After public outrage, Kashmir’s top government-run Lal Ded Hospital on Saturday ordered an inquiry into the death of a newborn after the mother delivered the baby outside the hospital in sub-zero temperature. “The incident needs a thorough inquiry to take an appropriate action in case of negligence. The Principal, Government Medical College, Srinagar, is directed to enquire into the matter and furnish a report within two days,” reads the order of the Divisional Commissioner-Kashmir, Basheer Khan.A family alleged that a pregnant woman from the far-off village of Kupwara, over 100 km away from Srinagar, was denied admission in the hospital on Friday evening, forcing the mother to deliver the baby by the roadside in sub-zero temperature. She delivered a still-born baby, alleged the family.“The doctor has been attached. The doctor said the patient was not in labour and she was sent back,” said Medical Superintendent, Lal Ded Hospital, Dr. Shabir Siddique.The pregnant woman had braved heavy snow on the ground to reach the Srinagar hospital from Kupwara, where locals put her on a cot first and trudged through snow for several kilometres to reach the district headquarters and then the State capital. Locals in Kashmir took to the social media to express their outrage over the incident.The Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK), a body of doctors, demanded an impartial probe on a fast track basis to ascertain the facts and punish the guilty. “It is disgusting, unfortunate and pathetic that a pregnant woman, from Kalaroos in Kupwara, 150 km away from the Lal Ded Hospital, was denied admission,” said DAK president Dr. Suhail Naik.Former chief ministers Mehbooba Mufti and Omar Abdullah demanded strict action in the tragic case.“Heart wrenching that a pregnant woman was turned away from a hospital, which ironically is named after the great Kashmiri mystic saint Lal Ded. She later gave birth to a still-born in frigid temperatures,” said Ms. Mufti.“I hope the State functionaries working under the command of the Governor will take immediate action in this tragic case,” said Mr. Abdullah.
Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Assistant coach John Paul Merida said they are leaving it to head coach Marnelli Dimzon to decide on Madarang’s fate.But Merida said they have backup strikers like Kyren Angela Dimaandal and Hali Moriah Candido Long who can step up the plate.The young, energetic squad is bolstered by Fil-foreigns players including Madarang, Long, Faith Sean Ruetas and Patricia Tomanon and is often mentioned in the same sentence as their famous counterparts, Philippine Azkals.ADVERTISEMENT PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games LATEST STORIES The Philippines in the Southeast Asian Games Read Next “It doesn’t hurt. But it’s stiff. The swelling is down really,” said the 19-year-old Madarang who have not joined the team in practice. “I mean I really want to play but it’s what’s best for me and what’s best for the team.”But Team Philippines’ orthopaedic surgeon Felix Victor Gaddi didn’t recommend her to play, saying “risk outweighs” the gains.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutMadarang, according to Gaddi, needs at least two months of rest. She just might be saved for the 2018 Asian Cup in Jordan.Incidentally, the Malditas qualified in the Asian Cup following an impressive showing by Madarang who scored four goals in total in the qualifier in Tajikistan. MOST READ SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Malditas’ Eva Silva Madarang. INQUIRER/Marc Anthony ReyesKUALA LUMPUR — Given the choice, Eva Silva Madarang is willing to defy the recommendations of the coaching staff and even team doctors so she can play in the Southeast Asian Games women’s football opener against host Malaysia Tuesday.The bubbly Madarang, who hails from Thousand Oaks, California, dislocated her right elbow on Tuesdayhen the Malditas underwent training camp in Japan.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding K-pop star Jung Joon-young convicted of gang rape, spycam crimes Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension View comments Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC
June Mar Fajardo explodes for San Miguel. PBA IMAGESAll San Miguel Beer needed was a whiff of a playoff bonus to stir the defending champions into a frenzy.The Beermen went on a blazing start then cruised the rest of the way to forge a 121-111 victory over NLEX Friday night in the PBA Philippine Cup at Smart Araneta Coliseum.ADVERTISEMENT Maraño, De Guzman named national team skippers Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting MOST READ P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed A shot at the top two, which offers teams there the twice-to-beat incentive in the quarterfinals, stoked San Miguel Beer’s fire as it manhandled the Road Warriors on the way to its fifth win in eight games.“I’m so happy tonight for that win. But we’re still aiming for one of the top two slots,” said Beermen coach Leo Austria. San Miguel doesn’t have the incentive within reach just yet. But, Austria said, “the chance is still there.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesNorthPort, meanwhile, was one possession away from erasing the memory of a previous painful defeat. Then, somehow, it all slipped away—literally.It was enough to allow Meralco coach Norman Black to let out a sigh on Friday night, although, understandably, it took a while for him to do so. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy After all, Meralco escaped what looked like imminent defeat and held off hard-luck NorthPort, 126-123, in double overtime to finally arrest a three-game skid and continue nursing hope for a playoff spot.A quick double on Sean Anthony with six seconds remaining resulted in the ball slipping away from the NorthPort big man’s hand. It was a cruel trick by fate on Anthony, whose potential game-winning triple in the Batang Pier’s last game—against Phoenix—was waved off when he was whistled for an offensive foul that the league later admitted was wrong.But instead of watching what went around come around, Anthony lost possession with a little over three seconds remaining, and Meralco capitalized with an alley-oop off the inbounds to Chris Newsome, who tied the game at 106 to forge the first overtime.ADVERTISEMENT P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash View comments
Portland Trail Blazers center Enes Kanter reacts after being called for a foul against the Denver Nuggets in the first half of Game 1 of an NBA basketball second-round playoff series Monday, April 29, 2019, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)DENVER — Enes Kanter didn’t even think about his sore left shoulder as he soared in for a first-quarter dunk and hung from the rim with his left hand.Then, the Portland center grimaced and briefly grabbed the shoulder.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess “I told him to just dunk it with his right hand, rather than put two on it,” Meyers Leonard said.Sound advice.Now more treatment awaits as he and the Blazers try to rebound in Game 2 on Wednesday.“Just keep playing through it,” Kanter said. “Pain killers, injections, anything I can do to help my teammates. Doesn’t matter. One arm, two arm, I’m going to go out there and help my teammates win.”Kanter hit 11 of 14 shots and all four free throws. He also grabbed seven rebounds.ADVERTISEMENT “Enes was terrific,” Blazers coach Terry Stotts said. “He was very efficient, finished around the basket, playing through the shoulder injury. I couldn’t have asked for anymore from him.”The Blazers struggled to stop Nuggets big man Nikola Jokic, who scored 37 points and grabbed nine rebounds. Kanter tried to slow him down, but simply couldn’t. No one could for the Blazers. The player nicknamed The Joker was unstoppable.“He kind of got what he wanted all night,” said forward Maurice Harkless, who fouled out with just over three minutes remaining. “We’ve just got to do a good job of making it tough on him, whether it’s being physical or whatever it is. We’ve got to make it harder for him.”Kanter was waived by the New York Knicks following the trade deadline and signed by the Blazers just before the All-Star break as a backup to starter Jusuf Nurkic. But Kanter became an even more valuable asset for Portland when Nurkic broke his leg in an overtime victory at home over the Brooklyn Nets on March 25.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess LATEST STORIES View comments Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew LOOK: Lady Tamaraws get ‘merienda’ treat from Tigresses On the bench soon after, Kanter pointed to his head as if to say he needed to be more cautious with his injury.Sore shoulder and all, Kanter finished with 26 points in a 121-113 loss to the Denver Nuggets on Monday night in Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals. All things considered he held up just fine.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“I don’t have another choice,” Kanter said. “I don’t even try to think about my shoulder. It’s the playoffs. Just got to go out there and play hard and play smart.”Kanter suffered the shoulder injury in the Trail Blazers’ deciding Game 5 win over Oklahoma City last Tuesday. He was questionable heading into the series opener against Denver, but looked sharp early as he scored 10 of his points in the first quarter. That dunk, though, got everyone’s attention, especially the look on his face after. Then again, it was so instinctual — clear path, dunk it, just like usual. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid
FIFAfifa 20IndiaIndia map First Published: September 27, 2019, 3:37 PM IST FIFA 20 has got the map of India wrong, omitting Jammu and Kashmir from the country’s borders for the third year in a row.According to photos circulating on the social media platform Twitter, J&K in missing from the map of India in the latest instalment of FIFA 20, which is produced by EA Sports. As per reports, EA Sports has been representing India’s border without Jammu and Kashmir since 2017.According to ‘The Criminal Law Amendment Act 1990’, any map depicting the territory of India has to be in accordance with that published by the Survey of India.”Whoever publishes a map of India, which is not in conformity with the maps of India as published by the Survey of India, shall be punishable with imprisonment which may extend to six months, or with fine, or with both.”Turns out EA screwed up the map of India yet again. No Kashmir. #FIFA20 pic.twitter.com/NIlzLiRm4G— rishi alwani (@RishiAlwani) September 26, 2019Even though it is ‘illegal’, international politics often dictate the stance of a nation on Jammu and Kashmir, leading to Pakistan and China occupied areas being left out of India.The fact that the entire region was left out, perplexed many.Gadgets 360 has reached out to EA for an official comment and have tried to verify the claim as well. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.
TweetPinShare0 Shares NEW YORK — Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia says he had “no other option” than to leave the team for treatment for alcoholism ahead of its loss to Houston in the one-game AL wild-card playoff.In his first remarks to media since seeking treatment, Sabathia told ABC “it was just the time.”An excerpt from the interview was posted Thursday ABC’s website. The network says the interview will be broadcast Friday on “Good Morning America.”Sabathia says “I know it was a bad time of the season, but there was no other option for me but to get help. And I understand where, you know, fans would be upset and people don’t understand, but it’s a disease.”The 35-year-old left-hander was 6-10 with a 4.73 ERA this season, slowed by a chronic knee injury.
Greek police detained 41 Serbs on Nov. 3 after stopping cars thought to be carrying supporters of Red Star Belgrade in the Vale of Tempe in central Greece.The Serbs were allegedly heading to Athens for Olympiacos’ Champions League tie against Dinamo Zagreb, which is a fierce rival of Red Star. The fans of the Serbian club have a very close relationship with the supporters of the Piraeus team.Even though Dinamo fans were barred from traveling to the game due to security restrictions, the Greek police were fearful Red Star supporters would travel to the Karaiskaki Stadium to attend the Champions League game.Sources told Kathimerini that the suspects were found to be carrying cement rods, planks of wood and rocks. There is concern that as many as 300 Dinamo supporters traveled to Athens despite the restrictions and that they may have planned to clash with Olympiacos or Red Star fans.TweetPinShare0 Shares
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Debbie Baptiste (centre) is the mother of Colten Boushie (APTN file).The Canadian PressDebbie Baptiste says she was hopeful when she went into the trial of the man accused of killing her son.Hopeful that she would find justice for Colten Boushie, a 22-year-old Cree man who was shot and killed on a farm near Biggar, Sask., in August 2016.But after two weeks in court and 13 hours of jury deliberation, she left angry.Farmer Gerald Stanley, who admitted he fired the gun on the day her son died, was found not guilty of second-degree murder. He walked away a free man.“I just have to keep living a nightmare over and over again,” Baptiste said in an interview this week.“It doesn’t get better. Time did not heal.”Saturday marks the one-year anniversary of the controversial, high-profile verdict in the Stanley trial. A pipe ceremony and candlelight vigil are planned in North Battleford, Sask., and Boushie’s family members are expected to share their thoughts about the last year.Stanley took the stand at his trial and testified that his gun had gone off accidentally. He said he was firing to scare off some young people he thought were stealing from him after they drove onto his property.Boushie was sitting in the driver’s seat of a Ford Escape when he was shot in the back of the head.Public reaction to the acquittal was immediate and intense.While some rural property owners, fed up with high crime rates, saw justice in the verdict, social media also lit up with rage and grief.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tweeted that he empathized with the pain felt by Boushie’s family. Jody Wilson-Raybould, federal justice minister at the time, pledged that Canada “can and must do better.”The next day, rallies were held from coast to coast. A protest camp quietly set up on the lawn of the Saskatchewan legislature and stayed there for more than six months.Within two months of the verdict, the federal government brought forward legislation that proposes to abolish peremptory challenges, which allow lawyers to reject potential jurors without having to provide a reason.Such challenges were criticized during the Stanley trial for allowing the defence to exclude visibly Indigenous people during jury selection.“If they go through, these are probably the most fundamental changes to the jury system that I’ve seen in 30 years of teaching criminal justice,” said Kent Roach, a law professor at the University of Toronto.“Just like the case was extremely polarizing for the public, it’s also been very polarizing for the legal community.”Roach, who recently published a book about the Stanley case and its racial and historical context, said the trial received worldwide media attention because of the push by Boushie’s family for change.“They’ve had to grieve in public,” said family lawyer Eleanore Sunchild.Roach believes there ought to have been a coroner’s inquest into Boushie’s death. It could have examined what happened against the backdrop of racism, rural crime, policing and treaties, he said.February 9, 2019 is the one-year annivesary of the controversial verdict in the death of Colten Boushie (APTN file).“What I fear is that we will continue to have polarized opinions about this case and that, with the exception of these controversial Criminal Code amendments, it may actually fade into history as just … another example of where Canadian justice has failed Indigenous people.”One year after the acquittal, Baptiste has lost hope she will ever have justice for her son, but is still looking for “change in the justice system – that we have equal rights in that courtroom.”She wants a public inquiry.The provincial government, saying the trial laid bare the facts of the case, has rejected that.Saskatchewan Justice Minister Don Morgan who, along with Premier Scott Moe, met with Boushie’s family after the verdict, said the province wants to expand restorative justice and culturally sensitive programs.“We should never forget the tragic death of Colten Boushie and how it changed the lives of two Saskatchewan families forever,” Morgan said in a statement.Alvin Baptiste, Colten’s uncle, wants a law firm established that would be devoted to helping Indigenous people through the justice system. He also wants a museum in North Battleford to teach people about First Nations history in the region.Beside seeing more Indigenous peoples on juries, Debbie Baptiste wants more Aboriginal judges and Crown prosecutors. Of the 88 judges currently serving in Saskatchewan, four have self-declared as Indigenous.But no matter what changes may come, Baptiste knows she faces one unending reality.“I still miss my son,” she said.“That will never change.”
