International model, yogi and actress Liv Lo, a FLY Entertainment artiste currently starring in Channel 5’s (Singapore) police drama Point of Entry, has spoken movingly about why she wants to see an end to cruel animal testing of cosmetics throughout Asia and the world.The Taiwanese/Italian born actress gave her backing to Humane Society International’s Be Cruelty-Free ASIA campaign at a special press event during the Asia for Animals Conference, Asia’s largest animal protection event, taking place this week in Singapore. Be Cruelty-Free is the largest global campaign in history to end cosmetics animal testing, and Liv joined HSI’s campaigners from China, India, Japan, and South Korea. BCF Taiwan will be launching soon.Liv said: “I’m very proud to support the great work by Humane Society International’s Be Cruelty-Free ASIAcampaign to end unethical and unnecessary animal testing for cosmetics. It breaks my heart to know that in laboratories across Asia, gentle rabbits and other animals are having cosmetic chemicals dripped in their eyes or forced down their throat. It’s simply unacceptable and it must stop. There is no beauty in cosmetics cruelty.”Many animal tests were developed decades ago and have been surpassed by state-of-the-art non-animal cell and computer methods. Despite major advances, an estimated half a million rabbits, guinea pigs, mice and other animals still suffer and die each year throughout Asia and globally in painful eye, skin and lethal force feeding tests for cosmetics. Because of campaigning by HSI and others, such testing has been banned across Europe, Israel and India; however, animal testing of cosmetics remains legal in 80 percent of countries globally.Troy Seidle, HSI’s director of research & toxicology, said: “Liv Lo’s support is a highlight for our Be Cruelty-Free campaign across Asia where Humane Society International and our partners are working hard to take the cruelty out of the cosmetics industry. We’re getting results, we’ve already achieved a ban on cosmetics animal testing in India, helped persuade China to start phasing out some animal tests and seen South Korea increase its acceptance of non-animal test data. In 2014 we hope to build on those successes to achieve our goal of turning the whole world cruelty-free.”Asia for Animals, the premier gathering of animal protection groups across Asia, officially endorsed the Be Cruelty-Free campaign in recognition of its leading role in ending cosmetics animal testing. Louis Ng, AfA Board Member and Chief Executive of Singapore’s ACRES (Animal Concerns Research & Education Society) said: “The use of animals to test cosmetics has become a big issue in Asia in recent years. Humane Society International’s Be Cruelty-Free campaign shines a much-needed spotlight on cosmetics cruelty, putting it firmly on the agenda for politicians, companies, consumers and the media alike. There is still a long way to go, but for the first time a global end to animal testing of cosmetics feels truly within our grasp and Asia for Animals is delighted to endorse the Be Cruelty-Free campaign, in recognition of all that it is achieving on behalf of animals in laboratories.”
HALIFAX – The independent review of Nova Scotia’s forestry practices has been extended by two months.Announced Aug. 30, the review headed by University of King’s College president Bill Lahey was originally due next Wednesday, but is now expected to be completed by the end of April.Natural Resources Minister Margaret Miller says Lahey requested the extension because more work is required to complete the report.Lahey has said he’s been given a broad mandate, including the ability to examine clear cutting.The controversial practice drew public attention in 2016 when the Liberal government said it was backing away from a previously stated goal of reducing the practice on Crown land by 50 per cent.About 90 per cent of wood harvested in Nova Scotia is clear cut, according to federal figures.The province says the review is to provide recommendations that balance long-term environmental, social and economic interests in managing the forests.The review was first promised prior to last spring’s provincial election and became a key part of the Liberals’ environmental platform.
