Panjab University senators back students

first_imgAhead of the special senate meeting, slated for May 7 to discuss Panjab University’s (PU) financial crisis, senators have come in support of students and asked the Vice-Chancellor (VC) to roll back the fee hike and drop the cases against students. In a letter written to VC Arun Kumar Grover, as many as nine senators have expressed concern about the students’ future, saying that the fee hike and registration of police cases against students adds to their stress levels at a time when they should be focused on their studies.The students have been protesting against the significant hike in tuition fee announced by the PU last month for the 2017-18 academic year. On April 11, the campus witnessed a violent clash between students and police amid a protest against the fee hike. The university administration had justified the average 12.5% hike citing its deficit of ₹ 244 crore for the financial year 2017-18.last_img read more

BJD to send 33% women to Lok Sabha, says Naveen Patnaik

first_imgBHUBANESWAR – Without waiting for the women’s reservation bill to be passed in Parliament, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Sunday announced that Biju Janata Dal would field 33% women candidates in the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections.“Odisha will send 33% women to Parliament in the coming election,” said Mr. Patnaik addressing ‘Mission Shakti’ convention at coastal Kendrapara district which he termed ‘Karma Bhoomi’ of his legendary father late Biju Patnaik.‘Mission Shakti’ was launched by Odisha government as a campaign for holistic empowerment of women by forming women’s self-help groups.“The women of Odisha will lead the way in women empowerment in India. If India is to lead the world, if India has to compete with countries like America and China and become advanced, then women empowerment is the only answer,” said Odisha CM.“In 1990s, former CM late Biju Patnaik had shown the way to entire nation. It was he who for the first time in India had implemented 33% reservation for women in the three-tier panchayati raj institutions and government jobs,” said Mr. Patnaik.He went on: “in 2012, the BJD-led government enhanced it to 50% in PRIs. Taking the move forward, last year, the State government passed a resolution in Odisha State Legislative Assembly to provide 33% reservation to women in both Parliament and State Legislatures.”“I have also sent a proposal to all the national parties and chief ministers in this regard. I call upon all the national parties that they should be true to their words, and must follow what they are propagating for women empowerment,” Mr. Patnaik said.last_img read more

Nets bounce back, beat weary Suns

first_imgIs Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? MOST READ Nets: Host Charlotte on Wednesday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “It’s the NBA. We understand that,” Booker said. “I’d say a late game going into an early game I don’t quite understand. I think the other way around would make more sense, but I don’t make the schedule. They say computers do, so we’ll just go with that.”They had a brunch meeting Sunday but coach Igor Kokoskov said they didn’t talk much basketball, feeling the players weren’t ready to think about that.He said even the players who said they were tired and sore wanted to play. They were a step slow in the first quarter, giving up 38 points, but steadied themselves in the second and trailed 63-56 at halftime.It wasn’t close much longer, thanks to Brooklyn making five 3-pointers in the third quarter while Phoenix went 0 for 5.Ayton’s basket had cut it to two with 8:26 left in the period before Joe Harris and Russell made consecutive 3-pointers, Kurucs made the next two baskets and Jared Dudley made another 3 to cap a 13-0 spurt and give the Nets a 79-64 lead. Russell hit another 3 for the final points of the period, making it 91-74.“Man, we started making winning plays,” Russell said. “To get separation we had to get stops. It took a lot.”Phoenix made it look closer by intentionally fouling Ed Davis, who finished with 15 points and nine rebounds but was just 1 for 7 from the line.TIP-INSSuns: Phoenix fell to 2-2 on its season-high, five-game trip that ends Wednesday in Orlando. … T.J. Warren was just 2 for 11 for four points.Nets: Harris made three 3-pointers, making him the first player in franchise history to make three or more in 6 straight games. He scored 13 points. … Atkinson said he expects G Allen Crabbe (sore right knee) back soon after Christmas. NO SLEEP IN BROOKLYNKokoskov downplayed the impact the Suns’ late bedtime would have.“Well, I’ve been up for the wrong reasons so many times,” he joked.As for the players?“No, it doesn’t affect,” the native of Serbia said. “It’s a new generation, they’re good. They play video stations all night long.”ALL’S FINEAtkinson said he preferred to move forward rather than say much about the $25,000 fine he was given by the NBA on Saturday for verbally abusing game officials and failing to leave the court in a timely manner following his ejection late in Friday’s game. He had he had spoken with Kiki VanDeWeghe, the NBA’s executive vice president of basketball operations, and understood the explanation.“The referees, and I really mean this, I think they do a fantastic job and that’s throughout the league,” Atkinson said. “And I think I make mistakes, they make mistakes, and my focus needs to be on our players and making the adjustments that’s going to help us pull out a game.”UP NEXTSuns: Visit Orlando on Wednesday. PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss View comments GALLERY: Inquirer Sports’ 7 best photos of 2018 This is the pros.“I was talking to the coach, I was like, ‘Yo, we’ve got to do this again,’” he said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefHe and the Suns found out just how tough that is with weary legs after playing three overtimes a night earlier.Spencer Dinwiddie scored 24 points, D’Angelo Russell had 18 points, eight assists and six rebounds, and the Brooklyn Nets beat the Suns 111-103 on Sunday night. Brooklyn Nets’ Spencer Dinwiddie (8) passes away from Phoenix Suns’ Troy Daniels (30) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Dec. 23, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)NEW YORK — Deandre Ayton was eating breakfast after a short, sleepless night when the reality of NBA life hit the rookie.In college, he’d have had a break Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games openingcenter_img SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion BREAKING: Corrections officer shot dead in front of Bilibid LATEST STORIES Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño The Suns, who fell 149-146 in Washington a night earlier, dropped their second straight after a four-game winning streak.Rookie Rodions Kurucs from Latvia added 16 points and 10 rebounds for the Nets. They bounced back from a loss to Indiana on Friday to win for the eighth time in nine games.“I still think the defense could be better. I think we’re in an OK place, not a great place,” coach Kenny Atkinson said.Ayton had 26 points and 18 rebounds, shooting 13 of 16 from the field. Devin Booker — who yawned a couple times in the locker room before the game — had 25 points and nine assists a night after playing 55 minutes.The Suns arrived at their New York hotel after 1:30 a.m. and had a short turnaround with the game in Brooklyn tipping at the earlier-than-usual time of 6 p.m., and knew they faced a tough game.ADVERTISEMENT Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issuelast_img read more

