Obama’s Internet Plan Sounds an Awful Lot Like a National Internet ID

first_imgWhite House Cybersecurity Coordinator Howard Schmidt announced to the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research on Friday that President Obama intended to turn over development of a national Internet ID to the Commerce Department. Pursuant to the Orwellian-sounding National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace, which the administration is currently writing, Commerce will create a program to provide and administer an allegedly voluntary interoperable verified online ID. An early draft makes the case for such an ID. curt hopkins “(A) secure cyberspace is critical to the health of our economy and to the security of our Nation. In particular, the Federal Government must address the recent and alarming rise in online fraud, identity theft, and misuse of information online. One key step in reducing online fraud and identity theft is to increase the level of trust associated with identities in cyberspace. While this Strategy recognizes the value of anonymity for many online transactions (e.g., blog postings), for other types of transactions (e.g., online banking or accessing electronic health records) it is important that the parties to that transaction have a high degree of trust that they are interacting with known entities.”According to Commerce Secretary Gary Locke, as reported by CNET:“We are not talking about a national ID card. We are not talking about a government-controlled system. What we are talking about is enhancing online security and privacy, and reducing and perhaps even eliminating the need to memorize a dozen passwords, through creation and use of more trusted digital identities.”We are talking about a government-controlled system. That is exactly what we are talking about. In fact, the presentation of what few facts exist is vague enough as to be good for nothing but worry. Here are the few facts on the program that are available. The government will enable the creation of verified identitiesThe government will create an “Identity Ecosystem”Getting a verified identity will be electiveVerizon, Google, PayPal, Symantec and AT&T support the programA user would be able to use one login to sign in to all of their sites So, a user would have one, “verified” ID, which would be known by the government, and a set of large corporations. Given the periodic outbreak of governmental and corporate shenanigans, we fail to see the benefit of such a system. Further, the “Identity Ecosystem” sounds strangely like the national intranet the Chinese government has been working on, as an alternative to the Internet as a whole, and more controllable. “The Identity Ecosystem is the embodiment of the vision. It is an online environment where individuals, organizations, services, and devices can trust each other because authoritative sources establish and authenticate their digital identities.”We write frequently here about Facebook’s efforts to become the source of a universal verified online ID system, but a campaign by the US government to do something similar is another matter. It would be niave to assume that either party is motivated by nothing more than convenience on the part of users. Tags:#Government#NYT#privacy#web Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting curt hopkins 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market,White House Cybersecurity Coordinator Howard Schmidt announced to the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research on Friday that President Obama intended to turn over development of a national Internet ID to the Commerce Department. Pursuant to the Orwellian-sounding National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace, which the administration is currently writing, Commerce will create a program to provide and administer an allegedly voluntary interoperable verified online ID. An early draft makes the case for such an ID. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts “(A) secure cyberspace is critical to the health of our economy and to the security of our Nation. In particular, the Federal Government must address the recent and alarming rise in online fraud, identity theft, and misuse of information online. One key step in reducing online fraud and identity theft is to increase the level of trust associated with identities in cyberspace. While this Strategy recognizes the value of anonymity for many online transactions (e.g., blog postings), for other types of transactions (e.g., online banking or accessing electronic health records) it is important that the parties to that transaction have a high degree of trust that they are interacting with known entities.”According to Commerce Secretary Gary Locke, as reported by CNET:“We are not talking about a national ID card. We are not talking about a government-controlled system. What we are talking about is enhancing online security and privacy, and reducing and perhaps even eliminating the need to memorize a dozen passwords, through creation and use of more trusted digital identities.”We are talking about a government-controlled system. That is exactly what we are talking about. In fact, the presentation of what few facts exist is vague enough as to be good for nothing but worry. Here are the few facts on the program that are available. The government will enable the creation of verified identitiesThe government will create an “Identity Ecosystem”Getting a verified identity will be electiveVerizon, Google, PayPal, Symantec and AT&T support the programA user would be able to use one login to sign in to all of their sites So, a user would have one, “verified” ID, which would be known by the government, and a set of large corporations. Given the periodic outbreak of governmental and corporate shenanigans, we fail to see the benefit of such a system. Further, the “Identity Ecosystem” sounds strangely like the national intranet the Chinese government has been working on, as an alternative to the Internet as a whole, and more controllable. “The Identity Ecosystem is the embodiment of the vision. It is an online environment where individuals, organizations, services, and devices can trust each other because authoritative sources establish and authenticate their digital identities.”We write frequently here about Facebook’s efforts to become the source of a universal verified online ID system, but a campaign by the US government to do something similar is another matter. It would be niave to assume that either party is motivated by nothing more than convenience on the part of users. Tags:#Government#NYT#privacy#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img read more

How Long Should You Wait For Deals On Apple Products? [Infographic]

first_imgadam popescu 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#Apple#Mac#sales Related Posts Quick, the new Apple MacBook is out. What do you do? Mortgage next month’s paycheck and pre-order it online? Or maybe wait a few months and get a refurbished version? Maybe you type in a school promotional code on the Apple site, and get a measly little discount? Or should you just buy an older model — or just sit on your hands and wait until the price drops? What to do, what to do?Well, you could try something like this: Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… So if you can be patient, you stand a much better chance of finding some real deals out there for Apple swag.Brooklyn-based Dealnews, a deal-hunting site founded in 1997, put together the above graphic to help consumers do just that. The site, which makes its money from advertising and affiliate partnerships, employs about 60 “dealhunters” who scour the web for good buys.For the above graphic, Dealnews looked at a year’s worth of data and calculated how long it takes a new Apple product to generate an actual deal for consumers. For example, the MacBook Pro 15.4″ with retina display was released in June 2012 with a starting price of $2,199. The site listed a deal two days after its release for $118 off the initial price. Nine months later, the best deal was $350 off.In other words, he who hesitates… may walk off with a bargain. (Works for “she who hesitates,” too, of course.)Dealnews offers another tip from its research. If you want the best price for Apple products, don’t buy them from Apple! Instead, wait until a new model comes out, then haunt the MacMalls and Best Buys of the world and buy the previous version days or weeks after the new release. You can thank us — and Dealnews — later.Image courtesy of ShutterstockInfographic courtesy of dealnewslast_img read more

Hong Kong Can Take Call on India’s Request to Arrest Fugitive Jeweler, Says China

first_imgHong Kong can take a call on India’s request to arrest fugitive jeweler Nirav Modi, accused in the Rs 13,000 crore scam at India’s Punjab National Bank (PNB), based on its local laws and mutual judicial assistance agreements, China said on April 9.“According to the one country two system and basic laws of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR) and the assistance and authorization of the central government, the Hong Kong SAR can make a proper arrangement on judicial mutual assistance with other countries,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang said, PTI reported. “If India has made a relevant request to the Hong Kong SAR (Special Administrative Region), we leave the matter to the Hong Kong SAR and hope that it will follow the basic laws and relevant judicial system agreement with India to deal with the relevant issue,” Shuang said.India had earlier asked authorities in Hong Kong to arrest Modi. “The ministry has sought the provisional arrest of Nirav Deepak Modi by the government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, People’s Republic of China,” Indian Minister of State for External Affairs VK Singh told the parliament on April 5. India submitted the request for Modi’s arrest to Hong Kong on March 23, Singh said.Meanwhile, non-bailable warrants were issued against Modi and his uncle Mehul Choksi by a special court of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), a source within the investigative agency told Reuters. A court in Mumbai approved CBI’s application for the non-bailable warrant, the report dated April 8 said.The CBI has also questioned some officials at overseas branches of Indian banks, who issued loans to companies run by Modi, on basis of the Letters of Undertakings fraudulently issued by PNB employees. Among them is an officer dealing with foreign exchange at Allahabad Bank’s Hong Kong branch. The bank has denied any wrongdoing, the Reuters report said.The Punjab National Bank has also hired lawyers to represent it in the bankruptcy proceedings of Modi’s United States-based company, Firestar Diamond. “We have just engaged lawyers to represent our bank in the U.S. bankruptcy petition as part of recovery process. If money has gone from our system and parked in that company, our bank’s views should be heard before deciding about insolvency petition,” PNB managing director Sunil Mehta told PTI.The Supreme Court of India will hear a petition filed by a lawyer seeking SIT investigation into the scam, which has been dubbed as India’s largest ever banking fraud, on April 9. Twenty arrests have been made so far.Both Modi and Choksi, whose passports have been revoked, have denied allegations against them. Choksi had written a letter to the CBI, accusing it of investigating the case with a “predetermined mind” and saying it is impossible for him to return to India with his passport revoked. Related ItemsChinahong kongNirav ModiPunjab NAtional Banklast_img read more

Target H1B Visas

first_imgThe ritual goes like this: If you’re approaching the god Balaji with an appeal, walk in a circle around the temple 11 times and leave an offering of tulsi leaves at his feet. Should your wish be granted, come back and do it108 times.“We call him Visa Balaji,” said Madhu Vadlamani, 25. “He is famous for granting visas.”Madhu and her husband of just three days, Revanth Chilakamarri, 29, were but two of thousands of worshipers orbiting the “Visa Balaji” temple in Hyderabad one recent morning. Years ago, the incarnation of Vishnu had blessed them both with student visas to the United States. Though they had grown up just seven lanes apart, they met in America and fell in love.The two software developers had returned to the temple that morning to appeal to Balaji, in hopes of renewing their American sojourn with a new visa — the H-1B.For the new political order taking shape in Washington, however, H-1Bs aren’t quite welcome. Amid promises of sweeping changes to immigration policy, President-elect Donald Trump and his choice for attorney general, Sen. Jeff Sessions, have singled out the program for a major overhaul, or even scrapping it altogether. In the House, Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., is on the same wavelength.The visas bring nearly 100,000 “highly skilled” contract workers, mostly in tech and mostly from India, to the United States every year. Most stay for multiple years, and some eventually get green cards. According to federal guidelines, H-1Bs are intended to fill positions for which American workers with the requisite skills can’t be found. Whether the program always does that is intensely debated by industry lobbyists and politicians, and companies are not legally required to ensure that is the case.Trump has described H-1Bs as a “cheap labor program” subject to “widespread, rampant” abuse.Sessios, R-Ala., co-sponsored legislation last year with Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, to effectively gut the program; Issa, a congressman with Trump’s ear, released a statement recently saying he was reintroducing similar legislation called the Protect and Grow American Jobs Act.Sessions and Issa’s legislation primarily target large outsourcing companies like Infosys and Tata Consultancy Services that receive the vast majority of H-1B visas and use them to deploy workers to American companies seeking to cut costs. In 2015, the top 10 recipients of H-1B visas were all outsourcing firms. As recently as 2013, the Justice Department, which Sessions stands to take over, settled with Infosys for $34 million in a visa fraud case.“Logically speaking, I’m worried,” said Vadlamani, who up till recently worked for Deloitte in Orlando, Florida. “But being Indian, I believe that if it is in my karma, then I will get the visa. If not, there are more and more jobs these days at good companies here.” But if Vadlamani is circumspect about her prospects should the visa program be restricted, politicians and business executives in her hometown are bullish. Not only is employment booming in Hyderabad, they say, but should the United States move against H-1Bs, their economy stands to gain. The H-1B program provides American companies with cheap, temporary contractors who often work longer hours than Americans, and take on the monotonous programming jobs Americans scorn. Proponents of the program argue that foreign workers increase innovation at American companies as well as contribute to local economies. A few Indians who came on work visas have even gone on to become heads of important American companies. Meanwhile, India’s growth as a global tech hub has been hampered as tens of thousands of workers left. Over the past decade, though, cities like Hyderabad and Bangalore have slowly but surely gained prominence. At first it was mostly a base for outsourcing companies servicing American clients, but now Hyderabad is home to the biggest offices outside the United States of four of the world’s five biggest companies: Apple, Google, Microsoft and Facebook. Amazon, Dell, Uber, and others have major operations there. All have huge campuses in a part of the city officially known as Cyberabad.Cyberabad’s existence is the result of investments in education and infrastructure made by N. Chandrababu Naidu, the chief minister of Andhra Pradesh, where Hyderabad was located until the state was bifurcated in 2014. A network of dozens of I.T. institutes trained a generation of engineers and software developers to work back-end jobs for American companies.For that generation, getting an H-1B was the holy grail. Even though the work in America could be dull, being there provided a chance to engage with an invigorating culture of innovation that just wasn’t present in India yet. And of course, working abroad meant a huge increase in income and prestige.But the H-1B cap meant that the bulk of Indian tech workers stayed back. The current cap — not just from India — is 65,000, plus another 20,000 who have graduated from American universities with advanced degrees, down from almost double that at the beginning of the 2000s.Among those who do get them, most ultimately return to settle and work in India. In Hyderabad, many of those returnees are confident that their city can compete with Silicon Valley for India’s brightest young minds.K.T. Rama Rao, the son of the current chief minister, was one of them. Now he’s the minister for information technology in his father’s government. He pointed to Apple as an example of how Hyderabad could absorb the thousands of workers in a potential future with far fewer H-1Bs -or without them altogether.“Apple is already moving their maps division here, and they’re doing that because we’re producing more G.I.S. talent than anyone else in the world,” he claimed in an interview, referring to geographic information systems. “Ideally, a president of the United States would have a balanced perspective on business, but if he wants tech firms to stay, he should create better job readiness in the U.S.”Rao said that legislation targeting big Indian outsourcing companies would wean them away from their dependency on servicing American companies. Without the visa program, they would have to engage in new lines of work that created value in Hyderabad and not abroad, he said.Amit Jain, now the president of Uber India, is another returnee who used to be on an H-1B. He said that the influx of American companies, as well as a growing indigenous startup culture, could offer what Indians used to seek in the United States closer to home.“We definitely have a more robust ecosystem here now,” said Jain. “We’re seeing plenty of hiring in the future.”— The Washington Post Related Itemslast_img read more

