Winnipeg police charge man 53 with seconddegree murder in Tina Fontaine death

first_img(Tina Fontaine, 15, was pulled from Winnipeg’s Red River in August 2014)APTN National NewsWINNIPEG –Winnipeg police have charged a 53-year-old man with second-degree murder in the death of Tina Fontaine.Raymond Joseph Cormier, 53, was arrested Wednesday in the Vancouver area.Fontaine, 15, was pulled from Winnipeg’s Red River on Aug. 17 2014.Her body was wrapped in a black plastic bag. She was a ward of the province, one of about 10,000 children in care with 90 per cent being Indigenous.Cormier, originally from New Brunswick, had been living in Winnipeg for several years but recently had been in the Vancouver area. He remains in custody there until Winnipeg police can have him transported to Manitoba.Raymond CormierPolice said they knew of Cormier early in the investigation, as he used to frequent a house also used by Fontaine.“It is believed that Tina and Cormier had several encounters and that he (allegedly) murdered her on their last encounter,” said Winnipeg police Deputy Chief Danny Smyth.Cormier has a long criminal record across Canada said police. They range from simple breaches to violent crimes. He was reportedly convicted of assault with a weapon in March dating back to just days after Fontaine’s body was found.  He was also convicted of drug offences in February dating to July 2014.Police said they used forensic examinations, witness statements and covert operations with the help of several police services to make the arrest.Police had her in custody at around 2:30 a.m on Aug. 8, 2014, a day before she went missing, when a truck was stopped by officers with Fontaine inside. The driver was arrested for alleged drunk driving, but police let Fontaine go sparking an internal police investigation on the actions of police that night. One of the two cops involved in that incident is no longer a police officer.Fontaine was later found passed out in an alley and was put back with Child and Family Services. Social workers put her in downtown hotel, but she ran away and went back to the streets.Fontaine’s murder shocked the community.Hundreds of people attended vigil held at the place on the shoreline where her body was discovered.Her death also sparked national news and renewed calls for a national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women.The news of an arrest comes as a welcomed surprise to one of the last people believed to see Fontaine alive in the early morning hours Aug. 9, 2014 when Fontaine walked away with a stranger who wanted to pay her for sex on Ellice Ave., near Furby Street.“I’m glad someone has finally been arrested and it was good work on the police,” said the 19-year-old woman who doesn’t want to be identified but APTN has confirmed her identity. “I hope people can sleep a little easier knowing the possible murderer has been caught.”She said the last person she saw with Fontaine isn’t Cormier.The Winnipeg woman said she had just visited Fontaine’s memorial Thursday night.“It’s crazy how I was just at the memorial site last night and waking up to this is amazing,” she said.People continued to leave gifts and tokens at Tina Fontaine’s memorial site by the Alexander Docks along the Red River Thursday. They woke up Friday with news Winnipeg police had made an arrest in her murder.Still, she wishes she did more for Fontaine that night. When Fontaine left with the man the woman followed for a bit but lost track of them.“Maybe if I could have just done something differently that night or grabbed her and made her stay,” she said. “Thankfully, they caught someone.”last_img read more

Security Council backs joint UNHaitian efforts against gang violence

Council members reiterated their strong support for the Government and the mission, known as MINUSTAH, “to maintain stability and achieve progress,” Ambassador Alejandro Wolff of the United States, which holds the rotating presidency this month, said in a statement to the press.The press statement followed a briefing to the 15-member Council by Edmond Mulet, the head of MINUSTAH and the Special Representative of the Secretary-General in Haiti.The Council voiced appreciation “for the ongoing efforts by MINUSTAH in supporting the Haitian National Police (HNP) in the fight against gang violence as well as the efforts to implement the HNP reform plan, in particular the beginning of the vetting process, and encouraged further efforts to advance the reform of the justice system.”In recent months, MINUSTAH has stepped up efforts to crack down on criminal gangs in violence-ridden Haiti; since the start of the year, more than 400 gang members have been arrested.The press statement also welcomed the efforts of MINUSTAH in facilitating last year’s successful election cycle across Haiti and said Council members looked forward to the Mission providing logistics support and security for the country’s senate elections during the latter part of this year. 30 May 2007Endorsing the recent efforts of the Haitian Government and the United Nations peacekeeping mission in the impoverished Caribbean country to tackle gang violence and reform the national police, the Security Council today called for further measures to improve the justice system. read more