New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Thursday dismissed a petition seeking directions to the Centre and Election Commission to bar Congress chief Rahul Gandhi from contesting the Lok Sabha elections till allegations over his citizenship were resolved.A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi rejected the contention of the petitioners, who said that in a form along with the annual data of a UK-based company in 2005-06, it was allegedly mentioned that Gandhi is a British citizen. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra Singh”If some company in some form mentions his nationality as British, does he become a British citizen,” the bench also comprising Justices Deepak Gupta and Sanjiv Khanna told the petitioners. The plea, which was filed by Delhi residents Jai Bhagwan Goyal and C P Tyagi, was mentioned before a bench headed by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi. In their plea, petitioners said they were “social and public-spirited persons” and pointed out that as per section 29A of the Representation of the People Act, 1981, only Indian citizens are entitled to register a political party. The duo alleged that the Congress chief was contesting polls “despite prima facie evidence of his loss of Indian citizenship” and added that he “has acquired British citizenship voluntarily”. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroadEarlier, the Ministry of Home Affairs had issued a notice to Gandhi in connection with a complaint filed by BJP MP Subramanian Swamy raising questions over his citizenship. The ministry had directed the Congress leader to “intimate the factual position on this matter”. However, the grand old party later released what it called the “original certificate of incorporation” of the company quoted in the MHA notice, and argued it clearly shows that Gandhi is an Indian. The Congress chief had earlier told Parliament’s ethics committee that he had never “sought or acquired British citizenship”, and that his “identity is that of an Indian”. Reacting to the MHA notice and the plea, sister and Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi had said, “I have never heard such rubbish. All (the people) know Rahul Gandhi was born (and) raised here. The entire Hindustan knows that Rahul Gandhi is a Hindustani…he was born before them…he was brought up before them…he grew up before them…. What rubbish is this?”
VIDEO: Legendary actress, singer and activist Doris Day has died at the age of 97. Day’s sweet voice, wholesome blonde beauty and ultra-bright smile brought her a string of hits, and helped propel her to fame in the 1950s and 60s. She became one of the most popular screen actresses of all time. The Doris Day Animal Foundation confirmed Day died early Monday at her Carmel Valley, California, home. According to The Associated Press, the foundation said she was surrounded by close friends and “had been in excellent physical health for her age, until recently contracting a serious case of pneumonia.”
Johnson & Johnson on Tuesday reported a 13 per cent jump in second-quarter profit, fueled mainly by strong sales of several new medicines. The results topped analysts’ expectations.The maker of Band-Aids, medical devices and biologic drugs raised its 2014 profit forecast for the second time this year, again up by a nickel to a new range of $5.85 to $5.92 per share. J&J shares rose 28 cents to $105.38 in premarket trading.J&J said earnings increased to $4.33 billion, or $1.51 per share, from $3.83 billion, or $1.33 per share, in the same quarter a year ago.Earnings, adjusted for non-recurring costs, came to $1.66 per share. The average per-share estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was $1.54.The world’s biggest maker of health care products said revenue rose 9.1 per cent to $19.5 billion from $17.88 billion in the same quarter a year earlier, and beat Wall Street forecasts. Analysts expected $18.85 billion, according to Zacks.The New Brunswick, New Jersey-based company said prescription drug sales rose 21 per cent to $8.51 billion, as sales climbed for new drugs including Olysio for hepatitis C and Xarelto for preventing heart attacks and strokes. The strong performance of the segment recently has helped it regain the lead over J&J’s device business and offset the lagging consumer segment, which is still recovering from dozens of product recalls since 2009.Medical device sales edged up 0.7 per cent to $7.24 billion, while consumer product sales increased 2.4 per cent to $3.74 billion.Johnson & Johnson shares have increased $13.79, or 15 per cent, to $105.38 since the beginning of the year, while the Standard & Poor’s 500 index has increased 7 per cent. The stock has risen $14.98, or 17 per cent, in the last 12 months. by By Linda A. Johnson, The Associated Press Posted Jul 15, 2014 6:54 am MDT J&J 2Q profit rises 13 per cent to $4.33B, beats forecast on sales growth for new medicines AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by John Cotter, The Canadian Press Posted Jan 14, 2016 3:01 pm MDT EDMONTON – A Calgary-based company has been fined over a pipeline breach that spilled 537,000 litres of oil emulsion in northern Alberta over 48 days.The Alberta Energy Regulator says Pengrowth Energy Corporation failed to properly detect, report and deal with the spill near Red Earth Creek.The regulator says the mixture of oil and oilwell salt water leaked between Dec. 1, 2013, and Jan. 18, 2014, before the company became aware of the spill.Pengrowth (TSX:PGF) has been fined $250,000 for breaching Alberta environment and public lands laws.Rob Borth, the regulator’s director of enforcement, says in a report that Pengrowth lacked knowledge, training and management oversite of the pipeline.He says those shortcomings included being able to detect leaks.