Facebook says 50M user accounts affected by security breach

first_imgNEW YORK, N.Y. – Facebook says it recently discovered a security breach affecting nearly 50 million user accounts.The hack is the latest setback for Facebook during a year of tumult for the global social media service.In a blog post , the company says hackers exploited a bug that affected its “View As” feature, which lets people see what their profiles look like to someone else. That would let attackers steal the “access tokens” Facebook uses to keep people logged in. Possession of those tokens would allow attackers to “seize control” of user accounts, Facebook said.Facebook says it has taken steps to fix the security problem and alerted law enforcement.To deal with the issue, Facebook reset some logins, so 90 million people have been logged out and will have to log in again. That includes anyone who has been subject to a “View As” lookup in the past year.Facebook says it doesn’t know who is behind the attacks or where they’re based. In a call with reporters on Friday, CEO Mark Zuckerberg said that the company doesn’t know yet if any of the accounts that were hacked were misused.Jake Williams, a security expert at Rendition Infosec, said the stolen access tokens would have likely allowed attackers to view private posts and probably post status updates or shared posts as the compromised user, but wouldn’t affect passwords.“The bigger concern (and something we don’t know yet) is whether third party applications were impacted,” Williams said in a text exchange. “Facebook offers a login service for third parties to allow users to log into their apps using Facebook. In other words, Facebook is providing the identity management for countless other sites and services. These access tokens that were stolen show when a user is logged into Facebook and that may be enough to access a user’s account on a third party site.News broke early this year that data analytics firm that once worked for the Trump campaign, Cambridge Analytica, had gained access to personal data from millions of user profiles. Then a congressional investigation found that agents from Russia and other countries have been posting fake political ads since at least 2016. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg appeared at a Congressional hearing over Facebook’s privacy policies in April.Facebook has more than 2 billion users worldwide. The company said people do not need to change their Facebook passwords, but anyone having trouble logging on should visit the site’s help centre . Those who want to log out can visit the “Security and Login” section of their settings, which lists the places that people are logged into Facebook. It has a one-click option of logging out of all locations.Ed Mierzwinski, the senior director of consumer advocacy group U.S. PIRG, said the breach was “very troubling.”“It’s yet another warning that Congress must not enact any national data security or data breach legislation that weakens current state privacy laws, preempts the rights of states to pass new laws that protect their consumers better, or denies their attorneys general rights to investigate violations of or enforce those laws,” he said in a statement.Wedbush analyst Michael Pachter said “the most important point is that we found out from them,” meaning Facebook, as opposed to a third party.“As a user, I want Facebook to proactively protect my data and let me know when it’s compromised,” he said. “Shareholders should ultimately approve of Facebook’s handling of the issue.”___An earlier version of this article incorrectly stated the day of Mark Zuckerberg’s call with reporters.___AP technology reporter Frank Bajak in Boston contributed to this report.last_img read more

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Kyrgyzstan UN says 75000 still displaced one month after clashes

16 July 2010The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said today that some 75,000 people are still displaced one month after the deadly clashes in southern Kyrgyzstan, which uprooted nearly 400,000 people and sent many fleeing to neighbouring Uzbekistan. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said today that some 75,000 people are still displaced one month after the deadly clashes in southern Kyrgyzstan, which uprooted nearly 400,000 people and sent many fleeing to neighbouring Uzbekistan.In the southern Kyrgyz cities of Osh and Jalalabad, where violence erupted last month, the situation is calm, but agency spokesperson Melissa Fleming told reporters in Geneva that there are dozens of police checkpoints. The two cities also remain under a strict evening curfew.“This in turn is preventing difficulties for people without personal papers, and there are frequent allegations of police harassment,” she added.In recent weeks, UNHCR and its partners have interviewed thousands of people as it carries out monitoring and shelter surveys.“At the peak of this crisis, we estimated that 400,000 people were affected,” Ms. Fleming said.Currently, 75,000 people – including those who are afraid to return or cannot because their homes have been destroyed – still need shelter assistance.The loss of personal papers, including birth certificates, passports and documents proving ownership of land, is proving to be debilitating, UNHCR said.For example, in the Furkat district of Osh, the agency saw a family of 12 who had lost all of their paperwork when they fled their home early last month. They are now having difficulty applying for new papers, with nothing to confirm their identities.“Such problems are widespread,” Ms. Fleming noted.UNHCR and its partners are counseling people on their rights and on procedures for procuring documentation, as well as discussing how to enhance the reissuing of documents with the State Registration Service.Most people are working to rehabilitate their own homes, but the work is substantial and help from the Government and the international community is critical, the agency said.UNHCR has reached an agreement with Kyrgyz authorities on the immediate reconstruction of 550 homes in Jalalabad and Osh, and the agency is also supporting the building in time for the start of winter of two warm rooms of up to 50 square metres for families whose homes were damaged or destroyed. read more

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China confident its relationship with Sri Lanka will grow stronger

