Prisoner who appeared on APTNs First Contact now sharing her story

first_imgMelissa RidgenAPTN NewsShe bared her soul on national television telling three participants of the APTN program First Contact that she had murdered someone while intoxicated.Now Trina says she’s on her way to taking back her life – and she wants to share her journey.While she’s still at the Buffalo Sage Wellness Centre, Trina is now on day parole.mridgen@aptn.calast_img

Asian economies will be able to weather 2008 uncertainties UN predicts

“Key Economic Developments and Prospects in the Asia-Pacific Region 2008” – published by the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) – states that the region’s resilience will be underpinned by strong growth in China and India and high commodity prices. “Asia Pacific economies are well prepared to manage continued uncertainty in the external environment over the coming months,” Chief ESCAP economist Ravi Ratnayake said today at the launch of the report in Bangkok. “The region’s main strength lies in healthy macroeconomic fundamentals – countries have the room to adopt supportive fiscal and monetary policies if faced with significantly declining export growth, financial market volatility or inflationary pressures,” he added. Developing economies in Asia posted an economic growth rate of 8.2 per cent in 2007 and is expected to grow at a “slightly lower but still robust” rate of 7.8 per cent this year. Despite the upbeat forecast, the report warns that an unravelling of the United States sub-prime mortgage problem and a slowing of the US economy could pose risks for Asian economies. “There is a need to tread carefully given the signs of financial market volatility over the year ahead,” the study cautions. Japan is forecast to grow at a lower rate in 2008, with its export sector and export-related investments suffering from a slowing US. China too faces a small decrease in growth in 2008, owing to a slowdown in export markets and the “continued efforts by the Government to cool the economy.” At the same time, the report predicts India will continue to witness dynamic growth in 2008, driven by investment in the manufacturing and service sectors, and will be “largely insulated from weakness in the global economy.” The report also calls on governments to address environmental problems to sustain long-term growth, citing the example of China, with 2007 figures published showing that air pollution, particularly in big cities, is leading to higher rates of lung disease including cancer and respiratory problems. 9 January 2008The Asia-Pacific region is likely to continue to see strong economic growth this year, despite uncertainties posed by a slowing United States economy, according to a new United Nations report. read more

After deadly attack in Nigeria top official vows UN will not be

Asha-Rose Migiro travelled to Abuja this weekend – along with Gregory Starr, the Under-Secretary-General for Safety and Security – to see first-hand the devastation caused by the apparent suicide bombing, which has killed or injured scores of people. Speaking to the press yesterday after visiting the damaged UN House and meeting with the injured at a hospital in Abuja, Ms. Migiro stressed that “this was an attack on a working community that was helping the people of Nigeria.” She noted that the dead and wounded included cleaners and security guards, humanitarian workers and national Government officials. “Targeting such people is outrageous and morally reprehensible,” Ms. Migiro said. “Amongst the UN colleagues I saw today in hospital there was a very clear message. They wanted their vital work to continue. For one woman who is a cleaner there is an obvious desire that she will be able to continue her work for her family. “Such attacks will neither deter us in our work, nor win any new sympathizers to whatever cause might be the motivation.” The Deputy Secretary-General, who met with Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan to discuss the attack, said the perpetrators must be brought to justice. “We all want to know exactly what happened, and what can be done in the period ahead to strengthen security.” She said UN emergency response personnel were providing assistance, working with medical teams and search-and-rescue experts from Nigeria and other countries. At a meeting with UN staff in Abuja, Ms. Migiro said she felt “absolutely shattered by what I see: the debris, the destruction, the signs of ordinary life devastated by terrorists.” A UN investigation is under way into the circumstances of the bombing, which has been condemned by both Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and members of the Security Council. “Nothing in the world is more important than your lives – the lives of our staff members,” Ms. Migiro said. “Protecting you is our first job – our most serious responsibility.” Hundreds of personnel from 26 different UN agencies and entities were in UN House when the bomber struck on Friday at about 11 a.m. local time. 29 August 2011Calling Friday’s deadly attack against the United Nations complex in the Nigerian capital “morally reprehensible,” the Deputy Secretary-General has met with survivors of the bombing and pledged that the world body will not be deterred from continuing its work. read more

