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Berger demands data security accountability ahead of House Equifax hearing

first_imgNAFCU President and CEO Dan Berger yesterday urged congressional action to ensure that credit unions do not bear the cost of negligent data practices by entities like Equifax.Berger made his call for increased data security responsibility in a letter sent to House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee Chairman Bob Latta, R-Ohio, and Subcommittee Ranking Member Jan Schakowsky, D-Ill., ahead of the Subcommittee on Digital Commerce and Consumer Protection’s hearing today on the Equifax data breach. The hearing begins at 10 a.m. Eastern.In the letter, Berger said the frequency with which data breaches occur is “unacceptable,” as these events “have become a constant concern of the American people.”Berger urged that all entities that handle personal financial data be subject to the same standards credit unions and other financial depository institutions follow under the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (GLBA), and he specifically called for credit rating agencies already subject to the GLBA, like Equifax, to undergo the same examinations for compliance as credit unions. 11SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »last_img read more

Man charged with manslaughter after deadly dirt bike crash

first_imgThe sheriff’s office stated they arrived to investigate the situation for a third time, for reports of people riding minibikes and off-road motorcycles on the street and surrounding area. This article has been updated to include more information on what lead to the death of Fortner and the charges against Hughes. The sheriff’s office said a subsequent investigation revealed that Hughes saw the dirt bike traveling on the street before the collision. To slow the vehicle down, he walked on the road with a shovel in his hands. Deputies issued him three traffic tickets for insufficient stoplights, a cracked windshield, and loud exhaust. Hughes was transported to the Broome County Sheriff’s Office Correctional facility for arraignment at the CAP court. Deputies charged Hughes with manslaughter in the 2nd degree, a class C felony. This is an ongoing investigation. Anyone with information should contact the Broome County Sheriff’s Office. After swerving around Hughes, Fortner hit the parked van. Fortner was transported to Wilson Memorial Hospital and was pronounced dead. Deputies said Hughes extended the shovel to try and force the dirt bike onto the side of the road, but Fortner swerved around Hughes. Authorities said Hughes threw the shovel in the direction of the dirt bike as it passed. Deputies said they first responded to reports of several people creating a disturbing and performing “burn-outs” on Airport Road around 6:43 p.m. Tuesday. Deputies responded to the area a third time at 9:12 p.m. for a crash involving Fortner and Hughes. TOWN OF UNION (WBNG) — The Broome County Sheriff’s Office released additional information about the moments that lead to a deadly motorcycle crash late Tuesday night in the town of Union. The crash left 24-year-old Cameron Fortner dead. Deputies charged another man, 48-year-old John Hughes, with manslaughter. According to the news release, deputies responded to Airport Road three times Tuesday night. They said while checking the area, a patrol officer saw a male, later identified at Fortner, riding a small off-road dirt bike on Airport Road. Moments later, the dirt bike hit a parked, unoccupied full-size van on the side of the road. When they arrived, witnesses told deputies Fortner was performing “burn-outs” in the street in a Chevrolet Suburban. As deputies questioned Fortner, they said he “made threats of shooting the deputies, played loud music and was generally uncooperative”, according to the news release. Deputies then responded to the same location a second time, when they said they witnessed Fortner do another “burn-out”. Deputies gave him another ticket. Authorities said as a result of the collision, Fortner was ejected off the vehicle and onto the street. The deputy nearby found him unconscious and not breathing, so she started to perform CPR.last_img read more

