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first_imgQuebec Premier Francois Legault says his government will move quickly to prohibit the wearing of religious symbols by teachers and other public-sector workers in positions of authority.Addressing the legislature for the first time since his Coalition Avenir Quebec was elected Oct. 1, Legault said Quebecers have had enough of the debate over secularism.The plan to restrict religious symbols such as hijabs and kippas has been denounced by some rights advocates, but Legault said the government remains “very firm” in its intentions.He reiterated that the ban will apply to primary and secondary school teachers as well as police officers, prosecutors, judges and prison guards.The Premier said his government’s top priority will be education, and he promised steady funding increases to stop Quebec from lagging behind in academic success.Legault invoked the daring of early settlers as he called on Quebecers to overcome the fear of change and the fear of making mistakes.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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first_imgCelebrity models Abbey Clancy and Danielle Lloyd as well as former Atomic Kitten singer Liz McClarnon have taken to Twitter to voice their outrage over what an RSPCA officer described as the worst case of cruelty to animals he’s ever dealt with.The beauties have also alerted their nearly 1 million combined Twitter followers to PETA’s £10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible.A small dog was reportedly left to die in Birkenhead cemetery after what appeared to be a lifetime of abuse that left virtually every bone in his body broken. Fondly named Elmo by veterinary staff, he was humanely euthanised because of the severity of his injuries.“Someone in Merseyside must know something about the cruel individual who committed this atrocious act, and we’re calling on anyone with information to come forward”, says PETA Associate Director Elisa Allen. “A person capable of deliberately causing this kind of suffering to a helpless animal demonstrates a very worrying psychological state and must be found.”Anyone with information about this case is encouraged to contact the RSPCA on 0300 1234 999.last_img read more

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first_imgThe Major League Baseball Players Trust has announced it will provide $1 million in funding to support nonprofits dedicated to providing relief and recovery to the victims of the recent spate of natural disasters occurring across the Americas.In keeping with its commitment and practice of assisting others when disasters strike, the Players Trust will distribute the funds in a manner that will support short-term relief as well as long-term recovery efforts in areas suffering in the wake of the recent hurricanes and earthquakes.Major Leaguers are passionate about supporting the places where they work and live, and, for many Players, the disasters have devastated areas that so many of them call home. The nonprofits designated to receive portions of the $1 million in funding reflect Players’ places of residence, including Habitat For Humanity, Feeding America, Project Cure/Curando Mexico, Friends of Caritas Cubana and United Way Worldwide/Fondos Unidos de Puerto Rico. Additional grant recipients will be identified and announced in the future.Major Leaguers also announced today that fans can help support this effort, too, as the MLBPA will donate an additional $5.00, on top of the Players Trust’s $1 million, in support of this cause for every download of its new Infield Chatter mobile app, now through the end of the World Series. Infield Chatter, a free community created by the Players for the Fans, can be found in the App Store, Google Play or here.“On behalf of all Major Leaguers, I’d like to first let the people in the areas affected by the disasters know that our thoughts and prayers are with them at this time. It is our hope that these funds will enhance the support of organizations working tirelessly to assist our neighbors as they strive to recover as quickly as possible,” said Curtis Granderson, a trustee of the Players Trust. “As we all know, natural disasters can happen anywhere and at any time, forever changing millions of lives. Because of this, we encourage others to find ways to assist with the recovery efforts in any of the affected areas.”Through the Players Trust, Major Leaguers take an active role in responding to world crises with both financial and in-person support. The players’ collective focus is to provide funds and awareness in these areas long after the initial contributions stop and the spotlight fades. Through past experiences, the players understand that the needs in these areas will far outlast the initial response and support.The Players Trust has now provided nearly $5 million to help disaster affected communities in Cuba, Philippines, Japan, Haiti, Mexico, Puerto Rico and the United States by offering financial support to more than 20 nonprofits providing a variety of relief and recovery efforts that focus on local collaboration, volunteerism and sustainability, while training and empowering people to rebuild their own communities.In addition, through the efforts of the Trust, many players have personally traveled to various affected communities to participate in and focus attention on the necessity for ongoing support. It is anticipated that many Players will become actively involved on the ground in some of the areas hit hardest by the recent disasters once their baseball season ends.last_img read more

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first_imgAPTN National NewsThe Pan Am Games held its opening ceremony for the Aboriginal Pavilion Thursday.It was a celebration of Indigenous peoples from the Americas.APTN’s Delaney Windigo has the story.last_img

