Simplii joins BMO in offering free credit monitoring after potential breach

first_imgTORONTO – CIBC’s direct banking brand Simplii Financial has joined BMO in offering free credit monitoring for tens of thousands of customers whose personal and financial information may have been accessed by “fraudsters.”A CIBC spokesman says the bank is replacing affected clients’ bank cards and taking additional steps to monitor and protect the approximately 40,000 Simplii clients who may have been impacted by the breach.BMO said yesterday it was offering free credit monitoring, and will additionally block online and mobile access to accounts of those affected, which the bank believes is fewer than 50,000.Both banks are also vowing to return 100 per cent of any money lost by impacted customers through the incident.BMO said it learned of the potential breach on Sunday when it was contacted by individuals claiming to be in possession of its clients sensitive information and threatening to make it public.CIBC learned of the potential issue on the same day, and says it continues to reach out to those that have been impacted to offer support.last_img read more

On Youth Day UN officials urge Member States to make young people

Marking International Day of Youth, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stressed that no one knows better than young people the issues at stake in today’s rapidly changing world or the best way to respond, and declared: “That is why I am calling on young people to speak out – and I am urging leaders to listen.” As the world changes with unprecedented speed, young people are proving to be invaluable partners who can advance meaningful solutions, the Secretary-General stated in a message issued for the Day, observed each year on 12 August. “Youth movements and student groups are challenging traditional power structures and advocating a new social contract between States and societies. Young leaders have contributed fresh ideas, taken proactive measures, and mobilized through social media as never before,” said Mr. Ban. This year’s theme – ‘Youth Civic Engagement’ – emphasizes the involvement and inclusion of young people in building social cohesion and collective well-being, underlined Irina Bokova, Director-General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), in her message on the Day. “From social entrepreneurs to journalists, from voluntary workers to members of community organizations, young people contribute to shaping society to lead it towards political, cultural and economic renewal,” she stressed. As world leaders prepare to adopt a bold new vision for sustainable development next September, the engagement of youth is more valuable than ever, assured the Secretary-General. “At this critical moment in history, I call on young people to demand and foster the dramatic progress so urgently needed in our world.”“Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are for you – and will only be achieved with you,” the Secretary-General added during an event organized in New York by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs and the UN Development Programme (UNDP).Calling today’s youth the “SDG generation,” he urged member states to include young people in the delegations for the upcoming summit to adopt the agenda. Convinced that volunteerism is an “ideal” way to improve society, Mr. Ban, in his message, also encouraged youth to join forces with the UN in moving to the implementation phase. “I stand with the world’s young people in calling for measures to secure human rights, economic progress, environmental stewardship and social inclusion.” In support of their aims, the Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth, Ahmad Alhendawi, is working to mobilize the “largest generation of young people in history to turn the world we want into the world we deserve”, Mr. Ban noted, while Mrs. Bokova observed that young people must be considered as “drivers of change,” and not only beneficiaries or targets. UN Youth Envoy Ahmad Alhendawi discusses why civic engagement and participation of youth is vital for achieving sustainable development. Credit: United Nations Today, Mr. Alhendawi is in the Philippines to open the 3rd Asian Youth Forum. He will also join the Filipino National Youth Day Celebration with 1,000 young people from the country, UN officials, government representatives, legislators, civil society partners, and donor organizations. At the UN Headquarters in New York, the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs and the UN Development Programme (UNDP), with the support of the UN Inter-agency Network on Youth Development, is organizing an event to commemorate International Youth Day . In a recent interview with the UN News Service, Mr. Alhendawi said the message of this year’s Youth Day is one of hope. “This is unique year in the history of the United Nations; a year where we are adopting new Sustainable Development Goals a very bold promise for the future [and] a new climate change agreement. That is it is so fitting that we celebrate this International Youth day under the theme ‘Youth Civic Engagement,’ because I believe the password to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals is engaging young people in their implementation.” Indeed, with the current cohort of young people the largest the world has ever seen, “the smart thing to do,” he continued, “is to engage them as partners in development and in implementation.” As such, he encouraged young people who are already active in their communities to step up their engagement. He also called on Governments to scale up their investments in young people and open more mechanism for them to be involved in decision-making processes. “For young people who are still in doubt about whether their participation will make a difference in the world, I invite them to come on board with the United Nations and be part of this global movement that is trying to eradicate extreme poverty in 15 years and put our planet on a path of sustainability. We have a very exciting time ahead and we need everybody to come on board,” he declared. read more