Man City boss Pep Guardiola donates €1million to coronavirus fight

first_imgManchester City manager, Pep Guardiola, has donated an amount of 1 million Euros to aid in efforts to curb the spread of COVID-19 in Spain.The amount from Guardiola will reportedly assist a campaign being promoted by the Medical College of Barcelona and the Angel Soler Daniel Foundation after the former Barcelona manager worked with his lawyers on a funding plan.Medical and personal protective equipment will be procured for frontline health staff, a big boost for the efforts given a shortage of PPE equipment in various facilities across Europe.Spain is one of the hardest-hit countries from the pandemic, with over 40,000 confirmed cases and well over 2,000 deaths.He is the latest sports personality to make a donation to the fight against the disease, following 1m euro donations from Cristiano Ronaldo, Robert Lewandowski and Lionel Messi.Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Paul Pogba have also set up funds to aid healthcare efforts.The world of sport has been brought to a standstill by the pandemic with games in the Premier League, La Liga, the Ghana Premier League and other top leagues around the world suspended.The Champions League and Europa League finals have also been suspended.This year’s Olympic Games, originally scheduled to start in July in Tokyo have also been postponed until next year.A number of players, including Juventus duo Paolo Dybala and Daniele Rugani, Chelsea’s Callum Hudson-Odoi, Valencia pair Mangala and Garay and former Manchester United midfielder, Marouane Fellaini tested positive for the disease, although many of them have since recovered.last_img read more

Bulldogs take tough loss at home to Princeton; Spartans, Warriors overpowered on the road

first_imgLos Molinos >> The Los Molinos Bulldogs had a forgettable homecoming Friday night, falling to the Princeton Eagles 76-38.Not only did the Bulldogs lose to the league’s leading rusher, Manuel Espinosa, and a very good Princeton team, the loss was compounded by complaints about non-calls and questionable calls from the officiating crew and increasing frustration that caused tempers to flare.The teams traded jabs early, with each scoring a touchdown a few minutes into the opening quarter and the …last_img

