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What you need to know about Libra

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » Libra. It’s a word most of us know, and it’s a word most often associated with astrological signs. Facebook is hoping to change that. When people think of currency, Facebook wants them to recall Libra and vice versa.Technically, Libra is a cryptocurrency, which is a form of currency you can access through your phone. While Libra is called a “cryptocurrency”, its platform has been built to perform as an answer to PayPal and Venmo. The difference? You can cash out Libra at a participating brick-and-mortar store or physical location.Facebook describes Libra as, “A simple global currency and financial infrastructure that empowers billions of people.” While Libra has been a known entity for some time, Facebook is now releasing more detailed information on its product offerings, Libra and Calibra.As early as next year, Facebook users and non-users will be able to access Libra and Calibra. How? For users of Facebook Messenger or WhatsApp, you can access it within the apps. If you aren’t a user, you can use the standalone Libra and Calibra apps. However, for Facebook users, Libra will be connected to their account. Don’t want information on what you purchase linked to your Facebook account? They’ve already thought of a workaround; enter Calibra. What is Calibra? It is a “digital wallet” that keeps all of your financial information private.last_img read more

Surabaya student investigated for so-called ‘sexual mummification’ of multiple victims

first_imgContent warning: This story contains information about sexual assault that may be disturbing to some readers.Authorities are investigating allegations that a student at Airlangga University (Unair) in Surabaya, East Java, sexually assaulted multiple people after several first-person accounts of the allegations went viral on Twitter.The accused student, Gilang, allegedly tricked his victims into performing an act known as “bondage mummification” under the pretense of academic research. The case garnered public attention after a Twitter user with the handle @m_fikris gave an account of his encounter with Gilang, who allegedly claimed to be looking for a research subject for his thesis about “wrappings”.The user wrote that Gilang persistently begged him to take part in the research, saying he was at risk of failing his studies for not finishing his thesis. Gilang was in his fifth year of university.“I felt sorry, so I agreed to help. He told me that the research subject needed to be wrapped from head to toe so they could show emotions such as anxiety. [At first] I refused, but he convinced me that it was totally safe,” @m_fikris wrote.Gilang sent instructions for @m_fikris and his friend to take turns covering each other’s bodies, including their mouths and eyes, with duct tape. He also instructed them to wrap their bodies in jarik [traditional Javanese cloth]. Gilang asked them to record the process and to send him the footage afterwards.Another victim, who requested anonymity, said Gilang had asked him to visit his boarding house to help with his “research” last year. He said Gilang wrapped him in cloth, stripped him naked and sexually assaulted him.“The incident has traumatized me for the last eight months. I’ve had nightmares about it,” the person told The Jakarta Post.Read also: Child sex abuse survivors are five times more likely to be the victims of sexual assault later in lifeAnother victim, who asked to remain anonymous, said he managed an escape from Gilang’s attempts in March. The 19-year-old college freshman from Surabaya had initially agreed to help Gilang with his research.“As Gilang was not in Surabaya because of the COVID-19 pandemic, he asked me to carry out the wrapping process with one of his relatives and send him pictures and videos of the process,” the 19-year-old said.He met Gilang’s “relative”, a high school student who, he discovered, had been blackmailed by Gilang into participating in the so-called research.A third victim, a 24-year-old, said he had been assaulted by Gilang in 2015 when they were both university freshmen.While he was sleeping at Gilang’s boarding house after a university event, he said he could feel Gilang cover his body with a blanket and grope him.“Strangely, I could not move at that time. I suppose he had drugged me. I confronted him the next day, and he admitted all his actions,” said the victim.Read also: Justice delayed, denied for victims of sexual abuse in Catholic ChurchUnair spokesperson Suko Widodo confirmed that Gilang was a student at the university’s School of Cultural Sciences (FIB) and had enrolled in 2015.Suko added that the school’s ethics commission and the Surabaya Police were investigating the allegations against Gilang, including those filed several years ago.“I cannot say much because we haven’t been able to contact Gilang yet. However, we would expel him if he was found guilty of committing the sexual harassment [that he has been accused of] as it would be a serious violation,” the spokesperson said.Suko said no faculty members had received any prior reports but that he was looking into the matter further.The FIB has established an information center for victims who want to report their cases and has prepared counseling services for victims.Topics :last_img read more

