How do you “SELL” security?

first_imgSecurity is a tough and elusive nut to sell.  Everyone wants to be secure, but few can articulate what they want.  It is almost like buying insurance, but not quite.  It can be technical and behavioral.  It exists, but only in a transitive state.  It can be measured, but mostly in a relative way.  History has shown using fear is not the right strategy to sell security.  Customers may not even accept the need for it, if they have never had a security breach.  So how do you sell security?The answer sounds simple, but it is not.  – Make it ‘Meaningful’.   In order for security to be meaningful, a problem must be recognized by customers, they must be in the ‘action’ state of mind, the solution must be effective to a desired level, and the economics need to be right.  If you are struggling, you are in good company.  Right now, the entire industry has problems in all of these areas.  Making security meaningful to customers: 1. Recognizing a problem exists: Most people don’t recognize the problem, until they feel the pain.  This was true for the longest time in the medical and dental industries.  People only went to the doctor/dentist when they felt pain.  Over time we have embraced preventative medicine.  Security is in the same early stages with people begrudgingly investing when they feel the pain or believe it is imminent.  Basically “security is not relevant, until it fails”. Recommendation: Timely education and awareness, without propagating false fears, is key.2. Action state of mind: We are creatures of habit.  We rarely diverge from our mental framework of choices.  In order to make a change, our brains must reach a tipping point to decide a different path.  Here is a great article about key life events which drive changes in consumer spending and how the retail industry targets these moments in our lives to sell products.  In security, the same holds true.  We must be in a proper state of mind to invest in security.  In most cases, it is when we become a victim or are forced to change due to external requirements. Recommendation: Be in the minds of people at the point when they move into the ‘action’ zone.3. Effective solution: There is no single ‘fix’ to security, it is a gradient.  Any solution may provide a better level of security to some aspects, but will not solve all potential problems.  In a cost/benefit analysis, it is important to know the benefits.  This is difficult as the threats, environments, and customer expectations are difficult to quantify and will likely change over time.  The key for the user is achieving whatever they believe is the right level of security. Recommendation: Have a well thought out solution, coupled with accurate/realistic and clear messages of the benefits to users.  Design and sustain with a defense-in-depth model for longevity.  4. Positive Economics: Security costs.  In one way or another, the customer will pay.  It may be money, time, system performance, annoyance, or any combination thereof.  On the positive side, it also provides some level of benefit, which may include better confidentiality, integrity and availability.  This can lead to a better emotional state and satisfaction.  Measuring the benefit and costs are extremely difficult and as a multitude of factors which contribute are constantly changing in radical and unpredictable ways.  Just because you institute a protection mechanism, it does not mean you would ever be attacked in that manner.  Investing in strong security against one threat, may seem a waste when attacks come from a different direction.  Even if a control does a spectacular job at preventing loss, will you know?  It is hard to measure something which does not occur.  Instituting a security control may make you feel strong today and less so tomorrow.  Right now, the industry does not have a standard for measuring Return on Security Investment (ROSI).  This becomes a difficulty for consumers who want to know they are getting a good value for the cost(s). Recommendation:  Leverage one of many different methods to determine security value.  Use the best model for the specific security capabilities and user environment/expectations.   Make it real for the consumer, in terms they understand and cherish.last_img read more

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Did You Forget to Patch Your IP Camera?

first_imgIP cameras are usually a purchase, install, and don’t-touch type of device.  But in the current climate of cyber-attacks, they now require regular updates and patches.  Otherwise your security tool may be hacked, leak video, or join a cybercriminal botnet without you knowing.IP Cameras are TargetsLike all Internet connected devices, IP cameras are at risk of attack from online threats.  Recent attacks have shown just how easy it is to hack hundreds of thousands of cameras, TV’s, routers, and DVR’s.  Manufacturers are working to remediate the known weaknesses by providing patches.  But in most cases, it requires the owners to take action and install the updates.Sony recently released new firmware for 80 different models of its IP cameras, to improve their resistance against cyberattacks.  They are not alone, as many of the biggest manufacturers of IP cameras have issued a variety of updates in the past year, including Siemens and Foscam.  Manufacturers which release patches are doing a service for their customers.  Internet-of-Things (IoT) devices require continual updates as threats in cyberspace change and adapt.  Our technology must also keep pace or fall victim.We Are All EffectedAll IP camera owners must understand their role and responsibilities.  It is up to them to keep their IoT devices patched, including the computers and phones connecting to them.  Having our devices compromised can impact our security, safety, and privacy.  Additionally, it can impact others.  A recent attack brought down much of the Eastern coast of the U.S. as a major Domain Naming Service (DNS) was attacked by tens of thousands of hacked IoT devices, including IP Cameras.  Such outages, fueled by IoT botnets, are becoming more common.  By patching systems, it is a way to protect yourself and the larger Internet community.So, Get Patching!Determine the manufacturer and model number of your camera.  Visit the manufacturer’s website and look for updates and firmware patches.  Follow the installation instructions carefully!  If you connect via applications from your phone or PC, also make sure you have the latest software.We are all digitally connected and all have a responsibility to do-no-harm to our collective communication resource, the Internet.  Patch and stay current.  We all thank you. Interested in more? Follow me on Twitter (@Matt_Rosenquist)Opens in a new window and LinkedInOpens in a new window to hear insights and what is going on in cybersecurity.last_img read more

