Moroccan Banks Reject 186460 Checks in 2nd Quarter

Miami – The second quarter in 2015 has witnessed some economic movement. Moroccan banks have rejected 186,460 checks and 183,250 bills of exchange – all due to non-sufficient funds (NSF).Interbank transactions and rejections during the second quarter were collected and reported by The Moroccan Retail Payment System (GSIMT).Reports revealed that the flow of interbank payments amount to $16.7 million in transactions, which is a 5.6% growth from 2015’s first quarter and from last year’s second quarter. The increase is due to the recovery of economic activity and domestic demand that was experienced in the 1st quarter. Checks were increased by 6.25% and transfers by 8%. During the 2nd quarter (2015), the structure of interbank transactions by type of payment instrument saw a prevalence in checks, both in number (45%) and in amount (60%). Next were bank transfers with 38% and 24%. Followed by the LCN amount with 14% and transfer orders in series with 10%.The GSIMT reports that out of those checks representing 60% of all interbank transactions, 186,460 checks were rejected. The amount of checks in the 2nd quarter totaled 7,547,736. Thus, this last period experienced a 2.47% in check rejection; 0.2 percentage points down from the 1st quarter.Moreover, the total amount of bills of exchange were 1,049,216 out of which 183,250 bills were rejected. That is a 17.47% in rejections, down 2.53 percentage points from the 1st quarter.The main reason for the rejection of these checks and bills of exchange of 1.3% and 15.7% respectively, was “non-sufficient funds” (NSF).Next to NSF, the report shows checks to be rejected for “irregular endorsement” pattern at a 0.32%; for “noncompliant signature” at a 0.28%; and, “technical reasons” in 0.19%. Other miscellaneous reasons summed 0.37%.As for the rejection of bills of exchange, “non-sufficient funds” came at a 15.68%, 1.92 points less than the 1st quarter. Other miscellaneous reasons summed 1.8%.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permission read more

UN peacekeeping chief welcomes growing links with European Union in crisis management

Commenting on the breadth of issues discussed at the latest meeting of a key UN-EU committee on international crisis management, the Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, Hervé Ladsous, signalled that the two international organizations shared many common interests.“The EU is a key partner for us in virtually all major operations, often with its own missions deployed alongside ours,” Mr. Ladsous told the UN News Centre.The 13th meeting of the UN-EU Steering Committee on Crisis Management took place in New York on Monday. Established in 2003, the Committee serves as the main forum for senior-level talks on global crisis management between the UN and EU. It emerged as a working-level focus point for advancing the goals of the 2003 Joint Declaration on EU-UN co-operation in Crisis Management.“This was our second Steering Committee meeting this year, and it’s clear that our partnership with the EU in the peacekeeping and crisis management areas keeps getting stronger,” Mr. Ladsous said. “I look forward to our meetings in 2013, when we will mark the 10th anniversary of the Joint Declaration.”Mr. Ladsous had opened Monday’s meeting, which was subsequently co-chaired by the Assistant-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, Edmund Mulet, and the Deputy Secretary-General of the European External Action Service, Maciej Popowski.The peacekeeping chief’s comments were echoed by a senior political official today.“From the perspective of the UN Department of Political Affairs, this meeting provided an important opportunity to further explore with the EU some of the challenges that our Department has been dedicating great energy to, particularly, Somalia and Mali/Sahel,” said the Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs, Tayé-Brook Zerihoun. “Our discussions pointed to concrete areas where the UN and the EU could work more closely together to make a difference on the ground.”He added that the Steering Committee has “added value” by establishing more systematic contacts between the staff of the world body and the EU organization, including at senior level.“This should increasingly translate into stronger and more effective cooperation on the key conflict management issues where the UN and the EU have concerns and active operations,” he said.Crises discussed at the latest meeting included ongoing violence and other critical developments in Democratic Republic of Congo, Somalia and both Mali and the wider Sahel region in West Africa.“The country items discussed… provide a clear picture of how closely linked the strategic interests of the UN and the EU are,” according to information provided by the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operation (DPKO).“Regardless of the specifics of each situation,” it added, “one thing seems to be emerging as a trend: there is an increasing deployment of UN and EU operations alongside each other, within the same political contexts, but with separate mandates.”DPKO said the Committee meetings play a key role in ensuring that the efforts of all international personnel engaged on the ground were “complementary and effective.”“Each of these (situations) is on the top of the agenda of both organizations – at the political and operational level,” DPKO stated. “Participants focused on developing measures for efficient operation coordination.”Among other issues discussed, the Committee called for new UN-EU planning-cooperation guidelines, while also participants exchanged experiences and ‘lessons learned’ on how to improve the effectiveness of crisis management operations by integrating human rights and gender considerations. read more

