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Social media giant Pinterest to open first Canadian office in Toronto on

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO – Pinterest is opening its first office in Canada in Toronto at the start of October in an effort to expand its presence outside of the U.S.The San Francisco-based technology company runs an online platform that allows users to create a digital board they can pin aspirational photos to.It says it has 12 million Canadian users, who save 4.5 million photos on the platform daily.Pinterest says it hopes the Toronto office will help spur the business’s international growth and serve local advertisers.The Toronto office will be run by country manager Erin Elofson, who previously led Facebook Canada’s sales team and spent 11 years at Microsoft Canada.Pinterest says Elofson will help the country localize its offerings, including an ad program, which it says advertisers will be able to use to target French-speaking Canadians by the end of the year.last_img read more

Ghosn beefs up defence with lawyer famous for acquittals

TOKYO — Former Renault-Nissan chairman Carlos Ghosn has beefed up his defence team ahead of his trial in Japan by hiring Junichiro Hironaka, a star lawyer with a strong track record for winning rare acquittals in a country where the conviction rate is 99 per cent.Another new attorney on his team, Hiroshi Kawatsu, is an expert on judicial reform who has studied and done research in the U.S.Ghosn, arrested Nov. 19, and charged with falsifying financial reports and breach of trust, says he is innocent.Some prominent cases Hironaka has won are:ICHIRO OZAWA: An influential lawmaker known as the “shadow shogun” for his backroom dealings, Ozawa was charged with false financial reports on political funding, linked to a 2004 land deal. He was acquitted in 2012, while three aides got suspended sentences. Ozawa’s defence argued he was innocent as he had no knowledge of the deal.KAZUYOSHI MIURA: The Japanese businessman was suspected of involvement in the shooting death of his wife in Los Angeles in 1981. Miura was shot in the leg while his wife was shot in the head. Miura’s 1994 conviction was overturned by two higher courts, including a 2003 Supreme Court ruling. Hironaka led the defence in both. Arrested in Saipan, Miura was extradited to the U.S. in 2008 on conspiracy charges since murder charges would have amounted to double jeopardy. He was found dead in his jail cell while awaiting arraignment. The coroner ruled it a suicide.ATSUKO MURAKI: A welfare ministry official, Muraki was arrested in 2009 on suspicion of falsely approving a group to qualify for mail discounts. She asserted her innocence, saying she knew nothing about such a group. She was acquitted in 2010. One of the first women to rise in Japan’s government bureaucratic ranks, she has written books criticizing the Japanese criminal system, drawing on her roughly five months of detention.TAKESHI ABE: The head of a government AIDS research team, in 1996 Abe was charged with professional negligence resulting in death, in a major scandal over the sale of HIV-tainted blood products in 1983-85 that caused 2,000 Japanese, mostly hemophiliacs, to contract the AIDS virus. The blood had not been heat-treated to kill the virus, a procedure that was used in the U.S. but not approved for use in Japan until 1985. Abe denied wrongdoing, saying he didn’t know the products would lead to infection. He was acquitted in 2001 after a four year trial and died in 2004, while facing an appeal.___Yuri Kageyama is on Twitter at https://twitter.com/yurikageyamaOn Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/yurikageyama/?hl=enYuri Kageyama, The Associated Press read more

