UN rights chief deeply disturbed by recent Israeli actions in Gaza

Mr. Ramcharan “is deeply disturbed about the consequences of Israel’s recent military operation in the Gaza strip, in particular in Rafah, and its disproportionate use of force in densely populated areas,” José Luis Díaz, spokesman for the High Commissioner’s Office, said in a statement issued in Geneva.”He is particularly concerned at reports of the use by the Israel Defence Forces last Wednesday of helicopters and tanks to fire into a crowd of civilians during a peaceful demonstration, resulting in numerous deaths.”The statement noted that according to reports from the ground, since 10 May dozens of Palestinian civilians have been killed and several hundred others injured. In addition, more than 200 civilian properties have been destroyed or damaged, leaving thousands homeless and destitute. “The extensive destruction of property, a form of collective punishment, is in flagrant violation of international human rights and humanitarian law,” it said.”The Acting High Commissioner calls on Israel to abide by its obligations as an occupying power, to respect international law and to stop immediately the disproportionate use of force in the Gaza Strip,” the statement said.”It is of paramount importance to ensure that all civilians and their property are protected at all times. The Acting High Commissioner emphasizes that even when there are security-related considerations, there is no such thing as a licence to kill,” it added. read more

Imposing sanctions on Mali Security Council targets those undermining peace process

In the resolution, adopted unanimously, the 15-member body decided to set up a Sanctions Committee, consisting of all the members of the Council, and requested the Secretary-General to create, for an initial period of 13 months, a panel of up to five experts to support the Committee’s work. The 2015 Agreement for Peace and Reconciliation in Mali included language inviting the Security Council to adopt measures against those undermining the implementation of the Agreement and the pursuit of its objectives. On 9 August, the Government of Mali sent a letter to Egypt, Council President for that month, requesting the creation of a sanctions regime, citing repeated ceasefire violations by armed groups in northern Mali. read more

Ohio State mens lacrosse sets lofty goals for 2013

The Ohio State men’s lacrosse team is heading into the 2013 season looking to shake off the sting of back-to-back losses in the Eastern College Athletic Conference Tournament semifinals in 2011 and 2012. Coach Nick Myers said his team’s growth in the off-season might be enough to make that hope a reality. “We’re a team that’s fighting and clawing to get better every day, I’m really happy with the effort we’ve put forth in practice,” Myers said. “I think right now the coaching staff is probably most thankful for the leadership that we’re getting and the way these guys are responding to the challenges that we’re putting in front of them.” The team can look for leadership in returning seniors Logan Schuss, Dominique Alexander and Kevin Mack, who will all join the Ohio Machine at the end of the season after being drafted in the 2013 Major League Lacrosse Collegiate Draft. Alexander, a midfielder and co-captain for the Buckeyes, said he’s excited to play for the Machine but won’t let his future distract him from his duties at OSU. “(Getting drafted) was pretty awesome, my family was pretty excited,” Alexander said. “Obviously my focus right now is the season, but it’s definitely something to look forward to.” In front of a sold-out crowd, the Buckeyes defeated Team Canada, 17-10, in its preseason opener on Jan. 20. And even though it’s early, some members of the team said their sights are already set on making it to the sport’s biggest stage. “I think the goal is definitely to get to the NCAA tournament, and once you get there anything can happen,” said junior goalie Greg Dutton. “I think we have the guys to do it, and I think we are a lot more mature than we have been in past years. We’ve got good senior leadership and we should have the expectation to make the tournament.” Like Dutton, Schuss has been named to the 2013 Preseason All-American team by Inside Lacrosse. The attacker was named last season’s ECAC Offensive Player of the Year, and Myers hopes for similar production this season. “I think Logan’s a guy that benefits off his teammates’ ability. He has incredible talent but he’ll be the first to tell you he’s as good as the five guys around him helping make plays,” Myers said. “I certainly think he is one of the best players in the country.” No. 20 OSU is set to play No. 12 Syracuse Saturday at 11:30 a.m. at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. read more