India Doctors Reconstruct Thumb from Toe of Afghan National

first_imgA 22-year-old Afghanistan national underwent a successful rare surgery, during which doctors transplanted his toe to reconstruct his thumb, at Jaypee Hospital in Noida, Uttar Pradesh. A team of doctors performed the complex surgery for about seven hours on Irfaan-ul-lah, who lost three fingers and a thumb of his right hand in a bomb blast incident two years ago.The treatment, involving multiple stages, was started earlier this month. The doctors first assessed the patient’s hand to find out the extent of damage to the bones, joints, tendons, arteries and veins in his hand. In the second stage, they performed the surgery to implant the second toe of his left foot onto his right hand, and give it a structure of a thumb.Irfaan-ul-lah, who was left with only the index finger on his right hand after the blast was unable to perform day-to-day activities such as eating, drinking and writing. But now he is able to hold any object with his right hand and carry out routine functions, the hospital said in a statement.“We measured the length of the patient’s thumb and according to its size and structure damage, we cut the second toe of his left foot and implanted it in place of his lost thumb. We had to be really careful while removing the toe, making sure that all joints, ligaments and arteries are absolutely fine and functional after the surgery,” Dr. Ashish Rai, senior consultant at the Plastic, Aesthetic and Reconstructive Surgery Department, said, according to Hindustan Times.“In the next stage, one more finger will be implanted in the same hand so that the patient is able to perform all the tasks with his three fingers,” Dr Saurabh Gupta, consultant at the department said in a hospital statement.Irfaan-ul-lah, who had visited various hospitals in Pakistan for treatment before coming to India, was elated. “The last two years were terrible for me. I used to feel helpless as I was not able to do any work on my own,” he said, HT reported. “I am thankful to the doctors for their efforts and now I can at least perform my regular activities and am no longer dependent on others all the time.” Related ItemsAfghan thumb transplant IndiaAfghan toe thumb surgery Noidaforeigner medical visit Indiaforeigner patients IndiaIndia medical tourismLittle Indiatoe thumb surgery Jaypee hospitallast_img read more

Zakir Naik Named in UK Think Tank’s Report on Extremists Who Exploit Charities

first_imgZakir Naik, the controversial India-born Islamic preacher currently holed up in Malaysia, has been associated with extremists exploiting charities in Britain by the Henry Jackson Society in its latest report published on Feb.26.The report, titled Wolves in sheep’s clothing: how Islamist extremists exploit the UK charitable sector, by the London-based think tank says that Islamist extremists operating in the United Kingdom have established a number of charities through which they receive several benefits. “Credibility, access to the public and vulnerable beneficiaries, secure platforms to spread their radical views and, perhaps most alarmingly, tax exemption and taxpayers’ money,” the report cites as some of the benefits.It added that charities must not harbor those who would subvert democracy.It has raised questions about Naik continuing to be the Islamic Research Foundation International (IRFI), a UK-registered charity, despite being banned in Britain since 2010. “In the financial year ending 2016, their income was £951,356. In addition to its charitable status, IRFI is also registered in England as a private limited company,” the report said.It added that although there is no proof of Naik’s direct involvement in terrorism, there are concerns about the radicalization potential of his lectures.“According Peace TV, Naik is the ideologue and driving force behind Peace TV Network and launched Peace TV English in 2006. Peace TV is owned by IRF, and its English language website is clear that donations to the channel are to be made via the charity,” the report explained.It added that as per the annual accounts of Peace TV Network submitted for the financial year ending January 2016, the primary purpose of the charity is securing donations for the continuation of Peace TV. In 2015-2016, the charity made payments of £994,848 to Peace TV.The report said that it focused on abuse by those Islamist extremists whose views are not illegal but remain problematic as charities can be abused for criminal purposes by those involved in terrorist activities. “On occasion, the line between the two forms of abuse are blurred, with some charities connected to terrorism also showing signs of extremism, as is seen in the case of some humanitarian aid charities and those with other activities abroad,” the report stated.In December 2017, India’s National Investigation Agency (NIA) filed a fresh request before the Interpol for issuing a red corner notice against Naik, who is currently living in Malaysia. Interpol cancelled the red corner notice that it issued against Naik earlier this month, his aide was reported to have said on Dec. 16.NIA’s previous plea was rejected by the Interpol on the grounds that no charge sheet was filed against Naik when the request was submitted.During the hearing of the petition filed by the citizens in Malaysia in January 2017, the petitioners told the Kuala Lumpur High Court that Naik is a threat to Malaysia. They said that his permanent residence status, granted by the Malaysian government, should immediately be cancelled or revoked, reported India Today.The petition was filed by 17 citizens, and included Hindu Rights Action Force (HINDRAF) chairman P. Waytha Moorthy, academic Lim Teck Ghee, Sabah lawmaker Datuk Jeffrey Kitingan, lawyers Siti Kassim and Asiah Abd Jalil, and Sarawak activist Peter John Jaban.“Zakir Naik is a person who is threat to the security of federation. The fact that Naik is allowed to be permanent resident in Malaysia will disrupt harmony of country,” stated the petition, India Today reported. Related ItemsTerrorismUnited Kingdomzakir naiklast_img read more

