More Winnipeggers speak out about food banks forcing religion on users

first_imgAPTN National NewsMore people are speaking out about the uncomfortable connections between religion and food banks.On Tuesday, APTN had the story of a Winnipeg man, who’s been turned away from a food bank, after raising concerns about their so-called “volunteer life program” that contains lifestyle expectations that volunteers are expected to follow.APTN’s Dennis Ward now reports others are coming forward to say they’ve also felt religion was forced upon them when all they really wanted was food for their family.last_img

Morocco support US initiative for resumption of peace process in the

first_imgParis – Morocco supports the US initiative for the resumption of the Middle East peace process, said minister-delegate for foreign affairs and cooperation Mbarka Bouaida.Bouaida stressed the US “firm commitment” for the success of the negotiations process, noting that Morocco considers that “the US part in these negotiations might be very useful”.The official who participated on Monday evening in Paris in the ministerial meeting of the Arab peace initiative follow-up committee, held in the presence of US secretary of state, John Kerry, said the meeting was an opportunity to assess progress made in the peace process and exchange viewpoints between Kerry and Arab ministers. The official added that the Morocco also backs efforts by Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas to resume negotiations, despite Israeli breaches and provocative acts.Knowing that King Mohammed VI chairs Al Quds committee, an offshoot of the Organization of Islamic cooperation (OIC/based in Jeddah), Morocco, denounces all abuses meant to hamper negotiations.Participants in the Paris meeting have agreed on the need to reach a two-state solution, based on the 1967 borders and the creation of a Palestinian state with Al Quds as a capital, in order to establish peace and security in the region, she added.last_img read more

Italy Earthquake Moroccan National Treated for Minor Injuries in Hospital

Rome  – A young Moroccan man is treated at a hospital in Ancona (center) for minor injuries following the magnitude 6.2 quake, which struck a mountainous area of central Italy early on Wednesday, Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.Moroccan diplomatic sources confirmed this information to MAP, adding that this young Moroccan mechanic, who lives in Amatrice, one of the most devastated towns by the earthquake, is “currently being treated for minor injuries at a hospital but his condition is not worrying.”According to the same sources, the cell crisis set up at Morocco’s Embassy and Consulate General in Rome are trying to learn also about the reasons for the admission of three other Moroccans to various hospitals and whose names appear on a list of the Italian Foreign Affairs Ministry. Contacts are ongoing with the competent Italian authorities, including the departments of Interior and Foreign Affairs, to be informed on the presence of Moroccan nationals among the earthquake’s victims, Morocco’s ambassador to Italy Hassan Abouyoub told MAP last Wednesday.Two crisis cells were set up at the embassy and at Morocco’s general consulate in Rome to monitor the situation and keep in touch with Italian authorities, the diplomat said.Italy’s Civil Protection Agency said the death toll from Wednesday’s quake rose to 290 people, as rescuers found more bodies overnight and early Saturday. A 6.2-Magnitude quake struck central Italy before dawn on Wednesday, razing several mountain towns and injuring hundreds. The government has declared Saturday a national day of mourning for the victims, ordered that all flags on public buildings fly at half-mast. It also decreed 180-day state of emergency for the regions affected by the earthquake.With MAP read more

Wells Fargo agrees to pay 800K in Schilling video game deal

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Wells Fargo Securities has agreed to pay an $800,000 civil penalty to settle a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission lawsuit over Rhode Island’s failed $75 million deal with former Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling’s video game company.Wells Fargo and the SEC announced the proposed settlement in filings Monday with the U.S. District Court in Providence. A federal judge must approve it.According to details of the agreement, Wells Fargo does not admit or deny wrongdoing. If approved, the company would be permanently barred by the judge from violating certain municipal securities and other laws.A Wells Fargo spokeswoman said she would not comment because the matter is still pending and has not yet been approved.The case represents the final legal battle over 38 Studios.Schilling struck a deal in 2010 to move his company from Massachusetts to Rhode Island in exchange for a $75 million loan guarantee. The state’s economic development agency used bonds to fund the deal. Less than two years after the move, 38 Studios ran out of money and went bankrupt.The SEC sued Wells Fargo and Rhode Island’s economic development agency in 2016, accusing them of making misleading statements about the bonds.It said they failed to disclose that 38 Studios needed at least $75 million but would receive only $50 million of proceeds from the offering, leaving a gap of $25 million. It also said Wells Fargo represented 38 Studios while also representing the state economic development agency as bond placement agent, something it failed to disclose.The economic development agency previously settled the case, paying a $50,000 penalty without admitting wrongdoing.Claims against a Wells Fargo employee are still pending. A message was left with his lawyer.In a separate lawsuit in state court, Rhode Island sued several people and companies involved in the deal. It received about $61 million in settlements in that case, which ended in 2017.Michelle R. Smith, The Associated Press read more

