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Industry Minister Reaffirms Government’s Commitment to Small Businesses

first_imgMinister of Industry, Investment and Commerce, Hon. Anthony Hylton, has reaffirmed the Government’s commitment to creating the framework and environment suitable for the growth of small businesses in the country. Speaking at the Jamaica Business Development Corporation’s (JBDC) 6th annual Small Business exposition at the Pegasus Hotel in Kingston, on May 21, Minister Hylton said this is critical, as they play an important role in value growth and job creation.He said the Government is aware of the role of Micro, Small and MediumSized Enterprises (MSMEs) in the country’s growth agenda, and is dedicated to fulfilling specific objectives that will support the entire life-cycle of these entities-from idea to market.To this end, he informed that legislation is being re-examined, while policies and programmes are being created to ensure that the sector can be strengthened.The Minister explained that the Micro, Small and Medium Sized Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Policy, which is now before Parliament, is intended to facilitate the growth of the sector and strengthen the role of entrepreneurs.“The policy establishes a framework for addressing impediments to the development of MSMEs. We are acutely aware of these issues – the time it takes to do business, obtain approvals, pay taxes, access to capital, and lack of adequate collateral. All of these impediments must be addressed in a comprehensive and urgent manner and I want to assure you that this Government is firmly committed to eliminating red tape,” he said.Mr. Hylton said critical to the creation of a more favourable business environment for MSMEs is the reform of the legislative framework, particularly as it relates to business and entrepreneurship.“We are now advancing several critical pieces of legislation, namely, the Insolvency Act and the Secured Transactions Act, amendments to the Trade Mark and Copyright Acts, which are intended to create a climate for enterprise and growth,” he added.He said modernising the Insolvency Legislation will encourage more businesses to restart after failure and ensure that those whose failure was honest are not stigmatised. “In today’s modern global business environment, our legislative framework has become outmoded and out of step with modern realities,” he added.Mr. Hylton noted that the Government is also modernising the framework for Intellectual Property through the implementation of amendments to the Trade Marks Act. “The first of a series of amendments, which will eventually lead to accession to the Madrid Protocol, is now before Parliament. This protocol allows for single and centralized filing of trademark and service marks in a way that will provide for protection globally. Modernising the patent legislation will foster an environment that will allow for investments to flow into the high tech industries in Jamaica, and to allow access to the Patent Co-operation Treaty,” he said.Mr. Hylton pointed out that as part of the improvement of the business environment in Jamaica, the ‘Super Form’ will be introduced during this fiscal year.“This will be implemented by the Companies Office of Jamaica, and is a major step towards eliminating the red tape that stymies business in the country,” he said.Additionally, he said the Government has embarked on an initiative to restructure the financing environment for the MSME sector, with the aim of strengthening the institutional arrangements in the MSME financial sector through the introduction of mobile money.“Mobile money is an innovation that will prove transformative to the microfinance industry. It represents a digital platform that will serve the needs of the un-banked population that is currently excluded from financial services,” he said. He commended the team from the JBDC for staging the conference, which seeks to provide opportunities that will enable entrepreneurs and MSMEs to build capacity in order to prepare themselves for the globalizing marketplaceThe exposition was held under the theme: ‘Taking Business to the next Level: From Self Employment to Entrepreneurship’, and featured displays from over 30 exhibitors, while approximately 20 local and international presenters were featured.Contact: Chris Pattersonlast_img read more

