Gordon Brown to deliver Romanes lecture

first_imgNumber 10 has confirmed that Prime Minister Gordon Brown will be giving the auspicious Romanes lecture in Oxford on Friday.The lecture is delivered annually by a figure of high public note and has been running since 1892.More detail soon.last_img

Congress must act on data security breaches

first_imgHeadlines about huge data security breaches are so common that they almost seem like business as usual. Just a few weeks ago, Yahoo Inc. admitted that its 2014 data breach affected at least 500 million users. If that estimate is correct – and no one has contradicted it so far – that breach is now the largest on record, surpassing the MySpace breach that hit 427 million users a few months ago.The breach – like so many others – compromised numerous pieces of sensitive data, including users’ names, email addresses, phone numbers, birth dates, passwords and security questions. That doesn’t just put consumers’ email accounts at risk, but it makes their financial accounts vulnerable as well.We at NAFCU know that nothing will change until retailers and others step up to take responsibility for the security of their systems in the same way credit unions and financial institutions do.This continuing onslaught of hacks and data breaches erodes consumers’ trust and opens them to serious financial and identity theft risk. Furthermore, credit unions and other financial institutions are on the hook to pay for these events – replacing countless payment cards and making consumers whole again. Credit unions are taking care to protect their members’ sensitive information, but credit unions can’t control what Target or Home Depot does. This repeated process makes consumers justifiably nervous, and the increasing costs for credit unions make it more and more difficult for them to offer the excellent products and services they’re known for.Observers of Congress predict that lawmakers will consider data security legislation in early 2017. The NAFCU-backed “Data Security Act” (H.R. 2205/S. 961) would establish a strong national data security standard for retailers similar to what credit unions already follow under the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act. Introduced in the House by Rep. Randy Neugebauer, R-Texas, with Rep. John Carney, D-Del., as an original cosponsor, and in the Senate by Sens. Tom Carper, D-Del., and Roy Blunt, R-Mo., the bill would also establish strict disclosure rules – requiring retailers tell consumers when their information has been compromised – and protect consumers’ and financial institutions’ ability to sue retailers for financial and punitive damages.The Yahoo breach and others are making lawmakers sit up and take notice – not a moment too soon. As the 114th Congress nears its conclusion, NAFCU is urging lawmakers to act as soon as possible to make these standards a reality. The sooner retailers are made to take responsibility for their data security measures, the sooner consumers can have more peace of mind and credit unions can spend more time focusing on what they do best – serving their members. 72SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Carrie Hunt Carrie Hunt is Executive Vice President of Government Affairs and General Counsel for the National Association of Federal Credit Unions (NAFCU), and manages the association’s legislative, political, regulatory, compliance and … Web: www.nafcu.org Detailslast_img read more

Martinez comments on Magath mission

first_img The German, the Cottagers’ third boss this season, took over in mid-February after a chaotic period which saw Rene Meulensteen’s spell in charge ended after just two months. In his five matches he has picked up just four points and they remain bottom of the table four points from safety. Everton manager Roberto Martinez believes Fulham counterpart Felix Magath’s task of avoiding relegation was actually made easier by the lack of time he was given to save the club. “It is clear Felix Magath has the experience to provide a very difficult game in every game he puts his Fulham side out in. “He is clear in the way he gets his teams set up and I think since he has been at Fulham they have been unfortunate in a couple of games and in the same manner he has been finding out a lot about his new players. “I do feel this Fulham side is a completely different one to the one that came to Goodison Park.” Everton captain Phil Jagielka will travel with the squad to Craven Cottage for Sunday’s clash. The centre-back has missed five matches with a hamstring injury and although he was fit earlier in the week, Martinez chose to leave him out for the 3-0 victory at Newcastle. Magath insists completing the seemingly-impossible task of keeping Fulham in the Premier League would be one of his proudest achievements. This weekend’s game is one basement side Fulham, who sit four points adrift of safety, must win if they are to escape relegation. Magath has won Bundesliga titles with Bayern Munich and Wolfsburg, but views securing a 14th season of top flight football for the Cottagers as a rival to those achievements. ”Yes it would be one of my biggest achievements in football,” said the German, who replaced the sacked Meulensteen on February 14. ”It is a very difficult situation at the bottom of the league and there have not been many things to do because the time to buy new players was over, so I had to work with the players that are here. ”That is very, very difficult if you have players who have not had success for a long time. ”I knew this was a difficult job and I don’t care. I’m happy to do such a job. ”I’ve always done jobs like this and like to work for things that seem impossible.” Fulham striker Kostas Mitroglou will miss out because of a knee problem. Midfielder Scott Parker is also out with a knee injury, but winger Ashkan Dejagah returns after recovering from a muscle issue. However, Martinez believes the small amount of time Magath had to stave off the drop could work in his favour. “Felix Magath took a completely different challenge,” said the Spaniard. “It wasn’t a change of manager just to see a different direction at the club, it was clear he was taking a football challenge of trying to get a big points average in a short period of time to try to stay in the Premier League. “When you have 25 games to go in a season it becomes very difficult because there is so much talk about what could happen and what direction you can go. “Everyone has an opinion and it can affect the team but when it is a short period of time it is very straightforward. “It is a narrow approach and all you need to do is try to get as many points as you can and try to carry momentum from game to game. “You don’t even think about what may happen in the summer, what will happen to players’ contracts. “It is 10 or 11 finals that you try to prepare for in the best possible way and try to make difficult for the opposition. Press Associationlast_img read more

Wexford confident they can ‘put it up’ to All Ireland champs

first_imgPhoto: © Tipp FM All Star corner-back Barrett will make his first start in the league after recovering from an ankle injury to come off the bench last time out.Wexford’s Diarmuid O’Keefe says Manager Davy Fitzgerald’s brought great positivity and belief to the Model County set-up this season. Wexford say they are confident they can put it up to Tipperary in tomorrow’s Allianz National Hurling League semi-final.Michael Ryan’s named 12 of last year’s All-Ireland-winning side, including the returning Cathal Barrett and Brendan Maher for the game in Nowlan park tomorrow.2016 All-Ireland winning captain Maher’s back to start in midfield for the clash against Wexford at Nowlan Park.last_img