‘Ellen Encouraging Ritualistic Killings’

first_imgThe political leader of the Movement for Progressive Change (MPC) has pointed fingers at President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf for what he believes was her encouragement and promotion of the recent alarming increase in ritualistic killings in the country, saying “apparently she wants it to prosper.”Mr. Simeon Freeman recalled that at the height of the Ebola Virus outbreak, President Sirleaf did something about it by deploying police, “and when the people became uneasy, she brought the army out immediately. Did anybody give her a blue print to go and shoot in West Point?”With the police force poorly equipped, Mr. Freeman said the army is sitting down because nobody is threatening the President. “When she was threatened during the Ebola virus, it became necessary to equip the police, but now that her safety is not threatened, it is the poor people’s children that are dying or going missing. She encourages that.”Mr. Freeman, who spoke in Monrovia yesterday, pressed that instead of being more robust, President Sirleaf decided to go to the Ministry of Gender to launch 18 days of care. “For who? Care for our children that are dying? Let’s get serious,” he added.The MPC leader again reiterated his recent position on the size of the current government, describing it as very large with about US$251 million of its budget spent on salaries alone, with an expected rise next fiscal year by another US$10 million or US$15 million because of the payroll rationalization scheme.“We need to reduce the size of the government to at least 10 ministries and agencies of government, and as part of that cost-saving scheme we will determine who has to own a car and how it would be owned,” he said.Under his administration as President, Mr. Freeman said he would replace most of the country’s embassies with consulates that does the work of the ambassador and also takes away the burden of cost by having an embassy without the associated cost of an ambassador and administrative staff.On what his government will do with the Armed Forces of Liberia, Freeman again recalled that Liberia went to war because of the inequitable distribution of wealth, and reflected that for over 160 years the country never went to war, except when France and Britain came to Liberia and took portions of the land and gave it to Ivory Coast and Sierra Leone, but that the three neighbors have since lived peacefully.The phasing out of the army, Mr. Freeman maintained, will be one major cost-saving scheme he intends to implement if elected president, which will leave the country with 5,000 police officers. “Right now the budget of the police is about US$15 million, of which US$12.5 million is spent on salaries alone, with nothing left to buy uniforms. We can’t be demanding so much from the police when they are poorly capacitated,” he said.With the phasing out of the army, Freeman said the membership of the police force could increase by 20,000 to 30,000 which could be determined by civil structure, and will be fully capacitated by ensuring that every policeman is assigned a motorbike.“So the army is phased out and as part of that cost saving scheme, we will now open companies, encourage the setting up of private structures that will be funded like it was done in America, Britain, China, Russia, South Korea and all serious countries that are developed. We want to use government money that has been saved to redeploy it in a non-existing private sector that will for the first instance assume some of the 30,000 people that will be coming out of government. They will then automatically be employed in the private service,” he added.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

