HI recommends Sardar Singh for Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna

first_imgNew Delhi, May 1 (PTI) Hockey India (HI) today recommended senior player and former captain Sardar Singh for the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna, Indias highest sporting honour. Sardar made his debut for India in the junior team during Indias tour to Poland in 2003?04. In 2006, he graduated to the senior side making debut against Pakistan. Known for his high fitness levels not only in India but worldwide, Sardar was included in the 18-men FIH All Star team in 2010 and 2011. He was the youngest player to captain the Indian team when he led the side at the 2008 Sultan Azlan Shah Cup. He has also received the Arjuna Award in 2012 and Padma Shri in 2015. Other players SV Sunil, Dharamvir Singh and Deepika have been recommended for the Arjuna Award while RP Singh and Sumrai Tete have been recommended for the Dhyan Chand Award. Coaches Sandeep Sangwan and Romesh Pathania have been recommended for the Dronacharya Award. A committee, formed by the Sports Ministry, will decide on the recommendations made by respective sports federation. Former player R P Singh represented the country during the 1986 and 1990 World Cup. Sumrai Tete, a former Indian womens team captain and coach, was also a member of the gold medal winning team at the 2002 Manchester Commonwealth Games. SV Sunil has now become a vital cog for the senior mens team after having stellar performances in Indias recent success. Considered to be one of the fastest men on the pitch, Sunil has also served as the teams vice-captain. With an international career spanning over a decade, Deepikas illustrious career includes appearances at the Commonwealth Games, World Cup as well as the 2016 Rio Olympics. Deepika was also instrumental in Indias maiden win at the Womens Asian Champions Trophy last year. Likewise, Dharamvir Singh too has been an asset to the team and was part of the Asian Games Gold medal winning team as well as the squad that won the silver medal at the Commonwealth Games and bronze at 24th Sultan Azlan Shah Cup in 2015. PTI BS ATK ATKadvertisementlast_img read more

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Honor 20 Pro launched in India at Rs 39,999, Honor 20, Honor 20i also announced

first_imgThe Honor 20 series has been launched in India. Honor on Tuesday announced the Honor 20 (Review), Honor 20 Pro and Honor 20i at an event in New Delhi. The first two phones in the lineup are flagship devices that offer punch-hole displays. Kirin 980 chips and quad cameras. The Honor 20i, is a mid-range smartphone with a waterdrop notch, Kirin 710 chipset and triple cameras.Honor 20 Pro price in India is set at Rs 39,999 and comes with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of internal storage. The Honor 20 comes in a 6GB + 128GB variant and is priced at Rs 32,999. The Honor 20i has been launched at Rs 14,999 for the 4GB + 128GB model.The Honor 20 will go on sale on Flipkart starting June 25, while the Honor 20i will be available from June 18. The company will announce the availabilty of the Honor 20 Pro at a later date. Honor is also offering a 90 per cent buyback guarantee if you return the device within 90 days.Honor 20 Pro and Honor 20 specificationsThe Honor 20 Pro and Honor 20 sport 6.26-inch AllView punch-hole displays with FHD+ (2340×1080) resolutions. Honor has used a 3D Triple Mesh technology on the rear glass panel that includes layers of glass, colour and depth to offer a holographic reflection. The Honor 20 Pro comes in a Phantom Blue gradient colour, while the Honor 20 will be available in Sapphire Blue and Midnight Black colours.The Honor 20 flagships are powered by a Kirin 980 AI chipset with Dual-NPU and based on a 7nm process. They also come with GPU Turbo 3.0 for improved gaming performance. The Honor 20 Pro and Honor 20 ship with Android Pie with Magic UI on top and will get future Android updates despite the ongoing Huawei – US tensions. The Honor 20 houses a 3,750mAh battery, while the Pro model houses a 4,000mAh battery. Both the phones support up to 22.5W fast charging.advertisementThe Honor 20 Pro sports an AI quad camera setup that includes a 48MP Sony IMX586 main camera with an ultra wide f/1.4 aperture and 4-in-1 light fusion, OIS, AIS and EIS support, PDAF and AI Ultra Clarity and AIS Super Night modes. There is a 16MP wide-angle camera with f/2.2 aperture, an 8MP telephoto camera with 3x lossless zoom, OIS support, and a 2MP macro camera.The regular Honor 20 gets a similar camera setup but replaces the telephoto camera for a 2MP depth camera. On the front, both the phones sport 32MP selfie camera.Honor 20i specificationsThe Honor 20i is a mid-range smartphone that borrows certain design elements from its flagship sibling. The rear panel is glass with gradient colors and a vertical triple camera setup. The Honor 20i sports a 6.21-inch FHD+ (2340×1080) display with a teardrop notch rather than a punch-hole. The Honor 20i will be available in Phantom Blue, Phantom Red gradient colours as well as Midnight Black.The Honor 20i is powered by a 2.2GHz Kirin 710 chipset paired with 4GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage which is expandable up to 512GB via microSD card. It also runs on Android Pie with Magic UI. The AI triple camera setup includes a 24MP primary camera with f/1.8 aperture, an 8MP wide-angle camera and a 2MP depth sensor. The main camera also supports AIS Super Night Mode like the Honor 20. On the front, the Honor 20i gets a 32MP AI selfie camera. As for the battery, the phone houses a 3,400mAh capacity.ALSO READ | Microsoft acquires Broken Age developer Double FineALSO READ | You could soon switch off ads on your Xiaomi phone: Future MIUI updates to solve this annoying issueALSO READ | Mi Super sale begins today: Massive discount on Poco F1, Mi A2, Redmi Note 6 Pro and morelast_img read more

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2015/16 TFSA League grand final results

first_imgCongratulations to the winners of the 2015/16 Touch Football South Australia (TFSA) League grand finals on Friday night. Mixed OpenCentral Scorpions 8 defeated Vipers 3Women’s Open Central Scorpions 4 defeated Eastern Stingrays 3Men’s Open Vipers 15 defeated Eastern Stingrays 9To see photos from the night, please visit the Touch Football South Australia Facebook page – www.facebook.com/touchfootballsa. Related LinksTFSA League finalslast_img

