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Study abroad office is sending the most students ever, despite travel alert

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first_imgFacebook + posts Linkedin Alexa McBridehttps://www.tcu360.com/author/alexa-mcbride/ Previous articleConnections program gearing up for Class of 2020Next articleTCU falls just short of victory against No. 7 Hawaii in NCAA Tournament Alexa McBride RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter TCU Alumna talks success of owning a local boutique Linkedin Alexa McBridehttps://www.tcu360.com/author/alexa-mcbride/ Alexa McBridehttps://www.tcu360.com/author/alexa-mcbride/ Facebook Alexa McBride is a junior Journalism major and Film, TV, and Digital Media minor from Orange County, California. She is an Academics reporter for TCU 360. TCU Frog Camps returning to more traditional look this summercenter_img Alexa McBridehttps://www.tcu360.com/author/alexa-mcbride/ ReddIt The Ugly Christmas Sweater Shop comes to Fort Worth TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history Paschal High School students discuss owning a clothing company Alexa McBride ReddIt printTCU’s Center for International Studies sent out an email confirming that all of the study abroad programs will continue as planned despite the U.S. Department of State Worldwide Travel Alert issued Nov. 23.Study abroad coordinator Jesica Severson said TCU is sending 195 students, the most the program has ever sent, to 16 countries in spring 2016. Only three students have elected to withdraw from their study abroad programs next semester.The Center for International Studies teamed up with multiple departments across campus and assembled a list of frequently asked questions as a resource for those apprehensive about studying abroad.The FAQs include answers to questions about potential program cancellation, program withdrawal and general advice about how to approach the situation.The study abroad department has received an influx of questions from concerned parents sending their children abroad next semester. However, the Center for International Studies ensures families that students will be safe, especially with the help of international resources students will have access to while abroad.TCU purchases an international travel source for all students, faculty, and staff called International SOS that is available 24/7. Severson said International SOS provides students and parents with an extra layer of security and support in the event that something goes wrong.“I think it is a good peace of mind that no matter where you are in the world you can call them and they can help,” Severson said.Travelers are able to call with any range of questions or problems they may have from needing to call an ambulance to losing their passport.Severson said the most important thing to the study abroad department is that students and parents feel comfortable with their decision to study abroad.“If they are not comfortable with it and if they decide to withdraw from their programs, we will work with them and help them,” Severson said. Rodeo Purple ticket package sold out The College of Science and Engineering Dean, Phil Hartman, retires after 40 consecutive years Twitterlast_img read more

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Eleven organizations from civil society create the Forum on Information & Democracy, a structural response to information disorder

