New Delhi: Estranged partners McDonald’s and Vikram Bakshi Monday told the NCLAT that they are working towards an out-of-court settlement to end their over five-year-old dispute. Counsels for McDonald’s India Pvt Ltd and Vikram Bakshi told a two-member National Company Law Appellate Tribunal (NCLAT) bench, headed by Chairperson S J Mukhopadhyay, that they are trying to work out a settlement. The bench directed that either of the parties may file an affidavit including the terms of the settlement being arrived at on the next date of hearing on May 13. Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: Icra”… parties submit that they are negotiating for settlement but the impugned order may come in their way of settlement. In the facts and circumstances, we allow the parties to reach settlement uninfluenced by any of the order passed by the Tribunal or this Appellate Tribunal,” said NCLAT. The Tribunal also gave them additional time to file the affidavit. “Post both the appeals ‘for orders’ on 13th May, 2019 and earlier date (8th May) fixed stands modified,” it said. Also Read – Ashok Leyland stock tanks over 5 pc as co plans to suspend production for up to 15 daysThe bench also said: “In the meantime, if any settlement is reached, any of the party may file affidavit giving the date of settlement.” McDonald’s and Bakshi in 1995 had signed a partnership agreement to open outlets of the US fast food chain in India. It was for a period of 25 years. The two partners had formed a 50:50 joint venture — Connaught Plaza Restaurant Ltd (CPRL) — which was responsible for outlets of the fast-food chain in the country’s northern and eastern regions through the franchise route. In 2017, McDonald’s terminated CPRL’s franchise agreement citing non-payment of royalties. A long-winding legal tussle and battle for control of the business ensued afterwards with Bakshi keeping around 165 McDonald’s branded outlets operational in northern and eastern regions of the country. In southern and western regions, McDonald’s outlets are run by Amit Jatia-led Westlife Development. In August 2017, McDonald’s had told the NCLAT that settlement of dispute with its estranged partner Bakshi was not possible. The tussle started after Bakshi was ousted as the managing director of Connaught Plaza Restaurants (CPRL) in 2013, following which he approached the NCLT, which reinstated him to his position. McDonald’s has challenged the same in the appellate tribunal NCLAT.
Organizers of the Christmas Day community banquet in Port Dover can proceed with planning the 2019 event now that they have a venue sewn up.Last week, Norfolk council granted the organizing committee free use of the Lions Community Centre on St. George Street at Christmas.“I’ll support this,” said Delhi Coun. Mike Columbus. “I don’t see anyone else who would want to use this facility Dec. 24th, 25th and 26th.”This will be the third year that the community banquet is held at the Lions Community Centre. The Port Dover banquet began several years ago in the parish hall at St. Paul’s Anglican Church but eventually outgrew it.Technically, the organizing committee isn’t receiving the use of the Lions Community Centre free of charge. Norfolk policy prevents council from allowing individuals and groups to use county facilities for nothing.Instead, Norfolk will issue a municipal grant in the amount of the rental which the organizing committee can remit to the county.The free banquet was established as a place to go for people in Port Dover and surrounding area who happen to be alone on Christmas or have nowhere to socialize. A turkey dinner with all the trimmings is provided each visitor free of charge, with local individuals, groups and businesses chipping in with cash and food.A similar free Christmas Day banquet has been held at Delhi United Church in Delhi in recent years.“If any of you aren’t busy on Christmas Day, come on down and see what we do,” Ronn Hughes, an organizer of the banquet in Port Dover, told council.MSonnenberg@postmedia.com
An initiative of ECA, the African Information Society Initiative (AISI) Media Awards aim to promote journalism which contributes to a better understanding of the information society in Africa. They are given to individual journalists and media institutions based on the continent.ECA said the sustainable build up of an information society in African countries requires the development of information resources to reflect the needs of each and every sector and stakeholder. The information society also requires that knowledge be disseminated and used by stakeholders, the public at large and disenfranchised groups such as women and the poor to make rational choices and exercise human rights.Internationally recognized African journalists, media researchers, and experts on ICT for Development issues selected this year’s winners: ICT Focus from Ethiopia, Radio Afrique Espoir from Benin, Association Yam Pukri from Burkina Faso, Realities Magazine from Tunisia, Women of Uganda Network, African Languages Technology from Nigeria, Etienne Tasse from Cameroon, Salif Sanogo from Mali, Takawira Musara from Zimbabwe, IT and Telecom Digest from Nigeria, Bianca Wright from South Africa and Brenda Zulu from Zambia. The Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa (OSISA), the Open Society Initiative for Western Africa (OSIWA), the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) and the International Institute for Communication and Development (IICD) sponsor the awards.
