On the face of it, why would Ripple (a cutting-edge technology company) want to invest in MoneyGram which is a USA-quoted international payment transfer business? Surely, Ripple has enough on its plate trying to replace the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication (SWIFT), the platform that has been used by global banks since 1973 to make international payments?Ripple’s token price increased by over 35,000% in 2017, parking a Cryptocurrency frenzy globally.While MoneyGram can trace its roots back to the 1940’s, it was not until 2004 that it was trading as a separate entity. Unfortunately, despite its well-known brand internationally, it has been struggling of late as it looks to repay its $902 million of debt. It was also fined $120 million in the USA for failing to stop potential fraudulent payments.In January 2018, it had a $1.2 billion bid from the Chinese company Ant, blocked on the basis that it would enable the Chinese to have too much financial information on US citizens. MoneyGram’s share price has fallen from $17.81 in April 2017, to $1.67 in December 2018, although on the announcement of the investment by Ripple it did rise by 150% to $3.64.While Ripple claims that it can help MoneyGram improve the efficiency of payments, cutting costs and reducing the time it takes to send money globally, I suspect it is MoneyGram’s existing distribution network that appealed to Ripple…..Will we see more new Crypto firms buying into more “old money” companies as they look to introduce their new technology into existing customer-bases?For more #Digital Bytes like this email: Jonny.Fry@TeamBlockchain.net
If you would like to have your company featured in the Irish Tech News Business Showcase, get in contact with us at Simon@IrishTechNews.ie or on Twitter: @SimonCocking My First EV, by John L’Estrange In the Beginning …35 years ago, I watched my father take delivery of a Round Baler. On the face of it, that has very little to do with electric cars, but hear me out…. My dad was an early adopter. He could see the benefits of a new technology, how it was more suitable to the way he worked and despite the derision of those that “knew better”, stuck with it. Neighbours openly laughed at him when they heard. However, round balers became the new standard while the old square balers rapidly became a staple of agricultural vintage shows. This had a big impression on me as a young lad and has always stuck with me: there’s always a better way to do something.With that in mind, last Monday I drove my brand new electric car out of a garage showroom. This was the culmination of a few years of research into the subject and the definition of putting my money where my mouth is. So, is it a better way of doing things?Converting to an electric car, an Irish users experience, by John L’EstrangeVirtue Signaling HippieExcept for a short period in 2000 when I was the proud owner of one of the ugliest cars in the world: 1989 Opel Corsa saloon, I have driven diesels all my life. From thrashing around the backroads in my parents Vectra, to more sedate pottering in my own Pajero, it’s been dinosaur bones all the way. In 2014 I was getting a bit worried about the monetary footprint and carbon bootprint my Landcruiser was leaving. I took delivery of a lovely Volkswagen Passat Estate that had been imported from the UK. Leather interior, heated seats and all the mod cons, including a lovely 2 litre diesel engine. One of the big plus points for me was the fact that it had a really low Co2 output. I was using less fuel and pumping out less carbon thanks to the efficient engine and magical Diesel Particulate Filter or DPF for short.Then came diesel-gate and all that changed. Volkswagen were found to have installed a cheat device that detected when the engine was being tested for emissions and adjust it to show a lower value than would be realistic in real world conditions. My Passat had one of these engines. And the magical DPF? That’s a filter that gathers particulates until such time as it can squirt some fuel down the pipe and burn it off. This usually happens on motorways so it’s an egalitarian way of polluting everywhere, not just in cities. Progress? Maybe not.#RenaultZOE looking well in the evening sun. Wee photo shoot to go with my upcoming article in @Irish_TechNews pic.twitter.com/b4l57iEnoc— myfirstEV (@EvMyfirst) July 9, 2019Decisions, DecisionsI was somewhat disillusioned with diesel. It was costly both financially and environmentally and I needed a change. Enter, alternatively fueled vehicles. First up, hybrids. I opened the internet, looked at the specs, watched the videos, followed the tweets and eventually decided against. The way I looked at it, I was still fueling the fire and technically it’s the most complex solution. While hybrids have proven to be very reliable, I figure there are twice as many things to go wrong. With that option discarded, I focused on full Battery Electric or BEV.To make things clear, I am not a rich man. Tesla, Audi E-Tron and Mercedes EQC are well out of my price range. So I had to concentrate on the more average end of the market.Firstly, there is the daddy of them all, the ubiquitous Nissan Leaf. Now, while taste and fashion has never been associated with me, I do not like the look of the old model. The 24 kwh battery in the original also didn’t seem to be enough to get by on for the type of driving I do. I saw the new model pull into the Nissan showroom and went down for a test drive. It’s a lovely car with a much better range but the price is prohibitive. Also, and