Guatemala UN agency hands out food to victims of landslides and floods

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is distributing rations to more than 100,000 Guatemalans who need emergency assistance after recent torrential rains in the Central American country brought deadly landslides and floods.Corn, beans, vegetable oil and a corn-soya blend are among the items in the food rations being handed out, according to a press statement issued by the agency yesterday in the capital, Guatemala City.The whole of the country has been affected by overflowing rivers and saturated soils since the heavy rain began, with many communities still struggling to recover from the impact of Tropical Storm Agatha or the eruption of the Pacaya volcano earlier this year.WFP said its food relief programme – carried out in conjunction with Government counterparts – is operating in all 22 departments of Guatemala. But the latest efforts have been concentrated in the departments of Petén, Retalhuleu, Escuintla, Izabal and Santa Rosa.Willem van Milink, WFP’s representative in Guatemala, warned that the danger from floods and landslides has not yet passed.“We are just at the beginning of September,” he said. “There are still two months of rain remaining and rains have not stopped. The accumulation of all these previous problems, in addition to the continuous rains, will increase the gravity of impact of any event.” 8 September 2010The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is distributing rations to more than 100,000 Guatemalans who need emergency assistance after recent torrential rains in the Central American country brought deadly landslides and floods. read more

Supreme Court upholds order on SAITM medical degree holders

However the Supreme Court rejected the appeal and ordered that SAITM medical graduates be registered with the SLMC. (Colombo Gazette) The Supreme Court has upheld the Appeal Court ruling that the Sri Lanka Medical Council (SLMC) must register medical graduates of the South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine (SAITM).The SLMC had appealed against the Appeal Court ruling to register SAITM medical degree holders.

General Assemblys highlevel debate not likely before late October UN officials

UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan asked New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani last week when the New York security team could handle an influx of heads of State and Government for the high-level debate, according to a UN spokesman. “The Mayor said it should not be before late October or early November at the earliest,” spokesman Fred Eckhard told reporters in New York, adding that Mr. Guiliani had suggested that the issue be revisited in a few weeks.The Secretary-General then conveyed this information to the President of the General Assembly, who continues to consult with regional groups on possible dates for the two-week debate, Mr. Eckhard said.According to a spokesman for the President of the General Assembly, the regional groups are not considering other venues for the gathering, but have instead said they wanted the meetings to be held in New York. read more

Supreme Court allows cellphone fee classaction lawsuit to proceed

Supreme Court allows cellphone fee class-action lawsuit to proceed by The Canadian Press Posted Jun 28, 2012 4:26 pm MDT OTTAWA – The Supreme Court of Canada is allowing a class-action lawsuit against Canadian cellphone companies over system access fees to proceed.The suit against some of the country’s biggest wireless carriers, including Rogers, Telus and Bell Mobility, was launched in 2004.The companies appealed the certification of the suit all the way to the Supreme Court, which today dismissed the appeal — paving the way for it to proceed.As is customary, the high court did not provide reasons for its decision.The suit alleges the cellphone companies wrongfully collected the fees from customers, which were in addition to other monthly fees for phone service.It calls for the respondents to be reimbursed.The lawsuit claims that monthly “system access fees” were created in response to annual fees charged by the government.However, “these fees amount to less than 20 per cent of the additional charges being charged to their customers under the guise of government taxes,” the claim says.The access fee charge, typically $6.95, “bears no relation to any actual cost of providing wireless or cellular services, but was an amount selected … by the defendants to proliferate the misrepresentation (that) … charges were being collected as a tax on behalf of a government agency.”The allegations have not been tested in court.“We appealed this because we believe the case was not properly presented to the courts as a class action,” Telus said in a statement.“The appeal was a procedural process, and there’s been no finding on the merits of the case itself. We are confident the case is without merit and baseless, at least as it related to Telus.”Bell declined to comment.In an email, Rogers said it appealed all the way to the high court because “we think there are compelling issues that are worthy of consideration by the Supreme Court of Canada.”“We’re confident this claim is unfounded and now look forward to having our day in court on the merits of this claim,” Rogers added.While some cellphone companies have phased out system access fees, the suit seeks to recoup fees paid reaching back two decades.The class action was certified by the courts in Saskatchewan in 2007. read more