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Shea Patterson Raves About New Michigan Offense

first_imgA closeup of Michigan QB Shea Patterson throwing a pass.ATLANTA, GEORGIA – DECEMBER 29: Shea Patterson #2 of the Michigan Wolverines looks pass against the Florida Gators in the first quarter during the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on December 29, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)Shea Patterson had a solid first year as Michigan’s starting quarterback, after transferring in from Ole Miss. He could be ready to take things to the next level this year, with a big shift in the team’s offense.Jim Harbaugh is giving up the reins to the offense. He hired Alabama’s Josh Gattis to revamp that side of the ball.The new Michigan offense will likely be more of a hurry-up, no huddle system, with more run-pass options built in. Expect it to look more like the high-octane offenses that have dominated the sport as of late.After the spring game, Shea Patterson described what he likes about the new Michigan offense.From MLive:“All the playmakers around me, all the different ways we can get to where we want,” Patterson said, when asked what he likes best about the new system. “I think it’s night and day. We’re going to carry over some stuff from last year, but as far as similarities, I think there’s very, very few of them.“It’s going to be fun.”The Detroit Free Press was high on his performance during the game, saying the comparison between he and UM’s other quarterbacks on Saturday “wasn’t close.”Patterson’s poor throws could be counted on one hand. He was smooth and under control in the pocket. He was accurate on crossing routes. He made proper reads on run-pass option looks. He delivered the ball on time and in space to give receivers room to run. He avoided the rush.He looked like a senior quarterback ready for one last ride, in an offense that’s much more familiar than the one he learned on the fly a year ago. Earlier this spring, former Michigan quarterback Wilton Speight came to Ann Arbor for pro day and told reporters that, from what he had gathered, Patterson would be free of “handcuffs” when passing this year.Last year, Michigan has an elite defense, but had trouble keeping up with top offenses. The Wolverines were just 50th in total yards, and 80th in passing yards in the country.Patterson and company should see pretty big improvements if the new offense clicks as anticipated in 2019.[MLive]last_img read more

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World Cup 2019: Jason Roy intimidates opposition, says Eoin Morgan after Bangladesh win

first_imgWorld Cup 2019: Jason Roy intimidates opposition, says Eoin Morgan after Bangladesh winWorld Cup 2019: England captain Eoin Morgan said Jason Roy is a an intimidating batsman to play against after the English opener scored 121-ball 153 against Bangladesh on Saturday.advertisement Next Anita Jat CardiffJune 9, 2019UPDATED: June 9, 2019 00:12 IST Jason Roy smashed a hundred vs Bangladesh on Saturday. (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSEoin Morgan said Jason Roy is intimidating after the latter’s power show with the bat vs BangladeshJason Roy hit a 121-ball 153 as England defeated Bangladesh by 106 runsEngland will next West Indies on June 14 at the World Cup 2019Captain Eoin Morgan called compatriot Jason Roy an intimidating batsman to play against after the England opener hammered a characteristic 121-ball 153 to guide his side to a 106-run victory over Bangladesh, who knocked them out of the 2015 World Cup.Put in, England posted 386 for 6–their highest ever World Cup score-as Jason Roy purred into life, smashing 14 boundaries and 5 sixes to get his 9th ODI hundred and also the Player of the Match award at the Sophia Gardens, Cardiff, on Saturday.With the mammoth total, England also broke Australia’s 12-year-old record for the most number of successive 300-plus totals as they posted their 7th straight 300-plus ODI total.As the England batsman did a perfect job with the bat, the bowlers outshone in their department to all out Bangladesh for 280 in 48.5 overs with Ben Stokes and Jofra Archer finishing with the figures of 3/23 and 3/29 respectively.”The two boys at the top (openers) laid a solid platform as Jason (Roy) managed to get a significant score. It’s great to see. He’s very intimidating to play against and the impact he has against oppositions is significant,” Eoin Morgan said in a post match interview.”There’s something always that sides will throw at us. Whether it’s spin, swing, whatever – we are prepared. With Archer, Wood, Woakes, Stokes in the bowling, it’s outstanding. They’re wonderful to captain and today was no different.”England were toppled by Pakistan in their previous game but the they bounced back strong to register second win of the tournament.advertisement”I think more positives to take out from the game today. We took a lot of positives from the last game against Pakistan too. We knew we needed to improve in order to win against Bangladesh and we were outstanding with the bat,” Morgan said.Batting first, Bangladesh openers Tamim Iqbal and Soumya Sarkar departed cheaply but Shakib played a classy knock of 121, which included 12 boundaries and a six, from 119 balls. However, once Shakib left the crease, Bangladesh failed to keep their wickets together and handed a massive victory to England.Also See For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAnita Jat Tags :Follow World Cup 2019Follow England vs BangaldeshFollow Jason Roylast_img read more

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GTF calls implementation of resolution in timely manner