Political developments top UN envoys talks with Lebanese Prime Minister

4 March 2010The implementation of the 2006 Security Council resolution calling for a full halt to fighting between Israel and Hizbollah topped a senior United Nations official’s talks with Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri today. Special Coordinator for Lebanon Michael Williams told Mr. Hariri in the capital, Beirut, that he will brief the Council on 12 March on Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s latest report on the implementation of resolution 1701.That resolution greatly increased the UN peacekeeping force – known as UNIFIL – in the conflict zone, and also called for respect of the so-called Blue Line separating the Israeli and Lebanese sides, disarming militias including Hizbollah, and an end to arms smuggling, among other measures.The report, he said, highlights the fact that, in spite of recent rhetoric, the situation along the Blue Line continues to be relatively stable and that all parties are still committed to the cessation of hostilities and to the implementation of the resolution.“While this is important and positive, it should not detract from the importance of working towards a permanent ceasefire as called for in resolution 1701,” Mr. Williams said after his talks with the Prime Minister.Other topics covered in the meeting included yesterday’s decision by the Lebanese Cabinet to appoint Minister of State Jean Ogasapian as the coordinator for the development of a plan to manage the country’s borders.The UN official also welcomed President Michel Sleiman’s decision to convene a national dialogue to discuss a defence strategy for Lebanon as well as arms outside state control.“It is a longstanding belief of the United Nations that this issue should be addressed through a Lebanese political process, and we believe reconvening the national dialogue is important in this regard,” he said.Mr. Williams noted that a Cabinet meeting will be held today on the draft municipal elections law, which he said “will perhaps be another important development and an indication of the exercise of the regular democratic process in Lebanon and of continuing efforts of reform.”In a meeting last week with Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon raised the ongoing discussions on Ghajar, voicing hope that there will be speedy progress on the proposal put forward by UNIFIL for an Israeli withdrawal from the village as called for in resolution 1701. read more

New Zealand recognises Lankas efforts in reconciliation process

He will also lead a business delegation to focus on the significant opportunities to diversify trade between New Zealand and Sri Lanka, which stood at $324m in 2015. The visit will be Key’s second to Sri Lanka as Prime Minister, having travelled to the island in 2013 for the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting.It will also provide an opportunity for Key to witness the progress that Sri Lanka has made in recent years as it recovers from its decades-long civil war.“New Zealand recognises the considerable efforts the people and Government of Sri Lanka are putting into the country’s reconciliation process and we are hugely supportive of those, including through our work to boost the country’s own dairy sector to improve the livelihoods of its farmers,” Key says. New Zealand Prime Minister John Key says New Zealand recognises the considerable efforts the people and Government of Sri Lanka are putting into the country’s reconciliation process.Key announced he will make an official visit to Sri Lanka next week to highlight the growing commercial and political ties between the two countries. “Sri Lanka has a growing middle class which offers New Zealand businesses a range of exciting opportunities,” Key says.“We have a 45 year dairy trade history, but commercial relationships are extending further with more and more of our businesses recognising Sri Lanka as a potential market for high-quality New Zealand services and products.” While in the capital Colombo, Key will also chair a meeting of the Executive Committee of the International Democrat Union. Key will be in Sri Lanka from 24-26 February. (Colombo Gazette) Key will meet with President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe as well as speak with a number of local businesspeople to promote New Zealand’s interests in the region. read more

Australia tells Sri Lanka stern action needed on trafficking

He also said that it is not only a concern to Australia, but also the region. In these circumstances Australia is very grateful for Sri Lanka for the cooperation extended to them in this regard. (Colombo Gazette) Australia has told Sri Lanka stern action is needed on organised human trafficking, the President’s office said.President Maithripala Sirisena, who is in New York, held a bilateral meeting with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull at the UN Headquarters. President Sirisena appreciated the assistance given by the Government of Australia to Sri Lanka for the country’s development drive and the Australian Prime Minister also extended his gratitude to the Government of Sri Lanka and the President for the cooperation extended towards Australia to curb human smuggling. He said the Government of Australia has a very liberal and humanitarian policy and welcomes genuine migrants. However, he said stern actions have to be taken regarding organized human trafficking by criminal groups and in some situations it is connected to drug smuggling. read more

Selecting the next UN SecretaryGeneral Security Council holds first round of secret