Mens Hockey Ohio State travels to face UMass

Ohio State redshirt junior goalie Sean Romeo during the game against Ryerson on Sep. 30. Ohio State lost 7-4. Credit: Wyatt Crosher | Lantern ReporterComing off a pair of 1-1 draws against Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in the home opener last weekend, Ohio State (1-1-2, 1-1-0-0 in Big Ten) now hits the road for another nonconference two-game series, this time with University of Massachusetts (3-1-0, 0-0-0 in Hockey East).The Minutemen are riding a three-game winning streak, with victories against Union and American International Friday and Saturday, respectively, and a win in the second matchup against Arizona State the weekend prior.“They got a good team and their coach has done a great job since stepping in there. Their defenseman, [freshman Cale] Makar, is certainly a great playmaker, but they have a lot of players there that can beat you,” head coach Steve Rohlik said. “We have to go out there and play our best hockey game if we think we’re going to have a chance to win on Friday.”Makar is the player to watch for on UMass, as his 135 points in 111 games in the Alberta Junior Hockey League and record-setting performance in the World Juniors for Team Canada lifted Makar to the No. 4 overall pick in the 2017 NHL Draft, selected by the Colorado Avalanche. Makar is the highest draft pick in UMass history.Makar has recorded three assists through four games, but has yet to find the back of the net. Junior defenseman Sasha Larocque recognizes the talent Makar brings, but said the Buckeyes are going in business as usual.“We know they’re a good team,” Larocque said. “We know that we have to treat them the same as we treat anybody else and come in, play our game and do everything we can to get the job done.”The Buckeyes enter this series looking to ignite a power play that remains without a goal for the season, while continuing to support the hot goaltender, junior Sean Romeo.Romeo stopped 45-of-47 shots against RPI last weekend and looked much more confident between the pipes than in season-opening matchups against Wisconsin, and the exhibition against Ryerson.“I think you build your own confidence through how you prepare and how you practice,” Romeo said. “So them giving me the opportunity to play is obviously huge, but the confidence comes from practice and coming to the rink every day and putting the work in.”The season is still young for Ohio State —the Buckeyes are just four games in. Rohlik said the team is looking for an identity that will help it through the rest of the year.“I think we’re still trying to find that a little bit,” Rohlik said. “I think we want to be a team that works hard, we want to be a team that’s competing every night and we want to be a team that can go with all four lines, and I still think we’re searching for that, and again, I think the special teams is going to be the key.”Puck drop for the games against UMass is set for 7 p.m. Friday and 8 p.m. Saturday at the Mullins Center in Amherst, Massachusetts.Correction: An earlier version of this article inaccurately stated the conference UMass is in. It is Hockey East, not the CAA. read more

Chris Hadfield tweeted this animation by Dublin schoolboys and its winning high

first_img Source: Niall Leech/YouTubeHadfield was moved to tweet the video to his 1.1million followers, saying it was the same thing that had inspired him when he was 10 years old. Whoops! We couldn’t find this Tweet More: Three school teachers are trying to tweet photos from all 32 counties in 24 hours> And perhaps most touchingly… Source: Niall Leech/Twitter The same thing that inspired me since I was 10 continues today. Short video from Grade 4 Irish students http://t.co/GnTzNFGSc3— Chris Hadfield (@Cmdr_Hadfield) June 21, 2014 Source: ann harris/Twitter @Cmdr_Hadfield WOW! Thanks for that Chris! The boys in my class will be so excited on Monday morning when I show them.— Niall Leech (@niallleechphoto) June 21, 2014 Source: Chris Hadfield/Twitter @Cmdr_Hadfield I’m often blown away by the abilities of young people! May they receive every encouragement to make their dreams come true!— ann harris (@oppoftop) June 22, 2014 @Cmdr_Hadfield it’s just wonderful. Thanks for sharing Chris.— Jean Norton (@JeanNorton) June 21, 2014 Source: Jean Norton/Twitter The boys’ teacher Niall Leech, who edited the video and uploaded it yesterday, says he’ll be giving the class *quite* the surprise on Monday morning. And the video is winning high praise from his followers around the world. A CLASS OF nine and ten-year-olds at an inner-city Dublin school made a beautiful short animation about the Apollo 11 moon landings.The video – by the boys of fourth class at St Paul’s CBS on North Brunswick Street – uses paper figures and sound effects to tell the story of Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin’s pioneering moon mission.And it’s all done to the soundtrack of David Bowie’s Space Oddity – the track Commander Chris Hadfield famously sang on board the International Space Station.last_img read more

