Province Strengthening Programs for Persons with Disabilities

first_imgCOMMUNITY SERVICES–Province Strengthening Programs for Personswith Disabilities The province of Nova Scotia reinforced its commitment tostrengthening programs for persons with disabilities in its firstannual report under the Multi-lateral Framework for Labour MarketAgreements for Persons with Disabilities. The report was releasedtoday, Dec. 3, the International Day of Disabled Persons. It reflects the province’s goal to improve accountability forlabour market programs and services for persons with disabilitiesand it will serve as a baseline for future reporting. “It’s important to be able to measure the effectiveness of ourprograms and services to ensure we are meeting the needs ofpersons with disabilities,” said David Morse, Minister ofCommunity Services. “The new framework offers us an opportunityto evaluate and strengthen these programs to better supportlabour market participation for persons with disabilities.” The departments of Community Services, Education and Health havedelivered labour market programs for persons with disabilitiesfor many years — including career counseling, campus-basedsupports, addiction treatments and mental health services. Theseprograms and services are supported by more than $15-million inannual cost-shared funding from the province and the federalgovernment. Following the signing of the labour market agreement in April,Nova Scotia received an additional $800,000 in federal fundingfor this fiscal year. The funding was distributed evenly amongthe three departments to support existing programs and services. The province also began the process of evaluating its programsand services in consultation with the disability community –work that will continue in the coming year. “We are committed to engaging in meaningful, ongoing consultationwith the disability community and will work closely with theDisabled Persons Commission to ensure this happens,” said Mr.Morse. “We’re pleased to see the province’s commitment to consult withthe disability community on programs and services that affectthem,” said Charlie Macdonald, executive director of the DisabledPersons Commission. “It’s a good fit with our mandate, as well asthe theme for this year’s International Day of Disabled Persons,which is Nothing about us without us.” Mr. Morse said the province’s goal is to achieve full inclusionfor people with disabilities. “By working together, the lives of people with disabilities willbe improved,” said Mr. Morse, “and Nova Scotia will reap thebenefits of the many skills and talents they have to offer.” The goal of the multilateral framework is to improve theemployment situation for people with disabilities in Nova Scotiaby enhancing their employability, increasing employmentopportunities available and building on the existing knowledgebase. The first annual report under the framework can be foundon the department’s website at read more

CBCF To Honor Dionne Warwick At 20th Annual Celebration Of Leadership In

first_imgThe Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Incorporated (CBCF) announced that legendary actors Cicely Tyson, Richard Roundtree, and music icon Dionne Warwick will accept awards for their lifetime achievements in the arts during the 20th Annual Celebration of Leadership in the Fine Arts.The awards ceremony, which will take place Sept. 14 at the Sidney Harman Hall, 610 F Street NW in Washington, D.C. from 8:00 p.m. – 10:30 p.m., is organized in cooperation with the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) Spouses Visual and Performance Arts Scholarship program. This event will mark the start of the CBCF’s 46th Annual Legislative Conference (ALC), one of the nation’s leading public policy conferences.“With a lifetime of entertaining and educating us, this year’s honorees have also distinguished themselves as remarkable leaders and passionate advocates for the arts and arts education,” said CBCF president and CEO A. Shuanise Washington. “Their outstanding contributions and continuing commitment to the arts make them ideal to help elevate the visibility of the CBC Spouses Visual and Performance Arts Scholarship Program. The awards are conferred on artists whose legacy includes not only extraordinary works but a commitment to cultivating future generations of artists.”Since 1996, the Celebration of Leadership in the Fine Arts has raised funds to support the CBC Spouses Visual and Performing Arts Scholarship Fund. Twenty scholarships are awarded annually to highly qualified students pursuing undergraduate degrees in the arts, based on their creative talent, academic excellence, financial need and community service. Two of this year’s scholarship recipients, vocalist Lindsey Reynolds, and Justin Syas, a pianist, will perform during the event.“We have supported arts education for 20 years through the Celebration of Leadership in the Fine Arts, during a time when arts education has decreased in many schools,” said Dr. Maya Rockeymoore Cummings, a CBC Spouse and chair of the Celebration of Leadership in the Fine Arts. “We will continue to highlight the contributions of great artists while raising money to support aspiring scholarship recipients as it reinforces the importance of art and its impact in our communities.”The sponsors for this year’s Celebration of Leadership in the Fine Arts include Union Pacific Corporation, as the title sponsor, Heineken USA, ASPiRE and UP TV.Found out more here.last_img read more

Elizabeth Hurley To Host Breast Cancer Research Foundations The Hot Pink Party

first_imgThe Breast Cancer Research Foundation will once again host its annual Hot Pink Party in May, hosted by Elizabeth Hurley.Each spring, more than 1,000 of New York City’s most prominent philanthropists and celebrities attend The Hot Pink Party to raise crucial funds for BCRF’s lifesaving breast cancer research and celebrate advancements in the field to date. This year’s aquatic themed event, “New Depths”, is a nod to the BCRF researchers, who take a “deep dive” into the mysteries of cancer, with far reaching outcomes. BCRF Scientific Director Larry Norton will highlight major scientific progress in the field. The evening will honor Denise LeFrak, who will be presented with the Roslyn and Leslie Goldstein Unsung Hero Award by Roberta Model Amon. Thanks to the generosity of BCRF donors, sponsors, and partners, the evening is sure to make a splash!Joining Hurley at the event will be Special Musical Guest Mary J. Blige, and over 1,000 notable guests. Event Honorary Chairs are Sir Elton John & David Furnish and Judy & Leonard Lauder. Event Co-Chairs include Sandra Brant, Dee & Tommy Hilfiger, Donna Karan, Michael Kors, Kinga Lampert, Aerin Lauder, Lori Kanter Tritsch & William P. Lauder, Lizzie & Jonathan Tisch, Ingrid Vandebosch & Jeff Gordon, and Vera Wang among others.WHEN: Thursday, May 17, 20186:30 PM – Red Carpet Opens / Cocktails7:45 PM – Dinner BeginsWHERE: Park Avenue Armory 643 Park AvenueNew York, NY 10065To find out more about the event, click here.last_img read more

