Study ranks Victoria best Canadian city to be a woman Windsor Ont

first_imgOTTAWA – A new study suggests Victoria is the best city in Canada to be a woman, despite the wage gap between men and women there worsening slightly in recent years.The study by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives looks at differences between men’s and women’s access to economic and personal security, education, health and positions of leadership in Canada’s 25 biggest cities.The CCPA says Victoria is the only city on the list where more women than men are employed, and they account for nearly half of all senior managers and elected officials.But it says the wage gap in the city is on par with the rest of the country, with women earning 73 per cent of what men do — slightly worse than five years ago.In Windsor, Ont., which ranked worst in the study, the wage gap is actually smaller than average, with women making about 75 per cent of what men earn.But the study says only 23 per cent of elected officials and 34 per cent of senior managers in the region are women, and women are more likely to be living below the poverty line than men.The CCPA also says that sexual assault is the only violent crime that’s not on the decline in Canada, and every city still struggles with high rates of sexual and domestic violence.“Statistics will never be a substitute for the full experience of lives lived. But as signposts they mark the spot where more attention is needed from our political leaders and policy-makers,” says study author Kate McInturff, a senior researcher at CCPA. “We hope they follow through.”____Here is the CCPA’s ranking of the cities it studied:1. Victoria2. Gatineau3. Hamilton4. Kingston5. Vancouver6. Quebec City7. St. John’s8. Sherbrooke9. Halifax10. Toronto11. Ottawa12. London13. Kelowna14. Abbotsford-Mission15. Montreal16. St. Catharines-Niagara17. Winnipeg18. Edmonton19. Saskatoon20. Kitchener-Cambridge-Waterloo21. Regina22. Calgary23. Barrie24. Oshawa25. Windsorlast_img read more

Most actively traded companies on the TSX

first_imgSome of the most active companies traded Thursday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (15,269.27, up 11.37 points)Neovasc Inc. (TSX:NVC). Medical devices. Unchanged at 6.5 cents on 10.8 million shares.Aurora Cannabis Inc. (TSX:ACB). Healthcare. Up 11 cents, or 1.39 per cent, to $8.04 on 6.6 million shares.Trinidad Drilling Ltd. (TSX:TDG). Oil and gas. Up 12 cents, or 6.52 per cent, to $1.96 on 6.2 million shares.Encana Corp. (TSX:ECA). Oil and gas. Down one cent, or 0.07 per cent, to $14.72 on 5.6 million shares.Cenovus Energy Inc. (TSX:CVE). Oil and gas. Down five cents, or 0.40 per cent, to $12.44 on 4.1 million shares.Shaw Communications Inc. (TSX:SJR.B). Telecommunications and media. Up $2.25, or 9.31 per cent, to $26.42 on 3.8 million shares. Strong operational performance by its main business units offset concerns about $417 million in restructuring-related costs booked in its second quarter. Shaw reported a $164-million loss, mostly because of a previously announced restructuring that will affect one-quarter of its workforce.Companies reporting major news:Second Cup Ltd. (TSX:SCU). Restaurants. Up 79 cents, or 28.73 per cent, to $3.54 on 1.4 million shares. The company wants to convert some of its coffee shops in western Canada into cannabis dispensaries and, when legal, pot lounges. It has signed an agreement with marijuana clinic operator National Access Cannabis to develop and operate a network of recreational pot stores. However, neither currently has a licence to sell marijuana, so the deal is contingent on approval from the government, as well as from franchisees and landlords.last_img read more

Nearly 30kg of Cocaine Seized in Tangier Med Port

Tangiers – Around 30 kg of cocaine and 62,000 psychotropic pills, carried by a Moroccan expatriate, were seized, on Thursday, at the Tangier Med port, a customs source said.During a control operation, the customs services seized 62,660 psychotropic pills and 29 kg and 92 grams of cocaine hidden in the luggage of a Moroccan expatriate, it said, adding that the drug trafficker was boarding a Morocco-registered coach coming from Spain.The arrested was handed to the judiciary police, under the supervision of the public prosecutor’s office, to complete the investigation before bringing him to justice, it said. With MAP

Retooling leaves engine manufacturing subdued in September

Engine manufacturing output year-to-date, 2012-2014 Click through to download the UK engine manufacturing news release for September 2014.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) Significant investment is being made into low-emissions engine manufacturing in the UK, ensuring a positive outlook for the sector. UK engine manufacturing down 13.6% in September as facilities undergo re-tooling efforts for new products. Output has fallen 5.0% over the year-to-date, but percentage exported has increased.  Engine manufacturing output rolling year total