Saudi Aramco CEO signals local listing coming very soon

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates — Saudi Aramco’s chief executive, Amin Nasser, says the company is ready and that a local listing on the kingdom’s stock exchange is to happen “very soon.”Nasser declined to say how much of the state-owned oil giant would be listed on the Tadawul exchange. Reports have emerged that 1% of the company could be sold locally later this year before more is sold on an international market.Nasser told reporters at an energy conference in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday that “Aramco is ready for listing whenever the shareholders make the decision to list” and that “it’s going to be very soon, so we are prepared.”New Saudi Energy Minister Prince Abdulaziz earlier expressed his support for an IPO in his first public debut since assuming the post earlier this week.The Associated Press read more

Middle East Reacting to Jerusalem attack UN envoy repeats condemnation of terrorism

In a statement released in Gaza, the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Terje Roed-Larsen, stressed that both he and Secretary-General Kofi Annan have “clearly and repeatedly labelled such attacks against civilians as morally repugnant and in violation of international law.”Such attacks, Mr. Roed-Larsen said, “cannot be endured, and must stop.”Prior to today’s bombing, the envoy, in a meeting with Palestinian Authority President Yasser Arafat and other members of the Palestinian leadership, stressed that all terrorist attacks must end.Mr. Roed-Larsen, “reiterated the UN’s position against all forms of terrorism and violence” during his talks with Palestinian Authority President Yasser Arafat, as well as other members of the Palestinian leadership,” a UN spokesman told reporters in New York.“They also discussed the political situation and the prospects for renewed dialogue,” spokesman Fred Eckhard, said.Asked if the Secretary-General had any reaction to talk of establishing a provisional Palestinian State, Mr. Eckhard said he did not. “He is staying very close to that process,” the spokesman added. “I think he’s made his view known to the various members of the Quartet [the UN, European Union, Russian Federation and United States], but until there is an announcement made by the United States of their proposal, he won’t have anything to say.” read more

UN Security Council joins chorus condemning terrorist attack in Bangladesh

In a press statement issued today, the Council “condemns the heinous and cowardly terrorist attack […], which resulted in more than 20 Bangladeshi nationals and foreigners, including development workers, killed and many injured.”The 15-member body reaffirmed that “terrorism in all its forms and manifestations constitutes one of the most serious threats to international peace and security,” underscoring the need for all States to combat such threats by all means.The Council underlined the need to bring perpetrators, organizers, financiers and sponsors of these reprehensible acts of terrorism to justice, urging all States to cooperate actively with all relevant authorities in this regard.The Council also reiterated that terrorism in all its forms and manifestations is “criminal and unjustifiable, regardless of its motivation and wherever, whenever and by whomsoever committed,” and “should not be associated with any religion, nationality, civilization, or ethnic group.”The Council expressed their deep sympathy and condolences to the families of the victims, to the people and Government of Bangladesh, as well as peoples and Governments of foreign victims, wishing speedy and full recovery to those who were injured.Also today, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon condemned the terrorist attack and stressed the need to intensify regional and international efforts to prevent and combat terrorism, according to his spokesperson. read more