BLOG: Secretary Leslie Richard’s Latke Recipe for Hanukkah

first_imgBLOG: Secretary Leslie Richard’s Latke Recipe for Hanukkah By: Leslie Richards, Secretary of Transportation SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Holidays,  The Blog On Hanukkah, those of the Jewish faith celebrate by lighting the menorah and eating traditional fried foods like latkes, which alludes to the significance of oil to the eight-day celebration. My family is big latke fans — our dog’s name is even latke! Every Hanukkah, I make this recipe for my family and friends, and am sharing it with my fellow Pennsylvanians this year so they can enjoy them as much as us. Chag Sameach!Leslie’s Latke RecipeServings: Makes about 20 3-inch latkesIngredients2 extra large eggs1/3 cup of beer½ cup of all-purpose flour1 tsp kosher saltpinch of fine ground black pepper¼ of a Spanish onion, grated1 ½ pounds of Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled and grated1 ¼ cup of light vegetable oil for fryingapplesauce and sour cream for toppingsInstructions1. Whisk together eggs, beer, flour, salt and pepper2. Add the onion and the potatoes to the batter3. In a large skillet, heat ½ inch oil over moderately high heat4. Drop 2 tablespoons of batter (approximately 3 inches in diameter) in oil, turning them once, for 4-5 minutes, or until golden brown5. Drain on paper towelsServe with applesauce and sour cream.Best if prepared right before eating. If you need to prepare them ahead of time, they can be frozen. To reheat, lay out on parchment in a pan and freeze (single layer). Warm in 300 degree oven directly from freezer to oven.center_img Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf December 07, 2015last_img read more

Denmark’s LD awards equity mandates to Carnegie AM, Impax AM

first_imgDanish pension fund Lønmodtagernes Dyrtidsfond (LD) has appointed Carnegie Asset Management and Impax Asset Management to take on two investment mandates.Carnegie Asset Management won a Danish equities mandate that was being tendered by the DKK53.3bn (€7.14bn) fund, and UK firm Impax Asset Management won an environment and climate mandate, LD said.The two new contracts are expected to be in place by 1 April 1.LD said there was stiff competition between investment managers to win the two mandates. Factors such as the quality of investment process, managers’ investment competence and the ability to achieve a good return had carried a heavy weight in the selection process, LD said.Risk management and administrative processes were also important in the eventual choice.Managers’ fee levels had also been important, it said, but it added that price in itself had not been a crucial selection criterion.Bente Anderskouv, head of equities at LD, said: “The mandates we sent out to open competition were attractive ones, so we knew in advance we would be offered reasonable prices.”She said it was satisfying to find that LD had been able to find a couple of managers that were not just good at their job but also suited the way LD liked to work.LD did not disclose the value or duration of the mandates awarded.last_img read more

