Wanted to commit suicide after India loss Mickey Arthur

first_imgLondon: Pakistan head coach Mickey Arthur has claimed that he was feeling so low and disappointed after his team’s loss to India in the ongoing World Cup that he wanted to “commit suicide”. On June 16 at the Old Trafford in Manchester, Pakistan had to face an embarrassing 89-run loss (D/L method) against arch-rivals India. This was their seventh loss against the Men in Blue in all the editions of the World Cups. The entire team, including skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed and the team management, had drawn a lot of flak from former cricketers and fans on social media. Also Read – Djokovic heaps praise on ‘very complete’ MedvedevHowever, Pakistan came back strongly to keep their hopes alive of making it to the semi-finals as they registered a convincing 49-run victory over South Africa, knocking the Faf du Plessis-led team out of the competition. “Last Sunday I wanted to commit suicide,” Arthur said at the post-match press conference after the Proteas game at the Lord’s on Sunday. “But it was, you know, it’s only one performance. “It happens so quick. You lose a game; you lose another game; it’s a World Cup; media scrutiny; public expectation, and then you almost go into sort of survival mode. We’ve all been there,” he added. Also Read – Mary Kom enters quarterfinals, Saweety Boora bows out of World C’shipsHe had also said guys in the team were “burnt” last week post their defeat to Virat Kohli’s men. Pakistan have five points from six games and are currently placed at the seventh spot in the table. They need to win all their remaining three games against New Zealand (Wednesday), Afghanistan (Saturday) and Bangladesh (July 5), and also hope that results of matches of other teams go in their favour so that they can make it to the last four stage.last_img read more

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RAM Cancels Flights to Dakhla Due to Bad Meteorological Conditions

Casablanca — In a statement published today by Royal Air Maroc, the company informs its clients that flights to Dakhla are cancelled today due to unfavorable meteorological conditions. “The National Meteorology Services has detected sand storms in the Ouad Eddahab region, which prevent the taking off and landing of planes at Dakhla’s Airport,” the statement says. “The cancellation of flights comes as a result of the degradation of meteorological conditions since last Sunday, leading to the suspension of flights scheduled these last two days,” the statement continues. In its communiqué, Royal Air Maroc further apologizes to its clients and offers to reimburse or rebook their flights to a later date within the following two weeks.

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UN political chief to visit Sri Lanka for talks

Mr. Ban and the Sri Lankan President, Mahinda Rajapaksa, agreed on the mission during a telephone conversation today, Mr. Pascoe told a press briefing. “We are very concerned about the pace of progress,” Mr. Pascoe said. “The Secretary-General was there, and a series of commitments was made… including on the movement of people out of camps and including an eventual political process and some kind of accountability mechanism.”He added that he also intended to discuss the continued detention of two UN staff members, and the decision by the Sri Lankan authorities to expel UNICEF spokesman James Elder. Mr. Pascoe said the Secretary-General and Mr. Rajapaksa had spoken “quite openly and straightforwardly about what should or should not be done.” Ban had proposed sending Mr. Pascoe out “fairly quickly to deal with follow-up issues.” “President Rajapaksa agreed and so I’ll be on the plane tomorrow with a small team… to work from where we are on what are critical issues out there,” he said. Mr. Pascoe reviewed the work of the UN Department of Political Affairs at the briefing, noting that its missions were often “sensitive and lower-profile” than the UN’s humanitarian work, because sometimes the chief actors involved did not want its efforts to be publicized. He gave special mention to countries including Nepal, Myanmar, Somalia and Cyprus, and to the peace process in the Middle East.Mr. Pascoe said that while Nepal was a positive story of a country in transition, he believed the process remained “quite complex” and the UN was still involved, particularly on the movement of former combatants out of camps. “We would like to work ourselves out of a job there, but we would like to work ourselves out of a job because everyone can proclaim success, and we can move on to the next stage,” he said. Mr. Pascoe also recalled the Secretary-General’s efforts to engage with the authorities in Myanmar. “We are not at all satisfied with the reaction,” he said. “We have not seen enough progress on that issue, and we certainly will be discussing that… during the General Debate, both with the Prime Minister when he’s here, and with the Friends of Myanmar.” On Somalia, Mr. Pascoe said that just 18 months ago, the international community had been trying to ignore the country’s problems, but the Secretary-General had found this “morally unacceptable” and “way outside what the UN’s role and job should be.” He had instructed DPA to start a peace process going and to move it forward. Since then, the Djibouti process and the withdrawal of the Ethiopian armed forces had taken place, together with the formation of an inclusive Government.“The international community has now become very active in trying to provide assistance both to the Government and to building structures in Somalia over the long term,” Mr. Pascoe said. He added that although there would be further obstacles to overcome, “if you look at where we were when we started this process a year and a half ago, and you look where we are now, I think it’s quite fair to say that the process has moved forward, and we will do everything we can to help it succeed.” 14 September 2009Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is sending the United Nations’ political chief, B. Lynn Pascoe, to Sri Lanka tomorrow for talks on critical issues, the UN announced today. read more

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Indigenous peoples suffer abuses in race for natural resources – UN rights

