Pele asked to light Rio pyre, checks with sponsors

first_imgPele has been invited to light the Olympic pyre for the Rio Games on Friday but the Brazilian soccer great is checking with his sponsors to see if he is free to lead the torch ceremony in the Maracana stadium.“I have a contract that I am bound to fulfil,” Pele told Globo TV late on Tuesday, adding that he was consulting the U.S. company that holds the rights to his brand name whether he can take up the invitation from the Olympic organising committee.“As a Brazilian, I’d love to do it,” said the 75-year-old, who helped his country win the World Cup three times and would be launching the Games in the stadium where he scored his 1,000th goal in 1969.Pele later told reporters that International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach and the head of the Brazilian committee Carlos Arthur Nuzman had personally asked him to light the pyre and that he would have an answer on Thursday.He said he would have to cancel a trip organised by his sponsors.Pele, regarded as the greatest player of all time, played in four World Cups and is the only player to have won it three times: in 1958 in Sweden, when he was just 17, in 1962 in Chile and in 1970 in Mexico.last_img read more

BLUES HOLD OFF GAELS

first_imgNext Game: Nipissing University 1/18/2019 | 8:00 p.m. The University of Toronto Varsity Blues men’s basketball team bounced the Queen’s Gaels 71-67 on Saturday (Jan. 12) night at Kingston, Ont.TORONTO STATS: Fourth-year forward Daniel Johansson recorded his second double-double of the season with a team-high 17 points and 12 rebounds, while fourth-year forward Nikola Paradina chipped in with 17 points.Fourth-year guard Christopher Barret filled up the stat sheet with 11 points, five assists and four rebounds. First-year guard Inaki Alvarez also hit double-digits with 10 points and two assists.HOW IT HAPPENED: The Blues got off to an early 17-8 run, which helped the team take a 20-15 lead after the opening quarter. Toronto continued the momentum ending on a 14-4 run to take a 41-28 advantage into halftime. Daniel Johansson had 13 points and six rebounds in the first half.  U of T was outscored by Queen’s 18-13 in the third, but went into the final quarter up 54-46. The Gaels continued to cut into the Blues lead, but weren’t able to get any closer then four the rest of the way.UP NEXT: Next up for the Blues are the Nipissing Lakers next Friday (Jan. 18) night. Tip off is scheduled for 8:00 p.m., at Goldring Centre for High Performance Sport. For more information, scores and highlights on your favourite U of T athletes and teams, please visit www.varsityblues.ca. Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter, Instagram, SnapChat and Facebook for the latest and greatest in Varsity Blues intercollegiate athletics.  Print Friendly Version Preview Buy Tickets Live Statscenter_img Matchup History Watch Live Full Schedule Roster last_img read more

“Hold your leaders accountable” – Norton to Region 8 villagers

first_imgMinister of Social Cohesion, Dr. George Norton, has urged the residents of Region Eight to engage in self-help activities to ensure that community projects and infrastructure are maintained.Dr. Norton was part of a team of Government officials who visited Kato Village on Wednesday and met with toshaos and councillors of District One in Region Eight. The other ministers in that team were Minister of Communities, Ronald Bulkan, and Minister within the Ministry of Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs, Valarie Garrido-Lowe.Social Cohesion Minister, Dr George Norton, speaking to village leaders of Region Eight“Self-help is not an old thing, it can still work. We have to start doing it sometimes… I agree there is some amount of limitation, but we have to do our own thing, our own little work here and there,” Minister Norton told the village leaders.According to a GINA report, Norton said residents should not complain to ministers about issues that they themselves can resolve, such as students defacing the sanitary facilities at the schools. “You can’t expect the Ministry of Education (Dr. Rupert Roopnaraine) in Georgetown to come and fix your school toilet that your child using every day. That’s not how it works; the residents themselves should come together and make certain that it is clean and properly maintained,” he pointed out.Norton noted that while all of the issues cannot be addressed overnight, village leaders need to be more responsible, because they were elected by the people whom they are required to serve.In the area of education, Minister Norton said the results for mathematics at the National Grade Six Assessment (NGSA) examination in the hinterland are very worrying. “…they are without teachers and then we have to go and compete against the students in Georgetown. This worries me… But, if I could have reached up to Queen’s College and go on to study further, I think you could do it too, and your children could do it. We must not deprive ourselves of this (opportunity), and I don’t want to hear excuses (about can’t),” Minister Norton admonished the residents.The ministers’ visit forms part of a series of outreaches ministers have been conducting to share information directly with residents on the plans and policies of the Government.last_img read more

