Asian stocks higher after Wall Street fall Brexit approval

first_imgBEIJING — Most Asian stock markets gained Thursday after Wall Street fell and Britain’s Cabinet endorsed a draft agreement to leave the European Union.KEEPING SCORE: The Shanghai Composite Index rose 1 per cent to 2,659.12 and Hong Kong’s Hang Seng added 1 per cent to 25,907.26. Tokyo’s Nikkei 225 shed 0.2 per cent to 21,803.62 and Seoul’s Kospi advanced 0.4 per cent to 2,077.41. Sydney’s S&P-ASX 200 added 3 points to 5,736.00. India’s Sensex rose 0.4 per cent to 35,286.91. Bangkok and New Zealand retreated while Taiwan and other Southeast Asian markets rose.WALL STREET: U.S. markets were dragged down by losses for tech companies, banks and insurers. Apple Inc. lost 2.8 per cent. Bond prices rose as traders shifted money into low-risk assets. That pulled yields down, which hurts banks by driving interest rates on loans lower. Energy stocks rebounded as crude oil prices snapped a 12-day losing streak. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index fell 0.8 per cent to 2,701.58. The Dow Jones Industrial Average lost 0.8 per cent to 25,080.50. The Nasdaq composite dropped 0.9 per cent to 7,136.39.BREXIT: Prime Minister Theresa May persuaded the British Cabinet to back an agreement to separate from the European Union, triggering the final steps toward Brexit. May said the decision is a “decisive step” toward finalizing the exit deal with the EU within days, though it was unclear whether Parliament will go along. The deal would allow Britain to stay in a customs union, bound by EU rules, while the two sides negotiate a trade treaty. EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier said the two sides agreed to avoid a “hard border” between Ireland, a member of the trade bloc, and Northern Ireland.ANALYST’S TAKE: “Despite the U.K. Cabinet backing the new Brexit draft plan, the boost for markets had been short-lived with the sea of worries overruling sentiment,” said Jingyi Pan of IG in a report. Asian markets are “taking after the poor leads from Wall Street” due to “little data” due out in the region.AUSTRALIAN JOBS: Government data showed employment rose by 32,800 in October, above market expectations for a gain of 20,000. The jobless rate stayed at 5 per cent. The annual rate of job creation rose to 2.5 per cent.ENERGY: Benchmark U.S. crude lost 12 cents to $56.13 per barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract rose 56 cents on Wednesday to close at $56.25. Brent crude, used to price international oils, fell 1 cent to $66.11 per barrel in London. It gained 65 cents the previous session to $66.12.CURRENCY: The dollar weakened to 113.47 yen from Wednesday’s 113.63 yen. The euro strengthened to $1.1323 from $1.1309.Joe McDonald, The Associated Presslast_img read more

US-China trade war gives Belt and Road added significance

Beijing has been steadily gathering support for its “Belt and Road” initiative, which aims to weave a network of ports, bridges and power plants linking China with Africa, Europe and beyond.Italian Premier Giuseppe Conte has pledged to sign a memorandum of understanding this week on supporting the initiative during a visit by Chinese President Xi Jinping, who has made the initiative his signature policy.Italy’s involvement would give China a crucial inroad into western Europe and a symbolic boost in its economic tug-of-war with the United States.Italy would be the first G-7 member to join the Belt and Road, following Portugal’s embrace of the initiative in December. It is hoping Chinese investment in its ports might help revive its traditional role as an entrepot between East and West.The Associated Press read more

Canadian dollar falls as traders look ahead to Bank of Canada interest

TORONTO — The Canadian dollar was lower Monday amid generally quiet trading as U.S. markets were closed for the Memorial Day holiday and traders looked ahead to the Bank of Canada’s next announcement on interest rates.The loonie dropped 0.11 of a cent to 96.78 cents US.The Bank of Canada makes its next announcement Wednesday, the last such word on rates from outgoing central bank governor Mark Carney.“Carney’s last interest rate decision won’t have any fireworks with no move on rates and likely no change in the final lines of the statement that allude to a period on hold, followed at some point by a hike,” said CIBC World Markets chief economist Avery Shenfeld in a commentary.On commodity markets, oil prices continued to be squeezed after a survey on China’s monthly manufacturing pace released last week showed a bigger-than-expected decline. The July crude contract was down 58 cents at US$93.57 a barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange.The June bullion contract gained $6 to US$1,392.60 an ounce while July copper added a penny to US$3.30 a pound.Canadian Press read more