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Stonehenge cremations shed light on where mysterious monument builders came from

first_img Five thousand years ago, the people of Stonehenge buried cremated bodies under the ancient and mysterious site, near Amesbury, U.K. Archaeologists have long believed that the remains belonged to individuals connected with the monument, but for more than a century, they’ve been unable to figure out where they came from or why they were buried there. Now, a new analysis of these remains is providing some answers.“This is an extremely important study,” says Martin Smith, a biological anthropologist at Bournemouth University in Poole, U.K., who was not involved in the research.The burials of 58 individuals were uncovered in 1919. The cremated bones had been interred in now vanished organic containers, perhaps leather bags, in round pits near the monument. 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Experts still disagree on the purpose of Stonehenge; the prevailing hypothesis is that it was a temple connected with observing the movement of the sun. Others have argued it was a monument to the dead, where, as at nearby Durrington Walls, people from all over came together to feast. iStock.com/simonbradfield Christie Willis/UCL The iconic site of Stonehenge in the United Kingdom Stonehenge cremations shed light on where mysterious monument builders came from Scientists do know that the builders brought some of the monument’s giant rocks, known as bluestones, from quarries in the Preseli Hills—a range of hills 220 kilometers away in western Wales. Researchers have also shown that people brought cattle to nearby Durrington Walls from all over, including Wales, though this site postdates the majority of the cremations at Stonehenge. These researchers didn’t have much or any human data, however.Scientists have been unable to glean much information from the human remains because cremation destroys all organic matter, including DNA. In the new study, Christophe Snoeck, an archaeologist at the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom, decided to look at the levels of a form—or isotope—of the element strontium in the bones, which can reveal where the deceased had lived in the decade or so before death.Strontium levels differ depending on local geology and other factors. From the soil, strontium enters plants. When those plants are eaten by animals and humans, it is incorporated into tissue and leaves its signature in bone. By comparing strontium levels recorded at different locations with those found in human remains, a person’s movements over the final decade of life can be revealed.Normally, bones are unsuitable for this form of analysis, Snoeck says, because they absorb strontium from the soil “blurring the ‘biological’ signal.” But the high temperatures of cremation modified the structure of the bone, he says, effectively sealing in the strontium as it was at death. That such biological information survives the high temperatures of cremation was only recently discovered, Snoeck says.The team studied 25 of the cremated individuals interred around Stonehenge. The strontium in their bones suggests at least 10 lived in western Britain, most probably west Wales, before death, rather than near Stonehenge, the researchers conclude today in Scientific Reports. The remaining 15 individuals appear to have lived exclusively in the region local to Stonehenge, at least in the last decade of their lives. Another intriguing discovery: Using infrared and carbon isotope analysis of the bones, the researchers showed that the wood fuel used to cremate some of the bodies reflected that of dense woodland, as found in Wales, rather than the wood grown in the region of Stonehenge. This led them to argue that some individuals had been cremated away from Stonehenge and were brought to the site for burial.“The analysis of the cremations suggests that communities in west Wales didn’t just supply the bluestones used to build Stonehenge, but were also allowed to be buried there,” says co-author John Pouncett, an archaeologist at Oxford. That suggests strong links between the two communities that trace back to the earliest days of the monument, he says.Taken as a whole, the team’s findings highlight the movement of people, as well as materials, between these two regions. Previously, Smith says, some researchers suspected that people from the Preseli Hills had moved into the area of Stonehenge and appropriated the existing monument to make legitimate their claim to power and territory. “However, the current findings rather imply that the link between Stonehenge and west Wales not only stretched back to the earliest phases of monumental activity, but that this relationship was maintained over many centuries,” Smith says.“As with all good studies the current project gives rise to further questions—it will be interesting to see where these lead next.” Cremated skull fragments unearthed at Stonehenge in the United Kingdom By Garry ShawAug. 2, 2018 , 10:00 AM Adam Stanford/Aerial-Cam Ltd The quarry at Carn Goedog, one of the sources for bluestones in the Preseli Hills of western Wales used by the builders of Stonehenge.last_img read more

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This Lamborghini Huracan Performante drop-top looks gorgeous

first_imgLamborghini has unveiled a Spyder version of the performance version of the performance supercar, Huracan. Called the Huracan Performante Spyder, this baby Lamborghini is one of the most track-focused convertible supercar in the Italian supercar marquee lineup.The Spyder Performante gets a folding fabric soft-top in place of the carbon-fibre hard top. The rest of the body is the same Performante body kit with a carbon-fibre front and rear spoiler, and a bigger rear diffuser. The soft-top takes 17 seconds to fold away into the boot and can be done even when the car is on the move, at speeds up to 50kmph. The Huracan Performante gets a mid-mounted naturally-aspirated 5.2-litre V10, which belts out 640bhp and 600Nm of torque. The Performante’s latest roof along with electro-hydraulic mechanism adds a total of 125kg to the total car’s weight, which means the dry weight is no 1,507kg, but still lighter than a standard Huracan which stands at 1,553kgs.The Performante Spyder does the 0-100kmph sprint in 3.1 seconds and goes on to hit 200kmph in a blistering 9.3 seconds. Top speed is 325kph, same as the standard Huracan. Lamborghini has also provided the Aerodinamica Lamborghini Attiva active aerodynamic system in the Performante Spyder without modification. The system can direct air above the cockpit so effectively that the top speed remains the same, despite the car having no top.Lamborghini has used the same chassis in both the Performante and the Performante Spyder, using recalibrated settings for its dynamic steering and stability control. The Performante Spyder also features Lambo’s signature trio of ‘Anima’ drive modes – Strada, Sport, and Corsa.advertisement The Huracan Performante is sold in India at a price tag of Rs 3.97 crores (ex-showroom). Lamborghini has as of now has not divulged how much the Performante Spyder will cost, so we’ll just have to wait.last_img read more

