Brother of former Turks and Caicos premier arrested

first_imgNewsRegional Brother of former Turks and Caicos premier arrested by: – December 1, 2011 Tweet Share Share 72 Views   one commentcenter_img Sharing is caring! Share Chalmers ‘Chal’ MisickPROVIDENCIALES, Turks and Caicos Islands — Chalmers ‘Chal’ Misick, an attorney at law and the brother of former Turks and Caicos Islands premier Michael Misick, was reported by reliable legal sources to have been arrested on Tuesday and detained in custody overnight.He appeared in the Providenciales Magistrates Court on Wednesday, charged with money laundering in the amount of $2.7 million on behalf of his brother, Michael Misick. As he is apparently considered a flight risk, bail was offered in the sum of $3 million on strict conditions, namely, no travelling by boat or plane, he must check in every morning and must sleep at his residence every night.Another of his brothers, Washington Misick, also another former chief minister, was said to be trying to arrange bail on Wednesday.Misick is also reported to be facing additional money laundering charges totalling some $14 million.The special investigation and prosecution team (SIPT) looking into allegations of widespread government corruption also confirmed on Tuesday that a 50-year-old man, who was arrested last week and bailed, was interviewed again on Tuesday and charged with conspiring to defraud the TCI government. He has been bailed and will appear in court on Tuesday, 6 December.Another statement from the SIPT on Wednesday said, “Two men previously arrested last week by SIPT officers, returned on bail today, Wednesday, 30 November. The 41-year-old was charged with money laundering and the 52-year-old with conspiring to defraud the TCI government. Both have been bailed and will appear in court on Tuesday, 6 December.”By Caribbean News Now contributorlast_img read more

Chaos as Chelsea signal intent with win at Man City

first_imgBy Ian ChadbandLONDON, (Reuters)-Chelsea made the most emphatic statement yet about their Premier League title credentials as they forged clear at the top of the table with a dramatic, chaotic and emotional 3-1 win at Manchester City yesterday.The comeback victory gave Chelsea 34 points from 14 matches, three clear of second-placed Arsenal who romped to a 5-1 victory at West Ham United thanks to Chile forward Alexis Sanchez’s 15-minute hat-trick in the second half.Chelsea are four points clear of Liverpool, who visit Bournemouth today, and Manchester City. Tottenham Hotspur stayed fifth after a 5-0 thrashing of Swansea City featured another Harry Kane double.The drama in the day’s big match came with Antonio Conte’s leaders coming from one down at halftime to reply through the league’s top marksman Diego Costa — he now has 11 — Willian and Eden Hazard as they claimed a remarkable eighth straight win.Andy Carroll marked his return from injury with a late consolation goal for the Hammers who are now one point above the relegation zone.Tottenham responded well after losing their unbeaten league record at Chelsea last week by thumping hapless Swansea with Kane marking his new contract with two goals and Christian Eriksen also scoring twice.The plight of champions Leicester City worsened with a 2-1 defeat at Sunderland that leaves them two points above a bunching relegation zone in what is turning out to be one of the worst title defences in the top flight.A Robert Huth own goal and an expert finish by Jermain Defoe saw Sunderland home as they climbed to 11 points, within two of Claudio Ranieri’s Leicester and two clear of bottom club Swansea.“From the own goal you can see the luck is not with us but we have to stay compact, stay together and react strongly,” Ranieri said.The chaos emerged deep into stoppage time with City duo Sergio Aguero and Fernandinho sent off amid ugly scenes as the 22 players and the coaching staff got involved in a melee following the Argentina striker’s knee-high lunge on David Luiz.The emotion was on view even before the game at the Etihad Stadium when the crowd immaculately observed a minute’s silence for the victims of Monday’s air crash involving Brazilian team Chapecoense, a tribute that was mirrored at matches throughout the league.Chelsea’s Brazilian pair Willian and defender Luiz also held their black armbands aloft when the midfielder put his side 2-1 up.“I give this victory to the people who died,” said Luiz whose former Vitoria team mate Arthur Maia was one of the victims. “It was a difficult week for us especially emotionally.”Manchester City were left reeling after dominating for most of the first hour.They went ahead just before halftime through a Gary Cahill own goal and then almost put the game to bed when Kevin De Bruyne was presented with an open goal but crashed the ball against the bar.The Belgian’s failure to slot home a cross from three metres out proved costly as Chelsea, showing what manager Conte called “good character”, exposed City’s defensive deficiencies on the break with three goals in the last half-hour.PITCHSIDE BRAWLCity’s frustration was evident from Aguero’s shocking challenge deep into stoppage time that saw him sent off and sparked a pitchside brawl culminating in another red card for Fernandinho for pushing Cesc Fabregas over advertising hoardings.Manager Pep Guardiola apologised for his side’s part in the melee as he pondered the prospect of losing two of his key men because of suspension over the next few weeks.Arsenal bounced back from their midweek League Cup defeat against Southampton by destroying West Ham with goals from Mesut Ozil, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and a clinical treble from Sanchez who struck in the 72nd, 80th and 86th minutes.last_img read more

