HALIFAX – Police say they have no evidence to support allegations published on a Lebanese website of a “heinous crime” in the death of a Lebanese Canadian student at Saint Mary’s University.Halifax Regional Police issued a news release Monday to say investigators are looking into the case, but there “is no evidence to suggest the death is suspicious.”Police spokeswoman Const. Carol McIsaac said investigators responded to a Feb. 13 incident at a student residence involving a 23-year-old man.She said the man died 10 days later, and that an autopsy is being carried out.“Due to the sensitive nature of this matter, we are unable to (make) further comments at this time,” wrote McIsaac.A Lebanese website titled the National News Agency published a story Sunday quoting the country’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.According to the website, the ministry said there had been “a murder” on the Halifax campus, and stated the Lebanese embassy had been instructed to follow up “to find out the details and reasons behind this heinous crime.”The website states it is produced by Lebanon’s Ministry of Information.However, the ambassador of Lebanon was unavailable for comment on Monday regarding the statements published about the young man’s death.
ST. JOHN’S, N.L. – A stunningly popular calendar of burly, bearded mermen posing against scenic Newfoundland backdrops for charity is back for a second year.The 2018 ‘merb’ys’ calendar — drawing its name from ‘mermaid’ and the Newfoundland moniker for ‘buddy’ — became a viral, global success when it launched last year, raising over $300,000 for mental health.Proceeds from the second calendar, which launched Saturday, will go to Violence Prevention Newfoundland and Labrador, for a project that aims to challenge traditional concepts of masculinity and engage men in violence prevention.Organizer Hasan Hai said he only expected to raise a few thousand dollars last year, selling to friends and family — but the merb’ys popularity was instantaneous.“It just blew up. We had no idea, it was unprecedented, ” said Hai.Hai said the calendar was a hit with buyers of all genders for its light-hearted depiction of costumed, glittery men.“Just showing men showing emotion, being vulnerable, being whimsical, and just having fun and shedding all the stuff that society tells us that we should act like. I think that translated incredibly well in the photos and people just connected with that.”Shortly after the project went public, Hai said people were stopping him in the street, asking how to get involved with the next edition.Interest was so great that formal applications had to be introduced. The final roster of 38 merb’ys was selected from more than 150 applications.The novelty of seeing bearded, traditionally masculine men dressed up in fish tails and glitter may have contributed to the calendar’s popularity, but Hai said the merb’ys weren’t selected for their physical appearance.Instead, models were chosen based on how well their written applications aligned with the ethos of the Newfoundland and Labrador Beard and Moustache Club, the group that pulls the calendar together — representing the community’s diversity, with an interest in “breaking down traditional gender stereotypes in creative ways.”“Good people who had a story and wanted to do some good in the community and the world, that was the type of person we wanted in the calendar,” said Hai.Photos were shot all across the province, from St. John’s to Happy Valley-Goose Bay in Labrador.More planning time allowed for higher production values and more elaborate costumes, including a custom-made metal tail weighing more than 20 kilograms.The merb’ys roster has grown to 38 models, representing men of different sizes, racial backgrounds, and gender identities.Pre-orders opened at the end of the August, with a print run greater than the 14,000 sold last year, although Hai did not provide this year’s sales numbers.Hai said posing for the calendar was daunting at times for many of the merb’ys, but ultimately offered a transforming experience in self-acceptance.“It changes how you see your own body and your confidence, when you stop caring about what other people think about you and start loving yourself.”Note to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version incorrectly said sales numbers have already exceeded last year’s. In fact, the calendar has a print run greater than last year’s sales, but this year’s sales numbers have not been released.
