UEFA Charges Olympiakos for Offensive Fan Banner

first_imgNYON, Switzerland (AP) — UEFA has charged Olympiakos for an offensive banner displayed by fans at a Champions League game.UEFA says its disciplinary panel will judge a charge of “racist behavior” on Friday.Any punishment could apply when the Greek club hosts Bayern Munich on Oct. 22.The banner was displayed on Tuesday during a 3-1 loss at Red Star Belgrade. Fans of the two clubs have long-standing links and displayed a friendship slogan at the game.UEFA says Olympiakos faces a separate charge for the team being late for the second half. Red Star faces a fine for “improper conduct” because five players were shown a yellow card.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more


Asian Games 2018: Tajinderpal Singh Toor wins gold in shot put with Games Record

first_imgTajinderpal Singh Toor won the gold in the men’s shot put at the 2018 Asian Games on Saturday.Tajinderpal broke the Games Record in his fifth attempt with a throw of 20.75, which is also the National Record.The previous mark of 20.57m was set by Aboulmajeed Alhabashi of Saudi Arabia at the 2010 Asiad in Guangzhou, China.This is the eighth gold medal for India in men’s shot put in the history of the Asian Games. The 23-year-old is also Asia’s highest ranked shotputter and produced an inspired throw of 19.96 in his very first attempt and then followed it up with a throw of 19.15. He though failed in his third attempt, but had done enough.Asian Games 2018, Day 7: Live UpdatesBut he was not done and had three throws left. He shot 19.96 in this fourth, and in his next broke the game and national record. He capped off a fine performance with another throw of 20.Yang Liu of China came second with a best throw of 19.52 (in his third attempt) and Ivan Ivanov of Kazakhstan finished in third with a best of 19.40. Tajinderpal had won silver at the Asian Championships held in Bhubaneswar back in 2017 and had finished eight in the 2018 Commonwealth Games held in Gold Coast in Australia.Earlier in the day, India won three bronze medals in squash, which is the best ever performacne in the singles squash event.In the women’s singles semifinals, Dipika lost to defending champion Nicol David of Malaysia while Joshna was shown the door by Malaysian Sivasangari Subramaniam of Malaysia.advertisementTop seed Ghosal lost to Chung Ming Au of Hong Kong China 12-10 13-11 6-11 6-11 6-11 in the men’s singles semifinals. Ghosal had won a silver in the men’s singles in the 2014 Asian Games.In the first women’s semifinal, Dipika, who won a bronze in 2014 Asian Games, lost to the Malaysian stalwart and former world number one David 0-3 (7-11 9-11 6-11).David has won the Asian Games singles titles four times earlier.The Indian had beaten Japanese Kobayashi Misaki 3-0 in the quarterfinals.Later in the day, Joshna failed to match up to the level of her 19-year-old opponent, losing 1-3 (10-12 6-11 11-9 7-11).Both the losing semifinalists win a bronze and there is no bronze-medal play-off.(With inputs from Agencies)last_img read more