He noted that the friendship between China and Sri Lanka dates back a couple of millennium and China strongly believes that the history-tested friendship between the two peoples is the solid foundation of excellent relations between the two countries. (Colombo Gazette) The Chinese Government today said that it is confident that the friendship with Sri Lanka will grow stronger.Cheng Xueyuan, the Ambassador-designate of the People’s Republic of China to Sri Lanka arrived in Colombo today. The Chinese Embassy in Colombo said that Cheng and his family were received at the Bandaranaike International Airport by representatives from the Protocol Division of the Foreign Ministry, Sri Lanka-China friendship associations, overseas Chinese enterprises and communities, as well as Chinese Embassy officials. He said that China and Sri Lanka will work together to promote peace, stability and prosperity in the region.“Ever since my middle school age, I learned from geography and history textbooks about this picturesque country of Ceylon, locating to the southeast of the Indian Subcontinent and at the centre of the vast Indian Ocean. With pure beaches, abundant flora and fauna, ancient cities and castles, and great Buddhist traditions, its people are hard-working, brave, talented and kind, not to mention they are enthusiastic, generous and gifted in many ways. In Sri Lanka, flowers and smiles reflect each other and could be seen everywhere. There are not only splendid gemstones, fragrant Ceylon tea, vast bluewaters, but also mountains, rivers, elephants and monkeys, to name just a few. I fall in love with this beautiful country from the bottom of my heart. And I am looking forward to experiencing its rich history, culture and customs, and cheering every change and achievement its people have made,” the envoy said. “We are fully confident that our great friendship has been becoming closer and closer as time goes on. As the 21st Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, I sincerely wish to make great friends with people of all circles on this Island, and look forward to promoting the China-Sri Lanka strategic partnership as well as join building the Belt and Road Initiative, and implementing the cooperative agreements. Under the great guidance from leaders of our two countries, we are ready to jointly build a China-Sri Lanka community of shared destiny and improve the wellbeing of the two peoples,” Cheng Xueyuan said on arriving in Colombo. read more

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More than 100 UNtrained Liberian police are deployed in capital

The 123 recruits completed their nine months of training on Saturday, which among other things included human rights education, riot control and community policing, spokesman Fred Eckhard told journalists at the daily briefing in New York.In the new Liberian National Police contingent positioned yesterday, 85 officers were new recruits, he added.The UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) aimed to train and equip 3,500 police by the end of next year, Mr. Eckhard said.

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Wednesday is Red Day at Brock U

Not one, not two, but three separate events on Wednesday has the University encouraging you to wear red and show your Badger Pride.On campus, the Brock men’s and women’s basketball teams are in must-win situations against the Guelph Gryphons. Tip-off at the Bob Davis Gymnasium is 6 p.m. (women) and 8 p.m. (men)Country recording artists Kira Isabella and Leah Daniels will rock Isaac’s with a concert beginning at 8 p.m.And last, but certainly not least, the Brock men’s hockey team open playoffs with a home game against the Windsor Lancers. Game time at the Seymour-Hannah Centre is 7:15 p.m.Keep your eyes on Brock’s social media accounts for a special Red Day contest.Let’s continue the momentum from the recent First Annual President’s Day Basketball Game, and last week’s Do It For Doczy hockey game, into Wednesday.  Be there or spread the word – Wednesday is Red Day at Brock U. read more

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Brock scientist in Brazil for Zika summit

Brock University medical entomologist Fiona Hunter is in Brazil for a global summit seeking ways to combat a mosquito that transmits Zika virus, dengue, chikungunya and yellow fever.Fiona Hunter participated in the conference — Crisis in the Americas: Joining Together to Address a Grand Challenge — in Maceio, Brazil Sunday, March 13. The summit involved the international community of entomologists, discussing the Aedes aegypti mosquito.It was held in conjunction with the joint Brazilian and Latin American Congresses of Entomology. Hunter will spend a few days at the entomolgy congress before flying home later this week.Hunter and her team at Brock are studying Zika to see if Canadian mosquitoes can transmit the virus.Last month, carefully sealed containers of Zika arrived at Brock’s campus, sent by the Public Health Agency of Canada. The team is growing the virus in cell culture so they can infect colony strains of Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus with the virus. They will be testing whether the virus can be transmitted between male and female mosquitoes during mating, as well as whether female mosquitoes can pass the virus on to their eggs.Fiona Hunter is in Brazil for an entomology conference. read more

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Thad Matta earns 300th win in Ohio State mens basketball season opener

OSU freshman forward Jae’Sean Tate in action during a game against Marquette on Nov. 18 in Columbus. Credit: Lantern File PhotoOhio State men’s basketball coach Thad Matta notched his 300th win as the Buckeyes defeated Mount St. Mary’s 76-54 in the team’s first game of the season.Matta, who is in his 12th season with the team, became OSU’s all-time winningest coach during last season’s Big Ten tournament. His OSU teams now have a record of 300-94.“I’ve always said that I’m very fortunate to have the opportunity to be here at Ohio State,” Matta said. “It goes back to (Alex Haley’s) old saying, ‘When you see a turtle on the fence post, you know it didn’t get there by itself.’ That’s definitely me on that fence post.”Sophomore forward Jae’Sean Tate said Matta is deserving of his record.“That’s just another stat to add to his résumé, he’s a wonderful coach, he’s a wonderful guy and hopefully we have many to come this year,” Tate said.Tate, who missed the Buckeyes’ exhibition game against Walsh with a sprained ankle, helped lead the Buckeyes to victory with an impressive offensive showing. His 21 points were one shy of tying his career-high, and his two 3-point field goals nearly equaled his season total from his freshman campaign (three). “It definitely boosts my confidence. I’m still not where I want to be, so I have to continue to work, I can’t rest on that,” Tate said.Matta said as a coach it was rewarding to see Tate’s hard work pay off.“Jae’Sean was good. It was so exciting when he let his first three go, to see it go down. I’ve seen that kid, how diligent he’s been in terms of his work ethic and developing that,” Matta said.Two of the more veteran players on the roster, junior forward Marc Loving and sophomore forward Keita Bates-Diop, led the team in minutes with 35 and 38, respectively, but it was freshman center/forward Daniel Giddens who made one of the biggest impacts of the afternoon.The 6-foot-9 Mableton, Georgia, native made his presence known with 11 points in 26 minutes of hard play.“For myself individually, I just have to build on what I did today and just want to make this season a successful one,” Giddens said.Matta said he was impressed with Giddens’ play.“Daniel was everywhere. He was showing his chest, helping, getting back to his man,” Matta said. “The thing I love about Daniel is that effort is never going to be a problem for him. He’s a kid who cares, he is starving for extra work, he’s starving for finding ways to improve his game.” Giddens appeared to be calm on the court, but the freshman said he was “freaking out”  internally.“I’m not going to lie, I was nervous. I’m still nervous. This is new to me,” Giddens said.Other freshmen members of the Scarlet and Gray also made their presences known. Guard JaQuan Lyle put up 12 points, the third-highest of the team, and guard A.J. Harris came off the bench, showing off his publicized speed and energy. Meanwhile, guard Austin Grandstaff nailed a 3-point attempt, his first and only shot of his young career. The Buckeyes started the game strong going into the half with a 42-21 lead and a team field-goal percentage of 56.3 percent. The Mountaineers tried to mount a comeback in the second half, at one point cutting the deficit to 13 points.“I painted the picture at halftime, I said this is what could happen and it did. We got a little bit complacent,” Matta said. “We didn’t have the pace we needed in the second half.”Turnovers were an issue for the Buckeyes throughout the game, something Tate said will get better as the season goes along.“Having such a young team, being the first game I think that played a role in that. With two freshman point guards and so many young guys, we’ll mature as the season goes on,” Tate said.Matta said the turnovers were due to not making the simple play, and there’s still a lot of teaching needed for a young Buckeye team that has games both Tuesday and Friday. “I just told them after the game, ‘You guys want to play in the NBA? Well, you’ve got an NBA schedule this week,’” Matta said. “We’ve got to prepare for Grambling, but we also got to look at what we need to get better at.”The Buckeyes are set to take the court again at the Schottenstein Center on Tuesday at 7 p.m. against Grambling State. read more