Adrian Peterson Has Feeling He Will Be In Uniform

Minnesota’s Adrian Peterson – arguably the best running back in the NFL – said he has “somewhat” of a gut feeling that he will be in uniform on Sunday when the Vikings open their season against Jacksonville.This would be somewhat of an accomplishment considering Peterson wrecked his left knee nine months ago, having two ligaments repaired on December 31.Still, Peterson knows he’s an invaluable commodity that the Vikings will handle with the utmost care. So, being in uniform for the opener does not mean he will play.”I’m below; I got coach (Leslie) Frazier, then I’ve got the owner, there’s a lot of people that’s really calling the shots,” Peterson said. ”So, only thing I can do is control my part. I’ve been doing that this week. . . And before the game, I’m going to go out there and see what I can do and hopefully I will get the nod. I want to play, obviously.”Frazier has said Peterson’s participation won’t be determined until right before the game, but said a decision would likely come after watching Peterson in practice Thursday and Friday. He said there was nothing the back could probably show the team on Sunday to change any previous declarations.”I think we’d know Saturday where things are,” Frazier said. ”I don’t think we’d work him out pregame to see if he’s ready to play. We’ll have a good idea after we get through with Friday where he stands.”Frazier has pushed a cautious approach, insisting this week that if Peterson does play against the Jaguars his workload will be limited. Offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave said the team has determined an appropriate number of carries for Peterson in the opener if he suits up.Peterson said it would be difficult to accept being inactive for Sunday’s game.”It will be a hard pill to swallow,” Peterson said. ”So, hopefully that’s not the case.” read more

Firefox OS updates promised every six weeks but you might not get

first_imgMozilla has made a commitment to update Firefox OS on the same schedule as its browser. That means new features and version bumps should be delivered to the Foundation’s smartphone OS every six weeks.It’s all about keeping the Mozilla “hearbeat” pounding at a regular rhythm, said Alex Kebyl in a Firefox Future Releases blog post. And while it makes sense to line up Firefox, Firefox for Android, and Firefox OS releases, it wasn’t an easy task to coordinate things.That’s because Mozilla isn’t on its own when it comes to Firefox OS. Hardware OEMs and carriers are involved, too, and that can lead to all kinds of complications. With the Firefox browsers, Mozilla can push an update whenever it’s deemed stable enough for the entire community to start using — and after potential changes have trickled down through the Nightly, Aurora, and Beta channels first.While it’s reassuring to hear that Mozilla plans to maintain a rapid pace for Firefox OS updates, there’s a line in Kebyl’s blog post that should temper your expectations. “[We] will make quarterly feature releases available to partners,” he notes.It sounds like it’s up to those partners, then, to decide when users’ devices get updated. That could mean that Firefox OS users will wind up endlessly waiting on their carriers just like their Android-toting friends. Users with an affinity for modding and smartphone DIY will be able to take matters into their own hands, of course, since the software is open source.Because it’s been designed for modest hardware and emerging markets, unlocked Firefox OS devices should remain relatively cheap. If you want a Firefox OS phone and don’t want to be beholden to a carrier for the latest and greatest software, buying a phone outright is the way to go.last_img read more

Coalition leaders prepare for troika amid sour mood

first_imgA dispute between New Democracy and PASOK over civil servants’ salaries continued this week, underlining the big task facing Prime Minister Antonis Samaras and Deputy Prime Minister Evangelos Venizelos as they prepare to meet Wednesday to discuss the government’s strategy ahead of the troika’s return to Athens.The coalition leaders are to examine the outstanding issues that need to be resolved before the inspectors resume their review of the Greek program. This includes deciding what stance the government will take on the biggest issues that need to be settled: pension and labour reform.The government’s preparation for the resumption of the negotiations has been far from ideal. PASOK has chided Administrative Reform Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis for allegedly failing to consult with the junior coalition partner over changes to the wage structure for civil servants, including lowering the entry-level salary. Mitsotakis, however, insists that this measure is one of Greece’s bailout commitments.“Whatever we discuss with the troika has been discussed with PASOK’s representatives,” said Mitsotakis.The Socialists, however, continued to deny they had any prior knowledge of the plans.“The Administrative Reform Ministry is moving forward on its own, without having held any discussion with us,” said PASOK’s Christos Protopappas.Source: Kathimerini. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

