Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, July 8, 2016 – Our children are travelling, and not just for summer holidays but for educational and skill building experiences – the U19 Rugby Team, the Provo Basketball Association team and 21 youngsters of the Cadet program are all off as ambassadors for the country.The Cadets left for St Vincent & the Grenadines yesterday and were seen off by none other than the Deputy Governor, Anya Williams and will be exposed to training in mass casualty management, tactical exercises, map and compass and disaster preparedness with emphasis on hurricane and tropical storms. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:
The former Manchester United and Juventus defended posted a video “sucking a raw chicken” and spanking it in front of the cameraFrench footballer Patrice Evra has explained his bizarre Instagram video where he sucked a raw chicken and spanked it in front of the camera.“Yesterday I posted a video and it went wild, it went crazy,” Evra said today as quoted by Football Italia.“It was just for Thanksgiving. Some people find it funny, some people find it weird, some people find it disgusting. We’re all different thank God.”“I just cuddled, I just kissed the meat. Yeah, I went too far when I sucked the toes of the chicken… it was a bit nasty, nasty,” he added.Report: Van der Sar staying at Ajax for now George Patchias – September 12, 2019 Edwin van der Sar will not be leaving Ajax to take up a job at Manchester United.In the last few days, one bookmaker suspended…
EXCLUSIVE: Property organisation Countrywide has amended its employee share scheme provision to launch a new sharesave scheme (SAYE) for 8,300 eligible UK employees.The new scheme, which was implemented in April 2018, has replaced the organisation’s previous share incentive plan (SIP). It offers eligible employees a three-year sharesave plan that enables them to purchase organisation shares at a 20% discount on Countrywide’s current share price at the conclusion of the three-year period. If employees do not wish to buy shares at the end of the three years, then they can receive back the money they have saved.To be eligible for the sharesave scheme, employees have to be employed by Countrywide on a permanent basis and have completed at least six months of service. There are approximately 8,300 eligible employees who can take up the scheme at Countrywide, compared to its total workforce of 11,000 staff.Countrywide introduced the new sharesave scheme in order to counteract a decrease in its SIP renewal rates. The SIP was originally introduced in 2013 and then improved in 2016 to offer employees more matching shares. However, from March and April 2017, the organisation observed that renewal rates on the plan were falling from the membership peak of 25% of eligible employees in 2016.The organisation sent out a bespoke benefits survey to employees in the summer of 2017 to understand the reasons behind the drop in SIP renewals. It found that they wanted an employee share scheme that provided more security for their savings.Neil Goodwin, reward director, HR at Countrywide, said: “[The bespoke benefits survey] was to establish why take-up was falling for the share incentive plan and the main reasons for that was people wanted more security for the money they were putting in each month. With a [sharesave scheme], whatever happens to the share price, [employees] can still take the money back that [they have] paid in at the end of the three years whereas with a share incentive plan, if the share price goes down, [it could potentially affect employees’ investment], so that was the main driver behind the changing plans, because employees said that they want more security for their savings.”To launch the new sharesave scheme, Countrywide undertook a variety of communications including writing to employees’ homes, posters, information on the staff intranet, online blogs and emails. The organisation also engaged senior managers within the business as champions of the scheme and utilised employee representatives, which are called Agents of Change, to help further promote the new plan locally across Countrywide’s 1,300 national branches.Madeline Howlett, reward manager at Countrywide, added: “The key to the success of the plan was engaging early on with our employees. In a business as dispersed as Countrywide, delivering a message can be a difficult task, therefore we engaged with SAYE champions across the business, made up of our senior leaders and employee representatives known as Agents of Change, to help promote the plan within their area.”More than 1,519 employees took up the sharesave scheme in its initial three-week launch window. The next window to join the plan will be next year.Goodwin said: “[Countrywide is an advocate] of having [a] relatively small number of benefits that have [a] very wide appeal [and] that are also aligned with business strategy. We’ve got Under One Roof, which is our employee discount scheme, which has been really successful and I see the [sharesave scheme] being another one of those core benefits that is available to everyone, with the exception of those with less than six months’ service, that really aligns and directly supports our strategy and gets people on side and bought into the business.”