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first_imgSurveys were put forth to get public opinion on the use for this space and now the City would like to share the results of the engagement process by discussing building options such as either a wood or metal structure with Council and a breakdown of the cost to build either option one or two.The City hopes to start project tendering in March 2019 and begin construction in April with completion in September 2019. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The City is approaching Council next week with a presentation for the Festival Plaza Conceptual Development.The City will ask Council, on December 10th after their presentation, if they wish to proceed with one of the two design options and for any further input in regards to the configuration of the space and access by possible roads. The City will ask the type of building that Council will prefer and does Council want the City to look further into public opinion regarding the festival plaza.$1.2 Million Dollars was allocated from the Peace River Agreement signing bonus in 2015 for the development of this space. This new space in Centennial Park aligns with the City’s strategic plan to use downtown as a social, vibrant hub.last_img read more

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first_imgNew Delhi: India-domiciled companies filed over 4,600 patents in the US between 2015-2018, a majority of which were from the technology domain, a report by industry body Nasscom said Friday. The report titled ‘Emerging Technologies: Leading the Next Wave of IP Creation for India’ highlighted how companies in India are creating intellectual property (IP) assets in the US, which is one of the most favoured destinations for filing patents. Interestingly, Indian start-ups have filed nearly 200 patents in the US during 2015-18, and a majority of these focused on emerging technology areas including image processing, artificial intelligence, cyber security, vehicle technology and Internet of Things (IoT). Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalOverall, the share of technology patents from India-domiciled companies has consistently increased to 64.8 per cent in 2017-18 from 51 per cent in 2015, the report said. Within technology patents, the share of emerging technologies has increased consistently to 56.3 per cent in 2017-18 from 38.3 per cent in 2015, while the share of computer and communication technology patents witnessed a decline. AI led the emerging technologies patent race both in terms of number of patents (330 patents) as well as growth over the period 2015-18. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostApart from AI, there has been a consistent growth on building IP in other emerging tech domains with patents being filed in cyber security (193), IoT (107) and cloud computing (88) accounting for over 50 per cent of the tech patents filed in 2017-18, the report said. Innovation is the key to driving transformation and such patents and trademarks are a testimony to this transformational growth, Nasscom President Debjani Ghosh said. “As a country, India can further strengthen its potential as an innovation hub through more investments in research and strategic collaborations. We are confident that we will usher in a new wave of innovation and intelligence in the country,” she added.last_img read more

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The students had fallen ill after consuming a morning meal provided by the school and had been rushed to a nearby hospital by the school management.The police are investigating the matter. (Colombo Gazette) At least 20 school students were hospitalised after suffering from food poisoning in Veyangoda today, the police said.The children, aged between eight and nine years, were students of a school in Veyangoda, Xinhua reported.

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A long road trip can be boring, uncomfortable and emotionally and physically draining, but it might be just what the Ohio State men’s ice hockey team needs. The No. 6-ranked Buckeyes will take a roughly 500-mile bus ride to Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., to play Lake Superior State in a two-game series starting Friday. OSU (14-7-4, 10-6-4-1) is winless in its last six games, and playing on the road in the CCHA can be a daunting task. However, getting away from Columbus to play the Lakers (13-11-4, 8-9-3-3) could put the Buckeyes back in the win column. “I think right now, we need a trip like this,” said OSU junior defenseman Devon Krogh. “It’s great team bonding, to get away from Columbus, focus all on hockey and turn this funk we have going on right now around.” OSU has seen its lead in the CCHA, which was seven points in early January, drop to two points during the skid, but coach Mark Osiecki said he thinks the trek up to northern Michigan could get the Buckeyes back on track. “To have 22 players jump on a bus and have all external distractions away, and be able to put that away and just focus on hockey, 22 guys can somewhat rally around each other and move forward,” Osiecki said. The Buckeyes will look to move forward against a team they have already beaten twice this season. OSU and LSSU played on Dec. 2 and 3 in Columbus. OSU won both games, 5-2, and 2-1, respectively. The two wins were the team’s eighth and ninth in a row at the time. In order to win this weekend, Osiecki said the mistakes his team has been making during the winless streak, such as poor line shifts and giving up easy goals, need to be corrected. “The good thing about them is that they’re really fixable,” Krogh said. Krogh helps lead a Buckeye defense that has given up 15 goals in the past four games. OSU has been struggling on the offensive end of the ice as well, scoring seven goals in that four-game span. Krogh said he thinks better defense this weekend could lead to more offense. “Offensively, we’re obviously not as hot as we were, so we need to tighten up defensively,” he said. Strong offensive and defensive play could allow the Buckeyes to take an early lead against the Lakers, something OSU hasn’t done much lately. The last time OSU held a first-period lead was on Dec. 2 against Lake Superior State. “We’ve talked about the first punch and I think we want to go into this weekend and have a good start and hopefully pop the first one,” said freshman forward Max McCormick. Krogh agreed. “It’s not fun to play from behind,” he said. “We always talk about having a first-punch mentality, trying to get off to a good start, and it’s something we have to work on. Obviously, it’s nice to get up and play with a lead. It’s all about turning things around right now.” OSU will try to turn things around starting Friday in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. at 7:05 p.m., and again at the same time Saturday. read more