Wellington girls finish fifth in Haven Tournament

first_imgCheney10171218—57 Wellington21121016—59 Wellington: Avery Rusk 23, Lauryn Snipes 19, Tayland French 8, Shayland French 7, Taylor Zimmerman 2. by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington girls basketball team finished fifth in the Haven Tournament and reached .500 for the first time this season with a 59-57 win over Cheney in the consolation championship game Saturday afternoon.Avery Rusk scored 23 points and Lauryn Snipes had 19 to help lift the Crusaders to victory.The game was a thriller coming down to the final 10 seconds. The game was tied 57-all with nine seconds remaining as Cheney made a big comeback late in the game. Wellington called timeout.“It was pretty simple in the huddle,” said Eric Adams, Wellington head girls basketball coach. “Get the ball to Snipes and everyone get the heck out of the way and then crash the boards hard.” Cheney would foul Snipes going to the basket with three seconds remaining and she hit both free throws to take the 59-57 lead. The Cardinals would attempt one shot from 15 feet but it would miss and the Lady Dukes prevailed.Wellington finished 2-1 in the tournament which is always good. The Crusaders will now travel to Buhler Tuesday as the teams get back to single night action. Buhler is 11-2 placing third in the Haven tournament beating the host Haven team 71-48 for third place.Kingman won the tournament with a 50-34 victory over Goddard. Kingman beat Wellington in the first round.Saturday, Wellington led 21-10 in the first quarter but was outscored in the second quarter 17-2 to lead at the half 33-27.“Before the game, we wanted to play our three/quarter court pressure man defense, mixing in with some trapping and let our defense be our best offense and the girls accomplished that,” Adams said.Out of the first 21 points, 14 came off fast break opportunities. The Cardinals did not let them rattle them.“Cheney is so well coached, and their defensive transition was so good in the second quarter which made us play more half-court style,” Adams said.Wellington went more to a half-court trapping style of defense which led to some easy baskets. The lead would swell to 15 points at one point.But Cheney cut back into the lead, when 6-footer Haley Albers would go on a tear, hitting some huge baskets including a couple three-point baskets and eventually tying the game at 57-all.In an earlier game, Wellington would beat Rose Hill 50-38 in a second round game on Friday.Rusk would score 17 points while Snipes had 16. Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Wellington11131610—50center_img Consolation Championship: Wellington 59 Cheney 57 Rose Hill95420—38 Cheney: Albers 25, Lonker 11, Denney 10, Campbell 8, Freund 2, Wood 1. Wellington: Rusk 17, Snipes 16, S. French 9, T. French 6. Second round: Wellington 50 Rose Hill 38 (second round)last_img read more

Hubert Lawrence: Sherone Simpson – comeback of the year

first_imgAwards are flying around the world in this festive season and, thankfully, some have come Jamaica’s way. Usain Bolt, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and young Christopher Taylor have gotten their share from sporting bodies and media organisations alike. There may well be more to come. One oft overlooked category might include sprinter Sherone Simpson. When she came back from a minor drug suspension for unintentional use of a stimulant in 2014, she was a shadow of the woman who had been a mainstay of the Jamaican team for more than a decade. Her return to prominence is the comeback of the year. An Olympic 100m finalist in 2004, Commonwealth 200m winner and world number one over 100 metres in 2006, joint Olympic silver medallist in the 100m in 2008, and repeat World Championship finalist in the 200m, Simpson has a portfolio many envy. Added to that, her speed and safe hands have made her a key member of the 4x100m unit that has become the best in the world. REGAINING COMPETITIVE FORM Asafa Powell managed to regain his usual sub-10 form late in the 2014 sprinting campaign with victory over Commonwealth champion Kemar Bailey-Cole. Simpson, however, struggled and aborted her 2014 season early. It was painful to watch. This year, with the guidance of coach Maurice Wilson, she gradually regained competitive form. Instead of the slouchy 2014 200-metre fourth place at the Jamaican National Championships, she looked more like her urgent self. A near dead heat with former MVP Club training partner Fraser-Pryce in the 200 metres at the UTech Classic heralded her progress. At this year’s Nationals, she was a strong second-place finisher in the 200 metres, and a flying fourth in a fast 100-metre final. In 2014, she logged times of 11.34 and 23.38 seconds in the 100m and 200m, respectively, at the Nationals. This year, the corresponding figures depicted a much brighter picture at 11.14 and 22.62. Her 100-metre win at the Pan-Am Games was wonderful. Seizing the moment, Simpson produced a winning time of 10.95 seconds. It was her 13th sub-11 clocking and her first since 2008. Out in the 100-metre semis in the World Championships, the 32-year-old comeback kid reached the 200m final, where she ran a season’s best time of 22.50 seconds and chipped in with a high-speed first leg to help Jamaica to reach the 4×100-metre final. CLEAN SLATE Her comeback would be perfect if the authorities would wipe her slate clean. After all, it’s been proven that the company that supplied the tainted supplement that got her and Asafa Powell in trouble was guilty of incomplete product labelling. She and Powell sued the offending company and won an out-of-court settlement. If the USA track and field association, USATF, can back Allyson Felix in her quest to run both the 200 and 400 metres at the 2016 Olympic Games, perhaps the JAAA can help our two heroes erase the blot on their reputations. That, and an individual Olympic medal next year, would make Simpson’s comeback complete. If she stays injury free, success is possible. – Hubert Lawrence was making notes at track side when Sherone Simpson ran for Manchester High School at Girls’ Championships 2002.last_img read more