMIT’s mandate calls for a robust police presence consisting of up to 1,608 officers, 34 military liaison officers and a significant civilian staff.Addressing Timor-Leste’s parliament yesterday, Mr. Reske-Nielsen called for speedy approval of vital electoral legislation. Supporting the poll is part of UNMIT’s mandate. Although it will not run the elections – that will be the job of the Timorese government – the UN will provide technical help and policy advice. More than 400 UN staff will be fielded across the country to help. read more

Leaders need votes for health bill on eve of House showdown

by Alan Fram And Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, The Associated Press Posted Mar 22, 2017 4:59 pm MDT Last Updated Mar 22, 2017 at 11:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Leaders need votes for health bill on eve of House showdown Former Vice President Joe Biden, right, and Rep. Charlie Crist, D-Fla., left, greet the crowd on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, March 22, 2017. Biden is on Capitol Hill to defend former President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh) WASHINGTON – The top Republican legislative priority in peril, President Donald Trump dangled possible changes to the health care bill Wednesday aimed at placating conservatives threatening to torpedo the legislation. The White House seemed to make progress with the hardliners while House leaders struggled with moderates ahead of a showdown vote.Trump huddled at the White House with 18 lawmakers, a mix of supporters and opponents, Vice-President Mike Pence saw around two dozen and House GOP leaders held countless talks with lawmakers at the Capitol. The sessions came as leaders rummaged for votes on a roll call they can ill-afford to lose without diminishing their clout for the rest of the GOP agenda.Most GOP opponents were conservatives asserting that the legislation demolishing former President Barack Obama’s health care law did not go far enough. They were demanding repeal of the law’s requirements that insurers pay for specified services like maternity care, prescription drugs and substances abuse treatment.Late Wednesday night, House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., met with moderate Republicans from Pennsylvania, Illinois, Maine and New York as well as members of leadership. Any changes on essential health benefits would likely trigger an immediate backlash from patient advocacy groups and doctors.In early meetings with Trump and Pence and later discussions with the White House, talks focused on language addressing conservatives’ concerns that those coverage requirements drive up premiums. Details were unclear, but members of the House Freedom Caucus, the hard-line group spearheading the opposition, were expected at the White House early Thursday.“Tonight is an encouraging night,” said Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., leader of the caucus, who for days has said he has the votes to kill the measure. “But I don’t want to be so optimistic as to say the deal is done.”It was initially uncertain if the provision could survive in the Senate or how moderate Republicans would react. Democrats said the language would die in the Senate because that chamber’s rules don’t allow provisions not directly related to the federal budget.The Republican legislation would halt Obama’s tax penalties against people who don’t buy coverage and cut the federal-state Medicaid program for low earners, which the statute expanded. It would provide tax credits to help people pay medical bills, though generally skimpier than the aid Obama’s statute provides. It also would allow insurers to charge older Americans more and repeal tax boosts the law imposed on high-income people and health industry companies.In a count by The Associated Press, at least 26 Republicans said they opposed the bill and others were leaning that way, enough to narrowly defeat the measure. The number was in constant flux amid eleventh-hour lobbying by the White House and GOP leaders.Including vacancies and expected absentees, the bill would be defeated if 23 Republicans join all Democrats in voting “no.”In a show of support for the opponents, the conservative Koch network promised Wednesday night to spend millions of dollars to defeat the health care overhaul, the influential network’s most aggressive move against the bill.Moderates were daunted by projections of 24 million Americans losing coverage in a decade and higher out-of-pocket costs for many low-income and older people, as predicted by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office.For now, leaders showed no sign of delaying a House vote, their initial attempt to deliver on a pledge to erase Obama’s law they’ve repeated since its 2010 enactment.Underscoring the delicate pathway to victory, participants in the Pence meeting said there were no visible signs of weakened opposition and described one tense moment. Rep. Randy Weber, R-Texas, said White House chief strategist Steve Bannon told them: “We’ve got to do this. I know you don’t like it, but you have to vote for this.”Weber said Rep. Joe Barton, R-Texas, bristled.“When somebody tells me I have to do something, odds are really good that I will do exactly the opposite,” Barton said, according to Weber.Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, said that talk of deleting the insurance coverage requirements had converted him into a supporter. But before the late talks, others were skeptical.“We’re being asked to sign a blank check,” said Rep. Scott Perry, R-Pa., who’s been an opponent. “In the past, that hasn’t worked out so well.”Some Republicans were showing irritation at their party’s holdouts, all but accusing them of damaging the GOP.“At some point we have to cowboy up and prove we can govern,” said Rep. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D. “Otherwise we’re just going to be the ‘no’ party and some people are OK with that, it appears.”The Rules Committee, usually tightly controlled by GOP leadership, was expected to let the chamber vote on revisions that top Republicans concocted to win votes. These include adding federal aid for older people and protecting upstate New York counties — but not Democratic-run New York City — from repaying the state billions of dollars for Medicaid costs.There were other glimmers of hope for GOP leaders.Rep. Lou Barletta, R-Pa., said he had switched from “no” to “yes” after Trump endorsed his bill to use Social Security numbers to hinder people from fraudulently collecting tax credits. Barletta, an outspoken foe of illegal immigration, said he had been promised a vote next month on the measure by House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis.___Associated Press reporters Ken Thomas, Vivian Salama, Erica Werner, Matt Daly and Kevin Freking contributed to this report. read more

