Strong Local Regional support for AntiMoney Laundering Conference

first_img Related Items:anti-money laundering, dwayne baker Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 25 Mar 2015 – The two day anti-money laundering conference not only drew a wide cross section of public and private sector professionals form the Turks and Caicos Islands, but from abroad. Magnetic Media spoke to Dwayne Baker, Director of the Financial Intelligence Agency who said the support was near capacity.“We’ve had wide interests from international participants; Trinidad and Tobago has brought a large delegation here, inclusive of their Attorney General, Anguilla, St Kitts and Nevis and some of our other Sister Territories, so the response has been quite fantastic.” Mr. Baker said there is a sincere willingness for those in TCI to follow regulations, even if there are some who deviate, the eighty participants and the type of interaction shown proves it. As far as whether the country is measuring up to standards globally; Baker said progress is good for the territory.“Well from the response this morning from the Caribbean Financial Action Task Force, it seems as if we are doing quite well… we are about to exit one of our review processes, that is the third round of evaluations and move into the fourth round which will look at the effectiveness of our systems.”Financial services contributes $2.3 million to government revenue. The Anti- Money Laundering and Combating the Financing of Terrorism Conference was jointly organized by the Financial Intelligence Agency, the Attorney General’s Chambers and the Caribbean Financial Action Task Force; we will hear from their executives next time… Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Weather for the Bahamas

first_img Recommended for you ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDT The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provo Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, March 2, 2017 – Nassau – GENERAL SITUATION:  A RIDGE OF HIGH PRESSURE ACROSS THE BAHAMAS WILL SLOWLY SHIFT EASTWARDS TODAY AHEAD OF AN APPROACHING COLD FRONT NOW ACROSS FLORIDA…SPECIAL WARNINGS: BEACHGOERS SHOULD CONTINUE TO REMAIN ALERT FOR THE RISK OF RIP CURRENTS MAINLY ALONG THE EAST COAST BEACHES TODAY…NORTHWEST AND CENTRAL BAHAMASWEATHER:  PARTLY SUNNY AND WARM WITH THE CHANCE OF A BRIEF PASSING SHOWER OR TWO THIS AFTERNOON…FAIR TONIGHT WITH INCREASING CLOUDS ACROSS THE NORTHERN BAHAMAS LATE AS THE FRONT APPROACHES…WINDS: SOUTH-SOUTHEAST TO SOUTH-SOUTHWEST AT 10 TO 15 KNOTS BECOMING SOUTH TO SOUTHWEST ACROSS THE NORTHWEST BAHAMAS LATE…SEAS:  2 TO 4 FEET OVER THE OCEAN…SOUTHEAST BAHAMASWEATHER:   A MIX OF SUN AND CLOUDS AND BREEZY WITH THE CHANCE OF A FEW QUICK PASSING SHOWER THIS AFTERNOON…STAYING BREEZY TONIGHT…ADVISORY: SMALL CRAFT OPERATORS SHOULD CONTINUE TO EXERCISE CAUTION…WINDS:EAST TO SOUTHEAST AT 15 TO 20 KNOTS…AND GUSTY AT TIMES…SEAS:4 TO 6 FEET OVER THE OCEAN…HIGHER IN GUSTS…DAYTIME HIGH TEMPERATURE  84 °F      29 °COVERNITE LOW TEMPERATURE 72 °F      22 °CSUNSET: 6:13PM              SUNRISE: 6:31AM FRIMOONSET: 10:28PM       MOONRISE: 10:11AM FRILOW TIDE: 4:39PM           &             5:15AM                FRIHIGH TIDE: 10:55PM       &             11:13AM               FRIWEATHER OUTLOOK: 11:00 AM (FOR TOMORROW)…A COLD FRONT WILL MOVE INTO THE BAHAMAS ON FRIDAY…WITH STRONG HIGH PRESSURE BUILDING BEHIND THE FRONT GENERATING STRONG BREEZES AND HAZARDOUS BOATING CONDITIONS INTO THE WEEKEND… Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meeting Related Items:#magneticmedianewslast_img read more

