Arnett plan to keep Waterhouse down

first_imgReigning Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) champions, Arnett Gardens FC, are planning to keep Waterhouse on the canvas when both teams meet in the secondpreliminary stage at Waterhouse Stadium tomorrow.Arnett are currently in third position on 32 points, while Waterhouse are at the bottom on 15 points after 18 games in the 12-team league.With a gap of 17 points, Arnett Gardens have no intention of giving Waterhouse a chance to crawl up from last position.As far as the man in charge of the ‘Junglists’ is concerned, it is simply a case of, ‘when a man is down, keep him down’.”We will try to keep them down as they are a dangerous team,” coach of Arnett Gardens, Jerome ‘Jerry’ Waite told The Gleaner at the RSPL weekly press conference at Red Stripe last Thursday.”In previous games, Waterhouse dominated Arnett. We beat them in the first round and we are looking forward to continue this on Sunday,” added Waite, who guided Arnett to three national titles.Arnett will be without hard-tackling midfielder Renae Lloyd, as well as Damari Deacon due to red cards issued in their encounter against Tivoli Gardens two weeks ago, but Waite remains confident that the team will leave Drewsland with a positive result.”Lloyd will be a loss, but if you notice this season started without Renae Lloyd, the other player (Jason Moore), who will fill the slot had been doing well before Lloyd returned to the team,” the veteran coach noted before sharing his anticipation of the game.”Yes, you always have to look forward to a clash of this magnitude, despite where the teams are in the standings. And, it is always a fierce rivalry. We will not underestimate Waterhouse, although they are having a bad season, so far,” Waite maintained.”In their last game, they scored four goals but gave up the same, so there are loopholes in their defensive system, which we aim to exploit. We (Arnett) have won three games in a row and are aiming at four straight,” he concluded.last_img read more

Primaryschoolers yanked for bullying investigation launched

first_img Ministry of Education Announces Registration 2016-2017 for Public Schools in the Turks & Caicos Islands Five Cays ‘bullying’ video goes viral, MP on the case Ministry of Education & Digicel team up for Learning Hub Related Items:bullying, ministry of education, primary school Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 22 Apr 2015 – A shocking case of bullying is now being investigated by the Ministry of Education and the students involved have been pulled from the primary school in question. Video has been in circulation and has now made local TV news. The boys from one of the Provo-based public primary schools appear to capture themselves roughing up another boy, using foul language and completely enjoying repeatedly hitting the student. In the face, in the back, in the head, hits to the intimidated boy’s abdomen, lots of jeering and cheering and at one point the lead antagonist seems to spit on the bullying victim. The Ministry is discouraging spread of this video, but up to news production time well over 1,100 had viewed the news report by SunTV. I quote from a press release issued last night: “We are asking the public, that in the interest of the welfare and protection of the child who was bullied and parents, that we respect their rights and cease and desist from the circulation of this horrid video.” The authorities have already been called in this case.last_img read more