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Martin Guptill interviewed by wife after match-winning hundred vs Bangladesh

first_imgMartin Guptill interviewed by wife after match-winning hundred vs BangladeshMartin Guptill scored his 15th ODI hundred as New Zealand beat Bangladesh by 8 wickets in the first ODI in Napier. Guptill, who was named man-of-the-match was interviewed by his wife Laura McGoldrick.advertisement India Today Web Desk NapierFebruary 14, 2019UPDATED: February 14, 2019 18:10 IST Martin Gutpill was the obvious choice for man-of-the-match after his unbeaten 117 in the 233-run chase (Twitter Photo)HIGHLIGHTSNew Zealand (233/2) beat Bangladesh (232) by 8 wickets to take 1-0 series leadMartin Guptill was unbeaten on 117 off 116 balls in the run chaseGuptill was named man-of-the-match and interviewed by his wife Laura McGoldrick post matchMartin Guptill bounced back to form with a classy 117 not out on a slow pitch against Bangladesh in the first ODI in Napier on Wednesday. The New Zealand opener was woefully out of form in the ODI series against India and was ruled out of the T20I series.But Guptill, the only New Zealand batsman to score a double hundred in ODIs, appeared in fine touch after Bangladesh were bowled out for 232 on Wednesday. Chasing 233, New Zealand cruised home as Guptill scored his 15th ODI hundred. Skipper Kane Williamson made a stylish 53 and Ross Taylor laid the finishing touches with an unbeaten 45.Gutpill was the obvious choice for man-of-the-match. But there was a sweet moment in it for the cricketer on the eve of Valentine’s Day. Guptill’s post-match interview was conducted by his wife Laura McGoldrick.Guptill is not the first high-profile sports star to be interviewed by his partner. Legendary Spanish goalkeeper Iker Casillas kissed his girlfriend who was intereviwing him after Spain won the the 2010 World Cup. Iker Casillas later married Sara Carbonero, who was the reporter in question.Guptill and his wife were more professional and there were no obvious signs of romance even with Valentine’s Day around the corner.”The most pleasing thing was how the guys restricted Bangladesh up front with the ball. Losing four wickets in the first 10 is really tough to come back from,” Guptill said in the interview. “At most parts we talk to each other but he (Ross Taylor) just lets me through as I bat longer,” he added.advertisementFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow New Zealand vs BangladeshFollow Martin GuptillFollow Laura McGoldricklast_img read more

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The Manual’s Guide to Summer Hair Care

first_img How Fast Does Facial Hair Grow? Tips for Growing a Beard Faster The Ultimate Guide on How to Shape a Beard Editors’ Recommendations How to Clean a Fish: A Quick Reference Guide ShareVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPlayUnmuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 2:36Loaded: 0%0:00Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -2:36 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreencenter_img 7 Couples Costumes That Don’t Suck Smart Practices for Drinking With the Environment in Mind That mop on your head can really make or break a job offer, romantic evening or family photo eternally framed on your mama’s bookshelf. While it seems like hair shouldn’t be that hard to control, there can be lots of factors. Now that we are knee deep in the kiddie pool of summer, we turned to third generation barber, Thorin Decatur who owns one of Manhattan’s most happening barber shops, Decatur & Sons. No bells and whistles here (i.e. no flat screens gents!) just great barbers who know what the hell they are doing.We headed over to Thorin’s on a sweltering afternoon to garner some follicle facts from him that will make our heads happy. Here is what we learned:What kinds of trends are you seeing in the men’s grooming world these days?We are slowly transitioning out of the ‘Mad Men’ hairstyle into something that is a little less structured.Do your clients here in Manhattan keep up with the trends?Absolutely! They tend to want to try something new every season, about twice a year. It is great because it keeps me on my toes and it sure beats doing the same style for years on end.What kinds of products should guys use?Guys need to use water soluble products and pomades in their hair. The water-soluble kind will rinse out with a bit of shampoo. Some of those others literally stay in your hair until they fall out.Any tips for applying product?Lots of guys do a kind of weird ‘dabbing the tips’ routine. That just doesn’t do anything. You want to get the product deep into your hair by really massaging it in at the root and kind of pulling it up towards the tips. That way your hair really gets what it needs for styling.How about tips for hair care after the pool?Lightly shampoo after the pool. Chlorine is harsh and can be very drying. Rinse your hair in the shower, and then apply some form of moisturizing product to your hair. Your hair was completely stripped in the pool so don’t make it worse.And tips for after the ocean?When you get out of the ocean, make sure to rinse the salt out. You can also mildly condition after the beach.How often should men get their hair groomed?I always say once your hair touches your ears it is time to get in my chair. That is usually around 4 weeks.How do you figure out what style works for a client?I’m a big fan of less is more. But my rule of thumb is to ask the guy how much time he wants to spend doing his hair in the morning with the style he wants to wear and I go from there. No matter what style he is going for, you never want to over do it.Should guys get a natural or square cut on their neck?Unless you get your hair cut daily, gents should ask for a natural neck. First off, nobody’s hair grows in a square and also, it just looks better growing in.In your opinion, what constitutes a great barbershop experience?If I can get a client to put down his phone, relax his shoulders and just zone out, I know I have done my job. A hair cut should be a calm experience and I try to add to that with the hot shave on the neck as well as finishing with a hot towel scented with eucalyptus. That’s the magic touch!last_img read more

