Cooks doppelganger Williams is Apples best bet as next CEO

first_imgNew Delhi: Considered a “colourless, unimaginable drone”, Timothy Donald Cook who joined Apple at age 37 in 1998 has successfully proved he is a better CEO than late Steve Jobs. Apple today is nearly a $1 trillion dollar company and despite the global slowdown, has been able to not only maintain its growth trajectory but also diversified into services, entertainment and other verticals which are bringing in more moolah than its devices segment. Also Read – Swiggy now in 500 Indian cities, targets 100 more this year Cook has spent over two decades at Apple, and nine years as CEO, and people across the globe now have a valid question: who is Apple’s best bet to replace Cook as CEO and keep the company on the growth path? For Jobs, Cook was the natural choice and he picked him over more popular names around for the CEO job, like legendary Apple Chief Designer Jony Ive (who has now moved on). Cook became COO in 2005, and officially Jobs’ right hand man. Identifying his unique set of strengths, Jobs made him the Apple CEO on August 24, 2011. Also Read – New HP Pavilion x360 notebook with in-built Alexa in India In December 2015, Cook promoted his long-time lieutenant in operation – Jeff Williams – to the role of Apple COO. The duo later created history. Williams has been called “Tim Cook’s Tim Cook”. He is in charge of the operations side of the business, just as Cook used to head up operations when Jobs was CEO. “There are uncanny number of similarities between Williams and Cook,” writes journalist Leander Kahney in his biography of Tim Cook. According to Fortune reporter Adam Lashinsky, “Williams is in many ways a doppelganger for Cook”. “Tall, lean, and grey-haired, like Cook, Williams was said by Apple executives to look so much like his boss that from behind, they could be mistaken for each other,” writes Lashinsky in his book “Inside Apple”. Since 2010, Williams has overseen Apple’s entire supply chain, service and support and social responsibility initiatives — the “last being something that has grown in importance under Cook”. According to Kahney, Williams has been instrumental in speeding up the iPod delivery process, making it possible for customers to buy an iPod online, have it custom engraved, and delivered in three working days. He is also said to be a key contact with supplier Foxconn. According to Apple analyst Neil Cybart, “Williams is tasked with making sure the Apple machine is well-oiled and in tip-top shape, not only capable of producing more than 100 million iOS devices in a quarter, but building flexibility into the system to handle annual hardware updates that would make most hardware companies quiver with fear.” Williams played an important role in the development of the first-generation iPhone, and has since led worldwide operations for both iPhone and iPod. Today, he also supervises development for Apple Watch. Often called the “unsung hero”, he led the development of Apple Watch in close collaboration with the design team, and oversees the engineering teams responsible for Apple Watch. According to Apple, he is also driving the company’s health initiatives, pioneering new technologies and advancing medical research to empower people to better understand and manage their health and fitness. Williams joined Apple in 1998 — the year Cook joined the company — as head of Worldwide Procurement. Prior to Apple, he worked for the IBM Corporation — Cook also worked with IBM before joining Apple — from 1985 to 1998 in a number of operations and engineering roles. Like Jobs, the passing on the Apple baton to Williams is a natural choice for Cook too. Cook is still going strong and Apple, under his watch, is breaking all sorts of records. With Jobs’ ‘spiritual partner’ Sir Jony Ive now out of Apple, Williams is without doubt Apple’s best bet to take over when Cook finally decides to move on.last_img read more

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Use NAFTA talks to lift Canadian telecom protections prof argues

