Province says women reaching parity on board agency appointments

first_imgEDMONTON – The Alberta government says it is achieving gender parity for those appointed to its agencies, boards, and commissions.Stephanie McLean, the minister for Service Alberta, says one third of board members were women in March 2015.Today, that number is 48 per cent as the government has filled more than 700 positions.McLean says it reflects a government approach to actively recruit more women.There are more than 280 agencies boards and commissions that work at arm’s-length from the government.The province is reviewing the mandates of all boards and has already reduced or amalgamated 26 of them to streamline service and save $33 million.last_img

Antibiotics may up stroke risk

first_imgWomen who take antibiotics over a long period of time are at increased risk of heart attack or stroke, a study claims. The study, published in the European Heart Journal, found that women aged 60 or older who took antibiotics for two months or more had the greatest risk of cardiovascular disease, but long duration of antibiotic use was also associated with an increased risk if taken during middle age (aged 40-59). The researchers could find no increased risk from antibiotic use by younger adults aged between 20-39. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainThe possible reason why antibiotic use is linked to an increased risk of cardiovascular disease is because antibiotics alter the balance of the micro-environment in the gut, researchers said. “Antibiotic use is the most critical factor in altering the balance of microorganisms in the gut. Previous studies have shown a link between alterations in the microbiotic environment of the gut and inflammation and narrowing of the blood vessels, stroke and heart disease,” said Lu Qi, director of the Tulane University in the US. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardFor the study, the team of researchers studied 36,429 women who took part in the Nurses’ Health Study, which has been running in the USA since 1976. The current study looked at data from 2004 to June 2012. In 2004 the women were aged 60 or older, and they were asked about their use of antibiotics when they were young (20-39), middle-aged (40-59) or older (60 and older). The researchers categorised them into four groups: those who had never taken antibiotics, those who had taken them for time periods of less than 15 days, 15 days to two months, or for two months or longer. During an average follow-up period of nearly eight years, during which time the women continued to complete questionnaires every two years, 1,056 participants developed cardiovascular disease. The researchers also found that women who used antibiotics for periods of two months or longer in late adulthood were 32 per cent more likely to develop cardiovascular disease than women who did not use antibiotics. Women who took antibiotics for longer than two months in middle age had a 28 per cent increased risk compared to women who did not. These results which were found in the research mean that among women who take antibiotics for two months or more in late adulthood, six women per 1,000 would develop a cardiovascular disease, compared to three per 1,000 among women who had not taken antibiotics. “By investigating the duration of antibiotic use in various stages of adulthood we have found an association between long-term use in middle age and later life and an increased risk of stroke and heart disease during the following eight years,” said Yoriko Heianza, a research fellow at Tulane University “This is an observational study and so it cannot show that antibiotics cause heart disease and stroke, only that there is a link between them,” Qi said. “It’s possible that women who reported more antibiotic use might be sicker in other ways that we were unable to measure, or there may be other factors that could affect the results that we have not been able take account of,” he said. “Our study suggests that antibiotics should be used only when they are absolutely needed. Considering the potentially cumulative adverse effects, the shorter time of antibiotic use the better,” he further added.last_img read more

More Americans sign contracts to buy homes in June

WASHINGTON — More Americans signed contracts to purchase homes in June, marking the second straight month of growth.The National Association of Realtors said Tuesday that its pending home sales index rose 2.8% to 108.3 in June, up from 105.4 in May. Pending home sales are up 1.6% from their pace a year ago, snapping a 17-month streak of annual declines.Sales have likely been helped by lower interest rates, which are on average under 4% on a 30-year mortgage.All four regions saw contracts up from May and last year, with the West seeing the biggest jump in June at 5.4%. The West is also up the most year-over-year with gains of 2.5%.Pending sales is a measure of home purchases that are usually completed a month or two later.The Associated Press

Kristian Kjelling plays Play Off in Qatar

Norwegian star and one of the most attractive handball players on the Earth, Kristian Kjelling (32) goes to Qatar for 10 days to play in the Play-Off. He got “green light” from his team, Danish Aalborg, so he will be able to help his Al Ahli Sports Club to make best possible performance in the finish of their Championship.Before Denmark, left back of Norwegian NT played in Spain for Ademar Leon and Portland San Antonio.photo: eurohandball.com ← Previous Story Silvia Navarro joins Oltchim Valcea! Next Story → Bojana Popovic with 6th EHF CL trophy: “The End” Aalborg handballAl Ahli handballKristian KjellingNorwegian handball

EHF CL TOP 8 BEST 7 Veszprems back players Lions on the

best 7 handballBest handball playerEHF CLhandball players ← Previous Story END OF CAREER FOR IKER ROMERO: 18 years like 18 months! Next Story → Blazenko Lackovic next three years in RK Vardar! EHF TV announced “Best 7” of the VELUX EHF Champions League TOP 8 matches. Here are the best players per position:Left wing: Uwe Gensheimer (Rhein-Neckar Löwen)Left  back: Momir Ilić (MKB Veszprém)Playmaker: Aron Palmarsson (THW Kiel)Right back: Laszlo Nagy (MKB Veszprém)Right wing: Patrick Groetzki (Rhein-Neckar Löwen)Line-player: Bjarte Myrhol (Rhein-Neckar Löwen)Goalkeeper: Petar Angelov (Vardar Skopje)

