Toronto Raptors vs LA The Pros and Cons for Kawhi Leonard

first_imgTORONTO (SPORTSNET) – Today, Kawhi Leonard turns 28 years old. Tomorrow, the free-agency negotiating period will open up at 6 p.m. ET, and the two-time NBA Finals MVP will hit the open market when officially opts out of his $21.3 million player option. He has some decisions to make as he weighs his options between now and when he is first able to sign a new contract at noon on July 6.It won’t be surprising if Leonard is the first big domino in free agency to fall as the league waits on him. Unlike the other big names, Leonard has no current injury issues (Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson) or chemistry concerns (Jimmy Butler, Kyrie Irving). Leonard has the best winning percentage in NBA history (minimum 400 games played) at .754, surpassing Magic Johnson (.740) and Larry Bird (.736). Wherever he goes will immediately become a championship contender.Toronto, you’d assume, would be in the driver’s seat.The only player not to return to his team after winning Finals MVP is Michael Jordan who retired twice, after three-peating with the Chicago Bulls.Normally money is the greatest motivator. However, Leonard already gave up the chance to get a $221 million supermax by leaving San Antonio. So, if he decides not to return to Toronto that’s a total of $80 million he could have walked away from in consecutive off-seasons.The Raptors ostensibly will have first and last word on pitching Leonard to stay. But that alone won’t be enough to seal the deal.With the LeBron James recruitment being the closest comp, the Miami Heat had the last word in 2014 and the Chicago Bulls had the last word in 2010 and it didn’t matter. King James signed elsewhere both times.Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN was one of the first to report that Leonard’s focus is on Los Angeles.Stephen A Smith recently reported the Los Angeles Lakers should be considered a credible option along with the long rumoured Los Angeles Clippers. Marc Stein of the New York Times feels the Lakers are the biggest threat and only landing Durant would help the Clippers.But Leonard is the biggest enigma in sports because nobody knows what he wants and what motivates him. It’s refreshing Leonard’s camp doesn’t leak news to the media or make followers decipher the subliminal meaning of emojis. In an era when the tampering process is public and extended to holding franchises hostage, Leonard doesn’t engage in the normal free agency, silly-season trappings. Leonard’s free-agency handling is admirable but also tough to handicap.Whenever I’ve had a tough decision my father implored me to chart out the potential pros and cons. Here’s a list breaking down the negatives and positives of Leonard’s biggest suitors to examine what he might be weighing. But let’s be honest, we all have no idea.Los Angeles Clippers – ConCopy catAnything the Clippers pitch would be in the hope of approximating the feat Leonard just did in Toronto. Everything the Raptors implemented would be the Clippers’ blueprint, down to even style of play and roster construction.Clipper nation It might be an issue that Raptors fans are too involved. On the otherhand, Clippers don’t have fans. Clipper nation is an ironic term as the Clippers are by far second fiddle in the marketplace, meanwhile, the Raptors are the basketball team of a nation. The UCLA Bruins basketball program is more intensely followed and covered when they are good than the Clippers. Hard to settle for that after being adorned by over a million people at a championship parade.Selling as a Clipper The stigma that Leonard can’t sell merchandise in Canada is now gone as his shoes and shoes were sold out in minutes both in store and online every time New Balance released an allotment throughout the playoffs. But can he sell shoes to a fanbase as a Clipper? Especially at the same time as James and the Lakers are good? Chris Paul and Blake Griffin both captivated fans during the Lob City era, but that didn’t translate to the shoe or jersey sales you’d expect from all-star level play in L.A.Steve Ballmer Can you imagine Steve Ballmer and Leonard alone in a room? I’m not sure there are two more opposite people involved in the NBA. Let’s just say Ballmer is very intense but in a loud way not in the understated way Leonard is. When you google Steve Ballmer and type a “c” after his name, the search autocompletes to “crazy,” not championship. Ballmer isn’t in the background barely seen and never heard like Larry Tanenbaum.Los Angeles Clippers – ProStrong core and culture The Clippers just took the Durant-led Golden State Warriors to six games in the first round. If you add Leonard and another max player the Clippers are an immediate championship contender. The Clippers could sell him on the fact he could become the first player to have Finals MVP on three different teams.Money Management The Clippers have schemed and waited patiently for this exact moment. They don’t have any bad contracts on the books, and every move that has been made in the Ballmer era has either added assets, cleared cap space or both. Due to the collective bargaining agreement, Ballmer has a ceiling on players’ salaries, so he’s decided to make his competitive advantage executive pay. The Clippers front office boasts president of basketball operations Lawrence Frank, GM Michael Winger and consultant Jerry West. Winger is so determined to stay with the Clippers he turned down a promotion with the Minnesota Timberwolves to be their president of basketball operations. West’s voice, in particular, is important. The Lakers’ and Grizzlies’ front offices struggled after he left. Time will tell how the Warriors fare without him advising Bob Myers. In the Bay area, West was a big part of the Durant recruitment, and one of the reasons the Warriors balked on a trade of Thompson for Kevin Love in 2013.With the Clippers young talent, championship-winning coach in Doc Rivers, incoming draft picks, cap space and beefed up front office, they are in line to compete for a while if they can land a star or two to lead the way.HomeThe Clippers offer Leonard employment close to his home in southern California. In January, Leonard reportedly bought a $13-million mansion in San Diego. As Toronto Maple Leafs fans learned last July with John Tavares, sometimes the draw of going home is enough.Los Angeles Lakers – ProHomeSee above.Media Requests Leonard would literally have no media pressure as a Laker. Leonard has been a reluctant star in terms of his desire for the limelight. He’s always cordial and accommodating, but it’s clear the media side of the business is an obligation not an opportunity in his mind. In Los Angeles, that burden would be lifted as LeBron James will always command the biggest scrum and the most questions. Leonard could fly under the radar in plain sight and concentrate all his energy on the part of being a pro he likes, playing basketball.Usage Rate Reduction The benefit of playing with James and Anthony Davis would be Leonard’s usage would come way down from the 30.3 it was last season. Leonard could preserve his body even more and see less of the loaded defences he experienced in the playoffs with Toronto. Bringing that usage down would be a preventive way to ensure he stays health and enjoys a long career.Los Angeles Lakers – ConOff ball After working his way back to the status where he is considered one of, if not the best player in the world, is Kawhi Leonard really going to be a three and D spacer? Why would Leonard want to watch James and Davis run pick and rolls while he stands in the corner providing offensive gravity. Neither James or Leonard specialize as off the ball players. Leonard got to take all the big shots with Toronto and got the majority of the credit when it won. Irving learned that even when you do get the chance to take and make big shots, all the credit goes to James. Players are often willing to sacrifice when they have yet to win a championship and/or they are ageing, not in their prime coming off a title.Dynasty killer Leonard is building a legacy as the NBA’s Robin Hood. He’s been the super team, dynasty killer on two different occasions. It would be off-brand for him to join a dynasty with the most iconic franchise in the sport.Soap opera The Lakers have been a soap opera this off-season. From Magic Johnson’s impromptu resignation, to the stories about their toxic culture, to Rob Pelinka’s revealed untruths and misremembering’s. Rob Pelinka and Jeannie Buss aren’t exactly who any star would feel confident entrusting their future with. And the drama may not end as the coaching staff is stocked with two assistants with previous head coaching experience as ready-made replacements in the event Frank Vogel fails. That’s not an ideal working an environment for a team where anything but a title will be a letdown. Leonard is the league’s most drama-free superstar so the reality show that is the Lake show isn’t a good fit. On the contrary, in Toronto, anything in addition to the title he delivered last season is extra credit.Toronto Raptors – ConRaptors fans have no chillThere is a downside to being beloved by a country, you have nowhere to hide in that country. Since bringing the Larry O’Brien trophy to Canada, he’s been followed and photographed everywhere from Niagara Falls to on vacation Barbados. The Kawhi stalking got so bad the mayor and the Raptors superfan had to call a press conference about it. For someone as private as Leonard, being adored could get old real fast. On the flip side in LA, there are so many stars everywhere, the sighting of Leonard isn’t going to set off alarms.WeatherThe Clipper billboard to recruit Leonard shouldn’t have said Toronto is in Canada it should have said Toronto is cold. There is nothing Masai Ujiri can do to bring the Pacific Ocean to Toronto and make it sunny every day. Despite what Lou Williams has to say the biggest obstacle for Toronto in it’s pursuit of Leonard is that it resides on the Eastern Seaboard. Leonard is a self-proclaimed “garage-to-garage,” guy so it’s not like he’s shivering and waiting for public transit like I am. But when you’re born in a warm climate and have only ever lived in one your entire life, it’s more than reasonable to want to return to one as soon as possible.Toronto Raptors – ProFiscal Responsibility The Raptors offer the long-term security of a five-year, $190-million deal ($38 million per year), while the Lakers, Clippers, or any another team, can only offer $140 million over four years. Given his previous injury issues, Leonard might be inclined to take the guaranteed money up front.Leonard could sign a two-year or one-year contract with a player option That would allow him to run it back and chase another ring with the Raptors. That way he’d be in line to make even more money if he signs a long-term deal in 2021, when he will have 10 years of service and thus is eligible to receive 35% of his team’s cap.Proven Success Leonard averaged career-highs in scoring and minutes played per game last year with Toronto. He’s in a system catered to his strengths, with players who adequately balance supporting him and giving him space to dominate. Those factors aren’t a given with the Clippers and are doubtful with the Lakers.ContinuityEntering the playoffs, the starting lineup of Kyle Lowry, Pascal Siakam, Leonard, Marc Gasol and Danny Green logged just 161 regular-season minutes in 14 games. Part of the reason they got better as the playoffs went on is because they were still learning to play together. The championship level they played at isn’t their ceiling. The continuity that Toronto provides makes a title for Leonard in 2020 the most likely if he stays put.We The East The Eastern Conference provides an easier road to the Finals than the West.The rest of the East is descending. The Boston Celtics look like they are going to lose two stars and both their point guards in free agency. The Philadelphia 76ers have three starters that are free agents. They might lose all three, but they certainly can’t keep all three and stay cap compliant.The Raptors, on the other hand, finished the season as the best team in the East and are getting better.FutureIn addition to Leonard, Green, Patrick McCaw and Jeremy Lin are free agents this summer.Kyle Lowry, Serge Ibaka, and Fred VanVleet all have just one year left on their deal and Gasol opted in for his $25.6 million player option and thus is in the last year of his deal.Most of the Raptors will have their contracts expire by next summer, except for Norman Powell (2022) and OG Anunoby (2021).With Lowry, Gasol, Ibaka and VanVleet expiring, that’s over $90 million coming off Toronto’s books in the summer of 2020. Siakam, Powell and Anunoby are all under contract for 2020. Siakam will likely get even better as the vast majority of NBA MIP winners go on to become all-stars. Anunoby was expected to take the leap Siakam took last year, but was dogged by injury and personal issuesIf Leonard wants a team with a bunch of roster spots and cap space to recruit his friends, he doesn’t need to go to the Clippers to get it. He can get that in Toronto, all he has to do is wait a year.Load ManagementThe two things Leonard mentioned he wanted in his career were health and a chance to win a title. In 2019 Toronto delivered on both. Leonard played only 60 of 82 regular-season games this year. It would be prudent to manage his load wherever he goes to make sure to protect the investment. But only one franchise cannot just talk about it hypothetically – they’ve done it. The Raptors and director of sports science, Alex McKechnie, not only handled Leonard’s health beautifully they incorporated his own medical team and his wishes into their plan.Masai Ujiri The fact Ujiri stayed in Toronto is a good starting point. It would naturally be a lot harder to sell Leonard on returning if Ujiri jumped ship to the Washington Wizards or any other franchise. When Ujiri is selling Leonard on the virtues of the situation in Toronto, he can do so with the credibility as he’s rebuffed multiple lucrative opportunities to leave. The other credibility Ujiri brings is his body of work. The Raptors under Ujiri since 2013-14, have the fourth-best wins-loss record in the NBA at 321-171 and the fourth-most playoff wins with 37.King of the North In Toronto, Leonard isn’t just playing for a city or even a state he’s playing for a country. The notion his greatness is hidden in Canada isn’t correct. The 2019 NBA Finals combined audience in the U.S. and Canada is was up 11 per cent compared to 2018. In Canada game six of the Finals was the most-watched NBA game ever as 56 per cent of Canadians tuned in for part of the 2019 Finals. When his New Balance shoes in the Raptors colourway are selling for more than it cost to attend a game or even attend a year of university, it’s clear being in Canada is not bad for his brand but quite the opposite.last_img read more