Extraordinary Messi makes Barca less ordinary

first_imgPrimera División Extraordinary Messi makes Barca less ordinary Ben Hayward Last updated 1 year ago 05:16 4/1/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(31) Lionel Messi Barcelona Getty Images Primera División UEFA Champions League Lionel Messi Sevilla v Barcelona Sevilla Barcelona Roma Opinion The Argentine was kept in reserve for 57 minutes after injury, but managed to rescue a point for a battered Blaugrana still unbeaten in La Liga With three minutes to play at the Sanchez Pizjuan, Barcelona were heading for their first defeat of the season in the Primera Division. And at that point, it was hard to say they did not deserve it.Barca began the day with a 15-point lead in La Liga and unbeaten in the competition. However, Lionel Messi was not fit to start against Sevilla and in his absence, Ernesto Valverde’s side were all over the place for almost an hour.Sergio Busquets was also a big miss in midfield, the Catalan expected to be back in time for the Champions League clash against Roma at Camp Nou on Wednesday night. But without Messi, the Blaugrana looked decidedly ordinary in attack. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Argentina had experienced something similar in the recent international break. With Messi suffering from hamstring and adductor problems, the Albiceleste beat Italy 2-0 in Manchester without truly impressing, before being blown away in a 6-1 loss to Spain on Tuesday as Leo looked on from the stands in Madrid.Would he have made much difference? He always makes a difference. And as soon as he stepped off the bench in the 57th minute of this match, Barca started to create chances. They were 2-0 down by then, but hope had returned.Earlier, goals from Franco Vazquez and Luis Muriel had seen Sevilla take control, the latter missing a couple of superb opportunities to put the game out of Barca’s reach after that.And just as it looked like Sevilla would see out a superb victory to boost confidence ahead of their own Champions League game against Bayern Munich on Tuesday, Luis Suarez struck to pull a goal back after 88 minutes. And moments later, Messi fired home from the edge of the box to level the scores and seal a 2-2 draw.Once again, an ordinary Barca had been saved by their extraordinary forward. Messi makes the difference time after time. Over the years, he has rescued his side on so many occasions and it is hard to imagine just where this team would be without him.Lionel Messi BarcelonaLuckily, they do not have to contemplate that. With Messi, this team is brilliant and challenging for a treble, while they also remain unbeaten in La Liga after 30 rounds of matches. Without Leo, neither of those things would be possible.Now, Barca must make sure they do everything they can to ensure his injury problems are managed properly, so that he can appear when it matters most for the Blaugrana in the remainder of the campaign.Even as an impact substitute, though, he does more than most. And after what had been a disastrous defensive display by Valverde’s men, his cameo changed everything. Barca, more than a little messy, were saved by a little Messi. Now they need to take care of him.last_img read more


VIDEO: Evolution of World Cup Balls

first_imgPowerade VIDEO: From Telstar to Brazuca – The Evolution of FIFA World Cup Balls Goal Last updated 1 year ago 18:05 6/12/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Brazuca World Cup ball Powerade World Cup Videos As the game has evolved, the ball has evolved with it, each development leaving a significant mark on football’s showpiece World Cup balls have changed significantly over the past few decades.Despite being the most important facet of the whole sport, the balls didn’t make great evolutionary strides until the Telstar was rolled out for the World Cup in Mexico in 1970.Its black and white design made it the first ball to be seen clearly on television sets, while its successor, the Telstar Durlast, was made with a polyurethane coating to improve water resistancy. Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move The World Cup’s first non-leather ball was the Tango Durlast, introduced in 1986. Further developments saw the Etrusco Unico, a faster and more water-resistant model, used during Italia ’90, while USA ’94’s Questra proved beneficial to players as far as control and grip was concerned.The World Cup ball got quite the makeover in 2002 when Japan and South Korea presented the Fevernova, while Germany 06’s ball, the Teamgeist, was recently described as the roundest ever by designers.The Jabulani, used in South Africa ’10, was known for its unpredictable trajectory when struck fiercely, while the Brazuca, used in Brazil four years ago, was endorsed by superstars such as Lionel Messi and Zinedine Zidane.So how football’s elite take to the Adidas Telstar 18, the official match ball for the extravaganza in Russia.last_img read more


China: ZPMC Delivers Pipelay Vessel to CNPC

first_img Print  Close 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定 My location zoom Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industry Co., Ltd. (ZPMC) delivered, on October 30th, pipelay vessel ‘CPP 601′ to China Petroleum Pipeline Bureau CNPC. The yard constructed the 1600-ton fully revolving crane and stinger petroleum pipeline of the vessel.“CPP 601” pipelay vessel is a special engineering ship of CPPB made for developing its marine lifting pipelaying business. It is also the largest pipelay vessel in CNPC with the function of lifting, pipe laying and daily life support at sea. Besides, its maximum lifting capacity is 1200 ton when fully revolving, and its lifting capacity is 1600 ton when lifting at sea.Due to the crane’s huge body and considerable weight, during the manufacturing process ZPMC installed the crane in sections and created good conditions for integral installation.CPPB is top-ranking pipeline engineering general contractor at home and abroad. The successful delivery of the vessel laid solid foundations for wider and longer cooperation of CPPB and ZPMC.“CPP 601” will go to Africa on its maiden voyage and undertake the construction of undersea gas pipeline project in Tanzania. ZPMC, November 4, 2013last_img read more