LETTERKENNY SET TO TWIN WITH DERRY FOR HERITAGE STREETS ALIVE THIS WEEKEND

first_imgLETTERKENNY and Derry are coming together this Saturday to mark Heritage Week in a unique cross-border event.The Heritage Streets Alive 2015 project is set to host a special day of culture from 11.00 – 4.30 pm in Letterkenny’s Church Lane and Derry’s Fountain Street and Chamberlain Street.The day of culture and events is open to all communities and is the perfect opportunity to experience three special and historic streets in Donegal and Derry. The Heritage Streets Alive day of culture will be broken into three parts starting at Letterkenny’s Church Lane from 11.00am – 12.30pm, Fountain Street, Derry from 2.30 – 3.15pm and Chamberlain Street, Derry 3.30 – 4.30pm.The day will include a world premiere of Blue Ribbon Performing Art’s walking play written by Evelyn Cullen – specially created for the day. Millennium goalkeeper Seamus Hoare will unveil a new mural by artist Bernie Wilson.There will also be performances from Breakout Youth Group and singer/songwriter Maria McCormack, poetry readings and recitals, comedy sketches, traditional music, storytelling, home industries and crafts, dancers, visits along the streets and sampling of difference produces and art collections.The Heritage Streets Alive 2015 project was launched in June and is lead by Built Environment Educator and Creative Visionary, Mary Kerrigan. The idea behind the project was to invite local people from the three historic streets in Donegal and Derry to inquire into the strengths of their streets and later co-creating a better future for them. Since meeting workshop participants in Letterkenny and Derry have shared great stories of the things that make them special and unique – past and present. Commenting on the day of culture and events throughout Donegal and Derry, Mary Kerrigan said, “The workshops were a great success and when we met the people who lived, worked or owned properties in Letterkenny’s Church Lane and Derry~Londonderry’s Fountain Street and Chamberlain Street, we discovered common key underlying contributory factors.“These included things like great people, close networks of family, friends and neighbours and strong mutually supportive community ties. Other special things included still largely intact terraces of solid Victorian and Edwardian houses – some brick, some stone – and other buildings full of character and architectural richness.“With all that specialness in their back pockets the mixed groups have leapt into a better future in 2020. Part of Heritage Week, the sequence of events presents each street’s 2020 vision in fun and creative ways – the very best of what these historic streets have to offer. We’re looking forward to a great day and we hope as many people as possible come along to experience it.”Adding to this Cathedral Quarter secretary, Donnan Harvey, said, “The interest from the public has been brilliant with lots of organisations and individuals getting involved and giving their time in a voluntary capacity. None of the visions would be possible without them.“Everyone involved appreciates the contributions from the public and the day of culture on 29th August will see an overall vision for each of the three streets. We hope to see a great turnout and we’d like to invite as many people as possible to come along and be part of the transformation.” The Heritage Streets Alive event on Saturday, 29th August will involve some walking and may include uphill and short flights of steps. Anyone coming to the event will also have to arrange their own travel arrangements between the three streets. For further information on the event visit www.heritageweek.ie/whats-on or contact Cathedral Quarter secretary Donnan Harvey on 086 345 2457 or [email protected] Follow the Cathedral Quarter committee and their campaign on Facebook or on Twitter @SaveChLane.This project is funded and supported by: The Heritage Council, Derry City and Strabane District Council, Donegal County Council, Cathedral Quarter community group, Letterkenny, Peace Walls Project, International Fund for Ireland and Holywell Trust.LETTERKENNY SET TO TWIN WITH DERRY FOR HERITAGE STREETS ALIVE THIS WEEKEND was last modified: August 25th, 2015 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:DerryHeritage Weekletterkennystreets alivelast_img read more

