22 Sep

Tanaka to return to Highlanders for 2015 Super Rugby season

first_img KEYWORDS Super Rugby, Fumiaki Tanaka, Highlanders “It’s great to have Fumi back with the Highlanders, he is a quality halfback who plays with outstanding skill and speed. He loves playing for the Highlanders and is a great team man with a big heart,” Highlanders assistant coach Tony Brown said.Tanaka has played 26 games for the Highlanders since debuting in 2013 as the first Japanese player to play Super Rugby in New Zealand.The 29-year-old became a local favorite playing for Otago in the 2012 and 2013 ITM Cup seasons before returning to Japan this year to play for his Japanese Top League club, Panasonic Wild Knights.When asked about his return for the 2015 season Tanaka said, “I am very excited to be back playing for the Highlanders, I have big passion for the team and Dunedin. Super rugby is very tough but I enjoy the challenge of playing against the best teams and players.”Over the past three years Tanaka and his family have made Dunedin home and will return there in December for pre-season training, according to the website.Tanaka’s signing means there will be at least four Brave Blossoms playing Super Rugby next season with Wild Knights captain Shota Horie and Yamaha Jubilo’s Male Sa’u both returning to Melbourne Rebels and Suntory Sungoliath flanker Hendrik Tui playing with the Brisbane-based Reds. Japan international Fumiaki Tanaka, will be returning to play for the Highlanders for the 2015 season, the club said on its official website on Wednesday.Tanaka’s signing will see him return to Dunedin for his third consecutive Super Rugby season.center_img GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5last_img read more

16 Sep

Sri Lanka suspend Gunathilaka from international cricket

first_img(Reuters) – Sri Lanka all-rounder Danushka Gunathilaka has been suspended from all forms of international cricket by Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC), the sport’s national governing body, pending an inquiry into an alleged breach of code of conduct regulations. The 27-year-old’s suspension will come into effect after the conclusion of the ongoing test match between Sri Lanka and South Africa.Gunathilaka’s fee for the match will also be withheld pending the outcome of the inquiry.Details about the exact nature of Gunathilaka’s offence are yet to be revealed. “Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) decided to suspend Danushka Gunathilaka from all forms of international cricket for breaching the ‘Player Code of Conduct’, pending inquiry,” the SLC said in a statement.“The decision to suspend the player was taken following an initial inquiry conducted by Sri Lanka Cricket, after the team management reported that the player have violated the ‘Code of Conduct’.”Gunathilaka was suspended for three matches by SLC last October for misconduct during the home series against India.last_img read more

4 Aug

Team Grads 2004-05 captures Third Annual Bomber Alumni Basketball Tournament

first_imgTeam Grads 2004-05 dumped the LVR Senior Bombers 83-70 to clinch the title with a 3-0 record.Again the Joseph Brothers, David and Florian, and Braden Klein and Jake Phelan led the three-time champs.Team 2003, consisting of players from the 2000 BC Juvenile and 2001 BC Junior Boy’s Basketball Champions, finished tied for second with Team Rickaby. Both teams ended with 2-1 records.Team 2011 took fourth spot ahead of the LVR Bombers in the five-team tournament.Team Grads 2004-05consists of David Joseph, Florian Joseph, Braden Klein, Jake Phelan, Ryan Golik, Brendan Melanson, Ben Irving and Jordan Melanson. Team Grads 2004-05 made it a three-peat at the Third Annual Bomber Alumni Basketball Tournament Boxing Day at the L.V. Rogers Hangar.The tournament was in memory of longtime LVR Bomber coach Blair D’Andrea with proceeds of the event going to the Blair D’Andrea Alumni Scholarship Society fund supporting post-secondary athletes and grassroots basketball development in the West Kootenays. last_img read more