Tow Tests Confirm Stability of GICON’s Floating …

first_imgzoom Analyses of the data from the latest tow tests conducted at the former hydraulic engineering and shipbuilding research station at the Technical University of Berlin (TU Berlin) confirmed that the GICON®-SOF Floating Offshore Foundation can be towed at a wave height of 11.5 feet (3.5m) and speeds of up to 7 knots. The tests took place in October 2013 in a shallow water basin under controlled conditions and configurations.The GICON®-SOF responded robustly, which is proof that the fully-assembled structure including mounted turbine can be towed to the deployment location. A special transport barge will not be required as the GICON®-SOF is inherently stable. The series of tests also provided valuable data on resistance, towing configuration and swell behavior.“These positive test results mark another major step towards the realization of the Floating Offshore Foundation. They reinforce our confidence to successfully construct and deploy a full-scale model during 2014,” GICON’s CEO Prof. Jochen Grossmann said.Previously, GICON had tested scale models of the SOF at tank facilities located at HSVA Hamburg in February 2012 and at the Maritime Research Institute Netherlands (MARIN) in June 2013.The GICON® SOF Floating Offshore Foundation is an exceptional innovation and provides new opportunities for offshore wind park development. It is designed to contribute to a more cost-effective offshore wind industry and can be deployed in both shallow water (from 65 ft. (20m) onwards) and deep water (up to 1640 ft. (500m)). My location GICON, January 21, 2014 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定 Print  Closelast_img read more




Identification of Kuwaiti remains in Iraq brings closure to families Annan

In his report to the Security Council, Mr. Annan says that the identification of the remains has brought a sense of closure for family members and extends his “heartfelt condolences” to those “who suffered more than 12 years of uncertainty.”His High-level Coordinator on the issue, Yuli Vorontsov of the Russian Federation, recently expressed his view that the situation in Iraq is now favourable for intensifying efforts to search in earnest for the 605 missing Kuwaitis and third-country nationals, whose fate remains unknown since the Persian Gulf war in 1991.Mr. Annan voices his hope that all files will be resolved in the months to come through continuing collaboration between Kuwaiti officials and coalition authorities to recover and identify the remains.”The Tripartite Commission, the principal mechanism for resolving the Kuwaiti missing persons issue, recently formulated procedures to exhume and identify the mortal remains of missing Kuwaitis at its Technical Subcommittee meeting. I believe these efforts should intensify so as to resolve Kuwait’s long-standing humanitarian concerns,” he says.The Secretary-General recommends that in light of the ongoing progress in the relocation issue, the Security Council may consider bringing the Coordinator’s mandate to a close when the next report, issued every four months, is submitted this December. read more


Indiana State shoots 50 per cent from 3 tops WKU 6354

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — Jordan Barnes scored 17 points with seven rebounds and Tyreke Key scored 16 with six boards and Indiana State beat Western Kentucky 63-54 on Saturday.Indiana State (2-1) started the second half with a 10-3 run and led 42-33 on Bronson Kessinger’s layup with 15:09 remaining. Later, Dalano Banton scored a 3-point play and a layup to bring the Hilltoppers within 48-46. The Sycamores outscored WKU 11-5 over the next five minutes to create safe distance.Jared Savage’s 3-point play brought WKU within 59-54 with 78 seconds left but the Hilltoppers failed to score again.The Sycamores were 9-of-18 shooting from 3-point range to 4 of 18 for Western Kentucky (3-2). The Sycamores have made at least one 3-pointer in every game since December 2008 against DePauw — a span of 316 games — which is the third-longest active streak in the Missouri Valley Conference.The Hilltoppers got a 16-point, eight-rebound effort from Charles Bassey and Desean Murray and Savage scored 11.The Associated Press read more


