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Jose Mourinho, Conte war of words adds fuel to Manchester United, Chelsea clash

first_imgManchester United and Chelsea are set to take on each other in the Premier League on Sunday and despite it being a vital clash for top-four, the focus is more on Jose Mourinho and Antonio Conte spat.Such has been the war of words between them that the clash at Old Trafford has gone far beyond that lush green pitch.The boiling tension between the two big managers began when Conte’s Chelsea thrashed Mourinho’s United 4-0 to kickstart their 2016-17 Premier League title charge. Interestingly, they’ve both won the league title in their first season in England and both with the Blues.This season the discord erupted into open dislike with insults flying backwards and forwards.In October, Mourinho said Conte was the kind of manager who “they cry, they cry, they cry when a player is injured”, while Conte suggested the Portuguese was far too interested in what was going on at the club where he was once worshipped.Mourinho’s comments in January that not “behaving like a clown on the touchline” did not betray a lack of passion appeared to be directed Conte’s way.Even if it were not, Conte took the bait and hit back in no uncertain terms, accusing Mourinho of suffering from amnesia although his original remark, later clarified, spoke of “senile dementia”.Mourinho stoked the fires by dragging up a 2011 match-fixing saga that Conte was implicated in.”I think I will still make a few (mistakes). What never happened to me and will never happen is to be suspended for match-fixing,” Mourinho said.advertisementConte, who always denied any wrongdoing in that affair, was furious and described Mourinho as “a little man with a very low profile” as the bad blood began to boil.So there would appear to be egos as well as points at stake this weekend as United and Chelsea strive to bolster their hopes of finishing in the top-four behind runaway Premier League leaders Manchester City.United and Chelsea are four points and one point respectively above fifth-placed Tottenham Hotspur, who could ramp up the pressure by winning Sunday’s early kickoff at Crystal Palace.The stakes will already be high enough without any pre-match trash talking as Mourinho will be desperate to avoid a fourth defeat in five matches against Chelsea since taking over at United in 2016.He certainly will not want to hear the chants of “you’re not special any more” from Chelsea’s visiting fans — the same ones who lauded him for winning seven trophies in two spells as the Blues’ manager, including three league titles.Victory, and a first league double over United for eight years, would see Chelsea move level on points with Mourinho’s side, with 10 games of the season remaining.A win for United, however, would leave Chelsea glancing anxiously behind them.”The next game is always the most important because it’s where you can get the three points,” Chelsea defender Cesar Azpilicueta said. “At the moment we are getting closer and closer to the end of the season, so we have to get the points.”Chelsea may reap the benefit of having 24 hours more recovery time from their Champions League exertions, having drawn 1-1 with Barcelona at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday.United ground out a 0-0 draw in Sevilla on Wednesday, but will surely be more adventurous against Conte’s side.(Courtesy: Reuters)last_img read more

Photo: This Michigan Fan Is Going Viral At Ohio State

first_imgA general view of the Ohio State Buckeyes football field.COLUMBUS, OH – NOVEMBER 24: The Ohio State Marching Band performs the Script Ohio before the game against the Michigan Wolverines at Ohio Stadium on November 24, 2012 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)Ohio State fans inside Ohio Stadium are having one heck of a time this afternoon, as they’re watching the Buckeyes dominate No. 4 Michigan.It’s Ohio State 34, Michigan 19 late in the third quarter.Michigan fans…not so much.One Wolverines fan amid a sea of Scarlet and Gray is going viral on social media.Check it out:Welp.Ohio State is leading Michigan, 34-19.The game is on FOX.last_img read more

40 pvt sector specialists to be inducted as directors joint secys

first_imgNew Delhi: The Centre has decided to appoint 40 private sector specialists at the posts of Deputy Secretary and Director, considered as crucial decision-making levels in the bureaucratic hierarchy, the Lok Sabha was informed on Wednesday.Usually, these posts are manned by government servants selected through various Group A services like the IAS and from the promotee officers of the Central Secretariat Service among others. Niti Aayog, in its three-year action agenda, and the sectoral group of secretaries on governance, in its report submitted in February, 2017, have recommended for induction of personnel in the middle and senior management level in the government with the twin objectives of bringing in fresh talent as well as augment the availability of manpower, Minister of State for Personnel Jitendra Singh said in a written reply. “Based on this, it has been decided, in principle, to appoint outside experts to 40 positions at Deputy Secretary/Director level. However, no final decision has been taken in the matter,” he said. To a question as to the government was considering lateral exits of IAS officers in central government services, the minister said: “there is no such proposal before the government”.last_img read more

