Feds lay out plan to boost online defences amid shortfall of cyber

first_imgOTTAWA – The federal government unveiled its plan to bolster Canada’s defences against nefarious online attacks and crime Tuesday, even as it acknowledged a shortage of skilled cyber-warriors to meet the country’s needs.Backstopped by more than $500 million in new funding over the next five years, Ottawa’s newly released cybersecurity strategy lays out a range of initiatives to help Canadians, business and the government better protect against cyberthreats.The strategy was the result of nearly two years of consultations with industry, academics and other experts, and updates the first such plan released by the Harper Conservatives in 2010.It comes as the internet and digital technology play an increasingly important role in every aspect of life, making many functions easier and leading to new economic opportunities — but also opening the country and Canadians up to new risks.And those risks appear to be increasing: The RCMP says that police services across the country received 24,000 reports of cybercrimes in 2016, which represented a 58 per cent increase over the previous two years.There are also growing concerns about the threat posed by foreign states, terrorist groups and others who may try to target the country’s electricity grids, banking services, hospitals and election systems.The new cybersecurity strategy does three things, starting with an increased emphasis on detecting, deterring and prosecuting cybercrime, Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale told a news conference on Parliament Hill.“We must substantially strengthen Canada’s cybersecurity capabilities to better protect ourselves and our systems against evolving cyberthreats,” he said, “while also enlarging our capacity to combat cybercrime and prosecute offenders.”To that end, the RCMP will add new cyber-investigators and become the main focal point for police across the country to report illegal activity online. It will also liaise with foreign partners to identify potential threats and crack down on criminal networks.The strategy also brings the various cybersecurity efforts underway in different federal departments under a new Canadian Centre for Cyber Security, Goodale said, which will be housed at the Communications Security Establishment and open in the fall.And it will attempt to help the private sector, especially small businesses, which officials say were the victims of 71 per cent of data breaches, better protect themselves, including through a voluntary certification program.“They comprise a huge chunk of the Canadian economy,” Goodale said of small businesses.“And they are as interconnected as the rest of us to their suppliers upstream and to their customers downstream, so if they have a cyber problem, that whole network could be infected.”Yet it wasn’t immediately clear how the government intended to address what will be one of the biggest hurdles to successfully implementing the plan’s ambitious goals: a shortage of cybersecurity specialists, both in Canada and around the world.“A shortage of cybersecurity talent makes it difficult for organization — including the federal government — to attract and retain the people they need to improve their cybersecurity or to disrupt cyberthreats,” the new strategy reads.Goodale described the shortage as “a huge challenge and a huge opportunity,” noting that the cybersecurity industry in Canada already supports an estimated 11,000 jobs and generates $1.6 billion in economic activity — numbers the government hopes to grow.“The world will be demanding people with these talents and skills who understand cybersecurity and can deliver the goods for their employers,” Goodale said, “whether they are in the private sector or the public sector.”But while the most recent federal budget set aside $8 million for up to 1,000 student work placements in cybersecurity, the strategy doesn’t include a dedicated focus on skills training or set aside funding to help grow the industry.“It’s disappointing to see a lack of commitment to build Canada’s cyber sector,” said Benjamin Bergen, executive director of the Council of Canadian Innovators, which represents many of Canada’s tech companies.“Cyber is the fastest growing ICT sector in the world and domestic innovators present an opportunity for our government to grow our economy and deploy world-class technology solutions for protecting Canada’s digital borders.”The plan was also largely silent about foreign-owned telecommunications companies such as Huawei, which intelligence chiefs in the U.S. have identified as a national security risk, and made no mention of encrypting personal communications.The latter has been a contentious issue between privacy advocates and law enforcement, who have argued that such encryption poses a barrier to investigations.Goodale acknowledged the debate, saying that while it is obviously important for online banking and other commercial activities, “there are important questions about law enforcement and national security being able to properly conduct investigations.”– Follow @leeberthiaume on Twitter.last_img read more

Iron ore production to restart next year in Labrador mining town of

first_imgWABUSH, N.L. — The Labrador mining town of Wabush is in for a much-needed economic boost as one of Canada’s largest iron ore mines restarts production next year.Premier Dwight Ball was in Wabush today to announce the official reopening of the Scully mine, with hiring for 260 new jobs to begin over the next few weeks.Hundreds of people lost their jobs when Cliffs Natural Resources closed the Scully mine in 2014 after almost 50 years in operation. Minnesota-based Tacora Resources Inc. bought the mine and its assets in July 2017.Tacora CEO Larry Lehtinen says production is expected to restart in June 2019.Lehtinen says 100 per cent of the mine’s iron ore product is already sold for the next 15 years, and he estimated an operating life of at least 25 years.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Its not too late to save money on 2018 business taxes