Dwight Howard I Grew From Trade Rumor Experience

Dwight Howard‘s became NBA bad guy No. 1 after last season’s incessant complaining about his situation, where he would be traded to, his coach and just about anything else. Out of it came the nickname “Dwightmare.”Looking back on it now as a Los Angeles Laker, Howard said the whole protracted, tried saga made him stronger.“I think there’s a reason why everything happened the way it happened,” said Howard, who ended up traded to the Los Angeles Lakers. “So far it’s been an unbelievable experience for me. It’s like a dream come true.”Howard endured a tumultuous final season with the Orlando Magic in 2011-12. The three-time defensive player of the year demanded a trade to the Brooklyn  Nets at the beginning of the season, but the two sides couldn’t reach a deal.I did want to go to Brooklyn. That’s a place where I told the Magic that I really wanted to go,” to Stephen A. Smith and Ryan Ruocco on ESPN NewYork 98.7 FM. “[But] I was traded to the Lakers, and I think it was a blessing in disguise.“I thought I was going to get traded at the beginning of the year, actually; that’s when I asked for it. But everything happened for a reason. I had to go through last year to get to where I’m at today. It’s made me a stronger and better person for it. I had to go through the hell and the stormy forecast to come out to a place like this . . . and I’m thankful for it.”Going through it, however, was tumultuous. The perception was that Howard changed his mind about his loyalties every other day, fostering an impression of unsteadiness.“The whole year a lot of people were making up a lot of stories about ‘This deal is getting close, that deal is getting close to being done,’ or whatever, but none of those deals were ever close,” Howard said.Eventually, despite myriad trade rumors all the way up to the trade deadline, Howard stunningly agreed to waive his early-termination option and committed to stay with Orlando through the 2012-13 season.“I think a lot of it was people just felt like I was going back and forth with the whole thing,” Howard said. “But the business side, people don’t understand, when you’re doing business you have to be a shark. You have to demand things. If you don’t, people will run over you, and that was a lesson that I learned.“At the end of the day, you can’t please everybody. There’s gonna be people happy about me staying, there’s gonna be people happy about me leaving. I’m over that now. I can’t control the way how people feel about me.” read more


Sainsburys shelfstacker finds missing girl from his bedroom 5000 miles away

first_imgA British Sainsbury’s worker cracked a US police case when he located a missing four-year-old-girl from his bedroom 5,000 miles away.Harry Brown, 21, traced little Yvette Henley to a motel in Arizona by convincing her estranged father – who had fled the state – to let him order a pizza to his room.Yvette was reportedly staying with her father Virgil Henley, 28, when a court granted guardianship to her grandparents, Gary and Kim Forester. Yvette HenleyCredit: SWNS.com Yvette Henley But after the hearing in June – which heard Yvette was suffering “emotional damage” and was in danger – her father was unaware of the outcome and nowhere to be found.The girl’s anxious grandparents contacted police who launched an investigation, but after almost three weeks she was still nowhere to be found.Mr Forester, 46, and Mrs Forester, 47, contacted Mr Brown – a total stranger to them, but had internet history with Virgil – that they jointly managed to solve the case and find Yvette. A spokeswoman added: “On July 9th the reporting party contacted the Hesperia Station stating he had been advised that the child was located in Kingman, AZ.”Child Protective services was contacting Kingman and the reporting party stated he would be going to Kingman to pick up the child.” Over two days of talking, Mr Brown teased information out of him and learned he had taken his girlfriend Alyssa, 28, and Yvette to Arizona, where they were staying in cheap hotels.He eventually pinpointed their exact location by offering to order a pizza to his room at a motel and even convinced Mr Henley to hand over the room number.But instead of the food showing up at the door, police did. Yvette was recovered and is now living safely with her grandparents in California, who have custody.Mr Brown, of Staines, Surrey, said: “I spend my life on the internet but little did I know that talking to random people would lead to me finding this little girl.”She is loving where she is now. I cried so much when I saw the photos of her with her grandparents. The police had been trying to find her since May and within two days I got his exact location.”It’s a really weird set of circumstances that fell into place. Now she is in the best place possible for her.”I can’t wrap my head around it. It’s life-changing for me. I had all these worries but now they all seem meaningless. I have so much more to be happy about now.” The following day, Yvette was driven back to her grandparents’ house in Hesperia, California.Mr Forester, a janitor, said: “When Yvette was missing it was exhausting. I made it my mission to find her but ended up losing the two jobs I was working.”I was just desperate to find her. I can’t explain how much Harry helped. He was the key to everything. “It is amazing to have Yvette home. I remember standing in the driveway as the car pulled up.”She got out and started yelling and she ran up to us and jumped into my arms. I hugged her and kissed her and the tears were flowing.”It was very emotional. Just to see the joy on her face was incredible. In my heart, Harry saved her life. I will be forever in gratitude to him for that.”San Bernadino County Sheriff’s Dept said: “The missing person report for Yvette Henley was filed by her grandfather on June 20 in Hesperia.”He believed Yvette was with her parents and he had not been able to reach them.”The grandfather was given guardianship of Yvette also on June 20. At the time he filed the report it had been 10 days since he had last seen the three of them.”center_img Mr Brown, an avid online gamer, had coincidentally connected with Mr Henley on Facebook after they met over the internet a few years ago, and they had previously chatted a little.After discovering the link, Yvette’s grandparents pleaded with him to help them – so he agreed and struck up an online conversation with Mr Henley out of the blue. Harry Brown Harry BrownCredit:SWNS.com Mr Brown became wrapped up in Yvette’s story after Mr Forester messaged him on Facebook earlier this month because he was one of three people who liked one of Virgil’s profile photos.Mr Brown, who was stacking shelves at Sainsbury’s at the time and checked his phone on his break, said: “I got this message completely out of the blue.”I thought, ‘This could be real.’ So I started looking into it.”Mr Brown messaged Mr Henley and started a conversation out of the blue, asking about what he had been up to and talking about food, music and the weather.The father, who was using a Facebook profile under the name Mark Johnson, let slip his location while complaining about the humidity, ranting: “f—–g HATE Arizona”.Mr Brown later managed to get his exact location in Kingman, Arizona, by offering to buy him pizza.Mr Brown, who plans to fly out to California to meet Yvette and her grandparents soon, added: “He said he didn’t want any but his wife did.”He gave me his exact address and room number. I rang Gary straight away. He called the police in America and a police officer showed up.”Instead of pizza he got the police.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more