Army recruits taught how to fail as way of exposing weaknesses before

A new Channel 5 series follows a batch of new recruits to the Army Foundation College (AFC) in Harrogate “A lot of the boys arrive here full of bravado and gusto [thinking] that they were the greatest thing since sliced bread. But they suddenly realise that they’re not that good at all the military skills.“16 year-olds make 16 year-old decisions. These are junior soldiers who make mistakes [and] bringing them on from teenager to adult to soldier takes time. Boundary pushing is quite normal for an adolescent.”Corporal Joe Nevitt, an instructor in Cambrai Company, dismissed the assertion that modern youngsters are not resilient enough for the army.“I don’t buy into this idea that generations are getting weaker, it’s just that generations are changing,” he said. “They miss their phones more than their parents. Does that mean they’re weaker? I don’t personally think it does. The documentary follows 48 male and female recruits over their six-month course, during which time they all achieve NVQ Level 2 in English and Maths, equivalent to a GCSE grade of A to C.The AFC has a six-month-long course for technical arms – Cambrai company – and a twelve-month-long course for the combat arms, with intakes in March and September each year. The College trains about 1,600 recruits annually.Maj Cartwright-Terry, an officer in the Royal Logistic Corps, said: “For a lot of young people this is the first time they will have realised they are not that good at everything. “The AFC is about teaching young people how to fail. One of the best ways of facilitating growth and development is by exposing someone to their own weaknesses. If they don’t know that that weakness is there, they don’t have the opportunity to develop.” A new Channel 5 series will follow a batch of new recruits to the Army Foundation College (AFC) in HarrogateCredit:Chris Jackson/Getty Using a military term for dressing someone down in an enthusiastic and colourful manner, he said of the male recruits: “The boys only see five seconds in front of their faces.“You can give them a good [ticking off] for something and within 10 minutes they’re doing it again”.Raw Recruits starts on January 7 on Channel 5 A senior Army Officer says recruits cannot develop unless they know their weaknessesCredit:Bethany Clarke/Getty New recruits to the Army are being taught “how to fail” to identify strengths and weaknesses, a new documentary series will show.Growth and development are better facilitated by exposing personal weaknesses, a senior Army Officer says, as if his recruits “don’t know that weakness is there, they don’t have the opportunity to develop”.  The six-part series, starting on January 7, follows a batch of new recruits to the Army Foundation College (AFC) in Harrogate, Yorkshire.Any youngster joining the army aged 16 has to attend the College, which mixes basic military training with academic education.Major John Cartwright-Terry, the Officer Commanding of Cambrai Company, told The Telegraph: “The Army is a massive apprenticeship provider. Through our investment we get the best out of the recruits.“A young person is going to thrive more with a ratio of one to ten or 12, the levels we’ve got here, whereas in the state system, you’ve got a class of 30, there to meet the minimum standards, because that’s all that can be afforded to them. A senior Army Officer says recruits cannot develop unless they know their weaknesses Cpl Nevitt, a soldier in the Army Air Corps and winner of the Army’s 2018 instructor of the year award, was himself a recruit at Harrogate 10 years ago. He says the only thing that had changed since he joined was the way instruction is given.“It was a bit more shouty back then,” Cpl Nevitt said. Such an approach has its place, he believes, but cautioned the tactic should be used sparingly. “If all you do is shout, you’re going to lose them straight away.“They’re clever kids. They know that if shouting is your only tool, they’re going to get used to it.”Both instructors had observed clear differences between males and females when it came to aptitude, maturity and team spirit.Maj Cartwright-Terry said: “The girls build and form relationships exponentially quicker than the blokes. The male junior soldiers will argue and have temper tantrums, whilst the girls quickly form teams.“But further through the course the manipulation and cattiness of the all-female sections starts to come out, while the male sections become a blokey environment where they just get on with it.”Cpl Nevitt agreed. “The girls see the bigger picture but hold grudges more,” he said. “These are 16 year-old children who have decided to join the army and start a career.” Training for recruits mixes basic military training with academic educationCredit:Bethany Clarke/Getty Training for recruits mixes basic military training with academic education 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