Humboldt Broncos to end GoFundMe fundraiser this Wednesday

first_imgHUMBOLDT, S.K. – The Humboldt Bronco’s and GoFundMe will shut down their online fundraiser this Wednesday.The GoFundMe campaign will end on Wednesday, April 18, 2018, at 11:59 p.m. MST.  In a press release posted to the team website, the organization thanked everyone for their generosity. As of Monday evening, over $12 million has been donated through the website.“First and foremost, the Broncos’ volunteer board of directors would like to express their tremendous love and sincere gratitude to everyone who has generously donated time and money to support our organization and its families, as we navigate through this dark and heart-wrenching time.The strain on the Broncos’ organization’s limited resources has been immense. Our priority currently remains focused – as it has been since day one – on working with our families, especially now as they lay their loved ones to rest, as well as on all our families and players struggling to heal, physically and mentally, in the wake of this devastating event.”Money from the GoFundMe campaign will be transferred to a newly created non-profit corporation known as “Humboldt Broncos Memorial Fund Inc.” to be allocated for their intended purpose. An advisory committee will be established to make recommendations for the allocations of all funds that will be held in trust.Any other fundraisers held after the GoFundMe campaign is closed can be donated to the HumboldtStrong Community Foundation.  The mission of the new foundation will be to support employees, families and volunteers connected to the Bronco’s team.For more information about how you can donate to the team, after the GoFundMe closes, visit www.humboldtstrong.infoOn April 12, Fort St. John residents came together and donated over $5,60o towards the campaign.last_img read more

Stabilization force in preparation for Libya Morocco considered to be part

Rabat – The situation in Libya is truly alarming. The State is into a shambles and chaos is everywhere.Many people regret the era of the dictator Khaddaffi, they argue that, undoubtedly, he was ruthless but law and order reigned and Libya was respected and feared worldwide. Today, everyone is pitying the country and its people and parliamentarians are praying Western countries, openly, to come to their rescue, but, so far, they have not obliged.In the field, the picture is grim, the country is back in the Middle Ages, it is ruled by numerous heavily-armed warlords with different ideologies and approaches to ruling post-khaddafi Libya, most of which uphold a Salafist form of Islam, in many ways, close to Wahabism. The secularists, though representing a sizeable portion of the population, like in many parts of the MENA region, skirt defying the religious zealots for fear to be considered infidels and, as a result, excommuned. Realizing that the country is slidng into chaos and falling in the grip of fierce religious extremists, who, some of which, were responible for the attack of its embassy and the death of its diplomats, the United States encouraged the retired General Khalifa Haftar to take on the Islamists. With the help of the airforce, he launched a battle, he dubbed  karama “dignity,” to regain control of the country. However, his entreprise hurriedly-designed and badly-coached turned into a miltary disaster, and the Islamists emboldened by their success took control of Tripoli and Benghazi and gave the boot to both the paper government and the national assembly, that were obliged to move to Tobrouk, in the east, [a city close to Egypt], the anti-Islamist ally, to continue to exist.In view of this disastrous situation, the Western countries, that helped defeat Khaddafi with deadly airstrikes, are seriousy considering finishing the business they started few years go by putting together an international task force that would have to fulfill the following objectives:1 –  Disarm all militias, whatever or wherever they are;2 –  Prop up the national assembly;3 –  Help set up a legitimate government;4 –  Help build a national army and a police force; and5 –  Help resume oil-exporting to bolster the Libyan ailing national economy.So far, it seems that the Western countries are considering to make the internationl stabilization force of: the United States, France, Britain, Italy, Canada and Australia, and to make it acceptable to the local Muslim population, it will comprise such countries as Morocco, Turkey, Jordan and probably Egypt, if it is not rejected by the Islamist Libyan militias, for its repression of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood.The Stabilization force will, first, secure the cities of Tripoli and Benghazi, then move on to other cities. The militias’ combatants, as icentive, will be offered to disarm and in return secure a position in the army and the security apparatus and their chiefs and key figures to form poitical parties and join the government. As for General Khalifa Haftar, he will be asked to return to his retirement.Hopefully this plan would save the face of all forces in presence and allow Libya to be reclaimed from chaos and failure, before it becomes another Somalia in North Africa, a situation that nobody wants.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed read more

UN chief to visit Ecuador and Peru next week

In Quito, the Ecuadorian capital, Mr. Ban will meet with President Rafael Correa and other senior Government officials.He will then proceed to Peru, where he will confer with President Alan García and other senior officials.While in Peru, Mr. Ban is also expected to call on Javier Pérez de Cuéllar, a Peruvian diplomat who served as UN Secretary-General between 1982 and 1991.The trip will be the Secretary-General’s first official visit to the two Latin American nations. 9 February 2011Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will at the weekend travel to Ecuador and Peru for official visits during which he will confer with the leaders of the two countries, the United Nations announced today.

Annan arrives in Paris for consultations on eve of Cyprus talks

In addition to holding discussions with Alvaro de Soto, Mr. Annan is scheduled to meet with French Foreign Minister, Dominique de Villepin. Tomorrow, the Secretary-General is expected to meet, both separately and then together, with His Excellency Glafcos Clerides, the Greek Cypriot leader, and His Excellency Rauf Denktash, the Turkish Cypriot leader.