first_imgOTTAWA – Canada’s overall economy — not just consumers — would benefit if Canada were to open its telecom industry to greater competition through upcoming North American free trade talks, says a University of Toronto professor who’s been studying the industry’s impacts.Getting to that point at the NAFTA negotiating table, however, may just be wishful thinking, says another academic who predicts U.S. demands for greater access to Canada’s telecom market won’t survive to the final round of bargaining.In its objectives for the NAFTA renegotiation, the Trump administration included telecommunications among a list of trade irritants made public last week, saying it wants to promote the competitive supply of telecommunications services and secure commitments “to provide reasonable network access for telecommunications suppliers.”University of Toronto professor Walid Hejazi says opening the telecom industry to foreign players would result in new jobs, increased productivity across a wide range of industries and cheaper wireless rates for consumers.While Canada’s telecom market was partially liberalized in 2012 when the federal government opened the door to foreign ownership of Canadian cellphone service carriers that have less than 10 per cent of the Canadian market share, current regulations forbid foreign majority ownership of a major telecom company.Removal of the foreign ownership restrictions would require an amendment to the Telecommunications Act.The telecom ownership provisions are complicated further by the fact that Canada’s big three service providers, Bell, Telus and Rogers, are also intertwined with the country’s broadcasting networks, which have their own set of ownership and licensing restrictions.Successive expert panels have over the years recommended ownership restrictions be lifted, but few actions have been taken amid concerns that a takeover of a Canadian telecom company by a U.S. or other international conglomerate would result in foreign interests controlling a Canadian broadcaster as well, potentially leading to a watering down of Canadian content.Hejazi said the NAFTA talks present a perfect opportunity to lift the protections from foreign competition enjoyed by the trio.“The telecom industry in Canada should not be protected. Full stop, end of story,” said Hejazi.“You have three companies that are protected from international competition and the service they provide us is inferior.”Paul Beaudry, the director of development at the University of Calgary’s School of Public Policy and a research associate at the Montreal Economic Institute, doubts that the Trump administration will push hard for greater access by U.S. players to Canada’s telecom market.Beaudry said he doesn’t see telecom changes as a “hill to die on” and predicted the issue won’t make it to a final round of bargaining once the talks intensify.“I don’t think we’re going to get to telecom,” he said.“I don’t think that, if you were to grill an American negotiator at this stage, they would identify telecom as a critical aspect that kind of motivates the American government.”At most, the U.S. government may be satisfied in gaining greater access to the Canadian market by small American resellers of telecom services, said Beaudry.A failure to use the talks to further liberalize the telecom sector would be a wasted opportunity to create jobs, and would run counter to the Liberal government’s insistence that it makes decisions based on evidence, said Hejazi, who is also the academic director at the Rotman School of Management.“Every company in the country has to work with the telecom industry,” he said.“The productivity and employment across the entire Canadian economy are negatively impacted by the lack of efficiency and investments in that sector.”The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development called on Canada last year to open its telecom industries, along with airlines and broadcasters, to foreign ownership.The OECD said such a move would “sharpen competitive pressures, raise productivity and reduce prices for consumers.”Egyptian billionaire businessman Naguib Sawiris learned a bitter lesson about Canada’s telecom rules nearly a decade ago when his company, Orascom Telecom Holding, invested in Wind Mobile Canada, hoping to turn it into a major player. The investment soon turned sour after Ottawa blocked his bid to acquire Allstream from Manitoba Telecom Services Inc., through his investment firm, Accelero Holdings Inc.Sawiris blamed Canada’s regulatory framework for his decision to back away from investing further in Wind Mobile, accusing Canada of stifling innovation and producing what he called a “closed market.” He vowed never to invest in Canada again.There was also wide speculation in 2013 that U.S. telecom giant Verizon Communications Inc., could enter Canada’s wireless market, until company CEO Lowell McAdam definitively shot down the prospect, calling the rumours “way overblown.”The lack of interest in Canada’s telecom market by an established foreign player is telling, said Beaudry, suggesting there is little appetite for investing in it without putting the big three players on the selling block.None of the big three Canadian telecoms were willing to provide their perspective on the NAFTA negotiations, which are expected to begin Aug. 16. Spokespeople from all three said they would offer no comment.And while the industry umbrella group also said it wasn’t prepared to speak, a spokeswoman acknowledged the key players are keeping a close eye on any potential developments in the coming weeks.“We are monitoring the situation and discussing with our members,” said Sophie Paluck of the Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association.“We will want to ensure the Canadian wireless industry continues to thrive as a world leader.”— Follow @tpedwell on Twitterlast_img read more

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EC orders removal of 6 Central Force jawans posted as Arjun’s bodyguards

first_imgKolkata: The Election Commission on Sunday ordered the removal of 6 Central Force jawans, who had been deputed as bodyguards of BJP candidate Arjun Singh, who is contesting the elections from Barrackpore Lok Sabha constituency. The decision comes in the wake of the scuffle at Halishahar between Singh and the police.A TMC party office was ransacked at Halishahar on Sunday. Blaming BJP for the same, Trinamool leaders subsequently alleged that Singh was using the Central Force jawans to impose his will in the area. Meanwhile, on his way to attend a meeting with Special Police Observer Vivek Dubey at the District Magistrate’s office in Barasat, Singh said that he will conduct an ‘operation’ on May 6 when Barrackpore will go to polls. “I conduct various types of operation during every election. Tomorrow I will also conduct a new one as well,” Singh said, in an apparent jab at the Opposition. Additional CEO Sanjay Basu said that a report has been sought from the district election office on Singh’s statement. The Commission will examine the statement soon. Dinesh Trivedi, who is contesting from Barrackpore on TMC’s ticket, relied on the administration to counter any such ‘operation’ conducted by his rival. Trivedi also attended the meeting convened by the Special Police Observer. “The administration is there to take care of any ‘operation’ he (Singh) was talking about. I don’t want to comment on his statement,” Trivedi said.last_img read more

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El Othmani Receives Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez

Rabat – El Othmani received Sanchez this morning in Rabat, the Spanish embassy in Morocco wrote in a Twitter post.Minister of Human Rights Mustapha Ramid and Minister of the Interior Abdelouafi Laftit, and Minister of Culture and Communication Mohamed Laaraj also greeted Sanchez upon his arrival.The Spanish high official is visiting Morocco for the first time since he became prime minister in June and is accompanied by a delegation from Madrid. Sanchez is also expected to meet King Mohammed VI on his official trip to Morocco.Sanchez confirmed his intention to visit Rabat at the 26th Ibero-American summit in Guatemala over the weekend.Sanchez told the press that he is visiting Morocco because of the “historical ties” and the “strategic bilateral relations” that both countries enjoy.Presidente del Gobierno, @sanchezcastejon, departe con Jefe de Gobierno Marruecos, Saaddedine El Othmani, a su llegada a Rabat. @MAECgob @desdelamoncloa pic.twitter.com/MZBLo4z0Os— EmbajadaEspañaMarruecos (@EmbEspanaRabat) November 19, 2018He added that the visit will strengthen the bilateral ties linking the two nations on “common challenges.”He also described the visit as “very important.”Since he was voted in as Spanish prime minister in June, Sanchez has been a pro-Moroccan voice in the European Union, expressing Morocco’s concerns on migration issues.Llegada del Presidente @sanchezcastejon a Rabat. Comienza visita de trabajo y amistad a Marruecos. @desdelamoncloa pic.twitter.com/xPXB0iZips— EmbajadaEspañaMarruecos (@EmbEspanaRabat) November 19, 2018Sanchez also convinced the EU commission for migration to grant additional funds for Morocco to prevent irregular immigration to Spain.Read Also: Spanish Parliament Refuses to Host Polisario Meeting, Sanchez to Visit MoroccoThe visit also acknowledges Morocco’s strategic role in fighting irregular migration in line with the Spanish government’s agenda.Morocco is also an important trade partner for Spain. In February, the European Statistical Office reported that Spain remains Morocco’s main trade customer in terms of exports, which increased by 11.2 percent over the past year.Spain has been the primary export destination and importer of Moroccan goods since 2012. Spain is also calling the EU to speed up the process of the EU-Morocco fisheries agreement. Last week, the Spanish Minister of Agriculture Luis Planas called for a “rapid ratification” of the fisheries deal at the EU parliament.The Spanish minister asked them to approve it in the first quarter of 2019 to allow Spanish fishermen to fish in Moroccan waters. read more

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Citing flawed process UN expert says Iraq should not execute exVice President

16 March 2007After this week’s dismissal of Iraqi former Vice President Taha Yassin Ramadan’s appeal against the death penalty imposed by the country’s High Tribunal, an independent United Nations legal expert called on the Government to not carry out the execution, citing the “procedurally flawed legal process” that lead to the sentence. Leandro Despouy, the Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers, issued a statement today saying that the High Tribunal “has violated international standards on due process” and “therefore is not in a position to sentence Taha Yassin Ramadan to death.”The Appeals Chamber of the High Tribunal, in its 12 February decision, did not address the “grave shortcomings” of the original trial which sentenced Mr. Ramadan to a life sentence. The Chamber described this decision as being “too lenient,” and sent the case back to the trial court for his sentence to be increased to death.On Wednesday, all nine members of the appeals court ratified Mr. Ramadan’s death sentence.The trial violated international human rights standards and principles, according to the Representative, “in particular the right to be tried by an independent and impartial tribunal and the right to adequate defence,” as laid out in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR).Mr. Despouy, who has issued two previous press statements on this matter, is an unpaid expert serving in an independent personal capacity, reporting to the Geneva-based Human Rights Council. read more

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Over 750 goats slaughtered

Over 750 goats were slaughtered at a religious festival in Keerimalai, Jaffna today.According to the Jaffna based Uthayan newspaper, thousands of people took part in the Hindu ritual at the Karuhampanai Narasima Wairavar Temple in Keerimalai. The festival began early this morning and 750 goats were slaughtered after prayers.The Uthayan newspaper reported that over 300 cockerels were also killed as part of the ritual. (Colombo Gazette)

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Isura feels yahapalanaya only for SLFP Harsha responds

He said that it was the United National Party (UNP) which led the campaign for change in the country and so they must now set the standards. UNP Parliamentarian and Deputy Minister of Policy Planning and Economic Development Dr. Harsha de Silva, who was also at the event, told Devapriya he must ensure national interests are put first. He said that in the Kotte area some officials of the Western Provincial Council put politics before country. (Colombo Gazette) Western Province Chief Minister Isura Devapriya today asked if ‘yahapalanaya’ (good governance) is only for the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP).Speaking at a function held in Karadiyana at the launch of a waste to energy project also attended by President Maithripala Sirisena, Devapriya said that everyone should work together to take the country forward. read more

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Remembering Jesse Clarke

Friends and family gathered to honour 14-year old Jesse Clarke on Sunday.It would have been his 15th birthday but he didn’t live to see it.Jesse was killed on August 19th during a fight on Barton Street in August.An 18-year old has been charged with second degree murder.The loss is something his family says they will never recover from.Jesse was raised by his dad from the time he was a year and a half.Jesse Clarke will be 14 for eternity, his young life cut short just weeks before his 15th birthday.Jesse’s dad says he wants to use this senseless tragedy to help others. He doesn’t want any other parent to have to go through what his family has gone through.