I feel terrible saying this, but it felt like an appliance to drive.Next up is the Hyundai Ioniq. Again, a fine car I’m sure. However, I drive Hyundai’s in work and I don’t want to be reminded of it whenever I sit into my own car. Fussy?Yes I am. I could overlook my weird employment related prejudices for huge range though. Enter the Kona. Now we’re talking. Small SUV body and a 64kWh battery giving it a good spell between plug ins make it a winner. The price however, made me a runner up. I’d have to wait until it hit the second hand market. The Kia e-niro has the same gubbins underneath and a bigger boot, so that would also be a contender in 2020 when there’s a few pre-loved ones I could realistically afford.And that’s where I left it. I was keeping my finger on the pulse of progress with a plan in mind, until one fateful day when the power of radio advertising made itself apparent: 0% finance on all new Renaults.Tax Credit vs. Street CreditI was always aware of the Renault Zoe and never really considered it. My wife runs a Doggie Day Care and on my days off, the Passat was sometimes pressed into use in ferrying 5 or 6 dogs to the park. I must have a big boot I said. It was this same line of thinking that kept me financially ruined in a Toyota Landcruiser but smugly able to tackle the three days of snow we get bi-annually. Time to have a serious discussion with myself. I looked at my car usage dispassionately and realised I spend most of the time bringing myself to work and the two kids to school or activities.Hello, I’m John and I DON”T NEED A BIG CAR.Once I managed to get that out of my system, I went to look at the Zoe. First impressions: very comfortable, bigger inside than you imagine and nice to drive. When you consider the price, spec and range it was hard to beat. Factor in the 0% finance over 5 years and the fuel savings and I was looking at a monthly cost of €245 over what I currently spend. That’s do-able I said as I shook hands and signed on the dotted line.So here I am, one week into ownership and extremely happy. I made the trip down to Mullingar today and showed it to my Dad who’s a sprightly 90 years old. Here’s a man who ploughed with horses, cut with scythes and saw steam engines in use. He wasn’t afraid to try to do things differently because there’s always room for improvement.“So it pulls power back into the battery when you slow down?” he said when I explained the screen showing regenerative braking. “I always thought cars should do that. It’s wasting energy otherwise”. He was ahead of his time.I wonder will my children look back and remember the day their dad made the plunge and brought them home in their first electric car.John L’Estrange is Dublin based and an enthusiastic supporter of electrical transport and renewable energies. He is not affiliated with or supported by any relevant industry and his regular job is focused on criminal justice. You can follow more of his journey by subscribing to @evmyfirst on twitter where he’s documenting his journey into EV ownership.#NewProfilePic pic.twitter.com/XVWcjro95u— myfirstEV (@EvMyfirst) July 10, 2019More information about Irish Tech News and the Business ShowcaseFYI the ROI for you is => We now get over 1.5 million monthly views, and up to 900k monthly unique visitors, from over 160 countries. We have over 860,000 relevant followers on Twitter on our various accounts & were recently described as Ireland’s leading online tech news site and Ireland’s answer to TechCrunch, so we can offer you a good audience!Since introducing desktop notifications a short time ago, which notify readers directly in their browser of new articles being published, over 16000 people have now signed up to receive them ensuring they are instantly kept up to date on all our latest content. Desktop notifications offer a unique method of serving content directly to verified readers and bypass the issue of content getting lost in people’s crowded news feeds.Drop us a line if you want to be featured, guest post, suggest a possible interview, or just let us know what you would like to see more of in our future articles. We’re always open to new and interesting suggestions for informative and different articles. Contact us, by email, twitter or whatever social media works for you.Home
HomeBy Ben Naumann Contributor at gpunerd.comBen is a contributor at gpunerd.com. His interest with all things Tech began with the acquisition of his first handheld device, a Gameboy Advanced. Since then, the world of technology has advanced immensely around him. Ben keeps up by reviewing the latest tech, gaming, and hardware news.More information about Irish Tech News and the Business ShowcaseFYI the ROI for you is => We now get over 1.5 million monthly views, and up to 900k monthly unique visitors, from over 160 countries. We have over 860,000 relevant followers on Twitter on our various accounts & were recently described as Ireland’s leading online tech news site and Ireland’s answer to TechCrunch, so we can offer you a good audience!Since introducing desktop notifications a short time ago, which notify readers directly in their browser of new articles being published, over 16000 people have now signed up to receive them ensuring they are instantly kept up to date on all our latest content. Desktop notifications offer a unique method of serving content directly to verified readers and bypass the issue of content getting lost in people’s crowded news feeds.Drop us a line if you want to be featured, guest post, suggest a possible interview, or just let us