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4th Delphi Economic Forum includes focus on how the diaspora can help

first_imgThe 4th Delphi Economic Forum kicked off on February 28 at what was once considered the centre of the ancient classical world.Not just an economic conference, but an annual meeting point for global political leaders and thinkers looking at emerging global trends. As such, the annual event has once again drawn people from all around the world to the slope of Mount Parnassos, specifically 500 international speakers, 2,500 delegates and 200 press members.This year’s theme – “The Challenge of Inclusive Growth” – focuses on issues such as national and cyber security, European policy on migration and asylum, EU bailouts, the Middle East and of even the Diaspora.The event was opened by Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos who spoke of the effects of technology and modern man’s relationship with it that is “fraught with contradictions”.“These are not contrasts, which could be compromised through a dialectical synthesis, but actual contradictions generated, on the one hand, the justified pride the creator takes in his creations,” Pavlopoulos said.“Fear, almost subconsciously, fuels the composite emotion that results from the mixture of the paradox and the absurd. This mixture is, ultimately, the awe felt by the creator when his creations begin to operate outside the scope of his designs and expectations. It is even more acutely felt when the creator thinks that he may be about to be surpassed or displaced by his creations.”Other keynote speakers at the European Cultural Centre of Delphi’s Artemis Hall include European Policy Study’s Chairman Joaquin Almunia with a talk about the differences between the Greek and Spanish crisis, World Bank Vice-President Nikos Christodoulides, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, North Macedonia Foreign Affairs Minister Nikola Dimitrov and many more.Prominent Greeks of the diaspora gathered for a panel discussion titled “Mobilising the Diaspora to Promote the Homeland”. Participants included Envolve Entrepreneurship President Jimmy Athanasopoulos, Bank of Sydney Chairman and President of the Hellenic Initiative Australia Leonidas Raptakis and Peter J Poulos of the Hellenic Initiative and many more panelists.The meeting, chaired by Emanuel Rouvelas from K&L, focused on how second- and third-generation Greeks can be mobilized to help Greece.The conference ends on March 3, and includes a number of livestreamed events to ensure that people from around the world can benefit from the discussions being held there.CLICK HERE for more information. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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30 des cancers pourraient être évités selon lOMS

first_img30% des cancers pourraient être évités selon l’OMSVendredi, l’Organisation mondiale de la santé a rappelé qu’au moins 30% des cancers pourraient être évités en changeant de mode de vie, et surtout en tenant compte des facteurs de risque. A l’occasion de la Journée mondiale contre le cancer organisée le 4 février, l’Organisation mondiale de la santé a rappelé les enjeux de la lutte contre cette maladie, devenue une cause majeure de décès dans le monde. Depuis des années, le cancer fait l’objet de très nombreuses recherches qui ont permis d’identifier des facteurs de risque cruciaux, parmi lesquels le tabagisme. Ainsi, l’OMS a tenu à rappeler qu’environ 30% des cas pourraient être évités en changeant son mode de vie. À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?A lui seul, le tabagisme “est le facteur de risque cancéreux le plus important, représentant 22% de la mortalité par cancer”. Mais il n’est pas le seul alors que l’obésité, la consommation insuffisante de fruits et légumes, le manque d’exercice, l’alcool, ou la pollution de l’air dans les villes ont également été identifiés comme jouant un rôle dans l’apparition de la maladie. A titre de prévention, l’OMS recommande donc d’éviter ces facteurs de risques et aussi de se faire vacciner contre le virus du papillome humain (HPV), responsable du cancer du col de l’utérus, qui fait des ravages dans les pays en développement. En outre, elle a également souligné l’importance de réduire son exposition au soleil.Selon les derniers chiffres mondiaux connus, le cancer a causé en 2008 pas moins de 7,6 millions de décès dans le monde, soit environ 13% de la mortalité mondiale. Les formes de cancer les plus meurtrières sont ceux du poumon, de l’estomac, du foie, du colon et du sein. Mais dans les pays pauvres, 20% des décès sont dus à des cancers provoqués par des infections virales, comme le virus de l’hépatite B ou le papillome humain, rappelle l’AFP. Les pays considérés comme pauvres ou à revenu moyen sont d’ailleurs les plus touchés par la maladie avec 70% des cas de décès. Des chiffres qui ne tendent pas vers l’amélioration selon les prévisions de l’OMS estimant le nombre de décès à 13,1 millions pour 2030.  Le 6 février 2012 à 17:39 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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EA Sports UFC 3 is the Most Realistic Fighting Game of 2018