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first_imgData retention is big business in the online world. Search engines rely on it to better understand and target users, but the length of time they keep such data is always up for debate.Back in 2008 the European Union called for a data retention limit of 6 months, when the norm was (and still remains) more typically 12-18 months. At the time Google protested, but soon after Yahoo! surprised everyone by dropping its data retention time to just 90 days. Others did not follow suit.AdChoices广告Jump back to today, and Yahoo! has decided it can no longer remain competitive or serve customers well by sticking with just 90 days of data. Instead Yahoo! will retain 18 months of data logs. Some effort will go into informing users of Yahoo! services that this is happening, but in a few weeks time it will become the company’s new policy to keep your data much longer.How this effects you as a user depends on whether you rely on Yahoo! or not for searching the Internet. If you use an alternative like Google, then your data is already being held on servers for double-digit months. If your reason for choosing Yahoo! was the short data retention window, then it’s time to look for an alternative search provider.Read more at the Yahoo! Policy Blog, via The RegisterMatthew’s OpinionYahoo! may use the excuse that it is just bringing its service in line with the competition, but that’s not 100% the case. One of the newest search engines on the market, and one that is growing in popularity, is DuckDuckGo. How long does it keep your data? It doesn’t. There is no data retention, it just serves you results and moves on.What Yahoo! doesn’t discuss is why after more than two years it has suddenly realized it can’t function with 90 day data limits. The company just states they will only keep the data for as long as they need it, which apparently means its future plans require a lot more data.Another thing to consider is do users care about this stuff? Apparently some do otherwise Don’t Track tools in browsers and search engines like DuckDuckGo wouldn’t exist. But these are still a minority of users, and I am sure most don’t care or have never even considered such data is of use, let alone being stored by different companies.last_img read more

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first_imgOn the eve of Sampdoria’s trip to the Stadio San Siro, Fabio Quagliarella has explained why he didn’t sign for AC Milan in the pastDuring his extensive Serie A career, Quagliarella has played for Torino, Fiorentina, Sampdoria, Udinese, Napoli, and Juvenuts.However, the 35-year-old forward had a chance to join the Rossoneri back in 2006, during his first mandate with the Blucerchiati.Rick Karsdorp, Roma, Serie AKarsdorp reveals he had too much stress at Roma Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 The Dutch defender has been with the Gialorrossi since 2017, but he has not enjoyed his time in the Italian Lega Serie A.The Italian news outlet, Calciomercato, have broadcasted Quagliarella’s interview with Gazzetta dello Sport where the player explained why he had to turn down the famous club.“A hint of possibility after the first few months at Samp, in 2006 (9 goals in the first round) But there was a hint, and I went to Udinese: Milan had Inzaghi, Ronaldo, Kakà … I always tell my mom: “If I had been born a few years later, I would have been fine”: today you just need a decent month and already give you to Juventus, Milan, Inter.”Meanwhile, the Italian striker has problems scoring against the 7-time Champions League winners. For instance, Quagliarella only notched once against Milan, while scoring five times against their city rivals Inter.last_img read more

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first_imgDORAL, FLA. (WSVN) – Some of the 11 Cuban migrants who arrived on Hollywood Beach, Saturday, cut and threatened themselves to keep law enforcement from stopping them at sea.The migrants said they were shot with rubber bullets by law enforcement at sea, as the officers tried to keep them from landing ashore.“Eight days without water and without food, and I told them to have hope,” said Luis Martinez, outside World Church Service in Doral. “Do whatever Cubans do, to struggle, to touch land.”Some of those aboard the 10-foot boat began cutting themselves and threatening to hurt themselves with knives so that the law enforcement wouldn’t stop them.“Look, we cut ourselves so they would let us get to the shore,” said Johnachel Morales. “They would slow down, but then come up at us again, and we would cut ourselves again.”Officer Tyson Matthew, of the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission, said every time law enforcement approached the boat, the migrants made desperate threats.“What I understand, every time law enforcement tried to approach and get near them, they were threatening themselves,” said Matthew. “There were knives on board and several weapons.” One man stabbed himself and was rushed to the hospital for treatment. There were 10 Cuban men and one woman on board the boat.“We spent five days without food and without water. We are happy to get here,” said Morales.A second group of Cubans came ashore in Key Biscayne, Saturday morning. One of those migrants, Yoel Diaz-Hernandez, spoke to 7News in Doral outside Church World Service. “I left my wife and my 1-year-old child to work, and that’s it,” he said through a translator.Police were waiting on the beach in Hollywood, Saturday morning, because they knew the migrants were coming ashore with knives. Hollywood Police said one of their officers had to use a Taser on a migrant when they began running at them.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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first_imgFunding cuts have forced Alaska hatcheries to stop raising Arctic grayling.The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports the manager of Ruth Burnett Sport Fish Hatchery in Fairbanks, Gary George, says the state chose to cut grayling because the small, native fish are disproportionately expensive to raise.The canceled grayling program makes up 11 percent of the fish that the Fairbanks hatchery planned to stock next year. The decision also removes grayling production at the William Jack Hernandez Sport Fish Hatchery in Anchorage.Stocking will continue at near-planned levels for rainbow trout, salmon and arctic char.George says it’ll be easy to restore production at the hatchery if funding for stocked grayling were to be restored in the future.last_img