Twinkies going old-school by reintroducing banana

first_imgNEW YORK – Twinkie lovers, get ready to go bananas. The sweet treat known for its golden spongy cake and its creamy vanilla center is returning to its roots with banana-creme filling – the flavor that first made the snack a hit with sweet-toothed people more than 70 years ago. Hostess, owned by Kansas City, Mo.-based Interstate Bakeries Corp., began selling the banana-creme snack cakes last week at retail stores nationwide. The filling tastes just as sweet as the standard vanilla but with a subtle hint and smell of banana. Old-timers may remember the taste from the pre-World War II years. From 1930, when the Twinkie was first invented, to the 1940s, Twinkies were filled solely with banana creme. But a banana shortage during the war forced Hostess bakers to replace it with the vanilla flavor. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Hostess has reintroduced the flavor during limited-time promotions in the past, but always took the treat off the shelves when the promotion ended. The company was finally persuaded to make the flavor part of its lineup for good after Hostess offered it for four weeks last year for the release of the movie “King Kong.” Total Twinkie sales jumped 20 percent during the promotion. The fruit flavor may make banana Twinkies taste like a healthier snack, but according to the nutritional information, there’s little difference between the banana and vanilla flavored versions, which contain 150 calories each. Hostess sells more than half a billion Twinkies each year.last_img read more

4 boys arrested in burglary

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe Christmas Truce of 1914 proved that peace is possibleThe four boys were arrested within minutes, deputies said. LANCASTER – Four teenagers were arrested Thursday and stolen items including camcorders, DVDs and handbags were recovered after a citizen flagged down a passing patrol car to report a burglary in progress, officials said. The boys, ages 13 to 17, were arrested on suspicion of burglary and receiving stolen property. Their names were not released because of their age. The 13-year-old had been arrested nine days earlier on suspicion of burglary but had been released from Juvenile Hall two days later on his promise to appear in court, deputies said. The burglary at a house in the 44100 block of Camelia Street was reported about 1 p.m. The deputy flagged down by the private citizen summoned additional deputies, who surrounded the area and searched for the burglars. last_img read more

Oscar and the photo of the witness

first_img“We would never consciously undermine our own efforts over the past ten years.” From the eNCA apology (Image: eNCA) • Pistorius trial: open justice or trial by media? • A media guide to the Oscar Pistorius trial •The media and open justice • South Africa’s justice system • Laureus honour for Blade RunnerSulaiman PhilipWinning the right to broadcast the Oscar Pistorius trial came with clearly defined restrictions, one of which prevented the media from showing the faces or publishing photographs of witnesses who had not consented to being filmed.Judge Dunstan Mlambo’s ruling was hailed as a balancing act between press freedom and individuals’ rights by some, and as censorship by others.On the second day of the trial that ruling was put to the test. Patrick Conroy, head of news at eNCA, had checked with the court clerk for permission to use a photo of witness Michelle Burger that had appeared in two Afrikaans newspapers. The argument Conroy and eNCA put forward was that showing a picture of Burger with the caption – “On the stand: Michelle Burger, Pistorius’s neighbour” – to accompany the audio feed as she testified was not a violation of the judge’s order.But a fuming Gerrie Nel, the prosecutor, reminded Conroy that the state interpreted the ruling to mean that any image of a witness, no matter the source, would breach the spirit and intent of the earlier ruling. Nel told the UK’s Daily Mail newspaper that eNCA originally wanted to use a photograph of Burger taken outside the court. “The court said no. They still went ahead and did it using a photo they found somewhere else.”Attorney Pamela Stein does not read the ruling as narrowly. A media specialist and partner at the firm Webber Wentzel, as well as a co-author of the newly released Practical Guide to Media Law Handbook, says: “If I were advising eNCA I would have told them to go ahead and publish the photo. The picture was not taken while the witness was on the stand. The court’s control extends only as far as the door of the court.”Confusion around the interpretation of Judge Mlambo’s ruling comes from the wording used – no images of witnesses if they did not provide permission. The newspapers, Beeld and Die Burger, and eNCA argued that his ruling forbade images taken inside the court while testimony was being given. This is a longstanding concession between the media and the justice system.Conroy argued that the legal advice the news group got was in line with this understanding, before conceding in an apology on the channel’s website: “But, on reflection, this was a bad judgement call on our part and we accept that it did not accord with the spirit of the court order.”Trial judge Thokozile Masipa strengthened the ruling by saying any image of a witness who did not want their face shown, was now off limits. She went on to warn the media: “If you do not behave, you will not be treated with soft gloves.”In an editorial, South Africa’s The Times newspaper said: “At the heart of yesterday’s controversy was the weakness of the Mlambo judgment. The judge shied away from either opening the courtroom to broadcasters or keeping them out altogether. By choosing a middle route, he has opened the way for confusion and, as occurred yesterday, unwise rulings that threaten media freedoms and extend the procedural authority of judges beyond courtrooms and on to the streets.”This is not the first time that photographs have caused an uproar in the matter. A year ago, crime scene photos from Pistorius’s Silver Lakes home were leaked. At the time, the original investigating officer told the English newspaper Sunday People that he knew of police officers who were being offered large sums of money for photographs taking in the house.Even Blade Nzimande, the general secretary of the South African Communist Party, waded into the controversy. He wrote in Umsebenzi, the SACP magazine: “Even worse, the sentiment coming across is that it is Pistorius’s rights that have been violated and not those of the Steenkamp family and of Reeva, whose blood is literally splashed in that footage! Sanef [South African National Editors’ Forum] is dead silent on these matters. And it is also the rights of a man that are elevated above those of a woman. In fact, this patriarchal and elitist message has come to characterise the voluminous media coverage of this matter, especially by eNCA on 4 June 2013 and before that!”The intent of eNCA at the beginning of the trial, in the words of journalist Karen Maughan, was to give clear-headed insights into the workings of the South African judiciary. The channel’s top legal reporter wrote: “coverage so far has been tainted by inaccuracy and sensation. The good and the bad of our justice system in South Africa will be on display. We will cover this trial honestly, calmly and fairly.”With 80 accredited journalist filling the courtroom and the overflow area, and another 200 filling a room outside the court, all looking for exclusive content, it was inevitable that the line of what was permissible was going to be tested.As blogger Akanyang Africa wrote in his blog: “Of course I know that this [Judge Mlambo’s restrictions] would have been seen by many as being the worst censorship in as far as press freedom is concerned. But rights have limitations too and by putting this condition in place, Judge Mlambo would have exercised and limited that right correctly.”The law is fluid, a living thing, especially in a democracy as young as South Africa. There will be a continuous give and take as the citizenry and the government and its institutions find a comfortable space to co-exist. The scrutiny given to this trial is proving to be the perfect vehicle for the media and the justice system to redefine the margins of what is, and what is not permissible.last_img read more

