Dave Koz Teams With The Salvation Army To Help LGBTQ Hurricane Survivors

first_imgAfter twenty years of sold out Christmas tours and five celebrated holiday albums within as many years, saxophonist Dave Koz has done his share – and then some – to help to make the season bright.Dave Koz and Friends 20th Anniversary ChristmasThis year he has reassembled his original holiday lineup – pianist David Benoit, trumpeter Rick Braun and acoustic guitarist Peter White – for the making of Dave Koz and Friends 20th Anniversary Christmas, an album that features brand new recordings of classic Christmas songs.The September 29, 2017, release of Dave Koz and Friends 20th Anniversary Christmas on Concord Records sets the stage for Koz and this same lineup to go back on the road in late November for the 2017 holiday season.“If you had asked me twenty years ago, I would never in a million years believed that we’d be doing Christmas tours two decades later,” says Koz. “But here we are, still doing it, and it’s going as strong as ever! So with twenty years under our belts, it seemed like a great reason to celebrate, and that’s why we decided to include the original cast of our Christmas tour. It’s our chance to go back to the very beginning and celebrate the relationships that this whole journey was built on.”Additionally, in the spirit of coming together and giving to those in need, Dave Koz has teamed up with The Salvation Army to help hurricane survivors within the specific LGBTQ communities by donating proceeds from the aforementioned. The Salvation Army’s mission is to serve people in need without discrimination and will use the gift to provide practical emergency relief and long-term recovery to hurricane survivors in partnership with and by referral from LGBTQ advocacy and service organizations in the disaster-affected areas.“The survivors of these tragic hurricanes and those within the LGBTQ community, will be suffering for months perhaps years later and I hope that my contribution will help them to rebuild some part of their lives,” said Dave Koz.“We’re very grateful that Dave Koz will support survivors of the recent hurricanes through The Salvation Army. We want to thank him for his kindness and his generosity to people who will need our help to rebuild and restart their lives. Millions of people will be affected by the hurricanes and we’ll be there to serve all who come to us with need. The Salvation Army is in communities all over the affected areas helping people for the long term and his gift helps us do that,” said Chaz Watson Territorial Executive Director of Development for Salvation Army.In addition to the brilliant instrumental synergy of Koz, Benoit, Braun and White, Dave Koz and Friends 20th Anniversary Christmas also includes a stellar lineup of guest vocalists: Selina Albright, Javier Colon, Kenny Lattimore, Gabriel Orengo and Jeffrey Osborne. In addition, several of the tracks are enhanced by the West European Symphony Orchestra. This confluence of instrumental, vocal and orchestral talent creates the peaceful, familial, home-centered vibe that everyone seeks at holiday time.“This is the kind of record that really sets a mood and stays with that mood,” says Koz. “The feeling and the image I get when I listen to it, is that quiet time after dinner when the kids are asleep, the fireplace is crackling, you’re enjoying an eggnog and you’re gazing at the tree with all the lights and trimmings. This music is perfect for that moment. It’s just a very chill, very beautiful collection of songs for that very peaceful time during the season.”The album talks about the world in general, but especially at Christmastime. “People are different at this time of year,” says Koz. “Christmastime brings out the best in everyone and we all look at the world with childlike joy and tend to appreciate things more. We often hear people say – why can’t it be like Christmas all year ’round.”Album highlights include; Orengo brings his expressive vocals to the Jose Feliciano classic “Feliz Navidad.” Koz calls the arrangement “a completely novel way of interpreting the song. Gabriel does this sort of Bruno Mars type of vocal delivery that’s so expressive and so in the moment.” Selina Albright’s heartfelt vocals bring a retro sensibility to “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” but at the same time, “she has all the dexterity of a modern pop singer,” says Koz. “She takes it to another level, but never overdoes it. Her version sounds so true to what the song is all about.” “O Tannenbaum,” one of Koz’s all-time favorites, creates an opportunity for plenty of interplay between himself and his three bandmates. “At the end of the track, there’s a musical conversation that came about organically.”Indeed, home for Koz and his bandmates is any place where they feel a positive connection. It may be in your town, or even in your living room. “Oftentimes,” he says, “because we’ve been going back to some of the same venues over the course of twenty years for the Christmas tour, these places feel like our home – even if it’s just for two hours in one night in December. Likewise, the songs on Dave Koz and Friends 20th Anniversary Christmas are all very important to those of us who recorded them. We’ve poured a lot of love and care into each song, and hope fans are filled with warmth, kindness and Christmas Spirit.”Dave Koz’s Christmas store features exclusive items to celebrate the 20th Anniversary Christmas album, including signed CDs, socks and a 7″ picture vinyl where fans can get a personal Happy Holidays intro from Dave. More here.last_img read more