VANCOUVER — Over the next year and a half, Alan Bekerman plans to grow his healthy fast-food chain iQ Food Co. from five to up to 11 locations and not a single one will accept cash.“It was one less thing that we had to think about, which is a huge benefit,” says Bekerman, who tested the idea at two restaurants when he first opened them in February 2016 before expanding the pilot to all five of his Toronto eateries earlier this year.He’s one of a growing number of retailers who believe shunning cash speeds up service and frees up staff to focus on less mundane tasks.It’s a choice some in the industry say is likely to become more commonplace as tap-and-pay cards and digital wallets increasingly replace bills and coins, saving merchants and customers precious time by not having to fumble with cash at the queue.It’s something DavidsTea co-founder David Segal is banking on after recently opening the doors to his Mad Radish restaurant venture, where he has a no-cash policy in place at both Ottawa locations.“I just feel like the benefits are enormous and so why not try it?” says Segal, who equates faster service with better customer experience.He says it’s too soon to say how much faster service will be, but he believes tap-and-pay methods will always be more efficient than cash exchanges.For Bekerman, the switch to cashless transactions has freed up his restaurant managers from counting money to more productive tasks like coaching staff.“The highest paid folks in the restaurants can actually spend that time doing things that we thought were a lot more meaningful,” he says.For both Mad Radish and iQ, the reception to their cashless payment systems has been mostly positive.Some may think that older generations would be more reticent to adapt. But Segal says it’s actually tweens, who may not have their own bank accounts and whose only source of cash may be spending money from their parents, that present the only challenge. Mad Radish is working on a solution, such as a reloadable gift card, he says.Bekerman says he has only heard of a few instances where customers grumbled after his company made the switch to digital payments. The complaints included one from an executive assistant whose boss handed over cash to pay for lunch, and others from a few people who only use cash or Bitcoin due to privacy concerns.Consumers, in part, are driving the trend toward digital-only payments.“Cash is significantly down as a preferred payment device,” says Angela Brown, CEO of Moneris Solutions.In the second quarter of 2017, 39.5 per cent of payment transactions used tap-and-pay methods, according to data from the debit and credit payment processor. That’s up from 30.86 per cent the year before.Moneris predicts that figure will jump to 50 per cent by the end of the year.The rise comes as digital wallets become increasingly available on smartphones. Google’s Android Pay launched in the country at the end of May and Apple Pay has been available for more than a year.Last year, Moneris Solutions predicted cash purchases will compose only one-tenth of all money spent in Canada by 2030, and Brown says the firm remains confident that will be the case as both consumers and businesses embrace the convenience of digital payments.The growth in tap-and-pay cards and digital wallets “is absolutely cannibalizing cash transactions,” she said.Follow @AleksSagan on Twitter.
US stock indexes edge higher in midday trade, a day after a sell-off; euro continues to slide Gregory Rowe, center, squeezes between fellow traders as he works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Wednesday, March 11, 2015. U.S. stock indexes are opening slightly higher, a day after a big sell-off prompted by worries about higher U.S. interest rates. (AP Photo/Richard Drew) by The Associated Press Posted Mar 11, 2015 10:05 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – U.S. stock indexes are moving slightly higher, a day after a global sell-off prompted by worries about higher U.S. interest rates.The Dow Jones industrial average rose 44 points, or 0.3 per cent, to 17,708 as of 11:55 a.m. Eastern time Wednesday.The Standard & Poor’s 500 index gained three points, or 0.1 per cent, to 2,046. The Nasdaq composite rose six points, or 0.2 per cent, to 4,867.The euro continued to slide against the dollar. It was trading at $1.06, its lowest level in 12 years.The price of crude oil fell 51 cents to $47.78 a barrel in New York.Bond prices fell slightly. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note edged up to 2.14 per cent.
After years of dedicated service to the University, a fleet of subterranean bicycles are finally seeing the light of day.Due to a new water main installation that will cause height restrictions, Facilities Management staff at Brock are no longer able to ride bikes through the tunnels running underneath the University.The bikes had been used to speed up staff members’ ability to travel throughout the lengthy tunnel system (restricted to staff only) as they completed various maintenance projects around campus.Rather than send the bikes to a landfill, the Facilities Management and Campus Security teams were able to find a more acceptable way to pass along the two-wheeled treasures.On Friday, June 15, more than 20 of the bikes were donated to Port Colborne High School’s Broken Spoke program.The program aims to engage students in the understanding and benefits of refurbishing bicycles to provide enjoyment and transportation for themselves and those less fortunate while also reducing landfill waste.Once the bikes have been refurbished, they will be donated to those in need, and have, in the past, been sent to places as far away as Haiti, Cuba and Africa.
Universities are not collecting data on sexual assaults to avoid being named and shamed, a researcher has said. He explained that if institutions do not record data on incidents such as hate crimes, sexual assaults and suicides, it means that when such information is requested they can simply reply they have no recorded data on the matter. … Many institutions are not properly recording sensitive information about student complaints and some are using this to evade transparency, according to Andrew Wootton, a lecturer at Salford University. “Anecdotal evidence suggests that universities are not collecting incident data on sexual assault so they can avoid freedom of information requests,” he said.
Security software running on your PC is a necessary evil, and depending on your choice of security suite, one that can have a significant impact on the performance of you system.So if a company offered you a security suite that boasts a 6-second install, only required 6MB of storage, and system scans that took less than 2 minutes to perform, you’d be interested, right?That’s exactly what Webroot is claiming to offer with the launch of its latest suite called SecureAnywhere released today.Webroot Software has a history of offering security tools starting with Windows Washer in 1997, then Spy Sweeper in 2002. In 2006 it began offering antivirus, then added firewall protection before moving to a full consumer security suite for PCs in 2008.With the introduction of SecureAnywhere, Webroot is not only trying to offer protection without the system resources overhead, but has also extended security to mobile devices including both iOS and Android platforms. In fact, with a single license it’s possible to offer protection for up to 5 PCs and 3 mobile devices.The quick install, scans, and minimal hard drive requirements stem from the fact SecureAnywhere is a cloud-based solution. Even the firewall is handled in the cloud. There’s no signature files, just a cloud database and threat intelligence network that uses information from all machines running the suite to offer better protection.The software is broken down into three components: Identity Shield, Web Threat Shield, and Core System Shield. Together they offer protection against keyloggers, screen grabbers, trojans, and phishing attacks, as well as monitoring all content on websites you visit and offering a predictive protection function for those times when you are offline.For the novice PC users Webroot is promising a pop-up free experience that offers protection without the decision making. But at the same time advanced features are there including 124 settings and a selection of tools for additional threat detection. As for system scanning, there’s 6 options to cater for your needs.Because SecureAnywhere is cloud based, Webroot has managed to offer up management of all your devices through a single web portal. That means multiple PCs, tablets, smartphones, all secured through one interface. Combine that with a password management system, online backups, secure file erasing, encrypted personal data, and file synchronization, and you have a pretty complete security package for all your devices under a single license and yearly subscription.As you’d expect, there are several license options available for SecureAnywhere. For the PC user there’s SecureAnywhere AntiVirus offering a “basic antimalware service” for 1 PC for $39.95 or 3 PCs for $49.95. SecureAnywhere Essentials adds a firewall, ID protection, and 2GB of online file backup for $59.95 covering 3 PCs.If you want mobile device protection alone there’s SecureAnywhere Mobile Security for either Android or iOS. In both cases there is a free edition available from the respective app stores offering antivirus, secure web browsing, device locking, and call/SMS blocking. A Premium edition for $19.99 is also available and adds application inspection, password management, SIM card blocking, and device wiping features.If you want both PC and mobile device protection then the best value choice is SecureAnywhere Complete, which protects up to 3 PCs and 3 mobile devices for $79.95. As well as offering all the features of the Essentials and Mobile Security packages, Complete ups the online storage to 10GB, and extends password management and file syncing across all PCs as well as mobile devices.SecureAnywhere has already received an Editors’ Choice award from PCMag suggesting its protection, low resource requirements, and coverage of mobile devices under a single license could be a killer combination.As SecureAnywhere is available for iOS, you’d expect there to be a license covering Macs too. Although not available yet, Webroot is promising Mac support in early 2012.Read more at Webroot and view a comparison of the PC SecureAnywhere products
