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Congress must act against cyber crime

first_imgby: Frank Keating, Richard Hunt, Jim Nussle, Tim Pawlenty, Camden R. Fine, B. Dan Berger, Jim AramandaWhen consumer expectations don’t match reality, things can go terribly wrong.Americans expect companies with which they do business to protect their sensitive personal and financial data.  Yet, the reality is American consumers are under constant threat of identity theft and fraud due to lax security practices that leave the door open to cyber criminals.Based on recent press reports, literally hundreds of millions of debit and credit card accounts have been compromised at major retail locations.  It is important to remember that behind each of these compromised accounts are everyday Americans who now have to deal with the raw and frightening consequences of having their virtual identity stolen.  In 2014 alone, criminals stole $16 billion from more than 12.7 million fraud victims and, not surprisingly, two-thirds of those victims can be traced to data breaches.  The stakes are high.  And consumers are paying the price. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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Tioga Downs, local leaders demand state reopens casinos

first_imgNICHOLS (WBNG) — Tioga Downs is demanding the state allows casinos to open after remaining closed even after phase four of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s reopening plan went into effect for the Southern Tier on June 26. Broome County Executive Jason Garnar asks, “If Walmart can open, why can’t Tioga Downs?” Additionally, horse racing officials say if the racetrack at the casino is not allowed to reopen, they will be forced to take 200 to 300 horses to kill pens. On July 16, Tioga Downs sent a WARN Notice to employees saying that if the casino’s racetrack does not open before Oct. 1. 2020, it will be forced to close. State Senator Fred Akshar was also in attendance at Friday’s news conference. Garnar says he was able to provide a tax cut last year due to the $1.5 million revenue the casino brings into the county. center_img More than 600 employees will be affected should that happen. At the conference Union workers also called upon the state to end of the difference between Tioga Downs and casinos on Native American territory, addressing the fact that the Turning Stone casino has been allowed to reopen. The casino says if the governor offers guidance, one thing it will do to ensure everyone’s safety is to take the temperature of all guests who enter the facility. In a news conference on Friday, Tioga County officials asked the governor to provide some guidance so they may reopen.last_img read more

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North Korea has Asia’s first outbreak of H7 avian flu

first_imgApril 5, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – The strain of avian influenza responsible for the deaths of 219,000 poultry in North Korea is not the same as the lethal H5N1 strain many experts fear could cause a worldwide pandemic.Tests conducted by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) have confirmed that the virus in North Korea is an H7 strain, although further subtyping has not been completed, according to an Associated Press (AP) story today.An FAO official said the discovery marks the first time an H7 outbreak has been identified in Asia, where H5N1 has caused poultry outbreaks in nine Asian countries and 50 human deaths in 3 countries since 2003.The FAO’s Hans Wagner traveled to North Korea when news of the outbreak surfaced in late March. “We have a new situation because H7 has so far not occurred in Asia,” Wagner told Reuters television in Beijing today, following his trip.”We want to know: How did it come to such a large farm with relatively good biosecuirty measures?” the AP quoted Wagner as saying. Three factory-style farms within 3 miles of Pyongyang, the North Korean capital, have been affected, news services said.Wagner described North Korean officials as “very cooperative” and said they had approved testing of bird samples by labs in China, Britain, and Australia, according to the AP.News of the outbreak has generated concern about its possible effects on North Korea’s poultry industry. The impoverished, secretive Communist state was thought to have about 25.5 million poultry in 2004, following a massive push to re-establish a local food supply. North Korea has seen widespread famine as a result of many factors, including natural disasters and bad harvests in the mid-1990s. The country has depended on foreign aid to feed its people.By North Korea’s official reckoning, famine has killed 200,000 people; international estimates range from 1.5 million to 3 million deaths, according to a 2000 estimate by the nonprofit group Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF).No human illness cases have been reported in connection with the North Korean outbreak, but H7 viruses have been known to spread from poultry to people before. A recent World Health Organization (WHO) report lists 93 human cases, including one death, as the result of H7 infections. All but four of these were linked with a major avian flu outbreak in the Netherlands in 2003.Although H7 viruses have made people ill, the cases have not been as severe as those in the current H5N1 outbreak in Southeast Asia. In most cases the symptoms, if any, were limited to conjunctivitis, according to the WHO. However, in the Dutch outbreak in 2003, a 57-year-old veterinarian died.Follow-up research on the Dutch outbreak suggested there were high rates of transmission of the virus from chickens to people and secondary transmission from person to person. At least 50% of people exposed to infected poultry in the outbreak were later found to have H7 antibodies, according to a 2004 report by the Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM).Further, 59% of people who hadn’t had contact with infected poultry but had household contact with an infected poultry worker had H7 antibodies, according to the RIVM. In all, researchers estimated that 1,000 to 2,000 people were infected with H7N7 in that outbreak, far more than the 89 cases officially reported.”This suggests that the population at risk for avian influenza was not limited to those with direct contact to infected poultry, and that person-to-person transmission may have occurred on a large scale,” the researchers concluded.Four H7 subtypes—H7N1, H7N4, H7N3, and H7N7—have been identified in highly pathogenic avian influenza poultry outbreaks, according to the WHO. It’s not yet clear which H7 subtype has sickened birds in North Korea. Further subtyping of the virus is pending, news services reported today.See also: WHO report “Avian Influenza: Assessing the Pandemic Threat”http://whqlibdoc.who.int/hq/2005/WHO_CDS_2005.29.pdflast_img read more