Forêts la Commission européenne lance un débat public sur leur protection

first_imgForêts : la Commission européenne lance un débat public sur leur protectionEurope – Le 1er mars, la Commission européenne a adopté un livre vert qui présente les diverses approches possibles pour l’UE concernant la protection des forêts. Jusqu’au 31 janvier, ce document fera l’objet d’une consultation publique et la Commission se fondera sur les réponses reçues pour décider de la nécessité ou non, de mettre en place de nouvelles mesures au niveau européen.En avril 2009, la Commission européenne avait adopté un livre blanc sur le réchauffement climatique. Lundi 1er mars dernier, c’est un livre vert qui a été adopté en vue d’une consultation publique qui s’achèvera le 31 juillet 2010. La Commission s’appuiera alors sur les commentaires du public, des États membres, des institutions de l’UE et des autres parties concernées et intéressées, pour décider si des mesures supplémentaires s’imposent au niveau européen.”Les forêts européennes sont une précieuse ressource, qu’il faut protéger contre les effets néfastes du changement climatique et la perte de biodiversité. […] Nous devons définir quelle valeur ajoutée l’Union européenne peut apporter aux efforts déployés par les États membres pour préserver les forêts et pour garantir la fiabilité, la cohérence et la mise à jour des informations en la matière” a expliqué Janez Potonik, membre de la Commission chargé de l’environnement. Le livre vert expose les principaux problèmes qui touchent les forêts européennes et présente  les instruments disponibles pour assurer leur préservation. Une série de questions soulevées dans le cadre de la mise en place de nouvelles solutions y est également inscrite.À lire aussiQui est Greta Thunberg, proposée pour un prix Nobel à seulement 16 ans ?Comme l’a souligné Connie Hedegaard, membre de la Commission européenne chargée de l’action pour le climat, “les forêts sont des puits de carbone gigantesques, et c’est en cela qu’elles contribueront de manière essentielle aux efforts déployés pour limiter le réchauffement de la planète à moins de 2°C”. Cette limite, préconisée par les experts du climat, est le seul objectif inscrit dans l’accord provisoire signé lors du sommet de Copenhague.Dans l’Union européenne, les forêts et autres espaces boisés occupent quelque 176 millions d’hectares, ce qui représente 42% du territoire de l’UE. La consultation du livre vert est organisée sur le site internet “Votre point de vue sur l’Europe” et, comme l’a expliqué Connie Hedegaard, “les contributions ainsi recueillies nous aideront à définir des mesures efficaces au niveau de l’UE en ce qui concerne le changement climatique et les forêts”.Le 7 mars 2010 à 18:58 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Vancouver targets vehicle license compliance

first_imgDrivers beware: If you’re a Vancouver resident with out-of-state plates, the city is on the prowl.The first wave of volunteers from the Neighbors On Watch group patrolled Vancouver neighborhoods last weekend on the lookout for out-of-state vehicles parked in residential neighborhoods. License plates were recorded and vehicles that could be out of compliance received an informational pamphlet on the law.Some 10 percent of Vancouver residents have failed to register their vehicles in Washington state, and it’s costing the city more than $300,000 annually in Transportation Benefit District funding.The funding — about $2.4 million annually — is generated by the district and a $20 license tab renewal fee that was implemented in 2016. Those fees are used to improve city streets, including fixing potholes and sidewalks.The city’s $300,000 loss could double in mid-2018 if the city council, acting as the Transportation Benefit District Board, approves a recommended license tab fee increase to $40. That decision will be made in December.Volunteer patrolWhen the city council learned of the issue in June, councilors agreed action was needed. Thus the volunteer patrol program was born.last_img read more