4 Aug

Saints Grad Arie Postmus Embraces Sutter-Immersion

first_imgAfter retiring from the NHL, Sutter purchased the Red Deer Rebels in 1999 and has been the owner/president ever since. Other than a five-year break to coach in the NHL with the New Jersey Devils and Calgary Flames between 2007 and 2012, Sutter has also been the Rebels head coach. In that time he has brought the central Alberta city a Memorial Cup in 2001 and also coached Canada’s World Junior Team to a pair of gold medals in 2005 and 2006.“It’s awesome, they preach professionalism right off the start,” Postmus says of the organization that also includes Brent’s son Merrick and his nephew Shaun. “Brent has put me in, has shown me the ropes and introduced me to some pretty well known people in the hockey community. I’m just trying to soak it all in and learn every day. I really cherish this opportunity and it is an important start in the hockey world.”Postmus is no stranger to organizations that strive for excellence in a family-like setting. He grew up in Fruitvale and after midget started playing for the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League’s Beaver Valley Nitehawks. One of the most storied Junior B teams in Western Canada, Postmus was part of a juggernaut squad that won the league title in 2012 under the guidance of head coach Terry Jones.“That was a pretty special team,” Postmus says about his hometown club. “Terry Jones is the greatest coach I ever had, hands-down. He preaches on-ice performance, but he wants to develop good people. I feel like a lot of what shaped my personality and who I am today is growing up in hockey schools with him as a young kid and then getting a chance to play for Beaver Valley. It was unbelievable. I owe a lot of my success and where I am today to Terry, he helped me grow as a person. He puts people in positions to succeed.”From junior, Postmus joined the Selkirk College Saints in the 2013-2014 season where he fit into a line-up fresh off its first British Columbia Intercollegiate Hockey League (BCIHL) title. A key member of the Saints’ blueline, Postmus helped the team to three more championships as part of an incredible four-in-a-row run of provincial titles between 2013 and 2016.“I have those three rings in my room and everyday I see them and think ‘wow.’ What we accomplished during those years was pretty special,” Postmus says. “Both [former Saints coaches] Jeff Dubois and Alex Evin did such a great job of recruiting guys that brought excellence not only on the ice, but off the ice as well.”After graduating from the Business Administration Program at Selkirk College, Postmus transferred to Red Deer College where he played two seasons for the school’s hockey team while working on completing his Business Degree.Now well on his way to a career in the sport he loves so much, Postmus looks back to his time at Selkirk College as pivotal in his current success.“I’m grateful to [Selkirk College Athletics Coordinator] Kim Verigin, Jeff Dubois and Alex Evin who took me in right away and put me in a leadership role,” he says. “Through that I was able to have some experiences that I might have not gotten as a young guy. I really cherish the time I spent at Selkirk College, I wouldn’t be here today if not for that time.” For his first off-ice hockey job, Selkirk College alumnus Arie Postmus could not have landed a better boss to show him the ropes.This past summer, the former Selkirk College Saints defenceman secured a position with the Western Hockey League’s Red Deer Rebels as the team’s Hockey Operations Administrator that includes a focus on player education and wellness. His boss is Brent Sutter, one of the most decorated men in professional and junior hockey, and member of the legendary family of hockey brothers who grew up on a farm in Viking, Alberta.“I have always wanted to work for a hockey team and stay involved in the sport, it’s my true passion,” says Postmus, who suited up with the Saints between 2013 and 2016. “I have been playing hockey since I was four and it’s just a part of me. I didn’t think this opportunity would come along so soon and there is no better person to start your hockey career than with Brent.”His role with the Rebels is dynamic and providing Postmus with a hands-on education about how an organization operates on a daily basis. Postmus looks after the logistics of road trips like hotels, meals, ice times and schedules, along with helping the coaching staff with analysis during games. The 27-year-old is also charged with working with younger players to ensure their education and life outside the rink is on track for success.His duties with the team are under the guidance of Sutter, the fourth of the famous family of six to play in the NHL and the most successful of his clan. Brent Sutter won three Stanley Cups with the New York Islanders and was a member of three Canada Cup championship teams during a feisty professional playing career lasted between 1980 and 1998.last_img read more

2 Aug

Club Players Association Hold AGM – Corofin’s Kieran Fitzgerald Elected Onto Executive Committee.

