Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion Re March 7 article, “Ex-inspector cleared of major counts”: [Kenneth] Tyree’s getting away with homicide in the Jay Street fire sets an interesting precedent.Defendants can plead ignorance, based on the fact that they weren’t properly instructed. I can just hear the defense counsel now: “Your Honor and members of the jury, no one taught my client how to properly use an AR-15, therefore, he’s not guilty of killing all those people.”The jury’s decision is pathetic.Arthur HombachSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?Schenectady’s Lucas Rodriguez forging his own path in dance, theater, musicEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationSchenectady High School senior class leaders look to salvage sense of normalcy
OAKLAND — The Athletics were resilient enough to come back Wednesday, but ultimately not good enough to close the deal.The Los Angeles Angels scored five times in the top of the 11th inning off reliever Lou Trivino (2-1) to beat the Athletics for the second straight day at the Coliseum before a crowd of 21,185.Twice the Athletics came back to tie it in a game that appeared lost. They erased a 5-1 deficit by scratching out two run in the seventh and then knotted the score in the eighth on …
Tags:#conferences#RWW Real-Time Web Summit, NYC 2010#web The ReadWriteWeb Real-Time Web Summit is just about here! It will take place on June 11 at the Metropolitan Pavilion in New York City. For the next 24 hours get 40% off the full ticket price. If you’re short on cash, don’t fret as we’re giving discounts to independents and students. Email us at [email protected] to take advantage of the discount.What’s So Special About the Summit?What if Chris Dixon and John Borthwick were sitting at the same table as you, ready to have a real conversation about what’s next for the real-time Web? Would you like to sit across from Marshall Kirkpatrick and Richard MacManus and have a straight-shooting conversation about real-time online media? If so, then the ReadWriteWeb Real-Time Web Summit is for you. And thanks to its unconference format, the day will be like participating in a think tank – you and a group of tech luminaries collaborating on the future of the Web.That’s the nature of ReadWriteWeb summits – straight talking, collegial settings where individuals who are striving to move an industry forward, sit down and create the future. Everyone learns. Everyone advances. You leave feeling energized and full of “next’. Who Will be There?Marshall Kirkpatrick wrote about some of the amazing attendees that you will get to meet and discuss issues with face-to-face. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting elyssa pallai 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market
It was Tuesday afternoon. Nine minutes after 3pm. I was standing on the corner waiting at a red light on Grand Avenue in Downtown L.A after just meeting a PR rep from New York. Head in a twirl over the mountain of work that awaited me at my office and thinking about the potential stories the pretty New Yorker pitched. That’s when it happened.My phone vibrated. I pulled it out and saw the message. “Direct from @MaryKnabben: OMG they said he died…Did he? http://t.co?BQ7zvZ6″(READER WARNING – DO NOT CLICK ON THIS LINK OR SUFFER THE SAME FATE AS ME!!)Who died I wondered? I didn’t click the link then. I let it linger. I had a 5pm appointment, three traffic-filled blocks to traverse and emails to send.Did I Miss Something?But as I stood waiting for the light to change I wondered if I had missed a major passing. It wouldn’t be the first time. I often get alerted to news by direct messages and Twitter friends. Nothing new there. The language in the message was, though. OMG. Not very journalistic or the type of lingo you’d expect an adult to write when a luminary passes. Still, I figured it must have been the writing of someone who was stunned.At first I figured this was the case, but in my gut, I knew something seemed weird about the tone of the note. As the light turned green I walked, slung my phone back in my pocket and kept moving. When I got back to the office, overlooking some of the priciest data centers in Los Angeles if not the nation, I scanned the wires and social media, but I couldn’t find anything. Hmmm. My antennae were