NEW DELHI: The matter of alleged beating up of an auto driver by police in the city was raised in the Rajya Sabha on Monday by AAP member Sanjay Singh.Raising the issue during the Zero Hour, he said Delhi was emerging as the “crime capital” of the country and urged the Home Ministry convene a meeting to discuss the issue. Singh cited several incidents of crime in Delhi to stress his point. He alleged that 220 round of bullets were fired on Delhi roads during the past one month while 243 incidents of rape were reported during the past year. Incidents of murder too were on the rise, he said. Also Read – Kejriwal ‘denied political clearance’ to attend climate meet in DenmarkThe AAP MP further alleged that auto driver Sarabjeet Singh was dragged on the road and beaten up. The incident that took place in Mukherjee Nagar earlier this month had triggered a public outcry, with members of a particular community taking to the streets demanding action against the police personnel involved. Singh suggested the Home Ministry immediately convene a meeting and the Delhi Chief Minister too should be called. The crime must stop, he added.
Cairo: Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi met in Cairo Monday powerful Sudanese military General Mohamed Hamdan Daglo, whose forces have been accused of carrying out a brutal crackdown on protesters. In his first official visit to the Egyptian capital, the deputy chief of Sudan’s military council widely known as Hemeti, “presented the latest developments on the current situation in Sudan”, the Egyptian presidency said. Sisi, the former general turned president, reiterated Egypt’s “strategic support” in maintaining “the stability and security” of its neighbour Sudan, the presidency added. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USCairo has been a steadfast ally of Khartoum’s military leaders after long-time autocrat Omar al-Bashir was toppled on April 11 after months of protests. Hemeti, commander of the Rapid Support Forces — the feared paramilitary group accused of war crimes in Darfur under Bashir — has also shored up support from Gulf allies, meeting with Saudi Arabia Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in May. Triggered in December with the tripling of the price of bread, the protests in Sudan quickly transformed into a challenge to the Bashir regime, in power for 30 years. Demonstrations continued after his ouster to demand civilian rule. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsOn June 3, at least 127 protesters were killed and scores wounded in a raid on a sit-in at the epicentre of the demonstrations, according to doctors linked to the protest movement. A joint probe by prosecutors and Sudan’s ruling military council showed that security forces, including an RSF general, took part in the raid on the protest camp — despite having no orders from their superiors to do so. Hemeti has consistently denied that his men were involved in the crackdown, which triggered international outrage. The general’s meeting with Sisi comes a day after Sudanese police fired tear gas at scores of protesters demanding an independent probe into the June raid.
LONDON: Goals from Aaron Ramsey and Alexandre Lacazette gave Arsenal a 2-0 win over Newcastle United on Monday and lifted them to third place in the Premier League above rivals Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United. Ramsey found his way through a packed defence on the half hour to score with a low shot before Frenchman Lacazette put the game to bed in the 83rd minute with a chip over the keeper. The result put Arsenal on 63 points with seven games left, two above Spurs and Manchester United, with Chelsea a further point behind, as Unai Emery’s side boosted their hopes of a top-four finish and Champions League football next season. Five of Arsenal’s remaining seven fixtures are away, where they have picked up fewer than half of their points this season, a fact Emery was quick to pick up on after the match. “Our challenge is away — to be as consistent as we are at home,” the Spaniard told reporters. “I can feel the difference in the atmosphere from last season. Now we can maybe go to the Champions League,” Lacazette told Sky Sports after a convincing win over the Magpies. Newcastle had not beaten Arsenal since November 2010 and not won away since December and they appeared to set themselves up for a draw at best in North London, with five men in the back line and another four in front of them for most of the game. The tactics worked until a sweeping Arsenal move in which Welsh midfielder Ramsey found Lacazette and then raced forward into the area to meet the return pass with a sweetly timed left-foot shot that went into the net off the far post.