17M award for BC couple after malicious prosecution by Canada Revenue Agency

first_imgVICTORIA – A Vancouver Island couple has been awarded nearly $1.7 million in damages after a judge criticized the Canada Revenue Agency for the “ruination” of their business and personal lives by “high-handed, reprehensible and malicious” actions.Justice Robert Punnett of the Supreme Court of British Columbia says Tony and Helen Samaroo of Nanaimo were the victims of an “egregious” prosecution based on unfounded theory and suspicion about alleged tax evasion at the couple’s restaurant and other businesses.The Samaroos were operating a restaurant, night club and motel in Nanaimo in 2008 when they were charged with 21 counts of tax evasion for allegedly skimming $1.7 million from the business.They were acquitted of all charges in a provincial court trial in 2010 in what the judge hearing the case agreed amounted to the Crown using “voodoo accounting” to support its case.The couple sued for malicious prosecution, alleging prosecutor Brian Jones, the Canada Revenue Agency and its senior investigator, Keith Kendal, targeted them, despite lacking any direct evidence of wrongdoing.Punnett’s ruling says Jones failed to exercise “prosecutorial discretion” but clears him of malicious intent. It criticizes the agency and Kendal in assessing punitive and aggravated damages on behalf of the Samaroos.“The CRA used the powers of the state in the form of a criminal prosecution to wrongfully and maliciously prosecute,” writes Punnett.The judge also criticizes Kendal for misleading the prosecution, almost from the beginning, finding he knew evidence that was required to support any allegation of skimming could not be gathered.“The behaviour of Mr. Kendal respecting the suppressing and misstating of evidence deserves rebuke. It offends this court’s sense of decency and was a marked departure from conduct expected of an individual in Mr. Kendal’s position and an agency such as the CRA,” Punnett writes in his judgment dated Friday.The ruling discusses what the judge calls “the unfortunate culture” within the Canada Revenue Agency.It describes an email to Jones and Kendal from another investigator during discussions about 88 proposed charges against the Samaroos, quipping that “after 85 charges, doesn’t a guilty verdict call for a guillotine?”Later, after 21 charges had been approved, the same author wrote to Jones, pointing to a front page newspaper story about the case, with the comment, “I can’t wait to read the edition after the guilty verdict.”Punnett writes that agency employees “looked forward with unprofessional glee to the plaintiffs’ anticipated conviction and sentencing and their resulting ruination,” an approach he calls “deeply troubling.”“The CRA and Mr. Kendal do not acknowledge their wrongdoing or their violation of professional standards. They expressed no apology and were without remorse. Given the opportunity they would pursue the plaintiffs again on the same basis,” says Punnett.The Samaroos were seeking $6 million for the violation of their Charter rights as an alternative to punitive damages, but Punnett awarded them $750,000 in punitive damages.He also writes that no amount will cause the tax agency financial hardship, but the award will “bring home to the CRA and its employees that conduct such as has occurred here is not acceptable.”The Samaroos have also been awarded $300,000 each in aggravated damages for the “irrevocable” harm to their reputations and about $348,000 to cover their legal fees.last_img read more

How to manage your money like an NHL hockey player

first_imgTORONTO – Even before Jamie McLennan made it to the NHL and began earning a top-athlete’s salary, he learned a hard lesson about how “money attracts a lot of good people and a lot of losers.”While he was still playing in the minor leagues, he and many of his peers invested in a beanie hat company that aimed to sell its wares at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta. In the end, the company never lived up to its promises and his $5,000 investment disappeared.“He took our money and spent it, and probably lived high on the hog for a few days,” said McLennan, who went on to be an NHL goaltender for 11 seasons and is now a hockey analyst for TSN.McLennan’s loss was relatively small, but the story is all too common.“Every player, for the most part, can tell you their one story of where you trusted somebody and it kind of went south… You need to surround yourself with people that know what they’re doing and people that you trust,” he said.The NHL season started this week, bringing in a fresh crop of hockey stars who after years of gruelling training will start to reap the benefits of their hard work — in both profile and salary.Still, despite earning seven-figure salaries and higher, too many high-profile hockey players have squandered their millions and filed for bankruptcy, including Jack Johnson and Darren McCarty.Many former players now advise the next generation of stars on how to not become the next financial cautionary tale.“They train hard, and they get these specific programs to be successful, you know, on the ice,” said Stew Gavin, former NHL player and president of Gavin Hockey Wealth Specialists. “And if you take some of that same initiative to care for your financial matters, you can do extremely well.”Here are some personal finance rules for NHL stars that can apply to beer league players and non-hockey playing folk as well.1) Do not rush into financial decisions.Whether you have just received a massive pay bump or come into a large sum of money such as an inheritance, resist the urge to deploy your cash into investments right away, Gavin says. Learn what investment options are available, interview different firms and only do what you are comfortable with, he added. “If it takes you six months or a year, I would rather someone go into it, be informed and educated and gradually deploy it so that it is in line with their comfort level,” he said.2) Live within your means.Don’t try to keep up with peers who are further along in their career, and earning power, said Francois Giguere, a Colorado-based wealth manager who has advised hockey players for 20 years. An individual at the beginning of their career may feel pressure to keep up with their peers’ lavish lifestyle, he said. “Even if you’re making a million, you’re with players that are making five, six, seven million (dollars). …That’s where you can fall and miss the boat financially.”3) Help friends and family — down the road.If you take care of your own finances up front, you will be in a better position to help them even more later, said Giguere. “It’s tough early on to be a little bit more selfish and make sure you take care of yourself,” he said. “And as your income grows… you can be in a position to help.”4) Pay close attention to your cash flow.“The biggest eye opener is to see money go out on a monthly basis,” said McLennan, who is a client of Gavin’s. The key is to establish how you want to live for the rest of your life, and work backwards to structure your finances to reach that goal, he said. “The quicker you can identify that as a young athlete… The faster you can achieve those goals.”5) Budget for a longer retirement than you anticipate.Players need to earn enough for their post-playing life, which for some can span 60 years. In general, most people are living longer past retirement — beyond the 20 years that used to be standard. Think longer-term, as saving now means more flexibility in the future. “When they retire from hockey they’ll be able to pick a second career, if they need to work — something that they can be passionate about,” said Giguere. “Not necessarily something that is going to give them the most amount of income.”last_img read more

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UN receives pledge to respect refugee rights from Central African rebel leader