“Aggravating factors include indicators of the poor performance and operation of the pipeline were not well understood, incorrect assumptions were made by field staff and procedures were not followed,” says the report posted on the regulator’s website Thursday.“I find Pengrowth lacked diligence concerning the failure to report the release, failure to remediate and for the loss or damage to public lands.”Officials at Pengrowth were not immediately available for comment.The company’s website says Pengrowth is an intermediate Canadian oil and natural gas producer with more than 27 years of operating history.The regulator says the company has since cleaned up the area affected by the spill.In 2013 the Energy Resources Conservation Board, the regulator’s predecessor, issued an enforcement action against Pengrowth over a 2011 pipeline spill near Swan Hills that sent about 117,000 litres of oily water into a creek.The company was cited for operating the pipeline for more than a year under faulty construction practices before it failed.The ERCB directed the company to immediately modify its construction management system to include clear definitions of roles, responsibilities, experience, and expectations of anyone involved in pipeline design, construction and inspection. Alberta Energy Regulator fines Calgary company for 48-day oil pipeline leak
“Life-saving humanitarian needs remain enormous and the delivery of assistance through the most direct routes remains critical,” Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Mark Lowcock told the High-level Meeting on Syria, held in the margins of the General Assembly. Mr. Lowcock, who is also UN Emergency Relief Coordinator, reported that de-escalation has resulted in calm in some parts of the country. But an increase in operations in the east to combat the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Da’esh) has caused fresh suffering and displacement. “From Raqqa, to Idleb, to Deir ez-Zor, civilians continue to face serious protection concerns as fighting and access constraints continue. This year alone, another one million people have been internally displaced,” he stated, adding that all parties to the fighting must be pressured to respect international humanitarian law. In April in Brussels, some $6 billion was pledged by over 40 governments for the humanitarian response this year, with a further $3.7 billion pledged for 2018. “There was also a clear agreement that the civilians whose lives have been destroyed by years of conflict must remain at the forefront of the international community’s agenda,” said Mr. Lowcock. “That was expressed by voicing unconditional support to meet humanitarian needs inside Syria and the region; and by highlighting the importance of support for early recovery and resilience-building for displaced Syrians and their hosts.” Mr. Lowcock stressed the need for all pledges to UN-coordinated appeals for Syria and the region turned into contributions, noting that the humanitarian response plan for inside Syria is only 36 per cent funded, while the regional refugee and resilience plan just 39 per cent funded. “We can and we must do better for the Syrian people,” he stated. “Ultimately of course, the only sustainable way to address the humanitarian crisis is to end the conflict through a credible political agreement.” Among the other participants at the meeting were the UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura and the UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi.
Photo by Flickr/Scott MecumLos Angeles Lakers owners Jeanie and Jim Buss have both expressed their feelings publicly about the departure of Dwight Howard.In a recent interview with the Hollywood Reporter, Jim said Howard “was never really a Laker. He was just passing through.”In a recent interview, Jeanie’s opinion of the Howard’s exit differed.“It’s disappointing that Dwight isn’t here,” Jeanie said. “I feel like we failed him.”The free agent center left the Los Angeles Lakers and signed a four-year deal with the Houston Rockets worth $88 million.In February, longtime Lakers owner Dr. Jerry Buss died from cancer. His executive position and ownership passed to two of his children, Jeanie and Jim. Jeanie is in charge of business and Jim is in charge of basketball operations.“My brother ultimately makes the [basketball] decisions,” said Jeanie. “I defer and will continue to defer because that’s what my dad believed would be successful.”Jeanie let it be known that she would like to be more involved with the Lakers’ basketball decisions.“I would be more comfortable if I understood what the decision process was, and I’m not always involved in it,” she continued. “To be held accountable by the league and not have a seat at the table when decisions are made is hard.”Jeanie also said she believes her father might have had success persuading Howard to stay in LA.