The Great Whaling Debate

first_imgA humpbacked whale frolicking in thewaters off Hermanus in the Western Cape.(Image: South African Tourism) Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu caststhe first vote in the Great Whaling Debate.(Image: Jennifer Stern) The counter registers Tutu’s vote.(Image: Jennifer Stern) Tutu admires the Sacred Ocean sculpturewhile sculptor Noel Ashton looks on.(Image: Jennifer Stern)Jennifer SternThe number of petitions that cross your inbox is an indication of how the internet has changed the way we live. We have instant access to information from around the globe and, more importantly, we can react to it by adding our names to petitions with the mere touch of a keyboard.But what does a petition really tell you? That x-thousand people took the trouble to complain about or campaign for something or other.What about the so-called “silent majority” out there? Perhaps they want to continue persecuting Baha’is in Iran, spewing carbon into the atmosphere, or manufacturing nuclear weapons.  Obviously many people do want to continue these things or they would have been stopped, surely?That’s why the Great Whaling Debate and the complementary Sacred Ocean Campaign – a partnership between Noel and Belinda Ashton, the Two Oceans Aquarium and the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) – is so clever.Launched in late November, the debate was initially going to be a petition-type campaign encouraging people to add their names to a list of concerned individuals who are opposed to whaling. Same old story, though. There’s no petition for people who think whaling is a good idea, so the numbers don’t really mean much.When last did you get an email asking you to sign a petition for the International Whaling Commission to lift the moratorium on commercial whaling?But this way everyone gets a voice. The Great Whaling Debate is a campaign aimed at ending all whaling but, instead of merely adding one’s voice to the already clamorous cry to end the slaughter of whales in our oceans, the campaign offers people the opportunity to vote.If you believe whaling should continue, you can have your say and add your voice to those who head out in big ships with explosive harpoons and long flensing knives to “harvest” – or take “scientific samples” from – the world’s whale populations. You may need to learn to speak Japanese, Norwegian or Icelandic if you want to be heard, though.A long history of whalingThe hunting of whales has been a part of life for coastal communities for centuries, possibly millennia. But it would initially have been a subsistence industry with whole communities working together to kill a whale or two to see the village through the winter. With the advent of the industrial revolution, though, whaling changed in nature and in scale.From about the 17th century onwards, American, British and European whalers gradually expanded their areas of operation until, by the 19th century, whales were hunted in every corner of every ocean of the world. They were killed mostly for their oil, which was used for illumination, and later for margarine, cosmetic and other specialised industrial applications. Some whalers used the meat, and some did not – it was pretty much a cultural choice.One thing was certain, though. In the days before refrigeration, it was impossible to utilise all the meat from the slaughtered whales, so only the more valuable parts of the animals, including oil and baleen, were kept. The rest was dumped back into the ocean.Since whale oil is now no longer in demand, and plastic is the material of choice for the few people who still like to squeeze themselves into tightly laced corsets, whales are now hunted mostly for their meat.South Africa’s progressive protection legislationDespite the abundance of southern right and humpbacked whales in its waters, South Africa has some of the most progressive protective legislation for whales and other cetaceans, and stopped commercial whaling in 1975.The International Whaling Commission, which was founded by the International Convention for the Regulation of Whaling (ICRW) in 1946, voted to enforce a moratorium on commercial whaling in 1986.Norway lodged a formal complaint at the time, so it continues to hunt whales legally, and Japan utilises a handy loophole, killing more than a thousand whales every year for “scientific research”. As whale meat is freely available in Japanese food markets and restaurants, cynical observers may be justified in saying that the research consists mostly of finding new and better recipes for whale meat.A few coastal communities continue what they call “traditional hunting,” which is usually on a small scale. Of course, countries that are not signatories to the ICRW are not bound by the moratorium, and it’s also almost certain that a number of opportunistic whalers operate totally outside of the law.The good news and the bad news is that whale populations have increased dramatically since the inception of the moratorium. It’s good news for obvious reasons. It’s almost certain that, but for the moratorium and strong legislation like that in South African waters, many species of whale would now be extinct.But it’s also bad news for the whales, as those member nations that want to continue or resume commercial whaling cite these figures as an indication that whaling can now be sustainable.The Sacred Ocean sculptureThe Sacred Ocean Campaign was launched on 27 November 2008 at the Two Oceans Aquarium in Cape Town, along with the unveiling of a sculpture of the same name by renowned cetacean artist, Noel Ashton.Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, before unveiling the sculpture, said how shocked he was at the brutality of whaling. Describing how whales are killed over a period of a couple of hours he exclaimed, referring to the terrorist attacks in Mumbai that were dominating the news that day: “Are we surprised that we can gun down innocent people in hotels, and bomb innocent children, when we can behave so barbarically towards God’s creatures?”The sculpture, which stands 3.4m high in its entirety, is a fusion of three distinct elements.  The supporting plinth consists of small relief sculptures of the world’s major whale species, with a short description of each, while the main section consists of a small bronze humpback whale and calf floating in space, surrounded by over-arching whale ribs.Describing his intentions, sculptor Noel Ashton speaks of imagination. “Imagination,” he says, “is an important and central aspect of being human.”He explains how he intended the work to inspire those who view it. “I would hope that the symbol of the suspended mother and calf would encourage our imaginations to lead us into the water with the whales, with beams of blue light highlighting their form as they gracefully glide by in the ocean stillness – a moment of deep connection with an extraordinary mammal.”But his lyricism has a darker side. “May the arched bones point the imagination to seeing the terrible brutality of a harpoon being fired from a fast-moving whale catcher, the explosive head detonating on impact and the thrashing in the water as the whale slowly and painfully dies, the barbs ripping its flesh and the blue waters turning red.”After admiring the sculpture, Tutu cast the first vote in IFAW’s Great Whaling Debate. A permanent internet kiosk dedicated to the debate stands behind the sculpture.  Pat Garret, CEO of the Two Oceans Aquarium, said he was delighted with the campaign and the internet voting station, saying that it would “give us a powerful tool to gauge public sentiment regarding whaling.”He also expressed his delight at having Ashton’s “beautiful sculpture, and James Bond [Pierce Brosnan] on screen in the foyer telling us it’s time to fight for the whales.”In a reciprocal compliment, Ashton said how thrilled he was to have his sculpture in the Two Oceans Aquarium. “I hope that, by being situated here in the foyer, the Sacred Ocean sculpture will encourage people to pause awhile, and consider that the bones represent the past and the 2.5-million whales killed in the last 70 years of commercial whaling; that the humpbacks represent the present, and the calf a hope for the future, as each new birth brings the whales back from the very edge of extinction.“I see Sacred Ocean as the symbol of unity of purpose, and with the power of many, to voice their feelings about the ongoing cruelty of whaling. We also need to realise that this crisis for whales actually reflects a profound crisis for humanity in allowing this and other atrocities to take place.”Do you have queries or comments about this article? Email Mary Alexander at [email protected] articlesBig fests for big beastsSA manta a star in AtlantaSaving the albatross, on sea and land Saving our vulnerable sharks Useful linksStop Whaling NowInternational Fund for Animal Welfare South AfricaInternational Whaling CommissionOceans of AfricaTwo Oceans AquariumSea Shepherdlast_img read more

