Fire closes Dennys in Pacific Beach

first_img Jonathan Halvorson, Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Fire closes Denny’s in Pacific Beach SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Three people escaped unharmed Thursday from a fire that caused an estimated $1 million in damage at a restaurant in Pacific Beach.Firefighters responded to the blaze at about 12:40 a.m. at the Denny’s restaurant on the corner of Garnet Avenue and Mission Boulevard, San Diego Fire-Rescue spokeswoman Monica Munoz said.Firefighters arrived and found heavy smoke in the restaurant as well as fire in the roof and attic area above the kitchen, Munoz said.Crews were able to knock down the flames around 35 minutes after arrival, Munoz said.Three workers, who were inside when the fire started, were able to escape unharmed, 10News reported.The cause of the fire was under investigation.The blaze caused an estimated $850,000 in damage to the structure and $150,000 in damage to the building’s contents, Munoz said.San Diego County health officials were notified and the restaurant was closed down until the officials can complete an inspection. Posted: October 25, 2018center_img Jonathan Halvorson Updated: 3:34 PM October 25, 2018last_img read more

Carlos Santana Ringo Starr Confirmed For Bethel Woods Woodstock Anniversary

first_imgThe Doobie Brothers, Arlo Guthrie and Edgar Winter as well as an on-field screening of the original film will commemorate 1969’s epic concertPhilip MerrillGRAMMYs Feb 21, 2019 – 1:58 pm The lineup for the Woodstock anniversary celebration at the historic rock festival’s original site have been confirmed for Aug. 15–17 by the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, with performances by the Doobie Brothers, Arlo Guthrie, Carlos Santana, Ringo Starr, and the Edgar Winter Band. Titled “A Season of Song & Celebration,” this is distinct from the official Woodstock 50 event being planned by the 1969 festival’s original organizer Michael Lang.On Aug. 15 — the day the original fest began — the Bethel Woods Center will screen Woodstock: The Director’s Cut on the historic field. Ringo Starr will be joined by Arlo Guthrie and the Edgar Winter Band on stage on Aug. 16. Carlos Santana and the Doobie Brothers’ Aug. 17 date at Bethel Woods is part of their summer Supernatural Now tour. Carlos Santana, Ringo Starr Confirmed For Bethel Woods’ Woodstock Anniversary https://twitter.com/BethelWoods/status/1097866063247802369 Facebook Twitter Santana, Ringo Starr To Play At Woodstock’s 50th carlos-santana-ringo-starr-confirmed-bethel-woods-woodstock-anniversary “We are humbled by the interest in the anniversary year and we realized it was greater than we’d ever dreamed,” said Darlene Fedun, the Center’s CEO. “We recognize the importance of this place to so many, and our mission of preservation and interpretation of the 1960s is central to A Season of Song & Celebration, as it provides our guests the opportunity to reflect, to learn and to celebrate the legacy of what occurred here.”The Center also expects to announce an Aug. 18 event in the future and invites email sign-ups for news updates on their Golden Anniversary web page.Santana Plans Epic 2019 Supernatural Now Tour With The Doobie BrothersRead more News Email last_img read more

Best Grammys performances 2019 ranked Cardi B Post Malone Lady Gaga and

first_img Comments W-O-W! @JanelleMonae is giving us an unforgettable #GRAMMYs performance and we’re here for it. 🙌 🎶 pic.twitter.com/4cqjbOQwSu— Recording Academy / GRAMMYs (@RecordingAcad) February 11, 2019 Tags BTS loving the Dolly tribute is EXACTLY what I needed to see rn 🙌🙌🙌🙌🙌 #GRAMMYs #GRAMMYs @RecordingAcad @DollyParton @BTS_twt #BTS pic.twitter.com/PxegUz6zQF— GIPHY (@GIPHY) February 11, 2019 Share your voice Who dis bad-ass pianist? @iamcardib #GRAMMYs pic.twitter.com/VNMzbqbtnS— SandyLeeTV (@SandyLeeTV) February 11, 2019 3. Camila Cabello, Ricky Martin, J Balvin, Young Thug, Arturo Sandoval — HavanaHow to open the biggest music awards show? Take our hearts to Havana. Camila Cabello did just that, with a big dance crew and Young Thug, Ricky Martin, J Balvin and legendary Arturo Sandoval on trumpet solo playing her hit song. Check out the epic stage design involving massive colourful apartment units that need to become part of a Rear Window musical.4. Lady Gaga, Mark Ronson — ShallowExperimental dance moves to spare, Gaga showed us how to be happy in this modern world with Shallow, the song that featured in the Oscar-nominated A Star is Born and that won her Best Pop Duo/Group Performance at this year’s Grammys. Her talent runs deep and her rock star status was evident on stage, which she shared with equally up-for-it British DJ Mark Ronson.5. Cardi B — MoneyYes, girl on the piano who preceded Cardi B and whose name everyone wants to know now. That look right into the camera. Chills. Grammy-winning Cardi B (for Best Rap Album) — the actual main act — tore up a stage padded with purple straight out of an underground jazz club. Then she saluted Wakanda. Forever. Take our money! 14. Shawn Mendes, Miley Cyrus — In My BloodNot just Shawn Mendes on piano, Shawn Mendes on a piano with cracks emitting golden light. With Miley Cyrus, a backing orchestra and a shower of golden rain, it’s more than a party in the USA.15. H.E.R. — Hard PlaceSparkly disco ball suit, cool clear guitar and John Lennon round sunnies — never change, H.E.R. Having Everything Revealed represented for R&B, guitar solo included.16. Jennifer Lopez, Smokey Robinson — Dancing in the Street, Please Mr. Postman, Money That’s What I Want, War (What is it good for) and moreWhat an entrance. J.Lo rose up through the floor for her Motown tribute (deemed controversial by some) and made a moment by getting everyone to sing My Girl. With an Alicia Keys cameo, Lopez was unflappable.17. Chloe x Halle — Where is the love?With a tribute to Donny Hathaway, the internet stars added Grammy performance to their CV, along with Beyonce opening act. And they didn’t disappoint with their singularly unique duet style.Correction, Feb. 11 at 1:20 p.m. PT: Corrects spelling of Shawn Mendes’ name and that Alicia Keys’ sang Empire State of Mind.’Hello, humans’: Google’s Duplex could make Assistant the most lifelike AI yet.Infowars and Silicon Valley: Everything you need to know about the tech industry’s free speech debate. Adobe Post We’re still 😍 over @st_vincent and @DUALIPA’s #GRAMMYs performance. pic.twitter.com/DFvnnwKhgW— Recording Academy / GRAMMYs (@RecordingAcad) February 11, 2019 8. Dan + Shay — Tequila”When I, when I, when IIIII” — how do I get that playing in the background whenever I’m feeling nostalgic? And then that last note from Shay whenever that involves heartbreak. Drink a glass for this country music duo, winners of Best Country Duo/Group Performance for their incredible song Tequila.9. St. Vincent, Dua Lipa — Masseduction, Respect, One KissWhen Dua Lipa crept out from the back of the stage to join St. Vincent out front, a perfect duo was made. Matching bob cuts and black-and-white outfits are all you need, apparently. Their interpretation of Aretha Franklin’s Respect was a highlight, along with St. Vincent’s guitar solo. The two were perfectly in sync, even if Dua Lipa, newly awarded Grammy winner for Best New Artist, needed bobby pins to hold up her dress.center_img 🤯 @trvisXX jumping out of the cage #GRAMMYs pic.twitter.com/u7O1NSJzNq— Brian A. Hernandez (@BAHjournalist) February 11, 2019 23 6. Brandi Carlile — The JokeContrasting with the razzle dazzle, Brandi Carlile went lower key, bringing all the compassion with a song about the misrepresented out there. The most-nominated woman at the 61st Grammys delivered head-shaking goodness. Even Post Malone approved. Take a bow. 10. Kacey Musgraves — RainbowListen to these lyrics. Simple but incredibly elegant, Kacey Musgraves, Grammy winner for Best Album of the Year, filled Staples Center with her soulful rainbow of country music. “Everything is all right now.” Yes, it is.11. Post Malone and Red Hot Chili Peppers — Stay, Rockstar, Dark NecessitiesA smoky spotlight lit up Post Malone, his acoustic guitar and his gold teeth with gold mic to match. It was gold. Add RHCP. More gold.12. Diana Ross — The Best Years of My Life, Reach Out And TouchShe turns 75 next month. The Detroit-born singer famous for The Supremes is one of the most successful Motown singers of all time. Introduced by her grandson, she burst onto the stage in a redder-than-red dress. Right to the end, she’s given us the best years of our lives. She couldn’t hold the tears back. Also, how can she be 74? Happy birthday!13. Travis Scott — Can’t SayCue soulful vibrato chorus. Then cue Travis Scott in a cage — with rambunctious hip hop guys climbing up the sides, precariously over Ross’ grandson. Scott had arguably one of the most impressive stages of the night — which he ditched to crowd-surf. Music We’re doing the same thing, @PostMalone and @PUSHA_T! When @brandicarlile is performing “The Joke” at the #GRAMMYs pic.twitter.com/AQI4J7uTGe— Recording Academy / GRAMMYs (@RecordingAcad) February 11, 2019 Cardi B had an A+ performance. Kevin Winter/Getty Even without Beyonce or Taylor Swift, the 2019 Grammys showed up.On Sunday night, the 61st Grammy Awards saw Childish Gambino win big with This is America for both Record and Song of the Year, and Kacey Musgraves for Album of the Year.While a few big names like Queen Bee and Swift didn’t even set foot in Staples Center in Los Angeles (the former saw her album with Jay-Z snubbed in the big categories and the latter didn’t show up last year either), there were some memorable moments from a, well, wide range of performances.From dual piano-playing to Motown tributes, these are the best Grammy performances ranked in order of awards show greatness. But did they reach pregnant Beyonce levels of greatness? That’s what you should be looking for below. (Disclosure: The Grammys aired on CBS, parent company of CNET.) Read: Winners of Grammy Awards 2019: The full list61st Annual GRAMMY Awards - InsideAlicia Keys is one talented woman. Kevin Winter 1. Alicia Keys — Killing Me Softly, Unforgettable, Use Somebody, Empire State Of Mind and moreShe plays two pianos at one time. She wears a Carmen Sandiego hat. What can’t the host of the 61st Grammys do? Alicia Keys’ love of music was radiant and one of the highlights of the show, not to mention her music itself. When she finally sang her own song, Empire State of Mind, it became … unforgettable. Fitting that she makes the top of this list.2. Janelle Monáe — Make Me FeelOh we feel. Janelle Monáe head-bopped her way to the top of this list with her army of women in space-themed suits Michael Jackson would have been proud of. Those blue lights, that purple smoke, that killer song that’s all about love — “Let the vagina have a monologue.” Thank you, good night. 7. Dolly Parton, Kacey Musgraves, Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus and more — Dolly Parton tributeThis gets props simply for Miley Cyrus. Miley Cyrus knows her Jolene. That’s what we’ve learned here, as if we didn’t already know. With a host of other artists, along with Dolly herself (in red shoes), the Grammys’ Dolly Parton tribute did not disappoint. Easter egg: See BTS bopping along with every word in the audience. Review • Adobe Post review: Adobe Post for iPhone pretties up your pontificationslast_img read more

Box Office Collection Yennai Arindhaal Becomes Ajiths Highest Grosser in US Beats

first_img‘Yennai Arindhaal’.IBTimes India”Yennai Arindhaal” has now become the highest grossing Ajith film in the US by grossing $415K till Saturday, beating all time record of his previous best “Arrambam”, which had collected total of $380 K.Ajith starrer has achieved this feat in just three days since its release on 5 February. The distributors of the movie are now hoping that the movie will cross $500K in a few days.”#YennaiArindhaal bcoms highest grossing #Thala film in USA by Satday, $415K,more scrns to rept. prev best Arrambam $380K. Target $500K now!” tweeted Atmus Entertainment, the distributors of the movie in United States.Earlier, “Yennai Arindhaal” had broken the first day collection record of “Arrambam” by collecting $113,232 (approximately ₹69 Lakhs) from 75 screens in its premiere.”Yennai Arindhaal”, which released on 5 February in more than 1,000 screens worldwide, has received positive reviews and is showing stupendous performance in terms of box office collection. The film is also rewriting the records in terms of theatre occupancy.Industry analysts say that despite the film being released on a non-weekend day, it has done really well and the weekend reports suggest that the film is heading to be a big success.The movie has currently registered number one rank at the Chennai box office, followed by Vikram’s “I” and Dhanush-Amitabh Bachchan starrer “Shamitabh”.”Top 5 at CBO – Feb 5 to 8 – No.5 Isai, No.4 Darling , No.3 Shamitabh, No.2 I, No.1 Yennai Arindhaal,” tweeted industry analyst Sreedhar Pillai.Directed by Gautham Menon, “Yennai Arindhaal” also has an impressive star cast, which includes Trisha Krishnan, Anushka Shetty, Vivek, Arun Vijay, Daniel Balaji, Amit Bhargava, Rajasimman and Devi Ajith.last_img read more

Lok Sabha Phase 7 Election 2019 Who are the key candidates in

first_img Close IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:01/1:43Loaded: 0%0:01Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-1:42?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … PM Modi files nomination seeking re-election from temple town Varanasicenter_img Prime Minister Narendra Modi is seeking a second time from Varanasi; ex-BJP rebel Shatrughan Sinha is contesting from Patna Sahib constituency where he had won elections in 2014 by defeating a Congress nominee.Polling in the seventh phase of the Lok Sabha elections 2019 began at 7 am on Sunday, May 19, across 59 parliamentary constituencies. Phase 7 polling will determine the fate of 912 candidates.Voting will take place in 13 seats each in Punjab and Uttar Pradesh, 9 seats in West Bengal, 8 seats each in Madhya Pradesh and Bihar, 4 seats in Himachal Pradesh and 3 seats in Jharkhand; one in the Union Territory of Chandigarh.Ahead of the last phase of the national elections, International Business Times explains who the key candidates to watch for are:The seventh phase will witness key battles in the Bharatiya Janata Party stronghold of Varanasi and Gorakhpur. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is seeking a second time from Varanasi, which is among the 13 seats in Uttar Pradesh. Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath will fight from his bastion Gorakhpur, which is also voting today (May 19).Check the LIVE Updates of the Phase 7 Lok Saha Elections 2019 here.Among the other heavy weight candidates in Phase 7 national elections are, Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, BJP lawmaker and veteran actress Kirron Kher, actor-turned-politician and Congress leader Shatrughan Sinha, Union Minister and SAD leader Harsimrat Kaur Badal and BJP nominee Sunny Deol.Other prominent leaders include former Punjab Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal, RJD leader Misa Bharti who is daughter of former Bihar chief minister Lalu Yadav, Union Minister and BJP leader Ram Kripal Yadav, former Lok Sabha speaker Meira Kumar and Bhojpuri actor-turned politician Ravi Kishan who is BJP candidate from Gorakhpur.Election to 542 Lok Sabha parliamentary constituencies is being conducted in seven phases between April 11 and May 19. Phase 7 will be the last and final phase of polling. Polling in Vellore Lok Sabha seat in Tamil Nadu has been cancelled following excess use of money power. The counting of votes and the results will be declared on May 23.last_img read more

HRW criticises govt for denying truth of disappearance

first_imgMeenakshi GangulyThe Bangladesh government has ignored repeated queries from the UN Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances about human rights abuses, says Human Rights Watch (HRW).It noted that the Bangladesh authorities rejected report of enforced disappearances instead of investigating them.The global rights body on Saturday came up with the criticism in a rebuttal of the Bangladesh home minister’s rejection of an 82-page report on secret detentions and enforced disappearances in Bangladesh, released by the HRW last week.”[The government is] Callously ignoring victims’ families who are desperately waiting for answers,” the HRW’s South Asia director Meenakshi Ganguly wrote in her piece titled “No, Bangladesh, The Truth is Not a ‘Smear Campaign’” published on the HRW website Saturday.She observed that just hours after HRW released the report on secret detentions and enforced disappearances, home minister Asaduzzaman Khan claimed it was a “smear campaign”.It was pointed out that under international law, a “disappeared person” is someone held (or last seen) in the custody of agents of the state, followed by a refusal to acknowledge the deprivation of liberty or whereabouts of the person, which places them outside the protection of the law.Meenakshi Ganguly mentioned that HRW has “produced a detailed analysis of cases where individuals were picked up, often in front of witnesses or family members by security forces who identified themselves as members of the Rapid Action Battalion (RAB), Detective Branch (DB), or the ‘administration’”.She added: “When these people were not produced in court within 24 hours, as required under Bangladeshi law, family members repeatedly approached police and other officials, who denied the person was detained.”Several were later found killed in so-called gunfights or “cross-fire,” and scores remain “disappeared”, said the HRW official.She pointed out that instead of committing to investigate these incidents, Khan declared his government will “reject the report outright.””As head of the ministry responsible for internal security, the home minister claimed the United Nations had never mentioned enforced disappearances,” she wrote in the piece.”In fact, like the detailed letters sent by Human Rights Watch requesting comment on these abuses, the Bangladesh government has ignored repeated queries from the UN Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances.”Referring to prime minister Sheikh Hasina’s promise, while in opposition, to bring an end to human rights violations, the HRW official said now nearing the end of its second consecutive term, “her Awami League government is not just echoing its abusive predecessors, but its security forces are secretly detaining and disappearing its political opponents and critics, as well as others it deems to be criminals.”Read more:Home minister rejects HRW report on disappearancesPolitical opponents held in secret detention: HRWlast_img read more

Sept 11 Revealed The Importance And Limits of The Presidents Daily Briefing

first_imgDamian Dovarganes/APThe President’s Daily Briefing, or PDB, is the top-secret intelligence report the CIA presents to the president every weekday. The book shown here is for a briefing delivered to President George W. Bush in 2002.On Sept. 11, 2001, President George W. Bush was visiting Sarasota, Fla. At 8 a.m. sharp, the CIA’s Michael Morell delivered the daily intelligence briefing — something he did six mornings a week — regardless of whether the president was at the White House or on the road.“Contrary to press reporting and myth there was absolutely nothing in my briefing that had to do with terrorism that day,” Morell recalled. “Most of it had to do with the Israeli-Palestinian issue.”As Morell concluded, Bush stepped into his waiting motorcade and headed to an elementary school. Moments later, news broke of the terror attacks in New York. Shortly after that, Bush and Morell were on Air Force One — and the president wanted answers.“The president said to me, ‘Michael, who did this?’ ” Morell said. He didn’t know, but had a strong suspicion.“I told him that when we got to the end of the trail, I was absolutely confident, absolutely certain, that it would take us to [Osama] bin Laden and al-Qaida,” said Morell, who retired in 2013 as the CIA’s deputy director and now hosts the podcast Intelligence Matters.That landmark day captured both the critical importance — and the frustrating limits — of the President’s Daily Briefing, or PDB.Doug Mills/APChief of Staff Andy Card whispers into the ear of President George W. Bush to give him word of the planes that slammed into the World Trade Center in New York, on Sept. 11, 2001. Bush had received his daily intelligence briefing shortly before, and had just begun a visit to the Emma E. Booker Elementary School in Sarasota, Fla.Launched under President TrumanThe practice of providing the president with a daily intelligence briefing began in 1946 with President Harry Truman, who was trying to make sense of a still chaotic world in the aftermath of World War II.“He was troubled that he was receiving these random reports from different departments and no one was telling him, or suggesting to him, what was particularly more important than something else,” said David Robarge, the CIA’s chief historian.Truman created the Central Intelligence Group, the forerunner of the CIA. Within weeks, the briefings began, and they were brief indeed. Most were short notes from U.S. ambassadors with little or no context.Many reports were based on rumors or newspaper stories abroad, and were difficult to verify, Robarge said.APThis image provided by the Central Intelligence Agency shows the first Daily Summary delivered to President Harry Truman on Feb. 15, 1946“We dealt a lot with information peddlers and fabricators and paper mills, as we called them,” he said. “We were very desperate for information and everybody knew that and took advantage of it. We spent a lot of our time in those early years sorting out the wheat from the chaff.”Despite being a part of every president’s daily routine for more than 70 years, the briefings are rarely discussed publicly. Just last month, the CIA declassified the first 20 briefings delivered to Truman — and many still resonate today.“The very first general item for Harry Truman was about some false information that was being put out about Russia and the United States,” said David Priess, a former CIA officer.Priess was a member of the presidential briefing team in the early 2000s and wrote a history of the briefings called The President’s Book of Secrets.Those initial briefings dealt with a trade dispute with China, which was resisting U.S. imports, and rising tensions on the Korean peninsula, where war would break out a few years later.“Many of the issues that President Truman was dealing with in February 1946 are still on the agenda today,” said Priess.APPresident Lyndon Johnson reads the President’s Daily Brief as his wife Lady Bird Johnson holds their first grandchild in the White House.Providing analysisToday’s version took shape under President John F. Kennedy and was driven in part by the Bay of Pigs, the failed CIA operation to overthrow Cuba’s leader Fidel Castro in 1961.“We knew John F. Kennedy was disappointed after the Bay of Pigs debacle early in his presidency and that helped spur this new intelligence product,” Priess said.The documents began including more analysis on the pros and cons of potential U.S. actions abroad. While the CIA has always handled the report, other agencies now contribute, including the National Security Agency and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.One misconception is that all presidents are briefed face-to-face. But, as Rodney Faraon, a former CIA briefer, said, “Every president receives their briefing differently.”Most go over the briefing book on their own. For President Lyndon Johnson, it was bedtime reading. Richard Nixon didn’t care for it and allowed only one White House adviser to see it — Henry Kissinger. Barack Obama received it on his iPad and had it circulated to more than 30 advisers.Putting it togetherWhile Washington is sleeping, a team at CIA headquarters makes final edits to the leather-bound briefing book, updating it frequently.Rodney Faraon’s job in the late 1990s and early 2000s was to study up on the document overnight and head to the home of his boss, CIA Director George Tenet, at 6 a.m.“I would be briefing him in a secure vehicle on his way from his house to either the White House or to CIA headquarters,” Faraon recalled.David Priess delivered his briefing to the director of the FBI, a man who was always pressing him for more details — Robert Mueller. Mueller now leads the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election and possible coordination with the Trump campaign.And Michael Morell remembers his briefings with Bush as if “I was in graduate school preparing to go in to seven or eight exams every morning with somebody who is going to fire questions at you nonstop.”Trump’s approachPresident Trump initially questioned the need for a daily briefing.But Mike Pompeo, the CIA director before becoming secretary of state, said it’s become part of the president’s routine.“Nearly every day, I get up, get ready, read the material that’s been presented early in the morning and then trundle down [from CIA headquarters] to the White House,” Pompeo said back in January.His successor as CIA director, Gina Haspel, is now a regular at the briefings, as is Dan Coats, the director of national intelligence.The intelligence community has had both great successes — like locating Osama bin Laden in Pakistan — and failures — like claiming Iraq’s Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction. The former CIA briefers say their role is to provide the best possible intelligence, and leave the policy choices to the president.David Priess cites an old CIA expression: “You can lead policymakers to intelligence, but you can’t make them think.”Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Sharelast_img read more

3 Tips for Safe Holiday Shopping Over Mobile Devices

first_img Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global The holiday shopping season is in full swing, and consumers — including business owners — are increasingly reaching for their smartphones and tablets to satisfy their retail itch. One in three people in the U.S. will use their mobile devices to make a purchase this holiday season, according to a recent study by Chicago-based ecommerce consulting firm the e-tailing group. Problem is, cyber criminals have taken notice, and they’re targeting mobile shoppers. “As financial transactions migrate to mobile devices, so do cybercriminals,” says Chiranjeev Bordoloi, co-founder and CEO of TopPatch, a New York City cybersecurity company.Consumers often feel an urgency to make quicker purchasing decisions due to the rapid growth of daily deals and other online offers, Bordoloi says. That means savvy cybercriminals can target consumers in a particular location and capture information such as names, addresses and credit card numbers. They can also trick consumers into divulging this information through malware and phishing scams.To safeguard against these threats and help ensure a nightmare-free holiday season, Bordoloi recommends these three security tips when shopping with a mobile device: December 8, 2012center_img min read Register Now » Related: 3 Scary Online Security Mistakes to Avoid1. Adjust your device’s Wi-Fi settings. Open access Wi-Fi networks — such as those in parks and public spaces — are notoriously easy for hackers to crack, Bordoloi says. Many phones and tablets are pre-set to connect to these networks when in range. Hackers can seize control of an open network and gain access to any data that flows through it, including credit card numbers and billing addresses.If you’re going to shop this season using a mobile device, do so using only Wi-Fi networks you trust. Shoppers on-the-go should check their device to make sure it asks permission before joining a network, Bordoloi says. The process can vary between iOS, Android and other mobile operating systems.You can also simply use the internet network supplied by wireless service providers, if your device is 3G- or 4G-enabled. These are hosted networks and therefore more difficult for hackers to crack into, Bordoloi says.2. Be skeptical when downloading apps from unknown developers. If you consider downloading a shopping app this season, keep in mind that cybercriminals can use apps to capture sensitive information, Bordoloi says. Learn about the developer’s credentials before downloading an app.”It takes one minute to search online for the developer’s name and the word ‘malware,'” he says. Always download the latest version of an app since developers tend to fix security holes in updated versions.3. Don’t fall for ‘phishing’ scams and too-good-to-be-true deals. If you receive a deal from a brand you don’t recognize, avoid clicking on any of the links in the e-mail or text — especially with time-sensitive deals, Bordoloi warns.Be cognizant of phishing scams, which are attempts to lure you into divulging your personal information. These could be personalized email messages or texts telling you about exclusive deals and discounts. Phishing scams take advantage of a consumer’s anxiety to secure the best possible price, so it’s important to do your research before you click.Related: 5 Smartphone Tips to Protect Against New Malware Attackslast_img read more

Ontario cutting government run out of country travel insurance program

first_img By: The Canadian Press Thursday, May 2, 2019 << Previous PostNext Post >> Ontario cutting government run, out of country travel insurance program Share Tags: OHIP, Travel Insurance TORONTO – Ontario is pushing ahead with a plan to eliminate basic out-of-country travel insurance, saying the program is very costly and does not provide value to taxpayers.The insurance currently covers out-of-country inpatient services to a maximum of $400 per day for a higher level of care, and up to $50 per day for emergency outpatient services and doctor services.Health Minister Christine Elliot announced the decision to scrap the program on Wednesday, following a six-day public consultation.The province spends $2.8 million to administer approximately $9 million in claim payments through the program every year.“We know that is not good value for Ontarians,” Elliott said. “People should be making their own plans to obtain coverage, which can be obtained quite inexpensively and provide them with full compensation if they sustain any health problems while out of the country.”The change is expected to come into effect Oct. 1.Elliott said a broader public outreach effort will be needed to remind travellers to purchase health insurance before they leave the country.More news:  Le Boat has EBBs along with its new 2020 brochure“I think many people didn’t even know there was any level of coverage before,” she said. “But it is important and we will have a public campaign to advise people because we don’t want people to have that unfortunate shock if they have a health problem while out of country, to have those costs which can be quite extraordinarily high.”Opposition politicians have said ending the program will hurt snowbirds and frequent travellers.NDP Leader Andrea Horwath criticized the move, saying it was part of the province’s larger plan to reduce health-care spending.Green party Leader Mike Schreiner said people deserve to have health coverage wherever they are, at home or travelling abroad.“Changes to the program are essentially equivalent to taking away health insurance from people,” he said.Last week, the Canadian Snowbird Association urged the government not to make the move and said it would not only impact the snowbird community who travel south during the winter months, but also cross-border shoppers and anyone planning a family vacation.More news:  Sunwing offers ultimate package deal ahead of YXU flights to SNU, PUJIn her 2018 report, Auditor General Bonnie Lysyk said the Ministry of Health processed an average of 88,000 out-of-country claims per year over a five year period and paid an average of $127 per claim.Lysyk also noted the high administrative costs of the program, but said they arise because staff must check varying physician services fee rates and process claims manually. She recommended that the government seek ways to reduce administrative costs by adopting a single reimbursement rate for all health services obtained out-of-country.She also recommended the government bolster efforts to inform Ontarians of the limit on reimbursement rates under the program and on the need to purchase private health insurance before travelling.last_img read more