New funding vital for reaching Millennium Development Goals in health UN

“Providing universal access to broad-based health services could save several million children’s lives each year,” UN World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Lee Jong-wook said of the study published little more than two weeks before Heads of State and government gather at UN Headquarters in New York for the 2005 World Summit to review progress towards achieving the MDGs by the 2015 deadline.“That would reverse the downward trends and bring us two-thirds of the way to meeting the child mortality goal, and 70 to 80 per cent towards meeting the maternal mortality goal,” he added of the targets set by the UN Millennium Summit of 2000.These include cutting the mortality rate among children under five by two thirds and the maternal mortality ratio by three quarters and halting and beginning to reverse the spread of HIV/AIDS and the incidence of malaria and other major diseases.The report, Health and the Millennium Development Goals, WHO’s first study of progress made so far, points to weak and inequitable health systems as a key obstacle, including particularly a crisis in health personnel and the urgent need for sustainable health financing. “We have the treatments; the technology is known and affordable. The problem in many countries is getting the staff, medicines, vaccines and information to those who need them on time and in sufficient quantities. In too many countries, the health systems to do that either do not exist or are on the point of collapse,” Dr. Lee said. Annual avoidable deaths in developing countries at present include almost 11 million children under five; about 1 million people from malaria; and more than half-a-million women in pregnancy and childbirth. The HIV/AIDS pandemic takes a further 3 million lives each year.“Building strong health systems requires improvements across governments – in public financial management, manpower planning, roads and infrastructure, and many other areas,” Dr. Lee said. “We need to look beyond the health sector if we are to be successful, and we must take an integrated approach. If we do, success is possible.”With less than 10 years to the target date, none of the poorest regions of the developing world are on track to meet the child mortality target. For maternal mortality, declines have been limited to countries which already have lower mortality levels. The goal of reversing the spread of HIV/AIDS and reversing the incidence of malaria and other communicable diseases remains a huge challenge in sub-Saharan Africa. The safe water target may be achieved globally, but not in sub-Saharan Africa.At least $30-40 per capita is needed annually to finance a minimum health package, but many poor countries invest far less, on average $10 per capita, and in some countries, as little as $2 per capita. The UN Millennium Project recently said that meeting all the MDGs would require an estimated $135 billion of Official Development Assistance, rising to $195 billion by 2015.“Global political commitment for long-term financing of the MDGs is crucial,” WHO Director of MDGs, Health and Development Policy Andrew Cassels said. “We must use all potential means of raising resources, including debt relief. We need resources which are predictable and sustained to allow countries to make long-term plans. And health must be at the centre of these efforts.”In many countries, particularly in Africa, lack of staff is at the centre of the health systems challenge. “Out-migration, deaths from AIDS and above all, poor pay and conditions have created a human resources crisis,” WHO director of Measurement and Health Information Systems Ties Boerma said. “Ninety per cent of Africa lives in areas where there are fewer than five doctors per 10,000 people.” read more

UN Security Council welcomes deployment of regional force to restore stability in

Unanimously adopting a new resolution, the Council welcomed the joint force’s strategic concept of operations, saying it intended to review the deployment in four months’ time. It requested that the Secretary-General, in close coordination with the Group of Five (G5) Sahel States, as well as the African Union – to provide an oral update within two months. Also by that text, the Council urged the joint force of up to 5,000 military and police personnel, as well as the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) and French forces in that country to ensure adequate coordination and exchange of information regarding their operations, within their respective mandates. In that regard, it reiterated its request that the Secretary-General enhance cooperation between MINUSMA and the G5 Sahel States through the relevant intelligence and liaison officers. The resolution also urged the G5 Sahel States to continue efforts to make the joint force operational in a sustainable, viable and effective manner. It also welcomed the European Union’s commitment to provide €50 million in financial support, and encouraged further support from bilateral and multilateral partners. Emphasizing the important role of women in preventing conflict and peacebuilding, the Council underlined the need to take a gender perspective into account in implementing all aspects of the strategic concept of operations.According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), in the Sahel, abject poverty, fast population growth, climate change, recurrent food and nutrition crises, armed conflicts and violence converge dangerously and undermine the lives and assets and future prospects of millions of families across the region. More than 30 million people face food insecurity, one in five children under the age of five suffers from acute malnutrition and at least 4.9 million are displaced by the effects of conflicts. read more