Share your voice More about 2018 Volkswagen Golf R More power, more control: The 2018 Golf R is VW’s hottest… More From Roadshow Volkswagen 2019 Honda Ridgeline review: Light duty, heavy punch Now playing: Watch this: Review • 2018 Volkswagen Golf R: VW’s hottest hatch 51 Photos 0 5:32 2020 Toyota 4Runner first drive: Same as it ever was — mostly Hatchbacks Performance Cars Volkswagen null 2018 Volkswagen Golf R Tags Enlarge ImageSo long for now, friend. Antuan Goodwin/Roadshow More changes are afoot for the Volkswagen lineup in the US. According to a new report, the hottest of hot hatches from VW, the Golf R, will not return for the 2020 model year.Motor Authority first reported on the Golf R’s death and it follows news that VW plans to simplify things for the Golf in general. The hatchback will surface for another model year, but it will only include the standard model, e-Golf, and GTI model. In fact, the standard model has been pared down to just a Value Edition that includes niceties such as heated seats, in-car Wi-Fi and 16-inch alloy wheels. The Golf’s electrified model, the e-Golf, will stick around in SE and SEL Premium trims, while the GTI soldiers on in S and SE trims.Volkswagen has confirmed the adjustment to the 2020 lineup. “With the Wolfsburg factory preparing for the changeover to the next generation of Golf models, the Golf R will take a brief hiatus before returning [as an eighth-generation model],” a VW spokesperson wrote in an emailed statement.The Golf R becomes the third victim of trims to the Golf nameplate. Last month, VW said it will end production of the Golf SportWagen and more rugged Alltrack models. Instead, VW said in the previous announcement it plans to plug the wagons’ holes with new SUVs. No shocker there. VW also canned the Beetle after a long production run earlier this year.Of course, all of this creates more suspense surrounding what will become of the Golf in the US. This past May, news broke the eighth generation of the hatchback might not be available on these shores. Specifically, the brand did not place a safeguard on the standard hatchback. Instead, the company confirmed we will see another GTI and R, with other models “under consideration.” For now, the R is on hiatus, but if that report is correct, it will likely reappear within a year or two. News of the standard Golf’s death wouldn’t be too much of a surprise; the GTI is actually VW’s best-selling variant and obviously pulls more of a premium than the standard model.As for when we’ll see any sort of new Golf models, Europe should be treated to the eighth-generation hatch this October. Look for the vehicle to surface for the US as a 2021 model. 2020 Mini JCW Clubman first drive: A fast alternative for the crossover-averse
FUEL SHORTAGES Strategic Petroleum ReserveIn response, the Department of Energy (DOE) authorized the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR) to negotiate and execute emergency exchange agreements authorizing a total of up to 4 million barrels of sweet crude oil and up to 300,000 barrels of sour crude oil to be drawn down from SPR’s West Hackberry and Bayou Choctaw sites. In addition, DOE and EPA have issued waivers to Colonial which will allow it to accept more product into its pipeline. DOE is continuing to monitor the situation, and is prepared to take additional steps to ease fuel shortages. More information about DOE’s response can be found in its Hurricane Harvey Situation Reports. SHELTERS AND ID CHECKThere are rumors undocumented immigrants cannot go to a shelter because they will be reported to ICE or CBP. This is False.(August 27)U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) have stated that they are not conducting immigration enforcement at relief sites such as shelters or food banks. In the rare instance where local law enforcement informs ICE of a serious criminal alien at a relief site that presents a public safety threat, ICE will make a determination on a case-by-case basis about the appropriate enforcement actions. More information is available at U.S. Customs and Border Protection and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) joint statement. The Federal Government strongly encourages all persons to follow the guidance of local officials and seek shelter regardless of their immigration status.Most shelters are managed by local communities, the Red Cross, and other voluntary agencies. American Red Cross’ humanitarian mission is to feed, shelter, and provide other forms of support without regard to race, religion, or citizenship status. The Red Cross will not ask people to show any form of identification in order to stay in their shelters. In order to receive some Red Cross services, such as meeting with a caseworker to facilitate disaster recovery, they will need to verify a person’s pre-disaster address. For people who don’t have government-issued identification, the Red Cross can usually do this through alternative means, such as a copy of a utility bill. FLOOD INSURANCEThere are reports individuals must file a flood insurance claim before Friday, September 1 because a new Texas law goes into effect that day and all claims filed after Sept. 1 would be negatively impacted. This is FALSE. (August 30)Texas State “House Bill 1774,” passed by the 85th Texas Legislature, does not affect flood insurance policies or claims. Flood insurance is provided through