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first_img Pakistani TV anchor censored after denouncing violence against journalists About the International Initiative on Information and Democracy  June 7, 2021 Find out more About Free Press Unlimited (FPU)Free Press Unlimited is a Netherlands-based media development organization that works in more than 30 countries and strives  to ensure that impartial news and information are available to people across the globe, particularly in countries where there is no to little press freedom. By supporting local media professionals and journalists, Free Press Unlimited aims to help people gain access to the information they need to survive and develop. The Commission drafted the International Declaration on Information and Democracy which received the support of twelve Heads of State and Government in November 2018, including Emmanuel Macron (France), Carlos Alvarado (Costa Rica), Bechir Caid Essebsi (Tunisia), Erna Solberg (Norway) and Justin Trudeau (Canada). It also received the support of the UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, UNESCO Director-General, Audrey Azoulay, and the Secretary-General of the Council of Europe, Thorbjørn Jagland. RSF_en About the Human Rights Centre at UC Berkeley School of Law The Human Rights Center at the University of California, Berkeley, conducts research on war crimes and other serious violations of international humanitarian law and human rights. Using evidence-based methods and innovative technologies, we support efforts to hold perpetrators accountable, protect vulnerable populations, and amplify the voices of survivors. We seek to close research gaps in global understanding related to refugees and immigrants, indigenous people, workers, women, survivors of trafficking and sexual violence, and other targeted populations. Our Investigations Lab trains students how to find and verify photographs, videos, and other social media sources to investigate potential international crimes, monitor hate speech, and counter disinformation for major NGOS, legal entities, international bodies, and media. We are working with the United Nations Office of Human Rights to develop and publish the first international protocol on open source investigations.   Mongolia : RSF urges presidential candidates to voice support for press freedom AustraliaSouth AfricaBulgariaChileCosta RicaDenmarkFinlandLatviaLithuaniaNorwayNetherlandsUnited KingdomCanadaGermanyIndiaSpainSwitzerlandItalySwedenCroatiaLebanonSenegalSouth KoreaFranceAndorraBeninCzech RepublicLiechtensteinMaltaMontenegroTunisiaAsia – PacificAfricaEurope – Central AsiaAmericasMiddle East – North Africa Condemning abusesReports and statisticsProtecting journalistsOnline freedomsInternational bodiesEvents Council of EuropeInternetCitizen-journalistsFreedom of expression Organisation About Research ICT AfricaResearch ICT Africa conducts public-interest research on the digital economy and society that responds to national, regional and continental needs. We provide relevant stakeholders with the information and analysis required to develop flexible and adaptive policies and regulation to deal with an increasingly complex and dynamic digital environment. Our network contributes to the gathering and analysis of data and indicators to establish a repository of knowledge for furthering research and digital governance.  News In rural India, journalists face choice between covering pandemic and survival The first General Assembly of the Forum on I&D was held yesterday at RSF’s headquarters in Paris. Its eleven founding members are NGOs, think tanks, multistakeholder initiatives and research centers: CIGI (Canada), CIVICUS (South Africa), the Digital Rights Foundation (Pakistan), Free Press Unlimited (Netherlands), the Human Rights Centre at UC Berkeley School of Law, University of California (United States), the Institute for Strategic Dialogue (United Kingdom), OBSERVACOM (Uruguay), the Open Government Partnership, the Peace Research Institute Oslo (Norway), Reporters without Borders/RSF (France) and Research ICT Africa (South Africa).  Receive email alerts News On the Forum’s founding membersAbout the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI ) The Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) is an independent, non-partisan think tank whose mission is to build bridges from knowledge to power by conducting world-leading research and influencing policy makers to innovate. CIGI is headquartered in Waterloo, Canada and has a global network of partners and researchers based around the world. Our peer-reviewed, evidence-based research focuses on digital governance issues relating to the global economy, international law and global security. In collaboration with strategic partners and support received from the Government of Canada and founder Jim Balsillie, our research covers some of the most important issues of our time such as artificial intelligence, platform governance and multilateral trade. About CIVICUSWith headquarters in South Africa, and hubs in New York and Geneva, CIVICUS is a global alliance of civil society organizations and individuals dedicated to strengthening citizen action and civil society for a more just, inclusive and sustainable world.  The alliance works to protect the fundamental civic freedoms that allow us to speak out, organize and take action. We do this by defending civic freedoms and democratic values; strengthening the power of people; and empowering a more accountable, effective and innovative civil society.  We strive to promote excluded voices, especially from the Global South, and have a growing alliance of more than 8000 members in more over 175 countries. In the context of the Paris Peace Forum today, eleven organizations unveiled the newly created Forum on Information & Democracy. This new entity will issue recommendations for standards in order to encourage the regulation and self-regulation  of the space of information and communication. The initiative was welcomed by President Emmanuel Macron during his inaugural speech. He first quoted “the Partnership on Information and Democracy, launched by Reporters Without Borders and supported by governments” to illustrate “the importance of these new forms of cooperation”, “a concrete example of innovations that provide different actors to move forward together”.The association will be based in Paris and will implement the principles from the International Partnership on Information & Democracy, an intergovernmental agreement endorsed by a coalition of 31 States on the margins of the UN General Assembly. The Forum’s permanent secretariat will set up working groups tasked with formulating recommendations for regulation and self-regulation in order to address new challenges brought up by technological disruptions and for which existing legislation is not adapted.During the inauguration of the Forum on Information & Democracy,  the President of Latvia Egils Levits, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius, the Chancellor of South Korea’s National Diplomatic Academy, Kim Joon Hyung, and the Council of Europe’s Director of Democratic Governance, Claudia Luciani, recalled the importance of the Partnership. Some founding members,  including the CEO of the Institute for Strategic Dialogue, Sasha Havlicek, the Executive Director of the Peace Research Institute Oslo, Henrik Urdal and the Head of the Geneva office of CIVICUS, Susan Wilding explained the importance and the need for this new organization. Christophe Deloire and Shirin Ebadi, the co-chairs of the International Commission on Information and Democracy (see below), and three other members of the Commission, Can Dündar, Hauwa Ibrahim and Nighat Dad, also outlined the overall logic of the initiative and the central place given to civil society.  