• Experienced Greece defeats creative Cyprus

    first_imgGreece made it two out of two in the World Cup qualifiers beating visiting Cyprus 2-0 in Piraeus despite a rather lackluster performance on Friday. Two first-half goals by Costas Mitroglou and Petros Mantalos sealed it for the hosts.The successful start to the tenure of German manager Michael Skibbe on the Greek bench continues. He opted for left-back Costas Stafylidis as a replacement for injured Andreas Samaris next to Yiannis Maniatis as holding midfielders, and they had plenty of work against a quite creative Cypriot side.Yet Greece needed just 12 minutes to open the score, as Costas Fortounis took hold of a loose ball in the Cyprus box and fed incoming Mitroglou who slid the ball past Cypriot keeper Costas Panaghi.Then three minutes before half-time Mantalos took advantage of an error by Panaghi and lobbed the ball into the net for Greece’s second goal.Cyprus twice came close to pulling a goal back early in the second half via Nestor Mytides and Giorgos Efraim, and was unlucky not to score as the Greek defense appeared disorganized at times.It is worth noting that when the 1,500 Cypriot fans chanted “Greece-Cyprus, Enosis”, the rest of the stadium offered a warm round of applause. Enosis, a historically charged word for the Cypriots, means Union in Greek.Greece is now joint top of the table along with Belgium and on Monday it travels to Estonia. Cyprus, still on zero points, visits Bosnia next.Source: KathimeriniTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

  • Tsitsipas Stuns Nadal, Advances to Madrid Open Final (Pics,Vid)

    first_imgMADRID — For the third straight time this season, Rafael Nadal won’t be fighting for a title on his favorite surface.Nadal’s slump on clay continued on Saturday at the Madrid Open with a third consecutive semifinal elimination, adding to his worst start to the clay-court swing since 2015.He lost to ninth-ranked Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas, who will try to win his third title of the year in a final against top-ranked Novak Djokovic, who defeated Dominic Thiem 7-6 (2), 7-6 (4) and will have a chance to tie Nadal for the most titles in Master 1000 tournaments with 33.Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece reacts after winning Rafael Nadal of Spain during the Madrid Open tennis men’s semi-final match in Madrid, Spain, Saturday, May 11, 2019. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)In the women’s final, Kiki Bertens beat two-time Madrid champion Simona Halep 6-4, 6-4.“It wasn’t my best night,” Nadal said. “I knew what I had to do, it was clear to me, but I just wasn’t capable of doing it. I didn’t have a good feeling to do the things I wanted to do and that’s it. We don’t have to dwell too much on it.”The second-ranked Spaniard, still seeking his first title of the season, had also failed to make it to the final in Monte Carlo and Barcelona, tournaments he had won the last three consecutive seasons. He lost to Fabio Fognini in Monte Carlo and to Thiem in Barcelona. This is the first time since 2004 that Nadal had arrived in Madrid without a title.“I’ve won a lot over the years on this surface,” he said.” But this year it hasn’t been the case. I’ve been really close, but I haven’t been able to win.”Nadal, who was yet to lose a set in Madrid this year, had beaten Tsitsipas all three previous times they played, without losing a set, including in the semifinals of the Australian Open.Rafael Nadal of Spain reacts after missing a point against Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece during the Madrid Open tennis men’s semi-final match in Madrid, Spain, Saturday, May 11, 2019. Tsitsipas won the match. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)The 20-year-old Tsitsipas converted on his fourth match point to close out the victory on the Magic Box center court.“I’m really happy that I managed to keep my nerves down and fight back. Probably one of the toughest victories I’ve had in my life,” Tsitsipas said. “Adding variety and being unpredictable was the key today.”Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece reacts after winning Rafael Nadal of Spain during the Madrid Open tennis men’s semi-final match in Madrid, Spain, Saturday, May 11, 2019. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)The young Greek played aggressively from the start, breaking Nadal’s serve six times. He saved 11 of the 16 break opportunities he conceded.“I really liked my fighting spirit,” he said. “I went on the court and I was mentally prepared for a fight.”Tsitsipas will be playing in his fourth final of the season and will have a chance to become the first player to win three titles this year, adding to his triumphs in Estoril and Marseille. He is the tour’s winningest player in 2019 with 27 wins.“I have to be mentally prepared for a tough match,” said Tsitsipas, who defeated Djokovic in Toronto last year. “He’s in a pretty good state of his tennis, so it won’t be easy.”By: Tales Azzoni, AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare2929 Shareslast_img read more

  • NDP leader says Canada should declare antiSikh violence in 1984 a genocide

    first_imgOTTAWA – NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh says Canada should declare that anti-Sikh violence that took place in India more than three decades ago was a genocide.Singh — who spent much of this week defending himself following the emergence of several videos showing him appearing at various events where others promoted Sikh independence and violence — says there is clear evidence attacks on Sikhs by Hindus which followed the assassination of prime minister Indira Gandhi in 1984 were not spontaneous, but rather organized by government.Gandhi was assassinated by her Sikh bodyguards a few months after Sikh separatists who had barred themselves inside the Golden Temple in Amritsar were killed in a military assault. The Air India bombing in 1985 was carried out in reaction to the temple attack and the post-assassination violence.India has said fewer than 3,000 people died in the attacks, but Sikh leaders sometimes put the number closer to 10,000. Singh said this week many Canadian Sikhs moved to Canada following the attacks, feeling persecuted and afraid to remain in India.Singh believes labelling the event a genocide will help bring peace between Hindus and Sikhs.He introduced a motion calling the attacks a genocide in 2016, when he was an NDP member of the Ontario legislature. That motion failed, but a very similar one brought forward by Liberal Harinder Malhi passed last year at Queen’s Park.That motion was described by Indian media as a “body blow” to India and the Indian government called it “misguided.” Although the motion was passed in a provincial legislature, the Indian government did not distinguish between the levels of government when complaining to Canada about the motion and it was among the tensions that contributed to a troubled state visit to India by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau last month.Trudeau’s office did not respond when asked if the government would support a genocide motion.Adam Austen, a spokesman for Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland, said the 1984 violence was tragic and the issue is close to the hearts of many Canadians of the Sikh faith.“We must continue to call for truth, justice and accountability for all victims,” he said in a statement. “After 34 years, we must continue to ensure that those responsible are brought to justice.”Singh said the NDP doesn’t have a motion prepared, but that it would be very appropriate for Parliament to approve such a motion.“I think it’s the right thing to do,” he said. “It would be a proper thing to take, not only nationally but I think it’s something that is appropriate at the international level as well to make sure this is clarified, that it was not communal violence but was state-organized violence.”Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2015 set up a special team to investigate the attacks, but at least 199 cases were discarded for lack of evidence. Earlier this year the Indian Supreme Court set up its own team to investigate those 199 cases again.The lack of justice for those deadly riots is the root of much of Sikh unease with the Indian government today, says Harvinder Khehra, a Calgary teacher who immigrated to Canada from Punjab in 2009.Khehra says the Indian government seems to be afraid of the political influence of Sikhs in Canada and is behind both the Trudeau trip problems and the Singh stories this week. He says he believes the Indian government wants to raise concerns about Sikh politicians to influence non-Sikh voters into not voting for them again.Khehra says people who peacefully lobby for Khalistan are exercising legal right of free speech and he knows nobody who invokes violence as a means to achieving that end.The Canadian government also accused people within the Indian government of trying to undermine Trudeau’s trip last month by facilitating the invitation to a reception of a man convicted in the 1980s of trying to kill an Indian cabinet minister on a trip to Canada. The reasoning was that some in the Indian government refuse to believe Canadian Sikhs aren’t pushing for an independent state and want to undercut Sikh influence in Canadian politics.Singh said these are serious allegations that should be investigated further. Earlier this month Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale wouldn’t answer questions about those allegations at a committee hearing, saying they were infringing on classified matters.The Indian government has denied having any involvement.— follow @mrabson on Twitter.last_img read more

