Beijing rebukes Aussie lawmaker for warning of China threat

first_imgCanberra: An Australian government lawmaker has been rebuked by Beijing for warning that China threatens to diminish Australia’s sovereignty and freedoms. Conservative Liberal Party lawmaker Andrew Hastie’s column published on Thursday in The Age newspaper in which he drew parallels between China and Nazi Germany has been described in the media as the strongest condemnation of China by any member of Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s coalition. Hastie is a former Special Air Service officer who chairs an influential parliamentary intelligence and security committee. The Chinese Embassy in Canberra said in a statement they “strongly deplore” Hastie’s commentary “which lays bare his Cold War mentality and ideological bias.” Morrison separated his government’s policy from Hastie’s views, saying that the lawmaker is not a member of his Cabinet.last_img read more

Bahamas Represented at African Caribbean and Pacific States Culture Ministers Meeting

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Belgium, November 14, 2017 – Brussels –Photo1  –  (From Left) Director of Culture Rowena Poitier Sutherland, Minister of Youth, Sports, and Culture the Hon. Michael C. Pintard, Secretary-General of the African, Caribbean, and Pacific Group of States (ACP Group) Dr. Patrick Gomes, and Assistant Secretary-General (Political Affairs and Human Development) Ambassador Léonard-Emile Ognimba pose with a commemorative copy of  “From Georgetown to Sipopo and Beyond: The African, Caribbean and Pacific Group at 40,” during the recent 4th Meeting of ACP Ministers of Culture, held in Brussels, Belgium.  (MOYSC Photo)Photo 2BRUSSELS, Belgium — Minister of Youth, Sports, and Culture the Hon. Michael C. Pintard (left) is pictured with Secretary-General of the African, Caribbean, and Pacific Group of States (ACP Group) Dr. Patrick Gomes, after receiving a commemorative copy of“From Georgetown to Sipopo and Beyond: The African, Caribbean and Pacific Group at 40,” during the recent 4th Meeting of ACP Ministers of Culture, held in Brussels, Belgium.  (MOYSC Photo) Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:center_img Header photoBRUSSELS, Belgium — Minister of Youth, Sports, and Culture the Hon. Michael C. Pintard during the recent 4th Meeting of African, Caribbean, and Pacific Group of States (ACP) Ministers of Culture, held in Brussels, Belgium.  (MOYSC Photo)last_img read more

Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo EV confirmed for late 2020 launch

first_img Electric Cars Sports Cars Future Cars Porsche Mission E Cross Turismo in the real world Porsche Review • 2019 Porsche Cayenne review: The enthusiast’s SUV More about 2019 Porsche Cayenne 2018 Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid Sport Turismo: A mighty, frugal wagon 2019 Porsche Cayenne S review: The sporting life Tags Post a comment 2019 Porsche Cayenne Turbo review: The performance SUV par excellence More From Roadshow Share your voice Porsche’s annual press conference in Stuttgart was, in part, a celebration of the past year’s developments. But it also confirmed yet another piece in Porsche’s puzzle of future products, too.Porsche confirmed on Friday, as part of its annual press conference, that the Taycan Cross Turismo has been cleared for production at the end of 2020, which would put its debut about a year after the standard Taycan’s debut this coming September. Porsche first confirmed Cross Turismo production last October, but it hadn’t clarified a date at that point.In all likelihood, the Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo will share the Taycan’s powertrain, with its electric motors putting out approximately 600 horsepower. It should reach 62 miles per hour in about 3.5 seconds, although the taller, bulkier body of the Cross Turismo may tack an extra tenth or two onto that figure. As for range, it’s estimated to be around the 300-mile mark, but that will likely change once the EPA tests it, as its estimates are usually slightly lower than its European counterpart.Enlarge ImageWhile the Cross Turismo is a little SUV-ish, it shouldn’t get in the way of Porsche’s future electric SUVs. There’s a place for everything in its next-gen lineup. Porsche Along with the Taycan that precedes it, the Taycan Cross Turismo is part of Porsche’s plan to electrify its lineup in the coming years. At Porsche’s press conference, chairman Oliver Blume said that, by 2025, more than half of all Porsche vehicles will be available with an electric motor. In addition to both Taycan variants, Porsche has also confirmed that the next-generation Macan will go electric, as well.Given that the Taycan Cross Turismo could be seen as a quasi-SUV of sorts, Porsche doesn’t feel there will be any overlap between it and the upcoming electric Macan. “The Cross Turismo concept is basically a more lifestyle-ish interpretation of the Taycan,” said Detlev von Platen, Porsche’s board member in charge of sales and marketing, in an interview with Roadshow on the sidelines of the conference. “It’s not directly targeting the SUV market.”Despite nobody seeing its production form yet, Porsche is already facing some serious demand for its first purely battery-electric vehicle. Earlier in March, Porsche announced that it identified more than 20,000 people with serious interest in the car, enough to force the company to double its first-year production from 20,000 vehicles to 40,000. It will be built in Zuffenhausen, where Porsche manufactures its 911 and 718 lineups, with its own dedicated assembly and paint facilities. Preview • 2019 Porsche Cayenne: A stronger foundation 53 Photos 0 Porschelast_img read more

Telugu blockbuster Ninnu Kori to get a Tamil remake here are the

first_imgNinnu KoriNinnu Kori is a classic, worth a watch, Telugu film. The Nani, Nivetha Thomas and Aadi Pinisetty starrer marks the directorial debut of Shiva Nirvana. The film is a blockbuster and is a game-changer for both Nani and Nivetha.This romantic entertainer is now all set to get a remake in Tamil. Speculations have been rife that the makers have been in talks for a while. It has finally been confirmed that film is on cards.The film is reportedly going to have Atharva Murali and Anupama Parameswaran in the lead roles. Cosmo Kiran has bought the remake rights of this film. This is their first collaboration of the actors together.  TwitterAadi Pinisetty plays the second male lead in the original version. For the remake actor Vaibhav, son of producer Kodandarami Reddy, is reportedly in talks. Although, nothing has been finalised yet. However, because Aadi Pinisetty has his own market in Tamil cinema, it would be nice if he plays the same role once again.Tamil makkale! Back on Twitter to announce some nice news. Started shooting a Tamil movie today after a long break from the industry. Makes me feel happy to be back!! NINNU KORI Tamil remake with Atharvaa & Anupama ???? reprising the same role I did in Telugu.— Vidyu Raman (@VidyuRaman) August 5, 2019 TwitterActress Vidyulekha Raman took to Twitter to share the news that she is a part of the remake and will be playing the same role which she has played in the Telugu version. The remake of this film is definitely good news to all the Ninnu Kori fans and makers are pretty sure that it will attract the audience.The film is yet to get an official launch and is expected to go on floors pretty soon.last_img read more

Oikya Front cancels press briefing

first_imgJatiya Oikya FrontJatiya Oikyo Front has cancelled its press briefing scheduled to be held at the Jatiya Press Club at 12:00pm on Monday, reports UNB.The schedule of the press briefing will be announced later, said Amin Ansari, a leader of the Oikya Front ally Gano Forum.Besides, a meeting of BNP standing committee members will be held at 4:00pm while the party will hold another meeting with 20-party at 6pm, said Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) chairperson’s media wing member Sairul Kabir Khan .last_img

Facebook files a lawsuit against South Korean data analytics firm Rankwave for

first_imgOn Friday, Facebook revealed that it has filed a lawsuit against a South Korean data analytics firm, Rankwave claiming that it is unlawfully using its app data for personal marketing and advertising while not adhering to Facebook’s data policies. Facebook further stated that Rankwave failed to cooperate with the compliance audit, which Facebook says it requires from all developers using their platform. The lawsuit was filed in a California superior court in San Mateo County claims that Rankwave operated minimum 30 apps through Facebook’s platform and used “Facebook data in order to market and sell its own services, specifically tools used by various customers and businesses to track Facebook interactions such as likes and comments on their pages”. Rankwave also apparently misused data taken in by its own consumer app, called “Rankwave App”, for checking one’s social media ‘influencer score’. The app “could pull data about your Facebook activity such as location check-ins, determine that you’ve checked into a baseball stadium, and then Rankwave could help its clients target you with ads for baseball tickets”, TechCrunch reports. The lawsuit also mentions that the RankWave App stopped operating on the Facebook Platform around about March 30, 2018. On January 17, 2019, Facebook sent a written request for information (“RFI”) to Rankwave that requested proof that Rankwave was in compliance with its contractual obligations under Facebook’s Policies and TOS. Moreover, they also wanted to determine the Facebook data Rankwave were used to sell advertising and marketing, including whether any user data had been impacted. Rankwave did not respond to Facebook’s RFI, nor to an email, which reminded them that their response to the RFI was due on January 31, 2019. On February 13, 2019, Facebook sent Rankwave a Cease and desist letter (C&D Letter) which informed Rankwave that it had violated and continued to violate the platform policies, including Policy 7.9, by failing to provide proof of compliance with Facebook’s Platform Policies and TOS. Facebook Platform Policy, Section 7.9 states: “[Facebook] or an independent auditor acting on our behalf may audit your app, systems, and records to ensure your use of Platform and data you receive from us is safe and complies with our Terms, and that you’ve complied with our requests and requests from people who use Facebook to delete user data obtained through our Platform. If requested, you must provide proof that your app complies with our terms.” According to the lawsuit, in an email response on February 19, 2019, Rankwave ignored the demands in the C&D letter, including the audit request. It also claimed that it had not had access to any of its Facebook apps since 2018. Jessica Romero, Facebook’s Director of Platform Enforcement and Litigation, writes, “By filing the lawsuit, we are sending a message to developers that Facebook is serious about enforcing our policies, including requiring developers to cooperate with us during an investigation.” According to TechCrunch, “Rankwave came into Facebook’s crosshairs in June 2018 after it was sold to a Korean entertainment company in May 2017. Facebook assesses that the value of its data at the time of the buyout was $9.8 million. Worryingly, Facebook didn’t reach out to Rankwave until January 2019 for information proving it complied with the social network’s policies.” “Now Facebook is seeking money to cover the $9.8 million value of the data, additional monetary damages, and legal fees, plus injunctive relief restraining Rankwave from accessing the Facebook Platform, requiring it to comply with Facebook’s audit, requiring that it delete all Facebook data”, TechCrunch further added. Many are speculating this incident to the Cambridge Analytics scandal that abused private Facebook data in order to inform political campaigning efforts, leading the social media firm into a huge crisis. On Friday, Facebook co-founder and chief executive Mark Zuckerberg met French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris to discuss potential regulation of social networks. “We need new rules for the internet that will spell out the responsibilities of companies and those of governments,” Mr. Zuckerberg told French TV channel France 2 after the meeting. One of the users on HackerNews writes, “My prediction after the Cambridge Analytica scandal broke is that it would lead to an explosion in wealthy people who want to play at noopolitics. I suspect they have dozens of CA’s on their hands currently. At the very least, if not hundreds. The key takeaway that some people will have had from Cambridge Analytica, is not ‘they got caught, don’t do this’, but rather ‘they were largely successful and incredibly cheap’.” “The upshot from having lots of players in this space, however, is not one of greater control by insidious power addicts, but rather a loss of control as the players compete for attention and influence. So, chaos in the news and the elimination of any kind of consistent narrative from on high. I think we have been experiencing this for a while now. In some ways, it is almost an improvement”, the user further added. Facebook responds to Chris Hughes’ “It’s time to break up Facebook” Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes recently wrote an opinion piece in The New York Times that said, the company should be broken up. “Hughes stated that CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s “focus on growth led him to sacrifice security and civility for clicks,” and that he should be held accountable for his company’s mistakes” Nick Clegg, Facebook’s Vice President for global affairs and communications, in his response to Hughes’ thoughts states, “what matters is not size but rather the rights and interests of consumers, and our accountability to the governments and legislators who oversee commerce and communications.” Clegg, in his article, highlights on various achievements by Facebook, the key areas that FB is planning to concentrate on, and the misunderstanding associated with the company. He mentions, “The first misunderstanding is about Facebook itself and the competitive dynamics in which we operate.” The other one he mentions is that of antitrust laws. “Over the past two years we’ve focused heavily on blocking foreign adversaries from trying to influence democratic elections by using our platforms. We’ve done the same to protect against terrorism and hate speech and to better safeguard people’s data”, Clegg writes. Zuckerberg, also responded to Hughes in a TV interview with France Info while in Paris to meet with French President Emmanuel Macron, ”When I read what he wrote, my main reaction was that what he’s proposing that we do isn’t going to do anything to help solve those issues.” He further added, “So I think that if what you care about is democracy and elections, then you want a company like us to be able to invest billions of dollars per year like we are in building up really advanced tools to fight election interference.” A user on HackerNews writes, “Mr. Clegg starts his opinion piece with a nirvana fallacy: breaking up Facebook won’t solve all the world’s problem, so why bother? More appeals are made throughout to Facebook’s large user-base, as justification for continued market dominance. Yet Mr. Clegg claims anti-trust laws do not apply to Facebook those laws are to ensure “low-cost, high-quality products” – and since Facebook is free, they’re immune from such rules. He proudly denigrates and defies the laws simply because they were “developed in the 1800s” which is an outright disgrace. I find his arguments wholly unedifying and severely lacking in substance and creativity. That pro-Facebook propaganda by their PR head is even deemed worthy of publishing (in NYTimes of all places!) is frankly a disappointment.” https://twitter.com/ewarren/status/1126493176406081537 https://twitter.com/SenSanders/status/1126848277083717633 To know more about this news in detail, head over to Nick Clegg’s post on The New York Times. Read Next Facebook bans six toxic extremist accounts and a conspiracy theory organization Facebook open-sources F14 algorithm for faster and memory-efficient hash tables New York AG opens investigation against Facebook as Canada decides to take Facebook to Federal Court for repeated user privacy violationslast_img read more