20 September 2011Extraction of natural resources and other major development projects in or near the territories of indigenous peoples is one of the most significant sources of abuse of their human rights worldwide, an independent United Nations expert warned today. “In its prevailing form, the model for advancing with natural resource extraction within the territories of indigenous peoples appears to run counter to the self-determination of indigenous peoples in the political, social and economic spheres,” the Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples James Anaya told the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva.In a report based on answers to a questionnaire he distributed to governments, indigenous peoples and organizations, business corporations and other actors, he cited conflicting viewpoints on the potential adverse impact and benefits of such activities as mining, forestry, oil and natural gas extraction and hydroelectric projects in indigenous territories.He said he had made it a priority to reconcile the differing views and courses of action to ensure the full protection of indigenous rights and promote best practices through a broad dialogue with governments, indigenous peoples’ organizations, corporate actors and international institutions, in which consensus-building would be a key element. “The lack of a minimum common ground for understanding the key issues by all actors concerned entails a major barrier for the effective protection and realization of indigenous peoples’ rights,” he added, praising a new Peruvian law compelling private companies to consult indigenous communities before going ahead with major projects such as mining. Among key concerns, Mr. Anaya included the gradual loss of control by indigenous peoples over lands, territories and natural resources; water source depletion and contamination for drinking, farming and grazing; the adverse effects of water and airborne pollution on overall community health; and an increase in infectious diseases spread by interaction with workers or settlers.Another concern was the adverse impact on indigenous social structures and cultures, including alarming rates of alcoholism and prostitution previously unheard of among such peoples, imported by illegal loggers or miners, non-indigenous workers and industry personnel in specific projects, and increased traffic due to the construction of roads and other infrastructure.“Submissions by indigenous peoples and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) also reported an escalation of violence by government and private security forces as a consequence of extractive operations in indigenous territories, especially against indigenous leaders,” Mr. Anaya noted. “A general repression of human rights was reported in situations where entire communities had voiced their opposition to extractive operations.”Several governments highlighted the key importance of natural resource extraction projects for their domestic economies that, reportedly accounting for up to 60 to 70 per cent of the gross national product (GNP) in some countries, with positive benefits for indigenous peoples.Mining companies noted that indigenous peoples have been direct beneficiaries of basic infrastructure construction such as roads, communications, electricity and water services, as well as health and educational opportunities.But most indigenous peoples underscored the adverse effects on their environment, culture and societies, which they said outweighed the minimal or short-term benefits arising out of extractive operations.For example, a member of the Pemon people of Venezuela reported that benefits from extractive industries were not a top priority within the community, which sought “healthy communities, with no infections, in a pollution-free environment,” Mr. Anaya said. Similarly, an organization representing the traditional authorities of the Cofan people of Colombia concluded that “indigenous peoples are left with no option other than to try to find something positive for their communities out of the disaster left behind by the extraction of oil, mineral, and other resources” in their lands.“The vast majority of indigenous peoples’ responses, many of which stemmed from the direct experience of specific projects affecting their territories and communities, rather emphasized a common perception of disenfranchisement, ignorance of their rights and concerns on the part of States and businesses enterprises, and constant life insecurity in the face of encroaching extractive activities,” Mr. Anaya said. read more

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New York pursuing Sacklers financial records in opioid case

New York officials are demanding that banks and other companies with connections to the family that owns OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma hand over financial records as the state tries to trace where money from opioid sales ended up.The state attorney general’s office this week began issuing subpoenas this week.New York is among 48 states that have filed legal claims against Purdue Pharma seeking to hold the company responsible for the opioid crisis. At least 17 states are suing members of the Sackler family.The attorney general’s office contends that the family fraudulently removed money from the company and that it needs details from investment advisers and companies connected to the family to show that.A lawyer for family members says the claims are “without merit and the subpoenas are improper.”Geoff Mulvihill, The Associated Press read more

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UN panel monitoring economic social and cultural rights to open 2003 session

The 18-member UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, which monitors the International Covenant designed to promote and protect the right of peoples freely to pursue their economic, social and cultural development, will open the first of its two annual three-week sessions on Monday.The Committee is expected to examine measures taken by Luxembourg, Brazil, New Zealand, Iceland and Israel to comply with the standards of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. The panel will evaluate the reports presented by those States and make observations and recommendations on improving the promotion and protection of the rights enshrined in the Covenant.Those five countries are among the 146 States parties to the treaty, which entered into force in 1976 and which recognizes, among other things, the rights to work, to form and join trade unions, to social security, to the widest possible protection and assistance for the family, to an adequate standard of living, to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of health, and to an education. At the opening of the session, the Committee will elect from among its members a Chairperson, three Vice-Chairpersons and a Rapporteur, and will adopt its agenda. It will then discuss other substantive issues arising in the implementation of the Covenant, an exercise during which it is scheduled to hear from non-governmental organizations (NGOs).On Tuesday, the Committee will hold a follow-up to the day of general discussion on article 3 of the Covenant – concerning equality between men and women in the enjoyment of economic, social and cultural rights. It will discuss a draft general comment on article 3 of the International Covenant. read more

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Wells Fargo CEO preparing to apologize to Senate committee

Wells Fargo CEO preparing to apologize to Senate committee by Ken Sweet, The Associated Press Posted Sep 19, 2016 5:26 pm MDT Last Updated Sep 19, 2016 at 6:29 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – Wells Fargo CEO John Stumpf plans to apologize to Congress and the American public on Tuesday after allegations that bank employees opened millions of unauthorized accounts to meet aggressive sales targets.The mea culpa comes in prepared testimony for Stumpf’s appearance before the Senate Banking Committee. The Associated Press obtained a copy of the prepared remarks, in which Stumpf says he is “deeply sorry” the bank failed to fulfil its responsibility to customers. He also apologized for “violating the trust” of customers and not doing more sooner to address the causes of “this unacceptable activity.”Stumpf had been facing criticism after an interview last week in which he implied that retail banking employees were to blame, and the prepared remarks seem to indicate a shift in tone.The CEO, who had been hailed for expertly navigating Wells Fargo through the financial crisis and keeping Wells out of toxic mortgages, is facing a crisis at the bank that may exceed what it faced then. Some activists have called for Stumpf to resign. One banking industry analyst said Stumpf’s pay should be cut, and for the executives involved with the consumer bank to be required to pay back part of their pay or bonuses.“I accept full responsibility for all unethical sales practices in our retail banking business, and I am fully committed to doing everything possible to fix this issue, strengthen our culture, and take the necessary actions to restore our customers’ trust,” according to the prepared testimony.California and U.S. regulators fined San Francisco-based Wells Fargo & Co. a combined $185 million last week for allegedly opening millions of bank accounts without customer authorization, moving money into those accounts, and even creating fake email address to sign these customers up for online banking. The consumer banking giant has said it plans to eliminate the sales targets by Jan. 1.In his prepared testimony, Stumpf lays out various ways he says Wells Fargo has improved its corporate culture and can avoid similar problems. This includes new compliance training programs, contacting all customers with inactive accounts to see if they really did open the accounts, and requiring consent from a customer before his or her credit is looked at for a new credit card.Stumpf is expected to appear twice in front of Congress. The House Financial Services Committee has announced that it plans to conduct an investigation into Wells Fargo’s sales culture, and to have Stumpf testify later this month._____Ken Sweet covers banking and consumer financial issues with The Associated Press. Follow him on Twitter at @kensweet. read more

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Ohio State mens hockey coach Steve Rohlik reflects on 1st year

