Heavy red meat eaters at increased risk of death

first_imgIncreasing red meat consumption, particularly processed red meat, is associated with a higher risk of death, researchers warned. A recently published study shows that replacing red meat with other protein sources, such as eggs and fish, whole grains and vegetables, over time may help you live longer. For the study, a team of researchers from Harvard University looked at the link between changes in red meat consumption over an eight-year period with mortality rate during the next eight years, starting from 1986 to the end of follow-up in 2010. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainThey used data for 53,553 US registered female nurses, aged between 30 and 55, and 27,916 male health professionals in the US, aged between 40 and 75, who were free of cardiovascular disease and cancer at the start of the study. Every four years the participants were given a food frequency questionnaire (FFQ) where they were asked how often, on an average, they ate each food of standard portion size in the past year. They were then divided into five categories based on their changes in red meat intake. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardDuring the study period, the total number of deaths from any cause reached 14,019 (8,426 women and 5,593 men) and the leading causes were cardiovascular disease, cancer, respiratory disease and neurodegenerative disease. After adjusting for age and other potentially influential factors, increasing total red meat intake by 3.5 servings a week was associated with 10 per cent higher risk of death in the next eight years. Overall, reducing red meat intake while eating more whole grains, vegetables or other protein foods such as poultry without skin, eggs and fish, was associated with a lower risk of death.last_img read more

BlackBerry shares up after profits beat expectations automotive sector grows

first_imgBlackBerry Ltd.’s shares soared Friday after its latest financial results topped expectations and it outlined plans for growth in autonomous driving, a push into health care and intentions to add significant engineering talent.The company beat expectations through growth in its enterprise software and services business, as well as in its fast-growing automotive division, John Chen, BlackBerry’s executive chairman and chief executive, said in an interview.“Transportation, especially when it comes to autonomous driven vehicles and connected car, that unit had done the best in the last quarter,” he said.The company, which keeps its books in U.S. dollars, said it earned US$43 million or eight cents per basic share in its latest quarter, more than double earnings of $19 million or four cents per basic share a year ago.On an adjusted basis, BlackBerry said it earned four cents per share for the quarter, beating the penny per share profits analysts on average had expected according to Thomson Reuters Eikon.The company’s shares were up $2.20 or 16.6 per cent to $15.49 in late-morning trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange.While overall revenue dropped to $210 million from $238 million last year, the automotive division saw 29 per cent revenue growth with more to come, said Chen.“It will continue to grow double-digit for the next couple quarters, so we think that is a big growth opportunity for BlackBerry.”The company recently announced a partnership with Ottawa-based technology accelerator L-SPARK to help small- and medium-sized businesses bring new products to market using its BlackBerry QNX automotive software.Chen said the company also plans to ramp up efforts in autonomous driving and other divisions.“You ask our own people, who are much more bullish than I am, they’re talking about adding a thousand engineers,” he said.“It’s going to be multi-years, I mean you can’t find a thousand engineers because there’s such high demand and short supply. But we do have the advantage that a lot of our development organization is in Canada, so we’re very closely tied to the university programs. So we’re going to hire a lot of engineers I’m sure.”But while technology development is ramping up on the automotive side, Chen said he’s more cautious than his colleagues as to when we’ll see fully autonomous vehicles take hold.He said the technology should be available and affordable in the next few years, but thinks infrastructure and policies on safety and other issues will push back a widespread rollout.“I’m encouraged for the future, I just think that most people think it’s going to happen faster than I think it will.”Companies in this story: (TSX:BB)last_img read more