Microsoft bientôt plus de 40 des PC équipés de Windows 7

first_imgMicrosoft : bientôt plus de 40% des PC équipés de Windows 7Windows 7 s’apprête à devenir le premier système d’exploitation pour ordinateurs du marché. D’après un bilan dressé par le cabinet d’études Gartner, le dernier OS de Microsoft détiendra ainsi, avant la fin 2011, 42% des parts de marché.D’ici à la fin de l’année, Windows 7 détiendra plus de 40% des parts du marché des OS et deviendra le système d’exploitation le plus populaire du monde, affirme le cabinet Gartner dans une étude qu’il vient de publier. En 2011, 94% des ordinateurs vendus à travers le monde seront ainsi dotés d’un système d’exploitation Windows, quand Mac OS ne dépassera pas 4,5%, et Linux se contentera de moins de 2% du parc informatique mondial. Et avant la fin de l’année, ce sont près de 635 millions de nouveaux PC qui seront livrés avec Windows 7, souligne l’étude.À lire aussiOstéoporose : traitement, symptômes, causes, définition, de quoi s’agit-il ?Des chiffres impressionnants, certes, mais qui ne devraient pas rester aussi élevés bien longtemps. Gartner prédit en effet la fin de la domination de Windows pour 2012. 50% des applications destinées aux entreprises seront alors “OS-agnostiques” et pourront donc fonctionner sous plusieurs systèmes d’exploitation. Le développement du cloud computing, qui permet d’utiliser un OS dématérialisé, devrait aussi contribuer à freiner Windows.Gartner souligne en outre la tendance ascendante que suit le système d’exploitation d’Apple. Ainsi, en 2015, 5,2 % des ordinateurs pourraient être dotés de Mac OS, tandis que Linux ne devrait pas équiper plus de 2% des machines au cours des cinq années à venir.Le 10 août 2011 à 16:04 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Google Maps Speed Limit Signs Are Spotted in More US Cities

first_img Google Maps is making its speed limit signs more accessible for drivers across the U.S.On Wednesday, Google Maps users in Los Angeles, New York City, and Minnesota spotted the speed limit feature on their smartphones, Android Police reported. The feature, which was introduced in 2017, was previously only working in two metropolitan areas: Rio de Janeiro and San Francisco.#HeyGoogle, take me to work.Now you can use the Google Assistant hands-free to have a productive and safe commute →— Google Maps (@googlemaps) January 14, 2019The speed limit feature is easy to see: It appears on the left side of users’ smartphone screens, so they’ll be alerted right away if they have to drive faster or slower on their trip. Google Maps also notifies drivers how long it will take if they choose another route. For example, if a driver decides to make a right turn, Google Maps will say “8 min slower” or “2 min slower” if their directions change.It’s unknown if Google is rolling out the speed limit feature in more destinations, however, Google Maps has recently received more updates, Engadget reported. In November, Google Maps conducted a speed traps test, which will help it improve car incident evaluations in the future. Last year, Google Maps also added EV charging station information for electric car drivers, so they can juice up their vehicles on the go.More on Translate Adds More Languages to Wikipedia Article EditingGoogle Assistant Will Soon Be Available on One Billion DevicesFCC Approves Google’s ‘Soli’ Radar-Based Motion Sensor Stay on target 50 Attorneys General Launch Bipartisan Probe Into GoogleYouTube Fined $170M For Alleged Child Privacy Law Violation last_img read more

GarganoCiampa rivalry continues Former FCW head at WWE PC WWE starsJuventus soccer

first_img Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Pinterest Google+ Smackdown Women’s Championship match added to Clash of Champions on September 15 Gargano/Ciampa rivalry continuesWWE has posted the following video clip that can be seen above with Johnny Gargano and Candice LeRae that continues the rivalry between Gargano and Tommaso Ciampa. Former FCW head appears at WWE PCWWE and NXT referee Drake Wuertz posted the following photo on Twitter with former head of FCW, Steve Keirn, during Keirn’s visit to the WWE Performance Center this past week. Love me some Steve Keirn…so great to have him back at the @WWEPerformCtr this week.— Drake Wuertz (@WWEDrakeWuertz) May 25, 2018Keirn helped run FCW as a developmental territory for WWE from 2008 to 2012 when FCW became NXT in prelude to the opening of the Performance Center in 2013. WWE stars visit Juventus soccer teamThe Juventus soccer team posted the following on Twitter, showcasing WWE stars Bayley and Jinder Mahal visiting the team last week during WWE’s UK tour. See what happened when @WWE’s @ItsBayleyWWE & @JinderMahal came to Turin to teach @PauDybala_JR & @DouglasCosta a thing or two… #ForzaJuve #WWETurin #SpeakWWE— JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) May 25, 2018center_img WWE 2K20’s 2K Showcase Mode will showcase the careers of The Four Horsewomen Twitter WWE RAW Results – 9/9/19 (Steve Austin moderates, KOTR Semifinal, Women’s Tag Match) WhatsApplast_img read more

BAHAMAS Courtesy Call By Ms Eilleen Shania Twain Country Singer Youre Still

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, December 11, 2017 – Nassau – Country Singer & Songwriter, Eileen “Shania” Twain & Family paid a courtesy call on Prime Minister, Dr. the Hon. Hubert A. Minnis at the Office of the Prime Minister, December 7, 2017.Pictured are Prime Minister Minnis (centre right), Eileen Shania Twain (centre) & Family, with OPM Staff.(Photo/Yontalay Bowe, OPM Media Services) Related Items:last_img