The Services Ecosystem

first_imgRelated Posts Tags:#web#Web Development richard macmanus A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Phil Wainewright wrote an excellent post recently entitled The great Web 2.0 application(s)mash-up. He starts by quoting Mohan Sawhney,professor at Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management: “Five years from now, the concept of an application will be obsolete,” Sawhneysaid. “They will all be services, combined, mixed, matched and reused as needed.”Phil goes on to discuss the merits or otherwise of the various “services” vendorslining up to be the dominant platforms and marketplaces in Web 2.0. Note that heparticularly focuses on Enterprise markets, whereas my interest is more in theconsumer/media markets. But there are crossovers – e.g. Amazon, which has been very quietthis year compared to the other big Net companies, has filed a patent for a web servicesmarketplace (it was filed last year). Phil doesn’t sound convinced – yet – that anyof Amazon, Google, eBay, Microsoft or Yahoo will necessarily lead the servicesecosystem.He then quotes my post a couple of weeks ago about a ‘Publisher Services’ companybeing a dark horse in all this:“Finally, there are the left-field players, many of them as yetunknown or not considered as potential platforms. As Richard MacManus recently wrote,“Publisher Services has a lot of potential and it may well be the category which deliversthe next Google.” He was writing specifically about RSS, but the notion applies equallywell to all on-demand services, not merely RSS. In the Web 2.0 economy, servicepublishing and aggregation of all forms is where the greatest opportunitylies.”Emphasis is Phil’s, but of course I agree. Disappointingly, nobody took me on aboutthat bold claim I made (I was looking forward to a spirited debate). But I always like toback the outsiders in a horse race. So I’m sticking with my prediction that a ‘Publisher Services’ companywill become a big platform player within a couple of years.center_img Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Oklahoma Offers Wayfair Guidance