Vote for the IHFs coaches of the year 2010

handball coachesIHF best coachesVote for handball coaches The male and female handball player of the year 2010 were already awarded at the end of January, now it’s your turn to vote for the World Handball Coaches of the Year 2010. This internet based voting contains two sections – one for the media and one for fans. You can find the media section here, and the fan section here. The voting will last from 6 April to 7 May 2011 on those are the, in total, six nominees in the two categories “coach of male team 2010” and “coach of female team 2010” chosen by an IHF expert jury:Male team coaches:1.    Claude Onesta (France): Onesta’s French national team defended the title at the World Championship in Sweden and became European Champion in 2010. So France remain the only team in handball history to own the trophies of all major tournaments at the same time: European, World and Olympic Champion. Besides Onesta led France to becoming the first men’s team since 1974 (Romania) to defend their WCh title. Onesta has already been awarded World Handball Coach of the Year 2009.2.    Ulrik Wilbek (Denmark): Wilbek is the only coach in the world of handball who brought the EURO title to a male and female team. In January 2011 he led the Danish men’s team to the first WCh final for almost 40 years. Wilbek is the “constructor” of success in Danish men’s handball. In 2010 his Danes ranked fifth at the EURO in Vienna.3.    Valero Lopez Rivera (Spain): He is not only the most successful club team coach in the history of handball by winning more than 70 titles with FC Barcelona, he has also been national coach of Spain since 2008. After the disappointing 13th place at the WCh in Croatia in 2009, Rivera built a new team with young talented players. This squad took the third place at the WCh in Sweden after becoming sixth at the EURO 2010.Female team coaches:1.    Olivier Krumbholz (France): In 2009 he surprisingly led the French women to Silver at the WCh in China, and his player Allison Pineau was awarded World Handball Player of the Year 2009. Krumbholz is the father of all French women’s successes since the Silver medal at the WCh 1999 in Norway, and he crowned himself with the WCh title 2003. In 2010 his team started weak at the EURO in Norway, but thanks to five straight victories in the final stage of the tournament France ranked fifth in the end.2.    Jan Pytlick (Denmark): He took two Olympic titles with the Danish women in 2000 and 2004, and then became a club coach. Beforehand Pytlick had to become the saviour of the Danish women again after missing the qualification for the 2007 WCh and the Olympics in Beijing. Pytlick worked hard to make the Danish success in younger age categories continue in the women’s team. And on home ground he brought his team back to world class in 2010. He led Denmark to the EURO semi final – but then the series of success came to an end: after two defeats against Norway and Romania Denmark ranked fourth. But it was one of Pytlick’s masterpieces to come so far.3.    Thorir Hergeirsson (Norway): There were big footprints the Icelander had to step in as the successor of Norwegian coaching legend Marit Breivik. But after winning the Bronze medal at the 2009 WCh – Hergeirsson’s first major event – he took his first title at the EURO 2010: With only one defeat in eight matches he led Norway to the fourth straight EURO title since 2004 – and qualified directly for the Olympics in London and the 2011 WCh in Brazil. Hergeirsson is a master of tactics and analysis, but can also count on a highly experienced and confident team. ← Previous Story UNIQA support Handball Goalkeepers’ Camp in Makarska Next Story → OG London 2012: Excitement Mounts for Handball Manager read more

Zarko Pejovic to Tatran Presov

← Previous Story Women’s CWC 1/8 Final: Konkoly’s bad start, Zajecar goes to 1/4 Final! Next Story → CL: HSV wins group for Gille’s 400th game! Slovakian champion, Tatran Presov signs contract with Montenegrin NT player, Zarko Pejovic (26). Left back is coming from the Spanish Antequera, team who has a lot of financial problem and stayed without almost all foreign players. Pejovic has solid international experience for his age. He played in Serbia, Austria, Macedonia, Spain, etc…On his debut, Pejovic doesn’t score any goal, but Tatran made a big step to the Cup EHF 1/4 Final against Danish Nordsjeland 30:20 (16:15).Tatran Prešov (SR) – Nordsjaelland Haandbold (Dán.) 30:20 (16:15)Scorers for Slovaks: Krupa, Verkič – T. Mažár 2, Kopčo 3, Hrstka 3/1, Michal Urban, D. Krok 4, Krištopans 7, Drobňák, Radčenko 1, Kukrika 2, Číp, Guzy 3, Pejovič, Pekár, Antl 5/1. HC Tatran PresovMontenegro HandballZarko Pejovic read more

