Hudsons Bay Co says Saks stores affected by data breach

first_imgTORONTO – Hudson’s Bay Co. is the latest Canadian company to be hit with a data breach, saying that customer payment card information may have been stolen from shoppers at certain Saks Fifth Avenue, Saks Off Fifth and Lord & Taylor stores in North America.A spokesperson for retailer would not comment on whether any specific Canadian locations were affected, but did say there is no indication the breach affects any of HBC’s other digital platforms, Hudson’s Bay stores or Home Outfitters locations.HBC released little information on the breach itself on Sunday, but a New York-based cybersecurity firm said it had analyzed the available data and found that information from five-million credit cards had been compromised.Gemini Advisory LLC said in a report that the information was stolen from 83 Saks Fifth Avenue or Saks Off Fifth stores, and from all Lord & Taylor locations.The firm found that three Canadian Saks locations were exposed to the breach: Sherway Gardens in Toronto, Bramalea City Centre in Brampton, Ont. and Pickering Town Centre in Pickering, Ont.Dmitry Chorine, the co-founder of Gemini Advisory, said his firm works to improve response to data breaches by analyzing stolen data that appears on the so-called dark web.Chorine said the firm started looking into the breach when they noticed an influx of stolen credit and debit card information being offered for sale on the dark web last week.Upon analyzing the data, Chorine said they were able to determine that shoppers at all Lord & Taylor and at certain Saks Fifth Avenue locations were at risk of having their information stolen.“On March 28, we saw a significant spike of stolen credit cards offered for sale on one of the marketplaces,” said Chorine.“When we checked, we saw there was an advertisement stating that more than five-million credit and debit cards will be offered for sale, and that’s when we decided to research this particular breach.”The data that Chorine and his team found was being offered on a dark web marketplace operated by a hacking group called JokerStash, which Chorine says has been active in hacking retail and hospitality companies for the past three years.Gemini Advisory said Sunday that it had found data that had been stolen from as early as March 2017, and as late as March 2018.He said that only certain Saks Fifth Avenue locations were affected because the outlet was in the process of switching from card-swipe technology to EMV chip technology, which is already commonly used in Canada.Stores that had already implemented chip machines would likely not be exposed to the data breach, Chorine said.Chorine urged any consumers who had shopped at Saks Fifth Avenue or Lord & Taylor stores in the past year to take preventative measures against fraud.“They should probably call their banks and replace their cards,” said Chorine. “That would probably be the best preventative action they could take, instead of just waiting.”For now, HBC is asking clients to review their account statements for activity or transactions they don’t recognize.The company said it’s investigating and taking steps to contain the attack, and clients will not be responsible for any fraudulent charges as a result of the breach.It said it will offer free identity protection services to those affected once they learn more about the breach.last_img read more

On Hold Veterans Affairs struggling to answer former service members calls

first_imgOTTAWA — New figures show many veterans have had a hard time getting anyone to pick up when they call Veterans Affairs Canada’s toll-free line for information or assistance — with nearly one in five hanging up before their call is answered.The figures uncovered by The Canadian Press through the access-to-information law show a continued trend of current and former service members being put on hold longer than promised when calling the department’s toll-free number.While Veterans Affairs aims to answer 80 per cent of calls within two minutes, only 40 per cent of the more than 440,000 calls received last year were answered within that target.A further 84,000 calls were designated as abandoned, meaning the caller hung up.Veterans usually call the number to apply for or get information about benefits and services, or to get updates on their applications.The department says it recently hired more employees to ensure call centres are fully staffed and now routinely meets the two-minute target, though it could not provide up-to-date figures because of a technical issue.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Federal governments conduct far from irreproachable says Canadian Human Rights Tribunal