We’re ready for Afcon 15, says Mashaba

first_img16 January 2015Bafana Bafana head coach Shakes Mashaba has declared himself happy with the team’s preparations for the 30th edition of the African Nations Cup, which starts in Equatorial Guinea on Saturday.The South African team will take on top-ranked Algeria on Monday at the Estadio do Mongomo in the first Group C match. Senegal and Ghana are the other teams in the “Group of Death” group.But the national team is boasting a 12-match winning streak, with their latest 3-0 win over Mali on Wednesday a great confidence booster. They held Cameroon to a 1-1 draw in a warm-up match in Libreville on 10 January.“I think we are ready and looking forward to the start of the tournament,” Mashaba told Safa.net. “We are happy with the preparations, especially in matches against Cameroon and Mali. We now know what we are going to face in Equatorial Guinea and, yes, it is going to be tougher than this.“But I would like to say to our boys – job well done. Mali had almost all their players from abroad, which is clear indication that it was not an easy game.”Mashaba, who has recorded 10 straight wins with the team, says the team is “comfortable” with their chances ahead of the tournament.“The more you win, the more enemies you create for yourself and I can tell you now that in the Afcon we will give a good account of ourselves,” the coach said.“When we started nobody gave us a chance, now people are starting to raise eyebrows and asking who are these ones coming from the South Africa? But they will know when we play them.”Squaring upBafana Bafana have played the Algerica twice before at the Nations Cup. In 1996, South Africa won 2-1 in a quarterfinal on home soil, before going on to beat Tunisia 2-1 in the final.They played to a 1-1 draw in 2000, allowing South Africa to qualify for the quarterfinals. SA finished third that year.Second favourites to win the tournament, the Desert Foxes have only won the Afcon Cup once before, and that was in 1990. However, they had a cracker of a World Cup in Brazil last year, making the last 16.Three players in the 23-man Algerian squad have been withdrawn due to injury. The latest is goalkeeper Mohamed Lamine Zemmamouche, who injured his shin at training this week. He will be replaced by Cedric Si Mohamed from CS Constantine, the team’s management said.DeterminedIn a round-up of the South Africans, Just Football says the players have their eyes set on a place in the latter stages of the tournament, despite the tough group.“The players will also be looking to honour the memory of goalkeeper Senzo Mewiya who was shot dead in October 2014 – and the memory of their former captain will be a real driving force and potential inspiration in Equatorial Guinea.”While determined, the squad of 23 is an inexperienced one, with an average of just 17 caps per player, Nick Said writes in Business Day on Friday.The most experienced players are Bernard Parker, with 70 caps, and Reneilwe Letsholonyane, with 52. The least capped player is Ayanda Gcaba, who is a replacement for the injured Patrick Phungwayo, who has been sent home.South Africa have played 35 matches at the Nations Cup finals since 1996. They have recorded 14 wins, 12 draws and 9 losses.FULL BAFANA SQUADGoalkeepers: Brilliant Khuzwayo, Darren Keet, Jackson MabokgwaneDefenders: Siyabonga Nhlapo, Anele Ngcongca, Thulani Hlatshwayo, Mulomowandau Mathoho, Rivaldo Coetzee, Thabo Matlaba, Ayanda GcabaMidfielders: Themba Zwane, Andile Jali, Reneilwe Letsholonyane, Bongani Zungu, Thamsanqa Sangweni, Dean Furman, Thuso Phala, Mandla Masango, Oupa ManyisaStrikers: Bernard Parker, Tokelo Rantie, Bongani Ndulula, Sibusiso VilakaziWithdrawn from squad due to injury: Patrick Phungwayo (returned home)GROUP C FIXTURESJanuary 19 – South Africa v Algeria – Estadio de Mongomo: 9pmJanuary 23 – Senegal v South Africa – Estadio de Mongomo: 9pmJanuary 27 – Ghana v South Africa – Estadio de Mongomo: 8pmAFCON 2015 FIXTURESAll times CAT (SA, GMT+2)Saturday 17 January 2015Equatorial Guinea v Congo – Estadio de Bata: 6pmBurkina Faso v Gabon – Estadio de Bata: 9pmSunday 18 January 2015Zambia v Congo DR – Nuevo Estadio de Ebebiyin: 6pmTunisia v Cape Verde Islands – Nuevo Estadio de Ebebiyin: 9pmMonday 19 January 2015Ghana v Senegal – Estadio de Mongomo: 6pmAlgeria v South Africa – Estadio de Mongomo: 9pmTuesday 20 January 2015Cote d’Ivoire v Guinea – Nuevo Estadio de Malabo: 6pmMali v Cameroon – Nuevo Estadio de Malabo: 9pmWednesday 21 January 2015Equatorial Guinea v Burkina Faso – Estadio de Bata: 6pmThursday 22 January 2015Zambia v Tunisia – Nuevo Estadio de Ebebiyin: 6pmCape Verde Islands v Congo DR – Nuevo Estadio de Ebebiyin: 9pmFriday 23 January 2015Ghana v Algeria – Estadio de Mongomo: 6pmSouth Africa v Senegal – Estadio de Mongomo: 9pmSaturday 24 January 2015Cote d’Ivoire v Mali – Nuevo Estadio de Malabo: 6pmSunday 25 January 2015Gabon v Equatorial Guinea – Estadio de Bata: 8pmCongo v Burkina Faso – Nuevo Estadio de Ebebiyin: 8pmMonday 26 January 2015Cape Verde Islands v Zambia – Nuevo Estadio de Ebebiyin: 8pmCongo DR v Tunisia – Estadio de Bata: 8pmTuesday 27 January 2015South Africa v Ghana – Estadio de Mongomo: 8pmSenegal v Algeria – Nuevo Estadio de Malabo: 8pmWednesday 28 January 2015Guinea v Mali – Estadio de Mongomo: 8pmCameroon v Cote d’Ivoire – Nuevo Estadio de Malabo: 8pmSaturday 31 January 2015Group A Winner v Group B Second Place – Estadio de Bata: 6pmGroup B Winner v Group A Second Place – Nuevo Estadio de Ebebiyin: 9pmSunday 1 February 2015Group C Winner v Group D Second Place – Estadio de Mongomo: 6pmGroup D Winner v Group C Second Place – Nuevo Estadio de Malabo: 9pmWednesday 4 February 2015Quarterfinal 1 Winner v Quarterfinal 4 Winner – Estadio de Bata: 9pmThursday 05 February 2015Quarterfinal 2 Winner v Quarterfinal 3 Winner – Nuevo Estadio de Malabo: 9pmSaturday 07 February 2015Semifinal 1 Loser v Semifinal 2 Loser – Nuevo Estadio de Malabo: 8pmSunday 08 February 2015Semifinal 1 Winner v Semifinal 2 Winner – Estadio de Bata: 9pmSAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Kibale National Park, Uganda — Geocache of the Week

