Koch tackles poverty by coaching nonprofits on business

SEATTLE — Charles Koch’s latest initiative tackling poverty embodies both the wealthy industrialist’s business acumen and his distaste for big government.The 3-year-old Stand Together Foundation has taken centre stage in Koch’s empire as it recalibrates some of its wide-ranging operation and continues to downplay its more well-known conservative political agenda.A key part of this foray is infusing the work of private nonprofits with corporate principles and business management training. Koch also gives the charities grant money and extends his influence to help them expand.His Stand Together Foundation supports 140 private groups that help the needy with a path toward self-sufficiency.It’s part of Koch’s campaign to shed some of the political associations tied to the former “Koch Brothers” entity. Younger brother David Koch retired in 2018 due to health issues.___Sally Ho covers philanthropy and education. Follow her on Twitter: https://twitter.com/_SallyHoSally Ho, The Associated Press read more

Fake train tickets sold on dark web as criminals take advantage of

first_imgA season ticket from Gatwick to the capital was being advertised for a third of its retail price Train companies keep stuffing their pockets with public subsidies while treating the operation of rail services as an inconvenienceAnonymous group Fares available include first-class and monthly tickets. The investigation, carried out by BBC South East, found some tickets, including a season ticket from Gatwick to the capital, were being advertised for a third of their retail price. Customers can use Bitcoin, a virtual currency, to buy them. The investigation found that although the tickets do not have the correct metal strip that allows customers through barriers at stations, staff let users through anyway because the tickets appear genuine. The group, who were not named in the investigation, told the BBC “no one should be ashamed of getting one over companies like Southern Rail”. “The train companies keep stuffing their pockets with public subsidies while treating the operation of rail services as an inconvenience,” they said in a statement.”We wish one day everyone will be able to use an affordable public service. Until then, we will be providing it.”A spokesman for the Rail Delivery Group, which represents train companies, said fare dodgers “deprive” the railway of around £200 million per year. People caught in possession of a forged ticket risk a “hefty fine” or even a prison sentence as it is a criminal offence, he added.“Train companies work closely with the British Transport Police to combat and investigate fraud, and operators take a range of measures to make sure that customers are buying and using the correct tickets,” he said. A season ticket from Gatwick to the capital was being advertised for a third of its retail priceCredit:Govia Thameslink Railwaycenter_img “Staff carry out regular inspections on trains and at stations, and automatic ticket barriers are installed in many stations. “Sadly there will always be people who try to get away with not paying. The vast majority of passengers who do pay the correct fare don’t feel they should subsidise those who choose not to pay.”It is understood that around 97 per cent of fares are put back into helping run and improve services, with around 3p from every £1 going to the train companies.  Det Insp Jeremy Banks, from British Transport Police’s Cyber Crime Unit, said they were aware criminals were using the dark web to exploit rail firms.“We take all reports of criminality seriously and our dedicated Cyber Crime Unit works closely with the rail industry as well as police forces nationally to investigate fraud and bring offenders before the courts,” he added. The full report will be on BBC Inside Out South East, which airs on BBC One at 7.30pm Fake train tickets are increasingly being sold on the dark web as criminals take advantage of customers’ anger over expensive travel, an investigation has found.Tickets are being sold on the “hidden” part of the internet for a fraction of their original price by a self-styled “Robin Hood” group, who claim they are offering “an affordable public service”. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Column Women in Colombia are fighting back against the use of rape

first_imgWomen march during what organized call a “Slut Walk” in Bogota, Colombia, Saturday, April 6, 2013. The words on their backs read in Spanish “If I was born nude, why cover me up?,” left, and “Neither a whore, nor a saint.” (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)A voice for a generation: Colombian journalist Jineth Bedoya LimaDespite these obstacles, Colombian women are fighting back. At considerable personal cost, women are speaking out and demanding truth, justice and accountability. In speaking out they encounter threats and risks to their physical security and that of their families.One such individual is the Colombian journalist Jineth Bedoya Lima. Due to her work, Jineth has experienced violence from different actors of the conflict, including being kidnapped twice, tortured and raped by a paramilitary group. Despite these devastating experiences, Jineth has continued her prolific career as a journalist in Colombia.Jineth’s own words show her bravery:I spent nine years in silence. I felt ashamed. The damage done to your soul never goes away… Now I can speak about what happened to me. I realised I could be a voice for the thousands of women who have been victims of sexual violence, which gives me strength.She chose to stay and fight, yet 13 years on the perpetrators of these crimes remain free.Jineth’s bravery compels us all to act. Sexual violence is the hidden reality of this conflict. Around the world, the role of women is recognised as being essential in peace-building. Yet not a single woman is at the negotiating table in the Colombian peace talks. The participation of women in peace talks contributes to the sustainability and broad social buy-in of peace.International pressure on Colombia is badly needed. The Irish government has made strong international commitments to the global agenda of women, peace and security. We should urge the Colombian government to ensure that the issue of sexual violence is adequately addressed.Karol Balfe works on Governance, Peace building and Human Rights for Christian Aid Ireland. Christian Aid and Trócaire will jointly launch the report Colombia: Women, Conflict-Related Sexual Violence and the Peace Process, on behalf of ABColombia 3 December 2013. Jineth Bedoya Lima will speak in Dublin at the launch. Read the report: Colombia: Women, Conflict-Related Sexual Violence and the Peace ProcessWe’re interested in your ideas and opinions – do you have a story you would like to see featured in Opinion & Insight? Email opinions@thejournal.ieRead: One quarter of women experience physical or sexual violence from a partnerRead: Top Colombian drug lord charged in New York THE FIGURES ARE sobering. From 2001 to 2009, on average 54,410 women per year experienced sexual violence in Colombia, this breaks down to 149 per day, or six women per hour. This sexual violence is closely connected to the economic and political exclusion of women and the same attitudes and cultural beliefs driving sexual violence against women in domestic life. However sexual violence against women in Colombia is also a military objective.This conflict has been brutal for both men and women. Five decades of fighting have left 5.5 million people displaced, the highest number in the world. Land is at the heart of the conflict. Those who fled left behind 6 million hectares of land, much of which is now held by armed groups and their allies, or has been bought by big businesses. Estimates regarding the total number of people killed in Colombia from the conflict range from 220,000 to 600,000.Despite the peace talks currently underway, enforced disappearance continues to be used as a method of intimidation and terror. At least 50,000 Colombian families are searching for missing family members. Human rights defenders and community leaders are being particularly targeted with the number of attacks and killings increasing year-on-year, culminating in 69 killed in 2012.A woman holds up a poster dotted with rose petals and a message that reads in Spanish; “Only a kiss would shut me up,” during a march to protest physical abuse of women and in support of Colombia’s peace talks currently underway in Cuba, in Bogota, Colombia, Friday, Nov. 22, 2013. Thousands of women marched Friday through the streets of the capital, some walking as many as 25 blocks to the Plaza de Bolivar. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)All armed groups engage in sexual violence against womenAgainst this horrific background, women, their bodies, their lives and their rights are being used as the spoils of war. While all armed actors engage in sexual violence against women there are some differences in their methods. Women are forced by paramilitary groups into prostitution. Between 2012 and 2013, 43 of 244 demobilised female fighters from guerrilla groups reported they had been forced to have abortions. The guerrillas also use sexual violence in the forced recruitment of girls as combatants.Although sexual violence is perpetrated by all armed actors, state and non-state, the impact of the State Security Forces’ involvement in sexual violence has a particularly devastating effect. These forces are mandated to protect the civilian population. When sexual violence is committed by them, the civilian population are left with no authority to whom they can turn for justice.Worryingly the magnitude of conflict-related sexual violence against women in Colombia is yet to be fully understood. It is a crime that is massively underreported. Sexual violence by the security forces, guerrilla groups and paramilitaries is almost never prosecuted despite its widespread and systematic nature.  Up to 18 per cent of women in Colombia report the attacks, but more than 98 per cent of sexual crimes go unpunished. Where it is reported, women encounter major obstacles accessing the justice system.This is a systematic and generalised practice. These are not isolated violations committed by ‘rogue’ elements. The near-total lack of justice acts a strong deterrent for women wishing to report such crimes. Women struggle to have their cases taken seriously, documented and investigated by the police. They are usually not given the required medical support nor are they directed to the appropriate medical and health services.last_img read more

iPhone un modèle imbattable

first_imgiPhone : un modèle imbattable ?États-Unis – La réussite de l’iPhone fait des envieux. Désormais, l’ensemble des acteurs de la téléphonie mobile veut la peau du produit phare d’Apple.Des constructeurs comme Nokia, Samsung ou encore Sony Ericsson et d’autres acteurs importants tels que Microsoft ou Google veulent mettre à mal l’iPhone. Mais le modèle économique de la star d’Apple n’en finit plus d’être rentable et de se développer. Aujourd’hui, le terminal compte 140.000 applications pour plus de 3 milliards de téléchargements.À lire aussiLes applications pour entraîner son cerveau sont-elles vraiment efficaces ?Dernier lancement en date : le Wave de Samsung. Le groupe coréen joue sur deux terrains avec son nouveau smartphone fonctionnant sous son système Bada, mais aussi avec les Google phones: “Nous espérons en vendre 4 millions cette année en France, répartis également entre nos propres téléphones mobiles, et ceux qui fonctionnent avec le logiciel Android de Google”, indique David Eberlé, directeur des mobiles de Samsung dans l’Hexagone. Mais Apple occupe largement le devant de la scène : “Le portail Internet mobile d’Apple a capté 99 % du nouveau marché de 4 à 5 milliards d’euros d’applications téléchargées en 2009 avec des smartphones”, explique Pierre Péladeau, partenaire de Booz & Co. “Ce marché devrait décoller pour atteindre plus de 20 milliards d’euros en 2013.” De son côté, Sony Ericsson a annoncé une prochaine collaboration avec Google pour vendre davantage de mobiles sous Android, tout comme HTC et Motorola. Microsoft a trouvé LG comme partenaire et Nokia se lance avec Intel.Le 15 février 2010 à 14:51 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Weather Eye Ringing in the new year It should be cold and

first_img It was a stormy day around Western Washington Saturday as a cold front was dropping down from British Columbia. Winds were in the 35- to 40-mph range west of the Cascades and 40-50 mph along the coast and in the Columbia Basin. Today showers dwindle and we bring the new year in Monday night with dry weather. The first day of January will be cool and dry before a couple weak weather systems head our way later in the week.The cold front took a while to reach Vancouver and Clark County on Saturday, as we were the last to receive the rain and wind. Nothing spectacular, just a normal winter storm. We were expecting about one-half inch of rain.As of Saturday afternoon, Vancouver had 4.47 inches in the rain gauge. If we get a half-inch more that would place us at 5 inches for the month, still a bit below average but better than I thought. Weather watcher Phil Delany, who lives above Dole Valley in our foothills, reported Saturday afternoon with 12.40 inches, which is below average for that area as well.I guess one bonus of those southerly winds were the balmy afternoon temperatures for late December. At 2 p.m. Saturday it was 52 degrees in Vancouver, nearly 10 degrees above average. We are in our coldest period from now through Jan. 15. It will drop down to normal the first half of the week as things dry out somewhat.Not that I place too much faith into the Old Farmer’s Almanac, but it calls for the first two days of January to be sunny and cold. Pretty close. It also says we will be much wetter, with above-average rainfall, and the temperatures will be 2 degrees above average. It also predicts lots of heavy wind and rain the last half of the month. We’ll see.Enjoy the last hours of 2018 and have a joyous New Year! Take care. Patrick Timm is a local weather specialist. His column appears Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Reach him at http://patricktimm.com.last_img read more

Twin brother says they were playing before his brother died

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, October 17, 2017 – Providenciales – Police say they have launched an investigation into what happened to cause a 4 year old boy to die; the young child’s body was discovered on Friday at the bottom of sewage well in the Bight.   Police had originally reported that they were ‘meeting’ regarding the unfortunate death of such a young person and in such a precarious place.A statement today said, “On Friday 13th October 2017 around 11:53am Police officers and other emergency services responded to the scene where it was reported that the 4-year old and his twin brother were outside playing when he fell into a sewage well in the yard.   An autopsy will be conducted to determine the exact cause of death.”Video on PTV8 news showed the child’s body being taken from the scene, wrapped in white and there was no adult on site to immediately answer questions about what led to the little boy’s death.#MagneticMediaNews#deceasedchildfoundinwell#pleasebevigilant Related Items:#deceasedchildfoundinwell, #magneticmedianews, #pleasebevigilant Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Amazon Fire TV Stick gets Alexa TV control remote still costs 40