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Kallicharan to be mentor of Puducherry team

first_imgChennai: Legendary West Indies cricketer Alvin Kallicharan will be the mentor of the Puducherry team for the upcoming domestic season while out-of-favour India bowler R Vinay Kumar will be part of the squad as a guest player. Former Karnataka batsman J Arun Kumar will be the head coach while D Rohit will lead the side in all formats, Cricket Association of Pondicherry (CAP) sources said. Kallicharan, a stylish left-hander, featured in 66 Tests and 31 ODIs and was part of the West Indies team that won the inaugural World Cup in 1975. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh “Kallicharan will mentor the men’s and women’s teams in all categories in Puducherry. His presence will inspire cricketers here and hope they will benefit by picking his brains,” a CAP official said. “Vinay Kumar is set to join the Puducherry team after the conclusion of the Karnataka Premier League,” added the official. Apart from Vinay, former Tamil Nadu batsman K B Arun Karthik and Himachal Pradesh’s Paras Dogra are also the guest players. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later The team is set to participate in the Vizzy Trophy to kick off preparations for the upcoming domestic season. Vinay, who played one Test, 31 ODIs and nine T20Is for India, led Karnataka to two Ranji Trophy titles (in 2013-’14 and 2014-’15). He had a stellar 15-year career for Karnataka and also led them to victories in the Vijay Hazare Trophy, taking 459 wickets from 130 first-class games. The official said the presence of Arun Karthik and Dogra adds solidity to the squad, which is a blend of experience and youth.last_img read more

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NL announces agreement to develop deepwater Bay du Nord oil project

first_imgST. JOHN’S, N.L. – Newfoundland and Labrador is a major step closer to developing its deepest offshore oil site at Bay du Nord, with the potential of billions in revenues and hundreds of jobs.Premier Dwight Ball announced an agreement on Thursday with Equinor Canada, for a project expected to deliver its first oil by 2025, with an estimated operating cost of $10.9 billion.Ball called it a “new frontier” in the province’s oil and gas industry.“The future of our offshore begins today,” Ball told a St. John’s news conference. “This will spark new opportunities in our offshore.”The province has taken a 10 per cent equity stake in the project, which will cost $6.8 billion to get off the ground.The Flemish Pass project would mark the province’s first oil venture beyond the Jeanne D’Arc Basin.The project would provide $3.5 billion in badly needed revenue to a government that was once flush with oil riches but has been cash-strapped since oil prices dropped in 2014.But the development doesn’t have the green light just yet. Equinor Canada, formerly known as Statoil, filed an environmental assessment last month, and the Norwegian-based company has set a target of 2020 to officially sanction the project.The project would be province’s first foray into deepwater oil production — it’s nearly 10 times deeper than Sea Rose, the province’s current deepest offshore oil site in the White Rose oil and gas field.The remote Bay du Nord parcel in the Flemish Pass about 500 kilometres east of St. John’s lies in more than 1,100 metres of water.It was billed as the largest global find in 2013 with an estimated 300 million barrels of recoverable crude.Because of its equity stake, the province currently owes $89.4 million to Equinor and Husky Energy for costs paid up to December 2017.The province was already under scrutiny for overspending on megaprojects. A public inquiry has been appointed to study how spending on the Muskrat Falls hydro project has doubled to $12.7 billion from the original $6.2 billion estimate.But Ball said he’s confident that eventual revenues on the Bay du Nord project will outweigh the early investments.“We’ve thought about this, we’ve done all the analysis on this, and this would bring significant returns for the people of our province,” said Ball.The government estimated the creation of 500 jobs over the 12-year period when the project is operational.Ball was joined at the announcement by Natural Resources Minister Siobhan Coady and Unni Fjaer, vice-president of Equinor’s offshore Newfoundland projects.Fjaer said Equinor has carried out projects of similar scale and ocean depth in Norway that can be used as reference points for safety protocols and development of the Bay du Nord project.Fjaer declined to name a cut-off oil price that would make Equinor back out of the project before its 2020 deadline.The project’s speedy timeline fits into the province’s 12-year plan to speed and increase offshore oil and gas development, with a goal to double overall production to more than 650,000 barrels a day by 2030.When asked to reconcile the additional greenhouse gas emissions from this project with his previous commitment to reduce them, Ball said the province produces fewer carbon units per barrel of oil than the global average. He said an informed decision on carbon pricing is yet to come.“The world’s still using oil, let’s not forget that,” said Ball. “If you’re gonna use oil, I can tell you, this is the greenest place to get that oil.”Coady expressed hope that further development of the project would attract further investment in other unexplored deepwater basins.“Our government is committed to advancing exploration and development opportunities,” said Coady.“The scale of opportunity offshore is immense.”last_img read more