Celebrate Mega Mans 25th anniversary with free Street Fighter X Mega Man

first_imgAs the 25th anniversary of Street Fighter ends, the 25th anniversary of Mega Man begins, and Capcom has found a great way to celebrate this.The celebration is in the form of a new game for the PC called Street Fighter X Mega Man. It’s 8-bit retro Mega Man goodness mixed with your favorite Street Fighter characters. Mega Man will have to platform his way through 8 different levels to defeat 8 Street Fighter-themed bosses. When you beat each boss you acquire their power, meaning there’s also 8 new weapons to use too.Street Fighter X Mega Man actually came to be due to a fan. Seow Zong Hui from Singapore created a rough version of the game on his laptop and showed it to Christian Svensson, Corporate Officer and Senior Vice-President at Capcom. They all loved it and with that, Capcom turned it into a full game that everyone can enjoy.An original 8-bit soundtrack has also been created for the game by Luke Esquivel a.k.a. A_Rival, an electronic music artist. He’s cleverly remixed Street Fighter and Mega Man music to give the game a classic but unique sound.Best of all, Street Fighter X Mega Man will be a completely free PC download and you can get it on December 17 from Capcom’s website. There may be a few Mega Man fans who are disappointed this isn’t another instalment in the Mega Man series, but if you love SF and MM, this looks like a great, free game that will take up more than a few hours of your time.via Capcom Unitylast_img read more

Radiothon for AGWS

first_imgThe Australian Greek Welfare Society’s (AGWS) annual radiothon conducted by radio station 3XY will finish up this Wednesday. The radiothon marks 40 years of their service to the Greek community. The money raised will go towards programs and services that AGWS doesn’t get funded for. Over the years, the money raised through radiothons has been used for the needs of the organisation to better provide services to the community and to meet the needs of the community. Anyone wishing to help can do so by going to the AGWS office on either Saturday or Wednesday. To make a donation call (03) 9388 9998. For direct deposit details you can deposit to account name: Australian Greek Welfare Society with BSB number: 033075 and account number 114548 Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img

Le passé de la Terre décrypté dans des gouttes deau de pluie

first_imgLe passé de la Terre décrypté dans des gouttes d’eau de pluieDes chercheurs américains espèrent lire le passé de la Terre dans des fossiles de gouttes d’eau de pluie, vieux de 2,7 milliards d’années. Une étude, publiée en début de semaine, dans la revue Nature suggère que l’observation et l’analyse de fossiles de gouttes de pluie pourrait bien nous permettre d’avancer un peu plus dans la compréhension du passé de la Terre. Il y a 2,7 milliards d’années, le soleil brillait pratiquement 30% moins fort qu’actuellement. Avec une chaleur moins puissante, la température sur Terre avoisinait les 0°C. Pourtant, les scientifiques ont trouvé des preuves de la présence d’eau liquide, à cette époque, et pas uniquement de la glace.”Des dépôts sédimentaires ont préservé des marques en forme d’ondulation, des craquelures dans la boue, des coussins de glace gelés et des micro-fossiles d’algues”, explique l’étude, reprise par PBS. Mais l’existence d’eau liquide sur Terre à cette époque reste mystérieuse pour les scientifiques. Ils ignorent encore si sa présence est due à une plus grande pression de l’air causée par de fortes concentrations d’azote ou à une concentration très dense des gaz à effet de serre.Comparer la taille des gouttes de pluieDes chercheurs de l’Université de Washington ont donc cherché la réponse dans des gouttes d’eau de pluie fossilisées. Pour cela, ils ont utilisé des roches volcaniques découvertes en Afrique du Sud, et portant les marques de gouttes de pluie, tombées il y a 2 milliards d’années. Grâce à l’analyse de ces fossiles, ils ont alors découvert, qu’en réalité, à cette époque, l’atmosphère sur Terre, n’était pas beaucoup plus dense qu’aujourd’hui, explique le Point. À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?Charles Lyell, qui a découvert les fossiles en 1851, expliquait déjà que “les marques de gouttes de pluie ressemblent, dans leur taille moyenne, à celles qui tombent aujourd’hui des nuages”, rapporte PBS. Ces cratères se sont formés en fonction de la taille et de la vitesse des gouttes. Les scientifiques ont donc projeté des gouttes d’eau depuis 27 mètres de haut, sur diverses cendres volcaniques. Ils ont pu ainsi comparer les deux échantillons et conclure que la taille des anciennes gouttes de pluie variaient entre 3,8 et 5,3 millimètres et ne tombaient pas à plus de neuf mètres par seconde.”Si vous vous retrouviez sous une averse aujourd’hui, la taille des gouttes serait la même qu’il y a 2,7 milliards d’années”, explique Sanjoy Som, l’auteur de l’étude. Ainsi, l’atmosphère de la Terre, il y a 2,7 millions d’années était équivalente à celle d’aujourd’hui, voire même un peu moins dense… La présence d’eau liquide serait donc due à une forte concentration de gaz à effet de serre. Le 1 avril 2012 à 12:42 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Free pumpkin festival Wednesday

