Duterte shares Iloilo dads’ concern on school opening

first_imgDepEd would have to use not just the internet but also television and radio to ensure that classes resume among students learning from a distance. “Kung hindi po talaga dumating ang new normal at hindi mai-lift ang community quarantine, hindi naman po ibig sabihin na hindi na mag-aaral ang ating mga kabataan,” Roque said. “Unless I am sure that they are really safe, it’s useless to be talking about opening of classes. Para sa akin, bakuna muna. Pag nandiyan ang bakuna, okay na,” said Duterte on Monday. Malacañang eventually clarified that President Duterte was only against the opening of face-to-face classes until there is an available vaccine against COVID-19. The President said he wanted to ensure that students were vaccinated before they return to school. President Duterte said it was “useless” to talk about the opening of classes, particularly holding it face-to-face, without a vaccine because it would endanger the lives of students. “During these times, we only have to take care of two things. One, the containment of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Two, the economy. All our resources, all our time should be focused on these. All the things we can forego for 2020 we should forego,” said Defensor. The Department of Education (DepEd) set the opening of school year 2020-2021 on Aug. 24, 2020 while the end of the school year will be on April 30, 2021. While the opening of schools could rev up the economy, Defensor said, “it is not worth the risk.” What should teachers, students and parents do if the school opening won’t push through this August? The vaccine, however, may be available next year yet. For his part, Mayor Treñas lauded the President for having a similar concern with parents. He wrote DepEd secretary Leonor Briones a letter two weeks ago seeking the postponement of the school opening to 2021.center_img However, if the COVID-19 infection rate continues to increase, he said, schools would have to implement “blended” and “flexible” learning schemes. Allowing students to return to school without getting vaccinated would “spell disaster”, he said. “Meron po tayong tinatawag na blended learning. Ayon po kay Secretary Briones ng DepEd, gagamitin po natin ang telebisyon, radyo at internet para ipagpatuloy po ang edukasyon ng ating mga kabataan,” Roque said./PN “We know the virus is still there, and the possibility of its transmission remains great if there is no physical distancing,” he said. ILOILO City – This city’s Mayor Jerry Treñas and Iloilo province’s Gov. Arthur Defensor Jr. welcomed President Rodrigo Duterte’s similar concern over the safety of students vis-à-vis the opening of schools, and agreed with his position on the matter. “Habang wala pang bakuna at habang wala pa tayo sa new normal, ‘yung wala na pong community quarantine, hindi pa rin po tayo magkakaroon ng face-to-face classroom na mga klase,” said Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque in a virtual presser. According to the mayor, he won’t actively encourage students to go to school at this time. “I have been receiving a lot of messages through my cellphone and Facebook page nga ang mga ginikanan nakulbaan,” saidTreñas. “I will not allow the opening of classes na magdikit-dikit ang mga bata,” said Duterte in a public address late Monday night last week. “It is incumbent upon us, together with DepEd, nga mapungkoan ta kon ano ang ma-obra ta sa kabataan in the meantime,” said Treñas. Roque explained Duterte would only allow face-to-face classes once all areas in the country are out of all levels of community quarantine.last_img read more