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Judicial authority recommends dissolution of Brotherhood party

first_imgCAIRO – The authority said the FJP was launched on religious grounds in violation of the constitutional declaration and party lawsThe State Commissioners Authority on Saturday recommended the dissolution of the Freedom and Justice Party (FJP), the political arm of the Muslim Brotherhood.The recommendation came in response to a legal case filed by Ahmed al-Fadali, the head of the Independence Current.The authority said the FJP was launched on religious grounds in violation of the constitutional declaration (issued by interim president Adly Mansour in July) and party laws.It argued that the FJP is the political arm of the Muslim Brotherhood and takes orders of the Brotherhood’s Guidance Bureau and the Supreme Guide.The FJP, launched in 2011, was chaired by ousted President Mohamed Morsi before his 2012 presidential election victory.The party went on to sweep elections for both chambers of parliament in Egypt’s first post-revolution polls.Recommendations issued by the State Commissioners Authority are not binding, although in recent years Egyptian courts have consistently adopted them.On September 23, Egypt’s court of urgent matters ordered the dissolution of the Muslim Brotherhood Society and the banning of the group’s activities.last_img read more

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38-Year-Old Moroccan Man Sets Himself Ablaze in Belgium

Rabat – Saying he was “sick of racism,” a 38-year-old-man set himself on fire in the town of Kortrijk, in Belgium on Tuesday.Ahead of the incident, the man, identified on social media as Chafik Hanchi, posted a video online. In it he declared his intent and said he was “sick of racism.”According to Russian-owned RT Television, on Tuesday, he left the town’s courthouse and returned some time later carrying a gasoline canister.  Stopping in a square just 15 metres from the courthouse entrance, the video shows him pouring gasoline and setting it alight. He then pours more on to his jacket and lights that. Seconds later he is seen rushing toward fire fighters and paramedics who were already on scene. He was taken to hospital with severe burns to 35 percent of his body.Police are investigating possible motives for what they are calling an “act of desperation.”According to Jamal Qnioun, head of People Help People organization and member of the Council for International Coexistence in Kortrijk, Hanchi sent him a video prior to the incident, threatening self-immolation. He also sent him a number of text messages where he talked about being “sick of racism” and that he felt he could no longer go on living.Hanchi had been suffering immense personal street brought about by the recent lost of his father. He was also experiencing financial trouble. He had, at one time, operated a hair salon in the town but was forced to shut down after inspectors discovered an undocumented employee working there. According to Qnioun, Hanchi paid the fine and re-opened a new salon on the same street, only to face another inspection just days later.Another video, posted on a separate Facebook account, shows Hanchi complaining about trouble he was having with the national security office.Again, he said he was “tired of racism.” Qnioun expressed concern on social media after the event over what he calls the “harsh conditions” faced by immigrants in Kortrijk. read more

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Top UN refugee official wraps up mission to Georgia Russia

Visiting South Ossetia today, Mr. Guterres – the first senior international official to travel to the area since the start of fighting – will assess the humanitarian situation and see first-hand the conditions for the uprooted to return to their homes.Yesterday, he was in North Ossetia, where he met with Sergey Shoigu, minister for civil defence, emergencies and disaster response, as well as Konstantin Romodanovsky, who heads Russia’s Federal Migration Service (FMS).In the region’s capital Vladikavkaz, the High Commissioner visited refugees and displaced South Ossetians, who expressed their desire to return to their homes.Russian authorities believe over 30,000 people from South Ossetia have fled across the border into North Ossetia, part of Russia.UNHCR estimates that close to 160,000 people have been uprooted since clashes began between Georgian and South Ossetian forces, with Russian forces becoming involved in South Ossetia and in the region of Abkhazia in north-western Georgia.According to Georgian authorities, the official death toll in the Caucasus country is 213, with over 400, mostly soldiers, being treated in hospitals.Yesterday, Mr. Guterres met with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in Moscow, with their talks focusing on UNHCR-Russian cooperation in supplying aid and humanitarian access, both in areas of Georgia where military actions are still taking place and in South Ossetia.“We also examined humanitarian assistance and protection in North Ossetia, which has received thousands of people who fled South Ossetia,” the High Commissioner said, adding that they explored the process and prospects for the voluntary return of the displaced.“We also agreed on the principle of the non-discriminatory nature of the right of return for all civilians forced to flee.”UNHCR’s large-scale aid distribution is under way, with over 7,000 blankets and 3,200 jerry cans being handed out yesterday in the Georgian capital Tbilisi, in addition to the nearly 10,000 kitchen sets and other supplies already delivered earlier.The agency approximates that up to 25,000 people are in need of assistance in western and central parts of the country.Yesterday, the first UNHCR convoy to Gori, just south of South Ossetia, left Tbilisi carrying blankets, tents and jerry cans. Most of the 40,000-strong population has fled the city, with those staying behind being mainly the elderly.According to the UN World Health Organization (WHO), which is coordinating the health and nutrition response in Georgia, no outbreaks of communicable diseases have been reported in conflict areas as of 20 August.Treating the injured has been impeded due to the destruction of two hospitals in South Ossetia and Tkviavi.An assessment of Gori – carried out by WHO, UNHCR, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) and partner agencies – found that no major health or nutritional problems had been reported, the city’s water supply was safe but that living conditions were very poor.For its part, the World Bank is dispatching an economic assessment team to Georgia at the invitation of the Georgian Government.The agency said it will work with authorities to assess the economic effects of the fighting and provide recommendations on how to generate growth and prevent poverty.“Georgia has strong economic fundamentals, the result of a committed reform programme and prudent fiscal management by the Government,” Theodore Ahlers, the World Bank’s acting Vice President for Europe and Central Asia, said in a statement. “These factors will help the economy to weather the impact of the conflict.”But he warned that economic growth could be dampened by investors’ cautious attitudes. 22 August 2008United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres is today concluding a four-day visit to Georgia and Russia, visiting people forced to flee their homes by the conflict that began when heavy fighting erupted on 7 August. read more