first_imgStay on target Xbox One already has 11 confirmed gamesEA lets you play Sports games early with $25 Season Ticket Mixed Martial Arts is a highly complex fighting style because it combines so many different disciplines. In the same vein, EA Sports’ UFC series is just as deep as the sport it’s emulating. EA Sports UFC and its sequel were hallmark titles that elevated fighting games. Now, EA hopes to completely revolutionize the series and the genre with EA Sports UFC 3.Previous UFC games were lauded for their realism and authenticity. While this was true at the time, they weren’t perfect. The biggest knock against the games was the fact fighters couldn’t move and strike at the same time. The games had great animation, but there were times when they felt somewhat stilted and unnatural. UFC 3 now employs brand-new technology that arguably makes it the most realistic fighting game on the market.Real Player Motion (RPM) Tech is the engine that makes the magic happen. Players can now strike while moving and create their own seamless combos. UFC 3 has over 5,000 new animations motion captured from actual league fighters. The differences aren’t just visual, either. Playing the game feels a lot smoother and more responsive than before. The fact you can freely move around and strike makes a world of difference. The extra animations add another dimension of strategy and competition.Past EA Sports games (going as far back as 1999) captured motions by recording in pieces. The devs would then take this data and splice it together and attempt to make it all seamless. While the technology has improved over the decades, the transitions between animations were always apparent. Now with RPM, it is nearly impossible to tell when animations go from one to the next. What you get is a game that looks incredibly real. I actually had to take a second glance when I saw the teaser trailer. To quote Sammy Sosa: “It’s so real!”One of the things that makes MMA so exciting is its unpredictability. Unlike boxing, MMA fights can end in an instant if a fighter lands a critical blow. The same is true in UFC 3. Players must consider fighter position, stance, and exposure at all times. A well-timed punch can get you an immediate win. Conversely, missing a crucial strike can leave you open for a finishing blow. These factors were also important in previous UFC games. In UFC 3, their impact has been significantly heightened.UFC 3 has a massive roster of over 270 fighters. This includes new champions like Demetrius Johnson and legends like BJ Penn. Each fighter’s unique personalities have been captured to make each feel like their real-life counterpart. This not only includes the way fighters strut down to the octagon, but also how they fight. Players can execute the same combos of their favorite champions. This is about as close as you’ll get to being Georges St-Pierre or Connor Macgregor.UFC 2’s most-played mode was its career mode. Interestingly enough, this was also one of the community’s least favorite options. UFC 3’s G.O.A.T Career Mode takes things to another level by making what you do outside of the ring as important as what you do in it. Players have a set amount of time in-between fights. During that time, they must carefully balance when to train and when they’ll promote themselves and the upcoming bout. This is something real-life UFC fighters must also do. By making time for training and promotion, players will have a better sense of what it’s like to be an MMA fighter.Like any other real-world champion, you must earn your way to the top. In the World Fighting Alliance, players can knock out opponents to quickly gain the attention of UFC president, Dana White. On the flip side, they can decide to spend time honing their skills before getting a contract. As they progress, players can sign and resign unique contracts to earn more money. They can then use the Fight Cash to promote themselves or for performance-driven objectives.There are ten different gyms where players can train. Each one offers unique fighting discipline specialties and a roster of real UFC fighters. In gyms, players can learn and master new moves. One has the option of sticking with a specific gym or entering a new gym to learn additional movesets.Like real UFC fighters, players can create rivalries with other opponents. This helps build fans which in turn can help set or break records. Every UFC fighter has a unique personality, and this is no different for players. They can choose to be calm and cool or a relentless promoter. Players can interact with others and post content that helps increase their reputation worldwide.Players can see the biggest highlights of their career via the all-new Career Milestones. UFC programs like Bad Blood and UFC Minute (hosted by Megan Olivi) recount a player’s career with cinematic moments. This not only includes one’s best takedowns and knockouts, but also their pre-fight hype and rivalries. These moments are a real treat since they genuinely feel like actual content the UFC would deliver.There are a nice variety of game modes to indulge in. One of these is UFC 2’s Knockout Mode. Here, players can set the amount of strikes it takes to win. Grapples and ground game are disabled. Stand & Bang is more or less a straight up five-round kickboxing match that only has strikes and no ground game. Submission Shootout is the opposite since players get to show off their ground game skills using holds, ground-and-pound, and submissions to win. Tournament mode is made for groups of friends. Players choose a fighter and see how many foes they can defeat. The last man standing wins. Finally, Fight Now Custom lets players control every setting and slider from transition speed, submission speed, stamina, damage, grapple advantage, health recovery, and perks.Customization and personalization is a crucial aspect of UFC 3. Players can combine their create-a-fighter with real UFC fighters to create their own ultimate fighting roster. Thanks to the all-new Fighter Chemistry, it is possible to chase and pair-specific moves that give boosts to fighters. Ultimate Team Solo Challenges have updated single-player challenges that unlock in-game rewards. Ultimate Team Sets let players collect thematic items and trade them in for higher value items.UFC 3 is certainly a dense game when it comes to features and mechanics. Despite this, even folks who aren’t fighting masters can have a great time. Features like Practice Mode and Gameplay Hints teach players about the game’s various intricacies. The best and most unique learning tool is the Tutorial Videos. What’s cool about these is that they are created by the actual community. Hundreds or even thousands of videos could be accessible for those yearning to get deeper into what UFC 3 has to offer. If not, simply playing with one’s friends will satisfy the more casual crowd.EA Sports UFC 3 is set for a worldwide release on February 2, 2018, for Xbox One and PlayStation 4. Pre-ordering the Champions Edition gives players access to the game three full days before release, the choice of one current or former UFC champion in Ultimate Team, and 20 Premium Packs in Ultimate Team. For more information, make sure to check out the official UFC 3 website.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

