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Kroos happy to have ditched Bayern for Real


first_imgTransfers Real Madrid midfielder Kroos has no regrets about ditching Bayern Munich Sacha Pisani Last updated 2 years ago 14:22 10/4/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) ToniKroos-cropped Getty Images Transfers Getafe v Real Madrid Bayern München v Freiburg Bayern München Primera División Bundesliga Real Madrid The 27-year-old Blancos midfielder has no regrets about departing the Bavarian outfit for the Spanish capital in 2014 Toni Kroos said he made the correct decision to leave German giants Bayern Munich for Real Madrid in 2014.Kroos ended his association with boyhood club Bayern three years ago and the Germany international has gone on to enjoy great success in Madrid.Real 6/4 to win La Liga with dabblebet Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. The 27-year-old – gearing up for World Cup qualifiers against Northern Ireland and Azerbaijan – has helped Madrid to La Liga glory and back-to-back Champions League titles.”My change of team was correct, in fact, from my point of view there is no doubt about it,” Kroos said in an interview with the German Football Association (DFB). “Clearly, if you go abroad to a top club, it means one more step in your development.”Carlo Ancelotti wanted me in Madrid, and had bet on me.”Pep Guardiola Toni Kroos Bayern MunichOn his one season with former Bayern head coach Pep Guardiola in Bavaria before moving to the Spanish capital, Kroos added: “I wouldn’t undervalue my year under Pep Guardiola because I think I made a big step forward in that year.”I look at my career in phases: Jupp [Heynckes] was the most important coach in the early stages of my career, both at Leverkusen [during a loan spell] and then in Munich as well.”Pep Guardiola saw me as a central player in his system, which my style of play fit into perfectly.”last_img read more


Australian Sport Online – February


first_imgThe official e-newsletter of the Australian Sports Commission (ASC) Not a member? Subscribe now Pacific Islander recognised as Sport Coordinator by ASC It is with much excitement that I inform you of two highly significant developments for Australian sport. On Friday the 11 February, the Commonwealth and State and Territory Ministers for Sport and Recreation unanimously endorsed the first National Sport and Active Recreation Policy Framework (the Framework), and also endorsed a proposed National Institute System Intergovernmental Agreement (the Agreement) to guide high performance sport. Call for Australian sport organisations to tell their story In this edition Connect with us on Don’t miss out on any upcoming events. Check our events calendar Team Buller Skiing awarded $10 000 grant View articles about: A message from the CEO Outstanding success for Paralympic athletes at world championships What did you think of the articles? Please send us your feedback to improve the newsletter. Australian Paralympians win eight gold and silver, and seven bronze in 2012 Paralympic qualifiers PARTICIPATING IN SPORT AUSTRALIAN INSTITUTE OF SPORT Green and Gold project funds Olympic sports Queensland AASC staff raced to be ready for 2011 school year February 2011  |  ausport.gov.au  |  Subscribe now Australian Institute of Sport  |  Supporting Sport  |  Participating in Sport Queensland children return to school with support from AASC Triple gold to Australia in snowboard world championships Golden run for Nathan Johnstone, Holly Crawford and Alex Pullin Participant to leader: providing sport for development opportunities in the Pacific Green and Gold project funds Olympic sports Read the full message Australian Institute of Sport marks 30 years as world leader Leadership grant to help more young women hit the slopes We value your feedback ASC research identifies ethical issues facing grassroots sport Australian Institute of Sport marks 30 years as world leader SUPPORTING SPORT ASC research to guide sports integrity strategy Government announces $2.5m for top Olympic sports and athletes ASC research to guide sports integrity strategy What did you think of the articles? Please send us your feedback to improve the newsletter. Minister for Sport Mark Arbib celebrates AIS’s successes on 30th anniversary The ASC invites sports to contribute to ASO email newsletter Subscribe now What did you think of the articles? We value your feedback Call for Australian sport organisations to tell their storylast_img read more


Photo: Ohio State Fan Named His Incredibly Cute Puppy “Bosa”


first_imgA cute puppy named "Bosa" after the Ohio State stars.Ohio State sophomore Joey Bosa was a huge part of the Buckeyes’ national championship run this past year. He’s also one of the most popular players on the team – both in the locker room and with the fan base. The combination has apparently led to at least one Buckeyes supporter naming his new puppy after the defensive end.Kit Hartsfield, an Ohio State fan who actually played some ball at Austin Peay, tweeted out a photo of his incredibly cute new pet. He named him “Bosa”, and tweeted a photo at the player himself. Bosa retweeted the photo.Meet Bosa @jbbigbear pic.twitter.com/aDQSPQ0k3v— Kit Hartsfield (@khartsfield2) February 23, 2015This past June, we wrote an article about the baby name “Braxton” seeing a 300% increase from 2011 to 2013. Perhaps “Bosa” will the the equivalent when it comes to naming pets.last_img read more