Holland England must change to win major tournaments

first_imgEngland assistant manager Steve Holland believes that they must be brave and attempts changes or else they will continue to come short in major tournamentsThe Three Lions’ sole major honour in football comes from the 1966 World Cup where they won at home led by the legendary Sir Bobby Charlton.Since then, the closest England have ever come to glory in a major international competition comes from two more semi-final appearances in the World Cup and another in Euro 1996.Holland, who was a part of Gareth Southgate’s coaching staff at the 2018 World Cup, believes the national side have made progress following their last four appearance at Russia.But the former Chelsea assistant coach admits England need to take a bold approach if they are to succeed on the big stage.“When you reflect on the World Cup as a whole, we definitely made progress but we weren’t perfect,” said Holland, according to the Telegraph.“Gareth’s mantra from the start, particularly given his own personal experience, is that he’s not afraid of trying things.Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“I don’t mean to be critical of any England team or any England manager in recent history, but the fact of the matter is, I’m 48 and I’ve never seen England in a final.“I’ve only seen England in two semi-finals up until this summer so although we are a proud footballing nation, the reality is we have not been very good on the big stage.“If we were to continue along the same lines as history then maybe we’d get the same outcome. So there was a need to look at things differently and not be afraid to try.“That’s really come from Gareth which is not as easy to do as it is to say. The challenge was not just to do OK and keep the pressure off, the challenge is to win and although the summer was good we didn’t want. And we felt we might be able to adjust it to increase the chances of winning.”England will be competing in the semi-finals of the UEFA Nations League this summer with the Netherlands awaiting them on June 6 in Guimarães, Portugal.The other semi-finalists for the competition are hosts Portugal and Switzerland.last_img read more

Local comic creator to help Navy servicemembers with donations at ComicCon

first_img Anne Elizabeth is a local comic book artist and Navy SEAL wife who has had comics featured on the The Big Bang Theory nine times.This year, Anne will be collecting comics and action figures to send to active duty U.S. Navy servicemembers. Find her at booth #2201 on the Comic Con International exhibitor floor.She is being honored for a second time for her services to others with the RWA’s Service Award. People receive the award because of their work teaching and mentoring others as well as for promoting writing and strong heroes and heroines. Find out more about Anne at AnneElizabeth.net.  Posted: July 18, 2017 Local comic creator to help Navy servicemembers with donations at Comic-Con July 18, 2017 KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Local San Diego News, San Diego Comic-Con 2017 FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