MORE LUXURY RESORTS FOR MORE TURKS CAICOS ISLANDS

first_img Man Found Unconscious In Water Near The Sands; pronounced dead TCI Community College students earn #1 at CTO Conference over other Caribbean entrants Related Items:abu dabi, luxury resort, new york, turks and caicos islands Stop the Violence Speaker from NY Inner City; on Tonight Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 12 Dec 2014 – Investors from across the globe were invited by the Premier and others in the Turks and Caicos to be at the New York meetings where there was a focus on investment. QUOTE The country’s leader said there were interests from as far away as Abu Dabi and Dubai, with keen interest too from significant brands which he dubbed high end, luxury and eager to explore adding low density resorts to the Turks and Caicos tourism product. The Governor reported that NYC was colder temperature wise than London, but the meetings proved that the idea of building a business in the TCI is very hot. QUOTE. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for youlast_img read more

County gets CREDC bill for 100000

first_imgClark County Administrator Bill Barron held up an invoice from the Columbia River Economic Development Council during a Wednesday meeting of Clark County commissioners.The invoice, for $100,000, is due March 29, and Barron had a simple question to commissioners:What should we do?Commissioners David Madore and Tom Mielke voted to put a halt to county money going to the CREDC in January. In a letter explaining their action, the commissioners said the move stems from the CREDC’s support of the Columbia River Crossing.Commissioner Steve Stuart did not sign the letter.Commissioners did not change direction after being presented with the invoice, but they did ask if the paperwork could serve as documentation in preparation of a breach-of-contract claim, should the CREDC pursue that.Before Madore joined the board, the previous board of county commissioners approved a two-year contract with the CREDC in December.Barron said he would ask the county’s legal counsel to look into the matter.Bill Dudley, chairman of the CREDC board, said Wednesday night that the group currently has no plans to pursue legal action against Clark County.“CREDC has no intent whatsoever to do that,” Dudley said. “None whatsoever.”Dudley said the invoice is sent out as a matter of process, and that “this isn’t a unique thing for posturing, or anything like that.”last_img read more

Childcare vouchers closure caused 84 of working parents to rethink career

first_imgMore than four-fifths (84%) of working parents have had to reconsider their future career plans following the closure of the government’s childcare vouchers scheme to new entrants in October 2018, according to research by the Childcare Voucher Providers Association (CVPA).The research canvassed the views of 17,000 parents currently using the scheme, 964 parents unable to sign up for childcare vouchers following the closure to new entrants, 808 employers and 1,130 childcare providers. It also found that 40% of working parents would be less likely to return to work following the closure of the scheme.Among those currently benefiting from the childcare voucher programme, 98% stated that they were happy with their experience.In comparison, 60% of respondents who had signed up for tax-free childcare, provided by the UK government as an alternative to childcare vouchers, noted that their experience had been unclear or confusing. Only one-fifth (20%) found the new scheme easy to use.Jacquie Mills, chair of the CVPA, said: “The voices of parents coming through our survey couldn’t be clearer: childcare support has to provide flexibility and choice, allowing parents the opportunity to decide what works best for them.“It also needs to break down the barriers to career progression, extending opportunities to working parents, and enabling employers to attract the talent they need.“Finally, it has to be simple and effective, that’s why we still support reopening the childcare voucher scheme. This would be the best option to achieve all these aims, aligning with the government’s objectives to support working families and helping businesses thrive.”Among employer respondents, 60% stated that they had found there to be higher satisfaction among employees accessing childcare vouchers, compared to those using tax-free childcare.The vast majority of respondents (97%) would support the reopening of childcare vouchers to new entrants.Jane van Zyl, chief executive officer at Working Families, said: “This report confirms that the closure of the childcare voucher scheme is bad for employers and bad for parents. The government’s decision to close the scheme was disappointing, not least because in the workplace, vouchers allowed employers to start conversations with parents about their family-friendly working policies and practice more broadly.“Working Families continues to call for childcare vouchers to reopen, running alongside tax-free childcare, to allow parents the maximum amount of choice and enable them to choose the scheme that offers them the most support and helps them balance work and caring for their children in the way that works best for their families.”Aoife Hamilton, policy and information manager at Employers for Childcare, added: “Parents tell us every day about the challenges they face in paying for the childcare they need to allow them to go to work, with many questioning their ability to work at all. Closing childcare vouchers has, for many families, increased this challenge, with some receiving less support and others missing out entirely.“Families should have access to the form of childcare support that best suits their individual circumstances, which is why we are calling for a comprehensive and flexible package of childcare support for parents that includes tax-free childcare and childcare vouchers.“Re-opening the childcare voucher scheme to new entrants is a policy that is aligned with the government’s objectives, clearly has widespread support from parents, employers, and childcare providers and will be straightforward to implement [because] the necessary infrastructure is already in place, with the scheme continuing to be available for existing beneficiaries.”last_img read more

