Danger comes in numbers

first_imgThe first sign that a child’s identity has been stolen often doesn’t appear until he or she applies for a job, driver’s license or credit card. “There could be millions of kids right now with their Social Security numbers being used and they don’t even know it,” said Lila Sude. The Social Security Administration monitors earnings connected to minors under age 6, said Marianna Gitomer, a spokeswoman for the administration. If wages come up under a Social Security number of a child under 6, the agency sends out a letter to the employer and the child to make sure the numbers are accurate. But after age 6, there’s no way to know if a number is being compromised. “Unless they call or get a letter or something from the credit card companies, there’s no way of knowing,” said Gitomer. Consumers can call a toll-free Social Security number (800-772-1213) to review wages linked to their Social Security numbers, she said. Once theft of a child’s identity is established, it can be more difficult to clear than it is for an adult, said Joanna Crane, manager of the Federal Trade Commission’s identity theft program. “Oftentimes the minor’s Social Security number is used with someone else’s name. Or they use the same name and number but a different address. So when the parent discovers the Social Security number has been used, they can’t get the credit report because they don’t have enough matching information,” she said. Another hitch with minors is that you can’t put a fraud alert on a Social Security number with no credit history. In Joshua Sude’s case, there was no credit fraud. And luckily for him, the IRS is not holding him to the back taxes. But Lila Sude said she is saving any relevant documentation just in case. She also filed a report with the Federal Trade Commission and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department in Santa Clarita, where she said she had to line up behind other people reporting cases of identity theft. Sude doesn’t fault the IRS for the mixup. She blames employers who don’t check Social Security numbers thoroughly because it’s bad for business. She also points to politicians who look the other way. “I would say corporations are filling the pockets of politicians,” said Lila Sude. “Everybody’s mad at the Mexicans. Well, they’re just doing what they have to do to survive. It’s the corporations.” Kathleen Finn, a spokeswoman for Jack in the Box Inc., where one of Josh’s impersonators worked, said the company follows federal I-9 procedures. That basically means it has to ask for identification from potential employees. Employers are not required to go any further than that. “Once they are checked and on file there’s nothing else we can do,” said Finn. Asked if the company has ever told franchise owners or store managers to be aware of undocumented workers using others’ Social Security numbers, she said she wasn’t aware of any such effort. Frank Diaz, vice president of risk management for the El Pollo Loco in Agoura Hills where Jesus Cruz worked, said he does his best to train managers to look for fake documents, but that they do make it through from time to time. “Sometimes when they are forged it’s hard to tell,” said Diaz. “We’re not the INS. If they look good, we take them.” He said that if documents look questionable, he will call the Social Security Administration to verify the names and numbers. In the event the administration contacts a franchise questioning an employee’s identification, he asks the worker to go there and get written authorization saying they are who they say they are. “If in two to three days they don’t come back, they are automatically terminated,” he said. That hasn’t happened much in the seven years he’s been with El Pollo Loco, but it has happened. Firing illegal workers doesn’t do much good when the damage is already done. As for preventing identity stealing, kids and their parents are probably on their own. The U.S. Department of Education has a printable brochure on identity theft that it encourages schools to circulate. But it’s not an issue at the top of the list for most districts. Kathleen Miller, director of communications for Azusa Unified School District, said she wasn’t aware of any programs at the schools to educate parents and kids on keeping their information private. Chris Eftychiou at Long Beach Unified said the same thing. “You don’t think about (identity theft) in the context of kids,” said Miller. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

MCA president Abhay Apte promises strict action after India Today expose on Pune pitch curator