Brutus Buckeye’s Response To The Jim Harbaugh “Views From The 6” Cover Is Tremendous


first_imgHead coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines listens in on an offensive huddle during the Michigan Football Spring Game.ANN ARBOR, MI – APRIL 04: Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines listens in on an offensive huddle during the Michigan Football Spring Game on April 4, 2015 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)Shut it down, everyone. The informal contest to see who would come up with the best college football-themed take on Drake’s Views From The 6 cover might be over just a few days in. After Jay Harbaugh put together a pretty good effort featuring his father, Ohio State mascot Brutus Buckeye posted his own version…and yeah, this is pretty mean if you’re a Michigan fan..@BleacherReport ** #VIEWS fro TSUN. **#GoBucks pic.twitter.com/u91EmgEIg0— Brutus Buckeye (@Brutus_Buckeye) April 26, 2016 Considering the score of last year’s game at Michigan Stadium, he probably could’ve left the Parental Advisory sticker in place. It was pretty appropriate.[Bleacher Report]last_img read more


Apple will support media literacy in US Europe


first_imgSan Francisco: Apple has announced a new initiative in support of non-profit organisations in the US and Europe that offer un-biased, independent media literacy programmes. To advance their efforts in empowering young minds, Apple will support the US-based News Literacy Project (NLP) and Common Sense organisations, along with the Italy-based Osservatorio Permanente Giovani-Editori, the company said in a blog-post on Wednesday. “News literacy is vital to sustaining a free press and thriving democracy, and we are proud to be collaborating with organisations on the front lines of this effort,” said Apple CEO Tim Cook. Also Read – Swiggy now in 500 Indian cities, targets 100 more this year Cook acknowledged the work being done by these organisations in empowering young people to be active and engaged citizens. “Apple News is committed to presenting quality journalism from trusted sources,” said Lauren Kern, Editor-In-Chief of Apple News. “We’re thrilled that Apple is supporting these important organizations to train the next generation on how to seek out accurate and reliable information amid an increasingly complicated news landscape.”last_img read more


Uterus Scam Reluctant Bihar govt sanctions 1288 crore for victims


first_imgNew Delhi: In a major setback to Bihar government, which is led by Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, the Patna High Court order forced the state government to cough-up Rs 12.88 crore compensation to the victims of infamous ‘uterus scam’ that was unearthed in 2012.As per the official sources, the Bihar government, which was reluctant to accept any irregularities in the Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana (RSBY), finally sanctioned Rs 12.88 crore in March 2019 following the Patna HC order dated September 25, 2018. The incident relates to the forceful removal of the uterus of women and underage girls by ‘doctors’ without taking victims’ consent. Interestingly, some fake the doctors were also in the team that carried out the mass operation. Notably, a total of 702 women, including some unmarried girls, were operated upon to remove their uteruses under the medical insurance scheme for poor families in eight different districts during the year 2012. As per the verdict, the Patna HC had ordered the government in September 2018 to pay compensation within six weeks to all the victims of a uterus scam. An HC division bench comprising Chief Justice MR Shah and Justice Ashutosh Kumar, while hearing a PIL filed by Veterans Forum for Transparency in Public Life, ordered that all investigations in the scam, if pending, must be completed within six weeks followed by filing of chargesheets against accused doctors and others. The forum was represented by counsel Dinu Kumar. The maximum cases of unauthorized and illegal operations of uterus were registered in Gopalganj (318) followed by Samastipur, where 316 women and girls fell victim of illegal surgery. The orders issued by the state home department to the District Magistrates of the concerned districts stipulated that compensation of Rs 2.50 lakh each be paid to the women between 20 and 40, and those above 40 would be paid Rs 1.50 lakh each. In August 2012, Bihar Human Rights Commission (BHRC) took suo-motu cognizance of reports about irregularities in cases of uterus removal under the scheme. He also sought a report from the state government and an expert committee was formed, following CM’s directive. The scam was exposed when the then Samastipur DM Kundan Kumar had organised special medical camps to re-examine the women, after the administration received complaints about unnecessary surgeries.last_img read more


TRUST YOUR GUT


first_imgI’m dating a man I met through a dating site. He’s caring and loves me but I feel he is a miser. Whenever there is a discussion around money, he says, ‘money is not happiness’. I mostly end up paying bills each time. What should I do?D. Sikdar, Kolkata While money is not happiness, it is definitely the key that can open almost all doors of this challenging world. It provides a comfortable life and helps you feel more secure. If your man has an absolutely different vision of the world, then it is better not to waste your valuable time trying to prove otherwise. Many misers preach to their women that money has nothing in common with happiness. This way, they make an attempt to lower their ladies’ sights and impose their concept of happiness. If he is already depending on your wallet, it is a big warning sign. Don’t rush and don’t get carried away. Take time before you decide anything. Good luck! Also Read – Feel what you fear My girlfriend was cheating on me. I know the truth and she is very apologetic now. I love her a lot but don’t know what to do. Please tell me, should I forgive her? Manu Singh, New Delhi Please forgive her if your inner voice is prompting you to do so. Trust your guts. If you feel that letting her go will be the biggest mistake of your life, maybe it will be a wrong idea. If you feel that she is sincerely sorry and you believe that this was a one-time thing, maybe it’s worth trying to stay together to work out a solution. Breaking up with someone you still love is not necessarily the best option, especially if she still claims to love you. Give her a chance and love her even more. Best of luck! Also Read – Homecoming I am divorced. My parents are insisting on remarriage. I really don’t want to mess my life again. I’m 36+. How do I tell my parents to stop worrying? K. Jha, Noida Getting remarried doesn’t indicate ‘mess’. There are too many people around who are happily settled after a bad fallout in their life. It is most important to find a partner who matches your expectations. Someone who will understand your mind and help you overcome the agony of your past. As parents, they are not incorrect in expecting your happiness – but get married only when you think you are ready. I wish you the very best. There is someone in my life. But I’m not sure whether she is the one for me. How does one actually decide on the right partner? Name withheld You have to analyse your relationship. If the majority applies to you, keep her in your life. You’re happy when she’s around. Her absence leaves a void. You know each other’s families. If you’re familiar with her siblings and parents, you’re good to go. Secret relationships may be fun, but anything lasting means you’re joining the family. You are yourself. You are not afraid to tell her your secrets. You can be relaxed and comfortable as you are. You communicate. A healthy relationship is dependent upon communication. Being open, honest, and talk with each other without fear. There is little to no drama. If your relationship feeds off the daily drama, someone is going to crack and it will not last long. You have balance. Find that balance between having both your own lives and being a part of each other’s. You are learning. If you are not learning or growing, then maybe she isn’t the one. You have the same goals. If you both want the same things, share the same ideals and want the same results, you will find success together. She makes the effort to be around you. A one-sided relationship will never work. Both sides need to be interested for a relationship to flourish. You feel safe. If you are continually doubting your partner, seek safety elsewhere. The healthiest relationships are the ones where both feel at home. (Send your questions to roopshashotm@gmail.com)last_img read more


