Muzaffarnagar riots: key hearing on July 1

first_imgA court here on Monday sent the murder case of an eyewitness in a Muzaffarnagar riots case to the sessions case for hearing on July 1. Chief Judicial Magistrate Rakesh Kumar Gautam sent the murder case against six accused to the sessions court for hearing and asked them to appear before it on July 1. Shot dead in KhatauliAshfaq, who was an eyewitness in the murder case of his two brothers, was shot dead in Khatauli town of Uttar Pradesh’s Muzaffarnagar district in March this year. Ashfaq’s brothers, Nawab and Shahid, were shot dead during the 2013 riots, in which more than 60 lives were lost and over 40,000 people were displaced. Case registeredPolice registered a case and arrested all the six accused, including gangster Sushil Munch’s son.last_img read more

Jameis Winston, Bryce Petty On Michigan’s Campus To Work With Jim Harbaugh

first_imgJim Harbaugh works with Jameis Winston ahead of draft.The Michigan Wolverines will certainly be looking for a solid quarterback ahead of the 2015 season, and unfortunately, they’ve got two on campus right now who aren’t eligible to suit up. Former Florida State signal-caller Jameis Winston and former Baylor quarterback Bryce Petty are in Ann Arbor to work with Jim Harbaugh ahead of the NFL Combine. The school tweeted a photo of the duo taking some advice from the new Wolverines head man.QBs Jameis Winston (FSU) & Bryce Petty (Baylor) are preparing for the NFL Combine at Schembechler Hall. pic.twitter.com/2ICM9XMVrc— Michigan Football (@umichfootball) February 17, 2015The NFL Combine takes place in Indianapolis, so perhaps the two are putting in some last-minute work ahead of time. So no, Michigan students, if you think you’ve seen either of these guys on campus, your eyes are not deceiving you.last_img read more

Business Highlights

first_img___UK’s May wins vote to keep job, Brexit chaosLONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Theresa May’s government has survived a no-confidence vote called after May’s Brexit deal was overwhelmingly rejected by lawmakers. The House of Commons expressed confidence in the government by 325 votes to 306, meaning May can remain in office. Had the government lost, Britain would have faced an election within weeks while preparing to leave the European Union on March 29.___Sears staves off liquidation, stores to remain openNEW YORK (AP) — Sears will live on— at least for now. The company’s chairman and largest shareholder won a bankruptcy auction for Sears in New York, averting liquidation of the iconic chain, according to a source familiar with the negotiations. The move, which still needs the approval of a bankruptcy judge, would allow Eddie Lampert to keep open roughly 400 stores and preserve tens of thousands of jobs that come with them.___From travel to IPOs, how shutdown is upsetting US economyWASHINGTON (AP) — Ian Shepherdson, chief economist at Pantheon Macroeconomics, projects that after growing for nearly 10 years, the economy might contract in this year’s first quarter if the shutdown lasts through March. Other forecasts are less dire. Mark Zandi, chief economist at Moody’s Analytics, thinks that if the shutdown extends that long, the economy would slow by 0.5 percentage point but would remain on solid footing.___Fed survey finds businesses worried by political uncertaintyWASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve said Wednesday business contacts in many regions of the country are expressing less optimism amid a host of adverse developments, from plunging stock prices to uncertainty about a widening trade war. In its latest report on economic conditions around the country, the Fed said that eight of its 12 regions reported the economy was expanding at a moderate pace as the new year began.___John Bogle, Vanguard founder, dies at 89VALLEY FORGE, Pa. (AP) — John Bogle, investing pioneer and founder of Vanguard Group, who brought index funds to millions of investors, dies at age 89, the company says. Bogle simplified investing for the masses by introducing the first index mutual fund for individual investors in 1976. Vanguard also shook up the industry by ending the company’s reliance on outside brokers by directly marketing its funds to investors without charging upfront fees known as sales loads.___Hyundai, Kia recall vehicles due to increased fire riskDETROIT (AP) — Despite a government shutdown, Hyundai and Kia are moving ahead with a recall of about 168,000 vehicles to fix a fuel pipe problem that can cause engine fires. The problem stems from improper repairs during previous recalls for engine failures. In addition, each automaker also will do a “product improvement campaign” covering a total of 3.7 million vehicles to install software that will alert drivers of possible engine failures.___Sinclair debuts streaming service for its local TV stationsNEW YORK (AP) — Sinclair Broadcast, the nation’s largest owner of television stations, is launching a free, ad-supported streaming service. It will draw on local news, sports and other programs from the 191 TV stations it owns in 89 U.S. markets. The service will also have separate digital channels for movies, sports and even poker and NASA TV. The company joins an ever-growing list of streaming service players, including Netflix, Amazon and upcoming offerings from Disney and NBCUniversal.___Study: Top US firms are diversifying their boards fasterNEW YORK (AP) — A study has found that America’s largest companies added women and minorities to their boards of directors at a faster pace over the past two years, a period when sexual harassment scandals thrust workplace equality into the spotlight. African-American and Asian women made the biggest gains, though their overall numbers remain small. That’s according to the 2018 Board Diversity Census, released Wednesday by the Alliance for Board Diversity and the consulting firm Deloitte.___Big bank rally helps US stocks finish higher; Goldman soarsNEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks finish higher after Goldman Sachs had its best day in 10 years and Bank of America rose the most in seven years as banks and other financial companies report strong fourth-quarter results. Stocks were on track for larger gains before the Wall Street Journal reported that the U.S. government may bring criminal charges against Chinese tech company Huawei, adding to U.S.-China trade tensions. U.K. stocks ticked lower after Parliament rejected Prime Minister May’s Brexit deal.___The S&P 500 index gained 5.80 points, or 0.2 per cent, to 2,616.10. The Dow Jones Industrial Average added 141.57 points, or 0.6 per cent, to 24,207.16. The Nasdaq composite rose 10.86 points, or 0.2 per cent, to 7,034.69. The Russell 2000 index rose 9.48 points, or 0.7 per cent, to 1,454.70.Benchmark U.S. crude added 0.4 per cent to $52.31 per barrel in New York. Brent crude, the international standard, rose 0.1 per cent to $61.37 a barrel in London. Wholesale gasoline edged up 0.3 per cent to $1.42 a gallon and heating oil rose 1.2 per cent to $1.89 a gallon. Natural gas fell 3.3 per cent to $3.38 per 1,000 cubic feet.The Associated Presslast_img read more