Football Ohio States Jerome Baker once a disciple now in a leading

OSU sophomore linebacker Jerome Baker (17) and redshirt junior linebacker Chris Worley (35) combine on a sack against Michigan junior quarterback Wilton Speight (3) during their game on Nov. 26 at Ohio Stadium. The Buckeyes won 30-27. Credit: Mason Swires | Assistant Photo EditorOhio State junior linebacker Jerome Baker first came on the scene as a sophomore in the 2016 annual spring game where he lept and intercepted a ball, fully extended, with one hand. That was just a glimpse of Baker’s potential.In 2016, after now-redshirt junior linebacker Dante Booker went down with a sprained MCL in the first game of the season, Baker’s true talent showed in his ascension to becoming an integral part of the Buckeyes’ defense.Playing alongside eventual 2017 NFL Draft pick Raekwon McMillan, it’s not hard to see how Baker flew under the radar as a playmaker on the defense. But when considering Baker finished second on the team in tackles (83) and tackles for loss (9.5), and had 3.5 sacks, a fumble recovery and two interceptions, including a touchdown, Baker is perhaps the most talented returning player on the defense.“I just took advantage of the opportunity I was given,” Baker said. “It’s funny how it worked out, but, like coach (Urban) Meyer said, there’s so many examples of guys who went down, and guys came up and got their shot and took advantage of it. I’m just happy I was one of those guys. This year is definitely the same: Just take advantage of the opportunity I’ve given, and make the best out of it.”After his upstart sophomore campaign, Baker is guaranteed a spot in the starting 11. Last year, he was competing with Booker for the SAM (strong side) linebacker position. In spring practice ahead of the 2017 season, he said his approach remains the same.“Same thing. Get the whole linebacker room better,” Baker said. “I still play (like) I’m not a starter or anything like that. It’s the same mindset. It’s go hard, make everyone better and help our team win.”The OSU defense is undergoing a transition from 2016 to 2017. Defensive backs Marshon Lattimore, Gareon Conley and Malik Hooker are off to the NFL, along with the aforementioned McMillan. Coming in is a new group of cornerbacks and a new safety who are responsible for replacing the production that led OSU to its No. 6 ranking in total defense.Another change is in the defensive coaching staff. Bill Davis has assumed the duties of linebackers coach from Luke Fickell, who is the head coach at the University of Cincinnati.Davis currently has Booker practicing at the SAM linebacker position, while Baker has moved over to the WILL (weak side) and redshirt senior linebacker Chris Worley — the other returning starter at linebacker — will play Mike (middle) linebacker. Baker said that Davis is making sure all the linebackers know how to play each position. To have that knowledge of each position takes playing experience and potential, both of which Davis values in Baker.“Jerome’s a very talented young man and I think he’s got a big upside,” Davis said. “But again, he’s got a lot of work in front of him too. The potential is there, but potential is a very dangerous word. It’s got to be backed up by work, and he’s working hard right now.”As a first-year starter and a sophomore last season, Baker was lucky enough to play with players who already had significant playing experience in Worley and McMillan. Baker said that even Booker was a big influence on him from the sidelines.“Even when Book was out, he still helped me out. He still helped the guys out,” he said. “Nothing really changed as far as his mind. It’s Book.”With the amount of players returning, the linebackers and the defensive line are expected to be the stronghold of the Silver Bullets. Nonetheless, Baker’s role as a leader on the gridiron and in the locker room is expected to expand into becoming the teacher instead of the disciple.“Last year, in the beginning, I was a young guy, learning from Raekwon, learning from Worley, learning from Book,” Baker said. “And this year, it’s only Worley and Book. As far as looking up to, I have to try and lead by example for the younger guys. That’s the one thing that really changed. You gotta lead by example. And just try to continue to do the right thing.” read more

