Month: July 2019

€100000 to be allocated to researchers and entrepreneurs

first_img SharePrint A total of €100,000 is being allocated to researchers and entrepreneurs following the annual launch of the TAKEOFF Seed Fund Award (TOFSA) on the 12th of April.Entrepreneurs working on ideas for innovative products or services shall be eligible for Seed Funds to assist them in taking their first customer or investment. The past five cycles of TOFSA have aided 25 start-ups and 15 proof-of-concept projects some of which have developed into successful ventures, the Rector of the University of Malta, Prof Alfred J. Vella said.Workshops will to explain the application process and how to draft a proposal will be held on 2nd May for University researchers, and on the 24th of April for entrepreneurs.The funds will be awarded through a process whereby the best applications will be shortlisted for a presentation in front of a panel of judges.  Award winners will also receive mentoring and support for their endeavours through TAKEOFF and the Knowledge Transfer Office.Minister for the Economy Dr Chris Cardona said that there are many successful stories originating from TOFSA, and the visions of researchers are becoming a commercial reality.The deadline for submission of written applications for the 2019 edition of TOFSA is Monday 27th May at noon.This project is a joint investment between the Ministry for Small Businesses and the University of Malta. It is also supported by the University’s Knowledge Transfer Office, TAKEOFF Business Incubator, and the Centre for Entrepreneurship.Last October, the Minister for Tourism announced that the Maritime sector will also be benefiting from more funds for researchers and entrepreneurs through the Seed Funds.Read: Funds for research and entrepreneurship in the maritime sectorWhatsApp <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more

More than 155 million Indians go to polls in second phase of

first_imgVoters line up to cast their votes outside a polling station during the second phase of general election in Amroha, in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, India, April 18, 2019. REUTERS/Anushree FadnavisVoters line up to cast their votes outside a polling station during the second phase of general election in Amroha, in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, India, April 18, 2019. REUTERS/Anushree Fadnavis Voters across swaths of southern India began queuing up early on Thursday in the second phase of a mammoth, staggered general election in which opposition parties are trying to stop Prime Minister Narendra Modi from winning a second term.More than 155 million people are eligible to vote in the second phase, which covers 95 parliament constituencies in 12 states including parts of restive Jammu and Kashmir. India’s parliament has 545 members.The focus will be on the southern states of Tamil Nadu and Karnataka, where the main opposition Congress party and its allies need to win big if they hope to oust Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).The BJP secured a landslide majority in the previous general election in 2014, in part by winning sweeping victories in six northern states that gave the party 70 percent of all its seats, said Neelanjan Sircar, an assistant professor at Ashoka University near the capital, New Delhi.“You can never expect you’ll do that again,” he said. “Those seats that you lose, you’ll have to make up somewhere.”Sircar also said the BJP would be looking to make gains in Karnataka.The election began last week and will end next month in a giant exercise involving almost 900 million people. Votes will be counted on May 23 and the results are expected the same day.Modi and the BJP have run an aggressive campaign, playing to their nationalist, Hindu-first base and attacking rivals they accuse of appeasing minorities.Critics say such divisive election rhetoric is a threat to India’s secular foundations.“Communal polarisation is obviously the biggest issue for me,” said Rakesh Mehar, who voted in Karnataka’s capital, Bengaluru. “And the growing intolerance in the country is what worries me the most.”A firebrand Hindu ascetic from the BJP who governs northern Uttar Pradesh was banned from campaigning for a few days because of anti-Muslim comments, India’s election commission said on Monday.The Congress party is focusing on concerns about rising unemployment and agrarian distress and is staking it campaign on a promise for a generous handout to India’s poorest families.Voters in Bengaluru, once a sleepy retirement town that has been transformed into India’s technology hub, said they wanted lawmakers who would fix infrastructure problems such as traffic congestion and poor water management.“We have been voting every time expecting a change but nothing has come so far. People are talking about national issues,” said Manjunath Munirathnappa. “But only when they fix the local issues will there be progress in the nation.”WhatsApp SharePrint <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more

Updated No one is above the law in cases of sexual abuse

first_img <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> SharePrint Archbishop Charles Scicluna said that the document issued by Pope Francis was not only important but was also a clear procedural guide on how to take action when abuse is brought to light. He said that the letter is based on the principles of transparency and accountability as well as empowerment to the communities when the ecclesiastical powers fail to act.Read Also: Pope issues sweeping decree holding bishops accountable for sex abuse or cover upsArchbishop Scicluna was referring to an executive decree issued by Pope Francis on the sexual abuse to minors. The executive decree’You are the Light of the World’ underscores the need for accountability on the part of adults for their care of young and vulnerable people. Archbishop Scicluna said that the Motu Propriu was also innovative in that the term ‘vulnerable person’ was actually being defined. There is also a universal obligation to denounce abuse accompanied by a universal protection of whoever reports such abuse. Archbishop Scicluna said that the document also obliges each diocese to have structures in place to assist not only the reports but also structures to assist the abused and their families to come to terms with the situation and continue with their lives.‘No one is above the law’Archbishop Scicluna said that the second part of the document outlines the way the upper echelons of the church can be investigated. This is an innovation, he said and is meant to give a strong message that there is no immunity in case of abuse and that the leaders are not protected by cannon law. “The Bishops fall directly under the responsibility of the Pope and the message is clear – no one is above the law” said Archbishop Scicluna. The jurisdiction of the state is not being interfered with or tampered with in any way and those are to proceed independently. He said that the Bishops will be given all the help they require from the Vatican given that the work in these cases is not easy at all. He said that the Pope Francis wants people to speak up when there is a misdeed, the information must be protected and the victims must be helped to overcome the abuse.Bishop Juan Ignacio Arrieta Ochoa de Chinchetru, said that this executive decree, also called a Motu Proprio is a procedural document and gives clear outlines on how canon law needs to be followed in cases of abuse. The document refers also to the position of Bishops both when they are accused of abuse as well as when they have to deal with abuse in their diocese. He also gave a detailed explanation of the document. “This document is very important in that it gives a clear outline in the way the information is to be collected, safeguarded and acted upon” said Bishop ArrietaWhatsApplast_img read more

Telkom Kenya Performing Below Expectations

first_imgAdvertisement Barre did not anticipate the current telecoms sector climate to produce major changes in the near future. “Our performance has been below expectations,” says Barre.Telkom Kenya used to be the only telecommunications company with a profitable monopoly, but in recent years the company has been struggling due to the country’s price wars that knocked down the telecom operators’ profits. Currently France Telecom owns about 51% of Telkom Kenya.Barre says the current business climate in Kenya has hurt the company’s prospects for profits ahead of 2013. “When we took over Telkom Kenya, which was in bad shape, we anticipated breaking even in three years, but we have now realised it will take longer,” says Barre. – Advertisement – Telkom Kenya announced the appointment of Eddy Njoroge, a top businessman in Kenya as the new chairman. Part of his role will be to turn Telkom Kenya’s profits around and bring the company back to its former position.Source: itnewsafricalast_img read more

Internet providers to begin warning customers who pirate content

first_imgAdvertisement The Center for Copyright Information says a new system will warn users when accounts are used to illegally download contentIt is about to get a bit more difficult to illegally download TV shows, movies or music online.A new alert system, rolling out over the next two months, will repeatedly warn and possibly punish people violating digital copyrights. The Copyright Alert System was announced last July and has been four years in the making.If you use AT&T, Cablevision, Comcast, Time Warner, or Verizon as your Internet service provider, you could receive the first of one of these notes starting in the next two months. – Advertisement – The Internet provider is delivering the message, but the legwork is being done by the copyright owners, which will monitor peer-to-peer networks such as BitTorrent.They use a service called MarkMonitor, which uses a combination of people and automated systems to spot illegal downloading. It will collect the IP addresses of offenders, but no personal information. The IP addresses are turned over to the Internet providers, which will match up the address with the right customer and send the notification.The warning system is described as a graduated response. First the Internet provider will let the customer know that their Internet connection is being used to download content illegally. The note will include information to steer them away from their life of crime, including tips on how they can download content legally.There will also be tips on securing Internet connections, just in case you were unaware that your neighbor was downloading season three of “Dexter” using your unprotected wireless network.“The progressive series of alerts is designed to make consumers aware of activity that has occurred using their Internet accounts, educate them on how they can prevent such activity from happening again,” the CCI said in its announcement.After the educational phase, the customers will be asked to acknowledge that they received the warning. If they continue to download content illegally, the alerts will threaten mild punishments, such as forcing the copyright violator to read “educational materials,” or throttling their Internet connection so that it is slow, making it harder to download large files.Today’s announcement claims that terminating the Internet service is not one of the options.If a customer feels they are being wrongly accused, they can ask for a review, which will cost them $35 according to the Verge.The entire system will be overseen by an organization called the Center for Copyright Information, which includes content owners, such as the Motion Picture Association of America and Recording Industry Association of America, as well as individual members including Disney, Sony Pictures, Fox, EMI and Universal.Each ISP will have a slightly different version of the system.Credit: CNNlast_img read more

Google has started measuring the Quality of ISPs

first_imgAdvertisement Google has launched a ‘Video Quality Report’ that aims to measure the speed of your Internet connection via the quality of the videos being streamed by YouTube.When your ISP receives your video from YouTube, they begin the important job of carrying it across their network to your home. They must ensure there’s enough capacity where they receive the data from YouTube. Otherwise, your video streaming quality will suffer.A poor connection provided by an Internet Service Provider (ISP) or congestion in the network could cause interruptions in the video or bad picture quality. – Advertisement – ISPs will be graded as ‘YouTube HD Verified’ if customers of a particular ISP are able to load 90 percent of YouTube videos in 720p and get a smooth playback.This means Google’s video quality report will give an indicator of whether an ISP is providing quality Internet connections — and comes in as a useful measurement for both consumers and companies.The report, however, is only available for Canadians currently. It’s likely that it will roll out to other countries in due time though.Source: TNWlast_img read more

Lenovo Phab 2 Pro is Officially up for Grabs

first_imgThe Phablet sports a 8MP front camera, 16MP rear RGB camera, a fingerprint scanner at its back. Image Credit: Lenovo Advertisement After a long time of waiting for the first commercial product from Google’s Project Tango team; the Lenovo Phab 2 Pro which was supposed to go on sale in August this year, but got delayed till October, before finally getting a November 1 release date, is now up for grabs at the company’s website, for $499.99 (roughly 1.7 million UGX).However, it’s availability in other markets/stores is not known yet.Gadgets 360 reports that, the Phab 2 Pro will be available in Asia-Pacific markets where Lenovo has launched smartphones before; India, Indonesia, Philippines, Laos, Thailand, Vietnam, Hong Kong, Cambodia, and Myanmar. – Advertisement – Lenovo had announced special Tango app store will be ready with 25 apps at launch, with hope to reach 100 apps by year-end.Google during the launch, said over 35 apps have gone live on Google Play, where it is also featuring some of them.Phab 2 Pro users can also easily download the Tango app to see all available experiences.[related-posts]last_img read more

Twitter will be shutting down Dashboard app on February 3

first_imgImage Credit: ABC News Advertisement Just seven months after its launch, Twitter has announced that it will be shuttering Dashboard on February 3, a dedicated app brands can use to manage their various accounts.No specific reason was given, though Twitter did say that all scheduled tweets will still be posted as scheduled and “can be seen/updated from TweetDeck.”The app launched on both iOS and as a desktop app and was a competitor to Hootsuite and Facebook’s Mentions app.In the future, we hope to bring the best features from Dashboard to the broader Twitter community. 2/5— Twitter Dashboard (@dashboardapp) January 10, 2017 – Advertisement – There is no official reason why they are shutting down the app, except a speculation that it could be that Twitter realized it no longer needed to have multiple apps and will instead pour its effort into Twitter Engage, as the sole brand and celebrity app that can be used while on the go.The app was only available as a public beta, and Twitter said that it hopes to bring the “best features” from the app to the broader community sometime in the future.last_img read more


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first_imgWelcome to Starters Orders. Our daily midday update from the trading room at Star Sports with our key market movers for the day across all sports.Saturday 3 February BET WITH STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321 HORSE RACING12.55 MusselburghCoup De Pinceau 15/8 > 5/41.10 LeopardstownCarter Mckay 3/1 > 9/42.25 SandownTerrefort 6/4 > 6/52.55 LeopardstownTully East 10/1 > 13/23.00 SandownDashing Perk 10/1 > 15/23.15 MusselburghMissed Approach 13/2 > 5/14.10 SandownJust So Cool 9/2 > 10/3LIVE FOOTBALLPremier League12:30 Sky Sports Premier League / Sky Sports Main Event / Sky Sports Ultra HD12/1 Burnley 2/7 Man City 19/4 DRAWScottish Premiership12:30 BT Sport 18/1 Kilmarnock 2/7 Celtic 19/4 DRAWChampionship17:30 Sky Sports Football / Sky Sports Main Event8/13 Wolves 9/2 Sheffield United 14/5 DRAWPremier League17:30 BT Sport 1 / BT Sport 4K UHD1/3 Arsenal 9/1 Everton 9/2 DRAWlast_img read more

STARTERS ORDERS Fri Movers Specials

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STARTERS ORDERS Weds Specials and Movers

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ManMade Mass Deaths Subject for Guggenheim Fellow

first_imgShare Contact: Michael Cinelli Phone: (713) 831-4794 Man-Made Mass Deaths Subject for Guggenheim Fellow Religious studies professor Edith Wyschogrod, whose life’s work is to study the way in which mass death affects society’s ideas of time, memory, history andcommunity, was awarded a 1995 Guggenheim Fellowship. Wyschogrod, the J. Newton Rayzor Professor of Philosophy and Religious Thought at Rice University, is the first religious studies faculty member to receive this honor. She is one of only 152Guggenheim recipients in the United States and Canada this year.“This enables me to complete a project that I see as my life’s work,” Wyschogrod said. “That is exploring 20th-century, man-made mass destructions and finding out how these events affect the way we understand the idea of community. I want to explore what kind ofconceptual shifts occur in light of mass deaths.” Already, Wyschogrod has developed a few cogent concepts about these types of violent incidents: the main one being that death is bureaucratized; and that late in the 20th century you can kill morepeople in a smaller time frame than you were able to in the past. Religious Studies department chair Werner Kelber said Wyschogrod’s research explores the “gravest issues facing humankind, namely the genocidal inhumanity that has left us with the necropolisof the 20th century.”“While death is hardly a novel topic for philosophers of religion, the sublimity of Wyschogrod’s ethical and philosophical reflection on mass destruction, and the exquisite nobility of her language have earned her international reputation,” Kelber added.”She has long maintained that the experience of death camps and the technological feasibility to engulf us in global conflagration have changed the manner in which we experience our selves, temporality,the human community and death itself.“This Guggenheim project seeks to reconstitute our condition inthe postmodern world.” Wyschogrod will leave Rice in September for a year supported by the Guggenheim Fellowship. She will conduct much of her research inHouston, but she plans a few trips to Eastern Europe.“The project has taken longer than I expected, but I’m committed to this project,” Wyschogrod said. “Particularly to the philosophical aspects of it. The Guggenheim will give me the freetime I need to complete it.” This is not the first honor Wyschogrod has received. In 1993 sheserved as the president of the American Academy of Religion. ### AddThislast_img read more

Political Scientist Mark Jones available to comment on Arizona immigration bill

first_imgAddThis ShareCONTACT: David RuthPHONE: 713-348-6327E-MAIL: Political Scientist Mark Jones available to comment on Arizona immigration billMark Jones, chair of Rice University’s Political Science Department and Rice Scholar at the Baker Institute for Public Policy, is available to discuss yesterday’s federal judge ruling that stopped certain provisions in the state of Arizona’s new immigration law a day before it was to take effect. The decision all but guarantees a drawn-out legal battle from the state and Gov. Jan Brewer.Wednesday’s ruling prevented the following parts of Arizona’s bill from becoming law:Requiring officers to check immigration status while enforcing or investigating other laws.Requiring immigrants to carry their “papers” at all times.Prohibiting undocumented workers from seeking work in public places. According to the Houston Chronicle, Judge Susan Bolton’s 36-page decision said that the new Arizona law would hamper federal immigration enforcement efforts.Advocates for the bill say that the federal government hasn’t done enough to address the illegal immigration crisis, and that this bill will “uncuff” state and local police authorities in their attempt to do their jobs.Opponents of the bill say it will lead to racial profiling and make it more difficult for police to investigate crimes, as people will be afraid to report crimes or testify as witnesses to crimes. Many fear that under the legislation Latino citizens and other legal residents could have their civil rights violated.Jones is available for news media interviews today and through the weekend. He can conduct interviews in both English and Spanish. To speak with Jones, news media may contact David Ruth at 713-348-6327 or at last_img read more

Bedient hopes Lessons from Hurricane Ike prompts action

first_imgFacebookTwitterPrintEmailAddThis ShareMEDIA CONTACTS:David Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduJade Boyd713-348-6778jadeboyd@rice.eduRice expert hopes Houston-Galveston leaders use new book to promote storm protectionHOUSTON — (May 14, 2012) — As teachers go, Hurricane Ike isn’t likely to win any popularity contests. But the 2008 storm, the third-costliest hurricane in U.S. history, taught severe-storm experts much about how to protect Houston and Galveston from the ravages of future storms.In the new book “Lessons from Hurricane Ike,” Rice University severe-storm expert Phil Bedient and more than 20 researchers from the Severe Storm Prediction, Education and Evacuation from Disasters (SSPEED) Center give a 194-page accounting of all they have learned in more than two years of studying Ike, which caused nearly $25 billion damage and killed dozens.“Ike revealed just how vulnerable the Houston-Galveston region is to a major storm, but Ike also helped us visualize the true ‘worst-case’ storm scenario for our region,” said Bedient, director of the SSPEED Center. “The main lesson from Ike is that we can avoid catastrophic damage from future storms if we choose to act.”“Lessons from Hurricane Ike” will be available June 1 in both print and electronic form from a variety of retail and online vendors. The publisher, Texas A&M University Press, is hosting a Houston launch event from 4:30-6:30 p.m. May 31 at Café Adobe, 2111 Westheimer Road.The 2012 Atlantic hurricane season begins June 1.“Lessons from Hurricane Ike” is not a textbook. Its 12 chapters summarize key information about specific topics like storm prediction and emergency planning. The writing is accessible and easy for nonexperts to understand, and each chapter is accompanied by a provocative collection of color photos, diagrams, maps and illustrations. The result is a contextual work that uses the latest science has to offer to contrast Ike with both past storms and future storms.Phil Bedient“This book should be read by anyone in an official capacity who desires a deeper understanding of the complexities of developing in the hurricane impact zone,” wrote National Hurricane Center Director Bill Read in a review on the book’s back cover. “Particular attention should be paid to the chapter on ‘Steps to the Future,’ which I found very insightful in addressing the daunting task before the next ‘Big One’ impacts the Texas Gulf Coast.”SSPEED Center Co-director Jim Blackburn said, “Ike’s ranking as the third-costliest hurricane in U.S. history is all the more amazing given that it ranked as a Category 2 storm on the Saffir-Simpson scale at the time it made landfall and given that the point of landfall caused most of the storm surge to come ashore east of the major industrial and residential development near Galveston Bay.”The SSPEED Center’s research confirmed the need to rethink hurricane damage potential based on storm surge as well wind speed.“Many people living in high-risk areas failed to evacuate because Ike was ‘only’ a Category 2 storm,” Blackburn said. “If Ike had struck 50 miles down the coast as predicted, it could have killed thousands of people and caused massive damage to the industrial infrastructure of the nation as well as extensive ecological damage due to contaminant spillage.”Jim BlackburnThe SSPEED Center’s study of Hurricane Ike resulted from a $4.5 million investment from Houston Endowment. The center issued recommendations from the study in November. SSPEED’s Ike research team included experts from Rice, the University of Houston, the University of Texas at Austin, Texas A&M University, Texas A&M University at Galveston, Texas Southern University and other organizations.Bedient, Rice’s Herman Brown Professor of Engineering and one of the world’s foremost flooding experts, co-wrote three chapters of the book. Blackburn, professor in the practice of environmental law in Rice’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, co-wrote the final chapter, “Steps to the Future.” That chapter compares a variety of structural and nonstructural storm-protection proposals, including the 100-mile “Ike Dike” seawall, a floodgate at the mouth of the Houston Ship Channel and a national recreation area to preserve wetlands as natural flood barriers.“The Houston-Galveston region has important choices to make about how to prepare for future storms,” Bedient said. “There are many options. Doing nothing is an option, but our research showed that would be an expensive choice. One goal of the SSPEED Center is making sure that citizens, business leaders and policymakers understand the true costs and relative benefits of the ‘do-nothing’ option as well as the structural and nonstructural options.”###“Lessons from Hurricane Ike” is available at:,6984.aspx is available at: images are available for download at: Phil BedientCREDIT: Jeff Fitlow/Rice University Jim BlackburnCREDIT: Jeff Fitlow/Rice UniversityLocated on a 300-acre forested campus in Houston, Rice University is consistently ranked among the nation’s top 20 universities by U.S. News & World Report. Rice has highly respected schools of Architecture, Business, Continuing Studies, Engineering, Humanities, Music, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences and is known for its “unconventional wisdom.” With 3,708 undergraduates and 2,374 graduate students, Rice’s undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is 6-to-1. Its residential college system builds close-knit communities and lifelong friendships, just one reason why Rice has been ranked No. 1 for best quality of life multiple times by the Princeton Review and No. 4 for “best value” among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. To read “What they’re saying about Rice,” go to read more

Avalanche kills Montana skier in Glacier National Park

first_img Share this article Ben Parsons competes in the Whitefish Whiteout at Whitefish Mountain Resort in Whitefish, Mont., on Jan. 16, 2016. (Greg Lindstrom/Flathead Beacon via AP) US Share Avalanche kills Montana skier in Glacier National Park By The Associated Press January 6, 2017 Updated: January 6, 2017center_img KALISPELL, Mont.—An endurance athlete and firefighter who was partially buried in an avalanche while backcountry skiing in Montana’s Glacier National Park died as emergency crews tried to rescue him, officials said Friday.Ben Parsons, 36, of Kalispell, was a skilled outdoor adventurer who competed in mountain biking and ski mountaineering races and worked as a firefighter and paramedic in the town of Whitefish, the Flathead Beacon reported. He died Thursday, Flathead County Sheriff Chuck Curry said.Emergency personnel received a call from Parsons’ skiing partner, who said Parsons was partially buried by snow on a mountain and was severely injured, park spokeswoman Lauren Alley said.Parsons was conscious and responsive when the helicopter crew extracted him about 500 yards below the summit of Stanton Mountain, said Jim Pierce, a pilot for Two Bear Air, which helps search and rescue crews. Parsons died of his injuries during the rescue.Both skiers were experienced traveling in the backcountry and were equipped with safety gear, including probes, shovels, beacons and helmets, officials said.The avalanche danger in the area Thursday was rated moderate. Park officials and the Flathead Avalanche Center will investigate what triggered the slide, Alley said.Parsons’ death was the ninth-recorded avalanche death in Glacier National Park since it was established in 1910.  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Show Discussionlast_img read more

Ryan Calls Manning Commutation Outrageous

first_imgHouse Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis. during a news conference in Janesville, Wis., on Nov. 9, 2016. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya) House Speaker Paul Ryan is calling President Barack Obama’s decision to commute Chelsea Manning’s sentence “just outrageous.”Ryan says the former Army intelligence analyst who leaked classified documents “put American lives at risk and exposed some of our nation’s most sensitive secrets.”The White House says Manning is one of 209 inmates whose sentences Obama is shortening.Ryan says Obama is setting “a dangerous precedent that those who compromise our national security won’t be held accountable for their crimes.” Ryan Calls Manning Commutation ‘Outrageous’ By The Associated Press January 17, 2017 Updated: January 17, 2017 Share this article  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   center_img Share US Show Discussionlast_img read more

Police Warn of Fake News Reports of Armed Robbers Posing As Utility

first_img Police Warn of Fake News Reports of Armed Robbers Posing As Utility Workers By Matthew Little September 11, 2017 Updated: September 12, 2017 Share this article  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   An electrical worker repairs stop lights the morning after Hurricane Irma swept through Naples, Florida on September 11, 2017 (Spencer Platt/Getty Images) While TECO’s Facebook page warns of armed robbers, it links to a May 22 blog post that mentions nothing of armed robbers, only of scammers demanding prepaid debit cards and threatening to disconnect the victims’ power if they are not paid.  Similar scams of con artists posing as utility workers attempting to take advantage of disaster victims by asking for cash or immediate payment for repair work have reportedly occurred.SECO could not be reached for a comment, their line was busy, likely due to a flood of calls from customers reporting outages or reporting downed power lines.TECO, which only provides journalists with an email contact, also has not responded to a request for a comment.The original TECO post continues to confuse those worried about the risk, however. That’s because the rumor was given official endorsement after the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office shared it on Facebook.This led Facebook users to doubt later posts from other police agencies warning that the rumor was untrue. Some also posted that the scam was indeed happening to them.The root of the rumors appears to be real news reports on actual robberies that took place in New York and Los Angeles last April.In those cases, robbers posing as utility workers gained access to victims’ homes and then robbed them, sometimes tying them up in the process. Internet rumors turned into full-blown fake news after electric companies based a media release and Facebook post on made-up stories, only to be debunked by local police. Both SECO Energy and TECO Energy published statements warning customers of an alarming scam.“There are reports that people dressed to look like utility workers have been knocking on doors. When customers answer the door, they are robbed at gunpoint,” wrote TECO energy in a Facebook post.“SECO Energy is warning members of thieves posing as utility personnel, knocking on doors, and robbing unsuspecting consumers at gunpoint during Hurricane Irma,” wrote SECO in a press release, complete with a large red “Scam Alert” banner.SECO warned customers of a violent scam that appears to be little more than internet rumours. (Screenshot via SECO Energy) SECO warned customers of a violent scam that appears to be little more than internet rumors. (Screenshot via SECO Energy) Fox News, Brandon Patch, and others then picked up the story. Florida Power and Light (FPL) also repeated the reports. A spokesperson from the company denounced those that would conduct such robberies.“We have heard of that and it’s repulsive to think that people would take advantage of the situation and impersonate our line workers or our staff,” said Bill Orlove, a spokesperson for FPL.Orlove said he based his belief in the reality of the robberies on the fact that the head of public relations at FPL mentioned them in statements to media.FPL customers and Marion County residents are those targeted by the robberies, according to SECO’s press release.But the Marion County Sheriff’s Office put out a Facebook post titled: RUMOR CONTROL-PEOPLE POSING AS ELECTRIC WORKERS.“You may have seen a post on social media that Marion County citizens are being robbed at gunpoint in their homes by individuals posing as electric workers. Beware of internet/social media rumors, we have not received any calls regarding this,” said the Sheriff’s office.The Lakeland Police Department echoed that warning in another Facebook post.“Today both LakelandPD and the Polk County Sheriff’s Office have received numerous inquires about social media posts claiming that people who are pretending to be “Lakeland Electric workers” are going to door and robbing people. THIS IS NOT TRUE,” they wrote. US Share Show Discussionlast_img read more

US GuidedMissile Destroyer Damaged by Japanese Tug Boat

first_img Share A U.S. guided-missile destroyer, USS Benfold,, sustained slight damage when a Japanese tug drifted into it during a towing exercise off central Japan on Saturday, the U.S. Navy said.“No one was injured on either vessel and Benfold sustained minimal damage, including scrapes on its side, pending a full damage assessment,” a statement from the U.S. Seventh Fleet said.“Benfold remains at sea under her own power. The Japanese commercial tug is being towed by another vessel to a port in Yokosuka. The incident will be investigated,” it said.The incident was the latest mishap involving a U.S. warship in Asia.The U.S. Navy announced a series of reforms this month aimed at restoring basic naval skills and alertness at sea after a review of deadly ship collisions in the Asia-Pacific region showed sailors were under-trained and over-worked.Seventeen sailors have been killed this year in two collisions with commercial vessels involving guided-missile destroyers, the Fitzgerald in June off Japan and then the John S. McCain in August as it approached Singapore. Show Discussion (James E. Martin/Wikimedia Commons) Share this articlecenter_img US News US Guided-Missile Destroyer Damaged by Japanese Tug Boat By Reuters November 19, 2017 Updated: November 19, 2017  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   last_img read more

Former Today Show Staffer Says Relationship with Matt Lauer an Abuse of

first_img US News Share this article Former “Today” show staffer Addie Zinone spoke on camera for the first time on Monday, Dec. 19, with NBC’s Megyn Kelly, detailing the blowback she’s gotten since coming out about her brief consensual relationship with fired “Today” show host Matt Lauer. She also revealed why she made the decision to go public about their affair.Zinone, who was a 24-year-old production assistant for the show when the month-long relationship with Lauer started, said she wasn’t speaking out to present herself as a martyr, but to put a face to some of the allegations that have come since Lauer was fired.“I’m coming forward and saying yes, this was consensual, [but] it was an abuse of power,” she told Kelly. “I want to put a face and a story to these women’s accusations because I’m seeing that they’re being doubted and so I thought, ‘I’ve got to validate their claims.’ This happened and I’ve got to explain it in embarrassing detail because I want them to understand commonalities in our stories.” She said she’s been contacted by several women who shared her situation, but didn’t want to specify if they had also been involved with Lauer.Zinone said that over the years, she stayed in touch with Lauer via email, mostly when a journalist would reach out to ask about her tryst with him. Writing in Variety, she said she pulled into her driveway in West Virginia one day after the affair had ended to find a reporter from the National Enquirer in her driveway. She told him that she and Lauer were just friends. Then she contacted Lauer.“He wrote back, “Who did you tell?” After that, he completely ghosted me. He left me to handle all this on my own, which I did,” she wrote.NBC announced on Nov. 29 that Lauer had been fired after a female employee and her attorney came forward with sexual harassment allegations.Zinone said she always assumed that Lauer had affairs with other women based on the ease with which he cheated on his wife with her. But she never thought it would be with other NBC employees.“I thought if he continued that behavior, and what he did with me, there would have to be other people coming forward over 17 years, we would have heard about that, right?” Matt Lauer on the set of the “Today” show in New York on Nov. 8, 2017. (Nathan Congleton/NBC via AP) (L to R) CEO of NBC Universal Television Group, Jeff Zucker, television personalities Ann Curry, Matt Lauer, and Meredith Vieira attend the NBC Primetime Preview 2006-2007 at Radio City Music Hall in New York City on May 15, 2005. (Evan Agostini/Getty Images)When the news broke, Zinone said it was comforting to know that others had been through a similar experience, but also frightening because she started getting calls from news media asking if she would tell her story. And the pushback after her story, she said, is as intense as she anticipated.“I understand that people are going to paint me as a homewrecker, as a slut and a whore —those are things I have been called. It was suggested yesterday to me, ‘Please, please go get hit by a bus,’” she said.Lauer hasn’t responded to her account of their relationship, but said in a statement shortly after his firing that “some of what is being said about me is untrue or mischaracterized, but there is enough truth in these stories to make me feel embarrassed and ashamed. I regret that my shame is now shared by the people I cherish most.”  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Former ‘Today’ Show Staffer Says Relationship with Matt Lauer an ‘Abuse of Power’ By Holly Kellum December 19, 2017 Updated: December 19, 2017center_img  From NTD.tvFollow Holly on Twitter: @HollyGailK Share Show Discussion Addie Zinone (R) on NBC’s “Megan Kelly Today” on Dec. 18, 2017 and former “Today” show host Matt Lauer on Oct. 28, 2014. (Screenshot via (L), Michael Loccisano/Getty Images) last_img read more