Rape convict Ram Rahims parole plea denied by HC

first_imgChandigarh: The Punjab and Haryana High Court on Tuesday rejected a petition seeking parole for controversial Dera Sacha Sauda sect chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh who is serving a 20-year jail sentence for raping two of his disciples. His wife, Harjeet Kaur, had sought his release on parole for three weeks for him to take care of his ailing mother Naseeb Kaur who is 85. The court was of the opinion that Ram Rahim could himself file the plea. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ The parole was sought on the grounds that the convict had earned “good conduct remission reports”. The court reportedly rapped the petitioner saying Ram Rahim’s mother should be treated at the large hospital run by his sect. It also said that his family was already living with his mother to take care of her. Earlier, jail authorities in Rohtak, where Ram Rahim is serving his sentence, had refused to grant him parole to meet his ailing mother. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K The decision not to grant parole was taken by Jail Superintendent Sunil Sangwan on August 9 after Justice Kuldip Singh of the Punjab and Haryana High Court directed the state to take a decision on the representation by Ram Rahim’s wife. She moved the parole plea saying that Ram Rahim’s mother was suffering from heart disease and she was not taking treatment in the absence of her son. Ram Rahim (51) is currently lodged at the high-security Sunaria jail in Rohtak, 250 kms from Chandigarh. Ram Rahim had withdrawn his parole plea in June at the last minute after the state BJP government was cornered by opposition parties for favouring the sect chief who had sought a parole of 42 days for tending to the sprawling fields in his sect’s headquarters in Sirsa town. Before that the high court had in May rejected Ram Rahim’s parole plea for attending the wedding ceremony of his foster daughters. Ram Rahim was sentenced to 20 years in jail in August 2017 for raping two women. A special CBI court in Panchkula this January also sentenced him and three others to life imprisonment for the murder of a journalist over 16 years ago. In jail Ram Rahim spends most of his time growing vegetables and fruits and daily earns Rs 20 for eight hours of farming which comes under the unskilled work category. As per the jail superintendent, Ram Rahim’s conduct in jail is like a “disciplined inmate”. His conviction on August 25, 2017 had led to violence in Panchkula and Sirsa, leaving 41 people dead and over 260 injured. Ram Rahim was patronised by political leaders and parties in Punjab and Haryana for nearly two decades due to his ability to influence the votes of his followers.last_img read more

Legends Beyond Gala To Benefit Michael J Fox Foundation

first_imgExperience the First Annual “Legends Beyond” Gala taking place on Thursday, September 19th, 2013 at a beautiful mansion estate located in the prestigious Beverly Hills, California.“Legends Beyond” proceeds and donations will benefit the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, a disease that affects over 1.5 million people within the United States.This elite event will honor multi-Grammy winning group Earth, Wind & Fire’s founding member, Maurice White, Grammy winning artist Howard McCrary, and many others who have joined the fight against this disease. The First Annual Legends Beyond also celebrates the birthday of legendary Jazz vocalist Freda Payne as well as the anticipated release of her newest jazz album from Mack Avenue Record label.The event will consist of a vintage glamour themed evening including a premium cocktail hour, silent auction, live musical performances from some of the most celebrated acts of our time, as well as those from our future. There will be a tribute segment honoring the legacy of Earth, Wind & Fire’s Maurice White, Freda Payne, and Howard McCrary with Lifetime Achievement Awards. Catering will be provided by Celebrity Chef KAY, Fashion Show by Celebrity Designer to the stars “M” for Mthemovement, Jonathan A. Logan and newbie Bentlee Wear with flowing champagne throughout the evening.This is an Elite Red Carpet event which will be hosted by Denise Richards and Charlie Sheen. Invited celebrities include: David Foster, Philip Bailey, Verdine White, Ralph Johnson, Katy Perry, Nicole Kidman, Kevin Hart, Jane Seymour, Johnny Wright, Berry Gordy, Jr., Clint Eastwood, Steven Segal, Paris Hilton, Kathy Hilton, Priscilla Presley, Michael J. Fox, Montel Williams, Slash, Russell Simmons, Marc Anthony, Quincy Jones, Wayne Brady, George G1 Archie, Rodney Peete, Holly Robinson-Peete, Cheryl Burke, Dr. Dre, Jimmy Iovine, Randy Jackson, Levar Burton, Nene Leaks, Toni Braxton, Darius McCrary… and more.About Team Fox: Team Fox started in 2006 as the community fundraising division of The Michael J. Fox Foundation. Currently, Team Fox has over 1500 active members and has raised more than $22 million toward accelerating a cure for Parkinson’s disease and improved therapies for those living with the condition today. The Michael J. Fox Foundation, the largest private funder of Parkinson’s Research, pursues its goals through an aggressively funded, highly targeted research program, and has invested more than $313 million in research to date.Over five million people worldwide are living with Parkinson’s disease, a chronic, degenerative neurological disorder whose symptoms typically progress from mild tremors to complete physical incapacitate. In the United States, an estimated 60,000 new cases will be diagnosed this year alone. There is no known cure for Parkinson’s disease. Current treatments mask symptoms but do not alter or slow disease progression.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