Cloud database removed after exposing details on 80 million US households

first_img Security Internet A database with info on 80M+ US households was left open… Hacking Privacy Microsoft Now playing: Watch this: 1:48 11 Tags Comments Unlike a hack, you don’t need to break into a computer system to access an exposed database. You simply need to find the IP address, the numerical code assigned to any given web page. There’s no indication, though, that the information in this database was accessed by cybercriminals.For the research, Rotem and Locar partnered with VPNmentor, an Israeli company that reviews privacy products called VPNs and receives commissions when readers choose one they like. In a blog post Monday, the company called on the public to help it identify who might own the data so that it can be secured.”The 80 million families listed here deserve privacy,” the company said in its blog post.Rotem found that the data was stored on a cloud service owned by Microsoft. Securing the data is up to the organization that created the database, and not Microsoft itself.”We have notified the owner of the database and are taking appropriate steps to help the customer remove the data until it can be properly secured,” a Microsoft spokesperson told CNET in a statement Monday.The server hosting the data came online in February, Rotem found, and he discovered it in April using tools he developed to search for and catalog unsecured databases. In January, he also found a security flaw in a widely used airline booking system called Amadeus that could allow an attacker to view and alter airline bookings.The cache of demographic information included data about adults aged 40 and older. Many people listed are elderly, which Rotem said could put them at risk from scammers tempted to use the information to try to defraud them.Originally published April 29, 5 a.m. PT.Update, 11:15 a.m.: Adds comment from Microsoft and more information about the cybersecurity research team. Update, 12:12 p.m.: Notes that the database has been taken offline. Angela Lang/CNET In a blow to consumers’ privacy, the addresses and demographic details of more than 80 million US households were exposed on an unsecured database stored on the cloud, independent security researchers have found.The details included names, ages and genders as well as income levels and marital status. The researchers, led by Noam Rotem and Ran Locar, were unable to identify the owner of the database, which until Monday was online and required no password to access. Some of the information was coded, like gender, marital status and income level. Names, ages and addresses were not coded.The data didn’t include payment information or Social Security numbers. The 80 million households affected make up well over half of the households in the US, according to Statista.”I wouldn’t like my data to be exposed like this,” Rotem said in an interview with CNET. “It should not be there.”Rotem and his team verified the accuracy of some data in the cache but didn’t download the data to minimize the invasion of privacy of those listed, he said.It’s one more example of a widespread problem with cloud data storage, which has revolutionized how we store valuable information. Many organizations don’t have the expertise to secure the data they keep on internet-connected servers, resulting in repeated exposures of sensitive data. Earlier in April, a researcher revealed that patient information from drug addiction treatment centers was exposed on an unsecured database. Another researcher found a giant cache of Facebook user data stored by third-party companies on another database that was publicly visible. I wouldn’t like my data to be exposed like this. It should not be there. Noam Rotem, security researcher Share your voicelast_img read more