See Who Rocked The Red Carpet At The 61st GRAMMYs

first_img 61st GRAMMYs: Here’s Your Apple Music Playlist Who Will Voters Pick For Best Latin Pop Album? Cardi B, Post Malone Among 2019 GRAMMYs Performers Facebook Album Of The Year Nominees | 61st GRAMMY Awards Poll: Who Will Voters Choose For Best Rap Album? Who Will Voters Pick For Best Pop Album? See Who Rocked The Red Carpet At The 61st GRAMMYs see-who-rocked-red-carpet-61st-grammys 2019 GRAMMY Awards Premiere Ceremony Relive GRAMMY Week 2019 In Pictures Lady GagaPhoto: Christopher Polk/Getty Images 2019 GRAMMY Awards Telecast | Photo Gallery Who Will Voters Pick For Best Pop Album? 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NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Feb 10, 2019 – 8:05 pm See Who Rocked The Red Carpet At The 61st GRAMMYs H.E.R.Photo by Prince Williams/Wireimage John BillingsPhoto: Jesse Grant/WireImage/Getty Images Prev Next Artists React To Their 2019 GRAMMY Nominations 61st GRAMMY Awards: Full Nominees & Winners List Cardi BPhoto: Dan MacMedan/WireImage Album Of The Year vs. Record Of The Year Explained Album Of The Year Nominees | 61st GRAMMY Awards Best New Artist Nominees Revealed | 61st GRAMMYs 5 Ways BTS Won Our Hearts At The 2019 GRAMMYs Who Is Eligible For The Best New Artist GRAMMY? Amy Winehouse Best New Artist winner for 2007 | Photo: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images Lady GagaPhoto: Christopher Polk/Getty Images TLC Photo: Alison Buck/Getty Images TLC Photo: Alison Buck/Getty Images Full Winners List: 61st GRAMMY Awards Amy Winehouse Best New Artist winner for 2007 | Photo: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images Who Is Eligible For The Best New Artist GRAMMY? Record Of The Year 61st GRAMMY Award Nominees Who’s Nominated For Song Of The Year? Poll: Who Do You Want To See On The Red Carpet? H.E.R.Photo by Prince Williams/Wireimage Photo: studioEAST/Getty Images Meet The GRAMMY Man: How GRAMMYs Are Made BTSPhoto: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images 61st GRAMMY Awards Who’s Nominated For Song Of The Year? Album Of The Year Nominees | 61st GRAMMY Awards Who Will Voters Pick For Best Latin Pop Album? Email Album Of The Year vs. Record Of The Year Explained Cardi B, Post Malone Among 2019 GRAMMYs Performers BTSPhoto: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images Photo: Michael Loccisano/Getty Images John BillingsPhoto: Jesse Grant/WireImage/Getty Images Who’s Nominated For Song Of The Year? Poll: Who Do You Want To See On The Red Carpet? Who Will Voters Choose For Best Alternative Album? 61st GRAMMYs: Here’s Your Apple Music Playlist 2019 GRAMMY Awards Red Carpet Who Will Voters Choose For Best Alternative Album? Backstage At The 2019 GRAMMYs | Photo Gallery Twitter TLC Photo: Alison Buck/Getty Images Brandi Carlile, H.E.R. To Play The 61st GRAMMYs Poll: Who Do You Want To See On The Red Carpet?last_img read more

Heres what you need to know about the 5 billion FacebookFTC settlement

first_img Tags Facebook reached a record $5 billion settlement with the FTC this week. Graphic by Pixabay/Illustration by CNET After more than a year of wrangling, Facebook and the Federal Trade Commission finally agreed to settle an investigation into the social network’s privacy mishaps. The result: Facebook will create a new privacy council, CEO Mark Zuckerberg will be required to certify the company’s behavior, and the social network will have to — we sort of can’t believe we have to write this but we do — encrypt your password.Oh, yeah. There was also a $5 billion fine, a penalty the FTC called “unprecedented.”The settlement comes after the FTC looked into whether Facebook should have done more to prevent Cambridge Analytica, a now-defunct consultancy that worked on President Donald Trump’s campaign, from siphoning off the data of up to 87 million users. Specifically, the FTC was concerned that Facebook’s failure to safeguard that data violated an earlier agreement Facebook made to protect user privacy. Here’s all you need to know about the settlement and how it impacts you.I’m a Facebook user. How do I get some of that $5 billion?Short answer: You don’t. Longer answer: Facebook users weren’t financially harmed, though being hammered with political ads might seem like it deserves compensation. So no fund is being set up to pay victims. Instead the money will go straight to the US Treasury.We know that’s disappointing, particularly if you’ve been following the $700 million settlement that Equifax struck after it was hacked. On Monday, the FTC said the 147 million Equifax customers whose data was swiped could claim compensation for costs caused by the security breach, including unauthorized charges to your account and money spent to protect yourself from the threat of identity theft. About $300 million from the settlement will be set aside to pay consumers affected by the hack.Well, that’s disappointing. What’s this about a new privacy committee?The agreement requires Facebook to form a privacy committee at the board-of-directors level. The committee will do one thing: oversee privacy at Facebook. And all the members will be independent, meaning their day jobs can’t be at Facebook. 18 Photos 0 3:28 Post a comment Politics Tech Industry Now playing: Watch this: The committee, when it is created, will have a lot of power. It will be able to remove privacy compliance officers, who will be responsible for executing the company’s policies. It will also be able to fire the company’s privacy assessor, a newly created position that will evaluate Facebook’s policies and produce a report every two years. (The committee will need the FTC’s approval to remove the assessor.) The committee members are also well protected. A member can only be fired without cause by a supermajority of voting shares.I heard something about a new privacy program at Facebook. What’s that about?In broad brush, Facebook has to conduct privacy reviews of all new or modified products and services. That could be apps it designs or physical products, like its Portal video chat device. The company has to share written privacy reviews with Zuck (which seems like common sense), as well as the assessor and the FTC, if it wants to have a peek. The privacy program has to include other Facebook services, such as WhatsApp and Instagram.So Zuck is on the hook?Yes, for anything that happens in the future. The settlement requires him to certify that Facebook is in compliance with its privacy program every quarter. He could face “civil and criminal penalties” if he doesn’t or gets it wrong. He also isn’t the boss of the independent privacy committee or assessor.Anything else I need to know about the settlement?There are some interesting — and scary — loose ends. The social network has to encrypt user passwords, can’t use phone numbers given as part of two-factor authentication for advertising, can’t retain personal information that users deleted on its servers and can’t let employees have free access to user information.That’s it, right?As long as you don’t count the controls that are being put in place for facial recognition. Basically it boils down to this: Facebook has to get your permission on facial recognition matters before it does anything. What comes next?Facebook is still facing regulatory scrutiny from the FTC and other government agencies. The FTC told the company in June it was investigating the social media giant for antitrust concerns. The Department of Justice also said this week that it’s kicking off an antitrust review into internet giants and how they achieved market power, signaling it would target social media companies like Facebook. Facebook FTC settlement puts Zuck personally on the hook Share your voice Facebook’s video calling smart display connects you with friends and family Privacy Facebook FTClast_img read more