first_imgThere’s no need to physically enter the park or view the animals to reach ground zero, but there are many activities the park has to offer. Image by Jaqqo. Geocache of the Week, GOTW Difficulty: 2 Terrain:1.5 Image by Elijah Six. Come find the geocache! Image by Jaqqo. Image by Indystefan. Found it! Images by gmatton and Tapani ja Jaana. Kibale National Park is located in Western Uganda, in the African Great Lakes region. It contains thirteen unique species of primate, making it home to one of the highest concentrations of primates in all of Africa. Species include chimpanzees, red colobus monkeys, and L’Hoest’s monkeys.  Location:UgandaN 00° 26.218′ E 030° 23.704′ Don’t just take our word for it. As the second most Favorited cache in Uganda, it has many glowing logs from cachers all over the world: “Many thanks to the owner for installing a cache at this awesome spot!!! This cache will be one of my favorites” -ohneGPS Chimpanzees are humankind’s closest living relative. It’s possible to watch them using tools, grooming, hunting, and interacting with each other in family groups. center_img Community, Geocache of the Week It is also host to a wide variety of conservation and research projects. The area’s rangers and researchers monitor and protect the chimpanzees and other primates that call Kibale home, as well as investigate Kibale’s unique ecosystem. They also take care of another rare specimen, our Geocache of the Week, Kibale National Park, Uganda.  Image by Affenbande. “This place…is so unusual but a great experience and a challenge” -_jack_pot_  SharePrint RelatedBecome a U.S. National Park Ranger for a Day – Park Employee for a Day Geocaches (GC42GX2) – Geocache of the WeekApril 10, 2013In “Community”Petrified Forest- Route 66—Geocache of the WeekAugust 25, 2016In “Community”Lake Gunn Fishermans Rest (Milford Rd, Fiordland) – Geocache of the WeekSeptember 12, 2018In “Geocache of the Week” “It was a fantastic experience and we really enjoyed it” -Pettson och Findus Continue to explore some of the most amazing geocaches around the world. Check out all of the Geocaches of the Week on the Geocaching blog. If you would like to nominate a Geocache of the Week, fill out this form. Share with your Friends:More TraditionalGCMTCRby markmacallister Since all good geocachers know that it’s important to protect and preserve our playing board, the cache itself is placed on the edge of the 795 km² (307 mi²) park. It’s not necessary to ask for help from the rangers, but they are able to offer caching knowledge in a pinch. It is possible to see all thirteen distinct species of primate that call the park home, however Kibale is especially renowned for chimpanzee tracking and habituation. These programs allow adventurous cachers to observe, but not disturb, our cousins in their natural habitat.last_img read more