Cordcutters delight The AirTV is just 4999 today

first_img The Cheapskate Walmart Best Buy See it $699 Mentioned Above Sonos Playbar $665 $699 Review • Sonos Playbar review: A sound bar for Sonos disciples Share your voice Media Streamers Gadgets Wireless & Bluetooth Speakers See It Bonus deal No. 2: Get an electric arc lighter for just $6.36tacklife-ely01-close-upCan your lighter do this? Tacklife Still lighting candles with matches? Go back to the 1800s, grandma! For a limited time, Red Baby AI (via Amazon) has the Tacklife ELY01 rechargeable arc lighter for just $6.36 with promo code GZ2Y24C4. That’s even less than the Father’s Day deal from last month. The lighter normally runs $13.See it at AmazonThis thing blows matches and propane lighters out of the water. For starters, it has a gooseneck, so it can light where you need it to light. It’s windproof, because there’s no actual flame to blow out. And it won’t ever run out of propane, because it relies on a rechargeable battery that’s good for up to 1,000 uses (!) between charges.The only caveat: If you use it to light candles, wax can get on the tip, which can prevent the arc from lightning. Just scrape off the wax with your thumbnail and you should be back in business.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on PCs, phones, gadgets and much more. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page. Find more great buys on the CNET Deals page and follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter! A sound bar for Sonos disciples Now playing: Watch this: Tags Preview • The Sonos Playbar is official: A sleek sound bar that streams all your music for $700 CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Sonos Playbar At just $50 refurbished, the AirTV is one of the cheapest ways to keep local TV channels. And no monthly fees! AirTV Update, July 11: The refurb AirTV is sold out at the $50 price. You can pick up a new AirTV at Amazon for $80 ($40 off), or you can check out the similar Amazon Fire TV Recast for $130 ($100 off). That latter product costs more — and only works with a Fire TV streamer — but it includes a built-in 500GB DVR. Like the AirTV, however, it requires no monthly fees.Read the Air TV review | Read the Fire TV Recast reviewFor many a cable TV cord-cutter, local channels are the final piece of the puzzle. How can you continue to watch (or record) those stations without piling on more monthly fees and defeating the whole point of cutting the cord?Here’s how: Today only, and while supplies last, Woot has the refurbished AirTV dual-tuner local-channel streaming box for $49.99, with free shipping for Amazon Prime subscribers. (Others pay $5.)See it at WootEverything you need to know about this product, you can find in CNET’s AirTV review. However, allow me to sum up: Connect an antenna to the AirTV box, then link the box to your Wi-Fi network (or plug it into your router’s Ethernet port). Presto! Now you can watch live local channels via your streaming devices (Fire TV, Roku and so on) and mobile devices (even if you’re away from home).Better still, the AirTV can pull DVR duty, though it’s BYO USB hard drive. If you have an extra one lying around, great. If not, here’s a Toshiba Canvia 1TB drive for just $49. (My point: Adding your own storage is extremely affordable.)Although the box was “built for SlingTV,” you definitely don’t need a SlingTV subscription. If you have one, those channels will populate the program guide alongside your local ones, which is nice. Even nicer? There’s no monthly fee for AirTV’s program guide.So, yeah, you’re in for $50 for the box. And if you already have an antenna and hard drive, you’re done. The latter is optional, and here’s an indoor HD antenna for just $17.Cord-cutting solutions don’t get much cheaper than this. Even if Woot’s supply of refurbs runs out, the AirTV is quite reasonable at $79.99.If you’ve used one and have thoughts to share, hit the comments section!Bonus deal: The Sonos Playbar drops to $549 (save $150)Sonos Playbar Jason Jenkins/CNET Speaking of refurbished gear for your TV viewing pleasure, the Sonos Playbar sound bar normally sells for $699, but for a limited time, you can get a refurb Playbar for $549. That’s a rare deal and one of the biggest discounts I can recall seeing on this speaker.See it at SonosEverything you need to know about it, you can learn in CNET’s Sonos Playbar review. (Wow, did this thing really come out way back in 2014?)One thing worth adding: All refurbished Sonos gear is guaranteed to be good as new, right down to the full one-year warranty. Sure, at $549 the Playbar is still a pricey addition to a home theater — but at least it’s a little less outrageous. Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. 3:19 See It Amazon Bluetooth Roku Toshiba Comments $699 Crutchfield See It 33last_img read more