Rural slump to slow FMCG growth to 1112 in 2019

first_imgMumbai: The fast-moving consumer goods industry is likely to grow at a slower pace of 11-12 percent in 2019, almost 2 percentage points lower than in 2018, primarily driven by the steeply falling rural demand due to the lingering farm distress, says a report. The industry is also expected to grow at 12-13 percent in the June quarter, market research agency Nielsen said in a report Wednesday. The sector grew at 13.6 percent in the first quarter. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalBut there is a softening of volume growth to the tune of 100- 200 basis points, still helping to grown in double-digits in the first half. More importantly, the second half will see more strain leading to high single-digit growth, it said. The volume growth which peaked in 2018 to 11 percent is expected to be healthy but lower at 8.5-9.5 percent in 2019, the report added. It said this is not surprising as similar fall is seen in the economy as a whole which grew at a lower 6.6 percent in the December quarter, against an expected 6.8 percent. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostInflationary pressure is also seen mounting in recent months from a little over 2 percent in January to 2.9 percent in March 2019, the report added. While there is only a slight drop in urban volumes, there is a significant softening of demand trend in rural markets which has been dampening the overall industry growth from the third quarter of 2018 to the first quarter of 2019. Historically, rural markets has been growing 3-5 percentage points faster than their urban counterparts and the recent slowdown in rural growth has brought growth rate closer to the urban level, the report added. The overall drop witnessed in rural growth is majorly driven by slowdown in packaged food category, it noted.last_img read more

Papa Johns Schnatter reach settlement agreement

Papa John’s has reached a settlement agreement with founder John Schnatter that will see him step down from the pizza chain’s board once an independent director he’s approved replaces him.If a new director isn’t named prior to Papa John’s 2019 annual shareholders meeting, Schnatter’s term will expire at the meeting.Schnatter will also withdraw a lawsuit in which he accused the company of not giving him information he wanted after he resigned as chairman.The Associated Press

US service sector expands at weaker pace in November as sales orders

by Christopher S. Rugaber, The Associated Press Posted Dec 4, 2013 8:16 am MDT US service sector expands at weaker pace in November as sales, orders and hiring slow. WASHINGTON – U.S. service sector firms grew in November at the weakest pace since June, evidence that cautious spending by consumers and businesses may be slowing growth.The Institute for Supply Management said Wednesday its service-sector index fell to 53.9 in November, down from 55.4 in October. Any reading above 50 indicates expansion. The index hit an eight-year high of 58.6 in August.A measure of sales fell sharply last month to 55.5 from 59.7. While that is still above 50, the decline suggests consumers were more reluctant to spend than they were earlier this year. The sales figure reached 62.2 in August.And a gauge of hiring fell to the lowest level since May. That’s a sign job gains may have slowed in November. The government will report last month’s hiring figures on Friday.Economists weren’t overly concerned by the declines. They noted that the level of the index still points to steady growth. The government’s report on gross domestic product, the broadest measure of goods and services, will be released Thursday.“The fall … is a bit disappointing, but the survey is still consistent with decent GDP and jobs growth in the fourth quarter,” said Paul Dales, an economist at Capital Economics.Eleven of the 17 industries tracked by the survey expanded last month, including transportation and warehousing, retail, and finance. Six contracted, including mining, restaurants and hotels and construction.Growth in the service industry has been steady this year. The ISM’s index has averaged 55 over the past 12 months.The survey covers businesses that employ 90 per cent of the workforce, including retail, construction, health care and financial services firms. Nearly 86 per cent of job gains in the past three months have been in the service sector.Many of those jobs created have been in lower-paying industries, such as retail, restaurants and hotels. That’s a big reason that workers’ paychecks have barely kept ahead of inflation.Consumers’ spending drives nearly 70 per cent of economic activity and typically has a large influence on the ISM’s services index. Recent reports on spending have painted a mixed picture.Spending at retail businesses rose 0.4 per cent in October, after no change in September. That was a sign Americans were willing to shrug off the government shutdown and keep shopping.But early estimates suggest disappointing sales over the four-day Thanksgiving weekend, arguably the most crucial shopping stretch for retail businesses. The National Retail Federation estimates that sales over the holiday weekend fell for the first time since the group began keeping track in 2006.Economists at IHS Global Insight forecast that retail sales in November and December will increase this year at the weakest pace since 2009.Americans are splurging on cars and other big-ticket items. Auto sales jumped 9 per cent last month from the previous year to an annual pace of 16.4 million, automakers said Tuesday. That’s the highest level in 6 years.Strong auto sales are boosting activity at U.S. factories. The ISM’s separate manufacturing survey showed that factory activity expanded at the fastest pace in 2 1/2 years. A measure of hiring rose to its highest level in 18 months, while orders and production also accelerated.Even so, most economists forecast that growth will slow a bit in the current quarter to about a 2 per cent annual rate. That would be down from 2.8 per cent in the July-September quarter. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Xylem taps into Brazils dewatering pump demand