first_imgMaharashtra Cricket Association president Abhay Apte has promised India Today that strict action will be taken against anyone found guilty of tampering with the Pune pitch ahead of the second ODI between India and New Zealand which will be played in a few hours time.MCA president Abhay Apte spoke to India Today right after the sting operation was conducted on curator Pandurang Salgaonkar in which he agreed to make the wicket according to their demands”We will look into the matter. Rest assured, if anyone found guilty, strict action will be taken,” Apte said while on his way to the stadium.However, after the story picked up, further inquiry was done and Apte confirmed that he was suspended.”Pandurang Salgaoncar has been put under suspension with immediate effect and all his work has been withdrawn, including his basic membership of the MCA,” Apte said.India Today reporters disguised as bookies unearthed a massive scandal this morning in which they caught the MCA pitch curator allowing people to tamper with the pitch on the eve of the second ODI.The reporters asked Salgaonkar that two players want bounce on the pitch and iff it can be done to which Salgaonkar replied, “it will be done”.Salgaonkar also said that it is going to be a 337-340 wicket either way. He also assured on camera that a score as big as 337 will be chaseable.Salgaonkar even allowed our reporters to inspect the pitch in person, clearly violating the laws as set by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and the International Cricket Council (ICC).advertisementRemember the pitch in question here is the same one which was rated ‘poor’ by the ICC after the India-Australia first Test match which was played in February this year.Australia had thrashed India by 333 runs on a rank-turner after the hosts were bowled out for 105 and 107 in both innings and the match finished within three days.India are trailing 0-1 in the three-match series after losing the first match by 6 wickets at the Wankhede stadium in Mumbai.last_img read more

Prime Minister Fetes Reggae Girlz

first_img They were treated to lively performances by the ASHE Performing Arts Company and Orisha Sound. The women, who made history in October this year by qualifying for the FIFA Women’s World Cup finals, entered the ballroom to much fanfare and applause from the huge audience that turned out to celebrate their achievement with them. Jamaica’s senior national women’s football team, the Reggae Girlz, was feted in fine style by Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, during a reception he hosted in the team’s honour at The Jamaica Pegasus Hotel on Monday (December 17). Story Highlights Jamaica’s senior national women’s football team, the Reggae Girlz, was feted in fine style by Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, during a reception he hosted in the team’s honour at The Jamaica Pegasus Hotel on Monday (December 17).The women, who made history in October this year by qualifying for the FIFA Women’s World Cup finals, entered the ballroom to much fanfare and applause from the huge audience that turned out to celebrate their achievement with them.They were treated to lively performances by the ASHE Performing Arts Company and Orisha Sound.The evening was topped off by the high-energy performance of popular dancehall entertainer, Ding Dong, who incited the Girlz to get up and dance.Prime Minister Holness, with the team’s image displayed on three large screens on the stage behind him, spoke with admiration as he thanked them for bringing pride to the nation.Mr. Holness said he especially admired the team spirit among the women, who all get along as sisters.“That is the first step towards victory – when you can work together in unity, as one cohesive group,” he said.Reliving the moments leading up to the Girlz making history, the Prime Minister recalled that when the Jamaican team was down two goals, “that would be enough to send home any team of people made of lesser stuff,” but the Girlz persevered.“What gave us the edge is that energy, that passion, and above all else, that discipline to stay together, train, work hard, and do what is necessary on the field to win,” he said.He reminded that the country’s size should be seen as an advantage because Jamaica has always performed “way above its weight class”.The Prime Minister expressed confidence that the football team could win the World Cup competition, which takes place in France next year.Mr. Holness also acknowledged the “great work” of Cedella Marley and the Bob Marley Foundation in being the critical sponsor of the Reggae Girlz.“That kind of philanthropic assistance should always be acknowledged, and I encourage other Jamaicans of means to come on board and join this effort,” he said, noting that he would be holding discussions with head coach of the Reggae Girlz, Hue Menzies; and President of the Jamaica Football Federation, Michael Ricketts, regarding his own personal contribution.In the meantime, Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Hon. Olivia Grange, said the Reggae Girlz’ qualification to the FIFA Women’s World Cup is a major achievement – not just for them but for women across the country.“Because of the Reggae Girlz, young women are confident to dream – dream big dreams – and know that dreams do come true. This achievement provides us with an opportunity to change the game for women and girls everywhere – not only in sports but in every area of life,” she said.She noted that this is the high point of the four-day-long celebrations for the Girlz, which also saw them being presented with the Keys to Montego Bay, Spanish Town and Kingston during civic ceremonies. They are to be presented with the keys to St. Ann’s Bay this evening.A praise, worship and thanksgiving concert was also held for the Girlz at Emancipation Park on December 16. They also participated in a motorcade beginning at G.C. Foster College in St. Catherine and ending at the Tony Spaulding Complex in St Andrew.“We want to acknowledge and pay maximum respect to these high achievers and to tell their stories in the hope that they will help to make a difference, just by their presence, just by being yourselves and just by achieving excellence,” Miss Grange said.Jamaica defeated Panama in the recent CONCACAF Women’s Championship to become the first Caribbean country to qualify for the FIFA Women’s World Cup.last_img read more