About OBSERVACOMOBSERVACOM (Latin American Observatory for Regulation, Media and Convergence) is a nonprofit, professional and independent regional think tank, specialized in regulation and public policy related to media, telecommunications, Internet and freedom of expression. We approach these issues from a rights perspective and prioritize aspects related to access, diversity and pluralism. OBSERVACOM is composed of experts and researchers committed to the protection and promotion of democracy, cultural diversity, human rights and freedom of expression in Latin America and the Caribbean. November 12, 2019 – Updated on November 13, 2019 Eleven organizations from civil society create the Forum on Information & Democracy, a structural response to information disordercenter_img Other members of the Commission include laureates of the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences Joseph Stiglitz and Amartya Sen, the French jurist Mireille Delmas Marty, Honorary Professor at the Collége de France, journalists Maria Ressa and Can Dündar, and new technology expert Yochai Benkler, co-director of the Berkman Klein Centre at Harvard University. June 2, 2021 Find out more About the Open Government Partnership (OGP)In 2011, government leaders and civil society advocates came together to create a unique partnership—one that combines these powerful forces to promote accountable, responsive and inclusive governance. Seventy-nine countries and a growing number of local governments—representing more than two billion people—along with thousands of civil society organizations are members of the Open Government Partnership (OGP). About Reporters Without Borders (RSF)Reporters Without Borders, also known under its French name Reporters sans frontières (RSF), is an international non-governmental organization defending freedom, independence and pluralism of journalism. Recognized as a public utility in France, RSF enjoys consultative status with the UN, UNESCO, the Council of Europe and the International Organisation of La Francophonie. Headquartered in Paris, RSF has offices in 14 cities around the world and correspondents in 130 countries. Eleven organizations from civil society create the Forum on Information and Democracy, a new international entity tasked to implement the principles of the International Partnership on information & Democracy, an intergovernmental agreement signed by a coalition of 31 States on the margins of the UN General Assembly last September. It is the continuation of the international process launched by Reporters Without Borders (RSF) in September 2018. News About PRIO The Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO) conducts research on the conditions for peaceful relations between states, groups and people. Founded in 1959, PRIO is an independent research institution committed to academic excellence and known for its effective synergy of basic and policy-relevant research. PRIO further conducts graduate training and is engaged in the promotion of peace through conflict resolution, dialogue and reconciliation, public information and policymaking activities. Follow the news on Asia – Pacific The Forum’s Board of Directors elected the RSF Secretary general, Christophe Deloire as its President. Nighat Dad (executive director of Digital Rights Foundation) and Leon Willems (director of Free Press Unlimited) were elected as Vice-President and Treasurer.In accordance with its bylaws, the Forum will evaluate the means, norms and architectures of the global space of information and communication; investigate respect for the principles of the Declaration and Partnership on Information and Democracy by the corporate entities that shape this space (the online platforms); and, above all, issue recommendations for governments, platforms and the media industry on how the norms that govern this space should evolve. It will encourage self-regulatory mechanisms and promote the social function of journalism. RSF launched this international initiative in September 2018 when it created the International Commission on Information and Democracy consisting of 25 prominent figures of 18 nationalities. This Commission is co-chaired by Christophe Deloire, RSF Secretary-General and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Shirin Ebadi.  Aurélien Faidy/ AutoFocus-prod / RSF to go further June 10, 2021 Find out more About the Institute for Strategic Dialogue (ISD) The Institute for Strategic Dialogue, launched in 2006, is now the leading global ‘think and do’ tank dedicated to understanding and innovating real-world responses to the rising tide of polarisation, hate and extremism of all forms. ISD combines anthropological research, expertise in international extremist movements and an advanced digital analysis capability that tracks hate, disinformation and extremism online, with policy advisory support and training to governments and cities around the world. ISD also works to empower youth and community influencers internationally through its education, technology and communications programmes, including a range of initiatives run in partnership with MIT, Google, Microsoft and Facebook. At the same time ISD is working with a number of governments to design and mount digital policy and regulatory solutions to the algorithmic amplification of polarisation and extremism online.  Help by sharing this information AustraliaSouth AfricaBulgariaChileCosta RicaDenmarkFinlandLatviaLithuaniaNorwayNetherlandsUnited KingdomCanadaGermanyIndiaSpainSwitzerlandItalySwedenCroatiaLebanonSenegalSouth KoreaFranceAndorraBeninCzech RepublicLiechtensteinMaltaMontenegroTunisiaAsia – PacificAfricaEurope – Central AsiaAmericasMiddle East – North Africa Condemning abusesReports and statisticsProtecting journalistsOnline freedomsInternational bodiesEvents Council of EuropeInternetCitizen-journalistsFreedom of expression News The ensuing Partnership for Information and Democracy was presented at the G7 summit in August 2019, winning the support of G7 members and the leaders of other major democracies also attending the summit. About the Digital Rights Foundation The Digital Rights Foundation (DRF) is a registered research-based advocacy non-governmental organization in Pakistan. Founded in 2012, DRF focuses on ICTs to support human rights, inclusiveness, democratic processes, and digital governance. DRF works on issues of online free speech, privacy, data protection, surveillance and online violence against women. DRF opposes any and all sorts of online censorship and violations of human rights both on-ground and online.last_img read more

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Nelson Selects shoot way to gold medal at Sam Steele Days tourney

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first_imgPlaying against older teams doesn’t seem to bother the Nelson Selects U15 Boy’s squad.For the second time in as many weeks the Selects kept pace with the older players, winning gold at the Sam Steele Youth Soccer Tournament Sunday in Cranbrook.Ironically, Nelson defeated Kootenay East U15’s 4-2 in shootout in the final of the U16 Division. “It was a fantastic weekend,” said coach, Kerry Dyck.“Two weeks ago I told the boys they should be so proud to win a silver medal in an older division, but they took it a step further and won the gold this time, playing up.”Nelson finished second in Invermere, losing in shootout to capture the silver medal.In Cranbrook, the Selects started with a 2-1 win over the Kootenay East U16 Boys, with both goals coming from Aidan Mushumanski on nearly identical plays, smashing excellent volleys on crosses from the right.Nelson then dominate Creston U16 Boys, winning 5-0 in a game where the scored could have easily been double.  “We have a parent keep certain stats during our games, and we had 35 attempts on goal that game, to their 2 (both off target),” said assistant coach, Lyle Hill.  “Although the boys played great, our one concern was the lack of finishing, as we should have had more.” Josh Yasek scored once while Milo Baranyai-Sheppard and Jaden Dyck each added a pair of markers for Nelson.Those results vaulted Nelson into the first in their pool and a place in the semi-finals, where the games started to get harder, facing a team from Coaldale, Alberta.  The Nelson squad played excellent, though, winning comfortably, 2-0, in a game that was never in doubt.   The goal scorers for Nelson were Baranyai-Sheppard again and Blake Markin-Hellekson. The result put Nelson in the final, ironically against the other U15 team in the division, the Kootenay East U15 Boys.  “They’re a very good team, whom we’ve had a great rivalry with for the past four or five years now,” Hill explained.“Though we beat them convincingly, 3-0, the last time we faced them, we knew they’d give us a much stiffer test this time around.”  And that is exactly what happened, with both teams playing an excellent, tightly contested match.  Scoreless after regulation time meant that Nelson was headed to shootouts in the gold medal game for the second tournament in a row.“I think the boys were really determined, after losing the shootout last time, and having to settle for silver,” said coach Verville.  Scoring in the shootout for Nelson were Jahmal Truth-Verville, Jaden Dyck, Grayson Hill and Ezra Foy. And, most importantly, Nelson’s keeper, Bradey Sookero, made two spectacular saves on the four shots he faced in the shootout, to give Nelson the 4-2 victory and the gold medals.“His performance was unbelievable,” said coach Hill.“He was definitely our player of the game in the final for that effort!”  Adding to that comment, coach Dyck noted:“In fact, the defensive effort from our entire team needs to be recognized,” he said.”We only conceded one goal in four games, which was key to our success.  Often, it is the goal scorers who get the glory, but I want to draw attention to the defensive play of our midfielders, Grayson Hill Jaden Dyck, Keanu Tromans, and particularly Ezra Foy, as our holder.”Dyck said other notables included Liam Jones, Thomas Baxter, Jacob Erickson, Josh Schacher and Aidan Mushumanski.However, special mention went to unsung heroes anchoring the defense at center back, Jesse Thurston and Jahmal Truth-Verville.last_img read more

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Penticton to host 2017 Crescent Point Energy Western Canada Cup

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first_img The event will be held at the South Okanagan Events Centre, and is currently set to take place April 28 to May 7, 2017. The WCC was last hosted by the BCHL in 2013, when the Nanaimo Clippers hosted the inaugural event. This year’s WCC will be held in Estevan, Saskatchewan from April 30 to May 8, 2016. The British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL) and Canadian Junior Hockey League (CJHL) announced that the Penticton Vees have been selected to host the 2017 Crescent Point Energy Western Canada Cup. The Western Canada Cup (WCC) will feature the Vees along with the champions of the BCHL, Alberta Junior Hockey League, Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League, and Manitoba Junior Hockey League to see who will qualify for the 2017 RBC Cup.last_img

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More about the World Police and Fire Games

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Blast Your Way to Evolutionary Progress

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first_imgThe cartoony slogan “Evolve or perish” garnered support from a new story about evolution.  Dave Mosher on Live Science shamelessly titled his article “Catastrophic impacts made life flourish,” describing the theory by Birger Schmitz [U of Lund, Sweden] that the Ordovician extinction was caused by a meteor impact.  Out of the wreckage, a plethora of new life emerged, he thinks.  Don’t tell that to students: “If you push an ecosystem too hard, you’ll destroy it,” he said.  “But for the organisms living on Earth at the time, [the environment] pushed them to adapt and fill new niches.  It’s like at the university: I tell my students all the time that if we don’t push you, you don’t evolve.”Whoops; too late.  For the equivocation of confusing random mutation and natural selection with purpose-driven, goal-seeking, hopefully-intelligent study, Schmitz easily wins Stupid Evolution Quote of the Week.Your evolutionary biologists at work.  No further comment necessary. (Visited 10 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Seattle’s Green Blocks Project Targets Home Efficiency

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first_imgWith the first allotment of weatherization funds released to the states and, in turn, to the community agencies that hire local contractors, lots of local organizations have come up with plans that will attempt to get the greenest bang out of a weatherization buck.However, for programs whose mission is not necessarily to go right in and make home-performance improvements but rather to encourage homeowners to make the improvements, the process can be more complicated and success a little more elusive.We’ve noted, for example, the strategy of the ClimateSmart program being deployed in Boulder, Colorado, where energy-audit technicians go door-to-door and work directly with homeowners to try to get them to act on audit information.And now a somewhat similar approach is being used by a nonprofit based in Seattle, the Environmental Outreach and Stewardship Alliance, which has developed a pilot program designed to assess not only home energy efficiency but also deficiencies in the use of water and fossil fuels, solid waste removal, and landscaping.Diagnosis and prescriptionCalled the Green Blocks Project, the program is providing free home environmental performance assessments to many of the homeowners who responded to program-application requests posted by EOS Alliance in June. The group says it chose which city blocks to target based on the number of applications received from each block. For this pilot program, whose assessment period began July 6 and runs through August 21, 10 city blocks were selected.Conducted by professionals certified by the Building Performance Institute, the assessments include a report sent to each homeowner that outlines home performance, recommends improvements, and identifies available services and training as well as applicable grants, rebates, and tax incentives.EOS Alliance says recommended remedies for performance deficiencies can include installation of smart meters, programmable thermostats, attic and wall insulation, weather stripping, door sweeps, gap sealant, low-flow water fixtures, compact fluorescent lighting, rain barrels, storm water bioswales, and/or vegetable gardens.For homeowners who do follow through on their Green Blocks assessments by making recommended improvements, EOS Alliance will track their home’s energy, water, and fuel usage for at least a year to note the benefits and changes in consumption. And of course that also will be a good way to measure the success of the Green Blocks program.EOS Alliance’s sustainability program director, Shannon Luoma, told GBA that the organization is still trying to secure funding that would be used to help pay for recommended improvements.“If the funds do not go through,” she says, “then we will be working with homeowners and block captains to pool together the collective purchasing power of their neighbors to get them all better deals on weatherization services. Kind of like buying in bulk, we’ll help to negotiate a better price for services to the homeowners.”last_img read more

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Data Privacy Day: Painful Growing Pains

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first_imgRelated Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Monday, January 28, is Data Privacy Day, an internationally recognized 24 hours aimed at raising awareness and promoting best practices in the oft-shaky world of online security. As we “celebrate” this day, from social media and email accounts to personal and corporate security, privacy concerns seem more pointed than ever. While the federal government continues to try to regulate the sector, the very nature of its process often puts it a step or two behind events in the real world. That leaves it up to the private sector – and us as individuals – to take charge of our online presence andprivacy. Unfortunately, the very structure of the Internet makes this an uphill battle. Taking The Pulse We’re stuck in an era that security expert Bruce Schneier describes as digital feudalism, where people may be tethered to technology and online services that exploit them, often without their knowledge. And even when informed of potentially invasive practices, most people are too ingrained in their habits to do much about it. “We have to blindly trust that they will maintain our security,” Schneier told ReadWrite in December. “Privacy is not a luxury,” adds Dan Kaminksy, noted security researcher and chief scientist at security firm DKH. “It’s a core element of dignity. We’ve been willing to justify and allow too many things on the basis of ‘well, what does it hurt?’ Well, it hurts human dignity! And as it happens it’s not a ‘well, boo-hoo.’ “Apple phones were totally tracking your location all over the place,” Kaminsky notes. “And the fix was ‘OK, we’ll have them only track it for a week.’ Which is great until you realize they’re still shipping all of the locations back to home base.” Tags:#international#privacy#security adam popescu What You Can DoIf you really want to raise your security-IQ, there is one simple approach: Be aware of what services you sign up for, and actually read the privacy policies that govern them. Most people don’t bother, and most sites make it difficult for those who do, with lengthy policies in dense legalese presented in tiny fonts. Still, “People need to be aware of who they are giving their personal information to, why they are asking for that data, and how they can make sure that any other company only uses the data that they need,” explains Shaun Dakin, the founder of Privacy Camp and the weekly Twitter privacy chat #PrivChat. “For most people Data Privacy Day should mean reviewing their Facebook Privacy settings… review each app and make sure you remember why you gave that app permission to access your personal data.”In that vein, digital identification service OneID‘s chief executive Alex Doll recommends people check the credentials to third-party websites that use their logins for social media sites.“People, in their rush to adopt new tools, often forgot to look too deeply at how it really works, what (or) who is being trusted and what’s happening with their data,” Doll says. “Consumers either don’t realize what using Facebook or Twitter login credentials for third-party websites actually mean or have simply given up, believing they have little control over their digital identities.”Some companies are trying to address the problem (others ironically noted for their questionable privacy practices like Facebook, Twitter, Google and AT&T are also championing Data Privacy Day). Most people don’t want services like Google storing and tracking information based on their searches – 73% view it as invasion of privacy according to the Pew Research Center. One company, DuckDuckGo has created a site called FixTracking.com to detail search tracking methods and how to avoid them.Virtual private network (VPN) services like HotspotShield can help make Web browsing more anonymous. David Gorodyansky, the chief executive of HotspotShield’s parent company, AnchorFree, says awareness, mobility, and the cloud are the biggest issues facing privacy. “With constantly changing privacy settings, increasing use of mobile devices and the proliferation of shared Wi-Fi networks, how do you control the information you broadcast about yourself online,” he asks. “We’ve been successful because savvy users want access to free tools that can help them protect their online privacy, security and freedom of access. But the general awareness of the need for protection is still extremely low.”Quality Control  In a world where even the director of the CIA has to worry about online privacy, we needhelp from our lawmakers. Today, EPIC, the Electronic Privacy Information Center – along with the The Electronic Frontier Foundation and others – is urging Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to begin the process of ratifying the Council of Europe Convention on Privacy.  “January 28 also marks the day that EPIC, in 2010, urged the U.S. to sign on to the Council of Europe Privacy Convention,” explained Marc Rotenberg, EPIC’s executive director. EPIC also named a privacy champion: Max Schrems, the Austrian privacy advocate and organizer of the site Europe v. Facebook. His efforts to obtain his personal data collected by Facebook inspired more than 40,000 global users to make similar access requests.All of these efforts share one key element: They’re all about getting people to pay attention – careful attention – to the issue. “When I think about privacy, I think of a profoundly legitimate demand leading to a value that has been out of the public ability to discuss for far too long,” Kaminsky says. “There’s so many fronts to privacy and dignity in general, that when anything is found – good, bad, or indifferent – it gets this enormous amount of publicity, and nobody stops to say wait, is this particular thing real?”Lead image courtesy of Shutterstock. Dan Kaminsky photo courtesy of Pinguino. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…last_img read more

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5 reasons to give badminton a try

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first_imgCelebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side 3. Boost eye healthA 2013 study from Russia found that playing badminton could help boost eye health. The two-year study found that many children stopped wearing glasses within just two months after taking special badminton lessons three times a week. The findings, from the National Badminton Federation of Russia, even helped put the sports on the country’s sports curriculum.The research also found that the sport could be beneficial to adults who spend too much time working in front of a computer screen, and that badminton’s effect in strengthening eye muscles showed some impressive results.4. Get some fresh airLike other racquet sports such as tennis, badminton is great to play outdoors in the summertime. Getting out into nature and soaking up some vitamin D can also bring additional health benefits, including improved mental health and a reduced risk of multiple sclerosis, cardiovascular disease, asthma, and autism thanks to topping up vitamin D levels.ADVERTISEMENT Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters LATEST STORIES Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:10Vico Sotto to strengthen Pasig barangay health centers00:50Trending Articles02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Cignal HD wins back-to-back D-League titles Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo View comments Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ 1. Burn caloriesAs the fastest racquet sport in the world, badminton can definitely work up a sweat! And although you might not be as fast as two-time Olympic champion Lin “Super” Dan, a game of badminton will still get you moving and your heart rate up. Even a moderately intense workout can help prevent cardiovascular disease such as heart attacks and stroke as well as reduce your risk of obesity and diabetes.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening2. Reduce mortality riskA large-scale study published last year looking at over 80,000 British adults also found that racquet sports such as badminton, tennis and squash are some of the best for lowering risk of death, with those who enjoy a game on the court benefiting from a 47 percent reduction in their mortality risk than those who do no exercise at all. Badminton can be a great sport to try in summer as well as providing a range of health benefits. Image: simonkr/IStock.com via AFP RelaxnewsWith the Badminton World Championships 2017 currently taking place in Glasgow, Scotland, until Sunday 27 August, you might be feeling inspired to pick up a racquet and give the sport a try.Here we round up five reasons why getting out on the court can not only be fun, but also give your health a boost.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Just remember to also wear sunscreen and seek the shade when you need it to avoid a risk of sunburn, and possibly skin cancer.5. Be more socialA badminton match with friends is a great way to socialize, which has health benefits of its own as well as making sport more fun. Spending time with friends can help to stave off loneliness, depression, reduce the risk of an early death, and help to reduce stress levels, which can also lead to further health problems. JBRELATED STORY:After loss, Aussie Olympian binges on fast food Biggest Pogo service provider padlocked for tax evasion NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaullast_img read more

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SPORT-ASIA-AMIR 2 LAST

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first_imgIt was a fullish delivery kept on the off-stump as the It was a fullish delivery kept on the off-stump as the left-hander shaped himself for a cover drive. The ball swung late and it beat the bat to knock the off-stump flat. Amir had his hands raised and looked pleased as a punch. None of the batsmen looked comfortable against Amir, who has recently taken a hat-trick for Karachi Kings in the Pakistan Super League. Once his bowling was over, he spent another 20 minutes taking catches before returning to the confines of the dressing room. While his comeback to competitive cricket happened in BPL last November, the real test will begin when he faces the Men In Blue at Mirpur. An impressive return, say like a 2 for 25 or a 3 for 28 in four overs, may not take away the pain he had inflicted on those who genuinely believed in his talent, but it may go a long way in allowing him to at least start singing the redemption song in top-flight cricket. PTI KHS AH AHlast_img read more

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