Brexit surcharge ski firm demands extra cash from customers who have already

first_imgThe fall in the value of sterling has prompted several tour firms to introduce surcharges Thousands of skiers are being asked to pay twice for a holidayCredit:ROSS WOODHALL How much is a holiday surcharge?Tour operators must absorb the first two per cent of an increased cost, and the surcharge can be no more than 10 per cent. So, if you paid £400 for your holiday and the cost rose by £16 (four per cent), the operator has the right to charge you an additional £8 (two per cent). If the cost of the same holiday rose by £40 (10 per cent), it may charge you an extra £32 (eight per cent).How likely is it?Not very. Tour operators use the surcharge as a last resort as going to a customer after they have booked and asking for more money is no way to win loyal customers.What happens if a tour operator applies one?Your tour operator will contact you to explain how much the surcharge is and why it is applying it. Telegraph Travel’s consumer expert Nick Trend says customers should definitely challenge any surcharge. “If the operator is an Abta member, check that Abta has agreed the charge,” he said. “If not an Abta member, ask for a breakdown of how the costs have been calculated, how the two per cent has been absorbed, and if not happy, threaten to cancel for a full refund. That threat might focus the minds of some operators.”If the surcharge is above 10 per cent customers have the right to cancel and receive a full refund, whereas technically if it is between two and 10 per cent then the surcharge can be imposed on customers at the risk of them losing their deposit, though tour operators are likely to try to accommodate customers’ needs as best as possible. A spokesperson for Mark Warner, which offers ski trips to France, Austria and Italy, confirmed the introduction of a 10 per cent surcharge but declined to comment further. The slide of sterling since the Brexit result is the likely cause, with the pound now worth €1.19 compared to €1.31 in May.David Hopkins, the company’s managing director, wrote in a letter to customers: “It will be necessary and unavoidable for us, for the first time in many years, to invoke the surcharge clause contained within our contractual terms and conditions.”The company is just the latest in a growing list of operators to ask customers for more money since the referendum on EU membership. The fall in the value of sterling has prompted several tour firms to introduce surchargesCredit:AFP or licensors/ADRIAN DENNIS Mark Warner, one of Britain’s largest tour operators, has told holidaymakers they must pay more for their ski breaks this season, despite having already booked.The company has invoked the “surcharge clause” in its terms and conditions which allows travel firms to ask customers for an additional fee – as much as £50 per person – because the cost of their package has gone up, because of currency fluctuations, or due to rising fuel costs or taxes. Abta, the travel association, whose members must seek its permission before activating the clause, keeps a record of companies currently surcharging. Since the referendum, the list’s membership has risen from none to seven, four of which sell winter holidays, and all are linked to currency. Mark Warner does not appear on the list as it is not a member of Abta.Tour operators use the surcharge as a last resort as they are aware of how unpopular it is to ask for more money once a holiday has been paid for.Travel firms are governed by a set of rules that says how they are allowed to apply the fees. Tour operators must absorb the first two per cent of an increased cost, and the surcharge can be no more than 10 per cent. It is also not allowed to apply them within 30 days of the departure date. They must also state their right to do so in their terms and conditions.When Telegraph Travel reported on the issue in July, one tour operator said it could not remember a time when more than a couple had applied the rule.In 2011, Thomson and Thomas Cook added supplements due to the price of oil soaring to $114 a barrel.Following the September 11 attacks in 2001, some operators added security surcharges onto their prices, imposed by airports, but this practice was later outlawed.In July, a Tazanian safari operator was forced to impose a surcharge after the country’s government introduced an 18 per cent VAT tax on tourist services with just a week’s notice.What is a surcharge?A holiday firm may ask for more money – a surcharge – after you have paid. Surely this isn’t allowed?You wouldn’t get a phone call from M&S asking for a few quid more for your pyjamas because the cost of cotton has increased, but – as strange as it may sound – holiday firm are allowed to do so. They can do so because of rising fuel costs, increased taxes, or currency fluctuations, but they must explain the clause in their terms and conditions. They can only ask for more money more than 30 days before departure.  Thousands of skiers are being asked to pay twice for a holidaylast_img read more

Call for donations for Christmas

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram While many people complain that commercialism has swallowed the spirit of Christmas, the Greek Welfare Centre at the Holy Monastery of Axion Estin in Northcote is reversing the consumerist trend.Churches around Melbourne and Australia are collecting non-perishable food and toys to distribute to the needy for Christmas.A spokesperson said they have more than enough volunteers, and they’re calling for more nonperishable food and toys.Distribution will begin next week.To learn how you can help, contact Edmund at the Welfare Centre on 9486 6588.last_img

Asus un dongle GPS offert jusquau 31 juillet

first_imgAsus : un dongle GPS offert jusqu’au 31 juilletAsus va proposer gratuitement un dongle GPS à ses clients mécontents des performances du GPS qui équipe la tablette Trandformer Prime.Afin de pallier à un problème de performance de son système GPS (TF201), Asus a décidé de fournir un accessoire le remplaçant. D’ailleurs celui-ci sera proposé gratuitement aux possesseurs de la tablette jusqu’au 31 juillet prochain. C’est à cause de la présence d’une coque en aluminium, perturbant le signal, que la tablette d’Asus ne parvient pas à obtenir des résultats satisfaisants avec son GPS.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Après avoir mis à disposition de ses clients ce module sur son site, Asus précise que “bien que le TF201 ne soit pas un appareil GPS à part entière, et dans un souci d’engagement auprès de nos clients, nous avons décidé d’offrir à tous les utilisateurs détenteurs d’une tablette TF201 un kit d’extension GPS, appelé un dongle, qui aidera à optimiser la réception du signal et ainsi à améliorer sa fonction GPS.”Il s’agit en fait d’un dongle qui prend place sur le clavier, en lieu et place de la tablette donc. Ce qui risque d’être peu pratique puisqu’il faudra choisir d’utiliser soit la tablette soit le nouveau GPS…Ce dongle pourra enfin être accordé au coloris de la tablette. Le 17 avril 2012 à 20:15 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Jose Mourinho to be sacked if he doesnt meet the clubs