Big break for biotech in SA

first_imgSouth Africa’s biotechnology capability isgrowing steadily. (Image: BioPad)  The Bio2Biz conference, held at the Durban International Convention Centre at the end of September 2009, unpacked new, innovative ways in which biotechnology and business can work together.About 700 delegates attended the four-day event, now in its sixth year. Since its inception in 2004 the conference has rotated between KwaZulu-Natal, Gauteng and the Western Cape provinces.A diverse range of discussion topics was on offer, from drug discovery and development, women in the biotechnology business, stem cell technology and South African biotechnology start-ups, to bioprospecting and indigenous knowledge systems, among others.Bioprospecting is the scientific search, based on traditional healing and biodiversity, for microrganisms, animal and plant species that could be a valuable source of medicinal drugs.Bio2Biz 2009 coincided with an exhibition of the latest in biotechnology developments. Participating exhibitors included the Department of Science and Technology; filtration and instrumentation specialist Microsep; laboratory equipment supplier Davies Diagnostics; the Innovation Fund, a technological campaigner; and a host of other biotechnology-related companies.Biotechnology on the riseThe conference was organised by a group of six partners: the Innovation Fund, eGoli Bio, BioPad, the Cape Biotech Trust, LIFElab and PlantBio. The latter four are designated biotechnology innovation centres, set up under government’s National Biotechnology Strategy, which was adopted by Cabinet in 2001.“Over the past five years, [the innovation centres] have supported the establishment of 30 new start-up biotechnology companies,” said Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor, speaking at the conference.Research and intellectual property generated by South African innovators have sustained the new companies, said Pandor, adding that more than 1 000 research jobs have been created and that each year sees more innovative new products and services springing from the country’s creative minds.“We want to make South Africa one of the top 10 nations in the world in terms of the pharmaceutical, nutraceutical, flavour, fragrance and biopesticide industries by 2018,” she affirmed.“Already, we have initiated four bioprospecting and product development flagship projects, and registered a Bachelor of Indigenous Knowledge Systems degree, the first of its kind in the world.”Indigenous knowledge is beneficial for society because it includes natural treatments that have been used successfully for hundreds of years to treat a range of ailments. Because of the potential for business opportunities offering new healthcare products and services, it can also contribute to job creation.Potential in biotechnologyGuest speaker Dennis Liotta, professor of organic chemistry at Atlanta’s Emory University, was adamant that South Africa had all the necessary elements to be competitive in international pharmaceutical development in its own right.“There is huge potential for the South African biotechnology industry,” said Liotta at the conference’s opening session. “There are strong research scientists, government research councils, a traditional knowledge system and biodiversity.”Liotta, also the inventor of a number of anti-viral drugs, said that the South African biotechnology industry would achieve this by capitalising on its strengths and forging new partnerships to boost areas where skill or expertise is lacking.He is also the director of the South Africa Drug Discovery Programme, an initiative of Emory’s Global Health Institute. This programme aims to furnish African scientists with crucial skills in early drug discovery – a situation that, according to Emory, needs urgent attention.The talented scientists selected for the programme have access to top academic expertise from Emory. As funding is always a challenge in drug development, they learn how to evolve their ideas into a package that will attract the right investors. In this way they can successfully translate their research into effective healthcare products.Once training is complete, the graduates are placed in relevant positions in their own countries.This is a positive sign for developing African nations. These days big pharmaceutical companies focus their attention on markets in the developed world, said Liotta, where they are sure to recoup the huge amounts poured into research and development. Developing nations are thus left out in the cold, as state-of-the-art drugs are simply not made available.“[Pharmaceutical giants] only focus on these needs when put under moral political pressure,” commented Liotta.Traditional remedy to fight HIV/AidsOne of the highlights at Bio2Biz 2009 was a presentation by Southern African Network for Biosciences (Sanbio) director Luke Mumba, which featured a traditional remedy thought to have potential in the fight against HIV and Aids.The treatment is currently under scrutiny by scientists from the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research. The traditional healer who developed the remedy claims it can cure HIV and Aids, and tests have shown that at least one plant used in the drink could possibly be as effective as the antiretroviral Indinavir, manufactured by Merck.The names of the plants are as yet a secret. Sanbio is currently seeking permission to take the active ingredients, in capsule form, to clinical trial in Southern Africa.last_img read more

Smart home device adoption sees “big uptick” according to new study

first_imgRelated Posts David Curry Smart home device installations seen a “big uptick” in 2016, with refrigerators, washers, and smoke detectors seeing year-on-year growth of over 250 percent.That’s according to a new study published by PlumChoice, an Internet of Things (IoT) technical service provider and Z-Wave Alliance, a consortium of companies deploying Z-Wave technologies, called 2016: Year of the Smart Device.See Also: Amazon makes it even cheaper for Alexa developers to use AWSA consumer survey published in the report said 52 percent of respondents plan to buy a smart home device in the next two years. Out of those that already own a smart device, 84 percent may purchase another.For consumers that own more than four smart home devices, interoperability becomes a key factor when purchasing a device. Even on the consumer side, the lack of standardization makes it hard for non-tech savvy people to confidently purchase smart home devices.Expectations have been rising for a yearExpectations for services and support rose in 2016, as consumers demand more from device manufacturers. It comes after a few high-profile device manufacturers have ended support for devices early.“The smart home industry is thriving, and many companies are recognizing that their success is dependent on a seamless consumer user experience,” said Noelani McGadden, vice president of IoT at PlumChoice. “Last year was a pivotal year for the smart home industry, with the number of people who own a smart device increasing by a staggering 259 percent. As smart home device adoption continues to grow, brands must cater to consumers who are expecting support services as part of their purchase, and at the very least provide installation support.”The amount of people across the U.S. who are trying to make their house “smart” is still low, but it is growing, as the report shows. To make smart home devices as ubiquitous as the mobile phone, however, manufacturers, developers, and system providers must settle on a standard and promote good corporate behavior, to avoid early distrust. Tags:#featured#Internet of Things#IoT#PlumChoice#smart home#top#Z-Wave Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfacescenter_img Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You… Follow the Puck Small Business Cybersecurity Threats and How to…last_img read more

India vs England: India take on England in the series decider today

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement(Image Courtesy: Sportskeeda)India take on England in the third and final ODI at Leeds today. With the series poised at 1-1, the winner will walk away with the series.The 3 match series has so far given us so much entertainment. The first match saw the visitors come out on top with first class performances from Kuldeep and Rohit Sharma.The second match which was played at the iconic Lord’s stadium saw England cruise home after they defended their total of 322 to take the series to the final game.With both teams evenly poised it’ll be interesting to see which team will come on top. India and England will be having one eye on the 2019 world cup as they look to work on their weaknesses. India will look for significant contributions from their middle order while England will look to keep the opener Shikhar Dhawan quiet.England start the match as favorites after ticking most of the boxes in the 2nd ODI. They’ll also be energized after seeing Joe Root’s score a spectacular century after his recent dip in form.But beside all this the weather is also expected to play a part in the match with thunderstorms expected.India’s assistant coach Sanjay Bangar has hinted that Bhuvneshwar Kumar could play a part in the game. If that is to happen then Siddharth Kaul will have to sit out. England on the other hand have called up James Vince and Sam Billings as back up for the injured Roy. If Roy fails to pass his medical test then replacement will be lined up.Here are the probable teams for the match:India: Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, KL Rahul, MS Dhoni, Suresh Raina, Hardik Pandya, Kuldeep Yadav, Umesh Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Bhuvneshwar Kumar/Siddarth Kaul.England:Jason Roy/James Vince, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan, Jos Buttler, Ben Stokes, Moeen Ali, David Willey, Adil Rashid, Liam Plunkett, Mark WoodThe match is set to start at 5 PM IST with telecast on Sony Six and Sony Ten 3.Also Read:India vs. England: Key player may stay back with the squad for test serieslast_img read more

Photo: FSU’s Rashad Greene Trolled Notre Dame With A “Happy St. Patrick’s Day” Instagram Post

first_imgFSU's Rashad Greene celebrates after beating Notre Dame.IG/_rg80_Today is St. Patrick’s Day, so we’ve had plenty of college athletes and teams send out celebratory tweets and Instagram posts. Florida State wide receiver Rashad Greene took a slightly different tone for the holiday. Greene, who racked up 1,365 yards and seven touchdowns this season, posted a screenshot from Florida State’s dramatic 31-27 win over Notre Dame, a clear dig at the Fighting Irish.Greene caught eight passes for 108 yards and a touchdown against Notre Dame, and caught two big passes on what would prove to be the winning drive for the Seminoles. Well played, Rashad.last_img

North Koreas construction boom may build more than skyline

first_imgPYONGYANG, North Korea – Beachfront, five-star hotels? Skyscrapers just blocks from Kim Il Sung Square?North Korea is racing forward with major development projects some experts believe are aimed at expanding a market for rented or privately owned real estate to help fortify the finances of Kim Jong Un’s regime against the bite of sanctions over its nuclear program.A swelling market for private property doesn’t sound very socialist, and it’s not.But the chronically cash-strapped government appears to be nurturing a fresh source of revenue — sales of property to the newly affluent class of North Koreans who have made their fortunes on the country’s growing, but still largely unofficial, market economy that has come into its own since Kim assumed power.The pressure on Pyongyang is growing as the Chinese investors who traditionally have propped up its economy are retreating amid tougher than ever restrictions imposed by Beijing.The construction projects, which could cost well over a billion dollars to complete, have a lot of momentum behind them. They are part of a six-year building spree under Kim that has transformed the Pyongyang skyline. North Korean officials told The Associated Press they hope to have at least some of the developments ready to show off for celebrations in September marking the country’s 70th anniversary.“Since 2012, we have been building a new project each year, so I think one year from now a lot of changes will have been made in the city,” said Kim Kum Chol, an architect with the Paektusan Academy of Architecture, the centre for architectural research and design in North Korea. “We have a lot of construction plans.”He said there are three main projects this year:— First, to redevelop the centre of Pyongyang by replacing low-rise housing built after the 1950-53 Korean War with more space-efficient new skyscrapers, offices, public buildings and residential high rises. “For the centre of the city there are many old residences, so we are trying to turn that into new ones,” Kim explained.— On the east coast’s Wonsan-Kalma area, more than 10 hotels, thousands of units of residential housing and a number of recreational facilities are either planned or underway, Kim said. He said the hotels would range from relatively modest three-star facilities to luxury five-star resorts. Kim Jong Un has already built a new airport to serve the area known as his home away from home.— The third focus is near the Chinese border in Samjiyon, a scenic town at the foot of Mount Paektu, the spiritual home of the ruling Kim dynasty. The area is to become an “open-air museum for education in revolutionary traditions,” according to state-media reports, and a centre of mechanized potato farming “envied by the people the world over.”North Korea has often used ostentatious projects to inspire nationalistic pride, reward loyalty and enhance the prestige of the ruling regime. But Kim Jong Un seems to have a penchant for spearheading the completion of high-rise neighbourhoods and modern, seemingly quite functional recreational facilities.In theory, housing, education and health care are provided free to all in socialist North Korea, where the state owns all capital, including the buildings, factories and land. Selling property outright, or collecting rents, would pull money out of the pockets of those who can afford it, putting it back into the coffers of the regime. Demanding prepayment could help finance projects underway or in the planning stages.North Korea has been doing this to some degree for years.Chinese investment has generally been seen as the key source of funds. So has slow but steady growth in the North’s domestic economy, helped along by a swelling sector of entrepreneurs who have savings in foreign currencies like the U.S. dollar and Chinese yuan.These people, known as “donju,” or money masters, have been more visible since Kim Jong Un assumed power, creating a natural market for better housing that didn’t exist in the past. Most live in Pyongyang and the Wonsan area, where construction is most active. A big part of the building boom is focused on high-end properties in prime locations, like the Pyongyang city centre or along riversides or ocean fronts that might be expected to appeal to them most — and have a higher market value.Whether such projects would ever pay for themselves is unclear. That could help explain why Kim has made diplomatic overtures over the past few months to Seoul and Beijing — two potentially huge pools of investment and aid if the political tensions on the peninsula ease.Before stepped up sanctions kicked in last year, North Korea made a massive sell-off of minerals to China that coincided nicely with the building boom.William Brown, an economist at Georgetown University, said the “liquidation” of some state property makes fiscal sense, despite the cost to socialist principles, especially given North Korea’s chronic trade deficit with China.The downturn in Chinese trade and new investment since about September and Kim’s inability to get foreign loans or woo other investors has cast serious doubt on the future of the economic boom and is jeopardizing funding for the military, said Benjamin Katzeff Silberstein, a scholar with the U.S.-based Foreign Policy Research Institute think-tank and co-editor of the North Korea Economy Watch website.Dwindling trade with China is not only sucking foreign reserves away from the regime, but also hurting businesses the “donju” rely on as well, a one-two punch to the economy that could get significantly worse in the months to come, possibly undermining demand for luxury property.“The state really doesn’t have any sustainable revenue source as of now,” Silberstein said.___Talmadge is the AP’s Pyongyang bureau chief. 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Hertz Clear partner to speed rentals with biometric scans

first_imgBiometric screening is expanding to the rental car industry.Hertz said Tuesday it is teaming up with Clear, the maker of biometric screening kiosks found at many airports, in an effort to slash the time it takes to pick up a rental car. Clear hopes it will lead more travellers to its platform, which has 3 million members in the U.S.It’s the latest place consumers will find biometric technology, which has migrated over the last 50 years from secure government facilities and banks to airports, stadiums and even smartphones that unlock with the touch a fingerprint. Hertz is the first rental car company to use the technology.Improvements in cameras and other technology have made it cheaper to install scanners that can read fingerprints, faces, and irises. More than 100 airports worldwide use biometric readers from Clear, Vision-Box and other companies to scan passengers. Walt Disney World verifies visitors’ identity by scanning fingerprints.And the advancements will likely keep coming. Microsoft is working with Australia’s national bank on cardless ATM machines that would let people withdraw cash using a facial scan and personal identification number. Universities in London and Copenhagen have on-campus groceries that let students pay with their finger. Some laptops can now be unlocked with a fingerprint scan.Hertz with Clear launched their biometrics scans this week at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. It will be rolled out to 40 more U.S. Hertz locations next year, including John F. Kennedy Airport in New York, San Francisco International Airport and Los Angeles International Airport.Hertz Gold Plus Rewards loyalty program members with access to Clear will be able to bypass the counter, pick up their car and head to the exit gate. There, Clear pods equipped with cameras and touchscreens can read their face or their fingerprints. If they match up with Hertz’s reservation data, the gate will open. Hertz will have at least one lane dedicated to Clear members at each location.Hertz President and CEO Kathy Marinello expects Clear to shave 1.5 minutes off what’s now a two-minute checkout process.“In the world of travel, I think time is of the essence,” she said.The service is free for members of the Gold Plus Rewards program, which also has no fee. Travelers can sign up for Clear at a Hertz location. To upgrade to airport service, which promises to move Clear members through security lines more quickly, travellers must pay a monthly fee of $15.Clear says it’s the first time it will be identifying members based on their face instead of their iris or their fingerprints. Clear CEO Caryn Seidman-Becker says the cameras can take measurements and identify minute differences in facial features.Amil Jain, a professor at Michigan State University who researches biometrics, says facial screenings work by comparing an original photo to a new one. That could be tough in a rental car lane, where the lighting may differ substantially and drivers could be wearing makeup or winter scarves that change their features.“If you don’t do the biometrics right, you’ll turn off the customer more,” he said. But biometric scanning done well could be more robust and secure than having an employee see if a driver’s face matches their license, he said.Jain doesn’t think customers need to be particularly worried about facial scans. He points out that millions of people have shared photos of their faces on Facebook and other platforms already.But Justin Brookman, director of consumer privacy and technology for Consumer Reports, said consumers should think twice before sharing personal identifiers.“Once your biometric data gets leaked or compromised, you can’t really do anything about it,” he said. “The more people who potentially have it, the more potential for things to go bad.”Seidman-Becker said Clear will not sell or share the data it collects. She noted that the company has been certified by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.But Jeramie Scott, the national security counsel for the Electronic Privacy Information Center, said sharing biometric data is still risky, because there are no federal laws governing the collection, use and retention of biometric data.“An individual might sign up for one use only to find out that down the road their data is being used in another manner,” he said.Marinello said Clear approached Hertz about the partnership and Hertz agreed to pay for the installation of the Clear pods. Marinello wouldn’t say how much Hertz is investing, but said the company expects to recoup that through increased customers and return visits.Hertz has been eager to adopt new technology and partner with other companies in an effort to prove there is still a future in rental cars despite pressure from ride-hailing companies and self-driving cars. It’s a partner with Volvo in an autonomous driving incubator in Israel, for example.Clear, too, has been trying to boost its membership through partnerships after Seidman-Becker bought it out of bankruptcy in 2010. Delta Air Lines bought a 5 per cent stake in the company in 2016 and offers discounted Clear membership rates for its frequent fliers.Dee-Ann Durbin, The Associated Presslast_img read more

BC Ministry of Ags Land Matching Program to help new farmers access

first_imgVICTORIA, B.C. – With the expansion of the B.C. Land Matching Program, delivered by Young Agrarians, new and young farmers in Northern British Columbia will have access to support and services to enter the farming sector.According to Minister of Agriculture, Lana Popham, this program will connect farmers looking for land with landowners wanting to lease their land for farming.Popham also says this program will lead to security of land within the farming industry. “Land matchers are making it much easier for young people and aspiring farmers to find affordable, suitable land and enter British Columbia’s vibrant farming sector. Their work to connect farmers and landowners in more remote areas will help ensure farmland is being farmed and secure the industry and land for future generations.”The BCLMP is part of Grow B.C., a mandate commitment of the Ministry of Agriculture that supports young farmers and food producers seeking a career in agriculture and addresses major challenges for new farmers.For more information on the Land Matching Program, you can visit the Province’s website.last_img read more