Flights delayed across US after technical outage

first_img Share your voice Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. Tech Industry,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. 7 Apple iPhone XS The Cheapskate 0 Boost Mobile Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) CNET may get a commission from retail offers. $999 Sarah Tew/CNET See It Sarah Tew/CNET $6 at Tidal Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. See at Turo Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Read Lenovo Smart Clock review Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) $999 $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express $999 Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) Sarah Tew/CNET Sarah Tew/CNET What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. $60 at Best Buy $59 at eBay Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) Tags Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) $210 at Best Buy Turo: Save $30 on any car rental Southwest was one of the airlines impacted by Monday’s delays. John Tlumacki/The Boston Globe via Getty Images Computer problems are causing flight delays across the US Monday.The Federal Aviation Administration said airports in Chicago, New York, Boston, Atlanta, Miami and Detroit suffered computer issues, the Associated Press reported.There was an outage with a vendor that gives flight planning data to several carriers, Southwest Airlines told the AP. The news gathering service noted that some Delta flights were impacted too.However, the FAA later tweeted that the issue has been resolved and travelers should contact their airlines to see if their flight will be delayed.”Several airlines are experiencing issues with a non-FAA flight-planning weight and balance program called Aerodata,” the FAA said in an emailed statement.”Mainline operations and regional operations are affected to varying degrees. Airlines included Southwest (SWA), United (UAL), JetBlue (JBU), Alaska (ASA) and Delta (DAL),” it said.Southwest issued a 40-minute internal ground stop as a result of the problem and anticipated “scattered flight delays,” a spokesperson said via email. A ground stop slows or halts the flow of aircraft inbound to a given airport.A Delta spokesperson added, via email, that “no cancellations are expected due to the issue and our teams are working to resolve some resulting delays.”  Read the AirPods review Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). See It How United Airlines prepares a Boeing 777 between flights Read the Rylo camera preview Read DJI Osmo Action preview $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express See at Amazon Angela Lang/CNET DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. $155 at Google Express $299 at Amazon Originally published April 1, 5:45 a.m. PT.Update, 7:29 a.m. PT: Adds more details.Update, 8:36 a.m. PT: Adds statements from Delta and Southwest. Rylo DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. Best Buy Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. Read Google Home Hub review Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. See It See it Share your voice Chris Monroe/CNET Turo Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) 2:33 Tags Post a comment Amazon $520 at HP Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Comments $999 Sprint TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays Now playing: Watch this:last_img read more

Missing DU students body found in Bhairab river

first_img.The body of a missing Dhaka University student was retrieved from a ferry ghat area of Bhairab river adjacent to Senhati bazar in Rupsa upazila on Saturday morning, reports UNB.The deceased was identified as Khalid Hasan, 19, a 3rd year student of Pharmacy department of the university, and son of Jalal Uddin, hailing from Shariatpur district.Md Rafiqul Islam, officer-in-charge of Rupsa police station, said that Khalid slipped into the Rupsa river around 8:00pm on Thursday while getting up from a trawler along with his brother Jahid Hasan, and went missing. A diver team of fire service carried out rescue drive till Friday but failed to trace Khalid. Locals spotted Khalid’s body in the river around 9:00am and informed police. Later police recovered the body and handed it over to his family members around 12:00pm, the OC added.last_img read more