Share your voice Tags Top 5 things Avengers: Endgame sets up for the future TV and Movies This means Endgame is sailing past Avatar’s $761 million in domestic ticket sales and taking the No. 2 spot here, behind only Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which is still No. 1 domestically with $937 million in the box office sales.Worldwide, Endgame has now sold an estimated $2.6 billion in tickets, including $76.2 million this weekend. But Avatar still reigns at No. 1 with $2.79 billion in ticket sales globally.Disney, by the way, owns all three franchises, so we know who the real winner is. 26 Photos Watch out, Avatar. Here they come. Marvel Studios Fans are still waiting for Avengers: Endgame to inevitably snap Avatar’s record as the No. 1 movie of all time worldwide. But this weekend, Endgame has taken another step toward that milestone, racing past Avatar’s ticket sales domestically.According to box office estimates and Disney, Endgame will take in $29.4 million domestically — as in the US and Canada — at the end of its fourth weekend for a total of $770.8 million in domestic ticket sales. 0 Post a comment 2:58 Now playing: Watch this: How to watch every Marvel Cinematic Universe film in the right order
Reliance Industries Ltd.’s (RIL) telecom arm Reliance Jio Infocomm has delivered big gains to RIL shareholders. The announcement of Reliance Jio’s 4G services may have dragged the shares of rivals such as Idea Cellular and Bharti Airtel down substantially, eroding investors’ wealth, but RIL shareholders are gaining big time.The RIL stock hit a new 52-week-high of Rs 1,093.25 on Friday before closing at Rs 1,075.65, raising its market capitalisation by more than Rs 20,000 crore in two weeks ended 16 September. Based on the closing prices of Friday, RIL emerged as the biggest gainer on the bourses in terms of market capitalisation, adding Rs 10,361 crore during the week ended 16 September, after gaining Rs 10,004 crore in the preceding week.Though the Mukesh Ambani-owned company lags far behind IT services exporter Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), its market capitalisation has gone up by Rs 20, 365 crore in two weeks, after losing Rs 4,800 crore in the week ended 2 September.In sharp contrast, TCS gained merely Rs 1,704 crore during the week ended 16 September after an erosion of Rs 31,723 crore in the previous week as a result of the company suggesting a bleak earnings outlook for the second quarter.HDFC Bank also gained for the second week in a row, adding Rs 1,906.75 crore, after gaining Rs 1,550 crore last week (ended 9 September).Other scrips that gained during the week included cigarette manufacturer ITC and IT services exporter Infosys, while public sector enterprises State Bank of India (SBI), Coal India Ltd. (CIL) and energy company ONGC saw an erosion in their market capitalisation.FMCG company Hindustan Unilever was the sole private company among India’s top 10 most-valued companies to lose in terms of market capitalisation during the week when the Sensex ended at 28,599, down marginally from the 9 September closing of 28,797.
‘Paul the Octopus’ now an iPhone app The Internet is buzzing with the story of a new study that today’s students are so gullible they will believe anything they see on the Internet, and are even willing to believe in the existence of an elusive tree octopus when shown the website for this “endangered species.” (The website states it is linked to the “Kelvinic University branch of the Wild Haggis Conservation Society.”) The Pacific Northwest tree octopus (Octopus paxarbolis) is a mythical creature invented in 1998 by Lyle Zapato, but the story circulating on the Internet this week often mistakenly has it that Professor Donald J. Leu, director of the New Literacies Research Laboratory at the University of Connecticut, invented the tree octopus and designed its website to test the gullibility of today’s “digital native” students, who are known for their online savviness. One problem with the story is that it is not news. According to the University website the experiment was done on 25 students in 2006. Dr Leu also reported on a similar experiment with 53 7th grade students and the tree octopus website at the Research Conference of the International Reading Association in Toronto, Canada in 2007. There is nothing about new research on this topic on the New Literacies Research Laboratory website, and the information on which the current batch of stories is based is a Pearson press release , which announces a talk by Dr Leu in Texas, at which he talked about the research and its implications.The Tree Octopus and Dog Island websites are among spoof sites included in Dr Leu’s handout: New Literacies for New Times: Preparing our Students for the 21st Century. The sites are suggested as good resources for teaching students how to work out that websites contain false or misleading information.Dr Leu has said that students need to learn to critically evaluate what they read on the Internet, because his studies have shown that students are gullible and do believe the tree octopus story and other hoax websites, and they are unskilled in discriminating good sources of information from unreliable sources on the Internet.Dr Leu spoke about the research at the Texas Association of School Administrators Conference at the end of January. 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. The Pacific Northwest tree octopus. Image from zapatopi.net. Explore further Citation: Press release reveals journalists believe everything they see on the Internet (2011, February 9) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-02-reveals-journalists-internet.html © 2010 PhysOrg.com
