TPP Talks Likely to get Ugly

first_img Previous articleThey Just Don’t Get ItNext articleDeLauro Urges OMB to Finalize Food Safety Rules Andy Eubank TPP Talks Likely to get Ugly Facebook Twitter Home Indiana Agriculture News TPP Talks Likely to get Ugly A New Zealand based website reports Trans-Pacific Partnership talks are likely to get ugly before a deal is reached. Stuff.co.nz reports New Zealand ambassador to Japan, Mark Sinclair says it was always difficult to “judge from the outside” the processes around the proposed regional free-trade agreement. One of the tough negotiations noted for New Zealand is promoting dairy exports into countries like Japan because the deal is so broad-based. Sinclair said “we’re talking ultimately about a long-range regional integration process that has the potential to transform economic and commercial relationships in the region.” He called TPP not an ordinary free trade agreement because of that long-term integration. He did say he was optimistic about the current momentum in the talks.Source: NAFB News Service By Andy Eubank – Nov 30, 2014 SHARE Facebook Twitter SHARElast_img read more

K-League club says filling stadium with sex dolls was ‘an inexcusable mistake’

first_imgWith fans not allowed to attend games following the coronavirus pandemic, Seoul decided to fill the stands with mannequins, only for fans to quickly realise they were in fact of the adult variety. 2016 K League winners FC Seoul inadvertently used sex dolls rather than fashion mannequins to help fill empty stands this weekend. The club has apologised. Both the club and the supplier are pointing fingers at others. (It’s not just COVID-19 you need to avoid catching!) #kleague pic.twitter.com/59rSU8XxYL— Devon Rowcliffe (@WhoAteTheSquid) May 17, 2020Seoul was promptly slammed for the mistake, with Korean media since declaring that the country’s international reputation is a concern because of it. The club themselves have apologized for the incident and attempted to provide some clarity as to how the mistake happened.  “We would like to apologize to our fans. We’re genuinely sorry to our fans about the installation of the mannequins at our game on May 17,” the club wrote in a message posted on Instagram. “We confirmed from the start that the mannequins we installed in the stands had no relation to the adult toys, even though they do indeed resemble real humans. The mannequins are manufactured by a company named Dalkom, and they informed us that the mannequins are designed for displaying apparel and fashion products. We confirmed with them on numerous occasions to make sure that the mannequins are not adult toys.”However, Dalkom has been distributing some of the mannequin products to another business named Soros, and in the process of return and exchange of the products between them, the installation at our stadium included some products with messages in text that are related to the adult toys. That was a problem on our employees who couldn’t check every detail of everything that was installed. That is an inexcusable mistake on our part.”Our intention from the start was to provide even a small entertainment after it was decided that the games would be hosted behind closed doors due to coronavirus. Regardless of that, we would like to apologize once again to everyone who loves and supports FC Seoul. We will be holding further discussions on how we can review potential problems in similar matters. We will put forth our due diligence to prevent such issues in the future.” K-League club FC Seoul has issued an apology after they accidentally filled their stadium with “adult toys” during Sunday’s game against Gwangju. While the 2016 league champions claimed a crucial 1-0 win on the pitch, it’s what happened off it that really caught people’s attention. last_img read more