first_imgXylem reports that it is tapping into a growing demand within the mining and construction industry for both onsite dewatering and rental services. The company, which was spun off from ITT Corporation in October 2011, has announced that it will be expanding its dewatering rental offer in Brazil during the next three years. This year, Xylem will strengthen its dedicated dewatering rental departments in Sao Paulo, Minas Gerais and Rio de Janeiro, while the company will also launch new dewatering rental services at additional locations in 2013. Xylem’s dewatering and rental services will also be launched at a number of other locations in Brazil in 2014.Marcus Moraes, Xylem’s Manager for Dewatering & Rental Services in Brazil said: “Xylem’s new dedicated dewatering rental services in Brazil are designed to cater specifically to the needs of local customers. Each rental fleet will be organised so that it aligns with whatever specific services our local customers’ require. Xylem’s goal is to offer flexible dewatering rental services and to respond to customers’ needs as rapidly as possible. Our rental fleet now also includes the Godwin diesel surface pump which is ideal for bypassing sewer systems, drainage and large water transfer projects. The Godwin portfolio includes a full range of ‘silent’ models which is specifically designed for densely populated areas.” According to the company, there is a growing need within the market globally for expert providers of complete, turnkey dewatering solutions. While mining and construction industry businesses may have some of the technical expertise in-house that is required to manage and operate dewatering projects, more limited budgets due to challenging economic conditions, mean that they do not wish to make significant investments in equipment purchases that may just be required for a one-off project.Tomas Fernandez, Marketing Manager for Xylem’s Latin America rental & dewatering services, said, “We are noticing an increased demand within the construction industry for dewatering services to be supplied as a complete package including the pump and water treatment systems, engineering expertise and project management. The Xylem onsite dewatering service provides customers with turnkey solutions from a single source. This limits customers’ administration and management efforts and provides peace of mind as they are contracting dewatering experts to take care of the job. The beauty of the service means that customers don’t have to invest in auxiliary equipment purchases which are needed for just as long as the project requires. The capital expenditure required to purchase, maintain, service and store the equipment isn’t an issue when customers choose the onsite dewatering package. Our global sales and distribution presence means that wherever customers are located they have access to a wide range of well-maintained, world class systems and application engineering expertise.”Similarly, the pump rental market is expanding. Fernandez explained, “The pump rental option is becoming increasingly popular within the construction industry. Obviously rental is a well-established option for other types of equipment that require significant capital to purchase, however pump rental is relatively new in some markets. The rental option provides flexibility and extensive availability – customers can get access to the right product at short notice, delivered direct to the site. It also means there is no maintenance burden and the product is only costing the company while it is being used which releases capital that can be invested in other areas of the business.” Xylem’s full range of Godwin surface-mounted and Flygt submersible pumps are available to rent including the recently launched Ready pump and the expanded Flygt 2600 drainage range which now includes three sludge pumps and a two-part 2660 SH pump. With the addition in 2010 of the Godwin brand to its extensive portfolio and a rental bank of 16,000 products, Xylem now claims to offer the world’s leading range of surface-mounted and submersible pumps from one source.last_img read more

Business over breakfast

first_imgWith their corporate wear on and an egg and bacon muffin in hand, young Greek Australian students will be schmoozing some of the country’s most successful Greek Australian businesspeople. Tomorrow, AHEPA’s Achilleas Youth and NUGAS Victoria will be hosing their first Business Breakfast and have booked names like George Donikian, Olyvia Nikou and Chris Leptos.The trio will be part of a question and answer panel, taking a number of questions about their career and their successes while also giving tips to the young audience. They will also speak on the topic ‘Entering the work force in a globalising Australia’.The initiative has come at a time when many students and graduates are struggling to get a foot in the door of the working world, and the organising committee believes the impression people can make at these events sometimes works better than a good resume. Achilleas Youth President Jiannis Tsaousis used the Greek community of America as inspiration for the event, which has seen great networking opportunities arise.“AHEPA USA has enabled young people to network, gain access to scholarships and develop leadership capabilities, and we hope to achieve similar things in an Australian context,” he said.NUGAS Victoria President Tass Sgardelis says the event has been something NUGAS has wanted for a long time, and is the first start for them moving forward from their dinner dances and cruises event calendar.“This is NUGAS’ opportunity to present itself as the professional face of Greek Australian university students and deliver the networking opportunities that our community needs,” he says.“Our members are actively seeking innovative networking events like the Business Breakfast that add variety to the NUGAS calendar.” During the two hour long event, a number of industries will have a presence, including banking and finance, law, medicine and healthcare, information technology, marketing, hospitality and construction.A full Crown Signature Breakfast will be served, consisting of an individual warm breakfast, continental specialities, tea, coffee and juices. Tickets are still available and cost $40 for students and $50 for adults. Corporate tables are also available from $450. The event begins at 7.30 am at the River Room in the Crown Palladium. Tickets can be booked by visiting www.trybooking.com/EFKH. For more information visit www.achilleasyouth.org/networking or call Jiannis Tsaousis on 0413 235 602. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Hearst Magazines Taps New Global VP People on the Move

