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No relief from sultry weather till Sept 13

first_imgNew Delhi: Muggy weather continued to cause inconvenience to residents of the national capital on Monday and similar conditions are likely to prevail for another three to four days. The city recorded a high of 36.4 degrees Celsius, three notches more than the normal, and a low of 28.3 degrees. Humidity levels shot up to 81 per cent. Mahesh Palwat of Skymet Weather, a private forecaster, said the capital will have to wait for another three to four days for rains. Sultry weather will persist till September 13. Thereafter, rains are likely. Though these showers won’t be heavy, the precipitation will bring the temperatures down slightly, he said. The weatherman has predicted generally cloudy skies for Tuesday. The maximum and minimum temperatures are likely to settle around 37 and 29 degrees Celsius, respectively.last_img read more

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Soulpepper loses 375K of planned federal funding in wake of sexual harassment

first_img Twitter Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment A planned increase in federal funding for Soulpepper Theatre has been voted down by the Canada Council for the Arts’ board of directors.On Thursday, the council’s board voted to rescind an increase of $375,500 the theatre company was set to receive. That was on top of a $184,500 “core grant” which the company will still collect this year and again next year, Canada Council said in a statement sent to CBC Toronto.After four civil suits were launched against former artistic director Albert Schultz in January, the granting agency placed Soulpepper on “concerned status” and conducted a review. READ MORE Advertisement Login/Register With: Soulpepper loses $375,000 from grant over Schultz sexual harassment allegationsSoulpepper Theatre Company will not receive $375,000 from a half-million dollar grant previously promised by the Canada Council for the Arts following allegations of sexual harassment against one of its founding members.Albert Schultz, the group’s founding artistic director, was accused in January by four women of sexually harassing them repeatedly during their time at Soulpepper. Schultz resigned in early January as a result of the allegations.“It’s very important to the Canada Council, as a public arts funder, that the organizations we fund provide a work environment that’s free of harassment, sexual misconduct or abuse of power,” the Canada Council for the Arts said in a statement provided to the Star Friday night. READ MORECanada Council for the Arts rescinds planned grant increase for SoulpepperThe Canada Council for the Arts has rescinded a planned $375,000 raise in its annual grant to Soulpepper, an exceptional increase that would have tripled what the embattled theatre company received from the federal arts funding agency and transformed it into the best-funded not-for-profit theatre in Toronto.On Thursday, Canada Council’s board of directors voted to keep the base grant of the theatre company – currently being sued by four past employees alleging sexual harassment – at its previous level of $184,500 this year and next, instead of the $559,500 a peer-assessment committee had recommended in the fall.As with all grants over half-a-million dollars, Soulpepper’s had to be voted on by Canada Council’s board, and the funding agency had put its earlier decision regarding the theatre company under review as soon as four civil lawsuits were filed on Jan. 3 against it and founding artistic director Albert Schultz, alleging that Mr. Schultz was a “serial sexual predator.” READ MORE Facebooklast_img read more

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Morocco’s will to foster cooperation with Qatar underlined in Doha

Doha  –  There is a genuine will by the Moroccan government and private sector to foster their cooperation with Qatar, said on Wednesday Saleh Al Sharqi, member of secretariat of the federation of GCC’s chambers and deputy managing director of Qatar’s trade and industry chamber.Al Sharqi, who was quoted by several local media outlets, said that he noticed, during recent meetings in Morocco, a real will by the Moroccan government and private sector to reinforce cooperation and partnership for the benefit of the two parties.He announced that the Moroccan-Qatari Business Council will convene next November in Casablanca, on the sidelines of the 4th Morocco-GCC Investment Forum. He added that Qatar’s trade and industry chamber will present during the event documents on sectors that might be the object of cooperation with Morocco as agriculture, energy, renewable energy and the financial sector. read more

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Mississippi tornado kills 4 and flattens homes overnight

first_img Image: AP Share Tweet Email 7,798 Views 5 Comments Image: AP Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Jan 21st 2017, 4:29 PM center_img By Associated Press Saturday 21 Jan 2017, 4:29 PM FOUR PEOPLE WERE killed and scores of homes were flattened early today when a tornado hitting in the dark of night ripped through a city in southern Mississippi, officials said.The city of Hattiesburg said via its Twitter account that four people had died after the twister blew through the city and surrounding area. The twister was part of a wall of stormy weather traveling across the region, bringing with it rain and unstable conditions.Mayor Johnny DuPree has signed an emergency declaration for the city, which reported “significant injuries” and structural damage.The city also said via Twitter that Hattiesburg firefighters and police are going door-to-door to try to rescue victims.Greg Flynn of the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency said rescuers are still searching the stricken area for more possible victims.Flynn said “massive damage” was reported in a three-county area that was struck by a tornado at around 4am. Hardly anything remains of the home of Jessie and Diana Mills of the Pine Grove Community near Magee, Mississippi. Source: Rogelio V. SolisPhotos and television images showed the intensity of the damage. Cars were flipped over, sometimes piled on top of each other while parts of houses were ripped into shards of wood and debris.Once tall trees were ripped from their roots and thrown across roads.As dawn rose over the city, rescue workers and residents walked down streets strewn with debris and still wet from the storm.The three counties affected are Forrest, Lamar and Perry counties. Flash flood warnings were also in effect for northern Forrest and Lamar counties, as well as southeastern Jones and Marion counties.The National Weather Service said three to five inches of rain have already fallen, raising the risk of flooding. More rain – one to two inches – is possible.The Mississippi Highway Patrol is reporting Interstate 59 north of Hattiesburg is closed due to debris. Downed power lines and debris have been reported over a wide area. The public is asked to avoid travelling.Flynn said the tornado touched down in Lamar, plowed through Forrest and then struck Perry before dissipating.Read: Seven arrested over $72 million Amsterdam diamond heist from 2005Read: ‘Yesterday, a new America. Today, a new Europe’: Right-wing buoyant after Trump’s inauguration Short URL Mississippi tornado kills 4 and flattens homes overnight Authorities have said that local firefighters and police are going door-to-door to try to rescue victims.last_img read more

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Weve given evidence and its been ignored

first_imgOne hundred and three former staff previously and currently employed in offshore processing centres on Manus Island and Nauru have issued a statement calling for all asylum seekers in both locations to be brought to Australia immediately. The workers are from a variety of professional and academic backgrounds, and believe that a senate inquiry is simply not enough to secure the safety of asylum seekers on Nauru and Manus Island. The decision to speak out publicly has been taken despite the risk for many of these professionals of two years imprisonment under the Border Force Act. Some of the professionals involved have requested their names not to be published. Among those who have already made submissions and given evidence to numerous inquiries, investigations and reviews are Save the Children teacher Connie Delfos, who was working in Nauru from March 2014 until September 2015, and unaccompanied minors residential worker Alex Cloumassis, who was also employed on Nauru between 2013 and 2015 for the Refugee Assistance Program, Save the Children and Salvation Army. Doctors, teachers, case workers, managers and social workers from Broadspectrum (formerly Transfield), IHMS and other contracted workers with first-hand experience across both Manus Island and Nauru Regional Processing Centres agree that the establishment of another Senate Inquiry in response to the release of the Nauru files is quite simply not enough. “This has reached crisis level and requires an immediate response,” said Toby O’Brien, a former child protection officer with Save the Children. “The evidence is already overwhelmingly clear. ”We’ve given evidence and it’s been ignored. No change has occurred for the men we worked with since the last Senate Inquiry. The camp is not safer, conditions have not improved, the physical and mental decline of those held continues,” said Natasha Reid, case manager with Broadspectrum until February 2015.“I watched these children’s lives being destroyed by these camps,” said Katie Price, a former child and youth recreation officer who was employed on Nauru with Save the Children for almost two years.“They went from energetic, cheeky, normal kids to completely devoid of all emotion. I recall one seven-year-old child towards the end having a complete breakdown. She collapsed, screaming and kicking and crying for 20 minutes, completely incoherent and would not let go of me.” Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Saints trio sign pro deals