Commentary BCS National Championship game shows brilliance of college football

Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher celebrates after the BCS National Championship against Auburn Jan. 6 at the Rose Bowl. Florida State won, 34-31.Credit: Courtesy of MCTThe empty sense of disappointment that arrived in the wake of Ohio State’s 2014 Discover Orange Bowl loss Friday night stayed with me throughout the entire weekend. There was no consoling, nothing to make me truly forget about it.I didn’t think watching Monday night’s BCS National Championship game between Florida State and Auburn could possibly make me feel any better. That was the game I wanted the Buckeyes to play in, the one they were so tantalizingly close to. It could only remind me how their season ended, right?Wrong.Instead of making me think back on OSU’s shortcomings in South Florida, the 2014 National Championship Game lifted the dark cloud from above my head, and gave us 60 minutes of college football at its very best.It didn’t seem like it at first, though. Auburn’s backfield duo of junior quarterback Nick Marshall and junior running back Tre Mason spent the first half seemingly confirming the national suspicion that Florida State’s impressive record was just the result of a weak schedule. An SEC blowout — not unlike last year — was on the cards.The SEC had dominated for so long, and it looked like it was going to continue. In a season that had seen countless pundits write off teams like Florida State and OSU because they didn’t play in a certain conference, the Buckeyes had lost their chance to silence those doubters, and now it looked like the Seminoles had too.But things changed, dramatically. Auburn couldn’t pull away, and the result was a fourth quarter for the ages. After a Tigers field goal, the Seminoles took their first lead in nearly 45 minutes with an electrifying kickoff return from freshman wide receiver Levonte “Kermit” Whitfield. Then Auburn hit right back through the unstoppable Mason. A little more than a minute remained, and again Florida State’s time had almost run out.Cue a seven-play, 80-yard drive, defined by this year’s Heisman Trophy winner, redshirt-freshman quarterback Jameis Winston. His beautiful touchdown pass to the leaping redshirt-sophomore wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin with only 13 seconds left put the proper exclamation on an exhilarating 34-31 Seminole victory.It was everything a championship game should be: heavyweight fight, chess match, and epic drama all rolled into one. It wasn’t so much about two teams as much as it was about the sport as a whole, a one-of-the-kind sight that could only take place on the gridiron.All the hits, touchdowns and cheers that populate a college football season led to this. From the comfortable Saturdays in late summer to the frigid temperatures of the past few weeks, everything from the past four months built up to make Monday’s game what it was.So rather than dwell on those two losses that some might say defined this season’s Buckeye squad, the beauty of the National Championship game allowed to me to remember that one single moment can’t sum up a team’s season, because so much goes into it.But what happened in the Rose Bowl Stadium certainly came closest to defining that one thing we all love: college football. read more

