2013 Super Trans Tasman Series Announcement

first_imgSeveral years ago TNZ and TFA formed a joint venture under the banner of Trans Tasman Test Series and committed to play Open grades each year and Youth and Masters grades every other year. For the first time all three will fall in the same year. There will be 24 international teams from the two countries delivering an exciting display of Touch at its best in the world to a lucky NZ crowd. The venue will again be at the spectacular Trusts Stadium in Henderson, Auckland and will be run from Tuesday, 5 February to Sunday, 10 February 2013.For more information, please click on the attached media release. Related Filessuper_trans_tasman_2013_media_release-pdflast_img

10 months agoMan Utd players want job to go to Solskjaer

first_imgMan Utd players want job to go to Solskjaerby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveOle Gunnar Solskjaer has already won over Manchester United’s players.The Mirror says Solskjaer was put in charge until the end of the season, while the United hierarchy carry out the process of recruiting a new full-time successor to the sacked Jose Mourinho.Although Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino remains the first-choice of the board, the Old Trafford giants’ players would be happy for Solskjaer to get it.The fan-favourite former Red Devils striker has pushed his claim to stay in charge beyond this season by rattling off five wins in his first five games — and many of his squad would like to see him get the nod.Solskjaer’s inclusive man-management style, in contrast to predecessor Jose Mourinho’s divisive approach, has been welcomed by United’s squad, particularly the forwards.The 45-year-old, currently ‘on loan’ from his job managing Molde back home, has made no secret of his desire to keep the job on a permanent basis, and executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward is said to be extremely impressed by the start he has made in the role. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

10 months agoAtletico Madrid boss Simeone satisfied with Girona Copa draw

first_imgAtletico Madrid boss Simeone satisfied with Girona Copa drawby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAtletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone was pleased with their performance after the first-leg of their Copa del Rey draw with Girona.Atletico were held 1-1 by Girona in the first leg of their last 16 tie.”It was a match with different phases,” the coach told reporters afterwards.”We started well and then they got better after our goal.”They’re dangerous at home.”After the equaliser I liked what I saw more as we were more consistent in our play, even if they had the occasional counter attack.”We could have won, and they also had some chances to win.”The feeling is good because we could have won.”The result leaves this tie open and each side has a 50 percent chance.”Antoine Griezmann started and was behind Los Rojiblancos’ goal, but he was taken off with half an hour to go and Simeone fielded questions on this substitution.”I thought it was good for him to get a rest, as we had some fresh players,” he said. About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Griffin Poetry Prize to be awarded to Canadian and international poets in

first_img— British poet Alice Oswald for “Falling Awake” (Jonathan Cape/W.W. Norton & Company) Advertisement Saskatchewan-raised, Ottawa-based poet Sandra Ridley was recognized for “Silvija” (BookThug). Indigenous poet Jordan Abel is shown during an interview with The Canadian Press in Toronto on Thursday, May 25, 2017. One of the most lucrative prizes in poetry will be handed out at a gala event in Toronto tonight. A long poem about racism and the representation of indigenous peoples from Nisga’a writer Abel is among the three Canadian titles shortlisted for the award. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn A long poem about racism and the representation of indigenous peoples from Nisga’a writer Jordan Abel is among the three Canadian titles shortlisted for the award. Advertisement Advertisement TORONTO — One of the most lucrative prizes in poetry will be handed out at a gala event in Toronto tonight. Rounding out the Canadian short list is “Violet Energy Ingots” by Toronto-based Hoa Nguyen (Wave Books). Born in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta and raised in the Washington, D.C., area, Nguyen is a permanent Canadian resident who teaches at Ryerson University. The international short list includes: The Griffin Trust was founded in 2000 by chairman Scott Griffin, along with trustees Margaret Atwood, Robert Hass, Michael Ondaatje, David Young and Robin Robertson. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment center_img The Griffin Poetry Prize will award $65,000 each to two winners — one Canadian and one international. — “In Praise of Defeat” by Moroccan poet Abdellatif Laabi, translated from French by Donald Nicholson-Smith (Archipelago Books) Judges Sue Goyette, Joan Naviyuk Kane and George Szirtes each read 617 books of poetry from 39 countries, including 23 translations. Login/Register With: The Griffin is billed as the world’s largest prize for a first-edition single collection of poetry written in or translated into English.BY LAUREN LA ROSE — British poet and philosopher Denise Riley for “Say Something Back” (Picador) The Vancouver poet, who resides in Castlegar, B.C., made the list of seven overall Griffin finalists for “Injun” (Talonbooks). — American writer Jane Mead for “World of Made and Unmade” (Alice James Books) Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

UConn Has Been Slightly Less Dominant In The Tournament Than It Was

In case you haven’t been reading this site lately, here’s the latest reminder that the University of Connecticut’s women’s basketball team, which is seeking its third straight national title Tuesday in Tampa, is really, really good. UConn is way more dominant than Kentucky’s men’s team was even before the Wildcats lost in the national semis. It’s way better than its closest rivals in the women’s game: Notre Dame, its opponent Tuesday. And it’s even way more dominant than its worthiest rivals: other recent UConn teams.Before the tournament began, we tracked how much UConn led by in its games, on average, throughout the 40 minutes of regulation. Not only had UConn crushed its opponents by an average of 42 points per game this year, but it was even more dominant earlier in the game — for instance, it led at halftime by an average of 25 points. And at just about every stage of the average game, the Huskies were ahead by more points than the UConn teams of the previous four years. The big exception was their Elite Eight game against Dayton, in which UConn had a lead of more than 10 points for less than a quarter of the game.What we didn’t know then is whether the comparison would hold up once the NCAA tournament began. UConn would have to face some tough competition — could it continue to dominate?The answer is a qualified yes. UConn’s average halftime margin has been 18.2 points during the tournament, compared to 24.8 points in the regular season and American Athletic Conference tournament — a drop-off of 27 percent. But it has caught up a bit in the second half of games, winning by an average of 37.4 points — just 11 percent lower than its 42.1-point average lead at the end of regulation coming into the tournament. That may mean that UConn peaked at different times in tournament games, or that the 11 percent gap is understating the extent to which UConn has struggled in the tournament, since it spent less time with its foot off the gas pedal in the second half. Of course, struggling is relative for these Huskies: They’ve still won each of their tournament games by at least 21 points.A related question we faced was how much of this team’s apparent edge over its UConn predecessors would drop away once it, like its predecessors, had to play in the tournament. The answer is, not much.This chart isn’t finished yet — Notre Dame will have something to say about it. Our March Madness predictions give the Fighting Irish only a 14 percent chance of winning. They have an even smaller chance of winning by enough to change UConn’s overwhelmingly dominant profile.Correction: An earlier version of this article referred incorrectly to a tournament in which UConn played. It was the American Athletic Conference tournament, not the Big East. read more