  • Trudeau announces twoway investment deal with India worth 1 billion

    first_imgMUMBAI, India – Some of India’s biggest companies say they will invest more than $250 million in Canada, in everything from pulp mills to pharmaceuticals and the IT sector.Canadian companies, meanwhile, plan to invest $750 million in India.The news came after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau spent his third morning in India meeting six of the country’s most influential business tycoons, making deals that he says will create more than 5,800 new jobs in Canada.“This was really a win-win morning, a win-win day for all of us and I’m excited for the opportunities in the Canada-India friendship,” Trudeau said during an armchair conversation with Chanda Kochhar, CEO of the Industrial Credit and Investment Corp. of India, in front of 550 Indian business people.Trudeau initially said the entire $1 billion was money coming into Canada but his officials later corrected that it was a two-way trade number, with one-quarter coming from India into Canada, and the rest going the other way.More than half the $750 million Canadian investment in India comes from Toronto’s Brookfield Asset Management, which is spending $480 million to buy a 1.25 million-square foot office complex in Mumbai.Another $200 million comes from Fairfax India Holdings Corp. of Canada, which acquired a 51 per cent stake in the Catholic Syrian Bank in Kerala, India.The government of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has made a number of economic reforms in the last few years that have helped open the Indian economy to international investment opportunities. Kochhar said these “huge” structural reforms — including a new goods and services tax to simplify the tax system, a bankruptcy court and more transparency — have had a big impact on making it easier to do business in India.The investments from India include a new operation in Canada from telecom equipment manufacturer Valiant Communications, a Canadian manufacturing facility to produce natural health products by Clarion Pharmaceutical and an Ontario operation for Vision Controls, which works on automation.As well, Jubilant Life Sciences will spend $100 million to expand its existing facility in Kirkland, Que., which manufactures medical devices.Later this week, digital transformation company Tech Mahindra, will announce a new partnership with Canada’s superclusters initiative.Anand Mahindra, chairman of the Mahindra Group, said he had recently joined the Asia Business Leaders Advisory Council but he said he can’t find anything to “advise” Trudeau about other than “do more of the same.”“I think the rest of the world is learning about leadership from you,” Mahindra told Trudeau in a brief, public portion of their meeting Tuesday.“So, please continue to do what you’re doing. With good leadership, business follows and as you learn from my team we have big plans for Canada.”Kumar Birla, chairman of the Indian conglomerate Aditya Birla Group and, according to Forbes, the country’s eighth-wealthiest person, told Trudeau he finds both the federal and provincial governments in Canada to be very friendly for business.“We are very happy investors,” he said at the start of his meeting with Trudeau. “I think just the ease of doing business, the business friendliness of the Canadian government across the country I think is something that is a true delight for an investor. Someone who’s tasted that will always want to come back for more.”The Birla Group — which already owns pulp mills in Ontario and New Brunswick— has plans to expand in three areas in Canada, in fibre, carbon black and aluminum products.The investment deals are the first tangible delivery from Trudeau’s trip and come despite the fact Canada and India trade is not growing as quickly as some had hoped. In 2012, former Prime Minister Stephen Harper and the Indian government set a goal to reach $15 billion in trade between the two countries by 2015.In 2016, the latest year for which statistics are available, it was at $8.4 billion. While that was double what it was in 2010, it was far shy of the $15 billion goal.Kasi Rao, chair of the Canada-India Business Council, which hosted the Trudeau armchair chat Tuesday, said the slow growth between Canada and India comes from a lethargy on Canada’s part and a lack of knowledge of Canada within India.However, he said Canadians seem increasingly aware of the rise of Asia and India’s importance and the Canada brand in India is growing. Rao said to prove that one need only look at the fact more than 550 people signed up to attend the Tuesday discussion with Trudeau and Kochhar.“That would have been a hard sell a few years ago,” said Rao.Trudeau is also trying to push some of his domestic political priorities in India, including women’s empowerment and human rights. To that end he hosted a round table with women business leaders on Tuesday, saying he wanted hear about their experiences and challenges.— follow @mrabson on Twitter.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version incorrectly stated that India would invest $1B in Canada. In fact, $1B is the total value of investments, including Canada’s investments in India.last_img read more