YouTube sensation and Coca-Cola Mix’On winner Alyssa Bernal has teamed up with Closets for Causes to raise money for Love is Louder.Alyssa has donated the outfit from her performance at the The Coca-Cola Red Carpet LIVE! concert at the American Music Awards 2012 alongside Jason Derulo.“It means a lot to me to support Love is Louder. Valentine’s Day is about showing people that you love them. Please get together, stop bullying and spread the love for a great cause. This Valentine’s Day: Love is Louder!” says Alyssa about Love is Louder.The Love is Louder movement was started by The Jed Foundation, MTV and actress Brittany Snow to support anyone feeling mistreated, alone or hopeless. Hundreds of thousands of people from around the world have joined the movement to raise the volume around a critical message – that love and support is more powerful than any voice that brings us down or causes us pain. Individuals, schools and communities can get involved at www.loveislouder.com.“By raising money for Love is Louder through Closets for Causes, Alyssa is helping further our work and inspiring her fans to also take action to support others and make their communities more inclusive” says Courtney Knowles, Director of Love is Louder.The auction, which will be available on eBay Monday, February 11th, includes the Bishop red leather jacket, the Gypsy Junkies sequin romper and the sky high Luichiny platform boots worn by the singer at her AMAs red carpet performance all in the season’s colors of love, just in time for Valentine’s Day.
Tina House APTN National NewsA prominent leader in British Columbia is calling for the minister of Children and Family Development to resign.The call is in reaction to a study earlier this week about the shocking number of sexualized violence against children in care – many of them Indigenous.See related stories: Children in care email@example.com
Other recommendations include consideration of directing a portion of royalties from oil and gas development in the ALR to a regional agricultural development fund and creating an agreement between the ALC and Oil and Gas Commission for sharing impact assessments and other information.Agriculture Minister Lana Popham says in a statement the government has already acted on 13 recommendations released in an interim report, including passing laws aimed at keeping farmland affordable and cracking down on illegal dumping.“I want to thank the committee for its dedication and the thoughtful recommendations made in this report,” said the statement says.“Our government is committed to helping farmers farm. We asked the committee members to provide advice on how the ALR and ALC can provide the best support for farmers, ranchers and producers to ensure B.C.’s agricultural sector continues to thrive, and they delivered.” The committee commissioned to complete the report consists of eight British Columbians with diverse agricultural backgrounds and experience.More than 2,300 British Columbians responded to the committee’s online discussion paper and survey, and the committee also received over 270 written submissions.The committee held engagement sessions with local governments and agricultural stakeholders in nine communities throughout the province and met with the Union of B.C. Municipalities and the ALC. VICTORIA, B.C. – An independent report on agricultural revitalization in British Columbia is calling for a task force to address the “imbalance” between oil and gas development and agriculture in the province’s northeast.The Agriculture Ministry released the final report today that makes 32 recommendations related to the province’s Agricultural Land Commission and Reserve.It calls for the proposed task force to review how to balance the surface rights of farmers and ranchers with subsurface rights of the extractors, and to deliver a strategy to address “the significant resource extraction issues” affecting farmland in the Peace Region. In a letter introducing the report, committee chair and former Independent MLA Vicki Huntington calls for a government-wide policy shift that identifies B.C.’s agricultural land and industry as equivalent to other natural resources.Huntington says the oil and gas industry has had a significant and growing impact in the northeast and the development of the energy sector has exceeded the capacity of the current regulatory environment to protect farmland.The report recommends the Energy and Agriculture ministries, the Agricultural Land Commission and the B.C. Oil and Gas Commission work together to develop a healthier relationship that respects not only the energy industry, but also the “increasingly besieged agriculture industry.”“Surface and subsurface infrastructure expansion is progressing exponentially and activities that were once temporary have become permanent industrial sites built on farmland and next to farm communities,” the letter says.“The cumulative impact is making it increasingly difficult for many farmers and ranchers to effectively use their land.”The proposed task force should review how farmers and ranchers might be given authority to influence negotiations on the location of oil and gas facilities and infrastructure, and complete an impact assessment of all oil and gas activity within the ALR, the report says.
Nagpur: Union minister Nitin Gadkari Monday filed his nomination for the Nagpur Lok Sabha seat, where polls will be held on April 11. Gadkari, who had defeated Vilas Muttemwar (Congress) in the 2014 elections by a margin of 2.84 lakh votes, said he will win with a bigger margin this time around. “This time, I will win with a bigger margin. People have a good opinion of the work done by the Narendra Modi-led government in the last five years. Our government did more than (was promised in) the poll manifesto,” Gadkari told reporters. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ The BJP veteran was accompanied by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, Energy Minister Chandrashekar Bawankule, family members and a large number of party workers, while filing his nomination. “Your support and love is the biggest strength for us,” Gadkari said. Fadnavis said Gadkari will register a “historic win” from Nagpur. “He will create a record in Maharashtra,” the chief minister said, adding the BJP-Shiv Sena combine would win 45 of the 48 Lok Sabha seats in the state. Shiv Sena’s Krupal Tumane, sitting MP from Ramtek (SC) seat, also filed his nomination for the Ramtek seat. Nana Patole of Congress, who will take on Gadkari in Nagpur, and former IAS officer Kishor Gajbhiye, pitted against Tumane from Ramtek, are expected to file nominations later Monday.
Rabat – King Mohammed VI will chair, on Sunday Ramadan 02, 1438 Hijri in the royal palace of Rabat, the first religious lecture of the holy month of Ramadan, said the Ministry of the Royal Household, Protocol and Chancellery in a statement.This inaugural lecture will be given by minister of Endowments and Islamic Affairs, Ahmed Toufiq, under the theme “The role of the ulemas of Morocco in the preservation of national identity” in the light of the Hadith of the Prophet: “This knowledge is carried in each generation by the people of just moderation who reject the spurious interpretations of the ignorant, the claims of those on falsehood, and the distortions of the fanatics.”The lecture will be aired on Radio and TV channels starting 5:45 p.m.
“Millions of men and women throughout the world have secured for themselves, their families and their communities a decent life, economic well-being and expanding opportunities by organizing themselves in cooperative associations and enterprises,” Mr. Annan said in the video message to the International Cooperative Alliance (ICA).The message was delivered in Oslo, Norway, where the ICA General Assembly is meeting until 5 September. ICA is an independent, non-governmental association, which represents and serves cooperatives worldwide. Its major objective is to promote and strengthen autonomous co-operatives throughout the world. The Secretary-General said the cooperative movement has become a significant force in global civil society with more than 760 million people in more than 100 countries now engaged in the sector.“It is encouraging indeed that cooperatives and governments are working together more closely to provide opportunities for people to improve their lives,” Mr. Annan noted. Cooperatives provide essential services, such as appropriate and affordable housing, utilities, infrastructure, health care, and social, financial and insurances services, he added.Mr. Annan said the UN recognizes the important contribution cooperatives make on the ground, hence the world body produced guidelines to help its Member States create a supportive environment for the establishment of such associations.
The President said tuna fishing generates $6 billion annually for the handful of small island developing States known as the Parties to the Nauru Agreement (PNA), a 1982 accord on fisheries management.“This fishery is projected to disperse and disappear from the waters of the nine-member countries and territories of the PNA in the not too distant future: another victim of the climate crisis,” he told fellow world leaders.“Sea level rise is not only about an existential threat to our small and low-lying island. Climate change also threatens an economic Armageddon if the tuna fishery disappears.”Nauru, among the smallest countries on the planet, has been pushing for action to support small island developing States in the face of the climate crisis.President Aingimea reported on national projects that address sustainable development and climate action. For example, the Green Climate Fund and other partners are supporting the upgrade of the maritime port which will boost food and energy security, as well as the local economy.The President explained that currently ships bringing basic goods to the country must moor at sea while smaller vessels ferry their cargo to shore: a costly set-up which can be affected by unpredictable weather conditions.“The new port has the potential to become a hub of commerce for our small island and the wider Pacific. Value-added services for fishing and shipping vessels will become viable in Nauru. It will become far easier for ship crews to disembark, providing local business owners with more business opportunities. The port will also open new markets to our exports and facilitate development of new trade partners, new trade ventures, all of which will provide a more diversified and reliable revenue stream for our economy,” he said.Nauru is also advancing on the Higher Ground initiative, which will see houses and other critical infrastructure moved from coastal areas to the interior.President Aingimea described it as an “historic opportunity” to build resistance to climate change and sea level rise.“The new port facility and the Higher Ground initiative, along with an aggressive push on renewable energy and efficiency, serve as the major cornerstones of a sustainable development strategy that has the potential to create good jobs, generate new revenue streams, and radically improve our fiscal situation,” he said.“More importantly, those efforts will finally create a wealth of new opportunities for our youth: something that has gone missing in Nauru for a generation.”