buzzing. Had I missed it? Did she have a scoop? Before I could dive into my detective mode, 5pm came and I was thrust back into reality. By 6:30 it was over but then then I had to meet a friend at The Standard a few blocks away. By the time I got home I was exhausted and I showered and went to bed without checking further. I Couldn’t Resist ClickingThe next morning I opened up my Hootsuite and looked at the link. There it was, just waiting to be clicked.I checked out @MaryKnabben’s Twitter stream. A fellow journalist from Brazil, we had met at Social Media Week a few weeks earlier when I spoke on a panel on journalism and social media. I liked her. She seemed professional. Her tweets looked normal. Nothing seemed (ph)ishy. So despite a nagging feeling of doubt, I clicked on the link. It took me to a strange site. A pseudo-news site called News 3. But a few seconds of scanning the site, I realized it wasn’t news. It was a pay-per-click factory with an attractive young woman at the top of the page and promises of weight loss. What the hell? I exited the window, thinking nothing of it. Must have been a wrong link. I should have known better. I should have known right away something was up. But I didn’t. Uh, Oh. Trouble!A few hours later, after a break for lunch, I reopened my Hootsuite account. And there it was. Staring at me. A new tweet on my timeline.A tweet that I. Did. Not. Send. “Losing weight is easy.” I’m 6 feet tall and 160 lbs. I don’t need to lose weight. And I didn’t send that tweet. There was a link at the end of it. I clicked on it. It was the same site. “Please don’t let my Twitter account be hacked,” I pleaded to the powers that be. “Please, please, please. No, no, no.”It was Halloween. And for the first time on this candy holiday I was scared. Panic ModeI deleted the tweet in a heartbeat and immediately changed my password. To my surprise none of my followers replied to the strange tweet. Perhaps that’s because I deleted it so fast. Phew.At that point I wasn’t sure what the hell happened, but I knew someone had caught me with my pants down. I racked my brain. What happened? I’ve always been so careful… hadn’t I? Could it be one of the hundreds of applications with read and write access to my Twitter account? I know I didn’t always read the fine print, but I knew right away that this was a long shoot. No, it couldn’t have been Goodreads or Digg. No way. No way…Then I realized just how un-careful I had been. I realized what it was and who the culprit was, too.Apparently Mary was hacked. She told me she didn’t see any changes in her account except for auto-DMing everyone who follows her that “shady link.”I had heard the horror stories. Now I was in one. I got phished. I clicked a funny link.Stupid. So, so stupid. I couldn’t believe it.Emergency CleaningI knew what I had to. I deleted all of my cookies, went through the process of changing my main online passwords (email, banking, social media), ran a virus scan and restarted my computer. I have so many online passwords I knew I couldn’t change them all, but the important ones I changed immediately. If someone wants access to my Friendster account, go ahead. It was Halloween night and I had a party to go to. After more than an hour of dreaming up new password combos, I waited for my virus status like a patient expecting a STD results phone call from the doctor. No trojan horses popped up. Thankfully. I breathed a sigh of relief.But I knew I had dodged a bullet. Exhausted and mad at myself, I signed out of my browser still steaming, swearing I would never make this mistake again.I hope. adam popescu A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts Tags:#hacks#phishing#twitter
