Airbnb on track to become 4th largest OTA

first_img SAN FRANCISCO – After making strategic moves in recent months that included a new deal in Cuba and a groundbreaking agreement with American Express Global Business Travel (GBT), Airbnb is on track to become the world’s fourth largest online travel company by the end of 2016.As reported by Travel Weekly, the peer-to-peer accommodations service, which doesn’t disclose bookings or revenue figures, is expected to surpass the annual bookings of European juggernaut eDreams Odigeo this year. eDreams Odigeo is comprised of five brands, including OPodo, Travelink and Go Voyages, and generated 10.7 billion euros in bookings for the year ended March 31.According to research firm Phocuswright, Airbnb likely generated approximately US$7.5 billion in gross bookings in 2015. After this year, the company will trail only Expedia Inc., Priceline Group and China-based Ctrip in annual gross bookings.Earlier this summer, Airbnb filed documentation that indicated it will be raising $850 million in funding, which would put the company’s value at approximately $90 billion, reports Bloomberg News. More news:  Flight Centre Travel Group takes full ownership of Quebec-based agencyAlmost one in three U.S. travellers stayed at a home-based unit in 2015, up from one in 10 in 2011, Phocuswright said. Posted by Share Wednesday, August 17, 2016 Airbnb on track to become 4th largest OTA Travelweek Group << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Americans living abroad set record for giving up citizenship

first_imgWASHINGTON D.C. — More Americans living outside the United States gave up their citizenship in the first quarter of 2015 than ever before, according to data released Thursday by the U.S.Internal Revenue Service.The 1,335 expatriations topped the previous record by 18 percent, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. Those Americans are driven to turn in their passports in part because of laws that have expanded bank reporting and tax compliance requirements for expatriates.The increase in early 2015 follows an annual record in 2014, when 3,415 Americans gave up their citizenship.An estimated 6 million U.S. citizens are living abroad, and the U.S. is the only country within the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development that taxes citizens wherever they reside.In many cases, those choosing to give up their citizenship have limited connections to the U.S. and have lived outside of the country for most of their lives. Anyone born in the U.S. automatically receives citizenship, and people born abroad to U.S. parents are typically citizens as well.Recommended: It’s getting more expensive to give up your US citizenshipFor some the decision is easy, because they perceive little benefit from holding U.S. citizenship. For others, the choice is more complicated.“The cost of compliance with the complex tax treatment of non-resident U.S. citizens and the potential penalties I face for incorrect filings and for holding non-U.S. securities forces me to consider whether it would be more advantageous to give up my U.S. citizenship,” Stephanos Orestis, a U.S. citizen living in Oslo, wrote in a March 23 letter to the Senate Finance Committee. “The thought of doing so is highly distressing for me since I am a born and bred American with a love for my country.”London Mayor Boris Johnson, who had a tax dispute with the IRS, said earlier this year that he would give up the U.S. citizenship he received because he was born in New York. His name isn’t on the IRS list. Eduardo Saverin, a Brazilian-born co-founder of Facebook, gave up his U.S. citizenship in 2012.U.S. citizens who live abroad can exclude as much as $100,800 in earned income and in many cases can receive tax credits for payments to foreign governments.The U.S. has increased efforts to catch tax cheats after the Swiss bank UBS AG paid a $780 million penalty in 2009 and handed over data on about 4,700 accounts. That has led some banks to forgo doing business with people who have ties to the U.S.One of the primary U.S. moves took effect last year as asset-disclosure rules under the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act kicked in. The measure, known as Fatca, requires U.S. financial institutions to impose a 30 percent withholding tax on payments made to foreign banks that don’t agree to identify and provide information on U.S. account holders.It allows the U.S. to scoop up data from more than 77,000 institutions and 80 governments about its citizens’ overseas financial activities.In establishing the 2010 law, Congress and President Barack Obama in effect threatened to cut off banks and other companies from easy access to the U.S. market if they didn’t pass along such information. It was projected to generate $8.7 billion over 10 years, according to the congressional Joint Committee on Taxation.© 2015, Bloomberg News Facebook Comments Related posts:The 2013 tax return extension deadline is approaching for US expats. Are you ready? Nearly one-quarter of car owners fail to pay marchamo on time US taxes are due April 15, are you ready? Collection of ‘marchamo,’ vehicle circulation fee, starts Mondaylast_img read more