first_imgManchester United manager Jose Mourinho will be sacked if he fails to meet the club’s target of UEFA Champions League qualification, according to Express.The club haven’t began the season in the best possible way with one defeat and one loss so far in the Premier League but the club insists Jose Mourinho is still the right man for the job.The 55-year-old’s combative mood has done little to lift spirits in and around the club, with links to Zinedine Zidane intensifying by the week.Zidane supposedly expects to be offered the Manchester United job should Mourinho be axed.Yet the Manchester Evening News suggest the Portuguese will not be going anywhere anytime soon.The club’s owners care about success on the pitch – but long gone are the days where the title was the main goal.Cristiano Ronaldo, Nemanja Vidic, Manchester UnitedVidic: “Ronaldo is the most professional footballer I’ve seen” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Nemanja Vidic opened up on how a 21-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo’s professionalism left him stunned at Manchester United.Instead, the Manchester Evening News suggest they will be happy with Mourinho should he steer them to a Champions League spot.United pride themselves on being a money-making club and received £36million for playing in just eight European matches last term.The Glazers need that cash to balance the books and, if the manager guides them to a top four spot, then he will likely stay.In 2014, the club sacked David Moyes after a torrid 10-month spell in charge.Under Moyes, United finished seventh and the Scot was sacked and replaced by Ryan Giggs once Champions League qualification became impossible.It was a similar story two years later when Louis Van Gaal was sacked despite winning the FA Cup but failing to secure Champions League qualification.last_img read more

What we have to say about the Border Control Media release

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, September 27, 2017 – Providenciales – It continues to amaze me how arms of Govt in service to the people chose to be selective about what they respond to as it relates to media.Our news organisation in a spirit of CONCERN reported that the public ought be vigilant due to report of a POSSIBLE boat landing as SUSPECTED illegal migrants were reportedly seen running through Blue Hills.All true as stated by the release.Had we not done that, this report to try and discredit or undermine ours (and possibly others’) motive would never have been issued.    Just another petty tactic to distract the people.We are still waiting for this same Government Ministry to tell us of their post Irma plan given that hundreds, possibly thousands have been plunged into ‘no income’ status.   What talks have they had with the private sector about provisions for indigenous and expat staff.Still… waiting.But, the Ministry pauses to essentially echo the Magnetic Media news report ‘to be vigilant’.It was not false news.    A boat had been suspected of landing.    It was discovered, after investigation that no boat landed.    But there was some suspicious activity which roused – they say – the Task Force to action.That really did happen; true not false.In addition to what is contained in this farce of a media release should have been a report to the public about what was determined about the migrants interviewed by officers.Naturally that did not come because the purpose of the media release is far from noble and so it neglects to do the other important thing.Keep digging… you will get a hole.Magnetic Media will keep reporting even when some members of the public are unappreciative.    Its what we do and we count it an honour to serve you no matter what with the news that matters most.DHPhoto credit: Anamika Pandeylast_img read more

From Magabrands to Unleash the Power

first_imgThe AmericanMagazine Conference—the annual pow-wow of high profile consumer magazineexecutives—is more than four months away. But the Magazine Publishers ofAmerica just announced the event’s 2008 tagline.Unleash thePower.Sorry. UNLEASH THE POWER. Hear leaders from every facet of the magazine industry and othervisionaries, such as: And informative sessions, including: Jeffrey Katzenberg in conversation with FORTUNE’s Andrew Serwer Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg on challenges scaling operations and growing its brand globally Tom Rogers, President and CEO of TiVo Futurist Paul Saffo Plan ahead to combine your trip with other business, see clients,and take advantage of San Francisco’s many attractions. Great Magazine Advertising Monetizing Beyond the Ad Page How to Re-Ignite a Brand in Challenging Times Jumpstart Your Website Secrets of Five Super-Successful 2008 Redesigns Retail 2012: The New Reality PLUS: Google Campus Visit—a unique opportunity designed especially formagazine executives and editors to interact with Google leaders at theirSilicon Valley headquarters and learn what’s next for them. Last year, you’llrecall, it was “Magabrands”—an awkward term coined by Men’s Health editor andconference chair David Zinczenko who, as the conference progressed, took flakfrom media critics and attendees for coming up with such a convoluted, gooeyphrase to describe what magazines have been doing for years now. That is,extending their brands into new platforms to generate new revenue.While this year’stheme probably won’t be met with the same sort of vitriol, it’s just as … I don’tknow … ridiculous? Maybe it’s the font they use. Or the unfortunate memory ofthat superhero character the MPA created a couple years ago—remember that thing?Captain Read? Really, what the hell was that?But UNLEASHINGPOWER sounds more suited for Monday Night Raw than a boutique hotel in SanFrancisco.Maybe it’s justme.At any rate,here’s a preliminary lineup of what the MPA intends to unleash on attendeescome October:Mark Your Calendar for AMC! Register beforeAugust 27 for big savings.Formore information and to register, visit www.magazine.org/amc.last_img read more

Scientists get Blobby with it in Seattle

first_imgMap showing how the sea surface temperature (SST) anomaly had moved and spread along the West Coast by March 2015. (Image provided by the NOAA/ESRL Physical Sciences Division at Boulder, Colorado)Scientists from up and down the West Coast are gathering in Seattle this week for a conference on a giant mass of warm ocean water that has lingered in the Northeast Pacific.Download AudioAfter over two years, the Blob may be dissipating. But its effects may last for years.The second Pacific Anomalies Workshop runs Wednesday through Thursday on the University of Washington campus.Washington state climatologist Nicholas Bond says scientists will discuss how The Blob is affecting marine life and climate, and what kind of impact El Niño is having on the warm water anomaly.“We’ll be able to figure out just what were some of these effects here, where were the surprises, and so forth. We plan to really try to figure out what’s really going here because it is a big deal for the ocean, and it’s a chance to learn how it all works.”This is the second conference on The Blob. The first was held last May in San Diego. Scientists tried to anticipate impacts on marine life and climate.Bond identified the increasing sea surface temperatures starting in October 2013 and coined the nickname The Blob.last_img read more