“I would say that even very conservatively one would have to double the amount of assistance coming into this country to really assure that Afghanistan can really get on the road to recovery,” Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General, Nigel Fisher, told a briefing in Kabul, the Afghan capital. “So we’re still far short of that goal.”Noting that at a meeting in Tokyo in January there had been a commitment of $4.6 billion to Afghanistan, Mr. Fisher said: “(It) sounded like a lot of money, but when the World Bank and the UN made an estimate of what was actually needed in this country for the next three years, they estimated conservatively $13 billion and optimistically $19 billion. So you put the $4.6 billion commitment for reconstruction in that context it’s not enough.”He pointed out that the Afghan government requested $2.2 billion for this year’s budget, while promises by the international community made in Brussels in March totalled just under $2 billion, even without counting additional costs for elections.The speed at which commitments were coming in was also inadequate, Mr. Fisher said. He cited the Law and Order Trust Fund, necessary for reforming the police, which needs $121 million dollars this year but has so far only received $11 million. The Afghanistan Reconstruction Trust Fund is seeking $600 million this year but has only got $63 million. The UN has a programme this year of $728 million dollars but has so far only got $220 million.But Mr. Fisher also pointed to improvements in the country. Some 2.4 million devices were destroyed last year in de-mining action. Last year’s wheat harvest of 2.6 million tons was an 80 per cent increase over 2001. This year’s harvest is estimated at 4.6 million tons, 64 per cent better than 1978, the last year of normal production before the wars began.
NEW YORK, N.Y. – Scientific Games plans to pay about $3.3 billion to buy Bally Technologies in a deal that would combine makers of gambling equipment ranging from slot machines to instant-win lottery games.The electronic gambling machine maker said Friday that it will pay $83.30 for each share of Bally. That amounts to a 38 per cent premium to Bally’s closing price of $60.17 on Thursday.The deal value totals $5.1 billion counting about $1.8 billion in Bally debt.The companies expect the transaction to close early next year, but it still needs approval from Bally shareholders and antitrust and gambling regulators.The boards of both companies have already approved it.Bally Technologies Inc. was founded during the Great Depression and started as a pinball maker. It makes reel-spinning and video slots and casino management and accounting systems.Scientific Games Corp. sells instant-win lottery games and sports betting technology. It said the deal also will add table products like automatic shufflers and proprietary table games to its portfolio.Bally CEO Richard Haddrill and Chairman David Robbins are expected to join the Scientific Games board after the deal closes.Both companies completed sizeable acquisitions last fall. Scientific Games closed a $1.42 billion deal to buy gambling equipment company WMS Industries Inc. Las Vegas-based Bally finished its acquisition of rival casino device company SHFL Entertainment Inc., a deal valued at $1.3 billion including debt.Bally shares jumped nearly 34 per cent, or $20.33, to $80.50 Friday morning after the deal was announced and more than an hour before markets opened. Scientific Games stock also climbed more than 16 per cent, or $1.43, to $9.97. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted Aug 1, 2014 6:50 am MDT Scientific Games strikes $3.3-billion cash deal to buy slot machine maker Bally Technologies
VANCOUVER – The City of Vancouver is urging the federal government to take a broader look at greenhouse gas emissions when considering the proposed Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.City manager Sadhu Johnston has written a letter to Environment and Climate Change Canada saying the department should look at downstream emissions created from processing, refining, transporting and using the pipeline’s oil when assessing environmental impact.Kinder Morgan wants to triple the capacity of the existing Trans Mountain pipeline that carries diluted bitumen from near Edmonton to Burnaby, B.C., increasing the number of tankers in Burrard Inlet seven-fold.The federal government announced in January that it will consider upstream emissions, created by drilling and exploration, but Johnston’s letter argued downstream emissions would be much larger and must also be assessed to gauge the project’s full impact.The letter noted a report by Simon Fraser University Prof. Mark Jaccard that found the upstream emissions from an expanded pipeline would be about 7.7 million tonnes per year, while downstream emissions would be about 71.1 million tonnes per year.Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson has spoken out against the Trans Mountain expansion, arguing that increased tanker traffic would greatly increase the risk of an oil spill.“Kinder Morgan’s pipeline proposal is a bad deal for Vancouver’s environment and economy,” Robertson said in a statement released Monday.Kinder Morgan declined comment.The federal government is expected to release its decision on the project by December. by The Canadian Press Posted Apr 18, 2016 4:40 pm MDT Last Updated Apr 18, 2016 at 5:42 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Vancouver asks feds for broader scope in pipeline environmental assessment