Casablanca – Raja’s qualification for the final of the World Club Cup after recently defeating Brazilian club, Atletico Mineiro, 3-1 stirred an atmosphere of historical I celebration in Morocco. The green club’s remarkable performance during this match and its triumph at the end were also highlighted in the Brazilian press, which, in turn, did not hesitate to laud Raja’s great performance.On Raja’s remarkable performance in its match versus Atletico Mineiro, the Brazilian daily Vija wrote,“Atletico Mineiro could simply not stand up against Raja. They could not pierce Raja’s strong defense and were unable to launch successful counterattacks against them.” Terra Brasil, another Brazilian news outlet, shed light on “Mouhcine Iajour’s fatal counterattack,” in contrast to “Atletico Mineiro’s few and unsuccessful attempts to score more goals against Raja.”For its part, Brazilian newspaper A Trade shared the reaction of Atletico Mineiro’s coach, Alexandre Kalil. “We did not give a good performance,” he confessed, “We assume all the responsibility for our failure.”Diario Cuiaba, another Brazilian news source, saw Raja’s victory against Atletico Mineiro as “a humiliation” for the Brazilian club.Jornal do Brasil, for its part, chose to highlight Raja’s remarkable match against Atletico Mineiro from a different vantage point. The newspaper highlighted the cheering and enthusiasm expressed by Raja’s supporters outside the stadium, instead of the dashed hopes of Atletico Mineiro’s supporters after the defeat of their club.Brazilian Vija also reported Brazilian player Ronaldinho’s impressions on the match as well as its aftermath. The superstar said he was disappointed with his club’s performance during the match against Raja. Ronaldinho also referred to the incident that took place a few minutes after the end of the match, when a number of Raja players and fans forced him to take off his shoes.The resignation of Atletico Mineiro’s coach after his club’s defeat against Raja could not pass unnoticed. Some news outlets saw in this a graphic illustration of the acute disappointment felt by all members of Brazilian club as well as their supporters.On the other hand, other news outlets and media focussed on the World Club Cup’s final match, which will pit Raja against Bayern Munich, on Saturday 21, in Marrakech. Many Raja supporters have deemed this match “an honorable opportunity in itself, and one of the matches that illustrate the green club’s celebrated internationality.” Edited by Elisabeth Myers
14 October 2010The two referenda on self-determination slated for January in Sudan must be held on time, in a credible manner and in line with the 2005 peace pact that ended the long-running north-south civil war, members of the Security Council, who are just back from a visit to the country, said today. On 9 January the inhabitants of southern Sudan will vote on whether to secede from the rest of the country, while the residents of the central area of Abyei will vote on whether to be part of the north or the south.The referenda will be the final phase in the implementation of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA), which was signed in 2005 to end two decades of conflict between the northern-based Government and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement/Army (SPLM/A) in the south.“The purpose of our visit was to underscore that the UN Security Council is united in its desire to see Sudan’s referenda on self-determination carried out in accordance with the Comprehensive Peace Agreement,” Ambassador Susan Rice of the United States, who led the southern Sudan leg of last week’s mission, told a meeting of the Council.“We delivered the message that the referenda should be held on time, that they should be credible, and that the results must be respected,” she added.In addition to expressing support for the referenda, the visit was also intended to assess the status of preparations for the polls, as well as the efforts of the UN Mission in Sudan (UNMIS) to support CPA implementation.Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed a three-member UN panel to monitor the referenda, at the request of the Sudanese Government. The group is currently on a week-long visit to the country that includes stops in Khartoum, as well as Juba, the capital of Southern Sudan. Following its meeting with Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir today, the panel’s chair, Benjamin Mkapa, told reporters that his team has been assured by both parties to the CPA that they want a successful conclusion to the referenda process. He stressed that while there is much ground to cover before the referenda can be held on 9 January, “the hurdles are not insurmountable and I believe the leadership is honourable, willing and very capable of guiding this process to a successful conclusion.”The Council’s visit also took members to Darfur, where they met with senior officials from the joint UN-African Union peacekeeping force (UNAMID), as well as internally displaced persons (IDPs) and representatives of UN agencies and non-governmental organizations that provide much-needed assistance in the strife-torn region.The ongoing insecurity in Darfur and restrictions on humanitarian access were among the main issues during that leg of the trip, according to Ambassador Mark Lyall Grant of the United Kingdom. “We returned with deep concerns about the security situation in Darfur and its impact on civilians, and about the continuing restrictions on access by UNAMID and humanitarian workers,” he said. “We also returned with a renewed conviction of the need for all parties immediately to cease hostilities and the need for all rebel groups to join the peace process immediately and without preconditions. That is the only way that progress will be made towards a comprehensive peace agreement in Darfur,” he added. The UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Sudan, Georg Charpentier, today voiced concern by limitations on humanitarian access in view of intensified fighting in parts of Eastern Jebel Marra in Darfur. Welcoming the recent access by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) to some parts of Eastern Jebel Marra, he called on parties to the conflict to facilitate humanitarian access on a regular basis.Mr. Charpentier also noted recent assurances from the Sudanese Government that access will be enlarged and sustained to allow for coverage of the national immunization campaign that started today.The Council’s trip began in Uganda, where they visited the UN logistics support base in the city of Entebbe and met with the country’s President, Yoweri Museveni, during a segment led by Ambassador Ruhakana Rugunda of Uganda, which holds the Council’s rotating presidency for this month.
