Liberals infrastructure program problems detailed in internal documents

first_imgOTTAWA — Newly released documents show a focus on small projects bogged down the first phase of the Liberal governments new infrastructure program.An internal analysis obtained by The Canadian Press under the access-to-information law, shows 32 departments handed out $14.4 billion in the first phase of the program.Almost one-third of the projects needed less than $100,000 in federal support but required the same detailed reviews as much bigger projects which delayed construction and the flow of federal cash.The government has been criticized for the slower-than-anticipated pace of infrastructure dollars leaving the federal treasury.The Liberals argue tracking federal spending can be misleading because funds only flow once receipts are filed, which causes a lag between when work occurs and money is paid out.A spokeswoman says Infrastructure Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne is able to approve projects worth up to $50 million, putting the vast majority of projects under the minister’s authority and reducing timelines for approvals.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

ZEE5 announces eight new book adaptations

first_imgOn the occasion of World Book Day on April 23, Over-the-top (OTT) platform ZEE5 announced eight new book adaptations. The news was announced recently via a statement. It comes after the success of book adaptations like “The Final Call” based on Priya Kumar’s book “I Will Go With You – The Flight of a Lifetime” and “Parchhayee – Ghost stories by Ruskin Bond”. The rights for the books – “The Wise Man Said” by Priya Kumar, “Hutatma” by Meena Deshpande, “Skyfire” by Aroon Raman, Sharadindu Bandyopadhyay’s historical novels – “Tungabhadrar Teere” and “Kaler Mandira”, “Mission to Pakistan” by late Maloy Krishna Dhar, “Karkatkranti” by Indranil Sanyal and “Seven Days Without You” by Anmol Rana have been procured for the ZEE5 webseries, which are likely to increase its viewerships. The content from each of them is in different phases of production. “The digital medium has opened new avenues not only for content producers but also for authors who can now bring their story alive on celluloid.” “We have an interesting line-up of content, a major chunk of which is through book adaptations,” said Aparna Achrekar, Programming Head at ZEE5 India.last_img read more

CBI to question TDP MP in bank fraud case

first_imgNew Delhi: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has summoned former Union Minister Y S Chowdary of the Telegu Desam Party (TDP) to appear for questioning at its Bangalore office in connection with a bank fraud case amounting to more than Rs 300 crore, sources here said on Thursday.The Rajya Sabha MP is to be questioned by investigators on Friday to determine his role in the case where Best and Crompton Engineering Projects Limited (BCEPL) defaulted on loans taken from a consortium of banks led by the Central Bank of India. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’The CBI has named several directors of BCEPL in its FIRs as accused persons in the case for hatching a criminal conspiracy to cheat several banks by forging documents and falsifying account statements and balance sheets. Sources said the decision to call Chowdary in for questioning was arrived at after detailed investigation of all the allegations in the case, and more about his role in the fraud will be known only after his questioning is completed. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KHowever, Chowdary issued a letter on Thursday night denying having held “any executive or non-executive positions in any corporate entity since October 2014”. He added that he has no knowledge or acquaintance with BCEPL or its affairs at any point of time. The CBI had registered three FIRs in the case following complaints from the banks sometime in 2017, but none of them named Chowdary as an accused in the case. Chowdary’s party TDP quit the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) in March 2018. In November of the same year, officials of the Enforcement Directorate and Income Tax raided his homes and offices in New Delhi and Hyderabad, in what ED had claimed was a multi-thousand crores bank fraud case. Following this, ED attached Viceroy Hotels, a Rs 315 crore worth property in Hyderabad promoted by Chowdary and with links to BCEPL. According to the complaints filed by the lending banks, BCEPL had used entities such as Viceroy Hotels and Sujana Group of Companies (founded by Chowdary) among others to divert loan amounts for use other than the original purpose. Chowdary said that he held only non-executive positions in three companies of the Sujana Group till 2014. CBI’s case against BCEPL looks at offences committed between 2010 and 2013.last_img read more

