Gardaí issue warning over broadband phone scams

first_imgMembers of the public are being advised to be on the alert to a phone scam in which fraudsters claim to be calling from utility companies on the pretence that there are issues with the customer’s broadband service.The warning comes from An Garda Síochána, in association with the FraudSMART, a fraud awareness initiative led by Banking & Payments Federation Ireland (BPFI).The fraudsters are using the name of a utility company (telephone/mobile phone provider, broadband provider or software company) to call householders, offering to “fix” computer or broadband problems. The caller will attempt to trick you into revealing your banking or card details and providing codes from your card reader to access your online banking and make fraudulent payments.The householder may be asked to allow the caller to take remote control of your computer to “assist” you. However, this could allow the fraudster to show you fraudulent screens.The callers are professional and will be able to transfer you to their “supervisor” should you request this. They sound genuine.A spokesperson for the An Garda Síochána gives the following advice. “If you have received a suspicious call, hang up and phone the company the person is purporting to be from directly yourself.“Do not use a number given to you by the caller and make sure you hear a dial tone before making the call. If you are concerned that you may have fallen victim to a scam contact your local garda station and also your bank.”Niamh Davenport, who leads the BPFI FraudSMART programme, stated: “Always be wary of any unexpected calls or texts especially those asking for personal details or payments.“Never give your financial or personal information in order to release money, refund fees, or access to your computer. Fraudsters are very convincing but do not be afraid to take the time to make the relevant checks.“The caller will try to rush you or make you feel foolish and negligent if you don’t follow their instructions, but this is all designed to panic you into doing something you wouldn’t otherwise do.” Gardaí issue warning over broadband phone scams was last modified: June 7th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

NBA: Kerr credits ex-Dubs coach Jackson for team’s defensive prowess

first_img‘A dogfight’ What ‘missteps’? WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage Mark Jackson  AP FILE PHOTOThe Golden State Warriors are one win away from hoisting the Larry O’Brien trophy and going undefeated in the 2017 NBA Finals.Much can be said about the Warriors’ offensive firepower, but the team’s prowess on the defensive end is truly something to marvel at.ADVERTISEMENT Before current head coach Stever Kerr took over the reigns in the Bay Area in 2014, Mark Jackson was the catalyst of the then up-and-coming squad.Prior to Game 3, Kerr was quick to credit his predecessor as the man responsible for instilling the team’s core defensive values.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“When I was in TV, I was doing Warriors games for years; every year, they were one of the worst defensive teams in the league. Mark came in and made a focus of being a tough defensive-minded team,” Kerr said, as relayed by ESPN.“The year before I got here, the Warriors were the fourth-ranked defensive team in the league—already top-five. We knew what we had. We didn’t change one thing defensively,” he added. Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games RELATED STORY:Durant, Warriors rally to beat Cavs for 3-0 leadSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide View comments Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chickencenter_img MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken LATEST STORIES He said they started switching more when Draymond [Green] took over the power forward role. “But for the most part, our schemes—everything—stayed the same.”The reigning NBA coach of the year also lauded Jackson for making his transition to coaching much easier.“We already knew they had established that defensive identity. Our job was to improve the offense—to get more movement and more flow. And that was my focus,” he said.Kerr has returned to coach the Warriors in Game 2 after being sidelined most of the playoffs due to complications from his back surgery.Jackson, meanwhile, currently works as a broadcast commentator for ESPN and ABC and continues to call the finals match-up between his former team and the Cleveland Cavaliers.  Khristian Ibarrola /raADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Letter from the Editor