first_imgSouthampton Football Club have announced that they have handed three Academy youngsters their first professional contracts.The Saints via their official website confirmed that Enzo Robise is joined by Kameron Ledwidge and Sean Brennan who put pen to paper on their first professional contracts expected to expire in June 2021.The three 17-year-olds were all signed by the south coast club in 2017 and have all had successful debut seasons in the Under-18s side.Academy Manager, Matt Hale commented: “Enzo, Kameron and Sean are talented young players with huge potential.Solskjaer slams Man United’s draw: “We should have won” Andrew Smyth – August 31, 2019 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was left to rue another missed opportunity as Manchester United were held to a 1-1 draw against 10-man Southampton.“Being rewarded with a professional contract shows the faith we have in them and our programme to fulfil that potential.“It is also a reflection of the recruitment footprint we now have and the reputation the academy holds, in terms of attracting international youth players from across Europe.“We look forward to seeing how Enzo, Kameron and Sean progress over the coming months.”last_img read more

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Beth Ross Buckley on Good Morning San Diego

first_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – There’s a great concert coming up at the museum of photographic arts. One of the musicians set to perform, is renowned flautist Beth Ross Buckley, and she joined us Sunday on Good Morning San Diego. November 4, 2018 KUSI Newsroom Beth Ross Buckley, on Good Morning San Diego Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom, Posted: November 4, 2018last_img read more

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Vancouvers average gas price dips

first_imgVancouver’s average gasoline price for a gallon of regular unleaded dropped by 1.3 cents for the week, to $4.27, while Oregon’s statewide average for a gallon of regular gasoline dropped 2.5 cents to $4.23, AAA Oregon/Idaho reported Tuesday.Meanwhile, wholesale gasoline prices have dropped significantly on the West Coast over the past week, AAA said, and those lower prices should cut prices at the pump soon.Nationally, the average for regular unleaded has already fallen 49 of the past 50 days, and it dropped another seven cents for the week to $3.57. Crude oil is trading around $84 per barrel, compared to $91 a week ago, AAA reported.last_img

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Police Former NBA player breaks into 2 Pembroke Pines homes to fondle

first_imgGreene attended the University of Florida and played in the NBA with the Boston Celtics after being drafted in 2005. He was later suspended and waived from the team.After leaving the Celtics, he signed with the Indiana Pacers. He has since been playing for various international teams.Greene is being held on $30,000 bond. After paying his bond, he has to wear an ankle monitor.The judge also ordered Greene to not have any contact with the two alleged victims.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – Police arrested a former NBA player, Monday, for allegedly breaking into two Pembroke Pines homes and sexually harassing two women.Orien Greene once had a promising professional basketball career, but now he’s defending himself on a different kind of court after, Pembroke Pines Police said, he walked into unlocked homes before inappropriately touching two women.The 34-year-old later faced a judge at the Broward County courthouse on Monday.Police said Greene admitted to entering the houses of two different women, who are now in fear for their life and wish to prosecute.He is charged with two counts of felony and burglary and misdemeanor battery.Police said both women were sleeping at the time of the intrusion. One of the women Greene violated, police said, cried out, startling Greene. He then ran to his girlfriend’s house, which is located in the same neighborhood as that victim, near Pembroke Falls Boulevard and Flamingo West Drive.Those who live in the neighborhood have been left rattled by the situation. “It’s ridiculous because I feel bad. We even pay for our guards and everything,” said one neighbor. “I’m sorry to say that, but if it’s like that, how can we feel safe anymore? It’s really scary.” last_img read more