OSU hockey coach Steve Rohlik (back) talks to his team during a game against Michigan March 2 at Nationwide Arena. OSU lost, 4-3.Credit: Ben Jackson / For The LanternFor being such long endeavors, it’s odd that sports seasons are supposedly defined by their end results. It makes more sense to take a more holistic approach and look at the big picture — at the sum of all those little moments that go unnoticed.An event that was noticed was the 2014 Big Ten Hockey Tournament Championship in St. Paul, Minn. The first season of Big Ten hockey came down to one final game between Ohio State and Wisconsin, where the Buckeyes led 4-2 with less than seven minutes left March 22.The man behind OSU’s bench was Steve Rohlik. An associate head coach for three years with the Buckeyes, the 2013-14 season was Rohlik’s first in the top job. He had led his team through an 0-3 start and a goaltending reshuffle to bring the team within striking distance of its first NCAA Tournament appearance in five years.His seemingly calm demeanor didn’t reveal the tension of the encounter, nor his own personal details that made the situation more compelling — this was not only a game in his hometown, but it was also against his alma mater. The script almost writes itself.But, without warning, that script disappeared. The line between success and failure — one the Buckeyes had toed all season long in their 18-14-5 campaign — became clear. The Badgers scored twice in 28 seconds during the third period to tie the game, and less than eight minutes into the overtime period, Wisconsin was the Big Ten champion.“I couldn’t have asked much more from our guys. They laid it on the line,” Rohlik said last week. “Ultimately I think we were 6:52 short of doing something pretty darn special for this university, for the alumni here, and for this program.”That wasn’t the whole story, though. Instead, it was simply the end of the journey for a team and a coach that stressed the small things, and few could’ve imagined the Buckeyes would finish where they did after the upheaval of the previous spring.Before Rohlik stepped into his new role, Mark Osiecki was fired just over three weeks after the end of the 2012-13 season because of what athletic director Gene Smith called in a press release “a difference of opinion over the management of the program that could not be resolved.”It was Osiecki, Rohlik’s teammate at the University of Wisconsin, who brought him to Columbus as an associate head coach. Rohlik was named coach on an interim basis the day after Osiecki was let go, and then about a week later, was confirmed as the ninth head coach in program history.“I’m truly honored, humbled and very blessed,” Rohlik said at his introductory press conference April 24, 2013. “When I sat down with the administration, and they told me the support they had moving into the Big Ten, I knew this was the place I wanted to be.”Despite being an assistant coach for 16 years, Rohlik displayed leadership qualities at a young age. Captain at both Hill-Murray High School in St. Paul, Minn., and the University of Wisconsin, he had loads of experience in leading hockey players.“From a young age, I was a captain of every team I’ve ever been on. In high school, in every sport I was a captain, my buddies called me ‘the captain.’” Rohlik said. “It was just in my blood. I love to put my neck out there, I love to try to do things the right way, and I love to give it 110 percent and do whatever it takes to help the team win.”Just like leadership, hockey was also in Rohlik’s blood. Growing up in the “land of 10,000 lakes,” he said there was always a pond to skate on, and Rohlik described the sport as “a way of life.”The dream for most kids was to play in the Minnesota state championship game. Rohlik played in two.From there, he crossed the state line and attended the University of Wisconsin, captaining the Badgers in his junior and senior seasons, with his final campaign culminating in the 1990 NCAA Championship.“I might’ve been the guy with the ‘C’ on his sweater, but we had so many great leaders, and all the hard work kind of accumulated to our senior year,” Rohlik said. “To win the (Western Collegiate Hockey Association), to win the WCHA playoffs, and then to win the NCAA Tournament … you can’t write a book any better than that year.”Rohlik had a short stint as a professional before returning to his alma mater, Hill-Murray, as coach at the age of 23. Growing up, Rohlik’s father served the school in administrative position, so he said his dream was to play at Hill-Murray, making his appointment as coach even more meaningful.Five seasons in St. Paul were followed by Division I assistant coaching jobs at Nebraska-Omaha and Minnesota-Duluth. Then in 2010, Rohlik got the call from Osiecki, and in just three years he’d become the coach.“I think I’ve tried to take everything over my experiences as a player for so many years and as a coach for so many years. I just try to compile all those experiences,” Rohlik said. “Throughout all those years, you continue to ask yourself, ‘what would you do in that situation?’ I try to put myself in that spot, and ultimately when you get called upon (to be head coach), you try to surround yourself with good people.”One of those people is associate head coach Brett Larson, a man Rohlik got to know at Minnesota-Duluth, and who Rohlik brought to OSU upon his appointment last year. Larson said Rohlik’s passion coupled his with genuine nature makes him a natural fit for a coach.“The players can see how much he cares, how passionate he is. He wants to push everything to the next level,” Larson said. “It’s a great part of our culture, and you always say that the head coach leads the culture of a program. Being so passionate and so genuine are two things that make the players really want to play hard for him.”The switch in coaching might have been tricky, but junior forward Tanner Fritz — who played under Rohlik as an assistant for two years — said the familiarity was actually beneficial.“When he was the assistant coach, he was always the guy in the room after practice talking to the guys. He still does that — he’s a great player coach,” Fritz said. “He’s very involved in the team. I think he’s tight with every one of us. It’s good to have a coach that’s approachable and can talk to you outside of hockey.”Besides his management skills and personability, Rohlik wants to instill in his players that passion Larson and so many others see clearly in him. Judging by what players like Fritz have to say about it, he seems to have succeeded.“His passion for the game is — bar none — one of the best I’ve ever seen. The guy loves the game, he loves being at the rink,” Fritz said. “(The players) feed off that energy. We’re hard-working and we play with a lot of passion, and that comes from the coaching staff.”That might not have come through at first, however. Three consecutive losses to start the season, an injury to freshman goalie Matt Tomkins and another goalie, then-sophomore Collin Olson, leaving the program in November threatened to derail the entire season.But things changed with the addition of freshman goalie Christian Frey in net and the competitiveness of the Big Ten conference. Each game seemed to bring out the best in the Buckeyes as they finished fourth, behind three top-20 squads.Freshman forward Nick Schilkey, who was named to the Big Ten All-Freshman Team, said the coaching philosophy of Rohlik and his staff was a big factor in righting the ship.“He focuses on a lot of details. We focused all year on sticking together and sticking to the gameplan the coaches had set in place,” Schilkey said. “Over time, we grew into that gameplan and it showed during the second half of the year.”Those details came together in many instances, including the upset of then-No. 1 Minnesota in the Big Ten Tournament semifinal. Even if the season could be considered a success though, Rohlik knows there’s more to come from this team and this program.“Were we satisfied at the end? Absolutely not. Were we satisfied with where we were at in the league? Absolutely not,” Rohlik said. “There’s certainly always room for improvement, and we know we’ve got a long way to go.”And though he’s building a program, Rohlik sees his job as much more than that.He cites the examples of junior forward Ryan Dzingel and senior forward Alex Lippincott as proof of what the sport’s biggest impact can be. Dzingel just signed a professional contract with the Ottawa Senators of the NHL, while Lippincott recently got his first job as graduation approaches.“You see the power of what Ohio State can (do), be it moving on with the hockey or moving on because of the academic side of things,” Rohlik said. “I think that makes it pretty special for us to be involved with.”Now, with one season under his belt, Rohlik is aiming to make things even more special around the OSU hockey program.If he continues to get some of those little details right, it’d be hard to overestimate how far he can take it. read more

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Woman left paralysed after being catapulted from bed during sex act loses

Credit:Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire A woman left paralysed after being “catapulted” from her new bed during a sex act has lost her seven-figure claim for damages against the bed supplier.Claire Busby, of Maidenhead, Berkshire, suffered a serious injury to her spine when she fell from the super king size double divan as she changed position.The 46-year-old claimed the bed was in a “defective state” at the time of her accident and took legal action against Berkshire Bed Company, trading as Beds Are Uzzz, which supplied it.But, rejecting her case, Judge Barry Cotter found the bed was “not defective” and that Ms Busby’s fall was a “tragic accident”.Announcing his decision on Friday, the judge said: “As a result of the matters set out above, the claim in relation to this tragic accident, which is what I find it was, a simple accident, fails.”The judge said he was not satisfied the bed was “defective”, even taking into account “reasonably foreseeable misuse”.He added: “It required a most unfortunate and unusual combination of positioning on the bed and movement which I do not believe would have been foreseeable by any reasonable person prior to the incident.” Claire Busb During the trial, the court heard that the bed was one of five delivered to Ms Busby’s then home, Rosewood House in Ockwells Road, Maidenhead, in August 2013 when she was renovating the property. Ms Busby, who used to work in the property sector, was injured a week after the bed’s delivery while having sex with her then partner, John Marshall.She told the court she was kneeling in the middle of the bed performing a sex act when she decided to move position and “swung her legs” from underneath her, before lying back on the bed with her head towards the bottom end.At that point she claimed the bed gave way and she toppled off the end, landing on her head.Richard Manders, director of Berkshire Bed Company, said: “We are delighted the court has ruled in our favour.”We are sorry that Ms Busby was injured and we wish her and her family well for the future.” 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. read more

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CPL 2017 Tino Best delighted to be back with his home

Fast bowler Tino Best says playing in the Hero Caribbean Premier League Twenty20 competition for his hometown Tridents Pride of Barbados franchise, has always been his goal.Tino BestBest was drafted by the Tridents in March and will appear in his second stint in the league after previously playing for the St. Lucia Stars.“Playing for Barbados is what I always wanted from the inception of the CPL,” Best said.“To have the opportunity to play for the Tridents finally; I will go out bowl fast, get wickets and bring fans to the Kensington Oval.”Captain Kieron Pollard leads the Tridents into the 2017 season with international signees Wahab Riaz of Pakistan and Kane Williamson of New Zealand.Tridents have also retained the services of batsman Dwayne Smith, who was integral in the team’s sole championship in 2014.“We have a good squad with a blend of talent and youth,” Best said. “Pollard is a very good leader with his experience at the top level playing around the world in various leagues. Adding guys like Wahab Riaz and Kane Willamson gives us a very good blend of youth and experience, I think we will compete and do well.”A fiery fast bowler capable of delivering at speeds over 95 mph, Best is known for his boundless energy on and off the pitch.In his mid-thirties Best maintains an impressive dedication to fitness and bowling quickly. He has focused heavily on fitness in an effort to prolong an almost two-decade long international career.“My pace has always been a weapon for me. I haven’t really lost any pace, I have maintained my pace for the last 17 years playing professionally by the way that I train and the desire I have for bowling and bowling quickly.”He is currently using a stint at English club side, Lashings, to prepare for this summer’s campaign and expects to join the Tridents ready and raring to go.Best said, “I am bowling quick, feeling fit and strong. It is all about a lifestyle, being fit and strong is not a problem.” (CPL) Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedCPL 2017: Pollard banking on new focus to do the trick for TridentsJuly 31, 2017In “latest news”CPL: Jason Holder to lead Tridents in 2018April 27, 2018In “Sports”Springer touts Hero CPL benefits to young playersMay 9, 2017In “Sports” read more

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The 5 at 5 Monday

first_img 8,930 Views Image: Shutterstock/Evelien Buijnsters Monday 27 Mar 2017, 4:55 PM Share Tweet Email EVERY WEEKDAY EVENING, TheJournal.ie brings you the five stories you need to know as you head home for the day.1. #GARDA COMMISSIONER: Nóirín O’Sullivan has indicated in the past hour she’s staying put after political pressure has been mounting on her to resign.2. #NORTHERN IRELAND: The UK government have given Sinn Féin and the DUP more time to form a government after they missed today’s deadline.3. #CORK CITY: A man has been arrested after the body of a woman was found in a Cork home.4. #LIMERICK: Tributes have been paid to a young couple who lost their lives in a road traffic crash; in total seven people lost their lives over the weekend.5. #BREXIT: British Prime Minister Theresa May travels to Scotland today to try to avert its independence bid. By Gráinne Ní Aodha Image: Shutterstock/Evelien Buijnsters The 5 at 5: Monday 5 minutes, 5 stories, 5 o’clock… Mar 27th 2017, 4:55 PM http://jrnl.ie/3309523 No Comments Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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New Dino Discoveries Missing Link Between Predators

first_imgLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Two newly discovered dinosaurs may be missing links in a line of predators that lived some 160 million to 90 million years ago.An international team of researchers unearthed two alvareszaurian species from the Early Cretaceous—Xiyunykus and Bannykus.Found in Northwest China, the dinos’ unique anatomy (namely, an enlarged finger for digging into nests) places them somewhere in the 70-million-year evolutionary gap between Late Cretaceous insect-eaters and the group’s earliest known member, Haplocheirus.“The significance of Xiyunykus and Bannykus is that they … shed light on patterns of evolution within Alvarezsauroidea,” study co-author Corwin Sullivan, a University of Alberta paleontologist, said in a statement.“These specimens greatly improve the scientific community’s understanding of the early stages of alvarezsauroid evolution,” he continued, “and give us a better idea of what early alvareszauroids were like.”Specifically, they reveal how the animals’ diet shifted from meat to insects.The transition from a typical theropod forelimb configuration (long arm, three-digit grasping hand) to a highly specialized one (short arm, one-digit digging hand) implying a change from fleshy meals to small aphids.“The forelimbs show some adaptations for digging, which would later become more exaggerated, and some features of their skulls also resemble those of insectivorous alvarezsauroids,” Sullivan explained.Less modified hind limbs, meanwhile, suggest the dinosaurs’ arms and head underwent significant change before the legs.“There’s still a lot to learn about the early evolution of alvarezsauroids,” Sullivan, also curator of the Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum in Canada, added.The incomplete skeletons of Xiyunykus and Bannykus are currently under analysis. But researchers can only get so far with what’s on the table in front of them.“We’ll need many more fossils before we can be confident that we have a clear understanding of how alvarezsauroids, to put it bluntly, got so weird,” Sullivan said.The team’s research was published recently in the journal Current Biology.Another day, another dino-related discovery: Scientists used genomes of different species to determine how the chromosomes of the Velociraptor or Tyrannosaurus might have looked. Check out 10 historic dinosaur hoaxes you won’t believe we fell for and more here. Scientists Uncover New Evidence of Asteroid That Killed DinosaursEgg Fossils Provide Glimpse Into Prehistoric Parenting center_img Stay on targetlast_img read more