Rinelle Harper doesnt remember attack that left her on deaths edge says

first_imgAPTN National NewsWINNIPEG—The first time Rinelle Harper’s father walked into the hospital’s intensive care unit to see his daughter she appeared so badly beaten he didn’t know if she would survive.An emotional Caesar Harper said he can’t get that image of his 16 year-old daughter out of his mind.“I didn’t know what was going to happen to her and she…looked so bad, beaten,” said Harper, during a press conference in Winnipeg Thursday. “It’s really hard to forget when I saw her at first, so I am glad she is going to be alive and well.”Harper said his daughter doesn’t remember the brutal attack that left her on death’s edge, half dressed, soaked and beaten by the Assiniboine River in the early morning hours of Nov. 8.“She doesn’t remember anything what happened to her,” he said.Winnipeg police say Rinelle Harper crawled out of the river after she was attacked by two males who then turned on her again and left her for dead in the midnight hours. Harper was found at 7 a.m. by a passerby and is now recovering in hospital.Two males, Justin Hudson, 20, and a 17 year-old, have been charged with attempted murder, aggravated sexual assault and sexual assault with a weapon.Harper has been making a strong recovery, her family said during the press conference. Harper’s mother Julie Harper said her daughter is already talking about going back to school.“She is getting better each day,” said the mother. “She’s already eager to go back to (school) and she wants to go back this week.”Rinelle Harper, who is originally from Garden Hill First Nation, was attending Southeast Collegiate in Winnipeg.Manitoba Keewatinow Okimakanak Grand Chief David Harper said Liberal leader Justin Trudeau’s wife Sophie Trudeau phoned Rinelle Harper Wednesday evening. According to Harper, Trudeau said she was “willing to fight on behalf of missing and murdered young women.”A spokesperson for Justin Trudeau’s office confirmed Sophie Trudeau’s call to Rinelle Harper happened.“She called, she felt compelled to call, like millions of other Canadians, in light of this tragedy,” said Cameron Ahmed. “She called because she was concerned and wanted to express support.”Grand Chief Harper compared Rinelle Harper’s survival to her uncle Elijah Harper’s famed eagle feather refusal to support the Meech Lake Accord in 1990.“A few years ago, Rinelle’s uncle stood before the (legislative assembly) and said no and this is the same thing Rinelle did in the Frigid water when she was attacked, beaten and left for dead,” said the grand chief. “She got back up from the water and she said no, this is not going to happen anymore and she got beaten again and she got back up and she said no more to violence, no more to violent deaths.”The grand chief said Rinelle would be making a public statement in the coming days.He also called for meetings between chiefs and Winnipeg’s new mayor.Hudson didn’t appear in Winnipeg court Thursday because he hasn’t secured a lawyer. He’s expected to appear Friday.news@aptn.ca@APTNNewslast_img read more