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first_img 9 Comments   Share   Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling From the time Tyrann Mathieu arrived at LSU in 2010 through his final days with the Arizona Cardinals, he had a mentor and teammate in Patrick Peterson.The partnership came to a close on March 14 when the Cardinals released Mathieu after he refused to take a pay cut in the offseason. Instead he signed a one-year, $7 million deal with the Houston Texans.“Pat was instrumental for me. He was always that big brother I never truly had,” Mathieu said in his introductory press conference. “I leaned on him a lot and I benefited off him, especially early on in my career in Arizona.” In six seasons together the duo became a formidable tandem in the secondary, first winning a Cotton Bowl in college then serving as the driving forces of a defense that carried Arizona within a game of the Super Bowl in 2015.While the two had success playing alongside one another, Mathieu was still the Robin to Peterson’s Batman.By signing with Houston, Mathieu is preparing to take the next step. More notably, his first step without Peterson present to mentor him.“I’m coming to a new team and maybe it’s my turn to be that leader for one of these younger guys,” Mathieu told the media. “I take pride in it … I think I’m fit to be a leader.” Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retirescenter_img Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories last_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter Bangkokbased hotel ma

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterBangkok-based hotel management group Bespoke Hospitality Management Asia has expanded its portfolio by opening Away Koh Samui Elements Resort and Spa. This is the first property on Koh Samui to become part of the Away Resorts & Villas brand under the management of BHMAsia.Away Koh Samui Elements Resort and Spa, located at Phang Ka in the southwest of the island, boasts single and double bedroom pool villas and deluxe suites and a private beach. It provides Thai and international cuisine in its renowned Fai restaurant, as well as Bamboo, an atmospheric Thai beachfront bar, cafe and restaurant.Away Resorts & Villas provides luxurious accommodations in hideaway paradises. By extending its presence in Koh Samui, Away Koh Samui Elements Resort and Spa brings its signature and charm for people to be able to experience paradise in Thailand.Anthony McDonald, CEO of BHMA and founder of the Away Resorts & Villas brand, explained: “We have been seeking new and exciting locations that have their own unique flavour and style to add to our specialty resort portfolio under the Away Resorts & Villas brand. Koh Samui is a perfect fit, having built a great reputation over the years as a romantic hideaway destination for honeymooners, couples and families. I am therefore very excited to welcome Away Koh Samui Elements Resort and Spa to the Away Resorts & Villas family.”In addition, Away Koh Samui Elements Resort and Spa provides guests with the Serenity Spa, offering a full range of massages as well as its own signature range of spa treatments. Guests can also start the day with a morning yoga class or enjoy a workout in Body & Soul Fitness Centre, which offers a wide range of private and group yoga courses and planned healthy diets and detox services.To celebrate the very first Away Resorts & Villas’ property on Koh Samui, Away Koh Samui Elements Resort and Spa is offering introductory special rates start from THB 3823++ per room per night inclusive of breakfast for two persons.Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more

Rep Theis announces 2016 coffee hours

first_img State Rep. Lana Theis invites residents to join her for her monthly coffee hours.“As your state representative, I want to continue to be as receptive and available as possible,” said Rep. Theis, R-Brighton. “Accessibility and responsiveness are extremely important and I am eager to meet with citizens in the community to answer any questions or concerns they may have.”All coffee hours will be held at Two Brothers Coffee, 423 West Main St. in Brighton at the following times:Thursday, Jan. 285:30-7:30 p.m.Monday, Feb. 227-9 a.m.Friday, March 255:30-7:30 p.m.Monday, April 257-9 a.m.Tuesday, May 175:30-7:30 p.m.Friday, June 247-9 a.m.Thursday, July 215:30-7:30 p.m.Friday, Aug. 267-9 a.m.Tuesday, Sept. 205:30-7:30 p.m.Monday, Oct. 177-9 a.m.Tuesday, Nov. 295:30-7:30 p.m.Monday, Dec. 197-9 a.m. 12Jan Rep. Theis announces 2016 coffee hours Categories: Theis Newscenter_img Coffee hours as well as other information can always be found at www.RepLanaTheis.com. Those unable to attend are encouraged to contact Rep. Theis by email at LanaTheis@house.mi.gov or by phone at (517) 373-1784.###last_img read more

Russian pay TV service Stream has inked a subscrip

first_imgRussian pay TV service Stream has inked a subscription video-on-demand service with US distributor Miramax.The deal means Stream, the content arm of MTS and formerly known as Omlet.ru, will be the first pay TV service to launch Miramax movies via SVOD in Russia. Titles included in the multiyear deal include Kill Bill, Pulp Fiction and The English Patient.Danny Goldman, Miramax senior vice-president and head of sales, EMEA said:  “Stream has developed into a leader in the Russian media content market, and we are very pleased that they are our first partner in Russia as we continue to extend Miramax’s global relationships.”Stream’s content is available on Smart TVs, smartphones, tablets, set top boxes, and PCs. It has programming deals with NBCUniversal, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Warner Bros and Disney among others.last_img read more

