Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Target store on Black Friday (Photo: Target)One of the nation’s leading big box retailers, Target, had its in-store payment systems compromised for more than two weeks, resulting in the possible theft of approximately 40 million credit and debit card accounts, the retailer said.The intruders breached Target’s systems between Nov. 27 and Dec. 15. The breach occurred just two days before shoppers flooded Target stores nationwide to grab Black Friday deals. Target locations nationwide also opened Thanksgiving evening (Nov. 28).Krebs on Security, a security blog, was the first to report the breach, which was later confirmed by Target on Thursday. The report said nearly all Target locations in the country may have been affected, citing sources.Long Island is home to 14 Target stores, four in Nassau County—Hicksville, Levittwon, Valley Stream, Westbury—and 10 in Suffolk—Bay Shore, Central Islip, two in Commack, Copiague, Farmingdale, Huntington Station, Medford, Riverhead, South Setauket.In a statement, Gregg Steinhafel, Target’s chairman, president and CEO, said “we moved swiftly to address this issue, so guests can shop with confidence.”“We regret any inconvenience this may cause,” he added.Target did not say how the intruders were able to gain access to its system.The U.S. Secret Service is reportedly investigating the breach.Target said it alerted authorities and financial institutions impacted by the attack on its systems after it was made aware of the incident. The retailer said its also working with a third-party forensics firm to investigate the breach.The company advised shoppers on its website to review account statements and contact financial institutions if they suspect fraud.
The UK government will aim to convince the European Union to agree to an “expanded” equivalence arrangement for financial services after the country’s exit from the EU, it revealed yesterday.This is at the heart of its proposal for “new economic and regulatory arrangements for financial services” that it set out in its white paper on the future relationship between the UK and the EU.It said these would preserve “the mutual benefits of integrated markets” and protect financial stability, but could not replicate the EU’s passporting regimes. The UK’s and EU’s current levels of access to each other’s markets would not be maintained, it said.The bid for a financial services deal to be based on a wider equivalence arrangement was official confirmation the government had abandoned the pursuit of a deal based on mutual recognition, which the UK financial sector has been pushing for. Miles Celic, chief executive officer of lobby group TheCityUK, said it was “regrettable and frustrating that this approach has been dropped before even making it to the negotiating table”.Chris Cummings, chief executive of the Investment Association, said it was disappointing the government had ruled out mutual recognition as their preferred approach, but expressed optimism about the stance it had taken.“We believe that a solution based on enhanced equivalence can deliver a deal that works for savers in the UK and across Europe, and for the asset management industry that supports them,” he said.He also said the white paper brought “much-needed clarity”. Mark Boleat, senior associate at think-tank the Centre for European Reform and former chairman of the City of London’s policy and resources committee, told IPE the white paper did not contain any surprises.“It’s been clear for some time that what the industry was asking for, in effect mutual recognition of regulatory systems, was never going to be achieved,” he said.“Now this is the first time the government has admitted that. So there is a welcome realism.”The European Commission’s and European Parliament’s Brexit negotiators delivered initial responses to the white paper on Twitter. Guy Verhofstadt welcomed the proposal that the overall future EU-UK relationship should take the form of an “association agreement”. ‘Expanded’ equivalenceIn the white paper, the UK government said existing EU equivalence regimes on financial services with non-members “are not sufficient to deal with a third country whose financial markets are as deeply interconnected with the EU’s as those of the UK are”.Equivalence as it existed today was “not sufficient in scope for the breadth” of this interconnectedness, it said.Areas currently not covered by equivalence include bank lending and insurance, according to Boleat.The government has also argued for a “structured withdrawal process”, where equivalence could not be withdrawn without a consultation being held on possible solutions to maintain it.Currently equivalence can be withdrawn by the Commission with 30 days’ notice.Celic at TheCityUK said the current form of equivalence “does not meet any requirements for success”.Boleat said: “It’s clear what Britain would like. I don’t think people are under any illusions this would be easy to achieve”.
Insider 8 April 2020Family First Comment: Yet another health hazard of smoking dope“Lung health experts warn that smoking marijuana regularly could increase a person’s risk of contracting COVID-19, and also having more severe symptoms and complications from the disease, given evidence on tobacco and COVID-19, and what we already know about how heavy marijuana-smoking can impact the lungs.”#saynopetodopeIn the days and weeks leading up to stay-in-place orders and lockdowns, legal cannabis sales spiked.Some studies and anecdotal reports suggest marijuana can help people cope with anxiety, which is being felt deeply across the world as the coronavirus pandemic continues.But lung health experts warn that smoking marijuana regularly could increase a person’s risk of contracting COVID-19, and also having more severe symptoms and complications from the disease, given evidence on tobacco and COVID-19, and what we already know about how heavy marijuana-smoking can impact the lungs.Most hospitalized coronavirus patients have underlying lung diseaseAlthough there’s no data on marijuana use and COVID-19 patients, marijuana smokers — particularly ones who combine cannabis with tobacco — should be wary of their habits because of existing data on coronavirus patients in Italy and China, according to Dr. Barry J. Make, a pulmonologist at National Jewish Health.“From China and Italy, we see people who developed COVID-19 and had underlying lung disease, [they] have more complications and die more often,” Make said. “So this is the perfect time to stop smoking.”Preliminary CDC data found that chronic lung diseases including asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or COPD, and emphysema, were common underlying conditions in hospitalized patients in the US.The CDC was able to analyze 7,162 laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 cases and found that 656 of them, or 9.2%, reported having a chronic lung condition.READ MORE: https://www.insider.com/regular-cannabis-smoking-may-increase-covid-19-risk-lung-experts-2020-4
What if the best thing that could happen to a program turns out to be a drawback?To be sure, the East Syracuse Minoa boys basketball team’s epochal come-from-behind, last-second win over Jamesville-DeWitt on Jan. 10 proved that the Spartans had, at last, caught up to its more storied neighbors.Yet the games that followed suggested that much more remained to be learned by the Spartans as, returning home last Tuesday night, it got shut down by Central Square in a 55-36 loss.A sectional Class A semifinalist last winter, the Redhawks had started 6-4, but picked a perfect time to catch ESM as it limited the Spartans to just 21 points over the course of the last three quarters.Nick Peterson had 13 points, with Devin Mascato-Buffaloe adding seven points, as Central Square got 15 points and nine rebounds from Brandon Kulakowski and 13 points from Tim Giblin, helped by 10 rebounds from Jayden Bonaparte.By contrast, J-D impressively bounced back from the ESM defeat, handling Amherst (Section VI) less than 24 hours later and then prevailing last Tuesday over Oswego in a 93-51 romp.For much of the game, the Rams were on a pace to hit triple digits, building a 73-37 lead through three quarters and ultimately having five players score in double figures.Gunther Schnorr broke out with a career-best 22 points, while Payton Shumpert had 16 points. John Withers had 12 points, James Saroney got 11 points and Preston Shumpert finished with 10 points.Now, on Friday, J-D faced Auburn and ESM went up against Cortland, and both teams would emerge victorious.With the more difficult assignment, the Red Rams beat the Maroons 66-61, bolting out to a 24-16 first-quarter advantage and protecting that lead well the rest of the way.Payton Shumpert’s 24 points included four 3-pointers. Trey Autry managed 10 points, just ahead of Preston Shumpert and Matt Cieplicki (nine points apiece) as Auburn got 18 points from Shareef Edwards and 17 points from Shaheed Beal.ESM, meanwhile, responded quite well to the Central Square loss, flattening Cortland 71-35 as Peterson, with 18 points, led the way, Mascato-Buffaloe and Matt Burchill-Wright each adding eight points.Moving to girls basketball, J-D had risen to no. 9 in the latest state Class A rankings in advance of appearing last weekend in a tournament in New York City.Before that, though, the Red Rams first took care of Oswego 58-32 last Tuesday night, holding the Buccaneers to four points in the first quarter and, after a slow stretch, going on a 24-8 third-quarter dash.Through it all, Paige Keeler was tough to stop, pouring in 25 points, including four 3-pointers. Momo LaClair’s 13 points featured a trio of 3-pointers as Lily Loewenguth got seven points and Kailey McKenna had six points.Another solid showing followed on Thursday night, J-D handling Auburn 62-37 as it built its margin through the first three quarters, with Keeler again the focal point.Matching what she did against Oswego, Keeler again had 25 points, hitting on four 3-pointers, with LaClair getting 15 points and Loewenguth adding seven points.As for ESM, it lost last Tuesday to Central Square 58-29, unable to recover from a first quarter where the Redhawks held the Spartans to just four points.Overall, Lauren Riihnen led ESM with 10 points, while Angelina Polcaro had eight points. Central Square’s Morgan Ransom led her side with 20 pointsOn Friday, against a 10-1 Cortland side, the Spartans put up a great battle, but lost 42-35 as it was held to four points in the fourth quarter with a chance at the upset.Angelina Thomason led with 10 points, Polcaro adding seven points. Bella Pickard and Lailani Carrion had six points apiece. Kristen Merritt (11 points) and Margaret Starr (10 points) led the Purple Tigers.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story Tags: basketballESMJ-D