Ohio State rises again Buckeyes No 6 in College Football Playoff poll

The Ohio State football team moved up two spots to No. 6 in the College Football Playoff standings, which were announced Tuesday evening, marking the second consecutive week OSU went up in the rankings.The Buckeyes’ move in the rankings comes on the heels of their second consecutive win against a team ranked in the College Football Playoff top 25. OSU beat No. 25 Minnesota, 31-24, on Saturday after topping then-No. 8 Michigan State, 49-37, a week earlier.OSU is the highest ranked Big Ten team in the poll for the second week running, while the Spartans checked in at No. 11, and Wisconsin moved up to No. 16 after topping then-No. 16 Nebraska, 59-24, over the weekend. The Cornhuskers’ second loss of the season dropped them to No. 23 in the latest poll.After falling to the Buckeyes, Minnesota stayed in rankings for the second week in a row.The Golden Gophers’ and Michigan State are the only teams currently in the College Football Playoff rankings on OSU’s schedule. The Buckeyes need just one more win — or a Spartan loss — to clinch a spot in the Big Ten Championship Game, where they would likely face Wisconsin.The Badgers currently top the Big Ten West Division, while Nebraska, Minnesota and Iowa are tied for second with 4-2 records in conference play. OSU is alone on top of the East Division, with a one-game lead on Michigan State.Alabama climbed to No. 1 in the poll while Oregon stayed at No. 2 and Florida State and Mississippi State rounded out the top four.The College Football Playoff rankings were decided by a panel of 12 members, including Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez, Lt. Gen. Mike Gould and former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. In total, the panel is set to consist of 13 members, but former Mississippi and NFL quarterback Archie Manning is taking a leave of absence because of health concerns.OSU is scheduled to return to the field Saturday against Indiana at Ohio Stadium. Kickoff is set for noon.Complete standings:AlabamaOregonFlorida StateMississippi StateTexas Christian UniversityOhio StateBaylorMississippiUCLAGeorgiaMichigan StateKansas StateArizona StateAuburnArizonaWisconsinUtahGeorgia TechUSCMissouriOklahomaClemsonNebraskaLouisvilleMinnesota read more

Dwight Howard Latest Rockets Making Big Bid

The Houston Rockets have upped their offer for Orlando’s Dwight Howard, committing to take back even more long-term salary from the Magic than before in hopes of convincing Orlando to consent to trade Howard directly to Houston.Sources told ESPN.com that the Rockets, if they go ahead with their widely reported plans to release starting power forward Luis Scola via the NBA’s amnesty clause, are prepared to absorb the contracts of Jason Richardson, Glen Davis and Chris Duhon and  send Orlando multiple future first-round picks and recent draftees — to give the Magic an opportunity to wipe their payroll virtually clean for their post-Howard rebuilding effort.Rockets general manager Daryl Morey is feverishly trying to construct a trade that will allow the Rockets to take back, in addition to Howard, some combination of Richardson, Davis, Duhon and even Hedo Turkoglu. With Scola’s three remaining seasons valued at roughly $21 million off the books, the Rockets believe they can create the needed cap space to do so.Today thus looms as a pivotal day in the Rockets’ all-out quest to trade for Howard. Not only is Houston expected to formally waive Scola , but sources say the Rockets will also finalize their long-awaited offer sheet to the New York Knicks’ Jeremy Lin. The Knicks have been adamant that they will match Houston’s four-year offer to Lin valued at just under $29 million, but they can take three days to do so once Lin signs.The Rockets have also committed a four-year offer sheet worth just over $25 million to Chicago Bulls  restricted free agent Omer Askik. It’s believed that the Rockets will make Asik’s offer sheet official after the Knicks match on Lin, but Asik’s fate is less certain, with the Bulls said to be wavering on whether to bring the bruising big man back. The Rockets promised offer sheets to Asik and Lin early in free agency — and are thus honor-bound to go through with them to ensure that they’ll suffer no future repercussions from agents or players in free agency — but it’s possible that Houston is secretly rooting for both offer sheets to be matched. In that scenario, the Rockets would have more cap space to try to get the Orlando trade done, which is clearly their No. 1 priority. read more

How terror returned to Manchester just yards from where 22 were killed

Between platforms A and B at Manchester Victoria Metrolink tram station, a man dressed head-to-toe in black mounted a frenzied and sustained attack on a couple in their 50s waiting patiently for a tram. Just before 9pm and yards from the Manchester Arena, where 22 people, many of them children had been murdered in a suicide attack, all hell was about to break loose. “I just heard this most blood-curdling scream and looked down the platform,” said Sam Clack, 38, a BBC producer… He screamed ‘allahu akbar’ – meaning ‘God is great’ – while stabbing at them with two knives, one in each hand. In the hours before midnight when the nation would be welcoming in the New Year, terror returned to Manchester. read more