Amazonowned UK OTT subscription videoondemand s

first_imgAmazon-owned UK OTT subscription video-on-demand service Lovefilm has launched a new streaming app for internet connected devices. The app will initially be launched on the Sony PlayStation 3 games console in the UK and Germany, and will then be rolled out to all Lovefilm Instant-enabled platforms.According to Lovefilm new features include an improved search functionality and recommendation engine, and a new user interface.Lovefilm has also added a Watchlist feature, allowing members to create an unlimited streaming playlist that can be accessed at any time. A new display on users’ home pages keeps track of what content they are currently viewing and the last location reached in that video to make it easier to resume viewing from the same place via any Lovefilm-enabled device.The PlayStation 3 update also enables Lovefilm subscribers to watch HD content via the games console for the first time.“Lovefilm has been a fantastic part of the services offering on PlayStation 3 since 2010. Now with a brand new improved app coming first to PlayStation 3 plus the addition of HD content, this is a huge enhancement to the PlayStation entertainment portfolio and even more relevant for our millions of UK customers,” said Fergal Gara, vice-president and managing director for Sony Computer Entertainment UK and Ireland.last_img read more

Liberty Globalowned cable operator UPC Austria ha

first_imgLiberty Global-owned cable operator UPC Austria has added content from A+E Networks’ History channel and A&E to its seven-day catch-up service.The channels join 13th Street, Syfy, Cartoon Network, TNT Serie, Universal Channel, CBS Reality, Extreme Sports Channel, Nickelodeon and JimJam on the catch-up service.Gerald Schwanzer, vice-president of products at the cable operator, said he hoped to be able to offer a wider range of replay TV content when the legal situation in Austria is clarified.In addition to catch-up TV, UPC Austria offers a video-on-demand library of about 10,000 title, of which about half are free content, including the ORF-TVthek from public broadcaster ORF.last_img