  • TimorLeste entering period of peace its leader tells highlevel UN meeting

    25 September 2008Timor-Leste has entered a new phase of peace, economic growth and reduced crime since the unsuccessful assassination attempts against the leaders of the small South-East Asian nation in February, the country’s President told the United Nations today. Addressing the General Assembly’s annual high-level segment, José Ramos-Horta said the attacks against him and Prime Minister Xanana Gusmão “shocked the nation” and “served to unite the people in opposing violence.”The period following the attacks “has been the most peaceful in many years without any politically motivated violence registered so far and even common criminality has been significantly reduced,” he said.Mr. Ramos-Horta praised Mr. Gusmão and the Government for the positive steps made in consolidating stability and delivering services to the population.“The progress is visible,” the President said, noting that a growing number of people displaced during the violent 2006 clashes – attributed to differences between the eastern and western regions – are returning to their homes.Timor-Leste can also take pride in its economic growth, with real GDP rising 7 per cent this year, with that figure being revised upwards to 19 per cent when oil and gas revenues are taken into account.“However, we would not have succeeded in pulling back from the brink without the prompt and steadfast support from the international community,” Mr. Ramos-Horta, co-laureate of the 1996 Nobel Peace Prize, said, highlighting the assistance received from the UN and countries such as Australia and New Zealand.In August, the Security Council commended Timor-Leste’s Government and public institutions for the “rapid, firm and responsible manner” in which they responded after the attempts on the lives of the President and Prime Minister. read more

  • Worldwide stock market fears

    The enormous losses on the markets are continuing this morning, sparking economic fears around the world.Asian investors watched as China’s Shanghai Composite posted its biggest one-day percentage loss since 2007.In Hong Kong the Hang Seng lost more than 1100 points.Japan’s Nikkei dropped 895.Europe is following with triple digit losses in England, Germany and France in early afternoon trading.Both the TSX and the Dow could start the week in the red after big losses Friday. Both fell triple digits with the Dow losing more than 500 points.  It’s down 10 per cent from its record close in May.  The losses followed big drops on Thursday as well.North American markets open at 9:30 a.m. read more

  • Two UN agencies call for fundamental changes by governments to save environment

    In a bid to arrest the accelerating deterioration of the environment and to address the crisis of global poverty, the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the World Bank, and the World Resources Institute, issued a new report that urges governments to include the public in decisions that affect ecosystems and to integrate environmental impacts into economic decision-making.The report, “World Resources 2002-2004: Decisions for the Earth: Balance, Voice, and Power,” also identifies public access to information from governments, business, and non-governmental organizations as a necessary precursor to improved environmental performance.”Governments, businesses, civil society and the individual citizen are more aware of what needs to be done and are certainly taking action. But, as evidenced by the continued erosion and collapse of so many of the planet’s life support systems, it is not nearly enough and more concerted, focused, action is urgently needed,” UNEP Executive Director Klaus Toepfer said.The best way to force government action is to empower citizens to demand it through increased public access to information, participation, and justice in environmental decision-making, the report states. When constituencies for the environment and for the poor have a seat at the table, the resulting decisions are more likely to promote ecological sustainability, social equity, and lasting conflict resolution.”It is a central tenet of UNDP’s work to strengthen the voices of civil society, in particularly the poor and the marginalized in shaping the policies that impact their livelihoods and the environment,” UNDP Executive Administrator Mark Malloch Brown said.The report indicates an overwhelming human dependence on rapidly deteriorating ecosystems. Some 350 million people are directly dependent on forests for their survival, yet global forest cover has declined by 46 per cent since pre-agricultural times. Nearly 41 of every 100 people live in water-stressed river basins, it notes.The report is the 10th in a biennial series published since 1984. read more

  • Toronto stock market ends lower as international markets react to Cyprus

    Toronto stock market ends lower as international markets react to Cyprus TORONTO – The Toronto stock market weakened on Monday as concerns about a controversial new levy on bank deposits by the Mediterranean island nation of Cyprus unsettled financial markets around the globe.The S&P/TSX composite ended down 48.27 points at 12,781.76 as it pushed away from a steeper loss of nearly 71 points earlier in the session. The TSX Venture Exchange dipped 5.37 points to 1,111.78.The Canadian dollar fell 0.29 of a cent to 97.82 cents US.In Cyprus, lawmakers postponed until Tuesday night a vote on a deposit tax of 6.75 per cent on accounts of up to €100,000 (US$131,000) and 9.9 per cent on accounts over that amount in a bailout agreement reached with international lenders on the weekend.The tax is among conditions demanded by international creditors in order for Cyprus to get €10 billion (US$13 billion) in bailout funds.But the tax on ordinary citizens’ savings is an unprecedented step in Europe’s 3 1/2-year-old debt crisis and the shock over the threat to private property spread rapidly, sending markets in Britain, German and France down sharply.While the financials of the country are small, the magnitude of the proposal in Cyprus was great enough that it captured plenty of attention, said Craig Fehr, Canadian markets specialist with Edward Jones in St. Louis.“If this were to be extrapolated over into countries like Spain or Italy, there would be much larger ripple effects that would occur,” he said.“We don’t think that’s likely, but the blueprint that this would set is at least alarming.”Banks in Cyprus will remain closed until Thursday as lawmakers try to amend a measure to raid bank accounts in the country.On Wall Street, the Dow Jones industrials dropped 62.05 points to 14,452.06. The Nasdaq was down 11.48 points at 3,237.59 and the S&P 500 index slid 8.60 points to 1,552.10.In commodities, the April crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange rose 29 cents to end at US$93.74 a barrel, as TSX energy stocks made the steepest decline, off 0.9 per cent.Copper took a significant hit from the concerns in Europe, with the May contract losing 9.3 cents to settle at US$3.43 a pound. Metals and mining stocks were off 1.3 per cent.Gold stocks were one of the sole climbers, as April bullion rose $12 to settle at US$1,604.60 an ounce.In corporate developments, Bombardier Transportation is denying a European newspaper report that it faces large penalties for the late delivery of 59 double-decker inter-city trains ordered in 2010 by Swiss Federal Railways (SBB).Der Sonntag, quoting unidentified sources, said Bombardier (TSX:BBD.B) faces at least US$487 million (460 million Swiss francs) in penalties for delivering the trains two years late.Bombardier shares were down 10 cents to $4.18.On Tuesday, the Federal Open Market Committee will begin a two-day meeting where it is widely expected to affirm its plans to continue its US$85 billion monthly bond purchases, though comments could provide more certainty on how much longer the program will last.Some policymakers at the U.S. central bank have been concerned that the purchases could eventually unsettle financial markets or cause the Fed to take losses. The purchases, commonly known as quantitative easing, are designed to boost the U.S. economy by increasing liquidity in financial markets.But the language of the Fed comments will, as always, be put under the microscope. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by David Friend, The Canadian Press Posted Mar 18, 2013 8:59 am MDT read more