In a strong indictment of the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) said that Suresh Kalmadi was appointed the Commonwealth Games Organising Committee (CWG OC) chairman at its behest.In its voluminous 743-page report, the CAG said that the PMO recommended Congress MP Kalmadi for OC chairmanship in 2004, despite serious objections from the then sports minister Sunil Dutt.The PMO’s recommendation facilitated conversion of the originally envisaged government-owned OC into a body outside government control without commensurate accountability and concomitant controls to ensure propriety and transparency despite full financial guarantee and funding from the government.Click here to EnlargeAn unwieldy 400-plus general body of the OC was formed, which was not envisaged in the bid document or the Host City Contract, the report pointed out.Kalmadi was also allowed to run riot by ignoring suggestions for a greater control on the OC’s functioning from another former Union sports minister Mani Shankar Aiyar and former sports secretary S. K. Arora.Aiyar and Arora’s attempts in 2007 to officially take up the issue of OC’s accountability with the PMO, Group of Ministers and Cabinet Secretariat were resisted by Kalmadi and rendered unfruitful, the report said. The CAG said: “The CWG bid document of May 2003 envisaged the OC as a ‘government-owned registered society’ with the chairman of the OC executive board (EB) being a government appointee and the IOA president being only the EB vice-chairman.”However, in February 2005, the OC was set up as a ‘non-government registered society’ with the IOA president Suresh Kalmadi as the chairman of the OC’s EB, the report said.advertisementClick here to EnlargeThe change to a ‘non-government registered society’ with Kalmadi as OC chairman was orchestrated through a sequence of events commencing with a document titled ‘an updated bid’ of December 2003. This, the CAG said, had no legal sanctity or relevance and indicated a changed structure.The script of the CWG loot seems similar to the 2G spectrum scam. Besides the principal villains, the PMO and the Union finance ministry’s roles have been suspect in both the scams.The CAG report, which was tabled in Parliament on Friday, described the sequence of events to indict the PMO. On December 6, 2004, the report said, the PMO issued a communication stating that institutional arrangements had been put in place for the conduct of the CWG, catapulting Kalmadi as the OC chairman.According to the CAG, Manmohan Singh’s office direction was considered and passed by the third GoM on January 29, 2005. The audit body said that in September 2003 the central and Delhi governments decided to host the CWG and bear its financial liability – a decision which was critical to the success of the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) bid for Delhi to host the CWG.Kalmadi managed to trick the government by converting the OC into a ‘non-government registered society’ in February 2005 so that he could organise the big ticket sporting event in the manner he liked. Prior to that, as per the CAG report, Kalmadi quietly filed an irrelevant and illegal ‘updated bid’ in December 2003 indicating a change in the OC structure.”This updated bid surfaced only in September 2004, 16 months after the IOA made its bid and 10 months after that bid had already been declared successful,” said the CAG report, pointing to Kalmadi’s ploy.The government woke up late and decided to rein in Kalmadi- led OC in August 2010, only two months before the Games were to start. But its actions were “largely in the nature of fire-fighting measures”, the highly critical report said.The report also indicted the ministries of finance and sports for failing to “exercise necessary due diligence and did not adequately examine and scrutinise the revenue projections or raise red flag on the critical issue at the highest levels of government, specially on the quantum jump in revenue projections from Rs 900 cr to Rs 1,780 cr and chose to go along with the OC’s claims of revenue neutrality”. In reality, the total committed revenue was just Rs 682.06 crore out of which the OC could manage only Rs 173.96 cr.The government also disbanded finance sub- committee of the GoM, which was supposed to clear the Games budget and monitor the spending. This contributed to the piecemeal approach towards cost estimation and budget approval. The Centre was clueless about the cost of hosting the biggest-ever sporting event in the country, the report said.PM is the common factor2G scamA. Raja has claimed that the finance ministry, then headed by incumbent home minister P. Chidambaram, as well as PM Manmohan Singh were kept in the loop about the policy decisions, for which he was now being blamedCWG lootadvertisementThe PMO got Suresh Kalmadi appointed as OC chief despite objections. The CAG has blamed the Centre for not setting up a single point of authority and accountability, showing govt failure.