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first_img 11 min read Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global January 18, 2016 Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box.center_img Samuel Pofcher promised to do something crazy if enough people pledged a dollar or more to his “smart wallet” Kickstarter project. He would have the words “THANK YOU FOREVER” tattooed across his belly.A month later, his campaign surpassed its $35,000 goal. But the 22-year-old never got the tattoo. And his 315 backers never got their wallets either.Related: Finders Keepers: You’ll Never Lose This GPS-Enabled Smart WalletIn fact, the Bluetooth wallet — designed to help users easily locate their iPhones — doesn’t yet exist. Either through incompetence, poor planning or something more insidious, no one who ordered one of these wallets 16 months ago has ever received one. And what happened to the crowdfunding cash raised remains unclear.Empty promises, empty walletsPofcher and his co-founder on the project, fellow Boston-area aspiring entrepreneur Stephen Lamarre, 26, both said the campaign’s failure to deliver is rooted in a bitter falling out. Pofcher claims Lamarre — who originally thought up the concept for the product — was power hungry, demanding a “greedy” equity stake in StreetSmart, the Pelham, N.H.-based startup they’d built around the wallet. Lamarre, for his part, claims he only asked for 5 percent more than his original 50 percent stake in the venture.The former friends, who no longer speak to each other, said the funds raised on Kickstarter were quickly exhausted on smart wallet prototype designs and materials, and on marketing and PR.Related: Why the Wallet Is the Perfect Product for CrowdfundingImage Credit: StreetSmart | IndiegogoSo they double-dipped, like many crowdfunders do, launching the same smart wallet on Indiegogo as they had on Kickstarter. There, StreetSmart checked off another relatively lukewarm crowdfunding victory, ponying up from 100 backers just shy of $12,000, raising their total crowdfunding kitty to $48,237. This time, Lamarre celebrated StreetSmart’s second crowdfunding win without Pofcher. He’d called it quits two weeks into the Indiegogo run. Pofcher’s departure left Lamarre on the hook for a fledgling enterprise that still needed the basics to launch — a functional app, Bluetooth integration, a manufacturer, a leather pattern supplier and a lot more, much of it out of his scope of expertise.Months went by and progress stalled. Lamarre brought on help to replace Pofcher. For one reason or another — none very clear — none of the replacements panned out. Again, Lamarre was left to push forward on his own and Kickstarter and Indiegogo backers were left to wonder what happened to their money and their wallet orders.Related: Kickstarter Hires Journalist to Investigate Campaign That Failed to Deliver to BackersMultitasking at its finest | SmartWallet #SmartWallet #StreetSmart #WearableTech #HighFashionHighTech #HFHT #SSB pic.twitter.com/WwBBFtMjmI— StreetSmart Brand (@LiveStreetSmart) December 23, 2014Mike Waluska is one of those backers. The 27-year-old Memphis resident and solutions engineer pledged $75 for a StreetWise wallet on Indiegogo 12 months ago. Since last August, he has emailed five refund requests to Lamarre. So far, all of his emails have gone unanswered.He said it’s enough to turn him off of crowdfunding forever.“This was my first and certainly last contribution to crowdfunding,” Waluska said. “It’s not right, but I don’t expect to ever see my $75 or the wallet. I think these guys are scammers and they need to be exposed — and stopped — before they do this again.”Left empty-handed for months, many of Lamarre and Pofcher’s other backers grew only more furious. An increasing chorus of spurned backers have taken to calling Lamarre and Pofcher “crooks,” “thieves” and “lying con artists,” accusing them of pocketing their money for personal gain.  Pofcher said they’re flat-out wrong. He claims he never spent a single penny from the Kickstarter campaign for personal reasons. “Sadly enough, I walked away with nothing, absolutely nothing,” he said.Related: The Inventors of This Travel Jacket Set Out to Raise $20,000 With Crowdfunding and Ended Up Raising More Than $10 Million. Here’s What Happened Next.  For his part, Lamarre said the same goes for him. The money raised on Kickstarter was used strictly for the smart wallet venture, he contends. Nothing more. Ditto for the Indiegogo funds. Yet neither he nor Pofcher are able to produce proof of where the crowd funds were spent. At one point, Lamarre offered to provide us with an itemized list of how it was spent. He never did.A troubling track recordThe smart wallet saga hasn’t been enough to stop Lamarre from jumping into crowdfunding again. Six months ago, he launched an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign for a nutritional supplement dispenser under the brand FitNatic, which he co-founded. On our way to the endless adventure… #BreakBali #TheBreak pic.twitter.com/7sq5G8ur8k— StreetSmart Brand (@LiveStreetSmart) June 7, 2015Related: Nearly 1 in 10 Kickstarter Projects Fails to Deliver RewardsBut before it was complete, the campaign for the $500 Keurig-like supplement machine came to a grinding halt. Lamarre postponed the effort after his fellow FitNatic co-founders, Aldo Beqiraj, 25, and Jesse Caruso, 25 — whom also heavily consulted on both of StreetSmart’s crowdfunding bids — butted heads over the direction of the company.In an email to Entrepreneur, Lamarre accused Beqiraj of stealing money from him. But, the day after he made that claim, he asked to recant it. “I improperly considered what Aldo has done to me and my companies as stealing,” he said. “Aldo had ignorantly used money to develop an app and work with an overseas company to produce the smart wallet. That was never finished, thus causing everyone on the StreetSmart team to have to start merely from scratch. Aldo’s track record of what he does to companies is quite evident in his past dealings and outcomes. He took me and my company for a costly test drive, then parted ways, as he has done with every other thing [Company/Campaign] he did not want to follow through with.”Related: How Much Does a Person Typically Donate to a Kickstarter Campaign? Here’s Your Answer.Getting ready for #TCDisrupt #SmartWallet #LiveStreetSmart pic.twitter.com/zdxl1TOuSz— StreetSmart Brand (@LiveStreetSmart) April 30, 2015Beqiraj refutes Lamarre’s original claim, maintaining he stole nothing. He also said he’s “pretty sure” the money from the smart wallet’s Kickstarter campaign “was used to pay for a PR company so the second campaign, the Indiegogo campaign, would do better.”As it turns out, FitNatic Nourish was one of six other crowdfunding efforts that Beqiraj and Caruso were involved with (without Lamarre or Pofcher) that also never delivered. In separate interviews, they blamed the failed campaigns they’ve had their hands in on a litany of similarly complicated founder disagreements and dramas. They also claim the approximately $294,000 in backer money the various unfulfilled campaigns between them garnered was never used for personal purposes.  Beqiraj and Caruso maintain that they are not fraudsters and, despite their differences with them, said Pofcher and Lamarre aren’t either. They’ve all just had “really bad luck with crowdfunding,” Beqiraj said.A wallet after all?Determined to succeed, Lamarre said he’s ignoring the haters and forging ahead with making the smart wallet in spite of all the setbacks. He promises that he’s still working to fulfill backers’ pre-orders from both crowdfunding efforts.  “Everything has a learning curve and some would rather quit than learn,” he said. “I am learning and pushing forward while everyone else has quit. I am actively working toward our deadline of mid-February for a completed product, ready to be shipped to our backers.”Related: Kickstarter Boldly Locks Its Mission Into Its Legal FrameworkIn an effort to show that he’s making good on his commitments to backers, Lamarre provided us with the phone number of Michael Taveniku, CEO of a Nashua, N.H.-based streaming data firm called XCube Communication Inc. Taveniku said that Lamarre paid him approximately $7,000 about a year ago to design the wallet’s internal electronic components. Lamarre told us the money he paid to Taveniku was from StreetSmart’s crowdfunding efforts.“I truly believe [Stephen] will come through on these wallets and provide them to backers,” Taveniku said. “Unfortunately he delegated the work to people who were supposed to do the job and they didn’t do it, and now he’s making it right.”Of course, it’s in Taveniku’s best interests that Lamarre makes it right and comes through. After all, he plans to take 10 percent ownership of Lamarre’s company “once the wallets get off the ground.”Taveniku, currently working pro bono for Lamarre, hopes to complete the wallet’s internal electronic designs in “the next couple of weeks.” He said Lamarre will purchase the hardware for the electronics components elsewhere.Related: Will Equity Crowdfunding Laws Be the Death of Kickstarter?Another company Lamarre is working with is Allen Manufacturing, Inc. in Lewiston, Maine. David Allen, the owner and president, confirmed that he is building a prototype of the leather portion of the wallet.Lamarre said he expects to receive that prototype by mid- to late-February — the same time frame he put forth for delivery of the completed wallet to backers. Charge & Chat | #StreetSmart Less than 10 Day to Get Your Own #SmartWallet on #Indiegogo http://t.co/GoSOtkuGmR pic.twitter.com/lo4e5t53eY— StreetSmart Brand (@LiveStreetSmart) January 13, 2015The blame gameEven if the wallets are somehow ready to ship out soon — leather, electrical components, software and companion iPhone app and all — it seems many of the project’s backers would prefer their money back instead. Lamarre said he refunded some of the people who specifically requested refunds. He would not, however, specify how many refunds he claims to have issued. “I don’t have the exact number off the top of my head.”  Indeed, a handful of Kickstarter backers said, via comments, that they were refunded — one as recently as 11 days ago.Meanwhile, others said they have yet to see a cent, and claim to be taking action. A smart wallet Kickstarter backer who goes by the name of Miles Smith says he notified the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) about Pofcher and Lamarre’s failure to deliver.Related: Take a Step Back. Set a Realistic Goal for Your Crowdfunding Campaign.“Sam Pofcher and these scammers have stolen nearly $50,000 from backers across both Kickstarter and Indiegogo,” he wrote on Nov. 10 in the comments section on Kickstarter. “Do not let them get away with it! If they get away with it, then other scammers will see how easy it is. Make Sam and the Street ‘Smart’ Brand pay for their crimes.”The FTC neither confirmed nor denied the existence of Smith’s alleged case. The agency, which last June took unprecedented legal action against a Kickstarter creator who spent crowdfunds mostly on himself, also declined to comment on crowdfunding campaign creators’ responsibilities to backers under the law in general.    Whether a project falls apart due to creator ineptitude or fraud, crowdfunding platforms Indiegogo and Kickstarter aren’t on the hook. They may suspend projects and project creators who abuse their systems, but ultimately it’s not their job to vet creators.Related: Why Motormood Cancelled Its Kickstarter Campaign Days Before Reaching Its $130,000 GoalIn its Terms of Use, Indiegogo states that it is “under no obligation to become involved in disputes between campaign owners and contributors.” In the event of “any dispute,” however, such as a campaign creator’s failure to comply with its terms or failure to deliver a perk, it will provide campaign creator’s contact information to backers so they can resolve their dispute on their own accord.Indiegogo would not comment on the StreetSmart campaign. Neither would Kickstarter, which recently hired a journalist to investigate a $3.6 million nano drone campaign that failed to deliver.A recent study revealed that 1 in 10 projects on Kickstarter fail to deliver their promised rewards. In most cases, the reason isn’t fraud — it’s that project creators simply fail to prepare for a successful campaign, said Sally Outlaw, co-founder and CEO of Peerbackers.com, a crowdfunding consulting firm. “They don’t have a good post-campaign fulfillment plan in place — addressing, manufacturing, packaging, shipping, inventory storage and even backer communications, etc.”For backers, that means the onus is on them. “Bottom line,” Outlaw says, “don’t contribute more to a project than you can afford to lose.”Related: Last Year, Reading Rainbow Raised $5.4 Million on Kickstarter. Then, the Real Work Began. Register Now »last_img read more