AirAsia X: London will be first

first_imgAsia’s biggest long-haul low-cost carrier AirAsia X says it will return to London in 2018, following its Singapore competitor Scoot’s decision this week to launch its first European services in 2017.Scoot will fly from Singapore to Athens four times a week from June 2017 with its launch offers marking the return of ultra-cheap fares on the world’s longest air route between Australia and Europe.Scoot’s offer of a one-way seat from east coast Australia to Athens for $A419 are similar to the $A800 return fares from Sydney and Melbourne to London and Paris when AirAsia X last flew there before services were terminated in 2012 – roughly halving existing fares in those markets.Read AirAsia X’s China plansAirAsia X chief executive Ben Ismail is waiting on the delivery of the first of 66 new ultra-long-haul Airbus A330-900 neo (new engine option) jetliners from 2018 before announcing details of European services, but told AirlineRatings.com London will be the first destination.Only the airport remains to be decided: AirAsia X last flew to London Gatwick airport south of the city before launching its first flights to Stansted airport, north of London.”For us, it’s all about the airport deal,” Ismail says. “If we can find a very attractive airport deal with good takeoff and landing slots, we’ll go for that.”We’re confident we can stimulate any airport that we go into so (in London) it may be Stansted, it may be Gatwick or, if I’m the luckiest person in the world, Heathrow would be great.” Ismail says AirAsia founder and chief executive Tony Fernandes “has done very well in the past trying to find routes that are very sexy where everyone dreams to go”. “Last time, Paris was filling up, London was filling up – they were the two places people wanted to go,” Ismail says. “The only issue in the past was the cost of operations was very high. Even though the yields (average fares) and the loads were very good, it was still not enough to break even. With the new aircraft, I’m quite confident we can make some sort of money.”Ismail says that, in the long term, the airline will look at other Euro destinations, such as Rome and Frankfurt. The AirAsia X chief also says the group won’t shut down its Indonesian subsidiary, which this year axed its four weekly A330 flights from Melbourne and Sydney to Bali because of heavy losses. The flights will end on September 1 and there appears little chance they will be restarted in the near future.Though Indonesia AirAsia X has separate ownership from its short-haul cousin, Indonesia AirAsia, it has faced serious regulatory problems with the Indonesian Government since the short-haul  affiliate crashed an Airbus A320 in December 2014, killing all 162 people aboard.”We’re trying to look at the business entirely – how it’s going to fit into the whole vision,” Ismail says of Indonesia AirAsia X, which now has just one route – from Jakarta to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, launched in December 2015. “We’re reviewing it with regulators there to see how we can move forward. It’s still going to exist but whether it’s going to fall within one company or two, we don’t know yet.”last_img read more