If you have not read the first three parts of this

first_imgIf you have not read the first three parts of this series, please do that first: They are a necessary prelude: Westphalian Orders’ End Part 1 Westphalian Orders’ End Part 2 Westphalian Orders’ End Part 3 I have thus far made quite a few arguments why the Westphalian order of states is in trouble. Presuming that I am correct, and that the current state model fails, the great question is what comes next? The Two Classes Impolitic though it may be, any sensible analysis of states in transition has to divide the inhabitants into two groups: the Rulers and the Ruled. We can seek tamer terms if we like (such as officials and citizens), but those terms invariably muddle the issue. There are two groups that matter: those that make orders and those who take orders. These two face massively different challenges and incentives; separating them clearly is the only way to arrange a reasonable discourse. I will begin with the rulers: Imagine being a big boss of a big country: You and your predecessors have promised free everything to your voters, but you have now failed to deliver. They are angry, but there’s nothing you can do; there are no more buyers for your bonds and inflation has made your currency almost worthless. You are out of options. At the same time, you can’t just walk away – being the boss is something you need. So, what do you do? Your first job will be to keep the people with you, rather than against you. You must give them someone else to blame and to make them feel horrible about the prospect of your system vanishing. Finding outsiders to blame is always easy. (Jews and immigrants being the perennial favorites.) Making people feel like they need you, however, isn’t so easy, especially when your promises have just come up painfully short. You need some majestic promise for them to believe in: something that makes them special, provides a credible promise of more than they deserve, and/or makes them part of some magical uber-entity. In other words, you need an appealing new myth. The problem, of course, is that large new myths are not created in a day, and certainly not by people who can’t deliver much. So, you have to use whatever respected myths remain, make them more grandiose, and run with them. (This is precisely what happened at the end of the Roman Empire, as I will explain in Free-Man’s Perspective.)Fall of the Roman Empire Right now, the only big myths are of the globalist strain, such as climate change, save the rainforest (or whales, or trees, or children, or…), the value of politically correct speech and so on. Judeo-Christianity remains, of course, but it is a horrible mythology from a ruler’s point of view, is more or less incompatible with the globalist myths, and has been driven from respectable circles in most of the west anyway. So, the mythologies chosen by the rulers will have to be based upon environmentalism, anti-capitalism, and associated guilt-centric ideas. For lack of a better term, the new mythology will probably have to be globalist, with the many nation states and their scattered strategies being blamed for the crisis. The solution to the crisis, of course, will almost certainly be unified management by proper elites. But if globalist, elite rule is to be the next model, a modification of the social contract will be necessary. This will be the great moment of opportunity for intellectuals. Devising a legitimacy myth for the new order will be a ticket to fame and fortune. As strange as it sounds, there is another group associated with the rulers that must be included in this discussion, and they are the dependent class. People who survive on government checks are not what we usually think of as rulers, but they are necessarily joined to them. Together with the elites, they form a high-low ruling coalition. The vast majority of the dependent will support the rulers (or at least the replacement rulers), almost regardless of what the rulers do. Even if their checks stop, promises of future checks will keep them faithful. The other choice is to utterly reform their lives, and very few will be of any mind to do so. They may complain or even riot at the moment when their checks stop, but being faced with either radical change or supporting the rulers and hoping for restoration, they will choose the latter. And, most unfortunately, this is a very large group. The Other Side Now – and this will not be hard for most of my readers – imagine that you have behaved well and worked hard; that, after being challenged by numerous obstacles, you have carved out a comfortable, stable life. Then imagine that it has been turned upside down. Everything is a mess, and you want things to get back to normal so you can work and enjoy life. What do you do? This is where the formation of the future gets interesting. The Rulers may come up with a few surprises, but their strategies are more or less predictable. The productive ruled, however, are a wild card. Ultimately, they control everything, but they don’t know it. Rulers do not make, they only take. The productive make. If they ever decided, en masse, to stop giving in to the rulers, the rulers would be soundly defeated, and in short order. No matter how many armed tax collectors they employed, it wouldn’t be enough for an unwilling populace, not to mention that paying the armed collectors gets very difficult when there is no more money coming in. And if the mechanic refuses to fix state vehicles, if the HVAC man refuses to fix their air conditioning, and so on, the end comes much faster. The above is precisely what happened at the end of the Roman Empire: Harsher and harsher tax laws brought in less and less silver. People ran away to Germania, Britannia and Gaul to escape. The ruling structure failed. But, as mentioned above, the productive middle does not believe that they have the right to make their own political decisions; they feel free to choose between Party A and Party B, but not to demand a new structure. If, somehow, the productive class does decide they are worthy of such choices, it will be a small matter for them to begin organizing with their neighbors, cobbling together ground-up systems of law and markets, and arriving, over time, at a structure that suits them. They would almost certainly end up rediscovering John Locke, the common law, and sound money. But will they? The Cognitive War Though most of us have seldom realized it, we have been living through a continual war for our minds and our wills. We feel confused a great deal and suspect that it is our own problem; a problem that we hide, rather than risking shame. This equates, roughly, to a surrender in the cognitive war. Anyone who seeks to make us do things without thinking, wages war against our wills. Whole industries are built on this, as we all know: “Look at the pretty, happy people; buy the beer,” “don’t vote for that horrible, scary candidate,” “look here at the sexy girl,” and so on. We all swim in a soup of it. This battle will determine what comes out of Westphalia’s crisis. If the Lockean productive class is too confused and intimidated to assert their wills, the globalists will be able to regroup as they wish. If, somehow, the producers regain their nerve, they can more or less do as they wish. They will have an initial difficulty in overcoming the globalists’ death throes, but in endurance they will reclaim their world. A Second American Revolution The last time a broad group of producers asserted their will and stuck to it was the American Revolution. Contrary to any conventional wisdom of the time, they defeated the mightiest empire on the planet and changed the world. The American Revolution, as I have explained elsewhere, is misunderstood and used badly for propaganda purposes, but it was a unique and potent event. Producers have, at other times, pushed rulers to reform, but very seldom have they gathered the courage to say, “get lost, we’re doing it our way.” In order to achieve this goal the early Americans required separation, Christianity and the philosophy of John Locke. There are wonderful Lockean thinkers and teachers in the West today, but they are usually drowned out by the 24/7 clamor of 500 entertainment channels, music in nearly all public places and the recent Blackberry, texting and iPod fetishes. Withdrawal from the Circus The one real hope for the Lockeans is withdrawal from the great Western circus of mainstream TV, movies and music. In a previous article, I wrote that free news may begin vanishing, and that if it does, people will begin to choose more carefully. The thing I didn’t mention, however, was that this is occurring already. And the people who have been wandering away from the circus are mainly the producers. The first among the Lockeans are headed slowly away from the big noise. These people will begin to reclaim the right to their own opinions, even regarding how they choose to be ruled (or not). If this grows, there will be many people who don’t believe that they need to be coordinated and ordered by central elites and that Adam Smith was right: If you leave people alone, most of them will provide things needed by others, as if guided by an invisible, benevolent hand. In order to avoid this, the globalists will have to preserve media above all. Whether this includes subsidies for cable TV, free Internet services, or whatever, it will be strongly in their interests to provide them. If the circus ends, the young will start to ask impertinent questions. Lockean organization is effective, but it isn’t loud and flashy. Globalist organization is parasitic, but it comes with engaging stories and entertainments. If the circus reigns, the producers stand to be overwhelmed… yet again. The Exercise of Will I leave you with two quotes to consider, and I hope that you do so: The will of men is not shattered, but softened, bent, and guided. Men are seldom forced by it to act, but they are constantly restrained from acting. Such a power does not destroy, but it prevents existence. It does not tyrannize, but it compresses, enervates, extinguishes, and stupefies a people, until each nation is reduced to be nothing better than a flock of timid and industrious animals, of which the government is the shepherd. — Alexis de Tocqueville Mankind is made great or little by its own will. — Friedrich Schiller Paul Rosenberg FreemansPerspective.comlast_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