Ambassador Koro Bessho of Japan, President of the Security Council for the month of July. UN Photo/Mark Garten Following its first-ever private discussions with the candidates vying for selection as the next United Nations Secretary-General, the UN Security Council today conducted the first round of informal polls on those seeking the world’s top diplomatic post. The current Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, is the eighth occupant of the Organization’s 70-year history. He took office in January 2007 and will be ending his 10-year tenure on 31 December 2016. Under the UN Charter, the Organization’s top official is appointed by the General Assembly on the recommendation of the Council.Speaking to reporters at the UN Headquarters this morning, Ambassador Koro Bessho of Japan, which holds the Council’s presidency for July, confirmed that the first round of the so called ‘straw polls’ had taken place, and each candidate would be informed of the results through his or her country’s permanent representative to the UN. He also noted that he had informed that the President of the UN General Assembly that the vote had taken place.He said that the straw poll is “an indicative vote – to inform the candidates where they stand in the race, and to inform the Council members how the race might go from here.”The straw poll followed a series of closed-door meetings in which each of the 12 official candidates, who have been nominated by their governments, was introduced to the Council members.Yesterday, Mr. Bessho said this is the first time the Council had held such informal meetings with each of the candidates for the next UN chief. The Council met three candidates in June and the rest in July. He has said that the results of the polls would not be made public. “We would like to make sure that the fairness and confidentiality of voting is respected,” he said. As for the date for the second round of the poll, he said no decision has been made. There is no definitive deadline for announcing candidacy, but anyone considering throwing the hat in the ring should come forward as soon as possible so that the Council and the Assembly have a good amount of time to review the candidate, he added.The UN Charter says relatively little about how a Secretary-General is to be selected, aside from Article 97, which notes that the candidate “shall be appointed by the General Assembly upon the recommendation of the Security Council.”At its first session in 1946, the Assembly approved resolution A/RES/1/11 determining that the Council take the lead in the selection process, agree on a single name in a private meeting, and pass that name down to the Assembly for a vote.Since 1946, the Council has done just that, discussing and voting behind closed doors in straw polls for members to ‘encourage’ or ‘discourage’ a candidate to continue. This process has come to be known as the ‘Wisnumurti Guidelines,’ named after Ambassador Nugroho Wisnumurti of Indonesia who held the rotating presidency of the Council in November 1996 when the guidelines were set.These straw polls continue until there is a majority candidate without a single veto from a permanent member of the Council. That name is then officially transferred to the Assembly, whose membership historically chooses the candidate.This year, the Assembly took a more active role in the selection process, aiming to make it more transparent and inclusive. For the first time in history, the candidates were asked to submit their resumes and to take part in informal briefings with the Assembly. Along with the informal hearings, the UN last Tuesday held its first-ever globally televised and webcast townhall-style debate in the General Assembly Hall, where 10 of the 12 confirmed candidates took questions from diplomats and the public at large. The two candidates unable to come to New York were invited to send video messages to be used in the event.Asked how the Assembly’s open dialogues with the candidates would affect voting decisions by Council members, Mr. Bessho, speaking in his national capacity, has explained that the candidates’ performances in the Assembly’s debates, as well as in the Council’s informal meetings, would be “reflected” in his recommendation to his Government.In addition to the five permanent Council members – China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom, and the United States – 10 non-permanent seats are currently held by Angola, Egypt, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, Senegal, Spain, Ukraine, Uruguay, and Venezuela. Later in the day, General Assembly President Mogens Lykketoft issued a letter to all UN Member States and Observers in which he recognized the informal nature of the straw poll and took note that the outcome of this and future informal straw polls will not be communicated, but stressed that in his view, limiting the communication to the fact that the informal straw poll has taken place without any further detail “adds little value and does not live up to the expectations of the membership and the new standard of openness and transparency.”In light of this, he said that future communications from his Office that informal straw polls have taken place would be conveyed via announcements on his web page as soon as they are received from the President of the Security Council. read more