UN tour guides hold sickday labour action

6 December 2007Nearly two dozen United Nations tour guides called in sick today in a labour action which added impetus to a previously planned meeting convened this afternoon by the world body’s top public information official to address their concerns. Tours at the UN were drastically reduced after the 22 guides called in sick. Spokesperson Marie Okabe said visitors who had made prior reservations were generally able to go on their tour as scheduled, but all others were prevented from visiting UN Headquarters. The action “must have caused some inconvenience,” said Mr. Ban when asked by reporters to comment.The Secretary-General also paid tribute to the value of the work of the multilingual staff members. “Tour guides are very important to connecting the UN and the outside world,” he said. “They have been playing an important role.”Under-Secretary-General for Public Information Kiyotaka Akasaka “is going to discuss this matter [and] what their complaints and their issues are.”Mr. Akasaka had planned to join the scheduled meeting and announce that he would constitute a working group to discuss the issues of concern, according to Ms. Okabe.“The meeting is scheduled as planned and the United Nations is fully committed to dialogue with the Tour Guides,” she said.The guides are reportedly seeking improvements in their conditions of service, including benefits, sick leave and job security. Since 1952, when the UN began offering guided tours of its iconic New York Headquarters, approximately 37 million people have visited. Annual attendance now fluctuates at around 400,000 visitors, who have the option of tours in over 20 languages. read more

Sri Lanka to obtain Chinese loan for expressway extension

The Government said that a proposal made by Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake to enter into a framework agreement with the Government of China to obtain a loan of Renminbi Yuan 577 million for the project and to enter into a loan agreement with the EXIM Bank of China to obtain the loan, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers. (Colombo Gazette) Sri Lanka is to obtain a loan from China for the southern expressway extension work, the Government said today.The Government said that construction work on all four phases of the extension of the southern expressway from Matara to Hambantota commenced in late 2015 and is in progress.

UN committee tells Sri Lanka to transfer military run schools

The findings cover how the respective State is doing with regard to children’s rights, detailing positive developments, main areas of concern, and recommendations for action. In its recommendations for Sri Lanka, the Committee urged the State party (Sri Lanka) to implement its commitments under the Human Rights Council Resolution 30/1 in an effective and timely manner, while ensuring that children, and those who were children at the time, be given a voice in national reconciliation and transitional justice processes and be supported as victims, witnesses or claimants.In particular, the Committee urged the State party to strengthen its efforts to operationalize a fully independent Office of Missing Persons with a special attention to addressing cases of individuals who were children at the time of conflict and are still missing and ensure that all persons responsible for recruitment and use of children in the course of the armed conflict are brought to justice.The Committee also recalled its previous recommendations and urged the State party to consider formalizing its commitment not to prosecute children or persons who were children involved in armed conflict, provide psychological support to former child combatants to address the trauma and other mental health issues, and children who have been internally displaced and/or deprived of a family environment owing to violence and/or enforced disappearance, ensure that all schools currently run by the military are transferred back under the Ministry of Education, ensure that training of the Cadet Corps does not include military activities and consider acceding to the additional protocols to the Geneva Conventionsand the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court. (Colombo Gazette) A United Nations (UN) committee has urged Sri Lanka to ensure that all schools currently run by the military are transferred back under the Ministry of Education.The recommendation was made by the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child in its findings on Sri Lanka released today. The Committee on the Rights of the Child is composed of 18 international independent experts, who monitor implementation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, ratified to date by 196 States.They also monitor implementation of the Optional Protocol on the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography (OPSC) and the Optional Protocol on the involvement of children in armed conflict (OPAC), ratified by 174 States and 167 States respectively. The UN Committee on the Rights of the Child examined Sri Lanka, Guatemala, Panama, Seychelles, Spain, Solomon Islands, Palau and Marshall Islands during its latest session from 15 January to 2 February in Geneva. Download (PDF, 266KB) read more