  • Mens Soccer Ohio States season ends with 40 loss to Indiana

    Ohio State junior Abdi Mohamed (26) takes the ball downfield during the Ohio State- BGSU game on Sep. 22. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorThe Indiana men’s soccer team (15-0-4, 5-0-3 Big Ten) defeated Ohio State (8-10-1, 3-5-0 Big Ten) in the semifinals of the Big Ten tournament on Saturday, ending the Buckeyes’ 2017 season.The Hoosiers were able to strike in the 17th minute to give them a 1-0 lead off the foot of junior forward Corey Thomas. He was able to finish off the cross assist from junior midfielder Trevor Swartz and junior defender Andrew Gutman.The first half ended 1-0 with Indiana outshooting Ohio State 8-3.The Hoosiers made the score 2-0 in the 47th minute as Gutman buried a shot in the back of the net from 12 yards out.Indiana continued to pour it on in the second half. The Hoosiers scored their third goal in the 62nd minute as junior midfielder Francesco Moore was able to finish off a corner. Indiana’s fourth and final goal came in the 71st minute off a header by junior midfielder Austin Panchot.Indiana finished the game leading 17-6 in shots and 7-1 in corners. read more

  • Man charged over McDonalds mobility scooter protest is cleared of drink driving

    first_imgA mobility scooter driver prosecuted under a Victorian drink drive law for staging a protest at a McDonald’s restaurant, has rode free from court after prosecutors admitted a trial would be a waste of money.Michael Green, 62, refused to leave his local branch of the fast food chain when staff informed him they could not serve him at the drive-thru counter because he was not driving a car.The former HGV driver, who was registered disabled following a head injury in 1997, was charged by police with being drunk in charge of a carriage under the 1872 Licensing Act, after refusing to be breathalysed by police. Michael Green was charged under a Victorian drink driving law The 1872 licensing act was originally brought in to crack down on anyone caught drunk in charge of a carriage, steam engine, bicycle a horse or a cow.But when he appeared before Skegness Magistrates Court, the Crown offered no evidence and admitted a prosecution would not be in the public interest.Mr Green had become angry when staff at the Skegness branch of McDonald’s refused to serve him at the drive thru section of the restaurant.His protest caused chaos and he was eventually arrested after being accused of being drunk. Michael Green was charged under a Victorian drink driving law Speaking after the case, Mr Green said: “All I wanted was a burger and the police came up with this stupid old law to charge me with.“I will never go to McDonald’s again. The restaurant was full of holidaymakers so I decided to use the drive-thru.“My mobility scooter is licensed to go on public roads and has a number plate, I know it is road worthy and McDonald’s have served other mobility scooter drivers in the past.“The staff just shut the hatch. All I wanted was a burger, so I wouldn’t budge. Most people seemed to be supporting me.“When the police arrived they tried to breathalyse me but I wasn’t drunk. I just took it out after two seconds.“They arrested me, put me in a police car and left my mobility scooter at McDonald’s. I was taken to Skegness Police Station where I was kept for two hours.“They never breathalysed me in the station and then charged me under this stupid old law.“After that they brought me my mobility scooter back and I was allowed to drive home on it. It is just a joke.”Mobility scooters are classed as a carriage and are not covered by current drink-driving laws.The crime has a maximum penalty of £200 or 51 weeks in prison. Locals posted pictures of the incident on Twitter Locals posted pictures of the incident on TwitterCredit:Twitter Nick Todd, prosecuting, told magistrates: “It is not often somebody appears before the court contravening a section of the 1872 Carriage Act.”Mr Green was on his mobility scooter and went to the drive-thru section of the restaurant.”McDonald’s staff said they would not serve him for insurance, and health and safety reasons.”Mr Green refused to leave and was shouting to staff and the surrounding crowd ‘all I want is a burger.’ There is no evidence he was abusive.”After 40 minutes police arrived and attempted to breathalyse him. Baring in mind he was on a mobility scooter there is a question in mind if they were entitled to do so.”Mr Green was then arrested and charged.”I do not intend to have a trial on this matter and do not think it is in the public interest. The average cost of a trial in Magistrates Court is £3,000.”Nobody was hurt and there is no evidence he was abusive.”At the time of the incident a spokesman for McDonald’s said: ‘Following advice taken from independent parties and company safety risk assessments, it is our policy only road worthy motor vehicles should be served in our drive-thru lanes.“This takes into account a number of considerations including space available in the lanes and the heights of ordering points and service hatches.“Mobility scooter users are invited to enter into our restaurants and order food at service points which are more convenient for them, and most importantly, safer for the customer and crew when selling food.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

  • English Heritages Van Morrison gig branded shambolic after threehour car park queues