25 believe money worries affect their ability to do their job

first_imgA quarter (25%) of employee respondents with money problems feel that this affects their ability to do their job, according to research by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) and Close Brothers Asset Management.The survey of 1,817 adults also found that 41% of respondents believe that being rewarded in a fair and consistent manner would help to improve their financial wellbeing.The research also found:Nearly a third (32%) of London-based respondents with money problems feel this affects their ability to do their job.26% of respondents believe that being able to save for the future through a pension would help to improve their financial wellbeing.31% of 18 to 24-year-old respondents with money worries feel this affects their ability to do their job.20% of respondents who earn between £45,000 and £59,999 think that financial anxiety has affected their ability to do their job.28% of female respondents report that money worries affect their work, compared to 23% of men.30% of respondents working in the public sector believe money worries have affected their job performance.60% of London-based respondents value being able to save for the future, compared to 38% of respondents from the rest of the UK.19% of respondents report that losing sleep over financial worries has impacted their ability to their job.Charles Cotton (pictured), reward and performance adviser at the CIPD, said: “This report shines a light on how financial wellbeing can impact not just employee health, but also workplace productivity. Money worries affect people regardless of their age, gender or level of pay, and with one in four admitting it negatively impacts their work, it’s clear that organisations should be focusing on financial wellbeing as part of their workplace agenda. This will become increasingly important over the next 18 months, as rising inflation is likely to lead to a pay squeeze and increased concerns about personal finances.“Employers have a duty of care to their employees but will also see their bottom lines benefit if they invest time in developing a financial wellbeing strategy and play and active role in supporting staff in this area. Today’s businesses need to consider the impact financial worries are having on employee health, happiness and productivity and look at what they can do to help reduce stress levels.”Jeanette Makings, head of financial education at Close Brothers Asset Management, added: “Pensions changes, increasing life expectancy, uncertain economic times, rising inflation and constant changes to the tax system mean that the financial landscape has never been more difficult to navigate. Money worries now weigh heavily on a huge number of employees around the country, impacting their performance in the workplace, so it is more important than ever that employers recognise the role they can play in helping staff to understand and improve their financial wellbeing.“Equipping staff with the tools they need to take control of their finances now and for the future will not only improve their own wellbeing, it has been proven to boost productivity levels, benefitting both businesses and [employees].”last_img read more

Bullet train station in Thane to be reworked to save mangroves

first_imgNew Delhi: NHSRCL, the implementing agency of the Railways bullet train project, said on Saturday that they have reworked the design of the station in Thane, Maharashtra, to reduce the number of affected mangroves from the estimated 53,000 to 32,044. National High Speed Rail Corporation Limited (NHRSCL) MD Achal Khare said in a statement that all the required wildlife, forest and CRZ clearance has been taken. He said the forest clearance came with a few conditions. The Environment Ministry had put a condition that the Thane station design be reviewed so that the affected mangrove region can be reduced. Also Read – National Herald case: Officer bearers of Congress were cheats, Subramanian Swamy tells court Advertise With Us “That without changing the location of Thane station, in what all ways can we reduce the Mangrove region – this is what we discussed that design with Japanese engineers and modified it accordingly,” Khare said. “Passenger areas like the parking area and passenger handling area have now been moved out of the mangrove region. The location of station is the same but after redesigning it, earlier 12 hector mangrove region was getting affected in Thane, but now only three hector will get affected. So this way, we have reduced around 21,000 mangroves and now only 32,044 mangroves will get affected from the entire project. Earlier there were around 53,000 mangroves getting affected,” he said. Also Read – Dehydrated elephant being given treatment Advertise With Us Khare further said that the NHSRCL will get the mangroves affected by the bullet train project compensated at the rate of 1:5, by depositing money into mangroves cell, which will do the compensatory afforestation. “So the number of mangroves which are getting cut is 32,044. Then around 1,60,000 new mangroves will be planted and the entire financial expense will be borne by NHSRCL. New mangroves will be planted through mangrove cells,” he added. Earlier, Maharashtra Transport Minister Diwakar Raote had said on Monday in a reply to a question in the state Legislative Council that as many as 54,000 mangroves spread over 13.36 hectares will be affected because of the Mumbai-Ahmedabad High Speed Rail Corridor.last_img read more

Villagers locked up school in Nellore district

first_imgNellore: The incident of villagers locked up the school has taken place in Nellore district on Tuesday. The villagers have locked up the government school at SC Colony of Padamati Kambhampadu village in Ananthasagaram Mandal of the district. After locking up, the parents of students have staged protest in front of the school. They raised concerns that till now, no sufficient teachers were recruited even after so many days of the school reopen.last_img