German hostage beheaded by Islamist militants in the Philippines

first_img 83 Comments Feb 27th 2017, 12:20 PM Monday 27 Feb 2017, 12:20 PM 32,169 Views German hostage beheaded by Islamist militants in the Philippines “Up to the last moment, many sectors including the Armed Forces exhausted all efforts to save his life,” a spokesperson said. By AFP http://jrnl.ie/3261297 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share36 Tweet Email3 Short URL Image: SITE intelligence group Image: SITE intelligence group ISLAMIC MILITANTS IN the Philippines have beheaded the German hostage they were holding for ransom, the government in Manila said today.A video posted by the extremist Abu Sayyaf group, which was monitored by intelligence group SITE, showed Jurgen Kantner being killed by a knife-wielding man.Shortly after the video appeared, government envoy Jesus Dureza confirmed the German’s death.“We grieve as we strongly condemn the barbaric beheading of yet another kidnap victim,” Dureza said in a statement.“Up to the last moment, many sectors including the Armed Forces of the Philippines exhausted all efforts to save his life. We all tried our best. But to no avail,” said Dureza.Military officials in the south said they still had not yet found the German’s body.The Abu Sayyaf, blamed for the worst terror attacks in Philippine history, had previously demanded a ransom of 30 million pesos (€560,000) be paid by yesterday to spare the 70-year-old.Kantner was abducted from his yacht, the Rockall, in waters off the southern Philippines last year.The vessel was found drifting on 7 November, with the body of Kantner’s female companion, Sabine Merz, bearing a gunshot wound.The couple had previously been kidnapped and held for 52 days in Somalia in 2008 before they were freed, reportedly after a huge ransom was paid, press reports said.The Abu Sayyaf, whose leaders have pledged allegiance to the Islamic State movement in the Middle East, have been kidnapping foreigners and Christians for decades, holding them for ransom in the jungles of the strife-torn southern Philippines.They have frequently killed hostages if their demands are not met, and last year murdered two Canadians.Aside from Kantner, they are now holding at least 19 foreigners and seven Filipino hostages, military spokesman Brigadier General Restituto Padilla said.The group, formed from seed money provided by a relative of Al-Qaeda mastermind Osama bin Laden in the 1990s, also carried out the bombing of a ferry in Manila Bay in 2004 that claimed 116 lives in the country’s deadliest terror attack.The military had been pressing an assault against the Abu Sayyaf, attacking their camps and bombing their hideouts just before Kantner was killed.- © AFP, 2017Read: Police question student who drove his rented car into pedestrians in GermanyRead: British extremist gets 5-year jail term over hate crimes on social medialast_img read more

Chocolate factory set to close New Zealanders raise €2 million in two

first_img Short URL https://jrnl.ie/3435627 LOCALS IN THE New Zealand city of Dunedin have had overwhelming success in their bid to retain a chocolate factory in the area after raising over €2 million in two days to support the project.Mondelez International had announced plans in February that it would close the Dunedin Cadbury factory but local councillor Jim O’Malley launched plans earlier this week to crowdfund to save the factory, reports Newshub.He approached Mondelez with a plan that allowed two weeks to gauge public interest on providing the funds needed to save the factory. Despite having raised NZ$3.3 million, the councillor needs to raise NZ$20 million within the next two weeks.O’Malley told Newshub: “It became apparent as we were talking to Mondelez that no one from Dunedin was going to be stepping forward to do the manufacturing in Dunedin. If nobody stepped up [then] they could be leaving Dunedin. 17 Comments Friday 9 Jun 2017, 2:42 PM Jun 9th 2017, 2:42 PM Image: Shutterstock/M. Unal Ozmen Share99 Tweet Email10 center_img Knowing that we have quite a tight timeline we realised that we couldn’t really go raise the money unless there was going to be a strong interest [from the public] in doing so.The money raised would be used to purchase chocolate-making equipment from Cadbury’s and to buy a smaller factory in the north of Dunedin.With so much raised so far, O’Malley has been stunned by the public’s response.He said: “I was worried this would be a total flop and no-one would pledge. But people have been pledging from all over New Zealand and around the world, I think chocolate-making in Dunedin is seen as part of our national identity.”If successful, the new factory will continue making the nation’s beloved chocolates such as Pineapple Lumps and Jaffas.At this stage, the pledges – made here – are in written form only with no money having yet changed hands.Anyone who invests will own a small portion of the factory upon completion.If the deal goes ahead, the new company will create the beloved chocolates and employ between 25 and 50 people, saving some of the 350 jobs set to go when the Cabdury’s factory closes down.Read: Rhino kills conservationist in RwandaRead: BBC radio presenters found guilty of abusing teenage boys Image: Shutterstock/M. Unal Ozmen 22,928 Views By Sean Murray Chocolate factory set to close, New Zealanders raise €2 million in two days to try save it The owner of Cadbury’s has given the crowdfunders two weeks to raise NZ$20 million. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Pension cold calling to result in enforcement action and £500000 fine