Comiccon cosmetic costume dangers

first_img Jonathan Halvorson, 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave Settings(KUSI) – Comic Con encourages attendees to show their enthusiasm by dressing for the occasion but some materials may not be very safe.Kristen Richards with Torrey Pines Dermatology stopped by Good Morning San Diego to give some advice on how to avoid any type of allergic reaction from your custom costumes.Costume Tips:    Make sure your costumes are crafted from safe materials.Far too many store-bought versions are made of unsafe plastics like vinyl aka PVC, filled with hormone disrupters or even lead, a potent neurotoxin.This is an issue with swapped or hand-me-down costumes, too.  If costumes are older and packed away in a basement or attic, trapped dust and dust mites can make it difficult for those with allergies or asthma to breathe.Since dust mites can trigger asthma in children, parents may want to consider purchasing new costumes to replace those that have may accrued dust from being in storage all year.If a child wants to keep his or her old costume, parents can wash it with specialized laundry products designed to eliminate dust mites and other allergens.Accessories used for many common Halloween costumes also may cause reactions.Crowns, magic wands and faux jewelry that uses metals like nickel may cause rashes and irritation.Beware of nickel and cobalt, which can trigger allergic reactions.Hydrate yourself with water and snack on a few pretzels or potato chips before and during Comic-con, especially in warm temperatures.Sweat causes you to lose water and sodium, which contributes to uncomfortable leg cramps and can make you feel faint.The salt provided by the snack infuses additional sodium into your system, and the water keeps dehydration at bay.According to the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, costume makeup can trigger an allergic reaction or symptoms of asthma.10 percent of people will suffer from a cosmetic allergy during their lifetime           Inexpensive makeup may contain preservatives that can cause a rash and swelling of the skin.Formaldehyde is a very common preservative used in many of these products, but some products labeled “formaldehyde-free” can still cause allergic reactions.Certain makeup is not advisable to use around the mouth or eyes, so be certain to check all packaging for any warnings.  High-quality theater makeup may be a better option than the cheap crayon sticks sold at costume stores.  In any event, always test makeup on a small area of the skin well in advance of Comic-con.If a rash or any abnormality occurs, do not use the makeup     Tests conducted by the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics discovered that many contain heavy metal horrors like lead and chromium.  Some lipsticks also contain lead.If your kids don’t want to go bare, use the safest makeup you can find instead.           When it comes to outfitting a Comic-con costume, avoid VOC-filled nail polishes and fragranced products made with phthalates, an endocrine disruptor.   If your costume “needs” dark nails, choose a version free of formaldehyde, toluene, and phthalates.   If you can, apply outside or with the windows open, even better. Or try stickers.          Does a costume call for different hair?   Use wigs and hats instead of spray-on hair coloring made with synthetic chemicals that are a bit too mysterious. Mask tips:      Certain headgear can limit your visibility, a child can be standing at your feet and out of your field of vision.    Props like fake teeth made from rubber and vinyl frequently contain lead paint and chemical plasticizers.Kids can actually absorb these while wearing them.Fake blood is usually made from an unsafe dye in a petroleum base, so avoid it, too.  If you or your kids are the creative type, try whipping some up your own fake blood with cornstarch and beet juice.Cosmetic contact lenses might seem like the perfect way to enhance your costume this year, but the American Academy of Ophthalmology is warning consumers that the nonprescription lenses could do serious damage to your eyes.   Selling such lenses without a prescription is actually illegal,Dangerous because they could cause corneal abrasions (scratches on the cornea, which covers the iris and pupil) and ulcers on the eye, which can then lead to infection (keratitis).         If this happens, the AAO warns that corneal transplants and other eye surgeries might become necessary to prevent blindness. It all could have been avoided if these patients just took a little extra time to obtain a prescription and only wore FDA-approved lenses.Contact lenses should only be worn if they are FDA-approved and prescribed by an optometrist or ophthalmologist. Be sure to have a dress rehearsal, becoming comfortable in the costume before the event will insure the best performance. Comic-con cosmetic costume dangers July 16, 2019 Jonathan Halvorson Posted: July 16, 2019 Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Japans NTT Data agrees to buy Dells IT services unit for 3

first_imgJapan’s NTT Data Corp said on Monday it has agreed to buy Dell Inc’s information technology consulting division for over $3 billion to expand in North America and bolster its services business.The move will allow U.S. computer maker Dell to trim some of the $43 billion in debt it is taking on to fund its pending cash-and-stock acquisition of data storage provider EMC Corp, a deal worth close to $60 billion.The Japanese company said it would pay around $3.05 billion, an amount that excludes debt and unspecified advisory fees.The sale will also offer NTT Data, one of the world’s largest technology services companies, a bigger foothold in the United States, where it is looking to expand in healthcare IT, insurance and financial services consulting.Dell has also made progress in syndicating $10 billion of its financing package for the EMC acquisition dubbed ‘term loan A’, people familiar with the situation said earlier. This is expected to be increased in size by $500 million to $750 million due to strong demand, with the extra money to be used to downsize some of the more expensive tranches of the remaining $33 billion in financing, the people added.The group of banks participating in the term loan A has been expanded from the original eight underwriters to 25, with more expected to join before the syndication is completed in the next week, the people said.Formerly known as Perot Systems, Dell’s IT services division is a major provider of technology consulting to hospitals and government departments. Founded in 1988 by former U.S. presidential candidate Ross Perot, it was acquired by Dell in 2009 for $3.9 billion.However, Dell has since divested some of the unit’s operations and integrated some others, which it is not including in the sale. Some of the unit’s capabilities were seen by Dell as redundant in the wake of the acquisition of EMC.Dell has also been speaking to private equity firms about selling Quest Software, which helps with information technology management, as well as SonicWall, an e-mail encryption and data security provider, Reuters has previously reported. Together, Quest and SonicWall could be worth up to $4 billion.Dell’s acquisition of EMC, which is backed by founder and Chief Executive Michael Dell as well as private equity firm Silver Lake Partners, is subject to approval by EMC shareholders. EMC is expected to hold a shareholder vote on the Dell deal in May, allowing for the transaction to be completed sometime between July and October.Reuters had reported first on Feb. 12 that NTT Data was in exclusive talks to buy Dell’s IT services unit.last_img read more