first_imgWashougal – Back in the spring, students from Gause Elementary School planted pumpkin seeds in a garden near city hall, and now the students are coming back to pick them up.They’ll do so as part of the Downtown Washougal Pumpkin Harvest Festival, which is 3 to 6 p.m. Wednesday at Reflection Plaza, 1703 Main St., Washougal.Local families are invited to wear their Halloween costume to the festival, in which guests will receive a free pumpkin.In addition to the 100 planted by Gause students, the city will hand out another 600, which the city received thanks to a donation from Triple C Auto Brokers.A “Halloween Hunt” also will send families to local business to look for iconic Halloween images, carnival games and, of course, plenty of candy. The event is free and will take place rain or shine.last_img read more

SUV drives on top of railing on Airport Expressway near I95

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – It was a near catastrophe, Monday, after an SUV drove nearly drove over the edge of the Airport Expressway.The driver of the SUV spun out on the ramp and nearly went over the edge while driving on the eastbound SR 112 to southbound Interstate 95.The SUV managed to break the guardrail and came to a rest facing backwards, with two wheels up on the wall.The driver was not hurt, but crews temporarily closed the overpass.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

New theory to explain why suns surface rotates slower than its core

first_img Explore further Citation: New theory to explain why sun’s surface rotates slower than its core (2017, February 6) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Scientists have known for some time that the surface of the sun spins more slowly than its interior but have no good explanation for it. In this new effort, the researchers were able to take a better look at what was occurring and by doing so discovered what they believe is the source of the slowdown.To gain a better understanding of what is happening with the sun, the researchers started with images collected by the Solar Dynamics Observatory—a probe that has been circling the sun since 2010. By processing three and a half years of images using filters, the researchers were able to get a detailed look at multiple layers of sun depth, which allowed them to calculate the circulation speed of each. In looking at their overall results, they found that the outermost layer spun more slowly than all of those below it, which spun approximately 5 percent more than the rest of the photosphere.Taking a cue from prior research that has shown that space dust is slowed as it collides with solar photons due to losses from angular momentum, the researchers created a model of the sun in which photons moving outward through interior layers of plasma eventually encounter plasma that is much less dense at its outermost layer. As those photons collide with the plasma, which is moving, angular momentum is exchanged, which results in a net loss of plasma angular momentum. That net loss results in the plasma slowing as the photons that cause the slowdown escape into space. The massive number of such collisions over the course of 4.5 billion years, the team theorizes, has resulted in the slower rate of spin of the outer layer that we observe today. More information: Poynting-Robertson-like Drag at the Sun’s Surface, Phys. Rev. Lett. 118, 051102 – Published 3 February 2017 , , On Arxiv: Sun’s internal rotation {Omega}(r,{Theta}) has previously been measured using helioseismology techniques and found to be a complex function of co-latitude, {theta}, and radius, r. From helioseismology and observations of apparently “rooted” solar magnetic tracers we know that the surface rotates more slowly than much of the interior. The cause of this slow-down is not understood but it is important for understanding stellar rotation generally and any plausible theory of the solar interior. A new analysis using 5-min solar p-mode limb oscillations as a rotation “tracer” finds an even larger velocity gradient in a thin region at the top of the photosphere. This shear occurs where the solar atmosphere radiates energy and angular momentum. We suggest that the net effect of the photospheric angular momentum loss is similar to Poynting-Robertson “photon braking” on, for example, Sun-orbiting dust. The resultant photospheric torque is readily computed and, over the Sun’s lifetime, is found to be comparable to the apparent angular momentum deficit in the near-surface shear layer. Journal information: Physical Review Letters , arXiv The Sun by the Atmospheric Imaging Assembly of NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory. Credit: NASA (—A small team of researchers with the University of Hawaii, Ponta Grossa State University in Brazil and Stanford University has found what they believe is the reason that the surface of the sun rotates more slowly than its core. In their paper published in the journal Physical Review Letters, the team explains how they used a new technique to measure the speed of the sun’s rotation at different depths and what it revealed about the speed of the sun’s outer 70km deep skin. Researchers report possible solution to a long-standing solar mystery © 2017 This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