Ohio State freshman running back J.K. Dobbins (2) runs the ball in for a touchdown in the first quarter against Nebraska in Memorial Stadium on Oct. 14. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorThe Ohio State football team that lost to Oklahoma in the second week of the season would not beat Penn State Saturday afternoon. It would not even be a competitive game.But the Buckeye team that lost is not the same one that will take the field against the Nittany Lions. Ohio State has improved at every facet of the game over the past six weeks — besides special teams, of course — and will enter the game with a nice mix of momentum, health and energy, as it had last week off.Ohio State’s steady improvement begins with an offense that in the first couple games of the season looked anything but threatening, despite quarterback J.T. Barrett returning for his fifth year and the addition of heralded co-offensive coordinators Kevin Wilson and Ryan Day. Barrett completed just 19-of-35 passes for 183 yards and an interception against Oklahoma. Since that game, everything on offense changed, none of it happened overnight. With the next five games against overmatched opponents, the Buckeyes slowly added facets to their offense. Now, Ohio State enters its game against Penn State as an offense capable of hitting plays in the pass and run games. It has six receivers who have defined roles, two consistently productive running backs, two improving tight ends and a confident quarterback playing potentially the best football of his collegiate career.Head coach Urban Meyer praised the Nittany Lions’ defensive aggression. Last week, the unit, which averages the fourth-most sacks per game in the nation, sacked Michigan quarterback John O’Korn seven times. It will not have nearly as much success against an Ohio State line led by center Billy Price and left tackle Jamarco Jones. Last year, Penn State picked apart right tackle Isaiah Prince, pressuring Barrett throughout the game. But even he has looked substantially improved.Wilson and Day have had two weeks of rest, preparing to attack a defense buoyed by Thorpe Award semifinalists safety Marcus Allen and cornerback Grant Haley. On Wednesday, Meyer called Penn State’s defense the best in the country. With a month and a half of consistent improvement, Ohio State is ready for the task at hand, one they weren’t ready for early in the season.On the other side of the ball, Ohio State’s defensive line has the potential to make quarterback Trace McSorley’s night difficult. The dual-threat signal-caller combined with running back Saquon Barkley, tight end Mike Gesicki and a talented group of wideouts led by DaeSean Hamilton is one of the best skill position groups in the country. But to Penn State’s detriment, the offensive line is its weakness. That’s a problem when defensive ends Nick Bosa, Tyquan Lewis, Jalyn Holmes and Sam Hubbard are taking their turns rushing McSorley — or all rushing at once. If the Nittany Lion offensive line can give McSorley a chance to drop back and view the field, Penn State might be dangerous. What was Ohio State’s biggest weakness at the beginning of the year remains just that, as its defensive backfield has not impressed. In the last five games, teams have struggled to put up passing yardage, but that has happened due to their weak passing attacks rather than Ohio State’s marked improvement.The Buckeyes’ linebackers, led by Jerome Baker, can help cover Gesicki and Barkley. But if McSorley has time in the pocket or can escape pressure, as Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield did successfully, Ohio State could find itself in trouble.But that scenario will not happen. With two weeks to prepare for its opponent, a home game with a packed crowd and a team out for revenge, the seemingly loose Buckeyes are more than prepared for this top-10 matchup. After Ohio State’s victory at Nebraska, Lewis admitted he and his team had been looking forward to this game for weeks. It’s finally here.With Barrett at his peak and a defensive front menacing enough to make McSorley uncomfortable enough to get rid of the ball quicker than desired, Ohio State will cruise to a 45-31 victory, stunning those who believe this will be a close game and the people who picked Penn State to take down the lower ranked team.
Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Burger King will remove all plastic toys from its children’s meals in the UK from Thursday in order to tackle waste, as other fast food giants are urged to follow suit.McDonald’s announced it would be making a similar move, and will allow parents to “swap out” Happy Meal toys for a bag of fruit in selected stores.In early 2020, the chain will also run a trial of always offering customers a choice between a book and a plastic toy. Burger King’s move is set to reduce its plastic output by 320 tonnes annually and the fast food giant said it was “spurred on” by Southampton sisters Ella and Caitlin McEwan’s petition against the use of plastic toys in children’s meals.–– ADVERTISEMENT ––The Change.org petition, calling on Burger King and McDonald’s to “think of the environment and stop giving plastic toys with their kids meals”, has attracted half-a-million signatures.Burger King UK chief executive Alasdair Murdoch said: “We’re making a start. This is a step in the right direction.”If it makes other competitors move their practices forward, that can only be a good thing.”The chain is installing amnesty bins in every one of its restaurants across the UK where people can drop off any free plastic meal toys, including those given away with confectionery or within children’s magazines. The plastic will be transformed into new play areas and restaurant items including interactive trays.Fast food outlets have been working to reduce the plastic waste they generate.McDonald’s recently switched its straws from plastic to paper, removed the plastic lids of its McFlurry ice creams and has removed single-use plastic from salads – with all main meal and side salads now served in cardboard containers. Together these changes will reduce plastic waste by 1005 metric tonnes annually.Paul Pomroy, the CEO of McDonald’s UK and Ireland, said: “We care passionately about the environment, and we have a commitment to reducing plastic across our business – that includes the Happy Meal.”We recognise that some people may not want a plastic Happy Meal toy, but we also know that the gifts provide fun for many families and children. That’s why we’ll be running these trials, in order to give our customers a choice; they also can choose not to have a toy or gift at all.“We know that our Happy Meal is much loved by our customers so any changes need to be carefully considered.”
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Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Prime Minister Antonis Samaras has written to Russian President Vladimir Putin to ask for gas giant Gazprom to reduce the price at which it supplies Greece, which pays roughly 30 percent more than the European average for its natural gas.Sources said that in his letter, which was sent a few weeks ago, Samaras stressed the importance of energy prices in helping Greece become more competitive. Greece’s current contract with Gazprom runs through 2016.In January, the Russian company supplied Greece at a price of 35.34 euros per megawatt hour, which was the highest in Europe, when Bulgaria, which receives the second-dearest gas, was paying 29.94 euros. Samaras set the Bulgarian price as a benchmark, urging Gazprom to at least match the price it has agreed with Sofia.The Hellenic Union of Industrial Consumers of Energy (EBIKEN) says the price of natural gas for industry has increased by 80 percent over the last four years and that Greek firms pay 40 percent above the European average.Gazprom was expected to submit a successful bid for Greece’s natural gas firm DEPA in June but withdrew its interest at the last minute. The European Commission denied it played any role in deterring the Russians. The government is due to launch a new tender next year. It is not yet clear if Gazprom will renew its interest.Source: Kathimerini
As Greeks affected by the economic crisis look again to Melbourne for a better life, many making the journey are teachers wishing to apply their experience down under.“It’s tragic the fact that many of the recent Greek migrants hold university degrees and have no other choice but to offer their services abroad.”But without a formal Australian teaching qualification, Greek language teaching appears to be the only immediate option.Manos Tzimpragos, education officer at the Greek Community of Melbourne (GCM) Language Schools, says that during the past sixteen months they have received about 30 applications.“In the past it was quite common that most of the positions in the schools were covered by people who didn’t necessarily have a teaching qualification, because there was a lack in qualified staff, but nowadays thanks to the influx from Greece we are very lucky to have qualified teachers,” Mr Tzimpragos tells Neos Kosmos.Colleague Maria Bakalidou, coordinator of GCM’s advanced campuses, says that for newcomers, after-hours language schools are the only option available for those holding only a Greek university degree.To be able to teach in Australian schools, teachers must hold a Diploma of Education which takes two years. Ms Bakalidou says most teachers seeking to emigrate are at the high school level.“Before I left Greece three years ago, there was still a high demand for primary school teachers, whereas the public sector was not able to absorb philologists, mathematics, physics teachers … and therefore the latter are more likely to think of migrating.”Vangelis Thanos, a 30-year old pre-school teacher, found himself unemployed after the closure of the private school in Ioannina where he was working. Six months after setting up home in Melbourne, he has already managed to land three jobs in after-hours Greek schools. “What played an important role is the fact that [Greek language teaching] is a discipline for which there is a great demand here. Compared to other newcomers that I’ve met it’s hard to find a job so quickly,” he says.For Despina Tsimitra, 34, leaving Greece was as an escape route from pessimism and misery. As the crisis escalated, she and her husband decided to leave Lesvos and come to Melbourne in early 2013 with their daughter.“I had stopped planning for the future. I couldn’t dream big,” says Mrs Tsimitra. “It’s tragic the fact that many of the recent Greek migrants hold university degrees and have no other choice but to offer their services abroad.”Mrs Tsimitra is a history and archaeology graduate. On her arrival in Australia, she began a diploma which opened the way to a career in children’s service. She also teaches at GCM’s Greek school.“When I first arrived I was looking for something that would make it easier for me to find a job. I don’t think my degree could be used as a qualification by itself somewhere, other than the Greek language school,” Mrs Tsimitra says.With enrolments increasing for GCM’s advanced Greek courses, the organisation has recently established two new campuses. With problems in the ancestral land, learning Greek is now on the rise down under. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
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Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, January 23, 2018 – Long Island – A team from the Water and Sewerage Corporation (WSC) flew into Long Island on Sunday, January 21, 2018. They are on the ground soliciting applications for water connections relative to the first phase of the mains extension/water works. The team will be on Long Island for the next four days, and will repeat the exercise as additional phases of work are scheduled.Residents are advised that while the work is in progress, there will be no charge for the water connection. A relatively small security deposit will be required. Residents are reminded to pay close attention to the documents required to successfully complete the application process.Adrian Gibson, MPChairmanWater & Sewerage Corporation Related Items:
The Reds footballer has extended his contract with the English Premier League club after 67 appearances with the team.Trent Alexander-Arnold has been playing professionally for Liverpool in the past 18 months.And today, he signed a new contract deal that will extend his stay in the English Premier League club.“I would just say the main thing is the support from the fans that I’ve had that I probably didn’t expect to have,” he told the team’s official website.“I’ve always wanted it but never expected it. Just to have the support of the fans every single time I go out to play, to know that they’re behind you is something special.”Virgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.“I don’t think they understand how much they do for the team and how much we all really need them,” he added.“They’re turning up every single game – whether home, away, abroad, whether it’s freezing cold, they are still there and singing their hearts out for us, showing how much they love the club and how much they love us as players.”“It’s our chance to repay them with performances and the things we can do on the pitch,” he commented.“So, it’s probably the support from the fans that’s been the best thing for me.”
London City Airport has introduced a financial wellbeing app for its 500 employees.The app, provided by Squirrel, helps employees to manage their money and save directly from their pay.The financial wellbeing app was implemented in January 2016, with employee take up of 15% within the first month.Michelle Truss, HR business partner at London City Airport, said: “Improving staff’s financial wellbeing and reducing its associated stress is one our key wellbeing aims this year.”
Half (50%) of respondents who are approaching retirement in the next 10 years plan to use their workplace pension for their retirement income, according to research by Age Partnership.Its Is the UK retirement ready? report, which surveyed 2,000 UK adults who are either retired, approaching retirement in the next 10 years or not retired, also found that 85% of respondents have not factored in the costs of elderly care to their future financial plans.The research also found:49% of respondents who are not approaching retirement yet plan to use their workplace pension for their retirement income.38% of respondents who are retired underestimated how much money they need to live comfortably in retirement and a further 27% are currently struggling with money.20% of respondents who are more than 10 years away from retirement do not how they will fund their retirement, although 68% of non-retired respondents expect to live off the same income or higher when they retire.11% of respondents plan on downsizing their property to fund their retirement, compared to 5% who will use equity release.39% of non-retired respondents are worries that the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) may implement policy changes that affect their pension funds, compared to 54% of respondents who worry about inflation and its effect on their pension savings.40% of respondents worry that the balance between the working population and the retired population is not sustainable enough to fund retirement through the state and 38% are concerned they do not know how long their retirement may need to last.57% of respondents are concerned about the costs of elderly care and the lack of funding for this.Justin Wysocki (pictured), marketing director at Age Partnership, said: “The research in this whitepaper clearly shows that there is unease in the UK when it comes to retirement finances. The uncertainty around how to prepare when younger and the best way to use our assets can be daunting.“That’s why we launched this campaign; to highlight the importance of being educated and aware on retirement issues. Whether [individuals are] already retired, approaching retirement or even if it feels a million years away, early preparation is key to ensure [people] can live [comfortably] after work.”
Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? Apple won’t, however, be giving people the opportunity to delete their recordings. When asked about the possibility of deleting recordings, Apple referred CNET to its iOS Security white paper from May for details. The paper explains why you can’t delete Siri recordings the way you can with Google’s Assistant or Amazon’s Alexa. The voice assistant works differently than its rivals. “When Siri is turned on, the device creates random identifiers for use with the voice recognition and Siri servers,” the paper says. “These identifiers are used only within Siri and are utilized to improve the service. If Siri is subsequently turned off, the device will generate a new random identifier to be used if Siri is turned back on.”This is the key difference between Siri and Google Assistant or Alexa. It’s easy to delete data from Google and Amazon because your recordings are associated with your account. Go to your account settings to remove the recordings the tech giants have on you. Google and Amazon tie audio recordings to people’s accounts because they can use it for personalization. Apple doesn’t rely on ad revenue for its profits. It makes money by selling hardware and services, Sure, it has lots of audio data. But unless a user talks about personally identifiable information, Apple can’t know whose data it is.”Personally, I would prefer that method 10 times out of 10 as compared to my data being identifiable to a major corporation,” said Ted Harrington, an executive partner at security company Independent Security Evaluators. 15 Photos Even if contractors heard a recording with personal information, they wouldn’t be able to find more audio from a specific account. Finding a specific person’s audio data from anonymized Siri recordings is like finding a needle in a haystack.If I asked Apple to delete my specific audio data, it couldn’t, because it wouldn’t know which of the millions of Siri recordings it’s collected belong to me. Even if I said on every recording, “This is Alfred Ng,” somebody would have to listen to millions of recordings to find mine. When you download all the data Apple has on you, which is an option the company introduced in 2018, that doesn’t include audio sent to Siri. Apple knows your sign-in records, data stored on iCloud, app usage details, your downloads and purchases from the App Store and marketing communications, but it has nothing on Siri data. Apple can’t delete something it can’t find.A parade of privacy scandals has led to distrust of tech giants. Adding identifiers to audio data that’s already anonymized, however, would give a false sense of security.”The failure of some vendors to keep their privacy promises and play fast and loose with consumer data can make it hard for some people to accept assurances that their data has been properly anonymized and their privacy is truly protected,” said Stephen Cobb, an independent security researcher. Apple’s random identifier means you can’t delete your recordings. It also means that privacy is built-in by default. You don’t have to navigate through settings and delete your recordings one by one. “In the moments when I forget to delete my data or find myself too busy to delete it, I am authorizing [companies] to keep access to data that can be directly correlated to me,” Harrington said. “By anonymizing the data up front, I’ve made the choice to allow the company to use the data for their business purposes but made it much easier on myself to avoid being exposed.”Ideally, there would be a system that allowed for both — complete anonymity and the ability to control what data companies retain, he said. But you can’t have your privacy cake and eat it too. Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it Apple HomePod plays music, controls your smart home reading • There’s a privacy explanation for why Apple doesn’t let you delete Siri recordings Aug 31 • Verizon vs AT&T vs T-Mobile vs Sprint: Choose the best 5G carrier 0 Apple Now playing: Watch this: Amazon Privacy Google Apple Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors • Post a comment Phones Security How to use Siri’s Shortcuts app Share your voice See All Tags 1:54 The moment you activate Siri, Apple connects data to a random identifier the company can’t find. James Martin/CNET Apple’s reputation for respecting privacy was called into question last week with news that contractors listen to Siri recordings. That sparked an understandable clamor for better control over voice data collected by the digital assistant. If you own an Apple product, you might want the option to delete your recordings from the company’s database. Here’s the rub: Apple can’t delete specific recordings. And that’s to protect your privacy.Unlike Google and Amazon, which collect voice data and associate it with an individual account, Apple’s Siri recordings are given a random identifier each time the voice assistant is activated. That practice means Apple can’t find your specific voice recordings. It also means voice recordings can’t be traced back to a specific account or device. It may sound counterintuitive, but that’s actually a privacy feature.Apple landed in hot water after last week when The Guardian reported that contractors were listening to anonymized audio from conversations with Siri. Some of the dialogue included private details of people’s lives, such as discussions with doctors and sexual encounters, according to the report. The audio was used to check the voice assistant’s accuracy, a process Apple called “grading.”The resulting outcry caused Apple to change its policies. On Thursday, the tech giant said it would suspend the program and give people the ability to opt out of Siri recordings that are graded. (Amazon and Google have made similar moves.)”We are committed to delivering a great Siri experience while protecting user privacy,” Apple said in a statement. “While we conduct a thorough review, we are suspending Siri grading globally. Additionally, as part of a future software update, users will have the ability to choose to participate in grading.”
The booming digital commerce market in India is projected to triple to a whopping $128 billion in 2017 from $42 billion now, thanks to mobile and internet penetration, growing mobile-commerce sales and increasing payment options and discounts, a report said on Monday.”The digital commerce market in India, which has grown steadily to $13.6 billion in 2014 from $4.4 billion in 2010, has gathered momentum due to increasing in mobile and internet usage, multiple payment options, attractive discounts and advanced shipping,” said ‘Future of e-Commerce: Uncovering Innovation’, a joint study by Association of Chamber of Commerce and Industry of India (Assocham) and global audit-cum-consulting firm Deloitte.Japanese multinational telecom firm SoftBank invested $627 million in Snapdeal in October 2014 and Flipkart bought Myntra fashion site for $370 million in May 2014 while Ola Cabs acquired TaxiForSure for @200 million in March this year.”With more and more customers using mobile applications (apps) for surfing ordering and transacting, leading e-tailers are registering about 50 percent of the revenue in m-commerce space. As a result, they are focusing on digital strategies to pitch for more business from online platform,” said the report.Noting that supply chain and logistics in e-commerce business were complex to manage due to inadequate infrastructure facilities, Assocham secretary general D.S. Rawat expressed concern that taxation policies for e-business were not well defined.”The complexity is compounded by transactions across borders for selling goods and services online without foolproof security in place,” he said, while releasing the report here.Asserting that more business would take place in e-commerce space through mobile platforms, personalisation, social media analytics and omini-channel service, Rawat said newer technologies like analytics and 3D printing would lead to a paradigm shift in online businesses.As shopping online through smart phones becomes a game changer, industry leaders believe m-commerce could generate 70 percent of their total revenue in the coming years.Online travel, a key driver of e-commerce market, accounts for about 70 percent of e-commerce business in the country.”For a sustainbale growth in e-commerce, the report recommends releavant laws in the legal and regulatory framework and involvment of banks as facilitators for providing cash management solutions, secure payment gateways and related services,” the study highlighted.Online shoppers are projected to double to 40 million in 2016 from 20 million in 2013, while an additional 200 million people will access the internet over the next three years, with majority of them through smart phones.”As 75 percent of netizens are in the 15-34 years age group, more online shopping is taking place in this category than in any other segment, indicating a demographic dividend to the advantage of e-commerce growth,” said the report.