The PhoneSoap 3 UV germ killer is on sale for 64

first_img Mentioned Above D-Link Wi-Fi Smart Plug D-Link Wi-Fi Smart Plug Preview • Belkin’s WeMo switches have a new rival See it Comments Share your voice See It CNET may get a commission from retail offers. $49 14 The Cheapskate Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Review • D-Link’s Wi-Fi Smart Plug needs to wise up $22 Amazon Walmart Tags Mobile Accessories Smart Home PhoneSoap I have mixed feelings about today’s deal, but it’s one of those things that’s in the “you decide” category. Because while I’m not convinced phone germs are a real problem, I strongly believe in “better safe than sorry.” So let me start with the deal, then explain my thinking.For a limited time, and while supplies last, Amazon has the PhoneSoap 3 UV Cell Phone Sanitizer for $63.90 when you clip the on-page 20%-off coupon. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page.See it at AmazonThe coupon should apply to nearly all the available colors, but here’s something I just noticed: If you choose Gold or Sand, you’ll see a price of just $48.99! Now, that’s from third-party seller On the Go Shops, and both colors show “in stock on Aug. 25.” That’s a pretty big price difference, and in the past I’ve seen a few folks get burned by third-party Amazon sellers with too-good-to-be-true pricing. That said, you’re protected by Amazon, so why not go for the better deal? Update: Those colors are no longer available.Another quick note: PhoneSoap proper is offering 30% off select bundles with promo code B2S30.See it at PhoneSoapIn case you never saw the PhoneSoap Shark Tank episode or just haven’t heard of the product, it’s a little UV oven that promises to kill 99.99% of the bacteria on your phone (and similarly small objects: earbuds, keys and so on). It’s clinically proven to work as advertised, and takes all of 10 minutes to do its thing.OK, but, do you need it? That’s where I struggle. You’ve probably heard the reports about phone screens being veritable bacteria magnets, with way more germs on average than even a public toilet. But for years I’ve heard the same thing about my computer keyboard. With all this bacteria out there that we’re constantly touching, why aren’t we all sick all the time?The counter-argument, of course, is that maybe we’d be less sick overall if we wiped our keyboards and UV-zapped our phones. Like I said: Better safe than sorry? For students in particular, who live in the petri-dish worlds of classrooms and dorm rooms, and who grope their phones pretty much 24/7, a PhoneSoap might be a wise investment.For what it’s worth, the gizmo has a 4.4-star average rating from nearly 1,000 buyers.Your thoughts on this? (I know you have some.) Bonus deal: Get a 4-pack of Wi-Fi smart plugs for $24gosund-smart-plug-4-packFour for $24. Gosund Every time I write about a smart-plug deal, it sells out quickly — which makes me realize how much everyone is into smart-plug deals. So, here you go: For a limited time, and while supplies last, the Gosund WP5 Wi-Fi smart plug four-pack is just $23.99 when you clip the on-page 5%-off coupon and apply promo code GOSUNDWP5 at checkout.See it at AmazonThat’s only $6 off the regular price, but it still works out to a pretty compelling $6 per plug. Typically you’ll see one for around $10 and two for $18.Though it’s hard to tell for sure, the WP5 looks compact enough that you can plug it into an outlet without blocking the other outlet. It’s compatible with Alexa, Google Assistant and IFTTT — no hub required — though it does require a 2.4GHz Wi-Fi network. If yours can operate only at 5GHz, look elsewhere.The plugs have a 4.2-star average rating from nearly 800 buyers, and Gosund backs them with an impressive two-year warranty.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page.last_img read more

Merkel faces tricky coalition talks

first_imgChristian Democratic Union (CDU) party leader and German Chancellor Angela Merkel leaves the stage after her speech after the announcement of poll results in the German general election (Bundestagswahl) in CDU headquarters in Berlin, Germany, 24 September, 2017. Photo: ReutersGerman Chancellor Angela Merkel woke up Monday to a fourth term but now faces the double headache of an emboldened hard-right opposition party and thorny coalition talks ahead.If the campaign was widely decried as boring, its outcome was a bombshell-a populist surge weakened Merkel’s conservatives as well as the centre-left Social Democrats, handing both their worst results in decades.“A nightmare victory for Merkel,” said Germany’s best-selling daily Bild.After 12 years in power and running on a promise of stability and continuity, Merkel’s CDU/CSU bloc scored 33 percent, according to final results, against 20.5 percent for the Social Democrats under challenger Martin Schulz, who pledged to go into the opposition.The election spelt a breakthrough for the anti-Islam Alternative for Germany (AfD), which with 12.6 percent became the third strongest party and vowed to “go after” Merkel over her migrant and refugee policy.News weekly Der Spiegel said Merkel had no one but herself to blame for the bruising she got from voters.“Angela Merkel deserved this defeat,” Spiegel’s Dirk Kurbjuweit wrote, accusing her of running an “uninspired” campaign and “largely ignoring the challenges posed by the right”.The entry of dozens of hard-right nationalist MPs to the glass-domed Bundestag chamber breaks a taboo in post-World War II Germany.“We will take our country back,” vowed the AfD’s jubilant Alexander Gauland, who has recently urged Germans to be proud of their war veterans and said a government official who is of Turkish origin should be “dumped in Anatolia”.While joyful supporters of the AfD-a party with links to the far-right French National Front and Britain’s UKIP-sang the German anthem at a Berlin club late Sunday, hundreds of protesters shouted “Nazis out!”‘Bitter disappointment’ -All other political parties have ruled out working with the AfD, whose leaders call Merkel a “traitor” for allowing in more than one million asylum seekers since the height of the refugee influx in 2015.While Germany still digests the rise of the right-wingers, Merkel’s inner circle will prepare Monday for what could be lengthy coalition talks ahead with a number of smaller parties.Party leaders will meet at 0700 GMT at Berlin headquarters to draw their conclusions from the election that some have dubbed a referendum on the refugee crisis, a contentious issue especially for her Bavarian CSU allies.CSU chief Horst Seehofer, a vocal critic of Merkel’s asylum policy, called the poll outcome a “bitter disappointment” and vowed to close the “open flank” on the right before state elections next year, signalling more trouble ahead.A weakened Merkel must now find a new junior partner after the Social Democrats (SPD) declared they would go into opposition, to recover the support they lost while governing in Merkel’s shadow.Schulz, putting a brave face on the defeat, vowed that the 150-year-old traditional workers’ party would serve as “the bulwark of democracy in this country” and stop the AfD from leading the opposition.‘Jamaica coalition’ -This will likely force Merkel to team up with two smaller, and very different, parties to form a lineup dubbed the “Jamaica coalition” because the three parties’ colours match those of the Caribbean country’s flag.One is the pro-business and liberal Free Democratic Party (FDP), which scored a 10.7-percent comeback after crashing out of parliament four years ago.The other is the left-leaning, ecologist Greens party, a pioneer of Germany’s anti-nuclear movement which won 8.9 percent on campaign pledges to drive forward the country’s clean energy shift and fight climate change.The far-left Die Linke, traditionally an opposition party, took 9.2 percent of votes.Weeks, if not months, of jockeying and horse-trading could lie ahead to build a new government and avoid snap elections.The FDP has governed with the conservatives before, and the two have in the past been seen as “natural allies”.But its leader Christian Lindner has pointed to new “red lines”, voicing scepticism especially on French President Emmanuel Macron’s plans for a single eurozone budget, which Merkel has cautiously greeted.The Greens, meanwhile, sharply differ with the FDP and CSU on key issues from immigration to the environment, pushing to expand wind farms, phase out coal and take to task car makers over the “dieselgate” emissions cheating scandal.last_img read more

2 killed in separate gunfights

first_imgProthom Alo IllustrationTwo persons were killed in what the law enforcers called gunfights in Kushtia and Cox’s Bazar early Sunday.In Kushtia, the deceased Khokon Ali, aka Hatkata Thandu, 45, son of late Aijal Ali of Pukurpara in Alampur of Kushtia, was killed in a reported gunfight between two groups of robbers in Mollaeghoria Canal Para, Kushtia. He was accused in several cases including that of robbery, reports UNB.Being informed about a gunfight between the two groups of robbers, a team of police conducted a drive in the area around 1:30am, UNB quoted Nasir Uddin, officer-in-charge of Kushtia model police station as saying.Sensing the presence of police, the gang members opened fire on them and fled away the scene, he said.Later, police rescued Khokon as bullet hit and took him to Kushtia General Hospital where physicians declared him dead.Police recovered a foreign-made pistol and four rounds of bullets from the spot.In Cox’s Bazar, Ziaur Rahman Zia, 32, son of Md Islam of Marine Drive Road in Baharchhora union was killed in a gunfight between the two groups of drug traders early morning, reports UNB.Being informed about a gunfight, when a police team reached there, the drug traders opened fire on them, forcing them to fire back, triggering the gunfight, UNB quoted Pradip Kumar Das, officer-in-charge of Teknaf police station as saying.After a brief gunfight, police rescued Zia as bullet-hit condition, he added.Later, he was taken to Teknaf Upazila Health Complex where physicians declared him dead.Police said to have recovered three local arms and 20,000 yaba tablets from the spot.Prothom Alo, however, could not verify the law enforcement’s version of the incident independently as no version of it was available immediately either from any witness or from any member of the victim’s family.At least 437 people have fallen victims to extrajudicial killings across the country in 10 months from January this year, according to Ain O Salish Kendra (ASK).last_img read more