“I urge all parties to avoid any damage to the oil facilities. Natural resources belong to all Libyans and preserving oil infrastructure is in the national interest,” said Mr. Kobler in a news release issued by the Mission. “Attacks on the oil terminals further threaten the stability and lead to a greater division of the country. They further restrict the oil exports and add to people’s suffering,” he added. He further called for respecting the UN Security Council Resolution 2259 that recognises the Government of National Accord consisting of the Presidency Council and the cabinet as the sole executive authority in the country. The resolution also contains a clear prohibition on illicit oil exports, noted the news release. The release also mentioned that Mr. Kobler joined the Presidency Council’s calls for a comprehensive national consensus and expressed his support for consultations that would lead to the formation of a new Government of National Accord.
Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Rowland White, a publishing director with Penguin, which produces Ladybird books, told the Sunday Times that Clarence House approached the publisher with the idea.”It was a coincidence where we were thinking about a new series for adults after the huge success of the spoof books, but this time wanted some factual books by experts on science, history and arts subjects,” he said. Mr Juniper told the Mail on Sunday: “His Royal Highness, Emily and I had to work very hard to make sure that each word did its job, while at the same time working with the pictures to deliver the points we needed to make.”I hope we’ve managed to paint a vivid picture, and like those iconic titles from the 60s and 70s, created a title that will stand the test of time.”Ladybird books traditionally targeted children, but have recently found success with a range of humorous titles for adults. The Prince of Wales has penned a Ladybird book on climate change, a co-author has revealed.Charles, a vocal critic of man-made climate change, has taken on the challenges and possible solutions in the book aimed at adults, according to reports.He wrote the book with Tony Juniper, a former Friends of the Earth director, and Emily Shuckburgh, a Cambridge University climate scientist. Ladybird books for adults
aalborgdanish leaguekobenhavnmads larsenmensahnarcisse One of the most talented Danish handball players – Mads Larsen, has joined Aalborg, the Danish club confirmed. The club’s president said that with the arrival of Larsen the club can seriously challenge for the title the upcoming season, considering AG Kobenhavn is no longer there. Aged 21, Larsen found his third Danish club in his career, and has been called the Danish ‘Daniel Narcisse’, a namecalling that is definitely in his favour. ← Previous Story Henrik Toft Hansen to Bjerringbro-Silkeborg! Next Story → KIF Kolding to try to create Dream Team with former AGK players
A long time ago we looked at the SPOT Satellite Messenger, a product designed to help people stay safe and in-touch with friends and loved ones if they were camping, off-roading, or traveling somewhere cellular signal or wireless Internet access weren’t necessarily available. The SPOT Messenger allowed you to “check in” at a GPS location via the SPOT satellite network, and have your location and a short message posted to the service or sent directly to friends and family so they knew you were okay.At ces this year, SPOT unveiled the SPOT Connect, a smartphone peripheral that pairs with your phone and gives you the same ability, even if you have no cellular signal. You simply download the SPOT app, pair the phone with the SPOT Connect device, and you can send short e-mail, SMS messages, even Twitter and Facebook updates via SPOT’s satellite network. If there’s an emergency and you need to call for help, just press the SOS button and police and medical authorities in your vicinity will be notified, complete with your GPS coordinates so they can find you quickly. The SPOT Connect will be available later this year, although no specific release date was announced. It’ll set you back $169.99 retail, plus the cost of a SPOT subscription.