ITE dept bats for use of tech to boost business prospects of

first_imgKolkata: The state Information Technology & Electronics (IT&E) department is pushing for the organised industries to adopt MSME clusters so that they can use technology to improve the latter’s business prospects.”We need to give these clusters basic enterprise management through standard software, e-commerce platform and design creation. I will urge the industrial bodies to adopt at least one cluster and provide them the technology to make a change in their standard of living,” state Additional Chief Secretary IT Debashis Sen said, while speaking at an event organised by CII recently. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseElaborating on the objective of the state government, a senior official of the IT department said that the government is coming up with an export hub in Phulia at Shantipur in Nadia, for upliftment of the weavers who make beautiful cotton sarees. “The weavers still suffer from financial constraints and don’t even have a website. If we can provide basic technology enterprise to them so that they can have stock management and create an e-commerce platform for marketing or integrate some sort of creative design in their products, they will be able to tap the global market in a much better way,” the official said. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThe same concept can be applied for clusters like the Bankura horse in Panchmura, the Dokra craft of Guskara, Burdwan, the guitar strings of Howrah, the Kansa of Murshidabad and the fan manufacturing hub of Uluberia to name a few. “We have already reached out to NASSCOM and will urge other industrial bodies in the state to come forward and adopt at least one such cluster which will bring a significant change in the living conditions of the weavers associated with these clusters,” the official added.last_img read more

3 Reasons Why Privacy Matters to Your Business Your Brand and Your

first_imgMay 9, 2017 Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Register Now » Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 5 min read Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals The FCC, Congress and the Trump Administration recently reversed proposed rules curtailing internet providers from gathering and selling sensitive customer data to marketers. This new freedom that allows companies like Verizon, AT&T and CenturyLink to enjoy the same data access as internet giants like Facebook, Google and Twitter has increased concern among Americans around internet privacy. What is the impact on entrepreneurs and businesses?Here are three serious considerations:Privacy matters to your customers.Consumers have become increasingly connected and are constantly sharing information online. They are researching, purchasing and using online products and services, via any number of connected devices. They are also opting in to share their preferences as part of interactions on social media and search sites. All of this customer data is being collected by device manufacturers, desktop and mobile apps, internet providers and mobile operators for their own purposes or to sell to other businesses.Related: The Weirdest Things People Agree to in Terms of ServiceIn many cases, consumers are happy to share information like photos, opinions and locations over Facebook, Snapchat and Twitter. But, when it comes to other, often highly personal aspects of their life — health, wealth and family — they are more protective.According to a recent survey conducted by my company, AnchorFree, a staggering majority of Americans — 95 percent — are concerned about businesses collecting and selling personal information without permission. Additionally, over 80 percent are more concerned about their online privacy and security today than a year ago.This means that your customers are thinking about privacy when they visit your website, use your app, and purchase your products and services. What are you doing to demonstrate to your customers that their privacy is important to your company?Privacy matters to your brand.Most businesses today are connected to other business partners in our highly interdependent world commerce. Businesses may be using a hosted webstore, a separate email marketing provider and a different website hosting operation. All of them deploy different ways of dealing with customer’s information.The same goes for other business partners, like affiliate marketing and associations. When businesses offer or receive customer referrals, that information is coming and going and potentially exposed and treated differently by each entity.Related: How to Protect Your Internet Browsing Data (Since It’s for Sale Now)This distributed approach to information exposure means businesses need to think more broadly and deeply about privacy. Privacy isn’t just a few paragraphs that are buried deep in a terms and conditions of use page in your website. Privacy is embedded in everyday interactions with customers. Privacy is something that can impact a brand, disrupt the customer experience and potentially damage a company’s reputation.According to a Harvard Business Review study, 72 percent of Americans are reluctant to share information with businesses because they “just want to maintain [their] privacy.” And Deloitte, as a part of a study about consumer trust and data protection, explains that data privacy and security is not just a risk management issue, but a “potential source of competitive advantage that may be a central component of brand-building and corporate reputation.”Privacy should be a product issue, not just a policy issue. Protecting user privacy will enable you to drive more revenue and gain more customers.Privacy matters to the growth of your business.Safeguarding customer privacy is more than a protective measure; it is also a strategic opportunity for brand growth and a potential business opportunity for startups and entrepreneurs, as well as large companies.Now that the Administration and Congress are clearing the way for ISPs to collect and sell customer information, more than half of Americans are saying they will investigate additional ways to safeguard their personal information, according to the survey.Related: How Do Google, Apple and Others Stack Up When It Comes to Protecting Your Privacy?Much of that concern may stem from the increased number of connected technology devices that contain personal information. Gartner, Inc. forecasts that 8.4 billion connected devices — everything from phones to new household devices swept into the internet of things market —  will be in use worldwide in 2017, up 31 percent from 2016, and will reach 20.4 billion by 2020.This increase in connected devices, combined with the increasing consumer concern around security and privacy breaches, will further drive the already substantial market opportunity around privacy. While the previous billion-user companies like Google and Facebook have been built on collecting data, it’s projected that the next billion user companies are going to be built around protecting user data.Entrepreneurs and startups have an opportunity to build new business as a result of this emerging reorientation around privacy and trust. Business opportunities will surface around privacy platforms and services for businesses and consumers.Related: 4 Reasons Why You Need Developers With Cybersecurity Skills in All Your Tech TeamsDemonstrate your commitment to customer privacy.There are steps that any business can take to incorporate best practices for protecting customer’s information. First and foremost, start incorporating privacy into your products, not just into your privacy policy.To show that your business takes privacy seriously, provide customers with tips on safeguarding their own privacy when conducting business, such as:Change passwords often and use complex passwords.Use two-step authentication for critical logins like financial or health data.Check privacy settings on key apps.Integrate VPN for privacy protection right into your app.These steps and considerations will go a long way in protecting customers’ privacy as well as protecting your business.last_img read more