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Air CanadaTransat deal clears latest hurdle after winning Quebec court approval

Companies in this story: (TSX:AC, TSX:TRZ) MONTREAL — Air Canada says its deal to acquire travel company Transat A.T. Inc. has cleared another hurdle.The airline says the Superior Court of Quebec has granted a final order approving the takeover following approval by shareholders last week.The deal is still subject to regulatory approvals and other closing conditions.The takeover will narrow the field of airline competition, securing for Air Canada about 60 per cent of the Canadian transatlantic market and helping the company maintain a firm hold on Montreal air travel.It is expected to face intense scrutiny from the Competition Bureau and other regulatory authorities, including in Europe.Earlier this week, federal Transport Minister Marc Garneau approved an extended public interest assessment by Transport Canada and the Commissioner of Competition. The Canadian Press read more

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Myanmar UN agency set to assess countrys actions on forced labour

In a statement issued in Geneva, the ILO said the team would spend the first few days in meetings in the capital, Yangon, before travelling to various places around the country to investigate the situation. “This is the first time that the ILO has had an opportunity to travel around the country to make its own direct assessment of the forced labour situation,” the statement said, adding that the team’s mandate was to assess the impact on that situation of legislative, executive and administrative measures announced by the Government in response to previous ILO action. The team’s establishment, which was agreed in May and considered by the International Labour Conference at its June 2001 session, is a new and significant development which follows a series of steps taken by the ILO to secure compliance by Myanmar with its obligations under the agency’s Convention No. 29, of 1930, on forced labour. Under the terms of the understanding reached with the Myanmar authorities in May, the team will have full discretion to establish a programme of such contacts and visits as it considers appropriate across the country. The Myanmar authorities have made a solemn commitment through the team to the international community that no action of any kind will be taken against persons or their families, or organizations that may contribute information to the team or assist it in its work, nor will the authorities seek to identify such persons, the ILO said. The team has itself also put in place certain precautionary measures as regards persons whom it may wish to contact. The team’s report will be considered by the ILO Governing Body when it meets in Geneva in November. read more

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Publisher promises to correct feminist writers errors after they were exposed on

In an awkward moment on the Free Thinking programme, Mr Sweet, himself an author, explained how ‘death recorded’ meant Silver was actually spared the gallows.“I don’t think you’re right about this,” the presenter said. “I looked it up. ‘Death recorded’ is what’s in most of these cases that you’ve identified as executions. It doesn’t mean that he was executed.” Naomi Wolf’s UK publisher has promised to make corrections to the feminist author’s latest book after a British writer successfully challenged its accuracy about gay men executed in Victorian England.The American author claimed two males were sentenced to death at the Old Bailey in the mid 1850’s for sodomy, despite the last recorded hanging for gay sex in the UK being 1835.But in a humiliating interview on Radio 3, Matthew Sweet told her she had failed to establish what the legal term “death recorded” on court documents really means.Discussing her book, Outrages: Sex, Censorship and the Criminalization of Love, Wolf wrongly claimed her research proved hangings for sodomy took place after 1835 when James Pratt and John Smith were executed for gay sex.Her book claims Old Bailey records show Thomas Silver, “aged 14”, was “actually executed for committing sodomy” in 1859.She wrote: “The boy was indicted for an unnatural offence. GUILTY – Death recorded.” Matthew Sweet was presenting Free Thinking on Radio 3 In a statement, her UK publisher said: “Virago stand by their author Naomi Wolf and the thesis of her book Outrages which is based on her Oxford PhD. With Naomi Wolf and her American publisher Houghton Mifflin we will make any necessary corrections.”Wolf’s US publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt said that while it employs “professional editors, copy editors, and proofreaders for each book project, we rely ultimately on authors for the integrity of their research and fact-checking.“Despite this unfortunate error we believe the overall thesis of the book ‘Outrages’ still holds. We are discussing corrections with the author.”It is not the first time claims by Wolf, a former adviser to Bill Clinton’s presidential campaign, have been ridiculed. In 2014, she sparked controversy after suggesting the Isis beheading videos “had been staged by the US government”. She added that it was possible the “victims and their parents were actors”. She later claimed she was not making “any assertions or drawing any conclusions”, merely stating that at that time “no one can” verify the videos’ authenticity.She also claimed that sending American troops to Africa to stop the spread of Ebola was really an attempt to justify a military takeover of the region. Wolf had explained how she “read every single sodomy prosecution at the Old Bailey for the entire [19th] Century” adding that “parliamentarians …  created a fake moral panic around gay male sex to distract attention from very effective … feminist scrutiny of heterosexual men’s misdeeds”.The author later issued a statement admitting she had wrongly claimed Silver, John Spenser, 60, had been sentenced to death.She then told Hay Festival of the “healthy debate” about the book, adding: “Hang on to your copies because it will be a collectors’ item because it will not be in the next printing.” Explaining how he found the definition on the Old Bailey ‘portal’ where Wolf did her research, he added: “It was a category that was created in 1823 that allowed judges to abstain from pronouncing a sentence of death on any capital convict whom they considered to be a fit subject for pardon.“I don’t think any of the executions you’ve identified here actually happened.”He produced a newspaper cutting which said Silver, “aged 17”, was charged with indecently assaulting a “little boy, aged six years”. It said the judge and jury decided the teenager should receive “mercy on account of his youth”, adding that the “evidence was totally unfit for publication”. Instead of being hanged, Silver served a prison term in Newgate. 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.  Lady Justice, holding scales and a sword, on top of the Old Bailey, also known as the Central Criminal Court   Lady Justice, holding scales and a sword, on top of the Old Bailey, also known as the Central Criminal Court Credit:Clara Molden/PA Matthew Sweet was presenting Free Thinking on Radio 3Credit:Chris Christodoulou read more