VOLVO HAS ANNOUNCED it is cutting some 2,000 jobs as it unveiled third-quarter results showing a five per cent drop in group net sales.The company said the jobs will go in its European truck manufacturing operations as part of a series of changes to “increase efficiency and strengthen our competitiveness”.“As part of the previously announced Group-wide efficiency programme, a directional decision has been made to rationalise white collars in staff and support functions by approximately 2,000 employees and consultants,” the firm said in a statement.The firm said third-quarter net sales fell to 64.9 billion kronor (€7.4 billion), a drop of five percent compared to the same period last year.Net profits were also down one per cent, to 1.4 billion kronor (€187 million), well below analysts’ expectations for around two billion kronor.Volvo boss Olof Persson said the firm’s third quarter “was characterised by the ongoing comprehensive product renewal in the group’s truck programme and the fact that we entered a new phase of the group’s development focused on taking actions to streamline and enhance the efficiency of our operations.”The Volvo Group employs 112,000 worldwide, including 16,000 consultants and temporary workers.- © AFP, 2013Read: Volvo wants ‘no deaths’ in its new cars by 2020 > Video: What happens when you put a Volvo engine in a tractor? >
If it’s not cold enough to make ice to make an igloo, you could always just use a fridge freezer to make ice. Better yet, you could cut out the middle man and use a bunch of fridges to make an igloo. That was the idea behind a sculpture created by German artist Ralf Schmerberg and on display in Hamburg, Germany called “Wastefulness is the biggest source of Energy.”The purpose behind Schmerberg’s igloo is to draw attention to energy use and climate change. That point is made clear by the huge electricity meter attached to the igloo, but its not the 322 old fridges alone that are drawing power. Entering the igloo, visitors will see old electronic devices including household appliances, kids toys and and fans turned on as well.As Wired points out, it’s ironic that the igloo is doing the very thing it is trying to fight against which is wasting energy. That’s a bit like burning down a house to make a point about using smoke detectors, but if awareness is what Ralf was after then he has achieved his goal. After all, an igloo made out of 322 old fridges has a tendency to draw some attention.Read more at Wired UK
Actor Ashton Kutcher, probably best know for Dude Where’s My Car and being married to Demi Moore, had his Twitter account hacked while attending the TED 2011 conference in Southern California this week. A hacker channeling the spirit of Gene Shalit logged on to Kutcher’s accounting, tweeting, “Ashton, you’ve been Punk’d. This account is not secure. Dude, where’s my SSL?” to the actor’s 6.3 million followers.Shortly after, Kutcher’s unprotected read, “P.S. This is for those young protesters around the world who deserve not to have their Facebook & Twitter accounts hacked like this. #SSL” SSL is Secure Sockets Layer–a reference to the lack of security protecting Kutcher’s account.According to The Daily Mail, the hacker is believed to have used Firesheep to take over Kutcher’s account while the actor was logged into public Wi-Fi. Shortly after the attack, Twitter responded on its official @twitterglobalpr account, writing, “Users can use Twitter via HTTPS: http://t.co/q84H6K3. We’ve long been working on offering HTTPS as a user setting & will share more soon.” The messages are still present on Kutcher’s account, 13 hours after the attack.