Gaz à effet de serre les émissions françaises en baisse de 06

first_imgGaz à effet de serre : les émissions françaises en baisse de 0,6% en 2008France – Les émissions françaises de gaz à effet de serre (GES) ont à nouveau diminué en 2008, de 0,6% par rapport à 2007. Une baisse qui doit en partie être attribuée au ralentissement de la croissance économique.En 2008, le total des émissions de GES a atteint 527 millions de tonnes équivalent CO2. Avec cette baisse qui fait suite à un recul de 2% enregistré en 2007 par rapport à 2006, “nous atteignons un plus bas niveau historique depuis 1990 et respectons toujours nos engagements pris dans le cadre du protocole de Kyoto” s’est félicité le ministre de l’Environnement Jean-Louis Borloo dans un communiqué.À lire aussiQui est Greta Thunberg, proposée pour un prix Nobel à seulement 16 ans ?Il faut toutefois en grande partie attribuer cette tendance à “la crise économique et financière qui a provoqué un ralentissement significatif de l’activité économique à partir de la mi-2008”. Les émissions dues au transport ont ainsi diminué de 4,5% notamment grâce à la hausse du prix des carburants qui a conduit les automobilistes à réduire le nombre de kilomètres parcourus par rapport à 2007. Mais à kilométrage parcouru égal, les émissions de gaz à effet de serre sont inférieures à celles de 2006, et d’après le ministère, cette diminution est due “pour moitié à l’incorporation des biocarburants”.Et Jean-Louis Borloo de rappeler que les mesures prises dans le cadre du Grenelle de l’Environnement dans les secteurs du transport, du bâtiment ou de l’énergie, devraient à l’horizon 2020, permettre une diminution de près de 23% des émissions de GES de la France par rapport à 1990. Le 4 février 2010 à 10:22 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Deux traitements expérimentaux montrent des résultats prometteurs contre le Lupus

first_imgDeux traitements expérimentaux montrent des résultats prometteurs contre le LupusDes chercheurs français ont présenté à la conférence annuelle de l’American College of Rhumatology réunie cette semaine à Chicago deux nouveaux traitements contre le Lupus dont les résultats se sont avérés plutôt positifs. Le Lupus est une maladie auto-immune capable d’affecter n’importe quelle partie de l’organisme. Elle se manifeste lorsque les propres anticorps du malade se mettent à attaquer l’ADN des cellules, le plus souvent celles de la peau, des articulations, des reins, des poumons ou encore du système nerveux. D’origine inconnue, la maladie apparaît chez des personnes âgées entre 15 et 45 ans dont 90% sont des femmes. Selon la Lupus Foundation of America, jusqu’à 1,5 million de personnes en seraient atteintes aux USA et cinq millions dans le monde.Les symptômes peuvent être une fatigue extrême, des articulations douloureuses et enflées, de la fièvre, des rougeurs, des problèmes rénaux et de l’inflammation cardiaque et pulmonaire, rappelle romandie.com. Or, si les traitements sont quasi inexistants, le “marché du lupus” est estimé par les analystes à plusieurs milliards de dollars par an, les laboratoires sont donc nombreux à s’intéresser à cette maladie. En mars dernier, l’Agence américaine des médicaments (FDA) a ainsi, pour la première fois en 56 ans, approuvé un traitement. Néanmoins, celui-ci pourrait ne pas rester le seul autorisé. En effet, la firme de biotechnologie française Neovacs a mis au point un vaccin visant à neutraliser les interférons alpha (IFNa) qui jouent un rôle clé dans la régulation du système immunitaire et dans le lupus. Les chercheurs ont mené un essai clinique avec 28 personnes à qui ils ont en partie administré d’un côté quatre doses de ce vaccin (IFNa-Kinoïde), d’un autre côté un placebo.Une première phase d’essai encourageante “Les résultats ont démontré une efficacité à 100 % pour induire des anticorps anti-interféron alpha et [ … ] dans ce groupe de patients le traitement IFNa-Kinoïde a permis de neutraliser la production de l’interféron alpha sans effets secondaires notables”, explique dans un communiqué le Dr Frédéric Houssiau, qui a dirigé cette étude clinique. La prochaine étape consistera à mener un essai clinique pour évaluer l’efficacité du traitement sur la maladie.À lire aussiUn gène immunitaire que nous aurait légué l’Homme de Néandertal Une présentation orale des résultats de cette étude aura lieu aujourd’hui même à la conférence de l’American College of Rhumatology (ACR). Toutefois, un autre traitement, lui aussi expérimental, a déjà été présenté dimanche à l’ACR par le Dr Benjamin Terrier de l’Hôpital de la Pitié-Salpêtrière à Paris. Il consiste en une injection de vitamine D à très haute dose (100.000 unités internationales) une fois par semaine pendant quatre semaines suivie d’une injection mensuelle pendant six mois.L’essai clinique a été mené avec 24 personnes montrant aucun ou de faibles symptômes de lupus et dont les teneurs sanguines de vitamines D étaient faibles. Là encore, les résultats ont semblé encourageants, indiquant un rôle bénéfique des compléments de vitamine D pour les patients souffrant de lupus, a expliqué le Dr Terrier qui a également ajouté que le traitement avait été très bien toléré. Mais selon lui, ces résultats doivent encore être confirmés dans des essais cliniques étendus.Le 8 novembre 2011 à 13:43 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Gorge fire likely to be contained by evening