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ASA Director Cunningham Testifies on Importance of Raising the Proposed Biodiesel RVO

first_imgWASHINGTON (Nov. 5, 2013) – American Soybean Association (ASA) Director Mike Cunningham joined other biofuels stakeholders in Washington today to testify at a hearing on the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed rule to set the 2014 and 2015 biomass-based diesel Renewable Volume Obligation (RVO) at 1.28 billion gallons. The number is significantly less than the industry is capable of producing next year, as well as the 1.7 billion gallon RVO that industry had called for.“Soybean farmers are extremely proud of the major role we have played in the development of the U.S. biodiesel industry – an industry that has helped diversify our fuel supply, reduced greenhouse gas emissions, and created jobs and economic growth, especially in rural America,” said Cunningham, a soybean farmer from Bismarck, Ill. “The Biomass-based Diesel and total Advanced Biofuels levels set forth in the proposal are unnecessarily low and will stifle the growth and job creation potential demonstrated by the biodiesel industry over the past several years.”As Cunningham illustrated in his testimony, ASA sees no compelling reason not to increase the Biomass-based Diesel volumes above the estimated actual production for 2013, or at least 1.7 billion gallons with a commensurate level for total Advanced Biofuels.“Biodiesel is the most prevalent advanced biofuel currently produced in the United States,” explained Cunningham. “The industry has met or exceeded the RFS Biomass-based Diesel volume requirements each and every year they have been in place and 2013 production is expected to reach 1.7 billion gallons.”“Any RFS volume requirement below the 1.7 billion gallons to be produced in 2013 would be a significant setback for the biodiesel industry and for our shared goals of diversifying the nation’s fuel supply, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and growing our economy,” he added.For a full transcript of Cunningham’s testimony, please click here.EPA will continue to accept public comments on its proposed rule through Jan. 28. In addition to Cunningham’s testimony, ASA members will submit their own comments until the closing date, and will remain in contact with EPA until the final rule is released.last_img read more

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Government to tackle tax after 2019s Spring Statement

first_imgSpring Statement 2019: The government has announced a call for evidence on insurance premium tax (IPT), in addition to a series of other consultations and responses published in alignment with the Spring Statement 2019.Chancellor Philip Hammond (pictured) outlined the tax-related consultations and published government responses in his annual Spring Statement address today (Wednesday 13 March 2019) at the House of Commons.Hammond first confirmed an operational review of IPT, setting out a call for evidence on where improvements could be made to ensure that IPT is fair and efficient.He also outlined the draft regulations for the national insurance contributions (NICs) employment allowance. This invites technical comments on the draft regulations designed to implement the reform, which was originally announced during the Autumn Budget 2018 presentation. The reform proposes that access to the employment allowance will be restricted to employers with an NICs bill below £100,000 in the previous tax year, effective from April 2020.Hammond further announced the publication of a government response to the Worldwide harmonised light vehicles test procedure (WLTP) and vehicle taxes review. This explored the impact of the WLTP on the vehicle excise duty and company car tax.Read more…Government to review international evidence on minimum wageslast_img read more

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Donald Trump says many Koreans were in tears as he stepped into

first_imgWashington: US President Donald Trump has said many North Koreans were literally in tears when he stepped into their country before his historic meeting with Kim Jong-un in the demilitarized zone dividing the peninsula. Trump travelled to the demilitarized zone (DMZ) with South Korean President Moon Jae-In and met with troops stationed there before meeting Kim at a marker delineating the border between the two states. Also Read – EAM Jaishankar calls on European Parliament President David Sassoli Advertise With Us The North Korean leader then invited Trump to cross into his country. Trump accepted his offer and walked over the demarcation line, becoming the only sitting US president to set foot inside North Korea. After posing for photos, Trump and Kim held a bilateral meeting at the Freedom House in border town of Panmunjom, South Korea. “I actually stepped into North Korea and they say it’s a very historic moment,” he told American soldiers at Osan Air Base after his meeting with Chairman Kim. “Many people, I noticed, from Korea were literally in tears,” he added. Also Read – This is why Denmark, Sweden and Germany are considering a meat tax Advertise With Us Trump on Sunday returned to the White House. The New York Times described the meeting between Trump and Kim as a masterpiece of drama. “President Trump’s largely improvised third meeting on Sunday with Kim Jong-un, the North Korean leader, was a masterpiece of drama, the kind of made-for-TV spectacle that Mr Trump treasures,” the daily said. PTI LKJ Trump and Kim held a historic first summit in Singapore in June, which concluded with a vague joint statement where Kim pledged to work toward denuclearisation. Then they met in Hanoi, Vietnam in February, but talks broke down without any joint agreement as Kim pushed for sanctions relief and the US pushed for denuclearisation.last_img read more

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Nalgonda People urged to plant more for reducing pollution

first_imgNakrekal (Nalgonda): Nakrekal MLA Chirumarthi Lingaiah urged the people to plant saplings in vacant spaces at their residences, schools and offices and protect them still they survive.On Thursday, he took part in Haritha Haram programme held at Narsimhulagudem village of Nakrekal mandal in the district. Speaking on the occasion, he called upon people to plant saplings to protect the environment.He suggested the officials and the local public representatives to achieve the set targets in respective villages. Also Read – Techie strangled to death in Hyderabad Advertise With Us “It is the duty of every citizen to plant as many as saplings as possible to balance the environment and to reduce the increasing pollution,” he underlined.Local public representatives and villagers participated in the programme.Meanwhile, Suryapet district Joint Collector Sanjeeva Reddy visited the famous Lord Shiva temple located at Mellacheruvu mandal headquarters and took part in the Haritha Haram programme held on temple premises. Speaking on the occasion, he advised people to plant saplings to protect the environment. “By planting enough trees we can ensure good rains besides manageable temperatures. Trees not only reduce pollution but also play a key role in maintaining ecological balance,” he underlined.last_img read more

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Winding up Projects worth 3000Mw up for sale as wind power sops

first_imgFollowing tax benefits to new projects coming up in the wind power sector drying up, tariffs plunging to new lows after introduction of competitive bidding, and demand from states remaining bleak, a number of wind power producers are putting up their assets for sale, said a report in financial daily Business Standard (BS) on Monday.Projects with capacities totalling 3,000 megawatts (Mw) and worth Rs 15,000 crore are on sale in seven states, the BS report said. Most of these assets are owned by non-energy companies, which earlier received significant accelerated depreciation (AD) tax benefit under the Income Tax Act.The Goods and Services Tax (GST) implemented from July 1 has added to the woes of some wind power generators. The Tamil Nadu textile industry owns close to 1,000-Mw capacity of wind power units. Industry sources said the textile sector in the state had taken a hit due to new GST rates.Another 700 Mw of projects are on sale in Tamil Nadu, followed by Maharashtra with 400 Mw, 100 Mw each in Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Karnataka, and 300 Mw in Rajasthan.In the last Union Budget, the government had announced the capping of the AD tax benefit at 40 per cent effective April 1, 2017, and scrapping it from the next financial year. It was 80 per cent earlier. Also, the GBI of 50 paise per unit to wind power producers ceased to exist from March 31, 2017.”While the Indian government is giving a hard push to the growth of the renewable energy sector, the state governments seem to working in the opposite direction. Frequent grid curtailments on high wind days to delayed payments up to 18 months in Maharashtra, Rajasthan and Tamil Nadu are some of the examples,” Animesh Damani, managing partner, Artha Energy Resources – a portfolio matching company for investors in the renewable sector, told Business Standard.Damani said that more trouble is brewing for the wind power sector as state governments now want to renegotiate existing PPAs (power purchase agreements) and lower the tariff based on the price in recent auctions.Discoms in Karnataka are believed to have sent a notice to cancel all PPAs to all wind turbine owners, Damani told BS. “In such a scenario, anyone invested into the wind energy sector is looking to sell their assets as the returns have diminished and the asset has become more of a liability,” the report quoted him as saying.Competitive bidding was introduced in the wind power sector with tariff falling to Rs 3.46 a unit in maiden auction in February, 2017. The sector worked under the ‘feed-in-tariff’ (FiT) regime till then, which means the power price would be in accordance with the cost of the project.last_img read more

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AL didnt file the case Hasina

first_imgPrime minister Sheikh Hasina speaks at a reception accorded to her by the Italy unit of the ruling Awami League at Parco Dei Principi Grand hotel in Rome on Tuesday. Photo: PIDBangladesh Awami League (AL) president and prime minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday said her party didn’t file the Zia Orphanage Trust case in which her arch enemy BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia was convicted and sentenced to five years in jail.Following the five-year imprisonment in the case, the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) chairperson and former prime minister has been kept in Nazimuddin Road jail, the abandoned central jail, in the capital.The prime minister was speaking at a reception accorded to her by Italy unit of ruling AL at Parco Dei Principi Grand hotel in Rome on Tuesday with its president M Idris Farazi in the chair, UNB news agency reported from Rome, Italy.Claiming that Moeen Uddin, Fakhruddin and Iajuddin – the architects of the military-backed political changeover in 2007 – are Khaleda’s favourite people, Hasina said, “Awami League didn’t lodge the case.”She claimed the government wants to develop the country with changing the fate of people.”This will be possible only when we we’ll be able to check and eradicate corruption, militancy and nepotism,” Hasina said adding that the prime goal of her government is to develop Bangladesh.”I’m the daughter of the father of the nation, and pursue the politics. Why should we indulge in corruption luxury?” she said.About the recent verdict in a case where BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia was convicted along with others, Hasina said the case was filed by Khaleda Zia’s “favourite people” Moeen Uddin, Fakhruddin and Iajuddin. “Awami League didn’t lodge the case.”She said BNP people are questioning the justification of giving the punishment just for only Tk two crore, and there are some intellectuals too who are supporting this argument.”That means there’ll be a ceiling of amount of money to commit corruption which will be legal. Are they trying to say that?” she asked.”Being a former prime minister, Khaleda Zia whitened black money. Where that money came from?” she said.Hasina also claimed that whenever BNP comes to power, it turns the country into a den of corruption.Bangladesh topped the list of most corrupt countries as per the Corruption Perception Index (CPI) of the Transparency International in June of 2001 – the final year of Hasina-led government’s five-year tenure.Although the Berlin-based anti-corruption watchdog started preparing the Corruption Perception Index in 1995, it has included Bangladesh in its list for the first time in 2001.last_img read more

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Anger flows in US at acquittal of George Zimmerman in death of

first_imgNo related posts. George Zimmerman’s acquittal Saturday night on all charges in the killing of a black teenager, Trayvon Martin, sparked deep emotional reactions across the United States on Sunday, resurrecting an intense national debate about the role of race and racism in U.S. life.President Barack Obama declared Martin’s killing a national tragedy but called for calm.From church pews to street corners to the sprawling social-media universe, people in the U.S. expressed outrage, disgust and, in some cases, relief at the verdict. Rallies and vigils were held in Washington, D.C., San Francisco, Chicago, New York and Los Angeles as well as in Sanford, Florida, where the killing and the trial took place. Others were scheduled in Boston, Detroit and Baltimore.“I grew up in Georgia, and what happened to Trayvon would be the norm for any black man in Georgia,” said James Ealey, 73, recalling an earlier, more segregated nation. “That was the way it was. We are going backwards. We are not in a post-racial America just because of Barack Obama,” he said after Sunday services at the Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal Church in Washington.The White House issued a statement in which Obama characterized Martin’s death as “a tragedy … not just for his family … but for America.” The president acknowledged that “passions may be running ever higher” in the wake of the verdict but urged citizens to remember that a jury had spoken.“I now ask every American to respect the call for calm reflection from two parents who lost their young son,” Obama said. “And as we do, we should ask ourselves if we’re doing all we can to widen the circle of compassion and understanding in our own communities … if we’re doing all we can to stem the tide of gun violence that claims too many lives across this country on a daily basis … that’s the way to honor Trayvon Martin.”The verdict did little to close the stark divisions the case opened up among people in the U.S. along the jagged fissures of race and personal safety — starting when Martin was shot about 18 months ago.Zimmerman’s attorney argued throughout the case that race had little bearing on the initial confrontation or the outcome. But the case has played out against a racially charged backdrop since Zimmerman followed the unarmed Martin as he walked through his central Florida neighborhood and later said a confrontation led him to shoot Martin in self-defense.As one side sees it, a racially biased criminal justice system was slow to charge Zimmerman and quick to believe a white man’s version of events. The other side sees in Zimmerman a law-abiding citizen who tried to protect his neighborhood and properly claimed his right to carry a weapon in self-defense.Protesters across the country decried what they called the injustice of Zimmerman’s acquittal. They insisted that something must change in a court system and body of law that would allow an armed and self-appointed neighborhood watchman to pursue a black teenager, based on the suspicion that he was up to no good, and kill him.A group called the Coalition for Justice for Trayvon hosted a rally Sunday afternoon at the Seminole County courthouse, where a jury of six women acquitted Zimmerman of second-degree murder. In Washington, critics of the verdict were pumping fists and chanting along the U Street corridor early Sunday morning. Among the placards they carried were these two messages: “Stop criminalizing black men” and “Only White Life is Protected in America.”The NAACP began circulating a petition late Saturday asking Attorney General Eric Holder to take action in the case as the group held its annual conference in Orlando, Fla.“It is time for the Department of Justice to act,” the petition says. “The most fundamental of civil rights — the right to life — was violated the night George Zimmerman stalked and then took the life of Trayvon Martin.”Although some people criticized the verdict, many argued that state investigators should have never prosecuted Zimmerman because there was simply not enough evidence to prove who was the aggressor. Even legal analysts who said they strongly suspected that Martin was an innocent victim agreed that evidence proving so beyond a reasonable doubt — the standard that must be met for a guilty verdict — did not exist in this case.Ultimately, there were no living witnesses other than Zimmerman.Zimmerman said Martin punched him and threw him to the ground. A few neighbors testified at the trial that they heard yelps and saw an altercation, but not who was doing the harm. A friend of Martin’s said he had called her on her cellphone minutes before his death, complaining that he was afraid of a “creepy-ass cracker” following him.Attorneys for Zimmerman said at a post-verdict news conference that they were ecstatic at the decision and praised the jurors, saying they weighed the evidence carefully. But defense attorney Mark O’Mara complained that some in the public and the media turned Zimmerman into a civil rights cause — and a monster.“If only those who decided to condemn Mr. Zimmerman as quickly and as viciously as they did would have taken just a little bit of time to find out who it was that they were condemning, it would never have happened,” O’Mara said.Added another defense attorney, Don West: “I think the prosecution of George Zimmerman was disgraceful. … It makes me sad, too, that it took this long, under these circumstances, to finally get justice.”The Justice Department opened a civil rights investigation of Martin’s death shortly after his shooting. A department spokesman said Sunday that the investigation remains open and that officials are looking at whether there is enough evidence to pursue a civil rights case.But for many in the U.S. furious with the jury’s decision, Sunday was a day to look to their religious faith for comfort and understanding.Among them was Martin’s mother, Sybrina Fulton, who tweeted about her deep faith and quoted Proverbs 3:5-6: “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.”She also tweeted: “Lord during my darkest hour I lean on you. You are all that I have. At the end of the day, GOD is still in control. Thank you all for your prayers and support. I will love you forever Trayvon!!! In the name of Jesus!!!”Martin’s parents and relatives were “in church this morning, praying and turning to God, a higher authority, to make sense of it all,” family attorney Benjamin Crump said Sunday on ABC’s “This Week With George Stephanopoulos.” The family members cannot believe the verdict, Crump said.They don’t fault the prosecutors, he said, but they are trying to make sense of the jury’s decision while continuing to mourn the 17-year-old’s death. Family members are trying to decide what to do next and will look into filing a civil lawsuit. They have set up a foundation in Martin’s memory and pledge to fight gun violence.In sermons Sunday, many pastors nationwide mentioned the verdict and the pain it had caused their flocks. At some churches, members wore hooded sweatshirts in Martin’s honor to bring attention to racial stereotypes about young black men who often wear such pullovers.But Sunday was a day of celebration for supporters of Zimmerman, who believed he had properly defended himself from a threat and should never have been prosecuted.His brother, Robert Zimmerman Jr., tweeted early in the day: “Message from Dad: ‘Our whole family is relieved’. Today … I’m proud to be an American. God Bless America! Thank you for your prayers!”Manuel Roig-Franzia in Sanford, Fla., and Hamil R. Harris and Sari Horwitz in Washington contributed to this report.© 2013, The Washington Post Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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Dinner MenuAntipasto Parmesan crisps mixed oliv