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first_img Hear from Polar Explorers, ultra marathoners, authors, artists and a range of other unique personalities to better understand the traits that make excellence possible. How Success Happens 4 min read If you want to be successful, you’ve got to be thinking ahead, especially when it comes to business. From technology to finance, industries are constantly changing, so being aware and understanding what the future holds can help your business achieve success.Here are what four successful entrepreneurs have to say about the future of business in 2018. Related: 3 Ways Technology Influences Generational Divides at WorkTim FerrissEntrepreneur and author, Tribe of Mentors: Short Life Advice from the Best in the WorldImage Credit: Robert MaxwellNot to play Dr. Doom, but I’d predict that at least one major asset class in the U.S. will drop a minimum of 30 to 50 percent in value. It could be a particular type of real estate, it could be as (relatively) contained as the NASDAQ or something else, but one domino falling will likely trigger contagion.And how might economic panic be good news for some entrepreneurs? There are several possible upsides. For one, when there’s blood in the streets, many formerly expensive things can be bought on the cheap — such as investments, advertising, acquisitions.Also, while raising enormous rounds of venture capital is no longer easy, only the true believers and real performers –entrepreneurs and investors alike — will remain in the game. The signal-to-noise ratio for both investing and learning new skills improves. All my best tech investments were made in the “dot-com depression” of 2008-2009.Lastly, when most of your competitors are cutting costs, laying off employees, slashing salaries and removing niceties from the customer experience, you can do some of the opposite — assuming you’ve been smart with cash flow — and differentiate easily. Look at Steve Wynn and Southwest Airlines crisis responses for good case studies.In summary, and as Tony Robbins said to me, “Winter is coming.” Everything is cyclical, so make sure you’re prepared to be intelligently greedy when others are fearful. When people are myopically fixated on problems, they often leave opportunities in plain sight.Related: 10 Social-Media Trends to Prepare for in 2018Emily WeissFounder and CEO, GlossierImage Credit: Nigel ParryI can’t stop thinking about how AI is crucial to the future of startups, and I feel like it’s all I hear about — how to invest in it, what effect it will have on our business, what new ways we can use it. Even though we’re not able to fully understand what that future will look like, I think 2018 will push entrepreneurs to balance digital developments with personal touch points. For Glossier, that might mean finding engaging ways to bring digital experiences to life offline or implementing more high-touch practices when it comes to customer experience, but in my opinion, most important will be staying personal and accessible with our community as technology evolves. Related: 5 Trends In Cryptocurrency Entrepreneurs Need to KnowGary VaynerchukChairman and CEO, VaynerX and VaynerMediaImage Credit: Pieter HenketVoice. Everything is about voice. The same way I felt in 2008 about social media is how I feel about voice now. We’re in the predawn of a complete consumer voice revolution, and the people who know how to build the best briefings, the best skills, the best integrations, the best original content and the best infrastructure around how humans interact with voice to create new actions, new experiences and new information will win. James “Murr” MurrayCo-star and Executive Producer, Impractical JokersImage Credit: Jason Davis | Stringer | Getty ImagesNext year and beyond will see the rise of a brand-new industry: virtual reality tickets to your favorite events. Buy a VR ticket to the Super Bowl or the Paul McCartney concert, and you can be right in the middle of the action with the crowd from the comfort of your couch. Listen Now This story appears in the December 2017 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe » November 29, 2017last_img read more