NetworkSecurity_774.png Executives Are Users, TooExecutives have become a major target because obtaining their credentials opens a wider attack surface than most other users’. In its recently released “2019 Data Breach Investigations Report,” Verizon determined that senior executives are 12 times more likely to be attacked through social interactions and nine times as likely to be the target of social breaches as compared to previous reports. Most of the attacks dealt with financial threats, which represented about 12% of the total. Phishing Is Top of the ListIn my previous No Jitter post, “Enterprises Not Doing Well on Net Protections,” I reported that phishing with social engineering was the primary method for obtaining credentials (46% of the threats) and access to IT systems and networks. You may be able to thwart some of these threats with software, but the ultimate prevention method is user avoidance of the threats. This is where adequate and consistent training will succeed. If you don’t conduct an employee vulnerability assessment, you’re missing one of the best preventative steps available. Using simulated phishing techniques, you can assess what users would do when they’re sent phishing emails. This helps uncover poor behavior and vulnerabilities. Make Teams, Slack, Other Collaboration Tools Ultra-Secure Sorell Slaymaker August 21, 2019 Read how Hotshot adds location and time elements to its MFA strategy and discover how you can protect your enterprise with a zero-trust architecture. Keeping Your Communications Systems Safe Takes Practice Gary Audin August 29, 2019 Don’t assume you’re ready for a security attack if you’ve never exercised what you have in place. Don’t Make It PainfulWhen I was in military intelligence, security was of paramount interest. I attended many security classes, but unfortunately some of them were extremely boring and didn’t motivate me very well. On the other hand, the penalties for breaking security were so severe that I paid attention. What Can a Dark Web Scan Do?You probably don’t know which users’ accounts are located on the dark web, which is made up of hidden websites that are accessible with special software. To find out, you can use a tool like Have I Been Pwned? This free tool will tell you whether your email address or password appears in one of more than 300 data dumps from websites, and it will notify you when your email address appears in a new data dump. Cybercriminals increasingly target users rather than infrastructure. You train your users about cybersecurity. You may test them, but do you consider that a passing grade that’s not a perfect score means some users didn’t learn all required cybersecurity skills? What they missed on the assessment test equals vulnerabilities that they still may respond to, thereby opening your network to attack. As many studies show, generally about half of all data breaches are caused by human mistakes or activities. In most cases, these result from poor training. What you want is the user to act as a human firewall and protect your organization. Don’t Forget the ContractorsOrganizations rely on contract workers, developers, consultants, VARs, and MSPs. The nature of contract jobs results in a feeling of impermanence that permeates throughout processes and policies. Contract workers are potential cyberattack victims, which means they need training to the same degree as full-time employees. Many contractors may have high levels of access and privileges, meaning that they have credentials that are more valuable than the average user. If you’re looking to discover if your credentials have been compromised, this is a useful service. Most pay-for services that say they scan the dark web are actually looking at data dumps. Am I Taking a Risk?If you discover an email address associated with one or more external data breaches, you should take immediate action to minimize the risk. You should change all the passwords associated with those accounts and employ stronger passwords. You need to make sure that the security training you deliver is positive, motivates, and engages users, and informs them of the risks that occur if they don’t apply the training they’ve received. Provide meaningful assessment feedback as part of the training. Your organization should foster a culture in which it is safe to raise concerns when users see or suspect something that can impact corporate security. Commit to continuous training. Ensure your users accept that cybersecurity in the workplace is everyone’s responsibility. Phish-Prone Testing, Keep Your Enterprise Secure Scott Murphy August 21, 2019 Phishing testing teaches employees to detect and respond to malicious emails, helping to create a culture of security. Train, test, and assess — that’s the best advice for keeping hackers from successful attacks against all of your user constituencies.Tags:News & Viewscybersecurityphishinguser trainingSecurityNews & Views Articles You Might Like The Threat of Toll Fraud Persists Irwin Lazar September 16, 2019 With a toll fraud prevention and mitigation strategy, enterprises can identify and mitigate potential toll threats – sometimes before they even happen. See All in Security » What Do I Train On?Once you’ve conducted the vulnerability assessment, you can improve your protections with education and training. The training should include: IT Security Refresh: The Cyber Defense Matrix Terry Slattery October 02, 2019 With the Cyber Defense Matrix, enterprises can measure their security coverage and discover gaps in their IT strategy. 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___China imports from US fall 19% in July amid trade warBEIJING (AP) — China’s imports of U.S. goods plunged in July as a trade war with Washington intensified. Imports fell 19% from a year earlier, while exports to the United States fell 6.5%. Beijing has retaliated for U.S. tariff hikes in a dispute over trade and technology by imposing its own punitive duties and suspending purchases of American soybeans and other goods. The latest data follow President Trump’s threat last week of tariff hikes on additional Chinese imports.___China lowers yuan’s trading range but currency stabilizesBEIJING (AP) — China has lowered the trading range for its currency again, showing its potential for use as a trade weapon against Washington, but the exchange rate steadied after three days of declines. The starting point for the day’s trading was set at 7.0039 yuan to the U.S. dollar — its first time below seven since the 2008 financial crisis. The yuan was trading higher at mid-afternoon. The central bank promised earlier it would keep the exchange rate stable.___Uber posts biggest quarterly loss ever after stock payoutsNEW YORK (AP) — Uber lost $5.24 billion in the second quarter, its largest quarterly loss ever, after making huge stock-based payouts in the months following its stock market debut. The ride-hailing giant said Wednesday it paid $3.9 billion in stock-based compensation and expenses during the quarter. It also paid $298 million in stock and cash to drivers to show appreciation in connection with the IPO.___UN climate report: Change land use to avoid a hungry futureGENEVA (AP) — A new UN climate report says people need to change the way they eat, grow food and manage forests to avoid a hungry future. The report says a warming climate and poor land usage are degrading the Earth, making food costlier, scarcer and less nutritious. NASA climate scientist Cynthia Rosenzweig, one of the authors of the UN report, says “the threat of climate change affecting people’s food on their dinner table is increasing.”___Technology companies power broad rally for US stocksTechnology companies powered stocks broadly higher on Wall Street Thursday driving the S&P 500 to its best day in more than two months and erasing its losses for the week. The rally came as investors set aside concerns, for now, about the heated trade war between the U.S. and China that roiled the market earlier in the week. Stocks rose following an early increase in bond yields after a weekly government report on unemployment claims came in better than economists had expected.___Celebs, members push for gym boycott over Trump fundraiserLuxury gym Equinox and indoor cycling studio SoulCycle are facing a backlash from some members and celebrities over a fundraiser being held for President Donald Trump. Stephen Ross, chairman and founder of real estate development company The Related Cos., which owns Equinox and SoulCycle, is throwing the fundraiser on Friday at his house in the Hamptons. Trump critics took to Twitter, asserting that they didn’t want their money supporting his 2020 presidential campaign.___As mortgage rates drop, the trick is finding a houseHeightened jitters about slowing global economic growth amid an escalating trade war between the U.S. and China drove U.S. government bond prices sharply higher this week. That’s expected to bring down mortgage rates, which track the moves in the 10-year Treasurys. That should give homebuyers more purchasing power, giving home sales a boost. But experts say any benefit is likely to be short-lived, as the housing market remains constrained by a low supply of homes for sale.___US long-term mortgage rates fall sharply: 30-year at 3.60%WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. long-term mortgage rates fell sharply this week, with the benchmark 30-year loan touching its lowest level since November 2016. Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac says the average rate on the 30-year mortgage dropped to 3.60% from 3.75% last week. The average rate for 15-year, fixed-rate home loans tumbled to 3.05% from 3.20%.___Japan OKs 1st export to South Korea under new trade curbsTOKYO (AP) — Japan has granted its first permit for a South Korea-bound shipment of chemicals to produce high-tech materials under Tokyo’s new export requirement that has increased tensions with Seoul. Trade Minister Hiroshige Seko made a rare announcement of the approval Thursday. More than 100 people protested outside the Japanese prime minister’s residence demanding the government reverse its recent downgrading of South Korea’s trade status and try to fix rapidly souring bilateral relations.___Broadcom to buy Symantec’s enterprise business for $10.7BSAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Semiconductor giant Broadcom agrees to buy the enterprise business of cybersecurity company Symantec for $10.7 billion in cash. Symantec provides cloud, web and data security for organizations.___The S&P 500 index rose 54.11 points, or 1.9%, to 2,938.09. The Dow Jones Industrial Average climbed 371.12 points, or 1.4%, to 26,378.19. The Nasdaq composite vaulted 176.33 points, or 2.2%, to 8,039.16. The Russell 2000 index picked up 31.45 points, or 2.1%, to 1,532.13.The Associated Press
In a statement issued by his spokesman, Mr. Annan said he was disturbed by latest news of major sea and aerial attacks, including an attack on a vessel that had unarmed international monitors on board, causing the deaths of 18 Sri Lanka navy personnel and a number of LTTE members.He noted the statement by the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission, composed of Nordic countries, demanding that the LTTE immediately cease all operations at sea, and describing these as a serious violation of the ceasefire agreement.The Secretary-General said it was unacceptable to attack vessels carrying Mission monitors, which is currently consisting Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark and Iceland and was set up to monitor a Norwegian-sponsored ceasefire agreement signed in 2002.“He repeats his call on all the parties to summon the political will to resume their dialogue under the facilitation of the Norwegian Government,” the statement concluded.At the beginning of the month, UN agencies began delivering food, safe water and other basic needs to over 10,000 Sri Lankans displaced by recent clashes in the north and east of the island.
OSU redshirt senior Johnni DiJulius (left) sizes up his opponent during a match against Arizona State on Nov. 20 at St. John Arena. OSU won 28-9.Credit: Mason Swires | Lantern reporterAlthough the National Wrestling Coaches Association National Duals pair Big Ten teams with nonconference opponents, Ohio State drew a team that many Buckeyes fans might recognize from last season.On Feb. 15, it was announced that Edinboro would be traveling to St. John Arena to meet the Scarlet and Gray. Edinboro just happens to be the same team OSU faced last season in the first round of the NWCA series.OSU (10-3, 7-2) has nearly matched its record from last season, while Edinboro (8-9, 6-0) is looking to finish the season with an even win-loss total with its final dual meet on Saturday.Last season, Edinboro shocked the collective wrestling world, placing third in the NCAA national championships with runner-up finishes at 141 and 149 pounds.However, earlier in the 2014-15 season, the Buckeyes got the better of the Fighting Scots in the first round of the NWCA National Duals, winning 30-7.