There’s been plenty of Kickstarter projects in our browser tabs lately, but one of the more interesting is the Pebble E-Paper smartwatch. Its developers only needed $100K to bring the product to completion, instead they’re at over $6 million with 24 days remaining.If you haven’t read up on it yet, the Pebble is a smartwatch with an E-Paper display that connects to your Android or iPhone via Bluetooth and is then capable of all kinds of neat stuff. There’s a developer SDK so you won’t be just limited to the selection of apps provided by its creators.The Pebble will retail for more than $150 but if you back their Kickstarter project then you can grab one for $115. There are plenty of other similar products on the market right, now so what sets this one apart from the others? Take a look below where we’ve put together some handy comparisons between the Pebble and its competitors.MOTOACTV – $249.99The MOTOACTV is more expensive than the Pebble, but boasts a full color 1.6-inch touchscreen display that is sweat, rain, and scratch resistant. The design has a more sporty feel to it over the smart-casual design of the Pebble, and rightly so as its main selling point is as a fitness companion. With a built-in GPS and at least 8GB of storage you can leave your smartphone at home while pounding the tarmac, playing all the music stored on the watch wirelessly to the SF600 wireless sports headphones (sold separately $129.99).Whilst connected to your smartphone it can display notifications, text messages, weather and accept calls but with no developer SDK functionality is limited to what Moto deems is necessary. I really like the MOTOACTV and I’ve been tempted by it a couple of times as an incentive to get fit, but the high price tag and no support for 3rd party apps means I would prefer the Pebble.Sony SmartWatch – $149.99The Sony SmartWatch is more affordable and sits right alongside the retail price of the Pebble. Featuring a 1.3-inch touchscreen OLED display, you’ll need to decide between the high visibility in direct sunlight that the Pebble’s E-Paper display provides or the much more attractive full color display of the SmartWatch. Battery life is quoted as 3-4 days with typical usage, much less than the 7 days quoted by Pebble’s creators, but this is expected with the two different displays. The SmartWatch also supports 3rd party applications that can be developed through their SDK just like the Pebble.Due to the similar features and price tag of the two watches I’d say this one is down to personal preference — whether you want the better looking touchscreen or the greater battery life and outdoor visibility of an E-Paper display. Keep in mind that with the Pebble you’ll have to navigate using hardware buttons (who uses those anymore?). There’s also the fact that if you back the Kickstarter project you’ll be grabbing a Pebble for a few bucks cheaper than the SmartWatch, which could sway your decision in its favor.MetaWatch – $199The MetaWatch isn’t strictly for consumers, but if you were so inclined there would be nothing to stop you buying this prototype smartwatch. This was designed as a prototype that Texas Instruments used to test the water with it on developers before making a full-on consumer product. The unique thing about this watch is that all apps are hosted on a smartphone with the relevant information being sent to the companion app and then being pushed via Bluetooth to the watch.The style of the MetaWatch leaves a lot to be desired, although this is to be expected of a prototype. The Pebble definitely trumps it in this area as it’s a lot sleeker looking and available in three colors (with a fourth to be decided by backers of the project). I would definitely recommend the Pebble in this instance unless you’re a developer really looking to sink your teeth into the MetaWatch’s SDK and explore its many possibilities.I’m Watch – $469The strangely named I’m Watch is the most expensive of the bunch but it looks absolutely gorgeous. The watch has a 1.54-inch color TFT touch-screen display and comes with a variety of apps standard, along with an app store where developers can publish their own programs created for the watch. There is 4GB of storage for your music along with a “powerful speakerphone” and a microphone so you can go 007 with your phone calls.One downside (except for the price) is abysmal battery life at a mere 24 hours whilst tethered to Bluetooth and only 48 when unconnected. The watch seems absolutely great I just can’t shake the price tag, so I’m afraid the Pebble gets my vote this time.Oh and for the extravagant among you, you can get various jeweled versions, the most expensive being white gold and diamond at a mere $19,999… bargain!iPod nano – $129Okay so it’s not strictly a smartwatch in the same sense as the other products, but buy a strap (like the LunaTik) for the iPod nano and you’ve got an iPod that can be used as a watch. It also has a built in accelerometer and Nike+ application for tracking your workouts.The base version has 8GB of storage, but without 3rd party apps or a way to connect to your smartphone you’re just strapping an iPod to your wrist. If smartwatches begin to take off then maybe Apple will reconsider with it’s next generation Nano and incorporate such features, although sadly if they do you can guarantee it will only be compatible with iPhones leaving Android out in the cold unlike all the other offerings.Choices, choices…If you’re looking for a decent smartwatch but you’re on a bit of budget then the Pebble definitely seems like the way to go… plus you get to brag to all your friends that you helped the device come to fruition. One downside though is that you’ll have to pay at the end of May but won’t receive your watch until September. That’s it’s quite a wait, and something better may very well come along in the meantime. We all know how fast paced the world of technology is!