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LGE 2018 Ballot boxes to be prepositioned at countrywide locations for

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedGECOM set for Disciplined Services to vote on SaturdayApril 30, 2015In “Politics”GECOM’s CEO explains differences between LGE and National ElectionsFebruary 29, 2016In “latest news”PPP meets GECOM on scrutiny of  Disciplined Forces voters listFebruary 10, 2016In “Politics” The Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) would be prepositioning ballot boxes at locations around the country to aid in ease of movement for November 2, when Police, Army and Fire Service ranks would turn out to vote early.GECOM CEO Keith LowenfieldThis is according to GECOM’s Chief Elections Officer Keith Lowenfield, who during a press briefing on Monday said that this includes prepositioning ballot boxes at locations in E Division, which would cater to ranks in Mackenzie, Wismar, Mabura, Ituni and Kwakwani. Boxes will also be prepositioned in places like Bartica, to cater for guards from the Mazaruni prison to vote.“Going westward, we will be prepositioning ballots for ranks at Leguan, because ranks at Leguan and Sans Souci will be voting at Leguan. And going further west, in G Division, we will be prepositioning (boxes) at Anna Regina to take care of the ranks,” Lowenfield said.“We’ll be going as far west as St Mary’s Police station up the Essequibo River. So while D-Day is intended to be on the second, we are prepositioning for the ease of movement on D-Day, so that the inordinate time associated with movement will be minimised,” Lowenfield explained.In denying suggestions that GECOM it is behind schedule in its preparation for Local Government Elections the CEO also noted that preparations for the disciplined services to vote are well advanced.Lowenfield reported that he had held meetings with stakeholders earlier on Monday. He revealed that he has also advised them on the process for nominating agents and scrutineers.A total of 10,700 polling day staff have been trained. Lowenfield noted that they would be employed and carry out mock polls as practise. And in light of concerns about the time it would take to tabulate results, the CEO assured that results should be provided in 24 hours.But when it comes to polling stations, Lowenfield revealed that GECOM has 1,674 polling stations. He noted that private residences would also be used as polling stations. In fact, there are some 272 of those.Lowenfield explained that the Commission had invited comments from the commissioners on the suitability of the residences, but, for some time, none has been forthcoming.“At the level of the commission, I did indicate the areas they are located and asked if there are any comments, meaning negative comments. I have not received any negatives, so we’re moving to confirm those locations,” he explained.“The posting of polls: we have started, and that will be completed on November 2; so all electors will know, approximately 10 days prior to elections, the locations they will be voting. So the exercise has started. In my engagement this morning with political stakeholders, they indicated they do have some concerns, and I advised that they provide those details by the end of today,” Lowenfield indicated.Meanwhile, Deputy CEO Roxanne Myers related that the time period within which persons can apply to vote by proxy has begun, and would last until November 2. She noted that application forms for proxy voters will be issued on November 8.LGE will be held in all municipalities and Neighbourhood Democratic Councils (NDCs) in Guyana using a mixed electoral system of Proportional Representation (PR) and First Past the Post (FPTP).The PR electoral system is one in which parties’ gain seats in proportion to the number of votes cast for them in a municipality or NDC. For someone to be elected under the Proportional Representation system, they must be on a party list or voluntary group list. Individuals cannot contest in the PR system.The FPTP system has been explained as one in which an individual gains control by the number of votes cast for him or her. These candidates can come from a party, voluntary group, or as independent contestants.Fifty per cent of councillors for each municipality and NDC are elected through the Proportional Representation component, while the other half comes from FPTP component of the electoral system.Under the FPTP system, an individual candidate can contest for only one seat in a single constituency in which he or she is registered and resides. Candidates can only be nominated for one group for the PR and FPTP list. read more

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EHF EURO 2016 breaks record in number of fans

With six matches still left to play, the EHF EURO 2016 has already attracted more spectators than any other European Championship before.“I’m pleased to announce that, thanks to the huge support from the Polish public and fans from across the world, we have already beaten the EHF EURO spectator record,” said EHF President Jean Brihault at a press conference on Thursday.“The record of 316,000 set in Denmark in 2014 has been surpassed – before the final weekend – with 342,115 spectators following the action in all four venues.”It is not only Poles filling the stands. 40,000 fans have travelled from abroad, with Germans, Danes and Norwegians representing the highest percentage of international visitors. As Norway and Germany remain in the race for the medals, an unforgettable atmosphere can be expected during the final round.EHF Secretary General Michel Wiederer expanded on the spectator numbers with information on television audiences, saying that the final Group 2 match between Germany and Denmark was one of the most watched so far.“In Germany, the match yesterday against Denmark was watched by 5.61 million people with a 21.1% share of the market – the second most watched programme on television,” said Wiederer.“In Denmark, on TV2, up to 1.7 million people watched the match – a market share of 70.8%.”, writes EHF-EURO.COM.PHOTO: EHF-EURO.COM EHF EURO 2016 ← Previous Story Marko Markis owner of handballgktraining.com: Knowledge is power! Next Story → Qatar continue domination in Asia! read more

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Women facing cancer on the up

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The number of cases of Australians getting cancer has risen in the last three years with more women getting cancer than men. The cases are up by five per cent in the last three years, with the number of female’s up nine per cent, to the mens up by two per cent. In a report by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, it said that although their is a rise in cancer cases, the survival prospects is significantly better than it was in the 1980s. last_img

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Police seek your assistance to locate Dekendro Cox

first_img Related Items:#magneticmedianews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, March 7, 2017 – North Caicos – 26 year-old Dekendro Cox of North Caicos was arrested and charged by officers for Malicious Injuries to Property and Burglary in connection with a report that was made on Monday 5th January 2015.On Sunday 4th January 2015 around 10pm, the owners of Blitz Bar and grill located on King Road North Caicos, secured the building by locking all windows and doors. The following day they discovered the place ransacked and a number of items missing.  The scene was visited by officers and as a result, an investigation was launched.  Dekendro Cox was later arrested and charged for the offences mentioned.Last year Mr. Cox went to trial and was found guilty in the Magistrate’s Court. He was given bail to return to court on Wednesday 8th February 2017 for sentencing. He did not appear to court on that date, as a result a Bench and Commitment warrant has been issued against him.If you have any information regarding his whereabouts, contact the police at Chalk Sound Police at 3385901/941-8067 or contact The information you provide will be treated in the strictest of confidence. We remind you not to report crime information via our Facebook and Twitter page.Press Release: RTCIPF#MagneticMediaNews The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provo Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meeting ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDTlast_img read more

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Special Development Zone to Provide Community Tools to Support New Eielson AFB

first_imgAlaska officials this week designated the city of North Pole as the state’s first military facility zone in an effort to spur private infrastructure development needed to accommodate 3,256 uniformed personnel, civilian employees, and family members projected to accompany the arrival of two squadrons of F-35A Lightning IIs at Eielson AFB in 2020. The designation offers developers priority review status for existing infrastructure financing programs from the Alaska Housing Finance Corp. and the Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority, according to a release from the office of Gov. Bill Walker. It also allows the city to provide partial or full property tax relief for up to 10 years to developers for infrastructure that benefits the installation.Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Benjamin Sutton Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

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Kia recalls 30000 2020 Telluride SUVs for improper seat belts

first_img 2020 Kia Telluride is a majestic mountain SUV Recalls Kia 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Now playing: Watch this: 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value More From Roadshow 4:26 2020 Toyota 4Runner first drive: Same as it ever was — mostly Preview • 2020 Kia Telluride first drive: A big, bold SUV with great value Enlarge ImageSeat belt assemblies installed might be Middle Eastern-spec. Emme Hall/Roadshow Have you parked a shiny, new 2020 Kia Telluride in the driveway? There’s a chance it will need to go back to the dealership in the near future. The SUV, which just began shipping to dealers months ago, has been recalled for incorrect seat belts.NHTSA published the recall documents on Thursday after Kia filed them earlier this month. Total, 30,168 Telluride models are affected and may have the incorrect seat belt assemblies onboard. Affected assemblies could be in the front-passenger seat, second or third rows.In the event of a crash, the improper seat belt assemblies may not secure a child’s seat the owner installed. Thus, they do not comply with US regulations. Kia has an explanation for the problem: they’re not the correct seat belt parts because they were intended for global Telluride models.In the documents, Kia said the affected models house seat belt assemblies meant for the Middle East market. That provides a lot of context for why they don’t meet US standards since we’re talking about totally different regulations between separate geographical locations. Specifically, the components do not have an automatic locking retractor. The lap belt portion of the seat belt will not sufficiently lock into place for a child’s seat.Owners will be told to take their Telluride to a dealership, where a technician will not only inspect the passenger seat and the back rows, but also the driver’s seat to ensure the SUVs are up to snuff. If the wrong assembly is present, the technician will install the correct part free of charge. Any models made after Aug. 5 were subject to new inspection processes and Kia believes just 1% of the recalled SUVs actually house the defect.Letters to inform owners of the recall should start mailing out on Aug. 30. Review • 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger valuecenter_img 37 Photos SUVs Car Industry Tags 0 Post a comment 2020 Kia Telluride hits all the high points More about 2020 Kia Telluride Share your voice Kialast_img read more