England Can Get Even Better And It Will Need To

When Eric Dier drove his penalty kick just past the outstretched fingers of Colombian goalkeeper David Ospina and into the back of the net, he broke a 22-year English streak of losing on penalty kicks. The obvious question now is whether England can break a far more important streak that’s lasted even longer: 52 years without winning a World Cup.While every team in the quarterfinals has a nonzero chance of lifting the cup, this question presses on England particularly for two reasons. First, England got a massively fortunate draw. The two powerhouse teams remaining in the tournament, Brazil and France, are both on the opposite side of the bracket. Spain was supposed to block England’s path to the final, but it lost on penalties to Russia. This leaves just Sweden and either Croatia or Russia standing in the way of The Three Lions.And second, it’s not like England had to knock off the world’s best to get here. Drawn into a group with Tunisia and Panama as well as Belgium, England was hugely favored to reach the knockouts. Colombia as a round of 16 draw was difficult on paper, but the absence of superstar James Rodriguez meant that even this match was not against a true equal.According to FiveThirtyEight’s Soccer Power Index as a measure of the quality of competition,1We used the pre-tournament SPI ratings. Uruguay and Belgium have had the lightest schedule, but each would likely have to get through both Brazil and France to make the final. England has faced the third weakest set of opponents to date, and its run to the final is projected as the second easiest of all the remaining contenders, ever so slightly behind Croatia.2Future opponents’ SPI represents a weighted average of each possible opponent’s SPI in the semifinals and finals and the likelihood of that team advancing that far. These probabilities were taken before the start of play Friday. England’s easy road will remain easyThe eight World Cup quarterfinalists by average SPI of tournament opponents so far and a weighted average of potential future opponents TeamAvg. Opponents’ SPI so farFuture Opponents’ SPI* Wilfried Zaha0.280.56+0.28 Kylian Mbappe0.770.97+0.20 Expected Goals & Assists Per 90 min. Harry Kane0.640.86+0.23 Future opponents’ SPI represents a weighted average of each possible opponent’s SPI in the semifinals and finals and the likelihood of that team advancing that far. France74.082.8 England’s two breakout starsPlayers under age 27 in the big five European leagues who showed the most improvement from the 2015-16 and 2016-17 seasons to 2017-18 in expected goals plus assists Belgium67.885.3 2015-172017-18Difference Russia71.282.6 England70.579.2 The big five are the Premier League (England), Ligue 1 (France), La Liga (Spain), Serie A (Italy) and the Bundesliga (Germany).Source: Opta Sports Mohamed Salah0.721.10+0.38 Raheem Sterling0.600.90+0.31 Willian Jose0.360.58+0.22 Lucas Ocampos0.370.56+0.19 Croatia74.879.2 As manager Gareth Southgate has said, this success in set plays does reflect effective attacking play, forcing opposition teams to give up fouls in dangerous areas. In other words, England is doing a good job of progressing the ball into the final third, and the team is being rewarded with set piece opportunities.However, these tactics do not suit one of England’s best players. England isn’t a legitimate World Cup contender simply because Harry Kane happened. At the same time that Kane was developing into one of soccer’s best pure strikers for Tottenham, Raheem Sterling was making the leap at Manchester City and becoming an elite inside forward. But it’s not just luck for England. As Bobby Gardiner highlighted for FiveThirtyEight, England has developed a legitimately good team with a coherent tactical identity based on pressing immediately after a turnover to win back the ball in dangerous areas.As Gardiner outlined, this tactic was developed in part because most of England’s players ply their trade at some of the highest-pressing sides in the world. But that’s not the only reason: England also lacks a proper creative midfielder. None of the top 30 ball progressors in the big five leagues is English, and the 31st, Jack Wilshere, did not make the squad.The hope is that by forcing turnovers, England can get the ball in advanced positions without asking less expansive passers like Dier or Jordan Henderson to provide progression from deep areas.So far the results have been mixed. England was dominant against Tunisia and created a number of clear chances from open play. But against Panama, Belgium and Colombia, England relied primarily on set plays to get chances. So far in the World Cup, according to data analytics firm Opta Sports, England has 30 shots from set plays, the most in the tournament — Spain is second with 28. Where England has particularly excelled is in winning fouls in dangerous areas to get shots from free kicks, either with direct attempts on goal or designed set plays. The Three Lions’ 17 shots from free kicks are by far the most at the World Cup, with Spain and Argentina trailing at 12. Neymar0.991.19+0.20 Sweden76.282.9 Son Heung-min0.490.71+0.22 Uruguay66.985.4 Florian Thauvin0.460.76+0.29 Brazil73.282.8 The incredible season that Mo Salah had for Liverpool somewhat obscured Sterling’s massive improvement in production — 22 goals and 12 assists in a little over 3,000 minutes in the Premier League and the Champions League. But set pieces aren’t Sterling’s game. While Kane attempted 26 headed shots last season in the Premier League, Sterling attempted just one. Sterling excels at receiving balls at his feet — he was second in the league in progressive passes received with 6.5.Though England’s set plays have been good for Kane — as his two goals against Tunisia demonstrated — they’ve done nothing for Sterling, who has no goals and just one assist in his three games played. The best way to get Sterling involved would be to develop an open-play strategy for getting the ball into the penalty area and allowing him to create. So long as England depends on set plays, the team sidelines one of its most dangerous attackers.The Three Lions have made it this far through an easy draw with the press and set play plan. But if England intends on defeating a superpower like Brazil or France and lifting the cup, it will need both of its forwards in the game.Check out our latest World Cup predictions. read more

Arda Turan handed 16game ban

first_imgArda Turan has been handed a whopping 16-match ban by the Turkish Super Lig after losing his temper in a bad call made by the refereeThe Barcelona loanee reacted angrily at a linesman in a match between his current team, Istanbul Basaksehir, and Sivasspor.Turan was left frustrated after ex-Real Madrid forward Robinho scored a late equaliser for Sivasspor that all but ended Basaksehir’s title hopes with the hosts having previously been reduced to nine men at the Istanbul Basaksehir Fatih Terim Stadyumu.The 31-year-old then shoved the official with both hands and continued to protest after being given a straight red card.Turan was banned for 10 matches for attacking the assistant referee, three matches for insulting him and another three for threatening him.David Villa, SpainQuiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.The former Atletico Madrid player was also fined 39,000 Turkish lira.??16 partidos de sanción a Arda Turan por agredir al árbitro asistente en la liga turca!! (10 por empujar, 3 por insultar y 3 por amenazar) #Radioestadio— Radioestadio (@Radioestadio) May 10, 2018last_img read more