English Premier League mulls winter break to emulate Europe

first_imgNEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Pistons’ Willie Reed suspended 6 games by NBA Read Next Chelsea’s Eden Hazard, left, celebrates with teammate Cesar Azpilicueta after scoring his side’s first goal during the English Premier League soccer match between Watford and Chelsea at Vicarage Road stadium in London, Monday, Feb. 5, 2018.(AP Photo/Frank Augstein)LONDON — The English Premier League could emulate other European competitions by introducing a winter break.The Premier League says it has been in talks for several months about finding a gap in the soccer calendar with the Football Association and English Football League, which organizes the three divisions below the top-flight.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View comments The Premier League says it’s been looking at the “challenges of the increasingly congested English football calendar, and ways in which we can work together to ease fixture congestion while also giving players a mid-season break.”January would be the most likely time for a break, given the significance of the fixtures around Christmas.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe Premier League says “provided space can be found in the calendar, we are open to this in principle and will continue constructive discussions with our football stakeholders to seek a workable solution.” John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises LATEST STORIES Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH MOST READ Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. AFP official booed out of forumlast_img read more

10 months agoToshack warns Juventus of Ramsey expectations

first_imgToshack warns Juventus of Ramsey expectationsby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Wales coach John Toshack says Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey needs to be careful about his expected move to Juventus.Toshack says Ramsey will have to fight for his place in Juve’s midfield.“He was always a talent, but I don’t know if I’d call him a star yet,” Toshack told La Gazzetta dello Sport.“For the moment he is playing for a big club and very soon he’ll be at a huge club. That says a lot about his quality, even if I haven’t quite figured out what his best position is yet. That is an issue Juve will need to clarify straight away.“I don’t know if Aaron is disciplined enough to play in front of the defence. I am also not sure he scores enough to play close to the strikers.“He might do better in a three-man midfield, where he has the possibility to push forward, or perhaps in a three supporting the centre-forward. In modern football you do need to be versatile and he is a modern player.”Ramsey had also been linked with Paris Saint-Germain, but seems to have chosen Juventus.“He has a unique opportunity to play with Cristiano Ronaldo, to grow, to improve, and that’s a lucky break for a lad who hasn’t had much luck,” continued the former Wales manager.“I remember watching TV when he really hurt himself playing against Stoke in 2010. I was stunned. It took him nine months to get back, but the experience helped forge his character. He grew up over time, but now he’s 28 years old and read to explode.“Juventus are doing really well when it comes to free agents and contracts running down, picking up top players for free like Emre Can and Sami Khedira. They’ve already got a great talent like Miralem Pjanic and World Cup winner Blaise Matuidi, so it’s an excellent midfield.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Regulators urged to include socalled grey market in marijuana legalization