Japon : des éoliennes au large de FukushimaAlors que le gouvernement japonais s’est engagé à réviser sa politique énergétique avant l’été 2012, un parc éolien pourrait voir le jour au large de la centrale nucléaire accidentée de Fukushima. D’ici à 2015, six éoliennes devraient être installées.Six mois après la catastrophe de Fukushima, le nouveau Premier ministre japonais a promis la mise en place rapide d’une nouvelle politique énergétique (voir notre article). C’est dans cette optique qu’un parc éolien devrait voir le jour au large de la centrale nucléaire accidentée. Afin de réduire la dépendance au nucléaire du Japon, les autorités nippones entendent se tourner vers les énergies vertes. La construction d’un parc éolien au large de Fukushima, très symbolique, “entre dans le cadre des efforts du gouvernement pour reconstruire la région tout en promouvant une énergie renouvelable” a souligné auprès de l’AFP un responsable de l’Agence des Ressources naturelles et de l’Energie. Le choix s’est porté sur un parc éolien en mer (offshore) car “construire des éoliennes sur la terre serait compliqué à cause des nuisances sonores et des plans d’urbanisme”, explique-t-il.Quelque 20 milliards de yens (190 millions d’euros) seront consacrés à ce projet par les autorités nippones. Six éoliennes, d’une capacité de 2 mégawatts chacune, devraient être installées d’ici à 2015. Toutefois, le gouvernement craint une protestation des pêcheurs, qui ont tout perdu lors du séisme et du tsunami qui ont dévasté le nord-est du Japon le 11 mars dernier. Tandis que la flotte halieutique a en grande partie était détruite, certaines zones de pêche côtières ont été touchées par les rejets radioactifs de la centrale nucléaire accidentée.Le 16 septembre 2011 à 09:55 • Maxime Lambert
Hudson’s Bay Foundation will host a March Madness Fundraiser, with proceeds benefiting programs for students, faculty and the school. The themed fundraiser will feature a buffet dinner and drinks, silent auction, paddle raise auction, a wall of wine and table games such as Texas Hold ’em and Bunco. The NCAA men’s basketball tournament will be shown on big screens.The fundraiser runs 6 to 9:30 p.m. Friday at Gaiser Hall, Clark College, 1933 Fort Vancouver Way. Tickets are $45 with games, $25 dinner and auction only, for those 21 and older. Register online at www.hudsonsbayfoundation.org.
PNP Party says it led wooden pier removal by Beaches BOYCE FIRES HER ATTORNEY, as SIPT Trial continues Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 01 Feb 2016 – The courtroom of Justice Paul Harrison was cleared after SIPT Defendants filed for a mistrial in the wake of Butch Stewart’s revealing media statement.Shortly after 11am proceedings stopped due to fierce feelings on media reports on allegations against the nine defendants.Misick and others seemed pleased and their attorneys have until 3pm to submit formal arguments articulating their position and court proceedings resume tomorrow. Ralph Thorne, QC for Michael Misick said the posting of those Opening Statements by Andrew Mitchell are reprehensible, unprecedented and prejudicial… he cited similar issues with the Sandals media release. “As Mr Misick’s lawyer, my immediate concern is that the statement is so highly prejudicial to his rights and to his presumption of innocence that it defeats his opportunity for a fair trial.”Thorne says threats have been hurled at Mike Misick, ex Premier outside of the courtroom too.Magnetic Media is told the mistrial motion was filed this morning. A mistrial victory for the defendants, if it were declared so, would mean the trial is rendered invalid because of errors in the proceedings. A mistrial does not make charges go away forever; the case can be brought to court again. Related Items:andrew mitchell, butch stewart, justice paul harrison, michael misick, ralph thorne PNP Party takes credit for Beaches pier resolution
Officials said a father and son were hurt when their boat caught fire and sank in Swift Reservoir early Saturday evening.The two were transported by North Country EMS to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center’s burn unit, an official said.Skamania County sheriff’s Deputy George Barker responded.No other details were available.