Comments about whiteness prompt controversy at Sparrow Women conference

first_img Share This! Share This! By: Nicola A. Menzie TagsEkemini Uwan homepage featured Michael Emerson racial reconciliation Sparrow Conference white supremacy whiteness,You may also like Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,About the authorView All Posts Nicola A. Menzie Catholicism By: Nicola A. Menzie Nicola A. Menzie,Load Comments,‘Only God can do that’: How Nebraskans are reconciling faith and flooding News Share This! By: Nicola A. Menzie We are not all the same, and in our difference we are divine August 30, 2019 Photos of the Week As Amazon burns, Vatican prepares for summit on region’s faith and sustainabilit … August 30, 2019 Columns • Opinion • Simran Jeet Singh: Articles of Faith Instagram apostasy stirs controversy over Christian ‘influencers’ August 30, 2019 Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Share This! Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,(RNS) — A Christian organization whose mission is to equip women to be peacemakers has been accused of trying to erase comments by a black Christian speaker about white supremacy.During an onstage interview, Ekemini Uwan, a Nigerian-American public theologian, told an audience at the recent Sparrow Conference for Women in Dallas that their concept of race was incompatible with the Bible.In response, several women walked out.Uwan said organizers tried to downplay any sign of her presence at the conference.While the Sparrow Women social media accounts published photos, excerpts and highlights from several conference speakers, no images or quotes from Uwan’s comments appeared on its feeds. A video of the interview that had been published to YouTube of her remarks was removed for copyright violation.Uwan told RNS that she had to hire an attorney to force Sparrow Women to send her photos and video of her interview.On Friday, Sparrow Women apologized for “content shared during the testimonial interview at the 2019 Sparrow Conference,” held March 29-30 at the Music Hall at Fair Park in Dallas.”We publicly apologize to both Ekemini Uwan and the conference participants for not handling such a complex subject with more care and therefore putting everyone involved in such a difficult place,” the statement reads. “That is not the heart or mission of Sparrow Women and we take responsibility for what happened. We want to be peacemakers and see gospel reconciliation and we fell short of our goal here. We will learn from this and are praying for healing and peace for everyone that participated in this year’s conference and those that have been affected by this.”When asked for more details about why they apologized, leaders at Sparrow declined to elaborate.“Thank you for reaching out, at this time we are unable to say anything beyond our statement,” Director of Operations Kristen Rabalais said in an email in response to a request for further comment.Uwan, a co-host of the popular “Truth’s Table” podcast, dismissed the apology as a “PR cleanup job.” Uwan and two other Christian black women who host “Truth’s Table” routinely address white supremacy, racial justice and other related issues.Uwan said that Sparrow’s founder, Rachel Joy, told her she was a fan of the podcast, so Joy should have known what to expect during her talk.“If you listen to ‘Truth’s Table,’ my interview was standard ‘Truth’s Table.’ There was nothing there that was like completely new, or mind-boggling,” Uwan said.Sparrow Women started more than seven years ago as a church home group and attracted women who were “African American, Caucasian, Asian, Hispanic, and from different socio-economic backgrounds,” according to the organization’s website.The organization described the recent conference as “a catalytic event for over 1,500 women” to learn about racial division and social justice.Uwan, a Westminster Theological Seminary alumna, was interviewed at the conference by Elizabeth Woodson, Sparrow Women’s resources coordinator.“Race is not a category in the Bible. It did not exist because it is not something that will be redeemed — it was meant to hold and hoard power,” Uwan told Woodson, according to a transcript of the interview provided by conference attendee Carmen J. Caccavale.“Because we have to understand something — whiteness is wicked,” Uwan said. “It is wicked. It’s rooted in violence, it’s rooted in theft, it’s rooted in plunder, it’s rooted in power, in privilege.”She told the audience they should give up whiteness and “recover” the ethnic identities “your ancestors deliberately discarded.” Rather than thinking of themselves as white, they should try to rediscover their immigrant cultural ancestry: “Are you Italian, are you Irish, are you Polish, are you Turkish?”“Celebrate that,” she said.Uwan, who said she saw about 10 women walk out during the discussion, mentioned the term “whiteness” more than two dozen times throughout the 30-minute talk.Sarah Humphries, a 30-year-old white woman from Denton, Texas, attended the Sparrow Conference for the first time, specifically to hear from Uwan and another black speaker, Jackie Hill Perry.In a phone interview, Humphries said audience members near her seemed upset by Uwan’s remarks — especially when she said the word “whiteness.”“I was really surprised at how angry the people in front of me and the people from my left were during Ekemini’s conversation,” Humphries said.In an essay at The Witness, freelance writer Deedee Roe said that most conference attendees were white and that they were “angry and uncomfortable” during Uwan’s interview. She said that after Uwan told audience members to “divest from whiteness,” people began to leave.“That’s when I saw the first group of white woman walk out,” wrote Roe.Michael O. Emerson, who is a sociologist and provost at North Park University in Chicago and author of “Divided by Faith: Evangelical Religion and the Problem of Race in America,” said that it’s often difficult to discuss “whiteness,” especially in church circles. He said whiteness was “invisible” to white people and that it is often “cloaked in simply being American.”“Whiteness is talking about a system,” he said. “It’s not just people, but a system of dominance that happened since the U.S. was founded, and even before that.”Humphries, the 30-year-old white woman who attended the conference, was sitting left of center stage and said she saw “at least five to 10” women walk out during Uwan’s interview.Humphries admitted that her “old self” might have identified with some of their negative reactions before she learned more about racism.“We really need the Lord to do a big work, because we are completely missing it on the whole as white people, just in a general sense,” she said. “There is not enough desire on our behalf to pursue this as a group, like as white people. There’s not enough people who are wanting to engage with the sinfulness in our hearts that has led to all of this racial discrimination and violence and harm.”When asked why he thinks white Christians have been so slow to catch up to Christians of color on confronting race, Emerson suggested that it was intentional.“They either choose to ignore the damage done by race, or they know about it, but the benefits that come from whiteness are simply too great that they’re not willing to make the necessary changes,” he said.Uwan took to social media to share her concerns. She said she felt as if Sparrow Women was trying to erase her presence at the conference.“I’m just telling the truth, which in and of itself is controversial,” she said.(This story has been updated.) Share This! Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Emaillast_img read more

Drakes Scorpion on Its Way to Shattering Streaming Records

first_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 UPDATED: Sixteen hours after its release, Drake’s new 25-song double-album “Scorpion” is averaging 10 million streams per hour on Spotify, according to an announcement from the company, and looks well on its way toward breaking a number of streaming records — it might even become the first album to pass 1 billion streams in the U.S. in its first week of release.Even if it doesn’t, “Scorpion” seems guaranteed to break the Spotify records set just weeks ago by Post Malone’s “Beerbongs & Bentleys,” which was streamed 47,930,039 times in the U.S. and 78,744,748 times globally on its first day of release — and 236,500,546 times in the U.S. and 411,816,710 globally in its first week. Guess whose record that last number broke? Drake’s, for last year’s 22-track mixtape “More Life,” which set the record with 385 million streams. Popular on Variety Amazon and Tidal had not posted numbers at press time. Stats will be updated through the coming hours and days.More to come… “Scorpion” became the No. 1 album on the Apple Music charts in 92 countries almost instantly upon release, and at presstime its 25 songs occupy the top 25 spots on Apple Music (with XXXTentacion’s “SAD!” at No. 26).The labels involved (Republic, Cash Money and Young Money) seemingly have launched a full-scale campaign to break as many streaming records as possible, something that the album’s length makes a lot more likely than, say a seven-track album. In an unexpected move, given Drake’s long history with Apple Music, they’ve also gone big with Spotify, teaming up with the service for its first-ever global dedicated artist takeover, called “ScorpionSZN,” whereby Drake takes over multiple playlists on the same day. The MC is on the cover of RapCaviar, Beast Mode, Today’s Top Hits, Morning Commute and others — including ones where his music isn’t even featured.Late Friday afternoon, the RIAA announced that Drake has become its top certified digital singles artist, with 142 million to date — a number that’s sure to grow in the coming days.last_img read more

Mother daughters charred bodies found in Dum Dum flat

first_imgKolkata: Mystery shrouds the death of an elderly woman and her daughter whose charred bodies were found inside their apartment in Dum Dum on Friday evening.Police said the victims, identified as Dipti Mukherjee (72) and her daughter Sathi Mukherjee (54) were alone in the flat when the incident happened. Police suspect after preliminary investigation that fire from the gas cylinder led to their death but it is yet to be discovered as to how the charred bodies reached the bedroom. The police have initiated an unnatural death case in this connection and are trying to find out the exact reason. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeA police officer said that a plumber, who was working in another flat, noticed smoke billowing out of the victims’ flat on the first floor of a multi-storeyed building in the housing complex. The incident took place at around 5.30 pm on Friday. He informed others and the state Fire and Emergency Service department was contacted. Fire fighters reached the spot and broke open the door of the flat to find the charred bodies. The bodies have been sent for an autopsy. Police came to know that three persons — Sathi, her husband and her mother — used to live in the flat. Sathi’s husband was not in the flat when theincident took place.last_img read more