An Inconsistent Strike Zone Hurt Both Teams in Game 3

CHICAGO — The Cleveland Indians won a 1-0 nail-biter on Friday night in Game 3 of the World Series. Two number-three starters succeeded in shutting down two strong offenses, allowing the game to come down to the final at-bat. But while the relievers were overpowering as usual, the most significant influence on this game wasn’t the wind, a single Indians hitter or managerial cleverness, but a seemingly inconsistent strike zone.Home plate umpire John Hirschbeck has a reputation for calling balls and strikes erratically, and that was on full display last night, creating shifting strike-zone boundaries that bedeviled both offenses.1A rough look at the strike zone plots for each team showed about 10 calls helping the Cubs, and seven helping the Indians. Data from PitchF/X needed for a quantitative comparison was not available at time of publication. For the Indians, Josh Tomlin turned in an unexpectedly solid line, allowing only two hits. At times, Tomlin was burned by bad calls, leading, for example, to a fourth-inning walk by Kris Bryant. But when the strike zone is called inconsistently, hitters tend to strike out more often and make weaker contact. That’s because pitchers can choose to target inconsistently called areas of the zone when it benefits them, while hitters can only decide whether to swing or not at what’s offered. When they’re uncertain, batters often opt to swing at pitches outside the zone, resulting in glancing contact and easy outs.Chicago Cubs starter Kyle Hendricks, who usually gets favorable strike calls due to his impeccable command, struggled mightily in allowing six hits and two walks in only 4.2 innings. The shifting zone did aid him in racking up six strikeouts, above what you’d expect based on his regular-season stats.Even as the inconsistent strike zone helped the pitchers, neither was overpowering. And with bullpens fresh after the day off, both starters were pulled before the 6th inning with the score 0-0, an event that has never happened before in MLB postseason history. That handed the game to the relievers, including an early appearance from Andrew Miller. They were as commanding as expected, except for one lapse by the Cubs’ Carl Edwards Jr., who allowed Coco Crisp to single in the lone run of the night.The Cubs came close to evening the score in the bottom of the ninth. With two runners in scoring position and two outs, Chicago dynamo Javy Báez was up to bat against Cleveland closer Cody Allen. He struck out whiffing to end the threat, leaving the Indians up 2-1 in the Series.The outlook for the Cubs is worrisome going forward: Their series win probability by Elo is down to only 37 percent.2For reference, that’s the same probability Elo gave the Indians before the World Series began. In his last start, Corey Kluber looked invincible, and the Cubs will have to face him in Games 4 and 7 of this Series (if it goes that far). That means they will need to pull off at least one upset against the 2014 AL Cy Young winner to clinch the series. While such a feat appears difficult, the Cubs managed an even more surprising performance against Clayton Kershaw in the NLCS, so it’s certainly possible. Nobody said ending a 108-year title drought would be easy.CORRECTION (Oct. 29, 12:05 p.m.): An earlier version of this article incorrectly described Corey Kluber. He was the 2014 AL Cy Young winner; he is not the reigning winner. read more

Ohio State baseball wins 2nd straight beats Toledo 72

OSU coach Greg Beals and Toledo coach Cory Mee go over the ground rules with the umpires before the game at Bill Davis Stadium April 2. OSU won against Toledo, 7-2. Credit: Elliot Schall / Lantern photographerOne day after belting out 19 hits and 11 runs, the Ohio State baseball team picked up right where it left off against Toledo.With a light drizzle of rain coming down to start the game Wednesday, the Buckeyes (18-10, 2-4) quickly pushed across four runs in the first and never looked back against the Rockets (10-15, 2-4), going on to win 7-2.Toledo sophomore pitcher Ross Achter was thrown off his game early, giving up two hits, walking three batters and throwing a wild pitch in the opening inning.With the bases full and no outs, Achter walked sophomore infielder Jacob Bosiokovic to force in the first run for OSU. Sophomore infielder Zach Ratcliff followed with an RBI groundout and two batters later, junior catcher Connor Sabanosh smacked a single to plate two more and put the Rockets in a four-run hole.Sabanosh has been splitting time at catcher with fellow junior Aaron Gretz throughout the season but he said after the win, he’s been able to stay consistent despite not always playing.“We both get two or three games a week,” Sabanosh said. “When you get a five-day period off, your timing can be off your first few at-bats. Other than, that I felt fine.”Achter calmed down after the first, but was still pulled after finishing the second inning.Meanwhile, Buckeye freshman pitcher Zach Farmer pitched efficiently, tossing four scoreless innings and showing solid command of the ball from the start.“I thought I did pretty good. Feeling for my pitches, getting in the strike zone finally,” Farmer said after the win. “Limited my walks. It felt real good. It was a good day.”OSU coach Greg Beals said he didn’t want Farmer playing a long portion of the game so the pitcher could be available for the upcoming weekend series at Nebraska.“He should be available by Saturday,” Beals said. “That’s why the four innings.”The Rockets finally got on the board in the fifth off OSU sophomore reliever Jake Post. With men on second and third, Toledo sophomore outfielder Ryan Callahan hit a single to score both.The Buckeyes still found themselves up four, though, after RBIs from freshman outfielder Ronnie Dawson and Bosiokovic in the previous inning.The Rockets only threatened once more in the sixth.OSU brought in freshman reliever Yianni Pavlopoulos for his first collegiate appearance in the seventh and eighth, and he allowed one hit while striking out two.The Buckeyes added an insurance run in the eighth from another RBI from Bosiokovic and freshman reliever Travis Lakins retired the Rockets in the ninth to secure the win.Beals said the midweek games helped the team bounce back after getting swept by Indiana last weekend.“Obviously they’re very important to our goal of putting ourselves, from an RPI standpoint, worthy of an at-large bid (to the NCAA tournament),” Beals said.The Buckeyes are next scheduled to take on Nebraska in a three-game weekend series in Lincoln, Neb. First pitch Friday is set for 7:35 p.m. read more

