Lance Armstrong to Admit Drug Use to Oprah

Lance Armstrong plans to admit to doping throughout his career during an upcoming interview with talk show host Oprah Winfrey, USA Today reported late Friday.The interview, scheduled to be taped Monday and broadcast Thursday night on the Oprah Winfrey Network, will be conducted at Armstrong’s home in Austin, Texas.Citing an anonymous source, USA Today reported that the disgraced cyclist plans to admit to using performance-enhancing drugs, but likely will not get into details of the allegations outlined in a 2012 report by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency. The report led to Armstrong being stripped of his seven Tour de France titles and banned for life from the sport.Armstrong representatives, including his attorney Tim Herman, declined comment. The New York Times first reported last week that Armstrong was considering making a confession.Armstrong, 41, who vehemently denied doping for years, has not spoken publicly about the USADA report that cast him as the leader of a sophisticated and brazen doping program on his U.S. Postal Service teams that included use of steroids, blood boosters and illegal blood transfusions.Winfrey’s network announced Tuesday that Armstrong agreed to a “no holds barred” interview with her.A confession to Winfrey would come at a time when some of Armstrong’s legal troubles appear to be clearing up.Any potential perjury charges stemming from his sworn testimony denying doping in a 2005 arbitration fight with a Dallas promotions company over a contract bonus worth $7.5 million have passed the statute of limitations.Armstrong faces a whistle-blower lawsuit filed by former teammate Floyd Landis accusing him of defrauding the U.S. Postal Service, but the U.S. Department of Justice has yet to announce whether it will join the case. The British newspaper The Sunday Times is suing Armstrong to recover about $500,000 it paid him to settle a libel lawsuit.Armstrong lost most of his personal sponsorship — worth tens of millions of dollars — after USADA issued its report, and he left the board of the Livestrong cancer-fighting charity he founded in 1997. He is said to still be worth an estimated $100 million.Livestrong might be one reason to issue an apology or make a confession. The charity supports cancer patients and faces an image problem because of its association with its famous founder.The New York Times reported Armstrong might make a confession in an attempt to return to competition in elite triathlon or running events, but World Anti-Doping Code rules state his lifetime ban cannot be reduced to less than eight years. WADA and U.S. Anti-Doping officials could agree to reduce the ban further depending on what new information Armstrong provides and his level of cooperation.Armstrong met with USADA officials recently to explore a “pathway to redemption,” according to a report by “60 Minutes Sports” aired Wednesday on Showtime. read more

Julian Assange and WikiLeaks Events leading to founders arrest

first_img Tech Industry Share your voice 0 Julian Assange WikiLeaks Tags Julian Assange in a police vehicle after his arrest on April 11 in London. Jack Taylor/Getty Images After living in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London for nearly seven years, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was arrested Thursday by London’s Metropolitan Police. The arrest took place after Ecuador withdrew asylum.  Later in the day, Assange was found guilty of breaching bail, a charge that could lead to as many as 12 months in prison. He could also be extradited to the US, where he faces charges related to his alleged role in “one of the largest compromises of classified information in the history of the United States,” according to the US Justice Department. WikiLeaks and Assange have been under scrutiny since the 2010 release of more than 75,000 confidential files related to the war in Afghanistan. Here are some of the major events leading up to Assange’s arrest: In June 2012, Assange skipped bail and moved into the Ecuadorian embassy in London to avoid extradition to Sweden over sexual assault allegations. Ecuador offered him asylum amid legal tussles with the US, Sweden and the UK.  Swedish prosecutors dropped the rape charges against Assange in May 2017, but the WikiLeaks founder was still wanted in the UK for skipping bail in 2012.In January 2018, Assange asked a UK court to drop his arrest warrant. Later that month, the government of Ecuador said Assange’s situation of being holed up in the embassy was “not sustainable.”In February 2018, Assange called on the UK and Sweden to grant him freedom, saying the countries were violating a UN order to release and compensate him. The following week, Assange lost a legal bid to halt a UK warrant for his arrest.The Ecuadorian embassy cut off Assange’s internet access in March 2018 after the government said he violated an agreement not to interfere in its relations with other countries. A vigil was held in June 2018 outside the Ecuadorian Embassy in London for Assange’s health. An international group of lawyers had appealed to the UN’s Human Rights Council, stating concerns that Assange’s physical and mental health were being affected by his confinement.  Media reported in September 2018 that Assange may have sought sanctuary in Russia before ending up at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London in 2012. In September 2018, WikiLeaks replaced Assange as its editor-in-chief, installing Kristinn Hrafnsson, a journalist from Iceland. In a statement, WikiLeaks said Assange was being “held incommunicado (except visits by his lawyers) for six months while arbitrarily detained in the Ecuadorian embassy.” Assange remained the site’s publisher. Assange sued the Ecuadorian government in October 2018 for violating his “fundamental rights and freedoms.” Ecuador didn’t let Assange meet with his lawyers or Dinah PoKempner, general counsel of Human Rights Watch, on many occasions, according to a WikiLeaks statement. The embassy also allegedly censored Assange’s speech and required journalists, lawyers and others who wanted to see him to share with Ecuador information such as social media usernames and serial numbers of devices. At the time, Ecuador’s foreign minister said the protocols the embassy adopted were in line with Ecuador’s laws and international standards.In late October 2018, Assange lost a legal challenge to new rules imposed by the Ecuadorian Embassy. They included banning him from commenting on affairs in a way that might harm the country’s foreign relations and limiting his visitation privileges. The government said he could be expelled from the embassy if he didn’t comply with the rules. Reports in November 2018 revealed that Assange had been charged under seal by the US Justice Department with unspecified crimes. Prosecutors had apparently inadvertently revealed the charges while filing an unrelated case.In April 2019, UN Special Rapporteur on torture Nils Melzer warned against the expulsion of Assange from the Ecuadorian embassy, saying it could “expose him to a real risk of serious violations of his human rights.” Days later, Assange was arrested.   Post a commentlast_img read more

LAPD officers personal info stolen in data breach report says

first_img Tags Share your voice 1 3:17 Computers Security Now playing: Watch this: Your Ring camera could be a part of a police surveillance… Comment LAPD officers have themselves become crime victims, according to NBCLA. Ford The personal information of around 2,500 Los Angeles Police Department officers and 17,500 LAPD applicants has reportedly been stolen in a data breach. Information included names, email addresses, dates of birth, partial employee serial numbers and passwords, NBCLA reported Monday, citing several officials.  The LAPD confirmed the data breach to CNET Thursday, saying it is working with its city partners to “better understand the extent and impact of this data breach.” “We are also taking steps to ensure the department’s data is protected from any further intrusions,” the LAPD said. “The employees and individuals who may have been affected by this incident have been notified, and we will continue to update them as we progress through this investigation.” The police department called security “paramount,” saying it is committed to protecting the privacy of anyone involved with the agency. “The department has learned of a data breach that involved some of your information contained within the personnel department’s Candidate Applicant Program,” NBCLA reported an email message notifying affected officers over the weekend. The LAPD recommended that affected officers monitor their credit reports and bank accounts, and file a complaint to the Federal Trade Commission, NBCLA said, but it didn’t explain how the data breach happened. First published at 12:23 p.m. PT on July 29. Updated on Aug. 1 at 1:54 p.m. PT: adds statement from LAPD. last_img read more

Cognizant lays off 200 senior employees to invest in the next generation

first_img IT majors to lay off at least 56,000 employees this year IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPlayMute0:00/0:00Loaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE0:00?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio TrackFullscreenThis is a modal window.The media could not be loaded, either because the server or network failed or because the format is not supported.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … Closecenter_img US-based IT major Cognizant has reportedly fired over 200 employees this year in a bid to bring in young talent to the company. The employees were let go with three to four months’ severance pay.This move was done in a new and changing environment where the younger generation in the company is deemed more important since they are more adaptable to change than the older ones. Cognizant Technology Solutions CorpReutersRecently, Tech Mahindra had lowered the retirement age for employees. Tata Consultancy Services has also doubled the salary for freshers in order to attract the younger generation.Last year, Cognizant had offered a ‘voluntary separation scheme’ to around 400 senior employees, reports The Times of India.When asked to comment, the company told TOI, “As part of our ongoing workforce management strategy, we ensure we have the right employee skill sets necessary to meet client needs and achieve our business goals. This process has resulted in changes, including some employees transitioning out of the company. We continue to enhance our capabilities and hire for roles across all our practice areas in the company. Details of severance or any other conditions of employment are confidential.”Some of the employees, who were let go, said that they were forced to sign a form which stated that they were leaving on a voluntary basis and that they would not press charges against the company or the management.In an earlier report, an unnamed source was quoted by TOI saying, “At the end of the day, business-and-skill mix required has changed dramatically. Companies have engaged their employees in long learning cycles — in some cases, at their own expense. Firms have little control and are driven by clients’ demand and are actively changing the skill mix. With customers wanting to reap higher productivity gains, the project pyramid is getting squeezed, forcing companies to rationalise costs and embark on redundancy plans without the noise.”last_img read more

Husband beats wife to death in East Burdwan

first_imgKolkata: A housewife was allegedly beaten to death by her husband at Monteshwar in East Burdwan. The deceased Jhuma Ghosh (35) died while she was being shifted to Kolkata from Burdwan Medical College Hospital. Her husband Pralhad Ghosh fled the scene.Locals alleged that Pralhad had developed an extra-marital affair with another woman in Shaktigarh. Pralhad has business of curd cheese and for that he used to travel to various parts of the district. He also used to visit Shaktigarh, wher he met with another woman with whom Pralhad developed an affair. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeJhuma somehow came to know about her husband’s affair and protested against it. But that did not put an end to Pralhad’s affair. He continued with his affair and as a result altercations used take place between Jhuma and Pralhad almost daily. On Sunday night, a similar had situation occurred and an altercation broke out. All of a sudden Pralhad took out some blunt instrument and hit on Jhuma’s head. She became unconscious and immediately fell on Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedthe ground. On Seeing wife lying in a pool of blood, Pralhad fled the scene. Locals and other family members rushed Jhuma to Burdwan Medical College Hospital. As the patient was critical, she was referred to SSKM hospital in Kolkata on the wee hours of Monday, after providing first aid. But Jhuma died on her way to Kolkata. Later, her family members brought back Jhuma’s body to Burdwan Medical College hospital where doctors officially declared her brought dead. The mother-in-law of Jhuma, Debarati Ghosh also stated against her son.last_img read more