first_imgAs a phenomenon, business journalism is new to India. The country’ s leading business dailies are relatively young, having first appeared less than two decades ago, compared with the national dailies, some of which are more than a century old. Business magazines are even newer, the older of the two having started in 1978.All of which is amply reflected in the generally uncertain relationship that exists between media and business. Most businessmen and industrialists are unwilling to loosen up before journalists, and talk business details, facts, strategies and intentions in the manner of their counterparts in the Western economies.Larger business houses in particular prefer to maintain a low profile. Acutely aware that their vastness and growth has over the years been held against them – numerous restrictions curtail their freedom of action – they can hardly be blamed for being cautious. But it does retard the growth of popular understanding of business news and developments.Thus when India Today decided to do a cover story on the phenomenon of corporate growth, it ran into a gamut of such problems. For one, businessmen have simply not been willing to part with enough information to determine exactly who the high fliers have been. For another, some obvious growth kings were unwilling to cooperate at all.People react to publicity often in unpredictable ways. Most would be happy to be seen on the cover of a major publication. Not so Vittal Mallya, who is one of the country’s most remarkable top performers. Company policy stood in the way of his responding positively to requests spread over several months for an interview.Yet, the story compelled attention in spite of these odds because it shows how much of the griping that mars the relationship between the Government and the private sector is so much posturing. Undeniably, hamstrung as it is by cumbersome and restrictive conditions, the Indian private sector operates in less than ideal conditions. Even so, as the phenomenon of the growth kings demonstrates, it is possible to grow, and grow impressively.There are companies who have successfully navigated the obstacles, gauged the Government’s mood and perceptively grasped the opportunities of a changing economic landscape to achieve outstanding growth in the last decade or so. The four men picked for the cover to illustrate this are far from being the only industrialists who have grown rapidly.They may not even be the most impressive. But they are symbolic of a new breed of entrepreneur and manager in all parts of the industrial spectrum, from the largest to the smallest, who have struck out, endured the difficulties and proved to be an exception to the rule.The story was put together by Business Editor T.N. Ninan, who coordinated the efforts of several correspondents who filed information for the story from all four corners of the country. Apart from Ninan, the main effort for the story came from Correspondents Chander Uday Singh in Bombay and Raj Chengappa in Bangalore. The cover story is Ninan’s first for the magazine in the 14 weeks he has been with India Today.Printing schedules and its fortnightly periodicity make it difficult for India Today to keep a close watch on major sporting events such as the cricket Test series in England which came to an end last fortnight. In order to give readers an overview of the series, the magazine commissioned former India captain and ace bowler Bishen Singh Bedi to write his personal assessment of the series.last_img read more

More Artists Added To Concert Across America To End Gun Violence

first_imgFrom Jimmy Dale Gilmore at Threadgills’ in Austin, TX to Kate Pierson of The B-52s at the BSP in Kingston, NY, more than 1,000 artists will participate in the Concert Across America to End Gun Violence on Sunday, Sept. 25.Artists and activists are banding together to call attention to gun violence on the Congressionally-designated day to remember victims of murder.“There are more than 30,000 gun deaths every year including, 12,000 murders with firearms,” said John Rosenthal, founder of Stop Handgun Violence in Boston. “It’s time to take a stand and make gun violence a voting issue in the November elections.”Participating artists directly impacted by gun violence include: The Alternate Route’s Eric Donnelly, the Bush Pilot’s Mathew Gross, blues singer Courtney Weaver, fiddle player Sydney Montstream-Quas, rapper Big Rich from the Bay Area, and Grammy-winners Rosanne Cash and Marc Cohn – both of whom will be performing at the Beacon Theatre in Manhattan with Jackson Browne and Vy Higgensen’s Gospel Choir of Harlem. For more information, click here.Ryan Cabrera, Don Felder (formerly of the Eagles), Sam Harris of X Ambassadors, Sebastian Kole, and Carnie Wilson will join the Gay Men’s Chorus and others to be announced at The Standard Hotel rooftop in Los Angeles. (www.Sept25LA.org)Christopher Cross, Zach Gill (of ALO), Kenny Loggins, Michael McDonald, Ozomatli, and Venice will perform at the Arlington Theatre in Santa Barbara, CA. (www.sbcoalition.org)Big Rich, Lady Ray, Rick Stevens, and Motown Moves Soulful Grooves are among the San Francisco Bay area artists performing. (More here)Nationwide, the diversity of artists involved range from Hope Thru Harmony Women’s Choir at the Dayton Correctional Institution and the Cleveland Orchestra in Ohio, to the Gay Men’s Choir of South Carolina performing at a coffee shop concert organized by music students from the University of South Carolina in Columbia and the “Mother Pluckers,” a self-described group of “not-so-spring chickens dedicated to ukulele music” at a Seattle Unitarian church.Many concerts are free to the public, such as events at four Falls Church, VA venues that include Clare & Don’s Beach Shack featuring Hawaiian music, and Argia’s Italian Restaurant featuring the George Mason High School jazz band.All socially conscious artists can participate with a social media shout-out using the hashtags #ConcertAcrossAmerica to #EndGunViolence.Spearheaded by the Boston-based Stop Handgun Violence, the Concert is partnered with more than 100 organizations including Faiths United to End Gun Violence, the Episcopal Peace Fellowship, Rabbis Against Gun Violence, the American Conference of Cantors and Texas Musicians Against Gun Violence.last_img read more

