World sailing ‘disappointed’ over Japan dolphin show

first_imgTokyo, Sep 11 (AFP) The world sailing federation voiced disappointment on Tuesday after a dolphin show was held at an Olympic test event near Tokyo, sparking criticism.The dolphin display was part of opening ceremonies for the World Cup series on Enoshima island on Sunday, which hundreds of athletes and officials attended.The event drew criticism, including from British yachtsman Luke Patience, who won a silver medal at the London 2012 games.”Couldn’t be more embarrassed with what I’m witnessing. We are sailors, and apparently a ‘green’ sport,” he wrote on Twitter, with a photo apparently depicting the dolphin show.He later tweeted: “I was shocked when World Sailing took us to a dolphin aquarium for an opening ceremony. As a sport, I hope we can show more morality than this.” World Sailing, the sport’s governing body, said in a statement it was “disappointed” that the opening events included a dolphin display, which animal rights activists say is cruel exploitation.”World Sailing does not condone displays of this nature and apologises for the misjudgement and any offence caused.” They said that all ceremony-related content must be pre-approved, but “no such approval was given nor sought” from the organising committee for the show.”As part of World Sailing’s Sustainability Agenda 2030, there are specific targets linked to marine life,” said the statement.”One of which is to mitigate negative impacts sailing can have on marine cetaceans by 2020 by producing guidance, as necessary, which will be provided to our event partners to ensure this does not happen again.” Japan’s sailing federation also offered an apology, according to local media.advertisement”If there were people who were offended, I’d like to apologise,” said the federation head Hirobumi Kawano.”We should have recognised this as a sensitive issue. We were not careful,” said Kawano, who added that different countries and individuals have different views on the treatment of dolphins.The news came a day after officials said there had been major progress in preparations at Enoshima for Tokyo 2020.A World Sailing official said that they had “really seen a big change” since April when the federation criticised Tokyo 2020 for being behind schedule.The federation said they will gather feedback from the sailors and race officials at the Enoshima regatta to get ready for Tokyo 2020. (AFP) PMSPMSlast_img read more

Dempsey wins MLS Comeback Player of the Year

first_imgMLS Clint Dempsey named MLS Comeback Player of the Year Thomas Floyd @thomasfloyd10 02:21 11/16/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Clint Dempsey MLS Seattle 08122017 Troy Wayrynen MLS Seattle Sounders The Seattle Sounders forward earned the honor after returning from a career-threatening heart condition to score 12 goals this season Seattle Sounders forward Clint Dempsey has been named the 2017 MLS Comeback Player of the Year, the league announced Wednesday.The 34-year-old recorded 12 goals and five assists in 29 matches this season after spending six months on the sidelines with a career-threatening heart condition.Dempsey claimed the honor by earning 18.79 percent of the total vote among players, club technical staffs and media. 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 Columbus Crew playmaker Federico Higuain finished a close second with 18.09 percent of the vote following a resurgent season that saw him compile nine goals and 14 assists.Houston Dynamo striker Erick Torres, Vancouver Whitecaps playmaker Yordy Reyna, Toronto FC center back Drew Moor and New York City FC left back Ben Sweat rounded out the top six.last_img read more

Ohio State’s Interim Coach Reveals The Plan For Tate Martell

first_imgTate Martell at a practice.Ohio State will enter the season with sophomore Dwayne Haskins at starting quarterback after an open competition this past offseason. Tate Martell, a redshirt freshman, will start the year off as the backup.Monday, interim head coach Ryan Day, filling in for Urban Meyer during his suspension, gave a short-but-important update on the plan for Martell. Day says the plan is to play Martell.What does that mean? Martell will likely have a package of plays – or perhaps he’ll get a series or two against Oregon State. If the Buckeyes take a commanding lead early, perhaps he’ll even get more time.Martell redshirted last year, so there’s no sense in keeping him off the field – unless it’s determined that the Buckeyes are better off with Haskins taking every snap. But as we’ve seen over the years, starting the season as Ohio State’s backup doesn’t necessarily mean you aren’t going to get time.Ryan Day officially names Dwayne Haskins Ohio State’s starting quarterback, but says “the plan is to play Tate [Martell].”— Eleven Warriors (@11W) August 27, 2018Ohio State will start its season against Oregon State. Meyer’s full-on suspension runs through that game. For the next two weeks, Meyer will be allowed to coach practice. But he won’t be on the field to see his team take on either Rutgers or TCU.The Buckeyes, per usual, are considered a national title contender this season. Last year, they won the Big Ten but finished just out of the running for a College Football Playoff spot.Ohio State takes on Oregon State on September 1.last_img read more

Pele is ‘thirsty for new goals’ after hospital release

first_img Indo-Asian News Service Rio de JaneiroApril 17, 2019UPDATED: April 17, 2019 12:41 IST Football legend Pele did a couple of stints in the hospital to deal with urinary infection and kidney problems (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSPele is ready to pursue “new goals” after his hospital stay due to urinary infection and kidney problemThe football legend underwent surgery to remove a kidney stonePele has suffered a series of health issues in recent yearsBrazil football great Pele has said he is ready to pursue “new goals” after 13 days in hospital with a urinary tract infection and kidney problem.”My dear friends. I’m happy to be able to write again to let you know that I’m fine,” Pele said on Twitter on Tuesday, Xinhua reported.Pele was admitted to a hospital in France on April 2 after suffering from fever during an event with Paris Saint-Germain and France forward Kylian Mbappe.The 78-year-old travelled back to Brazil last Monday but was immediately taken to Sao Paulo’s Albert Einstein hospital, where he underwent surgery to remove a kidney stone. He was discharged on Monday.”I would like to thank the medical staff of Albert Einstein Hospital, and especially you, for the prayers and positive energy. I’m back on the field, thirsty for new goals in life,” he added.Pele, the only player to win the World Cup three times, has suffered from a series of health issues in recent years, including prostate problems and complications from hip replacement surgery.Also Read | Pele hospitalised in Paris with urinary infection, condition not life-threateningAlso Read | Brazil football legend Pele says he feels ‘so much better’ after French hospital treatmentAlso Watch | India name 15-man squad for 2019 Cricket World CupFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byRoshni Tags :Follow Football legendFollow hospital stayFollow Pele Pele is ‘thirsty for new goals’ after hospital releaseBrazilian football legend Pele spent 13 days in hospital with a urinary tract infection and kidney problem, and is now eager to get back to life.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

Oceana Hotel to be Sold to NHF for $350 Million

first_imgCabinet has approved the sale of the Oceana Hotel complex to the National Health Fund (NHF) for $350 million.The Ministry of Health will continue to occupy the building, which will be rehabilitated, to provide an improved environment for Ministry staff and the public.Minister with responsibility for Information, Senator the Hon. Sandrea Falconer, in making the announcement at the weekly Jamaica House press briefing on Wednesday, March 20, said the building is in need of significant repairs, mainly to the roof and the air conditioning system.The property was advertised for sale in 2008 and 2009, and again in 2012, at which time the NHF expressed an interest in acquiring the building.Chairman of the NHF, Sterling Soares, said the roof refurbishing will be put to tender soon, with the work expected to begin by mid-year, and completed within six months.He said the plan is for the building to be used for other purposes, such as housing on two to three floors, and commercial activities on the ground floor.Mr. Soares noted that the Ministry is also looking to house a medical facility at the location.The Oceana Hotel was opened in 1977 with 388 rooms, and the building was modified in 1996, and leased to the Ministry in 1997.By Alphea Saunders, JIS Reporterlast_img read more

So many other Tinas out there Caregiver calls for changes to curb

first_imgWINNIPEG – The woman who raised a teen girl found dead in a river after she kept returning to the streets wants changes to Manitoba child welfare to prevent chronic runaways from ending up in grave danger.Kids who run away constantly while in government care have become a recurring problem due to finite provincial resources and strict limitations under federal law.Tina Fontaine was being exploited and had repeatedly run away from hotel rooms and a Winnipeg youth shelter in the weeks before her death in August 2014. She was last seen walking away from a hotel room where she had been housed.Her body, wrapped in a duvet cover and weighed down by rocks, was found in the Red River after she rejected pleas from a social worker to stay in for the night.“I don’t know what else we can do to keep a child like Tina (safe) — and there are so many other Tinas out there that just keep running,” said Thelma Favel, Tina’s great-aunt, who raised the girl on the Sagkeeng First Nation.“I wish there was something they could do to keep them safe — maybe a placement where they’re not allowed to leave, for a period of time anyway, just to get some kind of counselling for them to show them what could happen to them out there.”The Youth Criminal Justice Act forbids placing kids in custody as a way to protect them. People can be locked up for a few days in facilities for severe drug addiction or extreme mental-health crises, but locking kids up in a foster or group home is forbidden.In Manitoba, there are group homes deemed “semi-secure” that have extensive monitoring and programming, but the goal is a quick transition to more freedom.Manitoba’s children’s advocate, Daphne Penrose, suggested there is a need for high-security placements in some cases.“I believe there is a place for children who are so exploited and on the risk of imminent danger when they are out, those kids need help until they can make safe decisions for themselves,” she said.Penrose, whose office is investigating what services were provided to Tina, said kids who are running away are often not doing so voluntarily.“You’re dealing with kids who oftentimes owe people money or are threatened to get out there to work … or their pimps are making them work,” she said.“If you don’t see it from that perspective … then you see them as chronically running away because they want to leave, and that’s not the case.”She said mental-health supports and addictions treatment must be improved and there needs to be a crackdown on child exploitation.The issue of runaways was highlighted in a recent inquest report into the death of an Indigenous teen who hanged herself in a jail after spending her life in care. She had run away from 14 foster placements and was being sexually exploited. Her identity is protected under a court-ordered publication ban.The inquest report by provincial court Judge Shauna Hewitt-Michta said the girl was forced to work in the sex trade by a gang and “repeatedly ran from foster placements, including a specialized placement in Winnipeg for sexually exploited youth, to resume work in the sex trade.”After she took her own life, one of the men who exploited her was sentenced to 15 years in prison for filming child pornography and running an underage prostitution ring.Cora Morgan, the First Nations family advocate for the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs, said there are other reasons kids want to run away.“When they come into care, they’re taken from everything they know — their home, their family, their friends, their school. Every connection that they have in the world, they lose all of it.”Manitoba Families Minister Scott Fielding said the provincial government is working to reform child welfare, in part by focusing more on supporting families before children are apprehended.“We believe better assessments and earlier planning will result in less children in care and shorter duration in care,” Fielding said in a written statement.last_img read more

Mother of child who died angry antivaccine page used girls image on

first_imgST. JOHN’S, N.L. — The mother of a young Newfoundland girl who died last summer is furious her daughter’s altered image was used online as part of an anti-vaccination campaign.She has screenshots showing someone posted on a Facebook page an image of Nevaeh Denine’s face, with text claiming her death was related to vaccines.The girl, who was diagnosed with neuroblastoma at an early age, was well known in Newfoundland and Labrador for starting a lemonade stand to raise money for children with cancer.Holly Denine learned about the falsified image of her daughter late last week and urged friends and family to do all they could to eliminate it and prevent it from being shared on social media.Denine says her daughter used social media to raise thousands of dollars for sick children before her death last August, shortly after she turned nine.She says she had worried that someone might exploit her daughter’s photo to raise money.“I always feared it would be used for GoFundMe or something like that,” she said. “So this really took me off guard.”Denine said vaccination can be essential, especially for children whose immune systems are weakened, and she says she’s angry her child was used to spread false information about vaccines.A spokesperson for Facebook said in an email the social media company is looking into the incident.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Sri Lankan Navy Commander holds talks with Indian Navy

Smt Sandya Ranasinghe interacted with the Committee Members and ladies of the Navy Wives Welfare Association (NWWA) (Eastern Region) that was conducted around various NWWA facilities by Mrs Meena Pawar, President NWWA (ER). On Friday, the Commander-in-Chief hosted a dinner in honour of the visiting Admiral. The delegation was briefed on the activities of the Commander and also visited the indigenously built state of the art stealth frigate INS Satpura, INS Vishwakarma, a premier training establishment which is the alma-mater for Naval Architects and the Naval Dockyard, Visakhapatnam. Vice Admiral Sirimevan Ranasinghe, Commander of the Sri Lanka Navy (SLN) accompanied by Mrs Sandya Ranasinghe and a four member delegation arrived in Visakhapatnam, India on a three-day visit to the Eastern Naval Command (ENC), the UNI news agency reported..According to an ENC Spokesman, during the visit, Vice Admiral Sirimevan Ranasinghe interacted with Vice Admiral Karambir Singh, PVSM, AVSM, Flag Officer Commander-in-Chief, ENC and held discussions on issues of common interest. The relationship between India and Sri Lanka is more than 2,500 years old. Both countries have a legacy of intellectual, cultural, religious and linguistic interaction.In recent years, the relationship has been marked by close contacts at all levels. Navy to Navy cooperation between Sri Lanka and India has been traditionally strong, encompassing a wide canvas which includes operational interactions through Training, Port Calls, and Passage Exercises. The SLINEX series of bilateral maritime exercises between SL Navy and IN initiated in 2005 has over the years helped both Navies in understanding each other’s procedures and further enhanced interoperability which has always been high on account of the large training support provided by the IN to SLN. Vice Admiral Ranasinghe too, is an alumnus of the National Defence College, New Delhi.The Defence Services Staff College, Wellington and the Anti-Submarine Warfare School, Kochi. SLN Ships Samudura and Suranimala participated in the recently concluded biennial maritime exercise MILAN-18 held at Port Blair from 06 Mar to 13 Mar 2018 while SLN Sayura is expected to make port at Visakhapatnam shortly. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Regulatory commission to be established for threewheelers

A regulatory commission is to be established for three-wheelers in Sri Lanka, Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera said today.Speaking at a media briefing at the Finance Ministry today, Samaraweera said that a draft proposal to establish the regulatory commission has been sent to the Attorney General’s Department. (Colombo Gazette)

Discovery entamera sa dernière mission le 24 février

first_imgDiscovery entamera sa dernière mission le 24 févrierLa Nasa vient de fixer une nouvelle date pour le départ de Discovery, qui doit effectuer sa dernière mission cette année. Après de nombreux reports, la navette devrait finalement se diriger vers l’espace le 24 février prochain. Le vol ultime de la navette Discovery a été reporté plusieurs fois depuis le mois de novembre. Il y a d’abord eu une fuite d’hydrogène, décelée sur le principal réservoir de l’orbiteur. Puis, une fissure de 51 centimètres de long a été découverte sur la mousse isolante et plusieurs craquelures sur des arceaux d’aluminium renforcé. Il y a deux semaines, quatre craquelures supplémentaires avaient été découvertes grâce à une radiographie scanner du réservoir externe de la navette effectuée dans le hangar d’assemblage au Centre spatial Kennedy.Aujourd’hui, l’agence spatiale américaine assure avoir résolu ces problèmes. Le décollage de Discovery est donc prévu pour le 24 février, en espérant que de nouvelles craquelures ou fissures n’apparaissent pas d’ici là sur la navette.Par ailleurs, suite à ces incidents la Nasa a décidé d’effectuer des contrôles sur le réservoir d’une autre navette : Endeavour. Son décollage devrait donc être reporté du 1er au 18 avril 2011. Le 12 janvier 2011 à 12:46 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Les écologistes fustigent le manque de sécurité des plateformes offshore

first_imgLes écologistes fustigent le manque de sécurité des plateformes offshore La fuite de la plateforme Elgin du groupe Total relance le débat sur la sécurité des forages offshore. Comme le constatent les écologistes, le désastre de la marée noire dans le golfe du Mexique n’a rien changé au mode d’exploitation du pétrole offshore. Les écologistes sont en colère. Malgré la catastrophe de 2010, l’explosion de la plateforme Deepwater Horizon du groupe BP, les règles de sécurité des exploitations d’hydrocarbures offshore n’ont toujours pas changé. “Bien que jugé à ce stade ‘minime’ quant à son impact sur l’environnement, ce nouvel accident conforte la position des écologistes à vouloir faire adopter un cadre réglementaire européen plus sévère pour ces activités à haut risque”, a indiqué Sandrine Bélier, députée européenne écologiste, dans un communiqué.À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?Bien que le Parlement européen ait adopté en octobre 2011 un rapport sur le renforcement des règles d’exploitation offshore, la mer du Nord reste «une des zones les plus exposées en Europe à la pollution des grandes industries d’extraction et d’exploration pétrolière et gazière», rappelle l’eurodéputée. Les règles de sécurité «ne sont pas suffisamment fortes» et des puits de secours auraient dû être construits à côté des puits principaux, indique Anne Valette, chargée de campagne Energie chez Greenpeace.Greenpeace rappelle également les déclarations que Total avait faites en 2010 après la catastrophe dans le golfe du Mexique : le groupe s’était “targué d’avoir des installations sûres”. Finalement, comme le souligne l’association écologiste, Total ne vaut pas mieux que BP. Un point de vue partagé par l’association Robin des Bois qui a déclaré que Total «tient le même discours» et montre “la même impuissance” que BP.La fondation Surfrider, elle, livre des chiffres alarmants. “La fuite, dont se sont échappées 23 tonnes de gaz en 48 heures, a engendré un nuage visible à 11 km à la ronde. Une nappe d’hydrocarbures d’environ 12 kilomètre carrés s’est formée autour de l’installation”, rapporte La fondation précise que “le gaz échappé de la plateforme comporte une forte proportion de sulfure d’hydrogène et de dioxyde de carbone qui le rend très inflammable et toxique”.Le 29 mars 2012 à 19:00 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Missing Cello Returned All Strings Attached

first_img Updated: 9:12 PM KUSI Newsroom, 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Last week, a one-of-a-kind cello belonging to the famous musician John Walz went missing from his hotel room.RELATED STORY- Rare $100,000 cello stolen from Mission Valley hotel roomThe 100 thousand dollar instrument was then found by another musician in Downtown San Diego on Friday night.The Chula Vista man who found it saw the instrument lying under a bush and took it home, not knowing the backstory.His mother said she recognized the cello and found a way to reach John. When he found out, he made sure to get the cello back to Walz without a scratch. Missing Cello Returned, All Strings Attached August 13, 2018center_img KUSI Newsroom Posted: August 13, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News, Trending FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Ryan Reynolds leaks entire Detective Pikachu movie online

first_imgWarner Bros. Pictures Ryan Reynolds, world class troll and part-time actor, just posted the entire Detective Pikachu movie on the internet. Nice try, Reynolds. (-_^)  Um…. Attn @DetPikachuMovie @warnerbros— Ryan Reynolds (@VancityReynolds) May 7, 2019 Pokemon: Detective Pikachu is scheduled to open in theaters worldwide on May 10.CNET’s Sean Keane contributed to this report.First published May 7 at 3:43 p.m. PT.Update May 9 at 7:29 a.m. PT: Adds dancing Pikachu Twitter account. Not gonna lie — this kinda rules.The best part: the account that leaked the “film” seems to have been created solely for this purpose this month. What an OBVIOUS PLANT, Reynolds. Come on, we all know you can troll better than that. It’s inspired a Twitter account too — you can watch Pikachu getting down to Lady Gaga, Smash Mouth, the Game of Thrones intro music and a spoilery moment from Avengers: Infinity War. Of course, one really stands out from the crowd. Comments Never Gonna Give You Up – Rick AstleyRequested by: @_EmmaLoves_— PKCHU DANCING TO (@PKCHUDANCING) May 9, 2019 Share your voice Now playing: Watch this: 2:24 Pokemon Go Game of Thrones The Avengers New trailer drops for Detective Pikachu Tags 6 Surely he’ll claim he was just retweeting the account that leaked the movie to boost visibility, but the fact remains the world has now seen the Pokemon movie — and can likely confirm it’s more adorable than expected. Here, check it out for yourself: 2019 movies to geek out over TV and Movies Online 77 Photoslast_img read more

Facebook mistakenly deleted Mark Zuckerbergs old posts

first_imgA 3D plastic representation of the Facebook logo is seen in this photo illustration May 13, 2015.Reuters file [Representational Image]In a bizarre incident, social networking giant Facebook has said that it “mistakenly deleted” CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s old posts, some of them dating back to 2007 and 2008.A spokesperson from the company reportedly said many of Zuckerberg’s old posts about Facebook can still be found on the company’s blog and in its newsroom.”A few years ago some of Mark’s posts were mistakenly deleted due to technical errors. The work required to restore them would have been extensive and not guaranteed to be successful so we didn’t do it,” CNET quoted a Facebook spokesperson as saying on Friday.The spokesperson added that they didn’t know how many total posts were deleted.The total number of vanished posts could be significantly higher, as the very nature of the issue makes it extremely difficult to make a full accounting of what exactly has gone missing over the years.”These disappearances, along with other changes Facebook has made to how it saves its archive of announcements and blog posts, make it much harder to parse the social network’s historical record.”This makes it far more difficult to hold the company, and Zuckerberg himself, accountable to past statements — particularly during a period of intense scrutiny of the company in the wake of a string of scandals,” the Business Insider said.last_img read more

Sanjay Dutt doesnt want to get involved in daughter Trishalas life

first_imgSanjay Dutt, Trishala DuttInstagramWhile we all lauded Raj Kumar Hirani’s attempt at showing us some of the unknown aspects of Sanjay Dutt’s life through his biopic – Sanju, we were all left a bit surprised when Trishala didn’t feature in the movie. Trishala, who is Sanjay Dutt’s daughter from his first marriage with Richa Sharma, was not mentioned even once in the movie.Recently, Trishala Dutt spoke her heart out on the death of her Italian boyfriend. While many prayed for her boyfriend, Sanjay Dutt remained absent from the list of those who offered their condolences. Announcing her boyfriend’s death, Trishala had written, “My heart is broken. Thank You for loving me, protecting me, and taking care of me. You have made me the happiest I’ve ever been in my life. I’m the luckiest girl in the world to have met you and beyond blessed to have been yours. You will live in me for eternity. I love you and I will miss you. Until we meet again. Forever yours, xo your Bella Mia.”On Sanjay Dutt’s 60th birthday, his timeline was flooded with adorable wishes from family members, industry friends and fans. But, Trishala chose to not wish the actor. At least, not on social media. A Deccan Chronicle report says that Sanjay Dutt has taken this conscious decision to stay away from Trishala and her life. The report says, “It seems Sanju has shut the door on Trishala. They don’t communicate at all. He has zero knowledge of what goes in her life. There is no connect, direct or indirect, between them.”Earlier, Mahesh Manjrekar had also hinted at Trishala’s omission from the biopic Sanju. He had said, “I have seen Sanju, and it is a well-made commercial film. However, it left a lot unexplored. I would have directed it with a different approach.”last_img read more

The EU Data Privacy Regulation Vexing Mark Zuckerberg Is a Huge Opportunity

first_img Enroll Now for Free This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. 6 min read Odds are, your personal data was stolen in the past year. With more than 87 million Facebook profiles breached in the now infamous Cambridge Analytica debacle and 145 million credit profiles stolen in the Equifax breach, well over half of Americans are recent victims of data theft. (Of course, you might have been hacked in both breaches, not just one.)During the recent congressional grilling of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, there was much discussion of regulation to strengthen data privacy in the US. While this would no doubt represent a step forward, the reality is that there is already a sweeping suite of data privacy regulation that will go into effect on May 25th, 2018 known as General Data Protection Regulations or GDPR. While the regulation comes from the EU, it will — contrary to popular belief — effect tens of thousands of US-based companies. Zuckerberg himself was grilled on GDPR and, in a revealing candid shot taken of his notes, indicated that Facebook is not yet GDPR compliant.Becoming GDPR compliant requires meaningful investment, but failing to do so could jeopardize your customer relationships while doing so efficiently will help you pull ahead of competitors. Bottom line: GDPR compliance can provide meaningful competitive advantage from a marketing and customer relationship perspective whether required for your startup or not.Disclosure time: I am not a lawyer. I thought about getting a JD once and even bought an LSAT prep book but that’s as close as I came. The advice below is distilled from discussions with lawyers and startup CEOs.Related: The New EU General Data Protection Regulation: Big Data Protection Gets PersonalWhat is GDPR?GDPR is focused on data that can, directly or indirectly, identify an EU resident. It imposes a series of requirements on companies involved with the processing of such data, whether they are controlling the use of that data or merely acting on behalf of another. Here’s a substantive but digestible summary from a British law firm.There are a variety of fairly sweeping provisions around consent, right to erasure, data governance and more which will require significant changes for most startups that are affected by GDPR. Which leads us to the critical question: which startups should care about GDPR?Many CEOs I’ve spoken with think GDPR only applies to EU-based companies. This is not the case. The regulations are “extra-territorial,” meaning they can apply to companies involved with the processing of EU personal data in the context of marketing goods or services and/or monitoring EU individuals, regardless of where they’re based.But the new regulations don’t stop there. They also have “pass-through” components, which means that any company which processes EU data must have a fully GDPR-compliant tech stack. So if you’re a startup based in the US which only serves US-based customers, but some of those customers process EU data, you very well may need to demonstrate GDPR compliance. The GDPR sets out penalties of up to 20 million Euros or 4 percent of global revenue (whichever is higher) for relevant infringements, and regulators with their increased enforcement powers show a keen urge to use them.But potential fines are likely not the most compelling reason for startups to invest in compliance efforts.The most compelling reason for startups to invest in GDPR compliance is to build a competitive moat, allowing them to serve customers who demand compliance and box out competitors who can’t. Over the past six months, I have heard from a growing chorus of startup CEOs whose customers have asked them to demonstrate GDPR compliance. This wave may accelerate after May, particularly for startups that serve more enterprise-level customers. The startups that invest in compliance now will be best positioned to drive a wedge between themselves and competitors in terms of addressable market.Related: A ‘Wait and See’ approach for GDPR Is Going to Be Pricey for U.S. Organizations Doing Business With the E.U.How do startups get compliant?GDPR is a body of regulations which will be applied and interpreted to a specific situation. There is no binary “have it or not” certification program. There is no stamp of approval provided by a third party governing body indicating compliance. As such, startups have to use judgment to determine when they have invested sufficiently to become compliant.The North Star here is, listen to your customers. They will ask for specific items to demonstrate compliance and you should invest to get ahead of those requests. Don’t fall into the trap of over-investing in expensive resources you may not need. Open, ongoing dialogue with customers will help you determine appropriate investment levels, which may change over time as regulation and enforcement evolve.The first step to GDPR complians is assigning an internal champion. This role is played by a variety of functions at startups, from general counsels to product leads. A growing number of startups are hiring compliance leads and justifying the expense in the name of competitive differentiation. Regardless of who it is, a teammate has to have GDPR compliance as a key performance objective. Tiffany Morris Palazzo, general counsel and VP of Global Privacy at Lotame, puts it well: “It’s a mistake in this day and age to not have someone internally who is tasked with thinking about privacy. It doesn’t have to be a lawyer. It does have to be someone with strong accountability.”Step two is conducting an assessment of current compliance. There are a variety of assessment tools out there, from entirely self-guided to full-suite service providers. This guide from the UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office is the best assessment overview I’ve come across.If you’re looking for external assessment help, be careful with your selection. There is a plethora of GDPR consultants touting any number of services. Often, they are accustomed to dealing with larger companies and don’t have experience applying GDPR to startups. Further, their incentives are generally aligned with selling more services, so if you go down that path, you’re likely to end up with porridge that’s too hot and a bank account that’s too low. If you decide to hire legal help, work with a lawyer who has both GDPR and startup experience.The key to any assessment and compliance strategy is documentation. You need to assemble a clearly labeled packet of all of the efforts you’ve taken toward compliance. This should be in whichever format you find your customers most commonly asking for. Remember, since there is no GDPR certification document, it’s up to you to convince your customers that you are compliant.While these regulations are likely not what startup CEOs dreamed they’d be spending their time on in 2018, those that do it well will build a competitive moat allowing them to serve customers their competitors can’t. In a world of increasing startup competition, GDPR could be a blessing in disguise. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. April 30, 2018 Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Nowlast_img read more

Venezuela officially joins Mercosur trade bloc

first_img Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Sponsored Stories Associated PressBRASILIA, Brazil (AP) – Venezuela was officially welcomed into the Mercosur trade bloc Tuesday, giving that nation’s leader Hugo Chavez a long-awaited political prize and strengthening links among the region’s agricultural and energy powerhouses.The inclusion of Venezuela also deepens a political rift within the South American trade group. Paraguay, which long blocked Venezuela’s entry, remains temporarily suspended from the bloc in response to the congressional ouster of that nation’s president. Comments   Share   “Venezuela’s entry increases the potential of the bloc, giving it greater geopolitical and global economic dimensions,” said Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff, noting that Venezuela’s has one of the globe’s largest proven oil reserves, adding energy might to the trade union. “Mercosur is beginning a phase, now we’ve expanded from Patagonia to the Caribbean.”Chavez said Mercosur “is without a doubt the biggest engine that exists to preserve our independence and accelerate our overall development.”Rousseff hosted Argentina’s President Cristina Fernandez and Uruguay’s Jose Mujica along with Chavez for the one-day Mercosur meeting in Brasilia.Venezuela had been an associate member of Mercosur, like Bolivia, Chile, Colombia and Peru. Chavez had been trying to get full status for years, but was blocked because Paraguay’s legislature wouldn’t vote to allow Venezuela in.The full members of Mercosur have veto rights over decisions the bloc makes.Paraguay’s former leader Fernando Lugo was impeached by the country’s Congress in June in a fast-track trial triggered by a land eviction that killed 17 people in clashes between police and landless peasants. At a Mercosur summit in Argentina last month, Fernandez told other heads of state that the “democratic order was broken” in Paraguay because it carried out a two-hour trial where Lugo was not allowed a proper defense.The full members then decided to suspend Paraguay from Mercosur until it holds presidential elections next year.Mercosur has barred Lugo’s replacement, former Vice President Federico Franco, from attending meetings of the trade bloc. Franco has said the transition of power in Paraguay was carried out according to the law.With Paraguay suspended, Kirchner and Rousseff quickly moved to push Venezuela’s entry into the Mercosur.Kirchner lauded the addition of Venezuela and its oil riches to the trade bloc.“The addition of Venezuela completes the equation of what will be the 21st century _ energy, minerals, food, science and technology,” said the Argentine leader.While in Brazil, Chavez and Rousseff formalized an airplane deal that was previously announced but not detailed.Venezuela’s state-run Conviasa airlines will purchase up to 20 Brazilian-made Embraer planes in a deal that could be worth $900 million.The contract calls for Conviasa to purchase outright six E-190 planes for $270 million. The deal includes options to buy 14 more of the same model later. Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Top Stories center_img New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finishes Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home Embraer said in a statement that the first planes to be delivered to Conviasa will be configured to carry 104 passengers.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) 4 must play golf courses in Arizonalast_img read more

2 Egyptian fishermen killed by Tunisian navy

first_img Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day 4 sleep positions for men and what they mean Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Comments   Share   Patients with chronic pain give advice Tunisia says the Egyptian vessels failed to comply with orders to stop and so were fired upon.The Monday statement said Tunisian authorities have repeatedly warned Egypt against the “infiltration” of Egyptian fishing boats in Tunisian territorial waters.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion projectcenter_img Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) – Authorities say a Tunisian naval vessel fired upon Egyptian fishermen who were illegally in Tunisian waters, killing two and wounding two others.The Tunisian defense ministry says the incident occurred Sunday, after 10 Egyptian boats were intercepted off Tunisia’s southern Kerkennah islands.The ministry’s statement, released via the official news agency TAP, said the Egyptian boats were engaged in “dangerous maneuvers” but did not specify what type of maneuvers. Sponsored Stories Top Stories The difference between men and women when it comes to painlast_img read more

House President says Egypt and Cyprus maintain excellent relations

first_imgPresident of the House of Representatives Demetris Syllouris said on Monday that the inauguration of a new cathedral for the Coptic Orthodox Church and one of the region’s largest mosques, by President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi in the new administrative capital east of Cairo, is of significant importance.“The acceptance of the formal invitation of the Government of Egypt and my presence there underscores the excellent relations we have with Egypt, relations that contribute to the stability and peace in our wider area” said Syllouris in a written statement.CNAYou May LikePlarium I Vikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 minute and see why everyone is addictedPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GameUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoYahoo SearchBack Pain Treatments That Might Surprise You. Search For Back Pain TreatmentsYahoo SearchUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)UndoThree arrested in connection with hotel theftsUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more