No Triple Crown: Exaggerator Beats Nyquist For Preakness

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first_imgBALTIMORE — Despite the fog, the rain and an undefeated Kentucky Derby winner to contend with, Hall of Fame jockey Kent Desormeaux knew the best route to the Preakness winner’s circle with Exaggerator — stay inside and wait.The rider who started his career in Maryland guided Exaggerator to a 3 1/2-length victory over Cherry Wine in the May 21 $1.5 million Preakness, ending any chance for a Triple Crown follow up after American Pharoah accomplished the rare feat last year. Nyquist finished third.Just call Pimlico Race Course home track advantage, Desormeaux.Stride by stride, Exaggerator made up ground along the rail as Nyquist and Uncle Lino dueled for the lead. Desormeaux was watching.“I had a dream trip,” he said. “To me it looked like Nyquist was trying to establish an outward position, maybe in the four path. He was jockeying for position all the way down the back side. And Exaggerator just kind of slid up the fence to the far turn where I actually got to slow him down and say ‘whenever I’m ready.’”He was ready with 3/16ths of a mile to go, and splashed his way past Nyquist to finally beat his nemesis after four losses, including a runner-up finish in the Derby.“It was an amazing race and Exaggerator is an amazing horse,” Desormeaux said.The day began on a somber note. Two horses died and a jockey was injured in the first four races, one of the horses bred and owned by Gretchen and Roy Jackson — the owners of the ill-fated Barbaro.It was 10 years ago when Derby winner Barbaro shattered bones in his right hind leg at the start of the Preakness. Seven months later, he was euthanized.The Jacksons’ 4-year-old filly Pramedya was euthanized on the track May 21 after she broke down during the fourth race. Jockey Daniel Centeno broke his right collar bone.Earlier, 9-year-old gelding Homeboykris won the first race, and then collapsed and died while being led back to his barn.Nyquist was the 3-5 favorite in the 11-horse field, with Exaggerator the second choice at 5-2. But this day was all Exaggerator — no kidding.The 3-year-old son of two-time Horse of the Year Curlin trailed by 13 lengths at one point but kept gaining ground along the rail. Desormeaux saw an opening around the final turn, angled outside and Exaggerator took over.“I was actually trying to slow him down, asking him to wait,” Desormeaux said. “And he just blew up and felt like King Kong. And when I pitched him out, he did what he can do. He exploded.”Stradivari was fourth, followed by Lani, Laoban, Uncle Lino, Fellowship, Awesome Speed, Collected and Abiding Star.Exaggerator, the 5-2 second choice, returned $7.20, $3.20 and $2.40. Cherry Wine paid $9.80 and $4.20, and Nyquist $2.20 to show. Winning time for the race was 1:58.31.Nyquist broke well under Mario Gutierrez, and he and 34-1 long shot Uncle Lino went back and forth on the lead.The duel was costly. When asked for his usual winning burst, the son of Uncle Mo just didn’t have it for the first time in his career.“Hats off to Exaggerator and Team Desormeaux. What a great run,” Nyquist’s trainer Doug O’Neill said. “I didn’t think we could get beat, to be honest with you.”Trained by Kent’s younger brother, Keith, Exaggerator showed his talent in the slop once again.He won the Santa Anita Derby over a sloppy track. It was the first Preakness winner for the trainer who also began his career in Maryland, and third for the Hall of Fame rider.Last year, American Pharoah became the first Triple Crown winner in 37 years, and there were many who thought Nyquist would make it two in a row and become the 13th horse to sweep the Derby, Preakness and Belmont.Exaggerator earned $900,000 for the win, improving his career bankroll to $2,971,120. The powerfully built bay colt has won five of 11 starts, with three runner-finishes. He was beaten by Nyquist twice last year — in the debut race for each last June, and then in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile. In the 3-year old debuts for each, it was Nyquist by 1 1/2 lengths in the San Vicente.“I did what I could to get him happy and fresh and strong. I’ve always said he’s had a great ability to recover and he showed it today,” Keith Desormeaux saidThe Desormeaux brothers have different personalities, and seem to enjoy ribbing each other. There were no family hugs, and no special celebrations.“I looked at him and he looked at me, and I got a fist pump,” Kent said. “That’s all we did.”A drenched record crowd of 135,256 saw Exaggerator end his losing streak in a big way.“It wasn’t like we felt we could grind him down,” Keith said. “We always felt we had an exceptional talent.”And now, it’s on to the Belmont Stakes for Exaggerator. “We can’t wait to run in that race,” Keith said.(RICHARD ROSENBLATT, AP Racing Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

IPL 2019: Rabada completes Kohli-de Villiers double to clinch career-best T20 figures

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first_imgKagiso Rabada became the latest bowler in Indian Premier League (IPL) to pick up the wickets of Royal Challengers Bangalore superstars AB de Villiers and Virat Kohli in the same match.Rabada shone with the ball for Delhi Capitals as they restricted RCB to just 149 for 8 in 20 overs at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium on Sunday.Virat Kohli-led Royal Challengers Bangalore, sporting green for the annual “Go Green” initiative, were hoping for a change in fortunes after five straight defeats in IPL 2019.However, if their batting performance is anything to go by, RCB are well on their way to complete six in six.Kagiso Rabada picked up his career-best bowling figures on a Bengaluru track that offered a bit of assistance to the pace bowlers.It all started when Rabada outfoxed his countryman AB de Villiers with a slower ball to send him walking back for 17 in the final over of the powerplay.Coming back to bowl his third over towards the end of the innings, Rabada derailed RCB’s progress by picking up three wickets in a space of six balls.He removed Virat Kohli for 41 just when the RCB captain was stepping on the gas after having hit Sandeep Lamichhane for a couple of sixes in the previous over.Rabada then came up with a cross-seamer to remove Akshdeep Nath who tried to run one down the third-man boundary. In the final ball of his third over, Rabada fired in a yorker to trap Pawan Negi in front.From 133 for 4, RCB slipped to 138 for 7 after Rabada struck thrice in the over. Rabada finished with figures of 4 for 21, the best by a Delhi Capitals (Daredevils) bowler against Royal Challengers Bangalore. He broke the record held by Australia great Glenn McGrath (4 for 29 in 2008 in Delhi) on Sunday.advertisementWhat an over that from that man again, KG. Picks up three wickets in a single over pic.twitter.com/zJwKVaagOw IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 7, 2019Speaking after his potentially match-winning effort with the ball, Rabada said: “Watching the games in Bangalore, there is a lot of bounce and pace on this track. Everyone bowled well, we just kept it simple. They were finding it tough against cross-seam, usually, I keep it between seam-ups and cross seam.”Notably, Rabada has become the second bowler after Karnataka and Rajasthan Royals leg-spinner Shreyas Gopal to pick up the wickets of AB de Villiers and Virat Kohli in the same match.Also Read | Just saw Super Over as a simulation and glad it paid off: Kagiso RabadaAlso Read | Rabada promised to bowl only yorkers in Super Over vs KKR: DC captain Iyerlast_img read more