Ready to pay more Private schools to increase fees after Karnataka govt

first_imgIndian school children take part in a ‘Swachh Bharat Abhiyan’ cleaning campaign in Hyderabad on February 12, 2018.NOAH SEELAM/AFP/Getty Images [Representational Image]After the stipulation of minimum monthly wages, the private school fees are likely to witness a sheer hike in Bengaluru after the directive from the Department of Public Instruction (DPI).Even though the Associated Management of Private School in Karnataka (KAMS) has opposed the hike implemented by the government and has asked to withdraw its directive, many of the private schools are forced to increase their annual fees as to lower their burden over the increased salary payments.According to the new payment structure issued by the education department, the minimum wages for the teaching and non-teaching staff to be paid by the management are as follows:Teaching staffPrimary school teacher – Rs 25,800 per monthHigh school teacher – Rs 33,450 per monthNon-teaching staffFirst division clerk – Rs 27,650 per monthSecond division clerk – Rs 21,400 per monthD group employees – Rs 17,000 per monthIf the school management fails to adhere to the given set of instructions and does not pay the revised salary to its employee’s strict actions will be taken against the school.Though the school employees are happy about the revised salary package, the school authorities are planning on to make some of their extra-curricular activities optional as all the parents may not be able to bear the upgraded fees due to the hike in fees.According to the new directive, the school has to transfer the salary directly into their employee’s bank accounts. The rules are equally applicable for all unaided private schools, including the institutions following ICSE and CBSE syllabus.The department has also asked schools to put up flex boards of the reminders (with the measurement 6*10) with details of their updated fee structure outside the school. The schools will have to take a photograph of the same in an A4 format and submit it to the Cluster Resource Centre.last_img read more

Report DC Circulator Streetcar Deepen Racial Bias

first_imgAn Amalgamated Transit Union report released May 17 excoriates the District for using contractors to create the D.C. Circulator and the D.C. Streetcar, two premium transit services the report says deepen racial bias in the city.The Fool D.C. Twice: Why D.C. Must Abandon Private Sector Control of Public Transit}report alleges both systems cater to wealthy Whites and tourists, while relying on taxpayers – who don’t use the services – to subsidize them when rider expectations fall short.The ATU released a report that claims private sector control of the D.C. transit system is benefiting wealthy Whites. (Courtesy Photo)“These services tend to exacerbate existing patterns of inequality,” Michael McCall-Delgado, the union’s strategic researcher, said on a conference call with reporters. He added that the streetcar was specifically designed to hasten gentrification along the H Street corridor in the city’s Northeast quadrant.The report primarily focuses on labor issues, safety standard violations, and failures to meet stated ridership and service goals – matters the union says besieged both systems after the city contracted them to for-profit companies.The union has been against the privatization of bus routes, the Circulator and the Streetcar for some time. In 2013, the union was against privatization of the systems. The union’s initial complaint against privatization was job loss, rider dissatisfaction and loss of public input.The transit union supports mass transit and represents more than 190,000 transit and allied workers in the U.S. and Canada.It’s up to residents to demand that public officials implement a transportation system that serves the community, instead of one that “only subsidizes the leisure of city elites,” the report said. District riders should also tell city officials to stop attempting to save money by contracting services out to for-profit companies. The private sector becomes a barrier between city officials and riders that officials “hide behind” when things go awry, Delgado said.“Each one gets to use the other as a shield for what the other is supposed to be doing,” Delgado said.Essie Jackson lives in Anacostia and has cleaned offices at the U.S. Department of Housing for 14 years. She relies on the A8 bus to get her from her home to the Anacostia Metro station and then on the Green Line to take her to work. Jackson, 61, then takes the reverse route to get home.Officials from the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority should set the schedules so that the buses are waiting for riders as soon as they get off the train, she said. “They shouldn’t have to wait an hour and a half,” Jackson said.When the bus does come, it’s jam-packed with people, she said, forcing her to stand. She said she is already battling several injuries, is blind in her left eye, and is afraid of hurting herself if she falls on the bus.Ty Johnson, also a resident of Anacostia, wishes WMATA ran trains more frequently on the Green Line. She added that the ongoing Safe Track program on the Red Line frequently makes her late for her retail job in Friendship Heights. “It’s ridiculous how long the surges are,” Johnson, 27, said.Labor groups’ fight against privatization efforts within transit continued this week. On May 22, Metro Washington Council AFL-CIO held a news conference urging labor leaders to reject privatization and to endorse ATU Local 689’s proposal to stabilize and improve WMATA.Certain parts of the Fool D.C. Twice calls out the Circulator for serving an average census tract that is 15 percent Whiter and 18 percent less Black than the District’s population. The Circulator runs six routes that go through Georgetown, Navy Yard, DuPont Circle, the National Mall, Adams Morgan, Woodley Park, and others. It only costs $1 to ride. “The decision to run the Circulator in areas with a wealthier, Whiter population created a politically influential constituency for the service,” the report said. “This in turn has created pressure on local politicians to defend the service and expand it, even into neighborhoods that are already covered by the existing Metrobus network.”Meanwhile, three Metrobus lines already serve the rapidly gentrifying H Street corridor and transport more than 17,400 riders every weekday, according to the report. Those routes link commuters to job centers and serve residents living east of the Anacostia River in Wards 7 and 8, the report said.“These routes already provide broader service than the streetcar does with the added flexibility of being able to maneuver around obstructions,” the report said.According to the Washington Post article in July 2013, a privatization deal was supposed to include building a streetcar system in Anacostia and along H Street. To date, McDonald Transit Associates, the contractor behind D.C. Streetcar, has only completed the H Street streetcar system.First Transit, the contractor that operates D.C. Circulator, and McDonald Transit Associates did not respond to the AFRO’s requests for comment.Ron Holzer, a WMATA spokesman, cautions against condemning all contracts.To maximize efficiency while maintaining or enhancing service, General Manager Paul Wiedefeld’s has called for additional public sector support for Metro where it makes sense.  “With regard to Circulator, DDOT (District Department of Transportation) and WMATA are working cooperatively to improve the performance of this particular contract,” Holzer told the AFRO via email.Terry Owens, a DDOT spokesman told the AFRO via email that the agency continuously evaluates its transit services to determine where improvements can be made. He declined to comment further, saying he had not read the ATU report.Yet for all of WMATA’s problems, Jackson, who doesn’t drive, says she’s grateful for the system.“I thank God for Metro, because it takes me to where I need to go.”last_img read more