first_imgFire officials expect to have the Highway 8 Complex Fire fully contained by day’s end, according to a morning briefing. The wildfire north of Lyle, in the Columbia River Gorge, stands now at 85 percent contained, and signs of the burn’s resolve were described as “very subdued.”Crews today are combing the hillsides for hidden hot spots, expressing concern that as the weather warms a single hot spot could rekindle the entire 2,019-acre burn. Infared cameras on Monday discovered “stubborn hot spots” at the north end of the fire, according to a release by Incident Commander Rex Reed. The 550 firefighters on site today will focus on cooling those areas. Visible smoke inside the perimeter of the fire is expected to remain through September and into October.Fisher Hill Road, which runs through the fire area, remains closed. There are some restrictions on the Klickitat River. Some firefighters and a helicopter on Monday were diverted from the Highway 8 fire to knock down a small fire near the 8-mile marker of Highway 142 that was apparently started by overheated bearings on a hay trailer.The cause of the Highway 8 fire remains under investigation. For information, call 509-493-3698.last_img read more

Even Apples exhead of app reviews says App Store is unfair to

first_imgApple restricts its iPhones to apps from its own App Store. Sarah Tew/CNET Apple’s former head of App Store approvals believes his former team is the best in the world — but the policies it enforces aren’t. “Over the years, Apple has struggled with using the App Store as a weapon against competitors,” Phillip Shoemaker, who ran Apple’s third-party app reviews for seven years, said in a Medium post Tuesday. Apple is facing intensifying scrutiny over how its App Store policies treat services, like Spotify and Netflix, that directly compete with its own. Earlier this year, Spotify lodged a complaint with Europe’s antitrust watchdog, saying Apple uses its App Store policies as a cudgel to stifle Spotify, the main competitor to Apple Music. The App Store is the biggest moneymaker in Apple’s services business, but the issue will only grow thornier this year, as Apple launches subscription services in new arenas like video, with its Netflix competitor Apple TV Plus, and video games, with Apple Arcade set to compete against Google Stadia. Apple didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. In the past, it has rejected Spotify’s claims. Wednesday morning, the company also launched an App Store explainer page that noted how Apple operates “a store that welcomes competition.”Dumb readersShoemaker called on Apple to change two policies. One, known as the dumb reader rule, prevents third-party apps from using any payment system other than Apple’s own in-app purchases, all of which pay Apple a 30% fee in the first year and a 15% fee after that. Another policy, known as the no-linking-out rule, prohibits apps from including any buttons, links or other directions that would help potential subscribers find other sign-up options. Spotify and others have complained that the two policies give Apple the power to put its rivals at an unfair competitive disadvantage.  Apple iPhone XS Apple Music vs. Spotify: Music streaming battle See It See All Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors • reading • Even Apple’s ex-head of app reviews says App Store is unfair to Spotify, Netflix See It $999 CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR $999 Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it Mobile Mobile Apps Video Games Digital Media Music TV and Movies “With the App Store being the only way to install apps onto your iPhone and iPad, Apple has complete and unprecedented power over their customer’s devices,” Shoemaker said. “The decisions they make with regards to third-party apps needs to be above reproach, and currently are not.”Shoemaker called on Apple to create a limited exception to both policies, specifically for apps that directly compete with Apple. He suggested allowing external links to other purchasing options only for apps that directly compete with Apple in areas with tight margins, where a 30% fee hits the app maker hard. That would include things like news services, books, movies, music and cloud storage.”Some may argue that this is generally difficult to police, and that it is a slippery slope,” said Shoemaker, who was Apple’s senior director of App Store review until his departure in 2016. “Slippery slopes and policing is what the App Store review team does, and during my time, they did it better than anyone else in the world.”App Store uproarApple has faced scrutiny over its App Store pretty much since it launched in 2008, but the threat from these complaints has grown in recent months. In the last month alone:The US Supreme Court ruled iPhone customers could sue Apple for allegedly operating the App Store as a monopoly that overcharges people for software.Apple came under fire for removing parental-control apps that compete with iPhone’s own screen-time features. Europe’s antitrust watchdog, which has doled out billions in fines against Google, reportedly planned to launch a formal investigation into Spotify’s complaints. In the midst of these squalls, Apple launched an App Store explainer page ahead of its biggest annual event for app developers, its Worldwide Developers Conference set to start Monday. The site notes that Apple operates “a store that welcomes competition,” as listed apps in the App Store compete with Apple’s own. The page also breaks down the steps it takes to “make sure apps are respectful to users with differing opinions” and reject apps that are “over the line.”But the page didn’t directly address any of the recent claims alleging Apple abuses the App Store’s power. “Apple needs to own up to their irresponsibilities and fix these significant problems,” Shoemaker said in his post. “If they don’t, the regulators just might.”Originally published May 29, 8:49 a.m. PT.Update, 10:35 a.m. PT: Adds details about App Store explainer page.  Tags Sprint Boost Mobile Apple 7:57 Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? $999 See it See It Share your voice Best Buy Now playing: Watch this: 0 null Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X $999 Apple Music Netflix Spotify Applelast_img read more