CBO GSE WindDown Bill Could Cut Spending by 60B

first_img in Daily Dose, Government, Headlines, News, Secondary Market CBO: GSE Wind-Down Bill Could Cut Spending by $60B September 8, 2014 589 Views The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released a cost estimate on Friday for S. 1217, a senate bill proposed June 2013 by Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tennessee) that would eliminate GSEs Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and replace them with a private insurance company system with a government backstop.According to the newly-released estimate, removing the two GSEs would save the government billions of dollars in the next 10 years.Under S. 1217, the new system of guaranteeing mortgage-backed securities (MBS) would mean less risk for the government, therefore costing the government less money.Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac would no longer offer guarantees on MBS under S. 1217; instead, the newly-established Federal Mortgage Insurance Corporation (FMIC) would offer guarantees on MBS that originated in the primary market. FMIC would then guarantee payment of principal and interest by charging fees on the underlying mortgages. Private capital would take on some of the losses before the government payments would kick in.CBO estimates that S.1217 would result in a reduction of direct government spending by about $60 billion over a 10-year period from 2015 to 2024.The reduction in spending is primarily be attributed to the fact that fees that FMIC would charge MBS issuers would be more than the cost of the guarantees calculated under the Federal Credit Reform Act.Also, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA), the conservator for the two GSEs since 2008, would no longer charge fees (recorded as revenue) to the GSEs to pay for their administrative expenses, which would result in a $1.5 billion decline in revenue during a five-year period from 2020 to 2024.Federal deficits are expected to decline by $58 billion over the next 10 years under S. 1217, according to CBO. Pay-as-you-go procedures would come into play under S. 1217 because the bill affects direct spending and revenue.center_img Congressional Budget Office Fannie Mae Freddie Mac Politics 2014-09-08 Seth Welborn Sharelast_img read more