    Concertgoers spent two hours or more waiting in their cars before they could exit the parking areaCredit:Twitter Concertgoers spent two hours or more waiting in their cars before they could exit the parking area On Saturday GCE Live said delays exiting had been caused by a “road traffic accident on the A6” which sparked furious responses online. Bedfordshire police said the only traffic incident happened at 6pm and was quickly cleared. Louise Campbell, who has a shattered pelvis and suffers from autoimmune diseases, paid £300 so she and her elderly parents could sit in disabled seats in the front row. The evening was a treat for the couple’s 45th wedding anniversary. Customers had to use cash because card processing systems were unavailable due to a lack of wifi.The queue for a cup of coffee was more than an hour long and those waiting could not hear the music of Van Morrison, or warm act The Waterboys – famous for the 1980s hit The Whole of the Moon – because other music was playing in the food and drink area.Van Morrison left the stage at 10pm but nearly three hours later there were still cars queueing for the one exit from the car park.  Bedfordshire Police had to send two units to the scene.Ali Wilson added: “We got back to our car at 10.15pm and sat for two hours without moving.“Then someone on Twitter mentioned there was a farm road out of the estate. We followed a few cars leaving that way and managed to leave around 12.45am, but there were hundreds of cars still waiting to get out.“There was no real marshalling, there were just thousands of cars trying to leave at the same time through the one marked exit.” Van Morrison on stage at the Wrest Park event on Friday. His set was well-received but angry customers are demanding refunds over allegations of disorganisation and delays An English Heritage gig has been branded “disgusting” and “shambolic” with Van Morrison concertgoers complaining of alcohol shortages, hour-long queues for coffee, a ‘free for all’ for seating and gridlock in the car park.Fans, and some of the musical acts, were caught in a three-hour queue to exit the event, held in the grounds of Wrest Park in Silsoe in Bedfordshire on Friday evening.Many of the 9,000 customers are making angry demands for refunds. One industry veteran called it the most shambolic and disorganised event he had experienced in 40 years.Musician Ali Wilson, who had driven from Edinburgh, said: “I used to go to Donington 39 years ago when it was like the first world war trenches, and even that was better organised than this.”–– ADVERTISEMENT ––The event began at 5pm and many fans had arrived with picnics to enjoy in the Capability Brown-landscaped gardens around the Grade I-listed 1830s French-style chateau.But they were stopped by security from taking in food or drink. Some opened their hampers and ate by the side of the road before going in. Inside plastic bottles of wine cost £30 and cans of beer £6, but the wine ran out by 8pm before the headline act took the stage. Yesterday in a statement the firm said: “GCE Live would like to apologise to those who had difficulty oin leaving the Wrest Park site on Friday after the Van Morrison concert.“Despite the best efforts and hard work of the specialist traffic management company contracted to safely get patrons off the site, a bottleneck in the village of Silsoe and the sheer number of vehicles (including an unexpected [sic] high volume of taxis) created unnecessary delays.“We thank those who waited patiently as we worked to resolve the problems on the night. We are currently investigating why this happened and how we can guarantee this doesn’t happen again at future events.”A spokesperson for GCE added that customers were told in advance that food and drink would not be allowed on site and this decision was based on police advice. She said when they arrived other festival goers had taken two of the family’s numbered seats and stewards refused to move them, saying the promoter had made the change.  The family had to sit apart from one another.Ms Campbell added: “It was disgusting. I was in agony from having to stand for so long arguing with the stewards. I couldn’t sit with my family, I couldn’t sing along.“The disabled toilets didn’t even have any lights or anywhere to wash your hands, that’s really dangerous for someone like me who can pick up infection really easily.”Fiona Byrne, who found herself chatting with Waterboys musicians also caught in the hours-long queue to exit the gig,  said: “I think English Heritage should be held to account because whether it’s a third party event or not it’s their venue.”English Heritage has apologised and promised to raise complaints with the organiser. A spokeswoman told the Telegraph the 9,350-strong concert was the largest event at Wrest Park in recent years.She added: “This concert was an independent event organised by GCE Live who were responsible for all aspects of it, including the traffic management plan which was in place for the evening.” Van Morrison on stage at the Wrest Park event. His set was well-received but angry customers are demanding refunds over allegations of disorganisation and delays Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. English Heritage said it was the biggest gig at the venue in recent years English Heritage said it was the biggest gig at the venue in recent years read more

  • Doosan applies new technologies to ADT range

    first_imgDoosan Construction Equipment has announced several new developments in the company’s DA30 and DA40 articulated dump trucks (ADTs) aimed at increasing safety and productivity for mining and quarrying applications. The Doosan range of ADTs features an articulation hinge positioned behind the turning ring to provide equal weight distribution even during maximum turning and ensure full contact between the tyres and the road surface.  Doosan states: “The trucks also have an exceptionally flexible and agile undercarriage incorporating a free-swinging rear tandem bogie that further guarantees permanent 6-wheel drive for equal power distribution and excellent driving performance in difficult terrain.  The sloping body design also enhances the stability of the trucks thanks to its low centre of gravity and allows fast and easy tipping, even in the most demanding conditions.” The group adds: “The combination of the forward turning point, the unique tandem bogie and the sloping rear frame results in ‘best in class’ rough and soft terrain capabilities and avoids the need for electronic aids such as traction control…the new Levelling Meter developed by Doosan to meet increased safety requirements in the quarry industry will help to raise the safety bar even further.” The system utilises rotation sensors installed on the front and body of the truck, which provide a continuous stream of data which is converted into clear graphical readouts on the control panel giving the status to the driver, telling them whether or not it is safe to drive the truck forward and to stop if there is a danger of turning the body of the truck over.”Other safety features being added by Doosan are Lexan headlight guards providing improved protection when working on applications in poor light or at night.  These systems have long lifetime components requiring less maintenance.  The company is also offering a limited maximum speed option for improved safety particularly in the mining industry. To complement the safety features of Doosan ADTs, the company has developed new systems to provide immediate fault detection in several languages. “Providing immediate fault indication via larger symbols on the control monitor for greater visibility, the new fault detection systems also offer full trouble shooting to reduce downtime for the end user.  In addition, the fault detection systems have easy to update software to safeguard future truck performance.”Doosan has also developed a new Payload and Cycle Count Meter for the DA30 and DA40 ADTs.  The new system utilises load sensors on the front and body sections of the machine which provide an immediate readout on the cab’s control monitor of the payload with an accuracy of +/- 5%.  The load is registered and counted in the Vehicle Control Unit if the weighing value is at least 3 t.  To avoid more than one registration per load the next registration is not possible before the vehicle has travelled more than 50 m or after a timeout of 3 minutes. The data can be downloaded to a USB memory stick or sent as an attachment by GPS.  The data is in Wordpad format and can be easily identified and tracked by assigning it with a unit serial number. A new Economy mode developed by Doosan controls the engine rated speed on the company’s DA range ADTs automatically when it is activated.  It is ideal for fuel saving on long distance haul roads.  The new improved powertrain and electronics on the DA30 and DA40 models allows Doosan to decrease the rated speed for the engine, and work with optimal power and torque to further improve fuel efficiency.last_img read more