first_imgOrganisations making unwanted, unsolicited phone calls to individuals regarding their pensions could face enforcement action, including fines of up to £500,000, under legislation that comes into force today (9 January 2019).Research conducted by the Money Advice Service in October 2015 found that there might be as many as 250 million pension scam calls per year. According to the Financial Conduct Authority, pension scammers stole on average £91,000 per victim in 2018.Guy Opperman, minister for pensions and financial inclusion, said: “Pension scams are despicable crimes, fleecing people of the retirement they’ve earned by doing the right thing, working hard and saving for the future. Banning pensions cold calling will protect people from these callous crooks and ensure fraudsters feel the full force of the law.”The ban prohibits cold calling in relation to pensions, except where the caller is authorised by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) or is the trustee or manager of an occupational or personal pension scheme, and where the recipient consents to calls and has an existing relationship with the caller.Margaret Snowdon OBE, chair of the Pension Scams Industry Group said: “We welcome these regulations to ban cold calls in relation to occupational and personal pension schemes. Of course, a ban on cold calling will not deter all scammers, but anything that makes it more difficult is a good thing.“A significant public awareness campaign will now be vital to ensure that the man in the street is aware that cold calls about their pensions are now illegal.”Kate Smith, head of pensions at financial services organisation Aegon, added: “The introduction of legislation to make pension cold calling illegal is welcome news and sends a clear message to scammers that unsolicited calls to people about their pensions won’t be tolerated. While the ban will go some way in preventing scam activity and protecting individuals and their savings, there is still considerable work to be done to educate the public so people are aware that cold calling is illegal.”last_img read more

Gear Hour Restrictions For Upper Cook Inlet Set Gillnet

first_imgThe announcement also restricts set gillnet  gear in the Kenai and Kasilof sections only. In a release on Wednesday, DF&G have modified the weekly fishing periods with set gillnets in the Kenai and Kasilof sections of the Upper Subdistrict, effective at 12:01 a.m. on July 1. With regularly scheduled fishing periods on Mondays and Thursdays no longer in effect in the Upper Subdistrict set gillnet fishery, except for the East Foreland Section, any and all fishing time provided to this set gillnet fishery may occur only via EO beginning July 1. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Department of Fish and Game announced both hour and gear restrictions for Upper Cook Inlet set gillnet in both the Kenai and Kasilof rivers.  Commercial fishing periods in the Upper Subdistrict set gillnet fishery, excluding the East Foreland Section, are open for no more than 48 hours per week, with a 36-hour continuous closure per week beginning between 7:00 p.m. Thursday and 7:00 a.m. Friday.last_img read more

Lego Movie 2s Apocalypseburg set overflows with whopping 3000 pieces

first_img $155 at Google Express Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) Read the Rylo camera preview Toys and Tabletop Games TV and Movies 17 Photos Boost Mobile $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express $299 at Amazon Sarah Tew/CNET Read DJI Osmo Action preview $60 at Best Buy Read the AirPods review Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) $520 at HP Share your voice Rylo The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. See It Sprint DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. Enlarge ImageThe Lego Movie 2: Welcome to Apocalypseburg set includes over 3,000 pieces and 12 minifigures.  Lego For fans needing a challenge, the new Lego Movie 2: Welcome to Apocalypseburg Lego set could be the answer. Apocalypseburg is the apocalyptic wasteland town in the upcoming Lego Movie 2, and on Jan. 4, the Lego Group revealed a new set inspired by the film. The set consists of 3,178 pieces. When fully assembled, it stands 20 inches (50 centimeters) high, making it one of the tallest boxed Lego sets created.The finished Lego model features a 360-design that includes a section of the Statue of Liberty with a chill-out room in her head, a cafe, Scribble Cop’s office with a chair-kicking function, armory, barber’s and tattoo parlor, Lucy’s hideout, Fuse’s workshop, rooftop diner, gym, spa and lookout platforms. Sarah Tew/CNET DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) Sarah Tew/CNET An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express Once everything was awesome … now everything is bleak. 😱 #TheLEGOMovie2 https://t.co/zUJjlatsz7 @TheLEGOMovie pic.twitter.com/Ke3ll8pysp— LEGO (@LEGO_Group) January 4, 2019 Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) Sarah Tew/CNET Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) Tags Angela Lang/CNET See Star Wars Lego Millennium Falcon sets over nearly 20 years See at Turo $999 Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X $210 at Best Buy See at Amazon Turo: Save $30 on any car rental Tagscenter_img Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. See It $6 at Tidal Read Lenovo Smart Clock review Chris Monroe/CNET Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Apple iPhone XS $999 Post a comment Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) The Cheapskate Turo Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. $59 at eBay Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. Best Buy CNET may get a commission from retail offers. See it Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) Amazon The set also includes 12 minifigures of characters Emmet, Lucy, Batman, Scribble Cop, Harley Quinn, Green Lantern, “Where are my pants?” Guy, Larry the Barista, Chainsaw Dave, Mo-Hawk, Roxxi and Fuse. Plus, there’s a rat figure.The Lego Movie 2 set is available Jan. 16 at Lego brand retail stores and online. The set retails for $300 (around £235, AU$420).The Lego Movie 2 itself hits theaters in the US and UK on Feb. 8, and on March 28 in Australia. $999 $999 Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. Read Google Home Hub review Batman Lego,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. 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. 0 Share your voice Comments See It I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. 7 Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us).last_img read more

ABVP celebrates 70th formation day

first_imgSecunderabad: ABVP celebrated the 70th formation day celebrations at Secunderabad PG College here on Tuesday. ABVP State President Prasad and Secunderabad district convener Gajula Jeevan participated as chief guests and hoisted the ABVP flag.Speaking on the occasion, Prasad said, “Students should be a part in the re-construction of country. ABVP is trying to improve discipline and love towards country which leads to a corruption less government in future.” Also Read – TSBB, NGC promotes eco-friendly Ganeshas Advertise With Us Speaking on the occasion, Jeevan said, “Many problems of students like B Tech fees reimbursement, Intermediate irregularities, fees structure in private schools are being solved by ABVP.” Leaders and activists participated in plantation programme after the event. ABVP student leaders Mahendar, Harsha, Nikhil, Anil, Subash, Raju, Balamani, Sai, Kalyan, Dinesh and others are present.last_img read more

3 Tips for Keeping Confidential Information Just That Confidential

first_img According to Dell’s “End-User Security survey,” almost three out of four employees polled said they were “willing to share sensitive, confidential or regulated company information.” Now, that’s a lot of employees.But no business owner I know wants his or her company’s information leaked, so defining “confidential information” to employees, and making sure the meaning is clear, is crucial.”Confidential” means information that could harm a business if outsiders discovered it. And, today, of course, most of this information is stored and transmitted digitally. In some industries, such as health care, this confidentiality is legally defined, and new employees coming on board might have to sign an agreement promising not to disclose it.In other industries, “confidential information” is more of a gray area; it could be certain customer information at a professional services firm or production processes in manufacturing.Related: How Social Media Jeopardizes Data SecurityWithout detailed examination, an early impression of the Dell study might suggest that disgruntled employees are willing to throw their companies under the proverbial bus at an alarming rate — but this isn’t exactly the case. Employees in the survey responded that they would share confidential info only under certain circumstances, which included authorization by management or circumstances in which they felt little risk was involved.Of course, besides intentional sharing, employees often leak confidential information by accident. Inadvertent leaks are probably the most common ones because systems aren’t as secure as they are assumed to be, leaving data exposed. An employee might also fall victim to a phishing attempt. A look at IBM’s 2015 Cyber Security Intelligence Index highlights the fact that 95 percent of cybersecurity incidents examined in that report stemmed from some form of employee mistake.Related: How to Protect Your Small Business Against a Data BreachWith that in mind, here are three steps you can take to help keep confidential information private:1. Get employees up to speed.More than 66 percent of data leaks logged by InfoWatch Group in 2016 were brought about internally. Relevant here is the fact that FINRA, an organization that reviews how firms comply with regulations regarding confidential information, has listed a lack of proper training as one of the top cybersecurity weaknesses in business.In fact, training is essential, especially given the fact that not all leaks are intentional. Businesses need to educate employees on what constitutes confidential information (employee information, customer information, proprietary business information, etc). This education also needs to be more than a companywide email; depending on a business’s size and culture, the training could be an interactive online activity, a company webinar or a simple series of meetings covering what the team needs to know.Employees are at the heart of the issue, but it’s your company’s responsibility to give them access to the tools they need to keep information confidential and train them in how to use these tools most effectively.2. Encrypt sensitive emails.Nonencrypted emails are like a door to your business’s information that’s been left ajar. Email encryption, however, designates which recipients have access to particular emails, preventing sensitive information from reaching unintended recipients.This level of security is critical for many businesses’ emails — even personal emails are being encrypted more often today — but companies as a whole stand to improve their practices. According to Echoworx’s recent study on the state of encryption, only 40 percent of organizations surveyed are using email encryption extensively. For the remaining organizations, that’s a big hole in their business’s confidential information.Once your company has educated your team on what confidential information means, this step should come naturally. Simply ensure that your employees know to encrypt any email with sensitive data. There are a variety of tools that let businesses do this, such as settings integrated as part of existing email services to third-party software that plugs into an existing email service.3. Make security systems easy to use.Organizations such as Deloitte University Press, the University College-London and others have all noted that user experience sometimes falls to the back burner when it comes to security. That shouldn’t be the case — the easier a system is for employees to use, the more likely they’ll use it the right way, keeping private information within its borders. Using security software that doesn’t take the user experience into account is akin to using less secure protection, so it’s vital that your organization use security measures that your employees understand.Achieving this is as simple as having a couple of conversations with key individuals. For instance, you need to discuss a system’s ease of use with your vendors; if the vendor can’t answer confidently, that system might not be a good fit.Another way to make sure your security system is accessible to your employees is to test out tools with your team members and gauge their responses through post-test surveys, meetings or informal chats. Did they stumble through navigating a system even after some practice? Can they find what they need easily?Overall, is your system helping keep information secure, or is it just requiring them to jump through hoops? Getting an idea of how your employees feel using a system will tell higher-ups how a system will fare in the long run.Related: The Worst Data Breaches in the U.S., Ranked State by StatePart of your responsibility when it comes to security is having procedures in place for handling confidential information. Knowing what information could potentially harm your organization is key to protecting it, especially when one in three employees take corporate data with them when they leave, according to Dell’s study.Often, the most effective precautions seem the most basic, but focusing on eliminating weaknesses through employee training and email encryption is a great way to close large security holes and reduce the risk of an information leak. August 2, 2017 Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals 5 min read Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Register Now »last_img read more

Body found at Ladysmith Indoor Sports Complex

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite The deceased has not yet been identified.Police and emergency personnel were on scene.Click to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or  for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there! A man’s body was found today (March 8) at the Indoor Sports Complex.The body was spotted by a municipal worker who was working at the complex.After making the gruesome discovery, the municipal worker contacted emergency services.Read more: Woman’s badly battered naked body found in Leonardsville areaAlso read: Update: Ladysmith boy’s body foundUpon arrival, police and forensics began investigating. There were no signs of injury or foul play.The body was found in the ticket sales booth situated close to the gates.last_img read more

Bosnian custom officials detained over corruption

first_imgAccording to Transparency International, Bosnia is one of the most corrupt countries in Europe. Authorities have recently begun fighting corruption and tax evasion more vigorously.(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Comments   Share   Four benefits of having a wireless security system New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) – Police in Bosnia have detained several high-ranking customs officials, accusing them of tax and customs evasion and money laundering worth millions of euros.The prosecutor’s office in Bosnia said Tuesday the operation is part of an ongoing fight against corruption and organized crime, focusing on state officials.Prosecutors said at least 10 people were detained. Some are customs officials who according to the statement were bribed to let trucks belonging to certain companies cross the border into Bosnia without paying customs for the goods brought in, mainly textiles. Top Stories center_img 5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Center Sponsored Stories Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement 4 must play golf courses in Arizona Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facilitylast_img read more

Franz welcomes national debt experts testimony at Michigan House committee hearing