New Tool Highlights Facebook Users’ Disregard for Privacy

first_imgA Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Related Posts Users: Not Worried or Uninformed?Another Q&A, this one between Facebook’s VP for public policy, Elliot Schrage, and NYT readers, seems to counter the claim about users’ general happiness. Instead, Schrage publicly acknowledges the rift between Facebook’s goals and the current perception of the social network. “Nobody at Facebook wants to make our users’ lives more difficult,” he laments. “It’s clear that despite our efforts, we are not doing a good enough job communicating the changes that we’re making… My biggest concern reading these comments has been the incorrect perception that we don’t care about user privacy or that we’ll sacrifice user privacy in exchange for advertising. That’s just not true.”Even among tech industry insiders, some are now claiming the media has gone too far in decrying Facebook’s supposed privacy violations. Articles, like the one you’re reading now, are adding fuel to a fire that Facebook users seemingly don’t even care about. But do they not care? Or do they just not know? We would argue it’s the latter. Case in point is an article we wrote in January about Facebook privacy, prior to the most recent radical changes, that still sits at number three on the New York Times’ most-emailed list for tech articles. And the number two article there now is also about Facebook privacy. An unconcerned audience? It doesn’t appear so. Does Facebook Care?To us, it’s clear that users do care about their privacy. But does Facebook? It’s hard to look at a site like OpenBook and think that it does, especially considering that it was Facebook’s changes made sites like this possible. We find it hard to believe that the thousands of users whose status updates are now publicly, embarrassingly on display for the world to see have knowingly opted into to this level of sharing. Perhaps there are a few exhibitionists out there (corset-wearing lady?) who are reveling in the chance to be this public, but most of these users are probably just uninformed about what going on. They assume that Facebook is still private, like it once was, and have continued treating it the same. The results are shocking. You Said What?Openbook even helpfully suggests searches for you to try, some of which we can’t even print here. Some safer-for-work examples, though, include: “drunk,” “drugs,” “called in sick,” “my DUI,” “DNA test” and “hate my boss,” to name a few. Search for those terms and you’ll find dozens, hundreds, sometimes thousands of status updates from Facebook users. You could argue that it’s the Openbook developers who should be held accountable for the embarrassments that are sure to stem from this site, but that may be misplacing the blame. Like those behind the now-shuttered PleaseRobMe.com, a site that aimed to inform users about the dangers of location-sharing, the builders of Openbook – Will Moffat, Peter Burns and James Home – aren’t trying to embarrass, but educate. “Openbook draws attention to the information Facebook makes public about its users via its search API,” reads the site’s About page. “Our goal is to get Facebook to restore the privacy of this information, so that this website and others like it no longer work.”We hope they accomplish their goals soon. In the meantime, you may want to check out this new tool, which helps you better determine how much you’re sharing. Tags:#Facebook#NYT#privacy#security#web The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos sarah perez Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification And it’s only one example. Other Facebook search engines, including Booshaka, ItsTrending, OpenFacebookSearch, OneRiot, Kurrently, Zesty.ca/facebook and others do the same.Facebook Changes Make Public Statuses Easily Searchable Ever since Facebook rolled out its new “recommended settings” starting late last year, thousands of unwitting Facebook users have been duped into accepting changes that set everything from status updates to photo albums to “public,” meaning viewable by anyone and everyone who cares to look. This change was just the first of a number of updates to the social network that have led to serious PR issues for the company. Other new features – including “instant personalization” of websites based on your Facebook profile information, the publicizing of likes and interests and finally, the indefinite personal data storage now permitted by Facebook applications – round out the privacy worries that have attracted interest from both E.U. regulators and U.S. senators. But according to some Facebook execs, users aren’t worried. A recent interview between Facebook’s developer network director, Ethan Beard, and ComputerWorld, for example, has Beard proclaiming that the recent hubbub over Facebook’s privacy issues doesn’t reflect the true concerns of the site’s 400-plus million users. “To be honest,” he said, referring to the changes, “the user response has been overwhelmingly positive.” Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Think your Facebook profile is private? You had better double-check. A new website provides a voyeuristic look into the once-private social network by making Facebook status updates searchable. “My boss is a jerk and always tells me what I’m doing wrong!”, posts one user who we’ll be kind enough to not name (although her full name is available on the site). “Shhh! Don’t tell anyone, but I’m totally wearing my new corset to work today,” another woman over-shares. “I totally cheated on the test!” brags a third. Do these people know their status updates are now available to the whole Web? Or do they just not care?We discovered these updates and (many more even worse ones) on a new search engine available at YourOpenbook.org. The engine parses the data Facebook users have made public and allows it to be searchable outside the social network. last_img read more

