Khabib-Ferguson title fight set for April 18 in Brooklyn
Khabib Nurmagomedov is set to defend his lightweight title against Tony Ferguson after the latter signed his contract, Ferguson's representatives told ESPN's Brett Okamoto. UFC president Dana White first disclosed earlier this week that the promotion was targeting an April 18 card for the blockbuster matchup, and Khabib's team announced shortly thereafter that he had signed his agreement. Ferguson locking things in officially rebooks a fight that's been years in the making, with four previous arrangements falling through before the stars could meet in the Octagon.
Canada's telecom regulator moved Monday to adopt a new weapon in the fight against phone scammers, calling on Canadian telecom companies to adopt a new technology that will make it easier to verify the origins of a call.
The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission is giving Canada's telecom companies until Sept 30, 2020, to adopt STIR/SHAKEN (Secure Telephone Identity Revisited/Signature-based Handling of Asserted Information Using Tokens) technology.
Once that technology is adopted, it will allow users to view if the origins of calls they receive via a mobile phone or a voice over IP systems has been verified.
Cornwall woman loses life savings to terrifying 'SIN scam'
A Cornwall, Ont., woman has lost every penny she had after falling victim to a scam the RCMP are calling the top identity fraud in Canada. Julia-Shea Baker, a 23-year-old server, lost $4,000 to the "SIN scam," a new version of the Canada Revenue Agency scam that fraudsters have been using to dupe people out of their money.It all started two weeks ago when Baker got a terrifying call from Service Canada telling her her social insurance number had been compromised. The caller identified himself as RCMP investigator Steve Rogers.
While the new technology won't block calls from scammers or eliminate the problem, CRTC officials say it is one more tool in the fight against unwanted phone calls.
CRTC chairperson Ian Scott said it is a problem that has to be addressed.
"Nuisance calls are a major irritant for many Canadians," he said in a statement. "We are committed to addressing this issue and are working with the industry and our partners to better protect consumers.
"The new STIR/SHAKEN framework will enable Canadians to know, before they answer the phone, whether a call is legitimate or whether it should be treated with suspicion."
Defrauded of $16.7M since 2014
The CRTC's announcement comes as Canadians continue to be plagued by phone calls from scammers, some of them purporting to be government officials or police officers. When the person targeted checks their call display, the scammers have often spoofed the call to make it look like it is coming from the real government agency or police department.
Police say one version of the scam, in which callers pose as officials from the Canada Revenue Agency, has defrauded Canadians of more than $16.7 million since 2014.
Canada's major telecom companies are on track to meet a Dec. 19 deadline to implement technology that could eliminate many call from scammers by blocking calls with misformed ID numbers. The CRTC is also working with telecom providers on ways to trace nuisance calls back to their point of origin.
CRTC officials say 40 per cent of the complaints the CRTC receives about unwanted calls are about spoofing.
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Usman wants St-Pierre fight: 'I think I finish him' .
UFC champ Kamaru Usman has his eyes set on the greatest welterweight of all time. Usman, who defended his welterweight title at UFC 245 on Saturday with a fifth-round TKO of Colby Covington, said he'd love the opportunity to fight Georges St-Pierre. "Of course I want Georges,” Usman told TMZ Sports. “I want GSP. One more win and I tie him for the most consecutive wins (at welterweight). And how sweet would it be to actually get that win off of him?"Usman believes a tilt with the Canadian would an "extremely exciting fight" because, as he sees it, he and St-Pierre are "the two hybrids of the welterweight division.