UNbacked biomass gas project provides clean power for rural areas in India

24 March 2008The latest biomass gasifier, which converts wood or agricultural residues into a combustible gas mixture, was fired up today in a remote village of southern India, as part of a project to provide clean power for rural dwellers, according to the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). “This project looks at how remote communities can have better access to electricity in an environment friendly, carbon neutral way,” Kemal Dervis, UNDP Administrator, said at the commissioning ceremony for the small plant in Boregunte, a village in Karnataka state.“The project not only improves their lives but also helps reduce the greenhouse gas emissions,” Mr. Dervis said, adding: “The fact that they manage the project on their own gives them the opportunity to have additional sources of income.” The plant was funded by the UN’s Global Environment Facility, and supported by the Ministry of Environment and Forests of the Government of India, the Government of Karnataka, and UNDP, the agency said. It is the second plant commissioned under the project and has the capacity of delivering 250 kilowatts of electricity, with excess power to be sold to the Bangalore Electric Supply Company, according to UNDP. In the gasifiers, wood or coconut shells are reduced to small pieces and burned in a reactor that converts them to combustible gases, a mixture of carbon monoxide and hydrogen. This so-called ‘producer gas’ runs the engines, which produce power.The first plant under the project was inaugurated in the village of Kabbigere on 24 January and has provided around 10,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity to four villages since then. A third plant, producing 250 kilowatt-hours, will be commissioned soon in Seebirayanapalya and another in Chinnenahalli has been proposed to be commissioned by the end of 2008. read more

Ban Security Council strongly condemn attack on French Embassy in Libya

“The targeting of diplomatic missions and their staff is not acceptable and never justifiable,” Mr. Ban’s spokesperson said in a statement.“The Secretary-General is confident that the Libyan authorities will take every action to ensure that the perpetrators of this attack are brought to justice and that adequate protection for diplomatic premises is provided,” he added. According to media reports, Libyan officials said that a car bomb that exploded in front of the Embassy in downtown Tripoli this morning injured two French guards and destroyed much of the diplomatic compound.Through today’s message, Mr. Ban sent his sympathy to the victims and their families, and affirmed that the UN would support efforts to improve security and legal order in the country.“The United Nations remains committed to assisting the Libyan Government and people with the process of building a democratic state and affirming the rule of law,” he said.In a separate statement, the members of the Security Council condemned all acts of violence against diplomatic representatives, which, they said, “endanger innocent lives and seriously impede the normal work of such representatives and officials.”Through the statement, read to correspondents by Eugène-Richard Gasana of Rwanda, which holds the rotating presidency of the Security Council for April, Council members reaffirmed that any acts of terrorism are criminal and unjustifiable, underlining the need to bring the perpetrators of such acts to justice.An 11 September 2012 attack on the United States Consulate in Benghazi, Libya resulted in the deaths of four US diplomats, as well as Libyan employees of the Consulate. read more

Weak orders slow bus and coach business in May

* Total bus and coach registrations down 20% for the year to date* Small minibuses figures continue their long-term slide, down 33%* Big minibuses up 15%, big buses down 32% and coaches down 27%. ‘Last year’s registration figures were deeply distorted by the introduction of digital tachographs and Euro 4 emissions. That still makes meaningful comparisons virtually impossible,’ said Christopher Macgowan, SMMT chief executive. ‘Registration figures will continue poor for some months, though in a sector of this size the delivery or delay of an individual fleet order may often skew comparisons.’DownloadClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)

Dwyane Wade Ranks Michael Jordan Above LeBron … At

Dwayne Wade says there’s Michael Jordan and then everybody else.For now anyway.The Miami Heat star weighed his words carefully on Thursday when asked if teammate LeBron James warranted consideration in Air Jordan’s lofty stratosphere.“I don’t know if [James] has the ability to surpass [Jordan] or not,” Wade told ESPNChicago.com. “That’s yet to be seen. My version as LeBron being on par with Michael is this: They’re both on the golf course. Michael’s on the 18th hole; LeBron is somewhere on like the fourth hole. He’s got a long way to go, but he’s on par to get to the 18th hole.”An eight-time NBA All-Star in his own right, Wade went on to laud the tremendous blend of speed, size and overall athleticism that has made James the unquestioned best player in the world today.But added that there was just one MJ.“Michael Jordan is the greatest player of all time, so that’s who everyone shoots for,” he said. “So it’s going to be hard to surpass that.”Wade’s measured comments contrasted from those of a week ago, when he committed heresy in the eyes of some by saying that James, the three-time NBA MVP, had reached the same rarified air in which Jordan is held.An eight-time NBA All-Star and former league scoring champion in 2008, the 27-year-old James capped an amazing year earlier this month by leading Team USA to the gold medal at the London Olympic Games. The achievement came on the heels of third MVP award, his first NBA championship and an NBA Finals MVP award.Jordan was also 27 when he won the first of his six NBA championships.The two players are the ones to ever claim league MVP trophies, NBA team championships and Olympic gold medals in the same year.James averaged 27.1 points, 7.9 rebounds and 6.2 assists per game for the Heat last season. read more