Feds MBS Runoffs Projected at 197B in First Year

first_img November 3, 2017 626 Views in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, journal, News Share Bing bai Federal Reserve Laurie Goodman MBS Securities The Urban institute U.S. Treasury 2017-11-03 Dean Terrellcenter_img The Federal Reserve’s plan to reduce the amount of agency mortgage-backed securities (MBS) and U.S. Treasury securities (Treasuries) it owns will run off slower than its targeted amounts, according to a recent report from the Urban Institute titled “Normalizing the Federal Reserve’s Balance Sheet: The Impact on the Mortgage-Backed Securities Market.” The authors of the report, Laurie Goodman, Codirector of the Housing Finance Policy Center, and Bing Bai, a research associate for the Urban Institute, examine the Fed’s near-term path mortgage portfolio to understand when the portfolio will normalize.Starting in November 2008 and ending in September 2014, The Federal Reserve began buying large quantities of assets from the private sector as a method of quantitative easing. As of September of this year, the Fed now owns $1.77 trillion of MBS (nearly 29 percent of all outstanding MBS) and $2.45 trillion of treasuries.Based on similar assumptions made by the Fed, Goodman and Bai believe there will still be $1.18 trillion of MBS on the Fed’s books after their balance sheet normalizes. The researchers also believe the Fed should take advantage of the investment period left to do more rebalancing, as well as take additional action to help launch the single government-sponsored enterprise security.Based on assumptions from two separate surveys of primary dealers and market participants released by the Fed in July 2017, the researchers found the Fed’s baseline portfolio in 2025 will be $2.84 trillion. This is larger than levels prior to the crisis but smaller than the current level of $4.46 trillion.As the winding down of begins, the projected mortgage runoffs during the first year will total $197 billion, providing a $120 billion runoff and a $77 billion reinvestment. The Institute believes for the first year and the year after, the paydowns in this base case generated by the portfolio will be insufficient for covering the targeted runoff.Regarding treasuries, Goodman and Bai project there will be $369 billion in paydowns in the first year, producing a $175 billion runoff and $194 billion reinvestment. To read the full report and the researchers’ recommendations, click here.      Fed’s MBS Runoffs Projected at $197B in First Yearlast_img read more

Laiki could not have known extent of losses in 2011 court told

first_imgConditions did not permit an accurate calculation of the losses inflicted on Laiki by the EU’s decision to write-down Greece’s debt in 2011 and the lender’s reduction in goodwill, an expert witness testified in court on Monday.Senior Bank of Greece (central bank) official Michail Michalopoulos said by June 30, 2011 there had been no proof that future Greek government bond (GGB) payments would be taking place.Michalopoulos, who is in Cyprus to testify on behalf of former Laiki executive Efthimios Bouloutas, said the first GGB write-down, announced in July 2011, was not implemented, while the exact conditions of the second one, decided in October that year, were not specified immediately.Bouloutas is on trial with his then deputy Panayiotis Kounnis, non-executive vice-chairman Neoclis Lysandrou and executive board member Marcos Foros on charges of market manipulation and submitting false or misleading information with regard to publishing an interim consolidated financial statement in November 2011, in which they omitted to include a goodwill write-down of €330m for Marfin Popular Bank’s – as Laiki was then known – operations in Greece.On March 21, the court found that prosecutors had established a prima facie case and the former executives must mount a defence to have it disproved.“On October 9, 2011 in particular, it was impossible to specify the effects on goodwill by the PSI+ (private sector involvement, or second write-down) to investors … A lot of key information and parameters were absent,” he said.Michalopoulos added that the precise terms of the PSI+ were eventually specified in February 2012.Earlier this month, Bouloutas told the court that it was the Cypriot parliament’s decision in March 2013 that caused the banking collapse.He was referring to parliament’s decision to shutter Laiki and seize deposits in Bank of Cyprus after having rejected a milder haircut on all deposits in all banks a week earlier.On the goodwill omission, Bouloutas said the board did not have a clear picture of the situation created after the EU decided the second writedown on Greek debt in October 2011, inflicting huge losses on Laiki and Bank of Cyprus of around €4.5bn.He said it had been completely unexpected and without details. The questions raised at the time where only answered on February 24, 2012, he told the court. You May | eBay Stores3RoyalDazzyUndoHistory DailyRowland Heights Has Not Seen These Iconic PhotosHistory DailyUndoTheDeliteKate Middleton Has Accepted An Invaluable Anniversary Gift From The QueenTheDeliteUndo High temperatures increase risk of firesUndoAt least 20 killed, 50 injured in attack on VP candidate’s office in KabulUndoClear winner in first round of Kition bishop voteUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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