first_imgDinner Menu:Antipasto: Parmesan crisps, mixed olives, eggplant caviar.Pasta Primavera: roasted vegetables (red/white/green) and pecorino cheese slivers.Buffalo and lamb meatballs in tomato sauceMushroom and nut meatless balls with tomato sauceGreen Bean Salad with walnuts, feta and Italian parsleyMixed green saladCiabattaRed and Green GrapesDessert: a special treat: Forest Berry or Coffee Crunch Gelato from Cool Gelato Italiano in Scottsdale July 18, 2012ITALIAN NIGHT at ArcosantiCelebrate all things Italian at Arcosanti July 21, 2012 with delicious food under the Vaults and Arias by Soprano Jayne Casselman.A yearly tradition of the Colly Soleri Music Center, Italian Night 2012 will be held on Saturday, July 21, 2012. Arrive at 5:00 p.m. for a complimentary tour of Arcosanti, followed by dinner at 6:00 p.m. with the performance at 7:30 p.m.  Italian Night charms guests with family-style Italian food and captivating music amidst the stunning architecture and high desert landscape of Arcosanti. In the setting of Italian cypress and olive trees, dinner is enjoyed outdoors under the dramatic Arcosanti Vaults where pasta is served from festive wheelbarrows in honor of the construction culture at Arcosanti.A performance after dinner will take you to Italy with American soprano Jayne Casselman, accompanied by Lynne Haeseler on piano, featuring works by Puccini, Boito, Verdi and Scarlatti.Tickets are $40 for the performance and dinner or $20 for the performance only($10) students. Dinner reservations required. Call 928-632-7135 or see www.arcosanti.org for tickets and more information.  JAYNE CASSELMANBorn in Iowa,  raised in Kansas and educated at the University of Kansas, American soprano Jayne Casselman, began her career at the Kansas City Lyric Opera as Maddalena in Rigoletto. Moving to Germany she took on fest engagements in the opera houses of Kaiserslautern, Kassel, Dortmund and Mannheim starting in the Lyric Mezzo fach adding 30 roles and moving to the repetoire of Dramatic Soprano. Her repertoire of over 60 roles includes all three Brünnhildes, Elektra, Salome, Isolde, Elizabeth and Venus, Sieglinde, Senta, Kundry, Ariadne, Katerina Ismailova in Dimitri Schostakovitch’s Lady Macbeth from Msensk, Goneril in Reimann’s Lear, Agathe in Freischütz, Leonora in Verdi’s Forza del Destino, Rachel in Halevy’s La Juive, Genevievre in Chaussons Le roi Artus. She’s sung Isolde in Oviedo, Rome, Rio de Janiero, Budapest, Leipzig, Dortmund, Mannheim, Karlsruhe, Innsbruck, Münster, Luxembourg, and the Festspielhaus in Salzburg, Brünnhilden in the Grand Théâtre de Genéve, the Liceu in Barcelona, Teatro di San Carlo in Napoli, La Fenice in Venice, Köln, Antwerp, Mannheim, Graz, Dortmund and Bonn. Salome at the Academy of Music in Philadelphia, Kassel, Mannheim and the Deutsche Oper am Rhein in Düsseldorf. Kundry in Barcelona, Mannheim, Düsseldorf, Karlsruhe and Dortmund. Elektra in Saarbrücken, Seattle and Catania. She’s sung Elizabeth/Tannhäuser in Basel and Mannheim, where she sang Venus and Elizabeth together in one evening. She was awarded the Distinguished Artists Award for her performance of Salome in Philadelphia and was nominated for Singer of the Year by the Opernwelt for her performance of Isolde in Budapest. Ms Casselman first worked with Maestro Jeffrey Tate in Geneva with the Orchestre Suisse Romande doing Salome’s Schlussgesang, after which he hired her for the Walküre Production at the Teatro di San Carlo. He brought her again to Köln to do the Ring Cycle there with Robert Carsen, and again for Siegfried in Venice where she returned with him in June and July of 2009 for Götterdämmerung. 2010 saw her in Catania with Elektra, Genua with Isolde, Palermo with Schönberg’s Orchester Lieder Op. 8 with Ivan Törzs conducting, Bari with Siegfried Brunnhilde and Wels, Austria for their Wagner Festival singing Isolde, where she returned to sing Isolde in June of 2011. In 2009 she opened her own Theater, the Kulturhof Huthmacher after extensive renovations, in Dierbach, in the southwest corner of Germany where she resides with her two children, a dog, and a lot of lavender.last_img read more

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October 10 2016Human Nature Dance Theater returne

first_imgOctober 10, 2016Human Nature Dance Theater returned to Arcosanti for their 23rd annual performance on Saturday, October 1. 2016.This years title and theme was “Migration”. It was a small group of three people, Paul Moore, Delisa Myles and Jayne Lee, but as in all of the previous years, the intense subject was expressed with a seamless and passionate performance.[photos are stills from a video, sa]“When does it become necessary to move from one’s home? Think of the phases of life that you must pass through to come to a time, when you pack your essentials and walk out the door, perhaps never to return.We live the american dream of working hard, building a home to raise a family, let them fly and then we settle in to retire. I imagine a disaster that might cause me to build up reserves, cut back on expenses and hunker down in my home.But what if the storm is so severe, that the only recourse is to abandon everything and search out a new land on which to start again. Some of us are living that life now. First one, then another and then entire communities floating over seas, walking across borders and landing in unknown territory with no map of the future, like butterflies.” –HNDTHuman Nature Dance Theatre creates original dance performance, as a collective of cross-disciplinary artists, emphasizing experimental, environmental, and inter-generational perspectives.We intend our work to be a model for how diverse people can support and learn from one another in artistic collaboration.For over twenty years, HNDT has produced original dance evenings at venues like the Colly Soleri Music Center at Arcosanti, Coconino Center for the Arts and Prochnow Auditorium in Flagstaff, the Elks Theater and Granite Street Studio in Prescott, and Headwaters Theater in Portland, Oregon.See the following links for Human Nature past performances here at Arcosanti2015  IGNITE and link 2, link 32014 WEATHERWILD and this link2013 NIGHT DRESSED AS DAY and this link2012  VERTICAL HORIZON2011 ONE WAS THE OTHER and this link2010 ANIMAL ETIQUETTE and this link2009 FLYING AT NIGHT2008 STILL LATE AND AWAKE2007 DANCE DOWN RIVER2006 ESSENTIALLY2005 TOUCH AND GO and this link2004 EXTINCTION, ONCE THERE WERE BIRDS2003  THE LAST DOOR2002  UNVEILING THE MIRAGE2001  NOWlast_img read more

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