  • ISO discusses its new standard for autonomy in mining

    first_imgThe benefits of autonomous vehicle technology apply both to public roads, but also to mine sites, as the IM readership is well aware. But what of safety standardisation in autonomy? Dan Roley is the past Chair for The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) technical committee on earth-moving machinery (ISO/TC 127).  Recently published is ISO 17757, Earth-moving machinery and mining — Autonomous and semi-autonomous machine system safety, the purpose of which is to provide safety requirements for autonomous machines and semi-autonomous machines used in earth-moving and mining operations, and their autonomous or semi-autonomous machine systems (ASAMS).ISO states that it specifies safety criteria both for the machines and their associated systems and infrastructure, including hardware and software, and provides guidance on safe use in their defined functional environments during the machine and system life cycle. It also defines terms and definitions related to ASAMS.It is applicable to autonomous and semi-autonomous versions of the earth-moving machinery (EMM) defined in ISO 6165 and of mobile mining machines used in either surface or underground applications. Its principles and many of its provisions can be applied to other types of autonomous or semi‑autonomous machines used on the worksites.Safety requirements for general mobile EMM and mining machines, as well as operators, trainers or passengers on the machine, are given by other International Standards (e.g. ISO 20474 and the future ISO 19296). ISO 17757 addresses additional hazards specific and relevant to ASAMS when used as intended.As the ISO points out there is more risk of operator error with manned mining vehicles and even when error doesn’t end in accident, operator ability can have a major impact on machine longevity and productivity. “With wear parts such as tyres and brakes costing many times more than their regular roadgoing counterparts, and potentially lower use of fuel and oil, there is an economic argument for autonomy to be made alongside the case for safety. In helping to protect the machine from different styles and abilities of operator, in using detailed feedback from sensors in place of gut feeling, maintenance can be scheduled more predictably with less frequent replacement of parts. When these time and parts savings are combined with those of running round the clock with minimal intervention, the advantages of the autonomous mine are clear.”The ISO statement adds: “In many cases, the technology is used to adapt existing vehicles, although some models are planned and built as autonomous versions. In fact, mines in both Australia and Chile have been using degrees of automation for more than a decade. And although it is the big-ticket items performing repetitive work, such as dumper trucks, that are first in line for automation, it’s likely that the technology will filter down to cover other machines.Dan Roley, the past Chair for the ISO technical committee on earth-moving machinery (ISO/TC 127) states: “What we’ll probably see in the future is the technology being more widely used for equipment such as dozers and loaders. It has the potential for us to change the way we think, as earth-moving and mining machines become safer and more efficient.”ISO 17757 plays a major part in advancing that goal. “By setting a common foundation for all manufacturers to follow, the risk of going-it-alone is ditched in favour of a shared solution. The market for heavy equipment benefits from highly specialised manufacturers.” But mines are serviced by machinery from drill to smaller construction-sized machines that are manufactured by a dozen different companies. “To realise the advantages of an integrated, autonomous system, all of these products, designed and produced in different countries, have to be able to work together safely,” explains Roley.The ISO concludes: “In an environment where margins can be thin and safety is paramount, the mining industry has been quick to catch on to the benefits of automation. So while it may yet be years before public confidence and technology have sufficiently progressed to make autonomous vehicles a regular sight on our roads, the mining industry is already unearthing new benefits, thanks to nuggets like ISO 17757.”last_img read more

  • DARPA designs awesome pontoon tank

    first_imgThe wheel was a cool invention, don’t get me wrong. Those round things definitely had their day. They’re useful in a lot of circumstances, but what if you need to go from land to water, and back again? Sure a hovercraft is an option, but that’s pretty retro these days. How about a tank with pontoon treads? Too crazy? That’s exactly what DARPA is working on, and it looks incredibly cool.The Captive Air Amphibious Transporter, or CAAT for short, is designed to carry people and supplies on both land and sea. The key is a series of air-filled metal pontoons that are arranged on a tank-like tread. As the tread moves, the pontoons create a flat driving surface on the bottom, but also paddle through the water to propel the craft forward.Watching this 1/5 scale test vehicle cruising across the waves is a little surreal. It doesn’t look like it should be possible, in fact. The demo unit weighs more than 4 tons, and it has no problem gliding across open water and swamp land. In the video, a regular guy weighing nowhere near 4 tons sinks into the mud of the swamp, but the CAAT skates past just fine.This transport could be invaluable in disaster areas, as it can easily move supplies across rivers or floodplains. The CAAT is designed to carry 20-foot or 40-foot commercial shipping containers, so it will be easy to load in any region. The Navy is also looking at the technology for troop transports. Leave it to DARPA to come up with something this crazy and fascinating.last_img read more