Throw it Back with These Old School Grooming Products

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first_imgWhile it seems like manLY upkeep is always on the upswing, there was a time when gentlemen would wax and twirl their mustaches into distinctive shapes, carefully comb their hair back with pomade, and give themselves a once over with cologne (even if it was just to cover up a lack of personal hygiene). In the spirit of the throwback, why not eschew modern wares in favor of vintage finds like the potions whipped up in the legacy apothecaries and barbershops of yore? If these old school grooming products were good enough for your grandfather, they’re good enough for you. These heritage brands are the real deal. Make your bathroom shelves over in the dream of the 1890s with these time-tested wonders.Caswell-Massey Heritage Jockey Club Cologne Spray – $75This cologne, launched in 1840, is thought to be the first “sport” fragrance as it wafted through the air of the American Thoroughbred racing clubs back in the nineteenth century. This new heritage formulation reflects the original with notes of citrus, thyme and basil with a just a touch of honey and rose. This classic, clean scent with said to have been a favorite of JFK.See itKent Shaving Brushes – Prices varyBack in the day — 1777 to be exact — William Kent founded Kent Brushes. Centuries of hand craftsmanship and excellence in all kinds of brush-making is why this British Company continues to thrive today. Try this king size pure silver tipped badger shaving brush that has been lifting whiskers for generations.See itTaylor of Old Bond Street Aftershave Lotion – $35Back in the day, barbershops were called shaving salons and were frequented by very rich dudes indeed. Jeremiah Taylor opened up just one of these establishments in 1854, calling it Taylor of Bond Street. Later, when his son took over the shop, Taylor introduced a line of very fancy shaving products by that very same name.See itPenhaligon’s Bayolea Eau de Toilette – $92In 1870, William Penhaligon opened a London barbershop next to Jermyn Street’s finest tailors. He received the royal warrant and trimmed the Shah of Persia’s beard. The rest was history. Bayolea, an original “Bay Rum” scent, has been recreated from the archives and turned into soaps, pomades, scrubs waxes, and oils. It’s a spicy, energetic scent with black pepper, cardamom, mandarin, tangerine, lemongrass, and musk-patchouli.See itJ. R. Watkins Pain Relieving Liniment – $9 Founder Joseph Ray Watkin’s product line began as a humble, homemade (literally, he was blending ingredients in his Minnesota kitchen) pain-relieving liniment in 1868. His cure-for-all-that-ails-ya was a huge hit then, and judging by the fact that it’s continued run, still is now.See itKiehl’s Musk Essence Oil – $35The Kiehl’s shop on 3rd Avenue in the East Village has stood there since 1851. Though no longer a pharmacy dispensing homespun elixirs, there is still at least one current product that has been around since the beginning. The musk oil is a humane take (read: synthetic, not animal-derived) on the original sexy scent, which was hidden away in the basement after perhaps being deemed too sexy for the times. We promise it smells better than it sounds.See itC.O. Bigelow Lemon Body Cream – $20In 1838, Village Apothecary opened its doors in lower Manhattan, where owner Dr. Galen Hunter conjuring up homemade remedies. After employee Clarence Otis Bigelow took over the pharmacy, he renamed it C.O. Bigelow and continued the tradition of creating products by hand. Much of their current catalogue is a nod to those original recipes, such as this refreshingly scented body cream.See itArticle originally published July 15, 2016. Last updated by Jennifer Jones on January 5, 2017. The Absolute Worst Movies to Watch with a Date Editors’ Recommendations Get Acquainted With the Military-Approved Skincare Brand Bravo Sierra 10 Destination-Worthy Food Halls Throughout the U.S. 10 Classic Vodka Cocktail Recipes You Can Mix at Home 10 Best Gins Under $20: Just Add Tonic last_img read more

Jamaicans Urged to Prepare for Fourth Industrial Revolution

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first_imgStory Highlights Minister of Science, Energy and Technology, Dr. the Hon. Andrew Wheatley, is urging Jamaicans to prepare themselves to benefit from the opportunities to emerge from the fourth industrial revolution, which, he says, the entire world is already experiencing. The Minister was speaking at the launch of the Dr. Andrew Wheatley Centre for Digital Innovation and Advanced Manufacturing at the Caribbean Maritime University (CMU) on Wednesday (November 15). He noted that skills will be needed to bridge the gap between engineering and computer science, machine learning and artificial intelligence. Therefore, Jamaicans need to start seeking the necessary training that will make them qualified for jobs. Minister of Science, Energy and Technology, Dr. the Hon. Andrew Wheatley, is urging Jamaicans to prepare themselves to benefit from the opportunities to emerge from the fourth industrial revolution, which, he says, the entire world is already experiencing.This fourth wave of industrial development is characterised by a fusion of digitalisation and automation in order to make machines smart, interactive and easy to use.It builds on the third revolution that has been occurring since the middle of the last century, and involves the use of electronics and information technology to automate production.“These new technologies will have a significant impact on the way we live and work. In fact, we are seeing, every day, that new types of robots are being built; robots that will now interact with humans. This revolution will challenge all our industries. It will change our economy and it will definitely change our lives,” the Minister said.He noted that skills will be needed to bridge the gap between engineering and computer science, machine learning and artificial intelligence. Therefore, Jamaicans need to start seeking the necessary training that will make them qualified for jobs.“We have to upgrade existing skills, reskill and learn to collaborate and coexist with intelligent machines. This technological revolution is multifaceted and its implications are transformational.With digitalisation, opportunities will be created for entrepreneurs and businesses while bringing enormous benefits to consumers,” he added.The Minister was speaking at the launch of the Dr. Andrew Wheatley Centre for Digital Innovation and Advanced Manufacturing at the Caribbean Maritime University (CMU) on Wednesday (November 15).The Centre will facilitate training in 3D laser scanning and advanced manufacturing, including drone technology.It is the first and only innovation centre in the English-speaking Caribbean that will facilitate research and development aimed at digital transformation.It seeks to attract talented student designers, creators and engineers, and will be available to students, faculty and industry practitioners who want to utilise additive manufacturing for co-innovation in a research-based environment. The Centre will perform a variety of rapid prototyping and low-volume part manufacturing.Dr. Wheatley welcomed the Centre and pointed to the need for other such facilities in the island.“I believe that this Centre provides an opportunity for us to explore our innovative capacity as a people. We need to move away from being mere consumers of technology, to become innovators of technology,” he said.The Dr. Andrew Wheatley Centre for Digital Innovation and Advanced Manufacturing has the most sophisticated fleet of Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) 3D printers in Jamaica.There are 16 such printers, including one professional-grade printer used in manufacturing environments by big brands such as General Motors, BMW, Boeing and others.last_img read more

