Cosmos Bank fraud due to malware in system: NPCI

first_imgThe National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) has said the recent incident of cyber attack in Pune-based Cosmos Cooperative Bank, that has caused an over ₹90-crore loss, is due to a malware attack on the bank’s system.Hackers transferred over ₹90 crore out on August 11 and 13 through the malware attack on the bank’s server by cloning debit cards of the bank’s customers. The transactions were carried through automated teller machines (ATMs) in 28 countries, including Canada, Hong Kong and India. Visa and Rupay debit cards were cloned. The bank registered an FIR with the Chatushringi police station and has closed all its servers and net banking facilities.“One of our network members has confirmed a malware attack on their system,” NPCI said, while reiterating that its systems are fully secured and that this issue has occurred within the bank’s information technology environment.Bharat Panchal, Head Risk Management, NPCI said, maximum transactions have been reported from outside India. “We wish to reiterate that our systems are fully secure and we are monitoring the situation continuously. We are there to support the bank in identifying the cause of this fraud.”After banks failed to upgrade their software in ATMs despite repeated reminders, Reserve Bank of India has directed them to complete the process in a phased manner latest by June 2019. The banking regulator pointed out that many ATMs were still running on Windows XP and other unsupported software. According to banking industry sources, at least 30% of the 2.2 lakh ATMs across the country could still be running on old software.Jayant Saran, Partner, Deloitte India, said continuous monitoring and surveillance was required to prevent such attacks. “Banking institutions are vulnerable to cyber attacks. Continuous monitoring, surveillance and incidence response teams deployed on standby can be beneficial in preventing large-scale attacks,” Mr. Saran said.last_img read more

2 students drown in sea near Puri

first_imgTwo college students drowned in the Bay of Bengal near Puri while taking a bath on Sunday.Two deceased, identified as Rajat Pandey (22) of Jamshedpur and Md. Ibad (22) of New Delhi, were students of the Piloo Mody College of Architecture in Cuttack. They had gone to the Puri beach on bikes with three other friends.No informationCollege sources said the students had left the hostels without informing the authorities. While taking a bath in the Bay of Bengal, two drowned in the sea during the morning high tide.When other friends raised an alarm, local fishermen present on the beach rushed to the spot and helped retrieve the bodies.last_img read more

Rafael Nadal shines in comfortable victory over Ferrer in Barcelona

first_imgRafael Nadal gave a much improved performance to advance into the quarter-finals of the Barcelona Open on Thursday, dispatching Spanish compatriot and crowd favourite David Ferrer 6-3 6-3.The world number two had produced a scrappy display against Leonardo Mayer on Wednesday, losing a set for the first time in four years at the tournament, but he showed more spark and composure against Ferrer.Nadal broke the 37-year-old Ferrer, who will retire from the game next month after the Madrid Open, in the sixth game to take a 4-2 lead in the opener but play was halted due to rain with the score at 5-3.Nadal promptly saw out the set when play resumed and broke Ferrer in the first game of the second but then lost a service game, which made it 2-2.The Mallorcan broke again and then took a 5-3 lead, spurning three match points due to two marginal calls which left him visibly annoyed with the line judge.Nadal finally closed the match out at the fourth opportunity as Ferrer could only find the net.Nadal led fans in applauding Ferrer as the defeat signalled his last appearance at the Barcelona Open.”Losing to Rafa makes me proud, I’m happy with the game as I did what I could, I gave everything I had but I tip my hat to Rafa,” Ferrer said.”It was difficult, I started well but the court was slower when the rain started coming down, that damaged me but I still played a competitive game.”advertisementNadal paid tribute to Ferrer, who he beat in the 2013 French Open final, and was pleased with his own display.”It’s his decision but on a tennis level he doesn’t have to retire, he’s struggled with injuries but he is playing very well this year. After all his years fighting and giving us all joy he deserves the reception he got,” Nadal said.”I had to improve on yesterday, not just the result but overall. This was important for David but for me it was important to do better and play with more energy than yesterday I did that so I can go back to my hotel feeling much happier.”Also Read | Fognini lands maiden Masters title in Monte CarloAlso Read | Played one of my worst matches on clay in 14 years: Nadal after Monte Carlo exitAlso Seelast_img read more

There’s A New No. 2 Overall Recruiting Class For 2020

first_img Ohio State jumped Alabama in the rankings and now own the No. 1 class in the Big Ten as well.With the commitment of Lathan Ransom, Ohio State jumps LSU and Alabama and now has the No. 2 recruiting class in the country— The Buckeye Nut (@TheBuckeyeNut) July 16, 2019The Buckeyes entered the summer with the No. 3 recruiting class in the Big Ten and were outside the top-15 in overall rankings.In the past two months, Ryan Day and company have landed five players who have at least four stars – including the No. 1 wide receiver recruit in the country.It’s been a meteoric rise for the Buckeyes over the past two months. Without Urban Meyer, some questioned if the Buckeyes could recruit with the big dogs.Ryan Day has answered those questions and then some. He has the Buckeyes in position to remain as the top team in the Big Ten for years to come.Stay tuned for the latest recruiting news. Ohio State coach Ryan Day celebrating during a football game.ARLINGTON, TX – SEPTEMBER 15: Interim head coach Ryan Day of the Ohio State Buckeyes reacts during The AdvoCare Showdown against the TCU Horned Frogs at AT&T Stadium on September 15, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)On Tuesday afternoon, the No. 4 safety recruit in the 2020 recruiting class announced his commitment.Lathan Ransom, a four-star safety out of Tuscon, Arizona, took to Twitter to announce his commitment to Ryan Day and the Ohio State Buckeyes.With the commitment, Ohio State jumped up in the recruiting rankings.The Buckeyes now sit just behind Clemson – which was on pace to bring home the greatest recruiting class in history.last_img read more