US industrial production rose 03 per cent in December

first_imgWASHINGTON — U.S. industrial production increased 0.3 per cent in December, led by the biggest surge in manufacturing in ten months.The Federal Reserve says that that manufacturing output jumped 1.1 per cent last month, the largest gain since February 2018. Automakers drove much of the growth with a 4.7 per cent jump in production.Utility output slumped 6.3 per cent amid an unseasonably warm December. Mining output rose 1.5 per cent on in increased extraction of oil and natural gas.Overall industrial production is up 4 per cent from a year ago.The industrial sector was using more of capacity, in a sign that they might need to invest more in equipment and facilities. Capacity utilization for manufacturers increased 0.7 points to 76.5 per cent, a solid increase though that’s two points below the long-term average.Josh Boak, The Associated Presslast_img read more

Most Of UConns Games This Season Were Over At Halftime

Mike Pesca knows just how dominant Connecticut’s women’s basketball team has been this year. He lamented recently on Slate’s “Hang Up and Listen” podcast (around 49 minutes in) that every time he tuned in to a UConn game while working out at the gym this season, usually with 10 minutes left on the clock, the game was already effectively over.By just how much have the Huskies been draining the drama out of Pesca’s workouts? A lot, and by a whole lot more than their predecessors did.At halftime of the average UConn game this year, the Huskies were winning by 25 points. That’s staggering — so staggering that it blows away four of the best teams in recent history: the last four UConn teams, which all reached the Final Four. The last two won the title. Those two championship teams averaged halftime leads of a mere 20 points; the Huskies’ average halftime lead was even lower in the two years before that.By five and a half minutes into the second half, this year’s UConn team averaged a lead of more than 32 points, compared to less than 26 points last year and 24 points or less in the prior three seasons. (Just four teams other than UConn this year beat opponents by more than 20 points per game. And that was their margin at the end of games, not soon after halftime.)But at that 5:30 mark we begin to see a dip. At that point, the ultracompetitive Huskies showed a tiny fraction of mercy. If they’d carried on at the same rate for the whole game, they’d have won by an average of 51 points. Instead they won by only 42 points per game. By the time Pesca was tuning in, UConn led by an average of 35 points. (This is all based on data provided by ESPN Stats & Information, supplemented with play-by-plays from the UConn website.)We also looked at the data another way: How often this season was UConn, say, trailing? Or winning by 40 points?The Huskies established dominance early: By six and a half minutes into their games this year, they were tied or trailing just once. And they led for the entire second half in most games, though Stanford tied things up in regulation and then dealt UConn its only loss, back in November. More than half the time, UConn led by at least 30 points two minutes into the second half. That all adds up to lots of minutes of Mike Pesca doing bicep curls with dull basketball on in the background.This doesn’t necessarily mean this year’s UConn team is the best UConn team of the last five years. The school shifted to the American Athletic Conference two seasons ago from the Big East, which has made for easier conference games and more blowouts. And the previous seasons’ stats include NCAA tournament games, some of which were close — though many were also blowouts.Even so, it’d take a whole lot of NCAA tournament drama to undo all the meaningless second halves the Huskies have played so far this year. Our forecast currently gives them a 74 percent chance of winning the title, before they’ve played their first game. That doesn’t leave much room for nail-biters.Check out FiveThirtyEight’s March Madness predictions. read more

6 Ohio State womens track team members hospitalized released

A member of the Ohio State women’s track team was hospitalized on Friday, but has been released, an OSU athletics spokesman told The Lantern. He said others on the team were also treated after being evaluated.Spokesman Dan Wallenberg sent a statement that said one member of the team reported not feeling well Friday and was evaluated. After that, medical staff looked at the rest of the team for similar symptoms, and an additional five members were referred to the hospital for testing. They have since been released, though the statement also noted “one student-athlete was admitted and is responding well to treatment.”The Columbus Dispatch reported Monday the track athlete was diagnosed with muscular condition exertional rhabdomyolysis.Rhabdomyolysis, or rhabdo, is the breakdown of muscle tissues that can lead to muscle fibers being released into the bloodstream. The fibers releasing into the blood can break down into substances that can damage kidney cells. The disease can occur when the muscles are overworked.Wallenberg said the issue did not arise from workouts outside the NCAA-permitted eight hours of practice time per week in an offseason.“It’s important to note this incident was not related to strength and conditioning activities. Student-athletes were taking part in allowable team practices under the supervision of the coaching staff,” Wallenberg’s statement said.Wallenberg did not say whether the school had been in contact with the families of the student-athletes involved.A source with knowledge of the team told The Lantern that OSU was downplaying the importance of the issue.“I think it was just a misjudgment of how tough practice would be,” the source said. “I don’t think they’re reacting enough.”Six members of the OSU women’s lacrosse team were hospitalized with rhabdo in 2012. According to a Lantern article from March 2012, none of those six players suffered kidney damage. A report  at the time cleared coaches, players, physicians and trainers from wrongdoing but recommended that the strenuous workout that contributed to the hospitalizations be dropped from training.Clinton Hartz, a team physician for the OSU athletic department, declined to comment on the matter. read more

West Ham to play attractive football under new manager Manuel Pellegrini

first_imgPablo Zabaleta thinks Hammers fans will see “attractive” and winning football under new manager Manuel Pellegrini.The full-back,  who had played under Pellegrini in Argentina and then at Manchester City, also said that the Chilean is “a quiet person” but “strong in his belief about how football should be played”.“Manuel did well when we were at San Lorenzo,” said the Argentine defender via Standard Uk.“He had success there, he built a good team, won the Primera Division title and set some records.“After he left San Lorenzo he went to River Plate and won another Primera Division title. He was always keen on youth development, bringing through good young players who went on to do very well.Report: Rice is committed to West Ham not a United moveReport: Rice is committed to West Ham not a United move George Patchias – September 4, 2019 Declan Rice is committed to his West Ham contract and not a move to Manchester United.In an interview reported by football.london, Rice opens up…“He went to Spain with Villarreal and did a great job, taking them to the Champions League semi-finals. I played against his teams many times when I was with Espanyol and they were always very tough opponents.“He also did well at Real Madrid and Malaga, then he came to City, where we worked together for three seasons and won the Premier League title.“He’s a quiet person but he is also very determined and very strong in his belief about how football should be played.“He likes to play good, attractive football and he plays to win, which the fans of all the clubs he has managed have always enjoyed. He has always been a good manager and I am sure he will show that again with West Ham.”last_img read more