  • Look in my childs eyes and tell him his life is not

    first_img‘Look in my child’s eyes and tell him his life is not worth saving’: Parents call for access to medication About 26 children with SMA, a rare muscle-wasting condition, could benefit from Spinraza. Fiona Bailey, whose son Sam has SMA, calling for access to ‘miracle drug’Spinraza. She says Sam and other children with the rare muscle-wasting condition need access to Spinraza urgently.— Órla Ryan (@orlaryan) February 28, 2019 By Órla Ryan 10,177 Views 28 Comments Source: Órla Ryan/Twitter Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Children with Spinraza and their families marching towards Leinster House.— Órla Ryan (@orlaryan) February 28, 2019 Thursday 28 Feb 2019, 12:52 PM PARENTS OF CHILDREN with a rare genetic condition have said it is heartbreaking that they have not been granted access to a drug that could improve their quality of life.About 26 children in Ireland who have Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) – a life-threatening and debilitating disease that causes progressive muscle weakness and loss of movement due to muscle wasting – could benefit from Spinraza (also known as Nusinersen).On Monday, it was confirmed that the HSE would not reimburse the drug at its current price – more than €20 million over five years.SMA Ireland held a rally outside Leinster House today and presented a petition calling on the government to grant access to Spinraza; it has almost 90,000 signatures to date. Twenty five of the 28 countries in the EU have granted access to the medication, all bar Ireland, the UK (bar Scotland) and Estonia.Speaking at the rally Fiona Bailey, whose son Sam has SMA, said Spinraza “would be life-changing for Sam” and many other children with the condition. Sam and Fiona Bailey Source: Órla Ryan“Sam has had to fight all his life to stay well, to get well, and now Sam and all the other SMA sufferers in Ireland have to fight to live, just because they live in Ireland.”Fiona, from Rathcoole in Dublin, said children in Europe who have gained access to the treatment are getting “stronger and healthier”, while children in Ireland get weaker, asking: “How is that just and how is that fair?”She said protesters are calling on the government to “reassess the value it places on a human life and make Spinraza available now”. Source: SMA IrelandAbout one in 11,000 babies are affected by SMA. It is the number one genetic cause of death of infants and is in the same family as motor neurone disease.The most common form of the disease is 5q SMA, which has four different types: 1, 2, 3 and 4– based on age of onset and the highest physical milestone achieved.Type 1 is the most severe form of SMA and accounts for between 50–70% of cases of childhood onset SMA. About 95% of children with Type 1 who are untreated die before the age of two. Source: Órla Ryan/Twitter Share214 Tweet Email1 Sam, who turns nine next week, has Type 2. Fiona said: “[My husband] Paul and I have such mixed emotions around his birthday. We feel so grateful that he is still with us and feel so blessed with the wonderful young man he is becoming, but it fills us with dread too because each passing year is like a ticking time bomb.Ahead of the rally, five parents of children with SMA met cross-party TDs inside Leinster House. One of the mothers, Rebecca Bulman, told the meeting was “really emotional”.Her five-year-old son Harry also has Type 2 SMA. She said it’s “heartbreaking” that a drug which could help her son is being denied. Look Harry in the eyes and tell him that his life isn’t worth saving or his life has a cost on it – because it doesn’t.“We’re not going to give up without a fight,” she said. Rebecca and her family travelled from Youghal in Cork to attend the rally.Harry’s father, Ian Ryan, added: ”Have a look at your own child, what price would you put on your own child’s life? You can’t put a price on child’s life.”Cost and clinical trialsIn a statement issued on Monday the HSE said it “regrets” that it has to date been unable to come to an agreement with the drug’s manufacturer, Biogen. The statement noted “the limitations of the current evidence on clinical effectiveness, and the high price being charged by the pharmaceutical company”.The HSE said when assessing Spinraza, the organisation’s Drugs Group focused on two areas: reviewing the evidence of the clinical effectiveness of drug (the benefits for patients undergoing clinical trials) and the cost-effectiveness of the drug.The HSE said the medication would cost €600,000 per patient for the first year and €380,000 per patient per year thereafter, and so would have an estimated budget impact in excess of €20 million over a five-year period. Harry Bulman with his parents Rebecca and Ian and other relatives outside Leinster House. Source: Órla RyanA spokesperson said, in comparison, the HSE’s total expenditure for complex paediatric homecare packages in 2018 was €23.8 million.While the HSE is anxious to provide all possible support to this very vulnerable group of patients and those who care for them, the decision reached by the Leadership Team concurs with the recommendation of the Drugs Group, which is that reimbursement could not be approved at the price currently being charged by the pharmaceutical company.The spokesperson added that the HSE wrote to Biogen last Thursday informing it that the medication would not be reimbursed at the current price.Under the requirements of the Health (Pricing and Supply of Medical Goods) Act 2013, the company has 28 days to respond or make representations to the HSE’s proposed decision.‘Figures out of date’Biogen said it was “genuinely surprised” by the HSE’s statement.“The figures referenced are at least six months out of date. In terms of efficacy, the effectiveness of nusinersen in type II/III SMA patients is supported by a randomised clinical trial in the same way that efficacy has been demonstrated in type I SMA patients,” a statement from the company noted. The rally outside Leinster House. Source: Órla RyanIt added that both trials were stopped early on the advice of the US Food and Drug Administration and the European Medicines Agency “given the strength of the interim results”.The statement also notes that Spinraza has been approved for reimbursement in 25 other European countries, saying the price being paid in those countries is in line with what was offered to the HSE after negotiations.Biogen recognises that this decision marks a deeply concerning day for SMA patients and their families, and we share that concern: Ireland is now significantly behind many parts of the world in making nusinersen available.Biogen asked the HSE to re-enter discussions “as a matter of utmost priority”.The issue was raised during Leaders’ Questions today, with Fianna Fáil’s Dara Calleary telling Tánaiste Simon Coveney that the figures he quoted in the Dáil were out-of-date and not accurate. The denying of this medication to patients is a “death sentence” to some, said Calleary, who called on Coveney to directly intervene. The Tánaiste said the matter is a priority for the government, and encouraged both sides to come together to reach a deal. Sinn Féin’s Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin said TDs had tears in their eyes listening to those with SMA outside the gates of Leinster House today. Today is International Rare Diseases Day, he noted, adding that it should have been a day of celebration.Ó Caoláin said the figures Coveney is relying on are not correct, having met with Biogen himself. He said not finding the full facts makes the Tánaiste complicit in this failure, adding that “shirking responsibility” is no longer acceptable.Coveney said he would speak directly with Health Minister Simon Harris and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar on the matter. More information about SMA and Spinraza can be read on SMA Ireland’s website. Feb 28th 2019, 12:52 PM last_img read more

  • Aurelio De Laurentiis apologises to Napoli fans

    first_imgNapoli President Aurelio De Laurentiis has issued an apology to Napoli fans for Sunday’s embarrassing 3-0 defeat away to Sampdoria and has called for patience.Laurentiis apologised to the fans on behalf of the team and warn that patience is what Napoli need in their transition period, while also backing the manager. Football Italia reports.“I’ve always said that the first games would be ones of settling in and getting to grips for our Coach, who has been out of Italy for several years,” Laurentiis told Radio Kiss Kiss.“Ancelotti has won lots of trophies, but when you change it’s like starting over every time.“I apologise to the fans who want to win everything and immediately, but they had a good taste in their mouths with our first two victories.“I was expecting a bump along the way, knowing that seven or nine games were needed for us to settle.“There are new players who do not know Ancelotti’s methods or even Sarri’s. It’s been said that Carlo took some of ‘Sarrismo’, but these are things for journalists.Rick Karsdorp, Roma, Serie AKarsdorp reveals he had too much stress at Roma Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 The Dutch defender has been with the Gialorrossi since 2017, but he has not enjoyed his time in the Italian Lega Serie A.“The Coach simply needs time to set the team up to his liking. After that are our opponents, who must always be considered.“I’m calm, in any case. We’ve made a change and we must look long-term with a Coach who will improve us over time. Patience is needed.“Last year I lost €15m, this year I will lose another €25m. These are the first years that Napoli have gone in the red, but I’m calm because these are years of investment and growth.“The Dutch say we’re the team who have grown the most in the world over the last 10 years: that’s what matters to me. The rest will follow.“We’ve made Napoli one of the queens of the world and we sit firmly on our saddle in a difficult context like football.”last_img read more