International recruiting an asset for Ohio State womens tennis

The OSU women’s tennis team currently has 4 international players occupying its roster in sophomore Ferny Angeles Paz (left), sophomore Miho Kowase, junior Grainne O’Neill and sophomore Gabriella De Santis.Credit: Whitney Wilson / Lantern reporterTraveling to America from a foreign country can be a big change, offering an unfamiliar culture with new languages and learning experiences for some international students.The Ohio State women’s tennis team (12-4, 5-0) has eight players on its roster. Only half of those players are from the United States. The other four have traveled thousands of miles from Peru, Japan, Ireland and Venezuela to become Buckeyes.Coach Melissa Schaub said she considers international players to be great assets for the team.“Tennis is a very international sport, so you see a lot of international players in college tennis,” Schaub said. “It is much more popular in other countries than it is here in the U.S. These girls have been traveling around the world since a young age playing tennis, which is something not every American gets to do.”She said it can be difficult selecting eight scholarship players who can easily adapt to the program.“Recruiting in general is probably one of the biggest aspects of our job,” Schaub said. “There are some really good international tournaments called the Orange Bowl and Eddie Herr where you get to see the international players but get to stay here in the U.S. Once you see what you’re looking for, then you will take a trip over there to meet their coach and their family before bringing them to the U.S. for a visit.”Schaub said the girls brought a lot of experience as far as tournaments and playing internationally. She said the four international players have been a great addition to the program as teammates who show support for one another.“We have a good mix of different players on our team, and the American kids get to have a little bit of culture,” Schaub said. “College athletics for any athlete is an amazing experience, but for the international players, it’s even more amazing in some ways because in most other countries it’s either you continue with school or you continue with tennis, and here they get to do both.”Sophomore Gabby De Santis from Venezuela said she would have been faced with that difficult decision in her home country. Santis added that one advantage of moving to America is learning about a new culture while continuing her tennis and academic careers.“It’s interesting to know different people that think in different ways,” Santis said. “It is much more competitive here than in Venezuela where I would not have had the opportunity to study and play at a collegiate level at the same time.”Sophomore Ferny Angeles Paz said her native country of Peru and the U.S. are different in many ways.“I’ve never played indoors in Peru. It is very different because we don’t have indoor courts,” Paz said. “It’s pretty tough here. Everyone is good, everyone practices hard, and every team is competitive, so it’s tough.”Japanese sophomore Miho Kowase said the opportunity to move to the U.S. has offered several difficulties and benefits beyond playing tennis.“It’s hard for me because my family is 13 hours time difference compared to America,” Kowase said. “My sister lives in Georgia, so that has really helped me adjust to living in America. Also, for me to learn English and being able to speak English is such a huge advantage in Japan.”Junior Grainne O’Neill from Ireland said Buckeye tradition is what has helped make her experience at OSU so gratifying.“It’s great, I feel like the whole Buckeye community really helped me out big time when I first moved here because I really did not know anything at all,” O’Neill said. “It’s just great to have people behind you. We have a whole team and our coaches and staff are great so they really have helped out big time. When we travel to different places you hear ‘O-H’ and ‘Go Bucks’ and that’s really nice.”With no seniors on the roster, all eight players are set to return next year for the 2015-16 season. In the meantime, the Buckeyes (12-4, 5-0) are set to take on Purdue on Friday in Columbus at 3 p.m. read more

Whole Foods developing Kinectdriven shopping cart

first_imgIf you fall into the category of people that think shopping is the worst kind of chore, you may want to check out the video above. It shows the progress of a three-week old project involving grocer Whole Foods and Austin-based studio Chaotic Moon to develop a Kinect controlled smart shopping cart. The goal is to create a shopping experience that is both easy and convenient for Whole Foods customers.The result is a pretty incredible prototype that is able to follow you through the Whole Foods store, as well as scanning each item you put into your cart and comparing it against a shopping list that you created at home. Have a food allergy? The cart will let you know when you have decided to purchase something that could react with your system. Along with this, the cart can also guide and tell you where each item is located in the store. The best part is that when you want to check out, there’s no need to go through a line since you have already scanned all your items in! Payment is handled through credit card information that is stored with your account, leaving the only choice you have to make in the store being whether or not you want someone to help bag your items.The functionality mentioned above was accomplished by pairing a Kinect device with what looks like a Windows 8 tablet (how I wish I could get my grubby paws on one). Connected via USB, both the Kinect and attached bar-code scanner feed information to the application running on the tablet to interact with the data stored in your account. The Kinect tracks your movement as well as voice commands to enable the cart to push itself along behind as you browse the aisles looking for the foodstuffs you are after.The Whole Foods smart shopping cart is something that will make me actually want to go back to the store just to play with. Chaotic Moon might just be onto something with this project. There is no word on when it will be put into full use at your local Whole Foods, but you can bet that we will be right beside you in line to get a chance to use them when they first come out!via Geek Wirelast_img read more

Cascarino Hazard disrespected the false nine role

first_imgEx-Chelsea star Tony Cascarino believes Eden Hazard had no regard for team play in their 2-1 win over Newcastle on SaturdayManager Maurizio Sarri again opted to start Hazard in a “false nine” role at Stamford Bridge due to Chelsea’s current struggles up front.The Italian’s bold move has paid off over recent games with Hazard proving to be a capable centre-forward.But the Belgian’s showing over the weekend left one old Chelsea striker irritated, despite providing Willian with the assist for the match-winning goal.“I went to Chelsea on Saturday and Eden Hazard disrespected the false nine role,” Cascarino wrote on The Times.“He was flicking everything that came his way with no regard for team play.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedSolskjaer praises Harry Maguire after Man United’s 1-0 win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer singled out Harry Maguire for praise after helping Manchester United keep a clean sheet in their 1-0 win over Leicester City.“He’s normally the one running on to the flicks but when you are asked to do a job for the team, do it properly.“He’s a wonderful player but I wasn’t impressed, it was like a Harlem Globetrotters approach.”Cascarino also added that it’s necessary that Sarri resolves Chelsea’s problems in attack with AC Milan loanee Gonzalo Higuain being linked with a move this month.He added: “There’s no way it’s [Hazard as a false nine] a long-term solution for Maurizio Sarri.“They need to get a central striker in quickly.”Chelsea will travel to the Emirates Stadium this Saturday to face London rivals Arsenal in the Premier League.last_img read more

Hiphop minister recovering after rare double lung transplant

first_imgFrom here, Stigale will have to come back for follow ups, but he’s expected to live a long, healthy life.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. MIAMI (WSVN) – MIAMI (WSVN) — A South Florida hip-hop minister is going home after receiving a life-saving double lung transplant, something he calls, “a miracle.”Joel Stigale is a minister at Catalyst Hip Hop, a place where hip-hop is used to promote a life without drugs, crime and violence.But last fall, life took a spin for this minister.“I knew I had something going on with my lungs, but we didn’t have a diagnosis,” said Stigale. “I used to do gang ministry, so life and death was always a reality, but this became very real because it wasn’t something I could control.”Joel started off with a lingering cough. But one day, he started having trouble breathing as he climbed up a hill, and that is when he realized something serious was going on. “It got to the point to walk three feet was like running a marathon. It would take me a half hour to recover.”Stigale was diagnosed with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF). It’s a disease with no known cause or cure.His lungs were working at just 20 percent. “It’s a fairly common disease, actually,” said UHealth transplant surgeon Dr. Matthias Loebe. “More patients die from IPF than from breast cancer every year, but it’s not known in the community because these patients die very quickly.”The only cure is a lung transplant.“So it’s a real fight against the clock,” added Loebe.But just 10 days after getting on the National Transplant Waiting List, a donor was found.“Rough but a blessing. A miracle,” said Stigale.Immediately, UHealth surgeons were able to perform the rare, double lung transplant. “when we first consulted him, the patient was so weak, he couldn’t even squeeze his wife’s hand,” UHealth rehabilitation doctor Dr. Seema Khurana.Now, seven months later, he’s holding his wife’s hand and ready to go back to his ministry. But his family at Catalyst Hip Hop beat him to it in true hip-hop style, right outside Jackson Memorial Hospital. last_img read more

Readers Digest Considering Name Change

first_imgLeader’s DigestReader’s NastEveryday, Inc.The House that Rachael BuiltPurpose DrivenPleasantville PublishingEscape From Condé NastMary Berner OmnimediaFDA Along with its coverage of the Reader’s Digest Association’s mega deal with a mega church to produce a magazine and a social networking site RDA calls a “Facebook for Christians,” the New York Times reports that RDA CEO Mary Berner is “casting about” for a new name for the company.We’ve heard rumblings about this since as early as September. It appears that even Berner—who has been somewhat of a lightning rod since coming over to Pleasantville from Condé Nast—is having a tough time deciding on one.So, in the spirit of community, I thought it’d be fun—and useful!—to collectively brainstorm new names for Reader’s Digest. Here are some suggestions from the FOLIO: staff. Feel free to add yours in the comments section below.last_img read more