Smell Your games with Sensory Acumen and Scent geekceteras New Gaming

first_imgSmell-o-vision has been a long-standing joke about television technology: something that in the early days of television every futurist thought would come true, but simply never made it into reality, partially because it’s a ridiculous idea. Still, that hasn’t stopped two companies, Scent geek-cetera and Sensory Acumen, from showcasing their new devices that both use atomizers and a connection to your computer or game console to spray specific smells into the air that correspond with the games that you’re playing. For example, if you’re playing a racing game, the gadgets will spray the scent of burning rubber into the air so you feel like you’re at the racetrack. In fact, this was the example both companies used at the Game Developer’s Conference last week when showcasing their devices. Both devices would allow users to load cartridges that contain the essential oils required to create smells for specific games. This way game publishers could sell the newest Gran Turismo game, for example, with a scent pack that smells like rubber and gasoline. As interesting an idea as this is, it’s doubtful if it will ever catch on. Both companies claim their devices would retail for between $60 and $70, but cartridges will have to be sold separately. Also, racing games are great, but I don’t know too many people who would want to buy the cartridge for a game like Dragon Age or Duke Nukem Forever. Still, the cartridge for Cooking Mama would probably be a treat. [via DVice]last_img read more

Email Scam Targeting Millions of Netflix Customers

first_img A new scam has been hitting millions of Netflix subscribers. It threatens to suspend accounts, stating that the Netflix team was “unable to validate your billing information” for users’ subscriptions. It also states that the team would “love to have you back,” and that all you need do is update your information. While that sounds legit, it’s a phishing attempt that’s gained some decent spread.“Unfortunately, scams are common on the internet and target popular brands such as Netflix and other companies with large customer bases to lure users into giving out personal information,” Netflix told ABC News in a statement.Netflix states that it will never ask for personal information over email and that you should always log in directly through the site if you’re worried.AdChoices广告“Scammers can make their fake emails and bogus websites look pretty convincing, so it’s always a good idea to check carefully that the email comes from the actual company domain and not a scammer,” security firm Mailguard said in a company blog. Ostensibly the attack targets upwards of 100 million people, making it one of the more pervasive scamming attempts.“This works like a mail-merge; the body of the email is generic, but the sender field is designed to show the name of the intended victim, which personalizes the scam making it more convincing,” Mailguard wrote. “Once the fake website has collected all the sensitive data the scammers want, the victim is shown a reassuring ‘reactivation’ screen.”Cyber-attacks, as we’ve covered before, are on the rise. And while this might not be quite as head-turning as, say, bringing a section of the internet down for a few hours, it is a reminder that we are, unfortunately, always under attack. Our modern world necessitates a greater level of vigilance, and most importantly, cooperation from businesses and governments to help standardize security best practices. Until then, we’re on our own.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target What to Stream on Netflix This Weekend11 Other Old-School Nick Shows That Should Get Netflix Movies last_img read more