Kabaddi team U Mumba eyes growth from ticketing, sponsorship

first_imgCOMMENTS SHARE COMMENT × SHARE SHARE EMAIL July 08, 2016 Published on sport With the Pro Kabaddi League (KPL) attracting as many as 435 million viewers nationwide, Ronnie Screwvala-owned team U Mumba says it is looking at sales from both ticketing and sponsorship in the ongoing fourth season.The company, which had reportedly notched about ₹12 crore from sponsors in the last season, expects to raise a similar amount his season, too.“We expect growth of 30-35 per cent in the ongoing season. We have a two-season contract with several of our sponsors,” said Supratik Sen, CEO, USports, the sports division of team owner Unilazer Ventures.Growing popularityU Mumba’s sponsors for the current season include Tata Xenon, Macho, Lawman, Havmor Ice cream, Adidas, Red FM 93.5, Courtyard by Marriot and NSCI SVP. Sen added that big brands are looking at kabaddi in a big way, with the league’s reach and popularity growing.KPL was launched in 2014 by cricket commentator Charu Sharma and industrialist Anand Mahindra’s sports management company Mashal Sports, with the Star India network as its broadcasting partner.The organisers had decided to have two seasons of PKL a year — one each in January and July. Star Sports is the broadcaster for the fourth season as well. The tournament is telecast on Star India’s network of channels in five languages.Merchandise boostSen said that besides sponsorship, the company is seeing good traction from ticketing and even merchandise.“Tickets for our home venues are priced from ₹1,000 to ₹1,500. We expect this to shoot up in the current season. Besides ticketing, merchandise, despite being small, is growing both online and offline,” he added.According to GroupM-SportzPower’s recent report, while cricket continues to be the biggest grosser, other sports are emerging as growth drivers.“Sports other than cricket have successfully established themselves in terms of revenue and fandom within the Indian sporting firmament,” said Thomas Abraham, co-founder of SportzPower. BL09_P11_KABADDI BL09_P11_KABADDIlast_img read more

Greek Heritage Night in Toronto Honoring Giannis (Photos)

first_imgTORONTO Hundreds of Greeks – thousands according to the Milwaukee Bucks, 700 according to the local media – with Greek flags in their hands spent New Year’s Day 2018 at Toronto’s Air Canada Center for the Raptors’ NBA game against the Bucks featuring Giannis Antetokounmpo.Though Giannis’ team was defeated by the Raptors (DeMar DeRozan scored a record 52 points) 131-127, he was the reason for another moving Greek community event where the Greek National Anthem was played in an NBA venue.The night was also designated as “Greek Heritage Night” by the Raptors.The members of the Greek community, after the end of the game, filled a whole area and as soon as Antetokounmpo appeared, the crowd went wild. The Greek National Anthem sounded throughout the stadium and the Greek player was visibly moved as well as impressed by the scene.The Greek community of Toronto and Canada, in general, presented him with some gifts, and even offered a vasilopita for his family. The 23-year-old superstar Bucks player signed all the autographs he could, as his team rushed him out to catch the plane leaving Toronto.“Thank you for coming to support us. I wish you health, love, and a happy New Year,” said Antetokounmpo.Canada’s Greek community with Greek flags in their hands spent New Year’s Day 2018 at Toronto’s Air Canada Center to enjoy Giannis Antetokounmpo. (Photo: Courtesy by the The Greek-Canadian Games)According to the Thestar.com newspaper, whatever the virtues of Giannis Antetokounmpo, both on and off the court, no one can deny he has a bond with basketball fans, which goes beyond the game of basketball.Frank Karantonis, a doctor of Greek descent, talks about humility, Raptor’s coach, Dwane Casey talks about “pureness of heart” and the star of the Canadian team, DeMar DeRozan says it can be anything from the greatness of his sports skills to his nice nickname.“I think the biggest bond is his humility,” said Dr. Karantonis, who was the head of the Greek evening of appreciation for Antetokounmpo at the Air Canada Center on Monday.“He grew up very poor in Greece, in Athens… (It is) just the bond with his family and his loyalty to his country,” he added, emphasizing that “there is something with his humility that connects us with him and wanting to achieve our dreams some day,” as reported in thestar.com.Karantonis gathered hundreds of Greek expatriates through the Greek Canadian Games, which organizes various sporting events, in the Olympic model, every summer for Greek youth.“It’s such a great story and he is a hero to all of us,” he said of Antetokounmpo, as Thestar.com reported.He is also a nightmare for opponents, in the way he plays at both ends of the court, with passion and athletic abilities that terrorize opponents.Canada’s Greek community with Greek flags in their hands spent New Year’s Day 2018 at Toronto’s Air Canada Center to enjoy Giannis Antetokounmpo. (Photo: Courtesy by the The Greek-Canadian Games)Raptors’ coach Casey said, as reported in Thestar.com, “I think he plays with a pure heart. He’s trying to win. I don’t think there’s a selfish bone in his body. He practices, from my understanding, the way he plays, and you love that. His teammates love that because now he can go to another player and say, ‘Hey, you’re not going hard enough because I do it.’ His freshness, his innocence and he enjoys the game. All of those things rub the players the right way, his teammates the right way.”Raptors’ President, Masai Ujiri, desperately tried to make exchanges in the draft of 2015 to get Antetokounmpo on the team. The relationship with the Antetokounmpo family goes back many years. Ujiri helped the family, as reported in Thestar.com, to move from Nigeria to Greece.The fans now cheer for Antetokounmpo everywhere.“He has so much passion and there is so much thirst for a hero and that’s why this guy is such an exciting person for Greece right now,” said Karantonis, as reported in Thestar.com.Canada’s Greek community with Greek flags in their hands spent New Year’s Day 2018 at Toronto’s Air Canada Center to enjoy Giannis Antetokounmpo. (Photo: Courtesy by the The Greek-Canadian Games)Canada’s Greek community with Greek flags in their hands spent New Year’s Day 2018 at Toronto’s Air Canada Center to enjoy Giannis Antetokounmpo. (Photo: Courtesy by the The Greek-Canadian Games)Canada’s Greek community with Greek flags in their hands spent New Year’s Day 2018 at Toronto’s Air Canada Center to enjoy Giannis Antetokounmpo. (Photo: Courtesy by the The Greek-Canadian Games)TweetPinShare11 Shareslast_img read more