first_imgNEW YORK — Small business owners who are uneasy about their 2018 taxes might find they can save some money even though the year is over. Here are three ways you can chip away at your tax bill:ARE THERE SAVINGS TO BE FOUND IN YOUR BOOKS?Owners with sloppy records will not only find it harder to compile their returns, the haphazard books may be costing them money — they may overlook expenses that will lower their tax bills. Tax advisers recommend hiring a bookkeeper or an accounting student to organize everything and be sure all your information is entered correctly into an accounting program. An investment in a bookkeeper is likely to be a lot cheaper than taking time away from your business to sort things out, and far less expensive than asking your accountant to straighten them out for you. Cleaning up your books now also lessens the likelihood of mistakes that could result in an unexpected bill from the IRS down the road, plus late payment penalties and interest.NEED MORE EXPENSES?While companies can no longer buy equipment or prepay bills for 2018, they still can make contributions to employee retirement plans and deduct the money on their 2018 returns. If they obtain a six-month extension, they have until Sept. 16 for partners and S corporations, and Oct. 15 for sole proprietors and C corporations, to make the contributions.The extra time is available to companies with Simplified Employee Pension, or SEP, plans; Savings Incentive Match Plan for Employees, or SIMPLE plans; and the more complex plans known as qualified plans. Owners can also set up SEP plans by the September or October due dates and then make contributions. The other types of plans must have been in existence by the end of 2018 for a business to claim the deduction.You can learn more about retirement plans in IRS Publication 560, Retirement Plans for Small Business. You can find it on the IRS website, www.irs.gov .CAR AND HOME OFFICE DEDUCTIONSOwners who run companies out of their homes and use their own cars for business have choices in how they claim deductions for each. Run the numbers under the different methods, and you might find that one gives you a bigger break.The home office deduction can be claimed by determining the percentage of a residence dedicated to exclusive and regular business use. An owner then adds up the actual expenses on the home, such as mortgage or rent, taxes, repairs, insurance and maintenance, and applies the percentage to that sum. That is the deductible amount.Alternatively, the owner multiples the number of square feet dedicated to the business, up to 300 square feet, and multiplies that number by $5. That amount can be deducted, and the owner can also deduct mortgage interest and taxes as usual on Schedule A, Itemized Deductions.You can learn more about home office deductions in IRS Publication 587, Business Use of Your Home.Similarly, owners determine how much of a car’s use is for business, and multiply that percentage against actual expenses like gas, insurance, repairs and loan interest or leasing charges. Or an owner may want to use the standard mileage rate of 54.5 cents for 2018 (it’s 58 cents for 2019) and multiply the percentage against that.You can learn more about deducting the use of your car in IRS Publication 463, Travel, Entertainment, Gift, and Car Expenses.___For more small business news, insights and inspiration, sign up for our free weekly newsletter here: http://discover.ap.org/ssb_____Follow Joyce Rosenberg at www.twitter.com/JoyceMRosenberg . Her work can be found here: https://apnews.com/search/joyce%20rosenbergJoyce M. Rosenberg, The Associated Presslast_img read more

A musical concert in Fez to help Syrian Refugees

first_imgFez- The Student Ambassadors for Peace club in Fez will organize a musical concert on Saturday, March 15, at 15h.30 in Alif Riad, Batha in Fez, to gather support for Syrian refugees residing in the city. The main objective of the event is to cooperate with Syrian refugees to aid them in affording their basic needs in Fez and coping with the difficult circumstances and trauma of their situation.Tickets are being sold for a symbolic MAD 20. Attendees will enjoy watching a musical group that is in the process of hitting the world stage while simultaneously helping their Syrian brothers and sisters to live and thrive in the city. The event anticipates generating a large audience base, promising to disseminate public awareness of the dire conditions Syrians face in Fez. “Because of the suffering and pain we feel in the eyes of Syrian families who, suddenly, found themselves homeless in Morocco, as result of the political crisis that crippled their home country, every day we see Syrians begging in order to survive,” reads a statement on the Student Ambassadors for Peace club’s Facebook Page. “This why our students at the club Ambassadors for Peace of the city of Fez, with the partnership of the American Language Centre, have decided to organize a party in solidarity with Syrian with the view to raising a sum of money that would allow us to put a smile in their face” it added. © Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributedlast_img read more