first_imgThe GAA must protect the time they have allocated to club games in 2020 by applying rules and sanctions, if they are not to cause damage to the future of the Association. That is the firm message from the CPA as counties formulate their return to play competition structures for the 2020 season. The CPA believes that the GAA must clearly demonstrate parity of esteem across all its members at this most difficult crossroads. With the allocation of an eleven week club window, the CPA is adamant that this time is given to over clubs to enable meaningful competitive games for players despite the truncated season.CPA Chairman Micheál Briody said: ”As an association we must respect the integrity of our club competitions and this means using the time available in the best possible way. Suggestions of running of championships in blitz format or shrunk to a very tight timeframe to enable county preparations are sacrilege and will have long lasting implications.”“We recognise that 2020 has been a year like no other for us all and we wish to express our deepest sympathy to all GAA clubs who have lost members of their community during this pandemic. We know also that it is the support of clubs that has supported and consoled many bereaved families despite these difficult times of social distancing and uncertainty.“At the highest level, the GAA have provided very clear and unambiguous leadership in completely closing club facilities at the height of the crisis. This undoubtedly saved lives. We also commend clubs and their members for coming together to help others in their communities during the pandemic. It has shown the underlying strength of the GAA lies in the grassroots community led togetherness.“Now as we return to play our games it is very positive that club hurling and football has been allocated 11 weeks at the height of summer. It will bring a great lift to communities to get our games back under way, however we have a number of concerns we are asking GAA leadership to address.”To provide clarity to the GAA membership the CPA are asking:1          What are the leadership going to do to ensure all counties optimally use the 11 weeks allocated to run their championships? Already we have seen different counties proposing blitz competitions to get club competitions out of the way so their intercounty teams can resume training as early as possible. Is this not a once in a lifetime opportunity for the leadership of the GAA to enforce fairness on each county so a level playing field is achieved?2          What are the leadership going to do to ensure intercounty players are not asked or coerced into training with the intercounty team before they finish their club championships? In some counties, intercounty managers have very strong influence over the fixtures scheduling. We call on Croke Park through the powers vested in The Management Committee at a Special Congress held on April 17th 2020, to use those powers to take a stand once and for all on this and rule with appropriate sanctionExecutive member Liam Griffin said “Regrettably the Association has evolved over a long number of years to where we are today. The challenge now and into the future of the GAA is to address all of the issues which are collectively causing such dissatisfaction amongst the playing population. We attach the text of some quotes from the Association’s 2015 annual report by Paraic Duffy. These issues have not still not been satisfactorily and properly addressed. The CPA was formed because of all those findings and the deep dissatisfaction amongst the playing population. We fully acknowledge that there should be no need for a CPA if those findings had been taken seriously into consideration. Regrettably despite the CPA’s engagement with the Association over almost 4 years now we have been unable to make satisfactory progress on the GAA’s own findings.”CLUB PLAYERS ASSOCIATION AGMThe Club Players Association recently held its AGM by videoconference, reaffirming its continuing campaign to Fix the Fixtures. The AGM took place remotely on account of Covid19 restrictions. Chairman Micheál Briody was re-elected to serve for a further year, with Tommie Kenoy replacing Michael Higgins as secretary and Joan Kehoe taking over from Anthony Moyles as Treasurer.Micheál Briody thanked Michael Higgins and Anthony Moyles for their contributions over the past three and a half years. “Michael represented the CPA with passion on the Fixtures Task Force in 2019, and his excellent contributions were motivated entirely by support for the plight of club players. Anthony has also been involved since the outset and has represented the CPA numerous times in the media and will continue to do so in the future on an occasional basis.”“We welcome Tommie and Joan to their respective new positions on the executive and we are fortunate to be able to avail of their unique expertise and experience. We also welcome five new members to the executive to help us to contribute to the debate and represent clubs players going forward. Those five new members are Kieran Fitzgerald from Corofin club in Galway, Cahir Healy from Portlaoise club in Laois, Denis Coughlan from the Glen Rovers club in Cork, Colm Garvey from the Kilmore club in Roscommon and Paraic Fanning from the Mount Sion club in Waterford. All new members together with the existing members of the executive bring a huge amount of passion, experience and love of club football and hurling to the CPA table.”Laois dual star Cahir Healy said “Regarding my own reasons for joining, I am concerned about the unfair situation of my friends who just play club. My own personal reason for having a passion to change things stems from my non-involvement with my club over my years as a county player. I am a county panel member at the moment and a GPA member, I am proud to play for Laois but I still don’t feel county players should be strangers in their own clubs which I feel is what is happening all over the country. The clubs games and county games are all part of our one association, we must find a way that they both thrive together and not be in conflict with each other which is what is clearly happening”Kieran Fitzgerald said “I have followed the Club Players’ Association with keen interest over the years in the hope of obtaining a better playing calendar for the club player.  From playing club football for the last 20 plus years, I have seen and heard on a weekly basis the continued frustrations of my fellow players regarding the uncertainty of fixtures and the lack of a formal consistent playing calendar.  I have seen at first hand the unnecessary sacrifices players have had to make and the pressures players have been put under just to play the game they love because of lack of consideration and foresight by leadership of the GAA. The club game is the heartbeat of the GAA but due to neglect and disregard, it is slowly dying on its feet.  I am delighted to join the national executive of CPA and I am looking forward to assisting in getting a positive outcome in this regard for club players across the country”. Paraic Fanning stated “I have lived a life surrounded by Gaelic Games and the GAA. The memories I have of growing up as a kid playing the games, longing to represent my club and county have been an integral part of my life. The role my club and the GAA played in shaping me and making me cannot be understated and I recall with great fondness the summer evenings going training and club championship on the horizon. That has now changed for the current club player. I have witnessed the continuing disregard and indifference the leadership have shown to the club game and I fear for the future of it. I want my kids and their kids to have an understanding of the GAA and what it really is all about, its commitment to its core values and its communities. I want them to enjoy the attachment to the club game that I felt and lived. We need a united and thriving GAA Community with a well-structured fixtures calendar.  It can be fixed but will require bravery and leadership and I know that the sole focus of the CPA is on this matter and there has to be people pushing the club agenda at a national level or we will look back in years to come and only talk of how good the GAA used to be and not how good it is now.”Cork dual legend Denis Coughlan added “This is the best committee I’ve ever been on. For the only time I remember all members want the same thing.  The good of the Club & for the future of our games and the Association. 98% of our players are being totally disrespected by Croke Park, county boards and managers. Everything I have heard since joining the committee has been practical and conciliatory rather than radical to bring about a fair system for all our clubs & players.Kilmore player Colm Garvey said “We need a national fixtures calendar that treats clubs and counties fairly, ensuring specific dates are ring fenced for clubs to have meaningful games (league and championship) throughout the summer with county players available for selection, and this can only be achieved by a cohesive national plan”.Briody added “The CPA will continue to lobby the leadership of the GAA in 2020 and beyond for an improved fixture schedule that ensures everyone equally belongs to the GAA. We have been suppressed by various people in the GAA over the years in the hope that we would go away. But we are not going away. Logic and reason is on our side and the statements above from our new executive members proves that club players are still not getting fairness. We look forward to working with the leadership of the GAA to help get a resolution to this once and for all. We simply cannot enter 2021 without an acceptable games programme and calendar that is acceptable to the playing population. If we do we will compound the problem and do further irreparable damage to the Association”Executive Members of the CPA·         Micheál Briody, St Brigid’s, Co Meath (Chairman)·         Tommie Kenoy, Kilmore, Co Roscommon (Secretary)·         Joan Kehoe, Kilmacud Crokes, Co Dublin (Treasurer)·         Liam Griffin, St Mary’s Rosslare, Co Wexford·         Greg Devlin, Emyvale, Co Monaghan·         Paul Kelly, Clann Na Gael, Co Armagh·         Joe Passmore, Eoghan Rua, Co Derry·         John Hanniffy, Portlaoise, Co Laois·         Denis Coughlan, Glen Rovers, Co Cork·         Kieran Fitzgerald, Corofin, Co Galway·         Colm Garvey, Kilmore, Co Roscommon·         Paraic Fanning, Mount Sion, Co Waterford·         Cahir Healy, Portlaoise, Co Laoisprint WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Emaillast_img read more

