Iker Casillas has denied fresh reports he is retiring from football after he suffered a heart attack during training with Porto last month.The Real Madrid and Spain great had a myocardial infarction on May 1 and underwent emergency surgery before returning home five days later.Reports in Portugal claimed Casillas will announce his retirement on Thursday, with the goalkeeper said to be taking up a role on Porto’s board of directors. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? But the 38-year-old indicated the media have jumped the gun because he is yet to be told by medical experts whether he has recovered enough to play football again.”The same as this tweet a month ago, except for the part of the medical check with the doctor,” Casillas wrote on Twitter, referencing a previous retirement denial.”More than anything because I have it tomorrow.”Lo mismo que este tweet de hace un mes salvo la parte de la revisión con el Doctor. Más que nada porque la tengo mañana. Abrazo a tod@s https://t.co/or8ObuBkjP— Iker Casillas (@IkerCasillas) June 13, 2019Casillas came through Madrid’s academy and established himself in their first team as a teenager, going on to play 725 times for the club in all competitions, a total bettered only by striker Raul (741).He won every trophy possible with Los Blancos, including three Champions League crowns and five La Liga titles, and was also a part of the historic Spain team that won the country’s first World Cup in 2010 and ended a 44-year wait for European Championship success two years earlier.The keeper, who went on to win Euro 2012 and is regarded among the finest of his generation, remains Spain’s all-time leading appearance maker with 167 caps, though Sergio Ramos will likely overtake him soon.Casillas completed a switch to Porto from Santiago Bernabeu in 2015 and he has since managed to rack up over 100 appearances for the club.The veteran shot-stopper featured in 41 matches across all competitions last season, but the Portuguese giants failed to defend their domestic title after finishing two points behind champions Benfica.
AUBURN, AL – NOVEMBER 11: Head coach Kirby Smart of the Georgia Bulldogs walks the field prior to facing the Auburn Tigers at Jordan Hare Stadium on November 11, 2017 in Auburn, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Two of the games with major College Football Playoff ramifications have been decided. Both were incredibly dramatic, but ultimately, chalk held in Oklahoma-Texas and Alabama’s win over Georgia football in Atlanta.We still have the Big Ten Championship, with Ohio State looking to score serious style points against Northwestern. Clemson is a giant favorite in the ACC Championship, and should be in the field no matter how a win tonight looks.The final spot is still expected to come down to Georgia, Oklahoma, and Ohio State.Georgia football just lost a wild game to Alabama, but could the two-loss Dawgs still make the College Football Playoff?Entering the game, there was some thought that both SEC finalists could crash the four-team field.A Georgia win over Alabama would have probably done it. The Crimson Tide had been the best team in college football all season long. If the selection committee truly looks for the “best four teams” above all else, the Tide would have been the choice.A two-loss Georgia makes for a more interesting argument. UGA was very tight with Alabama, but gave up the lead late to Jalen Hurts after Tua Tagovailoa went out due to injury. The bigger issue is Georgia’s 36-16 loss at LSU earlier this season.If it comes down to “best loss,” the choice is Oklahoma. Georgia has a 20-point loss, Ohio State has a 29-point loss at Purdue. Oklahoma’s only mark in that column came by three points to Texas in the Red River Rivalry, a neutral site game. The Sooners avenged that today with the 39-27 Big 12 title game win.FiveThirtyEight‘s model currently has Georgia with less than a 1-percent chance to make the field. Chaos in the night games—Northwestern over Ohio State and more importantly, Pitt over Clemson—bumps that up to 19-percent, but below UCF.That seems to undersell things a bit for the Dawgs. Oklahoma’s defense had a nice showing late today, but has been an issue all year, and one can make the argument that Georgia is the better all-around team, especially with how quarterback Jake Fromm played tonight, even if their resume doesn’t hold up on paper.That is the argument that Georgia football needs members of the selection committee to make. It feels unlikely, but not impossible.We’ll find out tomorrow. The College Football Playoff selection show airs on ESPN at noon.