OBITUARY Donald Stephen Tucker 87

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Donald Stephen Tucker, age 87, a long-time resident of Wilmington, passed away peacefully with his wife Marguerite at his side on January 19, 2019.Donald was born in Worcester, MA on March 8, 1931; he was the dear son of the late Edward and Agnes Tucker. Donald was raised in Worcester; he attended Upsala Street School in Worcester, Clarke School in Northampton, and Worcester Trade High School in Worcester.Donald was an exceptional athlete in basketball and baseball. He was inducted into the New England Athletic Association of the Deaf Basketball Hall of Fame in 1982.In 1954, Donald married the “love of his life” Marguerite (Beauregard) Tucker; the couple moved to Worcester, Springfield, Agawam, and then Wilmington (1964) where they raised their family. Donald was a very devoted and loving husband, father and grandfather.Donald was known to be a man of great faith and wisdom; he was a member of St. Thomas of Villanova Church in Wilmington and Sacred Heart Church in Newton for many years.Donald was also a hard worker and a life-long wood patternmaker. Donald was creative, artistic and articulate about his work. In later years, he owned his own pattern shop in his garage.Donald was always helping others and was pro-active in his causes; he was one of the co-founders of the Massachusetts State Association of the Deaf and was their first secretary/treasurer. He volunteered at the New England Homes for the Deaf in Danvers, the Learning Center in Framingham and in later years was a part-time DeafBlind provider.Donald will be fondly remembered for his wonderful sense of humor, his easy-going personality and for his love of America and its principles of freedom.Donald was a great guy who would do anything to help anyone; he loved his family and friends unconditionally and with all his heart. Donald will forever be missed by those who knew and loved him.Donald was the beloved husband of Marguerite I. (Beauregard) Tucker of Wilmington, devoted father of Stephen G. Tucker of Wilmington, James E. Tucker of Middletown, MD and Maryjean Tucker of Swampscott. Loving grandfather of Bradford Tucker of Baltimore, MD and Claire Tucker of St. Paul, MN. Cherished son of the late Edward J. and Agnes (Mara) Tucker, dear brother of the late Agnes (Tucker) McGrath & her late husband Paul, the late Jean (Tucker) Kravsow & her late husband Irving, the late Edward Tucker, and Robert Tucker of Vernon, CT & his late wife Madeline Tucker. Donald was also survived by many nieces, nephews, and friends.Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, MA on Friday, January 25th for Visitation from 10:00-11:45 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington, MA. Interment will follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington, MA.In lieu of flowers, donations in Donald’s memory may be made to Maryland School for the Deaf Foundation, P. O. Box 636, Frederick, MD 21705, or to the New England Homes for the Deaf, 154 Water St., Danvers, MA 01923, Tucker(NOTE: The above obituary is from Nichols Funeral Home.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedOBITUARY: Raymond J. Spahl, 86In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Donald R. Donahue, 80In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: James Thayer Hastings, 84In “Obituaries”last_img read more

Floor debate set to begin on oil and gas tax bill

first_imgThe House could begin debate on the bill scaling back tax credits for oil and gas companies as soon as Friday.Download AudioRep. Chris Tuck. Tuck says he will seek to amend House Bill 247. (File photo by Skip Gray/Gavel Alaska)The House Rules Committee released its version of House Bill 247 Thursday.The bill doesn’t initially go as far as Governor Bill Walker’s proposal to reduce tax incentives. But it would save the state a similar amount to Walker’s proposal, beginning in 2020.Anchorage Democratic Representative Chris Tuck says he will seek to amend the bill. The bill gives priority for incentives to companies that hire Alaskans. But Tuck wants to include contractors and subcontractors as well.last_img

New House majority takes over on first day of session

first_imgRep. Bryce Edgmon was in his office shortly before being sworn in as the first Alaska House speaker of Alaska Native heritage. (Photo: Andrew Kitchenman/KTOO and APRN)On January 17, the 30th Alaska State Legislature was sworn into office. It faces a fiscal crisis that’s grown over the past four years, as oil revenue declined.Listen nowFor the first time in 24 years, there will be a new House majority. A coalition of 17 Democrats, three Republicans and two independents took over from the longtime Republican-led majority.Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott gaveled in the session.Dillingham Democrat Bryce Edgmon was elected speaker. New Anchorage Republican Rep. David Eastman was the only vote against Edgmon.“We stand here in a moment of time, knowing that Alaska’s facing a fiscal crisis unlike any other times in its short history,” Edgmon said.Alaska’s state government is still spending more than $3 billion more than it’s raising in oil revenue, taxes and fees. And it’s not clear yet if the state will have enough money to fund services like schools at current levels, or whether it will make changes to the Permanent Fund dividend.The House majority came together with a goal of reaching a budget plan that will include both new taxes and spending cuts.Edgmon said that while nothing is off of the table for budget cuts, the fiscal solution can’t depend on deep cuts to schools and health and social services.“Our caucus doesn’t believe we have room to make those major reductions,” Edgmon said. “We’ve already made a lot of reduction heretofore,  and that the next step is to tackle those very different choices when it comes towards generating new revenues.”Edgmon said he’ll face a challenge in steering legislation through.“With the narrow margin that we have in the House of Representatives – it’s a 22-18 majority-minority split – that the speaker’s role might be more pronounced this session than perhaps at times in the past,” Edgmon said.House Minority Leader Charisse Millett faces her own challenge. Eight of the 18 members of the Republican caucus are new to the Legislature. But the Anchorage Republican said they’re ready to work.“Our new caucus is fantastic,” Millett said. “The eight members just bring added experience – there’s a lot of municipal government experience.”While Edgmon said the majority looks forward to working with Gov. Bill Walker’s administration to close an $890 million hole in the budget, Millett was sharply critical of the gap that Walker left in his spending plan.“For me, (it) was a little disingenuous,” Millett said. “He is the leader. He’s the governor. He’s supposed to put forward a budget. We’re supposed to review it.”The first day of the legislative session also marked a historic moment that Edgmon noted in his remarks.“It’s certainly not lost on me, as profound as this moment is for personally, that this is also a moment in history for – I sit here as the first speaker of the House of Representatives of Alaska Native heritage,” Edgmon said.Edgmon has Aleut heritage. He said he hopes he’s the first in a long line of Alaska Native House speakers.last_img read more

7 new municipal corporations to come up in Telangana

first_imgThe state government is planning to set up seven new municipal corporations in Telangana in addition to the six municipal corporations including GHMC. With this, the count of the total municipal corporations will touch to 13. Explaining the features of the new municipal act, the chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao said that the Bandangpet, Bandlguda Jagir, Boduppal, Peerzadiguda, Meerpet Jillelaguda, Nizampet and Jawaharnagar will be made as municipal corporations. Besides the 13 municipal corporations, there will be 128 municipalities in the state. The chief minister said that all these municipal corporations have to co-ordinate with each other to resolve the issues of the municipalities.last_img

NCLT to hear petition against Reliance Naval Jindal India Thermal

first_imgInsolvency and Bankruptcy Code (IBC)The state-run IDBI bank has filed a petition against Reliance Naval and Engineering Ltd in the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) for defaulting on debt worth more than Rs 1,250 crore. Reliance Naval is part of Anil Ambani-led Reliance Group conglomerate and has a licence and contract to build warships.Mint reported that the IDBI bank has requested the Ahmedabad bench of NCTL to initiate a resolution process against the company. As of March 2018, the total debt owned by the Reliance Naval to its lenders is worth Rs 5349.17 crores.In its petition the IDBI bank said that “As per the valuation report of March 2018, the company’s net market value stood at Rs 1,880 crore while its fair market value by another valuer was around Rs 1,535 crore as on May 21,” IDBI said in its petition. The managing partner of law firm MDP and Partners, Nishit Dhruva who is representing the IBDI bank confirmed the development but declined to share further details.The Congress Party had recently raised questions against the Reliance defence’s involvement in the Rafale deal. The party questioned the selection of a company which is reeling under high debt for the multi-crore deal with the French government.Similarly, the State Bank of India (SBI) has taken Jindal India Thermal Power project in Odisha to the NCTL insolvency proceedings as a process of stake sale failed. Last week, the 180-day deadline to find a resolution ended without anything concrete. The project landed in a trouble after the Supreme Court ordered the cancellation of the coal block and recently operating at below optimum level. The total amount of loan held by owned by the Jindal India Thermal Power to a consortium of 17 lenders, led by SBI is around Rs 57.7 billion. Out of the total amount the SBI’s exposure is Rs 14 billion.The SBI is yet to take a decision on the bench where it would be filing the case. Notably, the SBI had announced expression of interest for selling 51 percent stake in the company to recover its debt but the SBI was forced to take the process to the NCLT following muted response.last_img read more

ASEAN leaders agree to work to resolve Rohingya crisis

first_imgRohingya refugees make their way to a refugee camp after crossing the Bangladesh-Myanmar border in Palong Khali, near Cox`s Bazar.File photo ReutersAustralia and its ASEAN neighbours vowed to boost defence ties while stressing the importance of non-militarisation in the disputed South China Sea Sunday at a summit where the “complex” Rohingya crisis took centre stage.Leaders from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, at the three-day meeting in Sydney, also agreed to work more closely to tackle the growing menace of violent extremism and radicalisation.But while a final communique noted a resolve to “protect the human rights of our peoples”, it failed to condemn member state Myanmar’s treatment of the Muslim-minority Rohingya.Nearly 700,000 Rohingya have fled the troubled Rakhine state for Bangladesh since authorities launched a brutal crackdown six months ago that the UN has called “ethnic cleansing”.Myanmar, whose de-facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi was in Sydney, has vehemently denied the allegations.“We discussed the situation in Rakhine state at considerable length today,” Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said at a closing press conference.“Aung San Suu Kyi addressed the matter comprehensively, at some considerable length herself,” he said.“It’s a very complex problem … Everyone seeks to end the suffering that has been occasioned by the events, the conflict.”Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, said the crisis was “a concern for all ASEAN countries, and yet ASEAN is not able to intervene to force an outcome”.Security threatTensions in the South China Sea remain a big worry for regional leaders, as Beijing continues to build artificial islands capable of hosting military installations-much to the chagrin of other claimants to the area.Vietnam remains the most vocal in the dispute with the Philippines backing off under China-friendly President Rodrigo Duterte. Taiwan, Malaysia and Brunei also have claims.Canberra and ASEAN reaffirmed “the importance of maintaining and promoting peace, stability, maritime safety and security, freedom of navigation and overflight in the region”, without naming Beijing.The leaders added they wanted to see an “early conclusion of an effective code of conduct in the South China Sea”.“We will uphold our commitment to the rules-based order and international law in the region, including the South China Sea,” stressed Turnbull.With China flexing its muscle, they also committed to enhancing “the scope and sophistication of defence cooperation”, while expressing “grave concern” about escalating tensions on the Korean peninsula.Day two of the summit on Saturday was devoted to counter-terrorism, with an agreement to work together to tackle extremism amid growing concern about the use of the “dark web”, or encrypted messaging apps, by terrorists to plan attacks.Fears have been heightened by jihadists now being forced out of Syria and Iraq with the Islamic State caliphate mostly crushed, and into other countries.Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak cited the flow of the displaced Rohingya as a potential new security threat, with desperate people more susceptible to radicalisation.Human rights issues were a key focus of protests during the summit, with thousands denouncing Aung San Suu Kyi, Cambodian strongman Hun Sen and Vietnam’s Nguyen Xuan Phuc, who are accused of oppression.With the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade pact, without the United States, now signed, Turnbull urged leaders to get behind a “high quality” Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership deal.Australia, the full ASEAN bloc, as well as China and India are among countries still negotiating that deal.Singapore’s Lee said there was hope it could be finalised this year.“This is a historic opportunity to establish the world’s largest trade bloc,” he said.ASEAN groups Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam, with Australia, a dialogue partner since 1974.last_img

California Blazes Are Part Of A Larger And Hotter Picture Fire Researchers

first_img Share The speed and ferocity of the wildfires raging through Northern California’s wine country have caught many residents off guard and left state officials scrambling to contain the flames.But for fire researchers, these devastating blazes are part of a much larger pattern unfolding across the Western United States. So far this year, fires in the U.S. have consumed more than 8.5 million acres — an area bigger than the state of Maryland.“We’re definitely pushing one of the largest fire years this decade,” said Jennifer Balch, a fire ecologist at the University of Colorado, Boulder.The cause is hot, dry conditions nationwide. Heat records have been broken this year in California, Oregon and Montana. Globally, 2017 is among the hottest years on record, thanks in part to human-induced climate change.Wildfires are natural phenomena, and linking any one fire to climate change is difficult if not impossible. Nevertheless, “there is a link between a warmer, drier climate and wildfires,” Balch said. For example, today’s fire season is three months longer than it was in the 1970s, she says. Annually, there are far more large fires nationwide than there used to be.“It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that forests burn when it’s warm and dry, and we’ve seen more of those years recently,” said John Abatzoglou of the University of Idaho.This year has been “pretty impressive,” he said. “I’m in Northern Idaho, and we had smoke coming from British Columbia and Oregon and California.”In the case of the wine country blazes in Napa and Sonoma, Abatzoglou said a sequence of events set up the wildfires. A wet spring caused the hills to grow thick with grasses and shrubs. That foliage then died and dried out over the hottest summer in California history.Then came unusually strong fall winds, which were not climate-related. The winds caused small fires to grow extremely quickly. “Everybody from firefighters down to homeowners has commented on just how incredibly fast the fires were moving,” said Max Moritz, a researcher at the University of California, Santa Barbara. “That’s really a wind-related phenomenon.”There are things that can be done to reduce the fire threat. Earlier this year, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke issued a call for more aggressive actions to suppress fires. He encouraged land managers nationwide to clear potential fuel sources, such as dead trees, and expand the clearings along roads to create stronger firebreaks.But Balch and others say these actions are only part of the solution. As fires become more common — and humans build farther into natural landscapes prone to fire — more must be done to protect communities.California has been leading the way in developing regulations to protect against fires, Moritz said. The state fire agency, Cal Fire, has produced fire hazard maps. In high-risk zones, there are building requirements such as fire-resistant roofs and window screens that can block embers from floating into a home.But Moritz points out that the hazard maps exclude urban areas. There, local municipalities have their own building codes, which can be less stringent than Cal Fire’s.He said that more urban areas might need to incorporate fire planning into their communities. That could mean building homes differently or improving evacuation and shelter options for residents. “Almost annually, we’re seeing large, large numbers of homes being lost in big fire events,” Moritz said. “Maybe we need to update our perspective.”Balch said that while the big picture of drought and climate provides some answers about the situation in Napa, the details of individual fires matter. That’s why after the latest wildfires in California burn out, she and other researchers will begin to study exactly what happened.“There are lots of really important questions that we as a scientific community have to answer,” she said. “Particularly when homes are burned and people’s lives are threatened or lost.”last_img read more

8 of the Biggest Data Breaches Ever and How They Happened Infographic

first_img Register Now » 2 min read We live an overwhelming percentage of our lives on the Internet. And that means a lot of our personal information is stored there.Unfortunately, it also means a lot of our personal information can be stolen. This week alone, Apple confirmed that the accounts of several A-list celebrities were breached while Home Depot announced that a cyber attack on its systems may have exposed customer information.Related: Apple Confirms Some Celeb Accounts Were Breached in Nude Photo ScandalThe infographic below, compiled by webmaster tool, looks back at some of the worst data breaches in history, starting with the TJ Maxx hack in 2005 and 2006 where some 94 million credit cards were compromised. In that case, damaging software stripped information off of the magnetic stripe on credit cards and criminals in Eastern Europe forged credit cards with the information retrieved.Related: Why the Naked Celeb Photo iCloud Hack Should Make You NervousWhile retreating to Antarctica and living among penguins may be the only sure way to keep your personal information out of the wrong hands, there are certain things you can do right now to decrease the risk. For example, you can be sure to keep usernames private and you can create clever passwords (please don’t choose “123456” like everybody else).Take a spin through the infographic to learn about some of the other data breaches in history and an explanation of how they happened. Then, go update your passwords.Click to Enlarge+ Related: Home Depot Suffers Possible Data Breach, Tries to Ease Customer Fears September 4, 2014center_img Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Globallast_img read more

ABI stability may finally come in Swift 50

first_imgVersion 5 of Apple’s Swift language, used for iOS and MacOS application development, will release early next year. The main focus of this release will be an ABI (application binary interface) stability in the standard Swift library, in addition to Standard Library Improvements, Foundation Improvements and Syntactic Additions. ABI (application binary interface) features in Swift 5.0 ABI defines how to call a function, how data is represented in memory, where metadata is and how to access it. The current version of Swift is not ABI stable, so every binary (App), bundles its own version of the Swift Dynamic Library. For instance, if App1 is using Swift 3.0, it bundles Swift 3.0 Dynamic Library (containing the 3.0 ABI) inside. And if App2 is using Swift 3.2, it bundles Swift 3.2 and it’s 3.2 ABI. Here Swift doesn’t live on the iOS Operating System, it lives within each App. The ABI in Swift 5.0 will enable future compiler versions to produce binaries that conform to the stable ABI. A stable ABI tends to persist for the rest of the platform’s lifetime due to ever-increasing mutual dependencies. If Swift becomes ABI Stable, its ABI will be compatible with every version of Swift. For example, if App1 is using Swift 5.0, but App2 is using Swift 5.3, both will be consuming the Swift ABI embedded in the Operating System. The ABI feature was originally intended for Swift 4 release. Carryover goals from Swift 4 that are required for implementing the ABI in Swift 5 include: Generics features for the standard library. This includes conditional conformances for generic types and recursive protocol types and lifting restrictions on associated types in protocols API resilience, which will allow public APIs for a library to evolve A memory ownership model Besides ABI stability, expect these improvements in Swift 5: #1 String ergonomics Processing of the string type is expected to get better as users will have the ability to create raw strings, distinguish between enums that are fixed and enums that might change in the future,  and check whether one number is a multiple of another by using isMultiple(of:) #2 Groundwork for a new concurrency model Swift 5 will focus on designing language capabilities for building and using asynchronous APIs and dealing with problems created by callback-heavy code. #3 Targeted improvements to the Foundation API The Cocoa SDK- which was originally designed for Objective-C, can work seamlessly with Swift. To try out Swift 5.0 ahead of its release early next year, download the latest Swift trunk development snapshot, activate it inside your current Xcode version,  and then head over to Xcode Playground for examples you can edit. Read in depth about the new features to be implemented in Swift 5.0 at HackingwithSwift. Read Next Swift 4.2 releases with language, library and package manager updates! Apple bans Facebook’s VPN app from the App Store for violating its data collection rules iPhone XS and Apple Watch details leaked hours before product launchlast_img read more

Myanmar or Burma Obama calls it both on visit

first_img Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milk Comments   Share   Sponsored Stories Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Obama’s use of that single word was warmly welcomed by top government officials here, who immediately imbued it with significance.Myanmar presidential adviser Ko Ko Hlaing called the wording “very positive” and said it was an “acknowledgement of Myanmar’s government,” which has taken major steps toward easing repression and transitioning to democratic rule since the military stepped aside last year.Speaking aboard Air Force One after Obama’s departure, U.S. Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes said the presidential phrasing was “a diplomatic courtesy” for Myanmar’s reformist President Thein Sein.“It doesn’t change the fact that the United States government position is still Burma,” he said. “But we’ve said we recognize that different people call this country by different names. Our view is that is something we can continue to discuss.”The issue is so sensitive that Obama’s aides had said earlier Monday he would likely avoid mentioning either politically charged name. But he used both during his six-hour trip _ “Myanmar” during morning talks with Thein Sein, “Burma” afterward while visiting with opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi. How do cataracts affect your vision? Top Stories Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvementcenter_img Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project 4 sleep positions for men and what they mean Associated PressYANGON, Myanmar (AP) – Officially at least, America still calls this Southeast Asian nation Burma, the favored appellation of dissidents and pro-democracy activists who opposed the former military junta’s move to summarily change its name 23 years ago.President Barack Obama used that name during his historic visit Monday, but he also called Burma what its government and many other people have been calling it for years: Myanmar. Suu Kyi herself was criticized by the government for calling the nation Burma during a trip to Europe over the summer. The government said she should use the proper name, “Republic of the Union of Myanmar,” as stated in the constitution. But Suu Kyi has said “it’s for each individual to make his or her own choice as to which he or she uses.”The debate is almost exclusively confined to the English language.Myanmar, comprising a vast array of ethnic groups, did not exist as a single entity until it was colonized by the British in the 19th century. The country achieved independence in 1948 and took the English-language name used by its former rulers, Burma.But it was formally known in Burmese, the national language, as “myanma naing ngan” or more colloquially as “bama pyi” or “country of Burma.” Both those usages persist, and the national anthem still refers to “bama pyi.”When the now-defunct army junta altered the name in 1989, the change applied only to the English-language title.But exiles and critics, just like the U.S., kept on using “Burma.” And some, including the U.S., still call its main city “Rangoon” instead of Yangon. But like Myanmar itself, that has all begun to change.Visiting U.S. senators have used both names. Even at congressional hearings in Washington, there’s an occasional mention of “Myanmar.”___Associated Press writer Julie Pace contributed to this report from Air Force One. Pitman reported from Bangkok.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)last_img read more

Thailand Tourism highlights 2018 strategies at Kolkata workshop

first_imgShruti Dugar | Kolkata The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) recently conducted a successful workshop in Kolkata to announce their promotional strategies to promote Thailand as the “Most Preferred Destination” among the Indian diaspora, focusing mainly on the wedding and honeymoon travel segments.Speaking on the sidelines of the workshop held in Kolkata to Travel News Digest, Isra Stapanaseth, Director – North and East India, Bangladesh, Bhutan and Nepal, Tourism Authority of Thailand, said, “In the past decade, India has been an excellent inbound source market for Thailand. There has been a considerable rise in the number of travellers from India year on year. Going forward, TAT’s strategy in 2018 will be to mainly promote the the wedding and honeymoon travel segments. We are also encouraging female travellers to pine for solo as well as group travelling. Among the sports segment, we will be highlighting Golf tourism to showcase the rich diversity and facilities that Thailand has to offer.” At the workshop “Open to the New Shades,” TAT highlighted their top destinations to visit in 2018. Thai and Indian cuisines have a lot in common, hence TAT emphasised on Thai Gastronomy which is a star attraction among the Indian foodies. Thai art and craft, their culture as well as their way of life will be an integral part of promotions next year. Stapanaseth further added that TAT will also be organising more Familiarisation (FAM) trips, especially to encourage female travellers and boost adventure tourism like rock climbing which is what Thailand is famous for. New and direct routes are now available connecting Bangkok to Pattaya and Hua Hin. There’s a direct 1 hour 20 minute flight from Bangkok to Chiang Rai, he stated. Along with Thailand specifically has a website, in the name of where they update about festivals and other events happening in their country. Along with it, TAT has also resorted to email marketing, to traditional as well as conventional mass media, to raise awareness about the destination. From budget to luxury, weddings to MICE, Thailand has something in store for all.last_img read more

by The Canadian Press Posted Jun 6 2018 120

first_img by The Canadian Press Posted Jun 6, 2018 1:20 pm PDT Last Updated Jun 6, 2018 at 2:00 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Toronto poet David W. McFadden has died TORONTO – Acclaimed Toronto poet David W. McFadden has died.The Griffin Trust For Excellence In Poetry posted news of his death on its website on Wednesday.“We offer our most profound condolences to his beloved partner Merlin Homer and to the countless lovers of poetry who were delighted by his wry, perceptive words and were privileged to experience his wit, intelligence, kind mentoring, friendship and inspiration,” said the post.Coach House Books, which distributes his book “The Great Canadian Sonnet,” also posted of his death on Twitter on Wednesday.“Our hearts are heavy today learning of David McFadden’s passing,” said the tweet.McFadden started publishing poetry in 1958 and went on to pen about 35 books, which also included fiction and travel writing.He was a finalist for three Governor General’s Awards and two Griffin Poetry Prizes, one of which he won in 2013 for “What’s the Score?”Griffin jury members said of the collection: “With their arch yet affable tone, these ninety-nine irreverent and mock-earnest poems lay siege to the feelings of boredom, anxiety, and alienation that afflict a culture obsessed with wealth and prestige, leading us, again and again, down the road of excess to the palace of wisdom.”last_img read more