Global markets rise on further signs of US economic growth Italian concessions

first_imgTORONTO – Further signs of U.S. economic growth and budget concessions in Italy drove global markets higher as crude prices returned to a near four-year high.U.S. private payroll data released Wednesday showed potential for a strong upcoming jobs report while the ISM non-manufacturing index for September beat expectations, said Anish Chopra, managing director with Portfolio Management Corp.The index, which measures economic activity, registered 61.6 per cent for the highest level since the index was created in 2008.Market concern was alleviated when Italy gave signs that if would cut its budget deficit and tackle its debt in the coming years.The S&P/TSX composite index closed up 54.82 points to 16,072.05, after hitting a high of 16,082.26 on 223.2 million shares traded.The increase was led by a nearly five per cent gain in the health-care sector, which includes some of the biggest names in the marijuana business, and the important energy sector, which was up 1.9 per cent.“There’s been a strong move in the price of oil over the last number of weeks and months and that continues today,” Chopra said in an interview. “The price of natural gas has been up the last number of days and you can see that in the performance of the energy sector.”The November crude contract was up $1.18 at US$76.41 per barrel, hitting its highest level since November 2014. The November natural gas contract was up 6.4 cents at US$3.23 per mmBTU.Chopra said energy prices rose on the back of stronger demand because of a growing U.S. economy and supply issues related to impending U.S. sanctions on Iran that will constrain oil supplies.Meanwhile, gold and utilities were lower because interest rates are creeping up, uncertainty in Canada is lessening following the announcement of a new NAFTA deal and Canadian government bond yields are climbing.“As yields rise you tend to see utility prices fall in sympathy with government bond yields rising,” he said.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average reached another new high, gaining 54.45 points to close at 26,828.39. The S&P 500 index rose 2.08 points to 2,925.51, while the Nasdaq composite was up 25.54 points at 8,025.08.The Canadian dollar traded at an average of 77.93 cents US compared with an average of 78.02 cents US on Tuesday.The December gold contract was down US$4.10 at US$1,202.90 an ounce and the December copper contract was up 2.75 cents at US$2.83 a pound.last_img read more

