French skate coach faces probe into sexual abuse of minors claims

first_imgFrench prosecutors opened an investigation into claims of rape and sexual abuse of minors in figure skating on Tuesday as details emerged of allegations made 20 years ago against the coach at the heart of the case.The probe, hailed as a “strong signal” by French Sports Minister Roxana Maracineanu and in which “the words of the victims must be heard”, will focus on claims made by former world championship bronze medallist Sarah Abitbol.In her autobiography published last week, Abitbol accused coach Gilles Beyer of raping her several times from 1990 to 1992 when she was between the ages of 15 and 17. “He (Beyer) started to do horrible things leading to sexual abuse and I was raped at 15,” said Abitbol, now 44, in a video interview with L’Obs.The investigation will also “attempt to identify all the other victims who suffered… offences of the same nature”, Paris-based prosecutor Remy Heitz said.Abitbol’s claims coincided with sports daily L’Equipe publishing an investigation in which three other skaters accused Beyer and two other coaches, Jean-Roland Racle and Michel Lotz, of abuse and rape when they were minors.Further allegations of underage sexual abuse emerged from former swimmers and tennis players. On Friday, 62-year-old Beyer admitted to having had “intimate” and “inappropriate” relations with Abitbol, telling AFP he was “sincerely sorry”.”I acknowledge having had intimate relationships with her,” Beyer said in a statement.”If my memories of the exact circumstances differ from hers, I am aware that, given my duties and her age at the time, these relationships were inappropriate.”Racle has denied the accusations while Lotz has not commented. Sports Minister Maracineanu has called for the president of France’s ice skating federation, Didier Gailhaguet, to resign, saying he “cannot absolve himself of his moral and personal responsibility”. But after a meeting at the federation’s Paris headquarters on Tuesday, Gailhaguet said he would not make a decision on whether to step down until the investigation had concluded.”I, as federation president, will await the result of this investigation before making any decision on the resignation the sports minister asked for,” the 66-year-old said. Powerful figure Maracineanu, a former swimming world champion, does not have the power to sack Gailhaguet but has intimated that the federation would face state sanctions if he remains. Gailhaguet, who is due to hold a press conference on Wednesday, has been the most influential man in French ice skating since he first became president in 1998, some years after the alleged offences.He has headed the federation ever since apart from a three-year hiatus between 2004 and 2007 which followed a judging scandal at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City. He was suspended by the International Skating Union for three years from 2002 and duly gave up, temporarily, the presidency of the French federation.Gailhaguet’s accession to the presidency opened the door for Beyer to take charge of the French national team. Two years later, another skater made a complaint against Beyer which was followed up at ministry level but not acted on by prosecutors.The report of that investigation, which has been seen by AFP, shows that Gailhaguet was aware of the nature of the allegations against Beyer. In a letter addressed to him and dated February 8, 2000, the parents of a young skater outline Beyer’s inappropriate behaviour towards their daughter, who was 17, during a training camp.According to the letter which relates to an incident in July 1999, Beyer was “under the effects of alcohol” when he sat on the girl’s bed. After talking he said he would leave but asked if he could kiss her. She declined.”It would be desirable, not to say essential … that this gentleman never again gets close to adolescent skaters who are minors,” the parents said in the letter.Beyer did not comment on those claims when contacted by AFP.The 2000 inquiry led the sports ministry to remove him from his technical role at the federation, but he remained a coach at club level and held an executive position at the federation until 2018.On Tuesday, former Olympic champion Gwendal Peizerat, who won the 2002 ice dance gold with Marina Anissina, said the revelations were “the tip of the iceberg”.”We’re talking about rape, harassment … Didier Gailhaguet is not the moral example we should be showing our children,” said Peizerat, who unsuccessfully challenged Gailhaguet as skating chief in a 2014 election.Topics :last_img read more

Giants muster only 1 hit in shutout loss to Rockies

first_imgClick here if you’re unable to view the gallery on your mobile device.SAN FRANCISCO — The Giants had registered a hit in every home game since June 10, 1997, when Kevin Brown tossed a no-hitter for the Florida Marlins at Candlestick Park.Through 7 1/3 innings Sunday at Oracle Park, the Giants had no hits, and Rockies pitcher German Marquez was cruising at only 77 pitches.Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado had just made that signature play in the field that every no-hitter seems to feature, …last_img