“The tone set by the High Commissioner Zeid’s report as well as the statements from several country representatives is unmistakable. Sri Lanka has made some notable progress but, despite these efforts much more work remains to be done. A common thread underpinning most of the country statements was that a comprehensive, time-bound implementation strategy was urgently needed, and that only full implementation of Resolution 30/1 would advance peace, human rights, accountability and reconciliation,” GTF said. GTF strongly feels that Sri Lanka’s top leadership along with the Government has to transform its contradictory narrative on accountability to a consistent one, which is neither apologetic nor defensive but principled and forceful that articulates genuine accounting as a fundamental prerequisite to overcome the country’s dreadful past.“The Government needs to redouble its efforts among the Sinhala people by accurately conveying the beneficial role international community could play in promoting accountability and genuine reconciliation, and that accountability measures will only aim to identify elements responsible for serious crimes, rather than targeting any institution as a whole,” GTF said. The Global Tamil Forum (GTF) cautiously welcomed the unanimous adoption of the resolution ‘Promoting reconciliation, accountability and human rights in Sri Lanka’ (34/L.1) at the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC).This resolution, in effect, reaffirms the full implementation of the Resolution 30/1 of 2015. GTF said the fact that the resolution was sponsored by forty seven countries and twenty seven countries spoke at the Interactive Dialogue on Sri Lanka is reflective of the strong commitment of the international community to peace, accountability, justice and reconciliation for all the peoples of Sri Lanka. We are grateful to every one of these countries, in particular to the main sponsors Unites States, United Kingdom, Montenegro and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and all other countries that worked admirably and consistently in the background to make this outcome possible. GTF said it was pleased that Sri Lanka once again co-sponsored the resolution and reiterated to the Council that the Government was ‘determined to stay the course.’ But, for the victims of Sri Lanka’s brutal war, words alone cannot provide relief, and time is long-past for credible actions and concrete outcomes. For the Tamil community, and particularly for the victims, their confidence that Sri Lanka would faithfully honour its international commitments, and that they would receive justice in a reasonable time-frame is fast eroding. It is not just the worryingly slow progress, but more importantly the conflicting narratives from the leaders of the country that dash their hopes. Widespread calls from the Tamil community that no extension be given to Sri Lanka needs to be understood in this context. GTF also calls on the Government to wholeheartedly embrace the report of the Consultation Task Force and formulate a comprehensive strategy, with a time-line and detailed benchmarks, to address all aspects of the transitional justice mechanism identified in Resolution 30/1. Our considered view is that this should incorporate confidence-building measures that include immediate land and prisoner release and urgent actions on missing persons, and a credible judicial mechanism that should include a special counsel, foreign judges and defence lawyers, and authorised prosecutors and investigators.“The unfortunate fact is that the victims and their families from the Tamil community historically have very little faith in the Government, and any belief that justice is possible is entirely due to the assurance of international involvement. Several resolutions passed at the UNHRC and the key roles played by major international powers have undoubtedly helped build their trust in the impartiality of the UNHRC processes, and has been very important in preventing them from descend into a state of despair. Therefore, it is in the interest, not just of the Tamil community but of all communities, that such trust in the international system is strengthened through the concerted actions of the international community by ensuring that Sri Lanka faithfully meets all its commitments,” GTF said.GTF calls on the Government of Sri Lanka to do just that by publicising and acting on a comprehensive reform and transitional justice plan, and the international community to ensure that the set path towards transitional justice remains on track. read more

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Norfolk recognizes new property lines

PORT DOVER — Norfolk council flexed a rarely-used power last week to help a developer complete the paperwork on a new subdivision in Port Dover.July 9, council approved an “exemption of part lot control” to help document the adjusted lots arising from the 38-unit Harbour Heights subdivision under construction on Grand Street. The move also creates a single lot for the construction of a 51-unit apartment building.The condominium development at issue contains several blocks of joined townhouses.“This approach is used because of the difficulty the builder would have in ensuring that the common centre wall between two dwelling units was constructed exactly on the property line,” principal planner Mat Vaughan said in his report to council.“The exemption from part lot control will eliminate the need for individual severance applications for each lot. The street townhouses have already been built and the lots have been surveyed according to the line established between the common walls of each dwelling.”Put another way, the county is neither creating nor destroying existing lots in the area of Grand Street.Rather, the county is allowing Harbour Heights Developments of Ohsweken to redraw the property lines where the new homes exist without incurring tens of thousands of dollars in charges with individual applications to the Committee of Adjustment.Council approved the move during a public meeting under the Planning Act. No member of the public spoke for or against the recommendation. Each unit in the new subdivision will have a separate, unique civic address.MSonnenberg@postmedia.com read more

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Breaking Down The Womens NCAA Tournament Bracket