The Nova Scotia Securities Commission, with other members of the Canadian Securities Administrators, is seeking feedback on proposed exemptions for crowdfunding and start-ups. The Integrated Crowdfunding Prospectus Exemption and the Start-Up Crowdfunding Prospectus Exemption would allow both reporting and non-reporting issuers to raise capital through Internet portals. “Nova Scotia companies are continuously finding innovative ways to use crowdfunding to raise money for specific projects, but it has never involved issuing securities,” said Sarah Bradley, chair and CEO of the Nova Scotia Securities Commission. “The proposed crowdfunding exemptions are intended to cut through red tape to give Nova Scotia companies a new cost-effective way to raise capital, and give local investors more opportunities to invest in small and start-up businesses.” The crowdfunding and start-up exemptions are designed to meet the needs of start-ups and small and medium enterprises (SMEs) at different stages. The proposed exemptions also include investor protections. The main differences between the proposed exemptions are that the start-up exemption is available to non-reporting issuers only, does not need the online portal to be registered and portal and allows lower capital raising and investment limits. All participating Canadian Securities Administrators jurisdictions are inviting comments on the proposed exemptions until June The Nova Scotia Securities Commission is the provincial government agency responsible for regulating trading in securities in the province. To view the notice, visit http://nssc.gov.ns.ca .
Rabat – Spanish police arrested Tuesday in the municipality of Torre Pacheco (Murcia- southeastern Spain), a Moroccan citizen for his alleged involvement in indoctrination and apology of terrorism on behalf of Daesh terror organization, said a statement by the Spanish Interior Ministry.The individual, 31, was active on the internet since 2004, by regularly publishing contents supporting openly Daesh, said the same source.The suspect shared on the internet the content of this terror organization inciting to jihad, as well as photographs and videos showing executions of American soldiers by jihadist shooters, the statement added.According to the Spanish Interior ministry, “the person nabbed in Murcia had been involved for three years in a process of dangerous radicalisation, to such an extent that he could participate in terrorist acts.” Since the beginning of 2015, a total of 269 suspected terrorists have been arrested by the Spanish security services or in collaboration with foreign countries.
The Secretary-General’s Special Representative Staffan de Mistura welcomed the submission of names of candidates for the position of Director of the GEOs by the Council to the Independent High Election Commission (IHEC), an independent electoral authority consisting of nine members.Noting that body has yet to receive the list of candidates for the Baghdad offices from the Council, Mr. de Mistura – who also heads the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) – said that “there is a need to finalize the selection process to enable IHEC to start planning for for voter registration.”Due to the recent unrest in Baghdad, the deadline for the submissions has been extended.The Special Representative said that to move the process forward, UNAMI will forward its recommendations directly to the IHEC, which in turn will slecting acting Directors for the two Baghdad GEOs, pending a final decisions by the Council.The IHEC is scheculed to begin interviewing the listed candidates on 27 April. After the selection process is finalized and the 7-day period to contest reuslts is over, it will announce the names of selected GEO Directors.UNAMI has finished intervieiwing candidates for the Ninewa GEO, and intends to submit its recommendations to the Council shortly.In his latest quarterly report on UNAMI to the Security Council made public yesterday, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon wote that the holding of credible governorate elections later this year could in the long run serve to underpin the legitimacy of democratic governance, calling on the Council of Representatives to “urgently pass a governorate elections law” to conduct the elections as smoothly and as fairly as possible. 26 April 2008The top United Nations envoy to Iraq today expressed hope that an agreement can be reached in the Council of Representatives on the list of candidates for the Baghdad governorate election offices (GEOs) for the upcoming elections.
PRINCE ALBERT — Prince Albert City Council is discussing whether to impose a curfew in back alleys and walkways in order to reduce property crime.Coun. Ted Zurakowski initially proposed the idea last year and brought the motion forward again at a meeting this week. He said such a curfew would be similar to the city’s parks bylaw, which says people can’t be in parks between midnight and 6 a.m.“It gives the police increased authority to stop people and say ‘What are you doing here? Can I see your ID?’ Otherwise they just laugh at them. They laugh at the police and take off,” Zurakowski said.Mayor Greg Dionne said he supports a back alley and walkway curfew “100 per cent,” but said it would be costly to make a reality because the city would have to put signs up at the entrances of every back alley and walkway.Zurakowski said people would only be violating the bylaw if they were suspected of criminal activity.Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below.“I’m not talking about well, you know, I want to go for a run at midnight or 2 a.m. or I want to walk with my wife and hold hands in the middle of the night. That’s not what this is for,” Zurakowski said.Council talked about implementing a curfew with exceptions, noting that some homeowners may need to use back alleys to get into their homes.Coun. Terra Lennox-Zepp expressed concern that creating such a bylaw would cause other problems.“If we are saying that some people can be in back alleys and walkways but not others, would this contribute to racism in our city?” she asked.“Where is there any evidence that such a curfew would reduce crime? What I’m hearing instead is that it offers — it may offer — the police an opportunity to do carding, which is very different.”Carding, also referred to as street checks or contact interviews, is the controversial practice of police officers stopping someone and asking them questions without investigating a specific offence.Council voted to postpone Zurakowski’s motion until budget time, which would allow councillors and city administrators time to figure out more details before council votes.