GameStop To Hold Fundraising Campaign For Autism Speaks This May Increase Employment

first_img(NOTE: GameStop is located at 246 Main Street in Wilmington.)GRAPEVINE, TX — GameStop is once again partnering with Autism Speaks to help increase awareness, understanding and acceptance of people with autism spectrum disorder. Throughout May, the video game retailer is focusing its annual in-store autism awareness campaign on raising funds for the newly launched NXT Gen Coders Program powered by GameStop and administered by Autism Speaks, aimed at increasing coding and programming skills for people with autism.From May 1 through May 31, GameStop will host its third annual in-store autism awareness campaign with 100 percent of donations going to Autism Speaks and helping fund the NXT Gen Coders Program. This program, powered by GameStop and administered by Autism Speaks, will focus on opportunities for coding and programing skill development for people with autism, so that they may be better equipped to take advantage of the one million jobs that the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates will be open in the coding industry by 2020.With the vast majority of adults with autism unemployed or underemployed, GameStop and Autism Speaks are collaborating on the NXT Gen Coders Program to give talented young men and women a path to careers that match their training, abilities and interests.“We are proud to continue our commitment to raising awareness and providing support to the individuals and families impacted by autism,” says Jason Cochran, senior vice president of Store Operations for GameStop. “Through our ongoing partnership with Autism Speaks and the newly launched NXT Gen Coders Program, we are taking extra steps to provide individuals with autism the job and life skills they need to help them enjoy a more fulfilling life.”During this year’s campaign, GameStop is offering three ways guests can contribute to support people with autism:For the first-time, guests will have the option to donate up to 100 percent of their trade-in value to charity when they bring to GameStop their unused video game hardware, software, accessories, or consumer electronics.Donate $1 or more in-store or on GameStop.com and GameStop will provide triple PowerUp Rewards points on the donation amount.Donate PowerUp Rewards points to Autism Speaks in the PowerUp Rewards Center.GameStop’s continued support of Autism Speaks follows several successful campaigns since the partnership began in 2016, with more than $2.4 million in donations raised to enhance the quality of life for children, adults and families impacted by autism.“We appreciate GameStop’s generosity and commitment to the autism community,” said Autism Speaks President and CEO Angela Geiger. “Each year, 50,000 young people with autism enter adulthood, expanding a talent pool that is largely untapped. Creating employment opportunities requires innovative solutions, which is why we’re excited about the NXT Gen Coders Program.”(NOTE: The above press release is from GameStop.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedBUSINESS BRIEF: GameStop Awards $250,000 In Grants To Increase Employment Readiness For People With AutismIn “Business”GameStop Partners With Autism Speaks for Autism Awareness MonthIn “Business”GameStop Collects $1.2 Million in Donations During Autism Awareness MonthIn “Business”,Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.last_img read more