New Twitter Camera Makes Capturing Breaking News Easier

first_imgStay on target See it? Tweet it! Our updated camera is just a swipe away, so you get the shot fast. Rolling out to all of you over the next few days. pic.twitter.com/moOEFO2nQq— Twitter (@Twitter) March 13, 2019“We’re trying to make it really simple to go from capturing what’s happening, to getting it to the audience that really matters and getting it to the people who want to talk about it,” Keith Coleman, Twitter’s vice president of product, told Mashable.Notably, these features apply only to snaps taken directly in the Twitter app. Attaching a photo or video from your camera roll will result in normal-looking tweets—a move that, according to Coleman, was very intentional.Twitter’s new camera, after all, is meant to encourage in-the-moment sharing.“If Twitter has always been sort of the microphone or megaphone in your pocket, we want it to feel like this was almost the TV camera in your pocket,” he said.This marks the first significant update to the social network’s in-app shooter “in some time,” Mashable reported.See it? Tweet it! (via Twitter)But it’s not a challenge to social media rivals Instagram Stories and Snapchat; this refresh isn’t aimed at selfies or fleeting content. Instead, it is an invitation to citizen journalists and documentarians to capture important events and breaking news.“The first moment that pictures mattered on Twitter was when a plane landed in the Hudson,” Coleman pointed out. “If it was an ephemeral picture … it would have had a very different effect than if it was a picture that was live for the world to see that could go viral.”(Ironically, the “Miracle on the Hudson” photo did eventually disappear from the microblogging service, Mashable said, because the company didn’t have its own photo-sharing capabilities at the time.)Twitter did not immediately respond to Geek’s request for comment.The camera launch comes just as Twitter’s new prototype app “twttr”—an experimental testing space initially focused on testing conversation designs—began rolling out to its first group of testers this week.More on Geek.com:Chrome Extension Turns Political Tweets Into Official Messages to CongressThis KonMari-Inspired Twitter Unfollow Tool Sparks Joy in MeJack Dorsey: Twitter Mulling Short Window to Edit Tweets Twitter redesigned its in-app camera for easier access and faster posting.Instead of tapping twice to first compose a new tweet and then open the camera, simply swipe left from your feed.Rolling out now to all users, the function can automatically tag pictures to specific locations or events, and allows for captions as colorful text overlay.AdChoices广告center_img Elon Musk’s Cheeky ‘Nuke Mars!’ Post Is Taking Over TwitterTwitter Tests Subscribe-to-Replies Feature last_img read more

Body of housewife found hanging at inlaws house

first_imgKolkata: Mystery shrouds the death of a housewife whose body was found hanging from the ceiling at her in-laws’ house in Nadia.The victim, Sujata Biswas, originally a resident of Malda got married to one Arindra Mitra of Taherpur in Nadia around 11 months ago. The family members of the victim alleged that she had been murdered by her husband and later her body was put in a manner to make it look like a case of suicide. They also lodged a complaint at the local police station and demanded a detailed probe into the incident. Also Read – 3 injured, flight, train services hit as rains lash BengalThe victim’s parents also alleged that the accused husband had an extra marital relationship with another woman in the locality. They often fought with each other after the victim came to know about the illicit affair. As she protested against the affair, Sujata was often subjected to physical torture by her husband. On a few occasions, she also went to her maternal house in Malda to stay. Her husband went to her maternal house and brought her to Nadia a month ago. The accused then convinced her family members that he would no longer Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedassault her. The family members of the victim told police a quarrel might have broken out between the couple on Tuesday night following which he strangulated her to death and later kept her body in such a position. They also alleged that the accused had attempted to kill her on previous occasions as well. After being informed by locals, police reached the spot and recovered the body. Police are waiting for the autopsy report which might throw some light on her death. On the basis of specific complaint police started a detailed probe in this regard and are not ruling out any possibilities of foul play behind the incident. Police are yet to arrest anybody in this connection so far.last_img read more

Square Market Now Takes Bitcoin Payments

first_img 4 min read April 1, 2014 Problem Solvers with Jason Feifer Hear from business owners and CEOs who went through a crippling business problem and came out the other side bigger and stronger.center_img If you’re lucky enough to have bitcoins burning a hole in your digital wallet, you can now spend them over on whatever you want (or can afford) at Square Market. And, no, it’s not a lame April Fool’s PR stunt. We promise.  It’s true. We confirmed today that Square has indeed joined forces with Coinbase, a popular global Bitcoin wallet service, to allow merchants selling their wares through the mobile payment platform’s online store to easily, mostly painlessly accept the cryptocurrency as payment. And, of course, shoppers to pay with it.Related: Coinbase Snags Top Execs From Facebook, AmazonThe pain is in the per-transaction price, but it’s not really that much of a raw deal. As Recode pointed out, Square Market merchants will have to eat a 2.75-percent fee for each Bitcoin transaction. That’s the same cut Square takes for credit card purchases, yet notably more than a smidge higher than the 1 percent or less per transaction fee that most Bitcoin payment processors charge.    Square Market Lead Ajit Varma announced the Bitcoin news yesterday in a blog post. He laid out exactly how Square Market Bitcoin payments will go down. It’s a “simple” process, Varma said, and it’s “seamless” and “pretty magical to witness first hand!”   Seamless. Hmmm. Interesting word choice for a multi-step process that works like so: When a Square Market customer chooses the “Pay with Bitcoin” option, the e-retailer produces a new Bitcoin address to connect to his or her order. Then the company monitors that address throughout the checkout process to ensure that the payment is received.Next, the customer submits their payment by opening their mobile Bitcoin wallet and scanning the QR code to bring up the transaction details. If a buyer has a web hosted Bitcoin wallet, they’ll be instructed on exactly how to enter the necessary information.Related: More Major Retailers Are Getting Ready To Accept BitcoinHey, wait. Whatever happened to simple? Right. We are talking about Bitcoin here.So, when the payment details are delivered to the customer’s wallet, they submit their payment to the network, Varma said. Then Square Market confirms that their receiving address was “successfully funded and automatically advance the buy to the order confirmation page.”Also “keeping it simple for the seller,” Square Market merchants receive Bitcoin payments in USD “in the amount of USD advertised to the sellers’ customer at the time of transaction, so the seller takes no risk of Bitcoin value fluctuations.”Coinbase will reportedly process Square’s BTC to USD exchanges. Then — phew — at last, the seller fulfills the buyer’s order. (We contacted Coinbase for additional details, but company officials declined to comment, deferring to Square public relations. Square was also contacted, but did not comment.)Related: Another Score For Bitcoin: You Can Now Use It To Pay For CollegeTwitter co-founder Jack Dorsey launched San Francisco-based Square, best known for its small, slick and innovative iOS and Android plug-in mobile credit card readers, in 2010. The startup raised a total of $341 million in venture capital, with backing by heavy-hitter investors like billionaire Richard Branson, Yahoo’s Marissa Mayer, Biz Stone (Dorsey’s original Twitter wingman) and about two dozen others. According to TechCrunch, the steadily skyrocketing company is slated to process some $30 billion payments “this calendar year” and is reported to be valued at $5 billion.Starbucks and Whole Foods recently partnered with Square to bring the company’s Square Stand iPad retail POS systems to their in-store checkout operations. Now, with Bitcoin payments expected to pour into Square Marketplace, we’re wondering how soon we’ll be able to pay for purchases with the virtual currency inside both and other Square-partnered brick-and-mortar businesses, if at all. We asked a Square spokesperson, who did not comment.   Related: This Major Crowdfunding Site Now Accepts Bitcoin PledgesWe’ll have to wait and see, but a Venti Starbucks Caramel Flan Latte paid for in BTC sure sounds good right about now. Anyone want to hook us up with a Starbucks gift card number to plug in over at Card For Coin? Uh, oh. Scratch that. It looks like Card For Coin, which once let Starbucks gift card holders trade gift cards for bitcoins, is down for the count while its owners predictably “sort out some regulatory issues.”Bummer. No Bitcoin Starbucks brew for you. Not yet at least. Listen Nowlast_img read more