John Gardiner Cork are flying after Clares tactics backfire on a Semple

first_imgFREETAKING DOMINATED THE agenda before yesterday’s game in Thurles and the theme continued right through the afternoon.When you see James McGrath’s name on the match programme as the referee, you know that scoring opportunities from frees will come your way. Patrick Horgan and Colin Ryan are two of the best freetakers in the game but it was Horgan who got the more chances to show what he could do yesterday.The Cork and Clare players tried their best to get into the game but McGrath blew the whistle in the first-half every time players collided. It frustrated the fans, particularly those from Clare as Cork were fortunate with a few they got awarded.McGrath refereed the game to the letter of the law and while that may please the assessor sitting in the stand, it doesn’t contribute to a match that flows. This wasn’t an epic Munster semi-final, it was far too tense and there were too many halts to the play to allow that.The other element of freetaking that was in the spotlight was those awarded to Cork close to goal. It was a major source of controversy before the game but Cork dealt with it very cleverly. I don’t think it was a major plan that Patrick Horgan would take them – more a decision made by himself – but it did succeed in taking the heat off Anthony Nash and ensuring there was no flashpoint as he came upfield.Hoggy’s two goals were crucial for Cork. He caught Clare totally unawares with the first which was a completely instinctive strike. Then his penalty in the second-half killed off their comeback. Source: Cathal Noonan/INPHOLast year Clare were hugely effective with Tony Kelly and John Conlon coming out around the middle and that’s where they created attacks from. Patrick Donnellan and Colm Galvin would have liked more bodies beside them yesterday and Cork revelled in the space there.Daniel Kearney and Aidan Walsh showed their athleticism and appetite. Kearney got three great points and was on the ball a lot more in the last two games. Aidan Walsh really stood up for Cork. He’s been finding his feet for the hurlers before exploding yesterday. His powerful running from midfield gives Cork something they haven’t had since Tom Kenny excelled in that role.Cork won’t be happy with the two goals they conceded yesterday, not dealing adequately with high balls that rained and allowed the ball to hang around the square for too long which always spells trouble. But overall they are flying.This was another really good win and they have a great panel of players. There’s plenty ammunition in their forwards and they’re a group who can really catch fire. Jimmy Barry-Murphy was right to point out afterwards that this Cork team has won nothing.That’s not an indictment of these Cork players, just a fact people may be unaware of as Cork haven’t won a Munster final since 2006. It proves they’ll be really hungry to win, especially when the game is on in Cork. Dejected Clare player Colin Ryan. Source: James Crombie/INPHOClare head to the qualifers but there’s still plenty hurling left in them. I think they are a small bit behind other teams at the moment. They stuck rigidly to their system yesterday but I believe they’ll tweak it and will work better in the qualifiers.Getting Tony Kelly back to centre-forward is key, he was too restricted yesterday. I’d fancy Davy to get them at least back to the All-Ireland quarter-final stage and it’ll be a different scenario then.Dublin back in the final Source: Cathal Noonan/INPHOEveryone had been keeping an eye on Wexford recently and viewed Saturday night’s Leinster semi-final as a chance to see how far along they were in their development. They have really good quality players and it was an opportunity to see where they were.They fell short in the experience stakes. Dublin had that over them and it showed. Anthony Daly will be really happy at how his side overcame a 10-week break from action. They never looked like they were going to lose the game and passed an assignment that wasn’t easy.Conal Keaney’s presence at full-forward was vital in the first-half and then he came out around the half-forward line to good effect after the break. Alan McCrabbe showed the importance of a good freetaker and they’ll hope to get guys like Danny Sutcliffe back fit for the replay.Reaching a third Leinster final in four years is a sign of progress. They’re a really competitive hurling county now. I’d expect Kilkenny to come through next Sunday and that’s going to make for a really interesting Leinster final. Source: Cathal Noonan/INPHODavy Fitz: ‘There are a few lads that think they can play both codes – but you can’t do it’5 talking points after Cork’s win over Clare in Munster senior hurling semi-finallast_img read more

Betting your life away

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Let’s call her ‘Eleni’. She was born and grew up in a small town in Greece, migrating to Australia on her own, at 18 years of age. With no family in Australia and unable to speak English, she married at 19. At 24, she was a mother to three children. Time passed. She was an isolated woman with parental responsibilities and no role model. Then another child came, and then came the pokies. “I am the daughter of a problem gambler,” says Eleni. “I had to lie to find the money to gamble. I would get up in the morning and at 9 o’clock I would be at the bloody pokies. For 17 years I was in the dark. No sun. Drugged. It was a slow death. All because of my addiction.” Eleni came to Gambler’s Help Eastern after being encouraged by her partner. Sophia Alexandra, a counsellor met ‘Eleni’ seven months ago and for Sophia, Eleni’s story is all too familiar. “She knew her gambling was problematic but felt trapped, entrenched. Eleni sought help when she felt she was losing herself, neglecting her own personal care and family,” Sophia says. Alexandra believes Eleni’s story is indicative of a wider problem and that individuals, particularly women from Greek and other diverse communities are vulnerable to problem gambling. “Such communities are very vulnerable. In my experience individuals from Greek and multicultural communities aren’t as likely to come forward as people from Anglo-Saxon backgrounds, either because of limited access to information and cultural stigmas; generally speaking the message is ‘we deal with this within the family, we don’t go outside’. “Gambling is seen as part of the Australian culture and social repertoire and often the poker machine venues are located within the vicinity, if not in the same complex as other services like supermarkets.For women, they see it as it a safe environment and there are few places where they feel they can socialise outside their immediate friends and family.” This week a Victorian Government Gambling Study was published and reveals that gambling habits and behaviours like Eleni’s are not static, according to Minister for Gaming, Michael O’Brien. The study, the first ever to track problem gambling cases in the Victorian population over twelve months, followed individual experiences over three years to explore their health and well-being. It revealed that some six per cent of participants who gamble increased their risk category, moving to the low, moderate or problem gambling categories. Meanwhile, 4.3 per cent moved away from higher risk categories. “This is a clear indication that, while the study shows not all problem gamblers remain problem gamblers; for others, problem gambling might be a longer-term feature of their life,” said the Minister. The Victorian Government recently committed $150 million over four years to establish the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation to reduce problem gambling, encourage responsible gambling and ensure more is done to tackle social problems caused by problem gambling. Today, Eleni is in her late fifties and lives in Melbourne’s eastern suburbs. “I wanted the relationship with my husband back; I wanted to live again so I started attending Gamblers Anonymous last year. Now I don’t do the pokies. Thanks to counselling I found light in a very dark place. I found a glimmer of hope.” Eleni’s relationship with the pokie machine started 16 years ago, when the Victorian Government changed the legislation allowing pokies into the state. Her suitor, like a relationship with any ultimately abusive partner, began innocently enough; but what started as a harmless pastime grew into a habit that almost destroyed her. “Eleni now is in a good place,” says Sophia. “She chose to abstain from gambling rather than control it; she knew she couldn’t control it. She was open with her family and friends about her gambling problem and keeps a journal of her feelings and thoughts, which she talks about in counselling. She has shifted her focus on the future, home, family and travel and she’s keen to help others find the courage to ask for help.” Eleni’s story might be your story, or that of a family member. For those who feel they want free non-judgemental support about their own or a loved-one’s gambling, Greek speaking counsellors are available through the Gambler’s Help services. Call 1800 858 858.last_img read more

Aquaman SDCC Trailer Has Shameful Lack of Black Manta

first_img ‘Death Saves’ D&D Streetwear: Interview With Designer D…Wesley Snipes Says ‘It’s All Good’ With Marvel Studios’ ‘Blade’ Reboot Film Stay on target Warner Bros. knew it had some very big guns walking into Hall H for its 2018 San Diego Comic-Con presentation. Shazam!, Wonder Woman 1984, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, and Godzilla: King of the Monsters all had impressive showings. So it when became clear that Aquaman, the upcoming DC movie from James Wan, was being saved for last, expectations couldn’t help but increase.And yeah the first Aquaman trailer does feature tons of action-packed, visual inventive undersea spectacle. We totally want to see it. But we also can’t help but ask the question, why isn’t there more Black Manta???We here at Geek.com maintain that Black Manta is the DC character with the most ongoing squandered potential. He’s more than just a guy with an awesome evil scuba suit who shoots lasers of out his big bug head. He’s more than just a great Injustice character. He’s a Black man who fled white oppression on land to lead free Black people under the ocean, only to discover the oceans were under white rule, too. He’s basically Killmonger, who audiences agreed ran away with Black Panther this year.Now we never expected that level of racial politics in Aquaman. For one thing casting a Polynesian Arthur Curry in Jason Momoa (which is a great move!) muddies the waters a little bit. But if we must have a surface-level Black Manta at least show me a little more of him. This trailer opens with Aquaman presumably beating up Black Manta’s pirate goons. A later shot shows actor Yahya Abdul-Mateen II removing his helmet. And finally we get a killer shot of Black Manta marching forward in full armor before unleashing an optic blast. But that’s only a few seconds of our beautiful boy.Apparently SDCC attendees got to see more of Black Manta in action during an extended look at Aquaman footage. And we have no doubts later trailers will give us a better look at the scope of the character’s role in the story. But man, this Black Manta tease just isn’t enough to tide me over. Show me the goods, DC!Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Di Francesco laments referee decisions

first_imgAS Roma manager Eusebio Di Francesco believes that they were unfortunate with the decisions that were taken against them in their semi-final defeat to Liverpool in the Champions LeagueThe Giallorossi won the second leg at their Stadio Olimpico 4-2 on Wednesday night but were ultimately unable to overturn their three-goal deficit from the first leg this time around with Roma narrowly losing 7-6 on aggregate to Liverpool in what was their first semi-final appearance in the competition since 1984.But, while admitting that they made things difficult for themselves with the first goal, Di Francesco was left to ponder what might of happened had the match officials not made any “human errors” while wrongly ruling Edin Dzeko for offside and then later denying Roma a clear penalty when Trent Alexander-Arnold handled Stephan El Shaarawy’s shot in the box.“In the two games, Liverpool showed that they are a great team. In the second half, they were in a lot of difficulties. We complicated life for ourselves, especially with the first goal.” said the Italian, according to AS.divock origi, liverpoolReport: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…On the possible penalty decision: “We’ll see on the television. The guys said that Dzeko wasn’t offside. There is not much collaboration between the referees. At the same time, they are human errors, they can get things wrong.”While disappointed to have not reached the final, Di Francesco hailed the effort of his players during the competition.“We took the symbolic chocolate medal. It’s been a long time since this team got this far. I want to always see my guys giving everything in the difficult moments like they have done.” added the Roma coach.last_img read more

Teen hits Apple with 1B lawsuit over facial recognition arrest

first_img See All Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in New York, alleges that Apple connected Bah’s name to the thief’s face in its facial recognition system, which Bah claims is used at Apple Stores to track people suspected of theft. This resulted in Bah being blamed for theft across the four states, the suit says.A New York Police Department detective who saw security footage from the Manhattan store after Bah’s arrest realized the suspect “looked nothing like” Bah, according to the lawsuit.All charges have since been dismissed, except in New Jersey, according to the lawsuit.According to the suit, Bah has been struggling in his first year in college while he has been fighting the charges. “As a result of being arrested in New York, as well as having to make trips to different states in response to charges filed against him, Mr. Bah’s attendance and grades suffered,” the lawsuit says. “Additionally, he suffered constant anxiety over the possibility of being arrested at any time for crimes he did not commit, and of which he had no knowledge.”Ousmane Bah v Apple Case by on ScribdOriginally published April 23, 5:04 a.m. PT.Update, 9:48 a.m.: Adds response from Apple. • Apple Security Now playing: Watch this: Customers gather at an Apple store. Wang Gang/VCG via Getty Images An 18-year-old New Yorker filed a $1 billion lawsuit against Apple on Monday, claiming that facial recognition software incorrectly linked him to thefts at several stores.Ousmane Bah was arrested by New York Police Department officers on Nov. 29 after being accused of thefts at Apple Stores in Manhattan, Boston, New Jersey and Delaware, according to his lawsuit.The lawsuit says the actual thief was caught stealing $1,200 worth of merchandise — specifically Apple Pencils — from the Boston store on May 31, 2018. The person then used a stolen ID that included Bah’s name, address and other personal details, but not his photo, according to the suit. This may actually have been a non-photo learner’s permit that Bah previously lost, the suit says. Bah is African American.The lawsuit accuses Apple of negligence, emotional distress, defamation, slander, libel and fraudulent concealment.The alleged use of facial recognition software in Apple Stores is the “type of Orwellian surveillance that consumers fear, particularly as it can be assumed that the majority of consumers are not aware that their faces are secretly being analyzed,” the suit says. Apple doesn’t comment on legal matters, but said Tuesday that it doesn’t use facial recognition technology in its stores. Bah’s first indication of a problem was a Boston municipal court summons for June 2018, his suit says, though he hadn’t been to the city before and was attending his senior prom in Manhattan on the day of the theft. Tags Facial recognition is going to be everywhere 72 Share your voice reading • Teen hits Apple with $1B lawsuit over facial recognition arrest Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it Facial recognition Apple Comments 3:28last_img read more