the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), which was created by Congress through the passage of the National Flood Insurance Act of 1968. The NFIP is a federal program subject to federal law, so this new Texas state law will have no impact on NFIP policyholders.For information on how this legislation will impact other types of insurance claims in Texas, please reach out to the Texas State Insurance Commissioner’s office.NFIP flood insurance policyholders with flood damage should file their insurance claims as soon as possible to begin their recovery process, but there is no benefit or penalty in filing before or after September 1, 2017. Learn more about how to file your flood insurance claim. There are rumors that the fuel shortages in Texas are due to either FEMA blocking sales or fuel being committed elsewhere. This is FALSE. (September 1)Gasoline Stations – Fuel ShortagesIt is true that there are some fuel shortages in Texas due to the impact of Hurricane Harvey. Gasoline retailers obtain gasoline supplies based upon the nature of their relationship with their suppliers. There are three primary fuel supply arrangements: 1) major oil company owned and operated, 2) branded independent retailer who sign a supply contract with a major oil company and 3) an unbranded independent retailer (who purchases gasoline from the open market). With tight supplies in the region, gas stations that do not have a supply contract will have fuel shortages. Supply contracts will be met first before gasoline is placed in the open market. Sporadic increases in demand will increase consumption and continue to aggravate local distribution challenges. The disaster of Harvey has created an influx of misinformation, rumors, and scams.FEMA has created a list of rumors, debunking them and calling out scams.Below is a list of a few of the debunked rumors. For a complete list of rumors visit FEMA’s Hurricane Harvey Rumor Control page.They will update constantly as new rumors and scams are reported Share Colonial Pipeline OperationsColonial Pipeline east of Lake Charles, LA is operating intermittently when refinery and terminal product is available to fill the line. The portion of the pipeline between Houston and Hebert remains down and Colonial is estimating returning this portion of the line to service this Sunday. The lack of fuel is caused by a combination of factors including: refinery damage and shutdowns, damage to fuel terminals and the closure of crude oil ports in the region
Share A map shows the locations of the U.S. Census Bureau’s regional offices for the 2020 census.Updated at 3:36 p.m. ET FridayA Census Bureau announcement about the race and ethnicity questions for the 2020 census suggests the Trump administration will not support Obama-era proposals to change how the U.S. government collects information about race and ethnicity, census experts say.If approved, the proposals would change how the Latino population is counted and create a new checkbox on federal surveys for people with roots in the Middle East or North Africa. Research by the Census Bureau shows these revisions could improve the accuracy of the upcoming national headcount in 2020. Any changes would carry wide implications for legislative redistricting, civil rights laws and health statistics.So far, though, the White House’s Office of Management and Budget, which sets the standards for race and ethnicity data for federal agencies, has not released any decisions. OMB has also not responded to NPR’s request for comment.Still, on Friday, the Census Bureau’s head of the 2020 census, Albert Fontenot, announced the upcoming national headcount will keep the same racial and ethnic categories used for the 2010 census. It will also continue asking about those topics as two questions, despite its own research showing that changes could encourage more census participants to provide race and ethnicity data.At the bureau’s public meeting on 2020 census preparations, the chief of the bureau’s population division, Karen Battle, said that a new category for people with roots in the Middle East or North Africa, or MENA, will not be added to the 2020 questionnaire because more research is needed. Battle cited public comments the bureau has received saying that MENA should be treated not as an option for race but for ethnicity, which she says the bureau has not specifically tested so far.Before the announcement, census watchers said Census Bureau documents posted this week on the website for the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs within OMB provided a signal of where the Trump administration stands on these proposals.“I think this is a big one,” said John Thompson, a former director of the Census Bureau who left the agency last year, referring to the significance of the documents.They detail the bureau’s request to change the questionnaire set to be used in an upcoming practice run of the 2020 census — known as the End-to-End Census Test — taking place this year in Rhode Island’s Providence County.To prepare for potential policy changes on race and ethnicity data, that questionnaire, as submitted to OMB last year for approval, originally followed the Obama-era proposals. It combined the two census questions about race and Hispanic origin required by the current federal standards into one question, with “Hispanic, Latino, or Spanish” as an option for both race and ethnicity. Among the other checkboxes under the combined question was “Middle Eastern or North African,” which was separate from “White.”In 2017, the U.S. Census Bureau submitted to the White House’s Office of Management and Budget a questionnaire for their practice run of the 2020 census. The form combined the two census questions about race and Hispanic origin required by the current federal standards into one question.But the Census Bureau has now submitted a request to go back to two separate questions with no checkbox for “Middle Eastern or North African.”