Celtic will be the toughest test so far – Johnstone

first_imgFormer Rangers Football Club midfielder Derek Johnstone will be the tougher test so far this season for Steven Gerrard’s side.The Gers are unbeaten so far in 12 games in all competitions and are also through to the group stages of the UEFA Europa League after failing to make it past the first qualifying game last season.“For the first time in years, it looks as though the Rangers supporters have a team that knows what playing for the club is all about, and players who have caught the Rangers bug themselves representing the club,” Johnstone said, as quoted by EveningTimes.Lennon insists Celtic will seal its Europa League Manuel R. Medina – August 28, 2019 The team’s manager, Neil Lennon, believes his team is ready to take advantage of its 2-0 lead against AIK Stockholm and qualify to the group stage.“The supporters are fanatical about the team and you can see the players are buying into it too. And the reaction of Gerrard himself was brilliant to see.”“There seems to be a realisation that this team could be on the brink of something special, and what would be more special than a win over Celtic this Sunday?”“If Rangers can go to Russia and get a result with nine men, then they will believe they can go to Celtic Park and get a result too. It certainly won’t be easy, because in my book Celtic are a better team than Ufa.”last_img read more

Agent Wesley Sneijder open to Galatasaray return

first_imgWesley Sneijder’s agent revealed his client would be very keen to discuss a return to GalatasarayAfter leaving Ligue 1 team OGC Nice in 2018, Sneijder has been playing his club football with Al-Gharafa in Qatar.The Dutch midfielder is contracted to Al-Gharafa until June 2019 and has been linked with a return to Galatasaray.But Sneijder’s agent, Guido Albers, announced they’ve received no offer from the Turkish club despite what reports have suggested.Although he did add that Sneijder would be up for a return to Turkey.2010 World Cup. Netherlands, Robon Van persie, Wesley Snieder, Rafel van de VartReport: Babel says ego’s cost Holland World Cup glory George Patchias – September 10, 2019 Former Liverpool winger Ryan Babel has spoken out about four big ego’s that cost the Dutch national team, their best chance of World Cup…“If Galatasaray wants Sneijder, then we are ready to talk,” Albers told Radyospor.“A transfer in January will be difficult and Wesley has a contract for six months. In the summer, he is free of transfer and I do not have a Galatasaray offer at the moment, but if they are interested, I’m sure Wesley wants to return.”Sneijder managed 45 goals and 44 assists in 175 appearances for Galatasaray between 2012 to 2017 and won the Süper Lig twice along with the Turkish Cup three times.The former Netherlands international has also played for Ajax, Real Madrid and Inter Milan.last_img read more

Kepa denies rift with Sarri

first_imgChelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga claims he didn’t disrespect manager Maurizio Sarri when he refused to be substituted in the Carabao Cup final defeat to Manchester City.Reserve goalkeeper Willy Caballero was ready to replace Kepa as he appeared to have suffered a cramp towards the closing stages of the game.However, the Spaniard refused to obey the orders of Sarri which caused a stir on the Chelsea bench and equally angered the Italian gaffer.Kepa went on to save Sane’s penalty but couldn’t prevent City from claiming a 4-3 win to retain the Cup.But the most expensive goalkeeper in history when he joined Chelsea for £71.6m in August, insists his refusal to leave the field was not an act of disrespect to Sarri.“I know if you see it from outside, I don’t know how it went out, it is not the best image,” Kepa told Chelsea’s official website.“I have spoken with the boss. I think it was misunderstood.“I understand that on television, on social media, they’re talking about this but I am here to explain it, to say that it wasn’t my intention to go against the manager.Cristiano Ronaldo, JuventusSarri: “Cristiano Ronaldo is the strongest player in the world” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Maurizio Sarri has no doubts that Cristiano Ronaldo is the main man at Juventus, and plans to the star give more freedom to exploit his talents to their fullest extent.Talk about absolute balls for Kepa Arrizabalaga, stand your ground and courage of your convictions. Good morning. pic.twitter.com/4ehechUVwJ— Sifiso Gumede (@Sifiso_Gumede) February 25, 2019“We have spoken now, and I was only trying to say I’m fine. He thought I wasn’t fine. It was in tense moments, with a lot happening.”Sarri played down the incident after the match, describing it as a “misunderstanding”, and Kepa agrees with the Italian.“In no moment was it my intention to disobey, or anything like that with the boss,” Kepa added.Chelsea will face Spurs on Wednesday night as they bid to seal a Champions League ticket.last_img read more