Northam Apologies for Racist College Photo

first_imgBy Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Correspondent@StacyBrownMediaVirginia Gov. Ralph Northam released a statement on Friday apologizing for an uncovered racist photo from his 1984 East Virginia Medical School yearbook that depicts him and another man in blackface and in Ku Klux Klan garb.An accompanying quote under the photo reads: “There are more old drunks than old doctors in this world, so I think I’ll have another beer.”Virginia Governor Ralph Northam apologized Friday for an offensive photo in his 1984 medical school yearbook page.CBS News reported that it conducted further research, uncovering another page in Northam’s yearbook at the Virginia Military Institute that displays nicknames listed underneath his name, including the word “Coonman,” a known racial slur.The photo and CBS’ discovery have led some to call for Northam’s resignation.Democratic presidential candidates Kamala Harris of California and former Obama Administration official Julian Castro as well as NAACP President Derrick Johnson have each called for Northam’s immediate resignation.Virginia Democratic Sen. Tim Kaine also demanded that Northam step aside.“This causes pain in a state and a country where centuries of racism have already left an open wound,” Kaine said in a statement.“I hope the governor …. Now takes the time to listen to those he has hurt and reflect on how to move forward,” Kaine said.The Governor released the following statement:“I am deeply sorry for the decision I made to appear as I did in this photo and for the hurt that decision caused then and now.“This behavior is not in keeping with who I am today and the values I have fought for throughout my career in the military, in medicine, and in public service.“But I want to be clear, I understand how this decision shakes Virginians’ faith in that commitment.“I recognize that it will take time and serious effort to heal the damage this conduct has caused. I am ready to do that important work. The first step is to offer my sincerest apology and to state my absolute commitment to living up to the expectations Virginians set for me when they elected me to be their Governor.”Several hours later, Northam posted a video on Twitter saying his previous statement fell “far short of the standard you set for me when you elected me to be your governor” and “I believe you deserve to hear directly from me.”“That photo, and the racist and offensive attitudes it represents, does not reflect the person I am today, or the way that I have conducted myself as a soldier, a doctor, and a public servant,” Northam said.“I am deeply sorry. I cannot change the decisions I made, nor can I undo the harm my behavior caused then and today. But I accept responsibility for my past actions, and I am ready to do the hard work of regaining your trust.”last_img read more

M6 closed due to cows on motorway near West MidlandsWarwickshire border

first_imgGet the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailUPDATE: The carriageway reopened – although it is now shut again due to an accident near junction 3. More on that here. The M6 motorway is closed near the West Midlands/Warwickshire border this morning after cows escaped onto the carriageway – with the road expected to remain closed for several more hours. The motorway has been closed in both directions since late on Saturday night after the animals escaped onto the road between junction 4 and junction 4a. The cattle are believed to have got onto the motorway at around 11.30pm last night, and Warwickshire Police and Highways England are waiting for daylight to ensure all the cows are cleared. A Highways England spokesman said: “The M6 is closed in both directions between junctions 4 and 4a, due to a number of cows that have escaped their nearby enclosure and who have found their way onto the motorway. ” Bad weather in the region, with a yellow weather warning in place across the West Midlands, is also impeding the retrieval of the animals. Read MoreYellow weather warning issued for Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire as heavy rain forecast The Highways England spokesman added: “Deteriorating weather conditions (heavy rain, thunder and lightening) is hampering our efforts to deal with the loose cows on the motorway. “Expectation is that we will have to keep the motorway closed until daylight, so that we can be sure all of the cows have been captured and that there are none left behind in the tall bushes or dense undergrowth.” Diversions are currently in place in both directions and traffic is being advised to take alternative routes. Diversions in Place:Highways England say they have the following diversions in place. Northbound – Exit the M6 northbound at junction 4 and join the A446 northbound towards Coleshill. At Coleshill, exit the A446 and join the B4114 towards Birmingham. Then join the A452 westbound towards Castle Bromwich. Continue on the A452 to then join the A38 at Tyburn Island. Follow the road signs towards Birmingham city centre. Re-join the M6 northbound at Salford Circus (M6 junction 6). Follow the hollow black circle diversion symbol. Southbound – Traffic approaching the closure at junction 4a is diverted onto the M42 northbound. Travel M42 northbound and exit the M42 at junction 9. Travel around the roundabout and re-join the M42 in the opposite direction at junction 9, travelling southbound. Follow the overhead motorway signs for the M6 southbound. Re-join the M6 southbound at junction 3a. Follow the hollow diamond diversion symbol.last_img read more