Throttle Jockey: Yell YAHOO in your helmet with Harley’s hotrod Low Rider S

first_img What Kind of Motorcycle Should I Get? A Comprehensive Guide to Motorcycle Types Editors’ Recommendations If you’re looking for one do-it-all street bike with bark, bite and big power, the answer is coming form an unexpected (for me) place: Harley-Davidson and their new Low Rider S. While H-D is best known for high-profile and often low-and-sorta-slow cruisers, the LR-S is a bit of a revelation: a blacked-out, lower-profile powercruiser that can still get it on when the road begins to get curvy.Some backstory: Last fall, the Harley-Davidson crew came to Portland for their big press ride and it was great fun to show them some of my favorite secret backroads.Myself and the gaggle of journos along for the ride swapped bikes at the many stops, but I was keen on the Dyna Low Rider, which had just gotten some nice upgrades, and by the end of the ride, I was smitten. It was everything a… maturing performance rider could want in a “cruiser”: stonking motor, triple disc brakes, decent cornering clearance, low bars, standard pegs, lots-o-torque, 6-speed box, and so on. It was fast. Comfortable. Great looking and somewhat affordable. Even with the stock 2-1 pipe on it, it still sounded tough as you rolled on the throttle. Pretty much perfect. What could be better?Well, of course something can always be better, and recently, the kind folks at the Bar and Shield generously invited me to take a two-day spin on their “new” Low Rider, the sinister and simplified Low Rider S.The Low Rider S hops up the performance quotient over the regular Low Rider – as well as upping the price. A basic Low rider will set you back just over 14 large, while the S version tacks on about another two grand. So what do you get for the extra dosh? More motor for one, as the power plant jumps from 103 cubic inches to the big 110ci Screaming Eagle unit. This upgrade alone is pretty much worth all the extra dough-re-me. More on that in a bit.Also on the upgrade list: suspension. The front forks click up to a beefy 49mm cartridge-types, which look normal but provide more firmness for sport riding antics. However, there is no adjustability, pity that. Out back, the rear shocks are fancy gas-emulsion units with preload adjustment. On the road, the ride is noticeably more taut than the plain Low Rider, but on the freeway, it’s still inside the comfort envelope.What else? A cruise control appears on the left control pod and man, every bike should come with one. So nice and works great. A small cowling rises just over the headlight, and the exhaust plumbing terminates in black 2-2 staggered right-side pipes that, in my opinion both look and sound just right.Glossy black is the default paint scheme, except for the cast wheels, which harken back to the bike the Low Rider S pays homage to: the original XLCR Cafe Racer from the 1970s. But rather than the sleek, angular bodywork of that now infamous experiment, the LR-S sports a chopped rear fender and Low Rider split-style tank with center-mounted instruments that include a speedo, tach and inset LCD screen that shows range, odo, two trip meters, gear and the time. The gas gauge is in the fakey left “gas cap” per Harley’s usual arrangement. Despite the LCD, fuel injection, ABS, throttle-by-wire and other tech, the Low Rider S has a very analog feel to it, which suits me just fine.Walk up to the LR-S, throw a leg over the seat and hit the starter button. Oh, did I forget to put the key in? Nope, there’s no key to fumble with here, just a fob in your pocket that knows when it’s near the bike and allows the starter to spin. Lose or forget it and there’s a backup button-dance “PIN” sequence to bring the fire.The fuel-injected 110 spins to life, a moderate bop-bop-bop emanating from the twin cans. At this point, car alarms and the faint of heart have nothing to fear from the stock setup. Thankfully, Harley didn’t succumb to temptation and give the LR-S some gigantic 300-series rear tire. Instead, it’s a meaty but handling-friendly 190 unit with plenty of grip. Give the cable-actuated clutch a solid pull, click the slicker-than-expected tranny into first and you’re underway. The fun is just getting started.Riding the “plain” Low Rider last fall, I was impressed with the 103ci engine’s output and manners. Great cruising engine, and when you open the throttle, satisfying forward motion as you ride that famous wave of Harley torque. No complaints, but not exactly a rocketship either.But it’s here, with the 110-inch motor, that the extra coin suddenly makes sense. Rolling onto a nearly deserted freeway early on a Saturday morning and heading for the Angel’s Crest Highway, I roll in some throttle and as the tach crests 3,000 rpm in second, the Low Rider S absolutely launches forward with a ferocity I was not expecting in any way, shape or form. I’m not sure what they did back at the factory (but I have some idea), but this motor has an ideal combination of horsepower, torque and smoothness. Money well spent! Click up through third, fourth and fifth with repeated big throttle inputs and 90mph – which most everyone seems to be going – arrives in seconds. Hold the fuck on.Even in the super-tall overdrive sixth, there’s enough grunt to quickly pass those slowpokes going 80 like they’re going 40. Best of all, above idle, the engine vibes are subtle, not intrusive. But I’m looking for excuses to drop to 5th and gun it as often as possible, vibration be damned. But really, it’s never an issue as the Dyna rubber mount system takes the hits so I can focus on the quickly upcoming traffic ahead as the power builds all the way to 5,000rpm while a vicious snarl more fit for an Italian or Japanese bike pours from the pipes. Insane. Up front, dual-disc brakes with plenty of whoa respond to moderate pressure from the lever as the bike dives into corners. The experience isn’t exactly like riding a cutting-edge replica racer, but the binders do transmit good feel through the lever and a solid pull brings things to a halt right quick. The rear disc works as expected without being grabby or underpowered.After rallying through the curves to the famous Newcombs hideaway for some breakfast along Angels Crest Highway, I take a break and soak up the scenery of bikes, sports cars (Ford GT40!) and vintage rides camped out in the parking lot. On the way to to the seminal stop, the Low Rider S has been a blast. With the big twin hovering between 3,000 and 5,000rpm, I strafed corner after corner, pushing the bike as far as I dared, which is less than I normally would since… it’s not my bike. But even at a 8/10s pace, the LR-S acquits itself well, and beyond expectations.The only real nit is the lack of clearance on the right (pipe side) as I repeatedly grind the long peg feeler into the pavement. Tight lefties seem to have a few more degrees of clearance and while I do touch down the peg on that side as well, it’s awfully close to the limit of what I would ever need the LR-S to achieve in go-fast-and-turn mode. Was I giving the Gixxers, Ducs and S1000RRs fits in the corners? Well, no, but I was properly entertained – more than I ever expected to be – by the LR-S’s planted manners, lack of drama and near-neutral steering. A bit more preload out back (or fewer fajitas) would likely make the steering dead nuts neutral.After descending out of the mountains dissected by the famous Highway 2, I make my way east toward Highway 10, key the cruise control and try to settle in, but it’s here that a key difference between the regular Low Rider and the S reveals itself: the seat.The plain Low Rider features a great seat that even has a little extra pad for those short on inseam, I problem I will never have. But the LR-S seat is short, thin and has a bump right in the back that quickly begins burning a hot spot on your buns as the miles tick by. For a shorter (and lighter) rider, the stock seat may likely be fine, but I’m neither short nor light, and this is the seat I have, so I have to tough it out. Truly, a first world problem.Given the breadth of saddle choices out there, fixing the seat is as simple as making space on your Visa and using a couple of hand tools. I nominate the stock seat on the regular Low-Rider, as I rolled around it on all day with no complaints. The LR-S seat falls short of that but I simply added in a few stop-n-stretch points and made it just fine to Palm Desert, where a friend confirmed to me that he also found the stock seat less than comfy.Back out on the open road and hustling up out of Palm Desert on Highway 74, I etch more pavement with the right side peg on occasion, but otherwise, the LR-S fairly flicks into and out of the tight 20mph-posted turns and rolling on the gas rockets my by minivans, cars and other bikes with the kind of instant-on passing power that satisfies the soul.Rolling up Highway 1 into L.A. proper, the tiny bug screen atop the headlight actually punches a decent hole in the wind (especially at L.A. freeway speeds) without causing any helmet buffeting. Still, it would be nice if the bike had more of an XLCR-ish bikini fairing and the instruments were on the bar rather than on the tank. Aftermarket to the rescue? Sure hope so.Far too soon, my time on the Low Rider S is at an end and this sleeper of a bike is now tops on my power cruiser wish list.I’ll just have to get a different seat. World’s First Luxury Space Hotel Promises Climbing Wall, Low-Gravity Basketball Courts Rob Lowe’s Montecito Millon-Dollar Manse Hits the Market Slopestyle Mountain Bike Champion Emil Johansson Talks Tricks, Staying Fit, and More 1. 2016 Harley-Davidson Low Rider S 2. 2016 Harley-Davidson Low Rider S 3. 2016 Harley-Davidson Low Rider S 4. 2016 Harley-Davidson Low Rider S 5. 2016 Harley-Davidson Low Rider S 6. 2016 Harley-Davidson Low Rider S 7. 2016 Harley-Davidson Low Rider S 8. 2016 Harley-Davidson Low Rider S 9. 2016 Harley-Davidson Low Rider S An Introduction to the Fine Sport of Bouldering last_img read more

Video Moroccan Ottman Azaitar Wins Epic Fight

By Saad Eddine LamzouwaqRabat – When it comes to Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) and combat sports in general, Azaitar brothers (Abu Bakr and Ottman) are certainly among the best Moroccan athletes.The Cologne, Germany natives proudly represent their country of origin. They are famous for their aggressive style and fighting with a heart inside the cage.Last Saturday, the younger Azaitar, Ottman, was involved in an epic battle against the British fighter Charlie Leary in Abu Dhabi.In a back-and-fourth fight, Azaitar won with an incredible knockout in an insane first round, described by many professionals as one of the best in the history of the game. read more

Greater efforts needed to achieve gender equality Lithuanias President tells UN

23 September 2010Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite used her address to the United Nations today to call for much greater coordinated efforts to achieve global gender equality. “Gender equality issues are rarely associated with overcoming the economic crisis or stopping climate change,” she told the General Assembly on the opening day of its annual session, held at UN Headquarters in New York.“However, it has been estimated that the elimination of gender discrimination in the labour market could increase the GDP [gross domestic product] by as much as 30 per cent.”Ms. Grybauskaite stressed that gender equality on a global scale will only become possible when a certain level of security and economic development has been achieved.“Let us put all our efforts together to eradicate intolerance and discrimination which so often are the main reasons for so many conflicts in the world,” she said. “Security, environment and gender equality – all are interdependent. And all need to be adequately addressed on the international agenda. It is a prerequisite for ensuring sustainable development.”Steven Vanackere, Vice Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Belgium, which currently holds the rotating presidency of the European Union (EU), welcomed the creation of the new UN Women entity, combining the functions of several UN bodies entrusted with gender equality and the protection and advancement of women. “It has my country’s full support,” he said. “Of course gender will need to stay a mainstream theme influencing the actions of each and every UN institution.”Mr. Vanackere also called for the UN to become more representative and voiced the hope that negotiations on enlarging the Security Council will soon lead to concrete results.For his part, Slovakian President Ivan Gašparoviè told the Assembly that his country also welcomed the creation of UN Women.“We believe that this entity will help curb all forms of violence against women,” he said, adding that Slovakia also backs the work of the Secretary-General’s first ever Special Representative on sexual violence in conflict, Margot Wallström, who was appointed to the post near the start of this year. read more

UN and Uzbekistan agree on sending aid to Afghanistan through Termez River

Speaking to reporters in Tashkent, Kenzo Oshima, the UN Emergency Relief Coordinator, said Uzbekistan had also agreed to the use of related barges, “which can carry up to 1,000 metric tonnes of food [and] offer tremendous potential for getting food into the northern part of Afghanistan.” Noting that he would soon travel to Turkmenistan and Tajikistan, Mr. Oshima stressed that it was in the best interests of Afghanistan’s neighbours “to do everything they can to facilitate the work of the UN in addressing this terrible vulnerability, this famine, this crisis.” Meanwhile, inside Afghanistan, the World Food Programme (WFP) began distributing 500 metric tonnes of food – enough to feed 60,000 people for a month – to internally displaced people in Kabul. In Geneva, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Ruud Lubbers, is set to leave tomorrow for a one-week mission to Pakistan and Iran. Making his second trip to the region in six months, the High Commissioner hopes to get a “first hand look at UNHCR’s current state of readiness and preparations for a possible large-scale influx of Afghans,” the agency said. read more

Lawyer for California offroad race crash victims says 58M settlement reached

by Amy Taxin, The Associated Press Posted Dec 18, 2013 1:54 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email SANTA ANA, Calif. – A $5.8 million agreement has been reached to settle lawsuits over a 2010 desert off-road race crash that killed eight people and injured 12 on federally owned land in California, a lawyer said Wednesday.Attorney Katherine Harvey-Lee, who represents three injured spectators and the father of one person killed, said the deal was reached in mediation on Tuesday.The crash occurred when a truck competing in the California 200 race sailed off a jump and slammed into the crowd in the Mojave Desert.The agreement would settle lawsuits filed on behalf of victims and their families alleging the race was negligently managed and supervised.Under the deal, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management would pay $4.825 million and race organizers and promoters Mojave Desert Racing Inc., and Mojave Desert Racing Productions Inc., would provide their $1 million insurance policy limit, Harvey-Lee said.An internal review in 2010 by the BLM, which owns the land 100 miles northeast of Los Angeles, concluded the agency failed to adequately monitor the race or properly follow procedures in granting permits to race promoters.The review found that the race sponsor expected 200 to 300 people at the event, but at least 1,500 people attended.“When you get a lot of people out in the desert and you have vehicles operating in these races, it just makes sense that there should be some supervision to make sure people don’t get hurt,” Harvey-Lee said.The agreement still must be approved by the Department of Justice and by a judge in Los Angeles, she said.Thom Mrozek, a spokesman for the U.S. attorney’s office in Los Angeles, declined to comment on the agreement. Dave Christy, a spokesman for the Bureau of Land Management, also declined comment.After the incident, the BLM said it began applying higher standards to issue permits for off-road races.A message left for lawyers representing Mojave Desert Racing was not immediately returned.The August 2010 event was part of a seven-race series in the California desert. Dozens of competitors entered to race their trucks along a 50-mile course. Lawyer for California off-road race crash victims says $5.8M settlement reached read more

Most actively traded companies on the TSX

by The Canadian Press Posted Jul 30, 2014 5:59 pm MDT Some of the most active companies traded Wednesday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (15,524.82, up 78.27 points):Penn West Petroleum Ltd. (TSX:PWT). Oil and gas. Down $1.37, or 13.78 per cent, to $8.57 on 11.7 million shares. Shares in the company fell sharply Wednesday after it announced it’s reviewing its accounting practices going back several years and will have to restate some of its past financial reports.Athabasca Oil Corp. (TSX:ATH). Oil and gas. Up 26 cents, or 4.37 per cent, to $6.21 on 7.9 million sharesYamana Gold Inc. (TSX:YRI). Miner. Down six cents, or 0.66 per cent, to $9.08 on 7 million shares.Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Aerospace. Up seven cents, or 1.94 per cent, to $3.67 on 5.4 million sharesNuinsco Resources Ltd. (TSX:NWI). Miner. Unchanged at two cents on 5.1 million shares.Trevali Mining Corp. (TSX:TV). Miner. Up two cents, or 1.52 per cent, to $1.34 on 5 million shares.Companies reporting major news:Amaya Gaming Group Inc. (TSX:AYA). Gaming. Down 12 cents, or 0.41 per cent, to $29.49 on 2.2 million shares. The company says its shareholders have approved a financing that’s key to its proposed acquisition of the world’s largest online poker company, operator of PokerStars and Full Tilt Poker.Amaya said Wednesday it has now obtained all the required shareholder and regulatory approvals and will move to close the deal.Cenovus Energy Inc. (TSX:CVE). Up 80 cents, or 2.44 per cent, to $33.61 on 3 million shares. The Calgary-based company has appointed a vice president of rail to its leadership team, as the major oilsands producer moves more of its crude by train. The company made its announcement as it posted a more than threefold increase in second-quarter profits and a 33 per cent jump in oilsands production.CGI Group Inc. (TSX:GIB.A). Information technology. Up 37 cents, or 0.96 per cent, to $38.82 on 1.8 million shares. The company saw its third-quarter net profit jump 26 per cent to $225.1 million, or 71 cents per share diluted. That compares with $178.2 million, or 56 cents per share diluted, in the same quarter of 2013.Sherritt International Inc. (TSX:S). Miner. Up 25 cents, or 5.73 per cent, to $4.61 on 2.3 million shares. The company reported a loss of $30.1 million in its latest quarter, mainly due to its Ambatovy joint venture nickel and cobalt mine in Madagascar. The loss amounted to 10 cents per share in the quarter. That compared with a loss of $10.7 million, or four cents per share, in the same quarter of 2013.Torstar Corp. (TSX:TS.B). Publishing. Down 45 cents, or 5.45 per cent, to $7.81 on 264,118 shares. The publisher of the country’s largest newspaper, the Toronto Star, reported a slightly higher profit in its latest quarter as it continued to feel pressure from falling print advertising revenues. The media company said Wednesday it had a profit of $19.7 million, up from $18.1 million a year ago, but revenue was lower due to a drop in print ads. Most actively traded companies on the TSX AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Syria Ban warns against targeting civilians after armed groups cut water supplies

A statement issued yesterday evening by a UN spokesperson in New York said Mr. Ban is concerned by reports that water supplies in the city of Aleppo were deliberately cut off by armed groups for eight days.“The Secretary-General notes that preventing people’s access to safe water is a denial of a fundamental human right,” said the statement, adding that deliberate targeting of civilians and depriving them of essential supplies is a clear breach of international humanitarian and human rights law. While water supplies have since been restored, the Secretary-General, according to the statement, urged all parties to ensure that the water supply in Aleppo – and everywhere in Syria – is permanently restored and to refrain from targeting civilian facilities and infrastructure. “He asks Member States and those with influence over all the parties to the conflict to remind them of their obligations,” said the statement. read more

UN General Assembly again calls for lifting US embargo against Cuba

In the resolution, the Assembly reiterated its call to all UN Member States to refrain from promulgating and applying laws and measures not conforming with their obligations under the UN Charter and international law, which reaffirm freedom of trade and navigation.The Assembly “once again urges States that have and continue to apply such laws and measures to take the necessary steps to repeal or invalidate them as soon as possible,” the resolution added. The resolution enjoyed favorable votes from 191 of the 193 UN Member States. The United States and Israel opposed the text. Last year, these two countries, for the first time in the 25-year history of the annual review of the issue, abstained in the vote rather than rejecting the text. read more

With a Ring Comes Bell

The story of Vonn Bell’s recruitment ended with the five-star safety putting on a Scarlet and Gray hat and telling a nationally televised audience he will be attending The Ohio State University. Bell, a Rossville, Ga., native, held a press conference broadcast by ESPN in the Ridgeland High School gymnasium on National Signing Day, Feb. 6. With his family beside him and a sea of classmates in front of him, Bell announced he was picking the Buckeyes over the likes of Alabama and Tennessee, among other schools. Bell’s justification for choosing OSU was fairly straightforward. “I just felt more comfortable with coach (Urban) Meyer because I had spent more time with him and his staff,” Bell said. OSU’s journey to get the 6-foot, 190-pound safety to feel that way was arduous in its task, but simple in its nature. The Buckeyes’ lead recruiter on Bell – co-defensive coordinator and safeties coach Everett Withers – just outworked his competition. “I’ve seen some really good efforts,” Meyer said. “Everett Withers from start to finish, his effort on Vonn Bell, as good as I’ve ever seen.” The tale of Bell’s courting begins a little more than a year ago. Coming off a junior season in which he recorded 180 tackles and five interceptions, Bell was a hot commodity on the recruiting trail. His first scholarship offer came from the University of Georgia in early January 2012. After that, the offers started pouring in: Alabama (the reigning national champion). Tennessee (the hometown favorite). Florida. Notre Dame. Think of an elite college football team, and Bell likely had a scholarship offer from them, OSU included. “Literally he would get four to five (offers) a day,” Ridgeland football coach Mark Mariakis said in an interview with The Lantern Monday. The Buckeyes, though, didn’t become a serious contender until the hard-hitting safety visited Columbus over his junior year spring break, Mariakis said. Bell spent a day with Meyer, touring the OSU football facilities and getting to know the Buckeyes’ program. The visit to Columbus was part of a double-digit school tour by Bell and his family. When the group returned home to Georgia after the trek, OSU’s appeal was clear. “When he came back, (Bell and his family) realized that Ohio State was going to be in the forefront of the hunt,” Mariakis said. From there, Withers took over. The 49-year-old was like an “octopus” in his pursuit of the top-50 prospect, Meyer said. “The recruiting process is about relationships. You are going to try to find out as much as you can – whether it be good or bad about a young man – you want to try to find it all out,” Withers said. If there was a relationship to be made, Withers was there. OSU’s co-defensive coordinator, naturally, started with Bell himself. The pair “hit it off right off the bat,” Mariakis said. “They’re so like-minded,” Mariakis said. From there, Withers moved on to Bell’s family and coach. Withers talked to Bell’s mother, a teacher at Ridgeland, about what OSU could offer in terms of education. Withers connected with Bell’s father, a director of a few Boys & Girls Clubs in Northwest Tennessee, by discussing how to work with kids. “I got to know the entire family, grandma, the whole deal,” Withers said. “Spending the time with them was really good.” Withers might have burned the majority of his recruiting hours with Mariakis, who chuckled when asked how often he interacted with the Buckeye coach. “Me and him talked numerous times every week,” Mariakis said. “That’s not a stretch, either. It was literally all the time. “He’d call ‘How’s Vonn? How’s he playing? How’d the game go Friday?’ He took a real interest in him. If he could be here, what all the rules allowed him to do, he was here.” Mariakis has been coaching for 28 years. He has had dozens of athletes go on to play high-level college football. He’s been through the recruiting process more times than he can count. In his nearly three-decade long career as a high school football coach, the way Withers went about recruiting Bell is as good as Mariakis can remember. “He took every opportunity he had to build a relationship with Vonn and his family, and with me. He never missed a phone call. If I called him, he’d either answer the phone or call me right back. In visit time, he came and visited,” Mariakis said. “I don’t think I’ve ever seen a recruiter do as good a job coach Withers did.” The respect goes both ways. “I would have to say in my 25 years of doing this, in this business, coach Mariakis and his staff at Ridgeland High School were probably by far the best group of people I’ve ever been around,” Withers said. The days spent with Bell and those closest to him paid off for Withers in more ways than one. Yes, OSU got the recruit, but also, Withers is now familiar with some of the best aspects of Chattanooga, Tenn., a place less than six miles from Rossville. “I have a new place in Chattanooga, Tenn., to get my haircut. I know where the best barbecue places are in Chattanooga, Tenn. I got around a lot of people,” Withers said. Withers made the strongest impression during the recruitment, but Meyer made his presence felt, too. When Ridgeland took on Sandy Creek High School in the Georgia Class AAAA State Championship Game Dec. 15, Meyer was in attendance. He sat next to Bell’s mother in the Georgia Dome stands during the game, and visited with Bell in the locker room after his team suffered a 45-10 loss. “That was really impressive to me, to stay there and just be in the mix of our community and Vonn’s family meant a lot,” Mariakis said. The story of Bell’s recruitment hits its climax the night and morning before Bell announced his decision. Withers said he thought he would be made aware of what school Bell was going to sign with at about 8 p.m. Feb. 5. That didn’t happen. Withers did receive an encouraging phone call from Bell’s father that evening, though. “(His) dad told me at the end of the night, he said, ‘Coach, live on your body of work because you’ve done all you can do. Sleep well,’” Withers said. Withers made a phone call of his own, too, with Mariakis on the receiving end. “I had talked to coach Mariakis … I said, ‘Coach, if it’s going to be a good phone call, make sure coach Meyer gets it.’ I said, ‘If it’s going to be a bad phone call, just call me,’” Withers said. The next morning, Meyer, Withers and the rest of the OSU staff were in the Woody Hayes Athletic Center, anxiously waiting for what the equivalent of college football’s Christmas would entail for the Buckeyes’ program. At one point, shortly after the sun had risen, Meyer said he couldn’t contain his nerves, or be around his assistants, any longer. He separated himself from the rest of his staff and went into a private room to work out on a stationary bike. “I couldn’t take it anymore. Everett Withers was driving me nuts. I had to get away from him,” Meyer said. At about 9:50 a.m., 10 minutes before Bell was set to make his announcement on ESPN, Withers made his way toward Meyer. He heard a phone ring and Meyer answer. It was Bell. “You know I’m in, right?” Bell told Meyer on the phone. Meyer’s response was simple. “No, I didn’t know you were in. Congratulations,” Meyer said. Withers’ yearlong stretch full of time and effort had paid off. Bell, one of the crown jewels of OSU’s 2013 recruiting class that ranks in the top-three nationally, should help the Buckeyes’ defense right away. Bell’s decision to sign with OSU could also be a sign of more good stories to come for the Scarlet and Gray. Going into the land of sweet tea and tangy barbecue and prying a recruit away from the strong clasps of the Southeastern Conference – winners of the last seven national championships – is no easy task in college football. OSU did that with Bell in out-recruiting Alabama and Tennessee, Bell’s other favorites. The Buckeyes might be one of the few programs north of the Mason-Dixon line that can keep on doing it, too. “I think it goes back to the relationships that Ohio State staff is building,” Mariakis said. “When you get that combination of good football and the relationships with those kids, you’ve got something special.” read more

3000 bankruptcy applications expected in 2014

first_imgSOME 3,000 applications for bankruptcy are expected over the next twelve months, following the  commencement of new laws which came into effect from last month.In response to a parliamentary question, Shatter said that when the legislation commenced, there was a total of 189 people who had been declared bankrupt by the courts. Of that number, 73 have been bankrupt for three years or more.These people will be eligible for automatic discharge six months from the 3 December legislation commencement date.In 2013 there were 58 people declared bankrupt in Ireland.“I am advised that this calendar year, seventeen people were made bankrupt on their own application,” Shatter said. “Five of these self-adjudications were made following the recent amendments to the bankruptcy regime, namely the reduction in the bankruptcy term from 12 years to three”.Given the reduced term, the minister said he anticipated “that there will be a significant increase in the number of bankruptcy applications”.“A tentative estimate of the numbers expected to avail of bankruptcy over the next 12 months is 3,000,” he said.Read: New bankruptcy rules to be signed into law by Minister Shatter today>Read: Two more insolvency cases heard under new regime as 7,500 contact ISI>last_img read more

Fake news site Waterford Whispers is planning to create some real jobs…

first_imgWilliamson said the ‘rocket to the Sun’ story has been viewed almost a million-and-a-quarter times since it went live in the middle of last month.The site’s been running advertising since the start of the year, and he’s now receiving advice on how to land more clients over the coming months.As he dedicates his efforts to improving and expanding the company, Williamson is availing of the Department of Social Protection’s enterprise allowance scheme — which allows people to keep a percentage of their welfare payments for up to two years as they go about setting up a business.Despite that financial arrangement, there’ll be no staff memo from the editorial board advising the site ‘goes easy’ on Minister Joan Burton.“No, no — there’s a certain irony there alright,” Williamson laughed (Whispers ran at least six JobBridge themed stories this month alone).“She seems to be doing an alright job so as long as she keeps that up for the rest of the year, maybe she’ll be safe enough. REMEMBER WHEN NORTH Korea landed a teenage astronaut on the Sun? How about the time Michelle Obama said Irish people were all a bunch of “ugly m***f******s”?Neither of the above events happened, obviously. But even if you haven’t heard of Waterford Whispers — the site the reports originated on — they may still ring a vague bell.The Tramore-based site had its biggest viral hit yet this month as the North Korean story was picked up by outlets across the world (many of whom were duped by the ‘report’, and thought the official regime news service had made the claim).And readers of a conservative Facebook page were taken in by the Obama story last year, with one commenter branding the First Lady a “disgrace” for her reported remarks.“The stories that tend to do best are the ones that people get taken in by — the North Korean story was by far our most popular,” Waterford Whispers founder, editor and chief news reporter Colm Williamson told from Tipperary, Williamson has been running the site since 2009. It’s name is a play on ‘Chinese Whispers’: “Everyone has heard of that phrase, where a person tells a story and it gets lost in translation, but that there’s a grain of truth in there people recognise”.North Korea ‘announces’ its rocket to the Sun [Image: Waterford Whispers]After more than three years running the country’s “Number One Satire News Source” as a sideline interest, Williamson’s now taking the business full-time and is hoping to have “four or five” full-time staff by this time next year.A former bar manager, the 34-year-old father-of-one moved to Tramore from Dublin in 2009, and worked “off and on” in the bar trade locally before embarking on a one-year course in journalism at Waterford College of Further Education.When that came to an ended last summer, he had been hoping to take up a mature student place in college — but the plan didn’t work out, and he decided instead to listen to friends advice and move Waterford Whispers to a ’9 to 5′ operation.“It was a blessing in disguise.”“We would have been pretty popular before, but it’s really taken off in the last while — at the moment we’re averaging half a million readers every month.” The latest from the ‘Breaking News’ section [Waterford Whispers]The site has recently started running stories from a second writer, and Williamson’s been in contact with the Dungarvan Enterprise Board about the possibility of availing of grant money to take the service to the next level.The plan for the next 12 months is to extend the video aspect of the site, increase the roster of advertisers and “really just expand on what we’ve been doing well”.The editor-in-chief recently nailed down an advertising-for-office-space swap — and for the moment, can be found tackling the burning issues of the day Monday to Friday at Tramore’s Riverside Business Park.One of the week’s most popular Whispers headlines was “Priory Hall Developer Lands National Children’s Hospital Contract“.You can see what Williamson means by “that grain of truth people recognise”.Read: Whoops… Media outlets duped by North Korea ‘rocket to the sun’ storyRead: Does Michelle Obama think Irish people are “ugly m*****f*****s”?last_img read more

Sinn Féin wants a new election if theres no deal in the

first_imgSinn Féin wants a new election if there’s no deal in the North by weekend Michelle O’Neill has slammed the DUP and the British government as the deadline to agree a deal approaches. Michelle O’Neill and Gerry Adams. 55 Comments Monday 10 Apr 2017, 3:08 PM Source: Sinn Féin/Twitter 12,251 Views Share252 Tweet Email1 Apr 10th 2017, 3:08 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Image: PA Wire/PA Imagescenter_img SINN FÉIN’S LEADER in the North Michelle O’Neill has said there should be another election if no deal can be reached on resurrecting power-sharing by the weekend.Northern Ireland Secretary of State James Brokenshire has set a deadline of Easter for agreement between the parties.Sinn Féin and the DUP – the two largest parties – have been deadlocked on a deal in the wake of the March election.O’Neill again accused the unionist party and the British government of failing to address fundamental issues in current talks in a statement today.“We have been here five weeks during which time Sinn Féin has been fully engaged,” said O’Neill.Her strongly-worded statement made reference to “bigoted ministerial decisions”, arrogance and short-sightedness: By Daragh Brophy Short URL However, to date there has been no measurable progress. And at this critical period there is no prospect of a political agreement unless the British government and the DUP tackle the fundamental issues, which Martin McGuinness addressed in his letter of resignation. There can be no return to petty-minded and bigoted ministerial decisions; no return to the treatment of any group of people as second-class citizens; no return to the arrogant disregard for the squandering of public money; and no return to the short-sighted dismissal of the need for genuine reconciliation and peace-building. Those are the issues which need to be dealt with if we are to take this opportunity to fix what is broken and to move society forward on the basis of equal partnership government and rights for all. No prospect of political agreement unless British government and DUP address fundamental issues – @moneillsf— Sinn Féin (@sinnfeinireland) April 10, 2017 But time is running out. We are now in a critical period and there needs to be substantial movement from both the British Government and the DUP over the coming days. If they again fail to do so then the people should have their say.The UUP and SDLP reported little progress in talks in comments to reporters on Friday. Mike Nesbitt of the UUP told the BBC it was “deeply, deeply, deeply frustrating” while the SDLP’s Colum Eastwood said the parties were “miles away” from a deal.Arlene Foster, the DUP leader, said progress had been made in a range of areas but accused certain other parties of “holding up the process in terms of their political demands”. Nigel Dodds and leader Arlene Foster of the DUP. Source: Niall CarsonSinn Féin finished with 27 seats in the wake of last month’s election, which arose after the party called time on the last power-sharing arrangement due to Foster’s stance on the ‘cash for ash’ controversy.The DUP remain the largest party – but only just –  with 28 seats. The SDLP have 12 seats, the UUP 10 and the Alliance eight. The remaining five seats are divided between the Greens (2), smaller parties and independents.Some commentators in the North have speculated that both the DUP and Sinn Féin may want another election: the UUP – the main rival unionist party – is currently without a leader after Nesbitt stepped down from the role, and Sinn Féin may be hoping for an increase in support, in the wake of the death of Martin McGuinness and in-depth coverage of his role in the peace process.Brokenshire gave an Easter deadline for a deal last month. If one couldn’t be reached he said he would bring in legislation that would effectively ramp-up direct rule from London.Read: The DUP didn’t show up, Sinn Féin say they didn’t walk out. What happens now? >Read: Massive manhunt for ‘highly dangerous’ man who posted manifesto to Trump > Michelle O’Neill and Gerry Adams. Image: PA Wire/PA Imageslast_img read more

Un évènement Apple pour la fin janvier

first_imgUn évènement Apple pour la fin janvier ?La marque organiserait une keynote pour la fin du mois de janvier mais aucune annonce importante à prévoir. Elle serait centrée autour des livres numériques et des médias.Quand une pomme en rencontre une autre. Apple, selon des informations du site AllThings D, organiserait une conférence, ou keynote, à New-York, délaissant l’espace d’un jour sa Californie natale. Cet évènement, prévu pour la fin du mois de janvier, serait focalisé sur les médias.À lire aussiiPhone 6 : un smartphone fragile qui se plierait en restant dans une poche ?Aucune annonce n’est pourtant à prévoir. La rumeur d’un iPad 3 dévoilé à cette occasion est quasi invenvisageable, si proche des fêtes de fin d’années qui ont vu de très nombreux exemplaires de la deuxième version sous les sapins. La télévision d’Apple serait elle aussi exclue de la présentation. L’évènement serait donc axé sur iBooks et Kiosque, les deux plateformes de livres numériques. Apple en profiterait pour dévoiler, selon diverses sources, des nouveautés à destination des éditeurs, comme des conditions d’utilisation plus souples (et réclamées à corps et à cris), une disponibilité des contenus sur Mac et/ou PC ou de nouvelles formes de contenus, plus enrichies et multimédia.C’est Eddy Cue, fraichement nommé responsable des services en ligne chez Apple, comprenant iCloud ou l’App Store, qui devrait assurer la présentation qui sera donc mineure pour les fans de la marque.Le 3 janvier 2012 à 19:30 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Google Will Usher In Android Wear 20 With Two Flagship Smartwatches

first_img Geek Pick: Fitbit Versa Lite Is the Ultimate Intro to SmartwatchesMartians Can Now Communicate With Amazon’s Alexa AI Assistant Stay on target Smartwatches haven’t exactly taken off the way their manufacturers would like. Google’s not about to throw in the towel on them yet, however.Despite sliding sales figures in the wearables market, Google’s still confident that they’re more than a fad. Jeff Chang, who is Google’s product manager for Android Wear, told The Verge that “this is a marathon, not a sprint,” adding “this category of product is here with us to stay.”Bringing more compelling products to market could help sway consumers. They’re getting ready to launch Android Wear 2.0. That’s expected to happen sometime during the first quarter of 2017, and they’ll be bringing two hot new flagship watches along to show it off.These won’t be Google smartwatches per se. Google has been heavily involved in the design process, but they’ll both be manufactured by an unnamed OEM partner. They’ll also bear that partner’s branding. It sounds sort of like these will be “Nexus watches,” just without any Nexus branding.What does Android Wear 2.0 bring that might convince consumers that smartwatches are a worthwhile purchase? Google’s devoted a lot of time and effort to enabling them to function as standalone devices. Android Wear 2.0 watches will be able to run Google Assistant and Android Pay without being tethered to a smartphone, for example.Once these two flagship watches hit retail shelves, others will follow. Chang says you’ll see a few more Android Wear 2.0 products announced at CES next month.You may also see an upgrade for the smartwatch you already own. There’s a fairly long list of watches slated to receive the 2.0 upgrade, including the snazzy Huawei Watch, the Asus ZenWatch 2 and 3, LG’s Urbane, and the 2nd-gen Moto 360.last_img read more

All Church Picnic moving to Esther Short Park

first_imgAfter a one-year hiatus, Clark County’s All Church Picnic is back in business at a new spot, Esther Short Park.This year’s celebration of faith, fun and fellowship will be on Sunday, Aug. 4, at Vancouver’s downtown public square.The picnic drew more than 3,000 people from 75 local congregations the last time around, in 2011. Another edition was on the schedule a year ago for the Pearson Air Museum, but the 2012 picnic became part of a dispute between the National Park Service and a local nonprofit that had managed the museum.While Esther Short Park wasn’t their first choice, “We’re really excited about having it there,” said Ryan Hurley, one of the organizers.There will be a couple of differences with the move. There won’t be any sales booths in conjunction with the picnic this time.“We’ve eliminated vendors,” said Hurley, founder and director of Detour Ministries.The weekend Vancouver Farmers Market will be going on at the same time.“This year, we won’t compete. The weekend market will get 3,000 more people looking at their stuff,” Hurley said.The group is renting the entire park, which has a listed capacity of 6,500 people.The picnic scheduling brings closure to part of a simmering dispute that’s involved a prominent religious-freedom advocacy group.The All Church Picnic started as an annual event in 2009 but hit a regulatory wall during the run-up to the fourth event. The first three picnics were held at Pearson Air Museum, which had been managed until recently by the Fort Vancouver National Trust on behalf of the city. However, the museum grounds belong to the Park Service’s Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, which took over management of the museum in February.“Last year, about 30 or 40 days before the picnic, we were notified that the National Park Service required a permit. We hadn’t been required in previous years,” Hurley said. “We did fill it out, and were immediately notified that a number of aspects were not permitted. We tried to work it out; pretty much everything about our event didn’t meet their allowances.”last_img read more