Funerals Grieving Teens Raw Emotions After School Shooting

first_imgEach funeral for the victims of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High massacre is different, yet the same: the mourning relatives, teens walking in clutches wearing black, politicians paying their respects, media cameras pointing at the entrance from across the parking lot.And each service takes its toll on the young mourners, many of them attending more friends’ funerals in a span of days than many middle-aged people have in their lifetimes. Services for 14 Stoneman Douglas students, the athletic director, a coach and a geography teacher began Friday, two days after the shooting, and will end in the next few days.Erica Sparrow, a 17-year-old senior, said Monday that she went to her first funeral a couple of weeks ago, “now I have one every day.” She and her friend, Lauren Kuperman, also 17, began ticking off names — Meadow Pollack from Friday, Joaquin Oliver from Saturday and Alaina Petty’s on Monday. Three more Tuesday, another Wednesday. It’s both difficult and cathartic, the girls said.“It kind of helps but at the same time it makes me sad,” Sparrow said.Stoneman Douglas senior Lewis Mizen said Monday he had never attended a funeral for someone his own age before the weekend. He will attend another Tuesday. When an older family member dies, he said, it seems natural that their children and grandchildren speak about their loss, but seeing parents eulogize their child cuts deep emotionally.“Seeing a father freak out, I hope I never have to see something like that again,” Mizen said. “Right now, it all seems very surreal.”The funerals have taken place in churches and synagogues, funeral homes and conference centers, all packed, sometimes with crowds topping 2,000. The last-arriving mourners have often been forced outside into the Florida heat, where they stand respectfully for an hour, straining to hear a snippet of the service.Monday’s funeral for Petty, a 14-year-old freshman, was unique but also unfortunately too common in this grieving community. More than 1,500 mourners, most dressed in black, filed into The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Coral Springs to remember the Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps member. Family members spoke about how she enthusiastically joined other Mormon youth to help with cleanup efforts in September after Hurricane Irma, and of her love of dogs and her confidence and wit.Her father Ryan Petty spoke about the support his family has received from their church, the community and from around the country and world.“We could not get through this without the love, prayers and support offered,” he said. “We may never know all of the acts of kindness that have been rendered on our behalf this past week. We have witnessed hundreds in just the past few days but we know that is a small fraction of the total.”Other fathers and mothers have said similar words in recent days, begging mourners to never forget their child and to treat each other with kindness.The father of 18-year-old Meadow Pollack called out the 19-year-old gunman Nikolas Cruz, the former Stoneman Douglas student who has admitted Wednesday’s killings, yelling, “You killed my daughter!” before calling him an obscenity. The mother of Alyssa Alhadeff, 14, called on politicians to enact laws that will prevent future school massacres.Siblings also have bared their loss. Petty’s older sister, Meghan Petty, talked about how Alaina will now be her guardian angel and that the shooting should not detract from the goodness that lives within the community.“What happened to her is that it was a very, very ugly act that was committed by one person but as you look around at how many people who are here … there are thousands more who are doing something really beautiful for my sister,” Meghan Petty said.Dr. Francisco Cruz, lead psychiatrist at Ketamine Health Centers, suggested some survivors may want to limit themselves to services for their close friends, but he said overexposure to news coverage and social media posts about the shooting may be more harmful than attending several funerals.“Going through the funeral process and remembering your classmates and feeling support from friends and family and the community can be empowering,” Cruz said. “It can help people to get through these tough times and help them be more resilient down the line.” Twitter via @BostonGlobeAnger boils over as funerals for shooting victims begin in Florida Sharelast_img read more

The Problem With Polls Isnt the Lies Respondents May Tell

first_imgJune 14, 2016 Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. On June 23, the people of Britain will decide whether the United Kingdom should withdraw from the European Union. It’s a question that hasn’t been up for debate since 1975, when voters considerd a similar issue.Related: Why Market Research MattersHow will they decide this time? If you were to consult online polling data, you’d think the referendum was a dead heat. Back in late May, prominent U.K. pollster ICM showed that voters were evenly divided, with the percentages of those wanting “out” and those wanting “in” practically tied, at 45 percent.YouGov also shows the yeas and nays practically tied — and playing tug-of-war over just 1 percentage point.But phone polls and statement by pundits reveal a far different forecast. Judging by those sources, the likelihood of Britain’s leaving the Union is mighty slim, with “remain” commanding a double-digit lead in multiple phone polls from the past month.That discrepancy might lead some people to toss out polling data altogether. If that U.K. data can’t provide a true picture of public sentiment, why even bother gathering it? But the actual situation is quite different: Because, when it comes to polling, the important thing isn’t the data itself but how you capture and interpret it.Surveys: startup marvel or mirage?Consider the startup space, for example. Startups crash for all sorts of reasons, but an alarming percentage of startup failures can be tied to founders who didn’t do their research. Smart startups, on the other hand, conduct research that informs product development, prevents product-market fit problems and measures brand sentiments.Such market research, by surveys, isn’t common among geopolitical organizations. But, what startups have in common with those geopolitical organizations is their need to pay close attention to how their surveys are gathered and interpreted.The problem? Raw data is always up for interpretation, so entrepreneurs conducting surveys must think critically about the methods, questions and biases behind their results.Related: 5 Ways Customer Data Can Up Your Customer-Experience GameTo truly take the temperature of your particular entrepreneurial market niche, be sure to put controls in place that promote accurate collection and assessment of data. Here are some recommended strategies:1. Shut out biases at every turn.Like dye tossed into a washing machine, biases can quickly taint every data point a survey turns up. One of the greatest sources of bias can come from a study’s moderator: Everything from this person’s facial expression, to tone, to manner of dress, can adversely color results.To guard against this problem, conduct surveys anonymously, asking only for information central to the survey. Use mobile or in-app surveys to capture data conveniently. Customers are clamoring to interact with brands online, which is why it’s so surprising that just 17 percent of researchers leverage mobile surveys.2. Make ‘opt-in’ the standard.Customers want to respond to surveys on their terms, so let them opt-in on their own schedules. That’s where an in-app survey comes in handy: It doesn’t force itself upon users, so it prevents skewed results from people who just click through absentmindedly.Try rewarding respondents with fewer ads, which most people would rather avoid entirely. A recent study found that 83 percent of people surveyed said they preferred surveys to comparatively intrusive mobile ads.3. Screen users at the start.When structured properly, a screening question can significantly boost a survey sample’s relevance. Filter respondents by their answers to questions about attitudes, behaviors, opinions or prior experiences.For example, if you manufacture watches and want to know about consumers’ favorite time pieces, you might ask, “When’s the last time you wore a watch?” Use the results to screen out bare-wristed users irrelevant to your study.4. Keep it brief.Let’s face it: Nobody’s going to spend half an hour answering questions out of the goodness of his or her heart. So, considering that 52 percent of people won’t spend even three minutes on a survey, limit your questions to 10 or fewer.Start by determining the survey’s objective: What do you want to glean from the findings? Then, work through the questions and answers, sticking to 140 characters or fewer for each. Eighty percent of people abandon surveys halfway through, so prioritize your questions to focus on what you really need to know; and chop it off after 10.Yes, ten is tough, but it’s do-able, with a focused survey. After Uber changed its logo, we wanted to determine whether that was a wise branding move. It took just five questions and 2,000 respondents to arrive at an answer: 44 percent of respondents didn’t know what the logo represented.Related: 5 Steps to Creating Effective Customer SurveysIn the end, polls and surveys can’t tell the future, but they can tell you what consumers are thinking. So, take survey data for what it’s worth, but never take it at face value. As with most things in life, it’s always up to interpretation. Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals 5 min read Register Now »last_img read more