Two charged over Kanturk burglary

first_imgTWO MEN IN their 20s have appeared before Cork District Court, charged in relation to a burglary at a house in Kanturk last weekend.Gardaí in Cork arrested three suspects on Monday in the Mayfield area. A substantial amount of cash was also recovered during the operation.A third person, a 27-year-old woman, has since been released without charge.The men have been remanded in custody and are due to appear before Mallow District Court next Tuesday morning.Investigations are ongoing.last_img


11 really cool facts you didnt know about the human body

first_img Source: Funny JunkYou are literally stardust, let Neil deGrasse Tyson explain: Source: Max Schlickenmeyer7. You’re taller in the morningYou’re about 1cm shorter when you go to bed at night due to cartilage in your bones compressing during the day. Need to reach something in the ‘high press’? Do it before breakfast. Source: Amazing Creature8. You’ve got a big blind spot in each eyeNo matter how amazing you think your 20/20 vision is, we all have areas that we just can’t see. Try it out for yourself.Get the larger picture of the one below, close one eye and focus on the opposite letter (R for your left eye, L for right). Now move your eye towards or away from the screen until the other letter disappears. Source: ImgurWell damn. Source: Sectalk9. Westerners consume 50 tons of food and 50,000 litres of liquid in their lifetimeThis is on average, so we should double it because we’re Irish. Source: Photobucket10. You are really really hotYeah you are. Your body immersion could only be on for 30 minutes and you could still produce enough heat to boil over two litres of water. That’s not even just a chat up line. Source: Flickr/Cinemagraph Experiments11. Which of the five senses are less sharp after a massive meal?It’s hearing of course. Speak up, we’re stuffed.The sense has also been known to disappear during the eating.h/t Reddit8 strange facts about dreams you probably didn’t know>8 amazing facts that will blow your mind> THE HUMAN BODY is a wonderful thing. Here are a few things you probably didn’t know about it.1. You’re arguably way older than you think you areYou started off as an egg, so in order to calculate your true age, add the age your mother had you to your age now. Feeling a bit old? Source: Pinksole2. Your sense of smell is the last thing to wake up in the morningYou wake up before your nose does. At least that’s someone that you beat to the punch. Source: ReactiongifsYour smell is also the most closely related sense to your memories. A whiff of an old flame’s eau de toilette, or the murky musk of an old boss–those feelings just come rushing back, good and bad. Source: Tumblr/top-model3. Your bones start breaking down at 27At (approximately) 27, your skeletal remains would be determined by their degeneration rather than their development. Bones fuse around this age and your childish growing up is done.Poor Funny Bones. Source: YouTube/HunterCalito4. Your heart has several back up systems to keep beating on its ownIf your normal heart node fails to work, another takes over. If that fails, you keep activating new ones until the heart cells themselves kick in and start beating in an effort to keep you alive. It’s a fighter, and makes heart transplants possible. Source: Reactiongifs5. Roughly 2kgs (4.5lbs) of your body weight is bacteriaThankfully, most of them are good. Jut look at it as 100 trillion friends you didn’t know you had.You’re also slimmer than you thought. Source: Pleated-jeans6. You’re not the same person as you were seven years agoCells shed at such a fast pace that you’re not you any more, technically. Every seven years, you’re a new person.last_img read more


Greek minister approves Athens cremation facility

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Cremations were legalised in Greece in 2006, but the country did not have facilities for them to be carried out.Environment and Energy Minister George Stathakis signed a decision for the creation of Greece’s first cremation facility.The ministerial decision paves the way for the construction of a facility in a city-owned plot in Elaionas, west of Athens. A park will surround the facility.The construction of the crematorium will bring Greece in line with European legislation following delays, and mainly objections from the church.The approval of Athens facilities follows the approval of those of Thessaloniki and Patra.Aside from religious motivations, traditional burials are also a significant source of revenue for the funeral industry, local churches and municipalities.Currently those seeking to cremate their deceased loved ones have been transporting the bodies to Bulgaria with the estimated price tag of 10,000 euros.Once local cremation centres are open and running, the average cost will be around 500 to 600 euros.last_img read more


8Bitdo Debuts New RetroThemed Controllers at E3 2018

first_imgStay on target 8bitdo is doing it big at this year’s E3. The company is announcing 25 new products during the show, as well as introducing a re-brand. As with their previous products, the company’s latest offerings combine retro style with modern functionality. Each of the four controllers spotlighted below are compatible with Nintendo Switch, macOS, and Android.First up is the Zero 2. This controller is interesting because it’s so tiny! In fact, it is billed as the “world’s tiniest and most powerful wireless bluetooth controller.” Despite its diminutive size, it has all of the capabilities of a full sized controller, including motion controls. It is available in five models inspired by the original Game Boy Classic and Game Boy Pocket.8Bitdo is also releasing updated editions of two of its best-known controllers: The N30 Pro and SN30. The N30 Pro 2 introduces new function buttons, vibration, and motion controls. It comes in six new models which are all inspired by classic video game systems. The SN30 Pro+ is a full sized (i.e. modern) controller with handles and trigger buttons. It is available in three models: SNES, SFC and Gameboy Classic.If you’re a fan of the Game Boy Pocket, then the SN30 GP is the controller for you. It is available in five colors which should be familiar to those who owned Nintendo’s smallest handheld. Even if you’ve never owned a Game Boy Pocket, these controllers seem like something fun to own.All of these controllers will be available sometime in holiday 2018. If you’re attending this year’s E3, make sure to hit up 8Bitdo in the South Hall, Booth #2347 to check out these controllers and all of their other products. While there, you’ll see the company’s new logo which was designed by Cory Schmitz with logo work done in collaboration with by Grilli Type.You can find more information over at the official 8Bitdo website. Simon Belmont, King K. Rool, and Dead Luigi Join Smash Bros. UltimateAn Interview with Jump Force Producer Koji Nakajima center_img Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more