Nook Color 2 set to arrive November 7

first_imgWhen Amazon announced the Kindle Fire last month, the device that it most reminded people of was the Nook Color. The Fire may be getting some extra competition soon, as a sequel to the Barnes & Noble’s seven inch device is expected to arrive on November 7.B&N’s eReader/tablet hybrid has been a surprise hit since it was released last year. Not only does it provide some tablet functionality out of the box, but it’s also possible to root it and run stock Android ROMs on it. Cyanogenmod 7 even supports the device. The killer feature that led to its unexpected success has been its $250 price point. Like Amazon and the Kindle Fire, B&N can only sell it at such a relatively low price because they are counting on selling digital content after it’s been taken home.This report has the Nook Color 2 dropping just over a week before the Kindle Fire does. As Amazon has already tallied up over a quarter million Kindle Fire pre-orders, B&N’s sequel will have much stiffer competition this time around. Additionally, Amazon is undercutting the original Nook Color’s price by $50, so it will be interesting to see how the Nook Color 2 is priced (I’m guessing it will also be $200, or maybe even $190).Leaks are also suggesting that Barnes & Noble retail stores will be getting a major overhaul to further highlight the Nook line. An alleged source from one store said that his outlet’s customer service counter was being moved, and replaced by a huge Nook section, with special lighting, flatscreen displays, and tons of demo models. I would say that this is a smart move by the retailer. It helps to exploit one big advantage that they have over Amazon: they have their own physical stores.No details are confirmed about the second generation Nook Color’s hardware, but if they want to keep it in the Kindle Fire’s price range, it probably won’t get too many upgraded specs. While it could have a slightly improved display or moderately upgraded processor, don’t expect any 300ppi screens or dual-core CPUs here. Logic would dictate that being lighter and thinner would be the most important and likely upgrades.via The Digital Readerlast_img read more

Several days later car still stuck in duplex

first_imgThe driver of a black Volkswagen Jetta lingered to stare Monday morning, before making a right turn. The driver and passenger in a passing gray -Isuzu Rodeo levied lasting glances, mouths agape, as they passed Sandra Weaver’s home — the duplex with the dirty white Chrysler stuck out the front door.The car has beckoned onlookers since it slammed into the duplex near the corner of Norris Road and East 17th Street late Friday night, driven by a man police say they stopped pursuing minutes earlier.“It’s an attraction,” and an unwelcome one, Weaver said Monday, standing in front of the home with her arms wrapped around yellow police tape.Later, on Monday night, the situation was the same.“This is ridiculous,” said Christy Grimes, 35, whose apartment next door to Weaver’s sustained considerable damage.Three nights after the crash, the car was still jammed into Grimes’ front door and she said she hadn’t slept much since the crash.“If (the driver) would have been 10 to 15 inches to the right, he would have killed my 9-year-old son,” she said.Alex Grimes, 9, had been sitting on the couch near the point of impact, and his friend Gavin Jones had been sitting on the floor near Alex.last_img read more

IDG Launches Marketing Network for Bloggers

first_imgSo far, IDG has approved 100 bloggers for the network, covering topics including security, mobile, networking and gadgets. IDG editors must review and approve each participating site.San Francisco-based tech industry search engine service Technorati is said to be launching its own blogger advertiser network. A Technorati spokesperson could not immediately be reached for comment. Independent tech bloggers may have a new ally in the online world. The International Data Group today announced the creation of the IDG TechNetwork, an online group that helps marketers place their ads on independent blogs.“IDG has been a media network for many years with over 400 owned and operated Web sites,” IDG TechNetwork vice president of sales and business development Kevin Normandeau wrote in an e-mail to FOLIO:. “Now, IDG is taking our knowledge of the technology channel and extending it to the benefit of our advertisers and top quality independent publishers and bloggers.”The IDG TechNetwork will represent independent technology Web sites and user groups to a stable of advertisers looking for exposure in carious technology categories. In return, IDG and publishers will evenly split ad revenues, Normandeau says, and publishers’ content will be distributed on relevant IDG media and partner Web sites.According to Normandeau, many independent publishers “do not have enough resources to generate the true revenue potential of their brands,” and this revenue partnership will help them “build their businesses.”last_img read more