Nearly two months after being promoted to the top editorial slot at celebrity magazine OK!, Katie Caperton is out of a job, a spokesperson told FOLIO:. No replacement has been named. An executive editorial team—mostly made up of former consultants—will manage the magazine’s “new initiatives and goals.”It was not immediately clear if there were any additional layoffs.In conjunction with Caperton’s departure, OK! has named Juliet Gray its East Coast executive editor and Jason Oliver Nixon creative director. The magazine also appointed Amy Connell managing editor and is expected to name more staffers soon to its New York and Los Angeles offices. “The aim is to add individuals to the OK! team that strengthen Hollywood access and add a new perspective to the expanded offerings, emphasizing OK!’s enhanced sensibility and style,” the spokesperson said in an e-mailed statement.Earlier this month, OK!’s London-based publisher Northern & Shell hired Gray as a consultant to advise the magazine on the business-side operations and brought on Nixon, the former editor of Niche Media’s Gotham, to advise editorial.OK!’s ad pages are up 18 percent year-to-date, the spokesperson said, and its market share has grown more than 5 percent during the period.
.Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami has announced a demonstration programme across the country for Tuesday in protest against “unlawful” arrest of its ameer, secretary general, and seven other leaders and activists.Police on Monday evening detained Jamaat ameer Maqbul Ahmad, secretary general Shafiqur Rahman and seven other leaders and activists from a residence in capital’s Uttara.Condemning the arrest, Jamaat’s nayeb-e-ameer and former MP Mujibur Rahman in a statement said, “Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami is a democratic and lawful political party. Jamaat runs its activities following country’s constitution, laws and rules.”He said Jamaat leaders were arrested “unlawfully when they were holding an indoor meeting”.“This [Awami League] government has been killing Jamaat leaders through execution after indicting them in false cases since it came to power, in a premeditated manner with a view to destroying the Jamaat leadership,” claimed Jamaat leader.He went to say, “Jamaat leaders are arrested today [Monday] as part of that plan.”Calling upon its activists to stage demonstrations peacefully on Tuesday, Jamaat leader also asked the party people to exercise restraints to face the evolved situation. Read more: Jamaat chief Maqbul, 8 others detained
Khaleda Zia. File PhotoBangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Saturday afternoon met party chief Khaleda Zia at the abandoned central jail in Nazimuddin Road in the city.“Khaleda Zia is unwell. But she maintains a high level of morale. She urges the countrymen to pray for her,” said Mirza Fakhrul after coming out of the jail house.The BNP leader entered the jail around 4:00pm and stayed there for about an hour.He, however, claimed that he did not discuss any political or party matters with Khaleda Zia.The former prime minister, Khaleda Zia, who has been in prison since 8 February after being convicted, is awaiting bails in two more cases.If bails are granted, she will be released, Fakhrul added.On the Eid day, Wednesday, relatives of Khaleda Zia met her at the jail. But, the relatives said, the jail authorities did not allow homemade foods for Khaleda Zia.Coming out of jail, Khaleda’s sister Selina Islam, too, said to newsmen that Khaleda Zia was not well.On 8 February, Khaleda Zia was sentenced to five years of imprisonment by a special court in Zia Orphanage Trust case.
Shahin Akter ChowdhuryAbdur Rahman Bodi’s wife Shahin Akter Chowdhury is going to contest the next general elections at the Cox’s Bazar-4 (Ukhia-Teknaf) constituency replacing the controversial ruling Awami League’s member of parliament (MP).The AL move has made the local party men ‘frustrated’ while the voters are ‘critical’.The party men think nothing will be changed once the Bodi’s wife has been nominated.AL general secretary Obaidul Quader earlier on Tuesday said Bodi’s nomination has been cancelled to avoid criticism and his wife will replace him in the constituency. According to the party officials, a total of 22 AL leaders submit nomination forms to vie in the constituency. District Juba League president Sohel Ahmad Bahadur told Prothom Alo that a strong candidate should have been given nomination to compete against the strong candidate of Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP). On the other hand, he added, people are happy after cancelation of Bodi’s nomination. Sohel Ahmad also said, “But, it will create no difference should Bodi’s wife be given nomination.”Abdur Rahman BodiThe tourism town Cox’s Bazar is battered with human trafficking and yaba peddling. The Awami League parliament member, Abdur Rahman Bodi, is the chief patron of the crimes.Administrative officials earlier said, not only Badi, but 23 of his relatives, including his three brothers, are also involved in the illegal activities.Bodi also tops the home ministry’s list of 79 leading human traffickers of Cox’s Bazar. He is also identified by the Narcotics Control Department as the chief patron of the yaba smugglers.