Mancini believes Scudetto race is far from over

first_imgItaly manager Roberto Mancini has recently shared his verdict on the Serie A title race suggesting the race is far from overJuve would host third-placed Inter in the Derby d’Italia on Friday night, with the Bianconeri holding an 11 point advantage over Luciano Spalletti’s men.“It will definitely be a beautiful match,” Mancini predicted, speaking to Football Italia.“Juventus and Inter are two good teams with a lot of great players. In the fans’ imagination, it’ll be [Cristiano] Ronaldo and [Mauro] Icardi who make the difference, and it probably will be like that.Serie A, Gian Piero GasperiniGasperini reveals why he rejected Inter Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Atalanta manager, Gian Piero Gasperini, has revealed why he rejected Internazionale Milan’s job proposal over the summer transfer window.“I think it’s open to any result, Juventus are always very good and Inter are growing.“Would a Juventus win end the title race? No, but it would be more difficult for Inter.“It seems to me though that Napoli is there, they had another excellent match yesterday and the league is still long.“There are too many matches and too many points to be won for it to be over.last_img read more

Oil hits November 2018 highs amid OPEC supply cuts US sanctions

first_imgStorage tanks of an oil refinery of Essar Oil, which runs India’s second biggest private sector refinery, are pictured in Vadinar in the western state of Gujarat, India, October 4, 2016Reuters file [Representational Image]Oil prices rose to five-month highs on Monday, driven up by OPEC’s ongoing supply cuts, US sanctions against Iran and Venezuela and healthy US jobs data.International benchmark Brent futures were at $70.69 per barrel at 0047 GMT on Monday, up 35 cents, or 0.5 per cent from their last close.The US West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude was up 35 cents, or 0.6 per cent, at $63.43 per barrel.Brent and WTI both hit their highest levels since November last year at $70.76 and $63.48 per barrel, respectively, early on Monday.”Brent prices increased more than 30 per cent year-to-date as OPEC+ continued to cut supply for 4 months in a row and optimism over U.S-China trade talks helped to buoy the demand outlook,” US bank JP Morgan said in a note released over the weekend.Traders said strong US jobs data from Friday also helped lift Asian markets early on Monday.Energy consultancy FGE said OPEC-led supply cuts meant “excess inventories are disappearing and the market looks healthy,” adding that “the market is poised for prices to rise to $75 per barrel or higher” for Brent.Oil prices have also been driven up by US sanctions against OPEC-members Iran and Venezuela.”Sanctions can cut 500,000 bpd of Venezuelan exports. Add that to a cut in Iran waivers and prices can rise substantially,” FGE said.There remain, however, some factors that could bring prices down later this year.Russia is a reluctant participant in its agreement with OPEC to withhold output, and Russian oil production may increase again if a deal with the producer club is not extended once it expires before July 1, Energy Minister Alexander Novak said on Friday.Russian oil output reached a record high of 556 million tonnes, or 11.16 million barrels per day (bpd), last year.In the United States, crude oil production reached a record 12.2 million bpd in late March.The US crude exports have also risen, breaking through 3 million bpd for the first time earlier this year.”With the new Permian pipelines (from July), we can see a boost of 500,000 to 600,000 bpd in US exports,” FGE said.There also still remain concerns about the health of the global economy, especially should China and the United States fail to resolve their trade dispute soon.”Global (trade) demand has weakened, and existing tariffs on Chinese goods shipments to the US are providing an additional drag,” credit rating agency Moody’s said on Monday, although it added that Chinese monetary stimulus measures would likely support growth over 2019.last_img read more

Report To Army Finds Blast From Some Weapons May Put Shooters Brain

first_img Share Sgt. Aaron Patterson/3rd Marine Division/DVIDSU.S. Marines fire the Carl Gustav rocket system during live-fire training last October. With each firing, the shooter’s brain is exposed to pulses of high pressure air emanating from the explosion that travel faster than the speed of sound.Military personnel may be endangering their own brains when they operate certain shoulder-fired weapons, according to an Army-commissioned report released Monday.The report, from the Center for a New American Security, says these bazooka-like weapons pose a hazard because they are powered by an explosion just inches from the operator’s head.“When you fire it, the pressure wave feels like getting hit in the face,” says Paul Scharre, a former Army Ranger who directs the technology and national security program at the center. Scharre is a co-author of the center’s report: Protecting Warfighters from Blast Injury.The report looks at a range of injuries caused by blast waves — pulses of high pressure air that emanate from an explosion and travel faster than the speed of sound.During the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, military officials recognized that the blast wave from a roadside bomb could damage a person’s brain without leaving any visible sign of injury. And in 2010, the Pentagon issued a memo outlining steps to improve care of troops exposed to these explosions.Since then, there’s been growing evidence that blasts from weapons like the Carl Gustav recoilless rifle and the AT4 anti-tank weapon can also affect the brain.Cpl. Devon Tindle/III Marine Expeditionary Force/DVIDSSgt. John Wagley fires an AT4 anti-tank missile during a training session at Camp Fuji in Japan. Studies find that some who fire these weapons repeatedly have short-term problems with memory and thinking. It’s still not clear, scientists say, whether those temporary changes can lead to permanent deficits.“If you’re looking at a large anti-tank rocket that a soldier would carry on his or her shoulder, that’s now a pretty large explosion — and it’s happening right next to your head,” Scharre says.Studies show that some service members who fire these weapons repeatedly have short-term problems with memory and thinking. What’s not clear is whether those temporary changes can lead to permanent deficits.“If you’re exposed to these weapons throughout the course of your military career, this might have some subtle and insidious long-term effect that doesn’t materialize until later,” Scharre says.The military is studying that possibility, and the new report is a part of that effort. But a definitive answer about the risks from firing weapons is probably many years off.The report says the military should make changes now, despite the uncertainty.One recommendation is much wider use of devices known as blast gauges, which measure the intensity of blast waves. The gauges are typically about the size of a wristwatch and service members attach them to their shoulders and helmet.“Every service member who is in a position where he or she might be exposed to blast waves should be wearing these devices,” Scharre says. “And we need to be recording that data, putting it in their record and then putting it in a database for medical studies.”Authors of the report also recommend steps to reduce service members’ exposure to blast waves during training exercises. For example, they say, the military should reduce the maximum number of times a person can fire certain weapons in a single day, and over several days.The military should also look into a new type of helmet that’s designed to protect the brain from blast waves, the report says.The findings of the analysis are no surprise to Kyle Sims, a former Special Forces medic who helped deploy blast gauges in Afghanistan.Sims realized something disturbing when he started looking into research on brain damage among football players who’d taken repeated blows to the head.“It’s not that one time that the guy got knocked unconscious,” Sims says. “It’s the 500 times that the guy got hit prior to that.”Sims is especially worried about service members involved in training others to fire heavy weapons. These people often spend entire days on a range where the weapons are being fired.One retired officer told Sims about a day of training when he’d been exposed to more than 100 blasts from anti-tank weapons.“When he got done talking, I said, ‘Well, don’t tell me — let me guess. At the end of the day you felt nauseous, you had a headache, you felt tired [and] all you wanted to do was take a Motrin, lay down and go to bed.’ He’s like, ‘Yeah.’ And I was like, ‘Well, that’s typical post-concussive symptoms there, buddy.’ “The military should start treating personnel exposed to blast waves the way it treats people who work around hazardous radiation, Sims says. In other words, set a limit to how much blast exposure a person can receive during their military career.“If there was a hazard in the civilian world for workers to be exposed to blast overpressure, we would have had a standard in place decades ago,” he says.An Army spokesperson tells NPR the military is reviewing the report and will offer a response and recommendations.Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

TMobile Rebrands Layer3 Service as TVision Home Inks Deal to Add Amazon

first_imgT-Mobile touted TVision Home’s “AI-driven” personalized user interface that learns your preferences based on viewing patterns, as well as an individual profile, home screen, and DVR section for multiple members of the household. The service’s DVR provides 1 terabyte of storage, enough for over 400 hours of content.Other features of TVision Home: Users can access Facebook videos and picture; check Twitter; voice controls via integration with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant; and compatibility with home-security systems’ security cameras.Also, while TVision Home requires a set-top box today, T-Mobile says it will eventually be available as an app on connected-TV devices. Stay Longer, Save More at The Plaza New York Experience more and up to 25% off when you extend your stay at The Plaza and savor all that New York City has to offer. Ad by The Plaza NY See More AdChoices Popular on Variety ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Related Latido Acquires ‘Historias Lamentables,’ From ‘Champions’ Javier Fesser (EXCLUSIVE) T-Mobile unveiled a new name for its Layer3 TV internet television service — TVision Home — with enhanced features, and announced a deal with Amazon to add Prime Video to the service later in 2019.TVision Home will be available starting April 14 in eight markets (the same areas Layer3 TV has already been available): Chicago, Dallas-Fort Worth, Los Angeles, New York City, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Washington D.C., and Longmont, Colo.It’s not a skinny bundle: TVision Home starts at $90 per month, which includes more than 150 channels, local broadcast stations and regional sports networks, as well as 15,000 VOD titles. Premium TV packages like HBO and Showtime are extra. In addition, TVision Home users must pay a $10 monthly set-top fee per connected TV. (Actually, the regular price of TVision Home for non-T-Mobile wireless customers is $99.99 per month, but the carrier is including a $9.99-per-month discount to all new subs for a limited time.) Overall, it’s not really a better deal than traditional cable or satellite TV, despite T-Mobile’s rhetoric about bringing competition to incumbent pay-TV providers.In a special promo targeting satellite TV providers, T-Mobile is offering to pay contract-termination fees for Dish Network and DirecTV customers with up to $500 via prepaid card, when they switch to TVision Home.Channels available in TVision Home’s base package include ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC as well as cable networks including ESPN, AMC, A&E, CNN, CNBC, TBS, TNT, Food Network, MTV, Comedy Central, E!, Bravo, Freeform, Disney Channel, History, BET, HGTV, FX, Fox Sports, Nickelodeon, TLC, Syfy and USA.Out of the gate, the revamped TVision Home will include apps for internet services Pandora, iHeartRadio, Xumo, CuriosityStream, Toon Goggles and HSN. Other apps to be available later in 2019 — in addition to Amazon Prime Video — include Netflix, YouTube, and YouTube Kids. T-Mobile also said it plans to release a companion app for iOS and Android, to let TVision Home customers to stream all their TV to a mobile device but only inside their home, because of rights restrictions.Subscription services like Netflix and Prime Video aren’t included in the TVision Home monthly price: Users must pay for those separately.TVision Home is a rebuild of the over-the-top TV service from startup Layer3 TV, which T-Mobile acquired in late 2017 for about $325 million. With the Layer3 team and technology, the carrier has been building what it has touted as “its first wave of home and mobile TV offerings” — which T-Mobile previously had planned to debut by the end of 2018.Separately, T-Mobile also is prepping a separate suite of wireless nationwide streaming services, slated to debut later in 2019, after announcing Viacom as its first programming partner last week.Like other OTT services, TVision Home requires an existing wired broadband connection today. According to T-Mobile, TVision Home is “designed for a 5G future where wireless broadband can replace your home internet.” The carrier’s 5G buildout plans — if its pending acquisition of Sprint is gets regulatory approvall — will deliver high-speed wireless service to more than half of U.S. households by 2024. Eight Charged with Running Illegal TV Show and Movie Streaming Serviceslast_img read more

4yearold boy falls from pool car remains unhurt

first_imgKolkata: Two traffic sergeants rescued a 4-year-old boy who fell from a pool car while travelling home from school on Darga Road on Friday.Police said traffic sergeants — Raj Vijay Banerjee and Suman Mukherjee — were on duty in the area. They went to the spot as soon as the matter came to their notice and rescued the boy. The incident took place on Darga Road at Beniapukur. The boy, who is a nursery student, was travelling in a Maruti Omni car. Its sliding door somehow opened when the driver applied a sudden brake and the boy fell down from the car. The boy, however, remained unhurt. He was later handed over to his parents, who didn’t lodge any complaint against the pool car. The car has been intercepted by the police.last_img

Risheehat Tea Estate to reopen from today

first_imgDarjeeling: Following the meeting between the management and trade unions convened by the Assistant Labour Commissioner in Darjeeling, it was decided to reopen the Risheehat Tea Estate from Thursday. The meeting resolved that wages will be cleared on March 28 and arrears will be paid on March 30.”The workers also have to ensure that there is peace in the gardens and that the management does not feel insecure,” stated Balam Tamang, president, Darjeeling Terai Dooars Plantation Labour Union (DTDPLU- affiliated to the GJM). Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThe management of Risheehat Tea Estate near Darjeeling town had declared a suspension of work on March 19. The suspension of work came on the heels of Himalayan Plantation Labour Union (HPWU- affiliated to the GNLF) stopping the plucking of first flush tea leaves over non-payment of arrears. “The decision was taken to reduce the hardship of the workers, in their greater interest,” stated Sandeep Mukherjee, principal advisor, Darjeeling Tea Association. The garden, situated 15km from Darjeeling, has a workforce of more than 1,100. In another development, the Kanchenview Tea Estate in Darjeeling has been closed down. Mukherjee claimed that the lockout is owing to industrial unrest.last_img read more

After Complaints Apple Drops Price of USBC Dongles

first_img Having to use a dongle to connect peripherals to a new device isn’t awesome. It’s even less awesome when you have to pay for those little connectors.Lots of MacBook Pro users will inevitably deal with this issue as Apple’s new laptop only has USB-C/Thunderbolt 3 ports. Cupertino has apparently heard all the complaints about this and it’s taking action. Don’t get too excited: the company isn’t going to ship adapters with its new MacBook Pro for free like many have wished, but it is dropping the price of dongles. The Verge reports that all of Apple’s USB-C adapters and some of its USB-C cables are now $6 to $20 cheaper. USB-C charging cables, meanwhile, are not getting a discount.”We recognize that many users, especially pros, rely on legacy connectors to get work done today and they face a transition,” the tech giant said, according to the report. “We want to help them move to the latest technology and peripherals, as well as accelerate the growth of this new ecosystem. Through the end of the year, we are reducing prices on all USB-C and Thunderbolt 3 peripherals we sell, as well as the prices on Apple’s USB-C adapters and cables.”Here’s a list of the new prices, according to The Verge:USB-C to traditional USB adapter — now $9 (previously $19)Thunderbolt 3 to Thunderbolt 2 adapter — now $29 (previously $49)USB-C to Lightning cable (1 meter) — now $19 (previously $25)USB-C to Lightning cable (2 meters) — now $29 (previously $35)Multiport adapter with HDMI, USB, and USB-C — now $49 (previously $69)Multiport adapter with VGA, USB, and USB-C — now $49 (previously $69)Apple is also dropping the price of all third-party USB-C peripherals it sells by about 25 percent. This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Enroll Now for Free This story originally appeared on PCMag 2 min read November 7, 2016 Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Nowlast_img read more

February 28 2007 While construction on the new

first_imgFebruary 28, 2007 While construction on the new Visitors Center entrance proceeds, access for physically challenged visitors has been temporarily moved to the parking area on the west-side of the North Vault. [Photo & text: sa] The maintenance department constructed a ramp to ease access. [Photo & text: sa]last_img

Powertool Symphony by Sal Tellini also part of

first_img“Powertool Symphony” by Sal Tellini, also part of the ceramics crew at ArcosantiThe Residents art show will be exhibited in the Café at Arcosanti until April 28, 2014. A range of original arts and crafts pieces will be available for viewing and for sale from 9am – 5pm each day of the exhibit.For more information see this link or contact the exhibit curator, Cliff Hersted, at 928-632-6200 February 17, 2014Here are photos of additional artwork at the Arcosanti Resident Artshow.Painting by Jane Tellini, who manages the Arcosanti ceramics studio.[photos by Sue Kirsch]“The Napping Man of the North” by Daniel Wagner, presently part of the Arcosanti scholarship program.Pendants by Erin O’Loughlin. Erin is part of the ceramics crew at Arcosanti.“Arcosanti” by Haryaksha Gregor. Haryaksha is part of the foundry crew at Cosanti.Photography by Steven Bochinski. Steven is presently doing his workshop after completing the scholarship program.Steven: “My Metal Prints are actually printed directly on the aluminum sheets by a dye sublimation process, the lab just calls them Metal Prints – there is no paper and no mounting.”last_img read more

Rep Glardon honors local heroes in 911 memorial

first_img Tags: Glardon, Sept. 11 10Sep Rep. Glardon honors local heroes in 9/11 memorial Categories: Featured news,Newscenter_img State Rep. Ben Glardon, R-Owosso, with special guest Owosso Public Safety Chief Kevin Lenkart, took part in the annual Michigan House of Representatives 9/11 memorial service today.The ceremony marked the anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States, and honored military members and service members. House representatives invited guests to join them in honoring the victims and heroes of 9/11, and men and woman serving today.The names of 14 first responders and service members from Michigan who died in the line of duty during the past year were read during the ceremony.Among those honored on the day was Lansing firefighter Dennis Rodeman, who was killed this week. Rodeman had recently moved to Owosso.last_img read more

In This Issue Day 2 for Yellen no changes

first_imgIn This Issue. * Day 2 for Yellen, no changes. * N.Z. posts Trade Surplus! * Chinese announce new plans to help economy. * German Unemployment drops by 20,000! And Now. Today’s A Pfennig For Your Thoughts. Gold Shines Brightly On This Tub Thumpin’ Thursday! Good day.. And a Tub Thumpin’ Thursday to you! Well, as I crawled into bed last night, I said to myself, “boy, I sure could use a good night’s sleep tonight”, and I got one! YAHOO! So, maybe that’s the trick, put the idea in my head, and see what happens.. That’s the ticket! Steely Dan greets me this morning with their great song: Aja.. What a great album of the same name that was/ is still today. My good friend, Duane, is a huge Steely Dan fan, and when the music is playing on the Butler patio, he’s always requesting a song or two by Steely Dan. Well, the dollar selling that began with the final words of Janet Yellen’s testimony on Tuesday, continued throughout yesterday, and in the overnight markets. Some of the currencies, like the Aussie dollar (A$), N.Z. dollar / kiwi, Russian ruble, S. African rand, Brazilian real, that have positive rate differentials VS the dollar, are rallying on the thought that their differential will remain in place for now. Other currencies like the euro, are rallying because of good economic data that printed on their behalf. So, let’s look at that first and then move along.. The euro has received a hand basket full of good news this week, and has reacted positively, but the positive reaction has been muted, as if it has a governor placed on it. You know, I use that term a lot, and it just occurred to me that the youngsters that read this letter, have no idea what that means, unless they’ve Googled it, which is the answer to everything these days. No longer does anyone have to wonder what the answer is, all they have to do is Google it! OK, so back to the euro. This morning, the good news came in the form of a better than expected German Unemployment report. The total of unemployed Germans dropped by twice the expected amount in February for a total of 20,000, which kept the Unemployment rate in Germany at 6.5%.. Germany’s economy has weathered the storm, and the lower Oil prices are helping the economy quite a bit, even though it adds to the deflationary environment, that the European Central Bank (ECB) is so frightened of. I so wish that one could simply just buy Germany. But you can’t. when you buy euros, you get all the black sheep of the family coming for Sunday dinner. Ain’t that a shame. My tears fell like rain. Ahhh, Fats Domino on a Tub Thumpin’ Thursday! You can’t beat that with a stick! It was Day Two of Janet Yellen’s trek to Capitol Hill yesterday, and that brought about no changes to her talk on Tuesday, that got the markets all riled up. It was a repeat performance of Tuesday for Yellen. You know yesterday, I attempted to take all the words Yellen used to describe the Fed’s stance on rate changes, and make them understandable. I’m sure it was her wish that the markets all just settle down about a rate hike in June that many not come, and if that’s the case, well, she accomplished what she set out to do. That is, once everyone figured out what it was she was saying. Hey! I never said that the Markets participants are rocket scientists! HA! No the rocket scientists are in the back room of investment houses, brewing up the next, “no lose”, investment idea/ derivative. The one thing for sure that I know and see that Yellen’s testimonies accomplished was getting the 10-year Treasury yield back below 2%… (1.95%) Now, we can’t have the 10-year Treasury, that’s used as the pricing mechanism for mortgage rates, rising, now can we? That would leave a mark on the housing sector, and we certainly can’t have that!  Yes, I’m being a real smart alec right now, and I think I had better stop, before I type out a rant that has to get cut and left on the reviewer’s floor. So, yesterday, I told you how the N.Z. dollar / kiwi was the best performing currency overnight, and last night and this morning, it has continued to add to those gains. Last night N.Z. received the print of their latest Trade Balance, and believe it or don’t, but N.Z. posted a Trade Surplus in January! This is the lowest Trade Balance since June 2013. The thing you have to be suspicious of here is that imports were weak, and that doesn’t bode well for the domestic economy, but on the other side exports were better than expected, so they offset the weak imports sector. All-in-all, a good outcome for kiwi, and the currency has responded accordingly, trading back to 76-cents this morning.. Across the Tasman, Australia printed their 4th QTR CAPEX (capital expenditures, which I always tell you to watch as this is a key to any economy) and the print was not good. 4th QTR CAPEX fell -2.2% which was worse than expectations at -1.6%… the 3rd QTR CAPEX was revised upward from .2% to .6%, so maybe there will be a positive revision to this data down the road. The A$ just let this data slide off its back, or shrugged it off, as traders like to say, and went ahead to rally beside kiwi this morning. We’ll get CAPEX data here in the U.S. today for January. Leading up to January, the previous months’ CAPEX prints left a lot to be desired, and while the January CAPEX print might be positive for once, it won’t be very strong, and that will once again signal to me, and should to the markets and the Fed members that this economy is weak kneed.. The Bond traders know it, and I have to believe that the Fed members know it. At least I sure hope they do, because a rate hike right now would be a tough pill to swallow for the economy. Well, the Russian ruble is posting another strong rally this morning, although it was stronger when I first turned on the currency screen this morning. the beleaguered currency has a very long way to go, which is going to be a tough row to hoe, before it recovers all its losses. Last June, the ruble was trading with a 33 handle, and now it’s finally back to a 60 handle, after seeing the dark side of an 80 handle in December. How long will it be before the economic sanctions that the Eurozone has placed on Russia are relaxed, now that a peace agreement has been in place for nearly 2 weeks? This is key for not only the Russian economy but also the Eurozone economy. So, come on folks, what are you waiting for? So, I guess the Chinese didn’t just sit around eating chocolate bonbons and watching Oprah, while they were out last week, for they came back to work, loaded for bear! The Chinese State Council announced yesterday that they were going to step up fiscal policy support and strengthen targeted controls to combat downward pressure on the economy. A package of tax breaks for small businesses, a reduction of the unemployment insurance tax, which will save businesses over 40 Billion renminbi / yuan annually, and a pledge to speed up construction of major water projects in the less developed central and western regions, are the highlights, and there are more projects in the package that was presented by the State Council. The renminbi / yuan was allowed to appreciate by a small amount overnight as this package of stimulus and tax measures was announced. I like that the Chinese came back ready to tackle the slowdown in the economy. But I have to think that the economy would be just fine without the boost.. But you have to remember that 1. The Chinese have a treasure chest of reserves in which to spend on the economy, and 2. They have to keep the economic ship out to sea, in order to maintain peace in the country. While we’re hanging around Asia.. Singapore received some bad economic data last night in the form of Industrial production (IP)  that fell from the previous month and annually by a large amount, thus surprising the markets by the weakness in IP. Apparently momentum has faltered here, and the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) were correct last month, when they decided to not widen the Sing dollar’s (S$) trading band.  Suddenly, inflation is not a problem in Singapore, and therefore the MAS doesn’t need a stronger S$ to combat inflation that isn’t there. the deflation bug has landed on Singapore’s shores, and spread quickly. the bug originated in Japan, folks. Speaking of Japan. this basket case of a country, has been pretty quiet lately. And the Japanese yen has benefitted from this quietness. Now, don’t get me wrong here, I’m not saying that yen is about to go on a rally to the moon. I’m just talking about this brief little rally while things are quiet in Japan. That’ll all change soon enough, it always does with the Japan… Well, coming back closer to home, Canada will print their January CPI (consumer inflation) today, and it’s expected to print around 2.1%, thus a notch above the Bank of Canada’s (BOC) inflation target of 2%.. BOC Gov. Poloz has been dangling a rate cut in front of the markets like a carrot on and stick, but a CPI print of 2.1% will not help him one iota. And he’ll have to put the stick and carrot away for another month. So watch this data print closely, because if Canadian CPI would happen to fall below 2%, Poloz will be dancing in the street, because he’ll get to cut rates again, and knock the stuffing out of the Canadian dollar / loonie. Speaking of CPI. We might as well head to the U.S. Data Cupboard and see what it has for us today. Open it up and WOW! It is stocked! First up is the stupid U.S. CPI, which will most likely print a large negative number that will all but nail down the Fed to not hiking rates in June at this point. Next up is real data, as U.S. Durable Goods Orders print for January and is expected to finally print a positive number, after 3 previous prints that were devastatingly disappointing. Then the usual Tub Thumpin Thursday print of Weekly Initial Jobless Claims, the 4th QTR Home Price Index, and Bloomberg Consumer Comfort index.   Yesterday’s Data Cupboard had January New Home Sales, which edged downward by -.2%… I suspect this data to be back and forth in 2015, as rate hike talk slows things down, only to be reversed when the rate hike doesn’t happen. Back and forth, a real wishy-washy year for New Home Sales, in my opinion, which could be wrong, of course! I went nearly the whole letter and didn’t mention the $12 gain in Gold this morning! Silly me. I was thinking that I shouldn’t get all lathered up over a nice gain like that early in the morning, before the NY traders arrived at their desks, and “took care of that little problem”. But then I got here and it was still there, and I thought. Oh well, at least it was a nice gain when I was writing the Pfennig!  But with Yellen reinforcing her talk from Tuesday, Gold was able to take advantage and move past $1,200 yesterday, and then add another $12 this morning.  My spider sense is tingling right now. I wonder what’s up here? Yesterday I highlighted the fact that Palladium had made one of its legendary “jumps” , and today it’s Platinum’s turn, as it hangs a $20 gain on yesterday’s figure. For What It’s Worth. Well, my friends Dave Gonigam and Addison Wiggin over at Agora’s 5 Minute Forecast were kind enough to quote me in their letter yesterday and use some of the stuff I said about Yellen’s testimony. I love it when I see my name up in lights!   On a sidebar, I picked up a book in the library here in the building the other day, and began reading it, and one of the principal characters in the story is guy named: Charles Butler..  Now How about that! Well, I thought I would return the favor to by friends over at the 5 Minute Forecast and reprint something they had in their letter yesterday. This is a note that Addison Wiggin printed 5 years ago from someone in China. Now remember this is 5 years ago in China. “What people fail to grasp,” this individual wrote, “is this place is much more capitalist than the States now: .               No capital gains tax .               No property tax .               No local or state taxes .               A reasonable 35% tax rate for the highest earners .               Corporate tax rates of 0% for three years and 15% per year after that.             “Also, most importantly, it’s not a casino economy like the States. China will sell 30% more vehicles this year than in the U.S, and 93% of those vehicles will be purchased cash up front. “For a home loan, you need 30% down. As a private business, to get a loan, you have to put up the assets of the company, i.e., plant and equipment. There are no leverage games here. “It’s a one-party state, but at least it is focused on its own people. We have a two-party system that has sold us down the river. All the Asian Tiger economies needed a strong central government to launch themselves out of poverty. Not a good system for our culture, but it works for them. “High-speed train systems going on line, 50 new airports in that last five years — you must see this place to believe it.” Chuck again. Yes, and there are still naysayers about China’s economy and the direction of the country.. That’s amazing to me for sure! To recap. Yellen speaks again, no changes to her first testimony, so the dollar selling continues. the positive rate differential currencies put in the best performances overnight, and the euro rallies on good labor data from Germany. New Zealand posts a Trade surplus, which is strange for them, and Australia prints weak CAPEX data but shrugs it off and the A$ rallies. Gold is up $12 this morning, and China announces new plans to stimulate economy, Chuck sure hopes they don’t start down the path well beaten down by the Japanese. Currencies today 2/25/15. American Style: A$ .7905, kiwi .7600, C$ .8030, euro 1.1360, sterling 1.5510, Swiss $1.0540,  . European Style: rand 11.4055, krone 7.5500, SEK 8.3020, forint 267.05, zloty 3.6640, koruna 24.2020, RUB 60.47, yen 118.80, sing 1.3505, HKD 7.7545, INR 61.75, China 6.1379, pesos 14.85, BRL 2.8450, Dollar Index 94.28, Oil $50.58, 10-year 1.95%, Silver $16.82, Platinum $1,190.88, Palladium $811.25, and Gold. $1,218.10 That’s it for today. Well. the first full squad workout of Spring Training for my beloved Cardinals took place yesterday. Next Saturday, is the first home Spring Training game of 2015 for the Cardinals. Spring Training games are impossible to fill in a score card, because there are so many changes with players, pitchers, positions, etc. so, you just go and enjoy the beautiful day, the sounds, the smells and baseball.. Can you believe that February is almost over? The month flew by like the wind. I sure hope March lasts a lot longer! The other night my beloved Missouri Tigers finally stopped their 13 game losing streak and beat the mighty Florida Gators! And the St. Louis U. Billikens are looking to win 2 in a row! Maybe things will look brighter for these two schools’ beleaguered basketball teams heading into March.. Jimi Hendrix is playing: All Along the Watchtower on the iPod right now. And that tells me that the watchtower has struck the bewitching hour of when this needs to get out of here! So, make sure you go out and have a Tub Thumpin’ Thursday! Chuck Butler Managing Director EverBank Global Marketslast_img read more

By Nick Giambruno Editors note Today we have a

first_imgBy Nick Giambruno Editor’s note: Today we have an urgent essay to share with you from Crisis Investing editor Nick Giambruno. You see, right now, a dangerous shift is playing out in Europe… one that could change the continent’s political landscape in a way not seen since before World War II. As Nick explains below, it all has to do with tomorrow’s important vote. Read on to get the details on how it will all go down—and what it could mean for you and your fellow Americans… Tomorrow, a vote in the Netherlands could push the euro and the EU one step closer to death… For the last several months, I’ve been warning readers about a populist tsunami washing through Europe. It’s drastically changing the continent’s political landscape in a way not seen since before World War II. This wave is flushing away traditional “mainstream” parties. And it’s bringing in anti-establishment populists who want to leave the euro currency and the European Union. It’s already hit the UK in the form of Brexit, killing David Cameron’s pro-EU government in the process. Then it struck Italy, washing away pro-EU Matteo Renzi’s government. After spending a few weeks in Italy last year, months in advance, I predicted the country’s constitutional referendum would fail and Renzi would resign. (I’m also an Italian citizen.) That’s why I advised Crisis Investing subscribers to short the euro with an investment that trades like any ordinary U.S. stock. As of writing, we’re sitting on a double-digit gain, but I expect there’s a lot more upside in the months ahead. Tomorrow, on March 15, the populist wave is set to hit the Netherlands. That’s when Dutch voters go to the polls. The anti-EU populist Party for Freedom is expected to win. It’s led by Geert Wilders, who was close to Trump’s campaign. Some even call him the “Dutch Trump.” Leaving the euro is a top priority for the Party for Freedom. If it wins, it would be another nail in the coffin for the European currency. Either way, the Dutch parliament will discuss how to leave the eurozone shortly after the March 15 election. A top lawmaker recently said that “the probe will examine whether it would be possible for the Dutch to withdraw from the single currency, and if so how,” Reuters reported. The euro’s problems are compounding and could get much worse, very soon. Germany (September 24) France (April 23) Why 2017 Could Offer a Rare “Second Chance” to Get Rich in the Stock Market Imagine waking up to find the size of your retirement account has doubled… all thanks to a small $500 investment. It sounds impossible… But this sort of thing has happened before. Could it happen again? Click here for the full story. These elections will ultimately determine the fate of the European Union. The Brexit vote, Donald Trump’s election, and the failure of Italy’s constitutional referendum have already boosted anti-euro populist parties in these countries. If the Party for Freedom wins in the Netherlands tomorrow, they’ll get another leg up. Populist parties have a real chance to win in both France and Germany. But even if they win in just one, the EU would likely unravel. The biggest issue in these elections is the migrant crisis, which we’ve covered here extensively. And the crisis is only accelerating. Every single migrant that arrives in Europe increases the chance that anti-EU populists will win a key election. That’s not good news for the EU or the euro. It’s also not good news for the U.S. Whatever happens in the EU—the world’s largest economy and a major U.S. trading partner—matters. If the euro collapses, expect it to trigger a stock market collapse in the U.S. The Financial Times recently put it this way: It would probably lead to the most violent economic shock in history, dwarfing the Lehman Brothers bankruptcy in 2008 and the 1929 Wall Street crash. And it could all begin unfolding tomorrow… Regards, — Two of Europe’s biggest countries have elections this year: Nick Giambruno Editor, Crisis Investing P.S. Tomorrow, March 15, is a crucially important date for Americans, too. Especially those who have any money in the stock market. Because on that day, the debt ceiling deadline hits. If Congress can’t come together to agree on a solution, the Treasury could run out of money. In the worst case, this could affect Social Security and government pension funding. Also, the last time the debt ceiling battle got fierce, the U.S. credit rating was downgraded. If that happens again, there could be big trouble in the markets. On top of the debt ceiling deadline, the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) will meet tomorrow—and all signs are pointing to a rise in interest rates. A steep series of rate increases could also spell doom for the market. That’s why Casey Research founder Doug Casey and I put together this urgent video designed to help you navigate markets in crisis… You can watch it here. How Doug turned every $1,000 into $86,000 An unusual group of companies I call “penny fuel stocks” are on the verge of a historic boom. Only TWICE in history has a similar event happened… and each time, these tiny stocks roared for 10-, 100-, some even saw rare but life-altering 1,000-fold returns. We know this because our research firm’s founder, Doug Casey, saw these returns himself. In fact, he saw a life-altering 86-fold return! These types of life-altering gains are something most investors never have the opportunity to see but now, thanks to the Trump administration, this same energy event is happening right now. And Doug and his team are now recommending plays with similar life-changing potential! Click here for full details. – Recommended Linkslast_img read more

The Key to Information Security Success

first_imgTechnology Register Now » –shares Next Article Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Q: What security initiatives will have the biggest impact on my business?A: I often speak with individuals and management teams about the pros and cons of particular security initiatives. Those responsible for security today are often inundated with information on the topic. They see all the hype around the products, read the headlines of rising concerns and hear plenty of predictions about what is next. It’s not hard to see why some just want to know what to do now and what will have the biggest impact.Most companies I’ve spoken with have identified and implemented many of the common technologies important to any security program. They have a firewall, antivirus software, intrusion detection/protection, authentication technologies and so on. However, what continues to concern me is that these systems often go untested and unmanaged and therefore create a false sense of security.So while some companies would benefit from knowing what security devices to implement, for many, the most valuable recommendations are regarding procedures. In many circumstances, companies still fail to realize that a security program is just the beginning. All too often, monitoring and assessment responsibilities are either overlooked, underfunded or just not done properly.Security Audits Security audits are one of the best ways to identify security risks and validate the protection devices already put into place. Additionally, they’re an invaluable resource for justifying security budgets. However, many companies today fail to perform regular comprehensive audits of their internal and/or external IT infrastructure. And those that do perform audits often just test the externally exposed devices or only have high-level audits performed to ensure the above mentioned “common technologies” are being utilized. Comprehensive audits, however, should thoroughly test for all known vulnerabilities of all systems, correlate the findings, test exploits, identify the true level of risk to the business and detail remediation requirements. Audits properly performed with all these procedures by a reputable firm are in fact one of the most important initiatives you can undertake today.One of the reasons why security audits top my list is that they lay the groundwork for identifying what is needed to secure the IT infrastructure. In addition, they provide objective insight on the effectiveness of your overall security program. Such audits should be performed at least once per year against the internal environment and every six to 12 months against the external environment. This frequency is a suggested minimum, and many companies rightfully prefer to test certain aspects of a full audit more frequently.Managing Security One of most common and major security flaws I come across is that companies don’t properly monitor their security protection devices: the firewall, intrusion detection/protection, antivirus, operating system logs and the like. Security management doesn’t simply mean performing maintenance and administration; it involves consistent monitoring and the evaluation of events that happen on a daily basis. Yes, these tasks are mundane and generally resource-intensive. During a time when network/security administrators are already busy with other tasks, these activities are often overlooked. However, if this data were being monitored and if security events were being properly evaluated and acted upon, the vast majority of hacking-related events could be prevented.In most cases, with proper monitoring and reaction, businesses would not have to endure forced system outages, data loss or theft, virus outbreaks, Web site defacement or even the negative publicity that accompanies these and other such events. It’s not an easy or inexpensive task if performed internally. However, recent advances in security management software have reduced the security personnel requirements to perform these responsibilities. In addition, several reputable Managed Security Service Providers (MSSPs) have emerged with service offerings to outsource these tedious tasks. Outsourcing security monitoring and response can be a highly cost-effective method of dealing with this problem. It’s predicted that the vast majority of companies will be outsourcing this area of security in the next few years.Security Policies Another commonly overlooked item is your security policy. Every company should have some form of an information security policy in place and provided to every employee. Security policies provide a roadmap for both IT and non-IT personnel on how the company expects them to conduct themselves with any matter that affects the security posture of the business. In many cases, the actions have an obvious impact, such as the disclosure of logon account information to unauthorized personnel. While some policies are clearly security-related, other policies may be less obvious in terms of their impact to security risks to non-IT employees.An important point to consider is that an information security policy reflects the company’s stance on security in general. If no security policy exists or very little effort has been made in this area, it can be considered a direct reflection on the overall security posture of the business as a whole. This in itself can increase the likelihood of a company becoming a target and/or a victim.Several excellent books on the topic of information security policies exist today, making it easy and cost-effective to set up a basic policy. In addition, there are plenty of security consulting firms that can assist with more detailed policies.Michael Bruck is the founding partner of BAI Security, an 8-year-old information security consulting firm. Bruck leads his security team with a successful 16-year background in IT management and senior engineering positions. He is also the developer and author of best practices that are becoming standards in the information security consulting business. He can be reached via www.baisecurity.net or by e-mail at mbruck@baisecurity.net .The opinions expressed in this column are those of the author, not of Entrepreneur.com. All answers are intended to be general in nature, without regard to specific geographical areas or circumstances, and should only be relied upon after consulting an appropriate expert, such as an attorney or accountant. The Key to Information Security Success Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals September 8, 2003 To successfully secure your systems, focus on the procedures, not the technologies. 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Add to Queuelast_img read more