If you thought Kentucky’s chances looked good over in the men’s tournament, it’s time to bet your house on the University of Connecticut’s women’s basketball team. The nine-time national champions return to the NCAA tournament this year looking for their second three-peat in school history, and our first-ever go at March Madness predictions for the women’s tournament gives the Huskies a really, really good chance of doing just that.Next to Connecticut, things look bleak even for the other No. 1 seeds in the tournament: Maryland has only a 2 percent chance of winning it all, while steering clear of the Albany region gives South Carolina and Notre Dame a 10 percent and 9 percent chance, respectively, of dethroning Connecticut.We’re thrilled to be forecasting the women’s NCAA tournament and look forward to seeing how our model performs given what little data we have to work with. Below, we break down the strengths and weaknesses of each region.AlbanyAlbany has rightfully been labeled the “regional destination of doom” because of the Huskies, who are so dominant this year that their opponents’ odds seem laughable: St. Francis College, their first-round matchup, has about a 1 in 7,000 chance of beating them. Our model all but guarantees that UConn will make an appearance in the Elite Eight — a 98 percent chance — and the likelihood of the team heading to the Final Four isn’t much lower, at 96 percent. With these odds, UConn seems to be a surefire winner, barring something like a teamwide food poisoning epidemic or a player strike against Geno.UConn is led by junior Breanna Stewart, who scored double figures in all but three of the team’s games this season and senior Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis, who is the school’s all-time career leader in 3-point field goals, with 341.But the near-perfect Huskies are just that: near perfect. They lost once this season, to Stanford (a No. 4 seed) 88-86 in overtime back in November, and finished the season with a 32-1 record.And even though we give No. 2 seed Kentucky just a 1 percent chance of making it out on top of the Albany region, remember that the Wildcats were eliminated from the tournament by UConn in two of the past three years and may have a thirst for vengeance.Oklahoma CityLast year’s runner-up, Notre Dame, is the No. 1 seed over in the Oklahoma City region, coming off a fresh ACC championship and looking for its fifth consecutive appearance in the Final Four (we think the team has a 58 percent chance). The Irish are led by standout shooting guard and ACC Player of the Year Jewell Loyd, who averaged 20.5 points, 3.1 assists and 5.4 rebounds per game, and ACC Freshman of the Year Brianna Turner, a forward who averaged 13.8 points, 7.8 rebounds and 2.6 blocks per game.Notre Dame will have to get past strong teams like No. 2 seed Baylor and No. 4 seed Stanford, two programs that are used to Final Four appearances, and some dark-horse contenders in Minnesota and Oklahoma. The Golden Gophers have stellar sophomore center Amanda Zahui B., who averaged 18.6 points and 12.4 rebounds per game, with an incredible 39-point game thrown in there, too. We give her team a less than 1 percent chance of getting past the Irish, but maybe not if she has anything to say about it.SpokaneThe No.1 seed in the Spokane region is Maryland, which swept through its Big 10 season and tournament undefeated and has only two losses on the season. The team has one of the most potent offenses in the country, but a pedestrian defense. And the Terrapins have a tough road ahead. Our model rates them as the weakest No. 1 seed by far, with only a 37 percent chance of winning their region. While they hope to win the program’s second national championship, after beating Duke in a thrilling overtime game in 2006, we give them only a 2 percent chance of winning this year (not helped by likely facing UConn in the Final Four).But first they must get out of the region. And Maryland might face No. 2 seed Tennessee. The Lady Vols, who haven’t made a Final Four appearance since 2008, have a 33 percent chance of making it out of the Spokane region this year, the most likely No. 2 seed to advance.Even before that, Maryland’s second-round opponent might be the only undefeated team in the tournament: No. 8 seed Princeton, which is 30-0. Some projected the Tigers to get a No. 5 seed, but the committee obviously saw their Ivy League schedule as unimpressive. Still, scrappy Princeton has the third-toughest defense in the country, and our model has it as the fifth most likely team to win the region and the 17th most likely team in the entire bracket to win the championship.Also in the Terrapins way: Oregon State, with its 3-point happy offense, is the most likely No. 3 seed to advance to the Final Four by our model’s estimates. And Duke is also impressive, with a scoring margin of nearly 12 points per game.For an upset sleeper, don’t count out No. 6 seed George Washington, which despite losing to Maryland by 10 points in November has the 15th-highest scoring margin in the country — albeit achieved by tearing through the relatively weak Atlantic 10 conference.GreensboroTo the extent that UConn faces a threat, it comes from the Greensboro region, where South Carolina is the No. 1 seed. By our model, South Carolina has the second-highest probability of winning it all, at 10 percent. If the Gamecocks do face the Huskies, it won’t be the first time — UConn throttled South Carolina by 25 points last month, one of the Gamecocks’ two losses on the season. But the Gamecocks have a stout defense, ranked eighth nationally. Their interior defense is especially impressive, as they block 6.5 shots per game, and overall, the team holds opponents to fewer than 53 points per game.To get to the Final Four, South Carolina must fight through several obstacles. It might encounter No. 5 seed Ohio State in the Sweet 16 and thus have to contain freshman superstar Kelsey Mitchell, who leads the nation in scoring, at 25.0 points per game. North Carolina, the No. 4 seed, knocked off the Gamecocks in the regional semifinals last year and is the third most likely team to get out of the region — ahead of No. 3 seed Arizona State.But most of all, South Carolina must get past No. 2 seed Florida State, which boasts the eighth-highest scoring margin in the country. Our model gives FSU a 17 percent chance of winning the region.Regardless, the main story lines to watch this year are whether mighty UConn can fulfill statistical destiny and storm through the tournament like the dominant program our model expects it to be and whether Princeton takes its insulting seed as motivation and sustains its unbeaten, dream season.Check out FiveThirtyEight’s March Madness predictions.CORRECTION (March 19, 12:00 p.m.): Because of an error in data reported by ESPN, an earlier version of this article gave incorrect team scoring margins for Duke, George Washington and Florida State. We’ve updated those figures with the correct data. read more

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Gardener who lost £6kamonth job tried to blackmail millionaire to get his

first_imgA gardener tried to blackmail a millionaire lawyer after losing his £6,000-a-month farm manager job to “get his middle class life back”, a court heard.Eamonn Dunne, 50, received a ransom demand in the post warning him to hand over the money or his wife, children, friends and business partner would be harmed.The blackmailer also texted the victim saying he knew which school one of his boys attended and urged him to drop off £25,000 in a sports kit bag at a designated rendezvous point – then pay a further £50,000 in instalments.But Mr Dunne – managing partner at civil litigation specialists Dunne and Gray in Altrincham, Greater Manchester – went to police with the ransom note and also showed officers a chain of text messages between him and the extortionist in which he urged him not to hurt anyone.Detectives later traced the mobile number to Josh Odom, 21, and discovered he knew one of Mr Dunne’s sons as they had gone to the same primary school school together over a decade earlier. “To reinforce that he said he knows where he lives and made reference to his sons, saying he knew where they went to school, referring to one in particular.”It said if he involved the police there would be harm to those and the price would go up. But if he co-operated he would never hear from the writer again. Eammon and Sharon Dunne, who fell victim to a blackmail plotCredit: Cavendish Press (Manchester) Ltd Sentencing him, Judge Tina Landale said: “The police told him you had been arrested but that didn’t bring his anguish to an end because he realised he did perhaps know you and felt betrayed.”This was an unsophisticated offence, the affect on your victim was unpleasant, he was anxious and fearful. It’s a particularly unpleasant feature that you targeted his teenage son, who was 13 at the time.”Mr Dunne, who specialises in personal injury claims, had a senior role with a leading insurance company before qualifying as a solicitor in 1998. His wife runs her own health and well-being company. Eammon and Sharon Dunne, who fell victim to a blackmail plot Odom, who was orphaned as a young child and then dumped by his adoptive parents, had just lost a well paid job as a farm manager and targeted Mr Dunne as he knew he was wealthy and claimed it would be “easy” money. “He said it should be cash in a kit bag and gave directions from where he lived to where he wanted it dropping off.””Mr Dunne informed those family members and work colleague. Shortly after he travelled to the police station and informed them. He also then details an exchange of text messages between himself and the defendant’s telephone.”On Friday he sent a text message to the defendant asking he didn’t hurt anyone and said he couldn’t get the money because it was too large and the bank wouldn’t hand it over. The defendant said ‘no excuses, no negotiation’ and gave a time.”There was a further text message saying he couldn’t get the money and was not making excuses. The defendant said if he didn’t have the money he must pay £25,000 and a further two payments of £25,000 and if they didn’t see him the next day they would take action. In interview he said he had “gone from having a nice car and a house in a nice area to a car that is falling apart and a house in a rough area”. He claimed he was “in a mess” and had blackmailed Mr Dunne “to get back his previous life”.As Odom admitted blackmail at Minshull Street Crown Court in Manchester, Mr Dunne, a qualified pilot who lives with his 49-year old wife Sharon and their two sons in a £2.7 million house on the edge of the Cheshire countryside, gave a statement telling of his family’s ordeal.Mr Dunne said: “The moment I opened the letter and read its content I was extremely frightened and concerned about all the threats but in particular my family.”The blackmail plot began on May 12 this year after Odom, from Northwich, lost his £6,000-a-month post on a farm in Cheshire and took up a job as a £300-a-week landscape gardener.Prosecutor Lisa Boocock said: “Mr Dunne received a letter through the post and it said in fairly bold terms he had been targeted for extortion.”He had to pay £50,000 in cash by 9pm the following Sunday and if he failed to pay there would be consequences not to himself but to his wife, sons, friends and business partner. “He also said any contact with the police or set ups there would be consequences. The next day that exchange continued. The police managed to trace the defendant quickly and he was arrested the following day and interviewed. He stated that he had fallen on very hard times.”He had a good job and a car and lost that position and decided to contact Mr Dunne as he remembered him as the father of a man he had gone to school with and he remembered he had a lot of money.”He thought it would be easier for him to pay the money. He said he used gloves to write the letter and posted it to Mr Dunne’s home address.”Odom – who had been in custody for five weeks since his arrest – was given 20 months jail, suspended for 18 months, and was ordered to complete 250 hours of unpaid work and be electronically tagged for four months under the terms of a 9pm to 5am curfew.His counsel Miss Katherine Pierpoint said in mitigation: “He is utterly devastated and ashamed to find himself before these courts. He appreciates now the undoubtedly severe upset for Mr Dunne and his family when he received something like that. Mr Dunne was not to know it had been sent from a rather sad, pathetic 21 year old who was acting stupidly.” This was an unsophisticated offence, the affect on your victim was unpleasant, he was anxious and fearfulJudge Tina Landale Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