Crystal marks construction milestone for new Crystal Endeavor

Crystal marks construction milestone for new Crystal Endeavor Set to debut in 2020, Crystal Endeavor will be the largest purpose-built Polar Class ship featuring Crystal’s all-suite butler-serviced accommodations and celebrated service.More news:  Hotel charges Bollywood star $8.50 for two bananas and the Internet has thoughts“We look forward to this innovative expedition yacht with great anticipation in the Stralsund shipyard,” said Tan Sri Lim Kok Thay. “A highlight is our investment of over 20 million euros in new equipment so that the Stralsund shipyard will be able to continue to build cruise ships efficiently in the future.”Crystal is on track for major expansion over the next five years, with the addition of Crystal Debussy and Crystal Ravel river ships in addition to Crystal Endeavor. Share << Previous PostNext Post >> Tuesday, January 16, 2018 Posted by Travelweek Group Tags: Crystal Cruises MIAMI — Crystal celebrated a major milestone in Crystal Yacht Expedition Cruises’ expansion, with the steel cutting of Crystal Endeavor in Stralsund, Germany.At the official ceremony at MV WERFTEN Shipyard on Jan. 15, Crystal president and CEO tom Wolber was joined by Tan Sri Lim Kok Thay, chairman and CEO of Crystal’s parent company, Genting Hong Kong (GHK); Colin Au, group president of GHK; Jarmo Laakso, CEO of MV WERFTEN; and local dignitaries Harry Glawe, Economics Minister of the State of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, and Dr. Alexander Badrow, Lord Mayor of Stralsund.“Today is a special day in the development of Crystal Endeavor, which will introduce the next level of exploration for the Crystal brand,” Wolber said. “We are pleased to collaborate again with the experts at MV WERFTEN as we work toward a vision for Crystal Endeavor that truly embodies the spirit of discovery of Crystal Yacht Expedition Cruises.” read more

TPI announces grand prize winner of travel agent month contest

first_imgTags: Contest, TPI Share Tuesday, June 19, 2018 Posted by Travelweek Group center_img TPI announces grand prize winner of travel agent month contest TORONTO – Travel Professionals International (TPI) has announced the winner of its travel agent month contest with Norwegian Cruise Line.Monique Powell, a member of the TPI family since July 2011, has won a cruise for two aboard Norwegian Cruise Line. The month-long contest also included daily prize giveaways.According to Zeina Gedeon, CEO of TPI, the contest was designed to honour its network and celebrate its advisors. “We would like to congratulate Monique and thank all our advisors for participating in the contest,” she added. << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