Home of police commander in Tulum target of attack

first_imgTulum, Q.R. — The home of a police commander was hit with bullets in Tulum Tuesday after assailants attempted to shoot him.A police commander became the victim of an attempted shooting at his home in the Guerra de Castas division of Tulum where two gunmen opened fire. Fabián H., police commander and former Operational Director of Public Security, was not injured, however, reports say his wife was wounded in the attack.According to witnesses, the subjects were armed and after the shooting, fled on a motorcycle.Paramedics and police arrived at the home. The grounds of the residential area were searched, but no arrests were made.His wife was transferred to hospital in Playa del Carmen.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Obama administration tightens border policy to stem immigrant flow from Mexico

first_imgRelated posts:Honduran kids flee gangs as migrants inundate US border US to grant refugee status to Central American child migrants Obama: US will make immigration ‘more fair and just’ As budget battles loom, Biden asks US Congress to approve aid for Central America WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Obama administration toughened its border policies Friday, hoping to stem a surge of women and children into the United States by sending a stronger message that unauthorized migrants will be turned away.The steps, aimed at those entering from Mexico, include adding more immigration judges to process a backlog of asylum claims and to more quickly deport adults whose cases are rejected. New detention facilities are also being opened for families awaiting hearings and ankle monitoring bracelets will be used to keep tabs on them, officials said.The moves mark a recognition by the administration that the unexpected influx of tens of thousands of immigrant children has become a serious humanitarian and political crisis. So far this year, 52,000 unaccompanied minors and 39,000 adults with children have been apprehended along the Mexican border — a much higher proportion than normal.The surge has become an unexpected flashpoint in Washington’s immigration debate, making it even less likely that House Republicans will support comprehensive reform legislation this year.Administration officials had previously said that the main cause of the influx was an escalation of gang violence and poverty in Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras. But the new measures Friday represented an acknowledgment that there is a widespread perception in Central America that women and children who enter the United States illegally would be permitted to stay.U.S. Vice President Joe Biden discussed the crisis during a stop in Guatemala on Friday. President Barack Obama also phoned Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto on Thursday to emphasize that migrants will not be eligible for legal status or citizenship.Amid reports of children crammed into border patrol stations, Republicans have faulted the administration’s border policies for being weak and contributing to rumors of sanctuary in the United States. The situation presents a serious challenge for Obama as he considers whether to use executive power to expand the number of undocumented immigrants who can stay in the country without penalty.Cecilia Muñoz, the White House’s director of domestic policy, said that criminal smuggling networks are deliberately spreading “misinformation” to recruit clients for the trip north.“This is being put forward in a very deliberate way,” Muñoz said during a conference call with reporters. “The vice president’s efforts and the administration’s effort is to make sure people have accurate information and to push back on misinformation that is being spread and is contributing to the problem.”In addition to tougher enforcement efforts, the administration announced Friday that it would invest $9.6 million to help Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras repatriate those sent home from the United States, along with new aid to help improve security in those countries.While the administration took steps to expedite the removal of adults who cross the border illegally, officials said they are unable to follow similar procedures for the larger pool of children who are showing up at the border without their parents. Federal law requires the children to be handed over to the Department of Health and Human Services within 72 hours and released to family members or other guardians with orders to appear at an immigration hearing later.But immigration experts said many youth do not show up for their hearings, intent on remaining in the country illegally. Administration officials declined to release figures on how many young migrants have appeared before immigration judges.In a meeting with Guatemala President Otto Pérez Molina, Biden emphasized the dangers of children being placed in the hands of smuggling networks and said that the United States “recognizes that a key part of the solution to this problem is to address the root causes of this immigration in the first place. Especially poverty, insecurity and the lack of the rule of law, so the people can stay and thrive in their own communities, so a parent doesn’t feel so desperate.”The crisis has placed Obama — who has called immigration reform his top second term priority — in a difficult bind.Since taking office, he has tried to project a tough image on deportations in an attempt to convince Republicans to support comprehensive reform legislation that includes a path to citizenship for millions of undocumented immigrants.That approach has led to mounting criticism from Democrats and immigration advocates, who note that more than 2 million undocumented immigrants have been deported during his tenure. His decision in 2012 to defer the deportations of young immigrants brought to the country by their parents before 2007 won raves from advocates, but has been criticized by Republicans for helping contribute to the perception abroad that U.S. policies are weak.Obama is weighing potential administrative action to further slow deportations if Congress fails to reach a legislative deal by the end of the summer. But the crisis in Texas further complicates that decision.GOP lawmakers quickly denounced the administration’s announcement on Friday, saying the measures still were not strong enough to deter the sudden spike in migrants from Central America.House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, called on the White House to send National Guard troops to the Texas border. Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, called the administration’s moves “smoke and mirrors” because women and children can “game the system.”“Many thousands have already been released into the interior of the United States,” Goodlatte said in a statement. “What does President Obama plan to do with those who have already been released from custody?”Democrats and liberal groups, meanwhile, denounced the new measures as inhumane. A spokesman for Rep. Luis Gutierrez, D-Ill., said he does not support placing women and children in detention facilities as they await appearances before immigration judges.Joanne Lin, legislative counsel for the American Civil Liberties Union, said that many families “have fled crime and violence in Central America, and have suffered trauma during their treacherous journeys to the U.S. in search of legal protection. Human rights require that detention be the last resort, not the first.”© 2014, The Washington Post Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Slain Honduran lawyer complained of death threats

first_img“Mr. Trejo Cabrera worked tirelessly to resolve the tragic and complex land conflict in Honduras’s Bajo Aguan, relying on legal challenges and negotiations in a region where disputes are too often settled through violence,” State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said in a statement. “The United States is dedicated to working with the Government of Honduras to ensure that those responsible for this reprehensible act are brought to justice, and through the Special Victims Task Force, is assisting the Honduran investigation.”Trejo’s family was visibly upset with authorities, including an American woman who accompanied them to question the family after Trejo’s memorial on Monday. The woman wouldn’t identify herself, adding, “This is an active police investigation and this is the only thing I am going to say.”His family said Trejo’s request for protection had been ignored.“Nobody cared,” said his brother, Rigoberto Trejo, 35.“We asked the police and the prosecutor’s office for protection and they never responded,” added Enrique Flores Lanza, secretary of the board of directors for the Honduran Bar Association. Top Stories Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Trejo, who was shot six times after attending a wedding, reported threats in June 2011, according to documents obtained by The Associated Press, including photocopies of a BlackBerry message he received saying: “Trejo, you dog, you have 48 hours to get out or you’re dead.”The complaint was filed by Honduras’ Committee in Defense of Human Rights against Facusse and two other people who couldn’t be reached for comment. It asks the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights for protection for Trejo and his family.The commission in Washington said late Monday it couldn’t confirm the complaint because proceedings are confidential.Before his death, Trejo had publicly said that if he were killed, Facusse would be responsible.In a statement received by The Associated Press late Monday, Facusse denied any role, direct or indirect, in Trejo’s murder.“I deeply lament the death of the lawyer Trejo Cabrera, as I lament the loss of any human life, independent of any differences I might have had with him on the legal plane on the issue of land in Aguan,” Facusse said.The U.S. State Department lamented Trejo’s death, and the U.S. embassy said it is helping Honduran authorities investigate the murder. Trejo was to travel to Washington in October to participate in hearings on the Bajo Aguan situation at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, said Annie Bird, co-director of Rights Action.“Authorities need to act swiftly to bring to justice those responsible for Trejo’s murder, and send a clear message that attacks on human rights defenders will be dealt with firmly,” said José Miguel Vivanco, Americas director at Human Rights Watch.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) 0 Comments   Share   Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Honduras, considered to be one of the world’s most dangerous countries, is plagued by assassinations of journalists, lawyers and public officials, very few of which are ever prosecuted. No arrests have been made in Trejo’s killing.On Monday, authorities confirmed that human rights prosecutor Eduardo Diaz Madariaga was killed in Choluteca, 84 miles (135 kilometers) south of the capital.More than 60 people, most of them farmers, some of them Facusse employees, have been killed over the past three years in the conflict over the Bajo Aguan Valley, according to activists, police and Facusse’s company.Trejo had recently helped farmers gain legal rights to several plantations.Trejo had also helped prepare motions declaring unconstitutional a proposal by the Honduran government and a U.S. company, MGK Group, to build three privately run cities with their own police, laws and tax systems.Just hours before his murder, Trejo had participated in a televised debate in which he accused congressional leaders of using the private city projects to raise campaign funds.MGK director Michael Strong said the company is “horrified” by Trejo’s killing.“We believe that Antonio Trejo, had he lived long enough to get to know us, would have concluded that our approach is 100 percent beneficial to Honduras and Hondurans. We are saddened for his family and understand what a tragedy this is for trust and goodwill in Honduras,” Strong said in a statement to The Associated Press. Associated PressTEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) – A prominent Honduran human rights lawyer gunned down after a weekend wedding had long complained about death threats, including in documents filed last year seeking protection from a powerful billionaire landowner.Antonio Trejo Cabrera, 41, who died early Sunday after being ambushed by gunmen, was a lawyer for three peasant cooperatives in the Bajo Aguan, a fertile farming area plagued by violent conflicts between agrarian organizations and land owners. The most prominent is Dinant Corporation owned by Miguel Facusse, one of Honduras’ richest men. Thousands of once-landless workers hold about 12,000 acres (5,000 hectares) of plantations they seized from Dinant. Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Sponsored Stories Bottoms up! 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Thailand opens 12 Tourist Assistance Centres across key locations in the destination