Blue helmets serving with the UN’s peacekeeping mission in CAR and Chad (MINURCAT) have been protecting a camp of refugees in northeastern CAR since an attack in mid-December – apparently by bandits – left three people dead on a nearby road, including two rebel Union des Forces Démocratiques et du Rassemblement (UFDR) members.MINURCAT Force Commander General Elhadji Mouhamadou Kandji met with UFDR leader General Zakaria Damane yesterday in Sam Ouandja, where the camp sheltering some 3,000 refugees from neighbouring Sudan’s war-ravaged Darfur region is located.During the talks, Gen. Damane pledged to fully adhere to international humanitarian law with regards to the Sam Ouandja and to refrain from blocking distributions by the UN World Food Programme (WFP) and other humanitarian agencies to the camp.The Force Commander’s intervention follows visits in recent days by the Secretary-General’s Special Representative to the CAR, Victor Angelo, to Sam Ouandja and the capital Bangui, where he held discussions on the issue with President Francois Bozizé.One of the poorest and most under-developed countries in the world, the CAR has been beset by sporadic conflict between Government forces and rebels, leaving hundreds of thousands of people displaced. The fighting and tensions have been most acute in the northeast. MINURCAT, established by the Security Council in 2007, is mandated to protect civilians and refugees as well as promote human rights and peace in the troubled northeastern part of the CAR and eastern Chad. With just over half of the military personnel currently deployed, the mission’s full troop strength is authorized at over 5,000. 31 December 2009The force commander of United Nations peacekeepers in the Central African Republic (CAR) has been assured by the leader of a major armed group that it will respect the rights of refugees amid heightening tensions in the country’s northeast, it was announced today. read more

Correction Thanksgiving Travel story

by The Associated Press Posted Nov 2, 2016 2:01 pm MDT Last Updated Nov 3, 2016 at 12:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FILE – In this Nov. 25, 2015 file photo, Carola Vazquez, center, waits at the ticket counter with her children Isabel, left, and Diego, kneeling, while traveling to Cancun, Mexico from Miami International Airport in Miami. An airline trade group said Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2016 that about 27.3 million people will fly on U.S. airlines over a 12-day period that starts Nov. 18 and ends the Tuesday after Thanksgiving. That’s up 2.5 percent from last year. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky) Correction: Thanksgiving Travel story In a story Nov. 3 about a Thanksgiving-travel forecast, The Associated Press erroneously reported a figure about airfares. The Airlines for America trade group says fares are down 5.6 per cent so far this year, not 5.8 per cent.A corrected version of the story is below:US airlines expect Thanksgiving travel to rise 2.5 per centThe travel industry expects more than 27 million people to fly on U.S. airlines over a 12-day period around ThanksgivingBy The Associated PressThe nation’s leading airlines are confident they can handle higher Thanksgiving travel this year partly because more people have signed up for quick-screening programs that are designed to keep airport security lines moving.An airline trade group said Wednesday that about 27.3 million people will fly on U.S. airlines over a 12-day period that starts Nov. 18 and ends the Tuesday after Thanksgiving. That’s up 2.5 per cent from last year.The industry expects airport lines to be manageable because more people have signed up for programs such as TSA PreCheck that screen travellers more quickly.The Transportation Security Administration said that nearly 4 million people are enrolled in PreCheck, up from 1.75 million a year ago. More than 5 million are in other programs, mostly Global Entry, which is run by U.S. Customs and Border Protection.“The doubled enrolment in expedited-screening programs from one year ago gives us great reason for optimism about how smooth the process will be,” John Heimlich, chief economist for the trade group Airlines for America, told reporters. “We’re confident, I think, the bigger wild card is weather.”Long security lines were a problem at many airports this spring. American Airlines said that more than 70,000 passengers missed flights in the first five months of the year due to long lines. The TSA responded by increasing staffing and encouraging people to sign up for PreCheck.For Thanksgiving travellers, the airline group expects the busiest travel days to be the Wednesday before and the Sunday and Monday after the holiday. Over the 12-day period, the airlines expect about 55,000 more passengers per day, but they say they have added about 74,000 seats per day with bigger planes and more flights.The trade group also gave a financial snapshot of the industry. In the first nine months of this year, the top nine carriers reported a combined pretax profit of $18.3 billion, down from $18.7 billion in the same period last year.Revenue has dropped on a 5.6 per cent decline in average fares, the group said. Fares have been falling since the start of 2015 because airlines took advantage of cheaper fuel to add flights faster than demand warranted. read more

Forests play key role in helping countries achieve sustainable development – UN

“The success of FAO’s work in improving lives will depend very much on how we balance the use and preservation of natural resources. This includes forests, which play an important role in environmental factors like carbon sequestration, soil and water quality preservation and conserving biodiversity,” said the Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), José Graziano da Silva, at the opening of the agency’s Committee on Forestry in Rome, Italy.The Committee is the highest FAO statutory body on forestry, bringing together heads of forest services and other senior government officials to identify emerging policy and technical issues, to seek solutions and to advise FAO and others on appropriate action.During the five-day meeting, the Committee will discuss how to build on the commitments made at the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) regarding the protection and sustainable use of forests. Among the issues to be addressed are rural development, the integration of forests with environmental and land use policies, and improving the management of forestry resources, including wood and non-wood products.Some 100 Heads of State and government, along with thousands of representatives from non-governmental organizations, the private sector and civil society attended Rio+20, all seeking to help shape new policies to promote global prosperity, reduce poverty and advance social equity and environmental protection.In his remarks, Mr. Graziano da Silva noted how some 350 million of the world’s poorest people, including 60 million indigenous people, depend on forests for their daily subsistence and long-term survival. However, deforestation and forest degradation are contributing to significant losses of soil each year, putting the lives of many in peril.“Preserving our soil is necessary to sustain life on the planet and yet the slow process of desertification has not captured as much attention as it merits,” the FAO chief said, adding that sustainable agriculture and forestry can reverse soil degradation and help combat desertification, noting that, “we need to make sure that soil protection and the fight against desertification are placed high on the international agenda.” “We will need to work together with governments, civil society and the private sector to maximize the role that forests and wooded land will play in food security in the future,” Mr. Graziano da Silva said. “It will take a collective effort, including of all our partners within and beyond the UN system, to manage the world’s forests in a sustainable way.”The 2012 State of the World’s Forests report – which focuses on how sustainable use of forestry resources can help reduce poverty, hunger and climate change – will also be released during the Committee on Forestry meeting. read more