“They are just a bunch of tough, hard-nosed guys from a really small town,” OSU coach Tom Ryan said. “We better be ready for them.”With a lineup supporting four nationally ranked wrestlers, Edinboro presents an intriguing test for the Buckeyes, especially at the 184-pound weight class with redshirt senior Vic Avery, who is ranked fifth in the nation.Even with some talented opponents ahead, the Scarlet and Gray are looking to capitalize on their last dual meet of the season with good, quality matches.“They are pretty solid throughout the lineup even though they have some losses,” redshirt freshman Jake Ryan said. “We have some too though. No matter who it is, we still have to stay focused and just wrestle our matches.”The Buckeyes have had success against Edinboro in the past, posting a 9-3 record all-time. In its last six dual meets, OSU has won the last five.The match should give OSU some good practice moving forward and better prepare the team for the upcoming Big Ten and NCAA championships. The Fighting Scots present a good team to use as practice, given their high finish in the NCAA tournament last year.Redshirt freshman Micah Jordan said he knows this meet is not a time to relax and take it easy before the championships portion of the schedule. He, like the rest of the Buckeyes, will be looking to improve in one last match before tournaments.“On bottom I struggled a little bit, and I need to work on opening up a little bit more,” Jordan said. “I need to create some more energy, and just get to my attacks.”The OSU coaching staff is doing all it can to ensure a strong showing against Edinboro, as well as put the best product it can on the mat in a month.“This is probably the most intense time of the year from a training standpoint,” Tom Ryan said. “We still have another 20 days of really hard work ahead of us.”The NWCA National Duals match is set for 7 p.m. on Monday at St. John Arena.Missing StieberAfter battling nagging injuries throughout last season, and the beginning of this year, it seemed as though Hunter Stieber was finally ready to go this season in OSU’s previous match.Unfortunately for the redshirt senior, in sudden fashion, Stieber’s leg was caught awkwardly on a takedown, and the two-time All-American had to be helped from the mat. After two knee surgeries, the grimace on Stieber’s face was a bitter pill to swallow.Tom Ryan confirmed this week that Stieber is out for the upcoming match. However, the redshirt senior was seen walking under his own power in the training facility Wednesday, with a supportive sleeve on the injured knee.“Hunter is out, so Cody (Burcher) will be in,” Tom Ryan said.The redshirt freshman Burcher has posted a 10-6 record so far this season.Big Ten championships around the cornerAfter Edinboro, OSU is set to be back in action March 5 and 6 in Iowa City, Iowa, for the Big Ten tournament. OSU took home a share of the conference title last season.The tournament is to take place at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
A spokesman for Stonewall said that since the LGBT charity was founded 30 years ago, there has been massive progress and acceptance for LGBT people. “Shifting social attitudes no doubt have an impact on different generations, making it more likely people feel able to identify as lesbian, gay or bi.”However he added: “While it’s great to see an increase in the number of people identifying as lesbian, gay or bi since 2015, it’s important to remember many LGBT people still aren’t able to be open about their sexual orientation with friends, family and colleagues. We know that only half of lesbian, gay and bi people (46 per cent) feel able to be open about their sexual orientation to everyone in their family, and nearly one in five LGB people (18 per cent) aren’t open about their identity with anyone at work. “Our work won’t be finished until every lesbian, gay, bi and trans person is accepted without exception.”Steve Wardlaw, chairman and co-founder of Emerald Life, the UK’s first insurer dedicated to diversity, added: “These are very interesting statistics – there has been a spike in people self-declaring as bisexual, but also double the number coming out as gay or lesbian. In the UK over the last few years we have definitely seen a more welcoming environment generally, despite a worrying increase in specific homophobic crime. “These 18-24 year olds feel less pressure either to hide who they are, or to declare themselves totally one way or totally the other. Bisexual people – and those who are gender-fluid – often get pressured from both sides to be ‘one or the other’, which is unfair and frankly biphobic. For everyone, sexuality is a journey and it can take people different amounts of time to be comfortable with who they are. It is only good news that we aren’t forcing these young adults into boxes at the earliest opportunity, and empowering them to be true to themselves.”Mr Wardlaw added that the “ increased visibility of LGBT+ celebrities and personalities has made a huge difference”.From someone like Clare Balding, or Lord Browne (ex BP CEO), to the loveable-and-flamboyant, Craig Revel-Horwood, on Strictly Come Dancing, the LGBT community comes in as many different forms as the heterosexual community. This visibility and variety has both smashed stereotypes, and allowed many more LGBT young adults to see people that they themselves can relate to, helping them to come out. “ Young people are far more likely to consider themselves as bisexual than gay, new data reveals. The research, published by YouGov, found that 18 to 24 year olds are half as likely to identify as gay or lesbian and eight times more likely to identify as bisexual than they were in 2015. More than 2,000 young people were asked to choose what best described their sexuality in 2015 and just one in fifty (2%) said they were bisexual. However the latest data, representing 2019, found that this figure had jumped to one in six (16%), representing an eight-fold increase. However, the number of older people who considered themselves as bisexual in 2019 was much lower. For 25-34 year olds the figure was 8%, for 35-44 year olds it was 2%, for those aged 45-54 it was 3% and for the over 55s it was 2%.LGBT+ charities have hailed the statistics as showing the “tremendous progress” regarding acceptance of LGBT people in British society and added that the growing number of celebrities coming out had helped with visibility. Yet they warned that hate crime as well as the fact that half of gay people don’t feel able to open up were still barriers towards total acceptance of the community. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