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first_imgPassword Use Study: massive reuse of passwords by Martin Brinkmann on December 09, 2016 in Security – Last Update: December 12, 2016 – 15 commentsA recent password use study by the German Hasso-Plattner-Institute of roughly 1 billion user accounts concluded that 20% of users were reusing passwords. Additionally, 27% of users used password that were nearly identical with other account passwords.User accounts and passwords are still the dominating method of authentication both locally and online.While companies work on replacing passwords with other methods, think password pills and tattoos, or the increasing use of authentication apps and biometric authentication means, nothing is out there that has replaced the good old username and password combination yet.The authentication scheme has its flaws. Three major ones are that passwords, or their hashes, may be stolen when servers are attacked successfully, that weak passwords are common, and that nothing is keeping users from reusing passwords.These hacks happen frequently, and they hit smaller and larger companies. It is likely that some are not made public at all, but the list of companies that disclosed successful hacks recently includes Yahoo, Dailymotion, VK, MySpace, Friend Finder Network, or Brazzers.Password Use Study: massive reuse of passwordsResearchers of the institute analyzed about 1 billion user accounts. The data came from 31 leaks that were made public either by the attackers themselves or by buyers.About 68.5 million email addresses appeared multiple times in the database; that is about 20% of all user accounts found in the data according to the researchers.About 27% of all users selected passwords were at least 70% identical to other passwords that the user’s used. This indicates minor changes to a core password, for instance by using “princess” as the core password, and variations such as “pr1ncess”, “princess1” or “princ3ss”.These variations are sometimes used if a site’s password policy requires special characters, numbers, or other characters that are absent in the core password.The most common passwords are “123456”, “123456789”, “111111”, “qwerty”, and “12345678” according to the study.Check your email addressThe institute runs an email checker that you may use to find out if the entered email address appeared in one of the leaks.All you need to do is enter your email address, click on the check button, and wait for the results to arrive in your email inbox.If that is the case, it is suggested to change the password immediately to avoid abuse. Also, it is recommended to change the password at other services if you have reused it.The institute is bound to German (privacy) laws. The (German) press release that announced results of the study is available here.Now You: How do you handle passwords?SummaryArticle NamePassword Use Study: massive reuse of passwordsDescriptionA recent password use study by the German Hasso-Plattner-Institute of roughly 1 billion user accounts concluded that 20% of users were reusing passwordsAuthor Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

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first_img‘She’s still figuring out what her sexuality is,’ she says in the video. But she doesn’t play it safe and stop there.‘Cheryl is definitely interested in both women and men, so I would say she’s bisexual.’Score!An influx of bisexual charactersThere are more openly and explicity bisexual characters on television than ever before.Even more exciting, writers aren’t afraid to say the word bisexual either — as in the case of Rosa Diaz on Brooklyn 99.The CW alone is doing a fantastic job. Beyond Riverdale, Jane the Virgin had a storyline about bisexuality earlier this season with Tyler Posey.Their superhero shows — Arrow, Legends of Tomorrow, Supergirl, and Black Lightning — all have queer characters, plenty of them bisexual.And nothing will ever be as iconic than when Crazy Ex-Girlfriend did a rad number called Gettin’ Bi.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . The small town of Riverdale just got a whole lot queerer. Resident vixen Cheryl Blossom is officially bisexual, according to Madelaine Petsch, who plays her on the CW series. Riverdale writer hints at bisexual sex scene in upcoming episodeLGBTI favorite Riverdale stole the show at last night’s Teen Choice AwardsWhich Riverdale character did Kevin Keller just kiss?Read the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/cheryl-blossom-riverdales-bisexual/ eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) The vixen herself. | Photo: IMDB/The CWcenter_img It’s a reality fans have been wanting for some time — all the way back to the first season. But especially since bisexual Toni Topaz came to town.Toni was first announced last summer. Then actor Vanessa Morgan confirmed Toni would be getting a female love interest.The rumors and hopes surrounding Cherly only blossomed — ha, get it — from there.In a Q&A video on her YouTube channel, Petsch addressed one fan’s question about Cheryl’s sexuality. The question and answer begins around the 5:28 mark.[embedded content]What does Petsch think of her character? GAYSTARNEWS- Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading…last_img read more

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first_img This story is exclusive to Fresh Fruit Portal. If you would like to reproduce any elements of it on other sites or publications, please make a request to our editorial team at news@freshfruitportal.com The industry is currently in the peak harvest for its seedless varieties, which are the most abundant in Murcia.Exports to China Gomez said 90% of exports go to the EU market.”Our main markets are the U.K., Germany and northern European countries like Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Finland,” he said.He said Spain is also entering other markets such as South Africa, Hong Kong, the United Arab Emirates and Singapore.The opening of the Chinese market is pending, as they are negotiating the phytosanitary protocols, which they hope to resolve for the next season.”For mainland China, we hope to bring grapes for the 2019 campaign. There, logically, on those dates we would be competing with the U.S.,” said Gomez.Another market they are venturing into is Canada, now under improved trade conditions thanks to the free trade agreement between the North American country and the EU.Plastic trends could drive innovationGomez said also predicted that the anti-plastic movement sweeping the globe would lead to some significant changes in packaging for grapes.”I believe that everyone will want [plastic] to disappear in the coming decades or that volumes will be infinitely smaller than at present, which will force us to innovate in packaging and in new varieties that can withstand longer trips”, he said. The calm before the storm: Undersupplied U.S. tabl … Study finds molecules in oranges, grapes, carrots … August 30 , 2018 Grapes in Charts: Mexico helps make America grape … You might also be interested in Murcia, Spain’s grape-growing region, is expecting exports to reach record levels of around 160,000 metric tons (MT) this season.Last year the region exported 130,000MT, and so this season’s projection would mark a sharp increase.”It’s more volume than in previous seasons. Spain is growing,” said Joaquín Gómez, president of Murcia-based grower’s association Apoexpa.Gómez said the volume rise is due to an increase in plantations, and he added that many growers of other fruits have been converting to grapes. “We are growing around 10% in production every year,” he said.The Spanish table grape season begins mid-June and ends in early November, depending on the weather. This year they are a little behind compared to the 2017 season.”If there is an absence of rain, the campaign arrives later and if there are heavy rains, it shortens,” he said. India: Maharashtra grape growers to organize marke …last_img read more

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first_imgA 21-year-old British tourist was in serious condition in Nicosia hospital’s intensive care unit following an attack and beating in Ayia Napa early on Tuesday.Police said the man was rushed to Famagusta hospital at around 4.30am after he was assaulted by compatriots in the resort’s square.Doctors said his temporal bone had been fractured and he also suffered injuries to the nose and head.Due to the severity of his condition, the 21-year-old was intubated and transferred to Nicosia general hospital.His condition is said to be serious.Reports said the man had been attacked by some 12 other, as yet unknown, British tourists who are being sought by police.The case is being investigated by Famagusta CID.You May LikeHealthZapThis Subway Construction Unearths ‘Rare’ Fossil TroveHealthZapUndoMoney VersedControversial New Park Actually Lets Visitors Get Up Close And Personal With Huge WolvesMoney VersedUndoTripbaseAmazing Price Drop on Main Vacation DestinationsTripbaseUndo Korkolis brings magic to the stageUndoTwo of serial killer’s victims buried in PhilippinesUndoProtest outside the House over foreclosures lawUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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