2 Aug

UIW 2014-15 Season Outlook

first_imgDespite not being eligible for the NCAA Tournament until the 2017-18 season, the Cardinals have hopes of going to the CIT Tournament this year which was one of the reasons for the added difficulty of the schedule. SAN ANTONIO, Texas – The UIW Cardinals head into the 2014-15 season with a lot of excitement percolating throughout the school and the program after a 21-6 campaign in their initial foray into Division I and the Southland Conference.  Eighth-year head coach Ken Burmeister noted that the home court atmosphere created by all of the conference schools make it an exciting league. The two freshmen that Burmeister is most optimistic about for the season are Jontrell Walker and Traylin Farris.  Walker is a 6-0 point guard from a storied Aurora West High School program in the Chicago area while Farris is a 6-8 forward from Pearland, Texas who spent the past year at Brewster Acaemy, a top prep school in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire.  Walker will likely share time with Badillo at the point while Farris will be crucial to the team’s rebounding and inside game. The Cardinals were one of the top offensive teams in the nation last year finishing eighth in Division I in scoring (82.1 points per game), 14th in field goal percentage, 15th in assists per game and 28th in three-point percentage.  Burmeister’s teams will always try to set a style of play where the opposition has to adapt and not the other way around.  “We run as hard as we can to get an open shot and then run pro sets,” Burmeister said.  “It helps our players get prepared to play professionally in the future.” Sophomore Sam Burmeister and junior Mitchell Badillo are two other returnees that will be counted upon and Burmeister is confident in their abilities.  After that, the Cardinals will be looking to youth for some major contributions.  However, a strong recruiting class has the coach cautiously optimistic about his team’s chances for the season.  “I know we will shoot the ball well,” Burmeister said, “but rebounding will be the key to the season.” The Cardinals have a challenging schedule ahead of them with eight teams on the marker who played in a post season tournament in 2013-14, including a trio of NCAA Tournament teams in Nebraska, Stephen F. Austin and Tulsa.  Early season opponents Princeton and UTEP combined for 44 wins and each made the CBI Tournament with the Tigers going all the way to the semifinals.  Grand Canyon, Sam Houston State and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi each made the CIT Tournament.  “Nebraska will be the toughest non-conference game we play this year in their new arena,” Burmeister said.  “We want to play a Big Ten school each year for the added exposure to our program.” The Cardinals lost two starters from a year ago, but return two of the top six scorers in the league in senior Denzel Livingston and junior Kyle Hittle.  Livingston earned second team all-conference and all-defensive team honors last year and Burmeister expects both players to lead the team and have great seasons.  Livingston averaged 20.3 points, 6.4 rebounds, 3.8 assists, 2.5 steals and 1.4 blocks per game while Hittle chipped in with 16.3 points and 5.7 rebounds per game.  Both players knocked down over 50 three-pointers.  Livingston has already been getting some national publicity in the offseason with an article from Bleacher Report entitled The Most Exciting Basketball Players from Schools You’ve Never Heard Of.last_img read more

21 Dec

COMPETITION: Win VIP experiences at Pulse Venue’s Birthday Bash!

first_imgThe PULSE VENUE in Letterkenny is celebrating 29 years in business this weekend with two unmissable nights of celebrations – and we have an amazing prize for you to join the party!For the 29th birthday celebrations on Saturday 25th August, PULSE are going back to the night where it all started 29 years ago and as a thank you to all customers all drinks, yes all drinks, will be the same price as it was back 29 years ago in August 1989. Entertainment on Friday night (24th August) in association with Red Hot Country is Michael English followed by the Saturday Night Live Experience (25th August) with Johnny Brady. In the main club, Today FM’s Fergal D’Arcy, in the Living Room we have DJ Tubsy and there is champagne reception on arrival each night.COMPETITIONCompetition: Donegal Daily and Derry Daily have TWO sets of VIP entry packages to give away for Friday and Saturday night at Pulse Venue.Prize One: Win 6 VIP entries to Friday 24th August Red Hot Country night with live music from Michael English and €100 Bar Tab to spend in Pulse Venue Prize Two: Win 6 VIP entries to Pulse on Saturday 25th August for the Pulse 29th Birthday Bash and €100 Bar Tab to spend in Pulse VenueAll you have to do to enter is visit Donegal Daily on Facebook at this link: www.facebook.com/donegaldailySince opening in August 1989, the Letterkenny club has blazed a trail of commercial success, establishing itself as the Northwest’s No.1 Entertainment Venue.Pulse has undergone five major refurbishments over the years, with three name-changes from Neros to Pulse to today’s name ‘Pulse Venue’.A look back at the history of Pulse VenueA look back at the history of Neros / Pulse VenueEmphasis within the venue has always been to provide the very best in modern design and the latest hi tech sound and lighting systems, currently featuring Donegal’s largest function 1 dance stack system, and Ireland’s biggest 3d led matrix display.A one-price admission to Pulse Venue, which comprises of 6 rooms, 9 bars under one roof-the living room which features local talent DJs playing country & party music, Pulse live experience which plays host to Ireland’s top bands.A look back at the history of Pulse VenueOn the ground floor we have our main club playing the very best in national and international DJs and a reserved lounge just off the main club where you can book your party whether it be a hen party, stag party, birthday party we cater for all. Plus we have the Secret Garden which you can access from all areas. All 6 rooms combine to give you choice, comfort and value. Saturday nights have a strict age policy and dress code that has always been firmly enforced guaranteeing a level of sophistication and style befitting a mature clubber.We have some very exciting acts confirmed for our student nights where the exuberance of youth, high energy music and casual fashion combine to create a pulsating atmosphere.Pulse Venue has seen some world class DJs and music acts over the last 26 years, including JLS, Calvin Harris, Pete Tong, Eddie Halliwell, Chuckie, Marko V, Laid Back Luke, Bingo Players + Many Many More.“Management and staff would like to say a big thank you to everyone (past and present) who contributed in any way to the success of the club over the last 29 years. We appreciate and value your continued support.” Visit our Facebook: Pulse LetterkennyWebsite www.pulsevenue.ieSponsored PostCOMPETITION: Win VIP experiences at Pulse Venue’s Birthday Bash! was last modified: August 22nd, 2018 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:competitiongiveawayPulse Venuelast_img read more

18 Dec

Parliament to redraft Rental Housing Bill

first_img“Applying for a redraft of this amendment bill requires that another set of public hearings be held and we believe that this will give an opportunity to the parties who did not comment during the first round,” Dambuza said in a statement. Rental Housing Tribunals 26 January 2012 However, Dambuza said the committee noticed that the rights and obligations of landlords and tenants were not clearly spelled out and that some of the public comments raised during the department’s public hearings were not accommodated in the proposed amendment bill. The proposed redraft obliged landlords to: reimburse rental deposit with accrued interest, provide regular maintenance to tenants’ properties or rooms and written agreements and receipts for every payment made, reserve the right to recover money owed to them, and terminate leases on grounds that did not constitute unfair practice and were specified in the lease. Dambuza said the Rental Housing Amendment Act had gaps which could lead to people’s exploitation. “In our view, the redraft provides a balanced view of how challenges faced by landlords as well as tenants should be addressed,” said Dambuza. Sapa The Parliamentary portfolio committee on human settlements has decided to redraft the proposed Rental Housing Amendment Bill, committee chairwoman Nomhle Dambuza said on Wednesday. Last year, the department sought to amend the Rental Housing Act to make MECs responsible for establishing Rental Housing Tribunals and to extend the powers of tribunals so that they could withdraw or vary any rulings. The committee decided to redraft the amendment bill so that it covered aspects raised by the department of human settlements and addressed the loopholes and ambiguities identified in the Rental Housing Act and the Rental Housing Amendment Act. She said she decided to revert the bill to the committee and not the department because of the proposed amendments. “Complaints… suggested that there are lot of problems in the rental sector and we hope that redrafting this bill will minimise those challenges.last_img read more

15 Dec

Tim Cook Is Keeping Your Apple Data Safe From The Cops

first_imglauren orsini 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#Apple#data privacy#iCloud#iOS 8#privacy policy#Tim Cook Related Posts center_img Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Apple rolled out a massive update to its operating system on Wednesday, along with a significant update to its privacy policy. Beginning with iOS 8, Apple says data on your device is kept private, even from the police.“Security and privacy are fundamental to the design of all our hardware, software, and services, including iCloud and new services like Apple Pay,” CEO Tim Cook wrote in an open letter published concurrently with Apple’s new privacy policy. See also: Apple’s Privacy Record Sucks. Here’s Why You Should CareBefore making it “absolutely clear that we have never worked with any government agency from any country to create a backdoor in any of our products or services,” Cook appears to single out Google, the company’s biggest competitor:“Our business model is very straightforward: We sell great products. We don’t build a profile based on your email content or web browsing habits to sell to advertisers. We don’t ‘monetize’ the information you store on your iPhone or in iCloud. And we don’t read your email or your messages to get information to market to you.”Cook’s letter also discussed the company’s plans to strengthen iCloud security. After the personal celebrity photo leak last month, hackers may be an even greater customer concern than government entities for the time being.With iOS 7 and earlier, government entities were able to bring seized locked Apple devices to the company, where Apple could extract a significant amount of data. Apple’s updated privacy policy explains the changes made with the new operating system.“On devices running iOS 8, your personal data such as photos, messages (including attachments), email, contacts, call history, iTunes content, notes, and reminders is placed under the protection of your passcode,” the privacy policy now reads. See also: For Once, The Entire Internet Isn’t Blaming The Victims Of This Nude Celebrity Photo Leak“Unlike our competitors, Apple cannot bypass your passcode and therefore cannot access this data. So it’s not technically feasible for us to respond to government warrants for the extraction of this data from devices in their possession running iOS 8.”Photo by JD Hancock. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…last_img read more

13 Oct

5 things to know about USChinese trade negotiations

first_imgBEIJING — The United States and China have held their first face-to-face trade talks since Presidents Donald Trump and Xi Jinping agreed on Dec. 1 to postpone further tariff increases in a fight over technology between the two biggest economies.The meetings are the start of what economists say are likely to be lengthy, contentious negotiations over U.S. complaints that Beijing’s technology ambitions violate its trade obligations.Beijing and Washington have raised tariffs on billions of dollars of each other’s goods, prompting fears the conflict will dampen global economic growth that is showing signs of slowing.Here are five things to know about the biggest trade conflict to date between world’s biggest and second-biggest economies:WHAT IS THE DISPUTE?Trump raised import duties on Chinese goods in July over longstanding complaints Beijing steals or pressures foreign companies to hand over technology. The Trump administration also objects to Chinese industry development plans that Washington, Europe, Japan and other trading partners say violate Beijing’s market-opening obligations.U.S. officials worry that China’s rise as a potential competitor in telecoms, solar power, electric cars and other fields might erode American industrial leadership. They want Beijing to roll back government efforts to create global competitors in robotics and other fields.Those complaints are a rejection of the ruling Communist Party’s blueprint for making China a powerful and rich nation.WHAT ARE THE STAKES?Trump has imposed 25 per cent tariffs on $50 billion of Chinese good and 10 per cent duties on $200 billion of imports. Beijing slapped 25 per cent penalties on $50 billion of American goods, targeting farm areas that supported Trump in the 2016 election, and 10 per cent on $60 billion of goods. Chinese regulators have slowed customs clearance for American companies and suspended issuing licenses in finance and other industries.China’s exports to the United States held up through the end of 2018 as its exporters rushed to fill orders before more tariff hikes were imposed. Economists expect American orders from China to slump this year, at a time when global consumer demand is weakening. Millions of Chinese jobs are on the line.WHAT IS THE TIME LINE?Trump and Xi agreed on Dec. 1 to postpone new tariff hikes by 90 days while they negotiate. Economists say that is too little time to resolve a laundry list of irritants in trade relations. They say Beijing needs to show enough progress to persuade Trump to extend his deadline — possibly sweetening the deal by committing to buy American soybeans, gas or other exports.Both governments say they want a settlement, but economists say resolving their conflicts and working out how to enforce terms could be long and politically fraught. Some suggest it might be years before the final penalty tariffs are removed.WHAT ARE POSSIBLE OUTCOMES?The two governments have hinted at the outlines of a possible deal.During talks in May in Beijing, American envoys gave Chinese officials demands that included cutting subsidies for high-tech industries and narrowing China’s trade surplus. According to The Wall Street Journal, Chinese officials responded by breaking the list into 142 items. They said 30 to 40 per cent could be done immediately, a similar amount could be negotiated over time and 20 per cent were off-limits for national security or other reasons.Beijing might demand changes to U.S. curbs on exports of “dual use” technology with possible military applications. They complain China’s companies are treated unfairly in national security reviews of proposed corporate acquisitions, though almost all deals are approved unchanged.The Associated Presslast_img read more