NCIs Content Management Group DigitalSherpa Acquires SocialTract

first_imgZ Squared Media also operates the Content Marketing Institute and the Content Marketing World event and the continued growth from these groups necessitated the deal. Plus, Pulizzi says SocialTract needed significant investment in added services, a step that was getting crowded out by obligations to the other parts of the business. Content Marketing World is projected to double in size and Pulizzi is expanding the event internationally to Europe and Australia. “I knew we needed to take the next step and heavily invest in our processes and technology or find a partner like DigitalSherpa to take it to the next level,” he says. “Having an ongoing blogging solution for a lot of our customers was all they needed, but many needed a lot more service and integration and that’s where DigitalSherpa makes perfect sense.”Since its launch in 2009, DigitalSherpa has proviced content marketing services to more than 2,000 local businesses. DigitalSherpa, a content marketing firm and division of real estate media company Network Communications, Inc., has purchased SocialTract, a content marketing service started by Z Squared Media founder Joe Pulizzi. Terms of the deal were not disclosed and SocialTract director of client services Beth Brinton and editorial director Janet Okoben will continue with the company. Pulizzi will stay on as CEO for a transition period. Both groups target the small business community, with the majority of SocialTract clients in the HVAC/HVACR market. SocialTract essentially creates blogs and provides ongoing content and social media integration for businesses looking to build an online content operation. last_img read more

WHAT A MESS Town Urges Residents To Stop Tossing Dog Waste Bags

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Wilmington Animal Control Officer Christopher Sullivan recently took to social media to remind residents not to throw dog waste in catch basins.“I was notified by DPW that they recently removed a large amount of dog waste bags that were dropped in catch basins in the Lt. Buck Dr./Moore Street area, as well as a few throughout town,” wrote Sullivan. “Not only is this a MAJOR violation in stormwater quality, and just plain disgusting, it is illegal.”Sullivan asked residents to read this brochure to better understand the seriousness of the problem.The brochure reads, in part:Pet waste is a major source of water contamination and contains harmful bacteria and parasites. Dog feces can contain fecal coliform bacteria, which can spread diseases like Giardia, Salmonella, and Campylobacter, causing serious illness in humans. Rain and water from melting snow flows across yards, dog parks, and other surfaces on its way to our water bodies, via our streets and storm drains.Be a responsible pet owner and clean up your pet’s waste every time. Never dispose of pet waste in a catch basin, which flows directly into our waterways. Sullivan noted anyone who throws their dog waste bags into the town’s catch basins can be fined $300 per day by the Wilmington Department of Public Works and $300 per day by the Wilmington Board of Health.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington Animal Control Officer Saves Groundhog’s Life, Receives Praise From Wildlife RehabilitatorsIn “Community”Wilmington Animal Control Officer Issues Reminders To Dog Owners, Asks Residents Not To Feed GeeseIn “Government”LETTER: Dog Owners Need To Do Better Job Cleaning Up After Their Dogs At Town Dog ParkIn “Government”last_img read more

Nerkonda Paarvai creator H Vinoth awaits Thalapathy Vijays call to direct a

first_imgThalapathy and Vinoth.PR HandoutH Vinoth, who has earned a good respect in film industry in a short span of time, is keen on teaming up with Thalapathy Vijay after his back-to-back projects with Ajith Kumar. The director, himself, has revealed about approaching the actor, who is currently working on his much-hyped film Bigil.In an interview, H Vinoth has said that he met Vijay recently and narrated a story to him, but the actor is yet to give his approval. “It’ll be a commercial film with some freshness in the packaging,” he is quoted as saying.H Vinoth is eagerly waiting for Vijay’s call and hopes to join hands with Thalapathy for the first time.The filmmaker made his directorial debut with Sathuranga Vettai in 2014. He won a lot of appreciation for the first film. His second flick was Theeran Adhigaaram Ondru in which Karthi played the lead role.This project won critical appreciation as well as became a successful venture at the box office. Now, he has teamed up with Ajith for Nerkonda Paarvai, a remake of Hindi hit film Pink. The movie will hit the screens on 8 August.H Vinoth will soon begin another film with Ajith. He has plans to release the flick next summer. It is only after the completion of this flick he would collaborate with Vijay, if the actor gives a green signal for the project.last_img read more

BNP leader Rafiqul Islam Miah granted bail

first_imgRafiqul Islam MiahThe High Court on Monday granted a six-month bail to BNP standing committee member Barrister Rafiqul Islam Miah in a corruption case, reports UNB.The single-member bench of justice Md Showkat Hossain passed the order after hearing a petition filed by Rafiqul’s lawyers challenging his three-year sentence in the graft case.At the same time, the court also stayed the fine imposed by the trial court.AJ Mohammad Ali and lawyer Ragib Rouf Chowdhury filed the appeal on Sunday.On 20 November, the BNP leader was arrested by plainclothes police hours after a Dhaka court had sentenced him to three years’ jail in a graft case filed by the Anti- Corruption Commission (ACC) for amassing illegal wealth.He was later sent to the Dhaka Central Jail in Keraniganj.Later on Sunday, he was shifted to Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) from the jail as he fell ill.The BNP leader has been suffering from diarrhoea, diabetes and blood pressure.last_img read more

5 Dead As SUV Chased By Border Patrol Crashes In South Texas

first_imgPhoto via APIn this image tweeted by David Caltabiano of KABB/WOAI, a heavily damaged SUV is seen on Texas Highway 85 in Big Wells, Texas, after crashing while carrying more than a dozen people fleeing from Border Patrol agents, Sunday, June 17, 2018.At least five people were killed and several others hurt Sunday as an SUV carrying more than a dozen people during a suspected “smuggling event” crashed while fleeing from Border Patrol agents in South Texas, authorities said.The SUV carrying 14 people went out of control at more than 100 mph and overturned on Texas Highway 85, ejecting most of the occupants, Dimmit County Sheriff Marion Boyd said.“From what we can tell the vehicle ran off the road and caught gravel and then tried to recorrect,” Boyd said, adding that “caused the vehicle to turn over several times.”Four victims were dead at the scene, Boyd said. He said at least one and possibly two others died at a hospital.The Border Patrol said in a statement Sunday night that two other vehicles had been traveling alongside the SUV earlier in the day. An agent suspected they were conducting a “smuggling event,” according to the statement, which did not elaborate.The border agent stopped one of the vehicles and another agent stopped a second one. Multiple people from both vehicles were arrested.The third vehicle kept going when agents encountered it, and a sheriff’s deputy took over the chase prior to the fatal crash, the border patrol said.The incident comes amid heightened tensions over the treatment of immigrants at the southern border. The Trump administration has said tougher immigration policies — even separating children from their parents — are needed to deter immigrants from coming to the country illegally. Over a six-week period ending in May, about 2,000 children had been separated from their families, administration officials said Friday.Most of the occupants in the SUV were believed in the country without legal permission. Boyd said the driver and one passenger were believed to be U.S. citizens. The driver was among those hospitalized, and a deputy who assisted the Border Patrol with the chase found the driver sitting upright in his seat and took him and the passenger into custody.“This, I think, is a perfect example, of why are borders need to be secured,” Boyd said.Some injured were taken by helicopter to San Antonio, about 90 miles (144.83 kilometers) northeast. Dimmit County is directly north of Webb County and east of Maverick County, which border Mexico.“Our deepest sympathies go out to the families of those who died in the crash,” The Border Patrol said in the statement. Sharelast_img read more

UDC African Student Assoc Hosts African Independence Day Awareness

first_imgThe African Student Association at the University of the District of Columbia (UDC) is scheduled to host an African Independence Day Awareness event on Sept. 29 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at 4200 Connecticut Ave., NW. The event is free and will involve games, fun facts, and refreshments will be served. The African Student Association’s mission is to promote African culture both on and off campus.  For more information, visit eventbrite.com.last_img