Indian CEO Arrested Over H-1B Visa Fraud in U.S.

first_imgA chief executive officer of two information technology staffing firms in Bellevue, Washington, has been arrested over charges of H-1B visa fraud following allegations that his companies used falsified documents for higher approval of visas.Pradyumna Kumar Samal, 49, has been accused of running a visa fraud scheme, sometimes referred to as “bench-and-switch” scheme, to exploit foreign-national workers, compete unlawfully in the market, and defraud the U.S. government, according to a statement by the U.S. Department of Justice.Samal, an Indian national, was arrested at Seattle-Tacoma International airport on Aug. 28, when he returned from India on an international flight. The statement said that the criminal complaint against him was filed in April 2018, soon after Samal, the CEO of Azimetry and Divensi IT firms, fled the United States while the investigation was ongoing.According to the investigation that was initiated against his tech firms in 2015, Samal submitted, and directed his employees to submit, forged and false application materials to the U.S.government, making it appear as if two corporate clients had agreed to use several foreign-national employees named in the applications.  The forged documents included forged letters and fraudulent statements of work, which appeared as if they had been signed by senior executives at the two clients.The applications also carried signatures of client company heads and specific project details, but later the foreign employee was put in a different project, the report said.“After USCIS relied on the false representations and approved the applications, the companies ‘benched’ the foreign nationals – i.e., the companies left those foreign nationals unpaid – until and unless they were able to place those employees at actual end clients,” the statement said.The justice department is particularly focusing on about 200 workers who may have been brought to the country through the forged applications. The employees were asked to pay Samal’s firms a partially-refundable “security deposit” of as much as $5,000 for the visa filings, regardless of whether they were assigned to any projects that provided them with income. If the employees were not assigned to any project right away, they were “benched,’’ the report said.Samal’s lawyer, Diane Butler at Davis Wright Tremaine, defended him by saying that the allegations brought against him only “reflect the current hostility toward business immigration in a zero tolerance environment. Companies like his have helped keep the economy vibrant by providing H-1B tech workers for short-term projects,” Seattle Times reported.Samal’s company Divensi filed 390 applications for H-1B visas in 2016, which was the fifth highest demand, ranking behind companies like Amazon, Microsoft, Infosys and HCL America, the publication reported.Visa fraud is punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Related ItemsIndian Americanvisa fraudlast_img read more

Australia Considering Sending Immigrants to Smaller Cities

first_imgAustralia is considering sending a significant number of immigrants into smaller cities to control the burgeoning population in big cities like Sydney, Melbourne and South East Queensland.Alan Tudge, Australian Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population said that to decongest top cities and boost infrastructure in the country, a balanced growth of population is crucial and therefore, the government will try to direct the migrants into smaller cities with less population and more employment opportunities for immigrants.Citing rapid growth of population, the minister said that the migration has almost doubled from 100,000 every year to 200,000 in the last two decades. While the overall population of Australia has been growing at the rapid rate of 1.6 percent per annum, the three large cities have grown faster. Last year Melbourne grew by 2.7 percent, Sydney by 2.1 percent and South East Queensland by 2.3 percent.According to a new policy under consideration, immigrants arriving in Australia on a regional-sponsored visa would have to live in regional or rural Australia, instead of big cities like Sydney or Melbourne, the Daily Telegraph said in its report.Just last year, Australia granted162,000 permanent visas to immigrants. The surge in temporary visas have also been noticeable, from 20,000 each year to 70,000, Tudge said adding while a larger population can contribute to the economy, one way to deal with over-population growth is to limit immigration to over-crowded cities.“We are working on measures to have more new arrivals go to the smaller states and regions and require them to be there for at least a few years,” the minister said. By directing new migrants to smaller states or regions and matching the skills of new migrants with the skill shortages in rural and regional Australia, the government can “get a more even distribution of growth across the country to support the smaller states and regions, while taking pressure off Melbourne, Sydney and South East Queensland,” the minister said.Currently, the biggest immigration source in Australia hail from China and India overtaking the United Kingdom and New Zealand while the overall population has grown by 3.75 million, which is nearly two times higher than the previous decade.Earlier this year, Australian First Secretary David Wilden had said that the government is looking into ways to bind people to a regional area. Related Itemslast_img read more