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Guyanas capacity to investigate prosecute crime belowaverage IDB

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedU.S TIP report flags Guyana over lack of protection for victims outside GeorgetownJune 22, 2019In “Local News”Guyana has more poverty, crime than the regional average- IDBOctober 18, 2017In “Crime”IDB funded capacity project for GPL cited for slow implementation by Auditor GeneralOctober 27, 2018In “Business” Guyana’s capacity to investigate and prosecute crime has been deemed below-average by a recently released report from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).The report ‘Smart Spending on Citizen Security, Beyond Crime and Punishment’ compares the various security capacities of different countries in the region.In statistics that detail countries’ capacity to apprehend suspects and process and sanction without undue delay, Guyana’s 32 per cent capacity to effectively investigate and 42 per cent capacity to speedily prosecute is ranked behind Suriname, Barbados, Grenada, Antigua and Barbuda, the Bahamas, Saint Lucia, and Saint Kitts and Nevis as at 2017.The statistics particularly show that the aforementioned countries, including Jamaica, carry out more effective investigations than Guyana does.However, Guyana ranks better than several countries, including Venezuela, Bolivia, the Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador, Colombia, Mexico and Peru.While the report’s statistics show that Trinidad and Tobago, Brazil and Panama are marginally better than Guyana at investigating crime, Guyana is better rated when it comes to the judicial aspect of dealing with criminals.“High levels of (crime) are related to the low capacity to apprehend and prosecute offenders (effective investigation), as well as to judge and sanction the accused (effective adjudication). The average of both for the region is a startlingly low 38 per cent, compared to the United States (74 per cent) or Spain (70 per cent). Again, this measure varies widely in the region,” the report notes.The Guyana Police Force (GPF) had disclosed in June of this year that while serious crime statistics were showing reductions, there had been an increase in robbery under arms and rape cases compared to last year’s corresponding period.The statistics from January to May month-end show a seven per cent increase in robbery under arms, an eight per cent increase in robberies where no instruments were used, and a four per cent increase in rape cases. Robberies were up by three per cent.According to the GPF, serious crimes have decreased by seven per cent, and there was a 23 per cent decrease in murder, with a total of 36 murders recorded in 2018. Of these murders, 17 stemmed from disorderly circumstances, nine resulted from domestic causes, seven were robbery-related, and three were labelled as unknown.In addition, there was a 28 per cent decrease in robbery under arms wherein an instrument other than a firearm was used, a 34 per cent decrease in larceny, and a three per cent increase in burglary.The Police also recorded a total of 55 firearms being taken off the streets so far for this year, as compared to 64 for the corresponding period last year. Most of the guns seized were pistols – 33 in total. Most of them – 27 – were reportedly confiscated by ‘A’ Division (Georgetown-East Bank Demerara) ranks.Government has been vocal on the need to reform Guyana’s security agencies, and under the Citizen Security Strengthening Programme (CSSP), has been making efforts to effect changes.There has been talk of plans to construct a command centre and victim-friendly police stations. And there have been initiatives like the commissioning of a state-of-the-art 911 emergency call system at Brickdam last year.In January, British Security Expert Colonel Russel Combe had handed over to President David Granger a number of recommendations for security reform, with special focus on reforms within the Guyana Police Force. But the report has since never been released to the public. read more

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IntelliSenseio creates AI algorithm to predict thickener performance

first_imgA UK-based startup says it has devised a machine learning-algorithm that can help mining companies predict how thickeners will operate an hour into the future.IntelliSense.io, which has been helped along the way by Digital Catapult (an agency for the early adoption of advanced digital technologies) and the UK’s Department for International Trade, said it wanted to help the mining industry become more efficient and sustainable by harnessing the power of artificial intelligence.“Traditional operations technology cannot handle dynamic conditions, so IntelliSense.io is focused on using advanced digital technologies to create a platform that can predict varying conditions and is, therefore, far more responsive to change,” it said.This led the company to develop an application to control thickeners in mining operations, which, IntelliSense.io says, would provide three key benefits:Less water would be needed to complete the thickening process;More water could be recycled, resulting in less wastewater;Reduced power would be consumed as less water would be pumped into the thickener.To create an algorithm, IntelliSense.io needed to analyse three years’ worth of data from six thickeners, each measuring roughly 800 different metrics collected every minute.“This represents a volume of data that would only be possible with a significant amount of computer power and specialist expertise,” the company said. This led to IntelliSense.io applying to join Machine Intelligence Garage, Digital Catapult’s AI programme that helps businesses access the computation power and expertise they need to develop and build machine learning and artificial intelligence solutions.Thanks to this assistance, IntelliSense.io has devised an AI tool that ingests these 800 different metrics every minute and can, according to the company, “predict how thickeners will operate an hour in the future”.“This invaluable knowledge will make mining more efficient and sustainable, and provides optimum operating condition recommendations to maximise output,” the company said.The thickener algorithm has since been applied in an optimisation stability project at a gold-copper mine in Chile where the miner in question had seen low underflow percentage solids and water recovery, and high flocculant consumption.The implementation of the IntelliSense.io Thickener Circuit Optimisation application at the mine, which integrated data from SCADA and other control systems with advanced statistical data modelling and machine learning algorithms and first principle models, came up with a solution.This has seen, among other benefits, decreased variability in the thickener circuit operation, enhanced water recovery at the thickener circuit and reduced equipment downtime due to stricter torque constraints.The payback period has been less than 12 months with projected direct savings calculated at $400,000 in the first year alone, according to IntelliSense.io.The company has also signed a memorandum of cooperation with JSC AK Altynalmas, a gold producer in Kazakhstan. This involves the development of an AI system for predictive analysis and optimisation of the grinding process, according to IntelliSense.io.This agreement is part of a wider pact around the implementation of industry 4.0, IntelliSense.io says.last_img read more

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56 dolphins and whales have washed up on Irish beaches so far

first_img Share Tweet Email1 12,308 Views 31 Comments Saturday 18 Feb 2017, 12:00 PM As reported in today’s Irish Examiner, potential causes for such high numbers could be anything from pollution to bad weather and death by natural causes.The IWDG believes that fisheries bycatch – where dolphins are the unintended target of fishing boats – could be a main reason for this but stress that the numbers they record may only be a fraction of the number of dolphins and whales who die in this manner.“Before 2011,” they said, “the highest annual total of recorded strandings of cetaceans in Ireland was 147 but this has risen to between 176 and 219 over the last five years. So the obvious question is why?”The IWDG concludes by calling for a scheme to be put in place to conduct post mortems on dead dolphins and whales that wash up on Irish beaches.Until such a scheme is put in place, “it is impossible to adequately protest these animals because without knowing the “why”, little else is possible,” they added.The issue was raised at European level last year by Fine Gael MEP Seán Kelly, who wrote to the European Commission to ask them to look at the issue of dolphin deaths.Kelly said: “There are suspicions that the super trawlers are killing these dolphins and then throwing them back into the sea.”The MEP added the commission is “obviously taking it seriously” because it has “proposed revised technical measures on how to deal with this issue and the monitoring of super trawlers”.Read: Call for more monitoring of super trawlers after dolphin deathsRead: Dolphin dies after being passed around for selfies Short URL Feb 18th 2017, 12:00 PM By Sean Murray http://jrnl.ie/3246845 File photo of a whale stranded on Bull Island in 2013. Image: Sam Boal/Rollingnews.ie SO FAR THIS year, 56 dolphins and whales have died after becoming stranded on Irish beaches, according to new figures released by the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group (IWDG).The IWDG says that this figure of 56 makes it the worst start to the year on record.They add that the number of dolphins and whales dying on beaches and coasts around Ireland has risen sharply since 2011, and the majority of these deaths occur in January and February each year.As of 17 February, 29 of these (52%) have been identified as common dolphins.Back in 2010, the average number of strandings was around 22 by this time of year, with common dolphins accounting for five of these.This week, the IWDG have been meeting various groups to try to get to the source of the problem. They said in a statement:During this week, IWDG met with stakeholders from government agencies and representatives from the Irish and foreign registered fishing fleets in an effort to work out exactly what is happening to cause such changes at this time of year. 56 dolphins and whales have washed up on Irish beaches so far this year This is the highest number at this stage of the year since records began. Image: Sam Boal/Rollingnews.ie File photo of a whale stranded on Bull Island in 2013. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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Representing Ireland representing that badge its pretty special

first_img Short URL Jun 24th 2018, 1:01 PM 35,386 Views Sunday 24 Jun 2018, 8:11 PM ‘Representing Ireland, representing that badge, it’s pretty special’ Ulster front row Rob Herring was one of the big winners on Ireland’s tour Down Under. https://the42.ie/4088730 Follow us: the42.ie By Murray Kinsella Murray Kinsella reports from SydneyRORY BEST’S ABSENCE provided a challenge for Ireland in Australia, but also an opportunity for other players to show their quality.Peter O’Mahony and Johnny Sexton underlined that they are excellent leaders with the Ulsterman missing, while hookers Rob Herring and Niall Scannell were among the biggest winners on this tour.Sean Cronin endured something of a nightmare, dropped from the matchday 23 for the second Test and ruled out of the decider with a hamstring injury, but Herring and Scannell will head away on holidays as very happy men. Herring had a fine tour for Ireland. Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHOMunster hooker Scannell got two Test starts against one of the best teams in the world, while Herring added impact in the final two fixtures after impressing as the starter in the opening clash with the Wallabies.“Obviously, it’s been a slightly difficult season at Ulster this year and, personally, I had a bit of a stop-start season, so to come out here and although it’s unfortunate Rory got injured, it was an opportunity from myself, Scans and Nugget,” said Herring after yesterday’s 20-16 win in Sydney. “I think we’ve all played our part in this tour.”Herring is heading home to Ireland to open a coffee shop with friends in Belfast next week, meaning his mind will quickly be taken off rugby, but the 28-year-old has had a remarkable journey in recent years.A native of South Africa, the hooker was signed by Ulster in 2012 partly on account of having an Irish grandparent on his mother’s side.He made his Ireland debut on the 2014 tour of Argentina, but this has been the breakthrough season of his Test career, with an impressive November Test series followed by this excellent Australia tour.“I wasn’t born in Ireland, Northern Ireland, and just over the last six years it’s given me so much personally playing for Ulster and playing for Ireland,” said Herring.“It’s been an incredible six years and to be able to be part of big victories like that, representing Ireland, representing that badge, it’s pretty special.“Hopefully, I’ll have a few more opportunities in the next couple of years. I just want to do my family proud and all the people back home proud as well. Herring and Ireland celebrate their win. Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHO“I haven’t won anything with Ulster yet and I didn’t get to play in the Six Nations even though I’ve been in the squad. So to be involved in this and contribute to a phenomenal season – it’s been an incredible season for Irish rugby – has been brilliant.”The return of Best from injury next season will force a tough decision for Schmidt in the hooking slot, but Herring is hopeful of being part of Ireland’s next campaign too.“Hopefully, there is more to come and it’s a massive 18 months coming up for us,” said Herring. “We’ll keep building and hopefully keep building to the World Cup.“Particularly the last year, it’s been massive for us. We know that as a squad we still have more to give. We have another tough autumn internationals coming up and then the Six Nations, leading into a World Cup.“There’s a lot of belief in the squad and we’ve shown throughout the last year that we can come back and hold out in those big moments. I think that’s the kind of belief you need to keep building on going into a World Cup.“We’re quite a tight group and from these three and a half weeks we’ve been on tour, that sense of being tight-knit has grown considerably.“Ultimately, we want to play for Ireland and play for each other on the pitch. That showed in the last few Tests and when we put our minds to it, we can be pretty good.”The42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us! Share Tweet Email2 21 Comments Cheika invited referee to post-match press conference to explain decisionsSuper Cipriani kick helps England beat ‘Boks to end losing streak Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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RAW Highlights Rollins vs Bryan Lynch attacks Evans Fatal 5Way Firefly Fun