know what you would like to see more of in our future articles. We’re always open to new and interesting suggestions for informative and different articles. Contact us, by email, twitter or whatever social media works for you.Home If you would like to have your company featured in the Irish Tech News Business Showcase, get in contact with us at Simon@IrishTechNews.ie or on Twitter: @SimonCocking mobile, By Ben NaumannIreland’s Fixed Broadband Score Ranks in Top 20% of the WorldResults from a worldwide internet speed test conducted in May of 2019 reveal that Ireland finished 34th out of the 178 countries that participated, a 3 ranking improvement from a test conducted around the same time in 2018. The test measured both the upload speed and download speed in Mb per second of fixed broadband in each country.Ireland had a download speed of 70.61 megabytes per second and an upload speed of 21.90 megabytes per second. Interestingly enough, the download speed of 70.61 Mbps is well above the global average of 59.60 Mbps. However, Ireland’s upload speed of 21.90 Mbps was actually slightly below the global average of 28.55 Mbps.The reason for such a great disparity between upload speeds and download speeds is simply because users do not upload nearly as many files as they download. Therefore, internet providers don’t split the bandwidth evenly in both directions. Instead, they favor the download speeds, making them significantly faster.Mobile Scores not as FavorableThe experiment conducted by Ookla also tested the mobile download and upload scores of each country. Unfortunately, Ireland did not fare as well in the mobile category on a global scale. Finishing 67th in the world, Ireland decreased 1 spot in the rankings from last years measurement.Scores ExplainedIf you’re wondering why the fixed broadband and mobile rankings are so different, it’s because they are controlled by entirely different entities.Fixed broadband scores are dependent on the quality of “internet infrastructure” that a country has in place, usually installed by internet providers. Typically, more developed countries have had greater network improvements and have more “internet infrastructure” (like Fiber Optic Cables) in place, which facilitates a better connection. Other geographic factors for fixed broadband speed include population density, as well as the level of competition between service providers in your area.Mobile internet scores are dependent on infrastructure like cell towers, which are typically built by mobile phone service providers. Though 3G covers the majority of Ireland, 4G coverage is weak or non-existent in a variety of locations, reducing the average download speed for the entire country.How Ireland Matches Up With its NeighborsIrish citizens will be elated to know that they finished faster than England, whose average download speed reached around only 62 Mbps. Additionally, Ireland finished far ahead of Scotland. However, that is not as impressive as an achievement, considering Scotland, according to this source, is the slowest country in the UK by far.Other World Internet VariablesWe have already analyzed the world internet speed rankings, however, there are actually many more variables of internet around the world that can be compared. This will come as great news to some and terrible news to others, but the country you reside in also will determine how much you are paying for internet connection.Again, largely due to internet infrastructure, population density, and competition in the area, internet providers can charge as much or as little as they want, with minimal regulation. For instance, in Africa, a customer could be paying as much as €450 for one month of comparably slow internet. That is about 25x the cost the average customer pays in most parts of Asia! Fortunately for Ireland, the average price right now is only about €43 per month.Internet Speeds Around the World InfographicTo learn more about the evolution of internet access, internet speeds, and internet costs around the world, check out the infographic below by GPU Nerd.
The Lord Mayor of Dublin Paul Mc Auliffe has launched Dublin City Council’s new HGV Permit Checker App.The APP which was developed as part of EU NWE INTERREG BE – GOOD Project will be used to complement Dublin City Council’s HGV Management Strategy which provides for a ban on 5+ axle vehicles during the hours of 07.00-19.00 seven days a week within a designated cordon area in the city.The public will now be able to assist the City Council by downloading the FREE HGV Permit Checker App and if they spot a 5+ axle vehicle they can check in real time if it has a valid permit to be in the city.Speaking ahead of the launch, the Lord Mayor said: “I would like to congratulate Dublin City Council on the development of the HGV Permit Checker App and I would encourage everyone in Dublin city to download it and check the status of HGVs in their area.”Brendan O’ Brien, Head of Technical Services, Dublin City Council added: “It is great to be part of this EU BE – GOOD Project that enables us to unlock and reuse data and to see the positive benefits it can have for the citizens of Dublin.“To coincide with the launch of the APP, a suite of visuals, a radio ad and a video have been developed to raise awareness about the new HGV Permit Checker App and the City Council’s HGV Management Strategy.The App is available to download for Android devices on the Google Play Store and Apple devices on the App Store. Please search for HGV Permit Checker or Dublin City Council or Permit Checker.