IPL 2016: Virat Kohli fulfils his promise to David Warner, reclaims Orange Cap

first_imgSunrisers Hyderabad skipper David Warner on Monday revealed the text messages that he has exchanged with Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper Virat Kohli on their battle for the Orange Cap in the ongoing season of the Indian Premier League. (Full IPL Coverage)The battle between the bat and the ball in the tournament so far has been a one-sided affair with the batsmen enjoying the time of their lives on flat-batting pitches around the country.Kohli currently leads the batting charts with Warner and Mumbai Indians skipper Rohit Sharma closing in with each game.Kohli has 433 runs from 7 matches with an unbeaten 100 as his highest score and an average of 72.16. Warner is second on the list with 386 runs from as many games with a top-score of 92. Rohit is three runs behind the Aussie in third spot.”He (Kohli) texted me yesterday saying he was coming for the Orange Cap. My reply was I am going to come back and get it from you,” Warner told India Today in an exclusive chat.Warner’s consistent run in the IPL has been one of the highlights of the tournament so far. He has hit five half-centuries for Hyderabad at an average of 77.20 and a strike rate of over 160.The 29-year-old said he was hungry for runs after enduring a tough time with the bat for Australia in the ICC World T20.”I think it’s about clearing my mind and being fresh. I felt I had a very disappointing T20 World Cup. I wanted to come here (India) and show what I am capable of. It’s about digging deep, backing myself and putting as many runs as possible for my team.”advertisementApart from being terrific with the willow in hand, the one thing which is also common between Warner, Kohli and Rohit is that all three cricketers are brilliant fielders as well. Warner is known to be one of the fittest cricketers around and he rates Kohli in very high regard when it comes to his fielding prowess.”India’s fielding has been exceptional in the last one year or so. He has got his guys in the right frame of mind. I think it’s under him that they are striving for greatness on the field. Most teams are winning matches these days with their fielding. Virat has done very well in that aspect.””He is probably one of the hardest trainers I have ever seen. He is always at the gym. He is in there stretching, yoga, weights, power lifting and cricket training. On top off all that, he carries the weight of the nation as captain.”It is hard not to be in awe of Kohli, the young batting superstar from Delhi who has made a big name for himself in the cricketing world in such a short span of time.His golden run during India’s 2014-15 Test series in Australia, where he made four centuries in as many matches, has made the Aussies stand up and take notice. Warner is among the many who believe that Kohli will be an immensely successful cricketer in all formats of the game.”He is an exceptional talent. He has played over a hundred ODIs, and is going to play more than 100 Tests as well. He has got an exceptional knowledge of cricket. He is a great leader,” Warner summed up.last_img read more

Paradise Papers: Indian names tumble out for tax haven links

first_imgMore than 700 Indian names, including those of politicians, corporates and celebrities, today figured in the leaked Paradise Papers detailing business dealings of “the worlds most powerful people and companies” in offshore tax havens.Regulatory and enforcement agencies swung into action by promising a multi-regulatory probe soon after the names started tumbling out as part of the latest global expose by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ), even as several of those named denied any wrongdoing.The Indian names include Bollywood star Amitabh Bachchan, defaulter businessman Vijay Mallya, corporate lobbyist Niira Radia, film star Sanjay Dutts wife Dilnashin, Union minister Jayant Sinha and Rajya Sabha MP R K Sinha, the ICIJs media partner in the country, The Indian Express, said.The ICIJ, which worked with 95 media partners globally for the investigation, said it explored 13.4 million leaked files from offshore law firms, majorly Bermuda-based Appleby, and company registries in several secretive tax jurisdictions.Among the 180 countries represented in the data, India ranked 19th in terms of number of names (714), while Sun Group, founded by Nand Lal Khemka, figured as Applebys second largest client with as many as 118 offshore entities.The ICIJ said the Paradise Papers reveal the offshore activities of some of the worlds most powerful people and companies and the files were obtained by the German newspaper Suddeutsche Zeitung.It, however, put out a disclaimer that “there are legitimate uses for offshore companies and trusts” and it does not “intend to suggest or imply that any people, companies or other entities included in the ICIJ Offshore Leaks Database have broken the law or otherwise acted improperly”.advertisementICIJ also said that many people and entities may have similar names and suggested that the identities of those named in the database should be confirmed based on addresses or other identifiable information.The Indian names also included those associated with the Sun-TV-Aircel-Maxis case, Essar-Loop 2G case, SNC-Lavalin in which Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan was named and then cleared and a case against Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy; as also entities linked to Rajasthan ambulance scam that names an entity called Ziquista Healthcare (with Congress leader Sachin Pilot and former minister P Chidambarams son Karti as early honorary/independent directors).In a series of tweets, Sinha, the Minister of State for Civil Aviation, denied any wrongdoing on his part.Interestingly, Bachchan wrote a long blog yesterday, hours before the Paradise Papers were published, explaining that he has always cooperated with the “system”, even though he did not directly refer to the latest leaks.The Indian names on the list included a number of listed entities, some of which saw their shares falling, while regulatory officials said they would look into any wrongdoing on the part of such companies or their promoters with regard to alleged fund diversion and corporate governance lapses.Official sources also said that a multi-agency group of investigative bodies probing the Panama Papers, an earlier trove of leaked data released by ICIJ, would look into the latest Paradise Papers leak.Some of the names, including that of Bachchan, had figured in Panama Papers as well.The main opposition party Congress took the opportunity to accuse Prime Minister Narendra Modi of “betraying” the people with “zero action” against black money stashed abroad and demanded resignation of Union minister Jayant Sinha and BJP MP R K Sinha.Rights group Transparency International called for stricter measures to regulate the financial sector and their participants, including real estate brokers, lawyers and bankers.US-based think-tank Global Financial Integrity (GFI) said MNCs should be required to publicly report their number of employees, facilities and their revenue on a country-by- country basis to help check tax abuses.The ICIJ said the Paradise Papers reveal offshore interests and activities of more than 120 politicians and world leaders, including Queen Elizabeth II whose private estate indirectly invested in a rent-to-own loan company accused of predatory tactics.Besides, 13 allies, major donors and cabinet members of US President Donald Trump appear on the list, including Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross interests in “a shipping company that makes millions from an energy firm whose owners include Russian President Vladimir Putins son-in-law and a sanctioned Russian tycoon”.It further said the leaked files from Appleby include details of tax planning by nearly 100 multinational corporations, including Apple, Nike and Uber.The political names on the list included Shaukat Aziz, who was Pakistans prime minister from 2004 to 2007, after serving a five-year stint as the countrys finance minister.The leaked files also detailed how owners of jets and yachts, including royalty and sports stars, used Isle of Man tax avoidance structures, and revealed tax haven shopping sprees by MNCs in Africa and Asia that use shell companies in Mauritius and Singapore to reduce taxes.advertisementlast_img read more

Edge AI projects stand out at tech conference

first_img Dneuro – high performance DNN running standalone on FPGA Bacram – lens-free imaging to quickly identify biological terror threats GRENOBLE – CEA-Leti picked “Deep tech for edge artificial intelligence (AI)” as its theme for this year’s Leti Innovation Days’ annual conference. The event last week, attended by 800 delegates from all over the world, took place during a blistering heatwave that saw outside temperatures of almost 40 degrees Celsius (104°F).Inside the Minatec campus, where lectures, workshops and demonstrations were held, attendees were reminded of significant challenges they would face by moving AI to the edge.Driving such a move is none other than data privacy issues. Other factors prompting the industry to embrace edge AI, however, are their desire to reduce AI computation both in time and energy consumption. Data transfer and memory access would account for up to 90% of system energy usage, thus reducing data movement between memory and processor becomes critical.CEA-Leti, whose research focus includes health, environment and energy, strutted its stuff by showcasing a number of research projects and demonstrators during the event. Brought to the show floor were Leti’s own research projects and others by startups working with or spun out of Leti.We will share five projects that caught our eyes in the following pages.Spirit Chip (Photo: EE Times) Worms – adding tactile interaction to everyday objects Apneaband – wearable device tracking sleep apnea Spirit – spiking neural networks enabling massively parallel, low power and low latency computation Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Advanced Technology, IoT Continue Reading Previous Sensors fuel race for enhanced smart-product analyticsNext SEGGER adds video to emUSB-device Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must Register or Login to post a comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.last_img read more

Watch: Tyreek Hill Scores Second Career TD for Kansas City Chiefs

first_imgTyreek Hill and the Kansas City Chiefs were practically run off the field on Sunday evening against the Pittsburgh Steelers. But the Chiefs kept fighting, despite the lop-sided nature of the contest, and it was with the help of Tyreek Hill the Chiefs finally got on the board late in the fourth quarter.Bobbled… juggled… CAUGHT.TD!The @Chiefs are on the board! #KCvsPIT https://t.co/cHiCIyEGpv— NFL (@NFL) October 3, 2016Hill returned a punt for a touchdown earlier in the football game, but the play was called back for a block in the back. He has had two returns for touchdowns this season, both of which were called back for holding.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

TFA Supports Headspace Day

first_imgTouch Football Australia (TFA) is proud to be supporting Headspace Day today in support of National Mental Health Week.This national day of awareness is about ensuring every young person in Australia has access to youth friendly, mental health services no matter where they live.  Led by headspace, the campaign is dedicated to improving the wellbeing of young Australians.Every year, a quarter of all young people in Australia will experience mental health issues. Yet even amongst those with severe mental health problems, only 50% receive professional help. Headspace offers a youth-friendly service that minimises the barriers young people experience when seeking access to professional help.Headspace has centres across Australia, in addition to numerous online resources. The purpose of Headspace Day is to increase awareness of the services and resources available to you people.To support headspace day, TFA will be sharing personal mental health tips on place cards, these will then be shared through our social media channels.The aim of this initiative is to help generate and share ideas so that young people can see the many different ways to maintain a healthy headspace.TFA encourages everyone to join with us in supporting this campaign and contributing to the conversation by filling out your own place card.“We whole hearted support HEADSPACE Day and the fantastic work that HEADSPACE does helping those suffering with mental health issues, especially youth. Within our sport we have 387,000 youth participants nationally, thankfully Headspace are there to support any who may be experiencing mental health issues.” Steve Mitchell, Touch Football Australia CEOPlace cards can be downloaded  here, with suggestion’s to fill out your place card located hereTo find out more about headspace, click hereJoin us in the conversation to assist removing mental health barriers:  @headspace_ausTouch Football Facebook: @TouchfootballaustraliaTouch Football Twitter: @touchfootyausTouch Football Instagram: @touchfootballaustraliaHashtag: #headspacedayIf you need someone to talk to contact headspace on 1800 650 890last_img read more

Pakistan Super League: Quetta Gladiators win maiden title in one-sided final

first_imgPakistan Super League: Quetta Gladiators win maiden title in one-sided finalPeshawar Zalmi lost their second straight Pakistan Super League final after Quetta Gladiators came up with an all-round effort to win their maiden title at the National Stadium in Karachi on Sunday.advertisement Akshay Ramesh New DelhiMarch 18, 2019UPDATED: March 18, 2019 09:19 IST Quetta Gladiators were dominant throughout the fourth season of Pakistan Super League (@thePSLt20 Photo)HIGHLIGHTSSarfraz Ahmed-led Quetta Gladiators won their first-ever PSL title in Karachi on SundayDarren Sammy lauded Peshawar Zalmi’s consistency as they reached three successive finals, winning one of themShane Watson won the Man of the Series award after collecting 430 runs from 12 matchesQuetta Gladiators showcased why they were the most dominant side throughout the fourth season of Pakistan Super League by making light work of Peshawar Zalmi in the much-expected final in Karachi on Sunday.Quetta’s best batsman of the season, Shane Watson failed with the bat but Sarfraz Ahmed-led team eased to a 139-run target and seal the PSL crown in front of a packed house at the National Stadium in Karachi.Everything went right for Quetta as captain Sarfraz won the toss and sent Peshawar into bat.Peshawar suffered a major blow as early as the second over when they lost opener Imam-ul-Haq, who had been one of their most consistent batsmen, for 3. Kamran Akmal tried to get going but Mohammad Nawaz struck to remove the dangerous wicketkeeper-batsman who finished the season as Peshawar’s top scorer.Sohaib Maqsood and Umar Amin led a fightback but the duo was never able to keep the scoreboard moving briskly. Peshawar were let down on the big day by two of their foreign superstars in Kieron Pollard and Darren Sammy as both the West Indies big-hitters failed to provide the innings the much-needed impetus towards the end.Best Batsman of the tournament & player of the #HBLPSL 2019, @ShaneRWatson33.Winning captain, @SarfarazA_54.Man of the Final, Muhammad Hasnain.Champion Gladiators #KhelDeewanoKa pic.twitter.com/0fy4vLgL6ePakistanSuperLeague (@thePSLt20) March 17, 2019Sarfraz should have been mighty impressed with his fast bowlers as Mohammad Hasnain and Dwayne Bravo picked up five wickets between them, conceding just 54 runs in 8 overs.advertisementIn reply, Quetta’s innings got off to the worst possible start as they lost the tournament’s top scorer Shane Watson cheaply. However, senior batsman Ahmed Shehzad held one end and struck a fine half-century.WATCH: @iamAhmadshahzad’s solid half century for @TeamQuetta against @PeshawarZalmi at @thePSLt20Ball-by-ball clips & scorecard https://t.co/6DBUDl8EUY #QGvPZ #PSL2019 #PSLFinal #KhelDeewanoKa #CricketForAll #CaltexPakistan pic.twitter.com/zjcMaHirnACricingif (@_cricingif) March 17, 2019Ahsan Ali’s quickfire knock of 25 from 18 balls sealed the deal for Quetta. Rilee Rossouw then played the finisher’s role to perfection as he smashed a 32-ball 39 to take Quetta past the finish line with 13 balls and eight wickets to spare.Credit goes to team management: Sarfraz Sarfraz Ahmed lauded his teammates for the special effort on Sunday and thanked the Pakistan security forces for making sure the final leg of the PSL was held in Pakistan smoothly.”Credit goes to the team management, and to the crowd. The way they’ve responded to the support for both teams, was excellent. Then the Rangers, Police, PCB they’ve all worked hard to make this tournament possible in Pakistan,” Sarfraz said.Darren Sammy rued Peshwar’s batting performance but lauded the team’s consistency over the last three seasons.”We didn’t do enough with the bat. They were the team to beat in the tournament, and they proved why today. But we’re still proud to make three consecutive PSL finals. We’ve played a brand of cricket that we should be proud of.Meanwhile, Watson bagged the Man of the Series award. The former Australian all-rounder was in fine form throughout the tournament, smashing 430 runs from 12 matches.Also Read | Press conference, football game: How Bangladesh cricketers escaped Christchurch shootingAlso Read | ICC ODI rankings: Kohli, Bumrah retain top spots despite series defeat to AustraliaAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Pakistan Super LeagueFollow PSL 2019Follow Quetta GladiatorsFollow Peshawar ZalmiFollow Shane WatsonFollow Sarfraz AhmedFollow Darrren Sammylast_img read more

MPA: 53 More Ships Go Green in Singapore

first_imgzoom The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) today recognised another 53 Green Ships from 41 companies that have qualified for the Green Ship Program (GSP) at the Third Singapore Registry of Ships Forum (SRS Forum).The GSP encourages Singapore-flagged ships to reduce carbon dioxide and sulphur oxides emissions. Qualifying Singapore-flagged ships can enjoy a reduction of Initial Registration Fees and a rebate on Annual Tonnage Tax. Since the GSP’s inception in 2011, 247 Green Ships under the Singapore Flag have joined the program.10 maritime companies signed the Maritime Singapore Green Pledge today.These include: Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement (Singapore), Executive Offshore Pte Ltd, Maersk Drilling Holdings Singapore Pte Ltd, Odfjell Asia II Pte Ltd, Pan-United Shipping Pte Ltd, Rickmers Shipmanagement (Singapore) Pte. Ltd., Shenlong Maritime Pte Ltd, Solstad Offshore Asia Pacific Pte. Ltd., TATA NYK Shipping Pte. Ltd. and Vale.“ From 40 companies signing on to the Pledge in 2011, this has grown to 100 today. There are also now more than 200 ships under the Green Ship Program. We will continue with our efforts to promote cleaner, safer and more efficient shipping,” comments MPA’s Chief Executive, Andrew Tan.Five companies were also recognised for contributing up to the 85th million GT in the SRS tonnage.Participants of the forum also witnessed the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between MPA and Du Pont Company (Singapore) to collaborate on services and solutions for the maritime industry.The MOU outlines areas for collaboration on working relationships focused on developing value propositions for services and solutions for the maritime industry. The projects will aim to promote the adoption of safety, operational risk and sustainability management practices.last_img read more

Federal Fisheries minister will not review federal permits that authorize flooding for

first_img(An aerial view of the Muskrat Falls hydroelectric dam in Labrador. Photo courtesy of Nalcor)Trina RoacheJorge Barrera  APTN National NewsFisheries and Oceans Minister Dominic LeBlanc says he will not review federal permits granted to Newfoundland and Labrador to flood an area for the Muskrat Falls hydroelectric project.The request to hold a review came from Labrador MP and Parliamentary Secretary to the minister of Indigenous Affairs Yvonne Jones after nine demonstrators were arrested by RCMP for ignoring a court injunction ordering them to stay away from the site.“I have asked the minister to do a review of the environmental conditions that were supposed to be met when a permit was issued by the federal government,” said Jones, in a scrum following question period on Parliament Hill Monday. “If the conditions were not being met when the permit was issued, obviously then there will be a federal responsibility for that.”But in a statement, a spokesperson for LeBlanc wrote that the minister is putting the onus on the province.“We understand that the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador is working with the proponent, Indigenous peoples, and stakeholders with respect to this project,” the statement said. “We expect the province will meet its responsibilities to ensure the health and safety of Canadians.”Fisheries and Oceans Minister Dominic LeBlancThere was no mention of reviewing the permits.Yvonne Jones could not be reached for comment as of the posting of this story.On Monday, Nunatsiavut President Johannes Lampe asked the Prime Minister to step in, saying a Harvard Study on methylmercury at Muskrat Falls was a game changer.“Independent scientific evidence, which was not available when the authorization was granted, overwhelmingly demonstrates that flooding of the reservoir, under current clearing conditions, will violate the terms of that authorization,” said Lampe.No one from the Nunatsiavut Government has heard from the federal government at this point.Todd Russell, president of the  NunatuKavut Community Council. said he didn’t want to comment until he heard it directly from the Minister’s office.“But I will say this,” said Russell. “There comes a time when they got to start communicating with us directly. And I have to say, it’s all news to me. Isn’t it? I said yesterday (Tuesday) I haven’t been informed. We haven’t been asked. And if they confirm what you’re saying, probably for good reason because there was no intention of ever doing it.”Todd Russell, president of the NunatuKavut Community Council tours the Churchill River by the Muskrat Falls hydroelectric project. For more than a year, Inuit leaders have been pushing for changes to the Muskrat Falls project to address concerns over methylmercury.The Harvard University study predicts that the trees and topsoil left in the flood zone will create methylmercury. The toxin will flow downstream, and work its way up the food chain.The Inuit fear their traditional food sources will be poisoned.“There were options, things they could do,” said Russell. “This is what is so maddening about this entire situation.”Inuit leaders say there’s still time and want the project halted immediately so the reservoir can be fully cleared.“We still believe, standing here right now, by this monstrosity wreaking havoc upon the landscape, that there is still time,” said Russell. “Let the water flow clean from that reservoir. Start respecting Indigenous rights.”Russell toured the Lower Churchill River by boat, before heading to the construction site where land protectors are camped out.On Monday, nine people were arrested at the blockade for violating a court injunction obtained by Nalcor Energy, a provincially owned energy corporation.“We warned the premier that if there were no changes, you are precipitating the action you’re seeing,” said Russell. “And it’s spreading. Support is very widespread, people see the injustice.”Russell said this isn’t an abstract issue for people who live around Lake Melville, where the water from the dam will flow.“When you disrupt the food on people tables, you disrupt their well being, their sense of security, their connectedness to each other and land. You threaten a way of life. That’s what this project does,” he said.Protectors of the Land huddle around a fire barrel near the Muskrat Falls hydroelectric site. Photo courtesy Tom Fennario/APTNIn a statement, Newfoundland and Labrador’s Environment Minister Perry Trimper called the federal government a “key stakeholder” in the project.“Their scientists have worked closely with officials in the department of Environment and Climate Change throughout the project and they participated in two scientific workshops held by the department on Muskrat Falls and methylmercury.”Trimper added that the federal government has also been involved in “the Aquatic Environmental Effects Monitoring Plan – an important plan that will monitor methylmercury in fish and seal which will be vitally important to informing actions needed to ensure protection of human health.”But that monitoring plan falls short according to the Nunatsiavut Government.“The Province has indicated that the work carried out by Harvard University is not being used to inform the monitoring program,” said Lampe. “That is extremely disappointing, and has added to the level of frustration we have had with the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador on this whole issue.”In the meantime, work continues at Muskrat Falls. The land protectors continue to watch over the project from a distance outlined in the court injunction sought by Nalcor.Nalcor said flooding has not yet begun but is imminent.Yvonne Jones, Labrador MP and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Indigenous Affairs requested a review of federal permits for the Muskrat Falls project. Photo: APTNThe initial flooding will fill the reservoir to the 25 metre mark; rising up to a metre per day. Later flooding will fill the reservoir up to 39 metres and isn’t expected to be completed until 2019.The blockade, arrests and rallies are just the latest in a long fight against a project that many have called a boondoggle; Muksrat Falls is behind schedule and over budget.“The civil unrest we are currently witnessing is because of the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador’s poor handling of the Muskrat Falls fiasco and it appears to be escalating,” said Lampe. “It is time the premier showed some leadership and direct Nalcor Energy to delay flooding of the reservoir until all concerns are meaningfully addressed.”troache@aptn.calast_img read more

Canadians receive emails from Marriott about recent personal data breach

first_imgTORONTO — Canadians have started receiving emails from Marriott International, informing them of a recent breach of customers’ personal data held by their Starwood hotel properties.The U.S.-based hotel giant, which is also behind brands including W Hotels, St. Regis, Sheraton and Westin, says in the email that the breach may have impacted up to 500 million guests.The company says the contact information, passport numbers, arrival and departure information, reservation dates, and credit card information of up to 327 million guests may also be entangled in the incident.Marriott says unauthorized access to such data has been occurring since 2014, but was only recently discovered.Marriott says it has been sending emails with these details to guests since Nov. 30, when the breach was revealed.The company did not respond to a request for comment regarding how many Canadians have, or are expected to, receive the emails. The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Craft beer taps squeezed as shutdown delays new releases

first_imgMILWAUKEE — The nation’s craft beer taps are being squeezed by the government shutdown.The partial shutdown has put new releases on hold, prevented new breweries from opening and stopped shipments of some suds across state lines.The federal agency that regulates alcohol production and distribution is closed. That means government employees can’t issue the permits needed for the beer to flow.Brewers are nervous that they will lose money if brewery openings and seasonal beers are delayed much longer in the dispute over President Donald Trump’s demand for taxpayer funding of a wall along the border with Mexico.Russ Klisch is founder and president of Lakefront Brewery in Milwaukee. He has a suggestion to improve the negotiations between Trump and congressional Democrats: They should get together for a few beers.Ivan Moreno, The Associated Presslast_img read more

After Morocco Spain Wants to Launch Its Own Observation Satellite

Rabat – Following Morocco’s launch of its Mohammed 6-A satellite last November, Spain is racing against time to launch its  own observation satellite in late 2019 or early 2020.Morocco’s launch of its Mohammed 6-A satellite last November hs accelerated  Spain’s work on its SeoSat/Ingenio optical Earth-observation satellite, reported SpaceNews.Morocco and Spain have been working on their special observation capacities since “Perejil Island crisis in 2002, when Spain could not acquire satellite images of the island following reports of its occupation by the Moroccan Navy,” according to the same source. The launch of the Moroccan satellite did not only prompt Spain to speed up its observation measures, but also Algeria, another regional competitor, who launched its first communication satellite from China on Dec. 11. read more