Sangeet Niketan celebrates 67th annual day

first_imgSangeet Niketan, one of the Delhi’s oldest and reputed institution, organised its 67th Annual Celebration at LTG Auditorium, recently. Dr Nandini Sharma, Councilor – MCD South Delhi, marked her presence as the chief guest of the event. Among the other guests, Hari Chand Verma, President, Jawahar Nehru National Yuva Kendra, Delhi, Mamata Chaturvedi, Medha Bhargava and Ashok Rai were spotted at the venue.The institute is known for imparting education in the field of classical dance and music. Speaking of the event, Chakarvarthy Ram Mohan Rai, Principal of the institution, told that staff and students of all three branches of the school (East Delhi, Old Delhi and South Delhi) presented a number of cultural programmes. Sangeet Niketan was established in 1950 by a famous artist Late Gulab Raito to promote classical dance and music in the country.last_img

Digital Pickpockets Are Now Targeting Your Smartphone

first_img Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 5 min read The scourge of viruses, Trojans and other malware has long been a familiar foe for desktop PC users. As iPhone users in China recently discovered, these digital nasties are no longer confined to traditional computers and are already a very real threat to the security of mobile devices, such as smartphones, tablets and wearables.Few smartphone owners seem to realize this risk, despite the fact that our smartphones have become a veritable treasure trove of digital booty — photos, passwords, emails and texts, location data and more. To enterprising malware engineers, scammers and bad actors, sneaking into a smartphone may be the ultimate jackpot. Consumers aren’t without options, however, and taking a few quick and easy precautions vastly decreases the risk of becoming a victim.Related: How to Protect Your Apple Devices From Getting Hacked Right Now1. A need for consumer awarenessBecause of their unique status as a digital catch-all, and the fact that smartphones are often used in locations that lack traditional safeguards such as firewalls, smartphones actually require more protective measures from malicious interlopers than PCs.And yet last year’s State of the Net by Consumer Reports found that just 7 percent of mobile phone owners use any form of encryption and little more than a third even bother using a PIN. That’s a terrible track record. No wonder then that McAfee Labs recorded a jump of malware samples on mobile devices by nearly 50 percent in just the first quarter of this year2. Apps too eager to ask permissionWhile the volume of malware is certainly alarming, what’s of particular concern is the manner in which it gets onto devices. In particular malware writers have begun targeting apps directly rather than going after devices. The result is that users blindly trust app stores and install apps that have been compromised, unwittingly infecting themselves in the process.This is made effective in large part due to overly aggressive apps that require far too many permissions to access user and device data than is logical or necessary. Take for example flashlight apps that needlessly demand the ability to perform a host of unwanted functions, like the ability to delete apps, track your location and even fiddle with your phone’s software. Games are the most popular downloads on app stores, and as a category are notoriously pushy with permissions that needlessly put users at risk.3. Desperate times call for commonsense measures.There is, unfortunately, no completely foolproof way of foiling all the malware all of the time. But by using a few simple and sensible precautions the vast majority of risks can be averted.Related: 4 Types of Mobile Monsters and What We Can Learn From Their Horror Stories4. Regularly update your phone’s software.The easiest, and most effective step you can take to protect your personal data is to install the periodic updates to your smartphone’s software. Besides adding features, they typically include crucial security fixes you won’t be able to get otherwise.5. Turn on provided security features such as device encryption and locate and lock.Your phone comes with a comprehensive array of free security tools. Enable them, and be familiar with their use such as how to locate a lost device and lock or even wipe it clean of data remotely.6. Be mindful of permissions.When you install an app, you grant it access to various types of information on your device, such as your contacts, your photos or your location. Before installing an app, look at the permissions it asks for and decline if it’s needlessly aggressive — why does that restaurant review app need access to your photos, for instance?7. Stick with official app stores.While malware-laden apps have on occasion slipped past the guards, consumers are far more protected from installing malicious apps and services when patronizing app stores from the big players — Amazon, Apple, Google, Microsoft — than ones from third-party stores or sites that aren’t accountable to anyone.8. Resist clicking on unknown links in texts and emails.Just like you would with oddball links in email messages, don’t click on a hyperlink in a text or email unless it’s from someone you know — and you’re expecting it. Better yet, protect yourself further by going into your settings on your mobile phone and turning off auto-download for MMS (multimedia) messages to prevent your phone from installing anything without asking first.Our mobile devices give us unprecedented connectivity, productivity and convenience. However, with cybercriminals ramping up their mobile skills, now more than ever, we need to be mindful of the risks and take the appropriate steps to protect ourselves as we enjoy the convenience they enable. Related: Apple Says It’s Cleaning Up the App Store After Its First Large-Scale Malware Attack Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. January 4, 2016 Register Now »last_img read more