Gallery Ohio State vs Michigan


OSU football coach Urban Meyer high-fives fans as the team enters Ohio Stadium for the team’s game against Michigan on Nov. 26. The Buckeyes won 30-27. Credit: Mason Swires | Assistant Photo Editor The Ohio State Buckeyes game against the Michigan Wolverines took two overtime periods for a team to come out victorious. OSU junior H-back Curtis Samuel scored the game-winning touchdown in the second overtime to give the Buckeyes a 30-27 win.


Urban Meyer Buckeye offensive line one of the best in the country


Redshirt-senior left tackle Jack Mewhort blocks a defender during a game against Penn State at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 63-14.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorJunior quarterback Braxton Miller and senior running back Carlos Hyde were the offensive stars for Ohio State (8-0, 4-0) once again in the Buckeyes’ 63-14 win against Penn State (4-3, 1-2). However, five players who, on paper, appear to have made less of a dent in the win, also played a crucial role in OSU’s 686-yard offensive performance against the Nittany Lions. So well, in fact, that even a former Buckeye was impressed.Miller (252 passing yards, 68 rushing yards) and Hyde (147 rushing yards) accounted for 467 yards, or 68.1 percent, of OSU’s total offense in the victory.But in order to achieve that success, they needed effective blocking from the offensive line.The starting five offensive linemen — redshirt-senior left tackle Jack Mewhort, senior left guard Andrew Norwell, redshirt-senior center Corey Linsley, redshirt-senior right guard Marcus Hall and sophomore right tackle Taylor Decker — were praised by their coaches and teammates following Saturday’s win.“I see an offensive line that’s one of the best in the country,” coach Urban Meyer said during a post-game press conference. “I’ll take my offensive line anywhere. Those guys are playing very well.”That offensive line led an effort that amassed 32 first downs, averaged 8.9 yard gains per offensive play and converted seven of 10 third downs.“Offensive line did a hell of a job,” Miller said of the unit’s performance Saturday.Miller said the offensive line was “aggressive throughout the week of practice,” and offensive line coach Ed Warinner said the way OSU’s offensive linemen have practiced has led to their success this season.“When you practice the same way — high level — your fundamentals get better, your technique, your understanding and just the whole cohesiveness up front,” Warinner said.Through its first eight games, the OSU offense ranks eighth in the Football Bowl Subdivision in total offense with an average of 517.3 yards per game and fifth nationally with a average 47.3 points scored per game.That offensive success has been a team effort, Warinner said.“(The offense) has the ability to horizontally stretch the field in the run game, and we do it in the pass game, and then vertically stretch you and so we’re putting defenses in a bind,” Warinner said. “They don’t know exactly where to try to load their defense. When you have good players at a lot of positions playing at a high level, which we do right now at receiver, quarterback, running back, O-line, tight end … we can be explosive. We are an explosive outfit right now.”The OSU rushing offense ranks ninth nationally with an average of 295.6 rushing yards per game. Miller said the offensive line’s ability to block on the perimeter has played a key role in OSU’s success running the ball, much like Hall did on a Miller scramble early in the game where he leveled a Penn State defender.“Getting guys the ball on the outside frees up the inside,” Miller said.Warinner said OSU’s success as a rushing offense has been a “credit to a lot of people.”“Running the football is important to us as a program, as a team,” Warinner said. “So that makes it important to the running backs, the O-line and all perimeter guys as well. And then we have the ability to run the ball outside as well as inside and we’re throwing the ball well so we’re just keeping people off-balance.”Norwell said the offensive linemen have “great chemistry” with one another.“We’re all on the same page,” Norwell said. “Coach Meyer knows how many reps we need to get in practice, and we just went hard every play.”One reason for that chemistry might be the experience the offensive linemen have with playing with one another. Mewhort and Norwell are both third-year starters on the offensive line. Hall came into the season with 18 career starts, while Linsley is also a second-year starter.Warinner said he thinks the experience of the offensive line has helped that unit play as well as they have this season.“That it’s helped us a lot, because we can lean on those guys when we need to and they can be productive when they need to,” Warinner said.Warinner said Decker, the only new starter on the offensive line, has fit in well.“His talent level is really high,” Warinner said. “Experience and confidence were the two things he lacked. Now that he’s played eight games and played well these last three or four games, his confidence level is high along with talent level.”Mewhort, Norwell, Linsley, Hall and Decker have each started all eight games for the Buckeyes this season, but with the result of Saturday’s game well in hand by the middle of the third quarter, OSU was able to get playing time for many of its backups, including the offensive line. Warinner said there were 11 offensive linemen in total who received playing time for the OSU offense Saturday.Current OSU coaches and players are not the only Buckeyes impressed by the play of OSU’s offensive line this season. Orlando Pace, who played left tackle at OSU from 1994-96 and was honored on the field during Saturday’s game for being selected to the College Football Hall of Fame, said the OSU offensive line plays “really well together as a unit.”“Those guys, they do a great job in protecting Braxton, and they run the ball well,” Pace said at halftime Saturday.Pace said he expects Mewhort to follow in his footsteps from being an OSU left tackle to playing in the NFL, in which Pace played for 13 seasons.“You’re definitely going to see him play on Sundays,” Pace said. “He moves well, footwork and hand placement and all those things, I think he’ll be fine.”OSU will be looking for another impressive effort from its offensive line when it plays Purdue (1-6, 0-3) Saturday at noon in West Lafayette, Ind. read more


Redknapp on Englands World Cup hopes Were going to win it


first_imgHarry Redknapp is feeling very optimistic over England’s World Cup prospects due to the fact that there are no “outstanding teams” at the tournamentThe Three Lions secured a convincing 2-0 win against Costa Rica on Thursday at Elland Road with Marcus Rashford scoring a spectacular 25-yard strike to open the scoring before substitute Danny Welbeck sealed the victory by heading in the second goal.Despite the upcoming World Cup featuring the likes of Spain, Brazil and champions Germany, Redknapp is certain that this summer’s tournament holds no clear winner and feels that even the young and inexperienced England squad may be able to capitalise on this and secure an unexpected title.“We’re going to win it, let’s go for it,” said Redknapp, according to talkSPORT.“Don’t start talking about getting out of the group and all that, let’s have a go!Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“There are no outstanding teams in this year – it’s wide open.“I couldn’t pick a winner; Brazil, Spain, Germany…I don’t think any of them are where they have been in the past.“So why can’t we do a miracle?“It’s happened before, it can happen again.”England will begin their World Cup campaign against Tunisia on June 18.last_img read more


Budget cuts hurt but necessary says TCI Deputy Premier in parliamentary debate


first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp TCI Country Leaders condemn vicious memes #tcibudgetdebate2018  #hurricaneirma  #hurricanemaria  #seanastwood Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppGrand Turk, Turks and Caicos Islands – February 7, 2018 – Budget cuts to accommodate new spending demands were painful as government projects and departments had to fiscally re-calibrate in order to accommodate important costs associated with repatriation of illegal migrants and the September 2017 hurricanes.Deputy Premier, Hon Sean Astwood aimed to roll back the curtain on what was happening behind the scenes as the PDM Administration led the re-organization of the already passed 2017-2018 National Budget.The Government has been heavily criticized as having had a slow response to reconstruction in the aftermath of the ferocious storms.  However, the Deputy Premier, also the Border Control Minister disagrees with that characterization.“We have heard how this country has bounced back to our new normalcy in record time, and we have also heard how many – not just the political opposite – but many have tried to discredit the works of this Government and our direct involvement in making sure that persons who can now sit at home in the comforts of air condition, who can now pick up their mobile cell phones and WhatsApp any derogatory criticism or comment that they may decide to make – I would like for all of them to stop for just one second Mr.  Speaker and take a full assessment of what it took to restore such comforts back to them.”Almost four months to the day of the dismal encounter all of the Turks and Caicos Islands with Hurricane Irma, the Border Control Minister during House of Assembly debate on the changes to the budget, shared his experience while visiting another territory smashed by Irma:  Antigua and Barbuda.  Barbuda was so badly damaged in the historic hurricane, which measured well above 200 mph wind speeds, that it remains evacuated, completely inhabitable.“Two weeks ago I went to Antigua and Barbuda for a Summit on 21st Century Governance.  Mr. Speaker the island of Barbuda is still a disaster zone. One cannot enter the island without direct government permission because of the current state of that island.  Yet we here in the Turks and Caicos, we moan and we groan when the wind don’t blow, when the sun is too hot, when it rains the extra day, when the phone calls drop for a second, Mr. Speaker, we ought to be careful.  This supplementary is a response to all that I have just mentioned, it is a response of this Government to set new priorities to deal with the new realities.”Hon Astwood said the Supplementary, which includes a $600,000 increase to his Ministry for illegal migrant repatriation expenditure is a response to the needs of the country, evidence that the PDM Administration is paying attention and rightly responding to hurricane reconstruction and border protection.“My same ministry would have gotten cuts in other areas and it hurts… to lose even a dollar we don’t want to lose it but we understand the needs and overall objective of the Ministry of Finance.  We know they did not just sit down and arbitrarily decide to get rid of a project, to cut spending by ‘x’ percentage that is not an easy decision to make.  I don’t think that the Premier, her PS or anybody, the Budget Director – anyone sits down having a good time in that exercise.  So for persons to characterize this as some simple exercise, some ‘willy-nilly’ approach to governance where decisions are being made that affects the lives of our people, Mr. Speaker I don’t understand how anyone could think that’s a trivial matter that somehow the politics of things is more important than the lives of our people….  Mr. Speaker this supplementary is no politics.”The Deputy further exposed that there were professional rows between ministers, permanent secretaries and departments as the country re-prioritised spending to pay for three exceptional areas of expense, namely:  hurricane Irma and Maria clean up, overage in health care abroad costs and the budget busting repatriation of illegal migrants.“I am sure the Permanent Secretary of Finance was hearing from other PSes that, ‘you can’t so that, you can’t take this from me!’ because that is what Ministers were saying to the Premier, you can’t take this from me, I need that.  But collectively Mr. Speaker, with prudent leadership and a focus on where this country is now and where it needs to go we are here today in full support of the premier and her ministry of this Supplementary.”Deputy Premier Astwood wrapped up his contribution on with a declaration of support of the proposed budgetary changes, making the statement that the PDM Administration is not only working hard, but producing.“This supplementary is a short term measure to get us through the rest of this financial year and I commend the Premier and her staff for doing a good job.”The Budget Supplementary passed through the Turks and Caicos House of Assembly on Tuesday February 6, 2018 on the eve of the four month anniversary of Hurricane Irma.center_img Related Items:#magneticmedianews, house of assembly, Pdm, sean astwood TCI Premier blasts Opposition side for “slop” information, sets it straight in HOA Only Doug and Ralph and Ruth can fit, that’s whylast_img read more


Monday Update Swan Lake Fire Transitioning To Type 2 Fire


first_imgAdditional crews were added, the local Yukon Fire crew has joined the three other crews in this critical area of the fire. Saarloos: “Crews will work together today on their continued mission of protecting the community of Sterling by mopping up, securing and monitoring fireline on the southwestern edge of the fire.” Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Management of the Swan Lake Fire, burning in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, will transition to an incoming Type 2 Alaska incident management team. Sarah Saarloos with DOF: “Fire personnel will be transitioning the Incident Command from the Division of Forestry Kenai-Kodiak Unit in Soldotna to Sterling Elementary School this morning. Expect to see more fire personnel on the Sterling Highway while they complete this move and more presence in Sterling in future.” This move to a Type 2 team increases the capacity of each division of staffing.  More personnel assigned to this fire provides for a comprehensive strategic plan going forward and adds capacity in anticipation of the shift in weather back to drier days, according to a release from the Division of Forestry. The cloudy day on Sunday allowed firefighters on the 12,782 acre Swan Lake Fire to make good progress. The southwestern firelines nearest the community of Sterling were further strengthened and widened as crews strategically tied work with the existing pipeline right-of-way clearing. Motorists are still urged to yield to fire apparatus entering the Sterling Highway and to adhere to traffic signage staged near miles 82 and 92. For more details contact the Division of Forestry Public Information office at 907-260-4262, visit kpboem.com orinciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6387/last_img read more


California bill would require companies to let you know if your passport


first_img Security Internet Hacking Privacy Share your voice Biometric data has also been stolen in data breaches. In the breach on the US Office of Personnel Management in 2015, which government officials said they attributed to Chinese espionage, hackers stole 5.6 million sets of fingerprints belonging to federal employees. That number climbed from OPM’s initial announcement that hackers stole 1.1 million fingerprints. Post a comment Marriott breach: What to do when hackers steal your passport numbercenter_img Getty Images If your passport number gets stolen by hackers, California Attorney General Anthony Becerra wants you to hear about it. He and state assembly member Marc Levine unveiled a bill Thursday that would require companies to inform customers when passport numbers and biometric data get caught up in a data breach.”Knowledge is power, and all Californians deserve the power to take action if their passport numbers or biometric data have been accessed without authorization,” Becerra said in a press release Thursday.The bill comes in response to the breach of a Marriott-owned reservation system, made public in December, which compromised the information of about 383 million guests at the company’s Starwood hotel chain. Hackers stole more than five million unencrypted passport numbers, as well as more than 20 million encrypted passport numbers. Marriott did notify customers if their passport numbers were stolen, Becerra noted, but it wasn’t required by law.Passport numbers are valuable to potential identity thieves because they provide one more point of data about potential victims. However, criminals would have to use the numbers in expensive and sophisticated forged passports to travel internationally with the information. Passports numbers can be changed by reporting a passport lost or stolen; the replacement passport will have a new number. So they stole your passport number… Tags 0last_img read more


More Americans quitting jobs as labour market strengthens


first_imgUS job openings surged in December and the number of Americans voluntarily quitting work hit a nine-year high, pointing to labour market strength despite a slowdown in economic growth.The signs of a robust jobs market could ease concerns about the health of the economy, which were underscored by other reports on Tuesday showing a drop in small business confidence in January to a two-year low and further declines in wholesale inventories.”If the labour market is tightening, can the economy really be faltering?” said Joel Naroff, chief economist at Naroff Economic Advisors in Holland, Pennsylvania.Job openings, a measure of labour demand, increased 2,61,000 to a seasonally adjusted 5.61 million in December, the Labour Department said in its monthly Job Openings and Labour Turnover Survey (JOLTS). It was the second highest reading since the series started in 2001.The so-called JOLTS report is among the data watched by Federal Reserve officials to get a pulse on both the labour market and inflation.The increase lifted the jobs openings rate to 3.8 percent from 3.6 percent in November. The hiring rate was unchanged at 3.7 percent, indicating that employers were having trouble finding qualified workers for vacant positions.A total of 3.1 million Americans quit their jobs in December, the highest number since December 2006. That pushed the quits rate, which the Fed looks at as a measure of confidence in the jobs market, to 2.1 percent — the highest level since April 2008.The dollar pared losses against the yen after the data, while US stocks briefly reversed losses. Prices of long-dated US Treasuries were trading higher.The report came ahead of Fed Chair Janet Yellen’s testimony to Congress on Wednesday. A raft of weak economic reports, plummeting oil prices and a stock market sell-off have raised doubts as to whether the US central bank will hike interest rates this year.The Fed raised its overnight benchmark interest rate in December, its first hike in nearly a decade. The economy, however, has been undermined by a strong dollar, sluggish global demand and an effort by businesses to sell off inventory.Ongoing capital spending cuts by energy firms also are weighing on growth.SLACK BEING REDUCED”Skeptics may argue that these (JOLTS) numbers are backward looking, and that spillovers from tighter financial conditions or the energy slump will curb labour market dynamics in the months to come,” said Harm Bandholz, chief US economist at UniCredit Research in New York.”This is certainly a risk and one important reason why the Fed is currently sitting back and waiting. But why should this happen now when it hasn’t over the past several months? After all, oil prices started to fall in mid-2014, and most of the adjustment occurred in the first half of 2015.”The number of unemployed job seekers per open job, a measure of labour market slack, fell to 1.4 in December, the lowest level since March 2007 and down from 1.5 in November.”Diminishing labour market slack has led to a modest increase in wage growth, evident across several measures of worker compensation,” said Jesse Hurwitz, an economist at Barclays in New York. “We expect that wage growth will continue to move up gradually, helping core inflation return toward target once the headwinds from lower import prices subside.”While a separate report from the National Federation of Independent Business showed its Small Business Optimism Index fell 1.3 points to a two-year low of 93.9 in January, businesses continued to report tightening labor market conditions.Small businesses reported a shortage of qualified workers to fill job openings, prompting some to start raising wages to attract and retain them. The share of small businesses raising compensation increased to its highest level since 2007.”The combination of more job openings and more people quitting could result in pay increases, and we have seen a few other signs that wages have increased as the labour market has tightened,” said Daniel Silver, an economist at JPMorgan in New York.Wage growth, which has been frustratingly slow, picked up significantly in January. Still, growth in average hourly earnings is yet to break above 2.5 percent on a year-over-year basis. Economists say wages need to grow between 3 percent and 3.5 percent to lift inflation near the Fed’s 2 percent target.In a third report on Tuesday, the Commerce Department said wholesale inventories dipped 0.1 percent in December after dropping 0.4 percent in November.The weak inventory data added to soft December construction spending and factory orders reports in suggesting that fourth-quarter GDP growth could be revised down to an annual rate of about 0.4 percent from the 0.7 percent pace reported last month.The government will publish its second GDP growth estimate later this month.last_img read more


MacKenzie Bezos pledges to donate half her 36 billion fortune to charity


first_imgMackenzie Bezos has decided to give half of her fortune to charity.MacKenzie Bezos, the former wife of Amazon.com Inc Chief Executive Officer Jeff Bezos, pledged on Tuesday to give half of her $36 billion fortune to charity, following a movement founded by billionaires Warren Buffett and Bill and Melinda Gates. Bezos, whose former husband is the world’s richest man, was one of 19 people on Tuesday to join the “Giving Pledge,” a campaign announced in 2010 by Berkshire Hathaway Inc’s Buffett and Microsoft Corp co-founder Bill Gates. It calls for the super-rich to give away more than half their fortunes during their lifetimes or in their wills.WATCH: MacKenzie Bezos, former wife of Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, pledges to give half of her $36 billion Amazon fortune to charity https://t.co/0hO0FNJA47 via @ReutersTV pic.twitter.com/EK7nC4BmDg— Reuters Business (@ReutersBiz) May 28, 2019 “In addition to whatever assets life has nurtured in me, I have a disproportionate amount of money to share,” MacKenzie Bezos said in a statement dated Saturday. “My approach to philanthropy will continue to be thoughtful. It will take time and effort and care.”MacKenzie Bezos became the world’s third-richest woman, according to a Forbes Magazine, acquiring a 4% stake in Amazon worth about $36 billion when she and Jeff Bezos announced their divorce settlement on April 4.Jeff Bezos, whose net worth was estimated by Forbes at $131 billion this year, was quick to support his ex-wife’s new philanthropic endeavour.”MacKenzie is going to be amazing and thoughtful and effective at philanthropy, and I’m proud of her,” he said on Twitter. “Her letter is so beautiful. Go get ’em, MacKenzie.”Jeff Bezos, who tops the Forbes list of world billionaires, is not among the 204 wealthy “Giving Pledge” signatories from 23 countries who come from a wide range of fields, including finance, technology, healthcare and real estate development.Other Forbes top 10 billionaires who have not joined the “Giving Pledge” are Bernard Arnault, head of French luxury goods conglomerate LVMH (LVMH.PA); Mexican telecommunications magnate Carlos Slim; European fashion retail mogul Amancio Ortega and Google co-founder and Alphabet CEO Larry Page.The pledge that signatories make is “a moral commitment to give, not a legal contract,” the campaign said on its website.last_img read more


North Korea Designed A Nuke So Did This Truck Driver


first_img Share Meredith Rizzo/NPRJohn Coster-Mullen has reverse-engineered America’s first nuclear weapons and has self-published a book on his findings.This year, deep inside a mountain, North Korea detonated a giant nuclear bomb.The weapon was powerful; at least 10 times more destructive than the bomb the U.S. dropped on Hiroshima at the end of World War II. The North claimed it was an advanced, thermonuclear design. The test came just months after a report that some intelligence officials believed North Korea had successfully “miniaturized” some of its nukes in order to fit them on top of missiles.The apparently rapid progress alarmed politicians and pundits, and it worried average Americans, many of whom hadn’t thought much about nuclear weapons since the end of the Cold War.But a 71-year-old truck driver named John Coster-Mullen wasn’t surprised. Nuclear weapons are not particularly “hard” to design and build, he says. “Compared to what they do in manufacturing today for making a light bulb, these are simple. They really are,” he says.Coster-Mullen is an unlikely judge of North Korea’s nuclear progress. He works nights for a major trucking firm, delivering merchandise to big box stores. Before that, he worked as a photographer. He never graduated from college.But for the past 24 years, he has had an extraordinary hobby. He has carefully re-created detailed designs of America’s very first nuclear weapons: Little Boy, the bomb that was dropped on Hiroshima, and Fat Man, the one that fell on Nagasaki.Meredith Rizzo/NPRThe self-published Atom Bombs: The Top Secret Inside Story of Little Boy and Fat Man compiles research, drawings and archival photos of the Fat Man and Little Boy bombs.Atomic minutiaeOn the day we meet, Coster-Mullen is wearing a rumpled suit jacket with a patterned atomic tie. His unbroken way of speaking is cluttered with minute details of the bomb: The threading on Little Boy’s nose cone (it was two threads per inch); the gold foil used at the center of the Fat Man design (physicists debated for hours about how many thin sheets to use).It would be easy to write him off as an eccentric, but experts do not. “He knows a lot,” says Johnpierre Paglione, a physics professor at the University of Maryland who recently invited Coster-Mullen to give a lecture about the bomb as part of his class on the Manhattan Project.“The impressive thing about the work, to me, is how much information he was able to curate over time,” says Jeffrey Lewis, a scholar at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey.It all began in 1993 with a scheme to make a little money.“The 50th anniversary of the bombs was coming up, and I thought I could make little replicas of the bombs and sell them,” Coster-Mullen recalls.To him it made sense. He’d grown up at the dawn of the Atomic Age and loved making models. He figured some like-minded baby boomer might buy them. Some companies were already making models of the bombs, but Coster-Mullen noticed their versions contained small errors in the tail design and elsewhere. He thought he could do better.“I’m a perfectionist. I want everything where it should be,” he says.APA 1965 image shows a replica of a Fat Man nuclear bomb, the type dropped on Nagasaki, Japan, in 1945, on view for the public in Los Alamos, N.M.To make his models, he drove 1,300 miles to Los Alamos, N.M., the birthplace of the atomic bombs. The museum there has accurate, full-scale replicas of Little Boy and Fat Man that he could work from. As he designed his models, he decided he’d write a brochure to go with them.“The brochure turned into a 431-page book,” he says.Coster-Mullen never sold a single model, but he has been adding to his bomb brochure ever since, building up what are basically complete specs for America’s first nuclear weapons. He has traveled the country, and the world, to glean all sorts of supposedly secret details.“Nobody leaked anything to me,”he says. “I found all this information was hiding in plain sight.”Like the time he went to a lecture by someone who’d worked on the development of the bombs. At the end of the talk, the man held up a special commemorative paperweight, which had been made using a mold. “The mold they poured the plastic into was the same mold they poured the plutonium into to make the cores,” says Coster-Mullen. The paperweight was a perfect copy of one hemisphere of a Fat Man-type bomb’s nuclear core.Coster-Mullen ran up after the lecture, made a few quick measurements and got what was once highly classified information.Meredith Rizzo/NPROn private land in the western U.S., Coster-Mullen found this fragment of what he believes is bomb casing from a test version of the Fat Man design.He also spends a lot of time poring over declassified photographs and documents and thinking about how the pieces they describe fit together. “I’ve had a lot of those ‘Ah ha!’ moments where it suddenly hits you,” he says.Public secretsCoster-Mullen lives for those “Ah ha!” moments, and they’ve added up to a very complete diagram of each bomb. I tried to contact several former nuclear weapons designers about the accuracy of his work. None of them wanted to comment publicly on it.But Alex Wellerstein, a historian at the Stevens Institute of Technology who specializes in nuclear weapons, says Coster-Mullen’s work is the “gold standard.” “His view of how the bombs worked is the most compelling I’ve seen,” Wellerstein wrote in an email.Lewis says Coster-Mullen’s odyssey shows that nuclear weapons just aren’t that hard to understand. “If a truck driver from Milwaukee can roughly replicate one, then that tells you that there is nothing mysterious about them,” Lewis says.“Anyone who thinks that ignorance is going to be an effective prohibition on a small nation attaining nuclear weapons should take heed of John’s work,” agrees Wellerstein. “There’s more information out there than most people realize. And it has been out there for a long time.”In fact, many small nations have put together nuclear weapons designs over the years. In the 1940s and 1950s, Sweden had a bomb program that produced a complex design, Lewis says. Australia also is believed to have worked on a weapon design, as did Iraq under Saddam Hussein.The real challenge is getting the uranium or plutonium needed to make the design a reality. “The hard part is creating the nuclear fuel. That requires a nation-state,” Coster-Mullen says.For all its limitations, North Korea is such a state. It has the reactors and centrifuges needed to make bomb-grade fuel.In the end, Lewis says, the only way to halt North Korea’s progress may be to somehow convince the country’s leaders that it’s in their best interest to stop it themselves. That seems to have worked in the case of Iran, where a nuclear program was frozen in exchange for sanctions relief and other financial incentives.North Korea, which has already developed nuclear weapons, is a considerably more difficult case, Lewis concedes. But if nothing is done, he expects their progress to continue apace.“I think we watch too many superhero movies; we imagine that we can physically prevent people from doing this,” Lewis says. “But it is so easy.”Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more


Trading high


first_imgThe 34th edition of India Trade Promotion Organisation is going to commence in the Capital. The event will be inaugurated by President of India, Pranab Mukherjee, on 14 November at Hamsadhwani Theatre, Pragati Maidan. The partner country this year is South Africa, Thailand is the focus country whereas Delhi is the focus state. The theme of the fair is ‘Women Entrepreneurs’. Over 25 women enterpreneurs from the partner country will be exhibiting their final products at the event. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Over 6500  participants  from India and abroad are taking part in the fair. Countries like – Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bahrain, China, Cuba, Egypt, Germany, Hong Kong, Iran, Indonesia, Japan, South Korea, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Malaysia,  Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, South Africa, Thailand,  Tibet, Turkey, UAE and Vietnam are taking part in this grand event this year.  There are 31 Central Government Ministries, Departments along with their agencies/PSUs, while all the States and  UTs apart from leading private sector companies will bring up the domestic sector.‘Committed to the new mantra of Make in India, the fair will also focus on the PM Modi’s cleanliness drive, Swachh Bharat Mission’, an official said during a press meet.Various cultural programmes have been organised all throughout the fair. The first five days of the fair i.e 14-18 November will be exclusively for the business visitors only.last_img read more


Hearing loss may up cognitive decline with age Study


first_imgNew York: Hearing impairment is associated with accelerated cognitive decline with age, though the impact of mild hearing loss may be lessened by higher education, researchers say. The findings suggest that those with more serious hearing impairment had worse performance at the initial visit on a pair of commonly used cognitive assessment tests. However, the association of mild hearing impairment with rate of cognitive decline was modified by education, said the researchers at University of California, San Diego. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”We surmise that higher education may provide sufficient cognitive reserve to counter the effects of mild hearing loss, but not enough to overcome effects of more severe hearing impairment,” said senior author Linda K McEvoy, Professor at the varsity. For the study, published in the Journal of Gerontology: Series A Medical Sciences, the research team tracked 1,164 participants with a mean age 73.5 years of whom 64 per cent were women. All had undergone assessments for hearing accuracy and cognitive function between 1992 and 1996 and had up to five subsequent cognitive assessments at approximately four-year intervals. None used a hearing aid. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThey found that almost half of the participants had mild hearing impairment, with 16.8 per cent suffering moderate-to-severe hearing loss. The team said that mild hearing impairment was associated with steeper decline among study participants without a college education, but not among those with higher education. Mild hearing impairment was associated with steeper decline among study participants without a college education, but not among those with higher education. Moderate-to-severe hearing impairment was associated with steeper cognitive decline regardless of education level, the researchers said.last_img read more


October 1 2010Congratulations to the August 28 2


first_imgOctober 1, 2010Congratulations to the August 28. 2010 graduating workshop participants![back from left]Steffan Phillips, Matt Cornwell, Trine Christinsen from Denmark and Ruoyu “Raven” Chen from China.[front]Giuseppina Scuffi from Italy.last_img


Rep Kahle announces consumer education presentation


first_img26Jan Rep. Kahle announces consumer education presentation Categories: Kahle News State Rep. Bronna Kahle announced that the attorney general’s office will conduct consumer education presentations in Lenawee County. The senior seminar will offer an identity theft presentation teaching the signs of identity theft, how to protect personal information online and off, and what to do if you become a victim.“This is a great opportunity for seniors to learn how to avoid becoming a victim of identity theft and how to minimize the impact on your life when you’ve been targeted,” Rep. Kahle said. “I’m happy to work with the attorney general’s office to provide this vital information.”The seminars will take place on Friday, Feb. 2 at the following locations:Hudson Senior Center from 10 to 11 am; andAdrian Senior Center from 12:30 to 1:30 pm.RSVPs are not required and there is no cost to attend. For more information, please contact Rep. Kahle’s office at (517) 373-1706 or BronnaKahle@house.mi.gov.last_img read more