New AntiCorruption unit ready to tackle Govt complaints

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, June 27th 2017 – Nassau –It is official. The Commissioner of Police, Ellison Greenslade yesterday confirmed that a corruption unit within the Royal Bahamas Police Force, “the anti-corruption branch”, is now fully operational. The Commissioner said, “We did develop a unit to look at corruption issues,” adding also, “looking now at 11 separate files originating of various departments and various public operations.”Greenslade revealed that the anti-corruption unit is headed by Assistant Commissioner of Police, Paul Rolle, who will lead a team of several officers including a very well trained veteran detective at the Superintendent rank, as well as an authority at law.The special unit has already begun investigating 11 files, according to Greenslade and charges can range from stealing, misappropriation of funds and corruption.  This announcement also comes on the heels of the Minister of Works, Desmond Bannister’s question to the Attorney General to consider whether legal action should be taken against members of the former Christie-administration for abusing their legal authority.However, Greenslade explained, “when things are just allegations and no formal complaints are made, the Commissioner is in a very difficult position,” expounding on the fact that the new unit is yet to receive any official complaints from Government entities. The unit will focus on the Public and Private sector and is located on Nassau Street, just north of Meeting Street.Story By: Kay-Marie Fletcher#MagneticMediaNews Recommended for you Related Items:#AntiCorruptionBranch, #magneticmedianews, #RBPF Royal Bahamas Defence Force Prepare Hurricane Shelter Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Grand Bahama Police report on crash landing off West End Bahamas Police makes $2.3M Drug Bust in Biminilast_img read more

House Readiness Panel Dismisses BRAC Request

first_imgThe House Armed Services’ Readiness Subcommittee once again rejects the Obama administration’s request to hold a BRAC round in 2017, according to its portion of the fiscal 2016 defense authorization bill.The language in the draft bill stating that, “Nothing in this act shall be construed to authorize an additional Base Realignment and Closure round,” affirms the committee’s intent to reject DOD’s request to conduct a BRAC round in 2017, the panel states.  The panel marks up its section of the annual policy bill today. The draft bill also calls for the department to prepare force structure plans and an infrastructure assessment that could be used to determine the level of excess capacity. The language, however, does not directly link the analysis to a justification for a new BRAC round.Last year, the panel requested an analysis of excess infrastructure, but it tied the analysis to a determination of the need for a round of base closures. That provision ultimately was removed from the final version of the FY 2015 authorization bill.The infrastructure assessment included in this year’s policy measure is largely similar, however, and calls for DOD to submit:20-year force structure plans for each of the services;an inventory of worldwide installations;a description of the infrastructure necessary to support the force structure plans;a discussion of categories of excess infrastructure and infrastructure capacity, and the secretary’s objective for the reduction of such excess capacity; andan assessment of the value of retaining certain excess infrastructure to accommodate contingency, mobilization and surge requirements.And similar to language in the House Appropriations Committee’s report accompanying the FY 2016 military construction-veteran affairs spending bill, the readiness panel adds the following special considerations for determining the extent of excess capacity:the anticipated continuing need for and availability of installations outside the United States, taking into account current and  potential future restrictions on their use; andany efficiencies that may be gained from joint tenancy by more than one branch at an installation or by reorganizing two or more installations into a single facility.The readiness subcommittee’s portion of the authorization bill is available on the committee website. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

Pueblo Chemical Depot LRA Issues RFPs for Range of Services Needed to

first_imgPuebloPlex, the local redevelopment authority for the Pueblo Chemical Depot, Colo., is soliciting proposals for a range of services needed to carry out its reuse plan following the recent approval of its grant application to DOD’s Office of Economic Adjustment (OEA).“We are eager to assemble a world-class consulting team to assist us in implementing our redevelopment plan. The successful redevelopment of PuebloPlex is extremely important for the economic future of southeastern Colorado,” said PuebloPlex CEO & President Russell DeSalvo, who oversees the redevelopment of Pueblo Chemical Depot.The RFP includes a master infrastructure plan and utilities privatization study, business and operations plan, and economic development conveyance application supporting the HUD-approved redevelopment plan. Additionally, PuebloPlex is seeking proposals for engineering, environmental, legal and surveying services.The PuebloPlex RFPs can be downloaded from the following website.Proposals are due by 5 p.m. MST on Aug. 31, and shall be submitted to the attorney of record for PuebloPlex; reference full RFP for delivery instructions. Questions can be directed to Chris Bolt, director of operations, at RFP@PuebloPlex.com or (719) 947-3770.This work is to be performed under a federal grant (Section 12.607) from OEA for community economic adjustment assistance for establishment, expansion, realignment, or closure of a military installation. The grant assists state or local governments to plan and carry out adjustment strategies; engage the private sector in order to plan and undertake community economic development and base redevelopment; and partner with the military departments in response to the proposed or actual expansion, establishment, realignment or closure of a military installation. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

Are Democrats Any Closer To Unity Than Republicans

first_imgKQED Listen Share X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:center_img Much has been made about potential rifts in the Republican party – schisms between fiscal and social conservatives, divisions between ideological and pragmatic Republicans, and disagreement among moderates and hardline conservatives. And evidence certainly exists of such rifts – from the recent Alabama runoff election, to several US Senators and Texas House speaker Joe Straus choosing not to run for re-election in the face of likely primary challenges.But there’s far less attention being paid to potential rifts in the Democratic party, divisions evidenced during the 2016 presidential campaign between supporters of Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders.What steps have been taken to bridge that divide? Is the Democratic party any closer to a unified message than Republicans? And, if so, how much of that message is simply unification against the GOP? Can a party built on bringing disparate groups together coalesce around common goals and a common message that could actually lead to change in current political dynamics in coming elections?We talk it over with Jay Aiyer, political science professor at Texas Southern University and co-host of Houston Public Media’s Party Politics podcast. 00:00 /10:29last_img read more

HISD Runoff Election Results

first_imgPexelsVoters picked two new board members with teaching experience in the runoff elections for the Houston school district.Unofficial results from the Harris County Clerk’s Office show Elizabeth Santos and Sergio Lira are the winners in the runoff elections to help govern the state’s largest school district. Santos beat Gretchen Himsl to win the District I seat in North Houston and Lira defeated Jesse Rodriguez for the District III seat in Southeast Houston. He will serve out the remaining term of the late Trustee Manuel Rodriguez, which runs through 2019. Santos attended HISD herself and has spent the last 10 years as a teacher in the district. She was strongly supported by the teacher’s union. Lira also works in HISD as an assistant principal at Bellaire High School.The election results mean that six of the nine trustees for HISD have teaching experience.“Voters sent a clear message on Nov. 7 and tonight that they value the voices of frontline educators and will stand with candidates who embrace community-driven solutions to the challenges that face our schools,” said Zeph Capo, president of the Houston Federation of Teachers, in a statement.Santos and Lira will be sworn into office in January. Sharelast_img read more

Full Show Teachers Protest Potential State Takeover Free Speech On Campus Houston

first_imgOn Thursday’s Houston Matters: The Houston Federation of Teachers rallied Wednesday against the potential state takeover of the HISD board. News 88.7 education reporter Laura Isensee walks us through their concerns.Also this hour: As college students return for the fall semester, we learn about the new Texas law regarding how free speech is exercised on campus.Then bug expert Erin Mills answers listener questions.And Ernie Manouse talks with Martha Davis, lead singer of The Motels. This article is part of the Houston Matters podcast Share 00:00 /44:51 Xcenter_img Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:last_img read more

Pending Rape Case Results in HU Policy Changes

first_imgA Howard University student, who is also employed as a resident assistant in the university’s College Hall South dormitory, was recently accused of sexually assaulting another Howard student. The accusations have unveiled concerns about a rape culture on campus, which has led to policy changes at the university.Scores of Howard student-protestors spilled into the streets last week, chanting “no means no,” as part of #TakeBackTheNightHU, a broad protest for all victims of sexual assault on campus following online accusations against the resident assistant. The student was accused of two sexual assault cases occurring in February of this year and in May of 2015. The AFRO is not publishing the resident assistant’s name because he has not been formally charged with a crime.The demonstration was intended to “bring attention to the rape culture at Howard and hold the administration accountable for how they treat victims,” a flyer from the #TakeBackTheNightHU protest said.  According to news reports, several rapes have occurred on Howard’s campus, but have not been thoroughly investigated.Holding signs with the protestors’ demands, students crowded the lobby and front entrance of the dorm where the female student alleged she had been raped. They proceeded throughout the main campus.The accused student employee was formerly employed by the University of California Los Angeles. According to officials at UCLA, the student was fired and banned from the campus in 2014 for falsifying information to obtain employment with campus police and “build social relationships” with young women on the campus. According to the police, the student was also banned from the school because of a domestic violence accusation and refusing to give back his employment identification.So far, there has been no comment from Howard on whether the school knew the accused resident assistant had been banned from UCLA when the Department of Residence Life hired him.In a statement to students March 23, in response to one of the demands of the #TakeBackTheNightHU protestors, the university said it changed its policy to include background checks for all employees, including students.Howard officials said they could not release information regarding the rape investigation against the student. “We do take this very seriously,” Candi Smiley, the school’s deputy Title IX coordinator, said. She said the school could not release information about the case because it would be illegal.last_img read more