Zendesk Hack Compromises User Data Of Twitter, Tumblr & Pinterest

first_imgHow to Write a Welcome Email to New Employees? nick statt Growing Phone Scams: 5 Tips To Avoid Tags:#hack#Pinterest#twitter#Zendesk 7 Types of Video that will Make a Massive Impac…center_img What better way to celebrate the week hackers ran rampant than with another security breach? Zendesk, a company that offers IT support tools and customer service software, announced on Thursday that it had been hacked. In a blog post, CEO Mikkel Svane stated, “We’ve become aware that a hacker accessed out system this week,” though he did not say by which method or for how long.What separates this attack from the malicious malware that infected machines at Facebook and Apple is that these hackers managed to compromise a healthy amount of Zendesk’s stored user data, putting users of three of the company’s big clients – Twitter, Tumblr and Pinterest – at risk for phishing and other attacks.“Our ongoing investigation indicates that the hacker had access to the support information that three of our customers store on our system,” wrote Svane, adding, “We believe that the hacker downloaded email addresses of users who contacted those three customers for support, as well as support email subject lines.”Svane did not specifically cite Tumblr, Twitter and Pinterest, but support emails sent out from the companies informing users of the attack confirms that user data could have been compromised indirectly. While usernames and passwords were not compromised, the threat of individualized attacks aimed at gaining access to accounts and stealing personal information does exist.Tumblr, for example, sent out emails stating the following: “The subject lines of your emails to Tumblr Support may have included the address of your blog which could potentially allow your blog to be unwillingly associated with your email address.”It went on to advise users to review any emails received from support, abuse, dmca, legal, enquiries or lawenforcement with a @tumblr.com tagged on the end. The fear is that hackers, equipped with people’s email addresses and the issues they raised with specific departments at a service like Tumblr, could then phish users with a masked version of that same address.Tumblr’s support email ended with a warning along those very lines: “Tumblr will never ask you for your password by email. Emails are easy to fake, and you should be suspicious of unexpected emails you receive.”While it’s not exactly comforting to know that you should be suspicious of any and all “unexpected emails,” companies like Twitter are taking measures to ensure that the tools are in place to help flag these attacks if they do occur.In a public announcement yesterday, Twitter said that it has been utilizing DMARC authenticaion technology  to help lessen the risk of users giving away personal information. Using established authentication protocols, DMARC gives email providers a way to block email from forged domains. “While this protocol is young, it has already gained a significant traction in the email community with all four major email providers – AOL, Gmail, Hotmail/Outlook, and Yahoo! Mail – already on board…” the post reads.While its good to know that Twitter is addressing the hacker threat alongside its fellow social network giants, all these measures are merely reactionary moves following widespread breaches. The Zendesk hack makes it abundantly clear that we need more proactive security measures that include third-parties to keep these attacks from wreaking havoc. Until then, the hackers will keep succeeding, and users will pay the price.  Related Posts Why You Love Online Quizzeslast_img read more

10 months agoPSG shopping in Premier League to find new midfielder

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say PSG shopping in Premier League to find new midfielderby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the lovePSG are shopping in the Premier League to find a new midfielder.The Sun says Southampton midfielder Mario Lemina is among a five-man wishlist for January.PSG are also looking at Ajax’s Frenkie De Jong as a new central midfielder but competition for the Dutchman means they have drawn up alternatives.Watford’s Abdoulaye Doucoure, Everton’s Idrissa Gueye and Salzburg’s Diadie Samassekou are all too under consideration.Lemina is high on PSG’s list on their budget, as they look to comply with Financial Fair Play rules. last_img read more

Changes will help protect vulnerable investors in British Columbia regulator

first_imgVICTORIA – The British Columbia government is expanding the reach of an investment watchdog to protect vulnerable investors.The Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada along with anti-poverty and seniors’ groups have lobbied the government for legislation that allows the organization to enforce its rules and discipline those who bilk investors.The organization’s CEO, Andrew Kriegler, says changes to the B.C. Securities Act will help protect investors, especially seniors who rely on their retirement investments.Finance Minister Carole James says the legislation works for people and promotes a fair and efficient capital market in the province.The amendments give the organization better enforcement tools, which the group says will allow it to collect its fines through the B.C. Supreme Court.The changes extend the organization’s authority to six provinces and the group says in a news release that when governments give it better enforcement tools, it has seen higher fine collection and a change in behaviour among advisers.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version stated that the B.C. Supreme Court could collect $4.7 million in unpaid fineslast_img read more

Fort St John Fire Department kept busy in the early hours this

first_img6:22 am received a report of a structure fire 109 Street and 107th Avenue and responded. Clean up continues at the house fire.Chief Fred Burrows said in a comment this was all the information that can be provided at this time as the three incidents are currently under investigation. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fire Department responded to three different calls in the early hours of Wednesday, September 4th, 2019.5:15 am the department received a call of a vehicle on fire at the 8600 block of 100th Avenue and responded.6:01 am the department received a call of a vehicle fire at the round-a-bout on the Airport Road and responded.last_img read more

ITC moves NCLT to cancel Leela sale hearing on June 18

first_imgMumbai: The NCLT Wednesday issued notices to promoters of Hotel Leelaventure and its lender JM Financial ARC to reply to an ITC petition seeking a waiver of 10 per cent minimum shareholding for minority shareholders to be counted in management matters and adjounred the matter to June 18. Though the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) was keen to admit the petition of the tobaccos-to-hotels group ITC, which owns 7.92 percent in Leela, it did not do so citing procedural issues and decided to put the plea off to June 18. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalIt can be noted that the 10 percent minimum shareholding is defined under Section 241 of the Companies Act, 2013. There was a similar petition by Cyrus Mistry also against the Tatas after he was sacked as the group chairman in 2016, but the plea was dismissed by the Mumbai tribunal. ITC is seeking a waiver of the 10 percent minimum shareholding requirement to file a petition alleging oppression and mismanagement against the hotel management and its lender JM Financial ARC and also to prevent the premium hotel chain from going ahead with the ongoing sale to Canadian fund house Brookfield for Rs 3,950 crore announced in March. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boost”We were suppressed of our rights as a shareholder. The postal ballot notice has not addressed many issues. It is a classic case of majority acting against minority shareholders using oppressive means, as they own 73 percent. “We want protection for our shareholding so that the promoters cannot get away with a fraudulent deal,” the ITC counsel Darius J Khambatta told the tribunal. He noted that in 2017, JM Financial ARC bought the debt of Hotel Leela from banks and got 26 percent shareholding after converting the debt into equity. This led to the dilution of ITC’s shareholding to below 10 percent, J Khambatta argued. As per the information available with the bourses, ITC holds 7.92 percent stake in Hotel Leelaventure as of the December 2018 quarter. Under Section 241 of the Companies Act, 2013 a minimum shareholding of 10 percent is required to file such cases. The Mumbai bench of the NCLT comprising VP Singh and Ravikumar Duraisamy issued notices JM Financial and Hotel Leelaventure to reply within three weeks and file rejoinders in two weeks thereafter. ITC said all major hotels of Hotel Leelaventure are being sold off excluding the flagship Mumbai property, which is facing a legal battle with the Airports Authority over land lease, and also a land parcel in Hyderabad which the hotel group is developing with Prestige Developers. Under the deal with Brookfield, the Leela promoters will get over Rs 300 crore from the buyer under royalty and management consultancy agreements for the next five years. “We are seeking deal details or the valuation report but the company is not co-operating,” Khambatta added. Meanwhile, Brookfield Asset Management Company also filed an application to be made a party to the dispute. Its counsel said, they will file an intervention application if they are not made a party to current petition. In another development, Leelaventure in a BSE filing Wednesday said markets regulator Sebi has asked it to hold the sale of its four hotels and other assets to Brookfield.last_img read more

Kevin Durants Injury Is Exactly Why The Warriors Needed Kevin Durant

Related: Hot Takedown The offense has worked because Durant and West are excellent all-around players; they rank third and fourth, behind Curry and Green, for assist percentage on the Warriors. But without Durant around to cover for regression from players like Green, or for deficiencies in the roster created to make room for Durant himself, the Warriors will need improvements from a few key contributors. That could be Green and Iguodala hitting shots they hit last season, or it could mean continued improvement from JaVale McGee in a thin and aging frontcourt.So the Warriors are in a tough spot for a while, as any team would be with the loss of a player as good as Durant. But if after four weeks it looks as if Durant will have to miss a significant portion of the postseason, the Warriors will be in better shape than just about any team in NBA history to carry on without their star and make a run at the title.Check out our latest NBA predictions. As a rule, losing a superstar player to injury in the NBA means a team’s title chances are history. That means every NBA title run is, in a real way, a matter of luck. A team has to be better than its opponents through four seven-game series, but it also has to dodge largely random injuries to its most important players. A team can be as good as it wants, but there will always be a certain, irreducible chance that it loses its star, and its chance at a title, at the worst possible time. That is, unless it finds a way to tilt those odds.Kevin Durant is familiar with ill-timed injuries. Over his final four seasons in Oklahoma City — the seasons after James Harden was traded away to Houston in 2012 — the Thunder’s playoff runs were marred by injuries in all but one season (Durant in 2015, Russell Westbrook in 2013 and Serge Ibaka in 2014) . They made the Western Conference Finals in 2016, and held a 3-1 lead over the defending champion Warriors, sure, but they never returned to the NBA Finals after 2012. The Thunder had one of the most talented lineups in the league, but without Harden, they’d sacrificed an advantage that, to some, had looked like a weakness: redundancy.The Warriors understand this need better than most. Last April, after the Warriors had won an NBA-record 73 regular season games, league MVP Stephen Curry left Game 4 of the team’s first-round playoff game with a Grade 1 MCL sprain, after having missed Games 2 and 3 with a sprained ankle. Golden State limped through the remainder of that series and the beginning of the next without Curry, and fought through a tough matchup with Oklahoma City in the Western Conference Finals. But that glimpse of life without Curry in the postseason, and that Curry never really regained his MVP form afterward, made it clear that even the best regular season team in history is vulnerable to injuries at the top of the roster.To insure against this kind of thing happening again, the Warriors pursued redundancy, signing Kevin Durant in the offseason. On Tuesday, Durant was the one who went down. The Warriors announced Wednesday morning that Durant has a Grade 2 MCL sprain and a tibial bone bruise, and will be re-evaluated in four weeks. The team has not ruled out a regular season return, to say nothing of the postseason, so the Warriors may well end up at full strength by June. (Bookmakers have already updated their NBA championship odds, and Golden State remains the favorite.) But losing a player as good as Kevin Durant, even just for a month, is never a good thing. However, the Warriors are uniquely equipped to handle such a loss, because they’re uniquely stacked.Last season, according to data from Basketball Reference’s count, the Warriors were 22.2 points worse per 100 possessions without Curry. (Strangely, in the playoffs, the Warriors were 2.7 points per 100 better without him on the floor, possibly because Curry was diminished by injury.) This season’s Warriors are worse by 15.6 points without Curry and by 6.7 points without Durant. Those are still big numbers but far more manageable than the massive gulf last season.And they still have Curry, of course. One of the things that separates great NBA players from merely very good ones is the ability to take on workload without sacrificing too much efficiency. In fact, that’s been one of the defining characteristics of Curry’s rise to NBA superstardom. Without Durant, Curry is likely to recover the drop in his usage rate, and he’s shown in the past that he can thrive while taking on added work. Having players who can take on more possessions when necessary is a nice luxury; having ones who can step into the lead role on a championship-caliber team minus an All-NBA teammate is an advantage few teams have ever had.But Durant’s absence will be felt. While his presence insulated Golden State from an injury to a player of Durant’s caliber, he also provided coverage for a different sort of issue: regression. The Warriors offense runs on shooting, and this season’s roster isn’t as rich in gunners as last season’s. Golden State has just four players who have taken more than a handful of threes who are making them at better than a league-average rate, compared to eight such players last season. As a team, their 3-point percentage has gone from 41.6 to 38.5.This goes deeper than a mere shooting slump from Curry, or Durant taking a lot of threes and hitting “only” 37.8 percent. Draymond Green attempted 3.2 threes per game last season and made 38.8 percent; this season he has attempted 3.4 per game and made 32.6 percent. Andre Iguodala’s overall 3-point percentage has held steady around 35 percent, but his percentage on corner threes — the threes that come to him most naturally in the offense — has fallen from 43.1 percent to 31.5 percent. And the bench, which last season had gunners such as Brandon Rush (41.4 percent from three), Leandro Barbosa (35.5 percent), Ian Clark (35.7 percent) and Marreese Speights (38.7 percent), this season has only Clark (39.3 percent) shooting well, instead running with midrange specialists such as David West and Shaun Livingston. When Did Sports Become So Political? read more

Eight Buckeye athletes inducted into Athletics Hall of Fame

Members of the Ohio State Hall of Fame class of 2016 were inducted on Friday, Sept. 9 at the Ohio Union. Credit: OSU Athletics.The Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame welcomed eight new members this Friday, including two of the greatest basketball players ever to play at Ohio State.The new members are Evan Turner (men’s basketball), Jantel Lavender (women’s basketball), John Machado (baseball), Justin Kronauge (men’s tennis), Dan Taylor (men’s track and field), Sam Marder (softball), Randall Larson (diving) and Paul Zelenak (pistol).Headlining the class are the two basketball stars, Turner and Lavender, who both ended their Ohio State careers among their respective team’s all time leading scorers.Turner, who was taken with the second overall pick back in the 2010 NBA draft, played both guard and forward for three seasons (2007-2010) at Ohio State and helped lead the club to a 2008 National Invitational Tournament championship, runner-up in the 2009 Big Ten Conference Men’s Basketball tournament and then to victory in the conference tournament the following season.During Turner’s career, he led the Big Ten in scoring in both his sophomore and his junior season. Turner currently sits 18th on the all-time Ohio State scoring list with 1,517 points. He was also an All-Big Ten player in his two final seasons and a first team consensus All-American in his junior season. On Feb. 16, 2015, Turner’s number was retired during the Ohio State vs Michigan game.Turner said that he has been humbled by everything that has gone on to celebrate his legacy as a Buckeye.“The Ohio State is so close to my heart,” Turner said. “To be able to come back here and get honored, to be able to do things most guys aren’t able to do is a blessing. Like I said, I’m a big Buckeye. This is all unreal to me still.”Even after looking back at a career that has spanned six seasons in the NBA to this point, Turner still remembers his time fondly at Ohio State, saying that it is where he has had “the best memories.”“Still sometimes I go to my mom’s house and look at the trophies and things I was able to do here,” Turner said. “We were able to accomplish that, I was able to be a part of that, that’s unreal and to be appreciated for your hard work and your efforts is always a blessing.”The other basketball star joining the ranks of Buckeye immortality is all time leading scorer of the women’s basketball team Jantel Lavender. Over her four year career at Ohio State, Lavender averaged 20.7 points per game and totaled 2818 points and collected 1422 rebounds (most all-time in Big Ten women’s basketball history). Lavender played from 2007-2011 and reached double-digit scoring totals in all 136 games, an NCAA record. She is also the only athlete in the history of the Big Ten to be given the title of Big Ten Player of the Year in every season she played.During her tenure, Lavender led the Scarlet and Gray to three Big Ten regular season titles, three tournament titles, an appearance in the NCAA tournament in every season and a pair of Sweet 16 appearances.After her career at Ohio State was over, she was drafted with the fifth overall pick in the 2011 WNBA draft by the Los Angeles Sparks and was named an All-Star in 2015.Lavender has looked back on her successful career with a lot of pride and has felt that it is a tremendous milestone to be inducted into the Hall of Fame.“For me to become just eligible to be in the Hall of Fame and to be inducted, it’s unbelievable,” Lavender said. “I don’t think it’s really hit me 100% yet. I just know I put in so much work and I put myself forward to the game and gave my teammates so much that I think it’s well deserving and I’m happy about it and I’m just happy to be here.”The new Hall of Fame inductees will be honored at halftime of Saturday’s football game against Tulsa. read more

Martin Jarmond hired as William V Campbell Director of Athletics at Boston

OSU Deputy Athletic Director Martin Jarmond highlights future OSU football schedules at the Fawcett Center. Credit: Lantern file photoOhio State University Deputy Director of Athletics Martin Jarmond will be the next Athletic Director at Boston College University, Boston College announced today.At OSU, Jarmond functioned directed external and internal relations and day-to-day operations of the athletics program, and served as sport administrator for Buckeye football, men’s basketball, baseball, and men’s and women’s golf programs.Jarmond was an integral part in compiling football schedules for OSU, which includes out of conference opponents until the year 2024. The Buckeyes will be playing teams like Oregon, Notre Dame and Texas at home over the next few seasons, thanks to the work of Jarmond.“I am humbled and honored to serve as the William V. Campbell Director of Athletics at Boston College,” Jarmond said in a statement. “I am grateful to (University President) Fr. Leahy and Boston College for entrusting me with this role.  I have always believed that the commitment to high academic standards and competing at the highest level athletically are not mutually exclusive.”OSU Senior Vice President and Athletics Director Gene Smith, who has worked alongside Jarmond since 2009, said in a statement he was pleased to see his collegaue move to a prestigious position, but will also miss his presence.“Martin is one of the best administrators I have ever worked with,” Smith said. “His leadership skills are exceptional. It has been a tremendous honor working with him and watching him develop into a premier athletic administrator. His contributions to The Ohio State University have been significant, and he will be missed.” read more