  • Salah escapes FA punishment for penalty incident

    first_imgThe English Football Association (FA) have decided to not take action against Mohamed Salah for the way he won a penalty in Liverpool’s 4-0 winThe Egyptian forward seemingly fell down too easily when Newcastle’s Paul Dummett tugged his arm at Anfield with Liverpool already 1-0 up.Referee Graham Scott awarded the hosts a spot-kick with Salah stepping up to score their second of the game.Magpies boss Rafael Benitez, who earlier this week labelled Salah one of the world’s best players, called the penalty call a “soft” one.He told Sky Sports: “The soft penalty in the game made the difference, we were in the game 1-0 at half-time, but when we conceded the second goal it was more difficult for us to react against a very good team.But now the FA confirmed on Sky Sports that Salah will not be investigated as the second-half incident didn’t reach the threshold for “attempting to deceive the referee”.divock origi, liverpoolReport: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…This means Salah will face no match bans and can start in Liverpool’s Premier League clash with Arsenal on Saturday.Dejan Lovren, Xherdan Shaqiri and substitute Fabinho were the other scorers for Liverpool in a 4-0 win over Newcastle on Wednesday.🙄 Mohamed Salah will not face action from the FA for the incident which led to a penalty against Newcastle.*Pretends to be shocked*— The Sportsman (@TheSportsman) December 27, 2018last_img read more

  • Lightsaber combat training in San Diego

    first_img KUSI Newsroom, February 27, 2019 Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Lightsaber combat training in San Diego Posted: February 27, 2019center_img SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The San Diego Sabers are a local organization aiming to teach the sport of lightsaber dueling.Battlemaster Eric Main and members joined Good Morning San Diego to explain the sport from the Sabers.Lightsaber combat has been recognized as an official sport in France. KUSI Newsroom Updated: 1:20 PMlast_img read more

  • Proposed Legislation Would Allow Veterans to Sue for Military Medical Malpractice

    first_img ADC AUTHOR A new bill introduced Tuesday by House Armed Services Committee member Jackie Speier (D-Calif.) would allow military personnel to sue DOD for damages relating to injury or death in medical malpractice cases, according to a Military Times report Wednesday.Speier, chairwoman of the Military Personnel subcommittee, introduced the “Sergeant First Class Richard Stayskal Military Medical Accountability Act” in honor of the soldier’s fight against current policy barring troops from suing the government for medical malpractice.Stayskal is fighting terminal lung cancer that went undiagnosed for years by military doctors, and now he isn’t expected to survive the disease.The bill would not apply to past malpractice cases, nor would it apply to mistakes made outside military medical facilities or clinics, whether in combat, at battalion aid stations or on ships.Speier said the legislation is needed because the federal government has “let service members down” in depriving them of legal rights.Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Sean Galbreathlast_img read more

  • Millions of Facebook records were exposed on public Amazon server

    first_imgThe data came from two third-party Facebook apps. James Martin/CNET A treasure trove of Facebook data containing more than 540 million records was exposed online in a public database, security researchers from UpGuard said Wednesday.The data contained extensive details, including people’s comments, likes, names and Facebook IDs. It had been collected by two third-party Facebook apps. Read more: How to Delete Yourself from the Internet”Facebook’s policies prohibit storing Facebook information in a public database. Once alerted to the issue, we worked with Amazon to take down the databases. We are committed to working with the developers on our platform to protect people’s data,” a Facebook spokesperson said in a statement.In the incident revealed Wednesday, the databases resided on Amazon cloud servers without any protection, and came from a Mexico-based media company called Cultura Colectiva, as well as another app, called At the Pool.UpGuard said it notified Cultura Colectiva in January and hasn’t received a response. The security researchers also reached out to Amazon to secure the database, and the retail giant did not take action. The database wasn’t secured until Wednesday morning, when Bloomberg, which reported the story first, reached out to Facebook. Amazon didn’t respond to a request for comment.The massive social network has suffered multiple security lapses over the last month alone. It announced, for instance, that it had inadvertently stored passwords of hundreds of millions of people in plain text. It also was caught requesting people’s passwords to their personal emails when they were signing up for new accounts, a verification method it had used for several years and stopped using this week. Tags 2 Comments Third-party apps continue to be a security concern for Facebook, as demonstrated by the Cambridge Analytica scandal last year. The exposed database for At the Pool contained data including photos, events and passwords, though UpGuard believes the passwords stored were for the app, not for Facebook accounts. Still, it contained 22,000 passwords in plain text, and people frequently reuse passwords for multiple apps. It’s unclear if any malicious actors accessed the open database before UpGuard discovered it, but the data left exposed to the public had a lot of potential for abuse, said Greg Pollock, UpGuard’s vice president of product.”It gave you all the information that makes Facebook valuable,” Pollock said. “There’s millions of data points to profile people to understand how to market to them or deceive them.”The company behind At the Pool stopped operating in 2014, but the database was still available online for anyone who could find it. The 146 gigabytes of data come from a time when Facebook was more permissive about the kinds of data third-party developers could gather from people on the social network. After Cambridge Analytica showed that developers could abuse this privilege and gather data on millions of people without their permission, Facebook promised to restrict developers’ data access. These exposed databases containing old data are essentially ghosts of Facebook’s past coming back to haunt the company.”Facebook had a period of time when it was very liberal with its data sharing,” Pollock said. “It doesn’t anymore, but all the data it shared with developers is still somewhere, and no one knows how they handled it.”Facebook said it doesn’t allow developers to store extracted data in public. So these exposed servers are like finding a needle in a haystack for the social media giant. Facebook wasn’t aware of them until UpGuard’s researchers notified the company. “For Facebook to find all open databases storing data from Facebook, they would have to go through every open database, and there are millions of those,” Pollock said.Originally published April 3, 10:47 a.m. PT.Updates, 10:59 a.m.: Adds more details about the data exposure; 11:08 a.m.: Includes response from Facebook; 12:20 p.m.: Adds comments from UpGuard. 1:13 Amazon Facebook Share your voice Computers Security Keep your data secure with a password manager Now playing: Watch this:last_img read more