The silver stocks spent equal time trading either

first_img The silver stocks spent equal time trading either side of unchanged on Tuesday.  But when all was said and done, Nick Laird’s Intraday Silver Sentiment Index closed up at tiny 0.14%.  It’s better than the alternative, I suppose. The CME’s Daily Delivery Report showed that zero gold and 57 silver contracts were posted for delivery on Thursday within the Comex-approved depositories.  For the second day in a row it was Jefferies as the largest short/issuer, this time with 50 contracts.  Canada’s Bank of Nova Scotia and JPMorgan Chase in their client account picked up 35 and fourteen contracts respectively as the biggest long/stoppers.  The link to yesterday’s Issuers and Stoppers Report is here. There were no reported changes in GLD, and as of 9:28 p.m. EDT yesterday evening, there were no reported changes in SLV, either. The U.S. Mint had a small sales report yesterday.  They sold another 2,000 ounces of gold eagles, along with another 500 1-ounce 24K gold buffaloes. The activity in gold within the Comex-approved depositories on Monday is hardly worth mentioning.  There were 2 kilo bars deposited at Brink’s, Inc. and that was all. Needless to say, it was a different story in silver.  There were 857,048 troy ounces reported deposited, and 263,785 troy ounces were shipped out.  The link to that action is here. I have a decent number of stories for you today, but hardly anything in the precious metal department. That [last] week’s COT gold and silver readings were encouraging has little to do with short term price action directly ahead. If there is more technical fund selling to be created by lower prices, then rest assured that JPMorgan will be looking to set off that selling by rigging prices lower. Only when the technical fund selling is exhausted will JPMorgan stop rigging prices lower. Unfortunately, there is no way of pinpointing that time without the benefit of hindsight, but we are so deep into this current rigging that it feels we are past, or close, to the point of a cessation to JPMorgan’s rig to the downside. I hope I’m not beating this process to death, but (aside from subscribers) so many observers don’t seem to get what drives gold and silver prices. – Silver analyst Ted Butler: 14 September 2013 I wouldn’t read a lot into Tuesday’s price action in any of the precious metals.  Volumes were very light, and anyone with an agenda could move prices in either direction.  And as Ted pointed out in his quote above, the down-side process has probably pretty much run its course.  Everyone is in a wait-and-see mode for Bernanke & Co. later this afternoon in New York.  Then I expect we’ll see some price action.  The only thing I don’t know for sure is which direction it will take, or how fast it will move when it does. The high-frequency traders did the dirty in all four precious metals early in Far East trading this a.m., with the lows coming at 10 a.m. in Hong Kong on their Wednesday morning.  Then, starting just before 2 p.m. local time, rallies began that have extended about an hour into the London trading session.  Gold volume is already north of 50,000 contracts, and silver’s volume is approaching 14,000 contracts.  The dollar index is doing precisely nothing. And as I hit the send button on today’s column at 5:10 a.m. EDT, I note that the tiny rallies I spoke of in the preceding paragraph have amounted to nothing, and all four precious metals are trading slightly below their Tuesday afternoon closes in New York.  Volumes have really backed off.  Gold volume is at 57,000 contracts, and silver’s volume is just under 15,000 contracts, and the dollar index is still trading sideways. Like you, I await the word from the Fed, and we’ll take it from there. See you here tomorrow. The gold stocks opened in positive territory, and except for a quick spike down at the gold’s New York low, which came at 10:15 a.m. EDT, the equities chopped higher for the remainder of the day.  The HUI finished right on its high tick, up 1.80%.  If you’re looking for a reason why the shares closed up yesterday, I don’t have one. The price action in platinum and palladium was somewhat more subdued.  Platinum closed down a bit and palladium finished flat.  Here are the charts. It was more or less the same trading pattern in silver as well once again.  The only real difference was that the low price tick of the day [$21.55 spot] came about fifteen minutes after the Comex open in New York yesterday morning.  It recovered a bit, but continued to slide into the close after that. Silver finished the day at $21.735 spot, down 8.5 cents from Monday.  Net volume was only 35,000 contracts. Skyharbour Resources Ltd. (TSX.V: SYH) owns a 100% interest in approximately 400,000 acres of land between seven uranium properties in the uranium rich Athabasca Basin region in northern Saskatchewan. Six of the properties consisting of approximately 388,000 acres of prospective ground are strategically located near the Alpha Minerals (TSX.V: AMW) and Fission Energy (TSX.V: FIS) Patterson Lake South (PLS) uranium discovery area. The properties were acquired for their proximity to the PLS discovery and interpreted favourable geology for the occurrence of PLS style uranium mineralization. Skyharbour’s land position is now one of the largest in the Patterson Lake area. The Athabasca Basin hosts the world’s largest and richest high-grade uranium deposits accounting for approximately 20% of global primary uranium supply. There are still areas in the region that are highly prospective and underexplored as illustrated by the new 49.5 metres of 6.26% U3O8 discovery at the Patterson Lake South property. Please visit our website for more information. The high-frequency traders did the dirty in all four precious metals early in Far East trading this a.m. Gold did little of anything in Far East trading on their Tuesday, but volume was decent nonetheless.  The price rallied a bit at the London open, but it didn’t get too far.  The high of the day appeared to come during the London lunch hour, and from there it got sold down until just past the London p.m. gold fix.  From that point it chopped sideways into the 5:15 p.m. electronic close in New York.  The low of the day [$1,305.30 spot] came at 12:15 p.m. EDT. Gold finished the Tuesday session at $1,310.00 spot, down $3.90 from Monday’s close.  Net volume was around 142,000 contracts. Sponsor Advertisement The dollar index closed late on Monday EDT at 81.28.  It’s high tick of 81.35 came just minutes before 11 a.m. in Hong Kong trading.  By half-past lunchtime in London, the index was down to 81.15.  And except for a brief down/up spike in morning trading in New York, the index traded pretty flat for the remainder of the day.  The index closed at the 81.15 mark, which was down thirteen basis points from Monday’s close.last_img read more