KYLE Amor will play his third game for Saints on F

first_imgKYLE Amor will play his third game for Saints on Friday since returning from a knee injury that almost curtailed his season.The prop forward broke down in the Cup loss at Headingley in March and it was feared that would be it for 2014.But the big Cumbrian has come back earlier than expected and is already leading from the front.“It’s great to be back on the field and I’m loving every minute,” he said. “It has been a frustrating time.“After I got injured we thought I would need an operation. But a specialist clarified I didn’t. That meant I had a target ahead of me to return and I completed my rehab earlier than expected.“I worked hard with physios Nathan Mill and Joey Hayes and conditioner Matt Daniels too.“I’ve had two games back and haven’t done anything drastic. I can do more to help those around me.“Strength and fitness I’m there, it’s the minor details like practise and timing. Those one percenters that make a massive difference.“I was in good form before the injury and was making great strides. I now need to quickly build it back up and work hard.”Saints take on Widnes at Langtree Park this Friday (July 25) at 8pm. Tickets remain on sale for the match from the Ticket Office at Langtree Park, by calling 01744 455052 or by logging on here.last_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

Jeff Bezoss Space Company Aims for Passenger Flights in 2018

first_img Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Register Now » This story originally appeared on Reuters The New Shepard crew capsule. The reusable New Shepard spacecraft, which launched to the outskirts of space in November, will launch again soon Jeff Bezos’s Space Company Aims for Passenger Flights in 2018 Jeff Bezos Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Reuters 3 min read Add to Queue Image credit: Blue Origins Jeff Bezos’ space company Blue Origin expects to begin crewed test flights of its reusable suborbital New Shepard vehicle next year and begin flying paying passengers in 2018, Bezos told reporters on Tuesday.Bezos’ remarks, made during the first ever media tour of the Blue Origin manufacturing facility, marked the first time the billionaire founder of Amazon.com had put a target date on the start of the commercial space flights Blue Origin is developing.”We’ll probably fly test pilots in 2017, and if we’re successful then I’d imagine putting paying astronauts on in 2018,” Bezos said at the sprawling plant south of SeattleThe company expects to build six New Shepard vehicles, which are designed to autonomously fly six passengers to more than 62 miles above Earth, high enough to experience a few minutes of weightlessness and see the planet set against the blackness of space.Blue Origin’s first reusable rocket was lost in a test flight in April 2015, though the capsule parachuted safely back to the ground. A second ship has made two test flights, and Blue Origin is in the process of assembling its next two vehicles, which, for the first time, include windows for paying passengers.Blue Origin has not yet settled on a price for rides, but Bezos said it will be competitive with what other companies, such as Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic, are charging for similar flights.Galactic is selling tickets to fly on its six-passenger, two-pilot SpaceShipTwo for $250,000. The company last month unveiled its second spaceship and expects to begin test flights soon. The first SpaceShipTwo was lost during a fatal test flight in October 2014.Privately owned XCOR Aerospace, which is developing a two-person space plane called Lynx, is charging about $100,000 for one person to fly alongside a pilot.Bezos said he has invested more than $500 million in Blue Origin, which is on track to double its staff to about 1,200 within the next year. He said that he would continue to foot the company’s bills “for as long as necessary.”Bezos expects Blue Origin to become profitable at some point. “I’m optimistic it will be a healthy business,” Bezos said.Blue Origin also is working on rocket engines for United Launch Alliance, a partnership of Lockheed-Martin and Boeing, and for Orbital ATK.”It’s very gratifying that the world’s premier launch companies are choosing our engines,” Bezos said.(Reporting by Irene Klotz; Editing by Andrew Hay and Cynthia Osterman) Next Article March 9, 2016 –shareslast_img read more

UCLA biologists uncover how head injuries can lead to serious brain disorders

first_img“Knowing which genes in which cells are changing in a particular person can lead to the right treatment for that person,” said Yang, who is a member of UCLA’s Institute for Quantitative and Computational Biology.Gomez-Pinilla, who also is a member of UCLA’s Brain Injury Research Center, describes the new research as an advance in precision medicine, which holds the promise of individualized treatments for diseases. Reviewed by Alina Shrourou, B.Sc. (Editor)Nov 17 2018UCLA biologists have discovered how head injuries adversely affect individual cells and genes that can lead to serious brain disorders. The life scientists provide the first cell “atlas” of the hippocampus — the part of the brain that helps regulate learning and memory — when it is affected by traumatic brain injury. The team also proposes gene candidates for treating brain diseases associated with traumatic brain injury, such as Alzheimer’s disease and post-traumatic stress disorder.The researchers studied more than 6,000 cells in 15 hippocampal cell types — the first study of individual cell types subject to brain trauma. Each cell has the same DNA, but which genes are activated varies among different cell types. Among the 15 cell types are two that were previously unknown, each with a unique set of active genes.”Every cell type is different,” said Fernando Gomez-Pinilla, a UCLA professor of neurosurgery and of integrative biology and physiology, and co-senior author of the study, which was published in the journal Nature Communications.The biologists found that hundreds of genes are adversely affected by mild traumatic brain injury, such as a concussion. These altered genes can later lead to Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and other diseases.The researchers reproduced a concussion-like brain injury in mice, and studied other mice that did not receive a brain injury. The researchers analyzed thousands of cells in the hippocampus of both groups of mice. Among their findings: The mice without an injury had very low levels in 14 of the 15 cell types of a gene called Ttr that regulates metabolism, controls thyroid hormones and performs other functions. Brain trauma increased the level of Ttr in essentially all of the cell types, the researchers found. They concluded Ttr is important to brain health and may function to bring more thyroid hormone to the brain to maintain metabolism. A thyroid hormone called T4 was injected in mice. T4 improved traumatic brain injury-induced learning deficits and reversed changes in 93 genes that affect learning and memory. This reversal in damage caused by traumatic brain injury is a major new finding. After brain injury, metabolism is substantially reduced. The biologists think T4 may “reboot” metabolism. Researchers found evidence that at least 12 of 15 cell types are negatively affected by brain trauma, some more strongly than others. The researchers were able to see how genes that have been linked to Alzheimer’s disease acted within different cell types, providing new details about where these genes act when they are affected by brain trauma. “We are learning which cell types we may want to target in future research,” said Xia Yang, a senior author of the study and a UCLA associate professor of integrative biology and physiology. “Maybe Alzheimer’s disease-related genes do not have to be active in all different cell types.” For the first time, the biologists found several genes that are affected by traumatic brain injury, which has recently been linked to neurotic behavior in humans. Traumatic brain injury has been associated with depression, anxiety and schizophrenia. This research could lead to new treatments for these conditions. Injury to the brain can lead to what is known as post-traumatic epilepsy. The researchers found a gene that could serve as a potential target for treating this kind of epilepsy. Traumatic brain injury causes changes in how cells communicate with one another (see attached image).center_img Source:http://newsroom.ucla.edu/releases/ucla-cell-study-reveals-how-head-injuries-lead-to-serious-brain-diseaseslast_img read more

Greater spousal life satisfaction associated with lower mortality risk

first_img Source:https://www.psychologicalscience.org/news/releases/happy-spouses-longer-lives.html Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Apr 24 2019Research suggests that having a happy spouse leads to a longer marriage, and now study results show that it’s associated with a longer life, too. The study was published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science.”The data show that spousal life satisfaction was associated with mortality, regardless of individuals’ socioeconomic and demographic characteristics, or their physical health status,” says study author Olga Stavrova, a researcher at Tilburg University in the Netherlands.Notably, spouses’ life satisfaction was an even better predictor of participants’ mortality than participants’ own life satisfaction. Participants who had a happy partner at the beginning of the study were less likely to pass away over the next 8 years compared with participants who had less happy partners.”The findings underscore the role of individuals’ immediate social environment in their health outcomes. Most importantly, it has the potential to extend our understanding of what makes up individuals’ ‘social environment’ by including the personality and well-being of individuals’ close ones,” says Stavrova.Life satisfaction is known to be associated with behaviors that can affect health, including diet and exercise, and people who have a happy, active spouse, for example, are likely to have an active lifestyle themselves. The opposite is also likely to be true, says Stavrova:”If your partner is depressed and wants to spend the evening eating chips in front of the TV — that’s how your evening will probably end up looking, as well.”Stavrova examined data from a nationally representative survey of about 4,400 couples in the United States who were over the age of 50. The survey, funded by the National Institute on Aging, collected data on participants who had spouses or live-in partners; 99% of the sampled couples were heterosexual.For up to 8 years, participants and their spouses reported on life satisfaction and various factors hypothesized to be related to mortality, including perceived partner support and frequency of physical activity. They also completed a self-rated health measure and provided information related to their morbidity (as measured by number of doctor-diagnosed chronic conditions), gender, age at the beginning of the study, ethnicity, education, household income, and partner mortality. Participant deaths over the course of the study were tracked using the National Death Index from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or spouses’ reports.Related StoriesBridging the Gaps to Advance Research in the Cannabis IndustryHigher levels of physical activity not linked to greater volume or activity of brown adipose tissueTAU’s new Translational Medical Research Center acquires MILabs’ VECTor PET/SPECT/CTAt the end of 8 years, about 16% of participants had died. Those who died tended to be older, male, less educated, less wealthy, less physically active, and in poorer health than those who were still alive; those who died also tended to report lower relationship satisfaction, lower life satisfaction, and having a partner who also reported lower life satisfaction. The spouses of participants who died were also more likely to pass away within the 8-year observation period than were spouses of participants who were still living.The findings suggest that greater partner life satisfaction at the beginning of the study was associated with lower participant mortality risk. Specifically, the risk of mortality for participants with a happy spouse increased more slowly than mortality risk for participants with an unhappy spouse. The association between partner life satisfaction and mortality risk held even after accounting for major sociodemographic variables, self-rated health and morbidity, and partner mortality.Exploring plausible explanations for these findings, Stavrova found that perceived partner support was not related to lower participant mortality. However, higher partner life satisfaction was related to more partner physical activity, which corresponded to higher participant physical activity, and lower participant mortality.This research demonstrates that partner life satisfaction may have important consequences for health and longevity. Although the participants in this study were American, Stavrova believes the results are likely to apply to couples outside of the United States, as well.”This research might have implications for questions such as what attributes we should pay attention to when selecting our spouse or partner and whether healthy lifestyle recommendations should target couples (or households) rather than individuals,” says Stavrova.Future research could also investigate larger social networks to see if the same pattern of results emerges in the context of other relationships.last_img read more

Ryanair strike hits 600 flights 100000 passengers

first_imgRyanair staff are demanding that the airline recognise unions for pilots and cabin crew and that it negotiate with a representative chosen by these unions and not the company © 2018 AFP The low-cost Irish airline which predicted that 100,000 passengers would be affected, said in a statement they had “been offered re-accommodation on alternative flights” or a complete refund.Cabin crew in Italy are also striking but a spokesman for the airline said this was not expected to affect the “Italian-based schedule”.Unions in all four countries are asking that Ryanair staff be employed according to the national legislation of the country they operate in, rather than that of Ireland as is currently the case.They also want the airline to give contractors the same work conditions as its own employees.”These strikes are entirely unjustified and will achieve nothing other than to disrupt family holidays, and benefit competitor airlines in Belgium, Portugal and Spain,” Ryanair’s chief marketing officer Kenny Jacobs hit back in the statement.”Ryanair cabin crew enjoy great pay -– up to 40,000 euros ($47,000) p.a. (in countries with high youth unemployment) –- industry leading rosters (14 days off each month), great sales commissions, uniform allowances and sick pay,” he added.Ryanair staff are also demanding that the airline recognise unions for pilots and cabin crew and that it negotiate with a representative chosen by these unions and not the company.So far, the airline has only recognised cabin crew and pilots’ unions in Britain and Italy.In a statement, it said it was “engaged in extensive negotiations with national cabin crew unions across Europe”.The strike will come two weeks after a work stoppage by Irish Ryanair pilots that saw some 30 flights cancelled. Ryanair on Wednesday said it had cancelled 600 flights in Europe on July 25 and 26 due to cabin crew strikes in Spain, Portugal and Belgium. Explore furthercenter_img Citation: Ryanair strike hits 600 flights, 100,000 passengers (2018, July 18) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-07-ryanair-flights-passengers.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Ryanair threatened by summer strikelast_img read more

Angry customer makes cendol seller even richer

first_img Nation 1d ago Musang King cendol business booms after customer complained it’s overpriced {{category}} {{time}} {{title}} Related News Popular dessert: Ariff Qayyum said his customers do not mind paying RM38 for a bowl of Musang King cendol as they were well aware of the market price for the premium fruit. — Bernama MELAKA: He put two quintessential Malay­sian delights together. And since then, his cendol served with dollops of Musang King has made him a very happy man.Cendol seller Muhammad Ariff Qayyum Mohd Zamri, 25, ventured into the business two years ago just to pass time. Little did he expect his cendol stall here to eventually generate an average monthly income of RM90,000. This would swell to RM150,000 a month during the school holidays. AdChoices广告In fact, sales soared even further after an angry customer posted on Facebook a receipt showing RM114 for three bowls of cendol served with Musang King.Ariff Qayyum, who is the owner of Raja Cendol Taming Sari, said: “I’m so thankful the matter went viral. Now more people know about my stall and I’ve many more customers. My workers and I have never been busier.” He said durian lovers did not mind paying RM38 for a bowl of Musang King cendol, as they were well aware of the market price for the premium fruit. While the Musang King cendol is the clear winner among his customers, he said the Udang Merah cendol (RM20 a bowl), D24 cendol (RM20), hybrid durian cendol (RM17) and normal cendol (RM7) are also popular.“Just for each serving of Musang King cendol, I use between 120gm and 150gm of the pulp,” he said, adding that his durians are mostly sourced from Johor and Pahang.Since he is particular about the quality of durian he uses to prepare the dessert, he has to cope with the fluctuating prices of durians.“Between November and January, durian prices shoot up due to smaller harvest. During the durian season from May to August, prices start to drop. Cheap or expensive, I still have to buy my stock,” he said.Before he opened his stall, he worked at his family-owned factory that produced durian-­based snacks.Using his savings of RM25,000 as capital, he started the venture. His father Mohd Zamri Mohd Taib, 51, who is his business adviser, was the one who suggested that he put Musang King cendol in his menu and to add gula melaka syrup to enhance the taste.Last year, the young entrepreneur raked in total sales of RM950,000. Ariff Qayyum said he hoped to open bran­ches in Kuala Lumpur and Johor in future.Ahmad Dhani Mikail, 18, a student from Indonesia, when met at the stall recently said it was the first time he was trying out the Musang King cendol.“I usually prefer ice kacang to cendol. But this cendol durian is really delicious,” he said.His Singaporean friend Samantha Ng, 18, said she has eaten cendol in Singapore but found Raja Cendol Taming Sari’s durian cendol the best she so far.“It is more fragrant and the gula melaka is not that sweet. I can have two bowls in one go,” she said.Another customer from Seremban, Abdul Manaf Ibrahim, 47, said he was a durian lover and would never miss the opportunity to enjoy Musang King cendol whenever he visits Melaka. — Bernamacenter_img Nation 01 Jun 2019 M’sia to start exporting Musang King to China in August Nation 10 Jul 2019 Melaka exco member plans to give Dr M durians as a birthday gift Related Newslast_img read more