first_imgVANCOUVER – If it wasn’t for the scent, customers who wandered into Eden Medicinal Society would be forgiven for thinking they had entered a boutique health store rather than a marijuana dispensary.The distinctive fragrance greets shoppers at the door. It wafts from jars filled with bright green British Columbia bud lining spotless glass shelves. Flat-screen monitors on gleaming white walls display prices of golden hemp flower paste and mocha THC syrup.Behind the counter stands Vanessa Dandurand, the 30-year-old store manager with an encyclopedic knowledge of cannabis and many dedicated return customers.“For so many of our clients, this can be the only positive interaction they have all day. Their other stops today might be the pharmacy to pick up their prescription. It might be their doctor who tells them their cancer isn’t getting any better,” she said.The dispensary operates in the so-called grey market, or the portion of the marijuana industry that has both illegal and legal elements. Federal law bans selling weed over the counter, but Vancouver and Victoria have granted business licences to more than two dozen pot shops, including this Eden location.With legalization looming this summer, the fate of the licensed weed stores remains hazy. While the province has said it will allow both private and public shops, it has not released its full slate of regulations nor made clear how existing dispensaries will be incorporated.There are a dizzying number of questions for the province to consider, said Kerry Jang, a Vancouver councillor and co-chair of a provincial-municipal committee providing input on B.C.’s marijuana regulations.“If you were to roll in the current existing cannabis shops, right now they’re selling a lot of illegal product. We know under the federal rules they have to sell only product that’s grown by a licensed producer, so what happens to the old product?” he asked.“Is it destroyed? Are they allowed to sell it until the stocks are gone, or is it turned over, or do they have to get rid of it before they get a provincial licence?”Eden purchases its cannabis from small growers who hold Health Canada licences under the federal medical marijuana law, said community outreach co-ordinator Denise Brennan.Currently, the law only allows these licence-holders to grow for their own use or act as a designated grower for specific people. But Brennan said Eden plans to help its producers apply for micro-grower licences under the new legal regime.“It would make a lot of sense, in general, for independent dispensaries to continue along with their partnerships with micro-growers,” she said.The federal government has proposed a licensing program that includes micro-cultivation licences for small-scale growers, but the regulations have yet to be finalized.Canada should follow the lead of U.S. states that have successfully transitioned existing dispensaries into the legal market, said Jeremy Jacob, president of the Canadian Association of Medical Cannabis Dispensaries.In California, stores licensed by the local government were allowed to stay open until their application for a state licence was approved or denied, while Colorado gave priority to existing medical marijuana businesses and producers when it began licensing for recreational sales, he said.“They captured a whole bunch of the existing market and simply regulated it,” said Jacob. “They gave a head start to small business.”Jacob co-founded The Village dispensary, which he says is on track to receive a business licence from Vancouver. Co-founder Andrea Dobbs said she’s concerned about the federal government’s plan to take an extra year to legalize edible products.“I met a man yesterday who has been given two months to live,” she said. “A year is a long time when you have a life-threatening ailment.”Vancouver launched its licensing regime in 2015 after the number of illegal dispensaries in the city grew to nearly 100. Stores must pay a $30,000 annual fee and be located at least 300 metres away from schools, community centres and each other.Many unlicensed locations closed, but others have stayed open and racked up tens of thousands of dollars in unpaid fines. The city began asking for court injunctions against unlicensed stores in 2016, but a test case won’t be heard in court until September.Jang said he hopes provincial regulation speeds up the process of shutting down illegitimate shops.“We’re saying to the province: you have to be able to act on enforcement quickly,” he said, adding he hopes to see a system similar to what’s in place for alcohol.“The provincial liquor inspectors can go out and say, ‘This bar is selling to underage kids. We’re going to take away your licence and shut your doors.’ And there’s no buts about it. That’s it. It’s over.”B.C.’s Public Safety Ministry will announce details of the marijuana retail model in early February and enforcement is a key consideration, a spokesman said.“One of our top priorities is keeping the criminal out of the non-medical cannabis business,” he said. “In addition, an important part of implementing the new regulations will be public education and information.”A study published in the International Journal of Drug Policy last year surveyed more than 440 people who used cannabis and found they preferred buying it from dispensaries to growing it at home or getting it from a dealer.The data was collected in 2011, under a different medical cannabis regime, but it still sheds light on the relationships dispensaries have with patients, said co-author Zachary Walsh, who teaches psychology at the University of British Columbia.“Across the board, people really seemed to value the service dispensaries were offering,” he said. “There was certainly a strong bond between dispensary customers and proprietors.”— Follow @ellekane on Twitter.last_img read more

FSJ Chamber starts information sharing for those effected by forestry closures

first_imgIf you have questions, please contact the Chamber office at 250-785-6037 FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. Chamber of Commerce has issued a special ‘Chamber Communicator’ to help assist members and businesses with information regarding the forestry sectors curtailments and closures.Through sharing information regarding funding opportunities, hiring opportunities and training opportunities the Chamber wants to be there to help.The Chamber shares, if you know someone who can benefit from the information to please share it.Northern Development announced the Forestry Affected Business (FAB) Consulting Rebate will reimburse small and medium-sized businesses for contracted consulting services. A rebate of up to 75 percent, to a maximum of $15,000, can be recovered for the cost of hiring a consultant to assist with business efforts.For more information; CLICK HERESupply Chain Connector is a search tool for industrial service and supply business in central and northern B.C. With easy access to a fully searchable database of businesses throughout the region.For more information; CLICK HEREWorkBC Fort St. John offers a wage subsidy program, self-employment services and employment skills workshops.For more information; CLICK HERE last_img read more