Congress gives compensation cheques to Sonebhadra victimss families

first_imgPriyanka tweeted a picture of Congress workers distributing the cheques on Saturday.TwitterA congress delegation on Saturday handed over compensation cheques to the kin of the victims killed in a clash over a land dispute in Sonebhadra district’s Umbha village.Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra had said after meeting the victim that her party will pay Rs 10 lakh each to the families of those killed and also provide monetary help to the injured.Priyanka tweeted a picture of Congress workers distributing the cheques on Saturday. “It was my effort to make the voice of Sonbhadra Massacre victims get heard. I wanted them to realise that they are not alone. I met them to share their pain and promised to extend financial help to them. Today, congress leaders handed over the cheque to the victims,” she wrote. TwitterAt least 10 people were killed and 20 others were injured when a village headman and his aides opened fire at a group of people over a land dispute at Umbbha village in Sonebhadra district on July 17.The Congress leader had arrived in Varanasi on July 19 and met the injured persons admitted to the Trauma Centre of the Banaras Hindu University. When she proceeded towards Sonebhadra, her convoy was stopped on the Mirzapur border.”I have not done anything wrong and so I will not fill the bail bond. District administration and the government is free to send me to jail if they want,” she said.She further said that she just wanted to meet the victims’ families. “I am clear that I will meet them,” she said. Detained priyanka Gandhi refuses to file bail bond in Uttar Pradesh Closelast_img read more

BNP meet to emphasise demo polls simultaneously

first_imgThe Bangladesh Nationalist Partys (BNP’s) executive committee set to meet Saturday may focus on dual strategies of contesting the next general elections, if relevant, and holding demonstration for realising its demand for polls-time neutral government.The meeting, the largest platform of the party, is expected to discuss the BNP’s next political course if the party chairperson Khaleda Zia is convicted in the Zia Orphanage Trust case in its verdict on 8 February.A few senior leaders of the BNP, preferring not to be named, said BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia may ask the party leaders and workers to show restraint, even if a ‘negative verdeict’ is delivered in her case.Khaleda Zia is likely to listen to the party leaders at the executive committee meeting scheduled to be held at Le Meridien hotel in Dhaka.”It’s important to understand the mindset of the party leaders at the grassroots level,” one of the leaders said about the agenda of the meeting.Khaleda Zia will then make instructions for the party men in view of the country’s latest political situation.The meeting may urge the party leaders and activists to get ready for both elections later this year and movement for the election-time neutral government.The BNP leaders believe the Awami League wants to keep the opposition party out of the next elections the way the rulers held a one-sided polls in 2014.”So, the BNP cannot fall into the trap of the Awami League govenment,” a leader said.Some 700 leaders including 502 executive committee members are expected to attend the meeting to be chaired by BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia.The former prime minister, Khaleda Zia, may call upon her party leaders and activists to avoid violent means of protest against possible judgement of the Zia Orphanage Trust case that implicated herself, the BNP’s senior vice chairman Tarique Rahman and 4 others.A Dhaka court has fixed 8 February to deliver the verdict.BNP standing committee members, advisors to the BNP chairperson and presidents of the district units across the country have been invited to the meeting.last_img read more

ICC team examines Rohingya atrocities

first_imgRohingya refugees make their way to a refugee camp after crossing the Bangladesh-Myanmar border in Palong Khali, near Cox`s Bazar.File photo ReutersA team from the office of the International Criminal Court prosecutor was in Bangladesh on Wednesday for a preliminary probe into alleged atrocities committed against the Rohingya by the Myanmar military in 2017.A statement emailed to AFP from the ICC confirmed the tour — the maiden official visit by the ICC — but said it was part of prosecutor office’s “ongoing preliminary examinations concerning the situation in Bangladesh/Myanmar”.”A preliminary examination is not an investigation. Such visits in the context of preliminary examinations are standard practice, and the delegation will not engage in any evidence collection in relation to any alleged crimes,” it said.”The independent and impartial preliminary examination of the situation in Bangladesh/Myanmar is on-going and following its normal course,” it added.A Bangladeshi official said the ICC would visit Rohingya camps in the country’s southeastern district of Cox’s Bazar where some 740,000 Rohingya took refuge after they fled a brutal military crackdown in late 2017.In September, the ICC prosecutor opened a preliminary probe into Myanmar’s alleged crimes against the Rohingya Muslim minority, including killings, sexual violence and forced deportations.A preliminary examination can lead to a formal investigation by the ICC — which was set up in 2002 to investigate war crimes and crimes against humanity — and then possible indictments.Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda will look at whether there is enough evidence to warrant a full investigation into Myanmar’s military offensive.Bensouda said in a statement at that time that the initial probe “may take into account a number of alleged coercive acts having resulted in the forced displacement of the Rohingya people, including deprivation of fundamental rights, killing, sexual violence, enforced disappearance, destruction and looting”.She is not a part of the visiting team, her office said.The move comes after judges ruled that even though Myanmar has not signed up to the Hague-based ICC, the court still has jurisdiction over crimes against the Rohingya because Bangladesh is a member.Last week the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation — of which Bangladesh is a member — in a meeting in Abu Dhabi unanimously adopted a resolution to move at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) for establishing the legal rights of the Rohingya and addressing the question of accountability and justice, Dhaka’s foreign ministry said.”The resolution to pursue a legal recourse through the ICJ came after a long series of negotiations to seek accountability for crimes committed against humanity and gross violation of human rights in the case of the Rohingyas in Myanmar,” it said.Myanmar’s army has denied nearly all wrongdoing, insisting its campaign was justified to root out Rohingya insurgents who staged deadly raids on border posts in August 2017.last_img

Bhutanese conjoined twins to undergo separation surgery

first_imgPhoto: ABC NewsFourteen-month-old Nima and Dawa Pelden, supported by their mum, flew from their remote Himalayan region home in Bhutan to Melbourne on Tuesday, report Australian media.The girls are looking forward a separation surgery as, reports say, doctors are confident they will get a new life.Their ‘life-saving surgery’ evokes the story of Nepalese twins, Ganga and Jamuma, who were separated in Singapore in 2001 that drew global attention.Nima and Dawa were born conjoined at the chest facing each other and scans carried out in Bhutan suggested they shared a liver, wrote ABCNet Australia.”Mum said the girls are getting a little frustrated with each other,” Children First Foundation chief executive Elizabeth Lodge was quoted by The Australian.”The girls are losing weight. They’ve been in hospital in recent weeks getting some extra nutrition so mum’s really keen for them to get here [in Melbourne].”A team of six surgeons and dozens of specialist nurses have been assembled for what is likely to be a lengthy operation on the twins, according to 9News.It said the Royal Children’s Hospital is offering the surgery to the Children First Foundation at a humanitarian rate but it will still cost more than $250,000. The foundation reportedly raised the fund.The aim of the surgery is to separate the girls in a single surgery, hospital head paediatric surgeon Joe Crameri told reporters on Tuesday. “We just want to facilitate a good outcome for these twins to go home and live a normal life.”Nine years ago surgeons at the hospital successfully separated Bangladeshi sisters Trishna and Krishna, who had been joined at the head, recalled The Australian.last_img read more

China woos Suu Kyis NLD with junkets

first_imgMyanmar`s State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi leaves a school donation event in Kawhmu, Yangon, Myanmar, 18 July 2019. Photo: ReutersThe National League for Democracy was forged in an uprising against one-party rule. Its activists spent years in jail under Myanmar’s military junta. But, since taking power three years ago, the party led by Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi has found an unlikely ally – the Chinese Communist Party.The friendship has blossomed in high-level exchanges between Suu Kyi and Chinese leaders, but also in interactions between party members on visits that mix tours of container terminals or education projects with boozy dinners and shopping trips.The trips are part of a push to make Myanmar a vital stop on Chinese president Xi Jinping’s flagship Belt and Road Initiative, offering to build deep-sea ports, hydropower dams and economic zones in a country desperate for investment.Reuters interviewed more than 20 party members and lawmakers who have visited China on expenses-paid trips, through which Beijing hopes to overcome historic distrust and fears among many in Myanmar of becoming indebted to their much larger neighbour.“In the past it was only a relationship between two governments – (China) did business with the military generals and Myanmar people didn’t have good feelings towards them,” said Aung Shin, who edits the party’s newspaper.The invites have flowed since Myanmar’s relations with Western countries soured following their sharp criticism of a 2017 army crackdown in its northwestern Rakhine state from which 700,000 Rohingya Muslims fled to Bangladesh.China lent its neighbour support at the United Nations Security Council, when the West was pushing for a stronger international response to allegations of killings, mass rape and arson by Myanmar forces.NLD stalwarts such as Aung Shin, a former political prisoner, have welcomed China’s hospitality.“They want to show that they are not like before, so they invited us and showed us,” said Aung Shin, who has been on at least 10 junkets to China since 2013.Some say they have also been impressed with the ability of China’s one-party system to drive through development projects.STATE-LED DEVELOPMENTMany countries extend invitations to politicians of other nations to deepen alliances, but China’s “soft power” efforts in Myanmar have been comprehensive.The NLD has sent at least 20 delegations to China since 2016, said party spokesman Myo Nyunt. China has also extended invites to the military-aligned opposition and other parties, as well as civil society and the media.In interviews, NLD members said China uses the visits to showcase its state-led approach to building infrastructure, which brooks no opposition.On the trips, several participants told Reuters they were also served luxurious meals washed down with top-notch baijiu, a strong Chinese liquor, though not all delegates drank.Helen Aye Kyaw visited China for the first time in June as a member of an NLD women’s group at the invitation of the All-China Women’s Federation, touring a school for Communist Party cadre to study Chinese efforts to eliminate rural poverty.The group was trailed by Chinese doctors in case anyone got sick, she said, and during a shopping trip in Beijing the women were given 480 yuan (about $70) spending money.“We were treated as VIPs,” said Helen Aye Kyaw.Despite such perks, NLD leaders say the party’s members are not unduly influenced by the visits, which they say are useful learning experiences.“Myanmar politicians are not stupid. We can handle China,” said Myo Yan Naung Thein, a leading NLD researcher.In a written response to Reuters’ questions about the trips, China’s foreign ministry said engagement with Myanmar political parties, including the NLD, was conducted on a basis of equality and “non-interference in each other’s internal affairs”.“China and Myanmar are friendly neighbours,” it said, adding that infrastructure initiatives where “in accordance with the principles of equal consultation and mutual benefit”.“The Communist Party of China does not ‘import’ foreign models, nor ‘exports’ Chinese models, and does not require other countries to ‘copy’ the Chinese way.”“IN NEED OF FRIENDS”China was initially suspicious of Suu Kyi, who had been lauded for years in the West as a champion of democracy.“They wanted to know whether she is a stooge of the USA or something like that, how much her thoughts and her ideology is Westernized, but they soon found that she’s quite independent,” said NLD central executive committee member Han Tha Myint.Since the Rohingya crisis, Suu Kyi has visited few countries that joined calls for action against Myanmar for the alleged abuses against the Rohingya – which Myanmar denies.Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi attends an event marking the 72nd anniversary of Martyrs` Day at the Martyrs` Mausoleum dedicated to the fallen independence heroes. Photo: Reuters“She chooses the country to visit based on what our nation will get from that visit,” said party spokesman Myo Nyunt, “not that country’s inclination to dictatorship or democracy, because our country is in need of close friends.”Some analysts and diplomats believe China is exploiting the chill in Myanmar’s relations with the West.“China is extracting a high price for its Security Council umbrella: the Belt and Road,” said a Western diplomat in Yangon.Beijing’s foreign ministry described that assertion as “purely nonsense”. China also rejects broader criticism that its infrastructure drive is saddling countries with unsustainable debts, insisting Belt and Road is a “win-win” proposition.NLD officials say Suu Kyi’s government is putting Myanmar’s interests first in negotiations with China.PERSUASIONInterviews with NLD figures who have taken part in such visits give a flavour of how China has sought to win new friends among Myanmar’s emerging political class.The most recent project to be associated with China’s Silk Road plan, an extension of the former colonial capital Yangon, met with opposition from regional lawmakers over how much land Myanmar was giving over to the project and the fairness of revenue-sharing arrangements, after China Communications Construction Company (CCCC) was signed on to submit plans in May last year.Within months, a junket had been arranged. Yangon regional lawmakers visited China in September 2018, where they met CCCC representatives and visited its Yangshan port near Shanghai, according to two participants and Facebook posts from the visit.CCCC did not respond to Reuters questions about the visit and the Yangon project.“This is persuasion in the interest of their project. We understand that,” said Sandar Min, an NLD lawmaker known for being fiercely outspoken, who joined the trip. “They put us in good hotels, treated us to nice meals.”The visit would not prevent her from voicing her concerns over the New Yangon City project, she said, but had given her pause for thought about China’s development model, drawing a contrast with the protests that often greet projects at home.“Their country developed very fast within 20 years and even the roads became very good. Is that because of their one-party political system?” she said. “In their country, if they do a project, no one opposes.”Another controversial Chinese project in Myanmar is the $3.6 billion Myitsone dam in conflict-torn northern state of Kachin, which was suspended in 2011 amid concerns it would be environmentally damaging and mainly benefit China.In October 2018, Aung Shin, the party newspaperman, led a nine-strong Myanmar delegation that visited at least five dams on China’s Yellow River.Three other participants said they were under the impression the trip was paid for by the State Power International Corporation (SPIC), the giant state-owned enterprise behind the hydropower project.Aung Shin said the invitation for the trip came from the Chinese Communist Party, although he said he did not know who paid for the hospitality.SPIC did not respond to Reuters questions.“They explained to us not only about dams but also about things that they arranged for the local villagers,” said Tin Aye, a regional NLD lawmaker from Kachin, who joined Aung Shin’s delegation. “I am not the decision maker, but I think it’s better to do the project.”last_img

Facebook Launches Program to Pay People Who Report Data Abuses

first_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 The data-abuse bounty program is Facebook’s latest response to the debacle surrounding the misappropriation by political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica of the social platform’s user data. Info on up to 87 million Facebook users, most of them in the U.S., was sold to Cambridge Analytica without the users’ consent or knowledge, according to Facebook. U.K.-based Cambridge Analytica has claimed it obtained records on only 30 million Facebook users through a researcher and has repeatedly denied reports that it used that info as part of its work for Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign.Facebook’s mishandling of the Cambridge Analytica situation has put it in the political hot seat — and ultimately could lead to new regulations governing data privacy. Facebook also faces a potentially massive fine if the FTC concludes that the company violated a 2011 consent decree requiring explicit user consent to share data.CEO and co-founder Mark Zuckerberg is scheduled to appear before a Senate committee Tuesday, in a hearing that starts at 2:15 p.m. ET. He’s also on deck for a similar appearance before a House committee on Wednesday at 10 a.m. ET.The Facebook Data Abuse Bounty program will “reward people with first-hand knowledge and proof of cases where a Facebook platform app collects and transfers people’s data to another party to be sold, stolen or used for scams or political influence,” Greene wrote.Facebook said that if it confirms data abuse, it will promptly disable the offending app “and take legal action against the company selling or buying the data, if necessary,” Greene added. More info is available at facebook.com/data-abuse. Popular on Variety center_img Mark Zuckerberg has a new talking point as he faces a grilling before Congress: Facebook announced a new program to pay people who report “any misuse of data by app developers.”Facebook didn’t explicitly say how much it will fork out, saying the compensation will be based on “the impact of each report,” similar to its existing bug-bounty program. While there’s no maximum Facebook is willing to pay, some bug reports have resulted in payments of as much as $40,000, Collin Greene, Facebook’s head of product security, wrote in a blog post Tuesday outlining the program.“Cases that prove to be true can get a reward starting at $500 minimum,” Facebook explains in an FAQ on the new program. “We determine bounty amounts based on a variety of factors, including (but not limited to) impact, data exposure, number of affected users and other factors.”last_img read more