Tobacco Products to Disappear in Three Months

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first_imgNova Scotians will no longer see tobacco displays, products or advertising in local stores because of the province’s new regulations. Regulations of the Tobacco Access Act will be implemented in two phases over the next three months, in consultation with tobacco vendors. “The three-month transition period will ensure that every vendor has the time they need to make the necessary changes to their store and comply with the regulations,” said Health Promotion and Protection Minister Barry Barnet. “We have taken away another promotional tool from the tobacco industry. This is another step in reducing our overall smoking rates in Nova Scotia.” Phase one begins today, May 31, — World No Tobacco Day — and spans the next two months. The province will provide guidance to tobacco vendors as they remove tobacco products from public view. In August, tobacco inspectors will begin issuing verbal warnings if vendors have not complied with the regulations. As of Saturday, Sept. 1, vendors still not in compliance will be issued written warnings. After that, charges will be considered. Amendments to the Tobacco Access Act were passed last fall and regulations were finalized this week. The amendments require that tobacco products be stored under the counter, in an overhead bin, or behind the counter with the following conditions: Tobacco use is a major contributor to premature death, disability and health-care costs, with an estimated impact of $550-million annually on the Nova Scotia economy. More the 1,600 Nova Scotians die each year because of tobacco use and 200 people die because of second-hand smoke. A complete copy of the regulations and vendor bulletin can be found at www.gov.ns.ca/hpp . Tobacco vender associations received official notification from the province today. In addition, all tobacco venders will receive copies of the regulations by mail. The regulations also state that as of Tuesday, July 31, some locations will no longer be permitted to sell tobacco products including: Behind-the-counter space is limited to 15,720 square centimeters Cabinet doors must be spring loaded so they close on their own Tobacco products stored in cabinets must only have the Health Canada emissions panel visible to customers. recreation and sport facilities such as gyms, pools, rinks and fitness centres community colleges and universities amusement parks, video arcades and pool halls community centres or halls, fire halls and church halls, and arenas government offices gaming premises libraries, art galleries and museums facilities defined in the Hospitals Act and Homes for Special Care Act, and health-care facilities used for the acute or long-term care of veterans restaurants, lounges or beverage rooms, defined in the Smoke-Free Places Regulations outdoor areas or a moveable or temporary location.last_img read more

Women Can Learn New Skills at Outdoor Adventure Workshop

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first_imgNova Scotia women seeking outdoor adventure can join the Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW) Workshop again this fall. The workshop, which runs Sept. 13 to Sept. 15, is aimed at women 18 years and older who want to learn outdoor skills, such as bird hunting, fly fishing, trapping and snaring, rifle shooting, outdoor cooking, canoeing, wilderness survival and nature photography. All classes are introductory and equipment is provided. The workshop will be held at Mount Traber Bible Camp in Cooks Brook, Halifax Co. “The Becoming an Outdoors-Woman program is a unique opportunity for women interested in trying new activities, learning new skills, and getting to know other women with similar interests,” said Fisheries and Aquaculture Minister Sterling Belliveau. “The skills gained at this workshop allow participants to enjoy more of the outdoor pursuits available to us in this province.” All BOW instructors are volunteers and many have been with the program since it started in Nova Scotia in 1997. They represent some of the province’s most accomplished outdoor leaders. “As an instructor, one of the many things I enjoy about BOW is having the distinct pleasure of sharing in the women’s personal experiences,” said Darlene Caldwell, a BOW instructor since 1997. “The environment at BOW is so relaxed and supportive, women are able to accomplish things they never thought they could. For example, many women have never fished, so learning to set up and break down their own fishing rods, put a worm on a hook, and catch and clean their own fish, can be very empowering. There’s always a lot of fun, laughter and sharing!” The BOW program was established in the United States in 1991 to encourage more women to participate in outdoor activities. It now runs in most provinces and states throughout North America. Registration is open for the September workshop. The fee is $245, which includes HST, meals, accommodation, instruction and equipment. Limited partial scholarships are available. For more information or to register, contact Becoming an Outdoors-Woman at 902-424-5481, e-mail bowns@gov.ns.ca, or visit the website at www.novascotia.ca/natr/outdoor .last_img read more

PM invites people to watch him in Man Vs Wild tonight

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first_imgNew Delhi: Ahead of the telecast of the latest episode of ‘Man Vs Wild’ where he will join adventurer Bear Grylls, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said there could not be a better way to throw light on environmental conservation and climate change. “What better than the lush green jungles of India, in the midst of Mother Nature to throw light on environmental conservation and climate change… Do join at 9 PM tonight!,” he tweeted. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details Modi was responding to a tweet by programme’s host Grylls who asked people to watch his journey with PM Modi for ‘Man Vs Wild’ on Discovery channel. “Together let’s do all we can to protect the planet, promote peace & encourage a Never Give Up spirit. Enjoy the show!,” the show host wrote. According to a statement from the channel, the special episode shot in the Jim Corbett National Park will be a “frank and freewheeling journey” which will throw light on wildlife conservation. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday ‘Man Vs Wild’ With Bear Grylls and PM Modi premieres simultaneously on 12 Discovery channels in India on August 12 and will be showcased in as many as 180 countries. Last month, while sharing the teaser of the episode on Twitter, Grylls had said it will be an opportunity for people across the globe to see the unknown side of the Indian prime minister. In his response Modi had said the episode will contribute to the discourse of environmental conservation. “India- where you find lush green forests, diverse wildlife, beautiful mountains and mighty rivers. Watching this programme will make you want to visit different parts of India and add to discourse of environmental conservation,” the PM tweeted. The 45-second-long clip teases the episode as an “epic adventure of a lifetime” and the one that unites “an ace adventurer” with “the leader of the world’s largest democracy”. As they explore the wild lands of Jim Corbett, Bear presents Modi with a makeshift spear and promises to keep the “most important man in India” safe.last_img read more

Malaysian PM says Modi didnt ask for Naiks extradition India rebuts

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first_imgKuala Lumpur/New Delhi: Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad on Tuesday said that his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi did not request the extradition of Zakir Naik, but India rebutted, saying the issue did come up when the two leaders met in Russia this month. Naik, a 53-year-old radical television preacher, left India in 2016 and subsequently moved to the largely Muslim Malaysia, where he was granted permanent residency. Mahathir said that Modi, whom he met in Russia during an economic forum earlier this month, made no extradition request for the controversial Islamic televangelist despite official notice from New Delhi. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’In a media briefing on Tuesday in New Delhi, Foreign Minister S Jaishankar said Naik’s extradition issue had indeed come up during prime minister Modi’s meeting with Malaysian counterpart in Vladivostok. Jaishankar said India has already placed a request with Malaysia for Naik’s extradition in January. Briefing reporters on Prime Minister’s bilateral meeting with Mahathir on September 5, Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale had said that Modi raised the issue of Naik’s extradition with the Malaysian premier. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K”Not many countries want him. I met with Modi. He didn’t ask me for this man,” Mahathir told Malaysian radio station BFM 89.9 when asked about Naik’s extradition. He also said that Malaysia was looking for a place to send Zakir who has made racially sensitive comments against Hindu and Chinese Malaysians recently. The prime minister then reaffirmed that Zakir will no longer be allowed to publicly speak in Malaysia following his racially divisive remarks. “Well, he’s not a national of this country. He has been given, I think by the previous government, permanent residence status. A permanent resident isn’t supposed to make any comments on this country’s systems and politics. He has breached that. He is now not allowed to speak. “We are trying to find some place he can go to but at the moment, no one wants to accept him (Naik),” he said. Naik is wanted by Indian authorities since 2016 for alleged money laundering and inciting extremism through hate speeches. He has been banned from from any public activities in the multi-ethnic country after his remarks against Malaysian Hindus and Chinese on August 8.last_img read more

Meghan Trainor to Kick Off 128th Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign

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first_imgGRAMMY-Award winning singer and songwriter Meghan Trainor will perform LIVE at AT&T Stadium during the nationally televised halftime of the Dallas Cowboys game against the Washington Redskins on Thanksgiving Day, kicking off The Salvation Army’s annual Red Kettle Campaign.Donations to the iconic campaign help provide shelter and meals for the homeless and hungry, and Christmas toys for millions of children, in addition to numerous other social service programs year-round.“I am so honored and excited to be performing during the Dallas Cowboys halftime show to kickoff the 128th Red Kettle campaign!” Trainor said. “More than 40 million people live in poverty, and the money raised during the Red Kettle Campaign helps The Salvation Army give those in need a chance at a new life.”“Meghan has an electric energy about her, one that is perfectly matched with the dire need to bring attention to the work that The Salvation Army is doing,” said Charlotte Jones Anderson, executive vice president and chief brand officer for the Cowboys and former national advisory board chairperson for The Salvation Army. “By making a donation to The Salvation Army, you are helping them serve millions with help, healing and hope – far beyond Christmas time.”The Red Kettle Campaign, which begins on Thanksgiving Day and runs through Christmas Eve, is the largest and longest-running fundraiser of its kind. It raised $144.5 million during the 2017 campaign and has raised nearly $2.4 billion since the Cowboys Thanksgiving Day partnership began in 1997.“For more than two decades, the Dallas Cowboys have been walking alongside The Salvation Army and are dedicated to fighting for those in need,” said Lt. Col. Ward Matthews, Secretary for National Community Relations and Development for The Salvation Army. “We are thankful for their continued support and look forward to another memorable kickoff performance from Meghan Trainor.”Grammy-Award winning singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Meghan Trainor emerged with her 2014 breakout single “All About That Bass” and disrupted contemporary music with nostalgic pop beats and powerhouse vocals that delivered a worldwide anthem for female empowerment. Trainor cemented her rising status as one of the most prominent artists in popular music by charting seven multi-platinum singles, releasing two platinum albums, selling out three headline tours, writing multi-platinum hits for top pop and country artists, and receiving countless industry awards and nominations worldwide. She is one of only five female artists to receive a diamond certification for her hit single “All About That Bass” which shares the RIAA Gold & Platinum Awards top honor with only 15 other singles in history. She is currently in the studio working on her highly anticipated third-studio album, entitled Treat Myself, coming soon.The Red Kettle Kickoff halftime show has been nationally televised for all of its 22 years, reaching millions of viewers with the campaign’s message. Trainor is the newest addition to a list of Red Kettle Kickoff celebrity halftime performers, including Thomas Rhett, Eric Church, Luke Bryan, Selena Gomez, Kenny Chesney, Enrique Iglesias, Keith Urban, Daughtry, Jonas Brothers, Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Sheryl Crow, Destiny’s Child, Toby Keith, LeAnn Rimes, Creed, Jessica Simpson, Billy Gilman, Clint Black, Randy Travis, and Reba McEntire.To donate to the 128th Red Kettle Campaign: New this year, ask Amazon Alexa to donate by saying, “Alexa, donate to The Salvation Army” and then specifying the amount Visit give.salvationarmyusa.org Americans can drop dollars and coins into the thousands of red kettles found in front of partner locations Give any amount by texting KETTLES to 91999From its humble beginnings as a Salvation Army captain’s start-up program in 1891 in San Francisco, the Red Kettle Campaign has grown into one of the most recognizable and important charitable campaigns in the United States. It provides toys for kids, coats for the homeless, food for the hungry, and countless social service programs year-round. As part of the campaign, more than 25,000 Salvation Army volunteers throughout the country ring bells and solicit donations to the red kettles.To learn more about the Red Kettle campaign or make a difference in the lives of those in your community, visit salvationarmyusa.org.last_img read more

Facebooks Zuckerberg apologizes for major breach of trust

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first_imgNEW YORK, N.Y. – Breaking five days of silence, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg apologized for a “major breach of trust,” admitted mistakes and outlined steps to protect user data in light of a privacy scandal involving a Trump-connected data-mining firm.“I am really sorry that happened,” Zuckerberg said of the scandal involving data mining firm Cambridge Analytica. Facebook has a “responsibility” to protect its users’ data, he said in a Wednesday interview on CNN. If it fails, he said, “we don’t deserve to have the opportunity to serve people.”His mea culpa on cable television came a few hours after he acknowledged his company’s mistakes in a Facebook post , but without saying he was sorry.Zuckerberg and Facebook’s No. 2 executive, Sheryl Sandberg, had been quiet since news broke Friday that Cambridge may have used data improperly obtained from roughly 50 million Facebook users to try to sway elections. Cambridge’s clients included Donald Trump’s general-election campaign.Facebook shares have dropped some 8 per cent, lopping about $46 billion off the company’s market value, since the revelations were first published.In the CNN interview, Zuckerberg offered equivocal and carefully hedged answers to two other questions. He said, for instance, that he would be “happy” to testify before Congress, but only if it was “the right thing to do.” He went on to note that many other Facebook officials might be more appropriate witnesses depending on what Congress wanted to know.Similarly, the Facebook chief seemed at one point to favour regulation for Facebook and other internet giants — at least the “right” kind of rules, he said, such as ones that require online political ads to disclose who paid for them. In almost the next breath, however, Zuckerberg steered clear of endorsing a bill that would write such rules into federal law, and instead talked up Facebook’s own voluntary efforts on that front.Even before the scandal broke, Facebook has already taken the most important steps to prevent a recurrence, Zuckerberg said. For example, in 2014, it reduced access outside apps had to user data. However, some of the measures didn’t take effect until a year later, allowing Cambridge to access the data in the intervening months.Zuckerberg acknowledged that there is more to do.In his Facebook post, Zuckerberg said it will ban developers who don’t agree to an audit. An app’s developer will no longer have access to data from people who haven’t used that app in three months. Data will also be generally limited to user names, profile photos and email, unless the developer signs a contract with Facebook and gets user approval.In a separate post, Facebook said it will inform people whose data was misused by apps. Facebook first learned of this breach of privacy more than two years ago, but hadn’t mentioned it publicly until Friday.The company said it was “building a way” for people to know if their data was accessed by “This Is Your Digital Life,” the psychological-profiling quiz app that researcher Aleksandr Kogan created and paid about 270,000 people to take part in. Cambridge Analytica later obtained information from the app for about 50 million Facebook users, as the app also vacuumed up data on people’s friends — including those who never downloaded the app or gave explicit consent.Chris Wylie, a Cambridge co-founder who left in 2014, has said one of the firm’s goals was to influence people’s perceptions by injecting content, some misleading or false, all around them. It’s not clear whether Facebook would be able to tell users whether they had seen such content.Cambridge has shifted the blame to Kogan, which the firm described as a contractor. Kogan described himself as a scapegoat.Kogan, a psychology researcher at Cambridge University, told the BBC that both Facebook and Cambridge Analytica have tried to place the blame on him, even though the firm ensured him that everything he did was legal.“One of the great mistakes I did here was I just didn’t ask enough questions,” he said. “I had never done a commercial project. I didn’t really have any reason to doubt their sincerity. That’s certainly something I strongly regret now.”He said the firm paid some $800,000 for the work, but it went to participants in the survey.“My motivation was to get a dataset I could do research on,” he said. “I have never profited from this in any way personally.”Authorities in Britain and the United States are investigating.David Carroll, a professor at Parsons School of Design in New York who sued Cambridge Analytica in the U.K., said he was not satisfied with Zuckerberg’s response, but acknowledged that “this is just the beginning.”He said it was “insane” that Facebook had yet to take legal action against Cambridge parent SCL Group over the inappropriate data use. Carroll himself sued Cambridge Friday to recover data on him that the firm had obtained.Sandy Parakilas, who worked in data protection for Facebook in 2011 and 2012, told a U.K. parliamentary committee Wednesday that the company was vigilant about its network security but lax when it came to protecting users’ data.He said personal data including email addresses and in some cases private messages was allowed to leave Facebook servers with no real controls on how the data was used after that.“The real challenge here is that Facebook was allowing developers to access the data of people who hadn’t explicitly authorized that,” he said, adding that the company had “lost sight” of what developers did with the data.___Danica Kirka and Gregory Katz reported from London. AP Technology Writer Mae Anderson in New York contributed to this story.last_img read more

Stronach Group at centre of best and worst of horse racing

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The Stronach Group isn’t well known outside of horse racing.That distinction goes to the likes of modern Triple Crown winners American Pharoah and Justify, trainer Bob Baffert and legends of the past including Secretariat and Seattle Slew.But few — if any — have had a bigger impact on the sport in recent years than the Stronach Group, led by Frank Stronach, Belinda Stronach and Tim Ritvo. They’re the movers and shakers of the Canadian-based company that has recently been at the centre of much of the good, the bad and the ugly of horse racing.“No question the Stronach Group and the Stronach family invest in horse racing,” National Thoroughbred Racing Association president and CEO Alex Waldrop said. “They do invest heavily in the business, and you’ve got to acknowledge that and thank them for that.”And blame them at times.They own seven U.S. tracks, are credited for saving the industry in Maryland, boosted the sport in Florida and established the richest horse race in the world. They’re also the subject of multiple family lawsuits, an ongoing quarrel over the future of the Preakness that’s again the conversation with the race coming up this week, and own Santa Anita Park, which was the site of 23 horse deaths over a span of three months.But love them or loathe them, it’s fair to say horse racing wouldn’t be where it is right now without the Stronach Group.Before the disqualification of Maximum Security in the Kentucky Derby, the fatalities at Santa Anita dealt another blow to horse racing’s reputation and put the Stronach Group under the microscope. East Coast officials criticized the Stronach Group for being slow to react and institute reforms.Waldrop praised the Stronach Group and horsemen in California for getting the situation under control. There’s considerable debate over how the aftermath was handled and changes implemented, but Stronach Group executives did it their way.“The long term of thoroughbred racing, whether it be in Maryland, California or Florida or anywhere in the U.S. is reliant on having healthy horses, healthy trainers, healthy jockeys and all of the above,” CEO Bill Hecht said. “We will continue to work very closely with the breeders and the trainers and the horsemen to affect the very best solution for the health of all of those groups.”Long before the fatalities at Santa Anita forced the Stronach Group to find a solution to that problem, it has been fighting with Maryland lawmakers over the Preakness. The argument over whether the Preakness will continue to be run at Baltimore’s aging Pimlico Race Course or the company’s favoured Laurel Park, 30 miles down the road, has become a tiresome mid-May tradition.The Stronach Group’s fingerprints are all over the sport.Austrian-Canadian billionaire Frank Stronach made his money in auto parts and wanted to put it into horse racing. It was his idea in 2016 to launch the Pegasus World Cup at Gulfstream Park in Florida, which now has the biggest purse in the world at $16 million.“Frank is the only man that’s invested his life earnings in racing,” longtime Maryland-based owner and trainer Linda Gaudet said. “Nobody can criticize him for that because nobody else wants to do that. There’s nobody out there that will do that. Nobody’s going to fix a racetrack, build a racetrack.”Gaudet still remembers Dec. 4, 2015, when Ritvo came into Maryland and “saved” the industry there after some rough years. She said Stronach, Ritvo and Maryland Jockey Club president and general manager Sal Sintra took the state’s racing operation from “the bottom of the rung” back to respectability.“The stuff (Ritvo) got done in a short amount of time was amazing,” Gaudet said. “He has a tough management style, but he’s effective. And if somebody’s not doing their job, move on to the next one.”That’s not limited to Maryland. Even though his name isn’t on the company, Ritvo has plenty of influence and has become something of a fixer when problems arise.“Tim Ritvo, he’s a dynamo,” Waldrop said. “He’s a force to be reckoned with. Not everyone likes that approach, but I take my hat off to him for working with all the parties involved in the situation and getting it right now at Santa Anita.”Not everyone in the Stronach family likes each other all that much right now, at least from a business standpoint. Frank in September sued his daughter, two grandchildren and former business associate Alon Ossip for over $500 million in Ontario Superior Court alleging they mismanaged the family’s assets and conspired to take control of them.Belinda Stronach countersued her father in January, saying in a statement of defence that he lost vast sums of money on pet projects.Hecht said whether its family infighting, safety at Santa Anita or problems at Pimlico, the horse racing spotlight — rightly or wrongly — will continue to shine on the Stronach Group.“They can’t blow their nose without somebody seeing something wrong,” Gaudet said. “All the optics are on them right now.”___AP Sports Writer David Ginsburg, Mid-Atlantic News Reporter David McFadden and The Canadian Press contributed to report.___Follow AP Sports Writer Stephen Whyno on Twitter at https://twitter.com/SWhyno___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/tag/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_SportsStephen Whyno, The Associated Press read more

UN agency urges vigilance as AH1N1 virus continues to spread

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“Certainly two or three weeks ago the headlines were all about A(H1N1); now that’s not the case so much,” Gregory Hartl of the UN World Health Organization (WHO) said in an interview with UN Radio. “But the threat of A(H1N1) becoming a pandemic virus is even greater than it was two or three or four weeks ago,” he stated, adding that the agency is closely watching how the infection is developing outside of the Americas.According to WHO, 66 countries have officially reported 19,273 cases of the new flu strain, including 117 deaths, as of today. The agency’s pandemic alert level remains at Phase 5 – on a six-point warning scale – meaning that sustained human-to-human transmission of the virus on a community level is mostly restricted to a single geographic region, in this case North America.Mr. Hartl said WHO is closely monitoring the situation. “We would say not for anyone to let down their guard because we might be living through a few weeks or months in the Northern Hemisphere of reduced influenza activity because it is the summer.“I think everyone though would be well advised to be ready and aware of the fact that in the autumn in the Northern Hemisphere – in the autumn anywhere – his virus could reappear very strongly again.”He added that it is possible to see an easier spread of the virus in the Southern Hemisphere, where winter is just beginning.“We need to watch the behaviour of A(H1N1) very carefully as it encounters other influenza viruses circulating during the winter season in the Southern Hemisphere,” WHO Director-General Margaret Chan told the World Health Assembly in Geneva recently. “The current winter season gives influenza viruses an opportunity to inter-mingle and possibly exchange their genetic material in unpredictable ways,” she noted. 3 June 2009Although the influenza A(H1N1) infection may not be making news headlines like it did several weeks ago, it is continuing to spread globally and the United Nations health agency is considering raising its pandemic alert level, a spokesperson for the body said today. read more

Quartet envoys meet to plan next steps in implementation of Middle East

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Attending the meeting this evening in Tel Aviv are the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Terje Roed Larsen, Russian Envoy Andrei Vdovin, EU Envoy Miguel Moratinos and US Assistant Secretary of State William Burns.The Road Map – which calls for a series of parallel steps by the Israelis and Palestinians over the next three years towards a realizing the vision of two states, Israel and Palestine, living side-by-side in peace and security – was handed over to the parties last week.”The members of the Quartet will work with the parties and key regional actors towards the implementation of the Road Map, in accordance with that vision,” the group said in a statement released after the handover of the document.

Federal Reserve minutes show disagreement on how long central bank should keep

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by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press Posted Jan 3, 2013 4:39 pm MDT WASHINGTON – The Federal Reserve will keep buying bonds indefinitely to try to keep long-term borrowing costs low. It’s just not clear how long indefinitely will be.Minutes of the Fed’s last policy meeting show that officials were divided about when to halt the purchases.Some of the 12 voting members thought the bond purchases would be needed through 2013. Others felt they should be slowed or stopped altogether before year’s end. This group worries that the bond buying is keeping rates so low for so long that it could ignite inflation or encourage speculative buying of risky assets.The Fed last month ended up approving open-ended purchases of $85 billion a month in Treasurys and mortgage bonds to replace an expiring bond-purchase plan and maintain its level of purchases.The minutes covered the Fed’s Dec. 11-12 meeting. In a statement after the meeting, the Fed said it planned to keep a key interest rate at a record low even after unemployment falls close to a normal level — which it said might take three more years.As long as the outlook for inflation is mild, the Fed said it could keep short-term rates near zero at least until unemployment drops below 6.5 per cent. The unemployment rate in November was 7.7 per cent. On Friday, the government will release the rate for December.The statement was approved 11-1. Jeffrey Lacker, president of Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, objected for the eighth straight time this year. Lacker has said he thinks the job market is being slowed by factors beyond the Fed’s control. And he says further bond purchases risk worsening future inflation.The minutes showed that “several” Fed policymakers thought the bond buying should probably stop well before 2013 ends.Investors reacted sourly to the release of the minutes. Stock and bond prices fell modestly as concerns arose that the Fed might scale back its economic support for the economy sooner than many expected.Paul Ashworth, chief economist at Capital Economics, suggested that the economy will remain tepid enough to persuade the Fed to maintain its bond buying.“We suspect that another year of lacklustre economic growth in 2013, coupled with only a modest improvement in the unemployment rate, will convince the Fed to sustain (bond purchases) into 2014,” Ashworth said.The Fed’s meeting last month occurred as Congress and the Obama administration were locked in furious negotiations to resolve the fiscal cliff — the steep tax hikes and spending cuts that were to kick in this month without a deal. The minutes said Fed officials saw the uncertainty over the fiscal cliff as a significant threat to the economy.The deal Congress reached this week avoided the fiscal cliff. It raised taxes on the wealthiest Americans while preserving the Bush-era income tax cuts on income under $400,000 for individuals and under $450,000 for households.Chairman Ben Bernanke warned at a news conference after last month’s meeting that no Fed actions could outweigh the damage that would result if the economy fell off the fiscal cliff. Congress’ agreement this week was probably roughly in line with what Fed officials had expected, private economists say. As a result, they expect no changes soon to the Fed’s policies. Its federal funds rate, a benchmark for many consumer and business loans, has remained near zero since December 2008.Critics of bond purchases have raised concerns that keeping interest rates at ultra-low levels for an extended period of time risks distorting financial market decisions. They worry that when the Fed finally begins raising rates, panic selling of stocks and bonds might ensue.At its next policy meeting, Jan. 29-30, the Fed is also expected to reaffirm its plan to preserve ultra-low rates until unemployment hits 6.5 per cent as long as the inflation outlook isn’t more than a half percentage point above its 2 per cent target.Bernanke made clear that even after unemployment dips below 6.5 per cent, the Fed might decide that it needs to keep stimulating the economy. Other factors will also shape the Fed’s policy decisions, he said.Analysts note that Congress and the administration face a bigger budget showdown within two months, when they must reach an agreement to raise the country’s $16.4 trillion borrowing limit. That agreement might result in deep spending cuts.“Everybody at the Federal Reserve is probably still on very high alert,” said Mark Zandi, chief economist at Moody’s Analytics. “We are not out of the woods yet. The fiscal brinksmanship is not over.”In forecasts it updated last month, the Fed said it expected the economy to grow between 2.3 per cent and 3 per cent this year. Bernanke said that estimate assumed that Congress’ budget deal would include some tax increases and spending cuts.The Fed’s outlook for economic growth is slightly higher than many private economists expect but is achievable, says Brian Bethune, an economics professor at Gordon College in Massachusetts.“The Fed is going to keep the pedal to the metal until we get more clarity” on what kinds of spending cuts Congress will adopt, which could slow the economy going forward,” Bethune said.At its December meeting, the Fed also announced that it would buy $85 billion a month in Treasury securities and mortgage-backed securities to try to keep downward pressure on long-term rates. The Fed said it would maintain those purchases until the job market improved substantially. 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Most actively traded companies on the TSX

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Most actively traded companies on the TSX Some of the most active companies traded Monday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (15,119.91, up 86.53 points):Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Aerospace, rail equipment. Up seven cents, or 2.73 per cent, to $2.63 on 5.2 million shares.Manulife Financial Corp. (TSX:MFC). Financial Services. Up 21 cents, or 0.84 per cent, to $25.09 on 3.9 million shares.Primero Mining Corp. (TSX:P). Miner. Down eight cents, or 33.33 per cent, to 16 cents on 3.5 million shares.BetaPro Crude Oil. (TSX:HOU). Oil and gas. Down 32 cents, or 5.33 per cent, to $5.68 on 3.5 million shares.Aimia Inc. (TSX:AIM). Loyalty programs. Up 19 cents, or 9.6 per cent, to $2.17 on 3.4 million shares.Encana Corp. (TSX:ECA). Oil and gas. Down 17 cents, or 1.38 per cent, to $12.14 on 3.2 million shares.Companies reporting major news:Canadian Pacific Railway (TSX:CP). Transportation. Up $1.96, or 1 per cent, to $197.28 on 193, 168 shares. The Calgary-based railway is putting pressure on its larger domestic rival by cutting days off the delivery of imported goods from Vancouver to the U.S. industrial heartland. Canadian Pacific says changes in Vancouver and North Dakota will accelerate cross-border shipments and transport goods up to 48 hours faster than Canadian National Railway’s transit times to Detroit. by The Canadian Press Posted Aug 14, 2017 3:16 pm MDT Last Updated Aug 14, 2017 at 3:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Judge End slowdown at Portland port

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first_imgPORTLAND — A federal judge granted a temporary restraining order that requires longshoremen to end an illegal slowdown that has disrupted shipping at the Port of Portland and forced Northwest businesses to reroute cargo.Judge Michael Simon handed down the 10-day order Tuesday after learning that mediation failed to resolve a dispute between the unions representing longshoremen and electrical workers over duties that amount to two full-time jobs.Simon noted that 10 days isn’t a long time, and he urged the sides to continue negotiations. He said their disagreement will end, one way or another, but the economic damage — particularly if container shippers decide to permanently skip Portland — could be indefinite for the parties and the region.“It really is in your best interests, and the public’s, to end it sooner rather than later,” he said.The slowdown led the two main container-shipping lines that serve the port’s Terminal 6, Germany’s Hapag-Lloyd AG and South Korea’s Hanjin, to announce last month they were diverting ships to other ports.A Hapag-Lloyd ship, however, is scheduled to arrive at 4 a.m. today, and many eyes will be on the dockworkers to see if they engage in delay tactics. If they do not work at full speed, they could be held in contempt of court.last_img read more

QA ConocoPhillips Alaska president discusses his prediction for a North Slope Renaissance

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first_imgConocoPhillips Alaska president Joe Marushack told an Anchorage audience that he predicts a new wave of oil development in Alaska. (Photo Elizabeth Harball/Alaska’s Energy Desk)It’s been a good year for ConocoPhillips Alaska.Last week, the company announced first oil from a drill site called Greater Mooses Tooth 1, ahead of schedule. Greater Mooses Tooth 1 is the first oil development on federal leases in the 22.8 million-acre National Petroleum Reserve Alaska, or NPR-A, a west of Prudhoe Bay. Conoco estimates Greater Mooses Tooth 1 will produce up to 30,000 barrels of oil per day.Listen nowThis week, Conoco received a key federal approval for another oil development in NPR-A, called Greater Mooses Tooth 2. Greater Mooses Tooth 2 is estimated to produce even more oil than Greater Mooses Tooth 1, up to 40,000 barrels per day.And the company is laying plans for a much bigger oil development nearby, called the Willow project. Conoco estimates that project could produce up to 100,000 barrels per day, a fifth of the amount of oil currently flowing down the trans-Alaska pipeline. The federal government began the environmental review process for Willow this summer.Conoco’s steady push to expand oil production westward into NPR-A is being closely watched by environmental groups, which are concerned about impacts to caribou, migratory birds and other species that live there. Earlier this year, a coalition including Earthjustice, the Natural Resources Defense Council and the Center for Biological Diversity filed a lawsuit challenging the Bureau of Land Management’s 2016 and 2017 oil lease sales in the reserve.Still, last winter, Conoco had its most extensive oil exploration season in over a decade, drilling six wells in and near NPR-A. According to ConocoPhillips Alaska president Joe Marushack, Conoco’s exploration program this year is going to be even bigger: the company is planning to drill up to eight wells this winter.In a presentation to an Anchorage business group on Monday, Marushack said Conoco’s projects are part of a new wave of oil production in Alaska, something he called a “North Slope Renaissance.”Alaska’s Energy Desk caught up with Marushack after his speech and asked him what he thinks a “North Slope Renaissance” could mean for Alaska — and if that could include development in another chunk of federal land east of NPR-A: the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.This interview has been edited for length and clarity.Marushack: When we look at what we’re doing, and then we look at what some of the other operators are doing with their opportunities out there, we believe there’s the opportunity for hundreds of thousands of barrels of incremental production to come on over the next, let’s say, five to 10 years. Now, it doesn’t come on all at the same time — it kind of gets feathered in — but we still believe there’s the opportunity for hundreds of thousands of barrels of incremental production over this time period.Elizabeth Harball: A couple of years ago, there was real concern about the future of the trans-Alaska pipeline and low flow. Does this mean that that is not a concern anymore?Marushack: Well, we have to maintain a stable fiscal environment, and we have to make sure that the regulations are in place that allow us to develop these and get permits in a timely fashion. But yeah, I think that if those two things are maintained — we’ve got to be able to weather these cycles, these up-and-down cycles in oil — we still have to worry about low flow at some point in time, but I think if we can get some of these projects moving forward, that that will go a long way to solving that problem, for a long time.Harball: A lot of these developments are happening in a region where there’s lots of wildlife, there’s a community — Nuiqsut — that cares very deeply about subsistence. So as these developments move forward, can Conoco makes sure that the impacts don’t add up in a negative way?Marushack: Obviously, there’s a lot of consultation that goes through. We try to operate in an environmentally very sensitive fashion. We do lots and lots of studies on fish and wildlife and we share that with folks. So yeah, we believe these developments can happen in an environmentally sensitive way, and it’s really important to us that we do that — it’s just good business for us to do that, too.Harball: Oil prices are up around $80. What does that mean for everything Conoco has planned and does it mean you might be able to hire more Alaskans?Marushack: So these developments that we are doing, especially the Willow project, will mean lots of opportunity for Alaskans. And it’s extremely important to me that ConocoPhillips does look carefully at what Alaskans can do and what they can participate in. We’ll be working, obviously, with the unions in order to develop these opportunities — we need a lot of labor on them.Harball: On the oil price, though, I think I was hearing you say you don’t think $80-per-barrel oil is here to stay, necessarily. Why is that?Marushack: We are not good at predicting oil prices. So what we’ve decided we need to do is we need to make sure we have our costs that are maintained at a low enough fashion that we can weather these cycles. And we believe there will be cycles. There’s $80 now, we didn’t necessarily see that coming. We certainly didn’t see $28 oil coming in 2015. But we’ve got ourselves in a position where we think we can be competitive as we go through these cycles over time.Harball: I think I heard you mention [during your presentation] — and this is a good question to clarify — that you saw [the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge] as a potential opportunity. What did you mean by that — are we going to expect Conoco to show up at a lease sale, if the [federal government] holds one?Marushack: Well, we’re looking at it. I can’t tell you for sure yet because we’re looking at it. But just like all opportunities, we look and see if it makes sense for us to be there or not. And we’ll look at this one, too.last_img read more

ADN owners buy 3 more Alaska newspapers

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first_imgThat’s according to Jason Evans, the former owner of those papers: the Arctic Sounder, Bristol Bay Times/Dutch Harbor Fisherman and Homer Tribune. All three were published by Evans’ company, Alaska Media, LLC.Evans said he also gave up an ownership interest in the ADN. He said the separation was amicable and that the papers will mutually benefit.“I think there’s just more synergies of doing the sale, and allowing them to be merged into the Anchorage Daily News operations,” Evans said. “You know, just a team of really highly qualified people to kind of focus not just on their own newspapers but also on ours. And so I thought it was just a great fit going forward to continue to provide community news out into these rural regions.”Evans said his newspapers and the ADN had maintained content sharing agreements for years, pre-dating the Binkley Company’s purchase of the ADN in 2017. Evans declined to disclose dollar figures and circulation numbers.“We also kind of kept things a little quiet until we figured out what the plan was,” Evans said. “And as the plan came together, you know, I shared it with folks on my team. I think they’re excited to be a part of a larger news organization with additional resources that we as a small company didn’t have.”Evans said he’s thankful and that it’s been an honor to serve the communities over the last eight years.ADN CEO Ryan Binkley could not be reached for comment but was quoted in the ADN:“Our family is thrilled to add the Arctic Sounder, the Bristol BayTimes/Dutch Harbor Fisherman and the Homer Tribune to the ADN’s lineup of publications. These kind of community publications are so vital to life in the areas they cover, and being part of a larger organization will help ensure they have the resources they need to continue the important work they’re doing. Life in these communities is unique, and they deserve a healthy and robust source of local news.”The Binkley Company also owns the Alaska Journal of Commerce and the Chugiak-Eagle River Star. On Aug. 14, 2017, the sidewalk near the corner of Front and Seward streets had one of the few Alaska Dispatch News vending machines in Juneau. In September that year, the paper was purchased and later rebranded back to the Anchorage Daily News. (Photo by Jeremy Hsieh/KTOO)The Anchorage Daily News’ owners have bought three other small Alaska newspapers.last_img read more

Delhi Kerala top in court infrastructure facilities

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first_imgNew Delhi : Delhi and Kerala are among the top performing states while Bihar and Manipur are among the states having the poorest infrastructure in lower judiciary, a survey conducted by a leading independent legal think tank has said. The Vidhi Centre for Legal Policy in a study conducted across 665 district courts across 29 states and nine Union Territories has come out with a survey on the physical and digital aspects of court infrastructure. Also Read – Trinamool, BJP activists scuffle at Dilip Ghosh’s event Advertise With Us After Bihar and Manipur, other states ranking lower in infrastructure are Nagaland, West Bengal and Jharkhand and among the high ranking states after Delhi and Kerala are Meghalaya, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh. Based on the data collected, nine parameters were formulated to understand the state of infrastructure of every district court complex surveyed. Also Read – NRC in Assam to be released: list to finalize if a person is Indian or Foreigner Advertise With Us These parameters were identified as: Getting There, Navigation, Waiting Areas, Hygiene, Barrier-Free Access, Case Display, Security, Amenities and Website. According to the survey, 81 per cent (539 of 665) court complexes are accessible via public transport, whereas 80 per cent or 532 of the court complexes have designated parking. “Of the litigants interviewed, the majority (53 per cent) used public transport, while 43 per cent used private transport to get to the court complex. Advertise With Us Four per cent walked to the court complex. The largest number of court complexes inaccessible by public transport were found in the states of Gujarat, Sikkim and Tripura,” the survey said. The survey said as per the National Court Management Systems (NCMS) committee, set up in 2012, there should be a guide map, a reception centre along with a facilitation centre, and a document filing counter at the entrance of the complex. On the issue of navigation, the survey said that study was restricted to examining whether each court complex had two features — guide map and a help desk. “Only 20 per cent district courts (133 out of 665 court complexes) had guide maps and 45 per cent (300 out of 665 court complexes) had help desks. In aggregate, West Bengal and Sikkim were among the worst performing states on this parameter. In order to move around the court complex, litigants were rarely able to find their way themselves, and mostly asked lawyers for directions (59 per cent or 3935 litigants),” the survey said. With regard to waiting area available in the court rooms, the NGO said despite this being a basic requirement, only 54 per cent or 361 district court complexes had designated waiting areas.last_img read more

For the Average Hacker Your Small Business Is an Ideal Target

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first_img 6 min read Headlines are full of cybersecurity breaches, and big businesses like Google and Facebook are some of the latest to fall victim to outside attacks. A vulnerability in Google+ is at least partially responsible for the company’s decision to shut down the platform for good, and a recent breach of Facebook’s network security may have compromised the personal information of almost 50 million users.Of course, for such enormous companies, a breach is an embarrassing blip on the radar. Google is mostly terminating its social platform because no one uses it (the company reported that 90 percent of user sessions last less than five seconds), and the even the notorious Cambridge Analytica scandal cost Facebook a mere $644,000 in fines imposed by British regulators — peanuts for a company bringing in almost $100,000 in revenue every minute. But what would a $600,000 fine do to your small businesses?Related: The Dos and Don’ts of Cyber Security Measures to Help You Protect Your Business and AssetsFace it: Small businesses like yours lack the resources to make data breaches disappear. Not only can fines and fees put you out of business, but the loss in customer trust after a breach can lead to increased levels of churn that you aren’t prepared to handle. According to the National Cyber Security Alliance, 60 percent of small businesses are forced to close their doors less than six months after a cyberattack. To protect your business and prevent it from becoming another statistic, follow these four steps:1. Recognize that you’re a target.Many small business owners enjoy a false sense of security, assuming they’re too small to attract the attention of hackers. The problem is, hackers are no longer an elite few. The dark web — the area of the internet accessible only through special software such as the Tor browser — has made powerful hacking tools available to anyone with a few hundred dollars and a few hours to spare. According to Verizon’s 2018 Data Breach Investigations Report, small businesses account for 58 percent of malware attack victims. And the Ponemon Institute found in its 2017 State of Cybersecurity in Small & Medium-Sized Businesses report that cyberattacks on small businesses have increased in recent years, affecting 61 percent of SMBs in 2017, up from 55 percent in 2016.While it might be more difficult for these hackers to break into the network of a financial institution or a large tech company, it’s easy for them to attack small businesses with ransomware or steal customer information and sell it on the dark web. You might not have been in danger when hacking required rare skills, but in the current climate you’re the ideal target, so recognize that you should prepare accordingly.Related: Here’s Why Companies Can’t Dismiss the Rising Need for Cyber Security2. Do your due diligence in security practices.When it comes to data breaches, it’s more a question of “when” than “if,” because attempts to compromise your systems cost hackers virtually nothing and all it takes for them to strike it rich is one successful effort against a lucrative target. With 86 percent of North American chief information security officers describing data breaches as “inevitable,” according to a Kaspersky Lab survey, you should expect to be hacked at some point. Therefore, you should have a system in place to deal with the consequences of that attack quickly and effectively in order to safeguard your business and your customers. Part of surviving an attack is your business’s story of effort: You want to demonstrate that you had the appropriate protections in place.Implement a password policy and a security monitoring policy, perform firewall updates, conduct regular penetration testing and create an incident response plan. Nothing will protect you completely, but you can still institute some practical measures that are affordable for even small businesses. If you can show customers you were actively taking measures to protect them, they will be far more understanding in the event of a breach. But if your cybersecurity strategy involves crossing your fingers and hoping for the best, they’ll abandon you in droves — and rightfully so.3. Train your employees continuously.Even if you lived in a perfect world and had a fortune to spend on sophisticated cyber-defense systems, your data still wouldn’t be totally protected. Even big corporations with massive cybersecurity budgets get hacked because their employees are human and therefore prone to making mistakes and being fooled.Your employees are the most vulnerable part of your business from a cybersecurity standpoint, so train them to be more vigilant, especially around more common internal sources of security breaches such as email. Teach employees to recognize phishing attempts and more sophisticated spear-phishing emails and to delete any messages they have any doubts about. Set times for them to update their web browsers and operating systems in order to maintain the latest security software. To help minimize their odds of failure, invest in a good spam filter. According to Webroot’s SMB Cybersecurity Preparedness report published in June, nearly all businesses train employees on cybersecurity best practices, but fewer than half maintain that training continuously, which leaves room for error. Education on security practices must extend to all employees and must be ongoing in order to be effective.Related: 5 Cybersecurity Tools Your Company Should Have4. Use systems that are easy and ongoing.In Webroot’s survey of 600 IT decision makers at SMBs in the Australia, the U.S. and the U.K., only about one-fifth said their businesses were ready to manage IT threats by themselves. Running a small business is highly demanding, so implementing cybersecurity measures in-house often proves to be too much work on top of that.So many SMBs find that the best course of action is hiring a third party to regularly audit their defenses and conduct training, freeing up any in-house IT or tech talent to create new solutions for the business. Having professionals conduct training and ensure the system’s security on an ongoing basis gives many businesses the peace of mind that they are proactively protecting customers’ data. Because every business transaction is built on a foundation of trust, this investment in security is seen as money well-spent.With security breaches occurring in every major industry on what feels like a daily basis, it’s possible to become desensitized to the severe consequences of a breach. As a small business owner, it’s important for you to realize that your business lacks the ability to recover from a breach in the way that larger corporations can. To protect yourself, follow the above steps and establish a capable line of defense. When the target is on your business’s back, you’ll be glad you did. Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals December 18, 2018 Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Register Now »last_img read more