“In order to ensure that the systems fielded in the 2018 End-to-End Census Test are consistent with the design for the 2020 Census, the Census Bureau made the decision to redesign the systems supporting data collection in this test to be consistent with the two-question format,” the Census Bureau wrote in its request.The Census Bureau recently submitted to OMB a request to go back to separate questions about race and Hispanic origin on the questionnaire for the practice run of the 2020 census.Thompson, the former Census Bureau director, considers the request a sign that the bureau has gotten word that OMB will not change the federal standards on race and ethnicity data.If that is indeed the case, Thompson said lawmakers on Capitol Hill could step in later to proceed with the proposed changes before the 2020 census.“Anything can happen,” he said. “Congress can pass a law.”Other census watchers say they’re disappointed that the Trump administration appears to have decided to not follow the recommendations of Census Bureau staffers who spent years researching how to collect more accurate race and ethnicity data.“The decision to ignore years of research and the expert advice of scientists is a blow to science and the collection of the best data possible,” said Arturo Vargas, executive director of the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials Educational Fund, in a written statement.Last year, an advisory group of experts from various federal agencies released a report that pointed to concerns about how the proposed changes to the federal standards could affect state governments, schools and hospitals that may or may not use the standards for their own record keeping.“Inconsistency between self-reported [federal] survey information and reporting on administrative records results in discrepancies between major sources of information for the [nation], which could be made worse by changing the standards,” wrote the advisers serving on the Federal Interagency Working Group for Research on Race and Ethnicity.Ken Prewitt, a former Census Bureau director who served under the Clinton administration, says he acknowledges that nobody wants to change any form if it can be avoided.“But a country with demographics as fluid as the U.S. has to adjust its statistics,” adds Prewitt, who is also author of What Is “Your” Race?: The Census and Our Flawed Efforts to Classify Americans.Prewitt says the proposal to ask about race and ethnicity in a combined question is a “really innovative” way to address the challenge of “some other race” ranking as the third-largest racial group reported in census results from 2000 and 2010. If the Trump administration does not move the proposal forward, Prewitt expects it to be reintroduced for approval under a different presidential administration.While the wait continues for an official announcement of OMB’s decision on the proposals, the Census Bureau is expected to release its report to Congress on the final wording of the 2020 census questions — including those about race and ethnicity — by the end of March.Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.
Jyoti Sharma’s Bhanuni was based on the theme of the regalia of a modern princess. The journey of the royal figure that has evolved over the years in heavy brocades, velvet, exquisite detailed embroderies and gold. Yes. The boldness of gold on the navy and the black. From ghagras to dhoti-peplums and short dresses heavy with thread details – Bhanuni celebrated the splendour of the fabric with details. Ornate and gorgeous as a whole – individual pieces were not much to celebrate about. Played it safe – that’s our verdict.
Kolkata: The state government will introduce London-famed open roof buses in the city, state Transport minister Suvendu Adhikari said on Saturday.The minister also inaugurated a bus terminal at Piyali in Baruipur in South 24-Parganas on Saturday afternoon. Interestingly, Baruipur is presently coming up as the headquarters of the South 24-Parganas. He said five such buses would be introduced in the financial year. Adhikari said the state Transport department would deploy 200 modern launches by September and state-of-the-art jetties would come up in different areas including the Sunderbans. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseHe said the pink cabs which are being driven by women drivers created great enthusiasm among the female folk, both drivers and passengers alike. Under the ‘Gatidhara’ project, vehicles have been given to 36,000 unemployed youths so far, he said. Adhikari also mentioned that the state Transport department would assist the police to improve traffic management in Baruipur under the “Safe Drive Save Life” scheme. The minister further maintained that if the municipality and Panchayat could provide one acre land, then a Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamatabio-diversity park would also be set up in the region. The bus terminus has been constructed at an estimated cost of Rs 2.10 crore. The total area of the land is around 1.64 acres of which .58 acres has been used to set up the terminus. Adhikari flagged off seven routes from Baruipur. The buses will ply to Dakshineshwar, Digha, Moulali, Science City and Shyambazar. An E-bus will ply up to Karunamoyee in Salt Lake as well. He said a Volvo bus up to Siliguri will also be introduced soon. The terminus can accommodate around 25 to 30 buses.