first_imgINDIANAPOLIS – The Consumer Protection Division (CPD) of the Office of the Indiana Attorney General is warning Hoosiers about an uptick in work-from-home scams that can compromise personal or sensitive information.In just the last few weeks, the CPD has received multiple complaints from Hoosiers who have been contacted via email by scammers offering to hire them for work-from-home positions.If you receive an email offering a work-from-home position, you should look for several red flags.Often, the scammer offers high-paying jobs with wages ranging from $20 to $24 an hour. The jobs also are touted as allowing flexible work hours. Emails from scammers typically request private information commonly needed during a hiring process such as your phone number, a copy of your state identification and bank account information. You should never send such information via email.In many instances, scammers will send links to websites set up to appear to represent professional businesses. Despite appearing legitimate, these websites are often simply part of the ruse.Another tell-tale sign occurs when consumers are told they need to buy specialized equipment — with reimbursement promised once the victim begins the job. Two strategies are often used by scammers. In the first, the scammer may direct victims to a “preferred vendor,” requesting the victim send payment to that person. In the second, scammers may send a counterfeit check to the victim, directing them to cash it and then send money to a different address to pay for equipment.  One complainant said a scammer started with one tactic and switched to the other, prompting skepticism.Unemployed Hoosiers searching for jobs are among the most susceptible to these fraudulent practices. The CPD is warning Hoosiers who are searching for employment through career sites to use their better judgement when responding to emails with job opportunities. Another red flag would be any person attempting to conduct a job interview via text message.If Hoosiers receive an email containing any of the aforementioned red flags, it is important that they do not respond. The threat to consumers begins when they engage with the person sending the email. Just as you wouldn’t answer a phone call from an unknown number, the CPD advises Hoosiers to ignore these emails to avoid the risk of being scammed. Even if you don’t send any sensitive information, you still face risks by engaging. Do not reply to these work-from-home job offers, and most importantly, never send private or personal information via email. To file a complaint or gather more information, visit IndianaConsumer.com. FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare last_img read more


first_imgBy Dialogo April 30, 2009 Pope Benedict XVI and Colombian President Alvaro Uribe discussed the fight against drug trafficking in a meeting on Thursday, the Vatican said. The two men “focussed … in particular on the fight against drug trafficking and social policies aimed at improving the living conditions of so many people,” the Vatican said in a statement. Colombia is the world’s leading producer of coca and controls the bulk of the global cocaine processing market. Cartels and rebel groups such as the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) and National Liberation Army run the illegal drugs trade in the country, with right-wing paramilitary groups also taking part.last_img


first_imgFormer senator Loren Legarda conveyedher support to the event and lauded the initiatives of NAST for sharing theirprograms to educate the Antiqueños. Stated in Executive Order 818, NASTunder its functions, advises the president and Cabinet secretaries on mattersrelated to science and technology. SAN JOSE, Antique – The National Academyof Science and Technology-Philippines (NAST-Philippines) recently conducted adialogue with teachers, students and local officials at the University ofAntique (UA) in Sibalom. Director Luningning Samarita-Domingoemphasized the four important functions of NAST-Philippines such as recognitionfunction as mandated under Presidential Decree 1003-A, wherein the Academycontinues to give awards to Filipino scientists and scientific andtechnological endeavors aimed at advancing the Philippine State of Science andTechnology. Former Department of Environment andNatural Resources secretary and national scientist Angel Alcala shared thesuccess story of the “Apo Island Local Community: From Rags to Riches.” NAST also builds linkage withinternational groups/conglomerates and under Republic Act 9107, mandated tomanage and operate the Philippine Science Heritage Center, the country’s mainrepository of the contributions, achievements and accomplishments of Filipinoscientists in the field. Other relevant topics discussed byacademicians included Reconnecting Agriculture with Nutrition, Health andEnvironment by Eufemio Rasco Jr. and Social Safeguards for SustainableDevelopment by Aura Matias. PILAR S. MABAQUIAO/PIAThe National Academy of Science and Technology-Philippines recently conducts a dialogue with teachers, students and local officials at a university in Sibalom, Antique. Rhodora Azanza discussed Fish Killsand Toxic Algal Blooms in the Philippines while Christopher Bernido sharedabout Physics from Planck Scale to Billion Plus Lightyears. National Scientist Lourdez Cruz,member of the Mathematical and Physical Sciences division, talked on the topic“Sustainable Consumption and Our Future.” Academician Rhodora Azanza, Presidentof NAST-Philippines and member of the Biological Sciences division led the teamof six academicians and national scientists during its lecture series. The activity aimed to promote scienceand technology and “to bring in scientists closer to the grassroots,” inspireand encourage researchers and other professionals to conduct more research andadapt science and technology for development. UA PresidentPablo Crespo Jr. appreciated the undertakings of NAST-Philippines for sharingtheir researches and success stories to help students, researchers and otherstakeholders better understand the importance of science and technology.(With a report from PILAR MABAQUIAO/PN)last_img read more


first_imgGabon international and former Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been voted Arsenal’s Player of the Season grabbing 74 per cent of the votes cast by fans.The forward had another standout campaign for the Gunners, finishing as top scorer once again with 29 goals in all competitions  including the winning strike in the FA Cup final. Aubameyang was instrumental as Mikel Arteta won his first trophy as Arsenal manager. The striker scored a brace against Manchester City in the semi-final before his two strikes against Chelsea ensured the Gunners won the competition for the 14th timeThe 31-year-old was also one goal away from securing the Premier League Golden Boot for a successive year. Leicester’s Jamie Vardy just piped him to the award with 23 strikes to his 22.The Gunners  captain has become a  fan favourite at the Emirates even as he moves closer to sealing a much awaited contract extension that will see him remain at the Emirates for the next three years on a £250,000-a-week deal.His current contract is set to run out in 2021 and initial talks over an extension seemed to have stalled with Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain and Inter Milan all linked with making a move.But the Gunners’ FA Cup glory and Arteta’s promising start to life in management looks to have persuaded the former Monaco ace to give positive thoughts to the north London stay extension.Prior to what the FA cup victory Gabon FA Chairman Pierre Alain Mounguengui had urged Auba to leave Arsenal for more ambitious club if he hopes to win laurels.Read AlsoAubameyang close to signing new three-year Arsenal dealAubameyang who joined the Emirates landlord’s in 2018 from Dortmund, has scored 54 goals in 85 appearances. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… center_img Promoted Content6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A Drone9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooMind-Bending Technology That Was Predicted Before It AppearedWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?7 Universities In The World With The Highest Market Value5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks8 Weird Facts About Coffee That Will Surprise YouCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way6 Best ’90s Action Movies To Watch Today7 Universities In The World Where Education Costs Too MuchA Guy Turns Gray Walls And Simple Bricks Into Works Of Art7 Worst Things To Do To Your Phonelast_img read more


first_imgMASON CITY — The City Council in Mason City last night approved two resolutions concerning the hotel portion of the River City Renaissance project.City officials last week announced they had finalized a development agreement with Gatehouse Mason City LLC for the construction of a hotel that would fulfill the private investment portion of the $39 million project being supported through the Iowa Reinvestment Act.Community Development Director Steven Van Steenhuyse  says Gatehouse’s current proposal is better than the previous proposals. “A more compact designed hotel that’s much closer to the mall, and therefore will interact with the mall and downtown more efficiently. Also, with the ballroom being built as part of the hotel and all of it being connected with the skywalk, we’re going to have a convention facility that is superior to what we would have had under the original proposal.”Councilman Joshua Masson asked City Administrator Aaron Burnett about whether Gatehouse had been properly vetted for the project. Burnett replied,  “Since the pre-development was completed, I can tell you I’ve had almost daily conversations, I’ve met with Collin from Gatehouse, I’ve met with David Ratchie, constant discussions. I would say that it becomes very apparent that the level of expertise in hotel development is evident through those negotiations. I think it would have likely gone much quicker had somebody not had that experience, because we were able to work out hiccups ahead of time by ensuring the package that we are considering here as a PSDA is one that can secure financing going forward.”The council unanimously approved resolutions determining that the Gatehouse proposal is satisfactory while also establishing a 30-day bidding period for competing proposals, necessary under Iowa law. The council also set a public hearing for their July 23rd meeting to consider approval of the development agreement.last_img read more


first_imgCole Arcuri of Nelson and Scott Davidson and Jake Lucchini of Trail head the list of players following training camp for the Kootenay Ice Major Midget squad this past weekend at the NDCC Arena in Nelson.Arcuri, a defenceman, is a rookie on the Major Midget squad.He’s joined by Davidson and Lucchini, both returning for their second season.The team is coached by Mario DiBella and assistant Sean Dooley.Last year DiBella skippered the Kootenay Wildcats Female team while Dooley was an assistant with the Nelson Leafs of the KIJHL.Other players committed to the program include Seth Schmidt and Jason Richter of Cranbrook, Quinn Klimchuk and Darren Medeiros of Castlegar, Colby Livingstone of Creston, Mitch Foyle of Beaver Valley, Jeremy McGregor of Grand Forks and Craig Martin of Trail.Jordan Davie of Kaslo declined an invitation to the team.More than 50 players attended the three-day camp.Thirty-three players remain in camp including Nelsonites Brandon Sookro, Colton Dawson and defenceman Tyler Podgorenko.The Ice is part of the 11-team B.C. Major Midget Hockey League for players 15, 16 and 17 year old.In 2010-11 the Kootenay Ice finished 10th overall with an 8-25-7 record. Some of last year’s team, including Dryden Hunt of Nelson and Luke Bertolucci of Trail, used seasoning in the BCMMHL to garner potential spots on Tier II Junior A rosters in the B.C. Hockey League.Hunt is off to the camp of the Westside Warriors later this [email protected]last_img read more


first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (April 1, 2016)–Purchased at Fairplex Park for just $32.00, there was one winning Santa Anita Pick Six ticket on Friday, and it was worth $52,823.One of just two “live” horses in a field of 10 fillies and mares, favored Be Mine quickly erased any notion of a Pick Six carryover into Saturday with an emphatic 5 ¼ length win under Flavien Prat at odds of 2-1.There were 70 tickets with five winners, each worth $327.20.First post time for an 11-race card on Saturday (the Pick Six will be comprised of races five through 10) is at 12:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m.last_img


first_imgReds boss Jurgen Klopp has remained determined to sign Van Dijk as he tries to shore up a leaky defence that has fatally damaged Liverpool’s Premier League title ambitions.“Delighted and honoured to have agreed to become a Liverpool FC player,” Van Dijk wrote on Twitter, alongside a photo of him with a Liverpool shirt.“Today is a proud day for me and my family as I join one of the biggest clubs in world football.“I can’t wait to pull on the famous red shirt for the first time in front of the Kop and will give everything I have to try and help this great club achieve something special in the years to come.”Although Chelsea and Manchester City were said to be interested in Van Dijk, Klopp has finally got his man on weekly wages of £180,000.“Liverpool Football Club can confirm they have reached an agreement with Southampton for the transfer of Virgil van Dijk,” a statement on the club’s website said.“The Reds have agreed a deal with the south coast club, and the player himself, that will see the 26-year-old defender move to Anfield when the transfer window re-opens on January 1, 2018.”The previous world record transfer for a defender was the £54 million Manchester City paid Tottenham for England right-back Kyle Walker in the close season.Saints confirmed that Liverpool’s offer had shattered the record, but didn’t reveal the exact fee.“Southampton have agreed a fee that will set a new world-record for a defender. The club wishes Virgil well in his future when the deal is completed on January 1st 2018,” a statement read.A fee of £75 million would also be level with Romelu Lukaku as the second most expensive transfer in Premier League history, behind only Manchester United’s £90 million purchase of Paul Pogba.Van Dijk, who moved to Southampton from Celtic in 2015, was left out at the start of the season by new Saints manager Mauricio Pellegrino after having a transfer request rejected.The 26-year-old returned to the team but with speculation mounting about a January move, he was dropped for Southampton’s recent matches against Chelsea, Huddersfield and Tottenham.Van Dijk was keen to part ways on good terms, praising Southampton for letting him shine in the Premier League for the first time.“I will always be indebted to the club for giving me the opportunity to play in the Premier League,” he wrote.“Despite a difficult last few months, I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at Saints and have made friends for life at the club. Thank you for everything.”Van Dijk’s arrival at Anfield gives Klopp the defensive presence he hopes can transform a Liverpool back four that has conceded 23 goals in 20 league games — more than any of their top-six rivals except Arsenal.Liverpool had offered around £60 million for the defender in the close-season and former Manchester United star Gary Neville questioned whether he will prove worth the extra investment.“It is a lot of money and I’m not even sure he has been playing that well,” Neville told Sky Sports.“What can I say is Liverpool need defenders. They have to pay to get him and that’s the way the market is.”Van Dijk could make his debut in the FA Cup third-round tie against Everton on January 5 after becoming the latest player to move from Southampton to Liverpool.Rickie Lambert, Adam Lallana, Dejan Lovren, Nathaniel Clyne and Sadio Mane have all made the same switch in recent years.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk is a target for Chelsea and LiverpoolLONDON, United Kingdom, Dec 27 – Liverpool signed Southampton’s Virgil van Dijk on Wednesday for a reported Sh 10.3bn (£75mn) in a deal that makes him the world’s most expensive defender.Van Dijk has been linked with a move to Liverpool for several months and the Anfield club were forced to issue an apology after an alleged illegal approach for the Netherlands international earlier this year.last_img read more


first_imgWorkers at a Sasol plant. South Africans are most optimistic about regular income, with 66.2% of those surveyed for the index expecting an increased wage. (Image: MediaClubSouthAfrica.com. For more free photos, visit the image library.)Wilma den HartighThe latest findings of the MasterCard Worldwide Index of Consumer Confidence show that South Africans are still optimistic about the immediate future of the economy, despite the looming global recession and local economic downturn.The index is based on a survey that measures consumer confidence on prevailing expectations in the market for the next six months. South Africa fared very well: with 100 being the highest level of consumer confidence, South Africa scored 78.7. Although this score is five points below the score for the first half of 2008, it holds up well with South Africa’s historical average of 79.4.South Africa also bagged the Middle East and Africa region’s second-highest score – only consumers in Kuwait were more optimistic about their market’s economy.Dr Azar Jammine, director and chief economist at Econometrix, said that there are reasons to believe that the South African economy may not have been as hard hit as the rest of the global economy.Jammine said another factor that could be contributing to a more resilient economy is the build up to the 2010 Fifa World Cup. The event will bring many benefits for small businesses and the tourism sector.Regular incomeSouth Africans are most optimistic about regular income. When asked whether they expected their regular income, including bonuses and fringe benefits, to increase, remain the same, or decrease over the next six months, 66.2% of respondents expected an increase, whereas just 7.2% said that they expected it to decrease. This resulted in a score of 90.2.Only 14.7% of the respondents said that they expected the economy in South Africa to become worse over the next six months, 56.5% expected economic performance to improve, and 28.8% thought it would stay unchanged. Overall, the economy received a score of 75.7.Jac Laubscher, chief economist at Sanlam, said better financial conditions of consumers mean that the environment for all businesses operating in the consumer sector will improve. Laubscher said besides consumer confidence, it is also important to increase actual spending, as investors will base business and expansion decisions on the latter.The South African survey focused on the three main urban centres: Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban. Durban residents claimed first place as they were the most upbeat. Mike Schüssler, chief economist at T-Sec, explained that scores on all five individual indicators (employment, economy, regular income, stock market and quality of life) were up from both six months and a year ago.Johannesburg’s overall consumer confidence scored 83.3. Schüssler said residents were particularly optimistic about the performance of the South African economy, as well as the prospect of increases in their regular income.Cape Town came in last with a fairly bleak expectation, mainly due to its expectations of the South African stock market over the next six months. He said the fall in the financial market and a decline in tourism also contributed to a lower score.Related articlesSouth Africa’s economyAfrica catches investors’ eyes SA leads continent in prosperity SA’s competitiveness steady Doing business easier in SAUseful linksMasterCard Worldwide Index of Consumer Confidence Econometrixlast_img read more


first_imgHontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid LATEST STORIES Despite early exit, Philippines shows it can compete against world’s best 3×3 teams Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting MOST READ MANILA, Philippines—Filipino bet Merwin Tan took home the gold in the 20th Asian Youth Tenpin Bowling Championships Saturday in Sarawak, Malaysia.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsREAD: PH Youth bowl squad in World title huntThe 19-year-old Tan, a national team mainstay, ruled the Boy’s Singles event with a six-game total of 1,352 pinfalls in the opening day of the biennial meet.center_img SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue READ: Positive thinking pushes young Tan to boys crownWilliam Clark from Australia claimed the silver with 1,334 while Park Sang-hyeok of South Korea registered 1,326 to settle for bronze.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles View commentslast_img read more