The US Department of Defenceis currently looking at how Blockchain technology can be used to help to strengthen its cyber security, as outlined in a report called Digitized Modernisation Strategy.Interestingly, in a recent US congressional session, Senate Banking Chairman Mike Crapo said that,“As Cryptocurrencies are a global innovation it would almost be impossible to ban them”. Crapo seems to believe that the US ought to be encouraging debate and formulating the rules around Cryptocurrencies. He further said, “I believe that the US should lead in developing these innovations and what the rules of the road should be”.Perhaps this helps to explain why the Security and Exchange Commission (SEC) is recruiting staff, with a view to operating nodes for many of the major Blockchains. The SEC has stated that it wants to “support its efforts to monitor risk, improve compliance’s and inform commission policy with respect to digital assets.”The SEC’s intention is to have all the data from the first “Block” (genesis) of a Blockchain onwards.To do this the SEC will need to analyse the complete history of all the different Blockchains that exist – which is no mean feat! The SEC could contact Byte Tree, which has already spent six years doing this by creating a “clean” data-base of every Bitcoin mined, and ALL the activity on the Ethereum Blockchain!See more articles by Jonny here.What is #DigitalBytes & how does this analysis help you stay informed weekly on #Blockchain #Crypto #DigitalAssets #FinTech #ICO #Regulation #STO https://t.co/kRyFvaflop? @TeamBlockchain @thomaspower— Jonny Fry (@jonnyfry175) June 17, 2019More information about Irish Tech News and the Business ShowcaseFYI the ROI for you is => We now get over 1.5 million monthly views, and up to 900k monthly unique visitors, from over 160 countries. We have over 860,000 relevant followers on Twitter on our various accounts & were recently described as Ireland’s leading online tech news site and Ireland’s answer to TechCrunch, so we can offer you a good audience!Since introducing desktop notifications a short time ago, which notify readers directly in their browser of new articles being published, over 16000 people have now signed up to receive them ensuring they are instantly kept up to date on all our latest content. Desktop notifications offer a unique method of serving content directly to verified readers and bypass the issue of content getting lost in people’s crowded news feeds.Drop us a line if you want to be featured, guest post, suggest a possible interview, or just let us know what you would like to see more of in our future articles. We’re always open to new and interesting suggestions for informative and different articles. Contact us, by email, twitter or whatever social media works for you.Home US Government and SEC pay more interest in Blockchains If you would like to have your company featured in the Irish Tech News Business Showcase, get in contact with us at Simon@IrishTechNews.ie or on Twitter: @SimonCocking
What is your background briefly?I’m a Brazilian living in Dublin for over 3 years, working as UX Designer. My work experience came from working as graphic designer in Ad Agencies, from printing to digital.Does it seem like a logical background to what you do now?Yes. I’ve been working in digital environment for years, but always working ins someones else project. I wanted to do something that I could use my background as designer and my passion.With the Vegan Jobs Ireland website, I can use my background as designer for a cause that I believe. I still can work with creation, design, digital marketing, and at the same time promoting the veganism.1 min pitch for what you are doing now?I have been a vegan for over five years, and I wanted to get more involved with the cause, using my skills as web developer and designer to create something useful to the vegan community.Why do you think it is such a powerful idea?I believe it’s a powerful idea because veganism is growing in Ireland, more and more companies are selling vegan products, and the vegan industries are showing up, from groceries store to the health sector, clothes, etc.There are many ethical companies that are looking for a candidate like this. Vegan Jobs Ireland helps connect vegan job seekers and vegan businesses.How can people find out more about you & your work?My personal website: www.wrccdesign.com and www.veganjobsireland.ie or Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/veganjobsirelandFacebook: www.facebook.com/veganjobsinirelandCheck out my latest article: When creating a logo, don't treat it like a spoiled baby https://t.co/xU8LV1GlM6 via @LinkedIn— Wagner Rosati (@wrccdesign) August 3, 2019Anything else you’d like to add / we should have asked?About the feedback of people looking for jobs. Every day the website get CVs, and companies are interested to know, by visiting the site to check the users profiles.More information about Irish Tech News and the Business ShowcaseFYI the ROI for you is => Irish Tech News now get over 1.5 million monthly views, and up to 900k monthly unique visitors, from over 160 countries. We have over 860,000 relevant followers on Twitter on our various accounts & were recently described as Ireland’s leading online tech news site and Ireland’s answer to TechCrunch, so we can offer you a good audience!Since introducing desktop notifications a short time ago, which notify readers directly in their browser of new articles being published, over 16000 people have now signed up to receive them ensuring they are instantly kept up to date on all our latest content. Desktop notifications offer a unique method of serving content directly to verified readers and bypass the issue of content getting lost in people’s crowded news feeds.Drop us a line if you want to be featured, guest post, suggest a possible interview, or just let us know what you would like to see more of in our future articles. We’re always open to new and interesting suggestions for informative and different articles. Contact us, by email, twitter or whatever social media works for you and hopefully we can share your story too and reach our global audience.Home Why Vegan Jobs Ireland helps connect vegan job seekers and vegan businesses, Wagner Rosati If you would like to have your company featured in the Irish Tech News Business Showcase, get in contact with us at Simon@IrishTechNews.ie or on Twitter: @SimonCocking
A truck overturned on the R103 near Colenso Heights this morning (Thursday) injuring the driver.The truck was coming from Durban heading towards Ladysmith when it lost control and overturned.Its alleged that the driver heard a loud bang and then the truck overturned onto its side going down a hill blocking two lanes heading towards Colenso from Ladysmith.The driver of the truck was transported to hospital by ambulance services.The truck was fully loaded with food items.Public Safety, RTI, Fire and Emergency Services and police responded to the scene.Public Safety officers conducted traffic control as traffic passed the scene with caution and only 1 lane of the road way is open. WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite
The driver of a Mercedes-Benz died this afternoon (Thursday) while travelling from Ladysmith towards Colenso.He allegedly lost control of the vehicle and overturned onto Tugela Game Reserve property. 2 children, aged 4 and 6, are in a critical condition, while their father sustained serious injuries.All the injured were stabilised on scene before being transported to Ladysmith Provincial Hospital by EMRS and Sharaj Ambulance Services paramedics for further treatment.Colenso police and breakdown services also responded to the scene,It is unclear as to exactly how the accident happened and Colenso SAPS will be investigating.There was no obstruction to traffic after the crash. WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite
WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite The Northern Region Open & Close Championships held at Newcastle Golf Club last Sunday saw local lass Jane Mackenzie romp home to victory.Jane Mackenzie from Ladysmith won both the Open and Closed categories.Pippa Payne, Jacqui Porrill and Jane Mackenzie.Jane Mackenzie receives her award from Joan Solms during the event’s prize giving.
WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite The municipality is silent on the issue – what a surprise! A large portion of town is without electricity and with no expected ETA on any fix, the residents affected by the over-30-hour outage just have to grin and bear it! As anger reaches boiling point, we can report that electricians are hunting the fault. Several attempts at quick-fixes have failed, but we are aware they are going to attempt another fix within the next few hours… Let’s all hold thumbs they get it right.It is reported that the fault is believed to be underground and attempts to re-route electricity via other sub-stations have all failed.Similar faults in Johannesburg have taken close to a week to solve…According to an official (not authorised to speak to the media), it is a race against time to find the fault.Stay up-to-date by following us on our Facebook site or the Ladysmith Gazette web page.
Siyakhula Crèche in Steadville was abuzz with activity recently when everyone took the day to celebrate Nhloso Sabela’s 4th birthday.Crèche owner Mr Nkomonde gave little Nhloso a birthday he won’t forget anytime soon, with sweets, chips and cool drink. Not forgetting the large cake with candles for the birthday boy to blow out!All 75 children who go to the crèche celebrated the occasion with their friend, all of them having a fun-filled day together.“Happy Birthday” was sung by the enthusiastic youngsters and then the candles were blown out, before everyone tucked into a tasty piece of birthday cake! WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite
The Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit was created after the 2010 earthquake in Haiti to strengthen the poor country’s economy by supporting Haitian nonprofits and businesses.The announcement was made Wednesday.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) 4 sleep positions for men and what they mean Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Comments Share 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) – A nonprofit set up by former U.S. Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush has issued nearly $2.6 million in loans and grants to help Haitian businesses and job training programs.The money given by the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund goes to projects such as renovations at an oceanfront hotel in southern Haiti, training of nursing faculty at a college, small business loans and purchase of equipment for a construction company. The average interest rate on the loans is 3.5 percent. Sponsored Stories Top Stories More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Day
Thein Sein’s reform program has prompted Western nations to lift or ease sanctions they had applied to the previous military government because of its repressive policies. However, several hurdles remain to more substantial World Bank assistance.In February, the United States, the bank’s largest shareholder, lifted its opposition to multilateral development banks giving limited technical assistance to Myanmar, but other U.S. sanctions still require Washington to oppose new lending, though they could be lifted sometime in the future.Cox said she did not expect the issue of arrears to slow action on the grants. She said clearing the $397 million in arrears _ which would be done though a loan covering interest that has not been paid since 1997_ would not be accomplished until January, but if the board agrees the grants could be given before then.She stressed that the bank is not forgiving the debt. In April, Japan said it would take steps to forgive about 300 billion yen ($3.7 billion) of debt and resume full-fledged development aid to Myanmar as a way of supporting the country’s democratic and economic reforms.Japan’s Kyodo News agency reported Wednesday that the Japanese government will extend bridge loans to Myanmar to cover the arrears owed to the World Bank as well as about $500 million owed to the Asian Development Bank. The report did not name a source for the information. The vital role family plays in society (Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Sponsored Stories Top Stories Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Associated PressYANGON, Myanmar (AP) – The World Bank announced Wednesday it is prepared to resume assistance to Myanmar after 25 years. It said it is ready to provide $85 million in grants for development while also helping to clear almost $400 million in arrears from old loans.World Bank Vice President for East Asia and Pacific Pamela Cox announced the grants in Yangon as she opened a new World Bank Group office. She said they could begin by October if the bank’s board approves. New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Comments Share More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology The Asian Development Bank also opened an office in Myanmar on Wednesday.Cox and a colleague from the affiliated International Finance Corp. met with President Thein Sein and opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi this week. It was the first visit by senior bank officials since the country began undertaking political and economic reforms last year after decades of repressive military rule.Myanmar’s military junta handed power last year to a nominally civilian government that has surprised the world with a series of political and economic reforms, including releasing prominent political prisoners and allowing Suu Kyi to contest recent parliamentary by-elections.“This comes at a critical time when the country is undergoing what we call a triple transition _ Myanmar’s moving from a military government to a more open and democratic government, Myanmar is moving from conflict to peace and Myanmar is moving from a closed economy to an open economy,” Cox told a news conference in Yangon.The World Bank said the grants would be for “community-driven development programs which will allow communities to decide whether to invest in schools, roads, water or other projects.” 4 ways to protect your company from cyber breaches
LONDON (AP) – A British man nicknamed “Fast Eddie” after brazenly driving off with an armored van full of banknotes and coins was sentenced Tuesday in London to five years in jail following nearly two decades hiding out in the U.S.Edward J. Maher was working as a guard for a security company in 1993 when authorities say he took off with the van as a colleague was making a bank delivery. While the abandoned vehicle was later discovered, its booty of about 30 bags containing some $1.5 million worth of coins and notes was gone _ and so was Maher. (Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project The difference between men and women when it comes to pain Sometime in 2008, Maher and his family moved to the small town of Ozark, Missouri. Authorities said he was living there under his brother’s name and working as a cable technician when he was arrested in February 2012 on a tip from Maher’s estranged daughter-in-law.While in custody on federal charges of aggravated identity theft, document fraud and firearms violations, Maher agreed to be sent back to Britain to face charges in relation to the robbery.______Cassandra Vinograd can be reached at http://twitter.com/CassVinograd Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Comments Share Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Top Stories British media breathlessly covered the search for the man they dubbed “Fast Eddie” in the days after the heist. The trail went cold, until he was arrested in Missouri on a tip some two decades later.After initially denying the theft, Maher entered a last-minute guilty plea at London’s Southwark Crown Court on Tuesday.Det. Inspector David Giles said that while Maher had insisted he was forced to carry out the crime and had only made a small amount of money off the heist, he had never put forward a credible story.“We have succeeded in proving that he profited substantially from the theft and was a key player in the planning and execution of it,” Giles said outside the court Tuesday. “Since his arrest, he has displayed no remorse for what he did _ but I get the impression he has spent 20 years looking over his shoulder and hoping the law would not catch up with him.”After the heist, a reward was offered for Maher and there were reported sightings of him across Europe, but his trail eventually went cold.At some point, Maher and his family fled to the U.S., where he often used a brother’s name or the alias Stephen King. They made frequent _ sometimes cross-country _ moves, and Maher spent several years working for Nielsen Media Research, first in Philadelphia, then in Milwaukee and St. Paul, Minnesota. Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy Sponsored Stories Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix 4 ways to protect your company from cyber breaches
Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility How men can have a healthy 2019 “Today the people of Libya have their eyes on this gathering, on you, in the hope that you’ll save your country and your people from protracted conflict,” he said. “I am full of hope that this draft represents a fair and reasonable way forward.”Since the beginning of the year, the United Nations has facilitated a series of different negotiating tracks seeking to bring together the rival governments and warring militias tearing Libya apart.The talks have only witnessed halting progress, however, and fighting on the ground continues to threaten efforts to bring together the rival governments.Libya’s internationally recognized government is based in the east, while a coalition of Islamists and other groups holds sway in the west. Neither has been able to triumph militarily.Libya has increasingly become a matter for concern for Europe because it is a haven for Islamic State radicals and a jumping off point for immigrants seeking to cross the Mediterranean.Delegates said they would adjourn to study the latest draft, which includes a power-sharing agreement and an interim government to guide the country, before reconvening in the coming days.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Top Stories Comments Share 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finishes SKHIRAT, Morocco (AP) — The U.N. representative to Libya reconvened delegations from Libya’s rival governments on Monday to present the latest draft proposal for a unity government that is increasingly being presented as the war-torn country’s last chance for stability.After warning last week that the country was running out of money and risked ceasing to be a functional state, Bernardino Leon urged the Libyans to approve the fourth version of the draft proposal in a ceremony in Morocco. Four benefits of having a wireless security system Sponsored Stories Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies
BERLIN (AP) — To scientists’ relief and delight, the Philae spacecraft that landed on a comet last fall has woken up and communicated with Earth after seven long months of silence, the European Space Agency announced Sunday.Philae became the first spacecraft to settle on a comet when it touched down on icy 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko in November. But the solar-powered probe came down with a bounce and ended up in the shadow of a cliff instead of in direct sunlight. Sponsored Stories Ulamec said the probe appears to have been awake for several days before it called home.Scientists will now work to change Rosetta’s orbit so that the link to the lander lasts longer and they can start sending commands for it to carry out new measurements. The next opportunity to communicate with Philae should come on Sunday night, Ulamec said.Scientists also hope that Philae’s restart will allow them to pinpoint where on the 2.5-mile (4-kilometer)-wide comet the washing machine-size probe landed. Its exact location has been a mystery.On Aug. 13, the comet will reach the point at which it is closest to the sun before swinging back out again. Ulamec said the lander should get enough sunlight to operate until October, when it will once again fall silent, possibly forever.___Follow Frank Jordans on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/wirereporterCopyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall ErrorOKFree Rate QuoteCall now 623-889-0130 ErrorOK Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies As a result, Philae managed to conduct experiments and send data to Earth for only about 60 hours before its batteries ran out and it was forced to shut down its systems and go silent.Scientists had hoped the probe would wake up again as the comet approached the sun, enabling Philae’s solar panels to soak up enough light to charge the craft’s main battery. But there were fears its mission would be cut short.Those fears were dismissed at 10:28 p.m. (2028 GMT; 4:28 p.m. EDT) on Saturday, when the lander sent a signal back to Earth.“I’m not really surprised it happened, but if you wait for several months and then suddenly in the middle of the night you get a call saying, ‘We have a signal from Philae,’ it’s exciting,” said Stephan Ulamec, project manager at the German Aerospace Center, or DLR. “We’re very happy.”The brief burst of communication contained 300 packages of data that were relayed by the probe’s mother ship, Rosetta, which is orbiting the comet.“We only received data for about 85 seconds. These data are housekeeping and system data from the lander,” Ulamec said. But it was enough to tell scientists that the probe is doing well and getting sufficient sunlight to keep communicating. Comments Share Top Stories Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home How do cataracts affect your vision? How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generation
BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union decided Friday to share 40,000 of the refugees landing in Italy and Greece but foot-dragging and verbal sniping over the move exposed deep divisions about how to deal with Europe’s massive migrant influx.While the size of the challenge is daunting, the EU’s response has been underwhelming. More than 114,000 migrants fleeing wars or poverty have been plucked from the Mediterranean so far this year as they try to cross in unseaworthy smugglers’ boats. Some 2,600 have died or are missing along the route, according to the International Organization for Migration. Comments Share Ultimately, around a dozen EU nations oppose the obligatory quota plan. A further 12 that would support it want the method for sharing out the refugees reassessed.Humanitarian group Doctors Without Borders, which staffs reception centers in Italy and Greece and works aboard three ships in the Mediterranean looking for refugees, said the EU still has not fully grasped the challenge it faces, especially with the war in Syria dragging on.“Even without compulsory relocation, reception capacities and services for people arriving in Greece and Italy will urgently need to be improved to deal with people humanely,” said the group’s migration expert, Aurelie Ponthieu.___Nicole Winfield contributed from RomeCopyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies 5 ways to recognize low testosterone Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel called Friday’s decision “saddening and disappointing.”“There is a lack of ambition, a lack of will,” he said. “It wasn’t a sense of solidarity that dominated around that table.”With some 60 million refugees in the world, this effort from a wealthy, half-a-billion-strong bloc appears paltry when countries like Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey are hosting hundreds of thousands of people displaced by conflict.Even the decision to share 40,000 Syrians and Eritreans arriving over the next two years — and a separate move to resettle 20,000 refugees from outside Europe — only came after an emotional appeal from Italy.“If you don’t agree with 40,000 refugees you don’t deserve to be called Europe,” Renzi was quoted as saying to the leaders as the debate dragged into the night.“If this is your idea of Europe, you can keep it. Either there is solidarity or don’t waste our time,” he said, according to an EU diplomat, who asked not to be identified because the discussions were not public.The emergency plan was launched in response to the deaths of hundreds of migrants in the Mediterranean earlier this year. At a hastily organized summit, ships, planes and other equipment were pledged to help rescue those trying to come. But as the media spotlight faded, so has the EU’s commitment to its partners. Sponsored Stories Top Stories Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Migrants walk near a reception centre for migrants in Debrecen, Hungary, 230 kms from Budapest, Thursday, June 25, 2015. (Zsolt Czegledi/MTI via AP) Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility “It is — to tell the disturbing truth — a very modest effort,” European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said Friday after EU leaders agreed at a summit to decide by late July on how to distribute the refugees.Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi agreed.“It’s not a big number,” he said. “For Italy it’s a small help, but there’s still a lot of work to do.”Greece and Italy have been swamped by the arrivals, while Hungary and Bulgaria are also under pressure from thousands of migrants traveling over land. Things are likely to get worse amid the summer high season for migrant crossings.Radical action is being taken around Europe in response. Hungary has pledged to build a fence to keep out the torrent of migrants crossing its border with Serbia. France and Italy have been at loggerheads over the movement of migrants along their common border. Police have dismantled migrant camps in northern France, from where people are hoping to cross into Britain.Greece and Italy have been accused of not properly screening arrivals and allowing them to move deeper into the 28-nation EU.In an effort to ease some of their burden, Juncker’s team has tried to force northern EU countries to share the burden, but any notion of mandatory migrant quotas for each nation was rejected at the summit. Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of The vital role family plays in society
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council decided Wednesday to impose sanctions on six generals for fueling an 18-month conflict in South Sudan that has killed thousands, forced over two million people to flee their homes and created a humanitarian emergency.U.S. Ambassador Samantha Power said the council’s decision demonstrates that “those who commit atrocities and undermine peace will face consequences.” She urged political and military leaders on both sides to put aside “their self-serving ambitions, end the fighting and engage in negotiations to establish a transitional government.”Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. 4 must play golf courses in Arizona Top Stories Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Sponsored Stories Fighting broke out in the world’s newest nation in December 2014 after President Salva Kiir, an ethnic Dinka, accused former vice president Riek Machar, an ethnic Nuer, of trying to oust him in a coup. That sparked months of ethnic attacks, and the violence has continued despite several cease-fires.The council imposed sanctions on three generals from the government: Maj. Gen. Marial Chanuong Yol Mangok, commander of Kiir’s presidential guard; Lt. Gen. Gabriel Jok Riak, whose forces are fighting in Unity State; and Maj. Gen. Santino Deng Wol, who led an offensive through Unity State in May in which children, women and old men were killed.The council also imposed sanctions on three commanders loyal to Machar: Maj. Gen. Simon Gatwech Dual, chief of the general staff; Maj. Gen. James Koang Chuol, who led attacks in Upper Nike State; and Maj. Gen. Peter Gadet, the rebels’ deputy chief of staff for operations.The six generals will now be subject to a global travel ban and asset freeze.Power said that four years after South Sudan became independent from Sudan the country’s political leadership has squandered the international goodwill that accompanied its birth “and pursued political and economic self-interest that has produced only violence, displacement and suffering for the South Sudanese people.” Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Comments Share Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility The difference between men and women when it comes to pain
UPS said Thursday it has taken a minority stake in self-driving truck startup TuSimple, just months after the two companies began testing the use of autonomous trucks in Arizona.The size of minority investment, which was made by the company’s venture arm UPS Ventures, was not disclosed. The investment and the testing comes as UPS looks for new ways to remain competitive, cut costs and boost its bottom line.TuSimple, which launched in 2015 and has operations in San Diego and Tucson, Ariz., believes it can deliver. The startup says it can cut average purchased transportation costs by 30%.TuSimple, which is backed by Nvidia, ZP Capital and Sina Corp., is working on a “full-stack solution,” a wonky industry term that means developing and bringing together all of the technological pieces required for autonomous driving. TuSimple is developing a Level 4 system, a designation by the SAE that means the vehicle takes over all of the driving in certain conditions.An important piece of TuSimple’s approach is its camera-centric perception solution. The system has a vision range of 1,000 meters, the company says.The days of when highways will be filled with autonomous trucks are years away. But UPS believes it’s worth jumping in at an early stage to take advantage of some of the automated driving, such as advanced braking technology that TuSimple can offer today.“UPS is committed to developing and deploying technologies that enable us to operate our global logistics network more efficiently,” Scott Price, chief strategy officer at UPS said in a statement. “While fully autonomous, driverless vehicles still have development and regulatory work ahead, we are excited by the advances in braking and other technologies that companies like TuSimple are mastering. All of these technologies offer significant safety and other benefits that will be realized long before the full vision of autonomous vehicles is brought to fruition — and UPS will be there, as a leader implementing these new technologies in our fleet.”UPS initially tapped TuSimple to help it better understand how Level 4 autonomous trucking might function within its network. That relationship expanded in May when the companies began using self-driving tractor trailers to carry freight on a freight route between Tucson and Phoenix to test if service and efficiency in the UPS network can be improved. This testing is ongoing. All of TuSimple’s self-driving trucks operating in the U.S. have a safety driver and an engineer in the cab.TuSimple and UPS monitor all aspects of these trips, including safety data, transport time and the distance and time the trucks travel autonomously, the companies said Thursday.UPS isn’t the only company that TuSimple is hauling freight for as part of its testing. TuSimple has said it’s hauling loads for several customers in Arizona. The startup has a post-money valuation of $1.095 billion (aka unicorn status).
Black Hat and Def Con came and went as quickly as it ever does. The week-long pair of back-to-back conferences, referred to as “hacker summer camp,” draws in the security crowd from across the world onto Las Vegas, where startups tout their technologies as hackers and researchers reveal their findings.This year we saw ordinary-looking charging cables that can hack your computer, we found out that cloud backups are easily exposed, robocall blocking apps aren’t as privacy-focused as you might think, and your corporate VPN and office printer are targets for hackers (and if they fail there they’ll just ship a hardware exploit to your mailroom.) Even students can easily hack their own school systems.The obvious takeaways might be to never plug anything into your computer and that all your data is already ‘pwned’.But what does that all mean to the average security professional, let alone the CISO at the top of the corporate chain? Between the villages and the many speaker tracks — not to mention the darting between hotels — it’s tough to know exactly what we should take away from the shows.We spoke to four security experts who were there and asked them what their primary takeaways were for security decision-makers.Internet of Things is a risk factor