Nova Scotia Building Momentum

first_imgAs 2018 draws to a close, it is a chance to reflect on how lucky we are to live in Nova Scotia. We enjoy our freedom, opportunity and strength of community. With these and our many other attributes, more young people, families and new Nova Scotians are seeing a life for themselves here. I’m very proud that for the second year in a row we can celebrate yet another record high for our population — almost 965,000. Our population growth since 2015 is more than we’ve seen in the last quarter-century. This good news reflects the momentum Nova Scotia is building. You may have also seen the recent stats about our province tracking toward another record year in immigration, with well over 5,000 landings. We’ve welcomed 15,000 immigrants to our province in the last three years — the most since the end of the Second World War. And we’re seeing more of these new Canadians stay in Nova Scotia — our retention rate has almost doubled in the last 15 years. I always enjoy meeting these new Nova Scotians, who bring a sense of optimism, enrich the diversity of our province and strengthen our economy. Young Nova Scotians are also seeing a future for themselves in the province. More of them are staying in Nova Scotia than leaving, something that hadn’t happened in consecutive years for close to three decades. We’re helping support options for our sons and daughters to stay or return here. There is growing interest in our workforce attachment programs like Graduate to Opportunity, which supports employers who hire recent graduates. Our startup community is thriving. Government is a partner in creating the spaces and expanding the networks that encourage and support people with an entrepreneurial spirit and great ideas to start their own companies. Volta, in Halifax’s innovation district, tripled its office space this year and has 40 startups on site. There’s another 40 at the Centre for Ocean Ventures and Entrepreneurship (COVE) in Dartmouth. There are startup supports active from Sydney to Yarmouth. This tech environment is one reason young people are staying in the province, and it’s attracting interest and investment from outside our borders. While our participation in the new economy is growing, we continue to build on the success of traditional industries. Nova Scotia seafood exports surpassed $2 billion last year, again leading the country. This year’s total is tracking even higher. Our tourism industry has had another excellent year, including record-breaking cruise ship seasons at the Port of Sydney and the Port of Halifax. Tourism is a Nova Scotia success story, with strong growth in the number of visitors and revenue over the last five years and I congratulate all those involved in building this important sector of our economy. Government is doing its part to enhance the conditions for growth with its stable fiscal approach. We are forecasting a third consecutive balanced budget. In September, credit rating agency Standard and Poor’s upgraded Nova Scotia’s rating to the highest they’ve ever had us, sending an important signal that we’re a stable and well-managed province. We’re also making Nova Scotia a more attractive place to do business with a concerted effort to reduce red tape. We’re making good on our commitment to reduce the regulatory burden on business by a net value of $25 million, and we’re not going to stop there. We will keep up the effort to be efficient, and make sure regulations make sense. We’ve lowered the cost of incorporation for businesses, and we just eliminated the fee for businesses already registered in another province to register here. In 2018, we saw unemployment rates among the lowest since Statistics Canada started its labour force survey in 1976, while full-time employment reached a new high. Finding ways to help entrepreneurs and the economy flourish benefits us all. It creates jobs, strengthens communities, and generates the revenue needed to provide programs and services for Nova Scotians. There are now close to 3,000 four-year-olds in our province benefitting from pre-primary, perhaps our most significant new social program in a generation. This is the second year of our four-year plan to extend this program across the province. Every child, regardless of socio-economic circumstances, deserves the chance to have the best foundation possible entering school. We are improving supports for those less fortunate. This year also saw the biggest tax cut in our recent history take effect — an increase in the basic personal exemption for personal income tax for 500,000 Nova Scotians, with 60,000 of them no longer paying provincial income tax.| Healthy breakfast programs are now in place at 93 per cent of our schools, the highest rate in the country. Clients of the Department of Community Services are keeping more of the money they earn and there will be increased support in the new year. Health care is top of mind for many Nova Scotians and that means it’s top of mind for government too. We face challenges in health care just like all provinces and we are working hard to get our health-care system where we all want it to be. We are making changes and starting to see some progress. More than 100 new family doctors and specialists have started practicing in Nova Scotia this year, and we are one of the only provinces to increase residency spaces for family doctors and specialists, which helps recruitment and retention. Our physician immigration stream – the first of its kind in Canada – launched this year and has already seen 18 doctors approved. Wait lists for hip and knee surgeries are coming down and the number of orthopedic surgeries has increased. This year gave us many signs of positive momentum for 2019 and beyond. It has also been filled with moments, efforts and accomplishments that have made me so proud to be the premier of this province. Let me share two that stand out. On June 21, National Indigenous Peoples Day, I had the honour to be part of the opening of the first Aboriginal Wellness and Gladue Court, in Wagmatcook. Mi’kmaq chiefs, the family of Donald Marshall Jr., the community and the judiciary gathered for this historic event — it’s the first court of its kind in Canada — and it’s something all Nova Scotians can take pride in. And this summer, the community of Antigonish and the surrounding area wrapped their arms around this country’s Special Olympians, hosting the national summer games. These athletes showed us the best of the human spirit, and I want to thank the hundreds of volunteers and everyone else who made the games such a success. As we ring in another new year, let’s remember what these athletes showed us — kindness, compassion and finding joy in the success of others. May their legacy be part of a happy and safe 2019 for us all. -30-last_img read more

Masood travelled to UK and Gulf to collect funds for Kashmiri militants

first_imgNew Delhi: Terror mastermind Masood Azhar had undertaken a month-long sojourn to England to collect funds for militants operating in Jammu and Kashmir and received Rs 15 lakh (Pakistani currency), though he got a “very poor” response while travelling to Sharjah and Saudi Arabia before arriving in India in 1994. Azhar, the founder of Jaish-e-Mohammad, responsible for a series of terror strikes in India including the attack on Parliament in 2001 and a CRPF convoy in Pulwama last month, had procured a Pakistani passport in his real name and original address in 1986 and had extensively toured African and Gulf countries where he realised that the Arab nations were not sympathetic to the “Kashmir cause”. Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killedAccording to Azhar’s interrogation report available with security agencies here, he had visited the UK in October 1992. Mufti Simail, a cleric at a mosque at Southall in London, had facilitated his travel. Originally from Gujarat, Simail had studied at Darul-Ifta-Wal-Irshad in Karachi. “I stayed with Mufti Ismail in the UK for about a month and visited several mosques in Birmingham, Nottingham, Burleigh, Sheffield, Dudsbury and Leicester where I sought financial assistance for Kashmir (militants). I could collect Rs 15 lakh (Pakistani currency),” he told his interrogators. Also Read – 14-yr-old girl raped, strangled to death in UP’s ShamliThe terror mastermind also met other Muslim leaders in the UK including Maulana Iamail, who was also of Indian origin and had been engaged in construction of mosques and madrasas in Mangolia and Albania. In the early 1990s, Azhar had visited Saudi Arabia, Abu Dhabi, Sharjah, Kenya, Zambia and collected funds for the terrorists operating in Jammu and Kashmir. Azhar had also visited Saudi Arabia for fund collection and contacted two main agencies in the country handling such aid but without success. One of them is Jamiat-ul-Islah, which is an ally of Jamaat-e-Islami. “Since Hizbul Mujahideen owed allegiance to Jamat, we were politely refused any aid. The Arab nations as such do not want to give aid for the Kashmir cause,” he told the interrogators. In Abu Dhabi, Azhar could collect Rs 3 lakh in Pakistani currency, another Rs 3 lakh in Sharjah and Rs 2 lakh in Saudi Arabia on his second visit. Azhar arrived in New Delhi in January 1994 with a fake Portugese passport. The Ashok hotel in Delhi’s posh Chanakyapuri area, which houses the diplomatic enclave, was the first stop of Azhar, who dodged immigration officials’ queries about his Portugese passport by claiming he was a “Gujarati by birth”. The Pakistan-based terrorist, who was arrested in Jammu and Kashmir within the next two weeks, had also stayed in capital’s hotel Janpath and visited Lucknow, Shahranpur and Islamic seminary Darul-uloom Deoband, according to his interrogation report.last_img read more