A ThanosInspired Subreddit is Taking Things to Their Logical Conclusion

first_img James Gunn Once Again Directing ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3’Dark Phoenix Trailer Released & More Marvel Movie News Stay on target By this point, we shouldn’t have to say this post contains spoilers for Avengers: Infinity War. For one, it should be obvious from the title. For another, the movie made more money than Tony Stark. Statistically, you’ve seen it by now. Probably twice. So you already know what happens at the end. And if you’re anything like us, it probably wrecked you. Even when you know what’s coming, Tom Holland’s pitiful “Mr. Star, I don’t feel so good” just hits you right in the gut. There are a group of people who don’t quite see things that way, and they’re about to make history in one corner of the internet.The corner in question is a subsection of Reddit called r/thanosdidnothingwrong. As the name suggests, it’s a community of people who don’t see anything particularly evil about the Mad Titan’s Jonathan Swift-inspired superhero massacre. Because brutal as it is, wiping out half of any population would probably solve, at least temporarily, most resource scarcity problems. And if you thought the Marvel Cinematic Universe was getting a little too crowded anyway, you might have come out of the movie seeing Thanos as the hero. You monster.Josh Brolin as Thanos in Avengers: Infinity War (Photo via Marvel)Say what you will about these Thanos apologists, at least they’re consistent in their beliefs. They subreddit is prepared to turn its own philosophy on itself. Moderator u/The-Jedi-Apprentice got permission from Reddit admins this week to ban a full half of the subreddit’s subscribers. The reenactment of Infinity War’s climactic scene will be the largest mass banning the site has ever seen. Since it’s officially going to happen, the subreddit has seen an increase in subscribers as people join just to get banned.It’s all going down on July 9, after which some users plan to congregate in other movie-appropriate subreddits, like r/inthesoulstone. If you want to get in on (and then out of) the action, you still have a few days left. At the time of writing, it’s at 391,000 subscribers and counting. The top posts are petitions to make the final few days even more like the movie. Things like inviting Benedict Cumberbatch to join so he can post “It’s the only way.” Or making sure Jeremy Renner stays out of it, just like he did the movie. And then there are the memes. So many memes.Via Reddit/InstantCrashIf you want to participate, it might do you well to post one yourself. There’s some concern that the banning bot might not be smart enough to ban people who only lurk, not post.Whatever happens, we’ll get to watch it all fade away on July 9. And we’ll still have to wallow in it until we find out how the Avengers bring it all back. That won’t happen until next year when the maybe-still-untitled Avengers 4 hits theaters on May 3, 2019.center_img Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Rumor Wii Mini console launching December 7

first_imgBack in August, Nintendo announced it was introducing a new model of the Wii console. The new machine would be offered at a lower price, but in return would ship with a smaller set of features. Those feature cuts included no vertical stand and no backwards compatibility with Gamecube games–including a removal of the game controller ports.Nintendo’s focus has now turned to the Wii U and it won’t be releasing anymore first-party Wii games. However, another new Wii console might appear next month. There’s a rumor going around that a Wii Mini console is set to be released on December 7.Where as the redesign in August removed features, it did not change the size of the console. The Wii Mini is expected to fix that by offering a Wii with a much smaller footprint while shipping it with everything you need in the box (Wii, Wii Remote Plus, Nunchuk, and Sensor Bar).If true, it would mean Nintendo sees a future for a budget Wii which it could potentially offer for less than $100. A Wii is a smaller shell will cost less to make, ensuring Nintendo retains a profit while being able to offer the cheapest current gen console on the market today by some margin.As it stands, this is just a rumor. However, if Nintendo can hit a sub-$100 price point with a Wii Mini, and bundle a decent game too, it could fly off the shelves this Christmas. And if you consider the Wii U is expected to be sold out most places until March, Nintendo could do with the Wii having one last good Christmas to boost revenue.via NintendoWorldReportlast_img read more

42yearold held for assaulting minor

first_imgKolkata: A 42-year-old man has been arrested for attempting to rape a minor girl in his locality. The incident occurred at Tilajala on Thursday evening.According to police, the accused, Seikh Riazuddin, lured the victim with various promises and took her to his house. He tried to sexually assault the minor. The girl, however, was saved in due time as she screamed out for help, which immediately prompted the locals to come toher rescue.The victim has alleged that the man tried to touch her inappropriately, which left an injury mark on Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeher body.The victim later fell ill and she was rushed to Calcutta National Medical College for treatment. The incident also triggered tension in the locality with locals staging a demonstration demanding stern action against the accused.The victim’s family members lodged a complaint at the local police station on Thursday night on the basis of which police have arrested Riazuddin on Friday morning.It was learnt that medical tests have confirmed that the girl was assaulted physically. The accused has been booked under Pocso Act.The victim girl is stated to be in a stable condition, the hospital sources said.The accused has been remanded to police custody after being produced before a court in the city.last_img read more

Everything You Need to Know About Cyber Insurance

first_img Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now This story appears in the July 2015 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe » 3 min read July 9, 2015 Q: Do I need cyber insurance for my business?A: You must be asking because you think your business is too small to attract criminals. In fact, when it comes to cyber theft, size doesn’t matter, according to Christine Marciano, president of insurance brokerage Cyber Data Risk Managers in Princeton, N.J. She says hackers are looking for businesses of any size with valuable customer data they can steal and sell on the black market. Hence the need for cyber insurance—coverage that can include data theft or loss, network intrusions, information-security breaches and lost income due to system downtime. It’s available for first- and third-party losses, which means that if your business has customer or vendor relationships and processes customer-sensitive (nonpublic) information, you need it.We asked Marciano to give us the lowdown.Doesn’t my current insurance cover cyber breaches?Review your policies—especially the exclusions—and you’ll likely find that your traditional commercial general liability won’t respond to a cyber or data breach claim. And the last thing you want to do is handle a cyber attack or data breach alone. Cyber insurance can provide coverage for regulatory defense, penalties and fines.Penalties? Fines? How does that happen? Most states have laws requiring companies to notify individuals of security breaches involving their personally identifiable information. Regulators such as the FCC and FTC can assess fines and penalties against a company for a data-security breach that affects consumers’ sensitive, personal information. An example from April: The FCC handed AT&T a $25 million fine for a data breach that affected 280,000 customers.Gulp. how much does cyber insurance cost? Like any insurance, premiums vary by insurer and type of coverage selected. They can start at $850 a year for a $1 million aggregate policy for a small, sole-proprietor business and climb to seven figures for midsize to large companies that require coverage limits of $300 million or more.Anything I can do to whittle down those premiums? The Internet Security Alliance, in coordination with insurer AIG, has a helpful guide to best practices that need to become part of a company’s culture. Such practices can help reduce the cost of purchasing a cyber insurance policy. Go to AIG.com and download their whitepapers on managing cyber risk and maintaining “good cyber hygiene.” Among the tips: eliminate unnecessary data, regularly change passwords, avoid sharing logins and passwords, update software immediately and audit user accounts on a regular basis. If you can document that these policies are in place and followed consistently, you may see a break on your premiums—it all depends on the value of the data your business holds. This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Enroll Now for Freelast_img read more

Amnesty International workers start strike

first_imgThe changes include transferring some of its 500 jobs from a centralized London base to 10 regional hubs around the world _ part of an effort to be closer to the hotspots where human rights violations occur. The organization says it’s not really sure how many jobs will go, and that uncertainty has caused frustration and anger among its employees. Amnesty’s British workers, meanwhile, reject the notion of handing over more money to international operations _ as their jobs might be at risk.Amnesty’s creation goes back to 1961, when a British lawyer learned that two students in Portugal had been imprisoned for seven years for drinking a toast to liberty despite being under a dictatorship. Peter Benenson’s response was simple, and became radical: He wrote an article in Britain’s Observer newspaper based on the premise that prisoners of conscience might be released by writing letters to governments.That appeal spawned a movement, marking the beginning of Amnesty International, which from that humble start grew to a worldwide movement of 2.1 million members, its symbol of the candle circled by looping barbed wire becoming an icon to the oppressed.But the group’s current crisis is raising questions about its ability to remain a leading human rights advocate in a world no longer defined by Cold War era divisions. Top Stories That broadening mandate has led in part to a fraying at the edges of the venerable organization as it tries to adapt to a changing world. Managing that change has led to problems _ an indication of which emerged in 2009, when Amnesty handed over about 800,000 pounds ($1.2 million) to two former executives as part of a confidential payout upon departure.Meanwhile, the global economic crisis strained fund-raising. Donations which come from individuals, foundations and other charities totaled 907,000 pounds last year, compared with about 2.8 million pounds in 2007. Amnesty says the 2007 figures were buoyed by a pair of one-off donations and that their reporting periods changed, skewing results.Over the same five-year period, the number of people employed by the organization rose 15 percent. There’s been an even bigger jump in those making big salaries.Last year, Amnesty paid 36 people more than 60,000 pounds a year and seven of them received more than 100,000 pounds. In 2007, there were only seven people earning more than 60,000 pounds, three of whom received more than 100,000 pounds. Amnesty says those changes came after a review and were influenced by currency exchange fluctuations. Associated PressLONDON (AP) – Amnesty International workers in London walked off the job on Tuesday for the second strike in as many months in an embarrassing setback for an organization that campaigns for the rights of workers and is considered one of the world’s pre-eminent human rights advocates.The walkouts are a public airing of staff complaints that have been building for years, with tensions rising dramatically in recent weeks as Amnesty’s international operations prepare to re-organize. Sponsored Stories “Transnational groups such as Amnesty are now strategizing how to best expand their global coverage in order to remain relevant to evolving human rights challenges, though this is usually being done without an … increase in resources,” he wrote. “Across the world of foundations and NGOs, the trend is away from centralization and towards more experimentation at the regional and local levels. Whether this will lead to more effective advocacy practice remains an open question.”___Associated Press Writer Frank Jordans contributed to this story.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milk Comments   Share   Last week, Amnesty’s program director for the Americas, Susan Lee, resigned, expressing shock at “senior management’s failure to honor its commitments to treat staff fairly and with respect.” The next day, the union voted to strike, saying it had “lost all confidence in senior management because it lacks integrity, competence, transparency and accountability.”“The organization’s ability to conduct research and campaigning in defense of human rights has been undermined, and the organization faces a threat to its very existence,” the resolution said.Not so, Amnesty’s management says. The restructuring will make the organization stronger, said Amnesty’s senior director of campaigns and communications, Thomas Schultz-Jagow.“The overall aim for this is to maximize the impact our organization has for justice and human rights,” he said.From its humble start, its programs now go beyond some of the classical issues for which it made its name, such as the campaign against the death penalty. It started fighting for the rights of indigenous peoples against the perils of poverty and for corporate accountability for human rights abuses.center_img Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to help Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project “It’s been like a perfect storm for Amnesty,” said Gerald Steinberg, the head of NGO Monitor, an organization that offers information and analysis on human rights groups. “They really are in trouble. They’ve been in crisis for a number of years.”Schultz-Jagow makes no apology for the reorganization, saying that Amnesty has to adapt _ though he noted with regret that some staff members will likely be forced to leave. In a telephone interview with The Associated Press, he argued that the complexity of human rights violations has increased and the organization needs to move with the times.“The main driver for this is our belief that we need to be based and operate much closer to where human rights violations take place,” he said.Meanwhile, other organizations have moved into territory where Amnesty once enjoyed exclusivity. Human Rights Watch, for example, with its critical reports, has steadily gained in influence and has the backing of wealthy philanthropist and financier George Soros.While Amnesty has its issues, they are not alone among human rights groups in the struggle to adapt.Alexander Cooley, chairman of the Department of Political Science at Barnard College in New York, said in a statement that two significant pressures are currently besetting several international advocacy groups: funding and global restructuring. Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t likelast_img read more

Arizona Cardinals safety Tyrann Mathieu was named

first_img Arizona Cardinals safety Tyrann Mathieu was named the NFC Defensive Player of the Month for November Thursday.The third-year safety out of LSU helped the Cardinals go undefeated for the month, and has been a big part of the team’s 9-2 start to the 2015 campaign.In four November contests, Mathieu registered 27 total tackles, one tackle for loss, two interceptions and five passes defensed.For the season, Mathieu is second on the team with 70 total tackles and is tied for the team lead with four interceptions, including one returned for a touchdown in a 47-7 win over the San Francisco 49ers in Week 3. Top Stories Comments   Share   Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact It is Mathieu’s first career selection as the NFC Defensive Player of the Month and it’s only the second time a Cardinals player has won the award. Safety Kwamie Lassiter did so in 2001. Since the inception of the monthly awards in 1986, the Cardinals have also had two players win the offensive honor (Neil Lomax in October 1988 and Boomer Esiason in November of 1996) and three special teams players (Neil Rackers in October and December of 2005, Patrick Peterson in November 2011 and Justin Bethel in December of 2014). Arizona Cardinals free safety Tyrann Mathieu is tackled by Seattle Seahawks tight end Jimmy Graham after he intercepted a pass during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 15, 2015, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)last_img read more

June 14 2002 The Vaults became a livesize chess

first_imgJune 14, 2002 The Vaults became alive-size chess-board. Master of Ceremony, May workshopper RohanLoveland, prepared the site and called the rules, which consisted ofeach player taking a turn deciding a move, starting with the king.[Photo & text: SA] >>left>> The amazing white queen Gwen Birk. >>right>> Black king Malcom>>Sutherland with black knight Sarah Badiali. [Photo & text: SA] The game inprogress. All had a great time and the black team won. [Photo: T &text: SA]last_img read more