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On Your Competitors and Pricing

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first_imgWe spend an awful lot of time and energy worrying about our competitors. You need to know how they create value, how they compete, and how they win so you can give them a good fight. But beyond that, you aren’t going to beat your competitors by playing their game; you are going to beat them by playing your game.You can’t win a fight with someone who is willing to die to beat you. So, you don’t fight that fight.They Will Go Where You Won’tWhen I was a young kid, I hung around with the roughest of rough crowds. Some of my friends were gifted fighters. Some were just mean. It never seemed to matter how much skill someone had when it came to fighting, the guy that won the fight was the guy that was willing to go someplace the other guy wasn’t willing to go.Some guys were willing to dish out more damage; they never felt bad about doing it either. They were just mean guys. Other guys were willing to put themselves in harm’s way to win. They were willing to bring themselves close to serious physical harm just to win.This is what you are up against.Doling Out PunishmentSome of your competitors are willing to destroy their business model faster than you are willing to destroy your business model.If your business model isn’t built around lowest price and you compete that way, your competitor is doling out the punishment. By trying to follow them and winning on price, you are destroying your profitability—and with it your ability to deliver for your clients.This isn’t your fight. If you built your value proposition on trust, caring, and delivering for your clients, this is the fastest and surest way to destroy what you’ve built. It might look like you are winning, but I promise: you are really losing.Willing to Die to WinSome of your competitors are willing to go out of business faster than you are willing to go out of business.That’s not a race you should try to win.I know some companies that have sold price for so long, their debt is now approaching their annual revenue. They’ve acquired. Their cost structures have increased over time. Now they are straddled with debt and all they can do is try to feed the beast more revenue. They continually fail their clients, and everyone inside the company is miserable and stretched. These stories never end well—for the company, for their clients, or for their employees. As it turns out, you actually need profits to survive.Why would you want to fight this fight? You are better off being a smaller, profitable, company than you are a giant, poorly performing, client-disappointing, loss-making machine.Sometimes it’s best to walk away from a fight. You never lose a fight that you never engage in. Instead, play your game better than anyone else.QuestionsDo you compete against companies that are destroying their model by selling price? How do you avoid following them down this path?Who do you compete against that is trying to go out of business faster than you? How do you let them win that race?What game should you be playing? How do you stick to your game and not get goaded into a fight that’s not for you? Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

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Heavy snowfall shuts highways in Kashmir

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first_imgKashmir witnessed an early spell of snowfall this year on Saturday, forcing closure of all three major highways connecting the valley with rest of the country. Air traffic was also stopped.“Moderate to heavy snowfall of 1.5 feet was reported in Kashmir valley, with highest snow formation in upper reaches and passes like Zojila. It’s the fourth time in the past two decades that Kashmir witnessed snowfall in November,” said Sonam Lotus, who heads the meteorological department in Srinagar.The three main highways — Jammu-Srinagar, Poonch-Srinagar and Kargil-Srinagar — were closed, cutting off the valley from the rest of India. The Leh-Manali-Zanskar route was also closed due to the snowfall. Over 100 stranded passengers were rescued from the Mughal Road, connecting the Pir Panjal valley with Srinagar.Air traffic suspended Air traffic was also suspended after snow accumulated on the runway at the airport in capital Srinagar. Seven Srinagar-bound flights were cancelled.Authorities have set up emergency control rooms across the valley “to meet any eventuality”.Srinagar recorded a day temperature of 6.3° Celsius, a dip of 13° from normal, sparking a cold wave. “There will be gradual improvement in the weather from Sunday,” said Mr. Lotus.Snowfall also affected power supply in Srinagar. Chief Engineer of the Power Development Department Hashmat Qazi said the snowfall resulted in trees, with thick foliage, “coming down heavily on electrical lines, damaging most of the 33KV lines.”“A full-fledged restoration work is underway but continuous snowfall has made it very difficult to maintain the lines, resulting in decreased power supply to just 80 MW as against the normal 1150 MW,” he said.Snow brings cheerThere was a wave of cheer among hundreds of locals and domestic tourists, as all hotspot tourist destinations of Gulmarg, Pahalgam and Sonamarg received heavy snowfall.Hundreds of locals uploaded live videos and pictures, as people greeted each other online on the season’s first snowfall. Kashmir has tradition to greet relatives and friends on the first snowfall.Apple crop damagedThe unusually early snowfall has damaged standing harvest of apple in north and south Kashmir. The snow uprooted the fruit-laden trees. Orchardists have appealed to the government to assess the damage in the Valley and “recommend compensation”.“The snow in the Valley looks beautiful as it heralds the arrival of winter but spare a thought for the horticulturalists. Part of the Apple crop is still on the trees, a large part is on the ground waiting sorting and packing and the trees still have leaves,” wrote National Conference vice president Omar Abdullah.last_img read more

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U.P. BJP leader’s father killed in road accident

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first_imgTwo persons, including the father of a Uttar Pradesh BJP leader, died when their car rammed a truck here on Sunday due to poor visibility owing to dense fog, the police said. Om Prakash Pathak (65) – father of BJP leader Subrat Pathak – along with his relative Mahesh Dubey (55) died in the accident on the Agra-Lucknow Expressway, they said. Three other occupants of the ill-fated car, which was on its way to Kannauj from Ghaziabad, were seriously injured and referred to Kanpur for treatment, they added. “The accident took place around 4 a.m. on Sunday, when the car rammed a stationary dumper on the Agra-Lucknow Expressway owing to fog,” Additional Superintendent of Police K.C. Goswami said. Pile-upThe accident, that took place in the Faguha Bhatta area under the Tirwa police station, led to a multi-vehicle pile-up, he added.last_img read more

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WWE star Enzo Amore fired after rape allegation

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first_imgMOST READ ‘Everybody’s team’: Tigresses ready to operate without Laure, says Reyes RELATED STORIES:Exhibit of rape victims’ clothes shows clothing choice isn’t to blame for sexual assaultWWE legend asks internet if it’s OK to have sex with ‘daughter’ ADVERTISEMENT Enzo Amore. Image: WWEPHOENIX (AP) — WWE star Enzo Amore has been fired by the wrestling promotion after a woman alleged on Twitter that he raped her and police opened a sexual assault investigation.The company said in a statement that Amore, whose real name is Eric Arndt, was fired Tuesday after initially being suspended.ADVERTISEMENT Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Police told Phoenix television station ABC-TV that Arndt is being investigated in an alleged assault at a downtown hotel in October. Police say the accusation was reported to authorities from a local hospital several days after the alleged assault but did not release other details.A lawyer representing Arndt says he denies the accusations and is cooperating with authorities.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutWWE said in its statement suspending Arndt that it has zero tolerance for matters involving sexual harassment or sexual assault.The woman who made the accusation shared a graphic account on Twitter, saying she was plied with drugs and left alone with the wrestler by his friends. NVG Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Read Next John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City View commentslast_img read more

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Caron Butler remains close to the game even after a year out of the NBA

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first_imgRobredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo MOST READ View comments Butler, a journeyman who played for nine NBA teams in his 14-year career, has also become a willing mentor for the up-and-comers.“I’m working while also staying connected to the game of basketball, talking and educating while also seeing some of my young guys that still need that guidance that even when I’m not in the locker room, I could come from a different objective and different place where I could give valuable pieces of information to them,” he said.Butler is encouraging players to be more vocal about their advocacies and take the opportunity that basketball provides to be a positive influence to their thousands of fans, especially in the age where it’s easy to connect to everyone through social media.“I think it’s great when you see athletes outside of what they’re considered to be. Whenever you have a talent, you want them to stay in that bubble as that talent. All you want to see them do is play basketball or play football. People are human beings, they have feelings. It’s good to see athletes use their platform and following to educate to the best of their knowledge and talk about things that is a problem. I want to see more of it,” he said.“The only thing I say is you’re an athlete and you do that, educate yourself on what you’re talking about. If you want to go out there and be vocal, be sure that you’re educated enough to talk about these things and answer the questions.”ADVERTISEMENT Old habits die hard and Caron Butler knows that well.One year removed from the NBA, but he still can’t shake off his straw-chewing routine.ADVERTISEMENT Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Role players save Arellano in 2OT LATEST STORIES “Unfortunately, I haven’t gotten my hand on some straw since I landed. But I’m gonna drop at the nearest McDonald’s and get some straw, the red, yellow, and white one. You’ll see that in my mouth,” Butler playfully shared on Thursday as he met the press at NBA Store in Trinoma.But don’t get distracted with what he’s chewing, but rather focus on what he’s saying as the 37-year-oldpost-basketball career as an ambassador for the game.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening“I’m doing a lot of things, which is coming out and using my platform to inspire and tell the story of the game of basketball from my eyes and what I’ve seen. I’ve also been staying busy doing case studies and enrolling in the University of Harvard while being a father of four girls. That keeps me busy,” he said.Being a basketball ambassador has also allowed Butler to venture into new things that are still close to the game like doing color commentary for the league’s broadcast. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Caron Butler remains close to the game a year out of the NBA57 viewsSportsVentuno Web Player 4.51 Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Gameslast_img read more

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Shooters Ravi Kumar, Deepak Kumar asked to report by employers IAF

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first_imgDone with the World Cup, shooters Ravi Kumar and Deepak Kumar Wednesday said they have been asked to report by their employers, the Indian Air Force — a routine practice but they expect “instructions on protocol” in view of the escalating tension between India and Pakistan.Security has been heightened in major Indian cities after the IAF bombed terrorist camps across the Line of Control (LOC) in retaliation for the Pulwama terror attack on February 14.”We have been called by the secretary of Air Force Sports Control Board. This is the general practice after every tournament as they ask us about our plans. We will be issued instructions and we will follow the protocol in the current situation,” Ravi, an ISSF World Cup bronze-medallist, told PTI.Though he is part of the ground staff, Ravi said as a Junior Warrant Officer (JWO), his job is to “look after five-six posts”.”I am willing to go to the front if required. Studies and sports are secondary. We always have to be ready to serve our country,” the 26-year-old, the reigning national champion and a Commonwealth Games bronze-medallist, added.We will follow instructions: DeepakDeepak is employed as a sergeant. Both the marksmen left the Dr Karni Singh Shooting Range after they could not make the finals of the mixed 10m air rifle events in the ongoing season-opening International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup here.”We have been called by the commandant but that’s standard practice after every tournament we compete in. Let’s see what they discuss with us. We will follow the instructions,” Deepak said.advertisementDeepak is a World Cup bronze-medallist and an Asian Games silver-medallist. He also has bronze in the Commonwealth Championships to his credit.India carried out pre-dawn air strikes on terror training camps across the Line of Control on Tuesday, two weeks after more than 40 CRPF personnel were killed in a terror attack in Kashmir’s Pulwama.Officials here said that 12 Mirage 2000 fighter jets of the Indian Air Force dropped 1,000kg bombs on terror camps of the Jaish-e-Mohammed, Lashkar-e-Taiba and Hizbul Mujahideen, reportedly killing 350 terrorists.Also Read | ISSF World Cup: Manu Bhaker, Saurabh Chaudhary win gold in 10m Air Pistol Mixed TeamAlso Read | Congress leader Hanumantha Rao requests BCCI to appeal ICC to ban Pakistan from World CupAlso See:last_img read more

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Les Miles Relieved of Head Coaching Duties at LSU

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first_imgComing into the season for Les Miles and LSU, expectations for the program were high — even by LSU’s standards. The Tigers were a preseason No. 5 team in the AP Poll, and behind star tailback Leonard Fournette, were expected to compete for the SEC title, and maybe more.But LSU stumbled out of the gates in the first week, falling to Wisconsin as a heavy favorite, and falling once again this past weekend to Auburn and the Tigers after failing to get the final snap off in time which would have been the game winner.The 2-2 start is the worst since Les took over the LSU program in 2005; not exactly a good report card for a coach who needed to make a good impression following last season’s near firing.Defensive line coach Ed Orgeron has been named the new interim head coach.“Decisions like this are never easy ones to make,” LSU athleteic director Alleva said in a statement. “Coach Miles has done a tremendous job here and he’s been a great ambassador for our University, which makes this even more difficult.”“However, it’s apparent in evaluating the program through the first month of the season that a change has to be made. Our commitment to excellence and competing at the highest level is unwavering, and our goals for the remainder of this season haven’t changed. We have an obligation to our student-athletes to put them in the best position to have success on the football field each week and we have great confidence that coach Orgeron will do just that.”Les Miles was 28-21 in his career as an Oklahoma State head coach, and finished his 11-year tenure in Baton Rouge with 112 wins to 32 losses.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

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‘Kondogbia wants Valencia switch’

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first_imgSerie A ‘Kondogbia wants permanent Valencia deal and eyes World Cup spot’ Ben Spratt Last updated 1 year ago 23:01 11/15/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) GeoffreyKondogbia - cropped Getty Images Serie A World Cup Valencia Internazionale France Primera División The midfielder is hoping to play at the showpiece in Russia, according to the star’s brother Geoffrey Kondogbia hopes to seal a permanent switch to Valencia from Inter as he retains hope of going to next year’s World Cup, according to his agent.The former Monaco midfielder struggled to find his best form at San Siro, but he has quickly settled in Valencia, with his new side second in LaLiga after 11 matches.Valencia 6/5 to beat Espanyol Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player And Evans Kondogbia, the player’s brother and representative, has revealed that he is already eyeing up a contract at Mestalla.”He is very happy here at Valencia and for the future we’ll find a solution that suits both the Spanish club and Inter,” he told Superdeporte.q”Geoffrey feels that he has everything he needs in Valencia and even brought his family to live in this beautiful city, where he plays for a team that can compete at high levels. He wants to remain with Valencia for many years.”He still has a contract with Inter and we never know what might happen, but my job is to find the best solution for everybody. I hope he can stay here for many years, but it all depends on the two clubs.”Valencia pic.twitter.com/aEfvSsKTUf— Geoffrey Kondogbia (@Geo_Kondogbia) October 11, 2017Kondogbia has not appeared for France since 2015, but the World Cup is still a target for the in-form 24-year-old.”Geoffrey is working hard and dreams of going to the World Cup in 2018,” his brother added.”There is a lot of competition in the France midfield, but Didier Deschamps will certainly call him up if he maintains this standard to March.”last_img read more

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Province Unveils New Immigration Category

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first_imgBusinesses in the province have another option to find skilled labour after a new immigration category was announced today, Dec. 12, by the Office of Immigration. The new family business worker stream of the Nova Scotia Nominee Program enables local entrepreneurs to address labour needs by bringing in family members to the province who are qualified to do the work. There is no application fee. “This category is in direct response to the need identified during consultations with communities in developing the immigration strategy,” said Immigration Minister Carolyn Bolivar-Getson. “As we heard, potential newcomers are more likely to settle in an area where they already have family and where they have a job offer. This new stream captures both elements.” Employers must own at least 33 per cent of the business, which has been under current management for a minimum of two years; they must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents; and the company must be financially viable. The employer must offer the relative a full-time, permanent job. Relatives or potential nominees must have appropriate education, training and/or licensing for the position, and sufficient support and financial resources to establish themselves in the province. A complete list of criteria, as well as application forms and the application guide, are available online at www.novascotiaimmigration.com . “We are very pleased that this stream is now available,” said Wadih Fares, president of W.M. Fares Group. “Accessing skilled labour is becoming more difficult as the population shrinks and the pull from the west intensifies. This category will help local businesses such as mine counter these issues and, at the same time, help bring families together from outside the country.” The nominee program allows the province to select immigrants who meet the labour market and economic needs of the province. A person who is nominated or recommended by Nova Scotia is eligible to apply for a permanent resident visa at a Canadian visa office under one of the federal economic classes known as the provincial nominee class. The province’s immigration strategy was launched in January 2005.last_img read more

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Two held for robbery and murder of elderly woman

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first_imgNew Delhi: Two persons involved in robbery-cum-murder of an elderly lady at Sarita Vihar were arrested by Delhi Police. The accused were identified as Mazid (22) and Govindpal (39).Deputy Commissioner of Police (South East) Chinmoy Biswal said that last year on November, a body of an elderly lady was found in the bushes near Sarita Vihar Flyover. She was later identified Roop Lata (72 ). A Special Investigation Team (SIT) was formed by Kumar Gyanesh Additional DCP (South East) which arrested the accused. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderAccording to police, Mazid disclosed that on the day of incident the victim boarded his auto from Vayusenabad Bus Stand, M B Road to reach her house at Taimoor Nagar, NFC. On the way, the intentions of the accused Mazid went wrong and he planned to rob the jewellery of the old lady. Accused went through Sarita Vihar subway and took the victim to a deserted place near Sarita Vihar Flyover. When the victim raised alarm, the accused Mazid strangulated her and took her jewellery, mobile phone and other belongings. Afterwards, the accused dumped the body in the bushes and fled from the spot. Later, accused Mazid disclosed the incident to his close friend Govindpal who advised Mazid to throw the mobile phone in order to mislead the police.last_img read more

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NCP MLA meets Thackeray amid rumours of joining Sena

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first_imgMumbai: Amid speculations that he may quit the NCP, party MLA Avadhut Tatkare on Thursday met Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray here and said he wants to stay in “mainstream politics”. Rumours have been doing the rounds that the MLA, who represents Shrivardhan Assembly seat in Maharashtra’s Raigad district, and his uncle and NCP MP Sunil Tatkare may join the Shiv Sena, which is an ally of the ruling BJP in the state and at the Centre. Sunil Tatkare, the Lok Sabha member from Raigad constituency, earlier denied the rumours. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ However, his nephew, who met Thackeray at the latter’s residence in suburban Bandra, said he cannot confirm anything, but asserted he wants to stay in mainstream politics. “I met Uddhav Thackeray to remain in mainstream politics. I will announce my official decision in next two days,” Avadhut Tatkare told reporters here. Asked if he would part ways with his uncle, he said, “I would take a decision after consultation with my party workers and close aides. I need some time to make a statement on the same. I cannot confirm anything but I want to stay in mainstream politics and as part of it, I met Thackeray.” Several senior leaders from the opposition NCP and Congress have recently joined the ruling BJP and Shiv Sena in the state, where the Assembly polls are due in September- October. Six-time legislator Dilip Sopal earlier this week resigned from the Sharad Pawar-led party and joined the Shiv Sena on Wednesday.last_img read more

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Are you suitably paranoid about your home devices cybersecurity

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first_imgTORONTO – The proliferation of internet-connected home devices such as thermostats, baby monitors and fridges is creating an ever-expanding interconnected web known as the Internet of Things, or IoT. But security and legal experts warn that machine-to-machine communication is creating a new level of risk — by providing hackers with new vulnerabilities to exploit.“I think being suitably paranoid is appropriate when you’re dealing with IoT technology,” said Mark McArdle, chief technology officer for eSentire.The advent of “smart home” technologies — a type of IoT that includes internet-enabled TVs, security cameras and major appliances — could allow hackers, for example, to break into an everyday device to gather personal information or even hold it for ransom.“Software’s fragile and new problems are discovered in it,” he said.“You have to be able to respond to fix those problems reasonably quickly or else you leave the window open for hackers.”According to various reports, hackers infiltrated Equifax Inc. — in one of the most serious cyberattacks on record — by using a flaw that was identified and disclosed in March. Despite a patch for that flaw, not all Equifax systems were updated in time to prevent the leak of important information — including social security numbers — for millions of people.In the past, companies like Microsoft learned they had to pour considerable resources into security protections or risk losing their customers.But many IoT devices are built with convenience in mind and “security is often not a consideration at all, let alone a primary one,” McArdle said.He added that it’s possible the marketplace will again force suppliers to make cybersecurity a priority, but pointed out that consumers of IoT devices tend to care more about price than privacy protection when making purchasing decisions.The number of consumer-owned connected devices in Canadian households is expected to increase by 60 per cent between now and 2021, according to IDC Canada market analyst Manish Nargas.“So, of course, that does brings in more points of vulnerability, more points where a security breach or hack can happen,” Nargas said.Telecom providers may find themselves under increased pressure to show they’ve taken reasonable precautions, said Toronto-based lawyer Imran Ahmad, a partner with Miller Thomson who specializes in cybersecurity and privacy law.“There’s an expectation, quite frankly, from basic consumers that there’s a minimum guarantee of vetting going on,” Ahmad said.But IDC’s research suggests consumers show relatively little concern about the privacy and security aspects of their household technology — especially after it becomes a familiar part of their life.About 48 per cent of the respondents to a recent IDC survey said they didn’t care about the privacy issues associated with intelligent assistants or they felt the advantages outweighed the risk or that they trusted the supplier.When the same group of respondents was asked about home automation in general, only 20 per cent indicated that privacy risks and 17 per cent indicated that security risks were preventing them from acquiring such technology.Nargas himself was initially wary about buying a Google Home Mini, a smart speaker linked to an intelligent assistant, when it became available in Canada this fall.“I couldn’t get over the idea of something listening to me,” Nargas said.“Now I’m quite surprised about how much and how often I’m using it.”Note to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version incorrectly spelled the name of Manish Nargas.last_img read more

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Feds appeal ruling on whether West Bank wine labels can say Product

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first_imgOTTAWA — The federal government is appealing a Federal Court ruling that said labelling a wine from the West Bank as a “Product of Israel” was misleading and deceptive.A notice filed Friday says the government plans to argue that the Federal Court judge erred by saying the Canadian Food Inspection Agency neglected to consider charter rights when it first allowed the labels.The government is hoping to have quashed the order that required the CFIA to take another look at the issue and decide how the wines should be labelled.The nearly three-year-old dispute is over whether bottles from the Psagot Winery and Shiloh Winery in the West Bank can be characterized as coming from Israel.Shortly after the late July ruling, pro-Israel groups urged the government to appeal, and on Friday were applauding the federal move.A lawyer for the Winnipeg man who first took the CFIA to court over the labels says the government’s decision to appeal is “indefensible.”a¨??:?%??The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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GEANCO Foundation to Honor Chiwetel Ejiofor and David Oyelowo

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first_imgThe GEANCO Foundation is hosting its annual Impact Africa Hollywood fundraiser on Monday, September 21, at Sunset Gower Studios, to raise awareness and increase support for vulnerable women and children in Nigeria.The Impact Africa event will honor two of Hollywood’s most-acclaimed performers, Oscar-nominated actor Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave) and Emmy-nominated actor David Oyelowo (Selma) with GEANCO’s Global Promise Award in recognition of their commitment to providing better educational opportunities for young children in Nigeria.Proceeds from the event will benefit Brightland Academy in southeast Nigeria and the Girls’ Government Science School in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital. Specifically, donations will pay for computers and educational supplies for teachers and students, including books, paper, pencils and notebooks, clothing and a wide variety of medicine for the schools’ in-house clinics. Donations will also underwrite medical care and mental health support for young girls brutalized by the terrorist group Boko Haram.“We are thrilled to honor two men who have given back in such a profound way to our shared homeland of Nigeria and who are such exemplary ambassadors of The GEANCO Foundation,” said Afam Onyema, GEANCO’s Co-Founder and COO. “Thanks to the generosity of the Los Angeles community and the support of our celebrity honorees and co-hosts, we will have the funds necessary to reach many more vulnerable communities in Nigeria and impact thousands of lives for the better.”In addition to honoring Chiwetel Ejiofor and David Oyelowo, the Gala will be co-hosted by Marcellus Wiley (Host of ESPN television show SportsNation and ESPN radio show Max & Marcellus), Mark Johnson (Oscar- and Emmy-winning Producer of Breaking Bad and Rain Main), Warren Moon (NFL Hall of Fame quarterback) and Billy Ray (Oscar-nominated writer of Captain Phillips and The Hunger Games; Director of The Secret in Their Eyes).VIP tickets ($300) and General Admission tickets ($150) are available for purchase on Eventbrite. Guests who purchase VIP tickets will receive an authentic hand-crafted African table mat and will be allowed early access to the Impact Africa Gala reception, where from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m., they can enjoy a hosted bar and delicious African cuisine while mingling with celebrities and other VIP talent in attendance. General admission doors open at 7:00 p.m. The program will kick off with remarks and the Global Promise Award presentation promptly at 8:15 p.m.For more information on The GEANCO Foundation, visit Geanco.org.last_img read more

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Advice for Irish travelers updated as Ebola spreads to Nigeria

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first_imgTHE DEPARTMENT OF Foreign Affairs has updated its travel advice for Irish citizens heading to Nigeria, following confirmation of a case of Ebola.The government of Africa’s most populous country confirmed this evening that the virus caused the death of a Liberian national who died in quarantine in Lagos.Nigeria’s Health Minister Onyebuchi Chukwu told journalists that “thorough medical tests” had confirmed “the virus of Ebola” as the cause of death.Irish travelers are being advised to contact the embassy of Nigeria in advance of their journey, and to read the World Health Organisation factsheet on Ebola.OutbreakThe 40-year-old Liberian man, who died overnight, worked for his country’s government and had travelled to Nigeria from Monrovia by air via Togo’s capital Lome.His final destination was the southern city of Calabar where he was scheduled to attend a meeting organised by the west African bloc known as ECOWAS (Economic Community of West African States).Lagos government officials have previously said that he arrived at the city’s international airport on Sunday.He was suffering from severe vomiting and diarrhea upon arrival and was transported directly to hospital, according to the minister.The patient “avoided contact with the general public” between the airport and the hospital and “there was no time for him to mingle in Lagos,” he added.“All the passengers that the patient came in contact with have been traced and are being investigated,” in a bid to contain any spread of the virus across the city of more than 20 million people, Chukwu said.The minister insisted that health officials had made direct contact with everyone on board the flight and were monitoring their conditions but offered no explanation as to how that was done.The Liberian was flying on the Togo-based ASKY Airlines. African airlines typically do not require detailed contact information from passengers and it was not immediately clear how Nigeria had succeeded in tracing everyone on board.‘Red alert’As of July 20, the number of Ebola cases recorded in the months-long epidemic stood at 1,093, including more than 660 deaths, according to the World Health Organisation.Liberia has seen 127 fatalities.Lagos, the largest city in sub-Saharan Africa, poses challenges to health officials seeking to contain a spread of the virus.The congested city has terrible sanitation and a poor health system, especially in public hospitals which are grossly under-funded, badly equipped and regularly do not have electricity.Chukwu said ministry specialists had been deployed at all major ports — both sea and air — to screen anyone suffering from symptoms associated with Ebola.Border officials have been put on “red alert,” he said.Ebola is a form of haemorrhagic fever which can have a 90-percent fatality rate.It can fell victims within days, causing severe fever and muscle pain, vomiting and diarrhoea — and in some cases, organ failure and unstoppable bleeding.Ebola is believed to be carried by animals hunted for meat, notably bats.It spreads among humans via bodily fluids including sweat, meaning you can get sick from simply touching an infected person.With no vaccine, patients believed to have caught the virus must be isolated to prevent further contagion.Ebola first emerged in 1976 in what is now the Democratic Republic of Congo, and is named after a river there.Includes reporting from AFP. Read Ireland commits a further €144K to fight worst Ebola outbreak in historyRead Emergency talks look for ways to halt worst outbreak of Ebola in historylast_img read more

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Fukushima des maisons contaminées à 200 kilomètres de la centrale

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first_imgFukushima : des maisons contaminées à 200 kilomètres de la centrale Une contamination radioactive a été détectée dans des maisons situées à 200 kilomètres de la centrale nucléaire accidentée de Fukushima, mais aussi dans les urines de nombreux enfants, dont un vivant à Tokyo. Une information révélée par l’Association pour le contrôle de la radioactivité dans l’Ouest (Acro), un laboratoire indépendant qui réalise régulièrement des mesures.Le laboratoire indépendant Acro, situé à Caen, a effectué de nouvelles mesures aux alentours de Fukushima. Dans un communiqué publié le jeudi 15 décembre, l’association indique avoir analysé des poussières d’aspirateur de treize maisons situées dans un rayon de 200 kilomètres autour de la centrale nucléaire accidentée. Toutes étaient contaminées au césium 137 et 134. À lire aussiLa fusion nucléaire pourrait bien devenir prochainement une réalitéLes taux les plus forts ont été détectés dans le district de Watari de la ville de Fukushima, à une cinquantaine de kilomètres du site, où ils atteignaient 20.000 becquerels par kilo pour les deux césiums, précise l’Acro. Dans ce même district, la vente de riz vient d’être interdite. Au nord, Ichinoseki dans la province d’Iwaté, comme au sud à Kashiwa, dans celle de Chiba, à environ 200 kilomètres de la centrale, la contamination des poussières atteignait presque 6.000 becquerels par kilo.”Les critères d’évacuation fixés par le gouvernement japonais reposent uniquement sur la contamination des sols à l’extérieur et supposent implicitement qu’une fois chez eux, les habitants des zones contaminées ne courent plus aucun risque. Notre étude montre qu’il n’en est rien”, alerte le laboratoire cité par l’AFP.Des urines toujours contaminées L’Acro affirme en outre que les urines de nombreux enfants sont toujours contaminées. Ce n’est plus le cas pour “100% des urines analysées en provenance de Fukushima contaminées, ce qui est une bonne nouvelle, de nombreux enfants continuent à être contaminés à des niveaux qui ne baissent pas depuis nos premières analyses du mois de mai” s’inquiète l’association, qui annonce avoir pour la première fois décelé une contamination des urines d’un enfant de Tokyo. Celle-ci provient certainement de son alimentation, estime l’Acro. Le 17 décembre 2011 à 09:42 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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FireIce working many return to Jubilee Gardens

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first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp, March 16, 2017, – Nassau – Over 80% of the hard to reach area of the Harold Road Dump fire is out now thanks to the airdrops of the FireIce gel.   Government is pleased with the decision to get Gel Tech Solutions and Fletcher Air, both out of Florida in on the fire- fighting effort after ground crews were halted by the dangerous conditions and intense heat in the ridge area of the landfill.A little rain on Tuesday did not aide in extinguishing of the fire which has been burning a week a half now, instead it created more smoke said Minister Kenred Dorsett who has been out daily, personally overseeing the progress.   The Bahamas invested some $80,000 in hiring Gel Tech and Fletcher Air.#MagneticMediaNews#JubileeGardensFire#GelTeckFireIcegellast_img read more

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ASA Applauds Introduction of Biodiesel Tax Credit Extension Bills in House and

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first_imgThe American Soybean Association (ASA) applauds the introduction of biodiesel tax credit extension bills in both the House and Senate. The bills call for a 3-year extension of the biodiesel tax credit through 2014. A multi-year extension, which ASA has strongly advocated, is necessary to provide stability and certainty to the still maturing biodiesel industry. The current biodiesel tax incentive expires on Dec. 31, 2011.The House bill, H.R. 2238, was introduced by Rep. Aaron Schock (R-IL) and Rep. Collin Peterson (D-MN). The Senate version, S. 1277, was introduced by Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-WA) and Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA).”ASA applauds Representatives Schock and Peterson, and Senators Cantwell and Grassley, and all of the cosponsors of the bill for their leadership and support,” said ASA First Vice President Steve Wellman, a soybean producer from Syracuse, Neb. “ASA, along with soybean farmers, state soybean associations, and the biodiesel industry, has been working to enlist additional cosponsors and supporters.”Biodiesel is a renewable, clean-burning diesel replacement that is reducing U.S. dependence on foreign petroleum, creating green jobs and improving our environment. Biodiesel is the first and currently the only commercially available fuel that qualifies as an advanced biofuel. Its production, distribution and use will support more than 31,000 U.S. jobs in 2011 and replace nearly 1 billion gallons of imported petroleum diesel. Biodiesel is used in existing diesel engines and meets strict specifications of ASTM D6751.”In addition to providing a multi-year extension, the bills would also shift the credit from a blender’s credit to a production tax credit,” Wellman said. “This shift would improve efficiency in the administration of the credit and reduce opportunities for fraud and abuse.”ASA recognizes the challenges that exist to achieving an extension of the biodiesel tax credit in light of the current focus on cutting government expenditures. ASA strongly supports enactment of a comprehensive plan to put our country on a path to fiscal stability.However, continued support for biodiesel can assist in these efforts due to the economic and energy security benefits that it provides. Biodiesel production adds several billion dollars to the nation’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and generates hundreds of millions in tax revenue for federal, state and local governments.”ASA wants to ensure that biodiesel is in position to be included in any energy and/or tax policy measures that are developed by Congress,” Wellman said. “Passage of an extension of the biodiesel tax credit provides the biodiesel industry an opportunity to grow and meet our nation’s demand for cleaner-burning, homegrown renewable fuel.”last_img read more

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Instagram website leaked phone numbers and emails for months researcher says

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first_img Post a comment Share your voice Tags Hacking Privacy 0 Security Internet The exposure appeared to include contact information for thousands of accounts.  Graphic by Pixabay/Illustration by CNET Instagram’s website leaked user contact information, including phone numbers and email addresses, over a period of at least four months, a researcher says. The source code for some Instagram user profiles included the account holder’s contact information whenever it loaded in a web browser, says David Stier, a data scientist and business consultant, who notified Instagram shortly after he discovered the problem earlier this year. The contact information wasn’t displayed on the account holder’s profiles on the desktop version of the Instagram website, although it was used by the photo sharing site’s app for communication. It isn’t clear why the information was included in the website’s source code.The exposure appeared to include contact information for thousands of accounts, which belonged to private individuals — some of whom were minors — along with businesses and brands, Stier said. Including the information in the source code could let hackers scrape the data from the Instagram website, allowing them to assemble a virtual phone book that lists the contact details of thousands of Instagram users. Such a directory may have been created. On Monday, a report revealed that a marketing company in India, Chtrbox, had obtained contact information for millions of Instagram accounts and stored it on an unsecured database. It’s unclear how that database was created, but scraping data from Instagram is against the company’s terms of use. In a statement, Instagram spokeswoman Stephanie Otway said the data Stier found in the website’s source code was not private. “The contact information discovered in this case is not private contact information, but contact information a member of the Instagram community chose to share when converting their profile to a Business Profile,” Otway said. “During the setup process for Business Profiles we display this information, remind people that it will be accessible to others, and allow them to update or remove the information.”The statement didn’t address the risk that the data could be scraped from the website source code.Instagram also said the contact information in the Chtrbox database was not private. However, the company said Chtrbox did access some of the contact information from users’ profiles in violation of Instagram policies, leading Instagram to revoke Chtrbox’s access to its platform. In a statement, Chtrbox said it didn’t source the information through unethical means.Stier said he found evidence that the phone numbers and emails had been in the source code since at least October by looking at archived versions of Instagram profiles. He reported the problem to Instagram in February and the problem was fixed in March, he said.The exposure is an example of how easy it is to find sensitive information on the web. Programming errors can expose information that people with basic skills can find and abuse. For example, Google revealed Tuesday it’d been storing some business customers’ passwords in plain text, an insecure practice that sidesteps industry-standard protections. These slip-ups can help hackers amass valuable information on web users, putting them at risk of fraud and identity theft, experts say.The contact information is still available on the Instagram app, which displays users’ email addresses and phone numbers if they have opted into letting others contact them through the app. While that design isn’t ideal, it’s more secure than including contact information in the source code for a website, says Jason Hong, a computer science professor at Carnegie Mellon University who researches app security and privacy.”Scraping data from a website is relatively easy,” Hong said. “Scraping data from a running app is possible but rather hard.”You might think criminals couldn’t do much damage if all they had was your email address or phone number. But identity thieves still amass that data with the goal of combining it with other information gleaned from exposures and hacking attacks. For example, security expert Troy Hunt wrote in January that he’d discovered a cache of 773 million passwords composed of data taken from several different data breaches. Criminals piece together as much identifying information as possible to defeat fraud detection measures and successfully pose as someone else, said Charity Lacey, vice president of communications for the Identity Theft Resource Center.”Thieves are aggregating that data and creating more robust profiles in order to defeat the system,” Lacey said. Originally published May 22.Update, May 23: Adds statement from Instagram.last_img read more

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After a health crisis help navigating the complicated medical system

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first_imgThe road from illness to recovery is often difficult. In the middle of a major health crisis, patients are expected to navigate the complicated health care system. A pilot program called Alaska Innovative Medicine in Anchorage is rounding out its first year trying to improve that journey for patients while also spending less on health care.Download AudioIn the early morning hours of April 8th, Brian Saum felt horrible.Brian Saum holds paper work he’s collected since his heart attack in April. Photo credit: Annie Feidt“Every time I laid down I could feel something boiling in my chest. And then I’d throw up and lay back down, and went through this process three or four or five times,” he remembers.It was a heart attack and it nearly killed Saum. While he was recovering in the hospital he got a call from a social worker who said she was with Alaska Innovative Medicine and her services were free. She visited Saum at home. At first, he was skeptical.“I didn’t know who she was or what this was. All’s I know is I was real sick and I had just got home from the hospital after two weeks.”That medical social worker was Gigi Rygh and it didn’t take long for her to win Saum over. Rygh gave Saum her cellphone number. When his medication made him feel strange, he called Rygh and she found a nurse who could troubleshoot the issue.Another time, Saum’s hand swelled up strangely — the type of episode that could have easily sent him to the ER. Instead, he called Rygh and she connected him with a doctor.“We want to fill something that doesn’t exist, so people don’t have to navigate this very confusing medical system alone,” Rygh says.Rygh even went to appointments with Saum, as another set of eyes and ears and to help translate complicated medical jargon. Rygh’s goal, and the goal of Alaska Innovative Medicine, is to keep patients on track.“It’s just a hard thing to do alone and it’s hard to figure out when you don’t know the health care system. I think family and support systems try to be helpful, but it’s like, ‘OK, now we’re going to speak Japanese in the house… Wait! I don’t know Japanese! But I’m going to try!’”A group of Anchorage doctors established Alaska Innovative Medicine, or AIM, in January. It’s a pilot project funded by the insurer Premera Alaska and focused on their members. So far, AIM has worked with more than 800 patients.Noah Laufer is a primary care doctor in Anchorage who helped establish AIM and is now a board member. He says the idea is to coordinate care between different doctors and reduce barriers that prevent patients from getting better. And who is best suited to do that? Not the doctors — Laufer says that was one big lesson from this experiment.“It turns out that the social worker or case manager is often the most important person on the team, by far,” he says.Social workers and case managers are problem-solvers. They can communicate with a team of doctors, the insurer and the patient to address pesky issues that seem simple, but can quickly derail a recovery. Laufer gives the example of a patient who shows up at a pharmacy with a prescription to take a pill three times a day, but the benefits management company will only allow the medicine two times a day.“The pharmacist is behind the counter for 20 minutes and comes back and says it’s not covered. There’s no one for them to go to so they throw up their hands, sometimes in despair, and leave without the medicine they need. And this is exactly the kind of systemic hurdle. No one is intentionally doing something bad, but the outcome is not acceptable.” he says.Insurer Premera Alaska thinks AIM can give their members better care at a manageable cost. Patients love the program. And Premera is encouraged by preliminary data that shows the pilot project is beginning to help reduce hospital re-admissions and trips to the ER.That’s certainly been Brian Saum’s experience. He hasn’t had to return to the hospital or had an ER visit since he was discharged nearly eight months ago. He’s starting to think about getting back to work. And Saum’s made some big personal changes.“I used to drink quite a bit when I came home from work. I don’t drink or smoke anymore. Big change!” he laughs. “When someone tells you it will kill you, you’ll stop doing it.”Saum says on a bad day, he thinks about having a drink or a smoke, but he’s not about to let that happen.This story is part of a reporting partnership between NPR, APRN and Kasier Health News.last_img read more

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