CANU unearths 91kg cocaine during fishing docks raid

first_imgAn early morning operation on the East Coast of Demerara shore led ranks of the Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU) to a quantity of cocaine and marijuana in a fishing vessel.The raid occurred about 04:00h on Saturday morning at the Mon Repos Channel, East Coast Demerara (ECD). According to reports, CANU ranks were conducting an operation along the ECD whereby several locations used for docking of fishing vessels were reconnoitred.During the exercise, a fishing vessel was observed approaching a docking station at the Mon Repos Channel and was eventually intercepted. Two males were seen in the vessel; however, the boat captain, who is known by the alias “Dive and Shoot” of Mon Repos Foreshore, managed to escape and is currently at large.Nevertheless, the other suspect, of Phase 1, Good Hope, ECD, was arrested. His wife has also since been detained.They were arrested after a search of the vessel unearthed a quantity of narcotics suspected to be cocaine and cannabis. The substances were later weighed and amounted to 91.132 kilograms of cocaine (82 parcels) and 56.008 kilograms of cannabis (98 parcels).CANU said that several other persons of interest, including Venezuelans, are at large.Only last week, CANU officials busted 19-year-old Anisha Hardy, of South Ruimveldt, Georgetown, with 702 grams of cocaine at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) as she was about to travel to the United States. She later excreted 119 cocaine-filled pellets and gave investigators the identities of two known drug traffickers, who exploited her.Based on information obtained, CANU ranks carried out an operation at a location on the ECD during which they unearthed some 279 suspected cocaine pellets. Three additional persons were detained for questioning and were later released. However, the two suspects, Mark Sauers, called “Marcus”, of Ogle and Liliendaal, ECD, and his cousin, Kelvien Sauers, called “John”, of Success, ECD, are still on the run.It was reported that Mark Sauers was charged back in 2016 for recruiting drug mules; however, the case was later dismissed after the victims refused to give evidence against him.last_img read more

‘He needs help!’ Pochettino urges Tottenham to take the pressure off struggling star

first_imgTottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino hailed “a perfect week” for Tottenham after victory over Crystal Palace, but believes Harry Kane needs help to rediscover his goal scoring touch.Speaking to talkSPORT after our live commentary match at White Hart Lane, with Kane’s barren spell now two goals in 14 Premier League games, Pochettino said: “We need to help [Kane], to take away the pressure, not to say it’s 14 [games], 15.“I think Harry is calm, he works really hard in training, to try to score again. I have no doubt he will start to score again.”Aside from Kane, Pochettino praised Tottenham’s endeavour following the Europa League match against Qarabag on Thursday night.“I am happy with the performance and the effort, because it’s always difficult after the Europa League to play again and show the effort we made today.”‘FINALLY TOTTENHAM HAVE SIGNED A TOP PLAYER FOR TOP MONEY’ – SEE HOW SPURS FANS ASSESSED THE 1-0 WIN OVER PALACElast_img read more

Five young Raiders to hold out hope for

first_imgMost Raiders fans have probably accepted that the 2018 season was effectively over less than halfway through and that they might as well look ahead to 2019.Jon Gruden made it clear he’s about the future more than the present, maybe even as early as early September when he traded Khalil Mack, so why shouldn’t you be about the future, too?For any fans wanting the slightest of reasons to hold out hope amid a calamitous year, let’s have a look at five young players who will more likely than not …last_img read more

Online advertising influenced by offline activities

first_imgWiertz Sebastien – Privacy used under Creative Commons license  http://www.flickr.com/photos/wiertz/6092000030/When I wrote last year about Online privacy, the message was that our perceptions of online privacy revolve around the use of information we consider private or personal in a context we weren’t expecting. This post will take a look at how our offline behavior and information is being used to influence the advertising we see online – in particular, ads on Facebook.Your first reaction may be that there’s no way that your Facebook identity can be connected to your offline activities, but that’s not correct. There are a large number of companies, called data brokers, that gather information from a variety of sources, and link that information to create a profile of an individual. Once these data brokers have an email address linked to an individual, they can use that to create targeted advertising campaigns through Facebook.What kinds of information do data brokers collect?To understand the kinds of information that data brokers collect, it’s instructive to take a look at the company Acxiom.  According to their document, Understanding Acxiom’s Marketing Products, Acxiom has both household and individual data, including name, address, telephone, email, gender, education level, occupation, voter party, date of birth, marital status, number of children in household, children’s age ranges, household interests, home owner status, home purchase date, home loan amount, home market value, and much more. This data comes from a variety of sources, including public records (marriage licenses, property transfer and tax records, etc.), self-reported survey information, purchase information, etc. Axciom then uses this information to provide services to its customers including targeted or addressable advertising. Axciom states that they don’t share sensitive data, that any individual record contains only a subset of data that they collect, and that data may be combined to create “inferred elements.”How can this information be connected with my Facebook profile?The Electronic Frontier Foundation EFF) recently wrote about the details of how data brokers are able to partner with Facebook to show you targeted ads. In brief, data brokers provide Facebook with a hash (a hash is derived summary of an original value that is not reversible, so the original value is obscured) of an email address for each user they’d like to see a particular ad. Facebook then compares that hash to the hashes of the email address of each Facebook user. When there is a match, the two parties can be confident that it is the same person, even though they didn’t share the actual email address with each other. Facebook is then able to present the purchased ad to the user. In turn, Facebook provides information back to the broker about the success of the ad and aggregate demographic information about the viewers.A simple, contrived exampleIt may be easiest to get a sense of what’s happening through a fictitious example: A data broker would like to advertise dog food on Facebook, but only display that information to dog owners. In their dataset, the broker has stored publicly available dog license information and associated that with particular individuals whose email addresses they have also determined (through surveys or commercial entities.) The broker gives Facebook a list of hashed email addresses (they don’t share the actual email address) and Facebook compares that list to their own list of all hashed email addresses associated with Facebook accounts. The dog food ad is displayed to each user who is on both lists. So, even if a user has never posted about their dog on Facebook, they could see ads that are targeted to them based on offline information.So what?Is this a privacy violation? It likely depends on your perspective. Data brokers would contend that the information they gather is publicly available or shared by the individual. Facebook would contend that the resultant ads have greater relevance to the user, and are more desirable than displaying random ads to each user. The individual may find it creepy that Facebook appears to “know” about things that they did offline and did not intend to share with Facebook. The user may not have thought that licensing their pet would lead to them getting pet supply related ads on Facebook.As technology makes the sharing and combining of this sort of data easier, we can expect to see more examples like this. I remember a conversation from 15 years ago with a friend that sold life insurance. He would hire a college student to go to the county records office and get the information on marriages and births, so he could send the people letters offering his services.  Now that large companies are combing through and digitizing these records, they are public in a way we may not be thinking.How can I stop it?The EFF article has information on how to opt out and what that really means. Unfortunately, there is no central clearinghouse where you can opt out from all data brokers at once, and opting out does not mean that data brokers will stop collecting your data. Opting out only affects how the data broker will use your data.Sign of the timesMany people have had the experience with physical junk mail, of suddenly receiving a flood of mail related to something they’ve done, like receiving extended warranty offers after purchasing a car. It appears that online ads have become the analog of junk mail, targeting you based on information gleaned elsewhere. As long ago as 1999, Scott McNealy, then CEO of Sun Microsystems, was quoted, “You have zero privacy anyway…Get over it!”The only things that are truly private are those things known only to you. Once others know our actions, behaviors, or information, it is no longer private and we are confronted with how that information is used and in what context. Controlling our expectations and how others use the information we leave scattered in our wake is a challenge we will continue to face.– An excellent explanation of the technical aspects of the data broker / Facebook relationship – Security Now podcast Epsiode 404 with Steve Gibson from the TWIT Network.Author: Stephen Judd (+Stephen Judd, @sjudd)This article was originally published Tuesday May 21, 2013 on the Military Families Learning Network blog. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License.last_img read more

Federer ‘never imagined’ having chance to become oldest number one

first_imgNEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City MOST READ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH “The most important thing is to be healthy, I would have had great regrets if I had not come here this week. I’m very excited for tomorrow’s match, I can’t wait for it to come around.”Federer moved into the quarter-finals on Thursday with a hard-fought 7-6 (10/8), 7-5 victory over Germany’s Philipp Kohlschreiber.“Tonight was complicated, I had to fight and struggle,” said Federer who has won three of the last five majors. “I had a good game plan going in, but I was never able to completely pull it off.“He came out with a clean start. I was serving well, that’s a great sign. I’d rather do that and return poorly.”ADVERTISEMENT Thursday’s win was Federer’s 13th in as many meetings against Kohlschreiber.Second seed Grigor Dimitrov outlasted Serbia’s Filip Krajinovic 7-6 (7/4), 7-5 to also reach the quarter-finals.Dimitrov has now reached a second straight quarter-final in the Dutch city, advancing with 13 aces and saving all four break points he faced.The Bulgarian will face Andrey Rublev on Friday after the 20-year-old Russian struggled for nearly two hours before finally seeing off Damir Dzumhur 6-4, 7-6 (7/4).Rublev, the world number 34, forced his Bosnian opponent to save 10 of 15 break points while he saved nine of 13.Russian Daniil Medvedev joined his compatriot in the last eight by beating Pierre-Hugues Herbert of France 3-6, 7-6 (7/2), 6-4.The two-and-a-quarter-hour contest featured 13 aces from the loser and just four from the winner. Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding AFP official booed out of forum Read Next Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Switzerland’s Roger Federer poses with the Norman Brookes Challenge Cup after winning the men’s singles final at the Australian Open against Croatia’s Marin Cilic in Melbourne, Australia Monday, Jan. 29, 2018. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)Roger Federer can become the oldest world number one on Friday, a remarkable achievement for the 20-time Grand Slam title winner who admitted he “never imagined” he’d get the opportunity.The 36-year-old faces Dutchman Robin Haase in the quarter-finals of the Rotterdam Open where victory will allow him to replace old rival and close friend Rafael Nadal at the top of the rankings.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Goldwin Monteverde gets UE coaching post The Swiss would surpass Andre Agassi, who held the top spot in 2003 aged 33 years and 131 days.It would be Federer’s first time back at the summit since October 2012 having first claimed the top spot in February 2004.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“This is an exciting challenge, I’ve struggled to try and get there. I had to win a lot of matches last year,” said Federer who was as low as 17 in the world in January last year before he returned to form with the Australian Open title.“I never imagined this after my (February 2016) knee surgery. Number one is a tough place to get to. View commentslast_img read more

US women’s national soccer team players sue for equitable pay

first_imgHong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end United States’ Tobin Heath, second from right, is congratulated on her goal by Mallory Pugh (11), Megan Rapinoe and Alex Morgan (13) during the first half of a SheBelieves Cup soccer match against Brazil Tuesday, March 5, 2019, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Mike Carlson)Three months before beginning their defense of their Women’s World Cup title, American players escalated their legal dispute with the U.S. Soccer Federation over equal treatment and pay.Players filed a federal discrimination lawsuit against the federation Friday, alleging ongoing “institutionalized gender discrimination” that includes unequal pay with their counterparts on the men’s national team.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte “A comparison of the WNT and MNT pay shows that if each team played 20 friendlies in a year and each team won all 20 friendlies, female WNT players would earn a maximum of $99,000 or $4,950 per game, while similarly situated male MNT players would earn an average of $263,320 or $13,166 per game against the various levels of competition they would face,” the lawsuit says.It concludes that a top-tier women’s player would make only 38 percent of a similarly situated men’s player.A pay disparity was very apparent at the World Cup: In 2014, the federation gave the men’s roster a performance bonus of nearly $5.4 million after the U.S. went out in the round of 16 in Brazil. The women’s team received a bonus of $1.72 million after winning the 2015 World Cup in Canada.The last time the U.S. men made the World Cup field (for Brazil) male players selected to the roster received a $55,000 bonus, while the women received $15,000 each for making the 2015 World Cup, according to court documents. Additionally, the men shared a $2 million bonus for qualifying, while the women shared $300,000. The USSF has long maintained that any disparity is the result of separate collective bargaining agreements.   Compensation for the women includes a guaranteed salary and also salaries paid by the USSF for their time with clubs in the National Women’s Soccer League. The men get paid based on roster selection for appearances for friendlies and tournaments.While star players on the women’s team, like forward Alex Morgan, can make as much as their male counterparts because of endorsement deals, the disparity becomes greater for players with lesser profiles.Terms of the collective bargaining agreements have not been made public.A group of players filed a complaint in 2016 with the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission that alleged wage discrimination by the federation. The new lawsuit effectively ends that EEOC complaint, brought by Morgan, Rapinoe, Becky Sauerbrunn, Carli Lloyd and former goalkeeper Hope Solo. The players received a right-to-sue letter from the EEOC last month.Kathryn H. Ruemmler, a lawyer representing the federation, wrote in a May 2016 letter to the EEOC that over the previous four years, women’s national team players averaged almost $280,000, a figure $90,000 more than men’s national team players. She pointed out that women receive benefits the men don’t, including severance pay, medical insurance, maternity leave, child care and a relocation allowance. 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy Rampaging Beermen MOST READ P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting “We believe it is our duty to be the role models that we’ve set out to be and fight to what we know we legally deserve,” forward Christen Press told The Associated Press. “And hopefully in that way it inspires women everywhere.”The U.S. Women’s National Team Players Association is not party to the lawsuit but said in a statement it “supports the plaintiffs’ goal of eliminating gender-based discrimination by USSF.”The USSF did not have an immediate comment.The men’s and women’s U.S. national teams have separate collective bargaining agreements, and their pay is structured differently. That means there is no dollar-to-dollar salary comparison.The lawsuit claims that from March 2013 through Dec. 31, 2016, when the previous collective bargaining agreement expired, players on the women’s team could make a maximum salary of $72,000, plus bonuses for winning non-tournament games as well as World Cup appearances and victories, and for Olympic placement.ADVERTISEMENT Ruemmler also said men’s games generated about $144 million from 2008-15, while women’s matches generated $53 million, and television ratings for men’s games from 2013-15 averaged twice the figure for women’s matches.But those figures were for years prior to the women’s 2015 World Cup victory and also did not include the men’s failure to reach the 2018 World Cup. The women’s team brought in $6.6 million in profit in 2015, compared to less than $2 million for the men’s team.Following the EEOC action, the women took the fight for equality into contract negotiations and struck a collective bargaining agreement covering 2017-21.Players received raises in base pay and bonuses as well as better provisions for travel and accommodations, including increased per diems. It also gave the players some control of certain licensing and marketing rights.The lawsuit filed Friday seeks “an adjustment of the wage rates and benefits” for the women.“At the heart of this whole issue we believe that it’s the right thing. We believe that there has been discrimination against us,” Rapinoe said. “And while we have fought very hard and for a long time, whether that be through our CBA or through our players association, putting ourselves in the best possible position that we can to get the best deal that we can, we still feel that we don’t have what we’re trying to achieve, which is equality in the workplace.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem The women’s team has often championed equal rights issues and sought more equitable pay during collective bargaining two years ago.“I think a lot of people look to us and our team and the collective voice that we have and what we’ve stood for, for inspiration and for power, and as an ally in this broader fight for equality and human rights, really,” said winger Megan Rapinoe, a co-captain and veteran of 149 international appearances.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesThe 28 members of the current women’s player pool filed the lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles under the Equal Pay Act and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act. The lawsuit, which seeks class-action status, was filed on International Women’s Day.Players seek damages that include back pay. PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss View commentslast_img read more