Law firm seeks class action against SNCLavalin in connection with charges

SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. faces new legal troubles as a shareholder aims to launch a class action lawsuit in connection with the criminal charges against the embattled engineering firm.Law firm Strosberg Sasso Sutts LLP has filed a proposed class action lawsuit in Ontario Superior Court that alleges the company failed to disclose soon enough that federal prosecutors declined to invite it to negotiate a remediation agreement.The allegations have not been tested in court.The Montreal-based company is at the centre of a scandal enveloping Ottawa after the Globe and Mail reported the Prime Minister’s Office pressured former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould to steer prosecutors to hammer out a remediation agreement that would have averted a criminal trial.The legal action says the head of the federal prosecution service told SNC-Lavalin on Sept. 4 that she would proceed with fraud and corruption charges stemming from the company’s business in Libya. The court filing says the company did not inform investors until Oct. 10, when the share price dropped nearly 14 per cent.The lawsuit seeks $75 million in damages for shareholders who acquired SNC-Lavalin securities between Sept. 4 and Oct. 10. SNC-Lavalin did not respond immediately to requests for comment. Companies in this story: (TSX:SNC)The Canadian Press read more

Shop the Neighbourhood pushing through cold flood

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Shop the Neighbourhood pushing through cold, flood The cold weather hasn’t dampened the warm spirits of local business owners throughout the city.Shop the Neighbourhood launched Saturday, a campaign with Yellow Pages to encourage local shopping this holiday season.Annie MacInnes, executive director of Kensington Business Revitalization Zone, said even though the flood was almost a year and a half ago, local shopping is still recovering.“They lost their cushion, their financial cushion and we had a very hard winter last year with a lot of snow and a lot of cold that made Christmas a little tight last year, so we’d really like to see a really good Christmas with a lot of local support,” she said.“Statistics from the United States about the fiscal health of small businesses impacted by physical disasters say up to two years after that physical incident, businesses may have difficulty.”Events took place throughout the day in Kensington, Inglewood and the downtown.550 Calgary businesses are taking part of the campaign, among 8,000 across the country. by News Staff Posted Nov 29, 2014 3:01 pm MDT read more

Torture witnesses come forward to help investigation into Armys IRA mole Stakeknife

The chief constable said detectives were using ground-breaking techniques to review and uncover forensic evidence which was not previously available. They include DNA and finger marks and new exhibits from families.Mr Boutcher added: “I can present a wealth of new information, of evidence to the Director of Public Prosecutions . Show more Bedfordshire Police Chief Constable Jon Boutcher is leading an investigation into Stakeknife “I am now bringing in all those people that I think were responsible for offences.”I want to get those people who still know something, who felt that Kenova would just get closed down, or that Kenova would never result in any prosecutions, who now see things differently, who are beginning to have more confidence that Kenova is going to deliver on promises we made, to do our best to investigate things.”We want those people to come and speak to us, to call us, to come and meet us, to listen to how we deal with things.”Witnesses have told how records were removed or invented by members of the security forces, said Mr Boutcher, who is due to present files to prosecutors next year in a bid to secure convictions.Dozens of detectives are probing more than 50 murders. Suspects, including members of the security forces and the Provisional IRA, are being brought in for questioning. IRA members who witnessed suspected informants being tortured at the height of the Troubles have come forward to help an investigation into a high-level Army mole.Bedfordshire Police Chief Constable Jon Boutcher is gathering information about the prized double agent known as Stakeknife, who reputedly led the Republican organisation’s “nutting squad”.The unit brutally interrogated and murdered suspected spies and informers during the conflict in Northern Ireland.It is feared Stakeknife’s British handlers may have known about – but failed to act on – planned murders by the unit in order to protect his identity.Operation Kenova, the name of the investigation, is centred on possible crimes by paramilitaries, agents and Army and police handlers linked to Stakeknife, allegedly the military’s highest-ranking spy within the IRA. Multiple murders, attempted murders, torture and unlawful imprisonments are included.In 2003, Stakeknife was widely named as west Belfast man Freddie Scappaticci, but he has always strongly denied the allegation.Mr Boutcher claimed people who owned premises where victims were detained have also spoken to independent detectives. “I need to make sure that information is sufficient to persuade him to prosecute people responsible for these offences.”Operation Kenova has gathered more than 12,000 documents, secured 1,000 statements and conducted 129 interviews with witnesses, victims and families, resulting in more than 6,000 investigative actions.Mr Boutcher said his detectives had access to every document in unedited and at times poorly-indexed form.Most of those whom detectives have spoken to have been victims or witnesses but various suspects have been identified, the senior officer added.Investigators based in London and Belfast also conducted full forensic reviews on numerous murder and abduction cases which have led to 199 requests for new forensic examinations, resulting in several new DNA profiles and suspect finger marks. Bedfordshire Police Chief Constable Jon Boutcher is leading an investigation into StakeknifeCredit:PA He said: “We have spoken to members of the IRA who have come forward and told us that they were present when people were held, when people were tortured, and have named the people involved. 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

