Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Earlier, Lady Gaga was among the stars sporting a white rose on the Grammy Awards red carpet to support the Time’s Up and #MeToo movements.Sam Smith, Lisa Loeb, Sting and host James Corden were also spotted wearing the flower to show support for the fight against sexual misconduct. Advertisement Canadian Alessia Cara won the coveted Grammy award for best new artist Sunday in a category of strong contenders that included Khalid and SZA.In her acceptance speech, the Brampton, Ont.-born singer encouraged people to “support real music and real artists.”“Everyone deserves the same shot,” she said on stage. “And that goes for everyone — not just those in the industry.” Alessia Cara, from Brampton, Ont., accepts the Grammy for best new artist onstage Sunday at Madison Square Garden in New York. (Kevin Winter/Getty Images) Twitter
Related Items:government, house of assembly, spending Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 16 Dec 2014 – Government spending is curtailed because government departments are for the most part staying within budget; chair of the Appropriations committee, Government Appointed Member Ruth Blackman said during House of Assembly debate yesterday that the committee was impressed with the ability of these departments to colour within the lines, so to speak: “…and we really commend Permanent Secretaries for staying within their budgetary allocations and ensuring that they met their financial targets as was set out within the budget.”The comments came as the members began debate on giving to government an additional $5.5 million dollars as an extra to the budget already approved since July. This request for more money was strongly criticized by the Opposition side, which says the under-allotments coupled with a four month late start on the fiscal year affects development and capital works. Budget cuts hurt, but necessary says TCI Deputy Premier in parliamentary debate on hurricane funds TCI Premier blasts Opposition side for “slop” information, sets it straight in HOA Recommended for you Minister of Works puts government buildings reconstruction post hurricanes at $8.6m
Prince HarryGetty imagesAll the outrage aimed at Meghan Markle by fans and Royal observers for the decision to hold baby Archie’s christening behind closed doors may have been unjustified. According to a Royal expert, it is, in fact, Prince Harry and not Meghan Markle who decided that they should hold the ceremony in private.Fans and Royal observers aimed their ire at the Duchess of Sussex because she has ignored Royal tradition before in favour of her privacy. Like keeping the delivery of baby Archie a secret and refusing to pose for photos after his birth. However, the Duke of Sussex is reportedly the one who wanted Archie’s christening to be small and private, according to Ingrid Seward, editor-in-chief of Majesty Magazine.Archie will reportedly be christened in the Queen’s private chapel and not St George’s Chapel, where the couple was married. Meghan MarkleGetty ImagesMs. Seward told the Daily Mail: “I think this is quite Harry-led and it is putting Meghan in a very difficult position…..She’s the one getting all the flak as a newcomer to the Royal Family.” Prince Harry is making a mistake in the long term. But we have to agree with him, as a parent, he has every right to hold his child’s christening any way he pleases.”I assume Harry and Meghan don’t know where they are going wrong and think the criticism is all so very unfair,” Ms. Seward added. Meghan Markle and Prince Harry were married last year in a gorgeous ceremony, but ever since then, it is Meghan Markle who has been under constant scrutiny. She has been criticized for her disregard for Royal protocols and traditions as well as for being difficult. We hope that Prince Harry shares the burden on the criticism with Meghan regarding his decision about the christening.
IDBI Bank stock prices fallReuters fileShares of the state-run IDBI Bank fell over 3 percent to a one-week low Thursday after the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) imposed a fine of Rs 3 crore on it for failing to report bad loans in line with the central bank’s guidelines.The IDBI Bank stock dropped as much as 3.1 percent to Rs 69.8 on the BSE (Bombay Stock Exchange), the lowest since April 4.The RBI, in a statement Wednesday (April 11) said that the penalty of Rs 30 million on IDBI Bank Limited is “for non-compliance with the directions issued by RBI on Income Recognition and Asset Classification (IRAC) norms”.The RBI’s penalty will not have any material impact on the bank, IDBI said in a filing to the BSE.Earlier, the stocks of IDBI Bank started trading Thursday with an opening price of Rs 70.50 after closing at 72.10 on the previous day.The opening price of the stocks slipped by 3.5 points as compared to the Wednesday’s opening price. The bank also provided an upper price band of Rs 79.30 and lower price band of 64.90 for the shares for the day.At 12.08 pm, the shares of IDBI was trading lower by 1.15 at Rs 70.95.IDBI is also among the list of 11 public sector banks (PSBs) that are placed under the RBI’s Prompt Corrective Action (PCA) intended to encourage banks to improve operational efficiency.In March, the central bank had imposed a penalty of Rs 58.9 crore on the private sector bank ICICI Bank for violating the directions issued by it on the direct sale of securities from held-to-maturity (HTM) portfolio.