Geoscience BC Open House in Dawson Creek

first_imgGeoscience BC shares they have launched a new project to assess the potential amplification of ground movement associated with earthquakes generated by hydraulic fracturing and fluid injection in an area around Fort St. John and Dawson Creek.According to Geoscience BC, the project addresses public concerns relating to seismicity and oil and gas industry activity in northeastern BC, especially in areas close to communities and infrastructure. The project will examine how seismic waves from earthquakes can potentially be amplified in specific shallow geological conditions. Lead researcher Dr. Patrick Monahan said, “Most recent studies in this area have focussed on the reduction of ground motion as you get further from the seismic event. But seismic ground motions can also be amplified significantly on sites underlain by certain sediments, compared to sites on bedrock or firm ground.” Geoscience BC Executive Vice President and Chief Scientific Officer Carlos Salas said, “The new science generated by this project will help us better understand which areas have the potential of increased ground motion during induced seismicity events associated with natural gas extraction. The information can be used by industry, regulators, communities in the Peace River Regional District and Indigenous groups to improve industry procedures to manage felt events.” DAWSON CREEK, B.C. – An open house is being held in Dawson Creek by Geoscience BC regarding a new project to assess the potential amplification of ground movement around Fort St. John and Dawson Creek.Join Geoscience BC staff and lead researcher Dr. Patrick Monahan to learn more about the project at the open house on the evening of Wednesday, May 29, 2019, from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm at the Kiwanis Performing Arts Centre – Meeting Room 1, 10401 10 Street, Dawson Creek.The event is free and open to anyone to attend. , light snacks and non-alcoholic drinks will be provided, register for the event; CLICK HERElast_img read more

3 JeM terrorists responsible for attack on police post arrested

first_imgSrinagar: There Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) terrorists, involved in Friday’s attack on a police post here, have been arrested, police said here on Sunday.”We have arrested three persons so far in connection with the Chanapora attack case,” senior superintendent of police (SSP) of Srinagar Haseeb Mughal told reporters here. The SSP identified the arrested terrorists as Mushtaq, Junaid and Latief. Mughal said the three belonged to JeM and were involved in the attack on the Chanapora police post in which a sentry was injured. They had also made a failed attempt to snatch his rifle. “We collected the digital evidence and strengthened the intelligence grid after the attack. We focussed on the suspects already on our radar. We picked them up, questioned them and during questioning, one of them confessed and gave us further details about the group, he said. Giving details of the attack, the SSP said the three came to Chanapora on a motorcycle, but left it some distance away from the police post. One of them, named Junaid, went inside the police post with the excuse of tracking the status of passport verification. He checked the place and when he saw that the sentry there had no visible backup, he came out and told his accomplices that perhaps there is no backup for the sentry, so he (sentry) can be targeted. Then he came back to the post and was accompanied by another person named Mushtaq who was wearing a pheran and a helmet. When Mushtaq was asked to remove the pheran for undergoing search, he took out a pistol and fired on the sentry, the SSP said, adding the sentry was injured and is undergoing treatment at SKIMS Hospital at Soura. The senior police official said the terrorists also tried to snatch the rifle of the injured sentry but had to leave it because the gun was clamped with a chain to his belt. In the meantime, the other policemen fired and they fled from the spot, he said. He said police have recovered a Chinese pistol, two magazines and six live rounds from them. The motorcycle has also been recovered, he said, adding further investigations in the case were on. Mughal said Mushtaq, a postgraduate from Kashmir University, was in touch with a JeM cadre, named Sameer from Pulwama district of south Kashmir, and has been associated with the group for about a year. “Sameer and Mushtaq were classmates in KU. It was on Sameer’s direction that they tried to loot weapons in Srinagar, he said.last_img read more

Gold biscuits smuggled from Sri Lanka seized in Tamil Nadu

Indian authorities have seized gold biscuits smuggled from Sri Lanka after detaining two people, The Hindu newspaper reported.Close on the heels of Q Branch police seizing 6.856 kg of gold biscuits smuggled from Sri Lanka, the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) seized 9.293 kg of gold biscuits, also smuggled from Sri Lanka, in Thondi in Tamil Nadu after detaining two persons. Acting on specific intelligence, DRI teams from Thoothukudi and Madurai made the seizure at the Thondi bus stand when the two persons – acting as agents of smugglers — came to board a bus to Chennai, DRI officials said. Enquiries revealed that a person received the contraband from a contact in Sri Lanka on the high seas off Thondi and brought it to the shore. On being handed over, the two persons, identified as Saravanan (40) and Ramadoss (41), set to carry the smuggled gold to Chennai when the officials intercepted them. The accused were in possession of eight gold biscuits with foreign markings and each weighed one kg, the officials said, adding few of the pieces were found moulded. The accused, who hailed from Paramakudi, would be produced before the jurisdictional magistrate court in Madurai and remanded in judicial custody, the officials said.The DRI has made the seizure a week after the Q Branch police had seized 6.856 kg of gold after detaining a person at Mandapam south fishing jetty on November 20. This was DRI’s major seizure after it had seized 28 kg of gold biscuits, smuggled from Sri Lanka in three different places, including the East Coast Road, near here and Sayalkudi in July. read more