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Yahoos New Warning Upgrade and Get Email Scanned or Delete Account

first_imgIs Yahoo’s latest move to upgrade mail a privacy infringement? This may be quite true.The website had earlier warned its Classic mail users via email that they would no longer be able to access the mail after 3 June, if they are not upgrading to its latest version. It said “Beginning the week of June 3, 2013, older versions of Yahoo! Mail (including Yahoo! Mail Classic) will no longer be available. After that, you can access your Mail only if you upgrade to the new version.”At first, it may seem like a very good decision for Yahoo to regain its user base. But the upgradation notice comes with quite an annoying ‘veiled’ prerequisite.It tells users only upon a help centre entry that “when you upgrade, you will be accepting our Communications Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. This includes the acceptance of automated content scanning and analyzing of your communications content, which Yahoo! Uses to deliver product features, relevant advertising and abuse protection.” It gives users the option to upgrade their mail and receive ads related to eight categories including automotive, consumer packaged goods, entertainment etc.Yahoo had launched the new mail in December and assured that the new facet is to offer users a unique experience with fewer distractions, but nowhere had it mentioned that the emails will get scanned. Most of the users opted for the new version unaware, as the company has not released its ‘new terms’ of getting the upgraded. Only Classic mail users received the warning regarding the switch and only a help centre entry revealed its prime motive behind the switch.The advertisement will reach the current users’ mail through the default ‘opt in’ for the receipt of such ads. However, the company said that its Ad Interest Manager could aid users to opt out of some or all of the interest-based and contextual-based advertising resulting from scanned and analyzed communications content. This means one would not receive the product promotion mails if opted, but there is no option given to wriggle out from the scanning of one’s communication via the mail.Yahoo tells its users that those who decline its new policies are left with two options: to either download the mail to another IMAP client, or close the account. Premium Mail plus users are offered a refund too. So the company is bluntly saying that the only option to avoid getting their email scanned is to ditch Yahoo. This may seem like a great move from Yahoo which is being alienated from all corners due to increased hacking threats on its accounts.last_img read more

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Schmitt Named to Scholar AllAmerica First Team

first_img 2018 United Soccer Coaches Scholar All-America Team LOUISVILLE, Ky. – University of Louisville senior forward Tate Schmitt was named Tuesday to the United Soccer Coaches Scholar All-America Team as a First Team selection.A native of Phoenix, Arizona, Schmitt had a 3.36 GPA in marketing while leading the Cardinals with five goals and eight assists in 19 matches this season. Schmitt was an All-ACC First Team honoree while also earning United Soccer Coaches All-South Region First Team recognition. The 2018 ACC Championship Tournament MVP, Schmitt capped his collegiate career ranked fourth in school history in career points with 69 and sixth in career goals with 26. Schmitt, who was a two-time All-ACC honoree and an ACC All-Freshman Team member during his career, totaled 11 game-winning goals in his four seasons with the Cardinals, including four in the NCAA Championship.The Cardinals ended their season with an 11-5-3 record overall following a second round loss to Michigan State in the 2018 NCAA Championship. The 2018 season was a successful one for Louisville, which earned the program’s first ACC Championship title with victories over Notre Dame, Wake Forest and North Carolina in a span of eight days.Fans can follow Louisville men’s soccer on Twitter at @UofLmenssoccer and on Facebook at Print Friendly Version Story Linkslast_img read more