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Csurgoi KK sign Mijatovic and Ostroushko

Hungarian Csurgoi KK want to make more competitive team for the domestic level next season. New signings of the third force of Hungarian handball are Ukrainian left back Vladislav Ostroushko and Montenegrian goalkeeper Rade Mijatovic. Ostroushko had a good season with Ukrainian best side Motor Zaporozhye with whom he played at VELUX EHF Champions League TOP 16. Mijatovic has played even bigger role in Europe with Macedonian RK Metalurg Skopje. He came at the beginning of the season to Skopje from Belarus TOP team in that period – HC Dinamo Minsk.Mijatovic is also No.1 of the Montenegrian National team. He competed at Men’s EHF EURO 2014. Csurgoi KKRade MijatovićVladislav Ostroushko ← Previous Story Danish Play-Off semis: Aalborg VS Skjern, KIF KK against Holstebro Next Story → Cristian Ugalde in Veszprem until 2018! read more

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First Irish man to get revolutionary cancer treatment sees tumours reduce

first_img Share395 Tweet Email5 29 Comments File photo Image: Shutterstock/Chaikom Short URL Image: Shutterstock/Chaikom 30,671 Views http://jrnl.ie/3101998 By Sean Murraycenter_img First Irish man to get ‘revolutionary’ cancer treatment sees tumours reduce Finian Kenny was given 18 months to live before being treated with CAR T-Cell therapy File photo Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article AN IRISHMAN WHO was told he had only 18 months to live after a cancer diagnosis has detailed how an experimental new cancer therapy has prolonged his life.Finian Kenny was diagnosed with double hit lymphoma, a cancer of the blood, in January 2015 but now, almost two years on, his tumours are reducing and his response to treatment is encouraging.He told RTÉ’s Ray D’Arcy Show: “I was told I was going to die twice. They [doctors] didn’t expect me to be here now.”Kenny, who lives in Australia, was enrolled on a clinical trial for a treatment known as CAR T-cell therapy, after methods to treat his cancer with chemotherapy and others failed.“Originally they thought it was one of the non-aggressive forms of lymphoma,” he said.“What happened was that during the second cycle, they discovered a more aggressive form of the disease… We tried about five different treatments and none worked.You have to fail everything to get onto the trial.While surgery, chemotherapy and radiation therapy have been the standard in cancer treatment, a newly emerging form of treatment works differently.Instead of removing the tumour or blasting it with radiation, immunotherapy equips your body’s own cells with the ability to fight tumours and make them shrink.Advances in the field have been labelled “spectacular” by doctors, and numerous forms of cancer immunotherapy are currently under investigation.Scientists have been looking at CAR T-cells, in particular, because it is believed that they can identify and destroy cancer cells in the body better than most.According to the National Cancer Institute in the US, this form of therapy has the potential to treat forms of lymphoma that had been, up to this point, “virtually untreatable”.In one trial for patients with another form of blood cancer, acute lymphoblastic leukaemia, the researchers observed remission rates not seen for many years, calling the results “a revolution”.“It’s very similar to stem cell collection,” Kenny said. “They collect your lymphocytes, send them away, and they get reprogrammed and brought back.”In Kenny’s case, he has responded very well to the treatment so far. “I’m not cancer free, but I’ve had a positive response.”“It’s huge – it’s probably been the most positive experience of my life,” he added.With such forms of cancer therapy not available to patients widely, yet, Kenny is one of the lucky ones who was able to enrol on a clinical trial to access the treatment.While CAR T-cell therapy offers much promise, its potential  side effects for some patients remain a serious concern.For Kenny, however, after one round of treatment he is now able to look ahead.“My attitude to life has changed,” he said. “I have to go for follow-up check ups now for the next 15 years. If I had 15 years ahead of me, I’ll take that.”Read: ‘Spectacular’ breakthrough as doctors trial drugs that could ‘replace chemo in five years’Read: New cocktail of drugs could significantly improve outcomes for cancer patients Nov 25th 2016, 1:08 PM Friday 25 Nov 2016, 1:08 PMlast_img read more

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Anniversary marks Battle of Marathon

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The municipality of Marathon in Attica celebrated a program of events to celebrate the 2,500th anniversary of the historic Battle of Marathon on September 12. Among those attending will be Greece’s female marathon runner Maria Polyzou, who recently became the first woman to repeat the legendary 520km run from Athens to Sparta and back again in six days.On this crucial battlefield, the ancient Athenians managed to thwart invasion by a numerically superior Persian force, inaugurating an era in which Greece flourished and laid the foundations of western culture. With money donated by the Leventis Foundation, the municipality marked out historic routes for cyclists and pedestrians that will link monuments such as the Marathon Tomb, the Trophy, the ancient quarries and others. On September 12 itself the events reached a peak and, featuring a walk to the Tomb followed by the reading of descriptions of the battle from Herodotus by well known Greek actors, accompanied by ancient Greek instruments such as the lute, pan-pipes, horn and others. Among those attending will be Greece’s female marathon runner Maria Polyzou, who recently became the first woman to repeat the legendary 520km run from Athens to Sparta and back again in six days. The distance was originally run by the ancient messenger Pheidippides when he was sent to ask for Sparta’s aid in the battle.last_img read more

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Weird Dreams Are Just Your Brains Way of Processing

first_imgStay on target Google Fit Now Tracks Sleep, Adds Dark ModeStudy: Nighttime Smartphone Gazing Probably Won’t Disturb Internal Clock I am a 32-year-old professional, and I still have nightmares that I’ve arrived completely naked for my first day of school.Is my brain trying to tell me something? Or is it just solving an unconscious problem while I sleep?I may never know.Dreaming, according to scientists who study the phenomenon, is not as strange as one might think. In fact, it’s a fairly straightforward concept.Every day, the brain observes new data, determining what’s important, what’s not, and what’s connected to something you already know. It then stores useful information and dumps the rest (think of it like Willy Wonka’s golden egg-sorting machine).But, just as you can’t think about something and listen to someone at the same time, neither can your brain complete all of these processes at once. Our minds need offline time to deal with all that info. And that time is during REM sleep.Dreaming, as described by Robert Stickgold, associate professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School’s Center for Sleep and Cognition, is the brain’s time to complete processes it didn’t finish during its waking hours.“It might be that you need to bring … sleep-dependent memory processing into consciousness to be able to solve … problems that require the development of a plan or a narrative or a plot,” Stickgold told NBC News BETTER.There is plenty of evidence to support the idea that sleep makes learning and memory storing possible. And various studies show that waking experiences often make cameos in nighttime visions.Additional analysis even suggests that dreaming helps us problem solve.In a 2010 experiment, Stickgold and Erin Wamsley, an assistant professor at Furman University in South Carolina, tasked 99 people with navigating a complex maze. When re-tested five hours later, those participants who took a nap performed better than the ones kept awake.(Office naptime advocates: 1, opponents: 0.)Whether or not you remember your midnight musings, it’s likely everyone experiences them. After all, dreaming is in our DNA.Last month, researchers at the RIKEN Center for Biosystems Dynamics Research and the University of Tokyo identified a pair of essential genes—Chrm 1 and Chrm 3—that regulate rapid eye movement (REM) sleep.Good news, nappers: Sleeping twice a day is better, healthier, and more natural (according to science). Unless you’re kept awake by a snoring partner. Stay well rested by reading up on all things slumber here.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

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Viewer numbers for 1219 WWE Smackdown replay on Syfy

first_imgFacebook Twitter Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Now Playing Up Next Ronda Rousey Highlighting WWEs Problems Velvet Sky The 12/19 WWE Smackdown on Syfy replay drew 2.00 million viewers. This number is down from last week’s show that drew 2.53 million viewers in the same time slot.The live 12/16 edition of Smackdown on the USA Network drew 2.03 million viewers. So the total audience for both shows came in at 4.03 million viewers.The final television rating for the replay will be out shortly.Source: TVbythenumbers.comRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipBully Ray Calls Out Ring Of Honor Fan On TwitterVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:05Loaded: 100.00%0:05Remaining Time -0:25 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Bully Ray Calls Out Ring Of Honor Fan On Twitter Ronda Rousey On WWE: I Love This Job, But I Dont Need It Pinterest Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+center_img Impact Tag Team Champions to debut at EVOLVE Wrestling December events Roman Reigns is in Remission Now Playing Up Next WWE told hold first-ever Latin American talent tryout in Santiago, Chile this December Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next WhatsApp Now Playing Up Next CMLL World Lightweight Champion Dragón Lee to debut at MLW December events last_img read more

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