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Consumer Alert from the office of the Indiana Attorney General

first_imgINDIANAPOLIS – The Consumer Protection Division (CPD) of the Office of the Indiana Attorney General today kicks off Consumer Protection Week, a five-day effort to promote awareness among Hoosiers of harmful scams and fraudulent practices.The CPD invites Hoosiers to visit the Office of the Indiana Attorney General on Twitter and Facebookthroughout the week and take advantage of important educational opportunities.At 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, Deputy Attorneys General from the CPD will participate in three informative Facebook Live videos: “How to Spot a Scam;” “Government Imposter Scams;” and “CPD Overview.”Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill and the CPD encourage feedback from Indiana residents on social media and via other channels, especially during the next five days.Consumer Protection Week is just one of many methods by which the Office of the Indiana Attorney General seeks to safeguard Hoosiers from harmful scams and fraudulent practices.Please visit the CPD on our website to gather information on complaints filed with the office pertaining to such issues as identity theft, telephone privacy breaches and online scams.  You also may obtain answers to frequently asked questions and benefit from other features on the website. FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

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South African artist Black Coffee wins at BET Awards

first_imgHouse music maestro Black Coffee wins a Black Entertainment Television (BET) Award.House music maestro Black Coffee has become the first South African to win a Black Entertainment Television (BET) Award. (Image: OnoBello)Brand South Africa ReporterHouse music maestro Black Coffee has become the first South African to win a Black Entertainment Television (BET) Award. The renowned DJ, whose real name is Nkosinathi Maphumulo, won in the “Best International Act-Africa” category at the awards ceremony held last night in Los Angeles, in the US.He was nominated in the category alongside other South African and African musicians:Wizkid from Nigeria;AKA from South Africa;Serge Beynaud from Ivory Coast;MzVee from Ghana;Cassper Nyovest from South Africa;Diamond Platnumz from Tanzania; and,Yemi Alade from Nigeria.See his acceptance speech:@RealBlackCoffee‘s acceptance speech as he took Best international act: Africa award #BETAwards16 @SundayTimesZA pic.twitter.com/VRMOMZVSs0— Gabi Mbele (@TheGabi) June 25, 2016Watch him thank South Africa:Congratulations pour inSouth Africans flooded Twitter to congratulate the star for flying the flag [email protected] congratulations groetmaan That’s a South African flag you raising high? Thank You pic.twitter.com/a6rofwyplU— ThihangwiSingo (@prosingo) June 27, [email protected] congratulations noble son for being the first son of the soil to win BET awards. So proud of you. Keep shining ntwana— Thulani Dasa (@thulanidasa) June 27, 2016Good morning! Well done to our friend, @RealBlackCoffee for winning that major #BET award. We’re so proud of you!— John Robbie (@702JohnRobbie) June 27, 2016“DJ Black Coffee continues to inspire our youth with this achievement and has now become our prime international export in the music industry, as an example of the South African youth talent,” said President Jacob Zuma.“Our nation is immensely proud of him and this achievement in particular. We congratulate him most heartily.”Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa said it was not only a victory for South African music, but for African house music.“May Black Coffee continue to lead the way and along with other like-minded South African musicians,” he said.The BET Awards were established in 2001 to celebrate African-Americans and other minorities in music, acting, sports, and other fields of entertainment.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

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Live Blog: Microsoft MIX 2011 Day 2 – New Windows Phone 7 Features, Silverlight 5, Kinect SDK

first_imgToday we’re at Microsoft MIX, a developers conference in Las Vegas. Microsoft will be trying to woo developers and presenting on HTML5, Windows Phone 7 and Silverlight.Today we’re expecting to see more about mobile and Kinect.9:05 The event kicked off with this video made by a fan. Joe Belfiore, corporate vice president and director of Windows Phone Program Management, says that if the video gets enough page views it will be turned into a television commercial “because we care about the community.”9:08 Belfiore is addressing the issue of failed updates. Says issues weren’t widespread, but Microsoft decided to halt the updates because of uncertainty about how widespread the issues are.9:11 He says that operators make the final call about when updates go out.9:13 There are now 13,000 apps in the WP7 app market.9:15 Gartner and IDC predict WP7 will be the 2nd most popular mobile OS by 2015.9:16 Marco Argenti, head of developer experience for Nokia, is taking the stage to talk about the Microsoft partnership.9:18 Says Nokia will bring more users to WP7, more customers for WP7 app sellers.9:18 Back to Belfiore. He says WP7 will support 16 language. Today developers from 30 countries can build and sell apps, that will increase to 38. End users will be able to buy apps from 35 different countries, up from 16.9:21 Experience for users with lots of apps will improve – searching for installed apps, searching marketplace etc.9:22 Better filtering in the marketplace – music, podcasts and apps will be separated. More meta data, including ratings.9:24 Belfiore is demoing the marketplace features on an Asus device, not a Nokia.9:27 Demoing the ability to append additional info to the “cards” for various objects (apps, movies, etc.) within the OS.9:29 The same IE9 codebase as used on the desktop will be on WP7.9:31 Now playing music from an HTML5 site – you can multi-task with this, leave the music playing in the background while opening other apps.9:32 Now he’s comparing an iPhone 4, a Nexus S and a WP7 phone running an HTML5 “speed reading” test. WP7 smoked all of them, the Nexus was 2nd and the iPhone lagged behind.9:36 New features coming in the fall: sockets, built in sql database, more launchers and choosers, and access to contact and calendar. Also, access to sensors: raw camera access, gyroscope, etc.9:39 Demo of scanning a barcode in order to find a price on Amazon.com. Showing how to pin the app to the homescreen to make it easy to do the barcode scanning.9:40 WP7 team worked with Microsoft Reseach to create the “motion sensor” which makes it simple to build motion sensative apps with the compass and gyroscope. Demoing the use of augmented reality app Layar.9:44 Demoing multitasking. Spotify is coming to WP7, and it will support the background audio stuff demoed earlier.9:45 Angry Birds will be available for WP7.9:46 “Live Agents” – system of running background apps w/o eating too much battery.9:47 Example – Qantas app. He can pin a tile for each flight he has in the app. The tiles update can trigger alarms, change color, etc. depending on flight status and where you are.9:51 Developer tools, codenamed “Mango” will be available next month.9:52 Scott Guthrie now talking about developer experience.9:53 Demoing new emulator capabilities, including accelerometer support via a 3D emulator allowing you to move the virtual phone around, on Windows Visual Studio 2010 Express for Windows Phone.9:55 There’s also now location simulation so that you can test location-aware apps in VS.9:56 All the features he’s showing are part of the free version of the Phone development tools.9:58 Nice looking WP7 app performance data collection and visualization in VS.10:05 Performance enhancements in Mango – much smoother scrolling, etc.10:09 Demo of how the local SQL database works. Makes many tasks easier – search, for example, can be added to an app in only one line of code.10:11 Sockets are supported in Mango. Demoing an IRC client built easily on WP7 using an existing open source .Net IRC library.10:15 Demo of Kik for WP7. Works in real-time – you can see when someone you are chatting with receives your message and when they begin typing a response. Kik guy says it’s easy to add push notifications to WP7.10:23 Silverlight 3D demo.10:25 Switching gears to Silverlight 5 for the browser.10:26 New features: Hardware decode, “trickplay” so that you can play video faster without making the speakers sounding like chipmonks. Good for watching educational/training videos.10:29 U.S. Navy talking about using Silverlight to create a website.10:36 John Papa will now speak about new features in Silverlight. Demoing an app called “3D House Builder.” Impressive 3D animation and rendering using GPU. Plus, data binding and data binding debugging. Full list of features here.10:44 Jeff Sandquist talking about Kinect now. Says Kinect is the fastest selling electronic device ever.10:45 Kinect SDK for Windows will be available this spring, first with a non-commercial license.10:47 Demoing how to build Kinect apps in Visual Studio. Very straight forward. Made a live painting app in just a few minutes and a few lines of code.10:51 Showing a chair with omnidirectional wheels controlled by Kinect. X and Y axis are controlled by gestures. “It’s like tank driving.”10:58 worldwidetelescope.org demo – using Kinect to navigate a virtual outerspace.10:59 University of Konstanz student researchers have built a Kinect system for the visually impaired. A Kinect receiver is mounted on a helmet to detect obstacles – when the user gets too close to an obstacle he gets a vibration notifications of varying stength depending on how close he is to th object. The Kinect can also read QR codes to provide directional information.11:03 Frog Design is demoing a Kinect game called Wall Panic 3000. Participants have to mimic the positions presented by the screen.11:05 The Oprah moment: everyone at Mix is getting a Kinect. Clarification: Press, including ReadWriteWeb staffers, are NOT receiving free Kinects. However, please do see the disclosure below.That’s it for the keynote.Disclosure: Microsoft paid for Klint Finley’s travel and lodging to attend MIX, and MIX is a ReadWriteWeb sponsor.. Tags:#hack#news Related Posts Why You Love Online Quizzes 7 Types of Video that will Make a Massive Impac…center_img How to Write a Welcome Email to New Employees? klint finley Growing Phone Scams: 5 Tips To Avoidlast_img read more

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Taking Sides on Efficiency Rules for Manufactured Housing

first_imgThe Department of Energy recently solicited information from experts and other interested parties that will help the agency develop energy efficiency standards for manufactured housing. It could be an interesting process, and perhaps a contentious one.The DOE’s basic mandate is to comply with a provision (Section 413) of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 that requires adapting the 2009 International Energy Conservation Code to manufactured-housing practices, but doing it in a way that also is compatible with factory-housing rules – known as HUD Code – and that are currently enforced by the Department of Housing and Urban Development.This balancing act, not surprisingly, is complicated by the concerns of energy efficiency advocates, who see development of the standards as a prime opportunity to address what they say are manufactured housing’s woeful energy efficiency performance, and the concerns of the manufactured-housing industry, which is trying to control costs and revitalize its diminished market.The DOE requested interested parties’ input in an “Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking,” which it entered in the Federal Register on February 22. The response deadline was March 24.A chance for transformationOne of the people sending comments to the DOE docket was Lane Burt, a construction engineer and the manager of building-energy policy for the Natural Resources Defense Council. In an NRDC blog post, Burt complained that “a manufactured home can come off the assembly line today and immediately be eligible for weatherization through the Weatherization Assistance Program. That means that the government could immediately be paying to retrofit this home to become more efficient when just months before it could have been done at the factory for pennies on the dollar. I can’t think of a single reason why it is acceptable for new manufactured homes to be weatherization candidates because the code is not up to par.”Burt also cites a DOE analysis showing that manufactured homes use almost twice as much energy per square foot as site-built single-family homes.Of course, cost – specifically the purchase price of a manufactured home – also is a principal issue for the Manufactured Housing Institute, an industry trade group.Advising cautionIn its comments to the DOE, the MHI cited a 2007 housing survey showing that the median annual income of a family living in manufactured housing was $28,343, and that 2008 Census Bureau data showed that the average price for a manufactured home was $64,900, excluding land. Financial pressures on manufactured housing’s customer base – which now represents about 14% of the market for new single-family homes, according to the MHI – are now especially severe; not long ago, the industry served about 20% of the market.Beyond standards that won’t push purchase costs beyond the financial means of the industry’s customers, the MHI also advocates that the standards DOE imposes mesh smoothly with HUD’s supervision program for manufactured housing. Another priority for MHI is that the new standards rely on whole-house performance rather than prescriptive requirements for building components, and that they be compatible with the engineering, design, and material-management software commonly used in the industry.MHI also recommends that the DOE allow a year after the rules are finalized before requiring compliance. The big issue for the industry, MHI repeated in its comments to DOE, is that the standards don’t push the purchase cost of a manufactured home so high that the likely cost of operating it becomes a moot issue.The DOE says it will present a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, containing the proposed standards, later this year, and will then invite public comments and also play host to a public meeting on the proposed rules. It could indeed be interesting.last_img read more

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Lopetegui extends Spain contract

first_imgSpain Lopetegui extends Spain contract Joe Wright 18:57 5/22/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) julenlopetegui - Cropped Getty Images Spain World Cup La Roja’s manager has extended his contract to 2020, meaning he will oversee qualifying for the next European Championship Spain head coach Julen Lopetegui has signed a new contract that will run until 2020, the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) has confirmed.The 51-year-old has agreed to a fresh deal that will see him lead the team during their qualifying campaign for Euro 2020.Lopetegui, who succeeded Vicente del Bosque in July 2016, has only failed to win five of his 18 matches in charge of his country. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now “We’ve worked hard during the last two years and we’ll continue working the same way,” he said.Luis Rubiales, the new president of the RFEF, added: “There is a mutual trust and we’re going forward with every excitement.”All the management are very happy to be able to seal this agreement.”Spain won nine and drew one of their 10 World Cup qualifiers under Lopetegui, scoring 36 goals and conceding only three.They were held to consecutive friendly draws by Russia and Germany before thrashing Argentina 6-1 in their most recent match in Madrid in March.The 2010 world champions begin their World Cup campaign against Portugal on June 15, and will also face Morocco and Iran in Group B.last_img read more

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Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany calls OSU Michigan infractions embarrassing

While Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany said he is excited about the opportunity for collaboration between the NCAA and its member institutions, especially regarding infractions and rules, he also blasted two Big Ten teams which have been involved in recent NCAA investigations. At Big Ten Media Days on Thursday, Delany specifically mentioned NCAA investigations involving Ohio State and Michigan, commenting on the problems such violations create for the conference as a whole. “University of Michigan had a problem with out-of-season practice. That was an embarrassment,” Delany said. “This year we have Ohio State getting ready to go in front of the infractions committee on Aug. 12th. That’s embarrassing. “Neither one of those institutions have a history of being in that situation. It not only has reflected poorly on them, it’s reflected poorly on us.” On Dec. 23, 2010, the NCAA suspended quarterback Terrelle Pryor, running back Dan Herron, receiver DeVier Posey, offensive tackle Mike Adams and defensive end Solomon Thomas for five games for selling memorabilia and receiving improper benefits from Eddie Rife, owner of Fine Line Ink tattoo parlor. Linebacker Jordan Whiting also received a one-game ban. In the wake of these violations, Jim Tressel, who was facing a five-game suspension and $250,000 fine for failing to report NCAA violations committed by his players, resigned as OSU’s head coach on May 30, 2011. In 2009, Michigan came under investigation for exceeding NCAA limits on the amount of practice and training time the players may take part in. The 14-month investigation ended in November 2010 with the NCAA adding a year of probation to Michigan’s self-imposed sanctions, which included cutting 130 hours of practice time before the end of the 2011-12 academic year. Former head coach Rich Rodriguez was fired on Jan. 5, 2011. With new coaches joining each program this year, Delany said he made it clear to both Ohio State coach Luke Fickell and Michigan coach Brady Hoke that going forward, it was their responsibility to manage their teams. “I explained to each of these coaches that going forward we do not want two more such cases and that they are the CEOs of their program.” Delany said these mistakes are not limited to the Big Ten, but he is concerned about the violations that directly affect the conference. “I can’t remember a period of time where we’ve had more questions about various programs, whether it be on the agent side, the recruitment side or the academic side,” he said. “We’ve had two of them in this conference and that’s two too many as far as I’m concerned.” And while, in Delany’s opinion, certain systems and rules must be evaluated, it is up to individual institutions within the NCAA to work with the NCAA to fix problems with the infractions process, Delany said. “They (the NCAA) have an infractions process, they have a regulatory system basically where they are enforcing our rules,” he said. “They aren’t their rules, they’re rules that come out of NCAA membership. To the extent they’re inexplicable or irrational, it’s not the NCAA’s problem, it’s our problem and we need to fix it if we need to fix it.” Delany did say that mistakes will be made, but the Big Ten and other NCAA conferences, along with the NCAA, must address them and move forward. “It’s not the NCAA alone that needs to change. It’s the conferences and the institutions, to really look at their processes so we can trust each other that when information comes up and needs to be addressed, it’s addressed in the proper way,” he said. “…I’m excited to address these things going forward.” Delany used Thursday as an opportunity to call a meeting with all Big Ten coaches to discuss the state of the conference as it pertains to the NCAA investigations. “I wanted to call them together today and speak to them candidly and from the heart,” he said, “explain to them that in many ways, the game is as healthy as it’s ever been. “But also in my view, we as a conference have been hurt by the two institutions that have been involved in NCAA allegations and findings, and that I wanted to let them know that I expected them to lead their programs in a way that wouldn’t put us in that circumstance again.” Fickell addressed concerns involving OSU’s program and stated his desire to move the program forward. “I think from day one, the biggest thing that I’ve tried to do is focus on our leadership as well as trying to pound home the culture that we believe is important in moving our program forward,” Fickell said. Hoke said he does not view the Michigan program as needing to be rebuilt, despite on- and off-the-field troubles. “I don’t think we’re rebuilding, period. I mean, we’re Michigan. We’ve got kids who understand that they’re Michigan,” Hoke said of the state of his program. Delany said that while the Big Ten has never added to the penalties handed down by the NCAA in cases of investigations, the conference has high expectations of their member institutions and that Jim Tressel did not live up to those expectations. “I view us as having fairly high expectations about report and then reveal … I think Jim’s activity was in contravention of that,” he said. While the Big Ten will not change its expectations regarding self-reporting of possible NCAA infractions, Delany said he feels confident that going forward, coaches will live up to his expectations. read more

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Stay at Home Dads I was put through things a mother would

first_imgI AM A father who stayed at home to raise his children. Am I a rare species of man? Yes, because not many men are allowed by society to do this type of thing. But I think it is happening more and more and men just get on with it and don’t want any praise or acknowledgement.To make a long story short I have three beautiful teenage children. I went through a long stressful time in the Family Law Courts trying in vain to get custody of them against all the odds. The facts are that only 1% of fathers who apply for custody get it and many don’t even bother to try because they know the outcome. You could say that I am 1 in a 100 who got custody after going through all the rigours which a mother would never be put through. To make matters worse, my three beautiful children were taken into care by order of the courts before I could apply to have them.I can see the benefits I had a very good public service job which I retired from early in order to be a full-time stay at home Dad. I was lucky that I had the option of retiring early but it was well worth it. I now see the benefits of one parent staying at home and not handing the children over to strangers to rear which, in most cases, is because both parents are out at work –sometimes through necessity and sometimes in order to have a better lifestyle.Children up to the age of 18 years need parental care 24/7. The traditional method in Ireland over the years has been the mother and hence the father was seen as the provider. If the mother was in full-time employment she got maternity leave for a given period and when that ran out in the majority of cases she quit work altogether in order to be there for the children. Nowadays this has a devastating effect when it comes to separation and divorce.A lack of male influence As it turns out, a short time after I got custody of the children their mother sadly passed away and I was left alone to bring up the three children. I think it is fair to say that men are deemed by society not capable of this task and that is why mothers have all the say when it comes to rearing children.The two most important influences on children lives in my opinion are the home situation and initial education; I would say at present mothers account for 95% of rearing the children in the home. National schools in Ireland are 95% female and this has a big influence on children lives in the future. If children are sick for any extended period then everyday carers at a hospital, especially the Children’s Hospital in Ireland, are 95% female.Being ‘the only male’While being a stay-at-home dad is rewarding and very satisfying I find it intimidating at times to be the only male figure on a school board of management or on the school parents association or waiting in the hospital for an appointment for one of my children. Very few fathers put themselves forward for these tasks and maybe it should be encouraged in the same way women are encouraged to go forward for election to councils and the Dail. In all of these situations there needs to be a proper balance and equality based on gender and, of course, ability to do the job.It is perceived by many that men are good at some things and women are good at others. Maybe that’s why men feel themselves they are better at other things and they leave motherhood to mothers. Fatherhood is big for me and I like to think that I am doing a good job.The author of this piece is anonymous to protect the identities of his children. Stay At Home Dads: ‘For now, this is my career. My daughter is my priority.’last_img read more

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Steve ends sevengame drought with brace

Steve ends sevengame drought with brace

first_imgBy Sulayman Bah Striker Bubacarr Trawally yesterday plugged off a brace but his club would still go onto lose in the Chinese Super League.Seventh-placed Guangzhou fired in the opening goal after just eleven minutes ticked but Trawally, whose moniker is Steve, drew matters to a level in the 29th minute.Argentina’s striker Zahavi raced Guangzhou ahead again before later grabbing himself four goals. Things had looked awful at this moment but the Gambian striker tried to liven up his teammates’ spirits by scoring a second goal for Yanbian but the hosts replied strongly on each occasion prior to settling for a final 6-2 win at end of the game.Before yesterday’s goals, Bubacarr had gone seven matches without a goal and his latest feat makes it his sixth of the season in sixteen starts for bottom-placed Yanbian.Elsewhere, Assan Ceesay scored on his debut in the Swiss second tier in Chiasso’s two-all draw.last_img read more

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Chiswick Park introduces spin classes as part of wellbeing initiative

Chiswick Park introduces spin classes as part of wellbeing initiative

first_imgBusiness campus Chiswick Park Enjoy-Work has introduced a series of eight early morning and lunchtime spin classes, free of charge, as part of its ongoing focus on wellbeing in the workplace.Chiswick Park, which is a 1.8 million square foot business campus located in West London, is home to organisations such as QVC, Disney, Starbucks and Danone. It is managed by property management company Enjoy-Work.The programme of spin classes, unveiled on 9 May 2018 and promoted on the community app District Tech, take place on the roof of the tallest building in the park, with a view of the London skyline. The initiative is part of Chiswick Park’s wellbeing week, which ran from 8 to 11 May 2018 and is centred around improving the work-life balance of the 9,000 workers on site.The week has included a range of activities covering multiple aspects of health and wellbeing. These include meditation, sports clubs, health assessments and nutritional workshops.Matt Coulson, chief executive officer of Chiswick Park Enjoy-Work, said: “We want to offer more of [these] opportunities to our guests here at Chiswick Park. We launched our rooftop spin class during our second Wellbeing Focus Week of the year, a week when we help our guest [organisations] support the physical and mental wellbeing of their employees. We strongly believe that people who enjoy work do better work and we want to give them as many occasions as possible to do so.”last_img read more

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