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120 scientifiques s’élèvent contre le gaz de schiste au Québec120 chercheurs et professeurs de plusieurs universités québécoises se sont réunis pour protester contre l’exploitation du gaz de schiste dans la province francophone canadienne. Tous réclament un moratoire, qu’ils estiment être une “mesure d’urgence”.Il y a trois ans, d’importantes réserves de gaz de schiste ont été découvertes dans la vallée du Saint-Laurent. Plusieurs firmes ont alors obtenu l’autorisation des les explorer, et une trentaine de puits ont été creusés. En raison des inquiétudes des écologistes et des riverains face à la dangerosité de l’exploitation de ce gaz enfermé dans des roches perméables, le ministre de l’Environnement de la province, Pierre Arcand, a commandé un rapport au Bureau d’audiences publiques en environnement (BAPE) qui a lancé à l’automne dernier une importante consultation sur le sujet. Une étude dont les conclusions viennent d’être publiées, préconisant une évaluation environnementale plus poussée.À lire aussiPourquoi l’hélium change-t-il la voix ?”Le Québec se doit d’approfondir l’expertise sur le plan technique et scientifique, notamment en matière de géologie, d’hydro-géologie, de traitement des eaux usées, d’aménagement du territoire et de cohabitation harmonieuse avec la population”, a souligné le ministre, cité par le Figaro. Mais les chercheurs québécois réunis dans un collectif demandent plus. Ils réclament un moratoire interdisant l’exploitation du gaz de schiste dans le province, une filière qui ne “rencontre aucun critère d’acceptabilité”, estiment-ils dans un communiqué rapporté par le site Cyberpresse. La technique utilisée pour extraire ce gaz, la fracturation hydraulique, “porte atteinte à la qualité de l’eau et de l’air et pose des risques pour la santé et la sécurité des populations et des écosystèmes. Elle s’avère peu rentable et pourra même coûter cher à notre société” alertent les scientifiques.Cette méthode est déjà pratiquée aux Etats-Unis et au Canada, où elle crée la polémique, et suscite aussi des inquiétudes en France où des autorisations de prospection ont été accordées il y a près d’un an par le ministère de l’Environnement. Celui-ci vient de suspendre ces autorisations, dans l’attente des conclusions d’une étude sur l’impact environnemental de l’exploitation du gaz de schiste, visant à déterminer s’il est possible ou non d’utiliser une méthode d’extraction “propre”.Le 9 mars 2011 à 17:15 • Emmanuel Perrin
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×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Pandora Media’s stockholders approved Sirius XM’s proposed takeover, and with the deal set to close shortly Roger Lynch will be out as Pandora’s CEO.Lynch will exit once the deal officially closes, the company announced after the shareholder vote Tuesday. Sirius XM CEO Jim Meyer will lead the combined company, which brings together Pandora’s music and audio streaming business and Sirius XM’s core satellite-radio business. Lynch was named CEO in September 2017 after heading Dish Network’s Sling TV.In addition to Lynch’s departure, other senior Pandora execs also exiting include general counsel Steve Bene, CFO Naveen Chopra, and chief human resources officer Kristen Robinson.Sirius XM’s all-stock acquisition of Pandora, first announced in September, is expected to “close shortly” subject to customary closing conditions, according to Pandora. Originally valued at $3.5 billion, the deal is now worth less than $3 billion with the decline in Sirius’ stock since it was announced. Back in November, Lynch — in announcing third-quarter 2018 earnings — had said, “I couldn’t be more excited about Pandora joining forces with SiriusXM. A combined Pandora-SiriusXM will create the world’s largest audio entertainment company, bringing Pandora additional resources to accelerate growth and building on SiriusXM’s leadership in the car, subscription expertise, and unique content.”Sirius XM’s stock has dropped 18% since the Pandora deal was announced. A big reason for that has been “the lack of potential synergy quantification, as well as limited public disclosure from SIRI on Pandora’s future [free cash flow] trajectory under its stewardship,” B. Riley FBR analyst Zack Silver wrote in a note Tuesday. Now that Pandora’s shareholders have OK’d the deal, “we believe SIRI will have more latitude to discuss potential synergies and its pro forma financial outlook” when it reports Q4 earnings on Wednesday (Jan. 30).Under the terms of the deal, each share of Pandora common stock will be converted into 1.44 newly issued shares of Sirius XM common stock. Sirius XM common stock will continue to trade under the existing ticker symbol “SIRI” on the Nasdaq Global Select Market, while Pandora is expected to be delisted from the New York Stock Exchange.Separately Tuesday, SiriusXM announced that its board approved an additional $2 billion of common stock repurchases, taking the company’s total authorization to $14 billion since the inception of the stock-buyback program in early 2013. It also announced a quarterly dividend of 1.21 cents per share of common stock.At the special meeting of Pandora stockholders, holders of approximately 75% of the outstanding voting power of Pandora voting securities were voted, with approximately 97% of the votes cast in favor of the transaction. Popular on Variety
If you’re a fan of the Super Smash Bros. games, then chances are you grew up playing them with a GameCube controller. When the Wii appeared you could play Super Smash Bros. Brawl with the GameCube controller through the built in support on the console. Now Nintendo is set to continue that support on the Wii U by way of an adapter.The Wii U GameCube controller adapter was revealed a couple of weeks ago, but without a price attached. A day after Nintendo’s great E3 presentation and the official pricing has been announced.The adapter on its own, with support for up to for GameCube or WaveBird controllers, will cost $19.99. If you don’t own a GameCube controller already you can buy a brand new one for $29.99. So that’s a combined cost of $49.98 with the game costing $59.99 on top.Nintendo is allowing you to save $10 if you need to buy everything mentioned above. A bundle will be offered containing the adapter, a new GameCube controller, and the game for $99.99. I suspect that’s probably going to be the most popular option, because even if you own a controller already it’s nice to have a spare and you’re going to have to purchase the adapter and game anyway.Nintendo hasn’t confirmed the release date for Super Smash Bros. on the Wii U yet beyond saying it will launch during the 2014 holiday season. So I expect the adapter will be available the same day or maybe just before.There is another way of looking at this adapter release that’s also positive: if you’ve got a GameCube and your controllers are looking a little worse for wear, Nintendo is going to offer you a supply of brand new ones for the next couple of years at least.
Adam Silver is too close to the players, and they’re eating him aliveThe Cavs sat their starters again, and the epidemic of healthy scratches is making the NBA look bad to the consumer and its television partners. Unlike David Stern, who was a friend to the owners and a hardliner with players, Adam Silver has become too close to the players and now they’re taking advantage of him.Silver wants to be the good guy, but pro sports commissioners need to be able to take unpopular stances and look like the “bad guy.” This problem is of Silver’s own making, and to fix it he needs to start being more like David Stern and Roger Goodell, and less like a substitute teacher.Russell Westbrook shouldn’t come close to winning MVPRussell Westbrook had another substandard national TV game against the Warriors last night, but people will still apologize for him. People who value triple doubles as the be-all-end-all of player value love Westbrook, but Colin sees it differently.He thinks Westbrook is a delusional volume chucker who is shooting more than ever and with a lower shooting percentage than ever. That won’t make him any less popular, but Colin sees through act. Westbrook is all about Westbrook, he’s not making anyoone else better.“He’s a delusional ball hog, and he’s bad in television games.”Guests:Sam Farmer – L.A Times NFL reporter is in-studio to discuss the Tom Brady jersey video; why Marshawn Lynch to the Raiders should happen; if Colin Kaepernick will get signed; if Romo to the Texans is a possibility; and the top stories from next week’s league meetings.“Cousin Sal” Iacono – Actor and comedian is in-studio to break down the NCAA Tournament so far; if he would avoid hiring Wichita State’s Gregg Marshall because of his wife’s antics; and why Duke is so easy to hate.Jay Glazer – Fox Sports NFL Insider to release an extended version of the Tom Brady jersey thief video; why the identity of the thief is shocking; and why there is likely more fallout to come.Jim Jackson – 14-year NBA veteran and FS1 NBA Analyst is in-studio to break down the NCAA tournament to this point; why Coach Cal doesn’t get credit; if Gregg Marshall’s wife’s antics are a problem; and if NBA players are taking advantage of Adam Silver.Peter Schrager – Fox NFL Insider joins the show to discuss the upcoming NFL owner’s meetings; if Marshawn Lynch will end up with the Raiders; and his latest NFL mock draft.
EAT Club, the lunch delivery service that counts companies like Facebook, Postmates and others as customers, has acquired meal delivery service Taro. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.Taro’s business model worked by shipping pre-made meals directly to consumers. With the acquisition, however, Taro will no longer serve customers directly. Instead, it will be folded into EAT Club’s corporate program that enables employees to select their individually packed lunch.“EAT Club is the only food delivery service for businesses that treats eating in the workplace as a personalized culinary experience,” Taro co-founder and CEO Krishna Mehra said in a statement. “When we set out to expand our reach and distribution beyond family dinners, EAT Club emerged as a natural partner with its unique approach of delivering employees individualized selection within a collaborative atmosphere. EAT Club is making it possible for thousands of new workers to experience Taro’s food and flavors, and we are proud to join forces with them in increasing workplace satisfaction.”What attracted EAT Club to Taro was its emphasis on healthy, authentic meals, and its approach to managing food production and distribution, EAT Club CEO Doug Leeds told TechCrunch.“They’ve built some really interesting things we want to keep competitively secret on the equipment side,” Leeds said. “From top to bottom, we were pretty excited about what we were seeing at Taro. We’re going to take their people, tech, recipes and food production processes, and apply them to our existing customers.”Leeds, the former CEO of IAC Publishing, joined EAT Club last year. Despite his short tenure, this marks the second acquisition under his leadership. Last year, EAT Club acquired lunch box delivery service Farm Hill.EAT Club has served more than 17 million meals to employees to date, which comes out to about 25,000 meals a day. Given the amount of energy required for that level of production, EAT Club has implemented what it’s calling a Zero Carbon Initiative. Through the initiative, EAT Club will offset its carbon footprint by matching its electricity usage with renewable energy generation. EAT Club also plans to make all of its packaging either recyclable or compostable and support landfill recapture programs.“By far, the biggest carbon impact of our business is in the delivery — the transportation aspect,” Leeds said. “But we wanted to go further than that. In our production, it was in all of the energy we used to cook food. We wanted to see what is the actual carbon footprint of the entire operation.”On the employee-side, EAT Club plans to provide stronger commuter benefits and is looking to move its Los Angeles-based office to a location closer to the metro line, Leeds said. To date, EAT Club has raised more than $46 million from investors like August Capital, Trinity Ventures and Sodexo Ventures.
Friday, November 3, 2017 Posted by Save 20% on select Cuba tours includingCuba Colonial (15 days, Havana to Havana) was $2,629, now $2,103Biking in Cuba (eight days, Havana to Havana) was $1,899, now $1,814More news: Sunwing offers ultimate package deal ahead of YXU flights to SNU, PUJFor more information visit gadventures.com/stop-book-and-go. TORONTO — With G Adventures’ year-end ‘Stop, Book and Go’ sale, clients looking to travel by Jan. 31, 2018 can save up to 30% on select trips to South America, Southeast Asia, Mexico and Cuba.“It’s not too late to pack your bags and check another destination off your bucket list,” says Aizaz Sheikh, Canadian Marketing Director, G Adventures. “There’s still time for one more adventure and we hope our ‘Stop, Book and Go’ sale will help agents secure additional bookings in the remaining two months of 2017. We’re offering huge savings on some of our most popular destinations and itineraries.”Bookings must be made by Dec. 31, 2017 for trips departing before Jan. 31, 2018. Highlights include:Save 20% on select Peru tours such as:Inca Empire (15 days, La Paz to Lima) was $2,749, now $2,062Amazon Riverboat Adventure in Depth (nine days, Lima to Lima) was $2,799, now $2,239Peru Panorama (15 days, Lima to Lima) was $3,549, now $2,959More news: CIE Tours launches first-ever River