Georgetown residents can now pay rates and taxes via MMG app

Residents of Georgetown can now pay rates and taxes via the Mobile Money Guyana (MMG) application.Adunni Christian, M&CC, IT ManagerThis was made possible through a collaboration between the Mayor and City Council (M&CC), and Guyana Telephone Telegraph (GTT) and was officially launched on Tuesday a release from the Department of Public Information said.IT Manager attached to M&CC, Adunni Christian said that the action was taken to enable persons to pay monies owed to the M&CC through MMG. Christian noted that while the M&CC has begun with the payments of rates and taxes, in the near future the council will move towards other types of payments that can be made via MMG.“All customers need to know or understand is their account number which can be found on a receipt or the demand notice. That account number, when you make payments to mobile money from outside, it will allow us at M&CC to see where you are attaching these payments to” he explained.According to Christian, one of the main reasons the MMG platform was chosen is because it is known to be a safe application for transacting business. He further explained that “there is no issue in terms of your security or other people accessing your account because as you know, the mobile money platform has been proven to be quite secure in the past.”Christian also pointed out that persons desirous of uplifting their payment receipt after completing their transaction can do so by visiting the M&CC and it will be provided to them.Specialist-in-Charge of MMG at GTT, Kester Abrams said the company was pleased to be able to further expand its services to the residents of Georgetown. He also disclosed that GTT is looking to develop its services to other municipalities across Guyana.Kester Abrams, GTT MMG Specialist“We have also reached out to the Ministry of Communities and we will be meeting with them in the near future to actually talk about some of the NDC’s, RDC’s and municipalities outside of Georgetown so that we can actually have all rates and taxes payment coming through mobile money” he stated.The services are currently available and persons who wish to have more clarity on the new services are being encouraged to visit the M&CC office. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedCity’s property reassessment to be completed by year-end -Town ClerkOctober 4, 2017In “latest news”UG, GTT sign MoU for students to pay fees via MMG appJuly 15, 2017In “Business”Outstanding UG loans: Persons can now repay using GTT’s MMG appJune 5, 2017In “Business” read more

LivingSocial Buy a 20 Amazon gift card for 10 today only

first_imgHere’s a heck of a deal. LivingSocial, which offers deals-of-the-day and competes with market leader Groupon, has an offer from Amazon most won’t be able to turn their back on. Actually, it’s not too surprising Amazon would offer such an awesome deal on LivingSocial. Just last month, it was reported that Amazon purchased a major stake in the website with a $175 million investment.Now to the deal. You pay $10 and you get a $20 Amazon gift card that doesn’t expire. If you’re doing the math that’s 50% off. You need to act fast, though. The deal is only good today and as you would expect there are some limitations. First, don’t think you’re going to buy a stack of these gift cards. The offer is limited to only one per person and is valid for U.S.-based customers only. You also can’t use Deal Bucks which can be typically applied to LivingSocial deals.AdChoices广告Read more at LivingSociallast_img read more