10 questions on the new TransPacific Partnership deal What it does doesnt

ATLANTA – A historic new trade agreement was announced Monday, which is certain to prompt a spirited political debate in a number of countries — starting with Canada’s election.Here are 10 questions about the Trans-Pacific Partnership, answered:Who’s in it? Brunei, Chile, New Zealand and Singapore started the project years ago. The United States, Canada, Mexico, Japan, Vietnam, Australia, Peru and Malaysia are now joining, bringing the membership to 12 countries. More have expressed interest in entering later, including Colombia, Thailand and South Korea.How big is it? It’s the biggest trade zone in the world, spanning four continents and representing 40 per cent of the world’s economy — a far higher share than the European Union.Is it more important than the EU? Not even close. Europe has truly open borders, allowing a free flow of people and products from one country to another. This simply changes regulations, and reduces trade barriers across a larger area.What does it do, then? It reduces or eliminates barriers on a staggering array of Canadian exports to several countries, most notably Japan. This applies to everything from machines to canola, beef and pork, minerals, forestry products and seafood. It allows up to 3.25 per cent more foreign dairy into Canada. It allows more foreign car parts into North America without tariffs. It also creates new rules for the digital economy, such as restricting governments’ right to shut off data flows.Why does it matter? This brings the economies of a fast-developing region into the American sphere of influence. It sets new trade standards in China’s backyard. It sets precedents for future agreements, including any involving China and its state-owned-enterprises. It increases trade and establishes unique rules for the 21st-century, cloud-computing digital economy.So what’s the problem? It also exposes middle-class workers to additional low-cost competition from foreign labour, notably in the auto sector. It would also cut into the profits on dairy farms, although the government promises a multibillion-dollar 10-year program to protect current farm revenues. Government decisions could be overturned in special tribunals, as they are in NAFTA, when companies sue over democratically adopted laws.Is it a done deal? No. It still needs to be ratified in national parliaments, including Canada’s, once the federal election is over. A vote is expected early next year in the U.S. Congress, and it could prove difficult.So can we see the full text? No, not yet. It’s undergoing a legal review. The details that have been released are coming from the various governments. One Canadian official expressed hope the parties would manage to release the agreement within a few days. But it’s unclear whether Canadians will get to see it before they vote on Oct. 19.Does this end NAFTA? No. The North American Free Trade Agreement still exists, but in areas where the two agreements conflict the newer one will usually prevail. In a way, this is what Barack Obama promised when he first ran for president and said he’d revisit NAFTA — which prompted a controversy back in 2008. He promised new labour and environmental provisions, and this agreement has chapters on both those things.Does this end Canada Post and the CBC? No. There’s a popular online theory to that effect, based on the provisions limiting the rights of state-owned-enterprises. But the government insists the relevant chapter excludes public services, and specifically says the CBC and Canada Post won’t be touched. by Alexander Panetta, The Canadian Press Posted Oct 5, 2015 7:33 am MDT Last Updated Oct 5, 2015 at 11:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email 10 questions on the new Trans-Pacific Partnership deal: What it does, doesn’t do read more

Most actively traded companies on the TSX

Some of the most active companies traded Friday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (15,458.46, up 181.26 points):DREAM Unlimited Corp. (TSX:DRM). Real estate. Up 74 cents, or 10.88 per cent, to $7.54 on 15.9 million shares.ViXS Systems Inc. (TSX:VXS). Technology. Up 12 cents, or 54.55 per cent, to 34 cents on 9.2 million shares.Hydro One Ltd. (TSX:H). Utilities. Up 26 cents, or 1.14 per cent, to $23.16 on 6.5 million shares.Aimia Inc. (TSX:AIM). Loyalty programs. Down seven cents, or 2.64 per cent, to $2.58 on 6.3 million shares.OceanaGold Corp. (TSX:OGC). Miner. Up one cent, or 0.23 per cent, to $4.33 on 5.7 million shares.Eldorado Gold Corp. (TSX:ELD). Miner. Up 12 cents, or 2.63 per cent, to $4.69 on 5.1 million shares.Companies reporting major news:Great-West Lifeco Inc. (TSX:GWO). Financial services. Up 17 cents, or 0.51 per cent, to $33.72 on 460,287 shares. The Winnipeg-based company has signed a deal to acquire Financial Horizons Group, which has 30 offices across Canada.Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Aerospace, rail equipment. Up five cents, or 2.43 per cent, at $2.11 on 4.9 million shares. Recent statements by the federal government may indicate that Bombardier could stand to profit from its rivalry with Boeing. Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland’s comment that the government is “reviewing current military procurement that relates to Boeing” appeared to be a not-so-subtle hint that the Liberals would revisit their purchase of Super Hornets, which could mean future military contracts for Bombardier. by The Canadian Press Posted May 19, 2017 3:07 pm MDT Last Updated May 19, 2017 at 4:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Most actively traded companies on the TSX read more

UN rights chief urges dialogue among Qatar and countries involved in diplomatic

“It is becoming clear that the measures being adopted are overly broad in scope and implementation, and have the potential to seriously disrupt the lives of thousands of women, children and men, simply because they belong to one of the nationalities involved in the dispute,” said Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, in a statement issued by his Office (OHCHR). “I urge all States involved to solve this dispute as quickly as possible through dialogue, to refrain from any actions that could affect the well-being, health, employment and integrity of their inhabitants, and to respect their obligations under international human rights law.” The High Commissioner noted that Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain have issued directives to address the humanitarian needs of families with joint nationalities, but added that such measures appear not to be sufficiently effective to address all cases. He added that OHCHR has been receiving reports that specific individuals have already been summarily instructed to leave the country they are residing in, or have been ordered to return home by their own Government. “Among those likely to be badly affected are couples in mixed marriages, and their children; people with jobs or businesses based in States other than that of their nationality; and students studying in another country,” he pointed out. He also expressed concern over reports that that the UAE and Bahrain are threatening to jail and fine people who express sympathy for Qatar or opposition to actions of their own governments, noting that such actions “would appear to be a clear violation of the right to freedom of expression or opinion.” read more

ABB wins 32 million order for coal handling plant in Mozambique

first_imgABB, a leading power and automation technology group, has won a $32 million order from Vale in Mozambique for complete electrification and automation solutions to maximise productivity, monitor energy use and minimise energy consumption at a new coal mine. The new mine is, according to ABB, one of Vale’s major investments in Africa and will be built at Moatize, in the Tete province of Mozambique. When completed, it will have a nominal capacity of 9.97 Mt/y: 7.71 Mt of metallurgical coal and 2.27 Mt of thermal coal.“ABB’s vast industry experience, combined with our comprehensive automation and power offerings, provide our customers with the robust solutions they need for these large scope projects,” said Veli-Matti Reinikkala, head of ABB’s Process Automation division. “Our ability to provide a complete scope of supply, global expertise and excellent local resources helped us to win this order.” Construction of the entire facility will take an estimated 36 months, and ABB’s portion of the work is expected to be completed by the end of 2010.last_img read more

EHF EURO 2014 Zagreb Four teams still dream about Budapest

EHF EURO 2014 Wednesday will be one of the most interesting days in the history of EHF events. Only Norway secured the place in the semi-final of the Women’s EHF EURO 2014. Decision about the three other teams will be made tomorrow in the matches of the Main Round – Day 3. Montenegro opened day in Zagreb with an important victory over Netherlands 31:27 (15:13). Team led by Dragan Adzić had the biggest protagonist in Katarina Bulatović who netted 10 times. STATISTICSIn the second match of the Day, Sweden easily crushed Slovakia 31:22 and come very close to the semis.Finally, France managed to save chances for the trip to Budapest, when they scored goal from 7-meter line 20 seconds before the final whistle for 24:24 against Germany.Sweden and Montenegro will open program in Zagreb on Wednesday (15.45) with the clash which could give answers about the semi-finalists from Croatian part of the draw. Sweden are almost there, and only huge defeat and,  in the last match of the day (20.15), impressive triumph of Dutch girls over France, could put Swedish girls under the line.STANDINGS:Sweden 7 (+19)Montenegro 6The Netherlands 5 (+9)France 5Germany 1Slovakia 0 ← Previous Story Romania upset Spain Next Story → TWO MINUTES SUSPENSION? Estevana Polman injured by Suzana Lazovic! read more

Greece honours service of 26 Australian Greek campaign veterans

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram It was a great honour to be invited by the Consul-General of Greece, Her Excellency Christina Simantiraki, to a special awards ceremony held in Melbourne last Sunday 6 November. The event hosted by South Melbourne’s Hellenic RSL Sub Branch was held to honour the war service of 26 Anzac veterans who served in Greece. The event was the occasion of the awarding by the Consul-General of the Greek Medal of Honour 1940-41 and associated scroll to the families of veterans of the Greek campaign.Over one hundred people attended, including the descendants of these veterans were in attendance representing their loved ones.Stephen Dimopoulos, MP for Oakleigh attended, representing the Victoria Minister for Veterans, the Hon John Eren MP, as well Victorian Minister, the Hon Jenny Mikakos MP. The Hon Bruce Atkinson, MP for eastern Region and President of the Victorian Legislative Council was also in attendance, as was former MP and Minister, the Hon John Pandazopoulos. Nikolaos Kydas from our Committe as well as Lambis Englezos, our patron, were also present.Many members of Melbourne’s Greek community were in attendance, including the Greek Orthodox Community of Melbourne and Victoria, the Cretan community, the Lemnian Community of Victoria, the Papaflessas Brotherhood and the Kalamata Society – amongst others.The names of the 26 diggers honoured are listed here – The master of ceremonies was Mr Terry Kanelos, Secretary of the Hellenic RSL Sub Branch and also a member of our Lemnos Gallipoli Commemorative Committee.It was a special pleasure to hear the Consul-General mention the erection of our Lemnos Gallipoli memorial at nearby Albert Park as one of the most markers commemorating the Hellenic connection to Australia’s Anzac story. She also mentioned the recent erection of the new 42nd Street Memorial near Suda Bay on Crete, supported by Australia’s Cretan community, as well as the erection only last month of a memorial plaque at Greece’s Brallos Pass in commemoration of the service of the Australian 2/2 Field regiment in the important battle fought there April 1941. The latter was erected by the 2/2 Field Regiment Association and unveiled by the Australian Ambassador to Greece, His Excellency John Griffin.It was particularly good to meet the families of some of these honoured veterans.Corporal Herbert ‘Slim’ Wrigley One of those present was Ms Xanthoula Wrigley, the wife of Corporal Herbert “Slim” Wrigley. Corporal Wrigley served in the Greek campaign, was captured and escaped to fight with the Greek resistance against the German occupation of Greece. During his escape and resistance work Herbert was supported by the family of Xanthoula Papadopoulos , whose father Ioannis was in the resistance. After the war, Herbert and Xanthoula began a correspondence that would lead Xanthoula to Australia and marriage with Herbert.Major Hedley Stephens Another couple present were Susan Kimpton and Bernie O’Connor, relatives of Major Hedley Stephens. Hedley enlisted early in the war – his enlistment number VX99 – betraying his enthusiasm to serve his country. Born in Tasmania in 1906, Hedley was living in Hawthorn and had served in the milita when he enlisted at South Melbourne on 1 November 1939. Serving with the 2/2 Field Regiment, he served under Brigadier Ned Herring, a veteran of the Salonika campaign in WW1. During the Greek campaign Hedley was attached to the 6th Division Headquarters. During the withdrawal from Greece, Hedley made his way across the Corinth Canal, through Argos to Nafplio, where he awaited evacuation. unfortunately Hedley was not evacuated. Captured by the Germans, Hedley served out the war as a POW in German prisoner of war camps. He returned to Australia after the war and was discharged on 2 August 1945. If you are the family of a veteran who served in Greece during WW2, have not received this award and believe that you maybe eligible, please contact the Consulate of the Hellenic Republic in Melbourne – email: grgencon.mel@mfa.gr; phone: +613 98664524 On behalf of our Committee, congratulations to all the families who received their medals and scrolls on behalf of their loved ones. And a big thank you to the Consul-General for making these awards and to the Hellenic RSL Sub Branch for hosting them.A personal thank you to Manny Karvelas and Paul Soug for sharing their photographs – yet again.last_img read more

Cougars rally to stun Huskies in OT

first_imgPULLMAN — Andrew Furney kicked a 27-yard field goal on Washington State’s first possession of overtime, and the Cougars overcame an 18-point deficit in the fourth quarter to stun rival Washington 31-28 in the Apple Cup on Friday, snapping an eight-game losing streak. Washington quarterback Keith Price threw an interception on the first play of overtime that defensive lineman Kalafitoni Pole nearly returned for a game-ending touchdown, but he was caught at the 5. The Cougars (3-9, 1-8 Pac-12) took possession and, after picking up a first down, Furney kicked a 27-yard field goal, leading to a crush of crimson and gray fans storming and celebrating at midfield. Washington (7-5, 5-4) had a chance to win on the final play of regulation, but Travis Coons’ 35-yard field goal attempt at the same end of the stadium was wide right after a bad snap. In a rivalry known for unpredictability, the 2012 version will rank among the tops in Apple Cup lore. Washington led 28-10 after Bishop Sankey’s second touchdown run late in the third quarter, but the Huskies wilted under a siege of self-inflicted mistakes with turnovers and penalties coming back in favor of the Cougars.last_img read more

Levitt AMP Soldotna Music Series Kicks Off Tomorrow

first_imgShannon Davis, Executive Director for the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce says this will allow the chamber to bring a broader range of music for Music in the Park in 2019: “In the grant process, while applying for it, we had to not only prove that we were capable of putting these events on but also that we capable of matching the dollars that were being granted to us.”  For the full lineup visit https://soldotna.org/Home/Components/News/News/1458/17 The grant award is a dollar-for-dollar match from the foundation, with a minimum local contribution from the Soldotna Chamber of $25,000. Soldotna is one of 18 cities to win a $25,000 Levitt AMP Grant Award from the Mortimer & Mimi Levitt Foundation to host the series, which is intended to celebrate the city’s diversity and changing demographics, bring people together through music and inject new life into a well known public space. The Levitt AMP Soldotna Music Series begins at 6pm, each Wednesday from June 5th-August 21. The public is invited to bring their own blankets and chairs for the open lawn setting. Food and beverages will be sold on site just like in previous years. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享If you haven’t heard of any or many of the acts playing the Levitt AMP Soldotna Music Series, that’s precisely the point. The new series aims to offer something fresh this summer by bringing an eclectic lineup of up-and-coming national acts to Soldotna Creek Park for 10 free concerts on Wednesday nights.last_img read more

Why Editor Publishers Editors Were Fired

first_imgIrvine, California-based Duncan McIntosh Co. has a new plan for the editorial staff at Editor & Publisher, the former Nielsen title the company acquired earlier this year.  As a result, longtime editor Mark Fitzgerald, managing editor Shawn Moynihan and senior editor Jim Rosenberg have been fired, according to a statement e-mailed to FOLIO: by Fitzgerald.In the statement, Fitzgerald says he was told the company wants to take Editor & Publisher in an unspecified “other direction editorially.” Citing a company memo, Fitzgerald says the magazine will be “utilizing more individuals for the print edition who are experts in their individual fields as opposed to reporters who track down experts and put the expert’s story into the writer’s words.”No word yet about what the changes mean for the future of Editor & Publisher or its Web site. Duncan McIntosh did not immediately return a request seeking comment.UPDATE: “Moving toward expert-generated copy is something I’ve wanted to do for a long time,” McIntosh tells FOLIO:. “We need to utilize as many experts in the field as possible. I’d rather clean up their copy than rely on reporters who might not know to ask the right questions.” McIntosh says that while content creation will be farmed out to experts, the editorial management of the magazine will be handled in-house by his team. “We knew when we took over the magazine that it had to change, to adapt to where the newspaper industry is headed,” he says. “We just weren’t getting the changes we were looking for with the staff that we had in place. “All three of them are great guys, and accomplished journalists,” he adds. “We wish them the best.”The magazine’s publisher, Charles McKeown, as well as its associate advertising director remain with the magazine. Editor & Publisher was shut down in late 2009 by former owner Nielsen Business Media, roughly two weeks before being acquired by McIntosh, which publishes several marine-related publications, including Boating World, Sea Magazine and The Log newspaper.Today, McIntosh says the magazine’s revenues are still about where they were a year ago. “It’s close to self-sustaining,” McIntosh says. “And the mission of the magazine is just as strong as ever.”last_img read more

Capital One data breach involves 100 million credit card applications

first_img Share your voice Security Capital One’s data breach and how criminals could use… 1:50 6 Capital One Financial’s offices in San Francisco Stephen Shankland/CNET Capital One said Monday that data from more than 100 million US citizens and 6 million Canadian residents had been stolen by a hacker. If you applied for a credit card from the US bank between 2005 through 2019, your information is likely part of this breach, Capital One said in a statement. The data includes roughly 140,000 US Social Security numbers and about 80,000 bank account numbers, according to Capital One. The hacker also stole about 1 million Canadian social insurance numbers in the breach.Capital One added that “no credit card account numbers or log-in credentials were compromised” and that more than 99 percent of the Social Security numbers that Capital One has on file weren’t affected. The breach did, however, include names, addresses, ZIP codes, phone numbers, email addresses and birthdates — all valuable assets that hackers can use to steal from victims. The FBI arrested a 33-year-old tech worker named Paige A. Thompson, who goes by the nickname “erratic,” according to the Justice Department. Prosecutors charged Thompson with computer fraud and abuse, alleging that she was behind the hack.  “While I am grateful that the perpetrator has been caught, I am deeply sorry for what has happened,” said Richard D. Fairbank, chairman and CEO of Capital One. “I sincerely apologize for the understandable worry this incident must be causing those affected and I am committed to making it right.” Comments On Tuesday, New York Attorney General Letitia James said she would immediately begin an investigation into the Capital One incident. “We cannot allow hacks of this nature to become every day occurrences,” James said in a statement. This incident comes in the wake of news that Equifax may have to pay up to $700 million over a 2017 data breach. That breach of Equifax’s servers involved the Social Security numbers and home addresses of nearly 148 million Americans. According to court documents in the Capital One case, Thompson allegedly stole the information by finding a misconfigured firewall on Capital One’s Amazon Web Services cloud server. Investigators accused Thompson of accessing that server from March 12 to July 17. More than 700 folders of data were stored on that server, according to the Justice Department. Thompson allegedly posted details about the hack on a GitHub page in April, and talked about the attack on Twitter and Slack discussions, according to the FBI. Court documents showed that Capital One didn’t learn about the hack until July 17, when someone sent a message to the company’s responsible disclosure email address with a link to the GitHub page. The page had been up since April 21, with the IP address for a specific server containing the company’s sensitive data. “Capital One quickly alerted law enforcement to the data theft — allowing the FBI to trace the intrusion,” US Attorney Brian T. Moran said in a statement.  The GitHub page had Thompson’s full name, as well as another page containing her resume. Court documents showed that on the resume, Thompson was listed as a systems engineer and was an employee at Amazon Web Services from 2015 to 2016. In a statement, Amazon said the former employee left the company three years before the hack took place.Amazon said that AWS wasn’t compromised in anyway, pointing out that the alleged hacker gained access through a misconfiguration on the cloud server’s applicaton, not through a vulnerability in its infrastructure. The FBI also found Twitter message logs where Thompson allegedly wrote, “I’ve basically strapped myself with a bomb vest, fucking dropping capitol ones dox and admitting it,” noting that she wanted to distribute the data she stole.Capital One said it was “unlikely that the information was used for fraud or disseminated by this individual” but committed to investigating the hack fully. The company expects this hack will cost the company approximately $100 million to $150 million in 2019.The FBI seized Thompson’s devices on Monday after obtaining a search warrant, and arrested her. If found guilty, Thompson faces up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Like Equifax, Capital One said that it would be providing free credit monitoring and identity protection to everyone involved. Originally published July 29 at 4:59 p.m. PT.Update, 6:03 p.m. PT: Adds statement and additional details from Capital One.Update: 6:46 p.m. PT: Adds details from the criminal complaint. Update 8:00 p.m. PT: Adds background information. Update July 30 at 9:35 a.m. PT: Adds statement by New York’s attorney general. Tags Now playing: Watch this:last_img read more

2020 Chevy Corvette C8 breaks records nearly breaks GMs build configurator

first_img 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value 55 Photos 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better “With a pretty rabid and passionate base, we knew we’d take 24 hours of grief,” Majoros tells Roadshow. “The majority of people got the full [configurator] experience, which is the full 3D experience. We do have a way that the system throttles to what we’re calling a 2D experience [to speed load time]. Once we hit thresholds, we worked with Amazon Web Services very quickly to double our server capacity.” (GM may have outsourced its server support for things like 3D rendering, but it built the C8’s configurator tool internally, a move that helped keep a lid on information leaking out about the top-secret car.)Through the end of July, traffic to the C8’s Chevrolet.com landing page alone amounted to 2.4 million visits, with 750,000 of those users coming within the first 72 hours after the reveal. By the end of July, some 1.3 million users had already tried out out the Corvette’s Visualizer, poking through the various colors, options and features to configure their dream Corvettes. In total, visitors to the website built over 940,000 Corvettes and logged in excess of 152,000 hours spent on the Visualizer tool before the month of August even began. Those are huge numbers, especially when you consider that the outgoing C7 Corvette sold just 18,791 units last year.2020 Chevy Corvette StingrayEnlarge ImageAccording to GM, nearly a million 2020 Corvettes had been configured by the end of July. Chevrolet Meet the mid-engine 2020 Chevy Corvette Comments 1:55 Now playing: Watch this: Chevrolet Making sense of the numbersIt’s difficult to put the Corvette’s reveal and website figures in proper context, as most automakers don’t hold online reveal ceremonies for new cars and trucks this way (let alone disclose data about the online footprint of these events thereafter). The clearest recent example is arguably Tesla’s unveiling of the Model 3 EV in March 2016. Tesla didn’t release data about subsequent website visits, but we do know that event led to a claimed 115,000 buyer reservations within 24 hours — including $1,000 deposits. This is admittedly an apples and oranges comparison. The Model 3 four-door sedan is designed to be a more affordable mainstream automobile (that happens to be electric), versus the two-seat Corvette’s much more specialized nature. Clearly, however, these are big numbers that show significant interest in both milestone automobiles.2020 Chevy Corvette configuratorChevy’s Visualizer configurator allows users to select various paint, cabin and performance options. Chevrolet Visualize thisA lot of users have configured C8 Corvettes in the Visualizer in many different ways. “Corvette, as a vehicle, has always been about personalization and bespoke and customization — making it yours,” Majoros tells Roadshow. “We wouldn’t be having this call if this was [a] Malibu or Equinox, right? [With those vehicles] we’ve got like 40 build combinations … we have probably infinite build combinations [with Corvette], because that’s what customers want. They want a car that’s uniquely theirs … it’s not a surprise that people are building and saving multiple versions.”Are there any common threads emerging in users’ Visualizer selections that could point to what types of cars will end up in dealers? Not necessarily. Right now, the two most popular configurator paint color selections are Rapid Blue (new) and Elkhart Lake Blue Metallic — two of the C8’s bolder color choices. Similarly, two of the most popular interior colors have been Two-Tone Blue and Natural Dipped (tan). Majoros doesn’t necessarily think the aforementioned choices will correlate to those particular paint and upholstery finishes being the most popular when it comes down to actually ordering vehicles. “The Visualizer results to date are inconsistent with what a long-term sales trend would be,” he says. Rather, Chevy officials suspect customers are focusing on newly available colors and bolder material choices and letting their imaginations run wild.2020 Chevy Corvette revealEnlarge ImageThe future appears bright for the C8, but it’s not clear how much actual demand will greet the car around the corner. Chevrolet Special ‘Corvette Academy’ call centerGM hasn’t just rolled out the digital red carpet for the Corvette-curious online, it’s also formed a special call center task force dedicated to answering customer questions. According to Majoros, Chevy pulled a number of employees from its regular customer call center, “sequestered them for six weeks” in advance of the reveal and gave them in-depth Corvette Academy training on product and process. “We skimmed off the creme de la creme and really ‘Corvetted’ them up,” he says. Corvette Live ChatEnlarge ImageCorvette Academy members are available for live chat. Chevrolet These special phone reps have been trained in “engineering, dealers, history, allocation, ordering, speccing, specifications, anything that we think could come our way,” Majoros says. Housed in GM’s Renaissance Center headquarters, there are five such “concierge” staffers working the phones and keyboards at any given time, and these representatives are available to answer phone calls, emails and live chat requests 12 hours a day. Average phone calls last about 15 minutes, but some extend an hour beyond that, says Majoros. Anyone can call upon these experts; you don’t need to be a Corvette owner or someone who has placed a deposit for the new car. Majoros says these call-center reps have entertained everything from general questions about how to use the website to very specific engineering questions like what the maximum possible negative camber angle is on the rear wheels when setting up the car for racing. Patrons can have repeat access to the same call center expert via phone or email as new questions arrive, too, and they can even help spec out a Corvette and transfer that information to the dealer along with discussion notes when the time comes. “i want these people to be your Nordstrom concierge. I want them to know you, basically be your personal shopper,” he says.The last time Chevrolet queued up a special concierge experience like this for one of its products? The first-generation Chevy Volt plug-in hybrid, circa 2010 or 2011.2020 Chevy Corvette StingrayEnlarge ImageThe C8 has captured a ton of audience online. Now, it’s time to see how it does in showrooms. Chevrolet It will likely be many months before we can tell if early interest in the livestream reveal and website configurator will translate into robust sales for the 2020 Chevy Corvette. Right now, customers can make deposits, and while dealers can place orders, in the absence of full pricing information (coming in mid-August), many are electing to wait to enter orders into their systems. In other words, we probably won’t know for a while if the C8 has more record-breaking performances in store. 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You may have already committed the key metrics to memory: 495 horsepower, 0 to 60 miles per hour in under 3 seconds, pricing starting at under $60,000. The C8 Corvette wasn’t the only thing to generate impressive stats that night: The reveal event itself triggered massive online traffic for the automotive websites and forums covering the  C8 Corvette’s reveal, and General Motors was temporarily overwhelmed by the unbridled interest the reveal generated. There were times when the livestream of the reveal bogged down, and when the automaker revealed that its 2020 Chevy Corvette “Visualizer” configurator tool was already live on Chevrolet.com, a tidal wave of traffic ensued, effectively gridlocking the experience for most users for the better part of a day. When the digital dust settled, the 2020 Chevy Corvette had set a number of impressive online records for GM. In the main, 471,000 people tuned in to watch the livestream unveil of the Corvette — an impressive figure given that the event was held midevening on the West Coast (a good portion of the event happened after much of the country had already gone to bed).But Corvette fever didn’t stop there. Friday, July 19, the first full day after the C8’s debut, saw the C8 shatter Chevrolet.com traffic records, too. According to Steve Majoros, director of passenger car and crossover marketing for Chevrolet, the brand’s consumer site saw five times the normal traffic load it hosts on a daily basis. Corvette-related traffic set an all-time record for Chevy’s website, even with the slowdown.  Tags 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Chevroletlast_img read more

Iran to exceed uranium enrichment limit from Sunday

first_imgA handout picture provided by the Iranian presidency on 3 July 2019 shows president Hassan Rouhani chairing a cabinet meeting in the capital Tehran. Rouhani said Iran will exceed the uranium enrichment limit it agreed in a 2015 deal with major powers, raising it `as much as necessary`. Photo: AFPPresident Hassan Rouhani said Iran will exceed on Sunday the uranium enrichment limit it agreed in a 2015 deal with major powers, raising it “as much as necessary”.Iran is acting on its 8 May threat to suspend parts of the 2015 nuclear agreement in response to US president Donald Trump’s reimposition of crippling sanctions since withdrawing from it in May last year.”On 7 July, our enrichment level will no longer be 3.67 per cent. We will put aside this commitment. We will increase (the enrichment level) beyond 3.67 per cent to as much as we want, as much as is necessary, as much as we need,” Rouhani said during a cabinet meeting on Wednesday.The enrichment maximum set in the agreement is sufficient for power generation but far below the more than 90 per cent level required for a nuclear warhead.Rouhani stressed that Iran’s action would be reversed if the other parties to the nuclear deal made good on their side of the bargain — relief from sanctions.”We will remain committed to the (nuclear deal) as long as the other parties are committed. We will act on the JCPOA 100 per cent the day that the other party acts 100 per cent (too).”Iran has sought to pressure the other parties — Britain, China, France, Germany and Russia — to save the deal.It announced on 8 May it would no longer respect the limits set on the size of its stockpiles of enriched uranium and heavy water.It threatened to abandon further nuclear commitments, including exceeding the agreed uranium enrichment maximum from 7 July.Rouhani said Iran will also deliver on its threat to resume construction of a heavy water reactor after 7 July and will bring it to the condition that “according to you, is dangerous and can produce plutonium.”He added the measures can be reversed in “hours” if the other parties “live up to their commitments.”The European Union has sought to save the deal by setting up a payment mechanism known as INSTEX meant to help Iran skirt US sanctions.Rouhani dismissed the mechanism as “hollow”, saying it was useless to Iran because it failed to provide for financing of purchases of Iranian oil.last_img