Kolkata Police initiates drive to spread awareness on ATM fraud

first_imgKolkata: Besides carrying out a probe to arrest the people behind the case of ATM fraud, Kolkata Police has initiated a drive to makecommon people aware of information regarding the crime to avoid such incidents in future.Kolkata Police has taken several initiatives to make people aware of the same, which includes sharing messages and videos on social networking sites.According to a senior police officer, the stress has been given on campaigning on social media, as mostly youngsters use the online mode of monetary transaction. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe Bank Fraud section of Kolkata Police’s Detective Department has prepared a video and uploaded it on its Facebook page on Friday, with detailed information on what a person should do to avoid falling prey to such crimes.It may be mentioned that recently, around 80 complaints were lodged with the police, alleging unauthorised withdrawal of money from various bank accounts. Investigation has revealed that money from ATM counters was withdrawn after cloning debit cards of several different bank account holders. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe police have advised not to use unmanned ATM counters. At the same time, a user also needs to ensure that only one person remains inside an ATM counter at a time and details of debit cards should not be shared with anyone.Moreover, one should not seek help of any unknown person while using an ATM.Most importantly, the police have also advised people to be alert while swiping debit cards in an ATM machine and keying in the password for a transaction. One must not leave an ATM counter immediately if the machine gets disabled during an ongoing transaction.The police have also urged people to be alert while making online payment and one should prefer the use of personal computers for the same. In case of any trouble, people can also seek help of the police on their helpline number 8585063104.last_img read more

Plastic water bottles up the risk of obesity in kids

first_imgBisphenol A (BPA) is one of the most widely used chemicals in products of everyday use like plastic water bottles, metal food cans and thermal receipt paper. The findings showed that mothers who exposed their foetus to BPA increased their risk of developing a high fat mass index –a measure of body fat mass adjusted for height, per cent body fat, and waist circumference – by the age of seven. A whopping 94 percent of women in the study had the chemical in their urine and their school-aged children showed increased measures of body fat. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Also, children exposed to higher concentrations of prenatal BPA had higher levels of adiposity. BPA, which is also one of the endocrine disrupting chemicals may alter the baby’s metabolism and lead to an early formation of fat cells in their body, the researchers said.“The study provides evidence that prenatal exposure to BPA may contribute to developmental origins of obesity as determined by measures of body fat in children as opposed to the traditional indicator of body mass index, which only considers height and weight,” said lead author Lori Hoepner from Columbia University in the US. Further, the association between BPA and fat mass index and waist circumference was higher in girls, the researchers said. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixHowever, there was no association found between prenatal BPA exposure and body fat outcomes in boys, the researchers noted in the paper published online in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives.In addition, the chemical has also been linked to several health outcomes such as asthma, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), anxiety, depression, early puberty in girls, diabetes, obesity and heart disease in adults. “The evidence that prenatal BPA exposure is associated with measures of obesity in children may be an important underlying factor in the obesity epidemic,” said one of the researchers, Andrew Rundle, associate professor at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health.For the study, the team analysed urine samples and child body composition from 369 mother-child pairs, from pregnancy through early childhood. Height and weight were measured for children at age five and age seven.last_img read more