A faulty sewage tank caused effluent to pour into Dublin Bay over

first_img Why did Irish Water’s Ringsend Sewage Plant leak sludge into Dublin Bay, and why didn’t they tell us sooner? pic.twitter.com/UO9mxOIBGw— Ciarán Cuffe (@CiaranCuffe) February 26, 2019 44 Comments Tuesday 26 Feb 2019, 7:51 PM Feb 26th 2019, 7:51 PM By Rónán Duffy A faulty sewage tank caused effluent to pour into Dublin Bay over the weekend The fault occured at the Ringsend wastewater treatment plant. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 37,757 Views Party leader Eamon Ryan TD said that more details need to be released about what happened.“The unexplained failure led to a massive volume of raw sewage being released into the bay. That bay has been recognised by UNESCO as an internationally important biosphere but we are not providing the protection it deserves. Seeing the lower reaches of the Liffey full of our own excrement is a sickening disgrace,” he said. https://jrnl.ie/4514420 Short URL Source: Ciarán Cuffe/Twitter Share1062 Tweet Email4 Our priority is to ensure that Irish Water completes the corrective actions needed to bring the discharge under control and to protect the Lower Liffey Estuary. Irish Water said in statement this afternoon that the plant is currently operating above capacity:In order to treat the increasing volumes of wastewater arriving at the plant to the required standard and capacity, Irish Water is investing over €400 million in the staged upgrading of Ringsend Wastewater Treatment Plant to allow the wastewater of an additional 400,000 population equivalent.Green Party representatives have been critical of Irish Water’s response and the lack of a public warning about the incident.“Two days after a major pollution incident, the company seems to have no clear detail on the failure of their plant. That is not acceptable,” councillor Claire Byrne said today.  THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION Agency (EPA) is investigating a fault at the Ringsend wastewater treatment plant that caused sewage to be discharged into the Liffey estuary over the weekend.Irish Water has said that the failure of a tank led to the incident and that it is also investigating what happened.The wastewater plant treats approximately 40% of the country’s sewage and Irish Water said today that the fault caused the untreated sludge to be discharged at about 9am on Saturday.An amateur photographer using a drone spotted the effluent on Saturday evening, bringing the matter to public attention.  The sewage at Dublin’s South Bull Wall. Source: Eoin O’ Shaughnessy/dublincityshotsThe sewage entered the water at Poolbeg, about 1 km from the wastewater treatment plant. The faulty tank is now being repaired.“The EPA is investigating this incident and inspectors are carrying out a site inspection to determine the cause of the incident and to monitor the discharge,” the agency said in a statement today.last_img read more

White Tower comes to Victoria

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram A multi-faceted community project will be gifted to the City of Melbourne on Sunday 27 November, 2016, during the festival for the 32nd anniversary celebrations of the Sister City relationship between Melbourne and Thessaloniki at Federation Square.‘The White Tower Melbourne’ consists of the construction of a replica of the White Tower, Thessaloniki’s most famous landmark. Various groups in the community and the media have already been approached and have pledged their support for the project, an initiative of Thessaloniki Association ‘The White Tower’, established in 1961 by a handful of migrants in Melbourne. The association has undergone a number of transformations during this time and has a long list of achievements, with the most significant being the catalyst in bringing the City of Thessaloniki and the City of Melbourne together to form a twinning of the cities on 19 March, 1984.“Over the years this relationship has strengthened the very close bonds which already existed between Australia and Greece and has created an ideal cultural bridge between our two magnificent cities,” Christina Despoteris, vice president of the Thessaloniki Association said.The White Tower, a monument and museum on the waterfront, has been Thessaloniki’s symbol since the 15th century because of its prominent position, long history and impressive architecture. “Once constructed, the replica of The White Tower will be covered by crocheted white laurel flowers, the national flower of Greece, a symbol of highest status and an emblem of prosperity and fame. These flowers will be crocheted by members of the Greek community and the broader Australian community.“This project will develop cross-cultural ties, teach the art of crochet – older ladies teaching their daughters and grand-daughters how to crochet, it will give the opportunity to older persons who may be isolated from the general community to mix with others and act as a get-together socially to have a cup of coffee and reminisce,” Ms Despoteris continued.The project will be launched by Maria Vamvakinou MP on Sunday 14 August at 4.00 pm at 439 High Street Northcote. The laurels made by the crocheters to cover the White Tower replica.The project’s facebook page is www.facebook.com/whitetowermelbournelast_img read more