TMC hits back asks Shah to pay attention to BJPled central govt

first_imgKolkata: State Finance minister Amit Mitra launched a scathing attack on BJP calling it a party of militants that is threatening people and “killing” them to grab power.Comparing the saffron party to that of militants, Mitra said: “An Emergency-like situation has been created in the nation by the BJP. They have created fear among all over the country. Amit Shah who himself is a ‘dangi’ is talking about violence in Bengal. There is no discipline in their own party because they are a militant entity.” Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsMitra came down heavily on Shah after he addressed the BJP’s rally in Purulia on Thursday.”But it is not that easy as the people of Bengal will build up protests against it as they had brought a mass leader in the name of Mamata Banerjee to power with a huge mandate,” Mitra said adding that the people of this country have rejected them for their lack of governance and their win in only one election out of 11 that was held recently has proved it.This comes when Shah claimed that the BJP will get more than 22 seats in the forthcoming Lok Sabha polls in Bengal. He maintained in the meeting: “Trinamool Congress chief is talking about the formation of Federal Front without realising that she is losing ground fast in Bengal.” Shah alleged that more than 2 crore people were not allowed to cast their votes in the Panchayat elections. “BJP has secured the second position in the elections and in 2021 it will oust Trinamool from Bengal.” Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedRubbishing Shah’s claims of improper utilisation of funds as the Finance Commission had given Rs 3.60 lakh crore to the Mamata Banerjee government, Mitra maintained: “He (Shah) is telling a blatant lie. If the money is not reaching the grassroot level then the people of Bengal would not have voted in favour of the Mamata Banerjee government. At the same time, the state has received several awards from the Centre itself just by carrying out development works.” It is the Centre that has stopped sanctioning funds for 38 projects and reduced its share for 28. The CAG has also mentioned that more than 30 to 35 percent of debt incurred by Bengal is spent for developmental activities. “But it is the Mamata Banerjee government that is somehow continuing with the project for the benefit of the people,” he said. Attacking Shah as a “communal face”, Mitra said: “They believe in the philosophy of dictatorship leading to repeated attacks on the federal structure of the country. They cannot win an election by dividing society.””The BJP doesn’t know the culture of the state and is talking about violence here at a time when people were killed in Uttar Pradesh, Kashmir and Madhya Pradesh in large numbers,” Mitra said adding that it is shameful that he is relating explosion of bombs to Rabindranath Tagore’s songs. This comes when Shah urged party workers to fight the terror that has been unleashed by the Trinamool Congress alleging that 20 party workers had been killed in the recently concluded Panchayat elections.last_img read more

This Entrepreneur Wants Us to See and Record the World in a

first_img In this ongoing series, we are sharing advice, tips and insights from real entrepreneurs who are out there doing business battle on a daily basis. (Answers have been edited and condensed for clarity.)Who are you and what’s your business?I am Lawrence Greaves, co-founder and CEO at OPKIX. Created specifically for a social-first generation, our first of its kind OPKIXOne wearable camera boasts a uniquely compact size, and pairs with an integrated app that allows you to edit your footage with the addition of filters, music and AR, and share across your favorite social platforms. What inspired you to develop it?My business partner, Shahin Amirpour, came up with the original idea one day while snowboarding when he realized that there was a need to capture video content hands-free. I had a similar “a-ha” moment when my wife came to me and said, “If you could capture video of the kids without looking at them through the screen of your phone, it would be a game changer.” That’s when we knew we were really onto something.Related: Spoil Your Customers and Make Deliveries the Best Part of Their Day, This Entrepreneur SaysHow is it different from other cameras in the category?We are defining our own category! This is truly the first wearable camera that can be integrated into everyday life as well as adventures — it’s not just for action sports. The OPKIXOne is available in a set of one or two cameras with the accompanying Egg that charges the camera and also wirelessly uploads content to your smartphone device almost instantly. The camera can integrate into a variety of wearable accessories including sunglasses, rings and even a necklace, allowing the user to capture content 100 percent hands-free. With the lenses just 1.4 inches long and the Egg measuring just under 4 inches, the whole system is the smartest compact device on the market.Related: 22 Qualities That Make a Great LeaderWhat is your marketing strategy? Who is the customer you want to reach and how are you going about it?We launched this year direct-to-consumer, leveraging our incredible team of brand ambassadors and their followings. Our camera fits into so many different lifestyles, and we work with a diverse pool of ambassadors that we’re proud to have representing the brand, from a musical artist using the camera onstage while headlining rock concerts to a professional boxer using it in the ring, and even a celebrity makeup artist filming beauty tutorials. This word-of-mouth approach has helped us reach a vibrant audience of potential creators.What does the word “entrepreneur” mean to you?It means leading by example, running through walls, and being the first among equals.How did you fund this? What advice can you share about the dos and don’ts of funding a company?We have closed a Series A and Series B fundraise that brought our total funds raised to $11.8 million. We have raised from private investors, including my own personal investment. My investment was one of the first ones in the business because I truly believe we are doing something revolutionary. A majority of our brand ambassadors have been on board as initial investors as well. Related: ‘Risk It All and Risk It Often’ According to This Veteran EntrepreneurHow did it feel the first day you began running this business? When did you feel like “Okay, this is real, we’re doing this!”From day one this has been the most exciting journey. The opportunity to start OPKIX brought me out of retirement; I couldn’t wait to get involved and help build this incredible brand. What we’ve created truly sunk in for me when we had a digital clock countdown to launch day, February 19, 2019, on the OPKIX website. When the clock hit zero, we truly felt how our vision for this brand was officially a reality, and it was surreal when the orders for the cameras started pouring in.What was your toughest challenge and how did you overcome it?The toughest challenge was having industry-leading experts tell us that our vision was not possible. Through hard work, determination, and never taking no for an answer, we made the impossible possible.Is there a particular quote or saying that you use as personal motivation? “Family over everything and never give up.” This is my own personal quote and mantra, and I really take to heart that you should treat everyone you meet and work with as a member of your family. You never know how much someone’s support will mean to you down the road. 4 min read This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Nowcenter_img Enroll Now for Free April 24, 2019last_img read more