49ers Garoppolo will ease into camp, McKinnon starts on PUP

first_imgSANTA CLARA — Jimmy Garoppolo’s reconstructed knee gained full clearance Friday to take on the 49ers’ new and better-be-improved pass rush at training camp.He just won’t be allowed to debut his comeback in the Aug. 10 exhibition opener against the Dallas Cowboys. Coach Kyle Shanahan ruled that out, with a wait-and-see approach for the other exhbitions ahead of the Sept. 8 regular-season in Tampa.“That’s something you feel out through training camp, see how practice is going, the reps we are …last_img

Live updates: 49ers beat Panthers 51-13 to stay undefeated

first_imgGAME ESSENTIALS: 49ers (6-0) vs. Panthers (4-2) at Levi’s Stadium on Sunday at 1:05 p.m. (PT)TV: Fox-TV (Ch. 2), Dick Stockton (play-by-play), Mark Schlereth (analyst), Jennifer Hale (reporter).ODDS: 49ers -5.5 (opened at 49ers -6). OVER/UNDER: 41.5 (opened at 41.5). Follow along Sunday at 1:05 p.m. for in-game insights and analysis when the 6-0 49ers take on the Cam Newton-less Carolina Panthers at Levi’s. SERIES: Panthers lead all-time series 13-8. LAST MEETING: …last_img

Midwest Floods of 2019: The Latest Disaster to Learn From

first_imgThe catastrophic flooding in Nebraska and other states along the Missouri River has brought back painful memories of major floods like those in 1993 and 2011. We know that floods are becoming more frequent and causing far more damage. The National Climate Assessment has warned that floods are more likely to occur in the Midwest as the climate changes. Bill McKibben, in an interview with, pointed out that Nebraska’s “current trauma is part of everyone’s future.” The flooding in the Midwest is the latest in a long line of catastrophic disasters that have climate change’s fingerprints all over them. While inland states suffer many more flood disasters than coastal states, they are more localized and usually don’t grab the national spotlight, unless they rise to the level of calamity seen in Nebraska, Iowa, and Missouri. Most people recall the names of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Maria, Florence, and Michael, while major inland floods tend to quickly fade from the nation’s collective memory. Since 2015, some of the nation’s biggest flood disasters have not resulted from hurricanes and tropical storms. They have occurred miles inland in central Louisiana (2016, $10.6 billion in losses), Houston (2016, $2.8 billion), Texas and Oklahoma (2015, $2.7 billion), Texas and Louisiana (2016, $2.4 billion), and South Carolina (2015, $2.2 billion).RELATED ARTICLESFlooding Is More Than a Coastal ProblemUrban Flooding: A Problem That’s Getting WorseIs It Time to Move Our Cities?Resilience as a Driver of ChangeResilience: Designing Homes for More Intense Storms Even among recent hurricanes — Harvey and Florence in particular — historic levels of rain caused far more damage inland, compared to storm surge or high winds along the coastline. The damages from the 2019 floods are still being tallied, but are expected to exceed $1.3 billion in Nebraska alone. Storms with no names do lots of damage Record disaster years have led to a growing recognition that we need to better prepare for floods and rebuild differently, not to mention adapt to the impacts of climate change. For flooding, attention is often focused on areas where “named storms” (i.e., hurricanes) have wreaked havoc or on coastal cities slowly being overtaken by sea level rise. Sometimes overlooked are the inland areas that are struggling with the increasing frequency and severity of flood disasters, like what’s happened in Nebraska, Iowa, and Missouri. Our national memory does not always recall these “non-named” disasters as time passes. The tragic flooding and resulting damage, trauma, and loss of life that communities are experiencing demand that the nation take long-overdue actions to avoid these types of tragedies in the future. In order to help those who will spend the coming months and years recovering from the Midwest Floods of 2019, the nation needs to move swiftly on the actions below. Reinstate federal flood protection standards President Trump rescinded federal flood protection standards just days before Hurricane Harvey, a major misstep that grows increasingly damaging with each passing flood disaster. The Trump administration said it would propose a new standard, but that has proven to be an empty promise. Federal flood protection standards would ensure that public areas are sited and designed with an additional margin of safety for future flooding and sea level rise. Congress could put a federal flood protection standard back in place and there’s interest in doing just that. Help people move to higher ground A growing number of Americans are tired of being flooded repeatedly and they need assistance to move to higher ground. Unfortunately, that can be hard to come by, as government disaster assistance usually prioritizes rebuilding in the same vulnerable place. Owners of these homes are, in a sense, trapped by the disaster aid programs designed to enable rebuilding. We need to make it far easier for flood disaster survivors to get assistance to move to higher ground when they would prefer to do so. Congress has requested that the Government Accountability Office find out why buyouts and relocation efforts are so inefficient and time-consuming. And the Natural Resources Defense Council has called for making buyouts of flood-prone homes a benefit of flood insurance coverage. Reform the National Flood Insurance Program The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) should be a linchpin in the nation’s efforts to prepare for and recover from flood disasters, but in its current state it’s a liability, especially when you factor in the growing influence of climate change. The NFIP not only provides insurance to millions of Americans, but it is also responsible for mapping flood risks, establishing minimum development standards for the nation’s floodplains, and it is a primary source of flood risk information. In every aspect of the program, it fails to deliver what’s needed. NRDC has long called for climate-smart NFIP reforms that include: Helping people move to higher ground. The NFIP could directly provide funding to help people who live in flood-prone homes to move out of harm’s way, but it doesn’t. For the majority of the most flood-prone homes in the NFIP, NRDC has found it would be cost effective to provide this assistance and help thousands of people relocate now — and help many more in the future. Increase transparency and require disclosure of flood risks. If people are denied access to information, they cannot avoid buying or renting a home in a place that’s at high risk of flooding. Congress should: require past flood damages and other information be disclosed to homebuyers and renters (28 states currently have inadequate or no disclosure requirements at all); require that homeowners have a right to know about past flood damage claims paid by the NFIP or private insurers; and require FEMA to publish much more of the data it collects through the NFIP, most of which is kept out of public view. Produce flood maps that reflect future conditions and climate change. FEMA’s flood maps do not take into account how flooding will get worse in the future due to incidents of extreme weather, sea level rise, and other factors. As a result, the potential for larger floods, like those affecting Nebraska and the Midwest, and those that the National Climate Assessment says are in the future, are not accounted for on official flood maps used for making development decisions. Implement resilience provisions Flooding in Nebraska has caused substantial damage to Offutt Air Force Base, the headquarters for Strategic Air Command. This is the third major military installation heavily damaged by floods and hurricanes in the past year. Last year, Camp Lejeune in North Carolina, the largest Marine Corps base in the world, was hit hard by Hurricane Florence, and Tyndall Air Force Base in Florida was leveled by Hurricane Michael. It would be laughable that President Trump questions the national security implications of climate change, given these damages, if he were not so dangerously off-base. Last year Congress directed the Department of Defense to pursue a suite of actions to ensure military bases were prepared for the impacts of climate change. In light of the damage military bases have sustained recently, that looks like a pretty smart move. The Center for Climate and Security highlighted some of those actions, which include: “Floodplain requirements on new military construction (roughly $10 billion annually): Projects must identify whether they are in the 100-year floodplain, and if so, they must not only include mitigation plans, but be designed to assume an additional 2 feet above the base flood elevation (3 feet for mission critical facilities). This was originally a bipartisan stand-alone bill introduced by Senators Schatz, Moran, and Reed. (Sec 2805) “Inclusion of energy and climate considerations into installation master plans (which govern how a base is laid out and where new construction will occur). (Sec 2805) “Authority to expend Readiness and Environmental Protection Initiative funds to protect military installation resilience (Sec 312i) “Expanding Defense Access Roads authority to improve critical roads outside a base that are impacted by sea-level rise and recurrent flooding. (Sec 2865)” Rob Moore is a senior policy analyst with the Healthy People and Thriving Communities program at the Natural Resources Defense Council. This post originally appeared at the NRDC Expert Blog and is republished here with permission.last_img read more

How to feed and care for your wireless sensor networks

first_imgInternet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You… Follow the Puck Destiny Bertucci Related Posts In addition to contributing to the exponential increase in data, security concerns, and strain on enterprise networks, the growth of the Internet of Things (IoT) is creating demand for upgraded wireless sensor nodes in the enterprise. And as IoT becomes more prevalent in the enterprise, the ease with which we as IT professionals can deploy and create sensor networks increases in tandem.Because IoT provides the opportunity to implement less expensive, more accurate smart devices or sensors, many organizations want to roll out plans to upgrade. Still, the road to these upgrades and improvements is not simply plug and play; rather, organizations should follow the same protocol as they would for any other IT plan, confirming that security as well as monitoring and management tools are active and effective, both in building and managing these networks.Defining wireless sensor networksBefore delving into how to build or manage these networks, let’s define them for the purposes of this article: wireless sensor networks are wireless networks with spatially distributed, autonomous sensors designed to monitor physical or environmental conditions such as sound, temperature, or humidity. These sensors pass their data through the network to a main repository, where IT professionals can gather the data. They are best suited to enterprises because of the need to monitor data center conditions.For example, if an application is experiencing availability issues, it could be due to higher-than-acceptable temperatures in the data center. With sensory nodes sending data across the network to the repository, we can use the information to course correct and resolve the performance problem. Today, wireless sensor networks are bi-directional, meaning we can gather and manipulate the data to gain a more thorough understanding of the environment.In the enterprise, sensor nodes are an everyday occurrence. But while connected devices are able to send gathered data across the network, you may not be fully aware of everything the device is capturing, which raises questions about the effectiveness of your organization’s monitoring and management software, particularly wireless monitoring and alerting. These alerts should paint a picture of devices’ effects and how the information is being used in the enterprise. Additionally, even if a local area network (LAN) is in use—as opposed to wide area network (WAN)—you should be aware of the ports that have the potential for connected devices, so that they can quickly be expanded or deployed according to your needs.To leverage wireless sensor networks, you must become comfortable allowing a non-authenticated network that enables these new technologies to be integrated, while remaining segmented enough to not enable network penetration or cross lines with other networks. This not only helps with security, but allows network administrators to gain an understanding of how these devices actually behave on our networks. As many organizations are still unsure of how the devices are being used, a non-authenticated and segmented network is key to maintaining security throughout the organization.What are the implementation challenges?One of the top challenges associated with wireless sensor networks is tied to monitoring. Often, IT professionals who understand the importance of monitoring will implement a tool at the same time as the deployment of sensor nodes; unfortunately, this has the effect of throwing your baseline activity off balance. For example, if sensor nodes are deployed in dangerous environments (i.e., environments with energy supply or electrical issues), then the monitoring baseline will not be accurate. To avoid this issue, first monitor the wireless network and the environment as a whole to create a baseline of activity, and then deploy the sensors to identify the resulting changes and paint a true portrait of activity.Because the nature of IoT is conducive to plug-and-play devices or sensors, it’s important to keep that desire at bay by watching monthly activity trends specific to bandwidth, as you can more accurately plan for the future and more cost effectively allocate resources and spend. In fact, the second challenge associated with implementation is the added cost of sensor nodes on the network. Because organizations are not always tracking bandwidth being used through testing and monitoring sensor usage, it’s important to budget for the increase in network activity.Finally, as anyone living and working in 2017 can attest, network devices, systems, wireless devices, and more are vulnerable to attack, because they are connected to the internet and data is moving across the network. Unfortunately, security is very fluid, ever changing, and demands constant attention, and IT professionals who already wear several hats are often not adequately equipped to successfully defend their business from attacks. Similarly, those IT professionals who have traditionally worked in silos of expertise often do not have enough knowledge about the interconnected nature of their infrastructure to proactively identify vulnerabilities. With this in mind, and the looming threat of a data breach in the future, you should invest in security information and event (SIEM) and compliance software that will act as a safety net and alert you when there is an issue to be addressed.Best practices for managementBefore adding sensor nodes onto your network, it’s imperative to create a plan that allows you to have clear visibility into your network at any point in time, relying on your monitoring system to provide data on your wireless access points and as the signal levels within your facilities. This tool should ideally include an alert function when new devices appear, so you are constantly aware of anything new being introduced on the network. In addition, you should follow the below steps to help ensure a smooth implementation process for sensors:Set trackable metrics. You should know specifically what you need from sensor devices in order to get the most out of them. For example, monitoring temperatures for an office space for employees is one thing, but monitoring the temperature for an ice cream warehouse is a different story entirely. At the end of the day, having data just to have it is a waste of time, storage, and IT resources. Too much monitoring results in noise, and the actual metrics—at least the ones that provide actionable insights—can get lost.Find a network management tool and thoroughly evaluate. When evaluating network management tools, determine what you need to know or want to know in order to prevent certain scenarios from happening or to ensure you have an actionable set of insights. Conduct side-by-side evaluations to look for functions such as forecasting scalability of the devices, measuring bandwidth usage, showcasing the gathered information in one centralized location, alerting for thresholds, and enabling the ability to cross into execution based on information these devices are sending out. All of these functions can be leveraged to create an efficient, valuable, and cost-effective sensor network. For example, a sensor node on temperature or humidity might exceed expectations and a sufficient network monitoring management software can both alert you and simultaneously create a ticket to the maintenance team to address, which streamlines operations and enabling a quicker time to resolution.Establish a baseline. Having a fundamental understanding of what typical performance looks like for these pieces of infrastructure will normalize the security expertise of a team by providing a reference point to check when something seems wrong. The security team can then execute on a pre-determined response plan in order to quickly and effectively remediate. While these are often overlooked, they’re incredibly important, and with sensor nodes you can see problems beforehand and quell them before they turn into a bigger security issue.IT professionals who can effectively manage sensor nodes in their data centers or in other environments to monitor temperature, humidity, sound, or other functions are well on their way to deriving valuable insights and positive business impacts on behalf of their organizations. As is always the best approach, craft a plan of attack—what you want to achieve or learn from devices in your environment—before building the wireless sensor network with an understanding of how IoT devices will affect your organization, and then implement the proper tools to help you manage and succeed.center_img Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Tags:#featured#Internet of Things#IoT#sensors#top#wireless Small Business Cybersecurity Threats and How to…last_img read more

Broadcast partners for the 2019 NRL Touch Premiership

first_imgKayo will be the only place you can watch all broadcasted games. Games will be available live and on-demand on Kayo. Sign up using this link: 1 (Saturday 6th April) and all other Saturday games will be available live and on-demand on Kayo, as well as (The stream will be able to be viewed globally.)All Sunday games will be broadcast live on Fox League and live and on-demand on Kayo.In New Zealand, all Fox League games will also run on Sky Sport. We’re pleased to announce our four broadcast partners for the #NRLTouchPremiership: Kayo, Fox League, and Sky Sport.last_img

JBDC Hosts Food Safety and Sanitation Workshop

first_img The session will be held at the JBDC’s Incubator and Resource Centre, Unit 10A, 76 Marcus Garvey Drive, starting at 9:00 a.m. The Jamaica Business Development Corporation (JBDC) will be staging a Food Safety and Sanitation Workshop for food business operators on March 7.The session will be held at the JBDC’s Incubator and Resource Centre, Unit 10A, 76 Marcus Garvey Drive, starting at 9:00 a.m.It is open to all persons in the field of agro-processing, from manufacturers to restaurateurs, and will include training from the Bureau of Standards Jamaica, public health personnel, the Food Storage and Prevention of Infestation Division in the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries and various private-sector entities.Training will cover the areas of local food regulations; good manufacturing practices; food safety management systems; and implementation and maintenance of proper records.The workshop costs $4,500 per person and the deadline for registration is Thursday, February 28. Persons may register through the JBDC’s website at will be awarded a certificate at the workshop’s conclusion. The Jamaica Business Development Corporation (JBDC) will be staging a Food Safety and Sanitation Workshop for food business operators on February 26. It is open to all persons in the field of agro-processing, from manufacturers to restaurateurs, and will include training from the Bureau of Standards Jamaica, public health personnel, the Food Storage and Prevention of Infestation Division in the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries and various private-sector entities. Story Highlightslast_img read more