New SpiderMan Homecoming Trailer Shows Off His Cool New Suit

first_imgStay on target Spider-Man: Homecoming draws ever closer, which means there’s been no end of new trailers and TV spots. Most of them show us the same set pieces and plot points we’ve seen in every other trailer. The new one though is all about the suit. We know Tony Stark gave Peter Parker a new suit after he recruited the kid in Captain America: Civil War. Now, we get to see everything it can do.That is a pretty cool suit. I’m almost sure that’s more than the current Peter Parker in the comics can do, and he’s the head of a giant multinational tech company. If you’ve been avoiding trailers because you don’t want the movie spoiled for you, this is probably the safest to watch. All it does is focus on the cool new stuff his suit does, and hint a little bit at what his fight with The Vulture is going to look like. We all know at some point he’s going to lose this suit and have to be a superhero without Stark’s gadgets, but for now, it’s fun to see him mess around with them. I especially like the web grenade.The highlight of these trailers continues to be their sense of humor. Spider-Man has always been a funny, quippy, even slightly obnoxious superhero, and I’m glad they’re embracing that for this movie. His quips were always present in the previous films, but not to the extent that they are here. Toby Maguire’s quips always felt a little awkward, and Andrew Garfield never really had many, to begin with. Other than that “small knives” joke. The important thing to remember about Spider-Man’s humor is that he uses it to cover up the fact that he’s often in a lot of pain and absolutely terrified. He’s always been a scared kid overcompensating. That’s the Peter Parker I’m hoping this movie keeps.Spider-Man: Homecoming hits theaters on July 7, 2017. Tom Holland Responds to Disney-Sony Spider-Man Feud‘Game of Thrones’ Star Kit Harington Joins Marvel’s &#… last_img read more

PSG president Al Khelaifi Neymar staying 2000

first_imgSince the shocking elimination of Paris Saint-Germain in the last-16 phase of the Champions League, there have been many rumours, linking Neymar with a Real Madrid move.However, PSG president Al Khelaifi recently declared there is no way the Brazilian star could depart from the club for any possible reason as he is still in contract.“Neymar? It’s simple. Someone is spreading this gossip, but he has a contract with us. He wants to stay here, he is positive about that. He is 2000% staying here,” Al Khelaifi said, according to Gianluca Di Marzio.Opinion: Neymar will earn respect back from the PSG fans Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 After completing his incredible return to Parc des Princes, we predict that Neymar will earn the respect back from PSG supporters.The situation between Neymar…Some have even gone as far as claiming Neymar could possibly seek Barcelona comeback as he is well known for his silverware thirst and might not settle down in a club that is unsure of its capabilities of winning a European trophy.Neymar sustained a foot injury in the second leg of the Real Madrid clash in the Champions League and had to undergo a surgery. However, he has now recovered and will be able to take part in the World Cup in Russia.last_img read more

Shocking Ferguson revelations about Mourinho surface

first_imgA surprising statement from Sir Alex Ferguson about Jose Mourinho’s possible sacking from Chelsea in 2015 have emerged this week.Now that Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho’s job is literally in the balance, a statement by Sir Alex Ferguson from 2015 when the Portuguese manager was about to get sacked by Roman Abramovic has emerged and gone viral.In that statement he made to the press a couple years after he retired, Ferguson urged the Russia oligarch to not give Jose Mourinho the boot after a poor season with the Blues in 2015.It should be interesting to hear what Sir Alex Ferguson thinks about the manager now, because it’s very different having him as a rival than in your own squad not getting the results people expect from him.“Abramovich has to trust and have confidence Jose can turn it around, there is no point in sacking one of the best coaches of all time.”“Mourinho has won the European Cup twice, he’s won the league in each country he’s managed in, he’s won the big trophies.”Roberto Firmino, LiverpoolVirgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.“It would be foolish for him to take that step to sacking him. That would be bad management; it is not leadership, that,” said Ferguson to the press about Jose Mourinho’s possible exit from Chelsea back in 2015.We can’t help but wonder what would Sir Alex Ferguson think nnow about Jose Mourinho’s job at Manchester United?Awesome art work of Sir Alex FergusonArt by: @IamMrVankie pic.twitter.com/gZuqNmKjR8— Roberts Faith (@FaithiaRoberts) October 4, 2018last_img read more