first_img Now Playing Up Next WhatsApp Julio Jones Becomes NFL’s Highest Paid Wide Receiver Mike Tedesco RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Roman Reigns is in Remission WWE Clash of Champions Results – 9/15/19 (Rollins vs. Strowman, Kingston vs. Orton) Former WWE star ‘Grandmaster Sexay’ dies Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Pinterest Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Wrestleview Live #65: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Dave Bautista Announces His Retirement From WWE Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipFormer WWE star ‘Grandmaster Sexay’ diesVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:48/Current Time 0:02Loaded: 30.59%0:02Remaining Time -0:46 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Live Podcast: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Jerry Lawler Facebook Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Twitter Google+ WWE posted these highlights after last night’s RAW from Los Angeles, California.last_img read more

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Report Buffon to undergo PSG medical next week

first_imgGianluigi Buffon is set to undergo a medical next week ahead of completing his free transfer to Paris Saint-Germain, reports Football-ItaliaThe 40-year-old is now officially a free agent after his contract at Juventus expired on Sunday.Buffon had been expected to retire from professional football at the end of last season, but instead held a press conference in May announcing his intention to prolong his playing career.Neymar, BrazilNeymar can win the Ballon d’Or, says Ander Herrera Andrew Smyth – September 13, 2019 An “excited” Ander Herrera believes new Paris Saint-Germain team-mate Neymar is a contender for the Ballon d’Or alongside Kylian Mbappe.While Buffon’s 17-year association has come to an end, the Italian has received a numerous amount of offers and now appears set to complete his free transfer to PSG next week.The 2006 World Cup winner is expected to sign a two-year with the Ligue 1 giants for a reported €8m per season plus performance-related bonuses.The Italy legend is set to displace current PSG goalkeeper Alphonse Areola as the club’s new number one for next season under new head coach Thomas Tuchel as the capital side look to finally win the Champions League for the first time.last_img read more

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Shooting In Las Vegas Prompts Houston To Examine Security Efforts For Large

first_img Share Las Vegas officials say at least 58 people are dead and more than 500 others were wounded after Stephen Paddock opened fire on a music festival from his hotel room in the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino. Officials are calling it the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history. Mark Bethune is originally from Santa Fe, southeast of Houston. He was at last night’s concert and took some time to speak with Houston Matters from Las Vegas describing what happened that evening and what the situation is like now.Then: Could the shooting prompt greater security efforts at major events in Houston? We talk with Dr. Kevin Buckler, associate professor in the Department of Criminal Justice at the University of Houston-Downtown, and Lee Schexnaider, who teaches active shooter survival classes, about how to better ensure safety for patrons who attend these type of events.Also: How will Greater Houston respond to last night’s mass shooting in Las Vegas? We talk with behavioral psychologist Dr. Michael Winters on how shootings of this magnitude affect our perceptions of what is, and isn’t, safe. – / 5 https://www.cnbc.com Listencenter_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X 00:00 /28:23last_img read more

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Electric race car destroys acceleration world record

first_imgElectric cars accelerate quickly because electric motors always operate at maximum torque. The new electric race car prototype from a group of Swiss students takes that to the extreme, though. The vehicle, known as the Grimsel, has just destroyed the world record for electric vehicle acceleration. It went from 0 to 100 kph (62 mph) in 1.513 seconds.This run was more than two-tenths of a second faster than the previous record holder. That’s eons in the world of racing. This feat was accomplished by the Academic Motorsports Club Zurich (AMZ), which consists of students from ETH Zurich and Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts. Basically, a whole gaggle of engineering students.The Grimsel manages this feat thanks to powerful electric motors, but it’s also extremely light at just 168 kg (370 pounds) thanks to its carbon fiber construction. There are four electric drive motors (one for each wheel) that can generate 200 horsepower each and 1,700 Nm of torque. Each wheel motor can be controlled independently to keep power distributed evenly during acceleration.In total, you’re looking at 1,254 foot-pounds of torque powering the incredible aceleration of the Grimsel. By comparison, the 2016 Ferrari 488GTB packs in just 560 foot-pounds of torque and goes from zero to 100 kph in three seconds — about twice as long as the Grimsel. At least the Ferrari looks nicer. The Grimsel probably won’t ever be used in real competition, but a previous version of the car did quite well in the 2014 international Formula Student competition. This one probably will as well.last_img read more