Fifty years ago today IBM’s iconic industrial System 360 mainframe powerhouse made its debut. The “Big Iron,” one of the first mass-marketed server systems ever, made it possible for many of the world’s biggest institutions and corporations to centralize, simplify and scale their massive daily data processing operations.System 360 was so successful, it became the de facto industry standard. Its modern evolution, System z, serves as the data-crunching backbone of thousands of companies today, including global banks, telecom operators, insurance brokers, retail giants and more.Related: An Accelerated History of Internet Speed (Infographic)In honor of IBM’s System 360 golden anniversary, we thought it would be fun to quickly look back on the ways the mainframe’s smaller, more practical computer descendants — the trusty PC, the humble laptop, and an increasingly smarter array of mobile devices — have forever changed how we work, for better and for worse.Here are four ways computers, in all their various awesome, nerdgasmic forms, have permanently altered business and how we worker bees get it all done (or not):1. More work faster. Computers, gadgets and gizmos help us hammer out more work in less time and, hopefully, with fewer mistakes. And fewer mistakes generally equal higher quality work.Note taking, letter writing, record keeping and various other workplace written communication forms went from paper and ink to digital. You can thank German World War II Luftwaffe fighter pilot Ulrich Steinhilper, who pioneered the concept of “textverarbeitung,” which we know as word processing, in 1955 at IBM Germany. Danke, Ulrich.Related: 10 Fascinating Facts About the World Wide Web on Its 25th BirthdayThe Good: Increased worker productivity should lead to more output and higher profits, in theory at least. And more money is never a bad thing.The Bad: Work is often hard, especially if you don’t like your job, and doing more of what you don’t love faster is just more of what you don’t love faster. Other than that, we can’t really see a downside to churning out work with increased speed and better efficiency, especially not from the management side of the office.2. Less talk, more action.In-person meetings and gabfests have gone the way of Facetime and Skype. Thanks to email, texting, apps and the internet, workers don’t need to actually talk to each other face-to-face any more. We can solitarily toil away at our desks (or from wherever in the world we snag a Wi-Fi connection, even at the beach, if we’re lucky) and text, email and instant message (IM) each other instead. Or Snapchat or Facebook or tweet one another… and the list goes on.Related: 4 Ways to Stop Smartphone Users From Using Their Phones During MeetingsThe good: Less time spent chit-chatting by the water cooler or gabbing in meetings gives us more time to spend, you guessed it, working. Also, fewer moments spent together in-person cuts down on office gossip and drama, both of which are toxic timesucks we’re happy to see (and hear) less of.The bad: Face-to-face meetings and discussions are often the birthplaces of innovation, whether they unfold at your desk, in the breakroom, in the conference room or wherever. Too many physical and verbal communication nuances and contextual clues can get lost in text translation, some that arguably even Facetime can’t adequately capture. 3. More distraction, less action.The internet, which we wouldn’t have without a global network of computers, is an infinitely interesting shiny object, begging to pull us away from our work and splash our feet in its unending deluge of diversions.According to recent research, 64 percent of employees waste up to five-plus hours(!) of on-the-clock time on non-work related websites (like Google, Facebook, LinkedIn, ESPN, YouTube, to name a few) every day.Related: Distractions Killing Your Flow? Try This Method.For those of us who do hours of research on the web for work every day, it takes a tremendous amount of focus and self-discipline to stay on-task and produce results.The good: We can’t think of an upside of blowing off your work to slack off on the web, outside of perhaps networking with key business contacts on LinkedIn in ways that benefit your company, preferably its bottom line. Even then, it’s a stretch. The bad: Once you fall down a distraction vortex online, it’s tough to dig yourself out. Lost productivity leads to less profit. Not good. 4. Getting to the PowerPoint.Presentations are nothing new in business. However, computers made it possible to blend audience-wowing graphs, flow charts, bullet points and other bells and whistles into our business speeches like never before, specifically with a huge leg up from PowerPoint.Related: Avoid the PowerPoint Trap By Having Less Wordy SlidesThe globally popular presentation application, which was originally designed for Apple computers and that Microsoft bought for $14 million in 1987, officially launched in 1990. Presentations have never been the same.The good: Computer-aided presentations help us better visualize and communicate our ideas to co workers, colleagues and target markets. They help people see the big picture. The bad: More meaningless graphs, flow charts and bullet points and less meaningful stories. 5 min read Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global April 7, 2014 Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Register Now »