WarioWare DIY is the Original Mario Maker

first_img Review: ‘Fantasy Strike’ Is A Fighting Game That Understands…Game of the Year: Jordan Minor’s Best Video Games of 2018 For too long the definition of “Game of the Year” has been unfairly narrow. How boring is it to see every website shower the same stale AAA games with praise at the end of each holiday season? So at Geek.com we’re doing what we can to put a stop to this in Game of the Year, a new column celebrating worthy alternative picks for the year’s greatest game regardless of genre, platform, year of release, or even quality. Here, any game can be Game of the Year!The recent WarioWare Gold is bunch of things. It’s the latest in the WarioWare series, a collection of 300 of the best microgames from the glorious deconstructed minigame celebrations starring Wario’s wonderfully wicked doppelganger. It’s also (hopefully) one of the last dedicated Nintendo 3DS games before Nintendo fully moves onto the Switch as its future for both handheld and console gaming. But best of all it’s just a great excuse to talk about WarioWare again.WarioWare Gold draws from past hits like the original WarioWare, WarioWare Twisted, and WarioWare Touched. But today’s Game of the Year is a WarioWare so weird and creative and experimental and beautiful it would be impossible to truly replicate it in a compilation. WarioWare: D.I.Y., the original Super Mario Maker, stands alone.WarioWare (or Made in Wario) is all about figuring things out as fast as possible, so here’s a quick recap. WarioWare is technically a minigame collection where the “microgames” must be completed in seconds with no context aside from single command like “Jump!” or “Shave!” In a strange way, it’s about testing your assumed gaming knowledge. Like of course the button makes me jump over this enemy or of course drawing on the touch screen will shave the beard. The most beloved games are even little abbreviated remakes of Nintendo classics millions of gamers just know innately.Released in 2010 on the original Nintendo DS, WarioWare: D.I.Y. moves this formula in a magnificent direction. Tired on relying on his usual cohorts (who unfortunately don’t include Waluigi) Wario just straight up tasks the player with designing dozens upon dozens of new microgames. And the game gives you the tools to do it! Wario was designed by Nintendo’s hip Intelligent Systems/R&D1 team as their underground answer to the safer mascot Mario. And with WarioWare: D.I.Y. they beat Mario to the punch for accessible game making tool.Like Super Mario Maker (or spiritual ancestor Mario Paint), WarioWare: D.I.Y. is naturally limited in some ways to making it game creation more accessible. It’s definitely not on the level of something like the upcoming Dreams on PlayStation 4. For starters, you can only make a game so complex when you have to beat it in seconds. You give your player one task and some pretty basic intuitive inputs to complete it. It’s very much “My First Game” but everyone has to start somewhere if we want gaming to be truly democratized.The harsh limitations can also lead to surprisingly lovely results from more experience designers who choose to put the time and work in. Bend the deceptively simple programming language to recreate everything from platformers to racing games to JRPG battles. Modify and reverse engineer existing games to further your education. The DS’s touch screen and microphone let you customize the audio and visual elements, recording sound effects and drawing sprites to animate. And even when the games turn out bizarre half-broken, it fits the satirical capitalist world of Wario just using these to make a quick buck. He’s like a grindhouse film producer who doesn’t care about the weirdo outsider art he’s funding.Not exactly #mariopaintthursdays but check out this Powered by The Cheat WarioWare! You can do it! You will do it… pic.twitter.com/UC8wczXdBr— Strong Bad (@StrongBadActual) March 1, 2018At the time, you could play hundreds of homemade WarioWare microgames on either your Nintendo DS or through a special WarioWare: D.I.Y. Showcase app on the Nintendo Wii. But with both of those platforms now dead and their online services shut down, we fear once again that important video game art is lost to history due to corporate negligence unless you can hunt down a remaining cartridge. But what really makes WarioWare: D.I.Y. so special, even compared to the rest of its illustrious franchise, is that it shows the real Game of the Year was in our hearts the whole time.For more on WarioWare check out our list of the best WarioWare Micro Games, and for more on Wario himself read our loving tribute to Mario’s evil twin.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on targetlast_img read more

State to tackle highway flood damage

first_imgThe State Department of Transportation opened bids Friday for a project that will help protect the Glenn Highway from Matanuska River flooding.Matanuska river flooding its banks in 2015 (Photo by Ellen Lockyer)DOT plans to shore up the shoulder of the highway at mile 64 to protect it from erosion due to the river’s action.Last summer, the Matanuska, fed by glacial melt, ate away at the North bank in the Sutton area, taking away some private property and threatening the Glenn Highway.Representative Jim Colver, of Palmer, was able to get DOT to perform emergency work to protect the Glenn Highway by installing large rocks in the most threatened area last summer. But now, DOT has pursued a permanent fix“They designed over the winter another half mile stretch of protection and then another spot at mile 63 where the river is real close to eating the road away,” Colver said. “And the DOT put out a project and the bids were opened on Friday, and the low bid will do the job for $2.6 million.”This project will continue work along the shoulder at mile 64 and mile 63 where the riverbank is eroding near the guardrail. The contractor will place 43,000 tons, large “rip rap” rock to protect the shoulder along the highway at mile 64.Colver says the funds cannot be used outside the right of way of the Glenn Highway.Jim Sykes, Mat Su Assemblyman for District 1, said in an email, that “the huge amount of money for riprap at mile 64 could be better used, as for a dike and channel at mile 65 to move more water to the south side to protect both people and the highway for a two mile stretch…. These funds (2.5M) will protect only 1/4 mile of road do nothing for residents living between the road and the river.”Representative Colver said the channeling is the Borough’s responsibility:“Unfortunately, the Borough has not moved forward on that,” said Colver. “They haven’t done anything towards that channelization. So that is within the Borough’s court. What I can do as far as a legislator is work with DOT to protect the highway and use federal highway funds.”Sykes says DOT and federal officials need to be educated to spend their money in better ways. He says the channel maintenance would also provide gravel for upcoming highway upgrades.last_img read more

Next Xbox to have Wii Ulike touchscreen controller

first_imgThe current generation of game consoles has been around long enough that next-gen rumors are kicking into full gear. Though there hasn’t been any official news on a successor to the Xbox 360, an interesting report is claiming to have some juicy info on it. As it turns out, the touchscreen controller of the Wii U may not be the only one of its kind.Microsoft is reportedly prototyping a similar controller for the next Xbox. Xbox World Magazine is reporting that the next Xbox will sport a touchscreen. Rather than looking like the one on the Wii U, though, it will reportedly bear a closer resemblance “to the PS Vita or the iPad.” Since the Vita and the iPad look nothing alike, we’re guessing that they meant that it would have a slicker look — and less of a cutesy Nintendo appearance.The report does add that the controller would sport an HD multitouch display in the center, with traditional Xbox controls surrounding it (see our render above for one possible visualization). It was noted that Microsoft is simply “experimenting” with the controller, and isn’t dead set on producing it.It isn’t yet clear how gamers will respond to touchscreen controllers on a traditional gaming system. The irony is that, within a few years, Apple could very well be offering something similar. As iPhones and iPads get better processing power, an AirPlay-enabled Apple TV (or iTV?) will essentially provide you with a touchscreen gaming system. At that point, we could well see mobile devices and traditional gaming consoles become direct competitors.Many expect the successor to the Xbox 360 to be announced at E3 and launch in 2013. Rumors have suggested that it might be up to six times more powerful than the Xbox 360.via Dvicelast_img read more

Ross Taylor sets up New Zealand win against England to level ODI

first_imgRoss Taylor’s century laid the platform for New Zealand’s 13-run win under the Duckworth/Lewis method against England in the second one-day international at The Oval on Friday as the Black Caps levelled the five-match series at 1-1.Taylor’s 119 not out and Kane Williamson’s 93 were the cornerstone of a total of 398 for five. It was the highest total England had conceded in all one-day internationals, surpassing the 387 for five posted against them by India at Rajkot in 2008. Chris Jordan’s return of one for 97 in nine overs equalled the England record for the most expensive in an ODI innings, with former fast bowler Stephen Harmison also conceding 97 runs, but in 10 wicketless overs, against Sri Lanka at Headingley in 2006. Also Read – Khel Ratna for Deepa and Bajrang, Arjuna for JadejaThe most England had made batting second to win an ODI was 306 for five against Pakistan at Karachi in 2000.England, who had themselves compiled a national record 408 for nine in a 210-run win in the series opener at Edgbaston on Tuesday by 210 runs, saw skipper Eoin Morgan make a quickfire 88. But with England 345 for seven, rain stopped play. When the match resumed, England needed 34 to win off 13 balls to reach a revised target of 379 in 46 overs and this proved beyond them as they finished on 365 for nine. New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum said: “Four hundred should be plenty but England are playing a completely different brand of cricket now.last_img read more

Colins NFL Week 2 Blazin 5

first_img4. Patriots at Jags (+1) – Colin likes the Jags getting a point at home against the Patriots in an AFC Championship revenge game. Jacksonville’s defense was among the league leaders in Pass D (1st), Scoring D (2nd), and Total D (2nd), and should be effective against Brady and a Pats backfield that’s beat up with injuries to Jeremy Hill (ACL), Rex Burkhead (Concussion), and Sony Michel (Knee).Take a motivated Jags, the point, and the outright win over Belichick in what’s historically his worst month. 26-23 Jacksonville. Colin survived the first week of the NFL season with a winning record, going 3-2 in the toughest week to bet of the NFL season. He heads into this weekend with a better idea of where teams are at in 2018, and is hoping to get further into the black and start stacking some serious paper.Here are Colin’s Week 2 Blazin’ 5 plays:Panthers at Falcons (-5.5) – Atlanta struggled in their road opener against the Eagles, but Colin likes them laying 5.5 against Carolina at home in Week 2. The Falcons have won three straight at home against the Panthers, and in those games Matt Ryan is has completed 70% of his passes for 1,126 yards with 6 TD’;s, only 1 INT, and a QB rating of 116.9.Cam and the Panthers only managed 16 points at home against the Cowboys in Week 1, and only scored TD’s on 2 of 5 Red Zone opportunities. Take Atlanta, lay the 5.5. 27-20, Falcons. yards 5. Seahawks (+3.5) at Bears – Colin is rolling with Russell Wilson and the Seahawks getting 3.5 points on the road in Chicago. The Bears D was impressive in the first half against the Packers in Week 1, but collapsed in the second half, giving up 24 points, 299 yards, and allowing 9.7 yards/play.Since the beginning of last season, the underappreciated Russell Wilson ranks 1st in the NFL in Pass TD’s, 9th in Passing Yards, and 2nd in QB rushing yards. He should be able to avoid Khalil Mack and the Chicago pass rush and make plays. Take Seattle, the 3.5, and outright.  24-23, Hawks. 2. Colts (+6) at Redskins – Colin loves the Colts getting 6 on the road in D.C. because he liked what he saw from Andrew Luck in his first game back from injury after more than a year away. Luck was picked on his first pass attempt, but was impressive the rest of the day. After the INT, he completed 70% of his passes for 319 yards, 2 TD’s, 0 picks, and a QB rating of 103.0.The Colts were also 11 for 17 on 3rd down (64.7 %) in week 1 and will face a Washington D that ranked 31st on 3rd-down last season. Take the Colts, the points, and outright. 31-28, Indy. Advertisement 3. Chiefs at Steelers (-4.5) – Colin likes the Steelers as  4.5 point home favorites against the Chiefs, mostly because Big Ben is a different QB in Pittsburgh.  Since 2014, Roethlisberger’s home vs. away stats are night and day. He’s thrown for more Yards Per Game (333.2 home, 267.7 away), a higher completion percentage (67.6% home, 63.9% away), and has a better TD/INT Ratio (75-24 home, 36-31 away), better won/loss (20-6 home, 20-10-1 away), and a higher passer rating (106.9 home, 85.8 away) at Heinz Field.The Chiefs were an offensive machine in Week 1 against the Chargers, but their D gave up an NFL high 541 total yards. Even with Le’Veon Bell still holding out, backup James Conner rushed for 135 yards and 2 TD’s on 34 carries against a decent Browns D. Take the Steelers, lay the 4.5. 31-26, Pittsburgh.last_img read more

Get a Google prompt on your phone to sign in

first_imgGet a Google prompt on your phone to sign in by Martin Brinkmann on June 27, 2016 in Companies, Google – Last Update: January 04, 2018 – 5 commentsGoogle Prompt is a new 2-step verification option that improves the usability of the second verification step by pushing a prompt to a connected smartphone that you just need to tap on to allow or deny the request.2-step verification, often also called 2-factor authentication, is a popular security option to improve the sign-in security of user accounts.As the name implies, instead of just having to enter username and password to sign-in, a second form of verification is required to complete the process.This second step requires access to a local device usually, a smartphone or authentication device, and  stops many popular attack forms, phishing or password stealing dead in their tracks.Google was not the first company to offer 2-step verification, but the option to use it has been available for years.The two common methods of verification are to receive a text or voice message to a linked mobile phone, or to use the company’s official authenticator application.Both require that you enter the code manually whenever sign-in requires you to do so.Google PromptThe new Google Prompt option improves the process as it does away with having to enter the code manually. It requires a smartphone for that though, and is only available on Android or iOS.Setting up 2-Step VerificationDo the following to set up Google Prompt as an option when it comes to the second verification step when you are signing in to a Google Account.Step 1: Visit the Sign-In & Security page on the Google My Account website.Step 2: Click on 2-Step Verification on the page.Step 3: You are asked to enter the password of the Google account in question if 2-Step Verification is already enabled. If that is the case, proceed to “configuring Google Prompt” below.If not, proceed with step 4 and you won’t be asked to enter the account password at that point.Step 4:If you have not set up 2-Step Verification yet, do that. This requires that you add a phone number to your Google Account. Click on the Get Started link.Step 5: Enter your Google Account password for verification.Step 6:  Select the country flag the phone is registered in, and enter the phone number afterwards.Step 7: Google sends a verification code or calls using the phone number you have entered. You need to enter that verification code as confirmation on the page to proceed. There is an option to resend it should if required.Step 8: Click on the turn on link to complete the process.Configuring Google PromptStep 1: Select the Google Prompt option under “set up alternative second step” and click on “add phone” underneath it.Step 2: An overlay explains what Google Prompt is: Get a Google prompt to sign in. Instead of typing verification codes, get a prompt on your phone and just tap Yes to sign in.Click on Get Started to start the setup.Step 7: Google tries to find a compatible phone automatically. If that is the case, select the phone and proceed.If that fails however, select “set up your Android phone” or “set up your iPhone (5S or later).On Android, it requires that you add the Google account as an account first on the device, and then retry linking the device to Google Prompt.This completes the setup, and you will receive push prompts on the device afterwards when you sign in and need to complete a second verification step.Google suggests to use a phone with an active lock screen and that Security Keys cannot be used simultaneously with the new feature.Closing WordsGoogle Prompt is one of several apps or services that improves the second step of verification during sign-in. Microsoft launched Microsoft Account recently, an application for Android that does the same thing.SummaryArticle NameGet a Google prompt on your phone to sign inDescriptionFind out how to enable Google Prompt, a new option to verify sign ins by tapping Yes on your smartphone to complete the process.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

We could have had a fatality gay couple cruelly beaten outside home

first_imgThe police arrived on the scene after neighbors saw what was happening.‘We could have had a fatality quite easily’‘I just feel really fed up, wary of where I live and quite demoralized,’ Leonard said. He suffered a possible broken cheek bone and nose. He also lost four teeth. ‘The council has repeatedly failed to address the CCTV blackspot in this area. Their poor performance and contempt is off the scale.’The couple attempted to contact the Lambeth council multiple times regarding the lack of  CCTV coverage in the car park.The council responded with the following statement: ‘We condemn this cowardly hate crime and are supporting police investigations. Lambeth has invested heavily in CCTV, with more than 270 fixed cameras on our estates. We have also recently introduced extra mobile cameras to further tackle offending hotspots.’According to a spokesperson for the Met police, the attack is being treated as a hate crime.Smith described the men as ‘vicious little s****’.‘We could have had a fatality quite easily,’ he said.As of now, there have been no arrests. Police are requesting anyone with information to contact them via phone or Twitter.H/t: Evening StandardShare this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Smith, 53, and Leonard, 49, were walking through the car park of their Waterloo apartment after a night out when they heard ‘barking noises’.‘As we approached the block, we could hear these barking noises, really aggressive, so we were reticent as we got in,’ Smith told the Evening Standard.Four men in their mid-twenties approached the pair and began taunting them for their sexuality and appearance, including a pair of shoes.Smith described the scene: ‘They started calling us poofs and saying, “Is this your boyfriend?” and “F*****g hell, what are you wearing?”‘Upon seeing they were adults, Smith tried to reason with them before one of them allegedly took his glasses and punched him.‘They kicked Andrew like a kick-boxer straight in the face. He was on the floor and out of it,’ Smith continued. ‘I’m trying to protect Andrew and they are circling around like hyenas.’ Julian Smith and his partner Andrew Leonard were beaten outside their London home Sunday (30 July) evening. GAYSTARNEWS-center_img eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) ‘Predatory rapist’ who targeted gay women in Manchester gets 20 years in jailHomophobe who attacked gay couple offers to hug them in courtAfter shooting: Puerto Vallarta Tourism safe for LGBT travelers?Read the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/fatality-gay-couple-cruelly-beaten-outside-home-brightly-colored-shoes/last_img read more

Weibo bans homosexual content thousands protest using IAmGay

first_img#我是同性恋 #I AM GAY We were born in China, but our country does not love us, why treat us as monsters, we are gay, we need equality, we need human rights. 我们出生在中国,但是我们的国家却不爱我们,为什么把我们当成怪物,我们是同性恋,我们需要平等,我们需要人权。 pic.twitter.com/9FRRIVaRyr— 凌晨 Artist (@Marc1107678151) 14 April 2018Social media users flooded the post with more than 24,000 comments and forwarded more than 110,000 times.One user commented: ‘I am gay and I’m proud, even if I get taken down there are tens of millions like me!’Weibo then blocked a lot of users posting the illegal pro-gay content.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Chinese social media app Weibo just announced it’s removing gay and violent content across the microblogging site. GAYSTARNEWS- Victory for LGBT China after Weibo backs down on gay content banEurovision bans China from airing final after censoring gay kissVideo shows security attacking LGBTI people at IDAHOBIT event in ChinaRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/thousands-protest-china-banning-homosexual-content-weibo/ eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us)center_img China’s most popular social media site announced the removal of content yesterday (13 April) in a bid to ‘clean-up’ the site. It will delete pictures, cartoons and text posts, during a three-month removal cleanse.It’s a social media platform similar to Twitter, attracting over 392 million monthly active users.Weibo announced the move on its official administrator’s account. It comes about in order to comply with China’s new cyber security law that calls for strict data surveillance.The statement specifically mentioned ‘manga and videos with pornographic implications, promoting violence or (related to) homosexuality.’It specifically mentions violent games like Grand Theft Auto.Weibo users flood site with ‘I am gay’This led to a flurry of responses from users of the social media platform who flooded the post with pro-gay content.It caused the hash tag ‘I am gay’ to start trending on the site, according to Reuters. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Weibo. | Photo: Jon Russell / Flickrlast_img read more

Diving mission helps threatened turtles

first_imgA diving mission to locate abandoned fishing gear and to remove it has been carried out by the Oceanographic Centre and the diving team of the sports centre of the University of Cyprus in the Latsi area, it was announced on Thursday.The mission in the Natura 2000 protected area was part of a series of actions to reduce the impact of abandoned fishing gear on marine turtles.Abandoned gear is a serious threat to sea turtles since they may be trapped in it, causing them to drown.According to a statement, these actions are part of the Life Euroturtles project.The aim of the Life Euroturtles project is to improve the conservation status of EU populations of two priority sea turtle species, the loggerhead turtle and the green turtle.The project includes six EU countries: Croatia, Cyprus, Greece, Italy, Malta and Slovenia.You May LikeLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Search For 2019 Luxury Crossover SUV DealsLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsUndoThrone: Free Online GamesIf You’re Over 40 And Own A Computer, This Game Is A Must!Throne: Free Online GamesUndoDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

BoC mulls selling €7bn in NPLs – reports

first_imgBy Stelios OrphanidesBank of Cyprus, the island’s largest lender, is preparing to sell up to €7bn in non-performing loans and is setting up four subsidiaries to facilitate the process, Haravgi reported on Monday without citing its source.The four companies will serve as vehicles for the sale of the affected loans to third parties and the bank has already requested the Central Bank of Cyprus’s green light, the Akel-affiliated newspaper reported on its website.Bank of Cyprus, which pioneered the reduction of delinquent loans in the banking system by setting up as early as in 2013 a specialised recovery and restructuring division, reported a drop of its non-performing loans to €8.8bn in December or to 47 per cent of the total from €11bn or 55 per cent a year before. The bank is scheduled to announce its first quarter results on Tuesday, May 29.Haravgi reported that the selection of the loans that will be transferred to the four companies is likely to be based on the type and size of the affected loans and the implementation of the bank’s plan may take into account the government’s plan to set up a company which will take over the government’s to-be-announced scheme to aid vulnerable groups unable to repay their mortgages, dubbed Estia.According to this year’s stability programme, filed to the European Commission in April, the government aims at reducing non-performing loans in the banking system by around €8bn from currently around €22bn.Bank of Cyprus did not respond immediately to a request for comment.You May LikeCollegeBuzzoTop 10 Universities In The WorldCollegeBuzzoUndoluxworld.infoHigh Tech Outdoor Camping Gear & Gadgetsluxworld.infoUndoThe SideHairstyles That Make You Look Younger Than EverThe SideUndo Limassol police investigating attempted murderUndoMorphou bishop now claims gay men have a ‘nasty smell’UndoHeroes’ welcome for Israeli teens after woman detained for false rape claim (Update 2)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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