Feds have options to cut risk for Trans Mountain pipeline investors says

first_img“One of the ways to make sure there is more certainty is to look at possible financial arrangements that would help de-risk the project.”Pipeline builder Kinder Morgan has halted all non-essential spending on the project until it gets assurances from Ottawa that the issues will be resolved. The federal government has until May 31 to respond.Trudeau has put a lot of political eggs in the Trans Mountain basket, risking political capital among climate-change activists in search of middle ground that allows for pipeline construction alongside improved environmental safeguards.Trudeau, who is currently in Peru for the Summit of the Americas, was originally supposed to fly to Paris directly from Lima on Sunday for meetings with French President Emmanuel Macron. Instead, he’ll be back in the national capital in search of a resolution to anintractable and politically perilous dispute.Carr refused to discuss the specific financial options available, other than to say there are many of them on the table and they’re all being considered.One of those options, however, is to buy a stake in the pipeline, something Notley has already said Alberta would be willing to do Canada and Alberta could jointly buy the pipeline outright, or at least a significant stake in the project.Another option is to provide a guaranteed source of revenue for private investors if the pipeline completion date misses the target for when returns on their investments were supposed to start flowing. Carr was only prepared to say Sunday’s meeting between Trudeau and the premiers would be a chance for the various sides to share their positions and try and talk things out _ not necessarily a day when further action would be announced.That, said Sears, would be a bad political move.“If they come out of that meeting on Sunday and (Trudeau) says, ‘We’ve made good progress and I’m off to Paris,’ it will cost them severely,” he said.University of British Columbia politics professor Kathryn Harrison said she doesn’t know that there is a way for everyone to come out of Sunday’s meeting with a win.“They have drawn lines in the sand that are simply incompatible,” said Harrison.Trudeau and Carr have spent more than two years accusing the former Conservative government of themselves failing to build pipelines because they stacked the deck against environmental concerns, failing in the process to get the social license necessary to allow the projects to proceed.The Liberals introduced new review processes that accounted for things like the potential greenhouse gas emissions resulting from increased oil flows. The National Energy Board’s 2016 approval of Trans Mountain required monitoring and upstream emissions offsetsrelated to construction.But environmental concerns remain including the risk of higher emissions from increased oilsands production and the environmental impact of a spill. As a result, environmentalists who helped get Trudeau elected are now doubting his commitment to the cause.Harrison said Trudeau has staked a claim on being able to reconcile both interests, offering up the pipeline and the resulting ability to get resources to market _ as a quid pro quo toget provincial and stakeholder support for a carbon price and environmental investments.“That was the compromise and they got pretty far with it,” Harrison said, noting all provinces but Saskatchewan signed onto the climate change framework.“We’re at that point now where the trains are colliding. This is a moment of truth for Canada and a country that relies heavily on producing fossil fuels.”(THE CANADIAN PRESS) The company had targeted May 31 as the make-or-break deadline to start construction if the pipeline was to hit those investment targets. That date is now the drop-dead date Kinder Morgan has given Canada to prove the company should have the confidence to move forward.Political strategist Robin Sears, a principal at Earnscliffe Strategy Group, said another option would be to increase spending on the environmental protection side, including on improved research into preventing and mitigating the impacts of a diluted bitumenspill.“The company has not done what it needs to have done to satisfy the people of B.C. they have taken the steps necessary to protect the environment,” said Sears.Sears said the Trudeau government has an oceans protection plan on paper, but hasn’t done much if anything to put it into action.center_img OTTAWA, O.N. – Canada is considering several ways to reduce the financial risk for Kinder Morgan investors spooked by the uncertainty plaguing the planned Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr said Friday as a high-level, make-or-break meeting loomed on the horizon.The government is still examining its options, Carr said, but won’t commit to a course of action before Sunday, when Prime Minister Justin Trudeau jets home from Peru for a hastily organized meeting in Ottawa with British Columbia Premier John Horgan and Alberta Premier Rachel Notley.“What we’re now faced with is to find ways to make sure there is more certainty than there is now,” Carr said in an interview with The Canadian Press.last_img read more

Ban Kimoon profoundly relieved at release of BBCs Alan Johnston

4 July 2007United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today voiced relief at the release of BBC correspondent Alan Johnston following 16 weeks of captivity in Gaza, and called for other kidnap victims to be freed. United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today voiced relief at the release of BBC correspondent Alan Johnston following 16 weeks of captivity in Gaza, and called for other kidnap victims to be freed.“The Secretary-General is profoundly relieved at the release,” a spokesman for Mr. Ban said in a statement released in Turin, Italy, calling for the earliest release without conditions of kidnap victims detained in similar circumstances. “He pays tribute to Mr. Johnston’s dignity and resilience in captivity, and equally, to the professional reporting of the BBC worldwide, in which Mr. Johnston has long been a gifted and reliable voice,” the spokesman said.The Secretary-General also acknowledged the work of all parties involved in the release, which he called “a crucial reminder of the need to protect not only the freedom, but the security and safety, of the media around the world.”In Paris, the Director-General of the UN Educational, Cultural and Scientific Organization (UNESCO) also expressed relief at Mr. Johnston’s liberation.“I am relieved and delighted that Alan Johnston has finally been freed, safe and sound,” said Koïchiro Matsuura. “He and his family have displayed remarkable courage during this terrible ordeal.”Stressing that journalists must be able to operate without fear for their security, he congratulated all those who advocated for Mr. Johnston’s release. “Alan Johnston was held captive longer than any other journalist abducted in Gaza . It is now up to Palestinian authorities to see that those responsible are located and swiftly brought to justice,” said the Director-General. read more

Majority owner of SunRype Products Ltd proposing to take the company private

Majority owner of Sun-Rype Products Ltd. proposing to take the company private KELOWNA, B.C. – Sun-Rype Products Ltd. (TSX:SRF) says its majority owner Great Pacific Industries Inc. has proposed to take the company private in a deal that values it at about $81 million.Great Pacific Industries Inc., a member of The Jim Pattison Group, and SRF Acquisition Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Great Pacific, has offered $7.50 per share for the stake it does not already own.Great Pacific and its affiliates currently own a 54 per cent stake in Sun-Rype or roughly 5.82 million shares.Shares in Sun-Rype, which revealed the proposal after the close of markets Friday, closed down 29 cents at $5.76 on the Toronto Stock Exchange.A committee of the independent members of the board of directors has been established to review the offer, which would require approval by a majority of the minority shareholders of Sun-Rype.Sun-Rype makes and sells fruit-based juices and snacks. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Canadian Press Posted Jun 28, 2013 6:24 pm MDT read more

Brock Media Clips for Friday July 13

Here’s a look at some of the media attention Brock University received recently.Brock receives nearly $1 million in health research funding: Two teams of researchers at Brock have been awarded research funding through the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. Niagara This Week covered the story in their latest edition.Art for Animals: Its Historical Significance for Advocacy: Brock University Associate Professor of Art History Keri Cronin was interviewed by Psychology Today about her new book, Art for Animals, which focuses on animals in art and activism.Canes announce hockey operations promotions: Brock University Sport Management alumni Darren Yorke joins the list of SPMA grads who have taken on major roles on professional sports teams. wrote about Yorke’s promotion.Williamson busy building: BP Sports Niagara writes about the contract signing of Brock Badgers men’s hockey coach Marty Williamson and his preparations for the upcoming season.If you know of an appearance or story about a Brock faculty member, student, athlete or alumni, please drop us a line with a link to the story at read more

Novichok victim reveals he accidentally gave girlfriend nerve agent perfume bottle as

The couple became ill at a property in Muggleton Road in Amesbury, eight miles from Salisbury, and were taken to hospital.Mr Rowley and Ms Sturgess, 44, were victims of the second nerve agent attack in four months following the case of Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia. 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. They were found unconscious on a park bench in Salisbury in March.Police are believed to have identified the suspected perpetrators of the Novichok attack on Russian former spy Mr Skripal and his daughter.Mr Rowley, 45, was discharged from Salisbury District Hospital on Friday after being admitted on June 30.Video: Victims’ friend tells how couple fell ill Speaking about those who discarded the bottle, Mr Rowley told The Sun: “It’s very careless of them, the way they go about their business leaving things lying around.”It was meant for someone, it was wrong to leave it lying around for anyone to pick up. There could have been children playing with it.”Meanwhile, his brother, Matthew Rowley, told The Mirror: “His legs are playing up and he can’t really walk. He was up on Sunday but he is really weak still. “I’ve been trying to push him for information but he has been through a really traumatic thing.”It’s difficult talking to him as he still can’t really remember anything. He hasn’t talked about Dawn and I don’t want to ask because I’m trying to lift his spirits, not bring them down.”Matthew Rowley told the newspaper that his brother is “very lethargic” and “does not seem himself”. One of the Amesbury novichok attack victims has revealed that he accidentally gave his girlfriend who died from the poison a tainted bottle that he believed to contain perfume as a present.Charlie Rowley’s partner Dawn Sturgess died on July 8 after the pair became exposed to the deadly nerve agent after handling a contaminated bottle later found in Mr Rowley’s home.Mr Rowley said he recalls a “cosmetic bottle”, which he gave to Ms Sturgess.”I’m feeling very low about Dawn,” he told The Sun newspaper. “I remember finding a cosmetic bottle which I had picked up and gave it to Dawn as a present.”I feel very sad about what happened to her, it’s awful and shocking. I was still on medication when they told me she passed away. I don’t think I will ever be able to get over it.”My heart goes out to Dawn’s family. It’s amazing that I’m alive. In a way I feel lucky I survived but I’ve also lost so much.” read more