UN Olympic Committee sign formal agreement on role of sport in development

“Sport has great power in bringing people together,” Mr. Ban said following the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding at United Nations Headquarters in New York, where he thanked the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the wider Olympic movement for being “such a steadfast partner of the United Nations.” To further this effort, Mr. Ban today announced the appointment of Jacques Rogge of Belgium, the former IOC President and currently its honorary president, as his Special Envoy for Youth Refugees and Sport. A former Olympian, Mr. Rogge, will help promote sport as an empowerment tool for youth from displaced and refugee communities towards peace, reconciliation, security, health, education, gender equality, and a more inclusive society, according to Mr. Ban’s spokesperson.In conflict areas such as Syria, the Central African Republic and South Sudan, and in the neighbouring countries which host millions of refugees, “sport has a role to play in helping to restore at least some sense of normalcy,” Mr. Ban said.Remarks to the press by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and IOC President Dr. Thomas Back. Credit: UNTVSport can also motivate children to enrol and do well in school, empower girls and women by providing opportunities for leadership and accomplishments, and help reach many groups and communities with important messages on HIV/AIDS and other diseases, drug abuse and environmental protection. It can “be used to bridge cultural, religious, ethnic and social divides,” Mr. Ban stressed. He then quoted basketball legend Magic Johnson, who spoke in response to the growing controversy over racially insensitive comments involving the Los Angeles Clippers, “We all play with different races of people when you’re in sports. That’s what makes sports so beautiful.”In his remarks, Mr. Bach said the IOC was “extremely honoured and proud and excited to join hands with the UN” and he hoped that this move will bring their cooperation “to an even higher level” and “even closer and better for humankind.”Today’s event is a continuation of the inaugural International Day of Sport for Development and Peace, which was first celebrated on 6 April this year.At both events, Mr. Ban urged Member States to look at all possibilities to use sport as a tool for development and peace.The President of the General Assembly, John Ashe, also praised the power of sport, particularly now as the international community is outlining the priority agenda following 2015, the deadline for the eight anti-poverty targets known as Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). “We hope to be able to count on the voices of athletes worldwide to put the spotlight on our new development goals, as well as to set an example by embracing sustainable practices,” Mr. Ashe said. He said the virtues of sport are “an ideal match for what we hope to achieve here at the United Nations.”“At its best, sport fosters unity, encourages participation and inclusion, advances human rights, and promotes peace and development,” he added. A few days ago, the UN wrapped up its own athletic competition. The week-long 41st UN Inter-Agency Games ended on Friday in Hempstead, New York. Staff from across the world participated in the annual event, competing as part of their workplace and not countries of origin. This was the first time since the games were started in the early 1970s that the competition was held in the United States. read more

Multistakeholders form new Development Partner Institute to inspire mining for good

first_imgThe Development Partner Institute (DPI) was established in December 2016 and announced its launch at the 2017 Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) convention on March 5. Its mission is to facilitate a shift in the mining industry’s extractive business model towards a more integrated and proactive development partnership approach. The DPI was formed to continue the innovative work catalyzed and incubated by the Kellogg Innovation Network (KIN). It is currently supported by leading companies Anglo American, Exxaro Resources, Hatch and Black Loon Metals.“Anglo American is delighted to be a founding supporter of the DPI. Our industry lacks a neutral, multi-stakeholder space to explore a number of the broader issues facing mining,” said Mark Cutifani, Chief Executive of Anglo American. “We very much look forward to the DPI providing such a forum for constructive but challenging dialogue about mining and its role in society.”The Development Partner Framework (DPF) is the foundation of the DPI and will guide all its activities. The framework outlines three core principles to foster sustainable development, ongoing collaboration and a long-term, value-creation culture:Shared purpose: working with relevant stakeholders to create a shared vision for the long-term development of host regions.Flourishing ecosystems: a robust and resilient natural environment, supporting a healthy community and thriving business.Competitive companies, communities and countries: the ability for companies, communities and countries to reach their full potential and realise their individual definition of prosperity — while at all times considering what prosperity means beyond the life of mine and the mining company’s role in catalysing that from day one.“The DPI’s shared purpose approach to mining is unique. It calls for the host community’s values and aspirations to be at the forefront of new mine planning, operation and closure plans,” said Mark Podlasly, trustee of the Tribal Sovereign Wealth Fund – Nlaka’pamux Legacy Trust. “For indigenous communities, a true shared purpose mine can be a development resource, helping the community meet its goals in partnership with the project.”The DPF is now being taken to the regional level with the first multi-stakeholder session held in Limpopo province in South Africa. The workshop applied the DPF approach to coordinate a multi-stakeholder effort to enhance socio-economic development in this leading mining province.“The Development Partner Approach is based on a set of principles that were co-created by a diverse set of stakeholders. It is deliberately not prescriptive so that it can be adapted for local contexts. It is meant to complement the work already happening on the ground,” said Peter Bryant, the DPI’s co-founder and board chair. “The DPI will provide a trusted platform to engage diverse stakeholder groups in inspiring the mining ecosystem to adopt new approaches.”KIN began its journey in 2012 by convening a group of leaders from mining companies, suppliers, academia, indigenous people, nonprofits and government to create a platform of ongoing collaboration. Through this diverse coalition, under the auspices of the KIN, the Development Partner Framework was created. It has received global attention for its groundbreaking approach, including a silver medal in the prestigious Edison Awards’ Collaborative Innovation category.“We believe that there is great potential to increase the benefits host communities receive from mining projects. We want communities to prosper not only during operations but more importantly after the life of the mine,” said Kulvir Gill, Founding Executive Director of the DPI.last_img read more