Sissoko believes Spurs can still win

first_imgThe Tottenham Hotspur footballer believes the team can still lift the English Premier League trophy this season.Tottenham Hotspur is currently in third place of the English Premier League with 57 points.The team is five points behind second and first place Liverpool and Manchester City respectively with 62 points.And for Spurs Moussa Sissoko, his team can still become the Premier League champions this season.“If people want to talk about Liverpool and Man City then it’s better for us,” he told The Daily Telegraph.“For me, I prefer that. It means we can just do our job. We will fight to the end and anything can happen.”“And, yes, I think we can win the league because we have a good team,” he added.And the 29-year-old is hungry for a trophy.The midfielder started his professional career with Toulouse in 2007, and in 2013 he moved to the EPL for the first time with Newcastle United.It was then in 2016 when he decided to transfer to the Spurs.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“There are 13 games to the end so there are a lot of points left. But each game will be massive and hopefully we can win every one of them,” he commented.“We can see that we are not far from winning something.”“It is only small details that we are missing. What are those small details? I don’t know but we need to find the solution,” he continued.“I think we are capable, we have the team to win, everything is here to win and we just need to keep working and fighting. That is the only way.”The last time the Spurs lifted the First Division trophy was in the 1960-1961 season when they also won the double by earning the FA Cup too.But since then, the last thing they won was the FA Cup in 1990-1991.Moussa is back!💪 @MoussaSissoko 💪#COYS— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) January 24, 2019last_img read more

County mulled newspaper fee

first_imgA Clark County commissioner expressed interest in charging polluters, specifically newspapers, a special fee months before the Department of Environmental Services proposed the idea at a March 19 work session.Emails obtained by The Columbian through a public disclosure request show that a proposal to assess an “environmental surcharge” on newspapers did not receive high marks from department managers but was nonetheless presented at a county commissioners work session, where it was considered a top option.The newspaper surcharge, one of several fee proposals highlighted at the March meeting, followed a series of articles about commissioners David Madore and Tom Mielke, along with their involvement in hiring Don Benton, a Republican state senator, as head of the Department of Environmental Services.Benton has said, however, that there is no vendetta against the paper.The March meeting was used to help the Department of Environmental Services present scenarios to generate more revenue for the county’s water program, which has exhausted its fund balance and faces a $1.6 million shortfall.Two funding issues were addressed at the March meeting. For one, the county is on the hook to pay a $3.6 million lawsuit for violating the Clean Water Act. Meanwhile, new stormwater permitting requirements are driving up expenses within the program.last_img read more

Girl ends life due to abdominal pain in Kamareddy

first_imgKamareddy: A 17-year-old girl, Mounika, committed suicide by hanging herself in her house in Brahmanapalli village of Nizamsagar mandal on Tuesday. Relatives said that the girl ended her due to unbearable abdominal pain.Police registered a case and shifted the body to Kamareddy Hospital for postmortem. Sub-Inspector Sayanna visited the spot and enquired the relatives.last_img

HalfBlood Moon Partial Lunar Eclipse Coincides With 50th Anniversary Of Apollo 11

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These Ancient Peoples Smoked the Chronic at Funerals