Cruise CollectionSave 20% on select Southeast Asia tours including:Thailand & Laos Adventure (14 days, Bangkok to Hanoi) was $1,909, now $1,575Vietnam on a Shoestring (12 days, Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi) was $1,209, now $967Cambodia on a Shoestring (10 days, Bangkok to Ho Chi Minh City) was $1,089, now $871Sailing Thailand Phuket to Phuket (seven days, Phuket to Phuket) was $2,199, now $1,759Save 30% on select Mekong River Cruises including:Mekong River Encompassed (eight days, Siem Reap to Ho Chi Minh City) was $2,879, now $2,015 Tags: G Adventures << Previous PostNext Post >> Travelweek Group Share Save up to 30% with G Adventures’ ‘Stop, Book and Go’ sale Save 15% on select South America tours including:Highlights of Chile & Argentina (10 days, Santiago to Buenos Aires) was $2,399, now $1,919La Paz to Buenos Aires Adventure (15 days, La Paz to Buenos Aires) was $2,099, now $1,980
Great guest post by Aubrey Hansen.Since the General Data Protection Regulation, or GDPR, came into effect in the EU, internet activity and behaviour have changed. Websites and other online services are now required to ask permission (or at the very least, notify people) before doing anything with a user’s data, therefore reducing the number of personalised ads that European citizens see. Of course, the GDPR does much more than this, effectively forcing all companies to protect people’s information and treat it with the utmost care. However, when it comes to cryptocurrency, the question of protecting one’s data and information becomes a complex topic.Transparency in cryptoMost cryptocurrencies, including Bitcoin, Ethereum, and Litecoin pride themselves on being financially transparent, in the sense that anybody can see and follow the transactions of any wallets, provided they know the wallet’s public address. This is, in fact, one of the most critical aspects of many well-known coins, separating cryptocurrency from traditional finance. The problem is that if the transactions are transparent, are these coins GDPR compliant?The answer is tricky, but it all comes down to whether data which is stored on the blockchain after every transaction is considered to be Personally Identifying Information, which is anything that can be used to identify a specific individual. By this definition, at first glance, it seems that no cryptocurrency broadcasts Personally Identifying Information because there appears to be no way of seeing which wallets belong to which people, but this would be a mistake. While the average person cannot use transaction and wallet data to track somebody, governments have certainly been able to in the past.The monitoring of Bitcoin transaction data has been used numerous times to find and locate people suspected of criminal activity. There are even companies which specialise in tracking and following illicit behaviour via cryptocurrency. This clearly means that transaction data can be considered as Personally Identifying Information when in the right hands, and that sadly many cryptocurrencies are therefore not GDPR compliant.But what about privacy coins?There are, however, a handful of cryptocurrencies which broadcast extremely little data to their blockchains with each transaction. These are known as privacy coins, and their masking of transaction data means that they are mostly untraceable. In fact, they are so untraceable that they have been getting governments worried, such as Japan and France. Even intelligence agencies are unable to track them, which means that they provide no Personally Identifying Information on their blockchains whatsoever.Privacy coins such as Monero and Zcash are, in fact, GDPR compliant. This has brought some additional interest to them, with users flocking to exchanges such as CoinPayments and Binance, which both stock multiple privacy coins including Zcash, PIVX, and Beam. Investing in GDPR complaint coins may become key in the years to come as it could be these types of coins which are one day sought after within the EU. This does not mean that non-privacy coins such as Bitcoin will wither away and disappear, but it suggests that in the future, there may be a bigger push for privacy coins to be used instead.