Disabled boy bowls Wriddhiman Saha over with cricket skills. Internet hearts viral video

first_imgRecently, cricketer, Wriddhiman Saha took to his official Twitter account to share a rather heart touching video.In the beginning, the video looks nothing special. A bunch of young boys playing gully cricket with wickets made out of cardboard.When you suddenly realise that the young boy who is bowling is physically disabled. His arms are not fully developed and stop right underneath the elbow. That doesn’t stop him from throwing a challenging ball to the one who is batting.Doesn’t stop him from playing cricket. pic.twitter.com/9Z7F9lUychWriddhiman Saha (@Wriddhipops) April 1, 2019Saha’s video that is captioned, ” Doesn’t stop him from playing cricket,” proves that cricket is not just a sport in India, it is a way of living.Wriddhiman Saha is an Indian International cricketer who has played Test matches for the Indian cricket team. He is also a part of Sunrisers Hyderabad in Indian Premier League.The video has already become an internet sensation and had already been retweeted 3,837 times at the time of filing. Twitterati cannot stop gushing over the spirit and determination of this young child.Salute to his spiritSanjay Khanna (@khannasanjay532) April 1, 2019He is getting love from Pakistan as well.Love from Pakistan kiddo!Yasir (@yasirj87) April 1, 2019This clip is giving happiness to so many.This clip is unbelievable, sheer happiness and passion to play the game he must love.John (@JB71984) April 1, 2019His passion is incomparable.You cannot stop him because he has passion, determination,grit and love for the game!!advertisementYash Srivastava (@YashSri53515712) April 1, 2019Come on Champion Entire India is with youjayant (@Jayantasengoptu) April 1, 2019Physical expression of positivity and self motivation. God bless the child for all his dreams come true. Great Respects to such an awesome child.Krithika Sivakumar (@KrithikaSivaku1) April 1, 2019ALSO SEE | Smriti Irani forces son to take picture with her. Calls it maa ka atyachaarALSO WATCH | Two cute lion cubs make adorable debut at Vladisovstok zoolast_img read more

Brice Ramsey Replacing Greyson Lambert At Quarterback For Georgia During Alabama Rout

first_imgBrice Ramsey of Georgia looks out onto the field.Twitter/@ChrisPorterFCNToday’s game in Athens has been nothing short of a debacle for Georgia. The Dawgs trail Alabama 24-3 late in the first half, having allowed two quick scores via blocked punt and 50-yard play action bomb, and now Georgia is making a change at quarterback. Redshirt sophomore Brice Ramsey is in to replace Greyson Lambert.Brice Ramsey is entering at QB for Georgia— Matt Zenitz (@mzenitz) October 3, 2015Yup, Brice Ramsey in with 35 seconds left in the half. Not much you can do here, but he may get a shot in the second half.— Seth Emerson (@SethEmersonAJC) October 3, 2015Lambert has struggled, completing just 7-of-17 passes for 70 yards. If Ramsey can’t give Georgia a spark, this one could get extremely ugly.last_img

This is OnePlus 7 Pro: Full specifications leak again ahead of May 14 launch

first_imgThis is OnePlus 7 Pro: Full specifications leak again ahead of May 14 launch The technical specifications list for the OnePlus 7 Pro has leaked online, throwing up all details about the OnePlus 7 Pro. advertisement Amritanshu Mukherjee New DelhiMay 9, 2019UPDATED: May 9, 2019 13:36 IST Source: Roland QuandtHIGHLIGHTSThe OnePlus 7 Pro will get a 6.67-inch Fluid AMOLED display with a refresh rate of 90Hz.The OnePlus 7 Pro will come with a pop-up 16-megapixel selfie camera.A dual stereo speaker setup is available for the first time on a OnePlus smartphone.The OnePlus 7 Pro is one of the highly-anticipated smartphones for 2019, as is evident from the continuous flurry of leaks. While OnePlus will officially launch the OnePlus 7 series on May 14 globally in India, the leaks have given us information about many aspects of the smartphone – from the display to cameras and everything else. To add to the collection, another leak has come up throwing out all possible information about the OnePlus 7 Pro, re-assuring most of the previous ones.So far, we know that the OnePlus 7 Pro is an all-screen phone with a pop-up camera, a smooth 90Hz display, the top-of-the-line specifications and a robust set of cameras. The new leaked specification sheet also suggests similar specifications, albeit with slight variations.OnePlus CEO Pete Lau has been talking a great deal about the display on the OnePlus 7 Pro lately and the leaked sheet throws light on that. The handset will sport a 6.67-inch Fluid AMOLED display that renders pictures at a resolution of 3120 x 1440 pixels. The panel will have a pixel density of 516 PPI and will have a refresh rate of 90Hz. Similar to the older OnePlus 6T, it will also have an in-display fingerprint scanner.OnePlus has always been using flagship-grade chipsets and the OnePlus 7 Pro will do that as well. The phone will be powered by the Snapdragon 855 chipset and will be accompanied by a choice of 6GB, 8GB or 12GB RAM, and an option of choosing between 128GB and 256GB onboard storage. The OnePlus 7 Pro will use a faster UFS 3.0 storage, which OnePlus has proudly confirmed lately. As expected, the OnePlus 7 Pro will run on Android 9 Pie with the latest version of Oxygen OS.advertisement With the OnePlus 7 Pro, the company is gunning for a better camera experience and the leaked sheet confirms once again how they are going to do it. We have known for a while the OnePlus 7 Pro will get a triple rear camera setup. The primary camera will have a 48-megapixel Sony IMX586 sensor with F1.6 aperture lens and will be assisted by OIS. The secondary camera will be a 16-megapixel wide-angle camera with a 117 degrees field of view. The third unit is an 8-megapixel telephoto camera with 3x optical zoom.The setup will be assisted by PDAF, Laser Autofocus, Continuous Autofocus and a Dual LED flash. The camera will be able to shoot 4K videos at 60 fps and 480 fps slow motion videos at 720p. For the front, there’s a 16-megapixel camera with the Sony IMX471 sensor with support for EIS. The camera will be placed on a pop-up module.What’s new on the OnePlus 7 Pro is the presence of a dual stereo speaker setup. Along with that, there will be a 4000mAh battery that will come with support for 30W Warp Charge.With only a few days to go into the launch, it is expected that the OnePlus 7 Pro will be quite similar to the picture that the leaks have painted in our minds so far. Considering the leaked prices, OnePlus will be targeting Samsung and Apple’s flagship offerings with the OnePlus 7 Pro while having the benefits of superior on-paper specifications. The OnePlus 7 Pro will be launched on May 14 in Bengaluru alongside the OnePlus 7.ALSO READ | OnePlus 7 Pro base variant with 6GB RAM price leaked, will only come in single colourALSO READ | OnePlus asking users to guess specs of OnePlus 7 Pro and win the phone, here’s how to participateALSO READ | OnePlus 7 and OnePlus 7 Pro: Fluid HDR+ screen, fast UFS3 storage, 3 cameras and everything you must knowGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAmritanshu Mukherjee Tags :Follow OneplusFollow androidFollow smartphoneslast_img read more

The Best of Outdoor Retailer 2016

first_img Runners, Say Goodbye to Chafing with Path Projects Running Shorts Editors’ Recommendations The Best Bottles of Whiskey You Can Buy For $20 or Less 11 Best Gins for a Refreshing Gin and Tonic All 21 Six Flags Parks in the U.S., Ranked The Absolute Best Rye Whiskey Brands for Under $50 Twice a year, the entire outdoor community descends on Salt Lake City to sample, test, and gawk at the finest gear that brands can design. We were on the floor at the Outdoor Retailer 2016 Show this time around to not only pick our favorites, but also to launch our new Best In Show awards. Whether you’re a die hard climber, thru-hiker, or trail runner, this is the must have gear that will be hitting retailers soon.Related: Outdoor Retailer Winter 2016Outerwear: Columbia OutDry Extreme ECO ShellColumbia’s new OutDry Extreme ECO will upend the entire outerwear market. It uses no PFCs (perfluorinated compounds), all thread, trim, and zippers are made of re-purposed materials, and there are no dyes. This jacket will never need to be retreated with a DWR because of the “inside-out” nature of the OutDry Extreme membrane. We can’t wait to test one.Boots: Forsake TrailForsake’s line up has been around since 2013. In that time they’ve managed to revive classic styles, incorporate waterproof and comfort touches, and make damn fine boots. The new Trails will hit the market this month. Their classic silhouette and functional outsole make them the perfect choice for urban to trail use.Running Shoes: Underarmour Horizon FTKWe picked up our pair of the Horizon FKTs (short for Fastest Known Time) at the Show. A quick run the day after had us sold. The mid and outsoles work in tandem to help you run in an ideal biometric position. The Michelin rubber outsoles grip everything from loose dirt to rough granite. It doesn’t hurt that they look amazing as well.Flip Flops: Hari MariIn a sea of ultra technical gear, it was nice to spot a simple product that nails comfort and style without needing all the extra flash. Made with buttery smooth nubuck and full grain leather the Fields and Lakes models were an instant stand out. We will have a pair stashed in our pack and clipped to our climbing harnesses for those down moments around camp and at the crag and we recommend you follow suit.Sunglasses: SunskisSunskis new Olemas frames are without a doubt some of the most gorgeous frames we’ve ever seen. That they’re affordable, comfortable, and have excellent optical quality makes them a deal you shouldn’t pass up when they hit retailers and Sunskis’ website early next yearRelated: The North Face Homestead CollectionUltralight Gear: Granite Gear Crown 2Expanding on the venerated Crown V.C. 60, the Crown 2 slims down materials with a high tensile nylon body. In doing so, they were able to add in a proper lid, and stronger webbing for compression. The result is a purpose built hauler for even the most discerning thru hikers. Don’t just take our word for it though. Our friends at Packing It Out have been carrying them all year as they hike the Pacific Crest Trail cleaning up garbage as they go.Tent: Tepui White LightningRoof top tents are having a serious moment right now in the outdoors and overland community. Until now though, we’ve be hesitant to get one because they monopolize your entire roof rack space (which we need for bikes, skis, and SUPs like any proper dirtbag). Tepui’s new White Lightning hardshell tent allows you to throw a rack on top of it, and will support up to 150 pounds even while open.Camp Kitchen: SnowpeakWe’re big fans of Snowpeak, so when they launched a new camp oven and titanium personal cookset, we were beyond excited. Like all their camp kitchen products, these feature careful attention to design, and serious durability.Lifestyle Brand: United By BlueUnited By Blue continues to impress us with their eco-friendly line up. For spring they are continuing their program of cleaning up coastline not simply by writing checks or pledging portions of sales, but working with their retailers and consumers to get one pound of trash removed from waterways for each product sold.Climbing Gear: Wild Country REVOThe REVO is truly revolutionary. As a bi-directional belay device, it will aid in locking the rope down should your climber fall – no matter which direction it is inserted. This is the perfect tool for beginners and pros alike for its ease of use and bomber design. Expect to see these at every local gym and crag soon.Cooler: Igloo Welded CoolersIgloo’s welded coolers are waterproof and leak proof. One inch thick foam will keep your lunch and beer cool in even the most powerful summer heat. With multiple tie-down points, we can’t wait to get out on our SUP with one.Electronics: Suunto Spartan UltraSuunto’s Spartan builds on their tradition of excellent sports and GPS watches. The Ultra will give you up to 26 hours of battery life even when tracking at high precision, and captures essential elevation, speed, and heart rate data for you to obsess over as you train for your next big endurance event.Grooming: All Good DeodorantsWe spotted these at All Good’s booth and had to try them. Using natural enzymes and essential oils, All Good cuts out aluminum, propylene glycol and pthalates. We recommend the Tea Tree & Basil.Sun Protection: Ursa MajorSunscreen is a must for any adventure in the wilderness. Ursa Major’s new daily defense lotion is perfect for skiers, hikers, and climbers who are always on the go. Its spf 18 rating and natural moisturizers are perfect for wind and sunburned faces in the backcountry. Just don’t be surprised when your significant other steals your bottle.Packs: Arc’teryx Bora ARThe Bora is one of the most iconic trekking packs ever built. For 2017 the Bora AR reintroduces the line with Arc’teryx’s new RotoGlide frame system. It pivots as well as slides vertically, allowing your pack to move with you no matter the load. We got a sneak peek before the show when we were in Vancouver at their headquarters in July, and were blown away how comfortable it made a forty-plus pound load feel.Emerging Technology: Enerplex KICKR FL Solar PanelsUsing Enerplex’s unique flexible film solar cells, the new KICKR FL panels are the lightest we’ve ever seen. By decreasing much of the backing material needed, you can easily haul enough solar power into the backcountry to power all your essentials from GPS units to DSLRs.Food: OMealsOMeals’ innovative heating system means you can ditch the stove when you need to go light and fast. The food is fully cooked and sealed. All you need is to add water to their biodegradable heater, drop it and your food pouch into the outerbag, and you’ll have a hot meal ready to go in minutes.Hydration:MSR Trailshot MicrofilterWeighing in just over a quarter of a pound, the Trailshot filter is perfect for ultralight hikers and ultrarunners. It will filter bacteria and protozoa on the fly (although for virus filtering you should step up to the Guardian). The best part? Cleaning it is a breeze. All you have to do is fill it with potable water and shake it a little bit and it will run smoothly again.Technical Apparel: Adidas Agravic Alpha Shield HoodyIt seemed that every brand had a new Polartec Alpha Insulation piece ready to go for this coming spring. However, Adidas ultralight Agravic Alpha Shield has them all beat. Windproof outer fabric works in combination with a thin layer of core insulation for the perfect summit day piece – and it weighs in under six ounces. We are drooling at the chance to get it out for some fast and light ski mountaineering missions this coming spring.Lighting: Gear Aid LanternsGear Aid has been helping us keep our tents, packs, and apparel in working order for years. Naturally, when we spotted their first foray into gear we were pretty stoked. The ARC and SPARK lanterns are perfect for around camp use. They also double as batteries, so you can keep your phone charged up to get that perfect sunrise instagram shot. The lights’ temperature is tunable, so you can have a warm yellow glow for dinner, or bright white spot lights when you’re searching for that missing beer that rolled under the truck. The ARC will mount to tripod or RAM mounts, letting you really light the night when you’re out on the water or around camp.last_img read more

Algeria Tunisia and Egypt Call for Diplomatic Solution to Conflict in

Rabat – Algeria, Tunisia, and Egypt joined the latest push for military de-escalation on Wednesday June 12, issuing a joint statement calling for an “unconditional ceasefire” for the neighboring country of Libya.After a meeting in Tunis, foreign affairs ministers of Algeria, Tunisia, and Egypt expressed “deep concern” over the situation. The ministers issued a statement that denounced “the continuous flow of weapons” into Libya and rejected a military solution to the conflict. The three countries instead pushed for a political settlement to Libya’s continuing unrest.In 2011, Muammar Gaddafi was overthrown and killed in the NATO-backed Libyan Civil War. The power vacuum left the country in a growing state of instability, with multiple militias fighting for control of the oil-rich country. The ongoing conflict between factions turned Libya into a war-zone between rival forces.In 2015, the UN supported the establishment of the Government of National Accord (GNA). The internationally-recognized government is based in the Western half of the country and headquartered in Tripoli. The GNA’s primary opposition is the Libyan National Army (LNA), led by General Khalifa Haftar. The GNA established its own parallel government in the east, based in the city of Al Bayda. The battle marks the third time Libya has gone to war since the fall of dictator Muammar Gaddafi.Read Also: Bourita Says Stability of Libya is a Priority for MoroccoThe latest fighting began when General Haftar launched an attack on the GNA in Tripoli on April 4. Both the LNA and the defending GNA received weapons from their respective allies, which violated the UN’s arms embargo. This included neighboring Egypt, who supported the LNA.The battle for Tripoli devastated the capital, home to over a million residents. According to the World Health Organization, at least 653 people have been killed since the fighting escalated in April. Thousands have been injured, and over 50 thousand displaced from their homes. Despite the loss, General Haftar and the LNA rejected plans for a ceasefire. He claimed militias have infiltrated the GNA and vowed to continue fighting until they are defeated.While the violence in Tripoli continues, Foreign Ministers Sameh Shoukry of Egypt, Khemaies Jhinaoui of Tunisia, and Ramtane Lamamra of Algeria pushed for a diplomatic solution. At their meeting on Wednesday, the seventh in an ongoing tripartite initiative, the ministers renewed their “categorical rejection of any outside interference in Libya’s internal affairs” and called for continued cooperation between the three countries.The meeting was held a few days after United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres called for all countries to enforce a total arms embargo to Libya. The UN first imposed a ban on arms sales to Libya after the fall of Gaddafi in 2011. Following Guterres’s call on Monday, the UN unanimously approved to extend the embargo through June of 2020. The next gathering of the tripartite council will take place in Algeria, the date yet to be determined. read more

UN Human Rights Council adopts documents on disappearances and indigenous peoples

“I wanted to express how happy we are because we were able to have the first important, very substantive decisions of the new Council,” Ambassador of Mexico, Luis Alfonso de Alba, the newly elected President of the Council, told reporters in Geneva. The Council, which replaced the much-criticized Human Rights Commission, opened its first session on 19 June and this runs until tomorrow.The International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearances defines such actions as crimes and as crimes against humanity when they are widespread or systematic. The Convention, which focuses on preventive measures as well as the rights of victims, is now being forwarded to the General Assembly for final adoption. “In the case of the Convention on Disappearances, it’s an effort that very much touches the lives of many people, not only in Latin America, but also around the world…I think it is a very well deserved homage to the victims that the new Council’s first decision was to adopt the Convention, and without a vote,” said Mr. de Alba.Turning to the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, which had been debated for 11 years, the 47-member Council adopted this by a vote of 30 in favour, 12 abstentions and 2 against (3 absent). “In the case of the Declaration [on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples], I am also very happy, because it was a very long process of negotiations that have finally come to an end. It had been a very difficult process because we were forced to strike a balance between the interests of very different points of views from Governments and indigenous peoples.”“But finally we came to a compromise. This has shown how the majority of the Member States, as well as the very wide majority of indigenous populations, have come together for the benefit of the indigenous peoples around the world,” Mr. de Alba concluded.The Declaration will now be forwarded to the General Assembly’s September session.Some experts have said that the creation of legal standards and rules through the adoption of an international declaration would ensure respect for the human rights and fundamental freedoms of indigenous peoples. However some States have disagreed with the view that indigenous peoples should have the right to “self determination” and also other issues that have been proposed.Currently, the UN estimates that there are some 370 million indigenous peoples living in different parts of the world. read more

Geek deals 300 off the HP Envy 14

first_imgIf you act fast you’ll be able to get $300 off HP’s Envy 14. The enthusiast system is normally priced at $1299 but this coupon will get an Intel Core i5/i7 equipped build down to a penny under $1000. That’s a pretty sweet deal on a well-reviewed computer… sweet enough that HP is only letting 450 people get the discount.The deal will work with the Core i5 dual-core or the Core i7-720QM quad-core processors, so you have options if you want to save some cash or built in some extra horsepower. All models will include ATI discrete graphics, a backlit keyboard, Beats Audio, that sweet metal body, and the other good stuff you’d expect from HP’s flagship consumer notebook.As attractive as it is to get the price under a grand users should consider the quad-core model, which starts out at $1024 after the discount. Paired with 1GB ATI HD 5650 graphics and 4GB or 6GB of RAM and you have yourself a really solid system. Yeah, it’s not Sandy Bridge, but the deal is pretty tough to beat.To get 300 of the HP Envy 14 follow the instructions at Logic Buy. It’s as simple as going to the HP store and entering a coupon code.last_img read more

Another match announced for WWE Payback WWE has fun with Conor McGregor

first_img Madison Square Garden Pays Tribute to Roman Reigns Now Playing Up Next Dana White announces he will stay President of the UFC Google+ Is WWE Losing Its Audience? Another Top UFC fighter Is Calling Conor McGregor ‘Irrelevant’ Xavier Woods Videos Articles Conor McGregor Says Thanks For The Cheese And Signs Out Now Playing Up Next Twitter WhatsApp Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Nextcenter_img Facebook Rumor: WWE reportedly reaches out to Enzo Amore and Big Cass; WWE responds to report Now Playing Up Next Triple H The Miz Videos Articles No. 1 Contenders Tournament Final set for WWE PaybackEnzo Amore and Colin Cassady vs. The Vaudevillains in a No. 1 Contenders Tournament Final match has been officially added to the card for WWE Payback on May 1.WWE has fun with Conor McGregor news this weekCathy Kelley is featuring another look at what is trending in the world of WWE this week including the news that UFC star Conor McGregor announced he would be retiring and news that he was officially pulled from the UFC 200 card by UFC President Dana White. Multiple media reports in the last 24 hours noted how McGregor is now suddenly following Shane McMahon, Becky Lynch, Triple H and Stephanie McMahon on Twitter not long after he issued his tweet.WWE Extreme Rules on May 22 on the WWE NetworkWWE has released a promo video for Extreme Rules on May 22 from Newark.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q6TkJ2OgLs0Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipMadison Square Garden Pays Tribute to Roman ReignsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:34/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 100.00%0:03Remaining Time -0:31 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Videos Articles Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Former WWE Superstar Enzo Amore announces he is returning to the ring Pinterest WWE RAW Results – 7/15/19 (10-man Battle Royal to determine Universal Title #1 Contender)last_img read more

Bonneville Dam fish count 45

first_imgTuesday — 2 adult spring chinook, 56 steelhead. Year-to-date — 24 adult spring chinook, 1858 steelhead.Water temperature: 45.7 degrees. Water visibility: 2.0 feet. Streamflow: 439,700 cubic feet per second (15.17 feet on gauge at Vancouver, 16.0 feet is minor flood stage)last_img

Families search for Shanghai stampede survivors

first_imgBEIJING — Chinese President Xi Jinping ordered an investigation Thursday into a stampede that left at least 36 people dead in Shanghai during a New Year’s Eve celebration as families desperately searched hospitals for survivors of the disaster.Witnesses described the New Year’s Eve crowd on the Bund — Shanghai’s landmark waterfront area — as being packed so tightly that people couldn’t move their arms and legs. Some said individuals were lifted off the ground and tossed about as waves of motion rippled through the throng.The stampede occurred at 11:35 p.m. Wednesday, according to authorities. The exact cause is unknown, and conflicting reports have emerged in its aftermath. At least 47 people were injured in the chaos.In an early account Thursday morning, state-run news agency Xinhua quoted a witness as saying the stampede began when people rushed to pick up what looked like U.S. currency tossed from a store on the third floor of a building on the Bund. The paper rectangles were actually coupons for a club.But witnesses at the New Year’s Eve celebration said the crowd had swollen to unsafe proportions even before the coupons dropped.A post on the social media account of the Shanghai police also dismissed the suggestion that the coupons prompted the stampede, suggesting it occurred before the paper notes were tossed to the crowd.last_img read more

Reed CEO Tad Smith Sale Neither Surprises Nor Worries Me

first_imgThe sale process will commence immediately, but it is unclear how long it will take to complete. For my part, I am committed to leading our business as your CEO during the sale process and thereafter. In the meantime, business will continue as usual and everyone’s jobs, benefits and pay will be unaffected.Reed Elsevier also announced a restructuring program this morning. RBI-US has a 7-year history of diligent cost and headcount management actions, including some taken earlier this year. At this time, RBI-US has no plans for a large scale layoff or other special headcount reduction program beyond the extreme care we continue to exercise on headcount additions.Tad Smith, CEO, RBI-USPlease read the attached communication from Reed Business CEO Gerard van de Aast for more information. REED BUSINESS CEO UPDATE February 2008Dear Reed Business colleagues,Let me first address the question why Reed Elsevier has decided to divest Reed Business Information (RBI). RBI is a well managed, high quality business. However its strategic fit with Reed Elsevier is less clear since Reed Elsevier has decided to move away from advertising driven revenue models and focus on subscription based models. It is important to note that this says nothing about the quality and attractiveness of our business and the markets we serve. On the contrary we are a strong, well run business and our markets offer many opportunities, particularly in the online space. RBI is well positioned and I would like to share with you my view on our business and my confidence that we will continue to do well under new ownership. Let’s start by summarizing our key assets and attributes.Attractive marketsThe B2B markets that we operate in show solid, sustainable, long term growth of around 5-6% per year. Our advertising customers need to promote their brands, generate leads, create awareness and support their products and services and our readers keep themselves up to date through our print and online content. Although marketing spend and reader behaviour is shifting, in particular to online, the value proposition that we offer is as strong as ever.Leading brandsWe own many of the leading brands in our markets. The list is long and impressive with franchises like Variety, Interior Design, EDN, New Scientist, Estate Gazette, Totaljobs, Elsevier, Boerderij, Stratégies, Australian Doctor and so on. All our brands have a rich heritage going back in many cases over decades, but even more importantly have an exciting future as well through our online developments which are starting to have a real impact in our markets and enrich our long established brands.Financial stabilityOur business has size, scale and financial stability. RBI’s revenue in 2007 was $1,709m with adjusted operating profits of $253m, cash conversion was 109% providing a stable and attractive cash flow. Size and scale also matter allowing us to effectively manage our business and fund new developments derived from continued scale benefits and savings. RBI employs 8,164 people.Clear strategyOur strategy has been very clear and effective. It is built around protecting our core print business, driving online growth and making sure we have the best people in the business. We have complemented this with targeted acquisitions. Our strategy is very effective given our results in 2007 and prior years. We now have over $500m of online revenue which grew by 30% versus prior year. We will continue with this successful strategy going forward.The best peopleMost important of all we have great people that are very much connected with the markets we serve. Be it in editorial, sales or support functions we have great strengths and competence. We also have made great progress in understanding and executing online business models. Combined, this will continue to be the bedrock of our success.Looking aheadIn the coming period, senior management together with Reed Elsevier will focus on finding the right new ownership for the business. We all can contribute to this by staying focussed on our business and deliver the results as before. Nothing changes in the short term and we should not be sidetracked by the divestment process.Reed ExhibitionsReed Exhibitions has pursued a very successful strategy in the last few years. This strategy, which focuses on organic growth enhanced by targeted acquisitions and development of our business in high growth economies (BRIC), has proven to deliver strong growth. In 2007 results again were good with revenue growth of 12%. Going forward we will continue with this strategy and add programs for online development which will become increasingly important. Reed Elsevier will continue to invest in the business and support the strategy. There is a Q&A specifically related to our exhibition business available to answer questions that might arise.I would like to thank you for a good 2007. All businesses in Reed Business met or exceeded their targets and delivered good growth. In particular Reed Exhibitions performed strongly and in publishing we did see continued strong growth in online.Although the publishing and exhibition businesses will go their separate ways, both are well positioned. I do understand that all this might raise questions including what it means for you personally. A list of frequently asked questions is available on your local intranet site and aREna today. I also encourage you to discuss concerns with your management. Communication will be straightforward and timely. When we have new information we will share it with you. Let me close by expressing my confidence in our future and give you my commitment that I will lead us through this process.Kind regards,Gerard van de AastCEO Reed Business The following memos were sent by Reed Business’ U.S. CEO Tad Smith and global chief Gerard van de Aast, regarding yesterday’s sale announcement:From: Smith, Tad (RBI-US)Sent: Wednesday, February 20, 2008 11:11 PMTo: RBI-US All Employees; RBI-US RCD – Canadian EmployeesSubject: IMPORTANT BUSINESS ANNOUNCEMENT FROM TAD SMITH AND ALSO ONE FROM GERARD VAN DE AASTAs many of you now know, our parent company Reed Elsevier announced this morning that it was putting Reed Business’ worldwide publishing business up for sale. Reed Elsevier no longer views advertising-dependent businesses as aligned with its growth strategy.The announcement this morning neither surprises nor worries me. We have a vibrant and exciting business that is successfully making the transition from print to online across dozens of market sectors in countries all around the world. There will be a healthy appetite for our business and your many contributions as staff members.last_img read more

Largest Eid congregation at Sholakia held peacefully

first_imgThe country’s largest Eid prayer gathering head peacefully at Kishoreganj Sholakia. Photo: Tafsilul AzizThe country’s largest Eid prayer gathering at Sholakia was held peacefully.The prayers began at 10:00am with over a hundred thousand devotees coming from different parts of Bangladesh and from abroad 2-3 days ahead of Eid to attend the historic Eid jamaat at the Sholakia Eidgah.It was the 190th Eid jamaat at the Sholakia grounds. The jamaat began following the customary blank fire at 10am. Chairman of Islahul Muslimeen Council and President of Jamaat-e-Ulema Maulana Md Fariduddin Masud conducted the Eid prayers this year. A special munajat was also be offered seeking divine blessings for peace, development and welfare of the people of the country as well as Muslim Ummah.Against the backdrop of the last year’s militant attack on the Eid gathering in Sholakia, the government has taken unprecedented security measures for the country’s largest Eid congregation. The devotees were searched before they entered the ground in four phases, to avoid any untoward situation. They were allowed only to carry their prayer mats. The police, RAB, BGB and other secuirty forces were vigilant on the occasion.Read more:Sholakia Eidgah under tight securitylast_img read more

North Korea goes back to the future by 30 minutes

first_imgNorth Korea`s leader Kim Jong Un (L) and South Korea`s president Moon Jae-in (R) breaking open a cake to symbolize the start of reconciliation during the official dinner of the inter-Korean summit in the truce village of Panmunjom Photo : AFPNorth Korea went forward in time by 30 minutes on Saturday, state media said, to match its clocks with those of the South following last week’s inter-Korean summit.Leader Kim Jong Un promised the move during the meeting at Panmunjom in the Demilitarized Zone that divides the peninsula, when he and the South’s president Moon Jae-in pledged to pursue denuclearisation and a peace treaty.”The time-resetting is the first practical step taken after the historic third north-south summit meeting to speed up the process for the North and the South to become one,” said the official KCNA news agency.In Panmunjom, Kim had said he found it a “painful wrench” to see clocks at the summit venue showing different times for the two neighbours, KCNA reported earlier.Kim expressed “his resolution to unify the two times… as the first practical step for national reconciliation and unity”, it said, and the North’s parliament on Monday adopted a decree to put the move into effect from Saturday.Seoul welcomed the decision as a “symbolic move” towards better inter-Korean ties.North and South are now vastly different societies, one a democratic member of the OECD club of developed countries, and the other an impoverished, hereditary one-party state left isolated by its pursuit of nuclear weapons.But it was only in 2015 that the Koreas’ clocks diverged, when Pyongyang put itself back 30 minutes to return to the time zone used in the peninsula before Japan colonised it in 1910.As of Saturday, Seoul, Pyongyang and Tokyo are all in the same time zone.North Korea is not the only country to have used time to assert its national identity.China and India have both imposed single time zones to promote unity across their vast territories, with people in China’s westernmost provinces officially keeping to Beijing time despite the sun rising and setting two hours later than in the capital.Most time zones around the world are an hour apart, but some have smaller differences – Myanmar is half an hour behind next-door Thailand, while Nepal sets itself 15 minutes ahead of India to assert a difference from its giant neighbour.And despite lying on Europe’s western edge, mainland Spain has been in the same time zone as central Europe since 1942, when Francisco Franco’s fascist government adopted it to line itself up with Nazi Germany.last_img

Researchers find a way to identify key nodes in illegal wildlife trade

first_img Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences More information: Quantitative methods of identifying the key nodes in the illegal wildlife trade network, Nikkita Gunvant Patel, PNAS, DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1500862112AbstractInnovative approaches are needed to combat the illegal trade in wildlife. Here, we used network analysis and a new database, HealthMap Wildlife Trade, to identify the key nodes (countries) that support the illegal wildlife trade. We identified key exporters and importers from the number of shipments a country sent and received and from the number of connections a country had to other countries over a given time period. We used flow betweenness centrality measurements to identify key intermediary countries. We found the set of nodes whose removal from the network would cause the maximum disruption to the network. Selecting six nodes would fragment 89.5% of the network for elephants, 92.3% for rhinoceros, and 98.1% for tigers. We then found sets of nodes that would best disseminate an educational message via direct connections through the network. We would need to select 18 nodes to reach 100% of the elephant trade network, 16 nodes for rhinoceros, and 10 for tigers. Although the choice of locations for interventions should be customized for the animal and the goal of the intervention, China was the most frequently selected country for network fragmentation and information dissemination. Identification of key countries will help strategize illegal wildlife trade interventions. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Citation: Researchers find a way to identify key nodes in illegal wildlife trade network (2015, June 16) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-06-key-nodes-illegal-wildlife-network.html © 2015 Phys.org South Africa weighs legal rhino horn tradecenter_img Most people are aware of the underground wildlife trade network, animals around the world are caught or killed and are sent whole or in parts to other places where they are highly valued. Such trafficking has resulted in reducing the numbers of many species, many to the point of extinction. Unfortunately, efforts by many people and organizations to stop the illegal trade have not been very successful. In this new effort, the researchers describe a new tool to help win the war.To gain a better perspective on the geographic location of all the players involved, the researchers used the HealthMap Wildlife Trade database to gather data about illegal trade location details. The database was originally built to help track diseases spread by animals, but offered data on details such as animals found dead due to poaching or resale market raids by police. The team used the data to create a network that revealed the country locals of various players involved in the illegal trade. And that allowed them to identify those countries that play a crucial role in maintaining the network—the thinking is, if the activities in just those countries could be curtailed, the network might fall apart.The team divided activities into two main sections—six countries that had the most illegal activity going on for three main animals—tigers, rhinos and elephants, and six countries that had the most connections. As an example, they found that disrupting such activity in the United Kingdom, Mozambique, China, Vietnam, South Africa and Thailand would cause a significant disruption of trade in rhino horns.The team notes that adding data to the networks as it becomes available should make the reports more accurate and thus more useful, both as a tool in slowing illegal wildlife trading and for studying the spread of diseases, particularly, those that jump to humans from animals. Satellite imagery of Africa. Credit: Public Domain (Phys.org)—A team of researchers with affiliations to several institutions in the U.S. has found a new way to track import, export and connecting countries in the illegal wildlife trade network. As they describe in their paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, their work may help identify ways to reduce such trade in order to help protect the animals involved. Explore furtherlast_img read more

5 Fundamentals for Protecting Your Identity and Your Privacy

first_img Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now 6 min read If you’re like me, you’re an entrepreneur. We are so busy growing our businesses that we may not think about the risk of identity theft. After all, hackers go after big corporations. Right? Wrong! We are at greater risk of identity theft than large corporations. Yet, we have all seen company after company hacked putting Americans’ private information at risk.Identity theft is the number one complaint received by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) with 15 million victims each year at a cost of $50 billion annually. Identity theft is growing at such a rate, that many people believe there is nothing they can do. Not true. The following personal stories and tips should help you protect your business and yourself.Related: Don’t Despair, ID Theft Is Not Inevitable1. Beware public Wi-Fi spoofs.“Can you help me? My identity has been stolen.” That was an email I received from a TV show producer. He had been hacked. I told this victim how I believed his identity was stolen. He had been surfing the Internet using public Wi-Fi. This is very risky.Public Wi-Fi spots found on airplanes, airports, cafes, or malls are completely insecure, and anyone using them should think of everything they type as being broadcast to a billboard in Times Square. Wi-Fi is dangerous because anyone can “spoof ” a Wi-Fi spot and then access your data.When my wife and I moved to Utah, we lived in a townhouse community. When I first logged onto the Internet there were almost a dozen different Wi-Fi spots that popped up. Well, a criminal will do the same and create a Wi-Fi spot and name it. People nearby have no idea that they’re not real as these names could be Starbucks or a person’s name. As they login and use their passcodes, the criminal downloads all of their information.One reporter from USA Today had his identity hacked and authorities traced it back to the GoGo Inflight Internet he used. Someone had spoofed the GoGo Wi-Fi and the reporter used the fake spot instead of the real one.Related: Make Your Businesses Invulnerable to Corporate Identity Theft2. Virtual private networks.Protect yourself with a Virtual Private Network (VPN), which extends a private network across a public network, such as the Internet.VPN enables users to send/receive data across share/public networks as if their devices were directly connected to the private network.There are many VPNs which easy to obtain and use,  including TunnelBear which costs about $50 a year. Do your research and find the one you like best. Download it onto your computer and smart phone.3. Credit freeze.Next, put a freeze on your credit, I’ve had mine for about 15 years. This is something I highly recommend and it’s one of the smartest moves you can make to protect your identity and privacy. A credit freeze blocks companies from running your credit without your permission. No one will be able to buy a car or take out a mortgage with your credit.Here’s how to put a freeze on your credit report: Contact all three credit-reporting agencies separately. Send a letter by certified mail requesting a freeze be placed on your credit.Here are the links to each credit agency:Transunion — PH: 888-909-8872 https://help.equifax.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/75/earch/1Experian — PH: 888-397-3742 https://www.transunion.com/credit-freeze/place-credit- freezeEquifax  — PH:800-685-1111 http://www.experian.com/consumer/security_freeze.htmlAfter you request a freeze, the credit agencies provide you with a (PIN) to use when providing access to your credit. Every state charges different fees for placing a credit freeze. This may sound like a lot of work,  but just imagine how many hours you would spend on the phone undoing the damage of being hacked. Also carry an Identity Protection card in your wallet. This protects people from hacking your credit cards. For full details on why these cards are so important and to get one for free, click here.4. Cross shred documents.Shred everything and only use a crosscut shredder. Don’t use a shredder that cuts the paper into strips as these can be put back together.Related: Your Data Breach Doesn’t Have to Produce Identity Theft5. Bank statement monitoring.Spend 10 minutes each month reviewing your bank/credit card statements to ensure nothing fraudulent has taken place. If you’re still not convinced about the importance of protecting your identity and privacy, here’s a horror story about a former Miss Teen USA.Cassidy Wolf was on her computer when she received an anonymous and threatening email stating that the sender had thousands of pictures of her, including many of her nude, and that he’d been watching her for over a year. The sender was planning to put the pictures all over social media unless she got on Skype with him and agreed to do a series of inappropriate things. It turns out that the sender had hacked her webcam as well as many as 40 other women, some of whom actually gave in to his blackmail demands.In an interview with Business Insider, Cassidy said, “Your bedroom is your most private and intimate space. To think that someone was watching me for a year, had seen my most intimate moments, heard conversations I had with my mom and my brother, and knew everything about my life — someone can have access to all of that by your computer.” Unfortunately, in the future, there will be even more programs and ways for criminals to hack people’s webcams and other computer devices.I recommend taping a piece of paper over the camera. This is such a simple thing to do and it ensures that nobody can watch you. Also, don’t bring your computer into the bedroom. Store your computer in another room or in a laptop bag. And, don’t forget about all those other devices that have cameras too, such as your phone and iPad.In this special report I’ve given you several ways to better protect yourself. Please start implementing them today so you don’t become one of the millions of victims of identity theft this year. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Enroll Now for Free This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. June 6, 2016last_img read more