7 Black Hat USA 2018 conference cybersecurity training highlights Hardware attacks IO

first_imgThe 21st International Conference of Black Hat USA 2018, has just concluded. It took place from August 4, 2018 – August 9, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. It is one of the most anticipated conferences of the year for security practitioners, executives, business developers and anyone who is a cybersecurity fanatic and wants to expand their horizon into the world of security. Black Hat USA 2018 opened with four days of technical training followed by the two-day main conference featuring Briefings, Arsenal, Business Hall, and more. The conference covered exclusive training modules that provided a hands-on offensive and defensive skill set building opportunity for security professionals. The Briefings covered the nitty-gritties of all the latest trends in information security. The Business Hall included a network of more than 17,000 InfoSec professionals who evaluated a range of security products offered by Black Hat sponsors. Best cybersecurity Trainings  in the conference: For more than 20 years, Black Hat has been providing its attendees with trainings that stand the test of time and prove to be an asset in penetration testing. The training modules designed exclusively for Black Hat attendees are taken by industry and subject matter experts from all over the world with the goal of shaping the information security landscape. Here’s a look at a few from this year’s conference. #1 Applied Hardware attacks: Embedded and IOT systems This hands-on training was headed by Josh Datko, and Joe Fitzpatrick that: Introduced students to the common interfaces on embedded MIPS and ARM systems Taught them how to exploit physical access to grant themselves software privilege. Focussed on UART, JTAG, and SPI interfaces. Students were given a brief architectural overview. 70% hands-on labs- identifying, observing, interacting, and eventually exploiting each interface. Basic analysis and manipulation of firmware images were also covered. This two-day course was geared toward pen testers, red teamers, exploit developers, and product developers who wished to learn how to take advantage of physical access to systems to assist and enable other attacks. This course also aimed to show security researchers and enthusiasts- who are unwilling to ‘just trust the hardware’- to gain deeper insight into how hardware works and can be undermined. #2 Information Operations: Influence, exploit, and counter This fast-moving class included hands-on exercises to apply and reinforce the skills learned during the course of the training. It also included a best IO campaign contest which was conducted live during the class. Trainers David Raymond and Gregory Conti covered information operations theory and practice in depth. Some of the main topics covered were IO Strategies and Tactics, Countering Information Operations and Operations Security and Counter Intelligence. Users learned about Online Personas and explored the use of bots and AI to scale attacks and defenses. Other topics included understanding performance and assessment metrics, how to respond to an IO incident, exploring the concepts of Deception and counter-deception, and Cyber-enabled IO. #3 Practical Vulnerability discovery with fuzzing: Abdul Aziz Hariri and Brian Gorenc trained students on techniques to quickly identify common patterns in specifications that produce vulnerable conditions in the network. The course covered the following- Learning the process to build a successful fuzzer, and highlight public fuzzing frameworks that produce quality results. “Real world” case studies that demonstrated the fundamentals being introduced. Leverage existing fuzzing frameworks, develop their own test harnesses, integrate publicly available data generation engines and automate the analysis of crashing test cases. This class was aimed at individuals wanting to learn the fundamentals of the fuzzing process, develop advanced fuzzing frameworks, and/or improve their bug finding capabilities. #4 Active Directory Attacks for Red and Blue teams: Nikhil Mittal’s main aim to conduct the training was to change how you test an Active Directory Environment. To secure Active Directory, it is important to understand different techniques and attacks used by adversaries against it. The AD environments lack the ability to tackle latest threats. Hence, this training was aimed towards attacking modern AD Environment using built-in tools like PowerShell and other trusted OS resources. The training was based on real-world penetration tests and Red Team engagements for highly secured environments. Some of the techniques used in the course were- Extensive AD Enumeration Active Directory trust mapping and abuse. Privilege Escalation (User Hunting, Delegation issues and more) Kerberos Attacks and Defense (Golden, Silver ticket, Kerberoast and more) Abusing cross-forest trust (Lateral movement across forest, PrivEsc and more) Attacking Azure integration and components Abusing SQL Server trust in AD (Command Execution, trust abuse, lateral movement) Credentials Replay Attacks (Over-PTH, Token Replay etc.) Persistence (WMI, GPO, ACLs and more) Defenses (JEA, PAW, LAPS, Deception, App Whitelisting, Advanced Threat Analytics etc.) Bypassing defenses Attendees also acquired a free one month access to an Active Directory environment. This comprised of multiple domains and forests, during and after the training. #5 Hands-on Power Analysis and Glitching with ChipWhisperer This course was suited for anyone dealing with embedded systems who needed to understand the threats that can be used to break even a “perfectly secure” system. Side-Channel Power Analysis can be used to read out an AES-128 key in less than 60 seconds from a standard implementation on a small microcontroller. Colin O’Flynn helped the students understand whether their systems were vulnerable to such an attack or not. The course was loaded with hands-on examples to teach them about attacks and theories. The course included a ChipWhisperer-Lite, that students could walk away with the hardware provided during the lab sessions. During the two-day course, topics covered included : Theory behind side-channel power analysis, Measuring power in existing systems, Setting up the ChipWhisperer hardware & software, Several demonstrated attacks, Understanding and demonstration glitch attacks, and Analyzing your own hardware #6 Threat Hunting with attacker TTPs A proper Threat Hunting program focused on maximizing the effectiveness of scarce network defense resources to protect against a potentially limitless threat was the main aim of this class. Threat Hunting takes a different perspective on performing network defense, relying on skilled operators to investigate and find the presence of malicious activity. This training used standard network defense and incident response (which target flagging known malware). It focussed on abnormal behaviors and the use of attacker Tactics, Techniques, and Procedures (TTPs). Trainers Jared Atkinson, Robby Winchester and Roberto Rodriquez taught students on how to create threat hunting hypotheses based on attacker TTPs to perform threat hunting operations and detect attacker activity. In addition, they used free and open source data collection and analysis tools (Sysmon, ELK and Automated Collection and Enrichment Platform) to gather and analyze large amounts of host information to detect malicious activity. They used these techniques and toolsets to create threat hunting hypotheses and perform threat hunting in a simulated enterprise network undergoing active compromise from various types of threat actors. The class was intended for defenders wanting to learn how to effectively hunt threats in enterprise networks. #7 Hands-on Hardware Hacking Training: The class, taught by Joe Grand, took the students through the process of reverse engineering and defeating the security of electronic devices. The comprehensive training covered Product teardown Component identification Circuit board reverse engineering Soldering and desoldering Signal monitoring and analysis, and memory extraction, using a variety of tools including a logic analyzer, multimeter, and device programmer. It concluded with a final challenge where users identify, reverse engineer, and defeat the security mechanism of a custom embedded system. Users interested in hardware hacking, including security researchers, digital forensic investigators, design engineers, and executive management benefitted from this class. And that’s not all! Some other trainings include– Software defined radio, a guide to threat hunting utilizing the elk stack and machine learning, AWS and Azure exploitation: making the cloud rain shells and much more. This is just a brief overview of the BlackHat USA 2018 conference, where we have handpicked a select few trainings. You can see the full schedule along with the list of selected research papers at the BlackHat Website. And if you missed out this one, fret not. There is another conference happening soon from 3rd December to 6th December 2018. Check out the official website for details. Read Next Top 5 cybersecurity trends you should be aware of in 2018 Top 5 cybersecurity myths debunked A new WPA/WPA2 security attack in town: Wi-fi routers watch out!last_img read more

Tinkerbell and Bob the Builder removed from flight for being unruly

first_imgTags: Disney, Ryanair, Stanstead Share Posted by Monday, August 20, 2018 Tinkerbell and Bob the Builder removed from flight for being unrulycenter_img << Previous PostNext Post >> Travelweek Group KRAKOW — Tinkerbell has had it up to here with flying, so it seems.A man dressed as the beloved Disney character – green dress, fairy wings and all – was recently escorted off a Ryanair flight by armed police for disruptive behaviour.But here’s the real kicker: Tinkerbell’s companion, Bob the Builder, was also kicked off the plane.The flight was due to take off from Stansted airport to Krakow, Poland last Friday when an unruly Tink “threatened to cut everyone up”, wrote Dan May, a fellow passenger, on Twitter. The unidentified male, who according to reports was on a stag party trip to Krakow, was soon escorted off the plane.Our flight to Krakow hasn’t taken off yet because a man dressed as Tinkerbell has threatened to cut everyone up. This is why you don’t fly Ryanair from Stansted.— Dan May (@dpmay) August 17, 2018According to witnesses, one officer adjusted the man’s wings before arresting him and taking him off the plane with his companion, who was dressed in a Bob the Builder outfit.More news:  Beep, beep! Transat hits the streets with Cubamania truckA Ryanair spokesman said: “Police removed and detained two passengers ahead of this flight from London Stansted to Krakow who were disruptive, before the aircraft departed to Krakow. We will not tolerate unruly or disruptive behaviour at any time and the safety and comfort of our customers, crew and aircraft is our number one priority. This is now a matter for local police.”The incident has renewed calls for implementing a two-drink limit per passenger and no alcohol sales before 10 a.m. at airports.“It’s incumbent on the airports to introduce these preventative measures to curb excessive drinking and the problems it creates, rather than allowing passengers to drink to excess before their flights,” the spokesperson added.The plane departed for Krakow after a short delay. We’re guessing Tinkerbell had to get there the good ol’ fashioned way – with pixie dust.last_img read more

Air New Zealand teams up with All Blacks

first_imgSource = Air New Zealand Air New Zealand teams up with All BlacksAir New Zealand has teamed up with the All Blacks and an all-star line-up of international rugby greats to tackle the airline’s latest on board safety video, Men in Black Safety Defenders.Inspired by the Columbia Pictures global film franchise Men in Black, Air New Zealand’s latest safety installment features All Black’s Captain Richie McCaw and Dan Carter as Men in Black agents.Starring alongside the two long-serving All Blacks is Coach Steve Hansen, teammates Kieran Read, Keven Mealamu, Sam Whitelock and Israel Dagg who gets to test his vocals alongside Kiwi musician Stan Walker.American actor Rip Torn reprises his role as Chief of the Men in Black with Wallabies great David Campese, former England Captain Martin Johnson and former Argentinean Captain Agustin Pichot making cameo appearances.The video was created in collaboration with Sony Pictures Entertainment’s Content Licensing group, with additional support from Sony Pictures Imageworks and Sony Pictures Entertainment’s Archives & Collections.“The creative concept and the parallels drawn between the All Blacks and the Men in Black are really clever. It’s been exciting to help Air New Zealand bring the Men in Black universe to life in this unique way,” says Emmanuelle Borde, Executive Vice President, Sony Pictures Entertainment.Air New Zealand Head of Global Brand Development Jodi Williams says the airline is Crazy About Rugby making the All Blacks the perfect partner for its latest safety offering.“We recently extended our sponsorship of the All Blacks and New Zealand Rugby through until 2020 and thought what better way to celebrate than with a safety video.”“We’ve worked with the All Blacks on previous safety videos and thought it would be fun this time around to have them step into the shoes of the other highly trained Men in Black. The result is not only entertaining but makes people sit up and take notice of the key safety messages.”All Blacks Captain Richie McCaw says the players had a great time making the video.“We had a lot of laughs on set and were blown away by Israel’s hidden singing talent. If rugby doesn’t work out for him he clearly has a promising career as a back-up singer.”Israel Dagg says growing up he was a huge fan of the Men in Black films.“I grew up listening to the iconic Men in Black movie soundtrack song. Hopefully I’ve done it some justice.”Australian Wallabies great David Campese admitted his appearance in Men in Black Safety Defenders is likely to come at a cost.“I’m expecting to get a right ribbing from my mates for appearing in a video promoting the All Blacks, Australia’s key opponents. They’ll never let me live it down.”Former Argentina Captain Agustin Pichot and Martin Johnson, former England Captain shared his sentiment.“The All Blacks are staunch rivals of the Pumas making it especially fun to play the role of their nemesis in Air New Zealand’s new safety video,” says Mr. Pichot.“I’m a big fan of Air New Zealand so was excited to get the call up to appear in the airline’s latest inflight video. I’m sure English rugby fans will have a few words to say about my appearance alongside the All Blacks too,” says Mr. Johnson.last_img read more