RK Metalurg sign talented Serbian wing – Darko Djukic

← Previous Story LNH (Round 18): PSG, Dunkerque and Montpellier win Next Story → Danish Nørdsjælland keep TOP scorer! Bogdan Radivojevicgoce georgievskirk metalurgđ One of the best right wings in generation 1994, Darko Djukic (20) has signed contract with Macedonian vice-champions RK Metalurg. Djukic is considered as super-talented player with a great future ahead. He plays for RK Zeleznicar Nis, which is his first proffesional team. His debut for Serbian “Eagles” was in October 2012 in clashes against Germany.Serbia has one more “wunderkind” on right wing position – Bogdan Radivojevic, who playing in SG Flensburg.RK Metalurg have two domestic players on the same position – Goce Georgievski and Zlatko Mojsoski. read more

Jack Dorseys Twitter account hacked

first_img More security news Tags Google says iPhone security flaws let websites hack away for years You can now find out if Amazon’s Ring has partnered with your local police US cyberattack damaged Iran’s ability to target oil tankers, report says 0 Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey’s account was hacked Friday. Angela Lang/CNET Twitter CEO and co-founder Jack Dorsey’s account was hacked Friday, with the people responsible tweeting sexist, racist and anti-Semitic comments, as well as bomb threats.  The tweets began at around 12:45 p.m. PT Friday, and also urged people to get several hashtags trending. They were up for about 20 minutes before being deleted, and included shoutouts to other Twitter users. screen-shot-2019-08-30-at-12-59-59-pm.png Screenshot by Corinne Reichert/CNET “Yes, Jack’s account was compromised. We’re working on it and investigating what happened,” Brandon Borrman, head of Twitter comms, tweeted at 1:03 p.m. PT. When asked for comment, a Twitter spokesperson pointed to Twitter Comms’ account, which tweeted a similar statement. “We’re aware that @jack was compromised and investigating what happened,” it tweeted.Twitter’s comms account then announced, at 2:22 p.m. PT, that Dorsey’s account had just been secured.”The account is now secure, and there is no indication that Twitter’s systems have been compromised,” the tweet said.It’s been reported that the hack could’ve been carried out by way of a SIM swap attack, where hackers bribe an employee of a carrier to switch the numbers associated with a SIM card, so they can intercept a two-factor authentication code and log in to an account.The Twitter comms team confirmed the SIM swap attack at 5:12 p.m.  Post a comment The phone number associated with the account was compromised due to a security oversight by the mobile provider. This allowed an unauthorized person to compose and send tweets via text message from the phone number. That issue is now resolved.— Twitter Comms (@TwitterComms) August 31, 2019 “The phone number associated with the account was compromised due to a security oversight by the mobile provider,” Twitter Comms tweeted. “This allowed an unauthorized person to compose and send tweets via text message from the phone number. That issue is now resolved.”The group behind the hack appears to call itself the Chuckling Squad and has reportedly been behind other recent Twitter hacks. The hackers also urged people via the Dorsey tweets to “join the Chuckling Squad Discord server.” dorsey hack Screenshot by Corinne Reichert/CNET “Both the server and the server owner were permanently removed from Discord within minutes of this being reported to us,” Discord said in a statement, according to The Verge.Discord didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.Twitter has been under pressure to more quickly remove abusive content, terror-related content, misinformation, fake news and deepfakes.Originally published Aug. 30, 1:10 p.m. PT.Updates, 2:22 p.m.: Adds more detail; 2:30 p.m.: Twitter confirms account now secure; 3:48 p.m.: Adds report on SIM swap attack; 5:27 p.m.: Adds more detail and reported Discord statement; 5:33 p.m.: Includes confirmation of SIM swap attack. Mobile Security Mobile Apps Share your voice Jack Dorseylast_img read more

European Union 60 years of twists and turns

first_imgEuropean Union flag Credit: EU websiteFrom economic union via the euro to a migration crisis and Brexit, here is a look at 60 years of ups and downs in the European Union.Birth of a European blocOn May 9, 1950 French foreign minister Robert Schuman unveils proposals for an economic union between France and West Germany.A year later six countries — Belgium, France, West Germany, Italy, Luxembourg and The Netherlands — establish the European Coal and Steel Community (ECSC).Towards the EUOn March 25, 1957 the same six sign the Treaty of Rome that establishes the European Economic Community, a common market.It takes effect a year later, establishing key European institutions: the Council of Ministers, the executive European Commission and the Parliamentary Assembly, which later becomes the European Parliament.The first parliamentary elections by direct universal suffrage take place in 1979.Britain, Denmark and Ireland join the EEC on January 1, 1973. They are followed by Greece in 1981, Portugal and Spain in 1986, and Austria, Finland and Sweden in 1995.On February 7, 1992 the Maastricht Treaty is signed, laying the foundation for a single European currency.In January 1993 a single market allowing the free movement of goods, services, people and capital becomes reality.The EEC becomes the European Union on November 1, 1993.It is only in March 1995, however, that travellers in some EU member states will be able to travel without showing their passports under the Schengen accord that drops some internal border controls.Euro and enlargementEuro banknotes and coins go into circulation in 12 countries on January 1, 2002, replacing national currencies such as the deutschmark, franc, lira and peseta.Britain, Denmark and Sweden, however, decide to keep their national currencies.In the aftermath of the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, the EU on May 1, 2004 swells to 25 members, taking in Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia.Bulgaria and Romania join in 2007, and Croatia becomes the 28th member in 2013.CrisesStorm clouds gather in 2005 as French voters reject a draft European constitution, as proposed in the Treaty of Lisbon. Three days later, Dutch voters do the same.Shocked European leaders manage to get the treaty ratified in 2009 with provisions designed to improve the functioning of the enlarged EU institutions.In November 2009 Athens reveals a sharp rise in its public deficit, unleashing a financial crisis across the eurozone.First Greece, then Ireland, Portugal, Spain and Cyprus seek aid from the EU and the International Monetary Fund, which demand strict fiscal discipline in return.Several heads of government fall as austerity measures provoke a popular backlash.Just as it begins to emerge from the financial crisis, Europe is hit by its most serious migration crisis since the end of World War II with the arrival of hundreds of thousands of asylum seekers peaking in 2015.EU leaders fail to work out a joint action plan.Divorce with BritainIn the biggest blow to the union, Britain on June 23, 2016 votes 52 percent in favour of quitting the EU, putting itself on course to become the first country to quit.It comes with the bloc weakened by the rise in populism and euroscepticism.After three years of disagreement and delays over the divorce terms, the deadline for Brexit is pushed back to October 31, 2019.last_img read more

Federal Government Launches Pipeline Cybersecurity Effort

first_imgDave FehlingAccording to the Texas Railroad Commission, more than 466,000 miles of oil and gas pipelines crisscross the state. X Share 00:00 /00:46 The federal government is launching a new effort to better protect oil and gas pipelines against cyber attacks.Top officials with the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Energy met with industry leaders last week. Out of that meeting came an initiative that will use federal resources and expertise to “better understand the threat landscape” and focus cybersecurity efforts in certain areas.Analyst Luis Luque, who works for the firm Accenture, said the risks for pipeline companies are widespread.“You may have one or two control rooms for a nationwide network,” Luque said. “All throughout that network are these electronic components that are responsible for monitoring and controlling things like pumps, motors, valves, compressors, and those are the electronic components that are susceptible to cyber threats.”It’s a notable issue for Texas in particular: the state has more than 466,000 miles of oil and gas pipelines.center_img Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:last_img read more

Bennett Wyatt Add Additional Preseason AllAmerica Honors

first_img 2019 NCBWA Preseason All-Americans Story Links LOUISVILLE, Ky. – University of Louisville junior lefthanded pitcher Nick Bennett and junior first baseman Logan Wyatt added to their preseason All-America accolades Tuesday as both players were honored as Second Team selections by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association.Tuesday’s announcement marked the fifth preseason All-America honor for Wyatt, who was chosen as a Second Team preseason honoree by Perfect Game, a Second Team member by Collegiate Baseball newspaper, a Third Team choice by Baseball America and a Third Team selection by D1Baseball. Bennett gained his second preseason All-America honor after Perfect Game placed him on the Third Team.A Louisville native, Wyatt earned Third Team All-America recognition from Collegiate Baseball newspaper and was an All-ACC First Team honoree as a sophomore last season after hitting .339 with six home runs, 69 RBIs, 22 doubles, 63 walks, 51 runs scored, .559 slugging percentage and .490 on-base percentage. He closed 2018 ranked third in the NCAA in walks, 15th in on-base percentage, 17th in RBIs and 18th in doubles. Wyatt was also named to the 2018 NCAA All-Lubbock Regional Team after finishing 6-for-16 with two home runs and 10 RBIs in four NCAA Regional games.Bennett, a junior from Cincinnati, Ohio, closed his sophomore season with an 8-2 record, 2.84 ERA and 72 strikeouts in 73.0 innings pitched, including 11 starts. He was an All-ACC Second Team honoree and was an All-ACC Academic Team selection in 2018. During his first collegiate season in 2017, Bennett earned Freshman All-America honors and was an All-ACC Third Team selection while accumulating a 5-1 record, 3.18 ERA and 61 strikeouts in 65.0 innings pitched and 15 total appearances, including 13 starts.Guided by head coach Dan McDonnell, who is entering his 13th season at the helm, the No. 4 Cardinals are scheduled to open the 2019 season with a three-game series against No. 20 UConn on Feb. 15-17 at Joker Marchant Stadium in Lakeland, Florida, the spring training home of the Detroit Tigers. Louisville’s home-opener at Jim Patterson Stadium is set for Feb. 20 at 3 p.m., ET against Eastern Kentucky.2019 LOUISVILLE BASEBALL SEASON TICKETSAfter one season of ticketed admission for all home games, the Cardinals are giving free admission back to the fans in 2019. Louisville’s 15 ACC games as well as non-conference games against UK and Vanderbilt will be ticketed events at Jim Patterson Stadium. All other non-conference matchups, including games against Ole Miss, Western Kentucky and Xavier, will have free admission.The 2019 reserved chairback ticket packages, which include one ticket to each of the 17 ticketed games, are priced at $110 for adults, $90 for senior adults/youths and $90 for families of four or more. Season tickets for the Left Field Berm are also available at $50 per ticket. Season tickets are on sale now and can be purchased online here, by calling 502-GO-CARDS or by visiting the Louisville Cardinals Ticket Office, located near Gate 2 at Cardinal Stadium (2800 South Floyd Street) on weekdays from 9 a.m., until 5 p.m., ET. Complete details on 2019 UofL baseball tickets can be found at gocards.com/bsbtickets.FOLLOWING THE CARDINALS ON SOCIAL MEDIAFans can follow Louisville baseball on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram at @LouisvilleBSB.center_img Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Sales Enablement Tools Are the Keys to Making More Money

first_img Register Now » Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. July 7, 2018 Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Over the last several years, many technologies have been developed to help accelerate and automate the sales and marketing functions. First, it was upper funnel tools that help drive customer awareness and consideration through marketing automation. Then came the middle and lower funnel tools that help drive customer evaluation and purchase through sales enablement tools, which I will talk about in this post. These sales enablement tools can make a material difference in helping you drive revenue faster, consistently across your entire sales team.What is sales enablement?At the end of the day, sales enablement tools arm your sales team with the content, guidance and training they need to effectively communicate and close buying customers. This includes tools for salesperson training, coaching, content development, communications and customer engagement, coupled with performance analytics reporting designed to best optimize the sales process. Sales enablement is not about your sales operations (e.g., territory management, capacity management, compensation, systems/CRM/CPQ/SPM, sales forecasting, sales reporting, contract management), which is typically managed by an entirely different sales operations team.Related: 5 Ways Marketing Automation Helps Startups SucceedWhat is the goal of sales enablement?The goal of using sales enablement tools is to set up a scalable and repeatable process to drive revenues, for the entire sales team to follow, anchored by quantifiable metrics and reporting to help prove the ROI of the sales team as a whole, and the individual salespeople therein. It also serves as the bridge between the sales, marketing, product, and brand teams, to ensure the appropriate documents and messaging desired by marketing, is actually being used by the sales team. It is designed to make sure the customers see the most preferred content, at the most preferred times in the sales cycle, mapping to the customer journey and increasing conversion rates in the process. It is also the best tool to create the feedback loop from customers through the sales team back to the product and marketing teams, so they can make the appropriate changes on their end, based on real time customer feedback.Related: 5 Proven Ways to Get More Customer Reviews On Google and FacebookPrimary use casesThere are really three major functional purposes for sales enablement tools:Sales content centralization and optimization. This is all about organizing the sales content (e.g., email templates, decks, case studies, white papers, competitor intelligence) so it is easily searchable by all sales team members, in a consistent format controlled and approved by the marketing department.Technologies to automate the process. This is about setting up ways to automate prospecting, triggering automated emails or direct messaging. Sales team reporting and analytics. This is about getting visibility and insights around the sales team’s activities, demos, win rate and leads generated, optimizing the sales process and qualifying leads along the way. It tracks data not only from the sales team (individually and collectively), but from the customers’ engagement with the content (e.g., what content did they read the most in the deck, which email template had the best response, what message most lead to a conversion).Related: 4 Hacks You Need to Know to Amplify Your B2B SalesMost desired functinalityHere is a list of the most needed tools within a sales enablement platform:Content Template CMS: prebuilt for fast and consistent content creationPersona Management: different content for different end usersActivity Alerts: triggered when prospects take a certain action with contentAutomated Actions: emails automatically triggered when certain actions happenUser Success Analytics: are salespeople doing what you want them to doUser Engagement Analytics: which content most used by salesperson and teamCustomer Engagement Analytics: at the customer and aggregate levelsContent Creation: ability to create content right inside the platformAdvanced Search: easy to quickly find content by user, type, customer, etc.Content Importability: ability to quickly upload your current content into systemPresentation Support: ability to present live in person, screen share virtually or on mobileContent Scoring: which content is most effective to getting a desired outcomeMachine Learning: system learns over time and makes recommendationsKey performance indicatorsThese are example metrics that will come out of a sales enablement platform that needs to be optimized, both at the individual and department levels:Time to RevenueQuota AttainmentSales Cycle—Funnel OptimizationTime Spent Selling (vs. other tasks)Content Usage (by sales team and your customers)Product Mix (are we selling most desired products)Expected outcomesAccording to the market research firm, Aberdeen, who studied the benefits of companies using sales enablement tools vs. companies that were not, you can expect the following results, on average, by using sales enablement tools:2.2x more effective at linking sales actions to revenues83 percent more effective at improving productivity with technology58 percent more effective at finding, training and retaining sales talent32 percent higher sales team quota attainment24 percent higher individual sales person quota attainment23 percent higher conversion rateSo, as you can see in the above data, sales enablement tools are well worth the investment and should have an immediate payback, if used correctly by sales managers, the sales team and other stakeholders in the business.Key vendors to considerThere are several key players serving the sales enablement tools market, including Guru, Clearslide and CloudMap. You can get a good overview of the strengths and weaknesses of the various sales enablement vendors in this great market landscape and list of customer reviews from G2 Crowd. In addition, beyond traditional sales enablement tasks, there are many other tools to consider to help accelerate sales, including outbound sales call/email tracking and analytics (from players like Outreach, SalesLoft and Yesware) and sales team coaching and onboarding (from players like Gong, Level 11 and Brainshark). So, research which tools are most needed for your business, and put the most appropriate sales-related technology stack in place.With sales enablement tools in place, it has never been easier for sales managers to get visibility into what is working and what is not working in their sales process, and training the best of those activities across the full team. And, it has never been easier to get insights from the actions taken by your customers around your content, to optimize what is most likely going to accelerate conversions from your future efforts. So, if you are not using sales enablement tools today, perhaps it is time to start. Especially, if you are a B2B company looking to optimize your outbound sales team. 6 min readlast_img read more