Google+ Now Playing Up Next The following was issued by WWE.WWE returns to Dubai with WWE Live Dune BashDUBAI, UAE and STAMFORD, Conn. – WWE returns to Dubai with two Live Events at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Stadium on Thursday, 14 April, at 8.30 p.m. and Friday, 15 April, at 7 p.m.Tickets for the all-new WWE Live Dune Bash Tour go on sale this Monday at 10.00 a.m. GST. They can be purchased online from www.platinumlist.net and from UAE Exchange branches. Regular ticket prices start at AED 350, with a limited number of tickets available at AED 250 in an early bird special promotion ending at 11.59 p.m. GST on Monday, 29 February.Fans attending WWE Live Dune Bash will see their favorite WWE Superstars, including Dean Ambrose, Kalisto, The New Day, Big Show, Kevin Owens, Dolph Ziggler and Sami Zayn.*“WWE is delighted to come to Dubai as the UAE and the wider Middle East region continue to be a significant priority for WWE,” said Gerrit Meier, WWE President, International. “We are committed to providing WWE fans with the very best in family-friendly entertainment through our Live Events, TV programming and digital media.”WWE Live Dune Bash is presented by Hardee’s™ and promoted by PROACTIV.*Talent line-up subject to change.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipWWE Lists The Shields Top 10 WinsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:00Loaded: 100.00%0:00Remaining Time -0:30 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Ronda Rousey On WWE: I Love This Job, But I Dont Need It Ronda Rousey Videos Articles Seth Rollins Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Pinterest Roman Reigns is in Remission Shawn Michaels Goldberg tweets he knocked himself out during match on Friday, WWE Superstar returns Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles SPOILER: Former WWE Superstar returns at last night’s Impact TV tapings in Windsor Jon Moxley: AEW Was Bigger Than WWE Title WWE Lists The Shields Top 10 Wins 7/27 NXT Live Results: Atlanta, GA (Two Championship matches, Karen Q injured) Facebook Now Playing Up Next Twitter Now Playing Up Next
Photo: Harris County Sheriff’s OfficeThis is the booking photo that was taken when Darian Ward turned herself in to the Harris County Sheriff’s Office on July 23, 2018.Darian Ward, the former press secretary for Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, had her first court appearance Tuesday regarding her recent indictment for failing to comply with a Texas Public Information Act request.Ward is charged with withholding nearly 5,000 emails about personal business activity she sent through her city email account.She appeared at the Harris County 248th Criminal Court, which is presided by Judge Katherine Cabaniss.Houston lawyer Chris Tritico is representing Ward and told Houston Public Media he “talked with the judge just generally about what’s going on.”“I met with the prosecutor about discovery issues on the case,” added Tritico.Ward had turned herself in to the Harris County Sheriff’s Office on Monday and posted a $500 bond.The Texas Public Information Act requires public employees to release emails if requested. Ward was reportedly pitching a reality show while on the job and failed to turn over emails related to the pitch when requested by a reporter.Ward resigned as press secretary for the Office of the Mayor in January after a two-week suspension. Her next court appearance is scheduled for September 18. Share
January 14, 2019 This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. When we consider risks to our online presence, there’s no such thing as low stakes.Untoward information floating around online could cost you your dream job at minimum or compromise your personal safety in the worst case scenario. But how do you know if any of this damaging information is out there? A good place to start is with a Google search of your name.When was the last time you Googled your own name? While a simple Google inquiry doesn’t even come close to a certified background check, you’d be surprised at what could be out there on those first few pages. Self-search on Google isn’t as indulgent or vapid as it may sound, and many of us do it not just to satisfy our curiosity, but rather damage control or prevention.Related: 4 Ways to Effectively Build a Personal BrandMore than half of millennials have Googled themselves before and more than one in 10 Gen Zers do so on a daily basis. Here’s a generational breakdown of who Googles themselves:48 percent — Gen Z57 percent — Millennials45 percent — Gen X37 percent — Baby BoomersAmong those who have searched their own names on Google, many are faced with information pertaining to others who share their name, with only one in five finding accurate content. Let’s bear in mind that whatever we see about ourselves in Google search results is also what everyone else can see when they Google our names as well, from potential employers to sinister criminals.In one bizarre incident, Google search results ended almost fatally. In 2004, following a gunshot injury inflicted by an unknown assailant, one Australian man came across startling — and inaccurate — information on Google that linked his name with local mobsters. Google auto complete filled in the blanks correlating his name with these local mobsters, as well image searches backing up this false information. This misinformation almost cost him his very life.There are real-world consequences to what’s out there about you online, even if you had nothing to do with it. It may surprise you to learn:33 percent of Google search results are influenced by other individuals of the same name20 percent