TravelManagers Wraps Up Latest Round of State Meetings

first_imgSource = TravelManagers TravelManagers Wraps Up Latest Round of State Meetings 71 PTMs attended TravelManagers’ Victoria state meeting, which was held in Melbourne’s Pan Pacific HotelTravelManagers Wraps Up Latest Round of State MeetingsTwice a year, every year, personal travel managers (PTMs) from all over Australia come together for a series of state-based meetings, organised by TravelManagers’ National Partnership Office (NPO), that are designed to keep attendees updated on the direction of the company. Throughout the course of the day, participants gain insights as to what is happening at NPO, hear from suppliers and, perhaps most importantly in a network of 570 home-based consultants, enjoy opportunities to connect with their colleagues.TravelManagers’ Executive General Manager, Michael Gazal, says meetings were held in Melbourne, Perth, Brisbane, Sydney and Adelaide, with a webinar version made available to PTMs who were unable to attend in person.“This round of meetings focused on our planning for the future of TravelManagers,” says Gazal. “In particular, it covered new commercial opportunities, updates from our Financial, Commercial and IT departments, and there was also time allocated to presentations from several of our key supplier partners.”Melanie Carter, who is TravelManagers’ representative for Scoresby, VIC, was one of 71 PTMs who attended the Victoria state meeting, which was held at Melbourne’s Pan Pacific Hotel. Carter, who has now attended 16 state meetings during her time with TravelManagers, says she places great value on the opportunity to catch up on what’s happening in the business.“There is always something new to learn,” she explains, “and as always, it was fantastic connecting with my colleagues.”Representative for Athelstone, SA, Lucrezia Caruso, is another PTM who always makes the effort to attend state meeting meetings, and says she found the latest, which was held at the Pullman Hotel in Adelaide, to have been as worthwhile as she has come to expect.“I know the meetings will provide a fabulous opportunity to network with both the NPO Team and my SA-based fellow PTMs,” she reports. “It’s always my day to focus on my business and learn more about what the company is up to, and I walk away feeling great about having put a day aside to be there.”Representative for Attadale, WA, Donna Jones is one of TravelManagers’ newer PTMs, and she describes her first-ever state meeting as “invaluable”.“Having completed my TravelManagers induction very recently, it was fabulous to reconnect with the NPO team and meet my fellow WA-based PTMs,” she explains. “I found the Business Partnership Panel session, in which two PTMs spoke about what they do to enhance their customers’ experience, especially interesting and enlightening.”Despite being new to TravelManagers, Jones has more than 15 years’ experience in the travel industry, and notes that the state meetings already appear as a firm commitment on her calendar.“As far as I’m aware, the opportunity to network with fellow PTMs from all over the state, along with suppliers and NPO, on a regular scheduled basis is unique within our industry. It’s such a great way to ensure that the needs of the group are met in a way that is personal and meaningful.”Among the 200-plus PTMs who attended the five meetings were 23 who were each celebrating five years with TravelManagers: a milestone which Gazal says the company is happy to mark by providing commemorative plaques and bottles of champagne.“Close to half of our PTMs have been with us for more than five years,” Gazal notes. “We attribute much of our success in retention to our focus on understanding the needs of the network and maintaining constant contact with our PTMs through state meetings and through the work of our nine state-based Business Partnership Managers (BPMs).”“State meetings give PTMs the ability to talk directly to the NPO experts in fares/ticketing, digital and social media, accounting and operational processes and general marketing – both formally in each meeting and informally on a one-on-one basis during the breaks throughout the day: some of our most valuable conversations take place over a cup of coffee.”For more information or to speak to someone confidentially about TravelManagers please contact Suzanne Laister on 1800 019 599.About TravelManagersTravelManagers is Australia’s market leader and biggest home-based travel business operating in all States & Territories. A wholly owned subsidiary of House of Travel, Australasia’s largest independent travel company which has a forecast turnover of $2 billion for 2019, TravelManagers is a sister company to Hoot Holidays, also owned by House of Travel. TravelManagers is solely dedicated to providing the best possible support to its network of more than 570 personal travel managers throughout Australia, through a dedicated team at the company’s National Partnership Office in Sydney. TravelManagers places all customer funds in a dedicated and audited Client Trust Account which is separate from the general business accounts, ensuring client funds are secure and only used for client purchases. This is supported by a Trust Account Fidelity Risk insurance policy to protect all clients’ funds in the unlikely event they are missing from, or not paid into the Insured Trust Account.Held twice a year around the country, TravelManagers’ state meetings provide PTMs with a chance to reconnect with fellow PTMs and NPO team members. (L-R) Renee Millard, Michael Gazal, JP Boutefeu, Jose Cañas, Lyndy Burston, Leah McGrathlast_img read more