Release Jadhav immediately Jaishankar guilty of a crime

first_imgNew Delhi : A day after the International Court of Justice ordered review of death penalty to Kulbhushan Jadhav, India on Thursday asked Pakistan to release the former Navy officer forthwith and vowed to vigorously continue efforts to bring him back. Making a statement in both houses of Parliament on the ICJ judgement, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar said, “Pakistan was found to have deprived India of the right to communicate with Jadhav, have access to him, visit him in detention and arrange his legal representation.” “Kulbhushan Jadhav is innocent of the charges made against him. Also Read – CBI carrying out surprise checks at 150 government departments Advertise With Us His forced confession without legal representation and due process will not change this reality,” he said. “We once again call upon Pakistan to release and repatriate him forthwith,” the minister said. The International Court of Justice on Wednesday directed Pakistan to suspend the death sentence given in 2017 to Jadhav on charges of espionage and sabotage. Also Read – Ratul Puri’s ED custody extended by 4 more days Advertise With Us “Appreciate the ICJs decision not to acquit, release and return Commander Kulbhushan Jadhav to India. He is guilty of crimes against the people of Pakistan. Pakistan shall proceed further as per law,” Pakistan PM Imran Khan tweeted. The Pakistan foreign office has meanwhile said it will now proceed “as per law” in the Kulbhushan Jadhav case after the ICJ ruled that it must review the death sentence for the Indian national who was charged for “espionage and terrorism”. Advertise With Us “The Government will vigorously continue its efforts to ensure his safety and wellbeing, as well as his early return to India,” Jaishankar said as members cutting across party lines welcomed the landmark judgement by thumping benches. Jadhav, 49, a retired Indian Navy officer, was sentenced to death by the Pakistani military court on charges of “espionage and terrorism” after a closed trial in April 2017. Jaishankar, who first made the statement in Rajya Sabha and then in Lok Sabha, noted that Jadhav was awarded a death sentence by a Pakistani military court martial on “fabricated charges”. This was done without providing Indian representatives consular access to him, as envisaged by international law and practice. “We made it clear even at that time that India would view very seriously the possibility that an innocent Indian citizen could face death sentence in Pakistan without due process and in violation of basic norms of law and justice,” the minister said. To ensure Jadhav’s wellbeing and safety and to secure his release, Jaishankar said India approached the ICJ to seek appropriate relief. “The ICJ delivered its judgement on July 17,2019. Very significantly, the court unanimously found that it had jurisdiction on the matter and by a vote of 15-1, pronounced on the other key aspects of the case. “The dissenting judge was from Pakistan,” he said. The IJC pronounced that Pakistan had breached obligations under the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations. “It did so by not notifying India without delay of the detention of Shri Jadhav, thereby depriving us of the right to render consular assistance,” he said. The minister also praised senior advocate Harish Salve, who argued India’s case in the ICJ and lauded Jadhav’s family’s courage in these difficult circumstances. Pakistan, he said, was also found to have deprived India of the right to communicate with Jadhav, have access to him, visit him in detention and arrange his legal representation. “The Court declared that Pakistan is under an obligation to inform Shri Jadhav without further delay of his rights and to provide India consular access to him,” he said.last_img read more

7yearold Kerala boy ends up in ventilator after brutal attack by mothers

first_imgEDITORS NOTE: Graphic content / A Yemeni boy lies in a hospital bed as he receives treatment in the Huthi-rebel-held capital Sanaa on March 11, 2019, from wounds sustained during a reported air strike in the Kisar district of the northern Hajjah province.MOHAMMED HUWAIS/AFP/Getty Images [Representational Image]A 7-year-old from Kerala ends up in ventilator after he suffered major injuries including a cracked skull after he was brutally attacked by his mother’s partner on Thursday.The incident took place in Kumaramangalam near Thodupuzha in Idukki district of Kerala when Arun Anand (35), a native of Thiruvananthapuram started assaulting the younger brother of the victim. The boy was trying to protect his 4-year-old brother from getting beaten up by the accused.The accused smashed the victim on the ground and had hit him with a stick on his head. The boy sustained skull fracture, internal bleeding and lung injury. He also had cuts and bruises all over the body. The boy’s mother and brother were also present during the incident.The incident came into light after the local hospital authorities informed the police and Child Rights Commission about the deteriorating condition of the boy. The boy was later shifted to a hospital in Ernakulam for emergency surgery. But even after the surgery, the boy is still in critical condition as the blood circulation to his head has stopped.According to the police, the accused Arun has been living with the family from the past few months and is a drug addict. The victim’s younger brother has also sustained injuries and the police have recorded his statement as he is the only witness of the assault.The Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has asked for an immediate report on the incident from the district authorities. He has also asked the hospital authorities to ensure that all expert treatments are given to the victim.Health Minister KK Shylaja said the government will bear the treatment expenses of the child. “Stringent action will be taken against those engaged in cruelty to children. The covering up of assaults against children is also a grave crime,” said the minister, reports NDTV.Several Indian Penal Code (IPC) sections have been slapped against Arun, including section 303 (attempt to murder), 323 (punishment for voluntarily causing hurt), 325 (voluntarily causing grievous hurt) and Section 75 of the Juvenile Justice Act.last_img read more