Google engineers to pump up MOOCorg website from edX

first_img What will Google bring to the project? Google will work on core platform development. Google’s Dan Clancy, Director of Research, said Tuesday, “We are taking our learnings from Course Builder and applying them to Open edX” for the latter’s new platform.By Course Builder, Clancy is referring to the open source experimental platform that Google started in 2012 with the similar spirit of support for online learning, providing the tools for those who want to create an interactive online course. Though it was Google’s first step into this kind of project, Course Builder attracted a community of education-focused people around the world. In 2014, however, the edX alphabet soup is going to have a key main ingredient, yet another catchy phrase to watch, called MOOC.org. This will go live in 2014 with courses.”We look forward to contributing to edX’s new site, MOOC.org, a new service for online learning which will allow any academic institution, business and individual to create and host online courses.” said Clancy. For those involved in Course Builder, questions remain as to what next year’s MOOC.org means for them. Google’s Clancy said Google will provide “an upgrade path to Open edX and MOOC.org from Course Builder.”According to the Course Builder site, in a notice titled Hi Course Builder community, “As we transition our focus to Open edX, we will minimize Course Builder feature development. However, we are committed to providing support to current and future Course Builder users in the interim.” For anyone who has customized Course Builder, “we cannot guarantee that these will transfer to Open edX. However, Open edX has a customization framework called XBlocks that may address some of these needs. Additionally, as an open source platform, Open edX can be customized at the source code level.”Meanwhile, Anant Agarwal, president of edX, welcomes the Google move because of the opportunity to work with Google’s world-class engineers and technology, which “will enable us to advance online, on-campus and blended learning experiences faster and more effectively than ever before.” The new site is to invite contributions not only from schools but businesses and individual course authors and instructors. MOOC is shorthand for Massive Open Online Courses. (Phys.org) —Free online courses continue to be a work in progress as the next upheaval in education. Google will be advancing progress momentum, based on Tuesday’s announcement from Google Research: Google is joining the Open edX platform. To get some of this lingo soup out of the way, we start with Open edX, which is a platform for creating courses that can be taken by anyone with Internet access. Behind this open source learning platform is edX, a group of 28 institutions, the xConsortium. Founded by Harvard and Massachusetts Institute of Technology, edX is dedicated to transforming online and campus learning. A nonprofit, edX distributes online courses for free. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Explore further © 2013 Phys.orgcenter_img More top universities to offer free online courses Citation: Google engineers to pump up MOOC.org website from edX (2013, September 12) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-09-google-moocorg-website-edx.html More information: groups.google.com/forum/?fromg … announce/vtW1KiK5_Kcmooc.org/index.htmlgoogleresearch.blogspot.com/20 … en-edx-platform.htmlcode.google.com/p/course-builder/last_img read more

Senior bank official arrested for approving loan against fake docs

first_imgKolkata: Police arrested a senior official of a nationalised bank on charges of sanctioning loan against “fake documents” furnished by a borrower. Police said a complaint was lodged against the 52-year-old official, Om Prakash Ram, with the Bidhannagar East Police Station on December 30 in 2017. Based on the complaint, police had initiated a probe and preliminary investigation revealed that the document against which the loan was sanctioned was fake. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsHe is a resident of Haridevpur area. A police officer stated that some borrower showed fake documents to get a loan and the official, who was then the manager of the particular branch of the nationalised bank, sanctioned it. It was alleged that “the man being manager of the branch was instrumental to materialise the loan without proper verification”.Based on the allegations, police had initiated a case under several sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) on charges of Forgery for purpose of cheating (468 IPC), cheating and dishonestly inducing delivery of property (420 IPC) and acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention (34 IPC). Sources said the police questioned the person in this connection and he was arrested after discrepancies found in his statement.last_img read more

Weight loss surgery may prevent womb cancer

first_imgUndergoing bariatric surgery to combat obesity can prevent women from developing womb cancer also known as uterine or endometrial cancer, claims a study. The findings, led by scientists from the University of Manchester, showed that women who had gastric sleeve or bypass surgery for obesity found that precancerous tissue in their womb reverted to normal tissue when they lost weight. “For super obese women, quick access to weight loss surgery has benefits beyond improving diabetes and risk of heart disease. It can also reduce womb cancer risk,” said Emma Crosbie, clinical senior lecturer from Manchester. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”Losing weight through dieting is also likely to be effective, but we know that dieting is very hard to do and weight lost is often re-gained,” she said. In the study, published in International journal of Cancer, the team examined nearly 100 women with an average BMI of over 50 – considered to be super obese – had biopsies taken from their wombs during gastric sleeve or bypass surgery. Obese post-menopausal women produce oestrogen from their fat stores. But as they no longer ovulate, the lack of progesterone allows the cells in the womb to grow, which increases the risk of cancer. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveInflammatory responses and insulin production are also changed in obese women and can cause cells in the womb to grow. “Because the reversal of precancerous changes in the womb was so quick, we think the metabolic consequences of weight loss surgery was crucial,” said Crosbie. However, the researchers stressed that the surgical option was not for everyone, because it was no an easy choice. “It changes your relationship with food forever, as you’ll be eating smaller meals more frequently, and it is important to remember that surgery can be a hazardous procedure,” said Crosbie. “But for those that choose it, gastric sleeve or bypass surgery can now be seen as a preventative measure for womb cancer.”last_img read more