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe federal government has been accused of knowingly withholding key pieces of information from parties involved in an ongoing Canadian Human Rights Tribunal looking into whether Canada discriminates against First Nations children.In a ruling released Wednesday from the tribunal panel, Canada has until the end of August to provide tens of thousands of documents relevant to the case that they’ve been withholding.The documents were discovered after Cindy Blackstock, executive director of the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society, one of the complainants in the case, submitted an access to information request to the department of Aboriginal Affairs.The tribunal is hearing a case brought on by the FNCFCS and the Assembly of First Nations. Both accuse Canada of spending less on First Nations child welfare than what provincial governments spend for non-First Nations children.What seemed to trouble the tribunal panel was that the government concealed the relevant documents from the parties involved and for how long.“The respondent (Canada), knew of the existence of a number of these documents, prejudicial to its case and highly relevant in the summer of 2012 and yet failed to disclose them,” the ruling states.Download (PDF, Unknown)According to the ruling, the parties involved, including the Canadian Human Rights Commission, the AFN and the Chiefs of Ontario, had three opportunities, Oct. 31, 2012, Dec. 28, 2012 and Feb. 25, 2013, to disclose information that could be used to examine witnesses who were called to testify.Canada submitted its first two sets of records by October and its third at the end of December. In a conference call with all parties in early February, Canada confirmed that, for its part, it would be able to abide by the Feb. 25, 2013 deadline.But all that came crashing down in May 2013 as the tribunal was underway. The hearings start again July 15.The discovery of the large amount of documents came after Blackstock became curious about the lack of information being disclosed by Justice Canada at the hearing. In the fall of 2012, Blackstock filed an access to information request to Aboriginal Affairs.In April 2013, she received a compact disc containing thousands of records dealing with First Nations child welfare agencies across the country and information regarding some of the witnesses who had already testified at the tribunal. When Blackstock cross-referenced the information to what the government had disclosed, she found that the information was no where to be found. The information included an audit of the Mi’kmaq Family Services in Nova Scotia and the Gixen Family services in British Columbia.When the hearings started again in May, Blackstock and her lawyer brought up the issue.“This is a surprise to us that there is a large volume of documents yet to be disclosed,” FNCFCS lawyer Paul Champ told the tribunal. “We always believed there would be ongoing disclosure because the case is ongoing and new audits come up then fine, but it appears from the letter from counsel (Justice Canada) that basically there’s a large number of documents dating back to 2010 that have not yet been disclosed.”It was then Canada acknowledged that there were approximately 50,000 documents that may be relevant to the tribunals work and that it would take considerable effort to get those documents ready for the parties involved.The feds said at the hearing that it was going beyond what its understanding of disclosure was for this case.“The Attorney General takes disclosure very seriously,” said Justice Canada lawyer Jonathan Tarlton at the hearing. “I understand that before this hearing was reconvened, it was anticipated that disclosure would go back to 2009 and as Mr. Champs’ letter states, we’ve gone to 2010.”None of the parties could recollect such an agreement.The federal government knew it had a mountain of paperwork to go through. Every regional office was being tapped for documents from coast to coast to coast.In 2008, it hired Public History Inc. to sift through the records and prepare a package for Aboriginal Affairs and Justice Canada to approve. But it was while one of PHI’s staff was testifying at the tribunal that the parties learned of the scope of the search and that Canada was not even close to meeting its deadline.According to Pia Newell Santiago, co-president of PHI, Canada was told in October of 2012 that because of the high number of records, it was at risk of missing its March 2013 deadline.The company suggested that Canada hire a second company to assist. Canadian Development Consultants Inc. was hired in March 2013, three days after Canada lost its last federal court ruling trying to kill the tribunal hearings. CDCI informed Canada that its projected completion date was the end of September 2013. According to the tribunal, Canada also hired a third company, but has yet to provide details, including the name or the nature of its work for the government.This testimony wasn’t lost on the tribunal panel. In its ruling it chastises Canada for failing to reveal this information.“The respondent attended the hearing dates in in April 2013 knowing full well that its disclosure requirement was incomplete. Furthermore, it had just entered into a contract with CDCI to assist in completing its disclosure requirement and had been informed by the company that it would take until the end of September 2013, at the earliest, to complete. The respondent withheld this information from the parties and the tribunal,” the tribunal said.No one from Aboriginal Affairs was available to comment.The tribunal sent the parties off together to try and work out an agreement of when the records would be disclosed. Canada stated that it could roll out the release between September and December 2013, or after the tribunal had wrapped up its work. A number of meetings followed and the parties could not agree so they asked the tribunal to rule.The tribunal panel was asked by the Caring Society to set a final date of mid-June where all the documents held by the government of Canada would be disclosed. Canada on the other hand, said that given the vast amount of records to be sorted and approved, asked for an adjournment until the fall.In Wednesday’s ruling, the panel met each party halfway.The panel ordered Canada to fully disclose the records by August 31, 2013.And added:“We note that the respondent’s conduct here is far from irreproachable…had the respondent communicated the challenges it faced in obtaining these large amount of disclosure, the tribunal, with the parties, could have worked together to find a solution. The respondent has denied this opportunity to everyone and forced the tribunal, to put it bluntly, into a mode of damage control.”The hearing will now go into read more

Patient goes missing at NRS family members allege medical negligence

first_imgKolkata: A 58-year-old patient disappeared from the NRS Medical College and Hospital on Monday. The family members of the victim have brought the charges of medical negligence against the hospital authorities.The incident triggered tension among some patients who have been undergoing treatment at the hospital. The victim, Amal Mali, a resident of Balurghat in South Dinajpur, was brought to the hospital after he suffered a brain stroke. Mali, a daily wage labourer, suffered the brain stroke on April 20 at his work place. He was immediately rushed to the Balurghat hospital. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThe patient was transferred to Malda Medical College and Hospital on April 21 as his condition deteriorated. As the patient showed no sign of improvements, the doctors at the Malda Medical College and Hospital shifted the patient to the NRS Medical College and Hospital on April 22. The patient was undergoing treatment and his condition improved at the NRS Medical College. The family members are not getting any trace of the patient from Monday. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayThe family members of the victim informed the matter to the hospital officials and demanded a probe into the incident. They raised questions on how the disappearance of a patient from the hospital went unnoticed by the staff members. Victim’s family members alleged that the police refused to lodge a complaint. A senior hospital official said if a patient disappears from the hospital, it is automatically reported. They are still clueless on how a patient had gone missing.last_img read more

France launches graft probe into Total contract in Libya

first_imgPARIS- French judges have opened a corruption probe into oil group Total’s activities in Libya when it was still under the dictatorship of Moamer Kadhafi, judicial sources revealed on Thursday.Investigators suspect that a September 2009 payment of $9.8 million (6.9 million euros) Total made to the Liechtenstein-based North Global Oil and Gas Company (NGOC) was a first downpayment on what was planned as a much bigger kickback to an official or officials in the Kadhafi regime.They believe that NGOC was controlled by Ziad Takieddine, a controversial Franco-Lebanese businessman who had close links to the regime. At the time of the payment, Total was attempting to secure the rights to a major gasfield. The negotiations were never concluded and finally abandoned when Libya descended into civil war in 2011.The Liechtenstein firm allegedly wanted to eventually transfer $70 million to Ormerod, a company set up in the British Virgin Islands in 2008 and controlled by a Libyan with Belize and Canadian passports. That man has been identified by the investigators as a former senior official in ODAC, a Libyan public body whose assets were briefly frozen by the European Union after Kadhafi’s fall from power.Takieddine is implicated in several political scandals France and has been charged with corruption in the so-called Karachi scandal in which he allegedlyreceived kickbacks on a 1994 arms deal with Pakistan.He is also suspected of acting as an intermediary between French former president Nicolas Sarkozy and Khadafi and has accused Sarkozy of accepting funding for his successful 2007 election campaign from the late Libyan dictator.last_img read more

Sri Lanka UN relief chief reiterates concerns over civilians trapped by fighting

26 March 2009The top United Nations relief official today repeated the world body’s concerns over the safety of civilians – numbering as high as 190,000 – trapped by fighting in northern Sri Lanka between Government forces and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). Addressing reporters after an interactive Security Council discussion on Sri Lanka, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, John Holmes, characterized the situation as “extremely worrying.”Forced recruitment continues within the combat zone, and the LTTE is not allowing civilians out of the area, he said.According to the UN, the conflict zone shrank from 300 square kilometres to nearly 58 square kilometres in February, with many civilians – Mr. Holmes today put the number between 150,000 and 190,000 – sheltering in a 14-square kilometre “no-fire” zone in the Vanni region.“Our first appeal is to the LTTE to let the civilians out in a safe and orderly fashion,” Mr. Holmes said.He also called on the Government to do all they can to avert civilian casualties and to not use heavy weapons in the area.The official said he also reiterated a call for a “humanitarian pause” in fighting to allow much-needed relief in and to allow people to leave.Those uprooted by fighting who are trapped in the no-fire zone have limited access to food, safe water, sanitation facilities and medical assistance, with the International Red Cross delivering a two-week supply of medicines aboard a ship to the zone and the World Food Programme (WFP) preparing to send 1,000 tons of food to the area by the end of the week.Since January, over 40,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) have escaped the conflict zone into makeshift camps, located mostly in Vavuniya, as well as Mannar and Jaffna, and nearly 4,000 shelters have been constructed at various IDP sites in Vavuniya District, where the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is setting up a temporary medical facility.“We have a separate set of concerns over the situation in the camps and transit centres,” Mr. Holmes said today, calling for conditions in these sites to meet international standards.Following a visit to Sri Lanka, he told the Security Council last month that movement into and out of these camps is “currently highly and unacceptably restricted.” read more

UNbacked measles vaccination campaign to reach 47 million children in northeast Nigeria

“Security has improved in some areas so we have acted quickly to access places we could not previously reach and protect children from the spread of a very dangerous disease,” said Mohamed Fall, UNICEF Representative in Nigeria, in a news release. The campaign, concluding this week, is covering the three states most affected by the Boko Haram conflict – Adamawa, Borno and Yobe – where insecurity has limited vaccination efforts. “We are still extremely concerned about children living in large areas of Borno state that are not yet accessible,” said Mr. Fall.In 2016, there were approximately 25,000 cases of measles among children in Nigeria; 97 per cent of the cases were in children under the age of ten and at least a hundred children died. Measles infections tend to increase during the first half of the year because of higher temperatures. Measles vaccination coverage across Nigeria remains low, with a little over 50 per cent of children reached, but in areas affected by conflict, children are particularly vulnerable. The risks for malnourished children who have weakened immunity are further heightened. The vaccination campaign, conducted in partnership with the Nigerian Government, the World Health Organization (WHO), and several non-governmental organizations, also includes a vitamin A supplement for children under five to boost their immunity, as well as de-worming tablets.The emergency in northeast Nigeria remains acute with more than 1.6 million people displaced because of the conflict. Of the $115 million called for in 2016, only $51 million was received. In 2017, UNICEF is seeking $150 million to respond to the urgent humanitarian needs in northeast Nigeria. read more

Helping a university weather the storm

By dawn the storm was far from over, as Joe Kamendy and his front-end loader kept pushing back the snow.When a major snowstorm makes driving dangerous and shuts down schools and universities, many people stay indoors for an unscheduled “snow day”.Inside, food staff Ed Abraham and Laura Exnowski prepare breakfast in the Decew dining hall.But not everyone.Brock University’s five residences house nearly 2,400 students, the equivalent of a small town that needs to be fed, made secure and kept accessible to emergency vehicles.When Monday’s winter wallop shut down Brock for the day, cancelling all classes and activities, a handful of employees still managed to get out of their own driveways to make sure nobody went hungry or was marooned in a snow-bound corner of campus.Mike McNamara, left and Richard Strickland clear a path from Decew Residence to the Schmon Tower. While Campus Security monitored the safety of students and facilities, a small group of food services staff made sure dining hall kitchens in Lowenberger and Decew residences were up and running. The first baker got in at 2 am, as the storm was starting to peak. Chefs arrived by 6 am, followed shortly by 10 service staff and two managers.Outside, in the face of wind-driven snow and lots of it, snow clearing crews worked through Sunday night and all day Monday.Plow driver Bob Rattew: “You just keep going.”They used plows, snow blowers and shovels to clear roads and fire lanes, keep walkways and building entrances useable, and – taking advantage of the absence of parked vehicles – plowing out parking lots. At one point mechanics had to be called in to repair the main plow, but it was soon back out in the elements.By Monday noon the worst had moved on, and Environment Canada lifted its weather alert for Niagara. But swirling winds were still sculpting two-foot drifts that had to be cleared before thousands of students and staff showed up the next morning.“At the height of the storm you just keep going,” said snowplow driver Bob Rattew. “You’re just trying to keep up.”Ride along with Bob Rattew, watch this video recorded by John Dick, Brock’s Manager of Grounds Services.Campus Security staff (l-r) Sean McGrath, Darren Peacock, Rick Geady and Bruce Beckett use CCTV to monitor campus conditions. read more

Mens basketball Providence provides chance for OSU to show true colors

OSU coach Thad Matta speaks to the Buckeyes during a timeout in OSU’s exhibition match-up against Walsh on Nov. 6. The Buckeyes won 85-67. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorThe first two games of the 2016-17 NCAA season have not been pretty for the Ohio State men’s basketball team. Although the record for the Buckeyes stands at 2-0 so far, OSU coach Thad Matta has been far from pleased with his team’s performance just two weeks into the season. However, the matchup Thursday night against Providence College could be a chance to improve.On Monday, the Buckeyes met the North Carolina Central Eagles in Columbus. After struggling at times against Navy in Annapolis, Maryland, OSU fans were left questioning the identity of the team. Sophomore guard JaQuan Lyle has struggled in his starting role so far after receiving praise in the offseason for how far he had come. In two games of action, Lyle is shooting just 33 percent, and is averaging 4.0 points and 2.0 assists per contest. Even more troublesome than the low scoring output, he averages 1.5 turnovers in 17.5 minutes per game, while usually starting at point guard.Last season the Buckeyes struggled to get out of the gate early, and found themselves battling back to get a lead. It was a problem that OSU was well aware of, and junior guard Jae’Sean Tate said the team must address the issue at some point, but isn’t panicking just yet.“I wouldn’t say it’s concerning,” he said. “We just got to make sure it’s not a repeat of last year. We can’t be lackadaisical. We got to be the first team to punch the other in the mouth.”Although OSU was quick out of the gate, and even had a 10-0 run early in the first quarter, the Buckeyes allowed the Eagles to come soaring back, giving up a 14-2 run. When asked what OSU was lacking in the game, Matta responded with “our minds.”Providence went 22-12 last season, and finished fourth in the Big East. After receiving a No. 6 seed in the NCAA tournament, the Friars were knocked out by the No. 11 seed Dayton Flyers.In their first game of the season, the Friars easily ousted the University of Vermont Catamounts 80-58 after leading by just six at halftime. Although the sample size is small, Providence enjoyed an outstanding effort from junior transfer and forward Emmitt Holt.Holt picked up 22 points in his debut with the team, shooting a solid 67 percent. Junior guard Kyron Cartwright had a career-high 12 assists.Providence provides an interesting test for OSU, as the Friars are a solid team that could easily earn another high seed in the NCAA tournament at the end of the year. But, Matta said he needs to see more out of his players if the team wants to stay undefeated.“We did some things that were so uncharacteristic … we never had that flow,” Matta said. “We got work to do.”That “work” he talks about includes cutting turnovers, operating a smoother offense and hustling to the ball. All three elements of OSU’s game that have been missing can be easily corrected with some extra time and preparation. But if the Buckeyes put forth another disappointing effort, Tate might be apologizing again to Buckeye Nation. read more

Heres why Theresa May is set to risk another vote on her

first_img Mar 14th 2019, 10:02 PM Strangest 2 things of the night – Steve Barclay, the Brexit Secretary, voted against the plan he had been arguing for minutes before, and the chief whip who is in charge of getting MP s to back the govt, abstained— Laura Kuenssberg (@bbclaurak) March 14, 2019 By Grainne Ní Aodha and Daragh Brophy 18.02.19 Former Real IRA commander: Even cameras on masts would be seen as ‘spy posts’ in border regions That is not going to work for anyone.Belgian MEP Guy Verhofstadt, who heads the EU Parliament’s Brexit Steering Group, put it more forcefully: Under no circumstances an extension in the dark! Unless there is a clear majority in the House of Commons for something precise, there is no reason at all for the European Council to agree on a prolongation.  Thursday 14 Mar 2019, 10:02 PM 30 Comments Explainer: What is the backstop? Brexiteers – including the DUP and members of Tory group the ERG – said on Tuesday that these new assurances didn’t go far enough, arguing that if no one “acted in bad faith” the UK would be trapped in the backstop indefinitely anyway.They used analysis from attorney general Geoffrey Cox to back up their position: Cox told the House of Commons that his earlier advice – that the backstop could “endure indefinitely” without a time limit or exit mechanism – remained true.Tonight’s vote, despite it being the first victory of the week for Theresa May, also showed what a slim grasp she has on her party.Among those who opposed the Prime Minister’s extension were Cabinet ministers Liam Fox, Chris Grayling, Andrea Leadsom, and Brexit Secretary Stephen Barclay (who, bizarrely, had argued in favour of the motion in the debate earlier today). The government’s chief whip Julian Smith abstained from the vote.Former ministers Boris Johnson and Dominic Raab (an ex-Brexit Secretary) also voted against the extension. The original former Brexit secretary, David Davis, voted to back May’s motion and delay Brexit.The Conservative MPs who voted against the government motion tonight will not face punishment, as a free vote had been offered by May. Image: Victoria Jones 32,215 Views Image: Victoria Jones AFTER THE WITHDRAWAL Agreement was first defeated in the House of Commons by a historic majority of 230 votes, all the way back in January, Theresa May told her parliament that it wasn’t good enough to vote against something, they had to vote for something.Last night, they voted against no deal. And tonight, while they haven’t quite voted FOR something, they have at least voted to ask for more time to figure out what to do.In the midst of the coming process, it’s hoped consensus will at last build behind a plan that a majority of MPs can get behind. How long that takes is another question altogether. A majority of 413 parliamentarians voted tonight in favour of delaying the date the UK is due to leave the EU, with 202 voting against the government’s motion. The motion proposed seeking an extension until 30 June and noted that if the House passed the withdrawal agreement by next Wednesday then the three month extension would be sought “for the purpose of passing the necessary EU exit legislation”. Tonight’s vote is a statement of intent, but isn’t actually legally binding.However, it does give May a legitimate reason to hold another vote on her battered Brexit deal, considering that that proposal was within the evening’s main motion.As recently as Tuesday MPs voted down her deal by a majority of 149 votes. That was despite new assurances from the EU on Monday night to address Brexiteers’ fears of being trapped in the backstop mechanism.The new proposals suggested an arbitration system to deal with any disputes that might arise between the EU and UK if the backstop had to be activated. center_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Source: Laura Kuenssberg/Twitter Short URL Share100 Tweet Email Many Brexiteers fear any extension to the exit date will make Brexit more unlikely (with the prospect of Brexit not taking place at all becoming more likely the longer that extension goes on).Now what?It’s now up to the EU to agree to grant an extension, and it needs the agreement of all EU Council members – ie, the leaders of remaining 27 EU countries – to sign off. Up until now, EU leaders have said that without good reason, there would be no extension. In the words of Taoiseach Leo Varadkar:If there is an extension, what’s the point to it? We don’t want a rolling cliff edge where tough decisions that they have to make get put off until the end of June, the end of July or September. 20.02.19 RTÉ says it could benefit from other TV channels ‘going dark’ with a no-deal Brexit As the clock ticks down, get all the best Brexit news and analysis in your inbox: They may not like the deal but Brexiteers have argued that the UK has lost its leverage in negotiations in the wake of the votes ruling out a no-deal Brexit at any point (yesterday) and in favour of postponing Brexit day (tonight). Already, efforts are under way to get Tory Eurosceptics and the DUP on board. Reports have emerged suggesting the ERG and the unionists could be persuaded to change their votes if Cox could offer refined advice. Asked by the Guardian whether he would vote for the deal if the DUP were happy with it, ERG leader Jacob Rees-Mogg said:Yes. I am a unionist but it is difficult for me to be more unionist than the DUP and if they are happy with the way of getting out of the backstop and that is good enough for Northern Ireland then I expect it would be good enough for some of us.Arlene Foster, speaking in the US, indicated today that a deal still could be reached, saying: “When you come to the end of a negotiation that’s when you really start to see the whites in people’s eyes and you get down to the point where you can make a deal.”EU elections If parliament rejects Theresa May’s deal again, then the UK could request an extension longer than three months in order to avoid a cliff-edge exit at the end of this month. This could mean that the UK would have to run candidates in the European Parliament elections scheduled for 24 May – something that the prime minister has said she’s dead set against.An extension until 30 June would mean Brexit happening the day before the new EU Parliament sits. Ukip founder Nigel Farage has already said that he would run as a ‘Brexit MEP’ if the UK was compelled to run candidates.Earlier today, Tánaiste Simon Coveney spoke of a possible Brexit postponement of 21 months, saying that it would “give a long reflection period for the British political system to look at how they want to approach Brexit again”.This could mean holding a general election in order to gain a majority in the House for some sort of Brexit, or even holding a second referendum.Columnist Jonathan Freedland, writing in The Guardian tonight, argues that Theresa May finally has the Brexiteers where she wants them. “The ERG and DUP either swallow their objections and vote for May’s deal, or they face the prospect of a long delay to Brexit – perhaps for the best part of two years. Given the mayhem on show these past few days, who would bet what might happen to their precious Brexit project between now and 2021? They might lose it altogether.” Here’s why Theresa May is set to risk another vote on her battered Brexit deal It’s been a bizarre week – but does the prime minister finally have Brexiteers backed in a corner? Even the motion tabled for this evening by the UK Government recognises this.The EU Council is due to meet next Thursday 21 and Friday 22 March; it’s expected that the ‘Meaningful Vote 3′ will be held in the House of Commons before then. Source: PA Wire/PA ImagesThe likelihood of May passing her deal this time is significantly higher than before as parliament runs out of other options. Related Reads 13.03.19 UK govt: Tariffs ‘will not apply’ to goods crossing border from Ireland in no-deal scenariolast_img read more

Samsung Using DMCA To Remove Exploding Note 7 GTA Mod Videos

first_img Samsung is still dealing with the fallout from the recall and cancellation of the Galaxy Note 7 smartphone following repeated and widespread battery fires. It’s a PR nightmare to be sure, but Samsung doesn’t want you making fun of it. Some jokesters using a certain GTA V mod to poke fun at the Note 7 on YouTube have found their videos pulled in response to Samsung’s totally inappropriate use of the site’s DMCA tools.The Note 7 quickly gained a reputation for bursting into flames after its release due to faulty batteries. Game modder HitmanNiko took inspiration from this situation to make a mod for GTA V on the PC. In the Note 7 Bomb mod makes the Note 7 into a sticky bomb that players can use to blow things up. It’s pretty funny, unless you’re one of Samsung’s lawyers, apparently.Numerous YouTube videos featuring the mod have been taken down due to a DMCA complaint from Samsung (including one of the video in our original post on the mod). This system is in place for copyright holders to make sure their content is not used without authorization, and the process strongly favors the copyright holder. The video uploader can appeal, but in the meantime the video is unavailable.This seems like a totally inappropriate use of DMCA complaints on Samsung’s part. A simple depiction of the Note 7 isn’t infringement. The mod isn’t copying Samsung’s intellectual property — it’s no different than posting a photo of the Note 7 on the internet. Samsung is doing this because it’s embarrassed and wants to put the whole Note 7 mess behind it. Heavy handed DMCA tactics aren’t going to make that happen any faster, though. Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Not DIY FriendlyGalaxy Note 7, Fan Edition ‘Same Phone’ with Different Batte… Stay on targetlast_img read more

2 hospitalized after rollover wreck in NW MiamiDade

first_imgNORTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – A rollover wreck in Northwest Miami-Dade sent a car crashing into a building and two people to the hospital, Sunday morning.According to Miami-Dade Fire Rescue, two cars collided near Northwest 22nd Avenue and 95th Street. Crews responded to the scene of the crash at around 9:40 a.m.Officials said one of the vehicles flipped over and landed upside down, with its back bumper resting on the side of a business.Occupants in both cars were trapped; one of them was pinned underneath the dashboard. After bracing and securing the overturned vehicle, rescuers were able to pull them out.Paramedics transported both victims to an area hospital as trauma alerts.The cause of the accident remains under investigation.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

NASA misleading public by recreating Mars on Devon Island Researcher spots flying

first_imgET Data BaseA bizarre image taken by NASA from Mars is now the hottest debating point among conspiracy theorists and alien enthusiasts. The picture that has now gone viral on the internet shows a bird-like figure flying in the Martian skies. A video featuring the image was originally uploaded to YouTube by a user named Sandra Elena Andrade, and it was later analysed by popular alien hunter Scott C Waring.In a recent post on his website ET Data Base, Scott C Waring revealed that the appearance of a bird in a Martian image is a strong indication that NASA has never gone to Mars. The self-proclaimed extraterrestrial researcher also added that the United States space agency’s Curiosity Rover might be there in the isolated Devon islands, and the government might be trying to fool the public by releasing images from the earth in disguise as Martian photographs.”This is impossible, and yet, there it is…captured in a photo on a NASA website. Of course, it could be a UFO. Aliens like to use nature to inspire their structures and ships. But it looks like a soaring eagle…which if that’s true, may mean one of two things…either animal exist on Mars or…and I hate this idea, but it needs to be considered…the rover might not be on Mars at all, but on Devon Island in Canada. Devon is a desolate island area with only a hand full of people and NASA has gone there many times to test the rovers in an environment similar to Mars,” wrote Waring on his website.However, a section of other conspiracy theorists argues that NASA has actually visited Mars, and this image is a proof of alien existence in the Red Planet. This is not the first time that Waring is alleging a space agency for conducting fake space missions. A few months back, when China landed its Chang’e-4 moon lander on the lunar surface, Waring alleged that the entire mission is faked by the Chinese space agency. In order to substantiate his claims, Waring also released a photo taken by the Chinese moon lander.In one of the images released by Waring, a mysterious line can be seen drawn in front of the moon rover, and Waring raised the question that who drew it on the surface of the moon.last_img read more

NASAS Alvin Drew Talks to Students About Space

first_imgStudents at St. Anthony’s Catholic High School, located in the Brookland section of the District of Columbia recently got a double treat. On Feb. 15, students had the chance to talk to an astronaut and that man, Alvin Drew, is a 1977 alumnus of their institution.“I used to sit where you are now and through hard work and persistence, I achieved my dreams,” Drew told 70 students in the school’s cafeteria. “If you work hard, get good grades, stay out of trouble, and really get into science and math, you can be an astronaut too.”Astronaut Alvin Drew spoke at St. Anthony’s Catholic High School about his career. (Photo Courtesy of Blair Matthews)Drew is a District native who was inspired to become an astronaut when he watched the launch of the Apollo 7 on Oct. 11, 1968. After graduating from St. Anthony’s, he went to Gonzaga College High School where he focused on mathematics and science.He graduated from Gonzaga in 1980 and attended the United States Air Force Academy where he got a dual bachelor’s degree in physics and astronautical engineering in 1984. Since that time, Drew has gotten a master’s degree in aerospace science from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and another master’s degree in political science from the Air War College.Drew was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Air Force in 1984 and spent most of his active duty years as a pilot. When he retired from active military service in 2010, he was a colonel and had accumulated more than 3,500 hours of flying experience and piloted 30 different types of aircraft.Drew joined NASA in July 2000 and after the two-year mandatory training he was assigned technical duties for the agency. From August 8-21, 2007, he participated in the 119th space shuttle flight to the International Space Station (ISS) which was the 20th flight for the Space Shuttle Endeavor.His second and final space flight took place from Feb 24-March 9, 2010, the final mission for the Space Shuttle Discovery to the ISS. It was during this mission when Drew walked in space to outfit the ISS with updated equipment. It is an experience that lives with him to this day.“It was a mind-blowing experience,” Drew told the AFRO. “You are out in all of this blackness on one side and if you look further you see the stars and the Milky Way and if you look on the other side, you see the huge planet Earth. The air is so thin in space that you can actually see it.“The experience walking in space is surreal. It humbles you and you realize that you are a miniscule part of the universe.”Drew told students that the ISS travels around the Earth at 18,000 miles an hour or five miles a second. He said there are six people from different nations such as Russia, Italy, and of course, the United States on the ISS at a time and that it is the size of a football field.Drew said 19 countries participate in the ISS and despite its limited space due to the highly technical communications and piloting equipment on board, there are places to sleep, eat and relax. “I can watch television and talk on the telephone from space,” Drew said. “Being on the International Space Station is like being a part of a science fiction book.”Drew said he could look out at the Earth through a window of the ISS and “see hurricanes and volcanoes” as well as the icy white Siberian landscape.Drew said that floating around weightless “was a lot of fun” because there is little gravity in space. He showed a film about his 2010 trip with a clip of him rolling around in the air.Drew said despite the perception that Blacks are new to the U.S. space program nothing could be further from the truth. “If you remember the movie last year, Hidden Figures, there were Black people involved in the U.S. space program from day one,” he said. Hidden Figures was a book and a movie that talked about three African-American women who played key roles in sending Americans, most noted was John Glenn, into space in the early 1960s.“The space program got Blacks more involved as the civil rights movement progressed in the 60s.”Drew said the future is bright for African Americans in the space program because of projects such as going back to the moon, traveling to Mars, the asteroid belt, and to the other planets in the solar system and beyond. He noted that these projects in the future will be funded not only by governments but the private sector also.last_img read more

Serious delays on trains as railway line between StokeonTrent and Manchester Piccadilly

first_imgGet the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailUPDATE: Trains are now running as normal. National Rail confirm. Railway commuters travelling from Stoke-on-Trent to Manchester Piccadilly face delays this morning due to a signalling problem which has left the line blocked in both directions. Cross Country, Virgin Trains and Northern Rail services are all affected, with no trains calling at Macclesfield Disruption is expected until at least 9am – with a number of trains cancelled or terminated ahead of schedule. The signalling problem is between Macclesfield and Stockport, with reports saying either Prestbury or Poynton, with delays of between 20 and 30 minutes reported on the trains that are still running. One Northern Rail Service from Manchester to North Staffordshire and South Cheshire, which was due to call at Congleton, Kidsgrove and Stoke-on-Trent among other railway stations, has been cancelled completely. Another service travelling from Stoke-on-Trent to Manchester has terminated at Macclesfield, with a second Northern Rail service delayed in the city. A Northern Rail spokesman said: “Due to signalling problems between Macclesfield and Stockport all lines are blocked. “Train services running through these stations will be cancelled or delayed by up to 30 minutes. “Due to a signalling problem at Prestbury all services through this station will delayed or cancelled. “Passengers for Stoke on Trent can board Virgin West Coast services in both directions via any reasonable route. “Passengers have ticket acceptance via any reasonable route with Cross Country Trains. “Rail Replacement Transport will be conveying passengers Between Stockport and Macclesfield in both directions.” A Virgin Trains spokesman said: “Due to a fault with the signalling system between Stockport and Macclesfield trains have to run at reduced speed on all lines. “Train services running through these stations may be delayed by up to 20 minutes or diverted via Crewe. Macclesfield will not be served. Disruption is expected until 9am.” Read MoreWarning after suspicious yellow markings left on properties Virgin Trains from London Euston to Manchester, which call at Stoke-on-Trent will still call in the Potteries, but will not be calling at Macclesfield – although Virgin said they would make an additional stop in Wilmslow. A National Rail spokesman said: “Trains are currently unable to run between Macclesfield and Stockport. Buses will operate between these stations. “Northern will operate a train shuttle service between Stoke-on-Trent and Macclesfield.” We will update this story throughout the morning. For the latest live traffic and travel news from across the region, visit our live feed here.last_img read more

Saving Property Values Clearboarding vs Plywood

first_img February 14, 2017 647 Views According to a report released on Monday, vacant and abandoned properties have a far-reaching toll on the communities they reside in—not only seeing lower property values but decreasing the values of neighboring homes as well.Titled “Curing Community Blight: A Cost-Benefit of Clearboarding versus Plywood to Secure Vacant and Abandoned Properties,” the study found that vacant or abandoned homes worth approximately $200,000 lose $70,000 of their value while adjacent vacant properties drop in value by $100,000. According to a Harvard University Joint Center for Housing Studies report referenced, 1.3 million vacant residential properties still plague the economy.The report, authored by former U.S. Treasury Department official Aaron Klein, found that clearboarding can provide a cost benefit ratio of 34:1 on the low side up to 140:1 over plywood. In addition to preserving values, the report found that clearboarding also reduces neighborhood crime rates.“Using clearboarding increases the total property values of a median foreclosed home and all neighboring homes by $13,000 to $57,000, while the marginal cost for using an alternative technology such as clearboarding is under $1,000,” the report notes. Compared to plywood, clearboarding increases property value by 0.2 percent throughout surrounding neighborhoods within a ⅛ mile radius.Today’s report was commissioned by Community Blight Solutions and Founder and Chairman Robert Klein (no relation to Aaron Klein.)“I think that this white paper makes it pretty obvious and pretty clear from a data perspective that the way we’ve been doing things up until now in the industry in terms of maintaining and boarding vacant properties is not the right way to go,” Klein said in an interview with MReport. “We did it because it was the only option available to us, but as new technology becomes available its time the industry take a new approach and find better ways to protect the value of homes and the value of communities. I think this is a step in the right direction.”To read the full report, click here. Abandoned Clearboarding Plywood REO 2017-02-14 Seth Welborn in Daily Dose, Data, Foreclosure, Market Studiescenter_img Saving Property Values: Clearboarding vs. Plywood Sharelast_img read more

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first_img— Karlos Dansby received a veteran’s day off, allowing Martin to run with the first-team defense.— After practice, Chandler Jones sprinted out of the stadium to catch a flight to Anaheim to watch his older brother Jon fight Daniel Cormier at UFC 214. Several teammates, including Frostee Rucker, took to Twitter to offer their support using the hashtag #TeamJones.Injury updateThe sleeve Bethel was spotted wearing on his left knee at practice Friday was because he had hyperextended it the day before, according to head coach Bruce Arians.The injury is not considered serious.“It should be just a couple of days, but we’ll be careful with it,” Arians said.Joining Bethel on the sidelines during the “Red & White Practice” were cornerback Bouka (ankle), wide receiver John Brown (quad), wide receiver Aaron Dobson (hamstring), linebacker Alani Fua (knee) and defensive tackle Ed Stinson (hamstring). Dollar linebacker Deone Bucannon (ankle) remains on the physically unable to perform list and linebacker Jarvis Jones (quad) on the non-football injury list.Follow Craig Grialou on Twitter Arizona Cardinals’ Larry Fitzgerald flips the ball in the air after making a long gain on a pass reception during NFL football training camp Saturday, July 29, 2017, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) “That’s always one of the most competitive drills because of the situation, short-yardage and really good-on-good; you know, who’s the best. I think we got a good mix: the offense won some, defense won some. Of course, I’d like to see more defense but I think that’s a good sign for the team,” defensive tackle Corey Peters said.Six weeks still remain before the season opener at Detroit, but Saturday provided the 2017 Cardinals their first game-like atmosphere.“You come out and you got a lot of fans. Hitting is live, so you’re playing real football. It’s kind of like that first real taste of the preseason,” right tackle Jared Veldheer said.Prior to practice, team president Michael Bidwill recognized Larry Fitzgerald, David Johnson and Patrick Peterson for their 2016 Pro Bowl selections, presenting each with their own framed jersey.Zamort moves up depth chart before being carted offWhen it comes time for fans and the media to discuss the competition for the starting cornerback position opposite Peterson, one name is often left out and that’s Ronald Zamort.“I ain’t even know you was all talking,” he said, a big smile on his face prior to practice.People are now. For the second straight practice, with Bethel unavailable, Zamort received reps with the first-team defense, ahead of Brandon Williams, whom many had thought was Bethel’s backup.“Whatever you want to read into it. He’s playing with the first team instead of Brandon,” Arians said, adding about the 25-year-old Zamort. “Ronnie’s having a hell of a camp. He had a good camp last year, went right to the wire (as far as making the team). He’s better outside; he was more of a nickel last year. But he’s really worked himself into the outside rotation and is really solid. He’s having a great camp.”All of this, however, was before a scary moment midway through practice when Zamort had to be carted off the field with what appeared to be a right leg injury.After not being added to the final 53-man roster in 2016, Zamort went back to Western Michigan University — where he played in college — and got a job as a youth counselor at a detention center. It’s where he was working when the Cardinals called and signed him to the practice squad in Week 16.The Cardinals brought him back this season on a futures contract.Listed at 5-10 and 174-pounds, Zamort believes his improved technique, ability to defend bigger receivers and overall confidence level are just some of the reasons why he’s moved up the depth chart. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and sellingcenter_img Top Stories GLENDALE, Ariz. – The energy and intensity picked up in Saturday’s practice, the seventh of Arizona Cardinals training camp. Of course, that was to be expected with the annual “Red & White Practice,” which typically attracts the largest crowd of camp.More than 25,000 fans — the second straight year the Cardinals eclipsed that mark — filled the lower bowl inside University of Phoenix Stadium to watch what was a two-plus hour full-padded practice that featured goal line work and the first live tackling of camp. “It means a lot,” he said, regarding running with the first team. “It’s a humbling experience just to be out there to compete day in and day out.”With Zamort’s injury, though, and cornerbacks Justin Bethel and Elie Bouka already on the sidelines, there’s more uncertainty than ever surrounding the position.Notable— Twice in three goal line plays the first-team offense scored on the second-team defense; both touchdowns were run in by Kerwynn Williams.— The first-team defense allowed one touchdown and prevented the second-team defense from scoring two other times, including a nice open-field tackle by Gabe Martin on Gerald Christian, who had caught a short swing-pass to the right.— Several loud collisions were heard once the tackling started, though none of them involved Johnson on the field; he was a spectator during that portion of practice.— Fans saved their loudest reaction for whenever Fitzgerald caught a pass, which he did several times for touchdowns.— Early in 11-on-11 drills, the offense ran several end-around plays with either Jaron Brown or J.J. Nelson.— The one big defensive play in practice was Peterson’s interception of Carson Palmer on ball tipped by Tyvon Branch; the pass was intended for Brown. 3 Comments   Share   Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump and first lady

first_img WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump are welcoming Spain’s King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia to the White House.The president said Tuesday that he’s honoured to have Spain’s royal couple in the Oval Office for their first meeting. King Felipe says he appreciates the shared history and heritage of the United States and Spain.Trade was expected to figure prominently in the talks. The king was expected to discuss concerns in Europe about the Trump administration’s decision to impose tariffs on steel and aluminum imports and U.S. tariffs on Spanish black olives.The king and queen are wrapping up a visit to the United States that included stops in San Antonio and New Orleans. The couple was expected to meet with congressional leaders later in the day. by The Associated Press Posted Jun 19, 2018 11:35 am PDT Last Updated Jun 19, 2018 at 12:21 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Trumps welcome Spanish royal couple to White Housecenter_img President Donald Trump, left, helps to direct Spain’s King Felipe VI, second from left, first lady Melania Trump, third from right, and Queen Letizia, second from right, for a photo after they arrived on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, June 19, 2018. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh) last_img read more

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