Emery Victory can push Arsenal on in top four challenge

first_imgArsenal manager Unai Emery was delighted to claim a 2-1 win at Huddersfield Town today and hopes it will give his side a boost in their challenge for a top-four spot.The Gunners got off to a promising start at the Kirklees Stadium this evening with Alex Iwobi’s deflected goal handing them a deserved lead in the 16th-minute.Ainsley Maitland-Niles’ cross then found Alexandre Lacazette, who pulled off a tidy finish just before half-time for his 10th Premier League goal of the season.The French striker and Iwobi wasted opportunities to extend Arsenal’s lead in the second half with Saed Kolasinac’s own goal in stoppage time setting up a nervy ending.However, Arsenal held on to claim a badly needed victory that moves them within a point of fourth-placed Manchester United and level with Chelsea, who will face Manchester City on Sunday, in fifth.Speaking afterwards, Emery hailed the significance of the three points today and voiced his confidence over Arsenal’s prospects of finishing in the top four this season in the Premier League.“It was very important, this victory, it is three points for us to be closer to the top four, and our target is this,” said Emery on Arsenal.com.“Knowing we need to take the regularity at home and away, and today this victory I think can give us confidence and the possibility to continue our target in the Premier League.”He added: “It is game 26 and there is a one-point difference between Manchester United and us. If we ask if it’s easy or difficult for us then I think it’s difficult, but we can [do it].Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“On game 26 we are on our way. Our motivation is very great and every player wants to [work hard] in every match and have regularity and consistency in the Premier League in 38 matches, and now we are getting close to our target and to the other teams.”Kolasinac’s own goal denied Arsenal a fifth clean sheet in the Premier League this season.Emery’s side have conceded the most goals of the top six teams in the league at 37 and are currently down in 17th-place in the clean sheets tally with leaders Liverpool having collected 14 in comparison.“Yes, but we won. The clean sheet is important but above all is to win,” said Emery.“We can take a clean sheet and draw only. We spoke before with the team and we said that above all it is important to win and take individual targets also.“The most important thing is to score one more goal than them, and after that, a clean sheet.“But I think every player worked very well, and in the last action unfortunately for us they scored, and maybe they deserved it.”Arsenal will next face BATE Borisov in the first leg of their Round of 32 Europa League tie on Thursday.HUDDERSFIELD, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 09: Alexandre Lacazette of Arsenal celebrates with teammates after scoring his team’s second goal during the Premier League match between Huddersfield Town and Arsenal FC at John Smith’s Stadium on February 9, 2019 in Huddersfield, United Kingdom. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)last_img read more

UPDATE Power mostly restored after earlier outages

first_imgUPDATE: Clark Public Utilities reported at 2:45 p.m. Tuesday that power had been mostly restored across Clark County. Only about 50 customers remained without power at that time, according to the utility.More than 1,200 residents near Battle Ground and the surrounding area were without power Tuesday afternoon as blustery weather continues to blow through Southwest Washington.The outage occurred just after 1 p.m., and affected 1,217 Clark Public Utilities customers, said spokeswoman Erica Erland. The area lost power because of two downed lines in the area, she said. The utility hadn’t determined a specific cause right away, but chances are it was weather-related — heavy rains and wind have pounded the Northwest for most of the day.The large outage followed multiple smaller outages in Clark County earlier Tuesday, Erland said, caused by either wind or falling trees and limbs. As of 2 p.m., the agency reported 1,315 total customers without power in the county.It’s unclear when the Battle Ground outage will be fixed, Erland said.To report an outage, residents can call Clark Public Utilities’ automated system at 360-992-8000.last_img read more

TalkTalk hack Online data cannot be ‘genuinely safe’