Security Council extends mandate of UN peace mission in Western Sahara by

Adopting resolution 2240 (2018), by a recorded vote of 12 in favour and 3 abstentions, the Security Council underscored the need for a “realistic, practicable and enduring political solution” to the question of Western Sahara.In that context, the 15-member Council expressed “full support” for the Secretary-General’s plan to initiate renewed negotiations before the end of 2018 and urged all parties to resume dialogue, in good faith, towards a just, lasting and mutually acceptable political solution, “which will provide for the self determination of the people of Western Sahara.”Originally established in 1991, in accordance with settlement proposals accepted in 1988 by Morocco and the Frente Polisario movement, MINURSO was tasked with the monitoring of the ceasefire; overseeing the exchange of prisoners of war; repatriation of refugees; and the eventual organization of a free and fair referendum in which the people of Western Sahara would choose between independence and integration with Morocco.While the organization of the referendum has not been possible to date, other requirements of the mandate have been pursued successfully and the peacekeeping mission continues to monitor the ceasefire, conduct mine clearance operations, and supports confidence building measures.MINURSO has also been providing assistance to irregular migrants as well as humanitarian assistance in case of natural disasters. read more

REMNANTS exhibit runs until September

Students in Brock University’s summer sculpture course have delved into the site-specific exhibition, REMNANTS, to create works inspired by the traces of history that remain in the refurbished Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts building.More than a century ago in the heart of downtown St. Catharines, the Canada Hair Cloth Co. functioned as a beneficial part of the community by bringing jobs and growth throughout the Niagara Region. Today it is known as the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts, an extension of Brock University. Originally, the factory was built in 1888 and was founded by the McSloy brothers who saw the potential for industrial growth within their community. They worked hard building a company centralized around trading and selling products from Halifax to Vancouver. In the traditional style of the New England Mills, the Canada Hair Cloth Co. was built with the intention of allowing as much natural sunlight into the factory as possible. With its open concept and large windows, the building was easily illuminated before the era of electricity. Eventually, the McSloy brothers purchased a generator to provide electricity, which was powered by the Millrace. At the time the factory was built, horses, railways and ships were the common means of transportation and all three were critical to the early success of the company. Waterpower played an essential role in regards to the growth of the factory as it was the primary source of energy to run the machinery. The canal flowed behind the buildings and the fast-flowing water produced power for the mills. Horses were used to provide raw material for the actual haircloth itself as the hair was gathered from their tails. The fabric produced was used in a vast variety of things ranging from the railway seats to the interfacing of fine suits. During this time, the majority of industrialized manufacturing was produced around this part of town, especially close to the Welland Canal. This enabled goods to be easily shipped and sold to other markets from around Canada. In the fall of 2015, the Canada Hair Cloth Co. was reopened as the MIWSFPA and welcomed the students of Brock University to work and create within a building that already embodies so much creativity. Keeping in mind the artistic process, materials and tools that went into the many things produced by the company, the summer sculpture class has worked hard in collaborating an exhibition to pay tribute to what was and still is a lively building full of artistic innovation. REMNANTS is being held in the Learning Commons at the MIWSFPA until Sept. 16. read more

NTT Docomo unveils realtime speech translation app for phones

first_imgNTT Docomo, Japan’s leading cell phone carrier, has unveiled its real-time speech-to-speech translation service that works both in person and over the phone.Introduced back in June, the service is a combination of several cloud-based services, including speech recognition (as seen in Siri), automated translation, and text-to-speech conversion of the translated results. Demonstrations on Japanese news broadcasts show simple statements translated well enough to understand, if not perfectly. The question “What is your name?”, translated from Japanese to English, ended up as “What is the name?”On the other hand, it did show a flair for proper names. “My name is Taylor,” translated from English to Japanese, came across perfectly in Japanese. In another interesting quirk, it has different settings for different accents of English including American, British, and Australian. Japanese-Korean translation is supported, and Japanese-Chinese support is coming in late January 2012.The app will have two main modes. The first uses a single smartphone screen to display the original text of what was said along with its translation, and can be seen in the (Japanese language) video below:The second mode translates phone calls between two phones. As we pointed out at the service’s initial introduction, the first public demonstration of the service translated a newspaper article read between Tokyo and its suburb Yokohama.With just a second or two of lag, the service should prove useful enough to help confused tourists and the like, even if it isn’t ready to be the business world’s Babel fish just yet.Docomo’s translation service is in private beta now and will be available to the Japanese public in the second half of 2012. No word yet on an international release, but don’t hold your breath for one.via TechCrunchlast_img read more