Vimeo Launches Adobe Premiere Pro Panel

first_imgVimeo comes to Premiere Pro with the all-new panel that integrates with the Vimeo review pages.While Premiere Pro CC is in beta with their own social panel, Vimeo has launched their own publishing panel with a few extra settings that make things a lot easier for creatives.With the Vimeo Premiere Pro Panel you can upload your videos directly to your Vimeo account, customize your upload presets (bitrate, codec, resolution), and choose your privacy settings as you upload — all without leaving Premiere Pro.Perhaps the best thing is the ability for Vimeo PRO and Business users to instantly launch one of Vimeo’s new review pages. Rather than having to export your video, then upload to Vimeo, then create the review page — you can now do all of that from the Premiere Pro panel. Now it’s even faster for you to easily send links to clients for instant feedback.This year we set out to make Vimeo an end-to-end workflow solution for video professionals and today that solution extends to anyone using Adobe Premiere Pro CC. The video editing tools in Adobe Creative Cloud are a go-to source for Vimeo creators, and our new panel fundamentally simplifies their post-production process. — Anjali Sud, General Manager and Senior Vice President, CreatorThis is another great step for Vimeo in their move to really grow their creator platform, and if they want to keep giving us tools that take a few steps out of our repetitive workflow — I am totally on board!You can download the Vimeo Premiere Pro Panel for free now.What are your thoughts on Vimeo’s updates? Let us know in the comments below.last_img read more

Ruling on the Bight PNP leader calls for respect of decision

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, April 19, 2017 – Providenciales – The Chief Justice Her Ladyship Margret Ramsey Halle will hand down her ruling on the matter of George Pratt vs. Porsha Smith-Stubbs at 9:30 am at the Supreme Court in Unit A-207 Graceway Plaza on Leeward Highway.   Opposition Leader Hon. Charles Washington Misick is urging all supporters and followers of the Progressive National Party and the Turks and Caicos as a nation to respect the decision when it is handed down and to uphold the rule of law.Individuals who may wish to attend the sitting are reminded that appropriate attire is required. Persons who may wish to remain outside on the court grounds for the ruling will be expected to maintain calm and orderly behavior. The Progressive National Party remains the Party for all the people and stands firm united and unbroken for the betterment of the Turks and Caicos Islands. God bless and keep us in your prayers.#MagneticMediaNews#FightfortheBight Decision – George C.D. Pratt v Porsha Stubbs and Ors Bight ruling coming, PDM Leader says Pratt is better Related Items:#FightForTheBight, #magneticmedianews Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Seven weeks to Bight Results General Election petitionlast_img read more