ASA Education Membership Campaign Looks To Grow Grassroots

first_imgSurvey indicates soybean producers support ASA initiativesGrowers also unclear about distinct differences between checkoff and ASA activities and responsibilitiesNew campaign designed to clarify ASA purpose—and increase membershipEighty percent of soybean producers believe that policy development, like working with legislators and regulators on issues surrounding biodiesel and the farm bill, is important to their future success, according to a survey conducted by Marketing Horizons Inc., on behalf of the American Soybean Association (ASA).The survey also showed that more than 80 percent of growers correctly believe ASA works with regulators, legislators and international policymakers on biodiesel, the farm bill, expanding export opportunities and developing farm programs.”The survey demonstrates that soybean producers understand many of the important functions ASA does on a daily basis,” said ASA President John Hoffman, a soybean grower from Waterloo, Iowa. “However, the survey also pointed out some misconceptions that we have begun to focus on as part of a membership campaign that kicks off this month.”For example, 22 percent of growers believe ASA’s funding is solely from the soybean checkoff, while an additional 63 percent of growers believe ASA is funded by the soybean checkoff and membership dues.”The reality is, ASA’s policy work is funded by its dues-paying members,” said Rob Joslin, chair of ASA’s Membership Committee and a soybean grower from Sidney, Ohio. “Policy development and lobbying cannot be funded by soybean checkoff dollars. Strong membership support for ASA and the state soybean associations is critical to our work on behalf of U.S. soybean farmers.”Hoffman said, “While the law prevents soybean checkoff dollars from being used to fund policy work and lobbying, ASA, as a voluntary dues-paying membership organization can, and does, do those things on behalf of soybean farmers.”It is important to recognize that both ASA and the soybean checkoff provide vital contributions to strengthening and growing the soybean industry,” Hoffman continued. “For example, the checkoff funded research to conduct tests on biodiesel, and then ASA worked with Congress and policymakers to create the federal biodiesel tax incentive that has created a growing market for biodiesel. The work of both ASA and the checkoff has been key to the success of biodiesel. We want soybean farmers to understand the importance of providing their voluntary support to ASA.”Since the survey showed there was some confusion among soybean growers regarding the differences between ASA and the soybean checkoff, ASA has launched a campaign that explains the difference and encourages soybean farmers to join their state soybean association, which includes membership in ASA.”Membership is our lifeblood, which enables our work on Capitol Hill to be successful,” Joslin said. “We’re using this campaign to tell soybean farmers that if they believe in the importance of sticking together, working on Capitol Hill, promoting trade and ensuring federal support for biodiesel, then it is important to belong to ASA, because that’s the work we do.”ASA’s education and membership campaign is broad and includes direct mail, print and radio ads and personal contact across the country. The campaign theme “If You Believe, Belong.” emphasizes that soybean growers believe the work ASA does is important, and, therefore, they should become a member if they are not already.Hoffman said, “ASA gets its strength through numbers, through grassroots membership. Growing our membership base helps us be more successful. More importantly, it helps all soybean producers be more successful.”ASA’s education and membership campaign, which continues through this year, was made possible by a grant from Monsanto Co.last_img read more


Cardi B To Release Invasion Of Privacy Debut Album

first_img When Is Cardi B’s Debut LP Dropping? cardi-b-release-invasion-privacy-debut-album News Are your ears ready for the GRAMMY nominee’s debut album?Tim McPhateGRAMMYs Mar 27, 2018 – 10:40 am She’s unleashed top-charting singles, scored two GRAMMY nominations and lit up the GRAMMY stage with Bruno Mars. Plus, she’s done it all in headline-grabbing style. Cardi B is now ready to invade you with her debut album. And you have a week and change to prepare.Via Instagram, the rapper announced that her Atlantic Records debut, Invasion Of Privacy, will be released April 6. Her post also provided a preview of the colorful album artwork, featuring Cardi B rocking a bright-yellow ‘do, white sunglasses and checkerboard-based outfit.Named by Rolling Stone as the breakout music star of 2017, Cardi B’s debut LP follows the momentum established by hit singles such as “Bodak Yellow” — nominated for Best Rap Song and  Best Rap Performance at the 60th GRAMMY Awards — and “Bartier Cardi” and “MotorSport,” in addition to features on tracks like Bruno Mars’ “Finesse (Remix)” and G-Eazy’s “No Limit.” Cardi B To Release ‘Invasion Of Privacy’ Debut Album Facebook center_img Email Twitter A day after the release of Invasion Of Privacy, Cardi B is scheduled to perform on “Saturday Night Live.” Her recent performance at the iHeartRadio Music Awards earlier this month drew high praise, with Vanity Fair labeling her the “queen” of the festivities.Thus, if there is one topic liable to dominate the Monday, April 9 water-cooler talk, bet on Cardi B.Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs”Read morelast_img read more


Vodafone found hidden backdoors in Huawei equipment says report

first_img 40 Photos Tags FBI director slams Huawei and ZTE phones 2 Huawei routers apparently had some historical vulnerabilities. Adrian Dennis / AFP / Getty Images Vodafone apparently discovered hidden backdoors in Huawei equipment as far back as 2011.The UK-based carrier found vulnerabilities in routers and other equipment that could have given scandal-scarred Chinese company Huawei unauthorized access to Vodafone’s network in Italy, Bloomberg reported Tuesday.Both Vodafone and Huawei told Bloomberg that these vulnerabilities were addressed in 2011 and 2012. However, the outlet reported that the vulnerabilities remained after that and could also be found in Vodafone’s UK, German, Spanish and Portuguese businesses, citing anonymous sources. Vodafone apparently kept using Huawei equipment because it was competitively priced. Huawei P30 Pro’s four rear cameras from every angle Security Internet Services Share your voice Vodafone disputed the report in an emailed statement, saying the “backdoor” mentioned is a protocol used to perform diagnostic functions and wouldn’t have been accessible from the internet.”In addition, we have no evidence of any unauthorized access. This was nothing more than a failure to remove a diagnostic function after development,” the spokesperson wrote. “The issues were identified by independent security testing, initiated by Vodafone as part of our routine security measures, and fixed at the time by Huawei.”Huawei mirrored this statement, noting that it addressed the “historical vulnerabilities” in 2011 and 2012.”Software vulnerabilities are an industry-wide challenge,” a spokesperson said via email. “Like every ICT vendor we have a well-established public notification and patching process, and when a vulnerability is identified we work closely with our partners to take the appropriate corrective action.”Bloomberg didn’t immediately respond to a request for further comment.The story comes as China urges Britain to let Huawei play a role in developing its next-generation 5G wireless network, even as the US pressures its European allies not to adopt Huawei’s 5G equipment. US officials have said the gear could be used to spy for China. Huawei denies the allegations. Comments Now playing: Watch this: 1:11 Huawei Vodafonelast_img read more


Exposed database reveals personal information of 16 million job seekers

first_img Share your voice Tags This data breach response tool tells you what to do next Data breaches can sucker-punch you. Prepare to fight back What to do when your data is exposed or stolen Now playing: Watch this: 1:48 An exposed database reveals personal info for 1.6 million job seekers around the world. Graphic by Pixabay/Illustration by CNET An unsecured database of personal information, including phone numbers, salary expectations and openness to new job opportunities, of about 1.6 million job seekers from around the world has been discovered online, according to research published Monday. The database, found by independent researcher Anurag Sen in May, includes information on professionals from the US, Australia, Japan and several other countries.The database appears to be owned by Indian recruitment company Talanton AI. It’s hosted in plain text on a cloud server, and anyone with a web browser can access it with the right web address. Names in the database include potential job seekers with high-profile roles in the Australian government, at Tommy Hilfiger Japan and in the FBI’s Domestic Security Alliance Council, a public-private partnership that shares information about cybersecurity threats with the government.Sen released the research as a contractor for Safety Detective, an Israeli company that reviews antivirus software. A researcher at Safety Detective who helped vet the information said the exposure could put workers in an awkward position at their jobs. What’s more, phone numbers and email addresses can help scammers who want to impersonate company officials.The data appears to have been found on LinkedIn profiles, as well as with direct outreach to job seekers. Safety Detective checked some of the information and determined it was real. Post a comment The exposure is an example of a serious, ongoing problem that can inadvertently affect almost anyone. Companies around the globe have moved sensitive information to cloud servers, but many lack the expertise to do so securely. The transition has led to exposures of sensitive health information, financial data and private contact information. Even children’s information has been exposed.A database exposure is not the same as a hack, because you don’t need to break into a computer system to find the data. Instead, you just need to find the right IP address, which is the distinct numerical address assigned to each page on the internet. There’s no indication hackers have accessed the information in the Talanton AI database.In May, Sen found an unsecured database owned by Indian marketing company Chttrbox, which contained contact information for Instagram influencers. The data wasn’t private, but had been collected in a manner that violated Instagram’s terms of service, according to the photo-sharing service.A community of researchers around the world spend their time hunting down exposed databases and trying to get them fixed, but new databases with poor security come online every day, experts say.Talanton AI’s website doesn’t appear to be fully functional. Links and buttons on the home page lead to 404 error messages or do nothing. When contacted about the exposure, a Talanton representative said he would share the information with the appropriate person.Sen’s research indicated that the database is hosted on a cloud server operated by Tata Communications. Tata said it doesn’t host the Talanton AI database.It isn’t the responsibility of a cloud service provider to secure client information, but some will notify customers if a problem is discovered and will help protect the data.Originally published June 17.Correction, June 28: This story has been updated to indicate that Tata Communications doesn’t host the Talanton AI database. Security Internet Privacy 0 A database with info on 80M+ US households was left open…last_img read more