On 31st July 2018, Eric Holmes, a security researcher gained access to Homebrew’s GitHub repo easily (He documents his experience in an in-depth Medium post). Homebrew is a free and open-source software package management system with well-known packages like node, git, and many more. It simplifies the installation of software on macOS. The Homebrew repository contains its recently elevated scopes. Eric gained access to git push on Homebrew/brew and Homebrew/homebrew-core. He was able to invade and make his first commit into Homebrew’s GitHub repo within 30 minutes. Attack = Higher chances of obtaining user credentials After getting an easy access to Homebrew’s GitHub repositories, Eric’s prime motive was to uncover user credentials of some of the members of Homebrew GitHub org. For this, he made use of an OSSINT tool by Michael Henriksen called gitrob, which easily automates the credential search. However, he could not find anything interesting. Next, he explored Homebrew’s previously disclosed issues on https://hackerone.com/Homebrew, which led him to the observation that Homebrew runs a Jenkins instance that’s (intentionally) publicly exposed at https://jenkins.brew.sh. With further invasion into the repo, Eric encountered that the builds in the “Homebrew Bottles” project were making authenticated pushes to the BrewTestBot/homebrew-core repo. This further led him to an exposed GitHub API token. The token opened commit access to these core Homebrew repos: Homebrew/brew Homebrew/homebrew-core Homebrew/formulae.brew.sh Eric stated in his post that, “If I were a malicious actor, I could have made a small, likely unnoticed change to the openssl formulae, placing a backdoor on any machine that installed it.” Via such a backdoor, intruders could have gained access to private company networks that use Homebrew. This could further lead to data breach on a large scale. Eric reported this issue to Homebrew developer, Mike McQuaid. Following which, he publicly disclosed the issue on the blog at https://brew.sh/2018/08/05/security-incident-disclosure/. Within a few hours the credentials had been revoked, replaced and sanitised within Jenkins so they would not be revealed in future. Homebrew/brew and Homebrew/homebrew-core were updated so non-administrators on those repositories cannot push directly to master. The Homebrew team worked with GitHub to audit and ensure that the given access token wasn’t used maliciously, and didn’t make any unexpected commits to the core Homebrew repos. As an ethical hacker, Eric reported the vulnerabilities he found to the Homebrew team and did no harm to the repo itself. But, not all projects may have such happy endings. How can one safeguard their systems from supply chain attacks? The precautions which Eric Holmes took were credible. He informed the Homebrew developer. However, not every hacker has good intentions and it is one’s responsibility to make sure to keep a check on all the supply chains associated to an organization. Keeping a check on all the libraries One should not allow random libraries into the supply chain. This is because it is difficult to partition libraries with organization’s custom code, thus both run with the same privilege risking the company’s security. One should make sure to levy certain policies around the code the company wishes to allow. Only projects with high popularity, active committers, and evidence of process should be allowed. Establishing guidelines Each company should create guidelines for secure use of the libraries selected. For this, a prior definition of what the libraries are expected to be used for should be made. The developers should also be detailed in safely installing, configuring, and using each library within their code. Identification of dangerous methods and how to use them safely should also be taken care of. A thorough vigilance within the inventory Every organization should keep a check within their inventories to know what open source libraries they are using. They should also ensure to set up a notification system which keeps them abreast of which new vulnerabilities the applications and servers are affected. Protection during runtime Organizations should also make use of runtime application security protection (RASP) to prevent both known and unknown library vulnerabilities from being exploited. If in case they notice new vulnerabilities, the RASP infrastructure enables one to respond in minutes. The software supply chain is the important part to create and deploy applications quickly. Hence, one should take complete care to avoid any misuse via this channel. 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