TORONTO – Chinese online payment platform Alipay has partnered with tech firm SnapPay Inc. to enable Canadian retailers to accept Chinese currency from Chinese shoppers through a mobile wallet.Alipay North America president Souheil Badran says the company wants to offer Canadian merchants the opportunity to access the Chinese market.He says 700 Canadian merchants already accept Alipay.But the partnership gives the payment platform an opportunity to aggressively explore opportunities for expansion in the education, winery, restaurant and retail sectors.The company touts the increasingly lucrative role Chinese consumers could play for Canadian businesses, given the country’s growing middle class.Alipay, originally created by Chinese online shopping giant Alibaba.com, was launched in 2004 and has more than 520 million active users. It is now owned by Ant Financial Services Group, a “related company” to Alibaba.“We want to continue offering Chinese consumers visiting Canada the ability to pay as they would in China. But we also want to offer Canadian merchants the opportunity to access the Chinese market,” Badran said.The launch comes as Alibaba gears up to host heavy hitters including the Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne and Toronto Mayor John Tory at its Gateway ’17 Canada conference Monday in Toronto.Trudeau will take the stage with Alibaba executive chairman and founder Jack Ma at the conference aimed at promoting e-commerce opportunities for Canadian businesses in China.Ma hosted Trudeau, Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland and Canadian business representatives at the company’s campus in Hangzhou, China last September.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version based on information in a press release, said Alibaba owned Alipay.
New Delhi: Delhi Police is probing all relevant angles in the daylight robbery case where a Chandni Chowk-based businessman and his son were robbed at gunpoint near a crowded fruit market in Pitampura, according to police officials.When asked whether the robbery could have been pre-planned, police said they are not ruling out any possibility. The robbery, which seemed to be planned in advance took place around 7 pm, when the victims, Vinod Garg and his son Varun were on their way back home from their shop in Naya Bazar with Rs 1.4 crore in cash. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderAccording to a complaint registered by Varun, a bike overtook them around 7pm and stopped in front of their car, following which the pillion rider got off and asked for the bag of money from Varun, who was driving with the window rolled down. When he claimed to not know what he was talking about, the accused pointed a gun at Varun through the window and demanded the cash. Varun added that in the meantime, two men on another bike arrived at the scene and asked both him and his father to get out of the car. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsAfraid for their lives, both victims followed what they were told and got out of the vehicle. By the time Varun called the police and crime teams reached the spot, one of the accused had driven off in his car and the rest had fled the scene on their motorcycles. The incident took place on a busy street near a local fruit market. Police later recovered the victim’s car, which was abandoned by the accused at a nearby spot. While registering the complaint at the Rani Bagh police station, Varun said he will be able to identify his alleged assailants if shown photographs. Police are also reviewing CCTV footage from the area. In addition to the team from Rani Bagh police station, special staff in the district and some crime branch officials are also involved in the investigations. A case against the accused assailants has been registered at the Rani Bagh police station under sections 392/397/34 of the Indian Penal Code.
FiveThirtyEight VIDEO: How the Cavs can push back in Game 3 Embed Code More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed Welcome to the latest episode of Hot Takedown, FiveThirtyEight’s sports podcast. On this week’s show (Jun. 6, 2017), we discuss the Nashville Predators’ win against the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final. That series is now tied 2-2. Next, the Golden State Warriors are running roughshod over the Cleveland Cavaliers, which has some complaining that the NBA’s competitive balance is out of whack. We dig into league commissioner Adam Silver’s latest remarks on the matter and discuss whether the rise of the Warriors is a good thing or a bad thing for the NBA. Plus, a significant digit on an untethered ascent of El Capitan.Check out the following links to the topics we discussed.Pekka Rinne had a great Game 4 to help the Predators even things up.FiveThirtyEight’s NBA predictions say that the likelihood of the Warriors winning the series is 97 percent.In an interview with ESPN’s Mike and Mike, NBA commissioner Adam Silver fought back against claims that the Warriors have disrupted the league’s competitive balance.FiveThirtyEight’s Chris Herring and Kyle Wagner teamed up to break down Steph Curry’s return to form in this year’s NBA finals.Deadspin’s Albert Burneko writes that despite last year’s Cavaliers’ comeback, a Warriors victory feels inevitable this year.Is the superteam era ruining the NBA? Sports Illustrated’s Lee Jenkins investigates.Significant Digit: 3,300, the number of feet that Alex Honnold climbed on his route up El Capitan, the famous climbing wall inside Yosemite National Park. He did it all without a rope. Honnold has become the first free solo climber to scale the route.