If you would like to have your company featured in the Irish Tech News Business Showcase, get in contact with us at Simon@IrishTechNews.ie or on Twitter: @SimonCocking By @SimonCocking review of Wanderers, available from Amazon here. See more book reviews here.A decadent rock star. A deeply religious radio host. A disgraced scientist. And a teenage girl who may be the world’s last hope. From the mind of Chuck Wendig comes “a magnum opus . . . a story about survival that’s not just about you and me, but all of us, together” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review).Shana wakes up one morning to discover her little sister in the grip of a strange malady. She appears to be sleepwalking. She cannot talk and cannot be woken up. And she is heading with inexorable determination to a destination that only she knows. But Shana and her sister are not alone. Soon they are joined by a flock of sleepwalkers from across America, on the same mysterious journey. And like Shana, there are other “shepherds” who follow the flock to protect their friends and family on the long dark road ahead.For as the sleepwalking phenomenon awakens terror and violence in America, the real danger may not be the epidemic but the fear of it. With society collapsing all around them—and an ultraviolent militia threatening to exterminate them—the fate of the sleepwalkers depends on unraveling the mystery behind the epidemic. The terrifying secret will either tear the nation apart—or bring the survivors together to remake a shattered world.As Leonard Cohen said, you want it dark? Well Chuck Wendig aims to give it to you darker. This is a long and epic tale of the ultimate death and destruction of a large percentage of humanity, partly through their own doing. Some characters stand up more strongly than others, and, interestingly, one of the most compelling ones, the well named AI called Black Swan is one of the best. Black Swan AI is both the saviour and possibly also the destroyer of humanity. Various characters believe it is acting as a tool to help them, but ultimately everyone has to question who is in control, and in whose interests they are acting in.In this day and age, with Climate Change becoming an ever present concern you could say that this is, to some degree, an ecological thriller. Humanity’s impact on the earth is a key element in this story, with a good level of knowledge given about previous pandemics and their impact on the human race. Several other reviews compare this book to The Stand by Stephen King, and the reference is even made within the book. This meta-referencing of other fictional works seemed to damage the story a little for our taste. Maybe it is all very breaking the fourth wall to have fictional characters referring to other fictional stories, but it seemed to break the illusion a little for us.In some ways too the story seemed to suffer by having a Clinton like president and a Trump-like, redneck, opportunist, rich, challenger. When reality is too bizarre and concerning fiction faces a challenge to take us to completely different scenarios, rather than merely replicating and taking to a slightly further extreme what we have in reality. Especially when our current reality is frequently a gross caricature of anything that has preceeded it in US politics.If you like your future dystopias dark and apocalayptic then this is the book for you!More information about Irish Tech News and the Business ShowcaseFYI the ROI for you is => We now get over 1.5 million monthly views, and up to 900k monthly unique visitors, from over 160 countries. We have over 860,000 relevant followers on Twitter on our various accounts & were recently described as Ireland’s leading online tech news site and Ireland’s answer to TechCrunch, so we can offer you a good audience!Since introducing desktop notifications a short time ago, which notify readers directly in their browser of new articles being published, over 16000 people have now signed up to receive them ensuring they are instantly kept up to date on all our latest content. Desktop notifications offer a unique method of serving content directly to verified readers and bypass the issue of content getting lost in people’s crowded news feeds.Drop us a line if you want to be featured, guest post, suggest a possible interview, or just let us know what you would like to see more of in our future articles. We’re always open to new and interesting suggestions for informative and different articles. Contact us, by email, twitter or whatever social media works for you.Home
It sounds harsh, but she did. I know we are not supposed to speak ill of the dead, but she really did fail both me and my children.She smothered me with love and did everything for me. She would make my lunch for school before I had even woken up as a young child.I remember her smile and her absolute belief in me.How she would hold me and scold me. How she made me feel better even when I was sick. She was the perfect mother while she lived.Then she got sick, diabetes took its toll, robbing her of her sight and her will to live. Her final years were a tragic waste – I was only 14 years old at the time of her passing. I suppose her death was a blessing; her last few years had been trips into and out of hospital. But she never stopped having time for a quick hug or a smiling “I love you”.So, as you read this, you are wondering how she failed…Well, to be honest, she did not fail in an earthly sense, but my children missed out. They never got a chance to meet the most wonderful person in my world. My dad was okay, but my mom was the healer of wounds, the educator of life, the first woman I truly loved… We would sit watching TV – her being blind made my job very important. I was the designated “explainer” of what was happening on the screen, and I would regale her with descriptions of what I could see so that she knew what was happening.Even some 36 years after her death, I sometimes still suddenly blurt out, “He has a big knife and is opening the door” or some other inane description of what I can see while the family are watching the telly… Much to the amusement of my children, who shout out “We know, dad, we can see!”I smile, as it is her lasting legacy to me and I am so happy I have that little quirk connecting us over time, a never-ending reminder of someone I loved with all my heart as only a child can love and who unconditionally loved me.She failed me because I needed her to live. I did not get a chance to see her get old and fragile – she was in the prime of her life one minute and dying the next. The dying part took several years and we were closer than ever. But more importantly, my children never got to meet their gran and she never got to see me marry my beautiful wife. She was not there when I held my daughters for the first time and realised I was a parent…So, to all those who read this, cherish your time with your mother! No matter how long or how short, enjoy each day, each hour and every minute!I miss you, mom…Diabetes prevention WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite