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Safety group launches Safe Cycling Initiative

first_imgDonegal Road Safety Working Group (DRSWG) is once again launching its Safe Cycling Initiative reminding all road users that road safety applies to every one of us – motorists, cyclists, motorcyclists and pedestrians.Brian O’Donnell, Road Safety Officer with Donegal County Council said all road users are vulnerable and have duties of care to each other.“The importance of motorists allowing a 1.5m passing distance when overtaking cyclists cannot be stressed enough and we also need to impress on motorists the vulnerability of cyclists and the need to respect them as road-using equals”. He added that evidence shows that excessive speed is one of the greatest threats on the road and any impact with a cyclist or pedestrian at even 50km an hour carries a 50 per cent death threat.Dealing with that particular vulnerability requires personal visibility and greater traffic awareness by all road users.The DRSWG is once again in conjunction with Donegal Sports Partnership distributing high viz gilets encouraging as many cyclists as possible wear them.Donegal County Council Road Safety Offcier Brian O’Donnell. (North West Newspix)Mr O’Donnell added “Cyclists need to be clearly visible and the distribution of high viz cycling gilets is a step in the right direction to help protect cyclists on the road. We received positive feedback from the cycling clubs following this campaign last year and we hope that cycling clubs will continue to promote this safe cycling initiative. “Cyclists have their own responsibilities regarding their own safety, lighting, high visibility clothing and helmets, clear signals and strict adherence to the rules of the road. We would like to shift the mentality and attitudes of cyclists to ensure that they take their own safety on board.“While there is bad behaviour by both cyclists and motorists, it is an unequal relationship and motorists should recognise their particular vulnerability, slow down and give them more room when overtaking.“The timing of this initiative is also appropriate following the success of last week’s National Bike Week and we hope to encourage as many as possible to wear the cycling gilets. Motorists, cyclists and pedestrians all need to share the road safely. We should all respect each other’s space and ensure that everyone stays safe.”To get a high viz gilets email [email protected] group launches Safe Cycling Initiative was last modified: July 1st, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:councilCYCLINGdonegalsafetylast_img read more

Deal to boost Africa’s power

first_imgThree African countries are planning tobuild a new 400-megawatt power line toboost trade in electricity and ensuresecurity of supply across the continent.(Image: Graeme Williams,MediaClubSouthAfrica.com. For more freephotos visit the image library)  Zambia, Tanzania and Kenya are planning to build a new 400 megawatt power line to boost trade in electricity between them, and ensure security of supply across the continent.Officials from the three countries are currently securing funding for the project, which is due to start in 2011.Teddy Kasonso of the Zambian energy ministry confirmed that Zambia’s counterparts in Kenya and Tanzania have been authorised to sign the agreement and letters of introduction to formally present the project to potential lenders and donors.The power line will run from a sub-station in central Zambia, through Kasama in the northern part of the country, to Mbeya and then Arusha in Tanzania en route to Nairobi.The project, expected to cost R6.4-billion (US$860-million), will boost trade in electricity between the Southern African Power Pool and the East African Power Pool, which incorporates Ethiopia and Sudan.Kasonso said technical, economic, and financial studies have been completed and each of the countries would be equal partners in the project.The project management unit, incorporating staff drawn from all three countries, will be established in Lusaka later this year.Africa’s energy crisisOver the last few years many African countries – such as South Africa, Zambia, Uganda and Ghana – have experienced sweeping power blackouts, also known as “load shedding”.A combination of factors – including rapid economic and population growth, conflict, poor planning and drought – have been blamed for the shortages.In the past South Africa, with its large stocks of coal, enjoyed cheap and reliable electricity supply, and was able to export power to its neighbours, like Zimbabwe and Mozambique. But this has changed over the last three years.Government’s decision in 2001 to prevent the country’s electricity utility, Eskom, from building any new power stations meant that Eskom had to run its existing plant too hard, so the rate of breakdowns rose.This was compounded by a difficult relationship between the utility and the state, and leadership problems within Eskom. By the end of 2007 the country was experiencing a crippling shortage of power and by early 2008 widespread blackouts plunged the country into chaos.In January 2008 Eskom temporarily suspended its power supply to Mozambique and Zimbabwe to address the acute domestic shortages.Eskom and government have responded to the crisis by announcing a massive programme to expand power-generation capacity.These plans include spending a projected R343-billion (US$46-billion) over the next five years to fund new power stations, with the first one to start operating in 2013. Eskom has also started work on two new coal-fired power stations to meet rising demand.Zambia, by contrast, still has poor power-supply infrastructure. Only 17% of urban households have access to electricity, while in the rural areas it’s as little as 3%. Kasonso believes the new venture with Kenya and Tanzania will help provide more power for the people of Zambia.In Uganda and parts of West Africa recent droughts have depleted rivers, meaning less of a force of flowing water to generate hydroelectricity in those countries’ dams. This has led to further shortages and power outages.Ghana has resorted to using massive gas generators to produce emergency power following widespread load shedding, which has had a serious impact on the economy.The new project is expected to help avert the crisis by also encouraging investment in new hydropower schemes in Zambia. This will generate surplus power that could be exported to other African countries, like Ghana and Uganda.last_img read more

Moody’s ratings upgrade for Eskom

first_imgEskom said the rating amendment would help it meet its commitment to providing South Africa with much-needed generation capacity, while maintaining the financial sustainability of the company. Ratings agency Moody’s has lifted the outlook on Eskom’s senior unsecured bonds from negative to stable, citing the power utility’s continued shift towards cost-reflective tariffs and the strong support it enjoys from its shareholder, the South African government. 23 December 2010 Firstly, he said, the company had posted improved financial results for the six months ended in September 2010. SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material “The timing of the review by Moody’s is fitting given the progress made towards resolving the concerns raised by all rating agencies,” Eskom Finance Director Paul O’Flaherty said in a statement this month. “Secondly, the SA government has demonstrated its strong financial support by approving an increase in its guarantee limit from R176-billion to R350-billion and proposing an equity injection of R20-billion, which is still subject to [the] government’s internal approvals.”last_img read more

Fifty years of setting the standard: The Ohio State Fair Sale of Champions

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Fifty years ago, it started with a dream to support the Ohio State Fair’s youth livestock exhibitors. Today, 422 champions have been honored and more than $6.4 million in sales have been generated by the Ohio State Fair Sale of Champions.“We’re just trying to get them money to go to college and help them buy some farms,” said Gov. Jim Rhodes to Ed Johnson in a 1982 interview.Rhodes was the mastermind behind the event that would help build the legacy of Ohio livestock exhibition on a national and international stage — the Ohio State Fair Sale of Champions. Rhodes recognized the hard work, long hours and vast leadership potential of the top livestock exhibitors at the Ohio State Fair and he wanted everyone else to do the same. He also wanted to establish a way to help those young exhibitors benefit from their incredible achievements financially. With these goals in mind, Rhodes teamed up with the Ohio Expositions Commission and well-known auctioneer Merlin Woodruff, who had been selling livestock at the Ohio State Fair since 1952.“Everybody connected over there, the commissioners and all, wanted to make it central for the champions. Before that we were selling the champion hogs in the hog barn, we were selling cargo lots under the railroad tracks, and we were selling the champion steer in the Davey Building,” Woodruff said in an interview with Ed Johnson in 1998. “It was all scattered and some people would see one but wouldn’t see the others.”The first Sale of Champions in 1968 was designed to provide a one-stop event to showcase the fair’s top youth livestock exhibitors, provide an attraction to promote agriculture and attract the interest of buyers who could afford the type of funding required to reward excellence.“The competition at the Ohio State Fair is tough,” Woodruff said. “There has to be a certain amount of luck because when you get in that top 10, it is tough. Those kids realize that that calf, or that lamb or that barrow has to be at 12 o’clock, not a quarter to 12. It has to be at 12 o’clock when it goes in the show ring. If they do anything in life, they’ve got to learn there is a certain time things have got to be right.”Gov. Rhodes was a relentless supporter and promoter of the event right from the start through his first stint as governor, and then again when he was re-elected for terms beginning in 1974 and 1978. His dedication to the Sale of Champions is clear in the dollar figures during his tenure, which regularly broke records thanks to his hands-on involvement and literally getting out in the crowd to encourage the buyers to make higher and higher bids.When he returned after four years away from office, it was apparent that the governor’s dedication to the Sale hadn’t wavered.“Gov. Rhodes was back in office and that was his big thing — the State Fair and the creation of the Sale of Champions,” said Mike Bumgarner, CEO of United Producers, Inc., who had the grand champion steer at the 1975 Ohio State Fair that sold for $26,680. “It was a tremendous experience and I was fortunate to be there at a time when Gov. Rhodes was there and behind it 100%. He set the pace.”Like so many families showing livestock in Ohio, the Bumgarners had worked for years with their focus on the premier event at the Ohio State Fair.“My brothers and I were fortunate that we had been semi-successful at the county level and at that time there were not all the jackpot shows that we have going on today and the ultimate goal was the State Fair,” Bumgarner said. “I had been to the Sale of Champions but not as a participant, but I knew that is where you wanted to get to. I can remember when they sold the steer out under the viaduct. The Sale at the time I sold was in Cooper Arena. There were a lot of butterflies. Those crossbred steers then were pretty high-strung, a little different from today where they are actually breeding for a better disposition. We took those on back then and had to deal with them. The Ohio State Fair Band was part of the Sale then. I can remember Merlin actually had to stop the band one time because those cymbals were clashing and the steer was getting agitated. He thought I was going to get taken out of the sale ring pretty quick by the steer.”The Sale of Champions is always entertaining because there was ever-present uncertainty with youth, their animals and unpredictable buyers.“The Sale was still new then and there were times when the auction got completely thrown off track. One year someone in the back started trying to bid and they had to stop the sale to find out if they should take her bid or not,” Bumgarner said. “That made it unpredictable and exciting, but from the auctioneer’s standpoint it threw a wrinkle into things, not knowing if it was a legitimate bid or not.”Bumgarner still fondly remembers his Sale of Champions experience as a young exhibitor.“It was the highest-selling steer at the time. It was just over $26,000. The Sale is the culmination of hard work. A lot goes into getting to that point,” Bumgarner said. “The money is nice but it is not about the money. It is about the sense of accomplishment. It is the competition, the recognition. The money is really a minor part of it.”Nonetheless, those dollar figures kept increasing through the years thanks to the generosity of buyers, said Sale of Champions auctioneer Johnny Regula. Regula started working with the Sale after being asked by Woodruff in 1991. In 1998, Woodruff ceremonially handed the gavel over to Regula mid-sale. When the Ohio Expositions Commission voted to add the turkey, goat and dairy exhibitors in 2011, Kevin Wendt was added to the team. All have pointed to the generosity of the buyers as the key to the Sale’s success.“We have been very blessed with buyers,” Regula said. “One of the reasons the Sale continues to grow is that Ohio is one of the first states to put a Sale of Champions together and put it on television. This was production agriculture’s one day a year to promote production agriculture and the buyers realized the value of participating because they were going to be on TV and could spread their message to way more people, and it was for a good cause. To me, the buyers are what makes this thing click. We’ve had individuals, small companies, big companies, restaurants, grocery stores, gas stations, banks, car dealers and about everyone you can imagine buying. That is what it takes. Buyers keep this going.”And they do not just buy; they buy with fanfare.“I can remember the year Bob Evans brought a bushel basket of dollar bills. The hog brought $13,000 and Bob Evans reached in his pocket and pulled the bill out so it was $13,001,” Regula said. “Every time Wendy’s bought an animal Dave Thomas always added $256 to it. The reason is back in the day when they first started, they advertised that there were 256 different ways to serve a hamburger.”With Woodruff at the block, the early years of the Sale of Champions only included steers, hogs and lambs.“It took 10 years before they added chickens in 1977. For old guys like me, we sold everything by the pound. In 1971, some guy out of the crowd bought the lamb for what he thought was $4, but it was really well over $400,” Regula said. “Well, it is hard to sell chickens by the pound when they only weigh 21 pounds for the whole pen. That is when they chose to go by the total dollar amount. That was the biggest change as far as how we call the bid.”The original tag team of Woodruff selling the animals and Gov. Rhodes goading buyers to spend just a bit more proved to be incredibly successful. When the promotional efforts of farm broadcaster Ed Johnson were added to the mix, the Sale of Champions became an annual highlight for not only the youth exhibitors and their families, but also all of Ohio’s production agriculture.“The evolution of this sale without question took the foresight of folks like Gov. Rhodes, Merlin and Ed Johnson. They broadcast that sale to all of the what we now call the soccer moms around the region. The general public loves it,” Regula said. “Ed Johnson is the one who promoted this in the right way that people could appreciate production agriculture.”Ohio’s leadership with this idea has continued to set precedents through the years. The big dollar amounts generated in the Sale of Champions encouraged the Ohio State Fair to take steps to spread the funds out to more of the exhibitors with the creation of the first-of-its-kind Youth Reserve Program in 1995. The program is funded by setting caps on the amount the Sale of Champions exhibitors receive with the rest of the sale proceeds going to provide funding for scholarships, 4-H, FFA and other youth programming and to reward the top overall exhibitors in the skillathon (a test on the various components of their livestock project), showmanship and the junior market show. To date, this program has distributed more than $3.2 million for approximately 33,600 youth exhibitors.State Fair manager Virgil Strickler paved the way for the new program.“I believe that the way we have done this has helped the livestock industry stay afloat with these projects. It has spread things out financially. It has also helped the universities because the youth come there more knowledgeable than ever before,” Strickler said. “I got a call from a mom and she told me that her kids were on the family vacation studying for their skillathon. I believe that we have really come a long way. Look at what we have done in terms of the money being raised from these buyers. The buyers have bought into the fact that we are helping all of these kids every year with the Youth Reserve Program. And, when the buyers contribute they have to present the check the next year, and that brings them back to the Sale. The buyers love it because we are getting more money out to more youth. The backing we have has produced a great system of the Youth Reserve Program and I believe it will keep growing.”For many years the Sale of Champions was held in the Cooper Arena mid-fair, but that has since changed.“When I came on board in ‘93 we were still in Cooper for the Sale. Then we moved it to our brand new building in the Voinovich Livestock and Trade Center. It went over really well but it was really hot in that place. The next year we decided to spruce it up a little more and move it to the Celeste Center,” Strickler said. “The Celeste is an entertainment venue and we tried to make it as fantastic as we could with the lighting and sound and the air conditioning. It put the icing on the cake when we put it in there. Then when we went from 17 to 12 days in 2004 we put the Sale at the end of the fair to bring it all together as the grand finale of all livestock shows.”Ohio has been revolutionary with the creation and execution of the state’s Sale of Champions, often the serving as the subject of educational trips so those fairs could recreate it.“Looking back at the rich history we’ve built upon and the evolution the Sale of Champions has undergone in five decades, I speak for myself and the Ohio Expositions Commission as a whole when I say we couldn’t be more proud of the work we’ve done,” Strickler said. “We’ve brought unity to the various species with a centralized auction filled with fanfare and putting our youth in the spotlight.”As it was in 1968 and in Bumgarner’s days in the show ring, the Sale of Champions remains the pinnacle of Ohio youth livestock exhibition.“The Sale is really elevating the exposure of what those exhibitors do day in and day out to succeed. They are recognizing every kid in 4-H and FFA that works with livestock projects. It gives the general public a sense of the work ethic needed to get there, not only to the winner’s circle but just to participate. These projects take a lot of time. The general public does not have a good understanding of what all is involved with that. Having a venue like the Sale of Champions that allows the industry to go out and recognize the youth and their work ethic is a real benefit not only to the individual but the industry as a whole,” Bumgarner said. “There were so many people along the way who really understood the importance of that event. The list goes on and on. The Sale of Champions at the Ohio State Fair set a high bar and example for the whole state fair circuit and livestock show circuit around the country and has been the lead on many fronts. They continue to be the leaders out there.”With the 50th Sale of Champions on Aug. 6 at 2 p.m. at the Ohio State Fair, the future of the event is bright, just as when Gov. Rhodes responded to a question about its future in 1982.“It is going to get bigger. There is too much momentum for anybody to stop it. It is going to grow. It is going to expand. They are going to innovate. They are going to invent. They are going to do everything possible to make it greater,” Rhodes said. “The seed has been planted and it is going to grow.”Here are some great photo highlights through the last 50 years provided by the Ohio State Fair and the OCJ archives. The 2013 Grand Champion Swiss Cheese, produced by Guggisberg Cheese Co., sold for a record-setting $18,000 to Kroger, American Dairy Association Mideast, Westfield Insurance AgriBusiness Division, COBA/Select Sires Inc., DHI Cooperative Inc., ABS Global, Dairymen’s, Brewster Dairy Inc., Maryland & Virginia Milk Producers Cooperative, John and Suzann Spreng of LongAcre Farms, Biery Cheese Co., and Dairy Farmers of America to support the grand champion dairy exhibitors Lane Greiwe, Logan County; Braxton Perry, Champaign County; Becky Cooley, Fairfield County; Anna Miley, Wayne County; Jacob Morgan, Champaign County; and Jacob Baker, Columbiana County; and the dairy supreme showman winners, Tanner Topp of Wayne County and Amber Dietz of Trumbull County. Jordan Fledderjohann, Shelby County, exhibited the 2013 Grand Champion Meat Goat, which sold for a record-setting $12,750 to Ohio Harness Racing Association and Scioto Downs. The 1980 grand champion pen of meat chickens was exhibited by Martha Stock of Canton and purchased by Bob Evans Farms, Inc. for $8,080. Photo courtesy of the Ohio State Fair. Randy Shane had the 1974 grand champion steer. It sold to McDonald’s for $12,210. Photo courtesy of the Ohio State Fair. Bill Chapin had the 1968 grand champion market lamb in the first Sale of Champions. It sold to the Grandview Inn for $1,225. Photo courtesy of the Ohio State Fair. Matt McGrath exhibited the grand champion