World Cup star Briggs takes inspiration from Wilkinson and ROG

first_imgWilkinson’s kicking routine involved envisioning a can of beer in a fan’s hand behind the posts, and then attempting to hit the vessel with his kick. Leigh Halfpenny closes his eyes and transports himself back to home village Gorseinon before each attempt at goal.Does Briggs share repeated habits such as those? She has read Wilkinson’s book, studying the craft and its component parts, as well as speaking to other place-kickers.“I’ve often had chats with Ian Keatley [Munster’s out-half] about it,” answers Briggs, there are loads of different things. You pick a target usually and, for me, it’s very much a mental thing then, because I feel if I can get my mental side right, more often than not the kick will go over the bar.“You do pick a target. I’m definitely not at the standard of Jonny Wilkinson where I can pick a beer can. It’s usually something behind the goal, a billboard or a tree, or something like that. I focus on that and go through my set routine.”“I usually just try to talk myself into a calm demeanour and then you have key points that you keep reiterating to yourself. They’re the ones I say before every kick and that’s usually in my head.”The 70th-minute penalty against New Zealand yesterday with the game tied at 14-14 , received an enforced version of Briggs’ key points. The result was a game-winning three points for Ireland.Before the last kick yesterday, I actually said them out loud to really focus in on it.”Briggs credits McWilliams with a steadying influence over her place-kicking, pointing out that both she and Ireland’s coaching staff view place-kicks as often being “the winning or losing of the game.”“Greg is all about getting the best out of players,” says Briggs. “You can see that from the way we attack. He comes on the pitch and he’s calm and cool. Before that last kick yesterday, he was almost having the chats with me, to try and calm me down.” The Munster fullback on the counter-attack against the Kiwis. Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHOAway from the tee, Briggs has been inspirational for Ireland too. Her kicking from hand has been especially important, gaining Ireland vital territory and frustrating the US and Kiwis as the ball flew beyond their covering defenders.In a game where the end-over-end punt has become the norm, Briggs’ classical spiralling style of kicking is a breath of fresh air.Her intelligent counter-attack and accurate pass sent Miller clear to score in the left-hand corner against the Black Ferns, while Briggs’ cover tackling has been as reliable as ever in covering any busts of Ireland’s formidable front-up defence.Putting it all together, Briggs is contributing in a major way to Irish women’s rugby, which has been consistently improving and impressing in recent years. This group can inspire a new generation of female rugby players, something Briggs would love to see.It’s great to see that the game is evolving all the time and that’s what we want – more girls playing rugby.“We want more girls to be out playing and enjoying it. I’m not sure about inspiration and role models, but in terms of trying to get people playing, it’s brilliant if we can do that.”Close shave for Women’s Rugby S&C coach after All Blacks vowWatch highlights of Ireland’s historic Rugby World Cup win over New Zealand I’ll never forget the very first session in Bohs, I turned up and there were 22 girls at training,” explains Briggs. “Ian Costello [now an assistant coach with Munster] pulled us in afterwards and said, ‘This is not good enough, everybody needs to be training.’“That kind of attitude really helped me to understand what’s needed. You have the likes of Fiona Coghlan, Caroline Mahon, Jeannette Feighery – all these girls who were seasoned internationals. Briggs sinks to her knees at the final whistle in Marcoussis. Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHO“You could go in and hit a bag in training and they’d rile you out of it in front of everyone because you didn’t hit it hard enough. They had a mantra there that you should train the way you play.”The standards in Annacotty proved a “wake-up call” for Briggs, who had only just returned from playing for Ireland at the 2010 World Cup in England. The sight of Coghlan “absolutely pummelling” into contact sessions on the wettest, coldest nights inspired the same “attitude and enthusiasm for the game” in Briggs.One of the areas the Waterford native looked to address in her training approach was place-kicking, which has proved so important for Ireland in the current World Cup.Briggs stands at an 80% success rate after two games, slotting eight of her 10 efforts at goal. Having taken to place-kicking when she moved to Clonmel in ’08, the evolution has been fascinating.It was a natural progression. It was one of the easiest parts of the game, coming from a GAA background, to be able to kick. In the women’s game, kicking isn’t very big, so it’s hard to get coaching in it.“But after the 2010 World Cup, I really felt like I let myself down in that aspect of the game. I spoke to Ian Costello, and he’s done a lot of work with me. I was always pressing myself via YouTube videos of Jonny Wilkinson, ROG, Jonny Sexton, these guys, trying to emulate them.“I kind of had a natural instinct for it, but sometimes couldn’t get the consistency. That’s where Cossie and Greg McWilliams [Ireland’s attack, backs and skills guru] have really helped me in the last few years, that consistency in return rates. I’m delighted it seems to be going well for me at the moment.”That said, the perfectionist in Briggs is not content.I missed one in the US game, I missed one yesterday, both very kickable. I’m not there just yet, but I’m striving for it.” FROM HUMBLE BEGINNINGS in Dungarvan, County Waterford, Niamh Briggs has developed into a star of global women’s rugby.Following a superb try-scoring performance in Ireland’s World Cup opener against the US on Friday, the 29-year-old fullback kicked seven points and set up Alison Miller’s crucial try in yesterday’s historic 17-14 victory over New Zealand.Not that Briggs’ and the Irish squad’s ambitions end with that success.“For us, it’s only step two in the five-step process of the ultimate goal,” points out Briggs, who plays her club rugby for UL Bohemians in Limerick. Victory over Kazakhstan on Saturday will send Ireland into a first-ever World Cup semi-final.Briggs began playing rugby with local club Dungarvan in 2007, having been brought up in a GAA family – older brother Shane is the current captain of Waterford’s footballers.After swiftly adapting and excelling in rugby, Briggs made the move to Clonmel RFC a year later in order to play senior rugby. In 2010, the Garda was re-stationed to Limerick and opted to join a highly-professional set-up at UL Bohs.last_img read more

The government is going to use drones to crack down on illegal

first_imgThe government is going to use drones to crack down on illegal dumping Local authorities and community groups can now apply for funding under the initiative. 10,239 Views Feb 15th 2018, 6:04 PM Thursday 15 Feb 2018, 6:04 PM By Andrew Roberts THE GOVERNMENT IS increasing funding for drone, satellite and surveillance technology to try to stop people from illegally dumping rubbish.Calling it ‘economic and environmental treason’, Minister for Environment Denis Naughten is allocating €2 million for a targeted crackdown on illegal dumping blackspot across the country.The Minister says covert surveillance, drones, satellites and CCTV cameras will form a central part of the crackdown, with prosecution for those caught.He says that last year’s campaign removed over 2.8 thousand tonnes of waste from public and private lands, beaches, walking routes and residential areas.This year’s Anti-Illegal Dumping Initiative was launched by Minister Naughten and Minister of Rural and Community Development Michael Ring and is an increase from the €1.3 million spent last year.Local authorities and community groups can now apply for funding under the initiative.Minister Naughten added:Ireland is fighting back and reclaiming our rivers, beaches, parks and walkways from illegal dumpers. The response to last year’s anti-dumping initiative from the public and local authorities was unprecedented.He said that unauthorised bogus waste collectors and ‘man with a van’ operations advertising on the internet or through leaflets will also be targeted and he advised that householders should always ask to see a permit before engaging with any bulky waste disposal operators.Applications for funding are being invited from local authorities for consideration by the relevant waste enforcement local authority and the selection criteria.Funding will also continue to be made available to support enforcement personnel in accessing the latest ICT enforcement tools.Minister Naughten said:Local communities were central to the success of the Anti-Dumping Initiative last year and they will be again this year.These communities are the backbone of our counties and they are also victims, reporters, witnesses and partners in the clean-up and control of sites that are targeted by fly-tippers.”Read: ‘Prosecutions for illegal dumping expected after covert CCTV operations in Wicklow and Dublin’ 48 Comments center_img File photo Image: Shutterstock/Aunging Share181 Tweet Email1 Short URL Image: Shutterstock/Aunging Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article File photolast_img read more

Tom Holland Responds to Disney-Sony Spider-Man Feud

first_img Jake Gyllenhaal Avoids Questions About Mysterio in Sinister SixSony Pictures CEO Says ‘Door Is Closed’ for Now on Spider-Man Split Tom Holland is hopeful for Spider-Man’s future: The Avengers: Endgame star recently addressed the Disney-Sony deal feud and said he will play the web-slinging hero in future films.Holland made an appearance at Disney’s D23 Expo in Anaheim, California, on Saturday, and addressed Spider-Man’s potential departure from the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), Entertainment Weekly reported. Even though Disney and Sony have not agreed on a deal for future Spider-Man films at this time, Holland said the future of his character “will be different, but equally as awesome and amazing.”“Basically, we’ve made five great movies,” Holland told Entertainment Weekly, speaking about his time with the MCU. “It’s been five amazing years. I’ve had the time of my life. Who knows what the future holds?”Holland explained how he will continue to play Spider-Man in future movies, regardless of what happens between Disney and Sony.“All I know is that I’m going to continue playing Spider-Man and having the time of my life. It’s going to be so fun, however, we choose to do it,” Holland added. “The future for Spider-Man will be different, but it will be equally as awesome and amazing, and we’ll find new ways to make it even cooler.”We Love You 3000 Tom Holland!— Rotten Tomatoes (@RottenTomatoes) August 25, 2019Holland’s D23 Expo update comes on the heels of Disney and Sony disagreeing over co-financing. Earlier this week, news broke out about Disney and Sony failing to reach a deal over Spider-Man films and Sony Pictures announced that Marvel Studio president Kevin Feige won’t be producing Sony Pictures’ next live-action Spider-Man movie.Kevin Feige and Tom Holland confirms that the relationship between Sony and Disney is over. The future for Spider-Man will be different.— Marvel Universe (@77MCU) August 25, 2019Feige also talked about his reaction to the Disney-Sony dispute, stating that “there was a finite amount of time” to tell Spider-Man’s story.“We got to make five films within the MCU with Spider-Man: two standalone films and three with the Avengers. It was a dream that I never thought would happen. It was never meant to last forever,” Feige told Entertainment Weekly at the D23 Expo. “We knew there was a finite amount of time that we’d be able to do this, and we told the story we wanted to tell, and I’ll always be thankful for that.”Avengers: Endgame cast members, including Jeremy Renner and Elizabeth Olsen, also spoke out about the Disney-Sony dispute and how they’re not happy about Spider-Man potentially leaving the MCU.“That’s so sad. It really is sad. Tom [Holland], first off is the greatest Spider-Man to me, he actually has that youthful energy and the ability physically and emotionally…he’s just been incredible,” Olsen told Variety at the D23 Expo. “I think it’s a big loss and it’s really too bad.Watch: Robert Downey Jr. Says He Knew It Was Time to Retire From MCUMore on Downey Jr. and Tom Holland Reunite Amid Spider-Man DisputeSpider-Man Artist Todd McFarlane Comments on Disney-Sony Feud‘Avengers’ Star Jeremy Renner: ‘Sony We Want Spider-Man Back’ Stay on targetlast_img read more

Publix volunteers help South Florida nonprofits

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – Publix associates volunteered to help nonprofits in the local community, Tuesday.Volunteers with Publix supermarket aided the Children’s Home Society of Florida.They helped paint and landscape their playground and garden. Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. We had more than 5,500 associates participate in our annual #PublixServes Day. Share your photos with us!— Publix (@Publix) April 4, 2017This is just one of many events Publix took part in across the Southeast, Tuesday.More than 5,500 associates volunteered with over 150 different organizations. last_img read more

What Does it Mean to be Green

first_imgTired of “green” issues? You can thank Al Gore.It wasn’t long ago—maybe three years—that a magazine publishing a so-called “green” issue was considered innovative, leading—even brave. Now that seemingly every magazine feels it necessary to publish a green issue, it’s become trendy to the point of annoyance—what experts refer to as “green fatigue.” But what does it mean—really mean—to be green in publishing in 2008? And, more importantly, where is “green” publishing headed?In this report you’ll find out what publishers are doing to be green in every part of the business—from production and manufacturing to circulation and distribution, editorial and design to marketing and events. We have also suggested some industry standards for going green throughout the publishing workflow.In doing so, we’ll hopefully separate those publishers touting “lip-service” initiatives, and those who have made the effort and the expense to be green where it counts: on the back end of the business.PRODUCTION | The Paper ProblemOPERATIONS | The Importance of Stewardship in SustainabilityEDITORIAL | Does the World Really Need Another ‘Green Issue’?DISTRIBUTION | Efficiency—And Sustainability—At the NewsstandEVENTS | How Eco-Friendly Can a Live Event Be?MARKETING | A Paperless Future?DIGITAL | Using Digital Editions to Go GreenGREEN GLOSSARY | Terms You Need to KnowGREEN CHECKLIST | What One Publisher Did to Push Sustainabilitylast_img read more

Poll Who Do You Think Voters Will Choose For Best Rap Album

first_img Who Will Voters Choose For Best Alternative Album? H.E.R.Photo by Prince Williams/Wireimage Cardi B, Post Malone Among 2019 GRAMMYs Performers 61st GRAMMYs: Here’s Your Apple Music Playlist 61st GRAMMYs: Here’s Your Apple Music Playlist Email TLC Photo: Alison Buck/Getty Images Meet The GRAMMY Man: How GRAMMYs Are Made Photo: studioEAST/Getty Images John BillingsPhoto: Jesse Grant/WireImage/Getty Images Who Will Voters Pick For Best Latin Pop Album? Backstage At The 2019 GRAMMYs | Photo Gallery 2019 GRAMMY Awards Red Carpet Poll: Who Do You Think Voters Will Choose For Best Rap Album? Lady GagaPhoto: Christopher Polk/Getty Images TLC Photo: Alison Buck/Getty Images Album Of The Year Nominees | 61st GRAMMY Awards Best New Artist Nominees Revealed | 61st GRAMMYs Nipsey Hussle, ‘Victory Lap’ 61st GRAMMY Awards: Full Nominees & Winners List Poll: Who Will Voters Choose For Best Rap Album? poll-who-do-you-think-voters-will-choose-best-rap-album John BillingsPhoto: Jesse Grant/WireImage/Getty Images H.E.R.Photo by Prince Williams/Wireimage Backstage At The 2019 GRAMMYs | Photo Gallery BTSPhoto: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images Who Will Voters Pick For Best Latin Pop Album? Cardi BPhoto: Dan MacMedan/WireImage Photo: Michael Loccisano/Getty Images Best New Artist Nominees Revealed | 61st GRAMMYs Brandi Carlile, H.E.R. To Play The 61st GRAMMYs Record Of The Year 61st GRAMMY Award Nominees Cardi B, ‘Invasion Of Privacy’ TLC Photo: Alison Buck/Getty Images Album Of The Year Nominees | 61st GRAMMY Awards Who Will Voters Choose For Best Alternative Album? 5 Ways BTS Won Our Hearts At The 2019 GRAMMYs Relive GRAMMY Week 2019 In Pictures Who Will Voters Pick For Best Rap Performance? Artists React To Their 2019 GRAMMY Nominations 2019 GRAMMY Awards Red Carpet 61st GRAMMYs: Here’s Your Apple Music Playlist Album Of The Year vs. Record Of The Year Explained Poll: Who Do You Want To See On The Red Carpet? Photo: Michael Loccisano/Getty Images Cardi B, Mac Miller, Nipsey Hussle, Pusha T and Travis Scott are all in the running—who do you think will win?Ana YglesiasGRAMMYs Jan 9, 2019 – 4:55 pm The 61st GRAMMY Award nominees for Best Rap Album represent a group of hip-hop artists making big waves in music. Their viral tracks and record-breaking albums surely played a big part of the genre’s growing fan base and domination of 2018 streaming numbers.Polls Who Do You Think Voters Will Pick For Best Rap Album? Artists React To Their 2019 GRAMMY Nominations 2019 GRAMMY Awards Premiere Ceremony John BillingsPhoto: Jesse Grant/WireImage/Getty Images Meet The GRAMMY Man: How GRAMMYs Are Made Who Will Voters Pick For Best Rap Performance? 2019 GRAMMY Awards Red Carpet Backstage At The 2019 GRAMMYs | Photo Gallery Following the success her first No. 1 single, “Bodak Yellow,” Cardi B dropped her highly anticipated debut studio album, Invasion Of Privacy, with more hits including “I Like It,” featuring J Balvin and Bad Bunny. The album’s success earned her the title of the first female artist to have an album with all of its songs certified gold or above by the RIAA.Sadly, Mac Miller released his critically acclaimed fifth studio album, Swimming, just a month before he was found dead at his home at the age of 26. The highly personal album spoke to a number of fans, with touching lyrics on songs like “Self-Care.”Nipsey Hussle had been playing in the West Coast rap game for some time before releasing his debut full-length album, Victory Lap, in 2018, and his veteran status shines through on tracks like “Last Time That I Checc’d,” featuring YG.East Coast hip-hop king Pusha T dropped his third studio album, Daytona, after working with longtime collaborator Kanye West as part of his “Wyoming Sessions.” The album’s debut not only gave Pusha his peak-to-date on the Billboard 200 at No. 3, but four out of its seven tracks, including “If You Know You Know,” charted on the Hot 100.26-year-old Travis Scott’s third studio album, Astroworld, gave him his first No. 1 debut, with the viral “Sicko Mode,” featuring Drake, Big Hawk and Swae Lee, catapulting him further into the public’s psyche and the hip-hop big leagues.Who do you think GRAMMY voters will choose for Best Rap Album at 61st GRAMMY Awards? Make sure to let us know in our poll above, and catch the show on CBS on Feb. 10 to see if voters went with your pick.2019 GRAMMY Awards: Complete Nominations List 5 Ways BTS Won Our Hearts At The 2019 GRAMMYs BTSPhoto: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images Album Of The Year vs. Record Of The Year Explained 2019 GRAMMY Awards Telecast | Photo Gallery Cardi B, Post Malone Among 2019 GRAMMYs Performers Who Will Voters Pick For Best Pop Album? Who’s Nominated For Song Of The Year? 61st GRAMMY Awards News Record Of The Year 61st GRAMMY Award Nominees 2019 GRAMMY Awards Telecast | Photo Gallery Pusha T, ‘Daytona’ Photo: Michael Loccisano/Getty Images Photo: studioEAST/Getty Images Who Is Eligible For The Best New Artist GRAMMY? Cardi BPhoto: Dan MacMedan/WireImage Twitter Prev Next Brandi Carlile, H.E.R. To Play The 61st GRAMMYs 2019 GRAMMY Awards Telecast | Photo Gallery Who Will Voters Choose For Best Alternative Album? Record Of The Year 61st GRAMMY Award Nominees Cardi BPhoto: Dan MacMedan/WireImage Meet The GRAMMY Man: How GRAMMYs Are Made Amy Winehouse Best New Artist winner for 2007 | Photo: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images Lady GagaPhoto: Christopher Polk/Getty Images Who Will Voters Pick For Best Pop Album? Cardi B, Post Malone Among 2019 GRAMMYs Performers Poll: Who Will Voters Choose For Best Rap Album? Who’s Nominated For Song Of The Year? Album Of The Year vs. Record Of The Year Explained Kacey MusgravesPhoto: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images Who Will Voters Pick For Best Rap Performance? Facebook Album Of The Year Nominees | 61st GRAMMY Awards Poll: Who Do You Want To See On The Red Carpet? 5 Ways BTS Won Our Hearts At The 2019 GRAMMYs Kacey MusgravesPhoto: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images Best New Artist Nominees Revealed | 61st GRAMMYs Kacey MusgravesPhoto: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images 2019 GRAMMY Awards Premiere Ceremony H.E.R.Photo by Prince Williams/Wireimage Artists React To Their 2019 GRAMMY Nominations Who Is Eligible For The Best New Artist GRAMMY? 61st GRAMMY Awards: Full Nominees & Winners List Brandi Carlile, H.E.R. To Play The 61st GRAMMYs Poll: Who Will Voters Choose For Best Rap Album? 2019 GRAMMY Awards Premiere Ceremony BTSPhoto: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images Who Will Voters Pick For Best Pop Album? Amy Winehouse Best New Artist winner for 2007 | Photo: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images Who Will Voters Pick For Best Latin Pop Album? Travis Scott, ‘ Astroworld’ Amy Winehouse Best New Artist winner for 2007 | Photo: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images Lady GagaPhoto: Christopher Polk/Getty Images Relive GRAMMY Week 2019 In Pictures Poll: Who Do You Want To See On The Red Carpet? Who Is Eligible For The Best New Artist GRAMMY? Photo: studioEAST/Getty Images Poll: Who Will Voters Choose For Best Rap Album? Choices 61st GRAMMY Awards: Full Nominees & Winners List Mac Miller, ‘Swimming’ Relive GRAMMY Week 2019 In Pictures Who’s Nominated For Song Of The Year? Read morelast_img read more

YouTube videos featuring children rank in highest views Pew study says

first_img YouTube Videos featuring children were the most popular during the first week of 2019, a Pew research study finds.  Getty YouTube’s ties to videos with children just got even more awkward. In the first week of 2019, videos featuring children under the age of 13 brought in three times as many views as any other content, according to a new study by Pew Research Center released Thursday. The details come a week after YouTube parent company Google reached a multimillion-dollar settlement with the US Federal Trade Commission over alleged violations of child data privacy laws on YouTube. The settlement followed an FTC investigation into whether Google was protecting children’s data. YouTube doesn’t intend for its main platform to be used by those under 13 and directs a younger audience to use YouTube Kids.Pew analyzed videos published in the first week of January by 43,770 channels, all of which featured more than 250,000 subscribers. Collectively, the channels in the Pew study posted nearly a quarter-million videos and spanned 48,486 hours.”A single person watching videos for eight hours a day (with no breaks or days off) would need more than 16 years to watch all the content posted by just the most popular channels on the platform during a single week,” the study added. In other findings, 18% of English-language videos analyzed in the study were related to gaming. These videos were often longer in length than other content. Also, videos with keywords such as “Fortnite,” “prank” or “worst” received five times as many views as videos not mentioning those words. Earlier this year, Wired reported on how pedophiles were using the comment section of YouTube videos with children to lure in other predators. Neither Pew Research Center nor YouTube immediately respond to a request for comment.  Share your voice Mobile Internet Applications Computers Mobile Apps Internet Services TV and Movies YouTube accused of violating child privacy laws Now playing: Watch this:center_img Comment Tags 1 2:22last_img read more