first_imgClose British broadband provider TalkTalk said a cyberattack on its website could have led to the theft of private data from more than 4m of its customers, in what would be one of the biggest such breaches of personal information in the country. The firm said late on Thursday (22 October) that investigations were ongoing, but there was a chance names, addresses, dates of birth, phone numbers, email addresses, TalkTalk account details, credit card details and/or bank details were compromised.The attack is potentially one of the biggest and most damaging to hit a British company, and comes after several high profile cases in North America. The details of millions of customers of infidelity website Ashley Madison were leaked in August after a massive cyber assault, while Sonys film studios were hit in November 2014. CCLAs Chief Investment Officer James Bevan said Talk Talks problems are exceptionally serious.TalkTalks problems in terms of the hacking into their systems is exceptionally serious for the company, both in terms of the comfort and credibility in management controlling these challenges, but also for the underlying customers and whether they really want to stay on the TalkTalk roster.The attack is the third to hit TalkTalk this year, and experts said it would damage the reputation of the company, which competes with bigger rivals BT, Virgin Media and Sky. There is a global problem associated with online businesses that data cannot be construed as genuinely safe at all times and it must now be the number one priority for global businesses with an online presence to protect their customers data and to protect their business integrity, said Bevan.Shares in TalkTalk, which had fallen 7% since the groups websites went down on 21 October, fell another 8.5% on 23 October morning to a two-year low of 238 pence. I certainly anticipate the companys making all the right noises but in a sense the proof of the pudding is in the eating, so we need to see tangible steps and real action.Personal data, including names, addresses and phone numbers, were stolen from TalkTalk at the start of the year, and in August servers owned by Carphone Warehouse, the retailer that founded TalkTalk, was attacked, potentially affecting 480,000 TalkTalk mobile customers.I think the recovery in the TalkTalk share price will be slow and cautious in so far as we now need to see real evidence on two fronts − first that the company has solved the problem, and secondly that the customer numbers do not drop away, added Bevan.A spokeswoman said the attack was the first time TalkTalks own servers had been subjected to a sustained external attack.last_img read more

DC Police Arrest Dante Miller Murder Suspect

first_imgWeeks after issuing an arrest warrant for Montez Warren, a suspect in the August murder of a Northeast D.C. man, the Capital Area Regional Fugitive Task Force arrested him on Oct. 12 on a first-degree murder while armed charge.The charge is for the Aug. 21 fatal shooting of Dante Miller. A warrant for the arrest of Warren, 35, who is from Southeast D.C., was issued a few days after the death of Miller, 24, on Aug. 26, according to D.C. Courts.On Aug. 21 around 2:05 a.m., police said they heard gunshots in the Carver neighborhood and responded to the 1200 block of 18th Place, NE. Officials found Miller in the alley of a residential area beside 1210 18th Place, NE suffering from gunshot wounds. He had been shot multiple times in the chest and was pronounced dead on the scene.The Metropolitan Police Department did not release a motive for the attack or whether the victim knew his attacker. A spokesperson for the department, Karimah Bilal, told the {AFRO} Oct. 24 that the investigation is still pending.Miller was described by loved ones as “a family man who loved everybody’s children,” read a GoFundMe page to raise money for Miller’s funeral expenses. According to the donation page, Miller has a baby daughter named Taylor. “She gave him a different look on life and he strived to be the best father he could be,” according to text on the page.He was “the kind of friend that wouldn’t want none of his family or friends crying and mourning his death,” the post said.  Miller was known by relatives and friends as “DJ,” the page read.Inquiries to Miller’s friends and family were not immediately returned.Warren is scheduled to appear in court on Dec. 9 for a preliminary hearing, according to D.C. Courts.last_img read more

Air NZ announces strong start to 2015

first_imgAir New Zealand has today announced a record normalised earnings before tax of NZD$216 million for the first six months of the 2015 financial year.The airline has seen an increase of 20 per cent on the previous corresponding period, and statutory earnings before tax were at NZD$197 million.The result was driven by strong revenue growth, underpinned by increased capacity and improved yields across the network.Air New Zealand chief executive officer Christopher Luxon, said the airline continues to focus on offering competitive fares in all markets it serves.“Whether it be here in New Zealand, on the Tasman, to the Pacific Islands or on our extensive long haul network, Air New Zealand customers can expect to see even more competitive pricing,” Mr Luxon said.Mr Luxon says that 2015 is shaping up to be a very positive year for the airline.“We are a small airline and will continue to punch well above our weight as we strive to become a truly great company. To us, this means delivering on three major goals at once – superior commercial results, continuing to enhance the customer experience and further developing our people and culture.”The airline has also announced plans for its first ever scheduled services to South America, flying direct to Buenos Aires, Argentina, from December this year.Air New Zealand is continuing to make significant investments in innovation and improving the customer experience, with more than NZD$40 million being spent to upgrade airport lounges.Source = ETB Travel News: Lewis Wisemanlast_img read more