Local Somalis support abduction accused in Hamilton court

A bail hearing has been set for a woman arrested in Hamilton, accused of defying a court order and leaving England with her sons.Anisa Mohamed Ibrahim, 35, was arrested in downtown Hamilton earlier last month, where she’d been living under another name. About 30 people from the Somali community in Hamilton and Toronto showed up at the John Sopinka Courthouse to support Ibrahim during an appearance to set dates for bail and extradition hearings. The bail hearing happens October 9th and is expected to take a full day; the extradition hearing happens December 4th. Ibrahim has been in jail since her August 13th arrest. The judge was concerned that Ibrahim may not make bail and will remain in jail until December. However her counsel requested the later extradition hearing.She is accused of unlawful abduction of her 8 and 10-year-old sons and disobeying a court order in the United Kingdom. She allegedly traveled from Manchester, England to Toronto on April 13th, 2010. Police got a tip the trio was living near Main and Ferguson in downtown Hamilton.After Ibrahim’s arrest the kids were in the care of the Children’s Aid Society. Her husband was thrilled the police finally found them. Ibrahim is facing child abduction charges in the United Kingdom. Her uncle Mohamed told CHCH News that he hopes to bail his niece out of jail, and the reason they left England was that her husband is abusive; adding that when she arrived here in Canada her body was covered in bruises. read more

Suspect arrested in multiple shop smash and grabs

Suspect arrested in multiple shop smash and grabs Thinkstock. by Stephanie Froese Posted Jul 22, 2015 11:50 am MDT Last Updated Jul 22, 2015 at 12:13 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email A 46-year-old man has been charged with 14 breaks and enters, targeting shops and small businesses in Calgary’s southwest. Dallas Morris Shaw was also arrested on an outstanding Canada-wide warrant for being unlawfully at large and three other outstanding Alberta-wide warrants for break and enters to commit theft. Between July 4th and 14th, several businesses in the area of Macleod Trail and 42nd Avenue S.W. were targeted by a man who would get in by breaking a glass window and then stealing items and cash. A suspect was identified using CCTV footage. Last Thursday, a man was arrested in the 300 block of 61st Avenue S.W. read more

British CV exports up a third with nine in 10 bound for

Overseas demand for UK-built vans, trucks and buses up by 34.7% in 2015.88% of commercial vehicles exported in 2015 went to European markets.Figures underline the importance of EU membership to Britain’s automotive industry.Exports of British-built commercial vehicles (CVs) jumped by more than a third last year, with almost nine in 10 destined for EU countries, according to figures published today by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). 47,052  of the 94,479 CVs made in Britain left UK shores in 2015 – up 34.7% over the previous year, and accounting for half (49.8%) of overall production. Of these, 41,428 (88%) went to markets within the EU.The figures are a further indication of the recovery of Britain’s CV sector, driven by resurgent European markets where new registrations increased 12.4% in 2015.1 That the majority of British commercials exported were built for sale on the continent is another demonstration of the importance of the EU as a trading partner for the UK automotive industry. In a recent survey of SMMT members, access to European markets came out as the top benefit of EU membership for their businesses.2Second in the export destination rankings was Asia, accounting for 6.3% of exports, followed by Oceania (2.4%), non-EU European countries (2.1%), Africa (0.6%), and North and South America (0.4%).British CV manufacturing is in demand worldwide, with varying trends emerging within different market segments. Almost three quarters (71.6%) of CVs exported in 2015 were vans – with every single one destined for the EU, while Europe was also the biggest market for light 4x4s and smaller, rigid 2-axle trucks.The picture was very different for buses, however. While two thirds (66.5%) of buses built in Britain were sold here, particularly strong demand for double-deckers in Asia resulted in 90.3% of UK bus exports, amounting to some 1,025 vehicles, being shipped to the region.Large trucks, meanwhile, were most popular in Oceania, with 76.8% of the rigid 3/4-axle and articulated trucks exported from the UK in 2015 finding a home there.Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said, “British-built vans, trucks and buses are playing an increasing role in the global economy, with vehicles being sent to countries on every continent. The growth in overseas demand for high quality commercials is a huge credit to Britain’s commercial vehicle makers, and serves as a timely reminder of the EU’s vital importance as a trading partner to UK Automotive.”1. ACEA data2. SMMT survey of members’ views on Europe, March 2016: http://bit.ly/1YDLk6EClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Mens Basketball Ohio State releases contracts of Ryan Pedon Mike Schrage and

Ohio State assistant coach Ryan Pedon speaks to the media on June 15. Credit: Colin Hass-Hill | Sports EditorOhio State on Friday released the contracts of its three recently hired men’s basketball assistant coaches – Ryan Pedon, Mike Schrage and Terry Johnson.Though coach Chris Holtmann received an eight-year deal, each assistant’s contract will expire after two seasons – on June 30, 2019.Pedon will make $395,000, Schrage will be paid $325,000 and Johnson will earn $300,000 in base salary, from June 14 to Aug. 31, 2018. Each assistant will be eligible to receive raises on Sept. 1, 2018 if approved by the Board of Trustees.Pedon, Schrage and Johnson will be eligible to earn additional compensation if the team performs well in the 2017-18 and 2018-19 seasons.If the Buckeyes are Big Ten champions, each assistant will earn an 8.5 percent increase to their base salary. They’ll also receive an 8.5 percent raise if the team advances to the Final Four. If Ohio State wins the national championship, each assistant will earn a 15 percent raise to their base salaries.Each assistant will also be provided eight men’s basketball season tickets and four football season tickets. The trio will individually receive a $600 per month stipend to use to cover automobile costs.Unlike Holtmann, the assistant coaches are not eligible to receive additional compensation based on the academic performance of the student-athletes. read more

Tear gas over pension protesters

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The heads of the European Union and International Monetary Fund mission assessing Greece’s progress arrived in Athens earlier this week to discuss the pension plan, tax reforms and bad loans weighing on Greek banks.While Greek ministers were in talks with their lenders in a Syntagma hotel, 50,000 frustrated people started protesting against government pension reforms. The crowd, carrying black balloons, marched on parliament, asking Alexis Tsipras to revoke the measures implemented to meet the IMF and EU’s demands.Creditors also argue that Greeks will have to work up to the age of 67 to qualify for a pension – at the same time the jobless rate has climbed to a staggering 25 per cent among the nation’s young.Meanwhile, an angry group of youths broke away from the body of the protest and begun to hurl stones and molotov cocktails at the police, who responded with several rounds of stun grenades and tear gas.The 24-hour strike, which coincided with the official review of Greece’s performance on terms of its €86 billion bailout, is said to have worried the institutions.The lenders still object to the 1.5 percentage point rise in social security contributions and are setting the minimum national pension at €384 per month, which is considered too high.The Greek side insists that the quartet has not asked outright for a cut to existing pensions, which the government has set as a “red line” in the negotiations.The troika will make its position known next week but will be watching closely for the Greek people’s reactions.SYRIZA is also concerned that prolonged talks will cause more protests against the reforms put forward by the coalition, not to mention political turbulance. The government wants to conclude the review swiftly to start talks on debt relief and convince Greeks that their sacrifices are paying off after six years of austerity and a deep recession that has brought the country to its current state of economic crisis.“Greece’s economy will be the only one in the European Union to shrink this year,” the EU Commission said on Thursday, “but the fall is much smaller than previously estimated.”last_img read more

Garden hose helps check fire

first_imgNeighbors armed with a garden hose helped check the spread of a house fire in Vancouver’s Edgewood Park neighborhood today.No one was at home at 3704 E. Eighth St. when the fire broke out about 10:30 a.m. The fire started after smoldering ashes were placed in a plastic garbage can next to the home, according to Jim Flaherty, firefighter-spokesman for the Vancouver Fire Department.When the ashes melted the can and ignited the siding, five neighbors saw the heavy smoke and swung into action. Some called the fire department while others grabbed a garden hose from next door and began spraying it on the fire.“Their efforts helped keep the fast-moving fire from spreading,” Flaherty said in a news release.Firefighters from Station 3 responded at 10:36 a.m. and took about 15 minutes to knock down the fire. Damage was estimated at $25,000, mostly to the exterior.The interior of the home suffered minor smoke damage, and break-in damage from firefighters who made a forceable entry to check for victims and fire extension. Two dogs were rescued from a laundry room and reunited with their owners, who returned while the firefighters were still on the scene.County records show the home is owned by Cassandra Forbis.last_img read more

Malcolm Hurlston Employee endorsement of share plans is invaluable

first_imgLife is a busy place and our attention is at a premium as we are assailed by nudges prompts and messages, virtual and real. It is the same for employees only more so: share plans account for a fraction of what interests them.Yet from an organisation’s point of view, other than looking good, share plans only work if employees appreciate them. So [employers] have to communicate to make them worth the investment.It is well known that reward is what makes people happy at work. Share plans are an obscure reward, so call for more effort.One size certainly does not suit all. Employees need to be wooed according to their own status interest and taste. Total personalisation is too expensive, of course, but it should always be the theoretical goal.From the share plan, employees need to understand that the [organisation] cares about them, even the boss; that the share price is a shared interest among all and that working smarter should make everybody better off.There are no best ways of communicating. It depends critically on the [organisation] and its staff. But take a lesson from PR where third-party endorsement is the bee’s knees. What other people say influences more than a top-down message.Employers should, therefore, get employees to carry the message to other employees and find respected third parties to say the right things.Finally, the democratic right to vote as a shareholder is worth promoting. It gives an importance over and above material reward to the share scheme story. It may be boring to administer but share schemes need flights of fancy and inspiration, as well as worked examples.Malcolm Hurlston is chairman at the Employee Share Ownership (Esop) Centrelast_img read more

FBI releases photo of man who robbed Capital Bank in Aventura

first_imgAVENTURA, FLA. (WSVN) – – The FBI needs the public’s help catching a suspected bank robber in Aventura.The robbery took place at a Capital Bank branch at 20295 Northeast 29th Place, Friday afternoon.Officials said the robber demanded money from an employee while customers were still inside.Stills released from surveillance cameras inside showed a man wearing a dark colored baseball cap and long sleeve shirt.The amount of money taken was not disclosed.No injuries were reported.If you have any information on this robbery, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $1,000 reward. Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

MiamiDade officer injured in crash in SW MiamiDade

first_imgSOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – A Miami-Dade Police officer has been taken to the hospital after a crash in Southwest Miami-Dade.The crash happened on the Florida Turnpike in the northbound exit ramp at Southwest 216th Street, Tuesday.The officer was rushed to Jackson South Hospital in unknown condition.No one else was hurt.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

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

Dronamraju to assume charge as VMRDA Commissioner today

first_imgVisakhapatnam: Dronamraju Srinivasa Rao, who has been nominated as the first Chairman of VMRDA, will be taking charge on Friday. After VUDA upgraded into VMRDA on September 5, 2018, Srinivasa Rao will be its first Chairman. Four decades before, his father late Dronamraju Satyanarayana was the first Chairman of Visakhapatnam Urban Development Authority in 1978, which was upgraded from the Town Planning Trust.last_img

Fundamentals could resurface after wrenching selloff

first_imgThe dramatic sell-off on Wall Street through most of the past two weeks could signal a capitulation-type blowout, giving fundamentals the upper hand for the next week.The current slide in stock prices, which on Friday briefly dragged the S&P 500 to levels not seen in more than a year, is reminiscent in breadth and tone of drop-downs seen during the Great Recession.Some argue the decline is warranted. In addition, the market has not seen the kind of sell-off in high volumes that signals a capitulation, and the S&P 500 could enter a bear market, more than 9% below current levels.From most indications the US economy is far from being in a recession, according to many market participants. The repricing in stocks could help the market shift back to fundamentals after years of focusing on the Federal Reserve and its ultra-low interest rate policy.That is welcome news for some in the market who have seen stocks trade on variables other than economic data and company earnings.”I actually am encouraged to see the market drop so we can just get to fair value and take it from there, then it is really determined by the path of the economy, and profits and revenues,” said Jack Ablin, chief investment officer at BMO Private Bank in Chicago.”To me, this is really a result of Fed influence, just a reversing of all this Fed intervention.”Many point to a slowdown in China’s economy and its expected weight on global growth as a reason for the slide in stocks and the 12-year lows in crude oil futures.The Shanghai index closed Friday at its lowest level since December 2014, down more than 20% from its November high and nearly 44% from its 2015 high.”The spillover from China has been concentrated in crude oil and there are reports that commodity hedge funds have experienced a sharp increase in margin calls as the price of oil falls,” said Gail Dudack, chief investment strategist at Dudack Research Group in New York in a Friday note to clients.”Typical of most margin unwindings, selling will flow into equity markets since stocks are often the most liquid assets in portfolios. This explains why movements in the (S&P 500) have been closely aligned with crude oil in recent weeks.”Friday had some of a capitulation type feel, with 944 New York Stock Exchange issues hitting a 52-week low. It is only the fourth day since the end of 2008 that the number is above 900. It also was the seventh day in a row of more than 500 NYSE stocks at their lowest in at least a year, a streak not seen since October 2008 -the month following the bankruptcy of Lehman Brothers.Major indexes fell Friday for a third consecutive week. The S&P closed at its lowest since late August while the Nasdaq Composite ended at its lowest since October 2014.FUNDAMENTALS ON TAPUS markets are closed Monday for the Martin Luther King holiday and on Tuesday will reopen to fresh industrial output and retail sales data out of China. Chinese GDP data is also due Tuesday, late Monday on Wall Street.”Some of the (market) fears may be comforted if we get good numbers out of China Monday evening,” said Brian Jacobsen, chief portfolio strategist at Wells Fargo Funds Management in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin.He said if next week’s US core inflation data does not surprise on the upside and manufacturing returns to expansion, investors could feel more comfortable returning to the stock market.”That in addition to strong earnings, of course.”  Among the largest companies to report results next week are Morgan Stanley, Bank of America and Goldman Sachs in the financial world, while Starbucks and a handful of airlines will speak to the health of the consumer.last_img read more

Whats Up Lanier Heights

first_imgThe University of Maryland Summer Architecture Studio is scheduled to hold a final exhibition of Lanier Heights research and design proposals on July 7 from 3:30 p.m. – 7 p.m. The event will be held at the Potter House, 1658 Columbia Rd, NW. Eleven students have spent six weeks researching and designing in preparation to present their designs to the community. The event is scheduled to feature the release of a booklet, What’s UP, Lanier Heights?, and the presentation of student residential designs. Admission is free. To register for the event, visit eventbrite.com.What’s Up Lanier Heights? by University of Maryland Summer Architecture Studiolast_img read more

Tech Is Already Reading Your Emotions – But Do Algorithms Get It

first_img Read the whole story: Forbes From measuring shopper satisfaction to detecting signs of depression, companies are employing emotion-sensing facial recognition technology that is based on flawed science, according to a new study. … A new study in the journal Psychological Science in the Public Interest is challenging the basic science behind emotion-sensing tech and its claims to be able to infer a person’s mood from their facial expressions. The scientists behind the research, who hail from Northeastern University, Caltech, Ohio State, and the University of Wisconsin – Madison, also make clear precisely what’s at stake. If the idea of having your face recorded and then analyzed for mood so that someone can intervene in your life sounds creepy, that’s because it is. But that hasn’t stopped companies like Walmart from promising to implement the technology to improve customer satisfaction, despite numerous challenges from ethicists and other consumer advocates.last_img read more

Check Out This Video of Apples New Futuristic Campus Shot by a

first_imgJanuary 31, 2017 Register Now » Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. 1 min readcenter_img There’s been drawn-out hype over Apple’s “Campus 2.” People are excited for the final result — and they can get a pretty good taste of what’s to come with a recently released video shot by a 4K drone.Despite some damage from poor weather, much outdoor lighting has been installed, as well as a fitness center, a meadow, parking garages and a transit tunnel.Related: How Squarespace Designed a Sophisticated Headquarters Where Grownups Get Things DoneUnfortunately, most of the auditorium is still covered so the inside of the building remains a mystery. The solar roof appears to be 70 percent complete, and parking garages and transit tunnels seem to be in place.Check out the video below for a preview of the new futuristic campus. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Globallast_img read more