IF YOU’RE WORRIED that videogames may be having a negative effect on your children, new research suggests that a little bit of gaming can be good for them.Researchers from Oxford University found that children and teenagers who played videogames for up to an hour a day were better adjusted than those who did not play at all.The study, which was published in the journal Pediatrics, said that these children “were associated with the highest levels of sociability and were most likely to say they were satisfied with their lives. They also appeared to have fewer friendships and emotional problems, and reported less hyperactivity than the other groups.”Those who spent one to three hours playing videogames didn’t seem to experience any positive or negative effects. However, those who played videogames for more than three hours a day were found to have lower satisfaction with their lives.The researchers said this could be down to them missing out on other activities and potentially exposing themselves to content designed for a more mature audience.The study involved 5,000 young people, both boys and girls aged between 10 and 15, and asked them questions such at the amount of time spent playing videogames, how well they got along with peers, how likely they were to help people in difficulty and their levels of hyperactivity and inattention.The study’s author, Dr. Andrew K. Przybylski, said that the correlation between behavioural problems and playing videogames for extended periods of time appeared to be “weakly linked” and that other factors such as the type of family a child has, their relationships in school and whether they are materially deprived had a more significant impact on their behaviour.He concluded that further research would be necessary to find out which games were beneficial or harmful and said that recommended time limits for playing videogames had “little scientific basis”.Read: Wondering what messaging apps teens are using? Here’s what you should look out for >Read: Games and box-office movies help Sony post surprise profit >
Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By Daragh Brophy Monday 10 Apr 2017, 7:26 AM Bus Éireann strike: ‘All sides committed to conclusion in next 24 hours’ All sides will be back around the table at the WRC at around 10am. Short URL As long as the Department of Transport and the NTA (National Transport Authority) remain aloof the more difficult it will be to get an overarching and sustainable agreement.Siptu said that unions at the company were committed to ending the strike, but that pickets would remain in place in the meantime.The talks are expected to recommence in Dublin 4 at around 10am.The strike has been ongoing since Friday 24 March.Read: ‘Callous vandalism’: Paint thrown at Glasnevin 1916 memorialRead: Talks aimed at ending two-week Bus Éireann strike to continue MANAGEMENT AND UNIONS at Bus Éireann will be back around the table at the Workplace Relations Commission in Dublin today, as efforts continue to bring a weeks-long all-out strike at the company to an end.Weekend discussions ended last night. Union boss Dermot O’Leary said on Twitter that the parties were to reflect on a number of issues overnight and that all sides were “committed to reaching conclusion over the next 24 hours”.A draft proposal being discussed would see 120 driving jobs at the company cut. It’s understood the plan would see the drivers exit the company within the next 12 months.“The issue of headcount reduction would not be unusual when talking about efficiencies,” O’Leary, the NBRU general secretary, told TheJournal.ie earlier yesterday.What is problematic however, is that while on one hand you’re locked in talks, yet other broader are issues at play. Share56 Tweet Email Apr 10th 2017, 7:26 AM 36 Comments http://jrnl.ie/3332372 19,278 Views NBRU General Secretary Dermot O’Leary and Siptu’s Greg Ennis at the WRC (file photo). NBRU General Secretary Dermot O’Leary and Siptu’s Greg Ennis at the WRC (file photo).
More than 50 people gathered at Esther Short Park on Saturday evening for a candlelight vigil to honor Clayton Joseph, the 16-year-old boy who was shot and killed by a Vancouver police officer on Tuesday.Joseph was shot when the officer responded to a report of a disturbance outside of an apartment complex on Southeast Ellsworth Road. Vancouver police say the teen brandished a knife before he was shot.Members of Joseph’s family were not present at the vigil. Multiple attendees described it as an impromptu gathering that arose from discussions among Vancouver residents, and word of the event spread through friends and on social media.About a half dozen attendees spoke about Joseph and the circumstances of his death and the impact of the news on Vancouver’s communities of color, but most simply expressed solidarity and support for the family. “This is not a platform to push any agenda except for the one to love each other,” one speaker said.
The calls for action on gun laws follow back-to-back mass shootings on Aug. 3 and 4 that killed 31 victims in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, less than 24 hours apart.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. SOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – Hundreds of people who lost loved ones to gun violence joined activists as they rallied in Southwest Miami-Dade’s Goulds neighborhood.Families of shooting victims, survivors and students came together to protest for gun safety legislation at the Goulds Community Center, near the Southland Mall, Sunday.Miami Gardens resident Denise Brown said she is trying to make a difference after she lost her son in a shooting.“I believe if life gives you lemons, you turn it into lemonade, and that’s why I started the RJT Foundation,” she said as she addressed demonstrators, “to restore joy and trust and help families who are dealing with the senseless gun violence.”Meanwhile, President Donald Trump spoke with reporters after spending the past several days at his golf club in New Jersey.As Congress holds bipartisan meetings on gun legislation, the commander in chief opted to focus on the shooters.“I don’t want people to forget that this is a mental health problem. I don’t want them to forget that, because it is,” he said. “It’s a mental health problem, and as I said the other night in New Hampshire, it’s the people that pull the trigger. It’s not the gun that pulls the trigger.”