Cancun Playa del Carmen ring in spring equinox Mayan style

first_imgCancun, Q.R. — Thousands of people gathered in different places around Cancun and Riviera Maya to participate in the Mayan spring equinox events.The archaeological site of Chichen Itzá was one of the busiest as nearly 10,000 spectators headed to the ancient Maya ruins to witness the archeoastronomy phenomenon of the spring equinox that marked the beginning of the cultivation cycles among the Mayans.The fully visible sun formed the seven isolate triangles on the north side of the building referred to as El Castillo. The triangles give the appearance of the forming body of a snake, which ends in a large head located just below the base of the great pre-Columbian construction and that was built in honor of the god Kukulkan (the feathered serpent).Other events around Cancun and Playa del Carmen included Mayan ceremonies to ring in the new cultivation cycle. Hundreds gathered in Playa del Carmen to watch as the prehispanic priest, Luis Nah, performed the annual Mayan spring equinox ceremony.During the traditional observance, music from pre-Hispanic percussion and wind instruments were played along with chants in the Mayan language hoping for peace, positive energy and a successful season.Hermelindo Be Cituk, head of indigenous cultures within the Institute for Culture and Arts said, “Part of the positive energy of the equinox and the Mayan people is the beginning of a season of hope and joy for all.”Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more

The Arizona Cardinals have only had a handful of p

first_imgThe Arizona Cardinals have only had a handful of practices and have only played one preseason game. That doesn’t mean it’s too early to dissect the roster to try and figure out exactly what they need to be a true playoff contender (alright, maybe it’s a little early but this kind of talk is what we love about sports).Sports 620 KTAR’s Doug Franz thinks there is one position that will hold the Cardinals back more than any other this season. “All you have to do is win this bad division,” Franz said Friday on Doug and Wolf. ” If you win this bad division you get a home playoff game. But I think you get slaughtered in that playoff game unless you fix the No. 2 receiver spot.”The bottom line is without acquiring a No. 2 receiver, or without one on their roster emerging, the Cardinals won’t be good enough to compete in the crowded NFC.“This is a team that should go to the playoffs,” Franz told listeners. “Once you’re in you never know what would happen. With what we saw yesterday we know that is not a Super Bowl team for the Arizona Cardinals. That is not an NFC Championship Game team for the Arizona Cardinals. They are not the Philadelphia Eagles. They’re not the Falcons. They’re not the Saints. So with those statements now they need help.”While it’s easy to sit here and say the Cardinals should acquire another receiver the reality is, thanks to the Kevin Kolb deal, the team can’t afford to give up draft picks to acquire one via trade. Not to mention the free agents who have been available have either decided they didn’t want to play here, got paid more than the Cards were willing to offer or just didn’t fit the offensive system. If the team does in fact want to add another receiver, they’ll probably have to do it via free agency. Just who is available will all hinge on which guys teams decide to cut as they try to pare down their rosters. D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Comments   Share   Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away Top Stories last_img read more

Flagstaff Ariz – Jeremy Bridges has been around

first_imgFlagstaff, Ariz. – Jeremy Bridges has been around the block, so to speak.The offensive lineman is about to enter his 10th NFL season, and does sohaving entered camp as the number one right tackle on the depth chart.The 32-year-old knows that isn’t really meant to last, but isperfectly fine with the arrangement.“I really don’t worry about the whole competition thing,” Bridges toldArizona Sports 620’s Doug and Wolf Wednesday. “The decision is going tobe made upstairs whether you like them or not.” 0 Comments   Share   Top Stories What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Sooner or later Bridges will hopefully give way to rookie BobbyMassie, who was selected with the hopes that he would at some pointascend to the starting right tackle role. And as it goes in the NFL, it’s Bridges’ job to make sure that happens.“If he needs any help I’ll tell him everything he needs to know,” Bridgessaid. – / 23center_img Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right awaylast_img read more