Silhouettes of laptop users are seen next to a screen projection of Facebook logoREUTERS/Dado RuvicAmerican online social media giant Facebook Inc. on Monday appointed Ajit Mohan as its managing director and vice-president of India operations. Mohan, who is currently serving as the chief executive officer of Star India owned online video streaming platform Hotstar, will assume his new role in Facebook starting from next year.Ajit Mohan is currently the CEO of Hotstar”I am delighted to take on the mantle of shaping Facebook’s charter in India…I look forward to championing India in Facebook and working with stakeholders across the spectrum to help build deep and meaningful communities across the country” Mohan said in a statement.In his new role as MD and vice-president of Facebook India, Mohan will spearhead a senior leadership team. The team is responsible for strengthening Facebook’s relationships with people, businesses, and government.Mohan joins Facebook with over two decades of experience. An alumnus of McKinsey and company’s New York office, Mohan has also worked with management consulting firm Arthur D Little prior to Star India. He holds masters in economics and international relations from the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at Johns Hopkins University and the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He is an India board member of the Mobile Marketing Association and the Chairman of IAMAI’s Entertainment Sub Committee.Mohan’s entry to Facebook India comes a year after Umang Bedi resigned as the managing director. Even though Mohan will be spearheading Facebook operations in India, he will not be in charge of sister concerns — photo sharing app Instagram and messaging platform WhatsApp. Both the subsidiaries have not been headed in India while WhatsApp recently appointed Komal Lahiri as its grievance officer. Mark Zuckerberg, chairman and chief executive officer of Facebook Inc. with Indian prime minister Narendra ModiFacebook IndiaThe new appointment at Facebook India comes at a time when multiple controversies around the misuse of personal data and fake news are at the prime. With the general elections around the corner, Central government has beefed up surveillance over social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, and WhatsApp for the spread of fake news.
This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Tiny Brown Dwarf’s Disk May Form Miniature Solar System © 2010 PhysOrg.com Explore further A white dwarf star is similar to the size of Earth and is believed to be in the final stages of a stars evolutionary process. It is no longer supporting nuclear reactions and is essentially only a glowing core. Unlike our sun, a white dwarf is no longer producing reactions, and is in a cooling process. Although cooling, a white dwarfs surface temperature is around 5000K.According to Agol, the surface temperature of an average white dwarf would be able to provide a habitable zone for planets within an orbit no closer than 0.01 AU. Agol has created a chart illustrating a white dwarf habitable zone, and he defines a continuously habitable zone as one with a range of orbital distances habitable for a minimum duration. This minimum duration could last in excess of 3 billion years.The one problem with these habitable planets is that they would have a permanent day side and a permanent night side, similar to our moon. This would be caused by the short orbit and the probability of tidal locking.About five percent of all stars are white dwarfs, and there are at least 15,000 within 300 light-years of earth. Agol proposes that these possible planets could completely eclipse their white dwarf, making it possible to locate them using ground based telescopes. He also proposes that the use of the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST), currently under construction in Chile, could provide even better options for locating white dwarf habitable planets.Agol believes that by utilizing a network of ground-based telescopes over a two year period, over half a dozen habitable planets could be located orbiting a white dwarf. Image credit: Eric Agol, arXiv:1103.2791v1 [astro-ph.EP (PhysOrg.com) — The search for habitable planets similar to Earth has routinely focused around active nuclear burning stars. However, in a recently published paper by Eric Agol from the University of Washington, the idea to expand the search to white dwarfs shows promise. More information: Transit surveys for Earths in the habitable zones of white dwarfs, by Eric Agol, arXiv:1103.2791v1 [astro-ph.EP] arxiv.org/abs/1103.2791via Centauri Dreams Citation: Habitable planets and white dwarfs (2011, March 22) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-03-habitable-planets-white-dwarfs.html