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How to convert JPG and PNG images to SVG

first_imgHow to convert JPG and PNG images to SVG by Martin Brinkmann on November 27, 2017 in Development, Misc – Last Update: September 11, 2018 – 13 commentsTraditional image formats such as JPG, PNG or GIF are very popular, but they have disadvantages that makes their use less than ideal for certain applications.If you create a responsive website for instance, you want images that look good regardless of the width and height they are displayed in. Traditional images look bad when you enlarge them too much for instance.You may need to display the image in different sizes as well, for instance as a thumbnail on a blog’s index page, and as a full resolution image in the linked article.While you can create different versions of a single image so that the most appropriate one is picked, it means that you need more storage for that among other things.The SVG image format is a vector format. This means that its size can be decreased or increased without a loss of quality (scalable). That’s great if you need to display the image in multiple places using different resolutions.Other advantages of the SVG are that its size is usually much smaller, and that it gives webmasters some flexibility when it comes to making changes to it as some can be done in CSS directly.One example: Terence Eden recreated the logos of popular Internet companies like Twitter, Amazon, WhatsApp, YouTube or Reddit in SVG. The size of the logos was reduced to less than 1 Kilobyte, sometimes as low as 200 bytes. The Twitter logo in PNG format for instance has a size of 20 Kilobytes, the SVG version a size of 397 bytes.SVG is a good format for logos and icons, but not really suitable when it comes to photos and other types of images that show many different objects.Converting to SVGThis guide concentrates on applications that you may use to convert images to SVG directly. This is not a tutorial on using applications designed to create vector graphics from scratch. You can use vector graphics editors such as Adobe Illustrator (our no links to Adobe policy still stands), Inkscape, or LibreOffice Draw for that.Plenty of free converters are available that you can run online, but they are fairly limited when it comes to the conversion process. While they may be sufficient for converting a simple logo that is available as a png or jpg to svg, results are not super good most of the time.Here is how I evaluated the services: I downloaded the Ghacks logo, and tried the conversions on several dozen SVG converters. I judged the result, and discarded any service that did not deliver good results.Aconvert — The service takes a local file or an URL as input. The only option that it provides is to change the resolution of the image. The resulting image looked like the Ghacks logo, but its size was almost double the size of the PNG version of the logo.Vector Magic — Available as an online converter and desktop program for Windows. It is not free however (online costs $7.95 per month, desktop edition a one-time payment of $295). Results of the online edition are great however, and you get lots of options to edit or modify settings, and a side by side display of the original image and the svg copy.Vectorizer — Another free service. This one comes with a wizard that you can to pick the best output parameters (blur, colors), or you can set these directly. The results were good with some tweaking, and the size of the resulting image was a third less than the original PNG logo.Now You: Know of another online service or program to convert images to SVG format?SummaryArticle NameHow to convert JPG and PNG images to SVGDescriptionFind out how to convert image formats such as PNG or JPG to the vector-based image format SVG online, and why you may want to do so.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

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These Robocall Blocking Apps May Be Secretly Selling Your Data

first_imgThe 2019 Kindle OasisThe 2019 Kindle OasisMore VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpTech This Out – Warner Streaming Service, Galaxy Note Renders And Nintendo Switch Lite02:14OffAutomated Captions – en-USAutomated Captions – en-USLive00:0001:2601:26 Meanwhile, Truecaller’s privacy policy said it may collect personal information from other apps, Hastings said.”I didn’t observe that Truecaller was actually doing this,” he said. “But it’s definitely against Apple’s privacy guidelines.”MORE: Stopping Robocalls: What the Big Four Carriers Are Really DoingSuch violations of Apple’s privacy guidelines are what spurred Apple to temporarily shut down some Facebook and Google apps this past spring after both companies were caught using features meant for in-house use in market-research apps in the App Store.The other iOS apps Hastings looked at — Call Blocker, Call Protect, Mr. Number, Nomorobo, Numbo, RoboKiller, SpamKiller and YouMail — had less serious privacy violations, but all except Mr. Number and Call Protect connected to Facebook upon launching, as did Hiya, TrapCall and Truecaller. (Call Protect is not to be confused with AT&T’s Call Protect.)Hastings said he contacted Apple about the privacy-guidelines violations of the robocall-blocking apps, but the only response he had received by the time of his presentation Sunday (Aug. 11) was that the issue would be passed along to the App Store review team.Tom’s Guide reached out to Apple for comment, and we will update this story if Apple responds.Hastings also contacted Hiya and TrapCall, who told him they were working on fixing the privacy policies, but Hastings said neither of their privacy policies had been corrected as of Aug. 9. Truecaller, he said, never responded to his inquiries, but that its privacy policy “magically changed” the day Hastings contacted Apple.”Apple clearly isn’t monitoring apps’ privacy policies for compliance with their guidelines,” Hastings said. “Apps need to get better about abiding by privacy polcies, and users deserve to know how apps handle their data.”Asked by an audience member if he’d found any robocall-blocking apps that “weren’t terrible,” Hastings punted.”All of them send data to analytics companies,” he said. “They don’t need to — all the blocking technology is within the app. There were a couple that were incredibly simple, so I liked those the best. But I stopped using all robocall-blocking apps, and now I get a ton of robocalls.”Will Robocalls Finally Be Banned? What You Need to KnowHelp Me, Tom’s Guide: How Do I Block Unwanted Phone Calls?How to Block a Phone Number on Your iPhone LAS VEGAS — Many robocall-blocking apps for smartphones send your phone number and other identifying information to advertisers, and almost all connect to either Facebook or Google, security researcher Dan Hastings said in a presentation this past weekend at the DEF CON 27 hacking conference here.Hastings looked at about 10 robocall blockers in the iOS App Store and analyzed which online services they communicated with. He also read their privacy policies and found that almost all of the apps didn’t meet Apple’s own privacy guidelines, which every app is supposed to follow.”Robocall-blocking apps have access to your phone number, your contacts, even your text messages and voicemails,” Hastings said. “Is this information leaked to third parties, such as data brokers or analytics companies?” In some cases, the answer appears to be yes. Hastings said the TrapCall app sends your phone number to three other companies. The Hiya app sends your data to third-party analytics companies before you even accept the privacy policy, he said.RECOMMENDED VIDEOS FOR YOU…logoCreated with Sketch.last_img read more

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