of people find outdated or flat out inaccurate information12 percent are “unpleasantly surprised” by what they find, though it may not be necessarily incorrect8 percent unfortunately find embarrassing or reputation damaging informationRelated: How to Get Google to Quit Tracking YouAll told, 50 percent of Americans believe that their information is less secure than it was just five years ago — and we have no one but ourselves to blame for that. Our addiction to social media and our obsession with talking about ourselves online could be our very own demise. Facebook accounts aside, Americans are known to use other online accounts to help store and manage their personal data.On average, adults use three different sites regularly, from social media to finances to medical information. It’s easy to feel safe when we “diversify” our identifying information among multiple platforms guarded by multiple passwords, but this sense of security only goes as far as our wishful thinking. Here’s proof:35 percent of adult internet users have had sensitive personal information compromised29 percent have had an unknown person login to their email or social media account15 percent have had their social security numbers compromised, and 14 percent have had it used to open fraudulent credit cards or loans6 percent have even had an imposter pose as themselves to claim a tax refundCyber criminals are smart; smart enough to circumvent the law as well as your security measures. They know just where to look to gather bits and pieces of our identifying information online. Proudly displaying your high school or maiden name on your Facebook profile — all easily discovered through a simple Google search — makes those security questions on another site basically useless.Related: Do You Know Your Risk of Cyberattack?Pairing their information gathering with a touch of social engineering, cyber criminals can finely tune a personalized scam just for us. Email phishing is a popular and tricky scam that preys on our insecurities and fears, appealing to us with a sense of urgency that leaves us with little option but to immediately react. Red flags include inquiries for personal information sent via email, unclear or mismatched email address and domain names and requests for urgent action to resolve “problems.”Removing content from Google searches can be a complicated process, but it could mean the difference between life and death, at least in cases of Australian mobsters. 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French startup Ledger has been working for a while on a brand new app to manage your crypto assets on your computer. The company is designing and manufacturing one of the most secure hardware wallets out there.While it’s clear that security has always been the first focus of the company, the user experience has been lacking, especially on the software front. The company launched a new app called Ledger Live to handle everything you used to do with Chrome apps before.That’s right, before today, the company relied on Google Chrome for its desktop apps. You had to install the browser first, and then install a new app for each cryptocurrency. There was also a main app to update the firmware. It could quickly become a mess.Now, everything is centralized in a single app. After downloading and installing the app on Windows, macOS or Linux, you can either configure the app with an existing Ledger device or configure a new Ledger wallet.The app first checks the integrity of your device and then lets you manage the device. You can upgrade the firmware and install apps on your Ledger Nano S or Ledger Blue from the “Manager” tab.More interestingly, you can now add all your wallets to the Ledger Live app. You won’t have to switch from one app to another to view your wallets. When you click the add button, the app will try to retrieve existing wallets on your device. You can also generate a new set of keys (and a new wallet) from there.Once you’ve added all your wallets, you can get an overview of your entire portfolio. The app gets historical pricing information from popular exchanges, such as Kraken and Bitfinex. You can also click on individual accounts to see how a specific cryptocurrency has evolved over time.The portfolio interface looks like a Coinbase account. It’s well-designed and it’s a great way to get a quick look of your accounts.Many Ledger users have been using tracker websites and apps. These services let you enter a cryptocurrency and the amount you own to get an overview of everything you own independently of the wallet.Ledger’s new app partially replace tracker services. If you don’t need to check your balance from your phone, you can get enough information with the Ledger app. You can see your balance without having to plug your Ledger device.The company is already working on new features. You’ll be able to view and manager ERC20 tokens in the future. So if you invested in a bunch of obscure ICOs, your tokens will be there too.Ledger also told me that you could imagine an integration with decentralized exchanges eventually. This way, you would be able to send tokens to an address and get another set of tokens back on another Ledger-generated address. It would be a great way to exchange cryptocurrencies without signing up to a centralized exchange and leaving the Ledger app.[embedded content]