Google recognizes Costa Rica Independence Day with gallo pinto

first_imgThe search engine giant recognized Costa Ricafor the second week in a row with a Google doodle honoring a Tico holiday. Today, in honor of Costa Rica Independence Day, you’ll find a traditional meal of gallo pinto, tortillas, eggs and plantains on Google’s homepage.The image only shows up for Google users currently in Costa Rica. The four other Central American countries celebrating Independence Day this Monday — El Salvador, Guatemala, Nicaragua and Honduras — also received their own doodles.There is a plato típico from El Salvador (with some pupusas) and Guatemala. The Nicaragua doodle highlights the national flower: the plumería. The Honduras doodle features the national animal: the white-tailed deer.EL SALVADOR GUATEMALA NICARAGUA This is not the first time Google has done special doodles for Central America during the region’s Independence Day. Here’s a look at a few more Costa Rica Independence Day doodles.COSTA RICA INDEPENDENCE DAY 2012COSTA RICA INDEPENDENCE DAY 2011COSTA RICA INDEPENDENCE DAY 2008 HONDURAS Facebook Comments Related posts:Independence day and social democracy Obama lauds ‘shared democratic values’ in statement marking Costa Rica’s independence PHOTOS: Lantern parade and torch kick off Costa Rica Independence Day festivities PHOTOS: Snapshots of Costa Rica’s Independence Day Paradelast_img read more

Government signs decrees improving LGBTQ rights in Costa Rica

first_imgEl amor por las personas es lo que nos debe guiar en el acto de gobernar. Hoy damos pasos en esa dirección, garantizando el principio de la igualdad. Agradezco a todas las personas activistas que han hecho esto posible. Sigamos adelante.— Carlos Alvarado Quesada (@CarlosAlvQ) December 21, 2018 Information from AFP was used in this report, which was updated Dec. 22 at 11:30 a.m. Thanks for reading The Tico Times. We strive to keep you up to date about everything that’s been happening in Costa Rica. We work hard to keep our reporting independent and groundbreaking, but we need your help. The Tico Times is partly funded by you and every little bit helps. If all our readers chipped in a buck a month we’d be set for years. Support the Tico Times Facebook Comments President Carlos Alvarado announced Friday new legislation to improve LGBTQ rights in Costa Rica.The President said via his Twitter that “we are building a more just and egalitarian Costa Rica for all people.”The decrees include recognition of trans gender identities on residency (DIMEX) cards and declare hormone treatment “in the public interest,” which allows patients to receive the appropriate comprehensive care via the country’s health services.Earlier this year, the government recognized the gender identity of Costa Rican transsexuals.Friday’s legislation also includes guidelines eliminating penalties or punishment for notaries who perform same-sex marriages. It also enables for same-sex couples equal access to low-income housing bonds and credit programs.“Love for people is what should guide us in the act of governing,” Alvarado said. “Today we take steps in that direction, guaranteeing the principle of equality.“I thank all the activists who have made this possible. Let us move forward.”Nisa Sanz, an activist for the family rights of homosexual couples, said these measures helped settle a historic debt with people who have long been the victims of discrimination, but said there was still some way to go before achieving equality.“There still needs to be progress in marriage for all. The only legal measure that guarantees full family protection is marriage equality,” she said.Read President Alvarado’s tweets announcing the legislation below: Las dos directrices establecen que las parejas del mismo sexo podrán acceder a bonos de vivienda y la eliminación de las sanciones a notarios que realicen matrimonios entre personas del mismo sexo.— Carlos Alvarado Quesada (@CarlosAlvQ) December 21, 2018center_img Firmamos este viernes cuatro decretos y dos directrices para garantizar a la población LGTBIQ igualdad de derechos, sin discriminación alguna.Estamos construyendo una Costa Rica más justa e igualitaria para todas las personas.— Carlos Alvarado Quesada (@CarlosAlvQ) December 21, 2018 Related posts:An afternoon with Frida Cartas Photos: Pride 2019 in San José, Costa Rica Argentine baby’s 3 parents ‘very proud’ of legal first ‘Clerical error’ allows for same-sex couple to be wed in Costa Ricalast_img read more

British Airways lines up lounges for summer 2019

first_imgA319 landing at HeathrowBritish Airways lines up lounges for summer 2019This summer, British Airways customers are set to enjoy access to new partner lounges across a number of European destinations.The use of the third-party owned partner* lounges, exclusively for the airline’s customers travelling in Club Europe and eligible cardholders, is part of British Airways’ multi-million pound investment, with the aim of offering access to more lounges across the globe. The lounges will be introduced for customers travelling throughout summer 2019.Eligible customers travelling from holiday hotspots Thessaloniki, Paphos, Heraklion, Dalaman, Olbia, Palermo, Rhodes and Split will be invited to use the third-party lounges where they can relax and enjoy a selection of food and beverages before take-off.Carolina Martinoli, British Airways’ Director of Brand and Customer Experience, said: “We know how important it is to our customers to have access to a lounge before they fly. We’ve expanded our partnerships so whether travelling for business or pleasure, more of our customers can now enjoy a calm lounge, wi-fi and complimentary food and drink when they fly with us this summer.”British Airways has recently completed the renovation of its First and Club lounges in New York’s JFK Terminal 7, along with improvements to the customer experience at check-in, which are currently underway. Further investment is planned with new British Airways lounges in San Francisco, Geneva and Johannesburg set to open in 2019.The third-party lounge openings come as British Airways is investing £6.5 billion to improve its customer experience over the next five years, including new aircraft, new cabins, new catering, new lounges, WiFi, and new routes.Source = British Airwayslast_img read more