(PhysOrg.com) — The SuperB factory, a particle-accelerator to be built in Rome and approved last May by the Italian government was officially launched this past Friday with construction set to begin sometime in the near future. The accelerator, which is expected to take six years to build, will be constructed on the University of Rome Tor Vergata campus and will be named for the late Nicola Cabibbo, the Italian physicist best known for his work with weak force interactions. Citation: New SuperB factory particle-accelerator project launched in Italy (2011, October 12) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-10-superb-factory-particle-accelerator-italy.html SuperB scientists test new ideas at Diamond More information: web.infn.it/superb/ The particle-accelerator, known as a B type factory because it will send electrons and positrons (antiparticles) around a track, will be 1.3 kilometers long. The two particles will be made to collide producing what is known as heavy B mesons. Physicists studying them and how they decay hope to find answers to questions such as to why there appears to be less antimatter than matter in the known universe.The project is one of 14 the Italian government has approved as part of its CIPE Economic Planning Document. Championed by the Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare (INFN), the accelerator will span 30 hectares on the university campus and will be within shouting distance of INFN Frascati National Laboratories.The new accelerator will be capable of producing as much as 100 times the number of collisions each year as its predecessors, which physicists label as an increase in luminosity. Also, the facility will be run by the INFN who plan to work with university officials to put together a team of international experts to oversee construction and eventually operation of the new facility. Its initial director will be current president of the INFN, Roberto Petronzio.All involved in the project are quick to point out that the new facility is not meant to compete with the European collaborative project, the Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland, but to complement it. The hope is that discoveries made at CERN can be modeled at SuperB to help in better understanding them. Also, its proponents say that by increasing the rate of collisions that can be observed at the facility, researchers hope to shed new light on subjects such as why antimatter apparently disappeared shortly after the big bang, or what’s behind the forces that hold matter together.Unfortunately, despite the rosy outlook described by the Italian government, the project is still not fully funded. The government has only pledged a fraction of what will be needed and to move forward, other partners will have to pledge funds, likely European or Asian, as the United States has pledged most of its resources to the Japanese Bell II project, an upgrade to another particle-accelerator project. © 2011 PhysOrg.com Overlay of the accelerator project on top of the Frascati site Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.
This story originally appeared on PCMag 2 min read July 11, 2019 Apple has been forced to disable its Walkie-Talkie app after a vulnerability was discovered that allowed someone to listen in on your iPhone ($749.99 at Verizon Wireless) without consent.The Walkie-Talkie app was introduced with the roll out of WatchOS 5 last September and allowed FaceTime Audio calls to be carried out in a similar way to talking on a walkie-talkie. However, as TechCrunch reports, even though the app is still present on the Apple Watch, no call will go through if you try and use it today.Apple was made aware of the vulnerability through its security and privacy support page where reports can be filed. The company isued the following statement to TechCrunch regarding what’s happened:We were just made aware of a vulnerability related to the Walkie-Talkie app on the Apple Watch and have disabled the function as we quickly fix the issue. We apologize to our customers for the inconvenience and will restore the functionality as soon as possible. Although we are not aware of any use of the vulnerability against a customer and specific conditions and sequences of events are required to exploit it, we take the security and privacy of our customers extremely seriously. We concluded that disabling the app was the right course of action as this bug could allow someone to listen through another customer’s iPhone without consent. We apologize again for this issue and the inconvenience.Although only a minor inconvenience for Apple Watch ($399.00 at Walmart) owners, Apple will be keen to close the security hole and allow the Walkie-Talkie app to work again. Back in January, a teenager discovered he could hear the audio from his friends’ devices as he added them to a FaceTime group chat. Just like this latest vulnerability, it was possible to listen in without consent. Apple rolled out a fix a few weeks later, but we were all left wondering how secure iOS is. On today’s evidence, there’s still some holes. Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now Enroll Now for Free This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience.