Delhi High Court paves way for Delhi Daredevils to go ahead with IPL matches

first_imgDelhi High Court on Friday allowed GMR Sports, owner of IPL franchise Delhi Daredevils, in an interim order to go ahead with the upcoming T20 matches without depositing entertainment tax for the season for now.A bench of justices B D Ahmed and Siddharth Mridul, however, asked GMR Sports Pvt Ltd to give details of sponsors along with the copies of signed agreements in respect of the matches to be played here by Delhi Daredevils (DD) in a sealed cover before the next date of hearing on May 6.”They (GMR Sports Pvt Ltd) are not required to deposit the entertainment tax…,” the court said.The court’s order came on GMR’s application seeking stay of an April 1 demand notice for entertainment tax at the rate of 15 per cent on sponsorship receipts and submitting details of sponsors along with the copies of signed agreements in respect of the matches to be played by the team.The court on April 5 had restrained Delhi government from acting in terms of April 1 communication.In its plea, GMR has sought directions to the government “not to withhold its application on the basis of non-payment of tax on sponsorship and non-submission of details of sponsors in respect of the matches to be played by DD in IPL 2016 till the final disposal of the petition.”The court has issued notice to Commissioner of Excise, Entertainment and Luxury Tax and Delhi government asking them to file their response to GMR’s plea.GMR in its application has said that for holding IPL matches for the 2016 season, it had sought permission to sell the tickets for the first match scheduled to be held on April 15 and also for booking of tickets for all the five matches.advertisementGMR said in response, it had received a letter on April 1 from entertainment tax officer asking it to deposit the tax at the rate of 15 per cent on tickets as well as on sponsorship receipts and details of sponsors along with copies of agreements signed with each sponsor for processing its case for grant of permission.GMR, in its plea, has claimed that the entertainment tax officer had raised the demand in pursuance to Delhi government’s notification whose “legality and validity” has already been challenged.It has alleged that seeking tax on sponsorship receipts was against legal provisions and it would block its “working capital funds”.It has said in April 2014, they had approached the high court for stay of a demand notice of April 11, 2014 for payment of 15 per cent tax on sponsorship received or receivable with relation to IPL 2014 to be played by Delhi Daredevils here.It also said that the court had granted stay on the demand letter and it had to again approach the court seeking stay on the notices of July 15, 2014 and August 16, 2014 in which it was asked to furnish details of the sponsorship and copy of agreements signed with sponsors.GMR has contended that under similar circumstances, the high court in its April 16, 2014 order had stayed operation of a demand seeking 15 per cent tax on sponsorship receipts.It has claimed again they had moved the court seeking stay on the March 23, 2015 notice seeking deposit of entertainment tax at 15 per cent on the sponsorship receipts and details of sponsors and copy of agreement for IPL 2015 and the court had then directed that GMR shall not be required to deposit the entertainment tax and submit these documents.last_img read more

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India, Hungary to sign MoU on water management

first_imgNew Delhi, Oct 13 (PTI) The Union Cabinet today gave its nod for signing of an agreement with Hungary for cooperation in the field of water resources, including innovations in irrigation technology.The MoU will be signed between Ministry of Water Resources and Ganga Rejuvenation and the Ministry of Interior, Hungary. It will enhance bilateral cooperation in the field of water management, on the basis of equality and mutual benefits.This will encourage the development of bilateral relations between public and private organisations concerning water resources of both the countries, a statement said.The cooperation, particularly on river basin management, integrated water resources management, efficiency in water supply and irrigation technology innovation and flood and drought management will help improve the socio-economic conditions of the people of both the countries.The Union Cabinet was also apprised of the MoU signed on April 7, 1999 and the First Executive Programme for MOU signed with Qatar on bilateral cooperation in the field of Youth and Sports on June 6.The MoU will help in expanding knowledge and expertise in the areas of sports science, sports medicine and coaching techniques, which would result in improvement in performance of our sports persons in international tournaments, a separate statement said. PTI NAB DVlast_img read more

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Athanasiou Scores 29th Goal in Red Wings’ Victory over Sharks

first_imgSAN JOSE, CA (AP) — The San Jose Sharks are in a freefall at most inopportune time.Dylan Larkin scored in the first minute, Jonathan Bernier had 38 saves and the Detroit Red Wings beat the Sharks 3-2 on March 25.The Red Wings have won four of their last five games after going 1-9-3 over their previous 13.The Sharks lost their season-high sixth (0-5-1) straight game. It’s their longest skid since going 0-6-0 in March 2017.Larkin scored his 28th goal on a breakaway 38 seconds into the first period, faking a forehand shot before slipping a backhander past Martin Jones, who finished with 20 saves.“It was the first shift of the game they scored, and it seems like that’s been happening too often lately,” Sharks center Logan Couture said. “We’re falling behind 1-0 early, and then you’re fighting to get back in it. We got to figure out a way to get leads.”San Jose is in second place in the Pacific Division, six points behind Calgary, which lost to Los Angeles 3-0. The Sharks maintained a five-point lead over third-place Vegas, which lost to St. Louis, 3-1.San Jose has just six regular-season games remaining. The Sharks have already clinched a playoff spot.“I don’t know if there’s a complacency about where we’re sitting in the standings or what, but we’ve got to get out of it,” San Jose Sharks coach Peter DeBoer said.Andreas Athanasiou scored his 29th goal on a breakaway with just under five minutes left in the second period.Athanasiou has seven points (five goals, two assists) in his last five games.Red Wings rookie forward Taro Hirose assisted Athanasiou’s goal. He has an assist in his first four NHL games.“He’s really impressive, It doesn’t seem like there’s any panic in his game ever,” Larkin said. “He’s so calm with the puck. It’s clear that he wants to hold onto it and make plays.”The Red Wings opened up a 3-0 lead when Christoffer Ehn scored a short-handed goal at 8:35 of the third period.Evander Kane scored his 28th goal for San Jose on the power play 20 seconds later.Tomas Hertl scored his 33rd goal with four seconds left in the game.Three of Detroit’s last four wins have been against contending teams (Islanders, Golden Knights, Sharks).“I think these are obviously unbelievable teams and they’ve got great players, and for us to come here on the road and show what we can do is huge for our team’s success and our confidence in this room,” Hirose said.San Jose’s three most recent losses have been to teams with losing records (Los Angeles, Anaheim and Detroit).“I didn’t think we had great energy until the third period,” DeBoer said. “I thought we had desperation in the third, but we need it for 60 minutes. We only came with 20 of it. That’s what you get in this league. I don’t care who you play, if you don’t play with the proper amount of desperation and work in your game as the other team has, and they had that tonight, you get the results you get.”By Gideon Rubin, Associated PressTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Asian Games 2018: Fouaad Mirza, Team India win silver medals in Equestrian

first_imgIndia’s Fouaad Mirza won a silver medal at the Equestrian Jumping Final at the Asian Games 2018 in Jakarta on Sunday. His valiant effort also helped the Indian team bag silver in the same event.Mirza scored 26.40 points behind Japanese gold medallist Yoshiaka Oiwa, who scored 22.70. China’s Alex Tian Hua finished third with 27.10 points.In the team event, India, comprising Rakesh Kumar, Ashish Malik and Jitender Singh and Mirza, finished with 121.30 behind Japan’s 82.40 to get a silver. Thailand finished third with 126.70 points.Mirza became the first Indian to win an Asian Games individual medal in the equestrian event in 36 years. Raghubir Singh, Ghulam Mohammed Khan and Prahlad Singh had won the gold, silver and bronze in the 1982 Asian Games in Delhi.ASIAN GAMES 2018 FULL COVERAGE | MEDALSFouaad topped the dressage and cross-country qualifiers with a score of 22.40 and went into the jumping finals as a favourite. In the medal round, he notched up 26.40 to bag silver in the three-day competition.Fouaad, who has been training under German Olympian Bettina Hoy, is the first Indian to win in Europe.The 26-year-old made the Indian team after racing his way to victory in the first two trials at the Asian Games CCI equestrian event held in Montelibretti, Italy last year. He emerged as the spearhead for the Asian Games on the basis of his performance then.After his impressive showing in Italy, he competed in France before displaying his skills in a couple of championships in Germany.Fouaad’s feat came days after the Indian equestrian team’s nightmarish journey to the Indonesian capital as it got accreditation only a day before it was scheduled to leave for the Asian Games.advertisementInfighting among office-bearers in the Equestrian Federation of India, which saw the EFI declare the selection null and void, only made it worse for the athletes.In the event, the horses, along with the riders, are timed from a start and a finish line, and a final score is obtained by combining the number of jumping faults (4 points for every jump knocked down), number of refusals (a refusal is when the horse refuses to jump), and time faults (if the rider takes more time than the stipulated limit).Two refusals in the event lead to elimination.India had previously won 10 medals in the sport, including three gold.The last individual medal in eventing came in 1982 when Raghubir Singh finished on the podium in the Indian capital.INDIA’S ASIAN GAMES 2018 GOLD MEDALLISTS SO FARBajrang Punia, wrestling:Wrestler Bajrang won India’s its first gold medal at the games in the 65kg freestyle category.An in-form Bajrang outclassed Uzbekistan’s Sirojiddin Khasanov (13-3), Tajikistan’s Fayziev Abdulqosim (12-2) and Mongolia’s N Batmagnai Batchuluu (10-0) to storm into the gold medal bout.In the final, he was tested by Japan’s Takatani Daichi but the Haryana grappler held his nerve to prevail 10-8 in an exciting battle.Vinesh Phogat, wrestling:Vinesh created history after she won the 50kg category final. Vinesh is the first Indian female wrestler to win gold at the Games.Vinesh defeated Japan’s Irie Yuki 6-2 in the final to bag the top prize.Saurabh Chaudhary, shooting:Saurabh, clinched the top prize in men’s 10m air pistol event with Games record of 240.7. The 16-year-old, son of a farmer, became the youngest Indian shooter to strike gold at the games.Rahi Sarnobat, shooting:Rahi scripted history by becoming the first Indian woman shooter to win a gold medal at the Asian Games as she prevailed in a nervy shoot-off in the 25m pistol event.The 27-year-old got the better of Thailand’s Naphaswan Yangpaiboon in a shoot-off after both shot a Games record score of 34 in the finals.Indian rowing team:The Indian rowing team clinched the gold medal in the men’s Quadruple Sculls final.The Indian rowing team comprising of Sawarn Singh, Dattu Bhokanal, Om Prakash and Sukhmeet Singh crossed the finish line in first place with a time of 6:17.13 to bag the yellow medal.Rohan Bopanna and Divij Sharan, tennis:Bopanna and Sharan won the gold medal in the men’s doubles tennis event at the ongoing 18th Asian Games 2018 in the twin cities of Jakarta and Palembang by winning the gold medal match against Kazakhstan’s men’s doubles pair.Bopanna and Sharan, who were the top seeds in the event, played to their billing throughout the tournament and beat Kazakhstan’s Aleksandr Bublik and Denis Yevseyev 6-3, 6-4 to scoop the top prize in the event.Tajinderpal Singh Toor, shot put:Tajinderpal Singh Toor won the gold in the men’s shot put at the 2018 Asian Games on Saturday. Tajinderpal broke the Games Record in his fifth attempt with a throw of 20.75, which is also the National Record.advertisementThe 23-year-old is also Asia’s highest ranked shotputter and produced an inspired throw of 19.96 in his very first attempt after which he threw 20.75 and 20.00 in his last two attempts to own the gold.last_img read more

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10 killed as SUV collides with truck in Chhattisgarh

first_imgRaipur, Oct 14 (PTI) Ten people were killed and four others injured Sunday when their SUV collided with a truck in Chhattisgarh’s Rajanandgaon district, police said.The accident took place in the early hours on Rajnandgaon-Durg road when the victims, most of them from one family, were returning after offering prayers at the Maa Bamleshwari Temple in Dongargarh town during the ongoing Navratri festival, a local police official told PTI.As per preliminary information, when the driver of the sports utility vehicle (SUV) tried to overtake another vehicle, it collided head-on with a truck coming from the opposite direction near Somni village, around 55 km from here, he said.Nine people travelling in the SUV died on the spot while another person succumbed to injuries while being taken to a local hospital, the official said.A police team rushed to the spot and admitted an injured child to a hospital in Rajnandgaon while three other people were shifted to a hospital in Bhilai town, he said, adding the victims hailed from Bhilai in Durg district.Efforts were on to trace the truck driver who fled the spot leaving his vehicle there, the official added.The Rajanandgaon-Durg four lane road is part of the National Highway connecting Mumbai-Kolkata via Raipur and Nagpur.One way of the road has been closed for vehicles between Anjora village bypass in Durg and Rajnanadgaon town for nine days of the Navratri festival to ensure smooth movement of pilgrims who go on foot to the Maa BamleshwariTemple. PTI COR TKP GK DVDVadvertisementlast_img read more

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Playing IPL comes closest to playing World Cup: KXIP’s Hardus Viljoen

first_imgKings XI Punjab pacer Hardus Viljoen cannot play for South Africa as had accepted the Kolpak deal, but he feels playing in the Indian Premier League (IPL) comes closest to fulfilling his dream of playing in the coveted World Cup.The Kolpak deal allows citizens of around 100 nations to play cricket in any EU nation without being considered an overseas player. Hardus had donned the national jersey once in a Test against England and is now a freelance cricketer.Hardus believes IPL is better than many other T20 leagues in the world. Speaking to IANS, Hardus said the level of competition makes the cash-rich Indian league stand out.”IPL is closest to the World Cup as you get to play against the best. It is an unbelievable experience for players as it adds an international flavour,” he said.Hardus signed the Kolpak deal with English county Derbyshire before ending it in January 2019.Asked about his move to play in the English County, Hardus said, ”Every boy dreams to play for his country, but this is all about opportunities. You were dropped just after the one Test. You could not get the chance to show your skills and what are you capable of.””For me, to take this decision after getting dropped was difficult. But everything happens for a reason. At the end of the day you need security in life and food on your table for your family. Kolpak improved me as a player also,” he said.Playing for KXIP, Hardus feels (Ravichandran) Ashwin understands his players.advertisement”I have played with a lot of captains. I would say Darren Sammy was probably the best captain I played under. Ashwin falls in the same category,” he said.”He knows what to expect from me and I exactly know what I need to do in different situations and this makes it easier. When your captain believes in you and trusts you, it makes your job easier,” Viljoen added.A well-known name in T20 cricket, the bowler feels the format is tailor-made for batsmen.”In T20 cricket, public wants to see runs and we as bowlers need to restrict the batsmen. I think focusing on the basics makes the job easier,” he said.Also Read | IPL not ideal yardstick, but little choice left for India selectors ahead of World CupAlso Read | Will not consider IPL performances for World Cup selection: MSK PrasadAlso Watch | Great to have someone like Chris Gayle in KXIP: KL Rahullast_img read more

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Thika United challenge promition criteria in court

first_imgKPL KPL promotion battle moves the corridors of justice as Thika United runs to court Goal Last updated 1 year ago 20:55 12/5/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Thika United Goal Kenya. KPL Thika United v Bandari Thika United Bandari The winner of the two-legged duel is set to join 17 other teams in the top tier with the loser moving to the lower tier Thika United have moved to court to challenge the 2017 promotion playoff set for this week.Thika United who finished 16th in the Kenyan Premier League last season are set to play Ushuru in a two-legged playoff that would determine who gets promoted to the top flight competition next season. Ushuru finished third in the National Super League.But the Kiambu County side moved to the Sports Dispute Tribunal to stop the exercise that is slated for December 6 for the first leg with a return leg to come four days later. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player The winner of the two-legged duel is set to join 17 other teams in the top tier with the loser moving to the lower tier.But Thika contested FKF move to demote three teams,  arguing in their petition filed on Tuesday that the federation acted outside the laws which allow for automatic promotion-relegation of two and bottom two teams in the KPL and NSL respectively.The milkmen now want FKF to abide by the 2015 Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that allows two teams toe promoted with the same number dropping to the lower league.last_img read more

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Steve Cook’s late winner stuns Newcastle to give Bournemouth a lift

first_imgYet if Begovic’s outfield colleagues’ passing had clearly lost its old crispness and they seemed to have forgotten how to force any sort of pace, occasional cameos served as reminders of the team they used to be. With the first period drawing to a conclusion, the hitherto underemployed Rob Elliot was stretched to the limit as he first finger-tipped Callum Wilson’s header to safety at the end of a surprise visiting counter-attack and then dived smartly to keep Josh King’s shot out.Almost imperceptibly, Benítez’s players had lost a little of their momentum and Bournemouth suddenly looked capable of capitalising. Unfortunately a big part of their problem has been that Howe’s forwards appear to have forgotten how to take their chances with a prime example arriving early in the second half. Played in by King, Wilson found himself clean through with only Elliot to beat yet somehow contrived to screw his shot wide.As Benítez shook his head, it was all too easy to understand how the visitors had now failed to score in six of their previous 10 League games. Huddersfield’s Rajiv van La Parra piles pressure on West Brom Share on WhatsApp Share on Facebook Facebook Share on Twitter Pinterest Bournemouth Read more Read more The soundtrack of boos which greeted the final whistle signalled a significant opportunity missed on Newcastle United’s part and a big chance seized by Bournemouth.In many respects Steve Cook’s stoppage time winner for Eddie Howe’s hitherto struggling side represented a mutual return to old habits. While Rafa Benítez’s initially convincing players ended up reminding everyone of the countless bad old days when they were noted for losing concentration – and games – at set pieces, Bournemouth ultimately jogged memories of happier times.As the visiting fans wondered if a watershed had been reached, Newcastle fans were left fretting over a run of one league win in six games. Some even took the rare, near heretical, step of criticising Benítez for a stubborn refusal not to bring Aleksandar Mitrovic off the bench.Howe was suitably delighted that the two attacking substitutes used by his Newcastle counterpart – the ineffective Ayoze Pérez and Jacob Murphy – failed to make an impact, thereby enabling Bournemouth to scramble out of the relegation zone. “Being in the bottom three is difficult,” he said. “Psychologically, being out of it is a big thing for us.”Unusually, Benítez began with two strikers, fielding Dwight Gayle and Joselu in tandem. For the first 20 minutes Bournemouth looked so vulnerable that this ostensibly bold decision seemed eminently logical. With Howe’s side starting in sluggishly low-tempo mode and proving worryingly slow to second balls, Newcastle dominated. They appeared to have a goal wrongly disallowed for offside when Matt Ritchie’s shot struck a post and Gayle tucked home the rebound.Replays suggested he had been onside and, having already survived a few scares, Bournemouth had reason to feel suitably reprieved. Foremost among those frights was the moment when Gayle’s header rather fortunately rebounded off Cook’s stomach but goalkeeper Asmir Begovic also did extremely well to repel shots from Christian Atsu and Ritchie. The Observer Topicscenter_img match reports Newcastle United Burnley sink listless Southampton thanks to substitute Sam Vokes Yet as dusk descended, there was a growing sense of a game slipping through Newcastle’s fingers. As the minutes passed home fans realised precisely how much they were missing the injured Mikel Merino’s customary composure and midfield passing vision,With Howe now deploying ultra-direct tactics, Bournemouth had improved to the point where they finished by far the stronger side. Benítez looked torn between relief and anger when Elliot and Ciaran Clark somehow combined to keep, albeit rather fortuitously, Marc Pugh’s shot out but the former emotion was to be short-lived.Three minutes’ stoppage time was underway when Andrew Surman swung in a late corner for the visitors and Cook out-leapt everyone to force a close-range header past Elliot before celebrating as if he had just clinched a title.With games against Huddersfield Swansea and Burnley on the horizon, Cook and company can now alter this season’s narrative. Will they seize the moment? Can Newcastle recover from their own wobble?“We have to do better in these sorts of games, we created chances but you have to score,” said Benítez, whose untypically clipped responses to questions emphasised his unhappiness.“I’ll not talk about the referee’s decisions, because I’m not very happy with the decisions,” he said, when asked about Gayle’s disallowed ‘goal’. “But we didn’t do what we had to do on lots of occasions.“We made mistakes, and in the end we paid for them. We gave the ball away easily, we gave Bournemouth belief they could score. It was a self-inflicted defeat.” Share on Messenger Share on LinkedIn Steve Cook heads home in stoppage time to lift Bournemouth out of the relegation zone. Photograph: Jan Kruger/Getty Images Share via Email Share on Pinterest Twitter Reuse this content Premier Leaguelast_img read more

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Jim Harbaugh Has Brutally Honest Admission Following Michigan’s Loss

first_imgA closeup of Jim Harbaugh looking upset during a Michigan football game.ANN ARBOR, MI – SEPTEMBER 26: Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines leads his team against the Brigham Young Cougars at Michigan Stadium on September 26, 2015 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The Wolverines defeated the Cougars 31-0. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh didn’t hold back when discussing his team’s loss at Wisconsin this afternoon.The Wolverines’ head coach had a brutally honest admission following the blowout loss at Camp Randall Stadium in Madison.“We were out-prepared, out-played, out-coached … the whole thing,” Harbaugh told reporters at his postgame press conference.Jim Harbaugh: ‘We were out-prepared, out-played, out-coached … the whole thing.’— Nick Baumgardner (@nickbaumgardner) September 21, 2019 Michigan came into the game against Wisconsin as a small underdog. The Wolverines trailed 28-0 at halftime and ended up losing, 35-14, in a game that wasn’t as close as the final score made it out to be.FOX analyst Urban Meyer reacted to Michigan’s loss on the postgame show.“There’s a problem here. You have to lift up the hood and see what’s wrong,” Meyer said of the Wolverines’ program.“You lift up that hood and you’re not going to like what you see.”This is Year 5 for Harbaugh and it was supposed to be the breakthrough year. Michigan was a popular Big Ten champion and College Football Playoff team pick heading into the 2019 season.Now, the question might be if Michigan is going to lose three or four games…or more.The remaining schedule is pretty brutal, with games remaining against Iowa, Notre Dame, Penn State, Ohio State and Michigan State, among others.Michigan should get into the win column next weekend, at least, as the Wolverines host Rutgers in Ann Arbor.last_img read more

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As Franklins lure brings people north Gjoa Haven seeks its share of

first_imgGJOA HAVEN, Nunavut – It’s cool and cloudy as Don Sessions, wearing a toque and a good, solid jacket, hops off an inflatable boat that has ferried him from his cruise ship to shore.The welcoming facilities in Gjoa Haven, Nunavut, are primitive — a stretch of pebbly beach marked off with yellow police tape. Sessions and his fellow tourists will walk up a dusty dirt trail into town to stroll its dusty dirt roads.He’s having a ball.“I’m loving the trip,” says Sessions, a self-described Franklin Expedition nut who has travelled from St. Louis to visit the Arctic hamlet near the site of Sir John Franklin’s shipwrecks. “When you were a kid, this is what you dreamed about, if you dreamed about the North.”That’s music to Bob Cheetham’s ears.“It’s going to be huge,” says Cheetham, Gjoa Haven’s economic development officer. “There’s a lot of interest on the cruise ships now.”Sessions’ ship, the 166-passenger French-flagged Le Boreal, is one of six that will stop in Gjoa Haven during this year’s six-week season — two more ships than last year.Adventurous sailors are also coming. Gjoa (pronounced “Joe”) Haven’s pretty little bay had four yachts moored there at one point in August.“They’re buying groceries. They’re buying supplies. They’re buying fuel. They’re visiting our heritage facility here where a lot of the carvers have their stuff on exhibit and for sale,” Cheetham says.Franklin’s ships Erebus and Terror set out from England in 1845 with 129 men to search for the Northwest Passage, but they never returned.Gjoa is uniquely placed to take advantage of the discovery of the ships. It’s the closest community to where both the Erebus and the Terror finally went down.It’s an economic opportunity in a place that doesn’t have many of them and the community is making big plans to capitalize.The first-ever Umiyaqtutt (Inuktitut for “Shipwreck”) Festival — two weeks of dancing, community feasts and lectures from Parks Canada and Inuit experts — began Sept. 2.Then there’s an expansion of the local Nattilik Heritage Centre to include Franklin displays, expected to take a large share of the nearly $17 million budgeted by Ottawa in 2016 for conservation, research and presentation of the artifacts.Cheetham says new facilities for Gjoa’s highly regarded carvers and even tours to the Erebus site are also in the works.“It’s huge relative to what we had in the past, and it’s growing.”As well as Franklin, Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen moored his ship here in 1903 and stayed for nearly two years. His ship was named the Gjoa.“You have the two British ships that didn’t survive and then you have Amundsen who made it through the Northwest Passage and into the Antarctic,” says Cheetham. “He did survive because he learned how to live with the people here — learned all the skills, all the clothing, how to stay alive.”It’s not hard to find people with fond family memories of Amundsen in Gjoa Haven.“We pass those stories on from generation to generation,” says Jimmy Arqviq, whose great-grandfather knew Amundsen.Cruise tourists are met by a local guide who shepherds them through a tightly scheduled program of local art, performances and traditional food. The tour costs $50 a head, which goes to pay guides and performers.Cheetham says figures on how much tourists spend while in the community are being developed.“Average spending has been low in the past off the cruise ships. But a lot of that’s about how we haven’t had the promotional stuff on the cruise ships in advance to prepare them for what they might be able to purchase here, and that’s changing.”The community is adding infrastructure such as ATM machines to make it easier for visitors to part with their money. Other communities report the average tourist leaves behind $90 on a shore visit.Gjoa Haven is remote and expensive to visit. It offers little in the way of amenities — restaurants, for example. But because it’s so small, even a little economic activity can go a long way.“Baby steps here,” says Cheetham. “We’re in the early stages of marketing and promotion.”But just as explorers charted the Northwest Passage little by little, Cheetham says their stories are slowly building an economy in the community at the heart of their adventures.“One thing builds on another.”last_img read more

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Elder concerned about harassment allegations at Edmonton prison

first_imgTamara Pimemtel APTN NewsTwo correctional officers and two managers were fired recently at the maximum security prison in Edmonton.There were allegations of harassment, intimidation, bullying and there may be possible criminal offences.Keith Chief Moon worked in correctional facilities across Alberta for over 30 years.He’s an elder and brings in cultural practices.He is concerned, but not surprised, about the allegations.tpimentel@aptn.calast_img

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Woman reported missing in Fort St John

first_imgBrown is described as First Nations, standing 5’4″ tall, with a slim build, and medium-length brown hair.Anyone with information about her whereabouts is asked to call the Fort St. John RCMP at (250) 787-8100, or Crime Stoppers at 1 (800) 222-8477 (TIPS). UPDATE – As of 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sadie Brown has been located.  The RCMP would like to thank the public for their help.FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John RCMP are asking for the public’s help in the search for a woman who was reported missing last Friday.54-year-old Sadie Brown was last seen at her home in Fort St. John early Friday morning before her roommate left for work. She requires a walker to get around, and is said to suffer from memory loss stemming from a previous medical incident.last_img

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Canopy Growth to develop up to 3M sq ft of growing capacity

VANCOUVER — Canopy Growth Corp. (TSX:WEED) says it will develop up to three million square feet of greenhouse growing capacity in British Columbia, more than doubling Canada’s biggest licensed marijuana producer’s production footprint.The company said in a statement that it has entered into a definitive joint venture agreement with a large-scale greenhouse operator where it will be a majority shareholder of BC Tweed Joint Venture Inc., a new company.Canopy Growth CEO Bruce Linton says the greenhouses currently grow peppers and the company will spend tens of millions of dollars to transform them to grow cannabis, the majority of which will be sold domestically.The company will spend $20 million to develop 1.3 million square feet and hopes to have product available as soon as July 1 next year when recreational marijuana sales are set to be legalized.The company will lease the facility from the partner’s affiliate and will have the option to acquire it. The undisclosed partner will receive Canopy shares as consideration.The deal expands Canopy Growth’s greenhouse production footprint to about 2.3 million square feet.BC Tweed will also have the exclusive option to develop another 1.7 million square feet of existing greenhouse infrastructure.Canopy started off growing indoors at a converted chocolate factory in Smiths Falls, Ont. but it has joined many others in adding greenhouse spaces, which facilitate lower cost production. It also has about 900,000 square feet of indoor production capacity.The expansion comes as reports suggest a looming medical and recreational marijuana shortage following legalization. Licensed producers are scrambling to add production space as the country ramps up to supply a legal recreational market.Linton said the growth comes amidst substantial demand and the company’s promises that it will fulfil any orders from any medical marijuana patients with Tweed or other Canopy Growth brands before recreational use orders.The supply agreement covers two years, including four million grams of cannabis and derivative products in the first year, according to a company statement. read more

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Gatwick airport drone chaos Man 47 and woman 54 arrested in Crawley

It can also jam communications between the drone and its operator, enabling authorities to take control of and land the drone.The crisis has developed into a political row, with the Government being accused of failing to approve cutting-edge technology.Chris Grayling, the Transport Secretary, said: “This is an entirely new kind of threat and we’re going to have to move very quickly.”One of the things I intend to do very quickly indeed is convene discussions across all our airports. There are some systems now beginning to be introduced in some airports across the world that can have some impact.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. ​A man and a woman have been arrested in connection with the “criminal use of drones”  which sparked chaos for three days at Gatwick Airport.Sussex police said the 47-year-old man and 54-year-old woman, both from Crawley, were arrested in the town on suspicion of disrupting services of civil aviation aerodrome to endanger or likely to endanger safety of operations or persons.They remained in custody on Saturday afternoon.The arrests came as passengers braced for further disruption while the airport tried to recover from the turmoil. Sussex Police said the people were arrested in the Gatwick area just after 10pm on Friday night.Superintendent James Collis of Sussex Police said: “Our investigations are still ongoing, and our activities at the airport continue to build resilience to detect and mitigate further incursions from drones by deploying a range of tactics.”We continue to urge the public, passengers and the wider community around Gatwick to be vigilant and support us by contacting us immediately if they believe they have any information that can help us in bringing those responsible to justice.”The arrests we have made this evening are a result of our determination to keep the public safe from harm, every line of inquiry will remain open to us until we are confident that we have mitigated further threats to the safety of passengers.” Detectives were  understood to have drawn up a shortlist of potential culprits after the pilot gave vital clues away by audaciously flying the drone right up to the air traffic control tower.Drone ‘buzzed’ the towerIn a move known as “buzzing the tower”, it emerged the perpetrator had taunted airport staff by circling the drone around the building and flashing its lights, an industry source told The Telegraph.A detailed description of the drone, provided by witnesses, meant experts were able to determine the make and model of the machine, which is only available from a handful of locations in the UK.The heightened level of panic around the airport was demonstrated on Friday  evening when all flights had to be temporarily suspended after a drone was reportedly spotted in the air.Military equipment was used on Friday to stop further drone disruption while a range of tactics are in place if any unmanned aircraft are seen inside the perimeter.One piece of equipment believed to have been deployed at the airport is the Israeli-developed Drone Dome system, which can detect drones using radar. Show more Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101.The arrests came after a witness said he saw a cyclist “frantically” packing away two drones away down a country lane near the airport.Paul Motts, 52, said he saw a man in his 30s wearing hi-vis clothing and crouching over a drone in a country lane near the West Sussex airport on Thursday. Mr Motts said the man had been trying to “get away as fast as he could” at the time Sussex Police combed the countryside to find the drone pilot.He told the Sun newspaper: “I was delivering a parcel and drove past a suspicious man in fluorescent cycling gear crouching over a large drone which was all lit up. It looked like he was packing the drones away. Two minutes later we turned around and came across him cycling away.”I expect he wanted to disassemble the drone as quickly as possible and get away as fast as he could.” The man had been standing over one 4ft drone and another 2ft device, Mr Motts reported. ‘Passengers should expect some delays’Early on Saturday, Gatwick said flights would be operating but warned of further disruption.”Our runway is open and we aim to run a full schedule on Saturday,” it said on the website. “Passengers should expect some delays and cancellations as we continue to recover our operations following three days of disruption and are advised to check with their airline before travelling to the airport.”A Gatwick spokesman said around 1,000 aircraft have been cancelled or diverted,  affecting approximately 140,000 passengers, since Wednesday night. The knock on effect of cancellations and delays was continuing to have an impact on Virgin Atlantic flights.Its first flight of the day, to St Lucia and Tobago, took off an hour late, and three more flights were delayed soon after.The 13:00 flight to Orlando has been delayed by two hours and the 12:15 to Cancun, Mexico is one hour behind schedule. At the check in desks, children were being distracted by free candy canes handed out by staff. Neil Martin, 48, from Ukfield, Sussex, who was travelling to Cancun with his wife and three daughters, was among those delayed. He said: “An hour delay after everything that’s happened is completely acceptable. I’m just glad we are going. Everyone has been really helpful so far and we’re looking forward to getting away.”EasyJet’s first 39 flights on Saturday all suffered delays, some by as much as nearly five hours. Norwegian have had six of their 25 flights delayed. The worst queues were in Gatwick’s south terminal, where Thomas Cook saw all eight of their flights delayed on Saturday morning.Lines of people continued to snake through the terminal and out into the train station ticket concourse. Tom Hawkins and his family arrived early for their flight to Fuerteventura. “We anticipated disruption so made sure to get here in good time,” he said. “Maybe they are short staffed after a busy few days, but I’m a lot more confident of getting away today than if I was travelling on Thursday.”Passengers have been told to check their insurance policies to ensure they were covered for “disruption” incidents and also to check how much they were covered for.Some cheaper policies will only reimburse for medical emergencies and even those with disruption cover might have modest limits that do not cover the full cost of the incident.Prior to the arrests, police had suggested the net was closing in on the drone attacker, confirming they were investigating “persons of interest”. read more

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Open thread What do you want to know about paying the local

first_imgTHERE HAS BEEN widespread confusion about paying the local property tax for next year after Revenue sent letters to hundreds of thousands of homeowners in recent weeks.In distributing letters asking homeowners to outline how they intend to pay the tax for next year by this month, and including options to pay it now, before the end of 2013, Revenue has caused concern and confusion for property owners.So, we want to help.If you’ve received a letter or are a bit confused by all the hullabaloo in the media and the various politicians saying things like “go into the internet” then we’ll break it down.Leave any questions or queries you have in the comments section below and we’ll post answers later. Read: Revenue promises more staff to deal with property tax issues after Noonan meetingRead: Revenue boss to face TDs questions amid criticism of Property Tax deadlinelast_img read more

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The worlds most famous economist thinks the property tax is unfair

first_imgSome people even have a higher mortgage than their property is worth. It seems to me that you should not pay the same property tax as someone without a mortgage.Piketty said that he was in favour of wealth based taxes such as the property tax, but only when they hit people who were well off rather than vulnerable people in negative equity.Corporation taxPiketty also had strong words for Ireland’s low corporation tax rate, which he said was part of a race to the bottom that will hurt the capacity of states to pay for big-ticket expenditure items like health and education. The future of Europe, and in particular the future of Ireland, is in the investment in education, not investment in tax competition, that’s getting us nowhere.He continued:“If you want to invest in education and skills then you need tax revenue. If you don’t have the tax revenue from corporate tax (and) if we all converge towards zero per cent corporate tax in the long run, we’ll have less money to invest in skills and education.”Piketty argued for greater European integration and policy harmonisation, saying “you cannot make a single currency work with 18 different tax systems in competition with each other”.InequalityPiketty’s work on inequality has catapulted him into the spotlight since the publication of his book, Capital in the Twenty-First Century, earlier this year.Why 600 people will be at a sold-out event in Dublin today just to hear this rockstar economist talkThe growth of nationalism is the biggest threat that Europe faces at the moment, with more and more people becoming alienated from the European project, convinced that the bloc is not looking after their interests, he said. Piketty in Dublin yesterday Source: JOHN MC ELROY“There’s a growing faction of public opinion that globalisation and economic openness in Europe works mostly for the financial sector or large multinational corporations that pay less tax than small and medium sized businesses, and it’s not working for the rest of us.” IRELAND SHOULD ALLOW property tax exemptions, introduce a higher rate of tax for top earners and move towards a harmonised European rate of corporate tax.That’s the advice of French economist Thomas Piketty, who was in Dublin yesterday to speak at the annual conference of think-tank TASC. Source: Video TheJournal.ie/YouTubeSpeaking to reporters before the event, Piketty questioned the fairness of a property tax levied on those in negative equity.center_img We have to make Europe more democratic and able to take decisions on important fiscal matters such as corporate tax rates, tax havens and international financial regulation issues.Honohan responseResponding to Piketty’s address to the 650 strong crowd at the Croke Park conference centre, Governor of the Central Bank Patrick Honohan said that Piketty’s book was a “tour de force”.The area of inequality has “been neglected in Ireland, and he (Piketty) has really opened up a huge area that has been forgotten”, he said.Honohan said that as long as the distribution of wealth remains the same, unequal systems will “really put the squeeze” on lower paid people when countries suddenly become less wealthy, as had happened in Ireland.He said that he thinks there has been a widening of inequality in Europe since the beginning of the millennium.Read: Why 600 people will be at a sold-out event in Dublin today just to hear this rockstar economist talk>Read: Ireland is split between people who have good jobs, and people who don’t>last_img read more

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Minister vows ongoing support for Cyprus

first_imgIn a message to the Annual Conference of the Federation of Cyprus Communities and Organisations of Australia and NZ that took place in Perth last weekend, Jason Clare expressed his confidence in Australia maintaining its current levels of support for the divided island. Mr Clare described relations between Australia and Cyprus as being underpinned by Cypriot migration dating back to the 1950s and that a large Australian community resident in Cyprus continues to contribute to the island’s development. “These strong people-to-people links are reinforced by our joint membership of the Commonwealth, and Australia’s long-standing support for a just and lasting settlement to the Cyprus issue in accordance with UN Security Council resolutions on Cyprus,” said Mr Clare. Australia has contributed Australian Federal Police (AFP) personnel to the United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) since 1964, making Australia the longest continuous serving contributor to UNFICYP. To date, 101 police contingents have been deployed to Cyprus totalling over 1574 officers. Minister Clare said that the current commitment of 15 police officers meant the AFP is providing the largest component of the United Nations Police (UNPOL) contingent. The current AFP contingent work as patrol officers, personnel officers, instructors and political liaison officers. The core role of UNPOL in UNFICYP is to resolve criminal or civil disputes, monitor activity and preserve public order in the buffer-zone. “Their contribution is highly regarded,” said the Minister, “having won praise in particular for their pragmatic, competent and neutral approach.” An AFP Superintendent has recently taken up the UN position of UNFICYP Senior Police Advisor (SPA) in Cyprus. The post is responsible for the management, direction, deployment and control of international police in Cyprus. In his address to the 41st Annual Conference, Mr Clare stressed the Australian government’s desire to uphold its commitment to Cyprus. “I assure you that Australia’s support for the work of UNFICYP remains an important part of our endorsement of the reconciliation process and for a just and lasting settlement to the Cyprus issue,” said Mr Clare, “we are as committed to the AFP mission in Cyprus as we have ever been.” Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Washington man admits he scammed millions out of Dillingham victims

first_imgOn Wednesday, Floyd Jay Mann, 55, from Puyallup, WA, pleaded guilty to all counts against him in the case of a massive scam of money out of more than a dozen people, mostly from Dillingham.Listen nowMann is likely to remain free on bail till his sentencing in December despite several requests by the federal prosecutor that he be remanded to custody.“On Friday his wife was sentenced on Social Security fraud in Seattle, and today (Wednesday) Floyd Jay Mann plead guilty to 19 counts of wire fraud and money laundering in district court here in Anchorage,” assistant U.S. attorney in Anchorage Aunnie Steward the said after the hearing.The case against Mann was pieced together by the FBI, IRS, Social Security Administration and even local Dillingham Police.Over the course of several years, Mann was able to convince a small group of people that their money being sent to him would soon reap huge rewards when the fictitious lawsuit he cooked up would be settled.“He falsely told his victims that he had a multi-million dollar pharmaceutical lawsuit coming his way, and if they helped him pay his medical bills and get healthy, then he would share the proceeds from that settlement with them,” Steward said. “There was no settlement, and he took their money and spent it at a casino and also on his narcotic, drug addiction habit.”Jay and Cheryl Mann pulled slots at the Emerald Queen Casino night after night for four years, racking up at least $1 million in winnings as they gambled away $3 million of money he scammed out of his victims.Mann connected to Dillingham through two of his earliest victims, John and Clara “Tookie” Wren, longtime Dillingham residents who had moved to Puyallup.The brother and sister forked over at least $100,000, missed their own mortgage payments and lost their house.John Wren actually had cancer, unlike his neighbor Jay Mann, and the prosecutor believes Wren stopped paying for his own treatments and died.Friends in Dillingham the Wrens connected to Jay Mann lost enormous sums of money between 2012 and 2016.Some lost their homes, businesses, property and jobs, all believing they were days away from collecting millions alongside Jay Mann.Steward offered no deal and Mann pleaded to all counts. He now faces a maximum of 20 years.“He is definitely looking at a sentence that will include incarceration, and there is always hope for restitution as long as he is able to work,” Steward said.Mann told the court he has been doing some roofing, which would also seem to contradict his own years and years of collecting welfare benefits for an alleged disability that prevented him from working.Still, there is little hope that he’ll be able to pay back the millions he took from his victims and gambled away while he and his wife briefly lived the high life in Puyallup.Cheryl Mann defrauded the Social Security Administration out of $81,000.U.S. District Court Judge Ronald Leighton sentenced her to three years of probation rather than the at least four months in jail the U.S. attorney had recommended.Jay Mann was released on bail almost immediately after he was indicted on the 19 federal charges last fall.Steward spent hours Wednesday arguing that Mann begin his sentence immediately, citing his repeated violations of release conditions and the angst from the victims that their perpetrator is still a free man.It’s not the first time Steward has asked.“I have sought remand on several occasions, most recently today following his entry of guilty pleas,” Steawrd said. “The court has allowed him to remain on release pending his sentencing on December 11.”Magistrate Deborah Smith in Anchorage made that ruling, to let Jay Mann stay out of custody after he pleaded to all 19 counts involved with scamming $3 million dollars out of some 15 victims.The court then footed the bill to fly Mann back to his Puyallup home, where neighbors say Jay and Cheryl Mann’s life goes on as usual.last_img read more

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Abducted minor rescued prime accused in cop net

first_imgKolkata: A minor girl, who was abducted on June 13, was rescued on Thursday night.The prime accused of the case has been nabbed. According to the police, on June 15 evening, a woman identified as Archana Sardar of GE block in Salt Lake alleged that her 15-year-old daughter was kidnapped by some miscreants. Sardar alleged that on June 10 when she along with her husband left their home leaving their daughter and son behind some miscreants kidnapped the girl. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataAccording to the complaint filed by Sardar, she came to know from local residents that three miscreants identified as Rahul, Kalu and Biswa had abducted her daughter. On June 14, she went to Bidhannagar South police station and informed the matter to the police but did not lodge any complaint. While returning from the police station, when Sardar and her husband were thinking about what to do next, a person identified as Jamal allegedly threatened her and asked them to leave the place where they resided. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateOtherwise they will not see their daughter again. Sardar said she lived with her family on a plot. On June 15, Sardar again went to police station and lodged a complaint against the miscreants. Cops arrested the two persons named in the FIR identified as Rahul Mandal and Biswajit Ghosh alias Biswa. During the interrogation with the police the duo revealed about the hideout where Ali Hossain alias Kalu was staying. They also told the police where the abducted girl was kept. On Thursday night, the police raided an area in Salt Lake and arrested Kalu. The abducted girl was also rescued. It is suspected that the three arrested persons had some enmity with the victim girl’s family. Police are further investigating the case to find the truth.last_img read more

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Avoid Labor Day Weekend Travel Scams Infographic

first_img 6 min read Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Register Now » Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. August 29, 2014 Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Scrambling to book an end of summer getaway this Labor Day weekend?According AAA Travel, an estimated 34.7 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more from home over the holiday weekend this year — the highest number of travelers during this time since 2008. This is a prime time for criminals and hackers to cash in. Vacation scams cost consumers $10 billion each year, according to the Better Business Bureau. Before scouring the web for last-minute bargains and preparing to depart, consider these online safety precautions:Related: 5 Steps to Plan a Safe International Business TripBefore traveling. Be on alert for fake vacation offers. Scammers often hijack legitimate listings for rental properties, making themselves the contact person and then posting a fake version of the same ad to Craiglist. Their goal is to get a person to pay a large security deposit or the full rental amount up front.Those who are caught are out their vacation dollars and a place to stay. A traveler could show up at the address listed — and the rental property won’t exist. Or after running into the legitimate owner or property manager, the vacationer will learn that she never received the money or a reservation. Vet the property and rental agency with the Better Business Bureau or a chamber of commerce. Only use reputable and well-known sites. Never wire money. Always pay with a credit card so as to have a way to recover the funds. Got an airline loyalty account? Look out for phishing attacks. Phony emails, sent under the guise of airline offers, are really phishing attacks designed to get someone to click on a link and provide an ID number and password for an airline loyalty account. Some of the legitimate sites even store customer credit card numbers — so if a hacker manages to gain access, it could prove disastrous.According to air travel analyst Rick Seaney, American Airlines and Delta have warned customers about phishing scams this year. This past June, phishing attacks – in general — were at an all-time high, accounting for $400 million in global losses, reported SC Magazine. Always type the correct URL into the browser. Never click on a link in an unsolicited email and make sure URLs and websites visited use secure sockets layer (or SSL). This establishes secure encryption for information that’s transmitted. Sites that use this type of encryption start with https:// and usually show a padlock or a shield icon in the address bar.  Related: Beware of a New Kind of Business Identity TheftWhen embarking.Stay clear of airport and airplane Wi-Fi. A lot of travelers appreciate the capability to catch up on email and news while traveling. This has downsides, however, as connecting to airport Wi-Fi or even the Wi-Fi available on commercial flights can put someone at risk. Providers of in-flight Wi-Fi provide a secure encrypted connection only to collect a payment by credit card.Any transaction the user performs — online shopping, paying a bill or even checking email is done over an unsecured network. This can leave the user vulnerable to hackers seeking to eavesdrop on a session and steal financial information. Work on a local copy of Excel or Word documents and upload them later to an online Google drive or Dropbox account. Or keep that laptop with sensitive information stored in the upper bin. Pick up a local paper or hardbound book to enjoy during the flight. Keep any laptop close. The Ponemon Institute reported in 2008 that 12,000 laptops go missing each week at crowded airports. Research shows that most cases of stolen laptop cases at airports occur via passenger theft. With all the commotion that takes place at security checks, there have been incidences when a laptop is picked up by someone other than the rightful owner. Laptop theft damages can range from $500 to $2,000, and if taken by the wrong person an even greater loss could be the seizure of sensitive data.The majority of stolen laptops are never recovered. During flights, keep a close eye on belongings, including the laptop, especially while going through security. Be sure to install tracking software before leaving so it’s possible locate the device in case it winds up missing. It’s also a best practice to set up a laptop operating system with a user account and password. This gives a second layer of protection in the event of loss or theft.Related: 15 Tips to Prepare for Security Threats Big and SmallAfter arriving.Avoid hotel fraudsters. Be wary of calls supposedly from the front desk that claim there’s a problem with the credit card given. It’s likely someone who’s masquerading as hotel staff. Scammers also have been known to slide takeout menus under hotel doors in the hopes that travelers will call the phone number listed to order in after a long day. But after managing to steal credit-card details, the only thing delivered is a huge credit card bill. Never give out a credit-card number over the phone. Upon receipt of a coupon or menu under the hotel door, check with the hotel concierge first. Be wary if the offer seems too good to be true.Using hotel Wi-Fi? Make sure that the Wi-Fi network access actually belongs to the hotel. Fraudsters have been known to sit in hotel lobbies and create an evil twin, a type of rogue network that looks eerily similar to one that’s legitimate. A cybercriminal can use this network to entice a person to install malware — and then steal private information.Beware of pop-up windows that ask for a program update or installing software and be sure any antivirus and firewall software is up-to-date. A fail-safe is to do online banking tasks and pay bills before leaving or wait until returning. Don’t become a statistic this Labor Day. By playing it safe, avoid being burned while enjoying one last end-of-summer celebration.Click to Enlarge+last_img read more

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