3 Biggest Cybersecurity Threats Facing Small Businesses Right Now

first_img Technology has quickly engulfed the world around us. Everything we do, both at a business and personal level, seems to involve technology in one way or another. However, as that happens, small businesses continue to be a top target for hackers, with the number of organizations hit by cybercrime rising each year. According to The Ponemon Institute’s 2017 State of Cybersecurity in Small & Medium-Sized Businesses report, 61 percent of businesses experienced a cyber attack in 2017, signifying a 6 percent increase from the previous year’s 55 percent. Data breaches were up to 54 percent from 50 percent in 2016.This year promises faster internet, more connectivity, and unfortunately, more cybersecurity threats. Threat Horizon 2018, from the Threat Horizon series by the non-profit association Information Security Forum (ISF), shows that with the growing connectivity, there will be an increase in the information security threat landscape.1. Internet of Things (IoT) leaks.As real-time data collection becomes increasingly important, the IoT is growing too. From monitoring traffic and collecting real-time patient information to optimizing the uptime of industrial equipment, organizations are massively acquiring IoT devices. However, these devices aren’t always secure. This creates a potential backdoor into the organization, warns the ISF.Related: How Smart Technology is on the Verge of Compromising Your Business SecurityIoT works so great because it’s comprised of dozens of devices that hide in plain sight. Be it alarm systems, GPS, web cameras, HVAC or medical devices, such as pacemakers, it’d be hard to guess which of these devices are even connected to the internet in the first place. But since IoT devices lack built-in security, they are often easy targets by hackers.Attackers usually use automated programs to locate IoT devices. Once located, attackers attempt to connect to the device using the default admin credentials. And since most users don’t change them, this is usually a success for the attacker. Once in, the hackers can easily install malware, basically taking the system under their control.Daniel Soderberg, CEO of EyeOnPass, advises changing all passwords immediately when you acquire a new device. “I wouldn’t operate any device with the default password,” he warns. “Default passwords are usually printed and freely available, exposing the user to all manner of cyber dangers.”2. Opaque algorithms.                                                                                              The Threat Horizon 2018 report also warns of the increasing using of algorithms. As organizations continue to fully trust algorithms with the operation and decisions concerning critical systems, the report says, they lose the visibility into the functioning and interaction of their systems.The lack of proper and transparent interactions between algorithms poses a security risk in case unintended interactions between algorithms create incidents — like the U.S. Treasury Bonds “flash crash” of October 2014 that saw bond yields drastically drop briefly before the algorithms corrected themselves.“We know they’re going to do some quirky stuff from time-to-time,” says Steve Durbin, managing director of the ISF. “You need to understand some of the exposure you have to algorithmic systems. We’re building more and more of our systems on top of algorithms — industrial control, critical infrastructure. There’s an increasing risk in this space we need to be addressing.”Related: 10 Artificial Intelligence Trends to Watch in 2018To be able to manage these risks, organizations need to have a human monitoring the execution of operations and decisions often left to algorithms. The report advises organizations to know the risks that come with algorithm-controlled systems and know when to involve a human. Also, they must update their code maintenance policies and identify alternatives to treating algorithm-related incidents, especially when insurance isn’t an option.3. Security researchers are being silenced.Security researchers are often the whistleblowers. They impart knowledge about digital vulnerabilities, making sure systems are secure and users’ data remains in the intended hands. When they are silenced, either by the government or private companies, it’s often a loss for all users.With software replacing hardware in most major sectors, users and businesses depend on researchers to unearth vulnerabilities and make them public as part of ongoing efforts to improve security. However, lately, manufacturers have been responding to such actions by taking legal action instead of working with the research to fix those vulnerabilities. The ISF predicts that this trend will only grow; exposing customers to vulnerabilities that manufacturers have decided to hide rather than fix.To protect themselves, the ISF advises technology buyers, which include small businesses, to insist on transparency during the procurement process. It advises manufacturers to take it more positively when vulnerabilities are found within their systems by rewarding the researchers rather than attempting to punish them.Considering that a researcher might find a vulnerability in a tool in 2018 and not report it, it’s imperative for the small business owner to take a step further in protecting themselves, even if it means working with other business in order to come up with an affordable solution.Related: Making Your Data Unreadable to Whoever Steals It Might Be the Only Way to Keep It SafeTransparency is key.When it comes to security, transparency has a great role to play. But this part has long been left for the security professionals. If all users reflected some degree of transparency, security in the cyberspace would be easier to achieve. If the non-technical managers and leaders understood the impact of good and poor protection, they would use the cyber assets they have more responsibly. Employees would be more careful about the devices they introduce to the network.As the business owner, it’s your job to carefully manage the inventory of the connected IoT devices. “Some things have internet capabilities that you didn’t ask for and will never use,” says Leon Adato of SolarWinds adding that any devices that don’t need to be connected to the internet should be disconnected. 6 min read Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. January 31, 2018 Register Now »last_img read more