first_img 3rd Rock from the Sun Roku Channel TV Shows Raising Expectations Last Action Hero A sample of Roku Channel vs. IMDb Freedive Rush Freedive Movies Foxcatcher Bewitched Terminator 3 Freedive TV Shows Amazon Amazon is aiming to unseat Roku as the most popular streamer, and by one count at least it has already succeeded. And now its cheapest, most popular Fire TV device is getting a major feature bump for 2019.The updated version of the $40 (£40) Amazon Fire TV Stick goes on sale today, and the main difference between it and the previous version is the addition of volume, mute and power buttons on the remote control — the Sticks themselves are exactly the same. And if that TV-control remote seems familiar, that’s because it debuted with the $50 (£50) Fire TV Stick 4K and was later added to the $120 Fire TV Cube.  Fringe Good Times Lawless Memento Heroes Amazon Fire TV Stick Dawson’s Creek Bridges of Madison County Midsomer Murders The Green Hornet Mentioned Above Amazon Fire TV Stick Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein Review • Amazon Fire TV Stick updated review: No longer the sharpest stick in the stream $39 Neighbours Batman Vexed Blast from the Past Contact Playing House Paternity Court Marie Antoinette Seven Years in Tibet Crocodile Dundee Hell’s Kitchen Amazon LG Roku Samsung Sony Vizio The survey was taken on the afternoon of Monday, January 14 around 3 p.m. ET. Roku Channel Movies came from Roku Channel’s top “Featured” line; Freedive’s Movies from the Fire TV app’s top “Popular Movies” line; Roku Channel’s TV Shows from the “TV” line; and Freedive’s TV Shows from the Fire TV app’s “Popular TV” line. Each service has many more free TV shows and movies.Look for a full review of the 2019 Amazon Fire TV Stick soon.Disclaimer: CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of products featured on this page. Without a Trace Tiny House Nation Rambo III Kitchen Nightmares For the uninitiated, the Fire TV Stick is a little USB-size stick with an HDMI port that plugs into your TV and streams movies, TV shows and music from Amazon Prime, Netflix, Hulu, YouTube, Amazon Prime, Spotify and many, many other sources. Its chief competition is Roku. I generally prefer Roku’s streamers to Fire TV because of Roku’s superior interface, but the aggressive prices and superior features of the new Fire TV Stick and Fire TV Stick 4K make them more appealing than ever.See the Fire TV Stick with TV-control remote at AmazonRoku also sells streamers with TV control remotes, but its cheapest so-equipped model is the $50 Streaming Stick. It’s also worth noting that Roku’s TV control remote can’t command sound bars or receivers, while the Fire TV remote can. Roku’s remote is also missing a mute button.Starting today Amazon is also selling the TV-control remote by itself, sans stick, for half price: $15 (£15). It’s compatible with most recent Fire TV devices, but not with Amazon Fire TV (first- and second-gen), Fire TV Stick (first-gen), or Amazon Fire TV Edition smart TVs.See the TV-control remote for Fire TV at AmazonSame easy remote, decent free shows and moviesIn my review of the Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K I lauded its long list of features — including excellent Alexa voice integration — but lamented its menus and user interface. It’s arguably prettier than Roku’s interface but feels more cluttered, doesn’t allow customization, and has too many ads and promos for Amazon’s own shows and content.19-amazon-fire-tv-with-tv-control-alexa-voice-remoteAmazon’s setup automatically detects your TV brand and sets up the power, volume and mute buttons to control that TV. Sarah Tew/CNET My quick spin of the new Stick revealed the same interface and the same solid performance from the TV control remote. The idea is that, because the Fire TV’s own remote can turn your TV on and off, as well as mute and adjust its volume, you can ditch your TV’s clicker. It worked well with all of the TVs I tested, including Samsung, Vizio and LG models, and setup was a breeze. It also allows TV volume and power control via voice from the remote itself (although using buttons is generally easier) or hands-free if you pair it with an Alexa speaker like an Echo Dot (“Alexa, turn on the TV”). Check out my Fire TV 4K review for details.Amazon also highlighted the new IMDb Freedive service, available on all Fire TV devices. It’s an app that offers up “thousands of” TV shows and movies from IMDb Freedive, Sony Crackle, TubiTV, Pluto TV, and other services — for free, with ads. IMDb is a wholly owned subsidiary of Amazon, and its Freedive service is also available on computer.10-amazon-fire-tv-with-tv-control-alexa-voice-remote Sarah Tew/CNET IMDb Freedive looks like a viable alternative to Roku’s own free-with-ads app, The Roku Channel. While Freedive lacks The Roku Channel’s live news feeds, both have similar TV shows and movies. Here’s my quick survey of the first few that appear on each service. center_img Warehouse 13 Adaptation Crocodile Dundee II Lost in Space Lords of Dogtown This is Spinal Tap See it Awakenings Tags Comments True Lies True Romance Stuart Little II Monster Roxanne Born this Way Dallas 42 Photos Unsolved Mysteries The Right Stuff Resident Evil: Apocalypse Arranged The Illusionist 5 Roku Channel Movies Interview with the Vampire CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Forensic Files Share your voice Made of Honor Gidget I Dream of Jeannie The Bachelor Junebug Media Streamers Caprica Run Lola Run Amazon Fire TV Stick with TV control Alexa voice remote The Rifleman Kitchen Nightmares Gilligan’s Island The Last Samurailast_img read more