Delphi Banks Midas Account wins gold

first_imgDelphi Bank’s Midas Account has won a gold award for Best Savings Account in the Bank category in Money magazine’s Best of the Best Awards 2015. One of 111 winners to be honoured in this year’s awards, it is a testament to the bank’s continual efforts in offering its customers tailored banking solutions. George Tacticos, the bank’s chief executive officer, maintains that the bank has “gone from strength to strength – a pleasing result achieved through the investments we’ve made in our customers and ongoing commitment to ensure their needs come first”. The award winning Midas Account, which features a high interest rate and no account keeping fees, was also awarded in last year’s Money Best of the Best Awards, winning the silver award.The recognition is a significant step in the right direction for the small banking institution as it grows and continues to make a mark for itself in the banking world. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

ASA Asks FDA to Extend Comment Periods on Gene Editing Proposals

first_imgThe American Soybean Association (ASA) and several others in the agriculture industry are asking the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for an extension of the comment periods for two proposed regulations:Genome Editing in New Plant Varieties Used for Foods: FDA-2016-N-4389Regulation of Intentionally Altered Genomic DNA in Animals: FDA-2008-D-0394The regulations were proposed on Jan. 19, just as the Obama administration was leaving office. The first is a request for information on “Genome Editing in New Plant Varieties Used for Foods,” which seeks input on food safety risks associated with foods derived from gene-edited crops. The second is a draft guidance on “Regulation of Intentional Altered Genomic DNA in Animals,” which extends the scope of FDA’s regulatory authority to include gene-edited animals. Both proposals have comment periods that end on April 19.The proposals were issued at the same time as the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) proposed rule on Part 340 of the Plant Protection Act, which would update how GMO plants are regulated.Because the issues are interrelated, ASA and others asked that the comment periods be extended to match the June 19 comment deadline for Part 340, giving stakeholders more time to review all of the documents and take a more coordinated approach to comments.last_img read more

Scientists colossal squid exam a kraken good show

first_imgWELLINGTON, New Zealand — It was a calm morning in Antarctica’s remote Ross Sea, during the season when the sun never sets, when Capt. John Bennett and his crew hauled up a creature with tentacles like fire hoses and eyes like dinner plates from a mile below the surface.A colossal squid: 770 pounds, as long as a minibus and one of the sea’s most elusive species. It had been frozen for eight months until Tuesday, when scientists in New Zealand got a long-anticipated chance to thaw out the animal and inspect it — once they used a forklift to maneuver it into a tank.The squid is a female, and its eight arms are each well over a meter (3.3 feet) long. Its two tentacles would have been perhaps double that length if they had not been damaged.Kat Bolstad, a squid scientist from the Auckland University of Technology who was leading a team examining the creature, described it as “very big, very beautiful.”“This is essentially an intact specimen, which is almost an unparalleled opportunity for us to examine,” she said. “This is a spectacular opportunity.”Many people around the world agreed: About 142,000 people from 180 countries watched streaming footage of the squid examination on the Internet.Colossal squid sometimes inhabit the world of fiction and imagination, but have rarely been seen in daylight. Remarkably, Bennett and his crew on the San Aspiring toothfish boat have caught two of them. Their first, hauled in seven years ago, is on display in New Zealand’s national museum, Te Papa.last_img read more