Fire at Blithewald, Days Before VNA Showhouse Gala

first_imgRUMSON–The house that was to be the centerpiece of the VNA’s Stately Homes by-the-Sea Designer Showhouse caught on fire around 12:30 p.m. today, just days before Saturday night’s gala and open house next week. No injuries are reported.The house, known as Blithewald, is a 19th century home set on an estate at 76 Buena Vista Avenue. According to county property records, the owner is Thomas Widener and it was assessed in 2015 at $2.4 million.On Monday morning, several designers were working in the house, preparing their spaces for opening day. The bi-annual showhouse features more than 40 top interior designers, decorators and landscape artists from the tri-state area. It is the biggest fundraiser supporting the Visiting Nurse Association of Monmouth County, based in Red Bank. The homeowner was not living in Blithewald at the time of fire, in preparation for the event, which draws more than 10,000 people.The VNA issued a statement on their Facebook page, “The cause is unknown and no injuries were reported at this time. We will provide updates about the Preview Gala and Show House tours as information becomes available. Thank you for thoughts, prayers and your continued support.”Eileen Buriani, owner of Kidegories of Shrewsbury, was designing one of the boys’ bedrooms when she was summoned out of the building, down the stairs. “We came down and we saw the flames shooting out. There was no smoke upstairs at all. I didn’t think it was a quick-moving fire.”“It’s such a beautiful home. What a shame,” she said,James Yarosh, an art dealer from Holmdel, had lent artwork to designers exhibiting at the show, including some of his favorite pieces from his own home. “I’ve been talking to designers today, and it’s just so upsetting,” he said. “People do this from their heart, to create beauty, for charity. I’m so upset for all the artists and designers,” he said.Fire at Blithewald is extinguished. Photo courtesy Chris HalsteadPat Mills, owner and head designer of Byford & Mills in Little Silver said her team had just completed its work in the sitting room, off the master bedroom, on Friday. They had hung grasscloth wall coverings, commissioned a special handbraided rug and furnished the room with sofas, an L-shaped couch, and a desk. When she heard about the fire, she ran to the site and saw the house in flames. A firefighter was standing in the balcony, off the room, breaking through the ceiling, and water hoses were soaking that portion of the house. “It was horrifying,” she said.She lamented the sight of Blithewald, “a piece of Rumson history” going up in flames, with all the hard work from a huge community of designers.  “Piece by piece you knew your room was being destroyed,” she said. The artwork exhibited in her room alone was valued at $150,000, she said.Next door neighbor Monique Bolsius was among several people who watched the scene unfold. She said she felt so sorry for the army of volunteers who had been working on site for two months to ready the house for its moment in the spotlight. “Its devastating. It’s just so unfortunate,” she said.Denise DeMarco arrived at the house this afternoon to complete a project, to hand paint one of the historic fireplaces. Volunteer firefighters representing Rumson, Fair Haven, Little Silver, Middletown, Atlantic Highlands, Highlands, Sea Bright and Eatontown were on the scene, Rumson Road was closed between Bellevue and Kemp Avenue, and the air was filled with the smell of smoke. “It breaks your heart. So much of it was volunteer work. It’s not just money, it’s their time.” — By Christina Johnson, with reporting by John Burtonlast_img read more

Color-Infused Orchid Show Is An Escape From Bleak Winter

first_imgPhotos by Patrick Olivero HOLMDEL – Dearborn Market’s light-filled garden center was awash with vibrant colors last weekend for the Deep Cut Orchid Society’s 22nd Annual Orchid Show. Visitors were treated to the fabulous sights and scents of various types of orchids that were on display and for sale by private and commercial growers. Members of the Deep Cut Orchid Society and the growers were eager to share their knowledge of how to cultivate and care for these magnificent flowers. For those interested in learning more about the beauty and mystery of orchids, the Deep Cut Orchid Society holds open meetings on the second Tuesday of each month at 7:30 p.m. at the Monmouth Reform Temple in Tinton Falls. All are welcome.last_img read more

Bantam Wildcats finish in the middle of the pack during Kelowna female hockey tournament

first_imgThe West Kootenay Bantam Wildcats finished in the middle of the pack during a female hockey tournament this past weekend in Kelowna.The Cats, consisting of players from Kaslo, Nelson, Castlegar, Rossland and Trail, were 1-2-1 during the weekend tilt against competition from throughout the province.The Cats opened the tourney bowing to Kelowna 3-1 with Merissa Dawson scoring the only goal. West Kootenay then rebounded with an impressive performance, defeating Abbotsford 6-4 behind the three-goal of Nelson’s Emma Hare.Molly Benbow and Paige Gattafoni also scored for West Kootenay. West Kootenay then came up against a powerhouse in the form of Tri-Cities, losing 10-4. Tri-Cities jumped all over the Cats in the first period, building a 6-0 lead.Hare once again led the West Kootenay scoring with three goals. Team captain Stephanie McAuley added the other marker for West Kootenay.The Cats then tied Terrace 4-4 on the Sunday.Jesse Cooper of Nelson scored twice and Gattafoni and Hare added singles for West Kootenay.Catalina Hartland of Kaslo was in goal for all games.The Cats opened the season by grabbing three of four points in a two-game set against Cranbrook.West Kootenay opened with a 3-2 win in Castlegar. The teams tied 1-1 in Rossland.Hare scored twice in the win with Cooper adding the single.In the Rossland game, McAuley scored the only goal for West [email protected]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

Maharashtra government formation: NCP-Congress-Shiv Sena common minimum programme to strive for policy direction

first_img Need for consensusAmong the key issues to be discussed is the distribution of Cabinet and State portfolios and posts in various corporations. “The issue of who will become the Chief Minister is sorted. That post will be with the Sena. But there will be talks about appointments to corporations, the Rajya Sabha and the Legislative Council. We have to reach a broader consensus before going forward,” a senior Congress leader said.The CMP will focus on a broader strategy for the next government. “Distribution of portfolios is certainly an issue being discussed, but we have to decide on policy matters such as farm loan waiver, infrastructure projects, industrial growth and the financial condition of the State. There has to be a road map, and we will chalk out the broader picture,” the Congress leader said.The NCP MLAs held a meeting on Wednesday morning where Mr. Ajit Pawar clarified that his party and the Congress would clear certain points following which talks will be held with the Sena on the CMP.“We are not in a hurry. The Governor has given us six months time,” he said. Sena’s demands unacceptable, BJP not in favour of mid-term polls in Maharashtra: Shah A common minimum programme (CMP) being drafted by the Congress-Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) combine and the Shiv Sena will discuss matters starting from distribution of Ministries to broader policy-based issues, sources say.The programme is, however, likely to skip controversial issues. “The CMP will be about policy direction and will not include every issue in the State today,” said a senior Congress leader working on the draft. The issues such as the Sena’s demand for Bharat Ratna to Veer Savarkar will not be in the CMP as it is the demand of a particular party.The NCP on Wednesday appointed a five-member committee including legislature party leader Ajit Pawar, State president Jayant Patil and Leader of the Opposition in Council Dhananjay Munde to hold discussions with the Congress and the Sena. Congress leaders, including former Chief Minister Ashok Chavan and State president Balasaheb Thorat, met at the office of the former Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan to identify similarities in the manifestos of the three parties and come to common points to move forward.Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray is directly monitoring the discussions along with senior party leaders.Also Readlast_img read more

Dwyane Wade, Bulls agree on buyout

first_imgLongtime friends and former teammates Dwyane Wade and LeBron James could be headed for a reunion at Cleveland after Wade and the Chicago Bulls reached a buyout agreement. The Cavaliers are reportedly among the favorites to land the three-time NBA champion. APMIAMI — Dwyane Wade signed with Chicago before last season in large part because the affinity for his hometown was still very strong.A year later, he’s about to be on the move.ADVERTISEMENT Bolts clinch No. 1 seed Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  After the Butler trade, it was evident Wade was getting a buyout. The question was when. And now the question is: What will Wade decide next?“Anything that happens from a personnel standpoint down the road, or any opportunities that are there, we’re always going to approach that,” Riley said Friday.The opportunity is coming for the Heat, and anyone else who’s interested.Wade averaged 18.3 points for Chicago and returned from injury late in the season to help the Bulls get into the playoffs. Over his 14 seasons, Wade has averaged 23.3 points, been to the playoffs 12 times, won three rings and took home the 2006 NBA Finals MVP award.Bulls President John Paxson told CSN Chicago last week that he and general manager Gar Forman sat down with Wade when the season ended, and planned to do so again when Wade went back to Chicago.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Wade and the Bulls agreed to terms on a buyout agreement Sunday, a person with direct knowledge of the talks told The Associated Press. Wade is considering several options, including a potential return to Miami or a reunion with longtime friend LeBron James in Cleveland, according to the person who spoke on condition of anonymity because the buyout has not been formally announced.Wade will have other suitors as well. ESPN reported San Antonio would be a possible landing spot and Oklahoma City — which added Paul George this summer and will formally complete the trade with New York for Carmelo Anthony on Monday — would also seem to make sense as well. Wade has kept his home in Miami, and Heat teammates have made little secret that they would welcome him back with open arms.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutHeat President Pat Riley said late last week that he is still in love with Wade. He could not discuss the possibility of trying to bring Wade back to the Heat because NBA tampering rules do not allow such conversations about players under contract with other clubs.That contract is about to come to a quick close. Wade was due about $24 million this season from the Bulls, who traded Jimmy Butler away this summer and are entering a rebuilding phase. Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president MOST READ LATEST STORIES Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers PLAY LIST 01:48NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue01:46US defense chief agrees it’s time to take another look at defense pact with PH01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police 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 Games Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Given how quickly the buyout was agreed to, that talk apparently happened fast. View commentslast_img read more

KL-ICFOSS(MES8)

first_imgICFOSS to shift operations from Technopark to Sports facilties Ltd Thiruvananthapuram, June 20 (PTI): International Centrefor Free and Open Source Software (ICFOSS), a nodal agencyconcentrating on free software development, is shifting itsworkspace from Technopark to the Sports Facilities limitedhere and expects to start its operations by January next. ICFOSS, which will occupy about 30,000 square feet space,will house technology incubators and start ups at thefacility, and aims to create more opportunities for buddingentrepreneurs. The operations will start by January, 2019, a pressrelease from the Sports facilities ltd said. The agreement of ICFOSS and Sports Facilities, also knownas Sports Hub, was exchanged in the presence of Kerala ChiefMinister, Pinarayi Vijayan this evening. Ajay Padmanabhan, Chief Operating Offier,Sports Faciltiesltd, handed over the signed agreement to Jayasankar Prasad,Director, ICFOSS. The Sports Hub, recepient of four awards, including theDavid Vickers Award for New Stadium Venue of the Year 2016(International), is the new benchmark in sports infrastructurein India.Built in over 37 acres, the facility integrates sport,recreation and leisure. Developed by IL&FS group in PPP with the stategovernment, the facility comprises a 50,000 capacitystate-of-the-art cricket-cum-football stadium. PTI UD APRRBS RBS RBSlast_img read more