Mystery Ford GT teased ahead of Goodwood Festival of Speed

first_img Ford 2020 Audi R8 first drive: Improving an already fantastic supercar 2019 Ford GT drops 39 pounds thanks to new Carbon Series option 10 Photos Tags Ford More about 2017 Ford GT Share your voice More From Roadshowcenter_img 2 Comments 2020 Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 first drive: A standout track star Enlarge ImageThis teaser shows more aggressive aero, but it’s not clear if it’s on a street car, a racer, or something else. Ford Despite coming away empty-handed at last weekend’s 24 Hours of Le Mans, the Ford GT has an enviable performance record on both track and street. But that doesn’t mean that the Blue Oval is content with its low-slung, wing-shaped supercar. Need proof? Ford is teasing the upcoming reveal of what looks to be a brand-new GT derivative at the UK’s Goodwood Festival Of Speed on July 4.It’s hard to make out much from the shadowy teaser photo shown above, but it is clear that the mystery car features radically different aerodynamics than the current production model. Most notably, there’s a huge rear wing that looks significantly different from the smaller active aero unit on the street car. In fact, the aerofoil looks an awful lot like the wing affixed to the rear of Ford’s GT LM GTE race cars, albeit with larger endplates.Additionally, unlike today’s production and race cars, the Ford GT appears to have a new element directly over the roof, likely some sort of cold air scoop to feed the engine.It’s not immediately clear whether the Goodwood-bound debut will be a street-legal model, a new race car or something in between.ford-gt-le-mans-liveries-promoEnlarge ImageFord ran these heritage liveries at the 24 Hours of Le Mans just last weekend. Ford According to a short official press release from Ford, we should learn more about the car at 1:45 am PT on July 4. At that time, the mystery supercar will debut alongside the UK premiere of the company’s new 760-horsepower Mustang Shelby GT500 and a new Focus ST, the latter of which, sadly, we won’t get in the US.Officials aren’t saying anything about it at the moment, but we’d be surprised if the Blue Oval didn’t take the opportunity to demonstrate this mystery Ford GT in the Goodwood’s famed hill climb. After all, the company has already confirmed it will run at least eight other cars up Lord March’s 1.16-mile long hill course at that time, including the No. 66 Chip Ganassi Racing GT, a car that probably still has a coating of bugs and grit from Le Mans on its flanks. Preview • 2017 Ford GT: As visceral to drive as it is to admire 2020 Mercedes-AMG GT first drive: A refresh that polishes an already good car Sports Cars Superluxury Cars Exotic Cars Coupeslast_img read more

49 Voices Gina Hays of Anchorage

first_imgGina Hays of Anchorage (Photo by Ammon Swenson, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage)This week we’re hearing from Gina Hays, born and raised in Anchorage. Hays works for KRUA, the University of Alaska Anchorage’s college radio station as the marketing coordinator.Listen nowHAYS: We didn’t really have a lot of money for me to go out of state, and it’s just incredibly expensive to go out of state. For my parents, they were like, “you’re probably gonna stay at home. You’re gonna go to college at UAA.” And I wasn’t really happy about that, to be honest. I really wasn’t because I really wanted to go somewhere else that wasn’t my home state.I wasn’t happy my first year being here, but after a little while and just understanding UAA and how unique it is, just as a college. I was taking a class, and we had a guest speaker who said, “Liberal Arts schools are pretty cool. They’re pretty fun. I had a great time going to a Liberal Arts school. But, the thing about UAA is it’s so much like reality, the real world,” which I thought was really interesting.I’ve always been into radio personalities. For me, I was just never into having the camera on me, like TV news. I jsust always found that really intimidaiting like, what if I mess up? What if someone sees a really weird reaction in those news reel blooper reels. I don’t want to be a viral meme.We have college students who are volunteers, and we also have community members, too who just like to be… just wanna have a show. And they can pretty much do what they want on the show. We have people who have their own talk show. We have people who just play their favorite music. They just have a lot of fun with it. And I don’t think it’s dead. I think if you’re having a lot of fun with it, and you’re really ambitious, then you’re gonna get a following, and you’re gonna get some people to listen.last_img read more

Cost Of US Opioid Epidemic Since 2001 Is 1 Trillion And Climbing

first_img Share Spencer Platt/Getty ImagesA young man uses heroin under a bridge in the Kensington section of Philadelphia, a neighborhood that has become a hub for heroin use. The economic costs of the epidemic are mounting, researchers say, as the U.S. loses more and more workers in their prime.The opioid epidemic has cost the U.S. more than a trillion dollars since 2001, according to a new study, and may exceed another $500 billion over the next three years.The report by Altarum, a nonprofit group that studies the health economy, examined CDC mortality data through June of last year. The greatest financial cost of the opioid epidemic, according to the report, is in lost earnings and productivity losses to employers. Early deaths and substance abuse disorders also take a toll on local, state and federal government through lost tax revenue.These costs are rising. One reason for the increase, says Corey Rhyan, a senior research analyst with Altarum’s Center for Value and Health Care, is that more young people are being affected as the epidemic moves from prescription opioids to illicit drugs like heroin and fentanyl.“The average age at which opioid deaths are occurring — you’re looking at something in the late 30s or early 40s,” Rhyan says. “As a result, you’re looking at people that are in the prime of the productive years of their lives.”Health care expenses linked to the crisis — more than $215 billion since 2001 — have been significant, too, the report suggests. Those expenses stem largely from emergency room visits, ambulance costs and the use of naloxone, a drug used to stop and reverse the effects of an opioid overdose.The Altarum researchers say the growth in costs between 2011 and 2016 was double the rate of the previous five years and is projected to keep rising steeply unless there is a comprehensive and sustained national response.Congress is considering spending $6 billion over the next two years to address the national crisis. In his budget, President Trump is proposing $13 billion in new spending on opioids, but that is partially offset by cuts in other health care programs like Medicaid.Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

Preventing Another Target Attack

first_imgFebruary 10, 2014 Register Now » Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 4 min read Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. While Target’s credit-card security breach continues to get ugly, the real alarming part, is they weren’t alone. At least five other major retailers were also hit during the same holiday period. While the total number of records in the other attacks was one-tenth that of Target, the assailants still stole an average of 27,000 records per store using the same techniques.The obvious question becomes, “What can be done by retail businesses to both detect and to protect against this specific threat?”  To be fair, there are established Payment Card Industry (PCI) compliance standards that are designed to assist retailers in thwarting point-of-sale (POS) attacks like the ones inflicted recently. The controls, however, are worded in ways that are open to interpretation and often are not explicit enough in their language to ensure comprehensive security controls are effectively implemented.While PCI provides an excellent starting point and also includes many traditional information security best practices, it cannot be expected as a mere standard — to canvas the entirety of what it means to operate in a secure state as an organization. Other activities are required.To that end, here are three other points retailers should implement above and beyond the minimum standard.Related: Keeping Your Intellectual Property Safe and SoundIndividually lock down every single POS system component. A POS terminal or collector must be used solely for that single purpose — to make transactions.  So every other unnecessary service and process should be disabled. For example, the local or remote operator should not be able to browse the internet, receive emails or perform any action that is not a direct functional requirement for the POS to function. If the terminal does need connectivity to the Internet, the specific service protocols should be the only ones allowed to leave the system and the traffic should be encrypted.Employ monitoring software for the overall network. There are next generation software solutions that effectively visualize network traffic, break down machine-to-machine connections by service protocols and allow filtering by machine, service or even internet destination. For example, a North American-based retailer using a payment processing partner from the same continent should not see outbound connections from a POS terminal to places like Russia, China or Brazil.  If they do, the connection should be dropped and the security administrator should be notified of the machine initiating the connection.Related: Why Your Small Business Is at Risk of a Hack AttackImplement application-level security practices. Application security is an often overlooked layer of security in POS environments. Keeping such programs up to date with the latest versions and patches as well as performing penetration tests on both internal- and external-facing interfaces would have gone a long way to preventing the lateral movements the Target attackers were able to pull off in a short amount of time. Companies that develop in-house applications should also ensure they are designed securely from the get go, performing both static and active secure code reviews at every minor release. Furthermore, only authorized white-listed applications should be allowed to run and properly identified. We have arrived at a state where cyber attacks against payment systems have become pervasive, massive, damaging and embarrassing. The boardroom rationalizations of the last decade no longer serve the business’ profitability or survivability. Risk cannot simply be transferred to insurance like it could before — at least not without serious damage to goodwill, customer-base trust and future lost revenue. Security controls are meaningful and next-generation ones are no longer just a necessary evil. They are business enablers necessary to protect profits.  Related: Think China is the No. 1 Country for Hacking? Think Again.last_img read more

South Korean company confirms opening of yarn spinning plant in Costa Rica

first_imgRelated posts:Intel to open new ‘mega-lab’ and hire 350 more Ticos Canadian textile company to open new plant in Costa Rica President Solís claims quick victory in first US tour Costa Rica, China to explore creation of ‘special economic zones’ The Costa Rican Investment Promotion Agency (CINDE) on Tuesday announced South Korean company SAE-A Spinning will open a cotton yarn manufacturing plant in the province of Cartago with an investment of $50 million.The venture will create 200 new direct jobs for local workers, CINDE said in a press release.The company already has begun construction of facilities in Coris, west of Cartago, some 22 kilometers east from the capital, and the site is expected to be fully operational by the first quarter in 2015.Cotton yarns produced at the Costa Rican plant will be exported to several clothing factories in several countries in the Americas.“The investment is part of a long-term vision with a growth plan for the next 30 years, and with the certainty that the establishment of the Costa Rica plant will be profitable in the near future. If we achieve the performance and the expected success, we will consider expanding operations with a second investment in the country,” company president Kwang Ho Yoo said.The opening of SAE-A Spinning adds to a recent announcement by Canadian Gildan Activewear that it will open a textile manufacturing plant in the northwestern province of Guanacaste.In recent years several textile companies have closed operations in Costa Rica and moved to other countries in the region. But CINDE’s General Director Gabriela Llobet said the new investment is proof that Costa Rica offers suitable conditions to host businesses in the textile industry.“Costa Rica’s privileged access to the U.S. market, thanks to CAFTA, is crucial to attract companies like these. Our country is a highly competitive export platform for companies looking to access key markets worldwide, through our network of trade agreements and our strategic location,” Llobet said.SAE-A Spinning currently has 17 subsidiaries in the U.S., Guatemala, Nicaragua, Haiti, Vietnam, Indonesia and Cambodia, and last year it tallied global sales of over $1,4 billion. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

South Sudanese dissidents back home raising hope for peace

first_img Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility 3 international destinations to visit in 2019 Sponsored Stories Comments   Share   Top holiday drink recipes JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — Five South Sudanese dissident politicians who in 2013 faced accusations of mounting a failed coup have returned home from Kenya following talks mediated by African leaders, raising hopes for peace despite new fighting near the country’s oil fields.The dissidents were widely seen as allies of rebel leader Riek Machar when fighting broke out among government troops in the South Sudanese capital of Juba in December 2013. The government alleged that a plot to overthrow President Salva Kiir had been thwarted, and detained several of Machar’s allies as violence spread across the country. Top Stories Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Intense fighting recently broke out in the states of Upper Nile and Unity, forcing many aid workers to pull out of battle zones. Aid groups have warned of a desperate humanitarian situation as huge numbers of people hide in the bush.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Under the mediation of a regional bloc, some of the dissidents were later released and sent to Kenya.Those who returned home Monday include Deng Alor Kuol, John Luk Jok, Kosti Manibe Ngai, Cirino Hiteng and Madut Biar. They are all former Cabinet ministers who served under Kiir.South Africa’s deputy president, Cyril Ramaphosa, was among African officials who accompanied the dissidents back to Juba and told reporters their return marked “a big day for peace in South Sudan.”“We have brought five of (South Sudan’s) outstanding sons back home. We have brought them home as part of the process of making sure that we restore peace once again,” he said, adding that he hoped all dissidents still in exile would eventually be able to return.Kuol said the dissidents were back home to engage in talks to reunify the ruling party and end the war in the world’s youngest country.“The economy of this country is collapsing. This country is collapsing and it is because of the war. …The war must stop,” Kuol told reporters in Juba.Peace talks between Kiir and Machar have repeatedly collapsed, with both sides trading accusations for multiple truce violations. Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Daylast_img read more

As Housing Demand Grows Builder Confidence Finds Stability

first_img The July National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI), released by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), has reported a builder confidence in the market for newly-built single-family homes as unchanged from June, remaining at a solid 68.“Builders are encouraged by growing housing demand, but they continue to be burdened by rising construction material costs,” said NAHB Chief Economist Robert Dietz. “Builders need to manage these cost increases as they strive to provide competitively priced homes, especially as more first-time home buyers enter the housing market.”While not a sign of direct growth, the stabilization of the HMI index is a positive move from the previous month-over-month slip to 68 points from 70 in May. According to the NAHB, rising costs of imported lumber from Canada, as well as increasing raw material tariffs for construction, were some of the key factors that impacted builder confidence in the June report. “Consumer demand for single-family homes is holding strong this summer, buoyed by steady job growth, income gains, and low unemployment in many parts of the country,” said NAHB Chairman Randy Noel, a custom home builder from LaPlace, Louisiana.The NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index gauges builder perceptions of current single-family home sales and sales expectations for the next six months as “good,” “fair,” or “poor.” The survey, which has been collecting data for the past 30 years, also asks builders to rate traffic of prospective buyers as “high to very high,” “average,” or “low to very low.” The scores for each component are then used to calculate a seasonally adjusted index, where any number over 50 indicates that more builders view conditions as “good” rather than “poor.”The HMI index measuring current sales conditions remained unchanged at 74. Meanwhile, the component gauging expectations in the next six months dropped two points to 73, and the metric charting buyer traffic rose two points to 52.For the three-month moving averages for regional HMI scores, the report noted that the Northeast rose one point to 57, while the Midwest remained unchanged at 65, though the West and South each fell one point to 75 and 70, respectively. Building Construction NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index National Association of Home Builders 2018-07-17 Kristina Brewer July 17, 2018 828 Views in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, Headlines, journal, Newscenter_img Share As Housing Demand Grows, Builder Confidence Finds Stabilitylast_img read more

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first_img The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo It has been a rough few days for the Arizona Cardinals’ linebacking a core. Through three games, defensive coordinator Todd Bowles has gone with a rotation involving John Abraham, Lorenzo Alexander and Sam Acho on the outside. According to Pro Football Focus the snaps have been split pretty evenly between the three, with Acho playing the most at 104, Abraham 101 and Alexander 80. Now two of them are out of for the season, as Acho has a fractured left fibula and Alexander a Lisfranc injury to his right foot. Top Stories 0 Comments   Share   With position adjustments and a lack of continuity, will the Cards be able to build on the success they showed this past Sunday? We will find out in Tampa Bay. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling To make matters worse, Arizona lost more depth at the position when rookie Alex Okafor joined his teammates on Injured Reserve with a torn biceps.The Cards are now forced to shuffle up the rotation at outside linebacker. “You hope that your playbook is big enough that we have enough different things that guys can do and play their best,” said head coach Bruce Arians. “It’s not new for John Abraham to play WILL linebacker and not new for Matt (Shaughnessy) to play SAM. Both of those guys will go play their spots and we’ll fill in with the young guys behind them.” One of the young guys potentially being asked to contribute right away will be the recently-signed Dontay Moch.Moch is unproven and has never been given an opportunity to contribute regularly at the NFL level. Arizona’s defense showed signs of life in the 31-7 loss to the Saints last week. It was a 14-7 game more than halfway through the third quarter, and the Cards had forced New Orleans into three three-and-outs in the first half.In the previous two games the Saints had three three-and-outs…combined. As the game wore on and the Cardinals’ offense failed to produce, the defense wore down and finally broke. last_img read more

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