Residents in Massachusetts town on edge after coyote spotted with cat in

first_imgNEWTON, MA (WSVN) – Residents in one Massachusetts town are on edge, concerned and fearful for their pets after a large coyote was spotted over the weekend roaming the city streets with a cat in its mouth.Several coyotes have been spotted near a playground in Newtown, with the most recent sighting coming on Saturday.One resident said she was stunned when she caught a glimpse of the coyote strolling about, holding the cat firmly in its jaws.“I was stunned because he was so big and bulky. He was much bigger than any coyote I had ever seen,” Joyce Hynds said.Hynds said the coyote was larger than her 80-pound black labs.“He was very blatant,” Hynds said of the animal. “He was very proud of what he had.”Joanna O’Malley, a fellow resident, said her $1,500 cat accidentally got outside and has been missing for three weeks. She thinks a coyote attacked the cat. Dozens of sightings have been reported in recent weeks, according to a coyote tracker on the city’s website.Coyotes cannot be euthanized unless they’re posing an imminent threat, according to state law.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Will fulfil all promises made to citizens assures KTR

first_imgHyderabad: Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) working president K T Rama Rao on Tuesday said that the government would fulfil all the promises made to the people of Hyderabad. Rama Rao addressed a meeting of party activists at Kotla Vijayabhaskar Reddy stadium on Tuesday. He congratulated the leaders of Jubilee Hills Assembly constituency for being number one in Hyderabad in the membership drive and to form 329 booth committees. He said that Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao’s rule has been hailed by many State governments. Also Read – JIH organises Eid Milap for sanitary workers Advertise With Us “There are many things to take up in Hyderabad but there are some priorities of the government. The government is concentrating on providing irrigated water to the farmers. We will fulfil all the promises made to people of Hyderabad,” Rama Rao said. The TRS leader said the Chief Minister brought Godavari water to Hyderabad, which ended water woes of people of the city. Hyderabad will never face crisis like Chennai. Also Read – GHMC distributes saplings to KV students Advertise With Us Stating that the law and order situation had improved in the city, he said, “during my childhood there used to be curfew in Hyderabad during Ganesh festival. Now there are no incidents showing good law and order situation in the State. We brought Metro Rail project for the city and are giving jobs to our children.” He said that 10 lakh CCTVs were installed in the city of Hyderabad and many reputed companies are coming to the city. “We will repay to the people of Hyderabad by satisfying them,” he added. Advertise With Us Rama Rao lashed out against the Congress party leaders. “Some people do not like K Chandrashekar Rao winning elections with huge mandate. They are unable to digest development, good rains and happy faces of the farmers”, he said. Referring to Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Rama Rao said that some people who are talking of being an alternative to TRS should know that the State government was spending Rs 1,200 crore on pensions whereas Centre is giving just Rs 200 crore.last_img read more

Xbox One manual leaks tells you where to position the Kinect sensor

first_imgIt’s not long now until Microsoft will start shipping out stock of Xbox One consoles to retailers. But even with tight security surrounding the distribution and launch, some leaks are bound to happen. The latest is a leaked copy of the manual, although I’d usually call this a quick start guide.The guide details how to go about connecting your console to a TV, cable box, and the Kinect, as well as how to insert the batteries on the controller and get the headset working. But by far the most interesting piece of information it contains is the optimal positioning guidance for the Kinect sensor.Here’s the diagram taken from the manual (click to see full size):As you can see, the optimal height for the Kinect sensor is a minimum of 0.6 meters from the ground all the way up to 1.8 meters. Players should not stand or sit closer then 1.4 meters from the Kinect.The height measurements match those of the original Kinect for the Xbox 360, however, the distance players need to stand back from the sensor has been reduced. With the original Kinect you had to be at least 1.8 meters away when playing alone, or 2.4 meters if there were two players. In other words, Xbox One with Kinect is going to work in smaller rooms or without you having to move your furniture back to make sure you have the required minimum distance to the sensor.The only other details this guide reminds us of is the fact the Xbox One has a power brick and that you still need batteries to power the controller. A Play and Charge Kit will be available, but that’s an extra $25 you need to spend.last_img read more

Can This Company Save You From the NSAs Prying Eyes

first_imgOctober 15, 2013 Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. 2 min readcenter_img With $5.6 million in fresh funding, ID Quantique is looking to develop an encryption platform that even the National Security Agency may not be able break.The Geneva, Switzerland-based company just scored the latest found of capital from QWave Capital, a VC firm looking to invest in sci-tech companies focused on physics and material science. ID Quantique will use the funds to bolster its sales and marketing teams as it looks to meet the spike in demand for long-term highly secure data protection and increase its global reach.Related: Cybersecurity Basics: Surf the Web Safely With These Browsers The company is hoping to improve the current security tactic — one that protects data through encrypted keys created by an algorithm — by utilizing its quantum encryption tool called Quantum Key Distribution (QKD).Instead of just depending on keys that are supposedly being cracked by the NSA, its technology will add an additional layer: light. If a third-party attempts to spy on this data, an alert will occur, acknowledging that the light ray, or sensitive photons, have been disturbed. A business or person will know immediately and can act on this disruption by halting communication. And this could help stop the NSA from it intervening on sensitive data occurring between two parties.Related: How to Avoid Getting Hacked (Infographic) In the whole hoopla about NSA tapping into our information through tech companies like Google, it is still unknown how much cooperation the tech companies gave the NSA when requesting user information. That said, it has been reported that in some cases the NSA has been able to weaken a cryptography formula issued years ago by the National Institute of Standards and Technology. Therefore, allowing it to circumvent encryption tools and participate in eavesdropping of U.S. citizens. ID Quantique is taking steps to halt this on our soil.The funding news came on the heels of ID Quantique announcing last week it had teamed up with Columbus, Ohio-based Battelle for the first QKD network in the U.S., connecting the non-profit R&D organization’s headquarters with its satellite office in Dublin, Ohio. The secure line with quantum servers allows for transmission of data without being concerned about outside observers spying.  Register Now »last_img read more

A prince and farmer fall in love in charming gay animated story

first_imgeTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… In Promised Land, a children’s book written by Chaz Harris and Adam Reynolds, a prince and farmer fall in love. It’s a sweet, illustrated story that helps fill the absence of queer representation in children’s literature. The kind of book kids needTalking about the inspiration for Promised Land, co-author Reynolds said: ‘We wrote the kind of book we needed when we were growing up, because love is love and everyone deserves to live happily ever after.’It’s also a source of happiness, comfort, and hope during trying times.‘With the increase in violence and intolerance the LGBTQ community has been experiencing in various countries around the world this past year, we felt it was important to share our story’s message of love and acceptance for all to see,’ Harris added.He also said representation is crucial. Why? ‘Because if we don’t see ourselves in stories, we don’t see ourselves in the world’.The book is also available via their website.They have another book coming out in June, this time with female protagonists and a pirate theme.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Jack and Leo’s romance. | Photo: Providedcenter_img GAYSTARNEWS- And now, for World Book Day in the UK, the whole story — illustrations and all — is available on YouTube.‘We know there are a lot of people in our community who are still not aware the book exists,’ Harris told GSN. ‘By releasing it in full on YouTube, we hope we can raise some more awareness about it and the work we’re doing to make children’s literature more inclusive.’When the book first came about on Kickstarter, it gained the attention of people like Ian McKellen.Now, though, anyone and everyone can enjoy Leo and Jack’s love story.[embedded content]The video includes the 32 original illustrations by Christine Luiten and Bo Moore. It’s narrated by Geraldine Brophy with a soundtrack by Tane Upjohn-Beatson. This children’s book has a beautiful lesbian love storyNew fantasy children’s book features a gay love story on the high seasMike Pence’s daughter bought the gay bunny bookRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/prince-farmer-gay-animated-story/last_img read more