first_img Categories: News 23Jan Franz welcomes national debt expert’s testimony at Michigan House committee hearing State Rep. Ray Franz today welcomed William Fruth, president of POLICOM Corporation, to provide testimony on the desperate need for Congress to balance the federal budget.Franz’ House Joint Resolution CC adds Michigan to the list of states calling for an amendment to the U.S. Constitution requiring the federal government to operate with an annually balanced budget.“Congress has been overspending our nation’s budget for over three decades, and there’s no end in sight,” said Franz, R-Onekama. “It’s unrealistic and unfathomable for personal and business finances, as well as for local and state government levels, and it is unsustainable and unacceptable if our country is to have any kind of future for our children and grandchildren.”At about $17 trillion, the United States’ debt load puts it on a list of 12 out of 182 nations with debt greater than the size of their economy. The debt is primarily owed to private and public investors, foreign investing entities, as well as internal federal government trust funds, such as the Social Security Trust Fund, Civil Service Retirement, and Military Retirement & Medical Medicare.Fruth, economic development consultant with the Balance Budget Amendment Task Force in Virginia, likened America’s direction to “going over Niagara Falls.”“It hasn’t mattered what party is in Congress, they have continued to borrow money to run the nation, and it is breaking the back of our country,” Fruth said. “At every other level, we’re compelled to say ‘no, there just isn’t any money,’ but in Washington, D.C., it’s been too easy to say ‘yes.’“There are several choices we have: we can do nothing, and just hope our nation, our political system and our freedom don’t collapse under soaring inflation and increased taxation; we can elect people to office who will stop the borrowing and spending cycle, but we’ve seen how that’s worked the last 30 years; we can riot in the streets, as we’ve seen citizens do in other countries, but that’s not good; or we can make it unlawful through a Balanced Budget Amendment for Congress to borrow and spend money it has no ability to repay.”Along with testimony from Franz, Fruth and Sen. Mike Green, who sponsored a Senate version of the Balanced Budget Amendment joint resolution, the House panel heard comments in favor of the measure from Charlie Owens, Michigan director of the National Federation of Independent Business. The committee received ‘opposed’ messages from the Michigan League for Public Policy, AFL-CIO and UAW.The House Financial Liability Reform Committee is considering HJR CC and SJR V.From left: Bill Fruth of the Balance Budget Amendment Task Force, Charlie Owens, Michigan director of the National Federation of Independent Business, and state Rep. Ray Franz at the House Financial Liability Reform Committee meeting.last_img read more

Connect with Rep Poleski this July

first_img Categories: News 29Jun Connect with Rep. Poleski this July Residents are invited to meet with state Rep. Earl Poleski during his district coffee hours and office hours throughout the month of July.“I value these opportunities to meet with constituents, answer questions and hear ideas for our community and for the state as a whole,” said Rep. Poleski, R-Jackson.Residents can meet with Rep. Poleski for coffee from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. at the following dates and locations:Tuesday, July 12 – Marrs Ave. Grill: 1319 E. Michigan Ave. in Jackson;Tuesday, July 19 – Roxy Café: 606 N. W. Ave. in JacksonTuesday, July 26 – Spring Arbor Café: 7975 Spring Arbor Road in Spring ArborResidents can also meet with Rep. Poleski during office hours every Thursday this month, beginning July 14, from noon to 3 p.m. at the Jackson County Towers located at 120 W. Michigan Ave. in Jackson.No appointments are necessary. Residents who are unable to attend, but would still like to voice a question or idea, should contact Rep. Poleski’s office by phone at (517) 373-1795 or by email at EarlPoleski@house.mi.gov.###last_img read more

Rep Farrington bill improves protection of vulnerable adults

first_img02Oct Rep. Farrington bill improves protection of vulnerable adults Categories: Diana Farrington News,News State Rep. Diana Farrington has sponsored legislation to protect vulnerable adults from abuse or restraint by physical, verbal, mental or financial means.“The only thing more despicable than the abuse of an elder or vulnerable adult is that this kind of illegal behavior is growing rapidly in Michigan,” said Farrington, of Utica. “Ensuring our laws protect and provide justice for the victims of these kind of crimes is a priority that we should all share, regardless of it being fraud or physical abuse. The effects of this abuse is more significant to our senior citizens, so the penalties under the law should better reflect the severity.”Farrington’s legislation also updates the sentencing guidelines that range from one year imprisonment for assault on a person reasonably known to be an elder or vulnerable adult, to 25 years for abuse that results in death. Any restraint or intimidation can be punishable by up to four years imprisonment.“We have to better protect our veterans and seniors from this kind of behavior,” said Farrington. “Vulnerable adults rely on friends, families and caregivers to help make them comfortable, not to take advantage and destroy their quality of life. This legislation will send a clear message that anyone who violates that trust and expectation of care will be penalized.”Farrington’s legislation is part of a bipartisan six-bill package that also requires better licensing for nursing home administrators and assisted living facilities to clarify training and state standards in the care of vulnerable adults. The bill package also increases penalties up to a 20-year felony for embezzlement of more than $100,000 as well as 15-year felony for physical abuse that results in a serious impairment.Farrington’s legislation is House Bill 5028 and it has been assigned for the House Law and Justice Committee for its consideration.#####last_img read more

Rep Runestad announces grant opportunities for Oakland County Fair

first_img18Dec Rep. Runestad announces grant opportunities for Oakland County Fair Categories: Runestad News Rep. Jim Runestad today announced two grant opportunities provided by the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) for the improvement of fairground facilities and financial support for livestock expositions at the Oakland County Fair next summer.“These grants are a great opportunity to preserve and enhance such a cherished local tradition like the Oakland County Fair” Runestad said. “Farmers, families and visitors to our communities next summer would benefit from the continued investment in our county’s annual fair.”MDARD’s capital improvement program aims to provide additional funds to county fair officials for needed structural improvements to fairground facilities. The shows and expositions grant provides financial support and awards for expositions livestock and other commodities. Eligible applicants must submit their proposals to MDARD by Feb. 1, 2018 at 5 p.m., where all grants will be reviewed and selected by an evaluation committee.last_img read more

House OKs Barrett bill supporting veterans clubs fraternal organizations

first_img Categories: Barrett News,News 07Mar House OKs Barrett bill supporting veterans clubs, fraternal organizations The Michigan House today unanimously approved legislation introduced by state Rep. Tom Barrett allowing members of the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars and other groups to buy alcohol in any affiliated out-of-town club, not just their home club.Barrett, of Charlotte, said the bill is needed because of a recent interpretation of law by the Liquor Control Commission that forbade members of a national veterans club or other organization such as the Eagles or Elk to purchase alcohol at a clubhouse other than their own.“This made a time-honored tradition illegal,” Barrett said. “For decades, private clubs and fraternal organizations have allowed members to purchase alcoholic beverages while visiting a neighboring club. I heard from veterans and members of organizations who were enraged by the ruling, saying it would end decades of tradition and could threaten the liquor licenses of clubs across the state.”Barrett, an Iraq War veteran who still serves part time in the Army, said the bill is a common-sense solution to a problem that should have never occurred.“With all the sacrifices veterans have made and all the community service that fraternal organizations provide, the least we can do is guarantee they can enjoy a toast with their fellow club members across the state,” Barrett said.The measure now goes to the Senate for consideration.#####The legislation is House Bill 5260.last_img read more

Rep Lucido supports Rep Yarochs plan honoring fallen US Navy Chief Petty

first_img Measure renames a portion of highway M-53 in Macomb County PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Peter Lucido (right) and state Rep. Jeff Yaroch (second from right) talk with Terri and Richard Freiwald, parents of U.S. Navy Chief Petty Officer Jason Freiwald, before a House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee hearing. Rep. Yaroch introduced legislation, supported by Representative Lucido, to honor Jason Freiwald, a highly decorated Navy SEAL, by renaming a portion of M-53 in Macomb County. The signage will be displayed between 31 Mile Road and 32 Mile Road. Categories: Lucido News,News 03Oct Rep. Lucido supports Rep. Yaroch’s plan honoring fallen U.S. Navy Chief Petty Officer Jason Freiwaldlast_img read more

Rep Lightner schedules local office hours

first_img State Rep. Sarah Lightner announced today her next round of district office hours to meet with local residents of the 65th District.“Accessibility is important to me as your voice in Lansing,” Rep. Lightner said. “I believe in leading by listening, and these are great opportunities to hear directly from you. I hope you will join me and share your thoughts on the issues you care about most.”Office hours are scheduled for the following times and locations:Monday, April 8 from 12 to 1 p.m. at Columbia Township Hall, 8500 Jefferson Road in Brooklyn;Friday, April 12 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. at T&D Coney Grill, 209 S. Main St. in Eaton Rapids;Friday, April 19 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Shugar Creek Restaurants, 106 S. Main St. in Onsted;Friday, April 26 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Bob Evans, 1725 N. West Ave. in Jackson; andFriday, May 3 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Waterloo Township Hall, 9773 Mt. Hope Road in Munith.No appointment is necessary. Residents unable to attend may contact Rep. Lightner’s office by calling (517) 373-1775 or by email at SarahLightner@house.mi.gov. 26Mar Rep. Lightner schedules local office hours Categories: Lightner Newslast_img read more