It will cause chaos – part of this busy StokeonTrent road will

first_imgWant to keep up to date with the latest traffic and travel news?Each day Stoke-on-Trent Live journalists bring you the latest news on the roads and railways across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire, South Cheshire and further afield to help keep you on the move. For the very latest updates on roads including the M6, A500, A50 and more, visit our dedicated traffic and travel news channel here. We also run a live news feed each weekday, which you can access on our website’s homepage from 7am to 9pm from Monday to Friday. And for more as-we-get-it updates on the roads across the region and beyond, join The Sentinel’s traffic and travel Facebook group here.   The 44-year-old, of Leek New Road, said: “To be truthful it will be nice to have a bit of peace and quiet instead of ambulances and everything coming up and down. “As long as we still have access to get in and out of the drive, it will be quite nice to have a quiet road. There’s a grid that has sunken in the road and when lorries come past it can be noisy driving over it. So I’m quite glad that it’s happening, it will be a peaceful week and the pot holes will be fixed.” The road closure is set to be in place for up to nine days, but Stoke-on-Trent City Council hopes the work will be finished sooner. Councillor Daniel Jellyman, cabinet member for regeneration, infrastructure and heritage, said: “This is a key route in and out of the city which is used by thousands of motorists each day, and the work is another example of how we are improving roads in the city. “We’re carrying out the work overnight to minimise disruption for motorists, and the road closures and diversions will be clearly signed. The road closure is unavoidable due to the fact there will be workers and machinery on the road, and we have to ensure their safety and that of the public.”  Read MoreTop stories on StokeonTrentLive Punter found hiding in bushes Leek New Road in Cobridge “There is quite a lot of potholes that need doing, but so much traffic comes along this road. I think it’s the big lorries that come along that cause the most damage. “I can see the closure causing some chaos because it’s tail to tail along here normally so when it’s closed there will be problems but it’s something that’s got to be done really.” But Claire Edwards says she will look forward to the peace and quiet. Read MorePolice make two arrests as ‘injured’ driver and passenger flee A53 crash scene Dad slams ‘disgusting’ hospital window Leek New Road in Cobridge “The resurfacing is needed because the roads are not maintained at all. With it being such a busy road it gets a lot of heavy trucks and it just gets worse. “I’ve lived here for 12 years and this road has always been bad for pot holes. The road closures are a necessary evil, but if they did a good job of filling the pot holes in in the first place it wouldn’t need resurfacing. “They just stick tarmac on the pot holes and it just breaks away again.” Read MoreM6 closed due to ‘police incident’   Tom Harding, age 31, of Leek New Road, said: “It’s going to be annoying, my mrs will probably have to drive a different way. “It is needed though and it should have been done a long time ago. It will be a nuisance but it’s a necessary one. The roads have been bad since we moved here 18 months ago. “I’m glad something is finally being done, but we won’t know how much of a nuisance it’s going to be until it happens.” And Susan Gwynne, aged 67, said: “We don’t drive so it won’t be as much of an inconvenience to us but it will be to others. Traffic will be at a stand still. Police search for missing woman Get the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailMotorists are being warned of disruption as a busy road is to close for up to nine days for resurfacing. The works will take place on Leek New Road, in Cobridge, overnight from Monday June 10 with diversions in place from 7pm to 6am.  A section of road between Sandbach Road and Stanway Avenue will be resurfaced, with local traffic being diverted along Sandbach Road, Sneyd Hill and Hanley Road. Lorries will be diverted through Baddeley Green Lane, Leek Road, Greasley Road, Werrington Road, Bucknall New Road, Potteries Way and Waterloo Road. Residents have welcomed the resurfacing work but say it will inevitably cause traffic chaos.  Read More’My three-year-old’s been left in tears…’ – Hundreds of families ‘gutted’ after mindless yobs force circus out of North Staffordshire town   Glenn Denson, aged 35, of Leek New Road, said: “I work in an off-licence on Leek New Road and it will affect the business because we’re open until 8.30pm. People usually avoid these areas when they see road closures, so it might deter customers. “It will also impact on residents as well because it is a busy road. However, there’s bits of the road that are falling away and it’s an ongoing issue on Leek New Road. Driver named following fatal collision Follow StokeonTrentLive Download our app – You can download our free app for iPhone and iPad from Apple’s App Store, or get the Android version from Google Play.  Follow StokeonTrentLive on Facebook – Like our Facebook page to get the latest news in your feed and join in the lively discussions in the comments. Click here to give it a like! Follow us on Twitter – For breaking news and the latest stories, click here to follow SOTLive on Twitter. Follow us on Instagram – Featuring pictures past and present from across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire & South Cheshire – and if you tag us in your posts, we could repost your picture on our page! We also put the latest news in our Instagram Stories. Click here to follow StokeonTrentLive on Instagram.last_img read more

Enjoying the Wetlands Walk at Ingula in Ladysmith

first_imgEvery year, World Wetlands Day is celebrated in February as a means of raising awareness about the importance of wetlands and the critical role they play in our lives. This is particularly relevant right now in South Africa when one sees the crippling effects of a long drought.The upper site at Ingula, soon to be proclaimed as a nature reserve, consists of approximately 8000 hectares, several hundred of which are wetland. This provides the ideal location for people to enjoy a morning’s excursion in a stunning natural environment and learn about wetlands and their importance at the same time. It is also an opportunity to see firsthand the exemplary conservation work that Eskom is doing at Ingula.The Ingula Partnership – a 15-year-old partnership between Eskom, BirdLife South Africa and Middelpunt Wetland Trust – plays an important role in the environmental success story at Ingula.Also read: Ingula to host Wetlands WalkAlso read: Third unit operational at IngulaThe event has become a favourite among people from the area, growing in popularity year-by-year.The seventh annual Ingula Wetlands Walk was held on Saturday and was attended by a record-breaking 350 people.There were three walks to choose from: 3km, 5km and 12km.Each was led by an experienced and knowledgeable Eskom Environmental Officer (Jabulani Hlophe, Alastair Campbell and Solly Sibiya) who educated the walkers about the different types of wetlands and their water purifying, storage and flood control functions. These are all ‘ecological services’ provided to humans free of charge by Mother Nature!They were also able to share their knowledge of the abundant flora and fauna seen on the walks.Three primary schools participated and many new participants from all over the country enjoyed the walks for the first time.A group of 35 Sunday School children from Entokozweni were first-time walkers and really enjoyed the outing.As always, the day was really well organised by Peter Nelson, a senior manager from Eskom’s Environmental Division, and Fifi Meyer and Nonhlanhla Shezi from the Ingula Visitors Centre.The day was rounded off by an Eskom-supplied ‘goody-bag’ with snacks, water and an informative booklet about the Ingula Partnership. What a great way to learn about nature!Click to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or  for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there! WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsitelast_img read more

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first_img News | Enterprise Imaging | June 27, 2019 Ambra Health Announces Integration With Box Ambra Health announced an integration with Box to enable the sharing of medical imaging directly from within Box’s… read more News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | July 02, 2019 Konica Minolta Healthcare Partners With DiA Imaging Analysis for AI-based Cardiac Ultrasound Analysis DiA Imaging Analysis has partnered with Konica Minolta Healthcare Americas Inc. to expand analysis capabilities of… read more News | PACS | August 08, 2019 NetDirector Launches Cloud-based PDF to DICOM Conversion Service NetDirector, a cloud-based data exchange and integration platform, has diversified their radiology automation options… read more News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more Related Content March 13, 2015 — The U.S. Navy selected Carestream’s picture archiving and communications system (PACS) for use on its USNS Mercy hospital ship. The USNS Mercy, based out of San Diego, California, provides acute medical and surgical services for Navy, Army, Air Force and Marine forces deployed on land or sea throughout the world. The ship also provides medical services for humanitarian relief efforts and victims of disasters.USNS Mercy is the lead ship in her class of hospital ships operated by the U.S. Navy. The ship has 80 beds in its intensive care wards, 12 operating rooms and a total of 1,000 patient beds. Its medical staff provides comprehensive care that includes radiology imaging services, laboratory testing services, physical therapy and burn care.PACS systems are used by hospitals, clinics and medical practices to store, manage and access and share patient medical images and information. Carestream’s Vue PACS with native Vue Reporting is authorized for use in U.S. Navy medical facilities after meeting stringent product security requirements required by the Navy’s DIACAP (Department of Defense Information Assurance Certification and Accreditation Process) certification process. Carestream currently has the only PACS and reporting systems that are DIACAP-approved for use on a U.S. Navy network.The Vue Reporting module offers native voice recognition to streamline the reporting process and provides diagnostic results to radiology information systems or other PACS systems. The company’s Vue PACS can support multi-site reading of diagnostic exams and sharing of radiology information to help physicians determine the best treatment for each patient’s condition.For more information: www.carestream.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | March 13, 2015 U.S. Navy Selects Carestream PACS for USNS Mercy Hospital Ship Ship provides 1,000 patient beds, 12 operating rooms, comprehensive laboratory and radiology services News | PACS | July 02, 2019 Laurel Bridge and 3M M*Modal Partner to Improve DICOM Structured Reporting July 2, 2019 — Laurel Bridge Software announced an expanded relationship with 3M M*Modal, a provider of clinical docu read more Technology | Cybersecurity | August 07, 2019 ScImage Introduces PICOM ModalityGuard for Cybersecurity ScImage Inc. is bridging the gap between security and functionality with the introduction of the PICOM ModalityGuard…. read more News | Enterprise Imaging | July 29, 2019 Philips Announces 10-year Enterprise Informatics Agreement With Centre Hospitalier Régional Universitaire de Nancy Philips and Centre Hospitalier Régional Universitaire (CHRU) de Nancy, a leading academic hospital in the Grand Est… read more Technology | Enterprise Imaging | July 05, 2019 Hyland Healthcare Adds ImageNext Imaging Workflow Optimizer to Enterprise Imaging Suite Hyland Healthcare is launching ImageNext, a vendor-neutral imaging workflow optimizer that combines intelligent imaging… read more Feature | Information Technology | June 27, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr Smart Algorithm Extracts Data from Radiology Reports Radiology reports may contain information essential to figuring out a patient’s condition. read more News | PACS | June 26, 2019 Mini-PACS Solution for Image Management and Workflow Optimization ImageGrid Mini is a feature-rich, reliable and cost-effective image management and workflow optimization solution, pr read morelast_img read more