GBTIs Anna Regina Branch celebrates 20 years of service

At a simple ceremony held at the GBTI Anna Regina Branch to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Branch were the Executive Director Richard Isava, Senior Manager Finance and Accounts Shawn Gurcharran and Branch Manager Dev Persaud among others.GBTI’s Anna Regina Branch on Friday celebrated 20 years of service to the people of Region Two, Pomeroon/Supenaam.On July 13, 1998, the Bank opened its doors to the people of the Cinderella County and offered its financial help to the many struggling businesses especially the Regions main source of income, the rice industry.The bank plays a key role in moving the region’s economy forward by financing the agricultural sector which is it’s backbone.Many farmers benefited by way of loans and other services offered by the financial institution which enabled them to grow quickly, plant more lands and modernise the industry.With a boost in rice production came new rice mills, better prices, new businesses, job creation and a stronger economy. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedGPL’s CEO apologises for prolonged power outages in Region 2September 10, 2018In “latest news”Macorp looking at Lethem to expand with new branch, training centreAugust 8, 2017In “Business”Essequibo rice farmers owed $740M – lament delayed paymentsJanuary 11, 2016In “latest news” read more

DRDGOLD completes WRTRP acquisition welcomes SibanyeStillwater as shareholder

first_imgDRDGOLD has completed the acquisition of Sibanye-Stillwater’s West Rand Tailings Retreatment Project (WRTRP) assets in South Africa, over nine months since the deal was initially announced.Niël Pretorius, DRDGOLD CEO, said the acquisition was key to the company’s growth strategy, increasing its gold reserves by 90% to 5.75 million ounces.“The way is now clear for us to expedite phase one of our phased plan for the development of WRTRP, to be known going forward as Far West Gold Recoveries,” he said.“Phase one involves the upgrading of the Driefontein 2 plant to process tailings from the Driefontein 5 dump at a rate of between 400,000 and 600 000 tonnes per month and depositing the residue on the Driefontein 4 tailings dam.”DRDGOLD has secured a R300 million ($22.6 million) revolving credit facility from a South African financial institution for phase one, and confirmed orders for most of the long-lead items, according to Pretorius. This is all geared towards production in the March quarter of 2019.Sibanye-Stillwater now holds 38.05% of DRDGOLD and is entitled to exercise – within 24 months – an option for cash to increase its shareholding by up to 50.1%.last_img read more

Apple lécran de liPhone 5 se dévoile

first_imgApple : l’écran de l’iPhone 5 se dévoileLe réseau social chinois Weibo a diffusé une photo montrant une chaine de production de l’iPhone 5 prise dans une usine de Wintek. Le cliché dévoile un aperçu de ce à quoi ressemble l’écran du futur smartphone qui, selon les dernières rumeurs, devrait sortir le 7 ou le 14 octobre prochain.Alors que les rumeurs se multiplient de plus en plus autour de la sortie de l’iPhone 5, il est très dur pour Apple de conserver tous les secrets du futur smartphone. En effet, le réseau social Weibo a rendu publique un cliché montrant une chaine de production de l’iPhone 5 prise dans une usine de Wintek. Une photo qui dévoile un aperçu de l’apparence de l’appareil et surtout de son écran. On y voit plusieurs ouvriers s’affairer autour d’un grand nombre de smartphones dont les caractéristiques retiennent l’attention. À lire aussiLes applications pour entraîner son cerveau sont-elles vraiment efficaces ?Selon les observations, l’écran de l’iPhone 5 serait ainsi plus large que ses prédécesseurs. De même, le bouton Home aurait subi un petit relooking avec une forme plus allongée et qui pourrait confirmer que celui-ci ne sera plus physique mais bien tactile comme le laissaient entendre certaines rumeurs. Reste désormais à savoir si cette photo est bien authentique…Une sortie pour début octobre ? En attendant, les sites Internet continuent donc de débattre autour de la sortie de l’iPhone 5. Selon les dernières indiscrétions relayées par 9to5Mac, ce lancement pourrait s’effectuer le 7 ou le 14 octobre prochain. Ainsi, les pré-commandes débuteraient dès la fin septembre alors qu’une annonce officielle pourrait être faite lors de la traditionnelle conférence Keynote de la firme à la pomme. Enfin, dernières rumeurs : selon L’Expansion, le prochain iPhone devrait entre autres, être équipé du nouveau processeur A5, de la dernière version de iOS (la version 5), et d’un appareil photo de qualité supérieure. Le 18 août 2011 à 17:07 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Western Air defends flight record gear problems in Freeport