Labor officials say Cancun Riviera Maya living in bubble of informal jobs

first_imgCancun, Q.R. — Although the state has shown an increase in employment, jobs in cities such as Cancun and Playa del Carmen only offer seasonal employment without benefits. Labor officials say the region is living in a bubble.Although Quintana Roo is seen as a champion of employment, labor officials say it still offers precarious employment because 47 percent of workers have informal jobs. Nearly half of all workers in the state are employed seasonally and without proper benefits, says the official from ILO.Soledad Aragón Martínez, national official from Formalization of Employment of the International Labor Organization (ILO) for Mexico and Cuba, said that formalization should be worked on, which “is the means to transit and have access to decent work, which consists of a remunerative salary, having social security and not being discriminated against.”He says that, “Generation of employment is needed, however in Mexico the problem is that they are being created, but they are not of quality.“That is, the objective would be to generate jobs with the concept of decent work, meaning employees have access to all labor rights and to social security to move from informality to formality.”Aragón Martínez pointed out that although Quintana Roo has made some progress in the generation of decent employment, it still has a great lag because “47 percent of employed people in the country have informal employment.”“Quintana Roo is below the national average, which is 57 percent. We could say that this situation is better, although it still remains as precarious employment because Quintana Roo has 47 percent of workers with an informal job. The informality rate is very high.”The representative of the ILO addressed the issue of tourism and pointed out that it only generates temporary employment.“Having a temporary job does not have to be translated as informal employment. Mechanisms would have to be created through social dialogue to negotiate with employers, unions and the government to generate formal employment, even with the conditions that temporary tourism provides.“And I know that in Quintana Roo many workers are unemployed for three months. September, October and November people are unemployed ,” he added.He explained that people often sell to the tianguis, saying that it happens at a national level and that “it is a double occupation to supplement income because low wages are also a problem for Mexico. The workers look for other alternatives.”In particular, Cancun, Riviera Maya and Tulum live in a bubble because the government says “we are champions in generating employment. Yes, but the type of employment being created is not the right one or the ideal one.“The ideal is to have a decent job with the whole concept that already marks Article 2 of the Federal Labor Law that includes remunerative salary, social security and non-discrimination. That would be the aspiration, not only to generate employment, but employment of quality. We have to work in that direction.”Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more

LATAM cabin crew couple gets married onboard by the Pope

first_img<< Previous PostNext Post >> SANTIAGO, CHILE — Imagine being married by none other than the Pope. No pressure, right?LATAM cabin crew managers Carlos Ciuffardi Elorriaga and Paula Podest Ruiz recently accompanied Pope Francis on his flight from Santiago to Iquique. The Holy See is currently on an official visit to Chile and Peru.The couple, who were married in a civil marriage ceremony back in 2010, had planned a church ceremony as well. But an earthquake that hit southern Chile in March 2010 ended up damaging their wedding venue, forcing them to postpone the marriage.Nearly eight years later and the couple finally got their wish. While on the papal flight, they approached Pope Francis to simply request a blessing, but the pontiff did one better and offered to perform the marriage ceremony onboard.“We always wanted to get married in the eyes of the church and it was something that was pending, but we never thought it would be the Pope that would do it. We have received the best possible wedding gift and we are very lucky,” said Ruiz. Share Posted by Travelweek Group center_img LATAM cabin crew couple gets married onboard by the Pope Tags: LATAM Friday, January 19, 2018 last_img read more

Murder trial set for Oct 27 for suspects in slaying of Costa

first_imgRelated posts:Long-awaited Jairo Mora murder trial begins in Costa Rica with prosecutors’ opening statements In closing arguments, Costa Rica prosecutors seek acquittal of suspect in Jairo Mora trial Prosecutors ask for maximum sentences for defendants in Jairo Mora murder trial Costa Rica Supreme Court cries foul on environment minister’s participation in Jairo Mora protest Seven men accused of killing Costa Rican sea turtle conservationist Jairo Mora last year will stand trial on Oct. 27, the Prosecutor’s Office confirmed to The Tico Times today. The trial, open to the public, will be held at a court in Limón on the country’s Caribbean coast, near where the murder took place.The seven men, alleged poachers, are accused of kidnapping Mora along with four foreign volunteers at Moín Beach, near Limón, during the night of May 31, 2013. The volunteers escaped, but police found Mora’s naked and bruised body the next morning. The suspects, Felipe Arauz, Héctor Cash, Ernesto Enrique Centeno, William Delgado, José Bryan Quesada and brothers Darwin and Donald Alberto Salmón, have been in preventive detention since their arrests in July 2013. Facebook Commentslast_img read more