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Coalition offering free parenting classes

first_imgThe West Van for Youth coalition is offering a free five-week parenting workshop for families who live in the 98660, 98661 and 98663 ZIP codes.“Guiding Good Choices” classes are for parents and caregivers of children ages 9 to 14. Parents will learn strategies to help their children avoid drug use and strengthen family bonds.Classes will run from 6 to 8 p.m. every Thursday from April 11 to May 9 at Trinity Lutheran Church, 309 W. 39th St., Vancouver. There is an optional dinner served at 5:30 p.m.To register, contact Gloria Dominguez at 360-314-6452 or at gloriasmemories@comcast.net.last_img

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Budget 2017 Industry body Assocham bats for February 1 as the DDay

first_imgAmid growing clamour by Opposition parties to defer the Union Budget till March 11 in view of upcoming polls in five states, Assocham said on Sunday that the Budget advancement to February 1 would help the government to begin its capital and other expenditures right from April and revive the economic growth in the country.Assocham warns of export disruptions as Donald Trump ups the ante on free tradeOpposition parties have slammed the move arguing that by presenting the Budget on February, the government is trying to bypass the Election Commission’s (EC) model code of conduct whereby it can announce sops through the Budget before the assembly elections and hence gain politically.While appealing to political parties to let the Union Budget for 2017-18 be presented on February 1, the apex industry body said the decision of the government for advancing the date of the Budget is well thought out from the point of view of a revival of the economic sentiment.”As is evident, the consumer demands as also corporate investment have rather been subdued owing to a host of factors. Under these circumstances, the only option in the immediate future is the government expenditure gathering pace and creating a positive cycle of economic revival,” Assocham secretary general D S Rawat said in a press statement. He clarified that, in the earlier arrangement, when the Budget was presented on the last working day of February, its full and final passage could take place in the middle of May with the result that by the time the money is available with the individual ministries and departments, half the financial year is completed.”This typically leads to back-loading, rather than front-loading of the government expenditure of the order of Rs 20 lakh crore, which itself is a strong trigger for boosting the economic activity. The bundling of expenditure in the last few months also affects the quality of government spending as the pressure to exhaust the allocated outlays in the set period leads to rush jobs,” Rawat said.Assocham highlighted that with early Budget allocations, the quality of spending would certainly improve, particularly in sectors like roads, highways, ports, irrigation projects and the railways.last_img read more

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Tiny Robobee XWing powers its flight with light

first_imgWe’ve seen Harvard’s Robobee flying robot evolve for years: After first learning to fly, it learned to swim in 2015, then to jump out of the water again in 2017 — and now it has another trick up its non-existent sleeve. The Robobee X-Wing can fly using only the power it collects from light hitting its solar cells, making it possible to stay in the air indefinitely.Achieving flight at this scale is extremely hard. You might think that being small, it would be easy to take off and maintain flight, like an insect does. But self-powered flight actually gets much harder the smaller, which puts insects among the most bafflingly marvelous feats of engineering we have encountered in nature.Oh, it’s easy enough to fly when you have a wire feeding you electricity to power a pair of tiny wings — and that’s how the Robobee and others flied before. It’s only very recently that researchers have accomplished meaningful flight using on-board power or, in one case, a laser zapping an attached solar panel.The new Robobee X-Wing (named for its 4-wing architecture) achieves a new milestone with the ability to fly with no battery and no laser — only plain full-spectrum light coming from above. Brighter than sunlight, to be fair — but close to real-world conditions.The team at Harvard’s Microrobotics Laboratory accomplished this by making the power conversion and wing mechanical systems incredibly lightweight — the whole thing weighs about a quarter of a gram, or about half a paper clip. Its power consumption is likewise lilliputian:Consuming only 110–120 milliwatts of power, the system matches the thrust efficiency of similarly sized insects such as bees. This insect-scale aerial vehicle is the lightest thus far to achieve sustained untethered flight (as opposed to impulsive jumping or liftoff).That last bit is some shade thrown at its competitors, which by nature can’t quite achieve “sustained untethered flight,” though what constitutes that isn’t exactly clear. After all, this Dutch flapping flyer can go a kilometer on battery power. If that isn’t sustained, I don’t know what is.In the video of the Robobee you can see that when it is activated, it shoots up like a bottle rocket. One thing they don’t really have space for on the robot’s little body (yet) is sophisticated flight control electronics and power storage that could let it use only the energy it needs, flapping in place.That’s probably the next step for the team, and it’s a non-trivial one: adding weight and new systems completely changes the device’s flight profile. But give them a few months or a year and this thing will be hovering like a real dragonfly.The Robobee X-Wing is exhaustively described in a paper published in the journal Nature.[embedded content]last_img read more

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Materialise Launches AnatomyPrint 3D Printing Service

first_img Technology | Radiographic Fluoroscopy (RF) | August 09, 2019 Shimadzu Medical Systems Receives FDA 510(k) for FluoroSpeed X1 RF System Shimadzu Medical Systems USA, a subsidiary of Shimadzu Corp., announced they have received U.S. Food and Drug… read more January 19, 2017 — Materialise NV has launched AnatomyPrint, an easy-to-use service for medical professionals that delivers 3-D printed anatomical models directly to their doorsteps. The new service was launched during the 2016 Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) Scientific Assembly and Annual Meeting, Nov. 27-Dec. 2 in Chicago.Materialise offers a full suite of medical 3-D printing solutions, including medical 3-D printing software, high-end anatomical models for surgical preparation and planning, and printing services including segmentation and design services. AnatomyPrint now completes this set of tools for the medical industry, providing a simple and fast way to obtain 3-D printed models.AnatomyPrint users simply upload an STL file and choose their preferred material, and Materialise will deliver a high-quality, 3-D printed anatomical model. These Class 1 medical devices can be used for visualization, for communication with patients and other physicians as well as educational purposes. This service improves access to 3-D printed anatomical models by allowing radiologists, clinicians and other medical professionals to quickly and easily obtain models without the cost of purchasing their own 3-D printer.Materialise collaborated with Carestream during the 2016 RSNA annual meeting, leveraging the new AnatomyPrint service to improve access to 3-D printed anatomical models for Carestream’s customers in the medical industry.For more information: www.materialise.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | August 06, 2019 Canon Medical Introduces Encore Orian MR Upgrade Program Canon Medical Systems USA Inc. is helping to provide low-cost patient care solutions for its customers with the launch… read more News | PACS | August 08, 2019 NetDirector Launches Cloud-based PDF to DICOM Conversion Service NetDirector, a cloud-based data exchange and integration platform, has diversified their radiology automation options… read more News | Artificial Intelligence | August 05, 2019 Montefiore Nyack Hospital Uses Aidoc AI to Spot Urgent Conditions Faster Montefiore Nyack Hospital, an acute care hospital in Rockland County, N.Y., announced it is utilizing artificial… read more Technology | Contrast Media | August 05, 2019 Bracco Receives FDA Approval for Varibar Thin Liquid for Oral Suspension Bracco Diagnostics Inc. announced U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval for Varibar Thin Liquid (barium… read more News | Medical 3-D Printing | August 08, 2019 RSNA and ACR to Collaborate on Landmark Medical 3D Printing Registry The Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) and the American College of Radiology (ACR) will launch a new medical… read more Technology | Cybersecurity | August 07, 2019 ScImage Introduces PICOM ModalityGuard for Cybersecurity ScImage Inc. is bridging the gap between security and functionality with the introduction of the PICOM ModalityGuard…. read more Related Content Technology | Medical 3-D Printing | January 19, 2017 Materialise Launches AnatomyPrint 3-D Printing Service New easy-to-use service delivers 3-D printed models directly to medical professionals News | Breast Imaging | August 02, 2019 Volpara to Distribute Screenpoint Medical’s Transpara AI Solution Volpara Solutions and ScreenPoint Medical BV signed an agreement under which Volpara will sell ScreenPoint’s Transpara… read more News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more News | Enterprise Imaging | July 29, 2019 Philips Announces 10-year Enterprise Informatics Agreement With Centre Hospitalier Régional Universitaire de Nancy Philips and Centre Hospitalier Régional Universitaire (CHRU) de Nancy, a leading academic hospital in the Grand Est… read morelast_img read more

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KubeCon CloudNativeCon EU 2019 highlights Microsofts Service Mesh Interface Enhancements to GKE

first_imgThe KubeCon+CloudNativeCon 2019 is live (May 21- May 23) at the Fira Gran Via exhibition center in Barcelona, Spain. This conference has a huge assemble of announcements for topics including Kubernetes, DevOps, and cloud-native application. There were many exciting announcements from Microsoft, Google, The Cloud Native Computing Foundation, and more!! Let’s have a brief overview of each of these announcements. Microsoft Kubernetes Announcements: Service Mesh Interface(SMI), Visual Studio Code Kubernetes extension 1.0, Virtual Kubelet 1.0, and Helm 3 alpha Service Mesh Interface(SMI) Microsoft launched the Service Mesh Interface (SMI) specification, the company’s new community project for collaboration around Service Mesh infrastructure. SMI defines a set of common, portable APIs that provide developers with interoperability across different service mesh technologies including Istio, Linkerd, and Consul Connect. The Service Mesh Interface provides: A standard interface for meshes on Kubernetes A basic feature set for the most common mesh use cases Flexibility to support new mesh capabilities over time Space for the ecosystem to innovate with mesh technology To know more about the Service Mesh Interface, head over to Microsoft’s official blog. Visual Studio Code Kubernetes extension 1.0, Virtual Kubelet 1.0, and first alpha of Helm 3 Microsoft released its Visual Studio Code’s open source Kubernetes extension version 1.0. The extension brings native Kubernetes integration to Visual Studio Code, and is fully supported for production management of Kubernetes clusters. Microsoft has also added an extensibility API that makes it possible for anyone to build their own integration experiences on top of Microsoft’s baseline Kubernetes integration. Microsoft also announced Virtual Kubelet 1.0. Brendan Burns, Kubernetes cofounder and Microsoft distinguished engineer said, “The Virtual Kubelet represents a unique integration of Kubernetes and serverless container technologies, like Azure Container Instances. We developed it and in the context of the Cloud Native Computing Foundation, where it’s a sandbox project.” He further added, “With 1.0, we’re saying ‘It’s ready.’ We think we’ve done all the work that we need in order for people to take production level dependencies on this project.” Microsoft also released the first alpha of Helm 3. Helm is the defacto standard for packaging and deploying Kubernetes applications. Helm 3 is simpler, supports all the modern security, identity, and authorization features of today’s Kubernetes. Helm 3 allows users to revisit and simplify Helm’s architecture, due to the growing maturity of Kubernetes identity and security features, like role-based access control (RBAC), and advanced features, such as custom resource definitions (CRDs). Know more about Helm 3 in detail on Microsoft’s official blog post. Google announces enhancements to Google Kubernetes Engine; Stackdriver Kubernetes Engine Monitoring ‘generally available’ On the first day of the KubeCon+CloudNative Con 2019, yesterday, Google announced the three release channels for its Google Kubernetes Engine (GKE), Rapid, Regular and Stable. Google, in its official blog post states, “Each channel offers different version maturity and freshness, allowing developers to subscribe their cluster to a stream of updates that match risk tolerance and business requirements.” This new feature will be launched into alpha with the first release in the Rapid channel, which will give developers early access to the latest versions of Kubernetes. Google also announced the general availability of Stackdriver Kubernetes Engine Monitoring, a tool that gives users a GKE observability (metrics, logs, events, and metadata) all in one place, to help provide faster time-to-resolution for issues, no matter the scale. To know more about the three release channels and the Stackdriver Kubernetes Engine Monitoring in detail, head over to Google’s official blog post. Cloud Native Foundation announcements: Announcing Harbor 1.8,  launches a new online course ‘Cloud Native Logging with Fluentd’, Intuit Inc. wins the CNCF End User Award, and Kong Inc. is now a Gold Member Harbor 1.8 The VMWare team released Harbor 1.8, yesterday, with new features and improvements, including enhanced automation integration, security, monitoring, and cross-registry replication support. Harbor is an open source trusted cloud native registry project that stores, signs, and scans content. Harbor 1.8 also brings various  other capabilities for both administrators and end users: Health check API, which shows detailed status and health of all Harbor components. Harbor extends and builds on top of the open source Docker Registry to facilitate registry operations like the pushing and pulling of images. In this release, we upgraded our Docker Registry to version 2.7.1 Support for defining cron-based scheduled tasks in the Harbor UI. Administrators can now use cron strings to define the schedule of a job. Scan, garbage collection, and replication jobs are all supported. API explorer integration. End users can now explore and trigger Harbor’s API via the Swagger UI nested inside Harbor’s UI. Enhancement of the Job Service engine to include internal webhook events, additional APIs for job management, and numerous bug fixes to improve the stability of the service. To know more about this release, read Harbor 1.8 official blogpost. A new online course on ‘Cloud Native Logging with Fluentd’ The Cloud Native Computing Foundation and The Linux Foundation have together designed a new, self-paced and hands-on course Cloud Native Logging with Fluentd. This course will provide users with the necessary skills to deploy Fluentd in a wide range of production settings. Eduardo Silva, Principal Engineer at Arm Treasure Data, said, “This course will explore the full range of Fluentd features, from installing Fluentd and running it in a container, to using it as a simple log forwarder or a sophisticated log aggregator and processor.” “As we see the Fluentd project growing into a full ecosystem of third party integrations and components, we are thrilled that this course will be offered so more people can realize the benefits it provides”, he further added. To know more about this course and its benefits in detail, visit the official blogpost. Intuit Inc. won the CNCF End User Award At the conference, yesterday, CNCF announced that Intuit Inc. has won the CNCF End User Award in recognition of its contributions to the cloud native ecosystem. Intuit is an active user, contributor and developer of open source technologies. As a part of its journey to the public cloud, Intuit has advanced the way it leverages cloud native technologies in production, including CNCF projects like Kubernetes and OPA. To know more about this achievement by Intuit in detail, read the official blog post. Kong Inc. is now a Gold Member of the CNCF The CNCF announced that Kong Inc., which provides open source API and service lifecycle management tool has upgraded its membership to Gold. The company backs the Kong project, a cloud native, fast, scalable and distributed microservice abstraction layer. Kong Kong is focused on building a service control platform that acts as the nervous system for an organization’s modern software architectures by intelligently brokering information across all services. Dan Kohn, Executive Director of the Cloud Native Computing Foundation, said, “With their focus on open source and cloud native, Kong is a strong member of the open source community and their membership provides resources for activities like bug bounties and security audits that help our community continue to thrive.” Head over to CNCF’s official announcement post. More announcements can be expected from this conference, to stay updated visit KubeCon+CloudNativeCon 2019 official website. 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3 cybersecurity lessons for ecommerce website administrators

first_imgIn large part, the security of an ecommerce company is the responsibility of its technical support team and ecommerce software vendors. In reality, cybercriminals often exploit the security illiteracy of the staff to hit a company. Of all the ecommerce team, web administrators are often targeted for hacker attacks as they control access to the admin panel with lots of sensitive data. Having broken into the admin panel, criminals can take over an online store, disrupt its operation, retrieve customer confidential data, steal credit card information, transfer payments to their own account, and do more harm to business owners and customers. Online retailers contribute to the security of their company greatly when they educate web administrators where security threats can come from and what measures they can take to prevent breaches. We have summarized some key lessons below. It’s time for a quick cybersecurity class! Lesson 1. Mind password policy Starting with the basis of cybersecurity, we will proceed to more sophisticated rules in the lessons that follow. The importance of secure password policy may seem obvious, it’s still shocking how careless people can be with choosing a password. In e-commerce, web administrators set credentials for accessing the admin panel and they can “help” cybercriminals greatly if they neglect basic password rules. Never use similar or alike passwords to log into different systems. In general, sticking to the same patterns when creating passwords (for example, using a date of birth) is risky. Typically, people have a number of personal profiles in social networks and email services. If they use identical passwords to all of them, cybercriminals can steal credentials just to one social media profile to crack the others. If employees are that negligent about accessing corporate systems, they endanger the security of the company. Let’s outline the worst-case scenario. Criminals take advantage of the leaked database of 167 million LinkedIn accounts to hack a large online store. As soon as they see the password of its web administrator (the employment information is stated in the profile just for hackers’ convenience), they try to apply the password to get access to the admin panel. What luck! The way to break into this web store was too easy. Use strong and impersonalized passwords. We need to introduce the notion of doxing to fully explain the importance of this rule. Doxing is the process of collecting pieces of information from social accounts to ultimately create a virtual profile of a person. Cybercriminals engage doxing to crack a password to an ecommerce platform by using an admin’s personal information in it. Therefore, a strong password shouldn’t contain personal details (like dates, names, age, etc.) and must consist of eight or more characters featuring a mix of letters, numbers, and unique symbols. Lesson 2. Watch out for phishing attacks With the wealth of employment information people leave in social accounts, hackers hold all the cards for implementing targeted, rather than bulk, phishing attacks. When planning a malicious attack on an ecommerce business, criminals can search for profiles of employees, check their position and responsibilities, and conclude what company information they have access to. In such an easy way, hackers get to know a web store administrator and follow with a series of phishing attacks. Here are two possible scenarios of attacks: When hackers target a personal computer. Having found a LinkedIn profile of a web administrator and got a personal email, hackers can bombard them with disguised messages, for example, from bank or tax authorities. If the admin lets their guard down and clicks a malicious link, malware installs itself on their personal computer. Should they remotely log in the admin panel, hackers steal their credentials and immediately set a new password. From this moment, they take over the control over a web store. Hackers can also go a different way. They target a personal email of the web administrator with a phishing attack and succeed in taking it over. Let’s say they have already found out a URL to the admin panel by that time. All they have to do now is to request to change the password to the panel, click the confirmation link from the admin’s email and set a new password. In the described scenario, the web administrator has made three security mistakes of using a personal email for work purposes, not changing the default admin URL, and taking the bait of a phishing email. When hackers target a work computer. Here is how a cyberattack may unfold if web administrators have been reckless to disclose a work email online. This time, hackers create a targeted malicious email related to work activities. Let’s say, the admin can get a legitimate-looking email from FedEx informing about delivery problems. Not alarmed, they open the email, click the link to know the details, and compromise the security of the web store by giving away the credentials to the admin panel to hackers. The main mistake in dealing with phishing attacks is to expect a fraudulent email to look suspicious. However, phishers falsify emails from real companies so it can be easy to fall into the trap. Here are recommendations for ecommerce web administrators to follow: Don’t use personal emails to log in to the admin panel. Don’t make your work email publicly available. Don’t use work email for personal purposes (e.g., for registration in social networks). Watch out for links and downloads in emails. Always hover over the link prior to click it – in malicious emails, the destination URL doesn’t match the expected destination website. Remember that legitimate companies never ask for your credentials, credit card details or any other sensitive information in emails. Be wary of emails with urgent notifications and deadlines – hackers often try to allay suspicions by provoking anxiety and panic among their victims. Engage two-step verification for an ecommerce admin panel. Lesson 3.  Stay alert while communicating with a hosting provider Web administrators of companies that have chosen a hosted ecommerce platform for their e-shop will need to contact the technical support of their hosting provider now and then. Here, a cybersecurity threat comes unexpected. If hackers have compromised the security of the web hosting company, they can target its clients (e-commerce websites) as well. Admins are in serious danger if the hosting company stores their credentials unencrypted. In this case, hackers can get direct access to the admin panel of a web store. Otherwise, more sophisticated attacks are developed. Cybercriminals can mislead web administrators by speaking for tech support agents. When communicating with their hosting provider, web administrators should mind several rules to protect their confidential data and the web store from hacking. Use unique email and password to log in your web hosting account. The usage of similar credentials for different work services or systems leads to a company security breach in case the hosting company has been hacked. Never reveal any credentials on request of tech support agents. Having shared their password to the admin panel, web administrators can no longer authenticate themselves by using it. Track your company communication with tech support. Web administrators can set email notifications to track requests from team members to the tech support and control what information is shared. Time for an exam As a rule, ecommerce software vendors and retailers do their best for the security of ecommerce businesses. Thus, software vendors take the major role in providing for the security of SaaS ecommerce solutions (like Shopify or Salesforce Commerce Cloud), including the security of servers, databases and the application itself. In IaaS solutions (like Magento), retailers need to put more effort in maintaining the security of the environment and system, staying current on security updates, conducting regular audits and more (you can see the full list of Magento security measures as an example). Still, cybercriminals often target company employees to hack an online store. Retailers are responsible for educating their team what security rules are compulsory to follow and how to identify malicious intents. In our article, we have outlined the fundamental security lessons for web administrators to learn in order to protect a web store against illicit access. In short, they should be careful with personal information they publish online (in their social media profiles) and use unique credentials for different services and systems. There are no grades in our lessons – rather an admin’s contribution to the security of their company can become the evaluation of knowledge they have gained. About the Author Tanya Yablonskaya is Ecommerce Industry Analyst at ScienceSoft, an IT consulting and software development company headquartered in McKinney, Texas. After 2+ years of exploring the cryptocurrency and blockchain sphere, she has shifted the focus of interest to ecommerce industry. Delving into this enormous world, Tanya covers key challenges online retailers face and unveils a wealth of tools they can use to outpace competitors. 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Jacó Happenings

first_imgNo related posts. Last month, in the World Masters Surfing Championships in Playa Colorado, Nicaragua, Costa Rica finished 10th. Additionally, Andrea Díaz from Waves Costa Rica brought home a copper medal in the Women’s Masters Category. She was not the only one to grab a medal. Hermosa resident Jim Hogan brought home a gold for the Men’s Kahuna category, surfing for Team USA. Jim has an advanced surf camp in Playa Hermosa. For more, seewww.jimhogansurfcamp.com.  News from the Central Pacific Women’s Group: Lindsey Henderson is coordinating the August Lunch Bunch at EAT in Jacó, Tuesday, Aug. 14, at 12:30 p.m. RSVP to centralpacificwomensgroup@gmail.com by Aug. 13. EAT is a bistro located in Plaza El Jardín below Lemonzest, just south of Más X Menos. On Aug. 15 at 9 a.m. at the Hotel Cocal, The Central Pacific Women’s Group will feature Norma and Ken Kahn, who will share stories of their recent trip to Cambodia and Vietnam. For info, email centralpacificwomensgroup@gmail.com.Fortunately, it has been a mild beginning to rainy season. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be prepared. Wayne Byrd, owner of Eco Tech Sistemas, offers great non-slip floor treatments and mold removal and control, and his company has exclusive rights to a product that changes the molecular structure of floors using nano technology. He also offers the exclusive anti-biological fog treatments that will purify your indoor air and eliminate mold. For more info, visit www.nonslipfloorscr.com or www.wekillmoldcr.com or call Wayne at 8707-4914 (English) or Joanna Carvajal 8835-3145 (Spanish).Danilo Domínguez from the Sibö Rainforest Spa & Retreat is offering a 35 percent discount to locals and residents until Dec. 15. Sibö Rainforest Spa & Retreat was named the third best hotel and spa in Central and South America in Travel & Leisure Magazine’s “World’s Best Awards 2011.” It’s located in the Central Pacific zone, 10 minutes from Jacó Beach in the Los Sueños Marriott. For an appointment, call 2630-9071 or visit www.lossuenosspa.com.The 25th Central American Tae Kwon Do Championships will be held Saturday, Aug. 4, at Morgan’s Cove on the south end of Jacó. Teams from Honduras, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Guatemala and Nicaragua will compete. For more info, call 5713-5668 or email tkditfcostarica@hotmail.es.–Christina Truittchristina_truitt@yahoo.com Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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No water as pipe bursts in Gandhi Road

first_imgResidents of Gandhi Road are the unfortunate victims of yet another pipe burst in Ladysmith. Since 8am this morning, the area has been without water.Gandhi Road resident Ajesh Singh was upset at the lack of effort on the part of uThukela.“We have spent the day buying water and cooldrinks due to the lack of water. 8 hours later, they have finally decided to do something about all this clean water being wasted,” he said.Despite numerous calls to uThukela earlier today, their task team only appeared at approximately 3pm. The source of the pipe burst is under the paving of one of the houses in Gandhi Road. The municipal team now faces the task of having to remove the paving to fix the problem.According to uThukela workers at the scene, they were busy with another pipe burst in Lakspur Avenue and the Agra Crescent area. A spokesperson for uThukela has commented that because the pipe that burst in Gandhi Road was merely a service pipe, the priority was repairing the other bursts in town.This follows a pipe burst in Jasmine Avenue, where uThukela responded to the situation after three hours. WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite last_img read more

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