A report released this month by UNICEF has been ca

first_imgA report released this month by UNICEF has been cause for celebration in India, the country with the highest number of child marriages in South Asia each year. According to the newly released data, the annual number of child marriages in the country has dropped by nearly half in the last decade.”India has seen an overall decline. A decade ago, 47 percent of all girls between the ages of 20 and 24 were married before they turned 18,” said Dhuwarakha Sriram, child protection specialist at UNICEF India. “Now that number is down to 27 percent of girls, or about 1.5 million girls per year.”Because India’s population is so great, the country’s downward trend is being credited by UNICEF for significantly bringing down the global numbers of child marriage.Authorities in India are congratulating themselves.There are indeed reasons for optimism. Sriram believes that the new data, when compared to previous data on child marriages, shows a drop in the number of annual incidents as well as an increase in the average age of a child bride, from 13 to 16.”This trend is borne out by the census data,” she says.But several activists say the report may not quite reflect reality on the ground. There are two main issues: The numbers are likely not as low as they appear in the report. And they do not reflect the notable differences in the rate of child marriage in different parts of India.Who’d Confess To An Illegal Marriage?Where does all this data about child marriages come from? It’s not collected by UNICEF. Rather, it’s compiled by local governments.In India, the government asks about marriages – and the age of the bride and groom –as part of the census data that is compiled every decade. In addition, every seven years or so, the National Family Health Survey sends surveyors door to door to ask families about births, deaths and marriages since the last survey. And the data would include the age at which marriages take place.It is illegal for girls to marry under the age of 18 in India and for men to marry under the age of 21. And people don’t like to tell the authorities that they’ve broken the law.What are the odds that people are being truthful? Everyone agrees there is underreporting — even UNICEF. Says Sriram, “People are aware of the illegal age of marriage, and this results in cases of underreporting, which happens in all kinds of surveys.”And parents are increasingly adept at concealing child marriages.Kirti Bharti runs Saarthi, a non-governmental organization that works to prevent and annul child marriages in the northwestern state of Rajasthan, where child marriage rates are among the highest in the country. A third of all girls there marry as minors according to census and UNICEF data.Bharti said that in Rajasthan, “People have become smarter, they recognize how to evade the law [prohibiting child marriage]. They make sure it’s kept quiet. They do the marriages late at night” and with only a small number of attendees. That reduces the chance that a neighbor or relative might alert the police.Once the marriage has taken place, an underage bride is not sent to live with her husband and his parents until after she reaches the age of puberty. So even if authorities are tipped off and investigate a child marriage after the fact, families simply deny any wrongdoing. The child is still at home. And if they didn’t hire a photographer, “there are no photographs or other evidence,” Bharti says. “And our law doesn’t punish anyone without proof.”Plus, in some parts of India the authorities aren’t always interested. Child marriage may be accepted as part of the culture.Bharti believes there has been little to no progress in the areas she visits.On the other hand, there has been marked change in some areas. A thousand miles east in the state of Bihar, 42.5 percent of women were married as minors — down from 60 percent just a decade ago.State averages, agrees Sriram of UNICEF, “mask the reality of what’s happening at the district level.” For example, in the state of Uttar Pradesh, she says, a relatively low 21.2 percent of women between the ages of 20 and 24 report they were married as minors. That state even has some areas where zero child marriages were reported. But it also contains the geographic area with the highest rates in the nation: 68.5 percent of all girls in the Shravasti district marry as child brides.The Appeal Of Child MarriageWhy does this illegal phenomenon still persist? The local populations “do not understand why child marriage is a crime,” says Bharti. “It’s a religious practice that has to be done. Canceling a wedding is shameful.”There’s an economic underpinning for these child marriages, says Sunita Menon, a director at Breakthrough, a nonprofit group that has partnered with UNICEF and the state of Bihar to prevent child marriage.The younger the bride, the smaller the dowry, Menon explains. That’s appealing to farmers who may face crop failure and other families experiencing economic difficulties.Then there are the regional customs that perpetuate child marriage. A ritual called Mausar dictates that when an elderly relative dies, all the children of the household must be married off within 13 days of the death as an act of ritual purification.Menon also commonly hears that if a girl marries early, she has a husband who can protect her from sexual assault and abuse. Also, she adds, “Even though everyone knows the legal marriage age, in reality, as soon as girl hits puberty, she is [considered] ready for adult roles and responsibility which includes marriage.”Forces For ChangeWhy do some areas show a decline and others not? The state of Bihar offers insights into what kind of efforts can bring down the rate of child marriage.In the fall of 2016, the state government made it a policy to end child marriage. The nonprofit group Breakthrough, along with UNICEF, was instrumental in designing the campaign strategy. Their multipronged approach makes use of the media, with prime-time TV spots and radio jingles that address familiar refrains that justify child marriage. In one television ad, two men sit on the floor in a starkly furnished hut. One tells the other: “From the beginning our daughters are someone else’s property. How long can we be expected to look after someone else’s investment? Get her married at the age of 10 to 12, and your job is done.” Then he lists all the reasons this is a good idea. The rest of the commercial refutes these assertions – pointedly noting that a lower age of marriage is strongly linked to premature death from early childbirth.Along with all these messages, Breakthrough meets with families so its staff can gain a better understanding of the cultural practices that support child marriage and address the reservations about waiting until a girl turns 18 for her to wed. Breakthrough also educates government employees, village teachers and social workers, whom they believe are influential figures, so they can talk with families about the consequences of child marriage.But obstacles to ending the practice still loom. Sriram adds, “Enforcement is not the only factor.” Menon agrees: The fear of punishment is far smaller than the fear of breaking with social norms, and they believe their approach is working to fix that. “Based on our evaluation and surveys, what UNICEF data is saying checks out. We’ve seen change.”Menon says, “We work on preventative measures. It’s showing some promise.” When Breakthrough staff visited schools five years ago, she says, roughly half of the 12- to 16-year-olds sported red and white bangles, a mark of being married. “Over the last five years, that number has shifted down, and I can see it.”What Next?The big takeaway, according to Sriram of UNICEF, is that, “We need to accelerate this decline. It’s not acceptable that 1.5 million underage girls [in India] are still getting married each year. We need political and governmental commitment to make the change happen.”In Rajasthan, Bharti agrees: A lot more still remains to be done to end what she calls “the virus of child marriage that infects families.”But Sriram argues for caution. Groups that seek to end child marriage don’t quite know what preventive measures are working, she says. And then they have to figure out how to scale up the successful efforts. “We got the raw data just last month, we have to do a lot more analysis. I think there will be more questions than answers, but it will be fascinating.”Chhavi Sachdev is a journalist based in Mumbai. Contact her @chhavi Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

Report Another Major Ransomware Attack Spreading

first_img Next Article Image credit: Shutterstock –shares Register Now » Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Add to Queue June 28, 2017 Angela Moscaritolo Report: Another Major Ransomware Attack Spreadingcenter_img Security researchers say a strain of ransomware called Petya or Petrwrap, which has similarities to WannaCry, is spreading like wildfire. Another major ransomware attack is currently spreading around the world.According to Motherboard, “a wide range of private businesses” were affected on Tuesday, though it’s unclear whether all the attacks are related. Reuters Tech News posted on Twitter that pharmaceutical company Merck’s computer network was compromised as part of a “global hack.” In addition to Merck, the global law firm DLA Piper, U.K.-based advertising and public relations firm WPP, and an unnamed Ukranian media company may be among the victims of this outbreak, Motherboard reports.Last month, hundreds of thousands of PCs were attacked by ransomware known as WannaCry, throwing government agencies and private businesses around the globe into disarray. WannaCry resurfaced just last week, infecting the network at a Honda factory in Japan and traffic cameras in Australia.Ransom ware attack reportedly used against TRK Luks (majority held by Lviv mayor Sadoviy), includes 24 Kanal too. https://t.co/K8ESouloCK pic.twitter.com/SK7Y62yBsz— Devin Ackles (@DevinAckles) June 27, 2017Now, security researchers say a strain of ransomware called Petya or Petrwrap, which has similarities to WannaCry, is spreading like wildfire, Motherboard reports. According to an image posted on Twitter (which you can see above), the malware encrypts the files on a user’s system then demands victims pay $300 worth of bitcoin to recover access to their files.”If you see this text, then your files are no longer accessible, because they have been encrypted,” the message reads. “Perhaps you are busy looking for a way to recover your files, but don’t waste your time. Nobody can recover your files without our decryption device.” The message goes on to “guarantee” victims will “safely and easily” recover all their files by submitting the payment.Costin Raiu, a security researcher at Kaspersky Lab, likened the size of this attack to WannaCry’s first hours. “We are seeing several thousands of infection attempts at the moment,” he told Motherboard. Hacks Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. 2 min read Reporter This story originally appeared on PCMaglast_img read more

Simplify the Recruitment Process With Google Hire

first_imgGoogle Angela Moscaritolo This story originally appeared on PCMag Next Article Reporter Google wants to make it easier for G Suite customers to find and hire the right talent.Hire, a new recruiting app for small and mid-sized businesses, integrates with G Suite apps like Gmail and Google Calendar, and promises to help you “identify talent, build strong candidate relationships, and efficiently manage the interview process end-to-end,” Google Cloud Project Manager Berit Johnson wrote in a Tuesday blog post. “Hire and G Suite are made to work well together so recruiting team members can focus on their top priorities instead of wasting time copy-pasting across tools,” Johnson wrote.With Hire, SMBs can manage job postings, gather candidate applications, screen and interview candidates and collect feedback from the interviewing team. Recruiting team members can communicate with candidates in Gmail or Hire, and the messages will automatically sync to both platforms. Recruiters can check an interviewer’s Calendar to schedule inside Hire, which will come in handy when setting up a sit-down.The platform automatically includes some pertinent information in Calendar invites, like a candidate’s contact information, the full interview schedule, and a list of questions on which each interviewer should focus. You can also “analyze and visualize” candidate data in Sheets.Johnson said the Hire product team conducted “hundreds of user-testing sessions and worked with early adopter customers for more than a year to simplify and optimize every aspect of the user experience.”Citing a study from Bersin by Deloitte, Johnson said it takes companies 52 days, on average, to fill an open position and costs $4,000 to interview, schedule and assess each candidate. Hire is available to all U.S.-based businesses with fewer than 1,000 employees. Pricing varies based on your company size, but expect to pay a fee per user/per month.Last month, Google launched a new job search experience for desktops and mobile devices; just type “jobs near me,” “teaching jobs” or a similar query into Google to see what’s available in your area. Simplify the Recruitment Process With Google Hire Apply Now » The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue.center_img July 18, 2017 2 min read Hire, a new recruiting app for small and mid-sized businesses, integrates with G Suite apps like Gmail and Google Calendar. –shares 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List Add to Queue Image credit: via PC Maglast_img read more

Did Ann Coulters Twitter Tirade Break a Law

first_img Add to Queue Did Ann Coulter’s Twitter Tirade Break a Law? –shares Airlines Image credit: BraunS | Getty Images A recent public battle between political commentator Ann Coulter and Delta has brought a question to light: What rights do travelers have when it comes to snapping pics and videos onboard aircrafts?After she was moved to a different seat on a Delta flight from New York City to Florida on Saturday, July 15, Coulter took to Twitter to express her anger over the matter. Having paid an extra $30 in advance for a seat with extra legroom, Coulter published a series of angry Tweets, calling the airline “fascists,” insulting the crew members and the flight’s passengers and going on to publicly argue with the company.  Related: United Airlines Passenger Dragged Off Plane by Airport EmployeesIn response, Delta promised to refund Coulter $30, issuing a statement apologizing for the mix-up, while also saying: “We are disappointed that the customer has chosen to publicly attack our employees and other customers by posting derogatory and slanderous comments and photos in social media. Her actions are unnecessary and unacceptable.”   During her Twitter tirade, Coulter also snapped and tweeted a photograph of the person sitting in her previously booked seat. In another tweet, she even insulted the woman, calling her “dachshund-legged.”Hey @Delta, if it was so important for the dachshund-legged woman to take my seat, she should have BOOKED THE SEAT IN ADVANCE. Like I did.— Ann Coulter (@AnnCoulter) July 16, 2017Taking photos and videos onboard an aircraft has been a grey area for some time now. And it turns out that might be because there’s no official policy set by the Federal Aviation Administration about photography onboard an aircraft. Instead, it’s up to the airlines.However, without the help of smartphones and social media, events such as David Dao being forcibly dragged off the United flight in April may have gone unnoticed. Yet, it turns out, the people who took the videos of the incident could have also been removed from the flight for violating United’s policy, which reads: “The use of small cameras or mobile devices for photography and video is permitted on board, provided you keep the purpose of your photography and video to capturing personal events. Photographing or recording other customers or airline personnel without their express consent is prohibited.”United is not the only airline to have such a policy, however it is one of the few to publish one online. American Airlines, JetBlue and Delta also reportedly have similar policies in place, however these airlines have internal policies that give airline employees the rights to prohibit people from taking photos as a means to “protect” the privacy of airline employees.Related: 10 Ways to Travel the World Without Breaking the BankIn a May 26 email from American Airlines CEO Doug Parker shared today by a company spokesperson with Entrepreneur, Parker wrote: “When videotaping infringes on the safety or security of a flight, we have the right to request that filming stop… American has a policy asking customers not to film onboard or at airports, but there is no federal law or regulation that prevents it. Nor will law enforcement require customers to delete photos or videos they’ve taken.”It turns out, it’s not only on aircrafts where photography is often prohibited. In 2016, former Mashable writer David Yi took a video of an American Airlines gate agent speaking to passengers of a delayed American flight. Upon seeing Yi filming, the gate agent said: “Sir, if you’re recording, that’s against the law. We can take you to jail for that.” Shortly after the incident, local police escorted Yi out of the Charlotte airport.Dear @AmericanAir I just witnessed this man berate and attempt to intimidate 30 people stranded in Charlotte pic.twitter.com/z2QyYsZyCj— David Yi (@seoulcialite) August 4, 2016While photography is acceptable in airports because they are considered “public” areas, the case is different when it comes to aircrafts. “Individuals are free to take photos/videos in the checkpoints. Checkpoints are public areas,” TSA representative Lisa Farbstein shared. However, once you’re on an aircraft — beware.“You can’t prohibit photography in public,” Daniel Greenberg, an attorney who specializes in photography rights issues, told the Huffington Post. “But the prohibition of photography on private property is legitimate. That decision is up to the property owner. If you don’t want to follow the carrier’s rules, don’t get on the carrier’s plane.” Next Article Apply Now »center_img The conservative commentator’s recent run-in with Delta Airlines raises the question: Do passengers have the right to take photos on aircraft? 4 min read July 17, 2017 The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. Rose Leadem 2019 Entrepreneur 360 Listlast_img read more

First Edition March 5 2013

first_imgFirst Edition: March 5, 2013 Today’s headlines include reports about how health programs might fair in the context of efforts to balance the budget. Kaiser Health News: Hospitals Crack Down On Tirades By Angry DoctorsSandra G. Boodman, writing for Kaiser Health News in cooperation with The Washington Post, reports: “At a critical point in a complex abdominal operation, a surgeon was handed a device that didn’t work because it had been loaded incorrectly by a surgical technician. Furious that she couldn’t use it, the surgeon slammed it down, accidentally breaking the technician’s finger. ‘I felt pushed beyond my limits,’ recalled the surgeon, who was suspended for two weeks and told to attend an anger management course for doctors” (Boodman, 3/5). Read the story.Kaiser Health News: Insuring Your Health: Caveat For Contraceptive Coverage; Early Retirees May Get Cheaper Plans On ExchangesKaiser Health News consumer columnist Michelle Andrews answers readers’ questions about birth-control coverage requirements under the Affordable Care Act and subsidized coverage on the state-based health insurance exchanges (Andrews, 3/4). Read the story. Kaiser Health News: Capsules: Florida House Panel Opposes Medicaid Expansion; C-Section Delivery Rates Vary Widely Across Nation; Prostate Screening Tests In Older Men Decline, But Many Still Get Them, Study FindsNow on Kaiser Health News’ blog, WFSU’s Lynn Hatter, working in partnership with KHN and NPR, reports on Florida action related to the Medicaid expansion: “The Florida House of Representatives has signaled it won’t go along with Gov. Rick Scott to expand Medicaid coverage to more than a million low-income Floridians under the Affordable Care Act. The party-line vote came Monday shortly after a joint committee hearing on the law’s financial impact on the state” (Hatter, 3/4).Also on Capsules, Alvin Tran reports on a study regarding c-section rates: “The study, published Monday in the journal Health Affairs, found that the overall rates of C-sections — the most common type of surgery in the U.S. — varied from about 7 to 70 percent  across the nation’s hospitals” (Tran, 3/4).In addition, Julie Appleby writes about new findings related to prostate screening tests in older men: “Fewer men over age 75 are being routinely screened for cancer with a prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test following a 2008 recommendation against the tests, researchers said today, suggesting a less-is-more approach sometimes works. But while the numbers have declined, they remain significant – more than 4 in 10 men in that group still get the tests” (Appleby,  3/4). Check out what else is on the blog. The Washington Post: Republican Goal To Balance Budget Could Mean Deep Cuts To Health ProgramsAnxiety is rising among House Republicans about a strategy of appeasement toward fiscal hard-liners that could require them to embrace not only the sequester but also sharp new cuts to federal health and retirement programs. Letting the sequester hit was just the first step in a pact forged in January between conservative leaders and Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) to keep the government open and the nation out of default. Now comes step 2: adopting a budget plan that would wipe out deficits entirely by 2023 (Montgomery, 3/4).Politico: Paul Ryan Floats Change To Medicare PlanPaul Ryan’s budget will show how Republicans can balance a budget that’s trillions of dollars out of whack. But the most significant unresolved issue comes down to a minuscule number: one year. Ryan — the House Budget Committee chairman — has privately been floating the idea of allowing his changes to Medicare to kick in for Americans younger than 56.  In previous budgets, those 55 and older were exempted from his plan to turn Medicare into a premium-support — or voucher — program (Sherman and Allen, 3/4).The New York Times: Lax Policing Of Doctor And Pharmacy Conflicts Is Found In Medicare Coverage DecisionsDeciding which drugs will be covered by Medicare can influence huge amounts of spending, but government officials do little to police conflict of interest among doctors and pharmacists who make those decisions, federal investigators said Monday (Pear, 3/5).USA Today: Health Care Spending Is Transferred Out Of ICUHealth care spending last year rose at one of the lowest rates in a half-century, partly the result of cost-saving measures put in place by the 2009 health care law, a USA TODAY analysis finds. Spending for medical care has increased modestly for five consecutive years, the longest period of slow growth since Medicare began in 1966 (Cauchon, 3/4).USA Today: Gunshot Wounds Drive Up Government Health Care CostsGunshot wounds and deaths cost Americans at least $12 billion a year in court proceedings, insurance costs and hospitalizations paid for by government health programs, according to a recent study (Kennedy, 3/4).Politico: For Doctors, Too Much Information? A new research letter published in JAMA Internal Medicine on Monday finds just that: Electronic health records may cause doctors the unintended side effect of information overload. The survey of primary-care practitioners from the Department of Veterans Affairs shows nearly one-third of those using the EHR system reported having missed or failed to follow up on key electronic alerts about patient test results (Smith, 3/5).The New York Times: Texas Rebut Governor On Expansion Of MedicaidHundreds of activists and uninsured Texans plan to rally at the steps of the Capitol here Tuesday, increasing the pressure on Gov. Rick Perry and other Republican leaders to switch their stance on expanding Medicaid, a major provision of President Obama’s health care overhaul (Fernandez, 3/4).Los Angeles Times: Key Senate Panel Approves Medi-Cal ExpansionA key Senate panel supported legislation Monday that would dramatically expand Medi-Cal, the state’s public insurance program for the poor. The proposal, authored by state Sen. Ed Hernandez (D-West Covina) and Senate leader Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento), is part of a legislative package that aims to help California implement President Obama’s healthcare overhaul (Mishak, 3/4).The Associated Press/Wall Street Journal: Women’s Group Works With Cuomo On Rights, AbortionA new coalition lobbying for Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s women’s rights agenda said it supports his decision to link popular measures against workplace discrimination and human trafficking with a hotly debated abortion measure. It’s a political gamble that faces strong opposition among Senate Republicans (3/4).  Check out all of Kaiser Health News’ e-mail options including First Edition and Breaking News alerts on our Subscriptions page. This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.last_img read more