Police absent on the spot still injured

first_img,As many as 401 leaders and activists of the opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) were implicated in a case filed after an attack on BNP candidate for Munshiganj-1 Shah Moazzem Hossain’s motorcade on Saturday.However, the police registered the case for showing it as an incident of attack on the law enforcement.Witnesses and local BNP leaders said no policeman was not present during the occurence.Shah Moazzem’s motorcade came under attack by some unidentified men in Kuchiamora area in Sirajdikhan upazila on Saturday.Officer-in-charge (OC) of Sirajdikhan police station Farid Uddin then said none was injured in the incident.On Monday, he claimed that five policemen including sub-inspector Sheikh Ashraful  and Mashiqur Rahman got injured in the incident.The police filed the case on Sunday accusing the BNP men of injuring the policemen.SI Ashraful named 251 BNP men including upazila secretary general Awlad Hossain and implicated 100-150 unnamed men in the case.Asked about contradictory statement about the police being attacked, OC Farid Uddin said Saturday’s comment was his immediate response.He claimed that he later knew that five police men were injured as brickbat was thrown at them and took primary treatment at upazila health complex.However, witnesses said the attackers left the scene 15 minutes after the attack was carried out around 4:30pm.On hearing, the police personnel reached the spot around an hour later.Sirajdikhan upazila BNP chairmen Abdul Kuddus, who was at Shah Moazzem’s entourage, confidently said no policeman was present during the attack.“The police didn’t come (during the attack) although we called them. How can they be injured? We have seen 5-7 policemen reached the spot around 7:00pm when we started for Dhaka,” he said. Khondokar Ashek Mahmud, a physician at Sirajdikhan upazila health complex, recalled that five policemen came to the facility to take treatment. However, there were no such injury marks on their bodies.“I heard they were injured by brickbat,” he added.Superintendent of Munshiganj police Zaidul Alam Fuad, however, said the policemen might get injured during the chaos.He said the police would not harass any innocent person.last_img read more

More heavy rains expected this weekend red alerts issued

first_imgAnother tropical wave is expected to hit Costa Rica on Friday and Saturday, bringing heavy rains to the Caribbean coast and northern part of the country.The National Emergency Commission (CNE) issued a red alert for the cantons of Valle de la Estrella, Turrialba, Sarapiquí, Matina y Talamanca. A yellow alert was issued in Limón, Alvarado, Siquirres, San Isidro, and Jiménez.San Carlos, Upala, Los Chiles, Guácimo and Pococí are under a green alert.According to the National Meteorological Institute (IMN), the heavy rains will come from a tropical wave like the one that hit the country last week and caused widespread flooding and landslides. This is now the 18th tropical wave to hit Costa Rica this year.The CNE says heavy rains have already affected 573 communities and displaced nearly 1,500 people. The incidents include 216 reports of flooding and 23 landslides. In response to the widespread damage, the government has opened 19 shelters to house 437 affected families.The government has also assessed the financial cost of some of the damage done by the heavy rains. Committees for Municipal Emergencies (CMEs) report road damage to be 7.5 billion colones, while the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock says damage to thousands of farms has cost 6.4 billion colones so far. Facebook Comments Related posts:More heavy rains will hit Costa Rica’s Pacific coast this week, red alerts issued Costa Rica’s southern Pacific hit by heavy rains, flooding UPDATED: 150 rescued after landslides leave motorists trapped on Route 32 Heavy rains hit Costa Rica: two dead, one missing; another tropical wave expected to hit tomorrow, red alerts issuedlast_img read more