first_imgHere are the rest of this week’s people on the move…Meredith Corp. has promoted Melanie Hansche to deputy editor of Alabama-based Food & Wine, one of the titles it acquired through its merger with Time Inc. Hansche was previously editorial director of Organic Life at Rodale, prior to that company’s acquisition by Hearst Magazines.Concurrently, Food & Wine announced a series of other new editorial hires:Karen Shimizu has been named executive editor. Like Hansche, she joins from Organic Life, where she was deputy editor.Mary-Frances Heck has joined as senior food editor. A seasoned freelance food writer and editor, Heck brings experience from Lucky Peach and Bon Appétit, among others.Winslow Taft, formerly art director at Mental Floss, has joined Food & Wine as creative director.Tori Katherman, formerly senior photo editor at Prevention, has been named photo editor.Finally, Alison Spiegel will join Food & Wine‘s New York office as deputy digital editor. She was previously features editor and senior writer at Tasting Table.Teen Vogue has named Samhita Mukhopadhyay deputy editor, reporting directly to newly minted chief content officer Phillip Picardi. Mukhopadhyay was previously senior editorial director of culture and identities at Mic. Additionally, Ella Cerón has been promoted to deputy editor. Cerón first joined the brand in 2015, and most recently was serving as digital West Coast and evenings editor.Carlos Lamadrid has joined Time Out Digital as managing director of global media sales, reporting directly to Time Out Digital CEO Christine Petersen. He arrives from marketing and advertising firm HLC partners, where he served as president.Bonnier Corp. has officially named Sam White the next editor-in-chief of Marlin magazine. He joined the sportfishing title as senior editor in 2015, and had been serving as interim editor-in-chief since November.Mitch Semel has joined TIME magazine’s video team. His career has spanned high-profile production roles at CBS Interactive, CNN, The Huffington Post, and NBC Universal, among several others. Hearst Magazines has elevated Duncan Chater (pictured) to global VP, Hearst Magazines Digital Media Global, in which capacity he’ll be responsible for marketing and advertising revenues for all of Hearst Magazines’ digital businesses operating outside of the U.S.Chater, a 17-year veteran of Hearst UK’s London office, had been serving as chief brand officer of the company’s UK titles since August. He replaces Tracy Yaverbaun, who is leaving the company after about a year and a half in the role. He’ll report to Hearst Magazines’ New York-based president and marketing and publishing director, Michael Clinton.“Duncan has extensive experience specifically in the Luxury, Fashion, Watches, and Beauty sectors, strong client relationships and a desire to keep moving the business forwards into new areas,” said Clinton in a statement. “Marketers are looking for creative global solutions at scale, and with our portfolio of brands in key markets around the world, we are in a unique position to provide trusted editorial environments and reach consumers in a way that works.”last_img read more

Sensex cracks after RBIs status quo on repo rate Sun Pharma tanks

first_imgKey equity benchmarks reversed all the gains and fell sharply in the last hour trade as the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) surprised the market by maintaining status quo in policy rates on Wednesday.While the 30-share index Sensex lost 0.59 percent to close at 26,236.87, the 50-share index Nifty ended the trade at 8,102.05, down 0.5 percent.Shares of Sun Pharma tanked 5.97 percent to close at Rs 664 as US drug regulator issued observations after inspecting company’s Halol plant. Banking shares also fell with Bank of Baroda and Axis Bank witnessing selling pressure on Wednesday.However, shares of Eicher Motors, HDFC, BPCL and Adani Ports bucked the trend and closed in the green. Market breadth turned negative with sharp fall in rate sensitive sectors post RBI’s decision not to cut policy rates. Slashing of GDP growth rate forecast by RBI also weighed on investors’ sentiments.However, the central bank’s decision to remove the incremental cash reserve for banks from December 10 provided some support to the market. After RBI’s decision not to change key policy rates, analysts were of the view that market would wait for upcoming Federal Reserve policy meeting scheduled on December 13-14 for future direction. Meanwhile, Indian currency appreciated 0.40 percent to close Wednesday trade at 67.93 against dollar.last_img read more