Google workers want plug pulled on plan for China search

first_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. © 2018 AFP Google chief executive Sundar Pichai last month acknowledged publicly for the first time that the company is considering a search engine for China, saying it could offer “better information” to people than rival services.Unconfirmed reports of “Project Dragonfly” had sparked protest from Google’s workforce as well as groups including Human Rights Watch, Reporters Without Borders and Amnesty International, which is encouraging people to sign an online petition calling for its cancellation.”Our opposition to Dragonfly is not about China: we object to technologies that aid the powerful in oppressing the vulnerable, wherever they may be,” read the workers’ letter, which bore the names of 90 Google employees and called for more of the firms’ more than 94,000 employees to sign.”Dragonfly in China would establish a dangerous precedent at a volatile political moment, one that would make it harder for Google to deny other countries similar concessions.”A search application designed to filter out censored content from results could damage all internet users’ trust in Google, Amnesty International said in a post on its website on Tuesday.”This is a watershed moment for Google,” said Amnesty International researcher on technology and human rights Joe Westby.”As the world’s number one search engine, it should be fighting for an internet where information is freely accessible to everyone, not backing the Chinese government’s dystopian alternative.”Speaking at a conference last month, Pichai said Google leaders “feel obliged to think hard” about China despite criticism over the possibility of cooperating with Chinese censorship.”We are always balancing a set of values,” he said, while adding that “we also follow the rule of law in every country.”Google shut down its search engine in China in 2010, refusing Beijing’s requirement to censor search results.Pichai described Project Dragonfly as an effort to learn about what Google could offer if it resumed its search operations in the world’s second largest economy.”It turns out we would be able to serve well over 99 percent of the (search) queries,” he said onstage in a question-and-answer session.”And there are many, many areas where we would provide better information than what is available.”Pichai offered no details on the status of the effort but said he was taking a “long-term view” on China.”We don’t know whether we would or could do this in China but we felt it was important to explore,” he said.”I think it’s important for us given how important the market is and how many users there are.”US internet titans have long struggled with doing business in China, home of a “Great Firewall” that blocks politically sensitive content, such as the 1989 Tiananmen massacre. Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and The New York Times website are blocked in China, but Microsoft’s Bing search engine continues to operate. Google workers on Tuesday posted an open letter calling on the internet giant to abort plans for “a censored search” service in China or risk setting a dangerous precedent. Google CEO says ‘important to explore’ China projectcenter_img Explore further Google chief executive Sundar Pichai last month acknowledged publicly for the first time that the company is considering a search engine for China Citation: Google workers want plug pulled on plan for China search (2018, November 27) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-11-google-workers-china.htmllast_img read more

Apple reaches 500mlneuro tax settlement with France

first_img Apple paid nearly 500 million euros ($570 million) to resolve the case in a confidential settlement reached in December, a source familiar with the case told AFP, confirming a report in French news weekly L’Express.”The French tax administration recently concluded a multiyear audit on the company’s French accounts and an adjustment will be published in our public accounts,” Apple said in a statement. “We know the important role taxes play in society and we pay our taxes in all the countries where we operate, in complete conformity with laws and practices in force at the local level,” the company said.French authorities declined to comment further, citing the confidentiality of tax matters.French tech tax loomsApple is one of several American technology giants in the line of fire in Europe over their tax strategies, which see them route their income through low-tax nations such as Ireland or Luxembourg.In 2016, it was ordered by the European Commission to pay 13 billion euros in back taxes to Ireland.The European Commission said Apple paid an effective corporate tax rate of just 0.005 percent on its European profits in 2014—equivalent to just 50 euros for every million.The deal in France comes as the government prepares to push ahead with its own unilateral “GAFA tax”—an acronym of Google, Apple, Facebook and Amazon—faced with the failure of EU members to agree on how to get technology companies to pay more tax on their European operations.The levy, to be put to parliament in a bill this month, would affect companies with global sales of more than 750 million euros and 25 million euros in France.It would be retroactive to January 1 and is expected to raise 500 million euros this year.French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire has called the question of how and where global companies pay their taxes “a major issue in the 21st century”.But an agreement among EU members has proved elusive.Ireland, Denmark and Sweden have all blocked plans for a levy for fear of dissuading investment, and Germany has proved lukewarm on the issue, fearing US retaliation against its car industry.The issue has been referred to the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, which aims to come up with an international agreement by 2020.Scramble to settleAccording to L’Express, the deal between France and Apple was clinched after several months of talks, and concerned the small amount of revenue the firm booked in France even as the sales it reported in Europe ballooned.The report said Apple’s European revenues exploded seven-fold, from 6.6 billion euros in 2008 to 47.7 billion in 2017, most of which was booked in Ireland where Apple has its European headquarters.At 12.5 percent, Ireland’s corporate tax rate is much lower than in France, where companies pay 33 percent tax on their profits.Apple insisted Tuesday that it was contributing to the French economy, saying it had invested 800 million euros on outsourcing in the country in 2018.It is the second US tech heavyweight to reach a settlement with French tax authorities in the past year.In February 2018, Amazon said it had settled a French claim for nearly 200 million euros and would start declaring all its earnings in the country, ending a dispute that had dragged on for years.In 2017, however, France’s tax collection drive suffered a setback with a local court ruling that Google was not liable to pay 1.1 billion euros in taxes claimed on revenues transferred from France to Ireland.Anti-globalisation groups have criticised the government’s push to settle cases out of court.”If you steal to eat you go to prison. When the GAFAM (GAFA plus Microsoft) steal billions the state does an out-of-court deal,” the anti-capitalist group Attac France tweeted on Tuesday. Apple said Tuesday that it had reached an agreement with French authorities to settle 10 years of back taxes, becoming the latest US company to make a deal with France, which has led a European push for higher taxes on tech giants. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. © 2019 AFP Citation: Apple reaches 500-mln-euro tax settlement with France (2019, February 5) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-02-apple-agreement-french-taxes.htmlcenter_img France seeks 600 mn in taxes from Microsoft: report Explore further Apple confirmed it has reached a settlement with French authorities on back taxeslast_img read more