by NPR News Philip Ewing 8.29.19 11:27am Updated at 11 a.m. ETFormer FBI Director James Comey violated official policy in the way he handled his memos describing his exchanges with President Trump, an investigation concluded — but Comey won’t be charged.Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz conducted the investigation into Comey’s actions and then referred his results to prosecutors. “After reviewing the matter, the DOJ declined prosecution,” the IG’s office said in a statement on Thursday.Investigators concluded that Comey broke several rules. One involved the former director’s decision to arrange for a friend to disclose the contents of a memo to a reporter with The New York Times. Another involved Comey’s decision to keep memos at home and discuss them with his lawyers but not reveal their contents or what he was doing to the FBI.FBI officials have since assessed that some of the material in Comey’s memos deserved to be classified as “confidential,” the lowest level of classification. But investigators didn’t establish that Comey revealed any secret information to the press.The former FBI director responded on Twitter on Thursday morning by quoting a section of the IG report and pointing out what he called all the untruthful things said about him and other matters by Trump and the president’s supporters.WitnessComey, by his account, began recording details about his conversations with Trump as soon as they met for a national security briefing in New York City. Comey — then FBI director — briefed the then-president-elect on the existence of the infamous, unverified Russia dossier, and Trump’s conduct in that meeting prompted Comey to begin typing up an account of it in his FBI vehicle immediately after.Comey also wrote about exchanges in which he said Trump invited him for a solo meeting at the White House and asked for his “loyalty,” in a conversation in which Comey said he agreed always to give Trump his “honesty.”In another meeting, Comey described a meeting in the Oval Office in which he said the president asked him to stay behind after a larger conference. With just the two of them present, Comey wrote, Trump asked him whether he could “let go” of the investigation into former national security adviser Mike Flynn.Flynn had stepped down over conflicting statements to White House officials and the public about his conversations with Russia’s ambassador during the presidential transition. Flynn has since pleaded guilty to lying to investigators about that exchange, in which he sought — and Russia agreed — no escalation by Moscow in response to the diplomatic measures being taken by outgoing President Barack Obama in retaliation for Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential race.Trump later fired Comey. That move plunged Washington into a vortex of paranoia and suspicion — and the appearance of some of the details of Comey’s memos in the press contributed to an atmosphere that prompted then-Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to commission a special counsel for the investigation into Russia’s political interference. He appointed former FBI Director Robert Mueller, whose nearly two-year investigation revealed many links between Trump’s campaign and Russians but no criminal conspiracy to throw the election. Mueller’s investigation also uncovered what critics called criminal behavior by Trump, who sought to control or quash the inquiry.The “showboat”The president called Comey a “showboat” and Mueller’s inquiry a “witch hunt.” He and supporters also have pointed out that Mueller not only ultimately was permitted to continue his work but he didn’t bring any criminal charges involving direct collusion between Trump’s campaign and the Russians. The results of the Horowitz investigation, establishing that Comey did violate several rules of policies, are likely to reignite criticism by Trump and supporters of the FBI and the Justice Department, which they have savaged over alleged “bias.”Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit NPR. Chip Somodevilla DOJ: Comey Violated Policy On His Trump Memos — But Won…
Having a reliable, approachable and understanding relationship with spouse or partner, children and other immediate family members may put older adults at reduced risk of developing dementia, says a study.Conversely, negative social support characterised by experiences of critical, unreliable and annoying behaviour from spouse or partner, children and other immediate family is linked with increased risk, according to the 10-year follow-up study published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”It is well known that having a rich network of close relationships, including being married and having adult children, is related to a reduced risk of cognitive decline and developing dementia,” said one of the study authors Mizanur Khondoker from University of East Anglia in England.”However, a relationship or social connection that does not work well can be a source of intense interpersonal stress, which may have a negative impact on both physical and mental health of older adults. It is not only the quantity of social connections, but the quality of those connections may be an important factor affecting older people’s cognitive health,” Khondoker explained. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThe study was based on data from the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing (ELSA).The researchers analysed a decade of data that followed 10,055 core participants from ELSA who were dementia-free at the start of the study in 2002-2003. Participants were interviewed every two years during 2004-2012 and incidence of dementia was identified from self-reports by participants or information given by nominated informants.Measures of positive and negative experiences of social support were calculated at baseline (2002) using a set of six items within the ‘Health and lifestyle of people aged 50 and over’ questionnaire of ELSA. The scale ranged from one to four with higher values indicating more of positive or negative support.An increase of one point in the positive social support score led to up to a 17 per cent reduction in the instantaneous risk of developing dementia, the findings showed. But negative support scores showed stronger effects – an increase of one point in the negative support score led to up to 31 per cent rise in the risk.
Kolkata: Two persons were arrested by the officers of the Baruipur Women police station for allegedly employing an eight-year-old girl as a domestic help at a home in Modarhat, Baruipur.The accused woman, who hired the girl and reportedly tortured her, was arrested on Wednesday morning. Later on Thursday, the maternal uncle of the girl was held for forcing the girl to work as a help. According to sources, the eight-year-old girl lived with her parents and five siblings at Ghutiyari Sharif. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataHer parents decided to employ her as a domestic helper to support their family. The girl’s maternal uncle Asmat Shaikh had information that a family in Baruipur was looking for a domestic helper. He got in touch with Anjumina Khatun at Modarhat in Baruipur, who was allegedly looking for helper. Approximately five months ago Shaikh had taken the girl to Khatun. It is alleged Khatun used to force the girl to do all the household work. Khatun use to beat up the girl when she refused to work. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateIt is alleged that Khatun used a blade to slash the girl’s hands when she was not happy with her work . The victim girl said she was even not provided proper food. When she couldn’t bear the torture any more, she risked her life to climb down the water pipe from the roof and fled from Khatun’s house. But as she was not familiar with the area, she started crying after reaching a primary school. On seeing the girl crying, a teacher of the school consoled her. Later, the girl narrated the incident to the teacher. When the schoolteacher came to know about the torture, he immediately informed the Baruipur women police station. After the police complaint was lodged, the officers immediately nabbed Khatun and produced her before the Baruipur Court on Wednesday. She has been remanded to judicial custody for 14 days by the magistrate. The victim girl has been sent to a home located in Sonarpur. Later on Thursday, police arrested Shaikh from Changa Islamnagar in Baruipur for allegedly forcing a minor girl to work as a domestic help. He will be produced before the Baruipur Court on Friday with an appeal for his police remand.
The Marriott’s Starwood guest database breach that occurred at the end of last month affected almost 500 million user data. According to the Marriott investigation report, the possible cause of the breach was the technology platform deployed by Starwood under the name “Valhalla’. Israel del Rio, the former Senior Vice President of Technology and solutions at Starwood Hotels and Resorts from 2001- 2006, mentioned his take on the guest data breach. He said, “I worked on Valhalla and wrote about Marriott’s decision not to use it moving forward in 2016.” Israel del Rio’s take on the Marriott breach In his post, Israel said that the Valhalla system was entirely active in 2009 and all the best practices were followed in the system’s design including firewalls, DMZs, encryption, etc. He said, “The fact is, if we accept Marriott’s statement that the breach began in 2014, the system would already have been operating securely for five years. It is difficult to imagine how an architectural or platform vulnerability would not have been discovered or exploited sooner.” Israel highlighted three points in the Marriott report and explained his take on each of it. 500 million guests’ reservation data stolen The report stated that the data of approximately 500 million guests who made a reservation at Starwood property had been stolen. To this, Israel said, “It is unlikely this system would have had 500 million records, given the practice to remove booking records a number of days after checkout. Even assuming half a million rooms in Starwood’s inventory at 90% occupancy, with average lengths of stay of two days, and up to two years of advance booking, such a database would not exceed 200 million records.” He said that the only place to trace such huge data is the Data Warehouse, which would contain the booking records for several prior years. This is most likely the area from which the data was stolen. However, given that some of that data had already been migrated to Marriott, it is hard to say for certain whether the breach occurred in the Starwood system, the Marriott system, or in transit as a result of exposure during the Extract‐Transform‐Load process used during the migration. An alert from an internal security tool helped Marriott to know about the breach Marriott’s discovery of the breach was triggered on September 8, 2018, when Marriott received an alert from an internal security tool regarding an attempt to access the Starwood guest reservation database. Israel said, “We do not know when such a tool was first used, but what’s most confounding is Marriott’s assurance that the breach first occurred in 2014. If the detection tool was used prior to this September, why hadn’t the breach been detected earlier? And if the tool was not used earlier, how can they be so sure the breach occurred in 2014?” The stolen data also contained data from 2014, this could be a reason why it was assumed that the breach took place around that time. Also, the Data Warehouse contains booking data going back several years. The Data Warehouse data could have been exposed recently and still show stolen records from 2014. The exposed data included encrypted payment card numbers and payment card expiration dates According to Israel, “there are two components needed to decrypt the payment card numbers, and that at this point, Marriott has not been able to rule out the possibility that both were stolen.” Marriott’s report said there is the possibility that the primary encryption key was also exposed. “It is almost impossible to imagine a scenario in which an external hacker is able to gain access to the primary encryption keys”, according to Israel. Israel said there is a lack of information to actually understand what exactly happened. “It is possible that the Starwood system was in fact breached. Marriott had laid off most of the Starwood technology staff at the end of 2017, and whatever operational or migration issues this might have caused should be evaluated.” To know more about Israel del Rio’s take on the Marriott breach, visit his blogpost. Chinese hackers might have caused the Marriott Starwood guest data breach According to the New York Times report, the Marriott breach was a part of the “Chinese intelligence-gathering effort, that also hacked health insurers and the security clearance files of millions more Americans, according to the two people briefed on the investigation.” This discovery came out as the Trump administration is planning actions to target China’s trade, cyber and economic policies, within days. The Marriott Starwood guest data breach is not expected to be a part of the indictments against the Chinese hackers. “But two of the government officials said that it has added urgency to the administration’s crackdown, given that Marriott is the top hotel provider for the American government and military personnel”, according to New York Times. The Marriott database contains not only credit card information but passport data. But officials on Tuesday said this was a part of an aggressive operation whose main focus was the 2014 hacking into the Office of Personnel Management. “At the time, the government bureau loosely guarded the detailed forms that Americans fill out to get security clearances — forms that contain financial data; information about spouses, children and past romantic relationships; and any meetings with foreigners. Such information is exactly what the Chinese use to root out spies, recruit intelligence agents and build a rich repository of Americans’ personal data for future targeting. With those details, the Marriott data adds another critical element to the intelligence profile: travel habits.” James A. Lewis, a cybersecurity expert at the Center for Strategic Studies in Washington said to the Times, “The data can be used to track which Chinese citizens visited the same city, or hotel, as an American intelligence agent who was identified in data taken from the Office of Personnel Management or from American health insurers that document patients’ medical histories and Social Security numbers.” According to New York Times, “The effort to amass Americans’ personal information so alarmed government officials that in 2016, the Obama administration threatened to block a $14 billion bid by China’s Anbang Insurance Group Co. to acquire Starwood Hotel & Resorts Worldwide, according to one former official familiar with the work of the Committee on Foreign Investments in the United States, a secretive government body that reviews foreign acquisitions.” Finally, the failed bid cleared the way later that year for Marriott Hotels to acquire Starwood for $13.6 billion, becoming the world’s largest hotel chain. “The Chinese regard intrusions into hotel chain databases as a standard kind of espionage. So does the United States, which has often seized guest data from foreign hotels.” To know more about this news in detail, visit The New York Times’ in-depth coverage. Read Next Equifax data breach could have been “entirely preventable”, says House oversight and government reform committee staff report A new data breach on Facebook due to malicious browser extensions allowed almost 81,000 users’ private data up for sale, reports BBC News Cathay Pacific, a major Hong Kong based airlines, suffer data breach affecting 9.4 million passengers
Last week, the team at PostgreSQL released a progress update for the eagerly awaited PostgreSQL 12. This release comes with performance improvements and better server configuration, indexes, recovery parameters and much more. This article was updated 05.14.2019 to correct the fact that this was a progress update for PostgreSQL, not a software release. What’s going to be coming in PostgreSQL 12? Performance In PostgreSQL 12 the Just-in-Time (JIT) compilation will be enabled by default. Memory consumption of COPY and function calls will be reduced and the search performance for multi-byte characters will also be improved. Server configuration Updates to server configuration will add the ability to enable/disable cluster checksums using pg_checksums. It should also reduce the default value of autovacuum_vacuum_cost_delay to 2ms and allows time-based server variables to use micro-seconds. Indexes in PostgreSQL 12 The speed of btree index insertions should be optimized for PostgreSQL. The new code will also improve the space-efficiency of page splits and should further reduce locking overhead, and gives better performance for UPDATEs and DELETEs on indexes with many duplicates. Recovery parameters PostgreSQL 12 should also allow recovery parameters to be changed with reload. These parameters include, archive_cleanup_command, promote_trigger_file, recovery_end_command, and recovery_min_apply_delay. It also allows streaming replication timeout. OID columns The special behavior of OID columns will likely be removed, but columns will still be explicitly specified as type OID. The operations on tables that have columns named OID will need to be adjusted. Data types Data types abstime, reltime, and tinterval look as though they’ll be removed from PostgreSQL 12. Geometric functions Geometric functions and operators will be refactored to produce better results than are currently available. The geometric types can be restructured to handle NaN, underflow, overflow and division by zero. To learn more about what’s likely to be coming to PostgreSQL 12, check out the official announcement. Read Next Building a scalable PostgreSQL solution PostgreSQL security: a quick look at authentication best practices [Tutorial] How to handle backup and recovery with PostgreSQL 11 [Tutorial]
MONTREAL — Transat has named Sherri Bourne as Business Development Manager, Atlantic Canada, responsible for representing Transat’s Sun, Europe and Cruise package product.“We are pleased to have Sherri join our team as she has years of industry retail experience,” says Dan Prior, Transat’s Sales Manager, Ontario & Atlantic Canada. “She knows the Transat product line plus she is familiar with the territory and role from her previous representative experience. Sherri has forged many strong relationships with her travel professional clients and we look forward to having her help them build their business with Transat.” Says Bourne: “I am most excited to be back working with Atlantic Canada agents and use my past experience selling the products to help them continue to grow their business.”She can be reached via email at email@example.com or by phone via the sales department toll-free at 1-888-256-9259. Posted by Share Transat appoints new BDM, Atlantic Canada Travelweek Group Monday, September 24, 2018 Tags: New Hires, Transat << Previous PostNext Post >>
Let’s talk groups: Register now for Sandals’ new Groups webinar TORONTO — As part of its ongoing webinar series, Sandals Resorts is highlighting the many benefits of group travel in a new session with Grant Lawlor, National Groups Manager, Canada.Taking place on Nov. 22 from 12:30-1:00 p.m. EST, the ‘Let’s Talk: Groups’ webinar will cover topics like sales and marketing tips as well as strategies for agents to grow their Groups business with Sandals and Beaches Resorts. It will also include Canadian-specific group incentives.Webinars last only 30 minutes. By registering, agents will receive also receive a recorded version that they can play back at their leisure.To register, agents can send an email with their IATA number to firstname.lastname@example.org.For more information call Inside Sales at 1-800-545-8283 or contact your local Sandals BDM. Tags: Sandals Resorts, Webinars Share Travelweek Group Friday, November 9, 2018 << Previous PostNext Post >> Posted by