Citigroup Is Testing Its Own Bitcoin Citicoin

first_imgJuly 7, 2015 This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. The day has come: Banks can’t ignore Bitcoin anymore. Not even the biggest of the big.First up is Citigroup, the New York City-based global banking giant recently revealed to the International Business Times that it is developing its own version of Bitcoin. Predictably branded ‘Citicoin,’ the virtual currency was coded by Citigroup’s research and design arm, Citi Innovation. Still in the early testing phase, a patent has not been filed for the mainly open-source cryptocurrency, which is based off of Bitcoin and its core blockchain ledger technology, a chronological public ledger of all Bitcoin transactions that have ever taken place. This approach will allow for less complicated and less costly cross-border payments and other transactions.    Related: Why Billionaire Investor Reid Hoffman Is Betting Big on BitcoinCitigroup, which has eyed distributed ledger tech over “the last few years,” also admitted to the Times that it has developed three internal blockchains to test its fledgling digital coins on. While the company’s inaugural foray into virtual currency is promising — and certainly a pioneering move within the traditional financial services industry — it’s still a ways away from being the real deal.“They [Citigroup’s blockchains] are all within the labs just now, so there is no real money passing through these systems yet,” Ken Moore, head of Citi Innovation Labs, told the Times. “They are at a pre-production level, to be clear.”Related: Is Bitcoin Speculative Foolery or a Financial Services Breakthrough?So far, the focus of Citigroup’s digital currency system has been on cross-border payments, with trade likely up next, Moore said.He described Citicoin, as “an equivalent to Bitcoin,” and said it’s “up and running” within company labs in an effort to give Citigroup a head start. “It’s in the labs, but it’s to make sure we are at the leading edge of this technology and that we can exploit the opportunities within it.”Citigroup has thrown down the virtual gauntlet. Which big bank is up next?Related: ‘Days Felt Like Years’: What Morgan Spurlock Found When He Tried to Survive on Bitcoin for a Week Enroll Now for Freecenter_img 2 min read Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Nowlast_img read more

Epicurean treasures French Alps skiing selling travel to Lyon

first_imgTags: Air Canada, France Posted by Wednesday, September 14, 2016 The Gateway to the Alps just got easier to access with Air Canada’s new nonstop flights to Lyon, France.This new route provides the only year-round direct service between North America and Lyon. Prior to the launch of these new flights, travellers had to fly in to Paris and then take a train to Lyon. Flying directly into Lyon saves the 500 kilometre journey, making this destination more accessible than ever.Transfers between Lyon and the Alps resort towns are efficient and plentiful, and many visitors choose to rent a car and explore the Alps on scenic self-guided mountain adventures. Famous resort towns like Chamonix and St. Gervais boast world-class skiing with unforgettable views.The city of Lyon is bursting with cultural and gastronomic treasures, and its food and drink scene is a force to be reckoned with. Famous chocolate shop and cafes, atmospheric wine bars, gastronomic beer halls, traditional Lyonnaise bouchon and Michelin-starred restaurants line cobblestone lanes and seduce palates with distinctly Lyonnaise flavours.Lyon’s location in the Rhône-Alpes region makes it perfect for day trips to the Beaujolais region, where visitors can sip fine wines among enchanting French vineyards.To learn more or book seats on Air Canada’s new nonstop service please visit aircanada.com/agents. Emily Baillie Share Epicurean treasures & French Alps skiing: selling travel to Lyon << Previous PostNext Post >> About Latest Posts Follow EmilyEmily BailliePrincipal at Compass Content MarketingEmily Baillie is Principal at Compass Content Marketing, a Toronto-based firm specializing in social media and content marketing for travel brands. Drop her a line at emilybaillie@gmail.com or follower her on Twitter @EmilyBaillie. Follow EmilyLatest posts by Emily Baillie (see all) Selling Seoul: Travel Agent Tips for South Korea – November 1, 2016 Stylish Seoul: Why You Should Go – November 1, 2016 Epicurean treasures & French Alps skiing: selling travel to Lyon – September 14, 2016last_img read more