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Doubts continue on claim to have solved P vs NP mathematical question

first_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Citation: Doubts continue on claim to have solved P vs NP mathematical question (2010, August 17) retrieved 18 August 2019 from One of the most complex mathematical problems in the world is proving either that P ≠ NP or P=NP, a riddle that was first formulated in 1971 by mathematicians Leonid Levin and Stephen Cook. The question was one of seven millennium problems set by the Clay Mathematical Institute (CMI) in Cambridge, Massachusetts as being among the most difficult to solve. P vs. NP — The most notorious problem in theoretical computer science remains open More information: … r/Papers/pnp12pt.pdfcenter_img Explore further Vinay Deolalikar, a computer scientist from Hewlett-Packard’s research arm based in Palo Alto, California, claims to have solved the problem and stands to win $1 million if his proof is accepted.P refers to problems with solutions that are easy to find, in other words P is a class of problems for which an answer can be found in polynomial time. NP refers to problems with solutions that are almost impossible to find, but easy to verify, or in other words a class of problems for which an answer can be verified in polynomial time. The Clay Mathematical Institute offers the following problem to illustrate NP: you have a list of 400 university students to be accommodated but there is only room in the dormitory for 100 students. The Dean has provided a list of pairs of incompatible students who cannot be on the final list. This is an NP-problem because it is extremely difficult to go through all possible combinations to come up with a list, but very easy to verify once a list is obtained. According to CMI the number of possible combinations is greater than the number of atoms in the universe.If P ≠ NP some complex problems, such as the one above, could never be solved efficiently and there are serious limits on what computers will be able to accomplish in the future, whereas if P = NP every such problem would have a polynomial time solution. Mr Deolalikar writes that this would have profound implications for applications such as cryptography and on the question of whether or not human creativity could be automated.Among those skeptical of Deolalikar’s claim is Scott Aaronson, assistant professor of electrical engineering and computer science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), who said on his blog that he will personally add $200,000 to the prize, even though he can ill afford it, and he has not read Deolalikar’s entire paper. He said if the proof was correct it would change his life so dramatically that “having to pay $200,000 will be the least of it.” He later also gave his reasons for being so confident in MIT’s technology review.Another skeptic is Professor Richard Lipton at Georgia Tech College of Computing, who has been working on the P vs NP problem for three decades.Deolalikar’s paper is available online, and is being peer-reviewed by computer scientists. To be considered for the million dollar prize the paper must be published in an approved mathematics publication and must also retain general acceptance by mathematicians two years after the proof is published. © 2010 PhysOrg.comlast_img read more

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Striking the right chords

first_img‘Sa ma pa is a cultural movement rather than a festival,’ points out Abhay Rustum Sopori. The santoor player along with his grandfather — Pandit Bhajan Sopori — organises the SaMaPa Sangeet Sammelan.’The festival has stepped in its eighth year now. SaMaPa has made special efforts to preserve the rich cultural heritage of our country and has come up as a cultural movement with the motto ‘Music to the masses, Jan Jan Tak Sangeet,’ said Abhay.The musician says that the festival acts as a cultural bridge for Jammu and Kashmir with the rest of the country. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’This year the festival features more than 50 performers, including  both young and master musicians. Artistes like Ragini Rainu, Ustad Shahid Parvez Khan,  Pandit Manilal Nag, Pandit Brij Narayan, Geeta Chandran along with others will be participating in the festival.’Music today faces serious concerns. The foremost among them is rising groupism and lobbyism. I have known artistes who have more than three decades of experience and have still not been able to carve their niche. That’s the musician’s plight,’ said Abhay. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixAbhay will be playing santoor at the festival. ‘I have not really made any prior preparation. Whatever I will perform will be impromptu and like always I will experiment with all the difficult ragas and talas,’ he says on his performance. How has the Delhi circuit taken to these music festivals? ‘Initially grabbing attention was difficult but eventually our initiative paid off. Sa Ma Pa as a festival has its niche segment for all music lovers,’ said Abhay.’The festival represents the ethos and diversity of our country. It’s a platform for all talented and veteran musicians who are still finding their place under the sun,’ Abhay concluded.DETAILAt: Kamani Auditorium  When: 24-25 November Timings: 6.30 pm onwardslast_img read more

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Dont Let Blockchain Technologys Security Loopholes Go Unnoticed

first_img Problem Solvers with Jason Feifer January 11, 2019 6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. At the start of 2018, the International Data Corporation published a report forecasting $2.1 billion in global spending on blockchain solutions for the near future. In July, the research firm followed up with another spending guide, which estimated that blockchain spending would exceed $11.7 billion by 2022.Related: Blockchain Technology Can Be Critical to IoT Infrastructure SecurityThat forecast is beginning to bear out: Today, blockchain technology continues to appeal to the global corporate institutions looking to fundamentally change the ways in which they handle transactions and manage data.That appeal makes sense, considering blockchain’s time-stamped, distributed and irreversible benefits. Overall, the technology boasts transparency, reliable tracking, reduced costs and the ability to eliminate intermediaries. It is, therefore, no surprise that financial giants like Bank of America are looking to blockchain to create more efficient financial transactions for consumers and businesses alike. More examples? The global giants Walmart and United Bank of Switzerland are working with IBM to develop blockchain-based finance platforms.Still, there is a caveat to these positive developments: With cryptocurrency — blockchain’s most popular financial application — continuing to witness sharp highs and lows — confidence around the technology isn’t where it was a year ago. On one side, we have blockchain enthusiasts who swear by the technology; on the other are those raising serious concerns about the various cryptocurrencies, such as regulatory uncertainty and overall trust.Related: Thanks to Blockchain, Decentralization — and Data Security — Are the FutureAccording to a study conducted by PWC last summer, 45 percent of respondents cited “trust” as the biggest barrier to adoption of the technology.That brings us to the present. And, today, the large number of hacks and thefts, coupled with lax regulatory policies, have not only crippled the crypto economy, but also led people to question the immutability and security of blockchain. So, the obvious conclusion is that while the blockchain is secure in and of itself, it can very much be compromised at the point of access.What constitutes those security vulnerabilities? Here’s what you need to know about permissioned blockchains, crypto wallets and crypto exchanges as well as how these security gaps can be hardened for greater security.What makes cryptocurrencies and crypto exchanges vulnerable.A whopping $9 million is stolen from crypto wallets every day. From DAO to GDAX and Mt. Exchange to Zaif, even the best of exchanges can’t protect themselves from being hacked. As of June last year, $1.1 billion had already been stolen in cryptocurrencies in 2018.Why do crypto wallets and crypto exchanges continue to fall victim to crypto hacks? The answer is that hackers are adept at manipulating the vulnerabilities that lie within our devices, and within us, as the humans using them. Hackers are increasingly using malware to attack the devices that we use to interact with crypto wallets and exchanges.Because most people continue to rely on a 30-year-old anti-virus technology to combat threats to their devices, security is falling short. Every four seconds, hackers release a new string of malware, and by the time an antidote is created, another malware has been generated to take its place.What we need instead is a proactive solution that protects devices inside out with features such as keystroke encryption, anti-clickjacking capability, anti-screen capture and strong password protection.Only then can we stay a step ahead of the hackers who are continuously coming up with newer, more sophisticated ways to attack wallets and exchanges by gaining access to our devices.What makes private (permissioned) blockchains vulnerable.Contrary to common perception, there are inherent vulnerabilities in the private blockchain. A blockchain essentially works as a shared record of information that multiple parties can reference, observe and make additions to. Unlike public blockchains, where anyone can participate in the network, conduct transactions and maintain the shared ledger, permissioned blockchains can be accessed only by those with express authority to the network.This means that multiple parties can reference, track and alter transactions within a private blockchain, as long as they are authorized to enter it. Each transaction within this shared record is digitally signed, to ensure its authenticity and integrity.Enterprises looking to deploy permissioned blockchains work with the assumption that only authorized users can access those transactions and that only a legitimate transaction can be permanently added to the record, making the transactions untouchable.Unfortunately, that assumption is wrong. What these enterprises don’t consider is that malware could be secretly attached to a legitimate transaction made by an authorized user. This move could then become permanent, just like all the other data stored on the now-infected blockchain.To prevent permissioned blockchains from being compromised, we need to employ a combination of new and existing technologies. For example, tried and tested transaction verification assurance, such as out-of-band authentication, could ensure that only verified transactions would be permanently added to the permissioned blockchain.In addition, content agents that scan everything entering blockchain could ensure that malware not make its way into the blockchain. Furthermore, each blockchain could benefit from specific rules and policies in place dictating what blockchain users with express authority to access the network could or could not do.Such goals could be accomplished via a policy engine capable of encoding rules and corporate policies into the blockchain.Leveraging blockchain’s promise and potentialWhile blockchain has inherent security issues, industry players with the foresight and capability to leverage the power of blockchain technology should in no way feel discouraged.In fact, blockchain’s numerous use cases can be and are already shaping up to be a hard reality. However, innovators and entrepreneurs looking to adopt the technology should go in with a thorough understanding of the security issues involved and embark on their blockchain journey by first ensuring that proactive measures are in place to combat the risks. Here are a few pointers to help prepare those looking to implement the technology, especially in payments:• Blockchain and cryptocurrency are here to stay. While still in the early stages, these technologies are quickly becoming part of the fundamental fabric that businesses will use to gain a competitive edge. So, as an entrepreneur, you should become a zealous student and learn all you can about this expected change.• Develop a strong cybersecurity posture and practice it all the time, especially when dealing with cryptocurrencies. Crypto-hackers are relentless at developing new schemes to steal crypto. So, remember that a good carpenter will always “measure twice and cut once.” Apply that same preventive practice to your own daily computing habits.Related: Sick of Passwords? Here’s How Blockchain Can Help, and Enhance Cybersecurity, to Boot.•  Embrace the future of blockchain and crypto. Get involved, talk to others about these changes; go to local meetings; and become a proactive part of this new evolution.          Hear from business owners and CEOs who went through a crippling business problem and came out the other side bigger and stronger. Listen Nowlast_img read more

