Source = Skyscanner Abu Dhabi Named as One of the World’s Most Cultural Cities by SkyscannerAbu Dhabi Named as One of the World’s Most Cultural Cities by SkyscannerEmirate listed as one of the globe’s ‘capitals of culture’ by renowned travel fare websiteAbu Dhabi has been singled out as one of the most cultural cities in the world in a recent online list compiled by Skyscanner, the popular travel fare website.The UAE capital made the exclusive list after the Chinese-owned website identified its top five destinations for expanding any travellers’horizons with an arts and culture-filled holiday.Coming in at number two, only preceded by Florence in Italy, the UAE capital was singled out for being one of the Middle East’s most exciting cultural centres, featuring the National Theatre and the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque.The website also highlighted the addition to the emirate of Louvre Abu Dhabi in 2017, with the museum having been designed by Pritzker-winning French architect Jean Nouvel an additional draw for the UAE capital as a cultural destination.The website added to a description of the Louvre Abu Dhabi’s significance as the Arab world’s first universal museum with further information about the emirate’s outstanding dining scene, describing it as being “as diverse as its multicultural population”.The fascinating growth of interest in electronica music in Abu Dhabi was also highlighted, adding a modern element to the cultural appeal of the emirate.“For Abu Dhabi to have been named as one of the most cultural cities in the world reflects positively on the work the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi has done to position the emirate at the very forefront of people’s minds when they consider their next great cultural adventure,” said HE Saif Saeed Ghobash, Undersecretary of the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi.“This recognition also reinforces our resolve to continue to strive for excellence in our efforts to promote our emirate as a destination like no other. Year-on-year we are seeing record numbers come to visit the UAE capital, coming to experience everything from Qasr Al Hosn, to Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque and the heritage sites in Al Ain. Making it onto this shortlist from such a reputable website shows that our ceaseless efforts are having the desired effect.”The Skyscanner website list also included a recommendation for hotel accommodation in the emirate, as well as links to the best hotels and the best deals on flights to the UAE capital.The online list from the Edinburgh-based website also included the aforementioned Florence, which was singled out for being ‘the birthplace of the Renaissance’, as well as highlighting Mexico City, Austin in Texas, USA, and finally Kyoto in Japan.Skyscanner is available in over 30 languages. The news section of the website includes regular news from the travel and flight industry and travel tips for customers.
November 5, 2008 The Sept. 28. workshop participants graduated last Friday, October 31. 2008. Congratulations to: [from left] Amy Bunker, Asako Kitazawa, Hortense Sestito, Elvire Callaghan, Giorgio Bologna, Alyssa Blumstein and Aarthi Janakiraman. [Photo & text: sa]
Industry groups, analysts, media specialist and advocacy groups have been quick to react to yesterday’s Green Paper, which outlined options for the future of the BBC.The government and senior BBC managers have just thrashed out a deal for the licence fee, agreeing to peg it to inflation. The Green Paper, however, suggested the government will examine various options for funding the BBC including a subscription model.The future of BBC Worldwide is also being debated, with one option that it is spun off from the BBC and run as a private company.Other areas to be considered include the overall purpose of the BBC, what content it should provide, and how it should be regulated.A fierce debate is now raging in the UK about the future of the BBC, the world’s largest public broadcaster. The corporation issued a strongly worded response to the Green Paper and, calling for greater public involvement in the debate, said the paper heralds a ‘much diminished’ BBC.“We believe that this Green Paper would appear to herald a much diminished, less popular BBC. That would be bad for Britain and would not be the BBC that the public has known and loved for over 90 years.”It added: “It is important that we hear what the public want. It should be for the public to decide whether programmes like Strictly or Bake Off, or stations like Radio One or Two, should continue.“As the director-general said on Tuesday, the BBC is not owned by its staff or by politicians, it is owned by the public. They are our shareholders. They pay the licence fee. Their voice should be heard the loudest.”Pact, the UK industry group for indie producers, said it was keen that quotas and terms of trade remain in place to ensure its members have fair access to commissioning spend. In the same week that BBC boss Tony Hall (pictured) called on BBC Worldwide to return £1 billion to the corporation over the next five years, Pact added that the review of the BBC’s activities should also take into account the international activities of the corporation.Pact said: “The focus should rightly be not only on the BBC’s scope and purposes for UK licence fee payers but should also properly consider the BBC’s global ambitions and if they serve the interests of the British public or not.The industry group added: “Pact is a committed supporter of the licence fee – which has formed an integral part of the UK’s successful broadcasting ecology – but has reservations on how the money is spent.”Kids media advocacy group the Children’s Media Foundation also weighed into the debate.“With no significant competitors to the BBC in the creation of UK content, any changes to the structure and funding of the Corporation will have fundamental impact on the provision of UK content for UK kids – much more so than any other genre of programming,” the CMF noted. “With that in mind, the CMF welcomes the Green Paper’s recognition of the CMF’s proposal that contestable funding could help solve the problem of plurality in commissioning. However we remain concerned at the suggestion that this funding be taken from the licence fee, other sources should be investigated.”Much of the debate around the BBC’s programming has been focused on how much entertainment content it should be producing.Diane Coyle, former deputy chair of the BBC Trust, which governs the activities of the BBC, told UK newspaper the Guardian.“People do care about programmes. If [culture secretary] Whittingdale is going to have a narrowly focused BBC is it no to EastEnders and soaps but [high-end drama] The Village is OK? And who is going to choose?”The prospect of a scaled-back BBC would provide a boost to ITV, the largest commercial broadcaster in the UK, analysts said. “On a general level, a scaling back of the BBC’s scope would be positive for ITV both on the cost side (it would not face such an aggressive competitor for certain types of content) and audiences (if the BBC produces less popular programming, then that should benefit ITV’s audience share and, while that does not necessarily lead automatically into increased advertising revenues, it would make ITV’s pricing look more attractive to advertisers,” said Liberum analyst Ian Whittaker.Reaction from the commercial sector included input from social network Beamly. Juliette Otterburn-Hall, chief content officer, said: “Today’s audiences, particularly millennials, don’t watch video in the same way the BBC currently provides for. Now that viewing habits are changing, so too should content creation methods.“By pairing viewer data with social media sentiment and feedback, broadcasters can eliminate the guesswork involved with creating new content. Rather than trying to please everyone, it’s possible to identify an established audience for a new TV series before it’s even commissioned, saving both time and effort.”
It appears that Friday’s price rally in all precious metals was met with massive short selling by JPMorgan Chase et alIt was a pretty quiet day price wise all over Planet Earth on Monday. Gold traded mostly within a five dollar price range.However, gross volume was very heavy, which is no surprise as we head into the final few days of roll-overs out of the December contract. Everybody with a December futures contract that isn’t standing for physical delivery has to be out by the end of the trading day on Wednesday at the latest.Gold closed at $1,749.40 spot…down $2.50 from Friday’s close. Once again there was no follow-through from Friday’s big up day…and I’ll have much more on this in ‘The Wrap’ further down. Gross volume was 247,000 contracts, but once the roll-overs were subtracted out, the net volume was light at only 84,000 contracts or so.It was almost the same story in silver, except there was somewhat more ‘volatility in the silver price…and the attempted rally at the Comex open ran into the usual not-for-profit crooks.Silver closed at $34.18 spot…up a whole nickel from Friday’s close. Gross volume was monstrous at 106,000 contracts, but netted out it was only around 26,500 contracts.The dollar index did virtually nothing on Monday, although it began to weaken a bit starting at 3:00 p.m. in New York trading, where it fell 20 basis points down to the 80.05 mark…and then rallied a hair into the close. The index finished at 80.13…down a mere 8 basis points from Friday. Nothing to see here.Here’s the 2-day dollar index chart. It includes the 6:00 p.m. Sunday night open in New York.The gold stocks gapped down a bit at the open…hit their nadir around 10:30 a.m. in New York, which was gold’s low price tick…and then rallied a bit from there. But shortly before 2:00 p.m. a rally with some legs ensued…and most of the day’s losses were eliminated by the 4:00 p.m. Eastern time equity market close. The HUI finished down a tiny 0.17%.The silver stocks didn’t go quite as well as the gold stocks, even though the price finished in the black. Nick Laird’s Silver Sentiment Index closed down 0.82%.(Click on image to enlarge)As expected the CME Daily Delivery Report wasn’t much, as the November delivery month is virtually over. It showed that 9 gold and 7 silver contracts were posted for delivery tomorrow.There were no reported changes in either GLD or SLV.It was a different story over at the U.S. Mint yesterday. They sold 8,500 ounces of gold eagles…500 one-ounce 24K gold buffaloes…and 400,000 silver eagles.The Comex-approved depositories reported receiving 690,125 troy ounces of silver on Friday…and shipped 157,945 troy ounces out the door. Virtually all of the action was at Scotia Mocatta…and the link to that activity is here.Because of the U.S. Thanksgiving holiday on Thursday, the Commitment of Traders Report was delayed until yesterday…and I was shocked at what it showed.In silver, the Commercial net short position increased by a very chunky 4,225 contracts…or 21.1 million ounces. The Commercial net short position now sits at 275.9 million ounces. On a net basis, the ‘big 4’ short holders are short more than 44.0% of the entire Comex futures market in silver…263 million ounces worth, almost the size of the entire Commercial net short position.Ted Butler says that JPMorgan Chase holds 34.0 percentage points of that total on its own…so it’s a good bet that Scotiabank/Scotia Mocatta holds the lion’s share of the remaining 10 percentage points. It’s my opinion that there are only two big shorts that matter…and these are them.But, just to keep piling it on, the ‘5 through 8’ big short holders are short another 8.9 percentage points. However, in the grand scheme of things, the positions of the ‘5 through 8’ traders…plus the smallest two traders in the ‘Big 4’ category…are immaterial, as they can only possible hold a percentage point or two of the short position apiece. On a net basis, the ‘Big 8’ are short 52.9% of the entire Comex silver market…and JPMorgan chase is short 34 percentage points of that amount all by itself.In gold, the Commercial net short position increased by 11,269 contracts, or 1.13 million ounces. The Commercial net short position in gold now sits at 23.61 million ounces. The ‘Big 4’ are short 14.94 million ounces of gold, which represents 34.3% of the entire Comex futures market on a ‘net’ basis. The ‘5 through 8’ traders are short an additional 5.59 million ounces of gold, or 12.9% of the entire Comex futures market on a ‘net’ basis. Adding this up, the ‘Big 8’ are short about 47.2% of the entire futures market in gold…and that’s a minimum number.Here are a few sentences I stole from silver analyst Ted Butler‘s short Monday commentary to his clients regarding yesterday’s COT Report…“By my calculations, JPMorgan is holding a net short position of 35,000 contracts in COMEX silver futures, one of their largest short positions ever, as of the latest COT. That’s the equivalent of 175 million oz. Because there was also a large increase in spread positions in the Disaggregated COT report, JPM’s market share is now up to 34% of the entire short side of the COMEX silver futures market. While I am stating this as factually as possible, it almost qualifies as being unbelievable.”Nothing free market about this. If you want a visual and historic representation of the COT reports going back about 16 year…these linked interactive charts show the short and long term trends for all COT categories, which are visible at a glance. For gold the link is here…and for silver the link is here.Yesterday’s COT Report snapshot of the ‘big 4’ and ‘big 8’ short-side traders comes in this excellent graph of “Days of World Production to Cover Comex Short Positions” as provided by Nick Laird.(Click on image to enlarge)It’s my belief that almost the entire red bar in silver is made up of the short positions of JPMorgan and Scotiabank/Scotia Mocatta. As I said before, the short positions of the other six traders in the ‘8 or less’ category…are immaterial.Reader E.W.F…who was kind enough to send out a full set of charts from that data contained in the Disaggregated COT Report…sent me this table of numbers, along with the following comments…“The silver top 4 net short position hasn’t been this large since September 28, 2010. Silver open interest hasn’t been this high since November 9, 2010. The current silver COT structure is remarkably similar to the COT structure seen in late 2010 when the silver price started to spike.”Without doubt, we’re probably beyond those 2010 numbers at this point already, as the deterioration on Friday was shocking…and I’ll have more on that in ‘The Wrap’.Since it’s my Tuesday column, I have more than the usual number of stories for you today…and I’ll happily leave the final edit up to you.There are only two mistakes one can make along the road to truth; not going all the way, and not starting. – BuddhaI was disappointed, but not entirely surprised by the fact that there was no follow-through price action to the upside on Monday, after Friday’s big day in all four precious metals. What did surprise me was the monstrous increase in the preliminary open interest numbers for both gold and silver that were posted on the CME’s website early Saturday morning. I was expecting/hoping that there would be some major reduction when the final numbers were posted late Monday morning Eastern time…but there wasn’t. There were almost no changes at all.It appears that Friday’s price rally in all precious metals was met with massive short selling by JPMorgan Chase et al…as there is no other explanation for such a big increase in open interest. The bullion banks, led by JPM…are going short against all comers.I mentioned in my closing comments about yesterday’s Commitment of Traders Report that we have probably already exceeded the October 2010 figures for open interest, Commercial net short position…and short positions for the big 4 and big 8 that reader EWF showed in his table of numbers just above the ‘Critical Reads’ section above. As Ted Butler correctly pointed out in his COT commentary yesterday, all will be revealed with this Friday’s Commitment of Traders Report. Based on what I’ve seen so far, it’s going to be ugly.At the moment, the final roll-overs out of the December delivery month are in progress…and it should be all wrapped up by the close of trading tomorrow.Today is the cut-off for this Friday’s Commitment of Traders Report, so most of the roll-over data will be in it.Here are the 6-month gold and silver charts. Yes, the rallies on Friday show that we’ve broken nicely above the 50-day moving averages in both metals. Can we go higher from here? Absolutely, but based on the COT data, we’re much closer to a top then a bottom…and unless JPMorgan Chase et al get over run, or puts their hands in their pockets and do nothing as this rally progresses, or start buying back part of their massive short position…this rally will end the same as every other rally…in tears. We’ve seen this picture many times before.(Click on image to enlarge)(Click on image to enlarge)In overnight trading, gross volume is decent in gold…and very heavy in silver. But once the roll-overs are removed, volumes sink to fumes and vapour. I expect this situation to continue for the rest of the Tuesday session. The prices of both metals aren’t doing much of anything…and the dollar index is still hanging in just above the 80.00 level…and is up about 14 basis points from Monday’s New York close.Unless something comes out of left field during the next four days, I’m not expecting a lot of price fireworks until after the December contract goes off the board. Once we get into next week, then we’ll see what the lay of the land is when we have Friday’s COT Report under our belts.That’s more than enough for one day…and I’ll see you here tomorrow. Sponsor Advertisement On October 30, 2012, Mason Graphite Inc. began trading on the TSX Venture Exchange under the symbol “LLG”. Mason Graphite is focused on the exploration and development of its Lac Guéret graphite property located in northeastern Quebec. 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In March, I interviewed Cedric Habiyaremye, a 31-year-old Ph.D. student at Washington State University who is trying to get Rwandan farmers to grow and eat quinoa. How’s his project going? Cedric Habiyaremye, 31, wanted Rwandan farmers to get excited about quinoa because of its nutritional punch. But now, he says, they’re a little too excited.The Ph.D. student at Washington State University started his project to popularize the crop in his home country last year. He had researched which varieties would grow best in Rwanda’s environment in an earlier program. And local farmers found quinoa easy to grow.But Habiyaremye doesn’t want to hand over the seeds to just anyone yet. He wants to make sure that farmers know that quinoa must be washed several times before eating it. “Quinoa has [a compound] called saponin, which is very bitter. If they eat it without washing it, they will be disappointed.”Habiyaremye is happy to report that his Quinoa Model Farmers Project, which distributes varieties of quinoa seeds to Rwandan farmers and trains them to grow, harvest and cook it, now has 209 participants, up from just 12 in March.In May and June, a couple of Rwandan news stories profiled his project — and it ignited a quinoa craze across the country, he says: “After those articles were published in the Rwandan media, it created a high demand for the seeds nationwide.””It brings the biggest smile and joy to my heart,” he adds.Despite the fervor, he wants to take things slowly and strategize with the project participants, he says, making sure they know how to prepare quinoa properly after harvest.While the farmers are testing out the quinoa on a small scale now, Habiyaremye has big plans for the crop in the future. “I don’t want people to just grow quinoa in the country for a year or two and then stop, or lose interest,” he says. “I want them to understand how to incorporate quinoa in their existing farming system. And that starts with education.” Through the project, farmers receive a quarter pound each of three quinoa varieties to yield up to 5 pounds of quinoa, free of charge. It’s enough for farmers to grow quinoa in their farms year-round and share seeds with others in the community, he says. His efforts to bring quinoa to Rwanda have brought him to the international stage. In July, the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, a think tank, asked him to serve as the youngest member of a global agriculture task force, which includes big names like Ertharin Cousin, the former executive director of the World Food Programme (WFP).”Cedric embodies the entrepreneurial, resilient spirit that is needed to transform the agricultural sector,” says Vanessa Taylor, assistant director for the group’s global food and agriculture program. “His compelling personal story, connection to smallholder farmers and research interests in agronomy and crop science make him a valuable addition to our task force.”That personal story starts when he he was a boy. His family fled to a refugee camp in Tanzania during Rwanda’s civil war. The WFP provided meals to people in the camp, and when Habiyaremye saw the trucks coming, he said that he was full of joy because it meant he’d get to eat.”It’s so crazy!” says Habiyaremye. “Life is what you make of it, you know? If you’re positive, you’ll attract positive people. I didn’t let my circumstances [being a refugee] define me — and I think that’s what brought all these opportunities to me.”Meanwhile in Rwanda, Habiyaremye’s biggest quinoa supporter — his mom, Agnes Mukankwaya — continues to evangelize the crop in her community. She just discovered she could make a kind of flour by drying up the leaves and grinding it.”You know how people sprinkle sesame seeds on food? She does that with the quinoa meal,” he says. “Now I’ve started to do that, too!”Her peers call her the Queen of Quinoa, says Habiyaremye.And what does that make him?”If she is the Queen,” he says, “that makes me the Prince.” Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.
The disabled author of an acclaimed new investigation into the impact of austerity on disabled people has backed calls for an independent inquiry into links between the government’s policies and the deaths of benefit claimants.Frances Ryan (pictured) said there was an “urgent” need for an inquiry to investigate the failings of the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) and its links to the deaths of disabled people claiming benefits.She has become the latest high-profile figure to back the Justice for Jodey Whiting petition*, which calls for an inquiry into such deaths, and for any evidence of criminal misconduct by ministers or senior civil servants to be passed to police.The petition also calls for a recognition that DWP is institutionally disablist and not fit for purpose, and for DWP to change its policies and practices urgently to make the safety of all benefit claimants a priority.Ryan’s new book, Crippled: Austerity and the Demonization of Disabled People**, argues that those in power have turned on disabled people, who have become objects of “suspicion, demonization and contempt” since 2010.Ryan told Disability News Service: “In Crippled, I look at multiple cases of people who have died after having their benefits removed.“Some were found ‘fit for work’ but due to the inaccuracy of the assessment system, were so ill they died shortly after.“Some were starved, frozen, or had lethal health conditions triggered because they had no money for food, electric, or heating.“Others like Jodey were left in desperate states and sadly took their own lives.”She added: “Coroners have repeatedly pointed to ‘fit-for-work’ tests as a contributory factor in a number of disabled people’s deaths.“Suicide is deeply complex and it’s vital to report on these cases responsibly, but it isn’t hard to see how people are becoming vulnerable.“Remove social security from a disabled person too disabled or ill to work and it’s like pushing someone off a cliff and feigning surprise when they hit the beach.”Her book brings together much of the research that has exposed the impact of austerity on disabled people in the last decade, but it also hears the stories of individuals whose lives have been blighted by cuts to their support.It is, she says, “a rallying cry against the shrinking of the welfare state and the hardship the austerity agenda is causing disabled people”.Her book has been praised by high-profile figures such as film director Ken Loach, and shadow chancellor John McDonnell, who has said: “This devastating book should shake our political system to its foundations.”Ryan concludes in the book that disabled people “have been routinely driven into destitution, pushed from the workplace and stripped of the right to live in their own homes”, while the benefit system is in chaos, with disabled people “forced through a system defined by hostility and humiliation”.And she says society has now reached the point at which “a cocktail of austerity and long-standing prejudice towards disabled people is leading to the sort of large-scale negligence that at its extremes is tantamount to abuse”. *To sign the Justice for Jodey Whiting petition, click on this link. If you sign the petition, please note that you will need to confirm your signature by clicking on an email you will be sent automatically by the House of Commons petitions committee**Crippled: Austerity and the Demonization of Disabled People, by Frances Ryan, is published by Verso Books
Next Article Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. WikiLeaks on Tuesday published a large cache of documents that it said are from the CIA that relate to its hacking tools. Everyone Is Talking About WikiLeaks’ Massive CIA Data Dump — Here’s What’s Going On –shares Image credit: Associated Press/J. Scott Applewhite via BI 6 min read Add to Queue Kif Leswing Security Register Now » March 8, 2017 Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business This story originally appeared on Business Insider WikiLeaks on Tuesday published a large cache of documents that it said are from the CIA that relate to its hacking tools. An intelligence source confirmed to The Wall Street Journal some of the contents of the documents.The files seem explosive at first glance. Internal CIA files are rarely seen, and WikiLeaks has used them to claim that the agency has “lost control of the majority of its hacking arsenal.”Image credit: WikiLeaksBut some of the claims that WikiLeaks presented along with the documents have been criticized by security researchers as being exaggerated or overblown. WikiLeaks has claimed that secure messaging apps have been broken and that the CIA can hack into iPhones, which have widely been seen as a more secure choice than Android phones.Although the documents themselves are a rare and fascinating possible look into the CIA, there isn’t much in there that should worry people for now, security researchers and professionals told Business Insider.Here’s what you need to know as an iPhone or iPad user about the WikiLeaks “Vault 7” dump.1. False: The CIA was able to break into Signal and WhatsApp.Apps like Signal and WhatsApp are commonly cited as secure messaging apps, meaning the government, companies or hackers can’t intercept messages in transit and read them.That’s what security professionals call “end-to-end encryption.”If the CIA were able to break into Signal, as several outlets and commentators have claimed, that would be a big deal. Even WikiLeaks is phrasing its claims to make it sound as if this is the case.The good news is that there is no evidence in the WikiLeaks dump that suggests the math that keeps messages secure — called “crypto” — that’s behind either WhatsApp or Signal has been broken, as suggested by WikiLeaks.Instead, the claim is more fundamental. If the CIA were able to hack into an end user’s iPhone or Android device, then Signal’s crypto wouldn’t matter. The CIA would be able to read what users are seeing and sending before it was encrypted by the software.If your computer or operating system, such as iOS, is already compromised, it doesn’t matter how secure your messaging system is.Basically, the CIA “has some expensive, targeted ways to hack phones, and if your phone is hacked, well, your apps won’t save you,” Zeynep Tufekci, a New York Times contributor and associate professor at the University of North Carolina School of Information and Library Science, told Business Insider.The CIA/Wikileaks story today is about getting malware onto phones, none of the exploits are in Signal or break Signal Protocol encryption.— Open Whisper Systems (@whispersystems) March 7, 2017Signal’s underlying technology remains secure, it says.”End-to-end encryption has pushed intelligence agencies away from undetected and unfettered mass surveillance to where they have to use high-risk and targeted attacks,” Moxie Marlinspike, the creator of Signal, told New York Magazine.Strafach said, “WikiLeaks has an interest in getting big hype for their leaks, obviously, so it blurs what is and is not a concern.”2. The CIA did not release a tool that can hack an up-to-date iPhone.Although WikiLeaks claims the CIA has exploits that can work on iPhones, the tools and code needed to implement those hacks was not included in the document release, according to Strafach and other security experts.”I do not believe any iOS user running iOS 10+ has any cause for concern” stemming from the WikiLeaks files, Strafach said.The documents refer to iOS exploits — commonly called “zero days,” or bugs that have not been publicly found — but they tend to be threads and hints about a working exploit instead of what’s needed to verify the CIA’s capabilities. And many of the exploits in the leaked files have already been found and squashed.”While our initial analysis indicates that many of the issues leaked today were already patched in the latest iOS, we will continue to work rapidly address any identified vulnerabilities,” an Apple representative said in a statement.What WikiLeaks is claiming the CIA can do is scary — basically, that by using expensive undiscovered bugs, it could take over a target’s phone if it got them to click on a link or another attack vector.Using exploits, hackers can “make [a phone] appear to be off when it’s really on, and enable your microphone, and be able to listen to conversations you’re having with other people,” Kevin Mitnick, an exploit vendor and well-known hacker, told Business Insider last month.Strafach said that, after perusing the WikiLeaks files, “if you are an average iOS user and you are worried about a malicious party downloading this leak and using information from it to hack your iOS device, you can rest easy.”This is not possible from what has currently been released,” he said.Strafach said that much of the files seem to show tools that do “not appear to be incredibly ‘production-ready'” and are experimental in nature. Many of the files released look like a small team’s work on experimentation and R&D and resemble how iPhone jailbreakers and small security companies put together research and internal wikis, he said.”I can’t rule out that there is not a single live vulnerability at all mentioned, but I at least have been able to ascertain that this leak does not have anything which can pose a threat to an everyday user,” he said.3. WikiLeaks hasn’t published everything it has.WikiLeaks said that it removed code and other parts of its leaked data that could be used by hackers. But it has said that Tuesday’s dump is the first of many — it’s possible that WikiLeaks is planning to publish exploit code in the future.But that might end up being a good thing for iPhone and iPad users, because when an exploit becomes public, it gets patched by Apple and other big tech companies. Once it’s patched, hackers and organizations like the CIA can’t use them anymore.Apple pays up to $200,000 for a working iOS exploit. Mitnick said the going rate for an iOS exploit can be up to $1,500,000.If any exploits are revealed by the WikiLeaks files, it’s possible that it just made millions of dollars of CIA software useless. The CIA “have to use these [attacks] very carefully,” Marlinspike told New York Magazine. “Every time they use one, there’s a chance it’ll be detected, which costs millions of dollars to them.”For maximum security, you should update to the latest version of iOS on your iPhone or iPad in Settings > General > Software Update. Contributing Writer
Microsoft Sells Google-Bashing Mugs, T-Shirts on its Website Add to Queue Next Article Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Technology Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Register Now » Taking its year-long campaign against Google to the next level, Microsoft has begun selling “Scroogled”-branded merchandise on its website.The software giant’s online store features a variety of anti-Google merchandise, from t-shirts to hoodies to mugs. Like the Scroogled ads on TV, the descriptions about each item are centered around the idea that Google is exploiting users’ private information. For instance, a $7.99 mug that features the phrase “Keep Calm While We Steal Your Data” – and is already sold out – boasts this description: “Put 15-ounces of your favorite beverage into this stoneware mug to let the world know that even though Google is trying to make money on almost every aspect of your digital life, you’re still calm. And fully caffeinated.”Related: Bill Gates Gets Teary-Eyed Talking About Search for New Microsoft CEOThen there’s this biting description of an $11.99 Scroogled t-shirt: “Gulled. Humbugged. Buffaloed. Wire-tapped. Extorted. Sold out. Chicaned. Fleeced. Scammed. Conned. Surveilled. Double-dealt. Ensnared. Suckered. Sandbagged. Gossiped. Scandalmongered. Flimflammed. Skullduggered. Bamboozled. Hornswoggled. Beguiled. Cheated. Fooled. Double-crossed. Defrauded. Hoodwinked. Swindled. Duped. They’re all just synonyms for being Scroogled – and you can get them all on this American Apparel 50/50 t-shirt.”A rep for Microsoft told Ad Age the merchandise is not an aim to make money, but to give consumers a way to express their feelings about Google’s privacy practices.The items, which range from $7.99 to $25.99, include free shipping and free returns, according to the website.Related: Microsoft Axes Its Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Employee-Ranking System Lyneka Little November 21, 2013 –shares 2 min read
Brand value 2019 (US$M) Alcohol Ping An 7 Category 33,167 138,158 140,953 3 Retail 9 4 2 Tencent China’s Most Valuable Brands Grow a Record 30% to $889.7 Billion in 2019 BrandZ Top 100 Most Valuable Chinese Brands Ranking – With Alibaba the New Number One PRNewswireMay 6, 2019, 8:21 pmMay 6, 2019 4% 8 5 9% 26,967 Telecom Providers Banks AlibabaBrandZKantarMarketing Technologymobile-centricNewsWPP Previous ArticleAmazon or Alibaba: Freedonia Compares These Global E-Commerce LeadersNext ArticleSAP Offers New SaaS Solution to Onboard Millions of Partner Users, Granting Access to Sensitive Data Without Regulatory Risk Brand China Construction Bank 39,103 -21% Technology There is vast potential for further brand growth overseas as China moves beyond the industrial focus of its Belt and Road initiative towards establishing leadership in areas including AI, robotics, Internet of Things (IoT) and green energy. One such business is Home Appliances and IoT brand Haier, ranked 15th in the Top 100 with a brand value of $16.3 billion. The report also shows the investments brands make to build value are measurably rewarded in the stock market. The BrandZ China Top 100 stock portfolio, comprising the same 100 brands, has outperformed the MSCI China Index by almost four times, growing 111% since July 2010 vs. 28%.David Roth, WPP, says: “China’s stock market volatility over the past year has provided a real-life stress test for valuable brands, which continued to outperform the market. Put simply, valuable brands deliver superior shareholder returns. $100 invested in the MSCI China Index in 2010 would be worth around $128 today. That $100 invested in the BrandZ™ China Top 100 would now be worth $211. The threshold to enter the BrandZ China Top 100 has more than doubled from $311 million in 2018 to $681 million in 2019, demonstrating the continued pace of growth for Chinese brands increasingly recognised as leading the way in innovation. Against a backdrop of heightened competition and disruption, building stronger brands is what it takes to stay in the game.”Alibaba’s brand value has grown 136% over the past five years in BrandZ’s Top 100 Most Valuable Chinese Brands, outperforming the Top 100 overall which increased 92% over the same period. Since first appearing in the ranking in 2015 following its IPO, Alibaba’s rise to the number one spot in 2019 reflects the growth of a brand which has contributed to transformational changes in the Chinese market. In BrandZ’s ‘Brand Power’ metric of brand equity, Alibaba scored particularly strongly for being ‘Meaningful’, suggesting the brand known for coining the term ‘New Retail’ has successfully created closer connections with its consumers.The Brand Power metric also looks at how brands perform in being Different (distinctive), and Salient (coming to mind at the moment of consideration). While Chinese brands generally score well for being Meaningful and Salient, they do not perform as well in being viewed as truly distinctive from the competition or as trendsetters.Doreen Wang, Global Head of BrandZ at Kantar, adds: “Whether going abroad or expanding domestically, the potential for brand growth is huge for China’s most valuable brands. But realising it requires the knowledge and expertise needed to surmount new challenges. This report highlights the importance for Chinese brands to build difference in the domestic and global marketplace.”Marketing Technology News: New Study Finds the Current State of Pay TV, OTT & SVOD in 2019The BrandZ™ Top 100 Most Valuable Chinese Brands report is based on a deep understanding of what motivates consumers, how to fulfil their expectations and how to build powerful and valuable brands that consumers and investors love. The full report along with charts and videos can be found here or via the app, available for download fromor from iTunes or Google Play. All BrandZ valuation results are also available for Bloomberg subscribers at their fingertips.BrandZ’s top-five 2019 takeaways for building valuable brands in China:Build difference – As the China market becomes even more competitive the importance of Difference increasesGo deep – China is growing fastest in lower tier cities; relying on insights gained from competing in coastal metropolises can help – but can also create misunderstandingRefine the brand experience – Standing out from sameness requires delivering a memorable brand experience by personalising one or more aspects of the brandBe intelligent – To produce the extreme convenience lifestyle favoured by Chinese consumers, the path to success involves a combination of human and artificial intelligenceBuild a powerful brand – At the point of sale – physical or online – a powerful brand enjoys an important edge against all other brands trying to convert consumers to customers.Background and methodologyCommissioned by WPP, the valuation behind the BrandZ Top 100 Most Valuable Chinese Brands was conducted by brand equity research experts Kantar. The methodology mirrors that used to calculate the annual BrandZTM Top 100 Most Valuable Global Brands ranking, which is now in its 13th year.The ranking combines rigorously analysed market data from Bloomberg with extensive consumer insights from over 3.7 million consumers around the world, covering more than 166,000 different brands in over 50 markets – including opinions from nearly 290,000 Chinese consumers on over 1,100 brands in 75 categories.The ability of any brand to power business growth relies on how it is perceived by customers. As the only brand valuation ranking grounded in consumer opinion, BrandZTM‘s analysis enables Chinese brands to identify their brand’s strength in the market and provides clear strategic guidance on how to boost value for the long-term. The eligibility criteria are:the brand was originally created in Chinathe brand is owned by a publicly traded enterprise, or its financials are published in the public domainBank brands derive at least 20 percent of earnings from retail bankingChinese unicorn brands have their most recent valuation publicly available. (In prior years, only publicly-traded or audited companies were eligible).The suite of BrandZ brand valuation rankings and reports includes Australia, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Latin America (Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Peru), The Netherlands, South Africa, Spain, UK, US.Marketing Technology News: eSentire Report: Volume of UK Cyber Attacks Increased by Over 140 Percent in 2018 1 Baidu 10 Technology 6 Technology JD Alibaba Moutai Insurance Entertainment Sees Largest Category Growth of 186%; Technology Accounts for 26% of Total ValueAlibaba has been crowned the most valuable brand in China for the first time in the annual BrandZ Top 100 Most Valuable Chinese Brands ranking, published by WPP and Kantar, having grown its brand value by 59% year-on-year to $141 billion.Despite China’s slower economic growth and international trade tensions, the total value of the BrandZ Top 100 Most Valuable Chinese Brands increased 30% to $889.7 billion, the highest annual rise since the ranking launched in the year 2011. The growth has been fuelled by brands accelerating their expansion into China’s lower tier cities, which have seen rapid development and rising consumer buying power, and increasingly positive attitudes to Chinese consumer brands with a global presence.13 of the 24 categories increased in value, with Entertainment seeing the largest year-on-year growth of 186%, followed by Education (57%) and Retail (55%). Technology accounted for the most brands in the Top 100 (11), contributing 26% of the ranking’s total value and dominating the top 10 leaders in terms of Overseas Presence with six brands – double the number last year. These include the world’s largest drone-maker DJI (no.50, $2.8 billion), robot company UBTECH (no.85, $910 million), smartphone maker Xiaomi (no.11, $20.6 billion), Lenovo (no.47, $2.9 billion), Huawei (no.6, $33.2 billion) and ZTE (no.72, $1.2 billion).The study, expanded in 2019 to include four new categories – consumer finance, entertainment, lifestyle platforms and transport – reveals how the digitisation and sophistication of Chinese consumers is creating a unique marketplace of products and services available with unprecedented speed and convenience. Innovators in AI, e-commerce, New Retail and social media perform strongly. The fastest rising brands are video streamers iQiyi (no.28, $5.6 billion) and Youku (no.31, $5.0 billion), up 158% and 136% in value respectively. For the first time, the ranking also incorporates unicorn brands based on their most recent valuations publicly available to reflect the dynamism of the Chinese market and the impact of these brands.Marketing Technology News: LivePerson Releases World’s First Collaborative AI Technology, Empowering All Staff in an Enterprise to Assist Technologists with Bot BuildingXiaomi, services booking app Meituan (no.13, $19.9 billion), food delivery app Ele.me (no.24, $7.3 billion) and consumer finance brand Lufax (no.26, $6.9 billion), which specialises in peer-to-peer lending, are the most valuable brands among a record number of 17 newcomers to the ranking this year. Their success, according to BrandZ, has been driven by a mobile-centric, convenience-driven Chinese lifestyle.The Top 10 BrandZ™ China Top 100 Most Valuable Chinese Brands Rank 2019 21% % Change vs 2018 21,183 40,725 Huawei 7% 26,710 59% 36,555 22,841 14% 58% 38% 45% China Mobile Retail ICBC Banks
By tracing the use of the word and hashtag ‘shithole’ on Twitter, researchers have examined who is engaged in the stigmatizing discourse of denigration, the types of place that are stigmatized, and the responses to stigmatized places. Provided by Wiley Small numbers of churches embrace same-sex marriage This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Citation: Study examines denigration when people call a place a ‘shithole’ (2018, April 25) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-04-denigration-people-shithole.html More information: Alice Butler et al, What does it mean when people call a place a shithole? Understanding a discourse of denigration in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland, Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers (2018). DOI: 10.1111/tran.12247 In a Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers study, the majority of tweets were aimed at places where the tweeter was not from, a form of othering consistent with how territories are stigmatized by those in positions of power such as policymakers, politicians, and journalists. Also, an important and gendered minority of tweets were characterized by a ‘cry for help’ and powerlessness, where the stigma was aimed at their own places.”As well as showing what people think about other places, our research showed how people talk about the places where they live and how a significant proportion—38% of the tweets we studied—maligned the place where they live,” said lead author Alice Butler, of the University of Leeds, in the UK. “There was a significant gender difference in the way that men and women experience living in a place, and we also noted a tendency to try and separate place from self-identity.” Explore further
Abhishek Bhalla New DelhiJuly 15, 2019UPDATED: July 15, 2019 21:36 IST Defence Ministry informed the Parliament about the land encroachment problem. (PTI Photo)HIGHLIGHTSOver 9,600 acres of defence land across the country faces encroachmentRajnath Singh’s ministry informed the Parliament on MondayArmy had written to the govt last year saying encroachment has caused them lossesOver 9,600 acres of defence land across the country faces encroachment leading to legal battles between the Ministry of Defence with various states and municipal bodies.Defence land spread over 9622.807 acres has been reported to be encroached across the country, the Ministry of Defence informed Parliament on Monday.Uttar Pradesh, with over 2,000 acres of encroached defence land tops among the states while Maharashtra comes second with 923 acres.Other states with large tracts of land belonging to the defence forces include Haryana (538 acres), Rajasthan (475 acres), West Bengal (558 acres), Assam (460 acres) and Bihar (478 acres).Conflict-hit Jammu and Kashmir with sensitive installations that are always under the target of terrorists, also has 339 acres of defence land encroached.In national capital Delhi, 111 acres of defence land have been encroached upon.Last year the Army had written to the Ministry of Defence stating that over 1,200 acres of its land has been encroached upon, leading to financial problems as it did not get equal value of the land against the land encroached or transferred to state governments.The Army has proposed that with state governments failing to give equal value land they be asked to pay money that can be put to use for various projects and given a push to modernisation plans.However, the proposal could not fructify any positive results for the Army.”Detection, prevention and removal of encroachment is a continuous exercise. Action for removal of encroachment on defence land is taken under the provisions of Public Premises (Eviction of Unauthorised Occupants) Act, 1971 as well as under the Cantonment Act, 2006. Cases are also taken up with state or municipal authorities for resolution of the problem,” MoD said in Parliament.The government has also has undertaken steps like digitisation of land records and audits of defence lands to check encroachment.”Court cases are being pursued to evict encroachers. Close liaison is being maintained with revenue and civil police authorities to detect attempt to encroach upon the defence land by encroachers,” MoD stated.Defence lands located in isolated locations are being fenced and regular patrolling is being carried out to safeguard the lands from encroachers and unauthorised construction.Also Read | Kargil War anniversary: Rajnath Singh lights Victory Flame from National War MemorialAlso Watch | Kargil Torch: Army will reignite eternal flame to celebrate 20-year anniversary of warFor the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for World Cup 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 bySanchari Chatterjee They fight to keep our land safe but 9,600 acres of defence land leaves MoD in legal tangleThe Ministry of Defence has informed the Parliament that over 9,600 acres of defence land across the country has been encroached upon.advertisement Next
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