first_img ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDT Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppFreeport, Bahamas, February 8, 2017 – Western Air explains that it was not a crash landing that their flight experienced yesterday while en route from Freeport to Nassau.   Media reports say the pilot noticed something wrong and radioed to air traffic control to return to the Grand Bahama International Airport. It was described as an electrical problem; while the plane made a safe return landing, it was said that during the taxing of the aircraft on the runway that the left gear malfunctioned, sending flight 708 into bushes aside the tarmac.No one was injured but the passengers were shaken up.  “I was on the plane, we came from Bimini to Freeport and when we take from Freeport, we had to land back, we had an emergency landing and through us landing we end up through the bush.  So now we’re on the runway waiting for a ride to come, and fuel is leaking out the plane and everything.”  #MagneticMediaNews Recommended for you Related Items:#magneticmedianews The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provo Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meeting Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Dog set to be euthanized embraces man after being rescued

first_img Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. (WSVN) – An Ohio man rescued a dog that was scheduled to be euthanized, and the Beagle seemingly couldn’t let go of his rescuer during the car ride home.WTSP reported that a shelter dog named “Gregory” was to be euthanized at the Franklin County Dog Shelter before Joe Kirk, who works at HOUND Rescue and Sanctuary, saved him.Gregory and Kirk rode together during what the organization calls “freedom rides” following the rescue. Kirk decided to take a photo together, and Gregory seemingly embraced him.The HOUND Rescue and Sanctuary allows dogs to live without threat of euthanasia until they’re adopted.“The BEST Freedom Ride Picture EVER! Pulled from the Euthanasia List at FCDS today… “Gregory” is one thankful and appreciative Beagle! He KNOWS he is SAFE!” the sanctuary wrote on Facebook, with a photo of Gregory cuddling up to Kirk in the car.Gregory has since been cleared by a vet and will be available for adoption. last_img read more

OBITUARY George J Shdeed 85

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — George J. Shdeed, age 85, of Wilmington, passed away peacefully on May 7th, surrounded by his loving family. Beloved husband of the late Priscilla (Cahoon) Shdeed, loving father of Barbara Bosco of Reading and James Shdeed & his wife Lisa of Billerica, cherished “Grampa” of Joe & Taylor Bosco and Julia & Lilly Shdeed, son of the late John and Anne Shdeed. George is survived by his long-time significant other, Margaret DuBois of Reading, as well as many nieces and nephews.George proudly served in the U.S. Army.Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rt. 62) Wilmington, for a funeral on Friday, May 11th, at 11:00 a.m., followed by a funeral mass at St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington, at 12:00 noon. Visiting hours will be held on Thursday, May 10th, from 3-7 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in George’s name can be made to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, P.O. Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284.George J. Shdeed(NOTE: The above obituary is from Nichols Funeral Home.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedOBITUARY: Marie J. (Ciampa) Cummings, 81In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Stephen J. Bowker, 58In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Maureen F. (McKenna) McHugh, 80In “Obituaries”last_img read more

Storm kills 11 in Moscow

first_imgA view shows a tree, which was uprooted by a heavy storm and fell down on cars, in Moscow, Russia, on Monday. ReutersAt least 11 people were killed when a severe thunderstorm hit the Russian capital Moscow, officials said.Hundreds of trees were toppled by the storm, and more than 50 people sought medical help, BBC reported on Monday.Reports say that electrical cables were damaged as Moscow was lashed with high winds, hail and torrential rain.The winds of up to 110 km per hour were described by meteorologists as extremely rare for the city, and caused structural damage to buildings.If the toll of 11 is confirmed, it would be the deadliest storm in the city for more than 100 years.The city’s investigative committee said that “hurricane winds” had caused trees to fall in various parts of the city, killing five pedestrians.An elderly man was also killed at a bus stop, it said. TASS news agency says that 69 people have been injured.Two persons were killed after a tree fell onto their summer house, Interfax reported.last_img read more

LBC Loses on Medical Marijuana Delivers on Other Promises

first_imgThe 2017 session of the Maryland General Assembly ended with an unexpected defeat on Medical Marijuana licensing, one of several major initiatives supported by the 50-member Legislative Black Caucus (LBC).  The group delivered on  several promises made on key issues of importance to African-American residents across the state, but the 11th hour loss on one of the signature issues adopted and fought for by the LBC was an unwelcome blow, according to Delegate Cheryl Glenn, (D.45-Baltimore City) LBC Chair.Delegate Cheryl Glenn, a Baltimore Democrat who chairs the Legislative Black Caucus of Maryland, calls for a special session to approve additional licenses to grow medical marijuana to create diversity ownership of businesses in Maryland’s developing industry. State Sen. Joan Carter Conway, D-Baltimore, is standing next to Glenn at left. Attorney Billy Murphy is standing behind Glenn at right, and Del. Nick Mosby, D-Baltimore, is standing behind Glenn at left. (AP Photo/Brian Witte)The LBC started the 2017 session with seven priorities according to their web site – the current HBCU Equity Lawsuit, prescription drug affordability, medical marijuana licensing, banning pre-k suspensions, bail reform, the Educational Equity Initiative – i.e. return of control of Baltimore City Public Schools to the Mayor’s Office and Police Practices and Public Safety.In an exclusive interview with the AFRO, Glenn said that in spite of the failure of the Medical Marijuana licensing bill, which would have increased from zero the number of minority owned firms allowed to legally grow, sell and distribute medical marijuana, the LBC firmly delivered on a number of the seven agenda items.At a news conference on April 12 Glenn and Senator Joan Carter Conway, among others, urged Gov. Larry Hogan, Senate President Miller and House Speaker Busch to call a special session of the legislature to pass the medical marijuana bill. Maryland’s HBCU’sWhile the LBC set out to make Maryland’s HBCU’s a high priority, it failed to pass SB-712. The Blount-Rawlings-Britt HBI Comparability Program, which would have created equitable funding between Maryland’s HBCU’s and predominately White institutions.  The legislation, sponsored in one form or another for more than a decade by Senator Joan Carter-Conway, enjoyed the support of the HBCU Matters Coalition, Maryland State NAACP, and a consortium of advocacy groups who emphasized the need for both court and legislative action on behalf of HBCU’s.Despite SB-712’s demise in committee, Glenn said the LBC stands united behind the issue of equity for the state’s four HBCU’s. “Once the Court decision is rendered, we’re going to do everything that we can to make sure the state of Maryland does not appeal the decision of the court so we can bring an end to this longstanding fight for justice and equity in funding for our HBCU’s,” Glenn said referring to the pending decision by the U.S. District Court of Maryland in the remedial phase of the HBCU Equity Case. Medical Marijuana Assuring African-Americans are part of the lucrative new Medical Marijuana market was one of the biggest legislative fights this session, according to Glenn.   Glenn’s bill, HB 1443 included “a minimum of five new licenses for growers and five new licenses for processors to be awarded to African American owners and other minorities,” Glenn said based on the results of a disparities study mandated by law.The legislation got down to the wire and Glenn and other LBC members believed final passage of the bill was imminent.  However, the session clock ran out at midnight on the final day of the 2017 session before the bill was brought back for a final vote.The inclusion of vendors of color in the lucrative medical marijuana market has been a major concern for African-American medical cannabis advocacy organizations.  The African American Cannabis Association, (AACA) rallied at the State Capital on behalf of minority cannabis growers. “Unfortunately, when minority inclusion has been written into legislation, there is a struggle to gain support and passage into law,” said Joe Gaskins, a spokesman for the AACA, which supported of Glenn’s bill.Bail ReformGlenn said that while the LBC stood united on the key goal of removing undue burdens on lo-income Marylanders accused of nonviolent crimes, there were distinct disagreements in the methods to achieve the goal this session.“At the end of the day the Court of Appeals rendered a decision on bail reform and the implementation date of that new rule is July 1,” Glenn said referring to the unanimous but highly controversial decision made by Maryland’s highest court in Feb. directing judges and court officials to seek other ways to ensure a defendant appears for trial when s/he cannot make bail.“It’s a good thing because all the advocates of bail reform feel strongly the new rule will do what we need it to do. That is to ensure people don’t languish in jail just because they can’t afford bail who have committed nonviolent crimes,” Glenn stated.Glenn said data on the impact of the Court of Appeals ruling would be given to the Legislature monthly so LBC Senators and Delegates can review the success of the rule before the 2018 session. “Additionally, the Legislative Black Caucus will sponsor a workgroup to look at Bail reform in all jurisdictions of the state,” Glenn said.The LBC ended up waging a major fight to oppose bail reform legislation sponsored by one of its own members, Senator C. Anthony Muse, (D 26- PG County). Muse’s bill would have interfered with the court rule, said Glenn. “The Black Caucus was absolutely responsible for helping to defeat Senate Bill 983.”Other successful efforts waged by the LBC included restoring the right for Baltimore City Government officials to be solely responsible for appointing Public School Board members and banning pharmaceutical price gouging.Glenn said the LBC would work throughout the summer and fall on priority issues and communication with residents across the state.  LBC will host community forums in Prince George’s County, Baltimore City, Charles County and Eastern Shore, Maryland before the start of the 2018 session to constituents weigh-in throughout the state.“We also will be monitoring the decision of the courts on HBCU’s so we will be prepared for the next level of fight on that issue,” Glenn said. Finally, the LBC will host another official public hearing and a strategic think tank to involve citizens and interest groups in voicing issues for inclusion in the group’s 2018 legislative agenda.“We will establish our priority agenda for 2018 and be ready to roll out our priority agenda on opening day next year.”last_img read more

The world of the new

first_imgUchaan is a team of young visionaries, in search of youthful upcoming talent. The thought behind the Uchaan can be summarized in the words of Jyoti Kalra, the founder of Uchaan- ‘The main spirit working behind Uchaan is to bring visibility and credibility to the works of deserving talented artists who have the potential to make it big in the mainstream discourse.’ Shringaar will be focusing upon the work of a heterogeneous group of artists with many prominent names in the art world. The exhibition will form a bricolage of traditional, abstracts and contemporary art and through its variegated portrayals, initiate the celebration of ornamentation of women through its various forms. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’SC Ahuja, one of the key artists behind this art show claims, ‘While the focus of the initial exhibition was uninhibited expression of womanhood, the present exhibition focuses on presentation of variegated facets of nature, human life and their reciprocity which is a fitting tribute to women and embellishment of her beauty through the latest exhibition.’  WHEN: 25 July to 28 July, 11 am to 7 pmWHERE: Gold Souk Mall, Araya Samaj Road, Block-C, Sec 43, Sushant Lok, Gurgaonlast_img read more

VIDEO Broken Browns fan repeatedly punches himself in the face after devastating

first_imgThe Browns managed to pull defeat from the jaws of victory again with a heartbreaking last second loss to the Saints. This L was particularly devastating because Cleveland tied the game at 18 on a 4th down touchdown pass from Tyrod Taylor to rookie Antonio Calloway with just over a minute to go, but kicker Zane Gonzalez botched the extra point to take the lead and they later lost on a field goal.One Cleveland fan in attendance was particularly broken by the result, and started punching himself in the face like Ed Norton in Fight Club after an extended surrender Cobra.Hey guy, at least they had a chance. In Browns’ world that’s almost like a win. Watch this dude pull off the rare self-TKO. Advertisementlast_img read more

How OneLogin Was Compromised and the Lessons for the Rest of Us

first_img Register Now » Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. June 16, 2017 5 min read Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Last week, OneLogin, one of the leading U.S. Cloud Single Sign-On (SSO) services, suffered a major breach, compromising U.S. customer data. The good news was that OneLogin was able to identify the compromise within hours and respond by shutting down the rogue instances responsible for the service failure. However, highlighting the swiftness with which these attacks can take place and have effect, that was still enough time for the thief to likely purloin customer data and more ominously, their login credentials for accessing cloud services and even their encryption keys for decrypting data in those cloud services.As painful as breach incidents are for the service provider and affected companies, they also offer a teaching moment that can help inform future behaviors and defenses. In the case of OneLogin, because the attacks intersected a service that essentially managed passwords in a central location in the cloud that can be configured through an API, there are many lessons at the nexus of many modern challenges including cloud, API, consumer passwords, privileged administrator identities, event notifications, breach mitigation and breach response regulations.Related: Just Being Proactive Isn’t Enough: What Entrepreneurs Should Do During a CyberattackThe inherent risks of centralizing keys to the kingdom in the cloudThe cloud has revolutionized how businesses consume IT services over the last seven years. It offers on-demand flexibility, no startup cap-ex and ease of use. However, it comes with its own set of risks. Cloud SSO services symbolize both the convenience and risks of the cloud. Firstly, accessing cloud services using an on-premise credential management system is extremely challenging. There are firewall issues, connector update issues and operational complexities. Running a cloud SSO service from the cloud makes sense on many technical and business levels. However, it of course creates a single point of failure by placing all credentials in a central place that acts as an attractive honey pot for bad actors. This means both SSO providers and their customers need to take extra precautions.Managing the administrative logIns for the logIn serviceFor the service provider, the simplest and most critical security that can be built around the service is to protect against potential administrative hijacking of the service. That is apparently what felled OneLogin; an attacker was able to steal an administrative credential that was then used to provision a rogue service that then accessed provisioning/admin APIs to copy customer credentials to the rogue instance. As it happens, technology exists to limit risk around stolen administrative credentials and protect APIs. PIM, or Privileged Identity Management, tools provide single use password vaults for administrative accounts that limit their access and utility if stolen. Similarly, API security products exist that can provide stronger access protections and detection of unusual activity around administrative APIs and shut down sessions before they can prove damaging.Related: What Happens When Your Small Business Is HackedSplitting keys, stepping up authenticationFor customers, there are also actions they can take if their service provider is compromised. The simplest is to split encryption key management from access credentials. Isolation and separation of duties is always a good security strategy. So is stronger authentication. Many services now offer authentication based on not just something you know, like a password, but also something you have or bring, like a mobile phone or fingerprint. The latter are far harder to compromise because the possession of passwords alone is insufficient to access a client account. In this day and age, with the prevalence of mobile phones and biometric authentications, there are no excuses for not insisting on stronger authentication from your service provider.Related: The Worst Hacks of 2017 — So FarAfter the breachNow, while the OneLogin incident provides many lessons to both service providers and their customers on how to prevent or limit fallout from a similar attack, it also tells a story on what needs to be done in response to a breach.For a service provider, of course the top concern is detecting the breach and limiting any damage. Good audit/security information and event management (SIEM) tools can help here, especially if they offer anomaly detection to detect strange activities. But, then comes the step that arguably is the most difficult and costly: understanding who was affected and making appropriate notifications and responses.Fast breach responseToday 48 U.S. states and most foreign countries have laws on breach response requiring a specific type of notification within a prescribed time period. What makes this difficult for service providers (and the affected companies) is that they rarely track customers by residency and almost never have an inventory of that person’s or organization’s data so they can properly audit who was compromised and what data was taken. To answer this problem, new tools exist in the privacy management space that can map data for every customer by state or country and make legal response easier while also helping the service provider audit what was taken.Related: Security for Startups: Protection on a BudgetFor the affected companies, there is a similar need to understand the scope of damage from a compromised service provider. Keeping an inventory of what sensitive data is accessed through what service can insure impacted downstream users can be adequately forewarned to take appropriate actions before damage can spread.The lessons of OneLoginThere is a saying that no bad experience should be experienced without something learned. What happened at OneLogin was painful for both the service provider and affected companies. However, rather than run away from using cloud services, for the affected companies there are many takeaways that can be learned to limit future fallout and impact. For the service provider, there are similar lessons around extending the protective umbrella to administrative accounts and APIs. OneLogin showed how even a security service can be compromised by one set of credentials; therefore it’s recommended to always take extra steps to protect your most vital assets.last_img read more

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first_img Related Content Videos | Radiation Therapy | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: Use of Radiotherapy to Noninvasively Ablate Ventricular Tachycardia Pierre Qian, MBBS, read more Siemens Go.Top CT scanner at SCCT19Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:05Loaded: 15.14%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:05 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Medical imaging plays an increasing role in the accurate… read more Video Player is loading.Pierre Qian explains radiotherapy to ablate VTPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 7:34Loaded: 2.19%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -7:34 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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This is a great new promise for inoperable pancreatic tumors.”The ablation procedure was successful in 100 percent of the patients. These early results represent a good alternative to intraoperative IRE ablation, and offer a safe and feasible primary local treatment for locally advanced pancreatic cancer.Belfiore presented the study at the 2014 annual meeting of the American Roentgen Ray Society (ARRS) in San Diego.For more information: www.arrs.org FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 The CT scanner might not come with protocols that are adequate for each hospital situation, so at Phoenix Children’s Hospital they designed their own protocols, said Dianna Bardo, M.D., director of body MR and co-director of the 3D Innovation Lab at Phoenix Children’s. 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Virgin Blue orders 105 planes

first_imgVirgin Blue announced today its signing of an agreement with Boeing for its largest order of aircraft ever.It has signed for up to 105 brand new 737 aircraft, completing nine months of negotiations between the carrier and the aircraft manufacturer.The order includes 50 firm B737-800NG aircraft, with flexibility to convert to either B737-700 or B737-900, 25 additional firm delivery positions secured as options and 30 future purchase rights. Virgin Blue did not disclose the pricing of the aircraft but said that it expected to finalise its funding arrangements for the aircraft soon.Delivery is scheduled from June 2011 through to 2017, the carrier said.The new aircraft is expected to replace Virgin Blue’s existing narrow body fleet, while the remainder will be deployed to new routes and boost frequency where demand dictates.“Securing this agreement now places Virgin Blue in a strong position to prepare for steady future growth as domestic and short haul markets recover” said Virgin Blue Chief Executive, Brett Godfrey in a statement.“It will also ensure a turnover of aircraft to maintain the youngest fleet of modern aircraft which is crucial for maintaining our commitment to on-time performance and the lowest cost base possible.” <a href=”http://www.etbtravelnews.global/click/23434/” target=”_blank”><img src=”http://adsvr.travelads.biz/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=10&amp;cb=INSERT_RANDOM_NUMBER_HERE&amp;n=a5c63036″ border=”0″ alt=””></a> Source = e-Travel Blackboard: J.Llast_img read more

Cellar door wine festival scoops SA Tourism award

first_imgSource = SATIC The South Australian Tourism Industry Council (SATIC) has named the Adelaide Convention Centre’s (ACC) own Cellar Door Wine Festival as the winner of the 2012 South Australian Tourism Award (SATA) in the Festival and Events category. The Festival, only in its second year, attracted more than 6,500 visitors in 2012, providing an opportunity for visitors to sample free tastings from 150+ wineries across 12 iconic regions, and all under one roof in the heart of Adelaide. Managed by the ACC, the Festival is now the largest consumer wine event in the country, showcasing two of South Australia’s key tourism drawcards – premium wine and food. ACC Chief Executive Alec Gilbert said the award demonstrates the Centre’s capacity to create and stage high quality large scale consumer events. “We were incredibly excited the Festival was selected as a winner from amongst twelve outstanding finalists,” said Mr Gilbert. “The Cellar Door Wine Festival showcases the local wine industry to local, national and international consumers and wine buyers and demonstrates the ACC’s commitment to promoting South Australian food and wine. “Next year’s Festival is shaping up to be bigger and better and has already attracted 30 new wineries to participate and will feature thousands of wines from 13 iconic South Australian regions. “The food aspect of the Festival is also being expanded with additional features including a new SA Food Producers’ area, which will feature a collection of emerging foodies showcasing their wares.“For the wine trade we’ve introduced a free, trade-only “Industry Harvest” event where registered wine buyers can taste and network with participating winemakers and wineries prior to the public opening.” “This is a great opportunity for wine buyers to discover new wineries and new wines and build relationships with South Australian winemakers”, he said. Wine buyers will be able to take advantage of a new “Pick’ n Pack? service where 6 or 12 bottles of wine purchased at the Festival can be packed and shipped to any destination in Australia for only $7. Tickets are now on sale online and if purchased before December 31st 2012 visitors can enjoy a special early bird rate. The Festival opens to the public on Friday afternoon (February 22), at 5pm till 9pm. The Festival then runs on Saturday and Sunday from 11am – 6pm.last_img read more

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