Refis Up Purchase Originations Down

first_imgRefis Up, Purchase Originations Down ATTOM Data Solutions Origination Refinance 2017-03-01 Staff Writer Purchases may be on the decline, but it seems refinances are bucking the trend. According to ATTOM Data Solutions’ Residential Property Loan Origination Report, refinance originations were up 20 percent in Q4 2016—totaling 883,836 and $246 billion. This is up 27 percent over the year.The top metro areas for refis were all on the West Coast: Olympia, Washington (up 108 percent); Spokane, Washington (77 percent); Boulder, Colorado (74 percent); San Diego (73 percent); and Eugene, Oregon (72 percent).A possible explanation for the sudden jump? According to Darn Blomquist, Senior Vice President at ATTOM, it could be buyers anticipating further rate hikes in the months to come. “The increase in refinance originations is surprising giving the rising interest rates in the fourth quarter,” Blomquist said, “but many homeowners may have been trying to lock in still relatively low interest rates before those interest rates rose further.”The already rising rates did seem to have an impact on overall purchase loan originations, though. Those totaled 595,000 in Q4, down 26 percent from Q3 and 12 percent from one year prior. For the year, purchase loans were down 1 percent from 2015. The biggest drops were seen in Naples, Florida (down 23 percent); Austin, Texas (20 percent); and Fort Collins, Colorado (19 percent). “On the other hand, rising interest rates did seem to have a chilling effect on homebuyers using financing,” Blomquist said, “as evidenced not only by the drop in purchase loan originations but also a corresponding rise in the share of cash buyers, drop in FHA buyer share, and a rise in the average down payment percentage in the fourth quarter compared to the previous quarter.”Purchase originations are declining for big banks, too. Wells Fargo saw a 5 percent decrease and JPMorgan Chase a 15-percent one. The top purchase loan originators for Q4 were Quicken Loans and Caliber Home Loans.Data for ATTOM’s Loan Origination Report is pulled from publicly recorded mortgage and deeds of trust across 950 counties in the U.S. To view the full report, visit RealtyTrac.com. March 1, 2017 566 Views center_img in Daily Dose, Headlines, Market Studies, Origination Sharelast_img read more

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first_img Top Stories Washington, for all his success on the field (he led the team with 140 tackles and nine sacks last season), is dealing with two separate issues off the field. In April, he was suspended the first four games of the regular season for violating the NFL’s Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse.A month later, he was arrested and charged with two counts of aggravated assault stemming from an alleged domestic violence incident involving his ex-girlfriend, who is the mother of his baby daughter. The case is pending and Washington was in court Tuesday morning.“He’s been real positive,” Caldwell said. “He understands that he has a situation to go through and that will take care of itself. He just has to be ready to put in the work, which he’s doing; and when he is able to play, be ready to go.”Because he’ll miss the first month of the season (and perhaps longer should the league act on his arrest), Washington has lost his job as starting inside linebacker.“It’s no different than running with the ones,” he said of working with the second unit. “I think we’re all still getting the same amount of reps. My attitude is positive. I’ll just be ready to go when I come back; hopefully it’ll be sooner than later. I’ll be ready to go. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires GLENDALE, Ariz. — It’s the last place you’d expect to see a Pro Bowl linebacker, running with the second team defense and listed third string on the depth chart.You do expect to see a Pro Bowl linebacker making plays, like Daryl Washington has done in recent days, including a spectacular one-handed interception during the Red & White practice Saturday.“He wanted to put on a show,” linebackers coach Mike Caldwell said. “He comes to work every day and does that. He wants to get better.” “It doesn’t bother me because I understand the situation. Not blaming anyone but myself. I take on the responsibility. But when I come back, I’ll have to just prove myself all over again.”Said head coach Bruce Arians, “I think he knows his mistakes. I’m fine with where he’s at right now.”And right now, Washington is behind Karlos Dansby and Reggie Walker, according to the release of the team’s initial depth chart.“I’m a pretty strong person,” said Washington, who is expected to see greater reps in the preseason. “I always try to take a negative situation and turn it into a positive. I think at the end it’s going to make me a stronger person, overall.” – / 13 0 Comments   Share   The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

Hugh Wilson director of Police Academy dead at

first_imgHugh Wilson, director of ‘Police Academy,’ dead at 74 NEW YORK, N.Y. – Hugh Wilson, an award-winning director and writer with a knack for broad and witty comedy whose credits ranged from the raucous film “Police Academy” to the popular sitcom “WKRP in Cincinnati,” has died at age 74.Wilson died Jan. 14 at his home in Charlottesville, Virginia. His wife, Charters Smith Wilson, told The Associated Press on Wednesday that he had been battling lung cancer and emphysema.Wilson was a Miami, Florida native and University of Florida graduate who worked for years and advertising and copywriting before he joined Mary Tyler Moore Productions in the mid-1970s. He was soon writing scripts for “The Bob Newhart Show” and “The Tony Randall Show” and in 1978 created “WKRP,” which drew upon Wilson’s time at a radio station in Atlanta. He later created such short-lived series as “Easy Street” and “Frank’s Place,” which starred “WKRP” actor Tim Reid and brought Wilson an Emmy for writing.He was also successful in movies. In 1984, he helped launch a franchise by directing and co-writing “Police Academy,” the satire starring Steve Gutenberg that became a box office smash despite being dismissed by Roger Ebert as “the absolute pits.” Wilson didn’t direct any of the inevitable “Police Academy” sequels, but instead worked on “Guarding Tess” and the hit comedy “The First Wives Club.” His most recent film was the baseball story “Mickey,” a 2004 release directed by Wilson and written by John Grisham.____Associated Press researcher Jennifer Farrar contributed to this report. by The Associated Press Posted Jan 17, 2018 1:24 pm PDT Last Updated Jan 17, 2018 at 2:00 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emaillast_img read more