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The 10 day occupation of War Memorial Park by advocates for the city’s homeless population ended Aug. 23.The community of red tents filling the park in the shadow of City Hall has been dismantled, leaving dozens of scar-like patches of dead grass across the lawn and lingering questions about the city’s policies crafted for people experiencing homelessness.Homeless Tents in front of City Hall. (Screengrab from news video)The residents of the makeshift tent city numbered approximately 50 throughout the duration, but adding the growing number of campers ringing the park brought the headcount to over 100. The demonstrators were but a small fraction of the 2,669 homeless person in Baltimore counted in January of this year.Beyond the tents, other amenities were established. Food, toiletries and hygiene products were being distributed from a central commissary-like location. A medical tent was staffed by resident Tavian White, 30, trained in CPR and automated external defibrillation. He was supported by representatives of Team Den Mother in the provision of first aid. The city itself provided portable latrines on Aug. 21.During the last three days of the occupation, Mayor Catherine E. Pugh personally visited the encampment with increasing frequency, occasionally even descending the steps to visit with the residents one-on-one. The priority that morning was accommodating the two families with infants.Requests by the AFRO to observe the Mayor’s Office’s Monday meetings with activists Kenneth Gwee, an organizer and leader of Baltimore’s chapter of the revived Southern Christian Leadership Conference, and Rufus Howard, resident advocate, were denied.On Aug. 23, a draft copy of a proposal between the city and the residents was read to residents of Tent City by Nate Fields of Downtown Partnership.As of Aug. 23, the city’s proposal was unsigned and seemingly unenforceable according to some residents and activists. A copy of the draft was not made available to the AFRO for review from either the city or the activists.Nevertheless, the proposal came with a firm deadline. The mayor’s office made it clear to residents throughout the occupation that the occupier’s actions were illegal, and the understanding was the agreement would be rendered void if residents, as a whole, did not disperse.Carl Banks, a resident and student at the University of Maryland, began circulating a petition, taking names of residents that wished to remain at the park. Banks was certain that the residents were giving up vital leverage.Wayne AmonRa, a homeless advocate, took to a loudspeaker to discourage this.“Don’t sign up with the propagandists if you don’t got plans on sitting in jail tonight,” AmonRa said. “I’m just being brutally honest. We’re doing as much as we can to keep you all free. When we had plans on going to jail, we had college students that was fitting to go to jail for you all. There was folks from Morgan, folks from Towson, so if they tried to lock you all up, they’d pack the jails. We’re not fitting to put you all in jail cells.. that’s what the police been doing.”He added, “You all want your own house? Tent City house? One mind. One Heart. One family. Let’s go home.”There was zero police presence that afternoon and evening. The camp was taken down by its own residents. Whatever the new location is called, its open floor plan and 50 olive cots give it all the features of a barracks. It is a shelter.Residents were universal in their dissatisfaction in the quality of life at Baltimore’s shelters. Code Blue, Catholic Charities and the Weinberg Group were universally bemoaned as incompatible with the lives and realities of Tent City’s residents.“They will cart you to Douglas, Chase, Chester, they have like six places that they cart you to all over the city,” said Lynette Brown, a resident of Tent City and holder of ticket No. 8, which would put her on the first bus to Upton. “You sleep, they get you up at 5 o’clock and they haul you back to My Sister’s Place to have your breakfast and shower, and at 72 years old, it’s too much for me to experience.”Despite her previous experiences, Brown said she’s curious how the new arrangement will work. Especially with the assurance that the new location will be administered by Tent City’s residents.“It doesn’t matter whether it’s an overflow shelter, whether it’s Pinderhughes building, whether it’s an old school and it’s going to be dorm like,” Brown said. “The bottom line is we’re not on the street. They claim they’re going to provide us with a cot, and three meals. You’ll be able to keep your body clean, do what you have to do, and keep looking.”The homeless encampments at Guilford and Bath, Fallsway and Bath and St Vincent de Paul Park remained undisturbed as of Wednesday evening.
Reinforcing its commitment to expanding its presence in New Zealand, Wyndham Hotel Group has announced the introduction of the upper-midscale Wyndham Garden brand to the country.New Zealand’s first Wyndham Garden hotel, scheduled to open in early 2018, will be an 86-room property in Auckland’s CBD and will offer a mix of studio rooms and one, two and three-bedroom apartments.As the gateway to New Zealand, Auckland welcomes around 75 per cent of the country’s visitors each year. The city has also seen unprecedented growth with 1.05 million visitors in 2015, up 15 per cent on 2014.his, coupled with a strong demand for quality accommodation in the city, means the NZD$50 million Wyndham Garden Hobson Street Auckland will be well-placed to cater to the needs of travellers in the heart of the CBD. The hotel will provide excellent service, best-in-class amenities and technology, including high-speed internet access.Enabling guests to travel at ease, the Wyndham Garden brand focuses on ‘the little details’ that make a stay memorable and promises peace of mind to guests when travelling for business or pleasure.Owned by ABF Development Ltd, the new hotel will be ideally positioned within easy reach of the city’s two harbours, great dining and bars, excellent shopping and natural attractions like vineyards, beaches and native forests.Wyndham Hotel Group South East Asia and Pacific Rim President and Managing Director, Barry Robinson, said Auckland is the ideal place for the Wyndham Garden brand to enter New Zealand.“Wyndham Garden has been growing its footprint around the world, and we see Auckland as a key market for our continued growth in New Zealand thanks to its popularity as the gateway to the land of the long white cloud,” he said.“Wyndham Garden’s New Zealand debut comes at a pivotal time for Wyndham Hotel Group as we transform our 16 iconic brands to meet the needs of today’s guest. The rise of an increasingly travel-curious population gives us the opportunity to leverage the scale and breadth of our portfolio to champion the everyday traveller by enabling their freedom to explore the world the way they want, with added value and quality experiences.”Andy Chen, Director of ABF Development Ltd, said the hotel project would provide employment for more than 500 workers during construction and more than 50 staff once operational.“This will be a major development for Auckland that will have wide-ranging benefits for the local economy,” Mr Chen said.“The Wyndham Garden brand is synonymous with quality, and we are confident it will draw in the valuable tourist dollar, while ensuring employment opportunities for locals.”The hotel’s facilities, including a gym, restaurant and flexible meeting spaces will be created with the finer details in mind, to make the travel experience for guests as easy as possible. Wyndham Hotel GroupSource = Wyndham Hotel Group
May 2, 2018 601 Views Federal Reserve FOMC Homebuyers homes Interest rates mortgage rates 2018-05-02 Radhika Ojha “Roughly Balanced”: Federal Open Market Committee Examines Economic Outlook in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, News The Federal Reserve announced that interest rates remained unchanged after the end of the two-day policy meeting of the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC). The Fed had last increased rates in March. The committee voted unanimously to keep the rates unchanged and said that it would monitor labor market conditions and the movement of inflation before announcing further rate hikes.“In view of realized and expected labor market conditions and inflation, the Committee decided to maintain the target range for the federal funds rate at 1-1/2 to 1-3/4 percent,” the Fed said in a statement after the meeting. “The stance of monetary policy remains accommodative, thereby supporting strong labor market conditions and a sustained return to 2 percent inflation.”The Central Bank had stated that it was targeting an inflation rate of 2 percent at the beginning of the year, and after the meeting, it said: “On a 12-month basis, both overall inflation and inflation for items other than food and energy have moved close to 2 percent.”The stability in rates this month will bring some respite to homebuyers who have been challenged by rising mortgage rates after the hike in overall interest rates by the Fed in March. Mortgage rates climbed to their highest level in over four years last week with the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage increasing for the third consecutive week to 4.58 percent. This according to the Freddie Mac Primary Mortgage Market survey that showed average mortgage rates had continued their upward march, continuing a trend seen since the beginning of 2018.So should the market expect another hike in June? The committee said that the committee would assess realized and expected economic conditions relative to its objectives of maximum employment and 2 percent inflation. “This assessment will take into account a wide range of information, including measures of labor market conditions, indicators of inflation pressures and inflation expectations, and readings on financial and international developments,” the Committee said in its statement. Share
Luxperience returns for its sixth year, at Australian Technology Park (ATP) in Sydney from 17-20 September 2017, with confirmed exhibitors including Northrop & Johnson, Unique Estates, Armani Hotel Dubai and Milan, Sydney Harbour Escapes, Cruise Bar, Discover Los Angeles and Amatara Wellness Resort.Spaces are still available for companies considering exhibiting.“We have developed a stimulating program for 2017,” says Emma Burnet, Senior Sales and Marketing Manager at Luxperience. “We are also turning the page within the premium business events market with selected exhibitors showcasing the versatility of their products for the growing demand from the incentives and high end corporate meetings segment through the VIP Corporate Showcase.”For Luxperience 2017 exhibitor enquiries click here, call +61 2 8584 1777 or email firstname.lastname@example.org Luxperience © Camera Creations Luxperience 2017upcoming events
Special limited edition pink amenity kits are now being offered to Qatar Airways’ first and business class passengers to mark the airline’s continuing support for Breast Cancer Awareness Month.Each passenger flying long-haul in first and business class will be presented with an amenity bag, created exclusively for QTR by Italian luggage brand BRIC’S, in a shade of pink called ‘Rose Pompadour’.Every one of the amenity kits, designed for men and women, will be accompanied by a specially created card urging customers to Think Pink!, and encouraging them to support the fight against breast cancer.QTR Senior Vice President of Marketing and Corporate Communications, Ms. Salam Al Shawa, said: “Qatar Airways is a very strong supporter of Breast Cancer Awareness Month and all the incredibly hard work that goes into research and development to help beat breast cancer. We hope these very special and limited edition pink BRIC’S luxury amenity kits for our male and female passengers flying long-haul in First Class and Business Class will help demonstrate our ongoing commitment to raising awareness of breast cancer, and show our support for those affected by it.”QTR has long supported Breast Cancer Awareness month with the airline’s staff playing their part to help beat the disease. As well as being encouraged to wear pink during Breast Cancer Awareness Month, many QTR employees will be taking part in a number of initiatives to alert staff to the dangers of the disease and generate funds towards fighting breast cancer. These include various workshops and lectures designed to raise awareness of the importance of self-assessment and early diagnosis.The amenity kits are the latest initiative by the airline to raise both awareness and funds for the disease that affects millions of women all around the world.Rose Pompadour was created in France in 1757 at the Sèvres porcelain facility. The shade, prized for its vivacity and beauty, was one of five colours produced by Sèvres, which helped to define magnificence and luxury in 18th-century France.All passengers flying in first and business class with Qatar Airways will be offered pink versions of the airline’s signature miniature BRIC’S Bellagio and Sintesis suitcase amenity kits, which feature a hard shell with a Tuscan leather trim. Each bag contains products from Italy’s Castello Monte Vibiano Vecchio, the environmentally friendly olive oil company. The skin care range includes lip balm, hydrating facial mist, and anti-ageing moisturiser in Business Class, with added Night Recovery Cream for First Class kits. Pink socks, eyeshades and ear plugs complete the range with the addition of a BRIC’S signature luggage tag for First Class.In September, QTR introduced a new autumn range of limited edition BRIC’S amenity kits in yellow, navy blue, blush and tan for passengers flying long-haul in first and business class.First and business class passengers travelling on Qatar Airways’ medium-haul routes are also now also offered amenity kits from Nappa Dori, featuring a new series of destination images printed on the kits’ canvas exterior, including Thailand, the Netherlands, China and Doha. Frequent travellers can add the new keepsake designs from both brands to their collections, which combine vintage and contemporary styles and contain a range of must-have handy travel accessories.