Thousands of recycled weapons tell story of violence at UN exhibit in

9 June 2010Created from 7,000 weapons that were seized around the world and decommissioned, and welded into a five-ton sculpture, a new installation outside the United Nations complex in Vienna is hoping to turn hearts and minds on the subject of violence. The Gun Sculpture is part of an exhibition entitled The Art of Peacekeeping that also includes a mural of photographs and stories of victims of war and other forms of violence and a blackboard and book where visitors can leave comments.The exhibition opened this month at the Vienna International Centre, ahead of a series of UN conferences in June focused on either security or the illicit arms trade.Artists Wallis Kendal and Sandra Bromley, who completed the sculpture a decade ago, said more than 150,000 people have already left messages on the blackboard or in the book as the artwork has toured various cities, including New York, Seoul and Ottawa.“We started in 1995 to address the issue of violence, either personal or through war lords or guerrilla action. We wanted to create something that would challenge people to stop and think, and to get them to respond with written comments,” Mr. Kendal told the UN News Centre.“It is very gratifying when you make an artwork and it provokes people to challenge the accepted way of thinking. When you see them pulling over their friends and creating a dialogue – that’s the main purpose,” Ms. Bromley said.In Seoul, the messages tended to focus on the division of the Korean Peninsula and the threat of nuclear war; in New York, local residents tended to write about street violence and domestic violence, the artists said.Mr. Kendal described the photo and story mural as “a central part of the exhibit,” depicting victims of violence that range from police officers to mothers and children.“We wanted to give people a balance, so they do not just see the sculpture as an artwork but as a catalyst that makes them respond to the suffering,” he added.Maher Nasser, Director, United Nations Information Service (UNIS), which helped bring the exhibit to Vienna, said it was raising awareness about the impact of violence and small arms.“I have seen a lot of people touch them [the guns], hold them, and feel the steel. So far, I have resisted that temptation because for me, I just cannot bring myself to hold any of those weapons. I do not want to be associated with the history of the death,” he added.The sculpture consists of 7,000 weapons ranging from small handguns to AK-47s to landmines, shells and rocket launchers impounded by police from criminal gangs or used in warfare. Each piece has been deactivated with an electric torch that destroyed the interior and one side of the firearm.“All the weapons bring a different narrative with them,” Ms. Bromley said, recalling a crate she opened from Nicaragua.“I picked up an AK-47 and literally threw it down because the grief embedded in the weapon was so strong. Some of the weapons seem to hold that, while others are more neutral.” The exhibit will be on display in Vienna until the end of July, and will then be moved to a yet undetermined location. read more

Security Council hears call for expanded UN peacekeeping mandate in Côte dIvoire

Deputy Foreign Minister Aziz Pahad was briefing the Council on Côte d’Ivoire’s latest peace accord, the Pretoria Agreement, negotiated and signed earlier this month in the South African capital, with President Thabo Mbeki mediating on behalf of the African Union (AU).Mr. Pahad said the leaders of the West African country wanted an impartial UN unit to aid the Independent Electoral Commission and the Constitutional Commission during the whole period of preparation for the 31 October elections.Such a unit would help to streamline nationality documents and identity cards and help plan the electoral process, he said.Côte d’Ivoire, long the world’s leading cocoa producer, has been split between the north, held by the rebel Forces Nouvelles, and the south, under the control of the Government’s Defence and Security Forces of Côte d’Ivoire, since a coup attempt against President Laurent Gbagbo failed in 2002 and was turned into an insurgency.The area between them is held by peacekeepers of the UN Operation in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI) and UN-authorized French Licorne forces.The Council also needed to consider deploying a special force under UNOCI to guard the cantonments of the disarmed, demobilized Forces Nouvelles combatants while they were waiting to be rehabilitated and reintegrated into either the national army or their communities, Mr. Pahad said.A 600-strong police force would be needed in the north once the Forces Nouvelles moved into the cantonments, so as not to leave a security vacuum, he added.On the sensitive matter of who would be eligible by nationality to run for the presidency, Mr. Pahad said President Laurent Gbagbo, after certain consultations, would allow the constitutional council to accept candidates presented by the parties that had signed the 2003 Linas-Marcoussis peace agreement.Senior members of the Forces Nouvelles who had taken ministerial positions and left them were returning to their offices again, he said, and additional measures were being put in place to allow Forces Nouvelles leader Guillaume Soro to return to the country’s major city, Abidjan.South Africa would train protection forces for all Forces Nouvelles ministers, starting on 2 May, he added, and it hoped UNOCI would complement that effort. read more

9 very important decisions you had to make about your school uniform

first_imgSCHOOL UNIFORMS AS we know them may soon become a thing of the past.Education Minister Ruairi Quinn has announced new plans which will see schools consult with parents to decide upon uniforms, what they should look like and if they want them at all.Imagine if uniforms were gotten rid of entirely?  For most of us, it would be a brave new world.  A world where decisions like this, once agonised over, were no longer important.Skirt or trousers Source: DebenhamsYes, we’ve heard your gasps, but in recent years many girls are given the option of wearing trousers instead of a skirt.But if you chose to wear them, what did that say about you?  In some schools it made you cool, in others it made you a weirdo.  The dynamics are so complex!Skirt length Source: Photocall IrelandThis was a key decision, particularly if your school skirt was mid-length rather than full length.Would you roll it up?  Get your mam to hem it?  How short could you get away with?  Would it make you look like a slapper?Of course, there were also the girls who flat out refused to mess with the length of their skirts and in fact stood in disdainful judgment of those who did. For them the length of a school skirt was far too frivolous a concern.Holes in your jumper sleevesFor some people, tearing some holes in the sleeves of your jumper for your thumbs to stick through was the epitome of comfort and coolness.For others it meant you were an Emo who listened to bad music.Which were you?  WHY IS LIFE SO COMPLICATED?Shoes Source: ASOS MarketplaceDespite the strict guidelines around colour and occasionally style, your school shoes were a real opportunity for self-expression.Would your shoes have laces?  Would they be loafers?  Heels?  Kickers?  Dubes?  Doc Martens?  Pumps from Penneys?  IT’S A MINEFIELD PEOPLE.Tights or socks Source: EbayIf you wore a skirt to school, the tights/socks decision was very important.People were judged harshly for making the wrong call around the change of season, and if you went socks too soon you felt like a total goon.Short sleeved/long sleeved shirt Source: Stitch FactoryIt’s warm.  There are several short sleeved shirts in your wardrobe, but if you wear one you will be condemned to social death.  WHAT DO YOU DO?That’s if you were a boy.  If you were a girl it wasn’t such a big deal.Hair accessories Source: SpojeníFor female students, the selection of hair accessories was a complex process.  While one didn’t want to look like one had tried to hard, an artfully tied ribbon or carefully place hair slide could set you apart from the rest.Never again in life are hair accessories so carefully considered.  (Aside from weddings obv.)School bag Source: TDN ChannelBoth style and decoration were to be considered here.  Should you go for a two strap backpack?  Or a one strap messenger bag?  Jansport or Roxy?  Should you use one strap, or two?Should you decorate it with band’s names or leave it clean?SO MANY QUESTIONS!Coat and outerwear Source: Kennedi BoutiqueWhile some schools had very specific guidelines regarding your jacket, others were a little loose, allowing you to exercise some personal preference.  Should you choose a short jacket or a long coat?  Should you include a decorative scarf?Or perhaps you were a total rebel and ignored the school guidelines, in which case you may have even experimented with a denim jacket or tracksuit top.  You were very cool, weren’t you?14 things you’ll remember if you went to an all-girls school>Jennifer Lawrence breaks barrier to speak to superfan with disability>last_img read more

Xbox One will not upgrade to 12GB of RAM Microsoft confirms

first_imgFor a little while, a rumor was floating around the great wide web that Microsoft was thinking about upgrading some of the hardware of the Xbox One console before its release. Normally, upgrading the hardware of a console so soon after its reveal — especially before its debut release — would be out of the ordinary. However, mounting pressure from Sony’s PS4 being perceived as a significantly better purchase forced Microsoft to change almost everything about the Xbox One in one way or another — including its hardware specs. Now, Microsoft confirms that one thing won’t be changing: the console’s RAM.An early rumor claimed that the Xbox One would get a boost in clock speed, and the RAM would get a bump from 8GB to 12GB. About a week ago, Microsoft confirmed that the Xbox One’s GPU would receive a modest 53MHz boost in clock speed, going from 800MHz to 853MHz. So, it would appear that the dual-rumor of a clock speed and RAM upgrade would seem true, meaning a RAM announcement was soon to follow. Well, one did follow. Microsoft product planning manager Albert Penello took to Twitter and announced that the Xbox One would not receive a boost to 12GB of RAM. Oh well.Glad you all like headset. We’re not going to 12gb, just to be clear. Feeling great about game performance – stuff is looking killer.— Albert Penello (@albertpenello) August 8, 2013As you can see from the wording above, though, Penello didn’t quite rule out a bump to other amounts of RAM — for example, an entirely likely 3TB. The phrasing “feeling great about game performance,” however, does make it sound like Microsoft has found a sweet spot at 8GB, so those dreams of owning a game console with 1PB of RAM will have to wait for at least one more generation.last_img read more

Haitian workers in TCI closer to being treated at home

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 10 Sept 2015 – Thursday ends a five-day mission to Haiti by a team of health officials from the National Health Insurance Board, which hopes to explore a patient care program with the Haitian government. The program would allow TCI authorities to send Haitian patients to Haiti for care in extreme medical situations.The trip, which ran from September 6th-10th, saw NHIP officials speak with government health agencies and conduct hospital tours as both countries discuss the best plan going forward. It is no secret that the healthcare system has been overwhelmed by migrants. If successful, this agreement would eliminate the need to send Haitians to countries like The Bahamas or Jamaica; a process that can be challenging when dealing with clearance for migrant workers whose status is questionable. last_img read more

Remembering DDay

first_imgRemembering D-Day Posted: June 6, 2019 June 6, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – On the 75th anniversary of the Normandy landings, USN Veteran and USS Midway historian Karl Zingheim discussed the importance of D-Day and what it means to the veteran and military communities of San Diego. KUSI Newsroom, KUSI Newsroom last_img read more

ExCUET student killed in road accident

first_imgLogo of Chittagong University of Engineering and Technology (CUET)A former student of Chittagong University of Engineering and Technology (CUET) was killed after a bus ran over him in New Monsurabad area of Chittagong on Friday night.The deceased is Farhan Momen, 27, son of a certain Mahbubur Rahman, hailing from Lakshmipur and a 42nd batch (2011) student of Mechanical Engineering department at CUET.Chittagong medical college police outpost nayek Amir Hossain said that the bus hit Farhan while he was crossing road in the area of Pahartoli police station around 10:30pm, leaving him critically injured.Later, he was taken to the hospital where physicians declared him dead on arrival.last_img

Kamal wont contest polls

first_imgDr Kamal HossainJatiya Oikya Front leader Kamal Hossain will not contest the 11th parliamentary elections, said Gano Forum executive president Subrata Chowdhury on Wednesday.Subrata Chowdhury, also an Oikya Front leader, came up with the remarks after submitting his nomination paper for Dhaka-6 constituency to the returning officer at the Dhaka divisional commissioners’ office around 1:30pm.“We’re gradually becoming frustrated over elections. The EC’s attitudes show they are going to hold a controversial election. They had a plan to stage another one-sided election that was held on 5 January 2014 . We’ve created an election atmosphere by forming the Oikya Front,” he added.last_img

Trump Vision Of MexicoUS Border Roils Mexicos Domestic Politics

first_imgLorne Matalon/Marfa Public RadioMexican President Enrique Peña Nieto has low approval ratings following a series of scandals. The leading presidential candidate in Mexico’s 2018 election, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, is critical of both Peña and U.S. President Donald Trump.Mexico will elect a new president next year. Although he has now at least temporarily delayed withdrawing the United States from the North American Free Trade Agreement, continued uncertainty over NAFTA and U.S. President Donald Trump’s plans for a border wall are roiling Mexican politics. The outcome may have implications for the nearly five million American jobs that are tied directly to trade with Mexico.Former Mexico City mayor Andrés Manuel López Obrador is one of several figures who have either declared their candidacy or expressed interest. Others include Margarita Zavala, wife of former president Felipe Calderón and Miguel Ángel Mancera, Mexico City’s current mayor. Peña Nieto’s six-year term ends next year. The constitution bars him from seeking re-election. Mexico’s political parties must nominate presidential candidate by March 2018 for the a vote that will take place the following July. The jockeying has already started.Trump’s election has triggered a rise in Mexican nationalism. A populist Mexican leftist who wants to reduce economic dependence on the United States is channeling that nationalism.  Though defeated in Mexico’s last two elections,  López Obrador is leading in numerous polls as Mexico’s next presidential cycle approaches. He’s riding revulsion over Trump’s anti-Mexico rhetoric. López Obrador told Univisiontelevision journalist León Krauze that Mexico should not accept American military assistance currently provided each year under terms of the Merida Initiative.“I never dreamed in my lifetime of a U.S. president that would be afraid of Mexico, afraid of competition,” Juan Carlos Romero Hicks says.Romero Hicks is a member of the Mexican Senate’s Foreign Relations Committee. He says Trump has given the left a political gift. Since Trump’s victory, Romero Hicks has continued to promote an integrated North American economy. But he said that has not been an easy task since the American election.“In the U.S. there’s notion that is not correct that Mexicans are taking jobs from Americans, that we are a security threat. Building a wall is absurd,” he says.López Obrador is leveraging that feeling. He opposes the 2014 opening of Mexico’s oil and gas markets to foreign investors, many in the U.S.– names like Exxon Mobil and Chevron that’ve already moved in. He wants to import less U.S. corn and gasoline. He believes Mexico should stand up for itself. There is a blueprint of sorts. In 2009, Mexico placed tariffs on certain goods from Oregon and California during a trade dispute. The tariffs were only lifted when the U.S. stopped blocking Mexican trucks from gaining full access to U.S. highways. Sharelast_img read more