first_imgAn excavated tomb.Xinhua WuIn the Jirzankal Cemetery, then, someone was blazing. But it’s hard to tell who exactly. It may have been the community, or maybe just spiritual elites. It’s also hard to divine how the intoxication combined with other elements in the ritual, though there might have also been a musical component, given that the researchers discovered an angular harp in the burial grounds. In addition, they found what might be evidence of human sacrifice in the form of perimortem injuries to skeletal remains—that is, blows suffered near or at the time of death. One of the wooden braziers found to have traces of cannabis. These rocks would have been heated to produce smoke.Xinhua WuEven if these peoples weren’t breeding their own plants for higher THC content, they would have been coming across some pretty darn intoxicating cannabis, at least by wild standards, because of a delightful quirk of biology. Cannabis is a highly plastic plant, meaning you can take two genetically identical individuals and grow them in two different conditions, and you’ll get two different chemical compositions. Things like sunlight exposure and soil quality and water all may influence how much THC—and any number of other cannabinoids like CBD—the plant expresses.Critically, at these higher altitudes, cannabis would be exposed to more UV radiation than at lower altitudes. “The plant is known to make THC as a UV protectant,” says Raber. A plant, you see, is not as defenseless as it might seem. “It’s sitting there trying to figure out what molecules to generate to ward off pests or protect itself from its own environment.”So here in the mountains of Central Asia, ancient peoples may have stumbled into the ideal habitat for the growth of strong weed. How, though, do the researchers know they weren’t just burning the cannabis as incense for these rituals? For one, this particular landscape is dominated by two plant groups, junipers and artemisias—basically the Central Asian version of the American southwest’s sage brush. Both are highly aromatic and known to be prominent in ancient incense burning. Wild cannabis, on the other hand, has nowhere near the strong scent of today’s high-octane cultivated varieties. (That characteristic smell, by the way, comes from compounds called terpenoids.) More Great WIRED StoriesAn all-white town’s divisive experiment with cryptoEverything you want—and need—to know about aliensHow early-stage VCs decide where to investThe 4 best password managers to secure your digital lifeHow to make a boomerang you can safely throw indoors🏃🏽‍♀️ Want the best tools to get healthy? Check out our Gear team’s picks for the best fitness trackers, running gear (including shoes and socks), and best headphones.📩 Get even more of our inside scoops with our weekly Backchannel newsletter This study, however, couldn’t pinpoint what percent THC the residue contains, because technically it doesn’t contain any. Instead, the researchers tested for a sort of signal for THC called cannabinol, or CBN. “THC will turn into CBN via an oxidative degradation pathway,” says Jeff Raber, CEO of the cannabis lab the Werc Shop, who wasn’t involved in the work. “That’s a fancy way of saying, in the presence of air and/or heat, it will go from THC to CBN.”The mere presence of CBN in significant amounts is telling, as it suggests significant amounts of THC in the cannabis that burned in the braziers. Because plenty of cannabis growing out in the wild has vanishingly small amounts of THC. Hemp, for instance, is by definition less than 0.3 percent THC.Where these ancient peoples got their product, though, isn’t clear. But one candidate might be the kafiristanica varieties, which today grow in the mountainous regions of Afghanistan. “In its wild state, it does have higher chemical production levels,” says study coauthor Robert Spengler, director of the Paleoethnobotany Laboratories at the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History. “So it’s very possible this plant was existing farther north in the past, and that humans were targeting it.”The researchers can’t be sure whether these peoples were actively domesticating and cultivating their cannabis, selecting for more intoxicating plants, or whether they were finding populations in the wild to exploit. “The findings suggest that humans may have harvested or traded for atypically psychoactive wild cannabis plants in order to achieve altered states of consciousness,” says Ryan Stoa, who studies the history of cannabis, but who wasn’t involved in the study. “Alternatively, humans may have obtained psychoactive cannabis by breeding and cultivating the plants themselves, which would represent one of the oldest examples of psychoactive cannabis cultivation.” When folks these days get high they watch TV or play videogames or paint or hike. Or if you’re a New York Times columnist, you eat too many edibles and descend into a Hunter S. Thompson-esque fit of paranoia in a hotel room.Alternately, if you lived 2,500 years ago in what is now western China, you smoked the good stuff at funerals while playing ritualistic music and also maybe doing some human sacrifice.So says a fascinating new study in the journal Science Advances. Researchers analyzed ancient incense burners (known as braziers) from burial grounds at the so-called Jirzankal Cemetery, nearly 10,000 feet up in the mountains of Central Asia, and found residue that tested positive for cannabis. Not only that, it’s cannabis high in THC content—at least by ancient standards—suggesting that these peoples were seeking out the most powerful plants for funerary rituals, perhaps aided by the fact that cannabis growing at high elevations tends to express more THC. It’s a glimpse both into how cannabis use spread around the ancient world, and how we humans have long exploited the plant’s malleability for our own purposes, be they for enjoying videogames or ushering compatriots into the afterlife.The cannabis we grow today is wildly different from what our ancestors got their hands on. Just over the last few decades, growers—particularly in Northern California’s legendary weed country—have bred strains to produce ever more flower with ever higher THC content. We’re talking compositions of up to 30 percent THC, whereas in the ’60s the hippies could puff all day on 5 percent flower, which is more in line with the cannabis you’d find growing in the wild, and what these ancient peoples may have been using. “So it really doesn’t make much sense why they would target something that doesn’t really have much of a scent in its wild state, when there were so many other options out there,” says Spengler.In addition, historical accounts of the Greek historian Herodotus describe cannabis smoking among peoples to the west, in the Caspian Steppe, which an archaeological find has corroborated: A wooden tent frame and copper containers of burnt cannabis seeds, suggesting these folks were, well, hotboxing. This may well have been a cleansing ritual after a funeral, whereas this new finding appears to be more of a mid-ritual smoking.“I think ancient people smoked cannabis to get to a special hallucinogenic state, to communicate with nature or spirits of deceased people,” says study coauthor Yimin Yang, of the University of Chinese Academy of Sciences. “So it’s a plausible argument that there could have been human sacrifice attached to this whole ritual activity,” says Spengler. “How it all fits into one actual mortuary practice, I could only speculate.” The researchers stress that this evidence demands further investigation. (You can’t just go around accusing people willy-nilly of ritualistic human sacrifice, after all.)But what’s becoming much clearer is a picture of a time in history when human populations were increasingly flowing in and out of Central Asia: By testing bones in the Jirzankal Cemetery, the researchers could determine that some of the individuals weren’t from around these parts. Moving along trade routes, various peoples disseminated ideas and goods. Cannabis was both an idea and a good, not just a resource for making things like rope but for getting high and influencing rituals.“Cannabis smoking becomes a broad cultural practice that may have had linkages between people all across Western and Central Asia,” says Spengler.One love, as they say.last_img read more

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UKs data protection regulator ICO releases report concludes that Adtech industry operates

first_imgUK’s data protection regulator ICO (Information Commissioner’s office) has published a report highlighting how thousands of companies are sharing personal data on hundreds of millions every day without a legal basis. The report also says, how most of today’s online advertising is illegal at a ‘general, systemic’ level. The report was in response to a series of complaints made in the UK around the security and legality of the adtech ecosystem.  These complaints were made by Mr. Veale, an academician and Jim Killock, executive director of the Open Rights Group, as well as campaign group Privacy International. Adtech is a term used to describe tools that analyze and manage information (including personal data) for online advertising campaigns and automate the processing of advertising transactions. RTB (Real time bidding) uses adtech to enable the buying and selling of advertising inventory in real time on an impression by impression basis, typically involving an auction pricing mechanism. It is a type of online advertising that is most commonly used at present for selling visual inventory online, either on the website of a publisher or via a publisher’s app. RTB relies on the potential advertiser seeing information about you. That information can be as basic as the device you’re using to view the webpage, or where in the country you are. But it can have a more detailed picture, including the websites you visited, what your perceived interests are, even what health condition you’ve been searching for information about.  The complexity of this type of online advertising poses a number of risks about the level of data protection compliance. Hence the ICO has investigated this issue and summarized how the ad tech sector should comply with GDPR. In this report, ICO has prioritized two areas: the processing of special category data, and issues caused by relying solely on contracts for data sharing across the supply chain. The report highlights “Under data protection law, using people’s sensitive personal data to serve adverts requires their explicit consent, which is not happening right now. Sharing people’s data with potentially hundreds of companies, without properly assessing and addressing the risk of these counterparties, raises questions around the security and retention of this data.” Key findings from ICO’s report Adtech is disregarding Special and Non-special category data Non-special category data is being processed unlawfully at the point of collection. Online advertisers believe that legitimate interests can be used for placing and/or reading a cookie or other technology (rather than obtaining the consent PECR requires). Even if an argument could be made for reliance on legitimate interests, participants within the ecosystem are unable to demonstrate that they have properly carried out the legitimate interests tests and implemented appropriate safeguards. Special category data- relating to especially sensitive data such as ethnic origin, health background, religion, political and sexual orientation- is also being processed unlawfully. This is because explicit consent is not being collected due to lack of proper data protection laws. DPIAs are tools that organizations can use to identify and minimize the data protection risks of any processing operation. Article 35 of the GDPR specifies several circumstances that require DPIAs where there is large scale processing of special category data. ICO states that there appears to be a lack of understanding of, and potentially compliance with, the DPIA requirements of data protection law. This increases the risks associated with RTB which are probably being not fully assessed and mitigated. Individuals have no control over their privacy ICO claims that the Privacy information provided to individuals lacks clarity as it is overly complex. Individuals have no guarantees about the security of their personal data within the ecosystem. Moreover, individual profiles are extremely detailed and repeatedly shared among organizations for any one bid request, all without the individuals’ knowledge. Not just that, these organizations are processing these bid requests with inadequate technical and organizational measures to secure the data in transit and at rest. There is also little to no consideration as to the requirements of data protection law about international transfers of personal data. ICO says organizations must understand, document and be able to demonstrate: how their processing operations work; what they do; who they share any data with; and how they can enable individuals to exercise their rights. Contract-only approach for data protection legislation should stop The adtech industry currently uses contractual controls to provide a level of guarantees about data protection-compliant processing of personal data. However, this contract-only approach does not satisfy the requirements of data protection legislation. Organizations cannot rely on standard terms and conditions by themselves, without undertaking appropriate monitoring and ensuring technical and organizational controls back up those terms. ICO says that the controllers must: assess the processor is competent to process personal data in line with the GDPR; put in place a contract or other legal act meeting the requirements in Article 28(3); and ensure a processor’s compliance on an ongoing basis, in order for the controller to comply with the accountability principle and demonstrate due diligence (such as audits and inspections). What’s next for ICO ICO states that its report requires further analysis and exploration. They will undertake targeted information-gathering activities related to the data supply chain and profiling aspects, the controls in place, and the DPIAs that have been undertaken, starting in July 2019. They will also continue targeted engagement with key stakeholders. They will continue bilateral engagement with IAB Europe and Google. They may also undertake a further industry review in six months’ time. The scope and nature of such an exercise will depend on their findings over the forthcoming months. As obvious, this report was well appreciated by netizens. However, some people had issues with it being just a guidance report, with a lack of real efforts. They also criticized the next steps section. Another issue which cropped up was how in spite of issues, the adtech industry, is also responsible for generating a large percentage of revenues. Although, ICO gave its reply. “RTB is an innovative means of ad delivery, but one that lacks data protection maturity in its current implementation. Whilst it is more the practices than the underlying technology that concerns us, it’s also the case that, if an online service is looking to generate revenue from digital advertising, there are a number of different ways available to do this. RTB is just one of these. Whatever form organizations choose, if it involves either accessing or storing information on user devices, and/or the processing of personal data, there are laws that they have to comply with.” Read the full report here. 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Air Canada issues QA in wake of mobile app data breach

first_img Thursday, August 30, 2018 Air Canada issues Q&A in wake of mobile app data breach Posted by Travelweek Group Tags: Air Canada, Security, Technologycenter_img << Previous PostNext Post >> Share MONTREAL — Air Canada says travellers can use Air Canada’s mobile app and mobile products with confidence and has posted a Q&A for any clients who have questions about this week’s data breach.As reported yesterday at, up to 20,000 Air Canada customers may have had their personal information improperly accessed due to a breach in the airline’s mobile app. The breach prompted a lock-down on all 1.7 million accounts until consumers change their passwords.Air Canada says it detected “unusual login behaviour” with the app Aug. 22 – 24. “We immediately took action to block these attempts and implemented additional protocols to protect against further unauthorized attempts. As an additional security precaution, we have locked all Air Canada mobile App accounts to protect our customers’ data.”Clients are advised to follow emailed instructions to reactivate their Air Canada mobile App account, or follow the prompts the next time they log into the app.Air Canada is assuring clients that their credit card information is protected. It also notes that Aeroplan passwords are not stored on the app.For clients who stored passport information on their profile, the Government of Canada’s passport website advises that the risk of a third party obtaining a passport in the client’s name is low, if they still have their passport, proof of citizenship and supporting identity documents.The website also notes that the Government of Canada cannot issue a new passport to anyone based on only the information found in a passport.“Your privacy and the protection of your data are extremely important to Air Canada.  Our security is multi-layered, and we work with leading industry experts to continuously improve our practices as technology and security procedures evolve.”Here’s the Q&A Air Canada issued in the wake of the breach:Q: What happened?A: “We recently detected unusual login behaviour with Air Canada’s mobile app between Aug. 22-24, 2018. We immediately took action to block these attempts and implemented additional protocols to block further repeated unauthorized attempts. As an additional security precaution, we have locked all Air Canada mobile app accounts to protect our customers’ data.”Q: How many customer user profiles are affected?A: “There are approximately 1.7 million Air Canada mobile app user profiles, and our investigation has determined that approximately one per cent or 20,000 profiles may potentially have been improperly accessed.  We are contacting potentially affected customers directly.”More news:  Sunwing offers ultimate package deal ahead of YXU flights to SNU, PUJQ: What steps have you taken?A: “In addition to taking immediate action to block these attempts to gain unauthorized access, we have locked all Air Canada mobile app user accounts as a precaution.“We contacted potentially affected customers directly by email starting Aug. 29 to tell them if we determined their account may potentially have been accessed improperly.“We are also requiring all Air Canada mobile app users to re-set their passwords using improved password guidelines to further enhance security measures. A more robust password provides an extra layer of protection.”Q: How do I know if my account has been improperly accessed?A: “Starting Aug. 29, 2018, we have sent emails to customers whose accounts may have been improperly accessed.“If you did not receive an email from Air Canada specifically advising you that your Air Canada mobile app account may have been improperly accessed, we are confident your account was unaffected during this period.  As an additional precaution however, we are contacting all Air Canada mobile app users requiring all users to re-set their passwords.”Q: What type of user information is on the Air Canada mobile app?A: “Basic profile data stored on the Air Canada mobile app account includes your name, email address, and telephone number.“Information that you may add to your profile includes: Aeroplan number, Passport number, NEXUS number, Known Traveler Number, gender, birthdate, nationality, passport expiration date, passport country of issuance and country of residence.“Credit cards that are saved to your profile are encrypted and stored in compliance with security standards set by the payment card industry or PCI standards.”Q: Is my credit card information protected?A: “Your credit card information is protected. Credit cards that are saved to your profile are encrypted and stored in compliance with security standards set by the payment card industry or PCI standards.  As a best practice, customers should always monitor their transactions and credit rating carefully and contact their financial services provider immediately if they become aware of any unusual or unauthorized activities.”More news:  Kory Sterling is TL Network Canada’s new Sales Manager CanadaQ: Is my Aeroplan information safe?A: “Your Aeroplan password is not stored in the Air Canada mobile app.  As a precaution and as a best practice, we recommend customers always review all transactions regularly, and immediately report any irregular or unfamiliar transactions to Aeroplan immediately.”Q: Is my passport information safe?A: “According to the Government of Canada’s passport website, the risk of a third party getting a passport in your name is low if you still have your passport, proof of citizenship, and supporting identity documents. Also according to the website, the Government of Canada cannot issue a new passport to anyone based on only the information found in a passport.”Q: What should I do to secure my information?A: “We’ve taken steps to lock down your account, and you can unlock it by following the password reset instructions in the email sent to you, or via the instructions the next time you log into your Air Canada mobile app. It is important to select a robust password as per our instructions when you reset your account.“We recommend customers regularly review their financial transactions, be aware of any changes in their credit rating, and contact their financial services provider immediately if they become aware of any unusual or unauthorized transactions.“Customers should also review Aeroplan transactions and contact Aeroplan immediately if they become aware of any unusual or unauthorized activities.Q: Can I trust Air Canada’s mobile app and its other systems?A: “The security of Air Canada’s systems is of paramount importance, and Air Canada takes security of its customers’ privacy and data very seriously. Air Canada approaches security in a multi-layered manner, and we also work with leading cyber security and industry experts to detect irregularities and take action quickly. We continuously improve our practices as technology and security practices evolve. Customers can continue to use Air Canada’s mobile app and mobile products with confidence.”Q: I have an account on  Is that account affected?A: “No, your account is not linked to your Air Canada mobile app account.”The number to call for more information is 1-855-541-0738.last_img read more

Local governments are forcing the scooter industry to grow up fast

first_imgGone are the days when tech companies can deploy their services in cities without any regard for rules and regulations. Before the rise of electric scooters, cities had already become hip to tech’s status quo (thanks to the likes of Uber and Lyft) and were ready to regulate. We explored some of this in “The uncertain future of shared scooters,” but since then, new challenges have emerged for scooter startups.And for scooter startups, city regulations can make or break their businesses across nearly every aspect of operations, especially two major ones: ridership growth and ability to attract investor dollars. From issuing permits to determining how many scooters any one company can operate at any one time to enforcing low-income plans and impacting product roadmaps, the ball is really in the city’s court.last_img read more

The postLeBron Miami Heat are testimony to the power of a

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Sponsored By Connatix Credit: Miami HeraldRemember when LeBron James left Miami to return to Cleveland and the Heat were supposed to collapse into the heaping ball of flame their logo depicts them to be?Yeah, that never happened.The Heat slipped to 37 wins a year ago in an injury-plagued season, then rebounded to 48 victories this season, good for the Southeast Division championship and the No. 3 seed in the NBA’s Eastern Conference. In fact, there’s a chance the Heat will meet their former teammate in the Eastern Conference Finals later this spring — and that’s with All-Star Chris Bosh in and out of the lineup with health issues.How’d it happen? Culture. “The most important thing for me was to be in the right place to try to win a championship. I didn’t even want to question that. Because it’s a winning culture here,” point guard Goran Dragic told the Miami Herald. “Everybody wants to win, at least the players that are here. You want to put yourself in a good situation that you can develop your game, that you can get better and get the highest prize.”Dragic took less money to sign with Miami after leaving the Phoenix Suns in the summer of 2014. So did Joe Johnson. And Amar’e Stoudemire. And Beno Udrih. And Chris Bosh. Dwayne Wade took less so the Heat could keep Udonis Haslem, who himself took less than what Dallas and Denver offered. Heck, Wade has taken less than market value on every contract he’s signed to remain in Miami throughout his 13-year career. “I wanted to take that sacrifice in order to win,” Stoudemire said.“It’s guys wanting to be a part of the players in the locker-room and just feeling you can be a part of something special,” Wade said. “I think that speaks volumes. It’s a beautiful city to play in. There are not many cities like this. A lot has to do with the organization and the individual players that have been here.“When people hear millions of dollars [sacrificed], they go crazy. Nothing compares to winning. You can make all the money in the world, but if you want to win and you’ve never won, it’s going to mean something to you more than the actual dollar.”Players come and go, that’s part of sports, but culture never changes.last_img read more