Why Some Homeowners Are Scrambling To Prepay Their 2018 Property Taxes

first_imgSheila Thompson/FlickrSome homeowners across the country are rushing to pay their 2018 property taxes well before the due date because the new Republican tax law overhaul could affect how much they are allowed to deduct next year.Part of the Republican tax overhaul that President Trump signed into law last week has homeowners around the country doing something unusual: rushing to pay their 2018 property taxes well before the due date.That’s because the new law includes a $10,000 cap on the amount of state and local taxes people can deduct on their federal returns. Before, if someone paid $24,000 in property taxes — as some people in higher tax states like New York and California do — and then paid $20,000 in state and local income taxes they were allowed to deduct $44,000 on their federal tax return. Now that number is capped at $10,000. The change could cost some people thousands of dollars.“I’m sending my checks in today,” said Vanessa Merton of Hastings-On-Hudson, N.Y. She estimates the law change will cost her between $6,000 and $9,000. She hopes to delay that hit by prepaying next year’s taxes before Dec. 31 so she can deduct them on her 2017 tax return.Merton says she is the fourth generation of her family to live in her large home. When she was growing up, she says, Hastings-On-Hudson was a factory town, but then wealthy people moved in and now property values — and taxes — have increased. She predicts that without the ability to deduct all local taxes on federal returns, some people in her community may have to move.“We are all really wondering, calculating and trying to figure out if it’s going to be possible [to stay] in the homes that we have cherished for a very long time,” said Merton.Merton works as a law professor and also is vice chair of her local Democratic Party committee. She sees politics at play in the new law, since most states with higher taxes tend to vote for Democrats over Republicans.That echoes criticism New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has voiced against the tax overhaul law. Cuomo signed an executive order last Friday making it easier for people to pay their taxes early and make partial payments.That had local tax offices fielding calls the day after Christmas as homeowners tried to figure out how much they should pay. An automated message at the Nassau County Department of Assessment asked people to call later because, “all assessment assistance personnel are busy with other callers.”In neighboring New Jersey, accountant Tracy Beveridge said she has been fielding calls and emails from clients. She warns that not everyone should prepay property taxes and that it is difficult to offer simple guidelines — which is especially true for those who could be subject to a minimum tax, for example a married couple who earn more than $83,800 a year and file a joint return.“If a client is in AMT — what they call an alternative minimum tax — there is no benefit to prepaying your taxes. It just negates the benefit and you’re just out the cash,” said Beveridge.Beveridge said some people who would not be subject to the AMT could trigger it if they double up on paying next year’s property taxes early.Her advice is to consult with an accountant who can look over your previous return and offer advice. In the past few days, Beveridge said, she has examined dozens of her clients’ returns and that “out of, probably, 80 that I’ve done already, I think, four it has benefited [to prepay property taxes].”That benefit applies only to property taxes, she said, because the new law doesn’t allow people to prepay income taxes.Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Sharelast_img read more

How to LiveStream Todays Apple Event

first_imgOn Sunday, users spotted a mock-up of a text exchange between Tim Cook and Kevin Durant — the NBA star who’s the subject of an Apple docu-series about his early life and career — on Apple’s placeholder page for the live-stream. Also seen was an image showing an incoming call from Chris Evans, who is starring in Apple’s “Defending Jacob” limited-series thriller.It’s still not clear when those Apple original series will be available — or how much users will have to pay to watch them. Those details are expected to be revealed Monday.Initially, Apple’s subscription-video product is expected to center on a bundle of third-party TV services; in recent months, the company has held talks with HBO, CBS, Showtime and Starz about being part of the integrated service. Netflix CEO Reed Hastings said last week that it will not be part of Apple’s subscription service.Apple has been negotiating with HBO, Showtime and Starz to offer their streaming services for $9.99 per month each, the Wall Street Journal reported. Apple also plans to charge a fee for its originals, per the WSJ report, which didn’t have that pricing info.The company sent out invitations to the March 25 confab to media two weeks ago, which said only “It’s show time.”In addition to news on the video front, Apple also is expected to launch a revamped news subscription service based on Texture, a magazine-subscription app the company acquired a year ago. The Wall Street Journal is reportedly in the mix, while the CEO of the New York Times Co. signaled it’s going to sit out.Apple also may announce a game-subscription service at Monday’s event, Bloomberg reported.Cook tweeted Monday ahead of the event, “Excited for a big day ahead!” along with a GIF showing the sun rising on the Steve Jobs Theater. Monday is the coming-out party for Apple’s Hollywood ambitions: After years of trademark secrecy about its plans to stream into video entertainment, the tech giant is set to pull back the curtain at a media event.The live program kicks off at 10 a.m. PT / 1 p.m. ET, on Monday, March 25, from the Steve Jobs Theater at the tech giant’s campus in Cupertino, Calif. Apple is offering a free live stream of the big reveal at apple.com/apple-events/livestream.In addition to Apple CEO Tim Cook, the company has invited stars of several of its original series to the event, who are expected to join execs in unveiling the first looks at clips of some of Apple’s projects.Shows that Apple has announced to date include a Reese Witherspoon-Jennifer Aniston morning show drama; dramas “Little Voices” and “My Glory Was I Had Such Friends” from executive producer J.J. Abrams, with the latter starring Jennifer Garner; drama “Are You Sleeping” starring Octavia Spencer; and a comedy about a video-game development studio from Rob McElhenney and Charlie Day (“It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia”). Popular on Variety center_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

Firefox 57 lists thirdparty accessibility tools that may spy on users

first_imgFirefox 57 lists third-party accessibility tools that may spy on users by Martin Brinkmann on August 29, 2017 in Firefox – 3 commentsMozilla plans to list all third-party accessibility tools that integrate with the Firefox web browser on about:support in Firefox 57.The developers of the Firefox web browser plan to add a new preference to the browser’s privacy settings on top of that that Firefox users may enable to prevent accessibility services from accessing the web browser.Bug 1384567 and Bug1384672 on Bugzilla@Mozilla highlight the reason behind the decision to list third-party accessibility tools and add the option to Firefox’s privacy preferences:We’re detecting a long list of obscure and some not so obscure 3rd party Windows applications that use accessibility to snoop on user activity. We want to cut down on this by better communicating when a11y is active. This bug is about adding a new section under preferences -> privacy that displays a11y active state and provides a switch to force accessibility off.Firefox 57: third-party accessibility tools handlingThe new feature is already implemented in the most recent version of Firefox Nightly. Firefox Nightly is the cutting edge development version of the web browser.The screenshot above shows the new option in the Firefox privacy preferences:Load about:preferences#privacy in the browser’s address bar to display the privacy preferences of the web browser.Scroll down until you find “Prevent accessibility services from accessing you browser”.Check the box to block access.Restart FirefoxIf you run Firefox 57, you may check which third-party accessibility tools are accessing the browser, and base the decision on whether to block access or not on that.Load about:support in the Firefox address bar.Scroll down until you come to the Accessibility section. You may want to use the on-page find by tapping on F3 and searching for accessibility to jump to the section quickly.All third-party accessibility tools are listed under “accessibility instantiator”.This shows all executable file names that are watching the Firefox browsing activity locally.Mozilla plans to link to a wiki page that provides additional information on third-party accessibility tools and user privacy. The page is not up yet however.SummaryArticle NameFirefox 57 lists third-party accessibility tools that may spy on usersDescriptionMozilla plans to list all third-party accessibility tools that integrate with the Firefox web browser on about:support in Firefox 57.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

Sprint is the latest telecom to offer a tracking device that

first_imgFollowing in the footsteps of AT&T and Verizon*, Sprint is now offering an LTE tracker. The matchbook-sized device, simply called Tracker, provides real-time location tracking on Safe + Found app.Sprint’s new TrackerThe Tracker competes with Tile, but instead of Bluetooth, Sprint’s device uses 4G LTE, GPS and Wi-Fi location services, so it can be used to track things, people or pets that might travel a significant distance away, compared to a range of 100 ft to 300 ft for Tile (depending on the version). The Tracker is manufactured by Coolpad and users need to pay $2.50 per month for 24 months to cover the cost of the device, plus an additional $5 per month to connect it.AT&T and Verizon both launched LTE trackers over the past year and Apple is also rumored to be working on a tracking device that connects to iPhones, based on an asset package for pairing devices by proximity spotted in the first beta of iOS 13 by 9to5Mac.*Disclosure: TechCrunch is part of Verizon Media, a subsidiary of Verizon Communications.last_img read more

La Verna Hospital taking part in World Aids DayLa Verna Hospital taking

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National Book Week comes to LadysmithNational Book Week comes to Ladysmith

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Amazon Continues Investments in Renewable Energy

first_imgAmazon has announced the company’s 65th and 66th renewable energy projects. Amazon’s newest renewable energy project will be located in Cork and will be the second Amazon Wind Farm in the Republic of Ireland. Once complete, the new Amazon Wind Farm will provide 23.2 megawatts (MW) of renewable capacity, with an expected generation of 68,000-megawatt-hours (MWh) of clean energy annually.Amazon’s newest renewable energy project in the U.S. will be located in Pittsylvania County, Virginia, and will be the seventh Amazon Solar Farm in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Once complete, the new Amazon Solar Farm will provide 45 megawatts (MW) of renewable capacity and is expected to generate 100,000-megawatt-hours (MWh) of clean energy annually. Both projects are expected to begin producing clean energy in 2020 and will supply clean energy to the company’s Amazon Web Services data centres, which power Amazon and millions of AWS customers globally.Additionally, Amazon’s investments in renewable energy were recently recognized in the Solar Energy Industries Association’s (SEIA) 2018 Solar Means Business Report, which ranked Amazon #1 in the U.S. for the amount of corporate on-site solar installed in 2018, and #2 for the total amount of solar installed to date. Amazon’s solar projects in the U.S. have offset the CO2 equivalent of more than 200 million miles of truck deliveries. Globally, Amazon has 66 renewable energy projects – including 51 solar rooftops – that are expected to generate 1,342 MW of renewable capacity and deliver more than 3.9 million MWh of clean energy annually.“Playing a significant role in helping to reduce the sources of human-induced climate change is an important commitment for Amazon,” said Kara Hurst, Director of Sustainability, Amazon. “Major investments in renewable energy are a critical step to address our carbon footprint globally. We will continue to invest in these projects, and look forward to additional investments this year and beyond.”Make Ireland a Leader in the Renewable Energy Space“Under the Climate Action Plan, we are committing that 70 per cent of Ireland’s electricity will come from renewable sources by 2030. Industry leadership is key to helping us reach this target,” said Richard Bruton, Ireland’s Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment. “This project is another example of AWS’s commitment to renewable projects in Ireland, adding clean energy to the grid, and supporting Ireland’s climate commitments. Construction will begin on this project this year and will start contributing to Ireland’s renewable energy capacity by 2020. We look forward to continuing to work with AWS as we strive to make Ireland a leader in the renewable energy space.”Beyond investments in wind and solar, Amazon has a long history of commitment to sustainability through innovative programs such as Shipment Zero, Frustration-Free Packaging, Ships in Own Container, investments in the circular economy with the Closed Loop Fund, and numerous other initiatives happening every day by teams across Amazon. Amazon has also implemented the District Energy Project that uses recycled energy to heat and cool more than 3 million square feet of office space. For more information on Amazon’s sustainability initiatives, visit www.amazon.com/sustainability.last_img read more

Lucky draw winner

first_imgCyprian Mazibuko is the winner of a lucky draw conducted by Metropolitan Life. Metropolitan honours its Customer Service Week by conducting a national lucky draw every year. The latest winner is Cyprian Mazibuko, who won a R15,000 contribution towards a Retirement Annuity. Customer Service Week is celebrated internationally during the first full week of October every year. Other prizes were given away, but Cyprian walked off with the main prize. Here we see winner Cyprian Mazibuko (centre) with Thuli Buthelezi, Lindy Mbuyisa, Micheline Francis and Mgcini Nala from Metropolitan. WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsitelast_img

Samoa to release new banknote to mark Pacific Games

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