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Alaska Public Media ADN Reach Agreement With State Over Public Records Request

first_imgAlaska Public Media and the Alaska Dispatch News have reached an agreement with the state of Alaska in their lawsuit to obtain records related to the Alaska National Guard scandal.The agreement signed Tuesday says the Department of Law will assign a team of attorneys to process the request for public records and produce the documents as soon as possible.The state also agrees not to destroy any relevant documents. The pact specifically covers emails on the personal email account of Mike Nizich, chief of staff to Gov. Sean Parnell, that concern problems at the Guard.Alaska Public Media first filed a public records request in May to determine how Parnell and his executive staff responded to reports that Guard leaders were mishandling sexual assault complaints.The media outlets filed a lawsuit after the state rejected their requests.last_img read more

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NTSB investigates man machine environment in Fridays plane crash near Juneau

first_img(Creative Commons photo by Matt’ Johnson)Wreckage of a plane that went down Friday afternoon 18 miles west of Juneau was being picked up Sunday for further investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board.Download AudioWings of Alaska flight 202 from Juneau to Hoonah crashed into a mountain north of Point Howard on the mainland, killing the pilot. The Cessna 207 was carrying four passengers who survived the crash.The purpose of the National Transportation Safety Board is to perform an in-depth investigation to determine probable cause of the crash. Clint Johnson, chief of the Alaska Regional Office in Anchorage, describes it as a process of elimination.“We look at three main areas when we get on an accident site – man, machine, environment. Man being the human performance portion, machine being the mechanical and the environment is obviously the weather. So right now, none of those three areas have been discounted at this point,” Johnson says.NTSB investigator Chris Shaver spent Saturday at the crash site, which is steep and tree-covered.Johnson says the investigative team for the wreckage includes representatives from the airframe manufacturer, Cessna Aircraft Co., and the engine manufacturer, Continental Motors. That process takes a few days.Johnson says Shaver is also working closely with Wings of Alaska.“That is a part of the investigation. Chris will probably be in town for the next 2 to 3 days, if not longer than that, conducting a number of interviews as far as management personnel, other pilots that knew this pilot, dispatch personnel, there’s a host of people,” Johnson says.Wings flight 202 departed Juneau on Friday around 1 p.m. for what was supposed to be an 18-minute flight to Hoonah. The Juneau Police Department received a 911 call from someone on the plane around 1:20 reporting the crash.The pilot was 45-year-old Fariah Peterson of Birmingham, Alabama. Her body was recovered Saturday afternoon and will be sent to the State Medical Examiner Office for an autopsy.The four surviving passengers are 64-year-old Ernestine Hanlon-Abel of Hoonah, 57-year-old Humberto Hernandez-Aponte and wife 60-year-old Sandra Herrera Lopez of Juneau, and 15-year-old Jose Vazquez of Puerto Rico. They were all initially brought to Bartlett Regional Hospital in Juneau. Hanlon-Abel and Herrera Lopez were medevaced to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. As of Sunday afternoon, both were in serious condition in the intensive care unit.The weather near Point Howard Friday afternoon was similar to the weather in Juneau – low clouds, light rain and patchy fog, according to a meteorologist at the National Weather Service.Wings of Alaska cancelled all flights on Saturday, the day after the crash. Service resumed on Sunday.Johnson says a full NTSB investigation takes 9 months to a year. He says a preliminary accident report will come out sometime this week.last_img read more

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Geotagging row Doctors demand separate mobile with SIM

first_imgHyderabad: The Ayush department’s reported moves to introduce geotagging method from September first to keep a tab on employees’ attendance, is not only drawing criticism from doctors and staff within Ayush but also from doctors from other wings in the health department. Opposing the move doctors are saying that they heard of geotagging being carried on animals in the forests to get a count of them and also on vehicles, but this is the first time that such an exercise is being carried on government employees. They have appealed to the senior officials to look into this issue as providing their phone access to others would lead to loss of privacy of individuals. Alternatively, biometric and CCTVs options could be explored if government wants to check the attendance of doctors and other staff.last_img read more

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Girls outdo boys in ICSE ISC

first_imgKOLKATA: Girls have performed better than the boys both in ICSE and ISC examinations in the state. The Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE) declared the results of Class 10 (ICSE) and Class 12 (ISC) examinations across the country on Monday. In Bengal, the pass percentage amongst girls has been 98.22 percent in ICSE, while for boys it is 97.33 percent. In ISC, nearly 97.82 percent girls have passed whereas around 94.56 percent boys secured pass marks. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsThe overall pass percentage in ICSE has been 97.72 percent and 96.06 percent in ISC.While 33,898 candidates had appeared for ICSE exam in the state, 23,000 appeared for ISC. The number of boys and girls who had appeared in ICSE was 19,163 and 14,735 respectively whereas the figures stand 12,443 and 10,557 respectively in ISC.As many as 8 students from the state have secured more than 99 percent marks in ISC. Kaushiki Dasgupta Chaudhuri of St. Xavier’s Institution Panihati bagged 99.50 percent. While three students namely Jaydeep Basu of Modern English Academy Barrackpore, Risav Jalan of Don Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedBosco Liluah and Asmita Sarkar of Modern High School for Girls have secured 99.25 percent, four others namely Adittya Pal of Garden High School, Aman Choudhury of Don Bosco Siliguri, Aryaman Jain of Don Bosco Park Circus and Sumedha Ghosh of La Martiniere for Girls got 99 percent.In ICSE, Sphira Pandey of Heritage School in Kolkata and Anuraag Ghosh of Aryans School of Kolkata have bagged 99 percent each. Archisman Ghosh from MP Birla Foundation Higher Secondary School has secured 98.8 percent. “I was hopeful of securing good marks but 99 percent have come as a surprise. I want to take up research work in science, become a professor and dream of teaching in a national level university,” Sphira said.Anurag wants to pursue a career in Engineering and has opted for science in ISC. “I thank my parents and teachers for their enormous support,” said Anurag who loves to play and watch cricket.last_img read more

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A Soviet Space Probe Reached and Crashed into the Moon 10 Years

first_imgThe Space Race, a turbulent competition between the U.S. and the Soviet Union, officially started on August 12, 1955, when the Soviets declared that they would launch functional satellites into low Earth orbit before the Americans. Since the day when the competition began, a manned mission to the Moon was the ultimate goal of both sides: both governments invested astronomical amounts of money in space exploration and spacecraft development programs in hope of becoming the first nation in history to set foot on the Earth’s only natural satellite. On July 20, 1969, when Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin placed the American flag on the surface of the Moon, the U.S. became the official winner of the competition. However, although the Americans were most definitely the first nation to send men to the Moon, they weren’t first to reach it. In September of 1959, only four years after the beginning of the Space Race and a whole 10 years before the first manned lunar landing, the Soviets became the first nation to land a man-made object on another celestial body.Luna 2 Soviet moon probe.Luna 2 was a spherical space probe, somewhat similar in appearance to Sputnik 1, the first artificial satellite successfully launched into low Earth orbit. The probe was equipped with a number of research instruments, including Geiger counters, a magnetometer, and a micrometeorite detector, and its only mission was to crash into the Moon. At the time the probe was launched, the Americans were certain that it would simply miss the Moon: they knew that the Soviet space program had developed powerful rockets which were undoubtedly capable of traversing the distance between the Earth and the Moon, but they thought that the Soviet guidance systems were faulty and would never be able to precisely calculate the complex trajectory that was necessary for an intentional crash landing.Luna 2 site is near the right of the image, close to the Apollo 15 landing site. Photo Oaktree b C BY-SA 3.However, the Americans were wrong. Luna 2 successfully reached the Moon and subsequently crashed into its surface somewhere in the lunar region known as the “Mare Imbrium.” During its approach, the probe transmitted valuable information back to the Soviet mission control on Earth: its measurements proved that the Moon has no magnetic field and that the radiation levels on its surface wouldn’t pose any threat to a future manned expedition.The copy of the Soviet pennant sent on the Luna 2 probe to the Moon, at the Kansas Cosmosphere Patrick Pelletier CC BY-SA 3.0Furthermore, aside from being a breakthrough in space exploration, Luna 2 was a powerful political move. Namely, along with the scientific instruments, the probe carried a ball made of pentagonal stainless steel plates. Each plate was engraved with a Soviet coat of arms and a Cyrillic inscription “U.S.S.R., January 1959.”Luna 2, the first human-made object to reach the surface of the Moon (left) and Soviet Moon rover Lunokhod 1 Photo:Petar Milošević – BY-SA 3.0The center of the ball was fitted with a small explosive device that was programmed to detonate upon impact. Therefore, when the probe crashed into the surface of the Moon, the ball exploded and scattered the pentagonal plates all around the crash-landing site. Some of the plates were surely destroyed in the explosion, but a number of them undoubtedly remain scattered in the lunar dust.Alan L. Bean, Lunar Module pilot for the Apollo 12 mission, starts down the ladder of the Lunar Module (LM) “Intrepid” to join astronaut Charles Conrad, Jr., mission Commander, on the lunar surface.This means that, in a way, the Soviets marked the Moon as “conquered” 10 years before Armstrong and Aldrin walked on its surface and set up the American flag. Two weeks after Luna 2 crashed into the Moon, the then-Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev visited the United States and used the opportunity to rub the mission success into the face of Americans. One of the gifts that he brought to President Dwight Eisenhower was a replica of the stainless steel ball from Luna 2. At that time, such gift a was deemed a provocation because it openly symbolized Soviet supremacy in the Space Race.Related story from us:47 minutes of sinister silence: During the Apollo 11 mission, astronaut Michael Collins orbited the dark side of the Moon completely aloneStill, in the long run, even though the first orbital spaceflight was conducted by Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin, the Americans were more successful in the competition as they were the ones who sent the first people to the Moon. Nowadays, Eisenhower’s replica of the Luna 2 steel ball can be seen at the Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum in Abilene, Kansas, where it remains as a reminder of a time when humanity began venturing into the unknown.last_img read more

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Secure Your Startup Against Phishers With These 3 Tips

first_imgJune 2, 2016 5 min read Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Phishers — unscrupulous Internet lurkers who try to get your username, password, credit card number and other sensitive information by posing as trusted sources — know there’s a big pool of money out there. And, more often than not, to get it, all they need to do is cast a line and wait for prey to bite.Related: How to Identify 5 Common Phishing AttacksEven Mattel, that household-name manufacturer of children’s toys, took the bait in a recent high-profile phishing scam. When an unnamed executive at Mattel received an email (ostensibly from CEO Christopher Sinclair) requesting a $3 million bank transfer, she approved it without a second thought.Had the executive not made an off-handed remark to Sinclair later that day about the transfer, Mattel would have been on the hook for those millions. Phishing may be the oldest trick in hackers’ playbooks, but — as demonstrated by Mattel’s recent snafu — it’s remarkably effective. In fact, phishing cracks the door for more than 90 percent of hacking attacks.The most devious of these phishing attacks are spear- phishing attempts such as the kind perpetrated on the toy company. A clever variation on traditional phishing, spear phishers collect information about a target’s network to create email bait that appears to be from a trusted source. And while most companies think they’re equipped to handle these advances, more and more businesses are being tricked by phishers into releasing confidential information.Little fish make big markets.According to FBI data, business email-compromise schemes, such as phishing, cost companies $1.2 billion in 2015. And while one might assume that these low-tech, high-yield scams take disproportionately from the pockets of corporate giants, data shows small businesses to be the primary prey.In 2015, the National Cybersecurity Institute found that 38 percent of spear-phishing attacks targeted companies with fewer than 250 employees. In comparison, just 25 percent of attacks were perpetrated against companies with more than 2,500 employees.The reason? Hackers know that small businesses are more worried about getting off the ground than spoofed emails or international scammers. Essentially, entrepreneurs don’t expect to be targets.Entrepreneurs who utilize two-party authentication of transfers are somewhat protected, but even that security measure couldn’t save Mattel from a clever attack. The only way entrepreneurs can truly prevent phishers from snagging them is through cultural awareness and communication.Related: The Phishing Expedition You Want to Avoid This SummerGet phishers’ lines out of your pond.No matter how much training employees receive, a specious sender can still slip under the radar. Entrepreneurs, here’s how to create a secure environment that keeps phishers out:1. Step away from the inbox.As soon as a request for classified information or a wire transfer hits an employee’s inbox, his or her first step should be to pick up the phone. This applies in particular to commonly targeted departments, like accounts payable or account services.And if anyone, regardless of the department involved, receives a request for passwords or credit card information — the proverbial “keys to the business” — he or she should contact the supposed sender immediately to verify the request.For example, when my CFO received an email asking for approval of an invoice, he Slacked me to check that I had indeed sent the invoice. Upon investigation, we discovered the invoice to be a phishing attempt, and, worse, it was loaded with a Trojan virus. Our double-check system paid off, and the invoice was deleted.Related: Related: 4 Ways Your Small Business Can Better Prevent Cyber Crime2. Trust, but verify.The recent DocuSign scam was a huge wake-up call for business and individuals. Even when working with a trusted third party, check that the browser’s “http” has switched to “https,” which signifies a safe, encrypted connection. When you’re in Google Chrome or Internet Explorer, a lock icon in the URL bar verifies you’re in safe territory.It may seem like wasted time, but a minute spent verifying a software request in your inbox is better than explaining to your team how you let a scammer steal $3 million. If in doubt, show the request to an IT professional; these are people who’ll never fault you for being cautious.3. Make caution your guide.If something seems amiss, it probably is. For instance, if you receive an email from your office manager who writes that she “forgot her password,” don’t just fork over the information. Until you’ve investigated, assume it’s a scammer in disguise.Think back to your playground days: Even if the man with the candy seemed nice, your mom told you to assume he was out to get you until you learned otherwise. So, be cautious: Make a phone call to the organization, individual or help desk. The extra work was worth it when you were a kid; it’s worth it now.Related: How to Identify 5 Common Phishing AttacksNo one wants to be paranoid, but with so much on the line, it pays to pay attention. When in doubt, get out of the inbox and on to the phone, watch for insecure connections and trust your gut about fishy requests. Don’t get hacked; get smart. Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Register Now »last_img read more

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