BJP is using money power Abhishek Manu Singhvi on Karnataka crisis

first_imgOther Videos from India 26:36 Sat, 13 Jul, 2019 20 Years of Kargil: A ground report from Tololing in Drass 01:59 Sat, 13 Jul, 2019 First prototype of Brahmos-NG will be ready by 2024 00:41 Sat, 13 Jul, 2019 Watch: Audi spotted performing stunt at Delhi’s Vijay Chowk 03:16 Sat, 13 Jul, 2019 Pakistan removes 5 Pro-Khalistani leaders from Kartarpur corridor panel 02:13 Sat, 13 Jul, 2019 Enter the Growler: S-400 missile ground report from Moscow 01:52 Sat, 13 Jul, 2019 UP law panel drafts stringent law for mob lynching, recommends life term 03:31 Fri, 12 Jul, 2019 Delhi: Farmers of Khera Khurd shift their tubewells due to depleting water levels 02:41 Fri, 12 Jul, 2019 Nataka in Karnataka: Rahul Gandhi breaks his silence, says BJP using money power to topple govts Load More Other Video CategoriesIndiaSportsWorldMoviesSo SorryTelevisionlast_img read more

2 held for swindling money from people on pretext of depositing cash

first_img2 held for swindling money from people on pretext of depositing cash into bank accountsThe accused, identified as Jitender Mehto (32) and Baccha Lal Kumar (19), are residents of the same village in Bihar’s West Champaran district.advertisement Press Trust of India New DelhiJuly 12, 2019UPDATED: July 12, 2019 19:16 IST The accused used to dupe people of their money on the pretext of helping out the customers during the rush hours. (Reuters photo used for representation)Two men have been arrested here for allegedly swindling people out of their cash on the pretext of helping them make deposits into their bank accounts using machines, police said Friday.The accused, identified as Jitender Mehto (32) and Baccha Lal Kumar (19), are residents of the same village in Bihar’s West Champaran district, they said.”They were arrested on July 4 at around 2 pm when they again came to target people at a bank branch in Bhogal,” Deputy Commissioner of Police (Southeast) Chinmoy Biswal said.The complaint was filed on June 7, police said.They said the complainant alleged that on May 27, while he was depositing Rs 45,000 into his account using the machine installed at the bank branch in Bhogal, two persons came there and on the pretext of helping him, swindled him out of his cash.The duo was arrested after police scanned CCTV footage of the premises where the incident took place, they said.The interrogation revealed that the accused used to work as labours in West Bengal and few months back, they met one Babu, who was also from their village and used to work in Delhi, police said.Babu used to dupe people using same modus operandi. He allured Mehto and Kumar to work with him, Biswal said, adding that they used to pay 20 per cent commission to Babu and he had assured them to provide support in case they get arrested.On the pretext of helping out the customers during the rush hours, the accused used to dupe people of their money, he said.While helping out the targets in depositing their cash, the accused secretly used to press the “add transaction” button on the machine and then would tell them that the deposit was successful, the DCP said.However, as soon as the target left the premises, the accused pressed the “cancel” button, resulting in a failed transaction due to which the cash would come out of the machine, police said.Also Read | Class 7 dropout from Hissar spirits away Rs 3,000 crore by cheating 20 lakh peopleAlso Read | Banker wife dupes husband of Rs 45 lakh in PuneFor the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for World Cup news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byChanchal Chauhan Nextlast_img read more