The Real Marsha Ambrosius Soul Seeker Mother Matchmaker

first_img Facebook “I find soul in anything”Nyla showcases a dizzying list of musical influences, including, according to her, everything from Aretha Franklin and Marvin Gaye to Queen and Duran Duran. The album also covers a lot of historical ground, from the intoxicating modern soundscapes of “Bottle Fulla Liquor” to throwback soul on “Today,” which came naturally for Ambrosius.”Anything in three-four [time] just sounds like the right thing to,” she says of “Today.” “It floods out of you because it’s a natural element of soul that is in the body. It’s instilled in me.”Ambrosius also talks about the need for soul in our world, and how an open mind can manifest that soul through music. “It’s feeling. Especially currently, with the social climate, we music that just makes you feel,” she says, dismissing labels of her new album as simply R&B, pop or hip-hop. “Everyone’s like, ‘we need good soul!’ I’m like, ‘what’s soul, ultimately?’ I find soul in anything.””I feel like I’ve been a mother forever”As an artist who emotes, literally, for a living, becoming a mother has put Ambrosius in direct touch with the way music affects her daughter.”Music is the soundtrack, and my daughter’s already grasping what songs evoke certain emotions,” she says. “She’ll know what a sad song is, and she’ll know when it’s time to get up and dance, or she knows when it’s time to just chill. Having her learn emotions through music is a beautiful way to instill it.”This intrinsic connection between music and motherhood extends to her connection with Nyla.”I can hear my daughter down the hallway right now. I think there’s a spidey-sense or a radar that stays with you,” Ambrosius says. “It feels like even though she’s two [years-old], I’ve been a mother forever.” Unlocking life’s secrets of human connection and true love through music with the sultry soul producer/singer/songwriter Nate HertweckGRAMMYs Feb 4, 2019 – 4:04 pm Masha Ambrosius exudes realness from the moment she walks into the Clive Davis Theatre at the GRAMMY Museum in downtown Los Angeles. As an artist known for her authenticity, this genuineness has always followed her, but now, not only is she an eight-time GRAMMY nominee, she’s a mother. And her art and life have intertwined so inextricably that her latest album and her two-year-old daughter share a name: Nyla.”This is my life now,” she says, laughing, referring to the fanny-pack baby bag she’s removing from around her waist before sitting down for the interview. “Everyone’s like, ‘What’s changed for you?’ This.”The album Nyla ushered in a new phase of the multi-talented music maker’s career. Boasting an impressive resume filled with dream-come-true moments like writing and vocal producing Michael Jackson’s “Butterflies” and working with Alicia Keys, Kanye West and Dr. Dre, a successful career with poetic neo-soul duo Floetry, and now three albums into an explorative solo career, Ambrosius’ resume continues to expand. But as she moves further away from where she started in Liverpool, England, here are a few ways how she’s moving closer to herself, closer to her real. Twitter News “I just want everyone to be in love”Looking for a love connection? Just grab a ticket from Ambrosius’ next show.”I’m all for opportunity, and music does that,” she says. “During my tour right now, I encourage the audiences to raise their hands… [I ask] who came here single? Who would come to a Marsha Ambrosius concert single to hear ‘Your Hands,’ ‘Say Yes,’… ‘Freak In Me’… absolutely a bundle of sexual joy, and not wanna [say to someone] ‘hey, can I take your number? Can I take you out on a date?’ So I’m like, ‘Look around the room. There it is. I’ve presented you an opportunity.'”Ambrosius speaks from experience, as she met her husband on tour. He was a roadie for the Floetry reunion tour, and she seized the moment. Not only is she passing along the opportunity as matchmaker, she feels a deeper connection to her lyrics now, having lived real love first hand.”I feel corny, because I’m like… ‘I just want everyone to be in love like I’m in love.’ And now that I’ve found what [being in love] actually is, it’s way more incredible than I could have attempted to word in any song,” she explains, “because I was lending from what I thought it was until it happened to me, and now it’s the most amazingly terrifyingly gratifying experience I’ve ever had.””You can get rich so easily and get broke twice as fast”After our one-on-one interview, Ambrosius speaks with a large group of high school students at the GRAMMY Museum, providing valuable insight on her career and life in general. Her parting advice for the group is as encouraging as it was cautionary, letting the young people in attendance know they should not be pursue becoming lesser versions of their heroes, but the best version of themselves—and it doesn’t happen alone.”You can get rich so easily and get broke twice as fast. To be wealthy is a whole other animal,” Ambrosius says, later adding wisely, “Find your tribe and stick to it.”Diana Ross Set To Perform At The 2019 GRAMMYsRead more Marsha Ambrosius On Soul, Motherhood & Matchmaking real-marsha-ambrosius-soul-seeker-mother-matchmaker The Real Marsha Ambrosius: Soul Seeker, Mother & Matchmaker Email last_img read more

Four charged over Panama Papers scam

first_imgThe US government announced charges Tuesday against four men it said laundered money and arranged tax avoidance schemes through the Panama firm at the centre of the “Panama Papers” scandal.The four were affiliated with Mossack Fonseca, the law firm that helped thousands of clients around the world move money offshore to protect it from taxes.Named in the 11-count indictment were Ramses Owens, 50, Dirk Brauer, 54; Richard Gaffey, and Harald Joachim Von Der Goltz, 81.Owens is a Panamanian attorney who worked for Mossack Fonseca. Brauer, a German national, was an investment manager for Mossfon Asset Management, which was closely affiliated to Mossack Fonseca, the Justice Department said.Both were accused of marketing, creating and managing anonymously-owned shell companies on behalf of clients seeking to conceal assets from US tax authorities.Gaffey was a US accountant who allegedly helped Americans set up accounts with Mossack Fonseca, and Von Der Goltz, a German national who lived in the United States, was assisted by Gaffey and Owens in setting up offshore shell companies to hide assets, according to the charges.Prosecutors said Brauer was arrested in Paris on 15 November, Van Der Goltz was arrested in London on Monday, and Gaffey was arrested in Boston Tuesday.Owens remains at large.Mossack Fonseca’s operation was exposed in 2016 by reporters coordinated by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, which went through 11.5 million leaked files to discover that scores of world leaders, sports and entertainment stars and dozens of billionaires used the firm to hide their wealth.It implicated Iceland’s Prime Minister Sigmundur David Gunnlaugsson and his wife; banks, companies and aides close to Russian President Vladimir Putin; families of Chinese President Xi Jinping and former British prime minister David Cameron; Middle East royals, and other international figures.”As alleged, these defendants went to extraordinary lengths to circumvent US tax laws in order to maintain their wealth and the wealth of their clients,” said Manhattan US Attorney Geoffrey Berman.”Now, their international tax scheme is over, and these defendants face years in prison for their crimes.”Last Thursday, German prosecutors raided Deutsche bank offices in Frankfurt in an probe of money laundering and tax evasion also linked to the revelations of the Panama Papers expose.last_img read more

These Are the Tech Myths That Many People Still Believe in

first_img The folks over at HighSpeedInternet.com took a deep dive on the “mythtakes” (get it?) in tech to see just what the general public really believes. To do so, they created a master list of well-known tech claptrap, as well as some that may have once been grounded in reality but is no longer true.To check them out, it surveyed “hundreds” of people in the U.S. to ask which of the major tech myths we believe. The top picks show just how far we have to go to manage expectations.The most-believed myth: that more megapixels in a digital camera make for an instantly better picture. Eighty-six percent of the respondents went for that one; marketing hype doesn’t help. But what really helps with a better photo is a bigger sensor inside the camera.Next, 52 percent of respondents believe that charging a phone overnight somehow harms the battery. That’s not true, and here are several other battery myths debunked. (Another: Don’t freeze your phone to extend battery life!) We also enlighten the 17 percent of people who think you have to run down your smartphone battery completely before you can charge it. Nope.The third biggest myth: Thirty-one percent believe that an airport X-ray will hurt the stored memory on their phone or laptop. This is a holdover from when people had film cameras, and the X-rays actually could damage the film. But they won’t bother a hard drive. A giant magnet could though, so make sure to keep your phone and PC out of the MRI machine when you’re getting a brain scan.The list goes on, with people thinking you can’t infect a Mac with malware and that overnight shutdown of a PC is a requirement. You should feel pretty superior if you don’t believe any of these.HSI went a little further and checked Google Trends to see what the most-googled tech questions are; and some are on its myth-list. Georgia residents apparently want to know whether baby monitors can be hacked — and that one is very true. But as for falseness, Californians search quite a bit to see whether they can charge their phones in the microwave: That’s a cruel prank gone mythical. Texans want to know whether their phones can listen in on them. Lots of states want to know about putting saturated devices in rice to dry them out — but you’d actually be better off using synthetic silica gel desiccant packets (save all that you get in packages for just such an emergency, or buy a bunch). This story originally appeared on PCMag Enroll Now for Free 3 min read This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now January 24, 2019last_img read more