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Top-half finish not bad for Leicester, says Marc Albrighton

first_imgLeicester City were never going to defend their Premier League title and a top-half finish would be fair reflection of club’s topsy-turvy campaign, winger Marc Albrighton has said.Leicester have struggled to repeat the heroics of last season and were only a point above the relegation zone before manager Claudio Ranieri was sacked and replaced by Craig Shakespeare in February.The interim manager has since led Leicester on an impressive run of form having picked up seven league wins in 10 games to move up to ninth in the standings.They also reached the Champions League quarter-finals in their first-ever campaign before losing to Atletico Madrid last month.”To expect us to go and win it a second year was a bit naive,” Albrighton told reporters. “We wanted to finish a bit higher than we will do but we’ve clawed it back from a bad situation.”If we can finish in the top half and with what we’ve achieved in the Champions League, I think we can say it wasn’t a bad season.”Meanwhile, full back Danny Simpson has backed Shakespeare to be promoted to full-time manager following their 3-0 victory of Watford on Saturday.Shakespeare, who has been part of the coaching staff at Leicester for eight of the last nine years, said last month that the board had involved him in its recruitment plans for the next campaign but a decision is yet to be made on his future.”He’s (Shakespeare) been great and he’s literally just gone back to basics. We all respect him… he’s obviously been there for years,” Simpson told Sky Sports.advertisement”I can’t see him changing and it’s been a good run since he took over. From the players’ point of view there’ll be no complaints but it’s up to the chairman, whatever he feels is right for the club.”last_img read more

Crystal Palace’s Jason Puncheon charged with assault and possession of weapon

first_imgnews Crystal Palace Topics Crystal Palace will decide whether to fine Jason Puncheon after the club captain was charged with assault and possession of an offensive weapon following a night out at the weekend.Puncheon, who was absent from the Palace squad which secured a first away victory in the Premier League since April against Leicester City on Saturday, was arrested in the early hours of Sunday morning following an incident in Reigate, Surrey. According to a report in the Sun, the 31-year-old became embroiled in a fight between two women at the Mishiko nightclub and was held in cells overnight before being released.A police spokesman said: “Jason Puncheon, 31, of Kingswood, has been charged with a Section 4 public order offence – causing fear or provocation of violence, possession of an offensive weapon and common assault.”The nightclub issued a statement that confirmed Puncheon attended the venue with friends but, after it had closed, door staff intervened in a fight in the street some 50 metres away and police were called. A police spokesman confirmed officers attended an incident at 2.20am but would not disclose further details.Puncheon, who did not travel to Leicester with the Palace squad on Saturday because of illness, is understood to have trained as normal on Monday, with the club yet to decide whether to punish him for his alleged involvement. He was released on bail and is due to appear at Guildford magistrates’ court on 5 January.Signed from Southampton in 2014 after a successful loan spell, Puncheon has fallen out of favour with the manager, Roy Hodgson, and has not played for Palace since he came on as a late substitute in their 2-2 draw with Everton on 18 November. Share via Email Share on Pinterest Share on LinkedIncenter_img Share on Messenger Share on Twitter Share on WhatsApp Share on Facebook Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Transpacific Is the Most Unpredictable Trade at Present

first_imgzoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license Service withdrawals and new tariffs sent Asia to West Coast North America container spot freight rates into hyper-drive from the end of July, but there could be a sting in the tail, according to the latest report by shipping consultancy Drewry.The Transpacific trade, the world’s largest deep-sea market, is currently the most unpredictable container trade which is once again a money printing factory for carriers. By the end of July, following earlier service suspensions ships were full, cargo was being rolled and carriers’ coffers were quickly filling up again.Drewry explained that the sudden cargo rush was attributed to US President Donald Trump’s imposition of new tariffs on a whole range of Chinese goods, which came into effect on September 24 and spurred American importers to bring forward supplies.“Unlike earlier rounds of trade tariffs from Washington, the list this time has a more visible impact on the US-China container trade as it includes more containerised consumer goods. Nonetheless, the rush to beat the September 24 deadline appears to have been slower than earlier anecdotal reports initially suggested.”Container shipments from Asia to the US increased in 3Q18 by 5% year-on-year to all coasts, but nothing like at the rate seen in 1Q18 ahead of the first tariff lists when annual growth was about 13%. For Asia to US West Coast specifically, volumes increased at a much slower rate than seen on both the East and Gulf coasts, rising by 2.5% year-on-year in 3Q18.“Reasons for the smaller than expected peak season spike could be that importers were already in possession of more stock following the earlier cargo stampede, and/or were less fearful of the impact the new tariffs would have due to a devaluation of the Chinese currency that almost matched the 10% hike in duties.”With US tariffs slated to be increased to 25% on January 1, 2019 “there is clearly scope for yet another artificially stimulated shipping season in November and early December.” However, Drewry said that there won’t be much left in the system for the early months of next year when carriers will depend on having a strong market to support negotiations for annual contracts, generally to be signed for May 1.“The extraordinary situation that the tariffs have created means that it is very difficult to pin down the underlying demand that exists in the Transpacific. Our rolling 12-month average suggests that it is fairly weak even with the stimulus provided by President Trump’s foreign policy.”“It would seem that carriers are banking on a prolonged cargo boom in the Transpacific,” Drewry said, adding that Maersk Line is reportedly about to phase two ships of 17,800 TEU into the 2M TP6/Pearl service serving Los Angeles exclusively that presently deploys 6 x 13,000 TEU units.“How long those ships, and indeed other smaller units, remain in the trade is an open question and will largely be decided by geo-politics over the coming months.”last_img read more

BC Greens seek stable minority government avoid triggering another election

first_imgVANCOUVER – The Greens want to avoid triggering another election in British Columbia after the final results left them in the historic position of holding the balance of power in a minority government, says the party leader’s press secretary.Jillian Oliver said B.C. voters have little appetite for another election and party leader Andrew Weaver’s priority is a stable minority government in which his third-place party supports either the Liberals or the New Democrats.“We’re going in this with the best of intentions to make this government work,” she said Thursday. “It’s not just about this point in time. This is a huge, historic opportunity to really break out of the two-party system that has failed British Columbia for so long.“We take it really, really seriously and we’re going to do everything we can to avoid (an election).”Oliver said negotiations are becoming more serious now that the final results on Wednesday confirmed the Greens hold three seats compared with the Liberals’ 43 and NDP’s 41. The party’s goal is to have an agreement by next Wednesday.Ben Chin, a spokesman for Premier Christy Clark, said there’s an “honest and constructive spirit of working together” in the discussions the Liberals have had with the Greens.Carole James, an NDP member of the legislature, said she is at the negotiating table with party leader John Horgan and she is confident they can reach an agreement with the Greens.“I’m optimistic and I think the public expects us to get this done,” said James, a former party leader.Political scientist Cara Camcastle of Simon Fraser University said if another election is held soon, voters might elect a NDP majority, which would mean the Greens lose their opportunity to influence government.But Oliver said the Greens motivation to avoid an election is not about losing support.“In this election our greatest obstacle was our viability. I think there’s so many people who still voted strategically,” she said. “I think what we see for the future is the Green party growing stronger as more people realize that it is possible to have a Green caucus.”Weaver has said his three deal breakers are official party status in the legislature, an electoral system based on proportional representation, and political fundraising reform.He has not publicly made stopping the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion and the Site C dam conditions for the party’s support as well, but Oliver said everything in the Greens’ platform is being discussed.“We have the strongest platform on environmental issues. He has really clear positions on both Site C and Trans Mountain, but nothing’s been decided yet,” she said.The Green leader’s top three demands show he is looking to secure his party’s future, said political scientist Gerald Baier of the University of British Columbia.“He actually is a long-term thinker. I think he sees the horizon — that they benefit from an election in three or four years, not an election in 18 months,” said Baier.“If you’re resetting the rules, either in terms of campaign finance or in terms of what the electoral system’s going to be, it’s good to give everyone a little time to settle into that. I think he sees it that way.”Proportional representation would benefit the Greens and potentially enable the party to get 10 or more seats, but it would hurt both the Liberals and NDP, said Baier.Horgan has said he would not change the electoral system without a referendum. Weaver has said his preference is to implement proportional representation and then after two elections hold a referendum on whether people want to keep it, said Oliver.But asked whether Weaver would consider a referendum, Oliver said it’s too early to say.“Everything’s on the table right now,” she said.James said the NDP would hold a referendum on proportional representation that would require the support of 50 per cent plus one and the party would campaign in support of the change, even though it would likely mean fewer NDP seats.“We believe that every vote should count and that it shouldn’t be about self-interest, it should be about representing the public.”— Follow @ellekane on Twitter.last_img read more

Morocco Sets Age of Domestic Workers at 16

Rabat – The commission of Justice, Legislation and Human Rights of the House of Councilors has resumed discussions over the domestic workers bill, according to news magazine Telquel.In the presence of Employment and Social Affairs Minister, Abdesalam Seddiki, parliamentarians discussed the bill and voted for 12 amendments out of the 21 available.The bill stipulates the signing of a compulsory contract between the employer and the domestic worker with an 8-day trial period in addition to the obtaining of a medical certificate that proves the employee’s good health. In an attempt to end the work of little maids, the bill stipulates, among other revisions, the prohibition of employing domestic workers under the age of 16.The first bill passed by the government in March 2013 called for a minimum age of 15. When consulted, the National Council for Human Rights had recommended in November 2013 that the minimum age should be set at 18. An opinion also shared by the Economic and Social Council.According to Telquel, the discussion are expected to resume on January 5th in order to discuss matters such as the minimum wage for the domestic workers, leave, severance pay, etc. Once voted, the text will be returned to the House of Representatives for adoption. read more

HPV Day 3388 Moroccan Women Diagnosed with Cervical Cancer Each Year

Rabat – On International HPV Awareness Day, the MENA Coalition for HPV Elimination and the Tunisian Center for Public Health launched new data on the growing rate of HPV and cervical cancer-related deaths in the MENA region.An interactive map shared with MWN shows that Morocco has some of the highest rates of deaths by cervical cancer. About 3.3 percent of women in the general Moroccan population are estimated to have “HPV type 16 or 18 at a given time, which causes approximately 79.4% of invasive cervical cancers in the country.” Cervical cancer is also one of the leading causes of cancer deaths among Moroccan women aged 15 and older. Each year, approximately 3,388 women find out they have cervical cancer.In 2018, about 2,465 women died of cervical cancer of the 13.2 million women in Morocco. The number of deaths caused by cervical cancer per year nearly doubled in the country between 2012 and 2018, increasing from 1,076 to 2,465.“If decisive action is not taken at the national level, annual deaths due to the disease will double again by 2040, reaching 4,570 deaths per year In Morocco.”Read Also: Report: 85,000 People Live in Modern Slavery in MoroccoIn terms of HIV, the human immunodeficiency viruses, Morocco had between 1,000 and 1,500 new HIV infections and between 500 and 1,000 deaths associated with AIDS in 2016, according to the same data.In 2017, there were between 2 and 4 new cases of HIV per 100,000 people.Meanwhile in the general MENA region, over 7,600 women died from cervical cancer in 2018. Many others died due to other HPV-related cancers, including vaginal, vulvar, penile, anal, mouth, and throat cancers, according to the latest data from the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC).The data also mentions the status of HPV vaccine which is the main protective measure against cervical cancer. People getting vaccinated should get the HPV vaccination before becoming sexually active.In the whole MENA region, Libya and the UAE are the only countries that have the HPV vaccine in their national immunization programs.Morocco introduced the HPV vaccination to eliminate cervical cancer in line with its 2025 health plan in 2015, and is still increasing efforts to expand health coverage and accessibility to vaccination. read more

SecretaryGeneral to appoint South African justice as next UN human rights chief

Ms. Pillay will succeed Louise Arbour of Canada, who completed her five-year term on 30 June. Since 2003, Ms. Pillay has served as Judge on the International Criminal Court (ICC), based in The Hague, Netherlands.Prior to that, she served – as both Judge and President – on the UN International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR), which she joined in 1995.Mr. Ban’s spokesperson said that Judge Pillay’s nomination was made at the end of “an extensive selection process” which included consultations with Member States and with the broad-based non-governmental organization (NGO) community.“The Secretary-General is committed to ensure that human rights remain high on the agenda of the Organization. He expects that the new High Commissioner will preserve the independence of her Office and will maintain effective working relations with the General Assembly and the Human Rights Council,” Michele Montas told journalists.Mr. Ban is “determined to fully support Ms. Pillay in carrying out her work, including with increased resources, as approved by the General Assembly,” she added. 24 July 2008Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has informed the General Assembly of his intention to appoint Judge Navanethem Pillay of South Africa as the new United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. read more

New school year has begun in Georgia but not all children back

19 September 2008Not all children in Georgia have been able to return to class even though the new school year began earlier this week, according to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), which is working to ensure access to education in the aftermath of last month’s conflict. The Caucasus country is still recovering from the fighting involving Georgian, South Ossetian and Russian forces that began on 8 August and uprooted some 192,000 people. Earlier this month, UNICEF, in partnership with the Government and other partners, launched a back-to-school campaign, ahead of the start of the new school year on 15 September.But the agency’s Robert Cohen told a news conference in Geneva today that only 143 out of the 220 schools in Tbilisi started classes, adding that many of the schools in the capital had not opened for classes because displaced persons were still living in them, or because repairs were being made. The students from those schools were being integrated into other schools, usually through a second shift system, he said. Most of the internally displaced persons (IDPs) who were not being sheltered in schools had been moved into kindergartens, and now all kindergartens in Tbilisi were occupied. The authorities said that all internally displaced schoolchildren – around 10,000 – would be in school by 1 October.Meanwhile, UNICEF has distributed to the authorities in Gori some 265 school-in-a-box kits and 235 recreation kits for 26,000 conflict-affected children in and around that Georgian town.Mr. Cohen added that a UNICEF team visiting villages in the buffer zone north of Gori yesterday had reported that schooling had not begun because the situation was not yet safe. The agency was working to get children back to school through the collection and distribution of textbooks, provision of school-in-a-box and recreation kits, improving hygiene in the schools and providing psychosocial support through teacher training. Also, mine-risk education had begun in communities in the Gori-Tskhinvali corridor. In a related development, the UN inter-agency humanitarian assessment mission that is visiting areas affected by the recent conflict has wrapped up two days of discussions in South Ossetia and has left for North Ossetia (Russia). read more

Sudan UN peacekeepers patrol site of deadly military clash

8 February 2011United Nations peacekeepers have positioned armoured personnel carriers and are patrolling an area in Sudan where units made up of Northern and Southern Sudanese troops clashed last week, killing 54 soldiers and wounding 85 others. “The United Nations urges the parties to remain calm and exercise caution,” spokesman Martin Nesirky told a news briefing in New York today, referring to the outbreak of violence in Malakal in Sudan’s Upper Nile State between 3 and 5 February. All movement restrictions at the Malakal airport, which was closed after the clashes, have been lifted, and it is now open for regular traffic, he said, adding that the situation is now relatively calm.The clashes erupted before yesterday’s announcement of the official results of January’s independence referendum in South Sudan, showing that an overwhelming majority opted for secession from what until now has been Africa’s largest country.In a joint statement issued today, the UN joined a dozen signatories in hailing the official results, a culminating point of the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) ending two decades of civil war between the North and the South that killed some 2 million people and drove an estimated 4.5 million others from their homes.As Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the panel he appointed to monitor the vote did yesterday, they called on both sides to reach lasting post-referendum arrangements on such issues as border security, citizenship, wealth-sharing, frontier demarcation, and popular consultations in the states of South Kordofan and Blue Nile.Also still to be decided is the issue of Abyei, an area straddling northern and southern Sudan, that was due to have voted in a separate but simultaneous referendum on which side it would join. But a referendum commission has yet to be established there, and there is still no agreement on who would be eligible to vote.“We emphasize our commitment to the establishment of long-term peace, security and prosperity for all of the people of Sudan,” the co-signatories said in the statement. “As witnesses to the CPA, we recognize the critical importance of continued close cooperation between the Northern and Southern Sudan and we underline our willingness to continue to provide international support.” The other signers were the African Union, Egypt, the European Union, the Intergovernmental Authority on Development, Kenya, Italy, the Arab League, Netherlands, Norway, Uganda, United Kingdom and United States. read more

As Haitians await results of election UN calls for calm and restraint

“The second round of the presidential and legislative elections has concluded in considerably better conditions than the first round despite some logistical and administrative problems and isolated acts of violence in certain departments,” the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) said in a news release.“MINUSTAH congratulates the Haitian people for the patriotic spirit, calm and discipline which they have shown,” it added, praising the efforts of the authorities to make the run-off credible and allow the popular will to be expressed. “The evident enthusiasm of the electorate is clear evidence of the importance Haitians attach to democracy.”Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon added his voice to the congratulations, and reaffirmed the UN’s commitment to continue helping Haiti build a prosperous future.“The United Nations was honored to support the Haitian people in exercising their right to choose their next Government, whose primary task would be to oversee the reconstruction of the country after the tremendous tragedies that have befallen it in the past year,” he said in a statement issued by his spokesperson, referring to the devastating earthquake, the hurricanes and cholera epidemic that have struck the country since January 2010.Former first lady Mirlande Manigat and popular musician Michel Martelly faced off in the presidential poll, which was delayed by two months when violence erupted after disputed first round results in December, when thousands of protesters rampaged through the streets of Port-au-Prince, the capital, accusing the ruling coalition of rigging them in its favour.Those results initially put Ms. Manigat and outgoing President Rene Préval’s party candidate Jude Celestin in first and second place, qualifying for the run-off, with Mr. Martelly less than one percentage point behind in third place, but thus excluded.His supporters set up burning barricades of timber, boulders and flaming tires. After a re-examination of the ballots, the Provisional Electoral Council last month announced that Mr. Martelly had come in second and would thus face Ms. Manigat. Results of the second round are not expected for several days. “While awaiting the end of the counting and the tabulation of ballots, MINUSTAH urges all candidates and their followers to show patience and restraint, thus giving an example of democracy, since it is the future of the country that is at stake,” the mission said.MINUSTAH, with almost 12,250 uniformed personnel currently on the ground, has been in the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere since mid-2004 after then president Jean-Bertrand Aristide went into exile amid violent unrest. 21 March 2011The United Nations peacekeeping mission in Haiti has called on all candidates in yesterday’s run-off presidential and legislative elections and their followers to show patience and restraint as they wait for the results of the vote, saying the future of the impoverished country is at stake. read more

Participants needed for Relay for Life

Luminaries are lighted at the Relay for Life in honour of those affected by cancer. Brock is hosting the Relay for Life on June 21 and is looking for participants for its team. Five good Samaritans are needed are for their endurance and their good will next week.Student Life and Community Experience is looking for handful of volunteers to round out the team of 10 runners and walkers it’s organizing for the Relay for Life on June 21.The event, which happens on campus from 7 p.m. June 21 to 7 a.m. June 22, is organized by the Canadian Cancer Society. It kicks off with a lap for cancer survivors and also includes the lighting of luminaires at 10 p.m. to honour those affected by the disease.Activities and entertainment are on the bill all night to help keep participants going during the 12-hour relay. Movies, dinner, a snack and breakfast are also provided.To get involved or learn more, visit Relay for Life and search for Brock University. There is a $10 registration fee and participants must raise $100 in donations.Donations and luminary purchases ($5 each) can also be made online or in person at the SLIC office in MC A 204. read more

Donor support helps UN agency continue Humanitarian Air Service across Sudan

“We are very grateful to UNHAS donors who have been keen to see it continue its services to humanitarian workers who need to reach remote communities they serve across Sudan,” said WFP Representative and Country Director Adnan Khan in a statement.Timely contributions from the Common Humanitarian Fund (CHF), the European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection department (ECHO), and the governments of the United Kingdom, Sweden and Switzerland ensured that WFP, which manages UNHAS, continued to provide a “vital service” to humanitarian staff in the country until the end of 2015, the agency underlined.UNHAS is primarily funded by donor contributions in addition to nominal fees paid by passengers. In 2015, UNHAS was also supported by funds from the governments of the United States, Germany and Canada.The service was established in Sudan in 2004 to provide reliable passenger and light cargo service to the humanitarian community there. Currently, UNHAS serves 100 organizations, including UN agencies and humanitarian partners.The humanitarian air service relies on a fleet of six aircraft – two fixed-wing aircraft and four helicopters – based in Khartoum, Nyala, El-Fasher and Geneina. While the fixed-wing aircraft provide air shuttle services from Khartoum to the three Darfur state capitals, the helicopters facilitate humanitarian travel to areas that are inaccessible by road, either due to insecurity or to poor road conditions.On average, UNHAS transports 3,500 passengers and 20 metric tons of light cargo each month to more than 40 locations in Sudan. It also provides medical and security evacuations when needed. read more

Shakespeare may have been gay says artistic director of RSC

first_imgGregory Doran, the Artistic Director of the Royal Shakespeare Company William Shakespeare may have been gay, the artistic director the Royal Shakespeare Company has suggested, and directors can no longer hide the sexuality of his homosexual characters.Greg Doran on Friday dipped into the long-running debate on the Bard’s sexuality, saying he believed it had given Shakespeare an outsider’s insight which had helped his work.Mr Doran, who took over artistic control of the RSC in 2012, said it was “no longer acceptable” that performances should conceal the sexuality of Shakespeare’s gay characters. Gregory Doran, the Artistic Director of the Royal Shakespeare CompanyCredit:Jay Williams Debate over Shakespeare’s sexuality has raged for decades among scholars.Mr Doran told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “I guess a growing understanding of Shakespeare as I have worked with him over the many years that I have, makes me realise that his perspective is very possibly that of an outsider.“It allows him to get inside the soul of a black general, a Venetian jew, an Egyptian queen or whatever and that perhaps that outsider perspective has something to do with his sexuality.”The key clues to understanding Shakespeare’s sexuality were in his sonnets, Mr Doran said. He said: “He wrote a cycle of 154 sonnets, which were published in 1609, and 126 of those sonnets are addressed to a man and not to a woman.”center_img Mr Doran said academics had found “a process of hetereosexualisation of those sonnets during the Victorian period”, where the pronouns in them were changed.He said: “It wasn’t somehow quite kosher for the great national bard to possibly have affections for his own sex and therefore that process, to kind of whitewash through the sonnets.“I am just aware how many times Shakespeare has gay characters, and how sometimes those gay characters are not played as gay, and I think in the 21st century that’s no longer acceptable.”Mr Doran said the character of Antonio in The Merchant of Venice is “absolutely clearly in love with the young man Bassanio and sometimes that is kind of toned down”.Their love had been wrongly portrayed as “we chaps are very fond of each other”.He went on: “It’s not, it’s clearly a very particular portrait of a gay man and I think in the 21st century it’s no longer acceptable to play that as anything other than a homosexual.”The debate over Shakespeare’s sexuality erupted three years ago when leading scholars clashed in the letters page of the Times Literary Supplement about the issue.Sir Brian Vickers triggered the spat by criticising a book suggesting sonnet 116 appeared in a “primarily homosexual context”. He said it was an “anachronistic assumption” because Shakespeare was using a form of rhetoric that allowed men to express love without implying sexual attraction.Sir Stanley Wells, a Shakespeare expert at the University of Birmingham, last night (FRI) told the Telegraph: “Shakespeare was certainly not exclusively gay.“He married Anne Hathaway when he was only 18 and they had a daughter, Susanna, within six months, then twins – a boy, Hamnet and a girl, Judith.“But he was pretty certainly bisexual, and actively so. The strongest evidence comes from the sonnets, in some of which he writes of a triangular relationship with a man and a woman. Some people claim that these poems are fictional, but I think this is an evasion.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Black Friday shoppers could lose £30 million as hackers target those with

More than £16 million was lost in the run up to Christmas last year Shoppers could lose a record £30 million to online fraudsters this weekend as criminals plan their biggest ever Black Friday bonanza, according to security experts.Millions of bargain hunters are expected to go online to take advantage of generous Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales as the Christmas shopping season gets into full swing.But specialists based at GCHQ have warned that this year could see the largest ever wave of online fraud as criminals seek to take advantage of lax security by people shopping online.In 2017 consumers reported losing a total of £16 million in the run up to Christmas, a 45 per cent rise on the previous year.More than 15,000 people contacted the City of London Police’s Action Fraud centre to report having been ripped off, equating to a loss of more than £1,000 each. Black Friday is followed by Cyber Monday with shoppers offered large discounts Ross Brewer, vice president at cyber security firm, LogRhythm, said hackers were like “wolves in sheep’s clothing”. Black Friday is followed by Cyber Monday with shoppers offered large discountsCredit:Julian Simmonds More than £16 million was lost in the run up to Christmas last yearCredit:Julian Simmonds Hackers target people with weak passwords He said: “In only a few short years, Black Friday has become a significant event in the British retail calendar, effectively stretching out the Christmas shopping period by a couple of weeks.”However, it’s important to realise that retailers are not the only parties that profit on Black Friday. As merchants’ email marketing campaigns ramp up ahead of and during the Black Friday weekend, cybercriminals will also spring into action.”Like wolves in sheep’s clothing, thousands of phishing emails offering bogus discounts will make their way into inboxes amongst genuine offers, with cybercriminals hoping the recipient will click on a malicious link.” Hackers target people with weak passwords But it is though 2018 will prove an even bigger pay day for criminals, who are becoming ever more skilled at hacking into people’s online accounts.Many victims of fraud and hacking do not bother reporting the offence to the police, either through embarrassment or because they are able to recover their losses from banks.Some estimates have put the figure for this year’s losses as high a £30 million, with tens of thousands of unwary shoppers likely to fall victim. Hackers operate in a variety of ways but often rely on consumers simply failing to adequately secure their accounts with complex passwords.Dr Ian Levy, the technical director of GCHQ’s National Cyber Security Centre, said shoppers should think twice about what information to give online stores, especially when answering security questions.He said: “It might be a legitimate thing to ask, it might not be malicious, but it’s just not worth taking the risk.”If they are using this for your account security they won’t care what you put in. So don’t give them your mother’s maiden name. Give them the name of your first cat. “If it’s a criminal and they try and use your first cat’s name as your mother’s maiden name they are not going to get very far.” And he also warned against signing up for accounts with retailers when shopping, advising people to use the guest option when going to the check-out.He said: “Try not to make an account. Unless it’s an existing relationship you’ve got with a retailer, where you want to buy stuff from them long term, I wouldn’t bother making an account just for this weekend.”Unless you have to give a retailer all your personal information I wouldn’t, because if they are not holding it, the next time they are breached they can’t lose your data.”Earlier this week the online retail giant Amazon suffered a major data breach that caused customer names and email addresses to be disclosed on its website.The company later issued a statement saying the problem had been fixed and those affected had been informed. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

PHOTO STORY Brazilian golden dream

← Previous Story World Best Player 2012 Zsuzsana Tomori awarded in Belgrade Next Story → WORLD’S BEST LEFT WING (W) 2013? After many years of investments Brazilian handball team finally have found the way to the semi-final. After WWCH 2011 at home court and Olympic Games in London, dream about the medal coming true…PHOTO: DRAGAN ZABUNOVIC 12► brazil handball [Show slideshow]

Zipbuds Keep Your Headphone Cables Untangled

first_imgEveryone’s been there: you pull out your phone or your media player, and then you pull your headphones or earbuds from your pocket or bag only to find the cables are all tangled and knotted in a way that shouldn’t physically be possible. With the tangle-resistant Zipbuds by DGA, you can finally get a pair of earbuds that won’t get tangled the instant you put them back in your bag. The Zipbuds are available now for $39.99, include multiple noise-isolating ear tips, and most importantly feature a zippered, cross-stitch nylon casing that you can zip or unzip depending on how much slack you want in the cable. The zippered cable can be zipped all the way up to reduce slack, or for travel purposes, essentially making it a single cable that won’t get tangled or knotted.  DGA also says that a version with an in-line microphone for cell phones is on the way soon.last_img read more

Hackers Stole Traveler Photos From US Border Patrol

first_imgA data breach of U.S. Customs and Border Protection has exposed the photos of people and vehicles traveling in and out of the country.Images transferred to a subcontractor’s network were reportedly stolen in what the CBP called a “malicious cyberattack.”“[We] learned that a subcontractor, in violation of CBP policies and without CBP’s authorization or knowledge, had transferred copies of license plate images and traveler images collected by CBP to the subcontractor’s company network,” the agency said in a statement published by TechCrunch.“Initial information indicates that the subcontractor violated mandatory security and privacy protocols outlined in their contract,” it continued.The subcontractor has not yet been named.Discovered late last month, the security incident affected “fewer than 100,000 people” in a “few specific lanes at a single land border” over a period of a month and a half, according to TechCrunch.“No passport or other travel document photographs were compromised and no images of airline passengers from the air entry/exit process were involved,” a spokesperson told the news site.CBP’s networks were not affected by the breach—which comes just weeks after government contractor Perceptics, the “sole provider” of license plate readers at U.S. land borders, was allegedly hacked, and its data dumped on the Dark Web.It’s unclear whether the two incidents are linked. The Washington Post, however, noted that a Microsoft Word document containing the CBP’s statement included “Perceptics” in the title.The Customs bureau claims that “none of the image data has been identified on the Dark Web or Internet.”Neither the CBP nor Perceptics immediately responded to Geek’s requests for comment.More on Customs Installing Facial Recognition Cameras at Texas-Mexico BorderMassive Data Breach Leaks 772M Emails, 21M PasswordsHow to Lose Friends and Alienate People: Breach Personal Privacylast_img read more

WWE attendance 123127 live events and TV tapings

first_img Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Pinterest Clash of Champions Highlights: Luke Harper returns, Rollins/Strowman, Becky against Sasha WWE attendance figures from December 3 to December 7, 2015.* 12/3 NXT live event in Orlando, Florida: 350 fans (sellout).* 12/4 live event in Johnson City, Tennessee: 5,500 fans.* 12/4 NXT live event in Largo, Florida: 300 fans (sellout).* 12/5 NXT live event in Citrus Springs, Florida: 225 fans.* 12/5 live event in Fayeteville, North Carolina: 3,400 fans.* 12/6 live event in Charlotte, North Carolina: 5,200 fans.* 12/6 live event in Florence, South Carolina: 3,500 fans.* 12/7 RAW TV tapings in North Charleston, South Carolina: 7,700 fans.Source: The Wrestling Observer NewsletterRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipSeth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate OccasionsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:02Loaded: 100.00%0:02Remaining Time -0:28 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Now Playing Up Next Kurt Angle Joan Jett Set To Perform Ronda Rouseys Entrance At WrestleMania 35 Videos Articles Roman Reigns is in Remission WhatsApp Google+ Twittercenter_img Now Playing Up Next Live Podcast: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Seth Rollins Cesaro Videos Articles Ronda Rousey On WWE: I Love This Job, But I Dont Need It Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Facebook Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Wrestleview Live #65: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Ronda Rousey Highlighting WWEs Problems Videos Articleslast_img read more

Hudsons Bay senior dies in crash 3 days before graduation

first_img Three days before she was supposed to graduate high school, an 18-year-old Vancouver woman was killed after being struck by a bus in downtown Portland. Monserrat Hernandez-Garcia was identified Monday as the pedestrian killed in the collision Sunday afternoon. She was a senior at Hudson’s Bay High School, which is celebrating graduation Wednesday.Hernandez-Garcia was struck by an Amtrak charter bus at the intersection of Northwest Sixth Avenue and Northwest Glisan Street, according to the Portland Police Bureau. The preliminary information showed the bus was traveling west on Glisan Street and turned north onto Sixth Avenue, striking Hernandez-Garcia. The intersection is two blocks from Portland Union Station, the Amtrak train and bus station.Police say the driver of the bus, Charles Atarashi, 68, of Portland, was not impaired and has cooperated with investigators. No citations or charges have been issued in the case, though it remains under investigation, police said.Portland police Sgt. Pete Simpson said that details, including whether Hernandez-Garcia was in a crosswalk, are part of the investigation.Grief counselors are at Hudson’s Bay High School this week to talk with students and staff, said Amanda Richter, a spokeswoman for Vancouver Public Schools. A photo taken from Monserrat Garcia’s Facebook page.last_img read more

Black phones are boring but sell Yet for brands color still matters

first_img Sep 1 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? Over in China, Huawei said also leaned into color to attract the attention of women and youth. “We need to make sure our color range [is] more approachable to the female consumer and also a more younger demographic,” he said, adding that Huawei wants to appeal to buyers who embrace fashion, something a black phone can’t do.Aren’t you just going to put a case on it anyway?Any time I gush over a phone color or design, someone (usually CNET editor David Carnoy) quickly retorts, “Who cares? You’re just going to put a case on it anyway.” He isn’t wrong, and you really should use a case and glass screen protector to shield your phone, even if just to preserve its resale or trade-in value. But in the decision-making process, that logic might matter less.1783oppo-find-x-edited Angela Lang/CNET “People want to protect their precious phones,” said Huawei’s Kim, a former Samsung product designer before moving to Huawei. “But when they make their purchase decision, we really need to put out … an attractive product,” Kim said, adding that changing out cases is another way to express your style. Maybe phone colors are like fancy lingerie: Who cares if nobody else sees it? You know it’s there.Black is boring, but it sellsWhile colorful phones are exciting to look at, the reality is that they’ll never outsell black, white and gray. Huawei’s Kim knows this, acknowledging that the P20 Pro’s Twilight color, a blue-pink-purple gradient, can’t surpass black. “[The] Twilight color has been very popular,” he said. “But … really, really the final sale, the neutral color really sells more.Google knows this, too, which is why its Not-Pink Pixel 3 veers more toward beige than bubble gum or rose. Now playing: Watch this: Owning a brightly colored phone says something about you, the buyer. “It makes your phone much more unique, and personalizes the phone,” Kahn said. It can also prove to others that you’re riding the latest trend. “That makes a different reason to purchase.”Standing out from the crowdhuawei-mate-20-pro-0041The Mate 20 Pro has a striking look. Josh Miller/CNET Dazzling you for the sake of self expression is one thing, but don’t forget the competitive edge. Huawei’s P20 Pro, Mate 20 Pro and Honor View 20 are bullish about eye-popping gradients and patterns in part to separate the brand from its rivals.”We had a lot of disadvantage because we’re not a well-known brand to consumers [compared to] our other competition, which is bigger and better recognized in the industry,” said Joonsuh Kim, the chief design officer of Huawei’s consumer business, which includes phones.He’s referring to Samsung here, the world’s largest smartphone maker. But make no mistake, Huawei is no seedling startup. Last year it ousted Apple to become the planet’s second biggest phone brand, and it plans to take Samsung’s crown by 2020. While Samsung admitted to slower sales in 2018 (Apple did, too), Huawei announced that its shares were rising: 200 million units sold by the end of 2019. Its investment in flashy phones seems to have paid off.Samsung, for its part, has sold phones in every color of the rainbow, the most recent being a deep blue Galaxy Note 9 with a sunny yellow stylus to go with it. It popped. See All 28 Photos Yep, the Galaxy S10 leaked again reading • Black phones are boring, but sell. Yet for brands, color still matters • 6 “We wanted to make sure we have something classic and conservative, something light and fresh, and Not Pink [is] a little bit of a statement while also being neutral,” Olsson said, adding that Google’s design team worked on the color for 2 and a half years, holding back because it deemed it world-unready until now.”What’s great about Not-Pink is that it has that specific appeal, but isn’t gender-specific,” Olsson said.A sign of slowing tech?There’s one other reason why smartphone brands might gravitate toward colorful cases rather than neutral tones. Phones aren’t wearing out as fast as manufacturers want them to, and customers are holding on to them longer. Technology has slowed, giving buyers less of a reason to upgrade.At this point, the classic marketing move for any industry is to change up the color palette each year to entice you with a fashion statement you just have to have or else you’ll die.iphone-xs-iphone-xr-iphone-xr-max-7A little color goes a long way. Angela Lang/CNET “If you’re not going to improve on the tech significantly, you frequently see a move to design and aesthetics,” said Kahn, pointing out that the same thing happened with wired telephones in the 1980s, luring in kids with princess-themed, neon and translucent phones. The tech didn’t change much, but the packaging did.Things in 2019 are different. Samsung is set to announce its first foldable phone on Wednesday, poised to be followed by a rush of folding phone designs from competitors like Huawei, LG and Xiaomi. Phones with 5G connectivity will also start to crop up this month at MWC, the world’s largest phone show. And phones with three or more rears cameras are also about to take aim, shaking up a flat landscape with tantalizing possibility, whether it all pans out or not.Will color continue to play a leading role for mainstream devices? Will daring foldable phones like Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy X/Galaxy F/Galaxy Fold come in only black? Whatever happens, it’s a sure bet that phone makers won’t give up the need to find a competitive edge any way they can.”We always want to be the pioneers in the industry. We need to move on to the new thing,” Kim said of Huawei. “We’re not going to stay where we’re at right now.”First published Feb. 16, 4 a.m. PT.Update, Feb. 16 at 7 p.m.: Updates article throughout.March 2 at 10:54 a.m. PT: Corrects spelling of Barbara Kahn. Pixel 3 in Not Pink is pretty accurate. Shot with things that are actually pretty pink, and things that are actually pretty white #madebygoogle #Pixel3 @CNET— Jessica Dolcourt (@jdolcourt) October 9, 2018center_img 3:49 Share your voice Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it The Galaxy S10 in Canary Yellow and Flamingo Pink. The foldable Galaxy Fold in Martian Green. OnePlus 6T in Thunder Purple. The list goes on. Every sales figure and expert tells us that people buy phones for their camera, battery and screen. But any product designer or marketer will tell you that color and finish matter, too.Just think. If color were inconsequential, why bother coming up with fancy names like Jet Black, Phantom Blue and Prism White, rather than simply black, blue and white? Why even have white at all?”Color has always been a very important visual element,” said Barbara Kahn, professor of marketing at The Wharton School. “It’s something people notice right away.”The OnePlus 6T in Thunder Purple. Angela Lang/CNET Shelf appeal is important when selling any product. It’s what gets a thing noticed. But a colorful phone can be personal and meaningful as well.”Color gives us joy in our lives,” said Isabelle Olsson, who helped lead the team that designed the Pixel 3 in Not-Pink. I hear echoes of Marie Kondo’s treatise on sparking joy. “We’re craving something new,” she added, not just “black, glossy boxes.”Apple is a good example of this philosophy. For years, the most “special” iPhone colors have been white, gold, rose gold and jet black, all fairly neutral tones. Only with the cheaper iPhone XR and iPhone 5C did it let its hair down with bold blue, yellow and coral choices to offset the polished stoicism of the higher-end iPhones. The one exception: the special-edition red iPhone, born of a partnership with the nonprofit Product RED charity. Honor View 20’s hypnotic colors will make your jaw drop Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 Apple Comments Phones Tags Google Huawei LG Samsung Applelast_img read more

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