HISD Has New Option To Consider On Risk Of State Takeover

first_imgListen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X Share HISDKashmere High School has missed state standards for going on seven years. If HISD doesn’t improve it and all its other chronically failing schools, it could face a state board of managers.The Houston Independent School District has new options to consider for struggling schools, which could give them a two-year waiver on the state’s accountability system and looming sanctions.In a closed-doors meeting Thursday afternoon, the HISD board of trustees discussed plans to improve chronically low-performing schools — and avoid a state takeover or massive school closures next year.One new option on the table: convert schools that have missed state standards for four or fewer years to in-district charters, or contract their management to outside charter management groups. That would give the board a two-year reprieve. It would also give them an extra $1,000 per student at those campuses.“I’m hopeful now because if you give me a thousand dollars extra per student, do you know what that would do for a campus?” said HISD Board President Wanda Adams after the meeting. “You can look at re-organizing magnet programs, re-organizing career and technology programs, reorganizing to see where we start.  So, it’s like a wonderful, wonderful thing.”Adams said that the board hasn’t made any decision on that option, but plans to meet early next week to continue the discussion.That option, however, wouldn’t apply to schools that have failed state standards for five or more years, such as Kashmere High School in Northeast Houston.“I feel more informed, but I’m in the same spot as far as the sense of urgency,” said HISD Trustee Rhonda Skillern-Jones, who represents Kashmere. “The situation that we’re in, it’s not any different yesterday than today, but what we do know is that we’re very clear on what the options are, what the rules are under the option. And I appreciate that they (the Texas Education Agency) was willing to have the conversation and give us some guidance.”In some ways, the meeting replayed what the state’s Deputy Education Commissioner told some Houston trustees a year ago — that chronically struggling must improve, or the district will face tough sanctions, like state appointed managers, under a new state law known as House Bill 1842.The same administrator, A.J. Crabill, returned to HISD as the elected board faces even more pressure, with more than a dozen schools currently on that list, and only one year to fix all of them. Even one school that has missed standards for five or more years can trigger those sanctions in August 2018.“My decision process is let’s do everything we can, so that a year from now we’re having a conversation about how we improved student outcomes — not a conversation about how we implement this particular aspect of state law,” Crabill said. “What I know is that we absolutely can ensure that these students are successful at the highest levels.”Crabill told News 88.7 that his focus was to give the board information about the law and to support those schools’ improvement.“Our role is really to be an adviser and to identify what are the things that are working, where people are facing some similar circumstances, where students are struggling and where they’re really getting it done, where they’re seeing significant improvements in student outcomes,” Crabill said.He said that early projections show that HISD will have fewer chronically failing schools when new state ratings are released next week, but the Texas Education Agency is still concerned about the 14,000 students in HISD that attend a low-performing school or who themselves are performing below grade-level.“For those students, we need a better solution. We need something that will help them be successful and help them catch up. Because these children have all of the energy and the intellect and the enthusiasm and the curiosity — all the things they need to succeed at high levels. All that’s necessary is for us collectively — all the adults involved in the public education system — to lend whatever support we can,” Crabill said. 00:00 /01:12last_img read more

Navy challenges Delhi HC order in Apex Court

first_imgThe Indian Navy on Monday filed a Special Leave Petition in the Supreme Court challenging a recent order of the Delhi High Court asking it to grant permanent commission to 17 women officers who had retired after their Short Service Commission ended in 2006.The petition was filed hours after Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar said that the Navy would challenge the order.The Delhi High Court had on September 4 allowed a batch of petitions seeking permanent commission for them in the force, saying “sexist bias and service bias” would not be allowed to block progress of women. The court, while granting their plea, said the “women are here to stay” and since they “work shoulder-to-shoulder” with their male counterparts, it would “frown upon any endeavour to restrain the progress of women”. Parrikar said that in 2008, the Navy had opened its doors in Short Service Commission for granting permanent commission to women along with men.He said that permanent commission for SSC was not an option for men also prior to 2008. “There is no gender bias. In 2008, the Navy granted SSC to be changed to permanent commission to women in three streams – education, law and naval constructions.last_img read more

Court upholds Baumgartners conviction

first_img The difference between men and women when it comes to pain Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Top Stories Baumgartner denied having hit the truck driver but was fined (EURO)1,500 _ nearly $2,000 _ for bodily harm.In explaining Tuesday’s ruling Elisabeth Schmidbauer, who headed a three-judge appeals panel, said “there was no self-defense situation” on the part of Baumgartner.Baumgartner did not attend the hearing in Salzburg. His stratospheric jump last month set a record.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) VIENNA (AP) – An Austrian court has rejected an appeal by supersonic skydiver Felix Baumgartner against a conviction and fine for punching a truck driver.The case stems from a 2010 incident in Baumgartner’s home city of Salzburg in which a motorist and a Greek truck driver got into an argument. A lower court in April found that Baumgartner took the motorist’s side and hit the truck driver in the face. Comments   Share   4 ways to protect your company from cyber breachescenter_img Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project 4 sleep positions for men and what they mean Sponsored Stories Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenixlast_img read more

New York Reg Hits Ocwen on Backdated Foreclosure Notices

first_img New York’s top banking supervisor once again set his sights on Ocwen Financial Corp. this week, saying the non-bank servicer sent thousands of foreclosure warnings to borrowers months after it was too late to save their homes.In a letter released earlier this week, Benjamin Lawsky, superintendent of financial services for New York, said an investigation of Ocwen’s mortgage servicing practices turned up more than 7,000 letters sent to borrowers that had been backdated and sent only after their payment deadlines had passed.”In many cases, borrowers received a letter denying a mortgage loan modification, and the letter that was dated more than 30 days prior to the date that Ocwen mailed the letter. These borrowers were given 30 days from the date of the denial letter to appeal that denial, but those 30 days had already elapsed by the time they received the backdated letter,” Lawsky said in the letter, which was addressed to executives and board directors at Ocwen.In other cases, Lawsky said, Ocwen’s systems showed borrowers facing foreclosure received notices to cure their default months after the cure date had already passed.In addition, Lawsky claims the company ignored concerns brought up by an employee that its letter dating processes were inaccurate and misrepresented the severity of the problem to his team when questioned about it.”The existence and pervasiveness of these issues raise critical questions about Ocwen’s ability to perform its core function of servicing loans,” Lawsky said.This week’s letter is just the latest regulatory headache for Ocwen, the largest non-bank operating in the mortgage servicing space. The company has seen tighter scrutiny from Lawsky and other federal and state bank regulators in the last year as they turn their attention to independent servicers, who have grown significantly as banks come under heavier regulation.On Wednesday, a group of state bank supervisors—including a representative from Lawsky’s New York office—announced the formation of a new task force to analyze growth and practices at non-bank servicers in the hope of developing workable servicing standards for that segment.In a statement, Ocwen said the backdating issue stems from software errors in correspondence systems. While the company is not certain how many borrowers received backdated letters, it believes it has resolved the issues that have been found so far.”We are continuing to review the rest of the cases,” the company said. “We are working with and fully cooperating with DFS and the Monitor to address their concerns.”A spokesperson representing the company turned down a request for an interview. October 23, 2014 538 Views in Daily Dose, Government, Headlines, News, Servicing New York Reg Hits Ocwen on Backdated Foreclosure Noticescenter_img Benjamin Lawsky Compliance Ocwen Regulation 2014-10-23 Tory Barringer Sharelast_img read more

Wells Fargo Agrees to Pay Over HELOC Investigation

first_img Share Wells Fargo Agrees to Pay Over HELOC Investigation February 6, 2015 643 Views Wells Fargo has agreed to pay more than $4 million in penalties in redress over allegations of misconduct related to loan qualifications and an illegal home equity product offered by a former affiliate to borrowers in New York.In a statement released Thursday, the New York Department of Financial Services (NYDFS) said that Wells Fargo Financial Credit Services of New York offered loans to customers that allowed them to make credit card purchases secured by in interest in their own homes. Such loans are barred under state law.”Our investigation uncovered that this Wells Fargo affiliate put borrowers’ homes on the line for routine credit card purchases—creating substantial and undue risks for consumers,” said department Superintendent Benjamin Lawsky.Wells Fargo took ownership of the loan accounts in 2008 after the affiliate surrendered its license.The department’s consent order adds that a separate investigation in 2008 turned up evidence that certain mortgage loan documents contained altered information about borrowers’ incomes in order to qualify them for loans they would have otherwise not received.The order also says loan officers for the bank steered certain borrowers into loans with higher-cost subprime rates when the borrowers were potentially eligible for prime interest rate mortgages.As a result of the investigation, Wells Fargo has agreed to pay a penalty to the department of $2 million. The bank will also retroactively reduce interest rates for approximately 1,300 affected borrowers, resulting in an additional $2.2 million. Going forward, the rate reduction is also expected to provide additional relief of about $311,619.”New Yorkers deserve to trust who they do business with—and because of this aggressive investigation, individuals and families across the state will be justly compensated,” said New York Governor Andrew Cuomo.In an email, Wells Fargo spokesperson Tom Goyda said the bank is “pleased to have resolved the New York Department of Financial Services’ concerns,” adding that the affiliate stopped offering the product to New York customers in 2005.center_img in Daily Dose, Government, Headlines, News Benjamin Lawsky HELOCs Home Equity New York Department of Financial Services Settlements Wells Fargo 2015-02-06 Tory Barringerlast_img read more

The Cardinals beat the Green Bay Packers 388 in f

first_imgThe Cardinals beat the Green Bay Packers 38-8 in front of 64,878 fans at University of Phoenix Stadium, clinching a first-round playoff bye in the process.Arizona led by 10 and took over on their own 24-yard line after a Tim Masthay punt with two minutes left in the second quarter. On first down, Palmer tried to hit running back David Johnson on a screen pass, but it was intercepted by lineman Mike Daniels, who returned it to the Cardinals’ 15-yard line.Rodgers got the Packers down to the 10-yard line and faced a 3rd-and-5 from there. He targeted receiver James Jones in the right corner of the end zone, but Bethel deflected and caught the ball for his second pick of the season.You are wonderful, @Jbet26! #GBvsAZ pic.twitter.com/zrU2whhwQJ— Arizona Cardinals (@AZCardinals) December 27, 2015Palmer then hit Michael Floyd on a 47-yard pass on first down, which took the Cardinals to the Green Bay 33. Six plays later, he’d connect with John Brown on a 7-yard touchdown strike that stretched the Cardinals’ lead. Bethel knew he was going to get picked on by Rodgers and the Packers, with Patrick Peterson continuing his season-long lockdown of one side of the field and the Cardinals missing starting safeties Tyrann Mathieu and Rashad Johnson. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact “You kind of have to know it’s going to happen,” Bethel said. “It’s not like I’m surprised. I don’t know how many times they threw at me. They kept on doing that back-shoulder (throw). That’s like one of the hardest routes to cover. There are definitely some things that I can get better at. I’m going to keep working and get ready for the playoffs.” – / 36 Arizona Cardinals cornerback Justin Bethel (28) intercepts a pass intended for Green Bay Packers wide receiver James Jones (89) in the end zone during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 27, 2015, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) 0 Comments   Share   Top Stories center_img The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling GLENDALE, Ariz. — On a day when the Arizona Cardinals racked up nine quarterback sacks (the most they’ve had in a game since 1986), forced four turnovers and scored twice, there were enough defensive highlights to fill a 30-minute television show.But one stood above the others on the importance scale. Cornerback Justin Bethel picked off an Aaron Rodgers pass in the end zone with under a minute to go in the first half. What could have been a 10-7 game at the break turned into a 17-0 Arizona lead as Carson Palmer marched the Cardinals on an 80-yard touchdown drive in the two-minute drill. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retireslast_img read more

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first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Documentary about 1939 Nazi rally in New York up for Oscar FILE — This Feb. 20,1939 file photo shows a crowd of demonstrators outside New York’s Madison Square Garden as they seize a uniformed member of the German American Bund who had emerged from a Bund rally and attempted to enter a taxi. he pro-Hitler rally that took place 80 years ago this week at New York’s Madison Square Garden is the subject of a short documentary that’s up for an Oscar this Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019. The film directed by Marshall Curry is called a “A Night at the Garden.” (AP Photo, File) NEW YORK — A crowd of 20,000 gives the Nazi salute as swastikas flank a giant portrait of George Washington.Unimaginable to most Americans, the pro-Hitler rally that took place 80 years ago this week inside New York’s Madison Square Garden is the subject of a short documentary that’s up for an Oscar.The seven-minute film shows Fritz Kuhn, the leader of the pro-Nazi German American Bund, decrying “the Jewish-controlled press” and demanding “a socially just, white, gentile-ruled United States.”Documentary filmmaker Marshall Curry said that after learning about the 1939 Bund rally, which he could barely believe had happened, he asked a researcher friend to help him locate archival footage of the Feb. 20, 1939, event.“Once he pulled it all together and I saw it, I thought it was very surreal and frightening, and I wanted to find a way to make something of it and share it with the world,” Curry said.Curry sees parallels to 2019, when Republican President Donald Trump calls news organizations enemies of the people and anti-Jewish attacks are increasing. The anniversary of the rally comes as New York police report a 72 per cent increase in hate crimes in the city over the past year, with anti-Semitic crimes making up almost two-thirds of the total of 55.In “A Night at the Garden,” mounted police officers hold back protesters outside the Garden, about a mile north of the arena’s present-day location and where the marquee advertises “Pro American Rally” along with a New York Rangers hockey game the following night.Inside, people in suits and dresses cheer as Kuhn calls for “gentile-controlled labour unions, free from Jewish Moscow-directed domination.” A protester rushes the stage and is tackled and beaten by uniformed Bund troops.The protester, 26-year-old Isadore Greenbaum, was later arrested and charged with disorderly conduct. Details including his name and Kuhn’s are not spelled out in the documentary, which immerses the viewer in the rally rather than having a narrator explain it.Curry said he considered using a narrator but “ultimately almost on a whim I edited it together as if it were a verite documentary where you dropped the audience into this rally and you had to figure out what was going on. I found that it was more compelling that way.”Daniel Greene, a Northwestern University historian who curated an exhibit at the U.S. Holocaust Museum on Americans’ response to the Holocaust, said the Madison Square Garden rally was one of the most important events in the relatively short life of the German American Bund, which aimed to build support for a fascist America.“You have about 20,000 people inside, and some people estimate that there were about 100,000 protesters on the street outside,” Greene said.Kuhn’s rhetoric, Greene said, was “full of stereotypical lies about Jews, anti-Semitic lies like Jews are secretly controlling international finance, Jews are secretly controlling the American media.”“A Night at the Garden” is one of five films in contention for best documentary, short subject, at Sunday’s Academy Awards ceremony.Karen Matthews, The Associated Press by Karen Matthews, The Associated Press Posted Feb 22, 2019 7:08 am PDTlast_img read more