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Enough is enough its time to decriminalize homosexuality in the Pacific Islands

first_imgA coalition of LGBTI advocates have come together to start a petition to push nations in the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) to create policies which would force member states ‘to support full inclusivity, equity and equality for all people of the Pacific’.PIF is the region’s political and economic policy organisation. It 18 member states are; Australia, Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, French Polynesia, Kiribati, Nauru, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Republic of Marshall Islands, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, and Vanuatu.Enough is enoughThe coalition has timed the petition with this year’s PIF forum in September. Nauru will host the forum and is one the few countries in the region to have decriminalized homosexuality. Nauru’s President Baron Waqa who decriminalized homosexuality is the current PIF chair.Joey Joleen Mataele is one of Tonga’s and the region’s most high profile LGBTI advocates. She is also a founder of the Tonga Leitis Association (TLA) who work to shelter LGBTI youth. Leitis is the name of trans women in Tonga.‘Things have actually gotten worse rather than better in recent years due to the influence of fundamentalist religious groups from abroad,’ Mataele told Gay Star News.‘These fundamentalists are agitating to resurrect the colonial era laws that criminalize our lives.‘While many say it’s not likely that these laws would be enforced, the fact that they’re on the books gives cover to those who claim that LGBTI people are inferior and not deserving of dignity and respect.’‘Our lives don’t matter’Mataele argued the colonial era laws sent a message to LGBTI people that their lives don’t matter. The laws also tell people they don’t deserve equal treatment or access to the same opportunities. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) ‘The hostile environment that such attitudes foster is what forced me to endure years of bullying as a young person, even to drop out of school to escape the abuse,’ she said.‘It’s a similar story for so many young leitis, even today. At the Tonga Leitis Association, we never have enough room to shelter the youth who are being rejected by their families and need a roof over their head.’Organizations struggle to make sure that LGBTI people can access basic health care services and employment.‘Elimination of these archaic laws will be the first step in the right direction toward reducing the bias and discrimination that make our daily lives so difficult,’ Mataele said.Overlooked and ignoredThe LGBTI coalition wants allied to step up to ‘make their voice heard’ and sign the petition. It needs as much support when it takes it concerns to PIF.‘The Pacific Region is often overlooked, ignored, and under-resourced, especially when it comes to LGBTI issues. You hear all the time about important global issues in the Pacific, like climate change, but you hardly ever hear about gay or trans people,’ Mataele said.‘It’s critical that all people of the Pacific, regardless of who we are and whom we love, are empowered to contribute to the development of solutions to these problems because we are all affected and we cannot leave anyone behind.’Sign the petition here.More from Gay Star NewsFiji to host first ever Pacific islands LGBTI short film festivalLess than 50% of HIV+ people in Asia Pacific can get medical treatmentThe Cook Islands are set to decriminalize homosexualityGot a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . GAYSTARNEWS-center_img Momentum is gathering for greater equality for LGBTI people in the Pacific Islands, especially because the situation is deteriorating there. Eva and Fatima star in the documentary ‘Leitis in Waiting’. | Photo: Supplied Read the full article on Gaystarnews:  : read more

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Agents Support Systems launches new website for the Travel and Tourism

first_imgWith close to twenty-five years experience and knowledge within the travel industry, as well as publishing Australia’s number one online industry newsletter [e-Travel Blackboard], Agents Support Systems brings you OBrochure.OBrochure is a new, unique and exciting website dedicated to providing users the ability to search and download online brochures at no cost, from major travel and tourism organizations.The website is equipped with a comprehensive and easy-to-use search engine, as well as a plethora of criteria to choose from. Consumers are able to save, print and email brochures while searching specific categories, companies or destinations, OBrochure will have it covered. Travel and tourism organisations are offered the opportunity to present and promote their brochures to an extensive online audience. OBrochure aims to provide companies the ability to post brochures online in a simple, safe and secure manner. OBrochure takes an innovative, niche approach to the product management, distribution and consumption of travel brochures with travellers in mind. Therefore, travel companies are afforded a vast audience and unrivaled scope when posting their products with OBrochure.OBrochure is a principal supporter of the ever-growing travel industry and highly recommends users consult a travel agent before making any bookings.To start searching, visit OBrochure  For any further enquiries please contact:Obrochure Phone +61 2 8208 8866 Fax +61 2 9233 5159 Email: Source = Agents Support Systemslast_img read more

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Travel guide for vacationers in Kyoto Japan

first_imgThe video showcases the various tourist attractions of Kyoto in western Honshu, in the main island of Japan. It’s regarded as one of Japan’s most beautiful cities and is famous for its culture and traditions.Source: Tourism Medialast_img

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Nevada officials reach out to Dbacks on potential

first_img Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away Larry Fitzgerald, Lyle Sendlein, Darnell Dockett and Adrian Wilson were captains last year, while this is the first time for Jay Feely and Paris Lenon. Of course, it’s a good sign when some of the highest paid players on the team (Fitzgerald, Dockett, Wilson) are also the most respected, as they are the ones who the rest of the guys will follow. Having stars on both sides of the ball who are leaders is certainly a bonus, though it should be noted that this is the second straight year where a QB was not given the honor.Then again, that shouldn’t be too surprising or concerning, especially since Kevin Kolb has been with the team for less than two months. Given the leadership he’s showed in his short time in the Valley, there’s a good chance he’ll don the “C” next season. The Arizona Cardinals have their leaders. Top Stories Cards captains: offense Fitz and Sendlein. Defense Dockett, Wilson and Lenon. ST Feely.less than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® Favorite Retweet ReplyDarren UrbanCardschatter What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Comments   Share   D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’last_img read more

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UN envoy to meet leaders on Wednesday

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