CFPB Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Senate Banking Committee 2016-04-05 Seth Welborn Share Lawmakers at Odds Over CFPB Effects in Daily Dose, Government, Headlines, News Two days in advance of Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Richard Cordray’s testimony before the Senate Banking Committee, the Committee held a hearing on Tuesday to debate whether the consumer finance regulations passed as a result of the crisis are helping consumers—or having the opposite effect.Now almost five years old, the CFPB remains the subject of a heated debate among lawmakers: Is the Bureau an organization vital to the financial well-being of consumers, or is it simply a government bureaucracy that abuses its power?In his opening statement at the hearing, Committee Chairman Richard Shelby (R-Alabama) lamented the fact that the CFPB is not subject to the same type of checks and balances system which governs other federal regulators—and consumers are the ones that have suffered because of it.“Because of the Bureau’s structure and the means by which it is financed, it remains one of least accountable agencies in the federal government,” Shelby said. “As a result, the very consumers that the CFPB was designed to help have been harmed by the Bureau because some of its rules make it more difficult for companies to lend and offer products in the marketplace. The Bureau has enormous power over consumer financial matters. It has, however, no statutory mandate to write balanced regulations that protect the economy or promote institutional safety and soundness. As it continues to exercise its considerable regulatory powers, it does so without any meaningful statutory check by Congress.”Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Ranking Member on the Committee, defended the Bureau’s actions in his opening statement.“The crisis revealed that Americans needed a federal watchdog that would put their interests first,” Brown said. “The CFPB has been a success. The agency has taken strong actions in a number of consumer finance markets that previously had no federal oversight, including credit reporting, debt collection, payday loans, student loan servicing, and auto finance. The benefits of the CFPB are clear: its actions have resulted in $11.2 billion being returned to over 25 million consumers.”The Rev. Willie Gable of the Progressive Baptist Church of New Orleans, one of four witnesses at the hearing, noted that the CFPB has played a critical role in implementing mortgage rules that prevent predatory practices.“The mortgage market is, of course, an absolutely vital one,” Gable said. “Homeownership is the primary vehicle through which families build wealth and pass it on to future generations. Homeownership brings tangible benefits to neighborhoods, schools, and cities, and carries immense intangible value as well. This is particularly important for families of color, who still lag so far behind economically. The predatory practices in the market had catastrophic consequences, and ones that became evident to all.”“The tragedy of Dodd-Frank and the CFPB is that it squandered this unprecedented opportunity to modernize the consumer credit system to promote competition, consumer choice, and innovation.”Todd Zywicki, George Mason University School of LawAnother witness at the hearing that addressed the impact of the CFPB on the mortgage industry was Leonard Chanin, Of Counsel with law firm Morrison & Foerster and a former Assistant Director of Regulations with the CFPB. Chanin warned that over-regulation can limit access to financial products.Chanin told the Committee that “there can be benefits to regulation,” but at the same time, “there are many risks and dangers to regulating ‘too much’. . .it seems clear that such rules and other actions have had a significant adverse impact on the ability and willingness of institutions to offer those products and services. Anecdotal and other evidence clearly indicates that institutions have reduced the products and services offered to consumers and some institutions have been reluctant to offer new products and services. Recent CFPB rules on mortgages illustrate this result.”Chanin continued, “Some institutions that previously offered mortgages have stopped doing so because the costs of complying with the new rules cannot be spread over a sufficient number of loans to enable them to effectively compete in the marketplace. In addition, a number of institutions have reduced the products offered to consumers. In fact, a recent American Bankers Association survey revealed that, due to the CFPB mortgage rules, 75 percent of banks surveyed eliminated one or more mortgage product offerings, such as construction loans and loans with payout options.”Another witness, Todd Zywicki, Foundation Professor of Law and Executive Director of the Law and Economics Center, George Mason University School of Law, concurred with Chanin’s assessment that more regulation has meant fewer opportunities for consumers.“The tragedy of Dodd-Frank and the CFPB is that it squandered this unprecedented opportunity to modernize the consumer credit system to promote competition, consumer choice, and innovation,” Zywicki said. “Instead, the post-crisis regulatory framework has resulted in higher prices and reduced choice for consumers and little improvement in consumer financial protection. Indeed, by stifling competition and driving millions of Americans out of the mainstream financial system, it may actually result in more consumer protection problems.”Zywicki continued, “Given this extreme lack of democratic accountability, the CFPB has done what all bureaucracies tend to do: it has constantly expanded its power, promoted its own bureaucratic interests at the expense of the public and American families, and trampled underfoot other public policies, such as consumer choice and financial innovation.” April 5, 2016 521 Views
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