first_imgIn Wayfair guidance, Oklahoma advises it will enforce economic nexus rules passed in legislation in April 2018 beginning with July 1, 2018. Out-of-state companies with $10,000 in sales into Oklahoma for the prior 12 months have nexus with Oklahoma. They must:collect sales and use tax; orcomply with notice or reporting requirements.The economic nexus rules apply to: “marketplace facilitators,”“remote sellers,” and“referrers”.Starting in 2019, companies that meet the threshold must comply with Oklahoma sales tax collection rules by June 1 of each calendar year.Tax Collection for Remote SellersRemote sellers are not required to collect sales tax if a marketplace facilitator or referrer is collecting and remitting the tax for them. Remote sellers make sales online, hrough mail order, or other means.Sales Through Multiple ChannelsIf a remote seller makes sales through multiple channels, all Oklahoma sales are used to determine if the seller meets the economic threshold. Remote sellers might sell through their own website, a marketplace, or another source.How to ComplySellers can register for an Oklahoma sales tax permit through:the Oklahoma Taxpayer Access Point (OkTAP) https://oktap.tax.ok.gov/OkTAP/Web , orthe Streamlined Sales Tax Registration System at https://www.sstregister.org.Permits are valid for three years.Taxpayers needing assistance or an extension to comply with the election should:e-mail the OTC at otcmaster@tax.ok.gov, orcall the OTC at (405) 521-3160.Wayfair Decision and HB 1019XX, Oklahoma Tax Commission, August 30, 2018, ¶201-245; Frequently Asked Questions, Oklahoma Tax Commission, August 30, 2018, ¶201-246; Release, August 31, 2018, ¶201-247Login to read more tax news on CCH® AnswerConnect or CCH® Intelliconnect®.Not a subscriber? Sign up for a free trial or contact us for a representative.last_img read more

Microsoft & Intel: A Podcast on vPro and Application Virtualization

first_imgA representative of Microsoft holds a discussion with an Intel manager from Digital Office Platform Division, Mike Ferron-Jones. Find more about what Intel is doing for security, manageability, and energy efficiency with vPro and how Microsoft is helping to deploy some of the vPro solutions with its software. Listen to this clip for an insight on Wake-on-LAN, Microsoft Application Virtualization, and Virtual Desktop Infrastructures. Click the link below to listen. Listen Here: [Microsoft/Intel Podcast|http://download.microsoft.com/download/e/b/9/eb90c169-6b47-4bae-b6f1-5c0825e1542a/ESGMicrosoftIntelPodcast.mp3]last_img

Empowering Healthcare Workers with Information Power Tools

first_imgHealthcare workers are being empowered with more and more information power tools, from apps, to smartphones, tablets and other devices, to social media, and now wearables and Internet of Things. These tools deliver great benefits that can improve the quality of patient care, and reduce the cost of healthcare. However, they also bring new risks of accidental breaches and other security and privacy incidents. 2014 HIMSS Analytics global research on healthcare security shows healthcare workers use workarounds (out of compliance with policy) either daily (32%) or sometimes (25%). For example a workaround could be texting patient information to a healthcare co-worker, using a file sharing app with patient information, and so forth. Any one of these could result in a breach, and the staggering cost of a data breach averaging around US $5.85 million in the 2014 Cost of a Data Breach Study. The prevalence of workarounds and impact of security incidents such as breaches highlights the alarming probability and impact of this type of privacy and security risk from healthcare worker user actions. These types of risks and impacts are also set to increase going forward as healthcare workers are further empowered. In most cases, healthcare workers are well-intentioned and try to do the right thing.  However, they inadvertently add risk using new information power tools, often using them under time or cost reduction pressure. Exacerbating this, security and privacy awareness training provided by healthcare organizations is often limited in effectiveness, and even in a best case where training is up to date and well delivered, the technology landscape is fast evolving so the technology and risk landscape is significantly different even a few months later. To date, much of the emphasis on responsibility for privacy and security has been placed on tool and service providers, enforced by regulators. This is analogous to safety regulators regulating the safety features of power tools used in workshops and for construction: even with the tool’s safety features, users know that they could inflict significant harm on themselves or others if they use the tools incorrectly. In other words, they are responsible for using the power tools and incorporated safety features in a way that delivers the benefits while keeping risks of accidents minimal. What we are seeing in the information technology landscape is healthcare workers being empowered with information power tools such as apps, mobile devices, social media, wearables and Internet of Things, with little or no concurrent effective empowerment of privacy and security savvy on how to use these to get benefits while also minimizing risks of security incidents such as breaches. To enable healthcare to rapidly realize the benefits of new technologies while keeping privacy and security risks manageable, we must find better ways of effectively empowering healthcare workers with the privacy and security savvy they need to use these information power tools safely.What privacy and security risks are you seeing with healthcare workers using information power tools? I’m also curious about your thoughts, strategies, and best practices on how to manage these risks?David Houlding, MSc, CISSP, CIPP is a senior privacy researcher with Intel Labs and a frequent blog contributor. Find him on LinkedInKeep up with him on Twitter (@davidhoulding)Check out his previous postslast_img read more