Android malware that comes preinstalled is a massive threat

first_img Aug 9 • What a security researcher learned from monitoring traffic at Defcon Black Hat Defcon All the different Android versions through the years Aug 10 • That 4G hotspot could be a hotbed for hackers Stone, who discussed her research at the Black Hat cybersecurity conference in Las Vegas on Thursday, sees preinstalled malware as a threat that security researchers aren’t often focused on, since attention is usually directed toward malware that victims download on their own. But unlike downloaded malware, preinstalled malware is harder to find and even more difficult to get rid of. “If malware or security issues can make its way as a preinstalled app, then the damage it can do is greater, and that’s why we need so much reviewing, auditing and analysis,” she said. Because Apple has full control over its iPhone, preinstalled malware isn’t much of a concern for iOS, or the App Store. Many of the preinstalled harmful apps pop up after a malicious actor tricks phone makers into including their software on their devices. Android’s security team discovered two major malware campaigns hidden in preinstalled apps over the last three years, one called Chamois and the other called Triada. Together, they infected tens of millions of low-budget Android devices from the moment they were shipped out. Google did not specify which phones were affected.At Black Hat, Stone detailed three new case studies on preinstalled apps that posed threats to Android devices, though it’s unclear whether the apps’ creators had malicious intent. They affected millions of devices and turned off Google Play Protect, spied on people’s web activity and allowed potential hackers to run code remotely, Stone said. Case studies Stone discussed two cases where the preinstalled “malware” were accidents, but still presented a security threat for millions of people. Up to 225 device makers had apps with code that allowed for remote code execution. These apps opened a window that would allow anyone online to connect to it, and once it did, the person would have complete control. This affected 6 million devices, but was fixed within a month, Stone said. In the second case, consumer and commercial conglomerate Honeywell had vulnerabilities preinstalled on Android devices controlling its industrial control systems. Any apps on the Android devices that Honeywell was using had extended privileges, so a potential attacker could have abused that security flaw and stolen passwords and documents. The company disclosed that vulnerability last September.  In another case study, the Android security team found a preinstalled app that turned off Google Play Protect, which it fixed last November. Stone also described a preinstalled app that took detailed logs of people’s web activities, which Google considers spyware.  Black Hat Defcon reading • Android malware that comes preinstalled is a massive threat Aug 11 • DARPA’s $10 million voting machine couldn’t be hacked at Defcon (for the wrong reasons) Mobile Security 2 Share your voice When malware comes preinstalled on Android devices, it’s much harder to remove, Google’s researchers said. Omar Marques/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images Keeping your Android device safe from malware is difficult enough as it is — but it’s an entirely different threat when the harmful apps come with your device. Android’s open-source operating system allows for more affordable alternatives for millions of people, but it also opens the door for hackers to sneak in prepackaged malware.Preinstalled malware had been discovered on more than 7.4 million Android devices, which had the ability to take over devices and download apps in the background while committing ad fraud, researchers working for Google found. While major Android partners like Samsung or LG, as well as Google’s own Pixel devices, are likely safe from these kinds of threats, budget phone makers who rely on third-party software to save a few bucks could be vulnerable. Attackers offer genuine services, and hide the malware in the apps they provide, according to Maddie Stone, a security researcher on Google’s Project Zero and previously a tech lead on the Android Security team. “If malware or security issues can make its way as a preinstalled app, then the damage it can do is greater, and that’s why we need so much reviewing, auditing and analysis/” Maddie Stone, a security researcher on Google’s Project Zero Comments Tags Aug 10 • Those robocall blocker apps are hanging up on your privacy See All Preinstalled vs. downloaded malwareAll malware might seem the same to you, but when it’s preinstalled, there are a few key differences that make it a more dangerous threat. Since they’re approved and installed by the phone makers, antivirus programs don’t flag them as harmful, even if an app is behaving exactly like malware would. These apps also have escalated permissions compared to downloaded malware, and can’t be removed unless the phone makers send a security update, Stone said. Google Play Protect can disable the malicious app, but it can’t remove it completely. In 2018, the Android Security team reviewed builds from about 1,000 different phone makers to make sure there weren’t any preinstalled malware packaged in with the devices.”I put a lot of my own time and resources into finding it then versus after the fact to identify all of these issues before they ever go out to users,” Stone said. “We want to make sure no one is infected because we talk about how hard it is to remove after the fact.”In March 2018, the Chamois botnet had infected 7.4 million devices. By July, there were about 700,000 devices still infected, Stone said. Sometimes, those security updates never arrive, or people don’t download them.Because these apps are preinstalled, they can often remain hidden without an icon, leaving people unaware that they’re even affected. While hackers try to get victims to download malware, with preinstalled apps, attackers just have to trick the phone makers. “If you are able to infiltrate the supply chain out of the box, then you already have as many infected users as how many devices they sell,” Stone said. “That’s why it’s a scarier prospect and I really hope more researchers join us in vetting these processes.”  • 17 Photoslast_img read more

Trump reiterates Huawei as national security threat

first_img Tags Post a comment What is going on between Huawei and the US? That apparent threat led the US Commerce Department to blacklist Huawei in May, requiring American companies to get a license in order to conduct business with Huawei, following an executive order from Trump that effectively banned Huawei from US communications networks. The Commerce Department granted Huawei a limited reprieve from the restrictions, but that expires Monday. The department is extending that reprieve, Larry Kudlow, director of the National Economic Council, told NBC’s Meet the Press on Sunday.”I think it’s a good faith action … helping American companies who need a couple more months to make adjustments if they can get licenses,” he said.Neither the Commerce Department, the White House nor Huawei immediately responded to requests for comment.First published at 4:30 a.m. PT.Update, 5:30 a.m. PT: Adds more detail and notes Kudlow’s comments. 0 Mate X foldable phone: Here’s what it’s really like to use Share your voice 36 Photos Now playing: Watch this: President Donald Trump says he doesn’t want to do business with Huawei “because it is a national security threat.” Nicholas Kamm / AFP / Getty Images President Donald Trump reasserted the danger he feels Huawei poses to the US on Sunday, saying again that he doesn’t want to deal with the controversial Chinese telecom, according to Reuters. He also noted that exempting some parts of Huawei’s business from a broader ban would be “very complicated.””At this moment it looks much more like we’re not going to do business,” he told reporters. “I don’t want to do business at all because it is a national security threat and I really believe that the media has covered it a little bit differently than that.”Huawei has long been a target of US lawmakers over concerns about its links with the Chinese government and fears that its equipment could be used to spy on other countries and companies. Huawei has repeatedly denied those allegations. It has also moved forward with plans to build its own mobile operating system. 4:59 Mobile Security Politics Huawei Donald Trumplast_img read more

Govt revokes Art 370 from Jammu and Kashmir bifurcates state

first_imgNew Delhi: The government on Monday revoked Article 370 which gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir and proposed that the state be bifurcated into two union territories, Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh, a bold decision that seeks to tackle head-on the vexatious 72-year-old problem wracking the soul of the nation. Union Home Minister Amit Singh announced the decision in the Rajya Sabha, fulfilling the electoral promise of the BJP. While it sent a wave of jubilation among government supporters and others, it also provoked outrage from the NC and the PDP, the principal political parties in Jammu and Kashmir. Also Read – NRC in Assam to be released: list to finalize if a person is Indian or Foreigner Advertise With Us Unprecedented in its political courage, the decision to take away the state’s special status and treat it like any other in the country is aimed at the ending the decade’s old separatist movement. As Shah moved a resolution in the Rajya Sabha that Article 370, which allowed Jammu and Kashmir to have its own Constitution, will no longer be applicable, there were also fears that the government’s decisions would change the demographic profile. PDO chief and former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti articulated her apprehensions in a tweet. “GOIs intention is clear & sinister. Also Read – Subramanian Swamy cross-examined in National Herald case Advertise With Us They want to change the demography of the only Muslim majority state in India, disempower Muslims to the extent where they become second class citizens in their own state,” she said. According to the resolution moved by the Home minister, Article 370 ceases to be operative from Monday itself. “The president on the recommendation of Parliament is pleased to declare as from 5th of August 2019, all clauses of the said Article 370 shall cease to be operative…,” the resolution stated. Shah also moved a bill proposing bifurcation of the state of Jammu and Kashmir into two union territories — Jammu and Kashmir division and Ladakh. Advertise With Us Shah, who introduced the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation bill, said the union territory in Ladakh will have no legislature like Chandigarh. The other union territory of Jammu and Kashmir will have a legislature like Delhi and Puducherry. The announcement, capping days of uncertainty in Jammu and Kashmir, led to an uproar, in the House and outside it too. India has failed Kashmir in keeping its promises, said Mehbooba, saying that government’s unilateral decision “to scrap Article 370” is illegal and unconstitutional. “India has failed Kashmir in keeping its promises,” Mehbooba, who is under house arrest in Srinagar, said on Twitter. National Conference leader Omar Abdullah echoed her outrage, also labelling the government’s move “unilateral”. “Government of India (GOI)’s unilateral and shocking decisions today are a total betrayal of the trust that the people of Jammu & Kashmir had reposed in India when the state acceded to it in 1947. The decisions will have far-reaching and dangerous consequences. This is an aggression against people of the State as had been warned by an all-parties meeting in Srinagar yesterday,” he said. Congress leaders added their voices with P Chidambaram agreeing with Mehbooba in calling it a “catastrophic step”. “We anticipated a misadventure, but did not think in our wildest dreams that they will take such a catastrophic step.” “Today is a black day in the constitutional history of India,” he said outside Parliament. Left leaders also expressed their opposition. While CPI general secretary D Raja said the “regressive step will further alienate the people of J-K”, CPI(M) termed it an “attack” on the Constitution. However, the mood was triumphant in the BJP quarters. BJP leaders hailed the move and were buoyed by support from some regional parties like BSP, BJD, TRS and AIADMK, which extended full support to the resolution and the bill. NDA constituent JD(U) walked out. The government also got support from Delhi Chief Minister and Aam Aadmi Party convenor Arvind Kejriwal, who said he backed the Centre’s decision and hoped it would bring “peace and development” in the state. The government’s move on Article 370, said senior BJP leader Arun Jaitley, is a monumental decision towards national integration. His party colleague Ram Madhav also hailed the decision. “What a glorious day. Finally, the martyrdom of thousands starting with Dr Shyam Prasad Mukherjee for complete integration of J&K into Indian Union is being honoured and the seven-decade-old demand of the entire nation being realised in front of our eyes; in our lifetime. Ever imagined?” he tweeted moments after Shah’s announcement. Party spokesperson Shahnawaz Hussain said the move had opened the path of growth and development for Jammu and Kashmir. RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat said the government’s decisions on Jammu and Kashmir are “brave” and “very necessary” for the interest of the country, including Jammu and Kashmir. In a joint statement posted on the Twitter handle of the RSS, Bhagwat and his deputy, Suresh Joshi said everyone should rise above their interests and political differences, and welcome and support the decision. Celebrations broke out the Shiv Sena headquarters in Mumbai’s Dadar area. Yuva Sena chief Aaditya Thackeray dubbing it as a “moment of pride” and a “historic day” for the country.last_img read more

Police case filed against Janasena MLA Rapaka

first_imgEast Godavari: The police have registered a non-bailable case against Janasena party MLA Rapaka Varaprasad and his followers for attacking Malikipuram police station and prevention of duties of police. In this context, the police have arrested 15 followers of MLA today and also getting ready for the arrest of MLA Rapaka. The Eluru Range DIG Khan have also reached Malikipuram and overseeing the situation. Meanwhile, JSP activists have gathered in large at the police station.last_img

Samsung and Xiaomi Lead Indias 4G Smartphone Market Lenovo A6000 Becomes Most

first_imgThe budget Android smartphone, Lenovo A6000 became the highest sold 4G smartphone in IndiaAnirban RoyThough the percentage of 4G smartphone users is relatively small compared to budget 3G smartphone market, the number of users is not really poor.In the first financial quarter of 2015, 2.2 million 4G LTE smartphones have been shipped in the country. And not surprisingly, Samsung took a stride to dethrone Apple from the No 1 spot.Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi stood second with a market share of 17%, while Samsung achieved 27%. Apple came third with a share of 15%.According to the CMR analysts, Samsung reached the No. 1 spot due to its latest smartphones Galaxy A5, Galaxy A6 and Galaxy S6. But interestingly, the most popular smartphone in this quarter is the Lenovo made budget smartphone A6000.Interestingly, other popular smartphone makers like Huawei, Blackberry and ZTE have also made a debut on the list. “Other than the need to appear distinctive in the market as well as move with worldwide industry trends, device vendors are also trying to create a ‘cult’ follower-ship in the emerging Broadband Wireless Access technology space,” said Faisal Kawoosa, Lead Analyst, CyberMedia Research.”New brands entering this segment during the quarter were Huawei, Blackberry and ZTE. The total number of players shipping 4G/LTE devices in the quarter were 19, up from 12 in the previous quarter,” added analyst Vikrant Singh, according to an Indian Express report.”The total models of 4G/LTE handsets shipped during the January-March 2015 quarter were 55, with Lenovo’s A6000 leading with maximum units.”According to the CyberMedia report, the number of 4G LTE devices increased from 1.06 million (Oct-Dec, 2014) to 2.2 million this quarter, out of which 97% devices are LTE based smartphones. The rest of the devices includes 4G-LTE datacards with a share of 2.64%, out of which ZTE gained 77% followed by Alcatel’s 17% and Huawei’s 5% share.last_img read more

Iran says tanker ignored distress call taken to Bandar Abbas port

first_imgUndated handout photograph shows the Stena Impero, a British-flagged vessel owned by Stena Bulk, at an undisclosed location, obtained by Reuters on 19 July. Photo: ReutersIran has taken a British-flagged oil tanker seized in the Strait of Hormuz to a nearby port, where the vessel and its crew will remain while an accident it was involved in is investigated, Iran’s Fars news agency said on Saturday.The Stena Impero was in collision with an Iranian fishing boat whose distress call it ignored, the agency quoted the head of Ports and Maritime Organisation in southern Hormozgan province, Allahmorad Afifipour, as saying.With the seizure inflaming already fraught relations between Iran and the West, Britain’s foreign minister Jeremy Hunt said he was worried that Tehran’s action had put it on a “dangerous path”.Afifipour said the vessel had been taken under the guidance of Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards to Bander Abbas port, situated on Iran’s southern coast and facing the strait.”All its 23 crew members will remain on the ship until the probe is over,” he was quoted as saying. They comprised 18 Indians and five others of other nationalities, he said.Operator Stena Bulk said on Friday the tanker had been “in full compliance with all navigation and international regulations”, but was no longer under the crew’s control and could not be contacted. It had no further comment early on Saturday.Hunt said on Saturday that Britain would ensure the safety of its shipping, and that there were signs that Iran “may be choosing a dangerous path of illegal and destabilising behaviour after Gibraltar’s legal detention of oil bound for Syria.”The British navy seized Iran’s Grace 1 tanker in Gibraltar on July 4 on suspicion of smuggling oil to Syria in breach of EU sanctions.Hunt reiterated that the response to the Stena Impero’s seizure would be “considered but robust”. He had said on Friday that Britain was however “not looking at military options. We are looking at a diplomatic way to resolve the situation.”Blundering Towards War?The vessel had been heading to a port in Saudi Arabia and suddenly changed course after passing through the strait at the mouth of the Gulf, through which a fifth of the world’s oil supplies pass.US president Donald Trump said he would talk to Britain about Friday’s seizure, which drove oil prices up above $62 a barrel.The United States has blamed Iran for a series of attacks since mid-May on shipping around the Strait of Hormuz. Tehran rejects the allegations.Washington also said it had this week downed an Iranian drone near where the Stena Impero was seized.Iran on Friday denied that assertion, and its Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, quoted in Venezuela on Saturday by news agency IRNA, accused Washington of creating worlwide “instability, pressure on people and increased extremism and terrorism.”The United States is sending military personnel and resources to Saudi Arabia for the first time since the US invasion of Iraq in 2003, and international concerns is growing that Washington and Tehran could blunder into a war in the strategic waterway.Bilateral relations worsened last year when Trump abandoned a 2015 nuclear deal between world powers and Iran.Under the pact, Iran agreed to restrict nuclear work, long seen by the West as a cover for developing atomic bombs, in return for lifting sanctions. But sanctions have been imposed again, badly hurting Iran’s economy.last_img read more