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Strutts flexes leisure muscle

first_imgStrutt & Parker has bought hotel and leisure specialist William Hillary to beef up its leisure team.The new leisure and hotel department, headed up by Strutt & Parker’s Roger Pryor, will operate as a niche section of Strutt & Parker and will quadruple the size of its existing leisure team. Pryor said: ‘Until now we have been limited in our ability to give advice on leisure. This move will allow us to branch out and give the sector proper representation.’ William Hillary, established in 1982 has five surveyors, while Strutt & Parker employs more than 500.last_img read more

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Biggest jump in world defense spending in 10 years: study

first_imgBoth China and the US increased spending by 6.6 percent, the report said, while Europe — driven by ongoing concerns about Russia — stepped up by 4.2 percent.But this growth only brought European defense spending back to levels seen in 2008, before the global financial crisis saw budgets slashed.European NATO members have been seeking to increase spending to placate President Donald Trump, who has repeatedly accused them of freeloading on the US.Trump has railed at European allies, particularly Germany, for not living up to a 2014 NATO pledge to spend two percent of GDP on defense.The mercurial president’s anger over spending has fueled concern about his commitment to the transatlantic alliance, culminating in an explosive 2018 summit where he launched a blistering public attack on Germany in a televised meeting with Chancellor Angela Merkel.Topics : Global spending on defense rose by four percent in 2019, the largest growth in 10 years, led by big increases from the US and China, a study said Friday.Beijing’s military modernization program — which includes developing new hard-to-detect hypersonic missiles — is alarming Washington and helping drive US defense spending, the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) said.The IISS’s annual “Military Balance” report said the increase alone in US spending from 2018 to 2019 — $53.4 billion — was almost as big as Britain’s entire defense budget.last_img read more

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VW to close most European plants ‘for two to three weeks’

first_imgCar manufacturing factories are being idled across Europe.Italian-American automaker Fiat Chrysler has halted production at six plants in Italy and one each in Serbia and Poland until March 27.France’s PSA Group, whose brands include Peugeot, Citroen and Opel, has said it too will shutter its European production sites starting this week.Its French rival Renault said it was suspending production at its four factories in Spain. The move comes as European governments take ever more drastic measures to keep people at home, and factory closures around the world interrupt deliveries of parts needed to keep car production going.Volkswagen’s powerful works council, which represents employees at the group, said separately that VW’s closures would broadly take effect from Friday — and slammed bosses for not taking more urgent action.”We believe this is too late! We expect an orderly exit from production now,” Germany’s works council chiefs said in an open letter.VW staffers who have to work closely together on assembly lines don’t understand why they should “risk infection” for “a few hundred more cars” when executives were already working from home, they wrote. Topics : ‘Very difficult Diess said the VW group faced a “very difficult” year as the coronavirus epidemic wreaks havoc with the global economy.In a press release announcing the company’s 2019 results, he said the coronavirus outbreak posed “unknown operational and financial challenges”.The group, whose stable of 12 brands includes Porsche, Audi, Seat and Skoda, declined to unveil an outlook for 2020.Volkswagen said the volatile situation and the unprecedented shocks to supply and demand made it “almost impossible” to make a reliable forecast.Volkswagen’s finance chief Frank Witter said it was “uncertain how severely or for how long” the pandemic upheaval will affect the company.But he said the group would make “full use of all measures” available “to support our employees and their families and to stabilize our business.”In a rare spot of bright news, VW said it had resumed operations in China, with the exception of its factories in Changsha and Urumqi, as the country appears to have turned a corner in the virus fightback.Looking at its 2019 results, the group said it saw revenues climb 7.1 percent to 252.6 billion Euros (US$282 billion).It achieved a net profit attributable to shareholders of 13.3 billion euros, up 12.8 percent on 2018, driven by strong sales of more expensive models. German auto giant Volkswagen said Tuesday it was preparing to shutter most of its European plants, joining a slew of other carmakers as the coronavirus pandemic disrupts supply chains and sends demand plummeting.”Production will be halted in Spain, Portugal and Slovakia and Italy before the end of this week,” CEO Herbert Diess said in a speech. “Most of the other German and European plants will begin preparing to suspend production, probably for two to three weeks,” he added.last_img read more

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Prabowo in Russia to discuss defense cooperation, attend WWII parade

first_imgDuring the recent visit, Prabowo and Fomin also talked about bilateral cooperation. “Both parties talked about bilateral relationship and cooperation in various fields, including education, joint training and the defense industry,” @Kemhan_RI wrote.Besides discussing the bilateral relationship, Prabowo also attended an annual event held by the Russian government. He was invited by the Russian minister of defense to attend the 75th anniversary of the allied victory over Nazi Germany in World War II. (aly)Topics : Defense Minister Prabowo Subianto visited Russian Deputy Minister of Defense Alexander Fomin in Russia on Tuesday, the official Twitter account of the Defense Ministry @Kemhan_RI announced.Menteri Pertahanan RI H. Prabowo Subianto, bertemu dengan Wamenhan Russia, Colonel General Alexander Fomin, Selasa (23/6) di Kantor Kemhan Rusia, di Moscow. #kemhanri #pemerintahbekerja pic.twitter.com/PGFSd2ZR7l— Kemhan RI (@Kemhan_RI) June 23, 2020It is the second time Probowo has visited Russia in the past six months. In January, Prabowo went to see Sergey Shoygu, the Russian minister of defense, to discuss defense and security cooperation.Read also: ‘It’s defense diplomacy’: Jokowi defends Prabowo‘s frequent overseas tripslast_img read more

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Arsene Wenger reveals Arsenal’s failed transfer bid for Jadon Sancho

first_imgAdvertisement Jadon Sancho scored his first England’s goals during Tuesday’s 5-3 win over Kosovo (Picture: Getty)Arsene Wenger has tipped Jadon Sancho for super stardom and revealed he attempted to sign England’s teenage sensation for Arsenal.The 19-year-old marked his eighth senior international appearance with his first goals during last night’s 5-3 Euro 2020 qualifying victory over Kosovo.Sancho took the decision to leave Manchester City two years ago given he was unlikely to be able to force his way into Pep Guardiola’s first team plans.Borussia Dortmund won the race to sign one of the most coveted young players in Europe and Sancho has subsequently thrived in the Bundesliga.ADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City Jadon Sancho has thrived in the Bundesliga for Borussia Dortmund (Picture: Getty)Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has identified Sancho as one of his primary long-term transfer targets but the winger could have been plying his trade in north London had Wenger been successful in luring the player to London.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘I wanted to take him from Man City when he didn’t get the games,” he told beIN SPORTS.‘I tried to lure him because he’s from London. I tried to get him to Arsenal.‘He’s one of the best players of his generation. He can dribble, he has the arrogance.‘There’s something in there that is part of the big players.‘You can call it arrogance, confidence, belief; but it has to be there.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 11 Sep 2019 1:09 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link135Shares Arsene Wenger reveals Arsenal’s failed transfer bid for Jadon Sancho Commentlast_img read more

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What is the number?

first_imgMaxim Institute 30 September 2016Family First Comment: A very good question from the Maxim Institute regarding assisted suicide. ‘’How many wrongful deaths is Parliament prepared to risk if these practices are legalised? What is the number? What is the acceptable error rate, where error means wrongful death?’’Anyone advocating for euthanasia or assisted suicide should have to answer this question: How many wrongful deaths is Parliament prepared to risk if these practices are legalised? What is the number? What is the acceptable error rate, where error means wrongful death?This was one of the arguments we made last week in Parliament. I was there with my colleague, Dr Jane Silloway Smith, to present Maxim Institute’s oral submission to the Health Select Committee, as part of their inquiry into the ending of one’s life in New Zealand. Here’s a few parts of our presentation to the Committee members.Our key point to the Select Committee was that our research has found that there is no safe way to legalise euthanasia or assisted suicide.That means legalisation would be bad public policy, and it would be bad law.Our submission drew from over two years of research into the international experience of euthanasia and assisted suicide. Despite the best intentions of lawmakers and the introduction of numerous safeguards into law, the practical evidence is that no safeguard is safe enough. For example, in Oregon, where assisted suicide is limited to those with a terminal diagnosis with 6 months or less to live, 7 people died last year after taking drugs prescribed in earlier years. Clearly, some of these people outlived their 6-month prognosis.There’s also a deeper underlying problem. Legalised euthanasia and assisted suicide create inequality by creating two categories of people in society: One, those whose lives are treated as sufficiently valuable that they’re not allowed to access euthanasia or assisted suicide; and two, those whose lives bear some characteristic – whether it be a terminal diagnosis, having a disability, or contracting a chronic condition – that changes the value of that person’s life so that euthanasia or assisted suicide becomes an acceptable option for them.This distinction can have shocking and deadly practical effects. It can exacerbate what are currently disappointing social and cultural realities of discrimination and marginalisation of the elderly, the sick and people with disabilities, turning them into both direct or indirect pressure to end their lives.It can also create great tensions in our collective efforts at suicide prevention by validating – in law – the idea that suicide is a reasonable, or even brave, response to suffering.We acknowledged that both sides of this debate are motivated by compassion, but it’s the responsibility of our MPs to think about the best rules for our whole community. They don’t make individualised decisions, and when they consider a far-reaching change, like this one, they have to think about just how widely the effects could be felt on all people, not just on particular cases that may be highlighted. They have to consider not just those who supposedly benefit from a law change, but those who would wear the negative effects as well.It was a great privilege to present our research to the Select Committee, and we look forward to hearing how they respond to our opening question.http://www.maxim.org.nz/Blog/What_is_the_number__last_img read more

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Mikel Arteta reacts after Arsenal’s draw at Chelsea

first_imgRead Also: EPL: 10-man Arsenal battle Chelsea to draw at Stamford Bridge“I am surprised – we are playing with lot of young kids and what they showed tonight is going to be great experience for them. If you put in everything, anything can happen.”Arteta even admitted he was just about to substitute Martinelli after Luiz got sent off and was grateful that he changed his mind as the 18-year-old Brazilian scored a leveller.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Arsenal defender David Luiz was sent off after just 28 minutes on his return to Stamford Bridge after Shkodran Mustafi’s defensive error. But the visitors twice came from behind with goals from Gabriel Martinelli and Hector Bellerin to leave Arteta full of praise for his team’s heroic display.Gunners boss Arteta said: “The spirit, character, fight and leadership was there. You have to really stand up. When someone makes a mistake and someone has to take a red card for him it can happen.“What has to happen is you have to stand up for him and every single player did that.“I sensed at half time they believed they could get back into the game. I wasn’t expecting Hector to score with his left foot but was very pleased. Mikel Arteta hailed Arsenal’s ten men heroes after they snatched an unlikely point in a dramatic London derby.Advertisementcenter_img Loading… Promoted ContentWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Year5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksTop 10 TV Friends Who Used To Be EnemiesInsane 3D Spraying Skills Turn In Incredible Street Art12 Iconic Actors Whose Careers Were Stunted By A Single MovieWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?Who’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?How Good The CGI Effects In Those Movies Were!7 Famous And Incredibly Unique Places In Thailand10 Disney Characters Who Would Make Great Role Models7 Universities In The World With The Highest Market Valuelast_img read more

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