barrow in 1997. The barrow was purchased by Kroger for $22,500. The Outstanding Market Exhibitor Program, funded by the Youth Reserve Program, recognizes the top overall exhibitors in the skillathon, showmanship and the market show. Governor George Voinovich helped recognize OME Brandon Hays at the 1998 Sale. Photo courtesy of the Ohio State Fair. Former Gov. Jim Rhodes continued to attend the Sale he started for many years. Jake Osborn from Highland County was the Outstanding Market Steer Exhibitor in 1999. The 1990 grand champion market lamb was exhibited by Stacie Williamson and sold to Kroger for $11,700. The grand champion market lamb was shown by Luther Hill in 1992 and purchased by Kroger for $12,000. The 1968 champion steer was exhibited by Denny Howsmon and it sold for $11,732 to BBF. Nancy Campbell had the grand champion barrow in the first Sale of Champions in 1968. Gov. Jim Rhodes is on the left. The barrow sold for $4,400 to Pure Oil Plaza. Photo courtesy of the Ohio State Fair. Wendy’s purchased the 1981 grand champion steer exhibited by Rhonda Shane for $26,256. The 1971 reserve grand champion steer was exhibited by Joy Eversole from Fairfield County. Burger King bought the steer for $3,060. Part of 50 years of the Sale of Champions, the famous Bob Evans bushel of cash was used to buy the 1982 Grand Champion Barrow exhibited by Cheryl Laucher, who is holding the extra $1 for $13,001. Photo courtesy of the Ohio State Fair. The 1977 grand champion steer was exhibited Anita Billman. The steer sold to Wendy’s for $32,256. The 1980 grand champion meat chickens were exhibited by Margaret Penquite from Blanchester and purchased by Super Duper Stores in Westerville for $3,000. The 137-pound 2016 Grand Champion Open Class Lamb shown by Paige Pence of New Carlisle was purchased by Kroger for $2,700. Danielle Heintz, Auglaize County, exhibited the 2013 Grand Champion Market Beef, which sold for $70,000 to S&S Volvo, JD Equipment and Kale Marketing. Madison Banbury, Knox County, exhibited the 2013 Reserve Grand Champion Market Lamb, which sold for $25,000 to Kroger. Lea Kimley, Clark County, exhibited the 2013 Grand Champion Barrow, which sold for $35,000 to The Ohio Farm Bureau Federation, Bob Evans Farms, and JD Equipment. The Grand Champion Market Lamb in 2015 was exhibited by Bailee Amstutz, Union County, and sold to Meijer for $ 32,500. The Grand Champion Barrow in 2015 was exhibited Troy Elwer, Allen County, and sold to Steve Rauch Excavation and Demolition and Concessions by Cox for $42,000. The Grand Champion Barrow in 2016 was exhibited by Ashton Frey of Wyandot County, and sold to Bob Evans Farms, Ohio Farm Bureau, Event Marketing Strategies, Huffman’s Market, Amusements of America for $36,000. Kady Davis of Carroll County Paydon Gingerich of Holmes County exhibited the 2013 Grand Champion Turkey, which sold for $11,500 to Cooper Farms, setting a new record. Emily Overs finished her 4-H career on a high, setting a record price for her 2012 Grand Champion Lamb. Danielle Heintz, Auglaize County, had the 2011 Grand Champion Market Beef purchased by JD Equipment and S&S Volvo for $85,000. Megan Miller, Holmes County, had the Reserve Grand Champion Market Beef purchased by Steve Rauch Excavation/Demolition for $40,000. Mackenzie Fruchey, Fulton County, had the 2011 Grand Champion Market Lamb that was purchased by Kroger for $43,000. Madison Banbury, Knox County, had the Reserve Grand Champion Market Lamb that was purchased by Kale Marketing, Burkhart Farms and The Ohio Horse Racing Industry for $19,500. The 2011 Grand Champion Meat Chickens were exhibited by Emily Myers from Montgomery County. The pen of meat chickens was purchased by Cox, Event Marketing Strategies and Amusements of America for $17,000. Reggie Regula, Logan County, had the Reserve Grand Champion Meat Chickens that were purchased by Kroger for $16,000. Zach Johnson, Clinton County, had the 2011 grand champion market turkey, the first ever to be sold in the Sale of Champions. The records broken at the Sale are keeping the ring men busy, including Kevin Wendt. The 2015 Reserve Champion Market Beef was exhibited by Oliver McGuire, Champaign County and sold to Martin D. Yoder and Woodruff Enterprises for $22,000. The 2015 Reserve Champion Barrow was exhibited by Ashton Dominique, Fulton County, and sold to Event Marketing, Huffman’s Markets, Ohio Farm Bureau, and Bob Evans for $26,000. The 2015 Reserve Champion Market Lamb was exhibited by Logan Harvel, Fayette County, and sold to Kroger for $23,000. Reggie Regula had the 2011 reserve grand champion meat chickens that sold to Kroger for $16,000. Mackenzie Fruchey of Fulton County had the 2012 Reserve Champion Market Beef, which sold for $38,000. Chrysta Beck’s 2012 Reserve Grand Champion Meat Chickens commanded a record-setting bid of $18,000. Troy Elwer, VanWert County, had the 2011 Reserve Grand Champion Barrow that was purchased by Bob Evans Farms and the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation for $20,000. Merlin Woodruff passes the gavel to Johnny Regula in 1998. Photo of the 1991Sale of Champions auction team from the left are: Roger Wilson, Don Bradley, Johnny Regula, Merlin Woodruff, and Charlie Nash.last_img read more

Warning: Mom-And-Pop Shops Not Safe From Cybercriminals

first_imgHow to Get Started in China and Have Success China and America want the AI Prize Title: Who … Sure, cybercrime headlines go to multinational conglomerates that are breached by determined, sophisticated criminals. But small firms get hit more often, a fact that no doubt surprises their owners and customers.Mom-and-pops often take fewer precautions, and when their customers also let down their guard, they all become easy prey. It might be more time-consuming to string together access to a lot of small businesses, but the prize – fat consumer financial accounts – is just as valuable as any stolen from big firms.Security Polices Are LackingA recent survey of more than 1,000 businesses with less than 250 employees shows that nine in 10 have no formal policies guiding employees on how to avoid malicious sites that download malware. Commissioned by the National Cyber Security Alliance and Symantec, the poll also found that more than seven in 10 respondents have no guidelines for using Facebook, Twitter and other social media where cybercriminals will hijack accounts to distribute malicious links.Privacy polices were also lacking. The survey found that 60% of the businesses had no guidelines for employees to follow regarding customer or employee information.The Security Risks Are ObviousOddly, small-business owners understand the importance of Internet security.Fully 73% said using the Internet safely was critical to their business, and 46% acknowledged it was very critical. In fact, nearly nine in 10 had one or more employees using the Internet for daily operations, with seven in 10 saying they were either somewhat or very dependent on the Internet for running their company.Nevertheless, nearly 60% of the businesses had no contingency for handling a loss of customer or employee data, credit or debit numbers or intellectual property. Yet, nearly seven in 10 manage their own sites in-house, meaning if there’s trouble, the small business is liable.Size Doesn’t MatterSo why the disconnect? Michael Kaiser, executive director of security alliance, said small businesses believe hackers are more interested in breaking into large companies that would seem to have much more valuable information.“They may think their size protects them,” Kaiser said.What many small businesses don’t realize is that hackers value information no matter the size of the company. They want names and passwords of employees’ email accounts in order to identify customers and send them malware or links to malicious sites.Small businesses “may not understand how the cybercriminal system works,” he said. “A list of 200 customers may be incredibly valuable.”Of course, not all small businesses operate the same way. Those working with defense and financial firms are used to tighter security requirements, for example. More small businesses will have to upgrade to similar levels.The Easy PickingsSoftware powering electronic cash registers is a popular target. Last December, four Romanians were indicted in U.S. federal court for allegedly stealing credit-, debit- and gift-card numbers from the point-of-sale systems at 150 Subway restaurants and more than 50 other franchise and small retailers. The suspects were accused of charging millions of dollars to the accounts of 80,000 customers.Chester Wisniewski, senior security adviser for anti-virus software vendor Sophos, said small businesses tend to fall behind in software updates that patch security flaws.“A small business is a target that doesn’t necessarily have any better security than my mom and dad,” Wisniewski said.Weak security by small businesses accounts for 90% of the payment data breaches reported to Visa. A study by Verizon found that nearly three-quarters of data breaches in 2011 involved businesses with fewer than 100 employees.Share As Little Data As PossiblePut all the facts together and a person would be wise to share as little personal information as possible with a small business.All business owners should consider the case of hotelier Wyndham Worldwide. It was sued this year by the Federal Trade Commission for failing to have adequate security to prevent the theft of payment card information of hundreds of thousands of customers.There’s nothing to say a small firm can’t be victimized and then sued.“I wouldn’t store my credit card with anyone,” Wisniewski said. Related Posts antone gonsalvescenter_img Tags:#best practices#customer information#cybercrime#employee information#hacking#personally identifiable information#small business How OKR’s Completely Transformed Our Culture What Nobody Teaches You About Getting Your Star…last_img read more

Music Companies Won’t Play Ball With Apple – Gee, I Wonder Why?

first_imgApple wants to roll out a streaming music service like Pandora, reports The New York Times, but can’t get it done because the music companies are dragging their heels.Funny old world, isn’t it? Apple used iTunes to basically take over the music business, setting prices and dictating terms. And Apple ran roughshod over those record companies, which are still smarting from the rough treatment.Now they’re getting their revenge. The longer they drag things out, the more Apple suffers as new rivals grow stronger. The suits in Los Angeles must be loving this.According to the Times: “Apple had once hoped to introduce the radio service around the Grammy Awards in February. But it has been delayed, chiefly by slow progress in licensing negotiations with record companies and with one key publisher, Sony/ATV, which also controls the EMI publishing catalog.”Another issue, according to the New York Post, is that Apple is low-balling the deal, trying to get streaming rights at a rate well below what others pay. Apple is offering 6 cents for every 100 songs streamed. Others pay 12-to-35 cents per 100 songs streamed.Adding to the resentment, I’m sure, is that Apple is sitting on $140 billion in cash, some billions of which were gained by screwing record companies the last time around.Once Bitten…So unpleasant was Apple as a partner that the media business even invented a verb for what Apple did to the music companies – they call it “getting iTuned,” and they’ve vowed not to let it happen to them again.I suspect the same thing is what’s holding up Apple’s push into TV, as movie and TV guys saw what Apple did to the music business and would like very much to avoid that happening to them, thank you very much.Last fall I had an interesting conversation with an influential player in the TV and movie production business, who explained the fear and loathing with which Apple is viewed in Hollywood.Part of the problem, he told me, is that the video guys all saw what happened to the music guys after they got in bed with Apple. But also, “Steve Jobs came down here and did meetings in Hollywood, talking to people who’ve been in this business for 25 years, and he told these guys, `You’re all a bunch of idiots. You’re dinosaurs.’ The response from the Hollywood guys was, `Go [email protected] yourself.’” As far as Hollywood is concerned, “Apple is scary. Steve Jobs was scary. There’s a fear of empowering Apple. No one here has a vested interest in helping to build that up. It’s a scary time, and do you really want an 800-pound gorilla controlling your pricing?”An Analog ModelThe larger problem with iTunes is that it’s really, essentially, an analog business model. Apple didn’t really do anything revolutionary. It just “paved the cowpath,” meaning it took the same business model that people had used in the analog world and created a digital knock-off. Just like you used to buy vinyl records, and then CDs, now you went online and bought an album or a song, and now you “owned” them and added them to your “collection” which you had to manage on a computer. You can argue that Apple did something a little bit revolutionary by letting customers buy a single song rather than an entire album. Fair enough.But iTunes is still a model in which you buy music. The whole thing is about replicating the experience that Steve Jobs had as a kid buying vinyl records, even down to getting the album art. As many others have pointed out, once you start using Spotify (in my case) or any of the other new music-streaming services, you don’t really want to go back to iTunes. And you don’t need to.Apple has a problem. It bullied those content guys in Los Angeles, and now those guys are getting their revenge.Image courtesy of Reuters. 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout dan lyons Related Posts 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People…center_img 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… Tags:#Apple#iTunes#Pandora#spotify#streaming music last_img

Video Tutorial: An Inside Look at Adobe Premiere Pro 2019

first_imgMotion Graphics UpgradePremiere’s Essential Graphics panel has been revamped with several new features. After Effects users will finally be able to create .mogrt* files with customizable fonts. You will not only be able to change the font but also modify the style and size of your text within Premiere. In addition to font modifications, you will also be able to group parameters and apply responsive design to animations.Another interesting feature is the all-new data-driven infographic workflow. Easily work with spreadsheet data in motion graphics templates via a simple drag-and-drop. You will be able to edit the data directly in the Essential Graphics panel. Any updates you make to the source spreadsheet file will immediately update in Premiere Pro. This is especially useful when working with a large number of graphic elements for something like weather graphics, or statistics for a sporting event, etc.*The .mogrt must be set up in After Effects to enable this feature in Premiere ProAudio Cleanup ToolsThe Essential Sound panel is still a relatively new addition to Premiere Pro, and in this upcoming release, Adobe has added a few extra touches. An updated Reduce Noise slider bar gives users more control over getting rid of unwanted sound. There’s also an entirely new Reduce Reverb slider that, you know, reduces the reverb. Selective Color GradingIn addition to new audio tools, Premiere has updated the Lumetri Color panel. The new Lumetri curves definitely win the award for the most interesting new feature. Five new curves tools give you precise control over the hue, saturation, and luminance values of your image. Perform selective color grading with Hue vs. Saturation, Hue vs. Hue, Hue vs. Luma, Luma vs. Saturation, and Saturation vs. Saturation. While Adobe Creative Cloud 2019 won’t be available until later this year, let’s take a sneak peek at what Premiere Pro will have to offer.It’s that time of year again—Adobe has announced all of the latest features for the upcoming version of their Creative Cloud suite of programs. Premiere Pro updates include an enhanced Essential Graphics panel, new options for cleaning up audio, selective color grading tools, and an all-new workflow for VR180. Let’s take a closer look. Virtual Reality 180Last but not least, you will have new support for VR 180. This will include optimized ingest, editorial, and effects for monoscopic and stereoscopic content. You can output finished videos in the Google VR180 format for YouTube or other platforms. Cover image via Adobe.Looking for more video tutorials? Check these out.Video Tutorial: Create an Action Promo With After EffectsHow to Create a Scribble Animation in After EffectsEverything to Know About Layer Styles in After EffectsMake Your Titles And Graphics Pop with This Advanced Glow EffectCreate a Responsive Infographic in After Effectslast_img read more

Hotshots ready to defy the odds

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. “Nobody believes we could. And that’s understandable, they are, after all, a powerhouse team,” Chito Victolero said when asked about being at the cusp of dethroning the Beermen in the PBA Philippine Cup Finals’ Game 6 clash set at 6:30 p.m.“And we’re the underdogs. We’ve been that since the quarterfinals, the semifinals. We’re maybe the only ones who believe,” he added. “Though whenever we believe, good things happen to us. That’s why it’s our battle cry.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsMagnolia struggled to get sober from its championship hangover, which cost them three games early in the Philippine Cup. They managed to only win one game halfway through the eliminations, putting them in a precarious situation for a playoff spot.The Hotshots, though, won five of their last six to barely making it to the middle pack for the playoffs. From there, they went on to face crowd darling Barangay Ginebra in the quarterfinals and the second-seeded Rain or Shine in the semifinals. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting “We (may) have arrested our rebounding woes, but we’re not able to execute in the last few possessions especially when their big men were in foul trouble,” he added. “I guess the break is not on our side. There was a lot of drama, too, earlier.”But being under the harsh spotlight of drama a scenario all too familiar for Austria and his wards. San Miguel, after all, is the only team to ever come back from a 0-3 hole to win the title.“Were just unfortunate that we’re unable to score in the last three possessions,” Austria said. “I just hope in the next game we’ll come out with a lot more energy. It’s do-or-die for us.”The clash is set to feature two contrasting play styles with Magnolia trying to whip out its stingy defense anew, and San Miguel looking to overwhelm through scoring once more.Victolero, who has long harped about giving themselves a chance at beating the “mighty” Beermen, will have more than an opportunity as they now wield another weapon: a psychological edge off a 3-2 lead.But the Magnolia mentor is not trying to put much premium on that.“This will be extra hard,” he said of closing out San Miguel. “We know San Miguel. They don’t go down easily. You saw it earlier, we were up 13 in the last six minutes. They tied it.”“We just have to do this all over again—keeping the score low—to give ourselves a chance in the end.” DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Ian Sangalang hopes Avengers won’t ruin possible Sunday endgame Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid LATEST STORIES Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated But they say everything is clearer in hindsight. Victolero couldn’t agree more as he believes that along with their title run last year has helped the Hotshots grow into the worthy challenger they are now against the Beermen.“We battled in a lot of situations like these before. They (Hotshots) now know how to win,” he said.Magnolia looks to wrest the role of the the team etches its name deeper into PBA lore when it tries to foil San Miguel’s bid for an unprecedented “five-peat” in the all-Filipino conference.Meanwhile, the Beermen, if its any consolation, know where exactly they fell short in narrow 88-86 Game 5 loss on Friday night.“I think it was evident that our shot selection was poor,” coach Leo Austria said. “It’s hard to win when you’re only making 29.8 percent of your field goals.”ADVERTISEMENT ‘Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance PLAY LIST 01:30’Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance01:29Robredo to gov’t, after accepting anti drug post: Are you ready for me?00:50Trending Articles02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Never tell Chito Victolero and his charges the odds.Magnolia has defied narratives over and over again in the PBA Philippine Cup and they look to bend another once more when they shoot to knock the crown off the San Miguel Beer Sunday night at Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess MOST READ View commentslast_img read more