Karina Smirnoff To Take Part In Dance For Africa Event

first_imgRIDE Foundation (Robyn & Italo Dance Events), formed by Pro-Am ballroom dance partners, Robyn Shreiber and Italo Elgueta, has announced that its inaugural gala, DANCE FOR AFRICA, will benefit the African Wildlife Foundation (AWF).RIDE was established in 2016 to create one-of-a-kind dance events for difference-making charities, encompassing humane and ecological causes and featuring the talents of compassionate stars of the dance world. The inaugural gala will be held at 6PM, July 23 at L.A.’s Boulevard3 with a program featuring top dance, vocal and artistic performances.Headliners will include Dancing with the Stars’ Karina Smirnoff, indie music duo Alexander Jean Feat. Mark Ballas and BC Jean, Step Up’s Briana Evigan, artist Brian Olsen and vocalist Trenyce Cobbins. Shreiber and Elgueta, renowned in the world of ballroom dance and competition, formed the RIDE Foundation (Robyn & Italo Dance Events) to “create events in which dancers can use their passionate art to impact and support the wonderful charities addressing the world’s needs.”“We are excited to launch our non-profit organization with a gala benefitting African Wildlife Foundation, a non-profit so close to our hearts,” say Robyn and Italo in a joint statement. “Our goal in forming RIDE was to combine our love for ballroom dance with our passion for making the world a better place. We are both extremely impressed with and strongly support the work of AWF, and are honored to make the organization the beneficiary of our inaugural gala,” they add.“We are thrilled that RIDE chose AWF for their inaugural event,” says Craig Sholley, AWF’s Senior Vice President. “AWF’s mission is to ensure that wildlife and wild lands thrive in a modern Africa. As a result of a recent AWF safari experience, Robyn Shreiber’s passion for Africa and AWF’s work has blossomed. We are delighted that Dance for Africa will bring a combination of wonderful exposure to our cause and critical financial support for our important conservation efforts.”The inaugural event will feature a spectacular African-inspired live ballroom dance show produced by Italo, with Dancing with the Stars’ superstar Karina Smirnoff, a Season 13 Mirror Ball Champion, debuting a new solo performance she choreographed in honor of “Dance for Africa.” The Ukrainian beauty will also perform a passionate trio number with Professional World Finalist Justinas Duknauskas and Top Amateur Austin Joson. Karina, a five-time U.S. National Champion, is a strong advocate for environmental and wildlife causes.Indie Duo Alexander Jean feat. Mark Ballas and BC Jean, and Trenyce Cobbins are the event’s special musical performers. Alexander Jean’s debut EP titled “Head High,” released in 2016, debuted at #1 on iTunes’ Singer/Songwriter chart, and their power-pop ballad and debut single “Roses and Violets,” also hit #1 on the iTunes singer/songwriter chart and #6 on the iTunes overall chart. The duo’s next album is scheduled for release this summer.Vocalist, Actress and Dancer Trenyce Cobbins, will perform three songs written by an African artist. Cobbins, an “American Idol” Top 5 finalist, has become a darling of the theater world, headlining top Broadway musicals and plays, including “Dreamgirls,” and “The Vagina Monologues.”Brian Olsen, whose Art in Action has been making waves around the world for his “rock n’ roll” style of painting on canvas, an explosive and colorful show choreographed to music with audience participation, will open the evening by painting three art pieces in honor of the inaugural gala.Briana Evigan, an AWF Ambassador, will serve as the gala’s emcee. Briana made her major feature debut as the star of the box office hit Step Up 2: The Streets in 2008 and reprised her role in the 2014 installment of the franchise, Step Up: All In.The Africa-themed gala event will feature cuisine, cocktails and décor native to the exotic continent. The evening will also include two raffle winners to an African Safari in Tanzania, as well as a silent auction with one-of-a-kind items.For more info and tickets, click here.last_img read more