first_imgThe Thai Ministry for Tourism and Sports has undertaken a brand new initiative to ensure that on-ground tourist needs are heard by the government. Tourist Assistance Centres (TACs), will offer tourists a helping hand in case of any eventualities. Additionally, TACs will be responsible for making recommendations (based on hands-on interaction with tourists) to the government.The TAC concept has been rolled out after extensive research and reasoning. The world over, popular tourist destinations that experience very high footfalls experience similar issues – tourists are often subject to fraud. Accidents tend to happen. Moreover, when a natural or man-made calamity occurs, control and communication with countless tourists amidst the chaos becomes an issue. The Thai Ministry of Tourism and Sports is keen to do everything in its power to prevent such issues and in the event that they occur, offer remedial measures to ensure that the tourist is well taken care of.Soraya Homchuen, director, TAT Mumbai says, “India being one of Thailand’s foremost markets, showing among the largest number of tourist arrivals annually, I expect that this news will be well-received. All destinations popular among Indian tourists will have a TAC.”Over a dozen TACs are already up and running. Tourists visiting Chiang Rai, Chiang Mai, Ubon Ratchatthani, Sukhothai, Kanchanaburi, Phuket, Krabi, Songkhla, Suratthani and Chonburi can all access TACs in these locations. There are also TACs at both Suvaranabhumi and Don Muang Airports in Bangkok.Authorities have gone all out to make the new body as approachable as possible. Besides the staples such as emails and phone calls, tourists can also visit their facebook page, TouristCareThailand.“I expect this to be a great convenience to Indian travellers,” Homchuen concludes.last_img read more

The Week Ahead Spotlight on Home Sales and Prices

first_img February 25, 2018 574 Views in Daily Dose, Featured, News The week begins with the release of the New Home Sales Report for January 2018 by the U.S. Census Bureau on Monday at 10 a.m. EST. The report, which is jointly announced by the Census Bureau and the U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) provides national and regional data on the number of new single-family homes sold and for sale along with national data on median and average prices, the number of houses sold and for sale by stage of construction, and other statistics.Last month the report analyzed new home sales for December 2017 and indicated that sales of new homes during the month were down 9.3 percent at a seasonally adjusted annual rate compared to the prior month, but were 14.1 percent above the same period in 2016. The report also gave data on the annual number of homes sold and said that an estimated 608,000 new homes were sold during 2017, showing an 8.3 percent increase over the year before.Here’s what else is in store in The Week Ahead:S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller HPI, Tuesday, 9 a.m. ESTFHFA House Price Index, Tuesday, 9 a.m. ESTJerome Powell to testify before the House of Representatives, Wednesday, 10 a.m. ESTNAR Pending Home Sales Index, Wednesday, 10 a.m. ESTMBA Mortgage Apps Survey, Wednesday, 7 a.m. ESTConstruction Spending Report, Thursday, 10 a.m. ESTFed Balance Sheet, Thursday, 4.30 p.m. EST The Week Ahead: Spotlight on Home Sales and Pricescenter_img Construction Home Prices Home Sales HOUSING New Home Sales Pending-Home Sales Spending 2018-02-25 Radhika Ojha Sharelast_img read more